CSN April Chronicle

The CSN April Chronicle

Greetings and welcome to the CSN Chronicle for April 2015.  Information regarding structural changes, legislation involving CSN, and more is included below.

Coming Up:

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CSN Business students Cesar Santos, Amanda Appling, Jonathan Santos and Medin Gebrezgier drive home after the Governor’s Cup with their award.

Governor’s Cup
Congratulations to our CSN business students and their advisor Kevin Raiford on winning second place at the Donald W. Reynold’s Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan competition. Our students – Cesar Santos, Amanda Appling, Jonathan Santos and Medin Gebrezgier — took home a check for $15,000 for their Revive Brand Co. (Streetwear) business plan. They came in second to a team from Sierra Nevada College. Kudos, as well, to our sister institution, UNR, and its undergraduate team that came in third place, winning a check for $10,000. This is a prestigious competition that showcases our best and brightest and a huge accomplishment for our students, Professor Raiford and the entire business program at CSN.

Communication Challenges
As I continue town halls on each campus once a month, a number of interesting, meaningful discussions take place. Good information is exchanged that helps all who attend, particularly me. However, attendance has been low, regardless of the time, day or location. One of the questions that I have asked was: “What format or venue would improve communication?”  Most have said, they think this monthly Chronicle is helpful and they enjoy personal, face-to-face efforts occasionally due to all of our busy schedules. I look forward to co-hosting an upcoming town hall with ASCSN President William McCurdy II on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Charleston campus and hope you can make it. I’ve also been visiting the all-college committees at CSN to get further feedback. In addition, with the website overhaul underway, we will create an intranet for employees, where we will be able to share additional information electronically.

If you have thoughts on how to enhance communication from the Office of the President to the college community, please email our Office of Public Affairs, at kc.brekken@csn.edu.

Structural Changes
To better ensure cross-communication across all departments and enhance the diversity of perspectives I receive, I am proposing a new internal structure consisting of two teams:  an executive team and an extended team.  The President’s Cabinet, as we have known it, would be eliminated under this plan.

The executive team will consist of 15 to 17 people who will meet twice a month to provide the strategic direction of CSN.  The extended team would meet at least once a semester and would be comprised of all directors and above—about 50 people.

This is not an original idea.  Colleagues at Austin Community College use this model for the specific reason of encouraging communication and exchanging ideas.  I’ve asked a number of people at CSN to review and reflect on this model, and it will be a primary topic for discussion at the May cabinet.

Budget OutlookPicture2
The 2015 legislative session has begun to address operating budgets for the next biennium.  Agencies and institutions have had initial budget hearings.  The next step is to hear from the Economic Forum on the projected revenue total for the 2015-17 biennium.  The Forum’s report is due May 1.

In the meantime, CSN and NSHE continue to press for the Regents’ priorities:  Eliminate furloughs, fund merit pay for all employees, increase the value of each Weighted Student Credit Hour completed by $5, create and fund a workforce development fund, and create a state grant program for low-income community college students.

Regents’ budget priorities will be difficult to achieve with the anticipated revenue forecast, but our advocacy continues. I want to commend members of the AFA, Classified Council and Faculty Senate, who have been writing to all 63 legislators on these issues. Thank you for spending your personal time to help our students.

Other Legislative Updates
Gun Bills
Earlier this month, legislators combined the many gun bills in the Assembly into AB 148, better known as the “Campus Carry” legislation, which has passed out of the Assembly. We will now wait for it to be scheduled in the Senate.

SB 227 Silver State Opportunity Grant
This legislation will help our low-income students, providing approximately $2,000 a semester. The first, state-funded need-based grant for community college students, the scholarship requires students to take a minimum of 15 credits and complete the FASFA application.  The resulting policy proposal looks a lot like the program that was implemented in Oregon. SB 227 has been referred to Senate Finance.

Millennium update
The Millennium Scholarship bill SB 128 that would increase the credit-minimum for eligible recipients will appear next in Senate Finance and will then go to the floor.

Institutional Advisory Council

CSN's Institutional Advisory Council meets in the Laxalt Center on April 2.

CSN’s Institutional Advisory Council meets in the Laxalt Center on April 2.

The Institutional Advisory Council met on our Cheyenne campus April 2 and heard reports on the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, a possible campus name change, and CSN’s physical master plan for all three main campuses. Regents’ Scholar and PTK President Trehixi Galvan spoke, along with PTK faculty advisor Bruno Rhodes. Galvan, a first-generation college student, told the IAC members that attending CSN has helped her grow as a student. A future teacher, she said she will attend Nevada State College after graduating from CSN.

The IAC Subcommittee on Campus Naming met this week and finalized a survey on our campus names that you will receive via email in the near future. Please take the time to complete this survey.

