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Sandy Street

Assistant, Human Resources - Housing and Food Services

Sandy Street

What do you do at Purdue?

I am the human resources assistant in the Housing and Food Services Human Resources Office. I provide clerical support for eight Human Resources administrators and assist HFS staff in the areas of employment, FMLA leaves, training preparation and enrollments; provide record management for reports and statistics; and assist external customers and Purdue staff. I also work with the Human Resources Service Center at Freehafer Hall in regard to FMLA leaves.

Which woman has inspired you most? Why?

The woman that has inspired me the most is my mother, who fought the battle of cancer. She was a self-made woman who demonstrated her compassion for children by befriending young children from a local juvenile center. There were many Sundays we would have these young guests in our home for dinner and games and activities. She found great enjoyment by planning activities for the elderly through her job as activities coordinator at a senior citizens resources center. But what has inspired me the most was her bravery, strong faith in God and a never-ending love for her family and friends even through her painful battle with cancer. Through her strength and continued zest for life, my mother showed me how to live even through her death at an early age of 54.

What are your goals and experiences with mentoring or encouraging others?

People are the most important assets we have at Purdue University. Each person is special and deserves our best efforts. I believe in giving complete attention to whoever is needing assistance. I believe in the statement of going beyond the "call to duty" when possible. It might be someone who needs help on the computer so they can put their resume into Taleo, or giving directions to an applicant on how to get to our office. There are times when there is an issue that requires compassion and a caring, sympathetic voice when dealing with sensitive issues. There is the encouragement and "cheers" given to those who come into weigh as they participate in our Wellness programs. Being the first contact for our office, be it in person or on the phone, I truly believe that first impressions are the lasting impressions and my goal is to be the best impression of caring and helpfulness I can be.