CSN December Chronicle

December Chronicle

As the end of the semester and the end of the year quickly approach, I want to wish you all a very happy holiday season. I hope you will join us at the CSN Holiday Party on December 12. I also want to acknowledge the hard work you put in every day to make sure our students always come first. On behalf of all 35,000 of them, I thank you.


Mariachi Plata

I am thrilled to invite you to the debut local performance of Mariachi Plata, CSN’s new competitive mariachi! Mariachi Plata is comprised of students from our mariachi courses in the fine arts music curriculum. Their local debut at 7 p.m. December 10 will follow their first competition at the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio, Texas. This is incredibly exciting for our students and for our community. There is much interest in mariachi in Southern Nevada, as well as a strong desire by members of the Hispanic community for programs that recognize and celebrate their cultural heritage. With nearly one-third of our students identifying as Hispanic, it is imperative that we ensure a good fit for them at CSN.

Popular local singer Napoleon Buenrostro will act as master of ceremonies at the concert, where several other act will perform along with Mariachi Plata. The reception starts at 6 p.m. and the concert at 7.

Holiday Party & Holiday Card Winner

I am very much looking forward to this year’s CSN Holiday Party, and I hope to see you there. Tickets are $10 each and are on sale now through Monday, December 9 at any of our campus cashier’s offices. You may purchase a ticket for yourself and a ticket for a guest; adults only please, as there will be alcoholic beverages available.

On a related note, congratulations to CSN student Cecilia Belio, winner of our holiday card contest! Her wonderful design was chosen by our judges as the winner of the inaugural CSN Holiday Card Contest. Cecilia will be awarded a $500 gift card.

Mexican University Partnership

I recently met with presidents of technical colleges from Mexico and toured CSN’s campuses with them as they learned about some of our specialty programs. We signed a memorandum of understanding with the delegation of college presidents from the Associacion Nacional de Universidades Tecnologicas, pledging to continue the cross-cultural partnership we have developed. We are just getting started, and hope to soon develop new programs and initiatives that will lead to opportunities for our students to interact with the students from Mexico, who will come to CSN. This is a very exciting time for our college. Read more about the partnership here.

New International Center Director

Please join me in welcoming to CSN our new Director of International Programs Carol P. Fimmen, who started last month. Fimmen will be responsible for helping strengthen the college’s international programs, internationalization of the curriculum, faculty development initiatives, development of partnerships with international institutions, organizations and governments, and will oversee the area of international student recruitment and international student services. She plans to establish an international student alumni association, develop new study abroad opportunities for our students and faculty, establish international exchanges for students and faculty, and develop new international and workforce training for institutional and governments.

She brings extensive experience to CSN, having served in many international organizations and on boards, and as a consultant to the Asian Development Bank Institute, the American Council on Education, and the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, among others. Welcome to CSN, Carol.

New Chief Human Resources Officer

Another wonderful addition to the CSN family is our new Chief Human Resources Officer Tracey Cleveland, who brings with her more than 20 years of human resources experience, both in higher education and private industry.

She joins us directly from Erie Community College, where she had been since 2014, most recently as the vice president of human resources. Like CSN, ECC is a large community college, offering nearly 100 degree and certificate programs and enrolling more than 10,000 students. Before joining ECC, Cleveland filled various human resources leadership roles at Avery Dennison Corporation, Alcoa, the New York State Department of Transportation and Monroe Community College

As a senior associate vice president, Cleveland will oversee all aspects of human resources including talent acquisition and management, compensation, benefits, wellness, employee relations, employee development and retention, and performance management. She will also be responsible for oversight for the Office of Institutional Equity.

Cleveland begins January 2, and I hope you will join me in welcoming her.

Nevada Promise Needs Mentors

Our Nevada Promise students need you. As you know, students who receive the Nevada Promise scholarship are required to periodically meet with a mentor. Many CSN faculty and staff have been gracious enough to volunteer to mentor students, and for that we are grateful. More mentors are needed, though. If you can, please volunteer by filling out a mentor application here. Thank you.

Voicemail Changes

I hope you saw the email from our Office of Technology Services announcing several important changes to our voicemail system. For a full list of instructions, visit here.

