Boomer makes new friends

Adams State’s mascot, Boomer, along with Admissions staff and student ambassadors, visited a second grade class at Pueblo’s Park View Elementary, taught by Shanda Davis, Adams State Class of 2012. The school invited Boomer and ASU as part of their endeavor to instill college goals in the children. Park View is part of the No Excuses University network, which emphasizes college readiness by equipping students with the tools and mind set to be successful at the university level. Boomer will be doing more such outreach in San Luis Valley schools, as well.

Admissions Updates

  • Admissions has an exciting month ahead. February 5-9 is National School Counselors Week. If you see a counselor, please thank them for the support and encouragement they give their students to go to college.
  • Discover Day will be held Saturday, February 17. Chartered buses will pick up students from Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Albuquerque for the day. The RSVP list is full, with about 200 students and parents planning to attend.
  • Admissions counselors visit San Luis Valley high schools every month. If you want them to connect with specific students or clubs in the SLV (or elsewhere), please contact ext. 8146. Also, campus tours are given daily on weekdays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or weekends by request. View the Admissions Events schedule.
  • Dave Wreford is the new transfer student coordinator. He plans to visit nearly every community college in Colorado over the next few weeks.
  • Please stop by the Welcome Center in Richardson Hall with any questions about admissions or recruitment happenings.
Alumni Assisting ASU Recruiting Efforts in Denver Metro Area

By Wayne Melanson ’69, President of the Adams State Alumni-Denver Chapter

Nearly half of all 2017 Colorado high school graduates were from schools located in the Denver metropolitan area, but fewer than one percent of them enrolled at Adams State University. ASU alumni have joined forces with the ASU admissions staff to increase that number.

While the Denver alumni chapter was still in its formative stages, ASU admissions counselors Amanda Graham and Shannon Pyle presented the problem and an idea for a solution. The problem was that the two of them could not possibly cover college nights and fairs held at all Front Range high schools (there are 155 public high schools in the Denver metro area alone).

The solution the women proposed was to cover events with alumni volunteers. Denver Alumni Chapter leaders agreed to help. The program is beginning its third year and is showing promise in becoming a significant component in the recruiting process.

In the fall of 2017 alone, 24 events were covered by seven alumni volunteers. These events included college fairs at high schools, application days, and transfer fairs at area community colleges. These are events that were covered in addition to those served by admissions counselors Shannon and Amanda.

Alumni volunteers attended a training session in August 2017 presented by Amanda and Shannon. It included an informational presentation about ASU, handouts and other resources about university programs, a review of frequently asked questions, and role playing exercises. The committee was provided with several ASU backpacks stuffed with all the materials they might need like a table banner, program brochures, a table top sign, posters, and information cards. Volunteers are also asked to shadow either Amanda or Shannon for at least one session before they are sent out to independently represent their alma mater at area events.

Michael Cawthra ’76, a retired Jefferson County school teacher, is chair of the alumni chapter’s recruiting committee. “I am very proud to be able to help Adams State to recruit the Denver area. Our group of volunteers demonstrates the strength and dedication that we garnered from our time at Adams State,” he said.

Michael Cawthra, chair of the Denver alumni recruiting committee, role plays with alumni volunteers Vida Martinez and Tony Elias Batson, during a training session at the Denver Tech Center.

Alumni volunteers represent wide range of ages and experiences. For example, Danielle Quintana ’16 brings her recent familiarity with ASU and Alamosa. Carey Sanchez ’77 is a retired principal and high school counselor.

“Recruiting prospective Grizzlies has been a most rewarding experience! Talking about all the great aspects of our Adams State University has renewed my desire to assist students in attaining a superior education for a wonderful life ahead. Great Stories DO Begin at Adams State!” Sanchez said.

Alumni volunteer Carey (Martinez) Sanchez at a recruiting table at Manual High School in Denver.

