Model UN takes top awards
Adams State’s Model UN team had great success at the MEDMUN (Mediterranean Model United Nations) Conference, held at the Sciences Po campus in Menton, France, over Spring Break.
Dr. Mari Centeno, Model UN advisor, said, “All of our training sessions paid off. The team swept the conference awards, in competition against such colleges as Brown University and London School of Economics. Azarel Madrigal, Mark Mabry, and Laurel Heimstra won the Best Delegate award in each of the three committees in which they participated.”
The team was rounded out with Stevon Cornish, Will Custer and Justin Chase. Their discussion topics included Crisis in Libya, Rights for Migrant Workers, and the Peloponnesian War.
HPPE class presented Special Olympics Basketball Extravaganza
Students in the spring 2015 class of HPPE 305 Sport Facility & Event Management planned and conducted a Special Olympics Basketball Extravaganza. Held in Plachy Hall March 10, it was an exciting basketball game that showcased the skills of local Special Olympics basketball players in front of their friends and families. Athletes were divided into two basketball teams that put three Special Olympians and two ASU student partners on the court at a time, following the Special Olympics Unified basketball rules.
Donations raised enough funds to cover travel expenses for the program for one sport’s travel to Special Olympics regional competitions. This event was a huge success, judging by the smiles on the faces of both participants and fans alike. The closely contested game ended with the blue team sneaking past the red team by one basket, with a final score of 24-22 in overtime.
The San Luis Valley Special Olympics Dust Devils basketball team, coached by HPPE senior Jacob Flores, took first place in their division at the Southeast Regional Special Olympics basketball tournament, held February 14 in Colorado Springs. The athletes have been working with Coach Flores every Saturday morning since late November to hone their skills leading up to this event. The 12-person Dust Devils team advanced to the championship bracket after winning their first game by a large margin. Five additional San Luis Valley Special Olympians, led by volunteer Holly Navratil, competed in the individual skills contests of shooting, dribbling and passing at the regional basketball event, bringing home two first place ribbons, one third place ribbon, and two fourth place ribbons.
The team members and individual skills competitors proudly showed off their brand new uniforms at the regional basketball event, a purchase made possible by the successful fundraising efforts of the fall 2014 HPPE 305 Sport Facility & Event Management class. Students combined the fundraiser with the local Rolling for Change bowling event that they planned and conducted as part of their course requirements.
Special Olympics is an international organization which sponsors year round athletic training and competition for individuals ages 8 and above who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities. For more information about the SLV Special Olympics program, contact Peggy Johnson at 587-7408, Gerri Cummings at 580-5959 or LaVerne Valdez at 589-6995.
Student Leaders recognized
Adams State’s seventh annual Student Leadership Banquet, March 30, honored student leaders with amazing food and live music. The keynote speaker was alumna Corrine Padilla ’05, who reflected on what she had learned throughout her years at Adams.
Community Partnerships hosts media professional career workshop for students
Thursday, April 16
Art Rm. 227
Faculty are encouraged to urge interested students to attend, at no charge, a Media Professionals Career Workshop provided by Colorado’s Office of Film, Television and Media. It will be hosted by Adams State University’s Community Partnerships and the Southern Colorado Film Commission
Colorado State Film Commissioner, Donald Zuckerman, will discuss the state’s initiative to expand the film industry in Colorado. The Office of Film, Television, & Media, formerly the Colorado Film Commission, is now a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.
Additional presenters include:
- Duke Hartman, Chief Operating Officer, High Noon Entertainment
- Alexandre O. Philippe, Creative Director of Denver-based Cinema Vertige and Exhibit A Pictures
- Sheila Ivy Traister, director, writer and award-winning actress with 30+ years in film, television, theater and improv
- Marc Snider, Exposure Productions, a small, mountain oriented production company
- Julie Speer, Director/Executive Producer, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting
Community Partnerships thanks the following faculty who aided in designing the workshiop: Dr. John Taylor, Dr. Beth Bonnstetter, Danny Ledonne, and Gustavo Plascencia.
Books donated to Reading Room
The Department of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science and Spanish extends its thanks to Cathie Aguilar Waugh, who contributed several boxes of history and Spanish books to the McDaniel Hall Reading Room. The books were owned by her late father, Lee Adonais Aguilar, who earned a B.A. in Secondary Education and M.A. in Spanish International Studies from Adams State. He also earned a master’s in 20th century Mexican literature from the University of Montana. Aguilar taught high school and at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo., for 37 years. Everyone may access the Reading Room’s collection.