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Report to the Community - the right choice


Western Nevada College inspires success in our community through opportunities that cultivate creativity, intellectual growth and technological excellence, in an environment that nurtures individual potential and respects differences.

Report to the Community


1...........President's Message 2-6........Student Success

2................... Milestones & Achievements 3................... Students With Disabilities 3................... Financial Need Grows 4................... Reaching Adult Students 5................... Community Outreach 6................... Student Engagement 6................... Overcoming Obstacles

7-9........Institutional Excellence 7................... Accreditation Progress 7................... Faculty & Staff Kudos 8................... Growing Sustainably 9................... “Why I Teach” - Gil Martin

____________________________ STRATEGIC GOALS 2006-2012 GOAL ONE: Improve Student Success Rates GOAL TWO: Ensure Institutional Excellence GOAL THREE: One College – Many Communities ____________________________


10-11....Community Enrichment 10................ Industry Partnerships 10................ Learning By Helping 11................ In The Arts

12-13....By The Numbers 14-19....Foundation Report

14-15.......... Chair's Report 16-19.......... 2009-2010 WNC Supporters

FRONT: Outside Cover: Cedar Building, Carson City campus, December 2009. Inside Cover: Fallon campus Anatomy & Physiology class. BACK: Outside Cover: Douglas campus photography class.


2009-2010 Report to the Community

What Graduates Say About Western

94% of students surveyed say they would recommend WNC to others

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE 2009-2010 was a year of sharp contrasts for WNC. First, the college successfully completed a regularly scheduled, ten-year regional re-accreditation review by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. In addition to this achievement, we experienced an unprecedented enrollment increase led by students attending full-time and seek-

“We experienced an unprecedented enrollment increase led by students attending full-time and seeking a college degree.”

years can be seen from the chart on page thirteen in this report. A driving motivator for everyone at the college has been to use our unique ability as an institution to serve our communities in a substantial way during a difficult and challenging time for our state and its residents.

Many wonderful community volunteers guide

ing a college degree.

service to the college. They are mentoring our new

the college and have assisted us during a time of

At the same time, the past year included a

students who have never been to college before, to

great challenge. These include people who serve

number of challenges for the college. Continuing

assure that they are able to overcome those chal-

as members of seven different president’s advisory

state revenue difficulties resulted in a 6.9% budget

lenges associated with becoming college students.

boards, as directors of our foundation board, or as

cut in the last third of the year, on top of a 9.9% cut

I am also proud of the fact that, despite the

members of a large number of curriculum advisory

in the previous year.

pressure on employee finances due to the neces-

committees. We are also grateful to our system of-

With the re-accreditation by the Northwest

sity of the state furlough program, 61 percent of our

fice staff and to those Nevada System of Higher Ed-

Commission, the college was granted full authority

employees contributed to the WNC Foundation’s

ucation regents who were able to find time to meet

to offer bachelor’s degrees. This new authority will

employee giving campaign during the past year.

with the NWCCU visiting accreditation committee.

help us as we develop our new academic master

These funds provide direct financial assistance to

plan and new programs to better meet the needs of

students, as well as other college ser-

both the best and worst of times to

our communities.

vices that we might not otherwise be

Western Nevada College. It is with

able to afford to offer.

confidence that I can say we will

dramatic increase in student numbers and to cope

The financial aid funds raised

continue to meet the challenges that

with the budget cuts. These successes were made

by our foundation, as well as finan-

face us and help create the successful

possible by the hard work, energy and commitment

cial aid funding made available from

Nevadans our communities need and

of many dedicated individuals and groups, includ-

other sources, have been vitally im-

expect from us.

ing faculty, staff members, and students. Many em-

portant to our students this year. The

ployees assumed additional responsibilities during

national economic crisis continues

the budget crisis. Faculty permitted extra students

to have a very serious effect on our

to enroll in their classes, or took on additional sec-

students. Many are unemployed or

tions without compensation. The Associated Stu-

underemployed, and some have even

dents of Western Nevada, our student government,

lost homes. The large increase in stu-

has developed and implemented a special project in

dents relying on financial aid in recent

Additionally, we were able to accommodate the

In reflection, the past year may have offered

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GOAL ONE: Improve Student Success Milestones Mark Achievement

Amid the significant challenges of the Great Reces-

percent increase in enrollment, and accommodated

accessible and welcoming campus, Western is also

sion, the faculty and staff of Western Nevada Col-

an unprecedented 41 percent increase in full-time

seeing an increase in the number of students with

lege pulled together to serve a more diverse student

degree-seeking students.


body and graduate more students than ever before.

The college conferred degrees and certificates on its

tions allowed the college’s student enrollment to

of the many careers that are available in new tech-

largest class ever: 451 students, ranging in age from

match its community demographics for the first

nologies, and in a variety of career and technical

16 to 85.


education programs. Western also hosted a Career

Efforts to reach out to diverse ethnic popula-

High school students are being made aware

The goal of improving student success was en-

Pathways Leadership Certification workshop to

west Commission on Colleges and Universities re-

hanced by strong performances in course comple-

strengthen the organizational framework for career

affirmed Western’s accreditation and conferred full

tion rates, retention rates, graduation rates and


baccalaureate degree granting authority to WNC.

transfers to four-year colleges.

Following a comprehensive visit, the North-

During the current state budget crisis, Western

Western’s success was spurred on by determi-

is keenly focusing on what is most important—serv-

nation and a focus on doing the best job possible to serve students, while remain-

ing students and communities by preparing Neva-

ing agile in a changing stu-

life. The college remains a stable and vital beacon

dent learning environment.

of educational opportunity that will continue to be

Number of Students

here for the people of western Nevada.

1400 ________________________________________________________ 1362

more full-time adult students,

Despite significant reductions to full-time fac-

ulty and staff, the college willingly absorbed a ten

Full-Time Students Seeking Degree/Certificate 2009-2010 Annualized Enrollment

. 1300 ________________________________________________________ 1200 ________________________________________________________ 1100 ________________________________________________________

The college now serves

many who are enrolling in classes for the first time after years away from high school.

998 1000 ________________________________________________________

Often their goal is to become

900 _________________________________________________________ 869

specialized classes. Others are


. 829 795 800 _________________________________________________________ . 776 . 733 . . 700 _________________________________________________________ 600 _________________________________________________________ 500_________________________________________________________

Fall 2003- Fall 2004- Fall 2005- Fall 2006- Fall 2007- Fall 2008- Fall 2009Spring 2004 Spring 2005 Spring 2006 Spring 2007 Spring 2008 Spring 2009 Spring 2010 Source: WNC Institutional Research

dans for careers, and enhancing regional quality of




taking the first steps toward a bachelor’s degree.

In the face of a difficult

economy, more young students are entering college directly from high school. And because of its reputation as an

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GOAL 1 - Improve Student Success ___________________________________________________________ Assisting Students with Disabilities

More Students Relying on Financial Aid

Western is one of only three community colleges in the nation par-

Students at Western Nevada College are noticeably

tending a community college. It also enrolled many

ticipating in a National Science Foundation grant to increase the

needier than in past years – they are less able to at-

more adult students anxious to update their career

success rates of students with learning disabilities. Specifically the

tend college without the help of financial aid, col-

skills or retrain to counter the effects of the reces-

lege financial assistance data shows.

sion. The number of veterans returning from war

and heading to college has also increased.

initiative helps them achieve in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is aimed at students who struggle or those with learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and students on the autism spectrum or those with As-

During the 2009-2010 academic year, 5,217

WNC students qualified to receive financial assistance, compared with 3,804 students the prior year. The college distributed more than $11 million

perger’s disorder.

in financial assistance, compared with $6.3 million

Susan Trist, coordinator for disability support services, said

the year before, a 42.7% increase. The aid includes

the goal of the program is to improve the successful transition rates

federal Pell Grants, student loans, scholarships, and

of students who have chosen a STEM career into employment or to a bachelor’s program.