Safe Zones

CSN President Michael D. Richards addresses community members and the media at the March press conference announcing Safe Zone training at CSN. CSN student Michael Pitta and The Center CEO Michael Dimengo also spoke at the event.

CSN President Michael D. Richards addresses community members and the media at the March press conference announcing Safe Zone training at CSN. CSN student Michael Pitta and The Center CEO Michael Dimengo also spoke at the event.

I was joined on March 27 by Maria Marinch from our Diversity and Cultural Affairs office and Michael Dimengo, the CEO of The Center, to announce the implementation of the national Safe Zone training program at CSN. We had our first training for faculty and staff on Friday and the half-day session, led by Lisa Clayton and Owen Pillion, was packed! Trained faculty and staff will work to establish “Safe Zones” or judgment free areas where they work, where members of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning) community can receive information about resources available in the community and campus. We have learned through this process that a number of our LGBTQ students struggle with harassment, homelessness and mental health issues. We can all help by providing an inclusive and safe learning environment, having a zero tolerance for harassment of any individuals and being aware of the places and spaces that students can find help.

Speed Networking

CSN Dean Marcus Johnson, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Darren Divine and CSN alumnus and now recruiter Brandon Bawden catch up at the Speed Networking event on March.

CSN Dean Marcus Johnson, Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Darren Divine and CSN alumnus and now recruiter Brandon Bawden catch up at the Speed Networking event on March.

On March 20, CSN held our second annual “speed networking” event designed to give tech-savvy students a chance to show off the skills they’ve learned as students here. Similar to speed-dating, the event gave students majoring in business, computing and information technology, engineering technology, health information technology, and media technologies a chance to meet briefly with employers and sell themselves in five minutes or less. One of the students who participated last  year, Brandon Bawden, was hired and is currently the Technical Recruiter for Robert Half Technology here in Las Vegas. He participated in this year’s event on the other side of the table. In all, over 70 students registered and completed workshops ahead of the event on everything from resume writing to interview skills. Forty three students participated in the event, as did 45 business partners representing 31 local companies. Nine of the employers made full-time job offers to our students, along with seven part-time offers, 21 internship offers and one offer to mentor a student. Every employer indicted that they want to participate in the event again next year, as well. That’s a resounding success. Congratulations to Warren Hioki, who has headed this effort, and all involved!

Questions from Faculty and Staff Members
“Is it true that within the next several years, NSHE will be outsourcing our distance education courses to third party vendors such as Pearson?  If this is a possibility, what is the administration doing to protect faculty from losing the ability to teach online?”
One of the outcomes of NSHE’s committee on distance education dealt with outsourcing developmental education.  Nearly all institutions are opposed to the suggestion, arguing that developmental students, in particular, need more assistance and support if they are to be successful.  The Chancellor, in remarks to CSN’s Faculty Senate, assured those present that he is slowing the deliberative process on distance education to receive further analysis and faculty input.  I believe the premise of the question remains open for further discussion.

“If we change the names of the CSN campuses to match the city they are located in, who will pay the cost to make this happen?”
There are a number of ways that this could occur and there’s no clear answer until the Institutional Advisory Council makes a recommendation and the Board of Regents votes on the matter. They will make their final decision, evaluating the cost as part of that vote. If CSN were to pay for new signage, it would come from capital improvement funds.

“Who will replace Vice President of Academic Affairs Darren Divine in the interim once he leaves to become President of Casper College in Wyoming?”
As mentioned in an announcement earlier this month, Dr. Hyla Winters will take over as interim Vice President of Academic Affairs once Dr. Divine departs. A national search for his replacement will take place, starting this fall. We congratulate him on his appointment to this prestigious position and wish him well on his new adventure.

“What is the status of our Hispanic Serving Institution grant proposal?”
The application process is now open for institutions meeting the Title V Hispanic Serving Institution eligibility criteria to apply for funding. CSN is in the process of readying its grant, based on proposals developed with faculty and staff as part of the HSI Task Force and the work of the late CSN Resource Development Director Rosemary West. We know the competition for these grants is extremely intense.

“When will we have a new Vice President of Student Affairs?”
Three Vice President of Student Affairs candidates came to campus and attended open forums to meet the CSN community. I anticipate making the final decision shortly and the new hire will begin July 1.

Best wishes,

–Mike Richards

It’s Time to Register for Next Semester at Your Community’s College

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Richard Lake, CSN Public Relations Specialist, 702-651-7715, Richard.Lake@csn.edu

It’s Time to Register for Next Semester at Your Community’s College 

CSN is expanding some important success initiatives that will affect new CCSD graduates

LAS VEGAS, April 27, 2015 – Enrollment for the fall 2015 semester begins May 22 for new students at the College of Southern Nevada, while current students can register beginning May 4. Enrollment for the summer term has already begun.

