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  • Smooth Transitions logoSponsored 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?

    Applications for the 2021 Smooth Transitions program will open spring semester.

    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.

    Smooth Transitions participants are required to attend all programming and remain on campus for the duration of Smooth Transitions and Welcome Weekend.

    Students who do not fully participate will be subject to the early arrival fee of $15 per day from the Office of Residential and Commuter Life. 

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    • 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.

    • Meet Your Peer Mentors

      amber bellAmber Bell
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Early Childhood Education
      Class of: 2022
      Fun Fact: I can recite ¾ of the SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.



      zoe borjaZoe Borja
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Nursing
      Minor(s): Psychology
      Class of: 2023 Fun Fact: I am the youngest board member of the Philippine American Society if Central Ohio (PASCO).


      Ethan BrowningEthan Browning
      Pronouns: He/Him/His
      Major(s): Political Science & Biology
      Class of: 2023
      Fun Fact: I am an avid Chipotle addict.



      Aubreion ChatmanAubreion Chatman
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Political Science
      Class of: 2023
      Fun Fact: I am scared of heights but love roller coasters.



      Willow CoxWillow Cox
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Biology & Psychology
      Class of: 2023
      Fun Fact: I am half Bahamian.



      Bryheem ForbesBryheem Forbes
      Pronouns: He/Him/His
      Major(s): Integrated Social Studies
      Class of: 2023
      Fun Fact: I am a manager at Donatos!



      Ally HemplemanAlly Hempleman
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Early Childhood Education & Intervention Specialist
      Class of: 2022
      Fun Fact: I have 2 cats, 1 dog, and a tortoise!



      Sarah HoweSarah Howe
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Undecided
      Minor(s): Art Therapy
      Class of: 2023
      Fun Fact: I love musicals and other forms of live entertainment.



      Niel Johnson
      Pronouns: He/Him/His
      Major(s): Middle Childhood Education
      Minor(s): English & Social Studies
      Class of: 2023
      Fun Fact: I am legally certified to perform weddings!



      Karen KankeKaren Kanke
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Biology
      Class of: 2022
      Fun Fact: I have a twin.



      Mya MenefieldMya Menefield
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Marketing
      Minor(s): Psychology
      Class of: 2022
      Fun Fact: All of my family member’s names start with “M”!


      ChaNoah PowellCha’Noah Powell
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Business Management
      Minor(s): Public Relations
      Class of: 2021
      Fun Fact: I tutor women for their GED.



      Grace Ross-WitherupGrace Ross-Witherup
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Studio Art & Business Management
      Class of: 2022
      Fun Fact: I was adopted.



      Keenan RussellKeenan Russell
      Pronouns: He/Him/His
      Major(s): Criminology & Sociology
      Minor(s): Psychology
      Class of: 2021
      Fun Fact: I am the community service chair for the Global Student Association.


      Krupa ShahKrupa Shah
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Early Childhood Education & Intervention Education
      Class of: 2022
      Fun Fact: I do photography.



      Michelle TrudeauMichelle Trudeau
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Marketing
      Class of: 2021
      Fun Fact: I am a blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do.



      Asia VenAsai Ven
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Psychology
      Class of: 2023
      Fun Fact: I am still going through my One Direction phase.



      Alejandra ZamoraAlejandra Zamora
      Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
      Major(s): Nursing
      Minor(s): Psychology & Spanish
      Class of: 2023
      Fun Fact: My favorite ice cream is the coffee flavor from Coldstone.