March Chronicle

Greetings Colleagues!

I have been waiting until now to issue the March Chronicle because the Board of Regents, meeting at CSN’s North Las Vegas campus, took action on a number of key items that I wanted to report to you.  In many ways, the Board’s actions were historic for CSN.

Board of Regents

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CSN Student Body President Jill Robinson and fellow student leaders testify in support for the fee structure to build student unions at CSN at the Board of Regents Meeting at the CSN North Las Vegas Campus.

This week, the Board of Regents met at the North Las Vegas Campus on Thursday and Friday for the first time in at least a decade.  Here’s how the actions of the Board affected CSN and you:

  • With the enthusiastic endorsement of the students, fee increases were approved to construct student unions on each campus. CSN will also be committing $7 million to get the projects underway and to reduce the indebtedness students will incur. With this action, CSN will offer students better gathering space, a central point for food service, meeting rooms, and a stronger sense of collegiate life. Learn more here.
  • The Board approved my recommendations for tenure! Congratulations to these excellent faculty who are dedicating their careers to CSN!
  • The Board approved an honorary degree for Dr. Nancy Brune, founding chair of the CSN Institutional Advisory Council and Executive Director of the Kenny Guinn Center for Policy Priorities. Dr. Brune will be recognized at CSN’s Commencement Ceremony on May 15.
  • The Board received a report on CSN’s multi-campus district model and approved amending a budget recommendation to fund the transition. Pending appropriations from the Legislature, this means more advisors, more faculty and campus administrators for CSN’s three campuses. More on the impact of the model below.

Finally, this meeting of our governing board represented a wonderful opportunity to showcase CSN to the public and to sister institutions.  I appreciate Dr. Douglas Sims and Rachel Lily, a CSN student, for their presentations to the Board and all of the staff who worked so hard to facilitate the meeting and make it a wonderful experience for our colleagues throughout the system.

Black History Month

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Local artist Lance Smith (left), Antanus Pullman, and CSN Psychology professors Dr. Andrea Brown and Dr. David Roby at #BlackMenDream, which showcased different sides of black masculinity and explored the emotional restrictions often denied through crossroads of race and gender.

I would like to thank the CSN African American Heritage Committee, the Black Student Alliance and the Office of Diversity for their work on a number of great events in February to celebrate Black History Month. These events included a documentary screening of the film #Blackmendream, and the film 13th, which can be found on Netflix regarding the 13th Amendment and its relation to modern day slavery in the prison system. Also this month guest speaker Yusef Salaam came to the college to discuss his past of being wrongfully accused for a crime he did not commit, and with people he didn’t even know, while sharing his story and his perspective he answered questions related to today’s political climate.

Collective Bargaining

The process of collective bargaining continues. CSN has created a webpage where you can get the latest information about the process and find information about the upcoming meetings, proposals, counter proposals, background and more. The CSN NFA Chapter also has a blog that can be found here. The bargaining sessions are open to the college community. The next meetings will take place as scheduled below. All are encouraged to attend.

March 10, 2017, 9 am, NLV campus-Conf Rm A/B

March 24, 2017, 3 pm, Henderson Campus-C-225

79th Legislative Session

16265643_10154291913318603_8429649485421964010_nThe legislative session has officially begun and there are a number of bills we are following, including items on dual credit, the Silver State Opportunity Grant, funding for certain CTE programs and more. I was in Carson City on Tuesday to help make our case and discuss the importance of the Silver State Opportunity Grant for our students. You can read more about the hearing here. To receive weekly legislative updates, email publicaffairs@csn.edu.

Multi-Campus District Study

On Feb. 23, I updated the Board of Regents Committee on Community Colleges on the progress of our multi-campus district planning. We’ve identified funds within the previously approved student fee increases taking place this fall to bolster the necessary faculty and staff needed. Revenues for two years will be committed to providing a standard student experience at all three campuses, as well as deliver general education and entry-level courses on each campus. This will allow students to receive a standard level of collegiate experience regardless of which campus students select. When Regents initially approved the student fee increases, they stated that the new dollars must support student services and building out needed faculty and staff on each campus and creating a home campus experience will help accomplish that outcome. We’ve also identified additional dollars needed to support the administrative component to provide a campus leader at each location and have amended CSN’s budget request to the Legislature to fund the positions separate from student fees or other institutional funds.  These administrative positions will provide uniform points of contact in the three municipalities and communities CSN serves. Our community partners want CSN to help support their economic development needs, and we’ll be in a stronger position to do exactly that. The funds will be included in our capacity enhancement request before the Legislature this session.  Taken together, a commitment of $3.8 million could be available beginning July 1 to support the multi-campus district model.

College of Southern Nevada DistributedWorking through the details of the model will take up to two years.  It will change the way CSN committees and councils work, emphasizing more communication and coordination throughout the College.  It will improve our ability to work with the communities we so proudly serve. Most importantly, it will infuse an investment of funding into a uniform student experience both inside and outside the classroom.  Students would not have to hop from campus to campus for services unless they so choose.  Advisors and counselors won’t be spread so thin because of the circuit they ride.  The Henderson campus, particularly, will have the array of services and curriculum of CSN’s other campuses.

We also look forward to designating Centers of Excellence on each campus both for programming and for improved marketing of the campuses. This is an exciting dimension of the multi-campus model.

The Regents’ committee and the full Board itself, received the report enthusiastically with the understanding that we have more details to explore. Regents expressed a desire that a transition to this structure would help us better meet both student and community needs more effectively.

Please know how deeply I appreciate the thoughtful consideration faculty have given this new model. Issues raised, questions about resources, concerns about implementation have been constructive and helpful.  Indeed, they have strengthened CSN’s proposals and budget submissions.  I believe the entire transition will be better for faculty input and review.  Thank you to all involved!

