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Orientation Steering Committee

Welcome! We've been waiting for you!

We, the 2015 Orientation Steering Committee, are pleased to welcome you to Cornell University!

The goal of the Orientation Steering Committee is to foster a safe environment in which volunteers successfully plan and execute an enjoyable and extraordinary Orientation that builds student leadership, promotes teamwork, gives back to Cornell, and welcomes new students and families to the Cornell Community by encouraging students to cultivate new relationships and increase their independence while exploring their new home.

We look forward to the challenge of meeting your every need to get ready to tackle your collegiate career at Cornell University.


JosephOrientation Steering Chair

Name: Joe
Hometown: Vestal, New York
College & Major: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Communication
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I love Breaking Bad, How I Met Your Mother, Selena Gomez, and eating. My favorite breakfast cereal is Captain Crunch (the original, none of that Crunchberry nonsense) and my favorite animal is the dolphin.
Activities at Cornell: President and Mascot with the Cornell Big Red Bears, CALS Student Ambassador, and avid intramural sportsman (especially soccer and water polo)
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2013, Orientation Steering Committee 2013-2014.
Favorite Places at Cornell: Trail around Beebe Lake, and anywhere in the Cornell Plantations (especially during the fall)
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: PMA 2800 - Introduction to Acting. It's such an entertaining, quirky, close-knit class that you can't help but lower your inhibitions and have fun.
Favorite Cornell Memory: Going sledding down Libe Slope with my friends one snowy night during my freshman year, using flattened cardboard boxes and cafeteria trays as makeshift
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: I love going to Men's Hockey games and chanting and singing with the Lynah Faithful student section. And when Cornell plays Harvard, we throw raw fish on the ice!
Advice to New Students: Branch out and try new things. See a club you might be remotely interested in joining? Go to one of their meetings. Think you might enjoy doing research with one of your professors? Ask about their research and how you can get involved. Talk to anyone and everyone. There are endless opportunities here at Cornell, and you will only find what you truly love doing by exploring as much as possible.

TraceyName: Tracey
Hometown: Binghamton, NY
College & Major: College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Applied Economics & Management
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I am a 79th generation descendant of Confucius! (Yes, his great wisdom has indeed passed down...)
Activities at Cornell: I am a publicist for AIESEC, a marketing associate for The Thread Magazine, and a Cayuga's Watcher.
Favorite Places at Cornell: The backyard of the A.D. White House next to the Big Red Barn, the Willard Straight Hall Garden Room, and the path around Beebe Lake.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Language of Chemistry, Consumer Behavior, Managerial Economics
Favorite Cornell Memory: Going to the Cornell vs. Harvard hockey game, buying raw fish beforehand at Wegman's, throwing it onto the ice, and chanting alongside the sea of red around me.
Advice to New Students: Dare to try the things that scare you the most right now. One day, they could be the things that you love the most.

 

CaseyName: Casey
Hometown: Marathon, NY
College & Major: College of Human Ecology, Human Development
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I am extremely fond of elderly populations, and want to spend my career working with aging groups. I love cows and grew up on a farm. I sing shamelessly in the shower and in my car. I like all things involving craftiness: knitting, crocheting, sewing, baking, painting, making collages, etc. I have a phobia of all rodents or things that are rodent-like, and the number of squirrels and chipmunks on Cornell's campus is extremely disconcerting to me. I watch more Netflix than anyone ever should. I have re-watched all of the seasons of Family Guy, Gilmore Girls, Lost, Grey's Anatomy, Archer, Private Practice, and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit multiple times. I love playing basketball and was on the varsity team in my high school. I am a huge fan of Cornell's basketball and baseball teams. The number one thing on my bucket list is to go to a movie theater and watch a movie by myself. My favorite color is brown or beige, depending on the day. My laugh constantly changes. I always sneeze more than once. I prefer humor in sarcastic form.
Activities at Cornell: Research assistant in the Healthy Aging Laboratory, Member of Cornell University Queer-Straight Alliance, Member of PATCH: Pre-Professional Association Towards Careers in Health, Patient Advocate at Cortland Regional Medical Center, Member of Cornell University Increasing Multicultural Admissions & Gains in Enrollment, Member of Red Carpet Society
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Supervisor 2014, Orientation Leader 2013
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: HD 3600: Human Bonding; HD 4590: Transitions Across the Lifespan; NS 1150: Nutrition, Health, and Society; BIOMI 2911: General Microbiology Laboratory.
Favorite Places at Cornell:  Upper floors of Martha Van Rensselaer Hall, Wooden Bridge on the nature path between Rhodes Hall and Collegetown, Plantations, Johnson Museum in the middle of the day, Bartels Hall basketball court, Hoy Field
Favorite Cornell Memory: Creating Slope Day shirts with my suitemates. It took forever, and paint went all over, but the shirts turned out amazing and we had a blast making them, and then showing them off.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: New Cornell Tradition: Attend a baseball or basketball game. We need a large fan crowd to show our athletes some support!
Advice to New Students: It is okay to feel terrified. It may not seem like it, but everyone is as as unsure as you are. The entire Cornell community is behind you 100% and you will be successful.

