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USC Alumni Association

Word from Widney

Celebrating the bonds and blessings of family has long been a holiday season tradition. As we prepare to say goodbye to another remarkable year in the life of the Trojan Family, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to Carol Fox, the president of the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, for her strong leadership and dedicated friendship; to our volunteers, for their unwavering commitment to USC; and to our university partners for their enthusiastic participation and ongoing support of our programs and events this year, which marked the 125th anniversary of the founding of the USC Alumni Association.

2010 also saw some exciting new developments in the distinguished history of the university and the Trojan Family. On August 26, we welcomed USC's new President and First Lady, C. L. Max Nikias and Niki C. Nikias, to the grand opening of our new home in the heart of the University Park campus: the Epstein Family Alumni Center in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. On October 15, the university and alumni communities came together for the historic inauguration of President Nikias. At the end of October, we welcomed more than 800 alumni and friends back to campus for Reunion Weekend 2010, which this year coincided with Homecoming. Two of our signature events, the 2009 Alumni Leadership Conference and the 2009 USC Women's Conference, took top honors at the 2010 Circle of Excellence Awards, presented by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. And the 2010 Half Century Trojans Luncheon set an attendance record, drawing more than 500 members of the Trojan Family to an elegant luncheon at USC Town and Gown. Other highlights of the year included the 77th Annual USC Alumni Awards, our Weekender series, the 2010 Alumni Leadership Conference and the summer SCend Offs for incoming freshmen and their families, hosted by alumni clubs across the country and around the world. MORE . . .

December 2010

Women's Conference

In This Issue

Alumni Headlines
Wine tasting at Widney and history-making USC alums

Trojan Alum-inaries
A "great" hero, a global science envoy and an SPPD honoree

An Important Marshall Communiqué
From Dean Ellis to Marshall alumni and friends

Make the 'SCene
Holiday parties in Austin, LA, New York and San Francisco

Travel Trojan-style
Cruise the coastlines of France, Portugal and Spain

Trojan Family Values
Great gift ideas for the Trojans in your life

Alma Matters
USC College gets its first vice dean of students

Alumni Headlines

Red or White? Wine Tasting at Widney
Before the USC-Notre Dame game on November 27, approximately 300 alumni and friends educated their palates and enjoyed light refreshments and festive desserts at a wine tasting reception in Widney Alumni House, co-hosted by the USC Alumni Clubs of Los Angeles and the Trojan Wine Society. A toast to Trojan Wine Society owner Paul Kalemkiarian '80, who generously contributed a fine selection of wines from around the world and led the tasting. Click here to view photos from the event.

Synergy at Work: USC Alums Make History
Congratulations to Trojans Meg Palisoc '96, ME '98 and her husband, Randy Palisoc '96, the co-founders of Synergy Chartered Academy in South Los Angeles. On November 16, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and White House Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes named Synergy one of 2010's National Blue Ribbon Schools. Located near USC, Synergy is the first elementary school in South Los Angeles history to receive this prestigious award, which honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are either high performing or have improved student achievement to high levels, especially among disadvantaged students.

Calling All Cinephiles: A Request from the USC School of Cinematic Arts
If you or any USC alumni you know worked on films screening at the Sundance and Slamdance film festivals in January 2011, please e-mail the SCA Alumni Relations staff so the school can properly recognize everyone's contributions. And if you're in Park City for the festivals, don't miss the USC party at the Riverhorse on January 25 – for more information and to RSVP, visit the SCA Sundance 2011 page beginning December 20. See you in Park City!

New Titles by Alumni Authors!
Feel like curling up with a good book over the holidays? Then check out the new titles by our alumni authors — you'll find everything from a gripping espionage thriller about the world's most elite counter-terrorism unit to a warm and witty cookbook/memoir to an entertaining film-by-film exploration of the career of a true Hollywood legend.

'SCocial Media Central

Trojan Alum-inaries

Keary Colbert '06 is the spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's "Be Great" campaign. Alice Gast '80, president of Lehigh University, was named a global science envoy by the U.S. State Department. And U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis MPA '81 received the first Robert P. Biller Award for Exemplary Public Service at SPPD's 2010 Alumni Guardian Awards.

Travel Trojan-style

Board the luxurious M.S. Le Boreal with USC professor Diane Winston for a breathtaking cruise to European Coastal Civilizations (departing April 29,2011), with stops in Portugal, Spain, France and the Channel Islands. Or discover the "cradle of civilization" with USC professor Laurie Brand on an exclusive, 15-day tour of Legendary Turkey (departing May 16, 2011). For more information about these and other 2011 trips, visit Trojan Travel online or call (213) 821-6005.

Make the 'SCene

ATTENTION CLASSES OF 1961, 1986 and 2001
Your 50th, 25th and 10th class reunions are less than one year away, and the USC Alumni Association is currently recruiting class members to volunteer for your respective reunion committees! If you're interested in serving a leadership role for this time-honored USC tradition, please e-mail Patrick Auerbach, executive director of alumni relations, or call him at (213) 740-9490.

Austin Holiday Mixer
Presented by the USC Alumni Club of Austin
Tuesday, December 7: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (CT) – Corazon at Capital Hill, Austin, TX
Ring in the holidays with Austin Trojans and special guest Scott Mory, USC Alumni Association CEO.

