Nevada State College and the Office of Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives (CEDI) welcome Nick Mathews as NSC’s new Gear Up Ambassador.
NSC students, faculty and staff shared their dreams for themselves, their school and the world at Black History Month event, “What is your dream?!”
On March 11, 2015, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) will host its first-ever Status of Women event, featuring Vice Chancellor Catherine Cortez Masto as the keynote speaker.
A month from now, the world’s leading expert on Spring break will start getting phone calls from the New York Times, the Atlantic Magazine and NPR asking about spring break and students partying. The prediction: Panama City Beach will be the hot spot for East Coasters, Lake Havasu or San Diego for traveling mid-Westerners and Cancun for international spring breakers.
In December 2014, the Dr. Joel and Carol Bower School-Based Health Center (SBHC) had its Certification Visit from the The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (NDPBH), Bureau of Child, Family, and Community Wellness. The SBHC was approved for certification, and awarded a certificate which states, “The Dr. Joel and Carol Bower SBHC has successfully met the Nevada SBHC Standards for Certification.” The Director of the School-Based Health Center, Dr. Sherri Coffman, was very excited about this accomplishment. “We have been working very hard for this,” she said. “I’m so pleased to announce that we passed with flying colors!” 
Last Thursday, January 22, the Nevada State Student Alliance (NSSA), with the help of the Office of Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives presented its first-ever Humanitarian Award. The award was presented to NSC student Astrid Silva at the Welcome Week event “Lunch with Leaders,” held in the Dawson building.
NSC chemistry professor, Dr. Amber Howerton, worked with UNLV faculty to earn a five-year, $3.25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in December. The grant was awarded to support the efforts of Dr. Howerton and UNLV chemistry professor, Dr. Ernesto Abel-Santos, as they continue their research on a drug aimed at preventing Clostridium difficile, or C. diff.
Kristi Overgaard, the Executive Vice President of Awesomeness for Switch and all Rob Roy Companies, has been selected to serve as Vice Chair of the Nevada State College Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
This semester marks the start of NSC’s first Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program, in conjunction with the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM), for students interested in medical school.
Nevada State College celebrated the construction of the Student Center and the Nursing, Science, and Education Building with a Beam Signing Ceremony.
Dr. Kathryn Tucker is the newly-hired Writing Center Director and Assistant Professor of English Rhetoric and Composition here at NSC. Dr. Tucker and her staff of six Peer Writing Specialists are building up the Writing Center this semester, and have big plans for the future.
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) hosted its 3rd Annual Diversity Summit in Southern Nevada on Friday, October 3, 2014. The event was held at the Cheyenne Campus of the College of Southern Nevada, from 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hundreds of staff and faculty members from Southern Nevada institutions attended the event, including a large contingency from NSC.
On Wednesday, Sept. 17, representatives from the NSC School of Nursing went before the Nevada State Board of Nursing to gain approval for the expansion of their program. The School of Nursing leadership team presented their plan, which includes adding more students and updating the curriculum.
Nevada State College Department of Physical and Life Sciences Professor Vikash Patel posed this question to his Biology 223, Human Anatomy and Physiology class during a live demo of NSC’s new cutting-edge technology, The 3D Classroom.
Nevada State College and Nevadans for the Common Good launched a new mentoring program on Friday, Sept. 19, with a Meet & Greet for mentors and mentees in the Liberal Arts & Sciences Building (LAS).
Nevada State College President Bart Patterson presented the 2014 State of the Campus Address on Monday, Sept. 15, to an audience of community leaders, supporters, students, faculty and staff at the City of Henderson Event Plaza Amphitheatre.
The yellow fiber board will be installed on the south side of the Nursing, Science and Education building. Framing is complete ...
The overall structure on the Nursing, Science and Education building is complete. The building’s utilities are almost complete on the first floor and about half complete on the 2nd. We are starting to layout the 3rd floor...
The 3rd floor and roof deck of the Nursing, Science and Education building have been poured and are curing...
Nursing, Science and Education continues on track. We will pour the deck for the 3rd floor. This week...
The second floor deck to the Nursing Science and Education building was poured last week. After it cures, we will be starting the mechanical, electrical, water, sewer...
The beginning of the 2014-15 school year marks Nevada State College’s 12th year in existence. While the college began as a small group of 177 students, it has evolved into a campus of more than 3400 students, set on 500 acres of land.
