December Chronicle

Greetings, colleagues. As we move toward the end of another semester, I have a few important news and event announcements to share. As always, it is an incredibly busy time at CSN, and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and dedication.

CSN Will Have a New Acting President

Dr. Margo Martin

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Margo Martin on her appointment by the NSHE Board of Regents as CSN’s acting president, to take effect after my retirement in January. Since joining CSN in June as the college’s vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Martin has made an impression on both the CSN community and the state’s higher education leaders. She brings 25 years of experience in higher education to CSN. Her invaluable knowledge and experience will help guide the college as the Board conducts a national search for a permanent president.

Welcome Dr. Lisandra De Jesus

Dr. Lisandra De Jesus

Dr. Lisandra De Jesus has joined us as our new interim associate vice president, student services. She has over 17 years of experience in higher education, most recently as dean of student services at Albany Technical College. Please join me in welcoming her to our student affairs team.

Promise Mentors Needed

We are nearing the final push in our effort to get 1,500 people signed up to be mentors to our Nevada Promise students. CSN received more than 9,000 applications for the new scholarship, which pays all mandatory tuition and fees for qualified students, a true game-changer for Nevada. Among the requirements for those who receive the scholarship are community service and mentoring components. To learn more about becoming a mentor, visit www.csn.edu/promise

Student Union Artist Renderings

Plans for our new student union buildings are coming along nicely. Click here for more renderings. As you may recall, we’ll build a 25,000-square-foot facility on each campus, each with the same design to streamline costs. Each will also include site work for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.  We anticipate a groundbreaking celebration this spring, with a grand opening set for fall 2019.

International Week

The Comprehensive Internationalization Committee, along with the Office of Inclusive Learning and Engagement, hosted this year’s Ambassador’s Day. This annual event is an opportunity for the college community to come together and virtually travel around the world interacting with different cultures at each exhibit. More than 330 students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to taste food from around the world.

Ombuds Forum

CSN’s Office of the Ombudsperson is holding an Open Forum from 10-11:30 a.m. December 8 on the Charleston Campus, K-101. Please join ombuds Jennifer Basquiat and Mark Rauls to address concerns, identify problems, and work toward solutions to make CSN a more productive and inclusive community. Vice President for Academic Affairs Margo Martin will also be in attendance to facilitate open communication with faculty.

Higher Ed Night at the Magical Forest

You and a guest are invited to join in the Grand Lobby at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest for a private reception to honor CSN. Those planning to attend must RSVP by Monday, Dec. 4, by calling Christina at 702-880-4075. Attendees must then print and bring this flier at this link to be scanned for entry. Contact Christina at Opportunity Village for more information.

News From the CSN Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive Campaign Soft Launch   

CSN Foundation Board of Trustees Chair John Hester welcomes guests to the 2021 CSN Challenge Summit on Nov. 2 at the Springs Preserve.

On Nov. 2, the CSN Foundation held a breakfast at the Springs Preserve to kick off a comprehensive campaign to raise funds for scholarships, athletics and academic programs. The event was well attended with over 70 business and community leaders and also served to kick off our campaign to recruit mentors for the Nevada Promise Scholarship Program. We’re calling this the 2021 CSN Challenge. Our goal is to recruit mentors and raise $5 million by our fiftieth anniversary in 2021. One of my favorite ideas about this campaign is to raise funds for our students in the growing number of bachelor degree programs at CSN.

Wilma E. Motley Scholarship Endowment

Wilma E. Motley

This month, a new scholarship endowment was created for fourth year dental hygiene students. The Wilma E. Motley Endowment is named in honor of the recognized leader in dental hygiene who passed away in 2005. Mrs. Motley was a faculty member at the University Southern California in dental hygiene. She wrote two key textbooks for the discipline, on ethics and the history of dental hygiene. She served on numerous boards and received many recognitions, one of which was the rare distinction of appointment as an honorary member of the American Dental Association. We are proud to have this endowment named after such an important figure in this field and cannot wait for our students to learn more about her.

Employee Giving Campaign

The Foundation also launched an employee giving campaign called The Coyote Commitment. You can choose to make a monthly donation through payroll deductions for as little as $10 a month. Contact the CSN Foundation at foundation@csn.edu for more information or to get started.

Questions and Answers

 Is the Faculty & Staff softball game scheduled for December 2 replacing the Hungry Games?

No, it is a softball game only that was put together by faculty and staff for the faculty and staff. The Hungry Games will still happen, but will be moved to the spring semester this year.

I understand there’s a new process for scheduling events. How will that work?

CSN’s new Events Management Office was established to make event planning more efficient and ensure your events are more effective. The office is the central place for coordinating, planning and hosting events at CSN. Please visit the new website at www.csn.edu/eventrequest to learn more about event guidelines and procedures. Instructions for requesting space are on the website. For more information, please call 702-651-3590 or email eventsoffice@csn.edu.

Representatives of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators were on campus recently to solicit feedback and opinions from the CSN community on a possible consolidation of southern Nevada higher education police departments, including CSN’s. When can we expect to see the results of their visit?

The Board of Regents has been studying whether consolidation of law enforcement services might save the system some money while maintaining the level of safety and security we have all become accustomed to. As part of that process, the IACLEA representatives visited the higher education institutions in southern Nevada, including CSN, to hear our questions and concerns. The group is expected to issue its report to the Board in the spring. We will keep you updated as we hear more.

A note on the new Chronicle format

I hope my monthly Chronicles are an important part of how you stay informed about what is happening at and around CSN. We are always trying to make communication more effective and efficient. To that end, we have created this new format with the entire content of the Chronicle embedded in your email. We hope this will make the Chronicle more user friendly and easier to navigate.

Best,

 

Mike

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November Chronicle

Greetings, Colleagues! I have many updates and events to share with you in this month’s Chronicle. In addition to information about ongoing initiatives, this edition includes the exciting return of a cherished event, as well as some good news from around the college.

Searching for CSN’s Next President

Nov. 3

I again encourage all of you to have your voice heard in the search for this college’s next president. That process, led by the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents, has already begun. Chancellor Thom Reilly and Vice Chair Jason Geddes will hold a series of open meetings on Nov. 3 on all three of our campuses. Please click here for details. The Board will have two options. They could appoint an acting president, someone who would act as a caretaker while a national search for a new president is conducted. Or the Board could appoint an interim president, who may be recommended to serve in a permanent capacity. Please attend one of the meetings and let the Board members know your thoughts.

