Fall holiday schedule & December payday

The campus is closed beginning Friday, December 25, 2015 and will resume normal business hours Monday, January 4, 2016.

Holiday Schedule

  • Thursday, December 24, 2015
    Full Work Day (Vacation time can be taken with supervisor’s approval)
  • Friday, December 25, 2015 – Christmas Day
  • Monday, December 28, 2015 – President’s Day (Saved from February 16, 2015)
  • Tuesday, December 29, 2015 -Columbus Day (Saved from October 12, 2015)
  • Wednesday, December 30, 2015 – Veteran’s Date (Saved from November 11, 2015)
  • Thursday, December 31, 2015 -One day of annual Leave or “Leave Without Pay” will be taken by Adams State University Administrative and Classified Staff.
  • Friday, January 1, 2016 – New Year’s Day

December payroll schedule

Human Resources reminds employees of the December payroll schedule:

  • December 11: Payroll deadline
  • December 23: Deadline to request holding of December paycheck
  • December 31: Payday
  • January 4: Paychecks that have been held can be picked up in Human Resources, Richardson Hall Suite 1-400

 Automatic deposits will occur as normal on Thursday, December 31, 2015.

 Those who receive paper checks have two options:

  1. Request that it be held for pickup after break on January 4, 2016.
  2. Receive check in the mail December 31.

Questions may be directed to Alicia Harmon, ext. 7990.

Gen Ed Task Force holds retreat, sets goals

Dr. Lee Knefelkamp, Professor Emerita of Psychology and Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College and Senior Fellow with American Association of Colleges and Universities, facilitated a retreat Dec. 4-6 for ASU’s General Education Revitalization Task Force. At the retreat, Task Force members worked to:

  1. Understand the national movement on student engagement and authentic assessment as they relate to General Education.
  2. Explore the role that General Education serves in recruiting, retaining, and educating low-income and Hispanic students.
  3. Review current General Education goals, outcomes, and assessment.
  4. Begin discussions and planning of a 2-year timeline for establishing General Education Goals, curricula (academic, co/extra-curricular), and assessment.
  5. Draft preliminary revisions to Gen Ed goals, curricula, and assessment.

The purpose of the General Education Task Force is to facilitate campus-wide conversations over the next two years in order to define ASU’s General Education goals and outcomes, determine curricular and co-curricular “experiences” and measure the success of the program as it relates to student learning. After attending the American Association of Colleges & Universities'(AAC&U) conference on General Education, ASU CIELO members realized the General Education could be revitalized to enhance career, citizenship, and global engagement for ASU’s diverse student body.

The Task Force was formed to revitalize ASU’s current Gen Ed goals, curriculum, and assessment so that they better match essential 21st century learning outcomes that include critical thinking, teamwork, civic engagement, and intercultural knowledge and competence. Research on these high impact practices demonstrate their role in retaining and engaging ALL students.

Task Force Members include:

  • Margaret Doell, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Claire Van der Plas, asst. professor and chair of the Art Department chair
  • Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, assoc. professor of sociology
  • Dr. Chris Adams, asst. professor of chemistry and Chair, General Education Coordinating Committee
  • Aaron Miltenberger, cirector of Student Life & Recreation
  • Dr. Steve Aldrich, assoc. professor of mathematics
  • Dr. Tracy Doyle, professor of music
  • Dr. John Taylor, professor of theatre
  • Dr. Bob Affeldt, professor of rhetoric and composition
  • Karla Hardesty, director of Marketing & Enrollment Mgt.
  • Dr. Beez Schell, professor and chair, Department of Human Performance & Physical Education
  • Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, Office of Inclusive Excellence and Activity Director, Title V Conexiones grant

Master Teaching workshop Jan. 22

The Faculty Development Committee announces a special teaching workshop for faculty and staff with a teaching role.

Friday, January 22, 2016
2-9 p.m.

The workshop will be facilitated by renowned higher education teaching and learning expert, Dr. Bill Buskist of Auburn University. Buskist is co-author of the Teacher Behavior Checklist, has authored numerous books and articles about college teaching, and is considered an expert in creating classroom rapport, assessment of teaching, course design, excellence in teaching, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

A full dinner and half-day professional development stipend will be provided to all participants. This workshop is being sponsored by Title V, the Academic Affairs office, and HAPPSS.

More information about Dr. Buskist.

For more information about the workshop, contact Dr. Leslie Alvarez.


ASU STEM faculty to receive certificates

All faculty and staff are invited to attend presentations by ASU STEM faculty who participated in the Certificate in College Teaching and Learning in HSIs.

Monday, Dec. 14
Porter Hall 132

9 a.m. – noon:

Participating faculty will give 15-minute formal presentations on a Systematic Inquiry Project they conducted in a Fall 2015 STEM course. Each presentation will feature an instructional change faculty made to improve student learning and retention in their course.