“We often find students have the skills, say, to fix a computer,

but they lack the ‘soft’ skills of communication, organization, read-

veterans’ benefits.

WNC enrollment bulged in 2009-2010 with

younger students who were choosing to save money during their first two years of college by at-

ing and writing. We need to build them up in those types of skills so they can be ready for a job.”

Financial Aid Awarded to Students 2009-2010 Academic Year Award Type

# of Awards

Total Amount













Work Study






Source: WNC Institutional Research

Six Year Strategic Plan Progress After Year 4

OBJECTIVE: Increase service area high school graduate to WNC continuation rate to 30% Benchmark – 18% Rate for 2006-2007 – 23%* Rate for 2007-2008 – 26%** Rate for 2008-2009 – 23%** Rate for 2009-2010 – 29%** OBJECTIVE: Increase persistence rate within a term to 80%. Benchmark - 70% Rate for 2006-2007 – 72% Rate for 2007-2008 – 74% Rate for 2008-2009 – 74% Rate for Fall 2009 – 73% OBJECTIVE: Increase number of graduates who transfer to a four-year institution to 36% Benchmark – 18% Rate for 2006-2007 – 21% Rate for 2007-2008 – 26% Rate for 2008-2009 – 30% Rate after Fall 2009 – 26% OBJECTIVE: Increase student graduation rate to 26% Benchmark – 16% Rate for 2006-2007 – 20% Rate for 2007-2008 – 21% Rate for 2008-2009 – 20% Rate for 2009-2010 – 20% Source: WNC Office of Institutional Research *Provided by Nevada Department of Education **Provided by Nevada System of Higher Education

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GOAL 1 - Improve Student Success ___________________________________________________________

Rolling Out the Welcome Mat for Adult Students For adults who are entering college years after high school, the idea of college classes, tests, and new surroundings can be intimidating. Western makes special efforts to encourage and help adults succeed in college and assist those with learning disabilities. “Campus Connect” is a club and support group that serves the influx of adults enrolling at the college. Often, they had never considered college, but because of a difficult economy, they need more education and training. “These are people who need to define their goals, re-train, and apply for financial aid,” said Deborah Case, director of Counseling Services. “They need a lot of support.”

One of the founders of Campus Connect is Echo Larkin, an adult student who takes classes and also works in the college’s Adult Literacy and Language program. “Campus Connect helps you learn how to be a student again,” Larkin said. “It also helps out first timers who were stay-at-home moms or construction workers who need new careers. The club helps people learn how to take notes, interact in class, manage their time and reduce anxiety for test taking.” Larkin said she helped start the club because she likes connecting with other students and giving back to the college. “It’s a great chance to share experiences; whether it’s something we’re doing well or something we’re struggling with, we can help each other. Students have a much higher success rate if they know other people on campus. The club helps students ground themselves and feel part of something.”

Learning Communities Build Success SUCCESSFUL COURSE COMPLETION

Spring 2010 Students Enrolled in 12 or More Credits

Softball Team

Police Academy

Nursing Students

Millennium Scholars

Baseball Team

All Students

Percentage of Courses Completed 100 _____________________________________________________________________ 98% 93% 358 attempted 92% 90 ______________________________________________________________________ 89% 67 attempted 351 completed 115 attempted 85% 1175 attempted 62 completed 80 ______________________________________________________________________ 106 completed 195 attempted 1049 completed 74% 166 completed 70 ______________________________________________________________________ 6656 attempted 4931 completed 60______________________________________________________________________ 50 ______________________________________________________________________ 40 ______________________________________________________________________ 30______________________________________________________________________ 20 ______________________________________________________________________ 10 ______________________________________________________________________ 0 ______________________________________________________________________ NOTE: Successful course completion rate is the sum of courses completed with a C or better or P, divided by the number of courses attempted. Source: WNC Institutional Research

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GOAL 1 - Improve Student Success ___________________________________________________________ Community Outreach Spurs Results Western continues to be a magnet for area high school students, with an impressive number of graduates from 2009 enrolling in classes at WNC:

Rent-A-Text: Western is cooperating with Follett

web site. High school students can enroll in career

Higher Education Group, the college’s bookstore

and technical education classes that prepare them

partner, to offer a new textbook rental program

for entering the work force in two years or less.

designed to save students money. Books can be or-

dered and picked up at the Carson City bookstore

newspapers, radios and television now includes

just like a purchased text. Rent-a-text is also part of

movie screens, rotating ads on Facebook, MySpace,

expanded service for Fallon students, with a new

and priority listing on search engines. The college

stand-alone store providing all the texts necessary

continues to advertise in Spanish media; and two

for classes held in Fallon, Lovelock, Yerington and

effective campaign themes have been developed:

Hawthorne. The on-site facility saves two or three

“Don’t Let Your Summer Job Become Your Career”

days of shipping time and also offers general mer-

for younger audiences; and “You Are Smarter Than


You Think You Are” for adults.

Reaching Out: With all the changes in technology

Regents’ Scholar: Nursing student Joshua Pierce

rate in the state, and the highest in western Nevada.

and media, Western is reaching out to potential stu-

received the 2009-2010 Regents’ Scholar Award.

dents in new ways. A series of videos is being dis-

Recognizing Pierce’s academic achievements, lead-

Latino Outreach: Success by Latino students, the

tributed to area high schools on the college’s Tech-

ership ability and service contributions, he main-

Prep program, and is also available on the WNC

tained a 3.66 GPA, won a Carson City Rotary Club

Carson City: 39 percent Churchill: 22 percent Douglas: 30 percent Lyon: 26 percent Mineral: 23 percent

Nursing Success: Western’s 2009 nursing graduates were nearly perfect in their pass rate on the national licensure examination. The class scored a 96 percent pass rate, with 45 of 47 graduates succeeding on their first try. It was the second highest pass

energy of the Latino Student Club and the outreach

Traditional advertising that was limited to

of Latino Community Day are all contributing to

scholarship and was an All-

an increased presence at Western. The Community

USA Community College

Day career fair in September offered the chance to

Total Degrees & Certificates Awarded

discover the many career and technical programs


Western offers. The student club also sponsored a


talent show and raised nearly $900 for scholarships to Latino students.

WNC reached out to the larger Latino com-

400 350







355 364









Academic Award winner.







munity with free monthly workshops to promote


education and success skills. Half-credit computer

250 1999- 2000- 2001- 2002- 2003- 2004- 2005- 2006- 2007- 2008- 2009-

classes on basic Internet, word processing, PowerPoint and spreadsheets were available with assistance in Spanish.

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009* 2010

number of degrees/certificates awarded in 2008-2009 is lower, in part because of the decreased instruction in *theThe prison inmate education program and the suspension of the surgical technology program, due to budget constraints. Source: WNC Institutional Research

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GOAL 1 - Improve Student Success ___________________________________________________________


WNC Students Show Dedication to College Goals College is much more than a collection of classes leading to a degree. It is a chance to develop as a person, find a direction, and improve skills. Western acknowledges the whole student and all of the important experiences that comprise college life. WNC participates in the national Community College Survey of Student Engagement that anonymously surveys academic, intellectual and social experiences, outside activities, and educational and personal growth. In the latest results, WNC students say they are more engaged and more dedicated in a comparison with students of two years ago. They were more likely to have made a class presentation, created more drafts of a paper or assignment, and worked on a paper or project that required integrating ideas or information from various sources. No surprise, they were more likely to use technology in communication, including the Internet, instant messaging and e-mail, in assignments and communication with instructors. Cultural diversity also came into play, with students more likely to have had a serious conversation with peers of a different race or ethnicity, as well as those who differed in terms of religious beliefs, political opinions or personal values. They also said the college environment encourages such interaction.

