Outstanding Service Award

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Sandy Little

The man was seeking an extra ticket for the president's section in Huskie Stadium so both of his grandchildren could sit with him.

What he found was an angel: Sandra J. Little.

Little, administrative assistant in the Development Office's gift planning department, provided the man with a ticket and an invitation for his group to attend the president's reception. Impressed by her kindness, the man later told President Peters that “at least one person is going to give some money who might not have except for (Little's) generosity.”

“Her people skills are second-to-none, and in fundraising, those skills can be literally worth their weight in gold,” added Mike Malone, vice president for University Advancement. “She makes our donors and prospects feel like they have a real friend in the organization.”

Little joined NIU in 1997.

Her work includes the creation, coordination and implementation of the “College Assistants for Development” program, which educates, trains and fosters communication with the various operating staff members involved with development efforts.

She also was the key administrator of the “Skybox/Chairback” program during the football season, last year reaching out to 1,000 alumni and friends of NIU. And, when the Huskies went to the Silicon Valley Classic bowl game, Little played an important role reserving guests for the charter flight to California.

Over the years, her community involvement has included the Northwestern Area Educational Foundation, the DeKalb County Community Foundation, the Kishwaukee Community College Foundation, the Waterman Community Chest and the Waterman Presbyterian Church.