New COVID-19 Protocols in Place

Dear CSN Family, Over the past month, Nevada and the rest of the country have seen marked increases in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. It is now more important than ever that we all work together to ensure that we … Continue reading →

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Current CSN Closures

On Sunday, November 22, Gov. Steve Sisolak set forth the guidelines provided under Executive Order 35, Statewide Pause due to the continued COVID-19 transmission rates and increasing positive cases, imposing increased restrictions to those established during Stay At-Home 2.0.  Directive … Continue reading →

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Monthly Chronicle, November 24, 2020

As the holiday season is upon us, I want to wish you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving on behalf of the entire CSN family. Traditionally, this is a time when we gather with friends and family; however in … Continue reading →

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Give the Gift of Hope

Dear CSN Family, This has been a challenging year for all of us, but it is moments like these that allow us to define ourselves and choose the path we take forward from here. As social activist and Nobel Laureate … Continue reading →

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Facilities & Services Available During Stay at Home 2.0

Dear CSN Family, As I communicated last week, CSN has responded to Gov. Steve Sisolak’s Stay at Home 2.0 plan by suspending all but essential on-campus operations through at least November 30. We have all been watching and reading the … Continue reading →

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Stay at Home 2.0 Details

On Tuesday, November 10, Gov. Steve Sisolak outlined the Stay at Home 2.0 for Nevada as a result of current transmission rates of the coronavirus which in our community, state and across the country have seen increasing positive cases. As … Continue reading →

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CSN’s Stay at Home 2.0 Plan

Dear CSN Family, The CSN campus community has been resilient this year as the global COVID-19 pandemic has taken hold, and it is time now to come together once again to do our part to help fight this disease. As … Continue reading →

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Monthly Chronicle, October 26, 2020

We are more than halfway through the fall 2020 Semester, and you have no doubt noticed the upward trend in COVID-19 cases. Unfortunately, our fall 2020 enrollment is approximately 10 percent down (FTE) from fall 2019 levels, and this will … Continue reading →

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Celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month

Dear CSN Family, Please join me in celebrating and recognizing the contributions of our CSN LGBTQ+ community during LGBTQ+ History Month October 1-31. The monthlong celebration is dedicated to recognizing the achievements, talents and contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals throughout history. … Continue reading →

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Remembering October 1

Dear CSN Family, Whether you are teaching, in a virtual meeting, walking across campus or working from home, I hope you take a moment today to reflect on the events of October 1, 2017. CSN joins our Southern Nevada community … Continue reading →

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September 25 Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, Much is happening at CSN this semester, and I want to ensure that we will keep you updated on all the latest developments.  But first, I again want to apologize for the confusion caused by my message … Continue reading →

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Remembering Those We Lost on September 11, 2001

Dear CSN Family, Today, we remember the victims of the worst terrorist attack in American history and honor the courage of the service members and first responders who risked their own lives to protect ours. Let us never forget them. … Continue reading →

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September 2020 CSN Chronicle

The Fall 2020 semester has gotten off to a wonderful start and I hope that you and your family are in good health.  I want to thank those of you that participation in our Fall 2020 Virtual Convocation Ceremony.  In … Continue reading →

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New Adjunct & Overload Pay Rate

Dear CSN Family, I am pleased to report that the budgeted increase in the adjunct and overload pay rate from $875 to $925 per instructional unit for the fall 2020 semester will be moving forward as planned. This higher pay … Continue reading →

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Operation & Maintenance Fee Waiver and Refunds

Dear CSN Family, During these difficult economic times, we at CSN know that every dollar counts. That’s why we have decided to waive the $1 per credit Student Union Operations and Maintenance fee for the fall 2020 semester. The majority … Continue reading →

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August 2020 CSN Chronicle

August 2020 In This Issue: Return to CampusBudget ReductionsConvocationDiversity summitLeadership AcademyCampus CommuterDWED stuffSchneider ElectricEnrollment and Institutional Data Return to Campus Based on your feedback and input, we have made some adjustments regarding the notification process for those who will return … Continue reading →

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July 23, 2020 Weekly Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, I have much to share this week on a wide range of topics, from recently passed budget cuts to our reopening plans, employee furloughs, student fees and our upcoming Convocation celebration. Today, a special Board of Regents … Continue reading →

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Incident on the Charleston Campus

Dear CSN Family, I wanted to let you know about a disturbing incident that occurred on Friday near our Charleston Campus. No one was harmed on our campus, but the incident  is a reminder to stay diligent and If you … Continue reading →

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Legislators Approve Additional Cuts to CSN Budget

Dear CSN Family, This afternoon, the Nevada State Senate joined the State Assembly and passed AB3, which cuts an additional $25 million from the Nevada System of Higher Education’s fiscal year 2021 budget. These cuts are on top of cuts … Continue reading →

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July 16, 2020 Weekly Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, As you know, the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Nevada has officials across the state concerned. That includes us at CSN. We’re monitoring the situation daily, and closely monitoring recommendations from officials at NSHE, the … Continue reading →

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CSN Budget Reduction Impact Statement

