November 2018 Chronicle

Greetings, Colleagues. We’ve reached the halfway point of the semester, and there is much news to share. Enrollment is up, we had a positive accreditation visit, the Nevada Promise Scholarship remains a success, we’ve received grant money that will help us continue to put students first, and we are maintaining our laser focus on safety and security.

I also want this edition of the Chronicle to serve as a reminder that safety and security is not only about our physical well-being. Our mental health is just as important. Please know that at CSN, we take this issue very seriously. Free and confidential counseling is available to all faculty, staff and students.

– Federico

In this issue:

  • Mid-Cycle Accreditation Visit Update
  • Roundtables Summary
  • Know When to Call in an Expert
  • Behavior Intervention Team
  • Public Safety Update
  • Nevada Promise • Workday Anniversary
  • CAPE Professional Development Platform
  • CSN Events
  • Mental Health Grant
  • STEM Grant
  • Fall 2018 Enrollment Report

Read the President’s Blog

Inside CSN

Mid-Cycle Accreditation Visit Update

Last month, we had a positive visit from the Northwest Commission Colleges and Universities Mid-Cycle Accreditation team. I hope you got a chance to read Vice President Margo Martin’s email summarizing the visit. If not, the full text of her email is linked below.

As you may know, the commission evaluates colleges and universities on a seven-year cycle to ensure the highest standards are being met. If so, the institution retains its accreditation. Halfway through these seven-year periods, a less formal visit is conducted as a consultation to help institutions get ready for the next accreditation visit. The mid-cycle team was very impressed with the high level of engagement shown by CSN’s faculty and staff. That enthusiasm by everyone here is no surprise to me, of course.

We do have some work to do and some recommendations to follow, which Margo nicely summarized in her note. As I have said from my first day at CSN, our mission will always take a students-first approach. As we consider our accrediting body’s recommendations, I want us to always focus on student persistence, completion and graduation, transferring, and meeting the needs of the local workforce.

Read VP Martin’s Summary

Faculty & Staff Presidential Roundtables Summary

I hope you were able to attend one of the roundtable events we held in late September on each of our campuses. It is very important to me that communication between the administration and the faculty and staff happen in both directions. The roundtables were designed to be conversations, and I was pleased that we had the kind of back and forth I had hoped for. If you were unable to attend, we have posted a summary of the topics discussed and some of the concerns brought up. Please take a moment to read through them, and let me know if there is a topic you wish you had been able to bring up.

See a Detailed Summary

Know When to Call in an Expert

Often, supervisors are called upon to handle sensitive employee issues, but sometimes it is better to pass along some matters to the experts in human resources. Determining which issues to handle yourself and which to bring HR in on can seem difficult, but it is not as complicated as it sounds. When the issue includes FMLA, ADAAA, sexual harassment, discrimination and other, similar topics, it is best to bring in human resources. Please click the link below for a more thorough examination of the topic. And, as always, feel free to call human resources for a consultation any time you need help. HR can be reached at 702.651.5800.

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Behavior Intervention Team

As we have noted since Convocation, we are renewing our attention this year on the safety and security of our faculty, staff and students. As I noted earlier, this includes more than just physical safety. And while we can distribute information about CAPS services, students who may be in need do not always seek it out when perhaps they should. As faculty and staff, sometimes we interact with students who we believe may need those services. We should refer them to in those cases. For faculty and staff, the Employee Assistance Program is our outlet for counseling services and more. See for full details.

I bring this up because it occurs to me that while we all intuitively understand the word “safety” to refer to our physical well-being, it also refers to our mental health. The two are equally important. You may not know about the Behavior Intervention Team we have at CSN. It includes experts from across the college, including those from legal, police, human resources, student services and more. This team can supplement the efforts of our student conduct officers, human resources personnel, CAPS office and Employee Assistance program, helping to ensure any concerning behaviors are addressed in a timely and safe manner.

You will hear more about CAPS referrals later in this Chronicle, as well. And please be on the lookout for CAPE sessions on safety and security, as well as more information about the Behavior Intervention Team in the coming weeks.

Public Safety Update

Last month, the NSHE Board of Regents voted to move forward with plans for the Southern Command Police Consolidation. NSHE is in the process of hiring a southern commander to lead the transformation and the development of a collaborative plan that will enhance the safety and security of all our students, faculty and staff. In my presentation to the Board of Regents I emphasized that CSN expects that the consolidation would mean more not less resources and that we would build on the foundation of our current safety model that has worked for the CSN community in the past. To be clear, the plan will not simply replicate the police consolidation that took place in northern Nevada. We will continue to keep you informed of developments as the occur. On a related matter, we are holding an active shooter drill on the North Las Vegas Campus next week. Please remember to be prepared, and go into the drill thinking about what your role would be during such an event.

Read the NSHE Press Release on Police Consolidation

Nevada Promise Scholarship

The Nevada Promise Scholarship is becoming even more popular, with this year’s application total surpassing last year’s. This year we had more than 10,000 high school seniors applying by the October 31 deadline. Current Promise Scholars attending CSN have also reapplied and will be working with the college to renew their eligibility. CSN will now be engaging with mentors and working with students to complete the required trainings.

For more information on the Nevada Promise Scholarship at CSN, how to become a mentor, or next steps for applicants, please visit the link below or contact the Promise Office at 702.651.7546.

Learn More about Nevada Promise

Workday Anniversary

As we mark the first anniversary of going live with Workday at CSN, I want to first offer my sincere appreciation and congratulations to the entire Workday team. There are roundtable discussions scheduled this month where you can learn about the progress that has been made since the last roundtable in June, discuss your experience with Workday and voice your feedback. You are invited to join Vice President Mary Kaye Bailey and the Workday team at one of the following roundtables:

  • Tuesday, November 6, 1-2 p.m., Henderson Campus, C Building, Room 133
  • Tuesday, November 27, 9-10 a.m., Charleston Campus, D Building, Room 101

See the Roundtable Flier

CAPE Professional Development Platform

CAPE will launch the college’s new professional development platform on Monday. This means all employees will be able to use the new features. The old system stopped accepting new registrations this week. Make sure you save your entire training record and certificates in case you need them in the future. CAPE will maintain the old records, but will not have access to your certificates. Trainings are offered November 5, 6, 8, 15, and 20 at various times and locations. If you have questions please contact CAPE at 702.651.5685 or

Learn More About the New Platform

CSN Events

October 1 Remembrance

The CSN community came together on the anniversary of the tragedy on the Las Vegas Strip on October 1. The event, held on the Charleston Campus and co-sponsored by student government, saw dozens of faculty, staff, students and members of the community gather and pause for a moment of silent remembrance.






Diversity Events

October saw a number of events centered around the themes of diversity, and inclusion including the PRIDE Parade, the LGBTQ Student Mixer, the Diversity Festival, Black Student Union Spirt Week, and the International Center Welcome Event. I was able to attend some of these events, and what a great time I had. We’ve gathered some photos, which you can see at the link below.

See More Photos Here

CSN News

Mental Health Grant

We have received wonderful news from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: CSN has received a grant in the amount of $50,000 intended to ensure that our employees have the knowledge base to refer students displaying certain emotional and mental health behaviors to our Counseling and Psychological Services team. The CAPS team will work with Mojave Counseling and external community-based resources to provide services and referrals for students. CSN is the only awardee in the state of Nevada.

