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Alumnus Douglas Ayres. Photo courtesy of D. Ayres.

Redemptive Suffering

April 26, 2010

On the morning of February 20, 2006, I received a call from my father at 8 a.m. It was a holiday, President’s Day. My father could not speak. He sounded in shock. And he was only able to stutter a few words and my name…

(From left) David and Dana Dornsife, and Joyce J. Cammilleri. Dornsife photo credit Steve Cohn. Cammilleri photo credit HC Van Urfalian.

Mindful Giving

April 26, 2010

David and Dana Dornsife David and Dana Dornsife continue a family legacy of giving to USC and USC College’s neuroscience program with a lead gift of $6 million for the new Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) building.…

USC College alumnus Alan C. Nelson has pioneered 3-D imaging techniques for the detection of cancer. Photo courtesy of Alan C. Nelson.

Image is Everything

April 26, 2010

During the course of his career, Alan C. Nelson ’72 has acquired more than 100 technology patents and pioneered 3-D imaging techniques for the detection of cancer. These breakthroughs represent significant steps toward…

Holly Payne ’97 today, fully healed 15 years after surviving a drunk driving accident. Photo credit Cindi Kinney.

Writing to Forgive

February 23, 2010

"If I am alive, I am going to write." Holly Payne '97 spoke these words as she lay on the edge of a road beside a cemetery. Seconds earlier, she stopped to assist two stranded cyclists. A passing pickup truck struck all…

Once Upon a Blog

Once Upon a Blog

February 18, 2010

Tell me a story. That edict drives journalism, a craft I chose to pursue when I entered USC in the fall of 1982. Good writing is the backbone of the storytelling done in journalism, along with the good reporting that…

Kristen Cavinder during the Miss America pageant's gown competition. The USC College alumna was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda service and honor society. Photo credit Zimbio, Inc.

From Ball Gown to Lab Coat

February 16, 2010

At first glance, Kristen "Kristy" Cavinder '09 may appear to be your typical pageant queen. At 21, the Orange County native has a radiant smile, fluid grace, and the natural confidence of someone who knows that others are…

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

USC College Magazine's Latest Issue Now Online

February 5, 2010

View USC College Magazine's Fall 2009/Winter 2010 issue online.   From the Dean Fall 2009/Winter 2010 A new year brings a new edition of our award-winning USC College Magazine. I must confess to a special…

Embedded with a highly clandestine black operations team, Brad Thor ’92 sits with two Afghans in a small village near Kabul. Researching his book, The Apostle, Thor visited scenes of horrific bombings and ambushes. Photo courtesy of Brad Thor.

The Thrill of Writing in the Trenches

January 29, 2010

Walk into any bookstore, make a beeline to The New York Times best-seller section and you will find a political thriller by Brad Thor. The 40-year-old author produces one book a year. To date, he has written eight novels…

Crime novelist, trained psychologist and USC College Ph.D. graduate Jonathan Kellerman. Photo credit Blake Little Photography.

Reading the Mind

January 27, 2010

Many budding writers would give anything to get inside the heads of best-selling authors to learn their secrets to success. Crime novelist Jonathan Kellerman ’74 can spare them the trouble. As a trained psychologist,…

Juli Berwald ’98 is a freelance science writer who earned her Ph.D. in ocean science from USC College. Photo courtesy of Juli Berwald.

Power Writing

January 27, 2010

The words were written in large, red letters across the top of the page — "Go see the writing counselor. Her phone number is..." I had just received my first, graded essay as a college freshman in a class called…