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International relations major Meghan Jahnke works with elementary school pupils as part of a breakout session during the Penny Harvest Leadership Academy on March 10. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Elementary Pupils Become Penny Harvest Advocates

March 25, 2015

One by one, the four teams took turns addressing childhood cancer, foster care, homelessness and saving animals — serious, thoughtful work, especially for elementary-age presenters. But that’s one of the…

Senior Karissa Masciel holds up her Extraordinary Community Service Award at JEP’s recent 2014 Community Service Awards Dinner, with George Sanchez, vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives, and professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, and JEP Executive Director Tammara Anderson. Photos by Brian Morri.

Honoring Service and Learning

May 2, 2014

A religion major at USC Dornsife, Karissa Masciel saw a need to educate youngsters on various religions to give them the tools to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions. Two years ago, Masciel created the Interfaith…

USC senior Christine Burcelis and Resurrection Catholic School fifth graders Jesus Ajiz and Leslie Lopez learn about civic engagement during the Penny Harvest Academy. Photo by Gus Ruelas.

Penny Wise

April 16, 2014

One by one, the children named problems they wanted to solve in their neighborhoods — air pollution, litter, homelessness, gangs, violence, and drug and alcohol abuse. Then, the USC undergraduates sitting with them…

In Cairo, Egypt, USC Dornsife undergraduates studying religion and democracy braved temperatures of nearly 120 degrees Fahrenheit to visit the Great Pyramid of Giza. They are shown here at stone blocks of the pyramid's base. Photo by Steven Weier.

Major Gift to Support Scholarships

December 10, 2013

A new $20 million gift from anonymous donors will endow student support at USC Dornsife, the USC School of Social Work and the USC Marshall School of Business. This is one of the largest individual gifts for student support in…

From top left, Jayme “Mea” Tsutsuse, Graham Harris, Ethan Rubio; from bottom left, Damaris Garcia, Scarlett Royston, Erik Peterson. Photos credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Nothing Routine About 2013

January 27, 2010

USC College’s new group of freshmen, the Class of 2013, is extraordinary. Some are entering the university already world travelers. They are not only intelligent but talented; they are dancers, singers, actors and…

A Gift That Keeps On Giving

A Gift That Keeps On Giving

February 1, 2008

Although in 1985 he insisted to the Los Angeles Times that he was “not a do-gooder at heart,” Jack Skirball gave away millions in support of honorable causes. Now you can count USC College’s Joint…

Thinking Outward

Thinking Outward

July 1, 2007

Piper Stremmel knows what originally attracted her to community service at USC. As a freshman, she participated in the Joint Educational Project (JEP), the College’s service-learning program, to bolster her…

JEP Celebrates 35th Year Serving Students and Community

JEP Celebrates 35th Year Serving Students and Community

March 1, 2007

  Now in its 35th year, the College’s Joint Educational Project (JEP) has changed the lives of thousands of people — student volunteers and those they help. A nationally recognized center for community…

USC College Gets Edison Education Grant

USC College Gets Edison Education Grant

July 12, 2006

The Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, a unit of USC College, has received the single-largest education grant ever awarded by Edison International. The $1million grant launches a partnership between USC College…

U.S. News Ranks USC’s JEP Program

U.S. News Ranks USC’s JEP Program

July 12, 2006

  A new set of college rankings released this month by U.S. News & World Report featured USC on its list of Top College Academic Programs in Service Learning. The school was recognized primarily for its 35-year-old…