Dear Ohio State Mansfield Colleagues,
Top billing in my report goes to Ginny Corso, as she has received one of the twelve University Distinguished Staff Awards this year. The advising staff along, with myself and several other campus representatives, were on hand this past Tuesday as Ginny was honored with a lunch and award ceremony on the Columbus campus. Way to go, Ginny! And way to go Ohio State Mansfield campus, as Ginny joins a growing number of our staff members who have received this prestigious award.
One of my very favorite events on the Mansfield campus is our Graduation Celebration, which was held yesterday evening. Many of our students, along with their friends and family members, came out to commemorate the occasion, and a grand time was had by all. Of course, this year’s graduation ceremony on the Columbus campus has quite a buzz all of its own, given the fact that President Obama will be the speaker. For those of you joining me at this ceremony, I will see you bright and early, as security precautions have us arriving very early in the morning in order to be screened and seated.
On Tuesday, I was so pleased to announce that our participation rate in the campus campaign was 86% this year, surpassing our record of 85% last year. Not only is this a record setting year but, in combination with last year’s efforts, we have created a participation rate that is over double what we typically see on a yearly basis. This will be noticed and applauded in Columbus, of course, yet we will reap our greatest benefits from the word being spread throughout the communities that surround us. The fact that our faculty and staff have invested their own time and treasure in our educational mission can, should, and will make a critical difference in terms of community members stepping up and contributing to our capital campaign. Count on it!
It’s hard to believe that it is the first week of May and classes are now over. All of the preparations that we undertook in order to be ready for semester conversion seem to have paid off, as the transition was fairly smooth by most accounts. As in years past, graduation marks the end of my biweekly reports until the beginning of the new academic year. I look forward to writing again to all of you in early August. Until then, Go Bucks!