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Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Medicine

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Sylvester Stallone, USC Trustee Ronald N. Tutor, Alia Tutor, Richard Paulson (the holder of The Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Medicine)  and Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Sylvester Stallone, USC Trustee Ronald N. Tutor, Alia Tutor, Richard Paulson (the holder of The Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Medicine) and Carmen A. Puliafito, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Alia Tutor, the wife of USC Trustee Ronald N. Tutor ’63, both longtime supporters of the university, is providing a gift to establish the Alia Tutor Chair in Reproductive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. The new chair will be housed in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

The first holder of the chair is Richard Paulson, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and director of USC Fertility.

Paulson has served as director of the fertility program at USC since 1986. He is an internationally recognized expert in fertility in women over age 40. He published several landmark investigations addressing the effect of age upon female fertility, including the first observation that egg donation could be used to extend the reproductive life span in women over 40.

Alia Tutor currently dedicates her time and leadership to the board of directors of Indego Africa, an organization that provides female artisans in war-torn Rwanda with education, leadership skills and other training to become successful businesswomen. She is also a former adviser to the United Nations’ Office for Partnerships.

Read the full article at USC News.

Mork Family Scholars meet their namesake benefactors

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Mork Family Scholars 2014

USC Trustee John Mork (top row, third from right) and his wife, Julie Mork (bottom row, right), hosted a retreat for USC Mork Family Scholars with USC President C. L. Max Nikias (top row, third from left) and his wife, Niki C. Nikias (bottom row, third from left).

The USC Mork Family Scholars were hosted by the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies during a weekend-long excursion to Catalina Island from April 12-13, 2014. While there, the students were welcomed by USC Trustee John Mork and his wife, Julie Mork, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias and his wife, Mrs. Niki C. Nikias.

The itinerary included discussions on leadership with John and Julie Mork, and an informal class on classics with President Nikias. Additional excursions included a visit to the plankton lab, nature hikes, and a tour of the island’s hyperbaric chamber.

USC Mork Scholarships are awarded to undergraduates based on academic merit. The scholarships include full tuition and a living stipend of $5,000 annually for four years, as well as guaranteed space in the honors residential college. The USC Mork Family Scholars program was created in 2011 with an exceptional gift of $110 million —the single largest gift in the university’s history for undergraduate scholarships and one of only seven gifts to USC of $100 million or more.

 

Literary luminaries celebrated in prelude to Festival of Books

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Eddy Hartenstein, C. L. Max Nikias, Davan Maharaj.

Eddy Hartenstein, C. L. Max Nikias, Davan Maharaj.

Los Angeles Times publisher, Eddy Hartenstein, University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias, and Los Angeles Times editor Davan Maharaj met informally before the start of the the Los Angeles Times Books Prize Ceremony on Friday, April 11, 2014 in USC’s Bovard Auditorium. Among the winners of this year’s Book Prize awards was USC alumna Susan Straight, who was awarded the 2013 Robert Kirsch Award for her fiction set in Southern California. The event was a prelude the 2014 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California, the fourth consecutive year the weekend-long event has been held on the USC campus. Held annually in the spring, The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest literary festival in the country.

In Sacramento, bringing Cal Grant students together with lawmakers

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USC Delegation to Sacramento 2014

At the State Capital Building. Front row: USC Trustee Edward P. Roski, Jr., Shamoiya Washington, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Jasmine Torres. Marco Valadez. Middle row: USC Trustee David Dornsife, USC Trustee Lisa Barkett, USC Trustee Monica Lózano, Bill Barkett. Back row: USC Chief of Staff Dennis Cornell, USC Vice President of Government Relations Martha Escutia, USC Trustee Christopher Cox, USC Sr. Vice President of University Relations Thomas Sayles.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, USC Trustees, senior administrators and three USC students who are Cal Grant recipients made a recent visit to Sacramento to speak with California lawmakers. The USC delegates discussed the importance of the Cal Grant program, which has provided funding for more than 2.3 million students in the state since its creation nearly 60 years ago. At USC, 93 percent of Cal Grant recipients complete their degrees in six years — a rate higher than at most public universities in California.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Jasmine Torres, Shamoiya Washington, and Marco Valadez with Governor Jerry Brown

Governor Jerry Brown, Jasmine Torres, Shamoiya Washington, Marco Valadez, President Nikias

The three students who journeyed to Sacramento — Jasmine Torres, Shamoiya Washington, and Marco Valadez — shared their personal stories with lawmakers, putting a real face on the challenges low-income students face when assessing their higher education options. The USC delegation asked legislators to reconsider the planned 11% cut to the Cal Grant program slated to take effect this summer. The proposed cut would bring the maximum grant to $8,056 for students attending private colleges and universities, the lowest it has been in 16 years.

