Common Reading Experience welcomes author Oct. 24

The Common Reading Experience book selection for this year is The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by Wes Moore.

The Common Reading Experience Program engages the campus and community in a shared intellectual experience through year-long programming.

The author will speak on Campus Friday, Oct. 24. Details will be available soon.

2014-2015 Common Reading Experience Committee

  •     Bob Affeldt, English
  •    Masood Ahmad, Student Engagement and Success
  •    Kristy Duran, Biology
  •    Jess Gagliardi, AAA101
  •    Maddie Mansheim, student representative
  •    Kat McLaughlin, student representative
  •    Gustavo Plascencia, Art
  •    Nick Saenz, History
  •    Carol Smith, Committee Chair, Nielsen Library

Cyberbullying revisited

ASU’s Department of Counselor Education, in cooperation with the Megan Meier Foundation, will once more host a presentation by Tina Meier, who raises awareness of cyberbullying and the damage it can cause.

“Cyberbullying in Our Children’s Environment
Tuesday, October 7
5:30 p.m.
Alamosa High School auditorium

This is a free community presentation open to the public in which Meier will share her personal story and struggles of cyberbullying with students and parents. Meier’s daughter, Megan, took her own life at the age of 13, due to the actions of cyberbullies. Megan’s story will be shared along with the topics of bullying, bystanders, digital footprints, cyberbullying, and sexting. This presentation will provide up-to-date information about the dangers children face online as well as offline.

For more information contact Dr. Cheri Meder at 719-587-8368.

ASU’s ACT Academy helps prepare local students

More than 300 high school juniors from 13 regional schools participated in the ACT Academy on campus March 18. Students learned test-prep strategies and test-taking tips and tricks to tackle the high-stakes college achievement test. The ACT Academy aims to improve valley high school students’ ACT scores so that they are more likely to test into college level courses, rather than having to take developmental courses as first-year students.

ACT Academy 2014

ACT Academy 2014

Karen Lemke, director of the ASU College Readiness office, said, “This was our second year, and I think we improved on last year’s design. Last year we had 120 students, so we almost tripled capacity. The evaluation forms are very positive, and the students seemed to be very engaged and even thanked the faculty at the end of sessions. We will examine the students’ pre-test scores and compare them to their actual ACT scores to see if our work made a positive impact and to what degree.”

Her office worked with SLV BOCES (Board of Cooperative Education Services) to plan and offer the event, which drew on assistance from Admissions, Upward Bound, Enrollment Management, as well as from ASU faculty from Extended Studies, English, teacher education, math and chemistry and BOCES’ counselor corps grant participants. Guidance counselors and principals from the participating schools also participated to prepare students for the statewide ACT test date later this month.

Participating students represented the following school districts: Alamosa, Sanford, Monte Vista, Centennial, Antonito, Sargent, Sangre de Cristo, Sierra Grande, Centauri, GOAL Academy, Center, Crestone Charter, and Byron Syring Delta Center.

Title V STEM grant enhances equipment and facilities

Adams State continues to enhance the equipment and facilities available for science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction and outreach, through the five-year $3.6 million Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM program grant, received in 2011.

Dr. Rob Benson, professor of geology and earth sciences, has devoted his sabbatical this semester to launching a museum-quality educational touch-screen system in the Edward M. Ryan Geological Museum.

The interdisciplinary STEM lab on Porter Hall’s third floor also recently acquired an X-ray Defractometer, which can be applied to chemistry, geology, art, and other fields.

“This is the  most exciting piece of equipment we’ve ever had,” Benson said, adding, “Our students are incredibly excited.”

The XRD, valued at $90,000, uses x-rays to produce defraction patterns of various materials to aid in their analysis. Benson explained it can create a “fingerprint” of a mineral, help identify proteins, and reveal the molecular structure of crystal, for example.

Work has begun to construct a new observatory on the north end of campus between the baseball field, the softball field, and the river. At a cost of $120,000, the observatory will house three permanently mounted, state-of-the-art telescopes capable offascinating student research projects. It will also house most of the planetarium’s telescopes and will be the site of all public viewing sessions once it’s completed. Finally, it will be the home of the ASU astronomy club, which will resume activities this fall.

