Las Positas College will be without a staple member of the campus community at the end of the semester.
After coming to Las Positas in 1997, Cynthia Ross, Director of Student Life, has decided to retire. Ross started out a psychology professor and in 2005 started to work with the office of student life.
Sherri Moore, Student Services office assistant, has seen the students grow through Ross’s generosity. Moore said Ross was a fantastic mentor for the students as well as her coworkers.
“She has never once turned away a student from her office,” Moore said. “I have seen her bring out the absolute best in these students.”
And those students have responded to Ross for everything she has done for them. Many of those students keep in contact with her, including the past Associated Students of Las Positas Presidents.
Current ASLPC President Chris Southorn first met Ross when he was the secretary of the newly formed Biology Club. Southorn and the club would visit Ross often to make sure they were meeting all their requirements.
“Students have come and gone in that time, but Cynthia has always remained,” Southorn said. “She has been instrumental in shaping the professionalism of our student government and in building a positive culture for students at Las Positas.”
For Ross, it was a tough decision. Her interaction with students, as a teacher as well as with her involvement with the student government, is something she will miss the most.
“I can’t imagine my life without students in it,” Ross said.