Student Scholar Days: April 7-8

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Thursday, April 7: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, April 8: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Now in its ninth year, Student Scholar Days is a two-day academic conference highlighting the achievements of undergraduates in several majors. All are welcome to attend. The entire campus community is invited to attend the closing reception and awards ceremony, beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, April 8, in the McDaniel Hall Solarium. Light refreshments will be served. Schedule details.

Updates from the Art Dept.

  • The Cloyde Snook and Hatfield Galleries are now open Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. to allow more visits by community members.
  • The e-newsletter ArtLink is now being produced twice a semester. Click here to subscribe.
  • New courses have been developed for summer and fall that may appeal to the campus community, not exclusively art students. Some summer courses run only four days; the fall schedule includes three one-credit Special Topics courses dealing with landscapes.

Loans available for ASU Extended Studies educator professional development

The Adams State University Office of Extended Studies has collaborated with the San Luis Valley Federal Bank to offer loans for educator professional development.

According to Renae Haslett, Extended Studies director of special projects, the loans apply to Extended Studies Online Professional Development (PD Online) or Virtual Education Software, Inc. (VESI) courses. Loan criteria include a credit score of 680+ and current employment as a teacher. The approximate loan amount is $600 with an interest rate of 6 percent. Once approved for the loan, proceeds will be paid directly to Adams State. Read more.

Student & Program News

ASU Foundation matches grant for student documentary

The ASU Foundation matched a $5,000 grant from the Colorado Office of Film, TV and Media to fund a project by students in “Documentary Film Production,” taught by Paul Echeverria, asst. professor of mass communications. The resulting film, due to be completed by the fall, will air on Rocky Mountain PBS. Connections made through ASU Community Partnerships led to receipt of the grant, which will cover production and travel costs.

The 15 students in Echeverria’s class selected the topic, “The Silent Crisis,” which will explore food insecurity in the San Luis Valley. Production will take place during April and May. “They are working from an idea into telling a story in an actual film that will go in-depth with the subject,” Echeverria explained. “This project is exciting, as is the potential for more collaboration with the film office in Denver.”

Spring Planetarium shows

Zachies Planetarium has a number of free films scheduled through May 6. See a full schedule.

Admissions hosts Denver students at Nuggets game

Shannon Pyle, Denver-area admissions counselor, attended a college fair for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students in the Denver area, held Feb. 23. The fair was co-sponsored by the Denver Nuggets, so participating colleges received 10 tickets to that evening’s Nuggets basketball game. Shannon accompanied seven admitted students and one parent at the game. They then met with Shannon and were given a “next steps” folder to learn about ASU scholarships, the FAFSA, housing, advising, and enrollment. Since the game, Shannon has met with four of the students at their respective high schools and kept in very close contact with the mother that also attended.avid-2 avid-1

ASU Admissions Counselors are continuously building bonds and strengthening relationships at the administrative, educator, parent, and student level while working “in the field” with prospective, applied, and accepted students. Year-round, they participate in college-fairs, parent and financial aid nights, application and scholarship days, and a continuous calendar of individual school visits engaging in group presentations and individual student meetings.

Student accepted to West Point

Alexandre Basagoitia, an ASU sophomore, received an appointment to the Class of 2020 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He will report to West Point for the first time on June 27. The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. Its mission is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army.

Alexandre Basagoitia

Alexandre Basagoitia

Pan Handlers perform for students

The Adams State Rocky Mountain Pan Handlers Steel Band, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music James Doyle, recently performed for over 1,300 students at 11 performances over three days. Sponsored by the Music in the Mountains Summer Music Festival in Durango, the events also allowed interacting with students from pre-K to 12. The following students participated:

  • Isaiah Pierce
  • Emily Johnson
  • Andrew Naughton
  • Zachary Carpenter
  • Logan Hjelmstad
  • Dryden Hill
  • Kevin Johnson
  • Trevor Ostien
  • Patrick Veto
  • Cody Fricke
  • Carolyn Ogden

See a performance on Youtube.

HPPE students present research

HPPE Exercise Science graduate students Dustin Oranchuk and Zachary Switaj conducted an original research project under the guidance of Dr. Brian Zuleger, asst. professor of HPPE, titled “The Effect of a ‘Rapid Response’ Neuromuscular Warm-up on Isometric Force Production in NCAA Division II Swimmers.” Oranchuk presented a poster summarizing the findings at the 10th annual Coaches and Sport Science College, hosted by East Tennessee State University.

