September Chronicle

September Chronicle

Greetings! It has been a very busy start to the semester. There is a lot on which I must update you.

Upcoming Important Events

    • CSN Fall Connections at the North Las Vegas Campus

      CSN Fall Connections at the North Las Vegas Campus

      Oct. 4, CSN Informational Session for prospective students and their families, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Charleston Campus, K101

    • Oct. 5, Pizza & Politics with Congresswoman Dina Titus, Charleston Campus, 12 p.m. (Room TBD)
    • Oct. 17, CSN Institutional Advisory Council Meeting
    • Oct. 17, Campus Premiere of No Greater Odds, followed by a panel discussion on college affordability, 6 p.m. at the Horn Theatre
    • Oct. 19, CSN Presidential Debate Watch Events at each campus (Charleston: D101; Henderson: C133; and North Las Vegas: June Whitley Student Lounge)
    • Oct. 21, Special Board of Regents Meeting
    • Oct. 26-27, Early Voting, CSN North Las Vegas Campus, Nicholas J. Horn Theatre Lobby
    • Nov. 3, Southern Nevada Diversity Summit
    • Dec. 1-2, Board of Regents Meeting
    • Dec. 5, CSN’s Magical Forest Night at Opportunity Village
    • Dec. 8, CSN Holiday Party, venue TBD

Multi-Campus District Study

Our committee is hard at work, meeting weekly, each Friday. Earlier this month, we heard from Valencia College President Dr. Sandy Shugart and next we will hear from Pima Community College Chancellor Dr. Lee Lambert. As we study how CSN might transition to a multi-campus district, our committee members have asked a number of hard questions, such as how resources could be allocated on each campus and how rigor and quality are maintained in a decentralized system. It is important to emphasize that if we go down this road, these types of questions will be decided through shared governance. This committee to study a potential multi-campus district is working to determine a recommendation as to if we should pursue this model and what a phased transition to this structure would look like. We have our work cut out for us whereas we are trying to construct a recommendation to go before the Nov. 28 Board of Regents Committee on Community Colleges. Dr. Shugart’s interview presented great information on how to minimize the number of administrators needed and maximize the use of employee councils for decision making and accountability. It was clear that as Valencia College expanded, it needed to decentralize to promote access to students and that the benefits of this model included student and faculty empowerment. The meetings are each Friday and locations are posted online on the CSN events calendar. Go to the bottom of the home page and click View All Events.

Work Climate Committee Chair

I have a bittersweet announcement regarding this important committee. Cameron Basquiat, who has done a remarkable job, leading this committee for the past several years, has decided to step down. I appreciate all that Cameron has done on this committee with the support and effort from his dedicated team members on the committee. We spend so much of our life at work and this committee has institutionalized the PACE and Snapshot survey processes and development of recommendations to improve all of our days at CSN. I’ve asked Dr. Danielle Richards, a professor in Human Behavior, to lead this committee going forward.

Culinary Program Ranked No. 7

Chef Steve Soltz supervises an early morning gathering of culinary students as they prepare a meal for nearby elementary school students as part of the department’s partnership with Chefs for Kids

Congratulations to our top-notch Culinary Arts program, which was named the seventh best culinary program in the country by The ranking cited several factors, including that students can earn either a certificate or an associate degree, students operate a fully functional on-campus restaurant and work with award-winning chefs, and that the program offers a low student-to-faculty ratio. My hat is off to Chef Tom Rosenberger and everyone involved in the program.




Presidential Debate Week: No Greater Odds Premiere and Debate Watch Events! UNLV is the host institution for the last presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 19. CSN is supporting this event in various ways.

First, the campus premiere of No Greater Odds will take place on Monday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Horn Theatre in North Las Vegas, followed by a panel discussion on college affordability – a topic very relevant to the presidential campaign. We plan to make this a fun, red-carpet event to celebrate the success of the film! Civic Nation, the national non-partisan nonprofit that brought the documentary to the Republican and Democratic national conventions this summer, the CSN Foundation, Las Vegas Metro Chamber, Latin Chamber, Urban Chamber and United Way of Southern Nevada are also supporting this event. Please plan to attend and bring your family, friends and neighbors.

It’s important to remember that the debate is a made-for-TV event. Therefore, CSN will host debate watch events on each campus during the debate for the community on Oct. 19, starting at 5:30 p.m. Following the debate, our remarkable faculty will conduct panel discussions to provide important context for attendees.

New CSN Softball Field Brings Lady Coyotes Back to Campus
3We had a fantastic crowd at the dedication of our Lady Coyotes softball field. Team members, coaches and community members came together to celebrate the new field on the Henderson Campus. We believe it will help our women’s softball team be more competitive, and it will help recruiting as well. I am very proud of our athletes for their success on the field and in the classroom. While I am on this topic, I’d like to encourage you to attend one of our at-home soccer games this season.

New Multicultural Center

We celebrated the grand opening of our new Multicultural Center on the North Las Vegas Campus this month. This center will act as a front door for students, a gathering place, and a meeting space for groups. In addition, certain multicultural programs will offer training there for CSN faculty and staff. We’re proud to have it on our campus.

“Been There Done That!”

CSN President Emeritus Dr. Paul Meacham with his new book

CSN President Emeritus Dr. Paul Meacham with his new book

If you missed President Emeritus Dr. Paul E. Meacham’s visit to campus to discuss his memoir, “Been There, Done That – My Life in the Educational Arena,” I hope you will go to our bookstore to obtain a copy. Meacham, the first African- American president of a Nevada System of Higher Education institution, served as CSN’s president from 1983 to 1994 and remains our longest-serving president. His contributions to higher education are invaluable.



CSN Information Session

CSN is hosting a CSN Information Session on Oct. 4 at the Charleston Campus in Building K, Rm. 101, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., for prospective students and their families. The event allows members of the community to learn more about CSN and our enrollment process. Please help us spread the word about this important ‘Open House,’ event.

ITT Tech

When ITT Technical Institute announced that it was closing, a team of people at CSN quickly formed and developed a plan to help the stranded students. This has led to specialists assigned on each campus to help ITT Tech students enroll at CSN. We’ve scheduled an open house for 9 a.m. Oct. 8 on the North Las Vegas Campus exclusively for ITT Tech students. Please help spread the word.

Faculty & Staff Questions

“Will CSN campuses be early voting sites for the upcoming election?”

Yes, we have partnered with the Clark County Elections Department and will have two days of early voting at our North Las Vegas Campus on Oct. 26 and 27 at the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre lobby. We are hoping that in the future we can make this available at all of our campuses, so please support this site by casting an early ballot at this location.

“If I prefer to vote on Election Day and not participate in early voting, am I allowed time off?” 

Yes, you can take the time to vote. Please work with your supervisor in advance to ensure service coverage. If you have any questions, please contact the Human Resources Department.

“It seems like there have been a lot of office and department moves lately. What are the purposes for the moves? Is there an overall plan behind the moves that the college is working towards? How will this benefit our students?”

We have committed to students to increase the number of student services and high demand courses available to them to enhance their experience. In fact, part of the increase in student fees each year for our four-year plan is dedicated to achieving this goal. As such, we need more office space on our campuses to accommodate these additional positions that interface directly with students. We are working to move some of those positions that do not work directly with students off campus to other sites. This has a significant impact on the student experience at CSN.




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August Chronicle

August Chronicle

The fall semester is here and I hope you are ready. I’ve enjoyed welcoming faculty back. I have so much information to share with you and many updates. Please read and share with your colleagues.

Multi-Campus District Study1

Before addressing various news and information items, I want to respond to a question I received at Convocation: “What’s the latest on the CSN multi-campus district study?”

The first meeting of the CSN multi-campus district study committee will take place Sept. 1 at 1:30 p.m. in Conference Room A at the North Las Vegas Campus, after which it will meet almost weekly. I will send out information about the meetings regularly and you are welcome to attend if your schedule permits. We will hear from Valencia College President Sandy Shugart in Florida. He will explain his college’s district model and address questions from committee members. I co-chair the committee along with Acting NSHE Chancellor John White.

The committee members include the following:

CSN Faculty Senate Chair-Elect Dr. Jill Acree
City of North Las Vegas Councilman Isaac Barron
CSN Public Affairs Executive Director Dr. K.C. Brekken
Clark County School District Chief Student Achievement Officer Dr. Mike Barton
CSN Institutional Advisory Council Chair Dr. Nancy Brune
CSN Vice President for Student Affairs Juanita Chrysanthou
CSN Past Faculty Senate Chair Dr. Darin Dockstader
CSN Administrative Faculty Assembly Past Chair Tamara Flores-Sahagun
CSN Chair of Dental Science James Godin
CSN Dean of Business, Hospitality and Public Service Dr. Marcus Johnson
CSN Fine Arts Professor Dr. Joan McGee
CSN Institutional Advisory Council Member Shaundell Newsome
CSN Counselor Luis Ortega
City of Las Vegas Mayor Pro Tem Steve Ross
City of Henderson Director of Public Affairs Javier Trujillo
CSN Chair of Chairs Patrick Villa

The general objectives of the study are to better understand the services needed in each part of the CSN service area; survey peer institutions to determine the structure that most effectively and efficiently promotes delivery of those services; consider how a revised structure best fits within the NSHE framework; determine the structure that best serves students, faculty and the local community; and develop a cost analysis and phased approach for implementation.