New DWED Leader

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Ricardo Villalobos

Following a national search, CSN has hired a new Executive Director of the Division of Workforce & Economic Development Ricardo Villalobos. March 1 was his first day. He is completing his Ph.D. in Workforce Development at UNLV. Mr. Villalobos’ professional experiences include serving as Director of Workforce Development Programs at Workforce Connections, overseeing employment and training services being provided to approximately 5,000 youth and adults. Previously, he worked with at-risk student-athletes at San Diego State University and with welfare-to-work recipients at one of the local community colleges. He also served as an evaluation consultant for the Sweetwater Union High School District assessing college preparatory programs for disadvantaged student populations. He will be a vital asset to help CSN expand workforce readiness in Southern Nevada.

I also want to recognize the work of Dan Gouker and Melissa Schroeder who labored so effectively as leaders of DWED.  Dan built countless relationships in the community.  His efforts created a dynamic and successful operation with business and industry alliances that serve as the model for workforce development. Melissa carried on as interim director, sustaining strong operations for the College.

DWED is no longer exclusively the non-credit and enrichment arm of CSN.  It is a workforce engine for the college and for the greater Las Vegas community.  Its agility and program excellence is ready for the next level of success.

Diversity Day

Diversity Day will take place Friday, March 31, all day at the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre on the North Las Vegas Campus. The program includes morning workshops for Safe Zone 102 and Communicating Across Generations. The afternoon program includes a special presentation of awards that I will present to recognize diversity committee chairs and other diversity champions, and a presentation by Attorney Colin Seale on Safe Spaces and Free Speech. Colin will follow his keynote with a workshop to wrap up the day’s activities. A light lunch will be provided for those who attend the morning sessions and stay for the afternoon program. Please attend and encourage your colleagues to do so as well. The day is not only symbolic of the college’s support of diversity and inclusion but also a good opportunity for training on diversity-related topics that address issues of interest for the CSN community. We developed the program based on feedback from faculty, staff and students. You can register through CAPE or email diversity@csn.edu for more information.

Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day

Take your children to workTake Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day is coming up on April 27 and CSN will hold special activities at all three main campuses to participate. The national holiday encourages strives to connect children with the working world and to think creatively about their future. Fun and educational activities are being planned for each campus and snacks, lunch, and beverages will be provided throughout the day for the children courtesy of our college administration. Children from ages 8-18 may participate.  To plan for this event, we ask that employees pre-register their children by Monday, April 10. Walk-ins without prior registration will not be able to participate. Registration for this event is on a first come, first served-basis as each campus has limited space. Contact Angel.clemens@csn.edu for more information and to sign up.

March Speed Networking Event

Finally, we are very excited about our upcoming Speed Networking Event to be held Friday, March 17, at the North Las Vegas Campus in the June Whitley Lounge. We have dozens of local and national employers attending to meet with CSN Accounting, Business, CIT, & Engineering Technology students. Prior to attending, all students receive an orientation and assistance preparing their resumes and developing their ‘elevator speeches.’ At the event, students will experience a high-energy, speed networking event over two hours that prepares them to enter their career fields and in some cases lead to jobs and internships.

Faculty & Staff Q&A

Student-Union-ConceptWill CSN still be affordable for students with all the fee increases?”

It is essential to CSN’s future that is remain accessible and affordable.  Nearly every fiscal decision at the College is made with that goal in mind.  As the students proposed three student unions, realizing they had to pay for construction and operation of the new facilities, the question of impact on pricing received careful analysis.  We saved some general improvement revenues and chose to reduce the impact on students by transferring $7 million to the projects.  We elected to charge a lower summer fee–$3 per credit hour.  And we chose to defer collection of the O&M fee ($1 per credit hour) until it was needed in the fall of 2019.  By FY2020 when all fees are in place, CSN will be charging about $1,794 for 15 credits.  This is about a thousand dollars lower than NSC and about $2,200 lower than UNLV.

“Will we be updating the North Las Vegas Campus” sort codes to North Las Vegas (as opposed to NLV)?”

The North Las Vegas Campus sort codes are currently being revised and will be updated soon.

“Is the PageDNA printing system a temporary fix until Workday is completed?”

The PageDNA system is a permanent solution for online ordering of all print requests and is not associated with the implementation of Workday. The design of the PageDNA online store front continues and we very much welcome your feedback. Please contact the Senior Director of Auxiliary Services Judy Ruter to provide specific feedback on how we can improve the look and functionality of the PageDNA system.

Best,

Mike

 

 

 

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Tenure Announcement

Congratulations to the following individuals on earning tenure, approved by the Board of Regents today.

  • Sherry Lynn Aldridge, Nursing
  • Dr. Andrea Brown, Human Behavior
  • Bryan Scott Burton, Public Safety & Human Services
  • Jessica Carlson, Nursing
  • Cecilia Degenhart, Health Related Professions
  • Jama DeYoe, Nursing
  • Andrew Jay Fanizzi, Hospitality Management
  • Colleen Gerardo, English
  • Dr. Diane Hardgrave, Human Behavior
  • Dr. Colleen Harrington, Public Safety & Human Services
  • Dr. Amanda Hudson, Physical Sciences
  • Michael Kimball, English
  • Travis Justin Koll, English
  • LaDella Levy, Social Sciences
  • Arthur Little, Health Related Professions
  • Jennifer Mitchell, Communication
  • James Ormord, Physical Sciences
  • Warren Pawliuk, Nursing
  • Dr. Laura Powell, English
  • Benita Ryne, Nursing
  • Lisa Savy, Mathematics
  • Dr. Maria Schellhase, Business Administration
  • Brian Schmidt, Physical Sciences
  • Dr. Christopher Scott Sevier, Social Sciences
  • Dr. Douglas Brian Sims, Physical Sciences
  • Megan Swallia, Mathematics
  • OJ Sydor, Business Administration
  • Dr. Patricia Thomas, Human Behavior
  • Deborah VanDamme, International Languages
  • Erica Vital-Lazare, English
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February Chronicle

 

Greetings! I hope your spring semester is off to a great start! There is a lot to update you upon, including the upcoming legislative session and the multi-campus district transition.

