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USC College alumnus Taylor Hackford '68 holds up his Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award trophy, flanked by USC President Steven Sample (right) and Robert Padgett '68, president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, whom Hackford met while both were students. Photo credit Steve Cohn.

USC College Alumnus Wins Asa V. Call Alumni Achievement Award

April 27, 2010

Most people think alumnus and Academy Award-winning director Taylor Hackford is a product of USC's School of Cinematic Arts. "Actually, he never went to film school," noted USC President Steven Sample. "He studied…

Photo courtesy of the Natural History Museum and Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging.

Fridays Are Happening

April 26, 2010

Combining science, music and a late night at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County might seem like a strange idea to some. But Michael Quick, executive vice dean in USC College and moderator of the museum’s…

Political Science undergraduate Helen Moser was among 75 chosen of more than 630 nationwide applicants for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

A Year in 'Das Land der Dichter und Denker'

April 20, 2010

As an intern with the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, Helen Moser researched pros and cons for a proposed law that would ban tobacco displays in stores. Working for member Mary Scanlon, whose party opposed the bill, Moser…

More than 150 juniors and seniors, mostly from USC College, take Phi Beta Kappa Society's official oath after receiving their certificates as new inductees. Photo credit Brian Morri.

A Lifelong Love of Learning

April 9, 2010

"Love of learning is the guide of life." This Greek motto gives the Phi Beta Kappa Society its name. On March 26 at Town and Gown, 178 seniors and 13 juniors, mostly from USC College, joined the ranks of this elite society…

Californians Polled on Social Issues and Governor and Senate Races

Californians Polled on Social Issues and Governor and Senate Races

April 5, 2010

New poll results reveal important shifts in public attitudes toward illegal immigrants in California, a bellwether state for the debate over immigration policy. In a departure from voter attitudes in the past, Californian…

Tammara Anderson (left), Mitchell Lew, Daniel Potter, Janet Lin and Holly Villamagna at the speaking event on campus. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Obstetrician Delivered Flourishing Program

March 30, 2010

A biology undergraduate in USC College, Daniel Potter wanted to become a doctor, but found it difficult to volunteer at local clinics or hospitals to gain first-hand experience. "Half the time, you'd call to volunteer and…

International Relations Begin in the Classroom

International Relations Begin in the Classroom

March 29, 2010

This year, the Teaching International Relations Program (TIRP) had a record number of volunteers and the spaces went quickly. Many of the students involved are veterans who return semester after semester for a program…

High school students slice open a sheep's kidney in a lab exercise for a seminar taught by Albert Herrera, professor of biological sciences. Photo credit Liz Gill.

Summer 2010 Gets Even Brighter for High School Students

March 24, 2010

USC College is offering an expanded array of summer courses for high school students through the USC Office of Continuing Education & Summer Programs. Four-week seminars being offered for the first time include Forensic…

USC College students pose at the site of the bridge in the village of Sikoro, Mali. Top row, from left to right, Adriana Lovera, Monica Murillo, Kamau Butcher, Matt Seals, Greg Woodburn, Joshua Lang, Breanna Morrison. Bottom row, from left to right, Berit Elam, Lauren Nalepa, Adrian Au, Daniel McLaughlin, Myra Chai, Lauren Ciszak, Cathy Sherman, Shaimaa Abdelhamid. Photo courtesy Myra Chai.

In the Garden of Sikoro

March 16, 2010

To call it a life-changing experience isn't hyperbole. The three-week trip USC College students took in December 2009 to the West African country of Mali -- where they oversaw plans for the construction of a bridge and labored…

All Were Aboard on the Magic Poetry Bus

All Were Aboard on the Magic Poetry Bus

March 4, 2010

The stars all aligned for the Magic Poetry Bus on the evening of March 1 to the delight of an appreciative audience in the Davidson Center. The Get Lit troupe, poets, professors and celebrities altogether reveled in the…