Sharolyn Robinson of Salinas, a pre-nursing student at Hartnell College and the mother of three, has been elected to two leadership positions on campus.
She is the new president of the Associated Students and the student representative to the college's governing board. The 82-year-old campus enrolls about 10,000 students every semester.
Robinson, 34, urges students to participate in campus governance committees and to talk to her regarding matters they would like brought before the college's board of trustees. "I am the voice for students," she said. "I want to represent them in the best way possible, but I need their input."
This summer she already is attending board of trustees' meetings and working on Associated Students' projects like the textbook lending program for financially strapped students. Fall semester classes begin Monday, August 19.
While at Hartnell, Robinson has represented the counseling and business departments as a student senator. She also was on the staff of the campus newspaper and active in the United Black Students and Associates, a campus outreach organization that assists community groups like Meals on Wheels and the Women's Crisis Center.
Robinson began her studies at Hartnell in 1999 as a part-time student after the birth of her third child. "I enrolled at Hartnell," she says, "to change careers and become a registered nurse." Before coming to Hartnell, Robinson worked as an administrative assistant for the Monterey County Health Department.
She says she is thankful for the support of her husband Darryl and her children. This fall she will attend the college on a full-time basis, and wants to continue her studies at Fresno State or San Jose State universities.