Classified Employee of the Month- November 2022- Cristina Adams

Cristina Adams- Classified Employee of the Month- November 2022

Cristina Adams is an Administrative Assistant II supporting the VETS Center on the CSN Charleston campus. She is a CSN alumna with a commitment to lifelong learning who is passionate about growing her ability to serve CSN students.

As a student herself she maintained a 4.0 GPA and maintained membership in Phi Theta Kappa while at CSN and is currently pursuing a her bachelor’s degree at UNLV.

She has a natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge that has enabled her to meet a variety of needs for the VETS Center. “Her exceptional service to students is very much aligned with the CSN mission,” wrote colleague Geoff Roberts in his nomination.

Cristina’s laugh is infectious and she has a way of leaving students with a positive feeling. “It’s rare to not hear her laugh when assisting students whether she is working with them in-person or on the phone,” continued Roberts. Her team at the CSN VETS center feels fortunate to have her on the team. Congratulations Cristina!

Seeking Nominations:

If you would like to nominate someone for CEOM, please submit the Nomination Form to Lucia Peterson. Please submit the Nomination Form to Do not send through interoffice mail. Thank you.

The Classified Employee of the Month will receive $200, a certificate, a designated parking spot 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.

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.

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AFA Employee of the Month – November 2022

Hillary Butrico- November 2022- AFA Employee of the Month

Hillary Butrico has worked in college/career readiness for fourteen years in Las Vegas. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Chico State University and a master’s in education in CTE in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Nevada Las Vegas. Currently, Hillary is the Mentoring Coordinator for Nevada Promise Scholarship Program at CSN and Acting Site Coordinator for the CSN Summerlin Center as well as Acting Manager for Early College programs for the Charleston Region. 

Hillary has spent her career working with under-represented populations, to help provide access to students, who may have felt college was not an option. She successfully aids students in their academic journey, career pathways, and skill development. Hillary supports over 300+ mentors involved in the Nevada Promise Scholarship Program with training, professional development, and support. She believes that small impacts can make for big change not only in our schools but in our communities.

Seeking Nominations for December 2022:
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 past chair, Nancy Stachura Webb   More information about the AFA, the Administrative Faculty Employee of the Month, and a list of previous recipients can be found on our website:   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 to nominate. Thank you for helping to recognize the great work done by your friends and colleagues.
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CSN Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week


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Hat Trick of Triumph: CSN Mariachi Plata Hits a High Note with Third Consecutive Championship Win

The College of Southern Nevada’s Mariachi Plata music won top honors for the third year in a row at the 2023 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in San Antonio, Texas.  The competition took place this past weekend. Additionally, student and member of Mariachi Plata Yasmine Dueñes was named the Overall Grand Champion vocalist at the same competition.

Considered the most prestigious of all mariachi competitions, Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza saw CSN compete against long-established mariachi programs from the top schools in the country. Mariachi Plata began competing in 2019. 

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Mariachi Plata and the CSN Department of Fine Arts for their remarkable achievement in winning the National Mariachi University and College championship for the third consecutive year,” said CSN President Dr. Federico Zaragoza. “Their dedication and artistry inspires all of us at CSN, and they are the pride of the Latino and Mexican-American community in Southern Nevada. The Mariachi Plata experience transcends the musical experience, they are a reminder of the diverse cultural tapestry that binds Southern Nevada together.”

CSN Mariachi Plata will perform at 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 13 at the Horn Theater on the CSN North Las Vegas campus. The Las Vegas community is invited to attend! Tickets are available now, $8 general admission, $5 discount tickets available for students and seniors. Visit in advance or purchase at the box office.  

About Mariachi Plata 

Mariachi Plata is comprised of students from CSN mariachi music courses, as a part of the Fine Arts Music curriculum. CSN Department of Fine Arts Chair, Robert Bonora formed the group in 2019 and the group won the collegiate category of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza festival just two years later in 2021. 

About Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza 

The Mariachi Extravaganza is a multi-day music festival celebrating the culture and history of Latin music annually in San Antonio, Texas. Now in its 28th consecutive year, the festival utilizes the mariachi music platform to promote higher education and cultural preservation among Hispanic youth. The festival hosts a concert with world-renowned musicians and winners of the highly competitive National group and vocal competitions. 

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CSN President Dr. Federico Zaragoza Receives Inaugural Hispanic and Latino Legacy Award from Public Education Foundation

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) hosted the inaugural Hispanic and Latino Legacy Dinner/Cena Patrimonio de Hispanos y Latinos on Wednesday, November 29, in downtown Las Vegas. The event was a cultural celebration, recognizing four inspirational Hispanic and Latino leaders and providing life-changing scholarships for four local students of Hispanic or Latino descent through PEF’s Scholarships Plus program. CSN President Dr. Federico Zaragoza was recognized at the event.

