Dr. Beverlee McClure becomes ASU President July 1

The Board of Trustees for Adams State University announced it has named Dr. Beverlee J. McClure the university’s next president, according to Board Chair Arnold Salazar. The board approved her selection by unanimous vote at a special meeting April 9. As Adams State’s tenth president, she will be the first woman to lead the university, with her appointment beginning July 1, 2015. She succeeds Dr. David Svaldi, who retires June 30 after a decade in the post.

“Dr. McClure possesses a unique combination of professional experience that will be valuable in leading Adams State University to even greater success,” Salazar said. “She has demonstrated leadership in higher education, government service, and the private sector. These skills prepare her well to guide Adams State in addressing the many challenges facing higher education today. Dr. McClure’s background, combined with her commitment to improving lives through higher education, makes her the ideal choice for next President of Adams State University.” Read more.

Participants sought for Gen Ed Revitalization Task Force

Dr. Beez Schell, in her role as Assessment Coordinator, will chair the Gen Ed Revitalization Task Force. Individuals from across campus (Academics, Student Life, Enrollment Management, etc.) are invited to apply for membership on the task force. Its purpose is to facilitate campus-wide conversations in order to define ASU’s General Education outcomes, determine curricular and co-curricular “experiences,” and measure the success of the program as it relates to student learning. Task Force membership is a two-year commitment that begins with a mandatory 2-3 day retreat in September 2015 (dates TBD).

Those interested in serving on the Task Force are asked to complete the online application by May 8, 2015.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Beez Schell, ext. 7271.


Student loan forgiveness program topic of professional development session

Student Loan Forgiveness-Program Overview and Eligibility
Presenters: Tracy Rogers, Jeremy Yeats, Brian Zuleger
Monday, May 11
4 p.m.
McD 206

This informal session will review a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program that Adams State employees are eligible for. This session will provide the HR “nuts and bolts,” along with some personal experiences of ASU employees regarding program participation. RSVP.

Mural celebrates Chicano history

mural-lrgDr. Nick Saenz, asst. professor of history, dedicated his Hilos Culturales Student Engagement Grant to inistall a mural celebrating Chicano history. ASU alumnus Carlos Martinez of San Luis recently created on the third floor of McDaniel Hall.

Alumnus Carlos Martinez and his mural.

Alumnus Carlos Martinez and his mural.


Student Life & Recreation announces new focus on recreation & wellness

The department of Student Life and Recreation at Adams State announces an innovative new approach to recreation and wellness, according to Aaron Miltenberger, Director of Student Life and Recreation. In order to provide engaging programs for a diverse ASU community, the department has realigned its resources to better meet the future needs of the institution. The adventure program, Adams State’s oldest social group, is joining with the Rex Activity Center. By combining resources, these two outstanding programs hope to be more effective. Additionally, with the input of several campus partners, campus recreation will begin offering wellness initiatives for students, faculty, and staff.

Members of Empower U, HPPE, Counseling and Career Services, Athletics, and students widely support broadening the reach of campus recreation beyond sports and fitness. “Wellness is not just about eating healthy and exercising,” Miltenberger added. “It is about small changes that make a big difference in our campus community.”

The new initiatives will be overseen by Curt Howell, the Associate Director of Campus Recreation. While the content of the changes will certainly be innovative, the concept is far from new. When the Rex was remodeled in 1995, the mission was to provide opportunities for health and wellness for all members of the campus community. Twenty years later, those are two core concepts that continue to guide the work of the department of Student Life and Recreation.

Stand Up Paddleboarding Comes to ASU

Article & Photo by Adventure Leadership Program Apprentice Jake Moberly

After a long, not so cold, Alamosa winter, spring has finally sprung! The green grass, warmer weather, and a beautiful river flowing right through town all entice the ASU community to get outdoors. Hiking and camping are surely on everyone’s to do list for the summer, but the Adventure Program has added a new, unique way to get out and enjoy the summer: Stand-up Paddleboarding.

