Health Fair & FREE screenings – Nov. 11

ASU/CHEIBA Health Fair & FREE screenings
Wednesday, November 11
SUB 309

In its continued effort to keep ASU employees healthy, Human Resources again offers FREE comprehensive health screening and flu shots at the upcoming health fair. The blood draws and health screens are FREE for faculty, classified, and exempt staff and ANY dependents covered on employees’ plans. Additional tests may be added at a minimal cost. Visit the HR website for more information or to sign up.

Your privacy is very important, however, Anthem BCBS may have access to screening results for wellness reporting and analysis only. These services are again provided by Preventive Health Now, LLC.

You may get your flu shot at the same time as your health screening or come in anytime between 7-11 a.m.. The RSVP is to gauge how much vaccine to bring.


Health Screen/Blood Draw and Flu Shot Sign-up

Preparing for your health screening:

Fasting for up to 8 hours is recommended for best results. Drink plenty of water the night before and the morning of your screening. Avoid nicotine and caffeine one hour prior to your screening and avoid exercise 12 hours prior to your screening.

Questions may be directed to Shannon Heerskink, ext. 7990.

Office 365 available to students, faculty & staff

Computing Services recently announced that Office 365 Education is available to Adams State University students, faculty, and staff to install on their personal devices for free. Office 365 Education includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. Office 365 Education can be installed on any of your personal devices.

You will need a valid or email address to qualify.

How-to Wiki


Update from the STEM Title V grant

The STEM Title V Project is entering its fifth and final year of funding. With plans in place to apply for a new grant, faculty and staff are excited for what the future may hold. Over the past four years, under the guidance of Project Director Marcella Garcia, the program’s main objectives have been outreach, academic support, and student engagement, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of graduates in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) degree.

The $3.6 million dollar grant funding provided the following upgrades to campus:

  • STEM Center and the Undergraduate Research Lab
  • Planetarium renovation
  • New observatory constructed
  • New greenhouse constructed
  • New laboratory equipment and updated technology within Porter Hall

Studying in the STEM Center.

The latest technical acquisition is Crestron AirMedia, which permits users to connect a personal device (computer, tablet, phone) to the large monitor on the wall to share with everyone in the room. It allows up to 4 devices to be connected and running side by side at once, making it perfect for group study sessions, club meetings and more. It is located in the large study room, 319E.

New STEM Center staff

Simona Guillen is the new STEM Activity Coordinator. An SLV native, she holds an MBA from ASU. Kodi Sherman is the new Project Specialist. She moved to Alamosa after finishing her degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University.

Student & Program News

Sprint Interval Training draws crowd

More than 80 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the Oct. 14 presentation by Dr. Christopher Bell, Colorado State University, on “Sprint Interval Training: A Healthy Need for Speed.” Dr. Bell spoke about the many benefits of sprint interval training – for athletes and anyone else wanting fast fitness gains (including fat loss). The audience was captivated throughout the talk, and asked many informed questions afterwards. Dr. Bell also spoke to Dr. Tracey Robinson’s Exercise Evaluation class on “Exercise Prescription for Diabetes: Exercise Training & Medication Interactions.”

Dr. Christopher Bell

Dr. Christopher Bell

Dr. Bell’s visit was made possible by a grant from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to its Rocky Mountain chapter, of which Dr. Tracey L. Robinson, professor of HPPE, is a Board member. This grant was aimed at bringing exercise science researchers to more “remote” areas of the chapter (which includes Colorado & Wyoming).

Dr. Robinson was aided in organizing the lecture by HPPE grad assistants Dustin Oranchuk and Alexandra Cooper, and senior HPPE major Alex Jordan, with support from the entire HPPE department. The HPPE department hopes to have more guest speakers in the health, fitness, nutrition & exercise science area in the future.

Student/faculty sociology video honored

Students in the spring 2015 Field Studies in Sociology course, taught by Dr. Benjamin J. Waddell, helped produce the short video, Voices of the Valley, won the Colorado Award at the recent Southern Colorado Film Festival, held on campus. Watch the video and learn more.

Business students learn from pros

Students in BUS 414 Commercial Banking, taught bybus-studs-at-slv-fed Yusri Zaro, asst. professor of business administration, recently visited SLV Federal Bank. President Bussey and his senior staff discussed the bank’s financials, managing investment portfolios and liquidity position, the tools for managing and hedging against risk, as well as the bank’s long term strategic plan.

