ASU Employee Health Fair & Open Enrollment

Flu shots & blood draws available

Friday, Nov. 9
7-11 a.m.
SUB A131

The annual ASU Employee Health Fair will again offer FREE comprehensive health screenings, blood draws, and flu shots. ASU is partnering with Preventive Health Now for all of the screenings. The goal is to help employees identify any potential health risks and get on the right path to a healthier lifestyle.

Please sign up online sign-up for flu shots and blood draws.Both will be done from 7-11 a.m.

Flu Shot:

Flu season can start as early as October and peak in Jan/Feb timeframe. This year’s vaccine protects against H1N1, H3N2, and influenza B. The Center for Disease Control recommends that anyone over the age of 6 months get vaccinated this year. Anthem members, please bring your insurance card to insure your claim will be sent in properly. United HealthCare members must pay $25 and fill out a reimbursement form to send to UHC. You can learn more about the flu vaccine by visiting the HR website  or at the CDC website.

Comprehensive Blood Draw:

The Blood Draw will check a Chemistry 23 Panel and a complete blood count. This test helps provide information on your general state of health and includes cholesterol/lipids, liver functions, kidney functions, electrolytes, nutrition, iron, glucose/diabetes, thyroid, TIBC, white and red blood cells.

Other Health Screens:

Blood pressure, height, weight, body mass index calculation, pulse, and oxygen reading, long function, reaction time, grip strength, push up and sit up test.

Additional Blood Screen

Minimal cost (PHN accepts cash, MasterCard, or Visa. Sorry, no checks accepted)

  • C-Reactive Protein – $14
    Measures general levels of inflammation in the body and is done to help determine if there is an increased chance of having a sudden heart problem
  • Prostate Specific Antigen(PSA) $14
    This test is used to help screen for prostate cancer. It is important to speak with your physician about the results of the PSA.
  • Hemoglobin A1c – $14
    Reflects the average blood sugar level for the past two to three months and is used to determine if diabetes may be present due to increased glucose levels
  • Blood Type – $20
  • Homosysteine – $23
    Helps determine if a person has B12 or Foliate deficiency

If you have any questions, please contact Shannon Heersink at ext. 7990.

Open Enrollment  in benefits for exempt staff and faculty: Nov. 5 – 21, 2012

Open enrollment is an opportunity for employees to review current benefits and make any necessary changes.


  • Tuesday, Nov. 13
    Flexible Spending Account enrollments (renew each year) must be finalized
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21
    All other benefit changes

All changes will take effect January 1, 2013.

Individual enrollment packets will be distributed shortly. Packets will include current benefit selections, benefit changes for 2013, and mandatory forms for all employees to return to HR.

If you have any questions or need forms, contact Shannon Heersink at ext. 7990.

Plan to attend Emergency Training sessions

All employees are encouraged to attend one of several Emergency Training sessions planned for the week of Nov. 12. The 30-minute sessions will review best practices for dealing safety with a number of potential incidents. All sessions will be held in SUB 309.

  • Nov. 12
    9-9:30 a.m.
    1-1:30 p.m.
    2-2:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 13
    11-11:30 a.m.
    3-3:30 p.m.
  • Nov. 14
    8-8:30 a.m.
    10-10:30 a.m.
    Nov. 16
    8-8:30 a.m.
    12-12:30 p.m.
    4-4:30 p.m.

ASU Annual Holiday Fund Drive

Donate $5 to wear jean Nov. 30

The Classified Employee Council (CEC) and the Academic Admin. Assistants have begun the annual Holiday Fund Drive, which continues to Dec. 10. All money raised will help ASU families in need to have a happier holiday season. $50Walmart gift cards will be given to ASU campus members who could use a little help during the holiday season . Suggested names and donations can be given to a council member, listed below.

  • Jeff Cook
  • Patti Ortiz
  • Brenda Wilson
  • Dodie Day
  • Kristen Young-Jaramillo
  • Lisa Brown
  • Elaine Wenta
Donations can locations
  • Print Shop
  • Computing Services
  • Office of the President
  • Housing/Residence Life
  • Facilities Services
  • Nielsen Library
  • MCD 241& 341
  • One Stop



Event Policy for Luther Bean Museum

Last year, an advisory committee was formed to operate the Luther Bean Museum. Charged with the continued preservation of the museum’s collection and maintaining the museum’s valuable role as a campus and community educational resource, the committee established a new policy for events in the facility:

The Luther Bean Museum is available for small events:

  • Small gatherings, 50 or less people
  • Light refreshments only – no hot food
  • Museum appropriate events, including poetry readings, book readings, small receptions
  • Two-week advance notice required

The advisory committee includes Tawney Becker, grants specialist; Cloyde Snook, emeritus professor of art; Eugene Schilling, professor of art; Dr. Richard Goddard, professor of archaeology, and Linda Relyea, chair of the committee and museum coordinator. For more information or to schedule an event, please contact Linda Relyea, ext. 7827.

What on EARTH?

Next meeting: Tuesday, Nov. 6, Student Life Center, SUB

Volunteers needed to construct Learning Garden at Alamosa Elementary School

Saturday, Nov. 3, 9a.m.- until??
at the Elementary School garden — 1701 W. 10th Street

Volunteers are asked to bring cordless drills, shovels, and gloves, if available – and a bowl & spoon for soup. Questions may be directed to Meghan or Jenna,  719-589-4567 ext. 102

America Recycles Day: Thursday,  Nov. 15

EARTH is planning awareness events and will co-sponsor at lecture with the Colorado Field Institute: “Beyond Season’s End in Colorado: Climate Change, the Effects on Wildlife and Fisheries, ” by Bill Geer, Climate Change Project Manager, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. The free lecture will be held in Porter Hall 130 at 7 p.m.