Student & Program News

Newman Club spends spring break in service

Several members of ASU’s Newman Club and Campus Ministry enjoyed a cultural immersion experience in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, over spring break.  Eight students were accompanied by two advisors (Liz Bosworth and Shirley Atencio), and one  La Puente community partner. Isabella Whitten was the student leader who coordinated with the host organization and facilitated group discussions.   Other student participant included:  Nathan Crites-Herren, Stuart Zwiacher, Judith Martinez, Isamar Loera, Chelsea Henderson, Scott Gesling, Ashley Setzer, and Gerri Cummings.

‘The group was very engaged. The best part was the interaction with the people we met, who were very welcoming, ” Atencio said. “We were under the guidance of Los Ninos, a grassroots, community directed nonprofit.  Highlights were:  soccer game with kids, youth and adults at one of the colonias; learning about various micro-enterprises like honey production, tile making, and cactus farming; visiting a migrant outreach center on the border; some powerful evening reflection sessions; practicing English with students at the university; and putting in a new sidewalk with students at a primaria.  Our community partner and guide, Alonzo, was a wise man whose love for the community was evident and who inspired and entertained the group by his example and sense if humor.”

ASU students learn about a family honey bee enterprise in Mexicali colonia.

ASU students learn about a family honey bee enterprise in Mexicali colonia.

Students learn traditional tortilla making.

Students learn traditional tortilla making.

Pan American Day welcomes HS students April 24

Continuing a long tradition at Adams State University, Pan American Day will be held on campus Thursday, April 24. The event brings San Luis Valley high school students to celebrate the Spanish language and culture in a series of competitions, including spelling, grammar, oral interpretation, speech, knowledge bowl, art, media, dance, song and skit. Read more. Last year's Pan American Day award winners.

Lost & Found finds its way to Second City

The Lost and Found, ASU’s comedy improv troupe, spent their Spring Break in a Long Form Improvisation Intensive at Second City. The group and their director, Dr. Jenna Nielsen, asst. professor of theatre, also attended 12 shows, and took in several of the tourist sites of Chicago. The troupe has brought back a whole new set of skills they will be incorporate into public rehearsals and performances.

Front Row L to R: Bethany Hernandez, Shawnie Abbott, John Hauser, Jenna Neilsen, Caty Herrick  Back Row L to R: Matt Wesley, David Boncyk, James Rodriquez, Jake Webb

Front Row L to R: Bethany Hernandez, Shawnie Abbott, John Hauser, Jenna Neilsen, Caty Herrick
Back Row L to R: Matt Wesley, David Boncyk, James Rodriquez, Jake Webb

 Alpha Sigma Chi inducts 86

Alpha Sigma Chi, the Adams State University chapter of Chi Sigma Iota: Professional Counseling and Academic Honor Society, International, inducted 86 master’s degree students during the month of March.

In addition, the Alpha Sigma Chi honor society executive council, under the chapter faculty advising of Dr. Brandon Wilde, presented at the annual American Counseling Association national conference in Honolulu, Hawaii over spring break. The presentation by Shauna Ianson, Alexia DeLeon, and Jennifer Cliff was titled  “Instilling Excellence in Counseling Students Living Abroad.”

Musicians perform with SW Region Honor Band

Four music students represented Adams State at the College Band Directors National Association Southwest Region Honor Band performance, held in Fayetteville, AR, March 19-22. The  band rehearsed for three days and performed a full 60-minute concert in the Walton Fine Arts Center at the University of Arkansas. The conductor for the ensemble was Michael Haithcock, Director of Bands at the University of Michigan. The students are: Danielle Rady, Clarinet; Matt Salazar, Euphonium; Hannah Liechty, Flute; Jonathan Colson, Trumpet.

Psychology faculty and students present research

This year four psychology students presented at Student Scholar Days. Emily Wright discussed her personality assessment of Anakin Skywalker in her presentation titled “Anakin Skywalker’s Path to the Dark Side: Freudian Style.” Tylar Martinez, Kellylynn Zuni, and Megan Tapia shared the results of their Honor Seminar study titled “Detecting the Snake in the Grass: A Replication Study.”

