Student & Program News

Field School Honored

During the Jan. 9 Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Annual Conference in Seattle, Washington, the Adams State University Fort Massachusetts Archaeological Field School received second place in a competition based on gender and minority inclusion in archaeological field schools.

Twelve individuals affiliated with the Field School as students or staff attended the conference, including three current ASU students, Kaycee Prevedel, Candace Fleck, and Megan Benfield. Adams State alumni who also attended the conference include Katlyn Keith ’14, Jeremy Brunette ’13, Cory Rich ’12, and Jamie Devine ’10. Five Adams State representatives presented professional papers in the conference symposia. Read more.

Student Honors

Geology senior Katherine Schultz appears in a photo in the Geological Society of America’s Annual Report for the GeoCorps American program. She is depicted at work as a physical scientist at the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Freshman physics/pre-engineering student Alexandre Basagoitia was recently nominated to both the U.S. Air Force Academy and West Point.

Title III SEEDS grant participants present at conference

Dr. Joel Judd, professor of teacher education, was joined by and three Colorado teachers to present “EL Perceptions of K-12 STEM Classrooms” at the 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CoTESOL), held Nov. 14. The teachers are all participants in ASU’s Title III SEEDS grant: Kelly von Stroh, Animas Valley Elementary in Durango; Machin Norris, Highland Middle, Ault; and Katrina Hanger, Bricker Elementary in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Joel Judd and students at 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
Dr. Joel Judd and students at 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Each teacher reported on a classroom climate survey given to their English language learners at the beginning and end of each year. The surveys provide feedback on students’ perceptions of how classroom time is spent, the extent to which different activities help them learn, and their attitudes about the usefulness of STEM subject matter.

In addition, the conference recognized Leticia Ingram as ESL Teacher of the Year. A teacher at Basalt High School in Basalt, she is a graduate of a previous ASU Title III grant .

HPPE students organize Special Olympics fundraiser

In October , students enrolled in the Human Performance & Physical Education Department’s Sport Facility & Event Management presented a special event, “Rolling for Change,” as their major class project. The event’s purpose was a two-prong: to raise money for the local Special Olympics program, the San Luis Valley Dust Devils, and to provide an enjoyable bowling event for local Special Olympians as they prepared to travel to their regional competition. Students in the class developed the event mission and goals, planned, organized and conducted the event itself, and completed the post-event wrap-up.

Between the athletes involved and other donors at the event, the fundraiser exceeded $1,000. These profits will be used towards travel costs for the Dust Devils and any equipment they may need during the remaining sport seasons this year. Athlete Andrew Griego raised over $500; others who raised over $100 were Steven Guymon, Sandra and Robert Allaart, Martin Guymon, and Marc Alfaro.

During the Rolling for Change event, held at ABC Pro Bowl in Alamosa, students worked to assure all bowlers had a safe and enjoyable experience. A running commentary recognized every bowler and brought smiles to the faces of everyone involved.

Special Olympics is an international, non-profit organization. It provides 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 a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Anyone interested in joining the San Luis Valley Special Olympics family may contact Peggy Johnson, ext. 7408.

Student video projects

Danny Ledonne, visiting assistant professor of English/communications, invites others to view student video projects completed during the fall semester. Links below:

Video Practicum (independent study projects)

 Documentary Film Production (personal and issue-based non-fiction films)

Digital Filmmaking (short narrative, documentary, and experimental films)


Faculty & Staff News

Professional Activities

Elvie Conley, Assistant Director of Recreation and Intramurals, Rex Activity Center, was recently installed as Junior Warden of the Alamosa Masonic Lodge #44.

Dr. Ed Lyell, professor of business, had a letter to the editor published in the Dec. 14 issue of the New York Times. It can be read here.

Dr. Beth Robison, assoc. professor of music and director of Choral Activities, is serving as interim department chair this semester and through the summer, while Dr. Tracy Doyle is on sabbatical. Robison can be reached at ext. 7300 or 7621.

Extended Studies staff Jim Bullington, Prison Program Coordinator, and Carissa Watts, Director of Advisement and Recruitment, will present at the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) regional conference, to be held in Boulder in early March. Their presentation will be “Helping Post-Incarcerated Individuals Survive the Barriers of Higher Education.” Details.

New Employees

  • Angela Madrid – admin. asst. II, Teacher Education
  • Charise Mixa – admin. asst. II, Art Dept.
  • Jennifer Ruiz – custodian I, Facilities
  • Jerry Trujillo – custodian I, Facilities
  • Kristine Johnson – admin. asst., Alumni Relations/Foundation
  • Timm Rosenbach – head football coach
  • James Staggs – asst. football coach
  • Joshua Blankenship – asst. football coach
  • Johnathan Bills – asst. football coach
  • Jarad Johnston – technology specialist, Academic Instructional Technology Center

140 degrees to be awarded at Fall Commencement

Saturday, Dec. 20
10 a.m.
Plachy Hall

Outstanding Alumnus Duane Bussey, class of ’82, will give the Adams State commencement at the fall ceremony. Adams State will award 140 degrees, including 117 bachelor’s degrees and 23 associate degrees.

