Campus-wide events and info

Campus Roundtable, Chronicle Article Issue
Wednesday, January 28
4 p.m. – SUB 1st floor banquet rooms

TOPIC: Extended Studies security and student verification issues. Input is sought particularly from faculty who are teaching or who have taught distance courses ranging from written correspondence courses to on-line open enrollment courses, term based courses or graduate level on-line courses that are part of a degree program.

Required Campus SaVE Act and Bystander Intervention Training

As part of Adams State’s ongoing work to prevent sexual assault, and to comply with new Federal requirements, the university has partnered with Get Inclusive to provide a mandatory 50-minute online training on bystander intervention and Title IX reporting requirements. All employees recently received emails concerning the training from Student Affairs and Diane Anderson, with Get Inclusive.

All faculty and staff members must complete the training by February 27, 2015. Those who meet the deadline will be entered into a chance to win a new Kindle Fire.

Questions may be directed to Vice President Ken Marquez 7221. Prompt attention to this requirement is very much appreciated.

Swearing-in Ceremony
ASU Chief of Police Paul Grohowski
Friday, January 30
10 a.m. – Board Room, Richardson Hall third floor

Operational Notices

Shared Governance Resources

A new webpage has been created that centralized resources related to shared governance on campus. Shared governance provides the opportunity to all stakeholders of the University to participate in decisions that affect the direction of the University. The site includes links to agenda and minutes of the following:

  • ASU Board of Trustees
  • President’s Advisory Groups: Cabinet, Executive Council
  • Governance: Associated Student & Faculty Senate (AS&F), Classified Employee Council (CEC), Faculty Senate, Curriculum Review Committee (CRC), Faculty Technology Advisory Committee (FTAC), General Education Curriculum Committee (GECC), Professional Administrative Staff Council (PASC)
  • Academic Oversight: Academic Council, Graduate Council
  • Campus Advisory Groups: Campus Culture Advisory Group (CCAG), Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership, and Opportunity (CIELO)
  • Institutional Technology: The Administrative Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC), Faculty Technology Advisory Committee (FTAC)

AS&F Important Dates

Calling all club advisors!

AS&F will host an advisor training webinar Wednesday, January 28 at noon. This is a great opportunity to improve advising of students clubs and organizations. Look for an email from AS&F with more information!

Third quarterly deadlines are quickly approaching. The third quarterly meeting will be Monday, February 23. The first deadline for bill submissions is Wednesday, February 11, by 5 p.m. Send Submissions.

BUGS task force updates policies

A task force has been convening the last year to review and update our institutional data management and protection policies and procedures. A new policy has been drafted and is now available for BUGS’ comment. View the policy. Share and post any comments on the Google document by February 6.

ASU completes successful audit

The Legislative Audit Committee and the State Auditor recently released the audit report for FY2013-14.

“For the second consecutive year, we have no audit findings or recommendations. There were also no adjusting entries, questioned costs, or passed audit adjusting journal entries,” said Controller Bill Schlaufman, CPA. “The last time we had no audit findings before FY2012-13 was FY1998-99. A big thank you to all who participated in the audit process!

Adams State partners with Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System

Adams State and six other Colorado institutions of higher education recently announced their partnership with the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System, a BidNet e-procurement system that provides vendors with an easier and more economical way to access and compete for local government bids.

The partnership also includes University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Mesa University, Western State Colorado University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and Fort Lewis College. Complete details.

New Mailroom Guidelines

The newly constructed Adams State University mail room is located at the northwest corner of Richardson Hall, and can be accessed through the west door of the mail room building.

The Mailroom door is at right.

The Mailroom door is at right.










Mailroom Manager David Martinez, ext. 7101, shares new guidelines and reminders:

  •  Bring your mailbox key. For security reasons, mail will NOT be handed out over the counter.
  • Please use your correct address which includes your DEPARTMENT and SUITE NUMBER on both mail and packages.
  • Include recipient’s DEPARTMENT on interoffice mail.
  • Do not overlap envelope flaps.
  • Sort mail and bundle with a rubber band into the following types:
    Local  (all zip codes starting with 811)
    All other (this includes the rest of Colorado)
  • Place international, stamped, on-campus students, and interoffice mail in the respective outgoing mail slots on the east lobby wall.