The goal is to train a wide array of students, faculty and staff, including deans, department chairs, directors, student leaders and members of the Behavior Intervention Team. This three-year grant will help us help students who may need and be unaware of the incredibly valuable services that CAPS offers.

Learn More about CAPS

STEM Grant

We have more great news regarding grants: CSN has received a grant of $1 million from the Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology to help strengthen STEM education in critically underrepresented student populations. The four-year grant funds the development of initiatives and strategies that seek to increase the number of underrepresented and low-income students studying and completing degrees or certificates in high-demand science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Underrepresented groups in STEM include women, students of color, and students with disabilities.

This is incredibly important news at this time. The demand for workers skilled in STEM fields is growing 41 percent faster in Nevada than in non-STEM industries. These are high-paying jobs that require the kind of credentials and degrees that CSN specializes in. Please look for more news on this exciting grant as we develop the strategies we will use to overcome the barriers these students face.

Read CSN’s Press Release


Fall 2018 Enrollment

Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our fall enrollment through the Fall Census date, October 15. All NSHE institutions must report enrollment numbers to the system office by their designated census date. As I mentioned last month, our enrollment numbers remain at levels not seen in many years and I know we will continue to see those numbers rise year after year. Here’s an interesting note: If you add up our unique student headcount from the spring, summer and fall semesters, as well as those from our non-credit workforce division, we touch the lives of over 50,000 students each and every year. That’s tremendous. And it’s all because of our dedicated faculty and staff.

See the Enrollment Report

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October 2018 Chronicle

In this Issue
  • Presidential Roundtables
  • Accreditation Visit
  • Legislative Priorities
  • Work Climate Survey
  • Police Consolidation & Campus Safety
  • New CAPE Platform
  • New AAS Degree
  • Hungry Games & Holiday Party
  • Short Film Showcase
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Fall Enrollment
  • AT&T Jumpstart Donation
  • MGM College Opportunity
  • Employee Giving Campaign
Read the President’s Blog
Inside CSN
Presidential Roundtables 
I was so pleased at the robust turnout at my first three presidential roundtable events last month. These informal conversations are critical to me. No one governs an institution alone, and getting feedback and questions from the people who really make CSN go is so important to understanding where we are, what we are doing well, and where we could improve. I heard a lot about all three areas. While I will have a more comprehensive summary of the roundtables available soon, I wanted to use this space to cover a few of the issues that were brought up.

Several topics were addressed at all three roundtables, including campus safety and our police department, communications, student success initiatives, and a perceived disconnect between the administration and our students, the very people we are here to serve.

While campus safety is addressed later in this newsletter, please know that communications and student services will be priorities for me. I am grateful for the feedback and suggestions in both areas. Communications permeates everything we do, and it’s vital that we remain accessible and transparent. Equally critical are student services and our front-line interactions. The staff members in both areas are extremely dedicated individuals who welcome any opportunity to improve.

Regarding student success initiatives, we have much on the horizon, including the ongoing restructuring around our Multi-Campus District model, and new grants that will help us accelerate changes already underway and implement some new ones, including guided pathways and student support services. These will be ongoing programs, so I will continue to keep you informed as implementation occurs.

Because the roundtable events are designed for faculty and staff, we also have scheduled several Pizza with the President events for our students. Please help us spread the word.

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 22, Charleston Campus, Building I, Room 108
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 24, Henderson Campus, Building C, Room 215
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. October 25, North Las Vegas Campus, Building S, Room 144
Accreditation Visit 
Please be aware that CSN is due for the mid-cycle evaluation required by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. An evaluation team will visit campus next week, on Monday October 8 and Tuesday October 9. This routine evaluation is conducted in the third year of the seven-year accreditation cycle. It is intended to ascertain an institution’s readiness to provide evidence of mission fulfillment and sustainability. Essentially, these evaluations tend to point out what is going well and what needs improvements, while following up on previous findings. Because of the hard work by Clarissa Cota, Margo Martin and their team, we are confident the visit will go well. As always, I will keep you informed as events develop.
Learn More About CSN’s Accreditation
Legislative Priorities
The proposed Health & Sciences Building on the Henderson Campus remains our top legislative priority as we prepare for the 2019 session, which opens February 4. This building, in which we will partner with Nevada State College on numerous programs, is NSHE’s second highest priority for the entire system, and the third highest priority for the Southern Nevada Forum, an important group of legislative and business leaders that can have significant impact in Carson City. Needless to say, we are excited by the possibilities. Among the proposals for the building would be expanded training for nurses, EMTs and other healthcare professionals needed to alleviate a critical healthcare workforce shortage.

Our next highest priority will be to finally plan for the development of the 44 acres of land slated for our Northwest Campus. We will request $4 million in planning funds. This future campus is sorely needed. The northwest portion of the metro area is drastically underserved when it comes to higher education. Indeed, all of Southern Nevada needs easier access to our facilities. Planning and eventually building out the Northwest Campus is a necessary step toward planning out the region’s future, of which CSN will be an integral component.

Our other top priorities will be legislation concerning the Nevada Promise Scholarship and the Prison Education Program.

Work Climate Survey
It is time again for CSN to conduct our work climate survey, done every three years to ensure we know what issues are important to you all. Next month, all employees, including student workers and part-time faculty and staff, will be contacted via email to complete a Personal Assessment of the College Environment, or PACE, survey. It is very important that you fill this confidential form out. It is completely anonymous. Please plan to spend 15-20 minutes completing the PACE survey – you cannot save an incomplete survey and return to it. Your answers will allow members of the CSN Work Climate Committee to identify key issues and collect feedback to inform recommendations that they bring to the administration.
Police Consolidation & Campus Safety
As you know, a report on potential police consolidation at the Southern Nevada higher education institutions commissioned by the Board of Regents was released this past spring. While no definitive action has yet been taken, it is important to note that whatever the model that is recommended down here will not look like the model followed in northern Nevada. We are assured that any new structure will make us more safe, not less. What is being considered is combining some operations and sharing some resources. Folding one police department into another is not among the options, nor is having one institution responsible for the safety and security of the others. As of yet, there is no formal proposal being discussed, but rather simply a range of possibilities, one of which would involve creating an integrated Southern Command structure of some kind. While saving money is important to me, as it should be to all of us, my bottom line is and always will be a safe, secure campus, including potentially improved response times and more robust training for our officers. It is important to know that the three institutions will continue having input in this process. Rest assured our voice will be heard.

We must be vigilant about campus safety. To that end, we deployed Campus Safety Information Teams on all three campuses last month. We were pleased with the turnout. Faculty, staff and students took advantage of the opportunity to learn about our emergency plan, how to sign up for alerts, where to get training and more. In the interest of safety, please know that we will also be holding active shooter drills later this semester and in the spring. Please be prepared, and go into the events thinking about what your role would be during such an event. The first drill is scheduled for the week of November 5 on the North Las Vegas Campus.

Please remain alert. Remember, if you see something, say something.

