University Budget Update

Two budget update presentations were given in mid-October which reviewed the university budget’s current status and outlook, as well as various factors that impact it. A powerpoint that was presented will shortly be available on Bill Manshiem’s blog.

“Things are good, because they are not as bad as they were. We have turned a corner,” said Vice President for Finance & Governmental Affairs Bill Manshiem. He noted the budget reserves have begun to build again; about half of the reserves were expended over the last four years in order to mitigate tuition increases.

While the current budget is short 1 percent ($250,000) in tuition revenue and 4 percent ($200,000) in housing revenue, Extended Studies revenue is up 24 percent ($287,000). Instructional expense are under budget by $89,000. There have also been other savings across campus, resulting in an increase in unrestricted reserves of $227,000.

Director of Human Resources Tracy Rogers reviewed compensation and benefits, including the differences between packages for classified and faculty/exempt staff. She noted the university has absorbed the majority of recent health insurance premium increases, since faculty and exempt staff received only one COLA increase since 2008.

COLA increase for faculty and exempt staff

Manshiem said a determination on a 2 percent cost-of-living salary increase for faculty and exempt staff should be made by Thanksgiving. The increase has been tentatively budgeted to go into effect in January. Manshiem said he is optimistic, but mitigating factors include the Governor’s budget and the new funding model being developed by the CCHE (Colorado Commission on Higher Education.)

Budget requests due Nov. 17

For the first time in several years, the ASU Executive Council will consider budget requests. Those must be submitted to the appropriate Executive Council representative:

  • Academics: Dr. Frank Novotny
  • Enrollment Management: Dr. Michael Mumper
  • Business & Finance: Bill Manshiem
  • Student Affairs: Ken Marquez
  • Athletics: Larry Mortensen

Executive Council’s prioritized requests are due in the Budget Office by November 17.

The budget policy and budget request forms are available online.

Heather Heersink, Asst. VP for Budget & Technology, reminds the campus that while the university’s financial situation has improved, reserves are still low, and the base budget needs to remain balanced. Questions may be directed to Heather Heersink.

Compensation Committee

At its July retreat, the Board of Trustees formed a Compensation Committee and charged it with making recommendations in conjunction with submission of next year’s proposed budget in the spring. The group intends to finalize those recommendations by mid-January.

President Svaldi explained the group’s main focus will be on faculty salaries, because those are the most off track. Their agenda also includes:

  • Review/update peer institutions for salary comparison
  • Review compensation analysis and practices for faculty, exempt staff, and classified staff
  • Research inversion/compression, equity issues
  • Review faculty promotional salary increase policies
  • Recommend policy revisions
  • Develop recommendations for budget consideration

The committee includes:

  • Trustee Tim Walters
  • President David Svaldi
  • Bill Mansheim, VP Finance & Governmental Relations
  • Heather Heersink, Asst. VP for Budget & Technology
  • Tracy Rogers, Dir. Human Resources
  • Dr. Christy Miller, President, Faculty Senate

University supporters to be honored

The Adams State University Foundation’s annual Donor & Student Recognition Dinner, Oct. 29. will present the following awards to honor significant supporters of ASU:

Billy Adams Award
Charles H. Scoggin, M.D.

Willis Fassett Jr. Award
Floyd ’55 and Cordelia Higel

Grizzly Club Individual Supporters of the Year
Chuck ’68 and Becky Owsley

Grizzly Club Corporate Sponsor of the Year
San Luis Valley Federal Bank

Getting a Move on in Richardson Hall

The first phase of the Richardson Hall renovation project is nearing completion, and many offices will be relocating over the next few weeks. This phase includes the center wing, south wing, and Richardson Auditorium.

Moving Schedule – prioritized, dates approximate

  • Bill Mansheim and Rodney Martinez will provide additional notice to units as their time approaches.
  • Human Resources will update the online staff directory with new office location information.
  • All phone extensions will remain the same.
  • Movement of phones and computers will coincide with office relocation.
  • Don Connell will work with staff to provide new keys.

Oct. 28

  • Main entrance on the east (also ADA entrance) open
  • South entrance open for exiting toward the west parking lot only
  • North entrance construction access only
  • Overhead scaffolding will remain in place over all entrances as a safety precaution until the roof is complete.

