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New student trustee appointed to Joliet Junior College board

Shalma Marin
Shalma Marin

Joliet Junior College announced the appointment of new student trustee Shalma Marin to its board of trustees.

Marin, 19, said she put in her name for consideration because she was motivated to be active and involved in college, according to a news release.

“When I joined Student Government, the opportunity was presented and I jumped at the idea to be a part of something so great and that helps so many people,” Marin said in the release.

The Skokie resident is a political science major pursuing a certificate in paralegal studies, and plans to attend a university upon graduating from JJC.

She was sworn in as the new student trustee April 24, replacing Alonso Rodriguez. JJC selects a new student representative each year.

“I expect to be challenged in terms of work ethic,” Marin said. “I also expect to be able to work with students, faculty and staff, and, of course, the board to help in making JJC the best environment for everyone, especially for students.”

JJC is governed by a seven-member board of trustees, all of whom are elected from within the seven-county college district for at-large, staggered, six-year terms. A student representative, appointed annually, is a nonvoting member of the board.

Still, Marin said, she wants to encourage her fellow students to share their feedback, ideas and concerns with her at any time.

“I am here in this position to serve you, the students,” Marin said. “I hope to serve everyone and represent them in the most fair and honest way.”

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