Two Ceremonies for Spring Commencement

For the first time, Adams State Spring Commencement will include two separate ceremonies on Sat. May 15. Two-hundred-fifty-one undergraduate degrees will be awarded at the morning ceremony; 160 master’s degrees will be awarded in the afternoon.

Undergraduate Commencement

10 a.m., Plachy Hall

Faculty, administrators, and coaches are expected to participate in the undergraduate commencement exercises. All are asked gather for the processional in the Field House at 9:15 a.m., attired in appropriate academic dress. A reception following the ceremony in the Plachy Hall Field House will give everyone an opportunity to visit with graduates and their families

Former State Representative Gil Romero will address the undergraduate ceremony. He is now a principal/attorney with the government affairs and lobbying firm Capitol Success Group.

Graduate Commencement

1:30 p.m., Plachy Hall

Administrators, faculty and staff from areas with graduate programs are expected to participate. Staff and faculty from other areas are welcome to attend. The processional will form in the Field House at 1 p.m.; participants should be attired in appropriate academic dress.

The graduate commencement address will be given by Dr. Susan Belanger, an ethicist at the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center.

REAP & Extended Studies Graduates

The ASC Rural Education Access Program (REAP) will have 36 spring 2010 graduates in Interdisciplinary Studies for Elementary Education licensure. Many are traveling to Adams State to participate in the ceremony and bringing their families to celebrate this achievement. These students are non-traditional students who work full time and attend to family obligations while completing their degrees. This diligence and accomplishment in completing their education is commendable.

There will also be approximately 28 spring 2010 graduates with A.A. or B.A. degrees in Business, Sociology, Interdisciplinary Studies/Non-Licensure who obtained their degree through ASC Extended Studies. These graduates include individuals, military, international and incarcerated students.

ASC Extended Studies will host a breakfast reception in Luther Bean Museum on May 15, 2010, in honor of these graduates, with 170 people expected.

Campus Renewal in full swing

ASC’s campus renewal is in full swing, with progress underway on several fronts. ASC appreciates the patience of college and community members during this very intense phase. Streets will occasionally be blocked or closed to facilitate construction activities. Erik van de Boogaard, associate vice president for Facilities Planning, Design & Construction, suggests avoiding the Stadium Dr., Monterey Ave, and Richardson Ave. if at all possible.

Stadium entrance.

Construction of the Residences at Rex and community stadium facilities is advancing quickly; they are slated to be open in August. Construction trailers were recently relocated to the Plachy Hall north lot to allow site work to begin on the Residences at Rex. Work on North Campus Green will begin in July.

The following projects have or will shortly begin, with work to be completed over the summer:

  • Coronado D wing remodel
  • Girault South wing remodel
  • Cafeteria and Student Union Building remodeling, funded by Auxiliary Services
  • Restoration of the stucco exterior of the Rex Activity Center, with funding from the Colorado Historical Society
  • Lacrosse/soccer field on site of current football practice field

Work will also commence this summer on

  • Richardson Ave. parking
  • North Campus Parking

Design team selection is underway, with bidding anticipated for next February, on remodeling of the ES Bldg.: Music Bldg, and Leon Memorial Concert Hall.

Casa del Sol had been condemned and was demolished last month

What on EARTH?

Dr. Jones passes the torch

Three years ago, Dr. Marty Jones, professor of chemistry, helped to form ASC’s sustainability group, EARTH (Education, Awareness & Action for Transportation, Resources, and Health). After three years, he is stepping down as the group’s coordinator, but will continue as an active member of the group.

Dr. Marty Jones

Among the group’s accomplishments are: expanded campus recycling; production and distribution of sustainable shopping bags, in cooperation with the Center for Community Partnerships; development of a free “green” bike rental program on campus, and coordination of annual Earth Week events.

It is hoped someone will come forward help continue this important work. Interested persons are asked to contact Dr. Jones at The Student Life Center of the SUB is reserved for the next EARTH meeting at noon on Tuesday, June 1.

AS&F backs recycling

EARTH expresses thanks to Rachel Raguindin and the rest of AS&F for the group’s contribution of $2259.90 to purchase 8 sets of outdoor recycle bins for the campus campus.

