Long-serving trio awarded emeritus status at WNC

Accounting Professor Richard Kloes has been teaching students at WNC for 25 years.

Courtesy Steve Yingling, Western Nevada College

Between the three of them, they have worked more than 70 years in faculty and administrative faculty positions at Western Nevada College.

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 will receive a letter of congratulations and a commemorative plaque from WNC President Dr. Vincent Solis.

Walt Lewis, center, has called WNC home since 1996.

“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.

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