Learn about CSN’s Emergency Plan
New CAPE Platform
As we’ve noted, CAPE is upgrading its registration system to a more robust professional development platform. CAPE will demo the exciting new platform on all three campuses this month. Please attend one to get a better idea of what the upgrades will look like and how they will function. It will include new features and tools for e-learning and increasing department engagements, and will also allow department heads and chairs to initiate training and view their team’s progress. The sessions are scheduled for:

  • 3 p.m. October 10 on the North Las Vegas Campus
  • 3 p.m. October 11 on the Charleston Campus
  • 3 p.m. October 24 on the Henderson Campus
Register for the Demos Here
New AAS Degree
Next fall, we anticipate launching our new AAS degree in Environmental Management. The degree was approved by the Board of Regents last month. In an effort to meet the high demand for experts in the field, we have plans to expand the degree into a bachelor’s degree the following year. Local industry is heavily invested in the program. Graduates and students will be able to meet and interact with potential employers before completing the program. Bureau of Labor Statistics data suggest that environmental related jobs in Nevada could grow at a rate of 11 percent in the coming years.
Read About the New Degree
CSN Events
Hungry Games & Holiday Party
The beloved Hungry Games will return next month! The faculty and staff softball tournament is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 17 on the Henderson Campus. Be sure to come watch, grab a hot dog, and cheer your team on. Contact your respective employee group leadership to sign up for your team.


Another favorite is returning: The CSN Holiday Party will take place from 6-9 p.m. December 13 at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel. Look for more details as the date approaches.

See the Hungry Games Flier and the Party Flier
Short Film Showcase
I want to remind you that CSN’s award-winning Film & Videography Program will present the Seventh Annual Short Film Showcase at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 12 in the Nicholas J. Horn Theatre on CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Films from CSN students, including several that took home Student Production Emmy Awards this summer, will be on display. This popular event has grown every year since its inception, and it’s not suprising. I look forward to seeing the films myself.

Find Out More About the Showcase
Hispanic Heritage
I hope everybody had a chance to visit one of the Coffee With Culture events held as part of Hispanic Heritage Month on each of our campuses. The gatherings gave participants a chance to sample beverages from cultures around the world, including coffees from Italy, Cuba, Hawaii and the Caribbean. They also offered the opportunity to meet members of the CSN Latino Alliance and the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Committee. I look forward to more heritage events, and hope to see you there.
Find Out More About Diversity Committees
By the Numbers
Look for this section each month to learn about the data that drive discussion and decisions at CSN.
Fall 2018 Enrollment
Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our fall enrollment through October 1. I am tremendously excited about the current enrollment numbers…and you should be too! For the first time since spring 2015, we are up over 35,000 students in terms of headcount and are currently sitting at 19,154 full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment. You have to go back to the fall of 2012 to see an FTE number that high. Thank you all for your hard work and let’s keep the momentum going for the spring semester!

Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data.

See the Enrollment Report
Good News
AT&T Jumpstart Donation
I want to thank the Aspire Foundation so much for their continued support of the CSN Jumpstart program. A generous donation of $10,000 last month from AT&T will help 142 low-income high school students earn college credit through the program. Jumpstart works with high school instructors to provide college courses at the high school campus. Teacher with collegiate-level credentials are certified to teach CSN curricula so high school students are receiving the same course they would at CSN. CSN and AT&T officials gathered last month at Las Vegas High School to celebrate the donation and the program. “AT&T recognizes the importance of CSN’s Jumpstart Program and is proud to continue supporting this program,” said AT&T Director of External Affairs Sandra Douglass Morgan. “The Jumpstart program gives our southern Nevada students the necessary tools to have a seamless transition to college while giving them the ability to complete their college degree faster.”
Read Our Press Release
MGM College Opportunity Program
MGM Resorts International and the Nevada System of Higher Education are now partners in an effort make higher education affordable and accessible to the company’s more than 70,000 employees. The MGM College Opportunity Program, approved last month by the Board of Regents, marks the first time a Fortune 300 company is partnering with an entire system of higher education. MGM employees can receive online education through NSHE schools, including CSN, free of charge for all credit hours. The program, which will will emphasize degree completion, is set to begin next fall. We welcome this opportunity to help diversify and strengthen Nevada’s economy by ensuring even more of our residents have access to higher education.

“This partnership will change the lives of these employees and their families, many of who are first-generation students,” said NSHE Chancellor Thom Reilly. “And the partnership will push NSHE institutions to offer more on-line degrees, an area in which we need to improve.”

Read the NSHE Press Release
CSN Foundation
Employee Giving Campaign
Please take a moment to pledge your support for the Employee Giving Campaign by making your Coyote Commitment to the CSN Foundation. Support our students and to make a difference in our community! Join businesses, community leaders, philanthropists, and alumni to support scholarship programs and our capital campaign. We can’t do it without you.
Make Your Coyote Commitment Here


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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. Monday 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 a class, leading a meeting or just walking across campus, take a moment on October 1 to reflect on the events of one year 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 employees.

Remember With a Message

There are occasions in our life when we can express our feelings more adequately by writing them down. If you would like to express your thoughts as a written message on this solemn day, visit one of our remembrance message boards set up near student government on each main campus. These message boards will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 1  and will be transported to the vigil on the Charleston campus at 7 p.m.

You will find student government offices at:

  • Charleston Campus, Building B
  • Henderson Campus, Building B
  • North Las Vegas Campus, Main Building (East Wing)

Attend a Candlelight Vigil

Our campus community and the Southern Nevada community will come together at 7 p.m. October 1 on the Charleston 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.

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September 2018 Chronicle

September 2018

Greetings Colleagues,

I could not have been more excited to kick off convocation activities and start classes over the last two weeks. I’m sure you all felt the same. As we start a new academic year, I want to reiterate what was said on stage at Convocation: This institution will focus on students first and student success so students graduate, transfer, or earn certificates. Every action we take, everything we do, will be with that focus in mind.

– Federico

In this issue:
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Convocation
  • Congratulations
  • Email and Acceptable Use
  • Financial Aid
  • Student Union Construction
  • CSN Connections
  • Presidential Roundtables
  • Student Short Film Showcase
  • Culinary Excellence
  • Top CIO
  • By the Numbers
  • Campus Safety
Read the President’s Blog

Inside CSN

Emergency Preparedness

Safety and emergency preparedness were a major theme at this year’s Convocation. The safety and security of our faculty, staff and students will always be a top priority at CSN.

At convocation, we eluded to active shooter drills on all of our main campuses this semester. The first of these was to take place on the Charleston Campus the week of September 17.

We have decided to postpone that in favor of sharing information about emergency preparedness first. We will deploy Campus Safety Information Teams on each campus on Wednesday, September 19. We encourage you to come learn about our emergency plan, how to sign up for alerts, where to get training and more. Please visit the link below to view the flier with locations and times.

Learn More About the Safety Team Events


My first Convocation Kickoff event last month was both memorable and informative. Thank you all for coming. We have uploaded video and photos of the day’s activities at the links below. This year’s Champions theme could not have been more appropriate as we work to take CSN from good to great.
See Photos Here and a link to the Video at the Bottom of This Page


We have a fantastic team of faculty and staff here at CSN, so what an honor it was to stand with the winners of the Excellence and Distinguished Awards at Convocation. Each year, the Internal Recongition Committee chooses honorees from among dozens of nominations. Please join me in congratulating all the winners, and be sure to nominate a colleague next year.
Excellence in Assessment Theodore Chodock & Steve Herro
Excellence in Online Teaching Eric Hutchinson
Excellence in Research Kenneth Fernandez & Amanda Hudson
Excellence in Community Service Jet Mitchell & Jennifer Basquiat
Distinguished Administrative Faculty Pat Zozaya
Distinguished Classified Employee Sarah Renkes
Distinguished Full-Time Faculty Charlene Gibson
Distinguished Part-Time Faculty Voltaire Verzosa
Learn More About the Internal Recognition Committee

Email and Acceptable Use

Beginning October 21, all official CSN communications will be sent to students’ CSN email. This email address is available to students as long as they are enrolled at CSN. Faculty and staff will be required to communicate only to these addresses, and email forwarding will no longer be allowed. We need your help to make sure students know about this new policy. Please encourage them to check their CSN email daily.


