First Year Experience (FYE)
Welcome to your CSN First Year Experience (FYE) - you are on your way!
FYE is an experience of support, connection, and welcome for all new first-year students at CSN connecting students to peers, the community, campus resources and a network for overall success. New students move through the FYE with innovative and impactful programming including new student orientation, CSN traditions, Peer Leader connections, and overall programming and support for academic and social engagement in the college community.
The First Year Experience (FYE@CSN) provides a seamless and comprehensive first year experience supporting holistic transitional success in academic and personal exploration in the first year. FYE supports CSN's "students first" focus on graduation, completion, transfer & prosperity. FYE works collaboratively with campus and community partners to provide important connections to the CSN community, key relationships, and structured resources & support. FYE creates academic and co-curricular pathways by which students can connect, persist and reach educational goals through graduation and beyond.
The Inside Scoop on YOUR Coyote First Year Experience (FYE)!
New Student "First Steps"
Congratulations on your decision to become a CSN Coyote - we can't wait to have you join our community!
There are some important "First Steps" as you move ahead - YOUR First Year Experience (FYE) at CSN starts NOW!
1. INTEREST, EXPLORE & APPLY!
Contact our incredible RECRUITMENT team for more information.
Explore the exciting Areas of Study available at CSN.
Connect here, if you are a degree seeking student, to take the next steps in the process!
2. CONNECT ON YOUR FIRST STEPS!
Once you have applied and are on your way, it is important to complete the "FIRST STEPS" to best support your successful entry and transition to CSN!
Students should complete the First Steps in order as one builds upon the next!
Please contact FYE with any questions you have at 702-651-2727 or at Contact Us.
1. Connect with Financial Aid
2. Take your placement exams in English & Math
3. Register for in person CORE New Student Orientation
4. Meet and connect with our incredible Academic Advising team
FYE Peer Leadership
When each new student begins their CSN experience, they can connect with another CSN student - an FYE PEER LEADER - who is trained to help new students transition into life in college and at CSN!
FYE Peer Leaders strive to build a mentoring relationship with new students, serving as a support system here at CSN.
The FYE Peer Leaders provide an insider track to the community, share the plethora of resources available, and connect new students to answers they may need in the first year and beyond.
Want to connect and meet with a Peer Leader? Contact the FYE Office at Contact Usor at 702-651-2727!
FYE Students First Stations
Students First Stations are a GREAT resource for new students when you have a quick question and need immediate assistance!
The Students First Stations are hosted by a CSN "Coyote Concierge" who can provide support, refer students and families to campus resources and assist with connecting students to what they need for success at CSN.
Hours of operation
- Monday-Friday: 8:30-4:30 – all three campuses (hours are subject to change)
- WCH: D Building – Student Services
- HEN: B Building – Student Services
- NLV: Main Building – Student Services
Watch this area closely for upcoming FYE events!
Your First Year Experience (FYE) will include incredible traditions celebrating you and your journey!
New Student Welcome Day
First 100 Days Celebration
Spring Welcome Back and Academic Achievement Event
200th Day Celebration and Moving Up Day
FYE Online - Connect with us for All the Most Current Info & Updates
FYE Email: Contact the FYE department
FYE 2019 - Canvas: A place to connect with the FYE Team, other students, FYE Peer Leaders & more
Facebook Page: FYE and Student Success – CSN
Facebook Messenger: Doc Violanti
FYE Walk in Support & Connections
FYE "On the Move"
Look for Dr. V to check in weekly at HEN, WCH & NLV!
Students First Stations at HEN, WCH & NLV
Connect with a “Coyote Concierge" DAILY with any questions you may have!
FYE Office "CHAT" Online in FB Messenger (Doc Violanti) - we are here to answer your questions!
First Year Student Life and Leadership Development - get Involved on Campus
Check out the Student Life & Leadership Development Office to get involved on campus and in the community!
Check out CSN's NEW Student Unions on all three campuses! Great food, a place to connect with other students, a place to study or relax between classes & more!
A resource to be aware of in the Student Union on each campus: The Coyote Cupboard is now open and ready to be utilized by current CSN students. The Coyote Cupboards' Food Pantries are located in each Student Union - Room #115. Students should first stop by the student government office to sign in before using the cupboard. The current hours of the food pantry are from 10am-4pm - Monday through Friday.
Wellness in the First Year
Wellness and health are an important part of being successful in the first year! Check out our CAPS office.
Academic success in the first year is a team effort and we are here to enhance the great work you are doing!
Check out our Centers for Academic Success for tutoring, support labs, writing center and more.
Do you have a learning, psychological or physical difference? Connect with our Disability Resource Center to explore your options for academic accommodations at CSN.
Academic Advising is your place to be for all advising needs!
MyCoyotePlan is a CSN online tool to help YOU be successful and connect when you are facing any challenges! Check out the info guide: Resources for Student Success
First Year Families & Parents
You are an important part of your student's success at CSN!
We encourage you to follow our updates on the webpage, social media and watch for our weekly newsletter with campus happenings!
Please watch for upcoming information on:
A new Family/Parent webpage
A closed Facebook group for family/parents to ask questions and receive information and updates. Request to join our Facebook Group
A new Family/Parent Network for families to get conneted to their student's experience - email Dr. Violanti if interested in getting connected!
Monthly newsletter just for family/parents - to join the mailing list, please email Dr. V
FYE on the Move - Catch the Spirit!
New Coyote Crew Club!
Yvonne & Dr. Z at CSN Connections!
CSN Connections - NLV!
