Reminder: Year-end Purchases

The Purchasing Office reminds the campus that purchases must post to employee Pcards by June 25, and the goods must arrive on campus by June 30.

Those who must register for a conference to be held after June 30 must pay for it from Fiscal Year ’17 appropriations. If a registration needs to be prepaid (prior to June 30) contact the Purchasing Office for assistance at ext. 7526.

2016 Employee Recognition Ceremony

Exemplary Faculty Award

Dr. Christy Miller, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Tony Weathers, professor of mathematics, were presented this year’s Exemplary Faculty Awards at the Employee Recognition Ceremony. To qualify for selection, “Exemplary” faculty must earn an exemplary evaluation in teaching effectiveness and at least one other exemplary evaluation in either scholarly/creative activity or service. Recommendations were reviewed by the Peer Recognition Committee (PRC), which includes one tenured faculty member from each academic department.

The PRC’s recommendations for the two are as follows:

“Our recommendation for Dr. Miller is based on her persistent record of outstanding student evaluation, efficacious role as Faculty Senate President, and readiness to volunteer for department service.”

“Our recommendation for Dr. Weathers is based on his dedication to constantly refining the craft of teaching with a focus on constant improvement, his work on the Euclid project, and his significant and productive contribution in departmental, university, and community activities.”

Years of Service, etc.

At the ceremony, dozens of employees received certificates for milestone years of service. Also announced at the event were faculty tenure awards, promotions in rank, and emeritus status. Read more.

Faculty Development Opportunities

1st Annual Equity SymPAWsuim
May 18-20
McDaniel Hall

ASU presents its first “SymPAWsium” to explore “Courageous Conversations for Organizational Transformation,” sponsored by the Office of Title V initiatives. The event will feature both local and nationally recognized speakers

Event schedule

This is a free event, but advanced registration is encouraged. Please register here.

“Meeting the Post-Secondary Needs of
Diverse Learners through a Culturally Responsive Lens.”
Friday, May 27

8 a.m. -1 p.m.
McD 243

Javier Gonzales and Luis Alvarez present the final component of this series. Faculty will receive a stipend for participation in this workshop; both breakfast and lunch are provided. There are still a few spaces left. Click here to RSVP.

ASU PD Update

Torch Run supports Special Olympics

The 2016 Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) raised more than $2,500 to benefit Special Olympics, according to Adams State University Chief of Police Paul Grohowski, who organized the event for the second year, held April 30. Read more.

Grohowski recognized

Adams State University Police Chief Paul Grohowski was presented executive certification from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police at the April meeting of the Adams State University Board of Trustees.

ASU PD Chief Paul Grohowki accepts his executive certificate from Alamosa Chief of Police Duane Oakes.
ASU PD Chief Paul Grohowki accepts his executive certificate from Alamosa Chief of Police Duane Oakes.

The certificate was presented by Alamosa Police Chief Duane Oakes, who is the second vice president with the state association that is committed to excellence in delivering quality service to its membership, law enforcement community, and citizens of Colorado. Oakes said there are about 38 active members that hold this certification and that Grohowski quickly and easily meshed with long-time law enforcement leaders in the community. Board of Trustees Chair Arnold Salazar said he appreciated the level of professionalism Chief Growhowski brought to the campus.



Students & Faculty: Academic Pursuits

Student Scholar Days

The ninth annual Adams State University Student Scholar Days, held on campus April 7-8, featured oral presentations and posters by undergraduate students on topics within their academic major. Read more.


Adams State’s chapter of the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor Society hosted the 2016 Western-1 Regional Undergraduate Research Conference on campus, April 15-16. First place award winners receive a $750 travel stipend to attend and compete at the National Tri-Beta conference, to be held at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota,  June 1-5. The following ASU students presented their research:

  • Christian Nenninger (Faculty Mentors: Adam Kleinschmit and Chris Adams) – Won the Brooks Award (1st place) for best cellular/molecular oral presentation: “Reduction of Acetaldehyde Levels in Lager Beers using CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing/.”
  • Alex Mullins and John Whitinger (Faculty Mentor: Matt Steffenson) – Won the Johnson Award (1st place) for best overall poster presentation for “Morphological Factors and Their Effect on Antipredator Behavior in Two Species of Wolf Spiders.”
  • Ryan Miller (Faculty Mentor: Adam Kleinschmit) – Won 2nd place in overall poster presentation for “Bioinformatic Analysis of Microbial Abundance and Diversity in Acid Mine Drainage from the Solomon Mine in Creede, Colorado.”
  • Garret Visser and Russell Geminden (Faculty Mentor: Matt Steffenson) – poster presentation: “Potential Factors Influencing Susceptibility to Colony Collapse Disorder in Two Strains of Honeybees.”
  • Matthew Harris (Faculty Mentor: Kristy Duran) – poster presentation: “Effects of Dwarf Mistletoe Infection on Soil Nutrients Associated with Pinyon Pine.”
Tri-Beta Award Winners
Tri-Beta Award Winners

School of Business

All 14 Adams State University participants in the recent 2016 Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) State Leadership Conference qualified to compete at this summer’s National Leadership conference, according to club sponsor, Natalie Rogers. In addition, Adams State’s Chance Padilla was elected PBL State President. Read more.

ASU's PBL group.
ASU’s PBL group.


Eight students went to the National American Chemical Society meeting in San Diego, March 13-16, and attended a banquet where they were given a Commendable Award for the club’s participation in the 2014/2015 school year. Samantha Sargent presented a poster: “[A]3: Adams Atoms Activities,” and Edgar Pinedo Escobedo presented his recent BLM internship research, “Ammonia analysis in San Luis Valley Blanca Wetlands using UV-Vis Spectroscopy.”

Earth Sciences

  • Sunayna Wahi
    Sunayna Wahi

    Sunayna Wahi, a senior geology major with a minor in geography, recently received the 2016 Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists’ Neal J. Harr Memorial Outstanding Student Award, as well as the Association of Women Geoscientists (AWG) Outstanding Student Award for 2016. The latter award was based on faculty recommendations.

  • Physical geography majors Seth Clock and Cory Ott presented their own research with Dr. Jared Beeton at the annual Association of American Geographers conference in San Francisco. Their presentation was “An Undergraduate Researcher’s Guide to Building a Geomorphic GIS Database.”

English, Theatre, and Communication

  • The Department of English, Theatre, and Communication presented its annual writing awards at a ceremony and reading, April 22. Junior Hannah Nakashima ’17, creative writing major, was recognized as the recipient of the Erin Gilmore Memorial Scholarship. Read more.
  • ASU’s Lost and Found Improv Troupe, directed by Asst. Professor of Theatre Jenna Neilsen, traveled to Chicago over Spring Break for workshops at the world-renowned Second City Training Center. The week-long intensive focused on the troupe and long form improvisation. The group also attended ten improv and sketch shows at five different theatres and took in cultural events such as the Field Museum, the Chicago Institute of Art, the “bean” in Millenium Park, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Chicago History Museum. The troupe will showcase their own newly devised long form, the creation of which started in Chicago, at their last on-campus performance, Saturday, May 7.
The Lost & Found at Second City in Chicago.
The Lost & Found at Second City in Chicago.



History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science & Spanish

  • El Parnaso, the Adams State Spanish Club, presented its annual Pan American Days for area high school students April 21. Alamosa High School student Octavio Villaseñor and Sargent High School student Ana Serna received $600 scholarships to Adams State University for their presentations. Overall results include Sargent High School, first place; Alamosa High School, second place; and Monte Vista High School, third place. According to advisor Dr. Eva Rayas Solís, the Spanish Club, formed in 1928, has organized the event for over 85 years. She said seven high schools participated this year, including Alamosa High School, Centauri High School, Centennial High School, Del Norte High School, Monte Vista High School, Sargent High School and Sierra Grande High School. Read more.
  • Dr. Liza Nealy, asst. professor of political science, will be the featured guest speaker and panel presenter at “Scandal In Real Time: A National Conference on Black Women, Politics, and Oral History,” to be held at the University of Irvine California in May. All her conference expenses will be paid, and she will receive an honorarium. Nealy will present her peer-reviewed book, African American Women Voters: Racialized Religiosity, Political Consciousness and Progressive Political Action In U.S. Presidential Elections From 1964 Through 2008 (University Press of America]. In her lecture, she will discuss key themes in her work and concepts she has developed that will become part of an oral history book project produced by the University of Mississippi Press that draws greater attention to Black women’s scholarship in political science. In addition, the Cenage Learning Publishing Company selected Nealy to contribute three contracted essays to their Fall 2016 Western Civilization Textbook Series for undergraduate world civilization courses. The essays are: “Hebrews and Israelites,” “The Life of Saint Paul,” and “Islam.”