In tracking weekly activities, they spent more time preparing for class and less time working at a paid job, although most Western students still work a significant number of hours. Another very positive note was educational and personal growth. More students said their experiences at Western helped them write clearly and effectively, think critically and analytically, and become better at solving numerical problems and using computing and information technology. Current students also said the college helped them understand themselves as a person and develop clearer career goals. Other categories on an upward trend: use of peer or other tutoring, more use of computer and other skills labs, and services to students with disabilities. Students of 2010 placed more importance on financial aid advising, and said the most likely reason they would drop out of college would be financial concerns. They also said that it is important to have the support of their friends and immediate family when attending college.

STEPS TO SUCCESS Overcoming Obstacles to Excel With his future firmly in mind, Jonas Parra has made an impressive start to his goal of working as a registered nurse at Lake Tahoe. His working schedule was a killer while going to college: a day job Monday through Friday at a company making ingots out of metal composites, and an evening job as a cook for a sports bar four nights a week. “It was very hard to get a diploma; the only classes I could take were on Mondays and Wednesdays,” Parra said. Spare moments before and after class would often find him studying in his car in the parking lot. But a crushing work and class schedule were not the only problems. Parra grew up in Sinaloa, Mex., and didn’t have a firm grasp of English. He

took ESL classes for a couple of months, and was encouraged by college Student Services personnel. In response, Parra did all the hard work. He graduated as the top student in his nursing assistant class, scoring 100 percent on his final test. “I wasn’t surprised,” Parra said. “I know me. I always try to get the highest score. When I got my 100 percent, I said, ‘Oh my gosh, I did it.’” Those who came to know Parra were also not surprised by his success. “He was a great student,” CNA instructor Carole Wiseman said of Parra. “I was just astonished at how well he did in class. In the clinical assignments at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center, he was loved by all the patients and other workers. He was respectful, kind and worked harder than anyone I have ever known. I know he will succeed at anything he puts his mind to.”

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GOAL TWO: Ensure Institutional Excellence College Achieves Accreditation Affirmation WNC celebrates several important accreditation

milestones that were reached during 2009-2010.

Carol Lucey, as well as administrators, faculty and

The commission commended WNC President

The college received notice of re-accreditation by

staff for “their demonstrated collaboration in effec-

the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Uni-

tive management of the college, particularly during

versities, following a comprehensive evaluation.

tough economic times, made possible by a highly

The renewal came after two years of preparation by

supportive system chancellor and governing board,

faculty and staff, volumes of written reports, and

and subsequently leading to an efficient operation

three days hosting peer experts who examined all

for the benefit of students.” The commission also

facets of the college.

commended WNC for its “active commitment to

The commission reaffirmed the college’s ac-

student access and success through its exemplary

creditation at the associate degree level, and grant-

services, experiences and opportunities by student

ed accreditation for its first baccalaureate degree, a

service staff and faculty that help students engage

Bachelor of Technology in Construction Manage-

in meaningful ways with the institution.”


ADDITIONAL ACCREDITATIONS EARNED THIS YEAR: Andy Butti Welding Center: The American Welding Society approved the center to become an accredited welding test facility. Western is the only certified test facility in the northern part of Nevada. Child Development Center: The National Association for the Education of Young Children recognized Western’s campus child care center. NAEYC is a professional organization promoting excellence in early childhood education. In the past year, the center served a record number of WNC students with day and evening child care, as well as members of the faculty, staff and community.

KUDOS - Faculty & Staff of the 2010 Nevada Regents Teaching Award. Dr.

emergency nurse

Kay Sedlak was named to the

Information and Marketing Department won a bronze Medallion of Merit award for

Carlson was nominated for her participation and

Academy of Emergency Nursing, an honor be-

the college’s 2008-2009 “Report to the Commu-

leadership in seminars, workshops and groups at

stowed on only eight individuals last year. She is

nity,” bestowed by the Southwestern region of the

WNC and in the community; for her local and na-

also the editor of the “Certified Emergency Nursing

National Council for Marketing and Public Rela-

tional recognition for writing projects and exams;

Review Manual, 4th Edition.”


and the success of her students.

Geology Professor Winnie Kortemeier was

treasurer of the American Mathematical Associa-

demic Advisor of the Year; Christina Hillis, Clas-

recognized as a top student recruiter for the Uni-

tion of Two Year Colleges. He is the first Nevadan to

sified Employee of the Year; James Kolsky, Out-

versity of Nevada, Reno. Kortemeier is a doctoral

hold national office for the group, which has about

standing Academic Faculty Member; Katie Leao,

student at UNR and regularly encourages her

2,500 individual members and more than 100 insti-

Outstanding Administrative Faculty Member of

geosciences students to continue their studies at

tutional members in the United States and Canada.

the Year; and Dr. Lane Simonian, Part-Time Aca-

English Professor

Ursula Carlson is the recipient

WNC nursing faculty member and certified

Math Professor

Mike Hardie has been elected

the university.


Notable Names: Lupe Ramirez, Regents Aca-

demic Faculty Award.

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GOAL 2 - Ensure Institutional Excellence ___________________________________________________________ Green Efforts Help Planet and Bottom Line Western took a bold step forward during 2009-2010

City campus will yield an annual electrical savings

helped to purchase the bins.

in its commitment to lessen the college’s impact on

of 182,350-kilowatt hours, or roughly $21,000. An

the environment. During the annual August “Wel-

additional $9,000 in annual natural gas savings is

campuses recycle plastic bottles and cans as well as

come Back Day,” President Carol Lucey signed the

projected. Local provider NV Energy also presented

all types of paper. Newspapers, magazines, catalogs

American College and University Presidents Cli-

the college with an incentive check totaling $15,216

and telephone books were added to WNC’s office

mate Commitment in front of all WNC faculty and

to offset a portion of the costs associated with pur-

paper recycling program on the Carson City cam-


chasing and installing the new system.

pus several years ago; tons of usable paper have

been sent to recycling plants instead of landfills.

The document acknowledges deep concern

In addition, the college continues environmen-

Western’s Fallon, Carson City, and Douglas

about the speed of global warming and its potential

tal advocacy led by a recycling committee whose

“for large-scale, adverse health, social, economic

efforts helped place more recycling bins in all cam-

against contaminating the environment, recycling

and ecological effects.” In signing the commitment,

pus locations and buildings. Money generated from

hazardous materials such as equipment and light

the college recognizes that it must exercise leader-

the sale of re-usable mugs and employee donations

bulbs containing mercury, and various types of bat-

ship by modeling ways to minimize global warm-

The college is also exploring ways to guard


ing emissions, and additionally provide knowledge and the graduates to achieve climate neutrality.

WNC’s commitment has given weight to goals

of increasing energy sustainability and making campuses carbon neutral, and efforts are already paying off. 

A retrofit of the heating and cooling system in

the 1970’s era Bristlecone Building on the Carson

April 22, 2010 marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, and

campus, and demonstrating alternative energy sources now becoming practical for small businesses and homeowners.



campus, displaying hybrid and electric cars at the Carson City


Western celebrated the milestone by planting trees on the Fallon

we care

Above, President Lucey signs the ACUPCC Climate Commit-

ment at the Welcome Back Day.


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GOAL 2 - Ensure Institutional Excellence ___________________________________________________________

“I’ve noticed something lately that I’ve not paid enough attention to in the past: my students’ hands.”


By Gil Martin - Professor of Art

“HANDS” Hands drawing sticks of burnt wood across the surface of yellow manila paper; hands pulling a brush fully-loaded with water and pigment through puddled color on the pebbly surface of stark white watercolor paper; hands punching a lump of clay, softening it, probing it; older students’ arthritic hands, shaking, carving out shavings of linoleum block; hands scratching through the hard ground on an etching plate, revealing the bright copper underneath; hands wiping a brush on an oily clotted rag, then plunging it into a pile of Cadmium Red and swiping it across the surface of a canvas.

