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Cameron M. Thornton '76 believes each of us has a story to tell.

In My Opinion

November 12, 2012

I was born in East Los Angeles, Calif., in the fall of 1954. Shortly after that my family moved to a duplex that my grandfather had built in Wilmington near San Pedro. After that we moved to the suburb of Whittier. The…

J. Paul Reddam, ’82

Saddle Your Dreams

September 14, 2012

The chestnut thoroughbred had a certain je ne sais quoi. “He’s all class,” said J. Paul Reddam, who owned the racing horse, I’ll Have Another. “It’s just something you sense when…

Trio of Trojans

The Trojan Trio

September 6, 2012

The Kott family has held seats at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for 60 years.   However, William, Paul and Krystin Kott share more than this connection. They represent three generations of Trojans who embrace the…

Victory Wellington Peters' portrait in his USC yearbook c. 1924. Courtesy of the Peters family.

In Memoriam: Victor Wellington Peters, 109

August 24, 2012

Victor Wellington Peters, USC's oldest alumnus, died Aug. 12 at age 109. Born Sept. 29, 1902, in Kansas City, Mo., he moved to Southern California with his family in 1919. Upon arriving, Peters enrolled at the newly created…

USC Dornsife freshman Azmera Hammouri-Davis flashes a Trojan sign while her mother, Tamara Hammouri Mie, gives the pinky and thumb salute -- the symbol of aloha and hang loose in Hawaii. Inside the USC Pertusati Bookstore, USC Dornsife incoming transfer student Baron Barrera buys textbooks with his wife, Cayla Barrera. Photos by Ben Pack.

Brink of Life

August 24, 2012

Arriving at USC from Oahu, Hawaii, the first thing Azmera Hammouri-Davis unpacked was a Kukui nut lei, a traditional greeting gift she brought for her roommate. The state tree of Hawaii, the Kukui has a spiritual meaning of…

Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety, made good on a promise to return to USC Dornsife and finish his studies toward a bachelor's degree in history. Photo by Duane Ryder.

Steely Determination

July 30, 2012

When Troy Polamalu left Los Angeles to join the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003, he vowed to return and complete his college education. On May 13, 2011, he traded in his black and gold Steelers helmet and jersey for a black…

Studying in Jordan: Anna Miner

Seeking Peace in the Middle East

July 26, 2012

During her sophomore year in high school, Anna Miner read Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi’s autobiography and became fascinated with the complexities of Middle Eastern and South Asian states. “Before…

Lee Crystal (MLS '12) shakes hands with Jim Kincaid (right), Aerol Arnold Chair in English and Professor of English, and chair of the MLS Faculty Board in USC Dornsife, after Crystal presented his research at the international symposium. Nita Kincaid looks on. Photo by Emily Loynachan.

USC Dornsife’s Master of Liberal Studies Program Hosts International Symposium

July 16, 2012

Under an umbrella in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center courtyard, students from USC Dornsife’s Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program traded spirited ideas about Friedrich Nietzsche’s “God is Dead”…

Lorna Joachim, daughter of Mary Roney, presents a copy of her mother's thesis to Master of Liberal Students (MLS) program student Jeri Schuessler-Loynchan (right), who won the first Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship. Photo by Ambrosia Brody.

MLS Program Awards First Mary Roney Scholarship

July 12, 2012

Jeri Schuessler-Loynachan became the first Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program student to receive The Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship during the program’s annual colloquium. The family of Mary Roney, who earned a…

Thomas J. Barrack Jr. began his real estate investment career as president of Dunn International Corp. He received a B.A. in sociology from USC Dornsife in 1969. Photo by Fabrice Malard.

USC Dornsife Alumnus Named University Trustee

June 28, 2012

Thomas J. Barrack Jr. ’69, founder, chairman and CEO of Los Angeles-based Colony Capital LLC, one of the world’s largest private equity real estate firms, was elected to the USC Board of Trustees on June…