Faculty & Staff News

Professional Activitiess

Beth Bonnstetter, assoc. professor of communications, received a Faculty Fellowship from the National Association of Television Programming Executives to attend the association’s conference in January in Miami Beach, usually attended by high level executives. Prior to the conference, she will attend a faculty seminar to learn the latest issues and most cutting-edge information in the television industry. She will bring what she learns back to students.

James Doyle, asst. professor of music, performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, November 11-14. He performed Michael Udow’s seminal work, Four Movements for Percussion Quartet with the Animas Percussion Quartet, an ensemble that includes Dr. Steve Hemphill, professor of percussion at Northern Arizona University; Dr. John Pennington, professor of percussion and chair, Augustana University; and Dr. Jonathan Latta, asst. dean of the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific.

Doyle also selected to present a snare drum clinic at the convention titled, “Free-Rebounding: The Relaxed, Full Stroke,” which addressed tension in snare drum technique, as well as performance anxiety.

In addition, Doyle was invited to perform and teach as an artist-in-residence at Northern Arizona University, Oct. 21-23, and at the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, Oct. 28-30.

Dr. Melissa L. Freeman, project director for the Title V PPOHA grant, announces the recent publication of New Directions for Higher Education Special Issue: College Completion for Latino/a Students: Institutional and System Approaches, which she edited with Magdalena Martinez. Also assisting with the volume were Lia A. Carpio, director of ASU’s Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) program, and Rita Jaime, a master’s student and graduate assistant in the HEAL program.melissa-book

This volume aims to fill the gap in research about Latino/a student success by exploring institutional- or system-level approaches. This volume explores how institutions are working to meet the demands of the growing population of Latino/a students. Through original research, literature reviews, and case studies, it highlights best practices and successful initiatives and outcomes for Latino/a students. Topics covered include Latino/a undergraduate student success, graduate student success, community colleges, 4-year institutions, financial aid, and undocumented students. The editors draw attention to what works, and specifically, how institutions can best serve Latino/as from matriculation to graduation, given their unique needs. Freeman authored Chapter 1, a case study of the HEAL program, which focuses on “Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders at the Nation’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions.”

Dr. Liz Thomas Hensley, asst. professor of marketing and director of the MBA program, was recently elected to the Alamosa City Council for Ward 1.

Damon Martin, head coach/director of Cross Country and Track & Field, was named the NCAA Division II South Central Region Men’s Coach of the Year by the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is the fourth consecutive season Martin has earned this distinct honor. In total, Martin has now received 22 regional coach of the year awards. Read more.

Dr. Cheri Meder, asst. professor of counselor education, gave three professional presentations at the annual Colorado School Counselor Association Conference CSCA State Conference, held Nov. 11-13 in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Brian Zuleger, asst. professor of sport psychology, recently met with the Alamosa High School Athletic Director Josh Trahan and several AHS coaches. Using his expertise in sport psychology and coaching, Zuleger helped to guide them with their discussions around sport and character development. They hope to improve the experiences of their student-athletes and to make a difference in their lives and the Alamosa/SLV community.

“I firmly believe that sport can be used as a platform to improve the lives of the people we interact with as coaches,” Zuleger told group. “The HPPE department hopes to continue this collaboration and provide educational resources through programming in the school and at Adams State University.”

Also, Zuleger presented his research, “Positive Coaching and Olympic Success: Case Studies of Olympic Medalist Track and Field Athletes Coach-athlete Relationships,” at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference, held in Indianapolis, Oct. 14-17. He also participated in the conference’s Graduate Program Fair to promote HPPE department graduate programs and recruited potential students. AASP is an international, multidisciplinary, professional organization that offers certification to qualified professionals in the field of sport, exercise, and health psychology.

Institutional Research staff changes

Cheryl Ruybal will be temporarily supporting the office of Institutional Research on a full-time basis and triaging data research requests while IR conducts a search for a new Senior IR Analyst. Andrea Benton-Maestas, the former senior analyst, recently transitioned to the Title V grant program. Pat Bryson will continue in her role as data analyst.

Data requests may be submitted to Cheryl Ruybal, ext. 8267, in Richardson Hall 3-003.

New Employees

  • Marc Semrau – Computing Services
  • Patrick Brownfield – Police Officer I, ASUPD
  • Samuel OlsenPolice Officer I, ASUPD

    paul Grohowski, Chief of ASU PD (right) swears in two new campus officers. From left are Christa Newmeyer-Olsen, wife of Officer Sam Olsen; Officer patrick Brownfield and his wife, Cyndi.
    Paul Grohowski, Chief of ASU PD (right) swears in two new campus officers. From left are Christa Newmeyer-Olsen, wife of Officer Sam Olsen; Officer patrick Brownfield and his wife, Cyndi.



Author: jmwaecht

Assistant to the President for Communications
Editor/Designer of alumni magazine – A-Stater