CEC thanks campus for support

The Classified Employees Council (CEC), along with the Academic Administrative Assistants, wish to thank everyone who contributed to the Annual Holiday Fund Drive. The donations provided $50 Walmart gift cards to six Adams State University students/families in need.

Construction update

VP for Finance and Governmental Relations Bill Mansheim reports Phase II construction on Richardson Hall is on schedule for completion at the end of March.

Campus Lectures, Events & Development Opportunities

Spring Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics

Porter Hall Rm. 130
Complimentary pizza provided

The lectures are open to everyone and appropriate for general audiences.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 4
    “Science in American Cinema”
    By Danny Ledonne
  • Thursday, Feb. 19
    “The Opium Wars: The History and Chemistry of …”
    By Dr. Renee Beeton
  • Wednesday, March 4
    “A Mathematical Mystery”
    By Dr. Steve Aldrich
  • Wednesday, March 18
    “Sabbatical Stories: The ASU Observatory”
    By Dr. Robert Astalos
  • Thursday, April 2
    “Yoda, Mediation, and the Science of Stress Reduction”
    By Dr. Leslie Alvarez
  • Thursday, April 16
    “Reclamation Concepts in Coal Mining”
    By Kristin Brown
  • Thursday, April 30
    “Newton vs. Leibniz: Who Invented Calculus?”
    By Dr. Tony Weathers

Lifeways Lecture series

Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
McDaniel Hall 101 (unless otherwise noted)

  • Jan. 29
    Dennis Lopez – “Our Unique San Luis Valley Spanish: An Analysis”
  • Feb. 12
    Panel of Experts – “Religious Diversity in the SLV”
  • Feb. 26
    Kurt Cary – “Education in the San Luis Valley” McDaniel Hall 201
  • Mar. 12
    Dr. Brenda Romero – “Female Voices through Music: Las Inditas”
    (part of International Women’s Week events at ASU)
  • April 2
    Sarah Parmar – “Passion Over Water” McDaniel Hall 201
  • April 16
    Ed Beaudette & John Bush – “Cumbres & Toltec Railroad: History and Impact on the SLV”
  • May 7
    Fred Haberlein – “Our Heritage in Murals”

Faculty Development Workshops

The Faculty Development committee reports 31 participants enjoyed a retreat in Taos over winter break. A number of workshops are scheduled on campus for the spring semester.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 28
    3:30-5 p.m. – McD 312
    Mark McLaughlan – Writing and performing public presentations

This session is designed for faculty and staff who wish to improve their public speaking performance, to better engage their audiences and, ultimately, to be persuasive. RSVP.

  • Friday, Jan 30
    9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – SUB 309
    Javier Gonzalez - College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

This session will begin with an overview of ASU’s student population, in particular regarding success, retention, and barriers. As a HSI, we will consider strategies for success including an overview of the CAMP program.

CIELO – Kindred Spirit Luncheons

All following events are:
12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
La Mesa Dining Room

Sign in at the entrance to the cafeteria, grab a tray, some lunch, and join in with these informative and interactive discussions and lectures.

  • Thursday, Feb. 12
    2014 Campus Climate Report
    By Dr. Nick Saenz, History professor and director of the Latino Studies program.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24
    Cognitive and Emotional Development of 18-19 Year-Olds
    By Mark Pittman, Assistant Direct of Housing-Resident Life
  • Wednesday, March 11
    Everyday Sexism
    Led by members of the CIELO working group.
  • Friday, April 3
    Cultural History Narratives
    Led by CASA Center members.
  • Saturday, April 11
    Tell Your Coming Out Story
    Led by members of the CIELO working group.
  • Fridays: Feb. 6; March 6; May 1
    Women’s Affinity Group
    A time for women and women’s advocates on campus to meet and discuss current issues.

To receive updates from the CIELO (Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership & Opportunity) listserv for updates, contact Dr. Matt Nehring.

All are welcome to attend CIELO meetings,
the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month 
8 – 8:50 a.m. in McDaniel Hall 208.

 Planetarium & Observatory events

All programs are FREE and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Observatory Open House
Saturday, Jan. 31
7 – 9 p.m.

Look through the observatory’s telescopes at Jupiter, the Moon, star clusters and double stars. Hear descriptions of lunar features, the moons of Jupiter, and properties of the stars and star clusters observed.