Again, this study will look at how to phase CSN, which is currently a multi-campus single college, to a multi-campus district college. This means that each campus would have more autonomy and connection to its distinct local communities. Under this proposed structure, they would still be campuses with central support services.

This model requires a comprehensive deployment of curriculum and services to students at CSN’s three main campuses and in the planning for a fourth campus. Student must be able to obtain general education coursework at one of our comprehensive campuses, although students would not be restricted to just one campus. Preliminary indications are that additional faculty and staff may be needed to provide the “comprehensiveness” of services and curriculum. A site-based administrator—provost or president—would also be part of the model, as this person would be the point person for community relationships and community needs.

Aside from the design of the model itself, the committee will consider advantages and disadvantages and, of course, costs.

At each meeting there will be a presentation from a chancellor or president of a multi-campus district or an extended discussion among committee members on what such a model might look like for CSN. Following the initial meeting on September 1, the next meetings will take place Sept. 16, Sept 23 and Sept. 30 at 8:30 a.m. in E 327. I will keep you updated on the process throughout the study.

CSN Safety App

At our Convocation kickoff, we launched CSN’s new safety app for smart phones. This is a great way to enhance our security and safety efforts on campus. It will provide you with important updates about campus safety and community resources. You can also report tips. It provides you with all of the appropriate contact information right at your fingertips. I urge you to download this app via Google Play for Androids or the Apple App Store for iPhones. You never know when you might need it for yourself, a colleague or a student.

I would like to add that you should still ensure you are signed up for CSN’s Emergency Notification system and that your information is up to date. To do so, go to


Late registration will be available again. The last day to register for the 16-week semester will be 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4.


Vice President of Academic Affairs Search

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Hyla Winters

Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Hyla Winters

As mentioned last spring, Dr. Hyla Winters has agreed to remain in her capacity as interim vice president of Academic Affairs. She will co-chair the search committee with Vice President of Student Affairs Juanita Chrysanthou.




CSN Athletics3

The CSN Coyotes have an exciting year coming up, whether we’re talking about baseball, softball, volleyball or the new men’s and women’s soccer programs. In baseball, the team is expected to compete again for the Scenic West Athletic Conference title, while the softball team is celebrating its new home field on the Henderson campus. As the volleyball team starts its second year, excitement couldn’t be higher. And both new soccer programs are in good shape. It should be an amazing year!

Unearned Fs

As you will recall, the new funding formula does not fund what we call, ‘unearned Fs,’ for those students who stop attending short of the last quarter of the semester. This is an important factor, whereas community colleges serve a larger population of students who are more likely to drop out of courses mid-semester. We are pleased to report that the number of unearned Fs college-wide are down 14 percent from 2014-15 to 2015-16. We attribute this directly to faculty and support staff helping students persist. Thank you for all you are doing!

Reverse Transfer

During the spring semester, CSN instituted a new reverse degree process with UNLV and NSC, whereby their students, who took a certain number of courses at CSN, were notified they may be eligible for a CSN degree, in combination with credits from their four-year institution, prior to receiving their bachelor’s degree. To date, 180 reverse associate degrees have been awarded.

Associate in Facilities Maintenance and Manufacturing

As part of its academic master plan, CSN will bring its new Associate of Applied Science in Facilities Maintenance and Manufacturing Degree before the Board of Regents in September. Initially, this program will be housed4 at the CCSD South East Career & Technical Academy and begin this fall. As the manufacturing sector in Southern Nevada experiences tremendous growth, this program will fulfill the demand for a highly skilled workforce.

Bachelor of Applied Science in Fire Science Management

5In June, the Board of Regents approved CSN’s fourth bachelor’s degree program in fire science management. This program will provide students the opportunity to develop their managerial skills and further develop their technical skills. It is the only four-year program in this field in Nevada. Coursework for the program has begun this fall as a complement to our stellar associate and certificate programs related to fire science and emergency management.

Service Excellence Program

The CAPE office is designing a Service Excellence Program to roll out to the entire college this academic year. The program highlights guiding principles for internal and external Service Excellence. The goal is to create a more welcoming, professional, and service-oriented environment for students and employees, which will help improve engagement and retention across CSN.6


National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity

Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Shellie Keller

Interim Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Shellie Keller

Men and women of color are significantly under-represented in career and technical fields throughout the nation. To ameliorate these gaps, Nevada has joined the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. CSN interim Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Shellie Keller will spearhead CSN’s involvement in this partnership to help recruit under-represented students for CTE programs.

Through this effort, we will look at areas of under enrollment by racial and gender groups to determine if targeted interventions for improvement can be applied. Going through this process will allow us opportunities to develop effective strategies that can eventually be applied throughout the college.

At the end of the professional development process facilitated via NAPE, we should have a clear document describing the program improvement process that can be continued into subsequent years. This process will be collaborative with faculty and staff being proactive at identifying gaps and developing targeted, data-based strategies for improvement.

Softball Field Dedication

9Please support our Coyotes and join us for the dedication of the new CSN Softball Field at the Henderson Campus on Sept. 13 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lied Sports Complex. The field is beautiful and I firmly believe it will help propel our women’s softball team to the national championship this spring!

New Multi-Cultural Center

We are delighted to announce that our new Multicultural Center will open this fall. Please join us for the celebration of its grand opening on Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., in room N-204 (above the June Whitley Student Center) at the North Las Vegas Campus. This will provide much needed space for our students to help them become more engaged with their college. I look forward to all of the dynamic programming we expect to come out of this center this coming year to help connect our students with college life, academic success and the community.

Pizza & Politics

Nevada Senate Candidate Catherine Cortez Masto

Nevada Senate Candidate Catherine Cortez Masto

Later that day – Sept. 14, at 1 p.m., at the Charleston Campus – CSN will start anew its Pizza & Politics event series. U.S. Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto is scheduled to attend for an engaging discussion with our campus community about politics, the election and more. We are working to schedule a similar event with U.S. Senate candidate Congressman Dr. Joe Heck this semester as well.


CSN President Emeritus Dr. Paul Meacham Book Signing

CSN President Emeritus Dr. Paul Meacham

CSN President Emeritus Dr. Paul Meacham

Also Sept. 14, please join CSN President Emeritus Dr. Paul Meacham from 2-4 p.m. for a discussion of his memoir “Been There, Done That – My Life in the Educational Arena,” followed by a book signing. This will take place, appropriately, in the Paul E. Meacham Student Services Building. We hope to see you there!




No Greater Odds

It has been a year since the debut of the documentary film, “No Greater Odds.” What a year it’s been for the cast and crew! They are all CSN team members and alumni. This summer, the film was screened nationwide, including for policymakers in Washington, D.C., at the Library of Congress and at the Republican and Democratic national conventions. We are so proud of the team’s efforts. I congratulate them for a job well done.

Emmy Awards

You may recall that I mentioned in my last Chronicle that CSN Videography and Film students received several student production Emmy Award nominations this year. The team took home a total of eight Emmy Awards. I am incredibly proud of the students and the program.

Phi Theta Kappa Success

CSN English Professor and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Bruno Rhodes

CSN English Professor and Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Bruno Rhodes

Congratulations to English Professor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor Bruno Rhodes, who was selected as one of the international organization’s 2016 Distinguished Advisors. PTK is the honor society for students at two-year colleges. The Distinguished Advisor Award recognized only 15 advisors worldwide this year. In addition to Rhodes’ honor, fellow chapter advisor, English instructor Travis Koll, received the Paragon Award for New Advisors, and several students were honored as well.

Faculty & Staff Questions

“Is merit for professional employees part of the Board of Regents’ budget request for the 2017 Legislature?”

Yes, it is included. As part of the request, the Board’s highest priority is compensation. It has asked for funding for a 2.5 percent merit increase for professional (non-classified) employees to mirror what the governor’s budget instructions include for classified step increase in FY 2018 and FY 2019.

“How will collective bargaining be implemented?”

The Nevada Faculty Alliance continues to gather information and prepare for the implementation of collective bargaining. I meet with the NFA and Faculty Senate leadership regularly and will share updates as more information becomes available on this topic.

Have a great semester and please let me know if you have any questions!



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Commitment to a Welcoming and Inclusive Culture at CSN


Given a number of recent events in our nation—most recently in Orlando, let me personally reiterate CSN’s commitment to fostering a welcoming and inclusive culture that values diversity.