The Adventure Program now offers inflatable standup paddleboards to students, faculty and staff, and community members. What better way to spend a summer afternoon than on the Rio Grande River right here in Alamosa? These inflatable Stand Up Paddleboards, or iSUP’s for short, create a unique way to get out and experience the freedom and relaxation only a river can provide. iSUPs provide a new and accessible means of enjoying one of Alamosa’s greatest, yet perhaps underutilized recreational resources. iSUP’s have a variety of uses, including, but not limited to: lake and river paddling, fishing, yoga, touring, lounging, and many other great ways to see a side of the valley not many get to enjoy.

The paddleboards and accompanying equipment were purchased through a combination of student fee funds set aside for improving the quality of campus life. The Campus Impact Fund (CIF) provided half of the cost of the boards and equipment. The CIF is awarded by a committee of AS&F and ratified by the entire body of senators and representatives to support initiatives with broad campus wide impact. AS&F recognized the benefit of the Adventure Program’s efforts to create a river culture that would be attractive to current and potential students. The other half of the expense was paid for from funds set aside by ASU administration to address student concerns about low engagement and lack of opportunities for involvement. The Adventure Program is excited to be part of new innovations for improving the quality of life at Adams and is grateful for the support of the administration and the students.

paddle-board-newsAdventure Programs invites you to take advantage of this new recreation opportunity. For Rental Shop Members, iSUPs can be rented for just $10 for two hours, by the day for $25, or for the weekend for $50. Rental Shop Memberships are only $25 per year for current students and AS&F dues paying faculty and staff. If you’re looking for instruction, Adventure Programs can work with you to design an instructional session or even a custom iSUP river trip. For more info, call ext 7813 or email. adventureprograms@adams.edu

Required Bulk Mailing Training

Due to changes in the USPS Bulk Mailing guidelines, the mail room staff will be conducting mandatory bulk mailing trainings for all departments. Departments that have not received training will NOT be allowed to send out bulk mail.

Trainings for Thursday, May 7

  • 11 a.m. – noon School of Business Room 217
  • 1-2 p.m: Plachy Hall, Hall of Fame Room
  • 3-4 p.m Room 315 Student Union Building

RSVP with the time you will be attending to Rodney Martinez  or Laura Tucker,  or call ext. 7101.

Feel free to contact Rodney with questions or concerns.

ASU Police Department revises mission

Under the direction of new Chief of ASU Police, Paul Grohowski, the department has revised its mission statement:

“The mission of the men and women of the Adams State University Police Department is to mentor and guide the choices of tomorrow’s leaders by establishing community partnerships with our campus staff and students by providing proactive police and customer-related services aimed at crime reduction and the protection of life and property. “

Update from LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Coalition

First ACE Conference a success

A total of 69 people participated in one or more sessions of the inaugural Advocating, Celebrating, Educating Conference, “Equity in Sports and Other Arenas,” held at ASU April 10-11. It was presented by the ASU LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Coalition, in conjunction with coordination and funding from Counseling Education Department, Human Performance & Physical Education Department, Ken Marquez, David Svaldi, and CIELO hosted the.

The conference included:

  • a 3-hour Safe Zone training
  • a keynote address on the topic of LGBTQ+ Inclusion
  • 60-minute panel presentation including Q & Aa workshop with coaches, athletic directors, and administrators on the topic of LGBTQ+ inclusion in athletics,
  • a panel discussion with LGBTQ+ and ally students, coaches, and faculty focused on LGBTQ+ inclusion in athletics and other arenas.

The featured speaker was Dr. Pat Griffin, Professor Emeritus in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of: Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbian and Homophobia in Sports, published by Human Kinetics, 1998. She is also co-editor of Teaching For Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook for Teachers and Trainers, Routledge, 2007. In addition, she is the author of Pat Griffin’s LGBT Sports Blog. Her research and writing interests focus on heterosexism/homophobia in education, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teachers and students, and heterosexism/homophobia in athletics.

