Autumn 2017

Will Ferrell USC commencement speech Will Ferrell '90 shared insight and laughs at USC's 2017 commencement. Wisdom of Will

5 Inspiring Quotes From Will Ferrell’s 2017 Commencement Speech

The USC alumnus and commencement speaker gave the Class of 2017 insights and laughs.

3 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Commencement 2017
Kaufman dances with Forsythe Philanthropist Glorya Kaufman dances with renowned choreographer and artistic advisor William Forsythe. | Photo by Steve Cohn For the Love of Dance

USC Trustee Glorya Kaufman Helps Dance Come Alive for Students

Glorya Kaufman’s lifelong passion inspires the launch of USC’s newest art school.

7 min readArts, University, Buildings, Campaign for USC, Dance, Donors, Trustees
Willow Bay and Milton Curry Willow Bay and Milton Curry Trojan Visionaries

Willow Bay and Milton Curry Take the Helm as USC Deans

Veteran leaders join USC Annenberg and the USC School of Architecture.

3 min readUniversity, Architecture
Kinder2College Students Kinder2College student Bryan Merino reads a super hero book while Cesar Padillo chows on some pizza during the unveiling of a "Little Free Library" in the University Gardens housing complex. | PHOTO BY DAVID SPRAGUE Ready to Read

Local Kids Improve Reading Skills Through Kinder 2 College

A $1 million gift from Pamela Buffett boosts the afterschool reading program for children ages 5 and up.

1 min readSocial Impact, Campaign for USC, Community Outreach, Education
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Photo by John McGillen/USC Athletics) Field Goals

The Coliseum’s Game Plan for Sustainability

The Los Angeles Coliseum ranks as one of the country’s most sustainable stadiums.

2 min readAthletics, Social Impact, Football, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sustainability
Will Ferrell arriving at commencement Will Ferrell delivered the keynote address at USC's 134th commencement. (Photo/Mike Glier) Figures of Speech

2017 USC Commencement Speakers Salute Grads with Lessons and Laughs

From architects to actors, visiting luminaries had memorable words to share.

1 min readAlumni Life, University, Commencement 2017
A Voice For Harmony ILLUSTRATION BY RODERICK MILLS Sing Their Praises

Bringing Harmony—and Diversity—to the Choral Music World

A USC Thornton student promotes hope and diversity through choral music.

7 min readArts, Student Life, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Music, Students
Fried Chicken Corsage A fried chicken prom corsage is just one of the memorable images in Journey's poetry. | Illustration by Jacqui Oakley Art of Darkness

USC Poet Anna Journey Explores Her Darker Side

USC poet Anna Journey is unafraid to explore the quirky, creepy, scary and plain old peculiar.

4 min readHumanities, English, Faculty, Poetry
Rod Nakamoto Rod Nakamoto is a USC alumnus and longtime leader in various roles with the university. (Photo/Steve Cohn) Welcome to the Board

Dedicated Alumnus Rod Nakamoto Joins USC Board of Trustees

The Trojan parent has been a longtime USC Alumni Association volunteer and leader.

2 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Alumni Association, Trustees
Beaudry-Corbett Marilyn Beaudry-Corbett '53, 'MS '61 with her husband Don Corbett. | Photo by Brian Morri A Gift for Business

A New Scholarship Helps Women Over 30 Break into the Business World

Marilyn Beaudry-Corbett, a trailblazing USC Marshall alumna, helps women pursue MBAs.

2 min readAlumni Life, Business, University, Alumni, Campaign for USC, Donors, Scholarships
Innovative Surgeries at Keck Medicine of USC At Keck Medicine of USC, surgeons are pioneering technology once unimaginable. | Illustration by Chris Gash Super Surgeries

From Robots to Regrowing Bone, Physicians Take Surgery Where It’s Never Gone Before

At Keck Medicine of USC, surgical research leads to leaps in innovative care in operating rooms.