Human Performance & Physical Education

Two HPPE graduate students successfully defended their thesis projects this spring.

  • Katelyn Smith
    Katelyn Smith

    Katelyn Smith’s work is titled, “Exploring Athletic Identity in a Team of NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Players.” The study explored the underlying factors of athletic identity development in a team of Division II women’s basketball players and presented a perspective of their experiences of a positive psychology intervention focused on developing positive self-identity.

  • Dustin Oranchuk’s thesis is “Comparison of the Hang High-Pull and Trap-Bar Jump Squat in the Development of Vertical Jump and Isometric Force-Time Characteristics.” The study compared vertical jump performance and isometric force and rate of force development (RFD) following a ten-week intervention employing either the HHP or TBJS in collegiate swimmers.

    Dustin Oranchuk
    Dustin Oranchuk
  • Ten members of the HPPE department attended the Rocky Mountain American College of Sports Medicine (RMACSM) annual conference in Denver, April 8-9.The group was led by Dr. Tracey Robinson, who, as a Board member of the RMACSM, helped organize the conference. In addition, Dr. Robinson also served as a poster judge for student research and as a grant reviewer.
    • Two graduate students, Dustin Oranchuk and Zach Switaj, presented three posters of research they have been involved in during the past year or so.
    • HPPE Visiting Instructors Lukus Klawitter and Maria Martinez guided the five undergraduate students in the Student Bowl, an exercise science version of the game show Jeopardy. Team members also included Kurt Urbin, Yosef Teklehaimanot, Mitchell Garcia, Michelle Crowther, and Osheray Streeter.
  • In addition, six undergraduate exercise science majors participated in Student Scholar Days, April 7-8. They worked with their mentor, Dr. Tracey Robinson, throughout the spring semester.
    • Jackson Espeset and David Sheppard’s case study, “Investigating Nutritional Status and Energy Balance of a Vegan Athlete,” was named Best Overall Oral Presentation.
    • Carissa Sidor and Shelby McBain presented a case study: “Energy Balance and Nutritional Status of an Adams State Female Soccer Player.”
    • Ryan Orr & Danielle Mantelli presented their research, “Fitness Age of Adams State Football Players”


  • Graduating senior percussion and music education major, Juan Francisco Cristobal of Alamosa/Santa Eulalia, Huetenango, Guatemala, was awarded a full fellowship to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to earn a master of arts and Ph.D. in ethnomusicology.
  • The ASU Flute Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Tracy Doyle, performed an outreach concert at The Bridge retirement community, April 14. Shelby Glammeyer, Kayleen Peretto-Ortega, Deanna Smith, Miranda Johnson, Emily Johnson, Chelsea Todd, and Madison Pockrus performed a wide variety of repertoire, highlighting academic achievements from their chamber music class, while sharing a public concert with an appreciative audience.flutes-bridge
  • Sophomore percussion performance and music education major Kevin Johnson, of Colorado Springs, competed with the Winter Guard International (WGI) Independent Marching Percussion Group, “Altitude,” at the WGI World Championships on April 7-9 at the University of Dayton.

Dr. Tracy Doyle, professor of music, was selected as a winner of the National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition and will perform in the Newly Published Music concert in San Diego in August. Read more.

James Doyle, assist professor of music, successfully defended his dissertation, “Original Chamber Percussion Works for Silent or Silenced Film in Live Performance,” and will graduate with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on May 14. Also, he recorded drums and percussion on three newly released Howlin’ Dog Record Label releases:


Twelve ASU nursing seniors spent two weeks in April on the island of Roatan, Honduras, for their course “Community/public health clinical rotation.” They were accompanied by Paul Wertz, visiting asst. professor of nursing, and Karen Adamson, asst. professor of nursing; as well as by two nurses from the community who volunteered to help. With help and coordination from Clinica Esperanza, the group distributed over 6,000 pairs of TOMS shoes that were contributed, hosted health fairs, and presented diabetes education classes. The students also supplied a large amount of medical supplies that were donated local health care providers.

“The trip was an eye-opening and amazing experience for the students,” said senior Stephanie Atkins. “We cannot thank our generous community enough for all their help in getting us there.” AS&F contributed about half of the $25,000 cost of the mission. View a video summarizing the experience.


Twenty-three psychology students recently attended the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association conference in Denver, accompanied by Drs. Kelso, Alvarez, Demski, Kirk, and Elison. Nine students presented five oral and poster presentations, one of which won a PSI CHI award:

  • Elizabeth Marino and Tara Grebert: “The Association of Student Status and Loneliness on Self-Efficacy.” Poster (Advisor: Robert Demski)
  • Lenore Reinhart and Robert Demski: “Condensed Self-Compassion Training Pilot Program Effective.” Paper –Psi Chi Award Winner
  • Keren Bakke, Melissa Acosta, and Robert Demski: Poster – “Gender but NOT Narrative Perspective is Associated with Beliefs and Attitudes toward Rape Survivors.”
  • Nick Spencer, Raul Madril, Ian Wingstrom and Kim Kelso presented the paper, “The Space Between Us: Does Stereotype Threat Extend to Sexual Orientation?”
  • Danielle Walters: Paper – “Social Interaction Phobia Scale: Psychometric Analysis and Comparison to the Leibowitz Social Anxiety Scale.” (Advisor: Jeff Elison)
  • Dr. Jeff Elison, assistant professor of psychology, presented: “Humiliation: Recent Advances and Future Directions.” He also authored an invited entry on that topic for the Encyclopedia of Adolescence, which is in press.
  • Dr. Leslie Alvarez, professor of psychology, presented several sessions: “Depression Quest: Using Gaming to Promote Understanding in Abnormal Psychology,” “But I Was Just a Mentee! Becoming an Undergraduate Research Mentor: A Workshop for Early Career Faculty,” and “Self Care for Students: Strategies for Managing School-Life Balance.” Alvarez also completed part two of her participation in the American Psychological Association’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, in Washington, D.C. She was selected for the program’s eighth cohort as an up-and-coming female leader in psychology. The institute included leadership training and advocacy work on Capitol Hill, urging congresspeople to support legislation regarding women’s treatment in prison. In addition, she recently finished her third year as President Elect, President, and Past President of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association.

Dr. Robert Kirk, assist. professor of psychology, co-authored “Aging and ageism: The roles of identity processing styles and self-consciousness,” which was published by Nova Science Publishers in C Fields’ (Ed.) Stereotypes and stereotyping: Misperceptions, perspectives, and role of social media.

Dr. R. Nathan Pipitone, assoc. professor of psychology, had his paper, “Variation in Men’s Masculinity Affects Preferences for Women’s Voices at Different Points in the Menstrual Cycle,” accepted for publication in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences.


Five sociology majors presented their research at the 10th Annual Western Slope Undergraduate Sociology Symposium, held at Fort Lewis College in Durango. Sociology students from Western, Mesa, Fort Lewis and Adams participate in this symposium, which rotates among the schools, and will be held next spring (2017) at ASU. The group was accompanied by Dr. Ben Waddell, assoc. professor of sociology, and Dr. Grace E. Young, professor and chair of sociology

ASU student projects were as follows:

  • Rebecca L. Bay, Kirsten Salazar, and Joseph Duran presented “Knowing the Difference.” They conducted a taste test with ASU students of generic bottled water, smart bottled water, and tap water to determine whether preference is a social construct or due to an actual taste difference.
  • Cody Narvaez and Qiana Barfield presented “Technology & Social Media: How it Affects Students: An Investigation of Students’ Self-Report Data.” They designed a survey and administered it to ASU students to determine if greater use of technology leads to lower GPAs and lower emotional well-being.