See observatory website for location and details.

 Thursday Evening Planetarium Programs
7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

  • Jan. 29
    “Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet”
  • Feb. 5
    Live Astronomy Presentation
  • Feb. 12
    “Stars of the Pharaohs”
  • Feb. 19
    “Bad Astronomy”
  • Feb. 26
    “Into the Deep”

 Friday Afternoon Planetarium Movies
4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

  • Jan. 23
    “Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens”
  • Jan. 30
    “Hubble Vision 2″
  • Feb. 6
    “Bella Gaia”
  • Feb. 13
    “DARK & Seasonal Star Gazing – Winter”
  • Feb. 20
    “Life: A Cosmic Story”
  • Feb. 27
    “Two Small Pieces of Glass”


See planetarium website for movie descriptions.



Common Reading Experience announces 2015-16 book

The ASU Common Reading Experience Committee is pleased to announce the Common Reading book selection for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future (2011)
by Robert B. Reich. Vintage Books: ISBN-13: 978-0307476333
Learn more.

Help build a great Common Reading Program

A successful Common Reading program requires broad participation across campus. Here’s how you can contribute:

Aftershock Common Reader

The CRE Committee would like to create a Common Reader to accompany the book and requests suggestions for related reading selections that will enhance student consideration of the subject matter from a broad variety of positions, perspectives, and disciplines. Selections can include poetry, book chapters, articles, and short stories across multiple disciplines. These reading selections can be used inside and outside the classroom to enhance discussion of the book.

Event Proposals

In the past, faculty and staff at Adams State have successfully hosted many Common Reading Experience events, including book discussions, lectures, field trips, special topics courses, art projects, and service learning initiatives. The committee welcomes all proposals for events and activities related to the selected common reading experience book. Proposals should include elements that reflect the themes and issues of the book. Events can be scheduled for either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.

Proposals should ideally be received by May 1, 2015, to be considered for the Fall semester, and by October 31, 2016, for the Spring semester. Please send them to Committee Chair Carol Smith.

Student & Program News

Field School Honored

During the Jan. 9 Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, the Adams State University Fort Massachusetts Archaeological Field School received second place in a competition based on gender and minority inclusion in archaeological field schools.

Twelve individuals affiliated with the Field School as students or staff attended the conference, including three current ASU students, Kaycee Prevedel, Candace Fleck, and Megan Benfield. Adams State alumni who also attended the conference include Katlyn Keith ’14, Jeremy Brunette ’13, Cory Rich ’12, and Jamie Devine ’10. Five Adams State representatives presented professional papers in the conference symposia. Read more.

Student Honors

Geology senior Katherine Schultz appears in a photo in the Geological Society of America’s Annual Report for the GeoCorps American program. She is depicted at work as a physical scientist at the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Freshman physics/pre-engineering student Alexandre Basagoitia was recently nominated to both the U.S. Air Force Academy and West Point.

Title III SEEDS grant participants present at conference

Dr. Joel Judd, professor of teacher education, was joined by and three Colorado teachers to present “EL Perceptions of K-12 STEM Classrooms” at the 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CoTESOL), held Nov. 14. The teachers are all participants in ASU’s Title III SEEDS grant: Kelly von Stroh, Animas Valley Elementary in Durango; Machin Norris, Highland Middle, Ault; and Katrina Hanger, Bricker Elementary in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Joel Judd and students at 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Dr. Joel Judd and students at 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Each teacher reported on a classroom climate survey given to their English language learners at the beginning and end of each year. The surveys provide feedback on students’ perceptions of how classroom time is spent, the extent to which different activities help them learn, and their attitudes about the usefulness of STEM subject matter.

In addition, the conference recognized Leticia Ingram as ESL Teacher of the Year. A teacher at Basalt High School in Basalt, she is a graduate of a previous ASU Title III grant .

HPPE students organize Special Olympics fundraiser

In October , students enrolled in the Human Performance & Physical Education Department’s Sport Facility & Event Management presented a special event, “Rolling for Change,” as their major class project. The event’s purpose was a two-prong: to raise money for the local Special Olympics program, the San Luis Valley Dust Devils, and to provide an enjoyable bowling event for local Special Olympians as they prepared to travel to their regional competition. Students in the class developed the event mission and goals, planned, organized and conducted the event itself, and completed the post-event wrap-up.

