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About Us

We are dedicated to supporting first-year and transfer students throughout their first year at Cornell University, as well as upper-level students serving in student leadership positions within Orientation and the Tatkon Center. We work together with our colleagues throughout Student & Campus Life to support the student experience. 

Meet the Tatkon Center for New Students Staff

Kevin Perry

Director, Tatkon Center for New Students

201 Robert Purcell Community Center

Joining in 2022, Kevin Perry has over nine years of experience in student affairs, the last five years in first-year experience and orientation. Prior to Cornell, Kevin served as the inaugural Associate Director of New Student and Transition Programs at Ithaca College, where he led the transition of the college's Orientation program from several summer sessions to a single fall session.

Alyssa Talvi

Associate Director, Tatkon Center for New Students

Alyssa joined the Tatkon Center for New Students in February 2024. Prior to Cornell, Alyssa served as the Assistant Director for New Student Programs at Binghamton University, where she coordinated the new student Orientation program. She has had a passion for working with incoming students since her tenure as an Orientation Leader during her undergraduate experience. Alyssa attended SUNY Oneonta, where she earned a B.S. in Psychology and went on to earn a M.S in Student Affairs Administration from Binghamton University.

Olivia Hunt

Assistant Director, Tatkon Center for New Students

Olivia is excited to be the newest staff member of the Tatkon Center, joining in June 2024. Prior to Cornell, she gained professional experience in Enrollment Management, Student Engagement, and Academic Advising at Syracuse University. While earning her MSEd in Higher Education Administration through The State University of New York at Brockport, Olivia worked at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). At TC3, she planned New Student Orientation and her love for supporting incoming students flourished. 

Molly Eder

Administrative Assistant, Tatkon Center for New Students

Molly joined the Tatkon Center for New Students in April 2024. Prior to Cornell, she worked in the arts as an administrator, dance teacher, and performer. Molly holds a B.S. in arts management with a minor in business from Oklahoma City University. When not working, she can be found running, rock climbing, and spending time with friends and family.

Annie Everett

NODA Intern

Annie joined the Tatkon Center for New Students as a NODA Intern in May 2024. As a rising fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education at The Pennsylvania State University, Annie has a passion for working with new students, with targeted experience in designing and implementing inclusive educational programming for international graduate students.

Chelsey Wood

NODA Intern

Chelsey is a graduate student at Penn State University pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education. Her previous internship was with the Penn State Football Recruiting Department where she assisted in NCAA compliance and gameday operations. Chelsey hopes to blend her passions for both athletics and student care & advocacy in her future career. 

In her free time, Chelsey enjoys hiking, volunteering to train service dogs, and getting lost in a good book. She is excited to spend the summer exploring Ithaca and the beautiful lakes!