Trojans, far from their families, spend Thanksgiving with the USC president

November 28, 2016 Trojans, far from their families, spend Thanksgiving with the USC president instead

For Budapest, Hungary-born USC sophomore Lilla Spanyi, Thanksgiving is so special precisely because it is an American holiday.

“My family doesn’t actually celebrate Thanksgiving, but I am in a weird position where I consider myself American because of the culture and the people, and I can’t really imagine a future for myself anywhere else,” said Spanyi, a Trustee Scholar and member of the Trojan Marching Band Silks. “That is why Thanksgiving has always been a holiday I wanted to celebrate, but

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USC mental health clinic’s opening celebrates vision for veterans

October 8, 2016 L-R: USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Workd dean Marilyn L. Flynn, Medal of Honor recipient Kyle White, Cohen Veterans Network CEO Anthony Hassan and Marvin Southard, clinic CEO and director of our Doctor of Social Work program formally open the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC. (Photo/Steve Cohn)

The grand opening of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at USC celebrated a vision aimed at bringing the highest quality of mental health care to Los Angeles’ veterans and military families.

The downtown Los Angeles clinic was made possible by a $15.7 million grant from Cohen through his nonprofit Cohen Veterans Network. It offers free care to veterans and their families who are suffering from post-traumatic stress, mood disorders, substance abuse and other mental health issues.

Marvin Southard, clinic CEO

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An elegant dance mecca opens at USC

October 5, 2016 Robert A. Cutietta, Glorya Kaufman, C. L. Max Nikias and Jodie Gates at the opening of the Glorya Kaufman Dance Center (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

The Glorya Kaufman International Dance Center, the largest dance-dedicated building on a private university campus, had its grand opening Oct. 5 in a stylish celebration of movement, scholarship and the arts.

At noon, several hundred people filled the courtyard of the handsome Italianate Collegiate Gothic building, a crowd that included more than two dozen USC trustees, many senior administrators and deans and USC Distinguished Professors who were introduced by Robert A. Cutietta, dean of the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance.

Also

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USC President Nikias honored by Federation of Cypriot American Organizations

September 25, 2016 USC President C. L. Max Nikias, left, is presented a replica of the Kyrenia ship by Republic of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, center, and FCAO President Kyriakos Papastylianou. (Photo/Stamati Boundouris)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias was the honoree at the 2016 Testimonial Dinner hosted by the Federation of Cypriot American Organization (FCAO) in New York on Friday.

Nikias was recognized for outstanding academic achievements and leadership and was presented a replica of the Kyrenia ship by Republic of Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and FCAO President Kyriakos Papastylianou. A merchant ship that sailed the Mediterranean in the fourth century B.C., the Kyrenia ship is a symbol of national pride for Cyprus.

“Throughout

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At convocation ceremony, new Trojans officially begin their USC journey

August 19, 2016 USC President C. L. Max Nikias delivers his convocation speech. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Keli Lynch looked for her daughter in a sea of black gowns.

“I always cry,” she said, but today she was hoping to keep dry eyes.

Standing by the flags at Von Kleinsmid Center, she listened as USC President C. L. Max Nikias welcomed the Class of 2020 at the school’s annual convocation.

Lynch’s daughter Danielle Festa was one of nearly 4,000 freshmen and transfer students sitting in front of Doheny Library, about to embark on her journey at USC.

“We are so excited

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Move-in Day means big changes, excitement as campus comes to life

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and wife Niki C. Nikias, left, greet parents and students. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Forget cardinal or gold, at least this one time. Orange was the color of the day on the USC University Park Campus, with those familiar orange bins meaning one thing: Move-in Day. Thousands of new and returning students converged on Trojan territory Wednesday, getting settled before fall semester classes begin Monday. Take a look at some of the sights of the day.

View the slideshow here.

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Mexican delegation visits USC to discuss cooperative programs

July 11, 2016 C. L. Max Nikias speaks with Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, right, during a visit from a delegation of senior Mexican officials July 7. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Anthony Bailey, vice president for strategic and global initiatives, hosted a senior delegation of officials from Mexico on campus yesterday to discuss USC’s growing relationship with the country. Led by Mexico’s secretary of foreign affairs, Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas, the group also included Paulo Carreño King, undersecretary for North America and Carlos García de Alba, consul general of Mexico in Los Angeles.

“We have made a concerted effort to create closer bonds with Mexican

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USC President Nikias honored by Greek academic institutions

May 31, 2016 President C. L. Max Nikias received an honorary degree from the University of Piraeus in Greece. (Photo/Courtesy of the University of Piraeus)

President Nikias receives two honorary degrees and is inducted into the Academy of Athens
USC President C. L. Max Nikias has been honored by three leading Greek academic institutions during his current trip to the country.The president was presented with an honorary degree from the University of Crete on May 17.

He was inducted into the Academy of Athens, the nation’s leading research institution, on May 24.

The next day he was issued an honorary degree from the University of Piraeus, based in the

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At 133rd USC commencement, Oracle founder Larry Ellison urges graduates to pursue their own dreams

May 13, 2016 The traditional release of doves occurs during the 2016 USC commencement. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle Corp., grew up thinking he would move to Los Angeles, attend USC, get married and become a doctor.Many people he grew up with on the south side of Chicago expected him to do just that, he told the thousands attending USC’s 133rd commencement today on the University Park Campus.

“Over time, their dreams became my dreams. They convinced me that I should be a doctor.” Ellison attended college and took courses in pre-medicine. But he dropped out

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USC President Nikias receives Ellis Island Medal of Honor

May 9, 2016 USC President C. L. Max Nikias received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 7. (Photo/Mark Von Holden)

The award honors U.S. citizens who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic groups while exemplifying the values of the American way of life

USC President C. L. Max Nikias was among the 100 Americans who received the 2016 Ellis Island Medals of Honor from theNational Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) on May 7.

This year marks the medal’s 30th anniversary. The Ellis Island Medals of Honor ceremony featured a significant military presence and patriotic performers as well as notable speakers, followed by a black-tie gala dinner in

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