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.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Q&A with New Vice Provost

Notes from the RFA Board of Directors' Q&A August 14, 2015 with new Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs Elizabeth Graddy:

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.