Student & Program News

Psych faculty and students present research at a regional convention

Three faculty and six students represented Adams State College’s psychology department at the 82nd annual Rocky Mountain Psychological Association convention. Psychology majors are encouraged to conduct, present and stay current in psychological research. Attending and presenting at conferences allows students to network with other psychology majors, potential graduate schools and learn from experts in the field. Students attend talks and workshops as well as present their own research completed in class or as research assistants to faculty mentors.

Megan Hart, Laura Hopkins, Tucker Jones, Rachel Lundgren, Chris Olance, and Justin Takajjart  traveled to Reno, NV, to attend this year’s convention. All students received financial support through Psi Chi/Psychology club and four of these students (Chris, Megan, Tucker, and Rachel) were awarded regional travel grants by Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology).

Dr. Robert Demski presented a poster titled, “The effects of attachment style and gender on emotional intelligence,” on behalf of psychology majors Paloma Lopez and Raina Walters (not in attendance). Tucker Jones and Laura Hopkins presented a research poster completed in conjunction with Dr. Leslie Cramblet Alvarez and the EPIC (Engage, Persist, Innovate, Celebrate) program funded by the Wal-mart Minority Success Initiative, “A profile of first-generation college students at a Hispanic-serving institution.” In addition, Tucker Jones gave an oral presentation under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Elison, “Validity testing of the CoSS: Differences between rejection and fear.” The Department of Psychology is proud to recognize these students and faculty and their accomplishments.

HEAL graduates first cohort

The first cohort of 11 students the Master’s in Higher Education and Administrative Leadership program (HEAL) will graduate at Commencement, May 12. Program Director Melissa Freeman shared the following student achievements for this academic year:

Nicola Donaven and Jonathan Macias, with Dr. Melissa L. Freeman, presented “The Use of Social Media from a Student Perspective for Active Learning” at the 2012 NMHEAR Conference in Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM

Andrew Garcia was promoted to the new position of Welcome Center Manager/Tour Coordinator at Community College of Denver

Jonathan Macias was promoted to Grant Administrator at the University of Texas, El Paso. In addition, he was named to the 2012 E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program of the Hispanic-Serving Institutions National Program. He also moderated a panel on “Student Access and Use of Technology” at the 8th Annual Innovations in Online Learning Conference in San Antonio, in May.

Aaron Miltenberger was promoted to Assistant Director of Student Life and Leadership at Adams State, and Awarded Excellence in Extra-curricular Advisement Awards 2012. He presented “The Mentoring Helix: A New Family Support for Latino Students” at the 2011 Mentoring Conference UNM with Karen Lemke. He also assisted Freeman in developing two undergraduate higher education leadership courses: Event Planning and Leadership and Applied Student Leadership. He also created ASC’s Summer Latino Leadership Summit for Regional High School students.

Stacy Righini presented “Factors Affecting the Decision to Matriculate or Not to Matriculate for Hispanic High School Students” at Retention 2011: International Conference on Student Success in San Diego, CA, with Freeman.

Students in the second cohort have also been busy:

Angela Benfatti was promoted to Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Otero Junior College

Victoria Obregon was promoted to the Coordinator of teaching and recruitment for Project Destiny 2 HEP Migrant Program at Colorado State University-Pueblo. She was also approved by the Dean of CHASS to Co-Teach a US151 class for Latino/a students. She presented “Connecting the Fields to the Academic Factory: Migrant Farm Worker Students at a Hispanic Serving Institution” at the National Association for Chicano/Chicana Studies at the Palmer House in Chicago, Illinois, as well as “Hands in the Field” at the Road of Imagery Conference  at the Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs Colorado

Cristina Sandoval, was promoted to Dean of Faculty at Intellitec College

Pat Bryson, of Adams State, presented “Developmental Education: Costs, Results, and a Proposed Solution” at the Rocky Mountain Association for Institutional Research Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.



College Readiness seeks understanding of student challenges

The Adams State Office of College Readiness is working to identify the unique challenges our students face in preparing to take college level classes, especially math and English. On April 25, ASC faculty met with local high school faculty at Alamosa High School to begin a conversation about the challenges we see from both sides: what Developmental Reading, English and Math faculty are seeing in the college classes and what high school and middle school faculty are seeing in their classrooms.

The Office of College Readiness seeks a broad understanding from multiple perspectives in crafting interventions to support students. If you are interested in joining this conversation, contact Karen Lemke.



AmeriCorps completes third grant year at ASC

The AmeriCorps CSC program offers students an education award for completing internships in human service fields. Now completing its third grant year, the program is celebrating 23 students who successfully completed terms of service during the 2011-2012 grant year. They completed internships in student teaching, nursing clinicals, victim’s advocacy, K-12 school counseling, and various opportunities at La Puente. In the current grant year, the program has already awarded $29,372 in scholarship money to be used toward current, past, or future education expenses. An additional $60,000 in scholarships is expected to be awarded as the semester comes to a close. Contact ASC AmeriCorps   or see Erica Holmes in Nielsen Library at the Student Success Center to learn about the many opportunities it offers.

To the Dunes, and beyond

More than 100 people, including students and advisers, attended the sixth annual Mars Robotics Challenge at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, April 7. The event is sponsored by the ASC Department of Chemistry, Computer Science and Mathematics and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium. George Sellman, asst. professor of computer science, organizes the challenge.

ASC's Robot Challenge Team

Open to all colleges/universities in Colorado and the general public, the event simulates an autonomous robot mission on Mars. It furthers robot development and challenges teams to learn about electronics, programming, and operating in a difficult environment. The robots used are autonomous — not remotely controlled.

 More info on Robot Challenge.

HPPE students present Special Olympics Basketball Showcase

A combination of area Special Olympians and Adams State students competed in a very exciting game during in this year’s Special Olympics Basketball Showcase, Feb. 26 in Plachy Hall gym.

The event held true to its mission and allowed the Special Olympians to showcase their skills and have a great time,

as well as educating the community about Special Olympics activities. Students enrolled in the HPPE 440 Organization and Administration of PE class taught by Peggy Johnson worked very hard to organize and run the event. Other volunteers included ASC’s JV men’s basketball, wrestling, football, and special education students, who contributed by officiating the game, coaching the teams, playing alongside the Special Olympians, and helping out wherever needed. Donations at the door exceeded all expectations and raised sufficient funds were to finance travel to the regional track meet in May.

Author: jmwaecht

Assistant to the President for Communications Editor/Designer of alumni magazine - A-Stater