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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2001 - People. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 1, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/8890/show/8796.

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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2001 - People. Houstonian Yearbook Collection. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/8890/show/8796

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Students of the University of Houston, Houstonian 2001 - People, Houstonian Yearbook Collection, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries, accessed September 1, 2014, http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/8890/show/8796.

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Title Houstonian 2001
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  • Students of the University of Houston
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  • University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Title People
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  • Students of the University of Houston
Caption The Houstonian is the official yearbook of the University of Houston.
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  • University of Houston
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Whether assuming! the role of a Mother or al Secretary, Q : How long have you been working at UH? A : I started out as a part time receptionist in 1981. I moved into an executive secretary position. Then, eventually, I worked for all the presidents at one capacity or another. Q : What made you become a secretary? A : I don't think I planned it that way at all. It just happened. I was at home raising my kids and a call came. It was a friend of mine who worked here. I've been here ever since. Q : What are the most outstanding skills required to work in this particular position? A : You have to be very patient, calm and hardworking. You have to have a great sense of humour to work here. We laugh at ourselves all the time. Q : Do you need to speak different languages? A : He knows Spanish and , I think, some French, but I'm luck just to know Texan. I'm a native Texan. Q : What is a regular working day like? A : The phone rings constantly. Then there are many people coming in and out. A typical day is about many interruptions. Sandra Gates she makes! no secret o her power to shape the] world. Interview by Carolina Amengual and Photos Courtesy of Sandra Gates Q : What is it like when the president is not in the office? A : We try to catch up, although the problem with him is that even if hes on vocation, hes on his computer e-mailing us stuff. He works seven days a week. So we overnight mail to him. He overnights it back. The work never stops. Q : How do you feel working for someone who is always in the spotlight? A : Hes wonderful to work for. but its hard to keep up with his energy. Hes non-stop from breakfast meetings to evening meetings. Q : The word secretary' comes from the word secret. Is there a lot of confidentiality in the office of the president? A : Sure. Theres a lot and we totally adhere to the confidentiality of any issue. Q : Does that add to the stress? A : No. We're very accustomed to that. Q : WHat is th most challenging part of this job? A : Just making sure that we get him to his appointments on time. Making sure we get all the briefing materials ready for him. He has a lot of speaking engagements. We have an executive speech writer who handles his remarks. Q : What is the most rewarding part? A : Making everything work. I also meet a lot of great people: staff, faculty, students, the media, people from the Q : Do you have any kind of decision-making power? A : No. Even all requests for appointments I clear them with him first. Q : Does President Smith take your advice? A : He may listen to me sometimes, but not necessarily take it. I try not to be too opinionated on things because it is not my place. Q : What do you think President Smith would do in your place? A : He wouldn't like it at all. He just wouldn't ike setting up appointments. Q : Although you are not planning to retire soon, what do you expect to devote your time to the day you leave UH? A : I'll take time to spend with my granddaughter and work in the garden more. Q : What should your successor be like? A : A secretary or an administration assistant willing to work under a lot of pressure and be very flexible. Its hard work but very enjoyable. \294 People Sandra GatesJ295J*