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!
Read More About Hailey

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.
Read More Here

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.
See the Full Results

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!
Apply Now

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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April 2018 CSN Chronicle

April 2018
Greetings, Coyote nation! I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your spring break. It’s always nice to have a little time off before the big push at the end of the semester. Before we know it, students will be taking final exams and we will all be celebrating another CSN Commencement ceremony. But first, I have lots of news to share this month about what’s been going on at CSN and some things to come. Please read on.

– Margo

In this issue:
  • Roundtables Roundup
  • Convocation Kickoff
  • HSI & MSI Eligibility
  • Financial Aid
  • Excellence & Distinguished Awards
  • Science & Tech Expo
  • Commencement
  • Tax Prep Workshops
  • By the Numbers
  • Regent Moran First Pitch
  • Student Athlete Awards
  • VIP Baseball Experience
  • CSN Foundation
  • Diversity Awards
Read the President’s Blog
Roundtables, Pizza Events
We had good crowds at the three roundtables held for faculty and staff and the pizza with the president events for students in March. We talked about everything from new programs, textbook prices and police services to how Britney Spears figured into my behind-the-scenes introduction to Nevada. You had to be there.

I was pleased with the turnout at these events because one of the first things I wanted to accomplish when I was asked to step in as acting president was to ensure that I was accessible to you all. I want every faculty and staff member to feel comfortable talking about what’s going on at CSN or asking whatever questions he or she might have. The same goes for students. I am here to serve you, and them. If you missed the roundtables and you have questions or ideas you wish you could have shared, please do so. Email me at

Email the President
Convocation Committee
We are just getting started on planning the 2018 Convocation Kickoff event for this year, and we’d love your help. We are looking for volunteers to join the Convocation Planning Committee. This will be a small group designed to brainstorm ideas for the event, scheduled for Aug. 20. Please contact Annette Lord by April 13 if interested, and please check in with your supervisor first.
Join the Committee
Inside CSN
CSN Retains HSI & MSI Status
Linked below is a letter from the U.S. Department of Education notifying us that we will continue to be considered both a Hispanic Serving Institution and a Minority Serving Institution. This is wonderful news, and not just because the label is accurate. Such designations by the Department of Education enable CSN to apply for Title III and Title V grants. These grants, while awarded because of MSI or HSI status, benefit all of CSN.
Read the Department of Ed’s HSI/MSI Letter
Financial Aid
The Department of Education recently notified CSN that the college is on provisional status regarding financial aid programs. Typically colleges are recertified to award financial aid every six years. We are currently on provisional status through March 2019 because of a missed deadline in 2015. Despite this misstep, we have made the necessary corrections and have had very positive communications with the Department of Education. CSN continues to be authorized to award financial aid to students who qualify. We are also continuing to submit our new degrees to the DOE for financial aid qualification. This provisional status will not affect our students, nor will it prevent CSN from developing and offering new degrees.
Read the Letter
Upcoming Events
Excellence and Distinguished Awards
One of the highlights of the year is recognizing those who have made extraordinary contributions to CSN and the success of our students. We celebrate these superstars each year at Convocation in August, but now is the time to nominate an outstanding colleague for one of these awards. The deadline is 5 p.m. today. Please see the link below for details. I look forward to congratulating the winners this summer.
Nominate Someone Here
Science & Tech Expo
For the 15th year in a row, CSN will be hosting and the Science & Technology Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, April 27. This will take place on the North Las Vegas Campus in and around the A and C buildings. These events are a thrill to attend with upwards of 2,000 students from participating Clark County School District schools, as well as members of the public. They’ll get to see exotic animals, courtesy of CSN’s Veterinary Technology program, flight simulators from our Aviation Technology program, a magic show, thanks to our chemistry department, shows in our wonderful planetarium and so much more. The goal here is to ensure the students enjoy their day at CSN, of course, but also to help them become excited about science and technology. As our economy becomes ever more dependent on tech-related fields, it is imperative that the next generation of college students embraces the STEM disciplines. Thanks to CCSD, the CSN Foundation and the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival for co-sponsoring this great, fun event.
Learn More About the Expo
CSN’s 46th Commencement Ceremony
Commencement is why we do what we do. We will gather at 6 p.m. May 14 at the Thomas & Mack Center with a couple thousand CSN students for the most exciting event of the year. There will be plenty of pomp and circumstance! There will be speeches, too, though I promise to keep mine as short and to-the-point as possible. But what we will all really be there for is to celebrate what is likely to be another record-sized graduating class. Upwards of 3,000 degrees and certificates will be awarded. That’s 3,000 new college graduates, the vast majority of whom will stay in southern Nevada. It’s a special time for them, for us, for our entire community. Please join me at the event. I promise you’ll enjoy yourself.
Learn More About the Commencement Ceremony
Tax Prep Workshops
As springtime become crunch time for taxes, CSN’s Department of Accounting and Finance is here to help. Now through April 17, the department is offering a free tax prep workshop at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday. Anyone can come, and all help is free. This is a great way for our students to get experience working with clients. Last year, this team of volunteers helped complete approximately 300 returns.
More Info Here
By the Numbers
Look for this section each month to learn about the data that drive discussion and decisions at CSN.
First Steps
As we dive deep into our Achieving the Dream numbers, there is evidence that the First Steps student success initiative is making a difference. This initiative, first put in place in 2014, requires new high school graduates to take placement testing, attend orientation, and receive advising. The data show that First Steps seems to be helping close achievement gaps in graduation rates, as evidenced by First Steps Pell and minority students graduating at a higher rate than their non-First Steps counterparts. In addition, First Steps students stay at CSN longer and take more credits than their counterparts. As we further analyze the data, we are expanding our student success efforts by developing adjunct faculty professional development programming, continuing vigorous assessment, focusing on guided pathways for students, and leveraging our ATD Leader College status by attempting to take advantage of special grant and recognition opportunities. Please take a look at the document linked below for more information.
More Information Here
Spring 2018 Census Enrollment Numbers
Please review the latest enrollment report at the link below. This updated report reflects our census date total for Spring 2018. This census date is a system-wide standardized reporting date on which each institution provides a snapshot of student data, including preliminary enrollment counts. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data.
See the Spring 2018 Enrollment Data
CSN Coyotes
NSHE Regent John T. Moran Throws Out First Pitch
We were delighted to welcome Nevada System of Higher Education Regent John T. Moran to the CSN Coyotes conference play opening weekend, where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch on March 9. Our Coyotes continued an amazing year so far and won that game. The team’s most recent ranking is fourth in the nation! Wow. Go Coyotes!
See the National Rankings
Student Athlete Awards Banquet
CSN Athletics will honor its finest male and female student athletes at the annual Student Athlete Awards Banquet, to be held at 6 p.m. April 24 at the Eastside Cannery Hotel and Casino. I encourage you to attend for a night to remember. Show your Coyote Spirit as we celebrate the best and brightest.
Get Your Ticket to the Banquet
VIP Baseball Experience Raffle
The CSN Coyotes will also be holding its VIP Baseball Experience raffle this spring. The winner and a guest will fly round trip to Denver for a two-night stay! Included are two seats to watch former CSN Coyote Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals face former CSN Coyote Mike Dunn and the Colorado Rockies on September 28 or 29. This is a great way to support our program.
Get Your Raffle Ticket Here
CSN Foundation
Coyote Howl
The CSN Office of Alumni Relations’ Coyote Howl event was a howling success. Hundreds of students attended the event, designed to provide information about our graduation and life after CSN. In addition to gathering useful information, students purchased caps and gowns, had professional photos taken, sang karaoke, and enjoyed Pepsi, pizza, funnel cake and all the best goodies.