Introducing: Lavender Graduation

The ASU LGBTQ+ faculty and staff coalition is pleased to honor students in Adams State University’s first ever Lavender Graduation, which they hope will become a tradition here. This ceremony is conducted on numerous university campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and involvement with their university. Several students have been nominated to receive lavender cords in recognition of their contributions to the university community.

The students nominated by the ASU LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Coalition were:

  • Gretchen Rachlis
  • Jordan Barker
  • Alfred Petross
  • Jazmin Evans
  • Brandee Horne
  • Jiovani Colman
  • Anna Comar Atencio

For more information on both the conference and lavender graduation (and pictures), visit the ASU LGBTQ+ blog.

ASU Community Partnerships presented Media Professionals Workshop

Capitalizing on their work with the Southern Colorado Film Commission project, Adams State University Community Partnerships arranged with the Colorado Office of Film, Television, and Media to present a Media Professionals Career Workshop aimed at improving the future success of Adams State students in the media production industry. Working with professors from several different departments at ASU, the April 16 workshop brought together students with a variety of interests in media production, and connected them with existing professionals in the industry. The workshop featured an executive from a Denver-based production company, a pop culture documentarian, the president of the Denver chapter of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, an owner of an independent production company, and a manager from Rocky Mountain PBS. Each of these presenters told how they established their careers in the media production industry, and gave advice to students on how they could do the same. This workshop highlighted opportunities and potential career paths for students, and aimed at preparing them for as great a success as possible in their chosen industries.

Student & Program News

AS&F election results

  • President – Patrick Cleary
  • Vice President of External Affairs – Azarel Madrigal
  • Vice President of Internal Affairs – Heather Shoats
  • Senator at Large – Elizabeth Streeter
  • Non-Traditional Senator – Gloria Quintana
  • Music Senator – Leanne Roath
  • Nursing Senator – Darling Najar
  • Business Senator – Joseph Hovey

Nursing students go above and beyond

Ashley Setzer & Sam Cordero

Ashley Setzer & Sam Cordero

Samantha Cordero, who will graduate with her BSN at top of the nursing class, and fellow student Ashley Setzer, brightened the day recently for patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado, when they dressed as the heroines from the movie Frozen. The Circle K members first portrayed Anna and Elsa during the Alamosa Ice Fest as part of their work with the Kiwanis Club.

Yvette Lujan, Nursing Department Clinical Placement Coordinator, said, “Samantha is a great example of a nursing student that is very dedicated to being involved in the community.”

As part of the Professional Practice class, this year’s senior nursing students created the first Annual Nursing Symbol. They took discussion topics such as ethical and moral ideals to a new level, resulting in a vision statement to accompany their symbol, which is a tree laser cut in metal. It will be inscribed with the attributes they value.

The students will present the framed symbol to President Svaldi and Program Director Shawn Elliott at a 2:30 p.m. presentation on Wednesday, May 13, in the Richardson Hall auditorium.

“These students went above and beyond the call of duty to create something of lasting value,” said their course instructor, Elizabeth McCurdy.nurse-art-news

 As the nursing class of 2015, we aspire to create a lasting impression of the guiding professional ethics and standards we deem most important to our class. We have defined and articulated, in an artistic format, a class symbol to honor our entry into the profession of nursing. Our goal with this project is to inspire future nurses to achieve excellence, compassion, and integrity, and to begin a new way of holding the historical memory of the ASU Nursing Program. We hope this symbol will serve to inspire those that follow in our footsteps.

The symbol will be presented to each graduating nurse, and a larger, framed symbol will be displayed in the Nursing Dept.

Tri-Beta wins awards at regional conference

The ASU chapter of Tri-Beta (biology honor society) recently attended the Tri-Beta Western 1 Regional Conference at the University of Northern Colorado. Adams State had the largest student contingent – 10 – of any institution.