October 21 is also the day that enforcement of the Information Systems & Electronic Resources Acceptable Use Policy begins. You can read the entire policy here. It focuses on digital safety and security. Key items you should be aware of is that email seven years or older will be deleted on a rolling basis and your personal network drive (H:) will be limited to 10 GBs. Additionally, a new password tool will be added to GoCSN that will simplify password resets. During your first login on or after October 21, you will be prompted to update your security questions to allow for the ability to self-reset passwords.


Again, please spread the word.

Read the FAQs

Financial Aid

The Department of Education Office of Inspector General has notified CSN that it does not anticipate recommending corrective action regarding audit results from the Compliance and Federal Verification and Reporting Requirements Audit conducted in June covering the award year that began July 1, 2016, through the June 30, 2017. The office found that CSN completed verification of applicant data in accordance with the federal requirements and accurately reported verification results to the department. CSN will receive a draft of the audit report, to which we will have 30 days for any response. The inspector general expressed that they did not anticipate a need for a response. I want to thank the vice president of student affairs and the financial aid team for their hard work taking care of this matter.

Student Unions

Construction has begun on our student unions! Fencing has been erected at all three campuses and site work has begun. Each Student Union will be approximately 29,000 square feet and will provide areas for student government, Student Affairs, a multicultural center, student study and collaboration space, meeting rooms and food service.

Food service has been one of the main areas of focus. Each union will have a food court, and after formal bidding Culinart was selected for their commitment to fresh food offerings, healthy menu choices, and value, as well as their commitment to sustainability (waste reduction, recycling and composting). In addition to the regular food services, they will also provide catering for the college.

These buildings will be much-needed additions to our campuses and are expected to dramatically improve the student experience. They are scheduled to open for the fall 2019 semester.

Upcoming Events

CSN Connections & Club Rush

We will be holding our annual CSN Connections events on September 11, 12 and 13. Students can enjoy great music and free food and drinks, and more importantly they can find out how to get the most out of their time here at CSN. We’ll have information on advising, tuturing, transferring, using the library, and almost anything else that can help students succeed.

As an added bonus this year, students will be able to attend ASCSN’s Club Rush during CSN Connections. We want our students to be involved in their college, so I welcome the opportunity for them to learn more about the clubs available to them. We expect 20 to 25 clubs to participate. They will be manning tables with information on their activities, how to join and more. Pass the word along to your students.

The Connections events are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 11, Henderson Campus, behind the C Building from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 12, North Las Vegas Campus, Main Entrance from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 13, Charleston Campus, D Building from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

We will also have materials available at several Connections table for our MobileSAFETY app and the upcoming Campus Safety Information Team event.

I hope to see you there.

Presidential Roundtables

As I settle in at CSN and learn more about the college, I also want to learn more about you. I have scheduled a faculty and staff presidential roundtable for each campus later this month. Please come with your questions, your concerns, and your thoughts about how we can make CSN an even better place for our students.


  • Charleston Campus: September 24, 1-2:30 p.m., Building I, Room 108
  • Henderson Campus, September 26, 8:30-10 a.m., Building C, Room 133
  • North Las Vegas Campus, September 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Building N, Room 102

We will be annoucing Pizza with the President events in October and we hope you will let your students know about them.

Student Short Film Showcase

CSN’s award-winning Film & Videography Program will present the Seventh Annual Short Film Showcase at 6:30 p.m. Friday, October 12 in the Nicholas J. Horn Theater on CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

On display will be films from CSN students, including several that took home Student Production Emmy Awards this summer. This event started as a way to show off the incredible work done by CSN students, and it keeps growing every year. I am so pleased to know that our students are receiving the kind of quality education they need to succeed in so many diverse fields of study.

Good News

Exemplary Status

The American Culinary Federation has once again awarded our outstanding Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, and Food and Beverage Management programs exemplary status and a new seven-year accreditation. The ACF awards exemplary status to programs that symbolize the highest educational standards. This status, which runs through 2025, will make it 21 consecutive years that the programs have earned the distinction. Multiple consecutive exemplary ratings like this are an indication of the integrity and quality of the programs, and the hard work of all those involved.

What this means on the ground is that CSN’s students can be assured they are getting the very best education available. Studying in such a top quality program means these students will be comfortable with the rigorous standards that will be expected of them in the job market. The designation gives them a chance to get their Culinarian or Pastry Culinarian certification from ACF after graduation without taking exams. Our students will be one step ahead of the competition – all because they chose to attend CSN.


Top CIO!

Please join me in congratulating Chief Information Officer Mugunth Vaithylingam for receiving the Most Influential CIO award at 11th annual Global CIO Breakaway Leadership Awards. The honor, which is awarded by peers, is given to those who are identified as breakaway leaders. The Most Influential award is given to a CIO who has an “outsized impact” on their organization.

Congratulations, Mugunth. It is well-deserved honor.

By the Numbers

Look for this section each month to learn about the data that drive discussion and decisions at CSN.

Fall 2018 Enrollment

Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our fall enrollment through September 5. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data.
See the Enrollment Report

Campus Safety

We have received several inquiries surrounding the shooting incident on the Charleston Campus last week. I want to let everyone know that the CSN Police Department has concluded its investigation. An emeritus professor was treated for a self-inflicted injury in the hospital and subsequently arrested and charged with possessing a weapon on campus and other charges. I appreciate all of the expressions of concern and interest, and I pledge to keep everyone updated should the situation change. Please know that if your department would like an individual safety review with the CSN Police Department, you may email Chief Darryl Caraballo at
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CSN Welcomes New President

Dr. Federico Zaragoza

Dr. Federico Zaragoza today became the College of Southern Nevada’s ninth president in its 47-year history. A press release announcing his presidency can be found here.

Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Thom Reilly said it was exciting for Zaragoza to join CSN.

“I am pleased to welcome Dr. Zaragoza to the Las Vegas Valley as he begins his tenure as president of the College of Southern Nevada,” Chancellor Reilly said. “This is an exciting time for CSN, Nevada’s largest institution of higher education. Dr. Zaragoza brings a wealth of experience and a diverse background that will connect well with the students and faculty. And I am confident he will have success improving student graduation rates.”

Dr. Zaragoza sent out the message below to the CSN community this morning.


Hello fellow coyotes!

I am both humbled and grateful to greet you today as your president. As we begin this new chapter in the story that is CSN, I wanted to share a few quick thoughts and updates with you.

First, your collective work has positioned CSN to be a national leader in terms of student success. We will have many opportunities to discuss our students first agenda over the next few weeks at our annual adjunct conference, Convocation and welcome back events. You will also hear about upcoming roundtables and student events in the next few weeks.

Second, I want to thank Dr. Margo Martin for her service to the college these last six months as acting president. The direction that she and the executive leadership team have taken the college will benefit us all as we continue to serve our students and begin to lift CSN to national prominence. With this in mind, Dr. Martin will be assisting me as Interim VP of Transition Activities and Clarissa Cota will continue her interim appointment as VP for Academic Affairs through the end of the calendar year.

