Author Archives: heathermann2013

Speed Student Services Summer

It has been an exciting summer so far here in Speed Student Services!

Speed Advisors Natalie Olliner and Jimmy Kidd assist incoming freshmen register for fall classes during summer orientation.

Speed Advisors Natalie Oliner and Jimmy Kidd assist incoming freshmen register for fall classes during summer orientation.

First, we have seen over 500 students in less than 2 months during Orientation. During Orientation, we give incoming students presentations to get them ready for success, as well as advise them for their fall schedule. A lot of work went into pulling off a successful Orientation, and our new advisors, Jen and Natalie, are still in correspondence with the new students to make sure they have the best schedules possible!

Summer semester is just about over here at the Speed School, and we wish all of our students good luck on finals! For our students that are moving from their first official year to their second year here, many are officially being admitted into their department based on their course load and GPA. This is an exciting time because it means they can attend the co-op seminar in the fall, allowing them to co-op for the first time in the spring.

All in all, summer is a great time for Student Services!


The ELLC, Second Semester, Second Success!

We have now completed our entire year for the ELLC. Students are moving out as we speak, many of which are keeping up the friendships and bonds from this year and moving in with each other for the summer in Res Halls and apartments. T

his semester was not quite as packed as the first semester, mostly thanks to all that snow that we got! We had many successful programs including: REACH coming in to talk about study habits, Health Services teaching students to flash nap, the Civil Department exposing students to the incredible opportunity to do a service learning opportunity abroad. One of the best programs had to be put off a total of 4 times due to the weather, but luckily we got the Career Center to come in and give a great presentation on preparing for co-ops and understanding your strengths.

It was incredible to see the difference in the community from the first to the second semester. The whole building seemed to come together to study and support each other. Our attendance was a little lower in programs, but that was due to the fact that students were getting involved outside of Speed, which was one of our goals.

We have learned so much from this semester and this year. With bittersweet feelings, Ally and Heather passed the torch to our two new advisors, Natalie Oliner and Jennifer Plymate as next year Center will house their students. We can only expect more growth and more success in the years to come as this program continues to evolve and change.

Starting the New Year in the Advising Office

Last week the Speed Advising Office welcomed back its students, beginning the Spring 2014 semester! This was the first time first year students registered for classes without a Block that was given to them during Orientation. Although there were some bumps along the way, it was great to see everything settle in officially and classes begin! For our 2nd and 3rd year students, we are very proud of the group of students that just were admitted into their department. They will be attending the co-op seminar class this semester and are starting to look for co-ops for the summer. Now in the office, the big prep for advising season is beginning, and we are seeing somewhat of a “calm before the storm.” Though calm is always relative!

Spring Semester at the ELLC

After a highly successful fall semester at the Engineering Living Learning Community (ELLC), we are looking forward to starting up programming again for the spring! The programs happen roughly every other Tuesday evening. This semester’s projected programs include: study habits and tricks of the trade, preparing for co-ops, lessons from the Health and Wellness Office, and visits from upper level students. There are also community building and stress relief events.

This has been one of our most active group of ELLC students since its first year. Last semester’s most highly attended programs were a robotics demonstration through the Electrical Department, and an informal panel of Speed upperclassmen that described their experiences within Speed School as well as their various co-ops.

After the main Housing form is completed, applications for the 2014 incoming class can be found at

Advising for Spring 2014 – It’s Happening Now!

It may be just now feeling like Fall, but our Spring 2014 Advising is well underway! Between the four advisors, Ally, Heather, Susan, and Vivian, we will see over 1,100 students, at least once, in a little over a month! This is an especially exciting time for all first year students as they are now really settling into the rigor of Speed School. First year students are deciding which engineering major is truly the right fit for them, and many are now starting to think about how to get involved at the Speed School and on campus.

Remember Speed students, you must see your advisor in order to register for classes in the Spring! If you haven’t already set up your appointment, please do so today! Priority registration begins on November 1st at 8 a.m.

For those students wishing to drop a Fall 2013 class, the drop deadline is Monday, Oct. 28th.

ELLC, Creating Community

We are now midway through the first semester and 5th year of the Engineering Living Learning Community. This semester the programs offered at the community, housed in Center Hall, are designed to help the students get better aclimated to the University of Louisville and the rigor of the Speed School, as well as expose them to opportunities to become involved throughout campus. Recently there was a two-part series on stress management and test anxiety. Programs happen every other Tuesday evening and are well attended. Next semester students can look forward to programming that delves deeper into what it means to be an engineer.

Since these are Engineering first year students, perhaps the best resource the Engineering Living Learning Community offers is Reach tutoring 3 times a week within the residence hall. Tutors come to the students and help them with Chemistry, Physics, and Calculus. This resource is invaluable as students can pop downstairs to get a quick answer to something they are stuck with, or go to the whole session to get more in-depth help. When students are not using these Reach resources, strong study groups have formed within the community. Students have excitedly related that anytime they have a question on homework they simply walk down the hall until someone can help them since many students are taking the same classses.

The Community would not be successful without the enthusiasm and dedication of the students within the program. This year’s students are active in record numbers, and because of this, we are able to do bigger and better programming. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the semester and year holds for this community!