ColtonName: Colton
Hometown: Leesburg, VA
College & Major: Hotel Administration, Hotel Administration
Year of Graduation: 2017
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I have traveled to over 35 different countries, and I was the first openly gay football player at my high school and received all state defensive line recognition.
Activities at Cornell: My biggest extracurricular at Cornell definitely my a capella group, Last Call, where I serve as the Gig Manager and Social Chair. I also serve as a Hotel School Orientation
Volunteer Experience: OL my sophomore year!
Favorite Places at Cornell: For talking with friends, definitely the little pong in between the A.D. White building and Uris Hall. For studying, hands down the Law Library.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Two of my favorite classes were in Intro to Hotel Ops and Management Communications. Both Professors McCarthy and Quagliata really got to know their students and made me feel at home. I'm still in close contact with them today!
Favorite Cornell Memory: Getting sung into my a capella group on newbie night!
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Crossing the Thurston Bridge on my way to class freshman year.
Advice to New Students: Be open to meeting new people. While Cornell can feel a little large and intimidating at times, there are a lot of phenomenal people that make up that large crowd, so get to know some of them!

SarahName: Sarah
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
College & Major: Arts and Sciences, Chemistry
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I only like sports involving water is some form, such as snowboarding/skiing, ice hockey, windsurfing and scuba diving; I started training a bonsai tree from a twig two years ago (it's still a twig except with a couple leaves); and I was in Germany this past summer when they won their fourth World Cup title.
Activities at Cornell: Woman's Club Ice Hockey, Cornell Presidential Research Scholars, Alpha Xi Delta
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2013, Orientation Supervisor 2014
Favorite Places at Cornell: I love the Johnson Museum because the view of Ithaca and Cornell from the top floor is incredible, and the LED cosmos exhibit on the floor below is awesome. And of course I love the Dairy Bar because it has ice cream. Enough said!
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: My favorite classes were the two gym classes I took my first year; I learned to sail and snowboard and met my best friend in the process. I also loved my filmmaking class because we used old cameras with the winding film and also really fancy modern equipment.
Favorite Cornell Memory: On the way home one night after a lively hockey game, my friend and I stopped inside Willard Straight Hall to warm up because it was below freezing outside. We ran into a Contra Dance social in the big ballroom, and proceeded to spend the next hour trying and completely failing to learn the dance moves but had so much fun anyways.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: I love the Men's Hockey games because everyone has so much Big Red spirit, and it's so much fun to chant  "siv siv siv" or sing the alma mater with 500 other students. I also love Harry Potter Night at Risley; the food is amazing and the dining room really does look like Hogwarts.

TiffanyName: Tiffany
Hometown: Sayville, NY
College & Major: Arts and Sciences, Chemistry
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: My hometown was named The Friendliest Town in America. My two favorite things in the world are cows and cereal (but ironically I like my cereal with soy milk). I am also one of those people who proudly listen to Christmas music year-round.
Activities at Cornell: Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Fraternity, Cornell Traditions Fellow, Marriott Student Learning Center Monitor
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2013, Orientation Supervisor 2014
Favorite Places at Cornell: Physical Sciences Building, the top of the clock tower, the suspension bridge
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Music 1312: History of Rock, Engl 3790: Reading Nabokov
Favorite Cornell Memory: Climbing the clock tower for the first time. I'm from Long Island and love climbing to the top of lighthouses, so it was one of the first things I did here.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Homecoming! I love how so many alumni come back for it and hope that I will too in the future!


Alek2Name: Alek
Hometown: Media, PA
College & Major: Engineering - Independent Major (Operations Research and Chemical Engineering)
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: If you ask me what my initials are you'll probably have to keeping ASKing (Alek Stephen Korzeniowski). In addition to this, if I'm not out playing sports or getting injured, you can usually find me watching countless varieties of crime shows on TV.
Activities at Cornell: Orientation Steering Committee, Club Ultimate Frisbee, Cornell Republicans, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Zeta Psi Fraternity, Inter-fraternity Council Publicity Committee, LGBTQ-Ally Ambassador Program, Greek Health and Wellness Committee, Up 'Til Dawn (Philanthropy)
Volunteer Experience: Second Year on the Orientation Steering Committee, Orientation Leader and Orientation Assistant August 2013, Red Carpet Society Spring 2013
Favorite Places at Cornell: Libe slope, Cornell Plantations, Dairy Bar
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Anthropology of Parenting ANTHR 3305 or Intro to Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship in Engineering ENGRI 1270
Favorite Cornell Memory: My favorite Cornell tradition is by far Slope Day as it is a great way to celebrate the end of the year before finals.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Work hard. Even though Cornell can be tough at times, just keep working and don't be afraid to ask for help.


