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Mischalgrace Diasanta, the Mary Roney Scholarship winner for 2013, is congratulated by Susan Kamei, Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) director and Jim Kincaid, chair of the MLS faculty board, who presented Diasanta with a copy of the master's thesis by Mary Roney. Photo by Erica Christianson.

MLS Program Awards Mary Roney Scholarship

July 12, 2013

Mischalgrace Diasanta of USC Dornsife Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) has received the Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship for 2013. MLS presented Diasanta, who as a MLS student wrote about the early depiction of Muslim…

International relations alumna Erica Berger ’09 was singled out by <em>Forbes</em> magazine as being one of the intellectual best of her generation, naming her one of “30 Under 30” to watch in the media category. Photo by Ashley N. Stefan.

Building a Buzz

July 10, 2013

Nothing takes the edge off a Monday morning like learning that Forbes magazine is celebrating you as a young media maven. Although the elite magazine had requested alumna Erica Berger’s photograph, she didn’t yet…

USC Dornsife alumna Lizette Salas watches her tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club on February 28, 2013 in Singapore, Southeast Asia. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

On an Upswing

June 28, 2013

For Lizette Salas, it’s all about the follow through. After graduating from USC Dornsife in 2011, Salas became a professional golfer, competing on the Symetra Tour in seven tournaments. She then played in the U.S.…

Mitchell Lew holds a bachelor’s in biological sciences from USC Dornsife. He worked for 10 years in private practice in obstetrics and gynecology before moving over to the business side of medicine. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Alumnus Mitchell Lew named USC Trustee

June 5, 2013

Physician, health care entrepreneur and longtime USC volunteer Mitchell W. Lew ’83, MD ’87 has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees. Lew is CEO of Prospect Medical Systems, an independent physician association…

Sean Little, who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2006 with a bachelor's in English, was inspired by his professor and mentor Alice Echols to use his English degree in an innovative way. Little photo by Erica Christianson. Echols photo by Philip Channing.

Getting That First Job

May 23, 2013

As many children do, Sean Little dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Then the Manhattan Beach native decided spending his days in the sunshine as a lifeguard was his calling. By the time he reached high school, he felt a tug…

USC Alumni Award Recipients (from left to right): Mark Ridley-Thomas '89, Linda Givvin ’70, Barbara Cotler ’60, USC Trustee Frank Fertitta III ’84, Geraldine Knatz '79 and USC Trustee Jerry Neely ’58. Photo by Steve Cohn.

Exceptional Alumni

May 9, 2013

The very definition of “80 years young,” the USC Alumni Awards marked the completion of its eighth decade by celebrating the accomplishments of seven stellar Trojans on April 27. The event, hosted by the USC Alumni…

Peter La Chapelle ’02 takes a cue from Woody Guthrie and finds his own way to persevere.

In My Opinion

May 7, 2013

Most historians start off not with a rich vein of sources, but with some basic information and a hunch. That is where historical imagination makes its entrance. R.G. Collingwood’s turn of phrase “historical…

Tom Nolan, who earned a bachelor's degree in biology from USC Dornsife in 1977, is an Earth explorer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. Here, he teaches children about NASA at JPL. Photo courtesy of Tom Nolan.

Tommy Trojan Personified

April 10, 2013

After graduating from USC Dornsife in 1977, Tom Nolan became . . . Tommy Trojan. Not in a metaphorical sense. “I rode as Tommy Trojan from 1977 to 1980, when I moved to Alaska, and again from 1988 to 1996 after I moved…

An 1872 illustration depicts the seven African Americans who held seats in the 41st and 42nd United States Congress, a mere seven years after the abolition of slavery. The illustration is part of an African American history exhibit at Walt Disney's EPCOT, scripted by USC Dornsife lecturer and alumnus Anthony Sparks. Courtesy of the Kinsey Collection.

Narratives of Integrity

April 3, 2013

Did you know that in the post-Emancipation Reconstruction era — and only seven years after the abolition of slavery — seven African Americans had seats in the United States Congress? All were from formerly…

William Van Cleave directed the Strategic Studies Program in USC Dornsife's School of International Relations, where he was professor of international relations, from 1967 to 1987. Here, he teaches in his earlier years. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Van Cleave.

In Memoriam: William Van Cleave, 77

March 21, 2013

William Van Cleave, former senior adviser to President Ronald Reagan, the United States Department of Defense, Department of State, and former professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, has died. He was 77. Van…