April 2016


Alumnus wows Kennedy Center with operatic composition

David “Clay” Mettens is already hitting high notes — or, more precisely, writing them as a composer — in his young career in music. Not even three years after finishing his undergraduate degree at the School of Music, he has composed a mini-opera that was part of a sold-out performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

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March 2016


SCHC Alumna lands dream job in Milan

“I graduated from the biggest high school in Ohio, so I really enjoyed a different atmosphere at USC — having small class sizes and communities like the Fashion Board and the Honors College to quickly get to know my professors and peers.”

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Consul General? Sure, he can do that.

“You begin to see things through a different social, economic, political, and historical lens, which leads you to think critically about your own beliefs and perhaps get to a deeper understanding of your own culture.”

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Imaginations unleashed: Eight student artists show their stuff in annual Honors exhibit

Imagine challenging legendary poet Robert Frost. Or exploring the correlation between imagination and insanity. Or leaving hidden messages on sidewalks, revealed only in the rain. These are just three of the ways eight Honors College students chose to express themselves in the third SCHC Artists in Residence exhibit, on view through the end of the semester in the Honors Residence Hall.

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Revocation: The Honors College Graduation Ceremony

More than 25 years ago, the first group of graduates of the Honors College designed a recognition ceremony. They called it a "revocation" because it represented a calling back together of the students who were greeted four years earlier at their Freshman Convocation.

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February 2016


Ready for his close-up—behind the camera

Luke Hodges isn’t waiting until he graduates to pursue his ambitions in the film industry. During his time at USC, the Honors College English senior has held three challenging internships related to film production: one with The Nickelodeon, Columbia’s independent theater, and the two he currently holds with BiFrost in Los Angeles and Borscht Corp. in Miami.

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