University of Southern California

Office of the President

C. L. Max Nikias

USC Ambassadors

Message to USC Ambassadors
November 26, 2014
President Bill Clinton speaks to USC students;
President Nikias’ op-ed on the cost of higher education;
USC Michelson Center begins construction;
Professors Raymond Stevens and Peter Kuhn join USC’s faculty;
Iovine and Young Academy highlighted by The Wall Street Journal

Message to USC Ambassadors
October 31, 2014
Professors Arthur Toga and Paul Thompson receive rare pair of neuroscience grants;
Jill and Frank Fertitta Hall breaks ground at USC Marshall;
Wallis Annenberg Hall opens at the heart of the University Park Campus;
USC Iovine and Young Academy draws praise;
USC and WIRED announce an innovative new graduate program;
Professor Roberta Diaz Brinton named Woman of the Year by LA Magazine;
Professor Tracy Fullerton among 10 most influential women in video games;
Mr. Dominic Ng joins USC Board of Trustees;
C-Suite Quarterly profiles President Nikias

Message to USC Ambassadors
September 30, 2014
USC Village breaks ground: a historic and transformative development project;
Kathleen Leavey McCarthy provides gift to enrich student life at USC;
Ronnie Chan’s naming gift bolsters our top-ranked
occupational science and occupational therapy program;
a glorious dedication for Dr. Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall;
three Viterbi faculty tapped as top innovators;
Judge Robert Maclay Widney statue unveiled

Message to USC Ambassadors
August 29, 2014
USC Marshall receives a stellar gift from Thomas J. Barrack and his family;
Andrew and Erna Viterbi give $15 million to support USC Viterbi and the USC Shoah Foundation;
USC School of Cinematic Arts ranked number one in the nation;
USC’s digital scanning innovation draws attention;
In memoriam: University and Distinguished Professor Warren Bennis,
Major General Harold J. Greene, Xinran Ji, Louis Zamperini, and Professor Michael Preston;
San Marino Outlook highlights the USC President’s House

Message to USC Ambassadors
June 30, 2014
USC’s 131st commencement exercises, including honorary degree recipients;
Los Angeles Times profiles of two extraordinary graduating students;
Provost Elizabeth Garrett elected to the governing body of the American Law Institute;
Dr. Christina Yu Yu becomes director of the USC Pacific Asia Museum;
USC emerges from NCAA sanctions;
Pac-12 university presidents recommend changes to NCAA model;
Men’s tennis team captures USC’s 100th NCAA championship

Message to USC Ambassadors
May 30, 2014
USC Shoah Foundation celebrates twentieth anniversary
by honoring President Barack Obama at its annual gala;
USC Shoah Foundation establishes the Center for Advanced Genocide Research;
USC Kaufman School of Dance breaks ground;
Professor Paul Debevec and the USC Institute for Creative Technologies
profiled in The New Yorker;
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books returns to USC for its fourth year;
USC Marshall professor Andrea Belz profiled in the Los Angeles Times;
USC News launched

Message to USC Ambassadors
April 30, 2014
USC delegations visit D.C. and Sacramento;
special tribute to Distinguished Professor Morten Lauridsen;
Michael Tilson Thomas appointed a Judge Widney Professor;
USC Iovine Young Academy accepts inaugural class;
Willow Bay becomes director of Annenberg School of Journalism;
New USC course, “Glass Journalism,” draws media attention

Message to USC Ambassadors
March 31, 2014
Annual Address to the Faculty, including USC’s leadership in the area of online education;
USC delegation visits Singapore and Indonesia;
The Edge—Enterprise interviews President Nikias regarding online education;
USC officials join Mayor Garcetti in Mexico;
LAEDC announces new university entrepreneur program;
School of Cinematic Arts’ exceptional Interactive Media Division;
New book: USC Trojans: An Olympic Heritage, 1904-2012

Message to USC Ambassadors
February 28, 2014
USC’s excellence in digital media, informatics, and communication;
Los Angeles Times articles on USC’s stellar online education programs;
Heritage Hall reopens with interactive museum and a Hall of Champions;
USC Marshall receives gift from Brittingham Family Foundation

Message to USC Ambassadors
January 31, 2014
USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience;
anonymous gift bolsters student scholarships;
Los Angeles Times profiles USC trustees Wanda Austin and Yang Ho Cho;
men’s water polo wins sixth consecutive national title

Message to USC Ambassadors
December 20, 2013
USC’s distinguished visitors, including President and Mrs. George W. Bush;
USC Pacific Asia Museum; USC students spend Thanksgiving with the Nikias family

