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.
As the director of New Student Programs at Cornell, Peggy supports the first-year and transfer student experience throughout the first year on campus. New Student Programs promotes new student engagement on campus, and provides education about Cornell policies, values, resources, and opportunities. Department programs include January and August Orientation, Family Weekend, and the Carol Tatkon Center for First-Year Students. NSP engages with upper-level students from all undergraduate colleges to provide peer mentoring and support for new students.
Peggy has worked on higher education access, student transitions, inclusion and equity, and student support in both non-profit and campus settings, and has served as a consultant to organizations and individuals on college student well-being and success. She received her B.A. from the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University, pursued a PhD at the University of Michigan before leaving academia to join the non-profit sector, and earned her M.A. in Higher Education Administration from Stony Brook University.
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.
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 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.
Jeannine recieved her bachelor's degree in Speech Communication and Environmental Conservation at Northern Michigan University in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. She worked as a Residence Hall Counselor at the Interlochen Arts Academy before attending graduate school at Michigan State University to complete an MA in Student Affairs Administration.
Jeannine came to Cornell as the Residence Hall Director (RHD) of the Ecology House in 2008 and served in that role for three years before transferring to Mews Hall. Jeannine developed a passion for the first year experience through working with the first year community at Mews Hall from 2011-2018 and through serving as a liaison to the Pre-Freshman Summer Program in 2015. In her new role, she is continuing to put this passion to work as a Program Coordinator in New Student Programs.