Alumni Association Spotlight
Jul 30, 2015 6:00 AM - USC Alumni Club Hawaii 2015 SCend Off
Jul 30, 2015 6:30 PM - USC Alumni Club of New York 2015 SCend Off
Aug 1, 2015 2:00 PM - USC Alumni Chapter of Las Vegas 2015 SCend Off
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Aug 1, 2015 2:00 AM - USC Alumni Chapter of Tucson 2015 SCend Off
Aug 1, 2015 2:00 PM - USC Alumni Chapter of San Antonio 2015 SCend Off
As boys, Arman MS ’04, MBA ’10 and Afshin Nadershahi MD ’09 would go on adventures in the woods near their home. Today, they scout a different frontier as entrepreneurs: patent filing, product prototyping and the FDA approval process.
When Masako Miura '36, MD '41 earned her medical degree, she received a certificate congratulating "him" on "his" accomplishment. Since she was one of only two women getting a medical degree that year, she shrugged it off as an honest mistake.
Walid Abdul-Wahab '13 is not Amish, but the 22-year-old Marshall grad has close ties to the Plain community through his company, Desert Farms, which distributes camel's milk from Amish and Mennonite family farms in the American heartland.
Buzz-worthy dining venues with waiting lists for reservations are no big thing in Los Angeles. But back in 2009, one that hit the scene was run out of the North University Park apartment of two USC sophomores, Robert Kronfli ’11 and Alex Chang ’11.
Despite what you might see on TV courtroom dramas, being a good litigator is not about being aggressive, flashy or devious. “To make it work, you must build a story around your facts,” says Wilma Williams Pinder ’62, with the conviction of a seasoned lawyer.
Seeking an alternative to text-heavy voter guides, Nate Kaplan came up with the idea to create short, nonpartisan video clips to explain ballot measures. He made a trial-run series of black-and-white, low-budget videos that have evolved into SeePolitical.com.
A clinical psychologist in private practice, Priscilla Partridge de Garcia works with clients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Through her one-on-one work with patients, she helps heal unseen wounds that lie deep in the psyche.
Karen Adelman MFA ’12 flew to Colombia to track down bullerengue, a form of music and dance. She returned to Los Angeles and last year presented her installation, La Bulla y Restos, which translates roughly to “the ruckus and remainders.”
At a young age, Myiesha Taylor MD ’00 knew she wanted to be a doctor. When the ear of her beloved toy rabbit, Bunny, came off, she performed triage and sewed on a new ear made of yarn. She even created a medical record for her patient—one of the many toys in her playroom under her care.
A preserver of rock ’n’ roll history, Jeff Gold ’79 is a gift to the vinyl revival. As a kid, he collected records and then resold them—developing a shrewd comprehension of vinyl currency. He even traveled to Europe to find rare albums for his mail-order business, all while he was still a teenager.
Carly Rogers OTD ’11, MA ’04 learned early on that water heals. Her mother died when Rogers was only 18, and Rogers, then a Los Angeles County lifeguard, used to cleanse her grief in the Pacific’s salty waves.
Before John Rockwell ’04 and Kristofor “Kip” Barnes ’05 made beer together as Los Angeles Ale Works, they made music together in the Trojan Marching Band.
As a young girl, Aja Brown ’04, MPL ’05 had an unusual interest: real estate and construction. She’d beg her mom to take her to local development projects, and on Sundays she’d analyze the Los Angeles Times classifieds to compare rental units in different areas and cities.
On any given day, marine scientist Lia Protopapadakis '01 might be calibrating an ultrasound machine to determine the sex of a halibut, diving into a kelp forest to evaluate restoration efforts or lobbying local chefs to put California spiny lobsters on their menus.
As president and CEO of the Special Olympics World Games, Patrick McClenahan '80 has a colossal job as Los Angeles gears up to host the 2015 games: housing and feeding 3,000 coaches and 7,000 athletes from 170 nations for 12 days.
