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spring 2015 the magazine of adams state university



VOL. 55, NO. 1 • SPRING 2015

Published by Adams State University adams state university • alamosa, co 81101 719-587-7011 • 800-824-6494 • e-mail: online edition: EDITOR & DESIGNER Julie Waechter

ASSOCIATE EDITORS Gaylene Horning ’94 • Linda Relyea ’96, ’10

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Garrett Finke • Barbara Griego-Jones ‘92, ‘02 Kellicia Morse ‘14 • Jessica Palacios • Daniel Parsons ‘19 Mike Skinner • Isabella Whitten ‘15


BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY Arnold Salazar ’76 Chair Paul Farley • Mary Griffin • Kathleen Rogers • LeRoy Salazar Cleave Simpson • John Singletary • Val Vigil ’71 • Randy Wright ’84 Dr. Rob Benson Faculty Trustee 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


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.

president’s letter: graduating to retirement Fifty years ago next fall, I entered college as a freshman at Mesa Junior College in Grand Junction. I really never left college, as my career led me first to be a student and graduate student, then teaching assistant, instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, vice president, provost, acting and interim president, and finally, President of Adams State University After all these years, I am finally ready to enter the real world and “graduate” with the David Svaldi class of 2015. Since I announced my intent to retire two years ago, I have had a serious case of senioritis – and like some of our graduating seniors, I am not entirely sure what step to take next. I do know that Virginia and I are both excited and looking forward to the future somewhat fearfully, but enthusiastically. I would never have had the opportunities offered in my professional life without the support of many individuals – from some great professors at Mesa and University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to my major professor, Dr. David Zarefsky, at Northwestern. When I arrived at Adams State College in 1986, I was welcomed with open arms. For the first time in a career that had taken me through four other institutions, I felt part of something larger than myself. Thanks to Glen Burnham for making the ASC offer sound so good (it was $5,000 more than I had been making in Georgia). Thanks to Jodine Ryan for being a great Department Chair and putting up with me when I was a young associate professor and assumed I knew everything. Thanks to Dr. Carolyn Harper for being a great friend and colleague as we learned together how to make bricks without straw. Thanks to all of my many students; my ASC students will always be my favorites. Thanks to Dr. Gary Peer, a great friend and mentor who failed to warn me about the pitfalls of administration. Thanks to Dr. Tom Gilmore ‘67, ‘68 for selecting me as his VPAA, and to the administrative assistants who eased my transition to that post. Thanks also to Dr. Fulkerson for showing me the way to an ACE Fellowship and for providing some much needed support at times for the ASC Debate Team. Dr. Lee Halgren guided not only me as a young VPAA, but also several VPAA’s from the other state colleges. Thanks to my good friend Mr. Tim Walters ‘73, who served 17 years as a trustee in service to Adams, as well as all the other trustees who have spent countless hours for no pay to guide me and ASU through the troubled waters we frequently seem to encounter. Thanks to my “team” – too many to name here – sometimes they make me crazy, but any success I have had as President has been because of our times arguing together. Thanks also to all of you alumni and this great community we live in; the support I have received has been incredible. You helped us change the face of ASU’s campus. Finally, thanks to my wife, friend, and best advisor, Virginia. Now we can talk about something besides ASU… My best regards, Dave Svaldi Class of 2015

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cover story A decade in the President’s chair


Free Community Concert Don Richmond & the Rifters Friday, May 15 7:30 p.m. Rex Stadium

update What’s been happening Military vets eligible for in-state tuition Full-time status now requires 15 credits Boundless Opportunity grants to aid non-trad students Governor names two new trustees To catch a cheat

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features Not your grandma’s library


alumni events APRIL 14 17

ASU Retirement Dinner Alumni Literature Night


giving ASU Foundation Donor Report 2014

alumnotes alumni scrapbook sports scenes

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Winter Recap Grizzly football welcomes Rosenbach



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Albuquerque Teacher Hall of Fame Alamosa Svaldi Celebration Free Concert Rex Stadium (see above) Durango


the cover A renowned portraitist and ASU adjunct instructor of art, Kris Gosar (right) goes below the surface to capture the essence of President Svaldi for his official portrait. He spent three hours interviewing Svaldi before ever putting paint to paper. “I try to get to know the person, so the result is more than a soulless photograph.This composition is intentionally open, conveying Dr. Svaldi’s vision for inclusiveness and optimism.” At left are glimpses of the portrait’s early stages. Read a retrospective of Svaldi’s tenure as president on page 12. Stay up to date on events, sports, and news from Adams State University:

Denver Colorado Springs Pueblo San Francisco

JULY 24-26

Cross-Country & Track Reunion (see page 38)


Retirees’ Barbecue


Mineral Water Bowl Reunion (see page 38)


Homecoming - ASU Watch your mail for details. adamsalumni • 800-824-6494, ext. 8

the percussion extravaganza (left) in December inaugurated the newly remodeled Richardson Hall Auditorium. Directed by Assistant Professor of Music James Doyle, the program featured the ASU Percussion Ensemble, the ASU Brazilian Percussion Ensemble, the ASU Grizzly Drum Line, the ASU Rocky Mountain Pan Handlers, and the SLV Community Steel Band.



“we have a voice” was the theme for ASU Women’s Week in March. Coordinated for the second year by sociology major Tori Martinez ‘15, the event celebrated women’s accomplishments and continued struggles through discussions, lectures, film, and live performances of music and poetry. The week opened with Tres Vidas (above, right), a powerful musical theater performance that profiled three exceptional Latin American women. A panel discussion featured four male professors and a student talking about why they are feminists. Above, from left: Dr. Matt Nehring, Dr. Ben Waddell, Evan Gibson, Dr. Jeff Ellison, and Dr. Nick Saenz. Dr. Mari Centeno, professor of political science, gave a Faculty Lecture that explored the impacts female heads of state have made around the globe. The week concluded with Take Back the Night, which focused on sexual and domestic violence.


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“transformation” (left) was a spring semester exhibit in the Art Department. The photography installation explored the intensity, destruction, and resurrection of the 2013 West Fork, Papoose, and Windy Pass wildfires. The exhibit was a collaboration between Margaret Doell, assistant vice president for Academic Affairs and chair of the Art Dept., and her former photography student Cheryl Ravens ‘09, who is now program coordinator for Counselor Education. the piedra pump, (below) recently hosted at the Rex Activity Center, was the first competition on its new climbing wall. The event drew three college teams and over 40 climbers.