To kick off the enrollment season, and to remind students of the services CSN has available, the college is holding CSN Connections events on all three campuses. These events, scheduled for April 28, 29 and 30, will feature food and games, information about all of the academic advising programs CSN officers, transferring, scholarships, help with fall 2015 enrollment, orientation and more.

As part of CSN’s focus on long-term student success, CSN is mandating academic advising and orientation for 2015 graduates of the Clark County School District, as well as placement tests in math, English and reading. It’s an expansion of a policy the college instituted last year, which preliminary data shows has been a success. CSN now requires the completion of reading assessment because evidence shows that these assessments can increase student success. Previously, reading assessments were not required, and recent high school students who had earned credits at CSN (through dual enrollment programs) were not required to participate in these steps.

“This expanded policy is all about student success,” said James McCoy, CSN’s associate vice president for academic success.

CSN expects about 3,500 CCSD grads to participate in the pre-enrollment program. If the initiative continues to be successful, it will be expanded to include all new CSN students.

What: CSN Connections

When: Tuesday, April 28, Henderson campus, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29, Cheyenne campus, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, April 30, Charleston campus, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Why: To help CSN students connect to their college and succeed

About CSN:

Founded in 1971 and educating thousands of students a semester, the College of Southern Nevada (csn.edu) is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. CSN students can choose from 180 degree and certificate options in more than 100 areas of study, including more than 25 degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Students create flexible, personalized schedules, including day, evening, and weekend classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada. CSN — your future starts here. CSN is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. For more information, visit http://www.csn.edu/nondiscrimination

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CSN Science & Technology Expo Features NASA Exhibits, Space Shuttle Commander

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

 

Retired astronaut Lee Archambault

Contact:           Richard Lake, CSN Public Relations Specialist, 702-651-7715, Richard.Lake@csn.edu

 

CSN Science & Technology Expo Features NASA Exhibits, Space Shuttle Commander

More than 70 exhibits will give thousands of K-12 students a chance to experience hands-on science, technology

 

LAS VEGAS, April 17, 2015 – The College of Southern Nevada will welcome retired astronaut Col. Lee Archambault, NASA Orion engineer Stuart McClung, exhibits directly from NASA, and thousands of local schoolchildren to its 12th Annual Science and Technology Expo on Friday, April 24.

Archambault is a retired Space Shuttle commander whose two shuttle missions to the International Space Station brought him to space for a total of 27 days. He has logged more than 5,000 hours as a pilot, including 22 combat missions in an F-117A Stealth Fighter during Operation Desert Storm.

McClung is the Orion crew module landing and recovery system functional area manager. The Orion is considered the next generation of United States spacecraft. It is designed to take astronauts further than they’ve ever gone before, including to distant planets.

“A world without science would be a world without progress. Science, technology and innovation are increasingly important to our economic well-being and quality of life. This festival is an opportunity for hands-on engagement and exploration. I am pleased to have such incredible science and engineering showcased in Nevada,” said U.S. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

CSN and the Clark County School District will welcome an estimated 2,500 students to the Expo, which kicks off the weeklong Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival. The expo promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs that help prepare students for high-demand, high-wage careers. CSN and many community partners from industry and academia offer this opportunity to spark students’ interest in scientific and technological professions.

“Helping schoolchildren become excited and passionate about science, technology, engineering and math is the greatest achievement we can make as educators,” said Michael Spangler, dean of CSN’s School of Advanced & Applied Technologies. “Careers in these fields are in high demand, they pay well, and they’re vital to Nevada’s and our nation’s future.”

Exhibits and demonstrations include:

  • Take a selfie with a NASA spacesuit
  • Soar with a drone
  • Apprenticeship exhibits
  • Fighting Robots
  • Chemistry magic show
  • Planetarium shows
  • Blowups of the Orion spacecraft
  • USGS scientists
  • Creepy crawlers
  • Web design demo
  • 3D printing
  • and much more …

The Science and Technology Expo will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 24 and is free to attend. For more information, please call 702-651-4959.

What: CSN’s 12th Annual Science & Technology Expo

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 24

Where: CSN Cheyenne campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, North Las Vegas, NV 89030

About CSN:

Founded in 1971 and educating thousands of students a semester, the College of Southern Nevada (csn.edu) is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. CSN students can choose from 180 degree and certificate options in more than 100 areas of study, including more than 25 degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Students create flexible, personalized schedules, including day, evening, and weekend classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada. CSN — your future starts here. CSN is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. For more information, visit http://www.csn.edu/nondiscrimination

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CSN March Chronicle

The March Chronicle

Greetings and welcome back to faculty! We hope Spring Break was revitalizing! There is much to share with you at the mid-point of the spring semester.
Town Hall Summary 

I held a town hall meeting on the Henderson campus March 10 and one yesterday at the Charleston campus. I am holding one per month and hope you can attend future town halls.