Dustin Oranchuk

Dustin Oranchuk

“This was a terrific learning experience from many perspectives. The opportunity to present research to academics and coaches was very beneficial,” he said. “Attending the conference was also extremely useful in both gathering information and networking. I was able to learn more about potential doctoral programs and meet many people who were willing to share their research and experiences in strength & conditioning and sport performance. I took away a great deal from the trip, from gathering information about the scientific side of research and development, to practical tips that I have been able to apply immediately as a coach.”

Read a brief paper summarizing the research.

Students hold successful Special Olympics Basketball Showcase

Peggy Johnson’s students in HPPE 305 “Sport Facility & Event Management” planned and presented the 2016 Special Olympics Basketball Showcase, February 28 in Plachy Hall gym. Generous donations from the event will help finance the trip to a regional competition.SO-3 SO-1

Using Special Olympics Unified rules, the teams included three Special Olympians and two non-Special Olympics athletes. The event feature teams that included members of the SLV Dust Devils and the Adams State Men’s Lacrosse team. The final results of the Blue and Red match-up was Blue finishing on top, 32-28.

The SLV Special Olympics Basketball program has been practicing on most Saturdays since November and took second at the Southeast Regional Championship, held in Pueblo, February 20. Coached by Jeff Storm, they won against the Rams, 54-26. Once in the winners’ bracket of the Division IV ages 22 and older, in a close game, they fell to the Chrush White, 32-30.SO-2

The SLV Dust Devils team members included Jocelyn Marksberry, Andrew Griego, Christina Quintana, Maria Garcia, Karie Valdez, Loren Guymon, Andrew Allee, Ed June, Sonya Lee, John Bailey, Sharon Bailey & Marc Alfaro. The athletes who participated in an Individual skills competition, including dribbling, passing, and shooting events were Steve Guymon (1st place), Michelle Chacon (3rd place), Chris Martinez (1st place), and Charles Silva (4th place).

Special Olympics is an international organization that provides a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Practices have begun for the SLV Special Olympics Track and Field program. For more information or to volunteer, contact Peggy Johnson, ext. 7408.

Senior Jake Heaton and Dr. Liz Hensley, asst. professor of marketing, presented results of their study of ASU’s economic impact on the San Luis Valley at the 2016 annual Tourism Conference sponsored by the San Luis Valley Tourism Association, Feb 25.

“Mind Game” attracts large audience

Approximately 70 attendees took part in the recent screening of “Mind Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw,” hosted by Human Performance & Physical Education Department (HPPE). The Counseling Center and Athletic Department collaborated on the event.

MInd-Game-4The documentary recounts Chamique’s battle with mental illness throughout her career as a star basketball player in high school, college, and WNBA. The message is that no one is immune; even superstar athletes who appear to have everything going great in life can be affected by mental illness. The film also provides insight into the sport culture and Chamique’s experience as an African American female and the lack of awareness and acceptance of mental illness in both cultures.MInd-Game-3A Q&A session followed the film produced an important and productive conversation around mental health on campus in general, as well as among athletes. The discussion was facilitated by Dr. Brian Zuleger, assistant professor sport psychology, and Counseling Center staff Jeff Farmer and Lisyuri Gallardo.

New student recruitment initiatives

Lone Star Scholarship

Adams State recently created the Lone Star Scholarship exclusively for Texas residents. All qualified new and continuing students from Texas will automatically be awarded $3,000, beginning with the fall 2016 semester. All qualified non-Colorado-resident students also automatically receive Adams State’s Experience Colorado Scholarship of $5,000.

Eric Carpio, assistant vice president for Student Services, explained Texas is the only state in ASU’s region that doesn’t belong to the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), in which members reciprocally offer tuition at 150 percent of in-state rates. ASU has a reciprocal tuition agreement with New Mexico.

“Combined with our new Guaranteed Tuition program,  this should make Adams State very attractive to Texas residents,” Carpio added.

