Orientation

Staff

2015 Orientation Leaders photoContact the Orientation Office (5/19-8/30)

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
Email: eoi@mail.rochester.edu
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.

Madeleine Aborn

Warner Class of 2016
Email: maborn@ur.rochester.edu
Madeleine serves as the Assistant Director of Orientation and Student Activities. When she is not working Orientation, Madeleine works for Wilson Commons Student Activities advising the Academic Undergraduate Councils, Pre-Professional Organizations, Honor Societies and co-advising the Freshmen Fellows. Madeleine graduated from Kalamazoo College in 2014, where she earned her BA in History. She recently completed her M.S. in Higher Education at the Warner School of Education. Originally from Manchester, Vermont, Madeleine loves cold weather and is excited to call Rochester home.

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

Meghan Phinney

Warner Class of 2014
Meghan Phinney joined the CCAS staff in February 2014 as an Academic Adviser. Meghan helps coordinate the peer advising program, reviews Independent Study/Internship proposals, and is part of the Orientation staff. She graduated with a B.S. in Communications from the College at Brockport in 2011 and went on to receive her Masters in Higher Education from the Warner School of Education at the University of Rochester in 2014. Meghan has prior experience working with new student orientation from serving as the Director of Orientation at the College at Brockport during the summer of 2013. Meghan is extremely passionate about helping incoming students and their families transition into college, so she is looking forward to meeting you all in the fall!

Shandra Kieffer


Email: shandra.kieffer@rochester.eduShandra 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!

Junior J.S. Ndlovu

Class of 2017
Email: jndlovu@u.rochester.edu
Born in Zimbabwe, Junior is an international student who is triple majoring in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. His deepest academic interests lie in moral philosophy. Currently, he is working on a research project where he is looking into the morality of the economic inequality that is prevailing in our society. He intends to attend law school upon graduating from the university. Outside classes, Junior is a member of the college's Debate Team, Chess Team and the Pan-African Students Association. During his spare time he watches movies and hangs out with friends. He is also heavily involved with a local church in Rochester.

Forrest Hangen

Class of 2019
Email: fhangen@u.rochester.edu
Forrest Hangen is from Stow, Massachusetts and majoring in psychology with a minor in Russian. He often hears, “Run Forrest Run!” as he is on the University’s Cross Country and Track teams. He also enjoys bouldering, backpacking, and generally being outside. Forrest spent two years between high school and coming to the University of Rochester living in Ukraine as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and loved it. He also loves the University of Rochester and the people he has met here. He looks forward to welcoming the Class of 2020 to the University of Rochester!

Lee Stovall

Class of 2018
Raised as a southern gentleman in his hometown, Savannah, Georgia, he has a new found love for snow. Lee is participating research in data analytics. His major in computer science keeps him very busy but his love for the field keeps him motivated. Lee is also on the varsity swim team and serves as a teaching assistant for lower level computer science classes. He is also affiliated with the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity here on campus. "This school was and is my number one choice. I can't wait to show the new incoming student body how the next four years of their lives here will be their absolute best!"

Katie Mead

Class of 2017
Email: kmead3@u.rochester.edu
Katie Mead is a senior from Albany, New York, double-majoring in Biochemistry and American Sign Language. Katie loves to play squash, and competes on the club squash team. When they aren't busy studying or working at the Jaenike lab, Katie can be found exploring the Genesee Valley Park, crocheting, or spending time with friends. They cannot wait to welcome the Class of 2020 to the University of Rochester!

Natalie Ziegler

Class of 2018
Email: nziegler@u.rochester.edu
Natalie Ziegler is from the lovely Akron, Ohio and is majoring in Anthropology and Comparative Literature and minoring in International Relations. She is a member of Students' Association Government, a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma, a DJ for WRUR, and works at Goergen Athletic Center on campus. When she is not in Rush Rhees or Robbins Library writing papers, she can usually be found in Wilson Commons working on student government projects or at work in the gym. In her free time, however, Natalie enjoys reading books or exercising by running and biking through the urban yet scenic setting surrounding campus. She also loves getting off campus with friends for coffee at Java's and a movie at the Little Theatre downtown. She is excited to welcome a new class of Yellow Jackets to their new home, and she looks forward to helping the incoming students, transfer students, and their families through the transition process.