Meet the Advising Team

IMPORTANT UPDATES

The Marshall Undergraduate Advising & Student Affairs Office in JFF 201 is closed physically, but we are open virtually and operating via online platforms with staff working remotely. Although in-person drop-in advising is suspended, academic advisement appointments are available via Zoom. To schedule an academic advisement appointment, please call our office (213-740-0690) during business hours (M-F 8:30-5). When calling, do not hang up—please wait for your call to be forwarded and provide your name at the prompt.

We are also available to answer advisement questions via email. Marshall students may email their advisor directly or email undergrad.advising@marshall.usc.edu if they don't know the name of their advisor.

In addition to our website, students may also utilize online resources such as their STARS report (on OASIS) and their most recent course plan (Undergraduate Advisement widget on myUSC).  Frequently asked questions about classes or other academic matters (such as P/NP) related to Covid-19 can be found on USC's Coronavirus Information Site. Internal transfer applicants can find all the information they need at our Applying to Marshall page.

 We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and understanding as  we adapt to this unprecedented and continually evolving situation.

MARSHALL ACADEMIC ADVISING

Academic Advisors are available by appointment and for drop-in advising throughout most of the academic year. During the summer and school breaks, advisors are available by appointment only. Business Administration majors have an assigned academic advisor; you can find the name of your assigned advisor under the Advisement widget on myUSC. Marshall majors can also utlize our faculty elective advisors if they need detailed information about the content of upper division business elective courses.

Marshall minors can meet with any available advisor. Current USC students who are interested in adding a Marshall major or minor  should attend one of our information sessions prior to meeting with an advisor.

To schedule an advisement appointment, please call the Office of Undergraduate Advising at 213.740.0690 or stop by JFF 201.

Office Of Undergraduate Advising & Student Affairs

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Maureen McHale

Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Student Affairs

Maureen is a native Angeleno. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in Psychology, an MA in Higher Education and Work, and a PhD in Higher Education and Organizational Change. While in graduate school, her research focused on student retention and the impact of college on students’ attitudes and values. Maureen has a wide range of experience in the area of undergraduate education, and she was the Senior Dean of the Advising Center at Columbia University prior to coming to USC in 2008.  Previously, she oversaw Instructional Improvement Programs in UCLA’s Office of Instructional Development and student retention and international programs at UCLA Summer Sessions.  In her free time, Maureen enjoys travel, reading, hiking, the beach, and spending time with her family and son.

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Jennifer Siemer

Associate Director

Jennifer was born and raised in southern California. She majored in history at Azusa Pacific University and went on to receive her master’s degree in Postsecondary Education and Student Affairs at USC. Prior to becoming an academic advisor at Marshall, Jen served in the development office at Pepperdine University and worked as an advisor to the Pepperdine Ambassadors Council. In addition to advising students, Jen oversees internal transfer admissions, minor advising, Marshall scholarships for continuing students and is involved in the Marshall Connections Program (MCP).  In her free time, Jen enjoys reading, cooking for her family and friends, and spending time near the beach.

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Katrina Miranda

Associate Director Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs

Katrina Miranda was born and raised in Southern California. She majored in Political Science and Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. As an undergraduate, she worked as an orientation counselor and enjoyed assisting students transition into the university. After that experience, she decided to pursue a Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she served as a graduate assistant in the Columbia University School of Social Work Office of Admissions. Prior to joining Marshall, Katrina served as an academic advisor for the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences for more than eleven years. Katrina is the lead for the Business of Cinematic Arts emphasis program and our New Student Orientation. Katrina will be completing at her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Administration this May. In her free time, Katrina enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, checking out new restaurants, and considers herself a "foodie."

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Mayra Abrams

Assistant Director

Mayra was born and raised in Southern California. Prior to joining USC Marshall, she spent eight years working at Mount St. Mary's College (MSMC) in Los Angeles in the Registrar's Office and then the Advisement Center where she first served as an Academic Advisor and then as Associate Director. She completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at MSMC and has completed an Executive Master's of Leadership in the Price School at USC.  Mayra  leads our efforts related to the Marshall Recognized Student Organizations.  In her free time, Mayra enjoys traveling, camping and spending time with her family and friends.

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Monika Babiszkiewicz

Assistant Director

Monika was born and raised in Southern California. She earned her BA degrees in International Economics and Spanish from University of California, Los Angeles, and her MS degree in College Counseling and Student Services from California State University, Northridge. Prior to joining the Marshall Undergraduate Advising team, Monika worked as a Counselor at USC’s Financial Aid Office and served as an Academic Advisor at the Leventhal School of Accounting. In addition to advising business students, Monika oversees our Marshall First-Year Experience (FYE) Program, and assists with scholarship selection and minor advising efforts. In her free moments, Monika enjoys swimming, dancing, exploring new places, and spending time with her family and friends.

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Katrina Arce

Assistant Director Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs

Born and raised in New York City, Katrina received a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education/Special Education from New York University, and went on to pursue a Master of Arts in Postsecondary and Higher Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to moving to Los Angeles and joining USC, Katrina served as the Assistant Director of New Student Programs at Baruch College, CUNY in Manhattan, New York. Katrina has experience in a variety of areas in higher education including the first-year experience, orientation, leadership development, and student activities. At Marshall, she is involved in New Student Orientation and the Marshall Connections Program (MCP). In her spare time she enjoys traveling, watching movies, and spending time with family and friends.