At the end of April, 13 students will represent Adams State at the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association’s (RMPA) annual conference: Megan Tapia, Emily Wright, Kellylynn Zuni, Brandon Gallegos, Jennell Higgs, Patrick Vigil, Tylar Martinez, Danielle Walters, Lindsey Schwindt, Erica Ulibarri, Ryan Guyton, Nick Spencer, and Justine Brydges. Four of these students, Schwindt, Martinez, Zuni, and  Tapia, were awarded $300 travel award grants from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

Five of the students will present research at the conference. Tylar Martinez, Kellylynn Zuni, and Megan Tapia, along with research mentors, Dr. R. Nathan Pipitone and Dr. Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, will again present “Children and Adults’ Detection of Fear-relevant Stimuli: A Replication Study. ” Brandon Gallegos and Jennell Higgs will present their research, “Deception Facilitation Across Communication Media” (faculty mentor: Leslie Cramblet Alvarez).

Psychology faculty will also present at the conference. Dr. Robert Demski will present his sabbatical work, “Audiovisual Scholarship: The Philosophical Roots of Psychology, and Dr. Jeff Elison will give three presentations: “Predictors of Success in Developmental Math,” “Evolutionary Perspectives on the Shame-Aggression Link,” and “Rejection Sensitivity and Social Anxiety Predict Shame-Coping,” co-authored with psychology student, Sarah Oden. Finally, Dr. Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, who is President-elect with RMPA’s executive board, will be recognized as incoming President for the 2014-2015 academic year.

HPPE students & faculty attend sports medicine conference

Several faculty and students from the HPPE department attended the annual Rocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine (RMACSM) conference in Denver, March 28-29.

Dr. Tracey Robinson is an RMACSM Board member, and was involved in planning the conference, as well as judging student poster presentations and research grants. Dr. Beez Schell, HPPE department chair, and Megan Nelson, visiting assistant professor in HPPE, also attended.

Three M.S. in Exercise Science graduate students, Maria Martinez, Clayton Foster, and Lukus Klawitter, and two B.S. in Exercise Science undergraduate students, Olivia Melgares and Kelli Williams, attended their first professional RMACSM conference, and were able to meet other students and professionals in the field, network for their future, and learn some interesting and often new research about exercise science.

The RMACSM conference usually covers a variety of topics and subject areas related to exercise science, athletic training, sport and exercise nutrition, fitness, injury prevention….and more. It it is a useful conference for anyone in or interested in health and physical activity.

ASU Grizzlies ranked 4th in Learfield Cup

The Adams State University Athletic Department ranks fourth in the final winter standings of the Division II Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. Adams State is one of two Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference athletic departments ranked in the top 10 in the Learfield Cup standings.

The Grizzlies increased their fall total of 190 to end the winter standings with 425 points. The additional 235 points were earned through 100 points from the Women’s Indoor Track and Field team winning the Indoor National Championship, 90 points from the Men’s Indoor Track and Field team earning a second place finish at the Indoor National Championship, and 45 points from the Wrestling team’s performance at the National Championships.

ASU celebrates Women’s Week


Sociology major Tori Vigil has organized a week of events in celebration of Women’s Week. She said the idea began with wanting “to simply show the film Miss Representation to the community. It quickly grew from there, because of the shared passion regarding the betterment, equality, and growth of women by the staff, professors, and students at ASU.”

The week includes showings of two films, a variety of presentations by faculty, a poetry slam, the Tunnel of Oppression, and International Women’s Day presentations.

Schedule & details.

EARTH Action

Next Meeting: Tuesday, March 4, noon, Student Life Center

Earth Week: Week of April 14 – events to be announced

  • Recycling: EARTH volunteers will continue to collect recyclables at the remaining home basketball games
  • EARTH hosted an info table and bake sale at the recent Healthy Living Expo, held at the East Campus and co-sponsored by the Department of Human Physiology and Exercise Physiology (HPPE) and Empower U.
  • EARTH is trying to form a student-run group (EARTHlings?). Interested students are asked to contact Dr. Jared Beeton.
  • EARTH is exploring designation as a Tree Campus USA and is seeking volunteers for an advisory committee. Interested students or faculty/staff are asked to contact Dr. Jared Beeton.

