It is hard to believe that we are only three weeks from another election. It seems just like yesterday that I was filling my candidacy forms and gearing up for the holidays.
With the holidays behind us, I would like to take some time to explain what I would like to do if I am elected to Position 3 of the UNM-LA Advisory Board.
I would first like to thank The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos for inviting me to talk to and meet their chapter last week. It was a great pleasure to meet the members, and enjoy a great lunch.
As I have said before, UNM-LA holds a special place in my heart. The institution allowed me to continue to better myself educationally without forcing me to take out monstrous student loans. It also allowed me to find my passion for service by serving two terms on the Student Government, and serving as president of the local Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Finally, the institution gave me the confidence to pursue my goals and achieve them.
If elected to the Advisory Board, I would hope to give back all that UNM-LA has given me.
First, being a recent alumnus, I want to connect with future students in Los Alamos and the surrounding communities, and convince them that community college is an acceptable option to begin their higher education career, and that UNM-LA is the best community college to attend.
Second, since this is an advisory position to the administration, I would like to assist the institution’s mission by providing input on the needs of the modern student. Third and most important, I would like bring the community back to their community college. I would encourage the faculty and staff to write local media about all the wonderful things UNM-LA and its student have accomplished. Also, I would make an effort to help UNM-LA host more community events at the campus, and make the campus a central piece of the Los Alamos community.
Again, I would be honored to be able to give my time and energy back to the institution that was the corner stone in the next chapter of my life. It is my belief that UNM-LA is an integral part of Los Alamos and the surrounding communities. With rising costs in tuition, the Lottery Scholarship solvency in question, and a higher demand in higher education, the need for the lower cost, high quality education that UNM-LA can provide is only going to grow.
As I close, I would like everyone to remember the number 3. So remember on Feb. 3, for Position 3, please vote for the 3rd name on the list, James Robinson.
Thank you, and have a great day.