Between the athletes involved and other donors at the event, the fundraiser exceeded $1,000. These profits will be used towards travel costs for the Dust Devils and any equipment they may need during the remaining sport seasons this year. Athlete Andrew Griego raised over $500; others who raised over $100 were Steven Guymon, Sandra and Robert Allaart, Martin Guymon, and Marc Alfaro.

During the Rolling for Change event, held at ABC Pro Bowl in Alamosa, students worked to assure all bowlers had a safe and enjoyable experience. A running commentary recognized every bowler and brought smiles to the faces of everyone involved.

Special Olympics is an international, non-profit organization. It provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Anyone interested in joining the San Luis Valley Special Olympics family may contact Peggy Johnson, ext. 7408.

Student video projects

Danny Ledonne, visiting assistant professor of English/communications, invites others to view student video projects completed during the fall semester. Links below:

Video Practicum (independent study projects)

 Documentary Film Production (personal and issue-based non-fiction films)

Digital Filmmaking (short narrative, documentary, and experimental films)


Faculty & Staff News

Professional Activities

Elvie Conley, Assistant Director of Recreation and Intramurals, Rex Activity Center, was recently installed as Junior Warden of the Alamosa Masonic Lodge #44.

Dr. Ed Lyell, professor of business, had a letter to the editor published in the Dec. 14 issue of the New York Times. It can be read here.

Dr. Beth Robison, assoc. professor of music and director of Choral Activities, is serving as interim department chair this semester and through the summer, while Dr. Tracy Doyle is on sabbatical. Robison can be reached at ext. 7300 or 7621.

Extended Studies staff Jim Bullington, Prison Program Coordinator, and Carissa Watts, Director of Advisement and Recruitment, will present at the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) regional conference, to be held in Boulder in early March. Their presentation will be “Helping Post-Incarcerated Individuals Survive the Barriers of Higher Education.” Details.

New Employees

  • Angela Madrid – admin. asst. II, Teacher Education
  • Charise Mixa – admin. asst. II, Art Dept.
  • Jennifer Ruiz – custodian I, Facilities
  • Jerry Trujillo – custodian I, Facilities
  • Kristine Johnson – admin. asst., Alumni Relations/Foundation
  • Timm Rosenbach – head football coach
  • James Staggs – asst. football coach
  • Joshua Blankenship – asst. football coach
  • Johnathan Bills – asst. football coach
  • Jarad Johnston – technology specialist, Academic Instructional Technology Center

La Puente honors generosity of Dave & Virginia Svaldi

Adams State University President, Dr. David Svaldi, and his wife, Virginia, were honored by La Puente and Valley-Wide Health Systems for their ongoing commitment to the homeless shelter, particularly their support of the annual Share the Magic holiday gala, presented in conjunction with the ASU Theatre Program. Each year, the couple funds and hosts the opening night reception and purchases “the house,” so that ticket sales benefit the charity. In past years, Helen Lester has teamed with the Svaldis in purchasing “the house.”

svaldis-share-the-magicThe Svaldis were presented a commemorative plaque at this year’s gala, held Dec. 5, prior to the theatre’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, directed by Dr. John Taylor. The event raised a record $76,000 in support of the homeless shelter’s programs. Over the last seven years, the opening night benefit performances have raised more than $350,000 for La Puente.

Of this year’s total, La Puente is committing $21,000 in honor of the Svaldis to the “It’s a Wonderful Legacy” endowment.

The play continues through Dec. 14; tickets are available by calling the Theatre Box Office, 587-TIXX (8499).

Read more.

Holiday Schedules

  • Finals
    Dec. 16-19
  • Commencement
    Dec. 19 – 10 a.m.
    Plachy Hall
  • Grades Due
    Dec. 23
  • Campus Closed
    Thursday, December 25, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015
  • Offices reopen
    Jan. 2
  • Spring Semester begins
    Jan 20

Administrative & Classified Staff Holiday Schedule

  • Wednesday, Dec. 24
    Full Work Day (Vacation time can be taken with supervisor’s approval)
  • Thursday, Dec. 25
    Christmas Day – paid holiday
  • Friday, Dec. 26
    Paid holiday – President’s Day (Saved from 2/17/14)
  • Monday, Dec. 29
    Paid holiday – Columbus Day (Saved from 10/13/14)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 30
    Paid holiday – Veteran’s Day (Saved from 11/11/14)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 31
    Administrative and Classified Staff must take one day of Annual Leave or Leave Without Pay
  • Thursday, Jan.1, 2015
    New Year’s Day – paid holiday