Be smart – improve security

While safety and security should always be an important topic, it has become even more pertinent in the current environment. It’s no secret that the crime rate has risen here in the Valley. We’ve seen several robberies, several vehicle break-ins, and even thefts on campus. There are some very easy things we can all do to help reduce many of these crimes, many of which are opportunity based. With just a little effort, the following things can help combat criminal activities:

  • If you have items of value in your vehicle, keep the vehicle locked and the valuable(s) out of sight, even if the vehicle is parked in your driveway.
  • Items of value kept in your office should be out of sight and locked in a desk drawer or file cabinet.
  • Record serial numbers for items of value such as guns, electronics, etc.
  • If you are at work after hours, make the sure the exterior door locks behind you.
  • Plan ahead if you think you might be working late. Park your vehicle in an area you know will be well lit after dark and always know that you can request a security escort from the ASUPD.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • If you see something that doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t. Make the phone call to the appropriate authorities as soon as possible.
  • If something has been stolen, report immediately. We have a better chance of recovering stolen property when the theft has recently occurred.

The officers and staff of the Adams State University Police Department pride themselves on embodying the full spectrum of Community Policing and, therefore, are open to the campus community. They are ready to help answer questions, provide safety talks, or just have a simple conversation about improving personal security. It is now a 24/7 Police Department serving ASU employees and students. The department can be reached at ext. 7901.

Events of interest

La Monarca art events

Focusing on empowering local traditions and resisting global movements of power through the arts, “La Monarca” is a month of films and hands-on art workshops presented every Wednesday and Friday from February 14 through March 14. Coordinated by Assistant Professors of Art Eric Stewart and Leslie Macklin, the films and workshops are free and open to the public. Full schedule.

Women’s Week March 5-9

With the theme #pressforprogress, Adams State Women’s Week has several events scheduled. All are free.

Wednesday, March 7
“Time’s Up” Panel Discussion – Answers to questions on consent, harrassment and assault
6:30 p.m.
McD 101

Thursday, March 8
International Women’s Day Events
Presented by Women’s Studies students
Throughout the day beginning at 9:30 a.m.
McD 101

Friday, March 9
Kindred Spirits Lunch: “Empowerment through the Eyes of a Deaf Woman”
By student Nichola Medina
Sponsored by CIELO
Noon – 1 p.m.
Lunch provided – Sign up for lunch in La Mesa Dining Hall, meet in Banquet Rooms

Featured Film: Beauty Bites Beast
Followed by A powerful but peaceful option for women’s self-defense, presented by Kathy Park, 2nd degree black  belt in Aikido
6 p.m.
McD 117

Information/resources will be available at each event.

Lectures, Workshops, etc.

Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics

Wednesday, Feb 7
“GeoClub Never Dies, It Just Recrystallizes”
Presented by geology and geography students
Porter Hall 130
Pizza provided

See the full event schedule for the semester. For more information, please contact Tim Armstrong, ext. 7211.

Kindred Spirits Luncheons

12:10 – 12:50 p.m.
SUB 126A/131A
Lunch provided, sign up at the entrance to La Mesa Dining Hall.
Open to all students, faculty and staff.

Monday, February 12
“A Spectrum of ASU Student Health: Results from the 2017 National College Health Assessment”
By Elisabeth Tomlin, director of Counseling & Career Services, and Ana Guevara, director of Title IX & OEO

Full Kindred Spirits schedule.

Center for Teaching, Innovation, & Research

Monday, February 12
Nuts and Bolts: An in -depth look at the Design Phase of Appreciative Advising (repeat of Feb. 5 session)
Presented by Trevor Turner
3-5 p.m.
Nielsen Library teaching lab

Thursday, Feb. 15
Writing Across the Curriculum: Planning, Presenting, and Sequencing Writing Assignments (first in a series of workshops)
3-5 p.m.
McD 216

Faculty and Professional Development events schedule
Twitter: @AdamsStateCTIR
Requests or suggestions for workshops may be made to Leslie Alvarez.

Leadership Summit Feb. 16-17

Graduate Student Success Chronicles
Friday & Saturday, February 16-17
Designed for graduate students, faculty, and staff

A unique and interactive leadership growth experience with a panel of leaders from institutions of higher education, public service, and institutions that work to promote diversity. Click to register.

SOAR Symposium Feb. 21

The Counselor Education Department and Office of Title V Initiatives is presenting SOAR (Supporting Outcomes and Advocacy for Recovery) in partnership with the San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group and the Joint Interagency Oversight Group. It is designed to help educate counselors, teachers, social workers, and community members who work with those impacted by addictions. The keynote speaker is Johathan Kozol. For more information and to register, click here.

