USC Senior Gift Advisory Board


Alex Budde
USC Viterbi ’17

This May I will graduate with a degree in Biomedical Engineering with an emphasis in Mechanical Engineering, and then pursue my Masters in Medical Devices and Diagnostic Engineering through Viterbi’s Progressive Degree Program. During my time as USC I have been involved as a member 3D4E designing and 3D printing prosthetic hands for children, representing the engineering school as a Viterbi Student Ambassador, and serving as President of Phi Delta Theta. I have also volunteered as a Little League baseball coach at Toberman Park for the past 3 years. My involvements at USC have instilled a great sense of Trojan Pride, and I am excited to serve as part of the Senior Gift Advisory Board.


Amy Chau
USC Marshall ’17

I am a Pre-Law student with a Business Administration major and a minor in Law and Society. My undergraduate experience has been truly unforgettable, as I’ve learned so much from the classes I’ve taken and the various organizations I’ve been lucky to have been a part of. I served on the Elected Board for the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly during my first 3 years at USC and have been a proud APAA Scholar for the past couple of years. I’ve had the opportunity to grow and learn with my friends at Marshall Undergraduate Advising, where I’ve been a Lead Student Intern since my freshman year. I’ve also been able explore various career paths and develop professionally as a member of Phi Alpha Delta, the Pre-Law Fraternity, Marshall Global Leadership Program delegate, and Career Advantage Program Mentee. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to give back to the Trojan family once more by contributing to the Class of 2017’s lasting legacy!


Christina Deirmenjian
USC Davis ’17

I am majoring in Human Development and Aging in the Davis School of Gerontology. At USC, I have conducted research in Dr. Mather’s Emotion and Cognition lab and am currently working on my Honors Thesis at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department. I am currently the Vice President of the Student Gerontology Association and the Community Service Chair of the Armenian Students Association, which have enhanced my college experience. Although I am graduating a year early, USC has given me friendships and memories that will last a lifetime, and I look forward to taking an active role in choosing the Class of 2017’s Senior Gift.


Daisy Benitez
USC Viterbi ’17

I am majoring in Environmental Engineering and will be pursuing a M.S. in Green Technologies at the Viterbi School of Engineering through the Progressive Degree Program next fall. Throughout my time at USC I have been heavily involved with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), and am serving as the current chapter President this school year. I am also a Viterbi Student Ambassador where I help to recruit high school students to Viterbi through several social media platforms and campus events. During the school year I have a work-study job across the street at the California Science Center as an Educational Presenter where I teach elementary school students about all the wonders of science. After graduation day I will look back at my undergraduate years at USC and remember all of the times I felt like an integral member of the Trojan Family.


Emily Moneymaker
USC Price ’17

This May, I will graduate with a B.S. in Public Policy (Nonprofits and Social Innovation emphasis) and a minor in Marketing, after which I intend to pursue a career in nonprofit theatrical management. Outside of academics, over the past three years I have become a passionate Trojan as a trumpet player in The Spirit of Troy. There is simply no better feeling in the world than playing “Conquest” in the Coliseum at the end of a hard-fought victory, surrounded by 90,000+ fellow Trojans. Thanks to USC, I have grown to embody the five traits of a Trojan-faithful, scholarly, skillful, courageous, and ambitious-and will forever remain a faithful member of the Trojan Family.


Gigi Gastevich 
USC Roski ’17

I am a BFA student at the Roski School of Art and Design, working mostly in photography. While at USC, I’ve been able to take classes in cinematic arts, history, and science, and I consider bringing in the knowledge and perspectives of these other disciplines as central to my fine arts practice. I’m also a writer; for two years I was the Arts & Culture editor for Neon Tommy, the Annenberg School’s online news publication, and my junior year, I served as Editor-in-Chief. My pursuit of this wide variety of interests has made me who I am as a thinker and an artist, and I’m extremely grateful to my professors and mentors at USC for making that journey possible.


Joshua Hassid
USC Price ’17

I’m a senior in the new Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development track at Price. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and his family is also involved in the field; because of these reasons, I’ve developed a tremendous passion for real estate. My interests lie in making a better Los Angeles through developing and investing in the future. I recently interned for a small investment firm in Downtown L.A. Aside from school and career related interests, I’m an avid NBA basketball fan.


Sophia Eckerle
USC Cinematic Arts ’17

I am majoring in Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts with a Music Industry minor. Through these programs, USC has taught me the importance of collaboration and commitment and I am so grateful to have known and worked with the talented individuals at this university.  My studies have deepened my knowledge of my prospective fields by allowing me to study in film, art, business, and law courses to build a layered and comprehensive education.   I work in the Development Office in the School of Cinematic Arts and greatly enjoy staffing their events and screenings that honor USC’s esteemed history in the film industry.  I am proud to be a part of participating in the Senior Gift so that I can help pass these traditions on to the next generation of students.


Taylor Serafin
USC Marshall ’17

I am Business Administration major with a Theatre Minor. I love being involved both on campus and in the surrounding community. Currently, I serve as the Co-Executive Director of Troy Camp, which is one of the university’s largest student organizations. Troy Camp’s main goal is to foster long term mentorship relationships with youth in the surrounding community. Additionally, I am a member of the Helenes, which is an all female service organization. These two organizations allowed me to be actively involved in and around campus and made my USC experience greater than I could have ever imagined it to be.