New NMC Student Council officers inducted • Omengebar vows to promote college as quality learning institution
While acknowledging the low morale of students at the Northern Marianas College, newly elected president of Student Council Christi Omengebar said she would like to help in promoting NMC as an excellent educational institution.
Instead of going off island to pursue higher education, students should think twice because they can get the same quality of learning in NMC, Omengebar said.
“We have to promote awareness and respect for the college as an educational institution,” she said.
NMC Board Chairman Ramon G. Villagomez inducted the five officers of the Associated Students of NMC. Also elected were Shevonne Santos, vice president; Lizelle Torres, secretary; Vanessa Mobel, treasurer; and Evelyn Elewell, public information officer.
In choosing their future leaders, Villagomez offered the students a piece of advice: look for those people with three qualities namely, vision, communication and action.
“If you have them, then you are a potential leader and you should consider running for office,” he said.
Villagomez discouraged the students against voting for people who run for public office just because “they are your relatives, friends and neighbors.”
Said Villagomez: “A leader must have a vision because this will guide him in making plans on what needs to be improved whether in school as a student or in the government.”
Ability to communicate is the second most important quality. And of course, he or she must have the energy to implement his/her plans.
NMC President Agnes McPhetres said she hopes the students who are elected can deal with challenges that will confront the community college in the new millennium.
She expressed hopes that the new set of leaders would consider making a yearbook, something which NMC students have failed to do for the past eight years.