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Many members of alumnus Judge Frederick Aguirre’s family served in the U.S. military. A California Superior Court judge, Aguirre shares the patriotic contributions of Latinos through his nonprofit  Latino Advocates for Education. Photo courtesy of Frederick Aguirre.

For the Record

December 4, 2014

As a young law student, Frederick Aguirre was in Washington, D.C., in 1970 interning with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. An exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution commemorating the 25th…

The granddaughter of Korean immigrants, Debbie Leilani Shon credits her education at USC Dornsife with fostering her intellectual curiosity and giving her a fearless approach to her life and career. Photo courtesy of Debbie Leilani Shon.

Woman of Steel

December 1, 2014

Roller skating along the tree-lined avenues of USC’s University Park campus as a child, Debbie Leilani Shon never doubted she would one day graduate from USC. The granddaughter of Korean immigrants, she lived next to…

CBS Chief Meteorologist Josh Rubenstein demonstrates the weather predicting facilities at his mobile weather van to young participants in the Joint Educational Project's WonderKids program at 32nd Street School/USC Performing Arts Magnet. Photos by Susan Bell.

Forecast Looks Sunny

November 25, 2014

“When thunder roars, go indoors,” CBS chief meteorologist Josh Rubenstein instructed children at 32nd Street School near USC University Park campus. Rubenstein visited the USC Performing Arts Magnet school…

Alumna, author and motivational speaker Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is also an animal lover. Here, she holds her half Pekingese, half Chow, Fannie. Photo by Andy Stolarek.

Fan Your Feathers

November 19, 2014

It may look like she’s walking her dog, but Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is actually sketching out plot lines for her next book in her head. Or she’s thinking about her next keynote speech. Gallagher is…

Growing up in a nonpolitical family, nothing predestined Sam Jammal for a political career. Now the USC Dornsife alumnus serves as a chief of staff on Capitol Hill. Photos courtesy of Sam Jammal.

View from the Hill

November 10, 2014

One of a handful of Latinos in American history to serve as chief of staff on Capitol Hill, alumnus and lawyer Sam Jammal, who is also of Arab American descent, is determined to help increase diversity in government while…

Fearless Foodies

Fearless Foodies

November 10, 2014

An English major becomes a grilled cheese goddess. A creative writing major finds her calling as a butcher. An international relations and German major is now assistant vice president of retail operations, overseeing the…

A close-up shot of oyster mushrooms (<em>Pleurotus ostreatus</em>).

The Search for a Wild Weed

November 10, 2014

A native New Yorker from Flushing, Queens, Ava Chin forages throughout the five boroughs and the Tri-State Area, writing about her finds for publications such as The New York Times and Saveur magazine. Her memoir Eating…

Singer-songwriter and musician Aloe Blacc ’01 aims to create positive social change, including working to eradicate food deserts. Photo by Reid Rolls.

The Man

November 4, 2014

Before he was global Top 40 sensation and socially conscious singer-songwriter Aloe Blacc, he was Egbert Nathaniel Dawkins III, a linguistics and psychology major at USC Dornsife. Even then, Blacc was determined to use his…

Virginia Carter in 1972 in her Aerospace Corporation lab holding a device to measure air density. The device would be bolted to a satellite, which circled the Earth, yielding data to improve the guidance of satellites. Photo courtesy of the  the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> photographic archive, UCLA Library.

Hollywood Via Aerospace

October 28, 2014

A bachelor’s degree with honors in math and physics under her belt, Virginia Carter was ready for the job market. She was living in her native Canada. The year was 1958. Her best offer? Working as a clerk at a…

Professional skateboarder and alumna Amelia Brodka produced <em>Underexposed: A Women’s Skateboarding Documentary</em> for her capstone project in the narrative studies program at USC Dornsife. Photo by Dan Sparagna.

Kickflipping the Story

October 28, 2014

Skateboarding professionally since age 16, Amelia Brodka was invited to compete as an alternate in the 2010 X Games’ skateboarding competition for women. Although the then-sophomore at USC Dornsife didn’t…