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CSN November Chronicle

November 2019 Chronicle

Many in the CSN family have been looking forward the official Student Union grand openings. It was truly an honor to stand with Dr. Arnold Bell, Faculty Senate Chair, the three past student government presidents Daniel Rodriguez, Andrew Sierra and Jill Robinson on October 29, and our new Charleston Campus Vice President and Provost Sonya Pearson for the ribbon cutting ceremony. Truly a “Students First” event.

November is also a time of reflection as we celebrate Thanksgiving, Veterans Day and Native American Heritage Month. In this spirit of reflection, I want to thank all of the CSN family for your dedication, commitment and hard work. I am truly blessed to be in an organization dedicated to student success and community impact.


Student Union Dedication

I hope you will be able to join us when we officially dedicate the student union on our North Las Vegas campus in honor of the late Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson on November 14. Thompson was a great friend to our community and our campus, a true believer in the Students First philosophy guiding all of us. I remember him greeting CSN students warmly into his office when we were in Carson City earlier this year. You can find details about the event on our calendar.

Our student unions stand as shining examples to the Students First approach we take at CSN.

As you know, the unions on each campus have quickly become popular spaces for our students to study, grab a bite to eat, relax between class and gather with their friends. The unions make the college experience better for all. They began as an idea from student government leaders years ago and I’m proud to see them come to fruition.

Coach Tim Chambers

CSN has built an impressive array of athletic programs over the years, and Coach Tim Chambers was at the foundation of it all. Chambers, who coached the CSN Coyotes baseball team from 2000 to 2010 and brought home a national championship in 2003, died on October 27. He will be sorely missed by everyone at CSN. The success of our student athletes both on and off the field was always a priority for Coach Chambers, and his legacy will live on. Read Athletic Director Dexter Irvin’s letter.

Leadership Academy

If you have not yet submitted your application to our new CSN Leadership Academy, I encourage you to do so now. The deadline is November 15. The program is open to all employees and utilizes the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People model of principle-based leadership. The application is available online or via PDF for download. Please contact program director Dr. Gillian.Silver-Rodis@csn.edu for more information.

Holiday Card & Holiday Party

I hope you will all join me at the CSN Holiday Party in the Charleston Campus Student Union Ballroom from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, December 12. After a successful semester, I am excited to celebrate the holidays with our faculty and staff who always put our students first. Please keep an eye on your email for more details about this event. As a reminder, I am seeking artwork submissions for our CSN Holiday Card. You can learn more about that and how to enter here.

University Police Services

I hope you all saw the message from Associate Vice President & Director of University Police Services, Southern Command Adam Garcia noting the changes regarding our Henderson facilities. As of now, University Police Services is providing 24/7 service to the CSN Henderson Campus, the Green Valley Tech Center, and the Water Street Centers, including dispatch services via UPD’s Dispatch Center. This change will provide improved response times for police, fire and medical services while also continuing to provide calls for service for campus security and after hour emergency requests for Facilities Management. Police will also provide increased patrols of these properties, including in vehicle patrol coverage and targeted foot patrols.

Also, working with Facilities Management, you will note signs communicating the prohibition of weapons on state property. Additional signage will be deployed throughout all campus locations in coming months.

Dean of the School of Arts & Letters

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Vartouhi Asherian, the new interim dean of the School of Arts and Letters! Dr. Asherian has been with CSN for many years, and she has a strong professional background in community college and public school teaching. She also brings a strong understanding of educational technology and has demonstrated great skill in working with faculty. She holds advanced degrees in Instructional Design and Distance Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Education Administration. She serves on a national AACC-affiliated board and is engaged with NWCCU, our accrediting body, representing CSN in a professional capacity. She is also deeply committed to our community, and is particularly engaged in the arts.

Fall 2019 Enrollment

Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our fall enrollment through the census date of October 15, 2019. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data. See the enrollment report.

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CSN October Chronicle

October 2019 Chronicle

We are well into the semester now, and I have some great news: Enrollment is up again! Our headcount of 35,771 means that enrollment has increased four years in a row!

There is much more exciting information to share, including news about our new Leadership Academy and a transition plan for the CSN Counseling Department, as well as some good news, important dates, and events coming up this month.


