S. Masood Ahmad, director of Student Engagement and Success, attended the 29th annual conference on The First-Year Experience, held in Denver Feb. 12-16. Sponsored by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition at The University of South Carolina, the conference hosted about 1,400 delegates from nearly 500 institutions world-wide.

“It was a great experience to meet my peers in other institutions and to learn what other universities and colleges from around the world are doing with regards to student engagement and success,” he said. “I have come back with a lot of new ideas which we, at SES, will evaluate to see which of these can be implemented at ASC.”

Dr. Teri Hepler, assistant professor of HPPE, received the Sport and Exercise Psychology Dissertation Award from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) during the national convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), March 19. This national honor is given to an individual in recognition of student research that has the greatest potential for making a significant contribution to the knowledge base in sport psychology.

Hepler’s dissertation, “Take the First Heuristic and Self-efficacy in Option-Generation and Decision-Making Performance in Sport,” used an experimental design to test whether athletes use the take the first (TTF) heuristic – a decision rule to take the first decision option that comes to mind – when performing under pressure, whether athletes who use TTF make decisions that are faster and/or better, and whether self-efficacy influences these relationships.

“Her (Teri’s) research reflects her independent thinking and strong commitment to scholarship,” said Dr. Deborah Feltz, professor and chairperson at Michigan State University. “She is a highly motivated, talented, and intelligent young scholar and has a firm grasp of the theory and literature related to her dissertation.”

The entire Adams State College Police Department spent Spring Break learning new strategies for intervention in armed confrontations. ASCPD officers worked in teams with other agencies, including deputies from the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office, to plan responses to active shooting scenarios. Specially equipped training firearms added realism to the exercises to simulate some of the stresses under which officers must operate in the chaos of an attack on students. This is the second training experience in active shooter response for ASCPD and is part of ongoing education in emergency operations for the department.

After two days of active shooter training, ASCPD cooperated with the Alamosa Police Department in reviewing Use of Force policies and utilizing a state of the art firearms simulator. The simulator projects real life situations on screen and officers must react with verbal commands while making decisions on use of force. Officers must choose whether to use an electronic control device, chemical defense spray, firearms, or mere verbal commands to respond under stress. The simulator is located in a specially equipped room at the San Luis Valley Law Enforcement Training Center.

ASCPD Officers also completed training on sexual assault investigation and protocols with a representative of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) team. An update on victim rights laws and policy was given by the sheriff’s department victim advocate unit. Officers are completing recertification on emergency medical care and on defense tactics in the coming weeks.

New Employees

Nakayla Werner, Admissions Counselor
Allison Bennett, Nursing Simulation Lab Coordinator
Hannah Steele,
Quality Assurance Manager, Extended Studies
Louis Wilson, Head Men’s Basketball Coach
Ryan Dodd, Asst. Men’s Basketball Coach