Meet the Staff

Nic Laconico, M.Ed.

Director for New Student Orientation

Nic, a Macon, GA native, serves as the Director for New Student Orientation. Nic has previously worked at UGA as the Student & Career Services Coordinator in the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources and as the Graduate Assistant for New Student Orientation. Nic earned his Master of Education in College Student Affairs Administration here at UGA in 2020. Nic also attended Georgia Tech (‘18) to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration-Information Technology Management and a minor in Leadership Studies. He was involved with a variety of different student organizations – student government, alternative service breaks, tour guides, Greek life, and ultimately new student orientation. It was through these involvements that Nic found his passion for developing students and helping them in their various transitions of college life, and he is excited to do that work at UGA. He loves the downtown Athens environment, the close-knit UGA community, and the amazing students he gets to work with daily. You can usually find Nic at Trader Joe’s, at Cali n Tito’s eating a chicken cubano, or walking around town!



Emilee Saigh

Graduate Assistant for New Student Orientation

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Emilee graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2020 with a degree in public relations. She was no stranger to involvement, as she served many aspects of the Georgia Southern community. Emilee found a love for student affairs in becoming a resident advisor, serving first-year students for two years. As a first-year herself, Emilee became a Southern Ambassador and gave tours to prospective students and their families, spoke at admissions events, and served as an executive member for two years for the team. Becoming an orientation leader was what sealed the deal for her as she discovered that her passion for serving students and mentoring them can lead to a career in the field. She is now in the College Student Affairs Administration master’s program here at UGA, and will serve New Student Orientation and orientation teams as the Graduate Assistant for Student Programming in our office. She is excited to explore Athens, become part of the community, and to join the Dawg Nation.



Mary Elliott

Graduate Assistant for New Student Orientation

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Mary, originally hailing from Naperville, IL, serves as the Graduate Assistant for Family Programs and New Initiatives. After earning her Bachelors degree from the University of South Carolina in 2017, she went on to serve as a secondary science teacher in Charlotte, NC with Teach for America. Her experiences as an undergraduate student have led Mary to pursue a career in higher education, where she hopes to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students. Mary is currently working towards an M. Ed in College Student Affairs Administration, and looks forward to making a positive impact on campus. Go dawgs!