Sandy Tsuneyoshi - Student Affairs Service Award 2002-03
Statement of Wonderfulness
In Celebration of
Asian/Pacific American Education Office Coordinator, Minority Education Office
Sandy provides academic and cultural support to Asian/Pacific American students and other students of color at OSU, as well as participating in recruitment and outreach activities focusing on potential OSU students of color. But this doesn’t begin to reflect all she does for students and colleagues at OSU.
Sandy serves on numerous committees and most recently, dedicated tremendous energy to the OSU 2007 Student Services Subcommittee on Diversity and Multiculturalism.
She is the faculty advisor for several student groups, and is the mentor of many students. Sandy cares for them in times of crises, gets them to doctor appointments if they have no way to get there and even picks them up at the airport on occasion. She is committed and dedicated to Asian/Pacific American Students and moreover, is loved and respected by them.
Sandy embodies multiculturalism. She is always ready to give support or assist with events coordinated by any of the Minority Education Offices. Sandy works across ethnic and racial lines and always makes people feel welcome and cared for. She is inclusive and seeks to create unity by creating an environment of respect and celebration.
Sandy is committed to the growth and development of students and colleagues. She developed the idea of a student leadership retreat for students from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds. Sandy cares about people, is nurturing and always teaching, and is not afraid to do the right thing. She can get the message across without being obtuse. She is characterized as being a true friend who always takes the time to listen to others, helping them through difficult times. One of her colleagues compared her to Mother Theresa.
Sandy is warm, always cheerful, and in a good mood, she is bubbly but not overwhelming, she just embraces you. Sandy is welcoming and colleagues say that she has a soothing aura. You know instantly that she cares about you -- she creates a safe place.
Sandy’s colleagues love and respect her. She supports and challenges them, nurtures and defends them, and feeds them well. Sandy’s authentic joy for living is contagious and courageous. She is a powerful loving force who embodies the principles of the campus compact through all that she does.
8th Annual Service Awards Celebration
Division of Student Affairs
Oregon State University
May 21, 2003