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.
Mrs. Niki C. Nikias presented the Trojan Knights with her homemade baklava, a special treat as they guard Tommy Trojan from vandals in the week leading up to the USC-UCLA game.
For Niki C. Nikias, the young men and women of USC are never far from mind, even when she’s attending to her off-campus activities like holiday baking. While preparing baklava, a traditional Greek baked dessert, she decided to share the holiday bounty with the young students guarding Tommy Trojan from vandals.
In preparation for this week’s USC Trojan football game against crosstown rivals UCLA Bruins, the society of Trojan Knights, a service organization on campus, are standing guard at the base of the statue of Tommy Trojan. An annual ritual where the stalwarts eat, sleep, and protect Tommy from pranksters, the young men are rewarded by cheers and “Fight On” remarks throughout the days and long nights.
Sophomore David Choi, who plans to stay on guard through Thanksgiving, is in his second year of duty, and with crewmates including Gabe Glasser, a sophomore at Viterbi, are part of the crew that outfitted the site with folding lounge chairs, sleeping bags, and other creature comforts like Wifi and stereo speakers.
“It gets really cold at night,” says Choi, “but as long as you keep your face warm, it’s bearable.”
Inspired by their vigil, Mrs. Niki C. Nikias stopped by the makeshift campsite with a tray of homemade baklava this morning.
“I see them every year on campus, and they are putting themselves through so much for USC,” said Mrs. Nikias, “They deserve a treat for their service.”
USC President C. L. Max Nikias, former First Lady Laura Bush, 43rd President of the United States George W. Bush, USC Marshall School of Business Dean James Ellis.
President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush addressed USC guests, students, faculty and Widney Society members in a packed Bovard Auditorium on Nov. 19. USC was honored to host the 43rd President and former First Lady through the President’s Distinguished Lecture series.
Sponsored by the University of Southern California’s President’s Distinguished Lecture series, the event featured a conversation between President and Mrs. Bush facilitated by James G. Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias welcomed the audience and introduced the first couple.
“It is a rare opportunity to spend this evening in the company of two people who have practiced leadership on such a global stage, at such pivotal moments in human history,” Nikias said. “Few people have carried the cosmic sense of pressure and responsibility on their shoulders that our former President and First Lady have.”
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Elizabeth Short, Mayor William “Bill” Bogaard, Niki C. Nikias, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, and Katherine Murray-Morse.
USC and Pacific Asia Museum of Pasadena, Calif., one of the few U.S. museums dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands, announced an affiliation today. The alliance between the museum and the university presents a wealth of collaborative opportunities for both institutions.
President Nikias addresses friends and supporters of the Pacific Asia Museum.
The new partnership will preserve the museum’s 1924 Chinese Qing Dynasty-inspired mansion in downtown Pasadena as an art museum and will enhance the scholarship of the creative faculty and students at USC’s six arts schools and those in the departments of art history, East Asian language and cultures, religion and archaeology. In addition, the alliance will provide a foundation for a renewed museum studies and curatorial training program at USC.
The new name of the museum will be the USC Pacific Asia Museum.
USC Trustee Ming Hsieh and Eva Hsieh with Niki C. Nikias and C. L. Max Nikias.
“With its rich history and inspiring works of art, Pacific Asia Museum will be the perfect complement to many academic endeavors at USC. Both of our organizations work to enrich the educational experience, advance art history and preserve the past for future generations,” said USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
“USC is very proud to form a powerful partnership with a local organization that has international appeal and an enduring devotion to promoting the arts.”
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USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Mrs. Niki C. Nikias greet the many alumni volunteers and visitors who came to campus for Homecoming weekend.
Homecoming weekend on the USC campus was filled with excitement—not only was it the site of a thrilling College Game Day live broadcast, tens of thousands of loyal Trojans came to renew connections, cheer on the Trojan football team, and enjoy the camaraderie created by The Trojan Family.
