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Mitchell Lew holds a bachelor’s in biological sciences from USC Dornsife. He worked for 10 years in private practice in obstetrics and gynecology before moving over to the business side of medicine. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Alumnus Mitchell Lew named USC Trustee

June 5, 2013

Physician, health care entrepreneur and longtime USC volunteer Mitchell W. Lew ’83, MD ’87 has been elected to the USC Board of Trustees. Lew is CEO of Prospect Medical Systems, an independent physician association…

Sean Little, who graduated from USC Dornsife in 2006 with a bachelor's in English, was inspired by his professor and mentor Alice Echols to use his English degree in an innovative way. Little photo by Erica Christianson. Echols photo by Philip Channing.

Getting That First Job

May 23, 2013

As many children do, Sean Little dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. Then the Manhattan Beach native decided spending his days in the sunshine as a lifeguard was his calling. By the time he reached high school, he felt a tug…

Peter La Chapelle ’02 takes a cue from Woody Guthrie and finds his own way to persevere.

In My Opinion

May 7, 2013

Most historians start off not with a rich vein of sources, but with some basic information and a hunch. That is where historical imagination makes its entrance. R.G. Collingwood’s turn of phrase “historical…

Tom Nolan, who earned a bachelor's degree in biology from USC Dornsife in 1977, is an Earth explorer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena. Here, he teaches children about NASA at JPL. Photo courtesy of Tom Nolan.

Tommy Trojan Personified

April 10, 2013

After graduating from USC Dornsife in 1977, Tom Nolan became . . . Tommy Trojan. Not in a metaphorical sense. “I rode as Tommy Trojan from 1977 to 1980, when I moved to Alaska, and again from 1988 to 1996 after I moved…

William Grant Still conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in a piece titled <em>Old California</em> that he wrote for the city of Los Angeles' Birthday Concert on Sept. 8, 1965. All photos courtesy of Judith Anne Still.

Still Life

January 4, 2013

Packed neatly in brown paper and carefully tied with string, hundreds of bundles of music sat forgotten on the shelves of a linen closet in the Los Angeles home of Judith Anne Still’s mother. One spring day in 1980,…

For his thesis determining Los Angeles' city center, USC Dornsife alumnus Samuel Krueger has been named first place winner of the UNIGIS 2012 Academic Excellence Prize and of the North American Regional Science Council's 2012 Graduate Student-Author Paper Competition. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

L.A. Has a Heart

November 20, 2012

Writer Dorothy Parker once haughtily dismissed Los Angeles as “72 suburbs in search of a city.” But USC Dornsife alumnus Samuel Krueger’s research shows that the City of Angels actually does have a focal…

Cameron M. Thornton '76 believes each of us has a story to tell.

In My Opinion

November 12, 2012

I was born in East Los Angeles, Calif., in the fall of 1954. Shortly after that my family moved to a duplex that my grandfather had built in Wilmington near San Pedro. After that we moved to the suburb of Whittier. The…

J. Paul Reddam, ’82

Saddle Your Dreams

September 14, 2012

The chestnut thoroughbred had a certain je ne sais quoi. “He’s all class,” said J. Paul Reddam, who owned the racing horse, I’ll Have Another. “It’s just something you sense when…

Trio of Trojans

The Trojan Trio

September 6, 2012

The Kott family has held seats at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for 60 years.   However, William, Paul and Krystin Kott share more than this connection. They represent three generations of Trojans who embrace the…

Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety, made good on a promise to return to USC Dornsife and finish his studies toward a bachelor's degree in history. Photo by Duane Ryder.

Steely Determination

July 30, 2012

When Troy Polamalu left Los Angeles to join the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003, he vowed to return and complete his college education. On May 13, 2011, he traded in his black and gold Steelers helmet and jersey for a black…