Oct. 29

  • Moving crew on site

Oct. 29-31

  • Student Affairs to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-800
  • Academic Affairs to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-200
  • Eric Carpio to 1st floor School of Business room 116
  • Alumni/Foundation to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-500
  • Nursing Faculty to Edgemont House
  • Enrollment Mgt. (Mumper) to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-700

Nov. 3-7

  • Upward Bound to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-400
  • Student Business Services to Porter Hall Rm 144
  • Finance/Budget/Purchasing/Accounting to 3rd floor Richardson Suite 3-300
  • President’s Office to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-300

Nov 10-14

  • Maxine Rodriguez to Richardson 1-702
  • Melissa Moeller to Richardson 1-701
  • Creative Relations to 1st fl. Richardson Suite 1-500
  • Financial Aid to RH 1st fl. suite 1-200.
  • Karie Velleses, Sally Kelly, Julia Chavez to Community Partnership Bldg.
  • Human Resources to Richardson Suite 1-400
  • Public Relations to 1-601 & 1-602
  • Records to Richardson Suite 1-300
  • Mailroom to new mailroom, west annex of Richardson Hall

Packing boxes are located on 1st floor Richardson by the business office. Tape is in the finance office (in the printer cabinet). A dumpster will be placed by the driveway on the northwest side of Richardson. Additional shredding bins will be available for confidential information.

Renovation Phase 2 is scheduled to be complete by the middle of April. Landscaping, the main exterior plaza on the east, and parking renovations will not begin until the end of spring semester.

Board of Trustees Update

The   Board of Trustees for Adam State University approved the following action items at its Oct. 10 meeting on campus:

Opt-out of Colorado Procurement Code

The Board approved a request from the Purchasing Office to opt-out of the Colorado Procurement Code, effective Jan. 1, 2015, pursuant to House Bill 04-1009, which allows the governing boards of each institution of higher education the option of exempting their respective institutions from Procurement Code. This move gives Adams State more flexibility in tailoring procurement procedures to better meet University needs.

Revised Mission and Vision Statements

The Board formally approved revised Mission and Vision statements, which were developed through extensive campus discussion over a two-year period, including a Campus Roundtable in February of 2014, as well as several Cabinet planning meetings.


ASU’s mission is to educate, serve, and inspire our diverse populations in the pursuit of their lifelong dreams and ambitions.


To become the university community of choice for diverse and historically underserved groups and all who value quality education and inclusivity.

As members of the Adams State University community, we value:

  • Opportunity and access for all
  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • Growth through inclusion of diverse cultures and ideas
  • A learning and civic community of trust, respect, and civility
  • Caring and personal relationships
  • Innovation, integrity, and ethical leadership
  • Responsible stewardship

Nielsen Library capital outlay request

The Board approved an expenditure of $60,000 of general fund cash reserves to procure services to produce a program plan for the Nielsen Library so that a capital construction project can be submitted to the Department of Higher Education for State of Colorado Capital Construction funding consideration.

Plan on the Health Fair Nov. 5

ASU Health Fair
Wednesday, Nov. 5
SUB 309

In an effort to keep ASU employees healthy, and with the flu season fast approaching, Human Resources is excited to once again offer FREE comprehensive health screening and flu shots at the upcoming health fair. Screenings can help identify any potential health risks and encourage healthier lifestyles.

The blood draws and health screens are FREE for Faculty, Classified and Exempt Staff and any dependents covered on insurance plans. Additional tests are available for minimal cost.

More information & sign-up

Please contact Shannon Heersink with any questions.

Faculty Development Events

Work on Purpose
Friday, Nov. 7
Noon- 1 p.m.
McD 281
Presented by Karen Lemke & Anicia Alvarez

An overview of the “Work on Purpose” program, with an example of a workshop on identifying an intersection between “head and heart” to foster all participant’s awareness of how they are progressing on their professional developmental/life goals. Participants are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch.

Action Lab – Project based Classroom Software
Friday, Nov. 14
Noon – p.m.
Location  TBA
Presented by Karen Lemke & Mikela Tarlow

Introduction to an integrated web-based platform that blends student portfolios with innovative project-based curriculum and unique assessment tools for tracking a wide range of higher order skills. Participants are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch.