I hope to see you at Convocation on Monday, August 20, as we begin our new academic year. I too am rolling up my sleeves and getting to work. Please reach out to me as you see me around campus and know how excited I am to finally join the CSN family and the wonderful Southern Nevada community.




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August 2018 Chronicle

August 2018

Greetings, Coyote nation! As we gear up for the most exciting time of the academic year – the start of a new semester – I have a bit of news and info to share with you. We’ve had quite a busy break, with events, awards, new classes and new degrees topping the list. We’ve also been preparing for our upcoming Convocation event, including the introduction of incoming President Dr. Federico Zaragoza. I look forward to welcoming Dr. Zaragoza to southern Nevada and to CSN. I am proud of the state of CSN as this transition approaches, and I want to thank all of you for your support over these last several months.

– Margo

In this issue:

  • Convocation Welcome Back
  • Pizza & Politics
  • Emmy Award Wins
  • Two New BAS Degrees
  • Swift iOS Classes
  • CAPE Software
  • Nevada Promise
  • Enrollment Report
Read the President’s Blog

Upcoming Events


This year’s State of the College Address and Convocation Kickoff Event will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday, August 20 at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel. This year’s event is extra special, as our new president, Dr. Federico Zaragoza, will be in attendance. We’ll all kick off the most exciting part of the year together. We’ll also celebrate the accomplishments of our colleagues with the presentation of the Excellence and Distinguished Awards, as well as honor those who’ve been awarded tenure this year. Convocation is a wonderful way to reconnect with your colleagues as the new semester gets underway. Please make sure to join us.
See Photos From Last Year’s Convocation

Inside CSN

Pizza & Politics

We are so grateful to Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison for joining us last month for Pizza & Politics. The event covered a range of topics, including jobs, education, scholarships and financial aid, public safety, infrastructure and funding for higher education in Nevada. Many of the questions came from students in Dr. Michael Hart’s Political Science 101 class, who attended. The Pizza & Politics events are always a well worth attending, and we look forward to hosting more of them in the coming semester.

Emmy Award Wins

I am thrilled to tell you that CSN Videography & Film Program students won seven Student Production Award Emmys this summer at the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Pacific Southwest Chapter Emmy Awards. This was the most of any college in our chapter, which includes San Diego, Bakersfield, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.


The winners are: Gabriella Vizcarra for “Intertwine,” (Student Programming – Long Form). Billy Ward for “Rhino Shield: South Africa,” (Student Programming – Long Form & Student Craft – Photographer & Student Craft – Director). Marquis Marasigan for “Spent,” (Student Programming – Short Form). Elisabeth Hatzimarkos for “Just A Normal Girl,” Student Programming – Public Service (PSAs). Marco Tavares for “Who’s OPER,” (Student Craft – Editor).

Congratulations everyone!

See the Full List of Winners

Two New BAS Degrees

We are excited to debut two new bachelor of applied science degrees this fall, bringing the total number of four-year degrees offered at CSN to seven. The new degrees, in Deaf Studies and Project Management, have received the approval of both the Board of Regents and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. As with all of the bachelor’s degrees CSN offers, these two will help fill a critical void in higher education locally, meeting the tremendous need in both areas. As a community college, CSN typically offers bachelor’s degrees in niche areas when neither the state college nor either of the universities offers the degree. The deaf studies degree will have an emphasis in in American Sign Language/English Interpreting. There are fewer than 100 nationally certified interpreters in Nevada to serve more than 39,000 people with hearing disabilities. The project management degree is equally vital to the region in fields as varied as construction, computing and information technology and sales.
Learn About the Deaf Studies Degree and the Project Management Degree

CSN Celebrates Everyone Can Code Launch

As the smartphone industry expands, learning the skills to develop software for the platforms is becoming more and more important. To that end, CSN’s Division of Workforce and Economic Development has designed a course that makes it easy for just about anyone to design and build an iPhone or iPad app. Launching this fall, the new classes will teach Swift, Apple’s open-source programming language. We had a great celebration for the Everyone Can Code Launch, where we were joined by community and business leaders, as well as Apple executives. “Preparing southern Nevadans for high-demand jobs in STEM fields will always be one of our top priorities,” explained interim Vice President of Academic Affairs Clarissa Cota. “As Nevada’s economy diversifies, CSN will be at the forefront, training the next generation of skilled workers.”

Professional Development Getting an Upgrade

Professional development is about to get a huge upgrade at CSN. Be on the lookout for announcements from CAPE as they upgrade the registration system to a more robust and dynamic professional development platform. It will feature a personal learning dashboard that will include new features and tools for e-learning and increasing department engagement. It also allows department heads and chairs to initiate training and view the their team’s progress. We are excited to offer you these opportunities to expand your professional and team development. You’ll hear more on this soon.

Nevada Promise

As we prepare to welcome the first cohort of Nevada Promise scholarship recipients to CSN, we are also now accepting Promise applications for the 2019-20 school year from both new and returning students. The scholarship was originally funded for only the high school graduating class of 2018, but we hope additional funding will be made available by the 2019 Nevada Legislature. The application is open, but will be subject to appropriation, which could happen as late as June 2019. You can learn more on the web page linked below. Students can find the link on CSN’s home page.
Learn More and Apply
By the Numbers
Look for this section each month to learn about the data that drive discussion and decisions at CSN.
Fall 2018 Enrollment
Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our fall enrollment through July 30. The first enrollment cancellation for non-payment occurs on August 7 with fall classes beginning August 27. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data.
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July 2018 Chronicle

July 2018

Greetings, Coyote nation! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer. While I’m trying to get up to Mt. Charleston as often as I can to escape the heat, I’m also learning to appreciate what everyone means when they say “It’s a dry heat.” Despite the heat, though, there is still plenty of work to do over the summer. We’re working on emergency preparedness, improving the services we offer, strengthening relationships, reaching out to the community and making sure the next generation of college students is as prepared as we can help them be. CSN is a community college, and we take the word “community” in that description as seriously as we do “college.”

– Margo

In this issue:
  • Email & Acceptable Use
  • Crisis Planning
  • Improving the Student Experience
  • Financial Aid Update
  • CSN Travels to Washington
  • Latino Youth Leadership Conference
  • National Cyber Summit
  • CyberCamp
  • Health Career Exploration Camp
  • By the Numbers
  • Academic All-Americans
  • Pizza & Politics
  • AT&T Aspire Foundation Grant
Read the President’s Blog

Inside CSN

Email & Acceptable Use

Over the last year, you have heard talk about upcoming policy changes regarding student email and CSN’s Information Systems & Electronic Resources Acceptable Use Policy. We will begin implementing those changes this summer, with full integration of the new policy this fall. Among the changes:

  • Faculty, staff and students will be required to use official CSN email accounts for all official communication to and from the college.
  • Emails will be permanently deleted after seven years.
  • Employee H Drive storage is limited to 10 gigabytes for faculty and staff. This storage is not to be used for files or copyrighted materials. Files older than two years will be deleted on an ongoing basis.
  • Your Office 365 One Drive can be used for personal items but should not contain CSN related files or personally identifiable information.

The goal here is to make your data — and that of our students — more secure. Using personal email addresses, for example, invites trouble that we do not want. Too often students miss important communications from their college. That should not be happening. Requiring students to use CSN email accounts and requiring faculty and staff to communicate only to those accounts helps us ensure consistent communication.

Look for more information from my office in the coming months as we work on implementing this policy. We want you to know what we’re doing, why we’re doing it and what to expect on your end. As always, feel free to ask any questions you may have.

