USC Volunteer Recognition Awards

September 11, 2020

On September 11, 2020 the USC Alumni Association honored and recognized the outstanding contributions of volunteers at the first event virtual – Volunteer Recognition Awards. These volunteers have devoted their time and energy in service to the university. Awards were presented in four categories including: President’s Award, Widney Alumni House Volunteer Award, Volunteer Friend of the Year Award and Volunteer Organization of the Year Award.

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125th Anniversary Committee Alpha Chi Omega – Epsilon Chapter

Bob and Rachel Clifford

Jennifer and Curtis Cohen

Jennifer Cohen and the Encore Trojans

Justin M. Gaynor, Gaynor Law Group, P.C.

The Guldalian Family

D. Michael and Krystal N. Hamner

Tom Henkenius

Sandy Johnston

The Leach Family

David and Stephane Lubin

Rod and Elsie Nakamoto

The Sallee Family

The Segelken Family

Spirit of Troy Board

Mark and Karen Tanimura

Town and Gown of USC

Trojan League of Orange County

Dr. Michèle G. Turner

USC School of Architecture

USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association

USC Black Alumni Association

USC Marshall School of Business

USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

USC Rossier School of Education

USC Latino Alumni Association

With Your Shield A McMorrow Veterans Initiative

Mary Zoryan

Michelle Zoryan and Jerry Bausman

The Zoryan Family

*As of 9/11/20


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2020 Volunteer Recognition Awards Digital Program

Congratulations to this year’s outstanding alumni volunteers!

USC Alumni Association 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.

Stephanie Paggi

Stephanie Paggi ’74, MS ’77, EdD ’90

Stephanie Paggi has been a devoted USC volunteer for more than 35 years. Volunteerism is a way of life for Paggi, whose family stressed the importance of “giving back to what you believe in.” She acknowledges her parents and grandparents as exceptional role models and community leaders.

A current member of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, Paggi is a past president of the Trojan League of Orange County, and a past chair of the Alumnae Coordinating Council. She also supports the USC Associates, the USC Caruso Catholic Center’s Newman Guild and Gamma Phi Beta. She has served on the host committees for the Alumni Leadership Conference and the USC Women’s Conference. In 2015, Paggi received the Widney Alumni House Volunteer Award in recognition of her outstanding service to USC and the Trojan Family.

In addition to her volunteer work at USC, Paggi is active in many professional and community organizations, including the Junior League of Orange County and the Association of California School Administrators (OC). She is currently vice chair of the La Salle College Preparatory board of trustees.

Paggi received her bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the USC Rossier School of Education and worked in public education for over 40 years. She is recognized as a passionate advocate for students, especially in early childhood education.

Jill Stuart

Jill Stuart ’88

Jill Bowen Stuart is a 1988 graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business. A proud member of the Trojan Family, Stuart lives by her credo that “being a volunteer is the best gift you can give.”

For the past five years, Stuart has dedicated herself to mentoring the young women at USC’s longest-standing sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, as their chapter advisor. She has transformed the chapter by increasing membership, recruiting new members to the Advisory and House Corporation boards, and orchestrating major improvements to the chapter facility. In addition, she has used her role as advisor to promote the value of positive leadership, inspiring the chapter’s student members and alumnae to be actively involved in the sorority as well as the overall Panhellenic community.

In 2018, Stuart was honored to present USC Football Head Coach Clay Helton with a national award from Alpha Chi Omega, recognizing Coach Helton for his compassion, dedication and friendship towards a sorority sister fighting cancer.

At USC, Stuart is also involved with the Intersorority Parents Council and Town & Gown of USC. She and her husband and fellow Trojan Chip are avid Trojan Football fans and boosters, and have supported the Monday Morning Quarterback program for the past 20 years, with Chip serving as the program facilitator.

Stuart and Chip reside in Pacific Palisades and have three sons: J.D., Jeff and Scott.

Garrick Tang

Garrick Tang ’96

Garrick Tang was chairman of the USC Alumni Association Hong Kong from 2014 to 2018. A leader in Hong Kong’s Trojan community for more than 20 years, Tang has devoted himself to finding new ways, particularly through social media, to reach and engage with members of the Hong Kong Trojan Family, from alumni and parents to friends and supporters.

Highlights of his tenure as chairman include his stewardship of the association’s 20th anniversary gala in 2017, which drew more than 350 participants, including special guest Jack Knott, then dean of the USC Price School of Public Policy. In 2018, when the USC Trojan Marching Band performed in Macau, Tang organized an alumni trip from Hong Kong on a day’s notice, to welcome the band at a special lunch and cheer them on.

More recently, at the outset of the pandemic, Tang was similarly quick to set up and lead a campaign of “Trojans Supporting Trojans.” In just one month, the campaign collected and donated 35,000 protective masks to USC hospitals, schools and departments.

Tang has also served on the board of directors of the USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association.

Professionally, Tang is co-founder (along with two other Trojans) and COO of Cosmo Real Estate in Hong Kong. Prior to founding Cosmo, he spent more than 10 years in sales and marketing for various local and international property developers. He was president of the Global Real Estate Association (Hong Kong) and founder of the Hong Kong Real Estate Management Bulletin. He is a member of the Hong Kong Institute of Real Estate Administrators (HIREA) and the Hong Kong Institute of Directors (HKIoD).

