Upcoming Campus Events

FREE Planetarium movie premiere

Zacheis Planetarium will premiere a free movie, Fractal Explorations, Saturday, August 29. Dr. Robert Astalos, professor of physics and director of the planetarium, recently published the full-dome movie and is releasing the show to planetariums across the nation.

Show times are at 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be handed out for this free premiere. Read more.

The Mask you Live In

The Mask You Live In will be shown Friday, Aug., 28 at 5 p.m. in McD 101, presented by the Title IX Office, ASU Counseling Center, and Tu Casa. The film explores how and why boys and young men struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Light refreshments will be provided. View the movie trailer.

Photography exhibit opens Aug. 31

Photography: Serving the Community, a collaborative project with SLV Local Foods Coalition and ASU photography students, will be exhibited in the Art Building’s Hatfield Gallery from August 31 – September 25.

Southern Colorado Film Festival


The 3rd annual Southern Colorado Film Festival will be held October 15-18 on Adams State University campus. This year’s theme is “Mountains of Possibility” and will feature independent films, documentaries, and Adams State student films. All programs are free with an ASU ID. Learn more.

News from CIELO

CIELO Office now located in Porter Hall

The office for CIELO (the Community for Inclusive, Equity, Leadership and Opportunity is now located on the south end of Porter Hall, SMT 3060 Suite 144A. The Porter Hall/SMT faculty have given a warm welcome to Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, Professor Emeritus of English, who will be part time supporting the work of CIELO as the President’s Liaison for Diversity and Inclusion. The office will generally be open Monday through Wednesday mornings and by appointment. She invites faculty and staff to drop by to use the resources there about teaching and serving traditionally underserved students, or to discuss, discover, and create collaborative efforts to increase the service Adams State provides as an H.S.I. Guerrero-Murphy can be reached at ext. 8614.

Courageous Conversations on Short Readings

Volunteer faculty and staff in CIELO will each take one month of the academic year to share a short reading and host a discussion about contemporary, troubling issues around diversity and inclusion. Each volunteer will disseminate the reading to all faculty, staff, and students and set the time and place for the discussion. The first presentation is:

“I thought it was just me, but it isn’t” by Brene Brown
By Andrea Benton-Maestas
Friday, August 28, 3 p.m.
School of Business Room 142

CIELO Summer Retreat

Volunteers on the President’s Steering Committee for CIELO (The Community for Inclusion and Equity) spent three days on retreat with the support of the Title V HSI Institutional Grant. “Affirmations and Solidarity” focused on deepening our understanding of barriers to student success, what privilege is, and institutional innovation. “On the last day we created two scenarios and put our heads together to plan how we would address each scenario,” explained Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, President’s Liaison for Diversity and Inclusion. “The first was that the ASU trustees appointed a president who was committed to diversity and to removing the barriers in policies and practices that maintain institutionalized hegemonies; and the second one was that the State of Colorado cut all financial support for ASU.”

The team of diversity leaders who participated in retreat in June.
The team of diversity leaders who participated in retreat in June.


EARTH supports glass recycling

Anyone affiliated with AS&F is welcome to recycle glass in the enclosed white trailer east of the soccer/lacrosse field and behind the challenge/ropes course on north campus.

Bring your glass from home or from campus and drop it into one of the 30-gallon bins inside the trailer. Please SORT THE GLASS BY COLOR (clear, brown, green). EARTH is collaborating with a new group called Waste Free SLV to crush the glass in the valley, without the need to transport it to Denver. Questions may be directed to Dr. Jared Beeton.

Update from LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Coalition

First ACE Conference a success

A total of 69 people participated in one or more sessions of the inaugural Advocating, Celebrating, Educating Conference, “Equity in Sports and Other Arenas,” held at ASU April 10-11. It was presented by the ASU LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Coalition, in conjunction with coordination and funding from Counseling Education Department, Human Performance & Physical Education Department, Ken Marquez, David Svaldi, and CIELO hosted the.

