Student & Program News

El Parnaso celebrated Day of the Dead

ASU’s Spanish club, El Parnaso, advised by Dr. Eva Rayas SolĂ­s, assoc. professor of Spanish, hosted a very successful The Day of the Dead celebration, Nov. 1, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Formed in 1928, El Parnaso has organized a type of celebration to commemorate the Day of the Dead for the last fifteen years. Read more.

CASA hosted Navajo Walkers

The Adams State University Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement (CASA) Center hosted a presentation of the Navajo Walkers in the Nielsen Library, Oct. 27. According to CASA Director Oneyda Maestas, Navajo elder Tom Johnston, requested shelter for the walkers who had recently traveled from Dulce to Chama, NM, and were making their way to the San Luis Valley. Read more.

ACS commends Adams State chapter

ASU’s student chapter of American Chemical Society (ACS) received a Commendable award for activities conducted during the 2014-15 school year. Of more than 400 chapter activity reports submitted the ACS Committee on Education presented 55 outstanding, 99 commendable, and 160 honorable mention awards. The group’s advisors, Dr. Renee Beeton, asst. professor of chemistry, and former faculty member Aaron Moehling “deserve special commendation,” Diane Grob Schmidt, Ph.D., ACS Fellow, presicent of ACS said. “Their efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country.

SACNAS members attend national conference

Dr. Kristy Duran, assoc. professor of biology, and with 16 Adams State student members of SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans) attended the SANCAS National Conference in Washington, DC. In addition to attending professional development sessions and scientific talks, students met personally with scientists and recruiters for graduate and medical schools. Two ASU students, Daniel Chavez and Desire Comstock, received travel scholarships from the SACNAS National Office. Students Julie Madden and Cody Duran presented their research they conducted with Dr. Duran. Madden presented “Investigation into the association between mistletoe infection and monoterpene production in ponderosa pine using GC-FID. Duran presented “Effects of nitrogen and Rhizobium interactions on water uptake in legumes.”

Back: Cody Duran, Alex Mullins, Ryan Raguindin, Casey Miller, Taelor Mullins Middle: Desire Comstock, Sasha Vigil, Julie Madden, Karina Cerino-Castillo, Edith Arias, Tori Martinez, Anjelica Quintana Front: Erika Ibarra, Ashlee Romero, Karen Ortiz
Back: Cody Duran, Alex Mullins, Ryan Raguindin, Casey Miller, Taelor Mullins
Middle: Desire Comstock, Sasha Vigil, Julie Madden, Karina Cerino-Castillo, Edith Arias, Tori Martinez, Anjelica Quintana
Front: Erika Ibarra, Ashlee Romero, Karen Ortiz

Campus & community join to combat food insecurity

ASU United Campus Ministry participated in two events to benefit the Food Bank Network of the San Luis Valley, held during Wellness Week in November. “These were multi-faith collaborations of community and campus-based spiritual groups,” according to Campus Minister Shirley Atencio.

Several local church leaders initiated and planned a Circle of Gratitude, Nov. 8, and student Esperanza Garduno, of Newman Grizz Catholic, coordinated a “Fill the Truck” food drive. She said, “So many families will be served through these generous donations of food and money.” ASU Christian Challenge students brought the food inside each night for safekeeping and also conducted a door-to-door food drive.

The Circle of Gratitude brought together humanists, atheists, and non-Christian practitioners, along with representatives from the Methodist, Unitarian, Presbyterian, Christian Reformed, Catholic, Mennonite, and Episcopalian denominations. Atencio said, “The event provided a space for campus and community members to express gratitude for Earth’s bounty and celebrated the spirit of sharing demonstrated in filling the truck for the food bank. It was a reminder that there can be unity when people of differing perspectives come together in a spirit of goodwill.”

Several students and community members presented readings. Food Bank Director John Reesor shared thoughts about hunger and their mission. A “Sharing of Breads” ritual honored traditional breads brought forth by students from various countries. Some of these included paratha from Pakistan, pan dulce from Mexico, Chapati from India, Jewish Challah, Injera from Ehiopia, rice banana bread from Liberia, and Navajo fry bread. Music was provided by local Mennonite Volunteers and by Skye Choice and Leeanne Roath, who performed an original composition.

A happy ending for a special event

Students in “Sport Facility and Event Management,” taught by Peggy Johnson, hosted a Special Olympics bowling event at ABC Pro Bowl in Alamosa, Oct. 13. Local Special Olympics athletes competed against each other with a chance to move on to the Southeast Regional Championship, held in Pueblo, Oct. 24. Thirteen Special Olympians qualified for the championship. The local event was full of excitement, and everyone enjoyed themselves.

