Upcoming Multi-campus District Projects

This is an exciting transition for the College of Southern Nevada. As we continue efforts to implement the multi-campus model your support and collaboration is important and greatly appreciated.

As CSN positions itself to close gaps in student retention and completion, the transition plan will require focused attention on Student Enrollment Management (“SEM”). The counseling team has identified opportunities to help advance the college’s priorities of helping student graduate, complete, transfer and prosper. The Campus Vice Presidents and Provosts are responsible for directing and monitoring the results of the following initiatives at their respective campuses.

The goal is to enhance the system to support our operations and help us deliver support services more efficiently. The Counseling Department Program Leads will oversee four important projects.  During the next 30 days, the Program Leads will share updates and solicit feedback to ensure resources and processes are easier to navigate and more accessible.

Open houses will be held monthly, in which Interim Chair Valerie Conner and Program Leads welcome faculty, staff and students to learn about and comment on the departments services. The information below provides a snapshot of the 30-day plan and assigned leads.

E-Alert: Lead – Amy Palmer

  • Coordinate with OTS and Student Affairs to increase system automated workflow and assignments for referrals and alerts.
  • Coordinate with OTS and Student Affairs to modify E-alert system to remove unnecessary flags.
  • Consult with Faculty Senate, add E-Alert link to Canvas shell.
  • Consult with Faculty Senate, add E-Alert Kudos link to Canvas.
  • Consult with Faculty Senate, develop and E-Alert training program and modules (online and in person) and link to CSN web and Canvas.
  • Consult with Department Chairs, schedule department information sessions.
  • Develop an E-alert Guide.

Wrap Around Services: Lead – Luis Ortega

  • Coordinate with Research and Planning and Nevada Promise Program to develop reports of Promise Students with lost eligibility.
  • Coordinate with the Promise Program, Advising, First Year Experience for the following populations: 1) applied & accepted and 2) applied, not accepted.
  • Coordinate with Marketing & Communications and the Office of Technology Services teams to develop automated email communication to Nevada Promise Students who lost eligibility and connect students to Workforce Connections paid training program and promote late registration, late start and early registration options.
  • Coordinate with OTS to develop a community resources web landing page.
  • Collaborate with Recruiting, Advising and FYE connect with students who applied but not accepted in NV Promise or enrolled at CSN.
  • Coordinate with Campus Life, Student Affairs and Student Government to increase services through the food pantry and access to on-campus wrap around services with Workforce Connections, Operation Hope, Department of Health and Human Services, DWED, Accessible Spaces Inc., UNLV Immigration Law services.
  • Coordinate with Assessment and Planning to develop a student survey to obtain more information about the services students need.
  • Coordinate with Student Government, Multicultural Center and Campus Life and Leadership Development to conduct focus group discussion.
  • Coordinate with OTS to create a student feedback to learn more about the student experiences.

Co-curricular Programs: Lead – Esther Pla-Cazares

  • Coordinate with Promise Program, Multicultural Center and Campus Life and Leadership Development staff to develop workshop to connect with Promise Program and Bump Up and other students at risk of early withdrawal.
  • Coordinate with OTS to develop a centralized schedule of co-curricular programs on the web.
  • Coordinate with Assessment and Planning and CSN Leadership Academy team to develop pre/post assessment survey based on institutional student learning outcomes.
  • Connect with innovative educators to link webinars/ “Go To” knowledge page to co-curricular workshop page.
  • Develop co-curricular programs and workshops to reach and support target populations with higher withdrawal rates (African American and Native American students).

Mentoring: Lead – Shawn Claxton

  • Coordinate with counselors to develop a mentoring program.
  • Assign counselors to at-risk population of students (academic probation, warning or suspension, Financial Aid warning or suspension along with Nevada Promise and Bump Up students).
  • Coordinate with Promise Program and Multicultural Center to expand the mentoring program to more CSN students.
  • Partner with Nevada Promise program and Multicultural Center to develop pre-post assessment survey for mentor assignments.
  • Partner with Nevada Promise program to develop mentoring program/standards that align with institutional student learning outcomes.
  • Coordinate with prison education program staff to create a mentoring bridge program to increase student matriculation and access to wrap around services.