Hands make marks that define shapes, that compose images, that combine to

form a face, a landscape, a flower, an abstraction. These artifacts aim to express feeling. On occasion, if everything falls into place, they can reveal beauty.

On campus, the art studio is the bastion of the hand-made, expressive object.

Why do I teach? What am I doing watching all these hands? Ideally I am

the experienced objective eye that helps the students see what their hands have

to overcome obstacles to become good at ENGAGING THE PHYSICAL WORLD— anything. And no one ever attained that Art is a creative pursuit that leads to grubexpertise without also having a lot of by hands, as art instructor Gil Martin can fun! I frequently hear that my students show you. Martin connects himself and his

ous) generations. Equally, if not more important, is to make students aware of and

are pleasantly exhausted after a session students to the physical world in painting, of drawing or painting. I’m always en- sculpting and pottery making.

have confidence in their innate object-making ability. Finally, without discipline,

couraged when I hear this as it means

the creativity that is everyone’s birthright, goes to waste.

they are engaged, both mentally and physically, with the process.

wrought. My job is to pass on what knowledge I have of art to the next (and previ-

It’s a banality to state, but so much of today’s culture is consumed by passive-

Art making is an experiential activity. There is no use sitting in front of the

ly sitting at a computer or in front of a television screen. Images and words fill our

paper or canvas and “thinking” about what you’re going to do. That only leads

minds with competing voices clamoring for attention. Media, entertainment, and

to creative paralysis. The hands must do your thinking and feeling for you. The

politics, the big three, dominate the social discourse and are not easily brushed

hand does, the eye assesses, the heart goes out, and the hand takes another cue,

aside. Engaging in making something with our hands goes some distance in re-

and on it goes.

connecting us to the physical world around us (that IS us!!!).

Making material objects requires an engagement in the material world. The

Making a painting or a drawing is really a form of play. Like all good games,

more involved in the medium, the better the artwork. To be immersed in the stuff

it can be played at any level of skill. I like to tell my students that learning to paint

of painting and drawing requires a commitment from the body and especially the

or draw is much like learning a sport. It takes time, dedication, and the ability

hands. There is no alternative but to literally dive in: hands first!

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GOAL THREE: One College, Many Communities

Construction Club, Honor Society Help Members by Helping Others

Collaboration Key to Enhancing Industry Manufacturing employees today aren’t just using a

ees and their businesses.

drill press or turning a wrench. More often, there is

a computer interface, and workers need to under-

themselves,” he said. Five local manufacturers have

stand electronics, math and communication.

stepped forward to form an advisory committee

and will interact with the college to provide struc-

The Carson Manufacturers Forum, in conjunc-

“This comes directly from the manufacturers

tion with WNC, developed a program to elevate the

ture to the initiative.

skills of their employees - “a Manufacturing Work-

force Collaborative.”

roots and relatively low cost,” Steiger said.

“The strength of this program is that it is grass-

Member companies selected 34 workers to take

classes in shop math, business, drafting, comput-

Specialty Crop Seminars Draw Crowds

ing, and oral communications or English.

Western continues to develop and expand local ag-

The collaborative plans to add an optional sec-

ricultural through its Specialty Crop Institute. The

ond tier of 15 credits that will make participants eli-

institute offers ways to bring high-value, low-water

gible for a certificate of achievement from Western.

use crops to our arid environment. Seminars have

David Steiger, project manager for Nevada In-

featured organic farming, cut flowers, lavender

dustry Excellence, said the strength of the program

farms, viticulture and wine making, and have at-

is that the manufacturers themselves have identi-

tracted growers from throughout Nevada, as well

fied the skills that would most benefit their employ-

as Oregon and California.

Adapting to Change Now more than ever, companies need to move swiftly to adapt to a changing economy. That means employees must also be ready to step up with new skills. WNC collaborates with the Department of Employment Training and Rehabilitation’s Job Connect, DETR’s Vocational Rehabilitation, Join, Inc., the Nevada Division of Welfare and Support Services, and dozens of employers each year, providing classes or training.

2009-2010 Workforce Development Clients _________ Alcoa Micromil American AVK Banner Churchill Community Hospital CGI Churchill County Social Services City of Fallon Police Department Custom Stamping Duraflex International Corp. ENEL North America

Excalibur Labs Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe Food Bank of Northern Nevada Glacier Construction J & K Llamas Landscape Nursery Inc. Lyon County Human Services Micromanipulator Nevada Department of Transportation



Nevada Heat Testing Niotan Northern Nevada Development Authority Oasis A/C & Heating PPG Architectural Pyramid Lake Fisheries Shaheen Beauchamp Starbucks Valley Joist Inc. Vulcan Power Company Wallace Painting

WNC construction technology students are learning both in the classroom and in the community, honing important career skills while making a difference for those in need. During the past year, students helped an older student and her husband with home repairs, and also improved buildings at a Lake Tahoe church camp. For a Dayton couple, Western’s students became a gift in a time of great need. Both the husband and wife are in ill health, and needed repairs to their home so they could sell it and move to the East Coast to be with family. Their situation became known to the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, which decided to help. PTK contacted Construction Club President Brian Forster who was able to round up table saws, paint sprayers, a power washer and the manpower to wield the tools. PTK members also contributed weed eaters and a tractor to clear the lot and get weeds under control. The hard-pressed couple said, “We didn’t win the lottery, but we got second place.” College construction club members participated in another act of good will when they donated their talents at a Lake Tahoe campground. Stuart Campbell, manager of Camp Galilee on Tahoe’s south shore, thanked club members for their work: “They did roof repair to a meeting lodge and worked for us on two different days. They installed new, large picture windows on staff houses and redid siding around windows and trim work.” In all, he said, “We saved the equivalent of 15 days of ‘person power’.”


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GOAL 3 - One College, Many Communities ___________________________________________________________

“Always Lost” Art Exhibit Begins National Tour

Nevada History To Stay Alive With Sculpture

What began as a WNC class project in 2009 has

but even found closure.”

turned into a powerful reflection on war that is

In addition, the Dallas Morning News has

A significant era in the history of the

making headlines around the country. The “Always

given WNC permission to utilize images of several

American West will be permanently re-

Lost” art exhibit debuted at the

Pulitzer Prize winning war photo-

membered by Western Nevada College

Western Nevada College galleries

graphs in the exhibit.

students and visitors, following dona-

in 2009, offering a solemn, eloquent

The show is currently on loan to

tion of a sculpture of Sarah Winnemuc-

account of the effects of the wars

seven colleges in the University of

ca to the college.

in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, the

Wisconsin system, and will then

exhibit has captured the attention

travel to a New York college be-

the bronze bust that resides on a ped-

of other colleges and universities,

fore returning to Nevada in 2012

estal in the Joe Dini Jr. Library on the

and it has become a traveling dis-

for exhibition at the University of

Carson City campus. WNC President Carol Lucey

play that is being shown at cities

Nevada, Reno. From there, the ex-

donated the piece in honor of her father. The fig-

throughout the United States.

hibit will “come home” to Western

ure has an attached plaque stating it is a “gift to the

before resuming its ‘road trip.’

students of Western Nevada College in memory of

“Always Lost” is a multimedia

experience created by WNC creative writing students that tells a story about war. Photographs of combat along with prose and po-

One of multiple panels depicting the American soldiers lost in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.

Sculptor Benjamin Victor created

John P. Connolly, III, a father who believed deeply in the power of education, from Carol and Ken Lucey.”

etry capture the human element of war that is often

lost. Pictures of the more than 5,000 American ser-

Western Nevada Musical Theatre Company Turns 20

ure in early Nevada. A member of the Paiute tribe,

It is a remarkable achievement: the ability to mount three fully-staged and orchestrated musicals each year, drawing thousands of spectators from northern Nevada and California. In 2009-2010, the company offered three productions: “The King & I,” “Opening Night on Broadway,” and “The Sound of Music.”

she learned to read and write English.

vice members who have perished in the wars are displayed in stark, compelling murals.

