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Meet the Staff

Karen Rowan-Badger

Karen Rowan-Badger

 

Assistant Dean, USC Dornsife Admission

 

Major in college: General Studies/Education (Humanities emphasis)

Hometown: Huntington Beach, California

The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: the faculty and students I meet — thoughtful, knowledgeable, and excited to be here.

If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: a back-up singer for Jimmy Buffett.

To me, the Trojan Family is:  real. Diverse. A strong community in a sprawling metropolis!

My favorite spot on the USC campus is: in the evening, standing on Trousdale between Doheny and Bovard when they are both lit up.

One of my favorite books is:  To Kill a Mockingbird.  One of my children had to read it for class, and I re-read it too. I still love it.

Laura Apisakkul

Laura Apisakkul

 

Associate Director, USC Dornsife Admission

 

Major/Minor in college: Social Science (Psychology emphasis); Chemistry minor

Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii

The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: the fact that our students are so active, involved, and engaged. Hearing about their research or study abroad experiences always leaves me in awe of all they accomplish here.  

If I weren’t in my current job, I would be:
 an owner of a bakery specializing in chocolate — brownies, cookies, cakes, and a constantly-flowing chocolate fountain.

To me, the Trojan Family is: an instant connection with someone much older or much younger who shares fond memories of being a student at USC.

My favorite spot on the USC campus is: Argue Plaza, just outside the Alumni House. The fountain, benches, and flower trellis make it a beautiful, peaceful outdoor spot to enjoy a good book.

One of my favorite books is: Atonement — what a vibrant and beautifully written novel.

Emily Toffelmire

Emily Toffelmire

 

Senior Assistant Director, USC Dornsife Admission

 

Major in college: Journalism/Advertising 

Hometown: Fort Smith, Arkansas

The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: its context. You're in a liberal arts college and can take advantage of all that entails, like small classes and strong relationships with professors, but at the same time, you're on a large, vibrant, diverse urban campus that is filled with spirit and camaraderie. To me, that's the best of both worlds.  

A perfect day in LA would include:
 Chilaquiles for breakfast, a walk in Griffith Park, and a visit to LACMA.

My favorite spot on the USC campus is: the quiet, musty stacks in the basement levels of Doheny Library.

If I weren't in my current job, I would be: the poor man's Tina Fey.

One of my favorite books is: Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen. His writing proves that some of the characters you will come to care about the most will also be the most flawed, an idea that usually applies in real life as well.

Elise Welch

Elise Welch

 

Assistant Director, USC Dornsife Admission

 

Major/Minor in college: Social Sciences (Psychology emphasis); Popular Music Studies minor

Hometown: Avondale, AZ

The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: among many other things, the Problems Without Passports (PWP) Program. It's an amazing opportunity for students to both study abroad and conduct firsthand research.

To me, the Trojan Family is: an unparalleled sense of spirit and connection, an irreplaceable community, and the magic that makes USC such a unique institution.

If I weren't in my current job I would be: unemployed. Or maybe in graduate school or traveling the world... while unemployed.

My favorite spot on the USC campus is: Mudd Hall of Philosophy.

One of my favorite books is: Life of Pi because it has a fascinating, novel story and is beautifully written.

Jonathan Kuhn

Jonathan Kuhn

 

Assistant Director, USC Dornsife Admission

 

Major in college: Writing for the Screen & Television

Hometown: Selma, AL

The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: that the students are passionate about a number of different areas, not just the ones related to their major. They can always be counted on for an insightful, intellectual conversation.

A perfect day in LA would include: breakfast at Grub, lunch at Canter's Deli, and dinner at Father's Office. (And perhaps some non-food related things as well.)

If I weren't in my current job, I would be: entertaining the masses.

My favorite spot on the USC campus is: McCarthy Quad because you always see students having fun, and sometimes, if you're lucky, you happen across an inflatable obstacle course or a giant hill of snow.

One of my favorite books is: Gilead, by Marilynne Robinson. It's the simple story of a good man.

Martha Gergely

Martha Gergely

 

Administrative Assistant, USC Dornsife Admission

 

Major in college: Sociology 

Hometown: South Pasadena, California

The thing I love most about USC Dornsife is: the opportunities available with so many majors and minors.

My favorite things about living in Los Angeles are: beaches, weather, and cultural diversity.

If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: working in a school district — I love working with young people.

A perfect day in LA would include: an early morning walk on the beach.

One of my favorite books is: The House of the Spirits — It's the type of book that is hard to put down because it has a little bit of everything: history, politics, and romance. One of the best USC Visions and Voices I have attended was seeing Isabel Allende when she visisted to speak about her work.