The campus has come alive with the new semester and there is a lot going on at the APAA! We are ushering in Jaime Lee as the new President and thank Karen Wong for her 2-year presidency and her continued service as Immediate Past President. Under Karen’s guidance, we successfully launched our $2 million 4-year capital campaign, reaching over half our goal within the first year! We are also welcoming a new class of 63 APAA Scholars, the most we’ve ever had!
Our staff and board of directors are preparing our 12th Annual APAA Scholarship Golf Classic on October 2nd. It will be held at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine and we welcome golfers and non-golfers alike in support of student scholarships. For more information, please visit our events page. These are exciting times—and there’s never been a better time to get engaged or re-engaged with our Trojan Family!
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Velina Hasu Houston, Pasadena Playhouse to boost arts connections
Professor Velina Hasu Houston, resident playwright at the USC School of Dramatic Arts, and The Pasadena Playhouse has been awarded a grant through the Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts program to explore ways to broaden the theater’s ties with Asians and Pacific Islanders in the San Gabriel Valley.
Since 1984, the USC APAA has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to more than 500 outstanding students. Applicants of all ethnic backgrounds are eligible. Additional consideration will be given to Asian Pacific students or students who have shown a commitment to the Asian Pacific community.
A tough cowgirl turns from truck mechanic to biomedical engineer
Samantha “Sam” Huynh MS ’15 just graduated from the USC Viterbi School of Engineering with a master of science in materials engineering, Huynh applied for a PhD in biomedical engineering to work on the exoskeleton system and build a body for her paralyzed friend and for so many people like him.
Chinese history comes to life through games
Students are experiencing the tumult of the last 200 years of Chinese economic history through a new seminar called “Gaming Chinese Historical Capitalism.” The course sets up a custom-designed online game that lets students put their classroom learning into practice.