KyleName: Kyle
Hometown: Larchmont, NY
College & Major: College of Engineering, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I was born in Singapore and I've also lived in Australia and Brooklyn, NY. I can eat an entire slice of Papa John's pizza in one bite. I've grown out my full mustache twice - and probably will soon for a third time. I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Activities at Cornell: Treasurer of Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity, Cornell Club Ultimate Frisbee Team, Delta Phi Fraternity.
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2013, Orientation Supervisor 2014
Favorite Places at Cornell: Alcoves in Duffield, Top of the Physical Sciences Building, the Slope, Mac's Cafe, Mann Study Rooms.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Mechanical Synthesis (MAE 2250) because I got to work with a 3D printer and machining equipment.
Favorite Cornell Memory: One day first semester I had to go to the Cornell Orchards (near the Vet School) for my Engineering Seminar. I was with some people in the class, and I insisted I knew where it was so we walked. I brought them to the Plantations instead, and then we found a map and walked to the Orchards. After showing up half an hour late, we realized everyone else took the bus there. On the bright side, I learned how to navigate the eastern part of campus on foot.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Dragon Day is awesome. I love seeing the architects running around campus advertising for it, and having it culminate in seeing the actual dragon paraded down East Ave with everyone shouting and cheering.
Advice to New Students: Don't take yourself too seriously and, regardless of how corny it sounds, be yourself and be unique.

SandeepName: Sandeep
Hometown: Queens, NY
College & Major: College of Engineering, Computer Science
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I love eating double chocolate chip cookies. When I'm stressed out I like to just drive my car without any destination. If I were to meet someone who is currently dead, it would be Abraham Lincoln. Favorite shows: Mentalist, Suits, House of Cards and Person of Interest. I'm always about doing something efficiently.
Activities at Cornell: Cornell Sitara
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader, 2013, Orientation Steering Committee 2013-14
Favorite Places at Cornell: On top of Olin Library overlooking Arts Quad
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Python (it's a computer language), Perception, Cognition & Development (FWS), Archery (yet to take)
Favorite Cornell Memory: I first went to Olin Hall and Uris Hall, looking for Olin and Uris libraries during my first semester of freshman year. Glad there wasn't a Mann Hall.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend:  Dragon Day - I imagine a duel between the architecture students' Dragon and the Engineers' Phoenix when they meet.
Advice to New Students: Make sure to explore all of campus by the end of your first year.

BobbyName: Bobby
Hometown: North Wales, PA
College & Major: College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology and History Double Major
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I am a juggler literally and figuratively! I love spending my summers in Stone Harbor, New Jersey. I am a huge fan of top forty jams, the Food Network, and walking backwards.
Activities at Cornell: When I am not working on the Orientation Steering Committee, I am a Tour-Guide/Information Specialist for Campus Information and Visitor Relations, Vice Chair of the Peer Review Board, a research assistant in Reyna Laboratory for Rational Decision Making, and an active member of Alpha Xi Delta fraternity.
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader, 2013, Orientation Steering Committee 2013-2014
Favorite Places at Cornell: I love relaxing on the top of Libe slope or under a tree on the Arts Quad especially during the crisp fall weather or start of spring.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: Developmental Psychopathology or Psychology in the Law
Favorite Cornell Memory: Running up the 161 steps of the Cornell Clocktower with full backpacks with some great friends from my Freshman floor. We made up just in time for the 6 o'clock chimes show starting off with "Call Me Maybe" and closing with our Alma Mater. The view of the campus was incredible, and we celebrated after the show by trekking to our first dinner together on West.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: My favorite Cornell Tradition would be the Pumpkin Story! As the story goes, it was a cold October Eve in 1997 when a 60 pound pumpkin found its way to the top of the Clocktower. Cornellians rose to the task and developed a few pretty creative stories for this feat. For instance, Cornell Outdoor Education claimed to have scaled the tower with the pumpkin on their backs, ROTC boasted to have used a helicopter to fly to the top, and some engineers stated they designed a catapult to have it stick its landing. Every time I tell the story on my campus tours, it makes me smile at Cornell's finesse, creativity, and history.
Advice to New Students: Cornell will offer you many chances to expand your intellectual interests, join a new organization, or meet people from across the nation and the globe. Always remember to challenge yourself to be open and embrace these opportunities. Looking back at the fun experiences, new perspectives and great people, you'll be thrilled you did.


