Sharon Sanders Receives Cape AwardJanuary 10, 2013
The first person students come into contact with at the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs is Sharon Sanders, Assistant to the Department Head in Public Administration- a situation that benefits both the students and the college. Often, students cite Sharon’s assistance as a deciding factor in choosing to attend UIC. No matter what question a student asks, Sharon either has the answer or will work to discover it.
She mentors other employees, develops innovative ideas collaboratively, and assumes a leadership role in the organizing of nearly any department event, from last minute meetings for faculty searches to complex conference proposals. Sharon has been described as the heart of her department. She always knows which students are doing well, which need financial aid, and which are struggling. She has a sixth sense that allows her to provide the right help at the right time. Sharon Sanders was one of six Academic Professionals to receive the 2012 CAPE award.
The Academic Professional Advisory Committee, through its Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence (CAPE) Awards Subcommittee, is directly charged by Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares with the task of coordinating the nomination process. The CAPE Subcommittee reviews all nominations submitted, and provides the Chancellor with recommendations to help inform her choice of recipients. However, each CAPE winner is personally selected by the Chancellor herself. ESTABLISHED in 1988, the CAPE Award recognizes the demonstrated excellence of Academic Professional staff, encourages their professional development, and indicates the institution’s high regard for the contributions of this key segment of the academic community.
My graduate experience in the UIC Department of Public Administration prepared me for my role in higher education as well as equipped me with the tools necessary to lead change and innovative management in other government and nonprofit organizations. The blend of current theory and applied knowledge is a strength of the UIC curriculum. The faculty are leaders in public administration research and engage students in thoughtful dialogue and challenging projects. The administrative staff is very encouraging and offers great support and service to students.