Meet Melodie Cheney
For the last 15 years, Melodie Cheney has been greeting and helping students in the Admissions and Records Office as an A&R assistant. She became a permanent employee with the college in 1997, having started in 1992 as a work-study student in OTI, reading to and recording for visually impaired students from Disabled Students Programs and Services.
“I was one of the first Medical Insurance and Coding major students when the program began in Community Education, before it became part of the Health Technologies program,” Cheney says.
Co-worker and nominator Veronica Aparicio calls Cheney an asset to De Anza College. “She is the smiling face at A&R’s front window that many students see when they first come to campus,” Aparicio says. “On Valentines Day, a student brought her some candy to thank her for all she has done for him.”
Aparicio says Cheney is so knowledgeable about the college that, “You can ask her any question about A&R or the campus and she’ll know the answer. And if she doesn’t, she goes out of her way to find out for you.” The A&R Office appreciates Cheney’s teaching abilities, making her the number one person they depend on to train all new OTI and staff members. “Not only does she come in extra early, but she is the first one to volunteer to stay late if the office needs help, even though her bus ride home takes an hour and a half,” Aparicio says.
“My job means a lot to me, and I like dealing with students,” Cheney says. “I think starting my career as a student employee helps me empathize with the students I deal with on a daily basis.”
Cheney was a member of the Employee of the Month Committee for many years, helping to plan and execute various celebrations of the accomplishments of her fellow outstanding Classified Professionals. She is also the co-adviser to the college cheer team and has served on the Classified Senate and other committees over the years.
“On top of all her hard work, she manages to decorate the office for the holidays that brings smiles to our faces,” Aparicio says.