CSN Coyotes Soccer Kicks Off Home Season

Come celebrate the inaugural season for both men’s and women’s teams

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 8, 2016 – CSN’s men’s and women’s soccer teams will kick off their home schedule today. These will be the first men’s soccer game ever at CSN, and the first women’s game since 2004.

The teams will play at Heritage Park in Henderson starting at 2 p.m. Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen is scheduled to be on hand and make a presentation before the games begin.

Both teams have played two out-of-town games already in their inaugural season, with the women winning both and the men winning one and tying one. CSN, which already boasts competitive men’s baseball, women’s softball, and women’s volleyball teams, has never had a men’s soccer team, and had a women’s soccer team from 2000 through 2004.

What:             CSN Coyotes Soccer Home Season Kickoff

When:             · Women: 2 p.m. today

  • Men: 4 p.m. today

Where:            Heritage Park, 300 S. Racetrack Rd, Henderson

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CSN to Open On-Campus Multicultural Center

The goal is to help students become more engaged, increasing their chances for success

20150518_csn_graduation-212-672x372LAS VEGAS, Sept. 8, 2016 – CSN is celebrating the grand opening of its new Multicultural Center on the North Las Vegas campus and the public is invited to attend and explore the center.

The center will provide much-needed space to help students become more engaged with CSN, which evidence shows makes them more likely to finish college. Its staff will work closely with other centers on CSN’s campuses, including those for veterans and international students, as well as tutoring and advising centers.

“We see this new center as a front door to CSN,” said President Michael Richards.

In addition to being a gathering place for students, the center will act as meeting space for various community groups, as well as training space for programs designed to increase cultural awareness of CSN’s faculty and staff.

“Expanding our capacity to offer programs, training and education to our diverse array of students and faculty is incredibly important,” said Maria Marinch, executive director of Community Relations, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

What: CSN Multicultural Center
When: 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14
Where: CSN North Las Vegas Campus Room N-204

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CSN Planetarium to Host Moon Rock Samples

The rocks, on loan from NASA, are featured in an ongoing lecture series hosted by the college

moon-landing-62879_960_720LAS VEGAS, Sept. 7, 2016 – The College of Southern Nevada’s Planetarium will host an exciting lecture series this month featuring samples from NASA’s Apollo missions to the moon. This will be part of the CSN Planetarium-NASA Space Grant lecture series.

The marble-sized moon rock samples, which are on loan from NASA, will be available for public viewing and inspection via microscope.

The Planetarium’s guest speaker will be Charles Kotulski, a CSN chemistry instructor who has been granted certification by NASA to access the lunar samples.

There will be three talks at different times and days to give as many people a chance to see them as possible.

What:             CSN Planetarium lecture series featuring samples from Apollo moon missions

When:

  • 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15
  • 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19
  • 11 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 28

Where:           CSN Planetarium on the North Las Vegas Campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.

Who:               NASA-certified scientist Charles Kotulski

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Lady Coyotes Get New Home Field

Join local officials and members of the softball team to celebrate their first on-campus home field.

The 2016 Lady Coyotes softball team

The 2016 Lady Coyotes softball team

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 7, 2016 – The College of Southern Nevada invites the public to celebrate the dedication of our new Lady Coyotes softball field, the first home field in team history.

The celebration will take place at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13 on the college’s Henderson Campus. CSN President Michael Richards, Athletic Director Dexter Irvin and Henderson City Councilwoman Gerri Schroder are scheduled to speak.

Previously, CSN’s softball team played at the Russell Road Recreation Complex. Now the team has a home of its own.

“This new field is beautiful, and I firmly believe it will help propel our women’s softball team to the national championships this spring,” Richards said.

The Lady Coyotes’ inaugural softball season was in spring 2004. They play in the Scenic West Athletic Conference and will be led this year by new head coach Jim Overturf, who becomes the team’s first full-time coach.

“This new field is a tremendous attribute to the softball program,” Irvin said. “It will provide us a great recruiting tool for the program.”