In this issue:

  • CSN Leadership Academy 
  • Counseling Recommendations
  • PTK Honors Bruno Rhodes
  • Coyote Cupboards Open
  • Jeanne Clery Report
  • HSI/MSI Symposium
  • New inclusive learning leader   
  • Student Unions Grand Opening
  • Constitution & Voter Registration Day
  • Nevada Promise Deadline
  • Short Film Showcase
  • Science & Tech Expo
  • Fall Enrollment Report

CSN Leadership Academy

I want to remind you all that applications will soon be available for our new CSN Leadership Academy, which will be led by Dr. Gillian Silver-Rodis. This is an opportunity for all our employees to become better leaders and sharpen their skills to help our students succeed. The Academy will launch this spring and consist of seven half-day sessions and a graduation. Please keep your eyes open for application materials later this month.

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Multi-Campus Recommendations

I am pleased to authorize the consensus recommendations of the Counseling Department, Faculty Senate, Executive Council, and Campus Vice Presidents & Provosts to proceed with the initial transition plan for the CSN Counseling Department. Counselors have temporarily transitioned to Charleston Campus Vice President & Provost Dr. Sonya Pearson as we continue this important work to help put students first. Please know that Dr. Pearson is committed to continue sharing information with our employee groups about the multi-campus model, including structural changes to our counseling process, outlined in detail at the link below. Kudos to the Counselors, Faculty Senate, Administrative Faculty Assembly, Vice President Chrysanthou, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Pearson.

Read All the Details

PTK Honors Bruno Rhodes

Please join me in congratulating CSN English Professor Bruno Rhodes, who was recently honored by the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for his service as CSN’s PTK advisor! I was pleased to present Bruno with a pin from PTK in appreciation of his dedication to his students and to our student success mission. CSN will also purchase a brick in Bruno’s honor to be placed at the Phi Theta Kappa Center for Excellence Alpha Courtyard at the organization’s national headquarters. Congratulations!

Coyote Cupboards Now Open

I am pleased to say the food pantries are now open in each of our student unions. The Coyote Cupboards provide a valuable resource to our students who may struggle with food insecurity and hunger. As you know, the pantries were made possible with a $300,000 grant from the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension. The cupboards are being run in cooperation with Three Square Food Bank and the CSN student government.

Read the Press Release

Jeanne Clery Report

As required by federal law, we recently released our annual security report, which includes three years’ worth of statistics for specific crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on non-campus properties owned or controlled by the college, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campuses. You can read the full report at the link below.

Read the Full Report

HSI/MSI Symposium

I hope you were able to attend the HSI/MSI Symposium in the Horn Theater last week. The daylong symposium was part of a three-day event in collaboration with the other NSHE institutions where we heard from national experts on issues related to diversity in higher education. I am so thankful to all our elected leaders and to the higher education community for their enthusiastic participation and support. We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with other professionals and community members to leverage our resources to help achieve high-level outcomes for minority students.

New Inclusive Learning Leader

I am pleased to announce Nora Mirabal has been named interim executive director of inclusive learning and engagement. Nora has been with the College of Southern Nevada in a number of different roles for the last 24 years, most recently with the Jumpstart Concurrent Enrollment Program. She started in the human resources department and working in marketing and public relations as well. She has been with the Jumpstart program since its inception and has helped grow the program to more than 3,500 students. As you know, I am committed to our diversity efforts and putting out students on path to graduate, complete transfer and prosper and I know with Nora as an executive director we’ll continue that work. 

Student Unions Grand Opening

Please join us as we celebrate the official Grand Opening of our three new student unions. Students, colleagues, friends and special guests will convene on the Charleston Campus from 1-2 p.m. October 29. I hope to see you there!


Constitution & Voter Registration Day

I want to thank Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske for joining one of our political science classes last month on Constitution Day, a federally recogn

ized day of observance celebrated on September 17 – which is the anniversary of the document’s signing. The day coincides with Citizenship Day, when we 

recognize people who are taking steps to become U.S. citizens. National Voter Registration Day is also in September, and this year we held a registration drive on the North Las Vegas Campus, partnering with the League of Women Voters of Nevada. We had a great turnout. Thanks to all who helped organize such an important event.

Register to Vote

Nevada Promise    

The deadline to submit an application for the Nevada Promise Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year is October 31. Applications are available now.