The students thank ABC Pro Bowl for use of their facility and ASU Print Shop for supporting the event by printing the flyers.bowl-2

The SLV Special Olympics contingent made a good showing and brought home a number of awards from the regional competition. In their respective divisions, Chuck Silva won 6th place; Andrew Griego & Michele Schaak won 5th place; Robert Allaart, Sandra Allaart & Sharon Bailey won 3rd place; John Bailey won 2nd place; and Steven Guymon, Leroy Millsap, Stewart Page & Karie Valdez all brought home 1st place ribbons.

bowl-1Special Olympics provides a year-round program of sports training and athletic competition for children and adults who have an intellectual disability. These athletes 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.

Demski and Baggs presented on PTSD at national conference

What were the effects of the 9/11 attacks on American academia? This question was posed to academics around the country by conference organizers at Emory and Henry College in Emory Virginia.

Kelsi Baggs & Dr.  Rob Demski
Kelsi Baggs & Dr. Rob Demski

Dr. Rob Demski, assoc. professor of psychology, presented a paper on how the field of psychology responded to the attacks. His presentation included a discussion of how sacred value theory, terror management theory, and intergroup emotion theory were used to explain America’s response. Also reviewed were research efforts conducted by psychologists to understand the motives of the perpetuators. Finally, he discussed the controversy surrounding the role of psychologists in the “enhanced interrogations” at Guantanamo.

Psychology major Kelsi Baggs assisted Dr. Demski in developing his presentation and presented a paper of her own on the topic of post-traumatic stress disorder. She cited research that found that PTSD symptoms were exhibited by people who had indirect exposure to the collapse of the twin towers. A relatively new phenomena, indirect exposure was predominantly through the media.

Other conference presenters included Alice Greenwald, director of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, located underneath the new World Trade Center, as well as Christine Muller of Yale College, Marilyn Chipman of Metro State University in Denver, Matthew Unangst of Temple University, Chiara Ferrari of California State University Chico, and Matthew Biberman of the University of Louisville. Emory and Henry College is a four-year private institution five hours from Washington D.C.

Update: Ph.D. program in Counselor Education & Supervision

  • First-year doctoral students in the Counselor Education & Supervision program worked with faculty this semester to modify institutional syllabi to meet 2016 CACREP standards. Revisions will be reviewed by faculty in preparation for renewal of the department’s CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) standing for the upcoming school year.
  • Also, many doctoral students have served as co-instructors for Online Plus Counselor Education program. This gave them a great opportunity to get hands on experience teaching in an online format, as well as to receive close mentoring and supervision from the co-instructor/faculty members.
  • Two doctoral students presented at Colorado School Counselor’s Conference (CSCA), held in Albuquerque, NM., Nov. 12. Elizabeth Wiggins presented “Passing on the Power: How supervising interns can renew your strength.” It included qualitative research on the supervisory alliance conducted by several members of the doctoral program: Mark VanderLey, Chaya Abrams, Rebecca Caple, Vasti Holstun, Deanna McCulloch, and Liz Wiggins. Vasti Holston presented “Practical Counseling Approaches for School Counselors.”
  • Coreen Haym presented “Managing Monogamism: Clinical Practice with Consensually Open Non-Monogamous Relationship and Family Systems” at a pre-conference institute at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) National Meeting,
  • Lisyuri Gallardo, Erica Aguilar, and Valentino Dressler gave a presentation, “What’s App with Cyberbullying” to students at Ortega Middle School, Nov. 19.

Flute Studio participated in Colorado Flute Association Conference

Seven music majors in Dr. Tracy Doyle’s applied flute studio attended the Colorado Flute Association’s annual conference, held Nov. 7 on the campus of Metropolitan State College in Denver. Junior Deanna Smith performed in the collegiate competition, and Shelby Glammeyer, Deanna Smith, Kayleen Peretto-Ortega, Miranda Johnson, and Emily Johnson performed in the community flute ensemble on the final members’ recital.flutes-2

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Business students visited Alamosa State Bank

Students in the Commercial Banking Class taught by Yusri Zaro, asst. professor of business, visited Alamosa State Bank Nov. 15, where Assistant Vice President Joe Martinez talked about the uniform bank performance report (UBPR) and Basel agreements.bank-kids

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