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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…

Devon O’Brien is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program.

An I of My Own

January 27, 2010

“What was it like for you…?” This is a question my editor at the Los Angeles Times never asked me back in 1989, after my luncheon interview with a young and unknown Australian movie actress. So, I will tell…

Alumni Bookplate

January 25, 2010

LaffitAnatomy of a Winnerby Madelyn Cain-IngleseAffirmed Press / Madelyn Cain-Inglese (MPW, ’00), also a lecturer in the Master of Professional Writing Program, tells the life story of Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay…

Omid Nohadani, who earned his Ph.D. in physics in USC College in 2005, begins his post as assistant professor at Purdue University in January. Photo courtesy of Omid Nohadani.

A Robust Career for this USC College Alumnus

November 20, 2009

Born decades after the devastating 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and on the other side of the earth, Omid Nohadani is developing mathematical methodology to ensure such a catastrophe never happens again. A…

Lab technician and USC College graduate Morgan Hawkins works with Susan Forsburg, professor of molecular and computational biology. Photo credit Dietmar Quistorf.

Life Is Looking Up

September 18, 2009

The federal stimulus package came too late to help Morgan Hawkins -- his own strength of character had already set him back on his feet -- but a stimulus-funded research job will let him take the next step. The 23-year-old…

It took linebacker Clay Matthews III three training camp practices to work his way into the Green Bay Packers' starting lineup. The USC College alumnus was the fifth person in his family to play football at USC. Left photo courtesy of Green Bay Packers, Trojan photo credit John Pyle.

Feat of Clay

September 1, 2009

Clay Matthews III has a tough act to follow.His father, grandfather and uncle played in the NFL. Clay Matthews, Jr. was a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons, while uncle Bruce Matthews, an…