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Black & Gold Annual A Nevada State College Publication 1125 Nevada State College Drive Henderson, NV 89002 702.992.2000 Sign up for the monthly Black & Gold e-newsletter: Nevada State College Mission Statement At Nevada State College, excellence fosters opportunity. Excellence in teaching leads to innovative, technology-rich learning opportunities that promote the acquisition of interdisciplinary knowledge and skills. Quality, affordable four-year degree programs open the door to career success and enhanced quality of life for a diverse population of students. Our graduates, in turn, foster the greatest opportunity—the promise of a stronger community and a better future for all of Nevada. Nevada State College Administration Mr. Bart Patterson President

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Dr. Erika Beck Provost and Executive Vice President Mr. Buster Neel Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration Dr. Spencer Stewart Associate Vice President, College Relations Dr. J. Russell Raker III Associate Vice President, Office of Development Dr. Elizabeth Hawthorne Interim Dean, Education Dr. Andy Kuniyuki Dean, Liberal Arts and Sciences Dr. Sherrilyn Coffman Interim Dean, Nursing


table of contents extras History of Nevada State College 6 Recent NSC Faculty Publications and Presentations 64 NSSA Keeps Nevada State Students Connected


Nevada State College Students Making a Difference Around the Globe Alumni Listings 73

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Partnership Allows Potential Teachers Early Classroom Experience 10 Inside the Classroom...Future Teachers Take Training Seriously 12 Changing the World, One Lesson at a Time


Earth’s Changing Climate Subject of One Professor’s Passion 16 Student Teachers Make Wiki-Portfolios 18 NSC Keeps Pace as Speech Pathology Program Continues to Grow


NSC of the North 22 Making Education Accessible to All Students 23 Step Up Program Makes College Accessible


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Liberal Arts & Sciences


History Students Explore Solar Energy’s Past by Touring a Modern Day Solar Thermal Plant 28 Nevada State Science Students Earn Street Cred 30 Grant Opens Mentoring and Research Program Opportunities to NSC students 32 NSC History Professor Finds Oldest-Known Woody Guthrie Recordings 34 Environmental Science Students Survey Local Lands 36 Seeking Grants to Improve Academics at NSC 38 Earning a College Degree Takes Dedication 40

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“El doctor lo verá ahora” 44

Giving Back to the Community through the Bower Health Center 46 Breathing Easy 48 Helping New Nurses Succeed 50 The Perfect Match 52 Simulation Lab Provides Nursing Students With “Real” Experience 54 NSC is Ahead of the Curve with Health Care Technology 56 Gaining Empathy for Those Suffering from Mental Illness 58


Get to know President Bart Patterson in 10 Questions

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Home State: Idaho

Alma Mater: Utah State University, Class of 1984 and Duke University School of Law, Class of 1987

Joined the Nevada System of Higher Education: March 2001

 tarted at Nevada State College: S November 2011

 Became President of Nevada State College: April 2012

Academic Interests: Public Policy and Political Science

 Hobbies: Hiking, outdoor activities, traveling

 avorite Local Hiking Trail: F Mt. Charleston Peak

 Top 3 Travel Destinations: Anywhere in Nevada, Southern Utah and Europe

Favorite Band: Coldplay

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Greetings! Thank you for your interest in reading the Black & Gold Annual. This new publication from Nevada State College has been especially developed for you, our NSC community, family, friends, future students and alumni, to help celebrate the unique and exciting happenings of the college. Launching as part of our 10th anniversary celebration, we look forward in this edition to sharing the history of our rapidly growing institution along with campus stories and details on the best-of-the-best in 2012. Building upon the success of the last decade, Nevada State College is committed in the coming years to the continual development of our academic programs and campus experience to benefit both our students and the community. From a focus on student retention and graduation, to the expansion of our physical facilities and a goal to achieve Hispanic Serving Institution status to benefit all students, I look forward to sharing our progress with you as our faculty, staff, students, alumni and community take NSC into its next phase. I’d like to thank each of you for your continual support of Nevada State College. I am honored to be a part of a campus and local community with such a foundation of hardworking individuals that are truly dedicated to educational excellence. Be sure to stay in touch and up-to-date on Office of the President and NSC activities throughout the year by connecting with me on Twitter, @nscpatterson; Facebook,; email, or phone, 702-992-2350. I look forward to hearing from you! Best Wishes,

Bart Patterson President

Nevada State College at a Glance STUDENT DEMOGRAPHICs (Fall 2011) Gender




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Student Enrollment 3,192 (Fall 2011) Annual Operating Budget (2012 – 2013) $14,501,698 Tuition & Fees (2012 – 2013) Registration fees: $138.25 per credit (includes surcharge fee) Base annual fees for full-time attendance: $4,150 (Full-time is 30 credits per year.)

Total Alumni 1,570 (since 2004)

Financial Aid (2010 – 2011) Total aid disbursed: $14,700,000 Total number of students receiving aid: 2,027 Total number of scholarships disbursed: 639

Graduates Over 70% of NSC's alumni live and work in Nevada.

Full-time members of the campus community 130 (faculty, staff & administration)

Student Satisfaction According to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), one of the most comprehensive assessment tools of effective practices in higher education, 90 percent of NSC’s first-year students feel that the college places substantial emphasis on academics, and over 85 percent of these same student say their faculty are available, helpful and sympathetic. Both ratings are well above the national average. Selected Programs Biology, Business Administration, Communication (minor), Counseling (minor), Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, English, Environmental & Resource Science, Ethnic Studies (minor), Gerontology (minor), History, Integrated Studies, Mathematics (minor), Public Administration (Law Enforcement), Nursing, Psychology, Secondary Education, Sociology (minor), Speech Pathology, and Visual Media. Physical Campus NSC’s developing 509-acre campus is located in the southeast corner of the City of Henderson, on the sloping foothills of the McCullough mountain range. The College’s projected long-term enrollment, at full campus build-out, calls for 25,000 students (headcount). Accreditation Nevada State College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions in the seven-state Northwest region of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.


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Nevada State College As the only four-year, comprehensive public college in the state of Nevada, Nevada State College places a special emphasis on the advancement of a diverse and largely underserved student population. In this role, the college emphasizes high-quality instruction, exemplary service, engaging learning experiences, and innovation as a means to more efficient, effective outcomes in all corners of the campus. During the past ten years, NSC has achieved remarkable success in furthering its mission and core values.


• Political and business leaders introduced the idea of building a new four-year, taxpayer-supported state college with the primary mission of training teachers.

• In December 1999, the Nevada Board of Regents approved the establishment of Nevada State College (originally called Henderson State College). The idea won favor with state lawmakers because growth in student enrollment was about to overwhelm the University and Community College systems of Nevada, as a shortfall of 10,000 college seats was projected for 2010.

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• Discussions about state college feasibility began—if funded by the 2001 Nevada Legislature, the four-year state college could begin offering classes in such high-demand areas as education and nursing by September 2001. These and more general classes likely would be taught at a temporary site while work continued on the state college campus. • The Board of Regents approved the University of Nevada, Reno as Nevada State College’s sponsoring institution in May 2000.

• Governor Kenny Guinn recommended $22.8 million in state funding to establish the college, $6.8 million to open it to 1,000 full-time students in the fall of 2002, and $16 million to help construct the first campus building.


• The new site was located west of the Wagon Wheel Drive exit along U.S. Highway 95’s convergence with Boulder Highway. It was noted that a former vitamin company building could be used as the college’s first building and that the infrastructure that already existed on the city land would help bring down the cost of developing the entire campus site.

• On September 3, 2002, NSC opened its doors for the first time to 177 students for the fall semester. NSC’s physical facilities opened at the Dawson Building, with three classrooms and a library.


• Fall enrollment in 2003 was 569 students, an increase of 222% over the initial year’s enrollment. During the next two years, policies and procedures were written, curriculum was refined, faculty and student government venues were defined, and marketing was instituted. Various partnerships were formed with the other Nevada higher education institutions, healthcare agencies, and the Clark County School District.


• The official NSC enrollment was 786, and the increase in student population was supported by additional faculty hires. The college celebrated its first commencement ceremony in May with a class of 13 graduates.


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• In June, the Nevada Legislature appropriated approximately $22 million in operating funds to Nevada State College, as well as $9 million for construction of the Liberal Arts and Sciences building, the college’s first permanent building. • Dr. Fred Maryanski was hired as president in February 2005 and spearheaded the formulation of a master plan for the college, focusing on private and public sector partners, as well as accreditation efforts.

• NSC’s enrollment continued to rise with nearly 2,000 students enrolled for classes for the fall semester.


• To further meet the growing physical facility needs, NSC leased space in a new building on the corner of Basic and Water Street in downtown Henderson. Basic Road and Water Street I included classrooms, nursing labs, computer labs, and office space.


• As the fall semester began, NSC ushered in a new era with the groundbreaking for a new Liberal Arts and Sciences building. • Another new building at Basic and Water Street, named Basic and Water II, opened in January 2007. This leased facility provided more space for the growing college, including additional smart classrooms, offices, and a satellite library with a 30-workstation computer lab and media center.

•On March 4th, NSC celebrated its fifth anniversary as the state’s first four-year public college. More than 250 community leaders and college faculty and staff gathered at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa to honor the historic occasion. • The college opened its first permanent building, the Liberal Arts & Sciences Building, on its 509-acre site in August 2008. The 42,000-square-foot building had faculty offices, labs, and seven classrooms. It included five smart classrooms, four state-of-the-art science labs, one computer lab, additional computer workstations, a tutoring center, 43 offices, a conference room, and student study areas.

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• In July, the NSC campus and local community mourned a great loss as longtime president Fred Maryanski passed away after fighting a courageous battle against cancer. • Increasing 18% over 2009, enrollment neared a record number of 3,000 students—the largest percentage increase seen during the year within the entire Nevada System of Higher Education. NSC also increased retention by 13% to reach a record high of 67%. • NSC’s Campus Master Plan was approved by the Board of Regents in 2010 and would utilize about 340 acres of the 509 for classrooms and education buildings. The other approximately 170 acres would be used for residential, retail, and commercial purposes.


• In August 2011, Nevada State College received independent accreditation at the baccalaureate degree level from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

• The Board of Regents named Bart Patterson president in spring 2012.


• In April, the Scorpion, NSC’s official mascot, was introduced during the Henderson Heritage Parade & Festival. • Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the college, Patterson proudly bestowed degrees on a record number of graduates during the 2012 spring commencement ceremony. The college’s total number of alumni leapt to over 1,500. • In its first decade of service, the college has grown to offer more than 24 majors and minors and maintains average class sizes of only 23 students. The fall 2012 semester welcomed 3,200 students to the campus.




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chapter organized and participated in a fall bake sale during the first week of school; the chapter collected over 500 books (!) for the Las Vegas “Reads” fall event at the Historic Fifth Street School. They hosted a “Teach or Study Abroad” event for students to hear about international options and experiences of faculty and students, and heard a talk by former Clark County School District Teacher of the Year, Dr. Linda Archambault. Dr. Lawrence Rudd has been a key contact for NSC at our partnership school, Sewell Elementary, and is an expert on climate change as evidenced by being awarded a 2011 – 2012 grant funded by the Nevada Collaborative Teaching Improvement Program (NeCoTIP) titled "Climate Change Science: Content and Inquiry Methods for Secondary Teachers.” He is also engaged in a fiveyear grant (2008 – 2013) funded by the Nevada National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NV NSF EPSCoR) titled “Nevada Infrastructure for Climate Change Science, Education, and Outreach.”

Nevada State College has the distinction of being one of the youngest public colleges in the United States. We are an institution that is defining the future of education and it is by far one of the most exciting places in higher education today. The School of Education (SOE) is populated with focused faculty and engaged students eager to ensure that the children and youth in Nevada have the benefit of highly skilled and committed teachers and speech pathologists. SOE has paid serious attention to two areas of education that will help future educators do their work more effectively and prepare future educators for high–needs areas. Specifically, SOE offers exciting and important programs in Bilingual Education and Special Education. The need for highly trained educators with these skills is great in Nevada and throughout the country. Our faculty bring special talents to SOE and students richly benefit from their experience, expertise, knowledge and passion for their work. Another area of great importance is the work faculty do in our Speech and Language Pathology program preparing professionals to work in schools with students requiring interventions of this kind. Two new faculty members have joined us this year to move this program forward: Elizabeth Meyerowitz and Teri Romero. Dr. Rachel Salas will be joining us from Sacramento as an assistant professor of Literacy, an exciting new addition to the faculty as well. Dr. Kevin Graziano is not only a personable teacher but his accomplishments have brought him local, state, and international opportunities and recognition. He completed two teaching fellowships this year, one at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and the other at the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin, Ireland. He was a Fulbright fellow at Sakhnin College in Sakhnin, Israel working with Arab students. Dr. Roberta Kaufman has been the co-advisor for the student honorary society, Kappa Delta Pi. The mission of Kappa Delta Pi is “to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service.” NSC’s

Dr. Rho Hudson, in collaboration with Dr. Connie Malin, Innovations International Charter School (IICS) co-founder/ CEO/Principal and Dr. LeAnn Putney, UNLV professor and co-founder of IICS, hosted three “Family Nights” at IICS during this past school year. The events were so successful that they were invited to give a presentation at the 2012 National Professional Development Schools Conference, entitled “How Schools and Colleges Can Work Together with Parents to Help Their Children Succeed Academically.” Especially important, School of Education students contributed to this important work of engaging parents in their children’s education. Dr. Lori Navarrete worked with colleagues outside of the School of Education (Magdalena Martinez/Nevada System of Higher Education, Edith Fernandez/formerly College of Southern Nevada currently NSC, Pedro Martinez/Deputy Superintendent, Clark County School District,); they will be presenting a symposium at the Association for the Study of Higher Education meeting in Las Vegas in November entitled: “Ensuring Nevada’s Future by Increasing Latino College Completion.” Dr. Christi Carmack has done remarkable work at SOE guiding student teachers to create wiki-portfolios to demonstrate their competence as future teachers and working with faculty to integrate technology into their classrooms. Multi-talented, Dr. Carmack’s expertise is also in Special Education! As you can see, the interests of the faculty are far-ranging and important. As interim dean, it is an honor to entice future students to come here to study with this remarkable faculty. Come visit and see for yourself. Sincerely,

Elizabeth M. Hawthorne, Ph.D. Interim Dean, School of Education



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Partnership Allows Potential

Teachers Early

Classroom Experience A unique opportunity awaits those who “Students observe best practices used by the teachers enroll in the School of Education. By holding in action (Apply) and relate them to content learned during the first hour of seminar. Students are also courses on partnership elementary school required to teach one lesson during the semester with campuses, those who are contemplating a students. This can be a lesson taught to the entire group, teaching career can get into the classroom a pull-out session with a small group, or an individual lesson. I often require students to videotape the lesson early as part of their curriculum.

and share it with the class electronically via YouTube, Associate professor Kevin Graziano leads the partnership a wiki site, or with a DVD player in class. This allows program at Whitney Elementary School in Southeast Las students to provide each other with critical feedback. Vegas. This campus was selected as a partnership school because of its high number of English language learners “The final hour of class is held in our portable. This is when (ELL) and the commitment by its principal, Sherrie Gahn, we debrief (Reflect) on the good, bad, and ugly that students observed from the classroom teacher during the to train all faculty with sheltered instruction. second hour of class. This involves a discussion using the “My course Language Acquisition, Development, and SWOT acronym (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities Learning, meets once a week at Whitney. There are for improvement, and Threats or Challenges). Students 25 students in the class,” said Graziano. “We meet in a take weaknesses observed, or perceived weaknesses portable assigned to us by the school and it is considered observed, and discuss opportunities to improve them. NSC space. I teach under a ‘Teach, Apply, Reflect’ model Teaching under this model of instruction allows students to make connections from theory to practice.” of instruction." “The first hour of class is a seminar (Teach). I actively engage students in lectures on theory, hypotheses, models, best practices, teaching strategies, and stages of oral language development. Students read chapters from our textbook before class to assist with their understanding of the content. Students are assigned to a classroom teacher for the second hour of class. During that time, they observe the same teacher each week for 16 weeks.

Partnerships like this between NSC and CCSD schools are being expanded. According to Whitney Elementary School principal Sherrie Gahn, “By having NSC classes on our campus, the NSC students learn firsthand what goes on in an educational setting and with students. They don’t learn just methodology.”


Having teachers-in-training is a situation for not only the college students but for our teachers and students. Our teachers get new ideas as the teachers–in–training acquire experiences and skills and our students get the extra adult attention and instruction.


EDUCATION By the time a student teacher graduates from Nevada State College, he will have spent over 100 hours actively involved in classroom practice throughout Nevada’s public school system. Student teaching is a critical and necessary part of any education degree and NSC students are thoroughly prepared for the experience.

Generally speaking, all student teachers move through three stages during the experience. Stage 1 includes orientation and observation. Stage 2 provides the apprentices with limited teaching experience, and during Stage 3, they participate in extensive teaching involvement.

“We schedule orientation a semester ahead of when students will actually be student teaching, so we can share our expectations of the program while emphasizing professionalism,” said recently retired interim dean of the School of Education Jim LaBuda.

“I think what student teachers need to understand most is that they are constantly in a planning and preparation stage, even while instructing,” commented LaBuda. “Lesson plans need to be prepped, classroom schedules are frequently adjusted, and plans are always being revamped. You look at the next day’s schedule while All students are expected to have completed their classes simultaneously looking at the next week’s, plus there is by the time they reach their final semester and are ready record-keeping to be done.” to begin student teaching. This includes attending the contracted hours of the school, planning, prepping, and Student teaching can be stressful. It’s a little like living doing after-school work, as well as attending weekly in the proverbial glass house—your work is always on seminars with other student teachers. These seminars display and you are always on stage whenever you are are two hours long and allow the apprentices to check- in the classroom. in with their cohorts. This can include the student teachers being given further instructions about their LaBuda said that he has noticed three distinct phases place in the classroom, as well as emphasizing areas student teachers go through. “At first, they’re really that need to be given greater attention based on their excited and motivated to be successful. They have experiences thus far. lofty goals. Then the reality sets in and many become overwhelmed and even frustrated, starting to doubt Field experiences involve much more than observing. themselves and their goal. Preservice teachers progress from working with small groups of learners to teaching the whole class many “I’ve noticed that during the final phase (at the end of times before they student teach. They design lesson student teaching) they gain confidence and see that plans, teach the lessons, assess the effectiveness of their they can make it through the 16–week semester. Many teaching, and interview professionals. Feedback from experience difficulty and sadness at leaving the class to both teachers and peer evaluators help students make which they’ve become attached.” informed decisions about their growth as a teacher. Throughout the semester, student teachers are evaluated “Student teaching provides an opportunity to be part on knowledge, performance, and their professional of a teaching team,” continued LaBuda. “As a team dispositions. The student teachers have structured member, the student teacher’s role, responsibilities, specific goals and there are on-site visits by a NSC and tasks vary from time to time, as determined by the supervisor. Each class is aligned with elements from cooperating teacher and the NSC supervisor.” Because Danielson’s framework for teaching, including: Domain of the challenging nature of the assignments, participants 1 – Planning and Preparation, Domain 2 – The Classroom are not allowed to register for any additional courses the Environment, Domain 3 – Instruction, and Domain 4 – semester they are enrolled to student teach. Professional Responsibilities.

A variety of students enter the student teaching track During the program, weekly reflections and lesson and come from all walks of life. “We’ve got students plans are submitted and evaluated. Not every student who were early enlisted, those who are more traditional teacher is successful, though. Struggling students are students, transfers from College of Southern Nevada put on an action plan to help them recognize and repair (CSN), some who are switching careers, and many who their deficiencies before it is too late. are coming back after raising families,” said LaBuda. “Another group of students are from The Student “We emphasize professionalism,” stated LaBuda. “There’s Teacher Enlistment Project – Undergraduate Program a ‘dispositions’ form that students sign when entering (STEP UP), a partnership between the Clark County the program, and then again before they teach. Nevada School District (CCSD), the Clark County Education State is serious about sending our new teachers out into Association Community Foundation, CSN, and NSC, the world as prepared and professional as they can be.” which offers CCSD high school students an opportunity to begin college in their junior year.” What’s some good advice to students thinking about this career path? “I’d recommend they check out our Teacher Prep program,” said LaBuda. “It’s a welldeveloped curriculum that prepares you for the classroom and eventually employment.”

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Inside the Classroom... Future teachers take training seriously



Changing the World,

One Lesson at a Time.

Dr. Kevin Graziano won’t take it the wrong way if you call him a lifelong student. In fact, it’s his learning (and teaching) opportunities that led him to receive the distinction of being a candidate for the Fulbright Specialist Roster, an honor that led him all the way to Israel this summer. “Being honored with the Fulbright grant was a lifechanging event for me,” said Graziano. “I was at Sakhnin College in Sakhnin, Israel for three weeks in June and it was the most rewarding experience of my career. The people I met and interacted with were warm, sincere, friendly, humble, and eager to share and learn new information and knowledge.” The Fulbright Specialist Program (FSP) is a highly competitive program in which candidates are reviewed by peers in the same discipline and by the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent professional/terminal degree at the time of the application and a minimum of five years of post-doctoral teaching or professional experience in the field in which you are applying. The FSP is designed to award grants to U.S. faculty and professionals in select disciplines to participate in projects at colleges and universities in more than 100 countries. Fulbright Specialists develop and implement programs that strengthen critical needs of overseas higher education institutions. Programs may include teacher training, short-term lecturing, conducting seminars, special conferences or workshops, curriculum planning and institutional and/or faculty planning.

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Graziano continued, “I mainly learned about ArabMuslim culture, language, history, politics, education, food, family, gender roles and expectations, religion, traditions and customs, and family. I met with students, faculty and their families every evening for dinner or to visit cultural/religious sites, cafes, or the country side. We often talked about our similarities and differences as two nations miles apart. “On one occasion, I was invited to an Arab wedding and experienced the traditions and joy of such a sacred day. The new knowledge learned from this experience will remain with me personally and professionally. I will infuse many of the lessons learned into my classes and future life experiences.”

Dr. Graziano described his project in Israel as an “opportunity for professional development at an overseas institution in the areas of teacher training, active learning, and photovoice—a form of participatory action research that utilizes documentary photography and storytelling.” In addition to teaching three sections of one course and providing teacher training, associate professor Graziano presented a workshop at a local language, technology, and literacy conference, met with the director of professional development of the college to discuss ongoing professional development opportunities, met with the president and vice-president of the college to discuss future collaborations for faculty, and guestlectured in an English remedial course. He was also able to visit a local elementary school to view students’ photovoice projects.

“One valuable contribution was my photovoice workshop to all faculty in the English department. Both full and part–time faculty and students attended the workshop. Administration requested to receive my students’ projects to view and share with others at the college who may be able to implement change based on students’ photographs and stories,” said Graziano. “Several adjunct faculty who attended the workshop were doctoral students and expressed an interest in pursuing photovoice with their own research. The interest and support for photovoice was exceptional.” How will the Fulbright experience benefit NSC students and the local community? According to Graziano, “The

interaction and new knowledge gained from my participation in the program will enhance my course content and delivery of instruction at NSC. The outcomes will be shared with the NSC community both online and in-person via the NSC website and a professional development workshop.” The opportunity to live and work overseas is not a new one for Graziano. In 1997, he taught English as a Second Language in the School of Medicine at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2000 and 2003, he conducted two participatory research studies in South Africa. In addition, he was also invited by the South African Department of Education in 2003 to facilitate a train-the-trainer HIV prevention workshop to township educators. In 2012, Graziano completed two teacher training fellowships at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and the Marino Institute of Education in Dublin, Ireland. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). Approximately 310,000 “Fulbrighters,” 116,900 from the United States and 192,800 from other countries, have participated in the program since its inception over sixty years ago. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 new grants annually. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

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Changing Climate

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Climate change is inevitable, says assistant professor Lawrence Rudd, Ph.D. Therefore, teaching students about it makes perfect sense. “During the span of geologic time, Earth’s climates have changed through a wide range of climate types for any single location,” says Rudd. “Humans need to understand the nature of climate change and the record of past climates to be ready to work with future climate changes that will take place. It is important to study climate change in order to create the best possible future for our species.” How did Rudd become interested in the topic? “I was doing research ten years ago about landslide occurrence,” he recalls. “My research at that time revealed that the frequency of occurrence of a type of landslide called a debris flow depended on the nature of rainfall in different areas. As climate changed throughout geologic time, the record of debris-flow occurrence also changed. “So these landslides (which move a lot of sediment and can be very destructive) depend on a certain amount of rainfall occurring in certain types of storms. This realization made me curious as to how climate has changed through geologic time (4.55 billion years) and what impacts the changing climate though this period of time has had on both the environment and living things.” During his research, Rudd has learned some fascinating facts about our planet. “Prior to about 650 million years ago, there were one or more “Snowball Earth” events lasting millions of years during which Earth was completely covered with ice. In contrast to these cold events, there were also more recent times (most recently about 50 million years ago) when a “Hothouse Earth” existed with no ice caps on the Polar Regions (also for millions of years). During the hothouse events, forests may have covered nearly the whole Earth from pole to pole.” Rudd is active in both teaching and science research. His science education classes help pre-service teachers develop an understanding of the need to get students of all ages actively involved in scientific inquiry. Currently involved in a state-wide Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) project sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Rudd is educating in-service science teachers about the topic of climate change and how to integrate climate change education into their teaching. His lifelong passion for geology resulted in his receiving funding for three consecutive one-year grants to teach in-service Clark County School District science teachers about the geology of southern Nevada. Rudd enjoys sharing what he’s learned with these teachers. “I’ve worked with CCSD teachers during summer workshops for the past five years. The teachers who have signed up for these workshops have been very enthusiastic learners who want to gain as much knowledge as they can about both local geology and evidence for climate change,” says Rudd. “I especially enjoy hearing from the teachers when they return to their classrooms and use materials and ideas from the workshop. On several occasions I have been able to visit the teacher’s classrooms when they teach lessons from the summer workshops. It is very enjoyable and rewarding to be able to interact with both the teacher and their secondary-level students during a workshopbased activity.”