One student who attended said: “Thank you again for creating this event for all students. It is a big deal for me since I am the first one in my family to finish college.”

Many thanks to Jamille Walton, Michelle Word, Ashton Ridley, Pat Zozaya, Kim Booth, Hieu Le and Lisa Foreman for putting the event together.

Parking Space Raffle Winner
Congratulations to Tina Holcomb, financial aid assistant director, for winning the March parking space raffle!
Visit the Office of Alumni Relations
In Other News
Diversity Awards
This year’s Diversity Week was full of workshops, presentations and events, and was capped off by the annual Diversity Recognition Awards breakfast on Friday, March 12. In addition to honoring CSN faculty and staff who worked hard on diversity-related issues over the last year, the 2018 CSN Diversity Excellence Award was presented to Michael Kagan, director of the UNLV Immigration Clinic, for an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Congratulations to all!
Visit the Office of Inclusive Learning and Engagement
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March 2018 CSN Chronicle

March 2018
Greetings, Coyote nation! We are approaching the mid-point of this spring semester, and I hope all is going well. I have information on several different topics for you in this month’s Chronicle, everything from the presidential search to successful fundraising efforts to our baseball team’s stellar season so far. Please read on.

– Margo

In this issue:
  • CSN Presidential Search Update
  • NWCCU Accreditation Response Letter
  • Tenure Awarded
  • Interim Business Administration Chair
  • Upcoming Presidential Roundtables
  • Student Union Groundbreaking
  • By the Numbers
  • Updated Spring Enrollment Information
  • Recently Secured Grants
  • Health & Science Building Donation
  • CSN Foundation Events
  • Garritano Gets 600th Win!
  • Coyotes Win Streak
  • Nevada Promise
  • NV Energy Vote for Vets Center
Read the President’s Blog
CSN Presidential Search Update
 The Nevada System of Higher Education ad hoc CSN President Search Committee has hired search firm Wheless Partners to conduct a national search for the next CSN President. The advisory committee, made up of community members and CSN faculty and staff, stressed that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, student success and the college’s transition to a multi-campus district model are critical elements that the new president must embrace. The firm will conduct an active search, meaning that as well as placing ads in traditional forums, they will also actively recruit potential candidates from across the nation. Chancellor Thom Reilly and Wheless will narrow down the pool of applicants to a list of semifinalists and interview each of them. They will then bring the best two to five candidates to the committee as finalists to be interviewed in public by the committee as a whole. The goal is to have a new president in place in time for the fall 2018 semester.
Learn More About the Committee
Learn More About Wheless Partners

Inside CSN

NWCCU Accreditation Response Letter
Linked below is the CSN accreditation response letter from NWCCU for which we have been patiently waiting. You will see that the news is quite positive, but we still have much work to do as we prepare for the mid-cycle report that is due to Northwest in late summer in anticipation of our mid-cycle visit in Fall 2018. We will be continuing the assessment work that has been ongoing, and we will be convening various stakeholders to enhance our strategic plan, ensuring that institutional learning outcomes, assessment, and resource allocation are aligned with our plan – and that the work we are doing aligns with the recently adopted NSHE goals. Remember, we need everybody’s shoulder to the wheel! In the upcoming months, we are going to accomplish amazing things – together!
Read the NWCCU’s Letter
Board of Regents Awards Tenure
Congratulations to all the hard-working CSN faculty and staff members who were awarded tenure earlier today by the Board of Regents. For a full list, see the link below.
See the List
New Business Administration Chair
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Maria Schellhase will be the new interim chair of the Department of Business Administration at CSN. Dr. Schellhase is a business administration professor and the recipient of numerous honors and awards. She holds master’s and doctorate degrees in Business Administration, has served as the corporate director of central reservations for Station Casinos and spent more than ten years as an investment advisor (stockbroker), portfolio manager, and vice president of client relations for several leading business organizations.
Presidential Roundtables
I will be holding roundtables on each campus this month. Please come with your questions and comments.

North Las Vegas Campus

  • 9:30 – 11 a.m. Wednesday March 14, 2018, Building S, Room 144 (Laxalt Center)

Henderson Campus

  • 9:30 – 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, Building B, Room 117

Charleston Campus

  • 3 – 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2018, Building D, Room 101
See the Flier

CSN Facilities

Student Union Showcase

Senior Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Sherri Payne and her team put on a series of fantastic presentations last month featuring 3-D models, detailed drawings and a virtual reality display of our new student unions. The student government has worked tirelessly with the architectural firm Tate, Snyder, Kimsey, this year to develop the schematic and throughout the design development phase of the project. Their hard work and excitement is illustrated in the design features. As you know, we are building nearly identical student unions on each campus and expect them to be open by the fall 2019 semester. If you weren’t able to make one of the sessions last month, see the links below for photos, floorplans and more. We have yet to set a firm date for the groundbreaking, but we hope to get it done before the end of the semester and celebrate this milestone with students. Keep an eye out for communications about that in the coming weeks.

