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Alumni community reach stretches from India to home in Los Angeles to the Himalayan foothills. India photo (left) by Gavin Heller; tree tag photo by Matt Meindl; and rowboat photo by Ankur Poseria.

Near and Far Ahead

April 28, 2014

In India, Jasneet Aulakh finds her aunt’s seat in the village government isn’t what she thought. In Los Angeles, Paul Cummins helps Lisa thrive after her abusive childhood. Ankur Poseria, who travels to the…

Diedre Badejo with her daughter, Kim, at USC in the early 1970s. Photo courtesy of Diedre Badejo.

In My Opinion: Strong As Oak

April 28, 2014

Consider Khalil Gibran’s passage in the chapter “On Giving” as told in 1923’s The Prophet: “They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish … . And what desert greater shall…

Paul Cummins ’67, who founded Coalition for Engaged Education, believes at-risk youth can improve if given the chance to express themselves through the arts as shown by the above message from a participant. Photo by Matt Meindl.

‘I Dwell in Possibility’

April 28, 2014

Lisa was nine when her mother forced her into prostitution. When the mother went to jail, an uncle in New York took custody and put Lisa back to work on the streets. At 11, Lisa was removed from the uncle’s care, sent…

Political science alumni Melody Nishida and Roland Ulloa followed different career paths, but neither forgot their alma mater. Both were recently honored at gala award ceremonies. Photos courtesy of the USC Alumni Association.

LAA and APAA Honor Alumni

April 25, 2014

Graduating in the 1970s, Melody Nishida and Roland Ulloa each earned bachelor’s degrees in political science. Since then, the two have followed different career paths. Nishida, who graduated in 1978, has become a…

Recording artist and activist Akon and ONE representatives visited a classroom at USC recently to launch the #PowerProject Campaign Lab, which will combat energy poverty in Africa. International relations students presented original social media campaign ideas to a panel, shown here. Photo courtesy of ONE.

#PowerProject

April 25, 2014

How would you cook dinner without electricity? Or get your homework done after sunset without turning on the lights? And on a more crucial level, what if your local hospital had no refrigeration for medicine or power for…

Comprised of recent alumni, this planet patrol toils diligently to combat forces working against environmental health. Illustration by Niklas Asker.

The Environmentalists

April 21, 2014

These young alumni from USC Dornsife’s dynamic Environmental Studies Program pursue a host of professional paths — from law to medicine, business and conservation — and are united by their shared interest in…

USC Dornsife’s David Bottjer (right) receives the 2014 Moore Medal for Excellence in Paleontology from Evan Franseen, president of the Society for Sedimentary Geology, during a ceremony in Houston, Texas, April 8. Photo by Gary Barchfeld.

Bottjer Earns Top Paleontology Award

April 15, 2014

Recognized for his outstanding contributions to the fields of paleobiology and paleoecology, USC Dornsife’s David Bottjer has earned a prestigious award from the Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM), an international,…

Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith '11

Most Valuable Trait

April 9, 2014

Tenacious. Physical. Nasty. That’s how Malcolm Smith ’11 describes playing defense. “It’s not something everybody can do,” he said. “There’s definitely a darker spot inside of you…

Alumnus Matthew Boone and his daughter, Emily, share the experience of participating in JEP while at USC. Photo courtesy of Matthew Boone.

JEP’s Circle of Life

March 27, 2014

When Matthew Boone showed his daughter Emily a photo of himself receiving one of USC’s first community service awards in the late 1970s, her reaction was direct. “You had a perm in those days?” Without that…

From left to right: USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay, Provost Elizabeth Garrett, President and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy Ann Muscat (Ph.D., biological sciences, '83), Trojan League of Los Angeles (TLLA) Annual Benefit Co-chair Diane Bleak, TLLA President Mary Rooney and Executive Vice Provost Michael Quick. Photos by Bruce Menke.

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

March 18, 2014

“For alumni, the College is a place that we hold dear in our hearts for many reasons,” said Mary Rooney, president of the Trojan League of Los Angeles (TLLA). “I will always smile when I look back on my…