Greetings CSN Family
I want to wish you and your loved ones the happiest of times during the upcoming holiday period. Because of your hard and wonderful work and commitment to CSN students first, there are several important developments in the horizon that are featured in this edition of the Chronicle.
In this issue:
Student Success Initiatives
I hope you have heard about the incredible partnerships we are forming with UNLV, NSC, the City of Las Vegas and the United Way of Southern Nevada, along with Complete College America and the Lumina Foundation — all to help bolster student success. We held a press conference on this topic last month, and the response was overwhelming. You will hear much more about the initiatives that will come out of these partnerships, all of which will be designed to make it easier for students to graduate. Please know, as well, that student success is not just a catchphrase, and it’s not just a focus here at CSN. In January, I will join the presidents from the other NSHE institutions, along with the Board of Regents and Chancellor Thom Reilly, for a student success retreat. The intent is to develop a coordinated strategy to help each and every student in the NSHE system.
See a Detailed Presentation
We have selected Gallagher Consulting to conduct the 2018 Compression and Equity Salary Study for full-time academic and administrative employees. Representatives from Gallagher will be on our three main campuses on Friday, December 7, conducting an overview of the study which will touch on the scope and nature of the study, the methodology to be used, timelines and milestones and the communication plan. I encourage you all to attend. The meetings will be held as follows:
Learn More About Gallagher Consulting
Students First Graphic
As I mentioned at convocation and in my forums and roundtables this year, our focus is and always will be on student success, or what I have called Students First. That’s a theme that should permeate everything we do. I know you believe that as passionately as I do.
I wanted us to be able to express our passion for student success visually. To that end, I hope you will consider using one of the graphics linked here in your email signatures, on your internal documents and in your presentations. Embed it wherever you believe the Students First theme should be emphasized. This is not a new logo. Our logo remains the same. This is simply an easy way to remind ourselves and those we communicate with of our primary purpose.
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Nevada Promise Mentors Needed
The Nevada Promise Scholarship continues to be a game-changer for Nevada’s college students. I want you to know that applications for this scholarship are up over last year, with more than 10,000 new and returning promise applicants! That is great news for students, but it also means that we now have a greater-than-ever need for mentors. Last year, we had more than 900 community members helping to mentor our Promise students, and I want to thank each and every one of them. This year, we will need even more, and time is running out. Please consider becoming a Promise mentor. The time commitment is minimal and you don’t need experience, we’ll walk you through the process. The impact you have on a student can be life-changing.
Spring 2019 Enrollment Open
Spread the word: Enrollment for the spring 2019 semester is open for all new and returning students. Let’s keep the momentum we gathered last semester when our enrollment topped 35,000.
New CSN Foundation Executive Director
I am pleased to announce the hiring of Barbara Talisman as the new executive director of the CSN Foundation. She brings more than 30 years of experience to her new role at CSN from a diverse array of philanthropic organizations. Her experience includes directing a capital campaign for the Royal Children's Hospital Foundation in Melbourne, Australia, and leading fundraising initiatives for National Public Radio, the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association. She chose to join CSN because she believes in the community college’s core mission.
“Access to an education is the key to moving our community forward,” Talisman said. “I am fortunate to have had a college education, and I think everyone should be able to have access to learning beyond high school - whether they are pursuing a degree, a certificate, or the skills they need to support themselves, their families and communities.” Talisman is an Association of Fundraising Professionals certified Master Trainer and holds the Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE) certification.
Join me in welcoming her to the CSN family.
Director of Government Affairs
I have some bittersweet news to share: Asha Jones, CSN’s director of government affairs, has accepted a new position as chief of staff with Congressman-Elect Steven Horsford. While we are saddened to see Asha go, we are of course happy for her and wish her the best in her new endeavor. As we prepare for the next legislative session, I believe CSN is in a good position with regard to our legislative priorities, and I want to thank Asha for her hard work over this last year on those issues. Moreover, she has been an invaluable resource for me during the critical first 100 days on the job. Please know that we will commence a search for a new government affairs director immediately.
I am certain that I speak for all of the CSN family in wishing Asha the best in her new position.
Active Shooter Training
The CSN Police Department conducted an active shooter training drill on November 7 on the North Las Vegas Campus. In this event, a “gunman” portrayed by CSN Emergency Manager Greg Gammon entered the F Building on the North Las Vegas Campus. Employees immediately activated the panic alarm and called the police. Our police officers arrived quickly and searched the building while the employees found safe places to hide. While the search was going on, police officers escorted employees to safety.
While this exercise was a small one, it was valuable. Our police officers and emergency staff participate in training exercises routinely, but our employees do not. Police Chief Darryl Caraballo reported that his officers met or exceeded industry standards for this type of scenario. Just as importantly, the employees responded very well and were interested in hearing how well they did and what they could have done differently.
We will hold similar drills on all three campuses this spring.
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