Nevada State CARES about the Spirit of Giving

HENDERSON, Nev. For a second year, Nevada State College (NSC) professor of education, Dr. Kevin Graziano has kept the spirit of giving alive among students with an innovative school supply drive based right out of his office at NSC that also benefits the environment by saving paper.
The students were asked to submit their assignments electronically to save the traditional costs associated with printing and paper consumption. Furthermore, they were asked to correlate their perceived savings and voluntarily procure general school supplies for donation to needy schools identified within the East Region.
The program, which began at the beginning of the 2006 fall semester, successfully generated a large assortment of school supplies that were delivered to Ruby S. Thomas and Halle Hewetson elementary schools last December.
This December 18th, Dr. Graziano and his students will deliver a full assortment of school supplies collected this fall to Sunrise Acres Elementary School.
“It is one small thing we can do to give back to the community and show that we care. It shows our support for those schools in need, and that every student deserves the best education we can give,” said Courtney Kerby, an NSC elementary education major who contributed to the school supply drive.
In addition to the student contributions, Black Mountain Community Bank in Henderson made a significant contribution to the school supply drive. Pete Atkinson, President and CEO of Black Mountain Community Bank, said “the bank is thrilled to be able to help students and we encourage other businesses to get involved.” The Nevada State College bookstore also donated school supplies including book backpacks and supplies for the teachers.
It’s extremely gratifying to work with college students and colleagues who are so enthusiastic about giving to others, said Dr. Graziano.
Nevada State College opened its doors to students in September 2002 after the Nevada Board of Regents and Nevada State Legislature determined the need for enhanced educational opportunities in Southern Nevada in 1997. The college currently enrolls 2,200 students.
Nevada State College provides progressive bachelors programs in several in-demand fields of study. Nevada State College offers a low student-to-professor ratio and competitive tuition rates.
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Innovative Programs and Opportunities are Hallmarks of the Business Administration Program

by Rebecca Zisch
The Business Administration program in the School of Education has seen some of Nevada State College’s most consistent enrollment growth over the past five years, as well as innovations in extra-curricular opportunities for students. Over 20 students have graduated with degrees in Business Administration since NSC opened its doors, but currently 165 students are declared majors in the department and attending classes.
Since October, the Student Learning and Growth Series has been enriching classes in NSC’s Business Administration program. Grace Thomson, Lecturer in the School of Education, says that we should be looking at the Business Administration program the same way you would look at any business every company should have a learning and growth strategy, so we should, too.
To help coordinate the series, Thomson turned to SCORE: Counselors to America’s Small Business a nonprofit agency that provides free education and counseling for entrepreneurs and business professionals nationwide. Series events are presentations by business professionals, including SCORE volunteers and NSC staff that occur during class time but are also open to the entire Nevada State College community and the public at large.
According to Thomson, speakers give a real-life situation to discuss no lesson is in a vacuum the speakers come to enhance the learning that is already going on in the classroom.
So far, during the series, seminars such as Managing Cash Flows, the Heart of a Business and How to Deal with Bad Debt? have been drawing an additional 30% audience over and above enrolled students. These topics relate to students studying business administration, but also to anyone who is currently working in the world of business or just trying to maintain financial health in his or her own life.
Everyone deals with business no matter what their major or career, says Thomson. Everyone deals with human resources, clients, promotions and debt. This series enhances the holistic learning of other fields for everyone.
For those who are interested, there are still Student Learning and Growth Series presentations coming up on the fall semester events calendar. Click here for more information.
In addition to partnering with SCORE on the Student Learning and Growth Series, the Business Administration program has been able to encourage its students to take advantage of community opportunities with other organizations.
ACTION, the Association of Nevada State Certified Interpreters and Translators recently awarded its first ever ACTION Nevada scholarship to Giancarla Santana, a sophomore Business Administration major at NSC. The ACTION Nevada scholarship was awarded based on an essay contest that asked students how they use their foreign language skills in school and work. Santana’s winning essay titled Helping Others: An Experience that Changed my Life details her experiences using foreign language to tutor teenagers and her desire to start her own nonprofit tutoring program after earning her bachelor’s degree. A native of Mexico, Santana has found that the business of tutoring has not only been rewarding to her professionally, but it is also a means of advancing her own English language skills as she completes her degree and plans her future.
Santana appreciates the encouragement and opportunities that she has at Nevada State College. Professors at NSC really care about the students and communicate everything that is going on around campus; they make you feel a part of it the Business program helped me build more confidence, has given me opportunities to help the community and to grow as a person the program has lit up my path in Business.
Other students have also had the opportunity to learn more about business around the world. Mindi Jensen and Perla Buendia were both encouraged by Professor Thomson to assist with research for the Global Text Project. This is a web-based project developing content for electronic textbooks to be available free to students in third-world countries. One of the first textbooks being produced through the Global Text Project is Business Fundamentals. Around the world, academics, professionals and students alike are participating in its development.
Mindi Jensen explained the benefit she has gained from working on the project. I learned a lot about becoming an entrepreneur, not only here in the United States, but in Third World Countries, as well. I have thought about opening a small business myself one day, and I now understand the finer details that taking on a task like this would require It sounds cliché, but this project has really opened my eyes to a lot more problems in the world than just the ones that are known to all.
Jensen started her college education at a different institution, but transferred to NSC after one semester and says, she has never been happier the professors are amazing, and I feel I am truly learning from them. Their experiences give me a little taste of real-world problems that need to be solved.
The Business Administration program at Nevada State College is just one example of innovation in learning and encouragement of students to challenge themselves beyond the classroom. According to Thomson, NSC really cares. We encourage all of our students to do their best. We see all students as individuals with potential not just as numbers and transcripts and grades.

Nevada State College associate professor releases nursing textbook

Henderson, Nev. Dr. Shirlee J. Snyder, associate professor in Nevada State College’s College of Nursing, recently released her book, the 8th edition of Kozier & Erb’s Fundamentals of Nursing.
Snyder, Ed.D., R.N., co-authored the book with Audrey Berman, Ph.D., R.N., A.O.CN. The textbook, published by Prentice Hall, serves as one of the textbooks for Nevada State’s College of Nursing and covers nursing concepts, processes and practices. It is available for purchase in bookstores, online and in Nevada State’s bookstore.
Snyder has also coauthored another textbook, Techniques in Clinical Nursing (5th edition), with Berman in 2002. They are in the process of updating this book, with the 6th edition slated for July 2008. She has been involved in nursing education for more than 20 years and has held numerous positions including faculty, curriculum coordinator, associate dean and dean. She joined Nevada State College in 2003.
Nevada State College opened its doors to students in September 2002 after the Board of Regents and the Nevada State Legislature determined the need for enhanced educational opportunities in Southern Nevada in 1997. The college currently enrolls 1,950 students.
NSC’s main campus is located on more than 500 acres in the foothills of Henderson and provides progressive bachelor’s programs in several in-demand fields of study. Nevada State College offers a low student-to-professor ratio and competitive tuition rates.
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