Welcome – from President McClure

Our campus is once again full of energy and excitement as the students return to classes. It is a great time to be a part of Adams State University, and I am so honored to serve with you. Though our enrollment is down, we are confident we can gain additional students with a mid-year push for spring enrollment.

The revamped New Student Orientation set the tone for the semester, as students not only received vital information to be successful academically, but also learned how to get more involved in clubs and activities. This involvement is key to retaining students, and we look for more good things to come from our NSO Team.

Our Strategic Planning process is moving forward at a rapid rate. The all-campus meeting provided great input into the activities to accomplish our goals (see following story). You will receive a survey that will let you rank the importance of these activities. The ASU 2020 Plan will be the foundation for how we allocate resources, including our time and our energy. I hope that you will take the time to participate.

Later this fall, we will be doing a call for proposals for projects and programs to consider for funding. We will be seeking more federal funding to augment our budget, along with grant opportunities, private donations, etc. We want to be sure that we give everyone a chance to provide their ideas for new initiatives. This call for proposals will also help direct our grant-writing efforts.

We have lots of great events scheduled for the fall semester. I hope that you will take the time to become involved.

– Beverlee

Dr. Beverlee J. McClure

Dr. Beverlee J. McClure

Semester opened with brainstorming on Strategic Plan 2020

The 2015 Fall All-Campus Meeting was devoted to bringing faculty and staff together for input on the ASU 2020 Plan, the strategic plan for the next five years. Approximately 250 employees spent about two hours considering the five goals that govern this plan. For each goal, participants outlined what the university currently does to foster it, what activities should be discontinued, and new ideas for achieving it. All the responses are being transcribed and collated, and will form the basis of a survey to all employees to aid prioritization.


Goal 1: Academic Excellence

Adams State University will provide challenging and responsive curricula that educate, serve, and inspire our diverse populations.

Goal 2: Student Success

Adams State University will address diverse student needs by offering varied learning opportunities and support services for all students to achieve educational, personal, and career successes.


Goal 3: Personal & Professional Development

Adams State University will provide educational and professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.

Goal 4: Access & Affordability

Adams State University will develop innovative pricing and aid strategies that will maximize opportunities for our diverse and historically underserved students for all levels and delivery models.

Goal 5: Community Relations

Adams State University will collaborate with the community to provide culturally responsive and sustainable development opportunities that mutually benefit the campus and the San Luis Valley community.

Richardson Hall is 90 Years NEW

The remodeling of Richardson Hall is essentially complete, with minor landscaping work remaining. All offices have been moved into the building, including Admissions, the Welcome Center, and Extended Studies. Everyone is invited to celebrate:

Richardson Hall
Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
Tuesday, Sept. 8
4-6 p.m.

The ceremony starts in front of Richardson Hall, with refreshments and tours to follow. It will feature a performance of Ascendance, composed by Dr. Matthew Schildt, professor of music; and introduce the sculpture Pillars, by Art Professor Dana Provence. Both pieces were commissioned to celebrate Adams State’s university status in 2012.

1% for Public Art

Colorado Art in Public Places Program (AIPP), established by the Colorado Legislature in 1977, requires an allocation of one-percent of capital construction funds for new or renovated state buildings to be set aside for the acquisition of works of art at the project site. The public art budget for the Richardson Hall remodeling was $118,810, divided among the following eight San Luis Valley artists:

  • Bob Booth
  • Jeremy Elliott
  • Jasmine Little
  • Huberto Maestas Adams State Class of ’84
  • Kay Malouff Adams State Class of ’80
  • Evelyn McLean
  • David Montgomery
  • Rita Roberts

The Richardson Hall Public Art Committee included:

  • Bill Mansheim, vice president of Finance and Governmental Relations
  • Linda Relyea, assistant director of communications
  • Randy Pijoan, San Luis artist
  • Dr. Herman Martinez, Adams State alumnus ’69
  • Nathan Meisen, OZ architect
  • Ruth Bruno, Colorado Public Art Project Coordinator

ASU receives over $1.7 million in grants

Student Support Services grant

Adams State University received a perfect score on its application for Student Support Services Program Grant, recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The five-year grant will provide $247,583 each to support the Student Support Services and Upward Bound, which are federal TRIO programs. The grant was prepared by Morgan Dokson, Student Support Services director, and Angelica Valdez, Upward Bound Director and SSS ED, with support from Tawney Becker, grant specialist.