By following his interests, including science education and geomorphology, throughout his life, Rudd has been involved in a nonstop combination of learning, researching, and teaching. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, a master’s degree from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. He has wide-ranging experience in education, including 20 years of teaching high school earth science, physics, and geology. He maintains an active interest in the study of landslides and other Earth surface processes and enjoys being able to do field work in Southern Nevada and the nearby Colorado Plateau. 19


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Student Teachers Make Wiki-Portfolios In yet another way to set themselves apart from other recent education graduates, Nevada State College student teachers presented web-based portfolios for the first time at the end of 2011’s fall semester. This marked the first time that NSC student teachers created web-based portfolios for their culminating project and has since been added to the curriculum for future classes (students also completed portfolios and presented them at the end of the Spring 2012 semester). In creating the web-based portfolios, students reflected on their professional growth through degree coursework and their student teaching assignment. The projects also highlighted the students’ accomplishments and demonstrated their readiness to join the teaching profession. During an event to highlight this project, the student teachers shared their web-based portfolios with faculty, staff, and guests, before participating in panel discussions focusing on their professional growth and the development of these portfolios. A reception followed to celebrate the completion of student teaching and their degree requirements. The student teachers aligned their portfolios with Danielson’s Framework for Effective Teaching and included many samples of course assignments, student teaching work samples, classroom photographs, videos, resumes, and other artifacts. The creation of the portfolios also allowed the students to demonstrate their technology skills utilizing many resources, such as YouTube, Jing, PowerPoint, and Glogster. These web-based portfolios are expected to enhance the student’s employment opportunities. Students will be able to send interested employers the link to their web-based portfolio. Their initial contact will move beyond the traditional cover letter and resume. The web-based portfolios will also be used by the School of Education to assess the effectiveness of their Teacher Preparation Programs.


EDUCATION NSC Keeps Pace as Speech Pathology Program Continues to Grow Many people are not aware of just how rapidly the field of speech language pathology (SLP) is growing. In fact, it’s expected to grow faster than average in the coming years. Nevada State College has just the program to help potential providers become qualified to work in this ever-developing and expanding field. There are a number of reasons for the increased need. Baby boomers are entering middle age, when the possibility of neurological disorders and associated speech, language, swallowing, and hearing impairments increases. Medical advances are improving the survival rate of premature infants as well as trauma and stroke victims, who then need assessment and possible treatment. Likewise, many states now require that all newborns be screened for hearing loss and receive appropriate early intervention services.

cases, the child may require intervention from both. It is estimated that more than five million individuals from diverse backgrounds have a speech, language, or hearing disability. Students at NSC have the opportunity to earn a Bachelors of Arts degree in Speech Pathology or complete a post-baccalaureate program that leads to licensure in Nevada. The post-baccalaureate option provides an opportunity for students with a bachelor’s degree or higher to apply for the endorsement in Speech and Language Impairments from the Nevada Department of Education or obtain the necessary academic requirements to apply to graduate programs in speech pathology and audiology. The NSC Speech Pathology Program prepares students to work as therapists in school-based settings. A master’s degree is required to work hospitals, clinics, or rehabilitation settings. There is a demand for speech and language pathologists throughout Nevada—in urban, suburban, and rural schools.

According to NSC Associate Professor Lori Navarrete, “There is an increase in the survival rate of individuals with disabilities due to advances in the medical profession, combined with the fact that people are living longer. Additionally, the return of injured war veterans “I chose NSC when I decided that I no longer wanted who require communication assessment and therapy to become a special education teacher,” says Janina after a head injury as well as the increase in the use of Wilson, a current student in the bachelor’s degree cochlear implants among individuals who are deaf or program. “I wanted to have more options and a better hard of hearing have greatly impacted the growing need opportunity for advancement. When I saw the program of speech and language pathologists nationally.” explained on the CCSD website, I looked into it.” Because federal law guarantees special education and Wilson, who previously worked as a resource room related services to all eligible children with disabilities, teaching assistant, had considered a special education employment in the educational services will increase program at UNLV, but eventually decided that NSC along with growth in elementary and secondary school was the best option for her plans. enrollments. Greater awareness of the importance of early identification and diagnosis of speech, language, “I have worked in special education for nine years and swallowing, and hearing disorders has also increased I love what I do. I’ve been the assistant in classrooms the need for services. where the speech pathologist worked with children and I enjoyed being part of that. I also researched the high Speech and language disorders affect one’s ability to demand, competitive salary that I could benefit from.” talk, understand, read, and write. Such disorders have different causes, and may range from a few speech sound Learning from instructors who have experience as errors or repetitions of sounds or words to a total loss speech and language pathologists in school and clinical of the ability to use speech to communicate effectively. settings, students at NSC experience a demanding and Our country’s increase in culturally and linguistically robust curriculum that prepares them to work in the diverse populations requires more speech professionals ever-changing profession. This curriculum includes who are able to differentiate language acquisition from objectives and outcomes aligned with professional a language disorder. The former requires support from standards set by the American Speech and Hearing English as a Second Language (ESL) specialists and the Association (ASHA). latter, from a speech and language therapist. In some

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Degrees and Programs • Bachelor of Arts in speech pathology (124 credits) • Post-baccalaureate coursework that leads to licensure in speech pathology in Nevada (66 credits) Students who enter the program with an education or communication science degree will require fewer credits.

“There have been so many good parts of the NSC language pathology. Labs and field work are required speech pathology program,” comments Wilson. “I have components of the curriculum and they are also required watched the college grow and develop more options to complete a culminating clinical practicum which for classes than when I first started. Being such a prepares them for careers in schools as well as provide busy student, wife, mother, and employee, the online prerequisites for a graduate degree in communication classes were a huge support to my family. The faculty science or speech-language pathology. It’s important members in the speech pathology department are very to note that graduates have a high rate of employment supportive and understanding and I have had nothing and benefits such as insurance, leave, and professional but good experiences with them. The years that I spent development are usually very competitive. working on this four-year degree have been long and tedious, but I am glad that I made NSC my choice.” “We teach our students the full continuum of age-related speech and language pathology disorders, in order for Another alumna, Kim Schaap, originally planned to finish them to provide assessment and intervention at the her degree in elementary education. “I explored the school-age level,” comments Navarrete. “We encourage programs offered by Nevada State College at the time. them to pursue a master’s degree soon after they After researching my options and talking to people in graduate in order to become specialists in the field and the field of SLP, I knew that was my choice. It is the open up more job prospects for themselves.” perfect fit for me. I finished my undergraduate degree in speech pathology in Spring 2011. I currently work as a “What I’ve learned that has stood out and helped me speech language pathologist for CCSD and I am thrilled through this program is that hard work pays off,” says to go to work every day. Helping a child open up her Wilson. “Through all of my life circumstances, giving or his world through improving communication skills is up has never been an option or mindset for me. I know the best career in the world! and have seen firsthand that nothing in life comes easy. I stayed encouraged, in pursuit of a career, and was “One of the best parts of the NSC speech pathology determined to be and do better.” program is that many of your professors are currently working as SLPs with CCSD. Their knowledge of how CCSD works and their real experience is generously shared with students.” In their NSC courses, students have the opportunity to learn about the theory and practice of speech and



NSC of the North The Nevada State College Teacher Preparation Program, started in 2004, is a welcome and successful educational extension in Northern Nevada. Working in conjunction with Western Nevada College (WNC), 74 students have graduated and earned teaching degrees that wouldn't have been possible just a few years ago. Students at WNC who are just about ready to complete or have completed their two-year degree have the option to transfer to NSC to complete their last two years and earn a Bachelor of Arts in Education. They can do all this and never have to leave the WNC campus. Instead of driving many miles to the closest university in Reno, students have been able to take courses online and in person in Carson City and Fallon. Many students in outlying counties such as Pershing, Mineral, Lyon, Churchill, Douglas and Lander, drive to either Fallon or Carson City to access face-to-face and closed circuit televised courses. Graduates of the program have been hired in Carson City, Douglas County, Mineral County, Lyon County, Churchill County, and Washoe County. One graduate was recently hired in Boston. Lyon County also recently hired three NSC graduates for the 2012 – 13 school year. Nevada State College’s Northern Nevada extension team includes three instructors: Jeff Johnston, M.Ed. (science), Dr. Amy Hope (mathematics), and Brenda Downs, M.Ed., (literacy and student teacher supervisor) who bring their classroom experience and knowledge of content to students. Cindi Supko, M.Ed., directs the program through close communication with the Henderson campus. “We are lucky to have a great program for teacher preparation, so close to home,” said Pam Gilmartin, principal of Jacks Valley Elementary School in Douglas County. “Our student teachers come prepared to do lesson plans and use state curriculum. They have excellent guidance and supervision during their student teaching internship. This program is an asset to Northern Nevada.” Students in the northern NSC program have formed close-knit groups of colleagues who encourage each other to complete their degrees. This encouragement extends beyond their years at NSC. Student Teacher Supervisor Downs said she has mentored about 40 student teachers since 2008 and is amazed with their dedication and passion for education. "I admire their commitment to their studies even while working, raising families, and, in some cases, raising grandchildren,” she said. “It's not uncommon to have students with ages ranging from 22 to 52—all thoroughly motivated to becoming teachers. Some have dreamed of teaching for more than 20 years.”

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Making Education Accessible to All Students Rho Hudson, Ed.D., wants to encourage all people with disabilities to consider extending their education. Hudson serves half-time as faculty in the School of Education, teaching special education courses, and half-time as the director of the NSC Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (RCSD), where she assists college students with disabilities in coordinating their educational endeavors. In addition, Hudson is one of Nevada State’s founding faculty members, having previously worked for 19 years in the Clark County School District teaching kindergarten and special education, and working as the district’s testing coordinator.

Hudson and her assistant, Christine “Red” Brown-Blei, coordinate accommodation arrangements for qualified students. Examples of accommodations include

captioning services, alternative text formats, audio recorders, note-takers, extended time on tests, and testing in a quiet environment. A student’s needs must be documented as qualifying under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and reviewed by the NSC Eligibility Team, consisting of six faculty members, before accommodations are approved.

“It’s important that students with disabilities are wellprepared to make the transition beyond high school to postsecondary education,” notes Hudson. “Our job is to make it as seamless and trouble-free as possible for “It is important to consider postsecondary options them. We want everyone to succeed.” when transitioning beyond high school,” says Hudson. “Developing a transition plan that includes attending a During the spring 2012 semester, a total of 45 students college or university in Nevada requires careful planning benefited from the NSC Resource Center. Disabilities of and research.” those utilizing the center include: ADD/ADHD, anxiety/ depression/bipolar/generalized psychiatric disorder, Hudson knows more about educational opportunities autism spectrum, cerebral palsy, deaf or hard of than most. With her work experience plus her duties hearing, generalized learning disability (this is the most as secretary of the board at Andre Agassi College common), multiple sclerosis, neurological disorders, Preparatory Academy (a local charter school on whose physical injuries, post traumatic stress disorder, and board she has served since 2003), her membership on traumatic brain injury/epilepsy. the advisory board for the Clark High School TEACH magnet program, activity in the CCSD Professional “I would like you to know how appreciative I am of the Development Education, and service on numerous wonderful staff at RCSD at Nevada State,” says student School of Education, College and Faculty Senate Andrea Benton. “This office has been professional and committees each semester, she is highly qualified. gone above the call of duty to help me with my disability. You can be sure this program is helping people in a very “My husband, Bill, and I moved to Las Vegas from important way.” Georgia in 1977,” she recalls. “I received my doctorate in special education from UNLV in 1999. I was interested In addition to teaching and helping students reach their in making a difference to underserved students.” She goals, Hudson is also passionate about helping animals, found her niche, learning just how rewarding it can be and has a menagerie which includes llamas, dogs, cats, assisting students in achieving their best while pursuing tortoises, birds, and a Red Rock Canyon burro. their dreams of higher education.



Step Up Program

Makes College Accessible Josh Garcia wasn’t sure he was cut out for college. Fastforward a few years and now the Nevada State College alumnus is planning a career teaching a STEM subject (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) in the Clark County School District (CCSD). For him, being the first in his family to graduate from college is a huge accomplishment and now, because of the Student Teacher Enlistment Project—Undergraduate Program (STEP UP), many teens who never dreamed of attending college are completing degrees just like Garcia. While Garcia was attending Mojave High School, he was called into the counselor’s office to meet some STEP UP advisors, including Nevada State College’s thenAssociate Dean of Education, Lori Navarrete, who told him about the program. “The purpose of STEP UP is to recruit and retain students who will be well–prepared to teach in economically challenged communities, thus combating high transiency rates among teachers in those schools,” says Navarrete.

Garcia decided to give it a try. The summer after he graduated from high school, he went right into CSN to finish his associate degree. When he moved on to NSC to finish his bachelor’s degree, he was more than pleased with his teachers, especially the math ones. “Professors like Jason Lee and Aaron Wong were always available and made our small group of math teachers feel like part of a little community. Classes such as Writing Across the Curriculum and my Secondary Education Pedagogy classes provided many useful resources, challenged me to think about my profession, and had in place professors who led by example.” While attending school, STEP UP participants receive grants equivalent to $20,000 worth of college scholarships. Over half of the NSC STEP UP students are the first generation to attend college, are bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish, and come from an underrepresented population. Of these, many are earning degrees in highneed areas, including secondary math and science, bilingual education, and special education.

This is how it works: eight Southern Nevada area high “In the summer of 2009, we celebrated the first group schools offer the early teacher recruitment program, of STEP UP graduates,” says Navarette. “The program which is a partnership between CCSD, the Clark began in the 2004 – 05 school year with 100 students County Education Association Community Foundation and today, there are nearly 400 participating.” (CCEACF), College of Southern Nevada (CSN), and NSC. High school juniors begin taking college classes at their The program attracts a diverse population, with 61.5% home high school and can earn 48 college credits by the Hispanic, 21% Caucasian, 10% African American, 7% Asian/ end of their senior year. Pacific Islander, and 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native. Although just two-thirds of participants’ parents “I was really into mathematics and wanted to make a had a high school diploma or less, many are supportive of career of it,” says Garcia. “I just wasn’t sure exactly what their children completing their bachelor’s degree. that would be. I had always enjoyed learning math and equally enjoyed helping others ‘get it’, but had yet to As Garcia says, “I am the first in my family to receive decide on a career.” a bachelor’s degree and my family and friends are extremely proud. When I graduated in May, it felt After high school graduation, selected students complete like a great reward after running a race and enduring. their Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree at the CSN, and Although it wasn’t always easy and at times required late then finish their last two years at NSC. CSN provides the nights of studying and much sacrifice, I can joyfully state 100 – 200 level core course instructors and NSC offers that I did it.” 300 – 400 level classes in specific majors. Education degrees offered through STEP UP include elementary, secondary, special education, and bilingual education.

I believe that having my degree has opened new doors to many opportunities in my life.

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The following information was taken from a STEP UP presentation made at the Hawaii International Conference on Education in January 2010 by Dr. Lori Navarrete and Kate Hahn of Nevada State College. • Slightly more than half of the students are the first in their families to go to college • A majority of students commented that the instructors and small class sizes are beneficial to their educational success • A majority of the students reported that their time outside of the classroom was dedicated to working to support themselves and their families • In general, students felt faculty advisors and student support services were readily available and accessible • Over half the students reported family and friends are supportive and proud of their efforts and choice of career •8  0% of students work in addition to attending school, with the majority of them working 30 – 40 hours per week • Many expressed a desire to continue their education and complete a graduate degree • Many are able to work as aides and substitutes while completing coursework • Most will stay in Nevada and teach in their home communities




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Dear Friends, Birthdays are cause for celebration, and Nevada State College’s 10th Year is especially significant for all of us who dared to dream. We are excited to mark this milestone in NSC’s fulfillment of a mission founded on the idea that excellence fosters opportunity. The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences embodies excellence through an emphasis on advanced technology and real-world experiences guided by the expert knowledge of our professors in small, personalized classes. Our faculty, graduates of highly ranked Ph.D. programs, came to NSC with dreams of building a one-of-a-kind institution dedicated to high-quality teaching that impacts what students think, know, and do. Motivated by this pioneering spirit, LAS faculty developed many exceptional learning opportunities for students. Inspired by leading Wall Street financial centers, Nevada’s only finance lab anchors the business program with a unique merger of cutting edge technology and real-time market data. The Beckman Coulter capillary electrophoresis training and an Amnis ImageStream flow cytometer give students an opportunity to work with state-of-the-art biotechnology and biomedical equipment that is rare even at the nation’s most expensive elite colleges and universities. Our innovative curriculum allows students to get hands-on experience in their chosen field. For instance, psychology students take a capstone field experience course in which they spend 140 hours working at a mental health agency, interested history majors gather oral histories as part of an ongoing research project, and environmental science students collect and analyze soil and water samples. It is a privilege to shake the hands of our students at graduation and learn about the next steps they will be taking. We are thrilled to celebrate student successes. LAS graduates have been accepted into graduate or professional programs in a variety of fields. Several alumni with degrees in English or History have gone on to law school, while Biology majors have been accepted into medical, pharmacy, molecular biology, and veterinary schools. Students in other majors have attended graduate school to study psychology, social work, creative writing, school counseling, library science, sociology, and video game design. LAS students also move directly into Nevada’s workforce after graduation. Several psychology students who completed the intensive field experience course received job offers as a result of their impressive performance while working at a mental health agency. Other alumni were hired as technical writers and editors, library directors, marketing experts, drug court counselors, business managers, and police officers. We see students fulfilling their dreams from these examples and are proud to have been a part of their journey. Those of us from LAS are grateful to have had the opportunity to help build NSC. Our accomplishments have contributed to achieving full independent accreditation. We look forward to building a stronger future through the continued fulfillment of our goal of providing excellent instruction that expands the opportunities available to the citizens of Nevada.

Andy Kuniyuki, Ph.D. Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences



History Students Explore Solar Energy’s

Past by Touring a Modern Day Solar Thermal Plant

The parabolic concentrators, or structures containing the mirrors, adjust throughout the day to align with the sun. The heat of the sun is reflected by the curved mirrors toward tubes in the center holding a heat transfer fluid. By transmitting the captured heat in that fluid to water, steam is created, which in turn runs a turbine to create electricity. “The sun heats the focal point to 1,000° Fahrenheit and the heat transfer fluid rises to 700° Fahrenheit,” said dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Andy Kuniyuki, who joined the class for the tour. “This process captures 70 percent of the input solar energy. The technology is simply fascinating.”

As Cable continued the tour, students were directed Students in the Nevada State College history senior down to the solar field to watch the movement of the seminar conducted research for their final papers mirrors up-close as they veered toward the sun. at a local solar power plant during a field trip in May. Accompanied by Peter La Chapelle, associate professor “It was interesting to closely look at the equipment at of history in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Nevada Solar One. One of the things we noticed was students in the technology-themed capstone course how similar the modern-day equipment is to Shuman’s traveled south of Boulder City to visit Nevada Solar One original 1913 plant in terms of basic design,” La Chapelle with the task of comparing the modern plant to a solar said, after completing the tour. thermal production plant that was constructed in Maadi, “The plant in 1913 was built in Egypt. However, it was Egypt, in 1913 by American scientist Frank Shuman. funded largely by England and then Shuman used “We are interested in why a similar technology in Egypt the plant to get money from Germany,” said Chris was dismantled over 100 years ago,” La Chapelle Reed, a student focusing his research on the political said. “Throughout the semester, students have been implications that led to the demise of the original plant. researching the politics, marketing strategies and “Its closing was all about diplomacy, money and the diplomacy that contributed to the disappearance and politics surrounding World War I.” then reappearance of this technology.” Plant manager Bob Cable welcomed approximately 15 students to the facility during the April field trip and led them on a tour of Nevada Solar One, the largest thermal solar plant built in the last 20 years. Cable started the presentation in the control room overlooking the field and then explained the process of how heat from the sun, concentrated and collected by large curved mirrors, is used to create electric power.

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“Our students made two significant findings: First, large deposits of oil were discovered around this time and, secondly, the war shifted attention to gasoline-powered technologies since it would certainly be impractical to power a tank with solar energy,” La Chapelle said.

Other groups in the class were assigned to research topics including the history of the Woods gasoline-electric hybrid car (1916 – 1917) and the history of walking machines (essentially attempts to build wheel-less transportation from the nineteenth century to the present).

This, coupled with Shuman’s death in 1918 and the loss of governmental support for solar energy, meant that similar technologies were not significantly used or experimented with again until the 1980s.

In addition to the field trip, students examined library resources such as journal articles and periodicals dating back to the period specific to their project.

“As with Shuman’s 1913 plant, solar technology will need to get to a point where the manufacturing costs are vastly reduced, or we many never experience a time when solar power is used exclusively,” commented another student, Codi Lingenfelter. “An important fact that I found throughout my research was that we do have the technology; what we need is the investors. If there was enough interest from the government on actual ways to benefit from renewable energy sources, the manufacturing costs would come down enough to make solar energy a reliable energy source for areas such as Nevada, where there is an abundance of sunshine and empty desert to set up the facilities.”

For more information about NSC’s history degree program or HIST 499: Senior Seminar in History, visit the humanities department online at http://www. or contact Dr. Peter La Chapelle by emailing

During the Spring semester, students in the class HIST 499: Senior Seminar in History, focused their papers on “problem-solving history,” taking up topics within the field of the history of technology that relate to some of the most pressing questions of the 21st century: Access to water, conflict over energy resources, and the future of transportation.



MentorING + Research Program Grant Opens

Opportunities to NSC students Big vision. Small scope. When Nevada State College began providing hands-on training with the equipment used by leading biotechnology firms, it was a grand vision in support of a small number of students. Costs prevented larger numbers from participating.

Prior to this expansion, Nevada State College received INBRE grant support to provide specialized certification and training on unique biomedical instrumentation for NSC students as well as other institutions in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE). In September, NSC’s Recently, however, thanks to a dramatic increase in grant grant support was expanded to facilitate undergraduate funding from the Nevada Idea Network of Biomedical research projects guided by faculty in the Physical and Research Excellence (NV INBRE), the scope of the project Life Sciences. The increase in support is impressive, from now matches the size of the vision. In the coming years, $29,975 per year to $167,870 per year for the next three well over 150 students will benefit from this unique years. Such support will strengthen existing training opportunity, in the process opening doors to an exciting workshops and allow students to take part in genuine array of careers in the biotechnology and biomedical fields. experimental science opportunities by providing summer scholarships and full-time research mentorship. “Nevada State College is the first in the nation to offer this training to undergraduate students,” said Dr. Andy The INBRE project, which is funded through the National Kuniyuki, Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “This is a Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of tremendous success because there is a great demand for Health (NIH), is housed in the University of Nevada School biotech employees to know capillary electrophoresis.” of Medicine under the direction of Dr. James Kenyon in the department of Physiology and Cell Biology. The project Capillary electrophoresis involves separating polar molecules began in 2005 with the goals of increasing biomedical as they migrate through an electrical field. It is a cutting edge research infrastructure in Nevada and establishing a technology that is important in developing and producing network linking Nevada’s biomedical research (the safe and stable pharmaceutical products. University of Nevada Reno, the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and the Nevada Cancer Institute) with educational What this grant means is that more NSC students can institutions (Nevada State College, Great Basin College, access summer scholarships and participate in long-term Truckee Meadows Community College, and the College research experiences that enhance their marketability and of Southern Nevada). During the first five years (2005 – training in science. 2010) of the project, the NV INBRE supported biomedical

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researchers and established a series of statewide research service cores in bioinformatics, proteomics, cytometry, confocal imaging, histology, and live animal imaging. In addition, the INBRE established and developed a Biomedical Students Pipeline program that mentors under-represented students enrolled in Nevada community colleges. The INBRE project received a five-year renewal of this grant, valued at $16 million, to run from 2010 – 2015. The focus of the current cycle is to build on the infrastructure developed during the first five years, to build new programs based on new NIH initiatives in clinical translational research, and to develop more programs to serve undergraduates and encourage high school students to pursue degrees in the sciences. Nevada INBRE will further develop the research base and capacity at the biomedical research institutions with targeted hires of new researchers and by providing research and mentoring support to faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. In addition, this component of the NV INBRE will be expanded to include translational research and community engagement projects. The Biomedical Students Pipeline will be enhanced by increasing mentoring and research programs for undergraduate students and adding programs at Nevada State College and Great Basin College. This recent grant was a part of the 2010 – 2015 renewal that first brought support for NSC’s certification workshops on biomedical instrumentation (the last one was conducted May 7 – 10, 2012). Specifically, students are being trained in capillary electrophoresis (CE), a powerful method that separates polar molecules, such as therapeutic drugs or biological compounds, based on their migration in an electrical field. The resolution is so precise that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires this signature in every step for pharmaceutical development to ensure purity of the compound. Every major biotechnology company engaged in new drug development has multiple CE instruments but is having difficulty finding enough people with expertise in running these instruments. Nevada State College has been fortunate to receive support from the NV INBRE grant to bring to campus representatives from Beckman Coulter, an industry leader in this technology, to train NSHE students. The Beckman Coulter certification of training is a gateway to employment in this exciting field.