One question I received concerned whether we had plans to reinstitute the practice of having one administrator in charge of each of our campuses. I do have such plans, and an announcement will be forthcoming. I also told the gathering that launching a new CSN website is my top priority for this year and hope to have it complete by September. Stay tuned for more on that.

We had a good crowd at the town hall yesterday on the Charleston campus.

Future town halls are planned for 3 p.m. on April 1 at the Cheyenne campus, Conference Room A, and 2:30 p.m. May 7, at the Charleston campus, room D-101. Please come, and bring your questions.

 

 

 

Integrate II

Representing a major improvement in the processing of human resource and financial transactions is the migration to a new administrative computing system for Nevada’s colleges and universities.  Called “Integrate II,” the implementation process will take the next two years and will change the way all institutions operated.  CSN is positioned well for this implementation, with Mary Kaye Bailey leading our part of the process.

Legislature

There are a number of bills that impact CSN this session. Here is an update.


Gun Legislation

On Education Day, our students met with Sens. Ben Kieckhefer, David Parks, Joyce Woodhouse and other leaders to advocate for CSN.

This past week, Assembly members amended AB 148, better known as “Campus Carry,” to include AB 2, which allows guns to be in vehicles on campus in a locked box. This bill, AB 148, passed out of committee and is headed back to the Assembly floor before heading to the Senate. There is still much about these bills that will likely change before anything is signed into law and we will keep you informed about opportunities to testify. However, there is often very little notice about these hearings, so I encourage you to write or call your elected representatives to let them know how you feel about this type of legislation.

 

SB 227- Silver State Opportunity Grant 

Lawmakers have introduced a bipartisan bill supporting a state-funded, scholarship program for low-income community college and state college students. Sens. Ben Kieckhefer and Ruben Kihuen introduced this transformational legislation. Students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), have been determined by the system to be financially needy, take at least 15 credits a semester, and be college ready (meaning they are not taking developmental English or math courses) to be eligible for this scholarship. The resulting “shared-responsibility” policy proposal is meant to provide the student with enough resources so that he or she does not need to work full time while attending college and looks a lot like the program that was implemented in Oregon.  In addition, while NSHE had originally requested $5 million, Kiechhefer and Kihuen boldly requested double that amount for the biennium.
Millennium Update

On Feb. 26, SB 128 was passed out of committee and is waiting to be heard again on the Senate floor before being sent over to the Assembly. This legislation would change the minimum number credits that millennium scholarship recipients are required to take. At CSN students would have to take a minimum of 9 credits where at the four institutions they would have to have 12.
In the Assembly a similar bill, AB 111, was also passed through committee this week. The only different in this bill is that is has an incremental phase-in process.

 

SB 182/AB 399 — Economic Gardening

In the Senate, Sen. Spearman has authored a bill that would help CSN and UNR support local small businesses in our community. Assemblywoman Dina Neal has authored AB 399, which is similar but focuses more on Southern Nevada, and was heard in committee today. This legislation would allocate $300,000 to start a pilot program and help grow a set number of local businesses each through the provision of data and other resources.  Our fantastic team in the CSN Division of Workforce & Economic Development would lead this effort at CSN.

 

In addition to legislation mentioned above, the budget request of the Board of Regents is being heard in several budget hearings.  All expenditure requests are, of course, based on the amount of dollars that state has available, making the Governor’s proposed revenue package a critical focus as the Legislature moves forward.  We are optimistic that the package will be adopted.  Later, in May, the Economic Forum will meet to consider final revenue levels for the next biennium.

 

New National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to fund “Linking with Latin America” Project

Preliminarily, CSN received word of an $116,806 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to partner with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies as part of the NEH’s Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges program.

CSN’s project, titled “Linking with Latin America: The Border Crisis and Beyond,” will incorporate content related to Latin America and its cultures into humanities courses, bring in visiting scholars for expert seminars, better prepare humanities faculty for a large and increasing Hispanic population, and enhance faculty and staff sensitivity.

Congresswoman Dina Titus calling President Richards to congratulate CSN on receiving the NEH grant.

This NEH grant will enrich the classroom experience and professional development for faculty and staff with a better understanding and appreciation for Latin American cultures. This helps us serve our growing Hispanic student population and provides training for our faculty and staff to better prepare all of our students for successful entry into our global community.

We are very grateful to our Congressional delegation for their support in helping us obtain this opportunity.