Grant funds robotics internships

Adams State University was awarded a grant of $501,159 from the Army Research Office (ARO) to support a Summer Research Internship Program in Artificial Intelligence and Social and Emotional Robotics, which will be directed by Dr. Matthew Ikle, professor of mathematics. He worked with grant specialist Tawney Becker to obtain the three-year grant, which is funded through the Department of Defense (DoD) Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI).

Ikle explained the project will leverage recent infrastructure improvements in ASU’s undergraduate robotics lab funded by the DoD, US Army, and other external sources, to engage four STEM college students in hands-on, directed research opportunities each year. The internships will encompass research into numerous AI technologies and their integration with robotics, including robot vision, object classification, social and emotional robotics, reasoning under uncertainty, and attention and resource allocation.

New office locations

Counseling & Accessibility Services on third floor of Richardson Hall

ASU’s Counseling Center and Accessibility Services is in a new, permanent location on the third floor of Richardson Hall (3-100).

Student Business Services now at the One Stop

Student Business Services is now located next door to the One Stop Student Services center in the SUB.

Veterans Center now located In Petteys

The Veterans Center, as well as the Veterans At Adams State club, are now located on the first floor of Petteys Hall, directly across from the Adams State University Police Department. The Veterans Center is open to all students, faculty, and staff, regardless of military service. Stop by for a cup of coffee and a chance to meet the team.

Upcoming Campus Events

FREE Planetarium movie premiere

Zacheis Planetarium will premiere a free movie, Fractal Explorations, Saturday, August 29. Dr. Robert Astalos, professor of physics and director of the planetarium, recently published the full-dome movie and is releasing the show to planetariums across the nation.

Show times are at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be handed out for this free premiere. Read more.

The Mask you Live In

The Mask You Live In will be shown Friday, Aug., 28 at 5 p.m. in McD 101, presented by the Title IX Office, ASU Counseling Center, and Tu Casa. The film explores how and why boys and young men struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Light refreshments will be provided. View the movie trailer.

Photography exhibit opens Aug. 31

Photography: Serving the Community, a collaborative project with SLV Local Foods Coalition and ASU photography students, will be exhibited in the Art Building’s Hatfield Gallery from August 31 – September 25.

Southern Colorado Film Festival


The 3rd annual Southern Colorado Film Festival will be held October 15-18 on Adams State University campus. This year’s theme is “Mountains of Possibility” and will feature independent films, documentaries, and Adams State student films. All programs are free with an ASU ID. Learn more.

Faculty & Staff Development offerings

Dr. Leslie Alvarez, Faculty Development Fellow, announced several upcoming sessions for faculty development

“Making work study work”
By Aaron Miltenberger, Dir. Student Live & Recreation
Tuesday, Sept. 1
12:30-1:30 p.m., McD 310

This session will help faculty and staff work study supervisors make the most of this important student development opportunity. This session will address writing a job description, effectively communicating workplace behavior and expectations, performance evaluation, and suggestions for assisting your work study in translating their experiences into marketable resume-building skills.



Reminder emails and full schedule to come.

  • Sept. 9
    Noon-1 p.m.
    Retention & Promotion Basics for P2-P4 by Margaret Doell, Asst. Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Sept. 14
    Noon-1 p.m.
    Suicide Prevention and Campus Health & Safety by Gregg Elliott, Dir of Counseling Center
  • Sept. 23
    Noon-1 p.m.
    Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Accountability Group by Dr. Leslie Alvarez

Common Reading Experience: “Aftershock”

This year’s book selection for the ASU Common Reading Experience (CRE) is Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future (2011) by Robert Reich. Learn more about the book and the CRE program.

A few notes:

SUPPLEMENTAL COMMON READER: All faculty are encouraged to incorporate the themes of the book into curricular activities. This year, the committee solicited faculty contributions for a common reader to complement classroom discussions about the book. This common reader includes essays, poetry, news articles, web articles, academic journal articles, videos, op-ed articles, charts, statistics, and more addressing the multifaceted issue of rising inequality in America. Faculty may include this link in their Blackboard courses. Access the common reader.

PROGRAMMING: The Common Reading Experience includes a variety of campus programming, and proposals for co-curricular events are still welcome.

ASSESSMENT: Please inform the CRE committee if you incorporate Aftershock into either curricular or cocurricular activities anytime this year. Email chair Carol Smith anytime with info on your activity.

