Pioneer Spotlight: Sandie Brick-Margelofsky
Sandie Brick-Margelofsky has spent the majority of her career in education because she enjoys making a difference. The UW-Platteville alumna returned to campus in 2013 as the first director of the Wright Center for Non-Traditional and Veteran Students, and also re-imaged the Doyle Center for Gender and Sexuality.
Now, as a development officer – representing the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture – she spends her time reconnecting alumni to campus and forming new partnerships to benefit students.
In your role, you meet with a lot of alumni; how do you find ways to connect with them and what do you enjoy most about it?
This is my alma mater, and I’m very proud of that. I think that makes a difference when I am on visits with alumni. I can share relatable stories, whether they are about living in residence halls or things we did after class. I enjoy seeing how passionate other alumni are about their experiences here and their willingness to give back.
How has philanthropy helped you in your life, and does that inspire you to help others give back?
Absolutely – I was a first-generation college student. My parents knew they wanted us to go to college, but weren’t capable of paying for it. It was only because of philanthropic-minded people that I was able to continue my education. More than 40 percent of our students at UW-Platteville are first-generation students, and they are also having that experience of needing the resources to help them continue their education. It’s not just about getting them in the door, but it’s also about providing them with resources to be successful while they are here.
What do you find inspiring about alumni you meet with?
What amazes me are the people who started with very humble beginnings and went on to do great things. Their continuing education started here and many of them went on to earn MBAs, PhDs, or just make a change in the world. It always amazes me how generous they are, and how important it is to them to give back.
What is most rewarding about your position?
Knowing that what I do directly impacts students and faculty. There are students who may not otherwise have access to higher education without scholarships. Also, I hope that I am helping retain our great faculty by bringing in funds to help them in their teaching.
In your position, you spend a lot of time connecting alumni back to the parts of the university they love; what do you love most about UW-Platteville?
It is my alma mater, and I’m filled with good memories of having attended college here myself. I was a resident director in Morrow Hall, and I still have some great friends I made there. But what I love most is that it is still the same humble university with caring professors and challenging classes, and truly everyone who works here – no matter what their position is – believes that students come first.
Interview conducted by Alison Parkins, Communications. To nominate someone for the Pioneer Spotlight, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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