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Flanked by Joint Educational Project (JEP) staff, volunteers and former volunteers, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian (front right) holds up the JEP resolution with JEP Executive Director Tammara Anderson at the May 3 Los Angeles City Council Meeting. The resolution honors JEP’s 40-year history of service learning at USC and in the L.A. community. Photo by Laura Paisley.

L.A. City Council Honors JEP

May 15, 2013

At Los Angeles City Hall, staff, students and alumni of USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP) filled the council chambers. The mood was light and celebratory. But what they were celebrating was a serious 40-plus…

The Fulbright Scholarship was established to increase the mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. USC Dornsife students and alumni who are 2013-14 Fulbright Scholars will study and teach throughout the world. Clockwise from top left is Joshua Rivkin, Italy; Travis Glynn, India; Megan Rilkoff, Laos; Andrew Ju, South Korea; Jonathan Truong, Vietnam; Molly Levine, Thailand; Jasneet Aulakh, India; Ana Lee, Portugal; Juan Espinoza, Mexico; and Abhishek Verma, Switzerland.

The Fabulous Fulbrights

May 10, 2013

Ten exceptional USC Dornsife students have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, which awards them for academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement. USC has been recognized as one of the top 40…

Through Ann Crigler’s “Civic Engagement and Leadership” course, USC Dornsife students teach children how to raise funds for community organizations benefiting homeless shelters, animal rescue groups, community gardens, senior centers and other causes. Illustration by Roger Chouinard.

Positive Change

May 7, 2013

Fifth grader Gillian Morgan explained why her class decided to raise money to help the homeless. “First we were talking about our own families and what they mean to us, then we talked about people living on the streets…

Housed in USC Dornsife, the sign for the Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies is proudly displayed over the entrance to the newly reopened institute. The building is located at 2714 South Hoover St., a few blocks from the USC University Park campus. Photo by Erica Christianson.

A Phoenix Rises

May 1, 2013

In a recent open house, leading members of the German-speaking community in Los Angeles joined faculty and students to celebrate the official reopening of the USC-Max Kade Institute for Austrian-German-Swiss Studies. Housed…

Student honorees from the Interfaith Badge Program stand with Varun Soni (center), dean of the USC Office of Religious Life. Photo by Steve Cohn.

What It Means to Be a Trojan

April 24, 2013

As a junior, Travis Glynn created the Explore Program through USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP). In the program, JEP volunteers challenge elementary students to look at Los Angeles through a global…

Readers of all ages enjoy presentations by novelists, poets, journalists, chefs, musicians and celebrities at the18th annual <em>Los Angeles Times Festival of Books</em> held April 20-21 at USC. Photo by Vanessa Preziose.

Worth Reading

April 23, 2013

At this year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held at USC, as many as 150,000 readers of various ages mingled with more than 500 authors. On April 20 and 21, authors, artists, chefs, musicians and celebrities…

Two hundred local high school students hold aloft placards identifying the role of their assigned group at the 2013 High School Leadership Conference organized by the Center for Active Learning in International Studies (CALIS) housed in USC Dornsife. Photo by Susan Bell.

Preventing Another Darfur

April 23, 2013

Russia, Iran, France, China, Norway, the United States, Egypt, Netherlands, Pakistan, South Africa, Argentina, Cuba, Canada — a sea of bobbing placards bearing the names of countries with diverse and often opposing…

Each week, Tina Koneazny of the Joint Educational Project (JEP)/USC ReadersPlus program and JEP tutors visit local elementary schools, where they read children a book and then practice yoga based on themes in the literature. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Just Breathe

April 17, 2013

During recess, Sally pushed you. Your teacher gave you a frowny face on the spelling test and you must write “incredible” 100 times on the blackboard. On top of all that, your front tooth is loose. “OK…

Arriving as a global health major at Keck School of Medicine of USC, Otana Jakpor decided to add a major in biological sciences in USC Dornsife after taking a Problems Without Passports (PWP) biology course at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Hard Work Meets Glamour

April 15, 2013

A Southern California native whose father is Nigerian, Otana Jakpor visited Nigeria for the first time last Christmas. In addition to spending time with cousins and extended family she didn’t before know existed, the…

Former California Gov. George Deukmejian stands with USC Dornsife undergraduate Janet Shamilian, who is earning a bachelor’s in political science and progressive master’s degree in public administration, during Deukmejian’s recent visit at USC. Photo by Shahe Melian/Arka Photography.

‘If I Could Do It . . .’

March 28, 2013

During a recent talk at USC, California’s former Gov. George Deukmejian, recounted his efforts to have the slaying of 1.5 million Armenians by the present-day Republic of Turkey during and after World War I recognized as…