The Common Reading Experience Committee

  • Bob Affeldt
  • Jess Gagliardi
  • Geoff Johnson
  • Kat McLaughlin
  • Gustavo Plascencia
  • Dr. Nick Saenz
  • Carol Smith, Chair

Campus Mock Incident Drill successful

Open letter to campus staff, students and faculty:

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our students, faculty and staff who were involved in the Mock Incident Drill, held Aug. 12 on campus. The training event was a great success, as it increased awareness within the ASU family of how to effectively respond to an active shooter incident. This drill allowed all emergency services the opportunity to work together and collaboratively with the SLV Hospital staff and to really tax our resources to learn about our limitations and capabilities. First responders from the ASUPD, Alamosa Police Department, Alamosa Sheriff Office, Colorado State Patrol, Alamosa Fire Department, and Paramedics from the SLV Health Systems all participated in the training. From our initial law enforcement response and EMS’s patient care points of view, the event has proven that the San Luis Valley emergency responders can truly take care of their community.

My personal thanks go out to all of the role-players who participated during the drill, without whom the event would not have been possible.

As the dawn of the new school year is upon us, please remember safety is everyone’s concern. We at the Adams State University Police Department thank you for the honor to serve you and look forward to continuing our mission of establishing community partnerships and providing proactive police services aimed at crime reduction and the protection of life and property.

My sincerest of thanks,
Chief of Police Paul Grohowski, MPA

News from CIELO

CIELO Office now located in Porter Hall

The office for CIELO (the Community for Inclusive, Equity, Leadership and Opportunity is now located on the south end of Porter Hall, SMT 3060 Suite 144A. The Porter Hall/SMT faculty have given a warm welcome to Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, Professor Emeritus of English, who will be part time supporting the work of CIELO as the President’s Liaison for Diversity and Inclusion. The office will generally be open Monday through Wednesday mornings and by appointment. She invites faculty and staff to drop by to use the resources there about teaching and serving traditionally underserved students, or to discuss, discover, and create collaborative efforts to increase the service Adams State provides as an H.S.I. Guerrero-Murphy can be reached at ext. 8614.

Courageous Conversations on Short Readings

Volunteer faculty and staff in CIELO will each take one month of the academic year to share a short reading and host a discussion about contemporary, troubling issues around diversity and inclusion. Each volunteer will disseminate the reading to all faculty, staff, and students and set the time and place for the discussion. The first presentation is:

“I thought it was just me, but it isn’t” by Brene Brown
By Andrea Benton-Maestas
Friday, August 28, 3 p.m.
School of Business Room 142

CIELO Summer Retreat

Volunteers on the President’s Steering Committee for CIELO (The Community for Inclusion and Equity) spent three days on retreat with the support of the Title V HSI Institutional Grant. “Affirmations and Solidarity” focused on deepening our understanding of barriers to student success, what privilege is, and institutional innovation. “On the last day we created two scenarios and put our heads together to plan how we would address each scenario,” explained Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, President’s Liaison for Diversity and Inclusion. “The first was that the ASU trustees appointed a president who was committed to diversity and to removing the barriers in policies and practices that maintain institutionalized hegemonies; and the second one was that the State of Colorado cut all financial support for ASU.”

The team of diversity leaders who participated in retreat in June.

The team of diversity leaders who participated in retreat in June.


Vistas announces schedule and delivery services

Vistas Restaurant in Rex Stadium reopened Monday, Aug. 24, with new menu items, including BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and grilled and crispy chicken wraps.

Fall Semester Hours
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. -1:30 pm, Tuesday through Friday
Hot Dog Cart: at the Japanese- American Memorial Garden 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Dinner: 5 -10 p.m. Monday and Wednesday

New for this semester will be deliveries on campus, available as follows:
Tuesday through Friday during lunch 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Monday – Friday during dinner 5 – 9:30 p.m.

Richardson Hall Breakfast Cart

The Vistas Breakfast Cart will visit Richardson Hall every weekday morning at 9 a.m., and be available in the Richardson Hall foyer, across from the Welcome Center. The menu includes a variety of delicious breakfast wraps and breakfast sandwiches, in addition to breakfast bars, coffee, and bottled fruit juices. Also, small caterings of breakfast items can also be arranged for office meetings/gatherings. Questions may be directed to John Pearson.