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appening english professor aaron abeyta (left) discussed “The Poet’s Duty” at the February Faculty Lecture. He explained the four levels, or “homes,” of meaning: the mythical, historical, cultural, and actual. He says these are particularly crucial for poets of color.

the rippah shreddahs, fronted by Dr. Jeremy Yeats (in green), assistant professor of human performance and physical education, performed at a member appreciation event hosted by ALMA (Alamosa Live Music Association.) He was joined by music faculty James Doyle, percussion; Dr. Matt Schildt, keyboard; and student Sky Choice on guitar. Choice was the first recipient of the Don Richmond Music Scholarship.

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Military vets eligible for in-state tuition The Board of Trustees of Adams State University recently adopted a policy that extends in-state tuition to eligible Active Duty, Reserve National Guard, or Honorably Discharged members of the U.S. Armed Forces, as well

as to dependents of those honorably discharged. "I do believe this will bring more veterans to Adams State, and we can be at the forefront in serving vets," said Veterans/Military Affairs Coordinator Matthew Martinez ’10 (USMC). The Adams State Veterans Center is located in the McCurry Commons Complex. "We understand that the transition from military life to the civilian world can sometimes be difficult, but we are here to make the transition easier. We have numerous resources to

help veterans be successful in obtaining their degrees." Adams State already accepts military credits, a benefit that adds to the opportunity for in-state tuition. "I did not serve in the military, so I don't know what these men and women have been through,” said Vice President of Student Affairs Ken Marquez ’87, ‘94. “Since all I can do now is be an advocate for them to get an education, then I am going to be the biggest advocate on this campus." Martinez said the Veterans At Adams State Club, with ten members, is a very active group. Some recent activities were a mentorship hike with Upward Bound students and debates between candidates in the third congressional district race and local sheriff races. The group also works closely with the Veterans Coalition of the San Luis Valley and Women Veterans of the San Luis Valley and will host its third annual banquet April 18.

The Veterans At Adams State Club presents the colors at commencement ceremonies.

Full-time status now requires 15 credits Adams State University undergraduate students must now enroll in 15 credit hours per semester to be considered fulltime, effective for the fall 2015 semester, according to Dr. Frank Novotny, vice president for Academic Affairs. Financial aid is awarded based on enrollment status. Students enrolling in fewer than 15 credits will not be eligible for their full award, but may qualify for half-time or threequarter-time awards. Most scholarships require full-time enrollment, including athletic scholarships, private scholarships administered by the Adams State University Foundation, and automatic scholarships. Previously, 12 credit hours constituted full-time enrollment. Novotny explained the change was made to improve degree completion rates. Students must average 15 credits per semester in order to graduate within four years. In addition, research has shown that students who take larger credit loads do better academically. The full-time tuition rate window applies to enrollment in 12 to 20 credits a semester (most courses earn 3 credit hours). Thus, full-time enrollment saves students both time and money, and speeds progress toward a degree, Novotny added. 6

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Boundless Opportunity grants to aid non-trad students Non-traditional students will benefit from a $30,000 grant recently made by the Daniels Fund to provide Boundless Opportunity Scholarships. The grant will provide $2,000 to 15 undergraduate students who meet the criteria, according to Dr. Michael Mumper ‘76, senior vice president for Enrollment Management & Program Development. The scholarships may be applied to tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation costs. "We have many outstanding students with unmet financial need," Mumper noted. "These funds will help them cover their educational costs without borrowing so much. We are pleased to partner with the Daniels Fund to offer these Boundless Opportunity Scholarships to deserving ASU students." These need-based scholarships target specific candidates, including adult learners, foster care youth, GED recipients, juvenile justice youth, returning military, individuals pursuing EMT/paramedic training, and individuals pursing Early Childhood Education (ECE) certification.

Governor names two new trustees Cleave Simpson and John Singletary were recently appointed trustees for Adams State University by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Both will serve three-year terms concluding in 2018. They replace two alumni trustees whose terms expired: Liane “Buffie” McFadyn ‘91, ‘93 and Tim Walters ‘73, who served a total of 17 years as trustee for Adams State. "John and Cleave bring great experience to the ASU Board of Trustees. Both are dedicated to preserving and improving access to higher education in Southern Colorado and have already provided many hours of service during the search for my successor," said Dr. David Svaldi, Adams State president.

cleave simpson Simpson is program manager of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District in Alamosa. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado School of Mines in mining engineering in 1984. An Alamosa native, he worked in Texas and Australia as an engineer. "Cathy, my wife of over 30 years, and I returned to our home town to be close to family and friends." They have one son, Jared, who recently graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville Texas. "I am a third-generation San Luis Valley farmer and rancher. I work closely with my dad to manage our family farms and cow herd." He has served on the County Land Use Planning Commission, the Farm Service Agency County Committee, and local school district accountability committees. "I was born here and graduated high school here, so I understand how important the university is to the Valley,” Simpson said. “My immediate goal is to assure that the institution maintains its position as a pillar of this community. An objective would be to assure the institution provides an exceptional educational experience for students and produces graduates with the appropriate

Cleave Simpson (left) and John Singletary were recently named trustees for Adams State University.

life skills to succeed in their endeavors, all while improving the connection between the university and the community."

Arts and Conference Center, and the Farm Bureau. "I am honored to be chosen as a trustee of Adams State. I believe Adams State is an integral asset to the region as a whole, and I look forward to being a part of its long history." He and his wife of 45 years raised two children while farming and ranching in southeastern Pueblo County. Along with five grandchildren, they continue to enjoy the rural lifestyle and outdoor activities. "I want to make sure Adams State remains a beacon of light for the San Luis Valley and southern Colorado," Singletary said. Having a hometown college enabled Singletary to attend an institution of higher education, and he believes Adams State offers the same opportunity for regional students. "Adams State is the heartbeat that keeps the people of the valley together."

Adams State is the heartbeat that keeps the people of the valley together." Singletary, a native of Pueblo, Colorado, is a real-estate broker and developer, farmer, and consultant. He served three Colorado governors on a variety of state commissions, including Parks and Wildlife, Department of Agriculture, Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District, and GOCO (Great Outdoors Colorado). Singletary attended CSU-Pueblo. He has been a member of several organizations, including the Colorado Cattleman's Association, Pueblo County Planning and Zoning Commission, Sangre de Cristo

By Linda Relyea ‘96, ‘10

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To Catch a Cheat Adams State is reviewing and modifying distance education procedures to better protect against academic fraud.

