McCarthy Honors Residential College

McCarthy Honors Residential CollegeMcCarthy 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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Residential College Staff & Faculty

 

Sally BehpoorniaSally Behpoornia
Residential College Coordinator 
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Sally Behpoornia was born and raised in Southern California, and she has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in postsecondary administration and student affairs from the USC Rossier School of Education. She will be starting the doctorate program in educational leadership at USC this fall. Behpoornia was a graduate assistant in Residential Education for two years before joining the department full time in 2015. As a graduate student, she grew to love the Trojan family and the amazing experience that comes with being a part of the family. She is committed to providing an incredible residential experience to our students, and wants to help students navigate a successful transition to college. Some of her passion areas outside of work include exploring different parts of Los Angeles, attending sporting events, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Rebecca Calvillo

Becca Calvillo
Graduate Residential College Coordinator 
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Rebecca (Becca) Calvillo is pursuing her master’s in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at USC Rossier. Originally from the south suburbs of Chicago, Becca has her bachelor’s in English with a minor in classical civilization from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As an undergraduate, she was involved in student alumni ambassadors for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and student theater. After finishing her degree, she worked professionally in residential education as a resident counselor and area coordinator at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a residential high school for gifted and talented students in STEM. Through her work at IMSA, she developed a passion for working with students in leadership education and service learning. Calvillo is committed to providing educational opportunities for under-represented populations. She is excited to be rid of Midwestern winters and can’t wait to explore the LA entertainment, food, and scenic views.

 

John Pascarella

John Pascarella
Faculty in Residence
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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
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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.


(Left to right) USC Trustees John Mork and wife Julie, Niki Nikias and USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry pose with incoming honors students during move in day , Wednesday, August 16, 2017. (Photo/Gus Ruelas)

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 @ Hollywood Bowl
LA Philharmonic @ Hollywood Bowl
Travel back to USC