Institutional Advisory Council

During the legislative session, CSN’s new Institutional Advisory Council (IAC) is meeting monthly.  The IAC is currently working on creating a recommendation for the names of CSN’s campuses. A subcommittee is developing a survey to go out to the college community in the near future, working with representatives from the local municipalities, Faculty Senate Chair Jodie Mandel, ASCSN Vice President Lizbeth Gonzalez, the CSN Foundation, Institutional Research and members of the business community. The CSN IAC will then consider a diverse array of institutional and community perspectives and provide a recommendation for the Board of Regents to consider.

Vice Presidential Openings
After seven years at the helm of CSN academics, Vice President of Academic Affairs Darren Divine has decided to step down at the end of this semester. We wish him well wherever his journey may take him. Dr. Divine began at CSN in 2000 as a biology instructor and is a tenured professor in that department. We will appoint an interim vice president before the end of the semester and then conduct a national search for the position.

CSN’s Vice President of Student Affairs search is wrapping up. Finalists will be on campus April 7, 8 and 9. There will be a public forum from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. video conferenced to each campus for each candidate, each day, so that you can meet them. Locations are yet to be determined. I hope to have the selected candidate begin, following the next fiscal year on July 1.

Evaluation Recommendations
As you may know, the presidential evaluation held in December and approved by the Board of Regents in March, resulted in several recommendations for the college and my organizational structure in particular. One of the most prominent recommendations, supported by the board, was the expansion of CSN’s executive administration to ensure I receive diverse input, representative of the many groups we serve at CSN.  Likewise, a broadening of the administration will help with communication challenges to ensure broader dialogue and information sharing occurs at all levels and with our many community partners.

One model I’m exploring is to create a 15-20 member senior leadership team that would meet twice each month and an extended leadership team of up to 50 members that would meet twice a semester.  Under this model, the President’s Cabinet would dissolve.
In addition to expanding my administration, two studies were also recommended:  one to examine mandating the AA/AS degree prior to transfer, and the second to examine the feasibility of disaggregating CSN’s campuses to create a quasi-community college district.  A task force for the first study will be announced after spring break. My predecessor formerly completed a study of the second recommendation and I plan on breaking it out for renewed discussion and consideration.


NSHE Board of Regents Chair Kevin Page throws the first pitch at CSN Coyotes’ Board of Regents Night.

CSN Coyotes Baseball

Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents Chairman Kevin Page joined the Coyotes baseball team for our Board of Regents night on March 5. Everyone had a great time, and Chairman Page did a fine job throwing out the night’s first pitch. What’s more, the Coyotes did us all proud, winning the game and improving their already impressive record.

Tenure Congratulations

At the March 5 and 6 Board of Regents meeting, Regents approved tenure for CSN faculty. Congratulations to the following individuals. This is a major milestone and achievement for our faculty:

  • Julian Barroso-Merino, International Languages
  • Denny Burzynski, Mathematics
  • Stephanie M. Espinoza, Library Services
  • Anthony Fortner, Business, Hospitality & Public Services
  • Chieko Fukushima, Applied Technology
  • Kellie Jeanne Hagewen, Human Behavior
  • April Celeste Hebert, Communication
  • Amy Diane Litman, International Languages
  • Charles M. Lohman Jr., Media Technologies
  • Gail Lynn Lupica-Amani, Health Sciences
  • Mary Manoharan, Nursing
  • Elsa M. Mason, Human Behavior
  • Daniel F. McElhattan III, Media Technologies
  • Kevin G. Mess, Applied Technologies
  • Donald D. Mirjanian, Political Science
  • Camille Elizabeth Naaktgeboren, Biological Sciences
  • Robert E. O’Toole, Accounting, Finance, and Computer Office Technology
  • Carrie K. Preite, Biological Sciences
  • Caprice J. Roberson, Library Services
  • Marilyn I. Robinson, Computing & Information Technology
  • Marianne Sampson, Dental Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Services
  • Heidi C. Schneiter, Dental Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Services
  • Julian Chater Smit, Human Behavior
  • Dale Andrew Wallace, Computer & Information Technology
  • Gary E. Widdison, Dental Diagnostic & Rehabilitative Services

CSN Charleston Campus Ralph & Betty Engelstad Health Sciences Building

Campus Master Plans

As most of you know, a series of campus “open houses” are being held this week on each campus to receive feedback on physical master plans for each campus.  These plans provide a framework for future campus development, including building placement, circulation patterns, parking, landscaping, etc.  Internal reviews—including your input–will complement the planning process and improve the final product.   Take some time to review the plans and the options they present.

Faculty & Staff Questions:      

“How likely is a budget cut or an Arizona-type reduction in state support?”