Our Strong Community

The everlasting effects of the terrible Oct. 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip continue to reverberate throughout our community. Through the hardship, we have seen the people who call southern Nevada home come together in almost unprecedented ways. Whether it is stories of our community members donating millions of dollars or anonymously performing heroics acts in the face of danger, nothing could make me prouder to call southern Nevada my home.

Nevada Promise Scholarship’s Popularity

We have had such an incredible response to the new Nevada Promise Scholarship that we now need just as much enthusiasm from community members who want to help guide those CSN students through college. The scholarship, which pays all mandatory tuition and fees for qualified CSN students once other forms of financial aid have been exhausted, requires students to meet with a mentor to help them succeed. We need hundreds of mentors for the thousands of students who’ve applied for the scholarship. For more information, and a link to the mentor application, please visit www.csn.edu/promise. Thank you for your continued support of CSN and our students.

Notes on the Next State Budget

I intend to make compensation for faculty and staff CSN’s top priority in the next legislative session. Between now and the end of this academic year a salary study will be conducted to provide data on the issue. CSN has taken the position for the last several sessions that compensation must be number one.

In addition, we are seeking a tweak of the funding formula to put more weight on courses that train the future generation of health care workers, a critical field for both Nevada and CSN.

On the capital side of the budget, we will be requesting the money to construct the new Health and Science Building on our Henderson Campus that we will share with Nevada State College. We expect to ask for approximately $35-40 million for that construction. We are very optimistic and excited about this new building. Once it is operational, it will change the nature of the institution, particularly in Henderson.

Another capital project that we are very excited about is the construction of our three new student unions. Plans are currently being drafted for three identical buildings, one for each campus. Groundbreaking is expected to take place this spring, with a fall 2019 opening date.

Salary Studies

It’s easy to be confused about salary studies. People are unsure who does them, what they mean, when they will be done. I hope to clarify that here.

CSN compares and adjusts the salaries of academic faculty within the institution based on experience and education. This is not compared with other institutions. This plan is to be agreed upon by the Faculty Senate and the president, and is also being discussed within collective bargaining.

NSHE reviews and updates salary schedules across the system. This information is compared with other institutions. The chancellor’s office conducts this portion, with the assistance of presidents and faculty. One faculty member and one administrator per institution is a representative. For CSN, that is Chuck Milne and Patty Charlton. This is done every four years, and the latest one is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Finally, the state Legislature will be conducting an interim study about affordability and college salaries across NSHE. Each institution will submit the name of one faculty member and one student to assist. Those people have not yet been selected. This is done once, and is expected to start in 2018.

I hope that helps.

CSN Foundation Bash for Education 

Mark your calendars! The CSN Foundation will hold a gala April 7 at the Rio Hotel & Casino to help raise funds for the college and our health and science building. This is our first gala in several years and there will be a discounted ticket price for faculty and staff. We hope you will save the date and plan to join us.

Comprehensive Campaign and the Coyote Commitment

The Foundation will also soon be kicking off a comprehensive campaign to increase engagement from the community and within CSN. We are calling it the 2021 CSN Challenge, which provides a way for anyone, regardless of income, to get involved in their community’s college. We are asking for support to help recruit 750 mentors to work with our Nevada Promise scholars and raise $5 million by the college’s 50th anniversary in 2021. In early November, we will do a soft launch of this campaign at the Springs Preserve with the business community. We will do a parallel campaign among employees, starting Nov. 28, which is also #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by social media. The CSN Foundation will ask you to make a Coyote Commitment, through a small monthly payroll deduction that will have a big, collective impact. Through a committee process, we intend to also give you a say in how your contributions will be put to work in support of our students and programs. You will hear more about this campaign in the near future.

Red Rock Review Celebrates 40th Issue

Felini-Canino, by KD Matheson

The Red Rock Review literary journal recently published its 40th issue! Renowned artist and Las Vegas local KD Matheson allowed the use of his painting “Felino-Canino” for the cover. CSN English Professor and the journal’s editor in chief Erica Vital-Lazare describes the painting as one that helps portray the duality of light and dark in the special issue. The journal was created just over 20 years ago by a group of CSN professors and it has been flourishing ever since. Please join me in congratulating Vital-Lazare and everyone involved in its production over the last two decades. What an accomplishment!

College Camp

On Friday, October 13th, CSN’s Latino Alliance hosted College Camp, an event designed to give high school seniors a firsthand glimpse of college. This year approximately 188 students from CCSD’s JAG Program participated in the camp. Students had the opportunity to participate in mini college sessions, which were led by CSN faculty, including Nursing, EMT, Psychology, Latin Studies, and ALS. The high school seniors were also informed about CSN’s admission process and were encouraged to complete the Nevada Promise scholarship application. Students received encouraging words from Senior Vice President Patty Charlton, ASCSN Senator Yvanna Cancela, Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates Board Member and AT&T External Affairs Director Sandra Douglass Morgan and CSN alumnus and former student body president State Assemblyman William McCurdy.

The Common Student Experience

Each month we continue working on establishing a Common Student Experience at all our campuses for CSN students. Through the transition from a multi-campus college to a multi-campus college district we will more effectively serve our students. I expect that the next president will appoint provosts to oversee the Henderson, Charleston and North Las Vegas campuses. We have already secured funding for those positions. The provosts will have the same rank as the vice presidents and will report directly to the president. Some operations will be decentralized, while others will remain much as they are. A critical goal is to allow students to take all of their core courses on any campus; some will be able to finish their entire degrees on one campus. We will also establish Centers of Excellence on each campus, focused on specialized areas, such as nursing, cybersecurity or public safety. In the long run, as CSN establishes campuses in Northwest Las Vegas and, hopefully, the southwest part of town, the governing structure will be much more adaptable than the one currently in place. And remember, we have posted a series of FAQs at www.csn.edu/experience.

Congratulations Coyotes!

CSN’s Men’s Coyotes soccer team had a great regular season, taking the Scenic West Athletic Conference title. Congratulations! What an accomplishment for a team in only its second year of existence. Although they lost in the tournament, they had a great season and team members should be proud of their accomplishment.

Important Dates

Spring 2018 Registration

Nov. 1

Spring 2018 Priority registration for current CSN students starts this Wednesday, Nov. 1, and open enrollment for new students begins Nov. 21.

Veterans Events

Nov. 9

The CSN Military & Veterans Alliance will once again host the Fallen Comrade Table Ceremony. Please join them at 11:11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, for a remembrance of military members who gave the ultimate sacrifice. There will be a table to honor service members, where families and friends can place their photos during the ceremony. For more information call 702-651-5060.