EthanName: Ethan
Hometown: Millburn, NY
College & Major: College of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Year of Graduation: 2017
Interesting Facts About Yourself: When I was younger, I really liked magic tricks -- I still remember a few ones that may or may not blow your mind.
Activities at Cornell: I am a member of Cornell Baja Racing, an engineering project team. I'm also co-recruitment Chair for Cornell running club.
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader, 2014
Favorite Places at Cornell: The plantations, especially in late fall, early winter.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: I took Introduction to Acting (PMA 2800) second semester freshman year. It was a great way to try something new and different from my engineering courses. Also, Math 1920 with Professor Stillman was a really fun and engaging class.
Favorite Cornell Memory: Working on problem sets with my friends in Clark at night. We'd get a lot of work done, but also have a great time. Clark has great rolling chairs so we'd race each other around during study breaks.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: The legend of the Pumpkin and the Clock tower. The fact that it still remains a mystery and the extent Cornell went to figuring out what happened is a great story.
Advice to New Students: Don't be afraid to smile and say hello to someone. You can make a lot of friends that way. Also, form study groups! They helped me get through a lot of classes freshman year, as well as meet new people.

LaurenName: Lauren
Hometown: Setauket, NY
College & Major: College of Human Ecology, Human Development
Year of Graduation: 2017
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I don't know how interesting these facts are, but: I'm a stockholder of the Green Bay Packers, I have two fake teeth, I was in a commercial when I was in junior high (height of my awkward stage), and I was born at 11:11.
Activities at Cornell: I am a REACH tutor and a member of the Pediatric Cancer Awareness Club. I'm a goalie for the club lacrosse team, and I have basically sold my soul to intramurals (I'm on at least one team for every sport, and I work as referee). I am also a member of the sorority Alpha Chi Omega!
Orientation Volunteer Experience: I was an orientation leader my sophomore year.
Favorite Places at Cornell: My three favorite places at Cornell are the Leo Villareal's Cosmo exhibit on the ceiling of the Johnson Museum (I love watching it from the slope at night), Low Rise 6 Unit 4 Lounge, and Bethe Auditorium.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell: I'm currently taking HD 2200 "The Human Brain and Mind: An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience," and since I have a neuroscience concentration all the material is relevant to what I want to do, and I find it really interesting. I also really enjoyed taking NS1150.
Favorite Cornell Memory: I don't have one specific memory that sticks out above the others, but I loved my freshman dorm and all the nights we spent together definitely made for some treasured memories and friendships.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: My favorite traditions are 161 Things and Slope Day!
Advice to New Students: Put yourself out there. Coming to college is a completely new experience that will be exciting, scary, difficult, and fun all at the same thing. It is easy to sit on the sideline and watch things happen, but you'll find the people and things you love once you get involved, even in the most unlikely of places.

MannyName: Manny
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College & Major: Arts and Sciences, Biology
Year of Graduation: 2016
Interesting Facts About Yourself: I was born left handed, but eventually somehow became right handed, I can hold a handstand for almost 5 whole seconds now, outside of Ithaca and NYC, I have yet to explore the East Coast, and I love spicy food--the spicier the better.
Activities at Cornell: Aside from participating on the Orientation Steering Committee, I am the goalie on the Cornell Men's Water Polo team. I also do research on campus in Scanlon Lab, am an Arts and Sciences Ambassador, and am involved with Cornell Music Vs.
Orientation Volunteer Experience: Orientation Leader 2013, Orientation Steering Committee 2013-2014.
Favorite Places at Cornell: If I have to be super productive, then definitely the Cocktail Lounge. If I'm trying to be social and hang out with friends, then I love just taking a stroll around the beautiful campus, especially during the fall.
Favorite Classes or Lecture at Cornell:
One of my favorite classes at Cornell was definitely Spanish 2070-Spanish for the Medical and Health Professions. If I had to choose a science-y course, I would have to choose BioChem, as it in some weird way encompasses everything I've learned over these last few years (in Biology and Chemistry), and wraps it up nicely in one course!
Favorite Cornell Memory: Having a Water Polo game at Cornell is probably something I won't forget for a very long time, with 60+ people in the stands yelling the most insane things I have ever heard at the referees and other team.
Favorite Cornell Tradition or Legend: Calling 'midterms' 'prelims', because why not.
Advice to New Students: Try out as many things as possible and meet as many people as you can physically allow yourself to! Who cares if you end up dropping 3/4 of those things and only remembering 1/30 of the names, as long as you gave yourself the opportunity to choose what you enjoy most.

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