President’s Message

We are looking forward to Adams State University Day at the Capitol on February 19. For the first time in our history, we will take Adams State to Denver so legislators have the opportunity to understand more about our institution. On Thursday evening, February 18, we will have a reception for legislators. We appreciate our sponsors who helped make this reception possible: Arnold & Marguerite Salazar, Partnership Investments, and SLV Behavioral Health.

This year’s General Assembly is important to us in many ways. As the budget is being debated, we stand to lose about $300,000 from our allocation or gain as much as $1.1 million. Imagine any other entity trying to plan for the next fiscal year with this much potential fluctuation without knowing the outcome. We have to be ready to educate lawmakers on the importance of Adams State University to the San Luis Valley and to our students.

Our recently completed Economic Impact Study is just one way we are telling our story. The study reveals that every Colorado tax dollar invested in us results in an 11.5 percent return. Adams State had a positive economic impact on the Valley of over $78 million and a state-wide impact of $111 million.

Adams State serves the largest percentage of Pell-eligible students of all Colorado institutions. In fact, 58 percent of our students are low-income, which is not surprising, given that three of the poorest counties in the state in located in the Valley we serve. In addition, our student body is the most diverse in the state; 39.2 percent of our first-time students identify as Hispanic. We have to realize that providing the support systems to help our students succeed costs more per student here than at other institutions. It is important for us to share our story.

I look forward to seeing those of you who can make it to Adams State University Day at the Capitol!

President McClure


Self-Study chapters ready for campus review

Adams State’s HLC Steering Committee requests input from faculty and staff on the self study report under development for ASU’s 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. One evaluation factor is campus-wide participation in the accreditation process, therefore, everyone in the campus community is strongly encouraged to provide feedback by Friday, February 19.

You may review and comment on the draft reports through Google Drive using the links below:

To place a comment in a document, select the text relevant to your comment, then click the comment icon to the right and enter your feedback in the comment window. This review is for substantive comments related to content, NOT proofreading as a professional editor will help with this.

Any questions may be directed to Karla Hardesty, Chair, HLC Engagement Committee, ext. 8124.


New student recruitment initiatives

Lone Star Scholarship

Adams State recently created the Lone Star Scholarship exclusively for Texas residents. All qualified new and continuing students from Texas will automatically be awarded $3,000, beginning with the fall 2016 semester. All qualified non-Colorado-resident students also automatically receive Adams State’s Experience Colorado Scholarship of $5,000.

Eric Carpio, assistant vice president for Student Services, explained Texas is the only state in ASU’s region that doesn’t belong to the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), in which members reciprocally offer tuition at 150 percent of in-state rates. ASU has a reciprocal tuition agreement with New Mexico.

“Combined with our new Guaranteed Tuition program,  this should make Adams State very attractive to Texas residents,” Carpio added.

Summer Session revamped

The course schedule for Adams State’s Summer Session 2016 has been revamped so that new high school graduates may enroll in General Education courses during June and July. They are also eligible for summer financial aid. In addition, new students who enroll during Summer Session and continue in the fall semester will qualify for a lower Guaranteed Tuition rate than those who begin in the fall.

Update: VPAA Search

February 12 is the application deadline in ASU’s search for a Vice President for Academic Affairs. The search committee incorporated feedback from the campus survey into a position description. The vacancy announcement was posted on the Chronicle of Higher Education and Higher Ed Jobs websites January 5. Next steps in the process include evaluation of applicants, Skype interviews, and reference checks. The website for those interested in the position is here.

Any questions for the committee may be directed to Dr. Tracy Doyle or Dr. Benita Brink.

Student Scholar Days deadline Feb. 26

Faculty member are reminded to encourage eligible students to take part in Student Scholar Days, scheduled for April 7-8. The deadline for project submission is 5 p.m., Friday, February 26. Student Scholar Days is a multidisciplinary, two-day conference that highlights the academic achievements of ASU students.

Student Scholar Days Faculty information

Student Scholar Days Committee:

  • Dr. Christopher Adams
  • Dr. Meredith Anderson
  • Liz Bosworth
  • James Doyle
  • Jess Gagliardi
  • Geoffrey Johnson
  • Natalie Rogers (co-chair)
  • Dr. Nick Saenz (co-chair)
  • Mark Schoenecker
  • Dr. Matthew Steffenson
  • Dr. Benjamin Waddell
  • Dr. Brian Zuleger

Faculty Development presentations

Upcoming Faculty Development events may be viewed on the calendar.

Training sessions on developing student engagement

Eight faculty who participated in the Title V STEM grant training on techniques for creating more student engagement in their classes will present a four-part series to share what they have learned. The sessions are appropriate for all faculty and staff with a teaching role in any discipline.

