Career Fair March 4

The ASC Career Fair will be held Thursday, March 4 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Union Building banquet halls. The Career Center asks faculty members to consider excusing students from class to attend the Fair, or incorporate attending the Fair into an assignment. Employers will be recruiting for career positions, summer positions, and internships. For more info, contact the Career Center, ext. 7746.

Business students offer free tax service to qualifying individuals

Adams State College School of Business and The Piton Foundation are providing free tax service to qualifying individuals. If your family’s income is under $49,000, IRS-certified students at Adams State can save you hundreds of dollars you’d pay to file, and make sure you get all the tax credits you’re due.

Adams State’s free tax site is open from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. every Saturday; and 6 – 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from January 30 through April 15, in the School of Business lobby. Additionally, services are available from 9 a.m. until noon Saturdays from Feb. 6 through March 6 at the Conejos County Library, in La Jara, 17703 US 285. No services will be offered during Adams State’s spring break, March 13-20.

If you make less than about $49,000 and have children at home, the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit can reduce the income tax you pay and may even mean you get a bigger refund-as much as $5,000 or more! Plus, there are tax credits available for saving for retirement, paying for college, and buying a first home.

For more information, contact the School of Business at 719-587-7316.

What on EARTH?

  • ASC Community Partnerships continues to collect the following for recycling: plastic bottle caps/lids, cell phones, ink-jet cartridges, and some laser toner cartridges.
  • EARTH Week will be celebrated April 12-17. EARTH Week Committee members include James Bedard, Jared Beeton, Bekah Tirrell, Bailey Jones, and Neil Rudolph. Karen Lemke will coordinate the reduce, reuse, recycle garage sale, and Tracy Doyle is coordinating with ALMA on a concert by Elephant Revival in Leon Memorial, at 7 p.m. on April 15.

Hot competition planned for Autumn@ Adams

The Autumn@ Adams committee hopes to increase attendance and participation among faculty and staff at the event’s Chili Cook-Off, planned for Sept. 18. Thus, all campus departments and offices are encouraged to enter the contest. Find the best chili cook (or cooks) in your department and enter them to compete for the best red or green chili. If you have any questions, please email Linda Christian.

Student & Program News

ASC Theatre’s production of Children of a Lesser God has been selected to be presented at the Rocky Mountain Theatre Festival in Helena, MT., Feb. 9 – 12. This is the third year in a row that an Adams’ theatre production has been honored at the festival. Also, 14 theatre students are entered in the college acting competition.  They will also have the opportunity to audition for summer theatre companies. The oldest collegiate organization of its kind in the United States, FMTA includes colleges and universities from the five-state western region.

The Department of Sociology hosts the fourth annual Undergraduate Sociology Paper Conference on February 12-13.  Students and faculty from Western State, Mesa, Ft. Lewis, and Adams State are participants.  A banquet and keynote presentation will be held on Friday night and paper sessions are scheduled on Saturday morning.  Dr. Grace Young is the conference coordinator and organizer.

Freshman Nicholas Owen, a music education and percussion major, won a snare line position with Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps and will spend the summer touring North America performing with this highly-acclaimed Drum Corps International ensemble.

As part of the Immigrant Resource Center’s Education Work Group grant initiative, freshman Josh Wohlrabe, a music education/percussion major, will join James Doyle to team-teach traditional Guatemalan marimba toAlamosa High School students.

Faculty & Staff News

James Doyle, visiting assistant professor of music, will present a clinic titled “Winning the Audition” at the Colorado Day of Percussion, to be hosted by Fort Lewis College, Feb. 27.  His appearance is sponsored by ASC, Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets, and Black Swamp Percussion. He also presented a clinic at the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference Tri-M meeting, Jan. 27.

Gregg Elliott, director of the Counseling and Career Center, was honored as a Volunteer Mediator of 2009 by the Center for Restorative Programs.  A volunteer for the past two years, Elliot has worked with parent-teen , truancy, and victim offender cases. He also will serve on the center’s board of directors for the next two years.

Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, professor of English, won first place for her poem “November Pasture Song” in Messages from the Hidden Lake, the new literary and art collection produced by Friends of the Southern Peaks Public Library. Aaron Abeyta, associate professor of English, served as one of three judges for the collection. Julie Waechter, assistant to the president for communications, served as editorial and production coordinator for the book. It is available for $11.95 from the Southern Peaks Public Library.

ASC Police Officer Layne Hall attended continuing education training as the department’s firearms trainer. The training was conducted by the San Luis Valley Law Enforcement Training Foundation.

Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, associate professor of sociology, had her paper, “Market Forces and Invasion-Succession: Does Pollution Encourage Segregation?” accepted for presentation in the Environmental Sociology session at the annual meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association in Oakland, California, April 8-11. The paper analyzes the relationship between Market Forces, a theoretical explanation by which minorities are increasingly pushed into polluted neighborhoods, and Invasion-Succession, an explanation of white flight leading to segregation.  This paper analyzes whether these two patterns lead to an increase in segregation in highly polluted neighborhoods.

Dr. Stu Hilwig, professor of history, recently had his book, Italy and 1968: Youthful Unrest and Democratic Culture, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Read more.

Dr. Michael Martin, professor and chair of sociology, had two teaching-related articles published in the January edition of the American Sociological Association journal, Teaching Sociology.  His co-author on both publications is Dr. Richard Machalek at the University of Wyoming.  The publications are entitled “Evolution, Biology, and Society: A Conversation for the 21st Century Classroom” and “Evolutionary Theory Seems So Easy: Reply to Lucal and Hanson.” The manuscripts review key issues pertaining to evolutionary explanations of social behavior, offer clarifications and explanations for several issues that are sometimes misrepresented, and provide specific suggestions for instructors who are interested in updating and improving the quality of instruction on evolution and social behavior.

Isabelle Medina-Kaiser, diversity officer, was recently honored by the Center for Restorative Programs for four years of service on the board of directors.

Dr. Paul Newman, professor of theatre, spent his fall sabbatical at the Cobalt Scenic Studios in White Lake, NY. He was a student, along with 8 other full-time students in a two- year program, for the Studio’s fall semester. He learned scenic painting techniques, especially those used on scenic backdrops, and spent time in week-long intensives in lettering and sign painting, painting faux marble, learning perspective drawing, and painting foliage.

Brendan Pichon and Adam Jennings have been added to the ASC Police Department staff as Police Service Officers. These adjunct positions will help expand the availability of services from ASCPD.

Matt Schildt, assistant professor of music, will have his composition Continuance for percussion ensemble performed in March at Society of Composers conferences in Tacoma, WA ,and Manhattan,  KS. In April, his composition Under Fading Skies for string quartet will be performed at the annual Colorado Composers concert in Denver.

ASC PD Officer Alycia Riggs and Police Service Officer Adam Jennings attended a Drug Interdiction training in Lamar, Colo., conducted by a nationally known program for narcotics enforcement.

Dr. Joel Shults, Chief of ASCPD, was selected to chair the state examination revision task force for police officer testing. Shults serves as a subject matter expert for the curriculum committee of Colorado’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, which reports to the Attorney General.

Cindy Whitney, assistant professor of sociology, attended the winter business meeting of Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS) in Santa Barbara, California, Feb. 4-7.  She  sits on the Diversity and Students of Concern committees of the SWS.

Andy Zaugg, visiting instructor of developmental math, was honored by the Center for Restorative Programs with the “Handy Andy” award for his continued assistance to the center through repairs, installations, and crisis aversion at the center’s new building.

New Employees

Betty Block, HPPE Professor
Ronnie Lee Romero, Custodian I
Randy Vigil, Custodian I
Evan Slagsvold, Coordinator of Intramural and Club Sports
Leonard Sandoval, Structural Trades I