Faculty & Staff News

Trustee update

    • Trustee Kathy Rogers
      Trustee Kathy Rogers

      Vice Chair of the ASU Board of Trustees Kathy Rogers was recently named Vice President and Director of Marketing of Rio Grande Savings and Loan. Rogers spent more than 14 years in marketing and public relations with SLV Health and has held numerous leadership positions, including serving as Mayor of Alamosa and on the Alamosa City Council.

    • ASU Trustee Cleave Simpson was recently named general manager for the Rio Grande Water Conservation District.
Trustee Cleave Simpson

ASU Police Department Update

  • ASU PD has purchased some less lethal equipment/weapons to resolve critical incidents in a non-lethal manner. A recent position paper presented to law enforcement chiefs from The Police Executive Research Forum outlines 30 guiding principles for police reform. The first principle is to value the sanctity of human life, having less lethal options is among the suggestions.
  • life-2All ASU PD officers are equipped with pocket trauma kits for life saving self aid in the event of a traumatic injury. These individual kits include a tourniquet, z-pal dressing, and gloves. Every police car is also equipped with mutual aid trauma kits that include Israeli bandages, emergency stretchers, and trauma blankets to treat those in shock.life






  • The ASUPD Polar Plunge team raised over $1,000 in last weekend’s special Olympics Polar Plunge. A total of more than $15,000 was raised by the event. ASU’s team included Officer Erika Derouin-Greene, Chief Paul Grohowski, and Grohowski’s twin daughters.plunge









Professional Activities

Dr. George Backen, assoc. professor of philosophy, was recently interviewed by Reuters and International Business Times about Star Wars and academia. He notes ASU was listed as one of the top ten colleges for Star Wars fans.

Aaron Miltenberger, director of Student Life & Recreation, was selected to serve NASPA (Student Affairs Educators in Higher Education) as its Latino/a Knowledge Community Strategic Initiatives and Assessment Co-Chair 2016-2018. With the committee chair, he is responsible for coordinating the assessment of the preconference institute that takes place at the national conference, as well as for oversight of the strategic plan.

Dr. Lisa Nikol Nealy, asst. professor of political science, will present her manuscript, “A Theory of Economic Globalization: Ghanaian Women Functioning in Restricted Spaces within Religious, Social, Economic, and Politically Underdeveloped Communities,” at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists in March.

Dr. Benjamin Waddell, assoc. professor of sociology, wrote a chapter, “An Invitation to Change the World” and served as editor of Sociology for the Curious: Why Study Sociology? Published by Curious Academic Publishing. The book provides a deeper understanding of the field of sociology and details career options for high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students who are looking to gain

Staff Changes

  • Elisabeth Tomlin, MA, NCC, LPC, was named Director of the Counseling and Career Services, after serving as Assistant Director.
  • Trevor Turner, formerly the transfer coordinator, was named academic advisor in the Academic Advising Center, Division of Student Services.

New Employees

Please welcome the following new employees to campus:

  • Amy McKinley – Payroll Manager
  • Kristy Manning – Admin. Asst. I, ASU PD
  • Sarah Cliff – Resident Director, Housing
  • Cassandra Cordova – Upward Bound
  • Brock Gallegos – Admin. Asst., Community Partnerships
  • Ann-Marie Peterson – Asst. Professor of Nursing
  • Alexandra Pipitone – Student Advisor, Student Support Services
  • Eric Shiveley – Grizzly Audio-Visual coordinator, Student Life & Recreation
  • Richard Wertz – Visiting Professor of Nursing

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