August 2014 marks a historic occasion for NSC history students:  this month the college welcomed Dr. Eduardo De Mesa as NSC’s first ever Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence.
As the sun was at its highest, mid-day on August 28, President Bart Patterson cooled down with the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The challenge took place in front of an excited crowd of faculty, staff and students at the Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) building.
The Office of Community Engagement & Diversity Initiatives at NSC seeks to promote a campus culture that values diversity in all its forms, through inclusive dialogues, experiences and appreciation and value of others to leverage people as a source of collective learning, campus unity, and institutional strength.
We continue to prepare the 2nd floor decking of the Nursing, Science and Education building for the concrete pour...
The Nursing Science and Education building continues on track. The fabricated stairs from the first floor to the second floor will be installed...
With the steelwork wrapping up on the upper decks of the Nursing, Science and Education building, the mechanical and plumbing subs will be starting to install...
Structural steel will continue on the Nursing, Science and Education building. We are currently designing electrical floor outlets in classrooms on the upper levels...
As part of the Nevada State College (NSC) Nepantla Program, NSC has launched its second Summer Bridge with a cohort of 22 first-generation college students.
On June 22, 2014, ten NSC students returned from Dublin, Ireland after participating in the second annual Study Abroad in Ireland program.
The NSC Office of the Provost announced the addition of two new positions this month: the Vice Provost for Scholarship and Experiential Curriculum, and the Vice Provost for Student Success and Academic Innovation.
The Nevada State College Foundation (NSCF) has announced the appointment of four new trustees...
The project is making up for lost time.  The steel work in the Nursing Science and Education building will continue this week...
Steel work will continue on the Nursing Science and Education building. You will also see the block on the walls start to go vertical...
First, I want to reiterate safety. I talk about it every week because that is number one on everyone’s list. All of the excitement and enthusiasm of new buildings can be offset with one bad instance...
The structural steel for the Nursing, Science and Education building arrives Monday. The crane is scheduled to be erected on Tuesday. After that, we start to building...
The Nevada State College (NSC) Department(s) of Physical and Life Sciences and Social Sciences continue to thrive, celebrating the addition of several new programs, including GradFit and poster presentations for both social and life sciences.
We are pouring lots and lots of cement.  Due to the warm weather, we will be laying the floor for the Nursing, Science and Education building in three pours instead of two.  All will be at...
The Dr. Joel & Carol Bower School-Based Health Center (SBHC) celebrated 10 years of serving the Henderson community with a Community Health Fair on Saturday, June 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nevada State College faculty members are receiving awards and recognition on a national level, from alumni awards to national committees and academic journals.
And the award for Best Use of Character goes to…”Speak English?” by NSC Films! 
All our water lines have passes inspection.   So, we will be backfilling the waterline trenches.  This means that the fence around the plaza will be moved even further...
First and most importantly, we will have a compactor on Monday or Tuesday to flatten out the bumps and make a better parking surface in the temporary parking lot....
We recently received approvals from the State Fire Marshall for the Nursing, Science and Education (NSE) building. As such, we are moving swiftly to catch up on our construction schedule....
Nevada State College (NSC) was proud to graduate its largest class ever at the Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony on May 10, 2014 at the Henderson Pavilion.  More than 200 students participated in the ceremony, along with administrators, faculty, staff, members of the Nevada Board of Regents and the NSC Foundation Board of Trustees, other elected officials, friends, family members and the community.
May was a good month for the Nevada State College (NSC) School of Nursing.  With the annual pinning ceremony on May 9th, during National Nurses Week (May 6-12), a 100 percent pass rate of Nevada State students on the nursing licensure exam, and the hire of new Dean & Associate Professor Dr. Neal Rosenburg, the School of Nursing has a lot to celebrate.
“It’s been a busy year for NSSA,” announced Student Activities Advisor Jerica Turek at the Nevada State Student Association (NSSA) End-of-Year banquet and Installation Ceremony. “This year has been incredibly successful, with improvements in every area,” she said. The organization boasts an increased number of NSSA events, a 10% higher attendance rate from last year to this year, a record number of 25 registered clubs and organizations, and improvement in the programs and services offered to students, among other accomplishments.