  • Dr. Renee Beeton
  • Dr. Rob Benson
  • Dr. Comfort Cover
  • Dr. Jared Beeton
  • Dr. Jared Romero
  • Dr. Matthew Steffenson
  • Dr. Christopher Adams
  • Dr. Tony Weathers
  • Dr. Adam Kleinschmidt

2:30 p.m.
Presentation of Certificates of College Teaching and Learning in HSIs

Student & Program News

El Parnaso celebrated Day of the Dead

ASU’s Spanish club, El Parnaso, advised by Dr. Eva Rayas Solís, assoc. professor of Spanish, hosted a very successful The Day of the Dead celebration, Nov. 1, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Formed in 1928, El Parnaso has organized a type of celebration to commemorate the Day of the Dead for the last fifteen years. Read more.

CASA hosted Navajo Walkers

The Adams State University Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement (CASA) Center hosted a presentation of the Navajo Walkers in the Nielsen Library, Oct. 27. According to CASA Director Oneyda Maestas, Navajo elder Tom Johnston, requested shelter for the walkers who had recently traveled from Dulce to Chama, NM, and were making their way to the San Luis Valley. Read more.

ACS commends Adams State chapter

ASU’s student chapter of American Chemical Society (ACS) received a Commendable award for activities conducted during the 2014-15 school year. Of more than 400 chapter activity reports submitted the ACS Committee on Education presented 55 outstanding, 99 commendable, and 160 honorable mention awards. The group’s advisors, Dr. Renee Beeton, asst. professor of chemistry, and former faculty member Aaron Moehling “deserve special commendation,” Diane Grob Schmidt, Ph.D., ACS Fellow, presicent of ACS said. “Their efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country.

SACNAS members attend national conference

Dr. Kristy Duran, assoc. professor of biology, and with 16 Adams State student members of SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans) attended the SANCAS National Conference in Washington, DC. In addition to attending professional development sessions and scientific talks, students met personally with scientists and recruiters for graduate and medical schools. Two ASU students, Daniel Chavez and Desire Comstock, received travel scholarships from the SACNAS National Office. Students Julie Madden and Cody Duran presented their research they conducted with Dr. Duran. Madden presented “Investigation into the association between mistletoe infection and monoterpene production in ponderosa pine using GC-FID. Duran presented “Effects of nitrogen and Rhizobium interactions on water uptake in legumes.”

Back: Cody Duran, Alex Mullins, Ryan Raguindin, Casey Miller, Taelor Mullins Middle: Desire Comstock, Sasha Vigil, Julie Madden, Karina Cerino-Castillo, Edith Arias, Tori Martinez, Anjelica Quintana Front: Erika Ibarra, Ashlee Romero, Karen Ortiz

Back: Cody Duran, Alex Mullins, Ryan Raguindin, Casey Miller, Taelor Mullins
Middle: Desire Comstock, Sasha Vigil, Julie Madden, Karina Cerino-Castillo, Edith Arias, Tori Martinez, Anjelica Quintana
Front: Erika Ibarra, Ashlee Romero, Karen Ortiz

Campus & community join to combat food insecurity

ASU United Campus Ministry participated in two events to benefit the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley, held during Wellness Week in November. “These were multi-faith collaborations of community and campus-based spiritual groups,” according to Campus Minister Shirley Atencio.

Several local church leaders initiated and planned a Circle of Gratitude, Nov. 8, and student Esperanza Garduno, of Newman Grizz Catholic, coordinated a “Fill the Truck” food drive. She said, “So many families will be served through these generous donations of food and money.” ASU Christian Challenge students brought the food inside each night for safekeeping and also conducted a door-to-door food drive.

The Circle of Gratitude brought together humanists, atheists, and non-Christian practitioners, along with representatives from the Methodist, Unitarian, Presbyterian, Christian Reformed, Catholic, Mennonite, and Episcopalian denominations. Atencio said, “The event provided a space for campus and community members to express gratitude for Earth’s bounty and celebrated the spirit of sharing demonstrated in filling the truck for the food bank. It was a reminder that there can be unity when people of differing perspectives come together in a spirit of goodwill.”

Several students and community members presented readings. Food Bank Director John Reesor shared thoughts about hunger and their mission. A “Sharing of Breads” ritual honored traditional breads brought forth by students from various countries. Some of these included paratha from Pakistan, pan dulce from Mexico, Chapati from India, Jewish Challah, Injera from Ehiopia, rice banana bread from Liberia, and Navajo fry bread. Music was provided by local Mennonite Volunteers and by Skye Choice and Leeanne Roath, who performed an original composition.

