Inside ASCE at LSU

To understand what a student organization is all about, just take a look at what the students spend their time doing! ASCE at LSU provides an inside look at their activities from the 2015 fall semester.

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at LSU had a busy fall semester with our bi-monthly student chapter meetings, attending community service events and touring the Patrick F. Taylor construction site on LSU’s campus. The most recent chapter meetings featured guest speakers from ASCE Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers (COPRI) and BASF. Daniel Dehon and Jarret Bauer, two professionals in the field, spoke about the Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute of ASCE and how students can get involved. Kenneth Arceneaux, an employee of BASF, spoke about various civil engineering projects, tips on how to be successful and ethics in engineering.

Our ASCE student chapter joined the Louisiana Water Environment Association (LWEA) student members for a community service event to clean up the LSU lakes on October 11, 2015. A total of 24 students participated in removing debris and trash around the lakes and the surrounding areas.

LSU Lake Clean-Up

LSU Lake Clean-Up, October 11, 2015

In conjunction with the ASCE Baton Rouge Branch, LSU ASCE student members attended a luncheon featuring the $110 million Patrick F. Taylor Hall renovation and expansion project. Guest speakers Roger Husser, Director of Planning, Design and Construction for LSU Facility Services, and Mike Lemoine, Operations Manager for the Lemoine Company, spoke of the construction progress made in the expansion, and of the future phases in construction. A tour of the perimeter of the construction site followed the meeting, guided by Roger Husser.

Rendering of Completed Patrick F. Taylor Hall - East Elevation

Rendering of Completed Patrick F. Taylor Hall – East Elevation

The spring semester is sure to be even busier with our Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge competitions! To learn more about ASCE at LSU, visit asce.lsu.edu or follow us on Instagram @ascelsu.

Making the Most of Your Time at LSU through Student Organizations

This blog post is contributed by a mechanical engineering junior named Jordan who has been involved in student organizations at the College and University level. She’s going to share with you how they’ve made a positive impact on her time at LSU and even her future!

My junior year at LSU I decided to get more serious about my future and getting a full-time job, so I decided to work at the Encounter Engineering freshman transitions camp and become a part of a student organization called the Society of Peer Mentors. I found out about this organization because all of my friends were in it, which is usually how you learn good information in college: talking to people. Building friendships, talking to people, and seeking advice has caused me to have the most success at LSU. Friendships help get you through classes because of moral support.

Society of Peer Mentors before Encounter Engineering Camp

Society of Peer Mentors before Encounter Engineering Camp

Although I have been in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, African Student Organization, National Society of Black Engineers, Engineers Without Borders, and the Society of Women Engineers – the Society of Peer Mentors holds a dear place in my heart. The Society of Peer Mentors (SPM) instilled in me leadership skills, taught me responsibility, helped me network, and grow as a student. They taught me how to make a resume, interview and improve my communication skills. It also caused me to get rid of my hot pink hair and knee-high socks. SPM is an interdisciplinary leadership organization for STEM majors that feels more like a family than an obligation, and I can honestly say I would’ve dropped out of LSU if it weren’t for the people I turned to there for support. The faculty I met there really care about students’ success and the bonds I’ve made have been indelible.

Jordan with previous STEP Manager, Summer Dann, and another peer mentor.

Jordan with previous STEP Manager, Summer Dann, and another peer mentor.

Some other great things about the Society of Peer Mentors has been the students I’ve worked with. In SPM student innovation and involvement is key. In fact, some of my peers started Robotics mentoring programs at local schools and others started Louisiana’s first hackathon with “Geaux Hack.” It’s been amazing to constantly be working with amazing people that challenge me to be better every day.

Student organizations like SPM have been a stepping stone to my jobs. They taught me about responsibility and how to disagree with someone. I’ve had to deal with real-life issues like funding, conflict of interest and mentoring people in tough situations. They’ve made me a leader and have helped me connect to people I would’ve previously not thought possible. Undoubtedly the real world is harder. I found this out when I took a year off to work a Co-Op and get experience. But student orgs help you mature professionally, as well as personally, and help make the transition to full-time work easier.

Jordan and peers at a press conference with Gov. Bobby Jindal

Jordan and peers at a press conference with Gov. Bobby Jindal

That being said…Any form of involvement at LSU will help make you a better all-around person whether it be tutoring at the center of academic success, painting up with friends for football games, rolling down the Indian Mounds at four in the morning with your best friend, or playing pickup soccer with the international students on the Parade grounds. You get out of LSU what you put into it. As a student you need to enjoy college while it lasts and really find yourself. Take the time to discover your goals and passions and don’t get distracted from being happy. Make the most of your time at LSU and explore.

By Jordan Favret
Mechanical Engineering Junior