Recycling Opportunities

Rainbow’s End Thrift Store will be on campus Mon, May 10th; Tue, May 11; and Wed, May 12 to take used furniture. Pick-up is 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the McCurry dumpsters and 2-4 p.m. between SUB and Coronado.

Aaron Miltenberger has arranged for Sodexo to donate 15 gallons of used cooking oil/grease each week to someone who will use it to make biodiesel.

Waste Management in Monte Vista (1245 N. Hwy 285) will be having an electronics recycling event on Saturday, May 15 from 10-2.  Charges will be as follows:

  • CPU towers, keyboards, and mice: Free
  • Monitors: $5
  • Laptops: $5
  • Copiers: $5
  • Scanners: $2
  • Laser and Inkjet printers: $2
  • Cell phones: $2
  • Televisions: $1 2and up (depending on size and weight)
  • No appliances, microwaves, refrigerators, etc.
Lights-out Sticker Campaign

More stickers are now available from Dr. Marty Jones.  EARTH appreciates all those who have helped display the stickers on campus.

EARTH Week Recap

A number of students, faculty, and staff helped to present another successful EARTH Week celebration, April 12-19, which included a talent show, support for Bike to Work Day and a Bicycle Rodeo, Rio River clean up, and a 6K Run/Walk. Highlights included a free concert by Elephant Revival, cosponsored by EARTH, ALMA, and GAB and a presentation by nature photographer John Fielder. He donated  20 percent of the sales of his books to support EARTH – a total of $70. In addition, the annual Reduce, Reuse, Recycle garage sale netted $190.

Nursing Dept. hosts successful site visit

Dr. Aida Sahud

Dr. Aida Sahud, Director of the Nursing Education Program, reports a very positive recent site visit by the consultant from the Colorado State Board of Nursing. The consultant was favorably impressed by the department faculty and students, as well as by various support systems for the college: Grizzly Testing & Diego Trujillo, Resource librarian Mary Walsh and outstanding holdings and data bases, the Dean of Student Ken Marquez, Diversity officer Isabel Medina Keiser, the Nursing Advisory Committee, and top administrators.

“We are celebrating this step in moving toward full approval by the state for our new program,” Sahud said.

Student clubs help with care packages for soldiers

The ASC Clubs & AmeriCorps are participating with the SLV Blue Star Moms in a Care Package Project for soldiers who have been deployed to war. They are collecting non-perishable items to send. The next mail off date is June 21. If you are interested in donating, below are the sites where you can drop off your items.

For more info about the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., click here. If you know of someone who has been deployed and would like a package sent to them, please contact Donna Griego at or Vicki Jones at

Blue Star thanks you for your generosity and service in participating in this meaningful event.

Drop Off Sites:

  • Art Building
  • Community Partnerships Building
  • ES Building-Offices of Counselor Education; English, Theatre, & Communications; Teacher Education; Psychology/Sociology/History-
  • Computing Services Building
  • Government-Philosophy
  • Facilities Services Building
  • Housing Office
  • Nielsen Library
  • One-Stop in the SUB
  • Petty’s Hall – Student Support Services
  • Richardson Hall Provost Office
  • Theatre Box Office

Suggested Non-Perishable Items:

  • PopTop Canned Soups/Fruits/Salsas
  • Dried Fruit
  • Boxes of Crackers
  • Nuts
  • Gum
  • Lip Balm
  • Baby Wipes/Hand Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Mini Fabreeze/Small Air Fresheners
  • Baby Powder
  • Prepopped Pop Corn
  • Magazines
  • Crossword Puzzles/Sudoku Puzzles/Small Books
  • Hard Candy/Tic Tacs
  • Band Aides
  • Tylenol/Pain Reliever
  • AA or AAA Batteries
  • Beef Jerky
  • Pringles Potato Chips
  • Vitamin C Drops
  • Balls/Small Toys
  • Powdered Gatorade/Single Serve Powdered Drinks
  • Little Debbie Snack Cakes
  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit Roll Ups
  • Tuna Fish/PopTop Spam/Vienna Sausages/Potted Meat
  • Plastic Containers of Fruit/Pudding/Jello
  • Capri Sun Drinks
  • Energy Drinks
  • Boot Socks
  • Foot Spray/Powder
  • Shoe Inserts-Gell Comfort Types
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Pet Flea Collars
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquito Repellent