Nov. 11

In addition, the CSN Military & Veterans Alliance and the CSN Office of Inclusive Learning and Engagement invite all CSN students, faculty, staff and community members to join them for the Las Vegas Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Let’s show our veterans the support they deserve.

 

Best,

Mike

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Town Hall Summary

President’s Town Halls Summary

Fall 2017

Greetings Colleagues! Earlier this month, I held town hall meetings on each campus, and I thank those of you who were in attendance. We discussed many important topics, and answered a few questions, too.

For those who were not able to make it, here is a brief summary of the major topics addressed. Please feel free to ask questions if you don’t see a topic addressed here. And be sure to read the latest version of the Chronicle, which contains many updates.

Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Update (Chief Caraballo)

The federally mandated annual report on crime stats was distributed by email last week. If you want more you can contact our police department and Chief Caraballo can present to you or your staff. The report covers crime on campus, off campus and on public property. The federal government dictates the geographic boundaries. The on-campus report is most important to us, but you should look at all three to get the full picture. The stats for the off campus and public categories come from other police departments. We also publicize our activity log on our website every day. Everything is there, from citations to other criminal activity. You can see the full report on our website.

Please be sure you have the CSN Mobile Safety App for your devices.  Also, please update your person information in our emergency alert system. We would like your personal and CSN contact information to keep you updated.  If you see something say something. Every piece of information can help in an emergency.

Presidential Search

With my retirement in January, the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents will soon begin the process of selecting a new president for CSN. Chancellor Thom Reilly, Board Chair Kevin Page and Vice Chair Jason Geddes will hold a series of open meetings on Nov. 3 on all three of our campuses. Please watch your email for details, or click here.

There are essentially two options available: The Board could appoint an acting president, which is akin to a caretaker who will watch over the college while a national search for a new president is conducted. Or the Board could appoint an interim president, who would likely get the permanent job unless he or she does something that makes board members change their minds.

The chancellor and board leaders want to know what you think. I recommend attending one of the meetings.

Police Consolidation

You may be aware that the Board of Regents has been studying whether to consolidate some of CSN’s police services with UNLV’s in the interest of saving money.  Under the direction of the chancellor, a study of the idea will shortly be underway. It is anticipated that faculty and staff will have an opportunity for input.

Next Budget

For the 2019 legislative session, CSN will once again make compensation for faculty and staff its number one priority. Between now and the end of this academic year a salary study is being conducted to provide data on the issue. CSN has taken the position for the last several sessions that compensation must be number one.

In addition, we are seeking a tweak of the funding formula to put more weight on courses that train the future generation of health care workers, a critical field for both Nevada and CSN.

On the capital side of the budget, we will be requesting the money to construct the new Health and Science Building on our Henderson Campus that we will share with Nevada State College. We expect to ask for approximately $35-40 million for that construction. In addition, we will have to raise $5-6 million in matching funds. We are very optimistic and excited about this new building. Once it is operational it will change the nature of the institution, particularly in Henderson.

Another capital project that we are very excited about is the construction of our three new student unions. Plans are currently being drafted for three identical buildings, one for each campus. Groundbreaking is expected to take place this spring, with a fall 2019 opening date.

Nevada Promise

Applications for the Nevada Promise scholarship continue to roll in. To date, we have received well over 2,000, and expect at least 3,000 by the Oct. 31 deadline. I couldn’t be happier about this.

With that many applications, however, comes a greater that ever need for mentors. Among the qualifications scholarship recipients must meet is to meet with a mentor. We expect to need approximately 750 mentors, at a minimum. To apply, please click here.

Accreditation Update

We are current on what we have to provide to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities regarding the warning status that was given to us and our governing board. The commission would like to see evidence of the board’s self-evaluation, and I am assured that is forthcoming.

A Common Student Experience

We have posted a series of FAQs at www.csn.edu/experience that are designed to help explain what a multi-campus college district is, how it applies to CSN, and why we believe it will provide for a better student experience at all three – and one day, perhaps, four or five – campuses.

We expect that the next president will appoint provosts/vice presidents to oversee the Henderson, Charleston and North Las Vegas campuses. This person will have the same rank as the vice presidents and will report directly to the president. Some operations will be decentralized, particularly those that directly serve students such as counseling. Others, such as financial aid, for example, will remain much as they are, with operations on all the campuses, but its administration in one place.

The overall goal is to provide what we are calling a common student experience on any of our campuses. Students will be able to take all of their core courses on any campus, and some will be able to finish their entire degrees on one campus. Those who are studying specialized subjects such as culinary arts, for example, will be directed to one of our centers of excellence. Each campus will contain several such centers of excellence, which will focus on the specialties that campus is particularly suited for. Charleston would be a center of excellence for health care, North Las Vegas for cybersecurity, Henderson for public safety, and so on.

Ultimately, this structure – which is used by other community colleges of our size in metro areas of Las Vegas’ size – is expected to make governing CSN more efficient. In the long run, as CSN builds out its planned campus in Northwest Las Vegas and, we hope, one in the southwest one day, the governing structure is much more adaptable than the one currently in place.

It will streamline the student experience, too, making each student’s journey through college that much simpler.

For more detailed information and a full breakdown of all the questions asked and answers provided at the town halls, click here

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Community in Recovery

Colleagues,

It has been a difficult week for our community, but it has also been a time that has shown us how strong we can all be when we pull together. Our thoughts continue to be with those who lost loves ones and those who are recovering from the tragic events of Sunday night on the Las Vegas Strip.

CSN is a part of this community, and when the community hurts we hurt. We have had several inquiries about whether any of our students were affected by Sunday night’s violence. We know that perhaps a dozen or more CSN students were in attendance at the event, and we know of one student who was wounded. The student is recovering in a local hospital. Thankfully we know of no other students who were injured and none who were killed.

Please remember that help is available for anyone who needs it, through CAPS for our students and through the Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff. We are here to support this community, and that includes you.

I am proud that CSN is this community’s college, and I am proud to call southern Nevada my home.

Mike

 

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Shooting Tragedy

CSN is deeply saddened by the events of last night.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and to all affected by this tragedy.
CSN will be open for operations and classes as scheduled, but we would encourage faculty and staff to allow extra time for students to commute to our campuses.
Town Hall meetings and other events will also proceed today and through the week.  Yet we know the shock of these events will impact us for some time.
CSN has CAPS and other services that can be of assistance as needed.
Please be assured we will track developments on this tragedy and keep you informed should there be impacts on CSN.
Mike Richards
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October Chronicle

Greetings, Colleagues!  We are more than a month into the semester and I hope all is going well. This month’s Chronicle — sorry for its length — includes many updates and important information about initiatives, events, deadlines and exciting developments at CSN.  There is much going on and, as you’ll see, considerable information to share with you.  Some of the information will be detailed further at my town halls next week, and you’ll have a chance to ask questions.  Hope you can attend.

