President’s Message

Dear Colleagues:

We are developing a number of new initiatives and partnerships that I would like to share with you.

Two important events will be held on campus in a few weeks. The first is a meeting of representatives from colleges, universities, and organizations with missions similar to ASU’s. This group will meet November 13-15 to create a National Center for Historically Underserved Students. Our first goal is to charter the organization and collaborate on best practices to better recruit, retain, and graduate underserved student populations. We have had overwhelming response, including from members of the Obama administration. Our Title V Office is supporting the event.

On November 15, Governor Hickenlooper, Lt. Governor Donna Lynne, and members of the governor’s cabinet will hold a community Town Hall meeting in McDaniel 101, beginning at 1:30 p.m. We are honored to host this event, and I encourage you to attend.

We were just notified of another wonderful honor: the Federal Department of Higher Education selected ASU to participate in a cohort of 50 institutions on a three-year grant that will provide training on practices to improve retention of underserved students. We will receive consulting services at no charge, plus an opportunity for funding of an initiative of our choice.

I am also excited about a new three-year grant that will support our efforts to serve our diverse student body. The National Science Foundation recently awarded ASU $249,571 for “Advancing Women in STEM through Institutional Transformation at Adams State University.” The key word here is “transformation.” To succeed in our mission, we need more women, particularly women of color, in our classrooms. This project will help increase diversity and gender equity among Adams State’s faculty in the social and behavioral sciences and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).

These are all team efforts, and I value the time and attention you give their success. As you can see, we are moving forward on several fronts that together will build a stronger Adams State University.

– President McClure


News from HR: Health Fair and Benefits Open Enrollment

Once again, FREE comprehensive health screenings and flu shots will be available at the upcoming health fair. The blood draws and health screens are FREE for employees and ANY dependents covered on an employee’s health care plan. Additional tests are available at minimal cost. Visit the Human Resources website for more information or to sign up.

Questions may be directed to Shannon Heersink.

2016 ASU/CHEIBA Health Fair
Wednesday, November 9
7-11 a.m.
SUB 309

  • Human Resources will soon send information regarding Open Enrollment for benefits, which is from November 1 to November 23.

Craft Fair and Chile Cook-Off – Nov. 5

Hand-crafted gifts and mouth-watering chile — the Adams State University Classified Employees Council will host a Craft Fair and Chile Cook-Off on Saturday, November 5, in the Plachy Hall Field House.

This year, the event is co-sponsored by the Adams State Campus Recreation and Wellness Center and includes wellness screenings, face painting, massages, and live music.

The Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Vendor fee is $20 for a 10′ by 10′ booth and additional tables are $10. Read more.

Campus Events Calendar is new & improved

The Adams State website features a new events calendar  designed to better promote and display events to the campus and community. It is also linked from “Events” at the top of the home page.

Karla Hardesty, director of Marketing and Enrollment and Management, explained, “A student marketing research project last year found that many students were unaware of events or had the perception that there are not enough activities at Adams State.”

The new calendaring system was launched to alleviate these issues. It allows departments to create events and add photos, map location, links, and related content. It also includes a widget system that displays event information on existing webpages. Most departments have been moved to the new calendar and have been adding department related events. Specific department calendars can be found in the “Jump to” menu.

“The calendar is visually appealing and can be used across multiple platforms and social media. Links to specific events can be used in campus wide email notices, and events can easily be uploaded to a personal calendar. We encourage those who hold events to place them on the calendar for promotion,” Hardesty added.

Lunch and Learn: online learning

The Counselor Education department invites campus members to lunch events that provide learning opportunities critical to understanding best practices in online learning. Lunch of a Subway sandwich, chips and soda will be provided.

The next Lunch and Learn is:

Thursday, October 27
Noon – 1 p.m.
McDaniel Hall 101

Please RSVP to Carol Fell by October 18.

ASU Foundation announces new scholarships

Nine new scholarships were created during 2015-16 through the ASU Foundation, resulting in $360,502 in contributions to support Adams State students. Two new scholarships were recently created and will be available to award during 2017-2018. They and other scholarships are listed in the on-line guide.

  • The S. Connelly Softball Scholarship, valued at $1,300, was recently established to support a senior on the ASU Softball team.
  • The Matthew Miller Memorial Scholarship was established to support a student pursuing a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences with Computer Science emphasis. To be eligible, a student must be a junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

Anyone interested in establishing or contributing to an existing scholarship is asked to contact the ASU Alumni Relations/Foundation Office, ext. 7609.

Are you fit?

The Human Performance and Physical Education Department (HPPE) continues to offer the community a variety of affordable fitness tests. The tests are available every Thursday from 5-7 p.m. and are conducted by Dr. Tracey Robinson, professor of HPPE, and graduate assistant Alex Jordan. Testing is located in the Human Performance Lab room 106, East Campus.

To set up an appointment, contact Robinson, ext 7663; or Jordan. Read more.

Updates from Facilities Services

Facilities Services announces new office hours, as follows:

  • Structural Trades, Auto Shop and main office: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Grounds: 6:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Custodial Services – 2 day shifts and one evening shift.
  • Key Shop – Key requests may also be submitted online.
    Monday 10-11 a.m.
    Tuesday 1-2 p.m.
    Wednesday 10-11 a.m.
    Thursday 1-2 p.m.
    Friday 10-11 a.m.

