EARTH Week 2016: Save the Planet

Monday, April 18, – Saturday, April 23

Monday, April 18
Keynote Speaker: Auden Schendler, author of Getting Green Done
Noon – 1 p.m. – in McDaniel Hall 101

Save the Planet Festival
11a.m. – 2 p.m. – outside McDaniel Hall
Booths from SLV Environmental groups. EARTH’s Save the Planet Booth will offer a Water Taste Test (plastic vs. campus tab vs. campus filtered). Prizes awarded – Bioremediation

Tuesday, April 19
Grizz Got Talent Show: Extra points for Save the Planet theme.

Wednesday, April 20
Speaker: Hemp Farming in the San Luis Valley
Arnold Valdez
Noon to 1 p.m. – Porter Hall 130
Pizza provided.

Bake Sale
10 a.m. – Noon, Porter Hall.

Thursday, April 21
Rio Clean Up
3 p.m. – 5 p.m. -north campus
Meet at 3 p.m. at the Challenge Ropes Course.

Friday, April 22 – Earth Day!
Plant a Tree on Campus – Time and location tba
Trash Sculptures – At the Save the Planet Booth during the Backyard Bash
Evening Concert w/ Rhett Price, hip-hop violinist

President’s Message

We are looking forward to Adams State University Day at the Capitol on February 19. For the first time in our history, we will take Adams State to Denver so legislators have the opportunity to understand more about our institution. On Thursday evening, February 18, we will have a reception for legislators. We appreciate our sponsors who helped make this reception possible: Arnold & Marguerite Salazar, Partnership Investments, and SLV Behavioral Health.

This year’s General Assembly is important to us in many ways. As the budget is being debated, we stand to lose about $300,000 from our allocation or gain as much as $1.1 million. Imagine any other entity trying to plan for the next fiscal year with this much potential fluctuation without knowing the outcome. We have to be ready to educate lawmakers on the importance of Adams State University to the San Luis Valley and to our students.

Our recently completed Economic Impact Study is just one way we are telling our story. The study reveals that every Colorado tax dollar invested in us results in an 11.5 percent return. Adams State had a positive economic impact on the Valley of over $78 million and a state-wide impact of $111 million.

Adams State serves the largest percentage of Pell-eligible students of all Colorado institutions. In fact, 58 percent of our students are low-income, which is not surprising, given that three of the poorest counties in the state in located in the Valley we serve. In addition, our student body is the most diverse in the state; 39.2 percent of our first-time students identify as Hispanic. We have to realize that providing the support systems to help our students succeed costs more per student here than at other institutions. It is important for us to share our story.

I look forward to seeing those of you who can make it to Adams State University Day at the Capitol!

President McClure


Student Scholar Days deadline Feb. 26

Faculty member are reminded to encourage eligible students to take part in Student Scholar Days, scheduled for April 7-8. The deadline for project submission is 5 p.m., Friday, February 26. Student Scholar Days is a multidisciplinary, two-day conference that highlights the academic achievements of ASU students.

Student Scholar Days Faculty information

Student Scholar Days Committee:

  • Dr. Christopher Adams
  • Dr. Meredith Anderson
  • Liz Bosworth
  • James Doyle
  • Jess Gagliardi
  • Geoffrey Johnson
  • Natalie Rogers (co-chair)
  • Dr. Nick Saenz (co-chair)
  • Mark Schoenecker
  • Dr. Matthew Steffenson
  • Dr. Benjamin Waddell
  • Dr. Brian Zuleger

Faculty Development presentations

Upcoming Faculty Development events may be viewed on the calendar.

Training sessions on developing student engagement

Eight faculty who participated in the Title V STEM grant training on techniques for creating more student engagement in their classes will present a four-part series to share what they have learned. The sessions are appropriate for all faculty and staff with a teaching role in any discipline.