Two Adams State students won awards for their independent research projects, conducted in cooperation with Dr. Kristy Duran, asst. professor of biology.

  •  1st Place – Ecology/Organismal Biology Oral Presentation – Sasha Vigil, “Phylogeography of Dwarf Mistletoe in the Southwest United States”
  • 1st Place – Ecology/Organismal Biology Poster Presentation – Ryan Schilling, Effects of Dwarf Mistletoe Infections on Soil Biodiversity, Nutrient Cycling, and Nutrient Availability”
Ryan Schilling, Dr. Duran, and Sasha Vigil

Ryan Schilling, Dr. Duran, and Sasha Vigil

Both students are invited to present their research at the 2015 Biennial National Convention in St. Paul, MN.

Also Drake Sisneros, Darin Sisneros, and Kelli Williams presented a poster in the Cell/Molecular category.

The following students and faculty attended the conference:

  •    Sean Monaghan                          
  •    Erika Ibarra-Garibay                  
  •    Alexander Mullins      
  •    Sasha Vigil                        
  •    Kyra Garrison                    
  •    Russell Geminden                
  •    Drake Sisneros                
  •    Darin Sisneros                  
  •    Kelli Williams      
  •    Ryan Schilling  
  •    Dr. Adam Kleinschmit, Asst. Professor
  •    Dr. Kristy Duran, Assoc. Professor
  •    Dr. Matt Steffenson, Asst. Professor

Model UN victorious at international conference

When Adams State University’s Model U.N. Team attends international conferences, they find people have seldom heard of ASU or Alamosa, Colorado. But their most recent achievements at the Mediterranean Model U.N (MEDMUN 2015) are making them memorable. Three of the team’s six members were recognized as “Best Delegate” in their respective committees at the conference, held March 27-29 in Menton, France, on the campus of SciencesPo University.

“We beat out schools like Brown University, Princeton, and the London School of Economics. I asked the group for a lot of preparatory work, and it paid off. They conducted themselves incredibly well and really deserve this win,” said Model U.N. adviser Dr. Mari Centeno, professor of political science. She has coached ASU Model U.N. at a total of twelve conferences.

Model U.N. on the French Riviera.

Model U.N. on the French Riviera.

MEDMUN 2015 “Best Delegate” awards went to Laurel Heimstra for Special Historical committee, Azarel Madrigal for Security Council, and Mark Mabry for ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council). The traveling team also included William Custer, Justin Chase, and Stevon Cornish. Read more.

Bulls & Bears hit Wall Street

Article by Justin Bralish

Recently ASU’s newest club, the “ASU Bulls and Bears Finance Club” visited New York City. On the first day in NYC ,they visited the New York Yacht Club for Hallador Energy Companies’ shareholders meeting, where the students got the opportunity to learn about the company and how shareholder meetings are run. On the second day, they visited the NASDAQ stock exchange and were invited on the main floor for the closing bell. This also happened to be a record setting day for the NASDAQ. Throughout the rest of the trip, the students visited various financial institutions and learned about the rich financial history of the U.S. This trip was not only monumental for the ASU Bulls and Bears, but it helps push the boundaries of what Adams State is capable of doing. The ASU Bulls and Bears are committed to expanding their knowledge in the fields offinance and business while giving back to the community that has so graciously given to them.

From left:  Secretary Nick Diercks, Tyler Zito, Professor Yusri Zaro, President Justin Bralish, Vice President Justin Kauffman, Jeff Jackson, Nick Palumbo

From left: Secretary Nick Diercks, Tyler Zito, Professor Yusri Zaro, President Justin Bralish, Vice President Justin Kauffman, Jeff Jackson, Nick Palumbo

Students serve and learn during alternative spring break

Article by Darin Sisneros

This year’s Alternative Spring Break, sponsored by ASU’s United Campus Ministry and the Newman Club, gave participants cultural immersion and service within a context of social justice. Students journeyed to one of two destinations, Hatch, New Mex., and Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.

