Spring 2017

Social Work Student with Trustee Suzanne Dworak-Peck Pillars of Strength

Meet the Social Work Students

These are some of the new faces who will make a difference in the lives of others.

2 min readSocial Impact, Student Life, Social Work
Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab At Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, students tackle global challenges. | ILLUSTRATION BY JOE CARDELLO Point of Impact

Students Tackle Global Challenges Through Business

Students improve lives through sustainability and profitability at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab.

3 min readBusiness, Social Impact, Student Life, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, Social Entrepreneurship
The United University Church The United University Church, completed in 1931, is a Presbyterian and United Methodist church on the north side of campus. | PHOTO BY NOAH WEBB Spiritual Journeys

Spirituality and Secularism Get Along at an Interfaith USC

College is a time of exploration, and USC has more chaplains and faith groups for spiritual introspection than any other U.S. university.

13 min readStudent Life, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Religion, Student Life
Microsurgery Illustration Specially trained surgeons use the tiniest of tools to make people whole again. | ILLUSTRATION BY CHRIS GASH Medicine in Miniature

Microsurgery Rebuilds Lives After Trauma

Surgeons use the tiniest of tools to rebuild damaged arms, legs, breasts, faces—and lives.

9 min readHealth, Keck School of Medicine, Orthopedics, Trauma
Pillars of Strength

USC Empowers a New Generation of Social Workers

A $60 million naming gift from USC Trustee Suzanne Dworak-Peck supports USC’s drive to transform the profession of social work.

11 min readSocial Impact, Campaign for USC, Social Work
Lesley Adams Williams Lesley Adams Williams | PHOTO BY GUS RUELAS Pillars of Strength

Student, Servicewoman and Social Worker

Lesley Adams Williams earns her master’s degree in the online degree program.

2 min readSocial Impact, Student Life, Military, Online Education, Social Work
Barbara Solomon Barbara Solomon, left, and Dean Marilyn Flynn | PHOTO BY STEVE COHN Pillars of Strength

Barbara Solomon’s Inspiring Career as a Social Change-maker

Today an endowed scholarship in Solomon’s name supports minority students studying social work.

2 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Scholarships, Social Work
Eric Chastain Eric Chastain | PHOTO COURTESY OF ERIC CHASTAIN Pillars of Strength

From U.S. Soldier to USC Social Worker

U.S. Army Battalion Sgt. Maj. Eric Chastain watched 22 of his friends die. Then came a death he wasn’t prepared for.

3 min readAlumni Life, Social Impact, Military, Social Work, Veterans
Conversion of Henrique Gilte This piece from USC Libraries’ special collections documents the conversion of Henrique Gilte, who gave up the Protestant faith of his parents for Roman Catholicism at California’s Mission Santa Clara in 1839 | PHOTO BY PAULA GOLDMAN AND PROVIDED COURTESY OF USC LIBRARY ARCHIVES Hands-On History

Students Immerse Themselves in the Past to Uncover Untold Stories

From traveling abroad to digging through treasures, USC undergraduates go beyond the book to interpret history.

13 min readHumanities, History, Libraries, Student Life
A Century of Service Thousands of military officers have gotten their start as ROTC cadets at USC. | PHOTO BY STEVE COHN A Call to Serve

USC and the U.S. Military: 100 Years of Fighting On

The university celebrates a century of service with the U.S. armed forces.

8 min readUniversity, Military, Student Life, USC History, Veterans
Gillian Hadfield Ready to revamp tradition, a USC Gould professor champions legal accessibility and affordability. | PHOTO COURTESY OF USC GOULD SCHOOL OF LAW Game Changer

A USC Gould Professor is Ready to Shake Up the Legal System

Gillian Hadfield champions legal accessibility and affordability.

3 min readPolicy/Law, Innovation, Law
Gwynn Wilson Student Union Building 6 Trojan Trivia

Campus Quiz: Can You Identify These Arches?

Arches and arcades abound at USC.

2 min readUniversity, Architecture, Buildings
Potter's Lane Rendering At Potter’s Lane, repurposed steel shipping containers were converted to energy-efficient, sustainable housing units on a formerly vacant lot. | RENDERING BY SVA ARCHITECTS Home Front

Housing for Homeless Vets—in Transformed Shipping Containers

A USC Rossier graduate student builds a community through her housing nonprofit.

2 min readSocial Impact, Student Life, Housing, Sustainability, Veterans
Mashamba Sisters With the help of USC Gould students, the Mashamba sisters have found safety and a new home in California. | PHOTO BY BRIAN VAN DER BRUG/LOS ANGELES TIMES Against the Odds

USC Gould Students Help Bring Tanzanian Sisters to Safety

USC’s Immigration Clinic wins asylum for two persecuted girls born with albinism.