10 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biotech, Faculty, Health Care, Research
Actors prepare for careers in entertainment and tech USC's dramatic arts students take on virtual reality, video games, motion capture and more. | Illustrations by GlueKit Changing Channels

USC Acting Students Jump Between Stage, Screen and the Digital World

Acting students prep for careers in virtual reality, video games and motion capture—with a firm grounding in classical training.

8 min readArts, Student Life, Dramatic Arts, Innovation, Performing Arts
Thuy Truong Alumni Thuy Troung '09 | Photo by Banh Troi Nuoc New Paths

Meet 3 Young Alumni Who Built Careers from Personal Passions

These alumni pursued an education—and later, careers—sparked by their personal passions.

6 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Career Services
Meg Barclay USC Price alumna Meg Barclay is Los Angeles' first coordinator on homelessness issues. (Illustration by Jacqui Oakley) Street Smarts

Q&A: L.A. Homeless Coordinator On New Approaches to a Growing Crisis

A USC Price alumna searches for solutions to combat homelessness in Los Angeles.

3 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Alumni, Homelessness, Los Angeles
Police Line Do Not Cross (Photo by Yuri Arcurs/Getty Images) Science Sleuth

A USC Dornsife Alumna Looks for the Science Behind Violence

To help prevent deaths from homicide and suicide in America, Janet Blair studies the stories behind them.

3 min readAlumni Life, Health, Alumni, Public Health
GrandPark Grand Park in Los Angeles | PHOTO BY JIM SIMMONS Design Details

How to Make an Iconic Public Space? Ask Architects of L.A.’s Grand Park

Designers of Grand Park in Los Angeles, including USC alumni, aim to make space for everyone.

4 min readAlumni Life, Arts, Alumni, Architecture, Los Angeles
USC Village Red Lounge With different layouts and amenities, student lounges at USC Village are popular spots for socializing and watching movies or quiet study and relaxation. Inside USC Village

USC Village Rooms Make Residential Colleges Feel Like Home

Functional and stylish furniture are just some of the comforts for students.

2 min readStudent Life, University, Design, Residential Colleges, Student Life, Students, USC Village
David Judson Luisa Valencia with USC Village stained glass Stained glass at USC Village was designed at Judson Studios. | Photo by Gus Ruelas Inside USC Village

Stained Glass at USC Village Gives Glimpse of Storied History

The handcrafted windows are the latest chapter in the rich story of Los Angeles and USC.

3 min readArts, University, Roski School of Art and Design, USC History, USC Village
Hecuba USC Village statue The Hecuba statue welcomes visitors to USC Village. Inside USC Village

Hecuba, Queen of Troy, Takes Place of Honor at USC Village

The 12-foot-tall bronze Hecuba sculpture welcomes visitors to USC Village.

2 min readArts, University, Sculpture, USC Village
USC Village Crests The crests for USC Village's eight new residential colleges honor unique qualities of each college. Inside USC Village

Residential College Icons Build on USC Trojan Traditions

Crests harken back to the symbols and traditions of USC.

1 min readStudent Life, University, Residential Colleges, Student Life, USC Village
Illustration courtesy of USC University Archives Illustration courtesy of USC University Archives Inside USC Village

Below USC Village, the Land Tells Two Centuries of L.A. History

The site of USC Village has come a long way from scrubby underbrush to home of USC’s largest residential complex.

3 min readUniversity, Los Angeles, Urban Planning, USC History, USC Village
McCarthy Honors College USC Village students Students from McCarthy Honors College at a 2017 spirit rally. | Photo by Michael Owen Baker. Inside USC Village

Top USC Freshmen Find Home at McCarthy Honors College

Nearly 600 of the nation’s brightest students live at the unique residential college.

