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Contact the Orientation Office

Email: orientation@rochester.edu
Phone: (585) 275-4414

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Eleanor Oi

Simon School Class of 2013


Eleanor H. Oi joined the CCAS staff in May 2008. She serves as Director of Orientation and Associate Director of Advising Services. She received a B.A. in Music from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster PA, Master in Arts administration and leadership studies at Binghamton University, and most recently graduated from the Simon School of Business in 2013. Prior to this position, she worked her entire career in Residence Life at Binghamton, the University of Rochester, and at RIT. Eleanor grew up in Rochester, NY and spent many long hours on campus during her younger days. She works managing Orientation, the Peer Advising Program and managing the Leadership Citation.


Justin Bruce

Justin graduated from Lafayette College with a BS in Neuroscience in 2009, followed by a Master's program at the College of William and Mary. After working in Student Affairs at William and Mary and Lasell College, he joined our beloved University of Rochester as the Assistant Director of Orientation and First-Year Programs. When Justin isn’t rhapsodizing about his baby daughter, he spontaneously bursts into song or weaves the word “Meliora” into everyday conversation. Justin looks forward to welcoming incoming students to campus this year and can’t wait to help them start their new journeys at Rochester. Meliora!


Michael Dedes

    Michael joined CCAS in February 2015. Michael is a 2009 graduate of New York University with a BA in Spanish Literature and Culture and Minor in Hellenic Studies. He earned his MS in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs from the School of Education at Syracuse University in 2011. Before Michael entered the advising world, he worked with fraternities and sororities at Syracuse University, residential life at SUNY Oswego and student activities at the University of Rochester. In CCAS, Michael serves as a general academic adviser with a focus on international students. In addition, he works on the International Mentor Program and New Student Orientation


    Shandra Kieffer

    Shandra Kieffer joined the CCAS front staff in December 2014. Shandra will also be assisting with the Take Five program, Orientation and International Students. Shandra worked at EFP Rotenberg as an administrative assistant in general admin, billing, accounts receivables and human resources. Shandra has over 15 years of administrative experience in several different fields including public accounting, construction and retail. She is extremely excited to be working for the UR and is looking forward to all of the new and exciting endeavors ahead.


    Molly Jolliff

      Molly has been working with international students at the University since 2004. She first served as in the International Services Office and in 2010 transitioned to Advising Services as an International Student Counselor and Assistant Director. She is also the lead instructor for the U.S. Life: Customs & Practices course designed to help international students succeed in their first year on campus. She has an M.S. in International Studies from St. John Fisher College and a B.A. in International Studies from Cortland State University. As you might imagine, Molly loves traveling and meeting people from other cultures!


      Peter Dean-Erlander

      2021


      Peter is a rising sophomore majoring in Optics with a Technical Theatre cluster. He enjoys hiking, climbing, and skiing around his hometown of Boise, Idaho. Although much of his free time is spent hanging lights in Todd Theatre, you can frequently find Peter playing late night games of pool at Rocky’s or camped in Wilson Commons with a cup of coffee and a good book. Peter is excited to help make Orientation a great beginning to a fantastic college experience for the Class of 2022!


      Melissa Lane

      2020


      Melissa is a rising junior from Newton, Massachusetts majoring in psychology and minoring in dance. When she is not studying in Rush Rhees, Melissa can typically be found rehearsing for performances with the Ballet Performance Group and Off Broadway On Campus. Melissa is also a member of the executive board for both clubs, as well as UR Chabad, a Jewish community organization. Melissa is thrilled to be a part of the Orientation Committee this year and cannot wait to welcome our new students to campus in August!


      Seke Mkhabela

      2021


      Seke, a rising sophomore International Relations and Economics major, hails from the lovely kingdom of Swaziland. In addition to delving into the complexities of politics and money, she likes spending time exploring the city of Rochester, playing (and losing) foosball, and being part of the Model United Nations club and Quad Hall Council. She works at an on-campus restaurant called Opti-kale as a cashier, and serves as a tour guide in the Meridian Society. Seke looks forward to giving the Class of 2022 a memorable Orientation experience!


      Tiffany Nicholas

      2019


      Tiffany grew up in the Rochester area (you can tell by her love for Wegmans) and is a rising senior majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Music. When she's not baking cupcakes, making bad puns, or watching Parks and Rec for the thousandth time, she can probably be found volunteering with her brothers in Alpha Phi Omega, working as a TA for the BME department, or trying not to trip while giving tours on campus. After working with orientation last summer, Tiffany is excited to be back this year to welcome the newest addition of Yellow Jackets to the Rochester family!


      Julia Norwood

      2020


      Hailing all the way from the 19th Ward of the City of Rochester, Julia is a Computer Science major getting ready to begin her second year at the University of Rochester after transferring from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She is fascinated by audio systems and software development, but outside of the classroom Julia loves Netflix binge watching, Disney movies, naps, and soccer. As a Rochester native, Julia looks forward to making incoming students feel just as at home as she does.


      Elizabeth Priore

      2019


      Elizabeth is a Business Management major from the snowy suburbs of Buffalo. She loves languages and is completing Spanish and Linguistic minors. When she isn't working in Rush Rhees, Elizabeth enjoys singing with the a cappella group Vocal Point and hanging out with her sisters in Alpha Phi. Elizabeth fell in love with Rochester the second she got here and she hopes to create a similar experience for the incoming class of 2022!


      Adeel Qayum

      2020


      Adeel grew up in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri and is a double major in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. When he isn't doing schoolwork, you'll see Adeel giving tours on campus as a Meridian, serving on the Executive Board for his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and watching his favorite soccer team Tottenham Hotspur. Adeel loves the collaborative and supportive environment that UR has and hopes to show the new class all the wonderful opportunities the University has to offer during orientation!


      Scott Saucier

      2019


      A native of Wolcott, Connecticut, Scott Saucier is an Economics and Political Science double major. Scott usually can be found in the workshop of the University of Rochester Baja Team. When he pries himself away from the shop, he spends his time exploring on foot or in his car that he likes to talk about way too much. Scott can't wait to help the Orientation team welcome the incoming Class of 2021.


      Karina Vasquez Moscoso

      2021


      Karina is a rising sophomore from Peru who intends to major in Psychology. When she’s not in the library or the gym, she can be found watching Netflix, listening to Latino music, and hanging out with her friends and sisters from Alpha Phi. She thinks of Rochester as her second home and she hopes to make this incoming class feel that way too. Karina can’t wait to meet the Class of 2022!


      Xinyuan (Tom) Yi

      2020


      Tom is an international student from China and he came to the city of Rochester when he was a 9th grader. He is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Philosophy and minor in Linguistics. Tom is also a huge fan of American musical theater and he is involved with the musical performance group Off Broadway On Campus. After volunteering for both Summer and Mid-Year Orientation, Tom is thrilled to be back this year to welcome the new incoming class!