Student Resources

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a variety of free and confidential psychological services to assist students with their emotional, relational and behavior growth.  https://www.csn.edu/caps
  • The Disability Resource Center (DRC) provides support for students with an approved accommodation. 
  • Our Campus Life Offices have several support resources available to students.  https://www.csn.edu/campus-life:  
    • Cody’s Locker provides resources to students enrolled in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to support students requiring supporting materials. 
    • Coyote Closet located at the Charleston Campus includes clothing items  to assist students as needed.  
    • Coyote Cupboard located in the CSN Student Unions provide student faculty and staff members with non-perishable food items and hygiene products.  Appointments for pick-up or items and curbside services are available.   https://www.csn.edu/coyote-cupboard
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AFA Employee of the Month- November 2021- Dr. Karen Violanti

Dr. Karen Violanti is the current Director for First Year Experience (FYE) & Student Success Initiatives, the Interim Director for the Career & Transfer Services Office, and works with the GEAR UP and Full STEM Ahead Award Program grants.

Karen has been in the FYE field since early 2000 with the launch of multiple FYE programs throughout the country. Karen was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and moved to Las Vegas in June of 2019. Karen is excited to be a part of the CSN community and continuing to build and grow the “FYE” for new to CSN students!


The Administrative Faculty Assembly would like to help you recognize the contributions of administrative and professional faculty at the College of Southern Nevada. If you know any administrative or professional faculty that you feel deserves to be recognized, please take a moment to fill out a short online nomination form.

Please direct any questions to the AFA Recognition Committee Chair, Leanita Hughes leanita.hughes@csn.edu.

More information about the AFA, the Administrative Faculty Employee of the Month, and a list of previous recipients can be found on our website: https://at.csn.edu/administrative-faculty-assembly-afa.

Nomination forms are due on the 15th of each month. It takes just a moment; please help recognize a hard-working colleague today! Please use this link https://forms.office.com/r/5AJyL8EtRw to nominate. Thank you for helping to recognize the great work done by your friends and colleagues.

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Classified Employee of the Month- January 2022- Amanda Mack

Amanda Mack is a Custodial Specialist in the Facilities department on the North Las Vegas campus. Mack embodies the CSN Students First philosophy in her role by continually developing her knowledge and skills to become an expert in her role. She is known for a positive attitude and infectious enthusiasm for a job well done.  

“Over the years, Amanda Mack has worked very hard to understand our department rules, guidelines and equipment to get all the necessary training needed to be successful,” wrote Daniel Gonzalez. “Appreciation for her work extends well beyond our department and her team has absolute confidence in her abilities.”  

Mack has been a part of the CSN family for 14 years and is known for her professionalism and her colleagues describe her as exceptionally reliable. “Amanda consistently follows department rules and policies all the while prioritizing tasks and helping teammates,” wrote Gonzalez.  

Mack has amassed a collection of letters of gratitude for such events as CSN Connections, Graduation, CSN Technology expositions and numerous galas. “We are proud to have Amanda on this team,” wrote Gonzalez.  

If you would like to nominate someone for CEOM, please submit the Nomination Form to Connie Jo Harris by JANUARY 24. During telecommuting, please submit the Nomination Form to Connie.Harris@csn.edu. Do not send through interoffice mail. Thank you. 

Connie.Harris@csn.edu.  

The Classified Employee of the Month will receive $200, a certificate, a designated parking spot (when we return to campus) and be recognized on a plaque at all three campuses. 

The purpose of this award is to recognize exceptional classified employees who stand out among the many employees that consistently perform at a high level. Please nominate those individuals that are thriving in the work at home environment. 

Ranking and selection by the council members is “blind.” The employee name and work area on the nomination form will be hidden from the council, thus we are asking for the nominator’s cooperation in not mentioning names and work areas in the narrative, when possible. Nominees who are not selected as the CEOM, will be considered for two additional months. As the recipient of the nomination forms, I do not participate in the rating of nominees. 

January 2022 Classified Employee of the Month- Amanda Mack

  

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CSN Seeks Mentors for Nevada Promise Scholarship Recipients

CSN is seeking mentors of all backgrounds who are willing to give 3-5 hours each semester to guide the future of Nevada, our youth. Mentors must be 21 years of age, willing to provide information to conduct a criminal history report and complete a brief mandatory online training.  

Learn how to become a mentor, the process to apply, program requirements and important deadlines at one of the upcoming information sessions: 

January 14, 2022   

Time: Noon – 1 p.m.  

Location: Online via MS Teams (Link will be sent 24-48 hours prior to event)  

January 25, 2022   

Time Noon – 1 p.m. 

Location: Online via MS Teams (Link will be sent 24-48 hours prior to event)  

February 15, 2022   

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.  

Location: Online via MS Teams (Link will be sent 24-48 hours prior to event)  

February 22, 2022   

Time: 5 – 6 pm  

Location: Online via MS Teams (Link will be sent 24-48 hours prior to event)  

February 24, 2022   

Time: Noon – 1 pm  

Location: Online via MS Teams (Link will be sent 24-48 hours prior to event)  

   

Questions? 

