A stater summer 2015
A Stater Meet President McClure summer 2015 the magazine of adams state university A Stater VOL. 55, NO. 2 • SUMMER 2015 Published by Adams State University Foundation adams state university • alamosa, co 81101 719-587-7011 • 800-824-6494 www.adams.edu • e-mail: email@example.com online edition: www.adams.edu/alumni/astater/ EDITOR & DESIGNER Julie Waechter ASSOCIATE EDITORS Gaylene Horning ’94 • Linda Relyea ’96, ’10 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Isabella Cervantes • Maddie Mansheim ‘15 Kellicia Morse ‘14 • Daniel Parsons ‘19 • Mike Skinner PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY Dr. Beverlee J. McClure BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY Arnold Salazar ’76 Chair Paul Farley • Mary Griffin • Kathleen Rogers • LeRoy Salazar Cleave Simpson • John Singletary • Val Vigil ’71 • Randy Wright ’84 Dr. Rob Benson Faculty Trustee Azarel Madrigal ‘15 Student Trustee ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD Lori Lee Laske ’91, ’01 Executive Director of Alumni & Donor Relations Kasey Russell ’03 President Liz Tabeling-Garcia ’96, ’06 Vice President Holly Felmlee ’76, ‘92 Secretary Toney Cantu ’70 • D. Mike Garcia ’73, ’77 • Phil Lopez ’04 Lynn Michalke ’77 • Karen Rubidoux Miller ’94 Robert Oringdulph ’71 • Sandy Ortega ’74 Chris Page ’02, ’03 • Brian Rossbert ’02 • Rich Scanga ’75 Jeremy Wilder ’96 • Delzia Worley ’97 ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION BOARD Duane Bussey ’82 President Dr. John McDaniel Vice President Jeni Jack-Goodwin ’85 Secretary Ron Howard ’98 Treasurer Russell Achatz ’85 • Tim Bachicha ’92 • Greg Bervig ’81 Keith Cerny • Genevieve Cooper • Bill Fassett • Valerie Finnegan Dale Hettinger ’64 • Charles “Chuck” Houser ’62 • Randy Jackson ’98 Philip Lopez ’04 • Dorothy Lucero ’61 • Cathy Mullens ’82 Chuck Owsley ’68 • Michelle Roepke Rich Scanga ’75 • Helen Sigmond • Ray Skeff • Donn Vigil FOUNDATION HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Stephen Bokat ’68 • Marguerite Salazar ’75, ’76 • Michael Ware ’69 FOUNDATION EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS Sharon Carter • Harold Kelloff • Izora Southway ’66 J. Byron Uhrich • R. Paul Wagner FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Dr. Beverlee McClure ASU President Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 Executive Director of the Foundation Kathleen Rogers Trustee Liaison GRIZZLY CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ron DeSautell ’76 President • Ted Morrison ’69 Vice President Keith Cerny • Jeni Jack-Goodwin ’85 • Ericha Loosbrock Joe Martinez ’99 • Dennis Ortiz ’79 • Jeff Owsley ’86 Steve Valdez ’87 • Jeff Vinyard • Tim Walters ‘73 ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT president’s letter: asu values legacy of supportive community & alumni Our founder, Billy Adams, would be pleasantly amazed at how his little “normal school” has grown into Adams State University. The impressive expansion of Adams State’s campus and academic offerings is a testament not only to Adams and the many educators who have dedicated themselves to students, but also to the San Luis Valley community. As a newcomer to campus, I am impressed by and grateful for this community that fully embraces the university. Dr. Beverlee J. McClure When the Colorado legislature withheld operating funds for Adams’ new institution in 1924, local citizens and businesses raised the money among themselves, despite a poor economy and severe water shortage, because they knew a good education was invaluable. That original budget of $27,000 is dwarfed by today’s operating budget of $59.5 million, but the challenges of sustaining revenue have intensified over the last decade. State funding has dwindled, placing a greater burden on students. Support from our alumni and community is as important as ever in helping students achieve the dream of a college education. This past year, alumni-funded scholarships aided more than 217 deserving students. Adams State remains unique in our mission to serve minority, first-generation, rural, and other underserved students. With the changing demographics of our state and our nation, our work to fulfill that mission remains crucial. Adams State’s first president, Ira Richardson, recognized the disadvantages facing students from small, rural schools. Now, ASU provides a range of programs to advise, tutor, mentor, and engage students so they can succeed. We provide a big university experience with the personal touch of a small university. Billy Adams’ goal was to improve rural education by developing more and better qualified teachers. Adams State continues that work through an innovative partnership with the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program and Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC). (See article page 7.) I am very excited to join Adams State University and foster its continued growth. In addition to our supportive community and alumni, our Board of Trustees is committed to our students, first and foremost. While our primary goal is to provide students a high-quality, affordable education, Adams State also plays an important role in developing the local community and economy. In my short time as president of Adams State, I’ve met many wonderful people who support the university’s mission. They may work on campus or in area schools, in local business or agriculture, with government or healthcare, or through civic groups and non-profits. Many are Adams State alumni. All are important partners with whom we can collaborate for the benefit of our students. Sincerely, ASU’s mission is to educate, serve, and inspire our diverse populations in the pursuit of their lifelong dreams and ambitions. VISION STATEMENT 2020 To become the university community of choice for diverse, historically underserved groups, and all who value quality education and inclusivity." Dr. Beverlee J. McClure President contents alumni events september cover story Meet President McClure 12 28-30 20 october update What’s been happening Academic Pursuits Nursing students devise symbol New greenhouse to support research, outreach National education expert addresses Boettcher Teacher Residents Mary Hoffman honored for community initiatives Adams State joins AAC&U Model U.N. makes its mark in the Mediterranean Geology Field Camp ranges desert and mountains 4 6, 8 6 6 7 8 8 9 9 features It takes a teacher ... Faculty refresh with scholarly sabbaticals Where to now? The Class of 2015 has plans. Faculty Retirements San Francisco Mineral Water Bowl Reunion (See page 46) 10 11 12 16 2-3 Homecoming 6-8 Pueblo Colorado Springs Denver 6 10 Theatre Matinee Retiree’s Christmas Dinner november december Watch your mail for details. www.facebook.com/ adamsalumni • adams.edu/alumni 800-824-6494, ext. 8 giving An Evening with our stars Legacy Society member encourages others to follow his lead McDaniel gift funds internships Jefferson portrait graces Dr. Norma Peterson room Scholarships: the gift that keeps on giving homecoming Outstanding Alumnus connected with faith through music Billy Adams Award goes to Steve Valdez ‘87 Kris Daniel ‘06, ‘11 collaborates for community good alumnotes alumni scrapbook sports scenes Stevens ‘14 runs Colorado’s fastest mile Martin ‘87 heads USTFCCCA Coach Vigil ‘53, ‘59 recognized for legendary success Grizzlies Spring Season Russ Caton ‘97 to coach Grizzlies men’s b-ball 24 24 25 25 26 28 30 32 33 34 40 36 36 36 38 39 RICHARDSON HALL IS 90 YEARS NEW. The $16.9 million, state-funded remodeling of Adams State’s first and oldest structure is virtually complete, with landscaping work underway. Stay up to date on events, sports, and news from Adams State University: www.adams.edu/news All alumni are welcome to the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting, Tuesday, September 8, at 4 p.m. ◗ Middle School students learn to program an NAO Humanoid Robot to move, speak, and respond to commands. The project is part of the free STEM Saturdays, an outreach program sponsored by Title V STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.) 1 what’s been 2 1. A performance in Alamosa’s Sacred Heart Church featured the Concert Choir singing Brahms' Liebeslieder (Lovesong) Waltzes and the Chamber Choir presenting early Renaissance works. 2. The Art Department has created performance art out of its annual casting pour of 21000 F molten bronze. The public event includes music, glowing hot crucibles, and flaming black powder drawings. 3 4 ◗ aStater summer 2015 ◗ 4 5 The Theatre Program’s production of Marat/Sade cast the audience as visitors to the asylum in a “total, immersive theatre experience” featuring live music and songs, tense, physical action, and comedy. The highly experimental play, directed by Jenna Nielsen, associate professor of theatre, was set in the Charenton Mental Asylum outside of Paris after the French Revolution. n happening 3. Maxine DiMarco (right), accompanied by Hannah Oranday, were among the students who performed at the Nielsen Library’s “Tunes @ 2” monthly musical performances. 4. Designed to bring ASU student athletes together with community members, The Backyard Bash was again sponsored by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee as part of Grizzly Days, held at the conclusion of each academic year. The bash featured carnival games, food, and a musical performance by a cappella group Kazual. 6 5. The ASU Police Department joined with other local law enforcement agencies to present the 2015 Law Enforcement Torch Run, benefitting Special Olympics Colorado. 6. Commencement at Adams State University quickly dispels any doubt that higher education creates positive ripples of motivation and achievement. At the spring ceremony, May 15, everyone from babes in arms to grandparents in wheelchairs caught the excitement and sense of belonging to something greater. ◗ aStater update 5 academic pursuits dr. pat robbins ‘93, ‘96, associate professor of business, received the Mountain-Plains Business Education Association’s (MPBEA) Collegiate Teacher of the Year Award. Since joining the Adams State faculty in 2008, Robbins chartered and serves as advisor and faculty president for Sigma Beta Delta, international honor society; and served as Phi Beta Lambda advisor for three years. She has assisted with Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for two years. She has also published in the MPBEA Journal and its newsletter and presented several times at conventions. aaron abeyta, professor of English, was the keynote speaker at the Wyoming Writer’s Council in Cheyenne, WY, and the American Association of University Presses in Denver. The Gunnison County Library District and Savage Library selected his most recent book, Letters from the Headwaters, as their One Read book for next fall. peter anderson, adjunct instructor of English, was named the George Bennett Fellow at Phillips Exeter Academy for the 2015-2016 academic year. This prestigious fellowship allows creative writers to spend a year working on their art while serving as writer in residence. dr. nate pipitone, asst. professor of psychology, was recently interviewed by the BBC about his research on how women’s voices change to indicate fertility. seven student members of the asu sacnas (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science) chapter attended a Colorado SACNAS meeting at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Students toured the medical campus and research laboratories and heard from students in professional and graduate programs. nursing students devise symbol “advocate,” “persevere,” and “integrity” are the three words chosen by senior nursing students to represent their vision and goals in the nursing profession. The words are inscribed on a tree, laser cut in metal, to create the first Annual Nursing Symbol. The group created the symbol as part of their Professional Practice class. Elizabeth McCurdy, adjunct professor of nursing and course instructor, explained, "They took discussion topics such as ethical and moral ideals to a new level, resulting in a vision statement to accompany their symbol.” The group chose a tree symbol, because "a tree starts small and with nurturing grows," said Erika Bluel. The tree has 20 leaves, one for each student in the class. "I am glad we didn't leave anyone behind," Denis Muebake said. Dr. Shawn Elliott, director of the Nursing Department, said: "The symbol represents really well the ever changing field of nursing and evidence-based practice. We never stop learning." A small version of the symbol was presented to each graduating nurse at spring commencement, and a larger, framed symbol is displayed in the Nursing Department. students sasha vigil and ryan schilling won awards for their independent research projects at the Tri-Beta Western 1 Regional Conference at the University of Northern Colorado, attended by 8 additional students. new greenhouse to support research & outreach the asu bulls and bears finance club visited Dr. Benita Brink, chair of the Biology/Earth Sciences department, said: "The new greenhouse will allow us to develop an extensive plant collection for use in biology courses, as well as outreach opportunities to the K-12 community. In addition, ASU students will benefit by having a useable space for conducting plantbased research projects." New York City this past spring. In addition to touring, they visited the NASDAQ stock exchange and were invited on the main floor for the closing bell. thirteen psychology students and four faculty members recently attended the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (RMPA) conference, held in Boise, Idaho. Nine ASU students gave presentations. the adams state robotics team took first place in the under 1.5 kg. category at the 9th Annual Colorado Robot Challenge, held in early April at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. They competed against 17 teams from 13 colleges and universities. five sociology students presented at the 9th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium of the Western Slope Undergraduate Sociology Conference, in March. 6 ◗ aStater summer 2015 Funding from Adams State’s Title V STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) Grant supported construction this summer of a new campus greenhouse near Porter Hall. Title V supports Hispanic Serving Institutions such as ASU. National education expert addresses Boettcher Teacher Residents “real teaching is interactive and reciprocal," said nationally recognized education expert, dr. pedro noguera. he gave the keynote luncheon address at a symposium presented may 28-29 by adams state university’s boettcher teacher residency program. excellence & equity in education Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. A sociologist, he focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions. He has written several books and published widely on topics such as urban school reform, education policy, conditions that promote student achievement, the role of education in community development, youth violence, and race and ethnic relations in American society. His presentation was especially relevant to the Boettcher residents, who work at high-risk schools with culturally and linguistically diverse students. He said it is imperative to combine the educational goals of excellence and equity. “These two goals are often at odds, but if we are to truly teach all kids, we have to commit to both. If we leave out the kids with the greatest needs, it will only reproduce inequality and cause huge problems for the country,” he said, adding, "In this country, we often confuse giftedness with privilege. We can’t erase advantages, but we need to be aware of needs." He pointed out, “The biggest obstacle to improving teaching is the isolation of teachers.” He listed five ingredients for successful teaching: 1. Professional capacity of educators 2. Coherent curriculum 3. A culture/climate that supports teaching and learning 4. Parental involvement 5. Distributed leadership “Not all kids learn in the same way or at the same pace. The easiest way to teach – lecturing – is the least effective way to learn.” The best teachers “teach the way kids learn,” he said. “Good teachers are well organized, have a command of subject matter, and focus on performance, like a coach.” Teaching is both “art and skill,” requiring creativity, Noguera added. "Academic engagement is the best classroom management.” asu & boettcher teacher residency launch new master's degree PEBC's Boettcher Teacher Residency (BTR) is launching the Adaptive Leadership Master's Degree, in cooperation with the Adams State Department of Teacher Education. Teachers can earn this master's degree while they continue to teach in the classroom. The program is seeking active classroom teachers and instructional coaches for its inaugural cohorts in the areas of Metro Denver, San Luis Valley (Alamosa), and southwestern Colorado (Durango ). The 18month program incorporates both classroom and online learning. "Since launching the Boettcher Teacher Residency in 2004 for new teachers, we've seen an incredible demand for a program that helps current teachers earn a master's degree and enhance their instructional practices, coaching, and leadership skills," said Dr. Belle Faust, executive director of the Boettcher Teacher Residency. "Fueled by this demand, we've partnered with Adams State to create a master's degree to develop more teacher leaders for Colorado's classrooms." To learn more: www.pebc.org/adaptive-leadership. aStater update ◗ Symposium participants included the second cohort of graduate students in the BTRP, as well as their mentor teachers and area school superintendents and principals. Offered in collaboration with the Boettcher Foundation and Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC), the program helps prepare teachers for low-income, rural and urban public schools. Adams State joined the partnership in 2012 and is the sole educational partner in awarding master’s degrees for program participants across the state. The evening of May 29, teacher licensure was conferred on the 63 graduate students who recently completed their residency year at schools in the San Luis Valley and southeastern Colorado, the Durango region, and urban Denver. After spending the past academic year working alongside a mentor teacher, they will assume a classroom of their own next year. They will then complete a Master of Arts in Education with an endorsement in culturally and linguistically diverse education. Participants make a service commitment to continue teaching in their respective districts. 