Alumni Blog

June 2020 Alumni Newsletter

The Chronicle 

Thank you for taking the time to read our monthly newsletter. We would love to hear from you and get your thoughts on what you want as an alumnus of Franklin. You play a major role in advancing Franklin’s mission to provide a high quality education to the broadest possible group of learners, and we will never take that for granted.

Alumni Spotlight

Joining Franklin University in 2007 Holly first served as the Director of Graduate Coaching Services where she designed, developed, and implemented a career coaching program to serve the needs of a large student and alumni body. Three years later she became the Director of Franklin University’s Center for Career Development, where she served as the driving force in the development of a robust student-centered program like none other in the central Ohio market. Through identification of student and alumni needs, Holly created high-impact coaching partnerships, training programs, and career development workshops. Holly retired from Franklin in 2019 and now serves as adjunct faculty in the Ross College of Business. Holly also serves as coach for Life Launch Consulting. 

Prior to joining Franklin University, Holly served as Director of Corporate Leadership and Development with the Frank Gates Service Company. Spending 12 years with the organization, she designed and facilitated training programs on leadership, team development, interviewing skills, change management, and organizational alignment. Traveling around the country, Holly had the opportunity to connect with diverse audiences, conduct critical needs assessments, and gain evidence of best practices in such areas as customer service, communication, change leadership, and organizational development.

Holly received her MBA from Franklin University with a focus in leadership and also holds many coaching qualifications such as: Certified Career Coach (Career Coach Institute), Certified Retirement Coach (Retirement Options), Certified Executive Coach (Worldwide Association of Business Coaches and Marshall Goldsmith Coaching). Holly is also a Qualified Administrator and Interpreter for the MBTI instrument and a Strengths Advocate for Clifton StrengthsFinder.

When Holly isn’t engaged in the professional arena, she enjoys time at home with her husband Tom, and whenever possible, spends time with her family including daughters Meghan and Amy and her grandsons. She also enjoys participating in Gahanna Community Theatre and Vaud-Villities.

Welcome New Franklin Alumni  

Franklin held its 164th Commencement Ceremony on Friday, June 12, during which the University’s newest degree candidates received their diplomas. 

In accordance with Ohio’s social distancing protocols, an in-person gathering for Franklin University’s Spring 2020 Commencement wasn’t possible, but unique times require unique solutions. The Spring 2020 Commencement ceremony was transitioned to a virtual celebration. While we re-created some aspects of our traditional ceremony, the focus of our-prerecorded ceremony reflected our graduates and their accomplishments. 

View the Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement ceremony at:

Spring 2020 Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award Recipients Announced 

Congratulations to this trimester’s recipients: Jerome Council, undergraduate faculty, and Michael Henson, graduate faculty.

Jerome C. Council has been an adjunct faculty member at Franklin University since 2005. A three-time winner of Franklin University’s Teaching Excellence Award, he teaches both undergraduate and graduate-level business courses.

Michael Henson has been an adjunct professor at Franklin University since 2016. He has taught courses in risk management, corporate finance and business communications.

During his time at Franklin, he’s also re-written two risk management courses. Mike’s style is that of a coach, facilitator, encourager and mentor, whether he is facilitating learning with students or at work with the associates he mentors.

For more about the Bailey and this trimester’s recipients, click here!

Continuing Your Education at Franklin

Do you have your undergraduate from Franklin? Have you been thinking of returning to school for your master’s degree? We want to help get your started! You can get your first master’s-level course at no cost. That is a $2,680 scholarship to any of Franklin’s master’s programs.  

In addition to the graduate scholarship, you can also take advantage of Franklin’s new Tuition Guarantee. With the guarantee, you can lock-in your tuition from your first term through graduation – as long as you remain actively enrolled. 

You can learn more about the graduate scholarship here

Please note: The free class offer is only available to graduates of Franklin’s bachelor’s degree programs.

Office of Community Relations to Host Live Webinar 

The Office of Community Relations is excited to host our next live webinar on Monday, June 29. Health care open enrollment is coming up for many organizations and this process can often be confusing and frustrating. Carol Blaine, Franklin University program chair for Risk Management & Insurance, will present on how to navigate and understand your health insurance options, especially during open enrollment with employers. Click here to register for this event.

Franklin to Continue Fall 2020 Classes Online

With continued uncertainty over the spread and predicted future of the COVID-19 pandemic, Franklin University will continue to deliver all courses in an online format through the fall 2020 academic term. This decision is being made now to accommodate students scheduling for the fall term and to provide students with the flexibility to better plan and manage the changing demands on their time.

As an early adopter of online education, Franklin University is well positioned to continue to provide a vast network of online support and resources to help ensure students have access to the tools they need to successfully continue their studies. 

For continued updates, please visit Additional questions can be addressed to

Center for Career Development Introduces MyCareer

In continued efforts to help students and alumni capitalize on professional opportunities, the Center for Career Development is building upon its portfolio of resources. 

MyCareer is an online career management system that provides access to people and tools that will encourage and support your career advancement. The one-stop career services resource allows you to search job openings – including advanced features that to ensure posted positions meet your specifications, improve your visibility with employers, and more. Registration is easy, quick and free. For more information, including how to register on MyCareer, go to

We're In It to Win It. You Can Help

We are proud to announce that the Franklin University’s MBA has been nominated by Columbus CEO magazine as the Best MBA program in Central Ohio. Inclusion in this year’s reader’s poll adds validity to our long-standing reputation of being one of the top MBA programs in the region.

While we’re honored to be nominated, we need your help to win. You can help by casting your vote, as well as spreading the word and encouraging others to vote for Franklin!! 

Voting is easy and only takes a minute. Simply visit the Columbus CEO website and cast your vote for the Franklin University MBA as the best MBA program.

Click here and cast your vote today:

Voting is open through Aug. 3, 2020 and you can vote daily!

1902 Campaign 

As the value of a degree increases and more and more working adults suffer the economic backlash of COVID-19, and a growing list of obligations, it’s our goal to make achieving a degree possible. The University has made steps towards this goal with our tuition reduction, tuition guarantee and an increase in the number of scholarships awarded. To do its part, the Office of Community Relations is working hard to continue to help make it possible for students to complete their degree as seamlessly as possible! 

In March we issued a challenge to have 1,902 alumni donate $19.02 per month for one year. Over the past few months we delayed this challenge because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as we begin to move back into a sense of “normalcy,” it has become clear that students are going to need that ‘extra boost’ to help finish their education. Therefore, we’re reaching out to reissue our challenge and with the help of an anonymous donor your donation will go further! Every $19.02 recurring monthly donation will be matched up to $5,000!

The 1902 Campaign enables donors to help students maximize their tuition as every dollar raised will go toward the Make It Possible Fund. The Make It Possible Fund gives alumni a unique opportunity to pay it forward by impacting students who have a financially challenging situation. Giving is easy and the reward invaluable! To give to the 1902 Campaign click here!


As part of our ongoing alumni podcast series, last month we brought you Dr. Martina Peng. Dr. Peng explained the basics of why it is important to understand your 401k/401b – especially during the challenging times we are currently experiencing.

This month we present Dr. Joanna Williamson and Denise Kestner discussing the topic of “Soft Skills During Difficult Times.” This podcast gives great insight to both employees and organizations on how soft skills can enhance the work culture. Make sure to check it out when it is released June 29!

You can catch up on all of our podcasts by clicking here to listen!

Did You Know

Franklin alumni show up everywhere…and now so do our ties! We were honored to have Governor Mike DeWine represent Franklin University with one of our very own ties on June, 25. Included in the introduction of his press conference was a shout-out to Franklin alumni! 

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