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Robert Kronfli '11

Serving Up Success A restaurateur on the rise started with an underground supper club run out of a USC student apartment. Buzz-worthy dining venues with...

Wilma Williams Pinder ’62

Life and Times of a Litigator Longtime L.A. attorney remains a “perpetual cheerleader” for USC. Despite what you might see on TV courtroom dramas, being...

Nate Kaplan MPP ’11

Winning Proposition USC Price grad uses quirky characters to educate voters on key issues. It was a call in autumn 2008 from the Los Angeles...

Priscilla Partridge de Garcia ’63, MS ’67, EdD ’72

Healing Unseen Wounds A clinical psychologist helps PTSD patients find a path forward. In honor of her work in the community, Priscilla Partridge de Garcia...

Karen Adelman MFA'12

The Art of Singing Armed only with a small canvas backpack, a video camera and an artistic vision honed at USC Roski School of Art...

Myiesha Taylor MD '00

Accute Intervention At a young age, Myiesha Taylor MD ’00 knew she wanted to be a doctor. When the ear of her beloved toy rabbit,...

Jeff Gold '79

A Vinyl Goldmine A preserver of rock ’n’ roll history, Jeff Gold ’79 is a gift to the vinyl revival. Gold has been obsessed with...

Carly Rogers OTD ’11, MA ‘04

Water Works Carly Rogers OTD ’11, MA ’04 learned early on that water heals. Her mother died when Rogers was only 18, and Rogers, then...

John Rockwell ’04 and Kristopher “Kip” Barnes ’05

Brewing for Business Before John Rockwell ’04 and Kristofor “Kip” Barnes ’05 made beer together as Los Angeles Ale Works, they made music together in...

Aja Brown ’04, MPL ’05

Landslide Winner As a young girl, Aja Brown ’04, MPL ’05 had an unusual interest: real estate and construction. She’d beg her mom to take...

Lia Protopapadakis ’01

Steward of Santa Monica Bay Lia Protopapadakis ’01 worries about halibut. By 2010, numbers of the popular sport fish had plummeted to about 14 percent...

Patrick McClenahan ’80

Game Plan Everyone in Los Angeles knows who Peter Ueberroth is, but few have heard of Patrick McClenahan ’80. That’s about to change as Los...

Haifa Reda Jamalallail PhD ’91

Leap of Faith Haifa Reda Jamalallail PhD ’91 is juggling her culture with her belief in the power of education, and she’s making it work...

Liza Cherney ’06, MA ’07

One Tough Survivor Liza Cherney ’06, MA ’07 was busy at USC. Along with studying gerontology, she was a Tri Delt officer, ran marathons, tutored...

Stark Sands BFA '01

The Lights of Broadway Stark Sands BFA ’01 is revisiting the same situation he was in 12 years ago: playing the lead role in a...

Joel Breman MD '65

Generous Germ Fighter During his training at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, Joel Breman MD ’65 saw many patients with measles, meningitis, diphtheria,...

Sheryl Gordon McCloud JD '84

The Lives of Others Ask Sheryl Gordon McCloud JD ’84 about herself, and she’ll talk to you about others. A member of the Washington State...

R. Barrie Walkley MA ’75

Out of Africa He keeps retiring, but Ambassador R. Barrie Walkley MA ’75 just can’t seem to make it stick. The 68-year-old career diplomat...

Lizette Salas '11

Lizette of the Links Lizette Salas ’11 was only 7 when her father showed her a proper golf swing. Being head mechanic at the public...

Edward Loh '98

Racing the Dream Edward Loh ’98 is all about speed. And he’s driven. One day he’s flying to the
 Motor Show in Paris, the next
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Lizette Zarate '02

Transforming Urban Education When Lizette Zarate ’02 looks at students in USC’s Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI), she sees herself almost 20 years ago — an...

James Lord BArch '90

A Life by Design “Intuitive design” — design with a user-friendly feel — is a topic that landscape architect James Lord BArch ’90 thinks about...

Paula Daniels '77

Food and Water Steward When Paula Daniels ’77, Broadcast Journalism, was growing up in Hawaii, her grandfather taught her about malama aina — stewardship of...

Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. '50, MS '52

The Renaissance Pharmacist He may be best known as the founder of the much-imitated Wine of the Month Club, but Paul Kalemkiarian Sr. ’50, MS...

Cassandra Sanders-Holly DPT ’04

Gait Expectations “They’re sitting backwards; they’re on their hands and knees; they’re standing on the horse. We’re throwing balls back and forth; we’re blowing bubbles;...

Helene Winer Class of 1966

Curating Controversy 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...

