LOS ANGELES — The county Board of Supervisors has honored University of Southern California President C.L. “Max” Nikias for his achievements in five years at the helm of one of the nation’s foremost universities.
“Consider the $700 million USC Village Project — the largest economic redevelopment project in the history of South Los Angeles, providing housing for 3,000 students, along with retail options for all to enjoy,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said. “Meanwhile, to help attract qualified students from across socio-economic strata, President Nikias boosted financial aid to $300 million a year, providing the largest overall student aid package in the country.”
“President Nikias is also leading an effort to establish a Biomed Technology Park next to USC’s Health Sciences, expected to create thousands of jobs and spur economic development.”
Under Dr. Nikias’ leadership, USC took on a 98-year master lease for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, pledging to restore that iconic and historic sporting venue. It also launched two charter schools serving first-generation college-going students with hopes that all of them graduate and attend a selective four-year university.
President Nikias was inaugurated in October 2010, succeeding Steven Sample, who led USC for 19 years.
President Nikias has been at USC since 1991, as a professor, director of national research centers, dean, provost, and now president.
Women’s group holds
MARINA DEL REY — The Legacy Ladies Inc. is holding its 12th annual Torch Awards from 5 to 10 p.m. April 16, at the Ritz Carlton, 4375 Admiralty Way.
Tickets are $250. To purchase, visit www.legacyladiesinc.com. The funds go towards SAT workshops, scholarships, the Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, and other educational initiatives.
GARDENA — A free conference highlighting the services available to ex-offenders will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21 at the City of Refuge Church, 14527 S. San Pedro St.
The event will feature pastors and community leaders recognized for their reentry into society after prison. They will speak about their community work in social justice, employment, mentoring, life skills, education, substance-abuse treatment, fatherhood/family reunification and help for the homeless.
Bishop Noel Jones will moderate a 3 p.m. Pastor’s Panel discussion.
Attendees must RSVP at (323) 432-3976.
Earth Day event
INGLEWOOD — The city of Inglewood and the Social Justice Learning Institute are presenting an Earth Day Festival, “Celebrate Water,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16, on the Civic Center South Lawn, 1 W. Manchester Blvd.
Soul and R&B group Rose Royce will perform.
Information: www.sjli.org or call (323)952-7363.
meet and greet
SOUTH LOS ANGELES-Eight District Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson will hold a meet and greet and serve as the keynote speaker at the Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce general meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. April 21 at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy, 3791 Santa Rosalia Drive.
A dance performance is included as part of the program.
advocates healthy meals
INGLEWOOD — The Social Justice Learning Institute will teach a class on nutrition and healthy cooking for families from 11 a.m. to noon, April 16, in the Inglewood Main Library Children’s Room, 101 W. Manchester Blvd.
The Farm to Plate Culinary Class showcases different recipes with hands-on training on how to prepare them at home. It educates youth about making healthier food choices, understanding where their food comes from and how to grow their own food.
Information: (310) 412-5380 or email@example.com.
on housing homeless
SOUTH LOS ANGELES — The Freedom Socialist Party is leading a discussion, “Poverty, Racism, and Gentrification: Roots of L.A.’s Housing and Homeless Crisis” at 3 p.m. April 16, at Solidarity Hall, 2122 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Community activists and tenants’ rights organizers will examine the factors behind the high rate of evictions and homelessness, especially in neighborhoods of color. Speakers will address ways the community can organize to make housing a human right.
A salad buffet supper will be served at 5 p.m. for a donation.
Information: (323) 732-6416 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Church to conduct
COMPTON — The First United Methodist of Compton is hosting an anniversary service to celebrate 148 years of Christian ministry at 10 a.m. April 17, 1025 S. Long Beach Blvd.
The theme is “We are all one in Christ” and Darnell Holmes will serve as the guest speaker.
Holmes is a former pastor at the church and is currently serving as an adjunct professor at King University and Seminary.
Information: (310) 639-0775.
crime victims week
CARSON — Justice for Murdered Children acknowledges National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a car show and pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon April 16 at Cal State Dominguez Hills, 601 University Drive.
The registration fee is $15 with an early-bird special at $10 before 10 a.m., which includes one free breakfast.
Information: (310) 547-5362 or email email@example.com.
Compiled by Anne Artley.
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