Chemistry hosted ACS meeting
For the first time, the chemistry program hosted a local section meeting of the American Chemical Society, which was quite successful. Forty chemists from around the state came to ASU on Sept. 27 for a banquet and a talk, “On the Front Lines of the Cold War, Los Alamos, 1970-1992,” by Alan B. Carr from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Chemistry Club students from ASU and Western State University also showed off some of their chemistry demos before the banquet began.
School of Business joins accreditation council
The ASU School of Business has become a member of the Accreditation Council of Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP), according to department chair, Dr. Michael Tomlin.
“I want to propel the School of Business to become recognized for teaching excellence and the strength of our programs,” Tomlin said, adding this is the first step toward achieving full accreditation with the organization. “Our new membership in ACBSP strengthens our school and affiliates us with many fine small colleges and universities world-wide.” Read more.
Finance students met with bankers
Learning about local bank operations is an integral part of the upper level finance course, “Commercial Banking,” in Adams State University’s School of Business. These students recently visited San Luis Federal Bank and First Southwest Bank in Alamosa with their professor, Yushri Zaro. Read more.
Brain Based Education
ASU Extended Studies is offering brain based education courses for the second year. The courses are part of a graduate certificate titled “Teaching, Learning, and the Brain.” The courses focus on using current neuroscience research in the K-12 classroom to increase student learning. Students in the courses are encouraged to use principles of brain functioning to teach concepts to students. They explore the anatomy of the brain through a brain dissection, web explorations, and readings. Additionally, students learn about assessments and interventions that can be used with challenging students. The courses provide professional development opportunities for teachers, but are also applicable for guidance counselors, mental health professionals, or anyone working with children.
Kelly Murillo, a special educator, was passionate about bringing brain based education to the Valley after participating in a similar certificate. She teamed up with Dr. Gina Mitchell, adjunct professor of psychology, and Extended Studies to develop the certificate. The collaboration resulted in courses that balance of technique, research, application, and technology.
While brain based education is not a new field, it has recently been a hot topic in education, because it has the power to increase student learning, test scores, and overall teacher-student relationships. Additionally, brain based education can be important when working with students with special needs.
The “Teaching, Learning, and the Brain” certificate was launched in the fall of 2012. It includes 1 hybrid course and 3 online courses. Individuals interested in the courses are encouraged to complete all of the courses in sequence; however, they may also complete only the courses they are interested in. For more information about the courses and upcoming course offerings click here.
Softball Team honored for “Grizzly Girls Adopt-a-Grandparent”
Alamosa’s Evergreen Nursing Home recently presented the ASU softball team with its 2013 Group Volunteer Award at its annual Volunteer Celebration. With leadership from All-American Katelyn Lovato,
the team initiated “Grizzly Girls Adopt-A-Grandparent,” a rich and unique partnership with the nursing home in which players serve as surrogate grandchildren to Evergreen residents.
“I think this is a great program for our student athletes,” said Adams State Coach Dervin Taylor. “I have told the girls this is their opportunity to visit someone like their own grandparent and I am pleased to see how much they are enjoying it.” Read more.
ASU consistently supports Miner Run
SLV Health Foundation Director Kelly Gurule appreciates the perennial dependability of the Adams State wrestling team in staging the Stephanie L Miner 5K Walk & Run, which on Oct. 5 raised $31,000 for the Women’s Imaging Center.
“They never hesitate to do what’s asked of them,” she said. “And the enthusiasm of all the student athletes is contagious. This was evident when the ASU cross country team worked up the crowd doing a flash mob to the tune of YMCA.”
The runners have made it a tradition since 2011 to start off the race and then finish with a congratulation line for other runners. The event honors Adams State alumna Stephanie (Motz) Miner ’82, who passed away from breast cancer in 2003. Read more.
The Adams State football team created their own fund raiser, because a game conflict prevented them from joining in the 5K event. The team offered pink bracelets for sale at their games inscribed with the words “Go Make a Difference,” which quickly sold out. Head Coach Marty Heaton matched those sales, bringing the team’s total donation to the imaging center to well over $1,000. Read more.