ASC Model U.N. sole U.S. representative at conference in Greece

ASC Model U.N. sole U.S. representative at conference in Greece

Six ASC students and their advisor, Dr. Mari Centeno, participated in the Thessaloniki International Student Model United Nations conference, held April 7-11 at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki, Greece. ASC’s was the only team from the United States to have ever attended the ThessisMUN conference.  As such, it received much fanfare, including special recognition and a rousing round of applause at the opening ceremonies.

The ASC Model United Nations Delegation included Melissa Kam (head delegate), Keith Toth, Kristi Krabbenhoft, Alfonso Casias, Thomas Keller and Alex Ponce. The group trained for months to represent the Rzeczpospolita Polska (Republic of Poland) They joined 400 and other countries, including the U.K., France, Italy, and Bulgaria – all prepared to address the issues facing our world.

ASC's Model U.N. team in Greece.

Each student represented Poland in a different committee: one of three General Assembly committees, Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Council of Europe, and NATO.  Some of the issues the students tackled were:  international agreements addressing the threat of nuclear weapons, the global financial crisis, the elimination of racial discrimination, climate change, preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and extremist behavior among European youth.  Conference participation required months of research and training. As the conference concluded, team member Thomas Keller said, “I’ve learned more this week than I have in college so far.”

Beyond speeches, debates, and resolutions, Model UN conferences provide students with the occasion to interact, both professionally and socially, with other students from different countries and cultures.

Students & Faculty volunteered to provide Tax Help Colorado 2010

Student and faculty volunteers from the School of Business, in cooperation with the Piton Foundation, provided free tax return assistance to 485 community members this spring. A combined total of more than $676,000  was refunded.

Jeanie O’Laughlin, assistant professor of business told the story of one client who was living at La Puente, the homeless shelter, after losing her job and unemployment benefits. “She couldn’t afford to pay to have her taxes done and was so appreciative of our free service.” The service was available to anyone with a family income less than $49,000.

Volunteers underwent 16 hours of training, then made their services available from Jan. 28 through April 15.

A total of 1,103 volunteer hours was contributed by 16 students, 2 spouses, and 5 faculty members. Outstanding volunteers include student Jonathan Archuleta, who gave more than 100 hours; student Torben Walters, 70 hours, and professor Bill Herrman, more than 79 hours.

An appreciation luncheon for Tax Help Colorado participants will be held Monday, May 10, at 11:30 in the SUB banquet room.

Adams State psychology students present research, meet psychology legend

For the fourth consecutive year, psychology students and faculty represented Adams State College at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s (RMPA) annual convention. The convention, celebrating its 80th year, was held in Denver April 15-17.

In attendance were 14 students and 3 faculty: Jacque Archuleta, Samantha Campbell, Lisa Chirieleison, Doug Colman, Cathi Lucero Connell, Alex Espinoza, Andrea Livinston, Eric Miller, Lindsey Nelson, Chris Olance, Lindsey Seybold, Justin Takajjart, Ken Waudby, Solange Zanetti, Dr. Leslie Alvarez, Dr. Kim Kelso, and Dr. Rob Demksi. Three students presented original research stemming from projects completed in their Research Methods in Psychology course.

Solange Zanetti and Cathi Lucero Connell,along with faculty sponsor, Dr. Rob Demski, presented their research: “The effect of a fear-based public service announcement on texting while driving.” Doug Colman, along with faculty sponsor, Dr. Leslie Alvarez, presented “Face to face or internet: Does mode of introduction affect quality of first impression?”

In addition, students with leadership roles in Psi Chi/Psychology Club attended workshops aimed at developing leadership skills. Alex Espinoza, Adams State College’s Psi Chi Treasurer, served as a moderator during one of these sessions.

Psychology students with Dr. Albert Bandura (front center).

