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Alumna Anna Walther represents 20,000 California grape pickers in a multimillion dollar wage-theft lawsuit.

Defending the Invisible

October 9, 2015

For years, grape pickers in California’s San Joaquin Valley say they were obliged by their employer to arrive up to 30 minutes before their shift started and work “off the clock.” Now, alumna Anna Walther is…

Alumnus Dave Detwiler is a pastor and amateur tuba player who published research on the early history of the sousaphone. Photo courtesy of LCBC Church.

A Sousa-phony Exposed

October 6, 2015

Vacationing with his family at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan, three years ago, alumnus Dave Detwiler remembered that the music school held in its possession the first sousaphone ever made —…

Mark Darrah says his law practice is the closest you can get to a small-town practice in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Photo courtesy of Mark Darrah.

A People Person

October 1, 2015

Growing up in Oklahoma in the late ’60s and early ’70s, Mark Darrah lived in five different towns before graduating from high school in Tahlequah, the capital of the Cherokee Nation. His father, a Methodist…

Alumnus Morgan Hawkins overcame many obstacles to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a physician in 2014. Photos courtesy of Morgan Hawkins.

Surviving the Storm

August 27, 2015

When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, Morgan Hawkins was holed up in a dorm room at the city’s Xavier University where he was about to begin his sophomore year as a premed student. “Most…

Abigail Gregg (left) and Laura Wang, the first USC students to receive Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships, are both graduates of USC Dornsife. Photos courtesy of Abigail Gregg and Laura Wang.

Toward a Better World

August 24, 2015

USC Dornsife alumnae Abigail Gregg and Laura Wang are the first USC graduates to receive Fulbright-Clinton Fellowships. Wang, a Trustee Scholar who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2012 with bachelor’s and master’s…

Alumna Penny Abeywardena is the liaison between New York City and its diplomatic community, which is the largest in the world. Photographs courtesy of Penny Abeywardena.

Conquering the Big Apple

August 19, 2015

Shortly after alumna Penny Abeywardena was appointed Commissioner for International Affairs by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in September 2014, she attended a dinner with renowned women’s rights activist Dorothy…

Alumnus Shinichi Daimyo will advance his education with the support of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships so he can train nurses to address mental health disorders in low-resource settings across the globe. Photo courtesy of Shinichi Daimyo.

Meeting Trauma Head On

August 18, 2015

From a very young age, Shinichi Daimyo ’07 could sense a disquiet — one that was a deep as it was silent. Much of his early life was spent among the Vietnamese boat-person refugee community in Los Angeles. His…

Chemistry alumnus Dave Chapman operates on an injured goose. Photo courtesy of Dave Chapman.

Trusting His Animal Instincts

August 14, 2015

Alumnus Dave Chapman recalls traveling through Bali, Indonesia, with a group of veterinarians. They stopped in different villages, setting up make-shift animal clinics and spaying and neutering hundreds of stray dogs. As a…

Alumna Petra Flannery was named Hollywood’s top stylist in 2015 by <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>. Photos courtesy of Petra Flannery.

Calculating Fashion Risks

July 10, 2015

Always on the edge of glamour and intense pressure, creativity and fastidious organization, risk and discipline, Petra Flannery ’95 is the stylist for celebrities such as Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana and Amy Adams — to…

As a senior, Jamie Brisbin spent a semester doing a special program on Catalina Island, which helped solidify his love of sea diving. Photo courtesy of Jamie Brisbin.

A Rescue Mission

June 25, 2015

When the going gets tough, the tough… go to Superman School? That’s the informal name, at least, for the rigorous training required to become a pararescueman, or “PJ” (para-jumper). These U.S. Air…