7 academic pursuits eleven nursing students volunteered for a week in March at Alamosa’s La Puente Home (homeless shelter). They taught a life skills class about health, nutrition, and navigating the health care system, in addition to talking about health concerns. mary hoffman honored for community initiatives into functional or decorative objects to sell online. Each NAS Fellow enters the program with a project that uses arts and culture to design solutions to community problems. NAS provides the tools, training james doyle, asst. professor of music, served on the Mary Hoffman, Executive Director of Adams State University Community Partnerships, recently received the prestigious William Funk Award for Building Stronger Communities from The Colorado Nonprofit Association. This award recognizes exceptional leaders who are capable of bringing together communities to define and solve problems. Hoffman said she shares the award with her colleague Karl Jolliff, ASU Community Partnerships business support director. Hoffman was also selected as a Fellow by National Arts Strategies (NAS). She will be one of 50 change makers who build projects that lead to stronger, healthier communities. Through Hoffman's leadership, ASU Community Partnerships has used art for economic development, education, and community organizing activities. Examples of these activities include the "Art Behind Bars" project, in which Alamosa inmates learned from a local artist how art transforms lives; community art exhibit series, where local artists displayed and had opportunities to sell their art work on ASU campus; SLV Museum mural project depicting the Valley's rich heritage and natural beauty, and the "Everything Twine" program that challenged craftspeople to transform discarded plastic farm twine Music in the Mountains Conservatory faculty during the Music in the Mountains 2015 Summer Festival in Durango, CO. This was his sixth season with the festival. adams state joins aac&u mass communication students and faculty attended the 2015 Rocky Mountain Communication Association’s annual conference in Loveland, CO. A group of ASU students organized the panel, “Communicating Video Culture: Innovations in Student Media at a Rural University,” and another presented a paper. asu’s college assistance migrant program (camp) sent students to Chicago and Santa Fe for student leadership conferences. the asu ft. massachusetts archaeological field school received second place in a competition based on gender and minority inclusion in archaeological field schools. The award was presented at January’s Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) Annual Conference in Seattle, attended by 12 Field School representatives. extended studies staff Jim Bullington, Prison Program coordinator, and Carissa Watts, director of Advisement and Recruitment, presented “Helping PostIncarcerated Individuals Survive the Barriers of Higher Education” at the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) regional conference, held in Boulder. dr. joel judd, professor of teacher education, and three Colorado teachers presented “EL Perceptions of K12 STEM Classrooms” at the 38th Annual Colorado Conference for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CoTESOL). The teachers are all participants in ASU’s Title III SEEDS grant. gregg elliott and lis tomlin, director and assistant director, respectively, of the Counseling Center, presented at the Colorado-Wyoming Counseling Centers conference in Ft. Collins. dr. ben waddell, asst. professor of sociology, coauthored an article that will appear in The Social Science Journal. The article is "The Mexican Dream? The Effect of Return Migrants on Hometown Development.” His article "Rodrigo's Theory: Mass Emigration, Violence, and Human Rights Violations in War-torn Mexico" will be published in Open Democracy. 8 ◗ aStater summer 2015 Adams State University recently joined the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). AAC&U membership will aid Adams State in improving student learning by focusing on assessment, general education, diversity, civic engagement, global interdependence, integrative learning, institutional change, and faculty development. Founded in 1915 and with 1,300 institution members, AAC&U’s mission is to make liberal education and inclusive excellence the foundation for insti- and access to a community of support to help Fellows drive their projects forward. The program curriculum is led by experts and world-renowned thought leaders in social innovation, design thinking, strategy and community development. This program is the result of the collaboration and support of The Kresge Foundation, University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice and The Center for Social Impact Strategy, ArtPlace America, and RocketHub. tutional purpose and educational practice in higher education. Adams State also joined the LEAP Campus Action Network (CAN), which includes 340 colleges and universities committed to advancing a vision for higher education centered on essential learning outcomes for all students which are achieved through highimpact practices grounded in the principles of inclusive excellence and bolstered by authentic assessment of student learning. model u.n. makes its mark in the mediterranean “we beat out schools like brown university, princeton, and the london school of economics,” said model u.n. adviser dr. mari centeno, professor of political science, about the team’s performance at the mediterranean model u.n 2015. Three of the team’s six members were recognized as Best Delegate in their respective committees at the conference, held March 27-29 in Menton, France, on the campus of Sciences Po College. “I asked the group for a lot of preparatory work, and it paid off, “Centeno added. “They conducted themselves incredibly well and really deserve this win.” She has accompanied ASU Model U.N. to a total of twelve conferences. MEDMUN 2015 Best Delegate awards went to Laurel Heimstra ‘15 for Special Historical committee, Azarel Madrigal ‘15 for Security Council, and Mark Mabry ‘15 for ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council). Model U.N. engages students internationally in simulation of the United Nations operations. There were about 300 delegates to this conference, Centeno added. “I actually prefer these smaller conferASU’s Model U.N. team includes (front, from left): Natalie Acurio, Laurel ences, because it gives everyone the Heimstra, Dr. Mari Centeno, Azarel Madrigal; (back, from left): Stevon Cornish, Mark Mabry, Will Custer, and Justin Chase. opportunity to The group prepared all year for the speak.” The group also visited landmarks and historic sites in Nice, France; conference, noted Will Custer, a freshman majoring in social sciences who Ventimiglia, Italy; and Monaco. plans to become a teacher. They spent “We learn about international relatwo hours a week studying and debattions and culture,” Heimstra said. “I ing different international scenarios, in know this experience will help me a great deal when I become a teacher, not addition to their Model U.N. class. only through public speaking, but also in developing critical thinking skills.” geology field camp ranges desert and mountains The unique geology of Colorado and New Mexico attracted 26 students from 11 universities across the nation to Adams State University's four-week, intensive Geology Field Camp, held in early summer. This was the eighth field camp coordinated by Adam State Professor of Geology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Rob Benson, who hopes to offer the course annually. Hiking and camping for a month in five regions ranging from the deserts of New Mexico to the mountains of Colorado, field camp participants developed mapping skills and honed their geologic intuition. "Mapping is the key underpinning to geology," Benson explained. "You have to be able to pin all your observations back to the field area. This allows students to tie everything from lecture together." Teaching this course provides Benson with the opportunity to return to his roots as a field geologist. Field Camp assistant Rachel Powell ‘15 said Benson’s "sharp intellect, quirky sense of humor, and strong work ethic made the spirit of field camp light-hearted," despite the constant challenges. By Maddie Mansheim ‘15 LEFT: The Field Camp emphasizes mapmaking skills. RIGHT: Deacon Aspinwall ‘15 (right) a recent Geology and Earth Sciences graduate, helps a field camp participant interpret a map. ◗ aStater update 9 It takes a teacher ... adams state’s presidential teacher award honors faculty who embody the university’s commitment to undergraduate teaching. Those honored this past spring include Karen Adamson, assistant professor of nursing; Dr. Anicia Alvarez, associate professor of teacher education; and Dr. Nick Saenz, assistant professor “ sional development and has the opportunity to devise and teach a special Presidential Teacher Course. The Presidential Teachers were selected by a committee of undergraduate young people after retiring from a 28year career in the US Army, shares the desire to reach all students. "My classes are frequently full of students who have hated every English class they have ever my classes are frequently full of students who have hated every english class they have ever taken. i take that as a challenge." - david wreford of history. David Wreford, adjunct instructor of English, received a new award initiated this year to recognize affiliate faculty members (not tenured or tenure track). Each Presidential Teacher receives $1,500 to support his or her profes- students: Rachel Heaton, Carly Romnes, and Stevon Cornish. After students nominated professors who best demonstrate great teaching, the committee conducted interviews and classroom observations to determine the award recipients. inspired to teach When Saenz joined the faculty two years ago, he was curious about the rural, small environment. Having himself attended larger universities, he believed it might be a challenge to teach to a range of students – from those who require developmental course work to the very exceptional academic student. "I've really enjoyed the challenge that comes with teaching to classrooms of diverse learners." Saenz dedicated his Hilos Culturales Student Engagement Grant to fund creation of a mural celebrating Chicano history (See back cover). Wreford, who sought a second career working with taken. I take that as a challenge." He works hard to help them understand that English is not about rules and restrictions. “English is about freedom. A properly written essay can change the world.” Alvarez also becomes excited to work with a new group of diverse students with unique personalities, experiences, and ideas. "The question is always 'how will I reach out to these students so they can use their full potentials to achieve?' You will need to come up with ways to motivate, to keep things new and exciting every time. Being prepared and enthused in front of students will surmount all discomfort or frustrations that they may have on any day – personal or professional." Adamson began her career as a trauma nurse, then completed her MSN and nurse practitioner degree and became a women's health nurse practitioner. When she was ready for a change, she sought a teaching position. Adamson believes her enthusiasm for nursing and teaching guides her teaching style. "I don't know if my enthusiasm makes me a good teacher, or being a good teacher makes me enthusiastic." By Linda Relyea ‘96, ‘10 BACK, FROM LEFT: Selection committee students Rachel Heaton, Stevon Cornish, and Carly Romnes FRONT, FROM LEFT: Presidential Teachers Dr. Nick Saenz, Dr. Anicia Alvarez, Karen Adamson, and David Wreford 10 ◗ aStater summer 2015 faculty refresh with scholarly sabbaticals flute, fractals, and painting were the themes of recent sabbaticals for three professors. tween the Adams State baseDr. Tracy Doyle, professor of music; ball and softball fields. Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor “Already 500 people, inof physics; and Eugene Schilling, procluding public viewings and fessor of art, recently spent a semester school groups, have visited reconnecting with their passion for the observatory,” he said. teaching and their field of study. While on sabbatiDuring the cal, Astalos spent spring 2015 semany evenings mester, Doyle coland nights in the laborated with observatory workinternational flute Work from Gene Schilling’s sabbatical project will be exhibited ing on the comartists, researched in the Art Building’s Cloyde Snook Gallery Sept. 28 - Oct. 2015, puters and the latest music with an artist’s lecture and reception on Oct. 2. To order a telescopes, and pedagogy and litbook, contact Schilling at firstname.lastname@example.org. taking photos of erature, and purthree professional artists, including space objects, including the sued international James Fuller, Ian Wilkinson ‘05, Henry moon. performance opBlount, Nora McBride ‘11, Abel Tila“When we discuss craterportunities. ham, Randy Pijoan, Steve Quiller, and ing in class, I have images She said it can Barbara Leyendecker. Some paintings taken from the Adams State be challenging to Music Professor Tracy Doyle were finished in 24 hours, others took observatory to use as visual perform intennearly an entire week to complete. Each aids.” sively during the canvas is approximately 5’ x 3’ and Astalos then began creating a movie, academic semesters. “I was excited to began with a conversation. Fractal Explorations, invest in my creative work without the “The project became more about the intended for full-dome planetariums. It boundary of time.” Doyle’s creative acprocess, and the resulting paintings tivity is performance-based, which helps explores the complex arithmetic which goes into fractals. Astalos hired a theatre were just the icing on the cake.” recruit and retain music students. A major to do the narration, and hopes to Schilling created a book of all the painthigh school student in Pueblo heard ings that will include a biography of Doyle play in 2011 and knew from that use music composed and performed by each artist, a photo of their artwork, a moment she would attend Adams State. an ASU student or professor as the photo of Schilling’s artwork, and the She is now a sophomore in Doyle’s flute background. “I want to get students excited about collaboration piece. studio. Four concerts emerged from her sab- math,” he said. Many planetariums opBy Linda Relyea ‘96, ‘10 erate on a limited budget, batical, including a chamber music and commercial planetarium THE NORTH HALF OF THE MOON, photographed by Dr. Robert recital in Tokyo, Japan. This summer Astalos at ASU’s new observatory. movies are expensive; his she was an Artist in Residence at movie will cost only $100. Gunma University in Maebashi, Japan, The opening credits will inwhere she taught and performed. “It clude: Adams State Univerwas an honor to represent Adams State sity Planetarium, “a great University internationally through permarketing opportunity for formance and education.” Developing the new observatory and Adams State,” Astalos noted. Schilling worked outside creating an affordable planetarium his comfort zone by painting dome movie were the main objectives for Astalos, who took his sabbatical dur- collaboratively during his spring sabbatical. He worked ing fall 2014. He oversaw construction with eight different artists: of the new observatory, funded by a five former students and Title V STEM grant. It is located be- ◗ aStater features 11 isabella whitten: future teacher her smile and desire to assist others made Isabella Whitten, elementary special education graduate, invaluable to Campus Ministry, Student Ambassadors, Circle K, the resident assistants, and campus recruiting. “Watching Bella develop as a student leader since her first year has been gratifying,” said Shirley Atencio, campus minister. “Her openheartedness and love for service made her a great fit and resulted in many leadership opportunities. SomeBella Whitten ‘15 (right) getting to know youth in Cuba. thing we will miss is Bella’s knack for reaching out and inviting others into the circle. Her positive ensistance to Mexican immigrants and rebuilding homes in ergy, enthusiasm, and leadership have enlivened and strength- New Orleans. ened our campus ministry.” Whitten also journeyed to Cuba this summer, as part of a As a new freshman, Whitten “stumbled” into the Campus class taught by Dr. Ben Waddell, associate professor of sociolMinistry Office by mistake. “I was looking for a work-study ogy. She said this amazing experience allowed her to grow as a job.” The accidental meeting led to her serving as Atencio’s person and learn about a new culture. “Going to Cuba is alwork-study throughout her college career. “Shirley is the best. most like stepping into a time machine. Old beautiful cars, I cannot image my college experience without her.” That exbuildings that look like they shouldn't be standing, and very perience included participating in Alternative Spring Break, a little internet access, but beyond this, I met some of the best service project in which Adams State people ever. Our language and views may not be the same, students travel to and assist but smiles are universal. Cuba was truly the trip with socially or economiof a lifetime.” cally disadvantaged Whitten has already started the next areas, such as chapter of her great story: she’s enrolled providing asin the Denver cohort of Adams State’s Boettcher Teacher Residency program (see story page 7). Where to now? The Class of 2015 has plans. By Linda Relyea ‘96, ‘10 and Julie Waechter 12 ◗ aStater summer 2015 One of Alfred Petross’ many ASU hats: the crown of Homecoming King. samantha cordero: caring & committed samantha “sam” cordero was the top graduate among Adams State’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students for 2015. She filled her college years with study and service, working as a tutor and being active with Circle K, affiliated with the Kiwanis Club. She was part of the Professional Practice class that created the first Annual Nursing Symbol. (See story page 6.) “Creating the symbol helped us focus on why we wanted to become nurses and what would make us good nurses,” she said. “I’ve liked every rotation we’ve done so far, but I haven’t yet found exactly what I want to do. I’d like to get experience as a medical/surgical nurse,” said Cordero. Nevertheless, she is committed to rural health care and would like to work in the West. Cordero began to focus on a nursing career after attending the Summer Health Careers Institute, presented by the San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center. During the twoweek internship prior to her senior year of high school, she shadowed a doctor at the hospital. “Nurses are there all the time. They are with the patient through everything,” she said. Having worked as a summer camp counselor, she said, “Kids are my thing.” One day last winter, she and fellow Circle K member Ashley Setzer brought smiles to patients at Children's Hospital Colorado and the Ronald McDonald House, when they dressed as the heroines from the movie Frozen. The two had first portrayed Anna and Elsa during the Alamosa Ice Fest as part of their work with the Kiwanis Club. Yvette Lujan, Nursing Department clinical placement coordinator, said, “Samantha is a great example of a nursing student that is very dedicated to being involved in the community.” A significant part of her nursing education was a spring break nursing mission to Guatemala. “I had never left the U.S. before. They said it would change my life, and it really did,” Cordero said. She said the clinic’s doctor would see 2040 patients in the morning alone, with the most common conditions being colds, pregnancy, and gastro-intestinal problems. “It makes you realize how lucky you are to live in a place like the U.S. It also shows you how poorer countries make things work and set priorities,” she said. alfred petross: first grad school, then the world timately, he plans to become president of Adams State University. He discussed the idea with Emeritus President David Svaldi and others to plan his path. “They all agreed I will need ‘industry’ experience,” he said. His first step is to receive an advanced degree from Denver University, work for the Internal Revenue Service for five years, then the Federal Bureau of Investigation for ten years, and finally return to his alma mater to become its president. His expectations might seem a