About Us

Joe Scaffido

Director of Campus Activities
(607) 255-4169

Joe has over 20 years of experience in student activities and higher education. He specializes in event planning, contract negotiations, and advising student organizations. At Cornell, Joe has advised major programming boards, including the Cornell Concert Commission, Cornell University Program Board, and the Slope Day Programming Board. He currently oversees the student organization registration and the event registration processes. He is available for general event planning consultation, contract questions, or student organization questions.

Joe received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Computer Science and Business Economics from SUNY Potsdam, and his Master of Science Degree in Student Affairs & Higher Education from Indiana State University. He serves on the Board of Directors of the State Theatre of Ithaca.


Denice Cassaro

Program Coordinator
(607) 255-8824

Denice is a Program Coordinator in Campus Activities, where she is dedicated to providing vibrant and supportive opportunities that promote and nurture student learning, the practice of leadership, social responsibility, interpersonal skill-building and self-awareness through experiential learning. She advises student organizations and works closely with both student organizations and event planners to develop organizations and assist with the coordination of on-campus events.

Denice has a background in counseling, social work, program evaluation and social justice issues. She is also known for her Community Connection emails!


Roxanne Edsall

Operations and Administrative Assistant
(607) 255-4169

Roxanne manages the Event Registration Form (ERF) for campus event registrations and supports the student organization registration process. She collects and maintains materials required for club registration, and is available to consult with clubs and university offices about holding events on Cornell’s property. Roxanne also approves all requests for the use of the Cornell name, logo and artwork on manufactured items and coordinates the agenda for Event Management Planning Team (EMPT) meetings.


Shura Gat

Program Coordinator
(607) 255-9039

As a program coordinator in Campus Activities, Shura is dedicated to providing vibrant and supportive opportunities that promote and nurture student learning, the practice of leadership, social responsibility, interpersonal skill-building and self-awareness through experiential learning. She is part of the Mental Health Programmers Group and the SCL Sexual Violence Prevention Committee. She also advises student organizations and event planners by facilitating critical thinking and leadership skills to create programs that are engaging, inclusive and fun.

She brings her passion for supporting people through their life journeys and for the integration of mind, body and spirit into her daily work.


Carol S. James

Director of the Willard Straight Hall Resource Center
(607) 254-7491

As Director of the Willard Straight Hall Resource Center, Carol’s engagement of the student staff in the Resource Center and Bear’s Den Pub focuses on leadership development, community building and empowerment. She also serves as a Crisis Manager.

Carol has been an experiential educator for close to 25 years and draws daily on skills from that field in her role with Campus Activities. She has been teaching yoga since before the rise in its popularity!


Linda Siptrott

Program Assistant, Campus Activities; Business Manager
(607) 255-0620

Linda works closely with the Willard Straight Hall Resource Center student staff, assisting with hiring and training, staff development, and learning outcome assessment. Her passion for mentoring has driven her to work and train using a hands-on approach and to lead by example.

Linda came to the university more than 20 years ago, bringing retail and business skills and a passion for engaging with people. She believes that much learning happens outside of the classroom and teaches “life skills” - the skills that are essential for everyone to learn, and that you take wherever you go!