Without Governor Sandoval’s revenue package, there are inadequate revenues for the State of Nevada.  A budget cut would be certain.  With the revenue package, the next biennium would proceed as described in the Governor’s budget.   Regarding an Arizona-type cut to community colleges, it is unlikely.  Arizona’s major community colleges have local funding and high tuition.  Nevada’s community colleges have only state appropriations and low tuition.  CSN, for example, receives about 77% of its budget from the state general fund.

 

“If ‘Campus Carry,’ or other gun-bills get through, allowing firearms on campus or in campus parking lots, will CSN provide training for employees and students on the new laws? Will CSN provide firearm safety training for those who have CCW permits?”

Needless to say, CSN and the higher education system are closely following the campus carry bills.  Should one or more pass and become law, the College and NSHE will abide by the law.  Currently, our efforts are directed in opposition to the proposed legislation; internally, we have not discussed safety training, but certainly could if needed.

 

“Any new information about furloughs, merit or benefits?”

The governor has eliminated furloughs in his executive budget recommendations and provided merit for classified employees. We continue to advocate for improvements to health and other benefits as well as the inclusion of NSHE professional faculty and staff in the merit program so that we can treat employees equitably and also provide incentives to keep our highly talented faculty and staff at CSN.

 

Best,

 

Mike

Thousands of K-12 Students to Experience Hands-on Science, Technology

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

 

Contact:          Richard Lake, CSN Public Relations Specialist, 702-651-7715, Richard.Lake@csn.edu

 

Thousands of K-12 Students to Experience Hands-on Science, Technology

CSN’s 12th Annual Science & Technology Expo on April 24 will engage more than 2,500 K-12 students!

 

LAS VEGAS, March 25, 2015 – Schoolchildren who are part of the next generation of science and technology pioneers will enjoy a day of fun and learning at the 12th annual CSN Science and Technology Expo taking place on Friday, April 24.

The College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and the Clark County School District (CCSD) will welcome thousands of K-12 students to the event located on CSN’s Cheyenne campus. The event also kicks off the annual Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival.

The expo promotes science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs that help prepare students for high-demand, high-wage careers. CSN and many community partners from industry and academia offer this opportunity to spark students’ interest in scientific and technological professions.

This year, more than 2,500 students are expected to attend the free educational expo. Community members are also welcome.

“Helping schoolchildren become excited and passionate about science, technology, engineering and math is the greatest achievement we can make as educators,” said Dr. Michael Spangler, dean of CSN’s School of Advanced & Applied Technologies. “Careers in these fields are in high demand, they pay well, and they’re vital to Nevada’s and our nation’s future.”

Exhibits and demonstrations include:

 

  • Web design demo
  • Apprenticeship exhibits
  • Fighting robots
  • Chemistry magic show
  • Planetarium shows
  • Creepy crawlers
  • 3D printing
  • Journey to space
  • And much more!

 

The Science and Technology Expo will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is free to attend. For more information please call 702-651-4959.

What:              CSN’s 12th Annual Science & Technology Expo

When:             9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 24

Where:            CSN Cheyenne campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89030

 

About CSN

Founded in 1971 and educating thousands of students a semester, the College of Southern Nevada (csn.edu) is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. Students create flexible, personalized schedules, including day, evening, and weekend classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada. CSN — your future starts here. CSN is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. For more information, visit http://www.csn.edu/nondiscrimination

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College of Southern Nevada to Institute Safe Zones

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact:          Richard Lake, CSN Public Relations Specialist, 702-651-7715, Richard.Lake@csn.edu

 

College of Southern Nevada to Institute Safe Zones

New program to help establish a welcoming, safe, inclusive environment for the LGBTQ community

 

LAS VEGAS, March 20, 2015 – College of Southern Nevada officials are excited to announce the launch of its Safe Zone program, a resource for the LGBTQ community at CSN.

The public is invited to attend the formal announcement of the program with CSN officials and community partners at 2:30 p.m. March 27 in the Paul E. Meacham Student Services building on the Charleston campus.

The Safe Zone program is modeled after programs at colleges and universities across the country. Its aim is to promote a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for members of LGBTQ communities and to educate and promote understanding, appreciation and respect for everyone

“The Safe Zone program is directly linked to the college’s mission to create opportunities and change lives through access to quality teaching,” said CSN President Michael Richards. “Students who don’t feel safe and welcome at CSN or any college are, in effect, denied access. We want everyone to feel welcome at CSN.”

The program includes training for CSN faculty and staff and the identification of Safe Zones throughout CSN’s campuses. These Safe Zones will be easily identified by stickers placed in conspicuous areas, and will provide judgment-free zones for students to visit with faculty and staff who have gone through the training, and receive information about resources available in the community. “I am thrilled that this national initiative is coming to CSN,” said Michael Dimengo, CEO of The Center, a Las Vegas nonprofit that supports the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. “This will be a resource for CSN’s students that has been unavailable until now. We are glad to be a partner in this effort.”

