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Sandria Rodriguez (PhD ’98)

The School of Education and the entire Loyola community mourns the death of Dr. Sandria W. Rodriguez.  Dr. Rodriguez earned her PhD in Higher Education from Loyola in 1998. In 2008, she received the Higher Education Program Distinguished Alumnus Award. Dr. Rodriguez began her career as an English teacher in the public school system, and then teaching on the college level, she retired after 13 years as the Dean of Academic Affairs at The College of Lake County in Grays Lake, Ill.  Her research on the challenges faced by first-generation college students and the support networks that lead these students to academic success led her to author a book entitled Giants Among Us: First-Generation College Graduates Who Lead Activist Lives, which was published by the prestigious Vanderbilt University Press in 2002. Contributions can be made in her memory to the Dr. Sandria Rodriguez Scholarship Fund at The College of Lake County, 19351 West Washington Street, Grays Lake, Illinois 60030-1198. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.millerfhc.com