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Posted on August 3, 2016

Article ROLAND LIWAG with the University Of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas – Making the next step as a Division I student-athlete, whether as an incoming freshman or a transfer student-athlete, can be a daunting prospect for some.

Through the Hogs In Transition program, also known as H.I.T., the Office of Student-Athlete Success staff has been able to assist incoming student-athletes with their transition to college and the University of Arkansas.

In its sixth consecutive year, H.I.T. programming sessions focuses on a variety of topics with the goal of better equipping incoming student-athletes in their immediate transition, as well as their post-collegiate careers.

“H.I.T. is a great program for freshman student-athletes,” women’s basketball freshman Kiara Williams said. “It helps explain to student-athletes what they need to do to get and stay on track.”

The OSAS staff collaborated with numerous departments on campus to facilitate these sessions. These topics included:

Transitioning to College Academics
Christine Scheets, Associate Director of Educational Enrichment Services, Office of Student-Athlete Success (Educational Enrichment Services)
Dr. Lorraine Brewer, Chemistry & Biochemistry
Dr. Tyrone Washington, Health, Human Performance & Recreation

Campus Safety & Healthy Choices
Corporal G. Golden, Crime Prevention Officer
Karla Horsfall, Director of Sports Nutrition
Office of Student-Athlete Success (Student-Athlete Development)

Graduation & Eligibility
Trevor Francis, Associate Vice-Provost of Graduation & Retention
Britta DeLay, Office of Student-Athlete Success Academic Counselor

Self-Awareness & Strengths Quest
Tamesha Muse, Associate Director of Student-Athlete Development,
Office of Student-Athlete Success (Educational Enrichment Services)

Education Fair
Eric Specking, Engineering Director of Undergraduate Recruitment
Shane Barker, Fulbright Director of Academic Advising
Autumn Parker, Associate Director for Undergraduate Programs
Dr. Leigh Southward, Associate Professor for Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food & Life Sciences
Tanner Burge & Liz Lee, Coordinator of Undergraduate Recruitment & Service Assistant for College of Education & Health Professions

Amazing Race-Campus Facility Exploration
Office of Student-Athlete Success (OSAS) Staff

Summer Reflection & Student Panel
Tamesha Muse, Associate Director of Student-Athlete Development, Office of Student-Athlete Success (Student-Athlete Development)
Lexy Diaz, Administrative Assistant
Brianna Swinton, Women’s Track Student-Athlete
Nate Dalton, Football Student-Athlete
Jamario Bell, Football Student-Athlete Dan Skipper, Football Student-Athlete

This year’s H.I.T. committee included Associate Director of Student-Athlete Development Tamesha Muse, Administrative Assistant Lexy Diaz, Assistant Director of Athletics Savannah Hall and Assistant Director of Academics Liz Reyes.

“H.I.T. is a great program put into our hands that is developing some of the attributes I need to succeed,” football student-athlete Micahh Smith said. “The tools and people that have been provided to us has really enhanced my skills from the start of my time at Arkansas to the present.”

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