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.’
“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.
- 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
Dr. Meredith Anderson
Dr. Alexey Leontyev
Dr. Abraham Meles
Jeff Gallegos, Switchboard Operator