Vehicle Use

When reserving vehicles, please contact Facilities Services at least 7 days in advance. Reservations may be made well in advance of travel, if the schedule is set.


Please submit a work order at least 7 days in advance when requesting banners to be hung up. Please specify the designated locations where banners are to be placed, as well as dates for putting up and taking down banners. Banner can be dropped off and picked up at the Facilities main office

Work Orders

If you experience problems logging into the work order system, Schooldude, please call ext. 7951 for assistance.

Students, Faculty & Staff news

Psychology major AnnMarie Bennett will present research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, to be held in Tampa, Fla., in November. This past summer, the Summer Research Opportunity Program allowed her to participate in research at one of the University of Iowa’s Psychological and Brain Sciences labs. She work on “Optical Stimulation of the mEC and its Effects on Cued-Response Memory in Rats.”

The ASU Bulls & Bears Finance Club and advisor Asst. Prof. Zaro met September 22 with First SouthWest Bank executive staff to discuss the bank’s UBPR report and risk management. The group met with Commercial Loan Officer Delzia Worley, CFO Bill Young, CCO Taylor Horst, and Credit Administration Manager Kristy Esquibel.

Business students with First Southwest Bank staff.
Business students with First Southwest Bank staff.

More than 20 School of Business students attended the recent Colorado Business School Career Fair at Sports Authority Field in Denver. They were accompanied by professors Sheryl Abeyta and Natalie Rogers. More than 150 employers discussed career opportunities and accepted resumes from over 1,500 students. Additional information.

Students in Denver for the job fair.
Students in Denver for the job fair.

Forty-eight faculty and staff attended a three-day Pathways Project retreat in September. Facilitated by Dr. Jose Moreno Ed.D., of California State University, the group discussed creating pathways for student success. Participants expressed the following motivations for attending the event and being involved in ongoing work:

  • Develop curriculum that faculty want to teach and students want to learn. Because we need to develop a more relevant general education.
  • We need to have student support throughout their entire education.
  • New general education can help students and save students money.
  • We need to be more inclusive.
  • Because it is rare that general education is connecting with equity and inclusion.

Faculty and doctoral students in the Department of Counselor Education attended and presented at the biannual Rocky Mountain Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (RMACES) conference in Steamboat Springs. The Department was also a sponsor and exhibitor for the conference. Third-year doctoral student, Gregg Elliott, was recognized with an Emerging Leader Award.

Presentations by ASU faculty and doctoral students included:

  • “Exploring the Efficacy of Suicide Assessment and Intervention Training in Counselor Education” – Dr. Neil Rigsbee
  • “Incorporating Multicultural Competencies Into the Teaching of Suicide Risk Assessment” – Gregg Elliott (doctoral student) and Dr. Janessa Henninger
  • “Counseling LGBTQ Clients Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)” – Lis Tomlin and Dr. Penny Sanders
  • “Integrating Spirituality in Counseling: Exploring World Religions, Faith, and Personal Spiritual Values” – Vasti Holstun (doctoral student) and colleague
  • “Developmental Trauma, Violence, and Risk Assessment” – Lori Kucharski (doctoral student)
  • “Spiritual Journeys in Counselor Education: Giving Voice through Photography” – Dr. Jared Thiemann and colleagues
  • “Counseling the Collective: New Frontiers for Addressing Emotions in Counselor Education and Supervision” – Johnsa Phares (doctoral student)
  • “Beyond Survey Instruments: Using Biometrics to Study Mindfulness in Prepracticum” – Dr. Blaine Reilly and colleague
  • “Course Design for Advanced Theories: Implications for Doctoral Students and Counselor Educators” – Megan Numbers (doctoral student), Coreen Haym (doctoral student), and Dr. Joel Givens
  • “Consensual Qualitative Research: A Methodology for Reaching Consensus through a Team Approach” – Dr. Janessa Henninger and colleague
  • “Stick it to ‘Em: Using Auricular Acupuncture for Anxiety Reduction with Counseling Students” – Dr. Penny Sanders, Lis Tomlin, and Dr. Joel Givens
  • “Writing our Helping Stories: Using a Narrative Approach to Theoretical Orientation Development” – Dr. Courtney Allen

In addition, second-year doctoral student Megan Numbers presented at two division counseling conferences: “Using ‘Inside Out’ to facilitate a group that helps children identify feelings and create a toolbox of coping skills,” presented at the Association for Creativity in Counseling in Savannah, GA, and “Empowering parents: Creating a safe space at home to discuss childhood sexuality,” presented at the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling in San Antonio, TX.

Three Extended Studies staff members recently completed new certifications. Carissa Watts, director of Advisement and Recruitment, earned the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning’s Certificate of Achievement in Prior Learning Assessment. Beth Apodaca Ruybal, director of Academic Quality Assurance, and Gary Glindmeyer, Quality Assurance Specialist, both completed Quality Matters’ training in Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR.)