To learn more about Beckman Coulter certification, please visit

Grant funding is for September 1, 2010 – May 31, 2015



NSC History Professor Finds Oldest-Known

Woody Guthrie Recordings

Many Americans are familiar with one of the true songs of Americana, “This Land is Your Land,” by folk artist Woody Guthrie. In fact, the song has even been noted as America’s second national anthem. But not everyone knows that Guthrie would have turned 100 this past July. In honor of the Woody Guthrie Centennial, Smithsonian Folkways recently released an in-depth commemorative collection of Guthrie songs, photos, and essays. Nevada State College associate professor Peter La Chapelle is pleased to have had a direct hand in this project. Roughly 10 years ago, La Chapelle, whose areas of specialization include U.S. cultural and social history and media history, was interviewing labor activist Harry Hay in Southern California. Hay mentioned that he was with Guthrie when he was recording some of his first songs. When La Chapelle inquired about what had happened to those discs, Hay said he had donated them to a library.

Now those “lost” recordings are part of the Smithsonian Folkways release, Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, a 150-page large-format book with three CDs containing 57 tracks. The set also contains 21 previously unreleased performances and six never-before-heard original songs, including those 1939 recordings. The book and CD box set includes a short liner note piece that La Chapelle wrote about finding these recordings. La Chapelle has used his cultural research to study many aspects of the Dust Bowl migration. “As an MA student, I had studied African American participation in the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, the time when drought and depression caused hundreds of thousands of people to leave the Texas-Oklahoma area and move to California and the Far West.” As part of that study, La Chapelle wrote about how black musicians had influenced white country music artists. “When I transferred to USC to work on my Ph.D., I took a seminar on the history of popular culture and got interested in studying the Dust Bowl migration from the standpoint of culture.”

After some digging, La Chapelle found the recordings at the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research in south central Los Angeles. For La Chapelle, finding these recordings, which are the oldest known of Guthrie, was akin to finding the Holy Grail. The “Folk and country music were the areas where migrants recordings, which are believed to have been made in were really talking about their experiences as migrants 1939, are considered to be the oldest known in existence and hence that became the focus of my dissertation. according to experts such as Jeff Place, archivist at the I then turned that dissertation into a book. Woody Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, was one of the earliest to articulate a Dust Bowler and Guy Logsdon, Guthrie’s official discographer. or Okie identity through the medium of radio and so I wrote a chapter about his program on KFVD in Los Angeles.”

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The chapter he’s referencing is from his book Proud to Be an Okie, which brings to life the influential country music scene that flourished in and around Los Angeles from the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s to the early 1970s. The first work to fully illuminate the political and cultural aspects of this intriguing story, the book takes readers from Woody Guthrie’s radical hillbilly show on Depression-era radio to Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” in the late 1960s. “The book explores how these migrant musicians and their audiences came to gain a sense of identity through music and mass media, to embrace the New Deal, and to celebrate African American and Mexican American musical influences before turning toward a more conservative outlook,” says La Chapelle. “What emerges is a clear picture of how important Southern California was to country music and how country music helped shape the politics and culture of Southern California and of the nation.” La Chapelle’s research took a variety of formats. “I interviewed people and used the oral history archives at Baylor University in Texas. For the Woody research, I used archives at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives in New York. I listened to thousands of recordings in the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, where I was a postdoctoral fellow.”

Response to his book has been very positive. “Scholars of country and folk music and the history of the Dust Bowl and the American West have been supportive,” notes La Chapelle. He was awarded an Honorable Mention for the Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book in North American Urban History by The Urban History Association in 2009. The book was also listed on the Kansas City Star’s Top 100 book list when it was published. “What is most thrilling to me are the letters and emails I occasionally get from musicians, Dust Bowl migrants, or children of Dust Bowl migrants,” he says. “People love reading about their history and have generally liked the way I researched and presented it. To me, these letters are the most impassioned and most treasured feedback I get.” Currently, La Chapelle is researching connections between carmaker Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism and his promotion of “old time” music, for which La Chapelle has been awarded a research grant from the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A former journalist, La Chapelle is adviser to NSC’s student newspaper, the Scorpion’s Tale, and is supervising an undergraduate oral history project focused on Henderson’s rich community history. In 2009, he received NSC’s iTeach Award for Teaching Excellence.

To purchase a copy of the book or learn more, visit To learn more about Woody Guthrie, visit and check out this Pinterest page that La Chapelle put together - Photo credits: (L–R) Smithsonian Folkways, Peter La Chapelle, University of California Press, Smithsonian folkways



Environmental Science Students Survey Local Lands Lead, arsenic, and cadmium—these are just a few of the pollutants sometimes found in the ground around Las Vegas. During the spring 2012 semester, Nevada State College students in an environmental measurement and analysis course had a unique opportunity to practice testing for these heavy metal contaminants. Our environmental science students are accustomed to getting their hands dirty—it’s how the real work gets done—but in this instance they relied on a much cleaner method: they blasted rocks with a high-tech XrF analyzer gun (short for X-ray fluorescence sample analyzer gun). As is often the case with learning opportunities at NSC, the experience gave students a feel for the real-world work that environmental scientists do. “Experience operating tools like the analyzer gun is integral for our students as they head toward their careers,” said Dr. Edwin Price, assistant professor of environmental science. “This was the first time we’ve been able to offer this opportunity to our students and look forward to future experiences with advanced equipment and technology.”

The device sends x-ray radiation into samples drawn from mine tailings, “exciting” the atoms in the samples. The atoms then give off their own radiation, which the barrel of the gun detects and separates into different elements, telling the user what contaminants are present. The data stored in the analyzer gun can later be downloaded to a computer and analyzed further. Price organized the two-week rental of the XrF analyzer gun for the class using funds from lab fees. To collect their data, the class took two field trips, examining mine tailings at the historic Nelson mining area and Three Kids Mine near Lake Las Vegas. “The field trip locations we selected included local lands that are currently being processed for redevelopment—work largely done by environmental scientists,” said Dr. Price. The Three Kids Mine area, originally a manganese mine that closed in 1962, is slated to be transformed into a residential and business development once hazardous waste is properly removed or contained. The students used the XrF gun to examine old mine tailings for this kind of hazardous waste. Ultimately, the analysis revealed low traces of arsenic at both test sites. However, for our students the key discovery had a lot more to do with the development of an important realworld skill set.

Scientists working on similar projects often collect samples in the field, sending them to a lab for full analysis. The hand-held XrF device is a major step forward because it provides immediate information and allows scientists to cover more ground and collect much “In conjunction with testing the XrF analyzer gun, our students learned procedures for its use as defined by more information than they could otherwise. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,” explained Dr. Price. “The next step for many of our students—after graduating, of course—is to use this knowledge in the service of Nevada and the common good of its citizens.”

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Seeking Grants to Improve Academics at NSC Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dr. Andy Kuniyuki knows that receiving grant funding can really add to students’ college experience. Kuniyuki, who has prepared various grant applications through the U.S. Department of Education, has meticulously detailed plans for utilizing future funding. “Grant funding will not only create an enhanced curriculum, but will make interaction with students who need assistance very timely,” he says. Nevada State College proposes to use upcoming funds for two capacity-building activities that will directly address the needs of the campus: 1) Improve academic programs by developing “supercourses” that increase rigor, student engagement and active learning, and standardize curriculum in high-enrollment, high-fail core and prerequisite courses; and 2) Add academic and financial aid advisors who will conduct proactive advising and tutoring for students identified by our new early alert system, particularly those in remedial math classes and “supercourses.” As a result, NSC will build the capacity to deliver high-quality instruction in crucial courses, most taught by part-time faculty, and to provide high-need students with early, targeted support that will enable them to make timely progress toward degrees. Increases in yearto-year retention and graduation as a result of these activities will increase funding from the state that is based on completion, which will help sustain these programs moving forward. “By routinely contacting students on a weekly basis, right from the start, we’ll be able to provide assistance that we haven’t been able to in the past,” explains Kuniyuki. “We’ll know how students are performing academically, where they need help, and how to best engage that help for them. We’ll be able to direct them to resources ahead of the curve.”

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Earning a college degree takes dedication. Finding the time and making the effort can be hard for anyone but during May’s commencement ceremony, three students from the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences were highlighted for the outstanding strides they’ve made in their lives.


Elsa Barnhill, B.A. English Elsa Barnhill was born in Mexico and worked for years to learn English. When she felt her English skills were good enough, she enrolled at the College of Southern Nevada and eventually transferred into NSC’s English program. The first in her family to go to college, Barnhill also worked full-time doing Hispanic outreach consulting for United States Senator John Ensign.

During her final semester at NSC, she won a first place prize in the Henderson Writer’s Association’s annual contest for a poem titled “El Soñador.” Currently, she’s applying to a graduate program in Library and Information Science. “Earning a bachelor’s degree while working full time is a tough reality for many students in Las Vegas and was very difficult for me to manage until I transferred to Nevada State College,” says Barnhill. “NSC helped me find classes that worked with my tough schedule while still allowing me to get a fantastic college experience—forming lasting friendships and valuable relationships with my professors. “Majoring in English, I developed my leisure and business writing skills and since graduating, have won a writing contest and regularly write press releases for my job. I am the first person in my family to graduate from college and I can attest that Nevada State College understands the challenges of Nevada students and genuinely cares about their successes.”

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Physical and Life Sciences Norlan Maltez, B.S. Biology

Norlan Maltez came back to school after other life experiences and balanced a full course load while juggling full-time work and family responsibilities. Despite the incredible demand already put upon him, he tutored his peers. Maltez’s determination has led him to repeated success, which is seen in his high GPA (over 3.9). He is the perfect example of how hard work can lead to success, regardless of your past. Like many students at NSC, Maltez had to find a balance between working and school. He has worked as an emergency medical technician and paramedic for over a decade and always with a positive attitude. His deep passion for both his education and his jobs drove him to find balance and success. He has been recognized for his outstanding commitment and excellent performance at work with repeated promotions, including a leadership role in local educational programs for nurses and paramedics, as well as regional educational work throughout the southwest. Maltez has committed his life to medicine and is now attending the University of Nevada School of Medicine on a full four-year scholarship. According to Maltez, “There is a special place in my heart for Nevada State College and I feel privileged to be able to call myself an alumnus of this amazing institution. It is a place which played an integral and immeasurable role in my journey to becoming a medical student, even in light of my non-traditional background. Graduating from NSC in the year of its tenth anniversary was a great honor for me. “I am proud of NSC’s heart and its commitment to the success of its students, and cannot wait to see how the college will continue to evolve. I am confident that Nevada State is actively shaping the future of our community and will continue to make great contributions to higher education in the state of Nevada.”

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Clifton Long, B.A. Psychology Clifton Long is a nontraditional student who returned to school after raising his children and choosing to change the path of his life. In earlier years, he operated heavy machinery and drove road graders, scrapers, and other large equipment. After being diagnosed with brain cancer, subsequent brain surgery, and a round of knee problems, Long became disabled. Not satisfied with this life course, he joined NSC in 2009 and found his home. He has commented that the relationships he formed with NSC faculty and staff have truly been a great source for his success. Recently, Long was asked to present a research paper in Boston at the 42nd annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. He conducted research in an upper division course and worked closely with Dr. Kathy Damm to edit and improve a manuscript of a study entirely of his own design. He greatly impressed those in attendance and many are eager to read the manuscript that was recently submitted for review to a leading journal.

“The faculty and staff at NSC were very instrumental in my success as a student, and in my decision to work toward my goal of being a psychology professor,” says Long. “They believed in my abilities and had confidence in me; this in turn caused me to believe in myself and has given me the confidence to pursue graduate studies, as well as pursue the lofty goal of being a psychology professor. Through the guidance and leadership of the faculty at NSC I was able to see how my education might be applied in the real world in a meaningful and effective way. My experience at NSC allowed me to explore the field of psychology and discover where I might fit in. I am currently preparing to take the GRE and plan to enroll in a graduate program that will prepare me to teach psychology as well as prepare me for entry into a doctoral program. “Professors like Dr. Kathryn Damm, Dr. Rich Yao, and the staff in the social sciences department have had a major influence on my success and in choosing my future academic and career goals.”




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Hello NSC friends & family, The School of Nursing is solidly placed as a nationally accredited program, fully diversified with four tracks leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and leading the profession with cutting-edge educational activities and programs. The nursing program has been nationally accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education since 2005. Also fully approved by the Nevada State Board of Nursing, the program has produced 700 nursing graduates, who have completed the national licensure exam and entered the healthcare community. The fastest growing track is the RN to BSN Track, which enrolls licensed, registered nurses who have associate degrees. Nursing courses prepare them for leadership and expanded roles, with additional course work in general education, professionalism, community health, leadership/management, and research. Three pre-licensure tracks build on prerequisite courses and include: (a) the Regular Track, which prepares students over four semesters, (b) the Part-Time Track, consisting of eight semesters or two and a half years, and (c) the Accelerated Track for second-degree students, progressing at a fast pace over 12 months. The variability in programs gives students options to meet their educational goals while accommodating different economic, personal and family needs. The nursing program is a “high tech—high-touch” program, centered around the concept of caring as the foundation of professional nursing practice. The curriculum includes multiple ways of knowing and experiencing the knowledge of nursing, ranging from empirical scientific information, to development of the self as a healing presence, consideration of ethical issues in practice, and study of the aesthetics or art of practice. Students’ tools include the latest technology and resources for learning: Neehr Perfect Electronic Health Record charting, Advanced Technologies Institute programs for successful preparation to pass the NCLEX licensure exam, evidence-based practice databases and e-books as library resources, and Nursing Central electronic resources for lab tests and drug information. Clinical experiences in a variety of hospital and community settings are supplemented by hightech simulations and skills lab courses at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas. Dedicated faculty are clinical experts who are also excellent teachers, and challenge students through a variety of innovative learning activities. Faculty engage in other activities that enrich the learning environment and support nursing graduates. The Dr. Joel and Carol Bower School-Based Health Center is directed and staffed by nursing faculty. A Medical Spanish Immersion course in Guadalajara, Mexico, introduced nursing graduates to the Spanish language and culture during the summer of 2012. The Nurse Residency Program, in conjunction with Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, promotes retention of new graduates who are hired by the hospital and exposed to enriching informational and support activities. Mental Health faculty have taken the “Hearing Voices” experience out to the community to educate police officers about special needs of psychiatric patients. Faculty are also active in community and professional organizations, such as Sigma Theta Tau International, the nursing honorary society. School of Nursing faculty are proud of the students and graduates of the nursing program, and salute them during our tenth year at NSC. These nurses are working in healthcare agencies throughout the valley, becoming advanced practitioners and community leaders, and improving the lives of Nevada citizens. These graduates demonstrate the excellence of the School of Nursing.

Sherrilyn Coffman, PhD, RN Interim Dean, School of Nursing



“El doctor lo verá ahora”

The doctor will see you now

Instead of heading to an exotic resort for some sun this “The instructors at the University are top notch,” said summer, a group of NSC alumni enrolled in a medical program coordinator Pam Call. “They incorporate creative Spanish course in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to learn learning techniques in the classroom and are extremely to communicate better in their careers. Everyone knows passionate about their country and their language. The that learning a second language can help no matter instructors have inspired some of the students to continue the field you’re employed in; this really rings true in on with Spanish courses when they return to Las Vegas.” the medical field. This summer marked the beginning of a new and interesting multicultural course within During the final two weeks of the course, students the School of Nursing, the four-week Medical Spanish visited hospitals to interact with patients. As their focus immersion program. was on practicing the Spanish language, tasks included documenting patient history and discussing care, rather “There is an increasing need for local nurses to have than actively participating in medical procedures. an understanding of both the culture and language of our Hispanic community in order to communicate with Participants were also instructed on the cultural aspects patients and provide proper treatment,” said Sherrilyn of rendering nursing care to the Hispanic population. “In Coffman, interim dean of the school of nursing. “In turn, our cultura class we learned about alternative medicine,” this program will also increase the marketability of NSC’s said participant Larissa LaMert. “As nurses, we need to BSN graduates.” be aware that the Hispanic culture takes part in herbal remedies as a part of their normal regimen. Doctors will As the Hispanic population in Southern Nevada continues also incorporate alternative medicine as part of their to grow, the need for bilingual medical professionals has treatment plan.” also heightened. To answer this need, this immersive program was developed and launched. Taught at the “My favorite Spanish sentence of the day,” according to Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara (UAG), the NSC participant Falisha Ollison-Leffler, who wrote this on her program was open to licensed Bachelor of Science in blog about the experience, “is ‘pongo su brazo sobre Nursing (BSN) graduates as well as current students la mesa para que yo puede chequar su precion’ or ‘put nearing the completion of their degrees. Under the your arm on the table so that I can check your pressure.’” supervision of Pam Call, NSC nursing instructor and program coordinator, the six students (five NSC nursing Because of its uniqueness, the course has an application graduates and one from UNLV) were in Mexico from process. To apply, course applicants submitted letters June 25 – July 20. of reference, an essay, and transcripts with priority given to NSC BSN graduates. Applicants were reviewed As participant Paula Fama said on the second day of the by NSC faculty in collaboration with education director course, “So far, I have already learned so much! I now Susan Adamek from St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. This understand what many of the articles meant when it summer’s course was funded by the Nevada Hospital comes to gender roles and religions of Mexico. I will be Association. tired from all the homework and readings I must do, but I am looking forward to the next lessons of these courses.” One cohort member summed it up perfectly when she said, “One thing that I always have to remember with It’s often noted that the best way to learn a language is nursing is to always keep learning new things!” to live within it. With that in mind, students accepted into the course stay with a host family in Guadalajara during the program. The first two weeks of the course include an immersive language study held at UAG focusing on medical terminology.

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Giving Back to the Community through the

Bower Health Center

Over the years, the School-Based Health Center has served over 5,000 students primarily from at-risk schools: Basic High School, B. Mahlon Brown Junior High School, C.T. Sewell Elementary School, and Robert Taylor Elementary School. The SBHC provides primary acute care, management of chronic illness, wellness The SHBC puts its focus on treating the whole child; counseling, treatment of injuries, routine physical to promote physical, emotional, and social health, examinations, and pre-participation sports physicals. effectively manage chronic illness, and minimize health- The center is administered by Nevada State College related school absences. The center provides high- (NSC) in collaboration with Basic High School and the quality, accessible health care to children in Henderson Clark County School District (CCSD). The director and schools, especially the uninsured, underinsured, and administrative staff are employees of NSC, and the NSC vulnerable populations. School of Nursing has direct oversight over the center. With the financial assistance and direct oversight of Nevada State College’s School of Nursing, the Dr. Joel and Carol Bower School-Based Health Center (SBHC) has become a trusted community resource since its inception in 2004.

Aware of the healthcare void within these populations, the first dean of NSC’s nursing program, Dr. Connie Carpenter, along with representatives of the Clark County School District, secured a federal grant that paid for the portable building at Basic High School, as well as the equipment at the center. Shortly after opening, the center was named in honor of a local physician and his wife: the Dr. Joel and Carol Bower School-Based Health Center.

The targeted community has a disproportionate number of low-income, culturally diverse, and uninsured students. Since 2004, the number of uninsured students served at the center has grown from 40% to 50%. Many of these students do not qualify for federal and state insurance programs for children. Without healthcare alternatives such as the SBHC, they either forgo treatment or utilize local emergency departments as their primary care source.

In the beginning, the center was open only one day a week, manned by one nurse practitioner. Initially, the nurse practitioners who staffed the center were also faculty members in the nursing department. Now, the SHBC is open four days a week during the school year and two days a week during the summer. Staffing it are two nurse practitioners who are NSC faculty and two others from the surrounding community. Each nurse practitioner works one day a week.

For Roxanne, a mother of three boys, the SBHC has been a lifesaver. “We had recently learned that our youngest, Brock, had asthma when we lost our health insurance,” she says. “I was so grateful to find the health center this past spring when Brock came down with strep throat. I wasn’t sure how we would be able to afford his treatment and medication. The SBHC staff has helped get him on a regimen and they are continually checking his lungs. We’ve been given more information at the SBHC than we were from our previous pediatrician. I don’t know what I would have done without this place.”

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The clinic is staffed full time by an administrative assistant and certified nursing assistant. Part-time nurse practitioners provide direct patient care, including wellness checks, treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, mental health screening, care for asthma and other chronic illnesses, and referrals to specialists. Nurse practitioners work with local pediatricians, who are their supervising physicians. Dr. Joel Bower serves as medical director on a volunteer basis. Nevada State College interim dean of nursing Dr. Sherrilyn Coffman is the director of the center. Nevada State College nursing students participate in the center as part of their community health course. The SBHC is overseen by two advisory groups. The Nevada State College Advisory Committee, composed of college faculty, staff, and administrators, works to give guidance, support, and resources from the college, and has been instrumental in promoting the idea of a sustainability plan. Nevada State College pays staff salaries, purchases medical and program supplies, and oversees programs and activities.

The Community Advisory Council, which is composed of Henderson school staff, healthcare professionals, parents, and community members, provides coordination between the SBHC, the Clark County School District, and the community. The Clark County School District maintains the physical facility on the grounds of Basic High School. Over the past year, the center was a major focus of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Henderson (LH) group’s activities. The LH Class of 2012 helped prepare a sustainability plan for the center, which included a marketing and fundraising component. The group’s efforts raised approximately $30,000 for the SBHC, including: $10,000 from NV Energy; $10,000 from Channel 8 (KLAS-TV); and $10,000 from the Taste of Henderson Wine Tasting/Silent Auction fundraiser that was hosted in April. According to SBHC director Coffman, “The SBHC would like to develop programs focused on mental health promotion and on prevention of obesity in the future.” She continued, “Access to care will continue to be the center’s goal as we aim to make the center self-sustaining by 2015.”



breathing easy Of all the healthcare options available at the Dr. Joel and Carol

Bower School-Based Health Center, one of the most rewarding is

the Asthma Management Program. Through generous community

and personal donations, the center’s staff is able to treat and provide asthma medications for children who are uninsured or underinsured, and cannot afford the expensive drugs, which can easily run up to $250 per month.

According to SBHC director Sherrilyn Coffman, “When children with asthma faithfully take their preventative drugs, they can stay out of the emergency room and hospital, stay well, and stay in school. Last year we served about 80 children with asthma.” She continues, “We’re fortunate that St. Rose Dominican Hospitals has supported this program with a grant.”

The asthma management program is now in its fourth year of existence. It has gained a positive reputation around the Southern Nevada healthcare community and now other clinics and healthcare providers refer children to the program, especially those without insurance or those participating in Medicaid and Nevada Check Up.

For more information or to learn how you can help contribute to this program, please contact the School of Nursing at 702.992.2047 or

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Helping New Nurses

Succeed Residency program provides support during transition from student to professional Research shows that turnover rates are high for new nurse graduates as a result of a stressful work environment coupled with inadequate support during the transition from student to professional practice. Nevada State College is out to change that. In December 2011, NSC in partnership with Sunrise Hospital successfully advanced the first cohort of 28 nurses through the newly launched nurse residency program. The yearlong program was established at the hospital in order to battle the 27.1% national turnover rate of new hire nurses. Upon completion of the program at the end of 2011, 25 program graduates remained employed at Sunrise Hospital—an 89% retention rate for the first year of the program. According to studies from groups including the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), significant cost savings are seen when investment in transition resulted in decreased nurse turnover. Organizations must focus on retaining nurses in their organizations and the overall profession, as the United States is in the midst of a nursing shortage that is expected to worsen over the

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next years due to the fact that Americans are living longer and the baby boomer generation is getting older. Both of these situations have placed increased demands on the health care system. The Nevada State College School of Nursing began researching the development of college and hospital partnership-based residency retention programs after numerous BSN graduates voiced their difficulty in finding long-term jobs in Southern Nevada. While nurses are still in high demand in Nevada as well as nationwide, hospitals have individual facility and unit experience ratios to meet (experienced vs. novice), which can often deter the hiring of recent graduates. In addition, the retention program was initiated to ease the transition of BSNs into the field, as it is common for graduates to become overwhelmed and leave the profession in the first year of employment due to the differences between their personal career expectations and the reality of the nursing field. Nurse retention is exceedingly important to hospitals as orientation of a new nurse during their first year of employment can cost the hospital $85,000.