bit high, but if he continues along the same path he started at Adams State, he could very well be presiding over Adams State by 2040. The sixthgeneration San Luis Valley native turned down a full-ride scholarship to another institution, because he “couldn’t imagine” going anywhere but Adams State. Petross was a member of the Pacioli Club, including three years as president; was an Associated Students and Faculty senator for three years; a member of the Pride Club; a volunteer at CASA (Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement); attended a HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities) Conference; participated in the Colorado Challenge; was elected Homecoming King; was the MVP intern of the year with Enterprise Holding; and for three years was the Tax Help Colorado manager. Natalie Rogers ‘85, assistant professor of business, said, “Alfred was an important participant in our VITA program (tax assistance), as well in Pacioli and numerous other clubs and committees across campus.” In addition, he served on the presidential search committee, which exposed him to new aspects of the campus. Although Petross graduated high school at the top of his class, distrac- tions at the collegiate level almost dropped him out of academics. “Amazing faculty reined me in, and I chose to take charge of my destiny. Our motto is true,” he said. Petross credits Sheryl Abeyta ‘91, assistant professor of accounting, and Rogers with inspiring and encouraging him to make the most of Adams State and reach his potential. He also was mentored by Liz Tabeling-Garcia ‘96, ‘06 Collegiate Advisor for Colorado Challenge. She said, “Alfred is the prime example of what hard work and dedication can bring. He is responsible, genuine, committed to his goals, and doesn't fluctuate, despite the ups and downs he faces through the process. His internal values have guided him, and he does not allow external pressures to sway those values. He consistently works toward self-improvement and has the self-confidence and self-motivation to succeed.” aStater features ◗ when alfred petross sets a goal, he does not waste any time. Ul- 13 drake & darin sisneros: teaming up for med school drake and darin sisneros are nearly as identical on paper as they are in person. They both earned a B.S. in cellular and molecular biology and have similar GPAs, having earned the Porter Scholarship all four years of college. The twin brothers do everything together – live, play, work and study. Now, they’re both taking a year “off ” to hone their applications for medical school. Since their father is a physician’s assistant, the brothers have been exposed to the health care field since childhood. In fact, their parents and older sister, an RN, all work at ValleyWide Health Systems in Alamosa. And yes, the twins hope someday to open a medical practice together. The brothers were multi-term officers in both Tri-Beta (biology honor society) and SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science). Darin was a teaching assistant, prepping labs and helping with grading. He also worked with Dr. Kristy Duran on out- reach projects for school kids during STEM Saturdays. Drake tutored chemistry and biology in Porter Hall’s STEM Center. “I’m always here anyway,” he said. They also make time for fun and joined ASU’s cycling team last year. A mishap left Darin with a facial scar that, for a time, allowed friends to tell them apart. “I constantly think about med school, every single day, and how I should be improving myself. I know that’s what I really want to do,” said Drake. He’d like to gain more clinical and research experience, as well as improve his Spanish. In preparation for the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) and the focus of medical schools on competency in social sciences, they took upper level psychology and sociology courses, as well as sciences. They gained a perspective on inequality through alternative spring break service trips with the Newman Club in Hatch, New Mexico, and Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. tori martinez: seeking solutions through research tori martinez conducted research this summer during a ten-week internship with the National Science Foundation - Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) in Washington D.C. “CASA (Cultural Awareness and Student Achievement) was such a big help in getting me prepared for the phone interview that got me this internship. I learned about the internship at a HACU conference.” The internship placed Martinez within the National Science Foundation’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Martinez’ passion lies in conducting research that improves the lives of women and ethnic minorities. While at the NSF, she conducted research affecting NSF policies and participated in the President’s Broadening Participation Initiative. “I was excited to learn more about how research affects policy, especially in regards to women and minorities,” she said. 14 ◗ aStater summer 2015 With plans to attend graduate school, Martinez enjoys research, especially of the San Luis Valley and its people. She recently interviewed and photographed women of the valley. “It was a wonderful, in-depth project which helps to rethink preconceptions about rural women,” she said. Director of the CASA Center, Oneyda Maestas ‘93, ‘06, said: “Tori is an incredible role model and true inspiration to all who have the great fortune of getting to know her professionally and personally. She is a published author, a stellar student, and is passionate about women's studies.” This spring, Adams State celebrated its second Women’s Week, an idea Martinez originated. She said the idea began with wanting “to simply show the film Miss Representation to the community. It quickly grew from there, because of the shared passion regarding the betterment, equality, and growth of women by the staff, professors, and students at ASU.” With the theme, “We Have A Voice,” Women’s Week 2015 included guest speakers, panel discussions, film, art, food and a Take Back the Night walk through the campus and Alamosa. A native of Capulin, Colorado, Martinez now lives in Antonito. A non-traditional student, she always knew she would pursue a college degree, but decided to be a mother first. She thought of other schools, but appreciated the fact that Adams State is close to home and her family. “Adams State far surpassed my expectations.” Martinez will graduate in December with a double major in sociology and psychology. She appreciates the guidance and mentorship provided by Maestas; Dr. Ben Waddell, asst. professor of sociology; Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, professor of sociology; and Dr. Rob Demski, professor of psychology. “I really, truly love my story here,” Martinez said. “It was really enlightening to realize the extent of poverty in the U.S.,” Darin said. The brothers highly value their education at Adam State, particularly the travel and research opportunities provided through the Porter Scholars Program. They studied flora, fauna, and ecosystems through summer courses in Costa Rica and Australia. Together with classmate Kelli Williams, they conducted extensive research on fruit flies, exploring crossspecies genetics. Darin said their research allowed them to apply concepts and develop critical thinking skills. “This is all a science department should be,” Darin said. “It’s so small, we get to interact with students and faculty in different ways. We’ve had some of the best professors: Dr. Benita Brink, Dr. Tim Armstrong, and Dr. Adam Kleinschmit, our research mentor.” Drake agreed: “They have always just been there for us. We’re so lucky to have people like that.” Those relationships will also translate into powerful references when the Sisneros brothers apply to medical school. Drake (center) and Darin Sisneros in the lab with their research partner, Kelli Williams (left), who was named Veryl Keen Outstanding Biology Student for 2015. kadi scott: dedicated to kids let alone graduate school. In the working class town of Craig, Colo., where she grew up, she said those who do start college often don’t finish; in fact, most young men go straight to work in the coal mines. But Scott completed her B.A. in just three years, thanks to an Adams State scholarship for Colorado Boys & Girls Clubs’ Youth of the Year. She always enrolled in 20-22 credits each semester, in addition to working 25 hours a week. She majored in elementary education with an emphasis in special ed- ucation and minors in American Sign Language (ASL) and coaching. A recent newlywed, Scott is now enrolled in the Boettcher Teacher Residency program. (See story page 7.) She will earn her master’s degree and commit to teach five years in a high-needs school. Having worked at her local Boys & Girls Club for five years, Scott said, “I’ve always loved kids.” Once at Adams State, she became the prevention director at the Alamosa club, working with teens. She began one after school session by asking her group to relate “two happies and one crappy” recent events in their lives. On campus, she was involved with the ASL Club, mentoring, and the Education Department’s La Familia program, which promotes literacy in bi-lingual families. Scott experienced some culture shock when she first came to Adams State, having been “very sheltered” in a smaller town. But she “fell in love” with ASU once she was able to take the teacher education core courses and observe classroom teachers. “One thing I love about Adams State is that it’s a small school,” Scott said. “Even with a personal problem, I could go to any one of my teachers for help, and have a conversation. It was a huge plus.” “Miss Kadi” Scott with some of her young friends at the Boys & Girls Club. aStater features ◗ kadi scott never expected to go to college, 15 Reflections by dr. linda garris christian emeritus professor of teacher education I have always liked asu’s tagline – great stories begin here. while my “great story” did not begin at asu, being here has certainly enhanced it. I thought my retirement would be a good time to reflect on how my experiences here have contributed to my “great story.” I am proud of my work here at Adams. Working with students who were a lot like me as a first generation college student was very rewarding. One highlight was my work in early childhood education (ECE). When Dr. Novotny (VP for Academic Affairs) and I began the program for Head Start staff in the San Luis Valley, we assumed this was a one-time deal. The plan was to help them meet new Head Start requirements through our existing Interdisciplinary Studies Degree, resulting in education • Ph.D. Child Development Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida • M.S. Child Development and Family Relations Louisiana Teach, Ruston, Louisiana • B.S. Early Childhood Education Louisiana Teach, Ruston, Louisiana recent publications • Cited in: Marion, M. (2010) Guiding Young Children • Keep it: Free child care articles, (2009) Child Care Information Center • McNamara, J. (2009) “Make a joyful noise: A simple song has the power to bring people together.” School Library Journal • Garris Christian, L. (2007) Understanding Families, Chapter in Spotlight on Young Children and Families, Book by NAEYC recent presentations - naeyc • “Supporting children of incarcerated parents,” , with Dr. Tony Romero • “You can’t teach what you can’t remember: Remembering play,” 2012 • “How understanding family dynamics can enhance our work with young children,” 2011 • “Why adult play matters: When was the last time you played as an adult?” presented with Geneva Torr, 2011 honors • San Luis Valley Early Childhood Community Partner Award, 2012 • San Luis Valley Early Childhood Council Inspiration Award, 2010. 16 ◗ aStater summer 2015 a B.A. with a focus on early childhood education and business. We recently graduated our fifth cohort of ECE. We have had cohorts in the SLV, Pueblo, and Colorado Springs. With the help of our wonderful adjunct faculty, I wrote new syllabi for a B.A. in ECE that gives the option of licensure for those who want to teach in the public schools. This is a huge accomplishment. I wanted this to be a real early childhood degree, as opposed to a modified elementary education degree, and I think we succeeded. My latest pleasure was working with the Boettcher Teacher Residents. (See story page 7.) They are our hopes and dreams for the future: bright, energetic, and with “great stories” that began long before they reached ASU. I am optimistic about their potential and abilities to help their own students write great life success stories. I have seen how they are reaching students and serving their communities; ASU can be proud of these fine graduates. One key in my growth at ASU has been our programs supported by Title V (federal program for Hispanic Serving Institutions). I became convinced that if we wanted to succeed as a university, or department, we had to seri- ously examine our ideas surrounding diversity. While I still have a long way to go, my work in this area changed my teaching and learning. The second group from which I have learned a great deal are my ECE students, especially the non-traditional students. Most were mothers and/or grandmothers and had been out of school for years. Some had limited computer skills, and access to computers or reliable internet access was a constant issue. Some were English Language Learners, and others dubbed me the “grammar police.” I am in awe of how they managed 40-hour-a-week careers, their community involvement, and their family obligations, along with classes. Unfortunately, my health does not allow me to continue working. I am sad to leave, but hopeful I will find better health in a new location. I am also confident that exciting things are happening here at ASU and what I helped to build will continue to grow and prosper. Our graduates continue to represent us well, and I love hearing their “great stories” as they go out into the world in their careers and lives. dr. carol guerrero-murphy emeritus professor of english In her final semester this past spring, Guerrero-Murphy chose to teach only first-year English courses. “I wish I had always taught as if it were my last year.” She believes professors may become too concerned with their place in the academy/department and faculty/course evaluations. “In my case, I was more cautious in teaching, almost afraid to let the students know I care about them. Now I am not afraid to reveal all I know, that pertains to class. I no longer filter.” Guerrero-Murphy has inspired students in such courses as Freshman Composition, General Education Literature, Women and Literature, Creative Writing, Fiction and Poetry, Reading Poetry, and Contemporary Poetry. Kris Giere ’04, ’06, one of the first to complete ASU’s creative writing degree, proceeded to earn a Master of Arts in English with an emphasis in writing from Indiana State University. Now an adjunct instructor at Ivy Tech Community College, he said, “It is Carol’s kindness and patience that I carry with me into my classrooms as I teach young writers who struggle to find their voice among the echo chambers of academia. I am a better teacher for sharing time with Carol and a better person. That much is certain.” Another former student, Michelle Le Blanc, who later earned an MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, said Guerrero-Murphy set her on her current path. She teaches reading and writing at Trinidad State Junior College, having learned a valuable lesson from her mentor: “A classroom has a specific purpose, there’s no fat. That’s how I try to teach now. Fill the day with purpose and many opportunities for students to find their place, and they will learn.” Both LeBlanc and Kathy Park Woolbert ’07 use the same words to describe Guerrero-Murphy: patience, perseverance, passion, and engagement. Now an adjunct instructor of English at ASU, Woolbert went on to earn an MFA in creative writing/nonfiction from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. “Carol was patient and persistent and determined to help us all become miners on the search for precious gems,” she said. Diversity is a key word for Guerrero-Murphy. Adams State appealed to her largely because of the diversity in the student One inspiration for Dr. Guerrero-Murphy’s poetry has been her mustang, Lucky. population. She understands the need to establish programs for faculty and staff so that they can better understand themselves and become more effective teachers and colleagues. This coming year, in transitional retirement, she will serve part time as the President’s Liaison for Inclusion and as Chair of CIELO, Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership, and Opportunity. Emeritus President David Svaldi said, “Carol’s caring work both with our students and with ASU employees has added value to our community. She is a fantastic, committed person and leader and a wonderful poet.” By Linda Relyea ‘96, ‘10 backstory: dr. carol guerrero-murphy education • Ph.D. & M.A. in English – Denver University • B.S. in education – University of Wisconsin, through Teacher Corps. published poetry • Table Walking at Nighthawk, WILLA (Women Writing the West) Award • Published in: Comstock Review, Ibid, Manifest West Anthology, Barnstorm Literary Journal, Pilgrimage, Spirituality and Art Anthology, Messages from the Hidden Lake, A Walk Along the Rio, Southwestern American Literature, American Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, & more contributions to adams state • Women’s Studies Program director through 2014 • Head of the English, Theatre, Communications, and Languages Department, 2000-09, helped found Creative Writing Program • Kindred Spirits administrator • Strategic Planning Steering Committee • Workshop Designer/Facilitator • Presidential Roundtable on Budget • Vice President’s Roundtable on Student Retention Initiatives • ASU Board of Trustees Faculty Member, 2011-13 • Writing Studio Director: 1995 -2000 • Hispanic Serving Institutions Title V interim project director, 2004-05 aStater features ◗ whether approaching students, her mustang horse, or preparing to read her poetry to an audience, dr. carol guerreromurphy uses the same calm, gentle manner that puts her intended audience at ease and receptive to her message. her flexible nature creates an atmosphere in which all creatures relax and absorb her kind and giving energy. 17 dr. susan varhely emeritus professor of counselor education “it’s hard to let go, but i want to leave while i’m still in love with my job. this is a wonderful place and department,” said dr. susan varhely, emeritus professor of counselor education, upon her recent retirement. “twenty-five years at one place – that’s quite an achievement.” Nevertheless, she returned to campus in June to teach incoming graduate students in counselor education’s summer intensive. She may also eventually teach some electives for the program online. Varhely joined Adams State in 1990, when counselor education was still part of the psychology department. She was named program coordinator in 2000, then was named chair in 2014, when it became an independent department. “At that time, we had three faculty members. As a separate program, we were able to focus better,” she said. Varhely remembers enrollment was about 55 students in the ‘90s. Now, the department has twelve faculty members and boasts about 600 students in its Master of Arts program. The program’s growth is largely responsible for Adams State’s record enrollment of graduate students over the last few years. Varhely takes particular pride in the creation of Adams State’s first doctoral program in 2013: the Ph.D. program in counselor education and supervision. “I’ve wanted the Ph.D. for a number of years. Everything is a process; we keep moving and morphing,” she said. Varhely taught when “distance” education meant Adams State faculty drove to Denver, Pueblo, and Grand Junction every week to teach aspiring counselors. Online courses have transformed that experience and enabled many more students to take advantage of ASU’s programs. 