All Sessions:
Noon – 1 p.m.
La Mesa/SUB Banquet room

  • Thursday, Feb. 11
    Session 1: “What does it mean to be an HSI?”
    By Dr. Comfort Cover & Dr. Tony Weathers
  • Monday, Feb. 29
    Session 2: “Aren’t learning goals just a waste of time? A tale of two converts”
    By Dr. Renee Beeton & Dr. Adam Kleinschmit
  • Wednesday, March 9
    Session 3: “Active Learning techniques to engage your students”
    By Dr. Matt Steffenson
  • Thursday, March 17
    Session 4: Active Lecturing
    By Dr. Jared Beeton, Dr. Chris Adams, & Dr. Rob Benson

Workshop on culturally and linguistically diverse students

“Meeting the post-secondary needs of diverse learners through a culturally responsive lens” will be presented on three separate dates with facilitators Luis Alvarez MA, LPC and Javier Gonzalez MA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. The presentation explores culturally responsive teaching practices to enhance the educational experience of students from varying backgrounds.This workshop will include case studies and group discussions.It is appropriate for both staff and faculty – anyone who interacts with our students. Meals will be provided.

All sessions are 8 a.m. – 1p.m. in McD 243

  • Friday, March 4
  • Saturday, April 2
  • Friday, May 27


FDC Update

  • Eight faculty and staff attended the Lilly Conference on Evidence-based Teaching and Learning, held in Austin in early January:
    • Dr. Leslie Alvarez
    • Dr. Rob Benson* – presented “Student sketching of complex geological processes improves long-term memory retention, application and synthesis.”
    • Geoff Johnson
    • Dr. Alex Leontyev* – presented “Constructing a concept inventory: A case of stereochemistry”
    • Gustavo Plascencia*
    • Claire VanDerPlas*
    • Yusri Zaro*
    • Dr. Brian Zuleger

*The Faculty Development Committee funded conference attendance.

  • Thirty-six faculty, staff, and administrators attended the third annual Faculty Development Committee retreat, “Paws-itive Pathways: Using our Strengths to Create Personal and Institutional Change,” held at the Sagebrush Inn in Taos, Jan. 22. Funding for the 1.5 day event, was provided by Title V.
  • Thirty-eight faculty and staff attended the Jan. 22 workshop, “Practical advice for discovering and nurturing the master teacher within you,” presented by renowned teaching and learning expert, Dr. William Buskist, of Auburn University. The event was funded by Academic Affairs, Dr. Ed Crowther, and Title V.

Submissions sought for Art Across Campus exhibit

The Art Department invites faculty, staff and administrators to submit creative artwork for an all campus exhibition to celebrating the creativity of the campus community. The exhibit is open to all media of fine art, crafts and visual forms of creativity. It will be juried by art students from the Art Department’s Professional Practices course. The exhibit will be scheduled to run from March 28 to April 14. Those interested in submitting work for the exhibit are asked to contact Eugene Schilling by February 15.

Faculty Lectures

Spring Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics

Porter 130
Complimentary pizza provided.

  • Wednesday, February 24
    “Well, now you’re in I.T.”
    Mark Campbell, Adams State Class of 1989
  • Thursday, March 3
    “Chemistry and History of Dyes”
    Dr. Marty Jones, emeritus professor of chemistry
  • Wednesday, March 16
    “Artificial Intelligence in Hong Kong”
    Dr. Matt Ikle, professor of mathematics
  • Thursday, March 31
    “A CURE (Classroom Undergraduate Research Experience) for low enrollment and retention in STEM”
    Dr. Adam Kleinschmit, asst. professor of biology
  • Wednesday, April 13
    Dr. Matt Nehring, professor of physics
  • Thursday, April 28
    “Inventing Numbers and Solving Polynomials”
    Dr. Tony Weathers, assoc. professor of mathematics

Faculty Lecture Series

All lectures held Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Porter Hall 130 (unless otherwise noted)

  • February 17
    “The Importance of Good Flag Design”
    Roger Eriksen, assoc. professor of art
  • Tuesday, March 8 – ART 227
    “Slut Shaming in the Age of the Internet”
    Laura Tanenbaum, author/editor for Planned Parenthood Action Fund
  • April 6
    “The Link Between Human Violence and Animal Abuse: Creating Public Safety Through Community Partnerships”
    Dr. Laura Bruneau, assoc. professor of counselor education
  • April 20
    “Exceptional Presidential Companions: The First Ladies as an Essential Institution to the Presidency”
    Jess Gagliardi, instructor, developmental education
  • May 4
    “Star Wars and the Good Life”
    Dr. George Backen, professor of philosophy