Faculty Lecture Series

Wednesday, February 28
7 p.m.
McD 101
“Contextualizing the Borderlands of Southern Colorado”
By Dr. Nick Saenz, associate professor of history

Colorado began at the crossroads of several nations, states, and empires. Nowhere in Colorado has this legacy endured more evidently than the south of the state where ancient Indo-Hispanic lifeways keep step with modern life. Recent scholarship has framed such places as “borderlands.” This lecture will explore scholarship presented at the 2017 Borderlands of Southern Colorado Symposium and reflect upon the significance of the San Luis Valley as a borderland. Furthermore, it will consider how the borderlands concept alters the standard retelling of the region’s history and what this narrative shift offers scholars, museum curators, and the general public.

Full schedule of Faculty Lectures.

Nominations sought

Nominate students for Leadership Awards

The Leadership Awards Banquet, scheduled for March 29, recognizes students who serve as exceptional leaders on campus. These students make positive contributions to different areas of campus while motivating others to do so as well. Nominations are due on Friday, February 23, and may be made on the Leadership Awards website.

Nominate books for The Common Reading Experience

The Common Reading Experience Committee is seeking nominations for next year’s book. Books may be fiction or non-fiction and should be:

  • interdisciplinary, to reach across different disciplines
  • readable at a freshman level
  • engaging to students and encouraging of intellectual discussions around different themes

To make a book suggestion or learn more, contact Jess R. Gagliardi, committee chair, ext. 8021.

Valley Courier Online Index available

About 20 years ago, the librarians at Adams State realized a need for an index to the Valley Courier. David Goetzman created an in-house database for this index, which was kept current until 2010, when it appeared that the Valley Courier was searchable online. Cameron Miller, manager of systems administration, recently aided the library in transferring the database to Google Sheets. The index covers roughly 1997-2010 and is publicly available. The Valley Courier Online Index is available online.  It is also accessible through the Nielsen Library Guide for San Luis Valley. Collections.  Questions may be directed to Mary Walsh.

Adams State honored for efficiency

Adams State University recently received an inaugural ACE Award from BankMobile disbursements, which helps institutions of higher education efficiently, securely, and cost effectively disburse refunds to students. Bank Mobile presented the ACE (Achieve Campus Efficiency) Awards to institutions that disburse greater than 90% of all refunds electronically and promote the refund disbursement program/process so that greater than 40% of all students, regardless of their financial aid eligibility, complete the refund selection process. In presenting the award, BankMobile said, “Adams State University joins an elite group of institutions that achieve efficiency, security and cost effectiveness at a level unmatched by most of higher education today.”

The Mental Training Lab is open

Mon. – Thurs: 9 a.m.-noon
Mon. & Tues: 6-8 p.m.
Nielsen Library room 302

The Joe I. Vigil Center for Human Performance and Coach Education offers a free Mental Training Lab for all students. It is run by HPPE graduate students who are trained in applied sport psychology and mentored by Dr. Brian Zuleger. Many professional, collegiate, high school and youth sports teams, Fortune 500 companies, the performing arts, and the military all employ mental strength coaches to maximize the potential of those within their respective organizations. The lab works to help students develop a mental edge both in and out of the classroom. For more information, visit the Mental Training Lab or contact the lab via email or ext. 7404.

Student, Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

The Hall of Research on the first floor of McDaniel has been updated with 10 new research posters by students and faculty.

Daniels Fund Scholarship students conducted a toy drive over the holidays to help less fortunate children. “These students are amazing and bring so much quality to Adams State,” said their advisor, Liz Tabeling-Garcia, Lead Collegiate Counselor, Colorado Challenge. The students include Zach Rutgers – freshman in biology; Estelle Sandoval – senior in nursing; Annarose Phelps – freshman in cellular-molecular biology; Manuelito Casias – freshman in elementary education; and Whitney Wesphal – junior in HPPE.

A paper from HPPE graduate student Jason Mannerberg’s master’s thesis was accepted for publication in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, one of the most highly peer-reviewed journals in the field. Entitled “Eight weeks of strength and power training improves club head speed in collegiate golfers,” the paper’s co-authors are Dustin Oranchuk, Jason Mannerberg, Dr. Tracey Robinson (thesis advisor), and former faculty member Megan Nelson.

