May 15, 2020 Daily Chronicle

Dear CSN Family,

As we prepare to wrap up perhaps the most challenging semester in our history, we have learned that collectively we are capable of overcoming even the most difficult of situations. I especially want to thank our faculty and staff for a job well done. Your spirit of innovation, resilience and can-do attitude have been inspirational to me and will continue to be key to our success in the future.

I am also pleased to report that our Budget Office is excited to announce that NSHE has selected Anaplan as the new system-wide budget module. Although Workday will continue as our financial system, Anaplan will be the platform departments use to request budgets. UNR was the first to build and implement its part of the module, and the go-live date was May 1. The kickoff for the System Office and the remaining NSHE institutions was this week. The Budget Office will spend the summer and early fall getting the system up to speed, with a projected go-live date of October 16. Training on the new system will be provided to departments prior to the fiscal year 2021-22 budget planning season. Look for more details over the next few months.          

There has been a collaborative effort to use MyCSN for our workload information. Workloads are the assignments given to faculty and other individuals working in higher education, which institutions are required to track and report. The Finance Division implemented an online training through CAPE, which demonstrates the workload entry process as well as reporting. Many of the department administrative assistants were invited to take part in this training. Of the employees invited, I am pleased to report that half have already completed the training. We anticipate that everyone will be trained and the new system to go live in August, in time for building the spring 2021 schedule.

Finally, a shout out to CSN Athletics and the CSN Foundation for their campaign to raise $30,000 for our Student Emergency Fund. Since March 1 the CSN Student Emergency Fund has provided more than $70,000 in grants to CSN students to help them stay in school.

Teamwork apparent in these examples are keeping us all Vegas strong and CSN proud.

Stay safe and God bless.

Federico Zaragoza
College of Southern Nevada 

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