That dedication was recognized earlier this month when long-serving employees Richard Kloes, Walt Lewis and Larry Calkins were appointed emeritus status.
Kloes, an Accounting professor, has been teaching students at WNC for 25 years. Lewis, a Distance Education support specialist has been working at WNC since 1996. Calkins has been at WNC since 1997, working in Library and Instruction Technology most recently as a reference and collection development librarian.
Each of the three received a letter of congratulations from WNC President Dr. Vincent Solis and will receive a commemorative plaque from Dr. Solis when the college holds commencement ceremony at a later date.
“By awarding this honor, the college recognizes our retired WNC employees who have dedicated their careers at the college to teaching and serving our students with distinction,” President Solis said. “We are forever grateful to all of them for what they have done.”
To be considered for emeritus status, employees must be a WNC faculty member for at least 10 years, served in academic or administrative positions and have a distinguished history of service to the college. An emeritus committee presents recommendations, and the college president, the Academic Faculty Senate and the Administrative Faculty Senate make appointments based on those recommendations.