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

What on Earth?

  • EARTH (Environmental Action for Resources, Transportation, and Health) has installed new recycling bins on campus in Richardson Hall, the Art Building, Community Partnerships, English, and Counselor Education. Five more sets of four bins remain to be located.
  • EARTH seeks volunteers for Earth Week, which will be held April 18-22.
  • EARTH Officers 2015-2016
    Jared Beeton: Coordinator
    Chris Adams: Recycling
    Renee Beeton: Treasurer
    Adam Kleinschmit: Education/Communication
    Marty Jones: Campus Community Gardens
    Clifton Simmons: EARTH Student Chapter President:

Gen Ed Task Force holds retreat, sets goals

Dr. Lee Knefelkamp, Professor Emerita of Psychology and Education at Columbia University’s Teachers College and Senior Fellow with American Association of Colleges and Universities, facilitated a retreat Dec. 4-6 for ASU’s General Education Revitalization Task Force. At the retreat, Task Force members worked to:

  1. Understand the national movement on student engagement and authentic assessment as they relate to General Education.
  2. Explore the role that General Education serves in recruiting, retaining, and educating low-income and Hispanic students.
  3. Review current General Education goals, outcomes, and assessment.
  4. Begin discussions and planning of a 2-year timeline for establishing General Education Goals, curricula (academic, co/extra-curricular), and assessment.
  5. Draft preliminary revisions to Gen Ed goals, curricula, and assessment.

The purpose of the General Education Task Force is to facilitate campus-wide conversations over the next two years in order to define ASU’s General Education goals and outcomes, determine curricular and co-curricular “experiences” and measure the success of the program as it relates to student learning. After attending the American Association of Colleges & Universities'(AAC&U) conference on General Education, ASU CIELO members realized the General Education could be revitalized to enhance career, citizenship, and global engagement for ASU’s diverse student body.

The Task Force was formed to revitalize ASU’s current Gen Ed goals, curriculum, and assessment so that they better match essential 21st century learning outcomes that include critical thinking, teamwork, civic engagement, and intercultural knowledge and competence. Research on these high impact practices demonstrate their role in retaining and engaging ALL students.

Task Force Members include:

  • Margaret Doell, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Claire Van der Plas, asst. professor and chair of the Art Department chair
  • Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, assoc. professor of sociology
  • Dr. Chris Adams, asst. professor of chemistry and Chair, General Education Coordinating Committee
  • Aaron Miltenberger, cirector of Student Life & Recreation
  • Dr. Steve Aldrich, assoc. professor of mathematics
  • Dr. Tracy Doyle, professor of music
  • Dr. John Taylor, professor of theatre
  • Dr. Bob Affeldt, professor of rhetoric and composition
  • Karla Hardesty, director of Marketing & Enrollment Mgt.
  • Dr. Beez Schell, professor and chair, Department of Human Performance & Physical Education
  • Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, Office of Inclusive Excellence and Activity Director, Title V Conexiones grant

Master Teaching workshop Jan. 22

The Faculty Development Committee announces a special teaching workshop for faculty and staff with a teaching role.

Friday, January 22, 2016
2-9 p.m.

The workshop will be facilitated by renowned higher education teaching and learning expert, Dr. Bill Buskist of Auburn University. Buskist is co-author of the Teacher Behavior Checklist, has authored numerous books and articles about college teaching, and is considered an expert in creating classroom rapport, assessment of teaching, course design, excellence in teaching, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

A full dinner and half-day professional development stipend will be provided to all participants. This workshop is being sponsored by Title V, the Academic Affairs office, and HAPPSS.

More information about Dr. Buskist.

For more information about the workshop, contact Dr. Leslie Alvarez.


EARTH announces new recycling bins

ASU EARTH (Environmental Action for Resources, Transportation, and Health) recently purchased 17 new recycling bin units that will be installed next semester in Richardson Hall, Art Building, Community Partnerships, English Dept., Counselor Education Dept., and the SUB. Cost for the bins was $12,177, funded by EARTH, AS&F, departmental contributions, new construction, and Facilities​ Services.

EARTH’s Glass Recycling bin is now located in the greenhouse on East Campus. Recyclers are asked to sort glass by color: brown, green, and clear. EARTH is also looking forward to glass recycling by the City of Alamosa, which will shortly have a glass crusher.


Health Fair & FREE screenings – Nov. 11

ASU/CHEIBA Health Fair & FREE screenings
Wednesday, November 11
SUB 309

In its continued effort to keep ASU employees healthy, Human Resources again offers FREE comprehensive health screening and flu shots at the upcoming health fair. The blood draws and health screens are FREE for faculty, classified, and exempt staff and ANY dependents covered on employees’ plans. Additional tests may be added at a minimal cost. Visit the HR website for more information or to sign up.

Your privacy is very important, however, Anthem BCBS may have access to screening results for wellness reporting and analysis only. These services are again provided by Preventive Health Now, LLC.

You may get your flu shot at the same time as your health screening or come in anytime between 7-11 a.m.. The RSVP is to gauge how much vaccine to bring.


Health Screen/Blood Draw and Flu Shot Sign-up

Preparing for your health screening:

Fasting for up to 8 hours is recommended for best results. Drink plenty of water the night before and the morning of your screening. Avoid nicotine and caffeine one hour prior to your screening and avoid exercise 12 hours prior to your screening.

Questions may be directed to Shannon Heerskink, ext. 7990.

CEC Craft Fair & Cook-off to honor Jeff Cook

The Adams State University Classified Employee Council announces its upcoming Craft Fair and Chili Cook-Off will be dedicated to the memory of the late Jeff Cook, who initiated and was instrumental in organizing the event.

Saturday, November 7
Plachy Fieldhouse
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • Craft Fair vendor fee: $20 for a 10 X 10 booth.
  • Chili cook-off contestant fee: $15
  • Sampling and voting: $5 per person

Both the red and green chile categories will award $100 to first place and a $50 to second place. Winners will be determined by community members’ voting. The “Jalapeno Eating” contest will also continue. Click here for an application and instructions to enter the competition. Vendors and contestants external to ASU are welcome to participate.

For more information contact, Peggy Dunn, ext. 7841 or Barbara Griego-Jones, ext. 7208.

Classified Employees Holiday Gift card

The CEC is again raising funds to present holiday gift cards for students in need. Recommend recipients or make donations by contacting:

  • President: Barbara Griego-Jones
  • Vice President: Jacqueline Martinez
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Bennie Chacon

Live astronomy & Planetarium films

Live Astronomy Presentation
Thursday, Oct. 29
7 p.m., repeated at 7:45 p.m.

Planetarium director Dr. Robert Astalos will describe the current night and morning skies, including bright stars, constellations, and planets.

Upcoming Planetarium Movies

  • Friday, Oct. 31
    4:30 p.m. Into the Deep
    5:15 p.m. Astronaut 2012
  • Thursday, Nov. 5
    7 p.m. Lamps of Atlantis
    7:45 p.m. Bad Astronomy
  • Friday, Nov. 6
    4:30 p.m. Life: A Cosmic Story
    5:15 p.m. Bella Gaia