Voting at USC A deputy election registrar registers voters in front of USC’s Student Union in 1960. (Photo/Courtesy of USC University Archives) Vote of Confidence

“I Voted”: Professors and Alums Share Memories of Their First Election Day

Trojans remember casting their first ballot — and the hope and civic pride that still inspires them, even decades later.

11 min readSocial Impact, University, Alumni, Civic Engagement, Election 2020, Faculty
USC spiritual community retreat outdoors A USC student practices mindful meditation during a spiritual retreat in 2019. (Photo/Eric Lindberg) Inner Work

How to Heal the College Student’s Soul During Upheaval: Connection

Varun Soni, dean of USC’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, describes how the USC community can come together and find contentment in a time of turmoil.

7 min readHealth, Student Life, Mental Health, Religion, Students, We are SC
Matt Bercovitz and popcorn bags (Photo/Courtesy of Matt Bercovitz) Pop Star

A USC Grad and Popcorn Entrepreneur Makes Good Eats His Business

A kernel of inspiration and a serious love of puffed snacks led USC alum Matt Bercovitz to become the popcorn king of Chicago.

3 min readAlumni Life, Business, Alumni, Entrepreneurship, Food
Ivan Garcia USC college-prep program grad Ivan Garcia was a student at El Sereno Middle School when he joined NAI. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) First Class

His Journey to USC Started with a Tough Choice

Ivan Garcia is among the first graduates of USC’s expanded college-prep program, and now he’s a first-year Trojan. But he almost missed his chance.

8 min readSocial Impact, Student Life, Community Outreach, Education, Neighborhood Academic Initiative, Students
four students going to their dream colleges Bovard Scholars Osvaldo Cabrales, Kevin Gomez, Sabrina Pierre and Paola Ruiz, clockwise from top left. (Photos/Courtesy of Osvaldo Cabrales, Kevin Gomez, Sabrina Pierre, Paola Ruiz) Access Granted

High Achievers Get Ready for College as USC Bovard Scholars

USC Bovard Scholars get academic coaching, financial aid guidance and other resources through the yearlong college-prep initiative.

2 min readSocial Impact, Access, College Admissions, Diversity
women simulate a Mars colony Adriana Blachowicz took this photo of her Sensoria crewmates during a Mars colony simulation mission in Hawaii. (Photo/Courtesy of Adriana Blachowicz) Out of This World

A Mars Colony in Hawaii? A Microbiologist Experiences Life Beyond Earth

On a remote volcano slope, Adriana Blachowicz PhD ’19 studied how fungi — and humans — might fare on other planets.

4 min readAlumni Life, Science/Technology, Alumni, Biology, Research
USC Kaufman alumni Satori Folkes-Stone and Madison Vomastek (Photo/Victoria Will) Making Their Move

Two USC Dancers Make their Debut on One of Theater’s Biggest Stages

A pair of USC Kaufman School of Dance graduates follow their dreams to Broadway on a journey they never could have anticipated.

11 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Dance, Performing Arts
John Iino John Iino (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) Culture Shift

Diversity and Inclusion Expert Takes the Lead at USC Alumni Association

John Iino brings his talents to lead the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Association, Diversity
Bloom Boutique staff Cambria Estrada (right) and Soraya Levy (second from right) co-founded Bloom Boutique. (Photo/Samantha Hardy) Community in Action

Five Ways USC Students are Making the World a Better Place

In a time of great upheaval and need, USC students lead efforts to strengthen and support their communities.

2 min readSocial Impact, Student Life, Community, Homelessness, Innovation, Students, Sustainability, Volunteerism
Kathleen and Bob Campos USC couple The marching band’s surprise appearance at Kathleen and Bob Campos’ wedding reception had guests grooving to “Tusk.” (Photo/Courtesy of Kathleen and Bob Campos) Playing By Heart

USC Couples Who Found Love Amid the Music

These Trojan Marching Band members said “All Right Now” to spending their lives together. “All Hail” romance!

