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Student services managers work hard to support graduate students’ academic success and professional development. The Graduate and Professional Student Federation and The Graduate School are pleased to present an award in recognition of this important work.

Sandra Lazo de la Vega, student services coordinator for the city and regional planning department, is the 2020 recipient of the Excellence in Graduate Student Services Award. Thirty-one individuals campus-wide were nominated for this year’s award. This year’s honoree was nominated by 42 individuals.

Here is one of the nomination statements:

“Sandra goes above and beyond every day to make sure this department runs smoothly. She sends out weekly newsletters, flags scholarships, knows the answer to almost everything you could have a question on, and if she doesn’t know the answer, she’ll have it to you within 15 minutes. Sandra is a huge asset to our department due to her skills, knowledge, and background as a planner.

Outside of her job performance, she is also one of the nicest people you’ll meet. She always has a smile on her face and is ready to show you an adorable picture of her dog, Mac. If you’re having a bad day, there’s always chocolate on her desk and her to tell you that you’re working really hard and to hang in there.”

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