Town and Gown Junior Auxiliary of Los Angeles Holiday Soiree
Presented by Town and Gown Junior Auxiliary of Los Angeles and the USC Alumni Association
Wednesday, December 8: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – The Foundry, Los Angeles, CA
Join TGJALA for a fun evening of appetizers, drink specials, networking and a presentation by Andie Jones of Be Well Nutrition: "The Top 5 Strategies for Guilt-Free Holiday Indulging."

USC NY Annual Holiday Party
Presented by the USC Alumni Club of New York
Wednesday, December 8: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. (ET) – Above Allen, New York, NY
Break out your party shoes to usher in the holiday season with NYC Trojans.

USC Lambda Intercollegiate Holiday Party
Presented by USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association
Thursday, December 9: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Eleven, West Hollywood
Celebrate the season with LGBT alumni from USC, UCLA, Stanford and Ivy League schools.

Trojan Ugly Holiday Sweater Party@ The Beverly Hilton
Presented by the USC Alumni Club of Beverly Hills-Hollywood
Thursday, December 9: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. – Trader Vic's, Beverly Hills
Put on your ugliest Santa sweater to mix and mingle with BevHo Trojans.

Party Down at The Basement in San Francisco
Presented by the USC Alumni Clubs of the Bay Area
Wednesday, December 15: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Sports Basement, San Francisco, CA
Join Bay Area Trojans for holiday refreshments and a 10% discount on all merchandise.

13th Annual Orange County Distinguished Speaker Series
Presented by the USC Alumni Association and the USC Alumni Club of Newport-Irvine
Wednesday, January 26: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – USC Orange County Center, Irvine, CA
Martin Kaplan, the director of USC Annenberg's Norman Lear Center, kicks off the 2011 lecture series with his presentation, "What's New at the Norman Lear Center?"

Alma Matters

Quick Named Executive Vice Provost
USC College professor Michael Quick has been appointed executive vice provost, a post previously held by Jean Morrison, who recently was appointed provost of Boston University.

Gillman Appoints First Vice Dean of Students for USC College
Dean Howard Gillman announced that he has appointed Donal Manahan, professor of biological sciences, as the first vice dean of students at USC College.

Secretary of the Air Force Visits School of Social Work
The USC School of Social Work hosted a Nov. 19 visit from Michael B. Donley, Secretary of the U.S. Air Force, to discuss the military social work initiatives supported by the school's Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families.

USC Annenberg Project Wins New Media Award
The Tiziano Project, a nonprofit collaborative media organization staffed or directed by USC Annenberg alumni and students, recently won the New Media Institute's “Best in Industry” New Media Award in the culture/multimedia storytelling category.

USC Leads in International Students for Ninth Year in a Row
USC counted more international students than any other American institution of higher education, according to the annual Open Doors report issued on Nov. 15 by the Institute of International Education.

Berton Honored for Contributions to Japan
Peter Berton, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of International Relations at USC, was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, gold ray with neck ribbon, by the government of Japan.

USC to Add Women's Lacrosse in 2012-13
Women's lacrosse will be added to USC's athletic program in the 2012-13 season, Trojan athletic director Pat Haden announced.

Trojans Take Top Seed Into Bid For Third Straight NCAA Crown
USC men's water polo looks to become the first USC team in 30 years to win three consecutive national titles.


Trojan Family Values

USCAA Coffee Store from Beanbank
Now you can enjoy great-tasting, fresh-roasted, USC branded gourmet coffee delivered on a schedule you control, without obligation! When you purchase four bags of coffee (or a four-pack sampler) you'll receive a FREE USC travel mug (while supplies last). By simply redirecting your existing coffee purchases to the USC Alumni Association coffee store, you can support USC ... one cup at a time!

Trojan Wine Society
Membership in the original Trojan Wine Society is the perfect gift for your Trojan wine connoisseur. Members receive two hand-selected wines, chosen for Trojans by Trojans and unconditionally guaranteed, delivered directly to their door.

Bank of America – Our Proud Partner for 20 Years
Choose the USC Visa* WorldPoints* credit card and redeem for unique USC experiences – plus travel, unlimited cash and merchandise. Learn more details about this offer or apply now for the USC Visa credit card.


Save for College! This holiday season give the gift of education with the ScholarShare College Savings Plan, California's official 529 plan. ScholarShare is a simple and smart way to save, easy to set up and flexible to use. Learn more online about how to open your ScholarShare account today.

USC Bookstores
Check out the USC Alumni Association merchandise line available only at USC Bookstores. New products include the 2010 holiday ornament, Pismo water bottle, license plate frame, note cube and baseball cap. Stock up on great holiday gifts for all the Trojans in your life!

LUSCious Cookbook
The perfect holiday gift for any Trojan chef, this beautifully illustrated cookbook features 500 delicious recipes submitted by alumni, parents, USC VIPs and friends of the Trojan Family. Bon appétit!

Word from Widney (cont.)
2011 promises to be just as dynamic, as we continue to develop and initiate programming that serves the Trojan Family and supports the advancement of the university. None of this, however, would be possible without you, our alumni, who are the lifeblood of USC. On behalf of all of us at the USC Alumni Association, I thank all of you, and wish you a safe and happy holiday season and a joyous New Year!

Fight On!

Scott M. Mory, Esq.
CEO, USC Alumni Association
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