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).

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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.


Faculty & Staff news


Dr. Melissa Freeman, director of the Graduate Support Center, presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 22. She addressed the topic “College Completion for Latino/a Students: Institutional and System Level Policy Approaches” with colleagues Magdalena Martinez, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Edith Fernandez, Nevada State College; Kristan Venegas, University of Southern California; Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, University of Denver; Darsella Vigil, University of Denver. The symposium was moderated by Dr. Michael Mumper, senior VP for Enrollment Management & Program Development. In addition, the topic was accepted by Jossey-Bass as a forthcoming New Directions in Higher Education publication, of which Freeman and Martinez are co-editors. Freeman’s book Baccalaureate Success for Vertical Transfer Students, was recently published by Lambert Academic Publishing.

Cory Notestine, adjunct instructor of Counselor Education, was selected as the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) National School Counselor of the Year.

Dr. R. Nathan Pipitone, asst. professor of psychology, recently had an article accepted for publication in the journal Physiology and Behavior. He and a colleague and used voices from females recorded at different times of the menstrual cycle and assessed whether raters had a physiological response (skin conductance or heart rate) when hearing voices from women that were recorded during higher fertility times. Only the higher fertility voices elicited an physiological response, showing that the voices may have the ability to change mating-relevant behaviors. The article discusses the adaptive benefits of detecting vocal changes for male as well as female listeners, and also discusses the role that the nervous system plays during human mate assessments.

Dr. Brandon Wilde, asst. professor of counselor education, along with Ph.D. student Gregg Elliott and MA student Chris Ward, had a research proposal accepted for presentation at the annual Colorado Counseling Association conference in Denver. The proposal is: Counselor Trainees’ Perceptions of Competence in Suicide Assessment and Intervention. In addition, Dr. Wilde and Dr. Cheri Meder, asst. professor of counselor education, will make two additional presentations with the first cohort of Ph.D. students in the Counselor Education program regarding online and on-campus student learning outcomes and assessment.


Kathy Park Woolbert, adjunct instructor of English/Communications created the cover illustration for the book, The Jaguar Key: The Eternals-Book 1: Rosamond’s Story, by Katherine Starbird.

Dr. Brian Zuleger, asst. professor of sport psychology, presented research to USATF at the 2014 Podium Education Project on October 25-26 in Las Vegas. USATF is the national governing body for USA track and field and is a part of the USOC. He gave the presentation, “Control Your Olympic Moment: Key Findings from Lived Experiences of 2012 USATF Olympic Medal Winners,” with colleagues Dr. Rick McGuire, Dr. Ann Shadle, and Dr. Robert Low. He and Shadle also presented that work at the 2014 USATF Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, Dec. 3-4.

Zuleger also received Certified Consultant recognition from the Association For Applied Sport Psychology at the 2014 Association For Applied Sport Psychology annual international conference in Las Vegas, Oct. 15-18. This signifies the highest standard of education and training in the psychological aspects of sport science.

  • Rita Mays – Extended Studies student advisor/recruiter
  • Melinda Viescas – Upward Bound academic skills coordinator

Getting a Move on in Richardson Hall

The first phase of the Richardson Hall renovation project is nearing completion, and many offices will be relocating over the next few weeks. This phase includes the center wing, south wing, and Richardson Auditorium.

Moving Schedule – prioritized, dates approximate

  • Bill Mansheim and Rodney Martinez will provide additional notice to units as their time approaches.
  • Human Resources will update the online staff directory with new office location information.
  • All phone extensions will remain the same.
  • Movement of phones and computers will coincide with office relocation.
  • Don Connell will work with staff to provide new keys.

Oct. 28

  • Main entrance on the east (also ADA entrance) open
  • South entrance open for exiting toward the west parking lot only
  • North entrance construction access only
  • Overhead scaffolding will remain in place over all entrances as a safety precaution until the roof is complete.

Oct. 29

  • Moving crew on site

Oct. 29-31

  • Student Affairs to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-800
  • Academic Affairs to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-200
  • Eric Carpio to 1st floor School of Business room 116
  • Alumni/Foundation to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-500
  • Nursing Faculty to Edgemont House
  • Enrollment Mgt. (Mumper) to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-700

Nov. 3-7

  • Upward Bound to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-400
  • Student Business Services to Porter Hall Rm 144
  • Finance/Budget/Purchasing/Accounting to 3rd floor Richardson Suite 3-300
  • President’s Office to 2nd floor Richardson Suite 2-300

Nov 10-14

  • Maxine Rodriguez to Richardson 1-702
  • Melissa Moeller to Richardson 1-701
  • Creative Relations to 1st fl. Richardson Suite 1-500
  • Financial Aid to RH 1st fl. suite 1-200.
  • Karie Velleses, Sally Kelly, Julia Chavez to Community Partnership Bldg.
  • Human Resources to Richardson Suite 1-400
  • Public Relations to 1-601 & 1-602
  • Records to Richardson Suite 1-300
  • Mailroom to new mailroom, west annex of Richardson Hall

Packing boxes are located on 1st floor Richardson by the business office. Tape is in the finance office (in the printer cabinet). A dumpster will be placed by the driveway on the northwest side of Richardson. Additional shredding bins will be available for confidential information.

