Margo Sack Retires After 24 Years at Texas Hillel
After 24 years enriching and informing students within the Hillel Jewish campus community, Margo Sack, director of Jewish student life, is retiring.
Sack started her career right out of college with Hillel at Case Western Reserve University. For two years, she worked in student engagement and programming, including overseeing the Rap Cellar, a café that was run by volunteers.
While Sack enjoyed her time at Case Western Reserve, bigger things were to come a few years later at the University of Texas at Austin. After serving as Early Childhood Program director at the Jewish Community Center, Sack again found her calling working with college students at Texas Hillel in 1993.
While her titles have changed over the years, Sack says she has always had the same job, overseeing programming and student life. She spent her first couple of years at Texas Hillel working with students who sought out the organization. But under Sack’s stewardship and engagement outreach, Texas Hillel began to focus on building relationships and offering more opportunities to students, which has led to increased student participation and more meaningful interactions over the years.
Over her 24 years at Texas Hillel, Sack mentored, guided, “mothered,” motivated and nurtured thousands of University Texas students at pivotal times in their lives. With her warmth, sincerity, humor and ability to connect with students, she created meaningful experiences and helped build the vibrant Jewish community that is on campus today. Many students, Hillel staff and community members agree that her legacy will inspire future generations.
While Texas Hillel has been lucky to have Sack, she also has cherished her time and continues to be amazed by the students, frequently saying, “Our students are exceptional.”
Sack is sad to say goodbye but is looking forward to her next chapter. In her retirement, she plans to spend more time with her one-year old grandson and family in Tel Aviv and to continue contributing to the community in other capacities.
Despite Sack's protests, Texas Hillel is hosting a casual farewell event for her on June 25 at 10 a.m. for those who would like to say goodbye and wish her well.
The Texas Hillel Foundation also has established the Margo Sack Student Engagement Tribute Fund to recognize Sack and her work to connect with all Jewish students on campus. This fund will be used by Texas Hillel program staff to continue to enhance engagement work across campus among diverse student groups.
To honor Sack, go to www.texashillel.org/margo or contact Liza Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-476-0125 ext. 1009.