The MGM Foundation Awards CSN to Support the Nevada Promise Program

For Immediate Release:

Contact: K.C. Brekken, CSN Foundation Executive Director, 702-651-7535 or kc.brekken@csn.edu

The MGM Foundation award will support the tuition-free, last dollar scholarship at CSN.

LAS VEGAS, March 9, 2018 – College of Southern Nevada Acting President Margo Martin announced Friday that the MGM Foundation has awarded CSN’s Promise Program $80,000 to support the implementation of the tuition-free scholarship at the college and provide low-income Promise scholars with dollars for textbooks.

“We are incredibly grateful to the employees at MGM Resorts International and the MGM Foundation for their support of this important program. They are our Promise champions,” Martin said. “This award is critical to ensuring that CSN can successfully implement this scholarship and expand the college-going pipeline in Southern Nevada.”

The CSN Foundation submitted a proposal to the MGM Foundation’s Community Grant Fund competition this fall. The grant will help pay for background checks for mentors, a new online program to facilitate mentor-mentee interactions and textbooks for low-income students who receive the Promise scholarship this fall.

“We believe education bridges the divide between poverty and progress in America,” said Shelley Gitomer, Vice President of Philanthropy & Community Engagement for MGM Resorts International. “We are proud to help the Nevada Promise Program succeed in its inaugural year.”

The 2017 Legislature created the new Nevada Promise Scholarship Program, which allows any high school senior an opportunity to obtain tuition-free college at any of the state’s public two-year institutions. To earn the scholarship, students must apply and then complete two college trainings, 20 hours of community service, the federal financial aid application and meet with a mentor before May 1 of their senior year, among other requirements once at CSN. Lawmakers approved $3.5 million to cover eligible Promise recipients’ tuition and fees, minus any other financial aid they receive. However, it did not provide dollars for colleges to implement the program and required activities in the legislation including background checks for the mentors can be costly.

“Mentors are key to the success of Promise scholars. With this award, we will be able to purchase a new cloud-based software program that will allow our volunteer mentors to engage their Promise scholars once they are at CSN in a monitored online environment,” said Maria Marinch, CSN’s Executive Director of Inclusive Learning and Engagement. “That way, even when they cannot meet with their students in person, they can use this platform to regularly check in on their students to ensure they’re staying on track.”

The program is expected to increase the college-going rate of high school graduates and the number of federal financial aid dollars coming into Nevada to pay for postsecondary education and workforce training. In Southern Nevada, more than 5,200 high school seniors are working to obtain their Promise scholarships to attend CSN this fall as part of the first cohort of Nevada Promise scholars.

About the CSN Foundation:

Founded in 1971, the College of Southern Nevada is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. CSN is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and specializes in two-year degrees and workforce development that lead directly to high-demand careers or transfer to a university. It also offers four bachelor’s degrees in specialized fields and is the state’s largest provider of adult basic education and literacy training. CSN is a Minority Serving Institution and Nevada’s first Hispanic Serving Institution.

The CSN Foundation supports the strategic initiatives for CSN by raising funds for facilities and capital improvements, scholarships, educational programs and faculty requirements.

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CSN Foundation to Present Three Community Awards at Gala

 

 

The CSN Blooming in Blue Gala will help raise funds for the new health and science building at   Henderson Campus.

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 28, 2018 – The College of Southern Nevada Foundation is proud to announce the return of its fundraising gala on April 7 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and the honorees who will be celebrated.

The gala, the Foundation’s first in four years, will help raise funds for the new health and science building proposed for construction at the CSN Henderson Campus. The facility, which CSN will share with Nevada State College, will allow both institutions to expand their nursing and other medical-related training programs to meet the growing demand in Southern Nevada for more healthcare professionals.

The theme of the event is ‘Blooming in Blue’ to convey Southern Nevada’s expanding and enhanced progress in economic and community development, of which CSN’s more than 60,000 students play a significant role each year.

At the gala, the CSN Foundation Board of Trustees will present three awards:

Community Achievement Award
Rossi Ralenkotter
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO

The CSN Foundation has selected Rossi Ralenkotter to receive its Community Achievement Award to honor his continuous work in developing Southern Nevada’s post-recession economy, strengthening our valley’s international prowess in hospitality and customer service, building a market for medical tourism and more.

