Student & Program News

Nursing Dept. welcomes new cohort

Dr. Shawn Elliott, director of the Nursing Department, announced 36 students entered the program this semester.nursing-studs








Students perform with Altitude Percussion

ASU percussion students Logan Hjelmstad, Andrew Naughton, Jon Colson, Tai Smith, and Kevin Johnson were selected to perform with “Altitude Percussion,” a Colorado Springs-based competitive Winter Guard International marching percussion ensemble. ASU percussion student, Nico Owen is a member of the instructional staff, and the students will be performing with “Altitude” throughout the Front Range this spring.

Counseling Center plans Safe Spring Break Fair

Tuesday, March 17
1 – 4 p.m.
Student Union Building banquet rooms

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to participate in the Safe Spring Break Fair, which will provide fun and information on topics such as:

  • Service learning
  • Marijuana safety
  • Harm reduction around drinking
  • Safe sex
  • No texting & driving
  • Consent
  • Domestic violence/healthy relationships
  • and many others

The Counseling Center is partnering with a number of campus organizations to produce this event. Any organization/department that would like to participate is asked to contact Lis Tomlin, ext.7746.

To date, partners include:

  • Newman Club
  • Chi Sigma Iota
  • Career Services
  • Student Life/Grizzly Activity Board
  • Title IX
  • Tu Casa
  • The Student Nursing Association
  • The Prevention Awareness Crew
  • The Suicide Watch Awareness Gang
  • Residence Life
  • The ASU Police Department
  • The Veterans Club
  • HPPE
  • Psi Chi
  • The Casa House
  • Crossroads/Turning Points

Music Department announces spring events

  • Sun., March 1
    Wind Ensemble Concert
    Richardson Hall Aud.
    3 p.m.
  • Tues., March 10
    Colorado Opera, performing Romeo & Juliette
    Richardson Hall Aud.
    7 p.m.
    This is a wonderful, rare opportunity to experience opera at its best right here in Alamosa! This event will be free to all students, including middle school and high school students. A $5 fee will be charged at the door for everyone else.
  • Thurs., March 12
    Alex Wier – Guest Percussionist
    Leon Memorial
    7 p.m.
  • Wed., April 1
    Faculty lecture by James Doyle
    Richardson Hall Aud.
    7 p.m.
  • Thurs., April 2
    Nico Owen – senior percussion recital
    Leon Memorial
    7 p.m.
  • Sat., April 4
    Dani Rady – senior clarinet recital
    Leon Memorial
    2 p.m.
  • Sat., April 4
    Kacia Schmidt – graduate voice recital
    Leon Memorial
    5 p.m.

Exercise Science student help at health fair

Exercise Science students from the HPPE department offered their services at the 2015 SLVAHEC Health Fair, held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church gym, January 31. Graduate students Lukus Klawitter and Alexandra Cooper, along with senior undergraduate students Sami Marcolina & Brie’el Wiles, determined body composition for a large number of fair attendees, as well as offering fitness & health advice, & handing out brochures for fitness testing offered in the Human Performance Lab on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m.

Anyone interested in body composition testing, fitness age testing, VO2max testing, among others, can set up an appointment by Alexandra Cooper or Dr. Tracey Robinson, ext. 7663.

Theatre continues the magic


The opening night of Adams State University Theatre’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play raised a record $78,300 for La Puente Home. For the last seven years, the Theatre program has partnered with Valley-Wide Health Systems and La Puente to use the opening night performance of the annual holiday season production as a fundraiser for the homeless shelter. Since 2008, the Share the Magic event has raised nearly $400,000.  Read more.

Common Reading Experience announces 2015-16 book

The ASU Common Reading Experience Committee is pleased to announce the Common Reading book selection for the 2015-2016 academic year:

Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future (2011)
by Robert B. Reich. Vintage Books: ISBN-13: 978-0307476333
Learn more.

