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.

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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).

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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.


Student-Athlete News

Adams State Athletics announces the following honors earned during the fall season:

All-Conference selections

USTFCCCA All-Central Region honors

Cariel Brooks To Play in Medal of Honor Bowl Game

Men’s Basketball Community Service Project

In the spirit of servant leadership and the desired culture of WE (winning every way), the Adams State men’s basketball team announced its 2014-15 community service initiative: LEAN ON “WE” 2500. Each individual men’s basketball player on both the varsity and developmental teams have committed to 10 hours of community service per month. They will execute their service hours in groups of four at different non-profit locations in the San Luis Valley. Read more.

Former ASU T&F standout joins Jamaican bobsled team



Title V Grant Staffing

Staff changes have resulted from Adams State’s recent award of a new Title V grant. The five-year grant of $2,838,865 was awarded by the Department of Education’s Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA), a Title V program for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI’s). Read more.

  • Lillian Gomez, who has directed multiple Title V grants at ASU, will serve as the half-time project director for the ASU PPOHA project. Mike Nicholson assumes her duties as Project Director of the Title V Institutional Grant until its conclusion next September. Andrea Benton-Maestas, Institutional Reporting director, will move to half-time in that position and serve as half-time Activity Director for the Institutional Grant.
  • Dr. Melissa Freeman, founding director of the online master’s program in Higher Education Administration & Leadership (HEAL), will serve as the full-time activity director and director of the Graduate Support Center, to be developed through the PPOHA grant.
  • Anna Torello will continue half-time with the Institutional Grant, and assume half-time duties as PPOHA grant project specialist, moving into that position full time once the institutional grant concludes.
  • The PPOHA grant will also fund two half-time graduate assistant positions for the Graduate Support Center

Expanded services for Title IX compliance

Erica Romero was recently named Deputy Title IX Coordinator. She is available to meet with staff and students with questions or who wish to file a complaint about sexual harassment/violence. She can be reached at 719-587-7508.

Additional resources include:

  • Joel Korngut – Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity
  • Ken Marquez – Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Adams State University Counseling Service
  • Tu Casa Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocacy Organization 719-589-2465
  • Adams State University Police Department
    719-587-7901 or 719-589-5807
  • Alamosa Police Department
    719-589-5807 or 911
  • Alamosa County Sheriff