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NMC student leaders sworn in

LIGHTING seven candles that represented their unity as a team and their commitment to the college, the newly elected officers of the Associated Students of Northern Marianas College were sworn in during an investiture ceremony at the NMC Student Center yesterday.

ASNMC president Riya Nathrani urged her fellow students to help the new officers achieve their goals.

“This is not about what we can do as individual leaders; it is about representing you,” she told the students.

She said ASNMC’s main responsibility is to help facilitate communication between students and the NMC administration.

Nathrani was the ASNMC treasurer last year, and she said the experience taught her a lot and prepared her for whatever challenges they will face this year.

“ASNMC will keep in mind the best interests of students. We are open to getting feedback on how ASNMC can help you,” she told her fellow students.

Northern Marianas College Dean of Student Services Leo Pangelinan, center, speaks during the 26th Investiture Ceremony of the Associated Students of NMC at the student center yesterday. Also in the photo are the new ASNMC officers.  Photo by Richelle Ann Agpoon-CabangNorthern Marianas College Dean of Student Services Leo Pangelinan, center, speaks during the 26th Investiture Ceremony of the Associated Students of NMC at the student center yesterday. Also in the photo are the new ASNMC officers. Photo by Richelle Ann Agpoon-Cabang

“It’s about representing you so please help us do that.”

Nathrani served as interim president after Chenglong “Alex” Shen graduated from NMC.

Also sworn in yesterday were vice president Salvi Villanueva, treasurer Roman Tudela, secretary Andrew Villanueva, senators Guadalupe Camacho, Adrian Pangelinan and Keisuke Yoshida.

In an interview, Dean of Student Services Leo Pangelinan said the ASNMC officers this year have great potential.

He said previous ASNMC officers were restricted from developing and expanding new programs because the college was still working on the lifting of accreditation sanctions.

Now that NMC has been re-accredited, student leaders have more opportunity to help create or develop student-driven programs, he added.

“I feel that they are well-prepared individuals because I personally watched them practice their leadership skills even though they were not yet officially part of ASNMC,” he said.

He noted that all of the ASNMC officers are working students employed on campus and some of them have helped NMC in its recruitment efforts among high school students.