The conference included:

  • a 3-hour Safe Zone training
  • a keynote address on the topic of LGBTQ+ Inclusion
  • 60-minute panel presentation including Q & Aa workshop with coaches, athletic directors, and administrators on the topic of LGBTQ+ inclusion in athletics,
  • a panel discussion with LGBTQ+ and ally students, coaches, and faculty focused on LGBTQ+ inclusion in athletics and other arenas.

The featured speaker was Dr. Pat Griffin, Professor Emeritus in the Social Justice Education Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of: Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbian and Homophobia in Sports, published by Human Kinetics, 1998. She is also co-editor of Teaching For Diversity and Social Justice: A Sourcebook for Teachers and Trainers, Routledge, 2007. In addition, she is the author of Pat Griffin’s LGBT Sports Blog. Her research and writing interests focus on heterosexism/homophobia in education, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teachers and students, and heterosexism/homophobia in athletics.

Introducing: Lavender Graduation

The ASU LGBTQ+ faculty and staff coalition is pleased to honor students in Adams State University’s first ever Lavender Graduation, which they hope will become a tradition here. This ceremony is conducted on numerous university campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and involvement with their university. Several students have been nominated to receive lavender cords in recognition of their contributions to the university community.

The students nominated by the ASU LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Coalition were:

  • Gretchen Rachlis
  • Jordan Barker
  • Alfred Petross
  • Jazmin Evans
  • Brandee Horne
  • Jiovani Colman
  • Anna Comar Atencio

For more information on both the conference and lavender graduation (and pictures), visit the ASU LGBTQ+ blog.

Neilsen Library tends “Seed to Seed” library

All campus and community members are welcome to make use of the Nielsen Library’s new community seed library, “Seed to Seed.” It offers for “check-out” seeds from 417 seed packets for approximately 115 varieties of vegetables, grains, herbs and flowers. All are organic and/or heirloom, open-pollinated (non-hybrid). About 1/4th of the collection are local seed donations that are proven SLV hardy.

Nielsen LIbrary Director Carol Smith, joined by Mary Walsh and Karen Lemke, cut the ribbon on the "Seed to Seed" library
Nielsen Library Director Carol Smith (left), joined by Mary Walsh and Karen Lemke, cut the ribbon on the “Seed to Seed” library

Cataloguing & Acquisitions Librarian Mary Walsh, said, “Our goal in the coming years is to have 100% of the seeds be SLV grown varieties. To date, more than half of seeds in the collection have been “checked out”. Who can say no to free seeds? Then, we hope people will bring in seeds they harvested from plants they grew from our check-out.”

Campus Lectures, Events & Development Opportunities

Spring Lunchtime Talks in Science & Mathematics

Porter Hall Rm. 130
Complimentary pizza provided

The lectures are open to everyone and appropriate for general audiences.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 4
    “Science in American Cinema”
    By Danny Ledonne
  • Thursday, Feb. 19
    “The Opium Wars: The History and Chemistry of …”
    By Dr. Renee Beeton
  • Wednesday, March 4
    “A Mathematical Mystery”
    By Dr. Steve Aldrich
  • Wednesday, March 18
    “Sabbatical Stories: The ASU Observatory”
    By Dr. Robert Astalos
  • Thursday, April 2
    “Yoda, Mediation, and the Science of Stress Reduction”
    By Dr. Leslie Alvarez
  • Thursday, April 16
    “Reclamation Concepts in Coal Mining”
    By Kristin Brown
  • Thursday, April 30
    “Newton vs. Leibniz: Who Invented Calculus?”
    By Dr. Tony Weathers

Lifeways Lecture series

Thursdays, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
McDaniel Hall 101 (unless otherwise noted)

