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2009 News Archives

Lisa Bitel and Peter Mancall of USC College's Department of History have been married 24 years. Mancall appeared on <em>The Daily Show with Jon Stewart</em> discussing his new book about Henry Hudson on July 14. Bitel's book, <em>Landscape with Two Saints</em>, was also recently published. Photo credit Andrew Mancall.

A Marriage of Two Minds

July 10, 2009

Peter Mancall and Lisa Bitel enjoy more in common than many married couples. Both are historians in USC College. Both are Harvard grads. And both have authored newly released books. Mancall appeared on The Daily Show with Jon…

Mellon Foundation Grant Supports Graduate Research

July 10, 2009

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has approved a three-year $883,000 grant for the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute’s (EMSI) programs for 2009 to 2012.  USC College Dean Howard Gillman said the College…

Keep the Dream Alive

Keep the Dream Alive

July 8, 2009

Jason Thomas certainly has a knack for crunching numbers. An alumnus of USC College, he graduated with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics in four years. He went on to earn his doctorate in political…

True Colors in the Autumn Years

True Colors in the Autumn Years

July 7, 2009

The cadre of USC alumni who had earned their bachelor's degrees at least 50 years earlier met for the first time the morning of June 11, 1949. Clarence W. Pierce, 1898 alumnus and founder of Los Angeles Pierce College,…

Daniel Seddiqui ’05 has embarked on an unusual career path — working 50 jobs, each for one week, in 50 states. Illustration by Molly Sullivan.

50 Jobs, 50 States, 50 Weeks

July 1, 2009

Did you know that the moment a raindrop hits surface water, the chemistry of the surface water changes? Or that hosting a rodeo is so pricey, just the dirt can set you back $8,000? When farmers converse, did you know they're…

A New Face for USC College Magazine

A New Face for USC College Magazine

June 30, 2009

With this issue we launch the newly redesigned USC College Magazine. The aim of the publication's new design is to better capture the breadth and depth of the College through words and colorful images. We seek to continue…

The <em>Dendrobium nobile</em> orchid as illustrated by John Nugent Fitch in <em>The Orchid Album</em> (1886).

Beauty & Good Taste

June 25, 2009

The origin of Joseph Arditti's orchid fascination is a simple one. It all began when he was an undergraduate and found a job helping a wealthy Bel Air resident cultivate his orchids. He repotted and did other tasks at first,…

USC College alumnus Tom Glissmeyer will draw on his education as an economics major to manage his promising golf career. Photo credit USC Sports Information.

Champ in One

June 24, 2009

As Tom Glissmeyer '09 teed up at the U.S. Open Championship in 2003, he had plenty to be nervous about. This was his first PGA Tour event and, at 16, he was the youngest player in contention. Tiger Woods was one hole ahead of…

USC College alumni Gary Lee ‘07 and Emily Fetting ‘06 stand in front the West Wing of the White House. Lee works for President Barack Obama as a White House liaison. Photo courtesy of Gary Lee.

The Road to the White House

June 22, 2009

Gary Lee remembered vying for student body president during his senior year in USC College and losing. Lee, a political science major, took the loss to heart. He went to talk to his former professor, Howard Gillman, who…

Andrea McBride ’07 is cofounder and chief executive officer of Lineage Imports and co-owner of St. Luke’s Estate Wines. Photo courtesy of Andrea McBride.

Going Green and Giving Back

June 18, 2009

Faced with the threat of global climate change, businesses are increasingly focused on the development of sound environmental practices. Young entrepreneurs such as USC College alumna Andrea McBride '07 are at the forefront of…