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Congratulations to Student Employee of the Year: Desirae Blunt-Lamkey

Posted: April 15, 2019

WNC student worker Desirae Blunt-Lamkey and her husband, John.

Dedicated, dependable, punctual, communicative and encouraging are some of the many qualities that Western Nevada College student Desirae Blunt-Lamkey has demonstrated as a work study student at the Fallon campus.

Her qualities haven’t gone unnoticed as she has been selected as WNC’s Student Worker of the Year.

Blunt-Lamkey will be recognized at the annual ASWN Awards and Appreciation Reception on May 11.

“Desirae is exceptionally dependable and reliable,” said WNC Fallon Campus Support Specialist Angela Viera. “We have a small campus and maintaining coverage for our front desk is critical. She is punctual and communicates well in advance if she is running late. Desirae has exception customer service skills as well by making sure that students, faculty, staff, prospective students and community members receive accurate answers to questions. She is encouraging to students that are frustrated and brings a professionalism to our office that is much appreciated.”

The following student workers were also nominated for WNC Student Employee of the Year:

  • Giselle Andrade, Information and Marketing Services
  • Juan Carrillo, Buildings & Grounds
  • Ryan Johnson, Continuing Education
  • Angela Mitchell, Nursing & Allied Health

Viera said that Blunt-Lamkey prides herself on staying busy and flourishes when challenged.

“She is more than willing to answer calls, help students and prospective students, and assist community members when they come to campus,” Viera said. “She also wants to learn as many new skills as possible. This includes becoming more familiar with Publisher, Word, Excel and Campus CE. She will always find something that needs to be done.”

Blunt-Lamkey also volunteered to be on the committee to organize the first Friends of Western Benefit Fundraiser earlier this month and is a new member of the Associated Students of Western Nevada, providing Fallon representation that has been missing.

Volunteer work is something that Blunt-Lamkey performs without hesitation.

“Desirae has volunteered for more events than any other previous student worker we have had,” Viera said. “Her fantastic attitude and willingness to help no matter what the event or job is goes above and beyond what is expected of a work study student.”

Blunt-Lamkey helped with Fallon’s Community Day, passing out more than 400 Kleenex boxes to needy families in the Fallon area, assisted with the WNC booth at the Soroptimist Home Show and attended community events such as Reach for the Stars, Fallon Chamber Dinner and Campus Trick or Treat.

“She is a role model for our other student employees and is a joy to have in the office,” Viera said.

Student employees will be honored for their service to the college throughout the week of April 15-19.