June 2019 Chronicle

June​​ 2019

This is a very special and important time of year for the CSN family. We witnessed another record number of graduates participate in our commencement ceremony​​ and​​ saw a successful​​ 2019 Nevada legislative session with the passage of the top three CSN legislative priorities, including the $70.7 million CSN-Nevada State College Health​​ and​​ Science Building that is awaiting Governor​​ Sisolak’s signature. The Health and Science Building will allow CSN to address the critical demand for health care professionals and to dramatically enhance the depth and breadth of healthcare services available in Southern Nevada. As this edition documents,​​ our Students First agenda is helping us empower students to graduate, complete, transfer and prosper. Thank you for making​​ the 2018-19 academic​​ year such a successful​​ one.​​ Thank you all for such a wonderful first year. I look forward to many more to come.

-​​ Federico

 

 

In this issue:

  • 47th​​ Annual Commencement

  • Legislative Update

  • Outstanding Student Awards

  • Faculty Senate Vote

  • Sense Student Survey

  • Commission on Student Success

  • Grant-in-Aid

  • ‘Work Ready Community’

  • Spirit of CSN Awards

  • Phi Theta Kappa Awards

  • Jean Ford Award

  • Student Emmy Nominations

  • Convocation & Adjunct Impact

 

Read the President’s Blog

 

Inside CSN

 

47th​​ Annual Commencement ​​​​ 

May was such a wonderful month! I was excited to attend many of our multicultural graduation celebrations and CSN’s largest commencement ceremony ever, with a record​​ 

3,667 students eligible to receive 3,721 degrees and​​ 

certificates.​​ In addition, CSN High School also set a record, with 61 students earning both a high school diploma from the Clark County School District and an associate degree from CSN!

 

I want to express my​​ thanks​​ again to​​ everyone​​ who put so much time and effort​​ into​​ CSN’s​​ commencement ceremony, making it the great​​ success that​​ it was.​​ I know we were all inspired by our students and their families as they shared this special day with all of us. I look forward to many more successful commencement ceremonies for CSN.

See All the Commencement Photos​​ 

 

Legislative Update ​​ 

The 2019 Nevada legislative session wrapped up​​ on Monday, and it was a good session for CSN and our students. Three of our legislative priorities were all approved and​​ are awaiting Gov. Steve Sisolak’s signature.

 

  • The joint CSN-Nevada State College Health & Science Building was approved, with $70,763,741 in funding. As you know, the demand for health care professionals is great and growing, and this building will allow us to train more of them to help fill that need.

  • Funding for the successful Prison Education Program is was also approved, it will allow an expansion of the program to Western Nevada College and Truckee Meadows Community College.

  • Funding for the Nevada Promise Scholarship program of $4.5 million is a big win for our students, many of whom who rely on this scholarship to cover all of their mandatory tuition and fees. This year, 10,851 potential students applied for the scholarship, including 399 returning CSN students. More than 1,100 of them have completed all non-financial aid requirements and may be eligible for the scholarship if they comply with all other requirements.

  • Also, Workforce Innovations for a New Nevada (WINN) funds, was allocated $4 million in 2020 and $2 million for 2021. This is very important for workforce development. WINN funds require the Governor’s Office of Economic Development to develop and implement programs to provide customized workforce development services to companies that create, expand, and relocate business to the state.

 

 

Outstanding Student Awards ​​​​ 

We also celebrated out 2018-19 Outstanding Students in early May. All our students have amazing stories, but these students truly demonstrate what CSN is all about.​​ Students​​ who will be attending​​ an NSHE institution next year were each​​ awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the CSN Foundation to continue their studies.

Read Our Press Release About the​​ Awards​​ 

 

Faculty Senate Vote

As you know, the CSN Faculty Senate passed a Resolution of No Confidence last month regarding Vice President of Academic Affairs Margo Martin. As with all matters that affect college governance and operations, I intend to seek the counsel of our internal and external stakeholders and maintain dialogue with the Faculty Senate. I will report back to the entire campus community as I address this very important issue.

 

 

 

Sense Student Survey

Results of the​​ Survey of Entering Student Engagement are in, and we can learn a lot from the them. The survey was given to new CSN students last fall during the first three weeks of the semester. We use this data to measure what we are doing well, and where we have room for improvement. There is far too much data for me to summarize here, so I encourage you to take a look at the survey results linked below when you have time.​​ 

See the Full Survey Results

 

Commission on Student Success

Please join me in congratulating​​ Vice President of Student Affairs Juanita Chrysanthou, who​​ has been named to the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Student Success. Her term​​ will​​ begin next month and run through June 2022. The commission focuses on access,​​ student​​ success and organizational transformation, with an emphasis on making sure students succeed. It is a mission that anyone here at CSN can get on board with, and I am thrilled that VP Chrysanthou will be serving on the commission.​​ Congratulations!