Dr. Rob Demski, professor of psychology, and Dr. Jeremy Yeats, asst. professor of HPPE, recently presented their research, “Exploring Poetic Representations of Inequity Through Critical Ethnography,” at the Hawaii University International Conference. Their findings have implications for development of pedagogical strategies to address culturally responsive teaching, inclusion, and equal learning opportunities. The research was based on the “Raging Studios,” developed through Title V Funding.

Dr. Jeff Elison, asst. professor of psychology, had two articles published this summer: “Humiliation,” in Encyclopedia of Adolescence, R. J. Levesque (Ed.), and “Measuring shame coping: The validation of the Compass of Shame Scale,” co-authored with F. Schalkwijk,  J. Dekker, J. Peen, & Stams, G. J. in Social Behavior and Personality (in press). In addition, his shame-coping scale, the Compass of Shame Scale (CoSS) was translated to Polish, its 13th translation.

Jess Gagliardi, instructor of developmental education, and seniors Jonathan Millar, sociology, and Patrick Cleary, HAPPSS, will attend and present posters at an Interdisciplinary Social Science Research Conference in Georgia, October 21. Gagliardi and Millar will present a poster titled “Sports and Society: An enthographic look into bowling as a sport,” which will apply both history and sociological methods to sports in society and bowling as a case study. Gagliardi and Cleary will present a poster titled “Women’s Suffrage and the Frontier: How western states led the way to securing women’s right to vote in the United States.” They use both history and political science to demonstrate how this movement really gained momentum from a state/regional movement, eventually leading the way to national suffrage with the Nineteenth Amendment.

Dr. Kristy Duran, asst. professor of biology, attended the Conference of the Ford Fellows and the Senior Ford Fellows Conference, September 23-25. As a 2002 Dissertation Ford Fellowship Recipient, she served on a panel titled “Nuts and Bolts of Going on the Job Market-STEM.” She presented with Ford Fellows from Dartmouth College and California State University, Chico. In addition, she moderated the session, “Getting Buy-In: Strategies and Techniques for Changing Practice and Interactions on Search Committees, Admissions Committees and at the Water Cooler.” The Ford Fellowship Program is highly competitive, funding approximately 6% of applicants. The program seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Dr. Chris Gilmer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, recently published a chapter entitled “Composition Education” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of Online Education, released internationally by SAGE Publishing in September 2016. The three-volume encyclopedia contains 350 entries detailing a wide range of best practices in online education.

William Herrmann, CPA, MBA, asst. professor of accounting, gave a talk on “Financial Planning” to a Wellness Lunch & Learn for the Colorado Choice Health Plans in Alamosa, Sept 30. He also attended the Colorado CPA Society Accounting Faculty Symposium in Denver, Oct 1.

Dr. Rich Loosbrock, professor of history, presented a paper as part of Oxford University’s The Sport Project, which is part of the research group Inter-Disciplinary.Net. Held September 13-15, the event gathered scholars from a 13 different countries who presented on the theme “Politics, Money, and Sport.” Loosbrock’s paper was “The NFL Super Bowl: America’s Midwinter Holiday,” which examined the development of the Super Bowl into the most valuable sporting event in the world, according to Forbes Magazine. He sketched the history, looked at the trend in television ratings and advertisement rates, and the role of commercials and halftime shows in creating the event.

Scholarship Coordinator Erica Romero, who is president of the Alamosa School Board, recently attended a two-day conference on improving student outcomes through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Held in Washington , D.C., it was hosted by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund as part of its 12th Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education. Discussions focused on the state of Latino education and how the ESSA can be used to support the growing Latino and English Language Learner (ELL) student population. Signed into law Dec. 10, 2015, ESSA shifts the educational oversight of student services and accountability systems from the federal level to the state and local levels.

Dr. Brian Zuleger, asst. professor of HPPE, and Zachary Holloway, graduate student in the M.S. in Applied Sport Psychology program, attended the annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) conference. Zuleger presented with colleagues from across the country as part of the panel, “Getting in the Door and Staying in: Lessons Learned from Early Career Consultants Working in Applied Sport Psychology.” Panel members included Dr. Scotta Morton, director of mental performance for the University of Missouri Athletics; Dr. Ian Connole, director of sport psychology for Kansas State University Athletics; Dr. Jesse Michel, a Lead Master Resilience Trainer- Performance Expert with the Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness progam; and Dr. Ralph Vernacchia, Emeritus Professor of Western Washington University, who served as moderator. Zuleger and Holloway also participated in the Graduate Student Fair to recruit students. Holloway said, “Attending the AASP Conference was an eye opening experience for me. I had some expectations about learning more about my field, but never expected so many informative workshops and the opportunity to learn from so many well-known experts in sport psychology.”

New Employees

  • Jeri Chacon – Nursing Clinical Placement Coordinator
  • Angelo Salazar – Structural Trades I
  • Justin Prieto – Accounting Tech III
  • Edgar Martinez – Migrant Education Program State Recruiter
  • Minga Francisco-Miguel – Migrant Education Program Recruiter/Advocate

The following employees recently assumed new positions on campus:

  • Betsy Chacon – Payroll Manager
  • Greg Cook – Director Student Business Services