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Meet Centennial Star Sandy Saunders

Saunders CentennialSince her arrival at Rice in 2003, Saunders has been known for going “beyond the call of duty,” wrote colleagues. In 2007, she assumed the role of senior department administrator of biochemistry and cell biology just before the economic downturn that produced significant budgetary constraints and challenges for the department. Under these constraints, Saunders has assumed a multitude of additional job duties, the letter said.

“Sandy has taken on much more than should be expected for one person,” the letter said. “She performed these duties in the highest quality, always being pleasant and polite.”

Saunders is known for her “creative and very careful saving and spending” the letter said.

“These financially difficult times have required extra work and effort, and Sandy is responsible and should be commended for keeping the department afloat,” the colleague wrote. “Sandy has excellent ideas and sound judgment and has the talent and capability to move big projects from ideas to reality.”

In June 2005, Saunders was awarded the Alemka Kisic Distinguished Staff Service Award.