Message from the President

Dear Colleagues:

We have good news as the spring semester gains momentum. First, the Governor’s budget proposal of $898.1 million for higher education: this is great news for Adams State University, as it would hold our funding flat. We will keep you updated as the budget moves through the legislative process.

We will certainly advocate for the budget’s adoption at our upcoming ASU Day at the Capitol, February 16-17. Faculty, staff, and alumni are also welcome to join us at the Thursday evening reception. Click here for event details. This marks the second year Adams State will visit with legislators and Governor’s staff to share our Great Stories. For example, we were recently named in the Top 50 Hispanic Serving Institutions by Best  The site notes that Hispanic enrollment in colleges and universities increased 240 percent between 1996 and 2012. We know that trend continues and that Adams State is ideal for helping these students succeed.

Speaking of Great Stories, last weekend I met with our newly formed Denver Alumni Chapter, a group of alumni whose accomplishments demonstrate ASU is succeeding in our mission. They are eager to reach out to fellow alumni in the Denver area, as well as to help raise scholarship funds and recruit new students. They recognize the impact their Adams State degree has made on their lives and want to extend that advantage to future students.

President McClure

Spring Lunchtime Talks schedule

The popular series, Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics, continues this semester. The one-hour lectures for a general audience are open to everyone and provide pizza. For more information, contact Dr. Tim Armstrong, Professor of Biology.

Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics
Porter Hall room 130

  • Wednesday, February 8
    “3-D Geological Tour of the San Luis Valley”
    Alumnus Andrew Valdez
  • Wednesday, March 8
    “Picture Perfect Peru”
    Students Clifton Simmons and Cassidie Fisher
  • Wednesday, March 29
    “Fungi in Biotechnology”
    Dr. Kristy Duran
  • Wednesday, April 5
    “Colony Collapse Disorder and the Future of Honeybees”
    Dr. Matt Steffenson
  • Thursday, April 13
    “Fun with Numbers”
    Dr. Tony Weathers 

Departments can support Safe Spring Break Fair

Thursday, March 16
1-4 p.m.
SUB banquet rooms

Hosted by the Counseling Center and Campus Recreation in conjunction with Wellness Week, the Safe Spring Break Fair will encourage students to engage in safer activities and habits over spring break, as well as reduce harm that could potentially occur with the use of drugs and alcohol.

Organizers invite campus departments to donate gifts or baskets that promote a safe spring break or promote departments, such as a hat or t-shirt. Questions may be directed Lis Tomlin  or Jessica Chacon.

STEM Saturdays sets spring schedule

STEM Saturdays, a series of activities for San Luis Valley students, support student success in STEM. These interactive sessions stimulate the imagination and curiosity of students, with topics including  biology, robotics, earth science, chemistry, computer science and mathematics. All sessions are designed with specific grade-level, developmentally appropriate lessons in mind. They are provided free of charge, but reservations are required, as space and equipment are limited. Schedule, registration, and liability forms are available on-line or by contacting STEM Coordinator Simona Guillen.


What on EARTH?

First meeting of the spring semester:
Tuesday, Feb 7
Student Life center of the SUB

Adams State’s sustainability group, EARTH, seeks participation and input on the following:

  • Ideas for potential environmental projects that may be funded through a donation.
  • Planning Earth Week events in April
  • Expanding recycling in the dorms and in the cafeteria

EARTH now has Twitter and Instagram accounts:

  • Twitter @AdamsStateEARTH
  • Instagram @asuearth

On America Recycles Day in November, the group raised about $250 on a vinyl record and record bowl fundraiser

EARTH leadership includes:

  • EARTH Coordinator for spring: Adam Kleinshmit
  • Work Study Coordinator: Chris Adams
  • Head of the EARTH Week committee: Trina DeHerrera
  • Recycling and Education Work Study: Oona King
  • Fundraising Work Study/Chair: Trina DeHerrera
  • Awareness Chair: Samuel Lane

The student-run EARTH club is led by:

  • President: Clifton Simmons
  • Treasurer: Trina DeHerrera
  • Vice President: Cory Ott
  • Officer: Oona King
  • Adviser: Jared Beeton



Where does all that snow go?

Alamosa set a new record of more than 20″ snowfall for the month of January. This has necessitated 120 additional person hours on weekends to clear the snow from campus. The first priority for Facilities staff is to clear pathways to and from as many buildings as possible, then pathways on all high traffic areas. Parking lots and A.D.A. parking spaces are next, followed by widening sidewalk passages.

Fun snow facts:
  1. Custodial staff does entry ways to all buildings at 6 am.
  2. Structural Trades does Faculty Drive apartments at 8 am.
  3. The campus’ 11 miles of sidewalks are cleared and widened in three passes for a total of 33 miles.
  4. During January, Facilities’ plows logged 291 miles to clear parking lots.
Be careful out there

Employees are reminded to use caution when walking around campus and to report any injuries to Human Resources within 48 hours, regardless of the incident’s severity.

Workers Compensation policy and procedures

Facilities notices

  • Staff are asked to place a work order in advance for assembly when ordering items such as desks, shelving units, chairs, etc. The request should include the approximate ship/delivery date of the items.
  • ASU partners with the City of Alamosa on recycling efforts. Campus members are asked remember recycling etiquette: Empty bags into the bins – do not throw the bags in. Do not throw trash into the recycling bins.