UNM-VC Advisory Board: Sedillo, Tabet re-elected

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It was a quiet election for the two incumbents running for the open seats on the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus Advisory Board.

Both Eloisa Tabet, District 1, and Corrine Sedillo, at-large District 4, were unchallenged for their positions.

Tabet collected 152 votes, while Sedillo received 643.

“I want to thank the people who came out to vote,” Tabet said. “It’s an honor and I enjoy serving on the advisory board.”

Tabet, who is also a member of the development board, said the advisory board will continue to work on providing scholarships so local students can attend UNM-VC.

“The development board has been working very hard this year, and we want to get more people involved in the scholarships,” she said.

Sedillo has decided to be one of those people to get more involved with helping fund the scholarships. This year, she said she plans to set up an endowment at the college, in the name of herself and her late husband, Filo M. “BoBo” Sedillo II, to help fund more scholarships.

“That school means so much to me,” Sedillo said. “I took several classes, but I didn’t get my degree. To me, it’s just wonderful for our kids to have this opportunity.”

One priority both Sedillo and Tabet agreed on was getting the summer Pell Grant funding back. Congress suspended the gap funding after only a few years of a pilot program.

Many of the students at UNM-VC relied on that funding to expedite their degree programs so they could enter the workforce quicker.

“Hopefully, Congress will see fit to return it,” Sedillo said. “I do want to thank everyone who came out and voted for me, especially without an opponent. This is such an important thing to do.”


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