EARTH supports glass recycling

Anyone affiliated with AS&F is welcome to recycle glass in the enclosed white trailer east of the soccer/lacrosse field and behind the challenge/ropes course on north campus.

Bring your glass from home or from campus and drop it into one of the 30-gallon bins inside the trailer. Please SORT THE GLASS BY COLOR (clear, brown, green). EARTH is collaborating with a new group called Waste Free SLV to crush the glass in the valley, without the need to transport it to Denver. Questions may be directed to Dr. Jared Beeton.

Innovations in Student Life & Recreation

Introducing the Adams Common Experience (ACE)

Adams State Student Life and Recreation is pleased to announce a new program in alignment with the practices of top institutions.

“The Adams’ Common Experience (ACE) is an intentional, systematic, and integrated high school to college transition experience,” explained Aaron Miltenberger, Director of Student Life and Recreation. He added, through this high impact program, new students will receive support from the moment they apply to Adams State, through New Student Orientation, and as they transition into their second year. This new program will include a First Year Immersion (FYI) comprised predominately of a learning community and the opportunity to live closely with other first year students. The program will be run with the direction of a committee of faculty and staff, many of whom are currently responsible for implementing quality learning communities in academic majors.

According to the AACU (American Association of Colleges & Universities), “The effective implementation of high-impact pedagogies often represents a significant cultural shift for a campus, which can be challenging and requires time, as well as human and fiscal resources. However, institutional assessments and higher education research show that high-impact pedagogies yield substantial gains when they are implemented individually and even greater positive results when they are offered early in the undergraduate experience and administered as an integrated web of support structures for first-year students. Students who experienced high-impact practices and pedagogies tend to record higher persistence to the second year, higher graduation rates overall, and better grades (Brownell & Swaner, 2010; Koch et al., 2007; Troxel & Cutright, 2008). Research has also shown that student-centered practices and pedagogies foster a sense of community on campus and greater satisfaction with college (Brownell & Swaner, 2010). These practices had a substantial positive effect for historically underrepresented minorities, low-income students, and first-generation college students (Brownell & Swaner, 2010; Cruce, Wolniak, Seifert, & Pascarella, 2006; Santiago, 2008). Accordingly, high-impact pedagogies can help advance an equity agenda on campus as well as increase the performance of all students.” (Greenfield, Keup, Gardener, 2013).

Campus Recreation Improvements

By Sierra Mora, Manager, Campus Recreation and Wellness

“To enrich the human spirit and quality of life at Adams State University by fostering fitness, wellness, and play.” – Campus Recreation Mission. circa 1995

Perhaps you have noticed a few changes in and around the Rex Activity Center and are wondering what’s happening. In the beginning of April, Student Life and Recreation initiated a process of restructuring staff and considering plans for improving the quality of the Rex Activity Center and its services. Curt Howell was promoted to the Associate Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness. This strategic move brought to the Rex a fresh perspective on student development, facility management, and programming, due to Curt’s ten years of private and Division I collegiate recreational sports experience. With this new management and Curt’s team of dedicated student employees, numerous projects have been accomplished or are nearing completion as the fall term begins. Each of the improvements and changes were scrutinized though a critical process, all with the ultimate goals of providing better services for our Grizzly students.

rex-weightsThe mission for Campus Recreation and Wellness was adopted in 1995 with the grand opening of Rex Activity Center after its vacancy of nearly 40 years. While this mission is still relevant, at this juncture, a greater emphasis will be placed on fitness and wellness programs and services. A student survey was sent out two years ago to capture student perspectives on a variety of Student Life and Recreation services and programs when a new fee was proposed. This data, along with a more recent survey in April of this year and many discussions with facility users, provided the necessary input to help guide the decision making process.

Many of the improvements in the facility derive from three simple goals: 1) improve quality of customer service 2) increase safety and 3) reach a wider array of individuals through diverse programs and services. Though operating a small facility with limited resources presents unique challenges in meeting the requests and desires of a campus population, these goals were diligently pursued. During the summer, Adventure Programs and Adventure Sports both moved into the facility. In addition, all of the weight lifting areas were rearranged to provide appropriate spacing and increase safety. A classroom and lounge space was created for students to study, hold meetings, and for classes on fitness and nutrition. Finally, one of the racquetball courts was converted into the “Grizzly X” studio to provide an intentional space for group exercise classes. Jessica Chacon was recently hired as ASU’s first professional staff dedicated to Fitness and Wellness programming. Jessica is already in collaboration with the HPPE department to provide new student development opportunities, such as internships and employment, for our students interested in careers in the fitness industry.

