Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Provost's Faculty Retirement Recognition Luncheon

Photo by Casey Kazlauskas

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael W. Quick hosted the annual Faculty Retirement Recognition Luncheon on November 9, 2015, in Town and Gown.  These are the faculty members honored at the luncheon.  They are among the 57 who retired during the 2014–2015 academic year.

Front row (left to right): Robert Turrill (Marshall School of Business-Management and Organization, 43 years of service), Heather Robertson (Rossier International Academy, 17 years), Barbara Edwards (Ostrow School of Dentistry, 34 years), Teresa McKenna (Dorsife, English, 35 years), Anne Lynch (Libraries, 39 years), Jean Crampon (Libraries, 27 years), Rose Hamm (Ostrow School of Dentistry-Physical Therapy, 12 years), Robert Shames (Leventhal School of Accounting, 10 years), and Nancy Fullenwider (Libraries, 49 years).

Middle row: Robert Flick (Roski School of Art and Design, 38 years), William Clintworth (Libraries, 40 years), Charles Ballard (Keck School of Medicine-Obstetrics/Gynecology, 53 years), Gregory Davis (Dornsife, Earth Sciences, 53 years), F. Stanley Settles (Viterbi School of Engineering-Industrial and Systems Engineering, 20 years), Allen Munro (Rossier School of Education, 37 years), and Bryan Langholz (Keck School of Medicine-Pediatric Oncology, 29 years).

Top row: Morgan McCall, Jr. (Marshall School of Business-Management and Organization, 27 years), Ronald Henry (Viterbi School of Engineering-Civil/Environmental Engineering, 31 years), Michael Quick (Provost and Senior Vice President), Janette Brown (Executive Director, Emeriti Center), John Granacki (Viterbi School of Engineering-Information Sciences Institute, 27 years), and James Brecher (Dornsife-Writing Program, 12 years).

For the complete list of 2014–2015 retirees, see below.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

USC Adds Church Building to its Expanding Portfolio


Jason Song

USC has expanded its footprint around its main location south of downtown by moving nonacademic programs away from campus, leasing more space downtown and upgrading a shopping center it has owned for years.

But as the campus has steadily grown, one piece of property around the school's main hub—between Jefferson and Exposition boulevards—has stayed out of the Trojan portfolio: the United University Church on 34th Street near Trousdale Plaza.

USC administrators said they have asked church leaders periodically if they were willing to sell, but the church always declined. But, last year, United University officials began to reconsider their stance. And last month, USC agreed to acquire the church site.

Friday, October 30, 2015

RFA/SRA Sherry Hour

RFA Sherry Hour
Friday, November 13, 2015

“Print, the Vernacular, and Trying to Read 1500-1700”

Dear Retired Faculty Association (RFA) member and Staff Retirement Association (SRA) member and spouse/partner,

You are cordially invited to the second Sherry Hour of the academic year sponsored by the RFA.  It will be held from 3:00 pm-5:00 pmFriday, November 13, 2015, in the Polymathic Academy Room (241) of Doheny Memorial Library (UPC).  The Academy Room is located in the northeast corner of the second floor.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Former RFA President Walter S. Graf Dies at 98

[Note: This obituary, written by Steve Chawkins, appeared on p. B6 of the Los Angeles Times October 29, 2015.  Walter Graf was President of the RFA in 1989-1990.]

As recently as the 1960s, a patient being rushed to the hospital with crushing chest pain would be treated en route only with sirens and sympathy.

Alarmed by high death rates and encouraged by new technology, a small group of pioneering physicians started equipping ambulances with defibrillators and paramedics who knew how to use them. Although today the idea seems straightforward, it was a radical departure from established protocols and was credited with saving countless lives.

"What it all means is that if you have any regard for your health and are over 40, you ought to move to Los Angeles," Dr. Walter S. Graf told The Times in 1978. "Your chances for avoiding sudden death are enhanced."

Graf, a cardiologist who helped establish the modern system of paramedic emergency care, died Oct. 18 at his Los Angeles home, family members said. He was 98.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Provost's Faculty Retirement Luncheon 2015

The Provost's Annual Faculty Retirement Luncheon will be held Monday, November 9, in Town and Gown.  The annual event honors faculty who retired during academic year 2014–2015.  The reception begins at 11:30 a.m. with the luncheon beginning at 12:00 p.m.  Deadline to R.S.V.P was Monday, October 12.  If you received an invitation but have not yet placed your reservation, please do so immediately.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Caldwell Scholars Luncheon

On Friday, September 11, 2015, the RFA held its fall luncheon for recipients of the Caldwell Neighborhood Scholarship who attend USC.  Three Caldwell Scholars attended as did several members of the late Professor of History Russell L. Caldwell's family (see below) and RFA board members.  In all, some 30 people were present to honor this year's scholars.

Front row (left to right): Dr. Ruth Caldwell (Russell's daughter); Caldwell Scholars Silvia Gomez (sophomore), Carlos Marin (freshman), and Jesus Garcia (senior).
Standing (left to right): Marianne Rudolph (Ruth's daughter), Carol Caldwell-Hankey (Russell's granddaughter), Terri Caldwell (Russell's daughter-in-law), and Uwe Rudolf (Ruth's husband).
Photo by Dr. Calvin Lau.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Caldwell Neighborhood Scholars 2015-2016

Jesus Garcia:  Jesus came to USC from Foshay Learning Center and is now in his senior year at the Viterbi School of Engineering.  Loving the arts as well as the sciences, Jesus founded the Los Angeles Talented Thespian Ensemble which serves the community through the USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative Theater Workshop.

Mark Jones:  Mark is a senior who came from South Central Los Angeles and Thomas Jefferson High School.  After completing his major in Real Estate Development, he will work for an MBA and hope to open his own business.  At USC he recently served as president of SOLID USC, an organization that centers on helping the neighboring community.

Joshua Park:  Joshua came to USC from Belmont High School and is starting his junior year in the Marshall School of Business.  During summers and vacations, he has been active in the Korean-American Campus Mission and in Amor Ministries dedicated to those in need in the Philippines and Mexico.  He hopes for a career in public service.

Gwang Neung Kim:  Gwang also came to USC with high honors from Belmont High School and is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science.  He spent his first year at USC exploring courses in communications, philosophy, and Russian political thought.  Gwang is active in community service projects with his church donating to needy areas of Los Angeles and Mexico.

Silvia Gomez:  Silvia is a sophomore from Belmont High School with a major in Business Administration.  She is the first from her large family (eight siblings in all) to go to college.  She is active in intramural sports and is a member of the Best Buddies Club, a support organization from her local community.

Mousael Rosa Louis:  Mousael graduated from Dorsey High School this last June at the top of her class.  She was a Los Angeles City champion in varsity track and served as captain of the varsity volleyball team.  She participated in Teen Court, a program of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and was a Dorsey peer counselor.  Immediately after graduation, Mousael headed to USC to take summer classes.  She will major in Mechanical Engineering.

Carlos Marin:  Carlos enters USC this year from Thomas Jefferson High School where he was the class valedictorian.  At Jefferson, he was president of the Student Health Advocacy Club and an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.  After graduating from USC, he plans to pursue a career in the United States Air Force.