Orientation Staff

Contact the Orientation Office (6/1-9/1)

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

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Eleanor Oi
Simon School Class of 2013
Eleanor serves as Director of Orientation as well as Associate Director of Advising Services. She received a BA in Music from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster PA and is currently working towards her Masters in Business Administration from the Simon School of Business. After briefly working for Strong Hospital in the Activities Therapy Department she went back to earn her Masters in Arts Administration and Leadership Studies at Binghamton University. She has previously worked for Residence Life at Binghamton, the University of Rochester and most recently at RIT. Eleanor grew up in Rochester, NY and spent many long hours on campus during her younger days.

Karen Forsythe
Class of 2005
Karen Forsythe joined the CCAS staff in November 2011 after working the previous year as an academic advisor in the Multidisciplinary Studies Center. Karen now serves as the Take Five Program administrator and is a member of the Orientation Team. She received her BA in Anthropology from the University of Rochester and graduated as a Take Five Scholar in 2006. Following graduation, she volunteered teaching English in Chile and later worked for the Institute of International Education both in New York City and Chicago. Karen has recently begun exploring coursework through the Warner School of Education in pursuit of a Master's degree.

Stephanie Gosson
Warner School Class of 2012
Stephanie Gosson joined CCAS in the fall of 2010 as a graduate assistant. In January 2012 she was promoted to secretary and then to academic advisor in August 2012. Stephanie is a member of the Orientation Team, helps to facilitate the Peer Advising Program, and provides general advisement to students in the College of Arts and Sciences. Stephanie earned a B.A. in Sociology from Nazareth College and an M.S. in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs from the Warner School of Education.

Matt Spielmann
Class of 2009
Matt serves as the Orientation and Student Activities Coordinator. When he is not working Orientation, Matt advises the Academic Undergraduate Councils, Pre-Professional Organizations and Honor Societies. Matt graduated from the University of Rochester in 2009, where he earned his BA in Political Science and Russian. He also completed the Take 5 Scholars program, studying Astronomy and Philosophy. After graduation, Matt worked at the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit that provides leadership development for federal employees. Most recently, he worked at Ray Group International, a federal contractor for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Originally from Coram, NY (Long Island), Matt is excited to call Rochester home.

Nick Benjamin
Class of 2014
Nick Benjamin is a senior majoring in Mathematics and Economics who came to the University of Rochester from Oneonta, New York. When he is not busy studying for his next big exam, you can find him involved in a plethora of activities. You can often find Nick hustling to the Commons to grab an energy drink, listening to music in Rush Rhees, or chatting with friends in ITS. Nick enjoys being involved in many campus organizations. He is employed with Event Support, Admissions, and Orientation. He also serves as the President of Phi Kappa Tau, Vice-Chairman of the Interfraternity Council, Vice-President of the Order of Omega, a Student Association Senator, and a Student Alumni Ambassador. When not occupied with these activities, Nick enjoys playing racquetball, snowboarding, and going out and meeting new friends. He credits his own Freshman Orientation experience with igniting his passion for the U of R. Nick is very excited to be part of the Orientation team and looks forward to kicking off the 2013-2014 school year right!

Matt McCormick
Class of 2015
Matt McCormick is a junior majoring in International Relations and Religion and Classics. A Rochester Native, Matt spends his time outside class playing and traveling with the Rochester Ultimate Frisbee team to tournaments around the North East. Matt’s varied interests have led him to participate in the Todd Theater Program on campus, be a member of hall council, and work as a D’lion in the Susan B. Anthony dorm. Always lively, Matt can be seen running around campus and seems to know almost everyone, from seniors to freshmen, from some event or class! When he’s not busy meeting someone else, you can find Matt adventuring around campus or into the city trying to find somewhere new to explore and share with friends or residents. This will be Matt’s third orientation and he is determined to make this the biggest and best yet for the class of 2017!

Emma Pollock
Class of 2016
Every year, Emma Pollock makes the long journey to the University from beautiful Rochester, New York (a whole 7 minute drive). She is a sophomore following a Pre-Vet track, majoring in Religion and minoring in Biology. She has been a coxswain for 6 years and is currently coxing for the women’s varsity rowing team. When she’s not busy studying, she is planning this year’s Winterfest Weekend on the Campus Activities Board’s executive board. You can often find her trekking back from morning practice down the river, carrying what would seem to be a lunch box (it really isn’t). You might even find yourself to be on her hall this year, for she will be the best D’lion reppin’ Gannett 4. If Emma isn’t on campus, she is either volunteering as an EMT for her local ambulance or riding horses. This is Emma’s first time taking part in Orientation from the other side, and could not possibly be more excited to welcome the Class of 2017 to the University of Rochester!

Jake Prah
Class of 2014
Jake Prah is a senior from Cleveland, Ohio majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering and minoring in Business. When he is not in a classroom or a computer lab, Jake serves on the leadership team for the University of Rochester Christian Fellowship. He is a member of College Democrats and on occasion does engineering work for WRUR. In addition, Jake works as an Academic Tutor, helping fellow students in subjects ranging from economics to physics. When he has free time, which can be rare for an engineering major, he can be found in Goergen Athletic Center draining three-point shots, around campus listening to music, playing video games, or around Rochester exploring what the city has to offer. Jake is extremely excited to be a part of the orientation team, and can’t wait to welcome the class of 2017 to the U of R community.