5 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Music, Trojan Love, Trojan Marching Band
2005 Reggie Bush Goal Line Hurdle UCLA In this grudge match, Reggie Bush capped off a 20-yard scamper by going airborne over a defender, putting USC up by 23 midway through a 66–19 rout. (Photo/Courtesy of USC Athletics) Homecoming

Reggie Bush is Back — Now Relive His Best Plays

Remember No. 5 with the rest of the Trojan Family by checking out this (totally unofficial) list of the running back’s most memorable moments.

3 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Alumni, Football
childhood wonder about science (Illustration/Brian Rea) The Wonder Years

The Childhood Moments That Launched Their Careers as Explorers

USC researchers remember times of wonder and questioning that sparked their lifelong passion.

11 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Career Services, Faculty, Research
USC Alumni Barbara and Bill Birnie Barbara and Bill Birnie enjoyed a special parade — with proper social distancing, of course — in honor of their 70th wedding anniversary in June. (Photo/Courtesy of Barbara and Bill Birnie) Trojan Love Story

A Lifetime of Love: USC Sweethearts Celebrate 70 Years in Style Despite Pandemic

A chance encounter during a sorority party launched Barbara and Bill Birnie on a lifelong adventure.

6 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Fraternities and Sororities, Trojan Love
Paul Revere Williams Paul Revere Williams (Photo/Julius Shulman, J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, 2004.R.10) Dream Builder

The Legacy of Paul Revere Williams Lives On in L.A.

The archives of the trailblazing USC alumnus will be jointly housed at the Getty Research Institute and his alma mater.

4 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Architecture, Los Angeles
We Are SC Student Health safety campaign USC Student Health safety campaign We Are SC

A Fall Semester at USC Like No Other

USC starts the 2020-21 school year with a renewed commitment to learning, student life and well-being as the world grapples with a pandemic.

3 min readStudent Life, University, COVID-19, Students, We are SC
Korean American National Museum concept design Design concept for the exterior of the Korean American National Museum, which is slated to open in Los Angeles in 2022. (Illustration/Courtesy of Morphosis Architects) Culture Connection

Trojan Architect Honors Korean American Culture

As project architect for the Korean American National Museum, Paul Choi brings an evolving cultural legacy home.

4 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Architecture, Los Angeles, Museums
Virtual doctor visits and other digital innovations in health care (Illustration/David Plunkert) The Doctor is (Logged) In

Expect More Virtual House Calls from Your Doctor Thanks to Telehealth Revolution

A slow march toward virtual doctor 
visits and other digital innovations in health care turned into an all-out sprint amid COVID-19.

7 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Health Care, Keck Medicine, Technology
USC Trojan Family Magazine covers of the past and present A nostalgic look back at some of the unusual stories from USC Trojan Family Magazine. (Photos/Courtesy of USC University Archives) Back in Time

Take a Trip Through 100 Years of USC Alumni Newsmakers

As USC Trojan Family 
Magazine turns into a semiannual publication, go on a journey into its century-long past.

2 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Publications, USC History
Janet Evans and Muhammad Ali 1996 Olympics torch Muhammad Ali and Janet Evans with the Olympic torch at Centennial Olympic Stadium in 1996 (Photo/Lynn Johnson/Sports Illustrated/Getty Images) Champion for Change

Janet Evans Keeps Olympics Spirit Aflame as L.A. Readies for 2028

The four-time gold medalist and Trojan alumna paves the way for a new generation of athletes.

4 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Alumni, Alumni Life, Los Angeles, Olympics, Swimming
MFA Design work spaces, USC Roski Grad Building The USC Roski Open Studios in February 2020 in Los Angeles. (Photo/Ryan Miller) Art and the City

USC Students Thrive in the Heart of L.A’s Art Scene

USC art and design students build creative ties in the midst of L.A.’s Arts District.

2 min readArts, Student Life, Design, Fine Arts, Roski School of Art and Design, Students
Jack Feinberg holds tuning forks. Professor Jack Feinberg devised simple experiments using everyday objects, like these tuning forks, to ensure USC students could continue hands-on learning from home this semester. (Photo/Pam McKniff) Special Delivery

When Physics Students Couldn’t Go to Class, This Professor Mailed Class to Them

Longtime educator Jack Feinberg came up with fun kits to ship to students so they could still do physics experiments at home. It’s in his nature.