Governor’s Budget

Thank you to all who attended the town hall on Jan. 23 or watched online. You can watch the video here. Gov. Brian Sandoval outlined his budget priorities in the State of the State on Jan. 17 and the news is great for CSN and higher education in general. The Governor proposed a 2 percent increase in state employee salaries each year of the biennium for cost of living or 4 percent total for the biennium. He also advocated for a $21 million infusion of funds into certain career and technical programs at community colleges from which CSN would gain about $10 million. His budget also doubles the amount of state funding for the Silver State Opportunity Grant and makes this community college, need-based scholarship permanent. I am very appreciative of the Governor’s vision and commitment to higher education.

CSN & NSC Health & Sciences Building

An artist's rendering of the proposed new Health Sciences building.

An artist’s rendering of the proposed new Health Sciences building.

The joint health and sciences building was not included in the Governor’s budget. However, it is our hope that through the legislative process, we can work with lawmakers to include the $5 million in planning funds we need to get this project started. If this money is not allocated this session, it will considerably delay this project, which is critical to meet the growing need for healthcare professionals in Nevada.

Multi-Campus District Transition

On Feb. 23, I will present additional information to the Board of Regents on plans to transition into a multi-campus district. Tuition and fees dedicated to support student services and reduce bottlenecks in degree programs will fund the needed increase in faculty and staff to build out services on each of our three campuses and ensure all of our students, regardless of which campus they attend, receive a standard level of service. We will need to seek alternative funding for administrative increases necessary to support this plan.

Strategic Planning—New Day

For the past year, a taskforce of faculty and staff have been updating CSN’s Strategic Plan in compliance with expectations from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and in anticipation of a new, integrated planning policy of the College.  The plan is now in draft form as is the new policy. The plan is predicated on revised mission, vision, values statements and new core themes, also generated from the taskforce and approved in the fall of 2016 by the Nevada Board of Regents. Although, the plan will be reviewed, reported on and revise annually, much more is expected and more accountability is required. Hence, I will be creating from the Task Force members a Strategic Planning committee comprised of faculty and staff. The committee’s primary tasks include monitoring the implementation of the strategic plan and implementing the integrated planning policy of the College.

Vice President of Academic Affairs Public Forums

You will have the opportunity to meet and hear from the candidates for the Vice President of Academic Affairs. More information will be forthcoming, but for now, please mark your calendars with the following public meetings with each candidate:

  • Feb. 21, 1:30-3 p.m., Charleston Campus, K 101
  • Feb. 22, 1:30-3 p.m., Charleston Campus, K101
  • Feb. 27, 1:30-3 p.m., Charleston Campus, K 101

*Video conferencing locations will be at the North Las Vegas Campus (Conference Rm. A – C 2638) and the Henderson Campus (C-224).

 If you have any questions, please contact Jason Parker, director of HR Operations, at jason.parker@csn.edu.

CSN Event Office

CSN will launch new event procedures within the coming month. Over the course of a year, CSN coordinates and supports approximately 1,000 internal and external event requests. The new event process has been created in an effort to:

  • Ensure that all events meet the mission of the college;
  • Consistency of the use and support of CSN facilities;
  • Streamline and coordinate our efforts; and
  • Help reduce the stress put on our support services.

These procedures will apply to all internal (CSN staff and faculty) and external (companies, governmental agencies, etc.) event requestors.

In addition, a new Events Manager position has been created to help with the organization and coordination of events. This position will be working hand-in-hand with Facilities to ensure that each event is successful. Michelle Word will serve as the Event Manager, and is ready and available to help faculty and staff with their event needs.

New Student Life & Leadership Director

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Brian Akins, CSN’s new director of Student Life and Leadership Development.

Please join me in welcoming Brian Akins as the new director of Student Life and Leadership Development. Akins will also serve as the advisor to the Associated Students of the College of Southern Nevada. He began his service on Dec. 5. A graduate of the University of Arizona, he brings more than 12 years of experience in campus and student life to CSN.

Upcoming Alliance of Hispanic Institution Educators Conference

The Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) is holding its annual Best Practices Conference April 9-12 at UNLV. NSHE employees benefit from a special discounted rate of $285 to attend.  In order to receive this discounted registration, you must use the registration link here. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn best practices and network with educators from HSI institutions across the country. If you have any questions, you may contact Hispanic Serving Institution Task Force Chair Clarissa Cota at Clarissa.Cota@csn.edu.

CSN was well represented at the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas, billed as one of the largest such parades in the west. The African American Heritage Committee participated in the parade, whose theme this year was Living the Dream: The Movement Continues.

CSN was well represented at the 35th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in downtown Las Vegas, billed as one of the largest such parades in the west. The African American Heritage Committee participated in the parade, whose theme this year was Living the Dream: The Movement Continues.

HVAC Special Accreditation

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Dennis Soukup, chair of Applied Technologies, shows off the HVAC program’s 6,000-square-foot facility.

Our Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program recently received accreditation from HVAC Excellence, I am happy to report. The group sent a team to CSN for an intensive review of the program. Congratulations to everyone involved in the program!

