Orientation Staff

Contact the Orientation Office (5/28-9/1)

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

Office Hours:

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

About

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.

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.

Brittany Lang
Brittany Lang currently serves as Administrative Support in The College Center for Advising Services. She received her B.A. in Dance and Photography from the College at Brockport in 2011, and is looking to pursue a Masters degree at the University of Rochester. Before coming to work at the University, she worked for First Niagara Bank in Henrietta, NY. Brittany currently dances for FuturPointe Dance in Rochester, the company has toured internationally and nationally this year. Brittany has been a part of the Orientation team for two years and is excited to be a part of the University as well as the Orientation program.

Dale Hess
Dale Hess joined the CCAS staff in May 2014 after working the previous year as a lecturer in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Rochester. Dale now serves as the Take Five Program administrator and is a member of the Orientation Team. He received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University at Buffalo after previously completing B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. In addition to his education in the United States, Dale studied in Norway and Canada as a visiting graduate student. Originally from the area, he is proud to call Rochester his home.

Karen Forsythe
Class of 2005
Karen Forsythe is an International Student Counselor in CCAS and manages the International Student Mentor Program. She completed her MS in Higher Education Administration from the Warner School of Education at UR and received her BA in Anthropology from UR after completing the Take Five Scholars Program in 2006. Prior to joining the staff at UR, Karen volunteered teaching English in Chile and later worked for the Institute of International Education both in New York City and Chicago.

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 this past May. 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!

Molly Joliff
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!

Anima Ghimire
Class of 2015
Anima Ghimire, a senior majoring in Neuroscience and History, comes from Kathmandu and Ames, Iowa. She works in the Strong Memorial Emergency Department as a Research Associate (where she seen too much) and is also a TA for Organic Chemistry Lab. When she is not cooped up inside reading papers and giant textbooks, she enjoys going to Eastman concerts, visiting the Memorial Art Gallery, watching movies at Hoyt with friends, and working out at the gym after eating too much candy from the Common Market. She tries to sleep when she can, but declares that there is just too much fun to be had at the U of R! Anima is excited to be part of the Orientation team because it is a weeklong bonding event with the whole school. It will, no doubt, be a spectacular week, and she cannot wait to share it with the Class of 2018!

Liz Beson
Class of 2017
Liz Beson is a sophomore majoring in American Sign Language and International Relations who hails from the small town of Linwood, Michigan. When the sun is out, she typically can be found in her natural habitat (on the academic quad, lying on a bright blue beach towel). When she's not outside with friends, Liz may be in Carlson doing homework, at a Class Council meeting, at ASL Club Silent Coffee, or in Starbucks with her sisters from Alpha Phi. She is also a Student Alumni Ambassador and the Illustrator for Campus Times (so you should pick up a copy of the paper and see what's happening at our school every Thursday -- and check out the pretty pictures!). If you do happen to run into her, it will most likely be near food, as eating is one of her favorite activities. Liz cannot wait to welcome the Class of 2018 to campus, and is looking forward to an exciting and fun-filled orientation experience!

Liz Klinger
Class of 2015
Liz Klinger is a senior from Akron, Ohio, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Spanish. She serves with the Students' Association Projects and Services Committee, is a member of College Democrats, and frequently can be found Wilson Commons Starbucks, where she both works as a barista and relaxes with friends. In previous years, Liz was a D'lion in Gilbert Hall; last fall she studied abroad in London. She enjoys singing and playing guitar, cooking, and binge watching political dramas. Liz is very excited to be a part of this year's Orientation team and can't wait to welcome the Class of 2018 to the University of Rochester!

Rebecca Bergman
Class of 2015
Rebecca Bergman is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry. A junior from Syracuse, New York, Becca transferred from Dartmouth College to UR. She absolutely loves it here! Becca is president and founder of the Rush Rhees Reads book club and on the cross-country team. When she's neither reading nor running, Becca interns at URMC in the Goldman Neurology lab and participates in her lab's Science Journal club. In her free time, Becca enjoys hanging out with friends, having coffee dates at Starbucks and Connections, and studying in her favorite library spots. She can't wait to be part of Orientation for transfers, international students and the Class of 2018. It's going to be a great program!

Stephen Wegman
Class of 2017
Stephen Wegman is a sophomore from the warm and sunny city of Rochester, New York! He is planning on majoring in Financial Economics and Psychology. Though he's almost always running around campus between meetings and classes, your best bet to find him is by going to his favorite hiding spot: the old stacks. Steve is the Academics Chair on Students' Association Government, Business Manager of the 2017 Class Council, a member of the Meridian Society, a Student Alumni Ambassador, and an avid intramural Frisbee player. He likes to have long conversations with friends and sing along to his favorite jams. Steve is super stoked to welcome the Class of 2018 at this year's Orientation!