Help build a great Common Reading Program

A successful Common Reading program requires broad participation across campus. Here’s how you can contribute:

Aftershock Common Reader

The CRE Committee would like to create a Common Reader to accompany the book and requests suggestions for related reading selections that will enhance student consideration of the subject matter from a broad variety of positions, perspectives, and disciplines. Selections can include poetry, book chapters, articles, and short stories across multiple disciplines. These reading selections can be used inside and outside the classroom to enhance discussion of the book.

Event Proposals

In the past, faculty and staff at Adams State have successfully hosted many Common Reading Experience events, including book discussions, lectures, field trips, special topics courses, art projects, and service learning initiatives. The committee welcomes all proposals for events and activities related to the selected common reading experience book. Proposals should include elements that reflect the themes and issues of the book. Events can be scheduled for either Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.

Proposals should ideally be received by May 1, 2015, to be considered for the Fall semester, and by October 31, 2016, for the Spring semester. Please send them to Committee Chair Carol Smith.

Student & Program News

Field School Honored

During the Jan. 9 Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, the Adams State University Fort Massachusetts Archaeological Field School received second place in a competition based on gender and minority inclusion in archaeological field schools.

Twelve individuals affiliated with the Field School as students or staff attended the conference, including three current ASU students, Kaycee Prevedel, Candace Fleck, and Megan Benfield. Adams State alumni who also attended the conference include Katlyn Keith ’14, Jeremy Brunette ’13, Cory Rich ’12, and Jamie Devine ’10. Five Adams State representatives presented professional papers in the conference symposia. Read more.

Student Honors

Geology senior Katherine Schultz appears in a photo in the Geological Society of America’s Annual Report for the GeoCorps American program. She is depicted at work as a physical scientist at the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Freshman physics/pre-engineering student Alexandre Basagoitia was recently nominated to both the U.S. Air Force Academy and West Point.

Title III SEEDS grant participants present at conference

Dr. Joel Judd, professor of teacher education, was joined by and three Colorado teachers to present “EL Perceptions of K-12 STEM Classrooms” at the 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CoTESOL), held Nov. 14. The teachers are all participants in ASU’s Title III SEEDS grant: Kelly von Stroh, Animas Valley Elementary in Durango; Machin Norris, Highland Middle, Ault; and Katrina Hanger, Bricker Elementary in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Joel Judd and students at 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Dr. Joel Judd and students at 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Each teacher reported on a classroom climate survey given to their English language learners at the beginning and end of each year. The surveys provide feedback on students’ perceptions of how classroom time is spent, the extent to which different activities help them learn, and their attitudes about the usefulness of STEM subject matter.

In addition, the conference recognized Leticia Ingram as ESL Teacher of the Year. A teacher at Basalt High School in Basalt, she is a graduate of a previous ASU Title III grant .

HPPE students organize Special Olympics fundraiser

In October , students enrolled in the Human Performance & Physical Education Department’s Sport Facility & Event Management presented a special event, “Rolling for Change,” as their major class project. The event’s purpose was a two-prong: to raise money for the local Special Olympics program, the San Luis Valley Dust Devils, and to provide an enjoyable bowling event for local Special Olympians as they prepared to travel to their regional competition. Students in the class developed the event mission and goals, planned, organized and conducted the event itself, and completed the post-event wrap-up.

Between the athletes involved and other donors at the event, the fundraiser exceeded $1,000. These profits will be used towards travel costs for the Dust Devils and any equipment they may need during the remaining sport seasons this year. Athlete Andrew Griego raised over $500; others who raised over $100 were Steven Guymon, Sandra and Robert Allaart, Martin Guymon, and Marc Alfaro.

During the Rolling for Change event, held at ABC Pro Bowl in Alamosa, students worked to assure all bowlers had a safe and enjoyable experience. A running commentary recognized every bowler and brought smiles to the faces of everyone involved.

Special Olympics is an international, non-profit organization. It provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Anyone interested in joining the San Luis Valley Special Olympics family may contact Peggy Johnson, ext. 7408.