The UHC/AACN Nurse Residency Program was brought something I look forward to every month. Nursing is a to Southern Nevada in December of 2010 after the Nevada challenging profession in an often-stressful environment State College School of Nursing was awarded funding and this helps you know that you’re not alone,” stated from a federal grant program. It is the first retention program participant Garrett Kakita, RN and NSC graduate. program in the state to utilize this specific curriculum and the first to be initiated by a college or university rather “The program has proven to be a great way for the nurses than by a hospital. that are just graduating to transition into full members of the Sunrise nursing team,” said Minta Albietz, chief “The NSC team saw a consistent need for such a program nursing officer at Sunrise Hospital. “Our local schools do to assist both graduates as well as local hospitals so we a great job of educating nurses and we are very proud to began researching options and possible funding,” says have them on staff here at Sunrise.” Ruby Wertz, RN and assistant dean of the School of Nursing. “This program allows BSNs from Nevada State, Kakita, who works in med-surg at Sunrise, can’t say as well as other institutions to have the support needed enough positive things about the residency program. “I to advance from a novice to a more skilled and capable really value the well-rounded hospital experience I’m nurse in our community. The program is a venue for getting,” he says. “We are exposed to all the different continued learning and knowledge growth. We’re now in parts of the hospital—even things like administration our second group of nurses and watching how they are and risk management—that many new nurses don’t have benefiting from the program.” knowledge about. It really helps you see how the different parts of the hospital work as a whole.” Nurses currently in the second cohort of the program at Sunrise Hospital meet together on a monthly basis Unique to the Nevada State College/Sunrise Hospital during a two-part meeting. The meetings start with a Residency Program, nurses apply for positions within presentation from an expert in the medical field discussing their individually selected unit (neonatal intensive care, topics such as teamwork, resource management, cultural cardiology, trauma, etc.) based on availability and competency, and professional development. During personal interest rather than rotating through each the second half of the meetings, the new graduates division. Additionally, nurses experience both day and participate in small group discussions titled Tales from night shifts during the program to gain an understanding the Bedside. All nurses are encouraged to share their of each. experiences, feelings, fears, and issues as well as successes. All discussions are confidential and provide much-needed Nevada State College and Sunrise Hospital will continue support, reinforcement and community. to advance the second residency group through the program this year while also working to secure “Tales from the Bedside is a great opportunity to catch funding to continue the program into a third year starting your breath and share how you’re doing and feeling as this December. a new RN. As a first-year nurse, the moral support and advice my group has given me has been invaluable. It’s



The Perfect Match Couple learning the

intricacies of nursing as a team

For married couple Allison and Jesse Collier, sharing the experience of a Nevada State College nursing education is a journey they’re taking together. “Being married has really been beneficial for Jesse and myself when it comes to not just being in the nursing program, but excelling at it,” comments Allison. “While other students go home to their significant others and try to explain the events of the day, or what they’re learning, Jesse and I go home with our own study buddy. We aren’t talking a foreign language to each other when we discuss nursing topics, we get it. We are always reinforcing each other’s knowledge by breaking down subjects and discussing them...and it’s not boring to us! We’re actually interested!” Neither of the Colliers had nursing careers as part of their plan while growing up. In fact, they each already held a bachelor’s degree in other subjects. According to Allison, “After high school, I went to Michigan State University, where I graduated with a BS in psychology and human resources.

It was meant to be. “Jesse ended up paying the lease for an apartment I had never stepped foot in and my work was kind enough to find another position for me, so I stayed, and the rest is history. Four years to the day of our first date, August 13, Jesse and I got married.” By that time, the couple had decided to go back to school and the wedding was perfectly timed around Nevada State’s nursing school break. Although he had a promising career, Jesse had been interested in the medical field for years. He’d originally set his sights on becoming a physician’s assistant, but became interested in nursing during his prerequisite medical courses. “I wanted a career that felt rewarding and made a difference, and that was the draw to nursing,” says Jesse. Allison adds, “In helping him study, I found myself very interested in the sciences again. I had previously thought about becoming a veterinarian, but was now finding myself interested in nursing as well. Jesse and I laid out the courses we needed to complete and discovered that we’d both be able to finish our prerequisites to apply for the nursing program the same time. We both got accepted to the part-time program, in the same class.”

“A year after graduation, I was working an administrative How did this couple choose Nevada State College for position for a teachers union and living in my parents’ their nursing education? “Jesse had done the research basement, all of which made me want to venture out. as far as which nursing school to attend so he pretty The parents of a friend had moved to Las Vegas, and she much led the way in this choice,” says Allison. “A big was going to be moving there too so I decided to take factor for us was that we preferred to get a BSN rather a chance and go along. In 2004, I packed up and did than an ADN. Since we already had previous degrees, it. I found work in a senior living facility, before joining we didn’t have that many prerequisites to get through. Centex Homes, and eventually ending up working in sales and marketing for The Howard Hughes Corporation.” "UNLV perhaps was a choice, but after taking prerequisites at NSC, we liked the school, the staff, and Jesse was raised in a small agricultural town in Texas, the ease of contacting the nursing department and working on his family’s cattle ranch throughout high getting questions answered. We didn’t feel the need to school. After high school he joined the Air Force, which go to any other school when we already enjoyed NSC. brought him to Las Vegas. When his military service The fact that NSC offered a part-time program was also was over, he earned a bachelor’s degree in information a determining factor. We support ourselves and need to technology and went on to get an MBA while working work, so we needed a program that would allow us to for Cox Communications. do so.” “In 2007, I decided to move to Chicago and had already Jesse states, “Nevada State College seems to have the signed a lease for an apartment there, given my notice at perfect combination of both instructors and the teacher work, and was in the middle of training my replacement,” to student ratio. That’s what I value most about NSC. says Allison. However, she met Jesse one month before Classes aren’t 500 people in a lecture hall; instructors the move was to occur. “After our third date, we were are approachable, they’ll answer questions. Interestingly pretty much inseparable and I decided I couldn’t move.” enough, not all schools are like that.”

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The Colliers have another advantage, in that they truly “A game we would play while on the floor with Susan was understand the stress the other is going through. “This ‘What’s the worst thing that could happen to my patient?’ is the most stressful undergraduate degree one can It was kind of like an on-the-spot quiz...and she didn’t possibly take on,” says Allison. “And when you’re accept the easiest answer! A year later, when we’re not working on top of being in nursing school, it makes it with Susan, we still do this during our clinical rotations... that much more stressful. About six months before and it all just comes together. You learn without realizing we started nursing school, I had started working as a you’re learning, and on a very basic level, that is what certified nursing assistant at Boulder City Hospital. I’ve makes the NSC nursing program what it is...when it just since become a nurse apprentice there so work for me is clicks and you feel it click, and you have no idea when or just reinforcement for nursing school. My work actually how that happened!” helps my knowledge and understanding of nursing.” Recently, Allison and Jesse were chosen to participate In addition to working on his nursing degree, Jesse is in the Veterans Administration Learning Opportunities also completing a bachelor’s degree in biology at the Residency (VALOR) Program, which gives outstanding same time. “When you’re both doing that much, it really registered nursing students who have completed helps to have the full support of your spouse not only their junior year in an accredited clinical program the emotionally, but continually reinforcing concepts from opportunity to develop competencies in clinical nursing class/clinical as well,” comments Allison. while at a VA-approved health care facility. Learning opportunities include didactic or classroom experiences, What are their favorite parts of the program? As Jesse competency-based clinical practice with a qualified stated, “Oh that’s easy, for me it was labor and delivery... RN preceptor, and participation in nursing-focused hands down!” While that’s not a place you’ll typically clinical conferences. find a male nurse, Jesse found himself very passionate and interested in the delivery process. “I found myself so They both agree that, “No matter what department involved in every aspect; genuine concern regarding the we’re working in, no matter what function we are in as wellbeing of the patient and the newborn. Many of those nurses, we plan on practicing the science as well as the patients are terrified and in a vulnerable state and we’re art of nursing, reflecting what we have learned, and how there to really help them. Nothing compares to the event we have been trained at NSC.” of a birth, and I really like being part of that.” While Allison hasn’t decided on her focus yet, she admits that her favorite part of being an NSC nursing student is the great influence of the instructors. “I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by the staff—I really feel mentored by these instructors. One in particular has gone out of her way to support me and Jesse, and that’s Susan Growe. She was our lecture instructor for Pathophysiology, and then she was our first clinical instructor for Med/Surg. She was absolutely wonderful at putting you at ease while getting you out of your comfort zone and applying the skills you’ve been working on while developing critical thinking skills at the same time.



Simulation Lab Provides Nursing Students With “Real” Experience Behind the two-way mirror in the simulation room’s care education equipment throughout the five highcentral control center, Nevada State College nursing fidelity simulation labs, three clinical skills labs, a surgical instructor Kelly Mecham provides the voice of the high- simulation suite, twelve standardized patient rooms, tech manikin that nursing students are using to practice and four multipurpose classrooms. The entire facility their skills. The “patient,” who in this case is set up as a is integrated by an all-encompassing audio-video 68-year-old woman recovering from surgery to remove management system. an abdominal mass, is complaining of dizziness and pain. Using what they’ve learned in their courses, the students “It’s just one more way that the student nurses are are practicing their nursing skills on the manikin just as prepared to take on any number of scenarios that can they would on a living person. At the same time, the occur in an actual nursing job,” says Ruby Wertz, RN and control center’s technician is constantly altering the assistant dean of the School of Nursing. “We’ve tried to create real hospital scenarios here. Students learn manikin’s vital signs. aspects of nursing that you might not even consider, like This experiment takes place in one of five high-fidelity family dynamics among patients and language barriers.” simulation rooms at The Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas (or CSCLV), a 31,000-square-foot facility There are over fifty increasingly complex scenarios used that opened at the NSHE Shadow Lane Campus in with the manikins and as Wertz says, “We try to embed August 2009. The CSCLV is shared among the Nevada challenges into each scenario. We’ve had ‘patients’ fall State College School of Nursing (NSC), the University out of bed, wander away, and want to leave before being of Nevada – Las Vegas School of Nursing (UNLV), and discharged. We can’t recreate everything that happens the University of Nevada School of Medicine (UNSOM). in a hospital setting but we provide learning objectives Truly a collaboration in Nevada’s System of Higher for students to take away with them.” Education, the center provides state-of-the-art health

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The CSCLV is staffed by a director, surgical, simulation, and IT technicians, a clinical lab coordinator, and an administrative assistant to provide support to faculty of these three institutions within the Nevada System of Higher Education. Nursing students, medical students, and medical residents are educated together in this facility promoting greater collaboration among future health care providers. Each of the five high-fidelity simulation rooms recreates a specific hospital environment, such as an emergency department or a labor and delivery room. In each room, a specialized high-tech manikin allows students to take vital signs and make assessments while providing an opportunity to practice professional communication, team management, task performance, and decision making. Through the two-way mirror to the central control center, faculty and staff continually monitor student performance and can dynamically alter patient physiology, dialogue, and behavior in real time. Each scenario has specific goals to guarantee students have unique learning experiences, which may be rare in an actual clinical setting. The 20-minute scenarios are streamed live to the rest of the class in one of the four debriefing rooms, and are digitally recorded for playback and discussion. The realistic environment and lifelike manikin quickly entice students to engage in simulation and respond to the patient’s specific needs, while preparing students for real-life scenarios they will face in their careers. For student and former corrections officer Kalif Peter, “The lab can be intimidating but you really recall all you’ve learned. When you’re in there, you’re under a microscope and you need to relax and focus on what’s going on. It’s beneficial to learn this way and really tests your critical thinking skills. It’s an awesome lesson!” Student Kristin Andre remembers her first time in the simulation lab. “I was extremely anxiety-ridden,” she recalls. “Your peers are watching you, plus your instructor, and you have no idea what you’re walking into. “Being able to make mistakes in a lab setting like this is so much better than making them on a real person,” she comments. “You learn from your mistakes but this way, you’re not hurting anyone.” The labs utilize three state-of-the-art SimMan® 3G patient simulators from Laerdal, as well as the Noelle Birthing manikin and pediatric models from Gaumard. The audio and video feeds from the labs and debriefing rooms are digitally captured and recorded for playback by nine B-Line Simcapture servers and managed by Simbridge.



NSC is

Ahead of the Curve

with Health Care Technology School of Nursing curriculum integrates electronic health record software

If you’ve visited a medical office within the past few years, you’ve probably noticed an infiltration of computers, iPads, and other technologically advanced tools. That’s because the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 calls for healthcare providers to adopt the use of electronic health records by 2015. Nevada State College School of Nursing graduates will have a leg up on the competition due to their early adoption of the Neehr Perfect Electronic Health Record (EHR) training software. This fall, the School of Nursing is pleased to announce that it has fully integrated the Neehr Perfect software into its curriculum. Initially introduced into the regular track nursing program in late 2010, the software used on tablet computers and netbooks has expanded into the accelerated track program and is currently in use by approximately 50 students. “It’s been a quick process for our faculty and students to become accustomed to working with Neehr Perfect during lectures as well as during clinical,” said Cheryl Darby-Carlberg, a lecturer in the School of Nursing. “We’re proud to have the final track of part-time students begin working with the program this fall.”

EHRs are designed to build a more seamless and errorfree system of patient care. The electronic programs assist providers in organizing a patient’s care, from establishing their medical history to storing their current prescriptions and doctors’ orders. In a hospital setting, the software is also programed to alert care providers of possible errors such as past-due lab results or possible prescription dosage concerns. The use of electronic records additionally improves the speed and reliability of transferring health information from provider to provider. While EHR programs can vary by facility, the Neehr Perfect system used by NSC has been modeled after the Veterans Administration EHR system, as it is the benchmark for certified systems. Nursing students utilizing the training software at NSC practice electronic charting during clinical work, access case study trainings, and take exams tailored specifically to the NSC nursing curriculum. During exercises in both case study settings and work at partnering hospitals, students learn what patient information is required by the charting system, how to input the data, how to highlight areas of concern for doctors, and how to respond to doctors’ orders.

In 2010, the Neehr Perfect software license was obtained by former School of Nursing dean Shirlee Snyder through a federal grant. “The medical field is “The Neehr Perfect software is user–friendly, and it’s quickly adapting,” says Snyder. “It’s important for our very helpful to document on a system similar to those BSN graduates to be well–versed in this new technology in the hospitals,” stated Kathleen York, a current NSC as they enter the workforce.” nursing student. “The program has given me a better understanding of a hospital workflow and the skills Medical facilities adopting certified EHR before the necessary to effectively manage patient care.” 2015 deadline will be eligible for incentive rewards through Medicare. After 2015, providers continuing to Student work completed in the Neehr Perfect use paper charts will be penalized with a 1% reduction program is submitted to NSC faculty for review and in Medicare payments. feedback. Upon graduation, a portfolio comprised of a student’s best work can additionally be shared during “Nearly 60% of health care facilities have already made a job interview process to showcase their skill and the transition to the electronic records,” continued understanding of EHRs. Snyder. “NSC nursing graduates will be ready as this figure will only increase.” “Neehr Perfect truly engages our students through hands-on experience that translates into career skills,” finished Darby-Carlberg. “NSC is always looking for ways to be innovative with curriculum and Neehr Perfect has helped us do just that.”

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Gaining Empathy for Those Suffering from

Mental Illness

For those of us lucky enough, we will never have to deal with the frustrating and often debilitating effects of hearing voices. But for people suffering from certain types of mental illness, including schizophrenia, these voices in their heads can be distracting, and even cause serious aggression in their daily lives. Nevada State College trains its nursing students to be empathetic. Through the Hearing Voices That Are Distressing curriculum, participants gain a better understanding of this serious psychological issue. Created by a woman who suffers from a psychiatric disability, this training/curriculum package, in which participants use headphones during a simulated experience of hearing voices, allows nursing students to undertake a series of tasks including social interaction in the community, a psychiatric interview, cognitive testing, and an activities group in a mock day–treatment program. The simulation experience is followed by a debriefing and discussion period.

In addition to the distraction factor, students also mentioned such side effects as nausea, the onset of a headache, anger, frustration, and not being able to think clearly. The students were able to experience the same challenge as a psychiatric patient who hears voices. Students also commented about how they have the luxury to turn off the voices. One student, a former police officer, says, “I used to be so short-tempered when dealing with people like this but I now have an increased level of understanding for the mentally ill. This lab experience has been wonderful at expanding my empathy.” Associate Professor Dr. Amy Chaffin touts the use of the program. She says the activity has really opened her students’ eyes and minds. “After students try to complete these tasks while listening, they became more empathetic and able to believe the patients more,” she comments. “It’s very distracting but you don’t understand the level of distraction until you hear it yourself.”

As part of their clinical, NSC students are required to take a mental health nursing course. Part of that class’ syllabus includes participation in the mental health nursing skills This curriculum has been developed and piloted for a lab experience using the Hearing Voices program. Why wide range of mental health professionals including: is this so important? As one student says, “I didn’t have inpatient/outpatient psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, any patience when I was doing mental examinations on social workers; psychologists; direct care workers in people suffering from this affliction. But once I tried to residential, day treatment and psychosocial rehabilitation complete simple tasks while listening to the CD, I really programs; mental health administrators, policy makers; understood what they are going through. It’s really and police officers, academic faculty and students. tough to even count out a small amount of change when there are voices, mean voices, whispering and shouting.” Currently, Chaffin is presenting the simulation to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as part of their crisis intervention training. The goal is to promote safe outcomes when officers encounter the mentally ill in our community.


Nevada State College Fall 2012 New Full-Time Faculty Members School of Education Elizabeth Meyerowitz, M.A., M.Ed., CCC-SLP Lecturer of Speech Pathology Teri L. Romeo, M.S., CCC-SLP Lecturer of Speech Pathology Rachel G. Salas, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Literacy

School of Liberal Arts & Sciences Serge Ballif, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Mathematics Adam Davis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Visual and Digital Media Jonathan Dunning, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology Lance Hignite, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement Nicholas Natividad, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Leila Pazargadi, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of English Bryan Sigel, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology Zachary Woydziak, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry

School of Nursing Pam Call, MSN, RN Lecturer Cheryl Darby-Carlberg, MSN, RN, FNP-c, IBCLC Lecturer Lynna Hurst, MSN, RN Lecturer Mercy Mott, DNP(c), APRN, MN, CNS Lecturer Sue Owensby, PhD, MSW, BSN, RN Lecturer LaTricia Perry, MSN, RN Lecturer

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Faculty & Staff Directory Cathy Adams Nursing Lecturer School of Nursing M.N. Washington State University

Amy Chaffin Associate Professor of Nursing School of Nursing Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno

Chelsie Adams Executive Coordinator Office of the Provost J.D. Willamette University

Paige Chesser Academic Advisor & Complete College America Specialist Academic Advising Center M.Ed. University of Alaska Anchorage

Naira Bagumyan Administrative Assistant II School of Nursing Serge Ballif Assistant Professor of Mathematics School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University Main Campus Erika Beck Provost and Executive Vice President Office of the Provost Ph.D. University of California-San Diego Chapelle Belcher Student Account Representative Student Cashiering Services Janet Billings General Merchandise Coordinator Bookstore Khary Black Assistant Director Upward Bound Trio M.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Christine Blei Administrative Assistant Resource Center for Students with Disabilities (R.C.S.D.) Shirli Brautbar Assistant Professor of History School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of Southern California Angela Brommel Director of the Bookstore Bookstore M.A. University of Northern Iowa Paul Buck Associate Professor of Anthropology School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of Washington Pamela Call Nursing Lecturer School of Nursing M.S.N. Touro University, Nevada Beverly Canfield Nursing Lecturer School of Nursing M.S.N. University of South Alabama Christi Carmack Lecturer School of Education Ph.D. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Jaime Castle Assistant to the Dean School of Education

Brian Chongtai Director OFC of Information Technology B.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Sherrilyn Coffman Interim Dean and Professor School of Nursing Ph.D. Indiana University Bloomington Sebern Coleman Interim Associate Director of Admissions Office of Admissions M.Ed. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Carol Dahn Nursing Lecturer School of Nursing M.S.N. University of Texas

Edith Fernandez Interim Director of Student Success and Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity Initiatives Student Academic Center Ph.D. University of Michigan Lori Filippo Admissions & Records Asst II Office of Admissions B.S. Nevada State College Lisa Foreman Personnel Technician I Human Resources A.A.S College of Southern Nevada Mayra Galeana Advisor/Counselor Financial Aid/Student Employment M.A. Whittier College Matthew Garland Assistant Director Human Resources B.S.B.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Lashawnda Gray Admissions & Records Asst II Office of Admissions

Cheryl Darby-Carlberg Nursing Lecturer School of Nursing M.S.N. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Kevin Graziano Associate Professor School of Education Ed.D. University of San Francisco

Adam Davis Assistant Professor of Visual and Digital Media School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Southern Illinois University

Susan Growe Nursing Lecturer School of Nursing M.S.N./Ed. University of Phoenix

Elizabeth De La Torre Administrative Assistant School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Courtney Hafen Academic Advisor & Orientation Coordinator Academic Advising Office M.Ed. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Rodney Dizon IT Technician V OFC OF Information Technology B.S. North Park University Jonathan Dunning Assistant Professor of Psychology School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Stony Brook University Hon-Vu Duong Biology Senior Lecturer School of Liberal Arts and Sciences M.D. Ross University Jenna Eastman Counselor Financial Aid/Student Employment M.S. Kansas State University Nicholas Egan Coordinator School of Liberal Arts and Sciences B.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Mandi Enger Communications Specialist College Relations B.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Jennifer Haft Executive Assistant to the President President's Office M.B.A. Ohio University Katherine Hahn Director of Library Services Library Services M.S. University of North Texas Erin Hall Administrative Coordinator Registrar B.A University of Nevada, Las Vegas Mickey Haney Systems Analyst Financial Aid/Student Employment M.S. Kansas State University Christopher Harris Assistant Professor of Communication Studies School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of Miami Elizabeth Hawthorne Interim Dean, School of Education School of Education Ph.D. University of Michigan


Richard Hendrickson Controller Controller's Office M.B.A. Pace University Leonor Heredia Administrative Assistant School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Robin Herlands Assistant Professor of Biology/Department Chair of Physical & Life Sciences School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Yale University Lance Hignite Assistant Professor of Law Enforcement School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Sam Houston State University

Ludy Llasus Assistant Dean for School of Nursing School of Nursing Ph.D. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Anthony Morrone Associate Director Financial Aid/ Student Employment B.S. University of Phoenix

Gil Lopez Recruiter Office of Recruitment B.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mercy Mott Lecturer School of Nursing DNP(c) Case Western Reserve University

Kelly Lutz Library Technician Library Services M.A. University of Toronto

Kathryn Mulvey Systems Analyst OFC OF Information Technology B.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Annie Macias Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration Finance and Administration M.S. California State University-Long Beach

Nicholas Natividad Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Arizona State University

Elizabeth Hudson Associate Professor of Education & Director of R.C.S.D. School of Education Ed.D. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Patricia Marcum Accounting Technician I Controller's Office

Linda Jacobson Nursing Lecturer School of Nursing M.S.N. Saint Joseph's College

Andrea Martin Associate Registrar Registrar B.A. University of California-Los Angeles

Tina Jara Advisor/Counselor Financial Aid/Student Employment M.P.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Mirtha Martin Admissions & Records Asst III Office of Admissions

Bammeke Jenkins Interim Program Specialist Upward Bound Trio B.A. University of Illinois Urbana Campus Danielle Johnston Alumni Relations & Development Operations Manager College Relations B.A. Nevada State College Kavon Jones Recruiter Office of Recruitment B.S. Nevada State College Roberta Kaufman Assistant Professor School of Education Ed.D. University of South Dakota Kebret Kebede Associate Professor of Biology School of Liberal Arts and Sciences M.D. Aristotle University, Medical School Charmaine Kemp Administrative Assistant IV Student Experience Andy Kuniyuki Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of California-Berkeley Peter La Chapelle Associate Professor of History/ Department Chair of Humanities School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of Southern California Pamela Levins Director Finance and Administration B.S. University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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Mario Martinez Maintenance Repair Worker II Facilities Management Christine Mason Administrative Assistant School of Nursing William McAlister Manager School of Liberal Arts and Sciences M.S. Springfield College Sam McCool Manager Instructional Technology M.A. West Virginia University Alexander McDonald Coordinator Student Cashiering Services B.A. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Kelly Mecham Nursing Lecturer School of Nursing M.S.N. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Imad Mehanna Assistant Director Facilities Management Elizabeth Meyerowitz Speech Pathology Lecturer School of Education M.Ed. Northern Arizona University Matt Mitchell Media Specialist Instructional Technology B.A. Nevada State College Richard Moore Professor of Economics School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Claremont Graduate School

Lori Navarrete Associate Professor of Education School of Education Ph.D. University of New Mexico Patricia Needham Personnel Technician II Human Resources Buster Neel Senior Vice President Finance and Administration M.B.A. Auburn University at Montgomery Christopher Nickerson Webmaster College Relations B.S. California Polytechnic State Univ-San Luis Obispo Nicole Norian Director Human Resources M.S. Drake University Patricia Olds Budget Technician Controller's Office Sue Owensby Part Time Instructor School of Nursing Ph.D. University of Texas At Austin Bart Patterson President President's Office J.D. Duke University Leila Pazargadi Assistant Professor of English School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of California-Los Angeles LaTricia Perry Nursing Lecturer School of Nursing M.S.N. University of Phoenix Ed Price Assistant Professor of Environmental Science School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Washington State University Holly Primka Assistant to the Senior VP for Finance & Administration Finance and Administration

Russell Raker Associate Vice President for Development Development Ph.D. Columbia University Ronald Richards Marketing & Sales Coordinator Bookstore M.F.A. University of California-Irvine Brandi Robinson Events Coordinator College Relations M.A. University of Miami Gregory Robinson Assistant Professor of English School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Teri Romeo Speech Pathology Lecturer School of Education M.S. University of Nevada, Reno Tori Ronzheimer Admissions & Records Asst II Registrar B.S. Nevada State College Lawrence Rudd Associate Professor of Education School of Education Ph.D. University of Arizona Rachel Salas Assistant Professor of Literacy School of Education Ph.D. University of Texas At Austin Sita Sales Assistant to the Provost and Executive Vice President Office of the Provost Norma Salgado Administrative Assistant II School of Nursing Giancarla Santana General Operations Coordinator Bookstore Linda Schulz Administrative Assistant II Financial Aid/Student Employment

Anthony Scinta Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Psychology School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of California-Los Angeles Gwen Sharp Assistant Professor of Sociology/ Department Chair of Social Sciences & Business Administration School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison Joanna Shearer Assistant Professor of English School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of Florida Bryan Sigel Assistant Professor of Biology School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Tulane University of Louisiana Adeste Sipin Interim Director of Student Services Student Services B.A. University of California-Los Angeles Sally Starkweather Administrative Assistant School of Education Cindy Stella Academic Coordinator School of Liberal Arts and Sciences B.A. University of Arizona Spencer Stewart Associate Vice President College Relations Ed.D. University of Pennsylvania Evan Sudberg IT Technician OFC of Information Technology Adelfa Sullivan Registrar Registrar M.Ed. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Ashley Sylvester Interim Associate Director of Recruitment Office of Recruitment B.S. University of Nebraska At Omaha

Sandip Thanki Director of Institutional Research Institutional Research Ph.D. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Susan Tomasevich Assistant to the Dean School of Nursing Arturo Torres Administrative Assistant Registrar B.A. Nevada State College Jerica Turek Business Manager Student Government M.A. Michigan State University Jill Weigel Academic Advisor & E-Alert Specialist Academic Advising Office M.Ed. University of Minnesota Twin Cities Ruby Wertz Assistant Dean School of Nursing M.S.H.A. University of St. Francis Kimberly Williams Director TRIO Upward Bound M.Ed. University of Illinois At Chicago Aaron Wong Assistant Professor of Mathematics School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of California-San Diego Neil Woolf Interim Director of Enrollment Services Enrollment Services Ed.D. University of Nevada, Las Vegas Zachary Woydziak Assistant Professor of Chemistry School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. University of California-Irvine Richard Yao Counseling Senior Lecturer School of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ph.D. Fielding Graduate University


RECENT NSC Faculty Publications Africa, L. A., Murphy, E. N., Egan, N. R., Wigley, A. F., & Wing, H. J. (2011). The iron responsive Fur/RyhB regulatory cascade modulates the Shigella outer membrane protease IcsP. Infection and Immunity, 79, 4543 – 4549. Berman, A. J. & Snyder, S. (2012). Fundamentals of nursing: Concepts, process, and practice (9th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson. Brautbar, S. (2012). From fashion to politics: Hadassah and Jewish American women in the post World War II era. Boston: Academic Studies Press. Broach, W. H., Egan, N., Wing, H. J., Payne, S. M., & Murphy, E. R. (2012). VirF- independent regulation of Shigella virB transcription is mediated by the small RNA RyhB. PLoS ONE, 7. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0038592. Chaffin, A. J., & Adams, C. (in press). Impact of The Hearing Voices Experience on psychiatric nursing students’ empathy. Clinical Simulation in Nursing. Chaffin, A., Kebede, K., & Scinta, A. (2011, Jan.). Does students’ performance in A&P determine success in NCLEX? Poster presented at Elsevier/Mosby’s Faculty Development Institute, Orlando, Florida. Coffman, S. (2012). Reflection on the complexity of diabetes care. In Davidson, A., Ray, M., & Turkel, M. (Eds.), Nursing, caring and complexity for humanenvironment well-being. New York: Springer Publishing Company. Davis, A. (2012) Who’s playing you? Allegories of discipline and control in avatar films. NmediaC: The Journal of New Media & Culture, 8. Retrieved from Davis, W. E., Duong, H. V., & Hatcher Jr., G. (2011). Ocular involvement in patients with disseminated fungal infections. Journal of Clinical & Surgical Ophthalmology, 29, 7 – 10. Dunning, J. P., Parvaz, M. A., Hajcak, G., Maloney, T., Alia-Klein, N., Woicik, P. A., … Goldstein, R. Z. (2011). Motivated attention to cocaine and emotional cues in abstinent and current cocaine users: An ERP study. European Journal of Neuroscience, 33(9), 1716 – 1723. Duong, H. V. (2012). Alternative pharmacotherapy paradigm to cataract surgery. US Ophthalmic Review, 5(1), 46 – 50. Duong, H. V. (in press). Corneal embryology. In R. Copeland & N. Afshari (Eds.), Copeland and Afshari Principles and Practice of Cornea (pp. 16-25). New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers. Duong, H. V. (in press). The human cornea—basic structure and function. In R. Copeland and N. Afshari (Eds.), Copeland and Afshari Principles and Practice of Cornea (pp. 26 – 42). New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers.