The Hatch trip connected ASU students with students from Western, CSU Pueblo and Fort Lewis College, as they worked as one to perform home repair and maintenance for residents. “One of the hardest challenges of these projects was getting the right supplies for each house, given our limited amount of time and resources” said senior Drake Sisneros. “But once we started working on the homes, everything seemed to fall into place.”


Home building in Hatch.

A local contractor volunteered his time to direct and work alongside the volunteers. The students served for three full days patching and replacing roofs, cleaning yards, landscaping, and painting. At the end of the third day, the students had served eight homes. “The people of Hatch were super grateful. Throughout our time there, they gave us generous offerings of food, resources, and support,” said Krystal Nuccitelli.

Highlighting the trip were an early morning Mass with fieldworkers in an onion field and a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso. Students observed two very different lifestyles, as well as the commonalities between people within the U.S. and those just across the border fence. “We learned about how hard life is economically for so many in Mexico and why people often have no other choice but to cross the border undocumented,” noted student Bella Whitten.

Alternative Spring Break Mexcali was a renewed partnership with Los Ninos and VIA International, based in San Diego, CA. Los Ninos is a non-profit with a 35-year history working in the Tijuana and Mexicali border regions of Mexico. Student groups from the U.S. who participate with VIA learn about the border region and work with the communities they serve rather than for them. This is done in a spirit of friendship and good will.

Cactus farm in Mexicali.

Cactus farm in Mexicali.

The ASU contingent of 11 experienced a full week learning about grassroots community development and educational programs focused on health and nutrition, as well as financial programs that promote self-reliance. Participants were immersed in the unique Mexicali culture, with its surprising Chinese influence. They tried their hands at making tortillas, clay roof tiles, beekeeping, and cactus farming. They also heard about recent economic developments between the U.S. and Mexico that have negatively impacted the ability of families to self-sustain. Students visited outreach centers which provide services to deported individuals and heard first-hand accounts from two recent deportees.

A high point of the trip was a visit to the local university, where the ASU group was warmly received by the Language Department and feted with food, music, and dance. The students had the opportunity to visit several classrooms and practice English with their Mexican counterparts.

“Borders are just walls that society thought to put up to separate countries. We are all part of one human race and we should embrace our similarities, rather than focus on our differences. The border fence is obstructive even to patterns of wildlife,” said ASU freshman Chelsea Henderson. “I strongly encourage people to go on these trips. ASB opened my eyes to injustices being done to our brothers and sisters. Experience new cultures, and you will be more sensitive and empathetic to the people around you.”

Adrian Reyes participated in ASB El Salvador, a home-stay program that included a visit to the sites where Archbishop Oscar Romero and five Jesuit priests, their cook ,and her daughter were assassinated during the civil war in the 1970’s.

“I can’t find words to describe how powerful this experience was…there are few who can understand how this trip changed my life…I strongly believe that the best things in the universe cannot be seen or even touched; we must feel them in our hearts,” Reyes said.

SACNAS members attend state meeting

Dr. Kristy Duran, asst. professor of biology, recently accompanied seven student members of the ASU SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) chapter to a Colorado SACNAS meeting at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Students were treated to a tour of the medical campus and showed around research laboratories. They presented on the ASU chapter and discussed collaborative fundraising for state SACNAS chapters. Students heard from students in the dental, graduate, medicine, and MD/PhD programs.

Daniel Chavez, Edith Arias, Julie Madden, Dr. Duran, Ashlee Romero, Anjelica Quintana, Ryan Raguindin, and Kevin Shanks

Daniel Chavez, Edith Arias, Julie Madden, Dr. Duran, Ashlee Romero, Anjelica Quintana, Ryan Raguindin, and Kevin Shanks

Psych students present at regional conference

Thirteen psychology students and four faculty members recently attended the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA) conference, held in Boise, Idaho. Nine of the students participated in five presentations.

