CSN Students Attend Special Session

Photo provided by ASCSN VP Dustin Rains

Approximately 45 higher education students from Southern Nevada, 17 of which were from CSN, took a bus up to Carson City on Monday night, leaving at 10 p.m. to make it to the special session. Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford invited the students to an impromptu meeting with the Senate, where students told lawmakers about why higher education funding matters.

Following a long day at the capitol, the students got back on the bus and returned home early this morning. I want to applaud these students’ commitment to their institutions and to their education and our lawmakers for taking the time to meet with them. Thank you.

We are eagerly awaiting the resolution of the special session. We have heard, as you may have in the media, that they are discussing cuts below 10 percent for higher education. Now is a crucial time to write your state senator to impress upon him or her your feelings about higher education funding. You can find their contact information here: http://leg.state.nv.us/26th2010Special/Legislators/Senators/slist.cfm.

On another note, I attended the Black History Month Scholarship Breakfast at the CSN Cheyenne campus this morning. It was a wonderful conclusion to Black History Month, which we celebrated at CSN with four weeks of activities and events.

We had a full house, including community supporters, faculty, staff and students, who came to hear keynote speaker Dr. Linda Young from the Clark County School District Board of Trustees and to help raise money for CSN scholarships and academic programs. Sherman Rutledge, Jr., executive director of Strengthening America’s Communities and Dr. Joni Flowers, a CSN professor and executive director of the Cultural Diversity Foundation, received awards for their service to education and the community.  Thanks to all who attended.

About Michael.Richards

The Board of Regents unanimously selected Dr. Michael D. Richards in May 2008 as the eighth permanent President of the College of Southern Nevada, where he supports the College’s mission to create an educated and diverse workforce for Southern Nevada. Dr. Richards came to CSN in 2005 as the vice president for academic affairs, leaving his position as associate provost at Southern Utah University after 23 years. While at SUU, he also had the positions of vice president for planning and technology, vice president for university affairs and associate professor of business. He began his career in higher education as an adjunct faculty member at a community college in Alabama, and in the mid-1970s was on the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He brings a wealth of collegiate and business, four-year and two-year institutional experience to the College. He has taught English and management courses and has developed a record of scholarship through publications and presentations at state, regional, national and international conferences. Dr. Richards holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and philosophy (1970) from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, a Master of Arts in English from Utah State University (1972) and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Denver (1979). The Board of Regents appointed Dr. Richards as interim president of CSN in August 2007 after the departure of President Richard Carpenter (2004-2007). The regents then selected Dr. Richards for the permanent position following a national search by the ad hoc CSN President Search Committee. As President of the College, Dr. Richards is responsible for 2,274 employees, approximately 43,000 students and a budget of more than $130 million.
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