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March 17, 2014 | By Susan King
The USC School of Dramatic Arts is honoring two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda ("Klute," "Coming Home") with the Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists. The 76-year-old actress, the daughter of fellow Oscar winner Henry Fonda and brother of Academy Award-nominee Peter Fonda, will receive the honor at a  gala fund-raiser Nov. 5 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The award was created in 2009 for its first recipient, Robert Redford, who has appeared with Fonda in three films -- 1966's "The Chase," 1967's "Barefoot the Park" and 1979's "The Electric Horseman.
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March 26, 2014 | By Larry Gordon and Daniel Miller
Television news anchor Willow Bay, a veteran of ABC, CNN and Bloomberg TV, will be the next director of USC's School of Journalism, campus officials announced Wednesday. Bay's experience is expected to help the school emphasize online and television journalism. Her two predecessors worked in newspapers. Bay's selection concludes a lengthy search that was marred last year when the previously announced choice, a Northwestern University professor, turned down the USC job two days after accepting it. Bay, 50, is a senior editor at Huffington Post and a special correspondent and host for Bloomberg TV. She has co-anchored ABC's "Good Morning America/Sunday" and CNN's "Moneyline News Hour," and was the lead writer and producer of CNN's weekend news program "Pinnacle.
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April 23, 2012 | By Jamie Wetherbe
The University of Southern California's School of Theatre announced Sunday it will change its name to the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Officials said the change, effective July 1 and three years in the making, reflects the school's emphasis on a broader range of dramatic expression and programs. “Almost all of the major schools that teach what we teach are called dramatic arts,” Madeline Puzo, the school's dean, told Culture Monster. “Theater is our artistic home, but we know that our students want and will succeed within different platforms.” Puzo added that offstage forms of expression for students include TV, film, webisodes and sketch comedy.
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March 26, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Journalist Willow Bay has been named director of the journalism school at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the university announced Wednesday. Bay, 50, is  a senior editor at the Huffington Post and a s pecial correspondent and host for Bloomberg TV . She also has been a producer, author and  television news anchor, and is married to Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive of Walt Disney Co. “The breadth of Willow Bay's experiences, skills and talents is extraordinary,” said Ernest James Wilson III, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, in a statement.  “Her leadership will help our innovative school aggressively continue our path of creating -- and defining -- the digital future.” ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Bay has co-anchored ABC's "Good Morning America/Sunday" and CNN's "Moneyline News Hour," and was the lead writer and producer of CNN's weekend news program "Pinnacle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
The USC School of Public Policy is getting a $50-million donation from the charity established by the founder of the Price Club warehouse-style shopping chain, university officials plan to announce Tuesday. The school will be renamed for the late Sol Price, who earned an undergraduate and law degree from USC and went on to success in discount membership retailing and in real estate investments. Price died in 2009 and his wife, Helen, who also graduated from USC, died the year before.
NEWS
February 26, 2004 | Susan King
Officials from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that they are throwing the USC School of Cinema-Television a big party this fall for its 75th anniversary. The school was established at the suggestion of the academy in 1929. The USC School of Cinema-Television also announced the formal launch of a $75-million endowment initiative, the largest of its kind ever undertaken by a university film school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson, Los Angeles Times
David A. Peterson, a pioneer in the field of gerontology education and a longtime professor and director of USC's Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, has died. He was 75. Peterson died Oct. 4 of advanced Parkinson's disease at a nursing facility in Alhambra where he had lived in recent years as his illness progressed, said his wife, Ellen. An expert on adult education and learning throughout the life span, Peterson served as director of the gerontology school from 1978 to 2003.
BUSINESS
December 3, 1997 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The building boom at the nation's business schools has spread to USC, which recently broke ground on a new $25-million home for its graduate business programs. The design of the three-story structure--which will be named the Jane Hoffman and J. Kristoffer Popovich Hall--reflects the desire of university officials to create an environment that fosters collaboration among students and faculty and embraces the newest technology.
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November 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Eighteen and pregnant, Jessica Chandler was terrified. Taken away from her mentally ill mother and placed into the foster care system as a child, she wanted to be a good parent. "But I didn't really know what that meant," said Chandler, now a graduate student at Cal State Northridge. Although she got help from programs that taught her about child rearing, two of her sisters were less fortunate. They struggled with parenting and lost their children to the same system that once claimed them.
REAL ESTATE
May 31, 1987
Arthur Golding, who heads an architectural firm bearing his name, has been elected president of the USC Architectural Guild, which is in its 28th year as a support group for the USC School of Architecture.
