Staff profiles: Carol Cole
"It's always satisfying to be able to use your skills and abilities productively, but it's especially a kick when you get to use them in service of some cause that you are personally vested in," said Carol Cole, administrative assistant for the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.
Cole has worked for Michigan State University for 22 years, and has been with RCAH for almost six years.
"I was actually the first staff person hired for the college when it was created in the summer of 2006," she said.
Cole's responsibilities include being in charge of monitoring the college's budget and finances, managing human resources transactions and creating the annual report. She is also the dean's assistant, a position that requires her to perform a variety of tasks.
Cole said that the best part of working for RCAH is that the students have a passion for the things they are studying, and that passion makes it easy to want to help them.
"We like to say that we have the best of both worlds," she said. "We are a small college in a university with all of its attendant resources. But, I think in another important way, when we take those things that feed our souls - the music, the big questions, the arts - and then we use them in service of others; I think that’s the best of both worlds, and it is just really good to be part of it."