The Lesson in Potholes
By Brian Breittholz, Executive Director, CSU Alumni Association
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always had a knack for looking ahead. While other kids were playing games during elementary school recess, I was thinking about being an adult and my career aspirations. So often I forgot to be in the moment, as I was caught up envisioning the future.
I noticed that I maintain this tendency when driving my car. While other drivers seem to be looking at the car directly in front of them, my eyes tend to be ½ a mile ahead, watching the traffic patterns and adjusting accordingly.
Recently I learned one of the shortcomings of always looking ahead while driving—Potholes. Cleveland streets are littered with them. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it. One day a road may be smooth sailing, while the next day you’d swear you visited an area under missile attack with craters the size of a Yugo. I’m not exaggerating!
My tendency to look out on the horizon has been challenged these past few cold months by the need to look 10 feet ahead and dodge these potholes without colliding into other vehicles on my right or left. Thanks to the streets of Cleveland, defensive driving takes on a whole new meaning.
In working with our alumni board in strategic planning initiatives, I am conscious that we must not only plan for the future, but we must remain focused as well on what’s directly in front of us. The importance of connection and being present is essential in our everyday operations.
This past month I have had the privilege of meeting out -of -town alumni in Florida and Arizona (where, I might add, they don’t have potholes). Each of these experiences has been insightful and rewarding.
With each experience we’re able to be in the moment with our alumni, and to renew kinship and appreciation for the great education CSU affords.
We will continue our planning for the association’s future, but rest assured, we will remain committed to being in the moment with you today and tomorrow.
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- In 2015, a trailblazing health sciences building for creative and high-tech learning that will respond to the rapidly changing needs of health care
- A unique partnership with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) that will send primary-care physicians into underserved urban communities
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To show our deep appreciation for the many alumni and friends who provide counsel and expertise on College committees, CSU hosted a Volunteer Recognition Night complete with a banquet and basketball game. Judging from this Volunteer Service Report Card, your efforts score top marks!
- More than 340 volunteers in 2013
- More than 6,500 hours donated
- Nearly 10,000 years of experience
- Nearly 30 years of experience per person on average
- More than 150 career fields
- Almost 75% are CSU grads
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