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USC Dornsife’s Pavitra Krishnamani is an embodiment of the USC experience, having taken leadership roles in many different groups, university-wide and in the community. Photo by Erica Christianson.

One Busy Student

March 18, 2014

Pavitra Krishnamani was 16 when she entered USC through the Resident Honors Program, but the teenager was wise enough to quickly get involved. “I think, in a way, I’ve helped build a curriculum for myself at USC,…

Bita Shahian credits her liberal arts education at USC Dornsife for helping her to cultivate her diverse interests in technology, design and psychology. She aims to foster opportunities for minorities and women in the technology industry. Photo courtesy Bita Shahian.

Tech Talk

February 25, 2014

Bita Shahian believes the future lies in technology. Since she also believes in the future of college students, she wants to help them jump into the tech world. “Technology is transforming a lot of industries and making…

As USC Dornsife's newly appointed associate dean for science and pre health, Erin Quinn is committed to creating compassionate health professionals with an understanding of human behavior and decision-making. Photo by Steve Cohn.

That Vital Human Connection

December 6, 2013

When an elderly Spanish-speaking woman suffering from depression recently became dehydrated, she went to the local emergency room in her hometown of Ventura, Calif. From there, she was transferred to a psychiatric hospital in…

“The rest is silence,” said Bryan Garcia, splayed out, clutching his side as he played Hamlet. Undergraduates taking a Shakespeare course from USC Dornsife’s Julianne Werlin worked with USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) students to produce <em>Hamlet</em>. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

‘O, I Die, Horatio’

November 15, 2013

Foil shimmered under the spotlight as two young actors traded feints, thrusts and parries. As their black boots shuffled furiously, the flecks of foil that made up their swords flew around the stage. The actors kept going,…

JEP 40th Anniversary

‘JEP Sparked a Flame in Me’

November 1, 2013

As a 9-year-old girl growing up in California’s San Fernando Valley, América Ferrera remembers lying in bed, dreaming of fame and diamonds. “That’s a 9-year-old’s fantasy of celebrity,”…

A USC Dornsife junior majoring in neuroscience, the new USC Residential Student Government President Sera Choi is also involved in USC Dornsife's Trojan Health Volunteers program, part of the Joint Educational Project. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

Pointing the Way

October 25, 2013

The new president of the Residential Student Government (RSG) has a message for the 7,000 students the organization represents: learn to become leaders. “Leadership is something that we are really focusing on this…

Flanked by Joint Educational Project (JEP) staff, volunteers and former volunteers, Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian (front right) holds up the JEP resolution with JEP Executive Director Tammara Anderson at the May 3 Los Angeles City Council Meeting. The resolution honors JEP’s 40-year history of service learning at USC and in the L.A. community. Photo by Laura Paisley.

L.A. City Council Honors JEP

May 15, 2013

At Los Angeles City Hall, staff, students and alumni of USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP) filled the council chambers. The mood was light and celebratory. But what they were celebrating was a serious 40-plus…

Student honorees from the Interfaith Badge Program stand with Varun Soni (center), dean of the USC Office of Religious Life. Photo by Steve Cohn.

What It Means to Be a Trojan

April 24, 2013

As a junior, Travis Glynn created the Explore Program through USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project (JEP). In the program, JEP volunteers challenge elementary students to look at Los Angeles through a global…

Each week, Tina Koneazny of the Joint Educational Project (JEP)/USC ReadersPlus program and JEP tutors visit local elementary schools, where they read children a book and then practice yoga based on themes in the literature. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Just Breathe

April 17, 2013

During recess, Sally pushed you. Your teacher gave you a frowny face on the spelling test and you must write “incredible” 100 times on the blackboard. On top of all that, your front tooth is loose. “OK…

Amy Gross and Christian Ramos, both fourth-grade teachers at Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School near USC, proudly display abstract shapes they created from paper plates to find the center of mass — just one example of a fun and inexpensive classroom project they can use to engage and inspire their students in STEM subjects. Photos by Susan Bell.

Springboard to Teaching STEM

March 21, 2013

Like divers, 60 teachers, magnet coordinators and principals from the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) lifted their arms high over their heads and flexed their knees as if preparing to plunge from imaginary…