18 ◗ aStater summer 2015 She has been teaching the counseling internship course online. “I cannot tell my students how in awe I am of their abilities. I remember when they were pre-professionals, now they are colleagues and professionals. We have had a lot of graduates who are very accomplished,” Varhely said. “In this profession, it’s important to learn how to let go. Teaching counseling, you become very close to your students. You go from being very committed and involved, then you have to let it go.” Two former students joined Varhely on the counselor education faculty, Dr. Teri McCartney ’87, ’92 and Dr. Mark Manzanares ’89, ‘92, who succeeded her as department chair. She had him in class her first year at Adams State. “This is such a wonderful department. Nothing happens just because of one person. We make changes as a team,” she said. “Don Basse (then dean of graduate studies) never said ‘No’ to opportunities to try new things. When I first suggested teaching a course in transpersonal psychology, he said, ‘Go for it.’ You can be very creative at Adam State, because it is small and there’s not a lot of red tape.” She also introduced courses in neuroscience, play therapy, and psychotherapy, and would like to develop an elective in death and dying or aging. “A whole new segment of the population is now capable of living longer.” For herself, Varhely said, “I don’t even look at my weight or age. You can start to identify with it and feel older.” Transpersonal psychology was the beginning of Varhely’s interest in mindful meditation. With her “twilight partner,” former math professor Monte Zerger, she relocated to Taos, New Mexico. There, she will be nearer her Buddhist meditation teacher. “I want to learn more about Buddhist psychology. There is now tons of research on how meditation literally changes your brain. Meditation can help you be less reactive, more focused, and develop compassion,” she said. A “big walker” and “big animal advocate,” Varhely has three dogs and four cats. She supports the Best Friends Animal Society and plans to volunteer at Stray Hearts, a no-kill animal shelter in Taos. Retirement will also afford Varhely more time with her three children and five grandchildren. By Julie Waechter dr. rex filer emeritus professor of counselor education “at adams state, and in the counseling profession, we find a way to open doors for people who choose to walk through them,” said dr. rex filer upon his recent retirement after 28 years teaching in the counselor education program. “it’s been enjoyable; I am leaving happy. i’ve had good students and colleagues.” His “big loves” have been teaching school counseling and working with grad students in their experiential courses, pre-practica, practica, and internships. Therefore, although he and his wife, Peggy ‘91, ‘93, have relocated to Payson, Ariz., he continues to teach the summer intensive for the counselor education program. “I hope to continue to do that for years.” “One reason it is still enjoyable is I can see the difference in understanding as students move through the program. It’s exciting to see their development,” Filer said. “So many students have a genuine desire to be helpful, and they go beyond the requirements to be their best. It’s a privilege to be involved as they identify the skills needed to form genuine relationships.” He and Dr. Don Basse, fellow professor of counselor education, recently received an email from a student who earned his master’s 23 years ago. “He was about to defend his doctoral dissertation, and he was thanking us. Those little things stand out. “I am proud of so many students who have become leaders in the profession and provide excellent counseling services,” Filer said, noting his counseling students have ranged in age from 24 to 66; some hail from such nations as China, the Dominican Republic, Oman, and Germany. “They brought all kinds of experience to the program, while others were brand new in the field. It works.” “The main educational technology I used was my car, to drive to teach classes in Durango, Grand Junction, and Pueblo,” he joked. “I thought I was pretty innovative to use colored chalk.” “They didn’t realize what a difference it would make in the school setting,” Filer noted. Like other professors who teach at a distance online, Filer found students participate more than they might in a “ i am proud of so many students who have become leaders in the profession and provide excellent counseling services.” When Filer joined the Adams State faculty in 1987, he became the program’s second full-time faculty member. face-to-face class, in which some may be reticent. “They ALL respond, and we get a much deeper discussion.” Filer also appreciates the “privilege” he’s had to be married to a deaf woman; he believes Peggy may have been the first deaf person to earn a degree at Adams State. “Being within the deaf community, using American Sign Language, makes you realize the importance of non-verbal communication,” he said.” It also makes you more sensitive to those who are different. It has made me more effective in my work.” By Julie Waechter aStater features ◗ growth and adaptation He easily adapted to the online format used in the program today. “There was a learning curve, but it wasn’t that challenging,” Filer said. “What was important never changed. We are developing the students’ self-awareness and a variety of counseling skills. Only the delivery method has changed.” Of course there have been changes and innovation in both the counseling profession and Adams State’s program. Originally requiring 36 credit hours, the program then moved to 48 credits, and now requires 60 credits. “This expansion resulted from the recognition of what people need in the field.” Evidence-based counseling, for example, improves effectiveness while maintaining the care. For example, he said those learning to be school counselors found that when students fill out a form about themselves, it created a safer form of communication. 19 President Beverlee J. McClure with a unique blend of expertise in higher education, policy making, and the private sector, dr. mcclure is well prepared to lead adams state university in meeting the challenges of higher education in the 21st century. 20 â—— aStater summer 2015 Q: why did you seek the adams state university presidency? Dr. McClure: I believe it is important in life to follow your passion. I was ready to be back on a campus doing what I love – working with faculty and staff to provide social and economic mobility opportunities for students. I was also eager to bring my private sector and policy experience back to the higher education setting. I believe it makes me a stronger leader, and that breadth of knowledge will help us as we work to create our future. In seeking where to serve, I wanted it to be a good fit for me and for the institution. When the search firm contacted me about the possibility of applying for Adams State University, I was very intrigued. The location, the student population served, the comprehensive programming were all very positive. Before applying, my significant other, Jeff, and I visited the community and walked the campus. We were so impressed with the beauty of the area and of the campus. The friendliness of the community and those on campus was also a big draw. We both knew that we could make southern Colorado home and that being a part of Adams State University would be exciting. During the interview process, I was impressed with the number of people from the community who came to the forums. Their questions were thoughtful, and it was obvious they cared deeply about the University. This is important, as I believe Adams State University is an integral part of this community. It was good to see that the support for our mission is here. My meetings with faculty and staff were just as impressive. The talent we have here, combined with the level of commitment to the university, really piqued my desire to be a part of the campus and work with these wonderful people. And our Board of Trustees are so connected and motivated to move this university forward that I knew I would enjoy working for them. Each brings strengths and a set of relationships that helps make the connections needed for partnerships and collaborations. What really sealed my commitment to be the next president of Adams State University was my meeting with the students. I spent two hours listening to their personal stories of how this university has changed their lives. Stories of professors who cared for them beyond just the classroom. Stories of support staff who went over and beyond to help them meet the challenges of juggling academics with personal life responsibilities. And the vision the student leadership has of ensuring that every student feels welcome and has the opportunity to be a Grizzly was incredible. Q: why is diversity important in higher education, particularly at adams state? what advantages & challenges does it bring? Dr. McClure: While inclusion and diversity are buzz words at some institutions, at Adams State University it is a way of life. The atmosphere on campus embraces diversity of ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, as well as different learning styles. Adams State is continually working to weave the principles of inclusion throughout our academics and our campus activities. It is important for us to give our students an opportunity to interact freely with others in a safe environment. This will teach acceptance and tolerance that we hope will go with each individual student beyond the boundaries of this campus. We hope to make each graduate a better community aStater cover ◗ “ what really sealed my commitment to be the next president of adams state university was my meeting with the students. i spent two hours listening to their personal stories of how this university has changed their lives. stories of professors who cared for them beyond just the classroom. stories of support staff who went over and beyond to help them meet the challenges of juggling academics with personal life responsibilities.” 21 Beverlee J. McClure, Ed.D tenth president of adams state university professional experience president & ceo New Mexico Association of Commerce & Industry Albuquerque, New Mexico July 2007 - June 2015 cabinet secretary of higher education State of New Mexico September 2005 - July 2007 president Clovis Community College Clovis New Mexico February 1999 - September 2005 provost St. Augustine Campus St. Johns River Community College St. Augustine, Florida January 1997 - January 1999 assistant vice president for student services & university center operations University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Fort Smith, Arkansas August 1991 - August 1996 assistant director, leadership fort smith University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Fort Smith, Arkansas August 1991 - August 1995 education doctor of education Educational Administration The University of Texas at Austin master of business administration The University of Arkansas-Fayetteville bachelor of business administration with high honors Texas A & M, Commerce associate of science Grayson County College selected awards & honors named to“power brokers of new mexico” 10 years ywca “woman on the move” award governor’s award for outstanding new mexico women recognized as one of ten women of influence by new mexico business weekly 22 ◗ aStater summer 2015 member who embraces the perspective that different viewpoints can make us all stronger. As a Hispanic Serving Institution, Adams State must continue to focus on the recruitment and retention of Hispanic students. By putting programs and support systems in place to help these students attain their goals, we help every student. One benefit of being designated a Hispanic Serving Institution is that we receive funding for these programs and systems and, in turn, all of our students, especially our firstgeneration college students, have the opportunity to be more successful in this nurturing environment. Being selected as the first female president of Adams State reflects the Board of Trustees’ and the University's commitment to inclusion. That said, many of our alumni may not know that I join a strong group of female leaders in this community. These women include the CEO of San Luis Valley Health, the CEO of Valley-Wide Health Systems, the City Manager, and the County Manager. The young women of the Valley have some excellent role models, and it is an honor to serve with these other women. Q: how will your business and government experience inform your leadership of asu? Dr. McClure: The funding for higher education has become much more political at the state and the federal level. There was a time when we could just count on the dollars to flow in, regardless of the outcomes delivered. However, as the cost of a college degree increases, along with the amount of debt a student graduates with, more focus is placed on affordability and accountability, and rightly so. Joining in this increased scrutiny are employers who want graduates to be ready for the workplace. Business leaders are joining parents, students, and potential students in the quest to have higher education justify the return on investment for a college education. In the state of Colorado, higher education faces an even more difficult challenge working in the context of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR). TABOR restricts revenues for all levels of government, which sounds good in theory. The unintended consequence is that the better the Colorado economy does, the less funding is available for higher education. So as Colorado continues to add more jobs and grow the economy, the institutions that train the workforce are placed at a disadvantage. In fact, this disadvantage, combined with the increase in Colorado's high school graduates, has led to more than 30 out-of-state institutions maintaining a full time presence in Denver to recruit Colorado students. For a higher education institution to be successful, a university president must work to diversify revenue, while at the same time work in and with the political leaders to enact bet- Q: when not running the university, what do you enjoy doing? Q: how will you go about forging a direction for the university? Dr. McClure: This first 100 days, I am meeting with as many people and groups as possible to get input into the university's 2020 Strategic Plan. We want the strategic priorities to be finalized by December of this year and will spend the spring working on the metrics to measure our progress. This plan is essential to our being able to target our resources to move the University forward. I am meeting with each department and academic division to discuss the plan and the role that each member of our campus community plays in creating and implementing the plan. Recognizing that our boundaries extend beyond the campus, I am also meeting with elected officials, business leaders, alumni, and other constituent groups to get input into our future. I welcome any of our alumni to let me know their ideas and thoughts. Those with the best input are our graduates who have experienced what a positive, life-changing place Adams State University can be. No matter what, we will keep our core purpose at the heart of all we do. That core purpose is to "educate, serve, and inspire our diverse populations in the pursuit of their lifelong dreams and ambitions." road trips and teleconferences, interviews and photo shoots, strategic planning and decision making – even a rodeo and parade – have all have been part of dr. mcclure’s initial weeks as president of adams state. Dr. McClure: Jeff and I are golfers. Any chance we get, you will find us on the course. We have had fun exploring the beautiful courses in this area. Golf is a great way for us to spend time together and with people we enjoy, while being outdoors and active. Golf is also a great way to connect professionally with people. Originally, I learned to play golf to provide an opportunity to professionally network and connect. I realized I was missing out on important relationship-building opportunities by not playing. In addition to golf, we like to scuba dive. We have travelled to many places, and it is great to see what each site has to offer above and below the water. Conservation efforts for coral reefs are crucial, and when you dive different sites, you realize the negative impact of not caring for reefs and for underwater life. Our favorite dive site is Turneffe Island in Belize. They are active in underwater conservation, and the sites are gorgeous. The Blue Hole is fantastic. Being up close to sharks is not as scary as it seems. Plus, I always remind myself that I don't have to be the fastest swimmer, I just don't want to be the slowest! We also like to entertain. We really love to cook and to host dinner parties. Jeff is great with pairing wine with the food, and that makes it even more fun. There is something special about hosting people in your home and sharing a meal that you have planned and prepared. For me, the planning is as much fun as the hosting. In fact, I read cookbooks to relax. I enjoy looking at new ways to prepare a favorite dish. Q: have you ever lived where it normally snows? Dr. McClure: While Alamosa receives more snow that most places I have lived, New Mexico gets its share of snow. I was always in Santa Fe for the legislative session which begins in January, and there was usually snow for the duration of the session. I like to snow shoe and am looking forward to learning to cross country ski. Jeff is an excellent skier, and we usually take a couple of ski trips a year. The trade-off for cold winters here is the beautiful summer and fall. She’s been meeting with lots of people, getting to know not only the Adams State campus, but also Colorado and the San Luis Valley. On July 20 alone, 200 campus and community members attended a welcome reception to meet her personally. She’s already logged three meeting-filled visits to the Front Range, and more are scheduled. She’s met with Lt. Gov. Garcia, executive director of the Colorado Dept. of Higher Education, as well as local government and community leaders. Early on was a two-day retreat with the Board of Trustees. Soon, President McClure will greet Adams State’s new class of first-year students. aStater cover ◗ ter policies and legislation. My background is a good fit for this type of environment. My main responsibility is to find the resources Adams State University needs to thrive. Having a business perspective helps me in this endeavor. I understand what business leaders need in order to help us seek these resources. My background provides a good foundation to understand the need for partnerships to leverage scarce resources and how to make this University more competitive. And competition for us right now is global, not just local. I do believe that this presents the perfect storm for Adams State. While we have been forced to increase tuition, we still provide a high quality, affordable education. We have been able to keep our class sizes small and have been able to keep qualified professors teaching those classes. However, we are running on a tight margin. Moving into the future, Adams State will be more politically involved and more active in seeking alternative funding sources. 