The annual Employee Recognition event will wrap up the academic year with presentation of the Presidential Teacher Awards, as well as awards for service, tenure and promotion, and emeritus professor.
Wednesday, April 24
2013 Presidential Teacher Awards
- Sheryl Abeyta-Brown – Assistant Professor of Accounting
- Dr. Leslie Cramblet Alvarez – Associate Professor Psychology
- Dr. Zena Buser – Associate Professor of Business
Tenure & promotions
The following were awarded tenure and promoted:
- Dr. Renee Beeton – Associate Professor of Chemistry
- Dr. Beth Bonnstetter – Associate Professor of Mass Communications
- Dr. Amanda Jojola – Associate Professor of Nursing
- Dr. Jenna Neilsen – Associate Professor of Theatre
- Dr. Beth Robison - Associate Professor of Music
- Dr. Michele Trujillo – Associate Professor of Teacher Education
The following were also promoted:
- Dr. Stephen Aldrich – Full Professor of Mathematics
- Dr. George Backen – Full Professor of Philosophy
- Dr. Benita Brink – Full Professor of Biology
- Dr. Tracy Doyle – Full Professor of Music
- Dr. Mark Manzanares – Full Professor of Counselor Education
- Dr. Matthew Schildt – Full Professor of Music
- Dr. Brent King – Full Professor of Psychology
The following also were awarded tenure:
- Dr. William Herrmann – Assistant Professor of Business
- Dr. Elizabeth Thomas-Hensley – Assistant Professor of Marketing
- Dr. Brent Ybarrondo – Professor of Biology
Years of Service Milestones
- Ed Crowther
- Damon Martin
- Michael Martin
- Loretta Martinez
- Lisa Strobeck
- Anthony Gallegos
- Belén Maestas
- Frank Novotny
- Linda Christian
- Greg Cook
- Shirley Gibson
- Logan Hansen
- Rodney Martinez
- Matt Nehring
- Chris Olance
- Judy Phillips
- Linda Relyea
- Mark Schoenecker
- Leroy Blair
- Lynn Crowder
- Cecil Fell
- Shannon Heersink
- Stephanie Hilwig
- Lillian Klutts
- Bill Mansheim
- Bobbi Maul
- Dana Provence
- Katie Schroeder
- Phil Schroeder
- James Trujillo
- Crystal Wallace
- Masood Ahmad
- Beth Apodaca-Ruybal
- Beth Bonnstetter
- Leslie Boutillette
- Caryn Chavez
- Comfort Cover
- Scott Davis
- Debra Ehrlich
- Catherine Heaton
- Mike Henderson
- Bill Herrmann
- Joel Korngut
- Dianne Lee
- Isabel Medina-Keiser
- Mark Melgares
- Sharon Melvin
- Aaron Miltenberger
- Bhargavi Pulavarti
- Beth Robison
- Pat Robbins
- Randy Smith
- Liz Thomas
- Bernadette Torres
- Brenda Wilson
- Christine Wright
Grizzly Testing and Learning Center staff changes
Toni Ortivez was recently named interim intervention specialist in the Grizzly Testing & Learning Center, while Debbie Hill is serving as asst. director of Student Engagement & Success, with oversight of GTLC. Due to these changes, any exams, quizzes, or inquiries should be sent to the GTLC email. For any questions or concerns regarding exams or tutoring, please contact Toni Ortivez, ext. 8360, or Debbie Hill, ext. 7899.
Ortivez and Hill attended the Redrock Conference in Chandler, Arizona, April 2-6. The conference is designed to train and provide professional development for users of TutorTrac, AdvisorTrac, and SurveyTrac software systems. The Grizzly Testing & Learning Center began implementation of TutorTrac software approximately one year ago. The STEM Center recently followed with implementation of TutorTrac. The Student Success Center in is the beginning stages of AdvisorTrac implementation. The purchase of this software was made possible by a Title V grant. The software has nearly unlimited ability to schedule student use of services, provide detailed reports on the use of services, and provide feedback through customized and automated surveys.
Once the Student Success Center has piloted AdvisorTrac and SurveyTrac, it is anticipated that the software will become available to all advisors across campus. It is hoped the tracking and feedback provided by this software system will be one tool essential to providing more consistent and accurate advising.
Aaron Abeyta, professor of English was named the Western Slope Poet Laureate at the third annual Karen Chamberlain/Western Slope Poetry Festival, held in Carbondale, April 6-7.
Jeff Elison, asst. professor of psychology, recently presented two papers at Rocky Mountain Psychological Association convention in Denver: “Validity Issues in the Compass of Shame Scale” (with two student co-authors) and “Female Athletes’ Responses to Coaching Behaviors” (with graduate student co-author). He is awaiting publication of a book he co-authored on sport psychology, Think, Play, Send! Psychological Approaches to Better Rock Climbing, which draws upon at least eight branches of psychology.
