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WNCC donors to be honored

by Joyce Hollister

People who donated money to the Western Nevada Community College Douglas campus will be honored in a ceremony at the April 17 WNCC Open House.

The Wall of Honor, which depicts aspects of the heritage of Carson Valley and features the name of each donor to the college, will be unveiled by artist Carol Foldvary-Anderson and Assemblyman Lynn Hettrick at the event.

“This is unique,” said WNCC Director of Development Helaine Jesse. “It is the only wall of honor of its kind in the country. It’s pretty neat.”

Jesse said it will be an honor to have Hettrick at the unveiling ceremony because he had been unable to attend the other two WNCC events, the groundbreaking and the grand opening last August.

Hettrick was the catalyst for obtaining funding from the state to kick off the fund-raising campaign, $1.5 million, and the last $150,000, which put the campaign over the top, Jesse said.

“The thing I am most proud of,” Hettrick said Thursday, “is thefact that the community stepped up and helped – people like Don Bently, (WNCC) foundation members and the people on that Wall of Honor who helped fund the college.”

Bently donated 10 acres of land at Bently Science Park to the college. A fund-raising campaign led by the six-member Douglas County Task Force and Jesse raised the rest of the money needed. The total cost was $2.3 million.

“I’m proud of the community and I’m proud of the fact that we have a college campus in Douglas County,” Hettrick said.

Steve Lewis, Douglas County extension educator and chair of the Task Force, said he hopes as many people as possible will attend the open house and Wall of Honor unveiling.

“We’ve got a wonderfully artistic wall of appreciation that they simply have to see,” he said. “I think that they’re really going to be impressed with the new furnishings and all the detail. If they’ve been there before, there have been some additions.”

Various rooms at the college have been named after the major donors, and the plaques indicating which are which will be installed in time for the open house.

Lewis invited high school seniors who plan to attend community college or who aren’t sure what they are doing after graduation to attend the open house and learn more about the college and what it has to offer.

The open house will feature demonstrations and displays by teaching staff, including an art show and sale, slide shows and photography. Gardnerville Elementary School students will pass out programs and serve refreshments and the Minden Elementary School band will play.

The open house will be held from 2 to 8 p.m., with unveiling of the Wall of Honor at 3 p.m. The open house is part of the celebration of April as National Community College Month.

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