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Duong, H.V., & Westfield, K. C. (2012, April). Are topical steroids necessary post uncomplicated cataract surgery? A prospective evaluation and potential changes in treatment paradigm. Paper presented at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium & Congress, Chicago, IL. Duong, H.V., & Westfield, K. C. (2011, March). Alternative pharmaceutical management for post cataract extraction: A prospective, randomized study. Paper presented at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium & Congress, San Diego, CA. Duong, H.V., & Westfield, K. C. (2010, April). Comparative study between torsional phacoemulsification to linear phacoemulsification in patients undergoing cataract surgery: A prospective randomized study. Paper presented at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Symposium & Congress, Boston, MA. Duong, H.V., Westfield, K. C., Jones, L. S., Mitchell, J., & Carr, T. (in press). A survey of ocular diseases in an isolated rural Haitian community: A retrospective evaluation. Journal of the National Medical Association. Duong, H. V., Westfield, K. C., & Singleton, I.C. (2011). Comparing three post-op regiments for management of inflammation post uncomplicated cataract surgery: “Are steroids really necessary?” Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 2(6), 163:1-6. Duong, H. V., Westfield, K. C., & Singleton, I. C. (2011). Comparing the efficacy of bromfenac 0.09% and nepafenac 0.1% post cataract surgery: A prospective evaluation. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, 2(8), 177:1-4. Graziano, K. (2012). Creating student-generated multimedia: Benefits and challenges for teacher education. Excellence in Education Journal, 1(1), 6-28. Graziano, K., & Navarrete, L. (2012). Co-teaching in a college classroom: Collaboration, compromise, and creativity. Issues in Teacher Education, 21(1), 109-126. Hawthorne, E. M. (2012, May 30 – June 2). Elizabeth C. Clarke—Educator, Missionary, Citizen. Presented at the Ninth Joint Meeting of North American and Bulgarian Scholars held by the Bulgarian Studies Association and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Eugene, OR. Henkel, J. R., Sigel, B. J., & Taylor, C. M. (2012). Largescale impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Can local disturbance affect distant ecosystems through migratory shorebirds? BioScience, 62(7), 676-685. Herlands, R., & Wing, H. (2010, April). Differential localization of IcsP and IcsA in the outer membrane of Shigella flexneri. Poster presented at the American Society of Microbiology Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

AND Presentations Hignite, L. & Kellar, M. (2012). Chemical castration. In The Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Jacobson, L. L. (2012, January). Using Dragon Naturally Speaking™ Software to Give Timely Feedback to Students in On-Line Courses: “Putting a voice to your virtual world.” (Poster) Elsevier/Mosby’s Faculty Development Institute, Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. Kebede, K. (2011, April). Is it important for health profession students to develop multicultural and global awareness? Creating multicultural awareness and an inclusive classroom. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Diversity Conference, San Diego, CA. Kebede, K., Duong, H.V., Vuong, J., Sofferman, S., & Velikovska, V. (2011) Laboratory and cadaver dissection manual (1st ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt. Kellar, M. & Hignite, L. (2012). Day fines. The Encyclopedia of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Kuniyuki, A., & Sharp, G. (2011). Designing cancer-killing artificial viruses to improve student understanding of microbiology. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, 12(2), 135-142. La Chapelle, P. (2011). ‘Dances partake of the racial characteristics of the people who dance them’: Nordicism, antisemitism, and Henry Ford’s old time music and dance revival’. In B. Zuckerman, J. Kun, & L. Ansell (Eds.), The song is not the same: Jews and American popular music. (pp. 29-70). West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press. La Chapelle, P. (2012). Merle Haggard and Spade Cooley. In The Grove Dictionary of American music. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from La Chapelle, P. (2012). Woody Guthrie’s Los Angeles recordings. In Place, J., & Santelli, R. (Eds.), Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie centennial collection book and compact disc set (pp.28-30). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Llasus, L. (2011, July). Graduating BSN students’ EBP knowledge, readiness, and implementation. (PreConference Presentation) EBP Competencies in Today’s Healthcare Environment 2011 Summer Institute on Evidence-Based Practice, The Academic Center for Evidence-Based Practice, San Antonio, TX. McCoy, T., Salinas, P., Walker, J. & Hignite, L. (2012). An examination of the influence of strength of evidence variables in the prosecution’s decision to dismiss Driving While Intoxicated cases. American Journal of Criminal Justice. doi: 10.1007/s12103-011-9141-3 Moore, R. (2012). Accidents, mistakes, and failures. Las Vegas, NV: College of Southern Nevada.

Navarrete, L., Martinez, M., Fernandez E., & Martinez, P. (2012) Ensuring Nevada's Future by Increasing Latino College Completion. Presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Las Vegas, NV. Robinson, G. (2011, July 1). Oh! Mother will be pleased: Cinema writes back in Hepworth’s How It Feels to Be Run Over. Literature/Film Quarterly, 39, 218-230. Robinson, G. (2012). Writing on the silent screen. In D. Cartmell (Ed.), The Blackwell companion to literature, film and adaptation (pp. 33-51). Oxford, U.K.: Blackwell Publishing. Rudd, L. (2012, July 12 – 13). Preparing Secondary School Teachers to Teach about Climate Change: The Professional Development Model Used in Southern Nevada as Part of Nevada NSF EPSCoR. Presented at the Fourth International Conference on Climate Change, Seattle, WA. Sharp, G., & Wade, L. (2011). Land management and the American mustang. Contexts, 10(4), 76-77. Sigel, B. J., Robinson, W. D., & Sherry, T. W. (2010). Comparing bird community responses to forest fragmentation in two lowland Central American reserves. Biological Conservation, 143(2), 340-350. Thomson, G.B., Robinson, G.S., Herlands, R., Brommel, A., & Kebede, K. (2011, June). Shared governance and strategic planning. American Association of University Professors Annual Conference on the State of Higher Education, Washington, D.C. Wade, L., & Sharp, G. (in press). Sociological Images: Blogging as public sociology. Social Science Computer Review. doi: 10.1177/0894439312442356 Wong, A. (2010). Prealgebra: Reading, Writing, and Doing Math. Boston, MA: Pearson Learning Solutions. Wong, A. (2011, January). Modularized math remediation: completely overhauling the broken system. Paper presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, New Orleans, LA. Wong, A. (2012, January). Modularized math remediation: implementation and data. Paper presented at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, Boston, MA. Wong, A. (2012, February). Remediating remedial mathematics. Paper presented at the Northern Nevada Assessment Conference, Reno, NV. Woydziak, Z. R., Fu, L., & Peterson, B. R. (2012). Synthesis of fluorinated benzophenones, xanthones, acridones, and thioxanthones by iterative nucleophilic aromatic substitution. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 77, 473 – 481.


NSSA Keeps Nevada State Students Connected First and foremost, the student body at Nevada State College considers itself a family. Whether students are in class, studying, or participating in a collegesponsored activity, they are making a difference on campus and in the surrounding community. The Nevada State Student Alliance (NSSA) coordinates the programs and special events that bring together the student body and their families. Comprised of five separate boards serving distinct functions, the NSSA serves NSC in a variety of ways. Each board consists of four senators plus a chairperson. Following are those boards and the services they provide.

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The Student Organizations Board This board has the authority to give and revoke charters for student organizations with a majority vote. Members are also responsible for creating a comfortable forum setting where members of the other student organizations feel safe in expressing collective concerns and those concerns can be addressed.

The Programming Board The programming board is responsible for planning and overseeing all Nevada State Student Alliance events. As student Amanda Sanchez, current NSSA programming chair, says, “This includes the Halloween event that we put on each fall, with games and karaoke for the kids. Many campus clubs participate and set up booths with activities like face painting.” She continues, “We sponsor a casino night with poker, roulette, and blackjack tables. Another popular annual event is our luau each spring, with Hawaiian food, Polynesian dancers, and the ever-popular hula hoop contest!”

The Budget and Finance Board This board is responsible for developing and monitoring the budget for the NSSA. Members also serve as record keepers and monitor how monies are spent.

The Public Relations Board This board is responsible for developing public relations projects for the Nevada State Student Alliance, including all marketing efforts.

The Capital Improvement Board This board is responsible for planning and carrying out projects that will improve the standing of both the Nevada State Student Alliance and NSC communities.

For more information about NSSA and its programming, visit


Nevada State College Students Making a Difference around the Globe Just what is surgical care like in a third–world country? During the past two summers, a group of Nevada State students got to experience international medicine firsthand as they traveled with two of their professors to Ethiopia on a medical mission. Ethiopian native Dr. Kebret Kebede, associate professor of biology at NSC and a practicing orthopedic surgeon, led the medical missions with Dr. Robin Herlands, assistant professor of biology at Nevada State College, and students from NSC’s Anatomy & Physiology Honors Society and Pre-Health Professionals Club. The 2012 mission involved collaboration with Touro Medical School as one of their physician assistant (PA) students was able to join in and use the experience as an elective rotation in her training. The missions are based in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, at the Black Lion Hospital, an American-founded charitable teaching hospital, the largest in that country. The hospital is open to the public, regardless of ability to pay. During their initial trip, the NSC team, together with local orthopedic surgeons, completed for the first time in the hospital total hip replacement and total knee replacement surgeries. In the closely supervised environment, the NSC students shadowed physicians, observed and assisted with surgeries, and interacted with patients. In addition to the surgeries, the Nevada State College group brought medical supplies and equipment for the hospital that had been donated locally and by Biomet, a medical products manufacturer. The faculty members also gave several lectures to local medical students, including Herlands, who taught immunology at the medical school associated with the hospital. Kebede has traveled on a number of medical missions to high-need countries, including Ethiopia, for the past five years. The Black Lion Hospital and its affiliated university personally invited him to return after his first visit with student volunteers to assist with patient assessment and treatment as well as the teaching of aspiring doctors and surgeons. “These opportunities are truly life- changing for those able to take advantage of them,” said Kebede, who is also a member of the International Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT). Ethiopia has a critical shortage of healthcare providers including general physicians, nurses, and particularly surgeons. Despite Ethiopia’s incredible population of 80 million, there are only about 200 surgeons operating in Ethiopia’s hospitals. The World Health Organization recommends a physician to population ratio of at least 1:10,000 in developing countries, yet many regions of Ethiopia have ratios as dire as 1:200,000. The patient demand for medical attention is always overwhelming, and patients sometimes travel great distances and wait days for treatment at centers like Black Lion.

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While in Ethiopia last summer, Nevada State College graduate in biology and psychology Anam Qadir, ‘12, was approached by a young girl one sunny morning. The girl said “I love you” over and over again. It was the only English she knew, and it made for Qadir’s favorite memory of her trip. Qadir, majoring in biology and psychology, hopes to get into medical school and eventually work in the cardiology field. Like her classmates, she submitted a letter explaining why she wanted to go on the mission. For Qadir, it was very personal.

The NSC Foundation, student government, and university leaders donate to the effort and interested students were dedicated enough to fundraise and pitch in their own money to make up the difference, which runs approximately $4,200 per person. About $200,000 worth of supplies were donated by a medical equipment company to perform the total hip replacement and knee replacement surgeries. During one trip alone, Kebede performed about 30 free surgeries. Each would have cost more than $40,000 in America, he said.

Kebede participates in medical missions whenever he has She lived in Pakistan until she was 11, in a poor village a break from teaching. During the summer and holidays, with one doctor. Her grandfather died from a hip fracture he’s in the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Ethiopia or other because he didn’t receive proper care, she said. She also countries doing pro bono work. He hopes missions like lost a friend in second grade because the parents didn’t these will have an impact on his students. have the three dollars to take her to the doctor when she was ill. “The intention was to provide them with a global perspective on health care,” Kebede said. “They were “I think being in America, I kind of forgot why I chose the able to appreciate the similarities and differences here field in the first place,” Qadir said. “I forgot that there are and around the world. They were able to learn a lot of so many people that need help.” things in terms of medical experience. That makes them understand what would be required of them when they “I think the students gain a tremendous amount participating join their respective programs.” in the mission,” said Herlands. “They are immersed in an entirely new culture and standard of life. Students see real Upon their return, the students and faculty leaders poverty and desperation, but they also see real joy and received commendation for their services by Henderson happiness in people with little material wealth. Mayor Andy Hafen and the Henderson City Council. “From a technical standpoint, students get invaluable experience assisting in surgery prep, observing operations, and evaluating patients alongside doctors…these were long days requiring emotional and physical endurance.”

To learn more about these missions, please visit the group’s website at Donations for medical missions can be made to the Nevada State College Foundation.


A&P Honors Society The Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) Honors Society is for pre-nursing and pre-med students who have a B+ or better in science classes and their overall GPA. The society gives its members opportunities that they cannot get at any other local school. These offerings include suture and vital clinics to help them with their skills, additional cadaver and SynDaver™ Synthetic Human (Nevada State College is the only school in Las Vegas that has one) time outside of class, CPR certification, and surgeon shadowing at University Medical Center in both clinical and surgery settings. The A&P Honors Society also supports and raises funds for the NSC medical mission to Ethiopia each year. Members of the group are offered the opportunity to participate in the Ethiopia mission. In addition, society members complete community service projects. This year, they helped at an Easter in the Park celebration that provided festivities to underprivileged children, including the donation of Easter baskets through the E-bunny program. According to 2011 – 2012 President Linda Cirillo, “Overall, the A&P Honors Society provides networking and other opportunities that students are not able to get anywhere else. We are always accepting new members and look forward to offering more opportunities in the future. We are anticipating that our website will be up and running in the near future.”

Nevada State Players of Chess

The Nevada State Players of Chess was founded in February 2012 and in that short time, has competed in international competitions and received multiple first place victories. The club is planning to present a lecture entitled “The Historic Origins and Global Migrations of the Game Called Chess” at an international youth tournament next summer in the United Arab Emirates. In mid-June, the International Chess Festival of Las Vegas was held at The Rivera Hotel & Casino. The Nevada State Players of Chess participated in the National Open, an international competition. Club member Thomas Page won a $200 cash prize for finishing first place of the players rated 1300 and under. Nevada State College freshman Kyle Wilson also completed, in the 18 years and younger category, and went home with a first place trophy for unrated tournament players. For more information on the club, please visit

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Dear NSC Alumni & Community, As we join together to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Nevada State College (NSC), I’m pleased to announce another benchmark that has been reached in 2012. After awarding over 300 degrees during the spring commencement ceremony, our alumni population has grown to over 1,500 strong; each alum is an individual who pursued their dream of higher education and found success at NSC. While our foundation of alumni continues to expand, it is our goal in the Office of Alumni Relations to strengthen the bond between NSC and our former students. Through the Alumni Association, we aim to create programs that match alum interests and needs; and to foster relationships with current students. The Alumni Association is additionally committed to furthering the development of the college by actively cultivating support and involvement among alumni, students, faculty, staff, and the community. Upon graduation, students automatically become members and while there are no requirements, fees, or obligations to be part of it, the benefits of staying active are vast. Graduates are provided the opportunity and encouraged to participate in NSC’s continued development, whether through direct giving, volunteering their time or expertise, becoming active in the Association’s Board of Directors, or attending any number of alumni events. In addition, members of the Alumni Association have access to the recently launched Nevada State College Alumni Website ( The website provides alumni with an opportunity to stay connected with Nevada State College and each other, free of charge. Through this site, NSC graduates are able to search for and network with other alumni, share photos and stories, register for events, and much more. As the Alumni Relations & Development Operations Manager as well as a proud NSC alumna, I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you personally as the association and our college move forward. For more information on upcoming events, how you may become involved, or to share your post-graduation success stories, please contact me at (702) 992-2621 or Best wishes,

Danielle Johnston ‘10 Alumni Relations & Development Operations Manager

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AlumnI Listings Alissa Brooks Nursing (Regular)

Marisa Hester Nursing (Regular)

Marianne Buck Nursing (Regular)

Tyler Hunt Nursing (Accelerated)

Milissa Avila Elementary Education

Myrtle Budnik Nursing (Regular)

Joseph Jacquemoud Nursing (Accelerated)

Randy Barr Elementary Education

Elizabeth Campbell Nursing (RN-BSN)

Lacee Jenkins Elementary Education

Charlotte Burford Psychology (BA)

Susan Candelaria Nursing (Regular)

Laura Jordan Nursing (Regular)

Brandi Clarkson Law Enforcement

Jutta Chambers Law Enforcement

Martin Katz Nursing (RN-BSN)

Stacy Cohen Elementary Education

Hector Condarco Nursing (Regular)

Natalie Kelly Law Enforcement

Pamela Frazier History 2004

Phillip Connors Nursing (Accelerated)

Hester Kerksiek Nursing (Accelerated)

Elizabeth Fulks Psychology (BA)

Sonya Corrick Nursing (Regular)

Gabriela Khilnani Nursing (Regular)

Gwendlyon Fund Psychology (BA)

Janice Coscolluela Nursing (Accelerated)

Camden Kish Elementary Education

Gabriel Garcia Law Enforcement

Suzette Cruz Nursing (Regular)

Marcella Lange Elementary Education

Stacie Garrett Elementary Education

Kendra Curfew Nursing (Regular)

Gina Lauricella Nursing (Regular)

Heather Irons Elementary Education

Anahi Delossantos Nursing (Accelerated)

Kristine Leavitt Nursing (RN-BSN)

David Lewis Law Enforcement

Elaine Dimalanta Nursing (Regular)

Ethel Leon Nursing (Regular)

Natalie Millis Elementary Education

Barry Drucker Nursing (Accelerated)

Katrina Lewis Nursing (Regular)

Jaren Payne Elementary Education

Mary Drum Nursing (RN-BSN)

Maria Lopez Nursing (Regular)

Robyn Shipman Elementary Education

Nicole Evans Nursing (Accelerated)

Eric Lord Nursing (Regular)

Shawna Thompson Law Enforcement

Hazel Felix Nursing (Regular)

Ma-Aleli Malonzo Nursing (Accelerated)

Tina Williams Elementary Education

Lauren Fisher Nursing (Regular)

Angelina Manchester Nursing (Regular)

Jennifer Wright Elementary Education

Lana Fouad Elementary Education

Gail Manzano Nursing (Accelerated)

Chandelle Frost Nursing (Regular)

Natalie Mason Nursing (Regular)

John Frost Law Enforcement

Arlene Mayberry Nursing (Regular)

Germana Fullman Elementary Education

Marissa Maynigo Nursing (Accelerated)

Tiffany Gates Nursing (Regular)

Keith Mc Keehan Law Enforcement

Jeanette Gillespie Elementary Education

Anne Mccormick Nursing (RN-BSN)

Brian Godkin Law Enforcement

Anneleisa Mcdonald Nursing (Regular)

Cynthia Gorham Nursing (RN-BSN)

Lora Mcmullen Nursing (Regular)

Lance Graczyk Nursing (Accelerated)

Redstar Mello Nursing (Regular)

Stephanie Hamby Business Administration

Brian Meuse Elementary Education

Jennifer Hanners Nursing (Regular)

Janell Mihelic Psychology (BS)

Heather Hansen Elementary Education

Christina Miller Elementary Education

Jarvie Hansen Nursing (Regular)

Carl Miller Nursing (Accelerated)

Michael Herinckx Business Administration

Patrick Moers Law Enforcement

Gina Hernandez-Daya Nursing (Regular)

Jaemaee Monahan Nursing (Accelerated)


2005 Stacey Adams Psychology (BS) Heidi Aker Psychology (BA) Navid Amirhosseini Nursing (Regular) Christopher Andre Nursing (Accelerated) Rosalie Aquino Nursing (Accelerated) Steven Aronoff Biology Aimee Arsenault Elementary Robert Bardsley Nursing (Regular) Amanda Barnum Elementary Education Daniel Bennett Law Enforcement Carmen Berends English Deborah Booth Nursing (Accelerated) Stephen Brandon Nursing (Accelerate)


Theresa Morgan Nursing (Regular)

Sarah Stuart Nursing (Regular)

Erica Arias Business Administration

Joshua Moyer Nursing (Accelerated)

Tracy Styles Law Enforcement

Stephanie Bacus Nursing (Regular)

Stephanie Murphy Nursing (Regular)

Jennifer Sudario Nursing (Regular)

Julie Barlow English Secondary Education

Shannon Neely Nursing (Regular)

Ronald Terwilliger Nursing (Regular)

Ratsamay Barnes Nursing (Regular)

Akobundu Nwala Nursing (Accelerated)

Shiela Teves Nursing (Regular)

Tyler Barnum Law Enforcement

Razel Joy Ortigas Nursing (Regular)

Tara Traynor Elementary Education

Kimberly Bennett Nursing (Regular)

Mary Ann Christ Ortigas Nursing (Regular)

Hilary Trumbo-Irmer Nursing (Regular)

Heidi Beron Nursing (Regular)

Beverly Ortiz Nursing (Regular)

Belle Tumbucon Nursing (Regular)

Quincy Bonella Nursing (Regular)

James Otero Nursing (Regular)

Anna Ubias Nursing (Regular)

Nichole Boone Law Enforcement

Trish Owens Psychology (BA)

Sam Ustrzynski Business Administration

Michael Bordallo Law Enforcement

Cynthia Pace Nursing (Accelerated)

Alejandro Van Vliet Nursing (Regular)

Royal Bradley Nursing (Accelerated)

Victoria Paige Nursing (Regular)

Leslie Vaught Nursing (Accelerated)

Shekela Brown Nursing (Regular)

Tonia Pappy Nursing (Accelerated)

Ronald Verano Nursing (Regular)

Deborah Brown Psychology (BS)

Cathlene Pearce Nursing (Regular)

Dena Wagner Elementary Education

Crystal Brown Nursing (Regular)

Matthew Petcovic Psychology (BS)

Richard Welze Integrated Studies (BS)

Sarah Bruan Nursing (Regular)

Purificacion Placido Nursing (Accelerated)

Edna White Nursing (Regular)

