NWCCU Accreditation Response Letter

Good morning, CSN Coyote Nation!

Linked below is the CSN accreditation response letter from NWCCU for which we have been patiently waiting. You will see that the news is quite positive, but we still have much work to do as we prepare for the mid-cycle report that is due to Northwest in late summer in anticipation of our mid-cycle visit in Fall 2018. We will be continuing the assessment work that has been ongoing, and we will be convening various stakeholders to enhance our strategic plan, ensuring that institutional learning outcomes, assessment, and resource allocation are aligned with our plan – and that the work we are doing aligns with the recently adopted NSHE goals. Remember, we need everybody’s shoulder to the wheel! In the upcoming months, we are going to accomplish amazing things – together!

Read the NWCCU’s letter.

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February 2018 CSN Chronicle

The CSN Chronicle

Dear CSN colleagues, this month’s Chronicle of news and information transitions the leadership of CSN. With the retirement last month of Dr. Michael Richards, I have formally assumed the position of acting president of CSN. I couldn’t possibly be more honored or excited. I have met so many people, and I sincerely look forward to working with each of you as we strive to make CSN the best college it can be.

– Margo

To help you learn more about CSN’s new acting president, Dr. Margo L. Martin, our marketing and communications team sat down with her between appointments last week. Learn what makes her tick (hint: It’s education), how a youthful desire to be a high school teacher in Texas led her to the top of one of the nation’s largest community colleges, and why she moved to Jacksonville, Florida – twice. Read more on the CSN Newsroom.

Inside CSN

Presidential Search Update

At its first meeting in January, the Nevada System of Higher Education ad hoc CSN President Search Committee unanimously agreed to hire a search consultant to help find the college’s next permanent president. Chancellor Thom Reilly, in advocating for a consultant to be brought in, noted that a search firm will take a proactive approach to finding a president. Rather than simply posting ads, the firm will actively recruit people who might be a good fit for the job. A recommendation for a consultant will be brought to the committee at its next meeting, scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 20 in the June Whitley Student Lounge on CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus.

New Henderson Provost

Earlier today I announced that Senior Vice President Patty Charlton will be taking on a new role at CSN, that of Provost and Vice President of the Henderson Campus. I want to thank Patty and everyone who expressed interest in the position. For more on this and related significant reorganizational changes among the president and vice presidents, read my post on the president’s blog.

New Interim VPAA

In case you missed it, last month I announced that Clarissa Cota will be the new acting vice president of academic affairs. I want to thank all colleagues who demonstrated dedication in submitting letters of intent and required materials for consideration – the committee had a large number of well qualified submissions to consider. For that, I am grateful.

I have been working with Clarissa for the last several weeks as I have been transitioning into my new role. It is one for which she is more than qualified. She has been in higher education for more than 20 years, most recently as the chair of our Department of Business Administration. She holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arizona and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American and Clark County Bar Associations, the Latino Bar Association for Southern Nevada, the American Association of University Professors, the Nevada Faculty Alliance, the Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

I am excited to work with Clarissa, and I offer her my congratulations.

New Interim Dean of Health Sciences

I also announced recently that Janice Glasper will serve as the interim dean for the Engelstad School of Health Sciences. Janice knows the school quite well and has demonstrated a collegial, can-do spirit and a sincere commitment to students. I am grateful for her willingness to step up. She will be working closely with the other deans and with Clarissa Cota as interim VPAA to ensure that we are able to keep current initiatives on track as we embark on a new semester and a new calendar year.

New Director of Government Affairs

To round out the good news, I am delighted to announce that Asha Jones has been named our new director of government affairs. Asha is very experienced in this arena, having worked in Sen. Harry Reid’s office and with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, among others. Please join me in welcoming her to CSN.

CSN’s Funding Priorities

As we approach the 2019 legislative session, CSN is pursuing the following funding requests. First and foremost, our top operating priority continues to be faculty and staff compensation. We need to ensure that our faculty and staff are appropriately compensated so that we can recruit and retain the best for CSN.