The new field features a press box, hitting cages, bull pens, storage, a video scoreboard, field level seating, a grandstand for approximately 500 spectators and beautiful artificial turf.

“This will really have a positive effect on the team,” said Jinger Meuir, the Lady Coyotes’ shortstop. “It’ll give us an advantage over other teams because we’ll literally be on our own turf.”

The facility was designed by KGA Architects and the general contractor was J.A. Tiberti Construction.

What: CSN Lady Coyotes softball field dedication and ribbon cutting

When: 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 13

Where: CSN Henderson Campus, Lied Sports Complex, 700 College Drive

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CSN’S Culinary Arts: One of the Nation’s Best

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Students work with award-winning chefs in one of the college’s most popular programs

 LAChefs1S VEGAS, Sept. 2, 2016 – The College of Southern Nevada’s nationally renowned Culinary Arts Program was named one of the nation’s best by a prominent college ranking organization.

The website www.bestchoiceschools.com ranked CSN’s program as the seventh best in the nation. The ranking cited several factors, including that students can earn either a certificate or an associate degree, students operate a fully functional on-campus restaurant and work with award-winning chefs, and that the program offers a low student-to-faculty ratio.

“The key to our program’s quality is we’re very stringent when it comes to our faculty hires,” said Chef Tom Rosenberger, chair of CSN’s hospitality-management program. “They’ve all worked in the industry and have risen to become successful managers for at least five years before we’ll even consider them.”

The program’s popularity has always been a constant here in southern Nevada, home to some of the nation’s finest restaurants. Classes, which are frequently at capacity, are offered seven days a week, morning, afternoon and evening. Since the closure of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts earlier this year, the popularity of CSN’s program has only increased.

For more on the rankings, visit www.bestchoiceschools.com/rankings/culinary-schools/

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CSN Welcomes Students Back for Fall Semester

A Welcome Back Crew Will Be Deployed on All Three Campuses 

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 26, 2016 – CSN is ready for tens of thousands of students to hit campus next week with a Welcome Back Crew and all the information they’ll need to navigate the start of a new semester.

Classes start Monday, Aug. 29, and we’ll deploy faculty and staff all over our three campuses to help new students get where they’re going. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we’ll be holding our traditional CSN Connections events, which include free barbecue, games, information booths on everything from tutoring to student clubs, and an informal way for students to connect with the faculty and staff at the state’s largest higher education institution.

Students can still sign up for classes through next week.

What: CSN Connections

When: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Where: The Henderson Campus on Tuesday, the North Las Vegas Campus on Wednesday, and the Charleston Campus on Thursday

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CSN Planetarium to Debut “Space Next”

13600324_466802120193889_6725409665578803925_nMembers of the media are invited to a special pre-screening event

LAS VEGAS, Aug. 23, 2016 – CSN invites members of the media to attend a screening of the film “Space Next” at the CSN Planetarium.

The film explores the history of space travel and the possibilities of private space developments and national space programs in the future.

Who: Members of the media and their families. Press kits will be provided.

What: Press screening of new show “Space Next”

When: 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26 for press screening. The show opens to the public Friday, Sept. 2.

Where: CSN Planetarium, CSN North Las Vegas Campus, 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave.

For more information about “Space Next” visit www.spacenextmovie.com.

About CSN:

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.

CSN’s students create flexible schedules with day, evening and weekend classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada or online. CSN — your future starts here. CSN is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. For more, visit www.csn.edu.

About Afterglow Studios:

Afterglow Studios was founded in 2007 by Luke Ployhar as a Digital Animation and Post Studio. Ployhar has worked in visual effects and animation for over 15 years, with credits that include “Minority Report,” “A.I.,” “Planet of the Apes” and many other feature films. With the ever-changing digital landscape and needs for a multitude of media outlets, Afterglow Studios provides cutting edge visual effects, animation and design. After working on several giant screen films providing effects and post solutions, Ployhar and Afterglow Studios decided to venture into feature film-making. “Space Next” is Afterglow Studio’s first production for the giant screen industry.

