Message from President McClure

As an individual or an organization begins to change and move forward in a positive manner, it seems that negative forces join together to try and prevent the forward momentum. Many of us have experienced this as we try a new diet or exercise program, only to find that our friends or family will poke fun at us or question why we would want to make such a personal change.

The same is true when an organization, such as Adams State University, begins to work together and focus on a more positive future for our faculty, staff, and students. Our vision for our future is being downplayed by some who do not believe how great our University can and will be. Whether it is negative pushback on an individual’s choice to change or an organization’s, the negativity is more about the insecurity of those pushing back. The best way to overcome such negativity is to continue to focus on the positive, continue to move forward, and continue to believe in our core purpose.

If you ever find yourself not believing in the positive impact we have, then sit down with some of our students. Listen to their stories, their hopes, their dreams. Remind yourself that a positive word from a professor or a staff person can sometimes make the difference in leaving or deciding to stay and work hard.

Remind yourself of all of the accomplishments of our faculty and staff as you read this newsletter. We are a talented, committed group of individuals.

Let’s continue to focus on the positive we have to offer and on the positive future we have ahead of us. I am a believer in all that Adams State University is and all that we will be.

President McClure

AS&F funds acquisition of lifesaving devices

Thanks to a commitment by AS&F (Associated Students & Faculty – student government) of $7,000 from its Campus Impact Fund, the campus recently acquired seven new Automated External Defibrillators, or AEDs. Eleven additional AEDs are also available across campus.

“AS&F has left ‘a legacy’ for all current and future ASU staff, students, and visitors to utilize in the event of an emergency,” said ASU Chief of Police Paul Grohowski, who initiated the proposal to acquire the AEDs’. aed-car

Four of the new AED units were installed in the ASUPD patrol cars, and the other three are located as follows:

  • South entrance of Plachy Hall
  • Northwest entrance of McDaniel Hall, 1st Floor
  • SUB hallway outside cafeteria near the One Stop

    AED near One Stop in SUB

    AED near One Stop in SUB

Grohowski and Josh Dreher, head athletics trainer, consulted with subject matter expert Jon Cloutier to tour campus and prepare an assessment report that served as the base line proposal to AS&F.

“We also thank the the Facilities Services staff, who literally ‘dropped everything’ late on Friday afternoon to install this life saving equipment,” Grohowski added.Back rom left: AS&F VP of External Affairs Azarel Madrigal; Beth Streeter, AS&F VP of Finance; Kayla Goldberg, Program Assistant; Chance Padilla, AS&F Executive Secretary; Heather Shoats, AS&F VP of Internal Affairs.  Front from left: Patrick Cleary, AS&F President; Kurt Urbin, AS&F Chief of Justice.

Back from left: AS&F VP of External Affairs Azarel Madrigal; Beth Streeter, AS&F VP of Finance; Kayla Goldberg, AS&F Program Assistant; Chance Padilla, AS&F Executive Secretary; Heather Shoats, AS&F VP of Internal Affairs; Officer Nate Rael; Josh Dreher, Paul Grohowski
Front from left: Patrick Cleary, AS&F President; Kurt Urbin, AS&F Chief of Justice.



ASU Police Department upgrades fleet

The ASU Police Department recently replaced its aging, high-mileage police cars with new or newer AWD SUVs and FWD cars. The cars are emblazoned with the ASUPD logo and painted in the black and white theme adopted by other SLV police agencies.police-cars

“This gives ease of recognition and helps create a sense of unity among the ASU PD, Alamosa Police Department, and Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office,” explained ASU Chief of Police  The vehicles all include the newly acquired AEDs (see item above).

Health Fair & FREE screenings – Nov. 11

ASU/CHEIBA Health Fair & FREE screenings
Wednesday, November 11
SUB 309

In its continued effort to keep ASU employees healthy, Human Resources again offers FREE comprehensive health screening and flu shots at the upcoming health fair. The blood draws and health screens are FREE for faculty, classified, and exempt staff and ANY dependents covered on employees’ plans. Additional tests may be added at a minimal cost. Visit the HR website for more information or to sign up.

Your privacy is very important, however, Anthem BCBS may have access to screening results for wellness reporting and analysis only. These services are again provided by Preventive Health Now, LLC.

You may get your flu shot at the same time as your health screening or come in anytime between 7-11 a.m.. The RSVP is to gauge how much vaccine to bring.


Health Screen/Blood Draw and Flu Shot Sign-up

Preparing for your health screening:

Fasting for up to 8 hours is recommended for best results. Drink plenty of water the night before and the morning of your screening. Avoid nicotine and caffeine one hour prior to your screening and avoid exercise 12 hours prior to your screening.