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January & February 2020 CSN Chronicle

January & February 2020 Chronicle

Welcome to the beginning of our 2020 Spring Semester. I hope you are rested and ready to continue on our students first agenda. As I discussed during convocation, we are making amazing progress on our journey to performance excellence. I want you to know that CSN is one of the most improved colleges of our size in the country! Because of all of your hard work, I am so pleased to report that we are on target to reach a combined 40 percent graduation and transfer rate.  Our most recent IPEDS data show that we have graduation rates of 14 percent and a 26 percent transfer rate! This puts us well on our way to reaching the NSHE goal of 49.5 percent by 2025. This data is proof that your hard work is paying off and we should all celebrate the progress we are making in our student success efforts. I thank you on behalf of all our students and Southern Nevada stakeholders.

See our detailed presentation from last month’s Board of Regents meeting, read more on the Newsroom blog, watch the Convocation event online, and download the Convocation PowerPoint presentation.

In this issue:

  • MLK Parade
  • University Legal Services 
  • Latin Chamber Luncheon 
  • Campus Commuter 
  • Chief Human Resources Officer
  • CSN Leadership Academy
  • Student Email Changes
  • Mariachi Plata
  • Holiday Party
  • Dr. Paul E. Meacham
  • Enrollment Report

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

Nearly 100 CSN students, faculty and staff participated in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in downtown Las Vegas last month. It was a beautiful day and I enjoyed spending time at this meaningful event with our students, who showed off their dance moves all morning long. The CSN float was organized by the African American Heritage Committee, led by Campus Life Development Coordinator Sean Tory. A big thanks to all those who helped make this parade a success.

University Legal Services

I’m pleased to let you know that the UNLV Immigration Clinic is now offering its services to all CSN faculty, staff and students. The clinic opened in 2018 and recently expanded to include CSN. The clinic can provide help on a variety of immigration issues, including DACA renewals, deportation issues and children’s rights. We held a wonderful event on Thursday night where community members were able to come in for free legal help. My thanks to Gov. Steve Sisolak, NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly, UNLV President Marta Meana, UNLV Boyd School of Law Dean Daniel Hamilton, Immigration Clinic Director Michael Kagan, North Las Vegas Campus Vice President & Provost Clarissa Cota and everyone who helped make the event such a success.

Latin Chamber Luncheon

Recently I was able to share the good news about CSN with members of the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce. The state of CSN is strong and our future is bright. I know that many of the small businesses in our community struggle to hire the best local talent. We are working very hard here at CSN to make that a thing of the past and our numbers are telling. As I noted above, our graduation rates have doubled from 7 percent in 2016 to 14 percent in 2021 and our transfer rate has increased from 15 percent to 26 percent in the same time period. I am always pleased to share the good work happening at CSN with our Southern Nevada community. For more on the Chamber luncheon, see the CSN Newsroom article.

Campus Commuter

I hope you all have seen the new Campus Commuter shuttles on our campuses, which we are piloting in partnership with Nevada State College to help solve a transportation issue faced by many of our students. As the program launches, rides are free of charge to both CSN and NSC students. There are two routes with stops at all three CSN campuses, the East Las Vegas Library and NSC’s campus in Henderson. Many thanks to those who have helped put our students first in this endeavor and learn more about this program by visiting www.csn.edu/csnshuttle.

Chief Human Resources Officer

I am thrilled to welcome Dr. Bill Dial to CSN as our new Chief Human Resources Officer. As I noted in my earlier announcement, the previous candidate for this position withdrew acceptance of our offer. Dr. Dial’s first day at CSN will be this Monday, February 3. He brings with him a wealth of experience in human resources, joining us from Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, where he served in the same position. Previously, he had served in human resources leadership roles for more than 10 years at Richland College in Dallas and Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado.

Dr. Dial holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; a master of science in human resources management from Lindenwood University in St. Louis; and a Ph.D. in organizational management from Capella University in Minneapolis. For more about Dial, please see his resume.