New employees

The following have recently joined ASU:

  • Joseph Mendoza-Green – Asst. Director of Career & Counseling
  • Lillian Sanchez – Accounting Tech I
  • Thethan (Victor) Soe – Director of Institutional Research

President’s Message

The core strength of our university is the commitment to students demonstrated by our faculty and staff. You see students daily, share with them the passion for your academic discipline, and care for them in a number of ways. Our students and alumni consistently credit the individual attention of ASU faculty for changing their lives.

Because of this close connection, I ask your help in communicating to students two very important messages regarding accreditation probation status and our new Guaranteed Tuition program.

We have emailed students and families about our accreditation status, and I have addressed AS&F, Faculty Senate, Classified Staff, and Professional and Exempt staff. Yet, many students hold misconceptions about the situation, particularly concerning the validity of their credits and degrees.

Please help us emphasize to students that Adams State remains fully accredited, unless and until the HLC withdraws accreditation, which is highly unlikely. Students will be considered to have graduated from an accredited institution, even if the institution is on sanction. Should accreditation be withdrawn, we would prepare a teach-out plan, offer transfer assistance, and as needed, arrange teach-out agreements with other institutions to assure students graduate from an accredited institution.

I ask you to help students understand that we have resolved all of the initial concerns that prompted HLC’s Advisory Visit last September and have made significant progress in correcting additional findings. We have requested the HLC action be changed to a “notice.” I am confident we will be released from probation and emerge a stronger university.

Our new Guaranteed Tuition program goes into effect this coming fall semester. This guarantee applies to all undergraduate students enrolled on campus. This initiative has two important objectives:

  1. Make a higher education more affordable and reduce student debt.
  2.  Give incentive to complete a degree in four years.

All undergraduate students enrolled on-campus are guaranteed no tuition increases through their fourth consecutive academic year of enrollment. The Guarantee is available to in-state and out-of-state students, including full and part-time, new, and transfer students.

As a further incentive, students enrolled this semester or during Summer Session 2016 will experience a lower tuition increase this fall than incoming students, about 2.6 percent, compared to about 5 percent. Our revamped summer schedule offers many General Education requirements during June and July. Current students can speed their progress toward a degree, and incoming students can not only get a head start on college, but also qualify for the lower tuition increase.

Adams State has not only survived, but thrived, through past challenges. I am positive that, with your support and dedication to our students, we will overcome current difficulties and continue our important work.

President McClure

These links provide additional details about both Guaranteed Tuition and our accreditation status:

Accreditation FAQ

HLC Inquiry & Response

Guaranteed Tuition

ASU honors retirees April 6

Wednesday, April 6
5:30 p.m. – SUB 130
Tickets: $13

There is still time to purchase tickets for ASU’s annual retirement dinner. Those being honored upon their retirement include:

  • Dr. Don Basse
  • Shirley Gibson
  • Bill Mansheim
  • Loretta Martinez
  • Darrell Meis
  • Dr. Paul Newman
  • Linda Reid
  • Bill Schlaufman

To purchase tickets, please contact Gaylene Horning, ext. 8110; Alumni Relations Office, Richardson Hall, Room 2-500. A vegetarian option is available if requested when purchasing tickets.

CEC Spring Fling Lunch

Second Annual Spring Fling Lunch
Thursday, April 7
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.- Theater Building
$10 each
12:15 p.m.: Dessert Auction

Sponsored by the Classified Employee Council, all faculty and staff are invited to the lunch. Proceeds will benefit the Classified Employee Council Scholarship fund that was established for classified employees and their families.

The menu is Mexican and will include enchiladas, taquitos, beans, and rice. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance by contacting Jackie Martinez, ext. 7437, and will also be sold at the door. Those interested in donating a dessert for the auction are asked to contact Jackie Martinez.

Student Scholar Days: April 7-8

McDaniel Hall 101
Thursday, April 7: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, April 8: 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Now in its ninth year, Student Scholar Days is a two-day academic conference highlighting the achievements of undergraduates in several majors. All are welcome to attend. The entire campus community is invited to attend the closing reception and awards ceremony, beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, April 8, in the McDaniel Hall Solarium. Light refreshments will be served. Schedule details.