You would be hard-pressed to find a person with a more diverse career at UC than Carol Wissman.
You would be hard-pressed to find a person with a more diverse career at UC than Carol Wissman. A Cincinnati native, she has earned two degrees here, worked in several different departments over the last 17 years, and says her “calling” is serving college students. She is the latest addition to the Office of Student Affairs and Advising where her title is senior academic adviser. She brings exceptional enthusiasm to her job, which she describes as “never boring.” “Every day is different, and I love working with the people here,” she adds.
Wissman graduated from McAuley High School and followed her friends to UC, where she earned an associate degree. After a 20-year hiatus from school, she received her BA from the Union Institute and later a master’s in counseling from the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Resources. “So I bleed red and black,” she laughs.
Wissman’s career path has been interesting. In 1987, she began working for the University Foundation and then moved to University College, where she remained for eight years, the last two as director of advising. She later joined the athletic department and served primarily in the areas of community service and outreach. She recalls that part of this “fun job” was transporting volunteer athletes to places like St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, and the Drop Inn Center. Once she had a graduate degree, Wissman also began teaching psychology and fell in love. “That’s my passion--teaching,” she says.
UC doesn’t consume all of her time though. She is active in the alumnae chapter of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and is helping to plan its 35th reunion. In addition, she volunteers time to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati which honored her last summer with the Sean Casey Sports Buddy of the Year award.
She lives in Mt. Washington with her daughter, C.C., who will “make her mother very proud” by graduating from McMicken College this year with a degree in communication. Wissman’s other “loves” include her house and her three dogs. The last canine addition was the result of her nurturing instincts. It was abused before she took it under her wing.
Asked if she’ll ever be ready to leave UC after all these years, Wissman fingers her golden C-paw necklace and answers she can’t imagine retiring. “I love the excitement of the place. It keeps me young.”
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