March 13, 2017
Tony Scinta
Last week Gwen Sharp and I attended the NWCCU accreditation workshop to learn more about our Year 7 report, which is due in 2019. Two years may seem like ample time to plan, but the Year 7 report is the culminating document that assesses virtually everything we do as a college (based on metrics established in our Year 1 report on Mission and Core Themes), so we are making preparations now.  Gwen, Brian Chongtai, and I will lead the effort, but the nature of the report will require us to solicit support from faculty and staff across campus.  Ultimately, this is a good opportunity for us to demonstrate all of the great things that are happening at NSC.

As part of the accreditation process, later this month the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force will launch a Community Engagement Survey to faculty and staff about partnerships with external groups. Thanks to Edith Fernandez, Amey Evaluna, Laura Naumann, Janice Le, and Qingmin Shi for their work developing the survey.
Gregory Robinson
We’re proud to announce a call for the 2017 Teaching Fellows Institute (TFI). In this institute, you’ll meet with your colleagues twice a week, get support from experts on campus, and create a project that helps NSC improve student success. Applications are due April 14th. 

Last fall, CSN advisors visited campus to learn how we support transfer students. This spring, we’re following up with them to update articulation agreements and develop 4-year Guided Pathways that help students move through an AA/AS at CSN and a BA/BS with us.

Finally, did you know the Nepantla program boasts a 92% 1-term retention rate for its most recent cohort? Congratulations to the faculty and staff who work with Nepantla for their success with these students!
Laura Naumann
Laura Naumann, Kimberly Williams, and Munyiga Lumumba are putting the finishing touches on the TRIO-Upward Bound Math & Science grant due this week. This Department of Education grant would bring $1.2 million to the campus over five years to fund programming that helps underrepresented high school students enter college in math and science fields (hopefully at NSC)! We are also waiting to hear if the other two TRIO-Upward Bound programs Kimberly oversees will be re-awarded for FY18. 

SEED Grants – Ideally, SEED funds for this award period need to be spent by June 20th in order to fit within the FY17 budget. The Provost’s office will run a call for SEED proposals again in academic year 2018-19. Please email me your submission by Wednesday, March 15th or let me know when I can expect your proposal.

Summer Scholarship Institute (SSI) – Next week, I will send out a survey to faculty about types of development or programming that would help you complete your scholarship. This feedback will inform how I structure this year’s SSI and determine what programs may be beneficial during the year. Tentatively, my plan is to run SSI in a six-week format (likely concurrent with the first six-week session of summer).

Richard Yao
Under the leadership of President Dez DeCosta and our Student Activities Manager, Phil LaMotte, NSSA has emphasized the importance of service learning and actively engaging in our local community. They have volunteered with a number of community programs, including the Veteran’s Home Veteran’s Olympics Event, HELP of Southern Nevada, and the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.  Here are their upcoming volunteer events:

March 14th: Trail restoration at Red Rock Canyon with Friends of Nevada Wilderness
April 1st:  Cooking and serving dinner at the Ronald McDonald House
May (date to be determined):  NSSA Senator Katie Jensen collaborated with Special Olympics of Nevada and Spring Valley High School to host a unified basketball game.

Our students would love to see participation from faculty and staff at these events:

April 14th:  Scorpion Splash 5K – start training now!
April 21st:  Battle of the Clubs and Carnival

In other news, our Director of Student Academic Support Services, Adeste Sipin, is leaving Nevada State College.  His last day is Thursday, March 16th. Adeste has been with the College since 2006 and has served in several different roles, which include work in recruiting, academic advising, and other student support services.  Through all of these roles, Adeste has demonstrated a tremendous commitment to our student population and a willingness to help the college in a multitude of ways. (Read More) 
Sandip Thanki
Faculty Updates
Congratulations to Dr. Lori Navarrete (SOE), who was approved for a sabbatical for Fall 2017. 

Laura Decker in the English Program is hosting three readings presented by students in her ENG 205 class. Check out dates and times here.

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