See Renderings for All Three Student Unions

By the Numbers

Look for this section each month to learn about the data that drive discussion and decisions at CSN.
How are we measuring up?
Over the past three years CSN faculty have taken great effort to improve our assessment efforts. Numbers from 51 programs across three schools tell us that the variety of assessment measures have increased, and more direct and authentic measures are being used. Please see the link below for more information.
See the Details
Updated Spring 2018 Enrollment Numbers
Please review the latest enrollment update at the link below. This update reflects enrollment through Monday, February 26. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data.
See the Current Enrollment Data
Recently Secured Grants
I am excited to share the news about some of our recently secured grants in the process of implementation, more than $80,000 in grants across various departments. This represents just a portion of the many grants we have in place. Two grants help fund biomedical research on gluten free food and organisms in Mexico’s caves, while two others fund our Nevada Grow small business program and CSN landscaping efforts. Another will help us market our developing unmanned aviation systems and cybersecurity degrees. Many thanks to the Office of Sponsored Projects and everyone who worked diligently to secure these funds.

CSN Foundation

Health & Science Building Donation
The Engelstad Family Foundation announced the first major gift of $3 million for the proposed CSN and Nevada State College Health & Science Building. The gift announcement kicked off the CSN and Nevada State foundations’ joint capital campaign to raise private dollars in support of the building. The gift is a match intended to help raise another $3 million from the community before the start of the next legislative session. CSN and NSC proposed the facility to expand training for healthcare professionals this community needs. The Legislature has allocated planning funds for the 70,000-square-foot facility, which will be located on our Henderson Campus. We will ask for approximately $35-$40 million in the next legislative session to construct the building.
See More Photos From the Event
Read the Event Press Release
CSN Foundation Gala
Please join us on April 7 for the CSN ‘Blooming in Blue’ gala, a fundraising event to support CSN and construction funds for the health and science building. At the Gala, the first in four years, the CSN Foundation Board of Trustees will present three awards:

  • Community Achievement Award
    Rossi Ralenkotter, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO
  • Community Education Award
  • Community Hero Award
    First Responders, as represented by CSN alumni

To take advantage of the CSN faculty and staff special price of $175 per ticket, please call the CSN Foundation at 702-651-7301 for more information or to purchase your tickets today! Following the gala, the CSN Foundation will host a variety of accessible and creative opportunities to show your support for the college throughout the year.

Learn More About the Gala
Make Your Coyote Commitment Now!

CSN Coyotes

Coach Garritano Nabs Win 600!

Congratulations to CSN Coyotes baseball Coach Nick Garritano, who joined an elite club of coaches last month when he earned his 600th career win. Wow! Before joining the Coyotes, Garritano coached the Green Valley High School Gators for 11 years, where he won over 300 games, including two state championships. He has been at CSN since 2011. Please join me in congratulating Coach Garritano on a major milestone.

Read More About Garritano at
Coyotes Baseball Win Streak
The CSN Coyotes baseball team is on quite a roll, winning its last 14 games in a row for an overall record this year of 18-4. The team, which earned a Junior College World Series appearance last year, is doing so well that it’s moved up to number three in the national rankings! Go Coyotes!
See the National Rankings

In Other News

Nevada Promise Mentoring Sessions
With more than 5,200 students from schools all over southern Nevada having already completed the required training to receive the Nevada Promise scholarship, it is now time for mentoring. We have more than 70 mentoring sessions already scheduled, with more hitting the books every day. Close to 1,000 mentors have signed up, and we could always use more. I’m excited to meet my own mentees. We expect this program to be a huge success and hope the Legislature continues to fund it in the future.
Become a Mentor
Vote for CSN VETS Center
The CSN VETS Center is entered in the NV Energy Foundation Power of Good Giveaway. You can cast your vote beginning March 12 to help the center win $10,000.
Learn More
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Board of Regents Awards Tenure

Greetings, Coyote Nation!

Congratulations to the 28 faculty and staff members who were awarded Tenure today by the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents. This is a major milestone for each of them.

  • Jonathan Boarini, Media Technology
  • Michele L. Bogue, Human Behavior
  • Paul M. Bynum, Business, Hospitality, and Public Relations
  • Elizabeth Diaz, Dental, Diagnostic & Rehabilitation Services
  • Dr. Stephanie Fiorenza, Physical Sciences
  • Charlene S. Gibson, Communication
  • Mark E. Haag, Advanced & Applied Technology
  • Joseph Hassert, Communication
  • Emelda Jones, Nursing
  • Emily King, College Library Services
  • Elizabeth Larakers, English
  • Eva Lawrence-Fischer, Nursing
  • Kody Louise Lightfoot, English
  • Julie MacDonald, English
  • Richard Main, Health Related Professions
  • Dr. Chelsey McKenna, Biology
  • Amy Palmer, Arts & Letters
  • Dr. Cassandra Peay, English
  • Esther Pla-Cazares, Business, Hospitality, and Public Relations
  • Dr. Roger A. Rennels, Physical Sciences
  • Dr. Danielle Richards, Social Sciences
  • Nicole Sandberg, College Library Services
  • Flora Sayson, Nursing
  • Minnie M. Schlesinger, Biology
  • Dr. Bridget C. Taylor, World Languages
  • Dr. Nayelee Villanueva, English
  • Michelle Zahn, Health Related Professions
  • Amy Ziemba, Biology

– Margo

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NWCCU Accreditation Response Letter

Good morning, CSN Coyote Nation!

Linked below is the CSN accreditation response letter from NWCCU for which we have been patiently waiting. You will see that the news is quite positive, but we still have much work to do as we prepare for the mid-cycle report that is due to Northwest in late summer in anticipation of our mid-cycle visit in Fall 2018. We will be continuing the assessment work that has been ongoing, and we will be convening various stakeholders to enhance our strategic plan, ensuring that institutional learning outcomes, assessment, and resource allocation are aligned with our plan – and that the work we are doing aligns with the recently adopted NSHE goals. Remember, we need everybody’s shoulder to the wheel! In the upcoming months, we are going to accomplish amazing things – together!

Read the NWCCU’s letter.

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February 2018 CSN Chronicle

The CSN Chronicle

Dear CSN colleagues, this month’s Chronicle of news and information transitions the leadership of CSN. With the retirement last month of Dr. Michael Richards, I have formally assumed the position of acting president of CSN. I couldn’t possibly be more honored or excited. I have met so many people, and I sincerely look forward to working with each of you as we strive to make CSN the best college it can be.

– Margo

To help you learn more about CSN’s new acting president, Dr. Margo L. Martin, our marketing and communications team sat down with her between appointments last week. Learn what makes her tick (hint: It’s education), how a youthful desire to be a high school teacher in Texas led her to the top of one of the nation’s largest community colleges, and why she moved to Jacksonville, Florida – twice. Read more on the CSN Newsroom.