Student papers and posters included:

  • Jonathan Gears, Savanna Smith, and Robert Demski: Poster, “The Effects of Sports Participation and Personality on Loneliness.”
  • Elizabeth Marino, Tara Brebert, and Robert Demski: Poster, “The Effect of Student Status and Self-Efficacy on Academic Mastery Goal Orientation.”
  • Jeff Elison, Stephanie Hilwig, Benjamin Waddell, and Justine Brydges: Paper, “Gender Socialization Predicts Sex Differences in Socially Desirable Responding and Shame-Coping.”
  • Emily Wright, Nicholas Spencer, Ashlee Welsh, and Kim Kelso: Paper, “Stereotype Threat and Distance in Interracial Contexts: A Replication Study.”
  • Darianna Roybal, Jennifer Maez, and Robert Demski: Poster “The Effects of Gender and Ethnicity on Attitudes towards Women’s Social Roles.”

The following members of ASU’s Psi Chi Chapter (international honor society in psychology) received Psi Chi Travel Grants ranging from $150-$400 to attend the conference.

  • Nick Spencer
  • Raul Madril
  • Ian Wingstrom
  • Emily Wright
  • Ashlee Bogle-Deherrera
  • Danielle Walters

Dr. Nate Pipitone, asst. professor of psychology, and student Brandon Gallegos presented their paper, “Physiological Changes when Viewing Trypophobic Images: Irrational or Adaptive,” at the North Eastern Evolutionary Psychology Society in Boston.

Nine psychology students presented at ASU Student Scholar Days:

  • Brandon Gallegos – Paper: “Trypophobia: The Fear of Holes.”
  • Emily Wright, Nick Spender, Ashlee Welsh – Paper: “Stereotype Threat and Distance in Interracial Contexts: A Replication Study.”
  • Jerrica Cherry – Poster: “Success of the PALS After-School Program”
  • Tara Grebert, Elizabeth Marino – Poster: “The Effects of Student Status and Self-Efficacy on Academic Mastery Goals.”
  • Dariana Roybal, Jennifer Maez – Poster: “The Effects of Gender and Ethnicity on Attitudes towards Women’s Social Roles”

Robotics Team takes first at Robot Challenge

Competing against 17 teams from 13 colleges and universities, the Adams State Robotics Team, advised by George Sellman, took first place in the under 1.5 kg. category at the 9th Annual Colorado Robot Challenge, held in early April at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.

View last year’s competition on You Tube.

Stephanie Sisneros, Alex Basagoitia, JC Henderson

Stephanie Sisneros, Alex Basagoitia, JC Henderson

ASU student named Miss Colorado America Co-ed

Sophomore Keara Collester received the title of Miss Colorado American Coed 2015 Queen in March. As the Miss Colorado Coed, Collester will attend the National Pageant for her age group in Florida at Walt Disney World during the week of Thanksgiving 2015. She will compete for the National Pageant title of Miss American Coed and thousands of dollars in cash awards, prizes and scholarships. Read more.

Students present at Rocky Mountain Communication Assoc. conference

Mass Communication program faculty Danny Ledonne, MFA, and Dr. Beth Bonnstetter took a group of students to the 2015 Rocky Mountain Communication Association’s annual conference in Loveland, CO. Faculty mentors assisted students with their presentations. Students Alan Jackman, Josh Gilbertson, Tyler Klemp, Elena Burr, and Erica Norton organized the panel, “Communicating Video Culture: Innovations in Student Media at a Rural University.” Jake Garegnani presented a paper entitled, “They’re Not Just Toys: Fracturing Ideology in Toy Story.” The students also had the opportunity to meet other Communications students around the region and attend their presentations.

