Message from President McClure

Fall has arrived, as have our students. It is great to see students on campus and to be reminded of our core purpose “. . . to educate, serve, and inspire our diverse populations in the pursuit of their lifelong dreams and ambitions.” It is that core purpose that should continue to give us the passion and the energy to work together to create an ASU 2020 plan that will detail how best to accomplish this purpose.

I have been meeting with each department to discuss the importance of ASU 2020. Just as important, I have been learning and listening to the accomplishments of each department. I continue to be amazed by the talent of our faculty and staff and the commitment to serve our students and our community.

The campus on Edgemont and Richardson does not fully represent the reach ASU has and the impact on the San Luis Valley. Our calendar of events alone reflects a broad array of programs for the Valley and for our students. This calendar does not include how many of you are involved in the community and contribute many hours of service to improve the lives of those in the Valley.

I look forward to continuing to work with each of you to educate, serve, and inspire. Certainly, all that you do is an inspiration to me.

– President McClure

President McClure to address “Lean in Lunch”

Dr. Beverlee J. McClure will discuss “The Leadership Formula” at the Lean-In Luncheon, Thursday, October 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held at the SLV Health Education and Conference Center, 1921 Main St. (the Grizzly Inn). This will be an interactive presentation that allows each participant to reflect on their own leadership qualities. Dr. McClure will also share her personal story and how the formula has helped her in her professional (and personal) life. Reservations and tickets for the luncheon are available online.

Homecoming Weekend Activities

  • All employees – garbed in ASU t-shirts – are invited to be part of a photograph the ASU Alumni Office will take on Friday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. in front of Richardson Hall. Current Homecoming t-shirts are available for $11; stop by the Alumni Office in RH-Suite 2-500, or call Gaylene at ext. 8110.
  • Everyone is also welcome to come visit with alumni at the Homecoming Alumni Reception, from 3:30 to 5:30, to be held Friday in SUB 309.

More Homecoming Events

Friday, Oct. 2

  • 3:30 p.m. SUB 309
    Alumni Reception
  • 7:30 p.m
    ASU Theatre (call 587-TIXX for tickets)
    Standing on Ceremony: the Gay Marriage Plays
  • 8:30 p.m.
    Bonfire & ASU Ziplining
    Between baseball & softball fields
  • 9 p.m
    ASU Jazz  Combo
    SLV Brewing Co.

Saturday, Oct. 3

  • 8 a.m.
    Grizzly Spirit Fun Run/Walk (The Roast (San Juan & Main St.)
    $10 entry fee
  • 10 a.m.
    Homecoming Parade
    Main St.
  • 11 a.m.
    Tailgate Party
    Campus Green
    $10 per person
  • 1 p.m.
    Football vs. CSU-Pueblo
    Rex Stadium

EARTH will recycle at game

EARTH (Environmental Action for Resources, Transportation, and Health) is seeking campus volunteers to recycle at the homecoming game. Participants will receive a t-shirt. Interested people should meet in the front of the stadium at 12:30 Saturday, Oct. 3. If interested, please contact Dr. Jared Beeton.

ASU cyber security ranks among best

Adams State had the third highest cyber security posture among 485 colleges and universities reviewed in the 2015 Higher Education Security Report, conducted by SecurityScorecard.

“I’m very proud of all of our technical staff who work hard behind the scenes to keep ASU’s technical systems safe and secure for our students, faculty and staff. This article and report by Security Scorecard helps show our community that our efforts in this area are moving us in the right direction,” said Kevin Daniel, Chief Information Officer, Computing Services. “Even though this report ranks us as having a ‘high’ score, it is necessary to continue to keep cyber-security on the forefront of our efforts in order to stay on top of the ever-changing threat landscape of Internet technology. October 2015 is the 12th annual National Cyber-Security Awareness month. The ASU Computing Services Department will once again engage the campus community in efforts to increase awareness and education for safe computing during this month and throughout the year.”

Adams State and other top schools received high marks in the following categories:

  • DNS Health
  • Endpoint Security
  • Hacker Chatter
  • Network Security
  • Password Exposure
  • Social Engineering
  • Cubit TM Score (a proprietary algorithmic module that reveals an assortment of misconfigurations, such as poor SSL configurations and weak encryption ciphers.)

Merced Community College and Concordia College ranked first and second, respectively. Read more and download complete report.


Extended Studies’ Prison Program lauded

“Adams State University [is] the largest, most cost-efficient, and forward-thinking prison college program in the country,” wrote Christopher Zoukis in his Huffington Post blog.

His comments concerned the U.S. Department of Education and the Obama administration’s recent announcement of the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program, which will enable need-based Pell grant funding to be used for incarcerated students. Zoukis advocates that “funding the already-successful college program for prisoners offered through the regionally accredited Adams State University” would be the most straightforward method of helping the largest number of incarcerated students.

