One L&C Champion - Franchesca Spann
As a student, Franchesca was the student director for NSO (New Student Orientation) for two summers. Graduating from Lewis & Clark in May 2020 with a major in Psychology, Franchesca was immediately snapped up as director for the entire program.
“I started my time as a staff member in January 2020, meaning that the majority of my professional time at LC has been during the pandemic. COVID impacted almost every facet of NSO 2020! From not being able to gather more than 11 people in one room, to social distancing while even outdoors, and having students learning remotely, it was a whirlwind to plan. I am proud of what the NSO team was able to execute in a few short months- we are one of the only colleges I know of who offered an in-person NSO experience during 2020 and didn’t see a rise in cases afterwards. Of course the following year, Fall 2021, also presented a new set of challenges with COVID and the largest incoming class to enter LC. The College certainly keeps me busy- luckily, I like a challenge!”
Franchesca loves to relax with ceramics and pottery, a passion that started while attending LC. “Creating through clay provides me an escape from screens and the stresses of the day. I get to spend intentional time creating art in a community space with others who share the same passion. I love all things clay and I am always happy to talk about it with others!”
Another passion is mentoring through the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. “I was diagnosed with a brain tumor my senior year of high school- it is actually part of the reason I am at LC (thank you admissions for being test-optional!). Now I work with the foundation as a mentor to others going through brain tumor diagnoses or recovery. Life after a brain tumor diagnosis can be isolating but seeing other people thrive can be a large source of encouragement and hope. I hope to be that person for young adults/kids as so many people have inspired me to keep going!”
The colleague who nominated her as a Champion says, “Franchesca goes above and beyond with everything she does. She cares so much about our students and consistently shows up for them and her colleagues. She never fails to cheer up a meeting or buckle down to do the hard work. Fran embodies what it means to be a Pio and never ceases to amaze me with her work ethic and kind heart. Our office would fall apart without her.”
Franchesca, you are a Champion in our books! Congratulations!