A headshot of Emily McNichols.Emily McNichols is the MVP of the Arts and Humanities Division. 
As the division's clerical assistant, McNichols is always hard at work on something that helps students or faculty members, from coordinating art shows in the gallery to providing administrative assistance for meetings. The Riverside resident started working at San Bernardino Valley College in 2007, and her responsibilities have grown every year. Her colleagues say she is always ready to answer any questions that come her way, and gives helpful advice. 
"I am very grateful to have amazing co-workers," McNichols says. "I work with some pretty amazing people. I also love seeing the excitement of our students when they see a new art exhibit we have on display that they are interested in." 
Because of her dedication to the arts, McNichols was nominated for SBVC's 2019 Arts & Humanities Achievement Award. When she found out she won, it felt "pretty good," McNichols says. "It was nice that people thought of nominating me for the award. The nomination makes me feel really appreciated." 
McNichols works hard behind the scenes at the gallery, and in her spare time, focuses on her own creative outlet: photography. She earned her bachelor's degree in art for photography, and enjoys snapping pictures whenever possible. If she's not taking photos, you might find McNichols at the Happiest Place on Earth — one of her favorite places to go is Disneyland.