Questions may be directed to Shannon Heerskink, ext. 7990.

Rex presents Wellness Week

The Adams State University Rex Recreation and Wellness Center will host a week-long series of events celebrating health and wellness, Nov. 2-8, in cooperation with campus clubs and departments and community organizations. All events and workshops are free and open to the public. Read more.


Be aware of slippery sidewalks

The grounds department of Facilities Services is in the process of winterizing the campus sprinkler systems. Please be cautious when walking on wet sidewalks, as they can be slippery. There will be hissing noises coming from the sprinkler, as well as some water on the sidewalks.

2014 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report

The ASU Police Department announced the 2014 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now accessible online. The website and ASFSR contain information regarding campus security and personal safety, as well as information about crime statistics for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by ASU; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus

Office 365 available to students, faculty & staff

Computing Services recently announced that Office 365 Education is available to Adams State University students, faculty, and staff to install on their personal devices for free. Office 365 Education includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Office 365 Education can be installed on any of your personal devices.

You will need a valid or email address to qualify.

How-to Wiki


CEC Craft Fair & Cook-off to honor Jeff Cook

The Adams State University Classified Employee Council announces its upcoming Craft Fair and Chili Cook-Off will be dedicated to the memory of the late Jeff Cook, who initiated and was instrumental in organizing the event.

Saturday, November 7
Plachy Fieldhouse
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Craft Fair vendor fee: $20 for a 10 X 10 booth.
  • Chili cook-off contestant fee: $15
  • Sampling and voting: $5 per person

Both the red and green chile categories will award $100 to first place and a $50 to second place. Winners will be determined by community members’ voting. The “Jalapeno Eating” contest will also continue. Click here for an application and instructions to enter the competition. Vendors and contestants external to ASU are welcome to participate.

For more information contact, Peggy Dunn, ext. 7841 or Barbara Griego-Jones, ext. 7208.

Classified Employees Holiday Gift card

The CEC is again raising funds to present holiday gift cards for students in need. Recommend recipients or make donations by contacting:

  • President: Barbara Griego-Jones
  • Vice President: Jacqueline Martinez
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Bennie Chacon

Update from the STEM Title V grant

The STEM Title V Project is entering its fifth and final year of funding. With plans in place to apply for a new grant, faculty and staff are excited for what the future may hold. Over the past four years, under the guidance of Project Director Marcella Garcia, the program’s main objectives have been outreach, academic support, and student engagement, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of graduates in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) degree.

The $3.6 million dollar grant funding provided the following upgrades to campus:

  • STEM Center and the Undergraduate Research Lab
  • Planetarium renovation
  • New observatory constructed
  • New greenhouse constructed
  • New laboratory equipment and updated technology within Porter Hall

Studying in the STEM Center.

The latest technical acquisition is Crestron AirMedia, which permits users to connect a personal device (computer, tablet, phone) to the large monitor on the wall to share with everyone in the room. It allows up to 4 devices to be connected and running side by side at once, making it perfect for group study sessions, club meetings and more. It is located in the large study room, 319E.

New STEM Center staff

Simona Guillen is the new STEM Activity Coordinator. An SLV native, she holds an MBA from ASU. Kodi Sherman is the new Project Specialist. She moved to Alamosa after finishing her degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University.

Live astronomy & Planetarium films

Live Astronomy Presentation
Thursday, Oct. 29
7 p.m., repeated at 7:45 p.m.

Planetarium director Dr. Robert Astalos will describe the current night and morning skies, including bright stars, constellations, and planets.

Upcoming Planetarium Movies

  • Friday, Oct. 31
    4:30 p.m. Into the Deep
    5:15 p.m. Astronaut 2012
  • Thursday, Nov. 5
    7 p.m. Lamps of Atlantis
    7:45 p.m. Bad Astronomy
  • Friday, Nov. 6
    4:30 p.m. Life: A Cosmic Story
    5:15 p.m. Bella Gaia

Got glass to recycle?

EARTH, the campus sustainability group, announces its glass recycling trailer has been moved to the southwest corner of the ropes course, southeast of the soccer fields, in the northwest corner of the Lutheran Church parking lot. Anyone affiliated with ASU is welcome to recycle glass; please remember to sort by color (green, brown, clear).

