Steelman Library
Saturday: 12:00 pm - 8:30 pm

SEU Link

Mission Statement

The SEU Link program provides an opportunity for students with mild intellectual disabilities to experience college in an inclusive setting.  We strive to assist students with increasing their independent living, employability, and self-advocacy skills.  The use of peer mentors to provide support is an integral component of the program. As part of the SEU Christian community, we also endeavor to ensure that our students believe they are fearfully and wonderfully made by their Creator.  

Community Partners

  • Top Buttons Boutique
  • K-Force
  • People Like Us
  • Lowe's 
  • Polk County Sports Marketing
  • Inklings Book Shoppe
  • Family Worship Center
  • St. Paul Lutheran Church and School
  • Polk County Sheriff's office
  • Citrus Connection
  • Florida Central Credit Union
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lakeland

Monthly Newsletter

February Newsletter, Page 1

SEU Link: Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program

In the Link

With the spring semester underway, students have been busy adjusting to a new class schedule as well as beginning spring internships. After successfully completing interviews, students began working in various departments across campus and in the community. The LINK program would like to thank the following participants for partnering with us in providing foundational work experiences for our students:

SEU Departments
  • College of Behavioral and Social Sciences - Miss Alicia Passavage
  • College of Education - Dr. Emily Stegall
  • Steelman Library - Dr. Andrew Graves
Community Partners
  • Top Buttons
  • People Like Us
  • K-Force
  • Family Worship Center

February Newsletter, Page 2

Internship Spotlight

Top Buttons

Founded in 2012, Top Buttons is an upscale Thrift shop that does much more than sell gently used clothing. In addition to their clothing boutiques, Top Buttons also utilizes online platforms and educational events to help empower young ladies to find their dignity and true value in Christ. Aarushi is currently working at the Top Buttons clothing boutique located in downtown Lakeland.


Aarushi is also gaining experience working remotely for K-Force. K-Force, a successful staffing and solutions firm head-quartered in Tampa, focuses on building and managing elite teams in the technology, finance and accounting industries.

Academic Mentors

Academic mentors assist Link students by creating a supportive and positive learning environment. Through the implementation of various strategies, accountability, and appropriate modeling, Link students will gain the tools they need to achieve academic success. Academic mentors play a valuable role in fostering independent learning, helping the student to take ownership of their work. Thank you to the following students who have given hours of their time to serve our students in this capacity.

Reference (Resources) Websites

Contact Us

Program Director
Kelly Southmayd

Link Resident Director
Laura Grace Hodupp

Link Courses Instructor
Sarah McGee

Headlines (Link Students)

Database Error

Off campus users may experience a loading issue when using the Article Search box or specific databases. Please use an Incognito Browser while the issue is being fixed.