USC Thornton Partnership in the Spotlight

The USC Thornton School of Music and the Spotlight program of the Music Center of the Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County announced a new partnership to support young musicians and advance the cause of music education in Southern California. The Spotlight program, an educational branch of the Music Center, reaches out to high school students of all talent levels working in the visual and performing arts.

Higher Ed Center Named in Honor of Pullias

A bequest from the Pullias Family estate has established the newly named Earl and Pauline Pullias Center for Higher Education at the USC Rossier School of Education. The center previously was known as the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis. The gift allows one of the world’s leading research centers on higher education to continue its tradition of focusing on research, policy and practice to improve the field.

USC Institute of Urology Receives $13.3 Million Gift

USC President C.L. Max Nikias announced an anonymous gift of $13.3 million at a special meeting hosted by the University of Southern California Institute of Urology on February 7. The donation will fund the USC Urology Robotics Center of Excellence and the Program for Prostate Cancer Targeting. “Today the USC Institute of Urology is an internationally renowned powerhouse in robotic and open surgery. Tomorrow we look forward to being a cutting-edge comprehensive world leader in urology,” said Nikias.

USC Price Celebrates Naming Gift

Confetti shot through the air, the Spirit of Troy played the USC fight song and faculty, staff, students, alumni and university officials lifted two fingers in a victory salute on Feb. 7 as the university celebrated the newly named USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

With Transformative Gift, USC Launches Keck Medicine Initiative

Amid Trojan fanfare, USC faculty, staff and friends gathered on the university’s Health Sciences campus on Jan. 30 to celebrate the W. M. Keck Foundation’s recent, transformative naming gift. The $150 million donation serves as the lead gift for the Keck Medicine Initiative, which was announced by USC president C. L. Max Nikias at the gathering on the Harry and Celesta Pappas Quad.

Sugars Donate $5 Million to the USC Libraries

SC trustee Ronald D. Sugar and his wife, Valerie Sugar MS ’72, have endowed the Valerie and Ronald Sugar Dean’s Chair of the USC Libraries. The $5 million gift is the first to support a named chair in the libraries and the largest to endow a dean’s chair in the history of USC.

$3.8 Million Gift Funds Full Scholarships

The number of full-tuition scholarships at USC will rise by at least 40 over the next four years, bringing the total number of fully funded USC undergraduates to more than 180 annually, or a record 6 percent of each entering class.

$15 Million Norris Gift Funds USC Cancer Care

USC has announced an expansion of cancer care facilities made possible by a $15 million donation from the Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation. The gift will support construction on the USC Health Sciences campus of a new outpatient clinic building that will be named the Norris Healthcare Consultation Center.