 

 

 

Congratulations CSN Police

CSN Police Chief Darryl Caballero was honored in January for his department's steadfast support of the U.S. military. Chief Caraballo is also a veteran himself of the United States Marine Corps. Nevada's chapter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, presented the chief with its Patriot Award

CSN Police Chief Darryl Caraballo, who was recently honored with the Patriot Award by the Nevada chapter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

CSN Police Chief Darryl Caraballo was honored in January for his department’s steadfast support of the U.S. military. Chief Caraballo is also a veteran himself of the United States Marine Corps. Nevada’s chapter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, presented the chief with its Patriot Award during a ceremony for going “above and beyond” in his efforts to support our military. CSN’s Police Department currently has four members of the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Congratulations, Chief!

TMCC Partnership with CSN

CSN and Truckee Meadows Community College are partnering to expand our surgical technician associate of applied science program to Northern Nevada students. Our expert CSN instructors will provide instruction at TMCC in person and through interactive video conferencing. Students will do clinical rotations at local sites. This represents an excellent partnership among NSHE institutions to maximize resources to meet the needs of all of Nevada.

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CSN Student Roundtables

Dear CSN students,

On Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Henderson Campus, I held the first of three roundtable discussions with students. We will be having two more student roundtables:

Monday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m., Charleston Campus, Building I, Rm. 108
Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 11 a.m., North Las Vegas, Conference Room A, located above Russell’s Restaurant

For those of you whom cannot attend these meetings, I would like to update you about the following important endeavors that will impact your future at CSN.

Student Unions

An artist's rendering of a proposed student union at CSN

An artist’s rendering of a proposed student union at CSN

For years, we have heard from student leaders about the need for a student union or a large space on each campus for students to gather. We also know from the research that campuses with dynamic environments, where students want to hang out, helps students succeed. In March, I will present a plan to the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents to build three student unions, one on each of our campuses. The buildings will be designed based on input from students, whom have supported an $8-per-credit fee to fund the construction of these much-needed facilities. I expect this email may be the first some of you have heard about this and I want to make sure to note that most colleges and universities our size have student unions and unfortunately, student fees have been the primary way of funding their construction with more state and taxpayer dollars going to support classroom and lab spaces. The total cost would be about $80 million. If the Board approves of the plan, the process of securing an architect to begin the planning should start this semester.

Governor Sandoval’s Budget Proposal

On Jan. 17, the Governor laid out his budget proposal for the next two years and I would like to express my appreciation to him for his commitment to education. His budget outlines additional funding for community colleges and career and technical education as well as scholarships for low-income students. Student government will be holding Legislative Training for students on Feb. 3. In addition, April 19 is CSN Day at the Legislature and student government will coordinate transportation to take students to Carson City for the day.

Multi-Campus District

CSN has been working in concert with the Board of Regents and our Institutional Advisory Council to transform from a single college to a multi-campus district. A study completed last year determined that this would enhance CSN’s capacity to more nimbly respond to the changing needs of our diverse service area and help create a ‘home campus’ experience for our students. This includes ensuring all of our students, regardless of what campus you attend most, receive the same level of service and access to general education courses. The plan, if adopted, would be phased in gradually.

 

Have a great semester and I look forward to seeing you around campus.

Best,
Mike

Michael D. Richards, Ph.D.

President

College of Southern Nevada

 

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January Chronicle

Happy holidays to all! I have lots to share with you in this month’s Chronicle. The spring semester is going to kick off with a number of exciting events, including a town hall and roundtables where we will discuss a host of issues, including the safety and protection of our students, the legislative session and the multi-campus district.

Mark Your Calendars

CSN President’s Town Hall

Jan. 23, Charleston Campus, K101, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Student Roundtables

Jan.19, Henderson Campus, C 133, 10 a.m.

Jan. 30, Charleston Campus, I-108, 10 a.m.

Jan. 31, North Las Vegas Campus, Conference Room A, 11 a.m.

Faculty & Staff Roundtables

Feb. 13, Charleston Campus, K101, 10 a.m.

Feb. 14, Henderson Campus, C133, 10 a.m.

Feb. 15, North Las Vegas Campus, Telecommunications Auditorium Rm. 1772, 10 a.m.

The CSN Poster Fair is Jan. 9 and kicks off spring Convocation at the North Las Vegas Campus in the June Whitely Student Lounge from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

CSN Connections will take place Jan. 17-19, from 10:30 a.m. to1 p.m.

Enrollment/Registration

Classes start Jan. 17 but students will be able to register until Jan 22. There is no additional fee for late registration. Students can also check out the spring semester’s short-term classes here.

CSN’s Economic Impact

This month, CSN will launch our new economic impact study. The college’s students, faculty and staff contribute nearly a billion dollars each year to the regional economy. I plan to discuss this along with our legislative agenda and other important issues at my town hall on Jan. 23, mentioned above. You can read more about our role as Southern Nevada’s economic engine here.

DACA & Other Minority Students

We continue to hear student questions and concerns regarding their future at CSN and ability to learn in a safe environment. If you are hearing similar questions, please emphasize the following and refer students for additional information to my office directly or to the diversity office. CSN does not collect immigration information about students, or information related to religious affiliation or sexual orientation. CSN police and staff do not enforce immigration laws or regulations, which are upheld by federal authorities. Finally, as I have previously stated, CSN has implemented a task force to review CSN’s policies and procedures, paying special attention to their abilities to support any and all under-represented groups in this current climate, as well as academic freedom, and ensure all students can learn in an inclusive and safe environment.

CSN Police

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CSN Police are very involved in the community. This month, they held a toy drive for Toys for Tots.

As I mentioned in my update to you from the December Board of Regents meeting, the Regents plan to study the consolidation of our police with UNLV’s department to provide services to all the Southern Nevada NSHE sites. A report is expected at the June 2017 board meeting. I think this is an opportune time to highlight how involved CSN’s police and security officers are in our community.

