By Mandi Enger
Nevada State College President Bart Patterson presented his first State of the Campus Address on Thursday, September 13 to an audience of community supporters, students, faculty and staff.
Held at the Liberal Arts and Sciences building, the President spoke about recent accomplishments of the college including a 4% growth in enrollment this fall, increases in student graduation and retention rates, as well as a number of individual faculty and student accolades.
Focusing the presentation on his vision for the college moving forward, Patterson discussed five themes for the next year and beyond:
NSC is dedicated to doing right by its students, which means focusing on a quality education and improved student success, and developing the infrastructure and programs to meet the needs of our growing minority populations in southern Nevada;
NSC is situated to become the most technologically innovative college in the west in course content and delivery, and is working on public-private partnerships to expand its capabilities;
NSC is positioned to help drive the economic recovery and diversification of Nevada by focusing on needed degrees and developing specializations of value;
NSC has articulated the need for equitable funding to foster the increasing enrollments, retention and success of its deserving students; and
NSC continues to focus on the need for expanded physical facilities to expand and unify access for students.
City of Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen participated in the presentation by proclaiming the week of September 10 as NSC Spirit Week.
A 10th anniversary time capsule ceremony followed the address, led by NSC student ambassadors. The time capsule will be buried on NSC grounds in the coming days to be opened during the college's20th anniversary celebration.