  • Jan. 29
    Dennis Lopez – “Our Unique San Luis Valley Spanish: An Analysis”
  • Feb. 12
    Panel of Experts – “Religious Diversity in the SLV”
  • Feb. 26
    Kurt Cary – “Education in the San Luis Valley” McDaniel Hall 201
  • Mar. 12
    Dr. Brenda Romero – “Female Voices through Music: Las Inditas”
    (part of International Women’s Week events at ASU)
  • April 2
    Sarah Parmar – “Passion Over Water” McDaniel Hall 201
  • April 16
    Ed Beaudette & John Bush – “Cumbres & Toltec Railroad: History and Impact on the SLV”
  • May 7
    Fred Haberlein – “Our Heritage in Murals”

Faculty Development Workshops

The Faculty Development committee reports 31 participants enjoyed a retreat in Taos over winter break. A number of workshops are scheduled on campus for the spring semester.

  • Wednesday, Jan. 28
    3:30-5 p.m. – McD 312
    Mark McLaughlan – Writing and performing public presentations

This session is designed for faculty and staff who wish to improve their public speaking performance, to better engage their audiences and, ultimately, to be persuasive. RSVP.

  • Friday, Jan 30
    9 a.m. – 2 p.m. – SUB 309
    Javier Gonzalez College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

This session will begin with an overview of ASU’s student population, in particular regarding success, retention, and barriers. As a HSI, we will consider strategies for success including an overview of the CAMP program.

CIELO – Kindred Spirit Luncheons

All following events are:
12:10 to 12:50 p.m.
La Mesa Dining Room

Sign in at the entrance to the cafeteria, grab a tray, some lunch, and join in with these informative and interactive discussions and lectures.

  • Thursday, Feb. 12
    2014 Campus Climate Report
    By Dr. Nick Saenz, History professor and director of the Latino Studies program.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 24
    Cognitive and Emotional Development of 18-19 Year-Olds
    By Mark Pittman, Assistant Direct of Housing-Resident Life
  • Wednesday, March 11
    Everyday Sexism
    Led by members of the CIELO working group.
  • Friday, April 3
    Cultural History Narratives
    Led by CASA Center members.
  • Saturday, April 11
    Tell Your Coming Out Story
    Led by members of the CIELO working group.
  • Fridays: Feb. 6; March 6; May 1
    Women’s Affinity Group
    A time for women and women’s advocates on campus to meet and discuss current issues.

To receive updates from the CIELO (Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership & Opportunity) listserv for updates, contact Dr. Matt Nehring.

All are welcome to attend CIELO meetings,
the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month 
8 – 8:50 a.m. in McDaniel Hall 208.

 Planetarium & Observatory events

All programs are FREE and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Observatory Open House
Saturday, Jan. 31
7 – 9 p.m.

Look through the observatory’s telescopes at Jupiter, the Moon, star clusters and double stars. Hear descriptions of lunar features, the moons of Jupiter, and properties of the stars and star clusters observed.

See observatory website for location and details.

 Thursday Evening Planetarium Programs
7 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.

  • Jan. 29
    “Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet”
  • Feb. 5
    Live Astronomy Presentation
  • Feb. 12
    “Stars of the Pharaohs”
  • Feb. 19
    “Bad Astronomy”
  • Feb. 26
    “Into the Deep”

 Friday Afternoon Planetarium Movies
4:30 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

  • Jan. 23
    “Saturn: Jewel of the Heavens”
  • Jan. 30
    “Hubble Vision 2”
  • Feb. 6
    “Bella Gaia”
  • Feb. 13
    “DARK & Seasonal Star Gazing – Winter”
  • Feb. 20
    “Life: A Cosmic Story”
  • Feb. 27
    “Two Small Pieces of Glass”


See planetarium website for movie descriptions.



What on EARTH?

  • The hashtag #asuearth is available on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for comments, thoughts, inspirations, and questions about sustainability at ASU.
  • 25 EARTH volunteers participated in Rio Grande Clean Up project on ASU Cares Day
  • EARTH collected recycled materials at ASU’s Homecoming football game, gathering 100 gals. of plastic, 5 gals. of glass, and 12 gals of cans. EARTH and ASU are registered with the national gameday recycling challenge.
  • The Earthlings student group was recently formed, with Zenobia Sims as president. The group is seeking more members.


