USC Volunteer Recognition Dinner

On September 14th, the USC Alumni Association honored outstanding volunteers from USC alumni clubs, chapters and organizations who devoted their time and energy in service to the university. Awards were presented in four categories: President’s Award, Widney Alumni House Volunteer Award, Volunteer Friend of the Year Award and Volunteer Organization of the Year Award.

Thank you to our 2017 Volunteer Recognition Dinner attendees for joining the USC Alumni Association in honoring an exemplary group of dedicated Trojans at this past USC Volunteer Recognition Dinner. Check out our Flickr for a chronicle of the 2017 event.

A very special thank you to the 2017 Volunteer Recognition Dinner sponsors:

Widney Alumni House

Jaime Lee

Town & Gown of USC

USC School of Pharmacy

Gold

Michael and Debbie Felix Family

USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Cardinal

John Iino / Reed Smith LLP

Tracy and F. Ron Smith

USC Alumni Club of New York

USC Athletics

USC Marshall School of Business

USC Rossier School of Education

USC Latino Alumni Association

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

President’s Awards

The President’s Award recognizes the outstanding leadership contributions of a volunteer over the course of several years, which may include fulfillment of a formal leadership position and/or achievements in informal activities. Other factors considered are the volunteer’s overall record of service, loyalty, dedication, and contributions to the Trojan Family.

2017 Honorees

Roslyn Blake PharmD ’92

USC School of Pharmacy Board of Councilors

 

John Iino JD ’87

USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors

USC Gould School of Law Board of Councilors

 

Helaine Lopes ’80, PhD ’91

Swim With Mike

Trojan League of South Bay

USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

 

Michael Low MPA ’80 

USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

USC Price Athenian Society

USC Price Health Advisory Board

Widney Alumni House Awards

The Widney Alumni House Awards recognize the outstanding contributions of volunteers through service to the Trojan Family. Important factors include a record of sustained volunteer service to a school or department at USC and relevant achievements during this service.  The Widney Alumni House  Awards recognize volunteers for their loyalty, support and dedication to the University of Southern California, the community and beyond.

2017 Honorees

Joy Albritten ’02 

2017 USC Alumni Leadership Conference Committee

Class of 2002 15th Reunion Committee

USC Alumni Club of the L.A. Beach Cities

 

Christopher C. Cabrera ’00 

USC Marshall Alumni Association – Los Angeles Chapter

 

Margaret A. Chidester EdD ’95

USC Rossier School of Education Board of Councilors

 

Phil Dandridge ’81, MBA ’85

USC Marshall Alumni Association Executive Board

USC Marshall Alumni Association – Orange County Chapter

 

Bonnie Foley ’81

Class of 1981 30th Reunion Committee

Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority

Trojan League of Orange County

 

Rick Garcia ’02 

USC Marshall Alumni Association Executive Board

 

Justin M. Gaynor ’06 

USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

USC Marshall Alumni Association – Los Angeles Chapter

 

Julie Webster Haynes

Trojan League of South Bay

 

Tom Henkenius ’00

USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

USC Alumni Club of the L.A. Beach Cities

USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association

 

Noriko Kelley ’98, MA ’01

Society of Trojan Women Board

USC Annenberg Alumni Advisory Board

 

Shelley Lang EdD ’04

Alumnae Coordinating Council

Association of Trojan Leagues

Trojan League Associates of San Diego County

 

Lorena Martinez ’02 

Town & Gown of USC

USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

USC Latino Alumni Association

 

Stephen T. Mayoral ’95 

USC Alumni Veterans Network

USC Latino Alumni Association

 

Jason M. Sabaugh ’07

Class of 2007 10th Reunion Committee

USC Marshall Alumni Association – Orange County Chapter

 

Tracy Berliner Smith ’83

Town and Gown of USC

Trojan League of Los Angeles

USC Interfraternity Parents Council

 

Shane Stuart Swerdlow ’10

USC Alumni Real Estate Network Leadership Council

USC Price Alumni Association Board of Directors

USC Price Athenian Society Leadership Council

 

Mark P. Thompson ’79

USC Price Alumni Association – New York Representative

 

Rei Umekubo ’85

USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors

 

Jessica Ureña ’99, MPA ’15

Second Decade Society

 

Adam Weiss ’02, MPL ’04

2017 USC Alumni Leadership Conference Committee

Class of 2002 15th Reunion Committee

USC Alumni Club of Los Angeles

Volunteer Friend of the Year Award

The Volunteer Friend of the Year Award is presented to a USC faculty or staff member for his or her work with alumni volunteers, and recognizes outstanding contributions in the development and implementation of USC alumni volunteer programs. The award encourages the effective, efficient and creative use of the university’s best volunteer resource—USC alumni—by university faculty and staff.

