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Alumnus Louis Zamperini is honored in the newly launched Louis Zamperini Scholarship. Here, the late Zamperini shares a moment with Angelina Jolie, who directed the upcoming film <em>Unbroken</em> about his life. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Honoring the Unbroken Spirit

December 18, 2014

In honor of alumnus Louis Zamperini and to keep the Trojan legend’s unbreakable spirit alive, USC has launched an endowed scholarship in his name. The Louis Zamperini Scholarship will be awarded annually to a male or…

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,…

U.S. and Nicaragua teams after a game in the capitol city of Managua in 2013, part of a baseball tour organized by the International Baseball Academy of Central America. Photos courtesy of Bob Oettinger.

Play Ball

December 18, 2014

Quintessentially American, baseball is widely recognized as the national sport. Internationally, however, the bases aren’t fully loaded. This became clear in 2005, when the International Olympic Committee dropped…

A determined problem-solver, Michael Bergmann oversaw development of the exceedingly durable compound XDR used in the soles of Nike tennis shoes today. Photos courtesy of Michael Bergmann.

High Performance

December 16, 2014

Throughout his 30-year career with Nike, USC Dornsife alumnus Michael Bergmann recalled how again and again he would be thrown into a situation where he had to think on his feet to solve a problem. In one scenario in 2004, a…

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…

Angelina Jolie and Louis Zamperini, the subject of the upcoming film <em>Unbroken</em>. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Trojan Band Honors Zamperini

December 9, 2014

Angelina Jolie introduced the USC Trojan Marching Band’s tribute to the late Louis Zamperini via video at halftime of the Notre Dame-USC game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Jolie is the director of Unbroken, the…

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…

The granddaughter of Korean immigrants, Debbie Leilani Shon credits her education at USC Dornsife with fostering her intellectual curiosity and giving her a fearless approach to her life and career. Photo courtesy of Debbie Leilani Shon.

Woman of Steel

December 1, 2014

Roller skating along the tree-lined avenues of USC’s University Park campus as a child, Debbie Leilani Shon never doubted she would one day graduate from USC. The granddaughter of Korean immigrants, she lived next to…

CBS Chief Meteorologist Josh Rubenstein demonstrates the weather predicting facilities at his mobile weather van to young participants in the Joint Educational Project's WonderKids program at 32nd Street School/USC Performing Arts Magnet. Photos by Susan Bell.

Forecast Looks Sunny

November 25, 2014

“When thunder roars, go indoors,” CBS chief meteorologist Josh Rubenstein instructed children at 32nd Street School near USC University Park campus. Rubenstein visited the USC Performing Arts Magnet school…

Alumna, author and motivational speaker Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is also an animal lover. Here, she holds her half Pekingese, half Chow, Fannie. Photo by Andy Stolarek.

Fan Your Feathers

November 19, 2014

It may look like she’s walking her dog, but Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is actually sketching out plot lines for her next book in her head. Or she’s thinking about her next keynote speech. Gallagher is…