English Professor Marilee Swirczek and in-

structor Kevin Burns have led the effort to transform the show into a traveling exhibit, and they rely on donations and volunteers to keep the images current and prepare the show for transport.

Of the national interest, Swirczek says, “We

could not have imagined this project would touch so many people and spark interest throughout the U.S. What started as a collaborative class project became a collective experience with which people in the community and beyond not only identified,



Sarah Winnemucca was a highly influential fig-

she was the daughter of Chief Winnemucca and granddaughter of Chief Truckee. A gifted linguist, she served as an interpreter and negotiator between her people and the U.S. Army. Largely self-taught,

She was a spokeswoman for her people, giving

hundreds of speeches to win support for them, and she met with President Rutherford B. Hayes and Secretary of the Interior Carl Schurz in 1880. Her 1883 autobiography, “Life Among the Paiutes: Their Wrongs and Claims,” is said to be the first book written by a Native American woman.


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BY THE NUMBERS Students by Age

2009-2010 Annualized Headcount 19 & Under

1151 20%














368 6%













Over 64




Web Enrollment by Semester

2009 High School Graduates Attending WNC

2009-2010 Annualized Enrollment Number of Students


Number/Percentage of Recent Graduates from Service Area High Schools Enrolled in Fall 2009
































100 0

Associate of Applied Science


Associate of General Studies


Associate of Science


Bachelor of Technology



21 Total Awards










300 200





Degrees & Certificates Awarded 2009-2010 Associate of Arts




NOTE: Counts include standard & advanced high school diplomas. Source: WNC Institutional Research & Nevada Department of Education

Source: WNC Institutional Research



Carson City






Fall 2003- Spring 2004




Fall 2009Spring 2010





Fall 2005- Spring 2006

Fall 2006- Spring 2007

Fall 2007- Spring 2008

Fall 2008- Spring 2009



Fall 2004- Spring 2005




* FTE (Full-time equivalent enrollment) Source: WNC Institutional Research


Source: WNC Institutional Research




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Financial Report

Financial Assistance Trends

2009-2010 Revenues

Dollars ($1000s) in Awards by Award Year

State Appropriations



Registration Fees




Non-resident Fees




Miscellaneous Student Fees




Student Surcharge




Federal Stimulus Funds




Total State Funded Budget



Total: $11,094,812.63




2009-2010 Expenses












Academic Support




Student Services




Institution Support




O&M Plant







Total State Funded Budget


Source: WNC Finance & Administrative Services





1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 NOTE: Totals may fluctuate as awards are made throughout the year. Source: WNC Institutional Research

Graduation Rate

First-Time, Full-Time Degree Seekers

Students by Ethnicity


2009-2010 Annualized Headcount


American Indian 158...........3% Asian 116......... 2% Black Non-Hispanic 73........... 1% Hawaiian Pacific Islander 37........... 1% Hispanic 772......... 14% Multiple Ethnicities/Non Hispanic 110......... 2% Unknown 102......... 2% White Non-Hispanic 4314....... 76%


Source: WNC Institutional Research












2004-05 2001+

2005-06 2002+

2006-07 2003+

2007-08 2001*

2008-09 2002*

2009-2010 2003*


8% 4% 0 Grad Year Cohort Year

+ Based on graduation rate at a two-year college

Four-Year Average Student Right-to-Know Completion/Graduation Rates * Based on graduation rate at a four-year college Source: IPEDS report; WNC Institutional Research




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WNC Foundation


Choose to Make a Difference

I just returned from a visit to the Midwest, where I lived almost 20 years ago. Sadly, one of the things that I saw was the devastation an F4/5 tornado can cause. Lake Township and its town of Millbury are located just outside of Toledo, Ohio. On June 6, 2010, in the evening, a massive tornado slammed into this peaceful farming community. (Actually it turned out to be the most powerful tornado recorded that far north.) It destroyed the township’s administration offices, police department, high school and scores of homes and farms. It also killed seven people. Ted Kranzes, the superintendent of schools and father of the 2010 Class Valedictorian, was one of those who lost his life. He was at the high school that fateful evening, checking on the school’s generator and making sure all was secure, when the tornado obliterated the high school with its full force and vengeance. Commencement was going to be at the high school the next day.

The magnitude of this disaster on a per capita basis was roughly ten times

that experienced by Hurricane Katrina. FEMA turned down their request for help, citing in their decision that it wasn’t a big enough disaster to warrant any aid.

As it turns out, Lake Township is coming back stronger than anyone could

have imagined. The local outpouring of donations and volunteers has been amazing. People who have very little are donating generously. Keep in mind that Ohio

VISION - The Western Nevada College Foundation seeks to create the finest college in the nation. MISSION – The WNC Foundation exists to maintain and enhance the quality of life in western Nevada by developing friends and funds for support of the educational, cultural, and service goals of Western Nevada College. The WNC Foundation supports the entire college family in its overall pursuit of excellence.

is number three in the highest unemployment (Michigan being number two and Nevada, with the worst unemployment in the country). At the end of the day, even though it will take quite a bit longer without any FEMA aid, Lake Township will be stronger and more vital than before the storm.

So why did I include this in my annual letter? Our educational system here

is much like Lake Township after the tornado hit. Education in Nevada from K-12 through the universities has been devastated over the last three years. Per-student spending is at an all time low, the worst in the nation. The high school dropout rate is the highest in the country and university budgets have been stripped to the bone.




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FOUNDATION - Make a Difference ___________________________________________________________

It is up to each of us to help bring Nevada’s

I assure you that if we help rebuild the edu-

to the best of your ability, you “Choose to Make a

educational system back from the brink. Many will

cational system, business will come. How do we

Difference” and give generously.

say that in this recession, investment in education is

start? By supporting Western Nevada College and

not possible or affordable. But I challenge all of us

the communities it serves.

faces when they are the first to graduate in their

by saying it is the best and most important time to

The Western Nevada College Foundation is

family, or the pride of graduates who return to tell

do so.

rolling out a Major Gifts Campaign this year. The

us about the job they just accepted. This is what

We need to be ahead of the curve when the

goal is to raise significant funds to provide sub-

community is about. This is what Nevada’s future

economy revives. In so doing, when businesses

stantial capital improvements, plug shortfalls in

is about.

are looking for a place to expand or to start-up, Ne-

budgets, and provide additional scholarships. Our

vada has what they want: a high quality, educated,

investment in education today will pay off tenfold

of a true comrade in arms; Governor Kenny Guinn

skilled and highly motivated workforce that is

in the future.

was a great champion of education in this state. He

“Battle Born” and battle tested. Without education,

Do not be surprised if I or someone from the

understood better than anyone the value of edu-

Nevada will struggle to ever come back.

foundation comes calling. When we do, I hope that

cation and how it strengthens a community and a

It is truly special to see the look on students’

I would like to close by acknowledging the loss

state. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife


Donal Hummer Jr., Chair John E. (Jed) Block, Chair-Elect Robin Williamson, Secretary-Treasurer Roger Williams, Immediate Past Chair

BOARD OF TRUSTEES Bob Adams Shelly Aldean Michael Bennett Mike Berney Michelle Bertocchi Gayle Block Nicole Block Jeff Brigger Sean Davison Pat Fisler David Friedrich Virgil M. Getto Niki Gladys Lillian Hack

Kathy Halbardier Kris Holt Harold Jacobsen Steve Lewis, Ed.D. Joe Lushina Arthur E. Mallory Tom Metcalf Roger Moellendorf Pam Powell Dorothy Ramsdell Pam Robinson Fred Schmidt Bernice Sheldon Sally Zola

Fund-raising Revenue by Category

and children. He was an honest and driven man

Contributions.........................$547,348-------- 81% Other Operating.....................$6,451----------- 1% Special Events........................$124,814-------- 18%

sure the right thing was done. His presence will be

Source: WNC Development & External Affairs

who would work with all political groups to make sorely missed. Donal Hummer Jr.

