FYE 2021

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, set up an appointment with FYE Students First Station:

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


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!


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:

FYE Students First Station

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

For new transfers here for this year - please join us for the Find your People New Transfer Connect Series to meet CSN faculty & staff and other students!

Contact Us for more info!

First-Generation Students

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

NASPA Center for First-Generation Student Success

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

TRiO Office

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

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!


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 Us or 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, go to FYE Students First Station 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 -  make an appointment with FYE Students First Station
  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!

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 Honors Event - January

Aspire Moving Up Day Celebration Day - May

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

FYE Walk in Support & Connections

Students First Stations at HEN, WCH & NLV and Online/Virtual.  Make an appointment with Student First Stations

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!

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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!

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 (FYE)
Peer Leaders & Coyote Concierges

  • Simone Smith - Lead Coyote Concierge
  • Ageda Torres - Coyote Concierge
  • Ayanna Potter- Coyote Concierge
  • Luis Acevedo - Coyote Concierge
  • Angelina Celedon - Coyote Concierge
  • Sarah Christensen - FYE Peer Leader
  • Franklyn Claros - Coyote Concierge
  • Frank Canales - Coyote Concierge
First Year Experience Events - Click on Highlighted Dates to Catch the Next Event!
06/22/2021 Parent, Family & Support Person Event

Register to attend the Parent, Family & Support Person Event
on Tuesday, June 22, at 6 PM here: https://tinyurl.com/FYESummer2021

06/30/2021 FYE Connect Event Register to attend the FYE Connect Event on Wednesday, June 30, at 4 PM here: https://tinyurl.com/FYESummer2021
07/28/2021 FYE Connect Event Register to attend the FYE Connect Event on Wednesday, July 28, at 4 PM here: https://tinyurl.com/FYESummer2021
08/18/2021 FYE Connection Award Scoop Event Register to attend the FYE Connection Award Scoop Event
on Wednesday, August 18, at 5 PM here: https://tinyurl.com/FYESummer2021
08/19/2021 FYE Connection Award Scoop Event

Register to attend the FYE Connection Award Scoop Event
on Thursday, August 19, at Noon here: https://tinyurl.com/FYESummer2021