WNCC campus to open Aug. 21
Boy Scouts will bring in the flag and the Rev. Pete Nelson will give the invocation at the grand opening ceremonies of the Douglas campus of Western Nevada Community College.
The Aug. 21 celebration will feature music, a ribbon-cutting and the national anthem, according to Helaine Jesse, director of development for WNCC. Jesse has been working closely with the Douglas Task Force for the past three years raising funds for the college.
This week, the Smallwood Foundation, represented by Suzy Stockdale of Stockdale and Crum of Minden, gave a $25,000 check to the fund-raising campaign. The library will be named after the late Frances C. and William P. Smallwood of Texas, creators of the foundation and Stockdale’s aunt and uncle.
With the Bently Nevada donation of 10 acres at Bently Science Park, and pledges and contributions from individuals and businesses, Douglas County and a grant from the Nevada Legislature, the campaign successfully raised the $2.3 million needed to construct Bently Hall, the first campus building.
Stockdale pointed out, however, that funds will continue to be raised for equipment and furnishings, which were not included in the original campaign goal.
Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen, Bently Nevada Corp. President Roger Harker, County Commission Chairman Jacques Etchegoyhen, Chair of the Board of Regents Dr. Jill Derby and WNCC President Dr. Jim Randolph will speak.
Food donated by area restaurants will be served in the art classroom and punch and cookies will be available until 8 p.m. The campus will be open until that time so that all residents may tour the new facility, according to campus dean Bus Scharmann.
“We hope that everyone who can make it will come to the opening,” said Task Force Chair Steve Lewis. “This is our college. With the opening of Bently Hall, new opportunities for the enhancement and enrichment of the lives of our citizens are available to us.”
Classes begin Aug. 25 at the college, located at at Bently Science Park off Buckeye Road in Minden. For information, call the Douglas center office, 782-2413, or Jesse at 887-3164.