Student video projects

Danny Ledonne, visiting assistant professor of English/communications, invites others to view student video projects completed during the fall semester. Links below:

Video Practicum (independent study projects)

 Documentary Film Production (personal and issue-based non-fiction films)

Digital Filmmaking (short narrative, documentary, and experimental films)


140 degrees to be awarded at Fall Commencement

Saturday, Dec. 20
10 a.m.
Plachy Hall

Outstanding Alumnus Duane Bussey, class of ’82, will give the Adams State commencement at the fall ceremony. Adams State will award 140 degrees, including 117 bachelor’s degrees and 23 associate degrees.

In Bussey’s address, “The Secrets to Success are not Secret,” he will share his personal thoughts on both personal and professional success.

“I believe the things that bring lasting success and effectiveness to any person or organization are not secrets at all, but rather things we have all heard from a young age, things our families, churches, mentors, and teachers from kindergarten on up have all shared with us.” Throughout his speech, Bussey will elaborate on key points he believes important to making the most out of life.

Read more.

La Puente honors generosity of Dave & Virginia Svaldi

Adams State University President, Dr. David Svaldi, and his wife, Virginia, were honored by La Puente and Valley-Wide Health Systems for their ongoing commitment to the homeless shelter, particularly their support of the annual Share the Magic holiday gala, presented in conjunction with the ASU Theatre Program. Each year, the couple funds and hosts the opening night reception and purchases “the house,” so that ticket sales benefit the charity. In past years, Helen Lester has teamed with the Svaldis in purchasing “the house.”

svaldis-share-the-magicThe Svaldis were presented a commemorative plaque at this year’s gala, held Dec. 5, prior to the theatre’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, directed by Dr. John Taylor. The event raised a record $76,000 in support of the homeless shelter’s programs. Over the last seven years, the opening night benefit performances have raised more than $350,000 for La Puente.

Of this year’s total, La Puente is committing $21,000 in honor of the Svaldis to the “It’s a Wonderful Legacy” endowment.

The play continues through Dec. 14; tickets are available by calling the Theatre Box Office, 587-TIXX (8499).

Read more.

Nielsen Library News

  • Therapy dogs will be available at the library:

Monday, Dec. 15
6-7 p. m.

Tuesday, Dec.16
1 -2 p.m.

  • The library piloted the Research on the Run project Dec. 8-12. A librarian, armed with a laptop, was available in various campus buildings so students could ask questions without having to come to the library.
  • Food for Fines runs through December 20, allowing students, faculty, and staff to clear their library fines by bringing a non-perishable food item.

Saints & Souls Retreat

Torres-stairOn a lovely November day, an eager group of six students and three ASU staff members traveled to the Taos, New Mexico, area for a day-long retreat, “Saints and Souls,” filled with art, music, food and spirituality. First stop was the home of Dr. Larry Torres (right), where the group was warmly received. The Torres home was a surprise, with each room revealing its own collection of art and artifacts connected to the region’s Indian-Hispanic culture, devotional Catholicism, and the host’s wide travels and personal story. A retired professor of philosophy who attended commented that the Torres home rivaled the finest museums he had visited.

Torres then led the group on a guided tour of the historic and beautiful La Santissima Trinidad mission church in Arroyo Seco, built in the 1830s. Participants were told the story of the church’s mystical beginnings and were shown the large, triangular shaped stone which is said to have inspired the church’s name. They also heard about Santissima-Trinidada visitor with family in the town who, upon inspecting the old altar screen, recognized her grandmother in one of the retablos. The woman was so moved that she funded its restoration. The visit to the old church ended with a walk up to the choir loft, where students were allowed to ring the old church bell.