Nevada Promise is in Need of Mentors

Applications for Nevada Promise scholarships are currently being accepted through Oct. 31. As you will recall, this last-dollar scholarship program pays all of a student’s mandatory tuition and fees for up to three years at CSN once several other forms of financial aid are taken into account. The students have to meet certain conditions, such as performing community service, maintaining 12 credits per semester and meeting with a mentor.

That is where you can come in. We are currently seeking mentors for these students, and I encourage you to sign up. Be a mentor and change a life. You can sign up on our website at www.csn.edu/mentor-application. For more information, contact promise@csn.edu or 702-651-7500.

Nevada Promise Partnership event

There will be a kick off of Nevada Promise with a number of elected officials at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3 at Cheyenne High School. I am excited about this event. We expect to hear from Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, State Sen. Mo Dennis, State Sen. Becky Harris, Clark County School District Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky and other CCSD officials and students to help us spread the word about the Oct. 31 application deadline.

It is wonderful to see the community come together over such an important issue, and it’s always a pleasure when CSN gets to collaborate with the Clark County School District to help students transition from the K-12 system into higher education.

Moving Toward a Common Student Experience

We’ve been on this journey toward becoming a multi-campus college district for a year now. The first series of multi-campus district committee meetings took place in September 2016. Much has happened since then. From Board of Regent’s presentations, legislative updates and stakeholder reviews to round tables, town halls and peer reviews, we questioned, we listened and we learned as much as we could. We took our findings and we turned them inside out so we could build a solid foundation from which to work.

I am pleased to report that we are now positioned to transform the student experience at each of our three main campuses. Here are some of the impacts:

  • We have hired 8 new/replacement advisors and additional faculty from student fee revenues — the 4 percent tuition and fee increase;
  • We are assigning full-time advisors to the Henderson campus (a 22 percent increase in the number of advisors there) and ensuring that other student services at that campus are in place;
  • We have secured external leases in order to free up space for more classrooms and student services at the Henderson campus;
  • We have secured funding beginning in FY 2019 to hire campus administrators — Provosts and Vice Presidents — to coordinate day-to-day operations on the three campuses;
  • We have planned the “domino effect” of vacated space that will allow our facilities maintenance folks to relocate, vacating space at the North Las Vegas campus that will become a student success center;
  • We have begun preparations on each of our campuses that will allow us to break ground on our new student unions this spring.

It’s an exciting time and I will continue to keep you updated here each month. We will also be adding content to our new webpage at www.csn.edu/experience as it becomes available. You will find links to prior reports and presentations as well as new links, such as our recently added FAQs.

We’re Making It Easier to Publicize Your College Event!

We are in the process of revising our Upcoming Event email system to reduce the number of individual event emails you receive. A new online event publicity request form launches Monday, Oct. 2. This new form can be accessed from your GoCSN portal and works across all devices and browsers. We will follow this up with the release of the new CSN Weekly format by the start of the spring semester. Please email marketing@csn.edu with questions or for more information.

Counseling and Psychological Services

I wanted to remind everyone that our Counseling and Psychological Services team offers services to students as well as faculty and staff, and the services are always free and confidential.

Services available for faculty and staff include consultations, crisis consultation, outreach presentations to classes, campus groups and departments, educational workshops and information about mental health resources available in the community.

Experts can assist faculty and staff by helping with student-specific concerns or classroom situations. For more, visit www.csn.edu/caps.

CSN Coyotes

Your CSN Coyotes are now in conference play in both men’s & women’s soccer as well as volleyball. Please visit www.csncoyotes.com for the full schedule of games.

The Coyotes have several events coming up, as well.

  • The Region 18 Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournament will be Oct. 26-28. The winner of The SWAC Conference will host the tournament.
  • The Region 18 Volleyball Tournament will be Nov. 3 & 4. The winner of The SWAC Conference will host the tournament.
  • And the CSN Athletics Golf Tournament will be Nov. 17 at the Revere Golf Club, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

More exciting athletics news: The Coyotes just released the CSN Raising Cane’s Athletic Spotlight showcasing two student athletes. Emily Ragsdale is a freshman playing middle blocker on the Lady Coyote Volleyball Team. Ashlee Jordan is a freshman and a forward on the Lady Coyote Soccer Team. Congratulations to them both.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Questions, Deadline

I wanted to take this opportunity for a last-minute reminder of the rapidly approaching deadline for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program recipients with permits expiring in the next six months to file the renewal application as soon as possible and before Oct. 2 to ensure it is received by the Oct. 5 deadline.

As I mentioned in a recent college-wide communication, my office has received a significant number of calls from students, faculty, staff, and community members inquiring about what the decision from the U.S. Department of Justice to end the program means to our DACA students.

There have been particular questions about the deadline to reapply for the program and the expiration of the Employment Authorization Documents (EAD).

DACA and EADs will remain valid until the expiration date. To determine the expiration date, please refer to the I-795 Approval Notice and the EAD.

Please remember new DACA applications are not being accepted and that the Department of Homeland Security will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad.

We are committed to supporting all students who wish to pursuit their educational goals at CSN. We will continue encouraging our elected officials to work towards a permanent solution.

DACA Advice Forum

There will be an immigration information and advice forum designed for international, DACA and undocumented students from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4 on the North Las Vegas Campus, June Whitley Student Lounge. Experts will be on hand to provide reliable and practical advice for college students and the general public on immigration topics. It is sponsored by CSN, UNLV, Nevada State College, the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada and the ACLU of Nevada. You can RSVP to 702-651-7607 or diversity@csn.edu.

President’s Town Hall Series

I will be holding town hall meetings on each campus in the coming days.

  • 9-10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 2, on the North Las Vegas Campus, Building A, room 1772
  • 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, on the Charleston Campus, Building K, room 101
  • 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, on the Henderson Campus, Building C, room 133

I expect to cover a range of important topics, including the multi-campus college district. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. There will be a question and answer session following my remarks.

