SC State University’s Fall 2012 Executive Speaker Series Opens with Midlands News Anchors

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

SC State University business students have much to look forward to this semester, according to Dr. Ann Winstead, Executive Speaker Series (ESS) director.

"The 2012 Fall ESS will provide opportunities for students to engage with speakers on topics that reflect the current business ventures," says Winstead. "We are also excited about our launch as we collaborate with units campus wide in providing opportunities across disciplines as well as the community at large."

Opening the fall series will be WACH Fox Good Day Columbia news anchors, Janet Parker and Fraendy Clervaud. The duo will present on the topic: "Your Professional Image."  The series will open on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 at noon in Belcher Hall’s fourth floor auditorium. 

Parker, a Virginia native is a true Southern belle, having been raised in the small South Carolina town of Cheraw, and home of Jazz Legend Dizzy Gillespie. At a very young age Parker knew she would make an impact on those around her in some way, living out her mom’s daily affirmation, “you are destined for greatness.”

Becoming the first African-American female drum major of her high school was just the beginning of her many successes in life.

Parker is a college graduate, receiving her bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism with a minor in fashion merchandising from the University of South Carolina (USC) in May 2008. 

Her second “passion for fashion” has caused her to be named one of Columbia’s “Top 10 most Beautiful and Stylish people” during the 2012 Columbia Style Week.  Parker prides herself in being professional at all times even in her appearance.  She has been asked to judge several local pageants and oratorical contests because of her “image is everything” approach.

Parker welcomes opportunities to give back to her community and has emceed several local events including serving as the commencement speaker for Remington College’s graduation.  She also reads at local elementary schools, supports the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease, as well as the American Red Cross in saving lives.

When she’s not on the desk or in the newsroom, she’s listening to a wide array of music, or spending time with her family, and friends. Parker’s favorite quote is: No one can beat you at being you.

Clervaud joined the WACH Fox team In November 2010. He is no stranger to the Palmetto State, coming to the Midlands from WJBF-TV in Augusta where he covered news in both Georgia and South Carolina.

Over the years Clervaud has interviewed Representative Jesse Jackson, Liberia’s 1st female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and covered the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama, just to name a few. He also traveled to his parent's homeland of Haiti where he produced a special series on earthquake disaster relief.

Clervaud also participated in the B.A.D.D (Black Achievers Determined to Be Different) conference that took place in Columbia, S.C. on February 2012.  The conference was aimed at helping young Black males in grades K-12 reach their potential academically, socially, economically and spiritually through workshops and sessions. 


Clervaud is a graduate of the University of Florida's College of Journalism. He lives by this motto: "it is the Lord who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect."

Additional topics for the fall 2012 ESS series include: "Corporate Communication Strategies," "How to Start An On-Line Business," "Leading in the 21st Century - A Personal Journey," "the Importance of Professional Image," "Business Ethics," "Consultancy - A Business Model," and The Impact of the Automotive Industry on Economic Recovery."