 

 

Grant-in-Aid

I am pleased to announce a new College of Southern Nevada policy which will expand the grant-in-aid benefits to the spouses, registered domestic partners and children of our classified employees. This new policy will help expand access to CSN courses by waiving registration fees for up to six credits a semester, continuing our mission to put students first. You can read the policy at the link below.

See the New Policy Details

 

CSN Helps Create a ‘Work Ready Community’

Clark County recently received the elite national designation “Work Ready Community” from the ACT testing company. This designation means that Clark County is considered to have robust workforce development initiatives. CSN’s own Division of Workforce and Economic Development plays an important role in that. More than 2,000 students and jobseekers have earned the ACT WorkKeys Nationals Career Readiness Certificate through DWED. This is an industry recognized credential that helps jobseekers prove their skills to potential employers.​​ 

 

I want to congratulate Ricardo Villalobos and his entire DWED team on this important recognition.​​ 

Read Our Newsroom Blog

 

Awards Season

 

Spirit of CSN Awards

Last month the CSN Foundation announced the winners of our Spirit of CSN Awards. These awards, which are designed to​​ support CSN’s commitment to​​ Students First, were awarded based on work that supports student-centered projects during the 2019-2020 year.​​ I look forward to seeing the results of these efforts, all of which sound amazing. The winners are:

  • Phi Theta Kappa – $7,500 – To engage CSN Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) students in informed action and grow as scholars and leaders. Increase the number of CSN PTK members

  • TRIO – $10,000 – To provide low-income, first generation CSN students with textbooks, school equipment and supplies

  • CSN Alumni Tutor Program – $10,000 – Engage, recruit and hire CSN alumni to tutor current CSN students in STEM courses including Chemistry, Physics, Math and Biology

  • CSN North Las Vegas Campus Library – $10,000 – To update and provide a comfortable, modern, safe academic space and services to CSN students

 

Please join me in congratulating all the winners!

Learn More About the Awards

 

Phi Theta Kappa Awards

CSN’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter was recently awarded two national honors during the organization’s annual awards gala held in Orlando, Florida. What an exciting honor for our students! As you know, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year colleges. There are more than 1,200 chapters with more than 1.5 million members across the globe. In March, at a regional convention in California, the CSN team took home one first place prize for their undergraduate research on the topic of Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing, and Achieving Change.

Read Our Newsroom Blog

 

CSN Professor Wins Jean Ford Award

Our very own Sondra Cosgrove, a history professor and president of the League of Women Voters of Nevada, was recently awarded the Jean Ford Democracy Award by Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske. Here’s what the secretary of state wrote:​​ “Dr. Cosgrove is a respected voice in the area of civic engagement. She has served in leadership roles for the League of Women Voters for six years and currently serves as President of the League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada. She believes that every community member should have an opportunity to contribute through voting, serving on public boards and commissions and providing feedback in legislative processes.”

Read More About the Award

 

CSN Student Emmy Nominations

Students from our Videography & Film Program received 19 Student Production Emmy Award nominations from the Pacific Southwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences! This is more than any other college chapter in the region, and means our students have been nominated 73 times in the last five years alone. Winners will be announced later this month, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated. Congratulations to Program Director John Aliano and all of the nominated students.​​ 

Read Our Press Release

 

Convocation & Adjunct Impact

This is a reminder that this year’s Adjunct Impact Conference is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 17. Adjust faculty can register now at​​ http://at.csn.edu/adjunct. Our State of the College & Fall Convocation Kickoff event will be held Monday, August 19, followed by a​​ week of professional development opportunities before classes begin on August 26. Mark your calendars now!

 

 

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May 2019 Chronicle

 

May 2019​​ 

It is that special time of year again when we celebrate commencement with our graduates and the CSN family and Southern Nevada Community. This is a time to say thank you​​ and congratulations to our students, faculty and staff. The CSN family is second to none!

