Past DSS Speakers


Dianne Dodd Cheseldine: Bringing the World to Reno: The Birth of the TMCC Dianne Dodd Cheseldine Distinguished Speaker Series

We celebrated the founder of the Distinguished Speaker Series, Dianne Dodd Cheseldine. Now a Professor Emerita, Dianne taught French, Spanish and humanities for 29 years at Truckee Meadows Community College. She spent her teenage years in Ethiopia where her father was a professor of English at Ethiopia’s second oldest university, Haramaya University. The exposure to different cultures during those years and the opportunity to live and study in Kenya, Switzerland, and France was the foundation for her love of teaching and her inspiration for creating the Distinguished Speaker Series. At this event, Dianne spoke to us about the 20+ year history of the series, and at the conclusion of her talk, the Distinguished Speaker Series was officially renamed in her honor.