Meet Our Staff

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Elizabeth Buffy Stoll Turton
Director of Orientation and Transition Programs

Buffy joined the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs in May 2008. Originally from Huntington, West Virginia, Buffy holds a B.A. in English/Writing at West Virginia Wesleyan College; a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from New York University; and a M.A. in English Education from New York University. Buffy received her Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University in 2015. Prior to working at Miami, Buffy served as the Assistant Director of the Student Resource Center at New York University. She has also taught English as an adjunct instructor at The College of New Rochelle (Bronx, NY), The College of Mount Saint Joseph (Cincinnati, OH), and at Miami.


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Elizabeth Walsh
Assistant Director of Orientation and Transition Programs

Elizabeth Walsh joined the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs staff in July 2015. Originally from Peabody, Massachusetts, Liz received a bachelor's degree in Communication from Western New England University in 2012 and a Master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Miami University in 2014. During her time at Miami, Liz has worked for Miami's Office of Residence Life, both as a graduate assistant and a full-time Resident Director and has instructed several courses focused on career development, new student transition, and even a instructed a study away course in Costa Rica and Panama that focused on having dialogues surrounding topics of privilege, identity, and difference.


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Evelyn Covington
Coordinator of Orientation and Transition Programs

Evelyn Covington joined the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs staff in May 2017. Originally from Clayton, North Carolina, Evelyn holds a bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a Master's degree in Student Personnel Administration and Higher Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Prior to working at Miami, Evelyn held a variety of positions within orientation, first-year experience, and student life. For Evelyn, first-year experience and transition programming are passion areas that she plans to continue working in as her career continues to blossom. Evelyn enjoys helping new Miami students become more confident, comfortable, connected, and curious!


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Melanie Watterson
Program Associate

Melanie Watterson joined the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs in April of 2015. Prior to joining our office's staff, she worked in Miami's Telecommunications Department; she has been a staff member at Miami since 2011.  Melanie will be your first point of contact should you need to call the Office of Orientation and Transition Programs - she looks forward to helping new students and families make a smooth transition to Miami!