Desiree Duar pushed her friend Levi Kingston in his wheelchair through the grocery aisles at Target. “I was thinking about maybe a salad, or I might get bread to make some sandwiches or something,” Duar said, touching a packaged salad in a display case. Duar, who grew up in the neighborhood around USC, was checking out the university’s latest development, USC Village on Saturday.
The culmination of Thursday’s opening ceremonies at USC Village was the unveiling of an instant landmark. As the ceremony neared its end, USC President C. L. Max Nikias, his wife Niki C. Nikias and sculptor Christopher Slatoff helped lift the red wrap from Hecuba, queen of Troy, punctuated by fireworks and the trumpets of the Trojan Marching Band.
The grand opening of USC Village included full fanfare, remarks from campus and community speakers, and the unveiling of a new campus icon: Hecuba, Queen of Troy. Watch the archived event footage on USC’s YouTube Channel.
Chef Nathan Martinez is enthusiastic when he talks about the offerings, which include a Mediterranean bar with hummus, baba ghanoush, fresh Greek olives, marinated sun-dried tomatoes and artichokes, along with pasta salads. “When these students graduate, we hope they take these healthier eating habits with them.”
“We’re here to build authentic, caring relationships,” said Pascarella, an associate professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier School of Education who has served as residential faculty at South Residential College since 2012. Along with Tucker, assistant professor of writing, Pascarella will reside at McCarthy Honors College.
“We want to draw from students’ diverse backgrounds, to expose them to growth opportunities they’re not going to get in class,” Pascarella said. “We want to connect students with alumni and cultivate a commitment to service, which aligns with our mission as a university.”
The latest drone video shows what passers-by already know: USC Village is almost complete. Take a look, from the air.
With resumes in hand and best faces forward, thousands of local residents came to interview with recruiters from USC Auxiliary Services for jobs at USC Village.
USC alum Kevin Ramsey began his construction company in a garage; now he’s a major subcontractor for the university and his daughter, also a Trojan will soon enter medical school.
The $700 million residential and retail complex, which opens in fall 2017, is on the former location of the University Village shopping center.
Cheyvonné Grayson, 29, grew up in South-Central Los Angeles, where he, at the age of 14, saw a friend gunned down. Since graduating from high school, Mr. Grayson has worked mostly as a day laborer…He had to borrow a few hundred dollars for fees and tools, but his first apprenticeship as a carpenter started at $16.16 an hour. He quickly moved up to $20.20 an hour and is paid for his further training. He is now hanging doors for new dormitories at the University of Southern California.