  • Dec. 12
    Deadline for signed contracts or changes to deductions.
  • Dec. 23
    Deadline to request holding of December paycheck. Unless you request the check be held until Jan. 2, your paycheck will be mailed in time for receipt Dec. 31.
  • Dec. 31
    Payday – Automatic deposits – normal schedule
  • Jan. 2
    Paychecks can be picked up in Human Resources Richardson Hall Suite 1-400

Human Resources has assumed the duties of handing out paychecks each month. You will be asked to provide a picture ID and sign that you have received your check. If you are having someone else pick up your paycheck, you must send a written release giving that individual permission to pick up your paycheck; they will be required to provide ID and sign for receipt of paycheck.

Nielsen Library

Will be open until 2 a.m. from Sunday 12/14 through Thursday 12/18.

Rex Activity Center

  • Dec. 15: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 16-18: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 19: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 20-21: 10 a.m. – 3p.m.
  • Dec. 22 – Jan. 11
    CLOSED for seasonal deep cleaning
  • Jan. 12 – 18
    10 a.m. -2 p.m.
  • Jan. 19
    Normal hours of operation resume.


What on EARTH?

  • The hashtag #asuearth is available on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for comments, thoughts, inspirations, and questions about sustainability at ASU.
  • 25 EARTH volunteers participated in Rio Grande Clean Up project on ASU Cares Day
  • EARTH collected recycled materials at ASU’s Homecoming football game, gathering 100 gals. of plastic, 5 gals. of glass, and 12 gals of cans. EARTH and ASU are registered with the national gameday recycling challenge.
  • The Earthlings student group was recently formed, with Zenobia Sims as president. The group is seeking more members.


A Garden Work Day on the East Campus was held Oct 25.

Nielsen Library News

  • Therapy dogs will be available at the library:

Monday, Dec. 15
6-7 p. m.

Tuesday, Dec.16
1 -2 p.m.

  • The library piloted the Research on the Run project Dec. 8-12. A librarian, armed with a laptop, was available in various campus buildings so students could ask questions without having to come to the library.
  • Food for Fines runs through December 20, allowing students, faculty, and staff to clear their library fines by bringing a non-perishable food item.

What’s up in the Loft?

The Loft, a gaming and event space located in the Student Union Buildin,g has offered numerous events for students this semester, including socials, game nights, karaoke, and community events. This area is a space for alcohol-alternative and fun social programming. University departments, student club/organizations, and community members are welcome to consider renting this space when planning a campus or community event.

For more information or to reserve the space, contact Nick Martin, Student Life intern.


AS&F Update

  • AS&F has joined the Colorado Student Government Coalition (CSGC), which represents the student governments of all 13 public, four-year institutions in the state. They advocate to the state legislature on a variety of issues impacting students, especially the amount of state funding institutions receive.
  • AS&F has implemented the new Campus Impact Fund to fund the SLV Regional Science Fair and Student Scholar Days. This fund is a direct result of the increase to the college service fee and exists to support programs with broad campus impact. This fund can be accessed by departments and individual students. Requests are presented to a committee of AS&F Senate members, who make a recommendation to the entire Senate, which then votes the request.
  • Finally, the AS&F Executive team recently returned from the National Conference on Student Leadership. The Executive Team consists of President Joe Schlabach (’16), Vice President of Internal Affairs Azarel Madrigal (’16), Vice President of External Affairs Kaylee Gomez (’15), Vice President of Finance Ronnie Fernando ( Fall’14), Chief Justice Mark Mabry (’15), and Executive Secretary Jaylyn Espinoza (’15). The team developed various leadership skills that they are excited to share with the ASU Community.

Rex Intramural Report

The ASU Rex Intramurals Program had another successful academic semester, and the Rex staff thanks everyone for participating in the tournament leagues.

intramurals-bballSpring 2015 Intramurals will begin the week of February 9 with volleyball and dodgeball. All students, faculty, staff, and administration are welcome.

For more information or to sign up, click here or contact the intramurals office at 587-7018.