South side of Leavey Library USC student study area (Photo/Ed Carreon) Chill Out

We Asked for Your Top USC Campus Spots. Here Are Your Faves

The Trojan Family shares favorite hidden gems and secret study nooks on the University Park Campus.

7 min readAlumni Life, Student Life, Alumni, Buildings, Students, USC History
A collage of comics scenes by Isabella Melendez and Knox Lopez, including a scientist in aquamarine and red tones and a guitarist with blue hair and a shiny blue guitar An online anthology showcases student work from a USC comics design course. (Illustrations/Isabella Melendez and Knox Lopez) Comic Relief

A Comics Class Gives Student Artists a Creative Outlet to New Worlds

USC art students pen graphic stories during their pandemic time apart that capture adventures in ancient Rome, futuristic robots and more.

2 min readArts, Student Life, Digital Arts, Students, Visual Arts
August Wilson in a dark flat cap and black suit jacket resting his chin on his hand August Wilson is known for his poignant explorations of Black culture and experience. (Photo/Netflix) Stage Crew

The 6 Degrees of August Wilson and USC

Check out these surprising links between the award-winning playwright and the Trojan Family.

2 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Student Life, Alumni, Dramatic Arts, Performing Arts, Students
alumni from usc david meniane and lev peker USC alums David Meniane and Lev Peker turned CarParts.com from financially troubled to wildly successful. (Photo/Courtesy of CarParts.com) Up to Speed

A Simple Strategy Helped These Trojans Create an Online Business Success

USC alums put a once-struggling automotive parts company on the fast track. Here’s how they made it work.

3 min readAlumni Life, Business, Accounting, Alumni, Business Strategy
A screenshot of the virtual reality project showing four caribou standing in a grassy field with mountains and a stream in the background The changing climate’s effect on caribou comes to life in a unique student-led project. (Photo/Courtesy of Robert Hernandez) Reality Check

Stunning Virtual Reality Project Takes You to the Arctic — and Into Climate Change

Think caribou in the arctic tundra have nothing to do with you? USC students use immersive technology to explain their urgent message for us all.

7 min readScience/Technology, Social Impact, Climate Change, Innovation, Journalism, Students, Sustainability, Virtual Reality
work from home during COVID-19 More flexible work arrangements are a likely outcome of COVID-19. (Illustration/ Harry Campbell) Future of Work

The 8 Ways That COVID-19 Will Transform Businesses, Jobs and Our Working Lives

From the gig economy to remote offices, USC business and policy experts imagine the future of work.

9 min readBusiness, Social Impact, Business Strategy, Career Services, COVID-19, Economics, Social Policy, Urban Planning
Illustration of a silhouette of a person holding a piece of paper and a briefcase with smaller silhouettes of other people inside against a light-blue background A new business model lets employees contribute to different areas based on their skills and interests. (Illustration/Harry Campbell) Future of Work

Full-Time Employee or Gig Worker: Could You Be Both at the Same Company?

At some businesses, in-house “gig marketplaces” allow employees to flex skills outside their normal job duties.

3 min readBusiness, Business Strategy, Career Services, Center for Effective Organizations
Illustration of a city street with a large hand rolling out a red carpet along the roadway Many workers are seeking a return to urban offices, partly due to the appeal of nearby amenities. (Illustration/Harry Campbell) Future of Work

Why COVID-19 Won’t Make Downtown Office Buildings Obsolete

As more companies go remote, the predicted demise of big cities — and their downtown working hubs — may be overblown, a USC real estate expert says.

3 min readBusiness, Business Strategy, Real Estate, Urban Planning
essential workers' toolbelt Workers in critical industries like health care, logistics and agriculture should be rewarded with respect and better pay. (Illustration/Harry Campbell) Future of Work

What’s the Future for Essential Workers After COVID-19?

A sociology professor says the services of grocery store workers, agricultural laborers, caretakers and others need to be prioritized in America.

3 min readBusiness, Social Impact, Economics, Social Policy, Sociology
USC Trojan Knights crest Century of Service

Trojan Knights Share Memories from a Century of Spirit, Service and Stunts

A campus cornerstone, the Trojan Knights mark 100 years of dedication to USC tradition and school spirit.

6 min readAlumni Life, Student Life, Alumni, Students, USC History
Taylor Donsker furniture designer Taylor Donsker draws on his architecture background to design furniture inspired by nature. (Photo by Jack Strutz) Against the Grain

How a USC Architect Turned His Design Talents to Making Innovative Furniture

An architect-turned-woodworker draws inspiration from the natural world.

3 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Architecture, Design, Entrepreneurship
A wooden gavel on top of a cardinal mortarboard with a red and cardinal tassel (Photo/iStock) Setting a New Bar

USC Gould Alums Pave the Way for Next Generation of Diverse Law Students

Two longtime friends pair up to create a scholarship for future lawyers following their dreams at the USC Gould School of Law.

3 min readAlumni Life, Policy/Law, Alumni, Gould School of Law, Scholarships
(Photo/Steve Cohn) Alumni Aces

7 Outstanding Alumni Who Bring Honor to the Trojan Family

The university honors outstanding Trojans at the 87th USC Alumni Awards ceremony.

3 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Alumni Association, Awards
USC alumni day of scervice volunteers on beach Trojans filled trash bags with cans, bottles, face masks, cigarette butts and more during a USC Alumni Day of SCervice event. (Photo/Michael Owen Baker) Pitching In

2021 USC Alumni Day of SCervice Welcomes Back Trojans After a Year Apart

Volunteers clean up a Santa Monica beach in one of scores of service projects worldwide.

5 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Alumni Association, Sustainability
Mark Cunningham USC heart surgery specialist Mark Cunningham feels right at home with robotic surgical devices, less invasive procedures and new high-tech medical tools. (Photo/Richard Carrasco III) Change of Heart

To Heal His Patients, This Heart Surgeon Turns to Tech

An engineer-turned-surgeon advances next-generation tools.