SGAC membership has been steadily growing throughout the years. Among our membership there are many incredible young space enthusiasts who should be recognised for their hard work and contributions to SGAC. In December 2009, the SGAC Executive Council decided to acknowledge one member per month for his or her outstanding work and contributions to SGAC and its goals.

We are proud to present the March 2010 Member of the Month: Oana Sandu of Romania>, SGAC Communication and PR Lead

MOM_MAR_editSMALL_Oana_Sandu_PROana is a communicator with a passion for astronomy, as much as she is an amateur astronomer with a passion for communication. She therefore combines both and enjoys the ride!

Licensed in Communication and Public Relations, Oana is presently working in Bucharest for one of the leading PR Agencies in Romania and Eastern Europe. In addition to that, she has been heading PR for the Astronomy Club from Bucharest as well as for other international organisations or projects. She is also editor at Vega, an online astronomy magazine, and when skies are clear she loves hunting for Messier objects.

Jürgen Schlutz, NPoC Germany, nominated Oana for Member of the Month March:

"Oana is and continues to be the voice of SGAC in her role of communications officer. She has taken considerable responsibility in her role as lead of the communication team. And even when considering the great team that works with her, she surely deserves the acknowledgement for all her dedication and continued efforts to make the voice of SGAC heard inside and outside of the organisation. The monthly SGAC newsletter is the most visible documentation of her work, bringing to us the regular updates on what is happening worldwide in connection to SGAC. To collect and compile this information, Oana keeps motivating all SGAC members to contribute, while she always seems to be at close reach for direct mail communication. With her strong background in PR work, Oana brings a lot of experience and new creative ideas into SGAC, promising exciting times in the future.
Also personally, I have come to know Oana at SGC 2009 and she was definitely one of the new contacts that made the trip to Korea worth wile. She is open-minded, friendly and fun to be around, so I am looking forward to many future meetings at SGAC events. Oana, keep going!" (Jürgen Schlutz, NPoC Germany)


Halit Mirahmetoglu of Turkey has also nominated Oana:

"Oana is a brilliant and hard working crew member who gives professional visibility and reliability into SGAC. I do appreciate to have her in this position and enjoy reading articles and newsletters that she leads to publish. Her work is beyond of expectations for a voluntary based non-governmental organisation. She is also an active member of SGC committees and used to spend enormous amount of time to ensure updating blogs and collecting reports.
She has a high aptitude for amateur astronomy and very much involved in her work, applying herself with persistence and dedication and often going beyond the regular IYA2009 outreach activities. She inspires an unusual amount of trust from others with her work and personality. I would like to see Oana in front of the curtain this time as the member of the month and thank her on behalf of SGAC for her valuable effort."

And here is our MoM March reaction:

"They say that PR efforts are hard to estimate. While it is true for the organisation, for the team behind to receive positive and encouraging feedback from colleagues is the best evaluation they could ever have. I am most happy that you see SGAC communication improving due to the involvement of the PR team. We are just at the beginning of our bold plans and I am positive that more and better is to come!
Personally, I am enjoying every moment spent collaborating with each of you and I am thrilled to be part of the space generation! Thank you!"

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