Adams State University A-Stater Fall 2014
Magazine for alumni and friends of Adams State University.
A Stater fall 2014 the magazine of adams state university True colors A Stater president’s letter: synergy through partnerships Wes Moore, author of the New York Times best seller The Other Wes Moore, recently lectured on campus, saying, “None of us get to where we are without the help of others.” (See story page 12.) Governor and former legislator Billy Adams did not found the Adams State Normal School all by himself—citizens of Alamosa and the San Luis Valley had to “pitch in” everything from potatoes to hogs to raise operating funds so the school could open in 1925. David Svaldi Throughout ASU’s 90-year history, hard work by teams of passionate individuals has kept us going, sometimes barely getting by, sometimes thriving, but always moving ahead. As we look toward a future for ASU that does not include me, it has become obvious that ASU will need to continue to form partnerships with both public and private entities to leverage resources to best serve ASU students. While I will be sleeping in and lying on the coach rereading some of my favorite books, my successor and current teammates will be working on partnerships to sustain ASU. We have an excellent relationship with the Colorado State University system, and in the near future individual CSU agriculture courses will help to enrich ASU’s agri-business curriculum. Our partnership with PEBC and the Boettcher Foundation (see story page 7) will continue to thrive, bringing new resources for STEM instruction to schools in the San Luis Valley and rural districts throughout southern Colorado. Just within the last three years, enrollment in our Boettcher Teacher Residency Program has more than doubled. Over the last five years, ASU has worked with the Southern Colorado Higher Education Consortium, comprised of all ten southern Colorado colleges and universities, to increase college attendance by Southern Colorado high school graduates. Statistics gathered last fall show the first such increase for southern Colorado students! Because of this partnership, plans are underway to bring new CISCO telepresence technology to ASU and to eventually provide compatible technology in SLV school districts. We are also working with Unmanned Aircraft Systems regarding a potential curriculum to train UAS operators. The goal is to develop a four-year curriculum using resources provided by private companies, with assistance from the University of Colorado. We live in a time of scarce resources; state funding for higher education will likely continue to be a challenge. ASU will need to compete for funds with corrections, Medicaid, transportation, K-12, and other state services. We can leverage our current and future resources by partnering with public and private organizations for the good of our students. VOL. 54, NO. 3 • FALL 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 EDITORS Gaylene Horning ’94 • Linda Relyea ’96, ’10 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS ASU Sports Information • Kellicia Morse ’14 Mike Skinner • Kyle Terwillegar/USTFCCA • James Trujillo ‘02 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 Kaylee Gomez Student Trustee ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD Lori Lee Laske ’91, ’01 Executive Director of Alumni & Donor Relations Kasey Russell ’03 President Liz Tabeling-Garcia ’96, ’06 Vice President Holly Felmlee ’76, ‘92 Secretary Toney Cantu ’70 • D. Mike Garcia ’73, ’77 • Phil Lopez ’04 Lynn Michalke ’77 • Karen Rubidoux Miller ’94 Robert Oringdulph ’71 • Sandy Ortega ’74 Chris Page ’02, ’03 • Brian Rossbert ’02 • Rich Scanga ’75 Jeremy Wilder ’96 • Delzia Worley ’97 ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION BOARD Duane Bussey ’82 President Dr. John McDaniel Vice President Jeni Jack-Goodwin ’85 Secretary Ron Howard ’98 Treasurer Russell Achatz ’85 • Tim Bachicha ’92 • Greg Bervig ’81 Keith Cerny • Genevieve Cooper • Bill Fassett • Valerie Finnegan Dale Hettinger ’64 • Charles “Chuck” Houser ’62 • Randy Jackson ’98 Philip Lopez ’04 • Dorothy Lucero ’61 • Cathy Mullens ’82 Chuck Owsley ’68 • Michelle Roepke Rich Scanga ’75 • Ray Skeff • Donn Vigil FOUNDATION HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Stephen Bokat ’68 • Marguerite Salazar ’75, ’76 • Michael Ware ’69 FOUNDATION EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS Sharon Carter • Harold Kelloff • Izora Southway ’66 J. Byron Uhrich • R. Paul Wagner FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Dr. 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 the cover About 200 campus and community runners enjoyed the Autumn Colors 5K Fun Run, a new Autumn@Adams event. The week-long celebration explored the theme Great Expression/Gran Expresión. Read more starting on page 14. To watch the Autumn Colors 5K Fun Run, visit: adams.edu/a/33 ASU’s mission is to educate, serve, and inspire our diverse populations in the pursuit of their lifelong dreams and ambitions. VISION STATEMENT To become the university community of choice for diverse and historically underserved groups and all who value quality education and inclusivity. contents cover story Great Expresion/Gran Expresión update What’s new in Richardson Hall? Adams State ranks in top 50 colleges for Hispanic students State dedicates $5.8 million for East Campus renovation $3.6 million in new Title V grants support education access Two grants help ASU improve STEM education 4 5 5 6 7 8 10 11 12 14 16 17 17 18 19 20 21 22 28 34 36 38 39 14 adams state video features This symbol at the conclusion of an article indicates a related video can be viewed on You Tube. features The Sounds of Science Getting to know kids today Speakers share secrets for student success Moore explores the fine line between greatness and tragedy Autumn@Adams Great Expression/Gran Expresión Svaldi advises on surviving change alumni events JANUARY 15 Jan. 30-Feb. 4 9 10-19 SLV Martini Bar Phoenix, Tucson Florida Dinner Panama Canal Cruise See page 25. giving Educators’ legacy aids future teachers El Pomar scholarships advance rural health care Higels recognized for support of ASU Billy Adams Award honors former Trustee Scoggin Grizzly Club recognizes ongoing support of SLV Federal Bank Owsleys honored for decades of support JANUARY & FEBRUARY MARCH alumnotes homecoming scrapbook alumni scrapbook sports scenes Hall of Fame honors the best of Adams State Athletics Fall Season Recap We are the Champions 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: www.adams.edu/news the art department staged a creative bike race during warmer weather. The staff of the ASU Alumni & Foundation Offices has returned to Richardson Hall, second floor. Q: What’s new in Richardson Hall? A: Just about everything. Budget Analyst Jenny Yund ‘00 (above) is cozy in new Business & Finance offices on Richardson Hall’s third floor, which previously had been structurally unsound and unusable. Art Professor Dana Provence (above) and his students recreated plaster carvings that had been removed from interior columns over the years, making a mold from the originals that remained. “ new One of the coolest things was • 11,000 more usable square footage for a total of 75,000 sf • HVAC (heating/ventilation/air conditioning) • Electrical & fixtures • Plumbing & fixtures • IT: all new network cable • Windows = 225 • Doors • Insulation = R25 (R50 in roof) • Roof: metal standing seam roof with metal tiles to mimic historic clay tile • Interior finishes & furnishings • Complete auditorium renovation: new seats, curtains, acoustic treatments converting the central attic into the new board room. It required new concrete foundations and structural steel up from the first floor to the roof. New 24” beams were installed under the roof to support the loads,” said Tyler Read, project manager of GH Phipps Construction Companies. “Another is the effort that went into keeping and restoring the historical aspects of the building.” Staff began occupying new offices in Richardson Hall’s south and central wings in November. Work on the north wing is underway. The state-funded, $16.9 million remodel of the 90-yearold structure should be completed in the spring. Work on new landscaping will proceed into the summer. improved • Tower repainted • Brick surface cleaned • Eaves repaired 4 Q aStater fall 2014 Adams State ranks in top 50 colleges for Hispanic students Adams State University was named in the top 50 for Hispanic students, according to the website bestcolleges.com. Adams State University was the first four-year institution in Colorado to be federally designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), which requires a minimum of one-quarter Hispanic enrollment. Bestcolleges.com states: “In 2012, 49 percent of Hispanic high school graduates enrolled at a postsecondary, public institution. This percentage surpassed that of white students for the first time, and Hispanic enrollment in colleges and universities, which has increased 240 percent since 1996, is expected to continue to grow. Many Hispanic students are the first in their families to attend college, so it is important for them to find a support system that will help them navigate degrees, financial aid, and their school and social obligations.” Bestcolleges.com devised the rankings based upon normal methodology to find schools that rank well for academics. "Our team then compared that list to the 242 Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) member schools in the U.S. to find the best schools for Hispanic, Latino/a and Chicano/a students. We included the percentage of Hispanic students currently enrolled at each college, along with in- and out-of-state tuitions to add more weight to our rankings. Each school on our list boasts a cultural center, degree programs, or scholarships dedicated to enhancing the experiences of Hispanic students." committed to diversity Adams State's 2014 freshman class is its most diverse yet. The group is nearly 40 percent Hispanic, with another 12 percent of other races/ethnicities. The proportion of freshmen who identify as Hispanic increased from 35 percent last year; it was 33 percent in 2012. Overall, 32.5 percent of Adams State's undergraduate student body identifies as Hispanic. Forty-three percent identify as white, with the remainder representing other races/ethnicities, or unknown. In addition, 49 percent of the undergraduate student body is in the first generation in their families to attend college. State dedicates $5.8 million for East Campus renovation Adams State received $5.8 million in state capital construction funds to complete renovation of the East Campus. The first floor of the former Evans Elementary School was remodeled in 2012 to house the Department of Human Performance & Physical Education. According to Bill Mansheim, VP for Finance & Governmental Relations, the next step is to hire an architectural firm to develop a program plan on how to best utilize the facility and grounds. cooking with c.a.s.a. Two traditional hornos (adobe ovens) were constructed at the C.A.S.A. Center (Cultural Awareness Student Achievement) early this semester. The project is one activity funded through a cultural heritage grant of nearly $5,000 from The Sangre De Cristo National Heritage Area. C.A.S.A is matching the grant with $7,235 in cash and in-kind services. The project, “Roots Run Deep: Preserving Heritage by Honoring Identity,” also supports creation of a traditional sheepherder’s museum in the form of a 1930s-era sheepherder trailer from the valley. Other project activities include harvest and preparation of traditional chicos with acequia farmers in San Luis and a traditional hog slaughter with the seventh-generation Salazar family. Q aStater update 5 $3.6 million in new Title V grants support education access Coinciding with Hispanic Heritage Month, Adams State University was recently awarded two grants totaling more than $3.6 million to improve educational access for Hispanic and low-income students. These awards bring the total Title V funding Adams State has received since 2000 to more than $17.7 million. ate Support Center (GSC) that will offer students on-campus and online support services. These will include: • Academic and professional skill-building workshops • A team of Alumni Mentors • Access to streamlined university processes • Incentive stipends and graduate assistantships to support academic success Faculty and staff learning communities will also be created for professional development and best practice sharing. Lillian Gomez, who has directed multiple Title V grants at ASU, will serve as project director, with Dr. Melissa Freeman as activity director and director of the GSC. improve master's degree attainment A five-year grant of $2,838,865 will help Adams State expand education opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students. It was awarded by the Department of Education's Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA), a Title V program for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI's). HSI is a federal designation for colleges and universities with more than 25 percent Hispanic enrollment. The grant amount for the first year is $574,327. To improve the four-year master's degree attainment rate – now at 50 percent – for Hispanic and low-income students by 15% over the grant period, the project will create a Gradu- cooperation with nm schools Title V for Hispanic Serving Institutions awarded $3,196,636 over five years for a cooperative project led by University of New Mexico-Taos, "UNIDOS: Building Pathways to Access and Op14th annual portunity for the Upper Rio Grande Region." New Mexico Highlands University is the third partner asu cares day in the project; all three are HSIs. • September 20, 2014 The Title V Project will build upon the • 250 students volunteered strengths of all three HSI's to address barriers of for 27 SLV non-profit orgeography, distance, and under-funded K-16 eduganizations in Alamosa, cational systems – all of which prevent the region's Monte Vista, Creede, communities and residents from accessing quality South Fork, Crestone, postsecondary opportunities. Mosca, Del Norte, La Jara The goals are to: • Coordinated by Student • Increase enrollment and success of Hispanics Affairs and other students at all three institutions • Increase the number of distance education ASU students team up to courses (online and ITV) available to students help SLV Habitat for Humanity. across northern New Mexico • Improve faculty capacity to develop distance education courses and teach effectively in distance modes Adams State will receive $841,470, divided fairly equally over the grant period. The grant will fund a full-time designer/trainer in distance pedagogy, a new lecture capture system and other distance technology upgrades, professional development for faculty in distance pedagogy, online degree development, and other collaborative efforts. Inter-library loan and other digital library services will also be improved. 