November 18, 2021
Vickie Shields
The Great Haunt
Gosh, it was nice to host The Great Haunt once again before Halloween! I want to thank all fiendish and fabulous merrymakers for their fun participation. The costumes and ghoulish treats from the café were very creative and tasty. The winner of the intensely difficult horror movie trivia contest was CEDI. Look out for them in dark hallways! They know too much. Marketing and Events won best group costume for “Zooming in slippers,” Erica Zajac won for best attention to detail for her “Dia de los Muertos” costume, and Chris Garrett was the coolest cat in the joint as “1968 John Lennon.” Honorable mention goes to Jo “Wonder Woman” Meuris. I want to thank Sita Sales, Leo Pena, Christine Gonzalez, Laura Hinojosa, Pam Ball, and Danette Barber for planning and executing a super fun party!

A Happy Hallows Eve was had by all!
Major Policies in the Works
The early drafts of the Alternative Work Arrangement Policy are currently being discussed in College Leadership, Dean’s Council, and Executive Team. This policy and related policies will provide a roadmap for our responsiveness to alternative work arrangements that emerged during the pandemic, allowing NS to be a forward-thinking employer of choice in the next normal. To preserve equity amongst our employees, no alternative work arrangements will be approved until the policy is finalized and adopted, most likely in late spring 2022. Until that time, starting in January, the campus will adhere to work arrangements as they were defined before March 2020. I appreciate your patience with this process.

The initial drafts of the NS merit policies for both Administrative and Academic faculty are moving through the shared governance process and are being discussed by the following groups: Dean’s Council, Faculty Senate, Director’s Council, and Executive Team, as well as examined by Berna Rhodes Ford. The revised policies must be submitted to the Chancellor by January 15, 2022.
Tony Scinta
You know it has been a long day when you need to look at your own file folders for a reminder of what you’ve been working on. “I worked on that recently? Wait, I worked on it this morning? That was me??” Granted, it wasn’t a bad day, just a long one, capped by a wonderful opportunity to see some faculty and staff in person at our first non-virtual Open House in over two years (some of whom I was meeting face-to-face for the first time, which was nice).

Some of my other preoccupations over the preceding two weeks – when I wasn’t busy forgetting what I had worked on – include:

The New Deal
I’ll spare you the finer details, but we worked with various stakeholders to significantly improve our system for collecting and reviewing student vaccination records. Ripping off the figurative band-aid of the prior system was not easy, and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to a bunch of folks (including the entire registrar’s office, Mick Haney, Gwen Sharp, and Janice Le-Nguyen), but the net result is a process that should be faster and easier to navigate for our students.

The Great Fall 2021 Retention Campaign
For the last several years, we’ve conducted a robust outreach and retention campaign via Academic Advising, typically with encouraging results. We recently launched our fall campaign, which includes emails, texts, and direct phone calls to students who have not yet registered. The new and unprecedented wrinkle, of course, is the challenge of helping students navigate the vaccine mandate, and we will be closely monitoring and adapting our process – as needed – over the course of the campaign.

Workforce Development
I’ve been consulting with Tom Nicholas, our Director of Workforce Development, on the next steps for his division. The key highlights include a formal definition of what we mean by “workforce development,” a thorough, multi-faceted assessment of prospective workforce development programs, and the development of program “profiles” that provide a concise but informative outline of potential programs for internal and external stakeholders.

Collaborative Dual Credit Discussion
The dual enrollment space has become a hotbed of activity in recent years, with even UNR extending its reach to establish programming in Southern Nevada, so one of the major aims of the Nevada System is to develop a more complementary and collaborative working relationships among the NSHE institutions. We’re beginning to do our part to advance this goal and recently orchestrated a productive meeting with both UNLV and CSN about how our different dual enrollment programs can effectively coexist.
Gwen Sharp
Keynote Speaker for Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Conference
The keynote speaker for the 2022 URCW Conference will be Mindy Johnson. She writes and presents about the often forgotten history of women in Hollywood, particularly in Disney animation. The conference will be held in person April 29, 2022.

