CSN October Chronicle

October 2019 Chronicle

We are well into the semester now, and I have some great news: Enrollment is up again! Our headcount of 35,771 means that enrollment has increased four years​​ in a row!​​ 


There is much more exciting information to share, including news about our new Leadership Academy and a transition plan for the CSN Counseling Department, as well as some good news, important dates, and events coming up this month.​​ 




In this issue:

  • CSN Leadership Academy

  • Student Unions Grand Opening​​ 

  • Counseling Recommendations​​ 

  • PTK Honors Bruno Rhodes

  • Coyote Cupboards Open

  • Jeanne Clery Report

  • HSI/MSI Symposium

  • New inclusive learning leader


  • Constitution & Voter Registration Day​​ 

  • Nevada Promise Deadline

  • Short Film Showcase​​ 

  • Science & Tech Expo

  • Fall Enrollment Report



CSN Leadership Academy

I want to remind you all that applications will soon be available for our new CSN Leadership Academy, which will be led by Dr. Gillian​​ Silver-Rodis. This is an opportunity for all our employees to become better leaders and sharpen their skills to help our students succeed. The Academy will launch this spring and consist of seven half-day sessions and a graduation. Please keep your eyes open for application materials later this month.


Multi-Campus Recommendations

I am pleased to authorize the consensus recommendations of the Counseling Department, Faculty Senate, Executive Council, and Campus Vice Presidents & Provosts to proceed with the initial transition plan for the CSN Counseling Department. Counselors have temporarily transitioned to Charleston Campus Vice President & Provost Dr. Sonya Pearson as we continue this important work to help put students first. Please know that Dr. Pearson is committed to continue sharing information with our employee groups about the multi-campus model, including structural changes to our counseling process, outlined in detail at the link below. Kudos to the Counselors, Faculty Senate, Administrative Faculty Assembly, Vice President Chrysanthou, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Pearson.

Read All the Details​​ 

PTK Honors Bruno Rhodes

Please join me in congratulating CSN English Professor Bruno Rhodes, who was recently honored by the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for his service as CSN's PTK advisor! I was pleased to present Bruno with a pin from PTK in appreciation of his dedication​​ to his students and to our student success mission. CSN will also purchase a brick in Bruno's honor to be placed at the Phi Theta Kappa Center for Excellence Alpha Courtyard at the organization's national headquarters. Congratulations!


Coyote Cupboards Now Open

I am pleased to say the food pantries are now open in each of our student unions. The Coyote Cupboards provide a valuable resource to our students who may struggle with food insecurity and hunger. As you know, the pantries were made possible with a​​ $300,000 grant from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. The cupboards are being run in cooperation with Three Square Food Bank and the CSN student government.

Read the Press Release

Jeanne Clery Report

As required by federal law, we recently released our annual security report, which includes three years' worth of statistics for specific crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on non-campus properties owned or controlled by the college, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campuses. You can read the full report at the link below.

Read the Full Report

HSI/MSI Symposium

I hope you were able to attend the HSI/MSI Symposium in the Horn Theater last week. The daylong symposium was part of a​​ three-day event in collaboration with the other NSHE institutions where we heard from national experts on issues related to diversity in higher education. I am so thankful to all our elected leaders and to the higher education community for their enthusiastic participation and support. We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals and community members to leverage our resources to help achieve high-level outcomes for minority students.​​ 


New Inclusive Learning Leader

I am pleased to announce Nora Mirabal has been named interim

executive director of inclusive learning and engagement. Nora has been with the College of Southern Nevada in a number of different roles for the last 24 years, most recently with the Jumpstart Concurrent Enrollment Program. She started in the human resources department and working in marketing and public relations as well. She has been with the Jumpstart program since its inception and has helped grow the program to more than 3,500 students. As you know,​​ I am committed to our diversity efforts and putting out students on path to graduate, complete transfer and prosper and I know with Nora as an executive director we’ll continue that work. 


Student Unions Grand Opening

Please join us as we celebrate the​​ official Grand Opening of our three new student unions. Students, colleagues, friends and special guests will convene on the Charleston Campus from 1-2 p.m. October 29. I hope to see you there!​​ 





Constitution & Voter Registration Day

I want to thank​​ Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske for joining one of our political science classes last month on Constitution Day, a federally recognized day of observance celebrated on September 17 - which is the anniversary of the document's signing. The day coincides with Citizenship Day, when we recognize people who are taking steps to become U.S. citizens. National Voter Registration Day is also in September, and this year we held a registration drive on the North Las Vegas Campus, partnering with the League​​ of Women Voters of Nevada. We had a great turnout. Thanks to all who helped organize such an important event.​​ 

Register to Vote

Nevada Promise

The deadline to submit an application for the Nevada Promise​​ Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year is October 31. Applications are available now.