Assets by Program Scholarships, buildings, programs------------------ $1,895,549 Unrestricted---------------$36,825 Nonexpendable-----------$568,568 Source: WNC Development & External Affairs




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FOUNDATION - Make a Difference ___________________________________________________________ MANY THANKS, DONORS - July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010 In-Kind

Karen & Charlie Abowd Atlantis Casino Resort Charles S. Byrne Carson Station Carson Valley Golf Course D’Andrea Golf Club Dayton Valley Golf & Country Club Dennis Banks Construction Dr. Pepper/7 UP Bottling Co. of The West Eagle Valley Golf Course Kevin Edwards Empire Ranch Golf Course Kathryn & Pat Fisler Genoa Lakes Golf Club & Resort Greater Nevada Credit Union Greenhouse Garden Center Hidden Valley Country Club Helaine Jesse Morres Janet King LakeRidge Golf Course Metcalf Builders, Inc. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe NV Energy Dustin Pedroia Peppermill Resort Spa Casino Plumas Pines Golf Resort R. J. Calvert Company Pam Robinson Sherwin Williams Company Silver Oak Golf Club Starbucks Thunder Canyon Tito’s Family Restaurant Wal-Mart Annette & Harvey Whittemore Robin & Phil Williamson Wolf Run Golf Club

Distinguished Benefactor of the College $25,000 - $49,000

Benefactor of the College Patron of the College $10,000 - $24,999 $1,000 - $4,999 Banner Churchill Community Hospital Carson Tahoe Regional Healthcare Auxiliary Betty Kopfhammer

Distinguished Patron of the College $5,000 - $9,999

Dick Campagni Capital Ford*Mazda *Hyundai Capitol City Gun Club Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center Churchill Community Hospital Maria & Mark Denzler Helaine Jesse Morres Jacqueline & David Leppla, M.D. Drs. Carol & Ken Lucey Jim Breslin/Model Dairy Dan Neverett Soroptimist International of Carson City University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Annette & Harvey Whittemore

Eric Abowd Shelly & Jay Aldean Allison MacKenzie Law Firm American Legion Auxiliary #4 Bonnie & Ernie Bertocchi Gayle & Roger Block Capital Branch AAUW Connie & Dale Capurro Carson City Democratic Women’s Club Carson Valley Quilt Guild, Inc. CGI, Inc. City National Bank Steve Crow Nancy & Sean Davison Dennis Banks Construction Dr. Pepper/7 UP Bottling Co. of The West Galena High School Mark Ghan Veronica & Quincy Gibbs Daniel Gilbert Greater Nevada Credit Union

Kathy Halbardier Dave Friedrich/Hampton Inn & Suites Anne P. & Matt Hansen Helen Close Charitable Foundation Joyce & Sam Herceg/Herceg Enterprises Gordon Hinkel John Uhart Commercial Real Estate Kennametal Foundation Janet King Steven A. Klein Las Vegas Sports Consultants, Inc. Michele & Steve R. Lewis, Ed.D. Lumos & Associates, Inc. Todd Marangon Kevin Joseph Marcella Gail & Doug Maupin Kenneth Mercurio Metcalf Builders, Inc. Minden Rotary Club Clark Morres, M.D. National Junior College Athletic Association Natives & Newcomers Club of Carson City

Marc Nelson Nevada CPA Foundation Brett Ofelt Bill Paganetti Gloria J. Pieretti John Procaccini Dorothy & Robert Ramsdell George Scheid Brenda & Fred Schmidt JoAnn & Gary Sheerin Ann D. Silver Jed Block/State Agent Transfer & Syndicate, Inc. Dani & Bret Andreas/State Farm Insurance Sunset Rotary of Carson City Donald B. Taylor Dorothy & Mark Timian-Palmer United Methodist Men’s Group United Way of Southern Nevada USDA Farm Services Agency Valley Glass (CRJW Enterprises, Inc.) Alicia & D.J. Whittemore Kristin & Scott Whittemore Victoria & Roger Williams Robin & Phil Williamson Teri Zutter

Supporter of the College $500 - $999

Employee Giving Total Dollars raised Increase in Dollars Total Pool Number of Employees Giving Percent of Employees Giving out of Total Possible

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 $143,667 $180,567 $150,589 $178,164.52 $151,954.25 $33,899 $36,900 -$29.978 $27,575.52 $30,329 269 269 244 219 221 72 117 133 114 135 27% 43% 55% 52% 61%

Source: WNC Development & External Affairs

Edgewood Companies



Wells Private Client Services Robert G. Adams James Anderson Stephanie & Richard Arrigotti Dane Askins AT&T Foundation Benny B. Banks Mark Bell Claire & James Clift Brian F. Crowe Christopher Dolan Ginny Dugan Paul Eastwood Mark Elston Jim Farley Brett Fenner

First Independent Bank Frank Flick Donal Hummer, Jr. Mark Immonen Deborah Ingraffia-Strong Gladyce & Herbert R. Jesse John C. Fremont Chapter NSDAR John Kinkella Carol R. Lange Betty Ray & Locke Lesch Joseph H. Lushina Lori Magnante Metech Polymers Group Carl Morton Nevada Gaming Commission Nevada Land Conservancy Nevada Nurses’ Association Diane Nungary NV Assoc for Education of Young Children NV Energy Jackie & Erik Olsen Ormsby Sportsmen’s Assoc. Laura Page Richard Pennington PEO Sisterhood Chapter H PEO Sisterhood Chapter N Petrosonics Gary Pointer Wendy Poore Reno Brake, Inc. Savage & Son Inc. Bob Senko Show Me Silver Land & Business Development Gregory Shutt Brad Sidener John Smagala Mary Staudenmaier Taiyo America, Inc. Kathy & John Tatro Team Sports Ink Beulah M. Testolin Loretta J. Tiede Leslie Townsend Susan Trist


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FOUNDATION - Make a Difference ___________________________________________________________

LuAnn Tucker/Sports Rehabilitation and Therapy USDA Rural Development Wells Fargo - Community Relations Western Nevada Supply Mark A. Winter Sally & Michael Zola

Friend of the College Up to $499

AAUW State of Nevada Karen & Charlie Abowd Gary Adams Mont Adams Ernie Adler Advanced Stainless Agape Organics Norris Albaugh Sterling T. Albin Earl Allen Dean Altus Donald Amaral American Legion High Desert Unit 56 Valerie Andersen Deloy H. Anderson Mary Anderson Angela Andrade Terese Marie Angwin Dane Apalategui Applebee’s Carson City Charles E. Arciniega Edward Arciniega Melissa Artzer Donna M. Ashby Jeremy Ashby Amy Aspenleiter Jamal Azzam Dennis P. Bagwell Glenn Bakker Jayne E. Bako Michael J. Bako Shelly Bale Banner Health Jerald E. Bardecker Judy Barnaby Brad Barnard Diane Barndt Michael Barnes Candace Barrenchea

Douglas Barrett Michele Basta Curtis Bateman Bansi & Michael Batesel Jocelyn Beaufort Vickie Beaupre Ronald Belardinelli Ron Belbin Lori Bellione Krista Benjamin Ryan Bennet Mike Bennett, P. E. Donald E. Bently Craig Berger Jeffrey Beristain Mike Berney/Berney Realty Michelle Bertocchi William Bevill Greg A. Bigby Steven Bjorklund Jeanne & Al Blach Donald Bland Larry Blaylock William T. Bley Patricia G. Boden Catherine Boedenauer

