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AFA Employee of the Month – October 2022- Joe Hicks

Joe Hicks

Joe Hicks started at CSN in 2003. He began as a part-time tutor before becoming full-time in 2007. Joe has conducted over 30,000 tutoring sessions at CSN. He holds a MS in Accountancy and a MA in English. Joe is a CSN Alumnus holding an Associates of Business.

Seeking Nominations for November 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 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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CSN Classified Employee of the Month- September 2022- Miriam Ruiz

Miriam Ruiz has been a member of the CSN family for over 20 years.  She is known for her dedication to a job well done and her ability to implement CSN policies and procedures to provide exceptional support to CSN students, faculty and staff.

During her time at CSN Miriam has taken great care to understand her department rules, guidelines and work equipment. Her department receives regular praise for her professionalism and ability to be accountable for here finished work product.  And, she has received recognition for her steadfast support of CSN Connections, Graduation and Technology Fairs.

Congratulations Miriam!

Seeking Nominations:

If you would like to nominate someone for CEOM, please submit the Nomination Form to Connie Jo Harris. 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 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 – September 2022-Santiago De La Torre

Santiago De La Torre has been with CSN Academic Advising since 2014. He is a proud UNLV alumnus and served with the United States Marine Corps after graduating from Clark High School. He is originally from California but has called Southern Nevada home for over thirty years. He enjoys spending quality time with his daughter who is a graduate from UNR, and son who is an avid Star Wars fan.

Santiago is very grateful to be in a career which allows him the opportunity to help and guide a student’s goals and dreams while understanding every experience is unique and invigorating. He works with an outstanding team of committed individuals and takes great delight in learning new things from them every single day.

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 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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Classified Employee of the Month- August 2022- Cristy Neff

Cristy Neff is an Administrative Assistant II for the Applied Technologies Department on the Western campus. She is well known for her infectious positive attitude and her willingness to step in when extra help is needed. She is described by her colleagues as extremely dedicated to the CSN mission of enabling our students and communities to achieve, succeed and prosper.

Neff travels among campuses to provide assistance to CSN students and instructors and often completes tasks before she is asked. She gladly accepts new responsibilities and seeks opportunities to cross-train on duties outside her normal scope of work.

Her commitment to service excellence is notable and she believes in the value of building personal relationships to offer better service.

Congratulations Cristy!

If you would like to nominate someone for CEOM, please submit the Nomination Form to Connie Jo Harris. 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 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 August 2022- Denesha Moore

Denesha Moore is a CSN-UNLV Alumna, a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated,  The Society Inc., as well as Top Ladies of Distinction Inc. She was a International Academic Advisor and ESL Instructor in Baltimore, MD before joining the CSN Academic Advising team three and a half years ago.

The self-proclaimed “former military brat” enjoys seeing students overcome obstacles to achieve both personal and educational goals.  She loves culture, travel, tea and community service.

Congratulations Denesha!

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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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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