Throughout the year, you’ll find them presenting at info sessions, greeting visitors at the Office of Admission, conducting on-campus interviews and hanging out at admission events. Our senior fellows may be among the friendly faces you'll meet at Collins House.
Whether you make it to campus or have questions from afar, these students are excited to connect with you!
Matthew Cecconi ’16—Senior Fellow
Hometown: Eagle Rock, CA
High School: Eagle Rock High School
Born and raised in Eagle Rock, Matthew moved a mere one and a half miles to attend Occidental. After participating in the California Immigration Semester, he decided to become a sociology major. As a sociology major, he has been able to study youth cultures and education, which are both fields of interest for him. A recent interest in business sparked his involvement with Phi Beta Lambda, a pre-business organization. Additionally, he is a director on the Blyth Fund, a student run, six-figure investment portfolio. While at Oxy, Matthew has been able to venture out of his comfort zone to try both musical theater and dancing in a production of Hairspray and the popular club, Dance Production. A self-proclaimed morning person, Matthew enjoys walking to early morning classes where he can take in the quiet beauty of campus before the hustle and bustle of the school day.
Donovan Dennis ’16—Senior Fellow
Hometown: Great Falls, Montana
High School: Great Falls High School
Donovan Dennis is proud to represent the Big Sky Country as one of just the few students from the great state of Montana to have attended Oxy. He has been a lifelong athlete, and continued a swimming career at Occidental on the Men’s Swim and Dive team his first and sophomore years. Additionally, Donovan has been involved with The Occidental Weekly as a writer and communications director, and recently worked as a tour guide for the Office of Admissions. Though a history major for his first two years in college, Donovan found his current passion, geology, because of the Core Program and has never looked back. He has participated in several undergraduate research projects, including working with Oxy’s TOPS Foundations science education outreach program and spending a summer researching glacier ice on the Juneau Icefield in Alaska and British Columbia. When not working at home in the Hameetman Science Center, he can be found somewhere outdoors—typically Manhattan Beach, the San Gabriel Mountains, or Oxy’s main quad.
Julius DiLorenzo ’16—Senior Fellow
Minor: Urban & Environmental Policy
Hometown: Chicago, IL
High School: Northside College Prep
Hailing from Chicago, Julius came out west for college after being exposed to The O.C. at too-early an age. Since then, he has developed a slightly more complex understanding of Los Angeles (though he still holds onto his passion for television dramas). A declared Politics major, Julius participated in Campaign Semester in Louisiana, interning full-time for the Mary Landrieu Senate campaign. While there, he discovered a strong interest in Southern American culture and spent last summer studying black surrealist literature with the Undergraduate Research Center. Outside of his academic endeavors, Julius is heavily involved in his fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi, and recently completed a two-year stint as a Resident Advisor. Julius can be found on campus racketeering on the tennis courts, sipping a coffee in the Green Bean, or enjoying a good book on the quad.
Kevin Liu ’16—Senior Fellow
Hometown: Mercer Island, WA
High School: Mercer Island High School
Kevin is a Politics major and Chinese studies minor. He was born in Boston, grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and now calls Seattle home. Whenever breaks roll around, Kevin would much rather drive than fly the 1,101 miles between Seattle and Los Angeles. Despite frequently stopping to smell of the flowers, Kevin is also involved with various extracurricular activities at Oxy. He is the Vice President of the Phi Kappa Psi California Mu fraternity, was a tour guide for semester, works for the Bengal Bus, plays for the Men's Varsity Golf team, and was a summer research Gerkin fellow. His hobbies include basketball, tennis, stand up paddleboarding, travelling, and piano. Kevin is especially excited to interview prospective students because of his experience as a high school senior. During his conversation with a Senior Fellow, they discussed the importance of identity, and how identity is unique to every person. Kevin is a proud American born Chinese (ABC) that hopes to become involved with public interest law and create change through policy and government.
Rebeca Lopez ’16—Senior Fellow
Major: Urban & Environmental Policy
Minor: Public Health
Hometown: Hayward, CA
High School: Impact Academy of Arts and Technology
Rebeca Lopez was born and raised in the Bay Area. Coming from a small charter school in Hayward, CA she knew Oxy's size of less than 2,500 students would be just right. Rebeca is majoring in Urban and Environmental Policy and minoring in Public Health. During her time at Oxy she has had the opportunity to intern at a local health clinic and the East Los Angeles Community Corporation. Outside academics she is involved in Dance Production, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and tutors off campus. One of her favorite things about Oxy is how easy it is to get involved and try new things (and the the food of course). In her free time she likes to read, hang out with friends, and try to find the best boba places in LA.
Jessie Luna Fontana-Maisel ’16—Senior Fellow
Major: Art History
Minor: Classical Studies
Hometown: Mill Valley, CA
High School: Tamalpais High School
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Jessie is an Art History major and recently declared Classical Studies minor. She has been an Admissions Team Volunteer for three years now, and looks forward to becoming more involved in her final year at Oxy as a Senior Fellow. Oxy has been the most welcoming and supportive aspect of her life, and she loves sharing her experiences with future students. Jessie also is participating as an Orientation Team Leader this August for the first time. She has been a Choreographer for the Dance Production club for two years and plans to continue with this position into her senior year. Most recently, Jessie returned from a semester study abroad program in Rome, Italy, where she took classes in Art History, Archaeology, and Italian, and interned at a contemporary art gallery. When not in class or the Hogwarts room (aka quiet section) of the library, you can find Jessie in the dance studio or wandering around a local Los Angeles museum. Her hobbies outside of school include comedy, café hopping, and fan-girling over Michelangelo sculptures.
Summer Peet ’16—Senior Fellow
Major: Diplomacy and World Affairs
Minor: Public Health
Hometown: Vashon Island, WA
High School: The Northwest School
Summer is originally from a small island in Washington State, and though she now lives in Los Angeles, she considers herself a lifelong islander. In addition to studying abroad in Spain through Oxy, her interests in global health and international development have taken her through Central and South America. When she is not out exploring, Summer is involved in a number of student groups and organizations on campus. Her sophomore year she was a programming assistant for Project S.A.F.E., which works to end sexual violence on Occidental's campus. Currently, she is co-president of the Student Wellness Advisory Committee, and volunteers her time teaching health courses in inner-city Los Angeles high schools through Peer Health Exchange. A longtime dancer, she has participated in the annual Dance Production, one of Oxy's most anticipated events. In her free time she loves to hike and backpack in the Cascades, run outdoors, make art, and sample lots of different types of tea.