Please join me in welcoming him to the CSN family.

CSN Leadership Academy

I am pleased to offer my congratulations to the first cohort of CSN employees in the CSN Leadership Academy. The academy will be a wonderful personal reflection and development opportunity. It utilizes the well-regarded 7 Habits of Highly Effective People model of principle-based leadership, and concentrates on proactivity, strengthening time management, ethical decision-making, and communication competency.

There were more than 140 applications submitted! The first cohort began last month and cohorts will begin in fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters as well. Those cohorts will be announced at a later date. Those who started in January include:

Dora Reyes John Rios Kenneth Roman
Taylor Cayro Carla Wright Ashley Snipes
Dana Phillips Shawn Claxton Annette Lord
Angel Clemons Emily King Michelle Chan
Paula Bourne Karen Ahern Angela Nelson-Swearingen
Nancy Swanson Alicia Briancon Kayla Buscher
Theresa Pugh Michael Schoenberger Tamara Flores-Sahagun
Sabrina Cruz David Leavell Marissa Robledo
Rachel Garcia Robert Bonora Sherida Devine
Eileen Hamilton Phillip Dixon Carolyn Wright

Student Email Changes

Starting on February 1, all official communications coming from CSN to active students will be directed only to the official, CSN-issued email address that you were assigned when you created your account. Please start checking this email account starting now to ensure that you are able to see important notifications that come from CSN. Read more online.

Mariachi Plata

What an amazing celebration of our students! In December, we celebrated our new competitive Mariachi Plata with an incredible performance in the Horn Theatre. Prior to the performance on the North Las Vegas Campus, our students took home third place in a national mariachi competition in San Antonio, Texas, and students Jose Mejia and Precious Carrasco took first and second, respectively, in the vocalist competition. The sold-out concert was truly a community event, featuring performances from a number of local mariachis. You can read see an album of photos on the CSN Facebook page. (As a reminder, you do not need a Facebook account to view these photos) and see their performance on YouTube.  https://www.facebook.com/pg/CSNNV/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156829209193603


Holiday Party

It was truly a pleasure to celebrate the holidays with the CSN family last month. The events team did a wonderful job transforming the Charleston Campus student union ballrooms into a beautiful space to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff to make sure students succeed. I was honored to present a $500 gift card to CSN student Cecilia Belio, who won the inaugural contest and designed this year’s beautiful holiday card. Belio is studying sonography at CSN and uses her artwork as a way to relax and destress. Please see photos from our holiday party here.


Dr. Paul E. Meacham

As you know, the CSN community mourned the loss of former CSN President Paul E. Meacham in December. Dr. Meacham was a very influential figure in the CSN history, as our first African-American president and the longest tenured president at CSN. The student services building on our Charleston Campus is named in honor of Dr. Meacham’s dedication to our students. Read more about Dr. Meacham here. http://blog.csn.edu/?p=2690


Enrollment Report

Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our spring enrollment through January 28. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data. See the enrollment report.


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Posters Found at the CSN Henderson Campus

Dear CSN Family,

This is to inform you that several posters were placed this week on CSN and NSC bulletin boards that expressed a message contrary to the values of inclusion and cultural diversity that we celebrate at CSN. While CSN respects the right of free expression, we must follow posting rules which are guided by the NSHE policy on Freedom of Expression. This policy embraces the principles of free expression while also encouraging inclusivity, diversity and critical thinking. As a result, these bulletins were removed.

In the spirit of diversity and inclusion, I would like to remind the CSN family that in the coming weeks CSN will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and host several events surrounding Black History Month. I hope you will join us.

Thank you for all you do for our students.


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Fulbright Opportunities for Faculty and Staff

This message is sent on behalf of Carol Fimmen, Director of International Programs:

Dear Colleagues,

The CSN International Office would like to invite faculty and staff to participate in upcoming webinars and learn more about various Fulbright opportunities. Through these sessions, you will learn about the opportunity we have to bring scholars from many countries around the world to give lectures and presentations for our faculty, staff and students. You will also learn about opportunities to go abroad and participate in the Fulbright programs. After you view these webinars, I will be happy to meet with you and discuss the details.

  • Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund
  • The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities in Western Hemisphere
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar Opportunities in Europe and Eurasia

Have a great semester and please do not hesitate to contact me or stop by my office anytime.



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Chief Human Resources Officer

Dear CSN Family,

Bill Dial I wanted to let you know that Chief Human Resources Officer candidate Tracey Cleveland has withdrawn her acceptance of our offer for personal and family reasons. We wish her well.

I am pleased to report that we had a highly qualified pool of applicants and that the search committee had recommended two applicants to the hiring committee. Thus, we were able to expediently hire Dr. Bill Dial to

be our new Senior Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer. He is expected to begin in his new role on February 1; his first day in the office will be February 3.

Dr. Dial joins CSN from Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, where he served in the same position. Previously, he had served in human resources leadership roles for more than 10 years at Richland College in Dallas and Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado.

Dr. Dial holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville; a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Lindenwood University in St. Louis; and a Ph.D. in Organizational Management from Capella University in Minneapolis. For more about Dial, please see his resume here.

Please join me in welcoming him to the CSN family.

Thank you.


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Information on Multi-Campus Reorganizations

The CSN Counselors
I am pleased to authorize the consensus recommendations of the Counseling Department, Faculty Senate, Executive Council, and Campus Vice Presidents and Provosts to proceed with the permanent transition of the CSN Counseling Department and policy amendment for a permanent chair.

Per the October 11 and November 8, 2019 Faculty Senate endorsements, the counselors are permanently transitioning to the multi-campus structure and reporting to the Charleston Campus Vice President and Provost in coordination with the vice presidents and provosts on the Henderson and North Las Vegas campuses, providing daily campus administrative support. In alignment with the multi-campus plan, CSN counselors are moving from a model that promotes access to enrollment to one that supports access to completion.

The counselors will assume a leadership role in providing wraparound support and retention services aligned with Areas of Study and Student Union one-stop student success service center (suite 127). The relocations of four counselors at Charleston will free faculty offices spaces in Building E (2), Building H (1), and Building B (1). Kudos to the Counseling Department and new leadership.

  • Valerie Conner, Interim Department Chair at Charleston Campus
  • Shawn Claxton, Charleston Campus Program Lead
  • Luis Ortega, Henderson Campus Program Lead
  • Amy Palmer, Henderson Campus Early Alert Program Developer
  • Esther Pla-Cazares, North Las Vegas Campus Program Lead

Campus Student Life Coordinators and Administrative Support
With a focus on increasing student engagement and integrating support services, the campus student life coordinators and their administrative support staff will be permanently moved under the multi-campus structure. The campus student life coordinators and student union managers will serve as the primary administrators within the student unions in coordination with the vice presidents and provosts on the Charleston, Henderson and North Las Vegas campuses. Please join me in congratulating and supporting the Campus Student Life staff in their transition.

  • Charleston Campus – Racquel Melson, Campus Life Coordinator, and Juanita Sowell Administrative Assistant
  • North Las Vegas Campus – Sean Tory, Campus Student Life Coordinator, and Shakira Chesebro Administrative Assistant
  • Henderson Campus – Marissa Robledo, Campus Student Life Coordinator, and TBD Administrative Assistant

Dental Faculty Practice
In consultation with the Nevada Board of Dental Examiners Director, Deborah Schaffer and supported by the Faculty Senate, the CSN Dental Faculty Practice has realigned under the college multi-campus structure reporting to the Charleston Campus Vice President and Provost.

Dr. Margo Martin as Vice President of Academic Affairs will serve as the administrator for the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs. Janice Glasper, interim Dean of Health Sciences will have dual reporting and provide academic leadership for the DFP and Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant programs. Drs. Martin and Pearson will work in coordination with Dean Glasper to maintain clinical options for the Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant students. Dr. Widdison will continue as the Dental Director and administrator over day-to-day operations of the DFP services.

