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Candid on Credit

Candid on Credit

August 4, 2009

Kelly McNamara Corley '82 is a problem solver. She believes barriers — legal, cultural, financial — can be overcome with persistence, discipline, fearlessness and humility. And she is exactly the type of leader the…

Simon Wilkie, professor and chair of economics in USC College, has a plan to eliminate toxic assets and help set our country back on track. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

For Sale: Toxic Assets

July 14, 2009

From economists and politicians to our next-door neighbors, everyone seems to have a theory about what has driven our soaring economy into the ground. Solutions to the problem, however, seem harder to find than a loan on a…

Keep the Dream Alive

Keep the Dream Alive

July 8, 2009

Jason Thomas certainly has a knack for crunching numbers. An alumnus of USC College, he graduated with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics in four years. He went on to earn his doctorate in political…

Daniel Seddiqui ’05 has embarked on an unusual career path — working 50 jobs, each for one week, in 50 states. Illustration by Molly Sullivan.

50 Jobs, 50 States, 50 Weeks

July 1, 2009

Did you know that the moment a raindrop hits surface water, the chemistry of the surface water changes? Or that hosting a rodeo is so pricey, just the dirt can set you back $8,000? When farmers converse, did you know they're…

USC College alumnus Tom Glissmeyer will draw on his education as an economics major to manage his promising golf career. Photo credit USC Sports Information.

Champ in One

June 24, 2009

As Tom Glissmeyer '09 teed up at the U.S. Open Championship in 2003, he had plenty to be nervous about. This was his first PGA Tour event and, at 16, he was the youngest player in contention. Tiger Woods was one hole ahead of…

USC College alumni Gary Lee ‘07 and Emily Fetting ‘06 stand in front the West Wing of the White House. Lee works for President Barack Obama as a White House liaison. Photo courtesy of Gary Lee.

The Road to the White House

June 22, 2009

Gary Lee remembered vying for student body president during his senior year in USC College and losing. Lee, a political science major, took the loss to heart. He went to talk to his former professor, Howard Gillman, who…

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…

Master of Liberal Studies students Michael Lujan, Chris Wittenberg, Illeana Brothers and Kinette Cager (clockwise from top left) will present their research at the Third Annual Graduate Liberal Studies Joint Student and Alumni Symposium at Stanford University. Photo credit Liz Gill.

Master of Liberal Studies Students Head to Stanford

June 16, 2009

Growing up in Iowa, Illeana Brothers once heard someone refer to "the little colored girl." But she was not aware that the reference was to her.  Later in life, she became aware of the implications of having a black…

This summer USC College archaeology students will blog about their experiences excavating and researching at various sites in Turkey, Spain, Alaska, Belize, Italy and Peru as well as the United States. Photo credit Emily Cavalcanti.

Something to Write Home About

June 11, 2009

Summer: time for most undergraduates to look for a part-time job or internship, or maybe just sleep in and get a tan. But if you happen to be a USC College archaeology student, your summer plans are a bit less…

Restaurant consultant and chef Debbie Lee, a former USC College student, will compete against nine other contestants on <em>The Next Food Network Star</em> to win her own culinary television series. Photo courtesy of Food Network.

Add Two Cultures and Stir

June 5, 2009

Pork barbecue, corn bread, black-eyed peas, fried green tomatoes — and Korean-style chicken and dumplings. When Southern soul food comes to mind, flavors of Eastern cuisine are not usually part of the picture. For…