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:
Student sets Cleopatra’s life to music
A music and business undergraduate juxtaposed modern jazz with ancient history to create two musical pieces based on the life of the legendary Egyptian ruler.
New Trojan wants to inspire more Native American students to attend college
Even though her USC journey has just begun, Natalie Battiest already understands the value of embracing her heritage.
The spirit of Troy comes alive before an online crowd of new students
The most energetic event of this year’s Welcome Experience introduces freshmen to traditions that get Trojans on their feet.
Students from across USC keep kids of front-line medical workers on track in school
With support from three schools on two campuses, children from Keck Medicine-affiliated families — and from university-adjacent neighborhoods — are being tutored by USC students living around the world.
Bovard Scholars inspires low-income high school students to aim high
USC’s college preparatory program helps high achievers avoid undermatching and get into the top schools they deserve.
Military student embraces change in USC pre-college summer program
Colin Roedl — a college-bound student who lives in Germany — presses forward during a wildly different summer session at USC, seeing opportunity in a time of upheaval.
Campus kitchen cooks for seniors during coronavirus
A university kitchen that normally prepares student meals is crafting healthy fare for L.A.’s older adults in need.
As Juneteenth approaches, USC experts examine the persistence of racism and resistance
This year, the celebration of emancipation comes amid protests that beg the question: How far has America really come since 1865?
USC master’s grad and National Guardsman serves those in need during COVID-19
A commissioned Army officer and recently graduated USC student, Lt. Justin Lee is on the front lines of California’s pandemic response.
Three graduating ROTC cadets fondly recall their time as Trojans
As they commission during a pandemic, three Air Force ROTC cadets remember what brought them to USC and look positively toward the future.
Graduating student looks to bring his USC drag persona into the mainstream
Angel Zayas is using the skills and connections he developed at USC to introduce his “Angel Dust” brand to the masses, starting with a gig at BuzzFeed.
Galen Center wins big in Pac-12 sustainability competition
USC’s sustainability staff members executed their first “green game” and successfully turned the Galen Center into a zero-waste facility.
Department of Public Safety personnel share on-campus stories amid COVID-19
USC’s public safety officers and support staff discuss what it’s like to patrol and protect a nearly empty campus during a pandemic.
USC’s largest solar project continues to transform the Galen Center’s roof
All workers are abiding by COVID-19 distancing regulations as university officials expect the center’s solar setup to be fully operational by summer.
USC pizzeria serves a little comfort during COVID-19 crisis
A university-run eatery offers comfort food at a reasonable price for those working or staying on campus.
USC-supported community network is ready to respond in South L.A.
The Community Response System of South Los Angeles supports local organizations and provides long-term resources to assist with the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Even during a pandemic, USC program makes sure neighborhood kids are fed
USC’s venerable pre-K program provides a nutritious breakfast and lunch for local children, even when they’re stuck at home.
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.