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!

 

 

Eva Ruan

Graduate Assistant for Family Programs & New Initiatives

Eva Ruan

In 2020, Eva graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with double minors in Race, Ethnicity, & Migration, and English. While at Clemson, she was heavily involved with Multicultural Greek Life where she fell in love with mentoring students and student affairs as a field. This is Eva’s second year in the College Student Affairs Administration master’s program here at UGA. As the Graduate Assistant for New Student Orientation for Family Programs and New Initiatives, she’s excited to continue exploring Athens and UGA!

 

 

Joey Tinghitella

Graduate Assistant for Student Staff Development

Joey Tinghitella

Joey graduated in 2022 from the University of Florida with a degree in political science, and minors in innovation and leadership. From the jump, Joey got heavily involved on-campus through his roles as a resident assistant, student recreation center supervisor, orientation leader, and Signing Gator. After realizing his passion for connecting with college level students, he decided to pursue a career in higher education by first working towards an M. Ed in College Student Affairs Administration. Joey serves as the Graduate Assistant for Student Staff Development in our office. He’s most looking forward to connecting with new people around the Athens community and rooting for the Dawgs!