The 6th annual USC Women’s Conference, a program of the USC Alumni Association, kicked off with a warm Trojan welcome from Niki C. Nikias (center) and this year’s co-chairs, Melody Nishida ’78 (right) and two-time Olympic medalist Inger Miller ’94 (left). Mrs. Nikias opened the day-long event, that offered networking opportunities, talks on leadership, financial planning, and developments at the university.
The USC Delegation of leadership, trustees, and deans meet with leadership and faculty of Universitas Indonesia.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias is leading a delegation of deans and trustees this week to Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia, where the group will seek to strengthen ties with top universities there as well as reconnect with USC’s strong base of alumni, parents and high schools in the region.
“The University of Southern California community is eager to extend our partnerships and expand upon our mutually beneficial collaborations,” Nikias said. “Southeast Asia plays a vital role for us, given its location in the Pacific Rim, its focus on innovation and our ambition to attract the world’s most talented and creative students.”
Among the destinations for the visit are the National University Health System of Singapore, the National University of Singapore, and Universitas Indonesia.
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An “academic earthquake” in the form of online education will throw higher education into a new era of change, but USC welcomes the challenge, said USC President C. L. Max Nikias in his annual addresses to faculty and staff on Feb. 10 and 13.
Acknowledging that “our children are inheriting a world that functions like nothing humanity has ever witnessed before,” Nikias emphasized that USC must build on its strengths as American universities grapple with an increasingly altered landscape.
“Some say [online education] is the end of the lecture hall as we know it. Some predict that only a few super-universities will survive,” he said. While some institutions are bracing for the worst or struggling to keep up, he noted that USC is not “copying or chasing anyone else.” Trends come and go, he added, but USC has found its own quality online learning model.
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USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Mrs. Niki C. Nikias met with MFA acting students during a spring performance of the Greek tragedy, The Trojan Women. The modern retelling, directed by USC School of Dramatic Arts faculty member David Bridel, combines movement, music and original text to create a contemporary work that showcases the graduating MFA acting class of 2014. The selection of the work is of direct scholarly interest to President Nikias, who holds an appointment in classics at the university, in addition to his appointment in engineering.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Mrs. Niki C. Nikias, Jackie Lacey ’82, Dickran Tevrizian ’65.
Luminaries from the legal profession, including Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey ’82, gathered in downtown Los Angeles on Feb. 6 as the USC Gould School of Law kicked off its $150 million fundraising initiative. The gala event drew more than 200 friends, alumni, administrators, faculty and student leaders to the historic Vibiana in Los Angeles.
USC Gould School of Law celebrated its history and planned for its future at a kickoff for its $150 million fundraising campaign. From left to right: Dean Robert K. Rasmussen, Provost Elizabeth Garrett, LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, USC Gould School of Law Board of Councilors chair Ken Doran, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias opened the evening’s festivities by pointing to the law school’s stellar reputation and commitment to legal innovation.
“With some of the best minds in the legal profession and some of the top experts in nearly every legal specialty, the USC Gould School of Law has an impressive reputation that makes it consistently among the finest in the nation,” Nikias said. “If you look at America’s most prominent law firms, you will find that many of the important positions of leadership are occupied by Trojans. And that makes all of us at USC very proud.”
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- Patrick Soon-Shiong, M.D., USC President C.L. Max Nikias and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas talk during the 22nd Empowerment Congress Summit at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, January 18, 2014. (Photo: USC / Gus Ruelas)
As the 2014 year began, USC hosted key events that celebrate the ongoing legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 22nd annual Empowerment Congress, chaired by Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, brought together stakeholders from civic organizations, faith-based organizations, private businesses, and community-based organizations to identify issues of justice and equality in Los Angeles. At another event on campus during the national holiday weekend, the law enforcement community came together for the 5th annual Los Angeles Police Department Martin Luther King Breakfast, with a special address by California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
(left to right) USC President C.L. Max Nikias, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck California, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca during the Los Angeles Police Department 5th annual Martin Luther King Breakfast at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, January 18, 2014. (Photo: USC / Gus Ruelas)
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Nobel Prize recipient and USC Professor of Chemistry Arieh Warshel (center) is honored at a campus reception with colleagues and dignitaries. Pictured above: David Siegel, Consul General of Israel in Los Angeles; USC President C. L. Max Nikias; Warshel; USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett; USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences Steve Kay.
Professor Arieh Warshel, recipient of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, was celebrated at an event at the USC Town and Gown attended by faculty colleagues from across campus.
Warshel is a distinguished professor of chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the Nobel Prize in chemistry for 2013 on Oct. 9 to Warshel and two colleagues for developing the key principles behind computer simulations that are now indispensable in the study of chemical reactions.
Warshel, Martin Karplus of the Université de Strasbourg in France and Harvard University, and Michael Levitt of Stanford University were recognized for “the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems.” Their crucial achievement was to marry classical and quantum mechanics in order to model both the relatively large-scale movements of atoms in a molecule, and the minute dances of the free electrons that shuttle between atoms and spark many chemical reactions.
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Executive Vice Provost Michael W. Quick, Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering Scott Fraser, Dr. Gary K. Michelson, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences Dean Steve Kay, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis Yortsos
At a standing room only event on campus, USC President C. L. Max Nikias announced the creation of the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, a cornerstone of research collaboration at the intersection of engineering and the life and biomedical sciences. The USC Michelson Center, supported by a $50 million gift from orthopaedic surgeon, inventor, and philanthropist Gary K. Michelson, will provide a 190,000-square-foot research building housing up to 30 principal investigators, with labs ranging from advanced microscopy to nanofabrication.
“This will be a center that will unify engineers, scientists, and physicians in solving real problems. When our experts develop a new idea or a timely innovation, this center will help their advances move rapidly from the laboratory into our society,” said President Nikias, “The work that will be done at USC will have a profound positive impact on the curing of diseases, the creation of life-saving biomedical devices, and on many other areas beyond the field of healthcare.”
Read more about the recent gift, which represents a milestone in USC’s current fundraising initiative — the Campaign for the University of Southern California. The Campaign, with a fundaising goal of $6 billion, recently reached its halfway point, raising an unprecedented $3 billion in three years.
As the USC campus begins the spring semester, USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Mrs. Niki C. Nikias welcome students joining the Trojan Family during a formal convocation ceremony and a post-ceremony reception. Many of the new spring students are transfer students who elect to complete their studies at the University of Southern California. In 2013, the average GPA of college transfer students was 3.7, and more than 1,400 highly competitive students join the student body each year.
Mrs. Niki C. Nikias with USC students at the presidential residence during Thanksgiving.
Every year on Thanksgiving, USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Mrs. Niki C. Nikias open their home to students to share Thanksgiving dinner at the official presidential residence. In what the Nikiases have established as an ongoing Trojan Family tradition, students who are too far from families to make it home for the holiday weekend have an opportunity to spend the special day with fellow Trojans. A reminder of home for students from the U.S., and an introduction to American cultural traditions for international students, this occasion brings together many students to share friendship over a festive holiday meal.