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CSN to Celebrate New Class of Nursing Assistants

NursingStudentTakingBPA traditional pinning ceremony will welcome the class into the workforce

LAS VEGAS, July 28, 2016 – The College of Southern Nevada will celebrate a new class of nursing assistants on Friday with a traditional pinning ceremony.

In all, 74 new nursing assistants have completed their coursework and are ready to join the ranks of professional nursing assistants in the state. Over the last two academic years, CSN has seen nearly 1,000 new nursing assistants enter the workforce.

The pinning ceremony is a tradition at many colleges to signify the graduates’ entry into the professional medical community.

What: CSN Nursing Pinning Ceremony

When: 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, 2016

Where: CSN Charleston Campus, D-Building, Room 101

 

CSN Contact: Richard.Lake@csn.edu

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CSN Documentary to be Showcased at Republican National and Democratic National Conventions

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAQHAAAAJDViY2MwNTRmLTJhNTctNDdiYy1iNmZjLTZjNzI5M2IxZWRiZgLAS VEGAS, July 15, 2016 – As policymakers tackle college affordability on the campaign trail leading to November’s election, the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) is pleased to announce its documentary “No Greater Odds” will be part of the conversation on both sides of the aisle and featured at the Republican and Democratic national conventions this summer.

The College Promise Campaign, a national nonprofit, has organized the July 20 and July 25 viewings, which will take place at community college campuses near the conventions. The screenings will be followed by panel discussions on the value of community colleges and the movement to create College Promise programs, which fund community college tuition and fees for hard working students.

“We are excited to bring the film ‘No Greater Odds’ to the national conventions to help catalyze conversations about community college affordability, access, quality, and completion,” said Martha Kanter, Executive Director of the College Promise Campaign. “The documentary is a powerful testament to the impact community colleges have on students, families, communities, and the nation.”

Innovative Educators, a nationally renowned online professional development provider for academia, is sponsoring both events. “Innovative Educators is honored to support the College of Southern Nevada and the documentary film, ‘No Greater Odds.’”

Cleveland/RNC Event Details

What: A screening of CSN’s “No Greater Odds” followed by a panel discussion focused on the value of community colleges

Who: Scheduled panelists include: Executive Director of tnAchieves Krissy DeAlejandro, Rural Community College Alliance President Randy Smith, Jaklin Guyumjyan, a CSN alumna featured in “No Greater Odds,” and CSN Communications & Government Affairs Director Michael Flores

When: July 20, 11:30 a.m.

Where: Cuyahoga Community College, Metro Campus, Jerry Sue Thornton Center, Ford Room – 2500 East 22nd Street, Cleveland, OH 44115

Philadelphia/DNC Event Details

What: A screening of CSN’s “No Greater Odds” followed by a panel discussion focused on the value of community colleges

Who: Scheduled panelists include: American Federation of Teachers Executive Vice President Mary Cathryn Richter, White House Social Secretary Deesha Dyer, President Donald Generals, Community College of Philadelphia, Monique Makhlouf, a CSN alumna featured in “No Greater Odds,” and CSN Communications & Government Affairs Director Michael Flores

When: July 25, 2 p.m.

Where: The Community College of Philadelphia, Winnett Building, Great Hall – 1700 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19130

No state or CSN funds were utilized to support these events and CSN officials are grateful to Innovative Educators for making it possible to participate.

Multiple academic conferences nationwide have showcased the CSN documentary this year. The viewings at the political conventions are part of a growing conversation on making postsecondary education more accessible to Americans.

The “No Greater Odds” documentary follows the inspirational stories of five community college students at CSN, who against overwhelming personal and financial obstacles, obtained their college diplomas. CSN is the largest higher education institution in Nevada and the state’s first Hispanic Serving Institution. Approximately 37 percent of CSN’s students receive Pell Grants, the need-based federal grant. CSN’s average independent Pell grant recipient lives on approximately $16,500 a year. Nearly a quarter of its students are first-generation college students, learning to navigate the ropes of higher education on their own.

