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


USC president C. L. Max Nikias wraps up successful week in Davos

January 23, 2017 President C. L. Max Nikias in Davos with the presidents of two important partner universities: Mario Monti, former prime minister of Italy and current president of Bocconi University in Milan and Tony Chan, president of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The three universities jointly operate the World Bachelor in Business program.

USC President C. L. Max Nikias returned to Los Angeles from Davos, Switzerland, after attending the 2017 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The annual gathering brings together industry leaders, policy makers and heads of state from across the world. Discussions focused on a theme of ‘responsive and responsible leadership’ and examined topics such as globalization and the societal impacts of key technological advances. 

During the week, Nikias participated in the annual meeting of the Global University


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


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


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.