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USC College sophomore Greg Woodburn is the founder of the nonprofit organization Give Running, which collects and refurbishes used athletic shoes and distributes them to underprivileged children.

Running Toward the Future

June 2, 2010

When injuries prevented Greg Woodburn from continuing to run track during high school, he never lost his passion for the sport. Instead he directed that energy toward founding a nonprofit organization called Give Running,…

Majoring in international relations in USC College, Amy Herrmann and Ken Sofer will travel to the Middle East this summer to learn Arabic after each was awarded a U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Culturally Speaking

May 25, 2010

Arabic is the fastest-growing foreign language taught in universities and colleges across the country, according to the Modern Language Association. Enrollment in Arabic classes grew 127 percent nationally from 2002 to 2006,…

USC College alumnus Eric Garcia co-wrote the screenplay based on his novel <em>The Repossession Mambo</em>, which was recently transformed into the feature film <em>Repo Men</em>, starring Jude Law and Forest Whitaker.

Crossing Genres

May 20, 2010

Eric Garcia '95 has written about dinosaurs disguised as humans and con men with severe psychological issues. He's also envisioned a future where artificial organs are repossessed when patients can no longer afford them. Repo…

Ronald Gottesman, professor emeritus of English in USC College, remained close with generations of students. "Ron was a father to me and perhaps my closest friend," said author and former USC College Ph.D. student Chris Abani. Photo courtesy of Beth Shube.

In Memoriam: Ronald Gottesman, 77

May 18, 2010

Ronald Gottesman, founding director of the Center for the Humanities at USC, and professor emeritus of English in USC College, has died. He was 77. Gottesman died from complications of pneumonia May 10 at Ronald Reagan UCLA…

Dawn Powell, a senior in USC College, has been awarded a 2010–11 Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil. Photo credit Emily Cavalcanti.

USC College Senior Awarded Fulbright Fellowship

May 10, 2010

Last spring, for the first time, China displaced the United States to become Brazil's biggest trading partner. Yet, many experts are puzzled by the absence of a free trade agreement (FTA) between the two. Such agreements have…

Scott Paterson, professor of earth sciences in USC College, shows a student how to use a Brunton compass to measure rocks that have aligned minerals or layering, during a recent trip in Yosemite National Park. Photo courtesy of Scott Paterson.

Rock 'n' Research

May 6, 2010

Hang around the Department of Earth Sciences in USC College in the spring and you might notice posters on the walls asking pointed questions. "Enjoy hiking, climbing, and traveling to exotic spots?" one asks. "Curious about…

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USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

May 5, 2010

From the Dean Spring/Summer 2010              View the magazine online George Olah came to USC in 1977 as professor of chemistry and scientific director of the newly formed Hydrocarbon…

Professor of Mathematics Sergey Lototsky (right) was a coach of the 2009 USC Putnam team, which placed 84th out of 546 teams at the December mathematics competition. Sophomore Junda Chen (left) was the highest placing member of the team, ranking 311th out of 4,036 contestants. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

USC Team Excels at Math Competition

May 4, 2010

A team comprised of seven undergraduate students from USC College and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering placed 84th out of 546 teams in the 2009 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. Sophomore Junda Chen placed…

David Román, professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, in USC College (left) and his undergraduate Zachary Wolf co-wrote a major performance review for <em>Theatre Journal</em>, as part of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) endeavor. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Surfs Up on Broadway

April 29, 2010

Zachary Wolf, an English senior in USC College, knows his professor's research well because it is also his own. Wolf and David Roman, professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, collaborated on and wrote the lead…

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…