Our funding requests are the following:

  • Revise the funding formula to adequately address the mission of community colleges, enabling us to improve student/advisor ratios, part-time faculty compensation, Promise program staffing and faculty needs, and many other areas of concern.
  • Use the fiscal year 18 weighted student credit hour rate as the base for the funding request in the next session.
  • Provide state funding for summer school.
  • Our top capital priority is the Health and Sciences Building on the Henderson Campus, a joint venture with Nevada State College, $43.2 million.
  • Funding for planning the Northwest Campus, $3.5 million.
  • Deferred maintenance funding, $20 million.

Nevada System of Higher Education News

Investment Fund Windfall

CSN will be receiving $5 million from the NSHE Investment Funds – this is one-time funding that will be spent for immediate needs to address the expected increase in Fall 2018 enrollment as well as to address a few key deferred maintenance issues.

  • Increase part-time faculty and hire additional advisors to improve the faculty-to-student ratio and provide additional intensive advising with the goal of improving student persistence and success, $3.8 million.
  • Provide additional support for student access with additional late-start courses and instructional support, $150,000.
  • Expand concurrent enrollment programs in support of Senate Bill 19 in coordination with CCSD, $150,000.
  • Address high-priority deferred maintenance projects including elevator repairs and replacement and fire safety upgrades, $900,000.

Tuition & Fees

The Board of Regents sets tuition and registration fees two years in advance, and the recommended amounts are used to determine estimated revenues for the next biennial budget. This year, the chancellor and a system-wide committee, which includes students and institution presidents, are recommending that tuition and fees for the next biennium be increased 1.8 percent each year at CSN. If enacted, that would bring the following changes for most CSN students:

CSN Tuition & Fees per credit hour 2017-18 Actual 2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
Lower Division $95 $98.75 $100.50 $102.25
Upper Division $155.50 $161.75 $164.75 $167.75

Non-resident tuition would increase by the same percentage.

The committee chose to recommend increasing tuition and fees to keep in line with inflation in higher education, the minimum increase allowed by Board policy. Regents are scheduled to hear the proposal at the Board’s meeting scheduled for March 1 and 2 at Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas. The Board is scheduled to vote on the proposal at its June 7 and 8 meeting at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno.

By the Numbers

Look for this section each month to learn about the data that drive discussion and decisions at CSN.

Enrollment Information

I have received many questions about enrollment. Generally, we are flat, but there is opportunity for a bit of movement as we look at late-start classes and areas such as apprenticeship. I think the schools enrollment breakdown is interesting and provides an opportunity for discussion. As we prepare for the Nevada Promise enrollment bump anticipated in the fall 2018 term, these data points will be important to consider. Moving forward, please look for updates during all enrollment periods. Meanwhile, the following link offers a snapshot of spring enrollment through the end of late registration, January 22.

And be sure to visit the Institutional Research web page to view additional data.

Keep in mind some of it may require your active directory credentials (Canvas/GoCSN login) for access. Contact them via their web page for assistance.

Student Engagement

During the spring 2017 semester, CSN participated in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, or CCSSE, a voluntary survey of nearly 300 community colleges across the nation. It is designed to assess institutional practices and student behaviors that are highly correlated with student learning and retention. The results are compiled into five benchmarks, each of which reflect institutional practices and student behaviors that promote student engagement: Active and Collaborative Learning; Student Effort; Academic Challenge; Student-Faculty Interaction; and, Support for Learners.

The table below shows CSN’s scores for each of the benchmarks, compared to other community colleges our size, as well as the entire CCSSE cohort. While these aggregate data generally show what we’re doing well and where we can improve, there is much more detail in the disaggregated data. Please refer to the Institutional Research website for more details in the coming days, and stay tuned for opportunities to come together to discuss these results.

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CSN Facilities

Student Union Update

So much is happening with the development of our new student unions that our Facilities Management team will be holding events on all three campuses this month to showcase what’s to come. Sherri Payne and her team will have presentation drawings, models of the facilities and even a virtual reality system that allows you to “see” inside the buildings as if they were already in place. Please consider attending one of the meetings:

  • Henderson Campus: 9 a.m. to noon, February 7, C Building lobby
  • Charleston Campus: 9 a.m. to noon, February 14, B Building lobby
  • North Las Vegas Campus: 9 a.m. to noon, February 21, June Whitley Student Lounge

For more, including photos, visit the CSN Newsroom.