Every semester at CSN, we serve tens of thousands of credit and non-credit students, each of whom brings the value of different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and identities that enhance the learning experience for everyone.

We are proud that CSN is Nevada’s first Hispanic Serving Institution and a Minority Serving Institution. More than half our students identify as women and 42.1 percent of our student body is 25 years old or older. We are proud to serve the largest number of veterans in Nevada. We are diverse indeed, and this diversity strengthens us.

We celebrate in unity the heritage and culture of all our students, staff and faculty and will continue to support diversity initiatives, including the efforts of our nine multicultural committees. Last academic year, we hosted 80 diversity-related activities and have implemented additional inclusive faculty and staff training through the Center for Academic and Professional Excellence. Our student body developed a scholarship inspired by undocumented students. Our Queer Inclusive Campus Committee has been instrumental in bringing Safe Zones to CSN’s community.

As President, I am committed to working with the Office of Community Relations, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Institutional Equity to ensure equity, inclusion and access at CSN. But it is on all of us to provide a safe and welcoming environment.

Thank you for all you do to let our community and students know that our doors and arms are open to all who seek an education.

Best regards,


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May Chronicle

May Chronicle

Greetings and happy Commencement Day! This semester, we have much for which to be grateful. Before you leave for the summer, I have some important updates to provide.

Campus Naming

The Board of Regents Committee on Community Colleges will consider campus naming in June, using private dollars.

The Board of Regents Committee on Community Colleges will consider campus naming in June, using private dollars.

Last November, as CSN faced 15 percent budget cuts, the Board of Regents’ Committee on Community Colleges discussed a CSN campus naming policy but ultimately asked the college to further discuss the issue further and come back at a later date. I recently asked that an item be placed on the Committee’s June 2 agenda to reconsider campus naming.

Since the committee last discussed this, there have been a lot of changes. Last week, the Bureau of Land Management’s local office provided its recommendation and request to the state director to issue the federal patent to CSN for the creation of the Northwest campus. As we go forward with planning, we need a name for this 40-acre location. CSN has established relationships with a number of North Las Vegas employers, including Faraday Futures, and a positive relationship with the City of North Las Vegas is critical to expanding our ability to partner with these new industries and better prepare our students to thrive in these fields. Finally, the City of North Las Vegas has stated that private funding could be secured to cover the costs of a sign change to the CSN North Las Vegas Campus.

In two surveys, faculty, staff and students overwhelmingly expressed a desire to maintain the current campus names, and the majority did so because they said they did not want college funds diverted for this purpose. After months of studying the issue, our Institutional Advisory Council recommended the college include the municipality or neighborhood in its campus names to help CSN better connect with the distinct nature of each of our municipalities and better connect with existing and potential businesses that want to thrive in these cities. Therefore if private funds can be secured to change the name of the sign and the stationary, business cards and other branding can be phased over time, we can move this forward in the spirit of collaboration to address our shared interests of education, training and helping people obtain meaningful careers.

As private funding can be secured, we can change the name of the Charleston campus as well if the Board of Regents supports moving in this direction. I have heard from a number of community leaders and businesses in North Las Vegas about their desire to have a North Las Vegas campus to help spread awareness of the College of Southern Nevada’s presence in that community and I will urge the board to consider this change.

Emmy Award Nominations

Three CSN Videography and Film students received a total of six student production Emmy Award nominations at the recent Pacific Southwest Emmy nomination party. This is outstanding news, and it marks the second consecutive year students were nominated for six Emmys. CSN students won five of the awards last year. The nominees are: Billy Ward, Dantae Carter, and Jeremy Hernandez. Congratulations to them all, and to our stellar Videography and Film Program.

Respiratory Therapist of the Year!

Cecilia Degenhart, CSN director of clinical education for the Cardiorespiratory Sciences Program, was recognized as Respiratory Therapist of the Year!

Cecilia Degenhart, CSN director of clinical education for the Cardiorespiratory Sciences Program, was recognized as Respiratory Therapist of the Year!

Congratulations to Cecilia Degenhart, CSN director of clinical education for the Cardiorespiratory Sciences Program! The American Lung Association and the Nevada Society for Respiratory Care recently named her Respiratory Therapist of the Year!


Students celebrate after the 2015 CSN Commencement. This year's event will take place tonight at 6 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack.

Students celebrate after the 2015 CSN Commencement. This year’s event will take place tonight at 6 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack.

After a whirlwind week, including the terrific Outstanding Student Awards, the ASCSN Student Government Banquet and numerous pinning ceremonies, CSN will graduate its largest class ever tonight! Please make sure to come and support our graduating students. A record 3,508 students are eligible to receive 3,901 degrees and certificates, according to preliminary data. Official numbers for the spring 2016 semester will be available once final semester grades are in.

We’re thrilled to again see a record number of students earn their degrees and certificates. It shows us that the steps we have taken to guide students toward completion are helping. We are proud of the Class of 2016 and I look forward to celebrating them.

Multicultural Celebrations

CSN History Professor Dr. Sondra Cosgrove with graduates at the Native American commencement celebration last week.

CSN History Professor Dr. Sondra Cosgrove with graduates at the Native American commencement celebration last week.

In addition to our 44th Commencement Ceremony on Monday, we have been holding a series of Multicultural Celebrations to recognize the achievements of the many CSN students from a variety of diverse backgrounds. These celebrations, put together by the Office of Community Relations, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, were heavily attended. We consider them vital to recognizing and enhancing student success at CSN. Thanks to all who attended to support these terrific students!




Open Enrollment

Just a reminder that open enrollment for fall begins May 21. Please encourage your family, friends and neighbors to enroll! Remember we are all ambassadors of CSN and I encourage you to talk to the community about our mission and how we serve our students. You can then refer potential applicants to to apply or the Office of Recruitment, which can help new students navigate the application process.

Late Registration

Many of you have asked about late registration going forward. CSN will continue to allow registration during the first week of the fall semester. We will study the data from this spring semester over the coming months to determine the most appropriate policy for our students going forward.

Area and Responsibility Changes 

  1.  CSN and the Clark County School District have a remarkable partnership and an expanding array of programs, initiative and services that need support from various CSN offices.  To provide clarity of roles and align the initiative with CSN counterparts, we are making the following changes effective May 15.
  • NACEP Accreditation – Academic Affairs
  • Jumpstart – Academic Affairs (Includes all responsibilities related to developing and implementing MOUs)
  • CSN Career and Technical Education- Academic Affairs (Including development and implementation of MOUs)
  • United Way Summer Bridge – Academic Affairs (Includes any related planning, coordination, and implementation.)
  • CCSD Student Services/Transition Services  – Student Affairs (includes special needs transition support, College Night, etc.)
  • CSN High School – Student Affairs
  • CCSD Adult Education and YES – Student Affairs (Recruitment and Outreach only.  Not to include pilot program proposed for fall 2016)
  • CCSD District Leadership and Facilities Leadership – Strategic Initiatives & Administrative Services

Note: NACEP is the national accreditation for concurrent enrollment programs that CSN and CCSD are seeking.

5This change aligns programs service and support more naturally and more logically while affirming the positive relationships CSN needs to cultivate throughout the community.  It distributes workloads better and should create pipelines for students to smoothly transition from CCSD to CSN and the collegiate experience.

  1.  Effective July 1, two key functions–Financial Aid and Minority Male Mentoring–will transition from Academic Affairs to Student Affairs. Both functions naturally align with Student Affairs.  As we work to scale up the minority male mentoring program and the change in services in Financial Aid, it’s appropriate to place both services in Student Affairs. The Financial Aid transition is on the eve of the annual auditing process that will require some phasing.  This change will allow Academic Affairs to advance the academic master plan, and the assessment and program review functions that need greater attention.

Student Email Policy

Starting May 20, CSN will require new students to use a CSN student email address as their preferred address. This will be the official means of communication for these students who apply on or after May 20 to attend the college. They will receive all official communications from the college at this address, in addition to their MyCSN Communications Center and however faculty members choose to connect with them in the classroom. All other students can continue to use their preferred external email addresses but should be encouraged to change their preferred address in MyCSN to their CSN student email. This will help CSN better communicate with students, whereas we are currently experiencing a number of complications due to the vast number of emails that CSN employees send to external providers. Please share with your students that they can access their student email address with their NSHE ID at


The CSN Retirement Luncheon took place this week, honoring more than 30 employees who will say farewell to CSN.

The CSN Retirement Luncheon took place this week, honoring more than 30 employees who will say farewell to CSN.

I had the honor of attending the annual retirement luncheon again this year. This is a bittersweet moment as we say farewell to colleagues and wish them well in their next adventures. This year, more than 30 people are retiring from CSN, representing approximately 568 years of service. This is a reminder to us all to acknowledge the many years of service and institutional knowledge of our faculty and staff. I hope these men and women who have dedicated so much of their lives to CSN stay in touch and involved in the CSN family.