The Public Education Foundation (PEF) and event co-chairs Peter Guzman and Tony Sanchez celebrated educators’ impact on our community and the powerful Hispanic and Latino people who have rooted themselves as sources of encouragement, inspiration, and champions of children who don’t have equitable access to education. In honor of these phenomenal people,

This event event served to inspire and motivate attendees to invest in education while fostering a deeper sense of unity in our community, and an appreciation for diversity in education and other professional spaces. Proceeds from the event will create new scholarships for Hispanic- and Latino-identifying students and support PEF’s Scholarships Plus program, which awarded more than $6.25 million in scholarships to more than 800 students in 2023.

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Giving Tuesday 2024 Benefits CSN Foundation Student Emergency Fund

Giving Tuesday is a national day of philanthropic giving on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a day to reflect on how you can give your support or time to improve the world around you. It is about making a difference and being a part of something bigger than ourselves. 

This Giving Tuesday, the CSN Foundation released a call for support for the the CSN Student Emergency Fund. Donations made on Giving Tuesday, go twice as far because the Gene Haas Foundation matches every gift, dollar for dollar, up to $50,000. 

Support CSN Students and Get Your Gift Matched

“By supporting the Student Emergency Fund at CSN, you’re not just donating; you’re a vital part of a community that uplifts and supports each other in times of need,” said CSN Foundation Executive Director, Danita M. Simons. “Contributions will directly impact the lives of students facing unforeseen challenges, allowing them to continue their education during a difficult time.”

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for us all to show that in our CSN community, no one faces life’s hurdles alone. 

Support CSN Students and the Student Emergency Fund

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is Changing

There are major changes and improvements coming to the 2024–25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form. This redesigned and streamlined FAFSA form will be available by Dec. 31, 2023.

NOTE: The Office of Financial Aid has received word from the US Department of Education that the release of the 2024-25 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) which is normally available October 1st, 2023, will instead be available by December 31, 2023.

Please expect significant changes such as simplification to the FAFSA and the online processing system. These changes bring evolutionary improvements to the application process, including a new way to calculate aid eligibility, direct taxpayer data sharing with the Internal Revenue Service for improved and seamless income information transfer process for more accuracy, and a shorten FAFSA.

Watch our financial aid webpages for updates as they become available. Remember that you can always reach out to the Office of Financial Aid for questions or concerns. We are here to assist you in your aid journey.

Attend a FREE FAFSA Workshop to learn more!

What Students Need To Know Now

The 2024–25 FAFSA form will expand eligibility for federal student aid.

  • 610,000 new students from low-income backgrounds will be eligible to receive Federal Pell Grants due to updates to student aid calculations.
  • Use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to get an early estimate of what your federal student aid could be after submitting the new form.

The 2024–25 FAFSA form will offer a new, streamlined user experience for students and their families.

  • Applicants will be able to skip as many as 26 FAFSA questions, depending on their individual circumstances. Some applicants will need to complete as few as 18 questions, taking less than 10 minutes.
  • Watch our “2024–25 FAFSA FAQs” playlist to better understand what’s changed on the new form.

What Students Can Do Now

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Spring 2024 Enrollment Open at CSN: Learn More, Earn More 


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CSN Holiday Angel Program Returns

The CSN Holiday Angel program aims to make their holidays just a little bit happier. 

Over the past 15 Holiday Seasons, faculty and staff have provided gifts to over 2000 children of our own low-income students. For the past 2 years, due to COVID, we have been relegated to collecting monetary donations and giving the families gift cards. Thankfully, this year we are able to go back to our regular program and have solicited gift “wish lists” from these students. Sometimes the request is for a special toy while other times the request is simply for some clothing to wear to school. 

Now we need some caring CSN faculty and staff to help grant these wishes. 

If you agree to be an Angel, we’ll match you with a specific child. You’ll be given that child’s sex and age as well as some gift suggestions and clothing sizes. Then you’ll simply buy a gift or two and bring them back to campus by Finals Week so they can be distributed to that child’s Mom or Dad for the Holidays. 

While the economy is continuing its recovery, that recovery has been especially slow in the neediest segments of society. If you feel like you have the desire and means to do just a little extra this year, our students – and their children – will greatly appreciate it. 

If you’d like to help, just click on this link to get the process started.  If you have any questions at all, feel free to contact me directly at . 



