“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all these acts will be written the history of this generation.” Robert F. Kennedy
There are people in the world who do not realize that they have made a big impact. Time has been used to discover people who are dedicated to bringing happiness to other people’s lives. These professionals have combined their efforts under one entity and who have taught others how to grant another person a moment that he or she will treasure forever.
There are educational communities where it is fundamental to gain, interpret and give back knowledge. However, an unwritten rule becomes known when students enter as freshman and teachers become professors – in order to survive the real word, as sense of unity is a must. The college has changed its name from the Community College of Southern Nevada to the College of Southern Nevada, and yet, all of the people involved have realized that they exist on the same plane, the same level of morality, and that they share common beliefs.
The College of Southern Nevada Angel Program, directed by Paul Herrle, a psychology professor at CSN, symbolizes the true meaning of what a community is. The CSN Angel program has two purposes: to bring faculty, students and staff together, and to give gifts to those in need.
The CSN Angel Program is a program where students of CSN who are experiencing economic hardship, can receive gifts for their children for the holiday season.
Paul Herrle approached several of his colleagues with an idea from Southwestern College in San Diego County. Herrle understood the program’s purposes and was able to utilize them because he had been an angel at Southwestern. Cip Chavez, Laura Latimer, Laura Cortez, and Chuck Masoka became Herrle’s partners for the program. The program began on the Cheyenne Campus and was extended to the West Charleston and Henderson campuses.
Herrle, Chavez, Latimer, and Cortez all contributed to the Angel program for the same reasons – to bring CSN families together, to practice the true spirit of Christmas and giving, and to provide a better life for those who may be having a hard time.
The Angel Program begins in late October and ends during CSN’s final exam week in December.
All of these individuals are selfless and help prove that people exist who are dedicated to their communities.
A community exists where people are most comfortable and where they can show their true character without fear or disappointment. The program was started with a foundation of good principles and with people devoted to fulfilling the program’s mission. The participants of the CSN program created a ripple effect that will bring a united spirit to all who make CSN what it was in the past, what it is today, and what it will be in the future.