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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 of the 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.

Nan Abushami

Temporary Administrative Assistant, Tatkon Center for New Students

Nan joined the Tatkon Center for New Students in January 2024 after moving from Los Angeles, where she spent her professional career as an account manager for the medical and healthcare industry. In her personal time, she enjoys working out, cooking and barbering.

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