Featured Spotlight

Tendai K. Charasika, 03S, 09GB

Tendai is the founder of SuperFanU, a mobile loyalty rewards program that enhances attendance at events. The Alumni Association has partnered with SuperFanU to bring you, Loyalty Cards. Tendai encourages alumni in Louisville and around the nation to be a part of Loyalty Cards, to stay connected with campus, and to be rewarded!

Tendai received his undergraduate degree in in chemical engineering from the Speed school in 2003. In 2009, he received his graduate degree in entrepreneurship from the MBA program. Tendai said the MBA program "connected the dots" of creating a company and getting it off of the ground. He also says his experiences as a college football play have developed a metaphor to his life in figuring out the competition, setting the type of player and team you want to be, and figuring out how you're going to be on top of your game.

Tendai's continuous development of SuperFanU is bringing our Loyalty Cards app more features. Stay tuned as we implement these changes!

Camilla Schroeder, 90B

Business First recently published an article about Camilla who joined one of her father’s Louisville businesses, Advance Ready Mix, in 1993.

"Schroeder was 29, recently graduated from the University of Louisville with a marketing degree, and working for General Electric.

Her father had two businesses he’d started with his brother — Abel Construction and Advance Ready Mix --— “but Advance did not have a family member in day-to-day operations,” Schroeder said. “I looked at it as an opportunity to maintain family continuity when it became evident my father wouldn’t be around.”

And how did her father see it?

“It took me a few months to convince him to let me even just come to work for him,” she said. “The atmosphere of the industry was not what he wanted his daughter exposed to.”

Old attitudes die hard."

Ben Sollee, 06M

Kentucky-born cellist, singer-songwriter and composer Ben Sollee, 06M, is anything but conventional, composing music for stage and screen at home and abroad. Ben is known for his innovative playing style, genre-bending songwriting, electrifying performances, and political and environmental activism. Ben rembarked on a tour with Mother Falcon, an indie orchestra group out of Austin, and has a full list of tour dates throughout the spring and summer.

In addition to his tour with Mother Falcon, an indie orchestra group, he has a full list of tour dates this summer. Ben recently partnered with Woodpenny Games to create a virtual reality app call “The Vanishing Point”, created the score for the production of StageOne’s "Harold and the Purple Crayon”, and also helped create a massive eco-art and tech installation called Livestream in partnership with the design group Public Works Collaborative. The sculpture was recently awarded a grant from the NEA and installed in Lexington, KY. He recently released Steeples, Pt. 2, a follow up to Steeples, Pt. 1, and the lead up to a full length album later this year. The sound returned to the basic ingredients of Sollee's music: cello, voice, and storytelling.

For more info on his tours and albums , check out bensollee.com, follow @BenSollee on Twitter, and listen on Spotify.

Alumni Spotlight: Aimee Jewell, 13A

Congratulations to Aimee Jewell, 13A, recently elected incoming president of the Young Professional Association of Louisville, succeeding alumnus Drew Eckman, 11B, 14L. Aimee is an alumna and employer engagement coordinator in the UofL Career Development Center. Learn more about Aimee and her community involvement.

Aimee currently acts as the Vice President of Community for the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL), the Chair of Lean In: St. Matthews, and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, and the Children's Hospital Foundation.

Read more about Aimee on the College of Arts and Sciences website

Robert Elliott, 95DMD

Robert is a proud UofL graduate and Louisville native, who completed additional training in pediatric dentistry at UNC School of Dentistry. In 2001, Dr. Elliott graciously decided to create The Robert David Elliott Award in Pediatric Dentistry to help UofL students going through the same experiences he went through during his residency while earning his certificate in Pediatric Dentistry. The scholarship is awarded to one senior dental student annually who has been accepted to a pediatric dental residency program. As part of the monetary scholarship, the student is flown to North Carolina to shadow Dr. Elliott prior to beginning his/her residency. Additionally, the recipient’s name is added to a commemorative perpetual plaque, along with past recipients, that hangs in both the pediatric dental clinic at UL and well as his private practice in NC.

Dr. Elliott runs a very successful pediatric dental office in Cary, NC where he resides. He is proud to stay connected to his alma mater, the University of Louisville, through this special award, as well as coming back to teach the UL dental students and post graduate pediatric dental residents several times a year.

Chuck Asher, 54A

Chuck was a four year Letterman for the Louisville Cardinals football team from 1948-1951. He was also the Team Captain of his junior and senior years, was a Honorable Mention All-American Athlete, and received many other honors. Chuck was inducted into the University of Louisville Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981. He had a long, accomplished career as a high school football coach, teacher, and athletic director in western Ohio. Now, at the age of 86 years young, he and his wife, Jo have Louisville football season tickets and have attended nearly every home game for the last 10+ years.

William Holt, 14E, 15GE

Currently a striker for the USA National Field Hockey Team, William Holt, 14E, 15GE, graduated most recently with a Master’s in Sports Administration from the College of Education. According to his official Team USA bio, since the summer of 1996, Holt has dreamt of playing in the Olympic Games. He was attracted to field hockey’s fast pace and intensity in elementary school, and the mental and physiological challenge of the game kept him interested.

“I love the pace of the game. It’s played at such a high speed yet requires the deftest of abilities in maneuvering the ball. I find the sport electrifying.” Holt said.

Field hockey has taken Will around the world, including his debut for the U.S. in an Olympic qualifying tournament held in Auckland, New Zealand in 2008. Holt is a force to be reckoned with, finishing 4th in the World on the 2014 Top Goal Scorer’s list. He continues to make strides towards his goal of walking through the tunnel at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Connect with William on Twitter: @willholt_11

Dr. Jason Meriwether, 01A

At UofL, Dr. Meriwether was a Porter scholarship recipient, resident assistant, and member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He has stayed involved with UofL by remaining active with his fraternity, participating in the Red Barn Alumni Association, and participating in the Student Affairs Bowl Service Project since 2012, volunteering at the Final Four Service Project in 2013, currently serving as an Adjunct Professor for a graduate course in the School of Education, and obviously attending UofL Football games as seen in his photo. He graduated from UofL with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications, proceeded to Fisk University to receive a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology, earned a certificate from Pennsylvania State University's Academic Leadership Academy for the Study of Higher Education, and he also earned a Ph.D. from Indiana State University in Educational Administration with a specialization in Higher Education Leadership.

Now, Dr. Jason L. Meriwether is the Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast. A husband, father, and author, you can often find him around the nation presenting about hazing prevention or leadership, and attending UofL sporting events with his family,, or maybe even coaching a youth sports team. Follow him on Twitter to keep up with the action: @JLMeriwether06

Tim Reilly, 86S, 86GS

Big data is big business, as proven by two alumni who started their own tech companies.

Tim Reilly, 86S, 86GS, who started his career as a software engineer for Motorola in Florida and Illinois, founded Stonestreet One in Louisville, Kentucky in 1996, as a single person contract programming business. Starting in 1999, Stonestreet One focused on developing and licensing software for Bluetooth wireless technology. Its software is included in millions of devices from companies like Motorola, Microsoft, Nike, Honeywell, GoPro, Fitbit and many others. Tim was the President of the company as the business grew to around 25 people and then was acquired by Qualcomm, Inc. in September 2014. Tim now works for Qualcomm from the Louisville office, along with the rest of the former Stonestreet One team, which includes several Speed School graduates. “I am proud to be a Speed School graduate and proud of the fact that we were able to start and grow a successful technology business right here in Louisville, my hometown,” says Reilly. “It was also very satisfying to get acquired by Qualcomm, arguably the world leader in wireless technology.”