August 3, 2022

Western Nevada College Celebrates Emeritus Appointments

Edda Gibson hugging a graduate during WNC’s 2021 start.

Western Nevada College’s 2022 Emeritus nominees clearly share two common denominators: their dedication and long-term commitment to Western.
The six appointments collectively combined for more than 135 years of service to WNC and its students while employed at the institution of higher education.
The recipients of emeritus status are Darla Dodge, budget officer and chief financial officer; Edda Gibson, nursing educator; Dianne Hilliard, Director and Registrar of Admissions and Records; Dr. Robert Morin, professor of political science; Lupe Ramirez, creator and coordinator of the Latino Leadership Academy; and Troy Tingle, project manager for the Digital Campus Technology Media Group.
“We are thrilled that there is a way to truly recognize and appreciate what these six individuals have done for Western Nevada College over the years,” said WNC Foundation Executive Director Niki Gladys. “Their exceptional and extensive careers have made such a significant difference to this institution, and we are delighted that they can retire with this honor and recognition.”
To be considered for appointment to emeritus status, appointees must have served as an academic or administrative faculty member for at least 10 years and have a distinguished history of college service.
Dodge began working at the WNC in 2001 as an administrative assistant at the Child Development Center, then became a key figure in college budgeting and finance over the next two decades on campus. In 2002, she was the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Finance and Administrative Services, a Financial Analyst in 2010, and a Director of Budget in 2011. While maintaining her role as Director of Budget, she accepted the role of Vice – Acting President of Finance and Administrative Services in 2017, Acting Chief Financial Officer in 2019 while providing long-term leadership and oversight of the Child Development Center and Bookstore. She is currently a part-time teacher in management courses.
Darla Dodge


Gibson has helped WNC’s nursing program become one of the best in the state, as well as the best in the West, as a teacher and instructor since 2004. She recently gave the commencement address at of the Nursing and Allied Health pinning ceremony.

The oldest of this year’s emeritus nominations is Hilliard, who started at WNC in 1987. She capped off her career bringing students to the college as Director and Registrar of Admissions and Records. She was also instrumental in the success of the college’s commencement ceremonies.
Earlier in her WNC career, Hilliard oversaw student government, served as a counselor, and once served as acting dean of student services.

Dianne Hilliard


The late Dr. Morin began teaching at the WNC in 2003 and quickly became an important and popular professor on campus. During his 18-year tenure at WNC, he contributed in many ways beyond teaching. He served as a coach, mentor and guide to many people in this college. He was a tireless and fierce advocate for all things WNC.
Because of his commitment to students, he was twice voted Teacher/Instructor of the Year (2006 and 2018). But Dr. Morin meant much more to WNC and the college community. He was quick-witted, laughed often, and cared deeply about his colleagues. The WNC family lost this outstanding educator when he passed away last August.

Dr. Robert Morin


Without Ramirez’s efforts, many first-generation Latino students would not have overcome their barriers to higher education to earn associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and higher-paying professional jobs in the labor market.
Featured with WNC’s college graduation rate improvement for the region’s Latino population in 2010, Ramirez helped create the Latino Cohort, which later became the Latino Leadership Academy. The program eases students’ transition from high school to college by helping them overcome cultural barriers while making them more successful students.
In 2018, Ramirez was selected as the Nevada ACT College and Career Readiness Post-Secondary Champion, which celebrates people who positively impact their communities through their efforts to advance college and career readiness. Two years earlier, WNC had selected Ramirez as the winner of the Business School of the Year award. She is now an administrator for K-12 students in the Carson City School District.

Lupe Ramirez


Tingle has dedicated more than 12 years to the college, serving in technology and digital fields. He started as Media Services Coordinator in 2009 and later became Head of Educational Technology and finally Project Manager for the Campus Digital and Technology group. He was featured by Quest Technology Management for the work he and the college have done to improve classroom technology.

Troy Tingle
Emeritus appointees are considered to have lifetime status as WNC employees. Distinguished recipients, their spouses and financially dependent children are eligible for grant privileges. They are also eligible to participate in certain department and college events, including the start of the WNC, as well as receive other employee benefits.