Other Upcoming Events

Short Film Showcase      

The 8th Annual Short Film Showcase will take place from 7-10 p.m. October 11 in the Horn Theater on the North Las Vegas Campus. See films by our award-winning film & videography students.      

Science & Tech Expo

CSN’s Construction Career Day and Science & Technology Expo will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 18 on the North Las Vegas Campus. We’re expecting 2,000 students from CCSD schools to visit.

Fall 2019 Enrollment Report

Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our fall enrollment through September 30, 2019. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data.

See the Enrollment Report

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Important Multi-Campus Model Announcement: Counseling Department Transition

The Plan

In alignment with the multi-campus plan, CSN counselors are moving from a model that promotes access to enrollment to one that supports access to completion. To do this, we will need a systemic redesign of the student experience and the role of counselors from academic advising to integrated support and retention services. The efforts will coalesce around the Guided Pathways and Lost Momentum framework and scale collaboration between Academic Advisors and Counselors.

Scope of Work

The counselors will serve as the frontline service providers for the Multicultural Centers and Bump Up, and develop Individualized Student Success Plans for the following students: 

  • E-alerts
  • At-risk student support/counseling with at-risk being identified as:
    • Students on academic warning status
    • Students on academic probation
    • Students on continued probation status
    • Students who have lost financial aid eligibility (such as SSOG and Millennium)

The Timeline

Over the next two months, Dr. Pearson and the counselors will collaborate with key stakeholders to develop a comprehensive and integrated support and retention services plan. Key benchmarks are outlined below.  

Phase I: September 13

Faculty Senate voted on a resolution to temporarily transition the Counseling Department to the Charleston Campus Vice President & Provost in alignment with the multi-campus model and centralized services.

Phase II: September 20

Department of Counseling transitioned to the Charleston Campus Vice President & Provost. Two counselors per campus will be assigned to the Student Unions, as determined (or in concert) with the respective Campus Vice President & Provost. One counselor position at each campus will be administratively assigned as a program lead.     

Phase III: September 23

President approval and campus announcement regarding the temporary transition of the Counseling Department to the Charleston Campus Vice President & Provost. 

Phase IV: October 4

Campus Vice Presidents & Provosts and Counseling Department Representatives will meet with Executive Faculty Senate to provide an update on the counseling services model, Department Chair position and request for a policy amendment to change the permanent reporting structure to the President or designated Campus Vice President & Provost.      

Phase V: October 11

Campus Vice Presidents & Provosts and Counseling Department Representatives presentation to entire Faculty Senate on the counseling service model, proposed reporting structure, Department Chair job description, appropriate evaluation metrics and request for a policy amendment to change the permanent reporting structure to the President or designated Campus Vice President & Provost.   

Phase VI: October 20

Faculty Senate vote on the requested policy amendment to change the reporting structure for the Counseling Department. 

Phase VII: November 8

Faculty Senate final vote on requested policy amendment to change the reporting structure for the Department of Counseling.  

By capitalizing on established research and efforts set for by the Student Affairs Leadership and Counselors, we have reached an important turning point in our planning and Shared Governance process. Thank you to everyone who has and will continue to support the work of the Counseling Department.  

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Remembering October 1

CSN joins our Southern Nevada community on the anniversary of that tragic night to remember the victims and their families. We will hold a vigil at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 1, encourage a moment of silence, offer message boards on each campus, and sponsor blood drives throughout the month.

Consider Observing a Moment of Silence

Whether you are teaching, in a meeting or just walking across campus, take a moment on October 1 to reflect on the events of two years ago. If you or someone you know at CSN needs to talk with someone, we have Counseling and Psychological Services available to students and the Employee Assistance Program available for staff.

Remember With a Message

There are occasions when we have an easier time expressing our feelings in writing. If you would like to do so, visit one of our remembrance message boards set up near student government offices in the student unions on each main campus. These message boards will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 30 and October 1 and will be transported to the North Las Vegas campus on October 1 for the 7 p.m. vigil.

Attend the Candlelight Vigil

Our campus community and the Southern Nevada community will come together at 7 p.m. October 1 on the North Las Vegas Campus for a candlelight vigil.

Help Our Community Be Better Prepared
Give the gift of life. Donate blood at one of our on-campus blood drives.

