May 27, 2020 Weekly Chronicle

Dear CSN Family,

With the spring semester firmly behind us and the summer term set to begin, I want to touch on a few details this week about remaining in a remote environment for at least the first part of the summer.

While the plans are for the Executive Team (direct reports) to return to campus on June 1, it is contingent on NSHE and the governor’s authorization. Most of our faculty and staff will continue to work remotely as part of our phased-in return-to-campus and notification process. And as you know, the chancellor has directed that NSHE institutions continue delivering classes remotely through June 30 with the exception of CTE. As a result, most of the array of student services we offer will also continue to be delivered remotely.

This includes the Nevada Promise office, which has developed a customer service interface so staff can search by student and mentor to view individual requirement completions and status. Targeted communications can be sent to each student by email or text.

In addition, academic counseling will remain among the services offered remotely. This has not lightened the department’s workload, however. Retention efforts are in full force, with the department receiving 50-60 emails a day. Because there appears to be a demand for it, we are developing an FAQ landing page for counseling.

While the campuses remain closed for business, mail deliveries are still occurring. It’s preferable that mail be delivered to a faculty or staff member’s mail slot or office. Employees may schedule a pick up at either the North Las Vegas Campus or the Charleston Campus mail room. For those who may not be able to make it to campus, our staff can make arrangements for off-campus delivery of mail only. To inquire about deliveries and mail service during the campus closure, please email Jennifer Daughtery or Rolando Mosqueda.

Lastly, I want to make sure you are all aware of the Nevada Faculty Alliance Collective Bargaining Agreement Panel Discussions, scheduled for 3-5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to noon tomorrow. The NFA has graciously invited me to attend, and I gladly accepted. I am looking forward to working closely with faculty representatives as we work to complete the process. Faculty can look for an invite from CSN’s NFA chapter leadership.

Thank you once again for remaining Vegas strong and CSN proud.

Federico Zaragoza
President                        
College of Southern Nevada

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