Our police and security officers do much to ensure students, staff and faculty feel safe on campus and engage in the community. This past month, they held a toy drive for Toys for Tots. These gifts will go to those families in the Las Vegas Valley who are less fortunate. The CSN Police asked me to extend their appreciation to you all for your generous donations to this drive. I would like to extend my appreciation to these officers and our security staff for all they do for CSN.

Experimental Site for Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education announced this month that CSN will be among a select number of institutions to participate in a federal experiment on the benefits of additional loan counseling for borrowers. Currently, students are only required to get loan entrance counseling once. Additional loan counseling is expected to help borrowers better understand their obligations and make more informed decisions about their debt. Student loan default rates are a problem nationwide and this represents a chance for CSN to be on the cutting edge of research on best practices in financial aid.

Bump Up Field Trip

Students from the Bump Up minority male mentoring program toured UNLV this semester. Several of them plan on attending the university this fall.

CSN’s minority male mentoring program, known as Bump Up, and its affiliated student group Brother to Brother, is now housed in the Laxalt Center at the North Las Vegas Campus, where the group, along with its corresponding student club Sister-to-Sister, is highly engaged in the campus community. Each semester, members of the Bump Up minority mentoring program travel to a four-year college or university to get a sense of what life will be like after transferring from CSN. The students traveled to UNLV this month where several plan on transferring next fall.

These students, along with student government, have worked with the Bump Up Coordinator Andrew-Bryce Hudson to collect food and winter coats this month for needy CSN students. They plan on distributing these items at the start of the spring semester. For further information, please contact Mr. Hudson at Andrew-Bryce.Hudson@csn.edu.

Holiday Receptions

In lieu of a holiday party this year, we held holiday receptions on each of our three campuses. Everyone involved had a great time.

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ICYMI

In case you missed it, CSN received great publicity this month. CSN Deaf Studies Professor Anthony Adams organized Nevada’s first ASL Slam for the hearing impaired. We also received some great coverage of our faculty art showcase at the North Las Vegas Campus. I hope you get a chance to appreciate the exhibit.

Faculty & Staff Questions:

“What changes will occur due to the implementation of the multi-campus district model? In what ways are they expected to impact students and staff at CSN?”

As I reported following the December Board of Regents meeting, the Regents approved the recommendations of the Multi-Campus District Study Committee. I am working with various departments and CSN executive leadership to cost out the plan and will update the Board of Regents at their March meeting at CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus.

Many of the details need to be worked out through shared governance through our committees and councils. But in general, the change to a district model will have a significant impact on students and employees once fully implemented. Students will have access to a standard level of services and general education courses at each campus. This should improve their experience dramatically and create a “home campus” for them, which will be further enhanced by our future student unions. For faculty and staff, it will mean a unique feel to each of our campuses. It will mean that academic and administrative campus leaders will work collaboratively with each other on budgeting and programming and that each campus will have executives who integrate the campus into the community and advance those students’ needs. It also means a centralized district operation that supports the three campuses and sites and centers instead of the current vertical top-down structure. You can read more about the model by reviewing the committee’s final report.

“When is the CSN Intranet going to launch?”

CSN has a committee that has been reviewing and finalizing designs/templates for the Internal website (Intranet) and is currently working with Page Owners throughout the campus to begin migrating content.  There are plans for a soft launch during the spring. The Internal site is being designed to be the go to place for employees and current students and will house our policies and procedures and important information. It will have a different address than our forward-facing marketing site www.csn.edu, which is geared toward potential students.

 

 

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Support for Students

Colleagues,

In the current political climate, many of the nation’s students, faculty and college and university leaders have expressed concern about the future of undocumented individuals and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that permits young undocumented immigrants to remain and work in the United States for two years at a time without fear of deportation.  Although I am heartened by recent bipartisan efforts from U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin to collaborate on possible legislation to protect the DACA program, and President-elect Donald Trump’s signal yesterday of an intent to “work something out,” in an interview with Time Magazine, the nation awaits further details.

Yesterday, I joined 528 other college and university presidents and signed a Statement in Support of the DACA program and our Undocumented Immigrant Students. I encourage you to learn more about this effort. In summary, it means we value the contributions of our undocumented students and that we call upon the federal government to uphold, continue and expand the DACA program.

While existing policies and procedures at CSN protect the privacy and safety of our students, faculty and staff, there are students who have real concerns about their future to complete their studies in a secure, inclusive and supportive environment. Therefore, I have designated members of executive leadership to a special task force to review CSN’s policies and procedures, paying special attention to their abilities to support any and all under-represented groups in this current climate, as well as academic freedom, and ensure all students can learn in an inclusive and safe environment at this college.   

I am also scheduling student and employee roundtables at the start of the spring semester to exchange information, concerns, questions and suggestions on this topic, which will help inform the task force’s work.

Meanwhile, it is important to note that the college does not collect information related to a student’s status in the country (other than through our International Center for our international students here on visas and for financial aid students who must provide a social security number as part of their application for federal grants or loans).

Finally I would like to re-emphasize that intolerance and incivility have no place at CSN in our learning and working environment. I call upon faculty and staff, whenever you witness uncivil behavior, to correct it or report it to appropriate authorities. Additionally, CSN reaffirms the college’s values and continues its commitment to fostering a safe, welcoming and inclusive institution that celebrates cultures and values diverse opinions and perspectives. CSN continues to support our diverse community through various initiatives including but not limited to:

  • CSN resources in counseling, CAPS, and the multicultural center
  • Providing information for DACA/Undocumented students and to faculty and staff to better serve undocumented students;
  • Creating a resource guide for undocumented students;
  • Implementing a DreamZone program which provides training and resources to faculty and staff;
  • Launching Diversity 101 training sessions beginning in Spring 2017;
  • Continuing weekly “Pop Talks” at our multicultural center where students can discuss any topic;
  • Working with employee groups to disseminate information and invite students, faculty, and staff to contact appropriate offices given the situation;
  • Organizing an information panel for community resources available to students, faculty and staff; and
  • Collaborating with NSHE and other institutions to share information and create joint events, such as the Dec. 19 DACA Immigration Policy Going Forward event hosted by UNLV, which we recently distributed through CSN’s Upcoming Events email.