Don’t Forget the Coffee:
Supporting Student Success with Appreciative Advising
Monday, Nov. 17
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18
8-10 a.m.
Workshop Presented by Joe Murray, Director of University Advising Services for Florida Atlantic University
Both workshops (same content, alternate times) will be held in SUB 309.

These workshops were made possible through the efforts of Dr. Benita Brink and the generous support of Title V. For more information about this student-centered approach to the advising process, click here.

The Faculty Development Committee requests RSVPs for its Winter Retreat:

Winter Retreat: Campus Culture on the Move
Jan. 15 – 16
Sagebrush Inn, Taos, New Mexico.

This event is appropriate for both faculty and staff. Thanks to generous support from Title V, Hotel and group meals will be provided. To RSVP, contact Dr. Leslie Alvarez, chair, Faculty Development Committee. Leslie Alvarez

Title V Grant Staffing

Staff changes have resulted from Adams State’s recent award of a new Title V grant. The five-year grant of $2,838,865 was awarded by the Department of Education’s Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA), a Title V program for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI’s). Read more.

  • Lillian Gomez, who has directed multiple Title V grants at ASU, will serve as the half-time project director for the ASU PPOHA project. Mike Nicholson assumes her duties as Project Director of the Title V Institutional Grant until its conclusion next September. Andrea Benton-Maestas, Institutional Reporting director, will move to half-time in that position and serve as half-time Activity Director for the Institutional Grant.
  • Dr. Melissa Freeman, founding director of the online master’s program in Higher Education Administration & Leadership (HEAL), will serve as the full-time activity director and director of the Graduate Support Center, to be developed through the PPOHA grant.
  • Anna Torello will continue half-time with the Institutional Grant, and assume half-time duties as PPOHA grant project specialist, moving into that position full time once the institutional grant concludes.
  • The PPOHA grant will also fund two half-time graduate assistant positions for the Graduate Support Center

Expanded services for Title IX compliance

Erica Romero was recently named Deputy Title IX Coordinator. She is available to meet with staff and students with questions or who wish to file a complaint about sexual harassment/violence. She can be reached at 719-587-7508.

Additional resources include:

  • Joel Korngut – Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity
  • Ken Marquez – Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Adams State University Counseling Service
  • Tu Casa Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocacy Organization 719-589-2465
  • Adams State University Police Department
    719-587-7901 or 719-589-5807
  • Alamosa Police Department
    719-589-5807 or 911
  • Alamosa County Sheriff

New leadership in Student Life

Adams State University Student Life and Recreation recently underwent change in leadership. Aaron Miltenberger ’13 accepted the position as director, and Jeni Carter ’09, ’12 was named assistant director. The two previously worked together when Miltenberger was Student Life assistant director, and Carter worked in the office as a student.

Read more.

Student & Program News

  • Adams State University was awarded a Campus Election Engagement Project grant through the Campus Compact of the Mountain West. The grant funded the CEEP Intern, senior Ronnie Medina, in his a goal of assisting 100 new voters to register by October 15. His project also included campus voter education programming, “On the Issues,” presented Oct. 23.
  • Ten members of the Grizzly men’s basketball team volunteered at a recent fundraiser for the Alamosa Senior Center. The student-athletes pitched did most of the work: serving, preparing drinks, cleaning, and anything else that had to be done.

ACE Fellowship program seeking applicants

The American Council on Education (ACE) is accepting applications for its 2015-16 Fellows Class. The deadline to apply is Nov. 3, 2014. Click here for more info.

The ACE Fellows Program is the nation’s premier higher education leadership development program preparing senior leaders to serve American colleges and universities. Since 1965, more than 300 ACE Fellows have gone on to serve as chief executive officers at more than 350 institutions.

Successful candidates come from all sectors of higher education and demonstrate a record of leadership in an institution-wide context. That includes vice presidents, deans, department chairs, or program directors; unit leaders in student affairs, advancement or admission; and senior faculty who have successfully chaired a major committee or faculty senate.

The ACE Fellows Program condenses years of on-the-job experience and skills development into twelve months. Over the course of the program, Fellows meet in person for three multiday seminars, correspond periodically on different issues and, based on the Fellow’s availability, have a custom-made opportunity for placement with another institution’s senior team.