Service Area Administration
The Campus Vice Presidents and Provosts have assumed administrative oversight for the CSN sites. The Campus Vice Presidents and Provosts will continue to work with the Program Administrators and staff to support the operations. The service areas align as follows:

VP/Provost Pearson, Charleston Service Area
Summerlin High Tech Center
Sahara West Facility
Western High Tech Center

VP/Provost Charlton, Henderson Service Area
Green Valley High Tech Center
Boulder City
Southwest Las Vegas
Water Street Center Operations

VP/Provost Cota, North Las Vegas Service Area
Nellis Air Force Base
Mesquite and Moapa
CSN community, we have reached another important turning point in our planning and Shared Governance process. Thank you to everyone who has supported this important work.

Posted on behalf of the Campus Vice Presidents and Provosts

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CSN Statement on the Passing of CSN President Emeritus Dr. Paul E. Meacham

CSN President Emeritus Dr. Paul E. Meacham

December 9, 2019 – College of Southern Nevada president Dr. Federico Zaragoza released the following statement today on the passing of former CSN president Dr. Paul E. Meacham:

“The entire CSN family wishes to express our deepest condolences to Dr. Meacham’s family,” Zaragoza said. “Dr. Meacham was a giant in CSN’s past who changed the lives of thousands of college students. His legacy will continue to shape the college and the state of Nevada for generations to come.”

Meacham was CSN’s longest serving president and its first African American president, overseeing the college at a time of tremendous growth. He spearheaded the effort to build the much-needed Charleston campus, now the college’s largest campus.

Meacham was born in rural Alabama in 1936. He worked his way up to prominence on the national higher education stage. After many years as a college and high school band director, he served in executive positions in the Dallas County Community College District and in the Austin, Texas Community College System.

In 1983, he was named the fourth president of what was then Clark County Community College, which later became the Community College of Southern Nevada during his tenure, and later still the College of Southern Nevada. Dr. Meacham served as the college’s president until 1994, to this day the longest tenure of any leader at the state’s largest higher education institution.

After leaving CSN, Dr. Meacham spent another nine years in higher education as a tenured professor at UNLV.  He was later named a professor emeritus at UNLV and president emeritus at CSN.

In 2015, CSN named the student services building on the Charleston Campus the Paul E. Meacham Student Services Building in honor of his steadfast dedication to the college and its students.

A viewing is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Sunday, December 15 at Davis Funeral Home, 6200 South Eastern Avenue, and a memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, December 19 at Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8601 Del Webb Blvd.

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CSN December Chronicle

December Chronicle

As the end of the semester and the end of the year quickly approach, I want to wish you all a very happy holiday season. I hope you will join us at the CSN Holiday Party on December 12. I also want to acknowledge the hard work you put in every day to make sure our students always come first. On behalf of all 35,000 of them, I thank you.


Mariachi Plata

I am thrilled to invite you to the debut local performance of Mariachi Plata, CSN’s new competitive mariachi! Mariachi Plata is comprised of students from our mariachi courses in the fine arts music curriculum. Their local debut at 7 p.m. December 10 will follow their first competition at the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio, Texas. This is incredibly exciting for our students and for our community. There is much interest in mariachi in Southern Nevada, as well as a strong desire by members of the Hispanic community for programs that recognize and celebrate their cultural heritage. With nearly one-third of our students identifying as Hispanic, it is imperative that we ensure a good fit for them at CSN.

Popular local singer Napoleon Buenrostro will act as master of ceremonies at the concert, where several other act will perform along with Mariachi Plata. The reception starts at 6 p.m. and the concert at 7.

Holiday Party & Holiday Card Winner

I am very much looking forward to this year’s CSN Holiday Party, and I hope to see you there. Tickets are $10 each and are on sale now through Monday, December 9 at any of our campus cashier’s offices. You may purchase a ticket for yourself and a ticket for a guest; adults only please, as there will be alcoholic beverages available.