Nevada State College (NSC) Provost Dr. Erika Beck and Physical and Life Sciences Department Chair Dr. Robin Cresiski have been selected by the National Association of Women Business Owners as finalists for the 2014 Women of Distinction Award (WODA).
We are continuing to form and pour footings for the NSE building, site walls and the stairs to the Student Activities building.  All of the building plumbing for NSE...
We began pouring concrete for the Nursing, Science and Education (NSE) building footings last week.  This will continue into the early part of this week...
Building permits have arrived! Time to catch up on the schedule. You probably noticed a ramp up in activities last Friday. We will be concentrating on the building pads first...
Building permits have arrived!  Time to catch up on the schedule.  You probably noticed a ramp up in activities last Friday.  We will be concentrating on the building pads first...
We continue to address design questions from the State Fire Marshall, State Public Works Board and the City of Henderson.  These are key steps...
The heavy equipment racing around was fun while it lasted.  But those big scrapers will be leaving week....
Grading will continue on site.  The building pads for both buildings will be constructed and compacted...
Grading will continue on site.  The building pads for both buildings will be constructed and compacted...
Rough grading will continue throughout the week of March 31.
The construction water tank will be moved onto the construction site on Monday and Tuesday.  There will be some light grading on Monday and Tuesday as well to clear and level the area for construction trailers.
Now that the construction perimeter fencing is mostly complete and all of the trees and plants have been transferred into storage beds, the week of March 17 will be the calm before the storm.
Great news!  Our construction partners have figured out a way to avoid tearing up the LAS parking lot until after the Spring semester.  Therefore, the temporary parking lot to the West of LAS will not need to be constructed until Mid-May. 
"While Google Glass is more of a personal piece of technology, it can be adapted in ways to enable sharing among many users," said Ernesto Hernandez, emerging technologies librarian at the college. "I look forward to working with our campus community to brainstorm uses that will enhance our learning environments online and in the classroom."
History students at Nevada State College (NSC) will be working to preserve Henderson's past by collecting oral histories of area residents with the support of a recent $97,000 Library Services and Technology Act Grant (LSTA). Working closely with academic faculty and library staff, students will develop job skills in oral history collection and digital archiving while participating in an undergraduate research project focused on the southern Nevada city, titled "Bridging the Past, Henderson Memories."
Highlighting the definition of social intelligence, Thompson and the event participants discussed the importance of being mindful of the thoughts and feelings of others and considered how an individual's actions, volunteerism, and support can make an impact.
"Study abroad experiences enrich the intellectual and personal lives of students who participate," shared Roberta Kaufman, assistant professor of the School of Education, and faculty advisor of the 2013 study abroad program. "Participants have the opportunity to become immersed in another culture. They can dispel myths and learn the history that influences contemporary thinking. An international experience creates opportunity to be a participant rather than an observer."
"Continuing to enhance student success and retention are key objectives at Nevada State College," said NSC Provost and Executive Vice President Erika Beck. "Gateway courses are stepping stones in a student's path to completing their degree program and are therefore an important foundation for their success. We're honored to have the opportunity to work so closely with John Gardner, a world renowned expert in the field, as our institution strengthens the first year retention of our students and ultimately produces a larger number of career-ready graduates."
Creating new opportunities for Nevada State College students to both engage in their coursework and achieve academic success; the Student Academic Center has launched a Supplemental Instruction (SI) program. SI is a free student service that focuses on historically difficult courses, such as math and biology, and encourages students to take advantage of highly interactive, peer-organized study sessions.
"I was very thrilled when the opportunity to partner with the NSCF came about as this is the first time I am given the chance to provide a scholarship to a local college," said Reynaldo Robledo, owner of RTS. "I feel it is very important for local companies to give back to the community whenever possible - it is a win-win for everyone."
NSC has announced the appointment of Edith Fernandez to the position of Associate Vice President of Community Engagement and Diversity Initiatives after a national search. In this new leadership role, Fernandez will work closely with the Southern Nevada community and the institution to support community outreach and diversity initiatives as well as coordinate internal efforts to retain and graduate students of all backgrounds.
“It was an absolutely amazing feeling to receive the Kenny C. Guinn Memorial Millennium Scholarship and know that I am one of the top education students in the state,” said Starkweather. “I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity and the acknowledgment that this scholarship has awarded me as it will help me complete my final semester at Nevada State College.”
