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USC College undergraduates Jazmin (left) and Cynthia Vidana teach children to read through the Joint Educational Project (JEP) at Weemes Elementary School, where the twins were once students. Cynthia, three minutes older than her identical twin sister, was tutored by a JEP student when she was a Weemes third grader. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Double Duty

December 21, 2010

Wearing white cowgirl boots, Cynthia and Jazmin Vidana skipped into kindergarten in red cotton dresses trimmed with lace. Petite, they had the same slightly crooked smile, doe eyes framed with bangs and flowing russet…

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

November 10, 2010

From the Dean, Fall 2010/Winter 2011              View the magazine online You can change the world. We can show you how. We use this phrase to convey to prospective students the…

Alumni Bookplate

Alumni Bookplate

November 1, 2010

HiStory of Santa Monica Aqueous Books / Michael Atwood's (MPW, ’04) collection of short stories is thematically linked by the characters, who are struggling to realize their Hollywood dreams, and the setting —…

Illustration by Emily Cavalcanti.

Alternate Realities, One America

November 1, 2010

I don’t know where to begin. Maybe with the nice lady from the church group who assured me one day over lunch that at present rates of birth and immigration, Muslims will “take over” this country within a…

Student, Athlete, Physician,  Hero

For the Love of Giving

November 1, 2010

“The most difficult Latin I translated was Cicero,” began Dr. William Stetson, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Burbank, Calif., and a 1982 graduate of USC College. “I spent more time on my…

Brett Crosby '95, is a group manager for Google Analytics. Photo credit Alden DeSoto.

Wired for Change

November 1, 2010

So you want to leave a positive mark. Brett Crosby did too. As a USC College undergraduate in the ’90s, watershed events locally and nationally got him fired up. The Los Angeles riots in the aftermath of the Rodney King…

USC College Board of Councilors (front to back; left to right): Yossie Hollander, Richard S. Flores, Susan Casden, Diane Dixon, Richard Cook, William Barkett, Robin Broidy, Leslie Berger, Michael Reilly, Lawrence Piro, USC College Dean Howard Gillman, Kelly Porter, Shane Foley, USC College Board of Councilors Chair Jana  Waring Greer, Joan Abrahamson, MaryLou Boone, Gerald Papazian, Mitchell Lew, Harry Robinson, and Kumarakulasingam “Suri” Suriyakumar  Not pictured: Jay V. Berger, Robert D. Beyer, Gregory Brakovich, James Corfman, Robert R. Dockson, Lisa M. Goldman, Janice Bryant Howroyd, Suzanne Nora Johnson, Stephen G. Johnson, Samuel King, David Y. Lee, Andrew Littlefair, Robert Osher, Alicia Smotherman, Glenn A. Sonnenberg, and Rosemary Tomich. Photo credit Steve Cohn.

Welcome Aboard

November 1, 2010

William Barkett is president of Merjan Financial Corporation, a La Jolla, Calif.-based real estate investment firm. He also is a co-founder and principal of Energy Systems International, a leading Clean Development Mechanism…

Margo Reid Brown is director of California’s new Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as CalRecycle. Photo courtesy of Margo Reid Brown.

Trash Talk

November 1, 2010

According to Margo Reid Brown ’85, almost every item you use on a daily basis can be recycled or reused. In her position as director of California’s new Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, known as…

Amy Von Lintel, who graduated from USC College with a Ph.D. in art history in May, has accepted a position as assistant professor of art history at West Texas A&M University. Photo credit Laurie Moore.

Classics Meet Cadillacs

June 28, 2010

Amy Von Lintel believes art history goes beyond what hangs on the walls of museums, or what fills the pages of textbooks. The field is alive, constantly changing, and much closer to home than you might think. Beginning this…

David Livingston, USC College international relations alumnus, has been named a Carnegie Junior Fellow for 2010-2011. Here, he prepares to play soccer with boys during his volunteer trip to Honduras. Photo courtesy of David Livingston.

A Change of Climate

June 16, 2010

Days after graduating from USC College in May, David Livingston flew to Honduras and spent a week in a small mountain community, his second trip to the region for outreach work. Moved by the extensive untouched landscape, he…