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Featured Alumni Profile (August 2016)
Alumnus of the Month of August 2016
Our alumnus of the month of August is Lane Man Ryan Spann, a member of the Class of 2011. Ryan received his degree in Mass Communication. He and his twin sister, Lauren, were born to Ms. Nell Spann and Mr. Gary Spann. Ryan hails from Auburn Hills, Michigan and is a graduate of Jackson-Central Merry High School.
When I asked Ryan about his fondest memory of Lane College, there were so many that he could not pick only one. In 2009, he recalls becoming a member of the Beta Pi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and how joyous that occasion was. The highlight of his college years was the night that President Barack Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States. "Lane Avenue had a mix of police cars, students crying, students clapping, and President McClure telling students that, "Our ancestors are smiling tonight." That night was a time that gave Ryan and the rest of his classmates a feeling like none other.
The former SGA President's proudest moment was proposing to his wife, Lane Lady Olympia Glenn, at her 2010 commencement exercise. A crowd gathered as he took one knee and asked Olympia to spend the rest of her life with him. "I remember thinking she would say no, but she said YES! Had it not been for Fair Lane, I would have never met the love of my life. There is nothing in this world like a Lane Lady!"
Ryan has been in the staffing industry since 2011. Currently, he is an Onsite Manager for Staffmark in Nashville. He has the responsibility of hiring for one of the largest telecommunication companies in North America. He manages over 200 employees at four work sites in the Metro Nashville area. We take pride in knowing that Ryan has hired over 20 Lane College graduates. What a contribution!
As a member of the American Staffing Association and Society of Human Resource Managers, Ryan continues to assist persons looking for new opportunities in human resources. "The feeling never changes. Whether I'm hiring a construction worker in Detroit, an administrative assistant in Memphis, or an IT specialist in Nashville, I am helping people take care of not just themselves, but their families. This is what drives me to get up in the morning."
In 2003, Ryan lost his grandmother, Lane Lady Thelma McKenny-Patterson, a member of the class of 1950. He credits her for sparking his interest in Lane College. "I credit everything that I have to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and Lane College was my vehicle for everything that I have. Being selected as the alumnus of the month is an amazing honor. I am so humbled that my alma mater even considered me. I hope to continue making her proud. "
Ryan and his lovely wife of five years are the proud parents of two sweet children, Prince 5 and Anniston 1. They are proud members of (complete this sentence.)
A special thank you to Lane Lady Spann for assisting in this story.
Let us salute this Lane Man!