Presidential candidates to visit campus during March

Arnold Salazar, chair of the Board of Trustees for Adams State University, recently announced the campus visit/interview schedule for the three finalists for the position of ASU President.

The visits includes times for all campus constituents – faculty, classified staff, exempt staff, administration, students – to meet the candidates. The Presidential Search Timeline web page  has links to the bios and visit schedules of each of the finalists. Their dates are as follows.

  • March 5-6: Richard Duran, Ed.D.
  • March 11-13: Ricardo Maestas, Ph.D.
  • March 19-20: Beverlee McClure, Ed.D.

Note: Dr. Margaret Madden has withdrawn from the search.

Finalists announced.


Operational Notices

Deadlines for 2015 FY Procurement

The Office of Purchasing has announced deadlines for procurement through the remainder of this fiscal year. Questions should be directed to that office, ext. 7526.

  • State Fiscal Rules require goods to be received and invoiced on or before June 30, 2015 for a purchase to be paid from this fiscal year’s appropriation. If you cannot meet the delivery requirement you must cancel the encumbrance or assume the liability in Fiscal Year 2016.
  • Request for Proposal (RFP) – contact the Purchasing Office by March 18.
  • Purchase of goods $25,000 or greater require a formal bid process, contact the Purchasing Office no later than April 17 for Documented Quotes or Invitation for Bids(IFB).
  • Any procurements requiring a formal contract can take-up to 90 days or more, please contact the Purchasing Office immediately to begin the process.
  •  Procurement Card purchases must be completed by June 15, posted to your card on or before June 25, and the goods must be received by June 30, 2015 to be paid from this year’s appropriation.

Remember, vendors are inundated with product requests toward the end of the fiscal year, therefore please submit requests as soon as possible.

Mailroom updates

The Mailroom it is now under the direction of Facilities Services, supervised by Rodney Martinez. Questions or concerns may be directed to Rodney Martinez  or 580-0496.

The new Richardson Hall Mailroom hours are as follows:

Mailroom Lobby
7  a.m.-6 p.m. Monday – Friday

Mailroom Window
8:30- 10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. (Packages and mail that need to be metered can be dropped off and picked up during these times).

  • For security purposes please DO NOT leave mail on the counter when the window is not open.
  • ALL outgoing mail must be received by 4 p.m. the day prior to mailing. For example, if you have a package that must be mailed out on Wednesday, it must be to the mailroom no later than 4 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Reminder – to help expedite the process, please include BOTH the DEPARTMENT and the 4 DIGIT MAILBOX (Suite) NUMBER assigned by the mailroom on all correspondence, packages and inter office mail.

    Rodney Martinez
    Facilities Services
    208 Edgemont 4030
    Alamosa, CO 81101

    Please do not use building or room numbers.

Online Access to New York Times

The Nielsen Library now has full online access to the New York Times website. Users must be on campus to access. Register here.

Onestop – Quick How-tos

Creative Relations recently developed a series of brief video tutorials to guide students through their business processes. They are posted on You Tube.

Faculty Development Events

  • Monday, March 2
    2 p.m. – McD 387
    An Introduction to Rubric Norming
    Dr. Beez Schell

    This webinar recording includes information on the benefits of scoring rubrics and methods to establish valid and reliable rubrics that can be used to assess student learning. Techniques for facilitating rubric norming workshops will also be presented.

  • Tuesday, March 10
    2-3 p.m. – McD 243
    The Faculty Model – Origins, Purpose, Trends, Issues
    Carol Smith

    Many topics central to higher education are not typically covered in doctoral studies, including curriculum development, pedagogy…and what the faculty model is all about. Come learn more about the “history of the professoriate” and how the faculty model has changed over time. We’ll then collectively consider current trends and issues, both nationally and in the context of Adams State.