Other Upcoming Events

Short Film Showcase

The 8th Annual Short Film Showcase will take place from 7-10 p.m. October 11 in the Horn Theater on the North Las Vegas​​ Campus. See films by our award-winning film & videography students.

Science & Tech​​ Expo

CSN's Construction Career Day and Science & Technology Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 18 on the North Las Vegas Campus. We're expecting 2,000 students from CCSD schools to visit.


Fall 2019 Enrollment Report

Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our fall enrollment through September 30, 2019. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data.
See the Enrollment Report

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Important Multi-Campus Model Announcement: Counseling Department Transition

The Plan

In alignment with the multi-campus plan, CSN counselors are moving from a model that promotes access to enrollment to one that supports access to completion. To do this, we will need a systemic redesign of the student experience and the role of counselors from academic advising to integrated support and retention services. The efforts will coalesce around the Guided Pathways and Lost Momentum framework and scale collaboration between Academic Advisors and Counselors.

Scope of Work

The counselors will serve as the frontline service providers for the Multicultural Centers and Bump Up, and develop Individualized Student Success Plans for the following students: 

  • E-alerts
  • At-risk student support/counseling with at-risk being identified as:
    • Students on academic warning status
    • Students on academic probation
    • Students on continued probation status
    • Students who have lost financial aid eligibility (such as SSOG and Millennium)

The Timeline

Over the next two months, Dr. Pearson and the counselors will collaborate with key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive and integrated support and retention services plan. Key benchmarks are outlined below.  

Phase I: September 13

Faculty Senate voted on a resolution to temporarily transition the Counseling Department to the Charleston Campus Vice President & Provost in alignment with the multi-campus model and centralized services.

Phase II: September 20

Department of Counseling transitioned to the Charleston Campus Vice President & Provost. Two counselors per campus will be assigned to the Student Unions, as determined (or in concert) with the respective Campus Vice President & Provost. One counselor position at each campus will be administratively assigned as a program lead.     

Phase III: September 23

President approval and campus announcement regarding the temporary transition of the Counseling Department to the Charleston Campus Vice President & Provost. 

Phase IV: October 4

Campus Vice Presidents & Provosts and Counseling Department Representatives will meet with Executive Faculty Senate to provide an update on the counseling services model, Department Chair position and request for a policy amendment to change the permanent reporting structure to the President or designated Campus Vice President & Provost.      

Phase V: October 11

Campus Vice Presidents & Provosts and Counseling Department Representatives presentation to entire Faculty Senate on the counseling service model, proposed reporting structure, Department Chair job description, appropriate evaluation metrics and request for a policy amendment to change the permanent reporting structure to the President or designated Campus Vice President & Provost.   

Phase VI: October 20

Faculty Senate vote on the requested policy amendment to change the reporting structure for the Counseling Department. 

Phase VII: November 8

Faculty Senate final vote on requested policy amendment to change the reporting structure for the Department of Counseling.  

By capitalizing on established research and efforts set for by the Student Affairs Leadership and Counselors, we have reached an important turning point in our planning and Shared Governance process. Thank you to everyone who has and will continue to support the work of the Counseling Department.  

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Remembering October 1

CSN joins our Southern Nevada community on the anniversary of that tragic night to remember the victims and their families. We will hold a vigil at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, encourage a moment of silence, offer message boards on each campus, and sponsor blood drives throughout the month.

Consider Observing a Moment of Silence

Whether you are teaching, in a meeting or just walking across campus, take a moment on October 1 to reflect on the events of two years ago. If you or someone you know at CSN needs to talk with someone, we have Counseling and Psychological Services available to students and the Employee Assistance Program available for staff.

Remember With a Message

There are occasions when we have an easier time expressing our feelings in writing. If you would like to do so, visit one of our remembrance message boards set up near student government offices in the student unions on each main campus. These message boards will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 30 and October 1 and will be transported to the North Las Vegas campus on October 1 for the 7 p.m. vigil.

Attend the Candlelight Vigil

Our campus community and the Southern Nevada community will come together at 7 p.m. October 1 on the North Las Vegas Campus for a candlelight vigil.

Help Our Community Be Better Prepared
Give the gift of life. Donate blood at one of our on-campus blood drives.

  • September 11, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Charleston Campus, B Building Lobby
  • September 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Henderson Campus, C Building Lobby
  • October 8, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Charleston Campus, Building B Lobby
  • October 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Las Vegas Campus, Building E, Room 130
  • November 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Las Vegas Campus, Building E, Room 130
  • November 21, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Charleston Campus, Building B Lobby
  • December 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Las Vegas Campus, Building E, Room 130
  • December 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Henderson Campus, C Building Lobby
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September 2019 Chronicle

September 2019​​ 

Welcome​​ back everyone! I know we are all energized to have faculty and students back on our campuses. I am looking forward to another year of putting our students first and moving our performance excellence agenda forward.