Strategic Futures Draft Mission, Vision, Values, Draft

Below is the draft mission, vision, and values statement as approved by the Strategic Futures Task Force. Please review and send your feedback to


7The College of Southern Nevada creates opportunities and enriches lives with inclusive learning and working environments that support diversity and student success. The College fosters economic development, civic engagement, and cultural and scientific literacy, while helping students achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals.


The College of Southern Nevada is recognized as a leader among community colleges in fostering student success.

CSN is committed to:

Exceptional Learning Environments which integrate career and liberal arts education, to shape well-rounded, engaged citizens, employees, and community leaders.

Developing Solution-oriented Strategies to help students overcome barriers to educational access and success.

A Culture of Accountability in which we balance data-informed decision making with flexibility and responsiveness to stakeholders, individuals, and events.

A Collegial Work Environment that makes CSN the “employer of choice” for an exceptional workforce that is engaged in and accountable for the quality of CSN’s learning environment, and benefits from excellent support, growth opportunities, and competitive total compensation packages.

Quality Community Partnerships that provide resources and educational opportunities to develop a skilled workforce.

Cultural and Academic Initiatives that promote the advancement and appreciation of the arts, sciences, and humanities, contributing to the richness of our multicultural community.

Environmental stewardship and public awareness of risks and opportunities for sustainability.

Resource Development, Operational Efficiencies and State‐of‐the‐art Technology that supports an innovative and exemplary learning and working environment.


CSN Values the following:

Lifelong Learning: CSN values a broad-based education because a diverse foundation of knowledge empowers creative thinking, problem solving, and innovation.

Excellence: CSN understands that achieving and surpassing our goals requires care, commitment, and quality, in teaching, learning, scholarship, service, and administration.

Integrity: CSN places fairness, honesty, transparency, and trust at the center of all policies and operations.

Inclusion: CSN embraces diversity because it heals social division and injustice, and promotes creativity, growth, and critical thinking through the integration of many different perspectives.

Academic Freedom: CSN values freedom of thought and speech because open minds and uninhibited discussion are fundamental to teaching, learning, and responsible civic engagement.

Connectedness: CSN builds a collective identity through shared governance, effective communication, and collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and community members.

This has been an exciting semester and I certainly hope those of you who are off for the summer enjoy the time and rest. We will see you Monday, Aug. 22, for our Convocation Kickoff at the South Point Hotel & Casino. Look for more information about that event to come soon.

Best wishes,







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CSN & NSC to Award Scholarships at CCSD Reclaim Your Future Celebration Thursday

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For Immediate Release:

Contact:          Richard Lake, CSN Public Relations Specialist, 702-651-7715,

CSN & NSC to Award Scholarships at CCSD Reclaim Your Future Celebration Thursday

LAS VEGAS, May 11, 2016 – The College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College are proud to participate in the Clark County School District’s Reclaim Your Future Breakfast on Thursday, May 12, to help celebrate the hard work and dedication of 500 seniors who began their final high school year off-track and are now scheduled to graduate!

CSN President Michael D. Richards and NSC officials will each give away two scholarships at the event. Media are encouraged to attend to speak to seniors about their stories and also hear from educators and community leaders that have been there to support them.

“These students have overcome a number of obstacles to graduate and their community’s college is going to be there tomorrow to cheer them on,” Richards said. “We aim to let these students know the College of Southern Nevada wants to be their next step to success.”

“Nevada State College is proud to congratulate and provide scholarships to these seniors who have overcome adversity in order to graduate,” said NSC President Bart Patterson. “They are a shining example of the strength and determination of our Southern Nevada students. We are happy to celebrate their accomplishments and wish them well in their future endeavors.”

What: 5th Annual CCSD Reclaim Your Future Breakfast

Where: Texas Station, Dallas Ballroom

When: Thursday, May 12, 2016. Note: The breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m. The program starts at 10 a.m. and scholarships are expected to be presented at 11 a.m.

About CSN:

Founded in 1971 and educating thousands of students a semester, the College of Southern Nevada ( is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. CSN offers more than 200 degree and certificate options in more than 130 areas of study, including 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.

About Nevada State College

Nevada State College, a four-year public institution, is a member of the Nevada System of Higher Education. NSC places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely under-served student population. Located on a developing 500-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, the college was established in 2002 as a new tier in the state system between the research universities and the two-year colleges. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. Since 2002, Nevada State College has grown to offer more than 40 majors and minors, has received independent accreditation and has expanded its physical campus. Committed to fostering a personal learning environment, students are taught by faculty who serve as mentors and guides in classrooms with an average class size of only 27 students. Nevada State College serves approximately 3,400 students and has over 3,000 alumni, each representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. For more information, visit

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April Chronicle

Welcome to the April Chronicle. There is much to discuss, including information about a multi-campus district study, the Board of Regents’ legislative strategies and more.

CSN Multi-Campus District Model Study

At the end of March, CSN President Michael Richards and ASCSN President Brenda Romero held the Presidents' Chats on each campus.

At the end of March, CSN President Michael Richards and ASCSN President Brenda Romero held the Presidents’ Chats on each campus.

The Board of Regents held a special meeting on Friday and approved the initiation of a feasibility study to look at transitioning CSN from a multi-campus single college to a multi-campus district model. Our Institutional Advisory Council has also endorsed the study. We will work with the system to propose an outline of the committee and timetables, which we will report to the Board of Regents Committee on Community Colleges at the next meeting. I hope to engage faculty, staff, students, Institutional Advisory Council and community members on this study to create improved service at each of our three campuses.

CSN Budget Priorities
The Board also discussed and endorsed legislative priorities at the Friday meeting. These are separate from ‘roll up’ items that include caseload growth and continued funding for the UNLV medical school. They will finalize these operational and capital priorities in June and then vote on them at a special Board of Regents meeting in August.

Operational enhancements:

  • Faculty & Staff Compensation

The Governor directed state entities to build classified step increases into their budget requests and NSHE will request its equivalent for professional merit, which is approximately 2.5 percent. While the final merit calculation will not be completed until base budgets are constructed this summer, they estimate the request will be approximately $10 million to $10.5 million in FY 18 and $20m -$21m in FY 19.

  • Formula Enhancement for Community Colleges

This would be an increase in the weight for certain Career & Technical Education credits completed and would equate to an additional estimated $7 million each year for CSN.

  • A Technical Formula Adjustment for DRI
  • The Workforce Innovations for a New Nevada (WINN) Fund

While this rapid response workforce training fund, enacted in the 2015 special legislative session, will not likely be part of the NSHE budget, the Board will discuss a resolution to support continued funding of this priority in the Governor’s budget.

  • Silver State Opportunity Grant

NSHE is requesting that funding for the program be made permanent and that the Board request an additional $5 million in funding to expand the program to serve students enrolled in at least 12 credits, first serving students enrolled in 15 credits, with the remaining funds then serving students enrolled in at least 12 credits until all such funds are exhausted.

  • Increasing Capacity System Wide

This sums up projects proposed by each institution to expand our ability to meet community needs. As part of this, CSN has proposed three pilot projects and workforce training redesign, which are described in more detail here.

Capital Priorities

CSN’s proposed Health and Science building in collaboration with Nevada State College was third on the board’s capital priority list Friday. UNR’s engineering building was first and NSC’s educational facility was second. There will likely be more discussion on these at the June meeting.

Express Enrollment Days

The Henderson Campus Master Plan

The Henderson Campus Master Plan

In preparation for the fall 2016 enrollment term, CSN will have numerous Express Enrollment Days beginning in June and ending in early August. Similar to the former Enrollment Bootcamp events, Express Enrollment Days will offer first-time, new-to-college students the opportunity to complete the first matriculation steps in one day:

  • Placement testing for English, reading, and math
  • Academic advising
  • Orientation (in-person sessions available only during July and August dates; online orientation available 24/7)

While all first-time college students are encouraged to participate in Express Enrollment activities, all 2016 high school graduates from Nevada and out of state are required to complete placement, advising and orientation steps before registering for classes. To participate in Express Enrollment, students must register online in advance at either or Students will need to bring a valid photo ID and their NSHE ID number.

First Steps (formerly known as Mandatory Matriculation Policy)
I think we can all rally around the need for fewer acronyms and making higher education lexicon more student friendly. Therefore, I am happy to announce that we are changing the name of what was formerly called the Mandatory Matriculation Policy to First Steps. This is the Achieving the Dream expanded pilot requiring all recent high school graduates to complete placement testing, advising and orientation before enrolling. Aptly named, First Steps is the process we aspire to one day have all new students first complete prior to enrollment.

Collective Bargaining
As discussed in an email I sent last week, collective bargaining has passed and I look forward to working with our chapter of the Nevada Faculty Alliance on a contract over the coming months. By law, there is a 60-day period during which both the bargaining unit and CSN management will prepare to engage in the bargaining process.