Finally, Campus Recreation and Wellness has adopted four core values: personal health, balance, trust, and quality. With these values providing a bearing Campus Recreation and Wellness will enrich the human spirit and quality of life at Adams State University.

ASAP Update

A number of changes have occurred in the Adams State Adventure Program (ASAP). Brian Puccerella is the new coordinator for all things ASAP. Email him with any questions. This summer, ASAP moved from the Student Union Building into the Rex Activity Center. “All of our inventory is quite cozy in its new place, come and check us out,” Puccerella said.

Please help ASAP share that first year students, both transfer and incoming freshman, get a FREE priority membership which includes a rental shop membership, a climbing wall membership, and access to day trips. Students can sign up at the ASAP Office.

Student & Program news

SLV Federal Bank supports suicide prevention

The Counseling Center’s Suicide Intervention & Prevention Program received a $250 grant from San Luis Valley Federal Bank. In order to give its employees a better understanding of community organizations, the bank allows them to select one non-profit group each to receive funds from the bank’s community support budget. Kristal Pacheco selected the ASU program.

Undergraduate trained for research

Dr. Kristy Duran, asst. professor of biology, trained undergraduate student Danielle Karlin in molecular techniques so she can begin an undergraduate research project with Duran this fall.

La Puente grateful for Nursing Dept. volunteer week

By John Reesor, La Puente

In early March, a group of eleven senior nursing students from Adams State University volunteered for a week at La Puente Home, Alamosa’s homeless shelter.

As with most work groups, these students came to La Puente with many positive virtues: the willingness to learn, hearts of service, the spirit of generosity, and a hard work ethic. However, they brought more to the table than just a handful of virtues. The students brought a specific knowledge and skill set they have acquired from their time studying nursing at ASU.

The group worked on some typical but important projects around the organization, such as cooking meals at the shelter, being “big buddies” for the PALS children, and splitting firewood.

It was the students’ nursing skills, though, that helped the group to make a unique impact. They offered their services at the homeless shelter for several hours during the week. They sat down with shelter guests and took blood pressure readings, answered questions about medication, and talked about general health concerns. The highlight of the week for the group was when they collaborated with the Adelante program to teach a “Life Skills” class. The students prepared a nutritious dinner for the parents in the Adelante program. After the meal, the students sat down one-on-one with the parents and talked in detail about health related topics. Their knowledge about health, nutrition, and how to navigate the health care system was truly pertinent information for the clients. This project was special, because the nursing students all had specific and relevant knowledge that not any work group could provide.

On the surface, this may appear to be a story where a selfless group of people serves at La Puente and makes a difference in the lives of some less fortunate people. While this is true, at La Puente we acknowledge that people who serve with us often receive much more in return for their efforts. People who serve experience gratitude and learn invaluable lessons. People who chose to serve are in turn served themselves. One of the ASU nursing students said her week of service “was the most meaningful experience [she has] had since moving to the valley.”

It is evident that this week transformed the minds of the group serving and those that they served. This week was more about an equal exchange between people. The La Puente clients received knowledge of nutrition and health which will better their lives, while the ASU students heard stories of resiliency and hardships that will inspire and encourage them in their future nursing careers.

Faculty & Staff news

Professional Activities


Dr. Shawn Elliott and Karen Adamson

Karen Adamson, asst. professor of nursing, and asst. professor and director of nursing, did a poster presentation at the Nuts & Bolts for Nurse Educators: Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning Conference at the beginning of August. Their poster was titled “Benefits of Peer Mentoring in the Simulation Lab.”