Summer Session revamped

The course schedule for Adams State’s Summer Session 2016 has been revamped so that new high school graduates may enroll in General Education courses during June and July. They are also eligible for summer financial aid. In addition, new students who enroll during Summer Session and continue in the fall semester will qualify for a lower Guaranteed Tuition rate than those who begin in the fall.

Student Scholar Days deadline Feb. 26

Faculty member are reminded to encourage eligible students to take part in Student Scholar Days, scheduled for April 7-8. The deadline for project submission is 5 p.m., Friday, February 26. Student Scholar Days is a multidisciplinary, two-day conference that highlights the academic achievements of ASU students.

Student Scholar Days Faculty information

Student Scholar Days Committee:

  • Dr. Christopher Adams
  • Dr. Meredith Anderson
  • Liz Bosworth
  • James Doyle
  • Jess Gagliardi
  • Geoffrey Johnson
  • Natalie Rogers (co-chair)
  • Dr. Nick Saenz (co-chair)
  • Mark Schoenecker
  • Dr. Matthew Steffenson
  • Dr. Benjamin Waddell
  • Dr. Brian Zuleger

Student & Program News

NSO seeks input

New Student Orientation invites everyone to attend one of several all-campus to share questions, concerns or suggestions to improve this year’s NSO. Current information is available on the website. All sessions will be held Student Union Building room 309.

  • Thursday, February 11, 8-9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 24, noon – 1 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 10, 8-9 a.m.
  • Wednesday, March 23, noon-1p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6, noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 20, noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4, noon-1 p.m.

Grizzly Update

ASU to remain in RMAC

An Adams State University task force charged with examining an offer to join the Lone Star Conference (LSC) determined that remaining within the RMAC is the best viable option for Adams State student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Adams State has been a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) since 1956. Read more.

Recent athletics news

  • Samuel Bilderbeck took first place and set a new school record in heptathlon at the recent Air Force Invitational indoor track & field meet. Read more.
  • The 2016 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Preseason Coaches’ Poll predicted:
    Grizzly softball will finish the season in fourth place. Overall last season, the Grizzlies held a 21-17 RMAC record to finish in fifth place overall. Read more.
    Women’s lacrosse will finish 7th. Read more.
    Men’s Lacrosse will finish fourth. Read more.
    The Plains Division of the RMAC Preseason Poll predicted the baseball program will finish second. Read more.

Student & Program News

El Parnaso celebrated Day of the Dead

ASU’s Spanish club, El Parnaso, advised by Dr. Eva Rayas Solís, assoc. professor of Spanish, hosted a very successful The Day of the Dead celebration, Nov. 1, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Formed in 1928, El Parnaso has organized a type of celebration to commemorate the Day of the Dead for the last fifteen years. Read more.

CASA hosted Navajo Walkers

The Adams State University Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement (CASA) Center hosted a presentation of the Navajo Walkers in the Nielsen Library, Oct. 27. According to CASA Director Oneyda Maestas, Navajo elder Tom Johnston, requested shelter for the walkers who had recently traveled from Dulce to Chama, NM, and were making their way to the San Luis Valley. Read more.

ACS commends Adams State chapter

ASU’s student chapter of American Chemical Society (ACS) received a Commendable award for activities conducted during the 2014-15 school year. Of more than 400 chapter activity reports submitted the ACS Committee on Education presented 55 outstanding, 99 commendable, and 160 honorable mention awards. The group’s advisors, Dr. Renee Beeton, asst. professor of chemistry, and former faculty member Aaron Moehling “deserve special commendation,” Diane Grob Schmidt, Ph.D., ACS Fellow, presicent of ACS said. “Their efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country.

SACNAS members attend national conference

Dr. Kristy Duran, assoc. professor of biology, and with 16 Adams State student members of SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans) attended the SANCAS National Conference in Washington, DC. In addition to attending professional development sessions and scientific talks, students met personally with scientists and recruiters for graduate and medical schools. Two ASU students, Daniel Chavez and Desire Comstock, received travel scholarships from the SACNAS National Office. Students Julie Madden and Cody Duran presented their research they conducted with Dr. Duran. Madden presented “Investigation into the association between mistletoe infection and monoterpene production in ponderosa pine using GC-FID. Duran presented “Effects of nitrogen and Rhizobium interactions on water uptake in legumes.”

