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Creative writing alumna Cory Martin published <em>Love Sick,</em> which chronicles her experience dating after learning she has multiple sclerosis. Photos courtesy of Cory Martin.

Writing offers purpose, connection for alumna diagnosed with MS

May 26, 2016

At 27, Cory Martin had the life any recent college graduate would dream of. She was living in Hollywood, writing scripts for TV — most notably for Fox’s teen drama The O.C. — and had a flourishing social…

Samantha Bricio in action. Photo by John McGillen.

Women’s volleyball captain Samantha Bricio says adios to USC — for now

May 16, 2016

Sophomore setter Baylee Johnson lovingly calls her Trojan volleyball teammates the “gang of giraffes.” At 6 feet 2 inches, Samantha Bricio certainly fits that description. But when she first arrived as a…

USC Dornsife's 2016 Fulbright Fellows

Fulbright Fellows Worldwide

May 9, 2016

This year, 12 USC Dornsife undergraduate and graduate students and alumni earned Fulbright Fellowships. A Fulbright grant supports a year of independent study, research and teaching in one of more than 140 countries. This…

Frontline Scholar: Justin

Frontline Scholar: Justin

April 20, 2016

Justin Arana ’05 was searching for purpose in his life when he traveled to Mozambique. There he encountered firsthand the country’s water crisis and founded the nonprofit organization Water Underground to address…

Two USC Dornsife alumnae are recognized for their achievements and dedication to social service

Two USC Dornsife alumnae are recognized for their achievements and dedication to social service

April 13, 2016

An international relations major at USC Dornsife, America Ferrera began to doubt whether her dream of becoming an actress would fulfill her desire to enact positive change in the world. But when she told international…

Brig. Gen. Viet Luong leaves his visit with first-year ROTC cadets on campus. Photos by David Sprague.

USC alumnus, Army brigadier general shares tale of success with ROTC cadets

April 5, 2016

The last time Viet Luong ’87 visited USC, he watched the Trojan football team crush UCLA 50-0 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 2011, but he didn’t stick around. Since then, he has made history. A graduate…

Alumna Denise Nicholas left Michigan as a young woman to join the civil rights movement in the 1960s. As an actress with the Free Southern Theater, she performed across Mississippi and Louisiana.

Actress and novelist Denise Nicholas draws from her experiences in the civil rights movement

March 25, 2016

Denise Nicholas was 19 years old when she interrupted her pre-law studies at the University of Michigan to travel to the Deep South and the heart of the American Civil Rights Movement. It was a dangerous time and place for a…

Photos by Djak Azran.

No RuPaul-ogies: Alpha Mulugeta

March 7, 2016

“I like my body,” Alpha Mulugeta ’06 declared with a subtle rasp to his voice. A midsummer cold belied his normally dulcet tone. “I’m gender variant, but that doesn’t mean I want to be a…

Dawn Gross interviewing her first mentor, Jeffrey Mandel, a hospice and palliative medicine doctor practicing in the Bay Area, during the launch of her radio show, "Dying to Talk." Photo courtesy of Dawn Gross.

Alumna and physician transforms end-of-life conversations from dread to discovery

March 7, 2016

Dawn Gross knows how to talk about death. “I’ve asked hundreds of terminally ill patients, ‘If I had a magic wand, what would you wish for?’ And not one of them has ever answered, ‘Cure…

California Crown clothing company was founded by Jay Perlman, left, and his business partner Misu Minhaz. Both men graduated from USC Dornsife in 2012. Photos courtesy of Jay Perlman.

Alumnus nurtures an idea and grows a business with the help of his Trojan community

March 2, 2016

When Jay Perlman rolled out of bed one morning in 2013, he saw a notification in his email that a new order had been placed to California Crown, his fledgling online clothing company. When he logged in to the site to take a…