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  • Why should you "Go Big" for Capital? 

    Because our students do.

    Capital transforms lives through higher education, and in turn, our students are ready to impact their communities and their world now - not later. 

    Simply stated, that's big.

    We believe in the value of higher education, and commit to helping our students stay in school. That's why on Tuesday, October 10, 10:00 a.m.  through Wednesday, October 11, 12:00 p.m., we are committing 100% of your gifts directly to the assistance of our students when you give to Capital University through the Columbus Foundation's BIG GIVE.

    Go BIG here!

     Our students are going big all the time. Read their stories.

    • Class Notes with Amanda Sorrell

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      Aspiring poet shares experiences and personal secret to success.

      Capital University junior Amanda Sorrell is a double major in Creative Writing and Religion. This past summer she participated in the Summer Scholars program where she wrote a collection of Honduran-inspired poems based on her own personal experiences....

    • Rebel with a Cause

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      Radical change and historical reformers inspire Moriah Reichert to do more – not less.

      Growing up as the daughter of a Lutheran pastor in a rural Ohio, Moriah Reichert knows the inescapable awareness and responsibility being “the pastor's kid" brings. In a town barely...

    • Virtuoso rising: Capital’s Wenting Yu to compete among the nation’s best young pianists

      Wenting Yu

      What began as a sublime quest last October is racing toward a huge finale on March 20 when Wenting Yu takes the Harborside Ballroom stage in Baltimore, Maryland. Yu will be one of seven finalists competing for the top honor among the nation’s best performers in the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition....

    • Sound Design Internship has Nik Engelhart ‘California Dreamin’

      Nik Engelhart

      For Brecksville, Ohio native and Capital University Music Technology senior Nicole “Nik” Engelhart, the future has flashed forward. She is about to begin a two-week Internship in Pasadena, where she will be co-designing a production of “Man of La Mancha” with award-winning composer/sound designer Martín Carríllo at A Noise Within theater in March. This unlikely internship evolved from her participation in the Entertainment Technology Conference presented by Cirque du Soleil at Capital last October....

    • Living to serve. Leading with purpose.

      Naima and mother

      Living to serve. Leading with purpose. Naima Ilmi recalled her seventh grade self writing answers to the test questions she diligently prepared for. After thinking more deeply and staring into the question with thoughtful discernment, uncertainty began to manifest in her brain and she opted to e...

    • A passion to serve

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      Student Profile: Aaron Kraft

      Student Profile: Aaron Kraft When your backyard is more than 60,000 acres of wilderness, a desire to complete two 40-hour wildland fire training classes may not seem unusual. But for Capital senior and economics major Aaron Kraft, spending your summer fighting wildland fires in Wyoming, Utah, and...

    • #CapFam Profiles: Remembering why I chose Capital

      Amber Hampton

      Having since gone on to complete her Masters at NYU and now working as an associate director in the Center of Leadership and Social Change at Florida State, Amber Hampton acknowledges that getting around a campus via bus is not so uncommon anymore. However, from the eyes of an young, introverted high school senior, an overnight stay was all it took to seal the decision....

    • Student Profile: Stephen Spottswood

      Student Profile Stephen Spottswood

      For most people, the journey from musician to orchestra conductor is a long one. But Stephen Spottswood has held the baton for nearly three years as director of Urban Strings Columbus Youth Orchestra, a group that offers underprivileged musicians the chance to hone their skills and perform in a variety of private and community events. Spottswood moves easily among musical roles: from performing violin, viola and cello, to rearranging classic compositions with modern themes, to recording clever music videos with his twin brother, also a gifted musician at Capital....

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  • IMC intern, Lindi Cisco, asked a BIG question recently. Here's how some of her classmates responded:

    “In your field of study or career, what would 'Going BIG' mean for you?” 

  • Nate Flores

    Nate Flores

    "For me, going big means being able to connect as people with the agencies and appropriate resources that are going to help them find success in whatever capacity that may be."

    - Nate Flores is a Social Work major who anticipates graduating in 2019.

    He is from North Baltimore, Ohio and is a RA, Crisis Intervention Aide with the Huckleberry House, sings with the Chordsmen, and is a Member of Phi Beta.

  • Morgan Hamilton

    Morgan Hamilton

    "In my field of study, "Going BIG" for me would mean becoming an Army nurse to help our military around the world and eventually going on to become a Family Nurse Practitioner.

    - Morgan Hamilton (class of 2020) is a Nursing major form Urbana, Ohio. She is a member of CRU (Campus Crusades for Christ), Phi Sigma Sigma, and is in Army ROTC.

  • Benny DiFranco

    Benny DiFranco

    "Going BIG for me would not necessarily relate to my field of study. Going BIG would relate to my music and my passion for singing and songwriting and spreading love and messages to people in doing so. This would me so much to me as I thoroughly have a true passion for the art, and also knowing that I can touch people’s lives with my songs - it would bring me such fulfillment. That is what going BIG means for me personally - doing what I so love and changing people’s lives in doing so."

    - Benny DiFranco (Exercise Science, Pre-OT) will graduate in 2019.

    He is from Cleveland, OH and enjoys playing piano, singing, songwriting, and volunteering at the nursing home.

  • Mary Kleffner

    Mary Kleffner

    Going Big” for me personally: As someone interested in working in higher education, “going big” in my future career would include opportunities to serve and make a substantial difference in the world, and in the lives of students. I hope that my experiences and insight can help students further develop in personal, academic, and professional areas.

    - Mary Kleffner, a Public Relations major is a Resident Assistant, Peer Career Advisor, Vice President of House Management for Delta Phi Epsilon, and Visit Leader in the Admissions Office. She is from Lima, Ohio and plans to graduate in 2019.

  • Claire Dunphy

    Claire Dunphy

    With my major I hope to either work for a non-profit organization, or a Cleveland based company such as GV Art and Design. "Going Big" to me means that I get to help those in need in the best ways possible. To "Go Big" within a non-profit organization I would hope to raise awareness through social media and other aspects of Public Relations, to raise money for those who are less fortunate. Additionally, if I were to work for a Cleveland based company, I would "Go Big" by using PR tactics to build a dedicated group of customers/publics that have the same pride and love for Cleveland. This would help to promote how amazing Cleveland is, but also give me a job that I have a major passion for!

    - Claire Dunphy (Class of 2020) is majoring in Organization Communications and Public Relations. She hails from Westlake, OH and is ia Delta Phi Epsilon—Sisterhood Coordinator, and a member of Public Relations Student Society of America and FIRM(PRSSA) where she serves as VP of Communications.