Doctoral program students present at conferences

  • Several students in the Counselor Education & Supervision Ph.D. program attended and presented at ACES (Association of Counselor Education and Supervision), held Oct. 7-11. Some of these presentations were “Online Counselor Education Programs: Success No Matter the Age” and “Development of Self-Efficacy with Suicidal Clients.” The students had an overall successful turnout of participants and received a lot of positive feedback from both the participants and faculty.
  • Mark Vander Ley and Rebecca Caple, students in the Counselor Education & Supervision Ph.D. program, will present a poster at the Illinois Counseling Associations Conference, Nov. 14. The poster is titled “The Supervision Journey Toward Cultural and Developmental Competence: Narratives of the Supervisory experience across the Career Span.”
  • Coreen Haym will present Managing Monogamism: Clinical Practice with Consensually Open NonMonogamous Relationship and Family Systems at a pre-conference institute at The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) National Meeting in Albuquerque, NM.,

Grizzly Athletics Update

  • True freshman quarterback Johnny Feauto amassed 444 passing yards to lead Adams State University to a compelling 44-24 victory over Black Hills State University, Oct. 17. Read more.
  • The Adams State University Grizzlies women’s soccer team defeated the No. 14 ranked Fort Lewis College Skyhawks Oct. 18. The Grizzlies were able to pull off the upset in overtime with the lone goal to end the game at 1-0. Read more.

Cycling Team hosts Grizzly Grind bike race

Adams State University’s Cycling Team hosted the second annual Grizzly Grind, a competition among riders from 12 schools in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC), Oct. 10-11 at Angel Fire Resort, New Mex., The event included cross-country, dual-slalom, short track cross-country, and downhill races. Read more.

The team and coaches also participated in developing the trails and promoting the 12 Hours of Penitence Mountain Bike Race, held for the first time in Penitente Canyon, Oct. 18.

The event rallied local grass roots support from Salida and the SLV. Many volunteers from the ASU community assisted with various aspects of the event, from trail building to course marshals, and members of the ASU faculty participated in the 12 hour solo event.

Faculty & Staff News

Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Liz Thomas Hensley, asst. professor of marketing and director of the MBA program, recently completed her Ph.D. in Organization and Management with a specialization in Management Education from Capella University. Her dissertation was titled “Adjunct Online Faculty Job Satisfaction: A Phenomenological Study.”

Dr. Benjamin J. Waddell, assoc. professor of sociology, with have his article, “Remittance-led Development: An Untapped Resource for International Development?” published in Sociology of Development. This week he is presenting his article, “The Third Law of Migration: Emigration and Violence in Modern Mexico,” at the 2015 CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas A.C./Center for Research and Teaching in Economics) Conference – Human Rights in Mexico: Crisis and Opportunity, held in Minneapolis.

New Employees

  • Carlos Castillo – Pipe/Mech Trades I, Facilities Services
  • Jerah Dickson, program asst. I, Academic Affairs
  • Kodi Sherman, Project Specialist, STEM Grant

Message from President McClure

Fall has arrived, as have our students. It is great to see students on campus and to be reminded of our core purpose “. . . to educate, serve, and inspire our diverse populations in the pursuit of their lifelong dreams and ambitions.” It is that core purpose that should continue to give us the passion and the energy to work together to create an ASU 2020 plan that will detail how best to accomplish this purpose.

I have been meeting with each department to discuss the importance of ASU 2020. Just as important, I have been learning and listening to the accomplishments of each department. I continue to be amazed by the talent of our faculty and staff and the commitment to serve our students and our community.

The campus on Edgemont and Richardson does not fully represent the reach ASU has and the impact on the San Luis Valley. Our calendar of events alone reflects a broad array of programs for the Valley and for our students. This calendar does not include how many of you are involved in the community and contribute many hours of service to improve the lives of those in the Valley.

I look forward to continuing to work with each of you to educate, serve, and inspire. Certainly, all that you do is an inspiration to me.

– President McClure

President McClure to address “Lean in Lunch”

Dr. Beverlee J. McClure will discuss “The Leadership Formula” at the Lean-In Luncheon, Thursday, October 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event will be held at the SLV Health Education and Conference Center, 1921 Main St. (the Grizzly Inn). This will be an interactive presentation that allows each participant to reflect on their own leadership qualities. Dr. McClure will also share her personal story and how the formula has helped her in her professional (and personal) life. Reservations and tickets for the luncheon are available online.

