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USC Experience Initiative receives boost from groundbreaking author Joseph Pine

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USC President Nikias, author Joseph Pine, and USC Trustee Rick Caruso during lunch at the USC Experience Retreat held at USC in Los Angeles, CA. Nov 20, 2014. USC Photo / David Sprague.

USC President Nikias, author Joseph Pine, and USC Trustee Rick Caruso during lunch at the USC Experience Retreat held at USC in Los Angeles, CA. Nov 20, 2014. USC Photo / David Sprague.

“Why do people go to university?” author B. Joseph Pine II asked a roomful of USC leaders.

It’s not for the ideas or the books or the classroom instruction, he said. It’s not even for the out-of-classroom encounters, though that’s getting a bit closer.

“It’s because they’re looking to be transformed.”

The renowned author and business consultant was the featured speaker at this year’s President’s Leadership Retreat, held Nov. 20. Some 400 USC managers gathered in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center ballroom that morning to listen and then brainstorm on the university’s place in what Pine has dubbed “the experience economy.”

The event doubled as the formal launch of The USC Experience initiative, a new push to integrate Pine’s business ideas into the fabric of Trojan life.

Read the full article on USC News.

USC awards $100,000 annual grant to LAPD Cadet Leadership Program

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USC President C.L. Max Nikias greets the Los Angeles Police Department cadets prior to the LAPD Cadet Press Conference, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

USC President C.L. Max Nikias greets the Los Angeles Police Department cadets prior to the LAPD Cadet Press Conference, Wednesday, November 19, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

In an ongoing commitment to fostering community partnerships throughout the city, USC has awarded the Los Angeles Police Department a $100,000 annual grant to support its burgeoning Cadet Leadership Program.

The annual award will help the LAPD expand its signature community youth program, which has 6,000 active members age 13 to 20 from every part of the Los Angeles area. With USC’s support, the LAPD Cadet Leadership Program can continue to help students from all walks of life achieve academic excellence, develop character and leadership skills, and lead productive lives.

“This support speaks to USC’s confidence in these young women and men, and our shared commitment — along with LAPD — to our community and its youth,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said Wednesday morning before presenting the award.

“These cadets are our future. Look at them. It’s America’s future,” Nikias said. “The USC community stands with them, not only today, but every day for the many, many years to come.”

Read the full article on USC News.

USC Pacific Asia Museum Gala honors USC Trustee Dominic Ng

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Trustee Dominic Ng

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Trustee Dominic Ng

For the first time since the alliance formed between USC and Pacific Asia Museum one year ago, more than 550 supporters and friends of the museum gathered for the annual Festival of the Autumn Moon Gala.

The event, in its 37th year, honored Dominic Ng, chairman and CEO of East West Bank, for his business and civic leadership as well as his passion and support of Asian art and culture.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias cited Ng’s stellar leadership in business and his passion for the arts, in addition to praising the partnership between USC and Pacific Asia Museum.

USC Pacific Asia Museum Director Christina Yu Yu thanked sponsors, volunteers and friends whose steadfast support made the evening possible and allows for the museum’s continued commitment to the arts.

Read more at USC News.

Widney Society sets course for USC’s future

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Widney Society Gala 2014

USC Trustee John Mork, Julie Mork, Niki C. Nikias, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Lynn Booth, Gail Garner Roski, USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr., USC Trustee William J. Schoen

Following in the pioneering vision of USC founder Judge Robert Maclay Widney, USC honored its philanthropic leaders at the 3rd annual Widney Society Gala. Benefactors who have donated $1 million or more in gifts or pledges to the university are inducted at this annual event, recognizing their extraordinary generosity and foresight in creating an enduring legacy for the future at USC. The gala evening event is set right outside Widney Alumni House, the university’s oldest buildings, now enhanced with a newly commissioned bronze statue of the university’s founding father.

The historic $6 billion Campaign for USC, launched in 2011, has raised $3.74 billion to date, with the generous support of more than 250,000 donors.

Veterans Resource Center established for USC students

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Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus, left and USC President C. L. Max NikiasRetired Army General David Petraeus, left, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias, right, show their engraved wooden Trojan swords. The swords were presented to them by the USC Student Veterans Association for their help in opening  USC Veterans Resource Center, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience breaks ground

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias (left) presents philanthropist Gary K. Michelson, M.D. and his wife, Alya, the gift of a framed rendering during the USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Celebration, Thursday October 23, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias (left) presents philanthropist Gary K. Michelson, M.D. and his wife, Alya, the gift of a framed rendering during the USC Michelson Center Groundbreaking Celebration, Thursday October 23, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

USC made a historic first step in the interdisciplinary area of convergent bioscience, as campus leadership broke ground on the new USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience.