6 Q aStater fall 2014 rural school districts to benefit Two grants help ASU improve STEM education Two new grant projects will help Adams State strengthen both the quality and quantity of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) teachers in several rural Colorado school districts. developing more stem teachers The first grant, of $2.9 million, was awarded to the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) to enable Adams State University’s Boettcher Teacher Residency (BTR) program to serve more Colorado school districts and add a focus on STEM. The five-year grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnership Grant program. It’s estimated the grant will recruit, train, and support a total of 195 new teachers for 15 rural Colorado school districts: Alamosa, North Conejos, Center, Monte Vista, Moffat, Sierra Grande, Centennial, Del Norte, Sangre de Cristo, Montezuma-Cortez, Dolores RE-2, Rocky Ford, East Otero, Crowley, and Huerfano. BTR aims to serve high-needs schools and districts – both rural and urban – by recruiting, preparing, supporting, and retaining high-quality teachers. The two-year program combines master’s level coursework with hands-on learning in a classroom and support from a mentor teacher. Upon completion of the residency, teachers receive alternative teaching licensure and a master’s degree in education from Adams State. Participants make a service commitment to rural Colorado schools. ASU’s Teacher Education Department is the sole educational partner in awarding M.A. degrees for the program throughout the state. PEBC and the Boettcher Foundation first partnered with Adams State in 2013. Two current cohorts of graduate students enrolled in the BTR will earn an endorsement in culturally and linguistically diverse education. new tools for current teachers PEBC will also collaborate in Adams State’s grant to “Empower Rural Elementary Teachers in STEM Subjects.” The ASU Teacher Education Department received one of three grants awarded by the Colorado Department of Higher Education through the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Improving Teacher Quality, Title II. The $210,449 award will provide intensive, research-based professional development in math and science instruction for 173 current K-5 teachers in ten districts: Alamosa, Centennial, Center, Moffat, Monte Vista, Mountain Valley, North Conejos, Sierra Grande, South Conejos, and Huerfano. Twenty-one pre-service teachers and their mentors from the BTR program will also participate. ASU’s math, science, and teacher education faculty will work with the schools and PEBC to design and pilot modules that elevate elementary teachers’ content knowledge of math and science across disciplines. PEBC will present three math and science institutes and provide job-embedded instructional coaching to build teacher effectiveness in alignment with standards and best practice instruction. Teachers participating in the institutes will become resources for teachers throughout the districts served. This program responds to research showing the impact of teachers’ attitudes and comfort in STEM subjects. Because elementary teachers are less likely to have STEM backgrounds than secondary teachers, they may lack knowledge and confidence, with the result that nearly 50 percent of students lose interest in science by the third grade. adams state’s science and mathematics programs have been reaching out to school kids since long before the current national focus on STEM education developed. The 23rd annual Chemistry Magic Show, held Oct. 24, took its cue from the Halloween season with "The Sweet Side of Chemistry: Candy." Chemistry students and faculty illustrated the entertaining side of science through fast-paced demonstrations involving changing colors, very high and very low temperatures, bright lights, and loud noises. After the show, elementary school children participated in safe and fun hands-on activities in campus labs. Q aStater update 7 One-thousand photos . . . Several thousand lines of data . . . At least six different software packages . . . And a cricket. Sounds Science of All that, plus two faculty sabbatical projects are behind the scenes of a dynamic new touch table in Adams State’s Edward M. Ryan Geology Museum. “You can think of it as a giant IPad,” said Dr. Rob Benson, professor of geology and earth sciences. The Ideum touch table, valued at $20,000, was one initiative funded through Adams State’s 2011 Title V grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions, intended to help more Hispanic and low-income students earn degrees in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Benson devoted his spring 2014 sabbatical to building the touch table’s database and interfacing it with such software as The Layered Earth, Google Earth, and Microsoft Planet. The system also utilizes ArcGIS 10.2, Gestureworks Suite, MS Office apps, and internet browsers. Dr. Rob Benson (left) and Dr. Matt Schildt demonstrate the Ryan Geology Museum’s new touch table with senior geology major Lia Schiola, who is a docent for the museum. the It all combines for an inquiry-based information system that can provide detailed information about every one of the museum’s 3,000 groups of specimens. With a touch, a user can match an actual fossil in the collection to geological maps and call up additional detail about the specimen. “Google Earth Pro can import spreadsheets with position data. I now have points on the touch table that show locations of the Ryan Museum specimens for the U.S. Furthermore, I can show geology at many different levels of detail, draped on the topography with the sample locations,” Benson added. Yes, it was a lot of work, but Benson said, “This is just the tip of what I can do. I could spend the rest of my career enhancing this.” Under his direction, Adams State students will develop projects that expand the system’s capabilities. The system intrigues everyone from elementary school kids to geology majors and professors. a globe at your fingertips The cricket? It’s one sound that punctuates Aurora Nova, an ambient instrumental piece composed by Dr. Matthew Schildt, professor of music, specifically to accompany the touch table. It was one of several pieces he created during his spring sabbatical. 8 Q aStater fall 2014 The five-minute composition came to life over a two-week period in the Music Building’s Richmond Recording Studio. Schildt produced the music electronically, using a keyboard and specialized software. “I listened to quite a few cricket recordings to find the perfect one,” he joked, adding the studio features an extensive sound library. Schildt had already considered creating music for the Zacheis Planetarium when he learned about Benson’s touch table project. “We met for a few hours and talked about possibilities. I wanted to get across the sense of being in this place [Ryan Museum]. The music had to convey a feeling, but not be distracting.” The resulting piece is at times soothing and stimulating, spacy and earthy. One listener likened it to “water falling over rocks.” “The sabbatical was intensive,” Schildt said. “I never had that much time to devote to something.” Two years ago, he wrote Ascendance and performed the premier with students and fellow faculty at Adams State’s University Celebra- tion. He has also worked with the theatre department, most recently creating music used in last spring’s production of The Outsiders. another tool for outreach About 8,000 visitors have toured the Ryan Museum since it was donated to Adams State ten years ago. Valued at more than $150,000, the collection was compiled by the late Edward M. Ryan, formerly a geology professor at Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. Touch table capabilities greatly multiply the facility’s educational potential. “Collaboration was key to this project’s success,” Benson said. By Julie Waechter To watch Dr. Benson working with the touch table, visit: adams.edu/a/35 The Richmond Recording Studio was added to the Music Department when the building was remodeled in 2011, funded by the Student Capital Construction Fee. It is named for Ed Richmond, emeritus professor of music. “We are incredibly lucky to have this studio. It is a huge tool for music students and composers. This sets us apart from other music programs,” Dr. Matt Schildt said. “Students are in here all the time and have gone way beyond their class assignments with this facility. At least three student CD’s have been recorded here in the last year.” He noted that the studio looks quite different than it would have ten years ago, since many of the digital recording tools are all on the computer. Plus, the 2010 Title V grant to improve student engagement and success recently supported acquisition of additional studio equipment. The studio includes: • Cubase 7 recording software • Native Instruments KOMPLETE sounds • Universal Audio plug-in effects • Universal audio, Drawmer, and Focusrite preamps • Yamaha 02R digital console • State-of-the-art Neumann, AKG, and Mojave microphones Composer Matt Schildt at the controls in the Music Department’s Richmond Recording Studio. Q aStater features 9 Getting to know Kids today From left: Estelle Sandoval, Victoria Wert, and Darling Najar Madera Whether it’s the pool hall in quaint River City, or ubiquitous social media of the 21st century, older generations always seem to have some complaint about “kids today.” Young people are subject to many influences their elders fail to grasp. In an attempt to bridge that gap, for the last 16 years, Beloit College in Beloit, Wis., has released the Beloit College Mindset List, focusing on current, traditional-aged, college freshman. This year’s list begins with the fact that, as kindergarteners, this generation was exposed to endlessly repeated images of planes blasting into the World Trade Center. In our increasingly electronic, information-overloaded society, another challenge for today’s “kids” is the relatively higher cost of higher education. A degree from Adams State has always been one of the most affordable in Colorado. Back in the day, a student could pay an entire year’s tuition and fees by working about six weeks a year, full-time, at minimum wage. Today, that takes more than 23 weeks. (See chart below.) That’s before factoring in living expenses, books, transportation – and technology. One reason costs have escalated is the drastic decrease in state support of public higher education in the last decade. And while 92 percent of ASU students receive financial aid (grant, scholarship, work-study, loan), aid is more difficult to qualify for. Student loan debt is now considerd a national crisis. three first-year students share a little about their new lives in college: “I thought it would be much easier than it is. There is much more to do and less time to do it.” estelle sandovol • Nursing major from Antonito, Colo.; participates in Newman Club and GAB (Grizzly Activities Board) • Received several scholarships, including the Daniels Fund and ASU’s Valedictorian Scholarship • 281 Facebook friends, sends 500 text messages a month adams state • 1960 - 2014 Annual tuition & fees increased: 44.9 times Net cost for resident increased: 31.2 times $25 = total student fees 1960 Covered health insurance, AS&F, athletics, theater, forensics, musical productions, newspaper, annual, KASF, prom, homecoming dance. “The best part of being in college is having some freedom.” victoria wert • Interdisciplinary studies major, emphasis in literature, from Broomfield, Colo. • Works as Student Ambassador, receives financial aid, and has taken out a loan • 540 Facebook friends, sends 200-300 text messages a day Data provided and analyzed by Dr. Ron Loser ‘65, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2014 tuition & fees/yr. min. wage/hr. $ 165 $1.00 $ 384 $1.60 $ 680 $3.10 $1,350 $3.80 $2,186 $5.15 $4,454 $7.25 $7,449 $8.00 40-hr. weeks to earn T&F 6 6 5.5 9 10.6 15+ 23+ “The best part of college is meeting people and forming relationships.” darling najar madera • Nursing major from Aurora, Colo. • Holds two campus jobs, receives financial aid and several scholarships • 766 Facebook friends, sends 250 text messages a day *Tuition & fees figures are for Colorado residents, after application of COF stipend, which began in 2005. 