A CSN graduate from the class of 2015 celebrates receiving his diploma.

A CSN graduate from the class of 2015 celebrates receiving his diploma.

Commencement – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Commencement will take place Monday, May 16, at the Thomas & Mack. I hope you will join us as we help celebrate thousands of CSN graduates. There are also a number of very important multi-cultural celebrations that will take place. For more information, click here to RSVP.


New CSN School of Math and Science Dean

Dr. John Adlish

Dr. John Adlish

Please join me in welcoming Dr. John Adlish as CSN’s new dean of the School of Science and Mathematics. He starts July 1. Dr. Adlish comes to us via TMCC, where he serves as chair of the Faculty Senate. He previously served as a dean there as well. A biologist by training, he has had a distinguished career involving research and publications, and is a graduate of both the University of Nevada, Reno and the University of Nevada School of Medicine.


Outstanding Student Awards Announced

CSN 2013 Outstanding Student Awards Ceremony

CSN 2013 Outstanding Student Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to this year’s Outstanding Student Awards recipients. What a wonderful bunch of students who have been chosen. That you to all the academic departments for the nominations!

  • Bethany Williams, Accounting, Finance & Computer Office Technology
  • Benjamin Sadberry, Applied Technologies
  • Jessica Veach, Biological Sciences
  • Curtis Chamblee, Business Administration
  • Caryn Puritz, Communication
  • Colin Izumo, Computing & Information Technology
  • Nikko Angelo Religioso, Education
  • Alejandra Muneton-Carrera, English6
  • Aubrey Williams, Fine Arts
  • Jeanette Katzenmeyer, Health Related Professions
  • Elene Lev, Hospitality Management
  • Valentin Sanchez, Human Behavior
  • Steve Ibraham, International Languages
  • Ariel Blockovich, Mathematics
  • Gary Mors, Media Technologies
  • Jennifer Sou, Nursing
  • John Dye, Physical Sciences
  • Sabrina Matson, Public Safety & Human Services
  • Joseph Dotson, Social Sciences
  • Christel Marie San Diego, Regents’ Scholar
  • Sarah Rinehart, Kim Gregory Memorial Scholarship Recipient

CSN Nurses Standout at National Conference7

Nursing faculty advisor, Karen Bearer, reports that she and four students — Mayra Rivera, David Alvarez, Dawn Gonzalez, and Regie Layog — were able to attend the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) Convention in Orlando last month. The students took the opportunity to learn about disaster preparedness, writing skills and pharmacology, among other topics. A first in CSN nursing’s history was also accomplished during the convention. It was the first time the CSN Student Nurses’ Association presented a resolution to the NSNA’s House of Delegates. The resolution supported increasing awareness and education regarding injection safety for patients, and was unanimously passed and adopted by the NSNA. Congratulations to our students for their accomplishment!

PTK Advisor Bruno Rhodes Honored

CSN PTK Advisor and English Professor Bruno Rhodes

CSN PTK Advisor and English Professor Bruno Rhodes

Congratulations are due to English Professor and PTK Advisor Bruno Rhodes, who was selected as one of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2016 Distinguished Advisors. PTK is the national honor society for students at two-year colleges. The Distinguished Advisor Award recognizes advisors who have served at least four years and have made significant contributions to the growth of the individual chapter members, served as the chapter’s advocate on campus, and encouraged the chapter to be involved on the local, regional, and/or international level of the organization.


Cardiorespiratory Sciences Achievement9

Our Respiratory Care Program received some great news recently: It was among a select group of programs that will be recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care to receive the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award. The award is considered to be a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations. What it means for CSN’s students is that they can expect the very best from this top-notch program.

All College Committee Openings
It is also time to solicit interest in serving on all-college committees. If you would like to be considered for any of the following committees, please email K.C. Brekken your committee of choice by June 15, 2016. We will send the comprehensive list to the vice presidents and respective chairs, after which you may be contacted by the chair to fill any vacancies that arise during the next academic year. I’d like to note that this process is in its third year and is a recommendation from the Work Climate Committee based on survey recommendations from the college. Committee participation is critical to a healthy shared-governance system.

All-College Committees

CSN held its first Human Library event this month in which volunteers became human books. Presented by the CSN Library and the Queer-Inclusive Campus Committee, the Human Library living “books” made their experiences open and available, and “readers,” or those visiting the library, had a one-on-one or group conversation. The Human Library event was developed to create dialogue and understanding between people who might otherwise never interact.

CSN held its first Human Library event this month in which volunteers became human books.
Presented by the CSN Library and the Queer-Inclusive Campus Committee, the Human Library living “books” made their experiences open and available, and “readers,” or those visiting the library, had a one-on-one or group conversation. The Human Library event was developed to create dialogue and understanding between people who might otherwise never interact.

  • Academic Technology Advisory Committee
  • Achieving the Dream
  • Animal Care and Use Committee
  • Charleston Campus Steering Committee
  • Cheyenne Campus Steering Committee
  • Henderson Campus Steering Committee
  • Commencement Committee
  • Hispanic Serving Institution Task Force
  • Diversity Office Related Committees
  • Institutional Review Board
  • Intercollegiate Athletics Committees
  • Internal Recognition Committee
  • Safety & Security Committee
  • Work Climate Committee
  • Any Committee

Faculty & Staff Questions

Why do we have multi-cultural graduation celebrations?

These celebrations are done at many higher education institutions. They represent one of many strategic activities we have at CSN to help eliminate longstanding gaps in degree-attainment that have a direct impact and lead to disparate socioeconomic conditions. According to recent data from the Lumina Foundation, 37.4 percent of white residents in Nevada, age 25-64, have a college degree compared to 24 percent of African Americans and 13.8 percent of Hispanics in our state. Celebrations that highlight these under-represented graduates’ accomplishments among their family, friends, with their faculty and staff are important to help create the college-going culture we all want for our state. I hope you’ll join us at these events and of course, at the Commencement Ceremony on May 16.

What’s the difference between different proposals to remove Nevada’s community colleges from the Nevada System of Higher Education and the multi-campus district model that we will be studying?

I understand that there is a lot of confusion between these two. There are some public officials who advocate that Nevada’s four community colleges should be governed by a separate board, apart from the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.

However, Regents approved a study to transition CSN from a multi-campus single college, as it is now, to a multi-campus district model, still under the Board of Regents. This study will examine if CSN should create more autonomous campuses with a more horizontal structure, similar to many of our peer colleges throughout the nation.

Now that we are expanding athletics by adding soccer teams this year, do you think this will impact our competitive edge as an educational institution?

This will enhance our competitive edge for several reasons. CSN athletes are very successful academically and can only add to our culture of student success. I also believe having a competitive soccer team for men and women, in a community that embraces this sport, will not only spread more awareness about CSN as an academic institution but as an athletic opportunity throughout the region.

CSN’s administration has a history of promoting equity among employee groups. With the new collective bargaining agreement in place with academic faculty, how will the college ensure continued equity between different employee groups at CSN?

Over the next few months, we will have much discussion about how to incorporate the new collective bargaining system into our organizational culture. CSN has received accolades for our shared governance from our accrediting body and I prize the relationships we have among our employee groups. I have every intention of maintaining and protecting equity for all of our employees, including their ability to contribute to college decision making.

With CSN exploring new administrative structures, employees are concerned about how such changes might affect their roles on campus, especially those employees that provide services at multiple campus locations. Looking at the big picture is important, but how might these big picture changes affect those employees working with students on the “front lines”?
This is an excellent question and one that must be worked out through the course of the feasibility study. I hope that employees are not anxious about potential structural shifts. Change can be uncomfortable, but if studied well and implemented collaboratively, it can be done far more smoothly. Keep in mind that the impetus for this change is to further empower our employees working with students and to diminish the distance between leadership, employees and students.

The Northwest campus is often been referred to as the S.T.E.M. or S.T.E.A.M. Campus. studies show that the arts are crucial for the development of science, technology, engineering and math, will the Northwest campus have an “A”?

Adding the arts is highly likely.  As the feasibility study on CSN manageability or decentralization proceeds, there is an important principle included in the plan for the study:  campuses will have a comprehensive curriculum for general education.   Should the student committee adopt that principle, the arts will be part of the curriculum that is offered.




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President’s Announcement on Collective Bargaining


As most of you know, the Nevada Faculty Alliance (NFA) was authorized by the Board of Regents to pursue an election regarding collective bargaining for academic faculty.  Through that process, 524 eligible employees were invited to participate in the election.   Results of the election—263 “yes” votes–show the required number of votes were received, and we look forward to moving ahead with the collective bargaining process.  By law, there is a 60-day period during which both the bargaining unit and CSN management will prepare to engage in the bargaining process.

