July 2, 2019
Vickie Shields
I am extremely pleased to announce that Angela Brommel and the division of Arts and Culture at Nevada State will be joining the Provost’s Office as of July 1, 2019. In the role of Executive Director, Angela will be in charge of the following:
  • Curating and managing art and cultural collections, which include but are not limited to the Nevada State Permanent Art Collection, temporary exhibitions, and commemorative and cultural artifacts;
  • Directing arts programming on campus, including visiting artists;
  • Chairing the Arts & Culture Council and Arts & Culture Advisory Council;
  • Developing and expanding community outreach efforts, such as building the “Campus as Museum” as an attraction for the community;
  • Developing and implementing strategic art initiatives to increase curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students to study and participate in fine arts;
  • Advancing support for the arts at Nevada State through state funding, grant writing, sponsorships, scholarships, donated art works, donated equipment, etc;
  • Serving as an Affiliate Faculty member within Liberal Arts & Sciences;
  • Advising the Executive Team on matters related to the campus master plan and creative place-making in alignment with the mission, vision, and culture of the College.
 
Angela has served in various roles at Nevada State since 2003. You could say she is one of the founding employees. She holds a BA in Religion (with a minor in Theater) and an MA in Theater from the University of Northern Iowa, an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from UNLV. Angela curated a successful 2019 NSC exhibition in conjunction with the Common Read and The Artist at Work Series titled "Untold Stories: An Exhibition Exploring the Artist as Storyteller." She has been honored in recent years with the following awards: 2019 Red Rock Canyon Artist in Residence (inaugural poet) and the 2017 Helen Stewart Poetry Award from Helen: A Literary Journal.
 
Welcome, Angela!

Nursing Students Have Almost Perfect NCLEX Pass Rate!
The School of Nursing received their graduate licensure exam (NCLEX-RN) report for the first half of 2019. Sixty-seven students tested, with a pass rate of 98.51%.
Tony Scinta
NSHE Activity
Our mission fulfillment report for accreditation remains front and center on my “to-do list,” but in recent weeks we also worked on several items for consideration by NSHE and the Board of Regents. These items include:
  • Program-level data: We responded to a request from Chancellor Thom Reilly about how we can promote student success by leveraging data at the level of departments and academic programs. In consultation with our Deans and Provost Shields, we outlined a two-pronged approach that combines a targeted examination of known challenges with a structured exploration of data for each of our degree programs. The targeted effort focuses on 1) establishing structured and reliable degree pathways for students – which also is a focus of our Complete College America project – and 2) examining courses within the major that have particularly high DFWI rates. The “structured exploration” will rely largely on commandeering our fall assessment retreat to look closely at a host of data points for each program, including the usual suspects (e.g., retention, enrollment, “bottleneck” courses, etc.) as well as areas of specific interest expressed by faculty.  
  • Multiple placement measures: We provided another response to the Chancellor about “multiple measures” as placement mechanisms for college math and English. This brief report gave us an opportunity to highlight two forward-thinking placement strategies implemented by faculty and staff at NSC. For math, it’s the use of the EdReady platform to give incoming students a free and self-paced method for improving their placement from remedial math to a college-level course. For English, it’s the introduction of directed self-placement, which guides students in the selection of the course they believe is the best starting point for them at NSC.

Human Health Sciences Proposal
We worked on requested adjustments to our proposal for a B.S. in Human Health Sciences(HHS), which is designed to be a critical degree pathway for pre-nursing students. A sizable contingent of students who are interested in a nursing degree will enroll in the HHS program, and then will either continue on into the BSN or stick with the HHS degree if they do not get admitted into the nursing program. This proposal will go to the Board of Regents for a vote at the September 2019 meeting.   
Gwen Sharp
New Policy: Enrollment Cancellation for Nonattendance (AE 8)
Last week, President Patterson approved a policy to administratively drop students who do not begin attending classes within the first two weeks of the term. This policy will help both NSC and students. It allows us to meet federal requirements for fighting financial aid fraud, and also helps us by removing students who never actually began attending at all - students who, until now, had to be counted as part of our student body for years, factoring into retention and graduation rates. And it helps students by removing them from classes they would otherwise earn Fs in because they never participated.

