April 17, 2020 Daily Chronicle

Dear CSN Family,

As we prepare for budget reductions, the staff in our finance division has been entrenched in budget reviews and our budget reduction proposal in response to requests from the governor and chancellor. Putting this proposal together on such short notice required an extraordinary effort from the CSN team, and I am deeply grateful to all involved.

As you know, many of our students have been financially affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and its social consequences, and we want them to know we are here to help. The Controller’s Office has been working with Student Life and Leadership to ensure that cash grants from the Student Emergency Fund are disbursed in a timely manner each week to students. The student emergency funds have been especially needed as the magnitude of the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to weaken our local economy. A total of $32,340 has been disbursed so far during Spring 2020; 105 students have received funding after the campus closure. Funding has been provided by student government, the Office of Sponsored Projects and the CSN Foundation through generous contributions from within CSN and from the wider community.

I want to remind you all that the CSN bookstores are operating to support our students and staff for the end of the spring semester and beginning of the summer term. The bookstores are offering free shipping for rental textbook returns and for all new online orders. Additionally, a remote textbook buyback option is now available featuring free shipping and quick, easy payment. To accommodate academic faculty currently working remotely, summer and fall semester textbook adoptions can be submitted online, but the bookstore staff is available Monday through Friday to answer any questions. Summer textbooks and materials can be rented or purchased through the campus bookstore website.

Lastly, please join us at 2 p.m. today for our Virtual Town Hall. We will hold these events each week for the next several weeks to be sure we are all communicating with one another during this unprecedented situation.

Thank you all for your dedication to our students, and for remaining Vegas Strong and CSN Proud.

Stay safe and God bless.

Federico Zaragoza
College of Southern Nevada 

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