Haifa Reda Jamalallail PhD ’91 is juggling her culture with her belief in the power of education, and she's making it work for the benefit of women as the president of Effat University, the first private institution of higher education for women in Saudi Arabia.
After earning two degrees at USC, Liza Cherney moved to Boston, where she received her MBA from Boston College in May 2013. A month before graduating, she attended the Boston Marathon -- and saw her life change forever in the wake of tragic bombing.
Stark Sands BFA ’01 is revisiting the same situation he was in 12 years ago: playing the lead role in a big musical. But instead of performing in the USC School of Dramatic Arts’ production of Pippin, he now stars on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning musical Kinky Boots.
During his training at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Joel Breman MD ’65 saw many patients with measles, meningitis, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus, along with unusual infections...
Ask Sheryl Gordon McCloud JD ’84 about herself, and she’ll talk to you about others. A member of the Washington State Supreme Court since January, she’ll point to professors, friends, her husband and the two sons who inspired and supported her...
He keeps retiring, but Ambassador R. Barrie Walkley MA ’75 just can’t seem to make it stick. The 68-year-old career diplomat is on his third diplomatic assignment since his official retirement as ambassador to Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe in 2008.
Lizette Salas ’11 was only 7 when her father showed her a proper golf swing. Being head mechanic at the public Azusa Greens Golf Course had some perks, and Ramon Salas made sure his kids learned to play. But Lizette, his youngest, was special.
As the editor-in-chief of Motor Trend magazine, Edward Loh ’98 is all about speed. And he’s driven. One day he’s flying to the Motor Show in Paris, the next day he’s zipping around the back roads of Seville, Spain, in a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport.
When Lizette Zarate ’02 looks at students in USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI), she sees herself almost 20 years ago — a gifted young girl getting an education that she otherwise wouldn’t have received.
Intuitive design” — design with a user-friendly feel — is a topic that landscape architect James Lord BArch ’90 thinks about a lot.
When Paula Daniels ’77, Broadcast Journalism, was growing up in Hawaii, her grandfather taught her about malama aina — stewardship of the land. “He said, ‘We don’t own this land, we’re just taking care of it for the next generations.
Best known as the founder of the Wine of the Month Club, Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. ’50, MS ’52 is also a successful pharmacist who ran the first drugstore on the USC campus and discovered domestic plant sources of an antidote to nerve gas.
Cassandra Sanders-Holly DPT ’04 helps kids with with cerebral palsy, spinal cord injuries, Down syndrome or autism through Leaps & Bounds Pediatric Therapy, her hippotherapy clinic in Norco, Calif.
As the young director of Pomona College’s Museum of Art in the early 1970s, Helene Winer ’66 made tongues wag with her avant-garde curating. One of the artists she introduced was Chris Burden, who launched bundles of lit matches at a nude woman across the gallery.
Film composer, jazz pianist and recording artist Greg Reitan ’96 makes his living doing what he loves - writing and performing music. He's also an architecture buff who lives in his dream house: modernist architect J. Lamont Longworthy's prototype Concept 2 modular home.
Eric Brown ’78 and Renee Cottrell-Brown ’78 laugh a lot. Remarkable, some might say, for a couple who live and work together as CEO and executive vice president of sales and marketing, respectively, at the Dallas-based Johnson Products Company Inc.
Boris Dramov ’66 has designed numerous buildings, parkways and plazas, including Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade. But now he has designed something few United States architects can match: a monument on Washington, D.C.'s National Mall.
James “Jimmy” Reese ’46 is a busy man. He’ll do some stock market trading, arbitrate a dog bite case and set up meetings for a new education intervention program at USC - all in a day. At 92, Reese doesn’t plan to slow down any time soon.
Kathy (Keeler) Seid ’80 can’t step onto a golf course or set foot in an MD's office without sensing untapped potential. “There’s just not any place I go that I don’t see an opportunity,” she says.