CSN Student Film Showcase

You are invited to the College of Southern Nevada’s Sixth Annual Short Film Showcase at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13. The two-hour showcase will have 10 short films, including documentaries, experimental, narrative films and more, all produced in the past year within the Videography & Film Program. This year students in the program were nominated for 26 Student Production Emmy Awards and ultimately won a national record 14 (Pacific Southwest Region Emmys). The event is free and open to the public. Following the screening there will be prizes for top film categories (last year sponsors contributed $10,000 in prizes) and a Q&A with filmmakers. Enjoy the high quality of filmmaking at CSN and meet a new generation of filmmakers in Las Vegas. The Short Film Showcase will be held in the Horn Theatre on the CSN North Las Vegas Campus. We hope to see you there.

Workday Goes Live

Workday will go live on Monday, Oct. 2! If you have not yet completed your training, you can meet the Workday team on Monday on any of our three campuses:

  • Charleston Campus, B Building Lobby
  • North Las Vegas Campus, A Building Lobby
  • Henderson Campus, C Building Lobby

I encourage you to attend one of these sessions if you have not already had the training. In addition, you can access the Workday module located in CANVAS where you can view a short video on how to navigate Workday, review training material and browse job aids to guide you through the system. Or contact the CAPE office for further training opportunities.

Migrating to the Workday software has been all-consuming for many of our folks.  Under the the leadership of Vice President Mary Kaye Bailey and the coordination of many team leaders and staff in finance and human resources, the change is well underway. I want to express appreciation for all the work, the training, the hours and hours of planning and implementation this project has required. Thank you all!!

2017 NSHE Southern Nevada Diversity Summit

NSHE Southern Nevada Diversity Summit Keynote Speaker Ranjit Sidhu

CSN is proud to once again host the NSHE Southern Nevada Diversity Summit this year. It will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in various locations on the North Las Vegas Campus. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend. As you know, diversity and inclusion are among the core values in CSN’s mission statement. They are not simply words to us, but important real-world concepts that guide what we do.

This year’s theme is Engines of Change: The Power of Community and Individual Action. The keynote speaker will be Ranjit Sidhu, President & CEO of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships.

Topics scheduled to be covered include everything from emotional intelligence to superheroes. Please take a look at the entire schedule at www.csn.edu/diversity and choose which session you plan on attending.

CSN Bookstores Food Drive

CSN’s three bookstores held a food drive benefiting Three Square in August and September, raising approximately $7,500 for the local food bank. In addition to the cash donated by CSN faculty, staff and students, 550 pounds of non-perishable food was also donated. Follett Higher Education Group’s support of this initiative was instrumental to its success. This record-setting campaign demonstrates the commitment CSN’s students, staff, and faculty have to contributing to the local community. Congratulations to everyone involved!

Revive Brand Wins!

Congratulations to Revive Brand Co., a local small business with roots at CSN, for winning the $20,000 grand prize recently in the Cox Communications Get Started Las Vegas entrepreneurship contest. Wow! Revive, which makes and sells clothing and accessories, is one of dozens of small businesses that began with help from CSN’s Business Incubator program.

Nevada Day Reminder

A reminder that we will celebrate Nevada Day on Friday, Oct. 27 this year. The Silver State’s 153rd birthday is reason enough for a day off halfway through the semester. Enjoy the holiday.

Solving Some of Our Critical Space Issues

I am pleased to announce several approvals by the Board of Regents at its September meeting that will help CSN better utilize the space we have, particularly in the area of student services.

Two lease agreements for property on Water Street in downtown Henderson were approved. One will allow a team from facilities management to vacate space on the North Las Vegas Campus, which will then be used for student affairs functions, particularly advising and counseling. A second lease will allow the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy to leave the Henderson Campus and relocate. This will not only give the Law Enforcement Training Academy the space it needs, the move will also free up room on the Henderson Campus for more classrooms, faculty offices, student support space and student services offices, all critical as we transition to a multi-campus district model.

The Board also approved the bonding plans to finance our new student unions. The unions — one on each of our main campuses, encompassing 25,000 square feet each — are being designed right now for an anticipated spring 2018 groundbreaking and a fall 2019 grand opening.

In addition, our heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration students will be pleased to know that the days of commuting between the Henderson Campus, the North Las Vegas Campus and our leased facility on West Cheyenne Avenue are numbered. Our facilities management staff is working on a plan to consolidate the entire program at the Western Center, our learning center on the Western High School Campus. The transition will take some time, but it is already underway.

CSN’s Two New Bachelor’s Degrees Gain Approval

The Board of Regents has recently approved two new bachelor’s degrees for CSN, which will bring the total available here to seven. We’re very excited about this opportunity to offer much needed degrees to southern Nevadans that would otherwise not be available.

In June, the Board approved a new Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Deaf Studies, and in September, the Board approved a new Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Project Management.

Both new degrees are under review by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, CSN’s official accrediting agency.

The Deaf Studies degree will have an emphasis in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. It will allow students pursuing national certification to be in compliance with degree mandates from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and also meet the requirements for qualifications set forth in Nevada state law. This is sorely needed in Nevada, which has an acute shortage of interpreters for the deaf.

The Project Management degree is equally critical. The program will focus on developing student communication, project management skills, and decision-making abilities within a broader context rather than a single vocation. We expect the program to meet the rigorous standards as set forth by the Accreditation of Business School Programs, while also providing a seamless transfer process for Career and Technical Education students.

Our current bachelor’s degrees are as follows:

Bachelor of Applied Science

  • Cardiorespiratory Sciences
  • Fire Technology
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences

Bachelor of Science

  • Dental Hygiene – Education Specialist
  • Dental Hygiene – Public Health Specialist

AT&T Aspire Foundation, CSN Foundation Partner on Scholarships

AT&T Director of External Affairs Sandra Douglass Morgan presents a check to CSN Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Margo Martin at Las Vegas Academy to support high school students taking CSN Jumpstart dual enrollment courses with LVA scholarship recipients and LVA Principal Scott Walker.

Earlier this month, the CSN Foundation and AT&T celebrated a new scholarship opportunity for Jumpstart students. The AT&T Aspire Foundation awarded $10,000 to CSN this summer to help 135 low-income high school students obtain college credit. The student recipients are taking a total of 476 college credits this semester through CSN’s Jumpstart program at their high schools. To award the scholarships, CSN worked with Clark County School District officials at the 21 high schools where CSN Jumpstart courses are offered. The CSN Jumpstart Program, which began in 2007, works with high school instructors to provide college courses at the high school campus, allowing juniors and seniors to obtain high school and college credit. CCSD instructors with collegiate-level credentials are certified through the program to teach CSN curricula so high school students are receiving the same course they would at a CSN campus.  