The film seeks to differentiate community college students from traditional four-year institution students and showcase their diverse, non-traditional needs. The hour-long film documents the struggles of CSN alumni: Barbara Ayarza, a single mom with six children; Carlos Holguin, a first-generation college student; Jaklin Guyumjyan, who immigrated to the United States as a child on Sept. 10th, 2001; Monique Makhlouf, who began working at the age of 15 after her mother broke her back and had her home foreclosed upon while in college; and Tyrone Foster, a sexual assault victim also diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder Type II. In addition, CSN alumni and faculty filmed and produced the documentary.

To view a trailer of the film, go to www.vimeo.com/nogreaterodds.

About CSN:
Founded in 1971 and educating thousands of students a semester, the College of Southern Nevada (www.csn.edu) is the state’s largest and most ethnically diverse higher education institution. CSN students can choose from over 150 degree and certificate options in more than 90 areas of study, including 25 degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Students create flexible, personalized schedules, including day, evening, and weekend classes taught on three main campuses and multiple locations throughout Southern Nevada. CSN — your future starts here. CSN is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. For more information, visit http://www.csn.edu/nondiscrimination

About Innovative Educators:

Innovative Educators is a professional development company that partners with institutions of higher education to provide online solutions for students, faculty & staff. Our experience in student affairs, academic affairs, and online learning gives us first-hand knowledge of our partner institutions from a collegial perspective and from a shared vision of helping students succeed, while fostering the goals & mission of the institution.

Innovative Educators was formed in 2004 by three women working in higher education and who now have 55+ years of combined experience at community colleges. We are honored to support the College of Southern Nevada and its film, No Greater Odds.

About The College Promise Campaign:

The College Promise Campaign is a nonpartisan, nonprofit higher education initiative that builds widespread support for funding the first two years of a community college education for all hardworking students. Chaired by Dr. Jill Biden and former Governor Jim Geringer (R-WY), the Campaign works to build broad public support that community college education is an investment in America’s future and a necessary continuation of K-12 education. In the 21st century, a high school diploma is no longer enough to lead Americans to a good job and decent quality of life. CPC is an initiative of Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Learn more about our work at HeadsUpAmerica.us.

 

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CSN Dream Scholarships Established to Recognize Undocumented Students

image001Any CSN student taking at least six credits and with at least a 2.5 GPA can apply for the CSN Dream Scholarship

 LAS VEGAS, July 1, 2016 – In recognition of the obstacles and financial hardships that undocumented students face attending college, CSN’s student government is pleased to announce the CSN Dream Scholarship.

The scholarship is inspired by the challenges undocumented students face but any students taking at least six CSN credits in the fall with at least a 2.5 grade point average are eligible. The federal student aid application is not required. As part of the application, students must submit letters of recommendation, academic information, descriptions of community service and a personal essay describing how undocumented students’ pursuit of higher education has inspired them. Applications are available from CSN Financial Aid Assistant Director Frank McPherson at frank.mcpherson@csn.edu and are due by 5 p.m. July 15, 2016.

Brenda Romero, the outgoing president of the Associated Students of the College of Southern Nevada, led the initiative to create the two scholarships, valued at $1,500 each. Romero’s family immigrated to Las Vegas from Mexico when she was 2 years old. She is a graduate of Clark High School and a DACA student, or an undocumented student who received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status.

“As an undocumented student myself, I know how difficult it can be to attend college,” Romero said. “Too often, our best and brightest students find themselves held back by financial hardships. This scholarship, I hope, will help promote the positive impact of those students who dream for a better life through the pursuit of higher education.”

Romero graduated from CSN in May and is in Washington, D.C., where she has a summer internship through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, a nonprofit and nonpartisan leadership development organization.

The student government’s scholarship is a one-time allocation. Individuals interested in donating to the scholarship to help create an endowment to make the scholarship permanent may contact CSN’s Office of Community Relations, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at diversity@csn.edu or at 702-651-7607.

CSN contact:  Michael Flores, CSN director of government affairs and communication, Michael.Flores@csn.edu

 

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