Sunday, June 22, 2014

SRA Annual Meeting

On June 11, the USC Staff Retirement Association heard from Dr. David Sawcer, Assistant Professor in the Departent of Dermatology, Keck School of Medicine, on "Skin Cancers: Their Treatment and Prevention."  The meeting took place in the Engemann Student Health Center on the University Park Campus (UPC).

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Celebration of Life for Robert K. Cole

A Celebration of Life for Professor Emeritus of Physics (Dornsife College) Robert K. Cole was held Saturday, May 30, 2014, at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church in Van Nuys.  Bob served two terms as President of the RFA from July 2001 to June 2003.  Thirty members of Bob's family, friends, and fellow church members attended the celebration.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Retired Faculty Participate in USC Commencement 2014

Dixon Johnson, President of the Staff Retirement Association; Jerry Walker, Director of the USC Emeriti Center College; and Victor Marshand Webb, RFA board member, served as Marshals at USC's 2014 Commencement on Friday, May 16.  Marching at the head of the faculty column were Phoebe Liebig, RFA Past President; Michael Preston, Professor Emeritus of Political Science; Kenneth Servis, RFA board member and former USC Registrar; and Robert Stallings, RFA Vice President.

USC 2014 commencement speaker Marc Benioff ’86 (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

[The text below comes from the May 16, 2014, article by Merrill Balassone of USCNews.]

"Don't forget to do something for others."

Marc Benioff first recalled hearing those life-changing words spoken from a spiritual guru in India.  Decades later, he passed that wisdom on to graduates at USC's 131st commencement on May 16.

Benioff, the CEO of San Francisco-based, has been lauded not only as a pioneer in cloud computing and one of the country's most respected CEOs, but also for his 1-1-1 plan, in which he took the Indian spiritual guru's words to heart.  His company operates under a policy that donates one percent of product, one percent of equity and one percent of employee hours back to the communities it serves.

"The real joy in life comes from giving, from service, from doing things for other people," Benioff told the more than 40,000 graduates, families, and friends gathered in Alumni Park.  "Nothing will make you happier than giving."

Benioff, a USC trustee who graduated from USC in 1986, cited Joelle Benioff, his mother who was honored as a member of the Half Century Trojans, as his reason for going to college at USC.  ("Mom knows best," he quipped).

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles

USC Professor Emeritus of Geography Curtis Roseman led another of his walking tours of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, May 10, 2014, this one in the Old Historic Core.  Beginning at the Stillwell Hotel on South Grand Avenue, a group of some two dozen walkers, many USC retired staff and faculty, followed Professor Roseman and listened intently as he explained the history and significance of major downtown streets such as Broadway, Spring Street, and Main Street as well specific downtown buildings.  The tour included visits to a theatre in the Jewelry District, St. Vincent's Court, Grand Central Market, Angels Flight, Pershing Square, and the Biltmore Hotel.  (Read more about Professor Roseman's walking tours here.)

Professor Roseman standing on the sidewalk in front of the Stillwell Hotel
explaining what the walking tour would be about.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Interesting T-shirt

Hmmm.  Don't know exactly what this means, but it seemed worth posting.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Article on Retirees Involved in University Advancement

The April 2014 issue of Currents, the periodical of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), contained an article on retired faculty who help their universities with fundraising and alumni relations.  The article contained extensive comments from RFA member Victor Marshand Webb (p. 26) and USC Emeriti Center Executive Director Janette Brown (p. 27).  Click here to read the article, which also contains a group photo of Webb, RFA Past President Phoebe Liebig, RFA Treasurer Jim Halls, and an unidentified recipient of a Caldwell Neighborhood Scholarship.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Final Sherry Hour of Spring 2014

You are cordially invited to the fifth and final Sherry Hour of the academic year sponsored by the RFA.  It will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, in the Academy Room (Room 241) of Doheny Memorial Library, University Park Campus (UPC).  The Academy Room is located in the northeast corner of the second floor of Doheny.  It is a warm comfortable room, fully equipped with tables and the latest in audio-visual technology.

Our guest speaker will be John (Jack) Wills, Jr., Emeritus Professor of History at USC and a former RFA Board member.  After earning his Ph.D. at Harvard University in History and Far Eastern Languages in 1967, Professor Wills taught for a year at Stanford and then spent the rest of his career at USC.  He has served as Chair of the East Asian Studies Center at USC and of USC-UCLA Joint East Asian Studies as well as Acting Chair of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at USC.  His many awards include two Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Awards, an Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship, and a Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award.  Professor Wills has written extensively on China's relations with maritime Europeans from about 1500 to 1800 and on continuity and change in China's culture and its foreign relations in the 1600's.  His talk, entitled "One Historian, Globalized," will reflect on the problem of an historian from one culture trying to get deep inside another culture.

RSVP to or (213) 740-7122, no later than Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

There is no charge for this event.  Dry Sack Sherry (medium dry) as well as fino (very dry) and cream (sweet) sherry will be served.  Martinelli's Sparkling Cider (non-alcoholic) will be available as well as Perrier and plain bottled water.  Mixed nuts and homemade cookies will be served.  Should you need additional details, please contact Jack Crossley at

Parking:  It is recommended that you park in Structure D (with elevator) or Structure X (without elevator).  For Structure D, enter at Gate 4, Jefferson Boulevard at Royal Street (across from the Shrine Auditorium).  For Structure X, enter at Gate 3, Figueroa Street at McCarthy Way.  Structure X is closest to Doheny Library.  Courtesy parking is available for retirees with a Gold Card; all others, $10.00.