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Jeffrey Teng

Assistant Director Undergraduate Advising and Student Affairs

Jeff Teng received his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies with an emphasis in Organization in the American Workplace at UC Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley, Jeff moved back to Southern California and earned his Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at USC. While earning his degree, Jeff also worked full time at the USC Financial Aid Office as a counselor and the Senior Assistant Director of the Aid Coordination unit. After leaving the financial aid office, Jeff spent five years as Assistant Director at Viterbi Admissions and Student Affairs where he served as an Academic Advisor to primarily first-year Engineering students. Jeff’s experience in financial aid and academic advising will make him a valuable resource to our students. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys going to the movies and watching live shows and concerts.

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Norma Ramirez

Academic Advisor

Born and raised in southern California, Norma attended the University of California, Irvine and received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Literature. After working in the private sector, Norma went on to earn a Masters in Public Administration from CSU Dominguez Hills where she researched educational attainment and graduation rates of Latino students at the CSU. She previously worked at USC with the Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education before moving to Seattle to pursue a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Washington (UW) where she focused on the access and retention of first generation, underrepresented, and low-income students. Prior to joining Marshall, she was with UW’s College Assistance Migrant Program for five and a half years where she served first as the academic adviser then as assistant director.  Norma brings to USC a variety of experiences in higher education including academic advising, student programming, and leadership development. In her spare time, Norma enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and exploring new restaurants.

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Allie Fitz

Academic Advisor

Allie is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. As an undergraduate at Harvard she majored in Romance Languages and Literatures, concentrating in French and Francophone Studies. After college, she moved to Los Angeles and worked in the film industry before finding her way to into higher education as an Academic Advisor at the Kuwait Cultural Office. After earning her master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Louisiana State University, Allie served as the Coordinator for Transition Programs at Colorado State University. Allie has extensive experience working with new students as they transition into college, including in the areas of program development, student leadership development, and transfer student support. She is excited to bring these skills to the undergraduate advising team at Marshall and empower Marshall students to achieve their goals. Outside of work, Allie loves adventuring with her dog, reading, and sampling the amazing food options in and around southern California.

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Tina Nguyen

Academic Advisor

Tina was born and raised in sunny southern California in Garden Grove, California after her parents left their homeland in Vietnam. She first attended Orange Coast College and transferred to the University of California, Berkeley to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare with an emphasis in Education and Asian American Studies. She started her professional pathway in education by working with middle school students, but later realized she was interested in finding her way back into higher education. Prior to joining Marshall, she served as an Assistant Director and Senior Assistant Director with Undergraduate Admission for over four years and brings a variety of experience in working with both freshmen and transfer students, developing social media efforts, building the Transfer Student Ambassador program, and hosting overnight programs. In addition, she pursued and recently completed her Master of Education in Educational Counseling with USC's Rossier School of Education. You can always find her immersed in the beauty of nature, trying new food spots, creating music, and spending time with loved ones in her free time. Go bears, but fight on (forever)!

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Daisy Villa

Academic Advisor

Daisy Villa is originally from the sunny Southern California neighborhood of Gardena, but she also calls Philadelphia her second home. After receiving her B.A in Human Development and Social Relations from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, she relocated to Philadelphia where she worked in college success and retention initiatives for under-resourced communities and decided to pursue her M.S.Ed in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Daisy worked at Philadelphia Higher Education for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) at UPenn overseeing a college retention program called the Next Steps AmeriCorps, supporting first- generation and economically disadvantage college students through civic engagement, mentorship and leadership development. Most recently, Daisy worked as an Academic Navigator at Mills College within the office of Advising, Career and Global Learning where she provided academic support to students on academic probation. Daisy enjoys bike rides along her neighborhood, exploring new restaurants and spending time with her family.

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Elizabeth Rubalcava

Academic Advisor

Elizabeth Rubalcava was born and raised in Southern California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UC Riverside, where she was a Peer Mentor and first realized her passion for helping students succeed. She went on to earn a Master of Education in Student Affairs from UCLA. Prior to becoming an Academic Advisor at USC, Elizabeth was an Academic Advisor at Cal State LA, an intern at the LGBT Campus Resource Center at UCLA, and a Program Assistant at the Academic Resource Center at UC Riverside. Elizabeth is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for students and empowering them to achieve their personal and academic goals. In her free time, she loves to read, go camping with her dog, and spend time with family and friends.

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Patricia Ramos

Office Coordinator

Patricia was born and raised in Southern California. She moved to Seattle after high school to attend Seattle University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Her most memorable experience at Seattle University was serving as peer mentor for the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Patricia also attended the University of Washington where she received certificates in Project Management and Contract Management & Design. While in Seattle, Patricia worked with a global consultancy for six years and enjoyed supporting their Education Initiatives. She is excited to be a part of an institution and culture that fosters student success. In her free time she enjoys traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her family.

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Natalie Ryan

Student Services Assistant

Natalie is a Philadelphia native who graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (PITT) with a degree in rhetoric and communication, concentrating in media studies and marketing. After interning with both PITT media relations and The Philadelphia Eagles' marketing, she instead discovered a deeply-rooted passion for working with students and connecting communities to resources. Expanding her foundation in this area, she spends most of her time mentoring and volunteering while currently pursuing a master's degree in counseling at the USC Rossier School of Education. Prior to her role at Marshall, Natalie worked as a college advisor through Rossier's Center for Enrollment Research, Policy, and Practice, where she assisted first-generation, low-income, underrepresented, high school seniors with the college application process. Additionally, she has had positions with Rossier's Office of Admissions and Scholarships, A Place Called Home, the Los Angeles Education Partnership, and Los Angeles Team Mentoring. Natalie is a daughter, sister, aunt, friend, ally, and dog mom. She spends her free time enjoying music, playing and watching sports, training her dogs, working on creative projects, relaxing outside, and visiting her family and friends back East.

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