Message from the President

Dear Colleagues:

Our second Adams State University Day at the Capitol, in February, was a big success. Our alumni joined us to help convey the importance of Adams State to legislators. Even more special, the ASU Desert Winds Quintet played for the legislative reception, serenaded the entire Capitol during the next morning, and played the National Anthem for the Senate. It was a wonderful way for us to showcase the talent of our students.

Desert Winds

On February 21, Huron Consulting Group presented our Performance Audit to the Legislative Audit Committee. Our CFO Heather Heersink and I responded to questions and addressed concerns. The full audio of the presentation can be heard here. The full report is on the web and can be accessed here.

Please remember that this audit is based on FY15. Both the consultants and the legislators noted we have made significant progress in the past 18 months to stabilize our finances.

There is always concern about the debt the university is carrying, and we agreed with that concern. Positive steps, such as restructuring our debt, will save the university $3 million over the next three years, with another opportunity to restructure and save even more in 2020.

We need to continue to work together on recruiting and retaining students. We have a Recruitment and Retention plan that we believe will help us improve. We are also adding new academic programs, including a partnership with CSU to offer an agriculture degree beginning this fall. As we complete our Academic Master Plan, we will consider additional plans for new programs that will attract students to our campus.

There are lots of good things happening at Adams State University, and we have great plans for our future. I thank you for caring about our students and our university and encourage you to stay informed of our progress.

President McClure

Budget Update

While Colorado’s Long Bill is not finalized, the current request calls for a small increase to higher education to offset some cost increases. This helps, but doesn’t quite cover mandated cost increases and current year enrollment shortfall.

In evaluating budget requests, the following criterion is used for evaluation and prioritization: life safety, compliance, degree to which request aligns with ASU 2020, revenue generating potential, impact on student success, and degree to which the impact is campus-wide. Some needs arose after the January 27 budget request deadline. These requests will be evaluated with the previous submissions, if they are justified as emergency. Additional requests in this category must be submitted as soon as possible, along with corresponding emergency justification, to Katie Sliva.

The campus will be notified when the timeline of all prioritized requests is posted. The timeline posted is contingent on revenue generation and subject to change with institutional environment changes. It is not a guarantee of funding.

Campus services reminders


Requests for events services, including banners, must be scheduled a minimum 7 business days in advance, and an account code is required. Be sure to request all items needed for your event, as Facilities is not staffed for last minute requests. Athletic events are scheduled through Rob Lopez; events in the SUB are scheduled through Stephanie Lewis; and all other campus events go through Events Coordinator Berna Hostetter.

Grizzly Audio/Video

Grizzly Audio/Video has updated its policies and equipment lists to assure quality presentations at campus events. This information, as well as a reservation form, are available here. Questions may be directed to Marc Eaton.

Inventory Transfers and Deletions

To move or dispose of campus inventory, please contact Justin Prieto in the Business Office, ext. 7552. Inventory available for transfer to another department will be posted on the ASU Portal. To have inventory moved, fill out a work order with Facility Services. Forms to relocate property and delete property are available online.

SUB Parking

The Adams State University Police Department reminds the campus that the two-hour Visitor Parking lot behind the Student Union building is for visitors only. Faculty, staff or students who park there will be ticketed.

Graduate Center open at East Campus

Adams State’s new Graduate Center on the East Campus held an open house March 9. The new center provides a range of services for on-campus and online graduate students, including a meeting space, laptops, and other resources. It offers information about opportunities for scholarships and graduate assistantships, as well as workshops to support academic work.

From left: graduate assistant Elissa Harrington, Andrea Benton-Maestas, Dr. Melissa Freeman, Dr. Penny Sanders.

Grant News

Developing virtual classrooms that expand course choices for students is the goal of a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant recently awarded to Adams State University, in partnership with three other institutions. The three-year grant of $479,762 will fund the project “Engaged Student Learning: Coalition for Undergraduate Computational Data-enabled Science & Engineering (CDSE) Education.” Read more.

Adams State University named Maria McMath project coordinator for its three-year grant project, “Advancing Women in STEM through Institutional Transformation at Adams State University.Dr. Laura Bruneau, professor of counselor education, was named the project’s faculty associate. Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, professor of sociology, and Dr. Alexey Leontyev, assistant professor of chemistry, will participate in the project as survey specialists. Co-principal investigators for the project include Hilwig, Dr. Matt Nehring, professor of physics; Dr. Leslie Alvarez, professor of psychology; and Dr. Benita Brink, professor of biology. Read more.