Adams State University A-Stater Summer 2014
For alumni and friends of Adams State University.
A Stater the magazine of adams state university summer 2014 the Lost & Found Crack up with A Stater president’s letter: why retire? freedom & fun I have announced my plans to retire at the conclusion of the 2015 Academic Year – why am I retiring? Some of my fondest recollections are of my childhood. Those were the years when summer break seemed to stretch out before me beyond the horizon. The drudgery of returning to school – just six short blocks down the street from our house – seemed eons away. I especially looked forward David Svaldi to having time to read, as it was my passion and primary occupation, apart from trying to construct a go-kart without any good parts (no wheels, especially) and playing sand lot baseball with my friends. The library was only four blocks away – about five minutes on my trusty Schwinn – and there were shelves and shelves of books to read. I could usually choose to do what I wanted to do when I wanted to do it – at least, as long as my mom agreed. I was good kid, so she usually did. It is this freedom that I have increasingly missed as my career in higher education has entered the latter half of my fifth decade as a student, graduate student, faculty member, or administrator. I entered college in the fall of 1966 and have never really left! Forty-eight years is a long time to work in the same “industry.” For the last 17 years, my calendar has driven my life, professional and personal, and a small but gradually louder voice has insistently tapped my shoulder and said: “When you retire you can do what you want to do when you want to do it, and you won’t even have to ask mom!” So for those who keep asking, ‘Why are you retiring?’ – now you know. I am also of a certain age proven by a cardboard ID card I received from the government which certifies that I am no longer middle aged, but now entering a twilight that presages old age. But the great thing for me is that there are still shelves and shelves of books to read, and most now exist in an electronic format that I can actually enlarge; on my I-Pad they are even backlit! Few of my friends are around to play sandlot ball with; anyway the game would just take too long, as we would have to hobble from base to base. But I do have a nearly new set of golf clubs that Virginia gave me for Father’s Day a year or two ago, and I am also looking for, not a go-kart, but a big truck to drive toward the horizon as I head to retirement to do the things I want to do when I want to do them (if Virginia says it is OK). VOL. 54, NO. 2 • SUMMER 2014 Published by Adams State University 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 EDITOR Linda Relyea ’96, ’10 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS ASU Sports Information • Dianne Lee Gaylene Horning ’94 • Kellicia Morse ’14 • Jenna Neilsen Dana Provence • Nik Schmidt • James Trujillo ‘02 • Kyle Terwillegar PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY Dr. David Svaldi BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY Arnold Salazar ’76 Chair Tim Walters ’73 Vice Chair Paul Farley • Mary Griffin • Liane “Buffie” McFadyen ’91, ’93 Kathleen Rogers • LeRoy Salazar • Val Vigil ’71 • Randy Wright ‘84 Dr. Rob Benson Faculty 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 Ray Skeff • Izora Southway ’66 • Donn Vigil FOUNDATION HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Stephen Bokat ’68 • Marguerite Salazar ’75, ’76 • Michael Ware ’69 FOUNDATION EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS Sharon Carter • Richard Jacobs • Harold Kelloff J. Byron Uhrich • R. Paul Wagner FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Dr. David Svaldi ASU President Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 Executive Director of the Foundation Kathleen Rogers Trustee Liaison GRIZZLY CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jeff Owsley ’86 President • Ron DeSautell ’76 Vice President Dave Barrows • Keith Cerny • Jeni Jack Goodwin ’85 Ericha Loosbrock • Joe Martinez ’99 • Ted Morrison ’69 Dennis Ortiz ’79 • Steve Valdez ’87 ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT ASU’s mission is to educate, serve, and inspire our diverse populations in the pursuit of their lifelong dreams and ambitions. VISION STATEMENT the cover The Theatre Department’s improv comedy troupe, The Lost & Found, is branching out and taking chances, all in the name of fun. Read more on page 20. To become the university community of choice for diverse and traditionally underrepresented groups and all who value quality education and inclusivity. contents cover story Fishing for laughs update Adams State honors largest graduating class Campus transformation continues The search is on for next ASU prez Federal grant funds College Assistance Migrant Program Humanities M.A. launches emphasis in cultural resource mgt. New science facilities & equipment provided by Title V STEM grant Judge Lucero authors historic decision 4 6 7 7 7 8 9 8 10 11 12 13 14 16 17 18 22 23 24 26 28 29 30 32 38 44 44 45 45 46 47 1 7 20 adams state’s largest graduating class ever – 333 undergraduates – was honored at Spring Commencement 2014. Read more on page 4. features Emeritus Faculty: Dr. Margery Herrington Dr. Christine Keitges Dr. Teri McCartney ‘87, ‘92 Dr. David Mazel ‘85, ‘87 They came to teach What did you learn in college this year? First-generation students find their full potential Movin’ on up - MBA alumni achieve professional advancement & personal fulfillment alumni events SEPTEMBER 6 New Grads - Denver Watch your email for details OCTOBER 10-11 Homecoming - ASU NOVEMBER 1 1 2 Colorado Springs Pueblo Denver giving “Stars” event supports scholarships Alumni support fuels growth DECEMBER Retirees’ Christmas Dinner SLV Theatre Matinee Watch your mail for details. www.facebook.com/ adamsalumni • adams.edu/alumni 800-824-6494, ext. 8 Stay up to date on events, sports, and news from Adams State University: alumnews Homecoming Schedule Outstanding Alumnus Dr. John Tooker ‘66 honored for leadership in healthcare Help Adams State honor its greatest alumni Exceptional New Alumnus serves others through medicine Third Hall of Fame honors educators alumnotes alumni scrapbook sports scenes Grizzlies spring season Scenes: Outdoor Track & Field Nationals Athletic Hall of Fame Grizzlies place 8th in Learfield Sports Directors Cup RMAC Hall of Fame inducts ASU runners SLV Health honors ASU Athletics for service www.adams.edu/news During the first phase of Richardson Hall renovation, the offices of Alumni Relations and the ASU Foundation are now located on the first floor of Porter Hall. Adams State honors largest gra Maybe it was the power of Adams State University’s largest graduating class ever – 333 – that calmed the San Luis Valley’s notorious spring winds the morning of May 10. At any rate, commencement morning dawned warm, under blue skies. “Adams State’s largest graduating class – this is just amazing to me,” said Arnold Salazar ‘76, chair of the Board of Trustees for Adams State. “It was made possible by many people who have put their faith in Adams State: parents, friends, and many others who have sacrificed to make this day possible for our students.” The morning ceremony feted undergraduates, then an afternoon event awarded 275 master’s degrees. When Adams State President David Svaldi asked all undergraduates to stand who were the first in their families to earn a college degree, nearly half of the graduates present did so. In addition to the graduates, Adams State honored four emeritus faculty upon their retirement from the university: Dr. Marjorie Herrington, biology; Dr. Christine Keitges, music; Dr. David Mazel ‘85, ‘87, English; and Dr. Teri McCartney ‘87, ‘92, counselor education (see stories pg. 10-13). Alumna Cathy Mullens ‘82, who was the first woman to be elected a district attorney in Colorado, gave the undergraduate commencement address, “Great Stories: Right Here, Right Now.” The day’s festive atmosphere was punctuated by a bittersweet moment, when Adam C. Williams was awarded a posthumous bachelor of science degree in earth sciences - Hanna Hays ‘14 addresses her fellow graduates. Mother-son pair keeps Adams State in the family Attending Adams State University is a family tradition for many. Dyan Anderson and her son, Gavin Davis, are one inter-generational pair who “walked” at Spring Commencement, May 10. It seems to run in the family: Anderson’s husband, Hoyt, shared his graduation in 1997 with his mother, Lorraine Westbrook. Anderson completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing through Adams State’s online program, while Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. When his mother went back to school, Davis was able to help her with technology and procedures. “It was a role reversal,” he said. Anderson has three additional children at home and continued working full-time for Valley-wide Health Systems’ nurse-family partnership while earning her BSN. An associate’s degree registered nurse since 1998, she’s held this position for 12 years, making home visits to first-time mothers-to-be. “I see changes in myself as a result of my BSN,” Anderson said. “I’m taking on more responsibility and leadership roles.” She represents Valley-wide on the Nurse Practice Council and hopes to eventually become a nurse practitioner. Davis has already moved into management with the family business, La Jara Trading Post, at which he has worked in various capacities since age 12. He transferred to Adams State after two years at a larger university. He said he didn’t mind taking general education courses with 350 classmates, but, “It’s been really nice to have my major courses in business be in a smaller, more interactive environment.” Gavin Davis and his mother, Dyan Anderson, both Class of 2014. 4 Q aStater summer 2014 aduating class physical geography. A senior, Williams passed away late in the semester, having just been elected AS&F’s Vice President for External Affairs and Student Trustee for the coming academic year. Current Student Trustee Benjamin Evans accepted the diploma and presented it to Williams’ parents, John and Peggy Williams, who had traveled from Pennsylvania for the ceremony. “we are being awakened” The message on behalf of the Class of 2014 was given by Hanna Hays, who graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English and secondary education. Reflecting on her recent student teaching experience in Center Middle School, she noted her students had one thing in common: “They are tired. I’m sure you can relate. That is the biggest reason that freshman year in college becomes the year of sleep. . . Wake me up when it’s all over, when I’m wiser and older. Four years? That’s a lifetime. Now is the end of our time as undergraduates, and we’re being awakened.” She then quoted from Dylan Thomas’ “Do not go gentle into that good night,” and told her fellow graduates: “You can’t sleep your way through life. . . Take your well-rested mind and knowledge, and shout it to the world. ... Then, if you have time, take a nap.” Cathy Mullens ‘82 shared her experiences as a non-traditional student and her subsequent successes. let the great stories begin Commencement speaker Mullens expanded on that theme as she told of her own “Great Story.” “It is particularly gratifying to be here today. When I crossed this stage to receive my degree 32 years ago, I did not see this coming.” She recalled accomplishments that caused her to think: “It doesn’t get any better than this.” “When I first set foot on this campus, I was 31 years old, had two small children, and didn’t know if I was college material. My folks worked in a coal mining camp in West Virginia. No one had ever gone to college, let alone graduate school. But I knew I wanted to go to law school and become a prosecutor.” She remembers “weaseling” her way into a 300-level course taught by Carlos Lucero ‘61, who later became the first Hispanic appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. (See story page 9.) “I got A’s and thought, ‘Maybe I can do this.’ My professors acted like I could. They didn’t coddle me, didn’t give me special treatment. What they did was take me seriously. . . They treated my plans and my dreams as if they expected them to come to fruition. Of course I would go to law school.” As a new attorney, having earned her J.D. from Campbell University, Mullens successfully argued a case before the Colorado Supreme Court that changed law. Then, just ten years after graduating college, she was elected District Attorney for the Twelfth Judicial District (the San Luis Valley). “I was so thrilled. I had a job I absolutely loved and the honor of walking into courtrooms and helping the people of Colorado.” She quoted from Mary Oliver’s “When Death Comes,” saying, “The greatest affirmation of life I’ve ever found is, ironically, a poem about death.” When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder if I have made of my life something particular, and real. I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened or full of argument. I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world. “Live your life. Don’t just visit,” Mullens told the graduates. “You’ve spent four years to earn a degree . . . you have created a foundation. You have begun your story. It’s your story, and the way it works out in large measure is up to you. “Professors here taught me how to think critically, to analyze a problem, to present a cogent argument, and to stand up in front of people and talk. Because Adams State University is an inclusive, rather than exclusive school, I was given an opportunity to pursue my dreams. To live, not just visit. My great story began here. Yours does, too. Right here, right now.” By Julie Waechter The undergraduate commencement ceremony may be viewed at adams.edu/a/23. The graduate ceremony is at adams.edu/a/24. Q aStater update 5 Campus transformation continues On the occasion of its 90th birthday next year, Richardson Hall will be reborn. Construction crews began a $16.9 million remodel of the oldest campus building in March, beginning with the south and central wings. Phase I should be completed in October; Phase II (north wing) will begin at that point, with projected completion next spring. Richardson Hall’s central wing was constructed in 1925 and originally housed all of the college's classrooms, offices, library, and auditorium. "Richardson Hall is considered the heart and soul of our campus, and it is imperative we maintain and restore its historic character. Richardson Hall will continue to proudly bear the inscription, 'Adams State Normal School,’" said Bill Mansheim, vice president for Finance & Governmental Relations. The main objectives of the project are to replace electrical, plumbing, and heating/cooling systems to achieve energy and resource efficiencies, and to improve the building's accessibility in accordance with ADA regulations (Americans with Disabilities Act.) The project will reconfigure office space and update the interior, resulting in more usable square footage. The project is funded through state capital construction funding, as will be an upcoming renovation of the Plachy Hall pool. This $900,000 project will replace the pool’s sporadically functioning filtration and chemical distribution system, install a new pool liner, and replace the tile floor decking around the pool. Mansheim said the first step is to complete design and engineering; the work may be done in the summer of 2015. a new, more accessible climbing terrain welcomes students to the Rex Activity Center this fall. The wall has 15 stations and offers bouldering, lead climbing, adaptable terrains, dihedrals and arêtes for technique training, and a rappel ledge. “Adams State has seen an increase in rock climbing with the addition of our ASU Climbing Team. We’re ecstatic about the new wall,” said Elvie Conley ‘13, Rex Activity Center coordinator of recreational facilities. The wall covers 2,080 square feet and reaches 35 feet high. Curt Howell, asst. director of Adventure Programs and Leadership, said, “We can maximize wall use and do much more education. This wall can accommodate more climbers with more diverse abilities. This is a huge resource not only for our students, but for the community, as well.” The $200,000 wall was financed through the student-approved capital construction fee. The previous wall, installed during the facility’s original renovation in 1995, was 1,800 square feet and had 9 stations. LEFT: Natalie Iwamoto, Mike Cherneski, and Connor Hile of the ASU Climbing Team break in the new wall. 6 Q aStater summer 2014 The search is on for next ASU prez Adams State University launched its search for a new president July 1, with the release of the position announcement. Current President, Dr. David Svaldi, will retire after ten years in the post at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year. The Board of Trustees for Adams State University established the Presidential Search Committee this past January, charging it with providing a list of semi-finalists to the Board by the end of the year. The Committee includes faculty; professional, administrative, and classified staff representatives; students; and community and ASU Foundation leaders. The Trustees intend to interview finalists for the position during the spring of 2015, with the new president assuming office July 1, 2015. The search committee is chaired by Trustee Paul Farley, of Centennial, Colo. He noted the Board has prioritized four essential qualities for Adams State’s next president: • effective management/administration • academic leadership • political skill • strong fundraising/development skills “We’re looking for a sound strategic vision, an ongoing commitment to academic excellence, an understanding of the unique mission of the University, and an appreciation of the cultures and traditions of Adams State’s community,” Farley added. The Adams State Trustees contracted with Pyramind, LLC, of Falls Church, Va., to assist in the search. A complete position