Questions and Answers

Is there any news about the anticipated presidential search at CSN?

NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly

With my retirement in January, the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents will soon begin the process of selecting a new president for CSN. While the details are still being worked out, Chancellor Thom Reilly will meet with the CSN Faculty Senate, and both Reilly and Board Chairman Kevin Page have forums planned for all three CSN campuses, likely in November. There will be a national search for the new president. Before a permanent president is selected, the Board may appoint either an interim or an acting president. The difference being that an interim president may one day become the permanent president, while an acting president may not. Look for more details soon from the Chancellor’s office.

If we would like to publicize accomplishment in our area or we are asked for comment by the media, who should we contact?

We definitely want to hear about what is happening in your area. Make sure to email your accomplishments, recognitions and student stories to Dave Morgan in our marketing and communications office. Dave may be able to use them in our advertising materials or publicity efforts. His office oversees our marketing and internal communications efforts while also handling proactive public relations that generate positive press for CSN. If you have an idea for a story, reach out and let him know.

In terms of media comment, we encourage our faculty to share their knowledge and experience when it comes to a topic within their field. If you have a request you are uncomfortable addressing or you are asked to comment on an institutional issue and are unsure what to do, please contact Michael Flores. Michael is authorized to speak on behalf of the college and handles all reactive media relations that require official comment. He also directs our government affairs efforts, including local, state and federal agency relations, and works to ensure consistent communications with external constituents.

Best regards,

Mike

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September Chronicle

Greetings, Colleagues!  I hope your semester is going well at this early stage.  My Chronicle of news and information for the month of September includes a fun item or two as well as updates on CSN information.

CSN Connections:

CSN students at the North Las Vegas campus Connections event get information about student services.

Thank you to all student services and academic staff and faculty that participated in the CSN Connections events. They were a huge success! These events exist to connect students with the many services we offer to help them succeed in a fun and welcoming environment with music and, of course, free food. They also help us highlight the importance of student success to our students and stakeholders and the critical role that student services staff play in helping students achieve.

Those who participated in these fairs at each campus helped to ensure our students were connected to the vast array of services available to help them succeed.

Thank you again for all of your efforts!

NLV Computer Lab and Russell’s Renovations

During the summer months, CSN’s Facilities Maintenance staff work as quickly as possible to improve campus systems and finishes.  This past summer, renovation of the computer lab on the North Las Vegas Campus was completed to improve the working environment and opportunities for student collaboration.  The lab (first picture, below) was ready for students the day classes began. Russell’s restaurant (pictures two and three, below) was also refreshed and is ready for use. As you visit these popular spaces, remember to thank our facilities staff for their great work!  Thank you, Sherri Payne and staff!

 

 

Beloit Mindset List

As each new school year begins, folks at Beloit College publish a “mindset” list to remind us of the increasing cultural divide between young students and faculty.  For me it was a shock a few years ago to learn that students no longer learned cursive writing.  Perhaps on the list below there are a few items that will help you with a greater understanding of new students.

  • They are the last class to be born in the 1900s, the last of the Millennials — enter next year, on cue, Generation Z!
  • They are the first generation for whom a phone has been primarily a video game, direction finder, electronic telegraph and research library.
  • Electronic signatures have always been as legally binding as the pen-on-paper kind.
  • In college, they will often think of themselves as consumers who’ve borrowed a lot of money to be there.
  • There have always been emoji to cheer us up.
  • The Panama Canal has always belonged to Panama and Macau has been part of China.
  • Dora the Explorer and her pet monkey, Boots, helped to set them on the course of discovery.
  • The seat of Germany’s government has always been back in Berlin.
  • By the time they entered school, laptops were outselling desktops.
  • Once on campus, they will find that college syllabi, replete with policies about disability, nondiscrimination and learning goals, might be longer than some of their reading assignments.
  • Whatever the subject, there’s always been a blog for it.
  • S. Supreme Court decisions have always been available at its website.
  • The Latin music industry has always had its own Grammy Awards.
  • Ketchup has always come in green.
  • Men have always shared a romantic smooch on television.
  • As toddlers, they may have taught their grandparents how to Skype.
  • Nolan Ryan has always worn his Texas Rangers cap in Cooperstown, while Steve Young and Dan Marino have always been watching football from the sidelines.
  • The BBC has always had a network in the U.S. where they speak American.
  • There has always been a Monster in their corner when looking for a job.
  • Wikipedia has steadily gained acceptance by their teachers.
  • Women have always scaled both sides of Everest and rowed across the Atlantic.
  • Bill Clinton has always been Hillary Clinton’s aging husband.

Pell Grants

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recently announced that, as of July 1, 2017, year-round Pell grants are now available to students. This change to the policy ensures that hundreds of thousands of college students will now have the needed resources to complete their course work in a time frame compatible with their individual needs. “This decision is about empowering students and giving them the flexibility and support needed to achieve their goals,” DeVos said. “Expanding access to the Pell program, so that students who need additional resources can graduate more quickly and with less debt, is the right thing to do.” This is fantastic news for CSN students, approximately one-third of whom are Pell grant eligible.

Floral Design

Two floral design students, Lupita Quintana Fierro and Noel Garcia, placed in the top ten at the American Institute of Floral Designers College Floral Design Competition over the summer. Congratulations to them both.

 

Planetarium Solar Eclipse Event

Planetarium Manager Andrew Kerr speaks with the media

The CSN Planetarium hosted more than 1,000 onlookers August 21 during the solar eclipse, eager for not only a safe place to view the eclipse, but also for the scientific expertise offered by Planetarium Manager Andrew Kerr and his staff. In addition, virtually every media outlet in southern Nevada attended. Congratulations, Andrew, on a job well done!

 

 

Emmy Awards

Please join me in congratulating students in our Videography and Film program, who won 14 Student Production Emmy Award nominations from the Pacific Southwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In all, the students were nominated for 26 awards. CSN students won eight of the awards last year.

 

Nursing Students

Nursing students from CSN, Nevada State College and Chamberlain University traveled to the Dominican Republic and Haiti this summer to do volunteer work in free medical clinics. Students visited homes in three communities and helped the ministry of health by completing surveys in homes for running water, electricity and toilet services. CSN nursing students who served with International Service Learning and former CSN nursing faculty member Dr. Tracey Long included Taylor Libbey and Victoria Maracle. Nursing students and nurses who are interested in serving in a medical trip summer 2018 in India or China can contact Dr. Tracey Long at longforhome@gmail.com. 

