Classified Employee of the Month- July 2022- Rosaura Ortega

Rosaura Ortega is a Administrative Assistant I for the Centers for Academic Success on the CSN Charleston campus. She is described as a model employee by her colleague Joe Hicks and has the ability to maintain an upbeat, positive attitude during the uncertainty and challenges the community has experienced since the COVID-19 pandemic.

She goes above and beyond her duties to meet the evolving needs of CSN students and staff. Ms. Ortega is known to seek knowledge and request additional training to better herself and make her working environment positive for those around her. Her attention to detail is outstanding and she serves at the point of contact for her department with the Disability Resource Center, ensuring that all DRC session are scheduled in advance.

Her positive attitude and focus on CSN students helped her department pivot to an completely online service model in seven working days at the onset of the pandemic. Her ability to go above and beyond expectations has been demonstrated time and again. She is an exceptional asset to her team.

Congratulations Rosaura!

Seeking Nominations:

If you would like to nominate someone for CEOM, please submit the Nomination Form to Connie Jo Harris 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 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, Connie Jo does not participate in the rating of nominees.

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Classified Employee of the Month – June 2022- Derek Landers

Derek Landers is an Electrician II in the Technology Services & Facilities department on the CSN Charleston campus. His positive attitude and composure under pressure are exemplary and he manages change with ease.

Derek maintains multiple certifications to perform his duties at CSN and continuously pursues opportunities to expand his professional knowledge base. “He has been with CSN less than five years and in that time, he has earned an associate’s degree directly related to his position at the college,” wrote Mary Calabray in the nomination. “He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree and has also completed two national engineering certifications in the process.”

Derek’s passion for the CSN Students First philosophy is demonstrated by his commitment to the safety of CSN students, faculty and staff. His professionalism is second to none and his co-workers note his dedication to his role. “He makes himself available outside of normal business hours when needed to ensure that projects are completed in a timely matter with minimal disruption to the campus community.”

Congratulations Derek!

Seeking Nominations:

If you would like to nominate someone for CEOM, please submit the Nomination Form to Connie Jo Harris 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 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, Connie Jo does not participate in the rating of nominees.

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Dr. Daniel Alvarado, Interim Associate Vice President for the North Las Vegas Campus

Dr. Daniel Alvarado is a student development practitioner with over 20 years in various student affairs administrative roles. He will now serve as the Interim Campus Associate Vice President for the North Las Vegas Campus. Daniel will oversee Academic Advising, Campus Life, NV Promise, and Student Conduct. He previously served as Director of counseling and disability services at CSN. In addition, he worked at the North Carolina Community College System Office as Associate Director for Student Services and at Vance-Granville Community College as Director for Counseling and Disability Services. Daniel has also served as an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor, a bilingual customer support representative with Social Security Administration, and Coordinator of the NC JobLink Career Center.

Dr. Alvarado earned his Ed.D. in Higher Education Executive Leadership from Wingate University, a master’s degree in counseling from North Carolina Central University, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Wayland Baptist University, and an associate degree from the Community College of the Air Force. In addition, Daniel is a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force.

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Dr. Rebecca Gates, Administrator in Charge for the Henderson Campus

Dr. Rebecca Gates has been appointed Administrator in Charge for the Henderson campus. She previously served as Interim Associate Vice President for the Henderson Campus. A recent graduate of Leadership Henderson, Dr. Gates works to build upon existing relationships and leverage new opportunities within the Henderson service region.

With over 20 years’ professional experience in progressive levels of scope and supervision within higher education, focusing on both student and academic affairs, Dr. Gates work seeks to collaboratively create seamless learning environments that encourage student success. Dr. Gates’ research agenda focuses on the intersection of student access and success. As such, her research projects have been focused on issues of campus climate and institutional culture at federally designated Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Dr. Gates earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education from University of Nevada, Las Vegas, holds a Master of Science in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from Oklahoma State University, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Sam Houston State University. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, and the arts.

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AFA Employee of the Month – July 2022- Roberta Palomo

Roberta Palomo

Roberta Palomo has been with CSN since 2018 and currently serves as the Mentoring and Services Coordinator with the Nevada Promise Scholarship program at the Henderson Campus. In her role, she engages with and connects students and staff with the campus community through the scholarship program’s emphasis on mentoring and community service. Roberta has worked in higher education for over 15 years with a focus on creating opportunities to ease the level of access and transition to higher education for 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, Nancy Webb nancy.webb@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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Khrys FuQua’, MBA, PhD, Associate Vice President, Charleston campus

Inclusive excellence driven, student centered, campus focused, and community oriented are the four main principles that drive the pursuits of Dr. Khrys FuQua’. He has been the founder and leader of numerous inaugural Academic Services, Diversity, Student Life/Experience and Multicultural offices, centers and organizations.

“Dr. K” as he is affectionately known, has served in a variety of progressive roles on collegiate campuses and within the business and industry sectors, both nationally and internationally.  Over the course of his career, he has held various progressive academic, diversity, multicultural, and student affairs post at institutions such as: the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Louisiana State University, Southern University, The University of Tennessee and Fort Valley State University, just to name a few. Intriguingly, he was a food service staff member, then a student, a campus supervisor, then ultimately a senior administrator and professor.