23 Entertainment was provided by (from left) The Lost & Found Improv Troupe, 68 West a capella group, and the Chemistry Club, which staged a chemistry magic show. The ASU Foundation’s annual fundraiser, held April 16, raised $4,468 to support scholarships for students from the San Luis Valley. legacy society member encourages others to follow his lead adams state university’s legacy society honors those who include the university in their estate plans. The latest to join this important group are Phil ‘61 and Anne Britton (left). “Philip is one of our great alumni,” said Lori Laske ‘91, ‘01, Executive Director of Alumni and Donor Relations. “His generosity to Adams State personifies what ASU is all about: opportunity, people, and giving back.” “We decided to make a Legacy gift to fund an endowed scholarship to recognize the work of Lori Laske and Tammy Lopez. These two individuals believe in the mission of Adams State University and remind me that this is where it all began,” Phil Britton said. “Over the past 50-some years, we have supported the ASU Foundation within our means. However, now that 24 ◗ aStater summer 2015 we are recalling the good memories of our lives, Adams State comes forth. First, I was challenged to think, not just memorize and spit it back. Professors Peterson, Kraft, Mulligan, Weldon, and Morris were the first to start the process. Bill Turner let me debate, which gave me much needed selfconfidence in speaking and thinking. But the one professor that directed me on my life path was Dr. Tom Thomson. He gave me challenges and support that changed my direction from teaching to graduate school. I was able to obtain a fellowship to the University of Vermont, where I received a Ph.D. I spent 31 years with DuPont and Ciba in dyes and pigments, serving in many capacities.” In retirement, the Brittons have volunteered with the American Red Cross and various church programs. “Now, due to our health concerns, we have been evaluating in more detail our resources and their disposition,” Phil said. “One reason we chose Adams State is as a payback for the rewarding life we’ve had. But also, throughout my career I did not encounter a single Hispanic co-worker. This made me believe that by following Tammy and Lori's belief in the mission of Adams State, we may help to provide a means for such students to experience the Adams State vision.” He added this message for his former classmates: “To all my fellow alumni who made it through college without a computer, I ask that you consider a payback to Adams State. By helping others receive an Adams State education, we can sustain a work force that pays our Social Security.” mcdaniel gift funds internships regardless of a student’s gpa, on-the-job experience is a bonus on any resume. To aid students in gaining valuable skills, Dr. John E. McDaniel, Emeritus Professor of History, established a program to provide students paid internship opportunities. This past academic year, 14 students had year-long internships. In addition to various campus offices, students interned with First Southwest Bank, Valley-Wide Health Systems, Alamosa Elementary School, and Gingerbread Early Learning Center. “Based on the initial experience, I was very much impressed with the calibre of interns,” McDaniel said. “The intent of the intern program is both to recognize outstanding ASU students and to afford them an opportunity to work on campus and in various local businesses. Thanks to the students chosen and to Dr. Crowther's stewardship of the program, it clearly has exceeded expectations.” ASU President Beverlee McClure (second from right) presents scholarships at the Ski Hi Stampede rodeo in Monte Vista, Colo. From left are: Chase and Jill Francis, accepting for Betty Pack; and recipients Nikita Christensen and Courtney Logan. At far right is Stampede Committee president, Karla Wilschau ‘84. Photo courtesy of Eric Flores, Valley Courier Jefferson portrait graces Dr. Norma Peterson Room Back L-R: Donathan Archuleta, Miriam Jimenez, Keren Bakke, Alfred Petross, Dr. John McDaniel Not pictured: Brandi Shawcroft, Michael Rugg, Clint Nicholson, Steven Petrov, Ryan Meidinger, Reuben Chavira, and Megan Hannafious donor report correction In the ASU Foundation Donor Report for 2014 (which ran in the spring 2015 A-Stater), the following donor was inadvertently omitted. Our apologies. $1,000 - $2,499 Lee Vickers ‘60, ‘65 ABOVE: Dr. Peterson’s beloved Thomas Jefferson LEFT: Tom Nugent ‘73 aStater giving ◗ Front L-R: Gretchen Rachlis, Carissa Sidor, and Amber Garcia Emeritus Professor of History, Norma L. Peterson, Ph.D., LL.D., was a great admirer of President Thomas Jefferson, whose portrait (right) hung in her campus office, then in her home library after she retired in 1983. She served Adams State for 31 years and was Dean of the History, Government & Philosophy Department. After Peterson’s death in 2005, the portrait was bequeathed to her dear friend, Tom Nugent '73. Nugent recently donated the portrait to the university; it now hangs inside the Dr. Norma Peterson Room, a lecture space in McDaniel Hall. 25 erin gilmore memorial endowment scholarships: the gift that keeps on giving It’s surprisingly easy to create an endowed scholarship, and Adams State alumni do so for a variety of reasons. Some wish to honor the memory of a loved one; others choose to support students in a particular academic or athletic program. Some simply seek to share the good fortune of an Adams State education. Alumni can also add to existing scholarships created by others, such as those described here. To learn more about this and other ways to support Adams State, please contact: Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00, Executive Director ASU Foundation 719-587-7122 email: email@example.com “it was important to me to have her memory continue on forever,” said Katie Fundalinski about why she initiated a scholarship in memory of her cousin, Erin Gilmore. Fundalinski created the scholarship together with Erin’s parents, former Adams State President Tom ’67 and Pat ’68 Gilmore. “Erin faced a lot of challenges, but she channeled a lot of life and emotions and expressed herself through creative writing. She inspired people more than she ever knew. Erin loved Adams State,” Fundalinski said. Thus, the Erin Gilmore Memorial The late Erin Gilmore Endowment is targeted to an Adams State student who has a passion for writing and desire to study in liberal arts, as determined by the English Department faculty. The first award recipient is Julia Cole, who will be a senior majoring in English/creative writing. “Erin and I were inseparable. She was short and blond, I was tall with dark hair – people called us ‘salt & pepper.’ Throughout the years, we were sisters. We were very, very close,” Fundalinski recalled. “We had a great outpouring of support for the scholarship from our family and community. Our whole family is wrapping our love around the Gilmores and Erin as a lasting gift. I know she would want to keep that gift going. Our thought was this was a way to keep a positive, lasting memory of her in the community.” elaine southway memorial endowment elaine southway specifically requested that, upon her death, memorial gifts be made to a scholarship for adams state students. Her children, Joanne (Southway) Clayton ’61 and Butch and Izora ’66 Southway, complied with those wishes and supplemented those considerable contributions to create an endowment. The Elaine Southway Memorial Endowment gives preference to San Luis Valley high school graduates who are juniors or seniors at ASU, in good academic standing, and demonstrate financial need. The scholarship’s first recipient is Kirsten Salazar, a sophomore majoring in psychology. Elaine’s daughter-in-law, Izora, said they designed the award for juniors and seniors, because there may be more scholarships for incoming freshman, but the needs are still there until graduation. Elaine Southway lived to see four generations of descendants; she passed away last December at age 98. She was originally from Canada, but spent much of her life in Blanca and Alamosa. Joanne Clayton said her mother was “a very avid bridge player. She was very outspoken, but had a heart of gold. She was always there for us and loved her grandkids. In later days in assisted living, everybody just loved her.” Izora Southway was a longtime board member of the ASU Foundation and served as its president for four years. “We have a tradition of creating scholarships for 40-some years,” she said. Southway Construction funds two full tuition and fees scholarships: the Southway Alumni Scholarship and Southway Wrestling Scholarship. “We all have a great love for the people of the San Luis Valley, and for Adams State,” she said. “A lot of people in the valley would not have been fortunate enough to obtain an education if ASU had not been there. Many have been outstanding in their fields and done Adams State proud.” The late Elaine Southway 26 ◗ aStater summer 2015 alumni/foundation office endowment “i’ll never be able to do enough to help my alma mater grow,” wrote Rich Gehlbach ’59, who recently created the Alumni/Foundation Office Endowment. “I trust people understand and appreciate what you are doing for our school . . . the legacy you’ll leave. You certainly persuaded me to do all I can,” he wrote to Alumni and Foundation staff members Gaylene Horning ‘94, Lori Laske ’91, ‘01, and Tammy Lopez ’91, ‘00. This scholarship is open to San Luis Valley students with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Rich Gehlbach ’59 Gehlbach is a very loyal Adams State supporter, regularly attending Adams State Homecoming and the Donor & Student Recognition Dinner. He became a member of the Adams State University Legacy Society in 2013 by virtue of including ASU in his estate plans. “I read of distinguished graduates of ASU (and ASC) and realize what a fabulous job our educators are doing.” Gehlbach is retired after 45 years in the life insurance industry and lives with his wife in Olathe, Kansas. “I am so proud of what the college has become, its growth and progress,” he added. “I feel compelled to help all I can. And I hope others of my generation feel the same, before it’s too late.” carly delorenzo softball scholarship ’83 and Patricia ’83 DeLorenzo created a scholarship in honor of their youngest child, softball standout Carly DeLorenzo ’14. All three DeLorenzo children – Carly, Rocco ‘12, and Roxi ’10 – at- ABOVE: Carly DeLorenzo ‘14 FAR RIGHT: Roxi (Delorenzo) Vigil ‘10 with Phil ‘83 and Patricia ‘83 DeLorenzo. tended Adams State on athletic scholarships. Roxi received an academic scholarship and also played softball; while Rocco was an All-American football player, just like his dad. Patricia DeLorenzo was an All-American track athlete at Adams State. Completing the family’s Adams State connections are Phil’s brother, Christopher DeLorenzo ’90, and his wife, Wanda ‘83. “We wanted to leave a legacy,” Phil DeLorenzo said. “Carly had a great career at Adams State, and we are great fans of Coach Dervin Taylor. This scholarship is as much about him as it is about my daughter. He treated her with the utmost respect.” The DeLorenzos designed the scholarship for “a great student who works very hard at their sport.” “We want someone who has good character and will appreciate the scholarship,” Phil said. The scholarship’s inaugural award of $1,000 a year goes to first baseman Kelsi Kautz, who will be a junior majoring in English and education. Carly DeLorenzo followed in her parents and siblings’ footsteps to Adams State, eager to be on campus and in the same town as them. Now a math teacher at Sangre de Cristo School in Mosca, Colo., Carly will serve as Tay- lor’s assistant coach this year, as well. Her sister, Roxi Vigil ’10, teaches high school English at Sangre de Cristo, also. She met her husband, Jan Vigil ‘13 at Adams State. Rocco now owns a roofing and restoration company in Denver. “When our oldest, Roxi, was ready for college, we tried to steer her away from Adams State. We wanted her to have her own experience,” Phil said. “She looked at other schools, but they didn’t feel right. So we went down to Adams State, and she was standing on the walkway by the (former) ES building and said, ‘This is where I want to go to school.’ Adams State was a good experience for all of us,” Phil said. “Our kids are all doing well, and my wife and I have done well with our educations.” aStater giving ◗ with an extended family full of adams state alumni, Phil 27 28 â—— aStater summer 2015 The 2015 Homecoming T-shirt is a new take on the one offered for the first time in 1994. The original was a sweatshirt and said “ASC,” while this year’s is a T-shirt updated to read “ASU.” 1994 adams state staff oct. 2-3 save the date There’s still time to register and order your 2015 ASU Homecoming T-shirt. For more information: 800-824-6494 ext. 8 www.adams.edu/alumni email: firstname.lastname@example.org ◗ aStater alumnews 29 Outstanding Alumnus connected with faith through study of music as reverend michael b. chrisman ’04 walks along the sidewalk on a warm summer day in july, vacation bible school students begin leaving alamosa’s sacred heart church with their parents. faces light up when they greet chrisman. the children beam up at him, while fathers and mothers exchange pleasantries. an obvious fondness and connection exists between the parishioners and their priest. Possibly one of the youngest alumni to receive the Adams State University Outstanding Alumnus Award, Chrisman said he was “speechless” when the Alumni Board came to his office to deliver the news. He will accept the award at the Adams State University Alumni Banquet and Awards Ceremony during Homecoming, Oct. 2. (See schedule p. 28.) Holding a music education degree from Adams State, Chrisman was ordained a Catholic Priest in 2011 and has been serving as the Parish Administrator for Sacred Heart Church in Alamosa for a year. Before accepting that post, he was Director of Vocations and the Director of Liturgy and Worship for the southern half of Colorado. Chrisman was nominated for the award by Daisy M. Ortega ‘75, who said, “His success as the director of vocations and a parish priest resulted in numerous young men discerning their vocation to the priesthood. He uses his musical abilities almost daily in the celebration of mass. Through his vocation and the sacraments he has administered, he has touched many lives, from birth to death. He does not know the definition of the word ‘no.’” A graduate of Pueblo Centennial High School, Chrisman hadn’t heard of Adams State before an admissions counselor visited his high school. Even 15 years later, Chrisman remembers the counselor’s energy about Adams State. “That positivity got a hold of me, and I researched the institution.” The idea of small classes and individual attention convinced Chrisman to visit 30 ◗ aStater summer 2015 campus. Upon his visit, “the people were so welcoming and wonderful.” Chrisman introduced himself to the Music Department, where he would major. “I remembered I felt a great connection. I had found a gem.” Chrisman auditioned for Dr. Christine Keitges, emeritus professor of music, and started a “path towards music and ministry.” Once she recognized Chrisman’s interest in and devotion to the Catholic religion, Keitges suggested he begin singing in Catholic Mass at Sacred Heart Church. “My connection with music and faith began here in Alamosa with a simple invitation.” Throughout his academic years at Adams State, Keitges became a “great mentor,” along with Dr. Betsy Schauer, former Adams State Choral Director. “Their passion for music was contagious. I was taken in by their commitment, and I developed a deeper appreciation for instrumental and vocal music. Dr. Schauer impressed upon me the great beauty expressed in sung speech.” Keitges recalled, “Mike Chrisman was a wonderful student who came in as a freshman with a beautiful voice and a lot of musical ability. He was and is kind, thoughtful, caring, always quick with a smile, and en- couraging and supportive of others. His generous spirit and beliefs were apparent in his willingness to sing for mass at Sacred Heart during his undergrad days. And now he is the priest there!” While attending Adams State, Chrisman began to “seriously look at different positions and careers with a deep connection to prayer.” He prayed for guidance, “God, what is it you want me to do to best minister to everyone and grow in my relationship to you?” He the reverend michael b. chrisman ’04 the routine; sometimes that’s how God speaks to us.” He believes the unexpected moments are “centered to happiness in God’s plan for us. God is amazing. I try everyday to seek and follow the plan God has for all of us.” As a minister and a person of faith, Chrisman is inspired when encountering the people of God. “I am encouraged when people live out their faith in their routine day as they grow in their relationship with Jesus.” Chrisman’s parents, Doug and Kathy Chrisman, top his list of motivating people. “When I first talked about college, they said, ‘Whichever career path you choose, you will always have our support and our love.’ I carry that with me to this day.” Another great influence in Chrisman’s life is Bishop David Ricken, of the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. “Growing up, as a young alter server, I witnessed the great joy, peace, and fulfillment he had in his own vocation: a Catholic Priest,” Chrisman recalled. If current students were to seek advice from Chrisman, he would say, “College is an excellent time of growth, exploration, and understanding. Persevere in your studies. College is also a great opportunity to grow in all aspects of life and is a treasure trove of blessings. A story in the scripture asks us this: ‘Cast your net into the deep’ Jesus says. When we do that, trusting in God, we can pull in an amazing haul of fish. This is a lot like our college journey. I encourage you to cast your net into the deep and be by surprised what God might have in store for you.” Breaking out in a quiet laugh, Chrisman answers the question, “Where do you see yourself in five to ten years?” “I am reminded of the Book of Job: which says, ‘So with old age comes wisdom 0rdained • Roman Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Pueblo, Colo., June 23, 2011, at the Cathedral of The Sacred Heart in Pueblo, Colo. by the Most Reverend Fernando Isern, DD Bishop of Pueblo education • Bachelor of Arts in Music Education – Adams State University, 2004 • Spanish Language and Culture Study for Religious and Clergy – Cirimex Foreign Language School, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008 • Master of Art in Catholic Thought and Life – Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, 2009 • Certified in One Unit of Hospital Chaplaincy – Saint Vincent Hospital, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), Indianapolis, Indiana, 2009 • Master of Divinity – Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, Saint Meinrad, Indiana, 2011 experience • Roman Catholic Priest, Sacred Heart Church, Alamosa, Colo., 2014 until present • Director of Liturgy and Worship, Diocese of Pueblo, Colo., 2014 until present • Roman Catholic Priest, Diocese of Pueblo, Colo., 2011 until present • Parochial Vicar, Sacred Heart Church, Alamosa, Colo., 2011-2013 • Parochial Vicar, San Juan Catholic Community, Monte Vista, Del Norte, South Fork, Creed, Center and Saguache, Colo. July 2011-Feb. 2013 and length of days.’ In five to ten years, I see myself with a little more grey hair and wrinkles, continuing to grow with the people of God, serving them, all the while striving daily to grow in my relationship with Jesus alongside the people I serve. I would like to be a little more wise – that’s my prayer, anyway. “As Adams State continues to provide a wonderful foundation for great stories, I believe the institution will continue to have a great spirit of hospitality and foster a sense of wonder and awe. As ASU continues to build on its legacy, I also see it continuing to assist students in reaching their academic goals and chosen career paths.” By Linda Relyea ‘96, ‘10 aStater alumnews ◗ was drawn to continue his education and to seek God. “After graduation, I explored the possibility that God might be calling me to be a Catholic priest.” He continued with his education, receiving two master’s degrees, the first in Catholic Thought and Life, the second in Divinity. On June 23, 2011, Chrisman was ordained a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Pueblo. “Without my experience at Adams State, I would not be the same person I am today. My friendships cultivated my faith, and it was at Adams State when I heard and responded to God’s voice and trusted in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. It was a tremendous blessing to study at Adams State.” Although Chrisman values a routine day, including Mass in the morning, office work throughout the day, and seeing people regularly, he really welcomes the “in-between” moments. “Unexpected moments throughout the day are graced moments. I welcome and appreciate the unexpected amidst 31 former trustee chair Billy Adams Award goes to Steve Valdez ‘87 during the tenure of stephen valdez ’87 as an adams state trustee, the university underwent many exciting changes, including evolving from a college to university. Valdez’s commitment to his alma mater as a trustee and Grizzly Club member, as well as his constant individual support, made him the top choice for the 2015 Adams State University Billy Adams Award. He will receive the award at the Adams State University Alumni Banquet and Awards Ceremony during Homecoming, Oct. 2. (See schedule p. 28.) Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure said since 1971, the Billy Adams Award has honored individuals who dedicated their time and efforts to the betterment of Adams State University. “This year's recipient, Steve Valdez, exemplifies this value. He has a long history of selfless devotion and a pledge of continued support to Adams State. Mr. Valdez has proven his loyalty to the university and the students we serve, and we appreciate all of his time and effort.” Valdez’s immediate reaction to this honor was the same humble attitude expressed by many noteworthy Adams State alumni and friends. “There are many others who have done more. I am not that special.” This is the same down-to-earth sensibility and man-of-theearth tenacity that Adams State’s founder, Billy Adams, brought to sponsoring the legislative bill that created the institution. Valdez said ASU still exhibits the core values and commitment shown by the founder and early professors and administrators. “During my time on the Board of Trustees, I was always impressed by faculty and administration. They continually find ways to grow in an environment of budget cuts and lack of resources. I am amazed at the commitment and quality of Adams State employees.” Valdez was appointed to Adams State Board of Trustees in 2007. He served as vice chair in 2010, then as chair from July 2011 through December 2013. "It was an exciting time to chair the board, with the enrollment growth the college was experiencing. But that was not surprising, because administration did some great things to bring that about. I was proud to be involved with Adams State." “Exciting” may be an understatement; during Valdez’s board service, Adams State became a university and underwent massive campus renovations. He remembers breaking ground on the new stadium and the transformation of the north campus, the positive energy during the transition from college to university, the remodel of McDaniel Hall and the Music Building, and renovations of student residences. “I am proud of the students who had the foresight to approve the capital construction fee [to finance the renovations]. ” 32 ◗ aStater summer 2015 While a trustee, he was the board’s liaison with the Adams State Foundation. He is also a long-time member of the Adams State College Grizzly Club Board of Directors, having served two years each as president and vice president.He was named the Grizzly Club Member of the Year in 2009. Valdez began working at the Alamosa City Market in 1985 while earning a B.S. in management with a minor in marketing. He continued with City Market after graduating, working in Glenwood Springs and Grand Junction, including six years in the main office. He was named manager of the Steamboat Springs store after only two months as assistant manager. He seized the chance to return to Alamosa to manage the local City Market. He said the 31 years he has spent with City Market seems like the “blink-of-an-eye; it is such a good company.” City Market recognized his valuable leadership with the Superior Service Golden Key Award in 2003. Valdez and his wife, Sandra, have four children: Rachel, Erika, Olivia, and Garrett. He also owns and manages Valdez Farm and Ranch. For Valdez, Adams State means opportunities. “In a rural area, Adams State affords people a venue to express themselves and become who they really want to become.” He also appreciates the university’s role in unifying the community. “We have graduates going out to teach and work in our community. Adams State brings us together to cheer on sports teams or attend a theatre, music, or art show.” “Adams State opens the door for many to reach their potential, many who would not have the opportunity otherwise,” Valdez said, adding it is “always rewarding” to celebrate commencement ceremonies with ASU’s many first-generation students and their families. By Linda Relyea ‘96, ‘10 exceptional new alumna Kristina Daniel ‘06, ‘11 collaborates for community good In recognition of these accomplishments and her dedication to the Alamosa community, Daniel was selected Adams State’s Exceptional New Alumna for 2015. She will accept the award at the Adams State University Alumni Banquet and Awards Ceremony during Homecoming, Oct. 2. (See p. 28.) “I was very surprised and honored,” she said about receiving the award. “I consider it a privilege to work in our community and help make a difference. I’m very lucky to have had the opportunities I’ve had.” After earning a master’s in counseling at Adams State in 2006, Daniel joined the agency (then SLV Comprehensive Community Mental Health) as the Prevention Coordinator. She supervised a staff of 12-14 who worked in area schools and with community coalitions. In 2011, she and her husband, Kevin ‘11, ASU’s Director of Computing Services, were part of the first cohort to complete Adams State’s MBA program. Her MBA with an emphasis in public administration precipitated a move up to Assoc. Director of Clinical Operations. In early 2013, Daniel was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. She reports to the Executive Director and has five direct reports, who manage a total of 110 employees. “The counseling program, first and foremost, gave me a great foundation. It made me a better supervisor, employee, and community person,” Daniel said. “As I expanded administratively, the MBA gave me a broader business foundation. I feel more effective leading our group into these changes.” Her work is directly impacted by changes in health care. “The expansion of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act have made it possible for more people to access affordable health care. Colorado is very progressive, so there has been an influx of patients using our services.” She said over the last year, SLV Behavioral Health saw a nearly 25 percent increase in clients. Thus, her agency has expanded its staff; recent hires include five graduates of Adams State’s counseling program and two from the MBA program. “More than half of our staff are Adams State alumni,” she noted. SLV Behavioral Health also provides practica for Adams State counseling students, clinical rotations for nursing students, and internships for majors in sociology, psychology, and business administration. The agency’s board created a scholarship for undergraduates interested in counseling and behavioral health that includes an award of $2,000 and a senior internship. “Adams State was instrumental in helping me be successful. I think it’s important to give back,” she said. For example she conducted a training at a conference on Equity in Sports and Other Arenas, held on campus in April. The agency adopted its new name in May 2014. “Because of the stigma surrounding ‘mental illness,’ we wanted to broaden the understanding of our services,” Daniel explained. “I believe ‘behavioral health’ is much more person-centered. The client feels more in control, in that he or she can change behaviors and develop coping and regulation skills.” She added there is a national trend toward more holistic health care. “You can’t treat the body without dealing with behaviors; they completely impact each other.” SLV Behavioral Health operates clinics in every SLV county, in addition to its presence in eight Valley-Wide Health Systems clinics. It also partners with departments of social services, schools, probation offices, Tu Casa (serving victims of domestic and sexual violence), La Puente (homeless shelter), and the Center for Restorative Programs. “Collaborations are some of the biggest benefit we bring to the community. We are a strong partner, and always want to be part of the conversation in seeking community solutions.” Collaboration and the move to holistic care are behind one of Daniel’s newest ventures: the Alamosa South Clinic, which will open this fall on the SLV Behavioral Health campus. Developed in conjunction with Valley-Wide, the clinic will integrate both physical and behavioral health needs. “We wanted to build a different model,” Daniel said. She’s been working on the new clinic with Gigi Darricades, President/CEO of Valley-Wide Health System, who said, “Kristina is upbeat and positive. She looks for effective ways to achieve goals, but is also realistic. She identifies issues that need to be addressed and then gets to work on these issues.” By Julie Waechter aStater alumnews ◗ kristina daniel ’06, ‘11 came to alamosa 13 years ago for a job in residence life at adams state. two masters’ degrees and a few positions later, she is now chief operating officer for san luis valley behavioral health. 33 alumnotes ◗1960s Bev Percival `60, `80 (Pueblo, CO) retired from teaching junior high/middle school physical education in Pueblo. She now works part-time in magazine/book merchandising. She has 3 grown sons, 2 in the Denver area and 1 in Pueblo. She has 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter, mostly in the state. Roger Gunlikson `62 (Fort Collins, CO) retired in 2006 after 40 years at the First National Bank of Ft. Collins. He spends much of his time volunteering with Rocky Mountain National Park, the Larimer County food bank, and Larimer County community corrections. Deanya Bradley `63, `68 (Gold Canyon, AZ) writes, “My years at Adams State prepared me for the University of Colorado. I graduated with a Ph.D. in 1983. I was the first child in my family to attend college and graduate.” Gary `64 & June `63 Kliesen (Wilmore, KS) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in January. Gary owned OK Tire in Dodge City for many years, but left the tire business to become a gentleman rancher near Coldwater, KS. June was an associate professor at Dodge City Community College for 35 years and was recently awarded the DCCC Outstanding Volunteer Service Award. Gary was born and raised in Dodge City, Kan;. June was born and raised in Melrose, Mass. How these two got together is best left to the historians and philosophers of the future. They both ended up in Colorado and met at Adams State. They have 3 children: daughter Brenda is an architectural engineer for a large firm in Virginia; son Brian is a firefighter with the Forest Service and has 2 children; son Joel works in security for a major defense contractor. Nancy Dunn `65, `75 (Farmington, CO) taught school in Catron Ct., NM, for 4 years, then in Farmington for 28 years. Lawrence Pyeatt `65 (Trinidad, CO) is a retired mine engineer, with his last job being at the WIPP site in Carlsbad, NM. He now teaches algebra part-time at Trinidad State Junior College. His wife, Mary, is a retired special ed teacher who taught in the Carlsbad school district. Paul Rahne `65, `66 (Colorado Springs, CO) has been married 47 years and is still traveling the world. They have been to 83 countries and still enjoy life. 34 ◗ aStater summer 2015 Paul De Bacco `66 (Scottsdale, AZ) retired after 42 years in corporate aviation. He spent 26 years with ITT Corp., which included then-Sheraton Hotels, Caesar’s Casino, and Madison Square Garden. He was based and worked 12 years at its European HQ in Brussels, Belgium. He continued with Starwood Hotels and Resorts for several years. As the corporate world changed and mergers seemed to happen more frequently, Paul also worked with Seagrams, Vivendi, and Universal Studios. For a few years he was based in Hong Kong, flying all over the world for a private client. At the end of his career, he worked for JPMorgan Chase Bank in Westchester, NY. Paul had many memorable moments with some of the people he flew: Aristotle and Jackie Onassis, some Royal family members, 2 former prime ministers of England, Sir Henri Moore (sculptor), Sir Anthony Hopkins, Luciano Pavarotti, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Shania Twain, US senators, and many other personalities. Instead of retiring to the Chesapeake Bay, he and his wife, Kristin, settled in sunny North Scottsdale, AZ, where their 2 children and 3 grandkids visit as much as they can. Dr. Mackie Faye Hill `66, `74 (Denver, CO) now has a publisher for her book Black Army Brat, which she hopes will be on shelves by Christmas. Ellwood Ervin `67 (Aurora, CO) went to the 43rd biannual Alpha Phi Omega national convention in December 2014 in Chicago, his 22nd convention. He attended the Denver Film Society’s Oscar party, where he put in 6 ballots to guess the winners. On one ballot he got 20 out of 24 correct, winning the grand prize. His executive producer membership was extended to 11/30/16. This includes free admission to all regularly priced films throughout the year at the Sie Film Center in Denver and film festivals. Diane Smylie Trembly `67 and husband, Darrell, still live in Durango, CO. Both are enjoying the life of the retired—going and doing what they want, when they want. They enjoy visiting grandkids (and their sons) in the Phoenix, AZ, area and Vancouver, WA. Last fall they spent a week relaxing in sunny Cozumel, Mexico. When at home, they enjoy growing a vegetable garden to share with friends, daily walks, and visiting with friends. Frank Maes `68 (Watkins, CO) retired after 37 years of teaching high school math in the Denver area. He and his wife, Leanna, have 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. Frieda Havens `69 (Cuba, NM) has been ranching full-time since she retired. Where it was once a hobby, ranching is now her livelihood, which she enjoys very much. She has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom are happy and healthy. She is a member of the New Mexico Cowbelles and the New Mexico Cattlegrowers Association. Fred Lopez `69 (Aurora, CO) is still golfing, trying to break 90. He continues to serve on the Nuñez Foundation board of directors. Tony Monfiletto `69 (Albuquerque, NM) is a retired teacher. He and his wife have been married for 40 years and have 4 children and 5 grandkids. He writes, “I’m damned lucky.” ◗1970s Eva Barela `71, `77 (Rio Rancho, NM) has been married for 41 years to L. George Barela `77. She taught in Center and Rocky Ford, CO, and Aztec, NM. George’s career included bank manager in Farmington, bank president in Center, and finance manager in Santa Fe until his retirement in 2012. Eva works part-time at Santa Fe Public School Adelante Program. They have 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren. David `71 & Carol `70 Schutte are retired after 35 years of teaching in Leadville, CO — Carol in ele- educator hall of fame inducts class of 2015 Adams State University Educator's Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2015 at a May 6 ceremony on campus. Master of ceremonies Dennis Lopez ‘74, ‘78 introduced the outstanding individuals who have worked to create opportunities for students to achieve academic and professional success. Back, from left: Pete Ortega ‘61, ‘64 (representing Isaac P. Ortega); John Marvel ‘70 (accepting for Dr. John Marvel); Dr. Kay O. Watkins ‘55; Sharon Turpin ‘85; Manny Wasinger ‘82, ‘93; Norman Roberts ‘75, ‘77 (accepting for Dr. Joe I. Vigil ‘53, ‘59;) Lloyd M. Garcia ‘76, ‘92; Don Stegman ‘61, ‘64; Dr. Arnold Chavez ‘69, ‘71; Celina Espinoza ‘74, ‘75; and Joshua M. Ortega (accepting for Isaac P. Ortega). Front from left: Rocky Ortega ‘65, ‘71 (representing Isaac P. Ortega); Susanna Atencio ‘83, ‘87; Kathleen McGinty ‘67; Hazel Petty ‘46, ‘71 (accepting for Luther Bean); Dr. Kenneth Bean ‘49 (accepting for Dr. Ira Richardson); and Amos Bernal ‘64, ‘73. Patricia McDonaldMorland `72 (Denver, CO) has been married to Jesse Morland for 39 years. She is the vice chair of her house district and captain of her house sub-district, as well as precinct committee person of her voting precinct. She worked for Denver public schools for 40 years, retiring in 2006 and again in 2014. She worked as a physical education instructor, mentor to teachers, dean of students, and department chair of the elective subjects. She was also a professional model for 10 years. She left New York, came to Colorado and never left. She says she treasures the days and the friends she made while at Adams State. Dwight Proctor `72 (Denver, CO) has been retired since 2006 and enjoys bike riding, weightlifting, and volunteering. Chuck `73 & Margie `73 Eaton (Wichita, KS) are both retired. They have 5 grandkids. One is in the US Navy, 1 at KU, 2 in high school, and 1 in middle school. Mike `73, `77 and Carla `79, `92 Garcia recently moved to Pueblo after 44 years in Alamosa. They feel like they will always have two homes — San Luis Valley and Pueblo. Martin “Marty” Perez `73 (Albuquerque, NM) is retired. He did a stint as a middle school teacher in Yigo, Guam, for a few years after graduation, but his primary career has been as a recreation director in several locations, including the city of Denver, USAFA in Colorado Springs, Ellsworth AFB in SD, and Dyess AFB in Abilene, TX. Dr. Mary Ann Roldan `74 (Pueblo, CO) was appointed to the World Fellowship Committee for 2014-16 by Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Members review and select women from outside the US to attend colleges and universities in the US and Canada as Fulbright scholars; 20 of the 92 applicants receive $4,000 scholarships. Cathie Graeser `76 (Pueblo, CO) retired in 2013 from Pueblo Community College after teaching for 50 years. She became a Tai Chi instructor in January 2014 and teaches beginning Tai Chi class at Wesley United Methodist Church in Pueblo. Elizabeth Howell `76 (Tucson, AZ) is Pima Community College’s executive director of media, community, and government relations. She spent 26 years at Southwest Gas before moving to PCC. She is married to Gary Mechler, who has taught astronomy full-time at PCC since 1984. ◗1980s Rose Andrisen Berglund `80 (San Marcos, TX) has been a physical education teacher for 33 years. She was recently named Elementary Teacher of the Year for the San Marcos CISD in Texas. She is now entered in the regional contest. Coach Joe Vigil `53, `59 was one of the key people who inspired her to become an educator. Her brother-in-law is track coach Rock Light `80. Dr. Glenn Madrid `82 (Grand Junction, CO) recently earned recognition from President Barack Obama. Madrid and his partners at Western Colorado Physicians Group, Grand Junction, have worked in a pilot program under the Affordable Care Act in which care coordinators, a clinical pharmacologist, and behavioral specialists monitor the conditions of their patients as a team. Madrid meets each week with his team to consider patients' conditions. He is able to introduce appropriate pa- aStater alumnotes ◗ mentary and David in music. They recently moved to Centennial, CO, to be close to family. Their daughter, Lizabeth Schutte Conyer`93, `05, lives in Aurora and is married with 2 children. Their son, John, lives in Centennial. He and his wife, Breta Bervig Schutte `96, have 4 children. 