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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. This year’s program will begin on Sunday, August 17 and conclude on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

    How Do I Sign Up?

    This year's deadline for registration has passed.
    Take me to the registration form.

    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 2014-2015 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. Each day of Smooth Transitions will be guided by a theme, including:

    Sunday, August 17
    Welcome to Capital

    • Official Move-In Day
    • New Student and Family Dinner
    • Opening ceremony

    Monday, August 18
    Academic Success is my Goal

    • Peer Mentor and Mentee Groups
    • Understanding the Next Four Years
    • Faculty and Staff Discussion Groups
    • Community Building and Recreational Hours

    Tuesday, August 19
    Capital is My Campus

    • Speed Resources
    • Engaging in the Capital Community
    • Student Organization mixer

    Wednesday, August 20
    Graduation is My Aspiration

    • Community Service in the Columbus Community
    • SANKOFA New Student and Alumni Gathering
    • SANKOFA Legacy Ceremony

    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 the Peer Mentors from last year.