As we approach with great hope and anticipation the upcoming arrival of 2021, the USC Alumni Association would like to take this opportunity to thank you, a loyal member of our Trojan Family, for your dedicated support during an unforgettable 2020. We started off the year with a digital event featuring USC Dean for Religious Life Varun Soni, who showed us how to stay engaged in a hyper-connected world—little did we know just how prescient Dean Soni’s message would be!
Though unprecedented challenges grabbed the headlines for most of 2020, both USC and the Trojan Family found ways to keep our Trojan Spirit alive while navigating many new and unfamiliar realities. Whether donating personal protective equipment to frontline healthcare workers, delivering food to people in need, or contributing to various emergency funds, USC alumni, students, faculty and staff came together to support crucial pandemic relief efforts. In addition, USC faculty and students kept “Fighting On” by shifting to remote learning and virtual programming.
Also, despite the public health restrictions on social gatherings, our alumni still managed to come together, albeit online, to participate in many important USC traditions, including Reunion Weekend and Homecoming. We even launched an exciting new tradition with our inaugural Fight On! Virtual 5K. To foster and strengthen our Trojan Family ties, we mobilized more than 28,000 alumni to join our FightOnline digital alumni community—and nearly 10,000 alumni signed up to advise and support current students and fellow alumni through USC’s Trojan Network mentoring platform.
Once we return from Winter Recess on January 4, we look forward to resuming all of our efforts to keep our Trojan Family connected and engaged; to support our current students, especially the members of the Class of 2021 as they move closer to graduating; and to keep our great university moving forward.
Thank you again for your support, Happy New Year, and Fight On!
Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08
Associate Senior Vice President for Alumni Relations