On a related note, congratulations to CSN student Cecilia Belio, winner of our holiday card contest! Her wonderful design was chosen by our judges as the winner of the inaugural CSN Holiday Card Contest. Cecilia will be awarded a $500 gift card.

Mexican University Partnership

I recently met with presidents of technical colleges from Mexico and toured CSN’s campuses with them as they learned about some of our specialty programs. We signed a memorandum of understanding with the delegation of college presidents from the Associacion Nacional de Universidades Tecnologicas, pledging to continue the cross-cultural partnership we have developed. We are just getting started, and hope to soon develop new programs and initiatives that will lead to opportunities for our students to interact with the students from Mexico, who will come to CSN. This is a very exciting time for our college. Read more about the partnership here.

New International Center Director

Please join me in welcoming to CSN our new Director of International Programs Carol P. Fimmen, who started last month. Fimmen will be responsible for helping strengthen the college’s international programs, internationalization of the curriculum, faculty development initiatives, development of partnerships with international institutions, organizations and governments, and will oversee the area of international student recruitment and international student services. She plans to establish an international student alumni association, develop new study abroad opportunities for our students and faculty, establish international exchanges for students and faculty, and develop new international and workforce training for institutional and governments.

She brings extensive experience to CSN, having served in many international organizations and on boards, and as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank Institute, the American Council on Education, and the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, among others. Welcome to CSN, Carol.

New Chief Human Resources Officer

Another wonderful addition to the CSN family is our new Chief Human Resources Officer Tracey Cleveland, who brings with her more than 20 years of human resources experience, both in higher education and private industry.

She joins us directly from Erie Community College, where she had been since 2014, most recently as the vice president of human resources. Like CSN, ECC is a large community college, offering nearly 100 degree and certificate programs and enrolling more than 10,000 students. Before joining ECC, Cleveland filled various human resources leadership roles at Avery Dennison Corporation, Alcoa, the New York State Department of Transportation and Monroe Community College

As a senior associate vice president, Cleveland will oversee all aspects of human resources including talent acquisition and management, compensation, benefits, wellness, employee relations, employee development and retention, and performance management. She will also be responsible for oversight for the Office of Institutional Equity.

Cleveland begins January 2, and I hope you will join me in welcoming her.

Nevada Promise Needs Mentors

Our Nevada Promise students need you. As you know, students who receive the Nevada Promise scholarship are required to periodically meet with a mentor. Many CSN faculty and staff have been gracious enough to volunteer to mentor students, and for that we are grateful. More mentors are needed, though. If you can, please volunteer by filling out a mentor application here. Thank you.

Voicemail Changes

I hope you saw the email from our Office of Technology Services announcing several important changes to our voicemail system. For a full list of instructions, visit here.

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CSN November Chronicle

November 2019 Chronicle

Many in the CSN family have been looking forward the official Student Union grand openings. It was truly an honor to stand with Dr. Arnold Bell, Faculty Senate Chair, the three past student government presidents Daniel Rodriguez, Andrew Sierra and Jill Robinson on October 29, and our new Charleston Campus Vice President and Provost Sonya Pearson for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Truly a “Students First” event.

November is also a time of reflection as we celebrate Thanksgiving, Veterans Day and Native American Heritage Month. In this spirit of reflection, I want to thank all of the CSN family for your dedication, commitment and hard work. I am truly blessed to be in an organization dedicated to student success and community impact.


Student Union Dedication

I hope you will be able to join us when we officially dedicate the student union on our North Las Vegas campus in honor of the late Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson on November 14. Thompson was a great friend to our community and our campus, a true believer in the Students First philosophy guiding all of us. I remember him greeting CSN students warmly into his office when we were in Carson City earlier this year. You can find details about the event on our calendar.

Our student unions stand as shining examples to the Students First approach we take at CSN.

As you know, the unions on each campus have quickly become popular spaces for our students to study, grab a bite to eat, relax between class and gather with their friends. The unions make the college experience better for all. They began as an idea from student government leaders years ago and I’m proud to see them come to fruition.

