Meet the Staff

Larry Cloud, M.Ed.

Director of New Student Orientation

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Larry is a Georgia native, graduating from Gordon Central High School (’03) and then attending Georgia Southern University (’08), where he received a degree in political science. While an Eagle, Larry became an Orientation Leader and found a passion for welcoming and helping new students successfully transition to university environments. Larry officially became a Dawg when he received a Master’s degree in College Student Affairs Administration from UGA. Since graduation, Larry has worked in various positions within higher education, each focused on first year student success including serving as the Assistant Director of Orientation at Georgia Tech and then Associate Director of New Student Programs at the University of Arkansas. As Director of New Student Orientation, Larry advises the overall direction of orientation programs and ensures that students and families attending orientation feel welcomed, informed, and assisted. Outside of work, Larry loves hanging out with his family and two dogs, playing tennis, and watching college football on a fall Saturday.

Tori Tanner, M.Ed.

Assistant Director of New Student Orientation

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Athens will always hold a special place in Tori’s heart, as she considers herself an Athens native. After graduating from North Oconee High School (‘13), Tori attended Mercer University in Macon, Georgia (‘16) where she fell in love with first-year programs. As a Peer Advisor at Mercer, Tori realized she was called to work with college students in their transition into college. In May 2018, Tori completed her graduate degree with a Masters of Education in College Student Affairs Administration here at UGA. Upon graduation, Tori transitioned into the full-time position as Program Coordinator and enjoys applying all she learned as a Graduate Assistant to her full-time work. Tori’s primary role is with the Orientation Leader program, as she is passionate about developing student leaders and helping them realize their full potential. She loves working alongside the other members of the Orientation Leadership Team to welcome and support members of each incoming class. When she is not working with the orientation leaders, Tori is either hanging with her family, running, watching The Bachelor, or reading a book.

Nic Laconico

Graduate Assistant for New Student Orientation

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Nic, a Macon, GA native is one of the Graduate Assistants within New Student Orientation. Nic graduated from Georgia Tech (‘18) with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Information Technology Management and a minor in Leadership Studies. During his undergraduate career, he served as an Orientation Leader and on the Executive Cabinet of the program and realized helping develop new students and student leaders were his passion. While Nic may be a Georgia Tech alumnus, he dreamed of going to UGA as a child and is excited to be here now. He loves the downtown Athens environment, the close-knit UGA community, and the amazing students he gets to work with daily. He is currently pursuing his Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration and hopes to work in first-year programs after graduating.