10 Q aStater fall 2014 Speakers share secrets for student success Originally, it was Adams State’s geographic location that determined it would have a high proportion of Hispanic students. The goal now is to become more truly “Hispanic serving,” rather than simply “Hispanic enrolling.” Another step on that path was taken during this fall’s New Student Convocation. Special guests Dr. Mario Rivas (below right) and Thomas Brown (left) shared their wisdom with students, faculty, and staff over three days, funded through Title V with support from CIELO (Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership & Opportunity) and other campus departments. Both men are nationally recognized authorities in increasing student achievement and success, particularly that of first-generation and minority students. They speak from experience, having grown up and attended school together in Oakland, Calif. They overcame poverty and other disadvantages to become educational leaders. “In creating a campus community, we’ve seen that what works for students on the margins also works for students at the center of the university,” said Brown. Research shows that quality interaction with faculty seems to be more important that any other single college factor in determining minority student persistence. (Levin & Levin, 1991; Brown & Rivas, 2004.) The convocation theme, "You Are Who You Want to Be," conveyed to students that success is a shared responsibility. With a good measure of humor, the speakers talked about such emotional barriers as fear and anxiety. “Public schools are fear factories where students learn to compare and despair,” said Rivas. He completed a higher education against all the odds and societal expectations, and for the first time in his life felt he “had a place stand.” Rivas said faculty and staff can support students as they make the emotional, cognitive, and behavioral changes that lead to success. Students are more likely to drop out when they encounter challenges if they feel isolated. "It takes a campus community to make students successful," said Brown. "Trust, compassion, and respect are key to empowering students." Rivas and Brown identify three factors that lead to student success: high quality teaching, comprehensive support programs, and advising that develops personal and academic goals. Title V federal grants for Hispanic Serving Institutions support a number of Adams State programs that build success for all students. These range from academic support and faculty development to technology and celebrations of diverse cultures. They all help to increase Adams State’s capacity to better serve low-income, minority, and/or first generation college students. To watch Rivas and Brown’s presentations, visit: adams.edu/a/28 and adams.edu/a/29. more fun facts from “the mindset list” Excerpts -www.beloit.edu/mindset/2018/ • Meds have always been an option. • When they see wire-rimmed glasses, they think Harry Potter, not John Lennon. • Ralph Nader has always been running for President of the U.S. • Hong Kong has always been part of China. • Courts have always been overturning bans on same-sex marriages. • Joe Camel has never introduced one of them to smoking. • Hello Dolly...cloning has always been a fact, not science fiction. • Women have always been dribbling, and occasionally dunking, in the WNBA. • There has always been a national database of sex offenders. • Yet another blessing of digital technology: They have never had to hide their dirty magazines under the bed. • Bill Gates has always been the richest man in the U.S. • Attending schools outside their neighborhoods, they gather with friends on Skype, not in their local park. • One route to pregnancy has always been through frozen eggs. • They have probably never used Netscape as their web browser. • The rate of diagnosed diabetes has always been shooting up during their lifetime. • Affirmative Action has always been outlawed in California. • “Good feedback” means getting 30 likes on your last Facebook post in a single afternoon. Q aStater features 11 Moore explores the fine line between greatness and tragedy “Did the ‘other’ Wes Moore read the book, and what does he think about it?” was one question students had for New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller author Wes Moore, who discussed his book, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, on campus October 24. Moore stepped off the stage in ASU’s Carson Auditorium to better connect with the near-standing-room-only audience. “The point is not to compare or castigate,” he said, “but to understand how thin that line is between our life and someone else’s life.” The book, chosen for the university’s Common Reading Experience this year, contrasts the lives of two poor, fatherless boys with the same name who lived in similar Baltimore neighborhoods and had difficult childhoods. The author Wes Moore grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The “other” Wes Moore ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence with no chance for parole. The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world, according to Amazon.com. “Wes Moores exist everywhere, straddling the line of greatness, and they don’t even know it. Everything can hinge on a single decision,” the author said. He was also on course to a life of crime, having been kicked out of his first school at age 8 and put in handcuffs for the first time at age 11. Another arrest at age 13 spurred his mother, with support from their extended family, to change that trajectory by enrolling him in military school. He initially responded negatively to the new environment, but eventually came to realize that, in both the school’s plebe system and in life, “It is literally impossible to make it on your own.” one name, two fates The author first became aware of the “other” Wes Moore when their hometown paper, the Baltimore Sun ran two articles around the same time. One was about his receipt of a Rhodes Scholarship. He was struck by a second story about the murder of an off-duty police officer during a jewelry store 12 robbery. One person wanted for that crime was also named Wes Moore. After a time, still intrigued by this irony, the author wrote to the “other” Wes in prison. “The letter I received back was the most interesting and articulate letter I ever read in my life,” he said. Thus began a long relationship that resulted in the book. “It was amazing how much we had in common besides our names,” he added. “I did not reach out to him in order to write this book. But I couldn’t let go of the idea that if we are not willing to understand a life like his, more of them will happen. “I asked Wes once if he thought we were products of our environment. He said we are products of our expectations. But expectations aren’t born from nowhere. They come from others, and we internalize them. We both lived up to expectations, and that’s the real shame.” “Potential is universal, but opportunity is not. Opportunity makes the difference between our potential and where we end up.” The author related a story he heard from a teacher who used his book in her class. When she realized one of her students was the “other” Wes Moore’s son, she offered to substitute another book. But the boy said, “No, my dad wants Q aStater fall 2014 “ people to know his story.” “Wes knows that this book won’t change his reality, but his hope is that it will alter the reality of others,” the author said. “I am a better person because of Wes. I’m more thoughtful and grateful. I look at every single day of my life differently. I want to help understand how tragedies like this happen.” Moore’s book includes an extensive listing of organizations that work with disadvantaged youth to instill greater expectations. A portion of his book proceeds benefit City Year, which partners with high-need public schools, and the U.S. Dream Academy, which helps children whose parents are incarcerated to build character, skills, and dreams. I grew up in kind of the ‘suburbs’ of the ghetto. But I rose above it, because of the support of my family and friends. I have another friend who’s in jail. It’s all about the kind of choices we make.” students can relate Nielsen Library Director Carol Smith, who heads the Common Reading Experience committee, explained the program chooses one book each year for the whole campus and community to read together and discuss. “That’s what the intellectual experience is all about. We take a multidisciplinary approach and consider different themes in different classes from different perspectives throughout the year.” Cathy Heaton ‘12, instructor of developmental reading and writing, said her students became very involved in the book and completed a variety of related projects. A few days prior to the author’s presentation, students gathered to discuss it in the Nielsen Library. The discussion touched on several themes, including personal responsibility, the influence of one’s environment, the value of education, and destiny. Many students could relate to the story of the two Wes Moore greets a line of students seeking photos and autographs following his talk. Weses. A freshman from San Diego, Racquel Mobley said, “I know a lot of people with the same stories. I grew up in kind of the ‘suburbs’ of the ghetto. But I rose above it, because of the support of my family and friends. I have another friend who’s in jail. It’s all about the kind of choices we make.” Sophomore business administration major Valita Daniels also saw her experience reflected in the book. “That was me – self-destructive, rebellious. Here I am, at 48, in college, doing what I should have done then. The book was also inspiring for me as a single mom. You don’t always know if you’re making the right choices.” Freshman Preston J. Williams shared his impression of the “other” Wes Moore: “He gave up way too soon. He could have been stronger. He went for the drugs, the fast cash. If he’d had long-term goals, he would have been more willing to stay with the change. He made a bad choice.” A slam poetry contest and special lectures to complement the Common Reading Experience will be scheduled through the academic year. By Julie Waechter Q aStater features 13 Autumn@Adams great expression Gran Expresión it took a few weeks for the orange color to fade from the pavement in front of Leon Memorial Hall, but 200 runners of all ages thoroughly enjoyed the Autumn Colors 5K (on front cover). Throughout the course, runners were doused with dyed corn starch. The Alamosa Fire Department was on hand with their water hose for anyone who wanted to rinse off. In keeping with this year’s theme, Great Expression/Gran Expresión, special events explored the creative process of many arts. During the week’s opening event, Aubrey Lucero, director of Mountain Valley Dance, with assistance from her advanced students, demonstrated how choreography is developed. That was followed by a percussion performance by Assistant Professor of Music James Doyle, who described his approach to solo work, improvisation, and artistic collaboration with other performers. The now-traditional Last Lecture, given this year by President David Svaldi, prompted two standing ovations (see story page 16). fear is both motivator and obstacle for alumna artist Kay Malouff ’80 (left) and Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy (below), poet and professor of English. They teamed up for a lecture, with readings and art, that gave a glimpse into their creative processes. “We artists are an insecure lot,” Malouff joked. “It still scares me. You’re putting yourself out there – actors, writers, musicians . . . it’s what keeps us going for better. It’s creative growth through ordeal.” She has been creating stained glass art pieces in her Celadon Studios for three decades. Work she produced as an Artist in Residence is displayed at Mesa Verde, Great Basin, and the Great Sand Dunes national parks. (See www.celadonglass.com.) “Adams State was good to me,” she said, citing the inspiration of former art professor Ed Clemmer. Guerrero-Murphy said fear, freedom, and observation contribute to a circular and changing creative process. “I have plenty of things I face as I create,” she said. “It entails entering and getting past the fear. Poetry results from pressure that can bring healing and resolution.” As a teacher who encourages others’ creativity, she tries to provide a sense of safety amidst the risk-taking. Guerrero-Murphy read from her new manuscript, After Lives and Birth, Death, and Other Pastures, as well as from her book Table Walking at Nighthawk (Ghost Road Press 2007), which was awarded a WILLA for poetry by Women Writing the West. 14 Q aStater fall 2014 Fiery fun for all Held this year for the seventh time, the Autumn@Adams Cook-Off has become an event well-loved by both campus and community members. It attracted 200 participants who tasted and weighed in on salsas and red and green chili prepared by 20 contestants. Fifteen student clubs also presented fund-raising booths with other food options and fun activities. Kids enjoyed whacking the piñata and a watermelon seed spitting contest. TOP: Esther Lopez (center) has won the red chili competition for the past five years. Adams State’s Model U.N. club won in the green chili category, while Maria Valdez, of ASU’s Business Office, topped the salsa competition for the fifth straight year. BOTTOM RIGHT: Jonathan Millar (at left) consumed 13 very large jalepeños to become this year’s champion in the most grueling event of the Cook-Off. Q aStater cover 15 “last lecture” Svaldi advises on surviving change This year’s Autumn@Adams Last Lecture was especially meaningful for ASU President David Svaldi, who will retire next summer. “ When I was younger, in the ‘60s, I used to wear a t-shirt that said ‘question authority!’ Taking a cue from Greek philosopher Heraclitus, whose fifth century B.C. observation that “The only thing that is constant is change,” Svaldi talked about the impacts of today’s rapidly changing society. He then expounded on characteristics that help us weather and thrive in the face of change. N: nurture “A change leader nurtures the growth of change by providing patient, friendly support and caring for others engaged in change.” G: great! “I’m not talking about Frosted Flakes here — although the greatest man I have known was my father, Tony.” As a five-year-old immigrant who only spoke Italian, Svaldi’s father was C: courage “Courage is action taken in the face of fear—it is not, Now that I am in my 60’s and somewhat of an authority, I am fond of saying ‘tolerate ambiguity.’ as some think, the absence of fear. The late Maya Angelou wrote, ‘One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.’” His career at Adam State began in 1986, when he joined the English Department faculty as associate professor of communications, specializing in speech and coaching the debate team. “I miss those kids, but all my students were special, and I still love getting emails from them,” he said. “I have really enjoyed developing relationships with students. A university is not about the president, it’s about the students.” Svaldi transitioned to college administration (affectionately known as “the dark side”) in 1998, when he was named Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was appointed president in 2006, after a year of fulfilling those duties on an “acting” basis. Noting he hadn’t aspired to the presidency, he said “I would not be standing here today without my wife, Virginia.” orphaned and informally adopted by the judge his mother had worked for. He was mistreated and not permitted to use his Italian surname. His first job was wrangling mules in a hard rock mine near Ouray, Colo. He eventually ran away, finished high school in California, then worked as a prize fighter, miner, and ultimately, on the railroad. “My dad lived what Maya Angelou has said: ‘You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.’” ” H: helping and humor “At the core of a leader is a helper with a heart.” E: enthusiasm “Should you ever lose your passion for your chosen field, please do something to reignite it, or find something that renews your interest. “Let me also say that the things I have said are not things I have always been able to practice; as a human, I am imperfect. Change leaders who overcome obstacles and are not reduced by them are GREAT. “George Elliot reminded us, “It is never too late to be what you might have been.’ And that is my goal for retirement.” By Julie Waechter A: anxiety “Change leaders recognize that change causes uncertainty. The A in Change also stands for Acknowledge what you don’t know. I am convinced that one reaches maturity when one understands that ambiguity has to be tolerated. Not everything is one thing or the other. “When I was younger, in the ‘60s, I used to wear a t-shirt that said ‘question authority! (thanks to Timothy Leary.)’ Now that I am in my 60’s and somewhat of an authority, I am fond of saying ‘tolerate ambiguity.’” To watch the President Svaldi’s Last Lecture, visit: adams.edu/a/34 16 Q aStater fall 2014 Educators’ legacy aids future teachers Karen Kelton often heard Ira Richardson’s words of wisdom as she was growing up. Her dad, Dr. Stanley E. Wills ’48, would frequently quote Adams State’s first president, she said. In fact, he titled his 1998 summer commencement address after one such quote: “Pigs Are Pigs, But Folks Are Funny.” Wills told Adams State graduates that pigs are predictable; they always act the same. “People, on the other hand, have their own intentions, perceptions, ideas, ways of learning, and ways of being.” Thus, as a lifelong educator, he followed his own advice: “Treat each student as an individual, and give them the time needed to learn.” Wills passed away in 2005; in 2010 his widow, Ruth (Osborne) ’46, funded a scholarship endowment in Dr. Stanley E. Wills ‘48 his memory to give tangible assistance to future teachers. When Ruth died in 2013, the scholarship was renamed the Dr. Stanley E. & Ruth Wills Scholarship Endowment. True to their parents’ wishes, the Wills’ children invested more in the endowment and are committed to its growth. The scholarship is for full-time undergraduate or graduate students in teacher education with a minimum GPA of 3.0; preference is given according to financial need. It has been awarded annually since 2012. The couple met as students at Adams State, were married in 1947, and eventually had five children. Their parents had homesteaded in the San Luis Valley, making Adams State even more special to the family Ruth earned a B.A. in education, then a master’s in counseling from Wayne State College, Neb. She served as a high school teacher, librarian, and counselor. With a B.A. in history, Stanley completed his master’s at Colorado College, followed by an Ed.D from Greeley State College (now University of Northern Colorado.) Ruth Osborne Wills ‘46 as a Stanley served as a First Sergeant in young woman in the Black the Philippines during World War II, Canyon of the Gunnison. and later was superintendent of schools in Mosca, Colo. Beginning in 1963, he held the posts of professor, registrar, and provost at Wayne State College. In 1975, he helped open the University of Houston-Victoria campus and was an education professor there until his retirement in 2000. El Pomar scholarships advance rural health care Nursing scholarships provided by the El Pomar Foundation benefit Adams State University nursing students and nurse educators, with the objective of improving health care services in the San Luis Valley. Awarded through El Pomar’s SLV Regional Council, a total of $111,000 a year is administered through the ASU Foundation. The scholarships are available to SLV residents who intend to practice long-term in the valley, according to Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00, executive director of the Foundation. Financial need is also a consideration. The fund dedicates $45,000 annually to undergraduate students in Adams State’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, while $66,000 is targeted to those pursuing advanced degrees at any university as nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or physician assistant. Recipients must commit to five years of service in the San Luis Valley upon their degree completion. For this academic year, 9 students and 4 nursing faculty members received scholarships. Former Adams State President Tom Gilmore ‘67, ‘68, an 11-year member of the regional council, said the group identified improved health care as one area that could have a broad impact on the region. El Pomar’s undergraduate scholarships were established after discussions with SLV Health revealed a need for more bachelor’s level nurses. The graduate awards were added in order to somewhat offset a physician shortage with nurse practitioners and physician assistants, Gilmore explained. “We have had outstanding results, most of the students we funded completed their degrees and stayed in the region to practice,” he said. Dr. Shawn Elliott, director of Adams State’s Department of Nursing, said, “We greatly appreciate the financial support El Pomar gives our nursing students through these scholarships. Such support helps us to train qualified providers for rural health care.” Based in Colorado Springs, the El Pomar Foundation funds grants and programs that enhance, encourage, and promote the current and future wellbeing of the people of Colorado. Q aStater giving 17 2014 willis fassett jr. award Higels recognized for support of ASU A decade of generous support of Adams State University has earned Floyd (Dale) '55 and Cordelia (Sue) Higel the Adam State University Foundation’s Willis Fassett Jr. Award. Their contributions have benefited the Kay Watkins Scholarship, the Chemistry Gift Fund, and the Alumni Scholarship Endowment. Their unrestricted gifts benefit the institution in a variety of ways. The couple was unable to attend the Oct. 29 Donor & Student Recognition Dinner due to health issues, so their daughter, Rebecca Hill, accepted the award on their behalf. "I am in awe of how generous my parents are," Hill said. “I have a high regard for Adams State. I have been blessed all my life, and I want to give back and provide others in this life with a chance,” Floyd said. He expresses pride in his roots by financially supporting such local nonprofits as SLV Habitat for Humanity and the SLV History Museum, in addition to Adams State. "I wish I could live there now," Floyd said of the San Luis Valley. " Named for a long-time president of the Foundation Board of Directors, the Willis Fassett Jr. Award honors strong financial supporters of the university. The award includes the Buffalo Chant bronze, created specifically for the Foundation by the late William Moyers '39. “I was surprised to learn we had been awarded the Willis Fassett Jr. Award. I am still in awe,” Floyd said. While stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army following college, Floyd accepted an invitation to correspond with a fellow soldier's cousin. Although Floyd described himself as "shy," he started writing Cordelia. When he was released from duty, they met in person, and were married six months later. Floyd then attended law school at Kansas State University. inner strength, dependability Hill remembers visiting Alamosa for the first time and coming to understand the challenges her father had faced financially; his mother was a single parent. "I didn't know how difficult it was for my dad." A research statistician, she has seen data on disadvantaged children and respects how her father beat the odds. "He succeeded because of his inner strength and tenacity, and courage." Her mom understands how much the valley means to him. "They make donation decisions together." Floyd always planned to become a chemist and earned his degree from Adams State. He particularly appreciated professors Tom Thompson, chemistry; Dean Lyman, English; and Dr. James Craft, emeritus professor of biology. "The work the professors gave me made me a better person. They were knowledgeable about their subjects, and I learned a lot from them, both personally and academically. I would stack my education at Adams State against any university." love of profession Floyd had a 43-year career with the US Patent & Trademark department and received the US Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for Superior Federal Service in 1978 and the Silver Medal for Meritorious Federal Service in 1987. A patent examiner in organic chemistry, he specialized in azo dyes for fabrics, clothing, and carpeting. "I loved that job. It suited my talents." Hill remembers questioning her father about his work as a child. "He approved the color orange for the original Volkswagen Beetle." In 1984, Floyd was the first, and only, patent examiner invited by the Swiss and German Patent Lawyer Association to Europe to tour manufacturing facilities. "I had a reputation as an extremely strict man to get a patent from." His two-week visit included tours of plants in Switzerland, Germany, and France. The Higels live in Frankford, Delaware, and have three children, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. Grandson, Michael Hill '01, '13 and his wife, Mena '02, Hill, are also Adams State alumni. By Linda Relyea ’96, ‘01 Floyd and Cordelia Higel (center) with their children, Darrell, Rebecca Hill (standing), and Deirdre Steinsberger 18 Q aStater fall 2014 Billy Adams Award honors former Trustee Scoggin As a trustee for Adams State University, Charles H. Scoggin, M.D., demonstrated a deep commitment to education that echoes the founding spirit of Billy Adams. In recognition of this service, Adams State awarded him its 2014 Billy Adams Award at the Adams State University Foundation’s annual Donor & Student Recognition Dinner, October 29. Prior to the dinner, Scoggin said he and his wife, Karen, visited Billy Adams’ grave in Alamosa. “It seemed like the right thing to do.” "Charles was an anchor for me throughout his time as a trustee. As one of the last original trustees, appointed in 2003, he was instrumental in promoting a thoughtful, yet engaged decision-making environment for the board,” Svaldi said. “Charles has also gone the extra mile, promoting Adams State University in the media and in his personal interactions with his peers. If not for Charles, we would not have the positive relationship we currently have with President Tony Frank of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Charles always embraced and promoted ASU's mission and remains one of our most important supporters." In addition, as a member of the Western Stock Show Association, Scoggin was instrumental in establishing the National Western Scholarship at Adams State, a renewable award of $2,500 available to agri-business students. Like the university’s founder, a San Luis Valley rancher, Scoggin can often be found on horseback. Thus, it is especially fitting that the Billy Adams Award includes a print of The Critics (left), by Cowboy Artist of America, the late Willliam Moyers ‘39. President David Svaldi (above, far right) expresses his appreciation for Scoggin’s leadership during his decade as an ASU trustee. “It is a real honor to receive the Billy Adams Award and to serve the university. This award means so much to me,” Scoggin said. He noted that Adams not only worked to found Alamosa State Normal School, but also Colorado State University, University of Northern Colorado, and Western State Colorado University. “There are 50,000 students benefitting from Billy Adams’ legacy.” Scoggin made the official motion, in 2011, to pursue university status, saying: "Given that Adams State is a community of teachers and scholars providing excellent quality of instruction and research in a variety of disciplines and granting certificates and degrees to students throughout Colorado, the United States, and the world, it is appropriate that Adams State's name reflect the depth and breadth of our graduate and undergraduate missions." Adams State President David Svaldi credits much of his personal success to Scoggin’s support and encouragement. Scoggin has a lot in common with Billy Adams. Both were stalwart advocates for rural education. “Charles’s words are measured, but everyone does listen when he speaks. There has been no limit to his support of Adams State,” Svaldi said. And like the university’s founder, a San Luis Valley rancher, Scoggin can often be found on horseback. As president of Roundup Riders of the Rockies, last July Scoggin led 145 horses and 7 mules through the La Garita Mountains and down the streets of Creede, Colo. Scoggin was one of the original trustees appointed to Adams State’s independent board in 2003, following dissolution of the State Colleges in Colorado. He served as a trustee for the next decade, a period of unprecedented growth for Adams State, highlighted by attainment of university status in 2012. Also during this time, Adams State achieved record enrollments, initiated its first doctoral program, and implemented $65 million in campus improvements. Scoggin founded and headed a number of biomedical enterprises, including N30 Pharma, Sagemed, Somatogen, Medrock, and Rodeer Systems. He was formerly a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado and held a number of leadership positions there. He was also senior scientist and vice-president of the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. Scoggin received his medical degree from the University of Colorado, training in internal medicine at Duke University, in pulmonary medicine and critical care in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences at the University of Colorado, and in molecular and cellular biology at the University of Colorado and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine. Scoggin also extends his service as a Trustee of the Denver Zoological Foundation, president of Roundup Riders of the Rockies, and an emeritus board member of Center for the American West. By Julie Waechter Q aStater giving 19 Grizzly Club recognizes ongoing support of SLV Federal Bank San Luis Valley Federal Bank has been recognized as the 2014-15 Grizzly Club Corporate Sponsor of the Year. Opened in 1899, SLV Federal Bank and ASU athletics have established a long-lasting relationship. “Adams State has an amazing athletic history and continues to produce championship teams and quality studentathletes, in the face of very challenging competition,” said SLV Federal Bank President & CEO Duane Bussey ‘82. “We appreciate how hard the coaches and athletes work and the fine manner in which they represent our community and university.” Bussey also serves his alma mater as president of the Adams State University Foundation. The relationship between two of Alamosa’s oldest institutions was begun by former SLV Federal Bank President Athletic Director Larry Mortensen ‘88, ‘93 (center) presents the Grizzly Club’s 2014 Bob Foote and his wife, Joyce ‘61. As Corporate Sponsor of the Year Award to San Luis Valley Federal Bank, which was repavid Adams State athletic supporters, resented by alumni Kelly Veneman ‘83, the bank’s senior vice president (left), and Duane Bussey ‘82, bank president. the Footes helped to maintain a strong connection with ASU. Their efforts $17,000 donation in memory of Bob and Joyce ‘61 Foote. were later recognized during the athletic department’s Grizzly The bank also played an instrumental role in reestablishing Courtyard project. SLV Federal Bank contributed the largest the Athletic Department’s Hall of Fame and initiating the single gift for that project, a Banker’s Classic Basketball tournament. As an Adams State Hall of Famer in basketball, Bussey carries several fond athletic memories — both as a spectator and as an athlete. His highlights include watching football’s 1988 Izora Southway ‘66 was semifinal game in Alamosa against heavily favored Pittsburgh honored for decades of State, men’s cross country’s perfect score en route to claiming service to the ASU Foundathe 1992 NCAA Division II National Championship, and tion at the recent Donor & Student Recognition Dinwatching All-American wrestler Herb Stanley during the ner. 1970s. During his playing career, Bussey recalls Adams State’s She first became involved on a community advisory game against the University of Colorado during the 1979-80 committee during Dr. Marseason. It was a game in which Adams State led at halftime vel’s presidency. Under Dr. but ultimately fell short by only ten points. Fulkerson’s presidency, she Years later the Bussey family tradition with ASU continued officially became a board when his daughter, Emily ‘07, played volleyball for the Grizmember, ultimately serving zlies. She currently ranks sixth in program history with 851 as Foundation Board presikills and seventh in sets played at 366. dent for four years. “The bank is very proud of its long partnership with ASU and its athletic programs and looks to continue its support long into the future," Bussey added. By Mike Skinner 20 Q aStater fall 2014 Owsleys honored for decades of support The 2014-15 Grizzly Club Individual Sponsors of the Year are Chuck ‘68 and Becky Owsley, who have been involved with Adams State athletics since the 1960s. In association with his Grizzly Club involvement, Chuck serves on the ASU Foundation Board of Directors. Both Alamosa natives, the Owsleys have witnessed first-hand the evolution of ASU athletics. Chuck, a former golfer for Adams State, fondly remembers Darrel Mudra’s tenure as the football head coach. Chuck’s involvement with Adams State over the years has sparked notable conversations with Kentucky basketball legend Adolf Rupp and former Denver Bronco head coaches John Ralston and Red Miller. “The sport programs bring so many great students to Alamosa who leave with a great education,” Chuck said. “We enjoy all the moments at Adams State. Track & Field and Cross Country championships are certainly highlights. Winning the Sears Directors’ Cup Trophy in 1999 was also a big moment to be a part of.” The Owsley family roots are deep in Adams State tradition. It all started when Chuck’s father graduated in 1936. Chuck and Becky’s children – Jeff ‘86, Dave ‘89, and Kathy ‘89 – are also Adams State alumni, and two of their grandchildren are current students. “If and when our two grandchildren graduate, our family will have four generations with Adams State diplomas; which I think is rare,” Chuck stated. Now retired, Chuck and Becky owned and operated the Curtis Brothers furniture store, which they purchased from Becky’s dad in 1984 after several years of working there. “I started helping at Christmas time for Becky’s dad as a college kid. I went out on a delivery and it seems like it took 42 more years to complete that delivery,” Chuck said lightheartedly. “There are so many great Grizzly Club members, and Chuck ‘68 and Becky Owsley were honored as the Grizzly we are honored to be selected for this award,” Becky Club’s Individual Sponsors of the Year. said. “We look forward to atairplanes from the World War II era. tending so many Adams State events Meanwhile, Becky enjoys spending time this year and supporting all of the stuwith her grandchildren, three of whom dents.” live in Alamosa. In retired life, Chuck enjoys casual By Mike Skinner yard work along with configuring model darin (left) and drake sisneros represented students at the Foundation’s recent Donor & Student Recognition Dinner. They thanked donors on behalf of the 246 current Adams State students who benefit from scholarships managed by the ASU Foundation. Awards for the fall semester totalled $430,925. “Thank you for seeing the potential in us and making a higher education possible,” said Darin. The twin brothers are both seniors majoring in cellular and molecular biology, with their sights set on medical school. “I experienced an adventure and opportunity I didn’t know was possible,” Darin said of a recent biology trip to Costa Rica he participated in thanks to a Porter Scholarship, which both brothers received. Drake added, “I would never be where I am today without Adams State donors. It was indeed a great investment. We will be part of an intellectual community. Without your help, that would not be possible.” Q aStater giving 21 alumnotes Q1950s Floyd Quintana `54, `64 and wife, Leila `84, (Colorado Springs, CO) have been married 55 years. Floyd retired in 1988 after 30 years of teaching in District #20 in Colorado Springs. He acquired his real estate license in 1988 and glided into real estate: selling, buying, property management, and long-term investment of rental properties. Leila retired from teaching in District #11. They have 4 daughters, all college graduates. They also have 8 grandchildren. Their grandson, Michael Mann, is a 3rd-year student at Duke University, playing football. Gary `56, `61 and Betty `58, `61 Stephens (Alamosa, CO) celebrated their 62nd anniversary this summer. The couple met while attending Adams State in 1948. Betty retired from the Alamosa School District after 33 years of counseling in high school and junior high. Gary taught at the junior high level in Alamosa and finished his teaching career at Adams State as Professor Emeritus in 1984. They have 2 children, 4 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. Jim Gribben `58, `61 (Holyoke, CO) retired from teaching in the Holyoke School District in 1996. He lost his wife of 57 years, Wilma (Stevens) Gribben, in the fall of 2013. She worked in the Admissions office while they were at Adams State. Their 2 boys were born in the Alamosa hospital while they were students. Lonnie Porter `65, `66 (Denver, CO) will retire as the men’s basketball coach at Regis University at the end of the 2014-15 season. This will end a 38-year tradition and a tenure unsurpassed in length by any college men’s basketball coach in Colorado history. With a career record of 533-482, the five-time conference Coach of the Year has amassed more victories than any men’s coach in state history. His win total ranks 10th among all active NCAA Division II men’s coaches and 31st all time. Porter was hired at Regis after five years as an assistant coach for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Prior to that, he coached at Adams State University and Denver’s Manual High School. Gary `66 and Lyndell `69 McEntyre have lived in Colorado Springs, Colo., for 40 years. Gary earned a degree in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University. Their family is all raised, and they enjoy the grandchildren. John `67, `70 and Barbara `66 Olander (Fort Collins, CO) have both retired from teaching. They have 5 grandchildren. John is grateful for Coach Vigil and being on his track team. Philip Born `68 is a semi-retired archaeologist/teacher. He has a part-time retirement job at the Museum of Western Colorado. Fishing, hunting, and coaching the Grand Valley Marksmen Junior Rifle Club still occupy a lot of his time. His wife, Fran, makes sure they go fishing. Toney Cantu `70 (Thornton, CO) just retired after 35 years at San Luis Valley Federal Bank, where he was Senior Vice President. He and wife, Eileen, moved to Thornton to be closer to daughter, son-inlaw, and granddaughters. Michael Patritch `70, `73 (Fort Collins, CO) retired in 2012 from the Wyoming Dept. of Transportation after 32 years, the last 15 as Research Manager. He now edits research reports for WYDOT and prepares them for publication. He has the perfect temperament for retirement and tries to accomplish at least one thing each day that he dreamed about while employed. Sleeping in is high on his list. Reading or writing 2-5 hours a day is a goal, as well as riding his motorcycle, often to Sturgis, and doing research on the web. He and his wife of 35 years love Colorado, especially Fort Collins. He is a PADI-trained SCUBA diving instructor. He was very thankful for office hours, where he could stop by for a chat with his professors—Dr. Motz was a favorite. He credits Dr. John Marvel for lending him his golf clubs one day and thereby curing him of ever wanting to play golf. Michael still finds time to release his alter-ego as an Irish leprechaun at various Celtic events in the Colorado/ Wyoming area, most notably at the Long’s Peak Scottish Irish Highland Festival in Estes Park. This whimsical leprechaun would not have been brought into existence were it not for ASU and Mr. Dale Jeffryes of the Speech and Theatre Department. He had more faith in his students then they had in themselves, and he would work with them one-on-one to make them better actors. It’s safe to say that Michael wouldn’t be the person he is today were it not for ASU and its caring staff. Q1960s Gerald `62 and Dixie `62 Longman (Wheat Ridge, CO) are retired from 36 years of teaching. They have 7 grandchildren and 6 greatgrandchildren. Stephen Morley `63 (Grand Junction, CO) and his wife, Muriel, are both retired from elementary teaching since 2001. Since then, they have done a little traveling to visit family, a cruise to the Mexican Riviera with his brother, Paul `66, and enjoy time together at home. Miriam Kolego-Grafe `66 (Grand Junction, CO) reports that her son, Jerry, and his wife, Katie, have had her first grandchild— Jenna—on March 19, 2013. Photo courtesy of Valley Courier Q1970s Gerhard `68 and Karen `74 Kuhn (Littleton, CO) celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary this year with a trip to Italy and Greece, where they had wonderful, exciting excursions to ruins and beautiful beaches! They have been blessed with 3 grandchildren, with number 4 on the way. Their children, Laura and Matt, reside with their families in Seattle, Wash. and Woody Creek, Colo., respectively. 