  • April 10-11
    A.C.E. Conference: Equity in Sports and Other Arenas

    Adams State University will host the A.C.E. Conference, which will focus on issues of equity in sports and other arenas. Featured speaker is Dr. Pat Griffin, whose research and writing interests focus on heterosexism/homophobia in education, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teachers and students, and heterosexism/homophobia in athletics.

  • Friday, April 24
    Noon-1:30 p.m. – lunch provided
    McD 206
    Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Bringing innovation to publication
    Dr. Leslie Alvarez

    For beginners to SoTL. We will discuss “problems and opportunities” in our courses and how these may be leveraged into research design. This workshop will provide a text, Engaging in the scholarship of teaching and learning (Bishop-Clark & Dietz-Uhler, 2012) and be a starting point for forming an “accountability group” through the next academic year for faculty interested in embarking on a SoTL project.


Student & Program News

Nursing Dept. welcomes new cohort

Dr. Shawn Elliott, director of the Nursing Department, announced 36 students entered the program this semester.nursing-studs








Students perform with Altitude Percussion

ASU percussion students Logan Hjelmstad, Andrew Naughton, Jon Colson, Tai Smith, and Kevin Johnson were selected to perform with “Altitude Percussion,” a Colorado Springs-based competitive Winter Guard International marching percussion ensemble. ASU percussion student, Nico Owen is a member of the instructional staff, and the students will be performing with “Altitude” throughout the Front Range this spring.

Counseling Center plans Safe Spring Break Fair

Tuesday, March 17
1 – 4 p.m.
Student Union Building banquet rooms

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to participate in the Safe Spring Break Fair, which will provide fun and information on topics such as:

  • Service learning
  • Marijuana safety
  • Harm reduction around drinking
  • Safe sex
  • No texting & driving
  • Consent
  • Domestic violence/healthy relationships
  • and many others

The Counseling Center is partnering with a number of campus organizations to produce this event. Any organization/department that would like to participate is asked to contact Lis Tomlin, ext.7746.

To date, partners include:

  • Newman Club
  • Chi Sigma Iota
  • Career Services
  • Student Life/Grizzly Activity Board
  • Title IX
  • Tu Casa
  • The Student Nursing Association
  • The Prevention Awareness Crew
  • The Suicide Watch Awareness Gang
  • Residence Life
  • The ASU Police Department
  • The Veterans Club
  • HPPE
  • Psi Chi
  • The Casa House
  • Crossroads/Turning Points

Music Department announces spring events

  • Sun., March 1
    Wind Ensemble Concert
    Richardson Hall Aud.
    3 p.m.
  • Tues., March 10
    Colorado Opera, performing Romeo & Juliette
    Richardson Hall Aud.
    7 p.m.
    This is a wonderful, rare opportunity to experience opera at its best right here in Alamosa! This event will be free to all students, including middle school and high school students. A $5 fee will be charged at the door for everyone else.
  • Thurs., March 12
    Alex Wier – Guest Percussionist
    Leon Memorial
    7 p.m.
  • Wed., April 1
    Faculty lecture by James Doyle
    Richardson Hall Aud.
    7 p.m.
  • Thurs., April 2
    Nico Owen – senior percussion recital
    Leon Memorial
    7 p.m.
  • Sat., April 4
    Dani Rady – senior clarinet recital
    Leon Memorial
    2 p.m.
  • Sat., April 4
    Kacia Schmidt – graduate voice recital
    Leon Memorial
    5 p.m.

Exercise Science student help at health fair

Exercise Science students from the HPPE department offered their services at the 2015 SLVAHEC Health Fair, held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church gym, January 31. Graduate students Lukus Klawitter and Alexandra Cooper, along with senior undergraduate students Sami Marcolina & Brie’el Wiles, determined body composition for a large number of fair attendees, as well as offering fitness & health advice, & handing out brochures for fitness testing offered in the Human Performance Lab on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m.

Anyone interested in body composition testing, fitness age testing, VO2max testing, among others, can set up an appointment by Alexandra Cooper or Dr. Tracey Robinson, ext. 7663.

