Speed School Student Council Elections Welcome New Officers

April 13, 2018

Official logo for the Speed School Student CouncilThe Speed School Student Council (SSSC) held their annual officer election in March. The new SSSC officers are President Sydney Lucas, Executive Vice President Martin Brown, Operations Vice President Carly Graf, and Director of Finance Luke Malone, all of which were installed at the Engineers' Ball held on April 19th. In addition to the newly elected members of the SSSC, Wyatt Harris, a Junior in the Civil Engineering program was elected as the UofL SGA Student Services Vice President.

Lucas and Brown

For both Lucas and Brown, their respective positions were nominated by a peer, having both served on the SSSC in the past. Lucas’ ambition was fostered by her time within the council, inspired by initiatives like SSSC Cares, the mentoring program, and the service coalition, encouraging her to run every year for the council since arriving.

“Last year I lost to a more experienced candidate, Saralyn Callahan," said Brown. "In hindsight I believe that allowed me to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the position. Also this past year has allowed me to make connections within the faculty and staff that I will have to work with this upcoming year.”

Lucas hopes to use her time in office, to  strengthen the focus SSSC has on leadership and professional development for engineering students, the Directors board, and engineering societies. Motivated by her attendance to at the National Association of Engineering Student Councils Conference recently, Lucas has ideas for how to help grow the engineering community.

“Part of making a well-rounded engineer is having interpersonal skills which you can gain from attending network events, industry tours, seminars, forums, and workshops," says Lucas. "As engineers we are so busy, so I plan to spend the summer solidifying some of these events for the 2018-2019 school year so as many can plan to attend as possible.”

For Brown, serving time in Sigma Chi Fraternity, membership in Tau Beta Pi, and participating in campus-wide service events like RaiseRed,  makes him equally eager to give back to Speed School.

Looking to next year’s E-Expo, Brown looks to develop the event further and expand the audience. Most importantly, Brown is building off of Lucas’ interest in fostering interpersonal skills to reach out to students struggling in the program to find practical solutions to their problems.

“I want to be advocate for the students of Speed School," Brown said. "If they have any complaints or concerns I will try my best to bring those the faculty and get a solution to the problem. Go Cards!”

Harris in the SGA

For Harris, the responsibilities of the vice presidency position offer a new, if family challenge. Involved with several organizations on campus, Harris has been involved in the leadership of several, including a term as the Vice President of Chi Epsilon, and a Vice-Chair for the Student Activities Board Spirit and Traditions committee, which he served on for two years. One of four available SGA leadership positions, he relates his Vice Presidency to his background and continuing education in CEE. He believes that his insight into planning, design, and construction will help incorporate the wants and needs of students into projects, which he hopes to help oversee.

“It's important for the engineering school to have a representative in one of these SGA Top 4 positions to ensure that the unique needs of Speed Schoolers are met," said Harris. "I believe my experience in the engineering field will guide me when making decisions on behalf of the student body related to matters such as housing, dining, parking and safety.”