Monday, September 15, 2008

Summer Quarter class valedictorian speaks from heart

Fran Claybrooke
Class Valedictorian Fran Claybrooke accepts her diploma from President Moeller at the Summer Quarter Commencement Ceremony September 12.

Fran Claybrooke nearly found herself backing out of the chance to address the Columbus State Summer Quarter graduating class as valedictorian. She felt a little overwhelmed and a lot unsure.

But she reminded herself what an honor it would be to represent the class as the top Summer Quarter graduate and finally said “yes.” 

She knew her 90-year-old mother would be unable to attend due to her frail health, and her daughter and grandkids, who live in Detroit, were unlikely to be able to make the trip either. But she went ahead with her commitment and sat down to write her speech about the four qualities she wished upon her fellow graduates: courage, love, generosity and persistence.

The Paralegal Studies graduate, who earned a 4.0 GPA throughout her studies, was happily surprised that her daughter was able to attend with her children to watch their mom and grandma deliver that speech. And with a calm, confident voice, she addressed her fellow classmates, living up to her own words: “We must commit ourselves to always following our hearts.”

A total of 372 students petitioned to graduate Summer Quarter.

Taste the Future on for tomorrow night!Taste photoWith numerous power outages and lots of wind damage all around the Columbus area from Sunday evening’s storm, there is some concern that the Development Foundation’s annual fundraiser Taste the Future might experience some problems with setup, but happily, that is not the case. Grounds crews will have lots of leaves and debris to sweep up, but campus was mostly unscathed.

“We weathered the storm pretty well,” says Matt Kelly, executive director of the Foundation. “The lights strung up on campus last week held up. All the construction being done on the sides of Nestor Hall auditorium and on the plaza is completed, and the weather report for tomorrow is sunny and 70s, so we are all looking forward to a beautiful culinary gala tomorrow evening!” 

Employees to be surveyed on wellness activitiesColumbus State employees recently received a letter from Tim Wagner, vice president for Human Resources, describing a survey that will be distributed later this Fall Quarter by The Ohio State University Managed Health Care System (MHCS). 

To ensure that the college’s wellness activities are a good match for employee needs, the survey will seek opinions on the types of activities and programming that may be of interest at Columbus State. This information will guide the college’s decisions in future wellness offerings.

Columbus State invites all faculty, administrators and staff to participate in this survey. The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential.

Within a few days, MHCS will send a message to each employee’s Columbus State email account with instructions and a link to the online survey questionnaire. The survey will take only about 15 minutes to complete. If you prefer a paper copy mailed to you or if you have any questions, please call Nichole Bowman-Glover, wellness coordinator, at ext. 3989.

Columbus State Employees invited to work Franklin County polls in NovemberVote buttonOhio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has predicted a record voter turnout on Nov. 4, when Franklin County voters elect our next president and decide critical local issues. The Franklin County Board of Elections will need 5,000 individuals to work the polls in Franklin County alone. Columbus State employees are invited to join them by using vacation or personal time to work the polls. 
Poll workers earn a minimum of $123 ($108 for Election Day service and $15 for training).

  • Be a U.S. citizen and registered to vote in Franklin County

  • Attend a three-hour training course offered during October at convenient locations throughout Franklin County

  • Have transportation to the polls

  • Work from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day


Contact the Franklin County Board of Elections Poll Worker Hotline at (614) 462-5393 or register online at .

Corporate Express out todayCorporate Express will not be fulfilling and delivering supply requests today (September 15), due to power outages.