  • September 11, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Charleston Campus, B Building Lobby
  • September 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Henderson Campus, C Building Lobby
  • October 8, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Charleston Campus, Building B Lobby
  • October 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Las Vegas Campus, Building E, Room 130
  • November 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Las Vegas Campus, Building E, Room 130
  • November 21, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Charleston Campus, Building B Lobby
  • December 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., North Las Vegas Campus, Building E, Room 130
  • December 3, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Henderson Campus, C Building Lobby
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September 2019 Chronicle

September 2019​​ 

Welcome​​ back everyone! I know we are all energized to have faculty and students back on our campuses. I am looking forward to another year of putting our students first and moving our performance excellence agenda forward.

We have several updates and some news for you this month including highlights of our informative yet fun-filled convocation session. I especially enjoyed the student engagement and the CSN family awards section of the program that recognized our outstanding faculty and staff. Thank you in advance for putting students​​ first. ​​ 

-​​ Federico


In this issue:

  • Campus Safety

  • University Police Services Test

  • Convocation & Awards

  • Multi-Campus Update

  • Student Unions Now Open

  • Urban Chamber Luncheon​​ 

  • Chief HR Officer

  • Chief Information Officer

  • Salary Study Update

  • Fall 2019 Enrollment Report


Read the​​ President’s Blog


Campus Safety ​​ 

As I mentioned last week, CSN has issued an emergency removal letter regarding the student who was arrested during the incident on the Henderson Campus on August 28. The effect of this action is that the student is now prohibited from entering any CSN or NSHE campus until there is a hearing and a full investigation.


I want to personally thank the police officers on the scene, as well as Chief Darryl Caraballo, Associate Vice President & Director of University Police Services Adam Garcia and especially the bystanders who reported what they saw to the police. Communication between law enforcement and college administration was rapid, transparent and effective. Once police had determined the situation presented no further danger to our campus or our faculty, staff and students, we quickly followed our communications protocols and disseminated as much information to the campus community as possible.​​ 


While any immediate danger is over, there is still an active investigation ongoing. You may have noticed that there is an increased police presence on all of our campuses. I pledge to keep you informed once the investigation is complete as to its status, and as we consider other measures to increase safety on all our campuses.


We all owe a debt of gratitude to our law enforcement team for their handling of this situation, and for the day-to-day activities they perform on our behalf.​​ 



University Police Services Test ​​ 

As a reminder, University Police Services will be conducting an emergency alert test at 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 12. You are automatically enrolled to receive emergency notifications. If you have not yet done so, please download the​​ CSN Mobile Safety app​​ and encourage students you may encounter to do so as well.​​ 





Visit UPD South​​ to Learn More


Multi-Campus Update

As we move into our first semester with new leadership in place for each campus, I am excited to more fully develop the multi-campus district model. I know our campus leaders are as well, and you are encouraged to reach out to them with your welcome messages, questions or concerns you may have about your campus. Each campus vice president & provost has expressed to me their eagerness to hear from you.


Please read more on my blog​​ at the link below, including how to contact the campus vice presidents and staffing news related to the multi-campus model.

Read the Full Blog Post


Convocation & Awards ​​​​ 

I wanted to again thank all those who came to our Fall 2019 Convocation Kickoff & State of the​​ College event last month at Texas Station. You can see​​ photos of the event here​​ (You do not need a Facebook account to view these pictures). I am particularly proud of the students who​​ participated, including those who​​ presented their research conducted in the​​ SEA-PHAGES program​​ and the​​ CSN Concert Dance Company.


I​​ also want to​​ congratulate the winners of the President’s Distinguished Employee of the Year & Excellence Awards.​​ 


Distinguished Administrative Faculty of the Year

Sherri Payne

Distinguished Full-Time Faculty of the Year

John Aliano

Distinguished Part-Time Faculty of the Year

Michelle Dominguez

Excellence in Assessment

Brian Schmidt

Excellence in Online Teaching

Jim Matovina & Theri Wyckoff

Excellence in Service to CSN

Kody Lightfoot & Vanessa Winn


Be sure to nominate a colleague for next year’s award, and look for information about the Regents’ Awards​​ on the IRC’s website​​ below.

Nominate Someone for a Regents’ Award


Student Unions are Now Open!

