Meet the S.M.A.R.T. Mentors


Abby Lippincott

Year at Elon: Senior
Major: Public Health with a Biology minor
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Campus Involvement(s):Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Elon University Public Health Society, Girls Empowering Teens (GET)
Best Memory About My First Year at Elon: I loved getting lunch with one of my favorite professors my first year here at Elon. It was a lot of fun to be in a more casual environment, and she gave me great advice that I try to live by to this day. Take advantage of such opportunities to make close relationships with professors.
Inspirational Quote: "Great things never came from comfort zones".


Alisha Carter

Year at Elon: Senior
Major: Strategic Communications
Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Campus Involvement(s):Affinity, Elon Admissions Diversity Ambassador, Elon Volunteers, Gospel Choir
Why I Became a Mentor: I became a mentor because I wanted to be able to connect with the first year students in a way that will be beneficial to them and myself.
How SMART Enhanced My First Year Experience at Elon:
SMART enhanced my first year experience by giving me a network of diverse individuals who helped my in a variety of ways such as academics, culture, self-identity, etc.
Inspirational Quote: Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself. - Alice Walker


Bruna Rogano

Year at Elon: Sophmore
Major: Psychology
Minor: Criminal Justice
Hometown: Chester, NJ
Campus Involvement(s): Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Relay for Life
Why I Became a Mentor: I became a mentor because it was difficult for me to adjust to college life and I would like to provide guidance to first year students to make their transition from high school to college easier.
Best Memory about my First Year at Elon: My favorite memory from my first year was meeting my best friends second semester and feeling like I belonged.
Inspirational Quote: "The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything but they make the most of everything"


Chevonne Sewer

Year at Elon: Senior
Major: Marketing & Entrepreneurship
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Campus Involvement(s): Conference Committee for the Cinderella Project, Office Assistant for Student Health and Wellness Office
Why I Became a Mentor: I became a mentor to help other students adjust to college life and help connect the multicultural and diverse community
Best Memory About My First Year at Elon: The best memory I have is choosing my mentor and meeting my fellow mentees for the first time
Inspirational Quote: Our greatest Fear is not that we are inadequate, it is that we are powerful beyond measure. - Marianne Williamson

Chris Tarpley

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Majors: Music Production & Recording Arts, Pre-Law
Minor: Jazz Studies
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC
Campus  Involvement(s): WSOE 89.3, Marching Band, Harvey Newlin Mentors, Mu Phi Epsilon,
Why I Became a Mentor:
I became a mentor because I think we all need someone to help guide us during your college years.
Best Memory About My First Year at Elon:
One of my fondest memories was when a couple of my friends and I randomly decided to go to a park and grill. It was an amazing time because it was just some random and was just people hanging out enjoying each others company.
Inspirational Quote: It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. -Audre Lorde

Toyya Jenkins

Year at Elon: Junior
Majors: Psychology and Human Service Studies
Hometown: Fort Wayne IN
Campus Involvement(s): Gospel Choir, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Black Cultural Society, NPHC
Why I Became a Mentor: It has been an awesome experince and I want to be involved in the program all four years.
Best Memory About My First Year at Elon: Attending my first Greek event
Inspirational Quote: "This too  shall pass"

Danielle Williams

Year at Elon: Junior
Major: Arts Administration
Minor: Music Creative Writing Business minor
Hometown: Columbia, SC
Campus Involvement(s): Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, NPHC President, Elon Orchestra, Elon World Percussion Ensemble, Colonnades Literary Journal
Why I Became a Mentor: I became a mentor so that I could provide incoming freshmen with the same long lasting friendships, great connections and resources, and ultimately, a fun and exciting first year as well as being able to continue to grow myself through the experience.
Best Memory About My First Year at Elon:My best memory was just about every memory that involved my best friends and my line sisters. They truly made my freshmen year memorable.
Inspirational Quote: My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style - Maya Angelou