22 Q aStater fall 2014 John Queen `70 (Cedaredge, CO) taught math for 3 years in Mancos, Colo. and 23 years in Shiprock, New Mex. He was in the Air Corps when he decided to attend Adams State and get his master’s. Robert Hoff `71 (Centennial, CO) joined the state patrol after college. He says he’s met most of his classmates on the shoulder of I-25 at Castle Rock. Toni Cook `72 (La Junta, CO) retired from education after 42 years as an elementary teacher and principal. She has one son, Curt Cook, and 2 beautiful granddaughters. She enjoys traveling, volunteering, playing bridge, and doing needlework. Her husband, Mel `67, `72, retired from Otero Jr. College in 1996 as Assistant Dean of Students. He passed away in March after a long battle with cancer. Dwight Proctor `72 (Denver, CO) retired from Qwest Communications in 2006. He currently volunteers. Tom Goodwin `73 (Cañon City, CO) retired from the US Forest Service in 2007 to focus on his personal interests, including his spiritual walk with God and his family: wife, Connie; daughters Amy and Cindy; and eight grandsons. He Three alumni authors spoke about their work Nov. 7 at Alumni Literature Night, sponsored by the Nielsen Library and Alumni Relations. Frankie Colton ‘79, (top left) CEO of Alacrity House Publishing LLC, talked about the challenges of running a small publishing house in the San Luis Valley. Ruth Koenig ‘92 (right) discussed her fictional book about the rodeo, Sunflower and Tequila. Phil Ray Jack ‘88, (lower left) adjunct ASU English instructor and Valley Courier columnist, talked about his books, The Spirit of the Horse and Other Works, and Soar High. also raises horses and hay. Some of his other involvements include volunteering with Colorado Family Action, Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives, and teaching Sunday School. He is also an active member of the following boards: Fremont Cattlemen’s Association, Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, and Southeastern Colorado Water Conservation District. Milton Place `74 (Medina, OH) writes, “Adams State was a wonderful experience for me. I made a lot of friends on the cross country and track teams. Coach Joe Vigil was and continues to be a valuable mentor to me. I retired from teaching after 35 years. I am still coaching cross country and track (68 seasons and counting).” Barbara Johnston `75 (Denver, CO) is a school nurse in Denver Public Schools. Her daughter, Abby, is attending PIMA Institute in Denver. Fred Bunch `77 (Alamosa, CO) made a special presentation at the Friends of the Fort Garland Museum in August titled "Zebulon Pike, the Lost Pathfinder," the story of Zebulon Pike in Colorado during the winter of 1806-07. Bunch has done extensive research on this subject and provides a historical perspective of Pike and his trek through the Valley. He is Chief of Resources at the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Q1980s Patricia Anselmo `83 (Mancos, CO) retired in 2011. Her last position was Town Clerk/Finance Director for the town of Bayfield for 9 years. She received her certified municipal clerk designation in 2001. Corey Doss ’83 (Saguache, CO) was interviewed in Chalkbeat, a non-profit, online news outlet that covers education in Colorado. As superintendent of Mountain Valley School District in Saguache, he talked about the challenges small rural schools face as they work to implement new state teacher evaluation standards. Joseph Sheader `85 (Grand Junction, CO) is working at his growing business, High Mesa Fitness. His wife, Linda `86, is an ecologist for S.M. Stoller in Grand Junction. They are enjoying their “empty nest.” Their son, Kerry `13, and his wife, Katie, live nearby in Palisade. Their daughter, Lorien, is studying costume and set design at Western Washington University. Joe and Linda love to hike and play in the canyons and mountains with their Siberian huskies. Anita Mayes `86 (Ignacio, CO) writes, “Life has gone a full circle for me, and I am back in my hometown of Ignacio, where I have been teaching math for the past 6 years. Before this, I taught Karen Belmont `81 (Indianapolis, IN) says that her time at ASU was the best time of her life, where she made wonderful, lifetime friends. She works for an advertising agency and is active in Stephens Ministry and Special Olympics. Virginia Vigil `81 (Chimayo, NM) has been retired for 4 years from teaching in the Española Public Schools. She is busy doing things she didn’t have a chance to do while working. Michéle Parchman `82 (Fort Belvoir, VA) works in the Washington, DC, area. She and her husband, David, have 2 sons, Wade and John, and 2 granddaughters, Katherine and Elizabeth. These longtime friends got together on campus this summer (from left): Karen Belmont, Michéle Parchman, and Virginia Vigil. Q aStater alumnotes 23 Q1980s 20 years and raised 2 daughters in Prescott and Prescott Valley, Ariz. Thank you, Adams State, for preparing me for such a wonderful and successful career.” Stephanie Parrish `87 (Alamosa, CO) teaches at Centauri High School in La Jara, Colo. This year she was honored by the Boettcher Foundation for the profound impact she has had on some of the state’s top students. She is one of 40 teachers from across the state honored by the Boettcher Foundation. She will receive a $1,000 grant to be used for educational programs or projects to benefit students at her school. Rob `87 & Kathy `88 Hipwood (Los Alamos, NM) were named the 2014 National High School Athletic Coaches Association Coaches of the Year in girls cross country. The Hipwoods were honored in a ceremony this summer in Jackson Hole, Wyo. In 20 years of leading Los Alamos’ girls and boys programs, they have garnered 15 state girls titles. Since 2000, Los Alamos has won 11 titles, including five consecutive titles, not once, but twice. Tim Hunter `87 (Mancos, CO) is still an Adams State College Indian, working hard and playing harder. He owns a small residential construction/consulting company. Sarah MenapaceWalker `93 (Farmington, NM) retired in May after 25 years of teaching. She was an elective/ESL teacher at Heights Middle School in the Farmington School District. She and husband, Don, took a trip to Peru, where they explored Machu Picchu during the winter solstice. They took an 84-mile raft trip on the Green River through Desolation/Grey Canyon. She looks forward to more travel, golf, swimming, hiking, scrapbooking, reading, writing, substitute teaching and time for herself! Sandy Barney `94 (Clifton, CO) lost her loving husband, Sherwin, a year ago. Her daughter, Mariah, graduated from high school last year and immediately started cosmetology school. Sandy is enjoying her children and grandchildren. They love to camp, fish, and swim at the lake in the summer. She is finishing 2 books she hopes to publish. Ginia Gutierrez '94 (Strasburg, CO) attended the ASU spring performance of The Outsiders, in which a former student of hers, Alex Adams-Pachl, played Sodapop. She's been teaching in Strasburg, CO, since graduation. Laura Boe `95 (Durango, CO) received her Naturopathic Doctorate in 2002 and is opening a practice in Durango. Q1990s Shawn `92 & Lori Moore `89 Barringer have been teaching in Grants, NM, at Grants High School more than 20 years. They are very proud of their daughter, Kaitlyn, a sophomore at Adams State. Kaitlyn works in the Alumni Relations office— Gaylene, Tammy and Lori love having her! James Gilmore `92 (Lexington, SC) is a regional general manager for Walmart. He and wife, Amy `91, have 2 children ages 10 and 12. Ernest `93 and Tanya `95 Cienfuegos-Baca (Windsor, CO) report their son Michael (21) is a junior at Marquette University in Milwaukee, and daughter Cora (13) is an 8th grader at Wellington Middle School. Tanya has been teaching in Poudre School District for 19 years. Ernest is an Internship Coordinator with Boulder County Workforce. SLV Federal Bank President Duane Bussey `82 announced several recent promotions at the bank, including fellow alumni: Kellie Veneman `83 (Alamosa, CO) was Photo courtesy of Valley Courier Joelle Boos-Medina `99, `11 (Alamosa, CO) was promoted from Loan Officer to Vice President of Commercial Loans. She has been with the bank for 14 years. Crestina Lucero `02 (Alamosa, CO) moved into a Loan Officer position. She has been with the bank for 12 years. Jenel Hopper `02 (Alamosa, CO) moved from the Commercial Loan Processor position to Loan Servicing Manager. She has been with the bank for 11 years. Cliff `93 and Rebecca `93 Haight (Centennial, CO) work for the city of Aurora, Colo. They have 2 daughters: one a sophomore at Utah State majoring in landscape architecture and the other a HS junior. Carrie Zimmerman `95 (Alamosa, CO) is the new Alamosa School District assistant superintendent . For the last 5 years, she served the Center Consolidated School District, spending one year as the Center High School and Middle School assistant principal before stepping into the middle school principal position. She was a teacher on special assignment in ASU’s Teacher Education department, and continues to teach adjunct classes as needed. Andy Lavier `97, `02 is the new principal of Alamosa High School. For the past 17 years, he has taught AHS social studies and worked with student athletes. Before that, he worked for 5 years fighting fires for the US Forest Serv- 24 Q aStater fall 2014 Photo courtesy of Valley Courier promoted to Senior Vice President, the bank’s number two officer. She is fulfilling duties formerly held by Toney Cantu `70, who retired June 30. She has worked for the bank for 30 years, serving first as the bank’s bookkeeper, then becoming the internal auditor before being promoted to the CFO. She is married to Scott and they have 2 sons, a daughter-in-law, and 1 grandchild. Q2000s ice. Andy has devoted his life to education, he said, because “it is one of the greatest professions in the world.” Lloyd Spotted Wolf `97 (Rio Rancho, NM) was honored by the American Football Coaches Association and the Jason Foundation with a national award for his work with Youth Suicide prevention at the AFCA National Convention in Indianapolis in front of 6000+ of his high school and college football coaching peers. The "Grant Teaff Breaking the Silence Award" recognized Coach Spotted Wolf's youth suicide awareness event, in which over 1,700 students took the Jason Foundation's B1 pledge or downloaded their "A Friend Asks" mobile app. For more information, visit www.jasonfoundation.com. Leanna Kaspar `98, `99 (Mooresville, NC) just finished her 15th year of teaching. Her first 10 were spent in Aurora, Colo., and the last 5 in the Charlotte, NC, area. She now teaches 9-12 high school English in an alternative program. It has been the most challenging job of her career, but also one of the most rewarding! Heidi Holland Slezak '98 (Orem, UT) attended Dr. Chris Keitges's final faculty recital on campus in May. Heidi earned a Ph.D. in vocal performance in 2011 and now is an adjunct instructor of voice at Utah Valley University in Orem. She and her husband, a physics professor, have two children. Kasey `99 and Brenda Lanier `99 Koch (Loveland, CO) are looking forward to the arrival of their first grandbaby. They have grown children, but they hit the “reset” button and now enjoy their 2-year-old daughter, Amelia. Sarah Herrera ‘00 (Alamosa, CO) has been a nurse at SLV Health for 13 years. She took a new nurse manager position last year as director of Obstetrics, following six years as Surgery Services supervisor. Her son, Darrien, is 17, and daughter, Torrie, is 8. Kristi Kool `02 (Fountain, CO) writes, “Life is good. I have 2 fabulous children. I have a great job I love. Go Grizzles!” Karen Carver `03 (Durango, CO) has used her Master’s in Education to enhance and enrich her students’ experience when teaching skiing at Purgatory, leading nature walks at Durango 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 25 Q2000s Nature Studies, or subbing at the school district. No stability, but lots of flexibility to enjoy a powder day or a river trip! Amanda Gallivan `03 (Kankakee, IL) started her 11th year in education this fall. She has been teaching at Kankakee High School for the past 8 years. She moved to Illinois 9 years ago after teaching at Bennett Middle School in Bennett, Colo., for 2 years. In Kankakee, she is the English Department chair, as well as head varsity volleyball coach and head JV softball coach. Brian Small `03 (Manlius, NY) and his wife had their second child and first son, Ari George Small, on July 17 in Syracuse, NY. Brian is the Executive Director of Hillel at Syracuse University. Darlene Clayton Brace `04 (Durango, CO) is enjoying life in Durango, teaching Zumba and Tai Chi. She is loving married life, rafting, and stand-up paddle boarding the summer away! Matthew Pearce `07 (Norman, OK) received his Ph.D. in history in May at the University of Oklahoma and now sports long hair in honor of Ed Crowther. He specializes in western and environmental history, which gives him the opportunity to get back to the San Luis Valley from time to time. He is a lecturer at the University of Oklahoma. He would like to thank everyone in the history/government/philosophy department, especially Ed Crowther, Rich Loosbrock, John McDaniel, and the late Stuart Hilwig for all their help and support. Katherine Park Woolbert `07 and husband, Henry, moved back to the San Luis Valley after a year in Dolores, Colo. The magnetic pull—be it from UFOs or the