First Year Experience (FYE)

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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.

If you looking to complete the New Student Orientation, check out the New Student Orientation Webpage

This is the direct link to the New Student Online Orientation - contact us with any questions you have!

Our Mission

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.

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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!


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!


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

FYE Events

Watch this area closely for upcoming FYE events!

CSN Traditions

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

Twitter: @FYECSN1

Facebook Page: FYE and Student Success – CSN

Facebook Messenger: Doc Violanti

Instagram: fye.csn

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

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!

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New Coyote Crew Club!

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Yvonne & Dr. Z at CSN Connections!

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CSN Connections - NLV!

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CSN Connections - HN!

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Inaugural Meet & Greet Events for FYE & Academic Advising!

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Dr. Violanti, Yvonne Jackson & Kayla Buscher at the HN Meet & Greet Event!

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Students visiting the FYE & Academic Advising Meet & Greet at HN!

See additional and ongoing access to the FYE picture gallery.

Meet our FYE Team

Yvonne Jackson, Karen Violanti, and Cinnamon Oliphant
Dr Karen Violanti
Dr. Karen Violanti
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!

Cinnamon Oliphant
Cinnamon Oliphant
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 Jackson
Yvonne Jackson
Coordinator, Orientation

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!

  • Picture of Justin Wallace

  • Picture of Simone Smith

  • Picture of Bryanna Lum Ho-Kana’e

  • Picture of Sherese Sarazen

  • Picture of Danial Salimi

  • Picture of Khadija Fatima

  • Picture of Hilda Romero

  • Picture of Ageda Torres

  • Photo of Cheyenne Parker

  • Photo of Kaiasia Watts

  • Photo of Joselin Guillen

First Year Experience Events - Click on Highlighted Dates to Catch the Next Event!
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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