A paper from HPPE graduate student Derek Nichols’ master’s thesis will be published in the journal Athletic Training & Sports Health Care. “Kinesio taping of the ankle does not improve dynamic balance in NCAA athletes” was co-authored by Nichols, Dustin Oranchuk, and Dr. Tracey Robinson (thesis advisor),

Counselor Education faculty attended the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference in Anaheim, CA, in December. This conference is an unparalleled opportunity for interviews and in-depth coverage of the problems that challenge contemporary culture, including trauma, anxiety, depression, and marital problems. Faculty members are authors who are commonly featured on national media. They have written some of the most important, best-selling books that appear on self-help and professional bookshelves worldwide. Organized by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, the Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference is the world’s largest meeting for mental health professionals. Approximately 8,000 professionals from 50 countries attended the 2017 conference, which presented advances in the art and science of psychotherapy. Keynote speakers included Tipper Gore, Robert Sapolsky, Philip Zimbardo, and Antonio Damasio, as well as Aaron Beck, Salvador Minuchin, Martin Seligman, and Irv Yalom. Held every four years, the Evolution Conferences have been covered by TIME magazine, The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

The Luther Bean Museum hosted and Tawney Becker, grant specialist, assisted with filming a portion of Steve Quiller’s most recent instructional DVD, Water Media en Plein Air: A Comprehensive DVD Guide. Under bonus material is a tour of some of the museum collections led by Quiller. See more.

Dr. Courtney Allen, assistant professor of counselor education, was elected to the Colorado School Counseling Board as the Post-Secondary Vice President. Her term begins in July.

Dr. Jared Beeton, professor of physical geography, was an author on a study that was named one of the 2017 Top 100 Science Stories from across the globe by Discover Magazine in its January/February 2018 issue. Beeton is one of eleven scientists who conducted research on the Cerutti Mastodon site in San Diego. That study showed evidence of human occupation at the site 130,000 years ago, which is 115,000 years earlier than humans were previously thought to have reached North America. The Cerutti Mastodon Discovery was first announced in the April 27 issue of the prestigious science journal Nature. The project was led by the San Diego Natural History Museum. Read more.

Dr. James W. Doyle, associate professor of music, recently presented a clinic on Hearing Protection for the Musician at the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) conference, held January 26 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Tracy Doyle, professor of music, and Dr. James W. Doyle, associate professor of music, were guest artists-in-residence at Utah Valley University in Orem, UT. They presented masterclasses for students and performed a duo recital on January 13.

Jess R. Gagliardi, instructor of developmental education, recently graduated from the Graduate School of Education, Higher Education Leadership Management, at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Mike Henderson, web applications developer, was a content reviewer for a course on CSS Grid, a new module of the web styling language CSS, which is used for all websites. The course is sponsored by Mozilla and taught by Wes Bos. See more.

Andrew McPherson, ASU Chief of Police, participated in a community panel that discussed holistic initiatives to address the area’s opioid epidemic.

Dr. Matthew C. Schildt, professor of music, has received several positive reviews of his album This Little Light in Australia  and India.

Dr. Nick Saenz, assistant professor of history and member of the Luther Bean Museum Committee, was interviewed in the museum for the Colorado Experience episode, “The Settling of the Sand Dunes,” which aired through Rocky Mountain PBS on January 11. A premier was held on campus January 24. Read more.

Dr. Jared Thiemann, assistant professor of counselor education, was elected to the Rocky Mountain Association for Counseling and Supervision as President-Elect. His term begins in July.

Kathy Park Woolbert, adjunct instructor of English, and Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, emeritus professor of English, were interviewed on Colorado Public Radio concerning ASU’s Prison College Program, in which they teach. The story also ran in the Durango Herald. Read and hear more.

New Employees
  • Chris Lopez – Director of Public Relations & Marketing. Read more.
  • Yael DeFaye – Computing Services, systems administrator
  • Theresa Spencer – Admin. assistant II, ASU Police Department
  • Thomas Laird – Computing Services, VOIP network administrator
  • Ellen Call – Visiting assistant professor of nursing
  • Rio de la Vista – Director of Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center
  • Britt Maughan – Assistant football coach
  • Jerrall Harrison – Assistant football coach
  • Christine McCown – Visiting instructor of sociology
  • Darren Romero – Upward Bound Math & Science advisor