1 min readStudent Life, University, Residential Colleges, Scholarships, Student Life, USC Village, Value
USC Village has walkways for visitors and students to relax comfortably. | PHOTO BY HARLEY ELLIS DEVEREAUX Inside USC Village

Where to Walk or Just Relax in USC Village’s Great Outdoors

USC Village’s park-like spaces are pedestrian-friendly and perfect for relaxing.

2 min readUniversity, Student Life, Sustainability, USC Village
USC student doing yoga Glow Yoga is just one of the wellness programs offered at USC. Inside USC Village

USC Village Gym Gets Off to a Healthy Start

The new USC Village gym expands signature programs, including personal training and group fitness classes.

2 min readStudent Life, University, Exercise, Student Life, USC Village
Student room in USC Village With the addition of USC Village, undergraduate housing across USC expanded by 24 percent. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas) Inside USC Village

USC Village Expands Housing Benefits to Students and Community

More than 9,000 students can now live in USC housing.

1 min readStudent Life, University, Community, Housing, Residential Colleges, Student Life, USC Village
USC Village opening Streamers fly at the opening of USC Village on Aug. 17. (USC Photo/David Sprague) Inside USC Village

Trojan Family’s Philanthropy Brings USC Village to Life

It takes a Trojan Family to build a village—USC Village, that is.

4 min readUniversity, Campaign for USC, Donors, Residential Colleges, Trustees, USC Village
USC Village Inside USC Village

Insider’s Guide to USC Village — from A to Z

From USC student life and Trojan traditions to restaurants and stores, we’ve got everything you need to know about the $700 million Los Angeles residential-retail project everyone’s been waiting for.

15 min readStudent Life, University, Buildings, Campaign for USC, Community, Los Angeles, USC History, USC Village
USC AEN USC’s Nicole Gordillo, left, and Jennifer Dyer, executive director of the USC Stevens Center for Innovation, center, with AEN members Josh Berman, Ravinder Karwal and Samit Varma. | PHOTO BY WILL CHIANG Ready, Set, Startup

Own a Business? USC’s Alumni Entrepreneurs Network Offers Support and Mentors

Entrepreneurs and startup founders tap into the Trojan Family network.

3 min readAlumni Life, Business, Alumni, Alumni Association, Entrepreneurship, Startups, Value
Jaime Lee and USC Alumni Association Jaime Lee with, from left, Rod Nakamoto, immediate past president of the USCAA Board of Governors; Patrick Auerbach, USC’s associate vice president of alumni relations; and Michael Felix, president-elect of the USCAA Board. | Photo by Josh Krause Trojan Trailblazers

A Third-Generation Trojan Takes the Lead for the USCAA Board of Governors

USC’s alumni association welcomes its first Asian-American female president, Jaime Lee.

3 min readAlumni Life, University, Alumni, Alumni Association
USC Fisher Museum The inset photo was taken about two decades after the museum’s 1939 founding.| PHOTO BY DUSTIN SNIPES Now and Again

The Pioneering Woman Who Built a Home for Art at USC

Elizabeth Holmes Fisher started from humble beginnings to become a renowned collector of the great masters.

1 min readArts, Art History, Museums, USC History
SangerHernandez Once unable to walk or even sit upright, Rafael Hernandez now plays baseball. | PHOTO BY DANIEL DRUHORA Brain trust

For a Boy Locked in His Own Body, These Doctors Brought Hope

Children with dystonia get up and walk again through science, engineering and a brain implant procedure from a team at USC.

8 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Biotech, Convergent Science, Neurology, Neurosciences, Research
Jordon Bautista DBS for dystonia Jordon Bautista had to prop her head up with her knee to do homework as her dystonia progressed. DBS changed her life. | PHOTO COURTESY OF JORDON BAUTISTA Brain Trust

Deep Brain Stimulation and the Girl No One Believed

Wires implanted in her brain bring life back to a Southern California teen with dystonia.

5 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Biomedical Engineering, Biotech, Convergent Science, Lifespan Health, Neurology, Neurosciences