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Step by Step

Step by Step

July 1, 2008

Pulling on a pair of sweats, Deara “DeDe” Okonkwo pirouetted, rumbaed and tapped into summer. Inside her South Los Angeles dance studio, the image of her petite frame in a cotton-candy-pink sweat suit bounced off…

Armenian Studies Institute Salutes Trustee

Armenian Studies Institute Salutes Trustee

June 1, 2008

At its annual fundraising event, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies recognized philanthropist-entrepreneur and USC trustee Ronald Tutor. Founded in 2005, the USC Institute of Armenian Studies is a multidisciplinary program…

International Relations Expert to Direct Public Diplomacy Center

International Relations Expert to Direct Public Diplomacy Center

May 1, 2008

Following a national search, noted diplomat and international relations expert Geoffrey Wiseman has been appointed to serve as director of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. Housed at the USC Annenberg School for…

Fight On for Darfur

Fight On for Darfur

May 1, 2008

During a recent Darfur awareness event, USC College student Kathy Schmidt turned the tables on speaker Mia Farrow, enlightening the actor-activist about an aspect of the atrocities in Africa. Taking the microphone at Bovard…

Commencement 2008

Commencement 2008

May 1, 2008

Head of the Class Julianne Yulan Gale is living proof that trying to cubbyhole people is a waste of time. She defies categorization. An academic superstar in computer science, she is also an experienced actress. ... For…

Creating Miracles: Down to a Science

Creating Miracles: Down to a Science

May 1, 2008

The world’s first implantable retinal prosthesis — a wee intraocular camera tinier than a Tic-Tac — has become Noelle Stiles’ dedicated focus. Each day, Stiles is eager to work on developing the device…

Science Stars

Science Stars

May 1, 2008

When April 1 rolled around, USC College undergraduates Dallas Shi and Sonya Hanson both knew that Goldwater Scholarship announcements were just around the corner. Shi anxiously checked the honorable mention list first. Not…

New Center for Study of Immigrant Integration Announced

New Center for Study of Immigrant Integration Announced

May 1, 2008

USC College and the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development (SPPD) have created a new center addressing the urgent need for knowledge about the successful integration of immigrants. College Dean Howard Gillman and…

Tales from Commencement

May 1, 2008

Andrea Contreras Here is how a fellow student described Andrea Contreras, who graduated with degrees in two demanding majors — political science and neuroscience — and is headed to law school at Columbia University…

10,000 Degrees to be Awarded

May 1, 2008

More than 40,000 graduates and their families are expected to fill Alumni Memorial Park and the sites of 34 satellite ceremonies for the 125th annual commencement at USC Friday. “Students take their place in a long…