Las Vegas, New Mexico — A longtime Highlands University biology professor who has dedicated her career to student success will be this year’s homecoming parade marshal.
“I still relish the challenges of teaching students,” said Maureen Romine, whose distinguished tenure at Highlands has spanned 42 years.
This year’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. Sept. 20 and will run from 5th Street and Friedman Avenue to the Plaza Park.
“Because Highlands is a small school, we can work closely with our students and be more involved in their academic development and success. That’s extremely rewarding.”
Romine said Highlands provides opportunities for students to develop their potential they might not have elsewhere.
Romine said Highlands University has a strong commitment to providing research opportunities to its students at both the graduate and undergraduate level.
She is the longtime president of the university’s chapter of Sigma Xi, a scientific research society. In February 2014, the chapter was tapped for a Program of Excellence Award for its student research fund. Since 2006, more than 80 students have received funding for their research.
“With our Sigma Xi Student Research Fund, we want to give as much support as possible for our students to pursue new and continuing research across all disciplines on campus,” Romine said.
Over the years, Romine has served in different leadership roles at Highlands, including chairing the Department of Biology a number of times. She has chaired the faculty senate since 2007.
“Chairing the faculty senate is another way I can contribute to the university by representing the views and concerns of faculty to the administration and the Board of Regents,” Romine said.
She earned her Ph.D. in botany and plant pathology from Colorado State University.