The next stop was for lunch at the cozy home of Billy and Tere Archuleta. The meal featured a flavorful meal of calabacitas, tortillas, carne asada, frijoles and arroz dulce. Billy is a local singer and songwriter, and he treated the ASU contingent to a private concert following the meal, playing a selection of traditional favorites. With panzas llenas y corazones contentos, warm good-byes were exchanged, and the group continued on to the San Francisco de Asis mission church in Ranchos de Taos. Once again, Dr. Torres shared his knowledge and gave an interesting tutorial on the history, art, and unique architecture of the mission church, a popular subject for artists like Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe, who called it, “one of the most beautiful buildings left by the Spaniards.” A side trip to the parish hall allowed the viewing of an intriguing painting, “The Shadow of the Cross,” created in 1896 by obscure French-Canadian artist Henri Ault. The work has made its way around the world and has inspired wonder due to the phenomenon of its inexplicable glow-in-the-dark qualities.

Following Saturday afternoon Mass in the mission church, the tired but contented group gathered at a nearby eatery for a last taste of New Mexican cuisine. It was a deliciously fitting end to a heart-expanding and grace-filled day.

By Shirley Atencio, Campus Minister

Counseling students awarded scholarships

The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, recently awarded a 2014 scholarship to Counselor Education graduate students Autumn M. Sorensen, of Parachute, Colo., and Carmen Gutierrez, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

This new scholarship was made possible as part of the Foundation’s Colorado First campaign with a grant from The Colorado Trust. The scholarship is open to students who enrolled in a master’s-level counseling program in the state of Colorado and commit to serving underserved communities in Colorado for at least two years upon graduation. Sorensen and Gutierrez will receive $5,000 to support their counseling education and facilitate their service to rural populations in Colorado.

National Society of Leadership and Success

Student Life & Leadership has begun an Adams State chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success, which offers leadership development, structured peer-to-peer support networks, scholarships, and a job postings board. Many more resources are available to support participating students’ success while attending ASU, and as a boost into their professional lives as ASU alumni. Over 90 selected students joined the new campus chapter this fall, and all are eligible to earn up to two certificates of leadership through the NSLS workshops series.

Gabbing with GAB

Grizzly Activity Board programmed a successful and record-breaking Homecoming 2014. Over 1,100 students, staff, alumni and community members packed Plachy Gym for Homecoming Main Event with MTV comedians Nicole Byer and Kevin Barnett. GAB would like to thank everyone who helped make all of the week’s events a success: Chalk the Walk, the tradition of Medicine Show, Lip Sync, bonfire, and the parade in downtown Alamosa.

What’s up in the Loft?

The Loft, a gaming and event space located in the Student Union Buildin,g has offered numerous events for students this semester, including socials, game nights, karaoke, and community events. This area is a space for alcohol-alternative and fun social programming. University departments, student club/organizations, and community members are welcome to consider renting this space when planning a campus or community event.

For more information or to reserve the space, contact Nick Martin, Student Life intern.


AS&F Update

  • AS&F has joined the Colorado Student Government Coalition (CSGC), which represents the student governments of all 13 public, four-year institutions in the state. They advocate to the state legislature on a variety of issues impacting students, especially the amount of state funding institutions receive.
  • AS&F has implemented the new Campus Impact Fund to fund the SLV Regional Science Fair and Student Scholar Days. This fund is a direct result of the increase to the college service fee and exists to support programs with broad campus impact. This fund can be accessed by departments and individual students. Requests are presented to a committee of AS&F Senate members, who make a recommendation to the entire Senate, which then votes the request.
  • Finally, the AS&F Executive team recently returned from the National Conference on Student Leadership. The Executive Team consists of President Joe Schlabach (’16), Vice President of Internal Affairs Azarel Madrigal (’16), Vice President of External Affairs Kaylee Gomez (’15), Vice President of Finance Ronnie Fernando ( Fall’14), Chief Justice Mark Mabry (’15), and Executive Secretary Jaylyn Espinoza (’15). The team developed various leadership skills that they are excited to share with the ASU Community.

Rex Intramural Report

The ASU Rex Intramurals Program had another successful academic semester, and the Rex staff thanks everyone for participating in the tournament leagues.

intramurals-bballSpring 2015 Intramurals will begin the week of February 9 with volleyball and dodgeball. All students, faculty, staff, and administration are welcome.

For more information or to sign up, click here or contact the intramurals office at 587-7018.