USC Receives $12 Million for Engineering, Dance and Film Schools

USC Receives $12 Million for Engineering, Dance and Film Schools

The University of Southern California has announced gifts totaling $12 million from longtime supporters Patrick and Bonnie Fuscoe.

The gifts include $10 million in support of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and $1 million each to the USC Kaufman School of Dance and USC School of Cinematic Arts to fund educational programs, lab spaces, facilities, and interdisciplinary activities.

The Fuscoes met in 1972 at USC, where Bonnie studied art for two years before transferring to Otis College of Art and Design and Patrick studied civil engineering. A first-generation college student whose father, a United Airlines mechanic, promised to lend him the family car to drive to classes if he studied engineering, Patrick founded Fuscoe Engineering in 1992, an award-winning firm whose projects include the Cars Land attraction at Disneyland. The couple's daughter, Sally Anne, studied dance, graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and is now a film and television editor, while their son, Patrick, Jr., received a master's degree in computer science from USC Viterbi.

The Fuscoes told USC they viewed engineering, dance, and cinema as disciplines that inform one another to widen the arc of creativity and drive innovation, citing their time at USC as the origin of their life's vision to "build remarkable places."

"As engineers, as designers, we need to understand the role we play in creating the delicate balance between built and natural environments," said Patrick Fuscoe. "[T]hat's the power of full-circle thinking."

"Longtime Supporters' Gift Benefits USC Engineering, Dance and Film Schools." University of Southern California Press Release 09/10/2019.