USC’s esteemed National Medal recipients were honored on the field of the 2013 USC-Stanford homecoming game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Left to right: USC Provost Elizabeth Garrett, USC Professor Kevin Starr, USC Trustee and alumnus Andrew Viterbi, USC Professor Morten Lauridsen, USC Professor Solomon Golomb, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
A special tribute was made to some of the academic champions of the university, as National Award winners Kevin Starr, Andrew Viterbi, Morten Lauridsen, and Solomon Golomb were honored in front of more than 90,000 cheering Trojan fans.
The sold-out game brought Trojans to their feet as the weekend closed with an upset win against the 4th-ranked Stanford team. Fight on!
USC President C. L. Max Nikias delivered a special guest to motivate the USC Trojan football team on the eve of their homecoming game against Stanford—music industry legend and philanthropist Dr. Dre (Andre Young.) In this photo: President Nikias, Interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron, and Dr. Dre.
Lew Horne, LAEDC chair; Bret Johnson, USC alumnus and CFO of SpaceX; Niki C. Nikias; USC President C. L. Max Nikias; Korean Air Chairman and USC alumnus and Trustee Y.H. Cho; and Bill Allen, LAEDC president.
The L.A. Economic Development Corporation honored USC with the 2013 “Eddy” Award for its contributions as a leading research organization, its role as the largest private employer in Los Angeles, and its recent successful bid for approval of the USC Village redevelopment — the largest economic development project to be proposed in South Los Angeles.
Bill Allen, LAEDC CEO, commended USC’s vision to bolster and energize the region’s economy.
“USC is an anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology, and international business which generates significant intellectual and profitable capital.”
USC’s vast intellectual enterprise spans key industries that bolster the economic growth of Los Angeles. Among them are the patient care and research of Keck Medical Center of USC, and state of the art research centers in technology, digital innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Also honored that evening was USC Trustee and alumnus Y.H. Cho, chairman of Korean Air, and SpaceX, the technology giant of the Southland that was represented by CFO and USC alumnus, Bret Johnson.
Glorya Kaufman, Dana Dornsife, David Dornsife, John Mork, Julie Mork, C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, Pamela Schaeffer, Leonard D. Schaeffer
During an evening of celebration, the Trojan Family thanked members of its most generous philanthropic group, The Widney Society, for their unwavering dedication to building the future of the University of Southern California.
USC President C. L. Max Nikias emphasized the enormous strides the University has made throughout its history, from its inception in 1880, its growth as an academic powerhouse under each successive presidency, to the ambitious launch of the $6 billion Campaign for USC that was announced three years ago. At the time of its launch in 2011, the campaign was the largest fundraising goal ever announced in higher education.
“This generation of Trojans set the bar even higher,” he remarked. “We announced this audacious goal during the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression…and USC has already raised $3 billion in just three years.”
President Nikias credited the many generous Trojans who participated in the Campaign for laying the groundwork for current and future success.
“Most other universities today are cutting back on academic excellence, just to survive,” he noted. “But today USC is able to make incredible investments in academic excellence because of you.”
USC Trustee Steven Spielberg snaps a photo of Michael Kahn under his namesake plaque for the Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
USC Trustee Steven Spielberg captured a proud moment on his phone at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Spielberg created the Michael Kahn Endowed Chair in Editing to honor his longtime editor, Michael Kahn, who won Oscars for editing celebrated cinematic works including Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The first chairholder is editor USC Professor Norman Hollyn, who is the head of the editing track.
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Dean Yannis C. Yortsos, USC Trustee Daniel J. Epstein, Prof. Yong-Shi Pang, and USC President C. L. Max Nikias.
At an installation ceremony attended by USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Niki C. Nikias, Dean Yannis C. Yortsos of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and USC Trustee Daniel J. Epstein, the new holder of the Epstein Family Chair of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Jong-Shi Pang, was formally welcomed to the faculty. Pang, who is an expert in optimization and operations research, envisions using mathematical models to solve the major issues facing society, from health and social sciences, to homeland security and communications systems.
Read more about Prof. Pang.