Back: Cody Duran, Alex Mullins, Ryan Raguindin, Casey Miller, Taelor Mullins Middle: Desire Comstock, Sasha Vigil, Julie Madden, Karina Cerino-Castillo, Edith Arias, Tori Martinez, Anjelica Quintana Front: Erika Ibarra, Ashlee Romero, Karen Ortiz

Back: Cody Duran, Alex Mullins, Ryan Raguindin, Casey Miller, Taelor Mullins
Middle: Desire Comstock, Sasha Vigil, Julie Madden, Karina Cerino-Castillo, Edith Arias, Tori Martinez, Anjelica Quintana
Front: Erika Ibarra, Ashlee Romero, Karen Ortiz

Campus & community join to combat food insecurity

ASU United Campus Ministry participated in two events to benefit the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley, held during Wellness Week in November. “These were multi-faith collaborations of community and campus-based spiritual groups,” according to Campus Minister Shirley Atencio.

Several local church leaders initiated and planned a Circle of Gratitude, Nov. 8, and student Esperanza Garduno, of Newman Grizz Catholic, coordinated a “Fill the Truck” food drive. She said, “So many families will be served through these generous donations of food and money.” ASU Christian Challenge students brought the food inside each night for safekeeping and also conducted a door-to-door food drive.

The Circle of Gratitude brought together humanists, atheists, and non-Christian practitioners, along with representatives from the Methodist, Unitarian, Presbyterian, Christian Reformed, Catholic, Mennonite, and Episcopalian denominations. Atencio said, “The event provided a space for campus and community members to express gratitude for Earth’s bounty and celebrated the spirit of sharing demonstrated in filling the truck for the food bank. It was a reminder that there can be unity when people of differing perspectives come together in a spirit of goodwill.”

Several students and community members presented readings. Food Bank Director John Reesor shared thoughts about hunger and their mission. A “Sharing of Breads” ritual honored traditional breads brought forth by students from various countries. Some of these included paratha from Pakistan, pan dulce from Mexico, Chapati from India, Jewish Challah, Injera from Ehiopia, rice banana bread from Liberia, and Navajo fry bread. Music was provided by local Mennonite Volunteers and by Skye Choice and Leeanne Roath, who performed an original composition.

A happy ending for a special event

Students in “Sport Facility and Event Management,” taught by Peggy Johnson, hosted a Special Olympics bowling event at ABC Pro Bowl in Alamosa, Oct. 13. Local Special Olympics athletes competed against each other with a chance to move on to the Southeast Regional Championship, held in Pueblo, Oct. 24. Thirteen Special Olympians qualified for the championship. The local event was full of excitement, and everyone enjoyed themselves.

The students thank ABC Pro Bowl for use of their facility and ASU Print Shop for supporting the event by printing the flyers.bowl-2

The SLV Special Olympics contingent made a good showing and brought home a number of awards from the regional competition. In their respective divisions, Chuck Silva won 6th place; Andrew Griego & Michele Schaak won 5th place; Robert Allaart, Sandra Allaart & Sharon Bailey won 3rd place; John Bailey won 2nd place; and Steven Guymon, Leroy Millsap, Stewart Page & Karie Valdez all brought home 1st place ribbons.

bowl-1Special Olympics provides a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults who have an intellectual disability. These athletes 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.

Demski and Baggs presented on PTSD at national conference

What were the effects of the 9/11 attacks on American academia? This question was posed to academics around the country by conference organizers at Emory and Henry College in Emory Virginia.

Kelsi Baggs & Dr.  Rob Demski

Kelsi Baggs & Dr. Rob Demski

Dr. Rob Demski, assoc. professor of psychology, presented a paper on how the field of psychology responded to the attacks. His presentation included a discussion of how sacred value theory, terror management theory, and intergroup emotion theory were used to explain America’s response. Also reviewed were research efforts conducted by psychologists to understand the motives of the perpetuators. Finally, he discussed the controversy surrounding the role of psychologists in the “enhanced interrogations” at Guantanamo.

Psychology major Kelsi Baggs assisted Dr. Demski in developing his presentation and presented a paper of her own on the topic of post-traumatic stress disorder. She cited research that found that PTSD symptoms were exhibited by people who had indirect exposure to the collapse of the twin towers. A relatively new phenomena, indirect exposure was predominantly through the media.