2 min readSocial Impact, Immigration, Law
Stevie Tuikolovatu A Trojan defensive lineman tackles an issue close to his heart: helping people age with dignity. | ILLUSTRATION BY JACQUI OAKLEY Improving with Age

Stevie Tu’ikolovatu’s Other Side—Helping Seniors Age with Dignity

A Trojan Football defensive lineman tackles an issue close to his heart.

3 min readAthletics, Student Life, Aging, Football, Gerontology
Patrons of Promis Widney Society members’ generosity leads to life-changing opportunities for students and faculty. | PHOTO BY STEVE COHN Patrons of Promise

Widney Society Generosity Enables Exceptional Student Experiences

Donors see giving pay off through opportunities for students to learn from top faculty.

3 min readStudent Life, University, Campaign for USC, Student Life
Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky Husband-and-wife pair Patrick Downes and Jessica Kensky | PHOTO COURTESY OF WALTER REED NATIONAL MILITARY MEDICAL CENTER One Step at a Time

A Boston Marathon Survivor Finds Support On the Road to Recovery

With the help of a USC occupational therapy alumna, a runner copes with double amputation and moves ahead with her life.

4 min readAlumni Life, Health, Alumni, Occupational Therapy
Proud to Serve PHOTO BY DUSTIN SNIPES Now and Again

Proud to Serve: USC’s Air Force ROTC at 70 Years and Counting

Today’s reserve officers in training draw on a long legacy of service.

2 min readStudent Life, Military, Student Life, USC History
Rick Caruso USC Trustee Rick Caruso will receive the 2017 Asa V. Call Award, the university’s highest recognition for alumni. | PHOTO BY STEVE COHN Building Success

Rick Caruso Honored with the 2017 Asa V. Call Award

The USC Alumni Association recognizes USC trustee and visionary real estate developer Rick Caruso ’80.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni Association, Awards, Campaign for USC, Trustees
Taylor Felix and Kelli Tennant Getting in the Game

These Sports Broadcasters Do What They Love

If you follow L.A. sports, chances are you’ve seen Trojans Taylor Felix and Kelli Tennant on the field and in the booth.

3 min readAlumni Life, Athletics, Communications, Journalism, Media
Dave Gabler Taking the Lead

USC Student Body Presidents: How the Role Changed Their Lives

Three Trojan alums from different decades reflect on their time as undergrad leaders.

5 min readAlumni Life, Politics, Student Life
Amy Trask A USC Gould alumna’s cold call launched her a career. | PHOTO BY PETER READ MILLER A New Playbook

A Trojan’s Journey From Intern to L.A. Raiders CEO

Her cold call to the NFL team got her in the door and on her way to a career in sports.

3 min readAlumni Life, Policy/Law, Football, Law
Justin Chang USC Annenberg alumnus Justin Chang got his passion for film, in part, from his dad. | PHOTO BY EARL GIBSON Critical Thinker

Trojan Earns High Marks as a Los Angeles Times Film Critic

Justin Chang’s first love was writing. Or was it film? Today he does both.

3 min readAlumni Life, Cinema, Journalism
Valerie Burdick Humphrey London Calling

Behind the Scenes at Westminster Abbey

Southern Californian Valerie Burdick Humphrey ’82 has surprises in store at London’s historic church.

3 min readAlumni Life, Alumni, Museums, Philanthropy
Student Apps Logos Start Me Up

3 Student-Made Apps With a Fresh Approach to Business as Usual

Get some quick takes on enterprising Trojans who launched their own business ideas while still in school.

2 min readBusiness, Student Life, Entrepreneurship, Startups
Women with Vision Welcome to the Board

5 Accomplished Community Leaders Join the USC Board of Trustees

Meet the dynamic women who joined USC’s governing board last fall.

5 min readUniversity, Alumni, Trustees
Jeffrey Kahane Courtesy of the USC Thornton School of Music Harmonious Partnership

Jeffrey Kahane is Latest Link Between USC and the L.A. Chamber Orchestra

The conductor and pianist joins USC Thornton full time this year.

2 min readArts, Faculty, Music
FUNGI IN SPACE Weird Science

4 Surprising Scientific Discoveries with Potential Health Benefits

USC researchers tackle topics from arthritic fish to the hive mind.

1 min readHealth, Science/Technology, Research
Coming to Troy The house at 1175 29th St. in Los Angeles served as ground zero for scores of Chinese engineering students who came to USC seeking a better future. Trojans Worldwide

Chinese Tech Pioneers Look Back at Their USC Years

More than 30 years ago, a nondescript Craftsman near campus housed scores of students from China. Few could have predicted what it would launch.

9 min readAlumni Life, Science/Technology, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Student Life