All Sessions:
Noon – 1 p.m.
La Mesa/SUB Banquet room

  • Thursday, Feb. 11
    Session 1: “What does it mean to be an HSI?”
    By Dr. Comfort Cover & Dr. Tony Weathers
  • Monday, Feb. 29
    Session 2: “Aren’t learning goals just a waste of time? A tale of two converts”
    By Dr. Renee Beeton & Dr. Adam Kleinschmit
  • Wednesday, March 9
    Session 3: “Active Learning techniques to engage your students”
    By Dr. Matt Steffenson
  • Thursday, March 17
    Session 4: Active Lecturing
    By Dr. Jared Beeton, Dr. Chris Adams, & Dr. Rob Benson

Workshop on culturally and linguistically diverse students

“Meeting the post-secondary needs of diverse learners through a culturally responsive lens” will be presented on three separate dates with facilitators Luis Alvarez MA, LPC and Javier Gonzalez MA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. The presentation explores culturally responsive teaching practices to enhance the educational experience of students from varying backgrounds.This workshop will include case studies and group discussions.It is appropriate for both staff and faculty – anyone who interacts with our students. Meals will be provided.

All sessions are 8 a.m. – 1p.m. in McD 243

  • Friday, March 4
  • Saturday, April 2
  • Friday, May 27


FDC Update

  • Eight faculty and staff attended the Lilly Conference on Evidence-based Teaching and Learning, held in Austin in early January:
    • Dr. Leslie Alvarez
    • Dr. Rob Benson* – presented “Student sketching of complex geological processes improves long-term memory retention, application and synthesis.”
    • Geoff Johnson
    • Dr. Alex Leontyev* – presented “Constructing a concept inventory: A case of stereochemistry”
    • Gustavo Plascencia*
    • Claire VanDerPlas*
    • Yusri Zaro*
    • Dr. Brian Zuleger

*The Faculty Development Committee funded conference attendance.

  • Thirty-six faculty, staff, and administrators attended the third annual Faculty Development Committee retreat, “Paws-itive Pathways: Using our Strengths to Create Personal and Institutional Change,” held at the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, Jan. 22. Funding for the 1.5 day event, was provided by Title V.
  • Thirty-eight faculty and staff attended the Jan. 22 workshop, “Practical advice for discovering and nurturing the master teacher within you,” presented by renowned teaching and learning expert, Dr. William Buskist, of Auburn University. The event was funded by Academic Affairs, Dr. Ed Crowther, and Title V.

Facilities Services work order system

The password for submitting at work order online to Facilities Services is asu (not case sensitive). Facilities requests at least one week notice for requests to hang banners. Those requests should include the day banners should be taken down. Facilities Services will no longer be storing the banners for different departments. Questions may be directed to ext. 7951.

Submissions sought for Art Across Campus exhibit

The Art Department invites faculty, staff and administrators to submit creative artwork for an all campus exhibition to celebrating the creativity of the campus community. The exhibit is open to all media of fine art, crafts and visual forms of creativity. It will be juried by art students from the Art Department’s Professional Practices course. The exhibit will be scheduled to run from March 28 to April 14. Those interested in submitting work for the exhibit are asked to contact Eugene Schilling by February 15.

Faculty Lectures

Spring Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics

Porter 130
Complimentary pizza provided.

  • Wednesday, February 24
    “Well, now you’re in I.T.”
    Mark Campbell, Adams State Class of 1989
  • Thursday, March 3
    “Chemistry and History of Dyes”
    Dr. Marty Jones, emeritus professor of chemistry
  • Wednesday, March 16
    “Artificial Intelligence in Hong Kong”
    Dr. Matt Ikle, professor of mathematics
  • Thursday, March 31
    “A CURE (Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience) for low enrollment and retention in STEM”
    Dr. Adam Kleinschmit, asst. professor of biology
  • Wednesday, April 13
    Dr. Matt Nehring, professor of physics
  • Thursday, April 28
    “Inventing Numbers and Solving Polynomials”
    Dr. Tony Weathers, assoc. professor of mathematics

Faculty Lecture Series

All lectures held Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Porter Hall 130 (unless otherwise noted)

  • February 17
    “The Importance of Good Flag Design”
    Roger Eriksen, assoc. professor of art
  • Tuesday, March 8 – ART 227
    “Slut Shaming in the Age of the Internet”
    Laura Tanenbaum, author/editor for Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • April 6
    “The Link Between Human Violence and Animal Abuse: Creating Public Safety Through Community Partnerships”
    Dr. Laura Bruneau, assoc. professor of counselor education
  • April 20
    “Exceptional Presidential Companions: The First Ladies as an Essential Institution to the Presidency”
    Jess Gagliardi, instructor, developmental education
  • May 4
    “Star Wars and the Good Life”
    Dr. George Backen, professor of philosophy

What on Earth?