On his business card, Brandon Stauber MPP ’95 identifies himself as “Agent White." Relax. He’s talking about wine. In 2007, Stauber launched The Wine Spies LLC, with partner Jason Seeber, who goes by “Agent Red.”
Hilda Solis MPA ’81 heads the U.S. Department of Labor. Before becoming the first Hispanic woman to hold a permanent Cabinet post, Solis was a member of the House of Representatives.
David K. Hansen ’85 dreamed of opening a restaurant, but instead spearheaded the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program, estimated to have saved thousands of American lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As series producer of National Geographic Channel’s Great Migrations, David Hamlin MFA ’94 put together an international team of cinematographers, scientists and writers to film wildlife on the move across the planet.
When a Gensler board member told Christopher Chan BArch '92 the firm needed his talents in Shanghai, Chan and his wife had just welcomed a baby boy and bought a home, but they opted for adventure.
Two years ago during the height of the recession, Steven Atamian ’04 did the unthinkable: He left his job in corporate America to give his time and energy to the nonprofit organization he co-founded a few years earlier.
Hunter Freberg ’67 has loved her husband since she was 4 years old. But back then, she only knew Stan Freberg as the voice of her favorite television show puppet on Time for Beany .
His USC Marshall School of Business professors drilled him on financial plans and feasibility studies, but no one prepared Roberto Lee MBA‘04 for what it would take to run a company in the wild, wild East.
If you asked Ree Drummond ’91 in 1991 where she was headed in life, chances are she wouldn’t have said a ranch outside of Pawhuska, Okla. But that’s where she ended up when she fell in love with a cowboy.
Grant Imahara ’93 may have the most fun job in the world. A typical day at the office has included building a 7-foot, 3,000-pound, 1-million-piece ball of Legos to roll down a road at a car.
The day the House of Representatives passed health-care reform, Alan Hoffman, MPA/JD ’91, couldn’t help but notice that cherry blossoms were just beginning to flower in Washington, D.C.
While on vacation in a beautiful locale, most people think, at least once, “What if I stayed here forever?” Most people, of course, never do it. Then again, most people aren’t Tierza Davis ’92.
Dr. F. Willard “Robbie” Robinson ’42, MS ’49, PhD ’58 has deep roots in the Trojan Family, starting with his grandparents, who met as students in the university’s first class.
Thomas Unterseher ’92 learned you can go home again and still feel connected to USC - even if that home is a town of 4,000 people in the middle of South Dakota.
Jeff Byers ’07, MBA ’09 came to USC for football but got much more. When the offensive lineman was drafted into the NFL in April, he took with him a master’s in business administration from USC Marshall.
In August 2009, the Tuskegee Airmen annual convention featured a special guest. Stayce D. Harris ’81 was already a frequent convention attendee, but this time she had general stars on her shoulders.
You can’t see them in Mount Vernon, NY’s dark Bassline Cafe, but jazz pianist Donald Vega ’99 has angels on his shoulder. He may swing with the grace of Oscar Peterson, but he's traveled a hard road to get here.
When Lieutenant Amy Redditt Tomlinson ’00 explains what she does as an aviator in the U.S. Navy, she references a popular film. “Have you ever seen Top Gun?” she asks.
David Bohnett '78, chair of the LA Phil and supporter of new youth orchestras in LA, was thrilled by the turnout for new LA Phil conductor Gustavo Dudamel's first concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
If you were to draw up a list of the hardest working volunteers at USC, Carol Campbell Fox MS ’62 would surely be near the top. The energetic alumna could teach a master class on efficient multi-tasking.
Ellen Hunter Mai ’91 lives an extraordinary life. She has hunted pirates in the Malacca Straits, toured the illegal diamond mines of Sierra Leone, reported from Afghanistan and tracked communist rebels in Peru.
When Lukas Petrash ’06 was growing up in Texas, he made his own toys, Petrash’s early inventions were a preview of his architectural career, which focuses on ultra-low-cost sustainable housing.