- Hench Foundation endows the program in honor of John C. Hench. The Division is renamed “John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts”.
- Several Hench-DADA students continue to have works exhibited in Hiroshima, Anima Mundi, Zahgreb, Annecy, and SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater.
- New faculty member Sheila Sofian is recruited as Visiting Associate Professor.
- Everett Lewis is also awarded Visiting Associate Professor and becomes a joint hire with Hench-DADA and Cinematic Arts Production.
- An exchange scholarship with the Yunlin University of Taiwan is established and a series of workshops are taught by Production Supervisor Mar Elepano in Taiwan and the first ever animation workshop in Amman Jordan by Professor Kathy Smith and Adjunct Faculty Kristy Kang.
- Hench-DADA faculty and students teach for Adobe Systems Inc. at the Reel Ideas Studio at the Cannes Film Festival, France in May 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009.
- George Lucas endows the school for 175 million including an entirely new state of the art building. The school is renamed to “School of Cinematic Arts.”
Mar Elepaño was born in the Philippines in 1954. He left for Los Angeles to study film in 1975 at the University of Southern California. He finished his degree in Film Production and stayed on to become a staff member and later adjunct faculty. He has taught at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts from 1993 to 2007 and now serves as the production supervisor for the division. He has been involved with community arts programs in Los Angeles that help young people create personal time based narratives since 1986 with organizations like Visual Communications Inc., the Heart Project, the Los Angeles Educational Partnership, the Korean Resource Center, Khmer Girls in Action, the Asian American Drug Abuse Program. He was given the University of Southern California President’s Staff Achievement Award for 2009.