Dr. Rick Baker, professor of English, delivered a paper at The Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Media, held March 9 in Colorado Springs. Entitled “Outsiders Wanting Back In-Rick’s Conversion to Orestes: Casablanca and Existentialism,” it was received with great enthusiasm. Baker’s paper shows allegorical implications between Jean-Paul Sartre’s resistance play, The Flies (1943), and Casablanca (1942). The notion of engaged freedom is brought into play because Sartre truly believed that literature must be committed to a just cause and one’s freedom engaged in order to live in good faith. The movie Casablanca does the same thing when Rick Blaine fights the Nazis and helps Victor Laszlo.
Eric J. Carpio, asst. vice president of Enrollment Management, was interviewed in an article on Hispanic Serving Institutions that appeared in the December issue of Hispanic Outlook.
Margaret Doell, professor and chair of the Art Department, is completing an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. As part of the fellowship agreement, next academic year she will assist Dr. Frank Novotny, vice president for Academic Affairs, with specific projects, in addition to her duties as chair.
Dr. Kristy Duran, asst. professor of biology, was part of a large collaborative study on eastern dwarf mistletoe. That paper, titled: “Impact of eastern dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium pusillum) on host white spruce (Picea glauca) development, growth and performance across multiple scales, was recently published in Physiologia Plantarum.
Donna Griego, executive assistant to the senior vice president, was elected to the Colorado Humanities Board of Directors. Colorado Humanities’ mission is to inspire the people of Colorado to explore ideas and to appreciate our diverse cultural heritage. It is a non-profit, volunteer citizens’ organization funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and through contributions and grants from foundations, corporations, and individuals.
This assignment coincides perfectly with ASU’s mission to educate, serve, and inspire diverse populations in the pursuit of their lifelong dreams and ambitions. “I have an appreciation for the humanities, as they play an important role in my life. I am a strong advocate for communicating and educating present generations about their heritage and it is vital in its preservation,” she said.
Griego has 26 years of experience at ASU in various capacities. Within the last 4 years, she was selected as a Fellow and Leader for the Center for Equity in Learning and Teaching (formerly CELT now CIELO) working to promote diversity and equity. “Last summer I attended Title V’s HILOS Culturales Summer Institute, where my passion for culture was rekindled.” In 2012, she received her Master of Arts degree in Higher Education and Administration and Leadership (HEAL).
Griego plans to collaborate with various interest groups at Adams State University and the SLV community to acknowledge, interpret, celebrate, and preserve our humanity. More information about Colorado Humanities.
Dr. Tracey L. Robinson, professor of Human Performance & Physical Education, attended the annual Rocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine (RMACSM) conference in Denver, April 5 & 6. As part of the RMACSM Board, she was involved in planning and staging this conference. The theme was exercise, fitness & health, and oral and poster presentations were given in both applied and basic science aspects of this topic. Students, faculty, researchers, physicians, & other fitness/exercise professionals turned out in record numbers this year. Dr. Robinson hopes to encourage more HPPE majors and other interested students from ASU to attend next year. She was re-elected to another 2-year term on the RMACSM Board, and will continue to push for more activities in southern Colorado.
Dr. Beez Schell , professor and chair of Human Performance & Physical Education, was selected to serve as Faculty in Residence/Associate Director of the Denver HERS (Higher Education Resource Services) Summer Institute, to be held July 21- Aug. 4 at the University of Denver. HERS is an educational non-profit providing leadership and management development for women in higher education administration. More about HERS.
Kathy Park Woolbert, instructor of English, is relocating to Dolores, Colo., but will continue as an Extended Studies faculty member. She and her husband, Henry, will be working at Cachuma Ranch, which will promote natural horsemanship, equine facilitated learning and healing, Aikido principles, and writing workshops.
A 2007 graduate of ASU’s creative writing program, she says: “ASU has been good to me in all respects: I have loved being a part of an academic community, both as a student and as a teacher; I have loved the small scale of ASU; I’ve had some exceptional students I’m proud to also call my friends; my memoir, Seeing Into Stone: A Sculptor’s Journey, was seeded during my ASU creative writing classes; and I have been so honored to be accepted as a full peer and colleague by many who were my former teachers, including David Mazel, David MacWilliams, Carol Guerrero-Murphy, Aaron Abeyta, John Taylor, and Paul Newman. Thank you, everyone, for helping to launch my story.”
New Faculty & Staff
- Rock Light – asst, coach Track & Field
- Katie Linkchorst – advisor/recruiter, Extended Studies
- Alexandra Pipitone – asst. dir. of Student Support Services
- Nathanial Rael – police officer intern
- Philip Serchia – asst. football coach