I have had a number of questions about collective bargaining and governance:

1. How does this change affect the Faculty Senate? 

Board policy provides for both collective bargaining and a Faculty Senate.  In the past, the Faculty Senate has been the recognized, elected body representing faculty.  That will be modified now.  At other institutions, both the Faculty Senate and the “bargaining unit” exist side by side, with the collective bargaining process governed by Board of Regents policy, Title 4, Chapter 4.

2. How are topics for bargaining determined?

By policy, topics for bargaining are listed on page 10 of the Regents’ policy, and the NFA can choose from that list the topics it wishes to pursue.

3. What does this mean for administrative faculty?

The Faculty Senate will continue to represent administrative faculty, and I will continue to meet with the Administrative Faculty Assembly leadership as I have in the past. 

4. What does this mean for CSN generally?

Establishment of a collective bargaining unit adds an important dimension to CSN governance and to the organizational culture of the College.  In early conversations with the president of the NFA chapter, I have committed to an amicable process that considers the mission of the College and our students. 

I hope this information is helpful.  As there are further developments over the summer, we will, of course, keep the college community informed.



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March Chronicle

March Chronicle

The Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Committee hosted a Citrus Fruiting Event last month in celebration of the Monkey for Chinese New Year. More than 65 participants stopped by and received a tangerine, which is said to bring wealth and luck.

The Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Committee hosted a Citrus Fruiting Event last month in celebration of the Monkey for Chinese New Year. More than 65 participants stopped by and received a tangerine, which is said to bring wealth and luck.

Welcome back! I hope you took a few days during spring break to unwind and prepare for the whirlwind that lies ahead. April and May are tsunami months, full of activities and the winding down of the academic year. This Chronicle is full of updates to help you stay informed and abreast of many important happenings at CSN.

New Website

I trust by now you have seen our new web site. This dynamic and engaging site is designed for students and prospective students and their families.  The content has been streamlined and refreshed to help them easily access the latest and most useful information.  It is a work in progress and if you have questions, please email for further assistance.

2If you’re familiar with the old site and know what you’re looking for, you can still find it at for now. Or you can access the old site by going to the ‘Login’ link on the top right corner of the new site. This will take you to a dashboard with links to the old site, Canvas, and other frequently used pages.

Please know that we are migrating important employee information to an intranet portal that will go live after the spring semester. The portal will include single sign on capabilities to all frequently used programs, internal forms, policies, and procedures.

Our website is our electronic gateway and one of the most important recruitment and retention tools we have. It’s important that it be geared to students. We are all looking forward the activation of the portal, which in addition to allowing us to clean up our website will help us improve internal communications.

CSN Governance and Structure

At the April 22 special Board of Regents meeting, the Board will discuss different management structures for CSN. This is a topic I brought up at the January town hall with faculty and staff as to whether CSN’s size might be better suited to a different model. I will propose the formation of a study committee to the Board of Regents, comprised of representatives from CSN’s faculty and staff and its Institutional Advisory Council, to examine the capacity and structure of the college and identify opportunities to more effectively serve our diverse community and broad service area.

This is different from initiatives underway to place the state’s four community colleges under the control of a community college governing body, outside of the Nevada System of Higher Education. On the latter, I authored to following column, which was published March 13 in the Las Vegas Sun.

3Legislative Budget Priorities

The Governor indicated earlier this month that he will ask for plans for a 5 percent budget reduction from state entities. We’re not sure yet of the specifics of this for Nevada’s colleges.

Earlier this month, the Board of Regents met and discussed potential legislative priorities for the 2017 session. The Chancellor and his staff put forth priorities from each of the college and university presidents for their consideration. CSN is represented in these discussions and supports, particularly, the compensation, formula, WINN, and SSOG adjustments.

  • Caseload growth funds existing programs and services for additional students and completions at existing levels. It is based on actual fall 2015 and projected spring 2016 data. ($26.9 to $27.9 million FY 16);
  • UNLV School of Medicine ($2,271,987 FY 18 and $10,742,046 FY 19);
  • Faculty & Staff Compensation ($5.25M for every 1% increase);
  • Formula enhancement for the community colleges, including an increased weight for certain Career & Technical Education credits;
  • DRI Formula Correction ($198,150 estimated FY 18 and $198,150 estimated FY 19);
  • WINN Fund: The Workforce Innovations for a New Nevada (WINN) Fund is a rapid response workforce training fund enacted in the 29th Special Session (2015) of the Nevada Legislature for recruitment, assessment and training of workers necessary to develop the workforce necessary to support statewide economic priorities;
  • Silver State Opportunity Grant: The Chancellor recommended increasing this need-based scholarship from $5 million for the biennium to $10 million and to expand the program to serve students enrolled in 15 credits first with the remaining funds then serving students enrolled in at least 12 credits;
  • Increase capacity system wide: This initiative seeks to create additional capacity through new programs and initiatives.

CSN’s projects related to capacity, the bullet above, include three pilot projects that can be supported with one-time money: College Readiness, a joint CCSD and CSN effort of intense programming for up to 300 students; Adult Learning, a financial aid grant for up to 100 adult students returning to college; and Prison Education, a pilot education program for up to 100 clients with a goal of reducing recidivism. Finally, CSN is proposing a redesign of Workforce education that, over a six-year period, will dramatically increase capacity for workforce training.

Collective Bargaining Election for Academic Faculty

The Board of Regents Handbook provides for employee bargaining units within NSHE. The American Association of University Professors/Nevada Faculty Alliance (NFA) applied recently to the Board for an election to determine if CSN’s academic faculty (instructing, library and counseling faculty) want the NFA as their collective bargaining agent. At its March meeting, the Board approved the holding of the election.   The election is being conducted by the American Arbitration Association, and balloting is currently underway. Information about the process is delineated in the Board’s Hanbook Title 4, Chapter 4.   I urge the thoughtful participation of those impacted in this process.

Southeast Career & Technical Academy (SECTA) & WINN Proposal

4We continue to work with SECTA to create an advanced manufacturing program at their campus for joint use. These students will receive advanced training in robotics maintenance and troubleshooting. This facility is part of our recently submitted proposal for the Workforce Innovations for the New Nevada (WINN) Fund. We know robotics are a critical component of manufacturing and the nation’s economy and we aspire to franchise this program in the southwest and northeast quadrants of the valley.

Partnerships with the Clark County School District

The Clark County School District Board and CSN are working to expand the CSN High School program by 25 percent and to explore the joint use of resources to create a shared facility for a STEM-focused CSN High School program at our anticipated Northwest Campus.

CCSD and CSN are also partnering to initiate a joint venture called the Catalyst Program, which will serve at first approximately 50 under-prepared high school students heading into their senior year to help them with college readiness. This will include assistance with navigating the college enrollment process, bridge programming and mentorships.

As many of you know, we are pursuing National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Programs (NACEP) accreditation to ensure we maintain the highest standards in our concurrent enrollment programs on high school campuses. Once we receive this accreditation (and it is a rigorous process that we expect to wrap up in spring 2017), we hope to expand concurrent enrollment programs. These programs help schools improve their ratings and can have a significant impact on college readiness and college-going rates.

Green Fest

CSN is a proud ally in this year’s Seventh Annual Green Fest event, to be held on April 235 in honor of Earth Day. The event, which will be held in Downtown Summerlin, is the largest Earth Day festival in Nevada. Its aim is to promote recycling and a sustainable environmental lifestyle to the community. CSN will have a booth at the festival to promote the green education and environmental programs we offer. Anyone interested in participating can contact Environmental Strategies Committee Chair Steve Soltz.

Articulation and Transfer

CSN and UNLV as well as CSN and NSC have finalized an MOU to create a Guaranteed Transfer Program for students who applied and were denied admission to UNLV. Upon acceptance to CSN, these students would be co-admitted to UNLV or NSC and CSN. Once students comply with the following requirements, they will be able to seamlessly continue their education at UNLV without needing to reapply.

Guaranteed Transfer Program Requirements:

1.) Continuously enroll at CSN in at least 12 credits per fall and spring semester

2.) Complete an Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Business degree,

Associate of Science degree or an Associate of Applied Science degree

3.) Complete the CSN associate degree with an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher

4.) The student must not be ineligible for matriculation at UNLV by virtue of any disciplinary holds at either CSN or UNLV

Also, CSN and NSC have entered into an agreement this month to develop joint academic and student support programs.

6CSN Career Fair
Thank you to all who helped foster the successful March 2 Career Fair, held on the Cheyenne campus, which saw more than 400 job seekers on hand to meet with 51 employers, including 15 companies participating for the first time. Several employers commented on the high turnout and the quality of the students attending the event. Many of the employers were interviewing on the spot and there were even some job offers made. The next Career Fair will be held April 6 on the Charleston campus.

New CT Scanner for Vet Tech Students

Exciting news from our Veterinary Technology program. Using Perkins funding, they were able to acquire a Computed Tomography device, also known as a CT scanner. It is one of only two in Nevada, and the only one in Southern Nevada. The special X-ray machine can be used to diagnose complicated problems in animals referred to the program’s fully functional veterinary clinic for treatment.

