Telethon to support children’s clinics, Dr. Joel and Carol Bower School-Based Health Center, Sept. 10-12

August 26, 2013
By Mandi Enger
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.
Funds raised during the three-day event will support clinics that provide medical and dental care to un-insured and under-insured children in the valley including the SBHC, The Children’s Free Clinic of Southern Nevada and Future Smiles.
Without reliable access to healthcare, school-aged children often have increased school absences, which often translate into a greater risk of doing poorly in school, said 8 News NOW Community Promotions Director Michelle Layton. The goal is to ensure children have the medical and dental services they need to be healthy and have a greater chance of success in school. Dial 4 A Smile is designed to provide funding to three wonderful organizations, so they may treat and positively impact more children and provide a better way of life.
Located in Henderson on the Basic High School campus, the SBHC was founded in 2004 through a Nevada State College (NSC) School of Nursing and Clark County School District partnership. The center provides healthcare to low income and underserved children. School children ages 4-19 are able to visit the SBHC for primary and acute care, management of chronic illnesses, asthma management, wellness counseling, treatment of injuries, routine physical examinations, and pre-participation sports physicals. Patients are seen from Basic High School, surrounding Henderson schools as well as schools in Las Vegas. Uninsured and underinsured children without pediatric providers are also referred to the center for asthma care.
It is truly an honor for the Dr. Joel and Carol Bower School-Based Health Center to be a participating organization in the Dial 4 A Smile telethon event, said Sherrilyn Coffman, director of the SBHC and associate dean of the NSC School of Nursing. We appreciate the support of both 8 News NOW and our community.
The telethon phone lines will be open Sept. 10-12 from 4-6:45 p.m. Individuals interested in participating can call the telethon number, 702-650-1101, visit, or follow 8 News Now Community Pride on Facebook for additional information.

Career Services Center to launch with first day of fall classes

By Mandi Enger
With the start of the fall semester on Aug. 26, Nevada State College (NSC) will expand its student services with the launch of the Career Services Center. 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.
The campus will welcome over 3,000 new and returning students this fall. Since opening its doors in 2002, NSC’s alumni base has exceeded 1,800 individuals, with over 85% of graduates continuing to reside in the state.
As our institution continues to grow, it is important that we develop additional resources for our students in order for them to be career-prepared after graduation, said Cindy Stella, director of the CSC@NSC. Nevada State College has a tradition of outstanding service and support and we’re proud to add the Career Services Center to our roster. Joining NSC in 2007, Stella has over 17 years of experience in higher education, with a focus on student services, events, and program development.
The CSC@NSC will encourage student participation from their first year at the college through graduation and will partner with internal departments such as Academic Advising, faculty mentors, the Student Academic Center, and the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment in order to create an integrated and complete career development experience.
Support services will include areas such as career skills and interest testing, goal setting, resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, and graduate school preparation exercises.
The center will additionally involve the community in order to connect employers with the campus, encouraging participation of local business through internships and job opportunities, company information sessions, and professional development workshops and events.
A second phase of the center’s launch will introduce a mentorship and networking database available to students as well as on-campus career fairs and recruiting events.
Partnering with the NSC Office of Alumni Relations, the CSC@NSC will also provide career support to alumni and will connect with alumni who are looking to provide mentorship or perform on-campus recruiting for their employers.
The CSC@NSC is located in the Dawson Building, Suite 120. Students, alumni, and business are encouraged to call 702-992-2611, email, or follow the center on Facebook for additional information.

College launches mobile app to increase ease of information

By Mandi Enger

With a focus on innovation and current technology, the Nevada State College (NSC) Office of Information and Technology Services has launched a free mobile app. Targeting the needs of students, faculty, and staff, the app titled NSC Mobile was designed for ease of information and on-demand connection to the college’s online services.
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.
NSC Mobile can be downloaded via Google Play (Android devices) and iTunes (iOS devices). The Windows Phone and Blackberry version of the app are currently in development.
App users have access to important campus information such as: announcements, news stories, phone directories, maps, course schedules, the events calendar, and the NSC Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and YouTube accounts.
Additionally, students, faculty, and staff will have the option to login to the app using their NSC ID number and password in order to access authenticated information. Features include: messages, enrollment features, final grades, account holds, financial aid summaries, account summaries, and unofficial transcripts.
We’re excited to see how quickly students will adopt the app and begin exploring its functionality, added Kathryn Mulvey, systems analyst at the college. Enrollment is one of our favorite features and we believe it will be one of the most popular. Current students can quickly search for open classes, see how many seats are available, and add/drop classes as needed.
The app will be displayed on campus Aug. 26 and 27 at Welcome Week booths located within the lobby of each campus building (Basic and Water I, Dawson, and the Liberal Arts and Sciences building). The campus will have the opportunity to preview the app features during iPad demonstrations held between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
NSC partnered with software company Campus EAI Consortium for the app development. OIT plans to continue adding features to the app in order to serve the needs of the campus. Future plans include: the application for admission, payments, and push notifications for final grades and account holds.