For questions related to this topic, please contact my office directly or the Office of Diversity at diversity@csn.edu or the Office of Institutional Equity at TitleIXcoordinator@csn.edu.

 Sincerely,

Mike

 

 

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CSN Update on the Board of Regents Meeting

Colleagues,

As mentioned in previous communications, the state is expecting a budget shortfall. As a result, the Governor’s office has asked each state agency to scale back its request for funding for the next two-year budget cycle. On Friday, the Board of Regents amended the Nevada System of Higher Education’s budget request to the Governor. They kept the request for faculty and staff salary increases whole and emphasized this as the primary priority of the Board.

The adjustments they made included a 25 percent reduction to a proposed increase in funding for certain community college career and technical education programs in the first year of the biennium and kept that amount whole in the second year. This is important because the increase would then become a permanent part of the funding formula going forward, allowing CSN to receive additional support for these expensive but very important programs. The Board then delayed a four-year capacity building request for all eight institutions by a year. This capacity building request for CSN, includes a number of proposals, including a catalyst bridge program with the school district and prison education. For the research universities, this request included funding for special capacity building projects that would help them reach Tier 1.

We are grateful that Board members protected the CTE funding as much as they did and that they are recommending to the Governor that it be fully funded in the second year (and become a permanent part of the funding formula at that level). I cannot stress enough how important this CTE funding is to the college and helping us adjust to the realities of the funding formula.

On Thursday at the Board of Regents meeting, I also presented the final report from the Multi-Campus District Study Committee. The Board responded to this report very positively and expressed gratitude for the work of this committee, which included faculty, staff, students and community leaders (each of whom wrote letters to the Board in support of the recommendations.) The Board asked the college to move into the first phase of the recommendations and to “flesh out” our plans so that a more accurate funding request can be put forward. As I reported to the Board, I believe that CSN has some revenue from expected student fee increases that are meant to be dedicated to student support services to use to hire needed faculty and staff. But we will need to explore alternative funding mechanisms for other parts of the plan. Forthcoming work on phase one will now be distributed to various CSN functions to prepare a report for the March meeting of the Board of Regents, which will take place at CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus.

Also at this Board meeting, the presidents of CSN and UNLV were directed to work on a plan to consolidate police services. We are to report back to the Board in June 2017.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to again affirm CSN’s value of diversity and inclusion in these times of unease. CSN’s mission is to educate students and prepare a workforce for Nevada’s future. We want all students to succeed, to complete their educational goals and to have a positive, life-long learning experience that starts at CSN. CSN has a long history of helping students, prizing diversity, and including folks from all walks of life. Our working and learning environment is one of respect and civility, and that makes working and learning better for all.

Should you have questions on any of the above information, please let me know.

Warmest best wishes for the holidays,

 
Mike

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December Chronicle

As this semester comes to a close, please take the time to read the following. I have many important and interesting items to share with you for this December Chronicle.

Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 19 CSN open enrollment began and enrollment for the spring 2017 semester is now available to all admitted students
  • Dec. 1-2 December Board of Regents Meeting at UNLV
  • Dec. 26 CSN closed in observance of Christmas
  • Jan. 2 CSN closed in observance of New Years
  • Jan. 16 CSN closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
  • Jan. 17 CSN Spring Semester Begins

CSN Multi-Campus District Study

The committee exploring a multi-campus district transition from our current multi-campus single college structure wrapped up its work in early November. The final report can be read here. I truly appreciate the work this group, including faculty, staff, student

A historic (2011) winter photo of the CSN Charleston Campus

A historic (2011) winter photo of the CSN Charleston Campus

and community leaders, has done. All of their research and meeting notes are posted on my web page. The major conclusions are that CSN would benefit from such a transition as our peers have made. A multi-campus district would provide students a ‘home campus’ experience, ensure parity of services on each campus and help the campus grow in response to local community needs and as a reflection of the community it serves. However, the costs of a transition from our highly vertical structure to a more horizontal organization may prevent any movement on this in the near future. I will present the findings to the Board of Regents on Dec. 1 and 2 and receive feedback.

CSN celebrated International Education Week with its signature event – Ambassador Day, where students, faculty and staff share information about other cultures.

CSN celebrated International Education Week with its signature event – Ambassador Day, where students, faculty and staff share information about other cultures.

Post-Election Environment

Many students at colleges and universities across the nation are anxious about the ramifications of the presidential election.  CSN affirms its values for inclusion and support, and has sponsored opportunities for students since the election to visit with diversity staff and counselors.  Faculty and staff may not have heard about these events since they are targeted at students.  I look forward to unveiling more about this in the near future.  We will also be launching a new initiative called DREAM Zone training (similar to our continued efforts for Safe Zone training) to create safe spaces on campus with trained advocates who can connect undocumented students to appropriate community resources, including legal and immigration services. We will share this information once finalized. Please contact our diversity office if you would like to get involved.

As I stated in my last message on this topic, CSN serves to provide an education to all and if one group feels threatened, then we must all stand together. We held several conversations on campus Nov. 15 and 17 with students and I will hold student roundtables (in addition to faculty and staff ones) at the start to the Spring Semester. I encourage you to express the values espoused at CSN through our mission and strategic planning efforts. Contact your elected officials to ensure they know your priorities and values and give what free time you can to causes and efforts that reflect them.

CSN North Las Vegas Campus Sign Unveiling

On Nov. 16, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee and I held a press event with Board of

City of North Las Vegas and Nevada System of Higher Education officials unveil the new monument sign for the North Las Vegas Campus.

