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In the new Fisher Fellows Program, USC Dornsife first-generation undergraduates will participate in international travel, field research and community service. Sam Fisher graduated from USC Dornsife in 2011. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Becoming a Giver

January 28, 2015

When it comes to fly fishing, Sam Fisher may have the patience of a monk. But in regard to giving back, the USC Dornsife alumnus refuses to wait. “You’ve gotta give back when something is given to you,”…

Alumnus Hovanes Margarian is so proud of his USC Dornsife education he has decorated the offices of his Glendale law firm with Trojan memorabilia, including this giant photograph of Tommy Trojan. Photos courtesy of Hovanes Margarian.

The Accidental Attorney

January 26, 2015

Hovanes Margarian never intended to become an attorney. After graduating in just three years from USC Dornsife in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, Margarian had applied to medical school and was on…

As one of the government’s most experienced disaster response experts, alumnus Ben Hemingway led the battle against the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia, where he is seen with local residents. Photos courtesy of Ben Hemingway.

When Disaster Strikes

January 21, 2015

Explaining to anguished parents why they could not hold their dead children and kiss them one last time before putting them in the ground was one of many tough challenges humanitarian aid workers faced during the recent Ebola…

Earning his bachelor’s and Ph.D. in international relations at USC Dornsife, Andrew Manning taught courses on foreign policy at the VonKleinSmid Center, shown here. Photo by Taylor Faust.

In Memoriam: Andrew Manning, 42

January 5, 2015

Andrew Manning, an alumnus and faculty member at USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations, died unexpectedly on Christmas Day. Manning earned his bachelor’s in 1994 and Ph.D. in international relations in…

Louis Zamperini was selected in May as grand marshal for the 126th Tournament of Roses. He died July 2 and was honored during the parade. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Zamperini Honored at Rose Parade

January 5, 2015

Trojan legend Louis Zamperini was honored in dramatic form during the recent Tournament of Roses. Two of the horses that portray USC mascot Traveler walked side-by-side near the start of the parade, followed by Zamperini…

Alumnus Louis Zamperini is honored in the newly launched Louis Zamperini Scholarship. Here, the late Zamperini shares a moment with Angelina Jolie, who directed the upcoming film <em>Unbroken</em> about his life. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Saluting the Unbroken Spirit

December 18, 2014

In honor of alumnus Louis Zamperini and to keep the Trojan legend’s unbreakable spirit alive, USC has launched an endowed scholarship in his name. The Louis Zamperini Scholarship will be awarded annually to a male or…

As The Huntington president, English alumna Laura Skandera Trombley looks forward to working with The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West and the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. Francine Orr, Copyright, 2014, <em>Los Angeles Times</em>. Reprinted with permission.

Trombley Joins The Huntington

December 18, 2014

Growing up surrounded by tract housing in a Los Angeles suburb, Laura Skandera Trombley loved to escape with her mother to visit The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. There, in the San Marino,…

U.S. and Nicaragua teams after a game in the capitol city of Managua in 2013, part of a baseball tour organized by the International Baseball Academy of Central America. Photos courtesy of Bob Oettinger.

Play Ball

December 18, 2014

Quintessentially American, baseball is widely recognized as the national sport. Internationally, however, the bases aren’t fully loaded. This became clear in 2005, when the International Olympic Committee dropped…

A determined problem-solver, Michael Bergmann oversaw development of the exceedingly durable compound XDR used in the soles of Nike tennis shoes today. Photos courtesy of Michael Bergmann.

High Performance

December 16, 2014

Throughout his 30-year career with Nike, USC Dornsife alumnus Michael Bergmann recalled how again and again he would be thrown into a situation where he had to think on his feet to solve a problem. In one scenario in 2004, a…

Alumnus Viet Luong, the first Vietnamese-born general officer in the United States military, seated in the cockpit of an AH-64D Apache Longbow attack helicopter assigned to the Air Cavalry Brigade at Fort Hood, Texas. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Army.

Star Soldier

December 10, 2014

In 1975, when Viet Luong was 9 years old he escaped the ravages of wartorn Vietnam aboard a United States aircraft carrier along with his parents and seven sisters. The following day, Saigon fell. “My father, who had…