2015 ALTA Cohort Testimonials

6/10/16: 2016 Alta Luncheon Graduates. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

6/10/16: 2015 Alta Graduates. (Photos by Victoria Palombit)

 

Roseanne Bensley

Roseanne Bensley

“I appreciated being part of the ALTA inaugural class because it shows how supportive NMSU is to grow internal leadership.  The interaction with my colleagues from across the NMSU system bolstered creativity and innovation as we worked collectively on our class project.  The most important job of today’s leaders is the ability to solve complex problems.  ALTA provided presenters and curriculum which exposed us to the root causes of problems and how to be more mindful and focused in offering effective solutions and training with our direct reports.” Roseanne

Mark Blachford

6/10/16: Mark Blachford receives his Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“Establishing personal relationships with peers from other campus departments has been very valuable. It has also been very beneficial to recognize that other campus departments have struggled with the same problems as we have in Facilities and Services. This has created an opportunity for us to share some solutions to common problems among ourselves.” Mark

Diana Campos

6/10/16: Diana Campos receives her Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“Thank you for selecting me as a participant for the first ever ALTA cohort! I feel honored that I was able to participate in this wonderful program and to be able to offer input on our values statement at NMSU. I have gained a lot of insight in regards to the leadership experience and I feel more empowered than ever!” Diana “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Dr. Melissa Chavira

6/10/16: Melissa Chavira receives her Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“Prior to my participation in the ALTA program, I struggled with confidence in my personal leadership ability.  My goal in participating in ALTA was to strengthen my capacity to support the strategic mission of the university to transform lives through discovery. I believe that this vision creates strength in our campus community and has the capacity to make a positive impact for society as a whole.  Some may believe that striving for societal change is an academic activity for faculty and students.  However, I believe each administrative unit can work towards this unifying message and can contribute to this vision. I am pleased to report that the ALTA curriculum provided support for this vision through the research project we conducted, the discussions we had, and the presentations provided by campus leadership and experts in the field.” Melissa

Olga Conter

6/10/16: Olga Conter receives her Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“Participating in the Aggie Leadership Training Academy was an amazing experience.  I never realized there was so much passion in making NMSU the best it can possibly be. Every guest speaker had a unique message to deliver helping me in improving my leadership skills. The leadership skills I have learned are invaluable and will aid me in unleashing the talent, intelligence, capability, and creativity in people on my team, thus contributing to the success of this great Institution.”  Olga

Roy (Dustin) Cox

6/10/16: Roy Cox receives his Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“The Aggie Leadership Training Academy has been very beneficial to me.  It has exposed me to different ideas about leadership and various techniques of management.” Dustin

Corey Eubank

6/10/16: Corey Eubank receives his Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“I believed coming into the program that my leadership tool box was already packed with the right tools to get the job done.  As the year pressed on I have found that the tools I had were somewhat dated, but through this program I have been able to replace them with tools that will benefit not only me, but the University Community as a whole.  Being a part of this academy has also reinforced the idea that a diverse group of people from different areas can work together and accomplish great things that benefit everyone equally.” Corey

Vickie Galindo

6/10/16: Vickie Galindo receives her Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“ALTA provided me with tools to utilize in my divisions that allow me to better engage my employees and recognize their strengths and weaknesses.  This was also an opportunity for me to further define my strengths and weaknesses and gain additional methods and theories to assist in the guidance and oversight of instructors, students, and staff.” Vickie

Carol Hicks

6/10/16: Carol Hicks receives her Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“ALTA helped me to acclimate to the social and academic environment at NMSU.  The program provided me with information I needed to manage staff by providing the essential elements and expectations required to build an effective and productive team. ALTA provided additional campus resources (ALTA classmates, presenters, and mentors) through networking and discussion of a shared vision.” Carol

Dr. Sharon Jenkins

6/10/16: Sharon Jenkins receives her Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“My participation in the ALTA program has allowed me to gain a leadership perspective from other professionals in our community – which was one of my goals. I wanted to step out of the slightly restrictive world in which libraries are placed to round out my view of leadership. I know this has made me a better leader. Thank you to the program consultants for making this a rewarding experience for all of us.” Sharon

Anthony Marquez

6/10/16: Anthony Marquez receives his Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“ALTA permitted the opportunity to meet other future NMSU leaders and gain insight to our commonalities, our differences, and our challenges. The ALTA course also allowed me to hone my leadership skills and validate some of my current processes. I appreciated the opportunity to network and get to know other professionals within the NMSU Community.” Anthony

Valeria Olsson

6/10/16: Valeria Olsson receives her Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“The ALTA program has given me a better understanding on how to become a more valuable team member and leader at NMSU. This program has greatly benefited my professional development by allowing me to meet and collaborate with peers from other departments. I truly enjoyed the positive environment we created during the program and want to thank everyone who made this wonderful experience possible.”  Valeria

Lora Ross

6/10/16: Lora Ross receives her Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“ALTA has helped me understand that leadership is an opportunity to enhance the mission, vision, and values of NMSU in my department and foster the growth of each employee.  In addition, I have a sincere appreciation for the unique talents of each of the ALTA participants who made this cohort such a worthwhile experience!” Lora

Abel Sanchez

6/10/16: Abel Sanchez receives his Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“ALTA taught me about the rich and vibrant community at NMSU, and how committed it is towards self-improvement, supporting each other, and delivering a quality service.  It taught me about the importance of team-oriented leadership based on strong community values.” Abel

David Schoep

6/10/16: David Schoep receives his Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“The ALTA program has benefited me in several ways.   The program has broadened my view of what/who the university is through the many interactions with various session speakers and the other ALTA participants.  I was able to immediately use the practical leadership resources, tools, and information provided by session presenters to begin assessing and improving myself as a manager and leader.  The program really reinforced to me the importance, as a leader, of fostering the diverse strengths of individuals to build truly dynamic and effective teams in the workplace.” David

Virginia Tucker

6/10/16: Virginia Tucker receives her Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“This program has provided not only the theory, but the practical aspects of effective leadership, providing an opportunity to learn and share with a diverse and dynamic group of individuals in a respectful and open environment.” Virginia

Jason White

6/10/16: Jason White receives his Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“ALTA has been a great experience! Through the teachings, readings, and seminars, I feel that I have a better understanding of myself and what it means to be a “leader”. I can say, without a doubt, that ALTA has helped me become a better person and a more complete leader.” Jason

René Yoder

6/10/16: Rene Yoder receives her Certificate of Completion at the ALTA Luncheon. (Photo by Victoria Palombit)

“Participation in the Aggie Leadership Training Academy has provided me opportunities to identify areas of improvement in my leadership style as well as provide information that I can share with my direct reports.  This will empower them to demonstrate their leadership skills and provide constructive input to the success of NMSU.” René

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