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Rising Sworn in As Newest NMJC Board Member

Rising Sworn in As Newest NMJC Board Member photo 12/23/2017 9:25:15 a.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Thursday, December 21, Evelyn Rising became the newest board member of New Mexico Junior College, representing District Six. She was appointed to fill the seat vacated when Zeak Williams died suddenly July 31, 2017. Rising will hold her position until March 31, 2021, which is when Williams' term expired.

Rising was sworn in by Kelvin Sharp, President of NMJC at the December board meeting.

Rising has a Masters in Education, and currently serves as the Health Extension Officer (HERO) in the Southeast corner of Lea County, New Mexico. She had previously worked for several years as an associate dean in education at a higher ed institution in Hobbs and as the Lifestyles Editor of a local newspaper. She is a story teller, a writer, and a community theater artist, including set design and direction.   

Rising embodies a wide spectrum of topics on women’s issues and diversity. She has an enthusiastic style of speaking and her platform is positive and powerful. In addition, she is the 28th sitting national president of the Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, where she set high standards and achieved much.

She has received many outstanding awards and recognitions, and “keys of welcome,” from mayors, governors and other high officials throughout the country. Last month, she was honored as an “Outstanding Community Leader,” at the 14th Outstanding Awards Luncheon held by the NM Office of African American Affairs, championed by the state’s Governor Susana Martinez in Albuquerque.

A widow, she is the mother of one loving son and the affectionate, doting grandmother of four.


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