description and details about Adam State University are available online at: www.adams.edu/president/search/. Federal grant funds College Assistance Migrant Program Adams State University was awarded a five-year grant of $2.1 million by the U.S. Department of Education to create a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). CAMP aims to improve access to and success in higher education for those whose families perform migrant or seasonal agricultural work, according to CAMP Director Pete Gomez ‘77. The program launched July 1, and is available to qualified students for the coming fall semester. CAMP participants will receive financial aid and stipends to completely cover tuition, fees, and housing for the first year, according to Gomez. “We’ve hit the ground running,” he said. He and CAMP Recruitment & Retention Specialist Miguel Chaparro ‘09 have already visited several locales throughout the state. “The great part about CAMP is it includes individuals from families that are migrant and/or seasonal farmworkers throughout the state, including those whose families work seasonally in the potato warehouses or doing other agricultural work in the San Luis Valley and the eastern and western slopes. I believe it’s going to open a lot of doors.” The CAMP grant supports student outreach and recruitment, academic and student support services, and financial assistance for students. According to Eric Carpio, Adams State assistant vice president for Enrollment Management, CAMP will identify eligible students by coordinating with Migrant Education Programs throughout Colorado and the region, Bueno HEP GED programs, high school counselors and teachers, and other programs and agencies that work with migrant students. To be eligible for CAMP, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, meet Adams State admission requirements, and meet additional criteria. Gomez said the program intends to enroll 30 first-year CAMP students per year, for a total of 150 students over the life of the grant. It also entails providing staff development regarding the purpose of the CAMP grant for staff and faculty. The program provides scholarships and stipends to assist students with tuition, fees, and room & board, as well as continued financial advising. Humanities M.A. launches emphasis in Cultural Resource Mgt. Adams State’s M.A. in Humanities introduced a new emphasis in Cultural Resource Management (CRM). The 30-credit program will be offered in an online, cohort format, with the first cohort to begin this fall. The emphasis will serve those working in anthropology, archaeology, and cultural resource management, such as in museums, parks, and research. ASU’s M.A. in Humanities with an emphasis in history was launched in 2007. Dr. Richard Goddard, professor of history & archaeology, explained: “Today, most archaeological research and most archaeological jobs are in the field of CRM. Individuals with a B.A. in archaeology can begin work as field technicians, but it requires a minimum of an M.A. degree to become project managers and to obtain the antiquities permits necessary to conduct this work.” Thus, Adams State’s new program provides advanced education for those already working in the field, without the necessity of leaving a job and relocating. The cultural resource management emphasis entails an 18-credit-hour core, plus 12 credits in history, archaeology, and geography. The six core courses cover technology, theory, applied GIS, and include an internship. Q aStater update 7 New science equipment and facilities provided by Title V STEM grant With the Zacheis Planetarium celebrating its 50th year in September, Adams State University is expanding its facilities with a new observatory. The observatory is funded by a fiveyear, $3.6 million Hispanic Serving Institutions STEM program grant, aimed at improving instruction and outreach in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Awarded in 2011, the grant also supported the recent acquisition of an x-ray defractometer (XRD) and a touch-screen system for the Edward M. Ryan Geological Museum. Dr. Rob Benson, professor of geology and earth sciences, devoted his spring sabbatical to launching the museum-quality educational touch-screen system. The XRD, valued at $90,000, is housed in the interdisciplinary STEM lab on Porter Hall’s third floor. “This is the most exciting piece of equipment we’ve ever had,” Benson said, adding, “Our students are incredibly excited.” He explained the machine uses x-rays to produce defraction patterns of various materials to aid in their analysis. With applications in chemistry, geology, art, and other fields, it can be used to create a “fingerprint” of a mineral, help identify proteins, and reveal the molecular structure of crystal, for example. The new, $120,000 observatory was built this summer on the north end of campus between the baseball and softball fields and the river. The facility will give students the opportunity to conduct research using astrophotography, spectroscopy, photometry, supernova observations, astrometry, and lunar and planetary observations. ABOVE, from left: Rob Bond, Porter Hall lab support, and Dr. Rob Benson, professor of geology, demonstrate operation of the new x-ray defractometer with science students Tavia Carlson, Lea Schiola, and Jorge Vidal. Inset are the resulting deffractograms for quartz (left) and zincite. Each pattern is a distinctive fingerprint of the mineral that reflects its unique crystal structure. LEFT: the new observatory with roof withdrawn. “We will also continue public viewings and will host school or other groups,” said Dr. Robert Astalos, associate professor of physics and the director of the planetarium. He added the new observatory will not replace Zacheis, which will still be used for planetarium shows. “Fifty years ago the trees were much smaller, and the lamp posts were lower and didn’t obscure the view at the planetarium.” In addition, with 13 telescopes, Zacheis is tight on space. The observatory houses three permanently mounted, stateof-the-art telescopes capable of fascinating student research projects. Most of the planetarium’s current telescopes are also housed there, and it is the site of all public viewing sessions, in addition to the home of the ASU Astronomy Club. The observatory has a telescope room and a warming, or control, room. The roof rolls off to the north, exposing the telescope room to the open sky. 8 Q aStater summer 2014 Judge Lucero authors historic opinion The Hon. Carlos F. Lucero ’61 is making history again. In 1995, his appointment to the bench by President Bill Clinton made him the first Hispanic judge to sit on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Earlier this summer, Lucero wrote the majority opinion in the court’s 2-1 decision to strike down Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage advocates hailed the Kitchen v. Herbert decision as a historic win, according to the New York Times. The court immediately stayed (postponed) enforcement of the Utah ruling to allow time for any appeal; the state of Utah then announced it would appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. But the high court is under no obligation to the take the case, according to the Associated Press, and may wait for rulings from one or more of the five other appellate courts with gay marriage cases pending. The 10th Circuit Court’s decision upheld a Dec. 2013 ruling by a federal district judge that struck down an amendment to the Utah state constitution, passed by voters in 2004, that stipulated marriage as only between a man and woman. Joining Lucero in striking down the ban was Judge Jerome A. Holmes, while Judge Paul J. Kelly Jr. dissented. Lucero’s majority opinion states: “We hold that the Fourteenth Amendment protects the fundamental right to marry, establish a family, raise children, and enjoy the full protection of a state’s marital laws. A state may not deny the issuance of a marriage license to two persons, or refuse to recognize their marriage, based solely upon the sex of the persons in the marriage union. . . In summary, we hold that under the Due Process and Equal Protection Clauses of the United States Constitution, those who wish to marry a person of the same sex are entitled to exercise the same fundamental right as is recognized for persons who wish to marry a person of the opposite sex.” The 10th Circuit Court has appellate jurisdiction over Colorado, Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas, Wyoming, and New Mexico, subject to review only by the United States Supreme Court. Same-sex marriage was first legalized by Massachusetts in 2004; since then, it has been legalized by 18 additional states and the District of Columbia. Same-sex marriage bans in several states have been struck down by federal judges since the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in June 2013 that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional. While that ruling extended to same-sex couples such federal benefits as tax breaks, it did not specifically address whether gay marriage is a constitutional right. The 10th Circuit’s ruling is significant, according to the Wall Street Journal, because it is the first time a federal appeals court affirmed same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. “Consistent with our constitutional tradition of recognizing the liberty of those previously excluded, we conclude that plaintiffs possess a fundamental right to marry and to have their marriages recognized,” the majority opinion stated, citing numerous Supreme Court decisions to that effect. The 10th Circuit Court’s ruling also drew comparisons to the 1967 Supreme Court decision striking down state laws that banned interracial marriage (Loving v. Virginia). The majority opinion also quoted the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA, saying the drafters of the Constitution "knew times can blind us to certain truths, and later generations can see that laws once thought necessary and proper in fact serve only to oppress." By Julie Waechter Editor’s note: Judge Lucero is unable to comment on the court’s decision while it is under appeal. Due to the time constraints of A-Stater publication, the case’s status may have changed since printing. The full 10th Circuit Court decision may be viewed online: https://www.ca10.uscourts.gov/opinions/13/13-4178.pdf. the hon. carlos f. lucero ‘61 was named Adams State’s Outstanding Alumnus in 1995. He completed his law degree in 1964 at George Washington University Law School, which also named him a Distinguished Alumnus. Lucero practiced law in Alamosa for many years. He taught pre-law courses at Adams State from 1968-95. He served as president – the first Hispanic in the role – of the Colorado Bar Association in 1977-78. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers, American Bar Foundation, and the Colorado Bar Foundation. His numerous awards include the Professional Service Award of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association and the Professional Service Award of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). In 2006, he was presented the National Jurist of the Year Award by the Hispanic National Bar Association. Q aStater update 9 emeritus professor of biology Dr. Margery Herrington Dr. Margery Herrington’s contributions to science and students extend beyond Adams State University. In 1997, she not only started teaching in the Biology Department at Adams State, but also began spending part of each summer at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, as a visiting researcher. Her work in Stockholm focused on the upper gastrointestinal tract, with an emphasis on pancreatic diseases such as cancer and pancreatitis. worked hard to set great standards . . . and produce many doctors and nurses.” Daramola recently completed his residency training in rhinology and anterior skull-base surgery at the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. While at Adams State, he accompanied Herrington to an American Pancreatic Society meeting. “The experience opened my eyes to the value of research and dissemination of scientific information.” Although he said everything was “sincerely too advanced” for himi,“it was an opportunity that spurred me to do my own research and publish relevant findings. My achievements in research have opened a lot of doors for me, so I will be eternally grateful for that opportunity.” mired her for continuing her love of research and returning every fall to continue her love of teaching.” Evig said Herrington was “very engaged” in her laboratories, which made the dissections meaningful, as well as efficient. “Her style of teaching is actually similar to some classes that I took in medical school,” Daramola said. “A lot of professional school teaching is now offered in small groups, because learning is more effective in an active environment.” Herrington received the Faculty Award for Excellence in Research and Published Works in 2004 and 2008 and Exemplary Teaching Status in 2004. She has taught such courses as Human Anatomy and Physiology, Endocrinology, Nutrition, General Biology, and labs. Herrington has been a member of the Health Professions Advisory Committee, the Faculty Senate, and a number of other committees and councils. This spring, the Adams State Nursing Advisory Committee awarded her the title of Honorary Registered Nurse, “for 17 years of commitment and service to pre-nursing student advising and academic guidance to the nursing department.” Herrington has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, has edited and contributed to published books, and has presented at numerous national and international scientific meetings and seminars. But there’s more to Herrington than science and research. She has played in Adams State’s steel drum bands and the percussion ensemble. She holds memberships in a number of professional, honorary, and conservation organizations. Certified by the Library of Congress as a Braille transcriber, she has assisted the Music Department with music Braille. By Linda Relyea ‘96 a scholarly example Herrington earned her Ph.D. in physiology from Creighton University, her Master of Science from Cornell University, and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon. With a passion for both teaching and research, she found her niche at Adams State. “I wanted to concentrate on teaching as my main activity for the school year,” Herrington said. “In larger universities, professors are pulled in both directions – research and teaching. Adams State is small enough to let me know my students and teach my labs. It is large enough that there are more than two people in the department, which means I can teach in my field, instead of being expected to cover a wide range of upper-division subjects.” Dr. Crystal (Willis) Evig ‘02, now an obstetrician and gynecologist with Colorado Springs Health Partners, accompanied Herrington to Stockholm for a pancreatic conference during her senior year of college. “Dr. Herrington contributed to the research in Stockholm, and I saw how she continued to challenge herself to further science. I ad- Herrington retired from Adams State this spring as Emeritus Professor of Biology. Dr. Opeyemi Daramola ’04 said: “I doubt she will really ‘retire,’ because she will probably be surreptitiously teaching and publishing. She was truly wonderful to me in college and provided guidance when I struggled. It will be tough to fill her shoes, as she has 10 Q aStater summer 2014 emeritus professor of music Dr. Christine Keitges Northern light filters through a window, softening shadows as Dr. Christine Keitges touches the piano keys, head up, a smile on her face. She asks, “How are you feeling?” Vocal performance major, Victoria Ricci ’15 returns the smile. “I am okay,” she says, and the voice lesson begins. “My voice has changed immensely since I started studying with Dr. Keitges,” Ricci said. “It has become easier to sing, because she has taught me to know my voice and know what feels right.” As with every vocal performance major, Keitges meets with Ricci for training once a week through her entire collegiate career. These sessions take place in Keitges’ office, complete with grand piano, bookcases filled with music, filing cabinet, a desk, and a mirror. Here, for 25 years, Keitges guided students to vocal health, increased their vocal skills, and developed very close relationships. “I believe music can change lives,” Keitges said. She retired this spring as Emeritus Professor of Music, but her influence and training will live on through students and her colleagues. Keitges encourages her students, but also stresses the discipline needed to succeed. “She understands my dreams of being on stage for opera and focuses on increasing my flexibility, range, repertoire, in a healthy manner,” Ricci said. “She definitely does not wave a magic wand, though. Dr. Keitges has taught me that I have to work hard and constantly improve as a musician.” When students first audition for the music program and begin their training, Keitges listens to achieve a better understanding of where to guide the vocalists. Kacia Schmidt ’13 said she admires Keitges' tenacity and compassion. “I am sure I am not the only student who fought her at first, because I misunderstood her persistence. But once you get past your own pride, you realize she's trying to inspire you to become your best, not to point out your flaws. It takes a tenacious, compassionate person to help you use your weaknesses and turn them into strengths.” love her beautiful strengths and her beautiful weakness, the few there are, because they are Keitges’.” Even music alumni from 20 years ago fondly recall Keitges’ laughter and their lessons. "Dr. Keitges made a huge impact on both my education and my life,” said Carrie Murphy ’92. Calling Keitges “the consummate” teacher, she added: “Dr. K. helped me to understand the mechanics of singing, and to understand that practice is the only way to advance. This is a lesson that translates to many other parts of life.” One-on-one tutelage