D'Netria Spears

Year at Elon: Senior
Major: Strategic Communications
Minors: Sport & Event Management and African American Studies
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Campus Involvement(s): Student Program Coordinator for Black Student Success, Diversity Ambassador
Why I Became a Mentor: As a multicultural student at Elon University and a previous participant in the SMART program, I am really excited for this opportunity to reach out first year students. I understand that the transition from high school to college is not always easy, so I want to make that a better experience for someone else. Without this program my first year at Elon would not have been the same.
How SMART enhanced your first year experience at Elon: The SMART mentoring program enhanced my time at Elon by giving me social and academic events to attend outside of classroom. As a result, I had the chance to get to know so many new people. It also provided me with a mentor who I could connected with and get advice from throughout the remainder of the year.
Inspirational Quote: "We must not be frightened nor cajoled into accepting evil as deliverance from evil. We must go on struggling to be human though monsters of abstractions police and threaten us."

Ifeanyi Obi

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Jordynn McKnight

Year at Elon: Senior
Majors: Strategic Communication & Digital Art, Sports and Event Management 
Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
Other Involvement on Campus Involvement(s): Live Oaks Communications, University Tour Guide, Club Volleyball, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Her Campus Elon, Athletic Marketing Assistant
Why I Became a Mentor: I love meeting new people and guiding others to take advantage of the opportunities I didn’t or couldn’t.
Best Memory About My First Year at Elon:My best memory of my first year at Elon is just living in Old Staley in general. The freshmen in the building were all a tight knit group that worked out together, ate together, hung out between classes, and went out together and we’re all still close today
Inspirational Quote: This too shall pass; Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.


Brian Meko

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: Biochemistry, Anthropology
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Campus Involvement(s): Honors Program, Habitat for Humanity, Elon 101 TA, Elon Classics Club, Moseley Front Desk Staff, Epsilon Sigma Alpha
Why I Became a Mentor: As a first year, one of my favorite aspects of Elon was getting to know upperclassmen. Being a S.M.A.R.T mentor not only gives me the chance to become a system of support for first-year students but being a mentor also allow me to get to know the class under me.
Best Memory About My First Year at Elon:
My favorite memory of first year at Elon was going with my friends to the on campus Holi festival which is the Indian festival of color/love,
Inspirational Quote: 'To See The World, Things Dangerous To Come To, To See Behind Walls, Draw Closer, To Find Each Other And To Feel..... That Is The Purpose Of Life"- Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Katrina Clifford

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major(s): English and History
Hometown: St. Croix, U.S Virgin Islands
Campus Involvement(s): VP of Administration for the Resident Student Association, Lead Program, Alpha Chi Omega, Mentor for Disability Services, Resident Assistant  for the Global Neighborhood
Why I Became a Mentor: To involve myself in a diverse community and make other diverse students feel welcome at Elon. I want to help adjust incoming first-years to life at Elon and help with their transition while passing down my knowledge of campus to them.
How SMART Enhanced My First Year Experience at Elon: My staff advisor became a good friend, and helped me adjust to campus life, helped me learn appropriate professional skills, informed me of helpful campus resources, gave me advice on personal and academic issues, and introduced me to a diverse group of people that made me feel more at home.
Inspirational Quote: Work like a captain, play like a pirate.

Kris Jiles

Year at Elon: Senior
Major: Political Science
Minor: Philosophy
Hometown: Riverdale, MD
Campus Involvement(s): Elon Admissions, Student Government Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Why I Became a Mentor: I became a mentor because I was a student in the program and I recognize the value of having someone who can support your career goals and provide you with the tools and resources in order succeed as a student of diverse population.
How SMART Enhanced My First Year Experience at Elon: S.M.A.R.T Mentoring provided me with my first interaction with other students here at Elon and also allowed me to become more social and interactive with students, especially being so far away from home. My favorite experience was going to Spooky Woods in October with the mentors.
Inspirational Quote: "Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." -Malcolm X


