Linda Givvin ’70 Honored at 80th Annual USC Alumni Awards


Linda Givvin, a 1970 graduate of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, was honored with an Alumni Service Award in April at the 80th Annual USC Alumni Awards. The awards recognize a handful of outstanding alumni and this year included, alongside Givvin, Olympian Rebecca Soni and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Givvin practiced physical therapy for 17 years in the areas of orthopedics, head trauma, stroke and sports medicine. She retired in 1993 to become a stay-at-home mom to her niece, but she never stopped working. She became an active volunteer with many organizations, including spending countless hours volunteering at her alma mater, USC. It is because of her devotion, both to the Division and to USC as a whole, that Givvin was chosen for this honor.

Here are just a few of her contributions to USC:
• Givvin has served on the Board of Councilors of the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy since 2009. 

• Givvin has been a member of Town and Gown of USC since 1998 and served as its president from 2006 to 2008.

• Her gifts to the university include endowing two Town and Gown scholarships that support deserving USC students. 

• Through Town and Gown, Givvin also works with the Annenberg Alchemy Leadership Seminars, a program that assists small and mid-sized Los Angeles non-profits and their leaders. 

• Since 2007, Givvin has held several key positions on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors, including serving on the Executive Committee Board as recording secretary for three years. She was a Widney Alumni House Award winner in 2005 for her exceptional service to the USC Alumni Association. 

• A long-time supporter of Trojan sports, Givvin is a Galen Founder member and a participant in two USC Athletics support groups: Cardinal and Gold, and The Committee. She also joined the USC Athletics Board of Councilors in 2012.

USC is not the only organization to benefit from Givvin’s involvement. She also participates in the Santa Monica Bay Auxiliary, which raises funds for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and has been involved with Ronal McDonald House of Los Angeles for 11 years.