Community Education Award
Switch
The CSN Foundation has selected Switch to receive its Community Education Award to honor the innovative company for its work to promote STEAM education in Southern Nevada. Officials throughout the company regularly engage with students at CSN and other Nevada education institutions to show how science, technology, engineering, arts and math can lead to exciting, high-demand and high-value careers.

 Community Hero Award
First Responders, as represented by CSN alumni
The CSN Foundation has selected first responders to receive its Community Hero Award for the bravery and highly skilled response to crisis that these individuals have demonstrated. CSN will present a group of CSN alumni nurses, EMTs, police officers and firefighters that were involved in the Oct. 1 response with the Community Hero Award to honor all first-responders for their courage and commitment to the health, safety and wellness of this community.

2017-18 CSN Foundation Board of Trustees
John Hester, Chair, Southwest Gas; Terry Shirey, Vice Chair, Nevada State Bank; Matthew Frazier, Secretary, John C. Kish Foundation; Jeffrey Cooper, Treasurer, Bradshaw, Smith & Co.; Patricia Gilliano, Spring Valley Hospital & Medical Center; Ken Goodrich, Red Falcon Equity; Chuck Johnston, B&P Advertising; Joe Lotito, Trade Consulting; Seth Maurer, CORE; Melissa Meacham-Grossman, ESPN; Daniel J. Minella, DynTek; Paul Moffat, Arista Wealth Management; Edgar Patino, NVEnergy; Mike Purtill, Tate Snyder Kimsey Architects; Reed Radosevich, Northern Trust; Melissa Walker, Dignity Health; James York, Valley Bank; and Missy Young, Switch

About the CSN Foundation:

The mission of the CSN Foundation is to support the strategic initiatives for the College of Southern Nevada by raising funds for facilities and capital improvements, scholarships, educational programs and faculty requirements.

The CSN Foundation is grateful to Blooming in Blue Major Sponsors:

Breakthru Beverage Group
Ellucian
Encore
John C. Kish Foundation
Switch
CORE
MGM Resorts International
Northern Trust
Rubrik Inc.
Southwest Gas
Arista Wealth Management
Schneider Electric
Valley Bank of Nevada
WG Communications
B&P Advertising
R&R Partners

CSN Career Fairs Connect Employers and Job Hunters

 

 

Students and the public can showcase job skills to dozens of recruiters at the events

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 21, 2018 – The College of Southern Nevada will soon host its Spring 2018 Career Fairs, where dozens of employers will tap the local talent pool to fill hundreds of job opportunities and internships.

The first of the events is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. February 28 in the June Whitley Student Lounge on CSN’s North Las Vegas Campus. A second Career Fair is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17 in the Paul E. Meacham Student Services Building lobby on the college’s Charleston Campus. The events are free and open to the public.

The open forum of the Career Fairs allows applicants to meet recruiters, learn about job openings and gather employment information. Applicants should dress in interview attire, bring resumes and be prepared for interviews.

“The Spring Career Fairs offer our students and other job seekers a chance to meet potential employers face to face,” said Bradford Glover, director of Career Services & Reentry at CSN. “These are great networking opportunities. They’re also an excellent way for job seekers to learn more about potential employers. Recruiters will be on hand to provide detailed information about their organizations and the jobs available.”

The wide array of organizations planning to attend include Boyd Gaming, the Clark County Fire Department, Lowe’s, MGM Resorts International, Station Casinos, TESLA, UPS, the YMCA of Southern Nevada and many more. For more information or to host an employer booth, contact CSN Career Services, 702-651-4700.

Engelstad Family Foundation Announces Major Matching Gift for CSN & Nevada State Health & Science Building

Kris Engelstad McGarry announces first major gift for the project in support of training more nurses, EMTs and other healthcare professionals.

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 9, 2018 – The Engelstad Family Foundation announced the first major gift of $3 million for the proposed CSN & Nevada State Health & Science Building. The gift is a match intended to help the colleges raise another $3 million from the community before the start of the next legislative session.

