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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 - 10

Dan Robie
Assistant Coordinator - New Student Program

  • B.S., Business Management - Westfield State University (2019)
  • Years with Westfield State University Orientation - 1

Cassandra Rudd
Assistant Coordinator - Late Night Programming

  • M.A., Forensic Mental Health Counseling (May 2020)
  • B.A., English and Psychology - Nichols College (2017)
  • Years with Westfield State University Orientation - 1

Shannon Broderick
Assistant Coordinator - Champions Program

Jorge Marinez
Assistant Coordinator - Office Operations

Our Orientation Team Leaders 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. 

Samuel Tsongalis, Class of 2021
New Student Program

Alex Antuna, Class of 2022
New Student Program

Izzy Malvezzi, Class of 2021
Champions Program

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.

Hiring for the 2020 Summer Program will take place in April 2020. If interested, please reach out to Coordinator, Matt Dellea.

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

Be an Orientation Office Assistant!

Do you have a question about the position? Want to learn more about our hiring process? 

Stop by the SAIL Center and ask for Jorge! 

Office Hours:

Monday: 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Application Timeline

  • Applications Due: Tuesday, March 3rd by 12PM
  • Individual Interview Notices: Thursday, March 5th 
  • Individual Interviews: Monday, March 16th – Thursday, March 26th 
  • Hiring Decision Letters: Tuesday, March 31st
  • Work Agreement Due: Tuesday, April 7th at 5:00pm

Download the Job Description and Application here:

2020 Office Assistant for NSO Application Packet

Office Information


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

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


Normal Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED

Due to recommendations to work remotely and limit the spread of COVID-19, our staff are currently working from home. We will be actively checking email and voicemails and will get back to you as soon as possible. 

For the quickest response, please email our team.