I hope you all have taken a moment to see our new student unions. I am so pleased to have a new, welcoming space for our students to socialize and study. As noted, the unions will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays,​​ and they will be closed on weekends. Events in the union can be booked through 25Live. Student-focused events will receive priority booking. I’d like to extend a big thank you and well done to the team that helped get these buildings up and running.​​ 

Book Your Event Now


Urban Chamber Luncheon

I was​​ very pleased to join the​​ Urban Chamber of Commerce​​ last month for a discussion of how CSN supports small businesses in the community.


Joining me were Executive Director of Workforce and Economic Development Ricardo Villalobos, Business Professor Kevin Raiford and Associate Vice President of​​ Procurement and Auxiliary Services​​ Rolando Mosqueda.​​ 


As you know, it is a vital part of CSN’s mission to ensure that we align our programs to the needs of the local business community. I am proud to partner with the Urban Chamber as we work together to ensure that our young people not only get the education they deserve, but also have the opportunities after graduation to prosper in our community.

Read More About​​ the Luncheon


Chief HR Officer

As you know, we are in the recruiting process for a new Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. The deadline for receipt of applications is September 20. Our search consultant, Gold Hill Associates, will then perform a minimum qualifications review, to be followed by a screening committee review. By mid-October, Skype interviews will be underway, with on-campus interviews of the finalists in late October and early November. As always, we will keep you informed as the process moves forward.​​ 

Read the Full​​ Job Description


Chief​​ Information Officer

I am pleased to let you know that​​ after a nationwide search, we have​​ hired​​ Mugunth Vaithylingam​​ as CSN’s Chief Information Officer.​​ You will recall that the​​ IT Assessment​​ completed by Huron Consulting recommended that we hire a full-time Chief Information Officer as a CSN employee, rather than as an employee of an outside contractor. Mugunth​​ has been with us​​ in​​ that role for​​ more than 10 years, so we can all be confident that​​ this will be a​​ smooth transition. Please join me in congratulating Mugunth.



Salary Study Update

Work between CSN and Gallagher Consulting continues on the salary study for administrative and academic Faculty. Although the process is taking longer than we anticipated, we are making progress. Please note that any salary increases that result will be retroactive to July 1, 2019. Please direct any questions you have in an email to​​ Ayesha Kidd, Interim Chief Human Resources Officer. The President, and his executive council, Human Resources, and the Salary Study Committee are dedicated to completing the study. We appreciate your patience and understanding.



Fall 2019 Enrollment Update

Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our fall enrollment through​​ September 2, 2019. Visit the​​​​ Institutional Research​​ web page​​ to see additional enrollment and institutional data

See the​​ Enrollment​​ Report


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An Update on our Multi-Campus Transition

As we move into our first semester with new leadership in place for each campus, I am excited to more fully develop the multi-campus district model. I know our campus leaders are as well, and you are encouraged to reach out to them with your welcome messages, questions or concerns you may have about your campus. Each campus vice president & provost has expressed to me their eagerness to hear from you.

You will have an opportunity on each campus in the coming weeks to attend an informal chat with them over coffee and doughnuts, so please look for details on those events soon. You may also contact them through their executive assistants:

  • Charleston Campus, Dr. Sonya Pearson, Acting Executive Assistant Annette Lord, 702-651-7381
  • Henderson Campus, Patty Charlton, Executive Assistant Jennifer Karuhn, 702-651-3598
  • North Las Vegas Campus, Clarissa Cota, Acting Executive Assistant Cecilia Gonzalez, 702-651-4149

As we work to integrate this model more fully into our culture and structure, you will notice changes, some large and some small. The search for permanent executive assistants for the Charleston and North Las Vegas vice presidents is in the interview phase and should be completed soon.

On the Henderson Campus, interim Associate Vice President Rebecca Gates has been hired to help maximize talents and avoid duplication of funding in executive positions, and two other Associate Vice Presidents will be assigned for the same position on the other two campuses. This position reports directly to the campus vice president. This process will include an administrative reassignment process of existing associate vice presidents. We will share those administrative reassignments with you once they are complete.

Please know that we are also facilitating discussions with the college counselors to better align the department with a new model of integrated support and retention services.

Academic deans are assigned to each campus as follows:

Student Government and Student Life and Leadership offices have been relocated to the new student unions on each campus. Further planning is progressing to identify departments that can be housed in the unions to support a one-stop model of wraparound support and retention services. We anticipate posting student union management positions this fall for each campus.

