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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…

A vehicular accident after his freshman year at USC impacted Bob Padgett’s life in ways he could not have expected. The event helped the emergency room physician discover his passion for medicine and desire to help others. Photo by Max S. Gerber.

An Accident with Purpose

June 25, 2012

On a bright day in 1964, Bob Padgett drove a company Ford van down two-lane Highway 4 from Hayward, Calif., to a construction site in Pittsburg, a 43-mile trip, and rounded the top of a small hill. Without any warning signage…

Learning a new language while strengthening their understanding of how business is conducted in East Asia, is the main focus of the Summer 2012 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship. A USC Dornsife graduate and undergraduate student are spending the Summer semester in Taiwan and Beijing, China, studying Mandarin. They were among six USC undergraduate and graduate students named FLAS Fellows for Summer 2012.

Broadening Language Skills in East Asia

June 21, 2012

A USC Dornsife recent graduate and undergraduate have received the Summer 2012 Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for their commitment to developing their Mandarin language skills. They are spending the Summer…

From left, USC data analyst Shawn Irish and USC Dornsife undergraduate researchers Matthew Orr, Eric Hotchkiss, and Travis de Ronde stand with mirrors atop the 60-foot solar tower on Mt. Wilson. Photo by Jie Gu.

Black Pearls of the Sun

June 13, 2012

Atop Mt. Wilson overlooking Pasadena, dozens of stargazers peered through telescopes at a celestial wonder. A few people donned T-shirts declaring “I Witnessed the Transit of Venus.”  To mark the event that…

USC Dornsife alumna Parita Shah, vice president at APCO Worldwide, credits her parents for her passion for politics and public service. During the course of her career, she has worked for Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, among others. Last fall, she spent two months in Beijing as the senior adviser to the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke. Photo courtesy of Parita Shah.

A Dream Realized

June 11, 2012

Parita Shah was a freshman in high school when then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton announced in 1991 he would run for president. Shah, whose parents emigrated from India, monitored the presidential race closely on the…

The Fulbright Scholarship was established to increase the mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. USC Dornsife students and alumni who are 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars will study and teach throughout the world. Clockwise is Caitlin Bradbury: Mexico; Sarah Goodrum: Germany; Huibin Amelia Chew: the Philippines; Nina Gordon-Kirsch: Israel; Nelly Chávez: Spain; and Daniel Paly: Brazil.

That’s Right, You Earned a Fulbright

May 22, 2012

Six USC Dornsife students and alumni have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship awarding them for academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement. Established in 1946 and sponsored by the United…

USC Dornsife alumnus Daniel Wu has been awarded <em>USA Today</em>’s All-USA College Academic Team scholarship for his civic engagement in Los Angeles. He was selected from a nationwide pool as a first team winner. Wu graduated with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies in 2010. Photo by Laurie Moore.

Advocate for Equality

May 18, 2012

During his freshman year in USC Dornsife, Daniel Wu volunteered in South Central Los Angeles, where he listened to new immigrants talk about the difficulties they encountered attempting to find work and better housing. He…

USC Dornsife alumna Erica Silva, who graduated with a B.A. in political science in December 2011, has been recognized by the USC Latino Alumni Association with the 2012 John R. Hubbard Award for her work to improve opportunities for Latino students.

USC Dornsife Alumna Receives 2012 John R. Hubbard Award

May 10, 2012

As USC Norman Topping Student Aid Fund’s outreach coordinator, USC Dornsife undergraduate Erica Silva noticed a disturbing trend in local high schools. “Many students don’t have the information they need to…

Bill Handley, associate professor of English (right), instructs USC Dornsife's Master of Liberal Arts (MLS) student Nathan Masters in the course "Ideas of Nature." Photo courtesy of MLS.

Master of Liberal Studies Program Creates New Scholarship

May 8, 2012

The USC Dornsife Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) program has established The Mary Roney Memorial Scholarship, an annual award given to a meritorious MLS student. The award will provide support to students who have returned to…