University of Southern California

The Light of Family
January 11, 2013 • by Moghavem Family

Usually a Marshall Voice comes from one person. But we were unable to do that--ours is a family story. It is about how USC Marshall School of Business has made a difference for an entire family, through multiple generations. The Trojan family is very real, and we are living proof.

Our story begins with a grandfather who came to America from Iran having left behind most of his wealth, carrying with him nothing but his guts and his vision. He was born in a city in Iran with winters like Minnesota, where his father died when he was four. He didn’t even have shoes, and had to wrap cloth on his feet to walk through snow, but by thinking big and working tirelessly, he built a family there, and became an incredibly successful entrepreneur. Decades after his arrival, he still has an English teacher come to his office to improve his English to a level of excellence.

His son Afshin attended USC some 25 years ago; two other sons got their bachelors and or masters degree there, and now his grandson Jeffrey is a junior at Marshall. When Jeffrey started Marshall we all felt as though we were now even closer to an amazing family. It’s hard to call it a family when you consider the scale, but it feels as though we fit in perfectly with the staff, the faculty, and the friends we’ve all met. The Trojan family is tangible and real; we’ve all become part of it.

When Jeffrey started at Marshall we all felt as though we were now even closer to this amazing family. It's hard to call it a family when you consider the scale, but it feels as though we fit in perfectly with the staff, the faculty, and the friends we've all met. The Trojan family is tangible and real; we have all become part of it.

Any institution – whether it is a family or a school – is about leadership. Just as our family begins with a passionate and committed individual, so Dean Jim Ellis differentiates Marshall from the rest of the academic world. Whoever you speak to, one of the consistent messages you hear is Marshall is a unique school in terms of its integrity and in terms of people’s love for the school. Dean Ellis and his faculty are giving the next generation the tools they need to understand and succeed in the global era.

In the massive world of modern life, people can often feel like numbers. At USC Marshall, you don't feel like you're a number. You count. You belong. There is compassion, there is love. The connection has been built for us and it's a lifelong connection.

In this New Year, we hope you will join with our family in supporting USC Marshall, the school that has become part of our family's fabric.

Fight On!
Afshin, Pauline, Jeffrey, and aspiring Trojan, Shelby Moghavem