Message to USC Ambassadors
November 26, 2013
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) honors USC;
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center celebrates 40th anniversary;
continuing coverage of Distinguished Professor Arieh Warshel’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry;
Los Angeles Times story on prestigious award given to Professors George
Olah and G. K. Surya Prakash; and 2013 Trojan Family Weekend: sights and sounds

Message to USC Ambassadors
October 31, 2013
Distinguished Professor Arieh Warshel wins 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry;
Israel awards Professors George Olah and Surya Prakash $1 million to advance alternative fuels; USC Viterbi faculty Andrea Armani and Hao Li earn prestigious accolades;
USC Shoah Foundation honors George Clooney at annual gala;
Elton John performs with students from USC Thornton

Message to USC Ambassadors
September 30, 2013
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum lease agreement;
Los Angeles Times story about the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI);
USC’s inaugural group of International Artist Fellows;
snapshot of arts events in the early fall, featuring Sir Elton John, Young Guru, and Yo-Yo Ma

Message to USC Ambassadors
August 30, 2013
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital; recent changes on the University Park Campus;
excellence among the Class of 2017; update on online education;
USC’s new vice provost of Student Affairs, Dr. Ainsley Carry;
Los Angeles Confidential profiles of Trustee Rick Caruso and President C. L. Max Nikias

Message to USC Ambassadors
June 28, 2013
Commencement and honorary degree recipients; Jimmy Iovine’s commencement address;
USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the
Business of Innovation; 2013 USC Global Conference in Seoul;
hiring of two new basketball coaches: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and Andy Enfield

Message to USC Ambassadors
May 31, 2013
Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI) moves to USC,
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books,
University Professor Kevin Starr receives the Robert Kirsch Award, and
USC’s philosophy program skyrockets in the rankings

Message to USC Ambassadors
April 30, 2013
General David Patraeus visits USC, tribute to Trojan veterans and ROTC students;
USC delegation visits Brazil, opens international office in São Paulo; and
World Bachelor in Business, with a piece by
Distinguished University Professor Warren Bennis

Message to USC Ambassadors
March 29, 2013
University Professor Mark Humayun’s pioneering work;
USC’s excellence in digital media and communication;
Los Angeles Times pieces on Thornton Professor Alice Schoenfeld,
Dramatic Arts Professors Gordon Davidson and Eric Trules,
and Cinematic Arts Dean Elizabeth Daley

Message to USC Ambassadors
February 28, 2013
Annual Address to the Faculty, Professor Solomon Golomb receives the National Medal of Science, The Chronicle of Higher Education profile of Professor Scott Fraser,
USC Viterbi School tops list of online graduate engineering programs

Message to USC Ambassadors
January 31, 2013
USC Village, USC’s new AAAS Fellows, Marshall Scholar and Astronaut Scholar,
The Wall Street Journal piece on Dr. Arthur Bartner, men’s water polo national title

Message to USC Ambassadors
December 19, 2012
Los Angeles Times profile of Glorya Kaufman,
groundbreakings and gift announcements from fall 2012

Message to USC Ambassadors
November 30, 2012
USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

Message to USC Ambassadors
October 31, 2012
Distinguished visitors to USC, launch of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute,
Global Conversation in London, and 2012 Trojan Olympians

Message to USC Ambassadors
September 14, 2012
Appointments of Professors Dicterow and Dreyfus, Dr. Vaughn Starnes’ lifesaving work,
USC School of Dramatic Arts, and an op-ed by USC scholar Rob Asghar

Message to USC Ambassadors
August 27, 2012
Online Education—Hype and Reality

Message to USC Ambassadors
June 29, 2012
University Park Campus Development, USC Civic Engagement programs,
men’s tennis team national title, 2012 USC Global Conversation in London

Message to USC Ambassadors
May 31, 2012
Honorary degree recipients, recent academic honors,
and appointments of Drs. Andrew P. McMahon and Steve A. Kay

Message to USC Ambassadors
April 30, 2012
USC delegation visits Israel, Piatigorsky International Cello Festival,
Los Angeles Times piece on Professor Thomas Lyon,
and USC’s top-ranked video games program

Message to USC Ambassadors
March 29, 2012
Annual Address to the Faculty, excellence among USC’s students,
and President Nikias’ op-ed, “You Can’t Export American Universities”

Message to USC Ambassadors
February 21, 2012
Keck Medicine of USC, recent faculty achievements,
and a Los Angeles Times article on the Campaign for USC

Message to USC Ambassadors
January 10, 2012
Naming of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy,
Strategic Vision, and Athletics update

Message to USC Ambassadors
December 9, 2011
2011 Global Conference in Hong Kong, new graphic identity,
and an op-ed by President C. L. Max Nikias and University Professor William Tierney