Student & Program News

Childhood Trauma lecture March 7

PSI CHI (international honor society in psychology) and SWAG (suicide watch awareness gang) are co-sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Christy Olezeski, a clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University.


“Childhood Trauma: Behavioral and Biological Correlates and What We Can Do to Help”
Friday, March 7
3 p.m. in MCD 101

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Psych/Soc major presents at Harvard

ashlee-deherreraJunior psychology and sociology major Ashlee DeHerrera will present a paper at the Ivy Plus Symposium, to be held at Harvard University in March. She was one of 150 students selected for the symposium from universities and colleges across the nation. Read more.

SSS Leadership

Eight Student Support Services students have been accepted to SSS Leadership Training, in which they will read, reflect, and discuss Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Participants will apply each habit personally by completing a series of assignments including written reflections, a mission statement, a time management schedule, classroom discussions, and exercises which help them apply new paradigms.

Nursing welcomes new cohort

The Nursing Department began a new cohort of 33 students this semester. Students are admitted to the program each January. Director Shawn Elliott notes this group has the highest number of male students to date: eight.

How is small business like wrestling an alligator?

Tayler-Else-gatorStudents in Dr. Pat Robbins’ Small Business Management & Entrepreneurship class recently learned how alligator wrestling is like business. Guest speaker, Jay Young, manager of Colorado Gators and Reptile Park, presented to the class Feb. 18. As a successful entrepreneur and business man, Jay advised up and coming entrepreneurs to know their limits, assess the situation, don’t hesitate, and don’t let go. This is how you start and run a business, as well as how you wrestle an alligator. Business success is also fueled by remembering that communication is crucial; your best advertising is good customer service; and don’t think outside the box — destroy the box and use your imagination. Jay Young walks the talk, as Colorado Gators has grown from a local attraction to an international one. A San Luis Valley  “celebrity,” Jay has been featured on “Animal Planet” and “What’s My Line,” and is an entrepreneur and entertainer in every sense of the word.

Jay’s presentation wrapped up with an alligator wrestling demonstration. Business students JR Watters, Tayler Else, Jamison Bobo, Luke Lowery, Brian Bertrand, and Ben Williams took advantage of the 80-pound alligator in the match, and found that you assess the situation, don’t hesitate, and don’t let go! Several students and Dr. Robbins, chose to hold the alligator (a much safer alternative to wrestling). It’s always a challenge to make business less theoretical and more real to students, but this presentation did just that.

Archaeology acquires LIDAR
Tilo Voitel presents the LIDAR unit to Tim Goddard, Co-Director of Three Bears Consulting, an archaeological consulting program of ASU.
Tilo Voitel presents the LIDAR unit to Tim Goddard, Co-Director of Three Bears Consulting, an archaeological consulting program of ASU.

The archaeology program now possesses a Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) scanner, donated by Tilo Voitel of Denver.  This equipment will allow researchers to perform high density scans and detailed 3-dimensional models of archeological sites, historic buildings, and just about anything else that needs a highly accurate, detailed 3D model.

Common Reading Experience

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates was selected for the fall 2014 Common Reading Experience. The author is Wes Moore, Spiegel & Grau (2011), ISBN: 978-0385528207. The biographical stowes-moore-bookry follows two kids named Wes Moore who both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods.  How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

Players touch hearts

b-ball-plyrsAdams State basketball players Mariah Gonzales and Justin Kauffman recently received the Touching Hearts Through Athletics Award, presented by Touching Hearts Through Athletics. The award is earned in recognition of athletes who are team playesr, accept academic responsibility, and demonstrate sportsmanship, on and off the court. The goal is to encourage and honor athletes of outstanding character, athleticism, and sportsmanship. Read more.

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