  • EARTH (Environmental Action for Resources, Transportation, and Health) has installed new recycling bins on campus in Richardson Hall, the Art Building, Community Partnerships, English, and Counselor Education. Five more sets of four bins remain to be located.
  • EARTH seeks volunteers for Earth Week, which will be held April 18-22.
  • EARTH Officers 2015-2016
    Jared Beeton: Coordinator
    Chris Adams: Recycling
    Renee Beeton: Treasurer
    Adam Kleinschmit: Education/Communication
    Marty Jones: Campus Community Gardens
    Clifton Simmons: EARTH Student Chapter President:

Student & Program News

NSO seeks input

New Student Orientation invites everyone to attend one of several all-campus to share questions, concerns or suggestions to improve this year’s NSO. Current information is available on the website. All sessions will be held Student Union Building room 309.

  • Thursday, February 11, 8-9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 24, noon – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 10, 8-9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 23, noon-1p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6, noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20, noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4, noon-1 p.m.

Grizzly Update

ASU to remain in RMAC

An Adams State University task force charged with examining an offer to join the Lone Star Conference (LSC) determined that remaining within the RMAC is the best viable option for Adams State student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Adams State has been a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) since 1956. Read more.

Recent athletics news

  • Samuel Bilderbeck took first place and set a new school record in heptathlon at the recent Air Force Invitational indoor track & field meet. Read more.
  • The 2016 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll predicted:
    Grizzly softball will finish the season in fourth place. Overall last season, the Grizzlies held a 21-17 RMAC record to finish in fifth place overall. Read more.
    Women’s lacrosse will finish 7th. Read more.
    Men’s Lacrosse will finish fourth. Read more.
    The Plains Division of the RMAC Preseason Poll predicted the baseball program will finish second. Read more.

Faculty & Staff News

Trustee update

    • Trustee Kathy Rogers

      Trustee Kathy Rogers

      Vice Chair of the ASU Board of Trustees Kathy Rogers was recently named Vice President and Director of Marketing of Rio Grande Savings and Loan. Rogers spent more than 14 years in marketing and public relations with SLV Health and has held numerous leadership positions, including serving as Mayor of Alamosa and on the Alamosa City Council.

    • ASU Trustee Cleave Simpson was recently named general manager for the Rio Grande Water Conservation District.

Trustee Cleave Simpson

ASU Police Department Update

  • ASU PD has purchased some less lethal equipment/weapons to resolve critical incidents in a non-lethal manner. A recent position paper presented to law enforcement chiefs from The Police Executive Research Forum outlines 30 guiding principles for police reform. The first principle is to value the sanctity of human life, having less lethal options is among the suggestions.
  • life-2All ASU PD officers are equipped with pocket trauma kits for life saving self aid in the event of a traumatic injury. These individual kits include a tourniquet, z-pal dressing, and gloves. Every police car is also equipped with mutual aid trauma kits that include Israeli bandages, emergency stretchers, and trauma blankets to treat those in






  • The ASUPD Polar Plunge team raised over $1,000 in last weekend’s special Olympics Polar Plunge. A total of more than $15,000 was raised by the event. ASU’s team included Officer Erika Derouin-Greene, Chief Paul Grohowski, and Grohowski’s twin daughters.plunge









Professional Activities

Dr. George Backen, assoc. professor of philosophy, was recently interviewed by Reuters and International Business Times about Star Wars and academia. He notes ASU was listed as one of the top ten colleges for Star Wars fans.

Aaron Miltenberger, director of Student Life & Recreation, was selected to serve NASPA (Student Affairs Educators in Higher Education) as its Latino/a Knowledge Community Strategic Initiatives and Assessment Co-Chair 2016-2018. With the committee chair, he is responsible for coordinating the assessment of the preconference institute that takes place at the national conference, as well as for oversight of the strategic plan.

Dr. Lisa Nikol Nealy, asst. professor of political science, will present her manuscript, “A Theory of Economic Globalization: Ghanaian Women Functioning in Restricted Spaces within Religious, Social, Economic, and Politically Underdeveloped Communities,” at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists in March.

Dr. Benjamin Waddell, assoc. professor of sociology, wrote a chapter, “An Invitation to Change the World” and served as editor of Sociology for the Curious: Why Study Sociology? Published by Curious Academic Publishing. The book provides a deeper understanding of the field of sociology and details career options for high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students who are looking to gain

Staff Changes

  • Elisabeth Tomlin, MA, NCC, LPC, was named Director of the Counseling and Career Services, after serving as Assistant Director.
  • Trevor Turner, formerly the transfer coordinator, was named academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center, Division of Student Services.

New Employees

Please welcome the following new employees to campus:

  • Amy McKinley – Payroll Manager
  • Kristy Manning – Admin. Asst. I, ASU PD
  • Sarah Cliff – Resident Director, Housing
  • Cassandra Cordova – Upward Bound
  • Brock Gallegos – Admin. Asst., Community Partnerships
  • Ann-Marie Peterson – Asst. Professor of Nursing
  • Alexandra Pipitone – Student Advisor, Student Support Services
  • Eric Shiveley – Grizzly Audio-Visual coordinator, Student Life & Recreation
  • Richard Wertz – Visiting Professor of Nursing