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'91 May 1991
USC University Hospital opens

September
Inauguration of Steven B. Sample, 10th president of USC

September
Strict set of academic standards required of fraternities and sororities

December
USC/California Museum of Science/LAUSD agree to join forces on $36 million Exposition Park science museum school
'92 January 1992
Strategic Planning group is asked to imagine USC as the cover story in Time magazine in 2002

April
Los Angeles is rocked by riots, but USC campus emerges unharmed. Shortly after the riots, President Sample holds press conference to address concerns of parents and students

July
USC University Hospital ushers in new heart-lung transplant program under pioneering surgeon Vaughn Starnes

August
31 Trojans compete in the Barcelona Olympics, winning 11 medals, including 3 golds

October
$6.5 million W.M. Keck Photonics Research Laboratory and Charles Lee Powell Foundation Photonics Industrial Lab dedicated
'93 February 1993
Trustees approve USC Role and Mission Statement

June
$120 million cash gift from Walter Annenberg to create the USC Annenberg Center for Communication

August
USC begins new Baccalaureate/M.D. program

May 1993 and 1994
Men’s tennis wins national championship
'94 January 1994
A 6.7 earthquake centered in Northridge hits Southern California

June
Trustees approve USC Strategic Plan, including four strategic priorities: undergraduate education, interdisciplinary work, Southern California-related programs; and internationalization

June 1994
Tommy Trojan turns 65

August
USC History Project is launched

September
The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Library, one of the most digitally advanced libraries in the world, opens

October
USC Professor George Olah awarded Nobel Prize for chemistry

November
Good Neighbors Campaign instituted, channeling faculty/staff giving into support of USC-neighborhood partnerships
'95 September 1995
Building on Excellence campaign announced, with a goal of $1 billion by 2000

September
William Wrigley contributes to USC’s establishment of a $60 million environmental studies institute on Santa Catalina Island

November
USC Family of Five Schools formed

November
$15 million gift from Kenneth and Elaine Leventhal names the Leventhal School of Accounting
'96 January 1996
USC football wins Rose Bowl, 41-32 over Northwestern

January
First annual President’s Distinguished Lecture: Norman Schwarzkopf

May
$12.4 million National Science Foundation grant creates USC Integrated Media Systems Center, the national center for multimedia research

June
USC tops $1 billion endowment

August
36 Trojans compete in the Atlanta Olympics, winning 10 medals, including 7 golds. Mark Schubert, USC men’s and women’s swimming coach, serves as assistant coach of the U.S. women’s swim team
'97 January 1997
Public announcement of a $35 million gift from Gordon S. Marshall to name the USC Marshall School of Business

March
Women’s swimming wins national championship

April
Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies opens on Catalina Island.

June
The Association of Pacific Rim Universities is formed; Steven B. Sample is president and co-founder

August
Widney Alumni House, the oldest university building and a designated historic landmark, moves to the site of the new university entrance

September
New general undergraduate education program implemented
'98 February 1998
California Science Center opens in Exposition Park

February
$112.5 million gift from Alfred Mann to name Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering

June
Building on Excellence campaign’s new goal: $1.5 billion by 2000

June
Baseball wins national championship

July
Schools of Public Administration and Urban Planning merge to become new USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development

September
$20 million gift from Barbara and Roger Rossier to name USC Rossier School of Education

October
Trustees approve update of USC Strategic Plan, adding four critical pathways: life sciences, communications, arts initiative, global urbanization

October
Institute for the Study of Jews in American Life (later renamed the Casden Institute) opens

December
Men’s water polo wins national championship
'99 February 1999
Inauguration of USC President’s Distinguished Artist Series

March
$25 million gift from Flora L. Thornton to name USC Thornton School of Music

May
Women’s water
polo wins national
championship

August
USC is named the Time magazine/ Princeton Review “College of the Year 2000”

September
$110 million gift from Keck Foundation to name Keck School of Medicine of USC and create a neurogenetics institute

September
USC Renaissance Scholar Prizes established, to encourage undergraduate study across separate disciplines

October
Plans for new Campus Events Center announced

October
First Los Angeles Times-USC Health Fair takes place on the University Park campus

December
Doheny Memorial Library closes for a seismic retrofit
'00 February 2000
Building on Excellence campaign extended to $2 billion by 2002

May
First USC Renaissance Scholar Prizes awarded to 14 graduating seniors

August
USC is named by Newsweek/Kaplan Guide one of nine “Hot Schools 2000-2001"

September
Steven B. Sample is featured in a cover story in the Los Angeles Times Magazine

September
USC has highest number of freshmen applications ever (26,351) and highest average SATs and GPAs of entering freshmen ever (1308, 3.89)

September
Ground broken for Neurogenetic Institute on Health Sciences Campus

September
33 Trojans compete in the Sydney Olympics, winning 15 medals, including 8 golds

January 2001
USC is one of 16 universities named a "Leadership Institution" by the Association of American Colleges and Universities

March 2001
Men’s basketball reaches "Elite Eight" of the NCAA tournament



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