Carly DeBord, Associate Director
While earning a degree in Secondary Education Language Arts, Carly DeBord worked as an Orientation Leader for two years and a Team Leader for one in the Office of New Student Orientation. While pursuing a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, she served as a Graduate Assistant in the office. In March 2008, Carly was promoted to the position of Assistant Director for the office, overseeing various aspects of both our Orientation and First-Year Experience programs. Carly recruits, hires, and trains the Orientation Leader staff and coordinates the overall planning of the Orientation programs throughout the year.
Nino Colla, Assistant Director
During his time earning dual degrees in Communications, Nino Colla spent three years in the Office of New Student Orientation as an Orientation Leader and Team Leader. He then had the pleasure of serving as a Graduate Assistant while earning his master's degree in Higher Education Administration. Since May 2014, Nino continues to serve the office as the Assistant Director, helping supervise the Orientation Leader and Student Assistant staff.
Mary Cassidy, Departmental Records Specialist
Mary Cassidy joined the New Student Orientation team in March of 2009. Mary graduated from The Ohio State University in June of 1999 with a degree in Communications. Although Mary is a Summit County native, she has lived and worked across the state of Ohio. Most recently she worked for The University of Akron’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The mother of two young children, Mary recognizes the difficulties students face in balancing school and family time.
Beau Gannon, Graduate Assistant
Beau Gannon was an orientation leader back in Spring 2010 and has rejoined our staff as a graduate assistant while he peruses his master’s degree in Higher Education Administration. Beau graduated from The University of Akron in spring 2014 and was a very involved student during his undergraduate career, serving on both the USG and IFC boards as well as being the 2013 president of Lambda Chi Alpha. Beau loves being a part of the NSO staff and is honored to be part of this exciting experience for the incoming students here at The University of Akron.
Brandon Crites, Graduate Assistant
Brandon Crites has worked with the office of New Student Orientation since he was an undergraduate student in 2012. He graduated in spring 2014 with a degree in English and 7-12th grade English Education. Brandon is a member of several nationally recognized organizations, including NSLS, NSCS, Golden Key Invitational, Pi Lambda Theta, and Sigma Alpha Lambda. Since 2011, he has also been the president of The University of Akron’s all-male a cappella group, Nuance, where he spends most of his time out of the office. Brandon greatly enjoys working with the NSO office to provide the most for incoming students and to be a positive influence on the orientation staff.
Sami Christy (January 2013)
Major: Communication: Public Relations (Spring 2016)
Alexandra Ferrara (August 2014)
Major: Child Life Specialist (Spring 2016)
Jay Jackman (January 2013)
Major: Communication: Radio/TV & Media Production (Spring 2015)
Whitney Jackson (May 2014)
Major: Education - Intervention Specialist (Fall 2016)
Alison Smeltzer (May 2014)
Major: Marketing Management (Spring 2016)
Jonah Spoerndle (January 2013)
Major: Athletic Training (Spring 2015)
Taylor Swift (May 2014)
Major: Biomedical Engineering (Spring 2017)