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USC Daily Trojan: “SC program promotes a safe Halloween”

Erik (Estrada) Bezauri ’17, John Mendoza ’16, Kaijona “KJ” Wade ’17 October 31, 2013 –   Students in USC’s Norman Topping Student Aid Fund teamed up with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Thursday afternoon to educated children about Halloween safety. Held at the Hoover Recreation Center,…

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LA Times: A 7-year journey to college

Tristan Baizar ’17 September 3, 2013 – Flush with excitement, Tristan Baizar showed up on his USC move-in day even before the official 8 a.m. check-in time. His mom and girlfriend helped him unpack. It was a quick process — from past camps and programs, the 18-year-old South Los Angeles resident knew how to move into USC’s dorms. Except this …

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USC News: “Workshops and more for Topping Scholars”

Recipients of the Norman Topping scholarship in 2012 August 31, 2012 – To make sure they started the school year prepared, recipients of the Norman Topping scholarship gathered for the annual new scholar breakfast and all-scholar retreat. “Everyone in the Topping group is there to help one another,” said Natalie Parra, a freshman majoring in communication. “They’re a family that …

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USC Dornsife News: “Restocking Hope in Japan”

Topping Japan Summer Immersion Program 2012 Cohort – For the past few months, 13 students in USC Dornsife’s Japan Immersion Program have collected 300 American studies books from schools across campus. The students carried the books on a plane for Japan for their two-week Maymester trip sponsored by the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund. The books have arrived in Sendai …

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USC Daily Trojan: “Local Children Visit USC for Safe Trick-Or-Treating”

Norman Topping Safe Halloween November 1, 2011 – USC organizations held trick-or-treating events Monday to provide families in the surrounding community with a safe environment to celebrate Halloween. According to a LivingSocial survey this week, one in five parents said their city is not safe for trick-or-treating and nearly two-thirds of parents…

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USC Dornsife News: “Taking the Emperor’s Reign”

Topping Japan Summer Immersion Program, 2010 Cohort November 1, 2010 – On the Tokyo subway trains passengers were packed in like Pringles. Each train typically had a designated “pusher” whose job was literally to shove people inside so the doors could shut. On the streets, people walked so closely behind, you could hear them breathe. “We were jam-packed, squeezed into …

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USC Dornsife News: “Double Duty”

Cynthia Vidana, Topping Class of 2012 – Wearing white cowgirl boots, Cynthia and Jazmin Vidana skipped into kindergarten in red cotton dresses trimmed with lace. Petite, they had the same slightly crooked smile, doe eyes framed with bangs and flowing russet tresses.By third grade, one significant distinction between the twins emerged, although unseen. Cynthia couldn’t read. Or rather, she could …

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USC News: “Topping Scholars Kick off Year at Annual Retreat”

Christina Yokoyama Topping Director September 8, 2010 – With 106 scholars in tow, the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund traveled to Palm Desert for its annual Topping Scholar Retreat in August. “The retreat is the event that the students look forward to every year,” said director Christina Yokoyama. “It establishes our community and sets the tone…