November 1, 2011


Kickoff USC vs. Colorado Weekend
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 6-8 p.m.
Hotel Monaco Tasting Room
1717 Champa Street
Denver, CO

USC Rossier Homecoming
Saturday, Nov. 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Kickoff at 12:30 p.m.
Alumni Park (southwest corner)
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You'll notice  the new USC Rossier logo, above.  This has been designed in conjunction with the new graphic identity package for the entire university.  You'll be noticing this new look more and more as we roll out our online, print, social media and other applications.  Please get in touch with Barbara Goen,, if you have questions.  



Featured News 

Rossier Shows Trojan Spirit at
USC - Notre Dame Game
dean at notre dame
 Rossier friends and supporters Gary Giuntoli and Sheree Speakman enjoyed the USC win over Notre Dame along with Dean Gallagher and Pat Gallagher on Saturday, Oct. 22.  The weekend also included a well-attended Rossier get-together in Chicago for alumni and current students.

Current MAT@USC student Bill Yadron, Robby Desmond (MAT '11), and Frank Ray

MAT@USC students Ellen Bee and Erik Leinonen, and Erik's wife Eve Leinonen 
Online and In Step

Master of Arts in Teaching student Brian Edwards is proof positive that an online student is truly a Trojan at every level!  While taking his coursework through the MAT@USC online program,  Brian lives and works in Los Angeles, and  couldn't wait to get involved in a USC tradition.... the esteemed USC Trojan Marching Band.

Edwards, 31, was nervous when he attended his first practice. He is much older than most of the band members, and he had never played in a marching band before. A love of jazz prompted him to start playing trumpet during his senior year at California State University, Northridge. 
Open House Showcases
USC Hybrid High
 at new ITS Computing Center
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(L to R: Ken Yates, David Dwyer, and Gale Sinatra)

On Wednesday Oct. 26, the USC Hybrid High School project, along with Information Technology Services and Technology Enhanced Leaning held an open house in the redesigned ITS computing center in the basement level of WPH.

Guests met with Dr. David Dwyer and new Hybrid High Principal Stephanie McClay. They were able to view the design concepts for the school site slated to open in fall 2012, which were created by Dr. Chuck Lagreco's architecture students and displayed throughout the center.

The open house also introduced guests to Hybrid High's digital courses from Apex Learning.

The event was also a chance for guests to experience the recently redesigned computer center, which - prior to its revamp - had consisted of rows of desks and desktops in a constricted space and little opportunity for collaboration or lounging.

Today, the wireless space features better lighting, new equipment, and open, flexible furnishings with five distinct collaborative spaces where multiple individuals can connect their laptops to large flat screen displays. (below)
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Sixteen desktops are on site for all faculty, staff and students, and 30 laptops are available for loan for free - all equipped to run both Windows and Mac.  An attached computer classroom offers 36 desktops, and several "mediascapes" feature soft couches and café-style seating.

"We completely gutted it, and redesigned the space with a focus on collaboration," said Joseph Cevetello, director of Learning Environments for ITS. "We really encourage faculty and students to come here."

The center is open to all USC faculty, students and staff from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. More photos.


Rossier News In Brief  


Faculty News 

William Tierney President Nikias and Dr. Bill Tierney urge a re-imagining of the American Research University in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education. More.
gale sinatra retDr. Gale Sinatra has an invited paper in Reading Research Quarterly on the intersection of conceptual change and reading comprehension research in science education. More. Read abstract.
ginger clark picKPCC quoted Dr. Ginger Clark about the effects of the Seal Beach shooting on the shooter's 8-year-old son. More. Listen or read here.
jslaughter Dr. John Brooks Slaughter was honored by the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) during its annual gala on Tuesday, October 25. More. About NYSCI.
Patricia BurchDr. Patricia Burch participated in the panel, "Charter Schools vs. Traditional Public Schools," at the Education Summit held by the California Latino Legislative Caucus Foundation Oct. 24. More.
darnell and shafiqaDr. Darnell Cole and Shafiqa Ahmadi, JD participated in a panel on Muslim Student Life on Oct. 24 at the Association for College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA). More.   About ACURA.
Mary Helen Immordino-YangDr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang participated in the conference, "The Emerging Neuroscience of Culture: Prospects and Challenges," sponsored by the Foundation for Psychocultural Research at UCLA Oct. 30.
jerry lucidoUSA Today quoted Dr. Jerry Lucido about how college cost calculators are misleading. Read article. New York Times wrote about a session Lucido presented at The College Board Forum 2011. More. About sessions. Read article.
Patricia BurchDr. Patricia Burch was quoted by the Associated Press this weekend in a story about No Child Left Behind waivers More.


Alumni News 

TrucHawai'i's Internet Safety Awards Program team receives the FBI Director's Community Leadership Award More.