L to R: Erica Norton, Elena Burr, Alan Jackman, Danny Ledonne, Beth Bonnstetter, Josh Gilbertson, Tyler Klemp, Jake Garegnani

L to R: Erica Norton, Elena Burr, Alan Jackman, Danny Ledonne, Beth Bonnstetter, Josh Gilbertson, Tyler Klemp, Jake Garegnani

CAMP students attend leadership conferences

The Adams State University College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) sent students to Chicago and Santa Fe for student leadership conferences. Miguel Chaparro, CAMP recruitment and retention, said: “Our students have a broader view now, and many are now seeing that they can attend other conferences and pursue graduate degrees at some of the institutions that were presented in the conference.”

CAMP students who traveled to the National Conference for the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference, in Chicago, included Maya Martinez, Maria Guzman, Miranda Sandoval, Jessica Crowther, Abigail Moreno, Jayme Malouff, Chance Padilla, Gustavo Nungaray, Carlo Martinez, and Jesus Carrillo. Read more.

Adventure Sports Accomplishments

Six climbers of the Adams State University Climbing Team qualified and traveled to the 2015 Collegiate Climbing Series National Championship, held in San Diego April 17-18. The results were impressive: every athlete finished in the top half of their respected specialization. Considering that the team had a new coach, two of the six were true freshman, and brand new rules govern the series, the result could not have been better. The team is looking forward to an even stronger 2016, as they work on recruitment and perfecting their eight-month training. For more info on the team please contact the Adventure Sports Coordinator, Marshal Hartley, or the head climbing coach, Matt Moore. Below are the official results.

For Bouldering:

  • Eric Learn – 43rd
  • Connor Hile – 59th

For Lead:

  • Wyatt Moran – 28th
  • Noel Prandoni – 43rd

For Speed:

  • Seth Clock – 20th
  • Laura Milligan – 46th

185 total Men competitors; 118 total Women competitors

The Cycling Team competed in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) Championships in Grand Junction, Colo., April 25-26. Although it was a cold, rain-soaked weekend, all team members had their best performances of the season, with four top ten finishes:

  • Mark Johnson – 4th in the Road Race
  • Harrison Webb – 7th in the Road Race
  • Kenan Bussen– 10th in the Road Race and 6th in the Criterium

Mark Johnson and freshman Ryan Munko will compete in the Road Race and Criterium at the Collegiate Road Cycling National Championships, May 6-10 in Asheville, NC.

Faculty & Staff News

Annual event recognizes employees

Adams State honored the service and accomplishments of a number of faculty and staff at the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony, April 29. These included Presidential Award recipients, faculty tenure and promotions, retirements, AS&F Awards, and commendations for ASU police officers. See and read more.


Aaron Abeyta, professor of English, will be the keynote speaker at two upcoming events: the Wyoming Writer’s Council in Cheyenne, WY, June 4-6; and American Association of University Presses, June 18 in Denver. The Gunnison County Library District and Savage Library selected his most recent book, Letters from the Headwaters, as their One Read book for next fall. Their community reading program, One Book, One Valley, features campus and community members reading different texts by one author.

Peter Anderson, adjunct instructor of English, has been named the George Bennett Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy for the 2015-2016 academic year. There were over 300 applicants for this prestigious fellowship, which is awarded to creative writers so that they may spend a year working on their art while serving as writer in residence. The fellowship includes a salary and free housing. Read more.

Dr. Leslie Alvarez, associate professor of psychology, presided over the 85th convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA), held recently in Boise, Idaho. Alvarez was president of the organization for the past academic year and now is past-president.

Dr. Jeffrey Elison, asst. professor of psychology, presented his paper, “Shame-coping and the Big Five personality traits” at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association convention, Boise, ID. Also, his Compass of Shame Scale, a self-report assessment for coping with self-conscious emotions, is being translated into its 12th foreign language: Turkish.

Roger Eriksen, associate professor of art, recently became a United States citizen, after a long journey. Eriksen, born in Canada, left at the age of six with his family and moved to Los Angeles. He participated in the citizenship ceremony on March 26, 2015, in Denver, Colo. Read more.

