Trojan Marching Band brass players perform at the Volunteer Recognition Dinner

Friday, September 6, 2024USC Volunteer Recognition Dinner

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2024 Volunteer Recognition Awards! The USC Alumni Association is excited to honor and recognize the outstanding contributions of volunteers who have devoted their time and energy in service to the university on Friday, September 6, 2024, at Town and Gown on the University Park Campus.

Event registration and sponsorship opportunities will open in July.

About

The Volunteer Recognition Awards are presented each year to recipients in the following categories: President’s Awards, Widney Alumni House Volunteer Awards, Volunteer Liaison of the Year Award and Volunteer Organization of the Year Award.

USC Alumni Association President’s Award

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. Typically, up to five President’s Awards are presented each year.

An individual (or couple) may only receive a President’s Award or Widney Alumni House Volunteer Award once. President’s Award recipients are ineligible for Widney Alumni House Volunteer Awards, but Widney Alumni House Volunteer Award honorees may subsequently receive President’s Awards.

2024 Honorees

Saul Alvarado ’00
USC Alumni Association Board of Governors
USC Alumni Association Transition Task Force
USC Latino Alumni Association

Alex Blecksmith MBA ’12
USC Alumni Association Board of Governors
USC Marshall Board of Councilors

USC Marshall Volunteer Leadership Council

Marilyn Tevriz Kezirian ’60, MS ’62
Town & Gown of USC
Trojan League of Los Angeles
USC Alumni Association Board of Governors

Darlene Larson ’92
Trojan League Associates of San Diego County
USC Alumni Association Transition Task Force
USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors

Harjot Takkar ’93
USC Alumni Club of Delhi/North India 

Widney Alumni House Volunteer Awards

These 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, as well as relevant achievements during this time. Typically, up to 20 Widney Alumni House Volunteer Awards are presented each year.

Volunteers associated with any USC academic or administrative department, recognized alumni or alumnae organizations, or multicultural and other affinity groups, are eligible for this award.

2024 Honorees

Patricia Brent-Sanco EdD ’16
Elizabeth Donatelli ’04
Lawrence Goodkind ’84
Cindy Le ’15
Jessica Lin ’09, PharmD ’13
Larry Steven Londre ’71, MBA ’74

Linda Mirdamadi MD ’94
Martin M. Q. Nguyen MRED ’18
Carol Sever ’84
Jerry Yang MBA ’09
Lauren Young ’20

Volunteer Organization of the Year Award

This is the only award given to a USC volunteer organization in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Trojan Family and the advancement of USC. Important achievements considered are organization formation, membership growth, retention and involvement, overall development, quality and creativity of programming, communications, successful fundraising initiatives and leadership. The honoree organization must also demonstrably support the overall mission of USC. One or two Volunteer Organization of the Awards may be presented each year.

Any volunteer organization recognized by the university or one of its departments is eligible for this award.

2024 Honoree

USC Dornsife Alumni Advisory Council
The USC Dornsife Alumni Advisory Council provides strategic counsel for the USC Dornsife alumni relations department, serves as ambassadors, and grows philanthropic support for the school through increased alumni engagement.

Volunteer Liaison of the Year Award

This award is presented to a USC staff member for his or her work with university volunteers and recognizes outstanding contributions to the development and implementation of USC volunteer programs. The award encourages the effective, efficient and creative use of volunteers by university staff. Eligibility criteria may include volunteer recruitment, training and recognition, leadership development, communications, marketing and programming. The satisfaction of volunteers impacted by the nominee is also considered. One or two Volunteer Liaison of the Year Awards may be presented each year.

2024 Honoree

Altagracia Alvarez
Associate Director, Alumni Relations
USC Marshall School of Business

Past Honorees

USC Alumni Association Award Recipients
(Alumni Awards and Volunteer Recognition Awards)