“While the campus continues to grow, our goal is to maintain the close-knit environment that has made NSC special since the beginning,” shared Brandi Robinson, events coordinator and Spirit Week director. “Spirit Week provides opportunities for the campus community to mingle, students and faculty to connect outside of the classroom, and most importantly, for all to tout their Scorpion Pride.”
“It’s an honor for Nevada State College and the Office of the President to be able to reward our students as they start their studies off with such a focus on academic success,” said President Bart Patterson. “I look forward to having these amazing scholars on campus to inspire all students to achieve success.”
Expanding to meet demand of both the local and national job market, Nevada State College has announced the addition of a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice program. The college received approval to add the degree to its roster of over 24 majors and minors by the Board of Regents during a meeting held in early September.
President Bart Patterson presented the State of the Campus Address on Monday, Sept. 23 to share his vision for the campus and to celebrate recent successes of both students and faculty.
The Dr. Joel and Carol Bower School-Based Health Center (SBHC) has been selected by 8 News NOW to be one of the three local children’s clinics to benefit from the Dial 4 A Smile telethon scheduled for Sept. 10 through 12 during its 4pm to 6pm newscast. The SBHC was founded in 2004 through a Nevada State College School of Nursing and Clark County School District partnership.
Known as the “CSC@NSC,” the center will act as the career hub on campus, providing students and alumni the skills needed to identify career goals and interact with a lifetime of professional career movement and job decisions.
"Since 2012, the mobile traffic to the NSC website has increased by over 40 percent," said Brian Chongtai, director of OIT. "The NSC Mobile app is a new tool for this audience as they continue to seek out NSC resources." 
As Nevada State College (NSC) works to consolidate its campus through the construction of two new buildings, the institution has announced that the previously approved special building fee will be deferred for students enrolled during the 2013-2014 academic year.
Building upon a tradition that was started in 2012, Nevada State College (NSC) has scheduled its second annual Spirit Week for Monday, Sept. 23 through Friday, Sept. 27.
“It’s an honor to have been chosen to represent both our state and Nevada State College on the NCLEX-RN item writing panel,” said  Professor Growe. “Every nurse in the nation is required to take this exam prior to beginning work and I’m delighted to provide my input and help uphold a standard of excellence in our field. Writing for the exam has been on my bucket list since I began teaching.”
“The NSC Summer Bridge is unique in that students not only have the opportunity to acclimate to college coursework, but they start their college experience with a group of similar students in order to foster peer-to-peer support,” said Leila Pazargadi, NSC assistant professor and director of the summer bridge.
Dedicated to learning American Sign Language (ASL), a group of Nevada State College students led the charge to expand the college’s language course offerings by organizing a petition during the spring semester.
An important part of Butler’s initial focus at NSC will be towards finalizing plans for two new buildings to be constructed on the main campus. He will be involved in the completion of project financing, building floor plans, as well as construction.
Providing an efficient and seamless pathway for Associate Degree in Nursing students to also complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing program, Nevada State College and Truckee Meadows Community College have partnered to form a collaborative nursing program.
Approximately 315 students participated in the ceremony joined by administrators, faculty, staff, Nevada Board of Regents members, NSC Foundation Board of Trustees representatives, other elected officials, friends, and family.
“Providing students with unique stress relieving activities, such as pet therapy, is a growing trend for colleges and universities across the nation,” said Ernesto Hernandez, Emerging Technologies Librarian at NSC. “We are so thankful that Love Dog Adventures could help our students, faculty, and staff members take a mental break during the start of a typically stressful week.”
In preparation for the upcoming iTeach Awards Ceremony, the Nevada State College Office of College Relations will be accepting award nomination through Tuesday, Feb. 19.
“Students across the campus have acknowledged the need for the new buildings,” said Nevada State Student Alliance President Deuvall Dorsey during the IFC meeting. “We are truly the fastest growing institution of higher education in the state – our campus expansion has been a long time coming and we’re proud to be moving forward.”
Available to students of all majors at the college, the initial cohort will study at the Marino Institute of Education (MIE), an associated college of the University of Dublin, Trinity College, in Dublin, Ireland June 10-21, 2013.
The development plans will now go to the Nevada Legislature Interim Finance Committee for review Jan. 25.