Zoukis wrote College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons and is the founder of

All encouraged to participate in HLC forums

Several campus forums are scheduled to gather faculty and staff input as part of ASU’s self-study process of reaffirming accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. The first forum is Oct. 1. All faculty and staff, as well as students, alumni, and trustees, are highly encouraged to become familiar with the accreditation process and the criteria for accreditation.

Roundtable Schedule
Light refreshments will be served. More information.

  • Thursday, Oct. 1
    3 p.m.
    (East Campus Gymnasium)
    Criteria 3 & 4 – Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support & Evaluation and Improvement
    To review the topics for this roundtable in advance, please visit this site.
  • Friday, Oct. 16
    3 p.m.
    SUB First Floor Banquet Rooms
    Criterion 5 – Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27
    10 a.m.
    SUB First Floor Banquet Rooms
    Criterion 2 – Integrity: Ethical and Responsible
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3
    3 p.m.
    SUB First Floor Banquet Rooms
    Criterion 1 – Mission

Proposals sought for campus improvement requests

The Campus Renewal and Planning Committee (CRaP) invites proposals from individual campus units (academic, operating, student life, support services, auxiliary operations, athletics, etc.) for new, renovated, or relocated space associated with a specific program.

At a minimum proposal must address the following:

  • Program description – describe the mission/purpose of the program
  • State which ASU institution goal is addressed by this program
  • Provide square footage requirements, furnishings (desk, chairs, PC, lab bench, etc)
  • Provide special electrical, plumbing and IT requirements
  • Provide an operating budget to include staffing, salaries, and operating expenses
  • Provide funding source, if other than through tuition and fees, to cover operational expense
  • Provide revenue estimates generated in terms of new enrollments or other income
  • Provide any relevant information this program may contribute toward recruitment, retention, or completion

The CRaP committee will collect these proposals and make recommendations to executive council for further consideration. Please send all proposals to Scott Travis  by October 15, 2015.

Adams State awarded $5.7 million in Title V grants

Adams State University was recently awarded more than $5.7 million through two federal Title V grants for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). These awards will bring the total Title V funding Adams State has received since 2000 to more than $23.4 million.

“We are very proud to receive these grants that recognize and further our work to educate and serve rural, minority, and low income students,” said Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure. “Expanding educational access and improving student success will enhance the sustainability of our communities.”

Adams State is the lead partner in the Title V cooperative grant, Caminos: Increasing Access to Education and Opportunity in the Upper Rio Grande Region. The award will total $3,178,389 over the next five years, with $649,359 awarded the first year. Adams State’s partner on the project is University of New Mexico-Taos, a two-year HSI. The institutional grant, Conexiones, will receive a total of $2,584,038 over five years, with a first-year allocation of $518,304. Read more.

Adams State offers resources to aid communities and local governments

Adams State University offers the expertise of its faculty to assist communities and local governments in a number of realms, from agribusiness and government internships, to dropout prevention and strategic planning. The guide was produced in cooperation with the Colorado Municipal League. It is available online.

“Adams State University values our relationship to the communities we serve. We believe by working together we can leverage limited resources to help us all to grow and to prosper. This Resource Guide provides a foundation to strengthen our ties and to clearly exhibit our commitment to be a good community partner,” said Adam State President Beverlee J. McClure. “We welcome you to use these resources, just as we welcome you to our campus. If you think there may be an opportunity to work collaboratively, I invite you to contact the individuals listed to share in a conversation. By working together locally, we can be more competitive globally.”

Read more:

Classified Employee Council announces Craft Fair, gift cards, more

Classified Employee Council: semi-annual General Meeting

Tuesday, October 20
9:30 a.m.
McDaniel 101

Along with other items of business, Dr. McClure will address the group, with time for a question and answer period. All Classified Employees should plan to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Annual CEC Craft Fair / Red and Green Chili Cook-off / Jalapeño eating contest

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 categories will award $100 to first place and a $50 to second place. Winners will be determined by community members’ voting. Click here for an application and instructions.

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:

Fall Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics

The Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics feature ASU professors and others presenting lectures of a general interest. All are welcome to attend and enjoy complimentary pizza (bring your own beverages.)

Porter Hall 130

  • Wednesday, Sept. 23
    “Does grazing affect small mammals on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge?”
    Dr. Tim Armstrong
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30
    “Paleontology Field Methods: A new discovery in NW Colorado”
    Lyle Carbutt 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21
    “Time Marty McFlys”
    Dr. George Backen
  • Thursday, Nov. 5
    “Artificial Intelligence in Hong Kong”
    Dr. Matthew Ikle
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18
    “Summer Internships with the Bureau of Land Management”
    ASU Students Mianna Maestas, John Whitinger, and Edgar Pinedo-Escobedo
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2
    “From Classroom to Clinic: Useful things I learned at Adams State”
    Michael Noonan

Professional Administrative Staff Council updates

The Professional Administrative Staff Council (PASC) asks members of the professional administrative staff to complete a survey regarding job satisfaction and workplace support. The survey is conducted in recognition that meeting the core needs of staff members leads to more satisfied and productive employees, and positive results for the individual, as well as the institution. Take the 2015 Fulfilling Workplace Survey.

