Stories by Alexis Young:
Trojan Family Weekend brings broods together
With a theme like “Trojan Family Values,” it’s no wonder Trojan Family Weekend drew thousands of families and friends from near and far to USC for the four-day event.
Director shares her vision for USC resource center
La Shonda Coleman, new director of the Center for Women and Men, has a clear vision of its aspirations.
Finkel brings diversity into the lab
Steve Finkel has made it his mission to bring diversity into his lab and the field of biological sciences.
Convocation preps new Trojans for campus life
At the New Student Convocation on Aug. 22, President Nikias encouraged the incoming class of freshmen and transfer students to become literate in imagination, the world, the arts, great literary works, digital media and ethics.
USC named one of nation’s most LGBT-inclusive campuses
USC has ranked among the top 25 LGBT-friendly universities in the country, thanks to the five-star efforts and programs offered by the USC LGBT Resource Center.
Life is a game to incoming freshman
Incoming freshman Ebonka Agboje was just a toddler when video games caught his attention.
From Kansas to California
Freshman Ashley Knight decided to join the university after learning about pre-health programs at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Trojan Kids Camp offers summer fun
Trojan Kids Camp is a sports and educational program for economically disadvantaged children who attend schools near the University Park Campus.
Leading the charge of global dental brigades
Imagine walking for days to a makeshift mobile medical clinic to receive free health care, then standing in line with more than 1,000 others for days, hoping to be treated.
YouTube inspires cross-country trek for pharmacy student
After watching a YouTube video about the USC School of Pharmacy, Cedona Watts was convinced that she should leave her hometown of Huntsville, Ala,. and head west to Trojan town.
Student Recognition Awards honor graduating Trojans
This year’s Student Recognition Awards honored an exceptional group of USC’s graduating students — ranging from a scholar of Tanzanian faith healing to a top 20 finalist in NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
Banking on big things in New York
After graduating from USC, Nan Lin will start a job at Citibank in New York. Luckily, making big moves is second nature to Lin, who hails from the small town of Jiaxing, China.
A lesson in leadership
They have all seen homeless people, and some have even volunteered at soup kitchens or homeless shelters.
USC senior steps to a new beat
Playing clarinet in his high school marching band was fun, but for Nick Powers-Maher, marching onto the football field for the first time with the USC Trojan Marching Band was overwhelming.
El Centro Chicano celebrates 40 years
“Somos uno, somos familia, somos El Centro.” These words express the mission of El Centro Chicano since its inception four decades ago at USC.
Heiman finds ‘international’ home at USC
After years of traveling abroad to volunteer and teach in Costa Rica, Ireland, Italy and Uganda, Robyn Heiman discovered her passion for international student services.
Texas prep students deep in the heart of USC
High school chemistry teacher and USC alumna Alex Rios ’11 was thrilled to receive a $1,000 school district grant to use any way she pleased for students at Edison High School in San Antonio.
USC junior creates a safe community for LGBTQ students
When Mellissa Linton heard about the Queer and Ally Student Assembly during her freshman year at USC, she had no idea of the impact it would have on her life.
‘The tough lady’ at International Services
Tired of working weekends in retail, Sumaiya Mamun decided to try out a job at USC’s Office of International Services for 15 days. That was 15 years ago.
Teaching outside the classroom
Associate Professor Scott Smith enjoys being a part of The Writing Program at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
LGBTQ community focuses on safety, acceptance
The LGBT Resource Center, the Queer & Ally Student Assembly and the Rainbow Floor teamed up to bring nearly 30 events to campus in celebration of National Coming Out Month.
USC senior recruits record numbers for rush
USC senior Roxie Friberg is enjoying her role on campus as vice president of recruitment for the Panhellenic Council.
Geragos fulfills his dream of becoming student body president
Being elected Undergraduate Student Government president has been a natural progression for Michael Geragos, a third-generation Trojan.
Student Affairs hosts the first Project ReMiX New Student Symposium
USC’s cultural centers have discovered that students don’t want to be “pigeon-holed” by their ethnicities. So they decided to do something about it.