35 ◗1980s tients directly to behavioral specialists who can advise him about conditions, such as depression, that might affect a medical condition. Team members can follow up without leaving it up to the patient to seek help. The program came to the attention of the White House when Madrid attended a conference in Baltimore on alternate payment methods for health care providers. The son of Sally Horner Rhodes, Dr. Madrid grew up in Alamosa, then became a physician in Grand Junction, where he has served for approximately 28 years. Anthony Trujillo `82 (Denver, CO) writes, “I worked for 4 years using my degree. I moved to Denver in 1985. I am in a relationship with Jack Calhoun and hope to get married soon in Colorado. I work for Staples in their Workforce Management Department. I follow ASU in all sports and will cheer for all RMAC teams.” Manny Wasinger ’82, ’93 (Alamosa, CO) received the 2014 Ed Lesar Award at the 2015 Colorado High School Coaches Association All-State Football Game, held in Rex Stadium. The Ed Lesar Award is presented to a football coach in recognition of his excellence and contribution to football. Manny is the head football coach at Monte Vista High School. Carolyn Wilson `82 (Fountain, CO) just retired after 32 years in education: 23 years teaching music and 9 years in administration in School District 11 in Colorado Springs. Maria Duran Magal’anes `98 (Alexandria, VA) received the Washington Post’s Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher Award. In 2005, she earned a master’s in education at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, specializing in reading instruction. She taught in elementary schools in Santa Fe and Colorado Springs before joining the Alexandria City public school system in 2009. There are 17 teachers in her family, and she grew up surrounded by readers, even her grandparents, who didn’t graduate from high school. Maria’s goal is to pass on “that joy in reading and how important it is. Reading is the key to a lot of things.” 36 ◗ aStater summer 2015 Deb Gilbert `83 (Aurora, CO) is enjoying retirement! She retired from Aurora Public Schools after 30 years in May 2014. She is engaged to be married on September 24, 2016, to a beautiful young lady by the name of Quintana Patterson. She writes, “Life is so good. Thank you, Adams State, for a great education.” Karen `85 & Gary `87 Martinez (Aurora, CO) have had exciting changes as their daughter, Amanda, graduated from Regis Jesuit High School in May. Gary now is a parttime rural route mail carrier in Parker, and Karen will be substitute teaching with Aurora Public schools in the fall. Karen continues to work in payroll, currently with Rise Broadband in Englewood. William Talkington `85 (Littleton, CO) retired after 34 years as a public school teacher. Melanie “MJ” Berg `86 (Peyton, CO) is a retired media specialist. She worked in Pueblo District 60, Pueblo West District 70, and Falcon District 49. She worked in elementary schools mostly, but in high school the last 3 years. She now travels with family and friends. Her last trip was a mission trip to Guatemala. She likes to garden, travel, knit, embroider, and sing. Sweetie Marbury `87 (Durango, CO) was reelected to a four-year term on the Durango City Council. ◗1990s Beverly Basey-Jones `90 (Pojoaque, NM) and husband, Steve, celebrate 24 years of marriage this summer. They have 2 children, Katie (22) and Craig (19). Beverly taught for several years before moving into the pri- vate sector. She has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the last 10 years, while Steve drives a school bus for the Los Alamos Public Schools. They have been very active in their church in White Rock for the last 15 years and in grassroots mission work in Mexico. Now their most exciting adventure yet is beginning. They have been appointed as missionaries with United World Mission and are planning for their permanent move to Mexico. If you'd like to find out more, check out their blog at greatfeet.wordpress.com or contact them directly at email@example.com. They are eager to share with everyone about the work they hope to do with teenagers and adults in the arena of technical/vocational training in impoverished neighborhoods. Michael Gass `93 (Gypsum, CO) is the new superintendent of Telluride R-1 School District. He has served as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, athletics coach, director of secondary education, executive director for student services and, most recently, assistant superintendent. A native of Durango, he holds a degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He’s been with Eagle County School District for more than 20 years and in public education for 26. Keith Vance `93, `94 (Alamosa, CO) of Vance & Larson Law Firm, was selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC promotes the highest standards of legal excellence. Its mission is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. Members are thoroughly vetted by a research team, selected by a blue ribbon panel of attorneys with podium status from independently neutral organizations, and approved by a judicial review board as exhibiting virtue in the practice of law. This elite class of advocates consists of the finest leaders of the legal profession from across the nation. Audrey Romero `93 (Aurora, CO) is pursuing her LPGA Golf Card and is a golf pro at Golf Club @ Heather Ridge. She writes, “Adams State provided a multitude of opportunities in the accounting and HR world to provide me with a beautiful life and career. Congrats to Joe I. Vigil!” Flavio Quintana `95 (Westminster, CO) was appointed the Director of the Colorado Division of Gaming. He began his career at the Division as an auditor back in 1996. Since that time, he has served the Division and the Lucy Potter `97 (Juneau, AK) is the principal at Glacier Valley Elementary School. She first joined the district in 1999 and has taught at Harborview and Auke Bay Elementary Schools. She then served 3 years as a K-5 instructional coach. She holds a Master’s of Education from the University of Alaska Southeast. Lloyd Spotted Wolf `97 lives in Rio Rancho, NM, with his wife, Ashley, and their 2 beautiful kids, Elizabeth (4) and Rock (6 months). He She said in her acceptance speech, “This is fun, and our kids make it fun. Their energy drives my passion.” Each of the 14 nominees took home a prize of $500 from San Luis Valley Federal Bank, and Ruggles was awarded $1,000. Additional alumni nominated for 2015 Teacher of the Year to represent their respective schools included: Myra Manzanares `93, `01 (Alamosa, CO) has been with the Alamosa School district for 10 years and now teaches 2nd grade at Alamosa Elementary. Stephanie Parrish `87 (Alamosa, CO) teaches high school science for the North Conejos School District, where she has 15 years of experience. Tandy McArdle `94, `06 (Del Norte, CO) has been with the Creede School District for 19 years and teaches 4th grade. Javonna Miller `11 (Manassa, CO) has been with the Sanford School District for 2 years as a 1st grade teacher. Abby Herman `12 (Monte Vista, CO) has been with the Del Norte School District for 9 years and teaches 3rd grade. Christy Treinen `04, `13 (Alamosa, CO) has been with the Monte Vista School District for 10 years as a 4th grade teacher. Jody Abeyta `07 (Saguache, CO) teaches 3rd grade in the Mountain Valley School District, where she has taught for 2 years. teaches at Cleveland High School and coaches football. Heather Albritton `99, `00 (Aurora, CO) has been married to her husband, Mike, for 15 years. They have 3 children: Audrey (6th grade), Dillon (2nd grade), and Haley Jo (4th grade). Her husband served in the Colorado National Guard and works in IT. Heather is a homemaker and does a little side babysitting. Their family is on a search for a home to buy in Aurora. Meadow Reynolds `00 (Alamosa, CO) has been with the Sangre de Cristo School District for 10 years as a high school science teacher. Nina Carbutt `03, `07 (Alamosa, CO) has been with the Sargent School District for 7 years teaching kindergarten. Brenda Jimenez `94, `12 (Alamosa, CO) teaches 2nd grade at the Sierra Grande School District, where she has been for 16 years. Kim Romero `10 (Antonito, CO) has been with the South Conejos School District for 2 years and teaches 3rd grade. Liz Martinez `99 (Ft. Garland, CO) was honored by SLV BOCES upon her retirement from ASU Extended Studies after a quarter of a century serving the Valley’s educators and students. Over the years, Martinez’s work resulted in the program generating more than $10 million from the nearly 200,000 credit hours and partnerships across the Valley, the state, and the nation. “It has been a joy,” Martinez said. Although she is retiring from ASU, she certainly doesn’t plan to stop working. In coming months, Liz will be building a greenhouse for native plants and annuals at the Post Commissary Hardware Store in Fort Garland. aStater alumnotes Photo courtesy of Valley Courier Breta Schutte `96 (Aurora, CO) and her husband, John, have 4 children: Baylee (16), Brooke (14), Brianna (11) and Creed (9). They moved to Centennial in 2013. She has taught elementary music, middle school choir, kindergarten, preschool, and homeschooled her 4 children for 8 years. She now works for a developer in Greenwood Village, and John is a building superintendent for Boulder Creek Homes. Baylee and Brooke are both IB students at Smoky Hill High School, and Brianna and Creed attend Trails West Elementary in the Cherry Creek school district. A number of Adams State alumni were honored at the 30th annual San Luis Valley Educators Outstanding Teachers Banquet. Katrina Ruggles `96, `98 (right) of Monte Vista, Colo., was named the 2015 SLV Teacher of the year, having 10 years’ experience as a middle and high school counselor. She is with the Center Consolidated School District. Photo courtesy of Valley Courier Chris Vance `95, `08 (Del Norte, CO) was named superintendent of the Center School District. He taught math and computer science in the Del Norte School district from 19962006, served as principal of Del Norte High School from 2006-2011, and has taught school law, school finance, and introduction to leadership in the ASU HEAL program. In August of 2011, Vance went to work in Center Schools as the first director of the Center Virtual Academy, and for the past two years has also been working part-time for the Colorado Department of Education in the Educator Effectiveness Unit. alumni recognized as outstanding slv educators ◗ casino industry in Colorado in roles including audit manager, agent in charge of Licensing and Background Investigations, and most recently, the chief of Investigations and Enforcement. 37 ◗2000s James Trujillo ‘02 (Alamosa, CO) and Nicole LeBoeuf were married May 29 at Trinchera Ranch. James is the executive assistant to the President/Board of Trustees at Adams State, where he has worked for 13 years. Nicole moved to Alamosa from Orlando three years ago to become the electronics resources and discovery librarian at Adams State’s Nielsen Library. ◗2010s Shannon Braaten `10 (Cañon City, CO) writes, “Wow, what a crazy 5 years! Upon graduation, I took a position as social services director in a long-term care facility in northeast Colorado and immediately fell in love with it. I also took interest in other aspects of long-term care and became a licensed nursing home administrator in February of 2013. That September, I took the position as a Nursing Home Administrator. I love what I do, and each day is a different day. The long and the short of it is that 5 years ago I was a 38-year old father of 7 kids barely making ends meet. I was working fulltime and going through Adams State Extended Studies, hoping it would change something within my life. It did! I am now truly happy with what I do. Yes, it is stressful, and yes, there are days that I want to hide, but there are days that go beyond joy in knowing I am in the right place. Adams State University changed my life, and I cannot thank everyone for helping me. Dr. Michael Martin, Dr. Grace Young, and Eva Brown were the 3 that really helped me the most.” Diego `11 and Erica (Holmes) `11, `14 Trujillo (Taos, NM) were married Nov. 8, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both work for the University of New Mexico-Taos branch campus: Erica as an academic/transfer advisor and Diego as the academic student success manager. Diego is completing his Doctorate of Education through UNM, and they are enjoying Taos’ beautiful sum- mer weather and outdoor activities with their son! Glenda Browning `12 (Peyton, CO) says obtaining her degree from ASU gave her the tools and the strength she needed to get through a difficult year, while still maintaining her values and integrity as a teacher. She has become a grandmother for the first time to Aubrey Nicole Browning, the light of her life! Dorothy Fien `12 (Colorado Springs, CO) writes, “My degree in early childhood education recently helped me further my career with CPCD/Head Start. I just moved into the position of curriculum, instruction & training coach, coordinating all the staff training and creating all the lesson plans for our 54 preschool classrooms. Thanks, ASU!” Karen Glorioso `12 (Arnold, MD) writes, “This is my last year as a ‘Glorioso’—the wedding is set for fall of 2015. Hope all from Cohort K are doing well!” Susan Koval `12 (Peyton, CO) writes, “Since receiving my degree from ASU, I received a new position at my job. I moved from being a preschool teacher with CPCD to being a mentor-coach. I now have the opportunity to share my own experiences in the classroom, combined with the knowledge I gained from earning my degree, with new teachers entering our organization.” Adrian Myers `12 is the new head coach of the Northern Illinois University women’s cross country team and the assistant track and field coach. He spent the past 2 seasons as director of operations for the men’s and women’s cross country and track & field programs at Purdue. He has also served as an assistant coach and director of strength training for the Indiana Invaders elite development program, a nationally recognized group that has produced more than 200 qualifiers for USA Track & Field championships. He and his wife, Tricia, have 2 children: daughter, Nikeya, and son, Adrian Jr. Ashley Wagle `14 (Pagosa Springs, CO) started working as a youth and family therapist one week after finishing her master’s program at Adams State. Her beautiful daughter, Shiloh, is 3 years old and teaches her how to love deeper every day. Her family continues to support her in all her academic and life endeavors. She looks forward to what the future brings: growing as a professional, a mother, spouse, friend, and constant learner. ◗friends Paul Williams, ASU Retiree (South Fork, CO) writes, “I am a 91-year old vet and retired professor of ASU after 34 years and still truckin’. I came to ASC in 1952 and enjoyed every day professing my art skills. I’ve been to most of the world’s art galleries and produced slides and videos with which to aid my classes in the visual and craft arts, a total of 52 different courses. I no longer profess, only confess.” Kevin Jones `96, `04, principal of Center High School in Center, Colo., was named Colorado’s 2015 Principal of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE). He is credited with raising the bar for academic achievement at the small, rural, bilingual institution. The Center School staff and students have earned the Colorado Department of Education's Center of Education Excellence award for six consecutive years, and the Colorado Education Initiative's Healthy Schools Champion Award for four consecutive years. "I lead in a collaborative fashion, guiding a Building Leadership Team through a process to analyze student achievement data, then creating an action plan to bring about increased student achievement," wrote Jones in his application to CASE. Since 2004, the number of Center H.S. graduates who pursued post-secondary education increased from 20 percent to 78 percent. 