USC Village tops off with placing of landmark spire

January 28, 2016 Construction workers mount an American flag to the spire during the topping out ceremony marking the halfway point of construction on USC Village. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

It’s not every day that construction workers get serenaded by a live band while a crowd of VIPs admires their work.

But that was the scene at the topping out ceremony for USC Village, the $700 million r

etail-residential complex being built on the former University Village site.

About 200 guests – including university officials and friends, local dignitaries and construction partners – joined the USC Village crews today to watch the raising of the ceremonial final beam as well as the

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UNICEF honors USC president with Spirit of Compassion Award

January 13, 2016 President C. L. Max Nikias accepts the UNICEF Spirit of Compassion Award accompanied by event co-chair Ghada Irani, UNICEF USA president & CEO Caryl Stern, Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) alum and Paramount Pictures executive Marvin Arias and a group of current NAI students. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF)

UNICEF has awarded USC President C. L. Max Nikias with the Spirit of Compassion Award for his work shaping the minds of a generation of students to be philanthropic, globally minded and informed of the issues that are affecting the world’s children.

Nikias received the award at a star-studded Jan. 12 gala at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Nikias’ co-honoree was soccer legend and UNICEF Ambassodor David Beckham, who was presented with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award by Elton John and

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USC President Nikias to chair College Football Playoff Board of Managers

January 11, 2016 USC President Nikias to chair College Football Playoff Board of Managers

The governing panel oversees business affairs of the playoff organization, including budgets, policies and operating guidelines

Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, announced that USC President C. L. Max Nikias has been named chairman of the College Football Playoff Board of Managers. He succeeds University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor, Harvey Perlman, who will be retiring as chancellor of the university this summer.

“Dr. Nikias has been instrumental in the development and growth of the College Football Playoff,” Hancock announced in

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Five business leaders and philanthropists elected to USC Board of Trustees

December 3, 2015 Tracy Sykes, David Bohnett, Jeanie Buss, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Kathy Leventhal and Kris Popovich (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Five new members have been named to the USC Board of Trustees, adding to the group’s diverse body of experienced leaders and philanthropists.

The new trustees are technology entrepreneur David Bohnett ’78, Los Angeles Lakers co-owner Jeanie Buss ’85, former media executive Kathy Leventhal, community leader and longtime USC benefactor Kris Popovich ’65, MBA ’70 and physical therapist Tracy Sykes DPT ’98. The trustees were elected to five-year terms.

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Trojan Family Thanksgiving for students — with Dr. and Mrs. Nikias

December 1, 2015 President C. L. Max Nikias and his wife, Niki C. Nikias, enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with students. (Photo: USC/Steve Cohn)

Continuing a Thanksgiving tradition they began in 2010, President C. L. Max Nikias and his wife, Niki C. Nikias, opened up their homes to students last Thursday. Together with their daughters, Georgiana and Maria, the Nikiases hosted over 400 guests, who were treated to a traditional Thanksgiving meal that included oven roasted free range turkey, ciabatta stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and crispy brussels sprouts.

President Nikias said, “Since Niki and I both came to the U.S. as international students many years ago, we learned quickly that

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Nikias, Visions and Voices event introduce students to reimagined Antigone

November 20, 2015 USC President C. L. Max Nikias discusses the play Antigone with the cast. (USC Photo/Michael Baker)

USC president joins cast and director in discussion of the play’s timeless themes.

As part of a special Nov. 19 Visions and Voices event, 160 students traveled to a performance of the classic play Antigone by A Noise Within, a Pasadena-based theater company.

The students saw more than a play, though: Afterward, USC President C. L. Max Nikias joined the cast and director Robertson Dean to discuss some of the play’s timeless themes and take questions from students.

The group watched Jean Anouilh’s

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Nikias talks tech with Silicon Beach executives

November 19, 2015 Shirin Salemnia, Founder and CEO of PlayWerks, talks with USC President C. L. Max Nikias

Innovation was the subject of the day as USC President C. L. Max Nikias talked tech with Silicon Beach-based senior executives from companies like Google, YouTube, Yahoo, SpaceX and IMAX.

The Nov. 18 event at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies in Playa Vista was hosted as part of the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce’s Power Hour series.

Nikias addressed many of the ways in which USC is plugging into Los Angeles’ burgeoning Silicon Beach scene, including efforts to promote startups and technology transfer. He

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President Nikias honors trustee Ming Hsieh at Global Conference Closing Gala

October 31, 2015 President Nikias honors trustee Ming Hsieh for his tireless contributions to the university (Photo: USC)

The 2015 USC Global Conference drew to a close in Shanghai tonight with the Gala Dinner in the Grand Ballroom at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai. President C. L. Max Nikias honored USC Trustee Ming Hsieh for his role as co-chair of the event and for his overall contribution to the university.

“Through the power of his impressive intellect and the perseverance of his courageous spirit, Ming Hsieh stands as a shining symbol of the Chinese culture and the American Dream,” said

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USC Global Conference 2015 opens in Shanghai

October 29, 2015 USC President C. L. Max Nikias speaks as the 2015 USC Global Conference gets underway in Shanghai. (USC Photo)

SHANGHAI – The 2015 USC Global Conference opened at the Grand Hyatt Shanghai today with a record attendance of more than 700 at the welcome dinner to start the event. Guests were treated to special performances by local artists and USC students.

The conference runs through Saturday and features presentations and discussions among USC researchers, Chinese business leaders and other global executives and academic leaders.

“Our entire delegation is extremely grateful that so many have come from all corners of this country, and from

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Davidson Conference Center rededicated for USC International Academy

October 22, 2015 From left to right: associate academic director Valerie Pierce, managing director Aga Paul, academic director Deborah Detzel, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, vice president for strategic and global initiatives Anthony Bailey, marketing director Terrence Liu, assistant director of administration Pamela Yamamoto Ireland and admissions and advising manager JJ Lee take part in the rededication of the Davidson Conference Center as the new home of the USC International Academy on October 21, 2015. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

On October 21 2015, USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a rededication ceremony to formally inaugurate the Davidson Conference Center for the USC International Academy. A site once dedicated primarily to large-group meetings, the Davidson Conference Center on the northeast corner of the University Park Campus has been refitted to contain 28 classrooms. The change reflects the high student demand for the USC International Academy’s services.

The university launched the academy in fall 2014 for international students. The academy helps students qualify for admission to undergraduate and graduate programs at

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