CSN Connections - HN!
Inaugural Meet & Greet Events for FYE & Academic Advising!
Dr. Violanti, Yvonne Jackson & Kayla Buscher at the HN Meet & Greet Event!
Students visiting the FYE & Academic Advising Meet & Greet at HN!
See additional and ongoing access to the FYE picture gallery.
Meet our FYE Team
Director, First Year Experience & Student Success Initiatives
Dr. V joined the CSN community in July, 2019 in the brand new office of First Year Experience (FYE) & Student Success Initiatives. She is currently based at the NLV campus in the FYE Office (Building E/Student Services). She enjoys all aspects of the First Year Experience including Orientation, Peer Leader/Mentor Programs, & FYS courses. In her spare time, Dr. V loves to spend time with family & friends, run, hike, travel and is an avid Buffalo Sabres and Buffalo Bills fan!
Administrative Assistant III
Cinnamon Oliphant is the Administrative Assistant III supporting First Year Experience & Student Success Initiatives. She is currently based at the NLV campus in the FYE Office (Building E/Student Services) and is known to welcome visitors with a smile and a warm, friendly greeting. Outside of work, Cinnamon is a student at CSN pursuing her BAS in Deaf Studies: American Sign Language/English Interpreting.
Yvonne is the Coordinator of Orientation and is currently based at the NLV campus in the FYE Office (Building E/Student Services). Yvonne Jackson has committed herself to helping students succeed for over 20 years as a higher education professional with 11 of those years here at CSN. Yvonne takes a holistic approach to her interactions with students, and has a keen interest in student success strategies. Her belief is that all students can succeed in college if they have the right tools and support to stay connected and resilient throughout the college experience.
First Year Experience Peer Leaders
& Coyote Concierges
Please click on each picture to read a short bio on the FYE Team Member!
Justin Wallace is a Coyote Concierge with College at the North Las Vegas campus. He Has an Associate of Science and an Associate of Arts. He assists new students at the "Students First Station" providing answers and general information about the college. He also attends C.O.R.E. orientation sessions for the start of each semester, and assists with campus technology training.
Simone Smith is a Coyote Concierge which supports First Year Experience & Student Success Initiatives. She is currently based at the Henderson campus in Student Services Building B. Simone has recently graduated from CSN for Elementary Education and comes with a lot of information from her experience at CSN. In her spare time, she loves to find and create DIY projects, and go running with her husky family.
Bryanna Lum Ho-Kana'e is part of the Coyote Concierge team supporting First Year Experience & Orientations. She is currently based at the WCH campus in the Student First station area and provides help to all current, returning students with admissions and campus technology. Outside of work, Bryanna has graduated with her Associate of Science and likes to connect to the Las Vegas community by participating in open mics, art exhibits, and supporting local artists
Sherese has been at CSN for one year and is studying to earn a degree in nursing for the career goal of being a Pediatric Nurse. Sherese joined FYE April 2019 as an FYE Peer Leader and enjoys meeting new students while showing them how to navigate the campus. Sherese is compassionate and friendly to approach whenever someone is in need. She loves being with friends and family while also enjoying Disney and other nostalgic moments of childhood.
Danial Hajisalimi is an international student from Iran studying his 3rd semester at CSN. Danial is one of the first students who joined the FYE Peer Leader team and is based at the West Charleston campus. Danial is currently studying Hospitality Management at CSN and is looking forward to transfer to UNLV for his bachelor degree.
Khadija Fatima is an FYE Peer Leader at the WCH campus. Khadija helps students to succeed in college, is the President of New Coyote Crew Club, and also a current student at CSN majoring in biological sciences. Outside of work, she likes to read books and serve the local community by volunteering.
Hilda Romero is a current student at CSN majoring in elementary education. Hilda is an FYE Peer leader who is located at the West Charleston campus in building D in the lobby. In Hilda's spare time she like to read, write, listen to music, and spend time with family and friends.
Ageda Torres is a Coyote Concierge at the Henderson Campus. She has worked at CSN since 2017 as part of the Advising department, then at the Disability Resource Center and now for the First Year Experience. At the Students First Station, she assists students with questions and directs them to the appropriate departments and resources on campus. You can count on her if you need any help navigating through the first steps process or anything else regarding CSN. She is an elementary education major. When away from CSN she enjoys spending quality time with family.
|New Year's Day||
Holiday celebration. No classes in session.
|1/30/2020||Welcome Back FY Students & Academic Honors Recognition Event||WCH Student Union Rms 126 & 128 - 1-2pm|
|2/13/2020||First Look Conversations on the Go! 24/7: Making it Work||TRIO Office at NLV: E109 - 12-1pm|
|2/18/2020||Star Gazing & Coffee with TRIO & FYE!||Planetarium & Paul Laxult Room - 11am|
|3/18/2020||Star Gazing & Coffee with TRIO & FYE!||Planetarium & Paul Laxult Room - 11am|
|3/26/2020||Who's your Person Appreciation Event||WCH Multicultural Center - Student Union - 6-8pm|
|4/14/2020||First Look Conversations on the Go! 24/7: Making it Work||TRIO Office at NLV: E109 - 3-4pm|
|4/15/2020||Star Gazing & Coffee with TRIO & FYE!||Planetarium & Paul Laxult Room - 11am|
|5/6/2020||Moving Up Day - Springing into the 2nd Year Event!||NLV Student Union - 1-2pm|
|5/15/2020||Star Gazing & Coffee with TRIO & FYE!||Planetarium & Paul Laxult Room - 11am|