WNC ASL Instructor recognized as Community Hero
The introduction of American Sign Language education and communication to rural Nevada made Western Nevada College instructor Margaret Craig a hero to many in the deaf and hard of hearing community.
This heroism is recognized by the Greater Nevada Credit Union through its Community Heroes program.
“I feel blessed and inspired to be part of this amazing language and the most resilient group of people I have ever met, the deaf and hard of hearing community,” said Craig.
Craig will be recognized July 22 during the Reno Aces-El Paso Chihuahua baseball game at Greater Nevada Field in Reno. She will receive four tickets to the game, a jersey and in-game recognition.
This summer, GNCU celebrates incredible local heroes who support northern Nevada communities working in education, first aid, law enforcement, healthcare and the military.
“She is a powerhouse in lesson preparation, online conversion, her workload and one-on-one work with students,” said Georgia White, WNC’s director of professional and applied technologies. “Distance ASL education allows rural communities to access language instruction and communicate with members of the Deaf and hard of hearing community. »
Craig earned his associate’s degree in Deaf Studies at the WNC before earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She worked for 20 years as an educational interpreter in programs for the deaf and hard of hearing in Carson City and Douglas County. She started her job at WNC in 2011 and discovered her professional niche writing ASL lessons online.
“Because of my love for the language and the deaf and hard of hearing community, I wanted to be able to reach all students who, for various reasons, were unable to come to college to study in person,” Craig said. “Now, and thanks to the support of WNC, our online ASL classes are reaching students in rural areas, parents and grandparents of deaf and hard of hearing children, single parents, teachers, speech therapists, high school students , non-verbal, autistic and homebound students.”

Margaret Craig, professor of American Sign Language at Western Nevada College, is honored by the Greater Nevada Credit Union as a Community Hero.


Adult Education Student Wins Gold Medal at Special Olympics USA
Adult Education student Lakisha Taylor recently won a gold medal in the 100 meters at the United States Special Olympics in Orlando, Florida.
“His gold medal win in the 100 meters at the 2022 Special Olympics in Orlando is a result of his dedicated and fierce spirit,” said Angela Andrade-Holt, ACCEL Director and HSE Chief Examiner. “Well done, Lakisha! We are so proud of you!”
Lakisha is enrolled in high school equivalency preparation courses through WNC’s ACCEL College and Career Readiness program. She is preparing to become a kindergarten teacher.
“She loves kids and she’s a great model of perseverance and self-reliance,” Andrade-Holt said. “We applaud him for his successes both inside and outside the classroom.”
For more information about WNC’s Adult Education Program, call 775-445-4452 or email [email protected]

WNC Adult Education student Lakisha Taylor recently won a gold medal at the Special Olympics in Orlando, Florida.

Benefit by registering early for the Fall 2022 semester
Don’t let hot, sunny days get in the way of your view of the future.
Plan early for your fall 2022 semester at Western Nevada College, which begins Monday, August 29.
Register as early as possible to avoid the stress of late registration and the unavailability of the courses you want. Both in-person and online classes give students the flexibility to create a schedule that meets their needs on and off campus.
For students who cannot start classes at the end of August, WNC offers teaching modes that will meet their needs. More than 20 available courses are classified as free entry, which means that students can enroll until the ninth week of the semester to complete the course and receive full credit. WNC also offers short-term and late-start courses, many of which begin on October 24.
Find an online class schedule at wnc.edu/class-schedule/ to help you plan for the fall semester.
Some of the popular career programs that WNC currently offers include American Sign Language, Welding, Nursing, Organization and Project Management, Fire Science, HVAC, Manufacturing, Computer Science, Psychology , geology, education, etc. To learn more about WNC’s academic programs and degree requirements, see the Academic Program Guide at wnc.edu/catalog/.
If you plan to attend WNC for the first time, apply for admission at www.wnc.edu/starthere/. Continuing students can register for classes through their myWNC account.
For more information about applying to Western, call Admissions and Records at 775-445-3277 or email [email protected] For career or scheduling advice, contact Counseling Services at 775-445-3267 or [email protected]