August 2018 Chronicle

August 2018

Greetings, Coyote nation! As we gear up for the most exciting time of the academic year – the start of a new semester – I have a bit of news and info to share with you. We’ve had quite a busy break, with events, awards, new classes and new degrees topping the list. We’ve also been preparing for our upcoming Convocation event, including the introduction of incoming President Dr. Federico Zaragoza. I look forward to welcoming Dr. Zaragoza to southern Nevada and to CSN. I am proud of the state of CSN as this transition approaches, and I want to thank all of you for your support over these last several months.

– Margo

In this issue:

  • Convocation Welcome Back
  • Pizza & Politics
  • Emmy Award Wins
  • Two New BAS Degrees
  • Swift iOS Classes
  • CAPE Software
  • Nevada Promise
  • Enrollment Report
Read the President’s Blog

Upcoming Events


This year’s State of the College Address and Convocation Kickoff Event will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday, August 20 at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel. This year’s event is extra special, as our new president, Dr. Federico Zaragoza, will be in attendance. We’ll all kick off the most exciting part of the year together. We’ll also celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues with the presentation of the Excellence and Distinguished Awards, as well as honor those who’ve been awarded tenure this year. Convocation is a wonderful way to reconnect with your colleagues as the new semester gets underway. Please make sure to join us.
See Photos From Last Year’s Convocation

Inside CSN

Pizza & Politics

We are so grateful to Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison for joining us last month for Pizza & Politics. The event covered a range of topics, including jobs, education, scholarships and financial aid, public safety, infrastructure and funding for higher education in Nevada. Many of the questions came from students in Dr. Michael Hart’s Political Science 101 class, who attended. The Pizza & Politics events are always a well worth attending, and we look forward to hosting more of them in the coming semester.

Emmy Award Wins

I am thrilled to tell you that CSN Videography & Film Program students won seven Student Production Award Emmys this summer at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter Emmy Awards. This was the most of any college in our chapter, which includes San Diego, Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.


The winners are: Gabriella Vizcarra for “Intertwine,” (Student Programming – Long Form). Billy Ward for “Rhino Shield: South Africa,” (Student Programming – Long Form & Student Craft – Photographer & Student Craft – Director). Marquis Marasigan for “Spent,” (Student Programming – Short Form). Elisabeth Hatzimarkos for “Just A Normal Girl,” Student Programming – Public Service (PSAs). Marco Tavares for “Who’s OPER,” (Student Craft – Editor).

Congratulations everyone!

See the Full List of Winners

Two New BAS Degrees

We are excited to debut two new bachelor of applied science degrees this fall, bringing the total number of four-year degrees offered at CSN to seven. The new degrees, in Deaf Studies and Project Management, have received the approval of both the Board of Regents and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. As with all of the bachelor’s degrees CSN offers, these two will help fill a critical void in higher education locally, meeting the tremendous need in both areas. As a community college, CSN typically offers bachelor’s degrees in niche areas when neither the state college nor either of the universities offers the degree. The deaf studies degree will have an emphasis in in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. There are fewer than 100 nationally certified interpreters in Nevada to serve more than 39,000 people with hearing disabilities. The project management degree is equally vital to the region in fields as varied as construction, computing and information technology and sales.
Learn About the Deaf Studies Degree and the Project Management Degree

CSN Celebrates Everyone Can Code Launch

As the smartphone industry expands, learning the skills to develop software for the platforms is becoming more and more important. To that end, CSN’s Division of Workforce and Economic Development has designed a course that makes it easy for just about anyone to design and build an iPhone or iPad app. Launching this fall, the new classes will teach Swift, Apple’s open-source programming language. We had a great celebration for the Everyone Can Code Launch, where we were joined by community and business leaders, as well as Apple executives. “Preparing southern Nevadans for high-demand jobs in STEM fields will always be one of our top priorities,” explained interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Clarissa Cota. “As Nevada’s economy diversifies, CSN will be at the forefront, training the next generation of skilled workers.”

Professional Development Getting an Upgrade

Professional development is about to get a huge upgrade at CSN. Be on the lookout for announcements from CAPE as they upgrade the registration system to a more robust and dynamic professional development platform. It will feature a personal learning dashboard that will include new features and tools for e-learning and increasing department engagement. It also allows department heads and chairs to initiate training and view the their team’s progress. We are excited to offer you these opportunities to expand your professional and team development. You’ll hear more on this soon.

Nevada Promise

As we prepare to welcome the first cohort of Nevada Promise scholarship recipients to CSN, we are also now accepting Promise applications for the 2019-20 school year from both new and returning students. The scholarship was originally funded for only the high school graduating class of 2018, but we hope additional funding will be made available by the 2019 Nevada Legislature. The application is open, but will be subject to appropriation, which could happen as late as June 2019. You can learn more on the web page linked below. Students can find the link on CSN’s home page.
Learn More and Apply
By the Numbers
Look for this section each month to learn about the data that drive discussion and decisions at CSN.
Fall 2018 Enrollment
Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our fall enrollment through July 30. The first enrollment cancellation for non-payment occurs on August 7 with fall classes beginning August 27. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data.
See the Report
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