CSN Foundation

2021 Spirit of CSN Awards

2021 Spirit of CSN Award Recipients

CSN President Dr. Federico Zaragoza and the CSN Foundation Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the 2021-2022 Spirit of CSN award recipients.

Cody the Coyote’s Locker – $9,999.54 – Marissa Robledo

Cody the Coyote’s Locker looks to eliminate a financial barrier by providing basic classroom necessities. Having access to free or loaned school supplies will help students be successful in and out of the classroom. The award will provide support to stock the locker with items such as highlighters, backpacks, and paper.

First Year Experience (FYE) Connection Award and Scholarship – $10,000 – Dr. Karen Violanti and Courtney Schmitz, Student Affairs

The First Year Experience Connection Award and Scholarship is going into its second year working to offer new students an intentionally designed connection to community, academic and social engagement. This is an incentive program to encourage students to take advantage of the opportunities available in the first year, while simultaneously helping students connect.

Meaningful Writing Initiative – $10,000 – Rhode, Shapiro, Royer, Powell, Dixon, and Thornberry

The Meaningful Writing Experience (MWE) will operate as a sub-committee of the existing Composition Committee in the English Department. Partnering with FYE and first-year course instructors creates curriculum-based opportunities across disciplines for students to engage with the CSN community and professional leaders/organizations.

Thank you to the Spirit of CSN 2021 Selection Committee appointed by Dr. Zaragoza

Lisa De Jesus
Linda Foreman
Kayani Martin
Kirsten Nielsen
Shuntel Owens Rogers
Somer Rogers
Maria Schellhase
Kimiko Walton

The purpose of this award is to support CSN’s commitment to students first. Selection were based on work that supports CSN’s success metrics and student-centered projects during the 2021-2022 academic year. Funding for this grant is made possible through the generous support of CSN employees and community donors.

View award winners for the 2020-2021 School Year here.

Please stay tuned for information on the 2022-2023 awards.

Questions? Please contact the CSN Foundation at Foundation@csn.edu.


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