was only a part of Keitges’ career at Adams State. She co-directed musicals and operettas such as Pirates of Penzance, Camelot, and Little Shop of Horrors. Directing Opera Workshop Scenes and Music Theatre Revues holds a special place in her heart. She has presented workshops, seminars, lectures and clinics on a variety of topics covering vocal health, choral music, vocal repertoire, and technique. A mezzo-soprano, Keitges considers performing an important part of her life. Her experience ranges from operatic and music theatre roles to oratorios, major choral works, and recitals. Some highlights are Adams State faculty recitals, guest recitals, performances in Phoenix, Georgia, Iowa, Denver, and Texas, and performing with the Taos Chamber Music and the Taos Orchestra. Her favorite roles include Katisha (Mikado), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Witch (Hansel and Gretel) and Dame Quickly (Falstaff). “Her programs were always beautiful, varied, and focused on the art of song,” said Rebeckah Valentine ’95. “Her lyric mezzo voice had a warmth, depth, and resonance that I will never forget and want to emulate.” By Linda Relyea ‘96 life lessons Schmidt appreciates the impact Keitges had on her life. “She has made me laugh and cry, but most importantly, she has inspired me to embrace my talent and never stop striving to make myself better – whether as a musician, or just as a person.” Ricci agrees: “She is leaving students that she not only taught to make music, but she's taught us about how to live. She shows us how to love, how to be strong, to learn and become the best version of ourselves that we can be in anything. I admire her as much as one person can admire another. I Q aStater features 11 emeritus professor of counselor education Dr. Teresa McCartney ‘87, ‘92 Teri McCartney ’87, ’92 may have been a bit of a late bloomer when it came to higher education, but she more than made up for lost time. She recently retired as Emeritus Professor of Counselor Education, concluding a career at Adams State that encompassed teaching, administration, and student services. She has applied her expertise to several special university projects and committees, as well as a number of area non-profit organizations. After six years as a faculty member in counselor education, McCartney was named Adams State’s Associate Provost for Graduate Studies in 2005, but returned to the faculty three years later. She is very proud of her many students who have become licensed counselors in school and clinical settings. “It has truly been amazing to see the growth in our department, while maintaining the quality of curriculum,” McCartney said, referring to expansion of the online master’s program and introduction this past year of a Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision. It is offered solely online, while the master’s program retains an on-campus component. Prior to the evolution of distance education delivery from on-site to online, she said, “We used to travel every Thursday night,” to offer graduate counseling courses at sites around the state. Online and hybrid course delivery reduced her travel to one weekend a month in Pueblo. “At first, I really wondered how we would teach counseling online. But I learned we can develop more intimacy in online discussions. I’ve been amazed how deep, how honest you can get,” she said. “When I think of that first online class, compared to the technology we have now – it’s two different worlds. The technology keeps changing, and it’s more user friendly.” Retirement will free McCartney to travel to gigs with her husband, musician Don Richmond, and she intends to continue her private counseling practice. “It’s time for me to have something else. There is a whole list of things I want to do,” including learning to play the piano, gardening, and writing, plus activities she has yet to discover. By Julie Waechter “ I realized that talking and listening to the students was so much more important than teaching them how to diagram sentences.” McCartney started college at age 25, doing it “the expensive way:” beginning at Adams State and transferring a couple of times before circling back to Alamosa. She knew she wanted to major in English during her first English class with Dr. Jodine Ryan, Emeritus Professor of English. “Jodine had a passion for the written word. She instilled in me an appreciation of the beauty of language,” McCartney said. “She was incredibly encouraging to me as a writer.” After earning her B.A. in English with a minor in journalism in 1987, she taught those subjects for three years at Monte Vista High School. “Kids would write about their lives, and I realized that talking and listening to them was so much more important than teaching them how to diagram sentences.” With encouragement from the Monte Vista school counselor, she returned to Adams State and completed her master’s in Guidance and Counseling in 1992, then served as the counselor at Alamosa’s Ortega Middle School. The opportunity to head Adams State’s Counseling Center came in 1994. “I loved that job,” McCartney said. During her three-year tenure, she developed the career counseling component of the office and initiated SART, the Sexual Assault Response Team. “But I realized I missed teaching, and I knew John Holmes was retiring, so I decided to get a Ph.D.” She took a year’s leave, transitioned temporarily to a “commuting marriage,” and completed “an incredible amount of course work” over two years and two months to earn her Ph.D. in Counseling at University of New Mexico in 1999. She began teaching English at Adam State in 1990, adding counseling and psychology courses in 1992, and gradually advanced through the faculty ranks. 12 Q aStater summer 2014 emeritus professor of english Dr. David Mazel ‘85, ‘87 The passions that drove his academic career will continue to occupy Dr. David Mazel ’85, ’87 in retirement. His specialty, ecocriticism, melds his love of writing, the environment, and rock climbing. Originally from Los Angeles, the Emeritus Professor of English anticipates spending more time with all three pursuits once he relocates to Bishop, California, which will place him closer to family, climbing, and the mountains. Sandhill Review literary and arts magazine (formerly Genesis), as well as serving on the Communications Board, which oversees all student media. Mazel also served on the steering committee for the remodeling of the ES Building, now McDaniel Hall, and coordinated the design/remodel of the Haynie Center for Mass Communications in the Student Union Building. The Haynie Center boasts technology Mazel’s 2000 book, American Literary Environmentalism, shows that early environmental writings constituted a form of cultural politics that began with the colonial confrontation with the wilderness and culminated in the creation of the U.S.’s first national park at Yosemite in 1864. “The wilderness was more than nature, it served in literature to embody value, representing the democratic fron- “ I really believe in the social mission of this kind of school.” that supports digital production of print, radio, and new video courses – something Mazel would have loved as an undergraduate, when he was editor of the South Coloradan. “The Mac Classic made my job so much easier.” Later, Mazel spent a year as editor of the Valley Courier. He recalled the “best story” he wrote for the South Coloradan, about a classmate who was a Cambodian refugee. “When he was 13, he was arrested and tortured. He had a hell of a story.” Mazel is working to publish his latest book, The Ecology of Utopia, which explores the relations between the natural environment and notions of an ideal society. His fascination with utopian and dystopian science fiction – the subject of a senior seminar he taught last year – stems from his grounding in ecocriticism. That field, he explained, views literature “as if nature matters,” and explores how environmental concerns affect the reader, possibly touching on politics or issues of survival. Mazel retired this spring from his alma mater as chair of the Department of English, Theatre & Communications, a post he held since 2010. He earned a B.A. in Selected Studies and an M.A. in English at Adams State in 1985 and 1987, respectively. He completed a Ph.D. in English from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1996. Prior to joining the Adams State faculty in 1997, he taught at a similar institution, the University of West Alabama. “I really believe in the social mission of this kind of school,” Mazel said. “We need quality higher education for students that won’t get it anywhere else. Prestigious schools like Harvard merely replicate the existing social order. Schools like Adams State are dedicated to improving it.” Although he is proud of many students, he considers his most successful to have been a young woman who became active with social justice efforts in Mexico. “I would like to think her experience at Adams State had something to do with that.” In addition to teaching various levels of communication arts, advanced composition, literature, and literary theory, Mazel’s duties have included advising the Paw Print student newspaper (formerly the South Coloradan) and The tier, with various cultural/political/ ideological ramifications. Wilderness served those functions. I still believe wilderness serves that role. “The utopian form has always been environmental; utopia is an environment that supports an ideal society. About half of science fiction is dystopian: the worst possible society.” He cited the literary examples of 1984, Brave New World, and The Hunger Games. In addition to writing about and experiencing the environment, Mazel also plans to volunteer more with Restore Hetch-Hetchy (Yosemite's HetchHetchy Valley) and the Endangered Languages Project. He will continue teaching through Adams State Extended Studies. By Julie Waechter Q aStater features 13 presidential teacher awards recognize outstanding faculty They came to teach how can you spot exceptional faculty? For one thing, they spend a lot of time with their students. Liz Thomas-Hensley's office door in the School of Business seems to always be open. Dr. Robert Astalos can often be seen outside the planetarium instructing students from elementary age through college. When Dr. Benjamin Waddell speaks to students, his tone has a respectful and supportive quality. The three professors received the 2014 Presidential Teacher Award. All had a similar response when they first heard of the recognition: "Surprised and honored." "It is not transparent to us if students think we are doing a good job," said Waddell, assistant professor of sociology. "Receiving this award makes me want to be a better teacher." Coming from a rural, working-class background, Waddell believes he has much in common with many of his students. "Students bring a lot to the classroom. I attempt to incorporate what they already know." Astalos, associate professor of physics and director of the Zacheis Planetarium, agrees with Waddell. "The best lesson I have learned: never stop learning from students." Zenobia Contreras, a senior majoring in sociology/social welfare, said Waddell “tries to accommodate each and every individual’s own learning strategies. He is an awesome teacher, and I would like to thank him.” Astalos realized he wanted to teach his final year in graduate school. "I knew being a teacher would be more rewarding than a career in research." After finishing his undergraduate degree, he worked for IBM and Lockheed Martin; they weren't the jobs for him. "I worked for the weekend." Now, his focus is students. "I find teaching most rewarding. It makes me happy to get up in the morning.” And that enthusiasm is obvious to students. Megan Medina, a sophomore English/ Communications major, said Astalos “presented information very clearly and was also able to keep his students engaged and entertained. He has high expectations of his students, but is also very understanding and in no way unreasonable.” Having received her undergraduate degree from Adams State in 2005, Thomas-Hensley, assistant professor of marketing and MBA Program director (see story pg. 18), knew she wanted to become a professor by her junior year. "I wanted to teach like the professors who got the students’ attention." She received her MBA from Arizona State and will soon complete her Ph.D. She started teaching at Adams State in 2008. Before entering higher education, she had a knack for relating to individual learning styles and personalities in the business world. "It transferred to the classroom." The excitement of sharing knowledge and telling stories, adding to "book text," keeps Thomas-Hensley motivated. Often students will ask her for help writing their resumes and prac- “ I knew being a teache rewarding than a care ticing job interviews. "There is such satisfaction when they tell you they got a job." Senior English/communications major Marquez Hobson said ThomasHensley “is a fantastic person who knows what she is doing and cares about the students and their education. She helps kids work hard to get their degrees and graduate on time. It shows LEFT: Mario Garcia credits individual attention from Liz Thomas- Hensley (right) with helping him succeed. 14 Q aStater summer 2014 in her character that she wants the students to succeed.” Astalos, who started at Adams State in 2005, finds it exciting when a student suddenly understands the material or lesson. "It is really cool when those ‘Aha’ moments happen." Waddell agrees, "On any given day, you can turn a student on to new ways of thinking." ceed. "I still feel teary-eyed at every graduation." Finishing his third year at Adams State, Waddell believes the campus is a perfect fit for him. "The small class size and real ability to work closely with students is the ideal environment for my teaching style. It is really cool to have the opportunity to help students pursue their goals." Now in its seventh year, the Adams State University Presidential Teacher Award acknowledges professors’ dedication to their students and recognizes outstanding undergraduate teaching, advising, and mentoring. In the fall, Dr. Michael Mumper ‘76, senior vice president for Enrollment Management/Program Development, formed a committee of undergraduate students, Rachel Heaton, Kat McLaughlin, and Pauline "Tori" Vigil. They requested Adams State undergraduate students nominate professors who they feel best exemplify what it means to be a great college teacher. After receiving the nominations, the student committee conducted interviews and classroom observations to determine the award recipients. Each Presidential Teacher receives $1,500 to support his or her professional development and the opportunity to teach a special Presidential Teacher Course during the next academic year. By Linda Relyea ‘96 er would be more eer in research." Thomas-Hensley believes in Adams State's mission to serve students at all levels. "I embrace Adams State's standards." She values helping students progress and develop the skills to sucABOVE: Dr. Benjamin Waddell reviews the presentation of his students, left to right, Jacob Heaton, Seth Spiva and Garrett Foster. RIGHT: Dr. Robert Astalos discusses aspects of astronomy while calibrating a telescope with students (from left) Chris Morley, Ben Goldsworthy, and Gia Johnson. Q aStater features 15 What did you learn in college this year? student scholar days showcases research In a galaxy far, far away . . . if only Anakin Skywalker had access to good psychoanalysis, perhaps the whole black look and attitude would never have happened. Emily Wright psychoanalyzed Skywalker from the film, Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith, for a course taught by Dr. Kim Kelso, Psychology Department chair, and presented her research at the Seventh Annual Student Scholar Days in April. Wright’s presentation attracted a large audience of the latest generation of Star Wars fans. Student Scholar Days is a two-day, multidisciplinary conference that highlights the academic achievements of Adams State undergraduate students. This public forum gives a glimpse into the excellent work students produce and is open to faculty, staff, students, and community members. This year, 26 students presented their work in music, poetry, archaeology, sociology, and science. San Luis Valley natives Stefan Ortega and Rafe Paulson represented the sciences. Ortega, a cellular & molecular biology major, presented a slide that showed him as a nine-year-old accepting first place for his Science Fair project in botany. His interest continued into college. Paulson built a spectrometer out of Legos, and explained how it works. Art major Laura Hopkins ’14 creates wearable art intended to trigger the viewer’s imagination. She creates a positive experience for people to escape negative stressors in this world. Music major Ben Paden presented his research on Greek-French composer/music theorist/ architect-engineer Iannis Xenakis. Paden said he “combined the art forms of architecture and music into a complete experience.” Another student scholar, Mark Mabry Jr., began his presentation, “How Bavarians and Brandenbergers Became Germans,” by telling the audience, “The region that today we all think of as Germany was actually, during this period, an intricate puzzle of sovereign entities.” To view videos of all 19 of this year’s Student Scholar Days presentations, visit adams.edu/a/22. student scholars (Clockwise, from upper right) Ben Paden, Emily Wright, Mark Mabry Jr., Stefan Ortega, Laura Hopkins, and Rafe Paulson were among the presenters at the 2014 Student Scholar Days. 16 Q aStater summer 2014 First-generation students find their full potential being “first” implies some privilege: First-born; a pioneer; first-come, firstserved; a winner. First-generation college students certainly appreciate that privilege, but also experience unique challenges. Those challenges can be financial, academic, or personal. It takes courage to aspire to a higher education without role models who can show what’s possible. First-generation