USC Kaufman School of Dance Celebrates Namesake Patron

November 13, 2012

On Monday, November 12, 2012, USC President     C. L. Max Nikias hosted a gala dinner to celebrate the Glorya Kaufman and her transformative gift made to create the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.  Attended by more than 250 guests, the event included luminaries from the world of dance included a performance by renowned dancer and choreographer Desmond Richardson.

In his remarks, the president acknowledged the profound influence of Ms. Kaufman’s philanthropy. “She has turned her sheer dedication to dance into


USC Annenberg School Breaks Ground for New Building

November 8, 2012

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism broke ground on Nov. 8, 2012 on a building that will turn the fundamentals of human interaction into physical reality. The ceremony also marks the launch of the school’s $150 million fundraising initiative, part of the $6 billion Campaign for USC. Funded with a $50 million gift from the Annenberg Foundation, the five-story, 88,000-square-foot Wallis Annenberg Hall will bridge the traditional and transformational. Its exterior harmonizes with USC’s iconic architecture, while its


Uytengsu Aquatics Center Breaks Ground

November 2, 2012

The USC Athletic Department celebrated the groundbreaking of the Uytengsu Aquatics Center on Friday, November 2, 2012. The facility will bea new, world-class home for the Trojan men’s and women’s swimming, diving and water polo teams.

The $8 million gift from Wilfred “Fred” Uytengsu ’83 is the largest ever made to the department by a former student-athlete.


USC Celebrates the Life of Kenneth Leventhal

October 10, 2012

Elaine Leventhal and President Nikias with some of the graduate students who received Leventhal Scholarships for 2012-13. (photo/Steve Cohn)

Members of the Trojan Family gathered in Bovard Auditorium on Oct. 3, 2012, to celebrate the life of the late USC trustee Kenneth Leventhal, namesake of the USC Elaine and Kenneth Leventhal School of Accounting. President Nikias presented a eulogy at the event and also read aloud a special citation from the university to the Leventhal family.


President Nikias at Board of Councilors Reception

September 13, 2012

President Nikias addresses members of the advisory boards for all of the university’s schools and libraries. (photo/Steve Cohn)

On Sept. 12, 2012, USC president C. L. Max Nikias addressed a collective gathering of members of all of the Boards of Councilors for the university’s schools and libraries. Highlighting recent accomplishments in the areas of faculty recruitment, online education, student scholarships, capital construction and more, Nikias acknowledged the significant role advisers have played throughout USC’s history, ever since Judge Robert Maclay


The University Breaks Ground on Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall

September 5, 2012

USC president C. L. Max Nikias, Trustee Verna B. Dauterive ME ’49, EdD ’66, and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett at the groundbreaking for Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall on Sept. 5, 2012. (photo/Ziva Santop – Steve Cohn Photography)

On Sept. 5, 2012, USC president C. L. Max Nikias presided over the groundbreaking for Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall — the university’s first interdisciplinary social sciences building. The building was made possible by a $30


Schoens Give $10 Million to Provide Scholarships for Student Veterans at USC

March 28, 2012

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, First Lady Niki C. Nikias, Sharon Schoen and USC Trustee William J. Schoen (photo/Steve Cohn)

USC trustee William J. Schoen BS ’60, MBA ’63 and his wife, Sharon, have made a new gift of $10 million to the Schoen Family Scholarship Program for Veterans, providing financial support for veterans studying at the USC Marshall School of Business as well as at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

This latest gift—which increases the family’s total


Harman Family Foundation Donates $10 Million to the USC Libraries

March 21, 2012

USC Trustee Jane Harman, President C. L. Max Nikias and Niki C. Nikias (photo/Steve Cohn)

On March 20, 2012, USC celebrated the Harman Family Foundation’s gift of $10 million to fulfill the extraordinary vision of Sidney Harman, founder of the university’s Academy for Polymathic Study and the first Judge Widney Professor of Business. The gift endows the center that now bears his name, the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study. Sponsoring programs that encourage critical and integrative thinking, the


USC Family Celebrates Campaign

September 22, 2011

The Trojan Family cheered the launch of the biggest fundraising campaign in the history of USC, and of American higher education, at a celebration Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, in Bovard Auditorium. President C. L. Max Nikias exhorted trustees, students, faculty and staff to reach higher and farther than may seem possible.

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USC to Launch Largest Fundraising Campaign in Higher Education History

September 7, 2011

With the goal of advancing its academic vision and priorities, USC will launch on Sept. 15 the most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of higher education. The Campaign for the University of Southern California seeks to raise $6 billion, half to augment its endowment in support of faculty and students and half to provide immediate support for academic priorities, capital projects and infrastructure. To date, the university has raised more than $1 billion toward the $6 billion goal and