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Alumnus Oscar Balderrama is a script coordinator on the popular television show <em>Arrow</em>. He earned his bachelor's degree in creative writing from USC Dornsife in 2005. Photo courtesy of Oscar Balderrama.

Write on Target

February 6, 2015

For five years, Oliver Queen was presumed dead. Unbeknownst to his family and friends, the billionaire playboy survived a shipwreck only to be stranded on a remote island in the Pacific. When he finally returns home, he finds…

Richard G. Hovannisian, a UCLA emeritus professor, recently joined USC Shoah Foundation, helping to prepare nearly 400 Armenian genocide testimonies. Photo by Dan Avila.

Life as a ‘Half Immigrant’

February 3, 2015

Although he was born in the San Joaquin Valley, Richard G. Hovannisian considers himself a “half immigrant.” The child of Armenian genocide survivors, he grew up straddling two worlds — “the world of…

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…

USC Dornsife’s Chris Reimann and Ama Konadu Amoafo-Yeboah are Mr. USC and Miss USC for 2014-15. Left photo by Gus Ruelas, USC; right photo courtesy of Ama Amoafo-Yeboah.

Order of the Torch

January 13, 2015

Twelve seniors were selected to the 2014-15 Order of the Torch, an honor that recognizes students for outstanding leadership, academic achievement, service and mentorship, and contributions to the USC community. The highly…

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,…

The USC Wrigley Institute, housed in USC Dornsife, sent Juan Carlos Aguilar to San Diego this March for a training course at the Maritime Institute to prepare for the United States Coast Guard test for a 50-ton “near coastal” captain’s license. Photo by Eun-Jung Julie Koh.

The Fish Whisperer

December 17, 2014

Juan Carlos Aguilar came to Catalina Island a few years after finishing high school in San Diego, California. He worked for two summers at the general store in Two Harbors, scooping ice cream among other tasks, then applied…

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…

As president of the student organization African Americans in Health at USC, Nnenna Ezeh helps support other students who are also interested in pursuing health careers. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Diagnosis Success

December 4, 2014

As a small child, Nnenna Ezeh pretended to perform surgery on her dolls. At age 5, she opened up a present on Christmas Day and found a real stethoscope. “This is a tangible expression of your dreams,” her mother…

Many members of alumnus Judge Frederick Aguirre’s family served in the U.S. military. A California Superior Court judge, Aguirre shares the patriotic contributions of Latinos through his nonprofit  Latino Advocates for Education. Photo courtesy of Frederick Aguirre.

For the Record

December 4, 2014

As a young law student, Frederick Aguirre was in Washington, D.C., in 1970 interning with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. An exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution commemorating the 25th…