Paul A. Herrle 


Paul Herrle 

Psychology Faculty 

O: (702) 651-4401 

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CSN Students Take Part in National First-Generation College Celebration Day

A delegation of students was granted the opportunity to participate in the White House’s Office of Public Engagement briefing for college students on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023, in celebration of National First-Generation College Celebration Day. During this briefing, the students learned further about resources that have become available through passing legislation during the Biden-Harris Administration. The students were granted insights into career paths and opportunities within the administration, such as internships both remotely and in Washington, D.C. CSN continues to be a champion for student success and higher education while providing students opportunities for leadership advancement.
Thank you to Dr. Zaragoza, Dr. Cota, Dr. Alvarado, Mr. Akins, and Mr. Emmanuel Caudillo (Sr. Advisor at White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics) for the experience granted to our students.

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College of Southern Nevada Wins Four EDM Awards

Winners in the 11th Annual Education Digital Marketing Awards have been announced, recognizing outstanding achievements in digital marketing within the education sector. Colleges, universities, and secondary schools from across the country submitted entries, and a panel of judges, consisting of education marketers, advertising creative directors, marketing and advertising professionals, evaluated the submissions.

Education marketing professionals faced significant challenges in conveying valuable and relevant information through various digital channels, including websites, digital content, electronic communications, mobile media, and social media.

The CSN Marketing Communications Department won four gold awards in the following categories:

  • Total Digital Marketing Campaign- Learn More. Earn More.
  • Digital Special Video: Over 2 minutes, CSN Priority Programs Videos
  • Email: Single or multiple campaign, Learn More, Earn More Enrollment Email Campaign
  • Microsite- Learn More. Earn More. Marketing Microsite

A complete list of winners can be found here.

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Formula 1® (F1) Racing -Las Vegas Grand Prix Impact to CSN Campuses

As you are aware, the international Formula 1® (F1) racing event, also known as the Las Vegas Grand Prix, is scheduled to run from Thursday, November 16, through Saturday, November 18.

  • This event is expected to significantly impact traffic and potentially disrupt commuting routes to and from the various CSN campuses.
  • Affected roads (see attached map) will begin a soft closure at 5 p.m. each of these days with a full closure from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. the next morning.
  • It is expected that the entire week may present travel challenges for our campuses with more than 100,000 individuals expected to attend each night of the event.
  • A proactive and adaptable approach should be considered to ensure the continuity of educational and business functions throughout the week.
  • Please anticipate possible delays and consider alternative travel routes from the outset to minimize disruption.
  • In addition, I recommend visiting these resources to learn more about the Formula 1® race and its impacts on traffic:
  • Learn more about the event at
  • To check on public transportation changes, visit
  • Visit Nevada 511 to view traffic cameras and review road closures
  • Please download the CSN Mobile Safety app, available in the Apple Store and Google Play Store. The app provides updated safety information and allows for instant contact with UPD dispatch.

For questions regarding this event, please contact UPD’s Assistant Director for Emergency Management Dr. Louise Hardy at

Adam Garcia
Vice President Public Safety Services
& Director University Police Services
Southern Command
Headquarters: 702-895-5575
Non-emergency dispatch: 702-895-3668

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A Memo from NSHE Interim Chancellor Patty Charlton in condemning Terrorist Attacks by Hamas in Israel


ON BEHALF OF Nevada System of Higher Education

On behalf of the Nevada System of Higher Education, I want to express my sincere condolences for the families devastated by the terrorist attacks led by the Hamas. NSHE condemns these acts of senseless violence in Israel that have a reverberating effect felt here in Nevada, taking an emotional toll on our students, faculty and staff as these events continue to unfold. 

Across NSHE, we will continue to provide support to our students and colleagues, respecting the widely different views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but letting it be known that incidents of targeted harassment, direct threats, or the creation of pervasively hostile environments for vulnerable populations will not be tolerated. Our institutions will remain steadfast in our commitment to providing safe and inclusive learning environments during these particularly challenging times when our commitment to mutual respect and support are tested. 

University Police Services (UPD) is committed to campus safety and community support during these trying times. UPD encourages our communities to practice “See Something, Say Something” protocols and report suspicious, violent or illegal activity 24/7 at the below phone numbers or through your respective campus safety app, available through the App Store or the Google Play store. This app provides students, employees, faculty, and community members access to a number of public safety resources, including but not limited to, requesting a late-night security escort, real-time chat with UPD dispatch personnel, reporting criminal or suspicious activities, and submitting anonymous crime tips. Safety tips are also available at each Police Department website. 

Contact University Police Department at: 

Southern Nevada: (702) 895-3668 

Northern Nevada: (775) 334-COPS(2677) 

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