Staff Spotlight on Giannina Wilson

11/2/2018

It’s fitting that Giannina Wilson loves cinnamon; it’s a spice with multiple functions, much like Wilson in her role as the Academic Program Manager in CASL.

It’s fitting that Giannina Wilson loves cinnamon; it’s a spice with multiple functions, much like Wilson in her role as the Academic Program Manager in CASL.

Wilson provides functional, and technical expertise and support to the University’s degree audit software (DegreeWorks) on the undergraduate level for CASL students. Whenever there are changes to majors, ideas for new courses or changes to courses, Wilson is directly involved.

“It’s been fun and my role has naturally progressed,” Wilson said, as she reflected on her 24 years as an academic advisor in CASL. “I miss working directly with the students, but now I’m working behind the scenes for the students.”  

Wilson is committed to making DegreeWorks “work” for students to make their experiences easier. She’s working to help roll out the Student Educational Planner (SEP) in Degree Works  for advisors to use with their students to plan out their courses each semester toward graduation. Also, a three-year course cycle is in the works which will include the semesters that courses are offered three years in advance. Additionally, Wilson wants to be able to run reports to predict how many students are looking to take a course, which in turn can help with enrollment projection.

“There’s always something new and fun, this role is never stagnant, and I enjoy being able to mold this position since it’s new.”

When she isn’t at work, Wilson’s focus switches to her love for cooking.

“I’m a Food Network addict,” she said.

She tries to see a movie every weekend, gardens, and is looking forward to traveling more in the coming years.

Although a Spartan by way of her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Wilson is truly devoted to this University.

“This is a class-A, number one University, and its been an interesting journey to see how things have changed on this campus.”

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