Adams State submits its report to the HLC. The report describes distance education policies designed to detect cheating, addresses questions of academic rigor, and outlines measures being taken to review and tighten procedures.

Distance education has always been part of the equation for Adams State. In fact, Adams State’s very first graduate actually completed the degree via extension in 1922, before Richardson Hall was even built. “The tradition of distance teaching is embedded in our history,” noted President David Svaldi. “Making higher education accessible is part of our role and mission.” True to that mission, Adams State has offered courses not only on campus, but also by sending faculty to other communities and by using telecommunications, snail mail, and the internet. In the 1970s, Extended Studies began offering off-site distance courses for teachers to enhance their qualifications. Print-based correspondence courses came along a decade later. Adams State’s first online courses, in business, were launched in 2001. In 2004, a B.A. in sociology and B.S. in business administration became completely available at a distance. About the same time, the print-based Prison College Program was formalized. Now, 9 undergraduate degrees are entirely available at a distance, as are 11 graduate programs. By expanding educational access, Extended Studies has averaged $4.6 million in gross revenue over the last five years, making it an important revenue stream for the university.

March 3-4, 2015:

priority on integrity

the story Dec. 30, 2014: The Chronicle of Higher Education article “Confessions of a Fixer” reports fraudulent activities by a “Mr. White,” who admitted he completed assignments and exams and bribed test proctors on behalf of student-athletes. He said he helped college athletes meet NCAA eligibility by attaining transfer credit from Adams State and other institutions over the last 14 years. The article was reprinted in Sports Illustrated online, excerpted in The Week, referenced in online news outlets, and briefly covered by Denver’s 9News and area newspapers. Regarding Adams State specifically, White said academically ineligible studentathletes freely transferred their identification information to allow him to complete coursework on their behalf. The courses in question are delivered at a distance, either online or via print-based correspondence, by Adams State Extended Studies. No past or present Adams State staff or athletes were involved.

the response Jan. 15, 2015: Adams State University immediately suspends enrollments in print-based correspondence courses and launches an external review of the student verification process for distance education. Students currently enrolled in correspondence courses are permitted to complete them, and the courses continue to be available to incarcerated students enrolled through Extended Studies’ Prison College Program.

Jan. 28, 2015: The Higher Learning Commission, Adams State’s accrediting agency, requests a report outlining the steps being taken to review and resolve concerns raised by the Chronicle article.

Feb. 25, 2015:

A team from the Colorado Department of Higher Education visits Adams State to review Extended Studies course processes.

April 6-7, 2015: Independent consultant Dr. Phil Moss, who has extensive academic and distance education expertise, meets with Adams State Extended Studies, technology, instructional, and administrative staff. Contracted by the Colorado Department of Higher Education.


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When the Chronicle article about the athletic “fixer” appeared, Svaldi became determined “to respond in a constructive way.” Of primary concern was not only guaranteeing academic integrity, but also continuing to serve students whose physical location or demanding life schedules prevent them from attending a campus.

Adams State University is outraged by these offenses. We do not compromise on academic integrity. If persons like Mr. White and the coaches and athletes who patronized his services were to be effectively prosecuted, it could deter future abuses.” - Adams State President David Svaldi

electronic vigilance Roybal said Adams State employs industry best practices for distance courses, including: • Plagiarism detection software. • Online test proctoring using a webcam and authentication through a national database. Tests are monitored, recorded, and transcribed to detect aberrant behaviors. • Face-to-face test proctoring is allowed only by verified proctors. Coaches and athletic administrators are excluded.

• Timed and randomized features for online exams assure each student has a unique test. • Six-week minimum completion time for any three-credit course. “Our faculty do not tolerate dishonesty by a student, whether an athlete or a busy single mother,” Svaldi said. “We will implement state-of-the-art recommendations that preserve and guarantee academic integrity and will discontinue any delivery method or course that is weak in that regard.”

the value of access Svaldi emphasized the value of distance education to students in isolated, rural areas, many of whom lack internet access, and to those working to further their education while juggling work and family responsibilities. It is also helpful to on-campus students with scheduling conflicts. Many Adams State alumni appreciate the flexibility of distance education. Brooke McKinley ’14 lived in seven different states while completing her BA in business administration. Now an insurance office manager in Boulder, Colo., she said, “I love the distance learning program because it offered me the flexibility I needed in order to work full time and complete classes. The teachers were awesome and worked well to make sure you received the best teaching possible.” Billie Watkins ’14, who lives in Trinidad, Colo., said distance education was “a big plus” in that her family didn’t need to relocate from the rural community she loves. Faculty work to assure both honesty and course rigor. Dr. Brent Ybarrondo, emeritus professor of biology, who has taught both online and print correspon-

dence for ten years, said, “Students often enroll in distance delivery courses under the mistaken impression that they will provide an easier and/or quick option. In fact, success in the distance delivery environment requires significantly more diligence and independence than the on-campus environment.” English Professor Carol GuerreroMurphy, who has been teaching print correspondence for five years, said she has caught students cheating. “Those students fail my courses. The point is, I have identified them, because my students have to write so much, and they take long essay examinations (handwritten). It would be really tough to cheat in my classes,” she explained. “Many students are struggling with isolation, not just the prisoners, but people who don't have anyone else to encourage them to stretch, be challenged, and achieve. I have found students diligent, thorough, patient, and responsive. The incarcerated students often are brilliantly articulate. I think the potential to increase access to education for underserved students is vast and vitally important.” By Julie Waechter

extended studies distance ed enrollment • 2013-14 Print-based correspondence Online correspondence Online semester-based TOTAL

2,807 3,458 719 6,984

10% Growth over last 5 years This data refers to college-credit earning courses only, and does not include professional development courses or distance programs administered by individual academic departments.

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Vice President for Academic Affairs Frank Novotny explained distance education policies had previously been updated to prevent cheating. Because the Chronicle did not specify courses and dates, it has been difficult to fully investigate the situation. He acknowledged student verification can be a particular challenge with print-based courses. Once Mr. White’s scam was made public, those were suspended pending policy review and revision. “We are always looking to improve our program,” said Walter Roybal ‘94, ‘08, assistant vice president for Extended Studies – Academics. “In the end, it will benefit us and our students.” Mollie McGill, Director of Programs and Membership for the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies, was part of the Colorado Department of Higher Education team that visited campus in March. She wrote, “My assessment is that the ASU academic integrity policy is favorably comparable in language, procedures, roles, and sanctions with other such policies I’ve read. Another positive take-away is the high level of commitment to quality ‘customer care.’”


