September 18, 2017
Vickie Shields
I am excited to experience my first Spirit Week at Nevada State College. The anticipation is palpable! Although I was honored to be asked by NSSA to be in the dunk tank, I believe my talents are being put to better use as one of the judges of the talent show. Last week was all about College Leadership searches. At the beginning of the week the Executive Team conducted Skype interviews with candidates for the Chief of Staff position and at the end of the week the search committee for the Director of Marketing and Events position conducted extensive telephone interviews. Both pools are brimming with talent. 
SAVE THE DATE!!!!

The Provost Lecture Series for Social Analysis and Critical Thought

November 8, 2017
NSE Auditorium
1:30pm reception in the NSE rotunda
2:00 – 3:15pm keynote:
Saving Democracy from Political Incivility:
Lessons from Lincoln
 
Keynote Speaker: Matthew C. Moen, Ph.D.
President of the Gettysburg Foundation
 
Incivility in American politics is on the rise, with people telling pollsters that political conflict has become a significant source of stress in their lives. How do we restore a more positive political climate? Part of the answer is looking back to thoughtful and forgiving leaders, such as Abraham Lincoln, whose Gettysburg Address spoke clearly of the unfinished work of democracy; another is experimenting with public policy decisions that could enhance political civility. 

Dr. Matthew Moen is President of the Gettysburg Foundation, a philanthropic educational organization working in partnership with the National Park Service to preserve Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site. 
 
Moen holds the title of Distinguished Professor Emeritus from the University of South Dakota, where he was Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Lohre Distinguished Professor and Professor of Political Science for over 15 years. He is the author/co-author of six books and dozens of articles in the field of American politics. 

Among other roles, Moen was President of the New England Political Science Association, President of the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (the national dean's organization), Chair of the Professional Ethics Committee of the American Political Science Association, and Chair of the South Dakota Humanities Council, appointed by the governor.

He has spoken all around the country on behalf of education in the liberal arts and sciences. In 2016, he undertook a democracy and civility tour that included seven personal appearances and two radio broadcasts. 

4:00 – 5:00pm:
Moen will join me and invited leadership and faculty for a panel:
What is Nevada State’s Niche?
Tony Scinta
The past two weeks have been marked by the fulfillment of key obligations and progress towards critical goals, but precious little to report in terms of concrete achievements. In regards to key obligations, Provost Shields and I spent ample time in Elko from September 5-8, participating in the first Board of Regents meeting of the academic year. This was not a particularly eventful Board meeting, but plenty of conversation at the Students Affairs and Academic Affairs councils focused on collaborations among NSHE institutions to ensure a more seamless transfer and articulation of students from one school to another, which undoubtedly will be a focus of ours in the coming months and years.
 
In regards to progress towards critical goals, we worked on several initiatives, including our developing first-year experience initiative (“NSC Gateways”), outcomes assessment (as noted by Gregory Robinson), the search for a Chief of Staff (as noted by Provost Shields), and both short and long term enrollment and retention objectives. I likely will have more to report about each of these initiatives in the coming weeks.
Gregory Robinson
NSC's First Master's Degree

I'm excited to announce that Dean Potthoff and Dr. Meyerowitz have submitted the degree and course proposals for the MEd in Speech-Language Pathology. As these proposals move through our internal approval process, we'll be drafting an application to ASHA, the governing body for speech-language pathology programs. If all goes as planned, NSC will have its first graduate degree by 2019.

Core Assessment

We’re now beginning our next round of efforts to assess the core curriculum. As we proceed with this assessment, we’ll be keeping our eye on new and emerging models that might help us revise our core outcomes. One model that has been growing in popularity is AAC&U’s LEAP campaign, which supports these essential learning outcomes. Special thanks to CTLE Director Chris Garrett and his team for leading this crucial effort. (Also, don’t forget to attend some of the many remaining professional development sessions supported by the CTLE.)

Diversity and Inclusion

If you see an orange bag on campus today, take a photo and post it to social media using the tag #ScorpionDreamers. These bags, which are located all around campus, are part of Nepantla efforts to raise awareness for students affected by recent changes to DACA. Also, don't forget to stop by the scorpion statue at 3pm for a rally and group photo.
Laura Naumann
REMINDER - SEED GRANTS DUE MONDAY, OCTOBER 2nd
The Office of the Provost sponsors the Seed Grant competition every fall and spring. Funds up to $2,000 are awarded to full-time faculty to conduct scholarly/creative work that will put them in a better position to present or publish their work and/or apply for external funding. Applications for the fall competition are due to Laura.Naumann@nsc.edu by the end of business on Monday, October 2nd. Faculty who would like help with their submissions should email Cordellia Vanover, our Pre-Awards Grants Coordinator
 
THINKING OF APPLYING FOR AN EXTERNAL GRANT THIS SEMESTER?
Complete the new online Grant Funding (RFP) Review Form, which requests basic information about the funding announcement and submission deadline. (Faculty applying for internal NSC Seed Grants do not need to submit this form). Please complete this form with as much advanced notice of the submission deadline so that Sponsored Projects has time to review your proposal narrative and budget justification.
 
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH & CREATIVE WORKS CONFERENCE
Due to record participation in 2017, the conference will no longer be able to accept all student submissions and will evaluate all student submissions for quality and completeness of the abstract. Students submitting projects that were completed as part of a course are still encouraged to apply; however, multiple student submissions on the same topic will be restricted to the three top-reviewed abstracts from a given course. Faculty are encouraged to organize a panel of 3-4 students to present their work in an oral format (either as a PowerPoint or paper reading) on a common theme or topic. Email Aster.Sigel@nsc.edu for more information.

  • Online Application opens – Thursday, October 26
  • Student Abstracts due – Monday, March 5
  • Conference – Friday, April 20
  • Sign up to be a judge!
Rich Yao
As you may have noticed, we have two new officers from UNLV Police joining Officer Evan Carney here at Nevada State College. Please take the time to welcome Officers Derek Scott and John Gardner to our campus. Officers Carney and Scott will be rotating the 7am-3pm and 11am-7pm shifts, while Officer Gardner will be working the 3pm-11pm shift. We will also have police coverage on weekends from 7am-7pm. 

In the case of an emergency, you can call 911 from any campus phone. This will automatically route to UNLV dispatch, who will direct the officers as needed. If you call 911 from your cell phone, this will go to Henderson Police first. 

Here are the phone numbers for UNLV Dispatch – please be sure to add to your cell phone. If you need more immediate assistance, you can call 702-895-3669. In non-emergency cases, you can call 702-895-3668. If you have any questions, concerns, or special police requests, please contact me directly, and I will help facilitate. 

Also, please see this student crisis flowchart, which can help guide you through any student concerns/incidents. This was initially shared with campus last spring and was developed with input from faculty, staff, and college leadership. I just wanted to send out again to ensure everyone has it for their reference. 
Sandip Thanki
How does the academic performance of NSC freshmen compare to seniors? One measure of performance is academic standing. "Good academic standing" is defined in our catalog as "A 2.0 in any given semester as well as a cumulative 2.0 on all college work. Students must be in good academic standing to be eligible to receive financial aid." At the end of a given fall semester, on average, over 80% of NSC students are on good academic standing. As shown in this chart, more seniors are on good academic standing compared to freshmen. In the past five years, the trend for freshmen on good academic standing has been steadily increasing. The increase can be attributed to NSC’s support services. When the freshmen who used support services (e.g. Tutoring, Advising, etc.) are excluded, the percentage of students on good academic standing declines.
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