University of Southern California

Marshall Advisor Honored for Students' Success
Russell Sommer Named USC Outstanding Academic Advisor
October 18, 2011 • by News at Marshall

Chosen from more than 150 undergraduate student advisors at USC, Russell Sommer of the Marshall School of Business has been named a USC Outstanding Academic Advisor for 2011. Sommer was recognized for his many contributions, including his work as a co-instructor of the business internship class, a staff mentor on the business floor in Pardee Tower and a coordinator of the Marshall Global Leadership Program.

The award, now in its fourth year, recognizes two outstanding advisors annually through nominations from USC staff, faculty and students. According to Kim D. West, associate dean of Marshall Undergraduate Programs, "Russell is the kind of advisor who goes the extra mile and works hard to create a relationship with the student."

For the 2010-2011 academic year, Marshall recorded a 97.1% freshman retention rate, one of the strongest at USC. Marshall student advisors, including Sommer, are largely credited with this success because of their ability to mentor students and identify those who need extra assistance.

Sommer has also collaborated with the Office of International Students to develop programs to support Marshall’s international student population, and has worked with the Marshall Connections program to connect faculty and students beyond the classroom.

"I am very excited and honored to be recognized for something that I love doing. I work with incredible students and colleagues each day who inspire me," Sommer said. "I feel a strong sense of accomplishment and fulfillment in making a positive impact in the lives of others, being recognized for it, and hearing the words, 'thank you.'"

About the USC Marshall School of Business
Consistently ranked among the nation's premier schools, USC Marshall is internationally recognized for its emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, social responsibility and path-breaking research. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the world's leading business centers and the U.S. gateway to the Pacific Rim, Marshall offers its 5,700-plus undergraduate and graduate students a unique world view and impressive global experiential opportunities. With an alumni community spanning 123 countries, USC Marshall students join a worldwide community of thought leaders who are redefining the way business works.