Homecoming Weekend Activities

  • All employees – garbed in ASU t-shirts – are invited to be part of a photograph the ASU Alumni Office will take on Friday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. in front of Richardson Hall. Current Homecoming t-shirts are available for $11; stop by the Alumni Office in RH-Suite 2-500, or call Gaylene at ext. 8110.
  • Everyone is also welcome to come visit with alumni at the Homecoming Alumni Reception, from 3:30 to 5:30, to be held Friday in SUB 309.

More Homecoming Events

Friday, Oct. 2

  • 3:30 p.m. SUB 309
    Alumni Reception
  • 7:30 p.m
    ASU Theatre (call 587-TIXX for tickets)
    Standing on Ceremony: the Gay Marriage Plays
  • 8:30 p.m.
    Bonfire & ASU Ziplining
    Between baseball & softball fields
  • 9 p.m
    ASU Jazz  Combo
    SLV Brewing Co.

Saturday, Oct. 3

  • 8 a.m.
    Grizzly Spirit Fun Run/Walk (The Roast (San Juan & Main St.)
    $10 entry fee
  • 10 a.m.
    Homecoming Parade
    Main St.
  • 11 a.m.
    Tailgate Party
    Campus Green
    $10 per person
  • 1 p.m.
    Football vs. CSU-Pueblo
    Rex Stadium

EARTH will recycle at game

EARTH (Environmental Action for Resources, Transportation, and Health) is seeking campus volunteers to recycle at the homecoming game. Participants will receive a t-shirt. Interested people should meet in the front of the stadium at 12:30 Saturday, Oct. 3. If interested, please contact Dr. Jared Beeton.

ASU cyber security ranks among best

Adams State had the third highest cyber security posture among 485 colleges and universities reviewed in the 2015 Higher Education Security Report, conducted by SecurityScorecard.

“I’m very proud of all of our technical staff who work hard behind the scenes to keep ASU’s technical systems safe and secure for our students, faculty and staff. This article and report by Security Scorecard helps show our community that our efforts in this area are moving us in the right direction,” said Kevin Daniel, Chief Information Officer, Computing Services. “Even though this report ranks us as having a ‘high’ score, it is necessary to continue to keep cyber-security on the forefront of our efforts in order to stay on top of the ever-changing threat landscape of Internet technology. October 2015 is the 12th annual National Cyber-Security Awareness month. The ASU Computing Services Department will once again engage the campus community in efforts to increase awareness and education for safe computing during this month and throughout the year.”

Adams State and other top schools received high marks in the following categories:

  • DNS Health
  • Endpoint Security
  • Hacker Chatter
  • Network Security
  • Password Exposure
  • Social Engineering
  • Cubit TM Score (a proprietary algorithmic module that reveals an assortment of misconfigurations, such as poor SSL configurations and weak encryption ciphers.)

Merced Community College and Concordia College ranked first and second, respectively. Read more and download complete report.


Extended Studies’ Prison Program lauded

“Adams State University [is] the largest, most cost-efficient, and forward-thinking prison college program in the country,” wrote Christopher Zoukis in his Huffington Post blog.

His comments concerned the U.S. Department of Education and the Obama administration’s recent announcement of the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program, which will enable need-based Pell grant funding to be used for incarcerated students. Zoukis advocates that “funding the already-successful college program for prisoners offered through the regionally accredited Adams State University” would be the most straightforward method of helping the largest number of incarcerated students.

Zoukis wrote College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons and is the founder of

All encouraged to participate in HLC forums

Several campus forums are scheduled to gather faculty and staff input as part of ASU’s self-study process of reaffirming accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. The first forum is Oct. 1. All faculty and staff, as well as students, alumni, and trustees, are highly encouraged to become familiar with the accreditation process and the criteria for accreditation.

Roundtable Schedule
Light refreshments will be served. More information.

