CSN Faculty Featured at Vegas Valley Book Festival and Other College News

I want to take a moment to urge you to attend the Vegas Valley Book Festival this week if you have a chance. Some of CSN’s faculty will be highlighted at this event.

CSN Professor H. Lee Barnes, a novelist and short story writer, whom we are very proud to say was recently inducted in the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, will be on a panel at 3 p.m. on Saturday with English Professor Richard Logsdon, senior editor of the literary magazine Red Rock Review, and Professor Tina D. Eliopulos, staff editor of the Red Rock Review.

Michael Green, history professor and author of Freedom, Union, and Power: Lincoln and His Party During the Civil War and Nevada: A Journey of Discovery will sit on a panel for “Great Characters from Las Vegas History” with RJ columnist Geoff Schumacher, author Jack Sheehan (who was kind enough to conduct our live auction at the 2009 CSN Foundation gala) and veteran journalist Myram Borders at 11:15 a.m. on Sunday. For more information about dates, times and other featured speakers go to: http://www.artslasvegas.org/vvbf/

I  also want to say thank you to the Native American Heritage Committee, chaired by Colleen Trujillo, for planning and implementing a number of great events to commemorate this month.

Photo provided by the Native American Heritage Committee

Photo provided by the Native American Heritage Committee


The kickoff festival included a number of tables showcasing Native American art and craft work, as well as dancers at the Charleston campus on Nov. 3. The music could be heard throughout the campus and attracted curious students and community members.

It was well attended and I think everyone from the children from our day care center who came out to watch Native American dancers to the students who stopped for the pizza and fry bread, learned something new. A special thanks to all those who came out to attend and help put on the festival.

There is a whole month’s worth of great events focused on Native American history and culture.  Please take advantage of the events on campus this month and come to the committee’s scholarship breakfast on Nov. 19th at the Cheyenne campus.

Photo provided by the Native American Heritage Committee

CSN's Chad Waucaush and his family baked fry bread for students to experience. Photo provided by the Native American Heritage Committee

International Education Week is also this month, starting Nov. 16 with a kickoff luncheon at Russell’s.  For more information about what’s happening at CSN this month go to the home page, http://www.csn.edu/, and click on the events calendar.

 On another note: I received a number of e-mail responses on my first post about our numerous faculty achievements. I was very impressed to learn our own Social Sciences Professor Sammuel Sarri has published an impressive list of textbooks and other works in his field, including: Microeconomics–Logic, Science, and Policy, 2nd Ed., 2009, Sarri & Dolan, Horizon Textbooks (HT), 2009; Macroeconomics–Logic, Science, Policy, 2nd Ed. (HT), 2009, Sarri & Dolan, 2009; Applied Logic, Critical Thinking in the Real World, 2nd Ed., Sarri & Lee, McGraw Hill, 2008; Socrates to Sartre & Beyond, An Applied Globalization Philosophy Approach, Sarri, Stumpf, and Fieser, McGraw, 2008; Investment Engineering Economics, Sarri, Coply, 2nd Ed., 2008; Risk Management Engineering Economics, Sarri, Coply, 2nd Ed., 2009; Microeconomics Financial Engineering, Sarri, Coply, 2nd Ed., 2009; Globalization Economics, Finance, & Currency, Sarri, UPA, forthcoming, 2010; and Globalization Ecology–Case of Morocco & Euromediterraneanism in a UN Environmental Sciences Anthology, Sarri et al., forthcoming, 2010.

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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