In addition to representing ASC through research and attendance, students were afforded the opportunity to meet one of psychology’s living legends. Stanford University’s Dr. Albert Bandura (of the 1960’s “bobo doll” experiment fame) was an invited speaker. Following his talk regarding Social Cognitive theory on the global stage, he spent time answering students’ questions, taking photos with students, and signing autographs. Students in attendance noted that meeting the man regarded as the most famous living psychologist was a highlight of the convention.

Next year, RMPA will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah. The ASC psychology department hopes to see continued attendance and participation in this regional convention, allowing students to network with other majors and leaders in the field of psychology.

ASC Student Media attend Rocky Mountain Communication Association Conference

Representatives from KASF-FM and The Paw Print gave a presentation about Adams State student media at the annual Rocky Mountain Communication Association (RMCA) conference, held April 17 in Loveland, Colo. RMCA brings together colleges and universities from Colorado and Wyoming to exchange scholarly and pedagogical ideas.

Laura Garcia, assistant general manager for KASF, and Emma Mueller, associate editor for The Paw Print, along with faculty advisers Dr. Beth Bonnstetter and Dr. Mark Finney, discussed with conference participants how student media have grown and interacts with the campus. Conference participants also attended a luncheon and several panels on media convergence, a process in which ASC Student Media are engaged to better serve Adams State’s students, faculty, staff, and community.

Beth Bonnstetter

Dr. Mark Finney

Newman Club expands border awareness

Ten student members of the Newman Club traveled to Tucson, Ariz., for a border awareness experience over spring break. BorderLinks is a leading program in experiential education that raises awareness and inspires action around global political economics

Among the activities the group participated in were immigration simulations using role-playing; a visit to Southside Presbyterian church, where the Sanctuary movement began in the 1980’s; the annual Women on the Borders recognition dinner; prayer vigil in memory of migrants who have died in the desert; a visit to the Migrant Aide Station and Shelter in Naco, Mexico. They also volunteered one morning at Casa Maria, an ecumenical mission of a Catholic Worker Community, and enjoyed an overnight home stay with a Mexican family in Nogales, Ariz.

Wall on the border of Mexico and Arizona

The group also observed the 800-mile long wall that has been erected by the U.S. along the border, and took a desert walk led by Mary Goethals, a member of Samaritans, which patrol the desert carrying food, water, and emergency medical supplies.

Samaritan in the desert.

Faculty & Staff news

Approximately 125 ASC faculty, staff and students participated in and supported the 61st SLV Regional Science Fair, held on campus in mid-March. According the Science Fair Director, Lucy Adams, 378 valley students participated with 350 projects. Valley winners did very well at the Colorado State Science and Engineering Fair. San Luis Valley students ranked third in percent of total state awards, after only the Boulder Valley and Pikes Peak regions.

Margaret Doell

Margaret Doell, professor and chair of art, will be the featured artist in “Gallery in the Park” in Altona, Manitoba, Canada, from May 14 through mid-July. This solo exhibition features lithographs and photographs from the past 20 years. “Gallery in the Park’ is southern Manitoba’s premiere exhibition space. The website for the gallery is:, it has not yet been updated to include this summer’s schedule but hopefully will be soon.

Donna Griego, program assistant in the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs, attended the 6th annual Texas Diversity & Leadership Conference, April 6-10. She said she returned with two key concepts:

Donna Griego

“Education is key to our success” and “Now is the time to create our opportunities.”

With  the theme “Passion for Diversity,” the conference focused on learning to value people who are different, and bringing diverse voices together to be heard.  Sessions highlighted a myriad of topics, including mentoring, implementing/managing diversity and equity, professional development, thinking strategically, leadership competencies, and effectively managing teams. The event also included a multicultural summit, a dialogue on issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Dyamic keynote speakers were Dr. Cornell West, professor at Princeton University, and Donna Brazile, veteran Democratic political strategist and syndicated columnist.

Dr. David Mazel

Dr. David Mazel , professor of English, assumed chairmanship of the Department of English, Theatre and Communication in January. Former chair Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy continues on the faculty.

Ben Kern

Dr. Tracey Robinson

Dr. Tracey Robinson, associate professor of HPPE, and Ben Kern, strength & conditioning coach, will have their paper,  “Effects of beta-alanine supplementation on performance and body composition in collegiate wrestlers and football players” published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning R esearch.