Excellence and Distinguished Employee Awards7

It is time to submit your nominations for this year’s Excellence and Distinguished Awards, which honor CSN faculty and staff for outstanding work over the previous academic year. For more information, visit or contact Internal Recognition Committee Chair Michele Fogg at The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Friday, April 15.

Reverse Transfer

CSN instituted a new “Reverse Transfer” degree process this month, and the response has been wonderful. Approximately 200 former students have contacted us to inquire about whether they qualify. Under the arrangement, students who have earned 15 or more credits at an NSHE community college and transferred to a four-year NSHE institution where they earned 60 or more credits may be eligible to obtain an associate degree for already completed coursework. It is a valuable program that allows students to obtain a degree they have already earned, which can help them gain employment and give them a boost as they work toward bachelor’s degrees.

Women’s History Month

Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid of Nevada, was the keynote at the NSHE Status of Women Conference held at the Horn Theatre.

Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid of Nevada, was the keynote at the NSHE Status of Women Conference held at the Horn Theatre.

As you know, March is Women’s History Month. I would like to thank the CSN Women’s Alliance for the many terrific and inspiring events this committee put on, including the NSHE Status of Women Conference on March 8 and empowerment fairs to promote student success and completion. These dynamic events are a lot of work and highlight the challenges many women face daily. Thank you for all you do.

Tenure Announcement

In case you missed our email announcement, congratulations are due to the following hardworking CSN faculty for whom the Board of Regents approved tenure this month. This is a major milestone and achievement!

  • Alda A. Anderson, Business, Hospitality and Public Service
  • Craig N. Anderson, International Languages
  • Barbara Bird, International Languages
  • Sonja Burd, Biological Sciences
  • Natalie Chio, Health Related Professions
  • Marcela Cortes Ramirez, Biological Sciences
  • Shane W. Dick, International Languages
  • Arthur G. Eggers, Advanced and Applied Technologies
  • Jennifer A. Gorman, Mathematics
  • David L. Hardy, Media Technologies
  • Valerie A. Hecht, International Languages
  • Michael W. Huff, English
  • Dana L. Jones, Accounting, Finance, Computer Office Technology
  • Christopher D. King, Mathematics
  • Aminul I. Km, Mathematics
  • James Y. Lee, Mathematics
  • Eileen M. Mahoney Bauer, Nursing
  • Eileen M. Metcalfe, Hospitality Management
  • Maria Consuelo Capiral Pickle, Mathematics
  • Michele R. Rahmig, Dental, Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Services
  • Brett Riley, English
  • Arthur Edgar Salmon III, Computing and Information Technology
  • Michael B. Simpson, Dental, Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Services
  • Efatsadat Taghva, Computing and Information Technology
  • Richard W. Theis, English
  • Christopher T. Tsouras, Fine Arts
  • Kathi Kalene Westmoreland, English

 Faculty & Staff Questions

“Why didn’t our spring break line up with Clark County School District and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas?”

Whenever we can, we ensure the CSN and CCSD spring breaks align. But we also follow guidance from the Faculty Senate to have spring break before a specific number of weeks elapse in spring semester. This year the alignment could not happen to meet the Senate’s criteria. By the way, that criteria is important or we end up with spring break very late in the semester.

“When can returning and new students register for summer and fall semesters?”

For Women's History Month, the CSN Women's Alliance facilitated Empowerment Fairs to highlight student success services at CSN.

For Women’s History Month, the CSN Women’s Alliance facilitated Empowerment Fairs to highlight student success services at CSN.

Returning students can register for summer, starting April 4 and new students on April 21. For fall 2016 registration, returning students can begin to enroll on May 2 and new students on May 20.



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Congratulations to the following individuals for whom the Board of Regents approved tenure this week. This is a major milestone and achievement for our faculty!

  • Alda A. Anderson, Business, Hospitality and Public Service
  • Craig N. Anderson, International Languages
  • Dr. Barbara Bird, International Languages
  • Dr. Sonja Burd, Biological Sciences
  • Natalie Chio, Health Related Professions
  • Dr. Marcela Cortes Ramirez, Biological Sciences
  • Shane W. Dick, International Languages
  • Arthur G. Eggers, Advanced and Applied Technologies
  • Dr. Jennifer A. Gorman, Mathematics
  • David L. Hardy, Media Technologies
  • Dr. Valerie A. Hecht, International Languages
  • Dr. Michael W. Huff, English
  • Dr. Dana L. Jones, Accounting, Finance, Computer Office Technology
  • Christopher D. King, Mathematics
  • Aminul I. Km, Mathematics
  • James Y. Lee, Mathematics
  • Eileen M. Mahoney Bauer, Nursing
  • Eileen M. Metcalfe, Hospitality Management
  • Dr. Maria Consuelo Capiral Pickle, Mathematics
  • Michele R. Rahmig, Dental, Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Services
  • Dr. Brett Riley, English
  • Arthur Edgar Salmon III, Computing and Information Technology
  • Michael B. Simpson, Dental, Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Services
  • Efatsadat Taghva, Computing and Information Technology
  • Dr. Richard W. Theis, English
  • Christopher T. Tsouras, Fine Arts
  • Dr. Kathi Kalene Westmoreland, English
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CSN February Chronicle

Welcome to the February Chronicle! First, my kudos to the African American Heritage Committee on an excellent series of events for Black History Month! You can learn more here.

This month’s Chronicle is a special Q & A communication, since I have received a number of questions lately that require your attention.

There appears to be no optimal way to communicate with CSN students. How can we improve email communication with them?

Thanks to all the CSN faculty and staff that helped make this January’s Connections events a success!

Thanks to all the CSN faculty and staff that helped make this January’s Connections events a success!

In this transitory community in which snail mail is too expensive and ineffective, we have had no primary method of reliably contacting students. Emails sent to students’ preferred personal addresses, which they enter into MyCSN, often bounce back. Few students use their CSN student email accounts. Some students don’t use Canvas, and most students only check their MyCSN Communication Center a couple of times a year.

The current set up has also led to certain providers, including Yahoo, Microsoft and Google, temporarily blocking CSN email addresses because they received so many of them and thought they were Spam. Not only is this situation aggravating cyber security, some aspects are illegal.

From a technical perspective the matter can be quickly solved, but there are also policy considerations.

In short, this cannot continue. Therefore, I’ve asked staff to create a mandatory student email policy that we will take to Faculty Senate for input. You’ll hear more about this in the near future. Please start encouraging students to use their student email addresses for all official communications.

What is collective bargaining and why is it on the Board of Regents’ agenda?

The Board of Regents Handbook provides for employee bargaining units within NSHE. As employee groups wish to pursue the collective bargaining process, that process is delineated in the Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 4.

The Nevada Faculty Alliance (NFA) filed an application to represent academic faculty (instructing, counseling and library faculty) as a bargaining unit at CSN, and that application is on the March 3-4, 2016 Board agenda for consideration. If the Board approves the application, an election will be held by the academic faculty to determine whether they desire NFA representation. I will refer you to the Board of Regents Handbook for complete details on the bargaining process.

How was a search consultant selected for the VPAA position and why is it needed?

Filling any executive position at a college or university is a challenge as more incumbents retire and candidate pools are often limited. To cast as wide a net as possible, it is common for institutions and systems to retain search consultants to tap national networks to fill a position.

During fall semester, CSN engaged an RFP process through the purchasing office to solicit proposals from interested executive search firms. A committee of faculty and staff reviewed the proposals and Executive Search of Washington DC was selected to work with CSN’s HR office on the search. An updated job description, position profile, and other documents were prepared for the search, seeking, again, the widest pool of candidates possible.

A search committee has been established and will meet with the search consultant. A timetable has also been developed.

At the request of the faculty, the minimum degree qualification was increased to a doctorate degree, and the institution will conduct a series of forums and interviews, pursuant to CSN policy and practice for vice presidential positions. I anticipate that college-wide interviews with finalists will take place the week of May 2. More information on the dates, times and locations will be announced for participation as they are available.

Will budget cuts continue?

Budget challenges will always be with us at CSN as a result of either institutional or statewide resources.

Public pressure for efficiency and accountability and proving institutions can do more with less, are common in every state. Community college enrollment is also down nationwide and this is hurting many of our peer institutions.

We will know more after the mid-spring semester census, whereas our enrollments are still changing. I would like to compliment Vice President of Finance Mary Kaye Bailey for her strong budget projections, which may have protected us from sizeable cuts this semester, even though our enrollment is still down this spring over last by about 3 percent. I’ll end this section with the ominous advisement that it is never a bad idea to be prepared.

What are CSN’s prospects for the next Legislature?

Legislators at the Black & Brown Democratic Caucus Education Forum this month discussed K-12 and higher education policies at the Cheyenne campus.