Other conference presenters included Alice Greenwald, director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, located underneath the new World Trade Center, as well as Christine Muller of Yale College, Marilyn Chipman of Metro State University in Denver, Matthew Unangst of Temple University, Chiara Ferrari of California State University Chico, and Matthew Biberman of the University of Louisville. Emory and Henry College is a four-year private institution five hours from Washington D.C.

Update: Ph.D. program in Counselor Education & Supervision

  • First-year doctoral students in the Counselor Education & Supervision program worked with faculty this semester to modify institutional syllabi to meet 2016 CACREP standards. Revisions will be reviewed by faculty in preparation for renewal of the department’s CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) standing for the upcoming school year.
  • Also, many doctoral students have served as co-instructors for Online Plus Counselor Education program. This gave them a great opportunity to get hands on experience teaching in an online format, as well as to receive close mentoring and supervision from the co-instructor/faculty members.
  • Two doctoral students presented at Colorado School Counselor’s Conference (CSCA), held in Albuquerque, NM., Nov. 12. Elizabeth Wiggins presented “Passing on the Power: How supervising interns can renew your strength.” It included qualitative research on the supervisory alliance conducted by several members of the doctoral program: Mark VanderLey, Chaya Abrams, Rebecca Caple, Vasti Holstun, Deanna McCulloch, and Liz Wiggins. Vasti Holston presented “Practical Counseling Approaches for School Counselors.”
  • Coreen Haym presented “Managing Monogamism: Clinical Practice with Consensually Open Non-Monogamous Relationship and Family Systems” at a pre-conference institute at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) National Meeting,
  • Lisyuri Gallardo, Erica Aguilar, and Valentino Dressler gave a presentation, “What’s App with Cyberbullying” to students at Ortega Middle School, Nov. 19.

Flute Studio participated in Colorado Flute Association Conference

Seven music majors in Dr. Tracy Doyle’s applied flute studio attended the Colorado Flute Association’s annual conference, held Nov. 7 on the campus of Metropolitan State College in Denver. Junior Deanna Smith performed in the collegiate competition, and Shelby Glammeyer, Deanna Smith, Kayleen Peretto-Ortega, Miranda Johnson, and Emily Johnson performed in the community flute ensemble on the final members’ recital.flutes-2

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Business students visited Alamosa State Bank

Students in the Commercial Banking Class taught by Yusri Zaro, asst. professor of business, visited Alamosa State Bank Nov. 15, where Assistant Vice President Joe Martinez talked about the uniform bank performance report (UBPR) and Basel

Update from the STEM Title V grant

The STEM Title V Project is entering its fifth and final year of funding. With plans in place to apply for a new grant, faculty and staff are excited for what the future may hold. Over the past four years, under the guidance of Project Director Marcella Garcia, the program’s main objectives have been outreach, academic support, and student engagement, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of graduates in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) degree.

The $3.6 million dollar grant funding provided the following upgrades to campus:

  • STEM Center and the Undergraduate Research Lab
  • Planetarium renovation
  • New observatory constructed
  • New greenhouse constructed
  • New laboratory equipment and updated technology within Porter Hall

Studying in the STEM Center.

The latest technical acquisition is Crestron AirMedia, which permits users to connect a personal device (computer, tablet, phone) to the large monitor on the wall to share with everyone in the room. It allows up to 4 devices to be connected and running side by side at once, making it perfect for group study sessions, club meetings and more. It is located in the large study room, 319E.

New STEM Center staff

Simona Guillen is the new STEM Activity Coordinator. An SLV native, she holds an MBA from ASU. Kodi Sherman is the new Project Specialist. She moved to Alamosa after finishing her degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University.

Got glass to recycle?

EARTH, the campus sustainability group, announces its glass recycling trailer has been moved to the southwest corner of the ropes course, southeast of the soccer fields, in the northwest corner of the Lutheran Church parking lot. Anyone affiliated with ASU is welcome to recycle glass; please remember to sort by color (green, brown, clear).

