March 2018 CSN Chronicle
March 2018
Greetings, Coyote nation! We are approaching the mid-point of this spring semester, and I hope all is going well. I have information on several different topics for you in this month’s Chronicle, everything from the presidential search to successful fundraising efforts to our baseball team’s stellar season so far. Please read on.

– Margo

In this issue:
  • CSN Presidential Search Update
  • NWCCU Accreditation Response Letter
  • Tenure Awarded
  • Interim Business Administration Chair
  • Upcoming Presidential Roundtables
  • Student Union Groundbreaking
  • By the Numbers
  • Updated Spring Enrollment Information
  • Recently Secured Grants
  • Health & Science Building Donation
  • CSN Foundation Events
  • Garritano Gets 600th Win!
  • Coyotes Win Streak
  • Nevada Promise
  • NV Energy Vote for Vets Center
Read the President’s Blog
CSN Presidential Search Update
 The Nevada System of Higher Education ad hoc CSN President Search Committee has hired search firm Wheless Partners to conduct a national search for the next CSN President. The advisory committee, made up of community members and CSN faculty and staff, stressed that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion, student success and the college’s transition to a multi-campus district model are critical elements that the new president must embrace. The firm will conduct an active search, meaning that as well as placing ads in traditional forums, they will also actively recruit potential candidates from across the nation. Chancellor Thom Reilly and Wheless will narrow down the pool of applicants to a list of semifinalists and interview each of them. They will then bring the best two to five candidates to the committee as finalists to be interviewed in public by the committee as a whole. The goal is to have a new president in place in time for the fall 2018 semester.
Learn More About the Committee
Learn More About Wheless Partners

Inside CSN

NWCCU Accreditation Response Letter
Linked below is the CSN accreditation response letter from NWCCU for which we have been patiently waiting. You will see that the news is quite positive, but we still have much work to do as we prepare for the mid-cycle report that is due to Northwest in late summer in anticipation of our mid-cycle visit in Fall 2018. We will be continuing the assessment work that has been ongoing, and we will be convening various stakeholders to enhance our strategic plan, ensuring that institutional learning outcomes, assessment, and resource allocation are aligned with our plan – and that the work we are doing aligns with the recently adopted NSHE goals. Remember, we need everybody’s shoulder to the wheel! In the upcoming months, we are going to accomplish amazing things – together!
Read the NWCCU’s Letter
Board of Regents Awards Tenure
Congratulations to all the hard-working CSN faculty and staff members who were awarded tenure earlier today by the Board of Regents. For a full list, see the link below.
See the List
New Business Administration Chair
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Maria Schellhase will be the new interim chair of the Department of Business Administration at CSN. Dr. Schellhase is a business administration professor and the recipient of numerous honors and awards. She holds master’s and doctorate degrees in Business Administration, has served as the corporate director of central reservations for Station Casinos and spent more than ten years as an investment advisor (stockbroker), portfolio manager, and vice president of client relations for several leading business organizations.
Presidential Roundtables
I will be holding roundtables on each campus this month. Please come with your questions and comments.

North Las Vegas Campus

  • 9:30 – 11 a.m. Wednesday March 14, 2018, Building S, Room 144 (Laxalt Center)

Henderson Campus

  • 9:30 – 11 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018, Building B, Room 117

Charleston Campus

  • 3 – 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2018, Building D, Room 101
See the Flier

CSN Facilities

Student Union Showcase

Senior Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Sherri Payne and her team put on a series of fantastic presentations last month featuring 3-D models, detailed drawings and a virtual reality display of our new student unions. The student government has worked tirelessly with the architectural firm Tate, Snyder, Kimsey, this year to develop the schematic and throughout the design development phase of the project. Their hard work and excitement is illustrated in the design features. As you know, we are building nearly identical student unions on each campus and expect them to be open by the fall 2019 semester. If you weren’t able to make one of the sessions last month, see the links below for photos, floorplans and more. We have yet to set a firm date for the groundbreaking, but we hope to get it done before the end of the semester and celebrate this milestone with students. Keep an eye out for communications about that in the coming weeks.