38 ◗ aStater summer 2015 the top of the nation honor choir joined ASU's choir and chamber singers for a stellar performance February 21 at Sacred Heart Church in Alamosa. Three ASU alumni who sang with the ASU Choir, Chamber Singers, and 68 West were there to support the next generation of exceptional talent. Rex Dunn `49 (Farmington, NM) passed away Mar. 15 at the age of 87. Among his survivors is wife, Nancy Dunn `65. Gilbert Maes `52, `64 (Denver, CO) passed away Mar. 8 at the age of 92. are daughter Virginia Svaldi `83, `94, `95; son-in-law President Emeritus Dr. David Svaldi; sons Jim Vance, Jr. `77 and Keith Vance `93, `94; daughter-in-law Patricia Vance `93; granddaughters Jennifer Vance `14 and Rachael Vance `14; grandson Fletcher Horton `13; granddaughter-in-law Kaitlyn Horton `09; and brother-in-law John Carr `62. Bonifacio "Bonney" Lopez `53 (Denver, CO) passed away Apr. 30 at the age of 83. Jimmie Sanchez `71, `85 (Monte Vista, CO) passed away Apr. 19 at the age of 71. Yvette Gallegos `55, `75 (San Luis, CO) passed away Feb. 22 at the age of 86. Ruth Loutzenhiser `72 (Hugo, CO) passed away Apr. 16 at the age of 83. Cecilia Archuleta `59, `67 (Del Norte, CO) passed away May 22 at the age of 82. Among her survivors is brother Augustine "Augie" Gonzales `81. Joan Alyea `79 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 80. Sidney Skirvin `51 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Feb. 16 at the age of 85. Rev. Harold "Red" Stanford `51 (Grove, OK) passed away May 21 at the age of 93. Mary Daniel `60 (Norfolk, VA) passed away Jan. 11 at the age of 85. Lorene Broadbent `61, `68 (Rocky Ford, CO) passed away Apr. 21 at the age of 89. Dennis Vopat `62 (Reno, NV) passed away Mar. 12 at the age of 78. Jimmie Rose Perry `65 (Cortez, CO) passed away June 8 at the age of 85. Sue Patterson `83, `86 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Apr. 7 at the age of 55. Among her survivors is husband, Bill Mansheim, ASU VP for Business & Finance. David Martinez `84 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Mar. 11 at the age of 61. He was the ASU mail room manager for the last 9 years. Among his survivors are sisters Barbara Martinez `86, `03 and Sharon Chavez `87 and brother-in-law Robert Chavez `07, `11. K. Ross Dalby `66 (Center, CO) passed away May 14 at the age of 76. Among his survivors is wife, Margaret Dalby `66. Carolyn Salazar `84 (La Jara, CO) passed away Dec. 2, 2013, at the age of 52. Among her survivors is husband, Victor Salazar `91, `12. Saramae Scheibe `66 (La Jara, CO) passed away May 19 at the age of 73. Nancy Morris `85 (Taos, NM) passed away Jan. 28 at the age of 64. Robert Fling `68, `72 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away May 6 at the age of 71. Donald Isgar `90 (Scottsdale, AZ) passed away Mar. 7 at the age of 67. Among his survivors is wife, Zelta Isgar `90. Mike Stanley `68 (Boulder, CO) passed away Mar. 5 at the age of 70. Larry Schroeder `69 (Monte Vista, CO) passed away Apr. 16 at the age of 78. Wanda Shelp `70 (Worland, WY) passed away Mar. 28 at the age of 71. Heather Ruth Benavides `04 (Alamosa, CO) passed away June 8 at the age of 59. Kyle Bufis `13 (Springdale, UT) passed away June 13 at the age of 25. “Remembering” lists only survivors who are Adams State graduates or are affiliated with ASU. library showcases alumni authors Three alumni writers read from their work at the Adams State University Nielsen Library’s second Alumni Literature night, April 17. The free event was co-sponsored by the Alumni Relations Office. Emeritus professor of biology, Dr. Hobart "Hobey" Dixon '83, (above, center) read from his work, Vascular Plants of the San Luis Basin. Mary Van Pelt '81 (above, right) shared passages from her book In Silence I Speak: My Journey Through Madness. ASU adjunct instructor of English Kathy Park Woolbert '07 read selections from her latest work, Coyote Points the Way: Borderland Stories and Plays. Alumni interested in presenting their publications may contact the Alumni Office: 719-587-8110. aStater alumnews ◗ remembering . . . L-R: Brittany Holcomb, a freshmen at ASU, and her mother, Jenene Neely Holcomb `89, `94, who is a teacher/preschool director at Sangre de Cristo School District in Mosca, CO; Marla Esterbrook Sitton `94, who teaches and directs the vocal ensembles at Montezuma-Cortez High School in Cortez, CO., and her daughter Josie Sitton; Susan Giarratano Kinnischtzke `91, who teaches and directs the vocal groups at Pueblo West High School, and Beryle Vance `70 (Manassa, CO) passed away her children: Aaron, who plans to attend June 13 at the age of 85. Among her survivors ASU in the fall, and Meghan. 39 alumni scrapbook ◗ ◗ pueblo • june Members of the Pueblo 2010 Master’s in Counseling cohort reunited at the recent alumni event in Pueblo. From left: Maria Clark, Joe DeSalvo, Beth Arellano, Tim Martinez and Kristie Dorwart. Front L-R: Ricardo Martinez, Carla Garcia, Mary Ann Rotolo, Carol Wheeler, Mary Ann Roldan, and Delfinia Kogovsek Middle L-R: Liz Crawford, Edmund & Gregoria Vallejo, Beth Arellano, Kristie Dorwart, Ken Rotolo, Brenda Trujillo, Cathie Graeser, Julia Fluke, Gloria & Galen Feeback, Bev Percival, and Lori Laske Back L-R: Maria Clark, Joe DeSalvo, Betty Blackhurst, Emily Borrego, Tina Valdez, Mike Garcia, Ellie Crain, Curt Straub, Bill Crain, and Ray Roldan Joe Cordo (left) and Jerry Schloffman were good friends at Adams State, and they both became teachers, but lost contact with each other over the years. When Joe moved to Aurora in 2013, he sat next to a lady at a Regis basketball game who knew Jerry. She gave Joe his number, and they reconnected at our alumni event! ◗ Audrey Romero (left) and Deb Gilbert have been neighbors for quite some time. They just realized they were both Adams State grads and decided to attend our alumni event together. denver • june ◗ Front L-R: Ellwood Ervin, Audrey Romero, Anthony Trujillo, Deb Gilbert, and Chuck Houser ◗ 2nd Row L-R: Jerry Schloffman, Sally Schulz, Carol Schutte, Joe & Charleen Cordo, Jan Heimbecher, Arlene & Richard Decker, Mackie Faye Hill, Gary Martinez, Chantelle Wilson, Lana Coleman, Karen Martinez, Heather Albritton, Dave Coleman, Rita Medina, Lori Laske, Ariel & Eric Greene, Leanna Maes, and Mitch Medina Back L-R: Liz Watts, Ken Barber, Barbara Roberts, Gloria Curtis, David Schutte, John & Breta Schutte, Toney & Eileen Cantu, Jesse & Patricia Morland, Frank Maes, Fred Lopez, Robert & Kip Eagan 40 ◗ aStater summer 2015 colorado springs • june ◗ Back L-R: Alan Johnson, Susan Koval, Dan Makris, Dixie Cole, Carolyn & Ron Wilson, Greg Davis, M.J. Berg, Dorothy Fien, Spencer Harris (hiding), and Paul Rahne TOP, left side, from left: Jolleen Myers, Lori Laske, Tracy & Norman Tucker, Laura Boe & Joe Creech. Right side, from left: Marilyn & Dutch Malberg, Lindy & Nancy Dunn, Patricia & James Anselmo, and Sweetie Marbury. BOTTOM, left side, from left: Matt Degelman & Ashley Wagle & daughter Shiloh, Janis & Larry Stanley, Kathleen Delzell. Right side, from left: Darrell & Diane Trembly, and Darlene Brace. Middle L-R: Lynne Davis, Nancy Rahne, Linda & Mike Edgar with granddaughter Leah, Glenda Browning, and Lori Laske ◗ ◗ durango • june The 2012 Colorado Springs cohort in Interdisciplinary Studies: (from left) Dorothy Fien, Susan Koval, and Glenda Browning Front L-R: Carolyn Vagher, Sharon Makris, Sheryl & Joe Pyle albuquerque • isotopes baseball • may Alumni enjoy watching the Isotopes, including Bonnie Mercek and family with Sheryl & Wayne Farley and Susie & Bob Phillips ◗ Front L-R: Eva Barela, Rose & Eddie Sanchez, and George Barela aStater scrapbook ◗ ◗ ◗ Back L-R: Lori Laske and Cliff Miller L-R: Lloyd Spotted Wolf (left) and Nick Hoffman enjoy the game with their families. 41 Aruba, Jamaica . . . 1 2 Panama Canal locks On March 10, 67 ASU alumni, friends and family set sail from Ft. Lauderdale for an incredible eleven-day journey. Along the way, they all made new friends, spent time with loved ones, and saw amazing places. Ship social 3 Sunrise over the Panama Canal. 1. Leaving the hotel for the cruise—the “green shirts” rocked the boat! 2. Dennis `62 & Linda Nash, Judy Martin `67, Darla Chappell `77, and Curt `70 & Karen Straub say goodbye to the Florida coast. 3. Grace `65 & Daniel Velasquez and Mary `75 & Joel DeHerrera enjoy the Canal. 4. Kaylene Miller, Glenalee Mitchell `73, Shirley `75 & Darrel `74 VanIwarden, and Carrie Masse show their ASU spirit going through the Panama Canal. 5. Sherry Wingo `76 and Phyllis Sinclair `71 say goodbye to Jamaica. plan now for the next fun alumni cruise. 4 alaska • 2017 watch your mailbox for details. 42 ◗ aStater summer 2015 k ta ou y e a ooo n I wan 5 Ocho Rios, Jamaica alumni cruise the caribbean The cruise group was joined by Blanca the bear (above named by Katherine Stevenson `62). Sadly, Blanca met with an unfortunate accident at sea. 7 8 6 Aruba Babes ‘80, ‘82 and Cherith ‘81 Marchase spent their day in Aruba at a water park. Cherith said they had so much fun—she hasn’t laughed that much in years! Formal night on the main staircase, with Alumni Cruise photographer, Gaylene Horning ‘94 (inset). 6. The Coral Princess in Costa Rica 7. Gayl `66, `70 & Jim `69, `71 Woodke visit with Lori Laske `91, `01 and George `73 & Lucy `69, `63 Martinez. Cartagena, Colombia 8. New friends are made around the dinner table. Ted Sanchez ‘69 (with one incredible dessert) said, “The WORST food on the ship was WONDERFUL!” ◗ aStater scrapbook 43 Stevens ‘14 runs Colorado’s fastest mile there appeared to be nothing that could stop tabor stevens this spring, as the distance runner made national headlines with his historic performances. The Cañon City, Colorado, native shined during the 2015 outdoor season after successfully defending his individual cross country title in December. Stevens’ wave of headlines began in Palo Alto, California on April 4 at the Stanford Invite. With a 3000 meter steeplechase time of 8:32.50, Stevens not only finished first, but set a new school record and established the Tabor Stevens (front, center) captures his third consecutive 3000 meter steeplechase title in Alworld’s fastest time in 2015, lendale, Michigan, on May 22. according to the International Association of AthletAt the NCAA DII National Cham17, beating the previous record by over ics Federations (IAAF). pionships in Allendale, Michigan, May two seconds. Although Stevens admitAlthough his IAAF top mark was 21-23, Stevens concluded his collegiate tedly fell short of reaching a sub-foureventually bested, Stevens quickly career with a pair of individual titles in minute mile, his efforts landed him a placed himself atop another category by featured front page article in the sports the 3000 meter steeplechase and the running the fastest-ever mile time 5000 meters. His 3000 meter steeplesection of The Denver Post and interrecorded on Colorado soil. Stevens acchase time of 8:44.40 propelled him to views on a number of regional televicomplished this feat with a time of a third consecutive crown in the event. sion networks. 4:01.27 at the La Junta Relays on April He followed with a mark of 14:14.42 in He returned to the track May 2 at the 5000 meters in what would be his the Payton Jordan Invitational, hosted final appearance for Adams State. by Stanford University, and set a new Stevens’ remarkable figures earned NCAA Division II record in the 3000 him the distinction of Track Athlete of meter steeplechase. Stevens’ time of (2011-2015) the Year for both the Rocky Mountain 8:26.81 bested his previous school Athletic Conference (RMAC) and the record and dethroned Kim Hogarth • 17-time All-American U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country (Western State Colorado University) as • 7-time individual NCAA Division II National Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) the NCAA DII record holder. Champion South Central region. He was also "It was painful, but I just knew it • Member of 4 NCAA Division II National named the USTFCCCA NCAA DII was going to be a good time, so I went Championship teams National Track Athlete of the Year for really hard," Stevens said of his record the second consecutive outdoor season. setting performance. • 2-time NCAA Division II Cross Country NaOff the track, Stevens was an RMAC Stevens opened that historic race tional Athlete of the Year with a 1:42.05 lap and continued to re- First Team All-Academic and Capital • 2-time NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & One Academic All-District selection. duce his lap time throughout, eventuField Track Athlete of the Year ally clocking an impressive 1:06.92 final By Michael Skinner lap. stevens’ stats 44 ◗ aStater summer 2015 Martin ‘87 heads USTFCCCA damon martin ’87 keeps adding distinguished accomplishments to his resume. In december, he was elected to a two-year term as president of the u.s. track & field and cross country coaches association (ustfccca). In March, Martin was again named the NCAA Division II Men's Coach of the Year, after guiding the Adams State University men’s team to its second NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championship. The award marks the second men's indoor T&F Coach of the Year nod for Martin and 28th overall (13 women's XC, 7 men's XC, 3 men's outdoor T&F, 2 women's outdoor T&F, 2 men's indoor T&F, 1 women's indoor T&F). "We are extremely proud of Coach Martin and his staff," said Athletic Director Larry Mortensen ’88, ’93. "What he and his program continue to do for our institution and community is imaward, which the Grizzlies have won measurable." every year of its existence. Just a month later, Martin was inBy Michael Skinner ducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame as part of the 2015 class. The fourth individual from Adams State to receive this distinct honor, this is Martin’s fourth hall of fame honor; he also belongs to the Adams State Athletic Hall of Fame, the University of Arkansas at Monticello Hall of Fame, and the Arkansas State Track & Field Hall of Fame. In May, the USTFCCCA awarded Adams State its seventh consecutive NCAA DiKonnie and Damon ‘87 Martin, with Carolyn ‘89 and Larry ‘88, vision II Damon Martin ‘93 Mortenson at the Colorado Running Hall of Fame Awards Men's Program of the Year banquet. Coach Vigil ‘53, 59 recognized for legendary success Photo: Kathryn Scott Osler, The Denver Post That status was formally confirmed June 27, when Vigil was presented the prestigious USA Track & Field Legend Coach Award during the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships. He is only the second person to earn this recognition. The world-renowned Adams State alumnus and Emeritus Professor is in his seventh decade of coaching. His 1992 Adams State men’s cross-country team accomplished the ultimate goal: a perfect score of 15 – a feat unlikely to be repeated. Vigil is an international authority on altitude training. the stuff of legend • USATF Master Coach • 14-time National Coach of the Year • 11 Halls of Fame • TAC President’s Award • Coaching Education Lifetime Achievement Award • Two-time USOC “Doc” Counsilman Coach Award • Coached U.S. Olympic Teams: Seoul 1988, Beijing 2008 • Coached 4 Pan American Games, 2 World University Games , 7 IAAF World Cross Country Championships • Coached professional runners to 20 world cross country medals; coached Deena Drossin Kastor to 2004 Silver Medal in the marathon 29 years coaching at adams state • 19 national men’s cross country championships • 12 NAIA National Cross Country Championships • 1995 NCAA Division II National Championship • 425 All-Americans aStater sports scene ◗ if anyone is truly a legend in his own time, it is longtime adams state cross country coach, dr. joe i. vigil ‘53, ‘59. 45 grizzlies spring season www.asugrizzlies.com softball For the third consecutive year, the Grizzlies finished above .500 under head coach Dervin Taylor. Finishing with a 25-23 record, ASU made early noise in the RMAC Tournament by upsetting CSU-Pueblo and host Metropolitan State University of Denver on day one. The good fortune did not extend into day two, as ASU was eliminated after defeats to Regis University and MSU-Denver. men’s & women’s golf At the RMAC men’s golf championships, ASU finished tenth with a score of 990 (+126). Individually, Luke Condon finished tied for 23rd at 231 (+15). The ASU women wrapped up their RMAC championship in fifth place, with a two-round score of 626 (+50). Lauren Rutherglen, Shannelle Tafoya, and Leslie Guzman all tied for 12th place, with each shooting an overall score of 156 (+12). men’s track & field Senior Andrew MacMahon led the Grizzlies with 5 wins and 5 complete games, as Adams State clinched their first post-season berth since 1976. baseball For the first time since 1976, the Grizzlies took to the diamond for post-season play at the RMAC Tournament, May 7. The Grizzlies were defeated in the double elimination tournament by Colorado Mesa University and Colorado State University-Pueblo. Despite the early tournament exit, ASU finished 20-31 overall and 16-20 in conference games under third-year head coach Jim Capra. save the date Mineral Water Bowl Reunion September 28 - October 3 Adams State University Golfing, good times, and Rio Grande Scenic Railroad • To make reservations, please contact: Gaylene Horning (719) 587-8110 or firstname.lastname@example.org 46 ◗ aStater summer 2015 With individual titles from senior Tabor Stevens (3000m steeplechase and 5000m) and freshman Oliver Aitchison (1500m), the Grizzlies tallied 40 points at the NCAA Division II Championships, May 21-23 in Allendale, Michigan. With a time of 8:44.40, Stevens notched his third consecutive 3000m steeplechase crown. He followed that with a 5000m mark of 14:14.42 on the final day of competition. Aitchison claimed his first individual outdoor title with a time of 3:45.92 in the 1500m. The fifth-place team finish was also aided by junior Jurgen Themen and freshman Jackson Sayler. Themen took fourth in the 100 meter dash (10.42), as Sayler finished sixth in the 3000 meter steeplechase (8:53.65). Russ Caton ‘97 to coach Grizzlies men’s b-ball ASU senior Erica Haugum carries fellow senior Erika Ecsedy off the field in the top of the sixth inning during Adams State’s senior day. women’s track & field With 16 points, the Grizzlies finished the outdoor season tied for 15th at the NCAA Division II Championships, held May 21-23 in Allendale, Michigan. Sophomore Chante Roberts recorded the top individual finish by taking third with a time of 2:06.35 in the 800 meter run. Sophomore Heather Scheetz shined in the discus with a distance of 49.94m to claim fifth. Sophomore Maura O’Brien made her way on to the leaderboard with a sixth-place mark of 10:26.31 in the 3000m steeplechase, along with a 12th place mark in the 5000m. Junior Sunayna Wahi claimed seventh and eighth place finishes in the 200m dash and 100m dash, respectively. Wahi clocked a time of 23.60 in the 200m, while finishing in 11.71 in the 100m. A new era of Adams State University men's basketball begins under the direction of Russ Caton ‘97, recently named interim head coach. Caton spent the 2014-15 season as Adams State's top assistant under Louis Wilson, who recently departed for an assistant coaching position at Utah State University. The Alamosa native carries six seasons of collegiate head coaching experience at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, from 2006-12. During his time at UCCS, he led the program to its first postseason berth and its first-ever regional ranking. Caton was an all-state player for Alamosa High School, helping the Mean Moose to two state championships. Caton then played two years at Northeastern Junior, earning All-Region IX honors in his sophomore season. The 6’ 5” forward then moved on to Southern Utah University, playing for the NCAA Division I Thunderbirds for one year before returning home to Alamosa. As a senior for Adams State during the 1996-97 season, Caton averaged 18.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game en-route to Second Team All- and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference West Division honors. In 26 games as a senior, Caton shot 43 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line. He also led the 1996-97 edition of the Grizzlies in assists, with 72. women’s lacrosse It was a difficult 2015 campaign for the Grizzlies, who finished 1-12 overall. The lone win came at home at Rex Field against CSU-Pueblo. In the 13-12 overtime win, sophomore Kendra Cheda led the way with four goals, as freshman Samantha Hammer followed closely with three; including the game winner in overtime. men’s lacrosse In appreciation of the 17 years Tim Walters '73 served as an Adams State trustee, the ASU Board of Trustees named the Plachy Hall weight room in his honor. Walters and his wife, Peggy ‘72, ‘72, are loyal Grizzly Club members who created scholarships for football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball, as well as for chemistry. aStater sports scene ◗ Under first-year head coach Jason Levesque, Adams State finished 4-11 overall and 3-3 in conference play. The 2015 campaign was highlighted by a season sweep over CSUPueblo and a 12-11 comeback win at Rockhurst University. The Grizzlies also notched the program’s first-ever east coast win by defeating Catawba College, 11-10. 47 non-profit u.s. postage paid permit no. 80 alamosa, co A-Stater Adams State University Alamosa, CO 81101 Chicano history is celebrated through a new mural created by art alumnus Carlos Martinez â€˜12.