students have always thrived at Adams State, which was founded to serve Colorado’s rural communities. Today, one-third of the undergraduate student body is first generation; half of all Hispanic students are first-generation. Olivia DeHerrera, a senior with a double major in psychology and accounting, said her parents always encouraged her and her siblings to attend college. “But they made it very clear that you need to be responsible for your education and paying for it.” A high school valedictorian, DeHerrera earned Adams State’s Woodard Scholarship. Combined with her work study jobs on campus, she has only taken minimal student loans. “Ultimately, I want to work in a Big 4 Accounting Firm,” said DeHerrera, who is very involved in the Pacioli Accounting Club and the VITA income-tax service. “I’m really close with all my accounting professors and really respect them.” Ashlee DeHerrera (no relation to Olivia) was awarded the Gates Millennium Foundation Scholarship, which would have allowed her to go to any college in the nation. She chose Adams State. She also received the Daniels Fund Scholarship, but nevertheless held an off-campus job and worked as a sociology tutor through the Grizzly Testing and Learning Center. She joined the campus suicide prevention group, of which she is secretary. With her sites set on graduate school, the sociology major was selected to present her research on family interactions at Harvard’s Ivy Plus Symposium last year. Abe Rosenberg dropped out of college after his father died of lung cancer. “I had been dabbling in video and theatre – I was originally a science major. I can’t tell you how many times I changed majors. I was fed up and didn’t plan to come back to school.” He went to work with the man who bought his father’s chimney sweep business. “That’s a good living, but it wasn’t about the money. I wanted a job I enjoyed and wanted. My dad’s death was a powerful experience.” Rosenberg returned to Adams State just after Grizzly Video was formed. “This the most fun I’ve ever had,” he said, describing his various projects producing music videos, documentaries, and advertising. He manages Grizzly Video, which employees eight other students and populates the campus TV station with student-produced films. To view videos of additional first-generation students, visit adams.edu/a/25. Ashlee DeHerrera At the end of her freshman year, Leanza Ochoa also lost her father. She became close to Daisy Valdez in Financial Aid, who helped sort out her financial situation. A junior nursing major, she appreciates the support she gained from Oneyda Maestas ’93, ’06, on-campus advisor for the Denver Scholarship Foundation, and Liz TabelingGarcia ’96, ’06, with the federal GEAR UP proAbe Rosenberg gram. “They touch base with me weekly. They encourage me and help me stay on track. “I wasn’t expecting the demands of college. It was a big transition,” Ochoa said. “When I took my first psychology exam, I thought: ‘What am I doing here?’ But I learned to study and take notes.” She also completed remedial math courses, and achieved admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program this past year. She plans to return to Denver after graduation. Olivia DeHerrera “I’ve wanted to be a nurse since I was 4 or 5. I had presenting in her a heart murmur, and I want to work Tax Fraud course. with kids and cardiology.” Jordan Hannebaum moved from Kansas to Castle Rock, Colo., to live with an aunt at age 13, following her mother’s death from cancer. “My mom’s death gave me a completely new perspective on life,” she said. “It was hard, but it will help me someday.” She gained strength that year ABOVE: Leanza Ochoa (left) through her friendship with a girl with with fellow nursing student, Down’s Syndrome. “I fell in love with Ashley Griego. her. It helped me so much. I also found BELOW: Jordan Hannebaum theatre and a love of the stage.” (right) on stage with John Hannebaum came to Adams State on Hauser in The Outsiders. the advice of her high school counselor, Sherri Langston ‘83. She is a theatre/ English major with a special education minor. This past spring, she portrayed a teacher in the ASU Theatre production of The Outsiders. “I’m not trying to get to Broadway. I have a love for kids. I can’t not work with them,” she said. “I love being a theatre major. We’re one big family.” Q aStater features 17 kristina daniel ’06, ‘11 Chief Operating Officer San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Alamosa Hailing from Ohio, Kris Daniel came to Adams State in 2002 to work in residence life. She met her future husband, Kevin Daniel ‘04, ’11, during her campus tour. The couple completed their MBA’s together and graduated with the first cohort. (Kevin is ASU’s Director of Computing Services.) After earning a Master’s in Counseling in 2006, Kris became the Prevention Coordinator with SLV Comprehensive Community Mental Health (now SLV Behavioral Health). She moved up to Assoc. Director of Clinical Operations, then was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in early 2013. She reports to the Executive Director and has five direct reports, who manage a total of 110 employees. “I think my MBA had a huge amount to do with the expectations that our organization has with my position. You need to have a personal feel for clients and connect with families. You also have to understand staff and the business side of managing a $12 million corporation in order to serve the people who need our services the most. I credit both my master’s programs with influencing how I work with people.” Movin’ With 96 graduates to its credit, Adams State’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) program celebrated five years in operation this summer. Ten more students will graduate this fall. MBA Director Liz ThomasHensley ’05 (see story page 14) said about 60 percent of the graduates hail from the San Luis Valley. mba alumni achiev advancement, pers jerry gibson ‘05, ‘11 Senior Group Leader - Outbound Operations Target Corporation Phoenix Jerry Gibson has been with Target for almost ten years, starting in the Pueblo office, then transferring to Phoenix in 2010. He has moved up through a variety of executive positions and now supervises six Executive Group Leaders, who oversee about 100 people combined. He has both operational and staff development responsibilities. He oversees the daily processing of freight for 77 Target stores. “My role is to guide the six leaders that report to me on how to run an efficient, risk-free business and achieve success in quality control and other metrics on a daily basis,” Gibson explained. He is also charged with developing his staff and others in the distribution network so they can progress in their careers and become better leaders. “I absolutely value continuous learning, overcoming obstacles, and personal development,” he said. “The experience I gained from the MBA program was instrumental in my personal and career growth and is an accomplishment I will always be proud of.” “ The experience I gain program was instrum and career growth.” The online program offers four emphases: healthcare administration, leadership/management, public administration, and HPPE leadership, which is offered in collaboration with the Department of Human Performance & Physical Education. A new emphasis in finance will be introduced soon. Thomas-Hensley said leadership is the most popular emphasis, but that healthcare and public administration are also very attractive. She noted the program is quite affordable, under $15,000 – less than a third of what other online programs charge. “We get a lot of feedback from our graduates who are so appreciative of the program. They tell us how the program has actually led to their growth within companies or in new jobs. People have moved up to CFO, CEO, or the next level up. One key thing is, it opens up doors to new opportunities if people want to make a change,” ThomasHensley said. 18 Q aStater summer 2014 on Up A year ago, a correspondence (printbased) version of the program was developed for incarcerated individuals, which Thomas-Hensley said is growing fast. “We’ve had 12 students enroll in the correspondence program from all over the world. Half of them earned their bachelor’s degrees at a distance through ASU Extended Studies.” Another innovation is the dualdegree, which allows undergraduate stu- david hayden, mba, lpc, cac III ‘99, ‘12 Director of Quality & Compliance Mind Springs Health Grand Junction, Colo. After 14 years with SLV Comprehensive Community Mental Health, where he gained clinical and administrative experience in community behavioral health care, David Hayden joined Mind Springs Health in July 2013. His first position was program director of outpatient services, but he was soon promoted to his current post. His focus is on integrating data-based management into best-practice clinical processes in order to provide greater access to high quality care. His areas of treatment expertise include inpatient and outpatient addictions, forensics, trauma response, and severe mental illness. He is also a statecertified trainer in addiction counseling skills and motivational interviewing. “The MBA program at Adams State provided me with the skills that I needed in order to contribute to this dynamic and continuously changing environment,” he said. ve professional sonal fulfillment ned from the MBA mental in my personal dents to apply six graduate credits toward their bachelor’s degree. The MBA program admits three cohorts each academic year, with space for 30 students in each cohort. The program’s faculty includes current and former Adams State faculty, alumni, and others with various areas of expertise. Dr. Alberta Coolbaugh ‘94, Emeritus Professor of Business, designs and builds all the courses for online delivery. Program faculty include: Dr. Tom Gilmore ’67, ‘68 Dr. Richard Hughes Dr. Tim Lewis Dr. Don Johnston Jessie Justice, M.Ed, MSW Dr. Michael McGivern Dr. Michael Mumper ‘76 Dr. Randy Newell Dr. Denise Ogden ‘90 Dr. Linda Reid ‘96 Dr. Steve Stewart Dr. David Wolfe Yusri Zaro, MBA donna wehe ‘12 Hub Coordinator/Patient Access Manager SLV Health Alamosa Donna Wehe has taken her career to a whole new level since earning her MBA. She was hired as the Hub Coordinator for Connect for Health CO, which includes outreach, training and coordination of the Health Coverage Guides for Southern Colorado. She previously taught school, managed a credit union, and directed the SLV Small Business Development Center. Recently another position opened at SLV Health, so she is also the Patient Access Manager. She is putting her MBA training to work in this challenging and changing environment of health care administration. Even though her emphasis was in Public Administration, she uses her education on a daily basis to look for root causes to why patients' bills are incorrect, to implement process improvement plans, or participate in a staff debrief trying to determine the best protocol. “Healthcare delivery is changing, and it's exciting to be part of the challenges. I’m so grateful to ASU for the opportunity to gain an MBA while working full time,” she said. She likes to be a problem solver, and this is a great fit for her various skills. Q aStater features 19 Fishing for laughs The Lost & Found hones comedy skills with Second City in Chicago Adams State’s comedy improv troupe, The Lost and Found, lost their fear of being in the U.S.’s third largest city and found skills and tips to round-out their natural talents. During spring break, the students traveled to Chicago with their director, Jenna Neilsen, associate professor of theatre. They explored the metropolis and bonded as a troupe, in addition to studying improv at The Second City, billed as “The world’s premier comedy club/theatre and school of improvisation.” The Lost and Found includes ASU theatre majors Shawnie Abbott, David Boncyk, Caty Herrick ‘14, John Hauser, Bethany Hernandez ‘14, James Rodriguez, Jake Webb, and Matthew Wesley ‘14. “Chicago is fascinating,” Herrick said. “So much is happening in the city. Every night I saw at least one comedy show and many times caught a music act later.” Neilsen helped found the comedy improv troupe four years ago. She studied improv as a college student and has done several intensives with Second City and Keith Johnstone as part of her personal faculty development. When she approached the students in October about going to Chicago for a workshop at Second City, the response was overwhelmingly positive. “Jenna planning this trip is a good example of how the leaders here really care about their students,” Hernandez said. “The trip was tailor-made for the nine of us.” Boncyk agreed: “The opportunity to study improv in Chicago was wonderful.” Rodriguez, a native of the San Luis Theatre prof Jenna Neilsen received the faculty equivaValley, said few people have the opportunity to study improv at Second City lent of a standing ovation: the Adams State University in Chicago. 2014 Exemplary Teacher Award. The Second City specializes in sketch After earning an exemplary evaluation in the categories of teaching comedy and improv and has been deeffectiveness and scholarly/creative activity or service, she was nomilighting audiences for over 50 years. nated for the honor by Dr. David Mazel ’85, ‘87, chair of the English, With the debut of NBC's “Saturday Theatre, and Communications Department. Night Live,” populated by Second City “Good teachers make things happen,” Mazel said. “The really good alums John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and teachers – the truly exemplary ones – are the ones whose students Gilda Radner, the theatre became intermake good things happen, and Jenna's students do just that. The Lost nationally known for its ever-increasing & Found troupe has enriched our campus and community and made an roster of comedy superstars. already outstanding theatre program even better.” Working together as a comedy imNominations for the award are reviewed by the Peer Recognition Comprov troupe at Second City had many mittee, comprised of the Faculty Senate president and tenured faculty benefits. “I learned to get over myself from the areas of Arts and Humanities; Science and Mathematics; Eduand go with it,” Webb said. “If it feels cation, Counseling, and HPPE; and Business. The PRC submits its recweird, do it more.” ommendation to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who conducts “We learned there are no mistakes, a final review and makes a final decision. only gifts,” said Abbott. “We are each “I am honored to be recognized for my efforts by my peers,” Neilsen other’s best support troupe.” Neilsen said. “The award re-enforces said working together as a team, making the idea that Adams State is a teaching institution, and eye contact, and the camaraderie is imthat is where our focus portant for improv. “We succeed or fail should be.” as a troupe.” They all appreciated working excluJenna Neilsen (front, secsively with the “dynamic” teacher, ond from right) with the Micah Philbrook, of Second City. troupe at Second City. 20 Q aStater summer 2014 “It was only us and our troupe,” Herrick said. They attended the workshops for three hours every day for five days. “I feel like I learned a lot,” Boncyk said. “We grew as a troupe.” The workshop skills returned with The Lost and Found, who passed along their lessons at improv practice sessions open to other students and the general public several times a week during the school year. They shared many of the skills learned in the intensive during these meetings in April and May. Also, the troupe performed multiple shows in their new "Chicago" long-form styles upon returning to Adams State. “The Alamosa audience was very receptive to these new styles and recognized the energy and new dynamic the troupe brought back from Chicago,” said Neilsen. “I utilized several of the techniques learned in the workshop in my Introduction to Improvisational Acting course and will do so in years to come.” “ I learned to get over myself and go with it. If it feels weird, do it more.” The cohesiveness of a troupe attracted Abbott to improv in high school. Boncyk said belonging to an improv troupe in high school helped him come out of his shell and grow as a person. While a house manager for the Creede Repertory Theatre, Wesley enjoyed watching the CRT improv troupe, Boomtown. “I owe a lot to Jenna and all the troupe members. I learned so much in Chicago.” Wesley won a drawing to perform on the iO Theatre stage with professional comedian actors. “It was a great opportunity to perform in front of an audience with the professionals.” Herrick said: “Matt did really well.” Hernandez did stand-up in a club and said, “It was fun.” She and Herrick relocated to Chicago this summer to pursue comedy careers. They, along with Wesley, graduated this spring. The students said their relationships with one another strengthened in Chicago, and they saw each other shine. Rodriguez said it was a great bonding experience. “James (Rodriguez) blossomed in Chicago,” said Herrick. Although nervous about the size of the city, Boncyk said he was happy to be surrounded by people he knew. By the end of the week, Rodriguez “did not want to leave.” Along with trying Chicago style hotdogs and pizza, the students said they had some of the best meals they had ever eaten while in The Windy City. They also visited the Chicago Institute of Art, the Skydeck, The Shedd Aquarium, and several music and comedy shows. By Linda Relyea ‘96 The Lost & Found finds humor at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. From left: Shawnie Abbott, Matthew Wesley ‘14, James Rodriguez, Caty Herrick ‘14, Jake Webb, Bethany Hernandez ‘14, David Boncyk, and John Hauser. Q aStater cover 21 all that glitters “Stars” event supports scholarships The Adams State University Foundation’s “Evening with our Stars 2014,” held for the second time April 4, showcased student talent and raised funds for scholarships to benefit students from the San Luis Valley. "The motivation behind the ‘Evening With Our Stars’ was to provide another way for the community and Adams State to connect,” noted ASU Foundation President Duane Bussey ‘82. “The focus is less on fundraising and more on communication and awareness. It's a great opportunity for people to socialize and to experience some of ASU's many talented students and staff. Adams State has so many ‘stars,’ and I know everyone who has attended our first two events has been so impressed with the quality of the performances and found the evening very enjoyable." In addition to 68 West (a capella group) and The Lost & Found (improv comedy troupe. (See story pg. 16), which performed at the inaugural “Evening with our Stars” event last year, the audience of 88 also enjoyed a presentation by the ASU Chemistry Magic group. “Our ticket sales and dessert auction raised nearly $8,000, with 80% of the net proceeds supporting scholarships,” added Tammy Lopez ‘91, ‘00, executive director of the ASU Foundation. Above, from left: Gaylene Horning ‘94, Becky and Chuck ‘68 Owsley, of the ASU Foundation Board, Lori Laske ‘91, ‘01, and Tammy Lopez ‘91, ‘00. 