2017 Honoree

Steve Yamaguchi

Steve Yamaguchi has been at USC as university counsel in the Office of the General Counsel since 1999.  Steve provides legal support and advice to a wide variety of Schools, Departments, Institutes and Centers at the university, including advising on various academic and research initiatives and projects as well as numerous business matters and contract negotiations.

Steve has worked closely with the USC Alumni Association, including its various sub-units, as well as University Advancement, including advancement offices of the various Schools within the university.

Since 2007, Steve has served as university liaison to Town & Gown of USC providing regular communication and support and ensuring close coordination with the largest and longest-standing women’s support organization at USC.

Steve is also a Lecturer in Law at the USC Gould School of Law where he teaches contract drafting and negotiation and is actively engaged in recruiting and alumni activities in Asia for the Graduate and International Law Program at USC Gould.

Prior to joining USC, Steve worked at various law firms in Los Angeles and Tokyo and came to USC from Paul Hastings in Los Angeles.  He was born in Long Beach, California, graduated from Long Beach Poly High School, received his B.A. from Stanford University in 1986 and earned his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1989.

Steve lives in Torrance with his wife, Yumi, and daughter, Ellen.  His son, Sean, is a currently a junior at the USC Marshall School.

Volunteer Organization of the Year Award

The Volunteer Organization of the Year Award is the only award given to a USC alumni volunteer organization in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Trojan Family and the advancement of USC. Any volunteer organization recognized by the university or one of its departments is eligible for nomination. Important achievements considered are organization formation, membership growth, retention and involvement, overall development, quality and creativity of programming, communications, successful fundraising initiatives and leadership.

2017 Honorees

USC Alumni Club of L.A. Beach Cities

Formed by the merger of the USC alumni clubs of the South Bay and Long Beach in 2013, the USC Alumni Club of L.A. Beach Cities hosts events and programming for Trojans of all ages, backgrounds and interests who live in an area that extends from the Long Beach/Orange County border through the South Bay to Silicon Beach.

The club’s eclectic programming runs the gamut from bowling nights to its annual Oktoberfest celebration. This year, the club hosted its first-ever Taste of Troy, which featured food tastings from 10 Trojan-owned restaurants; it was held in conjunction with the USC Alumni Business Expo aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

Philanthropy is another priority for the club, which has awarded more than 24 scholarships to deserving USC students since 2013. Club members also give back regularly to their local communities, volunteering their time and energy to such organizations as the VA Long Beach Healthcare System and the parks departments of both Long Beach and Redondo Beach.

The club’s greatest source of pride comes from working with other alumni groups to expand the impact of their programming. During the past year, the USC Alumni Club of L.A. Beach Cities partnered with the Alumni Real Estate Network, Second Decade Society, the USC Alumni Club of Los Angeles and many other groups to provide engaging cultural, social and professional programs.

USC Latino Alumni Association 

The USC Latino Alumni Association (LAA) is one of the nation’s leading Latino alumni organizations, devoted to the academic advancement and development of Latino students attending USC. The association is made up of USC students, alumni and friends working together to provide support, leadership training, and service and networking opportunities.

LAA’s primary mission is to award tuition-assistance scholarships to outstanding USC undergraduate and graduate students who have shown a commitment to the Latino community. The association awards approximately 200 scholarships every year. Since its founding in 1973, LAA has awarded nearly $16 million in scholarships to more than 8,200 students.

The association is a legacy of the USC Mexican American Alumni Association, which was founded in 1973. The name was changed in 2011 to better reflect the association’s broad reach and its commitment to all Latino students at the university.

LAA hosts several annual fundraising events, which offer opportunities for alumni to reconnect with one another and meet current LAA scholars. All the money raised goes towards LAA’s endowment fund, which is carefully managed to ensure that LAA will be able to provide scholarships to deserving students for generations to come.

2017 Volunteer Recognition Dinner
Photos from the
2017 Volunteer Recognition Dinner
Past Honorees

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