I look forward to working together on this issue in the future to support student success and make sure all of our students graduate, complete, transfer and prosper.


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Incident on the CSN Henderson Campus

Dear CSN Family,

At approximately 6 p.m. this evening, Wednesday, August 28, University Police Services Southern Command received a report that there appeared to be firearm magazines inside a parked vehicle on the College of Southern Nevada’s Henderson Campus. Officers arrived and tracked down the student who had driven the car to campus. It was then determined that the student had a rifle and approximately 2,000 rounds of ammunition inside the vehicle. Firearms are prohibited on Nevada System of Higher Education campuses, including those kept in parked vehicles. 

The student was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detention Center. The student stated that he had forgotten that he had the weapon in his vehicle. 

Although police do not believe that an ongoing threat exists to Henderson or any of our other campuses as a result of this incident, it is an important reminder of the effectiveness of the “see something, say something” public safety campaign. If you see something suspicious, report it to the police immediately. Learn more about University Police Services South on their website, and read up on the latest safety tips on our Newsroom blog.

– Federico

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A Campus Safety Message

Dear CSN Family,

As the semester begins, safety should be in the forefront of all our minds. As you know, the CSN and UNLV police departments have been consolidated into one, new department called “University Police Services,” led by Associate Vice President and Director of Police Services Adam Garcia.

You have probably noticed that police cars and uniforms have changed, and we will see many more safety enhancements soon, including a state-of-the-art 911 dispatch center, bomb detection dogs, a detective bureau and an emergency management division, as well as enhanced community policing efforts. If you have concerns or questions about safety, Director Garcia can be contacted at adam.garcia@csn.edu.

I also want to remind you that the use and possession of marijuana on any CSN campus or leased property is prohibited. This prohibition applies to prescribed medical marijuana as well as recreational marijuana. If you wish to know more, you may reference the Nevada System of Higher Education policy found in the Regents’ Handbook in Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 32.

Possession of firearms on CSN campuses is also prohibited. This prohibition applies to those with concealed carry permits and also covers firearms stored in vehicles. If you wish to know more about the prohibition of firearms on campus, you may reference the Nevada System of Higher Education policy found in the Regents’ Handbook in Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 31.

There are a few other safety points I would like to address:

  • If you have not yet done so, please download the CSN Mobile Safety app. The app features “report a crime” tip, emergency plans and crime statistics, a “safety toolkit,” campus maps and other important safety resources.
  • Please know also that as a CSN Coyote, you are automatically enrolled in the CSN alert system. If there is a public safety crisis, you will receive emergency notifications through email, text, computer, CSN’s website and social media. Police Services will be testing emergency notifications at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 12, so you will receive test messages at that time.
  • If there were to be an incident on campus involving an active assailant, remember the “Run, hide, fight!” strategy, as outlined on the UPD website.
  • Remember to always keep your safety and the safety of others in mind as we embark on a new semester. Keep aware of your surroundings, and keep an eye out for students and staff with disabilities and others with limited mobility.
  • For more safety tips, including a detailed explanation of what to do in the case of an active assailant, visit our Newsroom blog.

And remember to follow University Police Services on Facebook and Twitter for news and events. Have a safe and successful semester!

– Federico

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August 2019 Chronicle

August 2019​​ 

Please join me in welcoming Clarissa Cota and Dr. Sonya Pearson, who are joining Patty Charlton as campus vice presidents & provosts. The next phase of our journey toward a Multi-Campus system is about to begin. If you have not met them yet, you will have the perfect opportunity to meet and hear them as they will be featured speakers at our fall 2019 Convocation Kickoff Event scheduled for​​ 8:30 a.m.​​ Monday,​​ August 19.​​ 

-​​ Federico



In this issue:

  • Tyrone Thompson Student Union​​ 

  • Fall 2019 Convocation & Adjunct Impact ​​ 

  • Join the Welcome Back Crew​​ 

  • Coyote Spirit

  • CSN Foundation

  • CSN Connections​​ 

  • Nevada Promise Academy​​ 

  • NJCAA All-Academic Athletes​​ 

  • Fall 2019 Enrollment Update


Read the President’s Blog


Inside CSN


Tyrone Thompson Student Union ​​​​