Saturday, December 5, 2015

Holiday Breakfast 2015

Parmer Fuller, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Vocal Arts, Thornton School of Music, and two of the dozen students who provided the entertainment at this year's Staff Retirement Association/RFA/Emeriti Center Holiday Breakfast in Town and Gown (UPC) Friday, December 4.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Weather readings for Downtown Los Angeles actually come from this weather station on the USC University Park Campus (UPC).  It is located behind Marks Tennis Stadium on South Vermont Avenue.

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.