Student & Program News

Sprint Interval Training draws crowd

More than 80 students, faculty, staff and community members attended the Oct. 14 presentation by Dr. Christopher Bell, Colorado State University, on “Sprint Interval Training: A Healthy Need for Speed.” Dr. Bell spoke about the many benefits of sprint interval training – for athletes and anyone else wanting fast fitness gains (including fat loss). The audience was captivated throughout the talk, and asked many informed questions afterwards. Dr. Bell also spoke to Dr. Tracey Robinson’s Exercise Evaluation class on “Exercise Prescription for Diabetes: Exercise Training & Medication Interactions.”

Dr. Christopher Bell

Dr. Christopher Bell

Dr. Bell’s visit was made possible by a grant from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) to its Rocky Mountain chapter, of which Dr. Tracey L. Robinson, professor of HPPE, is a Board member. This grant was aimed at bringing exercise science researchers to more “remote” areas of the chapter (which includes Colorado & Wyoming).

Dr. Robinson was aided in organizing the lecture by HPPE grad assistants Dustin Oranchuk and Alexandra Cooper, and senior HPPE major Alex Jordan, with support from the entire HPPE department. The HPPE department hopes to have more guest speakers in the health, fitness, nutrition & exercise science area in the future.

Student/faculty sociology video honored

Students in the spring 2015 Field Studies in Sociology course, taught by Dr. Benjamin J. Waddell, helped produce the short video, Voices of the Valley, won the Colorado Award at the recent Southern Colorado Film Festival, held on campus. Watch the video and learn more.

Business students learn from pros

Students in BUS 414 Commercial Banking, taught bybus-studs-at-slv-fed Yusri Zaro, asst. professor of business administration, recently visited SLV Federal Bank. President Bussey and his senior staff discussed the bank’s financials, managing investment portfolios and liquidity position, the tools for managing and hedging against risk, as well as the bank’s long term strategic plan.

Doctoral program students present at conferences

  • Several students in the Counselor Education & Supervision Ph.D. program attended and presented at ACES (Association of Counselor Education and Supervision), held Oct. 7-11. Some of these presentations were “Online Counselor Education Programs: Success No Matter the Age” and “Development of Self-Efficacy with Suicidal Clients.” The students had an overall successful turnout of participants and received a lot of positive feedback from both the participants and faculty.
  • Mark Vander Ley and Rebecca Caple, students in the Counselor Education & Supervision Ph.D. program, will present a poster at the Illinois Counseling Associations Conference, Nov. 14. The poster is titled “The Supervision Journey Toward Cultural and Developmental Competence: Narratives of the Supervisory experience across the Career Span.”
  • Coreen Haym will present Managing Monogamism: Clinical Practice with Consensually Open NonMonogamous Relationship and Family Systems at a pre-conference institute at The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) National Meeting in Albuquerque, NM.,

Grizzly Athletics Update

  • True freshman quarterback Johnny Feauto amassed 444 passing yards to lead Adams State University to a compelling 44-24 victory over Black Hills State University, Oct. 17. Read more.
  • The Adams State University Grizzlies women’s soccer team defeated the No. 14 ranked Fort Lewis College Skyhawks Oct. 18. The Grizzlies were able to pull off the upset in overtime with the lone goal to end the game at 1-0. Read more.

Cycling Team hosts Grizzly Grind bike race

Adams State University’s Cycling Team hosted the second annual Grizzly Grind, a competition among riders from 12 schools in the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC), Oct. 10-11 at Angel Fire Resort, New Mex., The event included cross-country, dual-slalom, short track cross-country, and downhill races. Read more.

The team and coaches also participated in developing the trails and promoting the 12 Hours of Penitence Mountain Bike Race, held for the first time in Penitente Canyon, Oct. 18.

The event rallied local grass roots support from Salida and the SLV. Many volunteers from the ASU community assisted with various aspects of the event, from trail building to course marshals, and members of the ASU faculty participated in the 12 hour solo event.

Extended Studies’ Prison Program lauded

“Adams State University [is] the largest, most cost-efficient, and forward-thinking prison college program in the country,” wrote Christopher Zoukis in his Huffington Post blog.

His comments concerned the U.S. Department of Education and the Obama administration’s recent announcement of the Second Chance Pell Pilot Program, which will enable need-based Pell grant funding to be used for incarcerated students. Zoukis advocates that “funding the already-successful college program for prisoners offered through the regionally accredited Adams State University” would be the most straightforward method of helping the largest number of incarcerated students.

Zoukis wrote College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons and is the founder of