HVAC Program on the Move

Renovations are underway at the Western High Tech Center. You might remember that we are bringing our entire heating, ventilation, air condition and refrigeration program to the center rather than being housed on both our Henderson and North Las Vegas campuses. Because of the construction, the center will be closed during the spring and summer semesters, with the exception of faculty offices and the Call Center. Renovations are scheduled to be completed for the fall 2018 semester.

CSN Foundation

Win a Jamba Juice Party!

Make a Difference – Support the Employee Giving Campaign with your Coyote Commitment and enter a chance to attend a Jamba Juice Party with the president!

I want to challenge each of you to support the Employee Giving Campaign with your Coyote Commitment to support our students and to make a difference in our community. As we invite businesses, community leaders, philanthropists, and alumni to support our scholarship programs and our capital campaign, one question often arises: How engaged are CSN faculty and staff in supporting CSN students? I want to be able to share that the entire CSN team supports our College! For all of you who make your Coyote Commitment, you will be entered into a drawing to attend a Jamba Juice Party I am hosting in the spring. I don’t want to party alone, so make your Coyote Commitment and join me! Be on the lookout for more details.

In Other News

Coffee & Cake

Speaking of parties, I had a wonderful time joining Dr. Richards and visiting with faculty, staff and students during our informal Coffee & Cake events last week. Dr. Richards is leaving CSN in great shape, and his legacy will remain an influential one as he enjoys his retirement. I look forward to scheduling more events where I can talk with faculty, staff and students about CSN and ways we can keep moving forward.

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

I had an amazing time joining the CSN Black Student Union and the African-American Heritage Committee at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in downtown Las Vegas. CSN has had a presence in the parade for the last several years, and I couldn’t have been happier to join them. I’m already looking forward to next year’s parade.

Nevada Promise

Nevada Promise applicants represent a true cross section of our community – more than 5,200 students from schools all across the valley have applied and completed the required training. The next benchmark is early April – completing FAFSA and documenting 20 community service hours. Close to 1,000 mentors have signed up and completed training. Group mentoring sessions are being planned and coordinated in partnership with CCSD schools. These sessions will happen in February, March, and April. I am excited about these sessions and look forward to meeting my own mentees. We continue to recruit mentors, so this endeavor will be ongoing. Have YOU signed up to be a mentor? The opportunity is still available! Even though the state legislature provided only one-time funding for this initiative, we are looking toward meeting Nevada Promise needs of the graduating class of 2019 and will emphasize the need for the legislature to continue to fund this important opportunity.

MyCSN Single Sign-On

We have some exciting news for all MyCSN users: The days of remembering completely separate login information for MyCSN are numbered. Beginning February 17, faculty and staff will begin using the same username and password for MyCSN that they currently use for Canvas and GoCSN. All employees will use their active directory credentials (first name.last name) and their current Canvas/GoCSN password when they log in. Students will use their NSHE ID and current Canvas password to log in.

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Henderson Campus Provost/VP and Other News

Dear CSN Coyote Nation,

I am delighted to greet you today as Acting President. While the President’s Chronicle is also coming out today, I wanted to share some important updates with you.

First, I want to announce that the Henderson Provost/Vice President search was successful, and Patty Charlton has agreed to step into that important role effective today. I am grateful to the strong pool of candidates for having the courage to apply, and we intend to launch the searches for the remaining two Provost/VP posts within the month, so be on the lookout for those announcements.

Because the Henderson Provost VP role carries great responsibility in this next phase of the Henderson Campus, establishing metrics and collecting data to demonstrate the efficacy of this new Multi-campus District Model is key; thus, significant reorganization has taken place among the roles of the Vice Presidents and the President:

Henderson Campus Provost/VP – VP Charlton will oversee the daily operations and programming of the Henderson Campus and related Centers, helping to facilitate the “common student experience” at all Henderson sites; she will also serve as the “face” of CSN in the Henderson community, interacting with community leaders, government officials, business, industry, and K-12 school officials. She will continue to serve as the administrative point person for Collective Bargaining, and she will continue to lead our college-wide facilities unit, anticipating the launch of our student union construction projects and the new health sciences building.