See the Policy

Crisis Planning

Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our faculty, staff and students. We will make public safety a top priority during Convocation Week this year, and we’re already getting started. Last month, CSN Emergency Manager Greg Gammon led me and the vice presidents through a comprehensive exercise simulating a disaster on CSN’s campus. The intent of the drill was to gauge how the executive team handled the aftermath. While I knew the drill was going to happen, none of the vice presidents did.

The scenario Greg outlined for us when he interrupted our meeting was that a building on the Charleston Campus was on fire. As he relayed details to us, our task was to come up with plans to meet the college’s needs in two hours, 24 hours, two days, two weeks, a year and so on. While the drill went well, we were by no means perfect. That’s the point though. Now we know what we did right, and what we should focus our improvement efforts on. There will be more surprise drills to come this year. But even if you do not get to be part of one, I encourage each of you to consider how you would react in various public safety scenarios. Protecting yourself, your co-workers and our students should always be your top priority.

Familiarize Yourself with CSN’s Emergency Management & Preparedness Plans

Improving the Student Experience

In our continuous efforts to improve the services offered to students across the college, Vice President Juanita Chrysanthou invited experts from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers to CSN this past spring to take a look at how we do things and offer suggestions for improvement. After initial consulations with Student Affairs and others throughout the college on topics including professional development, use of technology, and organizational structure, the consultants last week provided us with recommendations. We are currently reviewing the consultant recommendations and making plans for implementation. We look forward to improving the experiences of staff and students alike.
Find Out More About AACRAO Consulting

Financial Aid Update

Auditors from the Department of Education Office of the Inspector General visited CSN last month, completing the onsite aspect of their review of our financial aid verification and disbursement processes. They will continue to review records and files remotely off-site. We expect a draft report by September 28, after which we will have the opportunity to review and respond to the report. As always, I will keep you updated as events develop.

CSN Travels to Washington

I was delighted to be among a group of 25 local business and community leaders who traveled to Washington, D.C. last month with the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance and local chambers to meet with congressional delegations and various agencies to talk about policy issues affecting southern Nevada. This meeting, dubbed the Federal Forum, was a wonderful opportunity to talk up CSN’s importance to the region, and the critical need for support from Washington for economic development here. I look forward to working more with the LVGEA and our business community as we strengthen these relationships.
Learn More About the LVGEA

Latino Youth Leadership Conference

CSN was delighted to collaborate once more with the Latin Chamber of Commerce Foundation, UNLV, NSC and other community organizations to host the 2018 Latino Youth Leadership Conference. This seasoned program has been responsible for connecting high school students with higher education, community engagement and professional opportunities for 25 years. Graduates of the program include industry leaders, government and elected officials, and trailblazers in our state.

This weeklong conference develops leadership and life skills every summer. This year, I attended a presidents’ panel that answered questions from students about opportunities in higher education. Students visited CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus, heard from our recruiters and faculty, and learned about our programs of study. CSN is proud to participate every year and hopes to continue this impactful partnership into the future!

Learn More About the Conference

National Cyber Summit

We were thrilled this spring when the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency notified us that our application to become a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense 2-Year Education had been approved. Last month, that designation was celebrated at the National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, Ala. We sent a delegation from CSN –School of Advanced & Applied Technologies Dean Michael Spangler, Computing & Information Technology Chair Margaret Taylor, and CIT Professor Arthur Salmon – to receive the official recognition. Ours is the only program in Nevada with this designation.
View the Certificate


If you were on the North Las Vegas Campus last week you may have noticed 40 or so middle and high school students there. Once again, we hosted the Air Force Association’s CyberCamp, a weeklong camp designed to get today’s young people excited about science and tech careers. Topics covered included digital citizenship, ethics, and security, with a focus on how to be safe on the internet. This event, funded through a National Science Foundation grant via CyberWatch West, is always a lot of fun. We expect to host it or a similar event again next summer. Cybersecurity is an issue of growing importance that we have a responsibility to ensure the next generation of college students is prepared to address.
Read Our Press Release

Health Career Exploration Camp

We also had more than 50 students on the Charleston campus last month for the Health Career Exploration Camp. This camp was geared toward students interested in nursing, paramedic medicine, health information and veterinary technology careers. The high school students had the opportunity to use our lab equipment and work directly with our instructors. They learned how to draw blood, run tests, make eyeglasses, and much more. The goal of the camp is to expose students who are interested in health care to several different roles that they might find interesting. Not all health care workers are doctors or nurses, after all.
Read the Review-Journal Article

By the Numbers

Look for this section each month to learn about the data that drive discussion and decisions at CSN.

Fall 2018 Enrollment

Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our fall enrollment through June 25. The fall semester begins August 27. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data.
See the Enrollment Report

CSN Athletics

Academic All-Americans

Congratulations to all of our student athletes who shined in the classroom and on the courts and fields this year. We had 27 National Junior College Athletic Association Academic Award Winners! It’s always rewarding to be a part of a student’s well-rounded education. CSN Athletics helps make that happen.
See Them All Here

CSN Government Affairs

Pizza & Politics

A crowd favorite, Pizza & Politics is returning this month. We are excited to have Nevada Lt. Governor Mark Hutchison on board, scheduled for noon July 23 on the North Las Vegas Campus, Building N, room 103. Watch your email for more information as the date approaches.
Learn More about Mark Hutchison

CSN Foundation

AT&T Aspire Foundation Grant

The CSN Foundation recently received a $10,000 grant from the AT&T Aspire Foundation to support scholarships for the CSN Jumpstart Program. The grant will help low-income high school students obtain college credit. The CSN Jumpstart Program, which began in 2007, works with high school instructors to provide college courses at the high school campus, allowing juniors and seniors to obtain high school and college credit. CCSD instructors with collegiate-level credentials are certified through the program to teach CSN curricula so high school students are receiving the same course they would at a CSN campus. This grant will be used for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Learn More About Jumpstart
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CSN Reverse Transfer Degrees

Dear CSN Alumni,

If you’ve done the work, you deserve the credential.

Did you know that you may be eligible to receive an associate degree from the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) at no cost to you?

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) has a dynamic process in place, called Reverse Transfer. Eligible students, who have earned 15 or more credits at a NSHE community college and transferred to a four-year NSHE institution where they earned 60 or more credits, may be able to obtain an associate degree for the coursework they completed between the two institutions. That’s right, you may already be a college graduate and didn’t know it! Earning an associate degree is an excellent credential to bolster your resume as you work toward your bachelor’s degree.

Last year, close to 150 UNLV, UNR, and NSC students graduated from CSN through the reverse transfer program. Some had earned multiple associate degrees from CSN.

Why is an Associate degree important?

  1. You would collect the nation’s fastest growing work credential recognized by employers.
  2. You would achieve an educational milestone for FREE while pursuing your bachelor’s degree.
  3. You become more marketable and qualify for better job opportunities while completing your bachelor’s degree.
  4. With an associate degree you become part of the group of students who, according to national data, are 70% more likely to complete their bachelor’s degree.

How does the reverse transfer PROCESS work?

With your permission, your current four-year institution will send your transcript to CSN to determine if you are eligible to receive an Associate of Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Business, or an Associate of General Studies.