Not your grandma’s library

Yoga balls, coffee cart, live music, technology petting zoo, best-selling books, and blockbuster movies to rent – the Adams State University Nielsen Library sows seeds in a variety of activities and outreach.

Libraries still provide access to books and a quiet place to study, but Nielsen Library Director Carol Smith maintains they are “so much more. A lot of great new things are happening in our space.” Taking the helm of the library in fall 2013, she identified two goals: 1. Engage with students, faculty, staff and the wider communities. 2. Transform the library space to reflect the needs of a modern academic community. “It’s really important for an academic library to get away from seeing itself as an isolated entity and instead to strive to be a campus hub for student success,” Smith said. She and the library staff have implemented such new programs as guest lectures, music events, and activities to connect with first-year students. They conduct outreach by setting up information tables around campus. These initiatives are stacked on top of the more traditional library roles of providing guidance on and access to resources like books, journals, newspapers, and databases. “Some of our students arrive on campus not fully understanding the role the library plays in academic success,” Smith said. “We put on a silly, friendly face and invite students to experience how fun this space can be. Then they will return.” Last fall the library created trading cards of all the Nielsen Library staff, featuring each one’s “super power.” Smith’s is 10

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“wrangling index terms,” while others boast of such secret weapons as “Google Scholar” and “WorldCat.” “Community and student outreach brings new life to the library,” said Rosanna Backen, access services and distance learning librarian. The importance and effort required for outreach and engagement means the responsibility for meeting that goal is spread around. It also provides a large amount of freedom. Backen agrees: “In a large institution, each librarian has one job, and it’s the same routine every day,” but not at Adams State. “I have discovered that librarians connect more with people at a smaller university than they might at a bigger institution.” Geoff Johnson, learning and engagement librarian, previously worked at a large state university of over 50,000. “I rarely saw the same student twice. At Adams State, I recognize students and remember which class I helped them with, and I can check in about how things are going.” Circulation supervisor Jordan Gortmaker, who holds an M.A. in history, organizes historical lectures with local authors. Recent events have focused on the Old Spanish Trail and the last grizzly bear attack in Colorado. Stacy Taylor, emerging technologies librarian and self-proclaimed “gadget junkie,” offers for check-out an expansive collection of gadgets and devices like IPads, various e-readers, and GoPro cameras. “It’s great to provide students the opportunity to try some of these things `when it might not be feasible to go out and purchase one on their own,” Taylor said. Her favorite new addition is the ECHO Smartpen, which

can record a professor’s lecture while the student takes notes. Later, the student can touch a spot on the paper, and the pen will play an audio recording of that lecture segment. For several semesters running, Mary Walsh, cataloging and acquisitions librarian, has worked with Dr. Laura Bruneau, professor of counselor education, to arrange for therapy dogs to visit the library for a few hours during finals week in a program called “Paws and Relax.” “A lot of students might be really missing the family dog back home by the end of the semester, so being able to visit with the therapy dogs can alleviate that,” Walsh said. “And taking a break from the grind to pet a really sweet dog is just a great way to de-stress for a lot of people anyway.” Nicole LeBoeuf, electronic resources and discovery librarian, is paving the way to EBSCO Discovery Service, a tool that will make research easier and more efficient for students searching the library’s collection. Backen spearheaded the library’s new membership in RapidILL, a consortium of academic libraries. Membership allows the library to more quickly obtain research materials. Johnson is out in front of the library’s instructional initiatives, helping faculty teach information literacy skills and how to use the library. He is quick to point out that all the Nielsen librarians are involved in teaching. “When students are working on a research project is a really great time to teach those information literacy skills and behaviors, because they have an immediate occasion to try them out and practice,” he said. Gortmaker and Karen Melgares, resource sharing library technician, coordinated efforts to update the library’s small study rooms, a

couple of decades overdue. The redecorating included fresh paint, new furniture, and lamps. Some of the rooms now include computers. “The study rooms get used like crazy now,” Gortmaker said. Yoga balls throughout the library allow students a few moments of relaxed fun when cramming for exams. “Those are lowcost upgrades that add color and punch to the library space,” Smith said. Last spring, the library extended its finals week hours to accommodate late-night cramming. The Grizz Cru (student organization) hosted a pillow fight in the library as a stress reliever. During Welcome Week in the fall, the library hosted a beach party, with everything from coconut rolling to hula hooping. Library staff have also reached out to student and community artists to display their work. White boards placed throughout the library invite a variety of written exchanges, from the deep and profound to the silly and trivial. Smith and Walsh led the way on “Seed to Seed,” a community seed library. The February 20 kickoff event invited community members to exchange flower and vegetable seeds and deposit some in the seed library for others to check out. “Our hope is people will bring in seeds they harvested from plants they grew from our check-out. The program can just grow and grow, like the rest of the library’s services,” Smith said.

Nielsen Library Director Carol Smith cuts the ribbon on the new community seed library with Mary Walsh (left) and Karen Lemke, director of College Readiness Programs, also housed in the library.

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Dr. David Svaldi retires after a tenure of change, challenges, and growth.

A decade in the President’s chair Q. You became president at a difficult time for Adams State, when there were concerns about funding, budget, morale, and enrollment. What was key to turning the situation around? Because of the situation, and knowing we were behind in prepping for HLC reaccreditation, the Executive Team shared a sense of urgency and purpose. We knew we couldn’t argue in unproductive ways. We just had to get to work. We were not in a good place. The General Fund reserve was all but gone. In 2005, we were at a low point in freshman enrollment. VP Bill Mansheim and I had to go to the legislative audit committee and submit a plan explaining how we were going to keep the doors open.

positive influence, as was the availability of federal Pell grants. (Limits on the Pell in 2012 forced the withdrawal of 81 students.) In 2008, we started planning our Campus Transformation, to help build enrollment by making our campus more attractive and functional. It started with remodeling and building new residence halls, which was suggested through meetings with students. In fall of ‘09 we had a record-breaking enrollment, which brought unbudgeted cash into our reserves. In 2010 and 2011, when we were forced to increase tuition, we were able to draw on the reserve to minimize the increase.

