Nevada State College wins national award for using technology to enhance learning experience

HENDERSON, Nev. Nevada State College (NSC) Technology Fellows Institute has won national recognition for its commitment to using technology to advance excellence in teaching and student service. The Technology Fellows Institute received a Catalyst Award from Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students.
Since its inception, Nevada State College has been at the forefront of incorporating technology into the educational experience. All of the college’s courses have some online or technological element, such as online course chats, Internet-only classes and Web technology used live in the classroom.
Launched by Nevada State College Provost Lesley DiMare, the Technology Fellows Institute encourages technology leaders from the faculty, staff and administration to use technology to further enhance the student experience and improve academic and administrative programs.
Nevada State College has always been committed to implementing technology in all aspects of our academic and student service programs, said Provost Leslie DiMare. As partners with Blackboard, we can further increase the use of innovative technology solutions to enhance the educational experience at NSC, and we are proud to be honored with a Catalyst Award.
Blackboard’s Catalyst Awards recognize and honor innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where teachers and students further advance e-learning. The NSC Technology Fellows Institute won a Catalyst Award for its staff development program, honoring its use of Blackboard solutions to support and enhance faculty and staff skills that provide a better learning experience for students and faculty. The award was presented to the NSC team at BbWorld® 2010, Blackboard’s annual users conference held this month in Orlando, Fla.
We want to recognize the winners of the 2010 Blackboard Catalyst Awards for their outstanding innovations and contributions to the e-learning community, said Ray Henderson, president of Blackboard Inc. Their thought leadership, creativity, and passion are transforming the learning experience for students and learners, and we celebrate those accomplishments.
Blackboard Inc. works with more than 5,000 institutions, including Nevada State College, to increase the use and impact of technology on education.
About Nevada State College
Founded in 2002, Nevada State College is a four-year public college offering more than 35 majors and minors leading to a bachelor’s degree. Based in Henderson, Nev., Nevada State College serves more than 2,500 students representing a broad array of cultural and economic backgrounds. In every field of study, classes are taught by experienced faculty who serve as mentors and guides. With an average class size of only 20 students, Nevada State College fosters a personal learning environment where students receive the support they need to succeed. For more information, visit
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Nevada State College and the Nevada System of Higher Education are Sad to Announce the Death of President Fred Maryanski

HENDERSON, Nev. With great sadness Nevada State College and the Nevada System of Higher Education announce the passing of Fred J. Maryanski, President of Nevada State College.
Maryanski passed away on July 2nd, at age 63 at Nathan Adelson Hospice surrounded by family and friends.
It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, President Fred Maryanski, said NSHE Chancellor Dan Klaich.  His contributions to Nevada State College are remarkable, and for this reason his memory will be a permanent fixture in the hearts and minds of the Nevada System of Higher Education.
On behalf of the Nevada System of Higher Education, we extend our condolences to Fred’s family, and offer our prayers and thoughts during this difficult time, said Klaich.
Maryanski, who served as Nevada State College’s president since 2005, is fondly remembered as a dedicated educator and caring administrator. Maryanski was an enthusiastic believer in the transformative power of education in the lives of individuals and communities.
Because of Maryanski’s leadership, Nevada State College quickly transformed itself into a viable and respected institution throughout Nevada. As the College’s longest-serving president, Maryanski was able to achieve extraordinary success within a short span of five years. Maryanski shepherded the institution through the final stages of its accreditation process, spearheaded and finalized the College’s509-acre campus master plan, opened the College’s first permanent building on campus (Liberal Arts & Sciences Building), and managed the rapid growth of NSC’s student enrollment.
Students, faculty and staff at Nevada State College will fondly remember our dear friend, Fred Maryanski, for his compassion and generosity. Fred is a priceless treasure at Nevada State and in this community. We are so fortunate to have had his leadership, said Provost Lesley DiMare.
Maryanski is survived by his wife, Karen Maryanski; sons David Maryanski of Fayetteville, NC and Peter Maryanski of Enfield, CT; daughter Krista Maryanski of Los Angeles, CA; and three grandchildren.
Funeral Services
Information concerning funeral services for President Maryanski will be made available in the near future.
A special celebration of the life of President Maryanski will be held at Nevada State College in the near future.
Overview of Fred Maryanski’s Career
Fred J. Maryanski assumed the presidency of Nevada State College on February 1, 2005. His presidency was defined by a lasting commitment to actively engage the greater community in the development of Nevada State College. Dr. Maryanski’s efforts have been recognized with him being named the 2006 Southern Nevada Person of Influence in Higher Education and the 2007 Henderson Public Sector Person of the Year. In 2005, he was recognized at a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering.
Prior to moving to Nevada, Dr. Maryanski served as Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Connecticut, a role in which he also served in 1999-2000. From 1989 to 2004, Dr. Maryanski was the Senior Vice Provost at UConn. During his time in administration at Connecticut, he was responsible for the University’s regional campuses, undergraduate education, information technology, registration services, and academic budgeting. Dr. Maryanski also played a key role in creating new partnerships between the University of Connecticut, the state university system, and the community colleges. Before moving into central administration, Dr. Maryanski was the founding Head of the Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Maryanski joined the Computer Science program at UConn in 1983 as a full professor. As a researcher, he made significant contributions to the areas of data models and client-server database systems. Dr. Maryanski held national leadership positions in the ACM, the oldest society of computing professionals. Before joining the UConn faculty, Dr. Maryanski was a consulting engineer in the research group at Digital Equipment Corporation. During that period, he taught as an affiliate at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. From 1974 to 1979, Dr. Maryanski served on the computer science faculty at Kansas State University. Dr. Maryanski holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Connecticut, an M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Mathematics from Providence College.