AS&F election results
- President – Patrick Cleary
- Vice President of External Affairs – Azarel Madrigal
- Vice President of Internal Affairs – Heather Shoats
- Senator at Large – Elizabeth Streeter
- Non-Traditional Senator – Gloria Quintana
- Music Senator – Leanne Roath
- Nursing Senator – Darling Najar
- Business Senator – Joseph Hovey
Nursing students go above and beyond
Ashley Setzer & Sam Cordero
Samantha Cordero, who will graduate with her BSN at top of the nursing class, and fellow student Ashley Setzer, brightened the day recently for patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado, when they dressed as the heroines from the movie Frozen. The Circle K members first portrayed Anna and Elsa during the Alamosa Ice Fest as part of their work with the Kiwanis Club.
Yvette Lujan, Nursing Department Clinical Placement Coordinator, said, “Samantha is a great example of a nursing student that is very dedicated to being involved in the community.”
As part of the Professional Practice class, this year’s senior nursing students created the first Annual Nursing Symbol. They took discussion topics such as ethical and moral ideals to a new level, resulting in a vision statement to accompany their symbol, which is a tree laser cut in metal. It will be inscribed with the attributes they value.
The students will present the framed symbol to President Svaldi and Program Director Shawn Elliott at a 2:30 p.m. presentation on Wednesday, May 13, in the Richardson Hall auditorium.
“These students went above and beyond the call of duty to create something of lasting value,” said their course instructor, Elizabeth McCurdy.
As the nursing class of 2015, we aspire to create a lasting impression of the guiding professional ethics and standards we deem most important to our class. We have defined and articulated, in an artistic format, a class symbol to honor our entry into the profession of nursing. Our goal with this project is to inspire future nurses to achieve excellence, compassion, and integrity, and to begin a new way of holding the historical memory of the ASU Nursing Program. We hope this symbol will serve to inspire those that follow in our footsteps.
The symbol will be presented to each graduating nurse, and a larger, framed symbol will be displayed in the Nursing Dept.
Tri-Beta wins awards at regional conference
The ASU chapter of Tri-Beta (biology honor society) recently attended the Tri-Beta Western 1 Regional Conference at the University of Northern Colorado. Adams State had the largest student contingent – 10 – of any institution.
Two Adams State students won awards for their independent research projects, conducted in cooperation with Dr. Kristy Duran, asst. professor of biology.
- 1st Place – Ecology/Organismal Biology Oral Presentation – Sasha Vigil, “Phylogeography of Dwarf Mistletoe in the Southwest United States”
- 1st Place – Ecology/Organismal Biology Poster Presentation – Ryan Schilling, Effects of Dwarf Mistletoe Infections on Soil Biodiversity, Nutrient Cycling, and Nutrient Availability”
Ryan Schilling, Dr. Duran, and Sasha Vigil
Both students are invited to present their research at the 2015 Biennial National Convention in St. Paul, MN.
Also Drake Sisneros, Darin Sisneros, and Kelli Williams presented a poster in the Cell/Molecular category.
The following students and faculty attended the conference:
- Sean Monaghan
- Erika Ibarra-Garibay
- Alexander Mullins
- Sasha Vigil
- Kyra Garrison
- Russell Geminden
- Drake Sisneros
- Darin Sisneros
- Kelli Williams
- Ryan Schilling
- Dr. Adam Kleinschmit, Asst. Professor
- Dr. Kristy Duran, Assoc. Professor
- Dr. Matt Steffenson, Asst. Professor
Model UN victorious at international conference
When Adams State University’s Model U.N. Team attends international conferences, they find people have seldom heard of ASU or Alamosa, Colorado. But their most recent achievements at the Mediterranean Model U.N (MEDMUN 2015) are making them memorable. Three of the team’s six members were recognized as “Best Delegate” in their respective committees at the conference, held March 27-29 in Menton, France, on the campus of SciencesPo University.
“We beat out schools like Brown University, Princeton, and the London School of Economics. I asked the group for a lot of preparatory work, and it paid off. They conducted themselves incredibly well and really deserve this win,” said Model U.N. adviser Dr. Mari Centeno, professor of political science. She has coached ASU Model U.N. at a total of twelve conferences.
Model U.N. on the French Riviera.
MEDMUN 2015 “Best Delegate” awards went to Laurel Heimstra for Special Historical committee, Azarel Madrigal for Security Council, and Mark Mabry for ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council). The traveling team also included William Custer, Justin Chase, and Stevon Cornish. Read more.
Bulls & Bears hit Wall Street
Article by Justin Bralish
Recently ASU’s newest club, the “ASU Bulls and Bears Finance Club” visited New York City. On the first day in NYC ,they visited the New York Yacht Club for Hallador Energy Companies’ shareholders meeting, where the students got the opportunity to learn about the company and how shareholder meetings are run. On the second day, they visited the NASDAQ stock exchange and were invited on the main floor for the closing bell. This also happened to be a record setting day for the NASDAQ. Throughout the rest of the trip, the students visited various financial institutions and learned about the rich financial history of the U.S. This trip was not only monumental for the ASU Bulls and Bears, but it helps push the boundaries of what Adams State is capable of doing. The ASU Bulls and Bears are committed to expanding their knowledge in the fields offinance and business while giving back to the community that has so graciously given to them.