• 25% of Adams State’s state general funding was cut between FY 09-10 and FY 12-13 – a total cut of $3.7 million.

• In the last 5 years, ASU enrollment increased 27%.

dr. svaldi:

There was good agreement on campus that we would try to avoid layoffs. We did eliminate 12 positions that were vacant, but no employees were laid off. This was not the case at other institutions during the Great Recession. We set out to strategically increase enrollment, which we achieved by introducing new master’s degree programs and athletic programs. The poor economy at the time was also a

Q. What have you enjoyed the most about your time as Adams State’s president? The best part of being president was being able to make a difference, especially with students. I’ve been able to help individuals and groups of students, such as the various Boys & Girls Club Youths of the Year who received Adams State Scholarships.

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timeline 2006

2007 • Dr. David P. Svaldi is named president of Adams State College in June, after serving as Acting and Interim President since July 2005. • Svaldi provides successful leadership and coordination for Higher Learning Commission continuing accreditation process. He urged the campus to “Get on Board” (left). • Svaldi initiates Strategic Planning process; renewed every 3 years. • AASCU (American Association of State Colleges & Universities) recognizes Adams State for 3rd highest Hispanic graduation rate among 400 AASCU institutions. • Adams State secures $4.3 million in additional institutional base funding (2005-08) from Colorado State Legislature.


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• HLC awards full 10-year accreditation. • William ‘51 and Joan Porter donate largest gift in Adams State history: 250,000 shares in E*TRADE Financial Corporation. Donation aids mathematics and science majors “on the basis of their need and their ongoing academic achievement.”

President Svaldi presents the 2005 Billy Adams Award to William Porter ‘51 (left).

I didn’t know what the hell I was getting myself into.”

Dr. Svaldi transitioned from the faculty, which he joined in 1986, to administration after a year-long ACE (American Council on Education) Fellowship, during which he interned at University of Wyoming. “I didn’t know what the hell I was getting myself into. My original goal was to be a dean. That offered a nice balance between some teaching and some administration, and more money, but I would still be involved with students and faculty. So it was ironic, when I returned from my internship, that I was appointed interim academic vice president. “I really admire and give a lot of credit to the deans. If I had had to do it [Academic VP] without them, I wouldn’t have made it. They had experiences I didn’t have, and they were patient. An interim president later eliminated the dean positions.” disburse only earnings and to return enough to the principal to keep pace with inflation. It’s going to keep growing.

Q. What accomplishments during your presidency are you most proud of? When I was Interim President, a develdr. svaldi: opment officer and I met with Mr. Porter ‘51, who is one of our most successful alumni, having founded E*TRADE Financial Corporation. He was a nice guy and wanted to hear about the campus and our plans. He called me ‘short pockets,’ because I was in an interim position. Then after I became President, in 2007 a letter came out of nowhere. Mr. Porter and his wife, Joan, were very specific about what they intended for the gift and how they wanted it invested. It’s essentially an eternal gift, because it’s set it up to


• The Porter gift of $5.8 million worth of E*TRADE stock – the largest in Adams State history – is now valued above $6.7 million. More than $762,000 has been disbursed in 176 awards over the last seven academic years. The Boettcher Teacher Residency program is particularly valuable because it helped us partner better with all of our area school districts. Early in my presidency, I visited foundations in Denver, and the Boettcher Foundation Executive Director Tim Schultz was very gracious. We both realized we were in high school together. He said Boettcher made many investments in

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• Student body approves new capital fee to finance Campus Transformation. The fee also supports technology and merit scholarships.

• Adams State breaks records with highest enrollment in its 85-year history: 3,159 total students – a 17.5% increase. The previous record was set in 1970, during the Vietnam War. • Adam State breaks ground for its first new residence hall in 40 years: the Residences at Rex & Stadium complex. Plan includes vacating Stadium Drive to create the Campus Green.

• Adams State enrolls 3,467 students. breaking previous year’s record.

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urban areas, but they really wanted to do more in rural areas, especially the San Luis Valley. A few years later, we got a call; Adams State had a tradition and history in teacher preparation, and they wanted to work with us. We’re talking about a new project to help develop more physical therapists for rural areas, where there is a big shortage. The vision is to target high school students and mentor them in preparing for a career in PT. • Adams State's Teacher Education Department is the sole educational partner in awarding M.A. degrees for the Boettcher Teacher Residency program throughout the state. Now in its second year, it combines master's level coursework with hands-on learning in a classroom and support from a Mentor teacher. CIELO is also in my top three. It is definitely the beginning of something important. We are trying to push individuals toward more than just lip service about the importance of diversity. There has been good attendance at CIELO workshops, retreats, and lunch presentations. I know some people who have undergone a change in attitude, but there is still lot of work that needs to be done. We need to develop a greater understanding of difference, especially in learning styles. Difference covers more than racial diversity. Every person learns differently, and CIELO is helping faculty incorporate that thinking into their classes. For example, we completely redid the whole pathway for the math curriculum last year. We have found that students who can’t complete the math requirement don’t graduate. We literally redesigned every math course from the developmental level through General Education requirements. • Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership & Opportunity (CIELO) was initiated as the Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) through a Title V grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions. ASU has been able to institutionalize several staff positions begun through Title V.

Q. How did serving as president for a decade change you? I got older. My hair got thinner, and my beard got grayer. . . I’m not as nice as I used to be. I don’t like having hard discussions with people regarding their job performance, but I’ve had to do it. That is the hardest part of being president. Any serious personnel issue ends up in the president’s office. It also increased my appreciation for family and friends. The role of president infuses your entire life. Even recently when visiting a dying relative, I was getting texts and phone calls. I am very much looking forward to not having to deal with these things. It did cut into my family time, and I hope to rectify that in retirement.

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Q. As a nation and society, what are we getting wrong regarding higher education? We’ve forgotten, or people no longer understand, that the very strong middle class of the 1950-70s was based on very inexpensive higher education, the GI Bill, generous federal financial aid programs, and progress in civil rights. Higher education is no longer seen by society as a social good, but as something individuals should do for themselves. There is an increasing resource gap between elite institutions and regional, state-funded institutions. At the same time, the necessity of a degree or post-high school certificate has never been more important.

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2012 • Adams State smashes enrollment records for third straight year, with largest freshman class in more than 40 years and 3,701 students total. • Marks 34% enrollment growth over previous four years. • Adams State acquires former Evans School to create East Campus, now home of HPPE Dept. • Adams State creates merit scholarships. • Grand Opening of Residences at Rex and Campus Green.


