NSC Joins in 2012 Henderson Heritage Parade and Festival activities

By Mandi Enger
Faculty, staff and student volunteers were proud to share their NSC pride during the Henderson Heritage Parade and Festival on Saturday, April 21, 2012. The event organized by the city takes place each year in the Water Street District to celebrate the culture, history, and community traditions of Henderson. 2012 marks the third year in a row NSC has participated in the event as a major sponsor.
NSC is honored to join the city in this annual celebration as the City of Henderson was instrumental in the founding of the College and has always been a terrific partner, said Bart Patterson, NSC President. Our students and staff were especially eager to participate this year to share the excitement of our 10th anniversary with those in attendance.
An anniversary themed float was designed and decorated by the Nevada State Student Alliance (NSSA) to represent the college in the parade. The float was accompanied by Patterson along with one of the college’s most recent additions the NSC scorpion mascot. Standing over six feet tall with an infectious grin, the mascot made its way down the parade route for its very first public appearance.
Various NSC student organizations additionally participated in the festivities by selling commemorative 10th anniversary bottled water as a fundraiser for their groups. The Anatomy and Physiology Honors group, Blue Marble, Circle K International, and Latino Scorpions collectively raised over $500 for their clubs. NSC also sponsored a food, clothing and dance demonstration stage along with make-and-take craft booths during the festival.
Our students really led the charge this year with NSC’s participation in both the parade and festival. It’s great to see them so dedicated to engaging with the community and representing the college, said Jerica Turek, the NSSA business manager. We look forward to future opportunities for them to continue to do so.

Students recognized in local writers’ group

By Mandi Enger
Sharing their talents beyond the campus, two Nevada State College (NSC) students and one alumnus were awarded in a local writing contest organized by the Henderson Writers Group. The students who independently submitted poems and short stories were each awarded complimentary entrance to either the full or partial Las Vegas Writers Conference scheduled for April 19 21, 2012.
“I love to see our students show their creativity both inside and outside their regular coursework and I am very proud of Elsa, Deuvall and Audrey,” stated Gregory Robinson, assistant professor of English at NSC. These students are making headway in their professional development and I look forward to where they take their education next.
The non-profit organization, Henderson Writers Group, has been sponsoring a student writing contest for middle school, high school and college level students for the last five years. One-on-one workshops, seminars, along with networking opportunities are available for writers of all ages during the annual conference.
I really enjoyed my study of modern and post-modern American poetry at NSC and decided to give the contest a shot, said first place winner and recent NSC graduate, Elsa Barnhill. I am really looking forward to the conference; specifically, the workshop on submitting my work to online/e-zine publications.
Barnhill created her poem titled El Soñador (Remember) to honor the storytelling of her grandfather.
My passion is children’s literacy, and, in the future, I’d love the chance to work as a youth librarian in order to help kids learn to love reading, finished Barnhill.
Deuvall Dorsey, a freshman in the Visual Media program at NSC learned about the conference and writing contest through a flyer in the college library.
My short story titled An English Dandy I May Be was initially written for my History 101 class as a historical adaptation of the infamous story about the boy who cried wolf, said Dorsey. My goal at the conference is to learn how my creative writing can be used to expand my career.
Dorsey, an aspiring television producer, received a second-place award in the college level fiction category.
The third NSC award recipient, Audrey Balzart, is a member of the Henderson Writers Group and received second place recognition in the members category.

Campus community welcomes five finalists in presidential search

By Mandi Enger
The Nevada State College campus community is interviewing each of the five finalists in the college’s presidential search April 24 26, 2012. Candidates will be meeting with several stakeholder groups including students, faculty, administration and community leaders. Community members are invited and encouraged to attend the open forums listed below to meet each finalist, learn more about their vision for NSC and have any questions addressed.
Donna Price Henry
Tuesday, April 24, 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. | Basic & Water 1, Room 200
Donna Price Henry has been the dean of arts and sciences at the Florida Gulf Coast University since 2005. Henry is a graduate of the Thomas Jefferson University physiology Ph.D. program.
For a complete biography, read NSC PSC-4 Henry_Vita (PDF).
Bart J. Patterson
Wednesday, April 25, 8:00 a.m. 8:50 a.m. | Dawson Great Hall
Working within the Nevada System of Higher Education for eleven years, Bart Patterson is currently the Interim President of Nevada State College. Patterson received his law degree from Duke University School of Law in North Carolina.
For a complete biography, read NSC PSC-4 Patterson_Vita (PDF).
Pablo Arenaz
Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. | Basic & Water 1, Room 200
Pablo Arenaz received his undergraduate and master degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno and his doctorate in genetics and cell biology from Washington State University. Arenaz presently holds the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M International University.
For a complete biography, read NSC PSC-4 Arenaz_Vita (PDF).
Lois S. Becker
Thursday, April 26, 8:00 a.m. 8:50 a.m. | Dawson Great Hall
Lois Becker is currently positioned as the senior vice president for academic affairs at Jacksonville University. Becker also served as the Nevada State College provost from 2002 2006 and received a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University.
For a complete biography, read NSC PSC-4 Becker_Vita (PDF).
Soraya M. Coley
Thursday, April 26, 5:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. | Basic & Water 1, Room 200
A graduate of the School of Social Work and Social Research doctoral program at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, Soraya Coley currently serves as the provost/vice president of academic affairs and interim vice president for university development at California State University, Bakersfield.
For a complete biography, read NSC PSC-4 Coley_Vita (PDF).
Following the campus interviews, the Regents Search Committee, in collaboration with the Advisory Search Committee will meet Friday, April 27 to potentially select their recommended candidate who will then be presented to the full Board of Regents on April 30.