Colorado Challenge recognizes ASU student
Education major Juan Francisco Cristobal was recognized by Lieutenant Governor Garcia during a luncheon sponsored by Colorado Challenge in Denver this summer.
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia congratulates student Juan Francisco Cristobal.
He was recognized for his perseverance and accomplishments while attending Adams State University. He will begin his student teaching this spring and graduate in May. His desire is to continue his education with the hopes of receiving a doctorate in Ethno Musicology. Colorado Challenge serves low-income, first generation students at select public institutions of higher education. College counselors are placed at each of these institutions and work directly with students, providing wraparound services and supplemental advising to ensure students are on the path to success. Adams State University is one of those universities.
Student from Sierra Leone earns citizenship
The September 22 issue of the Valley Courier profiled ASU student Abdul Kamara, who, along with 18 other immigrants, traveled to Four Corners National Monument to take the Oath of Allegiance to become American citizens on September 15.
Abdul Kamara, center, with fellow new citizens.
Four days before Abdul Kamara was born in 1991, his country fell into civil war. The war for control of the West African country of Sierra Leone lasted nearly 11 years, killed nearly 50,000 people, and shaped the childhood of the 23-year-old Adams State student.
Students serve Alamosa Fire Dept.
Students Kevin Gutierrez and Tyler Cerny recently joined the Alamosa Fire Department. Kevin’s father, Randy Gutierrez, custodial II supervisor, is also a volunteer fire fighter for Alamosa. He said, “I think that is wonderful to see that they are serving their community, along with studying to achieve so much more. I am very proud of these guys. They are great assets to Adams State University and to the community.”
Psych Dept. participates in international collaborative study
Students and faculty in Adams State University’s Psychology Department, along with 261 co-authors, had their findings on the reproducibility of psychological science published in the journal Science. Launched nearly four years ago, the Reproducibility Project: Psychology has produced the most comprehensive investigation ever done about the rate and predictors of reproducibility in a field of science.
The international study has a total of 270 authors including the following from Adams State: Dr. Leslie Alvarez, assoc. professor of psychology; Dr Kim Kelso, professor and chair of the Psychology Department; Dr. R. Nate Pipitone, asst. professor of psychology; current student Nicholas Spencer; and recent psychology graduates Tylar Martinez, Megan Tapia, Kellylynn Zuni, Ashlee (Bogle-DeHerrera) Welsh, and Emily Wright. In addition George Sellman, asst. professor of mathematics/computer science, and student Lauren Karlskin created a web-based program for data collection using the picture stimuli provided by the original author. The psychology students presented on this project at Adams State’s Student Scholar Days and the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA). Read more.
Tri-Beta journal publishes ASU student work
Research by Dr. Kristy Duran, asst. professor of biology, and 2013 graduates Vance Barskdale and Marcus Newell was published in the May issue of Tri Beta’s journal, BIOS. The paper is titled, “Nuclear intergenic DNA sequence divergence in a Texas dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium divaricatum) population.” Barskdale is attending medical school at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School in Denver; Newell is working in a research laboratory in California and is applying to graduate schools.
ASU students pitch in for KABOOM
Ten groups of Adams State University students were among the 260 community volunteers who gathered to assemble the City of Alamosa’s new playground at Zapata Park, September 12.
Four senior Nursing Students at the new Zapata Park: (from left) Justin Chavez, Steve Lezama, Santana Quintana, Mackenzie Soldavini along with Alamosa Mayor Josef Lucero and Instructor Karen Adamson.
Participants included students from Adams State’s Nursing Dept., Women’s & Men’s Lacrosse teams, Women’s & Men’s Basketball teams, Swim Team, Sci Fi Club, Model U.N., Circle K, and AS&F.
The park is located on the corner of Eighth and Ross in Alamosa. The day started with a blank site, and by the end of the afternoon, a brand new, beautiful play area complete with stage, shade structure, planter benches, picnic table, tree benches, as well as an adult fitness area and newly painted basketball court and bathroom facility were in place.
Doctoral students to present at national conference
Several students the 2014/15 cohort of ASU’s Ph.D program in counselor education and supervision will present at October’s Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) conference.
Rich Audsley, Gregg Elliott (director of ASU Counseling Center), Lisa Runck, Ashley Pechek, Adriana de Raet, Angelica Valdez, and Brandon Wilde will present “Development of the perception of competence to work with suicidal clients,” based qualitative research they are conducting as part of the Ph.D. program.
Gregg Elliott, Chaya Abrams, Adriana de Raet, Deanna McCulloch and Assistant Professor Cheri Meder will present “The Evolution of Learning: Online Programs, Counselor Education, and the Therapeutic Relationship,” based on quantitative research they are conducting as part of the Ph.D. program.
Gregg Elliott & Brandon Wilde will present “Do I Really Have to Ask That? Advocating for Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention Competency in Counselor Training,” which explores lack of training for MA-level counselors to assess suicide risk and to provide intervention with suicidal clients.
Kim Desmond, Heather Trepal, Gregg Elliott, and Anita Neuer-Colburn will present on the Supervision Presidential Initiative, an ACES taskforce on which Elliott has served since 2014 to assess how ACES can better meet the need of clinical and internship site supervisors across the nation.
Richard Audsley, Ashley Pechek, Mark Vander Ley & Lisa Runck will present “Online Counselor Education Programs: Success No Matter the Age.”
CPAS host student night
Adams State accounting students were hosted at “Student Night,” Sept., 22, by the San Luis Valley Chapter of the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants (SLV COCPA). The event gave students a glimpse of what the accounting profession is outside of the classroom. Read more.