Neilsen Library tends “Seed to Seed” library

All campus and community members are welcome to make use of the Nielsen Library’s new community seed library, “Seed to Seed.” It offers for “check-out” seeds from 417 seed packets for approximately 115 varieties of vegetables, grains, herbs and flowers. All are organic and/or heirloom, open-pollinated (non-hybrid). About 1/4th of the collection are local seed donations that are proven SLV hardy.

Nielsen LIbrary Director Carol Smith, joined by Mary Walsh and Karen Lemke, cut the ribbon on the "Seed to Seed" library

Nielsen Library Director Carol Smith (left), joined by Mary Walsh and Karen Lemke, cut the ribbon on the “Seed to Seed” library

Cataloguing & Acquisitions Librarian Mary Walsh, said, “Our goal in the coming years is to have 100% of the seeds be SLV grown varieties. To date, more than half of seeds in the collection have been “checked out”. Who can say no to free seeds? Then, we hope people will bring in seeds they harvested from plants they grew from our check-out.”

Student & Program News

Model UN takes top awards

Adams State’s Model UN team had great success at the MEDMUN (Mediterranean Model United Nations) Conference, held at the Sciences Po campus in Menton, France, over Spring Break.


Dr. Mari Centeno, Model UN advisor, said, “All of our training sessions paid off. The team swept the conference awards, in competition against such colleges as Brown University and London School of Economics. Azarel Madrigal, Mark Mabry, and Laurel Heimstra won the Best Delegate award in each of the three committees in which they participated.”

The team was rounded out with Stevon Cornish, Will Custer and Justin Chase. Their discussion topics included Crisis in Libya, Rights for Migrant Workers, and the Peloponnesian War.

HPPE class presented Special Olympics Basketball Extravaganza

Students in the spring 2015 class of HPPE 305 Sport Facility & Event Management planned and conducted a Special Olympics Basketball Extravaganza. Held in Plachy Hall March 10, it was an exciting basketball game that showcased the skills of local Special Olympics basketball players in front of their friends and families. Athletes were divided into two basketball teams that put three Special Olympians and two ASU student partners on the court at a time, following the Special Olympics Unified basketball rules.special-olym

Donations raised enough funds to cover travel expenses for the program for one sport’s travel to Special Olympics regional competitions. This event was a huge success, judging by the smiles on the faces of both participants and fans alike. The closely contested game ended with the blue team sneaking past the red team by one basket, with a final score of 24-22 in overtime.

The San Luis Valley Special Olympics Dust Devils basketball team, coached by HPPE senior Jacob Flores, took first place in their division at the Southeast Regional Special Olympics basketball tournament, held February 14 in Colorado Springs. The athletes have been working with Coach Flores every Saturday morning since late November to hone their skills leading up to this event. The 12-person Dust Devils team advanced to the championship bracket after winning their first game by a large margin. Five additional San Luis Valley Special Olympians, led by volunteer Holly Navratil, competed in the individual skills contests of shooting, dribbling and passing at the regional basketball event, bringing home two first place ribbons, one third place ribbon, and two fourth place ribbons.

The team members and individual skills competitors proudly showed off their brand new uniforms at the regional basketball event, a purchase made possible by the successful fundraising efforts of the fall 2014 HPPE 305 Sport Facility & Event Management class. Students combined the fundraiser with the local Rolling for Change bowling event that they planned and conducted as part of their course requirements.

Special Olympics is an international organization which sponsors year round athletic training and competition for individuals ages 8 and above who have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities. For more information about the SLV Special Olympics program, contact Peggy Johnson at 587-7408, Gerri Cummings at 580-5959 or LaVerne Valdez at 589-6995.

Student Leaders recognized

Adams State’s seventh annual Student Leadership Banquet, March 30, honored student leaders with amazing food and live music. The keynote speaker was alumna Corrine Padilla ’05, who reflected on what she had learned throughout her years at Adams.

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Community Partnerships hosts media professional career workshop for students

Thursday, April 16
3-5 p.m.
Art Rm. 227

Faculty are encouraged to urge interested students to attend, at no charge, a Media Professionals Career Workshop provided by Colorado’s Office of Film, Television and Media. It will be hosted by Adams State University’s Community Partnerships and the Southern Colorado Film Commission

Colorado State Film Commissioner, Donald Zuckerman, will discuss the state’s initiative to expand the film industry in Colorado. The Office of Film, Television, & Media, formerly the Colorado Film Commission, is now a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

Additional presenters include:

  • Duke Hartman, Chief Operating Officer, High Noon Entertainment
  • Alexandre O. Philippe, Creative Director of Denver-based Cinema Vertige and Exhibit A Pictures
  • Sheila Ivy Traister, director, writer and award-winning actress with 30+ years in film, television, theater and improv
  • Marc Snider, Exposure Productions, a small, mountain oriented production company
  • Julie Speer, Director/Executive Producer, Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting

Community Partnerships thanks the following faculty who aided in designing the workshiop: Dr. John Taylor, Dr. Beth Bonnstetter, Danny Ledonne, and Gustavo Plascencia.

Books donated to Reading Room

The Department of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science and Spanish extends its thanks to Cathie Aguilar Waugh, who contributed several boxes of history and Spanish books to the McDaniel Hall Reading Room. The books were owned by her late father, Lee Adonais Aguilar, who earned a B.A. in Secondary Education and M.A. in Spanish International Studies from Adams State. He also earned a master’s in 20th century Mexican literature from the University of Montana. Aguilar taught high school and at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyo., for 37 years. Everyone may access the Reading Room’s collection.

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
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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.

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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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