We have several updates and some news for you this month including highlights of our informative yet fun-filled convocation session. I especially enjoyed the student engagement and the CSN family awards section of the program that recognized our outstanding faculty and staff. Thank you in advance for putting students​​ first. ​​ 

-​​ Federico


In this issue:

  • Campus Safety

  • University Police Services Test

  • Convocation & Awards

  • Multi-Campus Update

  • Student Unions Now Open

  • Urban Chamber Luncheon​​ 

  • Chief HR Officer

  • Chief Information Officer

  • Salary Study Update

  • Fall 2019 Enrollment Report


Read the​​ President’s Blog


Campus Safety ​​ 

As I mentioned last week, CSN has issued an emergency removal letter regarding the student who was arrested during the incident on the Henderson Campus on August 28. The effect of this action is that the student is now prohibited from entering any CSN or NSHE campus until there is a hearing and a full investigation.


I want to personally thank the police officers on the scene, as well as Chief Darryl Caraballo, Associate Vice President & Director of University Police Services Adam Garcia and especially the bystanders who reported what they saw to the police. Communication between law enforcement and college administration was rapid, transparent and effective. Once police had determined the situation presented no further danger to our campus or our faculty, staff and students, we quickly followed our communications protocols and disseminated as much information to the campus community as possible.​​ 


While any immediate danger is over, there is still an active investigation ongoing. You may have noticed that there is an increased police presence on all of our campuses. I pledge to keep you informed once the investigation is complete as to its status, and as we consider other measures to increase safety on all our campuses.


We all owe a debt of gratitude to our law enforcement team for their handling of this situation, and for the day-to-day activities they perform on our behalf.​​ 



University Police Services Test ​​ 

As a reminder, University Police Services will be conducting an emergency alert test at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 12. You are automatically enrolled to receive emergency notifications. If you have not yet done so, please download the​​ CSN Mobile Safety app​​ and encourage students you may encounter to do so as well.​​ 





Visit UPD South​​ to Learn More


Multi-Campus Update

As we move into our first semester with new leadership in place for each campus, I am excited to more fully develop the multi-campus district model. I know our campus leaders are as well, and you are encouraged to reach out to them with your welcome messages, questions or concerns you may have about your campus. Each campus vice president & provost has expressed to me their eagerness to hear from you.


Please read more on my blog​​ at the link below, including how to contact the campus vice presidents and staffing news related to the multi-campus model.

Read the Full Blog Post


Convocation & Awards ​​​​ 

I wanted to again thank all those who came to our Fall 2019 Convocation Kickoff & State of the​​ College event last month at Texas Station. You can see​​ photos of the event here​​ (You do not need a Facebook account to view these pictures). I am particularly proud of the students who​​ participated, including those who​​ presented their research conducted in the​​ SEA-PHAGES program​​ and the​​ CSN Concert Dance Company.


I​​ also want to​​ congratulate the winners of the President’s Distinguished Employee of the Year & Excellence Awards.​​ 


Distinguished Administrative Faculty of the Year

Sherri Payne

Distinguished Full-Time Faculty of the Year

John Aliano

Distinguished Part-Time Faculty of the Year

Michelle Dominguez

Excellence in Assessment

Brian Schmidt

Excellence in Online Teaching

Jim Matovina & Theri Wyckoff

Excellence in Service to CSN

Kody Lightfoot & Vanessa Winn


Be sure to nominate a colleague for next year’s award, and look for information about the Regents’ Awards​​ on the IRC’s website​​ below.

Nominate Someone for a Regents’ Award


Student Unions are Now Open!

I hope you all have taken a moment to see our new student unions. I am so pleased to have a new, welcoming space for our students to socialize and study. As noted, the unions will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays,​​ and they will be closed on weekends. Events in the union can be booked through 25Live. Student-focused events will receive priority booking. I’d like to extend a big thank you and well done to the team that helped get these buildings up and running.​​ 

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Urban Chamber Luncheon

I was​​ very pleased to join the​​ Urban Chamber of Commerce​​ last month for a discussion of how CSN supports small businesses in the community.


Joining me were Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development Ricardo Villalobos, Business Professor Kevin Raiford and Associate Vice President of​​ Procurement and Auxiliary Services​​ Rolando Mosqueda.​​ 


As you know, it is a vital part of CSN’s mission to ensure that we align our programs to the needs of the local business community. I am proud to partner with the Urban Chamber as we work together to ensure that our young people not only get the education they deserve, but also have the opportunities after graduation to prosper in our community.

Read More About​​ the Luncheon


Chief HR Officer

As you know, we are in the recruiting process for a new Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. The deadline for receipt of applications is September 20. Our search consultant, Gold Hill Associates, will then perform a minimum qualifications review, to be followed by a screening committee review. By mid-October, Skype interviews will be underway, with on-campus interviews of the finalists in late October and early November. As always, we will keep you informed as the process moves forward.​​ 

Read the Full​​ Job Description


Chief​​ Information Officer