Faculty Senate Hiring Policy Open Forum

During fall semester, the Faculty Senate will be working to revise a number of policies, including the hiring policy.  To aid in that effort, the Senate will be holding forum on Friday, September 15, from 10-12 a.m. on the Charleston Campus K-101

The intention of the forum is to provide a brief recap on the charter of the Senate Hiring Policy Committee. Additionally, it will serve as a key avenue for eliciting observations and constructive recommendations for improving to CSN’s process of recruiting, screening, and securing talented individuals.   Those who are not able to attend are encouraged to share comments by an e-mail to Gillian.Silver-Rodis@csn.edu. Additionally, Institutional Research will soon circulate a related survey and participation is encouraged.

Questions from Faculty and Staff

Why did CSN receive a “Warning” from the Northwest Commission for a Board of Regents issue?

Nationally, institutions are subject to accreditation standards, not systems or governing boards.  In this case, two Nevada institutions received the initial recommendation and, because of timing, CSN received the Warning.  The Board, I would quickly add, has responded to both the original recommendation and to the Warning status with close attention to resolving the matter.

There is so much happening at the beginning of a semester; couldn’t the GoCSN announcement have been delayed?

GoCSN is a tool for faculty, staff and students to track passwords with one logon.  It’s a productivity tool, and there seemed like no better time to introduce it than the beginning of the academic year.

Final note:  Since 2007, it has been my honor to serve CSN as President.  Thank you all for your support through the years.  We have accomplished much on behalf of students and their success at CSN, and I’m confident that same spirit will continue.  We will ever cheer CSN onward!

 

Best,

Mike

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State of the College

Here is CSN President Michael Richards’ 2017 State of the College presentation, as delivered during Convocation on Aug. 21, 2017. 

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August Chronicle

August Chronicle

Greetings colleagues!  The month of August typically is a transition from summer to another academic year.  This Chronicle provides you with initial information about CSN’s activities this summer in advance of our Convocation on August 21st.

Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Margo Martin

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Margo Martin as CSN’s new Vice President for Academic Affairs.  Dr. Martin began her CSN service on July 1.  She has already visited most CSN campuses and learning sites, meeting faculty and staff while preparing for fall semester.

Important correspondence

Attached to this Chronicle are three items of correspondence received in July.  Two relate to CSN’s accreditation.  CSN is in good standing with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), but there is much work to do on program and institutional assessment.  There is also a requirement that CSN’s governing board, the Nevada Board of Regents, evaluate its performance on a regular basis.  CSN is accountable for that evaluation.

The third item of correspondence relates to salary adjustments and legislative action regarding salaries this biennium.  Should you have questions on any of these items, please let me know.

Personnel Changes in Advancement

Similar to such functions at all colleges and universities, the advancement function at CSN is critical to the mission of the College.  Over the years, the College has benefitted from the service of very capable professionals.  For about three years, Alan Diskin led the CSN Foundation.  He has stepped down after success in preparing the Foundation for its future with new trustees and a renewed direction.  I am pleased to announce that Dr. K. C. Brekken will assume new duties as executive director of the Foundation effective immediately.  K.C has served CSN for the past nine years, most recently as the executive director of public affairs, overseeing public and media relations as well as government affairs and as the staff liaison to the Institutional Advisory Council.  At the Foundation, Dan Morris and Millie Vuksanovic will continue their service and will aid K.C.

Additionally, CSN’s Alumni Relations program, led by Jamille Walton, will align with the Foundation.

Going forward, public relations activities will transition to Dave Morgan who will be CSN’s new director of Marketing and Media, an area that will continue to include Media Relations Senior Specialist Richard Lake and Coordinator Suzan Workman in their assignments.  Michael Flores will continue to direct our government relations efforts, including local, state and federal public relations and continue to play an important role in communications.

Maria Marinch, executive director of Community Relations, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will now work with the Institutional Advisory Council as well as the community service and mentoring requirements of the Nevada Promise program.

Please welcome these individuals into their new roles.

New Chancellor Thom Reilly

On August 7, Dr. Thom Reilly will begin his assignment as the Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Dr. Reilly has an outstanding record of service in southern Nevada, and most recently served as Director of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University.  He will join us on August 21st at Convocation.

08-2017 Attachment 1 NWCCU Warning Letter Page 108-2017 Attachment 1 NWCCU Warning Letter Page 208-2017 Attachment 1 NWCCU Warning Letter Page 3

08-2017 Attachment 2 NWCCU Removal of Warning

08-2017 Attachment 3 Salary Adj Letter Page 1

08-2017 Attachment 3 Salary Adj Letter Page 2

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June Chronicle

Greetings faculty and staff! I hope your spring semester wrapped up well and those that are here for the summer term are excited for a new group of students and classes. This Chronicle includes a summary of the legislative session and important information about what’s to come as we get closer to the fall semester.

Cost of Living Increases

We are grateful to the Governor for including a 2 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in each year of the next biennium’s budget, effective July 1, 2017. In the 11th hour, legislators were able to pass another 1 percent increase for each year, which the Governor has not yet signed. Therefore, state employees could see a 2 or 3 percent increase in each year of the biennium. Classified employees should see the increase on their July 25 pay (which covers the period from July 1-15) and professional (academic and administrative) should see the increases reflected on their August 1 pay (which covers the period from July 1 – 31).

Legislative Summary

CSN faculty, staff and students who attended CSN Day in April in Carson City.

CSN faculty, staff and students who attended CSN Day in April in Carson City.

Thank you to all faculty, staff and students who spent their time and effort advocating on behalf of CSN students this legislative session. Whether you went to Carson City and took part in CSN Day or wrote a letter from your home computer, you are part of the reason CSN experienced such a warm welcome and support from lawmakers this session. Our main needs were met, including an increase in the funding formula for certain Career & Technical Education programs; the Silver State Opportunity Grant was made permanent and the funding was doubled; and our capacity initiatives were funded for the second year of the biennium, including support for the multi-campus district transition and an expansion of advanced manufacturing. In addition, CSN and Nevada State’s joint Health and Science building also received funding for planning, which means we will go back to legislators in 2019 for construction funds for this important project. Additional bills involving CSN are mentioned below. I would like to thank Michael Flores, our director of communications and government affairs, for his tireless work to orchestrate a clear path for these initiatives.

