This is a very special and important time of year for the CSN family. We witnessed another record number of graduates participate in our commencement ceremony and saw a successful 2019 Nevada legislative session with the passage of the top three CSN legislative priorities, including the $70.7 million CSN-Nevada State College Health and Science Building that is awaiting Governor Sisolak’s signature. The Health and Science Building will allow CSN to address the critical demand for health care professionals and to dramatically enhance the depth and breadth of healthcare services available in Southern Nevada. As this edition documents, our Students First agenda is helping us empower students to graduate, complete, transfer and prosper. Thank you for making the 2018-19 academic year such a successful one. Thank you all for such a wonderful first year. I look forward to many more to come.
In this issue:
47th Annual Commencement
May was such a wonderful month! I was excited to attend many of our multicultural graduation celebrations and CSN’s largest commencement ceremony ever, with a record
3,667 students eligible to receive 3,721 degrees and
certificates. In addition, CSN High School also set a record, with 61 students earning both a high school diploma from the Clark County School District and an associate degree from CSN!
I want to express my thanks again to everyone who put so much time and effort into CSN’s commencement ceremony, making it the great success that it was. I know we were all inspired by our students and their families as they shared this special day with all of us. I look forward to many more successful commencement ceremonies for CSN.
The 2019 Nevada legislative session wrapped up on Monday, and it was a good session for CSN and our students. Three of our legislative priorities were all approved and are awaiting Gov. Steve Sisolak’s signature.
Outstanding Student Awards
We also celebrated out 2018-19 Outstanding Students in early May. All our students have amazing stories, but these students truly demonstrate what CSN is all about. Students who will be attending an NSHE institution next year were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the CSN Foundation to continue their studies.
Faculty Senate Vote
As you know, the CSN Faculty Senate passed a Resolution of No Confidence last month regarding Vice President of Academic Affairs Margo Martin. As with all matters that affect college governance and operations, I intend to seek the counsel of our internal and external stakeholders and maintain dialogue with the Faculty Senate. I will report back to the entire campus community as I address this very important issue.
Sense Student Survey
Results of the Survey of Entering Student Engagement are in, and we can learn a lot from the them. The survey was given to new CSN students last fall during the first three weeks of the semester. We use this data to measure what we are doing well, and where we have room for improvement. There is far too much data for me to summarize here, so I encourage you to take a look at the survey results linked below when you have time.
Commission on Student Success
Please join me in congratulating Vice President of Student Affairs Juanita Chrysanthou, who has been named to the American Association of Community Colleges Commission on Student Success. Her term will begin next month and run through June 2022. The commission focuses on access, student success and organizational transformation, with an emphasis on making sure students succeed. It is a mission that anyone here at CSN can get on board with, and I am thrilled that VP Chrysanthou will be serving on the commission. Congratulations!
I am pleased to announce a new College of Southern Nevada policy which will expand the grant-in-aid benefits to the spouses, registered domestic partners and children of our classified employees. This new policy will help expand access to CSN courses by waiving registration fees for up to six credits a semester, continuing our mission to put students first. You can read the policy at the link below.
CSN Helps Create a ‘Work Ready Community’
Clark County recently received the elite national designation “Work Ready Community” from the ACT testing company. This designation means that Clark County is considered to have robust workforce development initiatives. CSN’s own Division of Workforce and Economic Development plays an important role in that. More than 2,000 students and jobseekers have earned the ACT WorkKeys Nationals Career Readiness Certificate through DWED. This is an industry recognized credential that helps jobseekers prove their skills to potential employers.
I want to congratulate Ricardo Villalobos and his entire DWED team on this important recognition.
Spirit of CSN Awards
Last month the CSN Foundation announced the winners of our Spirit of CSN Awards. These awards, which are designed to support CSN’s commitment to Students First, were awarded based on work that supports student-centered projects during the 2019-2020 year. I look forward to seeing the results of these efforts, all of which sound amazing. The winners are:
Please join me in congratulating all the winners!
Phi Theta Kappa Awards
CSN’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter was recently awarded two national honors during the organization’s annual awards gala held in Orlando, Florida. What an exciting honor for our students! As you know, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest and most prestigious honor society for two-year colleges. There are more than 1,200 chapters with more than 1.5 million members across the globe. In March, at a regional convention in California, the CSN team took home one first place prize for their undergraduate research on the topic of Transformations: Acknowledging, Assessing, and Achieving Change.
CSN Professor Wins Jean Ford Award
Our very own Sondra Cosgrove, a history professor and president of the League of Women Voters of Nevada, was recently awarded the Jean Ford Democracy Award by Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske. Here’s what the secretary of state wrote: “Dr. Cosgrove is a respected voice in the area of civic engagement. She has served in leadership roles for the League of Women Voters for six years and currently serves as President of the League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada. She believes that every community member should have an opportunity to contribute through voting, serving on public boards and commissions and providing feedback in legislative processes.”
CSN Student Emmy Nominations
Students from our Videography & Film Program received 19 Student Production Emmy Award nominations from the Pacific Southwest National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences! This is more than any other college chapter in the region, and means our students have been nominated 73 times in the last five years alone. Winners will be announced later this month, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated. Congratulations to Program Director John Aliano and all of the nominated students.
Convocation & Adjunct Impact
This is a reminder that this year’s Adjunct Impact Conference is scheduled for 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, August 17. Adjust faculty can register now at http://at.csn.edu/adjunct. Our State of the College & Fall Convocation Kickoff event will be held Monday, August 19, followed by a week of professional development opportunities before classes begin on August 26. Mark your calendars now!