A Garden Work Day on the East Campus was held Oct 25.

Saints & Souls Retreat

Torres-stairOn a lovely November day, an eager group of six students and three ASU staff members traveled to the Taos, New Mexico, area for a day-long retreat, “Saints and Souls,” filled with art, music, food and spirituality. First stop was the home of Dr. Larry Torres (right), where the group was warmly received. The Torres home was a surprise, with each room revealing its own collection of art and artifacts connected to the region’s Indian-Hispanic culture, devotional Catholicism, and the host’s wide travels and personal story. A retired professor of philosophy who attended commented that the Torres home rivaled the finest museums he had visited.

Torres then led the group on a guided tour of the historic and beautiful La Santissima Trinidad mission church in Arroyo Seco, built in the 1830s. Participants were told the story of the church’s mystical beginnings and were shown the large, triangular shaped stone which is said to have inspired the church’s name. They also heard about Santissima-Trinidada visitor with family in the town who, upon inspecting the old altar screen, recognized her grandmother in one of the retablos. The woman was so moved that she funded its restoration. The visit to the old church ended with a walk up to the choir loft, where students were allowed to ring the old church bell.

The next stop was for lunch at the cozy home of Billy and Tere Archuleta. The meal featured a flavorful meal of calabacitas, tortillas, carne asada, frijoles and arroz dulce. Billy is a local singer and songwriter, and he treated the ASU contingent to a private concert following the meal, playing a selection of traditional favorites. With panzas llenas y corazones contentos, warm good-byes were exchanged, and the group continued on to the San Francisco de Asis mission church in Ranchos de Taos. Once again, Dr. Torres shared his knowledge and gave an interesting tutorial on the history, art, and unique architecture of the mission church, a popular subject for artists like Ansel Adams and Georgia O’Keefe, who called it, “one of the most beautiful buildings left by the Spaniards.” A side trip to the parish hall allowed the viewing of an intriguing painting, “The Shadow of the Cross,” created in 1896 by obscure French-Canadian artist Henri Ault. The work has made its way around the world and has inspired wonder due to the phenomenon of its inexplicable glow-in-the-dark qualities.

Following Saturday afternoon Mass in the mission church, the tired but contented group gathered at a nearby eatery for a last taste of New Mexican cuisine. It was a deliciously fitting end to a heart-expanding and grace-filled day.

By Shirley Atencio, Campus Minister

AS&F Update

  • AS&F has joined the Colorado Student Government Coalition (CSGC), which represents the student governments of all 13 public, four-year institutions in the state. They advocate to the state legislature on a variety of issues impacting students, especially the amount of state funding institutions receive.
  • AS&F has implemented the new Campus Impact Fund to fund the SLV Regional Science Fair and Student Scholar Days. This fund is a direct result of the increase to the college service fee and exists to support programs with broad campus impact. This fund can be accessed by departments and individual students. Requests are presented to a committee of AS&F Senate members, who make a recommendation to the entire Senate, which then votes the request.
  • Finally, the AS&F Executive team recently returned from the National Conference on Student Leadership. The Executive Team consists of President Joe Schlabach (’16), Vice President of Internal Affairs Azarel Madrigal (’16), Vice President of External Affairs Kaylee Gomez (’15), Vice President of Finance Ronnie Fernando ( Fall’14), Chief Justice Mark Mabry (’15), and Executive Secretary Jaylyn Espinoza (’15). The team developed various leadership skills that they are excited to share with the ASU Community.

Rex Intramural Report

The ASU Rex Intramurals Program had another successful academic semester, and the Rex staff thanks everyone for participating in the tournament leagues.

intramurals-bballSpring 2015 Intramurals will begin the week of February 9 with volleyball and dodgeball. All students, faculty, staff, and administration are welcome.

For more information or to sign up, click here or contact the intramurals office at 587-7018.