Promise Passes

We are also incredibly grateful to Sen. Mo Denis for authoring the Nevada Promise Scholarship, which passed unanimously through both houses. The Governor signed the bill yesterday. This bill creates a statewide workforce development and K-14 pipeline that incites high school students to attend community college upon graduating and helps them succeed by offering a college degree with no college fees if they complete requirements. Only graduating high school seniors can apply. They must meet mentor and community service requirements, apply for financial aid and attend two meetings about scholarship requirements and the college-going process prior to matriculation.  The scholarship then covers all mandatory registration fees minus any federal or state aid they receive. If high school seniors do not apply for the scholarship in the fall of their senior year and meet entry requirements, they are no longer eligible. The bill allows for community colleges to opt into the program, meaning they can choose whether or not to offer the scholarship. High school seniors will begin applying for this scholarship this fall with the first class of Promise students entering in fall 2018.

Prison Education PassesNevada_DOC

Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford’s bill to create a pilot prison education program between the Nevada Department of Corrections and CSN also passed through both houses. It awaits the Governor’s signature. This bill would allow for 50 men and 50 women nearing release from high security facilities to enroll in designated courses offered onsite. Before the Great Recession, CSN taught students in the prisons, but the program was cut when funding dried up. The bill allows for inmates to use specialized and highly secure tablets to participate in the coursework. It is estimated this pilot project alone could save the state millions of dollars by reducing the percentage of those who re-offend and ameliorating over-crowding. I would like to thank Apprenticeship Director Craig von Collenberg and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs James McCoy for their efforts to launch this program.

Nevada Grow

AB 94, also known as the Nevada Grow Act, was also passed. It too was signed by the Governor yesterday and will make permanent the pilot program established through the 2015 Legislature under the leadership of Assemblywoman Dina Neal. This legislation provides funding to create an economic gardening program to provide local businesses with the tools they needed to use data-driven strategies to grow and expand. A variety of stakeholders are involved, including CSN, the Nevada Small Business Development Center, the Urban Chamber, the Latin Chamber, Clark County Business Licensing and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. I’d like to thank CSN Business Professor Kevin Raiford and the Division of Workforce & Economic Development for their assistance with this pilot program and the legislation.

CSN Alumni Business Competition Finalists

Speaking of Professor Raiford, one of the local start-up businesses that has its roots in CSN’s business incubator program is a finalist in the 2017 Southern Nevada Business Plan Competition.

Revive Brand, which makes and sells backpacks, hats and other “streetwear,” is one of five finalists in the competition, which is jointly run by the UNLV Center for Entrepreneurship and the Las Vegas Business Press. Several years ago, Raiford started the business incubator program at the college to help students start their own businesses. So far, Revive Brand is one of 41 local start-up businesses that the program has helped students develop with support from the CSN Foundation. For more, visit www.snbpc.com.

 Go Coyotes!

The CSN Coyotes baseball team had a phenomenal year, taking the Region 18 Championship and earning a trip to the Junior College World Series for the first time since 2010!

The CSN Coyotes baseball team had a phenomenal year, taking the Region 18 Championship and earning a trip to the Junior College World Series for the first time since 2010!

The CSN Coyotes baseball team had a phenomenal year, taking the Region 18 Championship and earning a trip to the Junior College World Series for the first time since 2010!

The CSN Coyotes baseball team had a phenomenal year, taking the Region 18 Championship and earning a trip to the Junior College World Series for the first time since 2010! Although the team did not ultimately win the series, the drive and determination they showed along the way can be an example to us all. Congratulations, CSN Coyotes, on another great year!

Commencement

CSN’s Class of 2017 saw a record number of students graduate this year.

CSN’s Class of 2017 saw a record number of students graduate this year.

CSN graduated a record number of students at our 45th Commencement Ceremony. There were 3,440 students are eligible to receive 3,569 degrees and certificates, according to preliminary data. Official numbers for the spring 2017 will be available soon. I’d like to thank everyone who helped put the wonderful event together, as well as our guest speakers, including Congressman Ruben Kihuen and Board of Regents Vice Chair Allison Stephens and our student commencement speaker Larissa Marcum.

Emmy Award Nominations

NATAS_PSW_Logo20131-e1398794903157Please join me in congratulating students in our Videography and Film program, who earned 26 Student Production Emmy Award nominations from the Pacific Southwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. What an incredible accomplishment. CSN students won eight of the awards last year. Award winners will be announced at a ceremony June 24 in San Diego, Calif.

Unmanned Aviation Systems

Several grants are improving education for our students

A large UAV purchased through a recent OSIT grant that will help launch a new UAV discipline in engineering technology.

I am also delighted to announce that CSN is developing a new discipline in unmanned aviation systems, thanks to a grant from the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT). The grant, which totals almost $200,000, will help fund the new focus, which will be housed in our existing engineering technology department . We expect to launch the full degree discipline in the fall of 2018. It will combine coursework from aviation, computer information technology and engineering technology. It is being developed in close consultation with industry leaders and experts to ensure that our graduates are ready for the workforce from day one.

Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT) Grants

CSN also received an OSIT grant of approximately $37,000 for the college’s aviation training simulation laboratory on the Henderson Campus, which will allow us to expand this program with eight new state-of-the-art simulators. In addition, CSN and UMC received a $148,000 grant to allow participating nurse residents to gain nationally recognized, specialty-specific credentials, such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) or Electronic Maternal-Fetal certifications, leading to improved marketability for the new nurse and a more highly-skilled healthcare workforce. Nevada’s acute care hospitals have difficulty finding registered nurses with necessary certifications and hands-on experience needed for specialized care. The pilot program will train 30 nursing residents per year.

WINN Grants

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development approved a $1.1 million Workforce Innovation for the New Nevada (WINN) grant to CSN to provide additional assessment and training for southern Nevada’s growing manufacturing industry in collaboration with the Department of Training, Employment and Rehabilitation and the Clark County School District. Approximately a year ago, CSN was the recipient of the first $500,000 WINN Grant, which has helped to train approximately 90 high school students in advanced manufacturing, each of whom received about 10 college credits this school year through dual enrollment.

PTK Honors

ptk_logo_horizOur chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society received designation once again as a five-star chapter, the highest designation possible. We have one of the largest community college honors societies in the nation.

Silver Trowel Award

Congratulations to Kevin Rafferty, who recently received the Silver Trowel Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nevada Archaeological Association. Rafferty is retiring this semester after almost 30 years with CSN.

Faculty & Staff Question

“Will classified employees be allowed to work four, 10-hour days this summer?”

To provide continuity of services and ensure adequate coverage during the summer months, the college will not be moving to a four-day, 10-hour work week during the summer for its employees.

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