About Us

We are dedicated to supporting first-year and transfer students throughout their first year, as well as upper-level students involved in Orientation and the Tatkon Center. We work together with our colleagues throughout Campus and Community Engagement, to support the student experience.

Meet the New Student Programs Staff

Lindsay Hansen

Director of Residential and New Student Programs
(607) 254-2252

Lindsay received her B.A. in Economics and French from Hamilton College, and her M.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of South Carolina.  Prior to coming to Cornell in 2012, Lindsay worked in residence life and student activities at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. 

Lindsay is the Director of Residential and New Student Programs, overseeing major projects in both Residential Programs and New Student Programs. With the Director of New Student Programs, she works with the Orientation Steering Committee to plan and execute January and August Orientation. Prior to stepping into this role, Lindsay was the Director for Orientation Programs at Cornell. Lindsay all served as the Residence Hall Director of Low Rises 6 & 7 and the Residential Program Coordinator for Cornell Summer College.


Peggy Arcadi

Director of New Student Programs
(607) 254-2255

Peggy received her B.A. in Anthropology and Near Eastern Studies from Cornell University, and her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University. Prior to joining Residential and New Student Programs at Cornell, she worked at Ithaca College and in the non-profit sector.

Peggy is the Director of New Student Programs, with responsibility for programs and events related to the first-year and transfer student experience, including January and August Orientation, First-Year Family Weekend, and the Carol Tatkon Center.


Margherita Fabrizio

The Jack and Rilla Neafsey Director of the Carol Tatkon Center
(607) 255-8721

Margherita graduated from the State University of New York Purchase College. She has lived in Ithaca over thirty years. She worked as Administrative Director of Cornell in Rome for seventeen years sending over 2000 students abroad, and oversaw the start-up and first five years of growth of the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning’s NYC program.

She previously worked as Manager of the Ithaca City Prosecutor's office, working closely with victims of domestic violence. Her experience has included fundraising and overall management of the campaign of former NYS Assemblyman Martin A. Luster, direction of an extended and successful citizens’ effort to permanently protect the local iconic landmark, Ithaca Falls, and design and care of a public perennial garden, the Lavender Garden, on the Ithaca High School property.

Margherita joined the Tatkon Center in 2014. As Director she oversees the student staff, facilities, and program development and management. She particularly enjoys working with diverse campus partners, student organizations and her student staff to develop creative and useful new student programming. She established a new town-gown tradition, CU Downtown, an early Fall semester event that orients students to downtown and brings them and local Ithacans together to enjoy student performing arts groups.

When not at work, she is gardening, hiking, making photographs, or listening to music.


Larissa Hensley

Design and Publications, New Student Programs
(607) 255-5808

After completing a B.A. in Psychology at Creighton University, Larissa studied graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to moving to Ithaca in 2009, she worked in an administrative role at Harvard University, while pursuing a master's degree in Studio Arts at Harvard Extension School. When not designing in her current role at Cornell, she designs on a freelance basis. Her experience includes designing wedding invitations and creating custom graphics and content for an online how-to blog for LCI Paper. Larissa’s background also includes working in real estate property management and condo sales with Diversified Funding in Boston, MA and a role as assistant property manager at the Blackstone Apartments in Chicago, IL.

In 2011 Larissa joined New Student Programs and designs publications such as the Orientation Guide, Family Guide, and First-Year Family Weekend Guide. She also designs posters, brochures, and exhibitions for programming at the Tatkon Center and designs communications pieces for Residential and New Student Programs and Cornell Chimes. In addition she administers the NSP website and assists with Orientation and First-Year Parents Weekend event logistics.


Marisa LaFalce

Project Coordinator
(607) 255-2373

Marisa received her B.S. from the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration in 1997. After graduating, she began working in various roles in the division of Student and Campus Life including event coordination, NCAA/Ivy eligibility, program administration, and writing and coordinating student communications.

She joined Residential and New Student Programs in the fall of 2015. She is responsible for the Cornell Chimes program and works with orientation staff and university partners on communications and events for new students and families.