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March 17, 2014 | By Susan King
The USC School of Dramatic Arts is honoring two-time Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda ("Klute," "Coming Home") with the Robert Redford Award for Engaged Artists. The 76-year-old actress, the daughter of fellow Oscar winner Henry Fonda and brother of Academy Award-nominee Peter Fonda, will receive the honor at a  gala fund-raiser Nov. 5 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The award was created in 2009 for its first recipient, Robert Redford, who has appeared with Fonda in three films -- 1966's "The Chase," 1967's "Barefoot the Park" and 1979's "The Electric Horseman.
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January 2, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
The accident that left Ryan Williams paralyzed from the neck down could have ended his promising career as a robotics researcher. Recovering at his parents' home in southwest Virginia, with limited mobility, there was no way he could return to USC full time to complete his engineering graduate studies. But from his study nearly 2,500 miles away, Williams was able to complete his course work and participate in classes as if he were right there on the USC campus. Now the 31-year-old roboticist, already internationally recognized for his research into undersea robots, is on the cusp of receiving his doctorate this spring.
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December 13, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Online ticketing service Fandango is enlisting comedian and actor Kevin Hart in its first national TV network ad campaign. On Monday, L.A.-based Fandango, which is owned by NBC Universal, will debut an ad campaign on NBC and other cable channels featuring Hart touting the benefits of watching movies on the big screen and, of course, Fandango. Hart is featured in two spots, including one called "Hero Dad," in which he turns into Fandango Man, a caped hero who whisks his kids to the movies and bypasses lines in order to get the best seats, where they are "not blocked by big people heads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Eighteen and pregnant, Jessica Chandler was terrified. Taken away from her mentally ill mother and placed into the foster care system as a child, she wanted to be a good parent. "But I didn't really know what that meant," said Chandler, now a graduate student at Cal State Northridge. Although she got help from programs that taught her about child rearing, two of her sisters were less fortunate. They struggled with parenting and lost their children to the same system that once claimed them.
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October 30, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
With this year's high-profile movies "The Butler," "42" and "12 Years a Slave" prominently featuring black actors, it may seem as though the multiplex is enjoying new levels of diversity. But popular films still under-represent minority characters and directors, and reflect certain biases in their portrayals, according to a study being released Wednesday by USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Researchers evaluated 500 top-grossing movies released at the U.S. box office between 2007 and 2012 and 20,000 speaking characters, finding patterns in the way different races, ethnicities and genders are depicted.
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September 4, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Young Guru has helped everyone from Jay Z to  Beyoncé to  Drake to Eminem to Kanye West shape their sounds. Now, the Grammy Award-nominated engineer-DJ-producer will shape minds at USC as an artist-in-residence for the coming academic year, the university announced Tuesday. The prolific engineer, born Gimel Keaton, will join the faculty of USC Thornton's Contemporary Music Division, where he will work with students in the popular music, music industry and music technology programs.  During his post at USC, he will be instrumental in helping the university develop a degree program in music production and will also lecture students studying hip-hop, electronic music, music industry and songwriting.
NEWS
December 17, 1989
I was lucky enough to have five years of TV news training as the late Bill Stout's assistant. I hope others who appreciate what little journalism there is left on TV will join me in contributing in honor of that consummate TV journalist to the Bill Stout Scholarship Fund, USC School of Journalism. Meredith Brucker, San Marino
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Audrie Pott loved art, horses and skiing, and was known to sing as she made her way down the mountain. The 15-year-old played viola and piano. As a soccer player, her family said, she "had a nose for the goal. " The Saratoga High School sophomore's world changed one September night during what was supposed to be a "small little gathering" with friends. Authorities this week alleged that Audrie was sexually assaulted by three teenage boys, one of whom snapped a picture of the alleged attack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2013 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
While USC conducted a nationwide search for a dean for its school of medicine, Dr. Stephen J. Ryan stepped in as interim dean in 1991, expecting to serve for six months. He held the job a record 13 years. During his tenure as dean, it became known as the Keck School of Medicine of USC after the W.M. Keck Foundation donated $110 million to the institution, then the largest gift ever given to a medical school. Ryan was credited with raising the school's national profile, getting state-of-the-art facilities built, and expanding the level and quality of sponsored research.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The search for a new director of USC's journalism school has taken a confusing turn after a Northwestern University professor accepted the job but then suddenly withdrew two days later. Douglas Foster's reversal and decision not to head up USC's undergraduate and graduate journalism programs “was disappointing,” according to Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. But Wilson predicted it would turn out to be “a bump in the road” in the life of the journalism school, which is one of Annenberg's two academic units.
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