Lashuan Nunnery

Year at Elon: Senior
Major: Exercise Science
Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC
Campus Involvement(s): Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Elon's Finest, Club Basketball, and NPHC
Why I Became a Mentor: I became a mentor with the strong desire to reach out and help first year students find the transition best for them to adjust to college and have success here.
Best Memory About My First Year at Elon: My best memory is meeting all suitmates and becoming the closest of friends here at Elon who are still some of my closest friends.
Inspirational Quote: "The mind is a terrible thing to waste"


Linh Tonnu

Major: Psychology and Public Health
Minor: Exercise Science and Biology
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Campus Involvement(s): Watson and Odyssey Scholar, Health and Wellness Learning Community, Alpha Chi Omega, Moseley Information Desk, Independent Research with Ashley Hoffman
Why I became a Mentor:
I had a great experience with my previous SMART mentor academically and socially. She helped me strive to my full potential.
How SMART Enhanced My First Year Experience at Elon:  My SMART mentor encouraged me to continue my independent research in humanitarian psychology.
Inspirational Quote: "Strength does not come without struggle. Relief does not come without pain. No one can help if there is no trouble. Cry and grieve, but remember that God is out in the rain with you and offering an umbrella."


Olise Obi

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: Public Health
Hometown: Mebane, NC
Campus Involvement(s): African American Society, Freshman class senator, athletics ticket office.
Why I Became a Mentor: I became a mentor because I was involved in this program my freshman year and SMART just helped me find a place on campus.
How SMART enhanced My First Year Experience at Elon: SMART helped me become a rounded person socially and academically.
Inspirational Quote: Do  or do not. There is no try. -Yoda


Oscar Miranda

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: Undecided
Hometown: Clayton, NC
Campus Involvement(s): Latin American Student Organization (LASO), Elon Academy Summer Mentor, CAT Mentor, Alpha Chi Omega (APO), Astronomy TA.
Best Memory About My First Year at Elon: The ones I can't remember..jk. Haha
Inspirational Quote: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.  The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”  --Thomas

Paige Poupart

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Major: Strategic Communications
Minor: Political Science
Hometown: Boston, MA
Campus Involvement(s): Residence Life, I Am That Girl, LASO
Why I Became a Mentor: To support first years to take full advantage of all the opportunities Elon has to offer
Best Memory about your first year at Elon: Doing the Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant
Inspirational Quote: "The mind is everything, what you think you become"


Simone Royal

Year at Elon: Sophomore
Majors: Psychology, Biology Minor
Hometown: Graham, NC
Campus Involvement(s): Exercise Science Society, Gospel Choir
Why I became a Mentor: I felt that being a mentor is a great way to help first year students explore all their options and have a support system behind them as they are coming into college.
Best Memory About My First Year at Elon: My first day of freshman year I had met my two best friends who I knew from the beginning I would always be connected with and who would have my back.
Inspirational Quote: Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it. --Bill Cosby


Xani Saganis

Year at Elon: Senior
Major: Psychology
Minors: Neuroscience and Communications
Hometown:  New Kensington, PA
Campus Involvement(s):  Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Station at Mill Point Community Association, Intramural Sports
Why I Became a Mentor: I became a mentor because I had a rough time as a freshman at University of Pittsburgh - to the point that I transferred to Elon - and even my first year here, it was difficult to adjust and make friends. I felt out of But once I got used to Elon I found that I love it so much and coming here was the best choice I ever made. So I want to help other first year students make the same transition that I did, using all the knowledge that I've accumulated since then.
Best Memory About my First Year at Elon: My best memory of my first year at Elon was Sportsfest at the very beginning of the year because on my team it was the first time I felt like I really belonged and I am still close to some of those people today.
Inspirational Quote:  "There are three things in life that are certain: God, human folly, and laughter. Since the first two are beyond our comprehension, we must do what we can with the third." -unknown


Interested in Becoming a S.M.A.R.T. Mentor?

SMART Mentor Applications availible in February 2015