McCarthy Honors Residential College

McCarthy Honors Residential College

 

McCarthy Honors Residential College is a vibrant, tight-knit community of scholars who share a commitment to rigorous intellectual and academic achievement. McCarthy Honors Residential College provides a bridge between the residential and academic experience. Students will engage in programs and conversations that promote innovative thinking and challenge them to explore all branches of knowledge. Students living in McCarthy Honors Residential College will have direct contact with Faculty in Residence as well as faculty, advisors, and experts across disciplines. Unique experiences in this Residential College will include connecting students to research opportunities and an early move-in retreat focusing on community building and the holistic development of high achieving students. McCarthy Honors Residential College will create a peer network of student scholars who are successful in balancing involvement in academic and social activities.

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McCarthy Honors Residential College Staff

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Sarah Ruelas
Residential College Coordinator 
McCarthy Honors Residential College

Sarah Ruelas is the Residential College Coordinator for McMorrow Residential College. She is from Southern California and studied at the University of California Riverside where she received her bachelor’s in psychology. While completing her M.Ed. in Post-Secondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California, Sarah served as a judicial officer within in the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards. Sarah continued serving the USC community through her work as a coordinator within Fraternity & Sorority Leadership Development. Sarah is invested in lifelong learning for both herself and the communities she supports. She enjoys cultivating transformative leadership experiences through the diverse opportunities collegiate life offers. When there is free time, Sarah loves spending time exploring outdoors, crafting, running and watching movies.

 

Hamsini Balaji

Graduate Residential College Coordinator 
McCarthy Honors Residential College

I am Hamsini Balaji and I am so excited to serve as the Graduate Residential Community Coordinator for the Cale and Irani Residential Colleges. I am originally from India and I have had the honor of living all around the world bringing me to pursue my studies in the United States. I graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s in Biochemistry. At USC, I am pursuing a Master’s in Social Entrepreneurship from the Marshall School of Business. In my free time, you will find me at the local homeless shelter, tutoring center, animal shelter or any other volunteer event! I really enjoy cooking and baking with friends and family. If not, you will find me indulging in some kind of adventure activity or accidentally landing in a different country! My passion is interacting and connecting with people from all walks of life, so come by and give me a high five, it will be a moment we can share!

 

John Pascarella

John Pascarella
Faculty in Residence
McCarthy Honors Residential College

John Pascarella has served as a faculty in residence at Marks Tower since 2012. Her earned a PhD in culture and values in education from McGill University, a master’s in teaching from Montclair State University, and a bachelor’s in English literature and African American studies from the University of Central Florida. Pascarella taught high school English language arts and literature in inner city Newark and Paterson, NJ, and graduate courses in education for more than 12 years. In 2013, he started College Access Day with South Area Residential College staff to improve college knowledge, access, and success for USC neighboring high school sophomores and juniors.

 

 

Trisha Tucker

Trisha Tucker
Faculty in Residence
McCarthy Honors Residential College

Trisha Tucker has an extensive history with honors education at USC: as an undergraduate studying English, film, and music, she lived in an earlier incarnation of USC honors housing. Today, she is an assistant professor in the Thematic Option Honors Program, where she teaches classes on banned books, depictions of evil children in literature and film, and the novels you absolutely must read before you die. Tucker also oversees the honors writing program and serves as president of the Dornsife Faculty Council. She holds a PhD in English; her specialties include nineteenth-century British literature, women’s popular writing, Evangelicalism, and secularization. Her previous career was in journalism, where she wrote primarily about film and popular culture, interests she shares with her husband—filmmaker and New York Times best-selling graphic novelist (and fellow Trojan!)—Rick Ross.

 

 

 


Important Information

Early Move-In: McCarthy Honors Residential College residents move-in the Monday prior to the official Wednesday move-in.  This official move-in date for the McCarthy residents will afford them the opportunity to attend the McCarthy Retreat (see below).

McCarthy Honors Residential College Retreat: McCarthy Honors Residential College residents attend a full-day retreat on the Tuesday after their official move-in.  The retreat focuses on establishing a strong tie to their residential college, in addition to introducing residents to the McCarthy RAs, GRCC, RCC, and Faculty in Residence  The retreat contains a variety of formats and activities.

Sample Retreat Schedule
Exclusive McCarthy Breakfast at the USC Village Dining Hall
McCarthy Honors Residential College Welcome & Keynote Speaker
USCTour/Scavenger Hunt
Lunch @ Exposition Park
Community Bonding Activities @ Echo Park
Dinner
Surprise Evening Activity
Travel back to USC