USC Pacific Asia Museum Honors Dr. Tei-Fu Chen, Dr. Oi-Lin Chen and Tadashi Shoji

June 12, 2017 L-R: USC President C. L. Max Nikias and First Lady Niki C. Nikias with honorees Tadashi Shoji, Dr. Oi-Lin Chen, Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Pacific Asia Museum Director Christina Yu. (Photo/Vanessa Preziose)

The USC Pacific Asia Museum hosted its annual gala on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the  Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena. The gala honored Legacy Award recipients Dr. Tei-Fu Chen and Dr. Oi-Lin Chen of the Chen Art Gallery, for their promotion of Asian art and culture through their gallery collection.

The recipient of the Visionary Artist Award was Tadashi Shoji, a fashion designer and creator of Tadashi Shoji and T by Tadashi clothing labels. Shoji received the award for his contribution in promoting Asian


Politico’s John Harris interviews President Nikias

June 6, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias joins POLITICO co-founder and Editor-in-Chief John Harris for a discussion of college access. (Photo/Dave Scavone)

Interview at DC alumni event introduces USC’s College Access Blueprint

USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a group of trustees and university leaders to the nation’s capital on April 26 for a series of meetings with legislators. In the evening, he hosted USC’s annual reception for more than 200 alumni, elected officials and political staffers. This year the university revamped its alumni reception to promote the release of its Blueprint for Expanding the College Pipeline. Nikias engaged in a discussion about college access


Trojans, including Will Ferrell, honor Class of 2017: more than 17,000 graduates

May 13, 2017

Will Ferrell ’90 has long trod the sidelines of USC football games, led the team onto the field of battle and returned for campus events on behalf of charities like Cancer for College. But none of the more than 60,000 people attending USC’s 134th commencement Friday knew quite what to expect when one of the university’s most famous alumni took to the stage.

The Trojan Family sent out 17,144 new graduates into the world, with the newly minted graduates representing more than


Nikias leads delegation of trustees and administrators to nation’s capital

May 2, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias walks outside the Capitol on April 26. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a group of trustees and university leaders to the nation’s capital on April 26 for a series of meetings with legislators.

The group started its morning at a briefing session at the offices of The Washington Post, hosted by USC Trustee and Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan.

Following an introduction by Ryan and a presentation by Washington Post National Political Correspondent Robert Costa, the delegation split into two groups, led respectively by Nikias


USC presents Rick Caruso with its most distinguished alumni honor

May 1, 2017 Rick Caruso, left, receives the Asa V. Call Award from USC President C. L. Max Nikias. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

USC honored Trustee Rick J. Caruso ’80 with its most distinguished alumni honor, the Asa V. Call Award, at its 84th annual Alumni Awards on April 22.

The Asa V. Call Award is given to an alumnus who has shown exceptional commitment to the university and the community by generously giving their time, energy and leadership.

“Rick Caruso’s immense pride for USC is unsurpassed, and his love of the school is visible across our campuses,” USC President C. L. Max Nikias said.


Brig. Gen. Viet Luong headlines 7th Annual USC Veteran and ROTC Gala

March 23, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Brig. Gen. Viet Luong posing with ROTC students. (Photo/Steve Cohn)

Telling the stories of a narrow escape from Vietnam and an immigrant’s struggle in America, Brig. Gen. Viet Luong captured hearts and minds at an event that brought the Trojan and military families together Wednesday evening.

Luong gave the keynote address at the seventh annual gala for USC veterans and ROTC students at The Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

“This fabled story only happens here,” said Luong, who in 2014 became the first U.S. military general born in Vietnam. “I


USC delegation puts Cal Grants in focus in Sacramento

March 9, 2017 USC President C. L. Max Nikias and delegation members meet with key legislators in Sacramento. (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a delegation of trustees and senior administrators to meet with lawmakers March 8 at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

USC delegates visited state Attorney General Xavier Becerra as well as legislators including state Sens. Kevin De Leon, Ed Hernandez, Ricardo Lara and Holly Mitchell and Assembly Members Kevin McCarty and Phil Ting. Nikias also hosted lunch for a number of lawmakers to discuss key issues facing USC and its students.

Topping the agenda was a proposed a


Shri Narayanan named first holder of the Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering

February 23, 2017 Shri Narayanan receives a replica of the Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering. (Photo/Steve Cohn)

USC’s first endowed chair named after the university’s current president and his wife is now officially held by Professor Shri Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering.

An interdisciplinary researcher known for far-ranging work that seeks to improve society and the human condition, Narayanan is a professor in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering. He also holds appointments in computer science, linguistics, psychology, neuroscience and pediatrics.

Narayanan was installed as the first holder of the Niki and C. L. Max


USC caps off week’s worth of outreach in Taipei

February 21, 2017 Taiwan Vice President Chen Chien-jen, right, with USC President C. L. Max Nikias (USC Photo/Eric Abelev)

A high-level delegation led by USC President C. L. Max Nikias completed a successful week of outreach and connections in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei on Feb. 21. The delegation’s purpose was to strengthen existing links with Taiwanese institutions and explore new opportunities for partnerships in Taiwan.

“USC is committed to supporting scholarly talent across the globe, and Taiwan has long been a source of outstanding students and research partnerships for our university,” Nikias said. “I am confident that this delegation


David Cameron, former British prime minister, speaks at USC

February 7, 2017 David Cameron on campus with USC President C. L. Max Nikias on Feb. 2. (USC Photo/Steve Cohn)

The benefits of globalization and the values that bind the U.K. and the U.S. took center stage as David Cameron, former prime minister of the U.K., visited USC on Thursday.

Cameron addressed more than 1,000 at Bovard Auditorium as part of USC President C. L. Max Nikias’ Distinguished Lecture series.

“He pushed through welfare reform, reduced the number of people living in poverty, and helped create more than 1.5 million new jobs,” Nikias said. “He introduced a national living wage, won passage