To determine if you are eligible for a CSN associate degree:

  1. Complete the Reverse Transfer Transcript Request form available at and submit electronically to the email address on the form ( by the deadline of July 8, 2018. Your reverse transfer graduation form will be evaluated for the August 2018 summer graduation date.
  2. There is no cost involved. With your consent by completing and submitting the Reverse Transfer Transcript Request form, your current four-year institution will send CSN your free electronic transcript.
  3. If after completing your graduation audit CSN determines that you have met degree requirements for an Associate of Science, an Associate of Arts, an Associate of Business, and/or an Associate of General Studies, you will be awarded your diploma (s) in August 2018 and become eligible to participate in the 2019 May Commencement Ceremony.

For more information about a reverse transfer associate degree, please visit or CSN’s Call Center at 702-651-5555.

Wishing you continued success in your academic endeavors!


Dr. Margo L. Martin
Acting President, College of Southern Nevada


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June 2018 Chronicle

June 2018
Greetings, Coyote nation! What an amazing semester we had! It included another record-sized graduating class, the official kickoff of our student union construction, and of course the selection of a new CSN president. The future looks bright indeed.

– Margo

In this issue:
  • Keeping the Momentum
  • Student Union Kickoff
  • Henderson Campus Refresh
  • Shared Governance
  • Student Survey
  • Commencement Ceremony
  • Emmy Award Nominations
  • Talent Hub Designation
  • By the Numbers
Read the President’s Blog

Inside CSN

Keeping the Momentum

The announcement last month that Dr. Federico Zaragoza will become CSN’s new president in August has everyone here very excited. I look forward to welcoming him and assisting him with his transition. In the meantime, there is still much work to do this summer, so let’s keep our shoulders to the wheel!


We have a group working on convocation planning for fall 2018, and we are convening a shared governance task force this week to explore best practices and make recommendations for committee and council structures that we can implement in the coming academic year. Additionally, there is a team of us preparing for CSN’s mid-cycle visit from our accrediting body, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which will occur on October 8 and 9. We are also pushing forward with the transition to a multi-campus district model and all that entails, including launching national searches for vice presidents/campus provosts for the Charleston and North Las Vegas campuses as well as two dean positions. We will also see construction for all three student unions begin before the fall semester starts. Plans are being finalized as we speak. We expect this summer to be busy yet meaningful at CSN. I’m excited and ready for all of it. Go, Coyotes!

Read About Dr. Zaragoza

Student Union Kickoff

We held our “construction kickoff” event for the new three student unions last month on the Henderson campus. It was attended by past and present student government leaders, Henderson representatives, CSN executives, faculty and staff. This event precedes the much anticipated start of construction on each campus this summer.

Linked below are the logistics plans showing the first phase of construction. These drawings show which areas will be out of service when students return for the fall semester. This schedule is approximate, and it will depend on the progress of the contractor. Facilities will be sending updates throughout the construction period to help inform everyone of the changes that will be occurring during this project. We are on schedule to open the new unions for the fall 2019 semester.

See the Union Plans

Henderson Campus Refresh

We’re excited to announce that we are in the process of refreshing the landscaping outside of the A, B and C buildings on the Henderson campus soon. The existing landscaping contained old and diseased trees that needed to be removed, as well as an irrigation system that was in disrepair. The project will provide a new irrigation system along with fresh landscaping including new trees, groundcovers and flowering bushes. Please see the document linked below for a look at what’s coming. We hope to have the work completed before the end of this month.
Check Out the Plans

Shared Governance

Last month I brought several faculty, staff and students together for a shared governance task force meeting.  We discussed several items including the formation of a main steering committee for shared governance as well as the possibility for smaller groups that can work on other important issues on an ad-hoc basis.  We also realized we have some homework to do regarding best practices.  We will continue to work throughout the summer and hope to provide comprehensive updates at this year’s convocation on August 20.

Student Survey

This fall, CSN will be participate in the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE), a national survey of institutional practices and student behaviors during the earliest weeks of college. SENSE is an initiative of the Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE), part of the Program in Higher Education Leadership at The University of Texas at Austin. The results will help us better understand the entering student experience at CSN.

The survey will be administered during the fourth and fifth class weeks of the fall academic term in classes randomly selected by CCCSE. Instructors whose classes are selected for survey administration will receive further information from CSN’s Institutional Research Department.

Learn More

CSN News

Commencement Ceremony

What an amazing Commencement Ceremony we had last month at the Thomas & Mack Center, where we graduated our largest class ever, more than 3,500 students. I couldn’t be more proud of these students, and of the great faculty and staff here who work so hard to help make sure they get the best education available. If you were unable to attend the event, you missed quite a show.
See More than 200 Photos from the Ceremony

Emmy Award Nominations

Students from our Videography & Film Program received 12 Student Production Emmy Award nominations and two overall Emmy Award nominations last month! The program has been doing great things these last few years, with 14 Emmy wins last year, the annual Short Film Showcase and the production of the documentary No Greater Odds. This year’s award winners will be announced at a ceremony June 16 in Palm Springs, Calif. Wish them luck!
Read the Press Release

Las Vegas Designated “Talent Hub”

Lumina Foundation, in partnership with the Kresge Foundation, has announced the designation of Las Vegas and six other communities across the country as Talent Hubs. These cities earned the designation by meeting rigorous standards for creating environments that attract, retain, and cultivate talent. Talent Hub cities are focused on raising the nation’s overall post-high school attainment level to 60 percent of working-age adults by 2025 and committed to eliminating deep disparities in educational outcomes among African-Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians, who fare poorly in contrast with white and Asian students. Focusing on the growing disparities in enrollment and completion rates, the Las Vegas area Talent Hub, comprised of partners College of Southern Nevada (CSN); Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), Workforce Development; Governor’s Office of Workforce Innovation for a New Nevada (OWINN) and United Way of Southern Nevada, will collaborate to increase the credentials of African American, Hispanic and low income learners. Each community designated as a Talent Hub receives $275,000 in grant funding over 31 months. Grant funding will support local efforts to educate more people, allowing community and education leaders to better meet the specific needs of residents. Lumina will provide these funds in partnership with Kresge.

We are thrilled to have this new opportunity to increase college credential attainment in Nevada. I will keep you updated as these partnerships develop.

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By the Numbers

Look for this section each month to learn about the data that drive discussion and decisions at CSN.

Summer 2018 Enrollment Numbers

Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our enrollment through May 29. Classes start Monday. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data.
Summer 2018 Enrollment


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May 2018 Chronicle

May 2018

Greetings, Coyote nation! It’s crunch time, with final exams, commencement and all the celebrations that go along with the completion of another successful academic year. What an exciting time to be on campus! Before anyone leaves for the summer though, I have news to share with you about all that’s been going on at CSN.

– Margo

In this issue:

  • Cybersecurity Excellence
  • Police Consolidation Report
  • Follow-Up From Previous Forums & Roundtables
  • CSN Presidential Search
  • CSN Commencement Ceremony
  • Student Union Kickoff
  • Jumpstart Concurrent Enrollment Program
  • Welcome, Hailey Dawson
  • Outstanding Student Awards
  • Science & Technology Expo
  • Student Government Election Results
  • CSN Foundation Grant Program
  • Blooming in Blue Gala
  • Jamba Juice Party
  • A Fond Farewell
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Inside CSN

Cybersecurity Excellence

You may have noticed that CSN’s cybersecurity degrees have been garnering attention. And for good reason. We are now able to brag that we’re a National Center of Excellence for cybersecurity education. Cybersecurity programs train the next generation of people who will protect our nation’s vital information and data networks. The field is growing by leaps and bounds, which is why it’s so important that we received this designation. The Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency jointly award the honor to recognize schools that offer rigorous cybersecurity curriculum. What it means for CSN students is that they can be assured they’re getting the highest quality education available.
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Police Consolidation Report

Last week, Chancellor Thom Reilly shared a study and recommendations regarding the consolidation of police services at the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Southern Nevada institutions, including CSN. The study was prepared by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) after a comprehensive review. The Chancellor has indicated that he intends to bring this report to the Board of Regents at the October 19 special meeting in Las Vegas. Feel free to send me your questions or comments once you read the report, and look for more announcements in the coming months.
See the Report
Read the Chancellor’s Memo

Follow-Up From Previous Forums & Roundtables

As mentioned in in the governance forum in March, I will be establishing a Shared Governance Council. The council’s first meeting will be in late May. Please look for more information in the next few weeks. It is my hope that we can explore solutions to several issues surrounding shared governance. In addition, at the faculty and staff roundtables I noted that we are conducting national searches for the two new provosts/vice presidents for the Charleston and North Las Vegas campuses, as well as for deans of the School of Arts & Letters and the Ralph and Betty Engelstad School of Health Sciences. I will keep you informed as the process moves along.

I will also be addressing other topics that came up during the roundtables and the Pizza with the President student events in the coming months. From fostering student-centered communications and addressing reemdial and basic skills curriculum to academic program evaluation and the rising cost of textbooks, we have a lot to discuss. And we will begin those discussions in several ways over the summer.

Upcoming Events

CSN Presidential Search

In case you missed my announcement earlier, four finalists have been chosen in the search for the next CSN president. They are:

  • Dr. Keith C. Curry, President/Chief Executive Officer, Compton College and Compton Community College District, Compton, California
  • Dr. Feleccia R. Moore-Davis, Provost, Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Dr. Utpal K. Goswami, President, Metropolitan Community College – Maple Woods, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Vice Chancellor – Economic and Workforce Development, Alamo Community College District, San Antonio, Texas

We will all get a chance to meet them May 8 and 9. The candidates will attend forums on each of our three campuses. Please come meet the person who could be our next president – and bring all of your questions. The finalists’ profile materials are available on the CSN president search website,

The CSN President Search Committee and the Advisory Committee will conduct in-person interviews with the candidates on Thursday, May 10. At the conclusion of these interviews, the Search Committee and the Advisory Committee will meet to determine the recommendation of a finalist to the full Board of Regents, who will review and vote on the recommendation at a special meeting later in May.

Meeting Dates & Times Here

CSN Commencement Ceremony

Our biggest event of the year is right around the corner. The 46th CSN Commencement Ceremony is all set for 6 p.m. Monday, May 14 at the Thomas & Mack Center on UNLV’s campus. We’re celebrating nearly 3,600 new college graduates! Wow.
See Photos From Last Year’s Celebration

Student Union Kickoff

Come join us from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 3 for the official construction kickoff celebration for our new student union buildings. We’ll be behind Building C on the Henderson Campus, where you can stop by to enjoy refreshments, music and fun as we learn about the new unions. Architects and construction company representatives will be on hand with interactive building models, so you can “see” what the buildings will be like. I hope to see you there.
Learn More Here

By the Numbers

Look for this section each month to learn about the data that drive discussion and decisions at CSN.

Jumpstart Concurrent Enrollment Program

If you’ve learned anything about me by now it’s that I love data. Love it. Used properly, it can help us figure out if we’re doing things right, or if we should try something else. Well, with the Jumpstart program, it looks like we’re doing things right. Jumpstart is one of several “concurrent enrollment” programs available at CSN. It allows high school students to earn college credit while still taking classes at their high schools. For a couple of different reasons, participation in the program has exploded in the last three years, from 600 students to more than 2,700. What’s even better is that these students appear to be doing phenomenally well. For more, please see the report linked below.
Read the Report

CSN Events

Welcome, Hailey Dawson

We were incredibly honored to have 8-year-old Hailey Dawson throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the CSN Coyotes baseball game on April 21. Hailey, as you may have seen in the news media, was born with a rare birth defect called Poland Syndrome, which led to missing and underdeveloped fingers on her right hand. Engineering faculty and students at UNLV helped design and manufacture a 3-D printed hand for Hailey, which she has been using to throw out first pitches at ballparks across the country in her quest to visit all 30 major league parks. We are so lucky to have been included on her tour. Thanks, Hailey, and good luck on your Journey to 30!
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Outstanding Student Awards

You all know we have some truly amazing students here at CSN. We honored 21 of them last week at the Outstanding Student Awards ceremony. What an incredible group of people. Not only are these students succeeding in college, they’re succeeding in life, despite numerous hardships. But their drive never leaves them, ever. I’m humbled by every one of them.
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Science & Technology Expo

Drones, cranes, snakes and bugs! This year’s Science & Technology Expo was quite a spectacle. Schoolchildren from across the area flooded our North Las Vegas Campus last week for the 15th annual expo. I have to give a shout out to Dean Michael Spangler and everyone who worked so hard to make the event a success. Encouraging students of all ages to become excited about a STEM-based education is what the expo is all about. These fields are not only growing, they’re becoming more and more vital to our regional and national economies. Not to mention the fun. Who doesn’t love high-tech gadgets and cool, gross dead stuff?
More About the Expo

Student Government Election Results

Congratulations to Andrew Sierra, our newly elected Associated Students of the College of Southern Nevada student government president! The election took place last week, bringing in a slew of new student representatives for the next academic year. Student Life and Leadership Development Director Brian Akins reports that turnout for the elections was up by more than a third over the previous year. That’s fantastic. Congratulations to all of the winners, and I look forward to working with you next year.
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CSN Foundation

CSN Foundation Grant Program

This spring, the CSN Foundation Board of Trustees created the CSN Foundation Grant Program, which will give away up to $40,000 to faculty and staff to support 2018-19 academic year projects, events or activities that benefit our students, with a maximum award of $10,000. This will be an annual award competition each spring and bring transparency, consistency and accountability to how the CSN Foundation supports CSN events and other activities. The deadline to apply is May 14, so get your proposals ready!
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Blooming in Blue Gala

Thank you to the more than 400 people who came out to support the CSN Foundation Blooming in Blue gala in April to raise money for the construction of the CSN and Nevada State Health & Science Building. We honored three important community members during the celebration: Rossi Ralenkotter, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO, with the community achievement award, Switch with the community education award, and first responders with the community hero award. The event was a tremendous success, and we cannot wait until the next gala.
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Jamba Juice Party

I hosted the long-awaited Jamba Juice party last week, and we had a great time — all to benefit the CSN Foundation, of course. Employees who supported the college by making a Coyote Commitment of as little as $10 a month through payroll deduction were entered into a raffle to attend the party. Everyone enjoyed fun conversation and island music, wore leis, and were served tropical smoothies and light refreshments. It’s just one small way to thank employees for supporting the college. If you haven’t already, make your Coyote Commitment today.
Make Your Coyote Commitment

A Fond Farewell

I have some bittersweet news: K.C. Brekken, the CSN Foundation executive director, is leaving us to become a research professor at UNLV. In more than a decade at CSN, she has served in many roles, including the college’s official spokeswoman, a trusted advisor and confidant, and our chief fundraiser. All along, she’s been our biggest cheerleader in the community. We will miss KC, but we know she is thrilled by the opportunity she has at the university. Please join me in wishing her well.
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