CSN student Michael Pitta said he wished there was a program like Safe Zones years ago, when he came out as gay. “It’s important for students who are afraid to come out to their families to have a place to go to talk to someone without being judged,” he said.

“The training this program offers is valuable and unique because it helps faculty and staff respond to issues that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students face that no one else does,” said CSN Communication Professor Owen Pillion, co-chair of the Queer Inclusive Campus Committee (QICC), which helped establish the program.

Who: CSN President Michael Richards, The Center CEO Michael Dimengo, CSN student Michael Pitta and CSN Professor and Co-Chair of the CSN QICC Owen Pillion

When: 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 27

Where: Building D, Room 101, the Paul E. Meacham Student Services building on CSN’s Charleston campus, located at 6375 W. Charleston Blvd.

About CSN:

Founded in 1971 and educating thousands of students a semester, the College of Southern Nevada (csn.edu) is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. CSN students can choose from 180 degree and certificate options in more than 100 areas of study, including more than 25 degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Students create flexible, personalized schedules, including day, evening, and weekend classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada. CSN — your future starts here. CSN is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. For more information, visit http://www.csn.edu/nondiscrimination

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Federal Grant Will Support CSN Efforts to Expand Hispanic Education

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact:          Richard Lake, CSN Public Relations Specialist, 702-651-7715, Richard.Lake@csn.edu

Federal Grant Will Support CSN Efforts to Expand Hispanic Education

CSN project titled “Linking with Latin America” to incorporate content relating to Latin America into humanities courses as the college’s Hispanic population continues to increase

LAS VEGAS, March 24, 2015 – With more than one in four students at the College of Southern Nevada of Hispanic origin, the college will begin infusing content relating to Latin America and the Caribbean into its courses with help from a $116,806 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

CSN will partner with the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Latin American Studies on the project, part of the NEH’s Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges program.

CSN’s project will be titled Linking with Latin America: The Border Crisis and Beyond. It will incorporate content related to Latin America and its cultures into humanities courses, bring in visiting scholars for expert seminars, better prepare humanities faculty for a large and increasing Hispanic population, and enhance faculty and staff sensitivity.

In January, CSN announced that it had met the criteria to become a Hispanic Serving Institution as described in the Higher Education Act. Approximately 26 percent of CSN’s student body is Hispanic in fall 2014. To meet those criteria, the college had to show that it has increased programming for underrepresented minority and low-income students.

“This grant will enrich the classroom experience for students and professional development for faculty and staff with a better understanding and appreciation for Latin American culture,” said CSN President Michael D. Richards. “This not only helps us serve our growing Hispanic student population well, it helps us prepare all of our students for successful entry into our global community.”

Richards thanked Nevada’s Congressional delegation for their help in securing the grant.

“Congratulations to the College of Southern Nevada on receiving the prestigious NEH Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grant. This achievement not only reflects CSN’s ongoing commitment to improving access to higher education and enhancing diversity but also to increasing students’ exposure to different cultures from around the world,” said Rep. Dina Titus (NV-01). “This grant will provide critical resources to strengthen faculty, staff, and students’ knowledge and appreciation of the history and cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean. This is especially exciting for the growing Hispanic student population on campus.”

Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants are intended to strengthen and enrich humanities education and scholarship at community colleges. Grants can be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.

About CSN:

Founded in 1971 and educating thousands of students a semester, the College of Southern Nevada (csn.edu) is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. CSN students can choose from 180 degree and certificate options in more than 100 areas of study, including more than 25 degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Students create flexible, personalized schedules, including day, evening, and weekend classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada. CSN — your future starts here. CSN is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. For more information, visit http://www.csn.edu/nondiscrimination

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CSN Libraries Go to the Dogs

 

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact:          Richard Lake, CSN Public Relations Specialist, 702-651-7715, Richard.Lake@csn.edu

CSN Libraries Go to the Dogs

Therapy dogs will visit campus to help students de-stress as final exams approach

LAS VEGAS, March 16, 2015 – The College of Southern Nevada’s library staff knows that students can get dog-tired as the final exams approach, so they’re inviting students to take a quick break to de-stress.

A group of therapy dogs will visit each of CSN’s three campus libraries throughout the month of April. Students often gather at the library as they work on research papers and group projects, and prepare for upcoming final exams. It can be a stressful time for them.

“A short break of ten or twenty minutes in a stress-free, fun environment can make a big difference,” said Beth Schuck, CSN’s Library Services director.

The therapy dogs are being provided by Love Dog Adventures, a non-profit, all-volunteer animal assisted therapy program.