Annual veterans dinner salutes service members

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias with students who are veterans and ROTC cadets.

In an annual USC spring tradition, university leadership paid tribute to the women and men of the U.S. armed forces who are part of The Trojan Family—including the many veterans on the faculty and staff, and the veterans and ROTC cadets who are part of the student body. President C. L. Max Nikias proudly acknowledged the longstanding relationship between USC and the military, which encompasses teaching, service, and research throughout the university.

“Few if any universities can match USC’s commitment to the military and its service members,” President Nikias told the ballroom filled with dress uniforms representing all five branches on April 3. “In the 1970s, USC and Notre Dame were the only two universities to maintain their relationship with ROTC. We are proud of that,” he said.

Read the complete article at USC News.

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

 

Inaugural Choong Hoon Cho chair installed at USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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Professor Michael Kassner, USC Trustee Y.H. Cho, USC President C.L. Max Nikias

Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, Professor Michael Kassner, USC Trustee Y.H. Cho, USC President C.L. Max Nikias

In an elegant Wednesday, March 26 ceremony, USC Viterbi School of Engineering installed the inaugural Choong Hoon Cho Chair in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. The chair is named after Choong Hoon Cho, the late chairman of Korean Airlines and father of USC Trustee and alumnus Y.H. Cho.

Professor Michael Kassner, the holder of the chair, is an expert in the area of mechanical behavior of metals, materials creep, fracture, fatigue and thermodynamics, and joined USC in 2003 as AME department chair. More recently, he oversaw a nearly $1 billion basic research budget for the U.S. Navy as director of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) in Washington, D.C. Kassner received the U.S. Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Medal for his service.

“Thanks to the inspired support of Y.H. Cho and the Boeing Company, the Choong Hoon Cho Chair in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering will serve as a vital cornerstone of academic excellence,” USC President C.L. Max Nikias said.

 

In the capital, USC leaders bring higher education issues to lawmakers

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias and a delegation of USC leadership will meet with policymakers in Washington, D.C., this week as part of USC in D.C. 2014.

Nikias, Provost Elizabeth Garrett and USC deans and trustees will share USC’s leadership role in research, education, health care and civic engagement with senators and members of congress.

In addition to Nikias and Garrett, the delegation includes Trustees Wanda Austin, Lisa Barkett, Christopher Cox, Richard DeBeikes, Robert Padgett, Bruce Ramer, Edward Roski, Leonard Schaeffer  and Jeff Smulyan.

The trip comes at a time of political breakthrough on budget issues in Washington, but amid considerable belt tightening. One of the issues USC will advocate for is continued prudent investment in financial aid for college students. USC has one of the nation’s largest financial aid pools and nearly a quarter of students are low-income.

USC welcomes Qatar University into iPodia Alliance

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USC President C. L. Max Nikias; Qatar University President Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad; Mazen Hasna, vice president and chief academic officer, and Yannis Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, home of the iPodia Alliance.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias; Qatar University President Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad; Mazen Hasna, vice president and chief academic officer, and Yannis Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, home of the iPodia Alliance.

Qatar University joined USC as the 10th partner in the cross-cultural learning platform known as iPodia, and the first university in the alliance to represent the Arab world.

“IPodia is a smart idea that enables cooperation across campuses and allows students to cooperate while maintaining their uniqueness,” said Dr. Mazen Hasna, vice president and chief academic officer of Qatar University. “At Qatar University, we are developing our technology-enhanced learning strategy, and part of that strategy is to build partnerships in support of using the technology in enhancing student success.”

Launched in 2009, iPodia is a model for a “global classroom,” a platform for classroom across physical, institutional, and cultural boundaries. Students at universities worldwide attend the same class simultaneously through audio and video connections, taught by the same professors, study and comment on the same material online before the class begins, engage in peer-to-peer interaction in iPodia classrooms, work on collaborative projects in cross-campus teams and, sometimes, travel to classmates’ home campuses to complete class projects.

Women of Troy discuss leadership at annual conference

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Melody Nishida, Niki C. Nikias, Inger Miller

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.

Strenghtening ties in Southeast Asia

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USC Delegation to Universitas Indonesia

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.

Read the complete article on USC News.

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.