68 West (below) is directed by Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities, Dr. Beth Robison, (front row, second from right), while The Lost & Found (below left) is directed by Associate Professor of Theatre, Jenna Neilsen (see story pg. 16). Watch a performance by 68 West at adams.edu/a/26 . 68 West The Lost & Found We’re saving you a seat ... Your support of the ASU Theatre Scholarship Fund or the Production Operating Fund will place your name (or your company or loved one) on a chair and plaque in the ASU Theatre. 120 seats left! Call 719-587-7122 to learn more. 22 Q aStater summer 2014 Alumni support fuels growth with an endowment nearing $17 million, the Adams State University Foundation has more than recovered from the economic downturn of 2008. Due to increased unrestricted donations, the Foundation was able to contribute $50,000 toward the university’s operating expenses. “This allowed us to balance our 2014-15 budget,” said President David Svaldi. “We expect that additional support will be forthcoming from the Foundation.” The Foundation will also reinstate one of the three positions eliminated in 2008, permitting more office support and restructuring of the alumni and fund raising operations conducted by the Office of Institutional Advancement. Lori Laske ’91, ‘01 recently achieved national certification as a Fund Raising Executive, which will serve her well as Executive Director of Alumni and Donor Relations. She will retain some Alumni Relations duties, while Gaylene Horning ’94 will assume new duties as Assistant Alumni Director. Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 continues as Executive Director of the ASU Foundation and will assume responsibility for the annual phone-a-thon. n Pho a th at m n o h student callers 12 + hours of calling over 261 12 nights $23,820 = 420 pledged by alumni 10,624 Calls dialed 95 n ew o d on rs ! Adams State’s spring phonathon exceeded its goal of raising $20,000, according to Lori Laske ’91, ’01, executive director of Alumni and Donor Relations. Of the 420 alumni who made a pledge, 95 were first-time donors. The average pledge was $60.51. “I am very proud of my callers this year. One student caller visited with an alumnus for 42 minutes,” Laske said. “It is difficult to call people and ask for money, even when the people we are calling can relate to the struggles of affording college. The student callers are like many of our alumni, in that they also take on jobs to pay their tuition.” Suntek scholarship aids valley grads The Suntek Industries, Inc., Scholarship, valued at $1,000, was established by Dr. Andres Salazar. He is the dean of engineering at Northern New Mexico College and founder of the management consulting company, Suntek Industries, as well as external evaluator for ASU’s Title V STEM grant. The scholarship will be awarded to incoming freshmen who demonstrate financial need, with preference given to graduates from the following San Luis Valley high schools: Antonito, Centennial, Center, Del Norte, and Sierra Grande. Salazar is funding the scholarship with proceeds from sales of his book, Release from Cibola - Conquistadores, Eisenhower and Me. The first novel of a planned trilogy, it tells of Reyes Cordova, a young boy in Northern New Mexico who is tired of being poor and feeling hopeless. The book is available from Amazon.com. Masonic lodge creates scholarships The Alamosa Masonic Lodge #44 recently established two $1,000 scholarships for Adams State students: the Alamosa Masonic Scholarit’s surprisingly ship and the Alamosa Masonic Lodge easy to create an #44 Philanthropic Scholarship, which is endowed scholarship. renewable for up to four years with To learn more about maintenance of a 3.0 minimum GPA. this and other ways to Both scholarships will give preference to support Adams State, applicants who are affiliated with the please contact Tammy Masonic Lodge or Eastern Star. Lopez ’91, ’00, To qualify, applicants must be fulltime students with a cumulative GPA of Executive Director of at least 3.0. They must provide a letter the ASU Foundation, of application which addresses their ed719-587-7122 or ucation and career goals. firstname.lastname@example.org. Q aStater giving 23 schedule 2014 homecoming reunions 5 year = Class of 2009 10 year = Class of 2004 15 year = Class of 1999 20 year = Class of 1994 25 year = Class of 1989 30 year = Class of 1984 35 year = Class of 1979 40 year = Class of 1974 45 year = Class of 1969 50 year = Class of 1964 55 year = Class of 1959 60 year = Class of 1954 For more information – 800-824-6494, ext. 8 www.adams.edu/alumni • email – email@example.com 24 Q aStater summer 2014 Q aStater alumnews 25 Outstanding Alumnus Dr. John Tooker ‘6 At the Adams State fall 2000 commencement ceremony, Dr. John Tooker ’66 encouraged the graduates to seek ways to serve others and to look forward. Tooker has lived the words he spoke, seeking opportunities to improve healthcare for all throughout his career. Tooker is the 2014 Adams State University Outstanding Alumnus. “I was totally floored when I learned of the honor. Adams State has many great people.” Watkins remembers Tooker as a very good chemistry student and an outstanding athlete. “He was very popular on campus.” Along with realizing a clear professional goal in his junior year, Tooker said his “body caught up,” and he was encouraged by Coach Duane Mehn to come out for the track and football teams as a walk-on. The resulting athletic scholarships and two work-study jobs eased the financial burden, giving him time to become involved in campus activities such as student government. Adams State’s athletic programs were also instrumental in helping Tooker develop competitive mental and physical skills and to focus on what mattered. He was fortunate to be selected an all-conference safety in football and was a conference champion hurdler and cocaptain of the track team. struck by serendipity Having grown up in Alamosa and attended Alamosa High School, Tooker said, “I think Adams State chose me.” While his parents were supportive and encouraged their four children to go to college, Adams State’s location and affordable tuition made it the most logical choice. Tooker started college soon after turning 17, having skipped a grade. Tooker said he was “pretty young,” and found it challenging to manage college level courses while working several parttime jobs his first couple of years at Adams State. “By the time I became a junior, I had gained a little more confidence and began to have a sense of a career path.” “ Dr. Tooker was universally recognized as one of the most effective healthcare leaders in America.” Tooker was in a junior-level English Lit class with Dr. Beryl McAdow, Emeritus Professor of English, when “serendipity” struck. “Although I majored in chemistry, my major professor and advisor, Dr. Kay Watkins ‘55, [Emeritus Professor of Chemistry] and I both knew I was not destined to become a chemist.” McAdow happened to comment on the importance of the humanities and made an “impassioned plea” for the need for service to others. “There it was, a marriage of science and the humanities: I want to be a doctor.” Overall, Tooker said the support of his professors and their steady presence and mentoring contributed greatly to the quality of his Adams State education. McAdow inspired him to pursue a career in medicine. Watkins, having also grown up in Alamosa, was a role model for the idea that a “kid from a small town can be successful on a bigger stage.” In high school, Dr. Joe Vigil ’53, ’59 motivated Tooker both in biology class and as his track and football coach. Vigil worked at a gas station in the early morning before coming to the high school for a day of teaching and coaching. “He demonstrated how hard work and determination were fundamental to achieving one’s goals.” Dr. Fred Plachy, then the Adams State President, was another strong influence and supporter. Plachy made a special trip to Denver to advocate for Tooker’s admission to the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Off campus, Tooker struck up a friendship with his family physician, Dr. Littleton Bunch, who lived only a few doors down. Adams State was still primarily a teacher’s college, so very few graduates went on to medical school. Discussing his career path with Bunch helped Tooker gain a perspective about entering the medical field. “Dr. Bunch was a good friend to our family and to me. Through our conversations, I began to see my future.” 26 Q aStater summer 2014 66 honored for leadership in healthcare a born leader Leadership comes naturally to Tooker, who served as his high school class president, president of the Adams State Associated Students and Faculty, and president of his medical school class. He is now president of Alpha Omega Alpha, the national honor medical society; the Emeritus Executive Vice President and CEO of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest medical specialty society in the United States; and an adjunct professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. “Leadership opportunities always seemed to happen,” Tooker said. “I worked my way up at Adams State and in medical school. Leadership provides opportunities to accomplish a goal through relating to people.” He believes a good leader knows how to listen well and stands by his/her principles. “There are good days and not-so-good days; you learn from mistakes and move on.” mentors, including my patients, so many made an impression on me.” To say Tooker’s decision to become a medical doctor benefited his patients would be an understatement. His philosophy of looking forward and seeking new ways to serve led him to a prestigious career and positions that allowed him to influence healthcare on a national level. The ACP represents more than 135,000 internal medicine specialists, subspecialists, and medical students. While heading this prestigious organization, Tooker completed an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. “I needed to step out of medicine and learn the discipline of organizational administration.” The current executive vice president and CEO of the ACP, Steven Weinberger, MD, FACP, admired Tooker’s work. “Dr. Tooker was universally recognized as one of the most effective healthcare leaders in America. It's hard to name anyone who has had such a command over all the issues in healthcare or who has worked so effectively with the countless stakeholders in Washington and around the country who are having an impact on healthcare in the U.S. His goal was always to make healthcare and the healthcare system better for all Americans, and through his work at ACP, he succeeded admirably in this effort." His long career in healthcare has given Tooker a “sense of fulfillment of something done well.” He continues to advocate for medical education, as well as for affordable and quality healthcare for patients across the globe. “The science of medicine will take care of itself. We have so much more to do to improve health and healthcare, not just in the United States, but around the world.” Tooker’s wife, Nancy, a critical care nurse, passed away after a long struggle with colon cancer in 2013. He is grateful for his two children, Graham and Evan, who live near him in the greater Philadelphia area. Tooker is writing and editing a book about the ACP centennial, to be celebrated next year. By Linda Relyea ‘96 dr. john tooker ‘66 athletic accomplishments • Drafted by the Miami Dolphins:“I told them if I was accepted to medical school, I’d go to medical school and not play.” military service • US Navy physician (LCDR) during Vietnam War current board memberships • National Committee on Quality Assurance (NCQA): former chair • National Quality Forum (NQF), chaired the CEO Search Committee Health Level 7 (HL7), Advisory Committee • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society: President speaker topics • Healthcare reform • Health information technology • Patient-centered medical home (PCMH) • Improving health care quality prepared to compete Tooker remained “proud” of his Adams State education amidst students and then colleagues from elite institutions of higher learning. “I felt, in the end, that my Adams State education prepared me well for very competitive professional environments.” With Adams State as a springboard, Tooker launched into the medical field, continuing to achieve goals and striving to “be of service” to others. “I am fortunate to be surrounded by extraordinary people attracted to the medical field and the patients we treated.” During an internship at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan – with more patients than the population of Alamosa – Tooker realized “the world is a big place.” Tooker said medicine was the right profession for him. “I am a strong believer in serendipity, when the unexpected influence of someone really changes your life. Graduate education and medicine have many of these influential people. As I look back at my recent honors • American Medical Association Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award (2010) • Mastership, American College of Physicians (2010) • Modern Healthcare, named him one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Health Care” (2009) career • Assistant Chief of the Department of Medicine and Critical Care Medicine and program director of the Internal Medicine Residency at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, where he practiced internal medicine and pulmonary and critical care medicine • Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania education • Adams State College • University of Colorado School of Medicine • Internal medicine residency at the Bellevue Hospital Center/New York University Medical Center and the University of Colorado • Pulmonary/critical care fellowship at the Maine Medical Center and the Univ. of Washington • Master in Business Administration, Fox School of Business @ Temple University Q aStater alumnews 27 Help Adams State honor its greatest alumni The quality of education at Adams State University is evident in its alumni. Alumni Relations recognizes their achievements and contributions through its Outstanding Alumni and Exceptional New Alumni awards. Graduates honored over the decades are listed below. Alumni Relations welcomes nominations for these awards. Think of those you went to college with, and nominate someone who earns your respect and admiration. who do you know? Nominees for either award must be available to accept the award at Homecoming and must have earned a degree from Adams State: A.A., B.A., B.S., and/or M.A./M.S./MBA./Ph.D. All nominations may be considered for five years. To make a nomination, fill out and return the form at left to the Alumni Relations Office, Adams State University, 208 Edgemont Blvd., Alamosa, CO 81101, or fill out the online form available at: alumni nomination form Please submit this form with a letter explaining why you feel the nominee should be considered. NOMINEE’S NAME ________________________________________________ ADDRESS ______________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ PHONE ________________________________________________________ www.adams.edu/alumni/ exceptional new alumnus award Nominees must have graduated within the last seven years and exhibit dedication, leadership, and excellence, either personally or professionally. outstanding alumnus GRADUATION YEAR (S) ____________________________________________ DEGREE (S) RECEIVED ____________________________________________ OCCUPATION ____________________________________________________ NOMINATOR’S NAME ____________________________________________ ADDRESS ______________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________ PHONE __________________________________________________ Nominees must have distinguished themselves in a chosen vocation or profession, and because of talents and abilities, will have given expression and meaning to life, exhibited dedication in a line of work, and provided leadership to others. halls of fame In addition, Halls of Fame honoring teachers and music alumni were created in recent years. Many additional alumni are recognized through the Athletics Hall of Fame. Educator Hall of Fame www.adams.edu/academics/ted/img/ted-hall-fame-nominate.pdf Music Hall of Fame Based on Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame Athletic Hall of Fame Adams State alumni award winners outstanding alumni 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 Gentry Stewart `32 William L. McDivitt `43 Dr. Lloyd Hurley `49 William Moyers `39 Allan Johnson `59 J. I. Lucero `56, `80 Geno A. Ballotti `53 Dr. John P. Turano `47 Tom Ewing `38 Dr. Eva Borrego `46 Dr. David W. Lantis `39 Janice C. Lewis `58 John T. Kirby `49 Lawrence E. Orr `50 Dr. Calvin Oba `48 Dr. Joe I. Vigil `53, `59 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1991 Jerry Murphy `51 Glen Bean `36 Dr. Kenneth Joseph `51 Dale Lorimer `37 Donald Cockroft `67 Dr. M. Edmund Vallejo `55 Lillian Guiterrez `62 Raymond Kogovsek `64 