“There is a huge need for quality and caring healthcare professionals and we must have the infrastructure necessary to train Southern Nevadans for these critical positions,” said Kris Engelstad McGarry, trustee of the Engelstad Family Foundation. “We will all benefit from the additional nurses, EMTs and other medical professionals who will be trained in this building and so I urge our community to stand with us to support this project.”

CSN and Nevada State proposed the facility in 2017 to the Nevada Legislature to expand training for nurses, EMTs and other healthcare professionals needed to alleviate a critical healthcare workforce shortage. The Legislature responded by allocating planning funds for the 70,000-square-foot facility to be located at the CSN Henderson Campus, just a few miles down the road from Nevada State. The two institutions will go to the Nevada Legislature to ask for the remaining construction funds in 2019.

“Nevada State College is one of the fastest growing colleges in the nation and our BSN in Nursing is the largest program in Nevada. We are proud to partner with CSN on this project that is critical to expanding our allied health programs,” said Bart Patterson, president of Nevada State College. “We want to recognize the Engelstad Family Foundation for their meaningful contribution to grow our capacity in the health care profession.”

“We must show lawmakers in 2019 that we have community support for this building and the Engelstad Family Foundation’s generous gift is the catalyst we need to rally Southern Nevadans to this cause,” said CSN Acting President Margo Martin. “We are honored and grateful to the Engelstads for embracing this project and for their visionary leadership in the field of healthcare.”

The Engelstad’s gift announcement kicked off the CSN and Nevada State foundations’ joint capital campaign to raise private dollars in support of the building. A lack of existing lab space at both colleges has hindered their ability to expand health science programs in response to the growing number of job openings in the field and the new building is critical to increasing the number of students they can train.

About the CSN Foundation:

The mission of the CSN Foundation is to support the strategic initiatives for the College of Southern Nevada by raising funds for facilities and capital improvements, scholarships, educational programs and faculty requirements.

About the Nevada State Foundation:

The Nevada State College Foundation was established in 2001 to encourage and promote the growth and improvement of Nevada State College, and to receive and administer private gifts provided to the College.

CSN & Nevada State Announce Health & Science Building Campaign Kickoff & Healthcare Workforce Summit

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 6, 2018 – Join the College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College for the kickoff of an unprecedented partnership at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, at Nevada State.

In 2017, the Nevada Legislature provided $5 million to the Nevada System of Higher Education to plan a health and science building to help both CSN and Nevada State expand healthcare training programs vital to the region’s expanding medical needs. The two colleges must seek construction funds during the next legislative session to build the $43-million, 70,000-square-foot building. Although the project has been a major priority for local and state policymakers, the facility’s future is uncertain, whereas it will compete with a number of other public works projects.

The kickoff will feature a presentation on the healthcare workforce from the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance as well as a major announcement that will launch the colleges’ efforts to secure community support for the building.

CSN & Nevada State Health & Science Building Campaign Kick-Off
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
1 p.m. Networking
1:30 p.m. Program Begins
Nevada State College
Rogers Student Center Ballroom
1300 Nevada State Dr., Henderson NV 89002

Contact: K.C. Brekken, CSN Foundation Executive Director, LAS

About the CSN Foundation:

The mission of the CSN Foundation is to support the strategic initiatives for the College of Southern Nevada by raising funds for facilities and capital improvements, scholarships, educational programs and faculty requirements.

About the Nevada State Foundation:

The Nevada State College Foundation was established in 2001 to encourage and promote the growth and improvement of Nevada State College, and to receive and administer private gifts provided to the College.

For directions to the Main Campus of Nevada State College, visit http://nsc.edu/about/our-campus/directions-and-maps/index.aspx  

 

Meet CSN Acting President Dr. Margo L. Martin

Growing up in Humble, Texas, an oil town of just a few thousand people on the outskirts of Houston, Margo Martin learned early on that there were essentially two kinds of people: The haves, and the have nots.

She was a have not, and she knew there was a way out.

“Education,” she said, “was my ticket.”

CSN Acting President Dr. Margo Martin

She wasn’t sure how, but she knew she would go to college one day. She immersed herself in her studies in high school, got involved in the band, the student newspaper, the yearbook club, the science club, anything and everything.