Inside CSN

Presidential Search Update

At its first meeting in January, the Nevada System of Higher Education ad hoc CSN President Search Committee unanimously agreed to hire a search consultant to help find the college’s next permanent president. Chancellor Thom Reilly, in advocating for a consultant to be brought in, noted that a search firm will take a proactive approach to finding a president. Rather than simply posting ads, the firm will actively recruit people who might be a good fit for the job. A recommendation for a consultant will be brought to the committee at its next meeting, scheduled for 1 p.m. Feb. 20 in the June Whitley Student Lounge on CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus.

New Henderson Provost

Earlier today I announced that Senior Vice President Patty Charlton will be taking on a new role at CSN, that of Provost and Vice President of the Henderson Campus. I want to thank Patty and everyone who expressed interest in the position. For more on this and related significant reorganizational changes among the president and vice presidents, read my post on the president’s blog.

New Interim VPAA

In case you missed it, last month I announced that Clarissa Cota will be the new acting vice president of academic affairs. I want to thank all colleagues who demonstrated dedication in submitting letters of intent and required materials for consideration – the committee had a large number of well qualified submissions to consider. For that, I am grateful.

I have been working with Clarissa for the last several weeks as I have been transitioning into my new role. It is one for which she is more than qualified. She has been in higher education for more than 20 years, most recently as the chair of our Department of Business Administration. She holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Arizona and is a member of the State Bar of Arizona, the American and Clark County Bar Associations, the Latino Bar Association for Southern Nevada, the American Association of University Professors, the Nevada Faculty Alliance, the Las Vegas Valley Paralegal Association and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

I am excited to work with Clarissa, and I offer her my congratulations.

New Interim Dean of Health Sciences

I also announced recently that Janice Glasper will serve as the interim dean for the Engelstad School of Health Sciences. Janice knows the school quite well and has demonstrated a collegial, can-do spirit and a sincere commitment to students. I am grateful for her willingness to step up. She will be working closely with the other deans and with Clarissa Cota as interim VPAA to ensure that we are able to keep current initiatives on track as we embark on a new semester and a new calendar year.

New Director of Government Affairs

To round out the good news, I am delighted to announce that Asha Jones has been named our new director of government affairs. Asha is very experienced in this arena, having worked in Sen. Harry Reid’s office and with the Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation, among others. Please join me in welcoming her to CSN.

CSN’s Funding Priorities

As we approach the 2019 legislative session, CSN is pursuing the following funding requests. First and foremost, our top operating priority continues to be faculty and staff compensation. We need to ensure that our faculty and staff are appropriately compensated so that we can recruit and retain the best for CSN.

Our funding requests are the following:

  • Revise the funding formula to adequately address the mission of community colleges, enabling us to improve student/advisor ratios, part-time faculty compensation, Promise program staffing and faculty needs, and many other areas of concern.
  • Use the fiscal year 18 weighted student credit hour rate as the base for the funding request in the next session.
  • Provide state funding for summer school.
  • Our top capital priority is the Health and Sciences Building on the Henderson Campus, a joint venture with Nevada State College, $43.2 million.
  • Funding for planning the Northwest Campus, $3.5 million.
  • Deferred maintenance funding, $20 million.

Nevada System of Higher Education News

Investment Fund Windfall

CSN will be receiving $5 million from the NSHE Investment Funds – this is one-time funding that will be spent for immediate needs to address the expected increase in Fall 2018 enrollment as well as to address a few key deferred maintenance issues.

  • Increase part-time faculty and hire additional advisors to improve the faculty-to-student ratio and provide additional intensive advising with the goal of improving student persistence and success, $3.8 million.
  • Provide additional support for student access with additional late-start courses and instructional support, $150,000.
  • Expand concurrent enrollment programs in support of Senate Bill 19 in coordination with CCSD, $150,000.
  • Address high-priority deferred maintenance projects including elevator repairs and replacement and fire safety upgrades, $900,000.

Tuition & Fees

The Board of Regents sets tuition and registration fees two years in advance, and the recommended amounts are used to determine estimated revenues for the next biennial budget. This year, the chancellor and a system-wide committee, which includes students and institution presidents, are recommending that tuition and fees for the next biennium be increased 1.8 percent each year at CSN. If enacted, that would bring the following changes for most CSN students:

CSN Tuition & Fees per credit hour 2017-18 Actual 2018-19 Actual 2019-20 Proposed 2020-21 Proposed
Lower Division $95 $98.75 $100.50 $102.25
Upper Division $155.50 $161.75 $164.75 $167.75

Non-resident tuition would increase by the same percentage.

The committee chose to recommend increasing tuition and fees to keep in line with inflation in higher education, the minimum increase allowed by Board policy. Regents are scheduled to hear the proposal at the Board’s meeting scheduled for March 1 and 2 at Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas. The Board is scheduled to vote on the proposal at its June 7 and 8 meeting at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno.

By the Numbers

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

Enrollment Information

I have received many questions about enrollment. Generally, we are flat, but there is opportunity for a bit of movement as we look at late-start classes and areas such as apprenticeship. I think the schools enrollment breakdown is interesting and provides an opportunity for discussion. As we prepare for the Nevada Promise enrollment bump anticipated in the fall 2018 term, these data points will be important to consider. Moving forward, please look for updates during all enrollment periods. Meanwhile, the following link offers a snapshot of spring enrollment through the end of late registration, January 22.

And be sure to visit the Institutional Research web page to view additional data.

Keep in mind some of it may require your active directory credentials (Canvas/GoCSN login) for access. Contact them via their web page for assistance.

Student Engagement

During the spring 2017 semester, CSN participated in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement, or CCSSE, a voluntary survey of nearly 300 community colleges across the nation. It is designed to assess institutional practices and student behaviors that are highly correlated with student learning and retention. The results are compiled into five benchmarks, each of which reflect institutional practices and student behaviors that promote student engagement: Active and Collaborative Learning; Student Effort; Academic Challenge; Student-Faculty Interaction; and, Support for Learners.

The table below shows CSN’s scores for each of the benchmarks, compared to other community colleges our size, as well as the entire CCSSE cohort. While these aggregate data generally show what we’re doing well and where we can improve, there is much more detail in the disaggregated data. Please refer to the Institutional Research website for more details in the coming days, and stay tuned for opportunities to come together to discuss these results.

