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.

Matt Spielmann

Class of 2009
Email: matthew.spielmann@rochester.edu
Matt serves as the Orientation and Student Activities Coordinator. When he is not working Orientation, Matt works for Wilson Commons Student Activities advising the Academic Undergraduate Councils, Pre-Professional Organizations, Honor Societies and co-advising the Freshmen Fellows. 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 in Washington, DC as a federal contractor. But he couldn't resist the opportunity to work for his alma mater. Originally from Coram, NY (Long Island), Matt is excited to call Rochester home.

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.

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!

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!

Cody Civiletto

Class of 2015, KEY
Email: c.civiletto@rochester.edu
Cody Civiletto, a fifth year student participating in the Kauffman Entrepreneurial Year (KEY Program), is originally from Jamestown, NY. When he isn’t working on his KEY project, he is working towards his B.S. in Neuroscience with a minor in Psychology. On campus Cody serves as the general manager for one of the University’s all-male a cappella groups, the Midnight Ramblers. He has a strong passion for music coupled with an equal passion for scientific discovery. Throughout his time at the UR, Cody has performed research in three different departments in addition to studying abroad twice (Italy Summer 2012 & New Zealand Fall 2013). During Orientation week if you’re ever looking to chat about Hobbit culture, Cody’s your man. He’s excited and proud to serve as a leader for the Class of 2019 orientation and looks forward to your arrival!

Gaella Kabeya

Class of 2018
Email: gkabeya@u.rochester.edu
Gaella Kabeya is a sophomore from Lusaka, Zambia. She is working on a double major in Brain and Cognitive Science and Business. She is passionate about entrepreneurship and learning. She joined the orientation team in order to share her passion for the University of Rochester. Her favorite time on campus is during finals week because everybody is studying so hard, it's contagious. You cannot afford to slack! She enjoys the outdoors and a good pair of sunglasses.

Jackie Meyer

Class of 2018
Email: jmeyer18@u.rochester.edu
Jackie Meyer is a sophomore from Simsbury, Connecticut, double-majoring in Mathematics and French. She loves to play viola, and she is a member of the UR Chamber Orchestra and several small ensembles on campus. During the snowy Rochester winter, you can find her skating at Genesee Valley Ice Rink or skiing with the Recreational Ski and Snowboard club. When the weather starts to get warmer, she will often be up in the bell tower of Rush Rhees library playing the carillon. During her free time (when she’s not doing math homework), Jackie enjoys watching French movies, drawing, and heading over to Eastman for some great hot cocoa at Java’s. She is excited to welcome our new class of Yellow Jackets to campus!

Tate Richards

Class of 2017
Email: tate.richards@rochester.edu
Tate Richards is a junior from Southaven, Mississippi, double-majoring in Business and Statistics. Tate is a Student Alumni Ambassador, a member of University of Rochester Freshman Orientation Outing Treks (UR FOOT), and the Vice President of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. When Tate isn’t running from meeting to meeting he is either hanging out with his friends, watching college football, or binge watching a TV series. He is very excited to welcome the Class of 2019 and incoming transfer students to the University of Rochester!

Becca Walters

Class of 2016
Email: rwalter5@u.rochester.edu
Becca Walters is a senior in the GRADE program from South Brunswick, New Jersey. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Brain and Cognitive Science and American Sign Language. She has recently returned from a lovely semester abroad in Bath, England. A Peer Career Advisor at the Career Center, she often can be found revising resumes and cover letters. She also works as a teacher and youth group advisor at Temple B'rith Kodesh. When she happens to have a rare free moment, she can be found cooking, watching obscure documentaries, or chatting with her friends. She is excited to welcome the transfer students and Class of 2019 to the University of Rochester throughout the fun-filled week of Orientation!