Diane Burton Nursing (Regular)

Michael Proctor Law Enforcement

Brittany Willis Nursing (Regular)

Katherine Busby Nursing (Accelerated)

Lisa Rasco-Carillo Mathematics Secondary Education

Terri Willis Elementary Education

Sara Camper Elementary Education

Cherry Razon Nursing (Regular)

Katherine Winkler Nursing (Regular)

Tonya Carroll Elementary Education

Martha Reyes Psychology (BS)

Lisa Woolf Nursing (Regular)

Jamie Catunto Nursing (Regular)

Allison Reynolds Nursing (Regular)

Robert Woolsey Law Enforcement

Teresa Cerjanic Nursing (RN-BSN)

Christine Riordan Nursing (Regular)

Lauren Wroten Nursing (Regular)

Amy Chestnut Nursing (RN-BSN)

Lucinda Roberts Nursing (RN-BSN)

Rona Cressida Yee Nursing (Accelerated)

Quang Choi Business Administration

Amy Rothermel Business Administration

Melissa Young Nursing (Regular)

Perla Cisco Nursing (Accelerated)

Denise Russo Nursing (RN-BSN)

Fatima Zack Nursing (Accelerated)

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Debra Schiebner Nursing (Accelerated)

Ann Zitzer Nursing (Accelerated)

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Anne Schwartz Nursing (RN-BSN) Danny Sessums Nursing (Accelerated) Cheryl Shipske Nursing (RN-BSN) Robert Shorback Law Enforcement Katie Showalter Nursing (Regular) Stephanie Skinner Nursing (Regular) Kristina Snell Nursing (Regular) Annabelle Socaoco Nursing (Accelerated) Brandon Stephens Business Administration Sharyn-Ann Stevens Speech Pathology

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2006 Shree Adiga Nursing (Regular) Lia Africa Psychology (BS) Yolanda Alaimo Nursing (RN-BSN) Joseph Alonsozana Nursing (Regular) Susanna Andaya Nursing (Regular) Carlee Anderson Elementary Education Diandra Andrews Nursing (Accelerated) Nancy Andruk Nursing (Accelerated) Joyce Arce Nursing (Regular)

Christopher Crawford Law Enforcement Susane Crawford English James Crossley Nursing (Regular) Dino Davis Law Enforcement Berenice De Leon Elementary Education Duncan Deacy Elementary Education Themis Deguzman Nursing (Accelerated) Teresa Demos Nursing (Regular) Tobyn Derby-Talbot Nursing (Accelerated) Jill Desteunder Nursing (Regular)

Catherine Dullano Nursing (Accelerated)

Cathy Levalley Psychology (BA)

Lisa Presley Elementary Education

Raul Ellazar Nursing (Accelerated)

Jerri Lewis Nursing (Regular)

Elizabeth Price Nursing (RN-BSN)

Freddy Espinosa Nursing (RN-BSN)

Heather Liles Nursing (Regular)

Virginia Pusateri Nursing (RN-BSN)

Desiree Espinoza Nursing (Accelerated)

Steve Lin Integrated Studies (BS)

Joseph Queniahan Nursing (Regular)

Andrea Evans Nursing (Regular)

Lacey Lisner Nursing (Regular)

Marco Ramirez Business Administration

Emily Fell Nursing (Regular)

Jeanette Long Nursing (Accelerated)

Jingle Ramos Nursing (Regular)

Andrew Fletcher Business Administration

Natalie Luther Nursing (Regular)

Treva Reid Nursing (Regular)

Tammy Foggia Nursing (Regular)

Amanda Malone Speech Pathology

Christopher Rhodes English

Sara Ford Elementary Education

Vernon Maniago Nursing (Regular)

Margaret Rios Nursing (RN-BSN)

Gale Fraser Business Administration

Patricia Marruffo Elementary Education

Rocio Rivera Elementary Education

Michael Fuller Nursing (Regular)

Petal Martial Nursing (Regular)

Milagros Rodriguez Nursing (Accelerated)

Leonora Gacula Nursing (Regular)

Morgan Martin-Jarred Nursing (Regular)

Kristin Rosequist Psychology (BA)

Kelly Gamble Integrated Studies (BA)

Karen Matthews Nursing (RN-BSN)

Jenifer Rothgeb Elementary Education

Scott Gillespie Elementary Education

Kristen Mccann Nursing (Regular)

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Marcus Mccomas Nursing (Regular)

Sayma Salman Nursing (Accelerated)

Lindsay Grace Psychology (BA)

Katrina Melear Nursing (Regular)

Alicia Sandoval Nursing (Regular)

Diane Graham Nursing (Accelerated)

Erika Melear Psychology (BA)

Matthew Sanford Law Enforcement

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Gena Melton Nursing (Regular)

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Reynaldo Mendiola Nursing (Regular)

Michelle Schramm Elementary Education

Kathryn Havey Nursing (Accelerated)

Tracie Merriman Nursing (Regular)

Dawn Scott Nursing (Accelerated)

Kristen Haws Psychology (BA)

Eudora Mordi Nursing (Accelerated)

Tamara Seaver Speech Pathology

Erika Hoffstetter Nursing (Regular)

Eleanor Mox Nursing (Accelerated)

Nichole Shaffer Elementary Education

Michael Hull Law Enforcement

Tiffany Neilson Nursing (Regular)

Davette Shea Nursing (RN-BSN)

Rusle Marie Huyo-A Nursing (Regular)

Michael Nicholas Elementary Education

Rebecca Smith Nursing (Regular)

Marina Iuli Nursing (Regular)

Amie Oden Elementary Education

Jennifer Sneed Integrated Studies (BS)

Marianne Jackson Nursing (Accelerated)

Michael Odonnell Nursing (Regular)

Mary Spagnuolo Nursing (RN-BSN)

Sherrie Kaylor Elementary Education

Roya Omar Business Administration

Gloria Stapleton Nursing (Regular)

Kristin Kenyon Nursing (Regular)

Jessica Ordich English

Robert Stepp Law Enforcement

Loni Kirk Nursing (Regular)

Crisandra Orme Nursing (Accelerated)

Jeffrey Stilson Law Enforcement

Lisa Kish Biology

Angelia Oswald Integrated Studies (BA)

Michael Stroud Business Administration

Andi Kraft Nursing (Accelerated)

Darren Paul Law Enforcement

Stephany Szczepaniak Nursing (RN-BSN)

Brigitte Lacombe Nursing (Accelerated)

Scott Paulissen Biology

Christiane Taubert History

Diana Lara Nursing (Regular)

Sarah Pellett Elementary Education

Moneera Tawfik Nursing (Regular)

Andrea Leach Nursing (Regular)

Gwendolyn Perrotti Nursing (RN-BSN)

Kayli Tenney Nursing (RN-BSN)

Robert Leete History Secondary Education

Bette-Ann Pierce Nursing (Accelerated)

Dave Terrault Nursing (Regular)

John Leon Law Enforcement

Jorge Pierrott Law Enforcement

Nicole Thomas Nursing (Accelerated)


Jane Thurlow Elementary Education

Rose Bellanca Speech Pathology

Arlynn Mae Eugenio Nursing (Regular)

Kathleen Toannon Elementary Education

April Benamati Elementary Education

Ketrice Evans Law Enforcement

Christina Tolentino Nursing (Regular)

Jacqueline Bennett Elementary Education

Jennifer Fayle Business Administration

Tatiana Ulyanova Nursing (Accelerated)

Lichelle Bevett Nursing (Regular)

Morgan Fenstermaker Speech Pathology

Brandy Van Ausdal Nursing (Regular)

Denise Bickmore Elementary Education

Anthony Filippo Psychology (BS)

Cesiley Voss Nursing (Regular)

Natalie Bina Nursing (Regular)

Cecilia Fleming Nursing (Accelerated)

Sherri Walton Elementary Education

Edina Blaskan Nursing (Regular)

Craig Foreman Nursing (Accelerated)

Jennifer Weitz Integrated Studies (BA)

Bonnie Bowler Elementary Education

Christine Formica Psychology (BA)

Stefani Wells Elementary Education

Shane Boxrz Nursing (Regular)

Amanda Friedman Integrated Studies (BA)

Elizabeth Westenburg Integrated Studies (BA)

Jeanne Bradford Nursing (Accelerated)

Shiri Fruchter De Mera Business Administration

Chantal Whittenberg Nursing (Accelerated)

Sarah Brauer Nursing (Accelerated)

Norielyn Galang Nursing (Regular)

Bethany Williams Nursing (Accelerated)

Stacey Budd Psychology (BA)

Jill Garvin Nursing (Regular)

Lynda Wilson Nursing (Regular)

John Buehler-Garcia Nursing (Regular)

Cheryle Gatewood Nursing (Regular)

Travis Wingo Nursing (Regular)

Gay Butler Nursing (Accelerated)

Pamela Gilson Elementary Education

Derek Wise Psychology (BA)

Marie Lyn Cabusao Nursing (Regular)

David Giorgi Elementary Education

Beth Wood Nursing (Regular)

April Lani Cadavona Nursing (Accelerated)

Jeremy Gonzales Business Administration

Donald Worth Law Enforcement

Siobhan Caffrey Nursing (Regular)

Catalina Gonzalez Nursing (Accelerated)

Monica Wright Business Administration

Kathleen Cannon Nursing (Accelerated)

Joy Gravel Elementary Education

James Wright Elementary Education

Heidi Carr Elementary Education

Tami Graziano Nursing (Regular)

Jacquelyn Young Business Administration

Andrea Castaneda Psychology (BS)

Hamor Gretchen Nursing (Regular)

Tarena Zake Elementary Education

Jack Causer Nursing (Regular)

Jared Hafen Psychology (BA)

Samantha Zomar Nursing (Accelerated)

Stacy Chavez Nursing (Regular)

Troy Hallewell Integrated Studies (BA)

Katia Cheetany Elementary Education

Jessica Hamer Business Administration

Sarah Christie Nursing (Accelerated)

Sydna Hammond Nursing (Regular)

Michele Cofano Elementary Education

Stephen Hartnett Business Administration

Dana Crampton Elementary Education

Jeff Harvey Elementary Education Bilingual

Barbara Creaghe Nursing (Accelerated)

Michele Hayden Psychology (BA)

Shannon Crifasi Nursing (Regular)

Judith Henry Elementary Education Bilingual

Camille Cruz Nursing (Regular)

Vickie Henry Business Administration

Jennifer Dada Nursing (Regular)

Cory Hicks Elementary Education

Taylor Dean Nursing (Accelerated)

Sandra Horna Nursing (Regular)

Mindy Decosta Elementary Education

Robert Horton Law Enforcement

Chris Deering Elementary Education

Mary Howard Law Enforcement

Amy Dierking Nursing (Regular)

Amanda Hudson Nursing (Regular)

Steven Donaldson Nursing (Accelerated)

Vana Huynh Nursing (Accelerated)

Coleen Duncan Nursing (Accelerated)

Jonathan Hyatt Nursing (Regular)

2007 Sallie Acebo Elementary Education Chelsie Adams English Douglas Adamson Nursing (Accelerated) Marie Altz Business Administration Alexander Alzona Nursing (Regular) Jennifer Anderson Nursing (Regular) Christopher Ankeny Law Enforcement Lila Ansel Elementary Education Special Bethany Badouin Business Administration Joanie Barangan Business Administration Jo Batchelor-Clark Nursing (Accelerated) Tanya Batdorff Elementary Education Peggy Beecher Psychology (BA)

Fall 2012

Risa Igl Elementary Education

Jonnica Mcclure English

Sarah Simmons Law Enforcement

Kevin Irons Nursing (Regular)

Susan Mcdonald Nursing (Regular)

Tanya Singleton Nursing (Regular)

Kimberly Jacovino Nursing (Regular)

Isis Medina Elementary Education Bilingual

Darian Smith Nursing (Accelerated)

Katharine Jasonek Nursing (Regular)

Damara Meraz English Secondary Education

Jacob Smith Nursing (Accelerated)

Stan Jennings Integrated Studies (BA)

Shannon Mueller Elementary Education

Russel Smith Law Enforcement

Lisa Jensen Elementary Education

Johannes Muije English

Jennifer Sorensen Nursing (Regular)

Josie Jensen Nursing (Regular)

Kristina Murphy Elementary Education

Jennifer Spivey Law Enforcement

Molly Jensen Muir English Secondary Education

Juliette Myers Nursing (Regular)

Stephanie Sportsman Elementary Education

Alexis Johnson Nursing (Regular)

Kelli Myers Nursing (Accelerated)

Anna Stevens Elementary Education Special

Brooke Jones Nursing (Regular)

Serena Nielson Nursing (Regular)

Andrea Strachan Nursing (Accelerated)

Julia Kara Elementary Education

Dominador Nonato Nursing (Regular)

Danielle Summers Elementary Education

Nichole Koster Psychology (BA)

Melanie Ocampo Nursing (Regular)

Haunani Taylor Elementary Education

Jamie Kramer Business Administration

Chemberyle Oelrich Biology Secondary Education

Julie Terrault Biology

Jocelyn Leavitt Nursing (RN-BSN)

Brayden Olsen English Secondary Education

Elizabeth Thornal Nursing (Accelerated)

Hyunkyung Lee Nursing (Regular)

Jane Omosa Nursing (RN-BSN)

Paula Tipon Nursing (Regular)

Charles Lee Nursing (Accelerated)

Osra O'Neal Business Administration

Andrea Todd Business Administration

Amber Lee Nursing (Accelerated)

Uju Onowu Nursing (Regular)

Guinevere Torres Nursing (Regular)

Hsiu-Ling Liang Nursing (Accelerated)

Christine Oshio Nursing (Accelerated)

Matthew Trumbull Nursing (Accelerated)

Roger Lim Nursing (Accelerated)

Naquita Parker-Richardson Nursing (RN-BSN)

Monica Velasquez Nursing (Regular)

Rebecca Lippitt Nursing (Regular)

Shannon Peralta Nursing (Regular)

Leigh Villarasa Nursing (Accelerated)

Celeste Liston Nursing (Regular)

Marita Perez Nursing (Accelerated)

Ellery Wagner Elementary Education

Brittan Loftsgaarden Nursing (Regular)

Erin Poston Integrated Studies (BA)

Karen Walkow Elementary Education

Lindsey Lopez Nursing (Regular)

Gary Quesenberry Law Enforcement

Karen Watkins Law Enforcement

Kimberly Lyons Law Enforcement

Katie Rasmussen Speech Pathology

Lisa Weinshenker Nursing (Accelerated)

Lady Diane Macasieb Nursing (Regular)

Keely Ratajczyk Nursing (Regular)

James White Law Enforcement

Connie Madziarek Psychology (BA)

Miriam Reyes Psychology (BS)

Ticey Wilson Nursing (Accelerated)

Devin Maher Nursing (Accelerated)

Joanne Reyes Nursing (Accelerated)

Jennifer Wolfe Elementary Education

Frank Mariani Elementary Education Special

Dawn Rhoades Elementary Education

Sarah Yenglin Business Administration

Kristin Marsala Elementary Education

Christine Roberts Nursing (Accelerated)

Melissa Yentsch Elementary Education

Richard Marshall Law Enforcement

Janice Runyan Business Administration

Tamer Zaki Business Administration

Tricia Marte Nursing (Regular)

Tiffany Sand Nursing (Accelerated)

Allison Zieglmeier Nursing (Regular)

Melvina Martens Integrated Studies (BS)

Vicki Schmidt Nursing (Regular)

Lyndsay Zimmerman Nursing (Regular)

Mary Martin Psychology (BA)

Jennifer Schwartz History Secondary Education

Matthew Martinez Business Administration

Michelle Segal Elementary Education

Siobhan Mathison Speech Pathology

Michelle Shaffner Nursing (Accelerated)

Melanie Maynigo Nursing (Accelerated)

Jodine Sibbald Nursing (Accelerated)

2008 Lorinda Ahlgren Business Administration Pasqual Alonzo Biology Lynn Alvarez Nursing (Regular)


Taryn Apollo Business Administration

Erika Forster Nursing (Accelerated)

Jamie Jones Integrated Studies (BA)

Denise Ardizzione Elementary Education

Stephen Foster English

Sabrina Jones Speech Pathology

Adrielle Armstrong Nursing (Accelerated)

Jarred Frei Nursing (Regular)

Kevin Kalua Integrated Studies (BA)

Miriam Arroyo Elementary Education

Gian Fule Nursing (Accelerated)

Pauline Kolody Business Administration

Monika Asamaphand Nursing (Regular)

Lashonda Gabriel Business Administration

Nathan Kroegel Nursing (Regular)

Emily Barnum Business Administration

Sara Gaethje Business Administration

Lourdes Lacza Nursing (Accelerated)

Mikel Beardall Elementary Education

Zelluyah Gaitho Nursing (RN-BSN)

Rosie Laird Elementary Education

Megan Belingheri Elementary Education

Michael Garner Law Enforcement

Thomas Lawson Law Enforcement

Aimee Bell Elementary Education

Laurie Gascoigne Speech Pathology

Meghan Lee English Secondary Education

Emily Bratton Psychology (BA)

Amanda Gentry Psychology (BA)

Aniya Leftwich Business Administration

Timothy Broo Nursing (Accelerated)

Justin Georgilas Business Administration

Althea Levell Psychology (BA)

Danielle Brooks Nursing (Regular)

Matthew Gibe Nursing (Regular)

Jennifer Lindebaum Business Administration

Jennifer Buchbaum Environmental Resource Science

Janet Gray Nursing (RN-BSN)

Chris Linford Business Administration

Katrina Budway Nursing (Regular)

Morgan Gregory Nursing (Accelerated)

Gary Lovett Law Enforcement

Ron Cajala Nursing (Accelerated)

Lindsey Guidrey Nursing (Accelerated)

Johanna Lucia Nursing (Accelerated)

Kevin Cann Elementary Education

Stephanie Gutierrez Nursing (Regular)

Nathan Lystrup Nursing (Regular)

Shannalee Canny Nursing (Accelerated)

Jennifer Gwiazdowski Nursing (Regular)

Adrianne Mabry Nursing (Accelerated)

Amber Cappellett Elementary Education

Fred Haas Law Enforcement

Ericka Maccabe Nursing (Regular)

Taylor Carlson History

Veronica Hartfield Psychology (BS)

Karen Maccanello Elementary Education

Sherin Chakkalakel Nursing (Accelerated)

Elizabeth Hemphill Nursing (Regular)

Vivien Maliwat Nursing (Regular)

Melissa Chernoff Psychology (BA)

Tammy Henderson Elementary Education

Kris Ann Mariano Nursing (Accelerated)

Juliette Cole Nursing (Regular)

Michelle Henry Nursing (Accelerated)

Jeremy Martin Law Enforcement

Christine Crawshaw Elementary Education

Warren Hensman Law Enforcement

Sarah Mathis Nursing (Regular)

Michael Dahle Nursing (Regular)

Darlene Hernandez English

David Maul Management

Tabitha Davis Psychology (BA)

Jennifer Hevel Nursing (Regular)

Brandee Mayton Psychology (BA)

Joseph Delgado Business Administration

Donna Hines Nursing (RN-BSN)

Elaine Mccreary Nursing (Accelerated)

Tiffany Doddridge Integrated Studies (BS)

Kelly Holtam Management

Jeanne Mcguff Business Administration

Brianna Donoghue Nursing (Accelerated)

Michelle Hooper Law Enforcement

Kimberly Mclaughlin Elementary Education

Lindsay Eberling Nursing (Regular)

Jayme Howard Integrated Studies (BS)

Kelly Meek Speech Pathology

David Evans Law Enforcement

Sophia Huss History Secondary Education

Tessa Merel Nursing (Regular)

Sarah Fantauzzi Nursing (Regular)

Kathleen Ingersoll Elementary Education

Carol Meyer Management

Robert Fernandez Business Administration

Stephanie Janes Environmental Resource Science

Natalie Motta Nursing (Regular)

Debralee Fernando Nursing (Accelerated)

Samantha Jerger Psychology (BA)

Rebecca Mudie Nursing (Regular)

Laureenann Fiesta Nursing (Accelerated)

Michelle Johnson Nursing (RN-BSN)

Maricela Myers Nursing (Regular)

Sara Flannery Speech Pathology

Amanda Johnson Nursing (Regular)

Gabriela Nava Psychology (BA)

Richard Forbus Law Enforcement

Kathryn Johnston Elementary Education

John Nicpon English

Fall 2012

Nathan Nixon Business Administration

Katie Shawcroft Nursing (Accelerated)

Joshua Wootton Business Administration

Danielle Norris Nursing (Accelerated)

Amanda Sheeran Nursing (Accelerated)

Tiffany Wright Nursing (Accelerated)

Liza Ochoa Assemi Nursing (RN-BSN)

Jennifer Siegfried Speech Pathology

Nancy Yazici Nursing (Regular)

Michelle O'Connor Nursing (Regular)

Melody Simon Integrated Studies (BA)

Tannica Young Nursing (Regular)

Teresa Okerlund Nursing (Regular)

Gabrielle Skarpac Nursing (Regular)

Ludia Park Nursing (Regular)

Heather Sostarich Nursing (Accelerated)

Sarah Park Nursing (Accelerated)

Raymond Spencer Law Enforcement

Holly Patterson History

Crystal Spielberg Elementary Education

Brandi Payanal Biology

Amanda Spielberg Elementary Education

Evangeline Peralta Elementary Education

Sean St Marie Biology

Christine Pesqueira Elementary Education

Ian Stratton Elementary Education

Holly Peters Elementary Education

Sarah Studzienski Nursing (Accelerated)

Kirk Primas Law Enforcement

Sladjana Subotic Nursing (Regular)

Anthony Provost Business Administration

Kathryn Tejero Nursing (Accelerated)

Ashley Quinionez Psychology (BS)

Kari Tepedino Nursing (Accelerated)

Elizabeth Raines Azwell Nursing (Accelerated)

Kanyawe Thompson Nursing (Regular)

Melanie Ravara Nursing (Regular)

Susan Thompson Elementary Education

Maricel Raymundo Nursing (Accelerated)

John Trombley Law Enforcement

Jennifer Reidenberg Integrated Studies (BS)

Leann Trousdale Elementary Education

Richard Reyna Nursing (RN-BSN)

Sandy Tsai Nursing (Accelerated)

Kevin Rice History Secondary Education

Cassaundra Veenendaal Nursing (Regular)

Laarnie Rice Nursing (Accelerated)

Nancy Venida Nursing (Accelerated)

Deanna Rilling English

Gerald Vergara Nursing (Regular)

Natalia Rivera Speech Pathology

Beth Vigil Nursing (Regular)

Jennifer Roberts Psychology (BA)

Antoinette Vita Nursing (Regular)

April Roemer Nursing (Accelerated)

Michelle Vogel Psychology (BA)

Jennifer Rogers Elementary Education

Stephen Votta Business Administration

Richard Rose Law Enforcement

Charles Waddell Management

Kerwin Sands Psychology (BS)

Natalie Walls Nursing (Regular)

Kirk Santiago Law Enforcement

Annie Ward Speech Pathology

Giovanna Santovito Nursing (RN-BSN)

Terrie Watts Elementary Education

Rachel Schuster Nursing (Regular)

Roger Williams Business Administration

Steffany Schwartz Nursing (Regular)

Elizabeth Wilson Business Administration

Elaine Schwartz Nursing (Regular)

Chandra Wolfe Nursing (Regular)

Shannon Scott Nursing (RN-BSN)

Jennifer Wood Nursing (Regular)

Abbey Shaffer Environmental Resource Science

Mary Wood Psychology (BA)

2009 Kevin Abbott Visual Media Vitalina Adamchevska Nursing (Accelerated) Kimberly Alfreno Psychology (BA) Devin Andreas Business Administration Anne Apgar Nursing (Accelerated) Megan Bacus Nursing (Regular) Trisha Bais Nursing (Regular) Brianna Baker Nursing (Accelerated) Karen Balke Elementary Education Cristin Barron Business Administration Stephanie Barth Nursing (Regular) Jeremy Batten Nursing (Accelerated) Tanja Beck Biology Lisa Beresid Speech Pathology Ashley Betkowski Elementary Education Michael Bitwinski Business Administration Christina Boone Speech Pathology Tiffany Boozer Law Enforcement Tania Boutte Nursing (Regular) Cirpriana Bovill Business Administration Richard Boyer History Casey Breymann Elementary Education Rachel Brown Psychology (BA) Emily Brown Nursing (Regular) Ashley Brown Psychology (BA) Jill Bruneteau Nursing (Accelerated) Drew Bush Environmental Resource Science Troy Castro Nursing (RN-BSN) Thomas Catalano Nursing (Regular) Janelle Chavez Nursing (Regular) Laura Child Nursing (Accelerated)


Jamie Christensen English

Bernard Gravel History Secondary Education

Karlana Kulseth English Secondary Education

Joseph Christopher Business Administration

Nanette Gromek Elementary Education Special

Sara Laca Elementary Education

Maricris Chu Business Administration

Gawain Guedry Law Enforcement

Jeanette Ladanga Nursing (Regular)

Dana Clark Nursing (RN-BSN)

Randelle Gunderson English

Crystal Lake Nursing (Regular)

Patricia Clouse Nursing (Regular)

Sarah Gustafson Nursing (Regular)

Julie Laplante Nursing (Accelerated)

Olivia Cooper Mathematics Secondary Education

Rebeccah Gustafson Nursing (Regular)

Denise Larsen Nursing (Accelerated)

Christopher Cox Elementary Education

Daniel Hadobas Business Administration

Greg Laurich English Secondary Education

Rori Crook Law Enforcement

Deborah Hamiter Business Administration

Shannon Leclercq Psychology (BA)