Student & Program News

Childhood Trauma lecture March 7

PSI CHI (international honor society in psychology) and SWAG (suicide watch awareness gang) are co-sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Christy Olezeski, a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University.


“Childhood Trauma: Behavioral and Biological Correlates and What We Can Do to Help”
Friday, March 7
3 p.m. in MCD 101

 Read more.

Psych/Soc major presents at Harvard

ashlee-deherreraJunior psychology and sociology major Ashlee DeHerrera will present a paper at the Ivy Plus Symposium, to be held at Harvard University in March. She was one of 150 students selected for the symposium from universities and colleges across the nation. Read more.

SSS Leadership

Eight Student Support Services students have been accepted to SSS Leadership Training, in which they will read, reflect, and discuss Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Participants will apply each habit personally by completing a series of assignments including written reflections, a mission statement, a time management schedule, classroom discussions, and exercises which help them apply new paradigms.

Nursing welcomes new cohort

The Nursing Department began a new cohort of 33 students this semester. Students are admitted to the program each January. Director Shawn Elliott notes this group has the highest number of male students to date: eight.

How is small business like wrestling an alligator?

Tayler-Else-gatorStudents in Dr. Pat Robbins’ Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship class recently learned how alligator wrestling is like business. Guest speaker, Jay Young, manager of Colorado Gators and Reptile Park, presented to the class Feb. 18. As a successful entrepreneur and business man, Jay advised up and coming entrepreneurs to know their limits, assess the situation, don’t hesitate, and don’t let go. This is how you start and run a business, as well as how you wrestle an alligator. Business success is also fueled by remembering that communication is crucial; your best advertising is good customer service; and don’t think outside the box — destroy the box and use your imagination. Jay Young walks the talk, as Colorado Gators has grown from a local attraction to an international one. A San Luis Valley  “celebrity,” Jay has been featured on “Animal Planet” and “What’s My Line,” and is an entrepreneur and entertainer in every sense of the word.

Jay’s presentation wrapped up with an alligator wrestling demonstration. Business students JR Watters, Tayler Else, Jamison Bobo, Luke Lowery, Brian Bertrand, and Ben Williams took advantage of the 80-pound alligator in the match, and found that you assess the situation, don’t hesitate, and don’t let go! Several students and Dr. Robbins, chose to hold the alligator (a much safer alternative to wrestling). It’s always a challenge to make business less theoretical and more real to students, but this presentation did just that.

Archaeology acquires LIDAR
Tilo Voitel presents the LIDAR unit to Tim Goddard, Co-Director of Three Bears Consulting, an archaeological consulting program of ASU.

Tilo Voitel presents the LIDAR unit to Tim Goddard, Co-Director of Three Bears Consulting, an archaeological consulting program of ASU.

The archaeology program now possesses a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) scanner, donated by Tilo Voitel of Denver.  This equipment will allow researchers to perform high density scans and detailed 3-dimensional models of archeological sites, historic buildings, and just about anything else that needs a highly accurate, detailed 3D model.

Common Reading Experience

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates was selected for the fall 2014 Common Reading Experience. The author is Wes Moore, Spiegel & Grau (2011), ISBN: 978-0385528207. The biographical stowes-moore-bookry follows two kids named Wes Moore who both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods.  How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

Players touch hearts

b-ball-plyrsAdams State basketball players Mariah Gonzales and Justin Kauffman recently received the Touching Hearts Through Athletics Award, presented by Touching Hearts Through Athletics. The award is earned in recognition of athletes who are team playesr, accept academic responsibility, and demonstrate sportsmanship, on and off the court. The goal is to encourage and honor athletes of outstanding character, athleticism, and sportsmanship. Read more.

Human Performance Lab open Tuesday evenings

The Department of HPPE welcomes all Adams State and SLV community members to take advantage of fitness testing offered by its Human Performance Lab, which will open this semester on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m. Testing available for minimal cost includes VO2max testing, Fitness Age testing, Wingate anaerobic power testing, body composition, and more. Exercise programming is also available. Appointments may be made by contacting Dr. Tracey Robinson, ext. 7663. The lab is located on the East Campus, HPPE Dept.