From left: Secretary Nick Diercks, Tyler Zito, Professor Yusri Zaro, President Justin Bralish, Vice President Justin Kauffman, Jeff Jackson, Nick Palumbo
Students serve and learn during alternative spring break
Article by Darin Sisneros
This year’s Alternative Spring Break, sponsored by ASU’s United Campus Ministry and the Newman Club, gave participants cultural immersion and service within a context of social justice. Students journeyed to one of two destinations, Hatch, New Mex., and Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico.
The Hatch trip connected ASU students with students from Western, CSU Pueblo and Fort Lewis College, as they worked as one to perform home repair and maintenance for residents. “One of the hardest challenges of these projects was getting the right supplies for each house, given our limited amount of time and resources” said senior Drake Sisneros. “But once we started working on the homes, everything seemed to fall into place.”
Home building in Hatch.
A local contractor volunteered his time to direct and work alongside the volunteers. The students served for three full days patching and replacing roofs, cleaning yards, landscaping, and painting. At the end of the third day, the students had served eight homes. “The people of Hatch were super grateful. Throughout our time there, they gave us generous offerings of food, resources, and support,” said Krystal Nuccitelli.
Highlighting the trip were an early morning Mass with fieldworkers in an onion field and a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso. Students observed two very different lifestyles, as well as the commonalities between people within the U.S. and those just across the border fence. “We learned about how hard life is economically for so many in Mexico and why people often have no other choice but to cross the border undocumented,” noted student Bella Whitten.
Alternative Spring Break Mexcali was a renewed partnership with Los Ninos and VIA International, based in San Diego, CA. Los Ninos is a non-profit with a 35-year history working in the Tijuana and Mexicali border regions of Mexico. Student groups from the U.S. who participate with VIA learn about the border region and work with the communities they serve rather than for them. This is done in a spirit of friendship and good will.
Cactus farm in Mexicali.
The ASU contingent of 11 experienced a full week learning about grassroots community development and educational programs focused on health and nutrition, as well as financial programs that promote self-reliance. Participants were immersed in the unique Mexicali culture, with its surprising Chinese influence. They tried their hands at making tortillas, clay roof tiles, beekeeping, and cactus farming. They also heard about recent economic developments between the U.S. and Mexico that have negatively impacted the ability of families to self-sustain. Students visited outreach centers which provide services to deported individuals and heard first-hand accounts from two recent deportees.
A high point of the trip was a visit to the local university, where the ASU group was warmly received by the Language Department and feted with food, music, and dance. The students had the opportunity to visit several classrooms and practice English with their Mexican counterparts.
“Borders are just walls that society thought to put up to separate countries. We are all part of one human race and we should embrace our similarities, rather than focus on our differences. The border fence is obstructive even to patterns of wildlife,” said ASU freshman Chelsea Henderson. “I strongly encourage people to go on these trips. ASB opened my eyes to injustices being done to our brothers and sisters. Experience new cultures, and you will be more sensitive and empathetic to the people around you.”
Adrian Reyes participated in ASB El Salvador, a home-stay program that included a visit to the sites where Archbishop Oscar Romero and five Jesuit priests, their cook ,and her daughter were assassinated during the civil war in the 1970’s.
“I can’t find words to describe how powerful this experience was…there are few who can understand how this trip changed my life…I strongly believe that the best things in the universe cannot be seen or even touched; we must feel them in our hearts,” Reyes said.
SACNAS members attend state meeting
Dr. Kristy Duran, asst. professor of biology, recently accompanied seven student members of the ASU SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) chapter to a Colorado SACNAS meeting at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Students were treated to a tour of the medical campus and showed around research laboratories. They presented on the ASU chapter and discussed collaborative fundraising for state SACNAS chapters. Students heard from students in the dental, graduate, medicine, and MD/PhD programs.
Daniel Chavez, Edith Arias, Julie Madden, Dr. Duran, Ashlee Romero, Anjelica Quintana, Ryan Raguindin, and Kevin Shanks
Psych students present at regional conference
Thirteen psychology students and four faculty members recently attended the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA) conference, held in Boise, Idaho. Nine of the students participated in five presentations.
Student papers and posters included:
- Jonathan Gears, Savanna Smith, and Robert Demski: Poster, “The Effects of Sports Participation and Personality on Loneliness.”
- Elizabeth Marino, Tara Brebert, and Robert Demski: Poster, “The Effect of Student Status and Self-Efficacy on Academic Mastery Goal Orientation.”
- Jeff Elison, Stephanie Hilwig, Benjamin Waddell, and Justine Brydges: Paper, “Gender Socialization Predicts Sex Differences in Socially Desirable Responding and Shame-Coping.”
- Emily Wright, Nicholas Spencer, Ashlee Welsh, and Kim Kelso: Paper, “Stereotype Threat and Distance in Interracial Contexts: A Replication Study.”