Dean S. Borges John A. Borrowman Donald S. Boston David Botich Delia & Steven Bottoms Steve Boucher Ashley Bowers Gerald Brandvold Jim Brant Teresa & Adam Breeden-Whatley Sherry Brough James Brown Thomas Brown Buckeye Optics Delbert Bugg Builders Carpet Supply Lindsay Buis-Kelley Steven Burgmeier Ralph Burkett Emmet R. Burns Laura Burns Chester Burton Burton Consulting, LLC - Small Renewable J. Scott Bush James Buzonik Jack Byrom

Luis A. Cadena Wesley Cagle Claudia & Anthony D. Calabro Kenneth Camel Glen Cameron Theodora Cantanho Capitol Urology, Inc. Ursula Carlson, Ph.D. Steve Carman, Ph.D. Laura Carmona Leo J. Carney Paul Carroll Carson Valley Inn Melinda Carter Deborah Case Starla & John Cassani, M.D. Gary S. Cassill James Cassill Catholic Healthcare West Maxine Cirac City of Fallon Don Clark Rachal Clark Kathryn Clark-Ross Clearwater Ranch Megan Clemmer

Foundation Financial Assets 5,000,000 4,000,000 3,500,000 3,000,000


2,500,000 2,000,000 1,500,000 1,000,000


500,000 $

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010



Source: WNC Development & External Affairs



Tina Cluver Raymond Cochran Steve Cochrane Jami-Sue & Gilbert R. Coleman John Coleman Howard Collett Gary Collier Robert D. Collier Rex Comstock Robert Conerby Thomas W. Conner Elizabeth Contreras Ted Contri/Contri Construction Co. Roy Conwell Dave Cook Ed (F.E.) Cook Judith B. Cordia, Ed.D. Anica S. Corral Mabel Cotton Jerry Massad/Cracker Box Jamie Craig S.M. Cresta William J. Crowell, Jr. Brad Croxford Robert Cruz Mark Cullen Carl Cunningham David Cusick Frank Cutolo Dan Dahle Kimberly A. Dandos Michael A. Daniels Larry Danielson Richard Danielson Nicole Davenport Ted Davey Yvonne David Neal J. Davies Clay Davis Frank R. Davis Jack L. Davis Jeff Davis Morgan Davis John Dawson Philip Daykin Margaret V. Deal Joseph DeCarlo Rick DeMar Linda Demarco Ken DeMaria

Aaron Demosthenes John DeRicco Desert Research Institute Vickie Detomasi Charles Dettling Nelson DeVega Patricia J. Devereux Brittany Anne Devitt Peter Di Fillipo Walter L. Dillard Brigitte Dillet Dixie Ranch Michael Dobrowski Darla Dodge Karen Doharty Michelle Dondero Andrea Doran Double Tree Ranch Paul Drakulich Lillian Dubroka Dorothea Duncan Jeffrey Duncan William Durand Mary (Katie) Durbin Thomas Dutton Doris D. Dwyer, Ph.D. Michael Dwyer John Dykes Jim Kepler/Eagle Valley Golf Course Catherine Eckart Floyd Edsall Kevin Edwards J. Renee Ekleberry Mike Epps John Erickson Reuben E. Erickson Marcia Ernst Mary Erquiaga Scott Etchison Donald Evett Gary Evett, Ph.D. F J Corp Monica Fairbanks Cierra Farley Miladean L. Farrell Mary Farris Travis Feiner William Feltner Stanley Ferguson Todd Ferguson


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FOUNDATION - Make a Difference ___________________________________________________________ Mike Fettic C. Fettig Stacy Fiedler Bill Field Jeanne Fields James Fikkers Linda E. Fisher Yvette Fisher Patrick M. Fisler Linda Fleetwood Randy Fletcher Donald Folgner Kurtis Folgner Barbara Ford Brenda G. Ford Chris Foster Scott Foster Tammy J. Fournier John Frandsen Cindy Frank Victoria Frensdorff Charles P. Frey Thomas Frey Paul Gaboriault Kevin Gaffney R. S. Gagen Kristie Gangestad Andrew Garcia Elvia Garcia Santos Garcilazo Nadine Garrard John P. Gaskill Russell Gaub Donald A. Gendlek Bob Getty Edda Gibson Marie Gibson Rachel M. Gill Roberta Gillis Paula Gilmore Stacey Giomi J. Roy Giurlani Niki & John Gladys Grayson Gold Agustin A. Gonzalez D. Steve Gorden Sean Gorin Eleanor Graff Dan Graffam Peggy Graham

Gary Granata Frank Grasso John F. Grasso Greater Nevada Mortgage Services Greenhouse Garden Center Steve Greer Geoff Grenert Richard Groseclose Jim Gubbles Brian Guerin Ronald Gularte May Gustin Paul H. Guttman Juan F. Guzman Lillian Hack Brian Hagen Bart Haley Mike Haley Michael Halstead Nancy Hammon Laurel Hammond Hammond Insurance Agency Vicki Hargrove & David Thomas Richard L. Harmon Robert Hastings Don Hataway David Haupert John Hawkins Jen & Aby Henry Ken Henry Tom Hettick Highland Manor Christopher Highley Timothy Hill Jeffrey Hiller Dianne Hilliard Christina M. Hillis Erlinda R. Hipol-Rollings Mike Holderby Joe Hooft Sara Horat Charles Horn Donald E. Horton Emily Howarth Huck Huckaby Troy Hull Hungry Mother Organics Brenda Hunt Katelyn Hunt Mary Fulstone Hussman

William Hyde Annette & Clyde Ibsen Gary Indiano Patricia Isaman Linda Jacks Jamee Jackson Alice & Harold Jacobsen Al Jacot Yvonne Jadrnicek Kathryn Jakolat Lois K. James Michael Janik Jares Construction, Inc. Barbara & Robert Jepsen Maizie Harris Jesse Tamara Jibson Gina Johnnie Jack S. Johnson Jane Johnson Perry V. Johnson Farley S. Justis Richard Keene Ryan Kelley Don Kidd Sheilla & James Kiley Robert Gerard Kilroy Julie King Kevin King Karen Kish Valerie Klein Ed Kleiner Ed Klemish Richard Kloes Candice Klopf Robert Knick Christine Knight Tim Knorzer Ronda & Mark Knowlton Sandra Koch, M.D. Margaret Konieczny Winnie Kortemeier Anastacia Kreider Brian Kreider Charles F. Kreider Christopher Kreider Benton P. Kutch II Sean Lagier Michelle Lambert Maureen Lamerdin Joyce Lang

Kelly Yawn Langdon Fred Lange Jessica Largent Judy Larquier Danny Lawrence Royce Lawyer J.W. Lazzari Romeo Lazzarone Katherine Leao Debbie LeBalch Lee’s Body Repair & Paint Shop Donald R. LeGrand Tim Lichty Charles Lightner Michael P. Lindell Larry Lindholm Line Drive U Debby Loesch-Griffin Mike Loewer Douglas Loomis Rod Loosley Charles W. Lorenz Robert Lovern Anthony Lujano Brian R. Lunz Duc P. Ly Lyon Co. Sheriff’s Office Carl N. Lytle Michelle Ma Douglas B. MacDonald Steve MacDougall Dorothy Macgregor Jon Macias Michon & Michael Mackedon Joyce Maddaford Debra Madison Ben A. Magnante Christina J. Magro Mike Malay Darryl Malley Arthur E. Mallory Darrell Manning James Manning Jessica Manskie John March Ron G. Marrujo Terri Marsh Donna Martin Edward A. Martin Hal D. Martin