EARTH is spinning

Next EARTH meeting:
Tuesday, Feb, 4
Noon, Student Life Center, SUB

 EARTH website         EARTH blog        EARTH Facebook group

  • EARTH and ASU placed 12th in the nation-wide Game Day Recycling Challenge for their recycling efforts at the Homecoming football game. “With a dozen volunteers working at a small university stadium, we can make a big difference,” said EARTH chair, Dr. Jared Beeton. From September through November, 88 schools and 6.4 million fans diverted nearly 1.46 million pounds of waste from football games, which prevented more than 1,980 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from being released. More on Game Day Challenge.
  • EARTH will have a table at the 4th Annual SLV Seed Exchange, to be held Saturday, Feb. 22, in the rec room of the East Campus Building.
  • EARTH invites campus volunteers for the following projects:

EARTH Week – mid-April
Recycling at basketball games
Communication and Education Taskforce



Student & Program News

Athletics service wins RMAC award

The Adams State University Athletic Department won the 2013 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference NCAA Division II Award of Excellence, after being nominated by San Luis Valley Health. The Grizzlies won recognition for their Think Pink Weekends to raise awareness of breast cancer, as well as for their participation in SLV Health’s annual Stephanie Miner 5K Walk and Run. ASU represented the RMAC in national nominations for the NCAA Division II Award of Excellence. SLV Health produced a video about the project.

Students raise funds for spring break service learning trip

Campus Ministry and the Newman Club are raising funds for their alternative spring break service-learning experience in Mexicali. They are participating with Via International, which has hosted many other college and university groups on international service-learning trips. Students will perform service and also learn about migration and border issues, along with grassroots initiatives that promote self-sustainability through micro-businesses like cactus farming and bee keeping.

Donations may be made via StudentLauncher, a crowd funding social media site that features a student-produced video about the project. Their goal is to raise $3,200. Campus Minster Shirley Atencio noted: “Our video was referenced in an email sent out by Student Leader Collective, which was kind of cool!”

HPPE students train Special Olympians

HPPE’s Facility and Event Management class, taught by Peggy Johnson, has been working with the San Luis Valley Dust Devils Special Olympics Team to prepare for Regional Qualifiers for Bowling. The class organized and held a special showcase event for the local Special Olympics team to complete their qualifying games and show off their skills before the regional tournament. In all, the event was a success; the participants had a great time bowling with their teammates and sharing their skills with friends and family.


In planning and publicizing a large scale event, the class learned valuable lessons that will benefit them in all of their endeavors within this class, degree program, and careers after Adams State University. The college students even learned a thing or two from the Special Olympians. The Special Olympics Motto for the Showcase Event was relevant for both the athletes and future sports managers: “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in my attempt.”

Student Support Services meets goals

ASU Student Support Services met and surpassed all of its objectives and received all prior experience points possible. Dr. Debra White, SSS Director, said prior experience points put programs ahead of the game when the grant is up for renewal next fall.

Student groups participated in For This We Give Thanks: A Celebration of the Harvest

thanks-symbolsThe Adams State Choir and the Newman Cub participated last semester in the second annual Celebration of the Harvest event. Rev. Nancy Mead coordinated this year’s event, hosted by United Campus Ministry.


Last year churches came together to benefit the local Guatemalan community which had been impacted by the closing of the Mushroom Farm. The event was a benefit for the local food bank and brought in non-perishable food and cash. The spirit of this gathering is appreciation for the multifaith, multicultural distinctions among us and gratitude for our shared community. Those who braved the snowstorm to attend expressed their hope that this would grow and continue.

