Spring Commencement

Saturday, May 12
10 a.m. – Undergraduate Ceremony
1:30 p.m. – Graduate Ceremony
Plachy Hall

During the morning ceremony, Adams State will award 179 associate’s degrees and 236 Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. The afternoon ceremony will award 418 Master of Arts, 14 Master of Science, and 8 doctorate degrees. The undergraduate commencement speaker will be Curtis Garcia, assistant professor of teacher education. The graduate ceremony address will be given by doctoral candidate Mark Vander Ley. Read more.

CAMP Celebrates Graduates

The College Assistance Migrant Program will celebrate CAMP @ ASU graduates Friday, May 11, with a reception from 4-6:30 p.m. at Vista’s Restaurant at Rex Field. Former CAMP Directors Dr. Arnold Chavez and Dr. Herman Martinez will serve as guest speakers. For more information, contact Jasmine at ext. 8318

Payroll Update

Although the State of Colorado is going to a biweekly pay schedule, Adams State University is NOT. ASU’s payroll will continue being paid once a month, on the last business day of the month. Also, June payroll will be paid on June 29 this year, the last business day of the month. Questions regarding payroll can be directed to Betsy Chacon, ext. 7739.

Purchasing Update

The federal government’s new Uniform Grant Guidance goes into effect July 1. The guidelines change procedures for the procurement of goods and services with federal grant funds. New requirements apply to:

  • Micro purchases: less than $3,500
  • Small Dollar purchases: $3,500 – $24,999 and $25,000 – $150,000 (different bid requirements)
  • Sealed Bid Purchases: Over $150,000
  • Non-competitive purchases

Details of these guidelines are available from Renee Vigil, purchasing director, ext. 7732.

News from Alumni Relations

The Alumni Relations Office can connect students with alumni mentors. If you know a particular student that would benefit from a mentoring experience, provide the student’s name, location and career goal to Lori Laske, ext. 7867.  Wherever possible, students will be paired with an alumnus within a similar area, career, or interest.

Faculty and staff are also encouraged to nominate alumni for the Exceptional New Alumni Award. This goes to someone who earned a bachelor’s degree within the last seven years and demonstrates potential for leadership, as well as dedication and excellence in their new profession. Nominations with a brief description of the alumnus’ qualifications can be sent to Lori Laske or the Alumni Relations Office. Suggestions will be retained for 5 years. View the full criteria.

Student, Faculty & Staff News

Kathy Park, adjunct instruction of English/communications, has a new book, Aikido Off the Mat, due to be released by North Atlantic Books in August.






Dr. Renee Beeton (left) and Dr. Leslie Alvarez

Dr. Leslie Alvarez, professor of psychology, and Dr. Renee Beeton, professor of chemistry, recently traveled to the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) conference on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy. They presented two posters highlighting all of the exciting equity work done on the ASU campus. The posters were entitled: “Integrating Equity and Inclusion: A Comprehensive Approach to Faculty Development” and “Inclusive Excellence as the Foundation for Curriculum Reform: The Pathways Project.”


The Office of Title V Initiatives traveled to AHSIE (Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators) in March to learn from and network with other HSI educators and Title V grantees from across the country. In the spirit of sharing best practices, two workshops were led by Title V staff highlighting innovations at Adams State as a result of Title V funding. Lillian Gomez, executive director of the Office of Title V Initiatives; Marcella Garcia, Title V Project Director; and Scott Van Loo, Summit County Administrator; presented on “Equity in Education: Leadership Means Taking Responsibility for What Matters to You.” Dr. Leslie Alvarez, professor of psychology; Dr. Renee Beeton, professor of chemistry; Dr. Beez Schell, formerly chair of HPPE and now with Colorado Mountain College; led a workshop entitled, “Despacito, pasito a pasito: Integrating Equitable Practice Across the Professional Development Cycle.”






Biology and Earth Science

Adams State’s Phi Eta chapter of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society attended and placed at the 2018 West-1 Regional Undergraduate Research Conference, held in April at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley. The club also won the Largest Delegation Award and the Travel Gavel (most delegate-miles traveled to attend the meeting). The following student projects placed at the competition:

  • Austin Baumeister, Jordan Jackson, and Wyanet Bresnitz – Cell/Molecular
    From left: Austin Baumeister, Jordan Jackson, and Wyanet Bresnitz

    Poster Presentation – 1st Place (Faculty Mentor: Adam Kleinschmit) They worked on a national consortium effort known as the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment Project. They also presented their work at a recent Lunchtime Talk in Science and Mathematics. Read more.

