March 6, 2017
Tony Scinta
The national non-profit John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education presented its fifth annual National Conference on the Gateway Course Experience February 26th - February 28th here in Las Vegas. Our city was chosen for the event in part because the conference organizers wanted to shine a spotlight on the quality work being done at NSC.

John Gardner, the founder of the Gardner Institute and a leader in first-year reform movements, noted: "For me, as the organization's CEO, a key part of the rationale for this site location was its proximity to NSC, which enabled us to showcase the pioneering work being done by NSC faculty in redesigning gateway courses and improving student success outcomes. In addition, I wanted to expose fellow higher educators around the country to NSC's social justice commitment. I am appreciative that President Patterson delivered the welcome comments and illustrated that commitment with examples from the College."

Congratulations to the following NSC presenters:
  • Danette Barber and Kathryn Tucker: "Faculty Outcomes in Gateway Course Peer Support Programs"
  • Shantal Marshall: "G2C in Psychology 101: Critical Inquiries as a Way to Retain Students"
  • Gregory Robinson and Gwen Sharp: "Writing about Writing: Transforming English Composition for First Generation and Nontraditional Students"
  • Wendi Benson, Danette Barber, Lance Hignite, and Kaitlyn Meyerowitz: "Getting Students to “Buy-In” and Perform Well in Statistics Classes"
Laura Naumann
Aster Sigel and her committee will begin reviewing abstract submissions for the Undergraduate Research & Creative Works conference this week. If you are interested in participating as a judge during the conference, please email  Leila Pazargadi.

If you have students who are considering graduate school, please encourage them to attend Jenny Ballif’s Graduate Student Panel session on Friday, March 10 th from 9-10:30 am in NSE 129.

The call for Faculty SEED grants has gone out with a deadline of  Wednesday, March 15th. Please email  Laura Naumann for an application or if you have questions.

Nathaniel King and the Library team submitted a  LYRASIS Catalyst Fund grant for $35,000 to support creation of an online, 10-hour modular course to strengthen student’s online information literacy.
Gregory Robinson
The BA in Deaf Studies was approved by the Board of Regents on March 2nd. The image to the right was taken when our Deaf Studies minors got the news. 

In between presenting at the JNGI 2017 conference and finalizing our materials for the Board of Regents, Gregory has also been working with the faculty and administration at TMCC to develop a partnership between their Graphic Communications program and our Visual Media program. There are many hurdles in this process, but there is also great potential for expanding our statewide mission. 

NSC Hosted an event for National TRIO Day on Saturday, March 4th, and 90 people attended. Special thanks to Kimberly Williams for coordinating the event, LaKiasha Hollingsworth (pictured to the left) for addressing attendees in her new role as Interim Director of the TRIO-SSS program, and Andreana Franco, the TRIO Success Coach, who also addressed attendees. 

Finally, CTLE Director Chris Garrett hosted a Writing Retreat on Friday, which several faculty attended. Dr. Garrett's retreats give faculty the time and support they need to make progress in their scholarly endeavors. The next retreat will be Friday, April 7th. Join us and finish that article! 
Richard Yao
Our Disabilities Resource Center, under the leadership of Sandi Patton, collaborated with the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and Clark County School District (CCSD) to host a Transitions Workshop here at NSC on March 2nd for students with disabilities. The approximately 25 students and family members in attendance received guidance on topics such as the admissions process, financial aid, requesting accommodations, and other transitional issues facing students as they enroll in college. The programming included Mr. Carlos Morales, the Assistant Superintendent of CCSD, and various members of NSC and CSN.  Thank you to Sandi and Jessica Camacho of our DRC for continuing to engage with our community partners to improve student success for those with disabilities.

Our peer mentors are hosting a “Group Presentation Workshop” for students on March 8th from 12-1 in NSE 214. David Kachuk and Natlie Dolan, under the supervision of Cheyenne Rogers and Elizabeth Brandise, will be demonstrating how to utilize Prezi, Google Docs, and Google Slides to improve group presentations. They will also address ways to improve teamwork and shared responsibilities. Please be sure to promote this event with your students! 

Lastly, our Advising and Tutoring teams would like to sincerely thank all the LAS faculty members who have made time to connect with our staff members to discuss ways to better serve our students. Due to the willingness and initiative of these faculty members, we’ve been able to collaborate on various workshops, outreach initiatives, and perhaps most importantly, ensure that the academic faculty are informing the work we do in advising and tutoring. 

Just a quick shout-out to the following LAS faculty members:  Abby Peters, Adam Davis, David Kelsey, Jo Meuris, Lance Hignite, Chris Harris, Shirli Brautbar, Aaron Wong, Sam Oliphant, Vu Duong, Jennifer Edmonds, Serge Ballif, Shantal Marshall, Wendi Benson, Jonathan Dunning, Gwen Sharp, and Gregory Robinson. Our Advising team would also like to thank Dean Dennis Potthoff, who collaborated with them to help improve advising for our pre-education majors and increase the number of students getting admitted into the SoE. Lastly, our team would like to acknowledge Dean Neal Rosenburg and the SoN leadership for their work with the advising team on the RN to BSN program and SoN curriculum changes.  Thank you so much, everyone, for your healthy communication dynamics and willingness to go above and beyond to promote student success.

Sandip Thanki
Students who are successful in their first-year gateway classes are more likely to graduate. In order to be successful in these first-year gateway classes, students need to enroll in them! Fortunately, we have been making remarkable progress in having our first-time, full-time students enroll in first-year gateway classes as soon as possible. For example, in Fall 2013, 75% of our first-time, full-time students were enrolled in their first-year composition classes (ENG 100, ENG 101, and ENG 102). In Fall 2016, this number climbed to 95%.
Four New Associate Professors and One New Full Professor
On March 2nd, the Board of Regents voted to approve tenure for the following faculty: 
  • Dr. Roberta Kaufman (SOE)
  • Dr. Ludy Llasus, (SON)
  • Dr. Laura Naumann (LAS)
  • Dr. Zachary Woydziak (LAS)

In addition, Dr Larry Rudd has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor. 

Congratulations to our dedicated faculty!

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