A happy ending for a special event

Students in “Sport Facility and Event Management,” taught by Peggy Johnson, hosted a Special Olympics bowling event at ABC Pro Bowl in Alamosa, Oct. 13. Local Special Olympics athletes competed against each other with a chance to move on to the Southeast Regional Championship, held in Pueblo, Oct. 24. Thirteen Special Olympians qualified for the championship. The local event was full of excitement, and everyone enjoyed themselves.

The students thank ABC Pro Bowl for use of their facility and ASU Print Shop for supporting the event by printing the flyers.bowl-2

The SLV Special Olympics contingent made a good showing and brought home a number of awards from the regional competition. In their respective divisions, Chuck Silva won 6th place; Andrew Griego & Michele Schaak won 5th place; Robert Allaart, Sandra Allaart & Sharon Bailey won 3rd place; John Bailey won 2nd place; and Steven Guymon, Leroy Millsap, Stewart Page & Karie Valdez all brought home 1st place ribbons.

bowl-1Special Olympics provides a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults who have an intellectual disability. These athletes 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.

Demski and Baggs presented on PTSD at national conference

What were the effects of the 9/11 attacks on American academia? This question was posed to academics around the country by conference organizers at Emory and Henry College in Emory Virginia.

Kelsi Baggs & Dr.  Rob Demski

Kelsi Baggs & Dr. Rob Demski

Dr. Rob Demski, assoc. professor of psychology, presented a paper on how the field of psychology responded to the attacks. His presentation included a discussion of how sacred value theory, terror management theory, and intergroup emotion theory were used to explain America’s response. Also reviewed were research efforts conducted by psychologists to understand the motives of the perpetuators. Finally, he discussed the controversy surrounding the role of psychologists in the “enhanced interrogations” at Guantanamo.

Psychology major Kelsi Baggs assisted Dr. Demski in developing his presentation and presented a paper of her own on the topic of post-traumatic stress disorder. She cited research that found that PTSD symptoms were exhibited by people who had indirect exposure to the collapse of the twin towers. A relatively new phenomena, indirect exposure was predominantly through the media.

Other conference presenters included Alice Greenwald, director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, located underneath the new World Trade Center, as well as Christine Muller of Yale College, Marilyn Chipman of Metro State University in Denver, Matthew Unangst of Temple University, Chiara Ferrari of California State University Chico, and Matthew Biberman of the University of Louisville. Emory and Henry College is a four-year private institution five hours from Washington D.C.

Update: Ph.D. program in Counselor Education & Supervision

  • First-year doctoral students in the Counselor Education & Supervision program worked with faculty this semester to modify institutional syllabi to meet 2016 CACREP standards. Revisions will be reviewed by faculty in preparation for renewal of the department’s CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) standing for the upcoming school year.
  • Also, many doctoral students have served as co-instructors for Online Plus Counselor Education program. This gave them a great opportunity to get hands on experience teaching in an online format, as well as to receive close mentoring and supervision from the co-instructor/faculty members.
  • Two doctoral students presented at Colorado School Counselor’s Conference (CSCA), held in Albuquerque, NM., Nov. 12. Elizabeth Wiggins presented “Passing on the Power: How supervising interns can renew your strength.” It included qualitative research on the supervisory alliance conducted by several members of the doctoral program: Mark VanderLey, Chaya Abrams, Rebecca Caple, Vasti Holstun, Deanna McCulloch, and Liz Wiggins. Vasti Holston presented “Practical Counseling Approaches for School Counselors.”
  • Coreen Haym presented “Managing Monogamism: Clinical Practice with Consensually Open Non-Monogamous Relationship and Family Systems” at a pre-conference institute at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) National Meeting,
  • Lisyuri Gallardo, Erica Aguilar, and Valentino Dressler gave a presentation, “What’s App with Cyberbullying” to students at Ortega Middle School, Nov. 19.

Flute Studio participated in Colorado Flute Association Conference

Seven music majors in Dr. Tracy Doyle’s applied flute studio attended the Colorado Flute Association’s annual conference, held Nov. 7 on the campus of Metropolitan State College in Denver. Junior Deanna Smith performed in the collegiate competition, and Shelby Glammeyer, Deanna Smith, Kayleen Peretto-Ortega, Miranda Johnson, and Emily Johnson performed in the community flute ensemble on the final members’ recital.flutes-2

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Business students visited Alamosa State Bank

Students in the Commercial Banking Class taught by Yusri Zaro, asst. professor of business, visited Alamosa State Bank Nov. 15, where Assistant Vice President Joe Martinez talked about the uniform bank performance report (UBPR) and Basel agreements.bank-kids

Faculty & Staff News

Professional Activitiess

Beth Bonnstetter, assoc. professor of communications, received a Faculty Fellowship from the National Association of Television Programming Executives to attend the association’s conference in January in Miami Beach, usually attended by high level executives. Prior to the conference, she will attend a faculty seminar to learn the latest issues and most cutting-edge information in the television industry. She will bring what she learns back to students.