Theatre continues the magic


The opening night of Adams State University Theatre’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play raised a record $78,300 for La Puente Home. For the last seven years, the Theatre program has partnered with Valley-Wide Health Systems and La Puente to use the opening night performance of the annual holiday season production as a fundraiser for the homeless shelter. Since 2008, the Share the Magic event has raised nearly $400,000.  Read more.

Faculty & Staff News

Professional Activities

Lisa Clements, financial aid generalist at the One Stop Student Services Center, was recently promoted to admin. asst. II.

“Transformation,” a photography installation by Margaret Doell, asst. VP for Academic Affairs and chair of the Art Dept., and Cheryl Ravens, program coordinator for Counselor Education, will be shown at the Rio Grande County Museum this August and September. The show, which closed Feb. 27 in the Art Dept., explores the intensity, destruction, and resurrection of the West Fork, Papoose, and Windy Pass wildfires that occurred in 2013.

James Doyle, asst. professor of music, will serve on the Music in the Mountains Conservatory faculty during the Music in the Mountains 2015 Summer Festival in Durango, CO. In his 6th season with the Festival Orchestra, James will also teach percussion and coach chamber ensembles comprised of high school and college students selected to the Conservatory.

Gregg Elliott and Lis Tomlin, director and assistant director, respectively of the Counseling Center, will present at the Colorado-Wyoming Counseling Centers conference in Ft. Collins on March 27. Tomlin is presenting on “Practical Strategies for Counseling Clients with Disabilities;” while Elliott will present “Contextually-Anchored Assessment of Suicide Risk.” The CO-WY Counseling Centers conference is an opportunity for the states’ college and university counseling center employees to get together, exchange notes, see what other campuses are doing, and do some professional development.

Dr. Nick Saenz, asst. professor of history, and Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, assoc. professor of sociology, presented results of the CIELO 2014 Campus Climate Survey at a recent Kindred Spirits luncheon.

Four Adams State CIELO representatives participated in the Feb. 7 Diversity Information Exchange of the CDO4CO (Chief Diversity Officers for Colorado), held at University of the Rockies in Denver. They include: Dr. Carol Guererro-Murphy, professor of English and liaison for inclusive excellence; Dr. Beez Schell, professor and chair of HPPE; Michelle Romero, asst. director of admissions; and Karen Lemke, director of College Readiness program.

Dr. Ben Waddell, asst. professor of sociology, co-authored an article that will appear in The Social Science Journal. He wrote “The Mexican Dream? The Effect of Return Migrants on Hometown Development” with Matías Fontenla from the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico. Waddell’s article “Rodrigo’s Theory: Mass Emigration, Violence, and Human Rights Violations in War-torn Mexico” will soon be published in Open Democracy.

Waddell is organizing a student visit to Cuba this summer to study sustainable development. This may be the first ASU group to ever travel to Cuba, and it is one of the few educational programs in the country that allows students to travel legally, via student-visas, to the island.

Kathy Park Woolbert, adjunct instruction of English, launched her new book Coyote Points the Way: Borderland Stories and Plays, at a reading/reception held Febkathy-coyote. 27 at Milagros. This compilation of fiction, nonfiction, and ten-minute plays explore the borderlands, both literal and figurative, where individual resourcefulness, creativity, intuitive knowing and courage make all the difference. Many of the stories are set in Colorado’s vast San Luis Valley; two of the plays are derived from the author’s experience teaching holistic health in a federal women’s prison; and all of the pieces are inspired by the people, animals, times and places that continue to shape the author’s life.  The book is available on Amazon.

Dr. Brian Zuleger,  asst. professor of sport psychology, presented his research, “Lessons Learned From the 2012 Olympic Medal Winners,” at the Wisconsin Track Coaches Association annual clinic, Feb. 6-7. More than 1,200 coaches from across the state attended the clinic, representing all levels: youth, high school, college and professional. The clinic is regarded as one of the country’s premiere coaching clinics by a state association. It annually draws top professionals from coaching and sport science to present on the latest techniques, methods, and research on coaching and developing athletes.

