Fabricae Vniuersitatis: Daniel Clements

Fabricae VniuersitatisAsk Dan Clements what he likes most about his job, and the answer is simple: the people.

“I love working with faculty, staff and students, assisting them any way I can,” he said.

Clements’ work as a Computer Operator focuses on maintaining YSU’s data center in Meshel Hall, including monitoring the temperature and humidity and the overall safety and security of the center. He assists staff with various tasks and password resets, monitors emails, handles large printouts, handles all mobile voice and data plans and provides Tech Desk support in evening hours.

Dan Clements

Dan Clements

Oh yes, the evening hours… Clements and his co-worker, Anna Leko, rotate morning and afternoon shifts every two weeks. That means Clements works 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for two weeks, and then 3:30 p.m. to midnight for two weeks. “It usually takes about three days for the body and sleep cycles to become adjusted,” he said.

A native of Youngstown, Clements graduated from Austintown Fitch High School in 1984 and is working on a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems.

In 2003, Clements endowed the Patricia L. Pavlick Memorial Scholarship in Social Work in honor of his late wife, who died that summer of brain cancer. Pavlick earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from YSU and later became the internship coordinator in YSU’s Social Work department. Her dream, Clements says, was to teach and work with young people entering the field of social work. He also purchased a brick in her name for Centennial Circle and is working on acquiring a commemorative bench and tree in her name. “I keep every thank you letter written to me by each student the scholarship has helped,” he said. “I read them quite often and hope that somewhere, somehow, Pat is listening and knows that her dream lives on.”