- Darianna Roybal, Jennifer Maez, and Robert Demski: Poster “The Effects of Gender and Ethnicity on Attitudes towards Women’s Social Roles.”
The following members of ASU’s Psi Chi Chapter (international honor society in psychology) received Psi Chi Travel Grants ranging from $150-$400 to attend the conference.
- Nick Spencer
- Raul Madril
- Ian Wingstrom
- Emily Wright
- Ashlee Bogle-Deherrera
- Danielle Walters
Dr. Nate Pipitone, asst. professor of psychology, and student Brandon Gallegos presented their paper, “Physiological Changes when Viewing Trypophobic Images: Irrational or Adaptive,” at the North Eastern Evolutionary Psychology Society in Boston.
Nine psychology students presented at ASU Student Scholar Days:
- Brandon Gallegos – Paper: “Trypophobia: The Fear of Holes.”
- Emily Wright, Nick Spender, Ashlee Welsh – Paper: “Stereotype Threat and Distance in Interracial Contexts: A Replication Study.”
- Jerrica Cherry – Poster: “Success of the PALS After-School Program”
- Tara Grebert, Elizabeth Marino – Poster: “The Effects of Student Status and Self-Efficacy on Academic Mastery Goals.”
- Dariana Roybal, Jennifer Maez – Poster: “The Effects of Gender and Ethnicity on Attitudes towards Women’s Social Roles”
Robotics Team takes first at Robot Challenge
Competing against 17 teams from 13 colleges and universities, the Adams State Robotics Team, advised by George Sellman, took first place in the under 1.5 kg. category at the 9th Annual Colorado Robot Challenge, held in early April at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
View last year’s competition on You Tube.
Stephanie Sisneros, Alex Basagoitia, JC Henderson
ASU student named Miss Colorado America Co-ed
Sophomore Keara Collester received the title of Miss Colorado American Coed 2015 Queen in March. As the Miss Colorado Coed, Collester will attend the National Pageant for her age group in Florida at Walt Disney World during the week of Thanksgiving 2015. She will compete for the National Pageant title of Miss American Coed and thousands of dollars in cash awards, prizes and scholarships. Read more.
Students present at Rocky Mountain Communication Assoc. conference
Mass Communication program faculty Danny Ledonne, MFA, and Dr. Beth Bonnstetter took a group of students to the 2015 Rocky Mountain Communication Association’s annual conference in Loveland, CO. Faculty mentors assisted students with their presentations. Students Alan Jackman, Josh Gilbertson, Tyler Klemp, Elena Burr, and Erica Norton organized the panel, “Communicating Video Culture: Innovations in Student Media at a Rural University.” Jake Garegnani presented a paper entitled, “They’re Not Just Toys: Fracturing Ideology in Toy Story.” The students also had the opportunity to meet other Communications students around the region and attend their presentations.
L to R: Erica Norton, Elena Burr, Alan Jackman, Danny Ledonne, Beth Bonnstetter, Josh Gilbertson, Tyler Klemp, Jake Garegnani
CAMP students attend leadership conferences
The Adams State University College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) sent students to Chicago and Santa Fe for student leadership conferences. Miguel Chaparro, CAMP recruitment and retention, said: “Our students have a broader view now, and many are now seeing that they can attend other conferences and pursue graduate degrees at some of the institutions that were presented in the conference.”
CAMP students who traveled to the National Conference for the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference, in Chicago, included Maya Martinez, Maria Guzman, Miranda Sandoval, Jessica Crowther, Abigail Moreno, Jayme Malouff, Chance Padilla, Gustavo Nungaray, Carlo Martinez, and Jesus Carrillo. Read more.
Adventure Sports Accomplishments
Six climbers of the Adams State University Climbing Team qualified and traveled to the 2015 Collegiate Climbing Series National Championship, held in San Diego April 17-18. The results were impressive: every athlete finished in the top half of their respected specialization. Considering that the team had a new coach, two of the six were true freshman, and brand new rules govern the series, the result could not have been better. The team is looking forward to an even stronger 2016, as they work on recruitment and perfecting their eight-month training. For more info on the team please contact the Adventure Sports Coordinator, Marshal Hartley, or the head climbing coach, Matt Moore. Below are the official results.
- Eric Learn – 43rd
- Connor Hile – 59th
- Wyatt Moran – 28th
- Noel Prandoni – 43rd
- Seth Clock – 20th
- Laura Milligan – 46th
185 total Men competitors; 118 total Women competitors
The Cycling Team competed in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) Championships in Grand Junction, Colo., April 25-26. Although it was a cold, rain-soaked weekend, all team members had their best performances of the season, with four top ten finishes:
- Mark Johnson – 4th in the Road Race
- Harrison Webb – 7th in the Road Race
- Kenan Bussen– 10th in the Road Race and 6th in the Criterium
Mark Johnson and freshman Ryan Munko will compete in the Road Race and Criterium at the Collegiate Road Cycling National Championships, May 6-10 in Asheville, NC.