Carly DeBord, Sr. 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. Now as the Associate Director, 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, Team Leader, and the Daily Event Coordinator. As he earned his master's degree in Higher Education Administration he had the opportunity to continue serving the office as a Graduate Assistant. In October 2014, Nino was promoted to Assistant Director, assisting in the recruitment, hiring, training, and supervising of the Orientation Leader staff and supervising the office's student assistant staff. Nino also coordinates the Akron Adventures program and is responsible for the office's social media efforts. He enjoys the opportunity to both work with and serve as a leader for so many enthusiastic students who are proud to be a Zip.

Hannah Eberly, Senior Leader


Hannah Eberly is a student of Social Work and Spanish and will be starting her senior year at the University of Akron in Fall 2019. She has worked in the Office of New Student Orientation for three years, serving as an New Roo Weekend Leader, an Orientation Leader, a Team Leader and currently as one of our Senior Leaders. In addition to working orientation, she is active in her sorority, serves as the Vice President of the student organization Zips for Akron Hope, and is a University Ambassador. Some of her favorite memories at the University of Akron include being Zippy at football games, becoming an Emerging Leader, and hanging out on the steps of Coleman Commons.  After graduating, Hannah hopes to teach English in Spain for a few years and then return to Akron to become a hospital social worker. 

Student Assistants

Rachel Behrens (April 2018)

Major: Human Resources

Brianna Corby (December 2018)

Major: Athletic Training

Matt Derksen (April 2018)

Major: History

Peyton Farrell (December 2018)

Major: Exercise Science

Shelby Embrey (March 2019)

Major: Political Science & Psychology

Emad Qureshi (May 2018)

Major: Engineering