Mary Hoffman, Executive Director of Adams State University Community Partnerships, recently received the prestigious William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities from The Colorado Nonprofit Association. This award recognizes exceptional leaders who are capable of bringing together communities to define and solve problems. Hoffman said she shares the award with her colleague Karl Jolliff, ASU Community Partnerships business support director. Read more.

Dr. Joel Judd with poster.

Dr. Joel Judd with poster.

Dr. Joel Judd, Professor of Teacher Education, gave two presentations at the 2015 International Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in Toronto, Canada, March 25-28. One was a poster session titled “English Language Learner Perceptions of STEM Classrooms and Content.” The other was a roundtable co-presented with Dr. Sheryl Ludwig titled “A Legacy of Learning: 12 Years of ESL Teacher Training.” The roundtable report summarized several dozen surveys and interviews with Colorado teachers who have completed ASU’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse endorsement program since 2003. The study’s findings reveal the value and relevance of the program to teachers and students. The poster reported on student classroom surveys that revealed differences in the way English learners often view science, math, and technology with respect to their peers, and the implications that has for their teachers.

ASU Police Dept. Officers Nathan Rael, Eduardo Rodriguez, and Michael Martinez were recognized at the Employee Recognition Ceremony for their exceptional service stemming from incidents this calendar year, including a CPR/ life-saving incident, the apprehension of a shooting suspect, and the apprehension of a purse snatcher.

New Employee

Ryan Goldsworthy – Computing Services

Campus prepares for HLC – Reafirmation of Accreditation

Faculty and staff attended an April 6 information meeting about Adams State’s preparation for HLC Reaffirmation of Accreditation. The HLC Steering Committee described the expectations and format for completing the university’s Self-study and Quality Initiative for the Higher Learning Commission, North Central. Steering Committee Chair, Dr. Frank Novotny, explained all employees will have a role in contributing the Self-Study. Committee members will be contacting others on campus as they compile evidence for the report.

In preparation for the Self-Study, the following attended HLC’s annual conference in Chicago over spring break:

  • Tracy Bishop
  • Kevin Daniels
  • Dr. Margaret Doell
  • Bill Mansheim
  • Ken Marquez
  • Larry Mortensen
  • Dr. Michael Mumper
  • Dr. Frank Novotny
  • Walter Roybal
  • Dr. Beez Schell

The HLC website, which was developed by Jen Stoughton, contains a wealth of detail, including the individual criteria, committee members and time frames.

Celebrate with ASU retirees

Faculty & Staff invited to dinner honoring President Svaldi

The ASU Board of Trustees is hosting a dinner to honor Dr. David Svaldi on his retirement after 29 years at the university as President, Provost, and Professor. All faculty and staff are invited to attend, free of charge.

Friday, May 15
5-7:30 p.m.
SUB First Floor Banquet Rooms
7:30 p.m.

Dinner seats are limited, so RSVP is necessary. Call or email Kristine Johnson, ext. 7609.

FREE Community Concert
Don Richmond & the Rifters
7:30 p.m.
Rex Stadium

All Employees Retirement Dinner

Tuesday, April 14
5:30 p.m.
Student Union Building Banquet Rooms
Cost: $13
RSVP at ext. 8110 by April 7.

Retirees to be honored include:

  • David Bauer, Grounds and Nursery I
  • Dr. Linda Christian, Professor of Teacher Education
  • Lynn Crowder, Teacher Ed Professional Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Rex Filer, Professor of Counselor Education
  • Shirley Gibson, Payroll Manager
  • Donna Griego, Online Plus Coordinator
  • Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, Professor of English
  • Marty Heaton, Head Football Coach
  • Liz Martinez, Extended Studies Program Director, Professional Development
  • Dr. David Svaldi, President
  • Dr. Susan Varhely, Professor and chair of Counselor Education