Annenberg alumnus, staff member Luna honored at Volunteer Recognition Awards

The USC Alumni Association held its annual Volunteer Recognition Awards on Friday, honoring USC Annenberg’s Kirk Stewart with the Widney Alumni House Award for exceptional service contributions and staff member Amy-Jo Luna with the Volunteer Friend of the Year Award for exceptional support of alumni volunteers.

The award ceremony is held to recognize outstanding volunteers from alumni clubs and USC-affiliated organizations for all the work they have done over the course of the year to support the University.

Stewart is the executive director of APCO Wordwide and a member of the USC Alumni Club in New York. He previously worked as the global vice president of corporate communications at Nike, Inc. He received his Master of Arts in Public Relations from USC and also taught in the School of Journalism for six years.

Luna has been the director of Alumni Relations at USC Annenberg since 2006. Since then, she has worked toward connecting the School’s more than 17,000 alumni with the student body, the School and each other.

After receiving her award, Luna took a moment to thank USC’s and USC Annenberg’s alumni volunteers.

“As I take this victory lap tonight, and wave to and hug so many of you in this room with whom I’ve had the privilege of working, I’m really standing on the shoulders of all of you,” Luna said. “You, who are so committed to seeing USC succeed and who leverage your personal and professional networks to help advancement professionals like me establish new relationships, strengthen existing partnerships and connect the dots all for the benefit of our talented and world-changing students.”  

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