James Doyle, asst. professor of music, performed with the Music in the Mountains Festival Orchestra (Durango, CO), comprised of major symphony orchestra members and university faculty from July 12- August 2. He also served on the Music in the Mountains Conservatory faculty, teaching and performing with faculty/artists from throughout the US and high school and university students from throughout Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah.
James Doyle and Dr, Tracy Doyle, professor of music, served in-residence at Gunma University, Maebashi-City, Japan, in July. They taught master classes, courses in music education, and performed a guest recital for undergraduate and graduate music education, English education students, faculty, staff, and the community. As part of their residency, they presented on Adams State University and the San Luis Valley to students, faculty, and community, met formally with faculty, staff, and university administrators, and collaborated with other arts faculty. In addition to studying traditional Japanese instruments and pedagogy, they performed a chamber recital at Suginami Kokaido Hall in Tokyo, home to the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dr. Kristy Duran, asst. professor of biology, and Dr. Benita Brink, professor and chair of Biology/Earth Sciences Dept., participated in the National Academies Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology, a one-week institute held in Boulder, Colo. The institute addressed themes and challenges in biology teaching and education and focused on three core themes: learning, assessment, and inclusivity. At the conclusion of the institute, the two were named “National Academies Education Fellows in the Life Sciences.”

Duran also attended the 100th annual Ecological Society of America meeting.

Duran and Dr. Adam Kleinschmit, asst. professor of biology, participated in the 2015 Genomics Consortium for Active Teaching NextGen Sequencing (GCAT-SEEK) Workshop, held at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Penna., in June. One of the main goals of the GCAT-SEEK is to bring functional genomic methods into the undergraduate curriculum, primarily through independent and classroom-based student research using centralized cores to make next generation sequence data accessible to undergraduates. During the workshop, they worked on a pedagogical framework involving peer teaching that could be implemented in both a molecular biology and a plant ecology course in back-to-back semesters. “We anticipate using knowledge and tools gained from the workshop in the undergraduate classroom and for undergraduate independent research,” Kleinschmit said. Their attendance at the workshop was supported by the GCAT-SEEK grant, with financial support from the national Science Foundation (NSF) and the Howard Huges Medical Institute (HHMI). Learn more about GCAT-SEEK.

Kleinschmit was also accepted into the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) sponsored Biology Scholars Assessment Residency. This is a highly competitive program that accepts biologists who are working to utilize varied teaching strategies in their classrooms and laboratories and are motivated to design courses and assessments to maximize student learning. The Assessment Residency is a continuous 14-month commitment comprised of several key training components, including two face-to-face meetings, online “homework” assignments, and specialized peer mentoring. This included a four-day training session entitled “Measuring Student Learning Institute” in June at ASM headquarters in Washington, DC. His attendance at the institute was supported the institutional Title V STEM grant. Learn more about the Biology Scholars.

Pete Gomez, Director of ASU CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Progam), was elected to the National HEP/CAMP Association Board of Directors as the Western Stream Representative.

Paul Grohowski, ASU Chief of Police, was recently named Champion of the Month by Special Olympics Colorado. He has been involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics since 1996, beginning in Connecticut, and continuing in Florida. In the Sunshine State, he served as assistant regional director of LETR, then agency director. He brought the Torch Run to Alamosa in May, which attracted more than 100 runners. Grohowski added “LETR gives us a chance to instill a sense of community and charity in the young adults on campus.” Read more.

Phil Ray Jack, instructor of English, will release his second book and read from his work Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Roast, 420 San Juan Ave., beginning at 6:30 p.m. He will speak about on “Being True to Ourselves.” His first book, The Spirit of the Horse & Other Works, is a collection of his poetry and essays. In the second book, Soar High, he writes about the birth of the ‘Voice of Can’t.’phil-ray-jack-horse

“As children, most of us have a pretty clear idea of who we are and what life is all about, and then we begin losing our clarity. It’s that voice that tells us our dreams are not practical, or we are not worthy. It says we don’t have the skills or the ability to do the things we want to do, so we bury our hopes and dreams deep within us and start living the life that others have chosen for us,” Jack explained. The poems and essays in the book deal with the challenges we face, including grief and despair, as well as the joy of finding hope and re-awakening dreams. “I try to write about truth,” Jack explains, “and the truth is not always pleasant, but it is what makes life wonderful.”

Damon Martin, head coach/director of Cross Country and Track and Field, coached distance runners for Team USA at the NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletics) Senior Championships, held Aug 7-9 in San Jose, Costa Rica. A total of 31 countries were represented. Read more.

Jenna Neilsen, asst. professor of theatre, spent a week this summer studying at Second City in Chicago. She took courses in both advanced improvisation (Improvisation Level III) and beginning sketch writing. “I will bring the skills that I learned back to our students, which will in turn use them in the creation of their own comedy,” said Neilsen, who directs ASU’s comedy improve troupe, The Lost & Found.