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• Gov. John Hickenlooper officially signs legislation designating Adams State as a university, May 18.

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There is a growing tendency to overemphasize career preparation, “return on investment” in education, or salaries – as opposed to valuing a liberal arts or broad-based education. Some would rather not have general education, just specific courses, but that is a mistake. History shows what happens to civilizations that focus only on technically based education. For example, Germany focused on schools of engineering in the 1920-30s, and ended up with an industry bent on exterminating people. Higher education is changing; there are many forces making it change. It is analogous to what technology did to newspapers and retail shopping. We face threats from larger institutions with greater resources. There will always be a place for institutions and the freshman campus experience. But you’ll have to be pretty good to manage it.

Q. What one change would best improve accessibility of higher education? There needs to be a dedicated funding stream for public colleges and universities, just as there is for K-12 education, to keep education affordable for students. If we choose not to direct state money to higher education and preparing students, we will only have to support more social programs.

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Q. What is Adams State’s biggest challenge? We need adequate financial resources to improve retention and graduation rates. To fulfill our mission of serving the underserved, Adams State needs to be affordable and offer appropriate student support programs. Elite institutions spend about $8,000 more per student on wraparound services to support success.

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Q. What is the best thing ASU has going for it?

Q. What will you miss about Adams State? I’ll miss the people – those who work hard and are dedicated. I’ll have a different role in the community. I’ll miss being part of Adams State’s history – where we have been, our previous leadership, being part of that lineage. I will miss the students. I enjoy interacting with students. I have no regrets, even though the job does get frustrating at times. But you know when you need to be done.

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Q. What is Adams State University about?

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Adams State has always had, and continues to have, a very supportive community. Our mission and our clear


It’s about taking care of students, the students we have, meeting them where they are and helping them succeed. Interview by Julie Waechter





• The Boettcher Foundation and PEBC partner with ASU to create the Boettcher Teacher Residency Program. • ASU receives approval for its first Ph.D. program, an online doctorate in Counselor Education & Supervision. • Baseball is back after 35-year hiatus.

• State funds $16.9 million remodeling of the first campus building, Richardson Hall. Funding was approved in 2008, but delayed due to the economy. • Total campus improvements since 2006 valued at $104 million. • ASU Foundation assets valued at $17,682,372.

• Dr. Svaldi retires as ninth president of Adams State University. He is named Emeritus Professor of English, Communications, and Theatre, as well as President Emeritus.

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niche as a Hispanic Serving Institution will allow us to broaden into an institution that values diversity as a broad concept, as defined in our Vision Statement (see page 2). We’ve made good choices in marketing to adult students, whether graduate or undergraduate, and that is continuing to grow. Most of our graduate programs are intended to tap into that. They also bring revenue that helps keep undergraduate tuition a little lower. We’ve gained $1 million from the master’s in counselor education alone. We are well positioned to take advantage of increases in Hispanic high school graduates in our area, but we also need to recruit more effectively in northern areas of Colorado, for example. Our new College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a move in that direction, as is the recent addition of a second admissions counselor in the Denver area. Adams State is very resilient. I think it will change as an institution, but it will never close. We may have to become more focused and become better at what we do. Retention is the number one issue we need to address to really realize our role and mission. But this is also an opportunity.


adams state university Hello ASU Alumni and Friends: What a year! I sincerely thank all the supporters listed in this year’s Donor Report. You are part of the largest group of donors in the last ten years. We are making a difference, and we keep growing. As the Alumni Director for the last eleven years, I have seen the successes of our alumni. I have heard stories of how that success was hardearned. We alumni have done many things to get through college: working in the cafeteria, doing custodial work, or holding night jobs, to name a few. We’ve worked hard, and we’ve made it. Now we are successful educators, business people, counselors, lawyers, doctors, etc. As alumni share their stories with me, I have noticed a common thread: Adams State provided an opportunity, not a guarantee, but an opportunity. Some of us, including me, would not be where we are today if Adams State had not been reasonably priced, or if a faculty member hadn’t taken an interest in our success, or we didn’t have a work-study job. Personally, had I not received the Alumni Scholarship and been given a work-study job, my future may not have been possible. I was a first-generation student from a hard-working middle class family who attended a small high school. Adams State was my chance, and I’m grateful more and more every year that Adams State was my choice. I’m also aware of tuition increases and the financial burden that places on students. When I was a freshman in the fall of 1987, tuition and fees were $553 per semester. Today that amounts to $3,981. Students still need help; therefore, support from the Adams State University Foundation is just as important today, if not more so, than it ever was. That is why I said “yes” when the Foundation recently asked me to assist in establishing scholarships and planned gifts.


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I always want our alumni to feel comfortable at our events and not worry about being asked for a donation. That has not changed. I still plan to meet with alumni throughout the country to hear your stories, update you on ASU, and visit about the good old times. If you are expecting a high-pressure sales pitch from me, it won’t happen. But, if you’ve come to a place in your life where you are ready to give back, realizing that the opportunity that Adams State gave you is worth passing on, give me a call, and we can go to work. It is surprisingly simple to establish a scholarship at ASU. It can be adding a few lines to your will, using your IRA, or planning a yearly contribution. I look forward to seeing more of our amazing alumni at our events or in my travels. I’d love to see you when I’m in your area! All my best,

Lori Lee Laske ’91, ‘01, MA, CFRE Executive Director of Alumni & Donor Relations

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This Donor Report reflects gifts received between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2014. Errors or questions may be reported to Lori Laske, 719-587-7867.

academic yr: 2009-10


asu foundation growth year

donors total donations unrestricted donations

$948,597 247 students

$845,218 287 students

$757,762 264 students

$625,754 95 students

Number and amount of awards vary each year. Some students receive more than one scholarship.

