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International relations alumna Pam Mizuno spent a week this May volunteering on coffee farms in Costa Rica, assisting with research relating to American leaf spot, a disease currently affecting coffee harvests in the country. Photo courtesy of Pam Mizuno.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

August 30, 2013

Volunteering at organic coffee farms in Costa Rica, Pam Mizuno rose with the sun each morning around 5 a.m. Once on her feet, Mizuno would slather on a thick layer of sunblock, coat herself in bug spray, then enjoy a hearty…

Brittany Berns (left) and her colleague Sabi Yoto, a fellow teacher at Toucountouna's secondary school. Berns taught English and helped to expand a school as a Peace Corps volunteer in Toucountouna from 2010 to 2012. Photo courtesy of Brittany Berns.

A Rising Star

December 6, 2012

At 6 a.m., Brittany Berns would awake to the sound of her neighbors’ breakfast pans clacking. Nearby, roosters crowed and pigs snorted. After grabbing a bite of rice and beans, Berns would pull a bucket of water from…

Studying in Jordan: Anna Miner

Seeking Peace in the Middle East

July 26, 2012

During her sophomore year in high school, Anna Miner read Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi’s autobiography and became fascinated with the complexities of Middle Eastern and South Asian states. “Before…

USC Dornsife alumna Parita Shah, vice president at APCO Worldwide, credits her parents for her passion for politics and public service. During the course of her career, she has worked for Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, among others. Last fall, she spent two months in Beijing as the senior adviser to the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke. Photo courtesy of Parita Shah.

A Dream Realized

June 11, 2012

Parita Shah was a freshman in high school when then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton announced in 1991 he would run for president. Shah, whose parents emigrated from India, monitored the presidential race closely on the…

Andrea McBride ’07 is cofounder and chief executive officer of Lineage Imports and co-owner of St. Luke’s Estate Wines. Photo courtesy of Andrea McBride.

Going Green and Giving Back

June 18, 2009

Faced with the threat of global climate change, businesses are increasingly focused on the development of sound environmental practices. Young entrepreneurs such as USC College alumna Andrea McBride '07 are at the forefront of…

Kenneth L. Servis, dean of academic records and registrar; Nien-Ling Wacker, Laserfiche CEO; Charles E. McKenna, chemistry department chair and professor.

Nien-Ling Wacker Honored by Department of Chemistry as Distinguished Alumna

April 11, 2009

USC College alumna Nien-Ling Wacker, president and CEO of Laserfiche, a leading provider of enterprise content management (ECM) software, was presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College's Department of…