Ron Mackovich oversees priorities – stories about USC Village, biotech, access and value, among other areas – for USC University Communications. He has a strong background in digital journalism, most recently at KCBS-TV.
Stories by Ron Mackovich:
More than 9,500 offered undergrad admission to USC for the fall
Accepted applicants have great grades, a stellar work ethic and a lot of supporters cheering them on.
In the face of a pandemic, USC and partners provide food for those in need
More than 1,000 bags’ worth of fresh fruit, vegetables and bread are now flowing through nearby communities, thanks to a growing, university-led effort.
USC’s military, veteran and ROTC community celebrated at annual gala
University leaders and guest speakers honored military and veteran students and faculty at the 2020 USC Veterans and ROTC Gala.
Through solar power and zero waste, Galen Center shoots for sustainability
The USC athletics arena looks to leap forward with 1,500 solar modules on the roof, more than 3,000 LED light bulbs and a commitment to waste diversion starting with a “green game” on Saturday.
Diversity week at USC celebrates spirit of inclusion
Now in its fourth year, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week offers more than 70 sessions designed to bring USC communities closer together.
USC announces major financial aid expansion to benefit low- and middle-income families
Two new policies will make a USC undergraduate education more affordable for those who most need financial assistance.
Making college a tradition for Native American students
At USC’s first ITEC College Exploration Day, Native American students and their families were introduced to a bevy of higher education opportunities.
USC Hotel sets a sustainable example by earning Green Seal certification
The hotel is the first university-owned lodging property in California to achieve high-level sustainability certification from an independent, national environmental organization.
Department of Public Safety hires first Latina assistant chief
Alma Burke, formerly a sergeant in the Los Angeles Police Department, returns to the university where she received her graduate degree to help keep students safe and strengthen relationships with the local community.
Navy Reservist stands out as Trojan squad’s senior Spirit Leader
At 26, Erdavria Simpson has earned a master’s at USC, started an empowerment organization for communities of color, and stands ready to deploy.
First look at USC’s Class of 2023: diverse, hard-working and high-achieving
Among incoming students, 1 in 4 had perfect grades in high school and over 15% are first-generation.
USC and United Airlines agree to name field at the Coliseum
Beginning in August, the field at the historic venue will become United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
USC green team leads Coliseum to zero waste win
The USC Office of Sustainability has been recognized by L.A. County with a Green Leadership Award for making the Coliseum a zero waste facility.
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced as 2019 USC baccalaureate speaker
Under Mayor Garcetti’s leadership, the city has reinvested in the people who make it great.
USC to award seven honorary degrees at 2019 commencement
Recipients include a groundbreaking U.S. Congress member, a world-renowned dancer, extraordinary humanitarians and philanthropists, a pioneering statistician and a USC music icon.
U.S. Rep. Karen Bass named USC 2019 commencement speaker
Bass, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and the first African-American woman to serve as leader of a state legislative body, returns to her alma mater for the May 10 festivities.
USC small business program is a key ingredient for Boyle Heights restaurant
Co-owner’s experience in Bridges to Business program helps her spread the word on Mesoamerican fare at Milpa Grille.
Single mom keeps her eye on an ophthalmology career
Parshanna Wilson works at USC Village and studies at USC Roski Eye Institute clinics around Los Angeles.
Freshman class sets records for diversity, academic achievement
More students say “yes” than ever before; 1 in 4 have perfect grade-point averages and 17 percent are first-generation.
USC veterans find a place of their own to call home
All branches of the military are represented at the university’s first units for student veterans.
Coliseum renovation reaches halfway point with topping-off ceremony
The $300 million project will bring the 95-year-old stadium back to its former glory and add world-class amenities — all while the Trojans and Rams continue to play there.
Construction workers benefit from Coliseum renovation
Armed with tools of their new trades, local men and women bring energy and high spirits to long-awaited restoration of the legendary landmark.
How USC helps high-achieving, low-income students get into top universities
Bovard Scholars program helps high schoolers see their potential with an all-expenses-paid immersive university experience.
Is it hard to breathe in your corner of Los Angeles County?
Neighborhood by neighborhood, a USC project pinpoints areas with cleaner or more-polluted air.