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C. L. Max Nikias

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Welcome, Class of 2018!

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USC President C.L. Max Nikias, center, and wife Niki C. Nikias, left center, take selfies with students as students move into residential housing during Welcome Week at USC, Wednesday, August 20, 2014, in Los Angeles, California.(USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

USC President C.L. Max Nikias, center, and wife Niki C. Nikias, left center, take selfies with students as students move into residential housing during Welcome Week at USC, Wednesday, August 20, 2014, in Los Angeles, California.(USC Photo/ Gus Ruelas)

As the new freshman class arrived on campus with families and belongings in tow, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Mrs. Niki C. Nikias, and USC Board of Trustees chair John Mork (left center, second row) greeted the incoming Trojans in front of Birnkrant Residence Hall.

“USC is a place today where 53,000 applicants competed for 2,700 spots in the freshman class,” President Nikias told the sea of enthusiastic faces during convocation ceremony, part of the week-long program of activities known as Welcome Week. “We searched far and wide to find you. … So if you feel very special to be here today, I’ve got news for you — it’s because you are!”

Nikias challenged the incoming class to redefine literacy as a fluency of the powers of imagination, the arts and literature, world cultures, digital media and most importantly, of ethics. The president concluded his uplifting speech with instructions on “a simple gesture” that all Trojans know.

“No matter where you are in the world,” he said, “whether you are walking along the streets of Los Angeles or in the heart of New York City or Mumbai or London or Shanghai or the island of Santorini, if you recognize another Trojan, you flash the victory sign and say: ‘Fight on!’”

 

President Nikias voted Chairman of Association of Pacific Rim Universities

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Nikias visits APRU Secretariat

USC President C. L. Max Nikias (third from left) visited with APRU secretary general Christopher Tremewan (third from right) in the Singapore office of the APRU Secretariat.

President C. L. Max Nikias was elected as the chairman of APRU (Association of Pacific Rim Universities) for a two-year term. APRU is a network of 45 premier research universities from 16 Pacific Rim economies. President Nikias served as the vice chairman of APRU prior to his current election as chairman, and had the opportunity to visit with APRU secretary general Christopher Tremewan during a USC delegation visit to Singapore in February of 2014.

USC and Mexico align to boost opportunities in education and innovation

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias, left, meets with Jose Antonio Meade, secretary of foreign affairs for Mexico

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, left, meets with Jose Antonio Meade, secretary of foreign affairs for Mexico. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

USC strengthened its ties with the government of Mexico during a recent visit by a delegation led by Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jose Antonio Meade.

Along with Sergio Alcocer, under-secretary for North American affairs, and Carlos Sada, consul general of Mexico in Los Angeles, Meade met with USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr. after the launch of the U.S.-Mexico Bilateral Forum on Higher Education, Innovation and Research in Mexico City.

The May 21 forum, which was jointly convened by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Meade, was established to foster the growth of student exchange, research and innovation programs between the U.S. and Mexico.

“The University of Southern California is committed to supporting scholarly talent from all over the world, and Mexico is an especially important partner in creating intellectual capital that benefits our region and accelerates growth in both of our countries,” Nikias said.

Read the complete article on USC News.

USC Trustee Ming Hsieh Honored by Asia Society

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Eva Hsieh, Niki C. Nikias, C. L. Max Nikias, Eric Garcetti, Thomas E. McLain, Ming Hsieh

Eva Hsieh, Niki C. Nikias, C. L. Max Nikias, Eric Garcetti, Thomas E. McLain, Ming Hsieh

At a gala dinner on May 19, 2014 hosted by the Asia Society of Southern California, USC Trustee Ming Hsieh was honored as the 2014 Philanthropist of the Year, presented with the award by USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

Ming Hsieh earned a B.S. (1983) and M.S. (1984) in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California. Soon after earning his degrees, he founded two highly successful companies, AMAX Information Technologies (1985) and Cogent, Inc. (1990), of which he is president, chief executive officer, and chairman.

In 2006, Ming Hsieh generously made a $35 million gift to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and subsequently the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering was named in his honor. Hsieh serves as a USC Trustee and a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

Baccalaureate Ceremony Address 2014

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Rainn Wilson at USC baccalaureate ceremony

Speaker Rainn Wilson delivers the baccalaureate address to the Class of 2014, with USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Board of Trustees chair John Mork ’70 MS ’12, and commencement speaker Marc Benioff ’86 and other honored guests in attendance.

On the eve of commencement day, USC welcomed actor and writer Rainn Wilson as the main speaker at the 2014 baccalaureate ceremony. Baccalaureate is a non-denominational, inter-faith celebration open to all students and their guests, and includes participation by numerous university dignitaries, as well as the diverse religious directors who work with  student groups. The service itself features music and readings from a wide range of religious traditions, and concludes with a benediction over the graduating students.

Ambassadors for Humanity Gala salutes President Barack Obama

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Nikias, Garrett, and Obama

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett greet President Barack Obama during the USC Shoah Foundation’s 20th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 7, 2014 in Century City, California.

