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 Tuesday, February 10, 2009 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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People Behind the Scenes
People Behind the Scenes

Who keeps our university in top shape? It's the People Behind the Scenes! Meet Sandra Lovato, budget analysis and reporting for the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education.

What is one thing you would like people to know about the work you do?

I have been at the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education for nearly nine years, a department founded by Professor Leonard Baca from the School of Education. His dream and success of over 30 years is to extend educational opportunities for cultural and language minority students.

As a center, we rely heavily on federal grants for our funding. My role is budget analysis and reporting of all fund accounts, particularly of grant accounts. I work closely with directors in creating proposal budgets, managing the programs and performing daily tasks in carrying out grant objectives.

Each semester one of my functions is tuition payment. Students treat me as if the funds were coming from my own pocket. Their appreciation of having the financial means to gain their higher education and receive a diploma is beyond words. The reward of their success certainly outweighs the work involved.

What do you like best about being a part of the CU community?

Being part of the CU community gives me a sense of belonging, to share in the ups and downs, to feel proud of the outstanding accomplishments, to have a voice in areas of improvement, but most of all, I love the energy of youth that permeates the campus. It keeps me young.

What is your favorite activity/interest outside of work?

Family and education! My spare time is spent reading and learning new things. Currently, I’m brushing up on Spanish since I plan to go to Mexico this summer. I also enjoy visiting with my adult kids, taking walks with my husband and going fishing in the summer.

 


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