For This We Give Thanks: A Celebration of the Harvest was a collaborative effort among the following local faith traditions:

  • First United Methodist Church of Alamosa  (bell choir and church choir each performed a piece)
  • Anabaptist Fellowship (Mennonite) of Alamosa  (a capella choir and cello/choir)
  • Unitarian Universalists of Alamosa  (offered a prayer for peace)
  • ASU Newman students  (reflection “At This Moment”)
  • St. Thomas Episcopal Church (litany)
  • Alamosa Christian Reformed Church (Guitar duo)
  • Russell Box (Ute Blessing)
  • ASU Choir
  • Empowering People Through Foods (provided light refreshments of cornbread and herbal tea)

Recent Roundtable focused on retention solutions

Nearly 100 faculty and staff brainstormed on ways to improve student retention at the Oct. 22 Campus Roundtable. Dr. Michael Mumper, senior VP of Enrollment Management & Program Development, conducted the meeting with assistance from CIELO group members.

“Our data show that retention of non-graduating seniors has declined 12% the last three years,” Mumper noted, explaining the work underway to identify an explanation for this loss.

In a more detailed retention report presented to the Trustees recently, Mumper noted continuing students choose not to return to Adams State for quite different reasons than do entering students.


“Continuing students are much less likely to leave for academic performance reasons, with the exception of those who have not completed the math requirement. In the fall of 2013, for example, 90 seniors were enrolled who had not completed their math requirement. Another 90 failed to return to Adams State without completing the math requirement. Not completing math is one of the factors most closely correlated with not-returning across all four years.”

noted, “There were many, many good ideas, especially regarding improving the academic advising process, and I urge individual departments to implement changes they believe will improve their advising process and not wait for the larger plan.”

He added the written comments will be transcribed and forwarded to a smaller group to be assembled by Dr. Mumper. That group will create an action plan based upon the suggestions, which will then be shared with the campus.

Identify a Student Scholar today!

Do you know of a promising student whose work should be shared with the campus community? Encourage them to apply for participation in Student Scholar Days. This is a multidisciplinary, two-day conference that highlights the academic achievements of ASU undergraduate students. This year’s event will be April 3-4, 2014.

Each major is eligible to nominate two undergraduate student projects, including projects with multiple student authors. Projects will be allocated 20 minutes of oral presentation time during the event

In order to participate in Student Scholar Days, every student must identify a suitable mentor to assist in their preparations. Mentors will:

  1. Advise in the preparation of the application packet
  2. Present feedback in practicing for the event
  3. Guide in the specifics of a good presentation
  4. Provide introductions at the Student Scholar Days event

Students application materials will be submitted in early 2014. In the interim, now is the perfect time to begin exploring potential presentation topics and crafting a proposal. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Gawronski.


EARTH initiates glass recycling

Thanks to EARTH, glass recycling is available on campus for the first time. Anyone affiliated with Adams State may bring their glass recyclables to:

White trailer located east of soccer/lacrosse field & north of Challenge/Ropes Course
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. while classes are in session

Acceptable materials include:

  • clear glass (jelly jars)
  • brown or amber glass (beer bottles)
  • green or emerald glass (wine bottles)
More EARTH Activities
  • EARTH again organized its Rio Grande Clean Up  for ASU Cares Day, Sept. 21., with about 40 volunteers from Upward Bound, the Stunt Club/Team, GeoClub, Climbing Team, and EARTH Group.
  • Earth earned $63 from its bake sale conducted during the ASU Volunteer Fair
  • EARTH volunteers collected 125 gallons of dry plastic bottles at the Sept. 28 football game as part of the Gameday Recycling Challenge — a National Recycle Mania event
  • EARTH will present an awareness event on America Recycles Day – Nov. 15 and collaborate with Community Partnerships for a recycled fashion show.

SLV Restorative Justice Summit comes to campus

SLV Restorative Justice Summit

Nov. 8 and 9
Student Union Building
Nov 8: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Nov 9: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
No registration fee!

Alamosa’s Center for Restorative Programs and the ASU Department of Sociology are hosting a two-day SLV Restorative Justice Summit. Participants will engage with local and national leaders to learn and create strategies for making Restorative Justice a cornerstone for healthy communities. Institutional leaders, professionals, service providers, and community members will learn about Restorative Justice (RJ) principles, hear RJ success stories and brainstorm action plans for putting RJ into action in the San Luis Valley. To learn more about the Summit, call CRP at (719) 589-5255.

Student & Program News

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.

Katelyn Lovato

Katelyn Lovato

“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.