Nevada State College Receives National Recognition with the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

Nevada State College’s Marydean Martin Library has been recognized as a recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Nevada State College is the first Hispanic Serving Institute to win the college category of ACRL’s Academic Libraries Award. Additionally, it is the only academic library in the state of Nevada to be honored by the ACRL. Marydean Martin Library’s dedication to affordable textbooks and robust digital catalogs at Nevada State College were key factors that impressed ACRL’s committee and established them as recipients in the college category.

“The Marydean Martin Library staff continually makes a positive impact across campus through developing strong relationships with faculty and student government,” said Cheryl Middleton, chair of the 2020 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and associate university librarian for research and scholarly communication at Oregon State University. ”Librarians are embedded in the campus curriculum and contribute to retention and graduation rates of a historically underrepresented population.”

“We are thrilled to be recognized for this prestigious award,” said Nathaniel King, director of library services at Nevada State College. “Our library team is an exceptionally talented group, and they are leaders in seeking creative ways to impact the academic success of our students.”

The ACRL will award each recipient with $3,000 and a plaque that will be presented at an award ceremony held on each recipient’s campus. Additional information regarding the award is available at

Nevada State College announced ‘All Will Hail Black and Gold’ as first official fight song

Nevada State College has announced their first official fight song named “All Will Hail Black and Gold,” written by Clark County School District second grade teacher Jeff Rapp.

In July, Nevada State College announced a contest open to the community to write the college’s first official fight song where the winner of the contest receives $2,000.

Rapp doesn’t consider himself musically talented, but he has rewritten lyrics to songs in the past to help engage students in his class. “I have a knack for rewriting lyrics of songs for various reasons, sort of like Weird Al Yankovic. I’ve done this as a teacher to help make lessons stick,” said Rapp.

The songwriting contest was initiated by Nevada State College President Bart Patterson to help establish school spirit among the students, faculty and community.

“This contest was a fun project that involved the entire Las Vegas valley community. We are extremely proud of our college and its accomplishments. This song reflects the pride and school spirit we have here on campus,” said Patterson.

Nevada State College’s first official fight song, “All Will Hail Black and Gold”:

Nevada State College Breaks Ground on $61.9 Million School of Education Building

Nevada State College, the second fastest growing college in the nation, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 65,000-square-foot Glenn and Ande Christenson School of Education Building on January 22, 2020.

Governor Steve Sisolak, Nevada State College President Bart Patterson and building namesakes Glenn and Ande Christenson were in attendance, along with other notable community dignitaries.

Governor Sisolak, who approved $55.9 million for the construction of the school, spoke about the positive impact the new building will have on the teacher shortage in the valley. Nevada State College President Bart Patterson thanked Glenn and Ande Christenson for their $5 million contribution to the building – one of the largest in school’s history.

The Glenn and Ande Christenson School of Education will be completed in time for the Fall 2021 semester.

Here is the link to view the groundbreaking photos: