Couple Shows Passion for Helping Others
Furthering education has become a life’s work for Dorothy and Bob Ramsdell. Since the late 1990s, the Carson City couple has contributed significant time, effort and funds to enhance the education that students at Western Nevada College receive.
“What a wonderful privilege it has been to watch how the college has grown,” said Dorothy, a member of the WNC Foundation Board of Trustees since July 1999.
In recognition of their continued work and selfless contributions, the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents will award the Ramsdells Honorary Associate Degrees this spring.
“It’s a lovely honor,” said Dorothy. “It has truly been a privilege to be involved with WNC. The community effort is the very finest. It’s an amazing group of people with enormous energy that goes on there.”
The Ramsdells themselves have been a beacon of that energy. Their generosity has provided many student scholarships, equipment for the college’s registered nursing program, the reconstruction of the Child Development Center playground, and the continued growth of the Jack C. Davis Observatory.
“Early childhood education has been a special interest,” Dorothy said. “I relate very well with children.”
The couple has also sponsored the WNC softball program, and supported the heralded “Always Lost: A Meditation on War” multimedia exhibition about the costs of war.
“It’s always wonderful to be part of something that is significant, successful and that progresses,” she said. “I always go back (to crediting) the people on the foundation board because they come up with some innovative ways of doing things. The solar panels, early childhood development, the observatory and nursing program, as well as the construction program, which has gone on to the full college level. All of them are achievements.”
Dorothy believes that there can’t be enough attention devoted to education.
“I’m very passionate about education. I just would like the Legislature, as well as the rest of government, to realize the tremendous importance of education,” she said. “It’s key in business and key to quality of life. It’s key to engaging our young people in things other than those that bring negative energy and get people off track.
“Young people are so key to your future. I always say, ‘Be good to your kids because they are going to choose your retirement home someday.’”
As a longtime member of the foundation, Dorothy has been active in developing and promoting fundraising ideas to support students at WNC.
Meanwhile, Rob served a vital role in developing WNC’s first baccalaureate degree program in Construction Management.
Honorary degrees may be awarded to those who have made significant contributions to the improvement of the quality of academic program and academic life at an institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
Serving a role in WNC’s growth is something Dorothy and Rob want to continue well into the future.
“I’ll continue that association as long as they will let me. It’s one of those things that I have thoroughly enjoyed and treasure,” Dorothy said.
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