The Commuter Transition Program (CTP) acts as a bridge to assist first-year commuter students in their transition from high school to life at Siena. The program connects new commuter students with a group of well-established Siena students called Commuter Transition Specialists (CTs). CTs introduce them to important resources across the College, Siena's DORS values (Diversity, Optimism, Respect, and Service), and the College's Franciscan mission through inclusive programming. Support and guidance are offered during Orientation, but the CTP is a year-long mentorship opportunity.

Adam Casler - Assistant Dean of Students, Commuter Transition Program Advisor

Major in College: Undergraduate - B.A. in History & Canadian Studies with a minor in Secondary Education; Graduate - M.S.Ed. in Counseling Psychology. 

Commutes from: Latham, NY

Why are you excited to be a part of this program?: I wanted to work with a group of students that I really didn't have a lot of interaction with in my previous role at Siena. I'm looking forward to helping our commuter students find connections & opportunities to succeed at Siena.

Favorite song to jam to in the car: "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman

Contact Adam here!: acasler@siena.edu

Emily Poole - Commuter Transition Program Advisor

Major in College: Communication Studies, concentration in Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing

Commutes from: Glenville, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? I wanted to work with commuters as they have such a unique experience. I want them to feel a part of the Siena Community and call it home. 

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "Fast Car" by Tracy Chapman

Contact Emily here!epoole@siena.edu

Thom Schlinck - Commuter Transition Program Advisor

Major in College: History

Commutes from: Albany, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? I wanted to help new commuters feel welcomed into our Siena community and ready to make this their home!

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "Can I Kick It?" by A Tribe Called Quest

Contact Thom here!:tschlinck@siena.edu

Theologjia Sofi - Program Intern

Class Year: Senior

Major: Psychology, Minor in Political Science

Commutes from: Voorheesville, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? I have been with this program since the very beginning. When I initially joined I wanted to support the commuter population. Now in my third year, I have not only seen that and experienced it firsthand but commuters have never been this engaged and involved on our campus before. I am very happy with how far this program has come and I cannot wait to see it grow in the upcoming years.

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "Break My Stride" by Matthew Wilder

Jonas Benjamin Cabahug - Mentor Commuter Transition Specialist (MCTs)

Class Year: Senior

Major: Management with concentrations in Project Management and Strategic Human Resource Development

Commutes from: Albany, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? I wanted to be part of the Commuter Transition Program because I know how overwhelming and how much being an incoming freshman in college can force you to hide within your own comfort zone, especially as a commuter. However, I know from experience that being a commuter does not limit your involvement on campus. Therefore, I want to share my experiences on how to be more involved as a commuter as well as how to turn feelings of uncertainty into feelings of confidence and belonging in the Siena community.

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "Parachute" by John K

Lilly Kronau - Mentor Commuter Transition Specialist (MCTs)

Class Year: Junior

Major: Health Science

Commutes from: Poestenkill, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? I understand the struggles of commuter life in the beginning and I want to show commuters what an amazing home Siena can be!!

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "Drops of Jupiter" by Train

Eldred Uriel Cabahug - Commuter Transition Specialist (CTs)

Class Year: Junior

Major: Finance with an Entrepreneurship Minor

Commutes from: Albany, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? At the beginning  of my freshman year, it was hard to get accustomed to college life as a commuter. The  Commuter Transition Specialists introduced me to various events on campus, different clubs, and other campus resources that helped me become familiar with Siena and ultimately make my transition to college as easy as possible. I want to do the same thing for upcoming commuters in an effort to help them get accustomed to college life and make them feel welcomed here at Siena College.

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) by Whitney Houston

Madeline Demers - Commuter Transition Specialist (CTs)

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: Nursing

Commutes from: East Greenbush, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? I want to help guide new Commuter students through their struggles and hardships.

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "Problematic" by Bo Burnham 

Azka Hasan- Commuter Transition Specialist (CTs)

Class Year: Junior

Major: Biology and Spanish

Commutes from: Albany, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? As a freshman, I had difficulty familiarizing myself with how to use different resources on campus that were used on a daily basis such as Canvas and others. Being a part of the Commuter Transition Program, I can help incoming commuters understand how to use the different resources on campus and become more comfortable using them.

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "Boyfriend" by Big Time Rush

Marin Hawley - Commuter Transition Specialist (CTs)

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: Accounting

Commutes from: Schenectady, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? I wanted to be a CT to help make the transition to college for commuter students easier and more enjoyable. This program greatly helped me adjust during my first year at Siena and now I hope to give back by mentoring others!

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "Drivers License" by Olivia Rodrigo

Hilbert Hilvano - Commuter Transition Specialist (CTs)

Class Year: Junior

Major: Communication-Marketing, Minor in Management, Concentration in Marketing Communications and Digital Marketing, Sales and Business to Business Marketing Management

Commutes from: Colonie, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? I wanted to be a CTs because I know how difficult it can be being a new commuter student transitioning into college. When I first transferred to Siena I was welcomed to the amazing commuter community, which made my transition to Siena much easier. With this program I will be able to help incoming freshmen and transfer students transition to life at Siena just as I was coming here.

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "Life is a Highway" by Rascal Flatts

Hilbriel Jan Hilvano - Commuter Transition Specialist (CTs)

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: Biology

Commutes from: Colonie, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? I wanted to become a CT because the transition from high school to college is a significant change. Balancing work, school work, and having a social life was a not an easy task, but with the guidance of my CT and along with the friends I have made in Siena I was able to adjust. I would like to use my experience to provide guidance for the incoming freshmen and become a person they can look to for help.

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "Marmalade" by Macklemore feat. Lil Yachty

Sarah Howlan - Commuter Transition Specialist (CTs)

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: Business

Commutes from: Colonie, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? My CT was extremely helpful. Having someone to go to with questions and to give me advice made my first year at Siena so much easier. I want to be able to help incoming commuters have the easiest possible transition into college.

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? Any Harry Styles or Post Malone song.

Maryam Jaffri - Commuter Transition Specialist (CTs)

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: Political Science

Commutes from: Clifton Park

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? I wanted to help freshmen, especially commuter freshmen, see all the wonderful things about Siena College, and help them get accustomed to the college life!

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "You Belong With Me" by Taylor Swift

Jacklyn Mantica- Commuter Transition Specialist (CTs)

Class Year: Sophomore

Major: English

Commutes from: Colonie, NY

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? To become more engaged with the other students on campus and to help the new incoming freshman.

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "Roslyn" by Bon Iver

Shelby Tinker - Commuter Transition Specialist (CTs)

Class Year: Junior

Major: Marketing with Minor in Management

Why did you want to be a part of the Commuter Transition Program? I want to be someone that new commuter students can look to for help in navigating their first year on campus and their college experience. 

What song can you listen to on repeat while you are driving? "S.O.S" by Jonas Brothers