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Dominique Byrd, seen here playing in 2004, received his degree in African American studies from USC Dornsife on May 15. Photo courtesy of USC Athletics.

NFL Vet Returns for Degree

May 19, 2015

It started with a promise. It was Feb. 6, 2002 — the day before his 18th birthday — and Dominique Byrd was about to sign his national letter of intent to play football for USC. For Cheryl Bowens, it would mean…

Wendy Garcia-Nava came to USC with support from the Neighborhood Academic Initiative. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

A Prophetic T-shirt

May 14, 2015

There’s a snapshot of Wendy Garcia-Nava as a fourth-grader that’s downright prophetic: She’s standing by a fountain in Pardee Plaza, shyly waving at the camera. The T-shirt she’s wearing reads:…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Shea Livingston, Karen Arcos and Thomas Armstrong.

Three of the Best

May 13, 2015

Shea Livingston After Shea Livingston’s grandfather died in 2010, she and her mother were sorting through his papers when they found an extraordinary document: a leather-bound graduation program embossed with the words…

In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

May 12, 2015

This year’s valedictorian and salutatorian both have majors in USC Dornsife: Alexander Yuen of biological sciences and Carrie Ruth Moore of creative writing. Hailing from Sacramento, California, and Atlanta, Georgia,…

Standard of Excellence

May 11, 2015

Alexander Yuen — Valedictorian When Alexander Yuen steps to the podium on Friday to give his valedictory address at USC’s 132nd commencement, it’ll be with a sense of trepidation and déjà…

Leonard Williams was drafted April 30 by the New York Jets. Photo by John McGillen.

USC Dornsife Student Chosen Sixth in NFL Draft

May 5, 2015

USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams was selected by the New York Jets with the sixth pick of the 2015 NFL Draft. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor was taken 20th by the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday. The pair’s choosing…

Touring the University Park campus on May 2 are, from left: USC President C. L. Max Nikias; Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie Abe; and Niki C. Nikias.  Photos by Gus Ruelas.

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Visits USC

May 2, 2015

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan could not leave the U.S. without returning to USC. Abe stopped at the University Park Campus on his way to Los Angeles International Airport on May 2, after a week of historic diplomacy that…

High school student and future USC Dornsife chemistry major Belen Espinoza, far left, asks senior Thomas Do a question about his research project. Photos by Susan Bell.

Symposium Synergy

April 29, 2015

Belen Espinoza listened intently as Thomas Do, a junior majoring in chemistry at USC Dornsife, explained his research into how a cobalt catalyst can be used to convert carbon dioxide into more useful derivatives. Practical…

Soonja Choe, the first woman president of Inha University, talks with students. Choe has taught and conducted research there for 28 years. Photo courtesy of Soonja Choe.

Strength of Spirit and Mind

April 29, 2015

Growing up in Incheon, South Korea, Soonja Choe’s family was very poor. Her mother never went to school and her father had a limited grade-school education. Choe was just 12 years old when he died, leaving her mother to…

Frank Suraci, Rob Kuznia and Rebecca Kimitch, from left, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Photo by Robert Casillas.

USC Shoah Foundation’s Rob Kuznia Wins Pulitzer Prize

April 21, 2015

Rob Kuznia, a member of the communication staff of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History, has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting. Kuznia was awarded the prize for work done at the…