Advising welcomes two hires to the Speed Community

August 2, 2018

The Speed School Office of Student Success recently welcomed to new advisors, Lauren Klingshirn, an academic counselor, and Ben Craig, an academic counselor, sr.

“In the last two months, we have welcomed four new academic counselors, and our entire team is very excited about what they will add to our collective practice,” said Brittany Blake, Assistant Director, Advising.

Continued Support

Hailing from Ohio, Klingshirn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2014. From there, she elected to pursue a degree in higher education, first by participating in the Americorp Vista program at Otterbein University. While at Otterbein, she worked in the center for civic engagement, which helped to stoke her passion for helping students.

“I hope I can bring an emphasis on retention. Making sure students have their support throughout their time,” said Klingshirn. “Also I want to emphasize diversity, making sure students have the support that they need as well.”

Blake believes that her background is important to the continued success of not only our students, but in growing the department.

“While working at Ohio State University, Klingshirn gained valuable experience developing interventions for high achieving students,” said Blake. “She will advise a caseload of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as serve as the coordinator of our Engineering Living Learning Community (ELLC).”

Helping Others

Early in his education, Craig knew that he wanted to help people to realize their potential. Recognizing that he did not have the drive to become a therapist, he set his sites on academic and career advising, which afforded him the opportunity for a last impact in the lives of the students that he worked with.

“Reflecting on my own experience as an undergrad, we didn’t have a lot of people to talk to or just to seek advice. I like thinking about how we can best develop students,” said Craig. “I knew I didn’t want to be a licensed psychologist, because that kind of stuff I felt like I would take home with me, but academic and career stuff, I thought I could make a difference.”

A native to Minnesota, Craig secured his degree in business management from the University of St. Thomas. He worked in the insurance industry for several years, before returning to college to pursue his education in advising and career and academic counseling. Starting off in the Career Development Center, Craig worked in the College of Education and Human Development in a similar role, as an academic counselor where he oversaw health and sport sciences advising.

For Blake, Craig brings further outreach and community engagement opportunities to the advising department.

“Craig comes to us from another UofL advising office, and brings many years of advising experience,” said Blake. “In addition to advising Speed students, he will be coordinate our summer camps, which provide children in our community the opportunity to learn more about drones, chemistry, robots, and more.”