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Zissis, Cecilia

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: February 23, 1919 - May 4, 2000

Biographical Information

Dr. Cecilia Zissis (1919-2000) served at Purdue for 37 years, including as Assistant and Associate Dean of Women at Purdue from 1950 until 1974. She received her B.S. in English in 1949 and her M.S. in Counseling in 1953, both from Purdue. In 1962, she received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Michigan. Zissis succeeded Helen Schleman as director of the Span Plan Program in 1970, which assisted older-than-average and non-traditional students acclimate to the university environment. In 1972, Zissis began teaching "Educational Planning for Women," a class which is offered at Purdue to this day. She was a co-advisor of the Old Masters student organization, and was also active is was active in organizations such as the International Center and the Purdue's Women Caucus, amongst many others. She is was a recipient of the Helen Schleman Gold Medallion Award for her distinguished contributions to Purdue (1974); the Award of Distinction from the Indiana Deans (1986); the Citation of Recognition from the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors (1987); an American Association of University of Women (AAUW) National Board Citation; and the YWCA Salute to Women Award (1987).

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Marylu McEwen papers

 Collection — Box: Box 1
Identifier: MSP 102
Abstract Typescripts, manuscripts, and published information pertaining to Helen Schleman and the Span Plan.
Dates: 1968-2002; Other: Majority of material found in 1968; Other: Date acquired: 09/12/2011

Span Plan Program records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 38
Scope and Contents The Span plan records (1971-2001; 2.3 cubic feet) document the SPAN plan program at Purdue University, Dean of Women office. The collection includes brochures, pamphlets, news releases and other promotional materials which document the advertising that was done for the program. Correspondence, annual reports, and newsletters document the actions of the program and those heavily involved in the Span plan. Types of materials include: correspondence, brochures, pamphlets, news releases, annual...
Dates: 1971-2001; Other: Majority of material found in 1980-1996; Other: Date acquired: 11/30/2001