Stories by Alan House:
Expo Light Rail Line slated to open Saturday
A new era in public transportation options for the Trojan Family will begin on April 28 when the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority launches the first phase of its new downtown Los Angeles-to-Culver City Expo Light Rail Line.
Book drive kicks off at USC
The Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Foundation, which was founded by the famous “first lady of song” to promote a love of reading and music among underprivileged children, has jump-started Book Drive 2012 – an event benefitting the USC Family of Schools – with a large donation of children’s books.
Good Neighbors Campaign breaks record
The USC Good Neighbors Campaign surpassed its 2011 goal by raising $1.5 million last year – 100 percent of which will be used on partnership programs in the neighborhoods around the University Park and Health Sciences campuses.
Fresh & Easy Express augments local grocery options
The recent opening of Fresh & Easy Express, known for affordable and nutritious food, gives South Los Angeles residents another place to shop for groceries.
Boeing grant to support Hybrid Algebra Lab
Teachers work independently more than 80 percent of the time, which means they often do not have the benefit of receiving feedback or sharing strategies.
Nikias returns to the USC Family of Schools
USC president C.L. Max Nikias often has said, “The ties between USC and its surrounding communities are both profound and deep, and long ago the Trojan Family realized that USC’s strength as a great university depends on its ability to be a good neighbor.”
UNO application deadline set for Feb. 24
A new Web-based application system will make it easier to apply for the USC Neighborhood Outreach (UNO) grant. The deadline is Feb. 24.
Small business, big plans
Carmen Rad started her business, CRA Custom Banner, out of her home in 1993. By 2009, her banner printing enterprise had grown enough for her move into a 25,000-square-feet building not far from the University Park campus.
Former NAI scholars return to inspire others
After losing most of her family members to four years of napalm attacks and artillery strikes during the four-year reign of Khmer Rouge, You Taing Kouot fled Cambodia for South Los Angeles.
NAI, creative writing inspire a Trojan
When Jasmine Torres was 13 years old and homeless on Christmas Day, for inspiration she turned to her dream of attending USC.
NAI scholars present A Christmas Carol
Sporting industrial-looking costumes and a Victorian era script, 40 scholar-artists of the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) Theater Workshop performed an adaptation of A Christmas Carol at the Mudd Hall of Philosophy.
A banner year for USC and South Los Angeles
Thanks to an artistic collaboration between USC, L.A. Commons, the Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles and the EXPO Center, several light pole banners will adorn the areas surrounding USC and Exposition Park beginning in March.
U.S. Air Force Vet Turned Trojan Honors Fallen Soldiers
Monica Valencia’s parents divorced when she was 12, forcing her mother to raise her and two younger brothers as a single parent. With limited resources and eviction notices following the family from Los Angeles to Riverside to Moreno Valley, Valencia seemed destined for a life of hardship.
Toyota supports science education for local students
The USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative received a $600,000 grant from the Toyota Corp. to increase science literacy among students in grades 6-12. The gift also will be used to augment the professional development of science teachers.
UNO grant to support foster youth at learning center
Living Advantage Inc., a 2011 USC Neighborhood Outreach grant recipient, plans to make life easier for youth exiting the foster care system at Foshay Learning Center by implementing its Virtual Assistant Living and Educational program at the school.
Good Neighbors Campaign hosts kickoff celebration
Now in its 18th year, the USC Good Neighbors Campaign kicked off Sept. 28 with a celebration at Alumni Park.
NAI scholars bring Pride and Prejudice to stage
Many say that nothing can repress a teenage spirit bent on expression, especially when given a stage. Recently, a cast and crew of more than 50 high school students took that expression to heart and mounted a production of Pride and Prejudice.
Book drive to benefit USC Family of Schools
The Trojan Family has another opportunity to support neighborhood schools and the environment by donating books during a USC book drive in conjunction with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.