Greg Reitan Class of 1996

At Home With His Music Film composer, jazz pianist and recording artist Greg Reitan ’96 makes his living doing what he loves - writing and...

Eric Brown and Renee Cottrell-Brown Class of 1978

Partners Twice Over Eric Brown ’78 and Renee Cottrell-Brown ’78 laugh a lot. Remarkable, some might say, for a couple who live and work together...

Boris Dramov Class of 1966

A ‘Monumental’ Achievement Boris Dramov ’66 has designed numerous buildings, parkways and plazas, including Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade and the America’s Cup Village in...

James "Jimmy" Reese Class of 1946

Fostering Literacy James “Jimmy” Reese ’46 is a busy man. He’ll do some stock market trading, arbitrate a dog bite case and set up meetings...

Kathy (Keeler) Seid Class of 1980

Bound and Determined Kathy (Keeler) Seid ’80 can’t pop into a dry cleaner’s, step onto a golf course or set foot in a doctor’s office...

Brandon Stauber Class of '95

The Spy Who Loved Wine On his business card, Brandon Stauber MPP ’95 identifies himself as “Agent White.” Relax. He’s talking about wine. In 2007,...

Hilda Solis Class of 1981

A Love of Labor When U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis MPA ’81 was looking for internship opportunities after her first semester in USC’s Master...

David K. Hansen Class of '85

Saving Lives David K. Hansen ’85 dreamed of opening a restaurant, but fate had something else in store. After graduating from the USC Marshall School...

David Hamlin Class of '94

One Wild Life As series producer of National Geographic Channel’s Great Migrations, David Hamlin MFA ’94 put together an international team of cinematographers, scientists and...

Christopher Chan Class of '92

Building a Chinese "Supertall" It was perfect timing. It was 2008 and the economy had tumbled. Christopher Chan BArch ‘92 was a design director at...

Steven Atamian Class of '04

Man the Brigades Two years ago during the height of the recession, Steven Atamian ’04 did the unthinkable: He left his job in corporate America....

Hunter Freberg Class of '67

The Funny Frebergs Hunter Freberg ’67 has loved her husband since she was 4 years old. But back then, she only knew Stan Freberg as...

Roberto Lee Class of '04

Having His Cake His entrepreneurship professors at the USC Marshall School of Business drilled him on financial plans and feasibility studies, but no one prepared...

Ree Drummond Class of '91

Pioneer Woman If you asked Ree Drummond ’91 in 1991 where she was headed in life, chances are she wouldn’t have said a ranch outside...

Grant Imahara Class of '93

Hits and Myths Grant Imahara ’93 may have the most fun job in the world. A typical day at the office has included building a...

Alan Hoffman Class of '91

Sidekick to the V.P. The day the House of Representatives passed health-care reform, Alan Hoffman, MPA/JD ’91, couldn’t help but notice that the sun was...

Tierza Davis Class of '92

Her Work is Play While on vacation in a beautiful locale, most people think, at least once, “What if I stayed here forever?” Most people,...

F. Willard Robinson Class of '42

Ninety-two years young and still going strong, Dr. F. Willard "Robbie" Robinson '42, MS '49, PhD '58 has deep roots in the Trojan Family. By...

Thomas Unterseher Class of '92

Flat Worlder Thomas Unterseher ’92 learned you can go home again and still feel connected to USC - even if that home is a town...

Jeff Byers Class of '07

The Whole Nine Yards Jeff Byers ’07, MBA ’09 came to USC for the football but got so much more. When the offensive lineman was...

Stayce D. Harris Class of '81

Flying High In August 2009, the annual convention for the Tuskegee Airmen featured a special guest. Stayce D. Harris ’81 was already a frequent attendee...

Donald Vega Class of '99

Jazz Hands You can’t see them in the dark of Mount Vernon, New York’s Bassline Cafe, but jazz pianist Donald Vega ’99 has angels on...

Amy Reddit Tomlinson Class of '00

The Aviator When Lieutenant Amy Redditt Tomlinson ’00 explains what she does as an aviator in the U.S. Navy, she references a popular film. “Have...

David Bohnett Class of '78

Orchestrating Change David Bohnett’s social activism is legendary, including his support of new youth orchestras in Los Angeles. When incoming LA Phil music director Gustavo...

Carol Campbell Fox, Class of ’62

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...

Ellen Hunter Mai, Class of ’91

An A for Adventure Ellen Hunter Mai ’91, a political science major, lives an extraordinary life. She has hunted pirates in the Malacca Straits and...

Lukas Petrash, Class of ’06

Economy Class When Lukas Petrash ’06 was growing up in Texas, he learned to do a lot with very little. He made his own toys,...

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