Los Angeles in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
A Trojan for Life
óUSC — University of Southern California ó
The General Alumni Association (GAA), founded when the university was 43 years old, elicited an immediate response among USCís growing number of graduates. With President Edward L. Doheny, Jr. (í13) at the helm, its membership climbed to 4,800 in little over a year. The GAA took over publication of the alumni magazine, which had been launched in 1917, and organized Trojan Clubs in towns and cities around the country. The association also made its impact felt on campus. In 1924, it inaugurated an annual Homecoming celebration,
After World War II, under the leadership of executive director Arnold Eddy, the GAA bounced back with a flurry of activity, inaugurating many programs that continue today, including various womenís organizations, the USC Clubs, an academic open house and SCions, a group made up of the relatives of USC alumni.
Today, the General Alumni Association assists with student recruitment around the world, generates and awards hundreds of scholarships and continues to sponsor Homecoming, the academic open house and other activities. Members serve as mentors and provide internships for students. Since 1976, the GAA has, fittingly, been headquartered in the university's first building—now called Widney Alumni House—the same building where USCís first alumni association had been founded nearly a century earlier.
Location. 34° 1.161′ N, 118° 16.969′ W. Marker is in Los Angeles, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Childs Way and Pardee Way, on the right when traveling east on Childs Way. Touch for map. It is in front of Widney Hall on the campus of the University of Southern California. Marker is in this post office area: Los Angeles CA 90007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Oldest University Building in Southern California (here, next to this marker); John C. Argue Plaza (within shouting distance of this marker); Petrified Tree from the Arizona Forest (within shouting distance of this marker); USC Urban Legends (within shouting distance of this marker); University of Southern California (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Teaching and Learning (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gwynn Wilson Student Union (approx. 0.2 miles away); Student Media (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Los Angeles.
More about this marker. This marker has a timeline from 1870 to 2000 marking the founding of the General Alumni Association and when GAA moves into Widney Alumni House. It also has a number of illustrations (clockwise from upper left): A lifetime membership certificate card for the General Alumni Association ē Class of í89 U.S.C. June 21, 1889 ē “USCís first building, birthplace of the universityís first alumni association and home of the GAA.” ē “Programs from early alumni reunion banquets.” ē “A fraternity decorates its house for Homecoming, which the GAA began sponsoring in 1924.” ē “Graduation, 1953” ē A photograph of students with white or black mortarboards spelling out “Come Home Alums.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 6, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.