The Moraine Valley Community College Board of Trustees said farewell to its student trustee during the April 20 meeting.
The 2015-16 student trustee Karim Awwad’s term came to a close this month, as he continues on his educational journey, leaving Moraine Valley with a major in economics/finance and a minor in political science. He is heading to the University of Illinois to earn his bachelor’s degree and then pursue an MBA.
“My day has come and gone as student trustee,” Awwad said. “I am beyond honored and privileged to have served on the board of Moraine Valley. Last year I spent more time here at the college than I did at home. Moraine has always been my home away from home.”
Like many Moraine Valley students, Awwad says he wishes the community college were a four-year university. However, he is happy for his time spent there.
“At Moraine, students are given skills and knowledge to move on after they complete their associate’s degrees,” he said.
Awwad said he has hopes to serve on Moraine Valley’s board of trustees again in the future.
“I really enjoyed my time here and I hope to see you all again one day,” Awwad said.
David Shpyor, 23, of Justice, has been elected by the college’s board of trustees and will be replacing Awwad.
Shpyor was sworn into office by board secretary Susan Murphy. He promised to support the U.S. Constitution, the state of Illinois and discharge the duties of student trustee of Moraine Valley to the best of his ability.
“It is with great pride to be elected to the position of student trustee,” Shpyor said.
Shpyor was born on Chicago’s Southwest Side near Midway Airport. He joked if you look out a plane window while traveling from Midway, you can see his house.
He was raised Christian and attended St. Laurence High School in Burbank, where he participated on the school’s bowling team, yearbook committee, computer lab associate and peer ministry program. Upon graduating from St. Laurence in 2010, Shpyor decided to take a three-year break from his education.
“I started working and moved to Justice right after high school,” Shpyor said. “I always knew Moraine Valley was an option to me and because of its convenient location and many educational opportunities, I knew I would attend there some day.”
Shpyor has been taking classes at Moraine Valley for the past three years and has nothing but good things to say about the college.
“My experience at Moraine Valley has been great,” he said. “This college has helped me to grow as a person in more ways than one. It has shaped me academically and paved the way for my educational career. It has also helped me to grow socially as a person. I have met so many new people and made a lot of friends right here on campus.”
Shpyor is majoring in politics and plans to one day become a politician.
“I know politics are seen as dirty work right now, but I love my country and I would like to change the world for the better,” Shpyor said. “Politics are my passion.”