$760,819 245 students

scholarships awarded

2011-12 2012-13 2013-14

net assets fiscal year






2013/14 $17,294,873





2012/13 $15,100,333





2011/12 $14,020,527





2010/11 $13,829,448





2009/10 $11,893,676


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adams state university foun $10,000 + Alamosa State Bank Alta Fuels David '87 & Wendy Clemmer El Pomar Foundation Donald & Agnes Enright Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans 1st Southwest Bank Floyd '55 & Cordelia Higel Ron '65 & Marilyn '86, '87 Löser John McCreery Dr. John McDaniel Jim Miles & Claudia Curtis Ramsay San Luis Valley Federal Bank San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op, Inc. SLV Behavioral Health Group Triple Crown Sports, Inc. Beth Waters Family of Ruth & Stanley Wills

$5,000-$9,999 Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey William '60, '62 & Eleanor '82 Crain Rich Gehlbach '59 J & J Rental Centers John & Paige Keeler National Western Stock Show Scholarship Trust Pearl Ortner '58 P.E.O. Foundation

Richard '69 & Kathleen Rutledge San Luis Valley Health David & Virginia '83, '84, '95 Svaldi

$2,500 - $4,999 Alamosa Masonic Philanthropic Foundation Alamosa Rotary Club Alaska Basketball Development Program Alpine Electric, Inc. Arby's Arizona Storage Rental, Inc. CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency City Market Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Yvonne Cobb '83 Community Banks of Colorado Stacy & Becky Connelly/Connelly Enterprises Harry & Koos Daley Daniels Fund JD & Toya Dyess Davis Partnership Architects GFWC Woman's Citizenship Club Terri Hackett Margaret Lamb Stephen '67 & Courtney Marsters Monte Vista Cooperative William Rakow ‘69 Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation Rio Grande Savings & Loan Rustic Log Furniture, Inc. Philip Serchia Wayne '85, '91 & Lauren '97, '04 Sheldrake Michael Sloan '65 Sodexo Campus Services Southway Construction Co., Inc.

Gemstones donated to Art Dept. Adams State University art students will be able to add more bling to their jewelry creations, thanks to Jim Miles and Claudia “Curtis” Ramsay, who donated a collection of gemstones valued at more than $60,000 for student use. This was the Boulder couple’s second such donation to Adams State; the first was valued at $70,000. Art professor Dana Provence, who teaches sculpture and jewelry making classes, explained advanced jewelry students will be able to purchase the gems for use in their projects at a slight discount. “These gifts have created a flurry of excitement and interest for the jewelry program and students. The two sizable collections represent a wealth of diversity in types of gemstones and variety of cuts,” Provence said. “Students will benefit for years to come. They will be able to reference the collection and design original body art to include one or more of these gemstones. It is a fabulous opportunity created by these generous donors.” Dana Provence created the sterling silver Clothespin Ring, featuring a stone from the Miles/Ramsay collection, to demonstrate alternative settings.


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Valley Courier Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc. Walters & Mullins, Inc. David Wehe, CFP Karla '84 & James Willschau Xcel Energy

$1,000 -$2,499 Academy Sports Turf, LLC Adams State MBA Alamosa Lumber Company/Valley Lumber Co. Alcon Construction, Inc. American Electric Co. Asphalt Constructors, Inc. Brian & Deborah Brownell Glenn & Kerry Burnham California Community Foundation Disney's EARS to You Century 21 Property Management Ronald '79 & Cynthia '97 Chapman Wayne and Nancy '78 Chasen Family Fund of The Community Foundation Colorado Choice Health Plans Colorado Army National Guard Colorado P.E.O. Chapter HB Colorado Sports Colwell Inspection Group Cooley & Sons Excavating, Inc. Cottonwood Dental Center, LLC Carole Counihan & James Taggart Ed Crowther & Lori Tanner Del Mar Carpet One Diesslin Structures, Inc. Darin Dolce '95 & Rosa Diaz '95 Domino's Ronald '67, '72 & Paula '73 Duncan Edward Jones - Alamosa David Evans '70 Fairfield Inn & Suites Flood & Peterson, Ins. Inc. Freedom Financial Services Dr. & Mrs. William Fulkerson, Jr. GH Phipps Construction Companies Karla Jean Gilbert Pamela '85 & Robert Gjellum Val Goodwin-Colbert GPS Insight, LLC David Green '70, '71 Hampton Inn Dr. Phillip Haram '62 James '83 & Deborah '84 Harvey Dale '64 & Beverly Hettinger Horizon Coach Lines Chuck '62 & Sandy '79, '80 Houser Michael Hudson '98 Jack's Market Martin Jones Kiwanis Club of Alamosa L & M Auto Sales Teri McCartney '87, '92 & Don Richmond '13 McDonald's Ruth McGee '50 Nancy Mead

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A & L Coors, Inc. ABC Rental Tool, Inc. Russell Achatz '85 Alamosa Building Supply/La Jara Trading Post Gary Antisdel '59, '63 Barry Beal Beynon Sports Surfaces, Inc. George Bjurman Adam Bokmeyer Joelle Boos-Medina '99, '11 Paul Briggs '70

Philip Britton '61 Jon & Teri Brownell Keith Cerny Larry '71 & Rilla '71 Cheeseman Jack & Genevieve Cooper Mike Gibson & Gigi Darricades Robert Davis '70 John & Ann Delatour Phillip '83 & Patricia '83 DeLorenzo Edward Jones - Monte Vista Mandy Elder '94 Howard Espinosa '56 George Evans Melanie Fritzsche '92 Frontier Bank Greg '96 & Jeni '85 Goodwin Natalie Griego '91 Shelli Guzman Mark '89 & Stephanie '93, '01 Hensley Shawn '90 & Sheila '89 Hicks Ken '51 & George Anna '51 Joseph Brad Keithley Chris Kirkland Helen Lester Roger Levin '84 Philip Lopez '04 Harry Manesiotis '99 Donna Martin '87 Larry Mayer '84 Paul Morley '66 Thomas Motz '82 Pete Ortega '61, '64 James '66, '66 & Rita '65, '72 Paronto Lonnie Porter '65, '66 Prestige Brokerage, Ltd. Robert & Regina Rice The Rubi Slipper Darrell Sabers '63 San Luis Valley Fine Arts & Entertainment George Sellman & Julie Mordecai '14 SLV Pizza Company David '80 & Ann Stong Margaret Stong '77, '89 Dustin Sullivan '04 Larry & Carol Sveum Kimberley Temple '01 Vinette Umberger Melanie Valdez '99 Tim '73 & Peggy '72, '72 Walters Eli Wilson Carl Woldberg Bill Woodward '61

$100-$499 Aminah Abdul Jalil Jelila Abdul-Bassit Brian '92 & Kendall '11 Ackerman Monique Alex Monte '58, '61 & Patricia Allen Harris Allen '70 Alternative Machine Tool, LLC Janet Anderson Jody Anschutz Rick & Melissa Applin