Schuck said CSN’s libraries are designed to create a welcoming environment for students, and the therapy dogs program is part of that.

The media are invited to attend the event.

Who:               CSN Libraries and Love Dog Adventures

What:             Therapy dogs at CSN’s libraries

When:             Noon to 2 p.m. April 2 at the Henderson Library, A-120

Noon to 2 p.m. April 9 at the Charleston library, I Building

Noon to 2 p.m. April 16 at the Cheyenne library, E-201 in the main building

Why:               Time to relax before final exams and research papers are due

About CSN:

Founded in 1971 and educating thousands of students a semester, the College of Southern Nevada (csn.edu) is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. CSN students can choose from 180 degree and certificate options in more than 100 areas of study, including more than 25 degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Students create flexible, personalized schedules, including day, evening, and weekend classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada. CSN — your future starts here. CSN is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. For more information, visit http://www.csn.edu/nondiscrimination

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CSN “Speed-Networking” event to connect students, employers

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact:          Richard Lake, CSN Public Relations Specialist, 702-651-7715, Richard.Lake@csn.edu 

CSN “Speed-Networking” event to connect students, employers

Similar to speed dating, students will have a chance to make their best pitches to tech employers.

 LAS VEGAS, March 13, 2015 – More than three dozen local tech-focused employers will be on the College of Southern Nevada campus Friday, March 20, for a Speed-Networking event designed to give tech-savvy students a chance to show off the skills they’ve learned in college.

Patterned after speed dating, the Speed-Networking event gives CSN students majoring in business, computing and information technology, engineering technology, health information technology and media technologies a chance to meet briefly with employers and “sell themselves” in five minutes or less.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to network with potential employers,” said Warren Hioki, director of the CSN School of Advanced & Applied Science. “Last year’s event was such a great success we were determined to do it again.”

In 2014, the event included 38 student participants and 35 employers from 25 companies, including Century Link, NV Energy, Intel, HP, Dell and many others. Those employers are scheduled to take part again this year, as well as the Clark County School District, Cox Communications, and Northwestern Mutual.

Hioki said he was inspired by a similar event at Michigan State University. “As soon as I saw that, a light turned on and I knew we could do the same here at CSN,” he said.

Students participating are studying computing information technology, graphic design, web design, electronics and other related fields. They will bring resumes with them as they network with employers.

The event will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 20, in the June Whitley Student Lounge on CSN’s Cheyenne campus. The media are invited to attend.

About CSN:

Founded in 1971 and educating thousands of students a semester, the College of Southern Nevada (csn.edu) is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. CSN students can choose from 180 degree and certificate options in more than 100 areas of study, including more than 25 degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Students create flexible, personalized schedules, including day, evening, and weekend classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada. CSN — your future starts here. CSN is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. For more information, visit http://www.csn.edu/nondiscrimination

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CSN Invites Community Input on Physical Master Plans

 

 

 

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Richard Lake, CSN Public Relations Specialist, 702-651-7715, Richard.Lake@csn.edu

CSN Invites Community Input on Physical Master Plans

CSN to host open houses this month to collect feedback on the master plans for campuses – a CSN blueprint to maximize space!

 LAS VEGAS, March 12, 2015 – What will the College of Southern Nevada look like when all of its campuses are built out to maximum capacity? CSN officials want your feedback.

The college is in the process of developing its campuses’ physical master plans. Once finalized, these plans will provide college officials with a blueprint to maximize space at each of CSN’s campuses and identify where potential new buildings, parking and student spaces are desired. Campus physical master plans are important documents in public higher education that facilitate construction priorities and effectiveness of campus development priorities in place so that when and if funds become available, CSN officials have plans that have received community and college input.

The college will have three open houses at the end of March at each campus, where college officials and architects will be on hand to answer questions and collect feedback on these proposed plans.

CSN Physical Master Plan Open Houses

Charleston Campus

Tuesday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Paul E. Meacham Student Services Building Lobby

Cheyenne Campus

Wednesday, March 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June Whitley Student Center

Henderson Campus

Thursday, March 26,10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
C Building Lobby

Members of the public and college community can also ask questions or provide input by emailing csnmasterplans@csn.edu.

About CSN:

Founded in 1971, the College of Southern Nevada (csn.edu) is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. CSN is a community college and offers certificate and associate-degree programs, including fully transferable degrees that allow students to enter four-year institutions as juniors and career and technical programs that allow students to enter a meaningful career upon completion. CSN has three niche bachelor’s degrees in health sciences. In addition, the college provides adult basic education and non-credit workforce training through its Division of Workforce & Education. CSN is a Minority Serving and a Hispanic Serving Institution, where students create flexible, personalized schedules, including day, evening, weekend and online classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada. CSN — your future starts here.

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