Kevork Zoryan

Kevork Zoryan ’94

Kevork Zoryan is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business, where he earned a degree in business administration, with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and real estate development. While at USC, Zoryan was a proud trombone player in the Trojan Marching Band, and served as president of the Armenian Student Association.

Zoryan is currently a managing director at Morgan Stanley, where he heads U.S. asset management for private equity real estate funds under Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing (MSREI). In this role, he is responsible for the sourcing, execution and asset management of real estate investments. Prior to this, he was co-head of U.S. acquisitions and head of MSREI West Coast.

Zoryan serves on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate Executive Committee and the Trojan Marching Band Alumni Association Board of Directors. In addition, he is an active supporter of the USC Dornsife Institute of Armenian Studies, and has been a frequent guest lecturer for various USC Marshall and USC Price School of Public Policy classes.

Helping students has long been a priority for Zoryan, who has served as a mentor in USC Marshall’s Career Advantage Program (CAP) for the past 17 years. He has also participated in the USC Marshall MBV Board of Counselors mentorship program, and has provided career advice to the student members of Society 53.

Outside of USC, Zoryan is a global governing trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and chairs its Los Angeles Advisory Board. He and his wife, Liz, have three children: Jacqueline, Andrew and Michael.

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 factors considered are organization formation, membership growth, retention and involvement, overall development, the quality and creativity of programming, communications, successful fundraising initiatives and leadership. The honoree organization demonstrably supports the overall mission of USC.

Architectural Guild

USC Architectural Guild

Founded in 1958 by USC School of Architecture alumni, the USC Architectural Guild provides guidance and insight into real-world experiences for students beyond the classroom, influencing each new generation of design thinkers.

Guild members collaborate with one another and work toward building and strengthening relationships between the School of Architecture and the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industries through networking opportunities and knowledge exchange for professionals in the Los Angeles community. The Guild strives to encourage peers—leaders in architecture, design, construction, engineering, finance and real estate development—to give back and support programming that, complementary to an exceptional USC education, helps architectural students find purpose, meaning and fulfillment in their pursuits.

In 2020, the Guild designated $100,000 for various School of Architecture programs, including the newly created USC Architectural Guild Scholarship. Each year, this scholarship will recognize four students for their demonstrated achievements, leadership and community service as citizen architects.

Volunteer Friend of the Year Award

This award is presented to a USC staff member for his or her work with USC volunteers, and recognizes outstanding contributions in the development and implementation of USC volunteer programs. The award encourages the effective, efficient and creative use of the university’s volunteer base 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.

Tensie Taylor

Tensie J. Taylor ME ’14

Associate Director, USC Black Alumni Association

Tensie Taylor currently serves as the associate director of the USC Black Alumni Association (BAA). In this position, she directs the Legacy Through Leadership Mentoring Program (LTL); plans events for students and alumni; and assists students with their professional and career development.

Through her oversight of LTL, Taylor pairs students with alumni mentors in their designated career fields and plans monthly events on such topics as networking, financial literacy and public speaking. She highlights the accomplishments of students and alumni in the LTL monthly newsletter, centered around the theme of “When one succeeds, we all succeed!” In addition, Taylor has formed partnerships with companies and celebrities to increase engagement with the BAA.

A source of encouragement to many students, Taylor thoroughly enjoys showing them how to reach their fullest potential by utilizing resources, taking advantage of opportunities, believing in themselves, and putting in the work. She is a member of the BAA Advisory Council and has presented before the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and the USC Rossier School of Education, as well as during USC’s Diversity Week.

In her office, Taylor has a “Thank You Wall” adorned with more than 250 handwritten notes of appreciation from students, alumni and USC staff. She is grateful to all the students, alumni, staff and faculty she has met through BAA.

A North Carolina native, Taylor earned a master of education in postsecondary administration and student affairs from USC Rossier in 2014.

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 and relevant achievements during this service.

Martin Arreola ’18
2020 USC Alumni Leadership Conference Committee
USC Alumni Veterans Network

Shad Ayoub MBA ’16
USC Marshall Alumni Association – Los Angeles Chapter
USC Marshall School of Business Career Advantage Mentor Program

Ismael Bautista ’03
USC Latino Alumni Association Board of Directors
USC Latino Alumni Association Young Leaders Council

Susan Cannan ’79, MPA ’80
Alumnae Coordinating Council
Trojan Guild of Orange County
USC Alpha Omicron Pi

Rachel Clifford ’84
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Parent Board
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy LEAP Executive Council
With Your Shield, A McMorrow Veterans Initiative

Audrey Cu ’04
USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association – Bay Area Committee
USC Asian Pacific Alumni Association Board of Directors

Caroline Leach MA ’95
USC Alumni Association Board of Governors
USC Annenberg Alumni Advisory Board

Anne Leisure ’85
Alumnae Coordinating Council
Trojan League of Orange County

Jason Lubin ’09
Class of 2009 10th Reunion Committee
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Trojan Entertainment Network

Shirine Partiyeli ’90
Class of 1990 25th Reunion Committee
Encore Trojans
USC 9th Annual Women’s Conference Host Committee

Past Honorees

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