Transition Team




The Transition Team is comprised of a graduate student, assistant program manager, four transfer ambassadors and two e-mentors.  We know that making the decision to transfer to a new college/university can often be an overwhelming experience for many students.  All incoming transfer and adult learner (22+ beginner) students will be assigned a Transition Team member, a current WMU student. The Transition Team will assist incoming students as they make their transition to the University by helping to facilitate a supportive network through regular communication (phone, email or in-person).  In addition, the Transition Team will help to raise awareness of services/resources available on campus and throughout the Kalamazoo community and plan regular programs, activities, workshops and events specifically for students.

Take a minute to meet our staff.



Matthew Screnok


Position: Graduate Assistant
Class standing: Graduate Student
Master's Concentration: Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion Concentration

Words from Matthew: Before coming to Western, I attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and earned a degree in Trumpet Performance. After graduating I decided to pursue a career within Higher Education, which lead me to Western. Although I miss music, I have really loved my time in Kalamazoo, and getting a chance to explore everything it has to offer. In my free time I like to play my trumpet, play games with friends, and getting out in nature (whether it is hiking, camping, or playing disc golf I love it all). This is my second year being a Graduate Assistant with Peer2Peer, and I am excited to be a part of the Transition Team.  I know this year is going to be interesting, but do not be afraid to take advantage of the different programs WMU has to offer, and feel free to reach out to anybody on the team if you have any questions!

Strengths: Strategic, Analytical, Responsibility, Input, Futuristic


Grace Hearl




Position: Assistant Program Manager
Class standing: Junior
Major/minor: Secondary Education

Words from Grace: I have been an Orientation Student Leader, FYS Co-Facilitator, Fall Welcome Ambassador, Student Orientation Coordinator, and Peer Mentor. Additionally, I am a part of a few registered student organizations on campus including Alpha Xi Delta and Leadcorp. I love dogs, running and iced coffee! My biggest advice is to not be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and get involved!

Strengths: Achiever, Communication, Developer, Learner, Restorative