Dear CSN Family, Tomorrow, the State Legislature is expected to propose additional reductions to the Nevada System of Higher Education budget. The additional cut will add to CSN’s budget cuts for fiscal year 2021, which has already been cut by … Continue reading →

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Update on S/U Grades for Summer Session

Dear CSN Family, NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly, along with the Board of Regents, has approved the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grade change option for summer 2020 courses. Students will be permitted to request an S/U grade rather than a traditional letter grade. Instructors … Continue reading →

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CSN Supports International Students

Dear CSN Family, On Monday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced its final guidance that the agency intends to implement in a few weeks that would ban international students from enrolling in online-only courses this fall. Specifically, this rule would prohibit our … Continue reading →

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Celebrating Independence Day

Dear CSN Family, I know many of you will celebrate our nation’s beginnings this holiday weekend with family and friends. Independence Day allows us to observe the traditions we have come to know — family, barbecues, and fireworks — and … Continue reading →

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July 2020 CSN Chronicle

July 2020 At CSN, I often refer to our faculty, staff and students as a family — and I mean that. No decisions are made here that do not take the well-being of every person in our family into account. That … Continue reading →

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Return to Campus Update

Dear CSN Family, As you are aware, there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases in Nevada over these last several weeks, leading Gov. Steve Sisolak to extend the state’s Phase 2 reopening plan through the end of July. As … Continue reading →

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Important Safety Information Update

Dear CSN Family, As we continue our gradual, phased approach to returning to campus, I want to highlight several safety measures that are in effect for anyone visiting CSN’s campuses, sites and centers. We consider the health and safety of … Continue reading →

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June 24, 2020 Weekly Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, The feedback we are receiving from our most recent weekly Virtual Town Hall meetings has been extremely positive. Well over 400 people attended last week’s faculty and staff town hall, and while there were many different topics … Continue reading →

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A Juneteenth Message from Dr. Zaragoza

Dear CSN Family, On this day in 1865, in the small city of Galveston, Texas, the news finally reached the people: All slaves are free. Two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, and two … Continue reading →

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June 18, 2020 Weekly Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, This has been a historic week at CSN with many breaking news stories that have been years in development.  The winds of social change are strong in America. Many changes are occurring as a result of the … Continue reading →

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CSN Applauds DACA Decision

Dear CSN Family, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning to uphold the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Court held that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to end the DACA program was “arbitrary and capricious.” … Continue reading →

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CSN’s Return to Campus Plan

Dear CSN Family, I am pleased to inform you that our detailed Return to Campus plan was approved by NSHE on Friday. This plan, available online and outlined below, is designed first and foremost to ensure that we proceed in … Continue reading →

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June 2020 CSN Chronicle

In addition to the summer semester kickoff this week, registration for the fall semester opens to new students this Friday. I look forward to welcoming them to campus in August — but please know that our campus will look and … Continue reading →

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Message of Unity from President Zaragoza

Dear CSN Family, The tragic killing of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police has weighed heavily upon me. It was both disturbing and hurtful, as it was for so many in the CSN family. The incident, captured … Continue reading →

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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 … Continue reading →

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May 20, 2020 Weekly Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, I hope you all had a chance to attend our Virtual Town Hall yesterday, where we had over 400 attendees and answered dozens of your questions. The topic of returning to work came up frequently. Let me … Continue reading →

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Congratulations CSN Class of 2020!

Dear CSN Family, Under normal circumstances, tonight would have been a celebration of our 2019-2020 graduates.  And although we’ve postponed our official Commencement Ceremony, we don’t have to wait to celebrate the accomplishments of our amazing Class of 2020! CSN … Continue reading →

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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 … Continue reading →

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May 14, 2020 Daily Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, In our Virtual Town Hall yesterday, there were many questions about our eventual return to campus. Our plan will focus first and foremost on the health and safety of our entire CSN family. We will take a … Continue reading →

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May 13, 2020 Daily Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, It can be difficult when we are moving through a crisis to focus on the big picture, but we have an incredible family at CSN who are able to come together and make sure we fulfill our … Continue reading →

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May 12, 2020 Daily Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, I’d like to begin today’s message by expressing my deep appreciation and gratitude for all of the healthcare workers who put their lives on the line every day for the safety and well-being of others. On this, … Continue reading →

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May 11, 2020 Daily Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, As we begin Finals Week, we are also moving forward with plans for our fall 2020 semester, which will look very different than traditional semesters at CSN. While we miss seeing one another and we are excited … Continue reading →

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May 8, 2020 Daily Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, Today, I have several updates to share with you on topics ranging from aid for our students to new tools you can use to help you work and teach remotely. First, you may be aware that Gov. Sisolak … Continue reading →

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May 7, 2020 Daily Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, These are truly unprecedented times for all of us in the CSN family, so today we are featuring important information from the Human Resources team. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. During this COVID-19 crisis, there has … Continue reading →

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May 6, 2020 Daily Chronicle

Dear CSN Family, I am pleased to inform you that CSN has received CARES Act funds, and we will begin distributing payments to eligible students this week. The Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act awarded $14,078,408 to CSN. … Continue reading →

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