Flor Cruz Alas Business Administration

Krista Hamlin Nursing (Regular)

Onnica Lee Elementary Education

Alicia Cusumano Nursing (Regular)

Jennifer Hammack Elementary Education

Alene Lewis Nursing (RN-BSN)

Linda Dale Integrated Studies (BA)

Lisa Hartman Nursing (Regular)

James Liang Management

Jennifer Danieluk Nursing (Accelerated)

Sandra Hatfield Environmental Resource Science

Kyle Love Biology Secondary Education

Meredith Davis Elementary Education

Celeste Hein Nursing (Regular)

Kenneth Lucas English

Michelle Davis Nursing (Regular)

Mark Hermiz Business Administration

Anne Lucherini Business Administration

Tymeeka Davis Nursing (Regular)

Berenice Herrera Elementary Education

Sara Lum Nursing (Regular)

Andrew Davis Law Enforcement

Philip Higgins Nursing (RN-BSN)

Ann Lyman Speech Pathology

Jessica Del Toro Business Administration

Megan Holtz Nursing (Regular)

Anthony Macagno Business Administration

Shawna Dewald-Mcfarlane Nursing (Accelerated)

Kristi Howard Elementary Education

Ashley Maertz Occupational Science

Katherine Elles Elementary Education

Ye Huang Nursing (RN-BSN)

Pamela Malone Elementary Education

Whitney Engels Biology

Carrie Hulka Nursing (Regular)

Gary Marshall Biology

Kamilah Engram Nursing (Accelerated)

Shelley Hulsey-pope Elementary Education

Jacqueline Martin Elementary Education

Marilyn Ennis Business Administration

Justinea Huynh Nursing (Accelerated)

Antoinette Martin Nursing (Accelerated)

Lindsey Enriquez Nursing (Regular)

Thien-Kim Huynh-Contardo Nursing (RN-BSN)

Sabrina Martinez Integrated Studies (BS)

Sophia Esfahani Business Administration

Elena Irmen Nursing (Accelerated)

Monae Maruyama Speech Pathology

Danielle Fabian Nursing (Regular)

Nicole James Psychology (BA)

Jessica Marvin Integrated Studies (BA)

Leslie Farmer Nursing (Accelerated)

Stephanie Jarrott Management

Josh Mateus Management

Lori Filippo Business Administration

Mary Jenkins Speech Pathology

Chad Mccullough Environmental Resource Science

Pamela Flores Environmental Resource Science

Melinda Jensen Business Administration

Sara Mcgough Business Administration

Stephanie Frankowiak Nursing (Accelerated)

Robby Jensen Business Administration

Megan Mcguinness Elementary Education

Audrey Frederick Elementary Education

Dawn Jollie Nursing (Regular)

Donna Mead Nursing (RN-BSN)

Lindsay Gambit Nursing (Regular)

Kavon Jones Business Administration

Blanca Mendez English

Lisa Gascay Speech Pathology

Amanda Kelly History Secondary Education

Rebecca Messmore Nursing (Regular)

Samantha Geller Nursing (Regular)

Lucy Kinder Elementary Education

Jana Mihelic Speech Pathology

Margaret Glad Business Administration

Megan King Elementary Education

Jacqueline Miller Law Enforcement

Sara Gordon Business Administration

Maureen Knell Nursing (Regular)

Rex Mitchell English

Stephanie Gorringe Nursing (Accelerated)

June Kozak Nursing (Regular)

Jessica Morgan Nursing (Regular)

Fall 2012

Laura Morgan Elementary Education

Fabian Rosel Nursing (Accelerated)

Catherine Ward Speech Pathology

Matthew Morris English

Courtney Ross-Powell Nursing (Accelerated)

Jennifer Wardlaw Psychology (BA)

Mark Mostar Nursing (Accelerated)

Casey Rumpel Elementary Education

Maya Washington Nursing (Regular)

Michelle Muro Occupational Science

Jill Russell Elementary Education

Rhonda Watson Management

Jessica Naipo Elementary Education

Rima Saikali Elementary Education

Janelle Welch Nursing (Regular)

Kristi Newman English Secondary Education

Rey Santacruz Nursing (Accelerated)

Janelle Whalen Speech Pathology

Rhonda Occhipinti Speech Pathology

Daniel Schaefer Business Administration

Abbey Wheeler Elementary Education

Rebecca Ochoa Elementary Education

John Scott Visual Media

Thomas Whitney Business Administration

Karl O'Dell Biology

William Shirley Business Administration

Jazmin Williams Psychology (BA)

Erin Oleary English

Cydney Siegel Elementary Education

Dominique Williams Nursing (Accelerated)

Laci Ortega Nursing (Regular)

Nicole Sims Speech Pathology

Brooke Wood Elementary Education

Dennis Osborn Law Enforcement

Jeffrey Sloan Business Administration

Lesley Yates Nursing (Accelerated)

Tammy Paarlberg Nursing (RN-BSN)

Elizabeth Smith Nursing (Regular)

Shelly Pagkalinawan Elementary Education

Marisa Smith Nursing (RN-BSN)

Maria Pajara Nursing (Accelerated)

Sherry Smith English

Brian Palmer Nursing (Regular)

Amanda Smothers Nursing (Accelerated)

Sharlona Payne Nursing (Regular)

Mark Speranzella Biology

Nicole Penkalski Nursing (Accelerated)

Laurie Steglich Nursing (Regular)

Rachel Penn Nursing (Regular)

Patricia Strobehn Nursing (RN-BSN)

Adam Perelgut Nursing (Regular)

Joyce Strom Elementary Education Special

Susana Perez-Rojas Nursing (Regular)

Jennifer Suhr Nursing (Accelerated)

Inna Peter Nursing (Accelerated)

Julie Suminski Elementary Education

Natale Peters Elementary Education

Stephanie Swango Elementary Education Special

George Pierce Business Administration

Paul Tagashira Biology

Terry Piggott Nursing (Accelerated)

Jeannette Taylor Psychology (BA)

Traci Polak Integrated Studies (BS)

Jennifer Thorpe Elementary Education

Kathleen Ponferrada Nursing (Accelerated)

Taras Tiutiunnyk Law Enforcement

Janice Prince English Secondary Education

Julian Tuttle Nursing (Regular)

Cheri Rasmussen Elementary Education

Karla Udvardy Nursing (Regular)

Michael Rauschenberger Law Enforcement

Cheryl Venturacci Elementary Education

Casey Reis Psychology (BS)

Nicole Villanueva Nursing (Regular)

Amanda Riney English Secondary Education

Adrian Villegas Integrated Studies (BA)

Cameron Robinson Business Administration

Twylla Walker Business Administration

Maria Rodriguez Nursing (Regular)

Tiffany Walker Nursing (Regular)

Crystal Rodriguez Elementary Education

Prina Walters Business Administration

Elizabeth Rodriguez Elementary Education Bilingual

Robert Wamsley Law Enforcement

2010 Rajee Abalos Nursing (Regular) Morena Abrego Mathematics Secondary Education Sandra Adams Speech Pathology Katrina Agnir Nursing (Accelerated) Jeanette Aguilar Elementary Education Stephanie Aiken Elementary Education Mandy Akers Speech Pathology Breanna Anderson Nursing (Regular) Crystal Angue Elementary Education Shellie Aparicio Biology Lisa Arguello-Gillila Nursing (RN-BSN) Gary Armstrong Mathematics Secondary Education Mary Talia Atienza Nursing (Regular) Ashley Avanzino Integrated Studies (BA) Ashley Ayarza Management Martin Babayev Nursing (Regular) Jimmie Bacco Law Enforcement Anne Badger Elementary Education Johannie Badgewell Nursing (Regular) Gabriela Ballesteros Nursing (Regular) Ana Ballesteros Nursing (Regular) Logan Battles Business Administration Judith Bechler Nursing (Regular)


Jessica Bennett Psychology (BS)

Megan Cogliano Psychology (BA)

Jamie Fowler Elementary Education

Teara Berchtold Business Administration

Andrew Colburn Nursing (Accelerated)

Meghan Fraser Elementary Education Special

Sandra Bergantz Elementary Education

Vickie Comrie English

Millicent Frehner Psychology (BA)

George Bernabei Business Administration

Sarah Cox Nursing (Regular)

Joy Gabiana Nursing (RN-BSN)

Laurie Berry Psychology (BA)

Jenna Curry Nursing (Regular)

Stephanie Gallardo Business Administration

Jennifer Bertolani Nursing (Regular)

Jessica Davis Nursing (Accelerated)

Maria Chaveli Garcia Nursing (Regular)

Crystal Bias Elementary Education

Colette Defilippis Nursing (Accelerated)

Leigha Gewerter Nursing (Regular)

Lana Bitz Speech Pathology

Corinne Del Giudice Management

Carolyn Golliher Environmental Resource Science

Ashley Black English Secondary Education

Susan Denis Elementary Education

Jazmin Gonzalez Nursing (Accelerated)

Destiny Bledsoe Elementary Education

Christina Denny Occupational Science

Carlos Goodin Business Administration

Marijke Blokker English

Dustin Derhousoff Bachelor of Arts in Visual Med

Karina Goodman Nursing (Regular)

Jonathan Boado Psychology (BA)

Lauren Desander Elementary Education

Brett Goodnow Integrated Studies (BS)

Oseya Bourne Business Administration

Cheryl Diarte Elementary Education Special

Shella Gordon Elementary Education

Shelina Bouthillier Elementary Education

Gerri Dibartolo Nursing (Regular)

Debra Grisafe Business Administration

Carey Breymann Biology Graduate School

Sarah Marie Dickmeyer Nursing (Regular)

Matia Guest Nursing (Accelerated)

Christy Brown Business Administration

Doris Dippolito Psychology (BA)

Rocio Gutierrez Elementary Education Bilingual

Angelica Brown Elementary Education

Vera Dolpies Nursing (Accelerated)

Courtney Hafen Elementary Education

Kacey Brunson Psychology (BA)

Trina Dorn Nursing (Accelerated)

Shereen Hawatmeh Business Administration

Nicole Bryan Elementary Education Special

Lauren Dunsmore Elementary Education Special

Sylvia Hawksley Integrated Studies (BA)

Ashley Buckenberger Nursing (Regular)

Abra Eisenman Integrated Studies (BA)

Stephanie Hazim Elementary Education Special

Maria Burgess Nursing (RN-BSN)

Tara Engmann Nursing (RN-BSN)

Jenny Heng Nursing (Regular)

Erika Cababe Nursing (Regular)

Elizabeth Erb-Ryan Nursing (RN-BSN)

Tara Henley Nursing (Accelerated)

Sarah Cairns Psychology (BA)

Brittney Erickson Elementary Education

Michael Heuser Business Administration

Danielle Cameron Nursing (Regular)

Corinne Eugenio Nursing (Regular)

William Hines Nursing (Accelerated)

Ashlee Campbell Psychology (BA)

Kelly Evans Nursing (Regular)

Heather Hinkle Elementary Education

Kristen Carino Nursing (Accelerated)

Monica Fairbanks English

Fernando Hizon Nursing (Accelerated)

Christen Carroll Nursing (Accelerated)

Megan Farley Elementary Education

Tiffany Hjelm Nursing (Accelerated)

Karen Castaneda Psychology (BS)

Sally Feldman Psychology (BA)

James Holder Law Enforcement

Karie Castle Psychology (BA)

Zhiqi Feng Biology Graduate School

Shari Horio Business Administration

Kevin Chamorro Elementary Education

Maria Figgs Nursing (RN-BSN)

Marti Houck Nursing (Regular)

Brandy Chandronait Nursing (Accelerated)

Verenese Fillmore Nursing (RN-BSN)

Kacey Howrey Nursing (Regular)

Norma Chavez Elementary Education

Kelly Fink Nursing (RN-BSN)

Stephan Hwang Mathematics Secondary Education

Kelly Chenin Education of Deaf & Hard Hear

Schuyler Fitzwater History

Pedro Ibarra Arteaga Elementary Education

Jennifer Cherry Nursing (Regular)

Jocelyn Flores Nursing (Accelerated)

Cindy Iberri Elementary Education Bilingual

Erica Chevez Elementary Education

Julie Foley Elementary Education

Kelli Isbell Nursing (Accelerated)

Erika Christensen Nursing (Accelerated)

Gabriela Foster Speech Pathology

Chrisie Jenkins Speech Pathology

Fall 2012

Lorretta Jennings Nursing (RN-BSN)

Nicholas Miller Business Administration

Jenifer Rodriguez-Lopez Nursing (Regular)

Danielle Johnston Elementary Education

Jonathan Miller Elementary Education

Jacqueline Rogers Psychology (BA)

Margaret Jones Psychology (BA)

Brittany Morgan Elementary Education

Tori Ronzheimer Business Administration

Vera Jordan Elementary Education

Jazmine Morrow Speech Pathology

Alexandra Rosen Speech Pathology

Deisha Julick Nursing (Regular)

Cara Morville Psychology (BA)

Stacy Rosier Psychology (BA)

Michelle Kamlade Nursing (Regular)

Linda Muir Elementary Education

Catherine Ross Nursing (RN-BSN)

Jason Katrosits Psychology (BA)

Alison Murphy Nursing (Regular)

David Rothenberg Business Administration

Kenneth Kavanaugh Nursing (RN-BSN)

Ashlee Nassiry Psychology (BA)

Ronna Sabol Nursing (RN-BSN)

Anita Kelly Psychology (BA)

Brandee Newsom Nursing (RN-BSN)

Anabel Sanchez Elementary Education

Annella Kelsey Nursing (Regular)

Victor Nowak Business Administration

Louis Santos Nursing (Regular)

Amy Kilgore Education of Deaf & Hard Hear

Lisa O'Driscoll Nursing (RN-BSN)

Simrit Saraon Nursing (Accelerated)

Joshua Kinnunen Nursing (RN-BSN)

Susie Olivera Nursing (Regular)

Sandra Sawyer Business Administration

Morgan Knowles Nursing (Regular)

Lorenzo Omandac Nursing (Regular)

Ann Scarff Business Administration

Jordan Krahenbuhl Elementary Education

Claire Ongna Nursing (Accelerated)

Alexis Scicchitano Psychology (BA)

Georgene Kreger Nursing (RN-BSN)

Brian Ottesen Nursing (Accelerated)

Lawrence Scotti Elementary Education

Fred Kubus Biology

Natasha Amanda Pane Nursing (Regular)

James Seebock Law Enforcement

Rachel Kuhn Elementary Education

Regina Panganiban Nursing (Regular)

Jennifer Sellers Nursing (Regular)

Jenny Lamb Business Administration

Michelle Pappa Biology

Jacqueline Semana Psychology (BS)

Raymond Larivee Psychology (BA)

April Paule Nursing (Regular)

Heather Sharp Nursing (Regular)

Alexsandra Latimore Elementary Education

Jessica Penman Nursing (Regular)

Stacy Sheridan History

Alexia Latimore Elementary Education

Jill Petersen Nursing (Regular)

Ethel Simpson Psychology (BS)

Chelsea Lessnick Integrated Studies (BA)

Nicholas Peterson Elementary Education

Lisa Singer Nursing (RN-BSN)

Ruth Lewis-Reed Nursing (Accelerated)

Connie Picardi Nursing (Regular)

Greer Sloman Psychology (BA)

Natalie Lieb Elementary Education

Jennifer Poplawski Nursing (Regular)

Ashley Smith Nursing (Regular)

Betty Livermore Nursing (Regular)

Megan Pritchard Nursing (Accelerated)

Robert Smith Elementary Education

Sara Lohmeyer English Secondary Education

Marlene Quijano Elementary Education

Michelle Spezialetti Nursing (RN-BSN)

Amanda Long Nursing (Regular)

Clinton Ramsey Management

Ingrid Spielman English

Cassandra Lukes Speech Pathology

Jenny Reategui Nursing (Regular)

Jill Splinter Nursing (Regular)

Melody Lupinek Psychology (BS)

Marlie Reaux Business Administration

Delma Stafford Psychology (BA)

Rebecca Markin-Newsome Biology

Chelsea Record Nursing (Regular)

Paul Sullivan Nursing (Regular)

Krystal-Lynn Martinez Psychology (BS)

Donna Riggins Nursing (RN-BSN)

Renee Sweeney Psychology (BA)

Samantha Marz Nursing (Accelerated)

Janice Ripalda Business Administration

Heather Tanner Nursing (Regular)

Ashley Mathews Nursing (Regular)

Sarah Roberts Nursing (Accelerated)

Samuel Taylor Nursing (Regular)

Angela Mcallister Nursing (RN-BSN)

Rachel Robinson Nursing (Regular)

Shannon Teague Psychology (BA)

Allison Mcmahon Psychology (BA)

Beth Robles Elementary Education

Michael Thoen Law Enforcement

Peggy Melton Business Administration

Gloria Rodriguez Elementary Education Bilingual

Zachary Thompson Integrated Studies (BA)


Aileen Thompson Nursing (RN-BSN)

Reydel Alvarez-Epstein Nursing (Accelerated)

Karen Collins Elementary Education

Jennifer Thompson Business Administration

Michele Arce Nursing (Part-Time)

Ashley Compagnoni Psychology (BA)

Brian Todd Elementary Education

Marianne Asistio Speech Pathology

Allyson Corella Psychology (BA)

Indiana Torres Psychology (BA)

Keoni Azevedo Psychology (BA)

Mayra Corn Elementary Education

Wincy Tsang Business Administration

Christina Babcock Management

June Cox Nursing (RN-BSN)

Veronica Ubah Nursing (RN-BSN)

Christine Ballew Nursing (RN-BSN)

Christine Craig Elementary Education

Allan Valdez Nursing (Regular)

Kristine Barbarigos Elementary Education

Sylvia Cruz Nursing (Regular)

Joseph Vergara Nursing (Regular)

Amy Bass Nursing (RN-BSN)

Carol Davidson Nursing (Accelerated)

Carla Vilchiz English Secondary Education

Ben Bassat Nursing (RN-BSN)

Heather Davis Nursing (Accelerated)

Raul Villanueva Elementary Education

Rose Bayani Nursing (Regular)

Rosa Del Aguila Nursing (Regular)

Brittany Wadas History Secondary Education

Kelinn Beardall Elementary Education

Heather Del Toro Nursing (Regular)

Bo Walker Elementary Education

Brandon Bell Law Enforcement

Candice Desrosiers Nursing (Accelerated)

Ann Warren Nursing (RN-BSN)

Elia Bell Psychology (BA)

Annette Dinkel Environmental Resource Science

Jacqueline Washington Nursing (RN-BSN)

John Bennett Bachelor of Arts in Visual Med

Lysett Dominguez Elementary Education Bilingual

Joshua Waters Management

Rebecca Binder Elementary Education

Alexa Drews Biology

Andrew Watrous Business Administration

Paul Blackburn Visual Media

Veronica Dunn-Jones Nursing (RN-BSN)

Stephen Werth Business Administration

Sarah Boling Nursing (Accelerated)

Timothy Eagar Visual Media

Kayleen Wheeler Education of Deaf & Hard Hear

Stephanie Bonnecarre Business Administration

Stephen Edington Nursing (Accelerated)

Matthew Wheeler Elementary Education

Michael Booth Law Enforcement

Brandie Etzkorn Management

Paige Whited Nursing (Regular)

Nancie Bowen Management

Kari Euteneier Nursing (Regular)

Kevin Wickware Elementary Education

Joshua Bradford Nursing (Accelerated)

Chelsea Fagin Psychology (BA)

Deborah Wiley Elementary Education

Maria Brubaker Nursing (Accelerated)

Jeremy Falconer Elementary Education

Velanie Williams Psychology (BS)

Tonya Bryant Nursing (RN-BSN)

Paula Fama Nursing (Regular)

Marie Wilson Psychology (BA)

Stacey Burns Nursing (Regular)

Randy Fasano Business Administration

Matthew Winters History

Brittany Cain Psychology (BA)

Peter Fecurka Nursing (RN-BSN)

Tara Wolfley Elementary Education

Candice Casale Psychology (BA)

Belinda Fello Speech Pathology

Rachel Woolard Biology

Andrea Casali Elementary Education

Bibiana Flores Nursing (Regular)

Robin Wuebbenhorst Nursing (Regular)

Raymond Cezar English

Roxanne Flores Elementary Education

Tiffany Young Nursing (Regular)

Donald Chambers Business Administration

Eryn Forrest Elementary Education

Marcie Zajac Nursing (Regular)

Cynthia Chavez Elementary Education Bilingual

Barbara Foxton Nursing (Regular)

Andria Zarza Psychology (BA)

Gina Cheung Nursing (Accelerated)

Judd Frazier Nursing (RN-BSN)

Ruzena Zatko Psychology (BA)

Richard Ciolfi Biology

Jonna Shaye Fritch English

John Clark Psychology (BA)

Elisabeth Fuller-Morales Speech Pathology

Amber Clark Psychology (BA)

Sayda Galvan History Secondary Education

Amanda Cluff English

Luisa Garay History

Kaya Colin Psychology (BA)

Dennis Gegen Management

2011 Lorraine Abrego Nursing (Regular) Jayson Paulo Agaton Nursing (RN-BSN) Christina Alemayehu Business Administration

Fall 2012

Christine Gelsinger Nursing (Regular)

Kevin Johnson Environmental Resource Science

Dusty Masuch Education of Deaf & Hard Hear

Tirdad Ghader Nursing (Accelerated)

Angela Jordan Psychology (BA)

William Mckinney Nursing (Regular)

Brittany Gilbert Business Administration

Leslie Kado Nursing (Accelerated)

Tabetha Medina Elementary Education

Catherine Godfrey Business Administration

Garrett Kakita Nursing (Accelerated)

Tricia Mendiola-Sarahs Psychology (BA)

Richard Goldsworthy Elementary Education

Kenneth Kerby Law Enforcement

Aaron Mitchell Psychology (BA)

Niggi Granado Psychology (BA)

Linda Kile Elementary Education Special

Melissa Mizuhara Psychology (BA)

Karen Greenberg Nursing (RN-BSN)

William King Business Administration

Yasmine Mohamednur Nursing (RN-BSN)

Emily Gubler Nursing (Regular)

Teesha Knox Elementary Education Special

Krista Molinaro Nursing (Regular)

Fabian Gutierrez Nursing (Accelerated)

Ara Kreimeyer Management

Cindy Moore Nursing (RN-BSN)

Solomon Hafeez Psychology (BA)

Melissa Laginess Nursing (RN-BSN)

Patricia Murray Nursing (Regular)

Stacy Harbin Business Administration

Tanja Lakic Psychology (BS)

Kayla-Rose Musante Elementary Education Special

Gerald Harrelson Psychology (BA)

Jessica Lane Speech Pathology

Aaron Nahinu Secondary Education English

Bryan Hartshorn Law Enforcement

Ann Lara Nursing (RN-BSN)

Lisa Nelson Speech Pathology

Erin Hartung Nursing (Regular)

Larissa Lemert Nursing (Regular)

Michael Newton History

Heather Harvey Nursing (Accelerated)

Shaye Lewis Psychology (BS)

Que Nguyen Biology

Ashkan Hashemisabour Biology

Joseph Licciardi Visual Media

Chukwuemeka Obilor Nursing (Accelerated)

Laura Havins Nursing (Regular)

Irene Ligsay Nursing (Regular)

Falisha Ollison-leffler Nursing (Regular)

Christie Hay Nursing (Regular)

Trent Lingard Nursing (Accelerated)

Guillermina Olmeda Integrated Studies (BA)

Jennifer Haynes Nursing (Accelerated)

Clifton Long Psychology (BA)

Randalyn Orong Elementary Education

Ashley Herrold Nursing (Regular)

Gabriel Lopez Bachelor of Arts in Visual Med

Samantha Orr Elementary Education

Rachael Hicks English

Tawny Lopez Elementary Education

Lisa Pacheco Nursing (RN-BSN)

Jacqueline Hicks Speech Pathology

Esgar Loredo Elementary Education Bilingual

Kelly Pastell Nursing (Regular)

Lauren Hirsch Elementary Education

Frederick Lowe Psychology (BS)

Nisha Patel Biology

Diana Hoer Nursing (Regular)

Casandra Luong Psychology (BA)

Eric Paulissen Biology

Joan Hokenson Management

Janna Machala Integrated Studies (BA)

Tina Pedersen Nursing (RN-BSN)

Tai Holly Business Administration

Chantal Magaruh Management

Karen Pellouchoud Psychology (BA)

Amanda Holzknecht Elementary Education

Edward Mallari Nursing (Regular)

Joellie Perez Elementary Education

Dolores Huang Biology

Irene Manalo Nursing (Regular)

Brianna Pergola Biology

Shalina Hubbs Elementary Education

Wendell Manchester Nursing (RN-BSN)

Barbara Perkins Nursing (RN-BSN)

Jessica Huebner Nursing (Regular)

Jaime Marker Elementary Education

Lindsay Petty Business Administration

Brenda Hughes Business Administration

Angelika Martin Nursing (RN-BSN)

Fundy Pierre-Louis Speech Pathology

Elizabeth Ibarra Integrated Studies (BA)

Monica Martinez Nursing (Regular)

Mary Pipes Biology

Kelsey Inscore Nursing (Part-Time)

Alba Martinez Elementary Education Bilingual

Mindy Piro Speech Pathology

Michael Intinarelli Psychology (BA)

Francisco Martinez English Secondary Education

Christine Poganik Business Administration

Chase Jennette Psychology (BA)

Yischeli Martinez Carrillo Mathematics Secondary Education

Lisa Pope Psychology (BA)

Alma Jimenez Psychology (BA)