Contact Hillary Butrico at Hillary.Butrico@csn.edu, 702-651-4961 or visit csn.edu/promise.  

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Administrative Faculty Employee of the Month- December 2021- Summer Watson

Summer Watson is currently a Senior Specialist on the Salary Administration team in Human Resources. She has worked at CSN for five years. She started as a Student Worker and later occupied Classified and Administrative positions within HR. Watson is also a CSN and UNLV graduate who strives to utilize her knowledge and experience to help provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for both students and employees. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and most importantly, her two cats.

Congratulations Summer!

The Administrative Faculty Assembly would like to help you recognize the contributions of administrative and professional faculty at the College of Southern Nevada. If you know any administrative or professional faculty that you feel deserves to be recognized, please take a moment to fill out a short online nomination form. Please direct any questions to the AFA Recognition Committee Chair, Leanita Hughes leanita.hughes@csn.edu.

More information about the AFA, the Administrative Faculty Employee of the Month, and a list of previous recipients can be found on our website: https://at.csn.edu/administrative-faculty-assembly-afa.

Nomination forms are due on the 15th of each month. It takes just a moment; please help recognize a hard-working colleague today! Please use this link https://forms.office.com/r/5AJyL8EtRw to nominate. Thank you for helping to recognize the great work done by your friends and colleagues.

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Celebrating the Gift of Team Members’ Time & Talent

As we enter the season of gift giving, it’s worth noting that an early delivery has arrived.

That gift is in the form of time and talent. Team members from across the CSN community have been working diligently to ensure that students are able to comply with the Nevada State Board of Health’s new COVID-19 vaccination policy.

In August, the board mandated that all students enrolled in either in-person or hybrid courses at the state’s public colleges and universities will need to provide proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination series or documentation for a medical or religious vaccination exemption. The policy applies to credit and non-credit courses beginning with spring semester.

The Admissions and Records/Registrar team took the lead with this compliance initiative in late September by creating a webpage for students to upload their documentation and developing an internal review protocol. Next came the process of preparing step-by-step compliance instructions that were emailed to all students. And since mid-October, a network of interdisciplinary volunteers at the college has been processing the submissions.

As of Dec. 10, more than 23,000 proof of vaccination and exemption forms have been submitted online, with many more expected.

That said, some students won’t be seeking registration assistance until mid-to-late January, and they may not have begun the necessary steps for COVID-19 proof of vaccination or exemption compliance.

In these instances, exercise your standard warm greeting to these students and refer them to the csn.edu/coyotetracks webpage for access to the one-stop resources they will need to pursue enrollment. Your guidance will help students minimize confusion regarding the necessary COVID-19 vaccination documentation and also reduce delays in their registration for spring courses.

Your ability to problem solve and collaborate across departments with this challenge—and on a tight deadline, no less—is nothing short of inspirational. Given the spirit of the season, your commitment to this effort is the ultimate gift toward putting Students First so they can persist toward their educational goals.

With gratitude,

Juanita

Juanita L. Chrysanthou
Vice President for Student Affairs

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New VITAL Program Improves Military-to-college Transition, Access to Healthcare

When the United States began its formal military withdraw from Afghanistan in August, active-duty service members in that region weren’t the only ones to respond with swift action.

On the home front, James Taylor mobilized his counseling skills to lead weekly virtual group therapy sessions to support student veterans at CSN and UNLV, especially those who served in the Middle East.

Taylor, a licensed clinical social worker and former U.S. Marine, is a new addition to both institutions in a role fully funded and coordinated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

This summer, the VA installed Taylor as the sole Southern Nevada coordinator for the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program—a program to enhance veterans’ retention and holistic success through campus–community initiatives; provide on-campus clinical care and coordination; and collaborate with the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System, Veterans Benefits Administration, as well as faculty, staff and community resources.

Taylor’s chief responsibilities involve helping student veterans bridge complex VA services that include the military-to-college transition and access to healthcare, with an emphasis on no-diagnosis-required mental health assistance.

In fact, his recent group therapy sessions, spanning about two months altogether, were an anticipatory response to the mental health challenges many veterans face when transitioning from military to civilian life. Taylor said the individuals who attended the sessions were interactive and reported feeling less stress afterward.

That initial sense of post-military service ambiguity resonates with Taylor.

After completing his U.S. Marine Corps enlistment obligation, he enrolled in college and experienced numerous difficulties, such as not knowing where to go for the right information or understanding his GI Bill funding.

“I assumed if I couldn’t figure college out on my own, I shouldn’t really be there,” said Taylor, who dropped out and reenlisted in the military—a culture of support he understood—before eventually returning to college to complete bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“If there had been a VITAL program at that time, I could have learned how to manage my own concerns, as well as been connected to the right programming and people to improve my ability to be successful,” Taylor said.

As one of about 135 VITAL program coordinators across the country, Taylor is now in a position to extend lifelines of support, whether through his counseling interventions, training sessions or referrals to VA, college and community resources.

“When people are struggling to manage their current life situation, adding extra layers to get help makes it less likely they will pursue what they need,” Taylor said. “Providing services where there’s a veteran—a person they can come to rather than call an 800 number—will drastically improve the likelihood of them pursuing what they need.”