In Bussey’s address, “The Secrets to Success are not Secret,” he will share his personal thoughts on both personal and professional success.

“I believe the things that bring lasting success and effectiveness to any person or organization are not secrets at all, but rather things we have all heard from a young age, things our families, churches, mentors, and teachers from kindergarten on up have all shared with us.” Throughout his speech, Bussey will elaborate on key points he believes important to making the most out of life.

Read more.

La Puente honors generosity of Dave & Virginia Svaldi

Adams State University President, Dr. David Svaldi, and his wife, Virginia, were honored by La Puente and Valley-Wide Health Systems for their ongoing commitment to the homeless shelter, particularly their support of the annual Share the Magic holiday gala, presented in conjunction with the ASU Theatre Program. Each year, the couple funds and hosts the opening night reception and purchases “the house,” so that ticket sales benefit the charity. In past years, Helen Lester has teamed with the Svaldis in purchasing “the house.”

svaldis-share-the-magicThe Svaldis were presented a commemorative plaque at this year’s gala, held Dec. 5, prior to the theatre’s production of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, directed by Dr. John Taylor. The event raised a record $76,000 in support of the homeless shelter’s programs. Over the last seven years, the opening night benefit performances have raised more than $350,000 for La Puente.

Of this year’s total, La Puente is committing $21,000 in honor of the Svaldis to the “It’s a Wonderful Legacy” endowment.

The play continues through Dec. 14; tickets are available by calling the Theatre Box Office, 587-TIXX (8499).

Read more.

Holiday Schedules

  • Finals
    Dec. 16-19
  • Commencement
    Dec. 19 – 10 a.m.
    Plachy Hall
  • Grades Due
    Dec. 23
  • Campus Closed
    Thursday, December 25, 2014 through Thursday, January 1, 2015
  • Offices reopen
    Jan. 2
  • Spring Semester begins
    Jan 20

Administrative & Classified Staff Holiday Schedule

  • Wednesday, Dec. 24
    Full Work Day (Vacation time can be taken with supervisor’s approval)
  • Thursday, Dec. 25
    Christmas Day – paid holiday
  • Friday, Dec. 26
    Paid holiday – President’s Day (Saved from 2/17/14)
  • Monday, Dec. 29
    Paid holiday – Columbus Day (Saved from 10/13/14)
  • Tuesday, Dec. 30
    Paid holiday – Veteran’s Day (Saved from 11/11/14)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 31
    Administrative and Classified Staff must take one day of Annual Leave or Leave Without Pay
  • Thursday, Jan.1, 2015
    New Year’s Day – paid holiday


  • Dec. 12
    Deadline for signed contracts or changes to deductions.
  • Dec. 23
    Deadline to request holding of December paycheck. Unless you request the check be held until Jan. 2, your paycheck will be mailed in time for receipt Dec. 31.
  • Dec. 31
    Payday – Automatic deposits – normal schedule
  • Jan. 2
    Paychecks can be picked up in Human Resources Richardson Hall Suite 1-400

Human Resources has assumed the duties of handing out paychecks each month. You will be asked to provide a picture ID and sign that you have received your check. If you are having someone else pick up your paycheck, you must send a written release giving that individual permission to pick up your paycheck; they will be required to provide ID and sign for receipt of paycheck.

Nielsen Library

Will be open until 2 a.m. from Sunday 12/14 through Thursday 12/18.

Rex Activity Center

  • Dec. 15: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 16-18: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 19: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Dec. 20-21: 10 a.m. – 3p.m.
  • Dec. 22 – Jan. 11
    CLOSED for seasonal deep cleaning
  • Jan. 12 – 18
    10 a.m. -2 p.m.
  • Jan. 19
    Normal hours of operation resume.


What on EARTH?

  • The hashtag #asuearth is available on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for comments, thoughts, inspirations, and questions about sustainability at ASU.
  • 25 EARTH volunteers participated in Rio Grande Clean Up project on ASU Cares Day
  • EARTH collected recycled materials at ASU’s Homecoming football game, gathering 100 gals. of plastic, 5 gals. of glass, and 12 gals of cans. EARTH and ASU are registered with the national gameday recycling challenge.
  • The Earthlings student group was recently formed, with Zenobia Sims as president. The group is seeking more members.


A Garden Work Day on the East Campus was held Oct 25.