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CSN Facilities

Student Union Update

So much is happening with the development of our new student unions that our Facilities Management team will be holding events on all three campuses this month to showcase what’s to come. Sherri Payne and her team will have presentation drawings, models of the facilities and even a virtual reality system that allows you to “see” inside the buildings as if they were already in place. Please consider attending one of the meetings:

  • Henderson Campus: 9 a.m. to noon, February 7, C Building lobby
  • Charleston Campus: 9 a.m. to noon, February 14, B Building lobby
  • North Las Vegas Campus: 9 a.m. to noon, February 21, June Whitley Student Lounge

For more, including photos, visit the CSN Newsroom.

HVAC Program on the Move

Renovations are underway at the Western High Tech Center. You might remember that we are bringing our entire heating, ventilation, air condition and refrigeration program to the center rather than being housed on both our Henderson and North Las Vegas campuses. Because of the construction, the center will be closed during the spring and summer semesters, with the exception of faculty offices and the Call Center. Renovations are scheduled to be completed for the fall 2018 semester.

CSN Foundation

Win a Jamba Juice Party!

Make a Difference – Support the Employee Giving Campaign with your Coyote Commitment and enter a chance to attend a Jamba Juice Party with the president!

I want to challenge each of you to support the Employee Giving Campaign with your Coyote Commitment to support our students and to make a difference in our community. As we invite businesses, community leaders, philanthropists, and alumni to support our scholarship programs and our capital campaign, one question often arises: How engaged are CSN faculty and staff in supporting CSN students? I want to be able to share that the entire CSN team supports our College! For all of you who make your Coyote Commitment, you will be entered into a drawing to attend a Jamba Juice Party I am hosting in the spring. I don’t want to party alone, so make your Coyote Commitment and join me! Be on the lookout for more details.

In Other News

Coffee & Cake

Speaking of parties, I had a wonderful time joining Dr. Richards and visiting with faculty, staff and students during our informal Coffee & Cake events last week. Dr. Richards is leaving CSN in great shape, and his legacy will remain an influential one as he enjoys his retirement. I look forward to scheduling more events where I can talk with faculty, staff and students about CSN and ways we can keep moving forward.

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

I had an amazing time joining the CSN Black Student Union and the African-American Heritage Committee at this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in downtown Las Vegas. CSN has had a presence in the parade for the last several years, and I couldn’t have been happier to join them. I’m already looking forward to next year’s parade.

Nevada Promise

Nevada Promise applicants represent a true cross section of our community – more than 5,200 students from schools all across the valley have applied and completed the required training. The next benchmark is early April – completing FAFSA and documenting 20 community service hours. Close to 1,000 mentors have signed up and completed training. Group mentoring sessions are being planned and coordinated in partnership with CCSD schools. These sessions will happen in February, March, and April. I am excited about these sessions and look forward to meeting my own mentees. We continue to recruit mentors, so this endeavor will be ongoing. Have YOU signed up to be a mentor? The opportunity is still available! Even though the state legislature provided only one-time funding for this initiative, we are looking toward meeting Nevada Promise needs of the graduating class of 2019 and will emphasize the need for the legislature to continue to fund this important opportunity.

MyCSN Single Sign-On

We have some exciting news for all MyCSN users: The days of remembering completely separate login information for MyCSN are numbered. Beginning February 17, faculty and staff will begin using the same username and password for MyCSN that they currently use for Canvas and GoCSN. All employees will use their active directory credentials (first name.last name) and their current Canvas/GoCSN password when they log in. Students will use their NSHE ID and current Canvas password to log in.

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Henderson Campus Provost/VP and Other News

Dear CSN Coyote Nation,

I am delighted to greet you today as Acting President. While the President’s Chronicle is also coming out today, I wanted to share some important updates with you.

First, I want to announce that the Henderson Provost/Vice President search was successful, and Patty Charlton has agreed to step into that important role effective today. I am grateful to the strong pool of candidates for having the courage to apply, and we intend to launch the searches for the remaining two Provost/VP posts within the month, so be on the lookout for those announcements.

Because the Henderson Provost VP role carries great responsibility in this next phase of the Henderson Campus, establishing metrics and collecting data to demonstrate the efficacy of this new Multi-campus District Model is key; thus, significant reorganization has taken place among the roles of the Vice Presidents and the President:

Henderson Campus Provost/VP – VP Charlton will oversee the daily operations and programming of the Henderson Campus and related Centers, helping to facilitate the “common student experience” at all Henderson sites; she will also serve as the “face” of CSN in the Henderson community, interacting with community leaders, government officials, business, industry, and K-12 school officials. She will continue to serve as the administrative point person for Collective Bargaining, and she will continue to lead our college-wide facilities unit, anticipating the launch of our student union construction projects and the new health sciences building.

VP Finance – VP Bailey will continue in her role with the additional responsibility of overseeing Human Resources.

VP Student Affairs – VP Chrysanthou will continue in her role with the additional responsibility of overseeing the CSN Police Department.

VPAA – Interim VPAA Cota will continue with the VPAA duties with the additional responsibilities of overseeing Institutional Research and the Office of Sponsored Projects, and she will also assume the role of Accreditation Liaison Officer.

Executive Director of Marketing and Communications – Executive Director Morgan will continue in his role with the additional responsibility of overseeing the Events Department.

President – Acting President Martin will oversee all VPs, General Counsel, Diversity, the CSN Foundation, Communications and Marketing, Government Relations, the Director of Athletics, Emergency Management, and OTS.

In the near future, we will be developing a new position that will focus on institutional effectiveness, bringing together related functions in IR, strategic planning, assessment, and resource development, so stay tuned for that announcement.

I continue to be grateful each day for the many blessings afforded to each of us and to our students at CSN. I am excited about the immediate future of this amazing college, and I call on each of you to put your shoulder to the wheel as we approach the important work ahead: Nevada Promise, the Multi-campus District Model, multiple specialized accreditations, full implementation of our CRM, continued assessment efforts, finalization of our Strategic Plan to include Institutional Learning Outcomes, implementation of block scheduling to promote completability for students – these are just a few examples of the many important initiatives that are underway, and I truly believe that together, we can accomplish great things for our students.

Make it a great day! MM


Dr. Margo Martin
Acting President

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January 2018 Chronicle

Happy New Year! This month’s Chronicle of news and information starts a new year and transitions the leadership of CSN. At the end of this month, Dr. Margo Martin formally assumes the position of acting president of CSN, and during the month, she and I will continue oversight of the college.

Presidential Transition

Dr. Martin continues to be grateful for the confidence that the Board of Regents, the chancellor, and the CSN faculty and staff have placed in her ability to lead CSN during this important transitional period.

