Ilium Residential College

Ilium Residential College

 

Ilium Residential College is home to our Sophomore Honors students (est. Fall 2018). Ilium is a vibrant, tight-knit community of scholars who share a commitment to rigorous intellectual and academic achievement. Ilium builds upon the experience Honors students had during their freshmen year in McCarthy. Students engage in programs and conversations that promote innovative thinking and challenge them to explore all branches of knowledge. Students living in Ilium have direct contact with Faculty in Residence as well as other faculty, staff, and experts across disciplines. Unique experiences in this Residential College include connecting students to research opportunities as well as focusing on community building and the holistic development of high achieving students in their second year at USC. Ilium 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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Ilium Residential College Staff & Faculty

 

Morgan Vinson
Residential College Coordinator 
Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges

Morgan Vinson is from the East Bay Area in Northern California and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her bachelor’s in sociology with a minor in Italian studies. After graduating, she worked for two years as an assistant resident director at UCSB in first-year communities, and further developed her passion for advising, conduct, and social justice and diversity work. Vinson earned her master’s in student affairs administration from UCLA. Her research interests are based around a deep understanding of hegemonic masculinity and how it affects higher education and the development of women of color. While at UCLA, she worked in the Dean of Students Office with assessments, surveys, and case files. In her free time, Vinson enjoys making music, cooking, Core Power Yoga, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She speaks Italian near-fluently, and she considers herself a feminist.

 

 

Coleman Reardon
Graduate Residential College Coordinator 
Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges

Coleman Reardon is the Graduate Residential College Coordinator for Cowlings and Ilium Residential Colleges. He is pursuing his master’s degree in Post-secondary Administration and Student Affairs at USC Rossier. Born and raised in Cohoes, New York, Coleman received his bachelor’s in Public Relations and Political Science from the University of Miami. While at Miami, Coleman was involved in residential life, student government, and homecoming. He loves trying new foods, flamingos and keeping up with Hurricanes sports. Coleman is new to the LA area, so he is excited to do some exploring and learn more about all that the city has to offer, and he is looking forward to helping members of our Trojan Family make LA and USC their home!

 

 

 

 

Laura Baker

Laura Baker
Faculty in Residence
Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges

Laura Baker received her PhD in psychology from the University of Colorado in 1983. She joined the USC psychology faculty in 1984, where she specializes in behavioral genetics and individual differences. Baker’s research involves the study of genetic and environmental influences in human behavior, with a focus on aggressive and antisocial behavior. She teaches courses in behavioral genetics, statistics, and human sexuality, and has a forthcoming course on the neurobiology of consciousness. She lives in Webb Tower on the ground floor in Room 108 along with her cat, Sophie. Her three kids are here from time to time as well, including two sons, Colin (USC 2014) and Cameron (Willamette 2017), and a daughter, Morgan (Tufts 2012), who recently finished her PhD in math at the University of Utah.