Western Nevada Notes: Spring Semester Begins Monday

Even though the spring semester begins Monday at Western Nevada College, there is still time for individuals to register and pursue or resume their educational goals at Western’s three campuses and online this spring.

Just because the spring semester starts Monday at Western Nevada College doesn’t mean you’re too late to enroll in a term that offers a variety of courses and learning modalities, as well as flexibility.
Along with an assortment of in-person classes and an increased number of online classes, WNC offers students the opportunity to take short-term, late-night, self-paced classes that begin after the semester begins. Individuals can register for in-person or online courses, regardless of their vaccination status. To view WNC’s spring semester course listings, go to wnc.edu/class-schedule/.
For students who still want to be part of classes that start on Monday, they can register in their myWNC account until Friday. After this date, students can continue to add classes, but must submit a late registration form with instructor approval to Admissions and Records.
To find out how to become a student at WNC, go to wnc.edu/starthere or call 775-445-3277. If you need help preparing for the spring semester, make an appointment with Counseling Services at 775-445-3267 or [email protected]
Scholarships are also available for current and prospective students. Apply at wnc.edu/scholarships.
Pop-up bookstore allows students to get pick-up orders online
As students prepare for the spring semester at Western Nevada College, they should know the dates and deadlines for purchasing and picking up their textbooks through Textbook Brokers.
Students can order their textbooks, e-books and courses in digital form at wncbookstore.com.
If books were ordered for pickup before January 17, they can be picked up from a pop-up bookstore located in Room Dini 100 of the Carson City Campus Student Center on the dates listed below. There is no additional charge for students when picking up their books. Students can redeem materials at the pop-up and browse/purchase iconic WNC apparel/merchandise. If students order items after January 17, they will need those items delivered to their home address and will have three shipping options.
The pop-up bookstore will be open to students to pick up their books and return their winter session rentals before the semester and Monday to Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Students can order their books using their own electronic devices or at Textbook Brokers kiosks located in Student Services in the Bristlecone Building on the Carson City campus and in Sage Hall on the Fallon campus. Textbook brokers will offer free home delivery on orders from students with Fallon addresses.
For more information, call 775-507-4011.
WNC employees celebrate their 35th anniversary
How did they do it? What inspired them to make Western Nevada College their home for so long?
Yes, Dianne Hilliard and Stéphane Arrigotti have literally dedicated their lives to WNC. Each of the long-serving employees reached 35 years of service with WNC in January. They are among 62 employees celebrating their employment anniversaries in Nevada’s higher education system in January.
Hilliard, Director and Registrar of Admissions and Archives, is a great source of college history. She remembers when a rabbit – more specifically a hare – was the college’s mascot and saw the campus grow before her eyes with the addition of the Aspen Building, the Child Development Center, the Reynolds Center for Technology, of the Joe Dini Library and Student Center, Cedar Building, John L. Harvey Field, and Jack C. Davis Observatory after debut.
“It has been rewarding to be part of the WNC community for so many years, to have witnessed so many changes and to see the college grow, although we still have a little college atmosphere which I enjoy,” said said Hilliard.
While Hilliard now focuses on integrating students into the college, she spent nearly 15 years overseeing student government when she arrived at the college in the late 1980s. She also served as an advisor for many years and Acting Dean of Student Services.
“Working in various areas of Student Services, I have worn many ‘hats’ and have been able to work with students and help them in many ways,” she said. “For me, it’s about the students and helping to make a positive difference in their lives.”
Arrigotti actually started working at the WNC in 1977 as an assistant instructor. She became part-time music coordinator in 1987 and part-time director of community services a few years later.
“At the beginning of middle school, some auxiliaries actually helped run the programs because there were very few full-time faculty,” Arrigotti said. “I helped hire extra teachers, took them on concert tours, developed a curriculum, selected the college piano, played for the debut every year.”
Today, she is a professor of music at the WNC and director and producer of the award-winning, longtime Western Nevada Musical Theater Company. Naturally, the college has a special place in its heart and, like Hilliard, has a historical perspective of the college that is indispensable.
“I loved watching it grow from a small technical college to a respected liberal arts institution with a great workforce education,” she said. “On a more personal level, I am grateful to have had the freedom to design and nurture our musical theater company, to pursue my visions for its growth.
“No matter the challenges presented to WNC or WNMTC, we have met them as a family, working together to last. Not all colleges have this spirit, this interpersonal support, which continues even when long-serving faculty retire and that new faculty and administrators are hired. Even our students say the personal connections at WNC are its strength. I am and always will be grateful to this family.”
January has become a popular month for employees who have been in college for a long time. Eighteen employees celebrate at least their 10th anniversary this month and eight have passed 20 years of service. In addition to Hilliard and Arrigotti, Julie Lewis deWitt, Kathey Brusseau, Linda Jacobsen, Robert Martinez, Dr. Thomas Kubistant and Darla Dodge celebrate 20+ year anniversaries.
Read more about the transfer on January 27
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university after graduating from Western Nevada College are invited to attend Transfer Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, January 27 at the WNC Library in the Joe Dini building.
The information day includes on-site admission with college and university counselors, a hands-on financial aid workshop, and the opportunity to meet with representatives from the University of Nevada, Reno, and Nevada State College.
In addition, for students undecided about their future, college representatives will be on hand to guide them through their options.
For more information, call 775-445-3269.
Shafer shares ‘figure studies’ in Bristlecone Gallery
Best known for her landscape paintings, artist Phyllis Shafer takes visitors behind the scenes with her creative expression in “Figure Studies,” a collection of drawings presented by the Capital City Arts Initiative at the Bristlecone Gallery at Western Nevada College.
Shafer’s compilation of drawings was produced during her life drawing classes at Lake Tahoe Community College, where she became a full-time teacher in 1994 and served as department co-chair and gallery director for many years. These unfinished drawings were made as demonstrations for his students and provide insight into an artist’s working process.
“Drawing from the live model is a dynamic process that requires total concentration,” Shafer said. “The exhilaration of such an immediate and creative activity is hard to describe. Add to that the dynamic quality of the teaching and it made for a very exhilarating and rewarding experience.
The exhibit can be viewed free of charge Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through April 20 in the main Bristlecone Gallery on the Carson City campus.
“We hope this exhibit will provide a behind-the-scenes look at a realm of creative expression not normally seen in Shafer’s work,” said CCAI’s Sharon Rosse on the website ccainv.org.
A reception for Shafer is scheduled for February 4 from 5-6:30 p.m. at WNC’s Bristlecone Gallery.
Drawings can be purchased as part of a fundraiser for CCAI.