This will require some significant changes. Most importantly, by the 2nd Friday of fall and spring semesters (September 6 for Fall 2019), all faculty must go into the Faculty Center in the portal and verify which students have begun attending/participating in the course. This applies to ALL courses, whether in-person, hybrid, or online. Students who haven't begun attending will then be administratively dropped from the course.

I'll follow up with the Deans with more instructions on how faculty verify attendance in the Faculty Center, as well as other details about the policy.

Accessibility Checklist
As you're designing your course Canvas shells, use this ADA Compliance Checklist created by the CTLE for guidance on integrating accessible elements. It's useful for anyone creating documents, websites, or other items that will be distributed across campus or externally, as well.

Publications & Awards
  • An article by June Eastridge (Interim Dean of Nursing), "A New Take on Testing," has been accepted for publication by Nurse Education Today.
  • Dr. Vanessa Mari (Education) received a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship. She will work with la Administración Nacional de Educación Pública in Uruguay. She leaves in September and will be in Uruguay for 3 months.
Gregory Robinson
Nearing the Home Stretch with Strategic Planning 
Full disclosure – I know nothing about sports and had to look up what “home stretch” means, even though I had a basic idea. (I was in the ballpark, you might say.) We’re on track to complete the strategic plan by August 1st and just completed a session with Jeff Stafford, our highly-knowledgeable consultant. Overall, the plan pulls together a wide range of voices on campus and offers a compelling vision of how NSC can evolve. 

Teaching Fellows Institute (TFI) Concludes Another Successful Session
On Friday, our 2019 TFI participants all presented to the campus on their final projects. It is always so inspiring to see what faculty can do when they have the time and support to be creative. This year was no exception. Many faculty presented on their efforts to create linked courses, where students take two (or more) classes as a cohort. Other faculty worked on improving and modernizing existing courses, integrating technology and high-impact practices. If you see any of these faculty around, ask them about their project! You will be impressed.

Nate Silva, Myra Infante Sheridan, Christina Squires, Dawn Butler, Jess Price, Emily Hoover, Seth Churchman, and Derric Carter. 

Chris Garrett and his team did a terrific job leading this important effort.
Stefanie Coleman
Student Success Efforts
Starfish is HERE! Kudos to Alex Kunkle and Jesse Poole for all of their time and energy bringing this awesome student success platform to NSC. Training sessions should be available very soon before the soft launch later this summer. Starfish is an excellent tool to help close the loop on our campus efforts to help students be successful in their academic journey. In other news, the CARE team received a wonderful donation from NSSA in our effort to address food insecurity. Also, Care Team member Amey Evaluna was a guest contributor on KNPR (88.9 FM) on Friday, June 28th, discussing homelessness, foster youth, and the CARE TEAM! 
IT’S HERE!
Are you ready for some BASKETBALL? The basketball courts are here and ready to be used! I'm looking forward to some friendly competitions with students, faculty, and staff. Pick your poison: 3-on-3, 3-point shoot-a-round, Slam-Dunk, and let’s not forget the very popular H-O-R-S-E. 

One Month Down
It’s been a great first month meeting people and learning my way (I don’t use my GPS anymore driving to or from work). Everyone has been genuinely nice and sincere about helping me transition. I’m always asked about how I’m tolerating the heat; I’ll take the heat over a polar vortex anytime. Also, I know you’re curious about the angry birds attacking me and fellow residents near my home last month. The birds have been HANDLED. Have a safe and Happy 4th of July.
Key Dates
  • Aug 14-15: New Faculty Orientation
  • Aug 21: Fall Convocation (campus-wide)
  • Aug 26: First day of fall classes
  • Oct. 9-11: NWCCU Accreditation visit
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