University of Southern California

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C. L. Max Nikias

Topic: Development/Campaign

USC Kaufman School of Dance Celebrates Namesake Patron

Topics: Development/Campaign, News

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 a steely determination to see others benefit from its transformative powers.” he said. “USC is proud to partner with Ms. Kaufman on this journey, and we know we have found a wise companion.”

Pictured in this photo are Dean Robert Cutietta, Ms. Glorya Kaufman, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

USC Annenberg School Breaks Ground for New Building

Topics: Development/Campaign, News, Uncategorized

USC Annenberg School Building Groundbreaking CeremonyThe 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 ultramodern interior fosters “blue-sky” thinking.

Pictured in this photo: USC Annenberg School alumna  and KCAL 9 news anchor Sylvia Lopez, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, Annenberg Foundation Executive Director Leonard Aube, and USC Annenberg School Dean Ernest J. Wilson III.

Read more about Wallis Annenberg Hall, and view the video.

Uytengsu Aquatics Center Breaks Ground

Topics: Athletics, Development/Campaign, News

Uytengsu Aquatics Center GroundbreakingThe 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

Topics: Development/Campaign, News, USC Students

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

Topics: Development/Campaign, News

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 Widney called together the first university “council” in June 1886. “But also be certain,” Nikias said, “that what we have achieved so far is merely a prelude to the glorious success that awaits us in the future.”

The University Breaks Ground on Verna and Peter Dauterive Hall

Topics: Development/Campaign, News

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 million gift from USC trustee Verna B. Dauterive ME ’49, EdD ’66, in memory of her late husband, Peter W. Dauterive ’49.

“Here, many of the world’s most prominent thought leaders will be brought together,” Nikias said. “Here, they will be unleashed to achieve breakthroughs across the full range of social sciences. And here, their bold ideas will be developed into real-world applications that can improve the life of a family in downtown Los Angeles, a child in India and society overall.”

Read the full story at USC News.

Read the full text of President Nikias’ speech.

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

Topics: Development/Campaign, News, USC Students

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 contributions to the endowment $16 million—was announced at the annual USC Veterans Appreciation Dinner on March 27, 2012, which honors USC’s veteran and ROTC students. At the gala event, the Schoens received a special commendation recognizing their extraordinary support for student veterans at the university.

Read the full story at USC News.

Harman Family Foundation Donates $10 Million to the USC Libraries

Topics: Development/Campaign, News, USC Students

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 study of history’s great polymaths, and intellectual investigation that crosses the boundaries of traditional academic specialties, the Harman Academy is the only center of its kind in the world.

Read the full story at USC News.

USC Family Celebrates Campaign

Topics: Development/Campaign, News

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

Topics: Development/Campaign, News

President C.L. Max Nikias in front of Tommy TrojanWith 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 anticipates reaching or exceeding its goal within seven years.

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Presidential priorities

  • Transforming USC into a major hub of the emerging Age of the Pacific—by creating trans-Pacific alliances, by fully utilizing Los Angeles as a laboratory for trans-Pacific research, education and culture, and by building the foremost network of Pacific leaders.

  • Ensuring that the USC academic community serves as a key engine of intellectual, economic and cultural progress for the nation, and allowing its vast array of disciplines to be combined creatively in order to catalyze new knowledge and innovation.

  • Ensuring that USC promotes imagination and invention by creating a living and learning environment in which the university’s undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty are fluent in a wide variety of intellectual areas, ranging from classical literary works to the latest digital technologies.

  • Serving the neighborhoods around our two campuses through job creation and quality k-12 education. Further strengthening the legendary traditions of the Trojan Family.

  • Leading USC during the most ambitious fundraising campaign ever announced by an American university. This historic endeavor will raise $6 billion to support USC's faculty and students, as well as its academic priorities, capital projects, and essential infrastructure.