City of North Las Vegas and Nevada System of Higher Education officials unveil the new monument sign for the North Las Vegas Campus.

Regents Chair Rick Trachok and Regent Trevor Hayes to officially unveil the new North Las Vegas Campus sign, signaling the strong partnership between CSN and the City of North Las Vegas. I want to thank everybody involved in helping to make this change come about, most especially Mayor Lee, who first proposed the name change to help better connect the campus to the community. From there, the process in changing our campus’ name was carefully considered and approved by both the Institutional Advisory Council and the Board of Regents. Notably, the City of North Las Vegas worked with the signage company, Yesco, to change the college’s monument sign to reflect the new name.

New Interactive Business Lab

Our new Interactive Business Laboratory held its grand opening ceremony Nov. 18, giving students and members of the business community the opportunity tour the state-of-the-art facility. If you have not seen the IBL on the North Las Vegas Campus, please make time to stop by. The lab features video technology that allow our faculty to bring the world into the classroom, literally. The mobile furniture allows for students to work in pods or in a simulated board room setting. Modeled off similar spaces at Stanford University, this lab received start-up funding provided by a federal Perkins grant through the Nevada Department of Education.

CSN Soccer Success

CSN's inaugural soccer team had a banner first year.

CSN’s inaugural soccer team had a banner first year.

Once again, CSN Athletics is showing everyone how it should be done. Our brand new men’s soccer team had a thrilling inaugural year, making it all the way to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s National Championship tournament. Though the team fell short of its ultimate goal of winning the championship, we could not be prouder of everyone involved in this amazing journey. Congratulations to the entire team and coaching staff on a truly historic season, which included a record of 16-6-2, a Region 18 championship and 2016 Western District Runner-up finish. Well done all.

Congratulations to Classified Employees!

The classified team won the softball tournament at the annual Hungry Games tournament this year.

The classified team won the softball tournament at the annual Hungry Games tournament this year.

My thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Hungry Games Faculty and Staff Softball Tournament. Congratulations to the Classified team for taking the trophy this year. We have posted a photo album online, where you may view and download photos from the games: https://flic.kr/s/aHskL1F2QE

 

 

OTS Excellence and Service

CSN employees honor OTS staff at the Spotlight on Excellence Awards.

CSN employees honor OTS staff at the Spotlight on Excellence Awards.

Our Office of Technology Services held its annual Spotlight on Excellence awards to honor those who help the people at CSN stay connected to one another. In conjunction with the event, the staff holds a raffle and collects food donations for Three Square. Last year, more than 6,000 pounds of non-perishable food was donated. While we are still waiting on a count from this year’s event, everyone involved said it was a success. Congratulations to the award winners! Thank you to Ellucian and OTS for putting on such a great event. Finally, thank you to all of our OTS staff. You have a challenging task at this institution and you provide terrific customer service and support to our faculty and staff. Thank you for all you do.

Faculty & Staff Questions

“Will CSN be closed during the holidays? When?”

CSN does not have a winter closure. Supervisors/Departments are asked to be as flexible as possible in terms of letting people off while still balancing the need to provide services to customers/clients and ensuring there is adequate supervision to guarantee the safety and security of employees.

The college will be closed Dec. 26 for observance of Christmas and Jan. 2 for observance of the New Year’s Holiday

“Can we use CSN email to write advocacy letters to legislators or other lawmakers? When the legislative session begins in February, can we go to Grant Sawyer to testify?”

I encourage you to get involved in advocacy and to communicate with your elected officials. That said, employees should use their personal email accounts to contact legislators for advocacy about legislation or policy.

If an employee wants to testify on a bill during the work day, the employee should request annual leave or Leave Without Pay (LWOP) and coordinate with her/his direct supervisor to ensure no disruption of college services.

Happy holidays to all and I look forward to seeing you at the holiday party.

Best,

 

Mike

 

 

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CSN’s Values

Dear CSN Community,

As this election has come to an end, I want to take a moment to reflect on our values at the College of Southern Nevada. 

Reiterating the sentiments expressed in my communication last June, I am committed to fostering a safe, welcoming and inclusive college that celebrates cultures and values diverse opinions and perspectives.

These are not just my values. Last spring, representatives of our faculty, staff and students embarked on a collaborative process to define our mission, vision and values. You may have participated in the process directly, including the many surveys or on-campus listening sessions. Through this process, our shared governance created these values among others:

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

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

I am concerned about recent appalling news reports of harassment and aggression on college campuses post-election and want to reiterate that discrimination, harassment and violence have no place here. Any such acts will be dealt with appropriately.

We are planning some roundtables in the near future and I encourage you to come to have a collaborative discussion about any concerns, questions or issues you want to address. We will have community and campus leadership present to help. You will see an invitation to participate coming from my office shortly.

I also want you to be aware of CSN’s resources that ensure safety and an inclusive environment, included below. I would like to highlight our dynamic Office of Community Relations, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and our new multicultural center at the North Las Vegas Campus, which provide excellent resources to help you learn more, get engaged, empower our community and celebrate each other. You may also contact my office anytime.

  • President’s Office – 702.651.5600 
  • CSN Police Department – 702.651.2677
  • Office of Equity – 702.651.5587
  • Office of Community Relations, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs – 702.651.7607

Again, please rest assured our doors and arms are open to all who seek an education.

Best,

President Michael D. Richards, Ph.D.

College of Southern Nevada

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November Chronicle

We are at the midpoint of the semester and there are a number of updates for you included in this month’s Chronicle.

Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 3 Southern Nevada Diversity Summit at UNLV, all day
  • Nov. 4 Final Multi-Campus District Study Meeting at NSHE Las Vegas Office, 8:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 5 Employee Softball Tournament, Henderson Campus, 10 a.m.
  • Nov. 8 Election Day
  • Nov. 11 CSN will be closed for Veteran’s Day
  • Nov. 15-17 Classified Staff Professional Development Days
  • Nov. 17 OTS Recognition, North Las Vegas Campus, 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 24-25 CSN will be closed for Thanksgiving and Family Day
  • Nov. 28 Board of Regents Committee on Community Colleges
  • Dec. 1-2 Board of Regents Meeting at UNLV
  • Dec. 5 CSN Magical Forest Night at Opportunity Village
  • Dec. 8 CSN Holiday Party at the West Gate Hotel

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    At the CSN Latino Alliance’s “La Gran Finale” event on Oct. 11, CSN students and staff mapped their roots on the display. Students and staff were asked to place a “people” magnet on their country of origin, where they were born or on the country with which they identify.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Thanks to all the students, staff and faculty who participated in Hispanic Heritage Month activities at CSN. As you know we celebrate our position as the most diverse higher education institution in Nevada and as the first Hispanic Serving Institution in the state. This photo here is from the CSN Latino Alliance “La Gran Finale” event held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016.

Budget Reductions

The revenue forecast for the state’s next budget cycle, starting July 1, 2017, is bleak. Budget officials estimate a $400 million shortfall and all state agencies, including NSHE, are being asked to cut their requests down by 5 percent. For CSN, this is equivalent to a $4.4 million cut each year over the next biennium. We’re looking at our expenditures now and looking for areas to adjust and scale back.

Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars

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CSN’s 2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar Jorge Lopez Alvarez

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CSN’s 2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar Jill Robinson, who is also ASCSN President

Two CSN students have been named 2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars, and we couldn’t be more proud. Jorge Lopez Alvarez and Jill Robinson both received the prestigious scholarship, awarded to only 200 community college students nationwide each year. This year’s recipients were selected by a panel of independent judges from more than 1,100 applicants. The Leaders of Promise Scholarship is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

Accounting Student Scholarship

The Accounting Department brought in several speakers for its lecture series in October and presented a student with a $500 scholarship. Congratulations to student Bethany Williams, who was honored with the scholarship for her excellent GPA and her commitment to the program. Speakers included Dennis Meservy who owns his own accounting firm, and Jeff Breeden and Brett Jackson of the CPA firm Stewart, Archibald, and Barney, as well as Scott Montes, Controller, of the Las Vegas 51s, and Darryl Raiford, an Accounting Department faculty member.

Engelstad Scholars

While on the topic of scholarships, it is important we highlight the Engelstad scholarship recipients, who received their awards this fall semester. A select group of 25 health sciences students were named and will receive a monetary scholarship funded through the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Foundation. The CSN Engelstad Scholars are distinguished students who have been accepted into one of CSN’s limited entry health sciences programs. They display academic excellence, a commitment to serving the community and have demonstrated the ability to overcome barriers to pursue their education.

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CSN alumni and No Greater Odds star Carlos Holguin, NGO Director Patrick Wirtz with CSN Videography Professor and NGO Producer and Cinematographer John Aliano pose for a photo before the campus premiere of No Greater Odds. Below, College Promise Campaign’s panelists speak about college affordability and Promise programs across the nation.

No Greater Odds Campus Premiere

As part of the presidential debate week events, CSN hosted the campus premiere of “No Greater Odds” at the North Las Vegas Campus. More than 200 people attended the event sponsored by the national nonprofit, College Promise Campaign, which organized a panel discussion following the film, including Mary Rauner, Director of Strategic Planning & Operations, Regional Educational Laboratory West, WestEd, Randy Smith, Executive Director, Rural Community College Alliance, Andrea Henderson, Executive Director, Oregon Community College Association, Reid Setzer, Deputy Director of Policy and 5Legislative Affairs for Young Invincibles and Dr. Nancy Brune, executive director of the
Guinn Center for Policy Priorities and CSN IAC chair. It was an honor to have such an esteemed panel on campus.

Classified Professional Development Days

Classified staff professional development days will take place Nov. 15-17. If you supervise classified employees, please encourage them to attend. Professional development is critical to employees’ personal and professional growth in the workplace. Registration is available on the CAPE site.

Questions from Faculty & Staff

“Will the projected $400 million state deficit impact CSN’s current budget?”

No, we have no indication that the projected state deficit will impact the current year budget (FY17). The projected deficit has prompted the Governor’s office to request the 2017-2019 biennial budget from all state agencies, including CSN, with a 5 percent reduction. The college displayed this as a one-line item reduction without specific reductions to areas or departments. The Governor’s office will evaluate the biennial budget requests from all agencies to create his budget, which will be announced in late January.

“When will we develop the Northwest Campus?”

This fourth campus for CSN still has multiple steps to its development, and the first ones begin at the December meeting of the Board of Regents. We have been working to get the legal documentation in order, title to the property and approval of a revised development agreement with the City of Las Vegas. Both items are on the December agenda of the Board. Concurrently, we’ve been holding discussions with a development partner. Finalizing those discussions will be the next important step.

“When will we break ground on the new student unions?”

Student unions on each of the three campuses is a priority for student leaders and for CSN generally. General programming elements are completed, initial discussions on financing have begun, and we are aiming for the March meeting of the Board of Regents for fee and project approval.

“What is the role of the ombuds office?”

Several years ago two ombudspersons were appointed and trained to facilitate the sharing of information and to assist with conflicts as they may rise. Dr. Jennifer Basquiat and Mark Rauls serve as our ombudspersons. They operate, and must operate, with considerable autonomy. Each year they share with me themes or topics that could be better addressed through the President’s office, but other than that I’m at arm’s length. No names or details are ever shared. Employees can approach the ombudspersons with full anonymity and confidence.

Best,

Mike

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