Admissions Coordinator Ramon Albino has been a Spartan for over 13 years since first beginning as a student employee in 2005. He’s held various positions within the college including student trustee, student worker and technical enrollment facilitator, but his latest move has him on the Admissions office roster.
In ECC’s Office of Admissions, it’s M.V.P. Albino’s goal to make new students feel welcomed while ensuring they have completed all the paperwork to begin their educational adventure. He also plays coach by overseeing the college’s student ambassadors.
Working at the college is a slam dunk for Albino who says that ECC “is his second home.” He even plays basketball on campus regularly during his off-time; competing against Director of Transfer Services Sean Jensen and Recruitment Coordinator Tyler O’Donnell in friendly pick-up games.
We caught up with Albino to learn more about his life and his work at ECC. Here is what he had to say.
What is your greatest accomplishment since you’ve been here?
I was a student trustee at ECC in 2007. It was a tough year for the college and for the students. I became involved in many college-wide committees to ensure that students’ voices were heard. Also, I was involved in ECC President Dr. Sam’s hiring through my committee involvement. We did a great job choosing him…I think Trustee John Duffy and Trustee Clare M. Ollayos can confirm this.
What would you do if you were ECC president for a day?
I would declare a campus-wide “Make a Difference Day,” which would entail volunteering or completing simple acts of kindness to remind everyone that there are still many good people in this world.
When I was student, I found an envelope with $400 dollars cash in it and a simple note that said “Whoever found this money, I hope it will help you.” I then started to pay it forward. Once in a while when I go out to eat, I randomly pick up someone else’s bill. Also, as part of my daughters’ birthday celebration, we volunteer at a food bank to remind my family how lucky we are as there are people in the world who do not have food.
If there was a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
Lou Diamond Philips.
What’s on your “bucket list?”
I’d like to visit Spain, Rome and Jerusalem.
Where was the best place you’ve traveled to? Or, where would you like to visit?
For me, it is all about the food. Tropical countries are the ideal place for it.
What’s one fact we should know about you?
I was studying to become a priest after high school in the Philippines, but my plans changed and I moved to the U.S. Now, I have three daughters—five-year-old twins and a six-month-old.
What would be your “theme song?”
“Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson.
What was your favorite class in school?
Western Politics and History.
What was your first job out of school?
After high school, I was a construction laborer in the Philippines before I moved to the U.S.
What quote best describes your philosophy?
It was from my grandfather: “No one is entitled to step on someone else’s dignity.”
Complete this sentence: “I enjoy working at ECC because…”
I love the people I work with.