NSHE Board of Regents Launches National Search for Next President of Nevada State College

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents on Friday, November 13, 2020 officially launched a national search for the next president of Nevada State College.

NSHE Chancellor Melody Rose, Board of Regents Chair Mark Doubrava along with other Regents and NSHE staff met with faculty, staff, students, alumni, foundation board members and community members on October 1 where there was overwhelming support to conduct a national search.

The search followed the announcement by current Nevada State College President Bart Patterson that he plans on retiring at the end of his contract in June 2021.

During the October forums, there was overwhelming consensus from the NSC community to move forward with a national search for candidates with diverse backgrounds, strong leaders who will maintain a close-knit, inclusive and welcoming community, and experienced educators with a background in higher education, among other attributes.

Following the Board of Regents approval of a national search, Chair Doubrava will next appoint members to the ad hoc Regent Nevada State College President Search Committee, that will include Regents, students, faculty, staff and college stakeholders.

The first meeting of the ad hoc search committee is expected to occur before February 2021. The committee will then target to have finalists visit NSC’s campus in April 2021.

November 12, 2020

Dear Nevada State Community;

For the past several weeks, Nevada has shown an alarming rise in COVID-19 cases. On Tuesday, Governor Steve Sisolak announced “Stay at Home 2.0” to lessen the spread of COVID-19 in the state. Over the next two weeks, Nevadans are asked to stay at home as much as possible and to not participate in gatherings with people who do not live in the same household.

The Nevada State College community will be proactive and do our part by continuing to physically social distance, wearing a face covering, washing hands frequently, and avoiding social gatherings. All gatherings, meetings, and events (both on and off campus) should be limited to those that are small, truly essential, and cannot occur in a virtual format.

Remember, these are the best practices we encourage at Nevada State:

  1. Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times. If you must be closer than 6 feet to another person for an interaction, make sure the total amount of time does not exceed 15 minutes cumulative over a 24-hour period.
  2. Wear a face covering at all times when interacting with others.
  3. Wash your hands often, and use hand sanitizer when washing is impractical.
  4. Do not come to campus if you know you were exposed to COVID-19. You should stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.
  5. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, get tested and stay off campus. To determine when it is safe to return to being around others, check here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html.
  6. To schedule a free COVID-19 test, visit: https://www.southernnevadahealthdistrict.org/covid-19-testing-sites/.
  7. If you potentially or are confirmed to have COVID-19, complete the Self-Report Form at nsc.edu/coronavirus.

All employees are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined in the Return to Campus Guidelines.  Additionally, we ask that you continue following protocols for prevention, be aware of symptoms of COVID-19, and seek medical care when it is needed.

The Self-Report Form, Daily Self-Assessment and many more tools are also available on the State Safe app. To download the app and access features including campus, community and crisis resources, simply search State Safe in the Apple iTunes or Google Play store.

We will continue to share information specific to Nevada State through official channels, including nsc.edu/coronavirus/. The site includes links to health resources, college operations, current announcements, and other important information.

Be State. Be Safe.

Sincerely,

Edith Fernández, PhD
Vice President
College and Community Engagement

100 Black Men of Las Vegas Awards Nevada State College’s Collegiate 100 Program with $22,000 in Scholarship Funds

The Collegiate 100 program (C100) at Nevada State College, the second only program of its kind west of the Mississippi, was awarded $22,000 by the Las Vegas Chapter of 100 Black Men, a nonprofit organization that strives to improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities for African Americans.

“The implementation of C100 and the contribution made by 100 Black Men are significant as the community has partnered with Nevada State College to help support the road to success for several African American students,” said Charles Buckner, associate director of recruitment at Nevada State College.

C100, which is only offered at Nevada State College and the University of California, Berkeley in the western part of the nation, is a leadership and service program with awards to develop leaders. The program also provides members opportunities for internships with major sponsor companies, participation in the national network of C100 peers and leaders along with workshops and career seminars designed to elevate C100 success.

“Members of C100 will assist the local 100 Black Men Chapter with its programmatic initiatives that support the development of social, emotional, educational, and physical needs of youth who have few or no positive role models in the communities in which they live,” said Larry Mosley, immediate past president and founder of 100 Black Men Las Vegas.

Nevada State College, which noted a 90 percent increase in African American freshman enrollment in the Fall 2020 semester, will award the funds to recipients selected by 100 Black Men and will further provide any matching amounts based on any standard matching programs administered by the College.

“We are extremely proud to continue our mission in supporting diverse and deserving populations throughout our community and on our campus,” said Bart Patterson, president of Nevada State College. “It is our intention to grow our partnerships with other organizations like 100 Black Men who have a focus on reshaping family trees and providing pathways to success for underrepresented communities.”

As one of Nevada’s most diverse college campuses, Nevada State offers students from all backgrounds, including non-traditional and high-achieving students, an opportunity to earn a degree through quality academic programs that ready them for in-demand careers.

“This significant contribution will undoubtedly be a defining moment in the lives of recipients,” Derric Carter, PhD., lecturer of interdisciplinary studies at Nevada State College and advisor for the Collegiate 100.