She has pledged that CSN will continue to actively engage with our local schools, our college and university partners, and business and industry stakeholders to develop streamlined, guided pathways that lead to dual-enrollment credit, skills certificates, degrees, and gainful employment for Nevada students.

“While the search for a permanent president will be the focus of CSN in the coming months, there is much work that must continue and important initiatives that need to be fulfilled, namely the deployment of CSN’s Multi-Campus District Model, the implementation of CSN’s Common Student Experience, and preparation for CSN’s mid-cycle accreditation visit next fall,” she said. “We have a strong team of faculty, staff, and administration at CSN, and we serve amazing students. I am looking forward to working with all of you as we continue the good work that has been initiated by Dr. Richards.”

Coffee & Cake

On a related note, please join me and Dr. Martin for Coffee & Cake with the President(s) on Tuesday, January 23. There will be one on each campus that day:

  • Henderson: 9-10:30 a.m., C Building Lobby
  • North Las Vegas: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., June Whitley Student Lounge
  • Charleston: 2-3:30 p.m., D Building Lobby

First Committee Meeting

The first meeting of the Board of Regents presidential search committee and the advisory committee is scheduled for 1 p.m. January 8 in the June Whitley Student Lounge on the North Las Vegas Campus. The meeting will also be connected electronically to the Charleston Campus, Building H, Room 105, and the Henderson campus, Building C, Room 224. This is a public meeting and I encourage you all to attend.

Tuition & Fee Proposal

The Board of Regents has scheduled open forums on each of our campuses on January 25 to discuss tuition and fee changes for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. Chancellor Dr. Thom Reilly will join representatives from the institutions and student groups to discuss proposed tuition and fee increases. All are welcome to attend. Resident and non-resident tuition and fees will be under discussion. NSHE officials are soliciting feedback on the proposal, which will be presented to the Board at its March 2018 meeting and voted on at its meeting in June.

The opens forums are scheduled for Jan. 25, 2018 on each CSN campus:

  • Henderson, 9-10:30 a.m., C-133
  • Charleston, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., K-101
  • North Las Vegas, 2-3:30 p.m., A-1772

Nevada Promise

I want to offer my sincerest thanks to our Nevada Promise team for their hard work over these last several months, taking in scholarship applications, recruiting mentors and making sure the process went as smoothly as possible for everyone involved. There is much work to be done before the first crop of Nevada Promise students enroll at CSN next fall, but our team is up to the task. I also want to thank the hundreds of southern Nevadans who signed up to be mentors, including many from right here at CSN. As always, our success is a team effort.

Back-to-School News

First Day of Classes

Classes for the spring 2018 semester begin Tuesday, January 16. Remember, registration is open now, and late registration will remain open through Jan. 22.

On the first two days of the semester, we traditionally have Welcome Back Crews out on each campus to help students figure out where they are going and to assist with other problems that may come up. This semester, you will notice a slight difference. In order to better help students, we will have crew members strategically located in various parking lots around campus, rather than in front of or inside buildings. We hope to catch the students before they get lost, rather than after.

CSN Connections

In another move to more effectively help students, we are rescheduling the CSN Connections events to the third week of school, rather than right at the beginning. Those first days of school for students are often too busy for them to consider anything but getting to class on time. With CSN Connections held later, we hope that they will be settled in and ready to learn about all the services and opportunities CSN has to offer them. The events are will run from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Tuesday, January 30, Henderson Campus
  • Wednesday, January 31, North Las Vegas Campus
  • Thursday, February 1, Charleston Campus

CSN in the Community

Martin Luther King Jr. parade

Join the CSN Black Student Union and the African American Heritage Committee for the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade at 10 a.m. January 15 in downtown Las Vegas. CSN has participated in this parade for the last several years now.

Information Session

There will be an information session for students looking to learn more about CSN from 3-5 p.m. Jan. 9 on the Charleston Campus, B-102. Topics to be covered include what makes CSN unique, an overview of our programs and support services, and financial aid. Pass the word along.

Congratulations Professor Burton!

Please join me in congratulating Professor Scott Burton, who was recently appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to serve on the Nevada Sentencing Commission. The Commission, created last year by the Nevada Legislature, is charged with developing policy recommendations and best practices related to criminal sentencing in order to reduce recidivism and promote education, vocational training, and rehabilitation for criminal offenders.

CSN Foundation

Make Your Coyote Commitment

As you know, the employee giving campaign is ongoing until Feb. 23. Participants will receive a special pin and will be entered to win exciting raffle prizes. Look for more information about these opportunities after the holidays. Go to to find out how you can make your Coyote Commitment. Remember that contributions to what’s called the ‘unrestricted fund’ are used to support CSN events or activities, including the annual Science & Technology Expo and general scholarships for low-income students.

Free event to learn how to plan your legacy

Join Vegas PBS and the CSN Foundation on Jan. 24, from noon to 2 p.m. to learn about establishing wills and trusts, the benefits of planned giving and how to protect your legacy. We’ll also discuss the administration of trusts. This complimentary seminar will be led by Vegas PBS Planned Giving Council members and Estate Attorney Robert L. Bolick and Trust Officer Mark Dreschler. Bolick will provide important information about drafting a will and setting up a trust and how to avoid problems that can arise without proper planning. He will also explain how you determine if a will or trust is right for you. Dreschler of Premier Trust will highlight the fiduciary responsibilities of an executor and/or successor trustee as it relates to the after life administration of your affairs. Lunch will be provided (must register) and questions are encouraged! For more information, click here. To register, contact Lana at 702.799.1010 x5577 or at to reserve your complimentary seat today!


As I reflect on these past years as president of CSN and prepare this note of farewell, it is hard to find the words to convey all I feel about this wonderful institution. I think of the special moments, milestone events and, most importantly, the extraordinary people I met along the way — on our campuses, at our learning centers, and throughout the community. I extend to each of you my deepest thanks for your support and encouragement during my tenure as president. My fondness for the college and for you will ever remind me of this marvelous institution and its thoughtful, passionate and courageous faculty, staff, and students. Thank you for allowing me to serve.



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December 2017 Chronicle

Greetings, colleagues. As we move toward the end of another semester, I have a few important news and event announcements to share. As always, it is an incredibly busy time at CSN, and I can’t thank you enough for your hard work and dedication.