The PASC Council set the dates for the Council planning meetings for the upcoming year. Council meetings are open to all PASC members. Read PASC Meeting Minutes. All meetings will be held in McDaniel Hall Room 387 at 1:30 p.m.:


  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9


  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 2
  • April 13
  • May 11
  • June 8


HPPE hosts speaker on sprint interval training

“Sprint Interval Training: A Healthy Need for Speed”
By Dr. Christopher Bell,
Associate Professor, Department of Health & Exercise Science,
Colorado State University
Wednesday, Oct. 14
6 – 6:45 p.m.
McDaniel Hall Room 101
6:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Question & Answer Period/Social

Sprint interval training is now widely recognized as a time efficient alternative to traditional endurance exercise training. Although many of the resulting physiological benefits are similar between the training regimens, the weekly time commitment to sprint training is typically measured in minutes and not hours. From a scientific perspective, sprint interval training also represents a very powerful intervention, capable of evoking many physiological adaptations in a short period of time. During this seminar the health and sport performance benefits of sprint interval training will be broadly reviewed, and the utility of sprint interval training in physiology research will be discussed.

Vendor Items provided by Natural Grocers & RMACSM.

Free viewing of “Miss Representation”

The Adams State University Counselor Education Department and Tu Casa’s Anti-Violence Task Force will present for a FREE viewing of the film, Miss Representation. The evening features a Q&A discussion with Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. She is an author, speaker, and filmmaker who is internationally recognized for her work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco.

Friday, Oct. 23
6:30 p.m.
McDaniel 101

This film focuses on a society where media is the most persuasive force shaping cultural norms, giving young women and men the message that a woman’s value and power lie in her youth, beauty, and sexuality, and not in her capacity as a leader.

New Travel Changes, Updates, and Improvements

Betsy Chacon, ASU Travel/Accounts Payable, recently announced the following changes in travel procedures:

  1. Travel Request problems: Due to some computer upgrades, there have been some problems with the “Total” field calculations on the Travel Request form. To correct the problem, download the form to your desktop and open with Adobe Reader. Also, remember to complete the CLERY Act Compliance portion of the request form.
  2. Meal Per Diem rates: For domestic travel, all current meal and incidental expense tiers are changing as of October 1, 2015. Note that the Standard rate is increasing by $5 per day, from $46 to $51. The new Meal Per Diem tables are available on the ASU Travel website.
  3. Pan Am Travel is no longer a State contracted travel agency. Any flights that have been booked through Pan Am previously will be honored, but no new flights are to be requested, effective immediately.
  4. The Online Booking Tool is now available, through Christopherson Travel, our newest State approved travel agency. Booking online gives you the benefits of booking flights, lodging, and/or rental vehicles on one site, through an approved travel agency with the convenience of the flight being paid with the Adams State Corporate Ghost Card. The agency fee for booking online will be $11 per ticket. To find out more about Online Booking and how to sign up, be sure to check the Adams State Travel website, under Airlines/Travel Agency Information. A profile needs to be setup in order to use “Airportal,” so be sure to plan ahead. Once the profile is in place, you should find booking travel easier. Flight Authorization numbers are still required though. If you want to speak with a travel agent, Frosh Travel, Boersma Travel, and now Christopherson Travel are still available for you to use.

Questions may be directed to Betsy, ext. 7762, Richardson Hall – 3-307.

Faculty & Professional Development opportunities

Professional Development Calendar

Upcoming Faculty and Professional Development sessions are now listed in an online calendar. You can also add it to your Google calendar by searching for “Faculty & Professional Development” in the box, “Other calendars.”

Webcast Oct. 5

Faculty Civility and Academic Freedom:
Protecting the Workplace while Preserving Academic Culture
Monday, Oct. 5
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
McD 387

Description: Addressing faculty incivility before it becomes toxic or libelous. Addressing issues of civility among faculty can be a difficult issue when you consider the scope of free speech, academic freedom, and how social media blurs the lines between the personal and professional context. This webcast will examine this important issue and provide you with concrete steps you can take to improve civility on campus and address issues as they arise. Sponsored by Office of Academic Affairs.

Winter retreat planning under way

The Faculty Development Committee will host its third annual winter retreat, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 14. Planning is underway; the retreat will be open to both faculty and staff during.

AAUW Fellowships

ASU is now a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), which offers American Fellowships to support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research. Details.

Connections Mentoring

Dr. Penny Sanders, asst. professor of counselor education, is serving as the Faculty Development Committee’s Mentoring Coordinator for the CIELO Connections Mentoring Program. In order to facilitate a successful transition to Adams State, all new faculty will be placed with a mentor. Staff and returning faculty member are also welcome to participate. To assist in the best possible mentoring connection, please fill out the Google form.

More information. Questions may be directed to Penny Sanders.