EARTH has recently sponsored the following projects:
  • ASU Cares Day, Sept. 22:
    East Campus Community Garden – 6 or 7 volunteers built raised beds & established beehive
    Rio Clean Up – about 35 volunteers from EARTH, Geoclub, Prizm, Spanish Club, Music Club
    Recycling sorting – 6 or 7 volunteers
  •  EARTH garnered about $80 during the Volunteer Recruitment Fair, Sept. 19

Updates from AITC

McDaniel Hall computer lab goes 24/7

The McDaniel Hall computer lab, MCD 119, can now be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all current Adams State University students and staff.

To access the first floor of McDaniel hall after hours:

  • Use east (parking lot) entrance
  • Swipe blue Adams State University ID card
Rapid Development: My First Online Course

Ryan Shiba, director of the Academic Instructional Technology Center, has developed a course to aid faculty in creating online courses. It is fully-online and self-paced, with participation designed on an as needed basis.

For more information and to access this resource course, contact Ryan Shiba.

Mobile access to Blackboard

AITC has integrated the Blackboard environment with Blackboard Connect for Learn, allowing students and instructors to receive Blackboard notifications via text message on their mobile phones. For information on how to opt into this service, click here.

Questions may be directed to the Academic Instructional Technology Center, ext. 7371.

Student & Program News

Two senior nursing majors, Yeshi Dorjee and Kenny Scally, presented a revision of the “Nightingale Pledge,” to the recent Colorado Student Nurses’ Association Convention. Traditionally recited by nursing students upon graduation, the current pledge was written in 1893, and not by Florence herself. The association, which includes ASU nursing faculty, decided to re-write the pledge to reflect the profession’s progressive changes. The resolution passed and now moves to the National Student Nurses Convention for formal adoption.  Lori Rae Hamilton, Nursing Director of Trinidad State Junior College, was also instrumental in this process in her role as the state student representative.

Students from Bill Herrmann’s Managerial Cost Accounting class recently observed a local manufacturing process at Rustic Log Furniture of Alamos. ASU alumus Randy Jackson, owner and founder, explained how “dead standing” aspen trees become works of art furniture that are shipped across the United States. Students learned about raw materials, delivery, inventory, manufacturing, plant design, staffing – and the costs associated with all. Jackson and his wife, Micah, were Adams State’s 2006 Exceptional New Alumni.

Faculty & Staff News

Several ASU Counselor Education faculty attended the recent Rocky Mountain Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors in Park City, Utah. Dr. Teri McCartney, professor of counselor education, presentation presented “Hey Waiter, Bring Me an A,” about working with entitled students, with Dr. Laura Bruneau. “It’s Not Personal; It’s Professional: Humanistic Gatekeeping,” about remediation and dismissal issues,  was presented by McCartney, Dr. Brandon Wilde, and Wendi Seger, a program alumna now doing doctoral work at Argosy University in Denver. Theresa O’Halloran and Lori Notestine also attended the conference.

ASU’s Isabel Medina Keiser at the HACU conference.

A contingent of ASU staff and students attended the recent HACU convention in Washington, D.C. (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) The presentation, “Building a House that Feels Like Home,” was given by Isabel Medina Keiser, director of Disability Services; Ken Marquez, VP for Student Affairs; Eric Carpio, asst. VP for Enrollment Management; and Oneyda Maestas, CASA Coordinator/Student Advocate, Office of Enrollment Management. They reviewed and discussed the process of Adams State University advancing from a Hispanic-Serving Institution that was “Hispanic Enrolling” to an institution that is truly “Hispanic-Serving.”

Student members of CASA (Cultural Awareness Student Achievement) who attended the convention and toured the D.C. area include: Consuelo Contreras, Serbie Veo, Simona Guillen, Judith Martinez, Alejandra Ledesma, Monique Valdez, Scott Gesling, Jesus Castillo, Nathan Crites-Herren, Jose Orozco, Ronnie Medina, Leon Martinez, and Chris Quintana.

Dr. George Backen, associate professor of philosophy, is featured regarding his course on “Star Wars and Philosophy” in USA Today College.

ASU PD Administrative Assistant Delilah Chavez attended training in Rifle, CO, on the National Incident Based Reporting System that is the source of FBI crime statistics submitted by police departments across the country. Chavez is undergoing training for certification for FBI/CBI criminal justice database access that will assist ASU PD officers in investigations and information management.

Gregg Elliot, director of Counseling and Career Services will present “Getting the Right Thing Done Right” at the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) conference, Nov. 30 in Bonita Springs, FL. His presentation will explore how and why behavioral intervention teams can and should take a central role in coordinating campus response to a sexual assault report. He will look at the complicated process of navigating parallel investigations, different confidentiality requirements, and competing priorities in sexual assault investigations on campus.

 Dr. Michael E. Tomlin, professor and chair of School of Business, authored a national blog on Launching Lives blog!

ASU PD Officer David Pino successfully completed an officer safety course in the Denver metro area.

ASU PD Officer Tresa Rupright was certified as a systems manager for eForce RMS (report management systems). The training allows her to provide technical support for ASU PD’s data management systems, as well as for system support to all law enforcement agencies using the eForce RMS product.

 Dr. David Svaldi, president, attended the Campus Compact’s 2012 Presidents Leadership Summit, held in Chattanooga, TN, in October. Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents-representing some 6 million students-who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. The group supports higher education to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.

 Dr. John Taylor, professor of theatre, has joined the Board of Directors for Valley-Wide Health Systems.

Mohamed Zaro, assistant professor of business administration, was cited for for his expert contributions to the recently published (2012) International Financial Management textbook, Sixth Edition. He assisted with the development of the solutions manual as the accuracy checker.