Barbara Sussoev manages the Events team, and together with her staff of two, plans several events per month. Lately, the focus has been on Commencement, the recent LA Times Festival of Books, and this summer’s Southern California Special Olympic Invitational Games, in preparation for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.

All three events require a lot of preparation, facilitation, and break down. Barbara works with other FMS and USC units and departments to successfully oversee all projects prior to as well as after each event.  Many of her tasks are focused on ensuring efficiency, cost effectiveness, and timeliness from all participating crews and vendors.

The FMS Events Planning team coordinates events at both the University Park Campus and the Health Sciences Campus. Their services include equipment rentals, cost estimates, set-up diagrams required for the LA Fire Marshal and USC’s Safety Office, as well as coordinating and scheduling FMS services such as irrigation, air conditioning, and clean up.

The team is looking forward to the upcoming events, already anticipating the results of months of planning and hard work, as they observe guests enjoy each occasion.

From left to right: David Dong and Calo Tisci, Special Events Program Coordinators, and Barbara Sussoev, Special Events Manager.