By the time she graduated, she’d earned a full scholarship to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, a two-hour car ride up the freeway. That’s where she decided she was going to be a high school teacher. She just loved the classroom so much.

She got bachelor’s degrees in English and Earth Science, stuck around to get her master’s degree in English, cancelled an overseas trip at the last minute and found herself with a bunch of time on her hands. She’d been looking at grad schools in Florida, so when the opportunity to move to Jacksonville presented itself, she figured why not?

The job market was tough, though, and she had some student loan debt to take care of, so she took some non-academic gigs, working in telemarketing and in a retail sporting goods store, for example.

When it became clear that wasn’t where she was supposed to be, she went back to Texas, where she worked with at-risk kids in a program at the university she’d attended. She taught these kids, tutored them at night and on the weekends, and was absolutely thrilled to be back in a classroom. Which is why, when the community college in Jacksonville called with an offer to teach a single 8 a.m. Monday-Wednesday-Friday Comp 101 class, she hit the road and didn’t look back. She gave Jacksonville a second chance.

That one class led to a couple more, which led to a job in the writing lab and more part-time teaching, which, two and a half years later, led to a full-time faculty job. Martin was in heaven.

Until an administration position enticed her away, and she realized she really liked it, and she was good at it, and she kept moving up the admin hierarchy, and she soon discovered that you could actually do a lot of good this way.

Because that’s what her goal has always been, to change lives.

Along the way, she earned her doctorate degree, remained with her partner, Kathy, for 23 years so far, attended the League for Innovation’s Executive Leadership Institute and other leadership academies, and immersed herself in the community.

She believes she can do a better job as a leader if she leaves the office, so when she arrived at CSN last year as the vice president for academic affairs, she immediately became involved in the community.

She goes to pinning ceremonies and pride parades and student forums and luncheons and art gallery openings, you name it, and she sees it. She sees the difference an education makes, a good education, and she wants to make the education offered at CSN even better than it is.

“I just feel like I’m supposed to be here right now,” she said.

It was an honor when she was asked to become the college’s acting president. She will use the position, as always, to make sure an education is always accessible to those who need it most.

Come “See” CSN’s Student Unions

It’s finally happening! CSN’s student unions are getting closer and closer to reality

An architect and a contractor have been hired, the design phase is well underway, and it looks like groundbreakings will happen on all three campuses this summer, with the grand openings set for the fall 2019 semester.

CSN student government representatives met with facilities management staff recently to learn about the new student unions.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Sherri Payne, senior associate vice president for facilities management, and her team have scheduled events on all three campuses this month to showcase what’s to come. They’ll 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 real.

“You look around and it’s like you’re in the room,” Payne said. “You’ll see what the buildings will actually look like.”

Make sure to come by 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

The buildings, each about 25,000 square feet, will be virtually identical, one on each campus.

In Henderson, it will be behind the C building along Heather Drive, between the temporary parking lot and the baseball field. That parking lot will be made larger and become permanent, too.

In North Las Vegas, the union will be just outside the A building, while at Charleston it will be between the C and I buildings. Because of the loss of critical parking spaces on the Charleston Campus, the modulars near the police department will be moved and that area will be paved.

Each union will have a food court, large and small meeting rooms, study space, courtyards, student government offices, advising offices, a multicultural center and sitting areas.

CSN Classes Start Tuesday

Students still have time to register for the spring 2018 semester

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 12, 2018 – More than 30,000 college students will converge on the College of Southern Nevada’s three campuses this week as classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 16 for the spring 2018 semester.

CSN will have teams of people on each campus to help new students find where they need to go and connect them with whatever student services they may need. This Welcome Back Crew has become a semi-annual tradition at the college, the largest and most diverse higher education institution in Nevada.

“I am excited about the new year and the start of another semester,” said Margo Martin, CSN’s vice president of academic affairs. Members of the media are welcome on campus any time to talk to students about the new semester.

Students have until the end of the day on Jan. 22 to register for classes.

What:             First day of classes at CSN

When:             Tuesday, January 16

Where:            Campuses in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Henderson

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