frog legend—is just too powerful to resist. She is teaching through ASU Extended Studies: Women and Memoir, Advanced Composition, and The Prison Memoir. Jared Romero `08 (Alamosa, CO) is now an asst. professor of biology and earth science: animal physiology at Adams State. He earned his master’s and a Ph.D. in biomedical science from Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Barbara Hollingsworth `09 (Grand Junction, CO) is teaching special education at Tope Elementary. She has 2 children: her daughter is 24, and her son is 22. She loves to read, camp, and play piano. She never misses a JUCO if she can help it and attends Country Jam every summer. Q2010s Darrell Kitzman `10 (Grand Junction, CO) writes, “I spent over 25 years working in various aspects of the construction industry, both domestically and abroad. Now I teach tech-ed to middle schoolers. Basically, I am teaching students to operate potentially dangerous power tools, although they often lack the focus to keep their shoes tied.” His wife, Erica Kitzman `12, writes, “There is a lot to do here on the Western Slope. I enjoy summer because my husband is off of school so we can travel and play with our grandchildren. During the year, I manage my business and volunteer as a community mental health advocate. My favorite thing about advocacy is teaching short mental health wellness courses!” Brian Medigovich `10 (Chadron, NE) is an interim assistant coach for track and field at Chadron State College, where he is in his second year. He will also help oversee Chadron State's men's and women's cross country programs. Jess C. Scott (Jessica Chua) `10, independent author and publisher, has been featured in a variety of online magazines and literary journals, such as Bards & Sages Quarterly, Word Riot, Under30CEO, and Maine Coast Journal *(September 2014). Jess credits Adams State's interdisciplinary studies program for allowing her to select a combination of English and business classes that were pertinent to her publishing aspirations. In 2012, Jess participated on two panels at the 2012 Singapore Writers Festival. Her book The Intern was a Reviewer Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews (2011), and her psychological thriller Playmates received a Readers™ Favorite Five Star Award (2014). Jess is preparing to work on a collection of optimistic, contemporary love stories. To view her interviews and published work, visit her website at www.jessINK.com. Tiffany Wood `10 (Aurora, CO) is the production coordinator at La Voz Bilingüe, a bilingual Spanish-English newspaper in Den- Philip Lopez `04 (Commerce City, CO) and wife, Lindsey, recently welcomed their first baby, John David Lopez, on August 14. Philip was also recently appointed as an Assistant Attorney General in the water rights unit of the Colorado Attorney General's Office. Josh Trahan, `06, `09 returned to Alamosa to serve as Alamosa High School Activities Director/Assistant Principal. Two alumni now lead Adams State University Student Life and Recreation. Aaron Miltenberger ’13 was recently promoted to director and hired his former student assistant, Jeni Carter ’09, ’12 to fill his previous post as assistant director. “I really enjoy helping students develop into outstanding student leaders and professionals,” said Miltenberger, who has been with ASU since 2008 and earned a master’s in Higher Education Administration & Leadership (HEAL). He believes the current generation is interested in “doing things for the right reasons and has a deep sense of empathy and caring.” Carter hopes to become an “advisor and teammate who empowers students to find their own passion through their experiences and involvement in college.” Jeni Carter ‘09, ‘12 (left) joins her former mentor, Aaron Miltenberger ‘13, in heading Student Life. 26 Q aStater fall 2014 ver. In this position, she has won 4 national design awards at NAHP in 2012 and 2013. She is also active in the Smoky Hill High School Band Parents Association. Vera Jo Bustos `11 (Las Vegas, NM) is the videographer for the University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball staff. Bustos left Adams State as the school’s career scoring leader (1,859 points) and helped the Grizzlies reach the Division II Sweet 16. A two-year All-America player, she played professionally for a season in Greece. For the past two seasons, Bustos was an assistant coach at Western State Colorado Univ. She’s grown to love coaching and said the jump to Division I – and UNM – is a positive move. Charlotte Cunningham `11 (Colorado Springs, CO) is the proud mother of a beautiful 1-year-old boy, Liam. She is dating his beautiful father, David Swaby. Her dear counterpart, Melissa, is still by her side. She is enjoying her days with her ever-sohappy son. She works as a trainer at Xerox. She misses Alamosa every day, but enjoys every second of being a mom. Chelsea Allaart `12 (Fort Garland, CO) is the technology paraprofessional at Alamosa Elementary’s 3-5 building. Jon Atencio `12 (Alamosa, CO) is the new Alamosa Cattails’ Golf Course professional and general manager. He and wife, Lindsey Johnson Atencio `13, just welcomed their first child. Talisha Bell `13 (Manitou Springs, CO) writes, “As soon as I graduated, I got a job as a legal receptionist at a private law firm in Colorado Springs. After two months in the same job, I received a promotion to a paralegal position for the firm. Now, I am utilizing my professional and writing skills I learned during my undergraduate career at ASU in my job, and am continuing to add chapters to my great story. I also am studying for the GMAT in hopes of attending an MBA program in the fall of 2015.” Lina Carollo `13 (Delran, NJ) was cast in ABC's new TV show, “The Quest,” which premiered on July 31. She writes, “I wanted to let you know most specifically because I mention that I am a school counselor on the show and obviously I give thanks to each of you that helped me throughout the program at ASU.” remembering . . . Ruth Marquez `42, `62 (Pagosa Springs, CO) passed away Oct. 7 at the age of 92. Among her survivors are daughters Arlene Marcus `70 and Mary Kaye Mayo `79, `94. Anna Marie Lobato Chavez `46 (Cincinnati, OH) passed away Sept. 9 at the age of 89. Ruby Romero `54 (Antonito, CO) passed away May 22 at the age of 92. Douglas Thomas `55 (Bethesda, MD) passed away Aug. 22 at the age of 81. Lee Roy Sneddon `56, `64 (Anchorage, AK) passed away Aug. 6 at the age of 83. Connie Velasquez `58 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Sept. 21 at the age of 79. Jay Huiting `58 (Englewood, CO) passed away Sept. 10 at the age of 81. Hemming Morgan `58, `62 (Sanford, CO) passed away Sept. 9 at the age of 84. Among his survivors are son Monte `83, `89, `90 and daughter-in-law Shauna `84 Morgan, sister GeorgeAnna `51 and brother-in-law Kenneth `51 Joseph. Ora Pompeo `59 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away June 12 at the age of 94. Robert W. Jones `59 (Liberal, KS) passed away June 17 at the age of 78. William Twine `59 (Arvada, CO) passed away Aug. 27 at the age of 82. Evan Valdez `60, `68 (San Luis, CO) passed away Aug. 31 at the age of 82. Robert Martinez `61, `68 (Albuquerque, NM) passed away May 16 at the age of 76. Larry Haynes `62 (Holyoke, CO) passed away Aug. 21 at the age of 77. David Murray `62, `63 (San Diego, CA) passed away Sept. 15 at the age of 79. Andrew LaCombe `62, `67 (Roanoke, VA) passed away June 11 at the age of 74. Richard Hogan `63 (Romeoville, IL) passed away May 11 at the age of 86. Frank Wiget `64 (Valparaiso, IN) passed away May 16 at the age of 73. Charles Sargent `64 (Jackson, MI) passed away July 28 at the age of 83. Ronnie Elliott `65 (Monte Vista, CO) passed away Oct. 19 at the age of 71. Clara McCarty `65, `68 (Rowlett, TX) passed away June 8 at the age of 87. Fern Rudd Mann `67 (Montrose, CO) passed away Aug. 17 at the age of 80. Lucille Loser `67 (Monte Vista, CO) passed away Oct. 21 at the age of 94. Among her survivors are sons Robert Loser ‘62 and Ron Loser `65 and daughter-in-law Marilyn Loser `86, `87. Richard Simonds `67 (Fort Collins, CO) passed away July 18 at the age of 79 Charlesene Stout `70 (West Des Moines, IA) passed away Aug. 10 at the age of 87. Herbert "Butch" Stantz `70, `71 (Bryan, OH) passed away June 15 at the age of 68. Among his survivors is wife, Linda Stantz `72. Edward Warsaw `71, `72 (Cheyenne, WY) passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 77. Gerald Boyer `73 (Hershey, PA) passed away Mar. 19 at the age of 64. Josie Mary Lujan `73, `81 (Alamosa, CO) passed away July 14 at the age of 84. Laura Emanuel `74 (Santa Fe, NM) passed away May 26 at the age of 77. Kathryn "Kino" Ortiz de Gonzalez `74, `75 (Sugarland, TX) passed away June 24 at the age of 61. Among her survivors is sister Carol Redding `95, `97. Johnny Westbrook `76 (New Taipai City, Taiwan) passed away June 24 at the age of 67. Michael Wolff `80 (Edgewood, NM) passed away June 14 at the age of 56. Among his survivors is sister Susan Wolff `77. David Foiles `88 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Sept. 18 at the age of 48. John Prior `10 (Mosca, CO) passed away July 9 at the age of 65. Among his survivors are wife, Gay Prior `80, and son, Kevin Prior `05. friends Jeff Cook, ASU Retiree, (Alamosa, CO) passed away July 26 at the age of 55. Richard Jacobs, ASU Foundation Board Member, (Roswell, GA) passed away Aug. 25 at the age of 65. Joe Romero, ASU Retiree, (Alamosa, CO) passed away July 23 at the age of 78. Among his survivors is son Donald Romero `03, `05. Q aStater alumnotes 27 everybody & their dog blasted off with an intergalactic homecoming To watch Homecoming highlights, visit: adams.edu/a/31 Q Now retired, syndicated political cartoonists Milt Prigee ‘76 (left) and Chuck Asay ‘67 opened Homecoming Week with a show and lecture of their careers’ best work. Alumni Cartoonists To watch their campus lecture, visit: adams.edu/a/32 Homecoming 5K 28 Q aStater fall 2014 The Main Event â€˘ MTV Comedians Byers & Barnett Medicine Show Q aStater scrapbook 29 Left: Paul Houser, Gerrie Valerio & Jake Martinez Below: Alumni Office workstudy students Katy Francis and Brandi Shawcroft Tailgate Party 30 Q aStater fall 2014 The Svaldis & Grandson Q aStater scrapbook 31 Exceptional New Alumnus Dr. Julian Maendel ‘07 Q Emeritus Professor of Art Cloyde Snook (front, center) with alumni. Mike ‘07 & Ericka ‘08, ‘09 Henderson and Darlene Clayton Brace ‘04 Q Gary Antisdel ‘59, ‘63 and Fran Hull ‘61 Q Outstan Dr. Joh Dutch 61, 64 and Marilyn Malberg First Southwest Bank in Alamosa always supports Homecoming by purchasing ASU shirts for its entire staff, which includes alumni Anne Jones `85, `89, `94, Ray Vigil `13, Jeni Jack-Goodwin `85, Kellen Walker `11, Joseph Garcia `06, Nola Heide `87, Lee Crowther `02, and Delzia Pavlovsky Worley `97. Q Executive Director of Alumni & Donor Relations, Lori Laske ‘91, ‘01 (right) presents Norm Tucker ‘79 with the Alumni Service Award, in recognition of his years of help and participation. Homecoming Golf Outing 32 Q aStater fall 2014 Q Q Dr. John To ident Kase Talk in Sci (science & IT’S ALL ABOUT ALUMNI The Gary ‘ 95 & Amber ‘94 de Aragon Family Q Mary Motz ‘62, Don Stegman ‘61, ‘64, and Joanne Clayton ‘61 Richard ‘64 & Judith Gritz, Don Stegman ‘61, ‘64, and Paul ‘59 & Connie Houser Q Tooker (left) accepts his award from ASU Alumni Association Presey Russell ‘03. While on campus, Tooker presented a “Lunchtime ience & Mathematics” and addressed a dinner for Porter Scholars & mathematics students). John Tooker ‘66, Chuck Owsley ‘68, and Ted Morrison ‘69 Gerrie Valerio & Jake Martinez ‘59, ‘69, Floyd ‘54, ‘64 & Lelia Quintana ‘84 Q Homecoming weather was conducive to an enjoyable Alumni Golf Outing this year. Front row, from left, are: Gaylene Horning, Paul Houser, Mike Garcia, Gayl Woodke, Donald Salazar, Aubin Maestas, Miguel Martinez, Al O’Hara, Ramon & Linda Delgado, Lori Laske, and Phillip Cordova. Back row, from left: Pat Herrera, Kip Walker, Guy Bradford, Dave Humann, and Jim Woodke. Q aStater scrapbook Q nding Alumnus hn Tooker ‘66 Q Q 33 alumni scrapbook Front L-R: Jerome & Aimee Martinez, Katie & Wanda McNew, Lyndell McEntyre Q colorado springs • november Back L-R: David Swaby & Charlotte Cunningham, Lori Laske, Tomas Rivera & Kristi Kool, and Gary McEntyre Standing from left: Barry Kelner, Harris Allen, Jim Gable, Kelly Meek, Billy Dunlap, Jerry Hughes, Barry Heckard, Rich Henning, Bill Rucinski Q Front row, from left: Bill Rakow, Bill Wood, Tony Giordano, Larry Avitabile dale umberger golf tourney • lebanon, pa denver • november Front L-R: Tanya, Cora & Ernest Cienfuegos-Baca, Cheri & Bob Hoff, Brenda & Kasey Koch Middle L-R: Barbara Johnston, Lori Laske, Dixie Longman, Barbara Olander Back L-R: Eileen & Toney Cantu, Karen & Gerhard Kuhn, Rebecca & Cliff Haight Q durango • august Table 1, B-F: James & Patricia Anselmo, Darrell & Diane Trembly, Jolleen & Louis Myers, Steve Brace, Darlene Brace, Anita Mayes, and Lisa Weber Table 2, B-F: Karen Carver, Tim Hunter, Bruce & Shar Short, Barbara Yurs, Bob Boe, Donald & Sarah Menapace-Walker, Benerito & Stella Martinez Table 3, B-F: Dutch & Marilyn Malberg, Robert & Deb Kennedy, Maxine Baker, Kathy & Henry Woolbert, Laura Boe & Joe Creech, Lillian Boe 34 Q aStater fall 2014 Q grand junction • may From left: John & Betty Queen, Phil Born, Miriam & Bob Grafe, Lori Laske, Louis & Maria Martinez, Woody Woodward, Muriel & Stephen Morley, and JoAnn Rezen Q From left: Kristy & Tom Motz, Darrell & Erica Kitzman, Drene, Sandra Barney, Barb Hollingsworth, Linda & Joseph Sheader, Jim & Julie Witt, and Rita Paronto Some of the 200 alumni who rode the train stopped to snap a photo on their way home. Q Tired after a fun day on top of La Veta Pass Q Q slv train trip • june Alumni enjoy their ride on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad. Q Q Q Q Jim `69, `71 and Gayl `66, `70 strike a pose. aStater scrapbook 35 Hall of Fame honors the best of Adams State Athletics The Adams State University Hall of Fame’s 2014 induction banquet, October 24, honored five individuals and four teams for their contributions as student-athletes and/or coaches. jason mohr '93 cross-country, track & field At the 1992 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championship, All-American Jason Mohr helped solidify a perfect team score of 15 en route to Adams State claiming a national championship—their first at the NCAA level. Mohr did so with a time of 32:28 for a fifth-place individual finish. It is the only perfect score at a championship meet in NCAA cross country history. Preceding that, Mohr captured first place at the 1992 NCAA Division II Central Regional Championships in Omaha, Neb. with a time of 30:09. He was the 1992 NAIA steeplechase champion with a meet record time of 8:43.44. He held the school record of 8:40.76. in the event for 20 years. Mohr qualified and competed at the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials in New Orleans and ended his Adams State career as a 10-time NCAA and NAIA All-American. Mohr, alongside teammates Shane Healy, Brian Blazek, and Dan Caufield, won the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) at the 1992 NAIA Indoor Track & Field with a time of 10:02.05. These efforts helped Adams State claim the national team championship. Former head coach Dr. Joe I. Vigil ‘53, ‘59, a fellow ASU Hall of Famer, labeled Mohr "An outstanding guy and a true leader." Mohr was also a member of the 1990 U.S. junior men's team at the World Cross Country Championships in Aix-les-Bains, France. freshman, Kincaid lined up as a tight end for the 1962 football team under head coach and College Football Hall of Famer, Darrell Mudra. That year Adams State compiled a 9-1 record and a 23-20 win over Northern Illinois University in the Mineral Water Bowl. Kincaid also spent three years competing in shot put and discus under legendary coach Dr. Joe I. Vigil ‘53, ‘59. stephanie mondragon '88 women's basketball Stephanie Mondragon served as a catalyst for the Adams State women's basketball program during the 1980s. A guard, she earned All-RMAC Honorable Mention as a sophomore before being selected to the All-RMAC First Team during her junior and senior seasons. During that decade, Mondragon ranked in the top three of 14 statistical categories in program history. As a senior, she led the team with a 21.8 ppg, transforming the Adams State offense into a feared unit which led the RMAC in points per game. She also displayed her prowess in big games against NCAA opponents. During her junior campaign, Mondragon led all players with 33 points against the University of Wyoming and went on to average 20.6 ppg. in three games against Denver University, Air Force, and the University of Northern Colorado. jim paronto '66 football and baseball As a student-athlete at Adams State, Paronto was the football team captain during the 1965 season, during which he received Academic All-Conference, Second Team Academic All-American, and Second Team All-Conference recognition. He then served as head football coach from 1977-80 after four seasons as an assistant. He concluded his time on the sideline with a 22-19 (.537) record which was highlighted by an 8-3 record in 1980 that resulted in a berth in NAIA Boot Hill Bowl against Cameron University (Okla.). Adding to his resume, Paronto was the head coach for baseball at Adams State from 1974-76. Under his leadership, Adams State became NAIA district champions and conference champions in 1974, earning him 1974 NAIA District Coach of the Year. He simultaneously served Adams State as an Associate Athletic Director (1973-76) and Athletic Director (1977-80). gene moses '63, '67 wrestling coach Head coach Gene Moses led the 1972 Adams State wrestling team to a NAIA National Championship, the third in program history. With this team accomplishment, Moses was named the NAIA Wrestling Coach of the Year; he was also a two-time NAIA District Coach of the Year. bob kincaid '66 men's basketball Kincaid was a formidable presence at the forward and center positions for the Adams State men's basketball program from 1962-66. Playing alongside Lonnie Porter ’65, ‘66, a fellow Adams State Hall of Famer, Kincaid was a four-year starter. He also participated in football and track & field. As a 1972 wrestling team With 64 points at the NAIA National Tournament, the 1972 Adams State wrestling team was crowned national champions. It marked the team’s third NAIA National Championship. Doug Moses and Chuck Jean both earned individual championships at the 142 and 177 weight divisions, 36 Q aStater fall 2014 the adam state athletic hall of fame class of 2014: (from left) Bill Fell, Craig Kelso, Ron Buffo, Doug Moses, Andy Pojman, Doug Jones, Dan Yoder, Stephanie Mondragon, Gene Moses, Ken Taylor, Jack Thaw, Jason Mohr, Dale Kestal, Rich Aggen, Jim Paronto. respectively, while Ken Taylor ‘72 was a runner-up at the 150 weight division. Along with his individual title, Jean was named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament and became the only Adams wrestler ever to receive the Gorriaran Award, given to the wrestler with the most pins in the least amount of time. Fellow 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, Gene Moses ‘63, ‘67, was named the NAIA Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the tournament. 1975 wrestling team The 1975 wresting team won the program's third national title in four years. Four grapplers earned individual recognition, led by Craig Kelso ‘75, ‘89 in first place at the 190 weight division. In third place was Tom Cortez ‘76 at the 126 weight division, followed by Ray Luna ‘76 in fourth place at 150 and Ron Buffo ‘75 in fifth place at 167. 1973 wrestling team Adams State wrestling secured its second consecutive national championship at the 1973 NAIA National Tournament. Individually, Chuck Jean captured his second consecutive individual title at the 177 weight division en route to being named Outstanding Wrestler. Mike Allison ‘74 was also crowned a national champion at the 190 weight division, while Dan Yoder ‘74, ‘79 claimed fourth place in the 126 weight division. 1976 wrestling team This team capped off the program's dynasty during the 1970s with their 1976 NAIA National Championship. Five student-athletes led the way with individual titles, highlighted by Craig Kelso's successful title defense at the 190 weight division. Also earning an individual championship was Jim Wood at the 142 weight division. Tom Jean ‘77 and John Flores ‘77 both received fourth place at the 167 and 134 weight divisions, respectively. Henry Flores ‘77, ‘83 was also recognized with a sixth place performance at the 126 weight division. By Mike Skinner Q aStater sports scene 37 grizzlies fall season www.asugrizzlies.com women’s volleyball Under the direction of 10th year head coach Lindy Mortensen, the Grizzlies maintained a high level of play, despite courting a rather young squad. With only one senior, ASU finished with a 14-14 overall record, 8-10 in the RMAC. Five of six wins at home came via 3-0 match sweeps. Junior Lindsey Stindt finished the season with a teambest 366 kills and was named the RMAC Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 13, after posting 30 kills during sweeps over Western State Colorado University and Colorado State UniversityPueblo. Volleyball’s season came to an end against the Colorado School of Mines during the RMAC Tournament Quarterfinals. a wealth of underclassmen who gained experience during 2014. Junior Ethan Jackson led the team with three goals and eight points, while freshman goalkeeper, Austin Baumeister, collected 71 saves with one shutout. women’s soccer Led by a group of 12 seniors, the women’s soccer team compiled a 5-10-3 overall Grizzly Volleyball enjoyed enthusastic support from the home crowd this record and a 4-7-3 season. RMAC mark. The Grizzlies finished strong with a 4-1-1 record during their last men’s soccer six matches of the season, highlighted by upsetting No. 24 It was a difficult and frustrating season for head coach Tim Regis University on the road, 1-0. Adams State hung tough Busen and the ASU men’s soccer program. Their sole win was with strong competition all season, as they played to a 1-1 the season opener over Eastern New Mexico University. Findraw at home against No. 23 Metropolitan State University ishing 1-16 overall and 0-14 in Rocky Mountain Athletic of Denver. Senior Alex Sanderson had a team-best five goals Conference (RMAC) play, ASU loses the services of three and 11 points, while freshman goalkeeper, Molly seniors, but will return with O’Connor, tallied an impressive six shutouts and 66 saves. coach heaton to retire After seven seasons at the helm, Marty Heaton ‘82 retired following the 2014 football season. Heaton's time with Adams State dates back to his playing days as a defensive back from 1978-81. As a studentathlete, he was an NAIA Academic All-District and All-America selection. From 2000-05, Heaton was the Adams State defensive coordinator, before being named the head coach in 2007. During that tenure, he led the Grizzlies to a 40-36 overall record. A national search is now underway for ASU's next football head coach. football In his final season as head coach, Marty Heaton ‘82 led ASU to a 4-7, 3-6 RMAC record. Heaton announced his retirement midway through the season. The Grizzlies captured a 23-7 season opening win at home over Oklahoma Panhandle State University, then went on to defeat Black Hills State University, 37-27, New Mexico Highlands University, 41-34, and Fort Lewis College, 34-30. In that win over NMHU, junior defensive back Ryan Holland finished with two interceptions and eight tackles. His first interception was returned 57-yards for the game-winning touchdown. For his efforts, Holland was named the RMAC Defensive Player of the Week. By Mike Skinner 38 Q aStater fall 2014 we are the champions Men takes 3rd X-C nat’l championship in a row The stout history and tradition of the Adams State University men's cross country team were reinforced Dec. 6 with the program's 11th NCAA Division II National Championship and 23rd overall national title. It marked head coach Damon Martin’s eighth championship as head coach for men's cross country. The Grizzlies paced the field with 69 points for their third consecutive national title; their run sixth over the last seven years. Adams State tallied a total time of 2:34:00.30 for a 58-point margin of victory over Grand Valley State. "They really performed unbelievably well. They definitely brought their 'A' game," Martin said after the meet. "From top to bottom, the entire team gave everything they had." Three ASU runners finished in the top five, led by Tabor Stevens, who captured his second consecutive individual title with a time of 30:02. The senior ends his collegiate cross country career as the second-most successful runner in NCAA Division II history. In the last Nat’l Champ Tabor Stevens four National Championship races, Stevens has finished 11th, 3rd, 1st, and 1st. "You can always count on Tabor. He stuck to his plan of hanging with the guys before taking off to finish strong." Martin added. Kevin Batt Stevens made his biggest move at the four-mile mark by advancing past four runners into third place. Soon after, he took over the top spot and cruised to a 17second margin of victory. It was a season marked by dominance, as Stevens also ran to a RMAC title and took second place with a photo finish at the South Central Regional Championship. He was most recently named the USTFCCCA South Central Region Male Runner of the Year. Also helping secure the team crown for ASU were Kevin Batt and Matt Daniels, who finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and Chad Palmer, who finished 18th. "Kevin had a solid race. He had a great effort today, and I'm really proud of that. Matt hadn't run in a long time. He went through so much adversity leading up to today's race," said Martin. Batt took fourth with a time of 30:31, with Daniels crossing the line in 30:32. By Mike Skinner Women’s X-C places 4th at nat’ls Battling through cold and wet conditions, the women's cross country team finished fourth at the NCAA Division II National Championship, garnering 125 points and a total time of 1:49.33. Sophomores Jenna Thurman and Maura O'Brien paced the Grizzlies, taking eighth and ninth place, respectively. Thurman crossed the finish line in 21:26.1, as O'Brien shadowed her teammate with a time of 21:26.3. It was a strong finish for the duo, who advanced into the top ten during the last quarter stretch of the race. Rachel Kresl finished third for the Grizzlies, with a time of 21.56 for 29th place overall. Lauren Martin took 54th in 22:20. "The girls struggled from the start and getting off the line. Lauren slipped and hurt her leg and ran injured the whole race, but I'm proud of her effort," said head coach Damon Martin. "Jenna stepped up big time and really helped the team and in the process claimed her first all-American honor." The ASU women's cross country team captured five team titles over the course of the season: 21st Annual Joe I. Vigil Open, Colorado College Open, Fort Hays Tiger Open, RMAC Championships, and South Central Regionals. Kresl, Thurman, and O'Brien all ran to individual titles, while Martin led the way with two individual crowns. Jenna Thurman Maura O’Brien By Mike Skinner Q aStater sports scene 39 non-profit u.s. postage paid permit no. 80 alamosa, co A-Stater Adams State University Alamosa, CO 81101 Homecoming Heat