Publications & Exhibitions

IRB Best Practices
This week I attended the virtual Social, Behavioral, and Educational Research (SBER) Conference, which is aimed at IRB staff/administrators. I viewed several sessions on conducting research on pedagogical practices and/or using students and student data. I was pleased to see that our IRB has been enforcing most of the best practices recommended at the conference (for instance, requiring instructors to wait until final grades are submitted to access any data collected from students). I also picked up a few tips to improve our human subjects oversight.

A major focus of the sessions was the requirement to comply with FERPA, which protects students' educational records. The IRB can't waive FERPA, even if a project is otherwise exempt or wouldn't require written consent. I'll be working with the Registrar to develop a policy that clearly spells out the requirements to use student data (including coursework and grades) in research.

Renewing Human Subjects Certificates
I recently emailed all PIs on campus who have active research projects and whose human subjects certificates have expired or will do so in the near future. Several individuals have already updated their training and sent me a new certificate. If your certificate has expired, you must stop all research until you renew it and email me your updated certificate. If you received notice of an expired certificate but will not continue your research project, fill out and submit the IRB project closure form.

We now use CITI for our human subjects protections training; you will complete the Social, Behavioral, and Educational (SBE) Comprehensive module. You can access CITI through the NSC portal Quicklinks menu.

Pahrump Powwow
This weekend is the Pahrump Powwow, which is free and open to the public.
Gregory Robinson
Long Night Against Procrastination
It is this Friday! November 19th, 2021 from 5 pm - 12 am.

Long Night Against Procrastination, or "LNAP," is designed for NSC students to get ahead on assignments while having a great time with their peers. It is also an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff to stop by campus and check in with students.

Sign-in booths will be located on campus, outside in the plaza, and online.

The Marydean Martin Library, Academic Success Center, Blue Sage Writer’s Guild, Academic Advising’s Student Success Team, The Office of Student Wellness, NSSA, and Nepantla will provide support and programming throughout the night. Follow the Writing Center on social media @nscwritingcenter or visit their Canvas page if you'd like more information.

If you are interested, RSVP here.

Día de los Muertos
Congratulations to Leilani Carreño, Samantha Gonzales, and the rest of the Nepantla team on another successful Día de los Muertos. The altars were wonderful and the student presentations reminded me of everything that makes NSC great.

Meet the Library
If you didn't have a chance to make the "Lunch with the Library" event on Tuesday, take a look at this short slide presentation. It introduces the entire library team and their roles on campus.
Stefanie Coleman
NSSA Spring 2022 Scholarships
NEW Deadline to apply for one of the available scholarships! November 21st at 11:59 pm
  • Butterfly Scholarship-Support Undocumented & DACA Students
  • Emperor Scorpion Scholarship-Support African American students
  • Traveling Scorpion Scholarship-Support students that commute to campus
  • Dedicated Scorpion Scholarship-Support working students
  • Rainbow Scorpion Scholarship-Support students who are part of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • Stinger Scorpion Scholarship-Support junior/senior standing students

Make sure you tell your students to apply now!
In Memory of Graciela
The NSC community lost one of our beloved students last month. Graciela Gomez was well-loved by her family and friends and she will be missed by all. Let us move into the holiday season with a spirit of gratefulness and remember Graciela’s family in our hearts and prayers.

Stay Safe Scorpions.
Be a part of Scorpions-Giving!
We need 12 more turkeys. If you are interested in making a donation, please let Laura know! She will happily come your way to pick up funds or turkeys. Any leftover funds will go to our NSC Food Pantry.
Sandip Thanki
Fall Graduation
In Fall 2015, Nevada State graduated 149 students. Any guesses on how many will graduate this fall?

The chart below shows the number of students expected to graduate in grey and the actual number of graduates in Nevada State gold.  Assuming the conversion rate is maintained, we expect to graduate about 300 students this fall. That would be double the number of students who graduated in Fall 2015.
Although it is too early to project spring graduation, it is never too early to run data reports. The following is what we have if we look at expected graduation and graduates annually. We already graduated 151 students this summer. For comparison, in Summer 2020 we graduated 138 students.
Key Dates
  • 11/19: Long Night Against Procrastination
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