Smooth Transitions Program | Capital University, Columbus Ohio


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    Smooth Transitions

  • 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?

    The 2020 Smooth Transitions program will begin accepting application on April 1, 2020. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2020.

    Apply Here

    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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    •  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

      Khalil Bell
      Year: Junior
      Major: Music Technology
      Home Town: Columbus OH

      Benjamin Bendolph (Co- Coordinator)
      Year: Junior
      Major: Accounting
      Home Town: Columbus OH

      Cheyney Brown
      Year: Junior
      Major: Nursing
      Home Town: Euclid OH

      Stephanie Brown
      Year: Senior
      Major: Intervention Specialist
      Home Town: Columbus OH

      Nykesha Headen
      Year: Senior
      Major: Biology (Pre- Occupational Therapy)
      Minor: Spanish
      Home Town: Manassas VA

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

      Johanna Whitsel
      Year: Junior
      Major: Social Work
      Minor: Psychology and Religion
      Home Town: Brook Park OH

      Sonata Wilson
      Year: Junior
      Major: Creative Writing and Professional Writing
      Minor: Literature and Electronic Media and Film
      Home Town: Delaware OH

      Sonia Ezenwajiaku
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Chemistry Dual Degree Engineering
      Minor: Military Science
      Home Town: Bowie MD

      Meghan Webster
      Year: Junior
      Major: Pre- Physical Therapy (Athletic Training)
      Home Town: Riverdale MD

      Tronston Williams
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Communications Emph: EMF
      Home Town: Columbus OH

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

      Dianne Day
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Integrated Social Studies
      Minor: Psychology
      Home Town: Hilliard OH

      Christopher Murray
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Music Technology
      Home Town: Shaker Heights OH

      Racheal Love
      Year: Junior
      Major: Nursing
      Home Town: Sidney OH

      Kennedy Harden
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Biology
      Home Town: Dayton OH

      Maria Smallwood-Hernadez
      Year: Junior
      Major: English (Creative Writing)
      Minor: Spanish and Film Studies
      Home Town: Columbus OH

      Dayzia Colflesh
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Criminology, Psychology, & Sociology
      Home Town: Columbus OH

      Alison Schmidt
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Interdisciplinary Studies
      Home Town: Westerville OH

      Alexis Oatman
      Year: Senior
      Major: English, Communications, and Digital Media
      Minor: Journalism
      Home Town: Cleveland OH

      Courtney Mays
      Year: Junior
      Major: Mathematics
      Home Town: Columbus OH

      Dominique McIntyre
      Year: Sophomore
      Major: Theater
      Home Town: Garfield Heights OH

      Kumbi Mubaiwa
      Year: Junior
      Major: Accounting and Finance
      Home Town: Columbus OH