Health & Safety Alert: The City of Westfield’s risk level for the mosquito-borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) illness has been elevated to high. In addition to sharing and encouraging individual precautions with the campus community, the University has rescheduled outdoor campus activities to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, until further notice. More Information

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Meet the Staff of Orientation

The New Student Orientation Team is one of the most engaging and energetic groups on the Westfield State University Campus. Our team is comprised of current students, professional staff members, and recent Westfield alums.  From the professional staff to the student leaders, every member of the team is dedicated to welcoming the new students to Westfield State University and ensuring that they have a fun, safe and engaging orientation experience.

Matt Dellea
Coordinator of New Student Orientation

  • M. Ed., Student Personnel Administration - Springfield College
  • B.S., General Science - Westfield State University (2011)
  • Years with Wesfield State University Orientation - 9

Amity Leary
Assistant Coordinator - Office Operations and Student Program

  • B.A., Theatre Arts - Westfield State University (2017)
  • Years with Westfield State University Orientation - 4

Hanna Christ
Assistant Coordinator - Champions Program

  • B.A., Art - Westfield State University (2018)
  • Years with Westfield State University Orientation - 4

Benjamin Ratier
Assistant Coordinator - Office Operations and Student Program

  • B.S., Criminology - University of Rhode Island (2018)
  • Years with Westfield State University Orientation - 1

Our Student Coordinators are student leaders that play a major role in the planning and execution of the New Student Orientation Program. They serve as role models for incoming students, but also for our Orientation Team. These students take the lead in assisting with the coordination of the two different aspects of the program. 

Connor Kennedy
First Year Student Program

  • Criminal Justice and Psychology Major
  • Class of 2020

Jamie Fontaine
Champions Program

  • Music Education Major
  • Class of 2019

Thomas Howard
Office and Logistics

  • History Major
  • Class of 2020

Our Office team is the backbone of the New Student Orientation Program. They run the office email and phone lines during the program, assist students with the registration process, and coordinate the logistics the move the program along. They are often working hard behind the scenes to ensure a successful program.

This summer, our office team includes:

Lindsay Stenico

  • New Office Assistant
  • Communications & English
  • Class of 2021

Aliya Stevenson

  • Returning Office Assistant
  • Geography, Regional Planning, and Sustainability
  • Class of 2020

Our Orientation Leaders (OLs) are role models as well as sources of support and information for the new first-year and transfer students. They play a major role in facilitating the adjustment of new students to the Westfield State University community. They share accurate information about academic, personal, and social resources and serve as a mentor for incoming students!

Student Leaders are responsible for:

  • Leading discussion groups with incoming students
  • Facilitating activities to encourage students to make connections
  • Explaining academic opportunities and procedures
  • Promoting extra curricular activities and social programs
  • Acquainting new students with campus services and building locations
  • Assisting in the preparation of Orientation activities and materials

This year we have selected twelve incredible students to help guide you through our summer programs and serve as a resource throughout your first semester on campus.

We will be introducing our Orientation Leaders over on our Instagram page once they arrive on campus in June!

INSTAGRAM: @westfieldstate.orientation

Office Information


Our offices are located in the Garden Level of Ely Campus Center:

  • Coordinator of New Student Orientation, Matt Dellea - Ely 013
  • Assistant Coordinator, Amity Leary - SAIL Resource Center


Normal Summer Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED

Special Summer Hours (May 28 - June 10):
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED

Special Summer Hours (June 11 - June 24):
During the Orientation Program, hours will vary. Schedule will be posted in June.