Student & Program News

Sprint Interval Training draws crowd

More than 80 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the Oct. 14 presentation by Dr. Christopher Bell, Colorado State University, on “Sprint Interval Training: A Healthy Need for Speed.” Dr. Bell spoke about the many benefits of sprint interval training – for athletes and anyone else wanting fast fitness gains (including fat loss). The audience was captivated throughout the talk, and asked many informed questions afterwards. Dr. Bell also spoke to Dr. Tracey Robinson’s Exercise Evaluation class on “Exercise Prescription for Diabetes: Exercise Training & Medication Interactions.”

Dr. Christopher Bell

Dr. Christopher Bell

Dr. Bell’s visit was made possible by a grant from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to its Rocky Mountain chapter, of which Dr. Tracey L. Robinson, professor of HPPE, is a Board member. This grant was aimed at bringing exercise science researchers to more “remote” areas of the chapter (which includes Colorado & Wyoming).

Dr. Robinson was aided in organizing the lecture by HPPE grad assistants Dustin Oranchuk and Alexandra Cooper, and senior HPPE major Alex Jordan, with support from the entire HPPE department. The HPPE department hopes to have more guest speakers in the health, fitness, nutrition & exercise science area in the future.

Student/faculty sociology video honored

Students in the spring 2015 Field Studies in Sociology course, taught by Dr. Benjamin J. Waddell, helped produce the short video, Voices of the Valley, won the Colorado Award at the recent Southern Colorado Film Festival, held on campus. Watch the video and learn more.

Business students learn from pros

Students in BUS 414 Commercial Banking, taught bybus-studs-at-slv-fed Yusri Zaro, asst. professor of business administration, recently visited SLV Federal Bank. President Bussey and his senior staff discussed the bank’s financials, managing investment portfolios and liquidity position, the tools for managing and hedging against risk, as well as the bank’s long term strategic plan.

Doctoral program students present at conferences

  • Several students in the Counselor Education & Supervision Ph.D. program attended and presented at ACES (Association of Counselor Education and Supervision), held Oct. 7-11. Some of these presentations were “Online Counselor Education Programs: Success No Matter the Age” and “Development of Self-Efficacy with Suicidal Clients.” The students had an overall successful turnout of participants and received a lot of positive feedback from both the participants and faculty.
  • Mark Vander Ley and Rebecca Caple, students in the Counselor Education & Supervision Ph.D. program, will present a poster at the Illinois Counseling Associations Conference, Nov. 14. The poster is titled “The Supervision Journey Toward Cultural and Developmental Competence: Narratives of the Supervisory experience across the Career Span.”
  • Coreen Haym will present Managing Monogamism: Clinical Practice with Consensually Open NonMonogamous Relationship and Family Systems at a pre-conference institute at The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) National Meeting in Albuquerque, NM.,

Grizzly Athletics Update

  • True freshman quarterback Johnny Feauto amassed 444 passing yards to lead Adams State University to a compelling 44-24 victory over Black Hills State University, Oct. 17. Read more.
  • The Adams State University Grizzlies women’s soccer team defeated the No. 14 ranked Fort Lewis College Skyhawks Oct. 18. The Grizzlies were able to pull off the upset in overtime with the lone goal to end the game at 1-0. Read more.

Cycling Team hosts Grizzly Grind bike race

Adams State University’s Cycling Team hosted the second annual Grizzly Grind, a competition among riders from 12 schools in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC), Oct. 10-11 at Angel Fire Resort, New Mex., The event included cross-country, dual-slalom, short track cross-country, and downhill races. Read more.

The team and coaches also participated in developing the trails and promoting the 12 Hours of Penitence Mountain Bike Race, held for the first time in Penitente Canyon, Oct. 18.

The event rallied local grass roots support from Salida and the SLV. Many volunteers from the ASU community assisted with various aspects of the event, from trail building to course marshals, and members of the ASU faculty participated in the 12 hour solo event.

Faculty & Staff News

Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Liz Thomas Hensley, asst. professor of marketing and director of the MBA program, recently completed her Ph.D. in Organization and Management with a specialization in Management Education from Capella University. Her dissertation was titled “Adjunct Online Faculty Job Satisfaction: A Phenomenological Study.”

Dr. Benjamin J. Waddell, assoc. professor of sociology, with have his article, “Remittance-led Development: An Untapped Resource for International Development?” published in Sociology of Development. This week he is presenting his article, “The Third Law of Migration: Emigration and Violence in Modern Mexico,” at the 2015 CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas A.C./Center for Research and Teaching in Economics) Conference – Human Rights in Mexico: Crisis and Opportunity, held in Minneapolis.

New Employees

  • Carlos Castillo – Pipe/Mech Trades I, Facilities Services
  • Jerah Dickson, program asst. I, Academic Affairs
  • Kodi Sherman, Project Specialist, STEM Grant