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, Access, 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, Scholarships
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
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
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
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
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, Alumni, Entrepreneurship, Food
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
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
Jennifer Dixon and nurses pray (Photo/Courtesy of Jennifer Dixon) The Unexpected Patient

Nurse’s First COVID-19 Patient Turns Out to Be Her Friend

A USC alumna and nurse in a rural Georgia hospital shares the story of her first encounter with the coronavirus.

3 min readAlumni Life, Health, COVID-19, COVID-19 Heroes, Health Care
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
Abstract illustration of Neeraj Sood (Illustration/Scott Bakal) Going Viral

How Far Has COVID-19 Spread in L.A.? He Looks for Answers

Neeraj Sood drew headlines for studies testing for coronavirus antibodies. The health economist is just getting started.

6 min readHealth, Science/Technology, COVID-19, COVID-19 Experts, COVID-19 Heroes, Public Health, Research
USC Minecraft version of campus Students who missed campus re-created University Park Campus for their fellow USC students in Minecraft. (Picture Courtesy of Alastair Morrison) Wish You Were Here

Students Built the USC Campus in Minecraft — and It’s Amazing

See virtual versions of Tommy Trojan, Doheny Memorial Library and other USC landmarks.

2 min readStudent Life, COVID-19, Design, Video Games
miss juneteenth movie A woman’s unfulfilled dreams get new life through her daughter in Miss Juneteenth, a film from USC alumna Channing Godfrey Peoples. (Image/Courtesy of Vertical Entertainment) Power of Story

Messages of Hope and Determination in Alum’s Film Miss Juneteenth

Channing Godfrey Peoples MFA ’11 talks about the responsibility borne by Black artists, storytellers and creators today and the power of speaking your truth.

8 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Cinema, Race and Ethnicity
Becca Mann usc student swimming in Hawaii Becca Man swimming. (Photo/Courtesy of Becca Mann) Channel Hopper

Trojan’s Incredible Feat: She Swims 35 Miles Across Open Ocean in Hawaii

Student Becca Mann notches 20 hours, 53 minutes and 37 seconds of pure, glorious, record-setting pain.

3 min readAthletics, Student Life, Student Life, Swimming
Abstract illustration of Pin Wang (Illustration/Scott Bakal) Stop the Spread

Can a USC Bioengineer Find the World’s Most Sought-After Vaccine?

In the global scientific race to curb the coronavirus, a USC researcher and his team engineer a promising solution.

3 min readHealth, Science/Technology, COVID-19, COVID-19 Experts, COVID-19 Heroes, Research
Street medicine specialist Brett Feldman with homeless man (Photo/Gregg Segal) Care Everywhere

USC Street Medicine Team Cares for L.A’s Homeless in a Pandemic

These health care professionals treat some of L.A.’s most vulnerable on the streets they call home.

4 min readHealth, Social Impact, COVID-19, COVID-19 Heroes, Health Care, Homelessness
Sierra Drummond in Peace Corps in Thailand (Photo/Courtesy of Sierra Drummond) Trojan Voice

Peace Corps Opened a New Chapter for a USC Grad. Then the Pandemic Hit

With her service cut short, Sierra Drummond’s path to discovering herself and the world was put on pause.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, COVID-19, Globalization, Volunteerism
Faisal Rashid LAPD officer Faisal Rashid (Courtesy of Faisal Rashid) Trojan Voice

‘I Became a Cop to Fight Injustice. We Need to Do Better’

The LAPD reserve officer and USC radiation oncology specialist talks about combating racism as a society.

6 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni, Criminal Justice, Race and Ethnicity
Abstract illustration of people with their hands up coming out of the American flag (Illustration/David Plunkert) Votes of Confidence

Can Policy Reforms Get Young Voters and People of Color to the Polls?

To encourage civic engagement among young adults and minorities, USC’s Mindy Romero aims to make it easier to cast a ballot.

3 min readPolicy/Law, Social Impact, Elections, Faculty, Politics, Public Policy, Race and Ethnicity, Sociology
USC’s Rod Dedeaux Jim Barr and Brent Strom Rod Dedeaux with Jim Barr and Brent Strom. (Photo/Courtesy of USC Athletics) Back in Time

College Baseball’s Cardinal and Gold Era: Remembering Our 1970 Champs

The Trojans won a College World Series in dramatic style. Here’s how it went down.

2 min readAthletics, Baseball, Championships, Coaches
Abstract illustration of pain in the body (Illustrations/Raymond Biesinger) Back in the Game

Low Back Pain? There Might Be Options Besides Surgery

Chances are you’ve had an aching back. Sometimes it takes expert detective work and an open mind to figure out why — and fix it for good.

6 min readHealth, Health Care, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy
Maria Morales celebrating Class of 2020 at home with family (Photo/Brian van der Brug) The Show Goes On(line)

Smiles, Tears and Pride: Trojans Worldwide Cheer on the Class of 2020

USC graduates, friends and family celebrate at home to Fight On against the coronavirus.

3 min readStudent Life, University, COVID-19, Events, Students
USC military alumni Justin Lee Lt. Justin Lee works in Palm Springs at a tactical operations center, where he oversees platoons on humanitarian missions throughout the region. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) Proud to Serve

USC Military Alumni Serve as Heroes in Pandemic

Whether on planes, trucks or ships, Trojans use their training and USC connections to help communities facing COVID-19.

3 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni, Community Health, COVID-19 Heroes, Military, Public Service
Person playing guitar. (Illustration/Scott Bakal) (Illustration/Scott Bakal) The Caregivers

Three Stories from the COVID-19 Front Lines Inspire Healing and Hope

A Keck Medicine of USC doctor, respiratory therapist and music therapist share memories from the pandemic.

5 min readHealth, COVID-19, COVID-19 Heroes, Health Care
Steph Curry and Jimmy Iovine USC celebrity guests in class Steph Curry on and Jimmy Iovine on Zoom calls with students Zoom In

6 Celebrities Who Guest Starred in a USC Online Class

Check out the famous faces that popped up on USC students’ phone and computer screens during the spring 2020 semester.

2 min readStudent Life, Alumni, COVID-19, COVID-19 Heroes, Students
Ritu Riyat (Photo/Courtesy of Ritu Riyat) Pressure Points

You Can’t Always Stop Stress, but Here’s How to Feel More in Control

Stress detox expert Ritu Riyat MPH ’04 helps people develop a healthier relationship with stress.

3 min readAlumni Life, Health, Mental Health
peter erskine in usc online class (Video/Courtesy of Peter Erskine) Great Adaptations

Hands-on Topics Can’t Be Taught Online? Think Again

How do you teach drama without a stage? Jam together as a jazz band online? Dissect a frog without the frog? You get creative.

3 min readStudent Life, University, COVID-19, COVID-19 Heroes, Education, Faculty, Students
USC doctors and nurses (Photo/Courtesy of Catherine Pradt) Trojans Together

Photos of Front Line Health Workers That Will Fill You With Trojan Pride

When the virus started hitting Angelenos, these Keck Medicine of USC professionals rose to the challenge.

1 min readHealth, Photo, COVID-19, COVID-19 Heroes, Health Care, Keck Medicine, Medicine
Maria Saravia USC hospital cleaner (Photo/Ricardo Carrasco III) Hidden Heroes

USC’s Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic

They disinfect hospital rooms and feed neighbors in need. These members of the Trojan Family take action in times of crisis.