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 Parents’ Weekend, and the Carol Tatkon Center.


Margherita Fabrizio

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

Margherita received her B.F.A. from the State University of New York, Purchase College. She worked as Administrative Director of Cornell in Rome for 17 years and oversaw the start up and first five years of growth of AAP in NYC. Also, she previously worked as an administrator who managed Ithaca's City Prosecutor's office and the campaign for a NYS Assembly Race.

Margherita's current focus with the Tatkon Center is working with campus partners to develop creative and useful new student programming.


Larissa Hensley

Program Assistant
(607) 255-5808

After completing a B.A. in Psychology at Creighton University, Larissa studied graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design. Living in the Boston area for many years, she worked in an administrative role at Harvard University in both the Sociology Department and the Study Abroad Office, while also pursuing a master's degree in Studio Arts at Harvard Extension School.

In 2011 Larissa joined Residential and New Student Programs (RNSP) and designs publications such as the Orientation Guide, Family Guide, and First-Year Parents' Weekend Guide. She also designs publicity materials for first-year student programming at the Carol Tatkon Center. In addition she administers the website, develops and hangs exhibits at the Carol Tatkon Center gallery, 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.