02 December 2016
By Michael J. Marquez, AIA
Guild Board President
Well, the Holiday Season is upon us, which means we’ve basically reached the halfway point in the school year. This Fall semester has been an exciting and challenging adventure for the USC Architectural Guild. Since our Retreat this summer, we have actually been perfecting and implementing some of our most ambitious programs ever.
The school year began as always with one of our most fun events of the year, the Annual Golf Tournament at the Wilshire Country Club. It turned out to be one of the most successful in history due to the outstanding leadership of Steve Pellegren and Gary Brennen, along with the usual cast of characters. Only days later, Chuck Whitaker lead the charge of the Mentorship Committee and we jumped right into the semester with the greatest number of mentors and mentees ever!
Once the semester was in full swing, Jessica Tien and the always energetic group of Emerging Professionals organized Engage! events at Steinberg Architects and Stir Architecture downtown as well as an eye-popping tour of the almost completed University Village with past Guild President, Martha Ball of HED.
Meanwhile, the Membership Committee, led by Leslie Gentile of Farmers and Merchants Bank, has been focusing on ways to find you! And trust me, they will. More importantly, when they do, they’ll be explaining to you why you need to get involved and with a little common sense . . . you will.
Finally, with youthful exuberance and senior wisdom, the Communication Committee came out swinging as a whole as we have been reaching out to the Trojan Family with relentless dedication. Arnold Swanborn of CO Architects and Vanja Deretic of KPFF, have devised a game plan second to none. By encouraging the entire Guild Board to exercise their newly developed skills on social media, we can reach the broadest audience in our existence and better serve the goals outlined by the Guild.
The results of these massive individual and group efforts, including those by our gifted support staff, continue to strengthen the USC Architectural Guild every day. Collectively, we are continually increasing our membership and the involvement of some of the most talented individuals in the Southern California Building Industry, all to better serve our ultimate goal, the students of the School of Architecture.
Finally, I look forward to seeing all of you out at the Rose Bowl on January 2nd, as our Trojans put the final touches on what has been a proud and successful year. I also look forward to seeing all of you in the upcoming Spring semester as we reach equally great heights of our own. Look for our future blogs and posts of upcoming events and plan on being a part Guild next year. You’ll be glad you did.
All the best for a safe and happy Holiday. Fight On ! ! !