First Year Experience (FYE)

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Visit our essential student services page for a list of available support services.



Student Emergency Fund

Award Amount - Up to $500 per calendar year awarded as a grant

Eligibility - The emergency fund provides short-term financial assistance to all enrolled degree-seeking students taking three or more credits including all DACA, undocumented and international students. Students will be required to submit appropriate verified documentation along with the emergency fund application. For further details go to Emergency Fund Criteria and Award Protocol.

Application - https://at.csn.edu/documents/student-emergency-fund-application

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CSN COYOTES! Welcome to your CSN First Year Experience (FYE) - you are on your way!

 

Welcome, Coyote Nation!

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 can personalize YOUR FYE with innovative and impactful programming including new student orientation, CSN traditions, Peer Leader connections, and overall support for academic and social engagement in the college community. This is ALL about you - make it YOUR FYE and all that will support your student success at CSN!

FYE STUDENTS FIRST STATION SUPPORT - JUST FOR YOU!

Have a question? Need some support navigating things at CSN? Reach out and connect to the Coyote Concierges & FYE Peer Leaders at the Students First Station!

For real time live help in a virtual setting, click below to set up an appointment:

https://tinyurl.com/StudentsFirstStations

 

 

NEW THIS SEMESTER - THE MEANINGFUL WRITING EXPERIENCE (MWE)

 

Check out this incredible academic opportunity to win a $1000 scholarship, with thanks to the CSN Foundation, for spring semester!

tinyurl.com/MeaningfulWritingExperience

$1,000 Scholarship - Start Today

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!

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FYE Connection Award

The FYE Team is pleased to announce the FYE Connection Award, made possible through the generous funding of the Spirit of CSN Award and the CSN Foundation. The FYE Connection Award is designed to help new CSN students get connected to campus and the First Year Experience. The Award is a $250 bookstore voucher to be raffled to 40 students who attend the New Student Coyote Convocation event in August and at least one additional FYE event (each additional FYE event will earn students another entry into the final drawing, with a maximum of 10 entries). The drawing for winners will take place after the First 100 Days Celebration in December and bookstore vouchers will be available for award winners to use in the Spring 2021 semester.

For those students who attended the New Student Coyote Convocation, now is the time you are earning entries for the drawing which will take place in January 2021! Good luck!

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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.

CLICK ON EACH BLOCK TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR FYE AT CSN!

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CONNECTION

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FIRST STEPS

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ENGAGEMENT

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COMMUNITY

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NEW FYE TRADITIONS

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ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

 


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! Your CSN First Steps help to get you connected to CSN and support your transition into college and the the CSN community!

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 - LEARN ABOUT THE CSN FIRST STEPS!


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 and are important in your successful transition to college and to CSN!

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 a Virtual CORE Engagement Event to get to know us, other new students and feel connected - New Student Orientation

4. Meet and connect with our incredible Academic Advising team

5. Connect with the FYE Students First Stations for help in completing class registration once you have finished advising, click below for an appointment:

https://tinyurl.com/FYEStudentsFirstStation


New Transfers to CSN

The FYE Team welcomes students TRANSFERRING IN to CSN as you start your First Year Experience in the CSN community! Please check the New Student Orientation webpage for the scoop on transfer specific orientation events and ways to engage and connect with us and the community - we are so excited you are here!

ORIENTATION WEBPAGE & INFO: https://www.csn.edu/orientation

For NEW TRANSFERS already here this Fall - please join us for the NEW TRANSFER CONNECT SERIES to meet CSN faculty & staff and other students!

Thursday, 9/24 at NOON

Tuesday, 10/27 at 6pm

Wednesday, 11/18 at 8am

RSVP here: https://tinyurl.com/newtransferconnectevents

First-Generation Students

CSN supports First-Generation Students for overall success! Check out this online resource for valuable and helpful information:

https://firstgen.naspa.org/why-first-gen/students

Campus resources in place to support First Generation Student success include:

TRiO Office: https://www.csn.edu/trio-new-student

CSN First Gen Club (Recognized Organization): Club Advisor: Luis Ortega (Contact Us)

FYE Connection Award

The FYE Team is pleased to announce the FYE Connection Award, made possible through the generous funding of the Spirit of CSN Award and the CSN Foundation. The FYE Connection Award is designed to help new CSN students get connected to campus and the First Year Experience. The Award is a $250 bookstore voucher to be raffled to 40 students who attend the New Student Coyote Convocation event in August and at least one additional FYE event (each additional FYE event will earn students another entry into the final drawing, with a maximum of 10 entries). The drawing for winners will take place after the First 100 Days Celebration in December and bookstore vouchers will be available for award winners to use in the Spring 2021 semester.

