Culinary Arts Students Mourn Loss of Instructor

The college lost a member of the faculty over the Winter break when Alyssa DeMonte of the Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Nutrition and Dietetics Department died at the age of 27. 

In her weekly letter to the WCC community on January 10, President Belinda S. Miles said “Professor DeMonte provided support and assistance to our students both in and outside the classroom and was poised for significant impact on the college and our student success goals.”

“It is always distressing when a young person passes before their time. The loss of a Alyssa at such an early time in her career is very sad,” said Dean Ronald Bloom. “When we initially hired Alyssa we were hopeful that she would help direct the future of the Department of Culinary Arts, Hospitality, Nutrition and Dietetics. In her short time here Alyssa did just that; credentials were updated and the curriculum was strengthened. 

“Alyssa worked intelligently and collaboratively,” Dean Bloom continued, “gently asserting her position and respectfully acknowledging the work of others. Her focus on student success was evident in her teaching and service. I hope that her parents and loved ones find comfort in knowing what a bright light Alyssa was on campus and how much she will be missed by her colleagues and students at the College.”

  Professor DeMonte’s family has asked that anyone wishing to make a donation in her memory consider the Aneurysm & AVM Foundation (  

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