Lonnie Porter `66 John H. Vigil `62 Dr. John R. Maestas `67 Clifford B. West `40 Dr. Darrell L. Sabers `63 Ira S. Zuckerman `66, `67 Marta Gabre-Tsadick `58 J. W. Kim `60 Dr. Gary Gallagher `72 William A. Porter `51 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 www.asugrizzlies.com/sb_output.aspx?form=4 Dr. Genifer Y. Chavez `74 Dr. Kay O. Watkins `55 Dr. Lee Vickers `65 Carlos Lucero `61 John Shue `78, `81 Dr. Marv D. Motz `58, `59 Dr. Otto Stangl `53 The Schilthuis Family Lawrence Gomez `67, `68 Duane Bussey `82 Dale Mingilton `85 Vickie Ford `71 Rosalie Martinez `86 Charlotte Bobicki `58, `71 Bill Waters `59 Dale Hettinger `64 Dr. Tommy White `83 Dr. Richard Duran `71, `73 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 Dr. David Clemmer `87 Thomas Jones `52 Dr. James Matthie `78, `79 Dr. James Biundo `59, `62 Dr. John Tooker ‘66 exceptional new alumni 2005 Dr. Anthony Oliva `99 2006 Randy Jackson `98 & Micah Jackson `98 2007 Benjamin Quinn `04 2008 Dr. Opé Daramola `04 2009 Philip Lopez `04 2010 Darlene Clayton `04 2011 Denise Trujillo `07 2012 Elizabeth Ford `08 2013 Kathy Park Woolbert `07 2014 Dr. Julian Maendel `07 28 Q aStater summer 2014 Exceptional New Alumnus serves others through medicine A deep commitment to service has guided the path of Dr. Julian Maendel ’07. He is this year’s Exceptional New Alumnus and will be honored at Homecoming, October 10. Intent on attending college, but unsure of a career field, he came to the San Luis Valley to volunteer at La Puente (homeless shelter) in 2002. He entered Adams State in 2003 and met his future wife, Amy Van Dyck ’07, on an Alternative Spring Break service trip to Mexico with the Newman Club. Maendel majored in history with a minor in chemistry and took pre-med prerequisites. He graduated from University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2011. He’s now in the third year of a five-year general surgery residency program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. But history still attracted him, and last year, while simultaneously conducting medical 2014 Exceptional New Alumnus, Dr. research, Maendel Julian Maendel ‘07, in the operating began a master’s room. degree in history at University of North Carolina – Wilmington. "During that year away from clinical medicine, I found I missed operating, along with the daily diagnostic challenges of surgery. This reinforced my career choice in the face of other interests.” History wasn’t the only field competing for his attention – he’s also worked as a mechanic, which parallels surgery. "Both combine mental challenges with hands-on work, and bring with them the satisfaction that comes with fixing a problem." Maendel ultimately chose medicine because, “It allows you to make a difference in people’s lives when they are physically and emotionally the most vulnerable. I am thankful for the support I received at Adams State and from others on the way. "I first considered a career in medicine during my time at La Puente," Maendel recalled. “At the shelter, you have your pick of medical problems. People have trouble with access to care, and the valley has trouble retaining doctors. I thought one way to address this would be to go into medicine myself.” He thinks the seed for a medical career was sown in childhood, when both he and a brother (he is the youngest of 10 siblings) suffered brain tumors. While Maendel’s tumor was benign, he underwent surgery at age 8 to alleviate seizures and for a short time was unable to speak. Maendel’s multiple interests were nurtured at Adams State. He appreciated the instruction and advising of Dr. Marty Jones, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Christy Miller, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Benita Brink, professor of biology and pre-med advisor. Initially drawn to European history, Maendel said “Classes with Dr. McDaniel [Emeritus Professor of History] made U.S. history and government both engaging and relevant. It was a particular honor to have him nominate me for this award. He was encouraging and interested in my future. He was also an example of how to live in a way that makes a positive impact on others.” McDaniel said, “Julian first came to my attention in the American Revolution and Federalist Era class, in which he turned in a graduate quality essay comparing the Declaration of Independence with the Constitution. I remember asking him to meet with me to discuss his plans and suggesting he consider pursuing a graduate degree in history. He thanked me for the confidence in him, but advised that he was intent upon getting an M.D. and becoming a surgeon.” Maendel was an AS&F senator during his last two years in college and also got involved with Tri-Beta (biology honor society) and Model U.N. “That was awesome,” he said, recalling the group’s visit to Venezuela. “At that point, there was a lot of tension between Venezuela and the U.S. It was a broadening experience for all of us; it exposed us to a different culture and new perspectives.” Once his residency concludes in 2017, Julian and Amy Maendel hope to return to Colorado, “ideally a small town.” “We fell in love with the valley and made a lot of good friends at Adams State, church, and La Puente,” he said, noting he appreciates the outdoors, as well as the slower pace, friendly people, and diversity of Alamosa. By Julie Waechter Julian ‘07 and Amy (Van Dyck) Maendel ‘07, helping Habitat for Humanity in Bay Sant Louis, MS, as part of a Newman Club service trip. Q aStater alumnews 29 3rd Hall of Fame honors educators Adams State’s Third Annual Educator Hall of Fame celebration honored outstanding educators who created opportunities for students to achieve academic and professional success. The May 7 ceremony recognized John Atencio ‘67, Lauren “Larry” Bussey, Sandra Kay Gilletti-Hay ’70, ’71, and Pamela Herrmann-Thompson ’76, ‘81. The following were recognized posthumously: Ruth Florence Remke Bruns, Dr. James H. Craft, Harriet Rebecca Dalzell Hester ’26, and Dr. Lynn Leroy Weldon. and career. He broke the record for the number of students on the Intensive RE Guidance Program, drawing in more funding to provide services for students at the Shiprock Reservation in New Mexico. Bruns was instrumental in beginning a kindergarten program in Alamosa and a hot lunch program. She received the GFWC Colorado Federation of Women's Clubs "Woman of Achievement Award," in recognition and appreciation of her outstanding service in the community and the nation. Her daughter, Donna Kingery, said: "My mom dedicated her life to students." post-secondary educators Craft was chairman of the Science and Mathematics Department at Adams State from 1946 until 1975. He was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science, the American Bryological Society, Sigma Xi, Blue Key, and Phi Delta Kappa. He held a number of civic posts, including director of the Alamosa County Civil Defense Agency, chairman of the Alamosa Planning Commission, and chairman of Alamosa Housing Authority. After retirement he was elected an Alamosa County Commissioner. Many Adams State alumni will tell you Weldon, Emeritus Professor of Human Relations, was one of their favorite professors. He came to Adams State in 1957 and remained until his retirement. His wife, Arvilla ‘78, ‘92, said: "Adams State was the only job he ever wanted. He loved his students." Weldon was listed in "Who's Who in Colorado," "Leaders in Education," "Outstanding Educators of America," and "Dictionary of International Biography." He challenged his students to think for themselves and explore with an open mind. From left: back row: Pamela Herrmann-Thompson, John Atencio, Sandra Kay Gilletti-Hay, Lauren "Larry" Bussey, and Kay Watkins (accepting for James Craft): front row: Arvilla Weldon ‘78, 92 (accepting for Lynn Leroy Weldon), Donna Kingery (accepting for Ruth Florence Remke Bruns), and Phyllis Hester Simpson (accepting for Harriet Rebecca Dalzell Hester). administrators Bussey was the superintendent and principal for Sierra Grande School District. In 1997, he and a group of students started a business rebuilding computers and received recognition form Lt. Governor Gail Schoettler. He became involved in the Ft. Garland Revitalization Scholarship Committee, providing scholarships for Sierra Grande High School graduates. It has supported over 130 students with $170,000 in scholarships since 1990. He was named the outstanding volunteer in 2009 by Colorado Trout Unlimited. The first in her family to graduate with a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Adams State, HerrmannThompson earned her elementary administrative and superintendent's certification from the University of Denver. She has been an educator for over 33 years at Sierra Grande School and the Alamosa and Centennial School Districts as a coach, teacher, principal, and superintendent. She received many awards, including the Milken Family Foundation National Principal Educator Award; John and Gladys Bates Human Relations Award, and Outstanding Elementary Mathematics Teacher Award. She was appointed to numerous state boards and presented at local, state, and national conferences. elementary educators Gilletti-Hay began her career in Moffat and later taught in Alamosa. She taught every grade level, including college, and held various administrative positions. She received the Master Teacher Award for the State of Colorado/Elementary and Secondary Migrant Education and was honored in "Who's Who among America's Teachers" in 1990 and 1992. She also taught at the Migrant School in the summer. Hester, Adams State's first graduate and first librarian, obtained a Lifetime Teachers Certificate and then taught for 21 years. She helped others learn to teach what they knew and fostered a desire to learn more. secondary educators Atencio has been an educator for over 40 years. He was Employee of the Year for SRDI and Teacher of the Year for Red Mesa High School in Arizona. He enjoyed working with at-risk students and counseling in areas of drug/alcohol 30 Q aStater summer 2014 Each spring since 2010, the ASU Alumni Association has shown its appreciation for the education profession by providing lunch to alumni teachers and their colleagues at various San Luis Valley schools. “The board realized that school teachers’ busy schedules make it difficult to attend evening alumni events, so they volunteer to bring lunch,” said Lori Laske ‘91, ‘01, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations. “It is a great way to show our education alumni how important they are. I wish we could do it every semester at every school. We look forward to visiting the remaining schools.” alamosa h.s. • 2010 sierra grande • 2014 moffat • 2011 antonito • 2012 del norte • 2011 monte vista • 2013 Q aStater alumnews 31 alumnotes Q1940s Vera Snyder `47, `71 (Highlands Ranch, CO) writes, “My husband, Gene Snyder `50 (deceased) and I felt ASU provided us with excellent foundations for our careers in education. Gene was an administrator and special education director in Englewood schools; I taught first grade in the Denver public schools for 20 years. We speak highly of our alma mater!” J. A. “Arthur” Salazar `62, `63 (Lancaster, CA) worked at Tehachapi Unified School District from 1963-68 and was assigned to the California Correctional Institution. From 1968-95, he worked at Antelope Valley Union High School District and also as an adjunct at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster. Donald `65 and Johanna `65 Crawford (Albuquerque, NM) are both retired. They have lived in Albuquerque since 1967 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on August 24, 2013. George Demas `65 (Lamar, CO) is retired but still active in Lions, Masonic Lodge, and church. Lonetta Jane “Janie” Irvin `65, `76 moved back to Lamar in 2012 from Lawrence, KS, where she worked 20 years as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for SRS before retiring in 2002. She previously taught English for 12 years in Lamar area schools. She enjoys traveling and photography. Lewis Saunders, Ph.D .`66 (Columbia, MD) writes, “If it were not for Dr. Craft, I would not have made it. He saved me from being lonesome and hungry. I have 49 years with the US government, and I am having fun!” Alfred O’Leary `66 (Phoenix, AZ) taught in Ordway, CO, for 2 years and Alamosa Public Schools for 10 years. He then taught at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, AZ, until he retired in 2003. He has lived in Arizona since 1979 and in Ahwatukee since 1984. John Carlson `67 (Walsenburg, CO) decided he didn’t want to stay in Castle Rock after retirement, so he moved to Walsenburg. He is active in the Historical Society, Friends of the Library, and miscellaneous other short-term assignments. He also provides sound systems for volunteer organization functions. Bob Damashek `68, `73 (Aurora, CO) retired from Cherry Creek public schools after teaching physical education for 25 years. He also taught and was the head wrestling coach in Denver’s East High for 8 years. Lastly, he was an associate professor at Metro State University in the Human Performance department. Now he travels extensively and enjoys life. Priscilla Gibson `69 (Sun City, AZ) has completed her second year instructing religious sacraments. She celebrated the 25th anniversary for Reliv, Inc. in Orlando, FL. She continues to help people improve health and build home-based business. She is active in politics as precinct committee woman and a member of the state party central committee. She volunteers at Olive Branch Senior Center serving food, decorating, and serving on the on-site council. Ted Sanchez `69 (Orange, CA) has been happily retired for 10 years. He enjoys traveling, getting together with friends, and visiting his daughters and their families in Texas. Q1950s Harold Montoya `50 (Anaheim, CA) lost his spouse, Aurora Montoya, in February 2014. Bertha Cisneros Ragsdale `56 (Walsenburg, CO) was an elementary teacher in Huerfano for five years, then became a case worker for 32 ½ years. She was married to Tony Cisneros in 1952, and they had 2 sons. Their son Lawrence passed away in 2010, leaving 2 daughters and 2 grandchildren. Their son Gerald has 2 sons. After Tony passed away, Bertha married James Ragsdale, who passed in 1991. She enjoys her retirement – reading, watching TV, and going to senior citizen luncheons. She belongs to the Ladies Auxiliary Fraternal Order of Eagles and the Latino-American club. Dale Kerby `59, `61 (Albuquerque, NM) retired after 40 years in the workforce. For 30 years, he was an educator with stints as typing instructor, assistant principal, counselor, postsecondary business teacher, and vice president of the Albuquerque Vocational-Technical Institute. He then spent 10 years as human resources manager for a large technical/ scientific corporation. His retirement hobbies include golf, reading, and topiary design. Q1960s Jeffery Sell `61 (Carlsbad, CA) reports that he and his wife are well. They travel each summer for 2-3 months to Wisconsin, where he grew up in Superior, then spend 2-3 months in the winter/spring in Hawaii. He writes, “Thank you, Adams State and alumni.” Walt Stoufer `66 (Torrance, CA) is living life to its fullest extent. He retired from McKenna Engineering in 2010, after a great career as a founding partner. He lost his darling LaRita in 2008 after a 43-year love affair. They met in the lobby of Casa Bonita girls’ dorm in 1962. He writes, “It’s so true that great stories begin here! I’m blessed!” 