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Students hike with Ainsley Carry, far right, USC vice provost of student affairs. Photos by Tim Rue.

No lectern, no laptop? No problem for Trojans and their teachers hiking on SoCal’s scenic trails

May 26, 2016

Ask the average college student: “What’s your best memory involving a professor?” “Sitting near a waterfall munching on trail mix” probably won’t be the common response. But for a…

Alfonso Gonzales started at USC in 1947 as the first person in his family to go to college. Photos by Gus Ruelas.

Never Too Late

May 24, 2016

My first memory is of my grandmother. I’m 4 years old and she’s wearing a long dress and cooking tortillas in the boarding house she ran in the Lompoc, Calif., mining camp where I was born. Now, I am four years…

James, who was incarcerated in state prison for 33 years, is the subject of a student-produced video centered on The Francisco Homes, a Los Angeles charity that helps “ex-lifers” re-integrate into society following their release.

Class brings together writing, film and community engagement

May 23, 2016

OPEN ON BLACK CUT TO: INT. VEHICLE, VIEW THROUGH WINDSHIELD – DUSK. The vehicle heads north up a freeway onramp, passing under several bridges. The hum of the vehicle in motion is all we hear. The camera’s focus…

Samantha Bricio in action. Photo by John McGillen.

Women’s volleyball captain Samantha Bricio says adios to USC — for now

May 16, 2016

Sophomore setter Baylee Johnson lovingly calls her Trojan volleyball teammates the “gang of giraffes.” At 6 feet 2 inches, Samantha Bricio certainly fits that description. But when she first arrived as a…

Photo by Mike Glier.

Commencement 2016: The Big Day is Here

May 13, 2016

Graduates, families and friends — more than 60,000 in all — participated in USC’s Commencement 2016 festivities on campus on Friday, May 13. Amid the various events, USC Dornsife conferred 1,622 Bachelor of…

Neuroscience major Adrienne Visani will be honored as one of two Class of 2016 salutatorians at USC's 133rd Commencement.

Sleep is a waste of time for salutatorian Adrienne Visani

May 12, 2016

Adrienne Visani gets very little sleep. That’s the only rational explanation for her extraordinary resume. Fortunately, her body demands only five or six hours a night. Even that small concession she makes…

Through a writing course led by Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing Mark Marino (kneeling, holding flyer), students undertook service-learning projects with organizations that serve the homeless and underprivileged. Photo courtesy of Mark Marino.

Writing students break away from the classroom to help the homeless

May 10, 2016

For Mark Marino, writing is about more than just staring at a computer screen. His students in “Advanced Writing” (WRIT 340) are expected to transform life experiences into thinking. Marino, associate professor…

Kyle Pham’s startup CubeForme sends out a monthly box of 3-D design objects to its subscribers. Each month features a different designer from around the world. Photos courtesy of Kyle Pham.

Undergraduate’s startup company highlighted by Inc. Magazine

May 9, 2016

Many people are familiar with the CSA (community supported agriculture) boxes that deliver a selection of seasonal, local produce to your kitchen every month. But what if you could get another kind of treat in the mail on a…

USC Dornsife's 2016 Fulbright Fellows

Fulbright Fellows Worldwide

May 9, 2016

This year, 12 USC Dornsife undergraduate and graduate students and alumni earned Fulbright Fellowships. A Fulbright grant supports a year of independent study, research and teaching in one of more than 140 countries. This…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Brooke Kidner, Will Orr and Kirsten Herr.

Scholarship, service and success mark three students’ academic journeys

May 4, 2016

Brooke Kidner: Willing and Able Photo by Mike Glier. It was 2014, and Brooke Kidner was in the hospital again. She was combating severe nausea, headaches and chronic nerve pain, and was sleeping nearly 20 hours a…