Inspire Your Grizzly Week
The United States is more religiously diverse than ever, and so are many colleges and universities. In an effort to strengthen interfaith awareness and to promote spiritual wellness, the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life hosted Inspire Your Grizzly Week, with several spiritual groups participating.
A variety of events and activities were scheduled throughout the week. The seven-day “Fill the Truck” food drive coordinated by Christian Challenge kicked off a spirit of generosity, and a selection of meditative activities sprinkled the week. Tia Pleiman, graduate student in the Counseling Program, facilitated a meditative arts session that produced a colorful paper mural. Konchog Norbu, Buddhist monk, guided a brief meditation focused on inner awareness and compassion. A reflective walk along the Rio Grande with Jonathon Stalls, cross-country walker and founder of Walk2Connect for Community, encouraged the use of walking as spiritual practice. Several religious and spiritual traditions were represented at the first-ever Spirituality Fair in the Student Union Building, including Sufism, Shumeii International, and the Crestone Spiritual Alliance, as well as several Christian denominations. A fitting end to the week was the Circle of Gratitude and community dinner in Nielsen Library. ASU student Lauryn Sanders welcomed everyone, and 68 West, ASU Music Department’s a capella group, added beauty with specially selected pieces like I Dream a World. Readings were shared by student leaders from the Multicultural Student Governing Board and by various spiritual leaders from the community. Closing of the circle took place outside at the old Ford vintage truck where Inspire Your Grizzly Week began. Food donations were then carried to the recently opened ASU Food Pantry, where they will be shared with students.
Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos
More than 350 people participated in the Spanish program and ASU Spanish Club’s celebration of Día de los Muertos, October 28. For the fifth year, this important Hispanic festivity was presented at no charge at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Financial support was also provided by AS&F’s Campus Impact Fund.
Día de los Muertos is a time to celebrate life. It is a time to honor the memory, teachings, and shared experiences of beloved friends and family members who are no longer on the side of the living. It is normally celebrated November 2 with ofrendas (offerings) and a small “station” or space with items that were dear to those departed. It’s a feast when family, neighbors and friends get together to relish traditional food and drinks and appreciate each other’s company and life in the present. Everything is clean, new, fresh, and should look its best.
Music, colors, smells, flowers, poetry, art, creativity, and flavors are basic elements of this celebration. The SLV festivity incorporated many free activities such as face painting, decorated altars or ofrendas, colored figures and masks, decorated sugar skulls, paper flowers, dance performances by Joyas de México and Semillas de la Tierra, reading of poetry “Calaveras,” butterfly dedication, photo stations, mariachi and popular music, and traditional food.
The organizers are very grateful for the time, efforts and contributions of various community volunteers who make this traditional celebration possible.
Nursing Department’s Haunted Asylum
Over 400 community members went through the Haunted Asylum October 30 & 31, hosted by the Adams State Student Nursing Association (ASSNA) with help from Nursing Department faculty and staff and the Grizzly Activity Board (GAB). Nicholas Gortmaker, president of the ASSNA club, led the team in organizing the event. ASSNA Club members along with Melissa Milner, Kristina Cook, and Michael Geiger worked on set up for two weeks before the event.
High schools students from Sierra Grande came to help Sunday for final set up and were able to log community service hours. The ASSNA club wanted to set up a frightful scare for the San Luis Valley Community and have a way to give back to the community at the same time. Community members had the option of paying the full admission fee or a discounted fee with a donation of a canned/boxed food item, toiletry, coat or blanket. They raised 200 individual items to be given to the ASU Food Pantry and coats and blankets to go the SLV BOCES project for homeless youth. Funds raised from the event will go toward the end-of-year Nurse Pinning Ceremony and future Nursing Mission Trips as part of the Rural Health Community Clinicals.
The event took place in Nursing’s state-of-the-art Simulation Lab, which was turned into the Haunted Asylum. Hours before the first community members arrived, the students and faculty were getting ready. The Nursing Department used their skills in moulage, the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training medical personnel, and created gory human victims of the asylum.
There were screams of fear and delight as participants exited the Asylum. They told the others left in line that the wait was worth it.
Special Olympics Bowling
The HPPE department’s Sport Facility & Event Management class again hosted the local Special Olympics bowling program and exhibition in October at ABC Pro Bowl in Alamosa. This group dedicated eight weeks of volunteer and planning hours to get local bowlers ready for the Southeast Area Regionals in Pueblo, CO. At the Southeast Area Regionals SLV athletes took 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place in their respective divisions. Special Olympics athletes compete based on gender, age and qualifying local scores. All the local athletes improved their scores by an average of 10 points from the practices to the Regionals.
The mission of Special Olympics Colorado is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in sharing gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community. The next sport season is basketball, with local practices beginning November 11.
For more information, please contact Peggy Johnson, ext. 7408.
The climbing and cycling pre-holiday dinner was held Nov. 8 to honor the teams’ achievements, Grizzly Grind volunteers, and everyone who was part of Adventure Sports growth in 2017.
ASU’s mountain bike team had a fantastic season, with Mark Johnson and Jeremy Norris concluding their season at the 2017 Collegiate Mountain Bike National Championships in Missoula, MT. They qualified to compete in the National Championship Cross Country and Short Track Cross Country events. After a crash on the first lap, Norris finished 15th in a field of 64 in cross country, with Johnson finishing 29th. Coach Duran said, “I’m really proud of the guys today! Finishing in the top-half of a National Championship is never easy.” Norris also finished 11th of 64 in short track. The Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference (RMCCC) is the strongest conference in the country, with riders taking 12 out of 16 individual championships.
ASU’s team also hosted the RMCCC at the Grizzly Grind, held in Angel Fire, NM. Volunteers in the effort included Logan Hejlmstad, Nico Jauregui, Wyatt Moran, Megan Lakatos and Grace Daniel. The team will resume competition in late February, when the road bike season commences.
The climbing team recently kicked off its season at the U.S. Climbing National Cup Series of professional bouldering competitions, the Yank and Yard, in Albuquerque. The competition is not part of their collegiate schedule, but is rather designed to provide North American climbers more high-end competition to prepare for the Olympics in 2020. This is the largest competition ASU participates in outside of Nationals in April. The team did exceptionally well, with Travis Fraker and Noel Prandoni both finishing in the top 10 against a brutally strong field. Other standouts were Victoria Campbell (who barely missed the top 10), Kari Vanderburg, Jennalee Thurman, Megan Ray, Elizabeth Salicrup, David Sheppard, Wyatt Moran, Logan Hjelmstad, Reily Engdahl, Scott Clayton, and Jackson Cole. Head Coach Matt Moore said, “This is the best team and individual result ever from Adams at this competition, which has me super excited about the season to come.” The Climbing Team’s next competition is February 3, hosted by CU Boulder. The climbers competed at Nationals in San Diego earlier this year and look likely to return.