Eric Mason Psychology (BA)

Nicholas Puglia Biology


Jorge Pulido Psychology (BA)

Ernest Sutton Nursing (RN-BSN)

Breanna Bowen Integrated Studies (BA)

Nicole Puppos Nursing (Regular)

Tracy Taylor Nursing (Regular)

Stephanie Boxler Elementary Education

Jamie Pyle Speech Pathology

Jessica Thomas Nursing (Accelerated)

Beverly Braunstein Elementary Education Special

Chelsie Pyles Elementary Education

Fred Thompson Law Enforcement

Brandalyn Brinkerhoff Business Administration

Celerina Quiamjot Management

Lauren Thompson Speech Pathology

Allan Butler History

Reina Quitazol Nursing (Regular)

Summer Thomson Elementary Education

Anne Mariele Cabanban Speech Pathology

Ana Ramirez Business Administration

Nenajane Trice Management

Marisa Calderon Psychology (BA)

Julian Ramos Management

Anna Trybus Nursing (Regular)

Jasmine Cardenas Speech Pathology

Ashley Rants Nursing (Regular)

Kimberly Tucker Elementary Education

Calise Cardin Elementary Education

Katie Ray Nursing (Regular)

Lauren Tucker Elementary Education

Stacy Carpenter Elementary Education

Lindsey Rhodeos Nursing (Regular)

Danielle Tungol Nursing (Regular)

Brittney Castro Nursing (RN-BSN)

Elizabeth Ridgel Elementary Education

Melanie Underwood Elementary Education

Charlene Coleman English Secondary Education

Melissa Rivas Nursing (Regular)

Deena Usherson Law Enforcement

Sheldon Cordero Nursing (Regular)

Zetryana Rivera Psychology (BA)

Alan Usi Business Administration

Saundra Corinth Integrated Studies (BA)

Susan Robbins Elementary Education Special

Julie Valladares Psychology (BA)

Shannon Cornford-Latham Nursing (RN-BSN)

Julie Robinson Nursing (Regular)

Jennifer Vanderhal Nursing (Regular)

Marlon Cortes Nursing (Regular)

Lilliana Robledo Integrated Studies (BA)

Yvonne Vega Psychology (BA)

Amanda Cummins Business Administration

Sean Rodgers Nursing (Regular)

Annette Vernieri Integrated Studies (BS)

Kenneth Davis Business Administration

Dennice Rojas Psychology (BA)

Jennifer Warras Nursing (Regular)

Lauren Dean Nursing (Regular)

Teresa Rose Elementary Education

Jennifer Westerdahl Nursing (Regular)

Reid Devoge Law Enforcement

Judith Rusch Business Administration

Mary White Nursing (RN-BSN)

Jonnie Dooley Psychology (BA)

Stephanie Ryne Elementary Education

Kathryn Wilson Environmental Resource Science

Allison Edmonson Elementary Education

Adam Sanacore Psychology (BA)

Kyle Wong Biology

Rebecca Ewing Biology

Laura Sandor Psychology (BA)

Austin Wood Law Enforcement

Aimee Fikkers Elementary Education

Alexandra Sant Business Administration

Yanet Worku Nursing (Regular)

Kelly Garcia Occupational Science

Giancarla Santana Business Administration

Leslie Wulff Nursing (Regular)

Joshua Garcia Mathematics Secondary Education

Kimberly Schaap Speech Pathology Kirsten Shope Elementary Education Special Rosita Shuler Psychology (BA) Jennifer Sims Psychology (BA) Trina Singleterry Nursing (Regular) Brianna Smith Nursing (Regular) Sally Spata Speech Pathology Randee Startin-Hall Psychology (BA) Jennifer Story-Salacup Nursing (RN-BSN) Sarah Sunnasy Elementary Education

Fall 2012

2012 April Acosta Secondary Education Mathematic Kristy Albanese Biology Renee Antonio Business Administration Angela Baca Nursing (Regular) Monica Bajurin Law Enforcement Elsa Barnhill English Tami Basilio Nursing (Regular) Brettani Berry Elementary Education Nicole Blinn Psychology (BA)

Ciara Geiss Speech Pathology John Greenberg Business Administration Dorothy Grillo Nursing (RN-BSN) Kelley Halford Elementary Education Sarah Hall Nursing (RN-BSN) Stephanie Hardy Nursing (Regular) Nicolette Harridge Nursing (RN-BSN) Michael Hartwig Business Administration Melody Havey Nursing (Regular) Kristina Hayes Speech Pathology

Magaly Hernandez-Lopez Elementary Education

Ronit Medicina Psychology (BA)

Gena Martelli Sicat Biology

Lanee Hill Psychology (BA)

Leah Mercado Nursing (Regular)

Michael Sieczka Nursing (RN-BSN)

Julia Hopkins Psychology (BA)

Melissa Mingo Elementary Education Special

Germania Skidmore Nursing (Regular)

Robert Hughes History

Denise Moncada Psychology (BA)

Richard Smith Elementary Education

Christopher Ingham Nursing (Regular)

Somprasoung Mongkolsombat Biology

Vida Smittant Nursing (Regular)

Maygen Jenkins Nursing (Regular)

Luis Monroy Nursing (RN-BSN)

Jennifer Steele Business Administration

Elisha Jennings Elementary Education

Natasha Montoya Nursing (Regular)

Amanda Stites Nursing (Regular)

Lisa Johnson Psychology (BA)

Tasha Moore Elementary Education

Paul Sullivan Business Administration

Erica Karstensen Speech Pathology

Persephoni Moore Elementary Education

Heather Svihl Elementary Education Special

Lindsey Kincaid Psychology (BA)

Jessica Moore Speech Pathology

Rosalee Swezey Elementary Education

Cristina Kirit Psychology (BA)

Mikayla Morgan Biology Graduate School

Michael Thomas Nursing (Regular)

Jamie Konops Business Administration

Kevin O'Connell Nursing (Regular)

Thomas Thompson History

Jason Koroghli Biology

Brent Olson Biology

Arturo Torres Law Enforcement

Tamara Kuhnwald Nursing (Regular)

Jazmine Orr Psychology (BA)

Zully Torres Nursing (Regular)

Douha Kurdi Elementary Education

Marcos Pacheco Mathematics Secondary Education

Tierra Tranquillo Psychology (BA)

Joseph Lawrance Law Enforcement

Laura Patterson Psychology (BA)

Juana Villa Secondary Education Biology

Shanna Leavitt Occupational Science

Cao-Vinh Pham Bachelor of Arts in Visual Med

Richard Villanueva Mathematics Secondary Education

Robert Levell Business Administration

Brett Phillips Management

Stacy Wald Elementary Education

Christina Lewis Elementary Education

Cristal Reveles Business Administration

Mary Wall Integrated Studies (BA)

Codi Lingenfelter Psychology (BA)

Christina Reyes Nursing (RN-BSN)

Deedee Webb Nursing (RN-BSN)

Richard Lorber Elementary Education Special

Adam Rice Integrated Studies (BA)

Michael Webster Law Enforcement

Wendi Lougy Business Administration

Enrique Rivera Occupational Science

Winnie Wegner Nursing (Regular)

Samantha Mackley Psychology (BA)

Devina Robinson Psychology (BA)

Shantel White Nursing (Regular)

Norlan Maltez Biology

Ashley Ross Integrated Studies (BA)

Tiffany Whiteaker Elementary Education

Kimberly Mays Nursing (Regular)

Corey Roveri Business Administration

Darren Yee Secondary Education Mathematic

Andrea Mceneany Psychology (BA)

Joseph Royster History

Dekesha Mcfarland Psychology (BA)

Jonathan Senda Psychology (BA)

All information is based on our records through June 30, 2012. If we have misspelled your name and/or a correction needs to be made, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (702) 992-2621.


Board of Trustees Chair: Glenn Christenson Managing Director, Velstand Investments, LLC

Treasurer: Dan H. Stewart President/Owner, Valley Construction Co.

Vice Chair: David M. Grant Attorney at Law & Partner, Grant Morris Dodds

Ex Officio: Bart Patterson President, Nevada State College

Secretary: Sherry Colquitt Civic and Community Leader

Members: Al F. Barry President/CEO, Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association. Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Global Wealth Management Mike Benjamin CEO & President, Benjamin Enterprises Hannah M. Brown Civic and Community Leader Jeffrey L. Burr JD President & Attorney at Law, Jeffrey Burr Ltd. Dane Carter Vice President, Sletten Construction of Nevada, Inc. James B. Gibson President, John R. Gibson Chairman of the Board, American Pacific Corporation Andy A. Hafen Mayor, City of Henderson, NV Robert “Rob” D. Martin Martin & Allison, Ltd. William E. Martin Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chairman of the Board, Service 1st Bank of Nevada Cindy M. Reid Educator, Community Leader & Civic Leader Dan K. Shaw President, ShawJones Partners, LLC William “Will” O. Wagnon, III Chief Executive Officer, Mountain View Hospital/Sunrise Health, William C. Wortman Principal, Cannery Casino Resorts, LLC

Fall 2012

Trustees Emeritus: Selma Bartlett Civic and Community Leader Randy A. Garcia Chief Executive Officer, The Investment Counsel Company of Nevada Vicki Hafen Scott Hafen Financial Services, Inc. Van V. Heffner President/CEO, Nevada Hotel & Lodging Association Mark Howard Former Chief Executive Officer, Mountain View Hospital/Sunrise Health John Ritter Chairman/CEO, Focus Property Group Erik Sletten President, Sletten Construction of Nevada, Inc. Victoria (Vicky) VanMeetren President/CEO, San Martin Campus, St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Liaisons: J. Russell Raker, III PhD, ACFRE Associate Vice President for Development, Nevada State College & Foundation Spencer Stewart, EdD Associate Vice President of College Relations, Nevada State College & Foundation

For the past ten years, Nevada State College (NSC) has prepared the next generation of professionals in our community in an academic environment that thrives on learning, creativity, innovation, and interaction. Our students see Nevada and the world as a dynamic place, where their ideas, imagination, and new thinking create a positive impact on their lives, families and the communities in which they live and work. Celebrating our 10th Anniversary as the only four-year public college in Nevada, NSC, and our outstanding faculty, offers an environment that sparks students’ creativity and teaches them to challenge the status quo. Our students come from very diverse backgrounds across Southern Nevada. Many are the first in their family to ever attend an institution of higher learning. However, our students all share some very common traits. They are fervent about their academic growth; passionate about making the communities in which they live and work better for all; inquisitive about the world in which they live; enthusiastic about creating a healthy and sustainable environment; and, ready to tackle present and future challenges head-on. On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Nevada State College Foundation, a heartfelt thank you to those who are listed in this report for your financial, intellectual, and emotional support of the college from its inception through June 30, 2012. Your gifts have supported accessibility to NSC through scholarships that allow NSC to remain committed to enrolling an increasingly diverse and talented student body. Your generosity has supported an academic experience that focuses on attracting faculty who teach, mentor, and guide our students throughout their academic experiences. Your contributions have supported the beginning development of a campus which will help NSC to ensure that our graduates will have the tools and resources they need to succeed in their professional and personal lives. All of us associated with the college and foundation “thank you” for your past and continued support. Know that your donations foster the greatest opportunity—the promise of a stronger community and a better future for all of Nevada.

Glenn C. Christenson Chairman, NSC Foundation Board of Trustees and Managing Director, Velstand Investments, LLC, Henderson, Nevada


Nevada State College Donor Recognition Chancellor’s Partners $1 Million + Gladys Griswold Greenspun Family Foundation President’s Partners $100,000 – $999,999 American Pacific Corporation Centex Homes Dignity Health Fred Cox Fred D. Gibson, Jr. Glenn & Ande Christenson Green Valley Ranch Resort Henderson Chamber of Commerce Hospital Corporation of America Robert & Sandy Ellis Selma Bartlett The Landwell Company Dean’s Partners $10,000 – $99,999 Al Whalen Andre Agassi Andress Family Foundation City of Henderson Dan & Paula Shaw Family Trust/ ShawJones Partners, LLC Del Webb Communities, Inc. Edward & Pamela Prewett Findlay Management Group Fredrick & Susan Stater Health Insight Henderson Community Foundation James & Gayle A. Zeiter Family Trust James E. Rogers & Family Jeffrey & Stacy Burr/Jeffrey Burr, Ltd. Jim and Susan LaBuda Marykaye Cashman Marydean Martin MountainView Hospital/ Sunrise Health Hospital Nevada Board of Regents Nevada State Bank Foundation Randy & Staci Garcia Robert & Emily Martin Russell & Carol Raker Sherry & Richard Colquitt Silver State Schools Credit Union Sletten Construction of Nevada/ Erik & Bob Sletten Station Casinos Timothy N. Poster Total Wine & More Verizon Foundation

Fall 2012

Vicki Hafen Scott & Richard Scott Wells Fargo Foundation William & Bonnie Wortman/ Cannery Casino Resorts, LLC William & Denise Martin Workforce Connections, Inc. Zions Management Services Company Ambassadors $1,000 - $9,999 Bailey Merrill, PC Attorneys Bank of America Corporation Bank of Nevada Basic High School Bob & Mary Swadell Cardiovascular Consultants of Nevada, LLP Carpenter Sellers Associates CHELA Educational Financing, Inc. Clark County Education Association Community Foundation Clark County Medical Society Communities In Schools of Nevada Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada Core Construction D.J. Allen/Imagine Marketing Dan & Mary Stewart David & Dora Middleton Diana M. Lombardo Donald Meyer Entertainment Benefits Group Erika Beck Francine Mayfield Frank W. Faris, M.D. Fred & Karen Maryanksi Fremont Emergency Services George Ames Gordon & Silver, Ltd. Harry and Susan Neel, Jr. Helen Close Charitable Foundation Joel F. & Carol Bower, M.D. Johanna Rodman Foundation John R. Gibson John Ritter Kerry D. Romesburg Lesley Di Mare Lexus of Henderson/Lee Butler Mark and Deborah Howard Michael Benjamin Michael S. Zimmerman, M.D., LTD Nevada Cardiology Associates Nevada Title Loans North Vista Hospital Phillip Peckman

Rehabilitation Associates of Nevada, LTD Richard & Susan Moore Richard Smith Rob Patterson Robert C. Wang & Annabel E. Barber Robert Kasner Samuel & Twila McCool Sherry Griswold Foundation Southern Nevada Retired Teachers Association Southwest Gas Corporation Foundation Spencer & Tessa Stewart Spring Valley Hospital Medical Center Steve Sisolak Summerlin Hospital Medical Center The Campbell Co. The Venetian Foundation Tracy Hoherz Trident Insurance Services, LLC Tronox UHS of Delaware, Inc. Will & Alex Wagnon, III Scorpions $1 – $999 A. Allan & Carol J. Stipe A.J. Riccio Aaron & Joanna Rhoades AAUW State of Nevada Abe & Helen Sparber Adventures in Advertising Aki Shimizu Alan Herlands Alice L. Conroy Alufua Family Alvin & Lois Lords Alyson Pitman Giles American Association of State Colleges and Universities American College of Healthcare Executives Americo B. & Inge R. Trotta Anatomy and Physiology Honors Club, Nevada State College Andy & Dolce Kuniyuki Annabelle V. Viloria Anne & James Galbally, Jr. Annette Navetta Anthony & Grace Earl Anthony & Lois Foster Anthony Morrone Antonio Davis & Jane Edwards Arnold Teves Augusto & Dora Verastegui

Baird Borling Associates, LTD Barbara L. Wood Barbara M. Herrington Bart Patterson Ben & Deborah Berger Betty Mongeau Bill & Dale Raggio Bill M. Welch Billy & Dorothy Paris Bobby & Susan Burns Brian & Anne McMahon Bruce & Barbara Ballard Calvin & Charlene Black Canyon Ridge Christian Church Capital HealthCare Planning Cardiovascular Surgery of Southern Nevada Carl & Christine Wahinehookae Carl & Janet Jensen Carol & Michael Harter Carol Creech Carol Hagerman Carol S. Dahn Cascade Landscape Services, LLC Charles & Laurel Kay Charles & Nancy Madsen Charles Harris & Seline Pachter Charlie & Claudia Cannon Cheryl R. Hilton Cheryl Trotta & Douglas McDowell Christine & George Kraus Christine D. Garth Christopher & Cara Zimmerman City National Bank Clara Centrone Connie Carpenter Craig Van Berkum & Helen Vos Creekside Hospice, Inc. Dave Archer David & Barbara Dorway David & Frances Ochoa David & Kathryn Johnson David & Melita Holland David & Ashley Maryanski David Stead David Wall DaVita Total Renal Care Inc. Deaner, Deaner, Scann, Malan & Larsen Deborah Bourandas Delmar & Janice Eldredge Dennis & Duddena Dzierbicki Dennis & Helen Burruel Dennis Strobehn Desert Perinatal Associates Desert Research Institute Desert Valley Pediatrics, LLP Desert West Surgery Diane Baselice Diane Calculli Diane M. Troutman Diane S. Lewis Dick & Joan McGee Dodd & Zan Hyer Don L. & Lora Dee Christensen, M.D. Donald & Elizabeth Stinnett

Donald & Josephine Holmgren Donielle Freedman, M.D., LTD Donna M. Kerr Douglas & Tonya Pearson Dr. Teddy Osantowski Drs. Wayne & Elizabeth Gladfelter Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists of Nevada Earl & Anna Cropper Ed & Lynn Price Edna & Janene Johns Eduardo Resto & Amy Graf Edward & Carol Elmendorf Edward & Margaret Lynch Edward J. Clutter Edward Ruggeroli, DDS Eileen Earl Elizabeth Bogutt Ely & Frieda Sorkin Emma D. Kowalk Eric Polis Ericson Feliciano Ernest & Ruth Lucero Ernest M. Sussman, M.D., CHTD Esperanza S. Agustin Eugene Eisenman, M.D., LTD Eva C. Labarge Felecia G. Williams Felix Frayman & Lois Becker Florence Hampar Francis & Madlin Ellyin Francis C. Clagett Fred & Mary Elaine Kennedy Gail & Donna Andress Gail Rattigan Gary & Teri Leffner Genvieve Maryanski George Allen George J. Alexander, M.D. George S. Tu, M.D., LTD Geraldine Kikendall Ginny Anderson Good Samaritan Hospital Goodwill of Southern Nevada, Inc. Greg & Renee Wood Gregory & Nancy Collins Gregory Jaczko Gunter & Rhodes, LTD Gus & Doug Henry Gwen Sharp H. F. & Josefina A. Labsan, M.D. Harold & Rachel Samelman Harvey Farber Henderson Civitan Club Henry & Mary Yoshimoto Henry & Sharon Oliver Ida & Lovell Gaines Imad Mehanna Integrity Document Solutions, Inc. Internal Medicine Associates J.E. & Karen Martin Jacque Brown Jacqueline J. Daykin Jacqueline M. Stack Jalendo Tiberti James & Deborah Greene

James & Linda Whittle James & Rosemarie Riddle James S. J. Hsu, M.D. Jan Slankard Jane & Steven Simmons Jane Nichols Janice A. Jacobson Janice K. Miller Jasmin Mulready Jason & Lindsay Evans Jay & Sandra Hotchkiss Jean E. Main Jeff & Donna Davidson, M.D. Jeff & Lesa Von Munkwitz-Smith Jeff Hafen Jeffery & Jeanne Keisker Jeffrey & Linda Kissinger Jenniefer S. Rozum Jennifer Peterson Jennifer Round Jerome G. Blankinship, MDV, DH Jesse & Kristian Thorpe Jill Fainter Jim & Pamela Allsop Jimmy & Mary Schuster Joan M. Peckham John & Sidney Whalen Family Trust John & Monica Simmons John Kennedy John M. Steele John Rinaldi, Jr. Joseph & Carol Walton Joseph & Diane Richmond Joseph & Mary Jo Zapolski Joseph & Virginia Bognar Joseph P. Hardy Joseph Vincent Candela, M.D. Juana Arias Judi Stipancic Judith Melvin Judy Oar Judy Royer Julianne & Larry Bass Kaplan Family Trust Karen E. Whisenhunt Kate Brown Kathleen Hughes & Patricia Kneidel Kathleen Hunt & Ann Jones Keith G. Boman, M.D., LTD. Keith Resnick Keith W. Anderson Kenneth & Barbara Ainge Kenneth & Beverly Gilmore Kenneth & Jeanine Dobbins Kimberly Williams Kira & Caron Beeckel Kristen Howey Kurt Buzard Kurt Ouchida & Robyn Campbell-Ouchida Ladd Gilbert Laird & Rhonda Sanders Lance & Diana Spindler Larry & Lisa Cohler Laureate Tau Lee & Patty Young


Linda Jacobson Linda Knodel Linda R. Allison Lisa & Raymond Sich Lloyd & Laprele George Lori Navarrete Louis & Elayne LaPorta Louise Carpenter Love Gifts, Inc. Lynda O. Tirao, M.D., PC Lynn E. Sisk M. Allen & Sue Conley Majorie Ann Swetonic Trust Manual Juan Aijas Marco Callister Marcus E. Deleon Margaret S. Vanhoove Maria Ortiz Maria Vasquez Mariliz Milan Marilyn & David La Shomb Mark & Marcy Calhoun Mark Jason Rosen Marlane Alsenz Martha & Robert Beaudoin Martine Dolce Mary C. Peck Mary Jean Morell Matt Cox Matthew Scalzi Merle & Karen Allred Michael Howey Michael Neely Michelle Fulkerson Milton & Peggy Glick Mollie C. Hyer Mont Ringer Morgan Humphries Mountain View Hospital/Payson, UT MountainView Hospital/Endo Staff MountainView Hospital/ICU Staff Murrell & Marcia Lyman Natalie Berman National Philanthropic Trust Nelda H. Black Nenita Kusanti Nevada Community Foundation Nevada Faculty Alliance Nevada Hospital Association Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center Nevada Scottish Rite Foundation Nevada State College Alumni Association Nevada State High School New-Com, Inc. Noraine S. Barnes Odell & Rotha Howard Orlan & Mylene Ramirez Patel, Steele, & Vijay, LLP Patricia Miltenberger Patricia Ring Patrick & Elizabeth Murphy Paul & April Pifher Payne Orthopedic, LTD PEO Chapter R, Henderson, NV Peter Atkinson Peter Eliason

Fall 2012

Phil Ferro Philip Riedel & Carolyn Bailey Phillip & Leigh Aurbach Physicians Billing Services, LLC Physicians Medical Center Positive Supports for Children Pulmonary Specialists Group of Nevada R. Jane Durham R. Sammy & Agnes Liguori Ralph & Patricia Neitrzeba Rao & Anita Gondy Ray & Marion S. Woodham Ray Newmiller Raymond & Lessie Smith Raymond Lavender Read Gilgen Rebecca M. Chew Rebecca Zisch Rene Cantu Rhea D. Safire Rho Hudson Richard & Elizabeth Pierce Richard & Joan Ryan Richard & Rita Moore Richard & Teresa M. Duke Richard & Diana Saviano Richard Hendrickson Richelle Sieland Robert & Barbara Canesssa Robert & Benita Ryne Robert & Eleanor Alvord Robert & Helen Sheehan Robert & Laura Lockwood Robert & Patricia Campbell Robert Burley, Jr. Robert Taylor Rod & Cindy Leavitt Ronald & Janet Genter Ronald & Susan Leavitt Ronald Baker Ronald J. Slaughter, M.D. Roseman University of Health Sciences Roy Mendez & Katherine Gonzales Ruby Wertz Rudolf & Hilde Schneiter Russell & Karmalee Yardley Ruth Hoehn Sally Starkweather Samra Dayani Samual L. Lieberman Sansone-Pecos, LLC Sarah J. Richardson Scott & Connie Boman Scott & Annie McDonald Scott Hergott, Inc. Sean & Diana Jensen Serge & Christine Brunet Sergio & Anita Medina Wong Sharyn Stein Sheila Mussotter Shelley Berkley Shirlee J. Snyder Society for College and University Planning Southern California

Presbyterian Homes Southwest Medical Associates, Inc. Stacey Adams Stanley & Patricia Biggs Stanley M. Abramow, M.D. Stephen Brown Stephen E. Dixon Steve & Layla Grevich Steve & Mary Chartrand Steve Andersen Steven & Anna Glaser Steven & Caryn Squires Steven & Colleen Bigler Steven & Lois Demurjian Steven & Marcy Saxe Steven & Maria Sanders Steven & Victoria Van Meetren Steven & Joanna Abbott Steven W. Freestone, M.D., PC Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center Sunset Collision Center, Inc. Sunwest Development, LLC Surgical Anesthesia Services Susan Vanbeuge T.C. Ting Tad & Annette Morley Teresa Farnum & Associates Teri Chin Thad D. Lormer Thalia M. Dondero The McGraw-Hill Companies Thomas & Diane May Thomas & Georgia Dolan Tracey Joyner Troy & Emily Lomprey Troy Robinson UC San Diego, Nevada Cancer Institute United Blood Services Val F. La Porta Van & Joan Heffner Vascular Specialists Vicki Perfect Virtene Grimaldi Walter & Margaret Wilgus Walter & Cecilia Vehoski Wendell & Patricia Sproul Western Regional Center for Brain & Spine Will T. & Dolores A. Yates, Jr. William & Kathleen Schoenhard William & Rosalie Hamm William & Mary Anderson William T. Whisenhunt, Jr. Yakov & Lilian Shaposhnikov Yvette Aponte All information is based on cumulative financial records through June 30, 2012, and is correct to the best of our knowledge. If we have misspelled your name and/or might have the incorrect listing for you in the donor categories above, please contact the College’s Development Office at (702) 992-2621.

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