New Employees

  • Paul Grohowski – Chief of Police
  • Shannon Pyle – Senior Admissions Counselor

Campus-wide events and info

Campus Roundtable, Chronicle Article Issue
Wednesday, January 28
4 p.m. – SUB 1st floor banquet rooms

TOPIC: Extended Studies security and student verification issues. Input is sought particularly from faculty who are teaching or who have taught distance courses ranging from written correspondence courses to on-line open enrollment courses, term based courses or graduate level on-line courses that are part of a degree program.

Required Campus SaVE Act and Bystander Intervention Training

As part of Adams State’s ongoing work to prevent sexual assault, and to comply with new Federal requirements, the university has partnered with Get Inclusive to provide a mandatory 50-minute online training on bystander intervention and Title IX reporting requirements. All employees recently received emails concerning the training from Student Affairs and Diane Anderson, with Get Inclusive.

All faculty and staff members must complete the training by February 27, 2015. Those who meet the deadline will be entered into a chance to win a new Kindle Fire.

Questions may be directed to Vice President Ken Marquez 7221. Prompt attention to this requirement is very much appreciated.

Swearing-in Ceremony
ASU Chief of Police Paul Grohowski
Friday, January 30
10 a.m. – Board Room, Richardson Hall third floor

Operational Notices

Shared Governance Resources

A new webpage has been created that centralized resources related to shared governance on campus. Shared governance provides the opportunity to all stakeholders of the University to participate in decisions that affect the direction of the University. The site includes links to agenda and minutes of the following:

  • ASU Board of Trustees
  • President’s Advisory Groups: Cabinet, Executive Council
  • Governance: Associated Student & Faculty Senate (AS&F), Classified Employee Council (CEC), Faculty Senate, Curriculum Review Committee (CRC), Faculty Technology Advisory Committee (FTAC), General Education Curriculum Committee (GECC), Professional Administrative Staff Council (PASC)
  • Academic Oversight: Academic Council, Graduate Council
  • Campus Advisory Groups: Campus Culture Advisory Group (CCAG), Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership, and Opportunity (CIELO)
  • Institutional Technology: The Administrative Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC), Faculty Technology Advisory Committee (FTAC)

AS&F Important Dates

Calling all club advisors!

AS&F will host an advisor training webinar Wednesday, January 28 at noon. This is a great opportunity to improve advising of students clubs and organizations. Look for an email from AS&F with more information!

Third quarterly deadlines are quickly approaching. The third quarterly meeting will be Monday, February 23. The first deadline for bill submissions is Wednesday, February 11, by 5 p.m. Send Submissions.

BUGS task force updates policies

A task force has been convening the last year to review and update our institutional data management and protection policies and procedures. A new policy has been drafted and is now available for BUGS’ comment. View the policy. Share and post any comments on the Google document by February 6.

ASU completes successful audit

The Legislative Audit Committee and the State Auditor recently released the audit report for FY2013-14.

“For the second consecutive year, we have no audit findings or recommendations. There were also no adjusting entries, questioned costs, or passed audit adjusting journal entries,” said Controller Bill Schlaufman, CPA. “The last time we had no audit findings before FY2012-13 was FY1998-99. A big thank you to all who participated in the audit process!

Adams State partners with Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System

Adams State and six other Colorado institutions of higher education recently announced their partnership with the Rocky Mountain E-Purchasing System, a BidNet e-procurement system that provides vendors with an easier and more economical way to access and compete for local government bids.

The partnership also includes University of Northern Colorado, Colorado Mesa University, Western State Colorado University, Colorado School of Mines, Colorado State University, and Fort Lewis College. Complete details.

New Mailroom Guidelines

The newly constructed Adams State University mail room is located at the northwest corner of Richardson Hall, and can be accessed through the west door of the mail room building.

The Mailroom door is at right.