Staff & Students attended HACU conference

Eleven Adams State University staff members and 15 students recently attended the 28th Annual Hispanic Association of Colleges and University (HACU) conference, held Oct. 4-6 in Denver.

Eric Carpio, Asst. VP for Enrollment Management, presented a session with a two colleagues from CSU and Front Range Community College titled “CoCEAL: Expanding opportunities for the educational attainment of Colorado Latinos.”

Additional participants included:

Faculty and staff

  • Dr. Anicia Alvarez
  • Andrea Benton-Maestas
  • Lia Carpio
  • Bennie Chacon
  • Dr. Melissa Freeman
  • Pricilla Gardea
  • Oneyda Maestas
  • Dr. Michael Mumper
  • Linda Pacheco-Demski
  • Dr. Nick Saenz


  • Stefan Armenta
  • Olivia DeHerrera
  • Ryan Dufresne
  • Scott Gesling
  • Kaylee Gomez
  • Natalie Gonzales
  • Gaspar Lucas
  • Mianna Maestas
  • Paulina Martinez
  • Judith Martinez
  • Alfred Petross
  • Christopher Quintana
  • Vicente Rios
  • Alejandro Torres
  • Eric Velasquez

Professional Activities

Dr. Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, professor of psychology, in her role of President of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association, represented the region at the American Psychological Association’s 2014 Education Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. The conference theme, “Learning in a Digital World,” featured plenary sessions and discussion groups including the use of games in learning, online teaching pedagogy, technology and today’s learner, and learning analytics, among others.

The Education Leadership Conference is the APA’s major education advocacy event. In addition to conference programming, attendees participated in educational advocacy through Capitol Hill visits. Attendees met with their Senators and Representatives to encourage them to support $8.9 million of funding for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Graduate Psychology Education Program (GPE). This funding provides grants to APA-accredited doctoral psychology programs and internships. The ultimate goals of these grants are to provide interprofessional education and expand access to mental health services among underserved and vulnerable populations.

Dr. Jared Beeton, assoc. professor of earth science, and undergraduate Dan Carver had a paper published in Quaternary Research, a major, peer-reviewed, international-level journal.

Their paper is titled “Holocene Landscape Evolution and Geoarchaeology of Low-Order Streams in the Rio Grande Basin, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, USA.”

Beth Bonnstetter, assoc. professor of mass communication, was recently selected as a 2014 Faculty Fellow by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Read more.

Gregg Elliott, director of Counseling and Career Services, recently received his certification for Assessing & Managing Suicide Risk Trainer (AMSR). He is the only AMSR trainer in the State of Colorado. Read more.

Dr. Eden Wales Freedman, asst. professor of English, was the keynote speaker at the international women’s conference, “Exploring Women’s Testimony,” sponsored by the University of Maine at Augusta, Colby College, and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, held Oct. 8-10. Her address, “Exploring Women’s Testimony through American Literature: The Reader as Witness,” considered how readers may engage trauma literature by and about women in order to combat–verses exacerbate–depicted catastrophes and theorizes a readerly engagement of women’s traumatic testimony, exploring how authors, characters, and readers can witness trauma together.

Mary Hoffman, executive director of Adams State University Community Partnerships, recently attended the 2014 Presidential Summit on Climate Leadership in Boston. She is a member of the university’s Sustainability Team, which works to achieve carbon neutrality. Read more.

Dr. Ed Lyell, professor of business administration, was one of 40 economic professors, from around the nation invited to a two-day conference, Oct. 10 -11, on how to better teach economics using new digital tools. Read more.

Welcome New Employees

  • Jason Levesque – Head Lacrosse Coach
  • Timothy Rowley –  Asst. Coach Lacrosse
  • Eduardo Rodriguez –  Police Officer I
  • Jennifer Carter –  Assistant Director of Student Life
  • Kristi Yates –  Assistant to Director of Student Support Services
  • Geoff Johnson – Librarian
  • Shanae Mundee – Extended Studies Recruiter/Advisor
  • Dr. Melissa Freeman – PPOHA Grant Activity Director
  • Jannet Bobbadilla – Title V Grant Program Assistant