  • Thursday, Oct. 1
    3 p.m.
    (East Campus Gymnasium)
    Criteria 3 & 4 – Teaching and Learning: Quality, Resources, and Support & Evaluation and Improvement
    To review the topics for this roundtable in advance, please visit this site.
  • Friday, Oct. 16
    3 p.m.
    SUB First Floor Banquet Rooms
    Criterion 5 – Resources, Planning, and Institutional Effectiveness
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27
    10 a.m.
    SUB First Floor Banquet Rooms
    Criterion 2 – Integrity: Ethical and Responsible
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3
    3 p.m.
    SUB First Floor Banquet Rooms
    Criterion 1 – Mission

Adams State awarded $5.7 million in Title V grants

Adams State University was recently awarded more than $5.7 million through two federal Title V grants for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). These awards will bring the total Title V funding Adams State has received since 2000 to more than $23.4 million.

“We are very proud to receive these grants that recognize and further our work to educate and serve rural, minority, and low income students,” said Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure. “Expanding educational access and improving student success will enhance the sustainability of our communities.”

Adams State is the lead partner in the Title V cooperative grant, Caminos: Increasing Access to Education and Opportunity in the Upper Rio Grande Region. The award will total $3,178,389 over the next five years, with $649,359 awarded the first year. Adams State’s partner on the project is University of New Mexico-Taos, a two-year HSI. The institutional grant, Conexiones, will receive a total of $2,584,038 over five years, with a first-year allocation of $518,304. Read more.

Adams State offers resources to aid communities and local governments

Adams State University offers the expertise of its faculty to assist communities and local governments in a number of realms, from agribusiness and government internships, to dropout prevention and strategic planning. The guide was produced in cooperation with the Colorado Municipal League. It is available online.

“Adams State University values our relationship to the communities we serve. We believe by working together we can leverage limited resources to help us all to grow and to prosper. This Resource Guide provides a foundation to strengthen our ties and to clearly exhibit our commitment to be a good community partner,” said Adam State President Beverlee J. McClure. “We welcome you to use these resources, just as we welcome you to our campus. If you think there may be an opportunity to work collaboratively, I invite you to contact the individuals listed to share in a conversation. By working together locally, we can be more competitive globally.”

Read more:

Classified Employee Council announces Craft Fair, gift cards, more

Classified Employee Council: semi-annual General Meeting

Tuesday, October 20
9:30 a.m.
McDaniel 101

Along with other items of business, Dr. McClure will address the group, with time for a question and answer period. All Classified Employees should plan to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

Annual CEC Craft Fair / Red and Green Chili Cook-off / Jalapeño eating contest

Saturday, November 7
Plachy Fieldhouse
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Craft Fair vendor fee: $20 for a 10 X 10 booth.
  • Chili cook-off contestant fee: $15
  • Sampling and voting: $5 per person

Both categories will award $100 to first place and a $50 to second place. Winners will be determined by community members’ voting. Click here for an application and instructions.

For more information contact, Peggy Dunn, ext. 7841 or Barbara Griego-Jones, ext. 7208.

Classified Employees Holiday Gift card

The CEC is again raising funds to present holiday gift cards for students in need. Recommend recipients or make donations by contacting:

Fall Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics

The Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics feature ASU professors and others presenting lectures of a general interest. All are welcome to attend and enjoy complimentary pizza (bring your own beverages.)

Porter Hall 130

  • Wednesday, Sept. 23
    “Does grazing affect small mammals on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge?”
    Dr. Tim Armstrong
  • Wednesday, Sept. 30
    “Paleontology Field Methods: A new discovery in NW Colorado”
    Lyle Carbutt 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21
    “Time Marty McFlys”
    Dr. George Backen
  • Thursday, Nov. 5
    “Artificial Intelligence in Hong Kong”
    Dr. Matthew Ikle
  • Wednesday, Nov. 18
    “Summer Internships with the Bureau of Land Management”
    ASU Students Mianna Maestas, John Whitinger, and Edgar Pinedo-Escobedo
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2
    “From Classroom to Clinic: Useful things I learned at Adams State”
    Michael Noonan

Professional Administrative Staff Council updates

The Professional Administrative Staff Council (PASC) asks members of the professional administrative staff to complete a survey regarding job satisfaction and workplace support. The survey is conducted in recognition that meeting the core needs of staff members leads to more satisfied and productive employees, and positive results for the individual, as well as the institution. Take the 2015 Fulfilling Workplace Survey.

The PASC Council set the dates for the Council planning meetings for the upcoming year. Council meetings are open to all PASC members. Read PASC Meeting Minutes. All meetings will be held in McDaniel Hall Room 387 at 1:30 p.m.:


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