Student & Program News

ASU Foundation matches grant for student documentary

The ASU Foundation matched a $5,000 grant from the Colorado Office of Film, TV and Media to fund a project by students in “Documentary Film Production,” taught by Paul Echeverria, asst. professor of mass communications. The resulting film, due to be completed by the fall, will air on Rocky Mountain PBS. Connections made through ASU Community Partnerships led to receipt of the grant, which will cover production and travel costs.

The 15 students in Echeverria’s class selected the topic, “The Silent Crisis,” which will explore food insecurity in the San Luis Valley. Production will take place during April and May. “They are working from an idea into telling a story in an actual film that will go in-depth with the subject,” Echeverria explained. “This project is exciting, as is the potential for more collaboration with the film office in Denver.”

Spring Planetarium shows

Zachies Planetarium has a number of free films scheduled through May 6. See a full schedule.

Admissions hosts Denver students at Nuggets game

Shannon Pyle, Denver-area admissions counselor, attended a college fair for AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students in the Denver area, held Feb. 23. The fair was co-sponsored by the Denver Nuggets, so participating colleges received 10 tickets to that evening’s Nuggets basketball game. Shannon accompanied seven admitted students and one parent at the game. They then met with Shannon and were given a “next steps” folder to learn about ASU scholarships, the FAFSA, housing, advising, and enrollment. Since the game, Shannon has met with four of the students at their respective high schools and kept in very close contact with the mother that also attended.avid-2 avid-1

ASU Admissions Counselors are continuously building bonds and strengthening relationships at the administrative, educator, parent, and student level while working “in the field” with prospective, applied, and accepted students. Year-round, they participate in college-fairs, parent and financial aid nights, application and scholarship days, and a continuous calendar of individual school visits engaging in group presentations and individual student meetings.

Student accepted to West Point

Alexandre Basagoitia, an ASU sophomore, received an appointment to the Class of 2020 at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He will report to West Point for the first time on June 27. The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college located 50 miles north of New York City. Its mission is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the U. S. Army.

Alexandre Basagoitia
Alexandre Basagoitia

Pan Handlers perform for students

The Adams State Rocky Mountain Pan Handlers Steel Band, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music James Doyle, recently performed for over 1,300 students at 11 performances over three days. Sponsored by the Music in the Mountains Summer Music Festival in Durango, the events also allowed interacting with students from pre-K to 12. The following students participated:

  • Isaiah Pierce
  • Emily Johnson
  • Andrew Naughton
  • Zachary Carpenter
  • Logan Hjelmstad
  • Dryden Hill
  • Kevin Johnson
  • Trevor Ostien
  • Patrick Veto
  • Cody Fricke
  • Carolyn Ogden

See a performance on Youtube.

HPPE students present research

HPPE Exercise Science graduate students Dustin Oranchuk and Zachary Switaj conducted an original research project under the guidance of Dr. Brian Zuleger, asst. professor of HPPE, titled “The Effect of a ‘Rapid Response’ Neuromuscular Warm-up on Isometric Force Production in NCAA Division II Swimmers.” Oranchuk presented a poster summarizing the findings at the 10th annual Coaches and Sport Science College, hosted by East Tennessee State University.

Dustin Oranchuk
Dustin Oranchuk

“This was a terrific learning experience from many perspectives. The opportunity to present research to academics and coaches was very beneficial,” he said. “Attending the conference was also extremely useful in both gathering information and networking. I was able to learn more about potential doctoral programs and meet many people who were willing to share their research and experiences in strength & conditioning and sport performance. I took away a great deal from the trip, from gathering information about the scientific side of research and development, to practical tips that I have been able to apply immediately as a coach.”

Read a brief paper summarizing the research.

Students hold successful Special Olympics Basketball Showcase

Peggy Johnson’s students in HPPE 305 “Sport Facility & Event Management” planned and presented the 2016 Special Olympics Basketball Showcase, February 28 in Plachy Hall gym. Generous donations from the event will help finance the trip to a regional competition.SO-3 SO-1

Using Special Olympics Unified rules, the teams included three Special Olympians and two non-Special Olympics athletes. The event feature teams that included members of the SLV Dust Devils and the Adams State Men’s Lacrosse team. The final results of the Blue and Red match-up was Blue finishing on top, 32-28.

The SLV Special Olympics Basketball program has been practicing on most Saturdays since November and took second at the Southeast Regional Championship, held in Pueblo, February 20. Coached by Jeff Storm, they won against the Rams, 54-26. Once in the winners’ bracket of the Division IV ages 22 and older, in a close game, they fell to the Chrush White, 32-30.SO-2

The SLV Dust Devils team members included Jocelyn Marksberry, Andrew Griego, Christina Quintana, Maria Garcia, Karie Valdez, Loren Guymon, Andrew Allee, Ed June, Sonya Lee, John Bailey, Sharon Bailey & Marc Alfaro. The athletes who participated in an Individual skills competition, including dribbling, passing, and shooting events were Steve Guymon (1st place), Michelle Chacon (3rd place), Chris Martinez (1st place), and Charles Silva (4th place).

Special Olympics is an international organization that provides a year-round program of sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Practices have begun for the SLV Special Olympics Track and Field program. For more information or to volunteer, contact Peggy Johnson, ext. 7408.

Senior Jake Heaton and Dr. Liz Hensley, asst. professor of marketing, presented results of their study of ASU’s economic impact on the San Luis Valley at the 2016 annual Tourism Conference sponsored by the San Luis Valley Tourism Association, Feb 25.

“Mind Game” attracts large audience

Approximately 70 attendees took part in the recent screening of “Mind Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw,” hosted by Human Performance & Physical Education Department (HPPE). The Counseling Center and Athletic Department collaborated on the event.

MInd-Game-4The documentary recounts Chamique’s battle with mental illness throughout her career as a star basketball player in high school, college, and WNBA. The message is that no one is immune; even superstar athletes who appear to have everything going great in life can be affected by mental illness. The film also provides insight into the sport culture and Chamique’s experience as an African American female and the lack of awareness and acceptance of mental illness in both cultures.MInd-Game-3A Q&A session followed the film produced an important and productive conversation around mental health on campus in general, as well as among athletes. The discussion was facilitated by Dr. Brian Zuleger, assistant professor sport psychology, and Counseling Center staff Jeff Farmer and Lisyuri Gallardo.

Author: jmwaecht

Assistant to the President for Communications
Editor/Designer of alumni magazine – A-Stater