In recognition of his efforts to protect human rights, his commitment to education and his work advancing opportunities for all people, President Barack Obama was presented May 7 with the Ambassador for Humanity Award by Steven Spielberg, USC Trustee and founder of USC Shoah Foundation’s Institute for Visual History and Education.

Spielberg presented Obama with the foundation’s prestigious Ambassador for Humanity Award, noting that the president has created an Atrocities Prevention Board, declared the prevention of mass atrocities and genocide a core national security interest, and has directed the intelligence community to institutionalize a focus on stopping genocide. He also recently appointed the first-ever special envoy to U.S. Holocaust survivors.

Trojan Family gathers in Dallas; Visit with the Bush Presidential Library

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Margeret Spellings, C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias.

Niki C. Nikias, C. L. Max Nikias, Margaret Spellings.

During a recent visit to Dallas, TX, USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Mrs. Niki C. Nikias hosted a standing-room only Trojan Family Reception as they met with alumni, parents, and supporters of the university in the Dallas metropolitan area. Their itinerary during the visit to the Lone Star State included a private tour of  The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum at the personal invitation of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush. The visit was hosted by the honorable Margaret Spellings, former U.S. Secretary of Education (2005 – 2009) and current president of the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

Distinguished Trojans Honored

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Top row, from left: Ronnie Lott, Daniel Epstein, Aja Brown, Jana Waring Greer. Front row, from left: Ramona Cappello (president of the USC Alumni Association), Michael Felix, Christine Ofiesh, Niki C. Nikias, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Gail Samuel, Bob Osher, Patrick Auerbach (executive director of the USC Alumni Association).

Top row, from left: Ronnie Lott, Daniel Epstein, Aja Brown, Jana Waring Greer. Front row, from left: Ramona Cappello (president of the USC Alumni Association), Michael Felix, Christine Ofiesh, Niki C. Nikias, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Gail Samuel, Bob Osher, Patrick Auerbach (Associate Senior Vice President of Alumni Relations)

Every year since 1932, the USC Alumni Association Gala has paid tribute to distinguished members of the Trojan Family. Past honorees include Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong ’70, world-renowned architect Frank O. Gehry ’54, opera great Marilyn Horne ’53 and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis ’73. The 2014 honorees include Daniel J. Epstein ’62, founder and chairman of the board of The ConAm Group of Companies; Ronnie Lott ’81, NFL Hall of Famer and four-time Super Bowl champion; Bob Osher ’81, president of Sony Pictures Digital Productions, Gail Samuel ’88, ’89, MBA ’02, chief operating officer, Los Angeles Philharmonic Association; Aja Brown ’04, MPL’05, Mayor of Compton, California; and Alumni Association Service Awards recipients Michael A. Felix ’83 of the USC Latino Alumni Association Corporate Council Advisory Board; Jana Waring Greer ’73, chair of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Board of Councilors; Christine M. Ofiesh ’74, executive board member of Town and Gown of USC.

View additional photos from this event on the USC Flickr site.

USC Viterbi Awards honors top engineers

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Mrs. Niki C. Nikias, USC Trustee Andrew Viterbi, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, and USC Trustee Wanda Austin.

Mrs. Niki C. Nikias, USC Trustee Andrew Viterbi, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, and USC Trustee Wanda Austin.

Since its first incarnation in 1978, the USC Viterbi Awards has been a forum for recognizing outstanding members of the engineering community and our alumni who have made lasting contributions to science and engineering in all its manifestations. This year’s honorees include USC Trustee Wanda Austin, recipient of the Mark S. Stevens Distinguished Alumni Award, who is president and chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corporation, a leading architect for the nation’s national security programs. Al Dorman, the retired founding chair and first CEO of AECOM, was honored with the Daniel J. Epstein Management Award; and Kenneth Koo Chee Kong, of the Tai Chong Cheang Steamship Co. (H.K.) Ltd. was honored with the Global Leadership in Engineering Award.

Dean Yannis Yortsos, honorees Al Dorman, Wanda M. Austin, Keneth Koo Chee Kong, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias

Dean Yannis Yortsos, honorees Al Dorman, Wanda M. Austin, Keneth Koo Chee Kong, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias

Read more about the USC Viterbi Awards distinguished honorees of 2014.

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USC Shoah Foundation opens new chapter in genocide research

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USC Trustee and founder of the USC Shoah Foundation, Steven Spielberg, with USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

USC Trustee and founder of the USC Shoah Foundation, Steven Spielberg, with USC President C. L. Max Nikias.

USC Trustee Steven Spielberg joined USC leadership in announcing The Center for Advanced Genocide Research, which aims to study how and why mass violence occurs. The Center is established as part of the USC Shoah Foundation — The Institute for Visual History and Education, and will serve as the research and scholarship unit of the USC Shoah Foundation, building off the substantial academic work the Institute has accomplished since joining USC in 2006.

“We are honored to establish this vital center of scholarship and learning,” Nikias said. “The University of Southern California is and will always remain committed to creating a world freed from genocide. Through the Center for Advanced Genocide Research, we resolve to have a global impact on the real-world problem of genocide.”

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.