VP Finance – VP Bailey will continue in her role with the additional responsibility of overseeing Human Resources.

VP Student Affairs – VP Chrysanthou will continue in her role with the additional responsibility of overseeing the CSN Police Department.

VPAA – Interim VPAA Cota will continue with the VPAA duties with the additional responsibilities of overseeing Institutional Research and the Office of Sponsored Projects, and she will also assume the role of Accreditation Liaison Officer.

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications – Executive Director Morgan will continue in his role with the additional responsibility of overseeing the Events Department.

President – Acting President Martin will oversee all VPs, General Counsel, Diversity, the CSN Foundation, Communications and Marketing, Government Relations, the Director of Athletics, Emergency Management, and OTS.

In the near future, we will be developing a new position that will focus on institutional effectiveness, bringing together related functions in IR, strategic planning, assessment, and resource development, so stay tuned for that announcement.

I continue to be grateful each day for the many blessings afforded to each of us and to our students at CSN. I am excited about the immediate future of this amazing college, and I call on each of you to put your shoulder to the wheel as we approach the important work ahead: Nevada Promise, the Multi-campus District Model, multiple specialized accreditations, full implementation of our CRM, continued assessment efforts, finalization of our Strategic Plan to include Institutional Learning Outcomes, implementation of block scheduling to promote completability for students – these are just a few examples of the many important initiatives that are underway, and I truly believe that together, we can accomplish great things for our students.

Make it a great day! MM

Margo

Dr. Margo Martin
Acting President

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January Chronicle

Happy New Year! This month’s Chronicle of news and information starts a new year and transitions the leadership of CSN. At the end of this month, Dr. Margo Martin formally assumes the position of acting president of CSN, and during the month, she and I will continue oversight of the college.

Presidential Transition

Dr. Martin continues to be grateful for the confidence that the Board of Regents, the chancellor, and the CSN faculty and staff have placed in her ability to lead CSN during this important transitional period.

She has pledged that CSN will continue to actively engage with our local schools, our college and university partners, and business and industry stakeholders to develop streamlined, guided pathways that lead to dual-enrollment credit, skills certificates, degrees, and gainful employment for Nevada students.

“While the search for a permanent president will be the focus of CSN in the coming months, there is much work that must continue and important initiatives that need to be fulfilled, namely the deployment of CSN’s Multi-Campus District Model, the implementation of CSN’s Common Student Experience, and preparation for CSN’s mid-cycle accreditation visit next fall,” she said. “We have a strong team of faculty, staff, and administration at CSN, and we serve amazing students. I am looking forward to working with all of you as we continue the good work that has been initiated by Dr. Richards.”

Coffee & Cake

On a related note, please join me and Dr. Martin for Coffee & Cake with the President(s) on Tuesday, January 23. There will be one on each campus that day:

  • Henderson: 9-10:30 a.m., C Building Lobby
  • North Las Vegas: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., June Whitley Student Lounge
  • Charleston: 2-3:30 p.m., D Building Lobby

First Committee Meeting

The first meeting of the Board of Regents presidential search committee and the advisory committee is scheduled for 1 p.m. January 8 in the June Whitley Student Lounge on the North Las Vegas Campus. The meeting will also be connected electronically to the Charleston Campus, Building H, Room 105, and the Henderson campus, Building C, Room 224. This is a public meeting and I encourage you all to attend.

Tuition & Fee Proposal

The Board of Regents has scheduled open forums on each of our campuses on January 25 to discuss tuition and fee changes for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. Chancellor Dr. Thom Reilly will join representatives from the institutions and student groups to discuss proposed tuition and fee increases. All are welcome to attend. Resident and non-resident tuition and fees will be under discussion. NSHE officials are soliciting feedback on the proposal, which will be presented to the Board at its March 2018 meeting and voted on at its meeting in June.