CSN Will Have a New Acting President

Dr. Margo Martin

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Margo Martin on her appointment by the NSHE Board of Regents as CSN’s acting president, to take effect after my retirement in January. Since joining CSN in June as the college’s vice president of academic affairs, Dr. Martin has made an impression on both the CSN community and the state’s higher education leaders. She brings 25 years of experience in higher education to CSN. Her invaluable knowledge and experience will help guide the college as the Board conducts a national search for a permanent president.

Welcome Dr. Lisandra De Jesus

Dr. Lisandra De Jesus

Dr. Lisandra De Jesus has joined us as our new interim associate vice president, student services. She has over 17 years of experience in higher education, most recently as dean of student services at Albany Technical College. Please join me in welcoming her to our student affairs team.

Promise Mentors Needed

We are nearing the final push in our effort to get 1,500 people signed up to be mentors to our Nevada Promise students. CSN received more than 9,000 applications for the new scholarship, which pays all mandatory tuition and fees for qualified students, a true game-changer for Nevada. Among the requirements for those who receive the scholarship are community service and mentoring components. To learn more about becoming a mentor, visit

Student Union Artist Renderings

Plans for our new student union buildings are coming along nicely. Click here for more renderings. As you may recall, we’ll build a 25,000-square-foot facility on each campus, each with the same design to streamline costs. Each will also include site work for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.  We anticipate a groundbreaking celebration this spring, with a grand opening set for fall 2019.

International Week

The Comprehensive Internationalization Committee, along with the Office of Inclusive Learning and Engagement, hosted this year’s Ambassador’s Day. This annual event is an opportunity for the college community to come together and virtually travel around the world interacting with different cultures at each exhibit. More than 330 students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to taste food from around the world.

Ombuds Forum

CSN’s Office of the Ombudsperson is holding an Open Forum from 10-11:30 a.m. December 8 on the Charleston Campus, K-101. Please join ombuds Jennifer Basquiat and Mark Rauls to address concerns, identify problems, and work toward solutions to make CSN a more productive and inclusive community. Vice President for Academic Affairs Margo Martin will also be in attendance to facilitate open communication with faculty.

Higher Ed Night at the Magical Forest

You and a guest are invited to join in the Grand Lobby at Opportunity Village’s Magical Forest for a private reception to honor CSN. Those planning to attend must RSVP by Monday, Dec. 4, by calling Christina at 702-880-4075. Attendees must then print and bring this flier at this link to be scanned for entry. Contact Christina at Opportunity Village for more information.

News From the CSN Foundation






Comprehensive Campaign Soft Launch   

CSN Foundation Board of Trustees Chair John Hester welcomes guests to the 2021 CSN Challenge Summit on Nov. 2 at the Springs Preserve.

On Nov. 2, the CSN Foundation held a breakfast at the Springs Preserve to kick off a comprehensive campaign to raise funds for scholarships, athletics and academic programs. The event was well attended with over 70 business and community leaders and also served to kick off our campaign to recruit mentors for the Nevada Promise Scholarship Program. We’re calling this the 2021 CSN Challenge. Our goal is to recruit mentors and raise $5 million by our fiftieth anniversary in 2021. One of my favorite ideas about this campaign is to raise funds for our students in the growing number of bachelor degree programs at CSN.

Wilma E. Motley Scholarship Endowment

Wilma E. Motley

This month, a new scholarship endowment was created for fourth year dental hygiene students. The Wilma E. Motley Endowment is named in honor of the recognized leader in dental hygiene who passed away in 2005. Mrs. Motley was a faculty member at the University Southern California in dental hygiene. She wrote two key textbooks for the discipline, on ethics and the history of dental hygiene. She served on numerous boards and received many recognitions, one of which was the rare distinction of appointment as an honorary member of the American Dental Association. We are proud to have this endowment named after such an important figure in this field and cannot wait for our students to learn more about her.

Employee Giving Campaign

The Foundation also launched an employee giving campaign called The Coyote Commitment. You can choose to make a monthly donation through payroll deductions for as little as $10 a month. Contact the CSN Foundation at for more information or to get started.

Questions and Answers

 Is the Faculty & Staff softball game scheduled for December 2 replacing the Hungry Games?

No, it is a softball game only that was put together by faculty and staff for the faculty and staff. The Hungry Games will still happen, but will be moved to the spring semester this year.

I understand there’s a new process for scheduling events. How will that work?

CSN’s new Events Management Office was established to make event planning more efficient and ensure your events are more effective. The office is the central place for coordinating, planning and hosting events at CSN. Please visit the new website at to learn more about event guidelines and procedures. Instructions for requesting space are on the website. For more information, please call 702-651-3590 or email

Representatives of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators were on campus recently to solicit feedback and opinions from the CSN community on a possible consolidation of southern Nevada higher education police departments, including CSN’s. When can we expect to see the results of their visit?

The Board of Regents has been studying whether consolidation of law enforcement services might save the system some money while maintaining the level of safety and security we have all become accustomed to. As part of that process, the IACLEA representatives visited the higher education institutions in southern Nevada, including CSN, to hear our questions and concerns. The group is expected to issue its report to the Board in the spring. We will keep you updated as we hear more.

A note on the new Chronicle format

I hope my monthly Chronicles are an important part of how you stay informed about what is happening at and around CSN. We are always trying to make communication more effective and efficient. To that end, we have created this new format with the entire content of the Chronicle embedded in your email. We hope this will make the Chronicle more user friendly and easier to navigate.




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November 2017 Chronicle

Greetings, Colleagues! I have many updates and events to share with you in this month’s Chronicle. In addition to information about ongoing initiatives, this edition includes the exciting return of a cherished event, as well as some good news from around the college.

Searching for CSN’s Next President

Nov. 3

I again encourage all of you to have your voice heard in the search for this college’s next president. That process, led by the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents, has already begun. Chancellor Thom Reilly and Vice Chair Jason Geddes will hold a series of open meetings on Nov. 3 on all three of our campuses. Please click here for details. The Board will have two options. They could appoint an acting president, someone who would act as a caretaker while a national search for a new president is conducted. Or the Board could appoint an interim president, who may be recommended to serve in a permanent capacity. Please attend one of the meetings and let the Board members know your thoughts.

Our Strong Community

The everlasting effects of the terrible Oct. 1 shooting on the Las Vegas Strip continue to reverberate throughout our community. Through the hardship, we have seen the people who call southern Nevada home come together in almost unprecedented ways. Whether it is stories of our community members donating millions of dollars or anonymously performing heroics acts in the face of danger, nothing could make me prouder to call southern Nevada my home.