Renovation Phase 2 is scheduled to be complete by the middle of April. Landscaping, the main exterior plaza on the east, and parking renovations will not begin until the end of spring semester.

Plan on the Health Fair Nov. 5

ASU Health Fair
Wednesday, Nov. 5
SUB 309

In an effort to keep ASU employees healthy, and with the flu season fast approaching, Human Resources is excited to once again offer FREE comprehensive health screening and flu shots at the upcoming health fair. Screenings can help identify any potential health risks and encourage healthier lifestyles.

The blood draws and health screens are FREE for Faculty, Classified and Exempt Staff and any dependents covered on insurance plans. Additional tests are available for minimal cost.

More information & sign-up

Please contact Shannon Heersink with any questions.

Faculty Development Events

Work on Purpose
Friday, Nov. 7
Noon- 1 p.m.
McD 281
Presented by Karen Lemke & Anicia Alvarez

An overview of the “Work on Purpose” program, with an example of a workshop on identifying an intersection between “head and heart” to foster all participant’s awareness of how they are progressing on their professional developmental/life goals. Participants are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch.

Action Lab – Project based Classroom Software
Friday, Nov. 14
Noon – p.m.
Location  TBA
Presented by Karen Lemke & Mikela Tarlow

Introduction to an integrated web-based platform that blends student portfolios with innovative project-based curriculum and unique assessment tools for tracking a wide range of higher order skills. Participants are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch.

Don’t Forget the Coffee:
Supporting Student Success with Appreciative Advising
Monday, Nov. 17
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 18
8-10 a.m.
Workshop Presented by Joe Murray, Director of University Advising Services for Florida Atlantic University
Both workshops (same content, alternate times) will be held in SUB 309.

These workshops were made possible through the efforts of Dr. Benita Brink and the generous support of Title V. For more information about this student-centered approach to the advising process, click here.

The Faculty Development Committee requests RSVPs for its Winter Retreat:

Winter Retreat: Campus Culture on the Move
Jan. 15 – 16
Sagebrush Inn, Taos, New Mexico.

This event is appropriate for both faculty and staff. Thanks to generous support from Title V, Hotel and group meals will be provided. To RSVP, contact Dr. Leslie Alvarez, chair, Faculty Development Committee. Leslie Alvarez

Title V Grant Staffing

Staff changes have resulted from Adams State’s recent award of a new Title V grant. The five-year grant of $2,838,865 was awarded by the Department of Education’s Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA), a Title V program for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI’s). Read more.

  • Lillian Gomez, who has directed multiple Title V grants at ASU, will serve as the half-time project director for the ASU PPOHA project. Mike Nicholson assumes her duties as Project Director of the Title V Institutional Grant until its conclusion next September. Andrea Benton-Maestas, Institutional Reporting director, will move to half-time in that position and serve as half-time Activity Director for the Institutional Grant.
  • Dr. Melissa Freeman, founding director of the online master’s program in Higher Education Administration & Leadership (HEAL), will serve as the full-time activity director and director of the Graduate Support Center, to be developed through the PPOHA grant.
  • Anna Torello will continue half-time with the Institutional Grant, and assume half-time duties as PPOHA grant project specialist, moving into that position full time once the institutional grant concludes.
  • The PPOHA grant will also fund two half-time graduate assistant positions for the Graduate Support Center

Expanded services for Title IX compliance

Erica Romero was recently named Deputy Title IX Coordinator. She is available to meet with staff and students with questions or who wish to file a complaint about sexual harassment/violence. She can be reached at 719-587-7508.

Additional resources include:

  • Joel Korngut – Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity
  • Ken Marquez – Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Adams State University Counseling Service
  • Tu Casa Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocacy Organization 719-589-2465
  • Adams State University Police Department
    719-587-7901 or 719-589-5807
  • Alamosa Police Department
    719-589-5807 or 911
  • Alamosa County Sheriff