The Mailroom door is at right.










Mailroom Manager David Martinez, ext. 7101, shares new guidelines and reminders:

  •  Bring your mailbox key. For security reasons, mail will NOT be handed out over the counter.
  • Please use your correct address which includes your DEPARTMENT and SUITE NUMBER on both mail and packages.
  • Include recipient’s DEPARTMENT on interoffice mail.
  • Do not overlap envelope flaps.
  • Sort mail and bundle with a rubber band into the following types:
    Local  (all zip codes starting with 811)
    All other (this includes the rest of Colorado)
  • Place international, stamped, on-campus students, and interoffice mail in the respective outgoing mail slots on the east lobby wall.

CEC thanks campus for support

The Classified Employees Council (CEC), along with the Academic Administrative Assistants, wish to thank everyone who contributed to the Annual Holiday Fund Drive. The donations provided $50 Walmart gift cards to six Adams State University students/families in need.

Construction update

VP for Finance and Governmental Relations Bill Mansheim reports Phase II construction on Richardson Hall is on schedule for completion at the end of March.

Campus Lectures, Events & Development Opportunities

Spring Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics

Porter Hall Rm. 130
Complimentary pizza provided

The lectures are open to everyone and appropriate for general audiences.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 4
    “Science in American Cinema”
    By Danny Ledonne
  • Thursday, Feb. 19
    “The Opium Wars: The History and Chemistry of …”
    By Dr. Renee Beeton
  • Wednesday, March 4
    “A Mathematical Mystery”
    By Dr. Steve Aldrich
  • Wednesday, March 18
    “Sabbatical Stories: The ASU Observatory”
    By Dr. Robert Astalos
  • Thursday, April 2
    “Yoda, Mediation, and the Science of Stress Reduction”
    By Dr. Leslie Alvarez
  • Thursday, April 16
    “Reclamation Concepts in Coal Mining”
    By Kristin Brown
  • Thursday, April 30
    “Newton vs. Leibniz: Who Invented Calculus?”
    By Dr. Tony Weathers

Lifeways Lecture series

Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
McDaniel Hall 101 (unless otherwise noted)

  • Jan. 29
    Dennis Lopez – “Our Unique San Luis Valley Spanish: An Analysis”
  • Feb. 12
    Panel of Experts – “Religious Diversity in the SLV”
  • Feb. 26
    Kurt Cary – “Education in the San Luis Valley” McDaniel Hall 201
  • Mar. 12
    Dr. Brenda Romero – “Female Voices through Music: Las Inditas”
    (part of International Women’s Week events at ASU)
  • April 2
    Sarah Parmar – “Passion Over Water” McDaniel Hall 201
  • April 16
    Ed Beaudette & John Bush – “Cumbres & Toltec Railroad: History and Impact on the SLV”
  • May 7
    Fred Haberlein – “Our Heritage in Murals”

Faculty Development Workshops

The Faculty Development committee reports 31 participants enjoyed a retreat in Taos over winter break. A number of workshops are scheduled on campus for the spring semester.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 28
    3:30-5 p.m. – McD 312
    Mark McLaughlan – Writing and performing public presentations

This session is designed for faculty and staff who wish to improve their public speaking performance, to better engage their audiences and, ultimately, to be persuasive. RSVP.

  • Friday, Jan 30
    9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – SUB 309
    Javier Gonzalez - College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

This session will begin with an overview of ASU’s student population, in particular regarding success, retention, and barriers. As a HSI, we will consider strategies for success including an overview of the CAMP program.

CIELO – Kindred Spirit Luncheons

All following events are:
12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
La Mesa Dining Room

Sign in at the entrance to the cafeteria, grab a tray, some lunch, and join in with these informative and interactive discussions and lectures.

