State of Troy: Graduation 2012

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Each month, we interview athletic director Pat Haden to find out the latest news around Heritage Hall

Seau-USC-SI.jpgWhat are your initial thoughts on the passing of Junior Seau?

We are tremendously saddened to hear this news and our hearts go out to his family and children.  Junior Seau was one of the greatest legends in USC football history.  He will always be remembered by USC as the original No. 55.

(Photo by Sports Illustrated)

Why should the Trojan Family turn out for the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship?

We need our fan support.  We are hosting the NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship for the first time ever.  We have an opportunity with the semifinals Thursday night to really get behind our guys.  The final is Saturday at 7 p.m. at Galen Center.  Hopefully, we have two great games ahead of us.

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What is the impact of Fred Uytengsu's gift to the Aquatics Center?

We are thrilled to announce that Fred Uytengsu, a former walk-on swimmer, has given $8 million for the renovation of the Aquatics Center, which allows us to break ground on a $17-million project.  To think we have won 20 national championships in that pool, those student-athletes really deserve something that is special.  This is the largest single gift by a former student-athlete and hopefully a call to our other successful former student-athletes to give back to their alma mater.

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Bartner-AZ-PC.jpgWhat does it mean to be a USC Hall of Famer?

If you are a member of the USC Hall of Fame, you are one of the best of the best.  Some special people are being inducted this year like Wayne Hughes, who has been a big supporter of ours for a long time, or Barbara Hallquist, the first ever female scholarship athlete at USC.  I think of some of the old great football players like Adrian Young, Clarence Davis, Tony Boselli and Keyshawn Johnson or a baseball legend like Randy Johnson.  And how about Art Bartner (pictured), the band director for 40 years.  It should be a great celebration and it is open to all this year.

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Why is Barbara Hedges receiving the Legend of Troy Award at the Student-Athlete Graduation?

Last year, Lou Zamperini and Gordon Marshall, two great World War II veterans, were given the inaugural Legend of Troy awards.  Barbara Hedges is really deserving of this honor in this 40th anniversary of Title IX.  She got our women's athletics program going in the early 70s.  We have all been the beneficiaries of her foresight.

Haden-Hedges-PC.jpg(Photo by Pierson Clair)

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Here's our experience of yesterday's graduation

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