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GContact the Orientation Office (5/19-8/30)

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 that concluded in 2012. After being involved with Student Affairs at the College of William and Mary, as well as Lasell College, he has now joined our beloved University of Rochester as the Assistant Director of Orientation and First-Year Programs. When Justin isn’t beaming with pride about his daughter you can probably find him randomly bursting into song or including “Meliora” into everyday conversation. Justin is looking forward to welcoming all of our incoming students to campus this year and can’t wait to start this new journey 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!

Adrian Harwood


Adrian was born in Windsor, Canada and moved to Maastricht, The Netherlands during his late childhood years where he developed a passion for multicultural understanding. His experiences abroad forged the path for him to major in International Relations and minor in both History and Psychology at the University of Rochester. During his free time, Adrian loves to strum on his guitar and read about modern world history, he is also a teaching assistant for lower level psychology courses. Adrian aspires to make a meaningful impact on the manner in which we approach understanding cultural differences, and the growing significance of embracing multiculturalism in our ever increasingly globalized world. And where does this begin? -- With the class of 2021!

Tiffany Nicholas


Hailing from the warm and far away land of Pittsford, NY (which is actually 10.7 miles away according to Google Maps), Tiffany is a rising junior majoring in biomedical engineering with a potential minor in music. She can often be found working on problem sets in the library, playing guitar for No Jackets Required, or volunteering with her brothers in Alpha Phi Omega. An expert at walking backwards from her job as a tour guide, Tiffany also loves being a teaching assistant for the biomedical engineering department and a tutor for the LEAP program, which works with local elementary school kids. She enjoys baking cupcakes, binge-watching Parks and Rec, and listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, Non-Stop. Tiffany is so excited to be a part of the orientation team this summer and she can’t wait to help welcome the Class of 2021 to the Yellow Jacket family!

Elizabeth Priore


Elizabeth is a double major in Business and Linguistics hailing from the very snowy suburbs of Buffalo. She loves all things languages and is also completing a Spanish minor. When she isn't working in Rush Rhees, Elizabeth enjoys singing with her 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 2021!

Tayfun Sahin


Tayfun Sahin is California-born but now lives in Highland Park, IL, and is majoring in Chemical Engineering. He's a part of the Debate team, Pride Network, and student government as a Senator. In his free time, you might find him playing flute, watching anime, reading fantasy books, or even taking a jog along the Genesee. He is very excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2021, and show everything the University has to offer! 

Scott Saucier


A native of Wolcott, Connecticut, Scott Saucier is an Economics and Political Science double major. Scott can often be found in or around 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.

Shawn Bihler


Shawn, originally from Olean, NY, has spent the last five years at the University of Rochester. As an Undergraduate Shawn majored in psychology and minored in Spanish. After graduating in 2016 he quickly made a transition to the University’s Warner School of Education where he is now working towards a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling. As an undergraduate Shawn was apart of Pride Network, the ASL Club, and PSI CHI. As a graduate student Shawn has stayed connected through his Spirit Coordinator position within the Student Activities Office. Shawn is super happy to be helping with Orientation this year and can’t wait to welcome the incoming Class of 2021!