Generously supported by a $50 million gift from Gary K. Michelson, a retired orthopaedic spinal surgeon whose groundbreaking work generated more than 955 issued or pending patents worldwide, the center will be the cornerstone of a new collaboration between the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering that aims to transform how research is conducted at the intersection of engineering and the life and biomedical sciences.

“We have to get our government, on behalf of us collectively, to act — to invest catalytically in building out the infrastructure for a vast, medical research ecosystem that would be nucleated around the vision of this man,” Michelson said, indicating Nikias, “and this university and a commitment to medical research.”

Noting that USC is an engine for entrepreneurs, Michelson predicted Los Angeles will be the next hotbed for biomedical ventures. USC has long advocated creating biomedical research clusters that would foster new businesses and boost the economy.

“Los Angeles should become to medical research what Silicon Valley is to information technology. We owe it to the world. We owe it to LA. We need to invest in this,” he said.

Read the complete article at USC News.

Monument honors CA legislator, USC alumnus Alfred Song

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(left to right) USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Leslie Song, and Korean Consul General Kim Hyun-myung Kim during the Unveiling Ceremony at the Wilshire/Western Alfred Hoyun Song Station Memorial Monument, Friday, October 3, 2014, in Los Angeles, California. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

(left to right) USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Leslie Song (daughter of the late Alfred Song), and Korean Consul General Kim Hyun-myung Kim during the unveiling ceremony. (USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr., alumni, friends, family and supporters of the late Honorable Alfred Hoyun Song gathered on October 3, 2014 to unveil the Alfred Hoyun Song memorial monument. The monument is located in the plaza outside of the Metro Purple Line Wilshire/Western Station in Koreatown.

Hon. Alfred Hoyun Song (1919 – 2004)  served in the California State Assembly, California Senate and as Chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board.

Among his many achievements, Song was the first Korean American admitted to the California Bar and the first Asian American elected to the California State Legislature. His legislative record includes the creation of the California Evidence Code, and leadership on enhanced enforcement of child support, tightening of consumer protection laws, support of press freedom and improving the quality of available healthcare. Song graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in government in 1942 and in 1945, returned to complete his J.D. and LL.M. degrees at the USC Gould School of Law.

The memorial monument is engraved with a speech given by Senator Song in both Korean and English and was made possible by the Senator Song Commemoration Committee, chaired by Mr. Roski.

Annenberg Hall opens new era for communication and journalism

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MSNBC news anchor and USC alumna Alex Witt, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Wallis Annenberg, and Dean Ernest P. Wilson III of the USC Annenberg School.

MSNBC news anchor and USC alumna Alex Witt, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Wallis Annenberg, and Dean Ernest J. Wilson III of the USC Annenberg School.

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism inaugurated a new era of digital media education, communication and production with the grand opening of the visionary Wallis Annenberg Hall on October 1, 2014.

A crowd of more than 500 students, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends of USC Annenberg cheered the ribbon-cutting that marked the official opening of the 88,000-square-foot, future-focused facility that rises from the center of USC’s campus. Cardinal and gold metallic streamers filled the air as members of the Trojan Marching Band trumpeted the occasion. School and university leaders heralded the building as an expression of the school’s dedication to transparency, collaboration and experimentation. As the digital media revolution pushes ahead, Wallis Annenberg Hall is uniquely prepared to help build the next generation of communicators.

“Thanks to philanthropist Wallis Annenberg, students will have access to the digital tools of the future in the richest of learning environments,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias. “It is her sustained support of USC Annenberg that has allowed it to flourish, he said.”

Viterbis honored at 10th anniversary of naming gift

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C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, Erna Viterbi, Andrew Viterbi

C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, Erna Viterbi, Andrew Viterbi

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering community celebrated the 10 year anniversary of the school’s naming gift on Sept. 30, 2014. The $52 million gift was generously bestowed by Andrew and Erna Viterbi in 2004, and the gift was a milestone for the university under the dean of that time, C. L. Max Nikias, now president of USC.

Communications pioneer and USC Trustee Andrew J. Viterbi — who in 1962 earned one of the first doctorates in electrical engineering granted at the University of Southern California — is widely recognized as the engineer whose work enabled the development of CDMA mobile phones, wi-fi, and host of other current technologies.

President Nikias honored at LAPD Museum Gala

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On September 20,  2014, USC President C. L. Max Nikias was honored as the recipient of the Los Angeles Police Museum’s 21st Annual Jack Webb Awards. The award is presented annually to individuals who make positive contributions to their communities by partnering with law enforcement.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck presented the Award to President Nikias in recognition of his and USC’s longstanding work and close cooperation.

Beck said, “President Nikias has been an extraordinary partner and exceptional friend, not only to me, but to the men and women who proudly serve the City of Los Angeles. He exemplifies the values and traditions of the Los Angeles Police Department and is deserving of the Jack Webb Award for his significant commitment to the LAPD and life-long support of the entire law enforcement community.”

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.