  • Jose Mix and Erika Ibarra-Garibay – Organismal Poster Presentation – 2nd Place (Faculty Mentor: Tim Armstrong)
  • Julie Starkey and Sam Ogden – Cell/Molecular Poster Presentation – Participants (Faculty Mentor: Adam Kleinschmit) Read more.
  • Emily Logan also participated in the conference.

Biology senior Megan Cerny and Dr. Adam Kleinschmit, associate professor of biology, attended the 2018 American Society of Microbiology Tri-branch Regional Meeting, held in early April in Durango, CO. Megan presented a research poster titled “Immunological Cost of Autotomy in Crickets” (Faculty mentors: Adam Kleinschmit and Matt Steffenson), while Kleinschmit presented a research poster titled “Surveillance of the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance through Microcosm Enrichment and Culture-Independent Bioinformatics Analysis.”

Earth science student Ashley How received a prestigious scholarship and check from the American Institute of Professional Geologists. Read more.

Dr. Kristy Duran, professor of biology, received a grant from the USDA Evaluation Monitoring Program with co-principal investigators Kelly Burns, of the National Forest Service, and post-doctoral researcher Megan Dudley. The project is titled “Health and abundance of southwestern white pine and limber pine in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.” In addition, the project will fund two Adams State student employees over the summer months for two years.

School of Business

Phi Beta Lambda members recently competed in the State Leadership Conference in Denver. Chapter members were awarded a total of 23 awards in objective test and live events. Seven qualified to compete at the National Leadership Conference in Maryland this June. The Adams State chapter received the Colorado Outstanding Chapter award, and Marisa Morado was awarded the Who’s Who in PBL. Read more.

Business student Kendra Riehl was presented the Colorado Society of Certified Public Accountants’ Gold Key Award, which goes to the graduating accounting student with the highest GPA. Read more.

Counselor Education

Doctoral students Chaya Abrams, Adriana de Raet, Deanna McCulloch, and Gregg Elliot, along with Dr. Cheri Meder, published a manuscript in the Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision titled, “The Impact of Program Modality on Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam Subscale Scores.”

Rebecca Caple, 4th year doctoral student, successfully defended her dissertation, “A Phenomenological Study: Exploring the Live Experience of School Counselor Stress, Burnout, and Self-Care.”

Dr. Laura Bruneau and Dr. Joel Givens presented at the national American Counseling Conference in Atlanta, GA, on “Integrating Animal Assisted Interventions into Trauma-Informed Care.” Bruneau also presented on “Animal Assisted Interventions and Theory: Classic, Integrative, and New Generation.” Her book, Moose the Reading Dog, was recently published by Purdue University Press.  Dr. Angel M. Knoverek, visiting clinical faculty in counselor education, presented “SPARCS in Residential Treatment: Challenges, Strategies, and Decision-Making in an Intricate System” at the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s (NCTSN) National Complex Trauma Treatment Network Conference held in Las Vegas, NV, on April 3-5. She was the co-chair of NCTSN’s Complex Trauma/Developmental Trauma Disorder Work Group and is a Master Trainer in Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), an empirically supported, trauma-informed group therapy intervention.


Eleven undergraduate and graduate HPPE students, along with four faculty members, attended the Rocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine annual conference in Colorado Springs, April 6-7, 2018. The students presented five posters of research highlighting either their thesis research or research from the ongoing SLV Wellness Study led by Dr. Tracey Robinson, Dr. Jeremy Yeats, and Maria Martinez. Dr. Robinson was also involved in organizing and running the conference as a RMACSM Board member. These research posters are displayed in East Campus.


Dr. Matthew C. Schildt, professor of music, with student composers and recent graduate Jon Moffat, recorded original music and arrangements, over 25 pieces of music in total, for the ASU theater production of She Kills Monsters by Alexis Black, visiting assistant professor of theatre. The music was all recorded in the ASU Richmond Recording Studio and was integral to the production. The music ranges from original compositions and variations to medieval-sounding versions of popular ’90s hit songs.

Senior music major Zachary Carpenter was the audio editor and Dr. Matthew Schildt provided the music for the short film “La Garita Creek Ranch,” produced by Moxiecran Media for the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust. The audio editing was done in the ASU Richmond Recording Studio.

Tracks from Schildt’s 2016 album “This Little Light” have been included on the in-flight playlist for Royal Brunei Airlines.


Students and faculty from the Psychology Department participated in the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association annual conference, held in Denver during April. Fourteen students attended and presented 10 papers or posters, setting a record for the department. Read more.


The Department of Sociology participated in the 12th Annual Undergraduate Sociology Conference, held at Western Colorado State University in Gunnison, CO, during April. Read more.