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.
"Because of my interest in improving the human condition through public service, I chose to enter the MPA program at UIC. Chicago, rich in history, diversity, and politics, is the perfect place to learn about all aspects of public administration. For my Capstone team project, I was provided the opportunity to collaborate with a nonprofit organization on the West Side of Chicago to develop a training and professional development curriculum. As Public Service Chair of PASA, I have volunteered alongside many of my colleagues in different service projects in the Chicagoland area. I like how this MPA program provides opportunities for students to interact with each other in the classroom and outside the classroom environment. It is a flexible program that enables students working full-time the ability to take classes at night. I would highly recommend the MPA program at UIC to prospective students."