Matthew Skinner and Robin Lyn Named to the All-New Mexico Academic Team
NMSU-Alamogordo students Robin Lyn and Matthew Skinner have been selected as members of the All-New Mexico State Academic Team for two-year colleges for the year 2012. Team selections were based on excellence in academics, campus and community service, and leadership abilities.
Accompanied by their families and NMSU-Alamogordo President Cheri Jimeno, Robin and Matthew were honored by the New Mexico Association of Community Colleges and the New Mexico Phi Theta Kappa at a ceremony held at the Round House in Santa Fe on February 1. In addition, Robin and Matthew were officially recognized on the House floor by District 51 State Representative Yvette Harrell.
As winners of the award, both received medallions, proclamations of their achievement by the New Mexico State House and Senate, a signed letter from Governor Martinez, and a two-year tuition scholarship to any four-year state university in New Mexico.
The road to the awards began last October, when NMSU-Alamogordo faculty nominated students. Those nominated were given access to the Phi Theta Kappa website where they completed an application that included biographical materials and essays. From those applications, the nominating committee of James Gallagher, Professor of Communication, and Sonja de Vargas, College Associate Professor of German, selected Robin and Matt as the two nominees and Vanessa Welch as first alternative. Then Robin and Matt worked on fine-tuning their applications and included two letters of recommendation. In December, they submitted their applications for state and national recognition.
Robin is a single-mother of six children, two of whom are still in middle-school, who in her life has worked as an RV salesperson, owned an ambulance service, and currently is a photographer. She is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a Crimson Scholar, on the Dean’s List, and boasts a GPA of 4.0. She serves as a Senator-at-Large in the NMSU-A Student Government and was the Public Relation Officer of the Public-Relations Committee. She is founding editor of the campus student newsletters, News on the Hill and The Crimson Gazette. She works as a tutor at the Academic Support Center and will major in English at NMSU.
Matt is former military and worked as a civilian as an underwater welder. An occupational injury motivated Matt to come back to school after 20 years. He serves as President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society; is Student Government Senator for the Veteran’s student group; Chair of the Student Government’s Finance Committee; and is President of the Advocates for Children and Education student group. He is a Crimson Scholar and is on the Dean’s list with a 3.8 GPA. He interns with the New Mexico Juvenile Probation Office and intends to become a lawyer. During last year’s graduation ceremony, he served as the Student Marshall. He was instrumental in the institution of the Town Hall Chats and the Commitment Wall.
Congratulations to Robin and Matt!