Samuel Lewallen

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence
Oklahoma Mentor Day

Samuel Lewallen

College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) Summer Bridge Program, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater

Sam Lewallen sets the bar for mentoring incoming freshmen, especially for OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology (CEAT) students. 

Lewallen is a sophomore industrial engineering and management major from Fort Worth, Texas. As an incoming freshman, he participated in the CEAT Summer Bridge program and had such a positive experience that he desired to give back to the program as a counselor for the 2017 program. Even when the summer program ended, Lewallen continued to serve as a mentor and resource to younger students, answering questions and providing advice.

“On day one of the Summer Bridge Program, Sam’s passion to help the students feel comfortable in their new surroundings was evident,” said Lance Mills, director of CEAT Student Academic Services.   “Sam greeted the students and their families with amazing energy and positivity, answering questions while helping them move into the dorms.  Even when Sam was not scheduled to work, he spent time with the students.  He sacrificed sleep and agreed to accompany about a dozen students to a 6 a.m. spin class taught by their physics teacher, Professor Ramming. 

“Sam also provided a great example to the students of time management,” Mills added. “While a counselor, he was attending training to become an OSU Tour Guide, demonstrating the importance of planning and prioritizing while still keeping a balance.”

In addition to his CEAT and Campus Tour Guide activities, Lewallen is active in an IFC Fraternity, Overflow Leadership team and Engineers Without Borders.

“He loves to serve people, and takes every day as a challenge to live positively and contribute to the Cowboy family,” Mills added. 

About the Program: The Summer Bridge program helps introduce incoming freshman to the courses, people and activities of OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. The two-and-half-week program includes mini-courses in pre-calculus, physics, tech writing, design projects, industry presentations, community service projects and team building.  The program is led by 11 counselors with each assigned a small group of 5-6 students to oversee.  In addition, the counselors assist with class attendance, design projects, group activities and study hall.