See Renderings for All Three Student Unions

By the Numbers

Look for this section each month to learn about the data that drive discussion and decisions at CSN.
How are we measuring up?
Over the past three years CSN faculty have taken great effort to improve our assessment efforts. Numbers from 51 programs across three schools tell us that the variety of assessment measures have increased, and more direct and authentic measures are being used. Please see the link below for more information.
See the Details
Updated Spring 2018 Enrollment Numbers
Please review the latest enrollment update at the link below. This update reflects enrollment through Monday, February 26. Visit the Institutional Research web page to see additional enrollment and institutional data.
See the Current Enrollment Data
Recently Secured Grants
I am excited to share the news about some of our recently secured grants in the process of implementation, more than $80,000 in grants across various departments. This represents just a portion of the many grants we have in place. Two grants help fund biomedical research on gluten free food and organisms in Mexico’s caves, while two others fund our Nevada Grow small business program and CSN landscaping efforts. Another will help us market our developing unmanned aviation systems and cybersecurity degrees. Many thanks to the Office of Sponsored Projects and everyone who worked diligently to secure these funds.

CSN Foundation

Health & Science Building Donation
The Engelstad Family Foundation announced the first major gift of $3 million for the proposed CSN and Nevada State College Health & Science Building. The gift announcement kicked off the CSN and Nevada State foundations’ joint capital campaign to raise private dollars in support of the building. The gift is a match intended to help raise another $3 million from the community before the start of the next legislative session. CSN and NSC proposed the facility to expand training for healthcare professionals this community needs. The Legislature has allocated planning funds for the 70,000-square-foot facility, which will be located on our Henderson Campus. We will ask for approximately $35-$40 million in the next legislative session to construct the building.
See More Photos From the Event
Read the Event Press Release
CSN Foundation Gala
Please join us on April 7 for the CSN ‘Blooming in Blue’ gala, a fundraising event to support CSN and construction funds for the health and science building. At the Gala, the first in four years, the CSN Foundation Board of Trustees will present three awards:

  • Community Achievement Award
    Rossi Ralenkotter, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority CEO
  • Community Education Award
  • Community Hero Award
    First Responders, as represented by CSN alumni

To take advantage of the CSN faculty and staff special price of $175 per ticket, please call the CSN Foundation at 702-651-7301 for more information or to purchase your tickets today! Following the gala, the CSN Foundation will host a variety of accessible and creative opportunities to show your support for the college throughout the year.

Learn More About the Gala
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CSN Coyotes

Coach Garritano Nabs Win 600!

Congratulations to CSN Coyotes baseball Coach Nick Garritano, who joined an elite club of coaches last month when he earned his 600th career win. Wow! Before joining the Coyotes, Garritano coached the Green Valley High School Gators for 11 years, where he won over 300 games, including two state championships. He has been at CSN since 2011. Please join me in congratulating Coach Garritano on a major milestone.

Read More About Garritano at
Coyotes Baseball Win Streak
The CSN Coyotes baseball team is on quite a roll, winning its last 14 games in a row for an overall record this year of 18-4. The team, which earned a Junior College World Series appearance last year, is doing so well that it’s moved up to number three in the national rankings! Go Coyotes!
See the National Rankings

In Other News

Nevada Promise Mentoring Sessions
With more than 5,200 students from schools all over southern Nevada having already completed the required training to receive the Nevada Promise scholarship, it is now time for mentoring. We have more than 70 mentoring sessions already scheduled, with more hitting the books every day. Close to 1,000 mentors have signed up, and we could always use more. I’m excited to meet my own mentees. We expect this program to be a huge success and hope the Legislature continues to fund it in the future.
Become a Mentor
Vote for CSN VETS Center
The CSN VETS Center is entered in the NV Energy Foundation Power of Good Giveaway. You can cast your vote beginning March 12 to help the center win $10,000.
Learn More

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