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Jeff Levine, Trustee Scholar, and Zach Manta, Presidential Scholar, Receive Princeton in Africa Fellowships

Jeff Levine, a USC Trustee Scholar, graduated May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations.  As a Princeton in Asia Fellow, Jeff will be placed in Blantyre, Malawi for one year working with Imani Development consulting for Agricultural Projects in the region.  Imani Development is a private economic and development firm that facilitates the process of economic growth and poverty reduction in the developing world.

Zach Manta, a USC Presidential Scholar, graduated May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies with a minor in Psychology. Starting this August, Zach will be flying out to western Uganda for a one-year assignment with the Kasiisi Project working on conservation education as a Princeton in Africa Fellow.

Selected from a competitive pool of candidates nationwide, Jeff and Zach are among approximately 50 fellowship recipients who will be placed in about 15 countries within Africa.  Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent. Young alumni and graduating seniors from any college or university accredited in the United States are eligible to apply.

 

Jeff Levine

Zach Manta

 

 

 

 

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TSS Alumna launches Lumen

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TSS Alumna launches Lumen

We're excited to announce that Trojan Scholars Society alumna Ruby Au ('16) has launched her crowdfunding campaign for Lumen! Au moved to Kenya after graduation with a mission to create a financially sustainable model for providing computer education in rural communities. After concluding a successful pilot program in December, Au began seeking funding to establish the first permanent LumenLabs in Muhuru Bay and Mtito Andei, Kenya.

About Lumen:

Lumen is a social enterprise that integrates data collection with digital learning to bridge the educational and data gap in rural Kenya. Working with schools, Lumen creates LumenLabs: computer labs where digital literacy is taught through data collection projects. Students are trained to conduct market surveys with their heads of households, after which Lumen aggregates and validates the data for client organizations. Separately, the students are taught to analyze and create stories with the data on the computer, mastering key digital skills such as Excel and Word processing. It's an innovative model that allows students to learn through hands-on, project-based learning while simultaneously providing data to the decision-makers who need it most.

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BE OUR GUEST

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BE OUR GUEST

This month we've had the special chance to go to not one, but two weeks of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The show has graced the stage of Broadway and is so fantastic that we wanted scholars to have even more opportunities to see it!

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TSSoulCycle!

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TSSoulCycle!

Who would've imagined that you could convince ten college students to wake up at 7:00 AM on a Sunday and do an intense cardio workout? Well the TSS eboard did and killed it!

Our eboard, and adviser Armineh, took on a SoulCycle class in Hollywood to challenge ourselves and have fun while doing it! We were lead by the magnificent Chris C. with a playlist of pop, rap, dance, and more through an intense 45 minute morning workout - it was great bonding for our group!

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AN EXCITING, BUSY MONTH FOR TSS!

Here at TSS, we've had a very exciting past few weeks to finish off the month of October.

First, we hosted two incredible speakers: Elizabeth Scharpf, the founder and CIO of Sustainable Health Enterprises, and Samuel Polk, the founder and executive director of GroceryShips. Both speakers were able to tell us about their amazing work in building social entrepreneurship programs.

We also the had the opportunity to co-host a 3 day Blood Drive with the USC Red Cross Club and thanks to our scholars and larger USC community, we were able to go over quota each day and the total donations will save up to 300 lives - so thank you to all of those who came out and contributed!

Lastly, our social and special events teams created two great breaks from midterms and the lead up to finals with a trip to see the LA Clippers take on the Dallas Mavericks in the home opener for the 2015 season and to get frightened with a terrifying trip to Knott's Scary Farm. 

As TSS enters it's last month of programming for the fall semester, be sure to look out for more exciting events and programs from our team!

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LA PHIL TRIP

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LA PHIL TRIP

In more exciting TSS news, we will be continuing our annual tradition of going to the world famous LA Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall!

This year, scholars will the opportunity to see The Rite of Spring with famed conductor Dudamel. Even better, they have the chance to meet some of the renowned musicians after the show.

Look for an email from our Director of Special Events, Willa, for more details. We can't wait to see everyone at this fabulous event.

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EXPLORING DTLA: OLVERA STREET & PHILIPPE'S

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EXPLORING DTLA: OLVERA STREET & PHILIPPE'S

Our TSS EBoard loves that USC is so conveniently located in such a vibrant and culturally enriching city like Los Angeles. Now, our Social Events team is starting the year with events to explore Downtown and embrace the history of LA.

This upcoming weekend, we will be taking a trip to Olvera Street and Philippe's at 12 PM. Olvera Street is the oldest part of DTLA, dating back to the 1700s. Today, it is lined with shops, restaurants, and more that celebrate the culture history of the city and its foundation. Philippe's meanwhile has been around for over a century and is noted as the creator of the 'French Dip Sandwich.'

Come join us for what is sure to be a great start to the weekend here in beautiful LA!

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MANHATTAN BEACH TRIP AND SHOTS & SHAKES

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MANHATTAN BEACH TRIP AND SHOTS & SHAKES

We had a great kick off to our year with two events from our social and professional event teams.

First, on Sunday, September 27, we got the chance to go to Manhattan Beach for a little bit of relaxation in the midst of the midterm season starting up. Scholars from both near and far got to experience a bit of the classic California sunshine and enjoy the Pacific Ocean waves.

Then, on Monday, September 28, over 100 scholars came out for Shots & Shakes, our free professional head shot session and the chance to learn more about our Scholar Connection initiative. While mixing and mingling, students enjoyed free milkshakes from The Habit. 

Thanks for all participating scholars for a great start to the year. We cannot wait for you to see more of the events we having coming your way.

 

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Santa Monica Beach Trip

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Santa Monica Beach Trip

            With the hot weather we’ve been having recently a trip to the beach was definitely necessary. This trip has been held for the past few years and it continues to be very popular. On Sunday, September 14th we loaded up buses with about eighty TSS members and headed to Santa Monica. We explored the pier, splashed in the ocean, and tanned on the beach. A lot of our new freshman scholars joined us for the trip so we were glad to give them the chance to see a different part of LA (for some of them, it was their first trip to Santa Monica). Thanks for joining us at the beach, and make sure to look for the exciting TSS events that are coming up!

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The Giver Movie

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The Giver Movie

Many of us remembering reading the book The Giver by Lois Lowry when we were younger, so we were all looking forward to seeing the movie version. Many scholars were very interested in joining us on this trip. On a recent Tuesday afternoon, a group of TSS students took the Metro to LA Live to see the movie in theaters. Though the students’ reviews were mixed, with some saying the movie was a different than the book, we all had a great time and enjoyed the break from the craziness of the first few weeks of school.

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Freshman Orientation

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Freshman Orientation

For our first event of year, we were happy to welcome 500 new freshman Scholars into our organization. After a healthy breakfast of orange juice and Diddy Riese cookies, we began our orientation with a speech by Dr. Gene Bickers. Next, one of the members of the Office of Academic and International Fellowships, Katie Calvert, gave the new students information about their scholarships. Then, the Executive Board Co-Chairs shared a little bit about the upcoming events, and finally we played Jeopardy, testing the new students on their knowledge of USC and TSS trivia! Thanks for coming, Class of 2018!

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