32 Q aStater summer 2014 Q1970s Joe Cordo `70 and wife, Charleen, left La Junta after 46 years and moved to Aurora in 2013 to be near their kids and grandkids. They enjoy watching their grandkids play baseball, basketball, and football. Mike Mudd `71 (Colorado Springs, CO) is semi-retired and enjoys spending lots of time with his grandkids. Larry Slade `71 (Monte Vista, CO) was a teacher and principal for 30 years in the Harrison and Del Norte schools. He and his wife, Linda, have been married for 46 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Maria Beatrice Valdez `72 (Washington, D.C.) retired from the FDIC after 38 years of federal service as an attorney. Her most recent position involved enforcing fair lending compliance (going after banks who charge women, minorities, seniors, etc., higher interest for mortgages and consumer loans). Stan Brinkley `73 (Lamar, CO) continues to be a district court judge. His wife, Mona `75, loves being retired from teaching, but also enjoys being a substitute, except when their grandchildren are in town! Their daughter, Krista, and husband, Jeff, have 2 daughters, Katie and Meredith. Krista is a director for Con Agra in Omaha, NE, and Jeff is a minister who is working on his doctorate. Their son, Jason, and wife, Sara, have 2 sons, Joshua and Jacob. Jason is a lawyer and works for a firm in downtown Denver, while Sara is a stay-athome mom. Stan and Mona say they are so thankful that they attended ASC and have many wonderful memories. Maggie Kilmer `74 (Merino, CO) was honored recently when the Prairie School District Board voted to name the new gym after her. Shortly after the passage of Title IX, Kilmer started the girls’ athletic program at Prairie School and took her teams of basketball, volleyball, and track to many state championships through the years. She was named remembering . . . Margaret Hayward `37 (Denver, CO) passed away Mar. 13 at the age of 99. Charlotte Padoven `41 (Missouri City, TX) passed away Mar. 18 at the age of 97. Edna Hiller `44 (Homelake, CO) passed away Feb. 24 at the age of 99. Among her survivors are grandsons Mark Bechaver `91 and Brian Bechaver `95. Emma Horvath `52 (Durango, CO) passed away Apr. 29 at the age of 97. Among her survivors is son Roy Horvath `94. Larry Menke `52 (Billings, MT) passed away Apr. 23 at the age of 87. William "Bill" Price `56 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Mar. 11 at the age of 83. Robert Weems `56 (Guthrie, OK) passed away Apr. 10 at the age of 81. Louella Vigil Lee `58 (Lubbock, TX) passed away Sept. 23 at the age of 75. Louise Eshelman `62 (Farmington, NM) passed away Jan. 30 at the age of 87. Harry Jackson `62 (McKinney, TX) passed away Mar. 23 at the age of 74. Jane Austin `63 (Durango, CO) passed away Mar. 15 at the age of 87. Barbara Marlene Lingo `63 (Cañon City, CO) passed away Apr. 20 at the age of 73. Delfino Rodriguez, Jr. `63 (Albuquerque, NM) passed away Mar. 22 at the age of 78. Marti Jo Valdez `64, `70 (Capulin, CO) passed away Mar. 26 at the age of 70. Among her survivors are daughter Jessica Valdez-Reyes `01, `05 and son Armando Valdez, ASU professor. Anna Smith `65 (East Aurora, NY) passed away Apr. 8 at the age of 93. Rebecca Wilkin `66 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Jan. 25 at the age of 70. Melvin Cook `67, `72 (La Junta, CO) passed away Mar. 17 at the age of 71. Among his survivors is wife Toni Cook `72. Charles Deter `67 (Gering, NE) passed away May 13 at the age of 76. James Smith `67 (San Jose, CA) passed away Feb. 14 at the age of 78. Milan "Mel" Keserich `68 (Salida, CO) passed away Feb. 7 at the age of 70. George Wickstrom `68 (Mesa, AZ) passed away Apr. 21 at the age of 76. Claus Henry Paulsen `69 (Lamar, CO) passed away Dec. 16 at the age of 69. National Endowment for the Arts. Among her survivors are grandson Chris Medina ‘12 and his wife, Linda Relyea ‘96, ‘10. Ernestine Martinez `99 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Mar. 16 at the age of 67. Jason Patrick Romero `05 (Monte Vista, CO) passed away Feb. 14 at the age of 36. Among his survivors are mother Toni Romero `96, brother Justin Romero `06, and sister-in-law Corin Romero `03. Adam Williams `14 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Apr. 23 at the age of 37. friends Nancy Carolyn Benson, ASU retiree, (Del Norte, CO) passed away Apr. 26 at the age of 78. Among her survivors is husband, Harold Benson `71. Milton Byrd, former Adams State President, (Las Cruces, NM) passed away Mar. 6 at the age of 92. A.J. Hall, ASU retiree (Alamosa, CO) passed away Mar. 15 at the age of 93. Berda Helms, ASU retiree, (Alamosa, CO) passed away Feb. 11 at the age of 82. Ralph Outcalt, Emeritus ASU Foundation Board Member, (Alamosa, CO) passed away Apr. 27 at the age of 101. Judy Tisdale, ASU retiree, (Monte Vista, CO) passed away Apr. 29 at the age of 70. Eldo Wall, Emeritus ASU Foundation Board Member, (Alamosa, CO) passed away Mar. 30 at the age of 85. Harold Tafoya `69 (Harker Heights, TX) passed away Mar. 6 at the age of 66. Michael Kaier `71 (Denver, CO) passed away May 1 at the age of 64. Marilyn Hall Stout `72 (Henderson, NV) passed away Mar. 4 at the age of 64. Wilson "Stew" Stewart `74 (Wheat Ridge, CO) passed away Mar. 20 at the age of 81. William Vensor `74 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Mar. 12 at the age of 82. Molly Teyler Smith `91 (Clovis, NM) passed away May 2 at the age of 44. Eppie Archuleta `95 (Española, NM) passed away Apr. 11 at the age of 92. An internationally renowned weaver, she received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Adams State and was the first Hispanic woman to receive the National Heritage Fellowship Award from the Q aStater alumnotes 33 Q1970s the Coach of the Year in volleyball or basketball 5 times. Over 100 athletes under her direction participated in all-state programs, and numerous athletes under her tenure played at the college level. Kilmer was a great coach — and is still a great teacher — because she understands her role was not only to win in the game, but to help her students learn how to win in life, using the values of integrity, loyalty, teamwork, commitment, compassion, and honesty. She now teaches at Sterling High School. Mike Sanders `74 (Surprise, AZ) married Rhonda in 1987, and they have been living in Surprise since 1998. He has been a sales support coordinator-post entitlement team at Avnet Technology Solutions since 2007. He has 2 daughters: Carrie and Sarah; 2 dogs: Stash and Tish; and 2 cats: Smoke and Rocky. Rebecca “Becky” Loften `75, `86 (Colorado Springs, CO) has 2 sons — Matt Loften (36) and Michael Blickhahn (25). She retired in 2011 from Brush High School teaching English/speech (1991-2011), directing plays, and coaching the speech team. She was chair of CHSAA State Speech Festival Committee from 2006-2010. She received the 2006 Brush Community Choice Crystal Apple Award for Drama and the 2011 Sharon Wileh Lifetime Achievement Award for coaching speech. Raymond “Bill” Blair ‘76 (Colorado Springs, CO) recently became a Certified Workforce Development Professional through the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. He has been a workforce development specialist with Pikes Peak Workforce Center for the past 14 years. William Jenkins `76, `78 (Point of Rocks, MD) has 2 sons. William Jenkins, Jr. is attending Texas Christian University, and his second son will be attending Northern Virginia Community College in the fall. Billy Sr. is thinking about working on a doctoral degree in the future. Thomas `77 and Shirley Sue `77 Roman (Winnemucca, NV) write, “‘Education at the top of the nation, in the land of cool sunshine.’ This phrase still brings smiles to both of us. We have so many fond memories of ASC, and we are so grateful to our professors and instructors for preparing us for the challenges and rewards of life. We have indeed been blessed, and much of this started with our education at Adams State.” Shirley is the P.E. teacher at The Grammar School, and Thomas is a senior geologist II at Klondex mines. Lynn Dalpiaz Finch`79 (Denver, CO) has joined Lockton’s Denver operation. Lockton is the world's largest privately held insurance broker. She is an account executive with the Energy Practice and brings more than 15 years of experience as an insurance professional specializing in energy, utilities, natural gas, and refined product pipelines. She also offers extensive knowledge of the public entity sector. Her background includes claims management in property and casualty, environmental liability, directors & officers, and employment practice liability. Previously, Finch served as a client executive and energy practice leader for Marsh. Prior to that, she worked as a claims manager and human resources coordinator. Finch holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dallas, Texas, and belongs to the Denver Petroleum Club, as well as the Denver Chapter of Women in Energy. Randy Gilder `79 (Littleton, CO) writes, “Counseling at Arvada West High School, which Adams State helped prepare me for, has been a great chapter in my life. When our youngest graduates high school next year, the love of my life and I will be traveling the world.” Q1980s Donna Duran`80 (Lakewood, CO) and her husband, Jerry, have been married for 20 years. She has worked for the city and county of Denver for 25 years. Both she and Jerry were sergeants for the Denver Sheriff’s department. Donna tried to break the glass ceiling for women by testing for captain and above ranks. They are proud parents of 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great-grands. Gary Swensen `81 (Brighton, CO) works for Colorado Hospital Association. He and wife, Lori, are enjoying their 2-year-old granddaughter. Mary Ann Vigil `83, `95 (Walsenburg, CO) has written a book titled, Memories of Years Gone By, about growing up as the daughter of a coalminer/rancher/ farmer. David Salazar `85 (Lancaster, CA) has been married to Lori Salazar `99 since 1985. They have 2 children: Jerome (24) and Jordan ((21). He Photo courtesy of Valley Courier Curtis Wilson ’90, principal of Centauri High School in La Jara, Colo, was named the 2014 Colorado National High School Principal of the Year. He was selected for the honor by the Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals (CASSP), an affiliate of the National Association of Secondary School Principals and a chapter of Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE). "I am humbled," Wilson said. "I am grateful and do recognize how many worthy candidates in this great state exist. However, academic success is the result of individual effort to a group commitment. I must acknowledge the superior students at CHS, for they give everything they have willingly, regardless of their personal circumstances." CHS Senior Class President Victoria Fringer added, "A pep talk is part of my weekly schedule. Little does Mr. Wilson know those talks are what get me through some of my worst days. By doing this, Mr. Wilson becomes a trusting mentor in many students' lives. He makes a very conscious effort to make everyone feel accepted." 34 Q aStater summer 2014 worked at Edwards AFB from 1985-1993. Since then he has been teaching in various schools, including Rosamond HS, Alamosa HS, and Tropico Middle School in Lancaster. Bryan Carr `86 (Wilmington, DE) has been a research scientist for Ashland, Inc., in Wilmington, Delaware for the last 15 years. Most of his spare time is spent with his girlfriend, Courtney. They enjoy biking, running, hiking, and visiting new places, especially their national parks. He still has very fond memories of his days at Adams State, where he was privileged to get an excellent education along with meeting some of his very best friends. Charles Grant `87 (Tucson, AZ) is retired after a career that included 6 principal positions and the posts of personnel director and superintendent of schools. He worked in Colorado and Arizona and shares time between them now. He and his wife, Mary `79, have 3 sons and 7 grandchildren. His sons all hold college degrees. Gary `87 and Karen `85 Martinez (Aurora, CO) will celebrate their 10th anniversary this fall. Gary is looking to move on to a new career after teaching. Karen recently helped with her company’s closing and is seeking another opportunity as a payroll manager. Daughter Amanda is a junior at Regis Jesuit High School and has begun the college selection process. Ken Marquez `87, `94 (Alamosa, CO) , Vice President for Student Affairs at Adams State, was named to the Colorado Campus Alcohol and Drug Educators Steering Committee, the only statewide coalition of higher education personnel dedicated to alcohol and other drug prevention in Colorado. Among Marquez’ responsibilities is oversight of Adams State’s Counseling Center, Police Department, and Residence Life. A number of Adams State alumni were honored at the 29th annual San Luis Valley Educators Outstanding Teachers Banquet. Aaron Horrocks ‘01, ‘06 (South Fork, CO) was named the 2014 SLV Teacher of the Year, having taught middle school math and language arts in Del Norte for 13 years. He believes that his role as a teacher is to advocate for his students. "Let's be positive," said Harrocks during his impromptu acceptance speech. "Let's not choose to be reformed, let's be the reform." Aaron Horrocks Each of the 14 nominees took home a prize of $500, while Horrocks received $1,000 and a golden apple. The awards were courtesy of San Luis Valley Federal Bank, which sponsors the annual event. Additional alumni nominated for 2014 SLV Teacher of the Year to represent their respective schools included: Maxine Baker ’97, ‘03 (Alamosa,CO) teaches English at Alamosa HS. Linda Donaldson ‘96, ‘10 (Monte Vista, CO) has taught middle school math at Center for 17 years. Kaley Van Arsdale ‘04, ‘08 (Crestone, CO) has taught English at Moffatt HS for 6 years. Rosanne Gilbertson ‘90, ‘07 (Saguache, CO) has taught K-8 PE, as well as elementary & middle school science, at Mountain Valley School for 24 years. Joanne Bagwell ‘90 (Alamosa, CO) teaches family & consumer science at Sanford Jr./Sr. High. Jenna Mondragon ‘07, ‘14 (Alamosa, CO) has taught fourth grade at Sangre De Cristo School for 8 years. Matt Relyea ‘04, 06 (Monte Vista, CO) teaches science at Sargent HS. Jolene Ruybal ‘99, ‘03 (Antonito, CO) has taught business and vocational classes at South Conejos HS for 15 years. Brian Riccatone ‘99 (Romeo, CO) teaches middle school science in the North Conejos School District. Roger Dawson ‘77, ‘92 (Alamosa, CO) teaches science for Monte Vista HS and the Delta Center/Online Academy. Doug Messer `89 (Scottsdale, AZ) played pro ball for the San Francisco Giants from 87-89. He worked at the University of Phoenix for 18 years, mostly in information technology. He received his MA in Organization Management in 1997 and is now with Arizona State Retirement System Quality Assurance. He has been married for 24 years. He has a daughter, Katherine, who is attending Belmont University in Nashville, TN. He has completed 3 marathons. Dr. Denise T. (Alarid) Ogden ‘90 (Allentown, PA) was recently promoted from Associate Professor to Professor of Marketing at the Pennsylvania State University (Lehigh Valley campus), where she has taught for 13 years. In 2003 and 2013, she received the Lehigh Valley Campus Teaching Excellence Award. Her research interests include retailing, integrated marketing communication (IMC), and multicultural elements of business. In addition to diversity consulting, her consulting firm, The Doctors Ogden Group LLC, specializes in retailing and entertainment marketing. She is also active as newsletter editor and college liaison for the Center for Retailing Solutions. She is the coauthor of texts in retailing, marketing, and integrated marketing communication and has published articles in many academic journals. Ogden received her doctorate from Temple Q1990s Cleta Hiner-Felzien `90 (Limon, CO) has her own tax office and raises Piedmontese cattle. Q aStater alumnotes Photo courtesy of Valley Courier 35 Q1990s University and an M.B.A from DeSales University of Pennsylvania. Thomas Gonzales `91 (Commerce City, CO) is completing his 18th year of teaching American government/economics at Thornton High School, where he was also recently hired as assistant baseball coach. Obed Jiron `91 (Aurora, CO) started a new job in March with Correctional Management, Inc. He is part of the treatment team for the intensive residential treatment program. He provides services for men on parole in hopes of reducing recidivism. Kathy Anderson `92 (Lamar, CO) really enjoyed the alumni cruise to New England and Prince Edward Island! She is loving retirement. She has done some substitute teaching this year and really enjoyed that. She and husband, Ken, have 2 new grandchildren and #10 on the way. Life is good! Paul Bonner `94 (Colorado Springs, CO) is in his 18th year of teaching and now teaches art and coaches wrestling at Manitou Springs HS. Gail Pechuli `96 (Clifton, VA) recently celebrated 15 years of service in the federal government. Gail has represented the United States in official capacity, both domestic and abroad. She credits her studies and the professional guidance from Adams State that built a strong foundation to propel her career forward. Armando Reyes `98 (Lakewood, CO) is a family nurse practitioner at Doctors Care in Littleton, Colo. forming Band, and Celtic duo Wilson & McKee. This year an after-school program benefitted students, thanks to a $2,000 grant from Target. Art kids enjoyed a field trip to the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Museum, following a great exhibit of student art honoring the Week of Ludlow. Eric Blake `03 (West Hartford, CT) is the head men’s & women’s track/cross country coach at Central Connecticut State University. Jennifer Garcia-Rosendo `03 (Denver, CO) married Simon last year. She is a curriculum designer for FasTracKids, Int’l., and an early childhood consultant for multiple preschools and nonprofits around the Denver metro area. She also sits on several boards for local non-profits. Virginia “Ginny” Jones `03 (Aztec, NM) retired from public school education in 2011 and is now a professor at San Juan College in Farmington, NM, teaching sociology and English. When she attended ASU, she had 1 grandchild, who is 13. . . and now she has 10 grands! Garrentt Baca `04 (Edgewood, NM) and his wife, Vicky, moved to New Mexico in 2008, and are contract specialists for the Air Force. They have 2 sons, 6 & 3. Dr. Ope Daramola '04 completed his residency training and Fellowship in rhinology and anterior skull base surgery at the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. He recently moved to Princeton, NJ, to start his practice – a hybrid of academic medicine and private practice. Kim Lorimer `05 (Corona, CA) has been working at Swift Tech Solutions, an Information Technology Company, since October 2012. Joe Martinez ‘99 (Alamosa, CO) was the graduation speaker at his high school alma mater in Sanford, CO. He told the students about the importance of academics and athletics in a student's life. He encouraged them to take their education seriously and dream big. He testified that through hard work, dedication, and perseverance, a person can accomplish great feats. Q2000s Dianne Hanisch `02 (Walsenburg, CO), did not take it kindly when Huerfano RE-1 eliminated art and music for K-5 students. Two years ago she established the Peakview Arts Program, volunteering to teach over 200 students once a week. Private donations allowed the students to see performances by the Creede Repertory Theatre, Falcon High Per- Shawna Walker Martinelli `96 (Colorado Springs, CO) teaches at Rampart High School. In 2013 she married Steve Martinelli, who is originally from New York and works in finance. Laura Malouff ’93, ’01 (Alamosa, CO) traveled to Guadalajara, Mexico, during spring break as part of the Colorado Binational Teacher Exchange. A 21-year Alamosa Elementary School teacher, she was selected by the Colorado Department of Education to participate in the program, which creates collaboration between teachers and administrators from both countries on methods that best serve migrant students. Spending part of the year in the U.S. and part in Mexico can lead to gaps in a migrant child’s education. “It was a wonderful, beautiful collaboration,” said Malouff, who is bilingual. The group, which also included ASU Assistant Professor of Teacher Education Javier Gonzalez and teachers from Kansas and Florida, toured Mexican schools and met with teachers and students. “I’ve had this on my list for a long time. The experience was definitely worthwhile.” Kindra Hardy-Johnson `07 (Hartsel, CO) has been teaching special education for 9 years in Pueblo, Leadville, and now Buena Vista. She and her husband, Brad Johnson, have been married for 10 years. She writes, “I loved my cohort group from ASU!” 36 Q aStater summer 2014 Q2010s Matthew Martinez ’10 gave the Memorial Day keynote speech at the Colorado Veterans Community Living Center (CVCLC) in Monte Vista, Colo. A U.S. Photo courtesy of Marine Corps veteran Valley Courier and Adams State veterans coordinator, he reminded those present of the sacred duty and calling of those who go into combat, as well as those who remain at home. Matt serves on the Homelake Preservation Foundation Board, and was recently elected to the Monte Vista City Council. Sue Thomas `10 (Sun City, AZ) writes, “We absolutely love living here in ‘The Valley of the Sun.’ I am a realtor with Re/Max Renaissance and love what I do.” Karen Glorioso `11 (Arnold, MD) writes, “Everything is going great here on the East Coast. Just wanted to say hi to Cohort ‘K’ and my other counseling buddies!” Kayla Lanoue `11 is a seasonal park ranger with the National Park Service at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico. She worked in Canada briefly, but has returned to the Southwest and is planning to continue the work she's started with the NPS in science education and outreach. Nick McGrath `11 (Highlands Ranch, CO) has been involved in activities at New Dawn. He is single and loves his life in health care. He has obtained new hobbies. Lovety Jiple `13 (Denver, CO) is a nurse’s aide at St. Luke Hospital and plans to start nursing school at Adams State in 2015. Armed with his saxophone, Jason Pockrus ’08 recently arrived in China for a year of intense study and the experience of a different culture through music. Pockrus is nearing completion of his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of North Texas and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in Chengdu City, Sichuan Province, in southwest China. He earned a master's in instrumental performance at the University of New Mexico. Pockrus will explore collaboration between the saxophone and traditional Chinese music. Alumni Cruise 2015 Eleven-days • Panama Canal Departs March 10, 2015 Aruba • Colombia • Jamaica • Costa Rica • Panama Interior staterooms start at $1,599/pp plus tax. (Airfare not included) Space is limited. For additional information and instructions on how to make a reservation, call Alumni Relations at 800-824-6494 ext. 8. Q aStater alumnotes 37 alumni scrapbook Q denver â€˘ april 6 L-R: Lovety Jiple, Simon Rosendo & Jennifer GarciaRosendo, and Tashina Garrett L-R: Liz Watts and Wayne Melanson & Sally Simmons Q L-R: Angelica & Al Lopez, Arnold & Sue Gallegos, and Sandy Baca-Sandoval & Ron Gallegos 38 Q aStater summer 2014 Q pueblo â€˘ april 26 L-R: Raylene Kahler, Grant Faucette, Ruth McGee, and John Fuller Front L-R: Cathie Graeser, Ellie Crain, Margaret Trujillo, Paul Bonner, Charles Percival, and Iris Clark Middle L-R: Gloria Santisteven-Feeback & Galen Feeback, Cliff & Donna Martin, Alison Dominguez, Debbie Martinez, and Ricardo Martinez Back L-R: Henry & Bernice Trujillo, Bill Crain, Milton Trujillo, Robert Baca, Mary Ann & Ken Rotolo, and Lori Laske washington, d.c. â€˘ april 8 Q Q Q L-R: Priscilla Lujan, Gail Pechuli, Mike Chase & Karen Glorioso, Karen & Stephen Bokat, Lew & Rachel Saunders, Lori Laske, Douglas Thomas, David Evans, and Billy Jenkins Q aStater scrapbook 39 phoenix • march 13 Back L-R: Jerry Petersen, Ellen & Wayne Evans, Mark Duke, Lori Laske, Dick Seals, and Jim & Marianne Halsted Front L-R: Helen Petersen, Dorothy August, and Shela Seals L-R: John Griego, Erlinda Juvera, Lori Laske, Mary Jane Reed, Gaylene Horning, and Jake Martinez 40 Q aStater summer 2014 Q tucson • march 13 Q la junta • april 26 Back L-R: Butch Jones, Dennis Nash, Judy Mountfort, Jim Workman, Harris & Stella Allen, Gertha Mountfort, Connie Spencer, Yvonne & Burt Moulton, and Rudy Basovsky Middle L-R: Linda Nash, Jim & Antoinette Biundo, Alfred Oâ€™Leary, Michael & Margaret Sloan, Dennis Ecton, Sharon Basovsky, Lori Laske, Marta Pastirchak, Brent Williams, and Roger Trotter Front L-R: Priscilla Gibson, Judy Martin, Velma Workman, Sherrie Maule, Bev Price, Mary Jane Gibson, and Sara Graf More than 50 alumni and their guests attended the Rockies vs. Diamondbacks spring training game. Q phoenix â€˘ rockies spring training Q Q Q Q aStater scrapbook 41 Back L-R: Ken & Kathy Anderson, Lori Laske, and Jim & Cheryl Abernathy Front L-R: Janie Irvin, Stan & Mona Brinkley, and George Demas lamar • april 26 albuquerque • feb. 26 L-R: Lori Laske, Otto Stangl, Wayne & Sheryl Farley, Johanna & Don Crawford, Janet & Jasper Mangum, Dale Kerby, and Garrentt Baca Q 42 Q aStater summer 2014 Q L-R: Lori Laske, Paul Morley, Lynn Sutphen, John & Candy Wilson, Val Colbert, and Hal Henning san diego • feb. Q orange c colorado springs • april 6 Back L-R: Billie & Larry Olin, Howard Shaw, Mike & Pat Mudd, and Angie & Bill Schinkel Middle L-R: Jane Clodfelter, Amanda Madrid, Steve & Shawna Martinelli, and Susan Koval Front L-R: Bill & Paula Blair, Lori Laske, Dannie & Sharon Makris, Pam Dodson, Katie & Wanda McNew, and Dorothy Fien 28 walsenburg • april 25 Back L-R: Lori Laske, George & Ione Glumac, Georgann Gomez, John Carlson, Dianne Hanisch, Cleo Bellah, Anna Lozano, Maryann Vigil, and Albert Galvan Front L-R: Bertha Ragsdale and Virginia Archuleta county, ca • march 1 Front L-R: Ann Crelly, Kim Lorimer, Jose Salazar, Olive Aretz, Frank Wilson, Ted & Darlene Sanchez, and Walt Stoufer Back L-R: Harold Montoya, David Salazar, Kathleen Kelly, and Lori Laske Q Q aStater scrapbook Q Q 43 grizzlies spring season track & field/cross country • The Grizzlies were named the NCAA DII Programs of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The Damon Martin Division II Men's Program of the Year Award – recently renamed to honor ASU’s head cross country coach and director of track & field – went to the ASU men’s team for the sixth consecutive year. The Jerry Baltes Women's Program of the Year Award is the first for ASU; for five years, the program placed second. • Women's indoor track and field was named Scholar Team of the Year, having finished the 2013-14 academic year with a 3.23 cumulative team GPA. This is the team’s first Scholar Team of the Year award since 2008. scenes Outdoor Track & Fie Nationals Watch a video about ASU Track & Field at adams.edu/a/27. outdoor track & field • Following first place finishes at the RMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held in Rex Stadium, the teams collected seven national championships, with the men’s team finishing second and the women’s team, fourth. • Assistant Coach Matt Gersick was named the Men's Assistant Coach of the Year for the RMAC South Central Region. He coached Wesley Lavong to the No.1 ranking in the nation in the shot put. • 24 student-athletes selected as RMAC All-Academic. • Ten student-athletes earned All-America honors from the USTFCCCA following their performances at the national championships. Q Alicia Nelson holds nine national titles – more than any other woman in ASU history. She set new national records in the 3000m steeplechase and the 5000m. Head Coach Damon Martin said she is the best student-athlete he has ever coached. Lauren Martin won the national championshp in the 10,000m. softball • Finished 2-2 in RMAC Tournament. • Carly DeLorenzo (left) was named to the 2014 RMAC AllTournament Team. She broke the RMAC single-game record for stealing six bases, and leads the RMAC with 130 career steals. • Five student-athletes earned selection to the RMAC AllConference Teams. DeLorenzo and Erika Escdey were named to Daktronics All-South Central Region Teams. Q baseball • 2014 season record: 15-13. Five student-athletes were selected for RMAC All-Academic Teams. men’s & women’s golf • Men's golf finished in fifth place, and the women's team, eighth, at the RMAC Championship. Three golfers earned RMAC All-Academic honors. Rachel Dyess made the RMAC All-Tournament Team. women’s lacrosse • Advanced to the RMAC Tournament • 3 student-athletes were selected to the RMAC All-Conference Teams. men’s lacrosse • 12 players named to the All-Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Teams. • Connor Morgan was named the WILA Freshman of the Year. He led the Grizzlies with 21 goals and 28 points and was one of four Grizzlies to earn All-WILA First Team selection. 44 Q aStater summer 2014 eld Adams State University athletic hall of fame Friday, Oct. 24 6 p.m. Student Union Building Banquet Rooms honoring the class of 2014 • Jason Mohr ‘93, Cross Country, Track & Field • Gene Moses ‘63, ‘67, Wrestling Coach 1970-72 • Bob Kincaid ‘66, Men’s Basketball • Stephanie Mondragon ’88, Women’s Basketball • Jim Paronto ‘66, ‘66, Football & Baseball Coach 1973-80 • 1972-73 Wresting Team • 1975-76 Wrestling Team Q For reservations, contact: Dianne Lee firstname.lastname@example.org • 719-587-7401 Carlton Lavong won national championships in both the long jump and the triple jump to earn All-America honors. He cleared a distance of 8.08 meters in the long jump; 16.09 meters in the triple jump. Grizzlies place 8th in Learfield Sports Director’s Cup For the eighth straight year, the Adams State Grizzlies finished in the top 10 of Learfield Sports Director's Cup among all Division II schools. Finishing eighth for 2013-14, Adams State has placed in the top 15 during all but two years since the Director's Cup was extended to Division II in 1995-96. The Director's Cup honors institutions for maintaining a broad-based program with success in many sports. Division II teams earn points based on the accomplishments of seven men’s and seven women’s teams. This year, 246 Division II schools were among the competition. Tabor Stevens (above right) was named the Men's Track Athlete of the Year for the RMAC South Central Region. He has the fastest time in the nation in the 3000m steeplechase, 8:38.46, which he ran at the Stanford Invitational. Stevens successfully defended his 2013 national championship in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a first place finish at the 2014 national championships. He ran a time of 8:35.05. The Grizzlies finished first and third in the 1500 meters; Stevens was first with a time of 3:58.60, followed by Kevin Batt (above left) finishing third with his time of 4:02.10. Batt earned All-America honors by finishing in first place in the 5000m with a time of 13:59.22. Q Q aStater sports scene 45 RMAC Hall of Fame inducts ASU runners Two former Adams State runners and one team were inducted into the 12th Annual Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Hall of Fame at its July 11 banquet. Zoila Gomez ‘04, Rick Robirds ‘89 and the 1989 Women's Cross Country Team took their places among the RMAC elite. rick robirds • The only runner in RMAC history to win three NAIA cross country individual titles (1986, 1987, 1989) • 7 individual national championships • 13-time All-American • Set NAIA national cross country records in 1986 and 1987 • NAIA Hall of Fame, Adams State Hall of Fame zoila gomez • 6 individual NCAA DII National Championships • 11 All-American honors • NCAA DII record in 5,000 meter run • 2002 NCAA DII Cross Country Athlete of the Year • 2004 NCAA DII Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year • 2003-04 Honda Award as the NCAA D-II Female Athlete of the Year. • Represented the USA at the 2007, 2009, and 2011 IAAF World T&F Championships in Japan, Germany and Korea; first alternate on 2008 U.S. Olympic Team (4th at Olympic Trials) • Adams State Hall of Fame • NCAA DII Track and Field Hall of Fame 1989 women's cross country team • Johnna Myers, Amy Giblin ‘94, ‘96, Terry Villareal ‘94, Audrey RomeroAbrams ‘93, April Campbell Minerich ‘90, Barbara Peterson, Melissa Johnson ‘90 • Won the team’s second NAIA national title • Damon Martin earned his first national Coach of the Year honor RMAC HALL OF FAME BANQUET (from left) Zoila Gomez, Amy Giblin, Terry Villareal, and Rick Robirds Two former Adams State University staff members who reside in the San Luis Valley were selected to join 21 other World War II veterans on the Honor Flight from Southern Colorado to Washington D.C., May 1-4. Mary Hoffman, executive director of ASU’s Community Partnerships, served as guardian on the journey for Jack "Doc" Cotton, Emeritus Professor of Exercise Physiology and Leisure Science; and Richard Gottlieb, who formerly worked at Nielsen Library . Both men served from 1943 to 1946. Gottlieb, originally from New York, was a gunner and gunner instructor who served with the 15th Air Force, 55th Bomb Wing, at Pantanella Air Base, Italy. Cotton served on military troop transport ships in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater. While Gottleib’s combat memories are clouded, Cotton clearly recalls walking through the streets of Nagasaki shortly after the bomb was dropped. "We went right to the epicenter. The only thing left standing were the shrines in the middle." The focal point of the trip was the WWII Monument that commemorates those who served, including the 401,000 U.S. troops that perished during the war. The event also included visits to the Korean and Vietnam Memorials, the Washington Navy Yard, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the Jefferson Memorial. Based in Colorado Springs, the non-profit Southern Colorado Honor Flight relies on donations to allow veterans from all military branches selected for the flight to participate at no cost. WWII veterans Jack “Doc” Cotton (left) and Richard Gottlieb shake hands with current service persons during the Honor Flight. 46 Q aStater summer 2014 SLV Health honors ASU Athletics for service The San Luis Valley Health Foundation presented its Adamson Award to the Adams State University Athletic Department at its recent 11th Annual Bolos and Boots Fundraiser. ASU athletes have supported the Stephanie L. Miner Women's Imaging Center in a number of ways over the past five years. They have held multiple events to support the center and raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer. The Adamson Award follows the Center 5k Walk and Run. Team memNCAA Conference Award of Excelbers are responsible for set-up and lence, also in recognition of the departclean-up. They have become an irrement’s support of the SLV Health placeable part of this event. Not to be outdone, ASU cross coun- Foundation. SLV Health Foundation try and track teams have also supported Director Kelly Gurule said in her nomination of ASU: "Adams State Univerthe walk/run over the last three years. sity and San Luis Valley Health are true They are usually over the finish line in neighbors. Adam State and the hospital record time, and then move their energy to supporting and cheering the rest have formed a special bond, and it conof the participants across the finish line. tinues to grow. Hosting events to help the hospital not only increases their In 2013 they upped the energy level by game attendance, but gives the commuleading a surprise flash mob. nity the chance to see how dedicated The wrestlers and runners also have and committed they truly are.” made it a tradition to purchase event shirts that support the cause. The Grizzlies football team was out of town for the walk, so they selected one special game to wear pink and sold MAD (Make a Difference) bracelets to support the 3rd Annual ASU Baseball Golf Tournament center. September 20, 2014 In late October, the Cattails Golf Club fourth annual volleyball Check-in 9 a.m. /10 a.m. Tee Off "Pink Night" filled the Fee: $80 per player pre-registration gym with a crowd wearing $90 per player day of event pink t-shirts that the team 7 p.m.: ASU Football vs. Univ of Colorado Mesa sold for the event. The team (Each player will receive range balls, golf cart, 18 holes of had time to bake and host a golf; includes lunch and one drink ticket) special halftime event called To reserve your space, please email: MBrown@adams.edu. "Cakes for the Cause,” with proceeds benefiting the Im3rd Annual Dale Umberger Memorial aging Center. Golf Tournament In February, men’s and October 1-3, 2014 women’s basketball hosted a Hershey, PA “Think Pink” weekend durFor more info: call Lori Laske at 800.824.6494 ext 8. ing which they sold t-shirts, with proceeds donated to the Cross Country, Track & Field Reunion 'Care Fund,' which provides All athletes, coaches, parents & fans welcome services to patients who canAugust 7-9, 2015 not afford services in the Info: www.facebook.com/events/1428509027416362/ center. Where are you? What have you been doing? In April the softball and baseball teams hosted a "Save The Athletic Department is building a database of alumni Second Base" fundraiser that athletes. Please take a minute to complete the Athletic Alumni questionnaire and let us know where you have earned $1,200 for the been. Stephanie L. Miner Women's www.asugrizzlies.com/sb_output.aspx?form=5 Imaging Center. calling adams state alumni athletes Athletic Director Larry Mortensen ‘88, ‘93 accepted the award from Mary Motz ‘62 (Stephanie Miner’s mother). She expressed her appreciation to the ASU coaching staff for training their studentathletes to do more than just write a check, but to give of their time. “San Luis Valley Health has done so much for us, so we are glad to be able to give back in this way,” Mortensen said. “I am proud of the coaches and players for their efforts. Anything associated with SLV Health and the Motz family is a worthwhile cause, and we are thankful to receive the Adamson Award.” For the last five years the Adams State wrestling team has stayed in town during fall break to take the lead in the community as volunteers for the Stephanie L. Miner Women's Imaging Q aStater sports scene 47 non-profit u.s. postage paid permit no. 80 alamosa, co A-Stater Adams State University Alamosa, CO 81101 back to the land Dana Provenceâ€™s sculpture students created land art this summer at the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Land art entails altering the natural environment to create earthworks.