The VITAL program will be a strategic partner with CSN’s Veterans Education and Transition Services, said Vanessa Winn, assistant director for VETS. She named veterans’ mental health awareness, suicide prevention and general VETS event collaborations as short-term goals, and permanent connections to VA physical and mental healthcare resources as long-term ones.

Winn added that student veterans bring several qualities to the classroom and college community with their presence and participation.

“First, they offer a unique perspective to share with classmates and instructors during classroom discussions,” Winn said. “Second, there is a certain determination gained from the trials and tribulations many face during the high-stress moments that are hallmarks of military service. Often, these experiences can place them in spots to be an example for the rest of the student body.”

James Taylor, a licensed clinical social worker, serves as the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program coordinator for student veterans at CSN and UNLV.

Geoff Roberts (right) visits with James Taylor on the North Las Vegas Campus, where Taylor’s office is located in the Student Union, Room 127B. Roberts is the program manager for CSN’s Veterans Education and Transition Services, and Taylor is the coordinator for the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program. VITAL’s services aim to enhance the retention and holistic success of student veterans.
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CSN’s Mariachi Plata Wins First in National Competition

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Classified Employee of the Month- Gloria Angulo

Gloria Angulo is an Administrative Assistant I on the CSN Charleston campus. Angulo embodies the CSN Students First philosophy in her role with the switchboard and does so with a smile. She is known to be an excellent active listener and is an expert at helping students and colleagues navigate processes and procedures. Angulo consistently goes above and beyond the scope of her role to connect students to resources. She takes pride in helping students get the help they need to be successful.

“In the nearly six years I have known Gloria, she has acquired a vast amount of knowledge on CSN processes, policies, deadlines and departments,” wrote Nancy Swanson. “Working in different departments, this employee has become a valuable asset and pillar to all CSN students, faculty and staff.”

Angulo’s remarkable ability to build personal connections allows her to stay up to date on a variety of resources and programs available to students. She makes the success of CSN students her top priority and believes that every member of the CSN family deserves to feel supported and enriched.

“Gloria is a true servant leader,” wrote Swanson. “Her service extends beyond the CSN family to many non-profit organizations in Las Vegas. From her service at food pantries to organizations providing resources for medical, psychological and shelters, she gives so much of herself to her community. She is a person who truly believes in the power of changing lives to change humanity and leave people feeling valuable. We need more people like her in the world.”

Congratulations Gloria!


If you would like to nominate someone for CEOM, please submit the Nomination Form to Connie Jo Harris by DECEMBER 17. During telecommuting, please submit the Nomination Form to Connie.Harris@csn.edu. Do not send through interoffice mail. Thank you.

The Classified Employee of the Month will receive $200, a certificate, a designated parking spot (when we return to campus) and be recognized on a plaque at all three campuses.
The purpose of this award is to recognize exceptional classified employees who stand out among the many employees that consistently perform at a high level. Please nominate those individuals that are thriving in the work at home environment.

Ranking and selection by the council members is “blind.” The employee name and work area on the nomination form will be hidden from the council, thus we are asking for the nominator’s cooperation in not mentioning names and work areas in the narrative, when possible. Nominees who are not selected as the CEOM, will be considered for two additional months. As the recipient of the nomination forms, Connie Jo Harris does not participate in the rating of nominees.

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Nevada Governor Sisolak Appoints CSN President Federico Zaragoza to Community College Workforce Training and Programs Committee

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak announced the appointment of nine members including CSN President Dr. Federico Zaragoza to the Community College Workforce Training and Programs Committee. The committee was formed through the signing of Assembly Bill 450.

“Nevada’s community colleges continue to play a pivotal role in the training and development of our workforce as we rebuild our State’s economy. Now more than ever, we must harness the educational opportunities institutions of higher education provide to help prepare Nevadans for the jobs of the future,” said Governor Sisolak. “I am confident in the leadership and expertise of the members of this committee, and I look forward to their results as we continue to work hard to meet the needs of Nevada’s students and our workforce.”

The legislation was first proposed during the Governor’s 2021 State of the State address with the intent of aligning workforce training and programs offered by community colleges in Nevada, to ensure that Nevadans are trained and ready for the demands of the current workforce.

The committee is charged with conducting an interim study concerning opportunities to align workforce training and programs offered by community colleges in this State.

The following members representing experience from across the educational system have been appointed to the Community College Workforce Training and Programs Committee:

Stacey Bostwick, Director of Workforce Development at GOED
Kurt Thigpen, CEO of Ace Studios
Myisha Boyce, President & Managing Member at MYS LLC
Ryan Woodward, CFO at National Technical Institute
Chris Trolson- Assistant Director of Training at Southern Nevada Operating Engineers JATC
Jhone Ebert, Superintendent of Public Instruction for the Nevada Department of Education
Dr. Melody Rose, Chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education
Dr. Federico Zaragoza, President at College of Southern Nevada
Derrick Hill, Division Vice President Sales, and Market Operations at Cox Communications

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