The FIRST STEP to becoming eligible for the award was attending one of the available dates for the NEW STUDENT COYOTE CONVOCATION!

Watch your CSN email, FYE social media and this FYE webpage for more information!

Student Success Strategies & Online Workshops

Students can access online student success workshops in the "My Coyote Success" tile in GoCSN!

There are workshops for academic and personal growth and support -check them out!

https://www.csn.edu/studentlingo

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.

For real time live help in a virtual setting, click https://tinyurl.com/StudentsFirstStations to set up an appointment!

FYE Events

Watch the FYE social media accounts and your CSN EMAIL to receive updates & check out ALL the incredible events and ways you can connect for student success!

Here are some highlighted events!

First Year Fridays:

  1. Visit any Students First Station (HN, WCH, NLV or Virtually) on any Friday between 8:30-5pm - click here to make an appointment; https://tinyurl.com/FYEStudentsFirstStation
  2. The Coyote Concierge or FYE Peer Leader at the Students First Station will interview you for about 10 minutes about your experience as a new student and any fun facts you would like to share about yourself! They will also ask you to share a picture with them if you have one. 
  3. The highlights and pic (as applicable) from the interview/meeting will be shared on the FYE social media accounts each Monday morning to highlight CSN's new students!
  4. Students who participate will also earn an additional "entry" to the FYE Connection Award as eligible ($250 bookstore award) and be entered to win a student planner - one planner given away each week!

Where in the World is FYE?!

  1. Step 1 - Follow FYE on social media at: FYE.CSN (IG), @FYECSN1 (Twitter), FYE & Student Success Page (Facebook)
  2. Watch social media for a weekly time and place that the FYE team will be ready to connect with students!
  3. "FIND" the FYE team and connect/chat for about 10-15 minutes

FYE Traditions

Your First Year Experience (FYE) will include incredible traditions celebrating you and your journey!

New Student Coyote Convocation  - August

First 100 Days Celebration - December

Spring Welcome Back and Academic Achievement Event - January

Aspire Moving Up Day Celebration Day - May

FYE Online - Connect with us for All the Most Current Info & Updates

FYE Email: Contact the FYE department

FYE 2020 - 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

Students First Stations at HEN, WCH & NLV and ONLINE/Virtual at:  https://tinyurl.com/FYEStudentsFirstStation

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 - stay tuned for more info on any opening hours this Fall!

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!

Picture of Yvonne Jackson and Dr. Z

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!

 


Meet our FYE Team

Yvonne Jackson, Karen Violanti, and Cinnamon Oliphant
Dr Karen Violanti
Dr. Karen Violanti
Director, First Year Experience & Student Success Initiatives
Email
702-651-2727

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
Email
702-651-2727

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
Email
702-651-2727

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 (FYE)

Peer Leaders & Coyote Concierges

  • Simone Smith - Lead Coyote Concierge
  • Ageda Torres - Coyote Concierge
  • Katelynn Williams - Coyote Concierge
  • Cheyenne Hills - Coyote Concierge
  • Luis Acevedo - Coyote Concierge
  • Angelina Celedon - Coyote Concierge
  • Sarah Christensen - FYE Peer Leader
  • Alicia Carvalho - FYE Student Worker
  • Joselin Guillen - FYE Peer Leader
  • Hilda Romero - FYE Peer Leader

 

First Year Experience Events - Click on Highlighted Dates to Catch the Next Event!
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08/21/2020 New Student Coyote Convocation

The official kick off & launch to the First Year Experience!

08/22/2020 New Student Coyote Convocation The official kick off & launch to the First Year Experience!
09/15/2020 FYE Meet & Greet Event TBD
10/6/2020 One Book One College Canvas Discussion FYE 2020 Course Canvas Shell
11/3/2020 One Book One College Canvas Discussion FYE 2020 Course Canvas Shell
9/30/2020 New Coyote Crew Club (NCCC) Mixer Event TBD
9/10/2020 FYE Coffee & Conversation Noon - TBD
9/24/2020 FYE Coffee & Conversation 6pm - TBD
10/1/2020 FYE Coffee & Conversation Noon- TBD
10/8/2020 FYE Coffee & Conversation 6pm  TBD
10/15/2020 FYE Coffee & Conversation Noon - TBD
10/22/2020 FYE Coffee & Conversation 6pm - TBD
11/5/2020 FYE Coffee & Conversatoin Noon - TBD
11/19/2020 FYE Coffee & Conversation 6pm - TBD
12/2/2020 First 100 Days Celebration 1pm - TBD