James Doyle, asst. professor of music, performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, November 11-14. He performed Michael Udow’s seminal work, Four Movements for Percussion Quartet with the Animas Percussion Quartet, an ensemble that includes Dr. Steve Hemphill, professor of percussion at Northern Arizona University; Dr. John Pennington, professor of percussion and chair, Augustana University; and Dr. Jonathan Latta, asst. dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific.

Doyle also selected to present a snare drum clinic at the convention titled, “Free-Rebounding: The Relaxed, Full Stroke,” which addressed tension in snare drum technique, as well as performance anxiety.

In addition, Doyle was invited to perform and teach as an artist-in-residence at Northern Arizona University, Oct. 21-23, and at the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, Oct. 28-30.

Dr. Melissa L. Freeman, project director for the Title V PPOHA grant, announces the recent publication of New Directions for Higher Education Special Issue: College Completion for Latino/a Students: Institutional and System Approaches, which she edited with Magdalena Martinez. Also assisting with the volume were Lia A. Carpio, director of ASU’s Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) program, and Rita Jaime, a master’s student and graduate assistant in the HEAL program.melissa-book

This volume aims to fill the gap in research about Latino/a student success by exploring institutional- or system-level approaches. This volume explores how institutions are working to meet the demands of the growing population of Latino/a students. Through original research, literature reviews, and case studies, it highlights best practices and successful initiatives and outcomes for Latino/a students. Topics covered include Latino/a undergraduate student success, graduate student success, community colleges, 4-year institutions, financial aid, and undocumented students. The editors draw attention to what works, and specifically, how institutions can best serve Latino/as from matriculation to graduation, given their unique needs. Freeman authored Chapter 1, a case study of the HEAL program, which focuses on “Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders at the Nation’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions.”

Dr. Liz Thomas Hensley, asst. professor of marketing and director of the MBA program, was recently elected to the Alamosa City Council for Ward 1.

Damon Martin, head coach/director of Cross Country and Track & Field, was named the NCAA Division II South Central Region Men’s Coach of the Year by the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is the fourth consecutive season Martin has earned this distinct honor. In total, Martin has now received 22 regional coach of the year awards. Read more.

Dr. Cheri Meder, asst. professor of counselor education, gave three professional presentations at the annual Colorado School Counselor Association Conference CSCA State Conference, held Nov. 11-13 in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Brian Zuleger, asst. professor of sport psychology, recently met with the Alamosa High School Athletic Director Josh Trahan and several AHS coaches. Using his expertise in sport psychology and coaching, Zuleger helped to guide them with their discussions around sport and character development. They hope to improve the experiences of their student-athletes and to make a difference in their lives and the Alamosa/SLV community.

“I firmly believe that sport can be used as a platform to improve the lives of the people we interact with as coaches,” Zuleger told group. “The HPPE department hopes to continue this collaboration and provide educational resources through programming in the school and at Adams State University.”

Also, Zuleger presented his research, “Positive Coaching and Olympic Success: Case Studies of Olympic Medalist Track and Field Athletes Coach-athlete Relationships,” at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference, held in Indianapolis, Oct. 14-17. He also participated in the conference’s Graduate Program Fair to promote HPPE department graduate programs and recruited potential students. AASP is an international, multidisciplinary, professional organization that offers certification to qualified professionals in the field of sport, exercise, and health psychology.

Institutional Research staff changes

Cheryl Ruybal will be temporarily supporting the office of Institutional Research on a full-time basis and triaging data research requests while IR conducts a search for a new Senior IR Analyst. Andrea Benton-Maestas, the former senior analyst, recently transitioned to the Title V grant program. Pat Bryson will continue in her role as data analyst.

Data requests may be submitted to Cheryl Ruybal, ext. 8267, in Richardson Hall 3-003.

New Employees

  • Marc Semrau – Computing Services
  • Patrick Brownfield – Police Officer I, ASUPD
  • Samuel OlsenPolice Officer I, ASUPD

    paul Grohowski, Chief of ASU PD (right) swears in two new campus officers. From left are Christa Newmeyer-Olsen, wife of Officer Sam Olsen; Officer patrick Brownfield and his wife, Cyndi.

    Paul Grohowski, Chief of ASU PD (right) swears in two new campus officers. From left are Christa Newmeyer-Olsen, wife of Officer Sam Olsen; Officer patrick Brownfield and his wife, Cyndi.



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 username@grizzlies.adams.edu or username@adams.edu 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.