Continuing his passion for student engagement, development, support, academic achievement, and historically underserved, marginalized and underrepresented populations, Dr. K is the former lead diversity official and head of academic and student service units at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a non-profit focused on serving Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and Underrepresented Minority (URM) students and their families in inner cities.

Dr.K earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the Louisiana State University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with focuses on: higher education administration, organizational development, diversity and academic & student affairs leadership. He also holds a Master of Business Administration gained by attending both the University of Nevada – Las Vegas and Delaware State University.

His research focuses intensely on: academic success, diversity, student development & engagement/support, retention-centered services & programing, achieving inclusive excellence, multicultural affairs, equity, access, and community partnerships and development.

Dr. K has consistently shared that one of his main priorities as he joins the College of Southern Nevada is to aid in the defining and launching of new initiatives for the continued growth of recruitment and retention to completion of our diverse student body in all programs, while offering an innovative approach to student support, diversity, faculty, staff, senior leaders and our local community.

His Motto:

“SUCCESS is not measured by what YOU have done for YOU, but what YOU have EMPOWERED others to do through what YOU say and do.”

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Dan J. Corsi, Ed.D., Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dan J. Corsi, Ed.D.

Dan J. Corsi, Ed.D., is a first-generation college graduate from Aliquippa, PA who earned a B.S. in Business Management from Grove City College and began working for Dietrich Metal Framing in McDonough, GA, a subsidiary of a Fortune 500 steel company. After a few years, he decided to pursue his passion for helping others by working as a classroom middle school teacher while earning a Master of Arts in Education from the University of South Florida. Later, Dan served as Assistant Professor of Education at Erskine College, a private four-year liberal arts college in South Carolina.

He progressed in his leadership and was appointed as the Administrative Dean of the College and served as the interim Vice President for Academic Affairs. During this time, Dan completed a post-baccalaureate program in educational leadership at Fort Hays State University and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX. Following the completion of the doctorate degree, he was selected as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe, LA while they were on probation by their regional accreditor (SACSCOC). Here, Dan and his team put the College back in good academic standing in less than one year. Most recently, Dr. Corsi served as the Executive Director for Nevada State High School, a state sponsored early college charter school, with seven locations in Las Vegas and one in Reno, NV. In this role, he was responsible for the instruction, facilities, and operations at all eight locations. 

As a dedicated leader in supporting student success and comprehensive academic programming, he is committed to serving faculty and staff to ensure all students are afforded the opportunity to achieve academic success in an inclusive learning environment. Throughout his tenure in education, he has developed numerous institutional and student-centric programs to enhance the quality, affordability, and accessibility of post-secondary education. Further, Dan believes in the mission of a community college to provide relevant high-quality education and training, experiential learning opportunities, and impactful community engagement to enhance the educational experience of a diverse group of students and the community in which it serves. 

As the next Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College of Southern Nevada, Dan is looking forward to joining the College of Southern team.  He is aligned to the mission of CSN and he is looking forward to making a positive impact through servant leadership, leading by example, using data to inform decision-making in support of student success, and engaging with faculty and staff to promote an inspirational and collaborative educational environment. 

Dan is a permanent resident of Las Vegas and serves as a Board Member for his community’s homeowner’s association. When he is not working, Dan enjoys spending time outdoors, playing golf, and completing home renovation projects.   

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AFA Employee of the Month- June 2022- Dr. Nadia Czesky

Dr. Nadia Czesky has been with CSN since 2019 and currently serves as the Campus Life Coordinator at Henderson campus. In her role she has been able to engage the campus community and create a caring, inclusive, and supportive culture among her team and students. Dr. Czesky has worked in higher education for over 15 years with a specific focus on diversity and engagement programs. Outside of work, she enjoys reading and crafting.

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, Nancy Webb nancy.webb@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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Administrative Faculty Employee of the Month- May 2022- Carey Sedlacek

Carey Sedlacek is the Director of Environmental Health and Safety and has been with the college since August of 2019. Much of her time at CSN has been focused on COVID-19 response efforts in the areas of contact tracing and case management, public health promotion, PPE acquisition and dissemination, and on-campus protocols and compliance.

Carey has over 15 years of diverse safety and environmental experience through her service as an Environmental Science Officer in the U.S. Army as well as civilian positions in healthcare, biotechnology, and now higher education.

As part of a military family, Carey has lived in many places across the U.S. but she and her husband and their three-year-old son are now happy to call Las Vegas home.

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- May 2022- Joy Lamb

Joy Lamb is an Administrative Assistant I for Career Services on the CSN Charleston campus. She is known for starting her day with a smile and a willingness to help anyone who needs it. She never misses a beat as she is called upon to assist with a variety of task each day and her dedication to CSN students is second to none.

She has a keen awareness of here environment that allows her to anticipate the needs of her colleagues without prompting. Her natural curiosity has given her many opportunities to learn new things and she very quickly becomes proficient in new tasks and duties.

Joy is known for maintaining a Students First focus and delivers exceptional service to everyone she encounters through out the day. “She takes time to listen to people to understand their concerns, ” wrote Dr. Candace Morris in her nomination, “Joy helps guide students to where they need to be and she can often save them time by providing information they didn’t know they needed.”

She utilizes critical thinking skills to determine student needs and offer the best solution possible. Her department credits Joy with keeping them on track and focused to get things done.

Congratulations, Joy!

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

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.

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