Colleen O’Connell is the Assistant to Dr. Margaret Hanson, the Associate University Dean of the Graduate School. In addition to assisting Dr. Hanson, Colleen maintains the policy and procedural manual, assists graduate students with time-to-degree and student status issues, arranges the annual business luncheons for the Graduate School, establishes templates and guidelines for award letters for graduate programs, and assists with other big events, trainings and special projects. A recent addition to the University of Cincinnati, she started in the Graduate School in July of 2012 as a program coordinator evaluating transcripts and correspondence.
Colleen received her undergraduate degree in English and Creative writing from Northern Kentucky University in 2009. After graduating, she worked at local libraries, as a caterer and for a well-known investment company before joining the UC family. She is happy to be in a position to support higher education.
Throughout her life, she has valued service as an integral part of establishing identity and learning about the world and others. Her first informal service learning experience was baking bread for Covington’s Parish Kitchen with her aunt, a Benedictine sister, at age 6. Still passionate about connecting with others, Colleen enjoys volunteering at WordPlay, a non-profit dedicated to helping students find their creative voice. She also loves learning about all animals and baking for special dietary needs. In fact, her proudest moment in recent history was being selected by the Awesome Foundation for a micro-grant to give out over 400 vegan and gluten-free cupcakes in Over-the-Rhine in June, 2013. She’s always looking for more opportunities to engage in Random Acts of Deliciousness.