Their outstanding service and dedication to Western Nevada College is no longer a secret.
Kim Desroches, Kevin Myers and Irene Tucker were presented with awards for their outstanding service to WNC during the annual Welcome Back staff meeting on Aug. 24.
Desroches, a History professor at WNC since 2014, received the Outstanding Academic Faculty Member of the Year award.
“Being recognized by my colleagues is a tremendous honor,” Desroches said. “Many faculty here have been my mentors, collaborators and sources of inspiration. It is humbling to be recognized in this way by such an exceptional group of dedicated professionals.”
Award presenter Jeffrey Downs read some of the compliments from nominators who advocated Desroches for the award.
“This faculty member has always gone above and beyond the job requirements and has worked hard and tirelessly organizing multiple Suicide Prevention workshops and activities on both campuses,” said Downs, a Mathematics professor at the college. “The employee participates in WNC programs and committees, is an excellent instructor and always available to students, students love this person.”
Desroches said that students and colleagues make working at WNC special.
“No matter how hectic things get when attending to nonteaching or off-campus obligations, walking into the classroom to work with our students never fails to bring me a great sense of peace and purposefulness,” Desroches said. “While not a fan of platitudes, the one about loving what you do means never having to work a day in your life applies more often than not to me. This college is a special place, inside and out. I am surrounded by dedicated and passionate people. Faculty and staff are generous with their time, expertise and support. I love sharing ideas, experiences and expertise across disciplines and across campuses. The collaboration and collegial spirit of our school inspires me to greater creativity in my classroom and keeps my passion for teaching alive.”
Desroches said that she realized that she wanted to become a teacher when she was in grade school.
“I love being a teacher because I loved being a student,” she said. “I remember most the teachers and professors I had who were knowledgeable, passionate and cared about students reaching their potential. My favorites were the ones who challenged me the most but supported me through the struggle. That is the example I try every day to live up to and I strive to give my best every day in the classroom.”
Myers received the Classified Employee of the Year Award, earning praise for his helpfulness on the Carson City and Fallon campuses.
“This individual has never failed to be helpful to everyone around the campus,” said award presenter Aaron Endel, an Administrative Assistant in Financial Assistance. “He not only works with classified employees, he works with students, he works with faculty, he works with the administration, everyone. Not only that, but he also goes out to the Fallon campus to take care of that campus as well. This person absolutely reflects the best that WNC has to offer.”
Myers, who works as an IT Professional 2 in the Computing Services Department, was touched by the honor.
“I am very happy to be chosen by my peers for this great award,” said Myers, a 10-year employee of the college. “I really enjoy working with technology and enjoy helping people out with computers.”
Irene Tucker received the Administrative Employee of the Year Award. Tucker, the Assistant Director of Human Resources, has worked at WNC since 1990.
Award presenter Lilly Leon-Vicks, WNC’s Coordinator of Student Life, delivered many accounts of flattering qualities attributed to Tucker, including autonomy, attention to detail, accuracy and knowledge.
“I don’t think there is another person at WNC who has consistently for over 20 years dedicated themselves to interacting with students, peers and administrative personnel in a consistently positive and encouraging manner,” said Leon-Vicks, reading why others nominated Tucker for the award.
“She functions with minimal supervision, her knowledge is unmatched in our department, she never does anything halfway and is dogged in her attention to detail and her desire to make information gathered accurately. She is a vast and incalculable human resource here at Western Nevada College.”
Tucker said she was surprised and honored to receive the award.
“It has been a great blessing to me to be able to work at the college all these years,” Tucker said. “I literally grew up here. I love working at the college because it is such a positive environment where people are able to learn and improve themselves and change their lives; it is a blessing to me to be part of that and in a position where I can help and make a difference for others.”
WNC President Chet Burton also recognized a dedicated group of employees for their work on the General Education Committee. The committee included Stephanie Arrigotti, Richard Arrigotti, Brigitte Dillet, Mary Gillespie, Danna Sturm, Chad McCully, Ryan Stryffeler and Cheryl Pawluk. They received the President’s Team Award.
“The competition was fierce, as it is every year, because there are so many great things going on around campus,” Burton said. “This group came together knowing that we had some loose ends from the last accreditation visit, as well as some significant areas that needed beefing up and getting ready for our next accreditation visit. They really contributed to the college in two major areas.”