Coach Tim Chambers

CSN has built an impressive array of athletic programs over the years, and Coach Tim Chambers was at the foundation of it all. Chambers, who coached the CSN Coyotes baseball team from 2000 to 2010 and brought home a national championship in 2003, died on October 27. He will be sorely missed by everyone at CSN. The success of our student athletes both on and off the field was always a priority for Coach Chambers, and his legacy will live on. Read Athletic Director Dexter Irvin’s letter.

Leadership Academy

If you have not yet submitted your application to our new CSN Leadership Academy, I encourage you to do so now. The deadline is November 15. The program is open to all employees and utilizes the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People model of principle-based leadership. The application is available online or via PDF for download. Please contact program director Dr. Gillian.Silver-Rodis@csn.edu for more information.

Holiday Card & Holiday Party

I hope you will all join me at the CSN Holiday Party in the Charleston Campus Student Union Ballroom from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, December 12. After a successful semester, I am excited to celebrate the holidays with our faculty and staff who always put our students first. Please keep an eye on your email for more details about this event. As a reminder, I am seeking artwork submissions for our CSN Holiday Card. You can learn more about that and how to enter here.

University Police Services

I hope you all saw the message from Associate Vice President & Director of University Police Services, Southern Command Adam Garcia noting the changes regarding our Henderson facilities. As of now, University Police Services is providing 24/7 service to the CSN Henderson Campus, the Green Valley Tech Center, and the Water Street Centers, including dispatch services via UPD’s Dispatch Center. This change will provide improved response times for police, fire and medical services while also continuing to provide calls for service for campus security and after hour emergency requests for Facilities Management. Police will also provide increased patrols of these properties, including in vehicle patrol coverage and targeted foot patrols.

Also, working with Facilities Management, you will note signs communicating the prohibition of weapons on state property. Additional signage will be deployed throughout all campus locations in coming months.

Dean of the School of Arts & Letters

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Vartouhi Asherian, the new interim dean of the School of Arts and Letters! Dr. Asherian has been with CSN for many years, and she has a strong professional background in community college and public school teaching. She also brings a strong understanding of educational technology and has demonstrated great skill in working with faculty. She holds advanced degrees in Instructional Design and Distance Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Education Administration. She serves on a national AACC-affiliated board and is engaged with NWCCU, our accrediting body, representing CSN in a professional capacity. She is also deeply committed to our community, and is particularly engaged in the arts.

Fall 2019 Enrollment

Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our fall enrollment through the census date of October 15, 2019. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data. See the enrollment report.

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CSN October Chronicle

October 2019 Chronicle

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

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


In this issue:

  • CSN Leadership Academy 
  • Counseling Recommendations
  • PTK Honors Bruno Rhodes
  • Coyote Cupboards Open
  • Jeanne Clery Report
  • HSI/MSI Symposium
  • New inclusive learning leader   
  • Student Unions Grand Opening
  • Constitution & Voter Registration Day
  • Nevada Promise Deadline
  • Short Film Showcase
  • Science & Tech Expo
  • Fall Enrollment Report

CSN Leadership Academy

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

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Multi-Campus Recommendations

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

Read All the Details

PTK Honors Bruno Rhodes

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

Coyote Cupboards Now Open

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

Read the Press Release

Jeanne Clery Report

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

Read the Full Report

HSI/MSI Symposium

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

New Inclusive Learning Leader

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

Student Unions Grand Opening

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


Constitution & Voter Registration Day

I want to thank Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske for joining one of our political science classes last month on Constitution Day, a federally recogn

ized day of observance celebrated on September 17 – which is the anniversary of the document’s signing. The day coincides with Citizenship Day, when we 

recognize people who are taking steps to become U.S. citizens. National Voter Registration Day is also in September, and this year we held a registration drive on the North Las Vegas Campus, partnering with the League of Women Voters of Nevada. We had a great turnout. Thanks to all who helped organize such an important event.

Register to Vote

Nevada Promise    

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

Other Upcoming Events

Short Film Showcase      

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

Science & Tech Expo

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

Fall 2019 Enrollment Report

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

See the Enrollment Report

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