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  • Sponsored by the Diversity and Inclusion Office, Smooth Transitions encourages all incoming students to participate in this three day pre-orientation program, designed to support the introduction, matriculation and retention of underrepresented student populations in transitioning to the academic, cultural, and social environment at Capital University. Smooth Transitions begins three days before August new Student Orientation and extends throughout the academic year. Daily activities focus on utilizing campus resources, developing supportive networks, understanding academic expectations and encouraging involvement in campus activities and community service. The primary goal of Smooth Transitions is to assist students in building a strong relationship with Capital University. 

    How Do I Sign Up?

    This year's deadline for the Smooth Transitions program has passed. If you have questions or concerns about the program, please contact Almar Walter at the office of Diversity and Inclusion.

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

    Who Can Participate and What Will We Do?

    Anyone can participate in Smooth Transitions. If you are an incoming new, transfer or commuter student for the upcoming academic year, then you are invited to attend. Students who come to Smooth Transitions will participate in educational, social and cultural programming that will aid in their transition from high school to college, as well as enhance their first-year experience. Incoming students will learn about strategies and resources designed to assist with their academic success, campus engagement and leadership skills. Over the course of the three days, students will be introduced to faculty, staff, students and alumni committed to assisting with their journey toward academic success during the first year of college and beyond. The cost for food and lodging will be covered by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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    •  Peer mentors in training

      What is a Peer Mentor?

      Peer Mentors are upper-class students selected and trained to provide support to first-year students. Peer Mentors are available to assist with campus adjustment through one-on-one meetings, electronic communication (e.g., email, texting and Facebook), on-campus programming and planning and facilitating Smooth Transitions activities throughout the year.

    •  Peer Mentors for Smooth Transitions

      Alexis Badgett
      Year: Junior
      Major: Chemistry (Pre-Pharmacy)
      Home Town: Canal Winchester, OH

      Kristyn Baker
      Year: Senior
      Major: Exercise Science
      Home Town: Cleveland, OH

      Kihlil Bell
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Music Technology
      Home Town: Columbus, OH

      Benjamin Bendolph
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Accounting
      Home Town: Columbus, OH

      Michael Bibyk
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Chemistry (Pre-Pharmacy) and Spanish
      Home Town: Grove City, OH

      Brandon Briscoe (Co-Coordinator)
      Year: Senior
      Major: Business Management
      Minor: Economics
      Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

      Alyssa Brocklesby
      Year: Senior
      Major: Early Childhood Education
      Home Town: Mount Gilead, OH

      Cheyney Brown
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Nursing
      Home Town: Euclid, OH

      Stephanie Brown (Co-Coordinator)
      Year: Senior
      Major: Intervention Specialist
      Home Town: Columbus, OH

      Jeron Gaskins
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Music Technology
      Minor: EMF
      Home Town: Cleveland, OH

      Amir Gee
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Communications
      Home town: Columbus, OH

      Nykesha Headen
      Year: Junior
      Major: Biology (pre-Occupational Therapy)
      Minor: Spanish
      Home Town: Manassas, VA

      Naima Ilmi
      Year: Junior
      Major: Psychology, Social Work, and Political Science
      Home Town: Columbus, OH

      Niamani Mayes
      Year: Junior
      Major: Psychology, Criminology, Sociology
      Home Town: Columbus, OH

      Chelsea Swigert-Lenarz
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Art Therapy and Psychology
      Home Town: Uhrichsville, OH

      Tobi Titus (Co-Coordinator)
      Year: Senior
      Major: Art Education
      Minor: Studio Art and Digital Design
      Home Town: Columbus, OH

      Tara Weese
      Year: Senior
      Major: Biology
      Home Town: Dayton, OH

      Johanna Whitsel
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Nursing
      Minor: Psychology and religion
      Home town: Columbus, OH

      Sonata Wilson
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Creative Writing
      Home Town: Delaware, OH

      Slone Fair
      Year: Senior
      Major: Organizational Communication
      Home Town: Reynoldsburg