Nevada Promise Scholarship’s Popularity

We have had such an incredible response to the new Nevada Promise Scholarship that we now need just as much enthusiasm from community members who want to help guide those CSN students through college. The scholarship, which pays all mandatory tuition and fees for qualified CSN students once other forms of financial aid have been exhausted, requires students to meet with a mentor to help them succeed. We need hundreds of mentors for the thousands of students who’ve applied for the scholarship. For more information, and a link to the mentor application, please visit Thank you for your continued support of CSN and our students.

Notes on the Next State Budget

I intend to make compensation for faculty and staff CSN’s top priority in the next legislative session. Between now and the end of this academic year a salary study will be conducted to provide data on the issue. CSN has taken the position for the last several sessions that compensation must be number one.

In addition, we are seeking a tweak of the funding formula to put more weight on courses that train the future generation of health care workers, a critical field for both Nevada and CSN.

On the capital side of the budget, we will be requesting the money to construct the new Health and Science Building on our Henderson Campus that we will share with Nevada State College. We expect to ask for approximately $35-40 million for that construction. We are very optimistic and excited about this new building. Once it is operational, it will change the nature of the institution, particularly in Henderson.

Another capital project that we are very excited about is the construction of our three new student unions. Plans are currently being drafted for three identical buildings, one for each campus. Groundbreaking is expected to take place this spring, with a fall 2019 opening date.

Salary Studies

It’s easy to be confused about salary studies. People are unsure who does them, what they mean, when they will be done. I hope to clarify that here.

CSN compares and adjusts the salaries of academic faculty within the institution based on experience and education. This is not compared with other institutions. This plan is to be agreed upon by the Faculty Senate and the president, and is also being discussed within collective bargaining.

NSHE reviews and updates salary schedules across the system. This information is compared with other institutions. The chancellor’s office conducts this portion, with the assistance of presidents and faculty. One faculty member and one administrator per institution is a representative. For CSN, that is Chuck Milne and Patty Charlton. This is done every four years, and the latest one is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Finally, the state Legislature will be conducting an interim study about affordability and college salaries across NSHE. Each institution will submit the name of one faculty member and one student to assist. Those people have not yet been selected. This is done once, and is expected to start in 2018.

I hope that helps.

CSN Foundation Bash for Education 

Mark your calendars! The CSN Foundation will hold a gala April 7 at the Rio Hotel & Casino to help raise funds for the college and our health and science building. This is our first gala in several years and there will be a discounted ticket price for faculty and staff. We hope you will save the date and plan to join us.

Comprehensive Campaign and the Coyote Commitment

The Foundation will also soon be kicking off a comprehensive campaign to increase engagement from the community and within CSN. We are calling it the 2021 CSN Challenge, which provides a way for anyone, regardless of income, to get involved in their community’s college. We are asking for support to help recruit 750 mentors to work with our Nevada Promise scholars and raise $5 million by the college’s 50th anniversary in 2021. In early November, we will do a soft launch of this campaign at the Springs Preserve with the business community. We will do a parallel campaign among employees, starting Nov. 28, which is also #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by social media. The CSN Foundation will ask you to make a Coyote Commitment, through a small monthly payroll deduction that will have a big, collective impact. Through a committee process, we intend to also give you a say in how your contributions will be put to work in support of our students and programs. You will hear more about this campaign in the near future.

Red Rock Review Celebrates 40th Issue

Felini-Canino, by KD Matheson

The Red Rock Review literary journal recently published its 40th issue! Renowned artist and Las Vegas local KD Matheson allowed the use of his painting “Felino-Canino” for the cover. CSN English Professor and the journal’s editor in chief Erica Vital-Lazare describes the painting as one that helps portray the duality of light and dark in the special issue. The journal was created just over 20 years ago by a group of CSN professors and it has been flourishing ever since. Please join me in congratulating Vital-Lazare and everyone involved in its production over the last two decades. What an accomplishment!

College Camp

On Friday, October 13th, CSN’s Latino Alliance hosted College Camp, an event designed to give high school seniors a firsthand glimpse of college. This year approximately 188 students from CCSD’s JAG Program participated in the camp. Students had the opportunity to participate in mini college sessions, which were led by CSN faculty, including Nursing, EMT, Psychology, Latin Studies, and ALS. The high school seniors were also informed about CSN’s admission process and were encouraged to complete the Nevada Promise scholarship application. Students received encouraging words from Senior Vice President Patty Charlton, ASCSN Senator Yvanna Cancela, Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates Board Member and AT&T External Affairs Director Sandra Douglass Morgan and CSN alumnus and former student body president State Assemblyman William McCurdy.

The Common Student Experience

Each month we continue working on establishing a Common Student Experience at all our campuses for CSN students. Through the transition from a multi-campus college to a multi-campus college district we will more effectively serve our students. I expect that the next president will appoint provosts to oversee the Henderson, Charleston and North Las Vegas campuses. We have already secured funding for those positions. The provosts will have the same rank as the vice presidents and will report directly to the president. Some operations will be decentralized, while others will remain much as they are. A critical goal is to allow students to take all of their core courses on any campus; some will be able to finish their entire degrees on one campus. We will also establish Centers of Excellence on each campus, focused on specialized areas, such as nursing, cybersecurity or public safety. In the long run, as CSN establishes campuses in Northwest Las Vegas and, hopefully, the southwest part of town, the governing structure will be much more adaptable than the one currently in place. And remember, we have posted a series of FAQs at

Congratulations Coyotes!

CSN’s Men’s Coyotes soccer team had a great regular season, taking the Scenic West Athletic Conference title. Congratulations! What an accomplishment for a team in only its second year of existence. Although they lost in the tournament, they had a great season and team members should be proud of their accomplishment.

Important Dates

Spring 2018 Registration

Nov. 1

Spring 2018 Priority registration for current CSN students starts this Wednesday, Nov. 1, and open enrollment for new students begins Nov. 21.

Veterans Events

Nov. 9

The CSN Military & Veterans Alliance will once again host the Fallen Comrade Table Ceremony. Please join them at 11:11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, for a remembrance of military members who gave the ultimate sacrifice. There will be a table to honor service members, where families and friends can place their photos during the ceremony. For more information call 702-651-5060.

Nov. 11

In addition, the CSN Military & Veterans Alliance and the CSN Office of Inclusive Learning and Engagement invite all CSN students, faculty, staff and community members to join them for the Las Vegas Veterans Day Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. Let’s show our veterans the support they deserve.




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