Marjorie Masters Ernie Maupin Maximum Results Donald May Edwin McBroome Bill McCarrel Donald McConville McDonalds Store #06283 Tim McFarren, M.D. Jerrold F. McGraw Steven R. McIntyre Desiree McKean Mike McKinnon Joseph McKoy Mildred C. McLean Michael McLeod Martha McMeel Jean McNeil George McNulty Matthew J. Medeiros Mello Construction & Self Storage Mentor Center of Western Nevada Stephen Merrell Laureen Mesa William Mewaldt Michael Meyer MG Trust Thomas A. Miller Thomas I. Miller Roger Mills Krista Milroy William M. Mobley Donnie & Roger Moellendorf Donald A. Molde Elizabeth & Bob Moore Jim Moore Michelle L. Morelli Colleen & Robert Morin, JD., Ph.D. Richard Morphew Maechel Morrison Kirk Mortimore Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe Susan & Paul Muller Richard Mullins Charles E. Murphy Kevin P. Murphy Floyd Murray Nancy Nagel Cindi Nannetti Patricia Nash National Society Colonial Dames

XVII Century Randy Naylor Jacque Negrete Sherry Neil-Urban, Ph.D. Mitzi Nelson Wendy Nettleton Nevada Business Connections Craig Newby Bonnie & Kiyoshi Nishikawa NNE Construction Cassandra Noll Robert J. Norman Not Just Books Robert Nye Holly O’Toole Kenneth Oates Salisha Odum Ormsby Post Acute Rehab Orthopro of Carson City, Inc. Matt Osa Richard Oswald Amber Overholser Michelle Pacheco Ron Pacheco Rachelle Pakes Rudolph Pakes Jonathan C. Palm Shirley Pappin Englisa Parker Janet M. Parker Roger Parkinson Bonnie Parnell Wayne Parsons Partnership Carson City Amber Patterson Phillip E. Patton Cheryl Pawluk Terry Penman Scott Penzel PEO Sisterhood Chapter X Sonja Perez Vanessa Perez Linda Peri Thomas Peterman Thomas Peters Christopher K. Petersen John Peterson James M. Phalan Joyce Phillips Barbara C. Pierce

Mary Pierczynski, Ed.D. Donna Pigman Jack Piirainen Ruth & Mike Pintar James Pisanelli Platinum Plus Plumas Pines Golf Resort Donald Pomi Jeany Pontrelli William T. Pope John Thomas Portman Gerald Price Robert Priest Susan Priest Robert G. Proctor Pamela B. Puckett Kristi Pulizzotto R. F. Lerg Family Trust Lucas Rachal Michelle Rachal Ronald Radil Lupe Ramirez Linda Ranieri Scott Ray Rusty Raynes Donna Redfern Gregory E. Reed Raymond T. Reep Molly Regan Tom Reichert Michael Reid Renown Health Dale Rew Francis Reynolds Steve Reynolds Sandi Richman Mark Richter Kay Riehm Andrea Ripley David Rivera Amy Robinson Pam Robinson Scott A. Roby Richard Roche Lindsay Rogers Oliver John Rogers Cole W. Rohrbough Dave Rollings Mary Roman Neil Rombardo


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FOUNDATION - Make a Difference ________________________________

Tiffany Rounds Ronald M.Rowan RT Permaculture Rebecca Rund Buzz Fitzpatrick & Jennifer A. Russell Michael B. Sady Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center Curtis Sakamoto Delaney & Louie Sanchez Stephen Sauer Donald H. Schaefer Bus Scharmann Melanie Scheid-Myers Ralph Schilling William H. Schmunk Susan Schoeffler Rick Schultz Richard P. Schulze Liza Schumacher Kathy Schwerin Eldred Scott Suzanne Scott Susan Kay Sedlak Roger Sedway Linda Seehuetter Lonnie Selden Jony Sellers Shirley Sells Lisa Senko Kathleen Serridge-Fahr Mark Sertic Marianne Seymour Ellen L. Shafer Matthew Shafer John Shaw Cecillia Sheppard Mike Shipley Mark E. Shuba Shelby Sibert David Sigado Sign Pro Paul Skaggs Steven Slusser James Smith M. Joan Smith Ron Smith Nancy Snyder Angie R. Sorber Susan & Anthony Spotts Donald V. Sprinkle

Patricia St. George-Simon St. Teresa School Ruth E. Stachura Allen Stakset Star Force Studio Hal Starratt, Ph.D. Jerold Stegeman, Ph.D. Deborah L. Steinberg Rex Stelzer Donald E. Stepro Richard A. Stewart Stockman’s Casino Larry Stone Victoria Stone Scott Stout James Strange June L. Stretch Danna G. Sturm Steven R. Sturm Diana Sullivan Ken Sullivan Michael F. Sullivan Peggy E. Sullivan James E. Sumner, Jr. Survival Specialists LLC Marilee Swirczek Mary Beth & Craig Swope Paul Taggart Elizabeth Tattersall Sharon Tetly Michael P. Thomas Shelina Thomas Lawrence Thompson Sarah Thompson Todd Thomson Eileen Tibbitts Darlene & Ted W. Tiffany Sheryl Tingle Troy Tingle Jerry Tisue Tito’s Family Restaurant Chris Tomchuk Maggie Tracey David L. Troescher Troxell Communications Irene Tucker Earl Turner Peggy & Carter Twedt Two Hoe John Valley


Ron Victor Alan P. Vondrak Jamie Wagner Walter W. Walsh Jeff Walters Bryant A. Wambolt Eugene Wambolt Annette Ward Rachel Warner Ann Watts Russell Wedlake Brenda Wells Wells Fargo Bank Leah Wentworth Kyle Wentz Christian Wessel Greg Wetterhus Kress & Brian Whalen Jamie Wheeler Linda M. Whitehill Laura Whitelaw Chase Whittemore John Whittington Stan Wiemer Bret R. Wiggins John Wilks Ashley Williams John E. Williams Michael Williams Tina Williams Courtney Wilson Michael Woeck Charles A. Woessner Melissa Wofford Janet Wooner World Health Alliance Tom Young Jack Yturiaga Trisha Zinda Mary Zunino

Spartan 300

Bonnie & Ernie Bertocchi Connie & Dale Capurro Nancy & Sean Davison Dave Friedrich - Hampton Inn & Suites Heidi & Mark Ghan Kathy Halbardier Anne P. & Matt Hansen Herceg EnterprisesSam & Joyce Herceg Helaine Jesse Morres Betty Kopfhammer Michele & Steve R. Lewis, Ed.D. Drs. Carol & Ken Lucey Clark Morres, M.D. Dan Neverett Dorothy & Rob Ramsdell Ann D. Silver State Agent Transfer Syndicate, Inc. State Farm Insurance - Dani & Bret Andreas The Glenbrook Company Leah & Nick Wentworth Alicia & D.J. Whittemore Kristin & Scott Whittemore Victoria & Roger Williams Robin & Phil Williamson

Western Nevada College

ADMINISTRATION President – Carol A. Lucey, Ph.D. Interim Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs – Carol Lange Vice President of Development & External Affairs - Helaine Jesse Morres Vice President of Finance & Administrative Services – Dan Neverett Vice President of Human Resources & General Counsel – Mark Ghan, J.D. Dean of Fallon Campus & Extended Programs – Bus Scharmann Dean of Instruction – Vacant Dean of Student Services – John Kinkella Division Chair, Communications & Fine Arts – Maxine Cirac Division Chair, Science, Mathematics & Engineering – Brigitte Dillet, Ph.D. Division Chair, Nursing & Allied Health – Judith Cordia, Ed.D. Division Chair, Social Science, Education, Humanities & Public Service – Robert Morin, J.D., Ph.D. Division Chair, Technology – Ed Martin -

Nevada System of Higher Education CHANCELLOR Daniel Klaich -

Nevada System of Higher Education BOARD OF REGENTS James Dean Leavitt – Chair Jason Geddes, Ph.D. – Vice Chair Mark Alden Dr. Andrea Anderson Robert Blakely William Cobb Cedric Crear Mark Doubrava, M.D. Ron Knecht Kevin Melcher Kevin J. Page Dr. Jack Lund Schofield Michael Wixom




2009-2010 Report to the Community

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2009-2010 Report to Community  

Annual Report for Western Nevada College, 2009-2010

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