Matthew Steffenson, asst. professor of biology, spent a week doing research at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, AZ. His project explroed wolf spider anti-predator behavior, specifically water submersion. “The wolf spiders will dive under the water and use the hairs on their legs and abdomen to trap an air bubble for breathing,” he explained. “I looked at differences in submersion ability between two different species of wolf spiders, as well as males and female within each species.” He is overseeing work by biology students John Whitinger and Alex Mullins on digital microscopy of the preserved specimens to identify differences in hair angle, hair density, etc.

Gustavo Plascencia, asst. professor of art, is part of the group exhibition “Bordering” showing at Ironton Gallery in Denver until September 5. The exhibition features multiple studio practices that explore the sometimes arbitrary, nature of domestic and public space, cultural and geographic region, virtual and real experience, as well as biological and constructed identity. Read more.

Dr. Pat Robbins, assoc. professor of business, received the Mountain-Plains Business Education Association (MPBEA) Collegiate Teacher of the Year Award. She accepted the award at the conference in Albuquerque earlier this summer. Read more.

Carissa Watts, director of Advisement & Recruitment for Extended Studies, was selected as one of three judges for Cranium Cafe’s essay contest. The judges were selected based on their outstanding commitment to students and leadership in their fields. The contest asks higher education professionals what impact they have on student success. Cranium Café offers Real-Time Student Services software.

New Employees

  • Dr. Courtney Allen – Asst. Professor of Counselor Education
  • Dr. Meredith Anderson – Asst. Professor of Mathematics
  • Sean Bolton – Assoc. Athletic Dir/Compliance
  • Ross Brunelle – Asst. Football Coach
  • Jeremiah Burkhart – General Labor I
  • Ken Carter – Asst. Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Russ Caton – Head Men’s Basketball Coach
  • Stuart Church – Asst. Professor, Developmental Math
  • Kristina Cook – Admin. Asst. III, Nursing
  • Erika Derouin – Police Officer Intern
  • Paul Echeverria – Asst. Professor of Communications
  • Jeff Gallegos – Admin. Asst. II (switchboard) Enrollment Management
  • Curtis Garcia – Asst. Professor of Teacher Education
  • George Garrett, Custodian I
  • Gary Glindmeyer – Extended Studies
  • Amanda Graham – Admissions Counselor
  • Ana Guevara – Title IX and EOE Director
  • Simona Guillen – Project Coordinator, Title V
  • Blanca Guerra, MFA – Asst. Professor of Art
  • Marshall Hartley – Adventure Program Coordinator
  • Christina Harrell – Academic Advisor/Counseling Extern, Counselor Education
  • Kelsey Horton – Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach
  • Cathy Heaton – AAA Coordinator
  • Philip Ray Jack – Instructor of English
  • Dr. Lynnea King – Asst. Professor of English
  • Dr. Robert Kirk – Asst. Professor of Psychology
  • Lukus Klawiter – Asst. Professor of HPPE
  • Dr. Alexey Leontyev – Asst. Professor of Chemistry
  • Meagan Long – Admissions Counselor
  • Michael Martinez – Police Officer Intern
  • Dr. Leah McCormack – Asst. Professor of English
  • Dr. Abraham Meles – Asst. Professor of Physics & Math
  • Dr. Lisa Nealy – Asst. Professor of HAPPSS
  • Michelle Nelson – Admissions Counselor
  • Andrea Orin – Resident Director, Housing
  • Dr. Janessa Parra, Asst. Professor of Counselor Education
  • Alicia Palmer – Asst. Volleyball Coach
  • Danielle Persinger – Financial Aid Counselor
  • Brian Puccerella – Coordinator of Adventure Leadership
  • Max Ruybal – Athletic Director – Academics
  • Dr. Neil Rigsbee – Visiting Assistant Professor, Counselor Education
  • Ken Schell, Custodian I
  • Katherine Smith-Mortensen – Asst. Professor of Teacher Education
  • Uriah Valdez – Admissions Counselor
  • Dr. Angela Winter, Director of Bands and Professor of Horn
  • David Wreford – Instructor of English
  • Matlyn Zimmerman – Asst. Athletic Trainer
  • Stuart Church

    Stuart Church

    Dr. Meredith Anderson

    Dr. Meredith Anderson


    Dr. Alexey Leontyev

    Dr. Alexey Leontyev

    Dr. Abraham Meles

    Dr. Abraham Meles


    Jeff Gallegos, Switchboard Operator