  • Thursday, Feb. 12
    2014 Campus Climate Report
    By Dr. Nick Saenz, History professor and director of the Latino Studies program.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24
    Cognitive and Emotional Development of 18-19 Year-Olds
    By Mark Pittman, Assistant Direct of Housing-Resident Life
  • Wednesday, March 11
    Everyday Sexism
    Led by members of the CIELO working group.
  • Friday, April 3
    Cultural History Narratives
    Led by CASA Center members.
  • Saturday, April 11
    Tell Your Coming Out Story
    Led by members of the CIELO working group.
  • Fridays: Feb. 6; March 6; May 1
    Women’s Affinity Group
    A time for women and women’s advocates on campus to meet and discuss current issues.

To receive updates from the CIELO (Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership & Opportunity) listserv for updates, contact Dr. Matt Nehring.

All are welcome to attend CIELO meetings,
the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month 
8 – 8:50 a.m. in McDaniel Hall 208.

 Planetarium & Observatory events

All programs are FREE and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Observatory Open House
Saturday, Jan. 31
7 – 9 p.m.

Look through the observatory’s telescopes at Jupiter, the Moon, star clusters and double stars. Hear descriptions of lunar features, the moons of Jupiter, and properties of the stars and star clusters observed.

See observatory website for location and details.

 Thursday Evening Planetarium Programs
7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

  • Jan. 29
    “Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet”
  • Feb. 5
    Live Astronomy Presentation
  • Feb. 12
    “Stars of the Pharaohs”
  • Feb. 19
    “Bad Astronomy”
  • Feb. 26
    “Into the Deep”

 Friday Afternoon Planetarium Movies
4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

  • Jan. 23
    “Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens”
  • Jan. 30
    “Hubble Vision 2″
  • Feb. 6
    “Bella Gaia”
  • Feb. 13
    “DARK & Seasonal Star Gazing – Winter”
  • Feb. 20
    “Life: A Cosmic Story”
  • Feb. 27
    “Two Small Pieces of Glass”


See planetarium website for movie descriptions.



Common Reading Experience announces 2015-16 book

The ASU Common Reading Experience Committee is pleased to announce the Common Reading book selection for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future (2011)
by Robert B. Reich. Vintage Books: ISBN-13: 978-0307476333
Learn more.

Help build a great Common Reading Program

A successful Common Reading program requires broad participation across campus. Here’s how you can contribute:

Aftershock Common Reader

The CRE Committee would like to create a Common Reader to accompany the book and requests suggestions for related reading selections that will enhance student consideration of the subject matter from a broad variety of positions, perspectives, and disciplines. Selections can include poetry, book chapters, articles, and short stories across multiple disciplines. These reading selections can be used inside and outside the classroom to enhance discussion of the book.

Event Proposals

In the past, faculty and staff at Adams State have successfully hosted many Common Reading Experience events, including book discussions, lectures, field trips, special topics courses, art projects, and service learning initiatives. The committee welcomes all proposals for events and activities related to the selected common reading experience book. Proposals should include elements that reflect the themes and issues of the book. Events can be scheduled for either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.

Proposals should ideally be received by May 1, 2015, to be considered for the Fall semester, and by October 31, 2016, for the Spring semester. Please send them to Committee Chair Carol Smith.

Student & Program News

Field School Honored

During the Jan. 9 Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, the Adams State University Fort Massachusetts Archaeological Field School received second place in a competition based on gender and minority inclusion in archaeological field schools.

Twelve individuals affiliated with the Field School as students or staff attended the conference, including three current ASU students, Kaycee Prevedel, Candace Fleck, and Megan Benfield. Adams State alumni who also attended the conference include Katlyn Keith ’14, Jeremy Brunette ’13, Cory Rich ’12, and Jamie Devine ’10. Five Adams State representatives presented professional papers in the conference symposia. Read more.

Student Honors

Geology senior Katherine Schultz appears in a photo in the Geological Society of America’s Annual Report for the GeoCorps American program. She is depicted at work as a physical scientist at the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Freshman physics/pre-engineering student Alexandre Basagoitia was recently nominated to both the U.S. Air Force Academy and West Point.

