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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…

Although forbidden in his native Romania, Alexandru "Alex" Iftimie grew up listening to Radio Free Europe, which influenced him to later study debate. The USC College alumnus is a Soros fellow at Yale Law School. Photo credit Christopher Smith.

A Lesson in Expression

June 1, 2009

Born in Romania, Alexandru "Alex" Iftimie was a child during the Romanian Revolution of 1989 when citizens overthrew the country's communist regime. While Romania was in reform, the USC College alumnus remembers listening to…

Natasha Khan (left), Apollo Emeka, David Gibson and Michael Gibson

Pomp and Unusual Circumstance

May 15, 2009

Stationed in Tikrit, Iraq, Saddam Hussein's birthplace 87 miles northwest of Baghdad, Apollo Emeka served as an intelligence analyst for the Army National Guard. During his deployment, Emeka's base was bombed several times.…

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows include Genevieve Carpio (left), Terrion L. Williamson, Abigail Rosas, Kiana M. Green, Chrisshonna Grant Nieva, Orlando Serrano and Imani Johnson. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows

May 14, 2009

The total number of Ford Foundation Diversity Fellows currently in the American Studies & Ethnicity (ASE) Ph.D. program has increased to ten students, a record number for any Ph.D. program in any field in the…

Impending graduate and salutatorian Brenda Nuyen will enter medical school in the fall. Photo credit Dietmar Quistorf.

A White Coat is in Her Future

May 11, 2009

This summer, salutatorian Brenda Nuyen wants to learn how to surf. By recently mastering skateboarding, she feels up to the challenge. "I've been told this summer is my last free summer until retirement," said Nuyen, who…

Chemistry senior Marie Anne Cuevas took two top prizes in the undergraduate symposium for her research on nanocrystals and their applications to nanocomposite dielectrics. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Remarkable at Any Rate

April 22, 2009

A former high school cheerleader interested in studying theater, Marie Anne Cuevas may seem an unlikely student to excel in nanoscience. But Cuevas is a quintessential Trojan skillful in both the sciences and humanities.…

David Kang is director of the Korean Studies Institute and professor of international relations and business. Photo courtesy David Kang.

It’s a First for David Kang and USC

April 20, 2009

The Strategic Initiative for Korean Studies (SIKS) has awarded funding for new projects in 2009 and has selected David Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute (KSI) and professor of international relations and business…