Legislators at the Black & Brown Democratic Caucus Education Forum this month discussed K-12 and higher education policies at the Cheyenne campus.

Perhaps like you, I’m hearing that 2017 will be higher education’s year at the Legislature. But we have no reason to anticipate additional money. A large tax increase for Nevada’s higher education system is not going to happen and the nation is poised for another recession.

CSN has taken an aggressive position for the legislative session, and budget priorities of the Board of Regents will be determined over the next few months. We know there are many competing priorities, including funding for the medical school and residencies, public financing for a stadium, changes and increases to the funding formula and increased funding for the Silver State Opportunity Grant. CSN’s initiatives outlined in previous chronicles will receive consideration by the Board of Regents in the March and June meetings for possible inclusion in the system’s legislative priorities.

What’s been done with recommendations from the Work Climate Committee and its surveys?

As many of you know, I take these surveys and recommendations very seriously. In January, I received the report and recommendations of the fall 2015 Snapshot Survey and I met shortly thereafter with Work Climate Committee Chair Cameron Basquiat. The report and recommendations are significant and extremely helpful. Each supervising vice president, manager, or committee chair, as appropriate, received a copy of the report. Here’s what’s been done:

  • Recommendations for continued communication, such as the “Week Ahead” service will continue

    A May 2015 group photo of CSN's Work Climate Committee

    A May 2015 group photo of CSN’s Work Climate Committee

  • I was joined by Vice President Hyla Winters in a meeting with the Internal Recognitions Committee where each of the recommendations for that committee and program were discussed one-by-one. The Committee has adopted many of the recommendations and will be implementing them in the next recognitions cycle. Should you wish more information on the committee’s actions, please contact Michelle Fogg or Diana Woodhouse.
  • I met with Maria Marinch, Executive Director of Community Relations, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs on each of the diversity recommendations to affirm their implementation.
  • I met with Senior Vice President Patty Charlton on the safety recommendations for their implementation.
  • On February 19, the report and recommendations will be discussed at the Extended Team meeting for all CSN directors and above.
  • As a follow up to action steps and implementation, I and other members of the executive staff will be meeting later this spring with the Work Climate Committee.

I would like to emphasize that I appreciate those of you who participated in the fall 2016 PACE survey. As those results are considered by the Work Climate Committee and recommendations are developed, I’ll report on them to the entire college community.

Does CSN have funding for merit pay?

CSN has no further funding for merit pay or COLA, nor is it authorized to make allocations on the money it does not have. At the beginning of the fiscal year, as contracts were renewed, CSN implemented the full compensation package authorized by the Legislature, which includes a second salary increase of 2 percent that you will see take effect this summer in the 2017 fiscal year.

What’s being done to turn around enrollment declines?

This month, CSN President Michael Richards and Sr. Vice President Patty Charlton visited with Rancho High School officials and Sandy Miller to discuss increased partnerships.

This month, CSN President Michael Richards and Sr. Vice President Patty Charlton visited with Rancho High School officials and Sandy Miller to discuss increased partnerships.

CSN’s enrollment management has the institution’s undivided attention. All of us have a responsibility to invite students to enroll, help connect interested potential students to the institution and ensure they feel welcome at CSN. In addition, the Strategic Enrollment Planning Committee has expanded and redoubled its efforts. We are implementing a new student relationship management system, described below, which will help us better connect with students from recruitment through graduation. Members of the executive team and I are also visiting high schools, career and technical academies and working with school district officials to expand partnerships and strengthen the pipeline from our school districts to CSN.


I saw an article in the Review-Journal about Silver State Opportunity Grant recipients. What do you think about the grant program and its 15-credit-per-semester requirement?

There was an article in the RJ on Monday that indicated about half of CSN’s Silver State Opportunity Grant (SSOG) recipients failed to meet eligibility requirements after the first semester. This is a larger percentage than any other institution. The majority of our students lost eligibility because they finished with 12 to 14.99 credits and shy of the 15-credit requirement. The Silver State Opportunity Grant is a transformational scholarship in Nevada. This need-based grant is dedicated to community college and Nevada State College students in Nevada and we are advocating that increasing this fund and expanding this program be a Board of Regents’ legislative priority going forward. That said, with any public policy, an evaluation of the data is needed to see how we can improve this program, either on our end and/or at the state level.

I’ve asked a working group to survey and conduct focus groups with our SSOG students to determine how we might improve our students’ chances of success. I should add that it is our students at CSN, who seem to be struggling the most with maintaining eligibility. Although we clearly serve students with unique needs in the system, I think the onus is on us to ensure they are prepared for the rigor of 15 credits and have the help they need to succeed.

What is the transition plan for the people retiring?

Each year as CSN employees retire or make other career choices, there are vacancies to fill and new folks to welcome to CSN. We will continue that process as smoothly as possible. We have a number of management positions to fill this year, including the Vice President of Academic Affairs. For most of these positions, we’re on schedule for interim or permanent appointments. In academic areas, I keep the leadership of the Faculty Senate informed of the status of searches and include faculty on as many committees as appropriate.

What’s the role of the regents and the new institutional advisory council?

The Nevada Board of Regents is the overall governing body for the Nevada System of Higher Education. Institutional Advisory Councils, whose members are appointed by the Chair of the Board of Regents, operate only for each of the four community colleges in the state as advisors to the institutional presidents and the regents’ Committee on Community Colleges. Here is the charge as approved by the Board of Regents in December.

What’s the latest with NSHE’s interest in distance education?

5Many of you will recall the controversial Katz report, completed in 2013. As a result of that study, 26 distance education recommendations have been developed and submitted to the Chancellor. I anticipate that the Chancellor will discuss these further with the institutions later this year.


How can we provide input into strategic planning?

Because of CSN’s size and mission, large groups of internal and external constituents are rightly interested in participating in the strategic planning process. The Strategic Futures Task Force includes a core team of people, co-chaired by Professor Dr. Joshua Levin and Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Administrative Services Patty Charlton. This group is working diligently to gather data and collect insight from each of our valued employees and stakeholders to create the strategic plan, which will set the direction for this institution from 2017 to 2024.

Ms. Charlton sent out an email earlier this week with more details about the process. We will have multiple listening sessions, an online and social media presence, and opportunities for all of our stakeholders to connect with the task force to ensure that the plan produced is thoughtful and representative. The Strategic Plan is a required part of our accreditation and a fundamental force shaping the decision-making process at this institution.

At the same time, other functions of the college are developing plans that will be integrated into the strategic plan, areas such as diversity and IT. Should you wish to provide input to the planning process at any point in its progress, you may contact Dr. Levin or Ms. Charlton.

What is the Foundation doing?

6The CSN Foundation and its exceptional trustees have labored the past year on a restructuring of the Foundation for comprehensive fundraising for CSN’s future. Additional staff will be added later this year. Concurrently, the Foundation has been providing funding to CSN’s Financial Aid staff for distribution of general and designated scholarships to students, while enhancing the infrastructure to support donations and the stewardship required for donors. We appreciate the work of the trustees and staff to position the CSN Foundation for comprehensive operations, for the cultivation and support of donors, and for the margin of difference private funds provide to CSN.

What is a CRM and why is it needed?

A Customer Resource Management (CRM) system is a tool for student recruitment, enrollment, admission and progress as students enter CSN and proceed to completion. CSN has acquired a CRM and will be implementing it over the next 18-24 months.

The vendor selected was Hobson’s Radius system. You’ll be hearing more about it as the implementation proceeds. More and more higher education institutions are adopting this kind of a system to help with enrollment management, communication, and holistic support to students throughout their experience with the CSN.

I fully expect that the features of this system will provide us with new data to create better decisions regarding student success. I also expect it will help improve communication with students and student case management. The end result is that it is expected to improve the overall student experience and I hope you will embrace this new technology whole heartedly.

Is the new communication structure and strategy working?

You may recall that I created an Executive Team of about 18 people and an Extended Team of about 90 folks to assist with institutional communication. These teams were created to supplement my monthly Chronicles of news and information as well as other avenues of college-wide communication. My commitment was to try this for a year and then assess its effectiveness as gauged through faculty and staff feedback. I have held monthly meetings of the Executive Team and two meetings, so far, with the Extended Team. The next meeting of the Extended Team is February 19. Early feedback is that this structure/strategy may not be as effective as initially conceived. Some revision, such as frequency of meetings with senior and middle management—meaningful meetings, I should add—may be in order.

I’m also re-introducing campus roundtables for faculty and staff. As I walk the campuses and visit with faculty and staff, several have asked for more face time. These will take place at the following dates and campuses. A flier will be circulating shortly. Please R.S.V.P. to CSN Public Affairs Executive Director K.C. Brekken at

President’s Faculty & Staff Roundtables:

Henderson Campus
Thursday, March 24
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Charleston Campus
Monday, March 28
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cheyenne Campus
Tuesday, March 29
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Conference Room A


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