“Marydean Martin generously contributed a significant amount of money to support the expansion of the NSC Library. Marydean is a tireless advocate to support the value of learning for future generations of NSC students. Her first large contribution came in the summer of 2002 - as the college prepared to open for the first time, with the donation of numerous crates of her personal book collection,” Patterson said.
Brought to the hospital in late 2010, the collaborative program promotes retention as well as ongoing education for first-year nurses.
This week, the Recording Academy announced that the three-CD box set, "Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection," had been nominated for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards in two categories: best historical album and best packaging for a boxed set.
“The NSCF plays a vital role in fostering much needed support for NSC – the fastest growing institution of higher education in the state,” said NSC President Bart Patterson. “Our efforts include both private fundraising as well as the development of partnerships that can improve and expand our current educational programs. We’re so pleased to have the support, wealth of knowledge and experience that our new chair-elect and trustees bring to the board.”
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The highly competitive clinical program allows accepted nursing students to complete up to 400 hours of classroom work and competency-based clinical practice under the supervision of a qualified registered nurse (RN) preceptor.
As part of the Provost Speaking Series, Nevada State College (NSC) welcomed Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) to campus on Monday, Nov. 19 to speak to an audience of faculty, staff, and students on the topics of mentoring Latino students and improving student success.
Comprised of education leaders and decisions makers in Nevada, the Nevada State College School of Education formed an advisory council of 14 founding members during the fall semester.
During Nevada State College’s 10th Anniversary Gala, a grand finale to its yearlong anniversary celebration, President Bart Patterson outlined the future of the growing college and unveiled plans for two new buildings.
Furthering its longstanding commitment to improving student success through technological innovation, Nevada State College (NSC) has joined forces with Las Vegas-based holographic media company, 360BrandVision, in order to develop an educational platform that will enhance the learning experience of NSC students.
The ceremony takes place each fall and welcomes current nursing students and faculty, nursing alumni, as well as faculty and staff from across the NSC campus.
The name "Scotty" was chosen during the campus-wide selection process held September 4 - 21. Suggested by a student, the acronym SCOTTY stands for Scorpion Community of Today, Tomorrow, Yesterday.
As the grand finale of Nevada State College’s yearlong anniversary celebration, the college is holding its 10th Anniversary Gala on Friday, October 19, 2012.
“We strategically pair college students with youth in order to develop mentor-mentee relationships that will assist with successful high school completion and transition to college,” said Lori Navarrete, associate professor of education at NSC.
Focusing the presentation on his vision for the college moving forward, Patterson discussed five themes for the next year and beyond.
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As part of the Nevada State College 10th anniversary celebration, the college will conduct a campus-wide naming contest for its scorpion mascot. Students, alumni, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to submit their suggested names via an online nomination form beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 4 through 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 13.
On Friday, August 17, Nevada State College and the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a two-part workshop and luncheon to discuss the next phase of the college’s mission to become a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution. 
“The four songs, recorded off the two discs I found, are essentially the oldest known Woody Guthrie recordings in existence,” said La Chapelle. “The discs, called ‘Prestos,’ were 10-inches in diameter, ran at 78 rpm and were composed of lacquer-covered aluminum.”
“The purpose of the simulation is to place the participant in the shoes of a mentally ill patient in order for them to truly develop an understanding of the difficulty these individuals have when trying to focus, listen to directions, or complete the most simple tasks,” said Chaffin.
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As the Hispanic population in Southern Nevada continues to grow, the need for bilingual medical professionals is also increasing. To answer this need, the Nevada State College School of Nursing has begun offering a four-week immersive medical Spanish course, launching this summer.
This spring, Hue, Vietnam welcomed nearly 30 faculty members from around the world to attend the 4th biennial Imperial City Eye Meeting.
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“The nursing faculties at NSC and UNLV have always been very collaborative. NSC faculty and students have been actively participating in Zeta Kappa STTI events for the last five years,” said Shirlee Snyder, dean of nursing at NSC. “The at-large STTI chapter is just another example of the mutual support between the institutions.”
After a funding gap that spanned four months, the Nevada State College chapter of TRIO Upward Bound was notified by Senator Harry Reid’s office that federal funds would be renewed for use starting June 1, 2012. The two grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education will help sustain the program at NSC through 2017.
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Now settled in at NSC, Patterson is enthusiastic to further introduce himself to the campus and the community by discussing his vision and goals for the college – along with sharing a few more personal details on his background, interests and hobbies.
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