Title III SEEDS grant participants present at conference

Dr. Joel Judd, professor of teacher education, was joined by and three Colorado teachers to present “EL Perceptions of K-12 STEM Classrooms” at the 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CoTESOL), held Nov. 14. The teachers are all participants in ASU’s Title III SEEDS grant: Kelly von Stroh, Animas Valley Elementary in Durango; Machin Norris, Highland Middle, Ault; and Katrina Hanger, Bricker Elementary in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Joel Judd and students at 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Dr. Joel Judd and students at 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Each teacher reported on a classroom climate survey given to their English language learners at the beginning and end of each year. The surveys provide feedback on students’ perceptions of how classroom time is spent, the extent to which different activities help them learn, and their attitudes about the usefulness of STEM subject matter.

In addition, the conference recognized Leticia Ingram as ESL Teacher of the Year. A teacher at Basalt High School in Basalt, she is a graduate of a previous ASU Title III grant .

HPPE students organize Special Olympics fundraiser

In October , students enrolled in the Human Performance & Physical Education Department’s Sport Facility & Event Management presented a special event, “Rolling for Change,” as their major class project. The event’s purpose was a two-prong: to raise money for the local Special Olympics program, the San Luis Valley Dust Devils, and to provide an enjoyable bowling event for local Special Olympians as they prepared to travel to their regional competition. Students in the class developed the event mission and goals, planned, organized and conducted the event itself, and completed the post-event wrap-up.

Between the athletes involved and other donors at the event, the fundraiser exceeded $1,000. These profits will be used towards travel costs for the Dust Devils and any equipment they may need during the remaining sport seasons this year. Athlete Andrew Griego raised over $500; others who raised over $100 were Steven Guymon, Sandra and Robert Allaart, Martin Guymon, and Marc Alfaro.

During the Rolling for Change event, held at ABC Pro Bowl in Alamosa, students worked to assure all bowlers had a safe and enjoyable experience. A running commentary recognized every bowler and brought smiles to the faces of everyone involved.

Special Olympics is an international, non-profit organization. It provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to 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.

Anyone interested in joining the San Luis Valley Special Olympics family may contact Peggy Johnson, ext. 7408.

Student video projects

Danny Ledonne, visiting assistant professor of English/communications, invites others to view student video projects completed during the fall semester. Links below:

Video Practicum (independent study projects)

 Documentary Film Production (personal and issue-based non-fiction films)

Digital Filmmaking (short narrative, documentary, and experimental films)


Faculty & Staff News

Professional Activities

Elvie Conley, Assistant Director of Recreation and Intramurals, Rex Activity Center, was recently installed as Junior Warden of the Alamosa Masonic Lodge #44.

Dr. Ed Lyell, professor of business, had a letter to the editor published in the Dec. 14 issue of the New York Times. It can be read here.

Dr. Beth Robison, assoc. professor of music and director of Choral Activities, is serving as interim department chair this semester and through the summer, while Dr. Tracy Doyle is on sabbatical. Robison can be reached at ext. 7300 or 7621.

Extended Studies staff Jim Bullington, Prison Program Coordinator, and Carissa Watts, Director of Advisement and Recruitment, will present at the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) regional conference, to be held in Boulder in early March. Their presentation will be “Helping Post-Incarcerated Individuals Survive the Barriers of Higher Education.” Details.

New Employees

  • Angela Madrid – admin. asst. II, Teacher Education
  • Charise Mixa – admin. asst. II, Art Dept.
  • Jennifer Ruiz – custodian I, Facilities
  • Jerry Trujillo – custodian I, Facilities
  • Kristine Johnson – admin. asst., Alumni Relations/Foundation
  • Timm Rosenbach – head football coach
  • James Staggs – asst. football coach
  • Joshua Blankenship – asst. football coach
  • Johnathan Bills – asst. football coach
  • Jarad Johnston – technology specialist, Academic Instructional Technology Center

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).

Read more.

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.