This is also the time of year for our annual multicultural celebrations and our Outstanding Student Awards ceremony. I hope you will take time to join us for those events as well. You can read more about them below.​​ 

Speaking of annual celebrations, I attended the fourth annual CSN Coyotes Athletic Awards banquet last week and it was such a pleasure to be there to celebrate our student-athletes. ​​ As we all know, CSN teams are amongst the most competitive in the nation. However, what made this event so special for me, and so different than at other places I’ve worked, is that you saw a defined culture of student first. Every coach who spoke started by providing the collective GPA of their team and their graduation rates. It was clear that these coaches defined student success not only in terms of wins and losses but in their students’ academic success. Now I understand why our athletic teams have over 80 Academic All Americans and one of the highest graduation rates in the college. That is a perfect example of the college-wide culture that can define us at CSN, and I want to congratulate and thank Athletic Director Dexter Irvin for showing us what a Students First culture​​ looks and feels like. ​​ 

Lastly, I am happy to let you know that the U.S. Department of Education has notified us that we are fully eligible for Title IV financial aid awarding. Typically, colleges are recertified to award financial aid every six years. As​​ you know, we were placed on provisional status last year as our application was reviewed. The application has now been approved. One outcome of this formal notification is that three new bachelor’s degrees are now fully eligible for Title IV financial aid​​ awarding: Deaf Studies, Nursing and Project Management. Kudos to Juanita Chrysanthou, vice president of student affairs and the financial aid team for their hard work taking care of this matter.

So, as we prepare for final exams, commencement and some of​​ you head off for summer break, please know that I am truly grateful to you all for working so hard this past year.​​ 

- Federico

 

In this issue:

  • Campus Vice Presidents

  • 47th Annual Commencement Ceremony

  • Multicultural Graduation Celebrations

  • Outstanding​​ Students​​ 

  • Student Government Election Results​​ 

  • CSN Student Part of National Science Foundation Grant work​​ 

  • PACE Survey Results

  • CCA Summit​​ 

  • Corequisite Education​​ 

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • Stop the Bleed

  • CSN Foundation

  • Legislative Update

  • Convocation & Adjunct​​ Impact Conference

 

Read the President’s Blog

 

Campus Vice Presidents

 

Forums Begin Today ​​ 

This is your chance to meet the candidates for Campus Vice Presidents for our North Las Vegas and Charleston campuses.​​ Beginning today and running through next week, we will have public forums on all three campuses with the five candidates for the two positions. I know it is a busy time for all of us, but please make an effort to attend as many as you can.​​ 

 

The candidates​​ are listed below. Click the name for biographical information.

See the Schedule Here

 

Submit Feedback:

North Las Vegas Candidates

Charleston Candidates

 

Student Success

 

47th Annual Commencement Ceremony ​​ 

We strive to put our students first to ensure that they get the best chance we can give them to receive a world-class​​ education. Well, it is paying off. This month, CSN will graduate its largest class ever! Preliminary data indicates that a record 3,667 students are eligible to receive 3,721 degrees and certificates.​​ 

 

This means that in the last 10 years, CSN has seen​​ more than 25,000 students earn their degrees and certificates and go on to fuel the growth and diversification of the Southern Nevada Economy. Our student success is a direct result of the hard work our faculty and staff do every day to put our students first. Final numbers will be available once spring grades are in.​​ 

 

The Commencement Ceremony is right around the corner, scheduled for 6 p.m. May 20 in the Thomas & Mack Center.

 

I am very much looking forward to celebrating our students’ successes at my​​ first Commencement Ceremony at CSN.​​ 

 

This year’s student speaker is Thomas Calvin, a jazz vocal major here at CSN. Calvin has an inspiring story to share with attendees about finding his voice on his journey to CSN from Chicago, Illinois. Calvin plans to​​ continue his education and earn a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance.​​ 

 

Please join me in congratulating Thomas and all our graduates.

See Last Year’s Commencement Photo Album​​ 

 

Multicultural Graduation Celebrations ​​ 

At CSN, we know diversity is our strength. I am pleased to see so many 2019 multicultural celebrations to honor the achievements of our graduating students. Please consider attending one of​​ these events before commencement.​​ 

See our Press Release

 

Outstanding Students

Please join me in celebrating our 2018-19 Outstanding Student Award​​ winners on Friday, May 3 at the North Las Vegas Campus. This year, the CSN Foundation is excited to announce that Outstanding Student Award winners who return to CSN or transfer to another NSHE institution will receive $1,000 scholarships!

 

The annual ceremony is intended to honor CSN students who demonstrate what our college is all about – putting students first and helping to ensure they graduate or transfer to a four-year institution. One student from each department is honored, as well as the Regents’ Scholar winner and the Kim Gregory Memorial Scholarship recipient.

 

I am extremely proud of the student winners, and of our outstanding faculty for their dedication and hard work. Congratulations to all.​​ 

See our Press Release

 

Student Government Election Results​​