The opens forums are scheduled for Jan. 25, 2018 on each CSN campus:

  • Henderson, 9-10:30 a.m., C-133
  • Charleston, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., K-101
  • North Las Vegas, 2-3:30 p.m., A-1772

Nevada Promise

I want to offer my sincerest thanks to our Nevada Promise team for their hard work over these last several months, taking in scholarship applications, recruiting mentors and making sure the process went as smoothly as possible for everyone involved. There is much work to be done before the first crop of Nevada Promise students enroll at CSN next fall, but our team is up to the task. I also want to thank the hundreds of southern Nevadans who signed up to be mentors, including many from right here at CSN. As always, our success is a team effort.

Back-to-School News

First Day of Classes

Classes for the spring 2018 semester begin Tuesday, January 16. Remember, registration is open now, and late registration will remain open through Jan. 22.

On the first two days of the semester, we traditionally have Welcome Back Crews out on each campus to help students figure out where they are going and to assist with other problems that may come up. This semester, you will notice a slight difference. In order to better help students, we will have crew members strategically located in various parking lots around campus, rather than in front of or inside buildings. We hope to catch the students before they get lost, rather than after.

CSN Connections

In another move to more effectively help students, we are rescheduling the CSN Connections events to the third week of school, rather than right at the beginning. Those first days of school for students are often too busy for them to consider anything but getting to class on time. With CSN Connections held later, we hope that they will be settled in and ready to learn about all the services and opportunities CSN has to offer them. The events are will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Tuesday, January 30, Henderson Campus
  • Wednesday, January 31, North Las Vegas Campus
  • Thursday, February 1, Charleston Campus

CSN in the Community

Martin Luther King Jr. parade

Join the CSN Black Student Union and the African American Heritage Committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade at 10 a.m. January 15 in downtown Las Vegas. CSN has participated in this parade for the last several years now.

Information Session

There will be an information session for students looking to learn more about CSN from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 9 on the Charleston Campus, B-102. Topics to be covered include what makes CSN unique, an overview of our programs and support services, and financial aid. Pass the word along.

Congratulations Professor Burton!

Please join me in congratulating Professor Scott Burton, who was recently appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to serve on the Nevada Sentencing Commission. The Commission, created last year by the Nevada Legislature, is charged with developing policy recommendations and best practices related to criminal sentencing in order to reduce recidivism and promote education, vocational training, and rehabilitation for criminal offenders.

CSN Foundation

Make Your Coyote Commitment

As you know, the employee giving campaign is ongoing until Feb. 23. Participants will receive a special pin and will be entered to win exciting raffle prizes. Look for more information about these opportunities after the holidays. Go to www.csn.edu/foundation to find out how you can make your Coyote Commitment. Remember that contributions to what’s called the ‘unrestricted fund’ are used to support CSN events or activities, including the annual Science & Technology Expo and general scholarships for low-income students.

Free event to learn how to plan your legacy

Join Vegas PBS and the CSN Foundation on Jan. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. to learn about establishing wills and trusts, the benefits of planned giving and how to protect your legacy. We’ll also discuss the administration of trusts. This complimentary seminar will be led by Vegas PBS Planned Giving Council members and Estate Attorney Robert L. Bolick and Trust Officer Mark Dreschler. Bolick will provide important information about drafting a will and setting up a trust and how to avoid problems that can arise without proper planning. He will also explain how you determine if a will or trust is right for you. Dreschler of Premier Trust will highlight the fiduciary responsibilities of an executor and/or successor trustee as it relates to the after life administration of your affairs. Lunch will be provided (must register) and questions are encouraged! For more information, click here. To register, contact Lana at 702.799.1010 x5577 or at lprusinski@vegaspbs.org to reserve your complimentary seat today!

Farewell

As I reflect on these past years as president of CSN and prepare this note of farewell, it is hard to find the words to convey all I feel about this wonderful institution. I think of the special moments, milestone events and, most importantly, the extraordinary people I met along the way — on our campuses, at our learning centers, and throughout the community. I extend to each of you my deepest thanks for your support and encouragement during my tenure as president. My fondness for the college and for you will ever remind me of this marvelous institution and its thoughtful, passionate and courageous faculty, staff, and students. Thank you for allowing me to serve.

Best,

Mike

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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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