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Deborah Kolodji finds inspiration for writing haiku during a visit to the Japanese garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Garden in San Marino, California. Photo courtesy of Deborah Kolodji.

The Art of Haiku

June 26, 2014

Haiku poet Deborah P. Kolodji was recently caught in dense traffic on the 10 Freeway. Looking up, a V-formation of birds flew overhead. Nearby, an airplane cut across the sky. Things were in motion. She saw poetry: migrating…

Alumnus Richard "Jake" Jacobsen was director of the Mecklenburg County Department  of Social Services from 1994 to 2007, when the department became recognized as among the nation’s most effective urban social service agencies. Photo courtesy of Jake Jacobsen.

Helping People Help Themselves

June 24, 2014

As director of the Department of Social Services (DSS) in Charlotte, North Carolina, Richard “Jake” Jacobsen recalled a customer whose drug and alcohol addiction prevented her from holding down a job and caring for…

Former senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Defense, alumnus Jeffrey Fields brings years of experience at the highest level of government to his new position at USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations. Fields will lead the new USC Dornsife Washington D.C. program. Photo by Susan Bell.

Politics Comes to Life

June 19, 2014

Joining USC Dornsife as assistant professor of the practice of international relations, alumnus Jeffrey Fields will direct a new program in Washington D.C. to be launched in Spring 2015. As a former senior adviser to the U.S.…

Jason Wong, who graduated in 2003 with a double major in political science and history, now works as a federal prosecutor at the attorney general's office in Manhattan, New York. This month he will be presented with a Tommy Award by the USC Alumni Club of New York City. Photo courtesy of Jason Wong.

Law and Order

June 12, 2014

Growing up in Brooklyn, Jason Wong’s parents were frequently robbed, sometimes at knifepoint. One of his earliest memories is being with his mother at a subway station as a 5-year-old. Two thugs threatened to throw the…

The Winn family, from left, Kate, Jack, Cindy and Michael, at the Joint Educational Project (JEP) House. All are involved in JEP, with Michael and Cindy Winn donating money to JEP’s Young Scientist Program. Photo by Susan Bell.

It’s a Winn-Winn

May 29, 2014

In 1982, Michael Winn was a sophomore taking an anthropology class that offered extra credit for participating in USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP). Winn leapt at the chance. “At first I did it for…

USC Dornsife alumna Tamara Espinet’s training at the Villa-Parke Boxing Program in Pasadena gives her an opportunity to mentor youths. Photos courtesy of Tamara Espinet.

Teacher, Scientist, Pacifist … Boxer?

May 20, 2014

Tamara Espinet maintains a daunting schedule. She is a full-time lecturer in the USC Dornsife human and evolutionary biology department and a Ed.D. student in higher education administration at the USC Rossier School of…

Actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie directs <em>Unbroken</em>, the life story of war hero and USC Dornsife alumnus Louis Zamperini. The film will be in theatres on Dec. 25, 2014. Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Courageous Comrades

May 12, 2014

Louis Zamperini just turned 97. This gets him reflecting on how to live a long life. “People always talk about diet,” Zamperini says. “But it’s not diet.” His disarming blue eyes twinkle. For a…

Senior Ryan Barner (right) speaks with Economics Leadership Council members Peter Resnick (left) and Terry Flynn. Photo by Erica Christianson.

Networking with Economists

April 29, 2014

USC Dornsife political economy sophomore Ali DeGuide came to a recent panel event hosted by the USC Dornsife Department of Economics dressed professionally and armed with constructive curiosity. Held at the Radisson Hotel…

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…