Claude '55 & Elvera '59 Archuletta Mike '77, '84 & Susan '88 Arnold Tami Arter ASU School of Business Tillie Baca Tadini Bacigalupi '79 Cynthia Baer '75, '76 William Bagby Karen Bagwell '78 Melanie Bagwell '89 Vince Baldaug Alan Balser Robert Balthaser Bank Shot Sports Bar Kenneth Barber '72 & Jane Fiebelkorn Barber '71 Wilma Bard '76 Victor Barela '63 Jeanne Barlow '61, '65 Kenneth Barr '64 Jane Barth James Bartlett Kay Henry Bartlett '98 Jody '99 & Jonathan Barton Paul & Michelle Barton Robert Bashline '70, '71 Rudy '62 & Sharon Basovsky Don & Laura Basse Kenneth Bean '49 Raymond Beethe '70 Robert & De Bencomo Harold Benson '71 Jean Berg & Kim Kaiser Jeffrey Bilderbeck '03 Donna Bill Dorena Bingham Eric Blake '03 Shane & Sarah Blondin Blue Peaks Developmental Services Tom '59 & Charlotte '58, '71 Bobicki Richard Boich '60 Ron Bond '59 Troy Bonewell '94 Earl Bonton Jerrold Booher '59, '61 Mark & Patty Bosanko Jon Boyd Dolores Brandon Alvin & Tiffany Brooks Bill & Julie Brooks Jerry & Sharon Brooks Cathy Brown Cynthia Brown James & Deborah Brown Joshua Brown Pamela Brown David Broyles '74 Laurie Bruce Neil Bruce Esq. '75 & Barbara Bruce '75 Charles Bruns Herbert Bruntel Jr. '69 Buck George Enterprises Brad Bugger Mary Burns Zena Buser O'Brien & Melanie Byrd Toney Cantu '70 Roxy Carleo '88 Shirley Carlson '63, '63

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Clifford Miller '69 Holly Morris '00 Mary Motz '62 Paul & Patti Newman Mary Oba Chuck Owsley '68 John Patten William Pearcy '63 Gary & Beverly Peer Pepperoni Brothers, LLC Porter Realty, Inc. Judith Quiller '61, '64 Floyd '54, '64 & Leila '84 Quintana Pat '97 & Debi Racanelli Don & Connie Rickard Ronald Rickman '78 RMN Events Rock Creek Family Medicine, P.C. Rocky Mountain Eye Center, P.C. Rocky Mountain Septic & Excavating Thomas '77 & Shirley '77 Roman Safeway LeRoy & Michelle '92 Salazar Lena Samora '67, '68 San Luis Valley Title Company Steven '75 & Lillian '74 Schomaker Sherwin Williams Silver Mountain Disposal, LLC Skiball's Running World Skyline Hospitality, Inc. Sonic Drive-In Southwest Ready Mix, Inc. Rondaleen Specht '67 Marilyn Stanley Suntek Industries, Inc. Taco Bell/Long John Silver Alamosa Store Ann Vail Vance Law Office Vendola Plumbing & Heating Inc. Wall, Smith, Bateman & Assoc., Inc. Wal-Mart Michael Ware '69 Thelma Weems Frank Westcott '94 Jackie Getz White '82 & Brent White Wayne Wicks Michael Williamson '70 Louis Wilson Mary Ann Wright Gloria Wuckert David Young '71


adams state university foun $100-$499 Neftali & Milagros Carrasquillo Christopher Carroll '89 Castle & Cooke Mortgage, LLC Darla Chappell '77 Gregory Chavez '81 Jennifer Chavez '00 Cynthia Choice Peter '66 & Gayle Ciraolo Alan Cirello '72 Glen '62 & Frances '62 Clark Jill Cleary Maria & Marco Cobos Derek Cohen Morris Cohen '61, '68 Colorado Pain Management & Anesthesia Consultants Compost Technologies, LLC John Conlon '67 Anne Conner Donna Cooley '87 Ross Cooper '79 Jack & Mabel Cotton Kendra Coveal '11 Kenneth & Saundra Coveal David Crandall Toney & Beatrice Crapp Kirk & Margie Crawford

new scholarships carly delorenzo - softball Established in honor of Adams State softball standout Carly DeLorenzo ’13, the scholarship will award $1,000 annually to a full-time student on the Adams State softball team. It was established by Carly’s parents, Phillip ’83 and Patricia ’83 DeLorenzo. Carly’s siblings, Rocco DeLorenzo ’12 and Roxi Vigil ’10, are also Adams State alumni, as is her uncle, Christopher DeLorenzo ’90.

alumni/foundation office endowment This scholarship is open to San Luis Valley students with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Rich Gehlbach ‘59 established it in honor of the staff of Adams State’s Alumni & Foundation office: Gaylene Horning ‘94, Lori Laske ’91, ‘01, and Tammy Lopez ’91, ‘00. A resident of Olathe, Kan., Gehlbach regularly attends Adams State Homecoming and the Donor & Student Recognition Dinner.


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Gary Cronk Eric '00 & Stacey '99 Crouser Crow Financial Advisors LTD Co. Shirley Crow '66, '72 Hogue's Glass, Inc. Crown Trophy of Boulder David Cruz '73 David & Sharon Cruz Gloria Curtis '70 Harold Czarnetzki '69 Bob Damashek '68, '73 Claire D'Amore Willie Davis '66, '68 Mike Deacon '75 Gerald Deaguero Edwin Deas Charles & Rebecca Dees Del Lago Veterinary Hospital Jerry DeLeon '89 Kathleen Delzell '61 Ron '76 & Jan '80, '03 DeSautell Elbert Detwiler '63 Dan & Gloria Diercks Steve Dixon Elsie Doser '59 Josh Dreher Donna Duran Patricia Edelen-Smith '69 Mike '71 & Linda '73 Edgar James Edwards '64 Scott & Kim Edwards Mary Eldredge '99 Clayton Ellis '84 Grace Ellsworth '65 William & Carolyn Epling Rod Ermel '79 Ellwood Ervin '67 Roger Escheman Otto '70, '89 & Sara '81, '89 Espinoza Steven Espinoza '77 Bill Evans Samuel '01 & Crystal '02 Evig Patricia Ewert Flannagan '76 Trace & Theresa Fair Farm Fresh Direct John '63, '69 & Margaret '61 Faron Tamara '91 & Bill Fassett Tarvish Felton Robert Fink '79 and Patty Lopez Val Finnegan Keith '58, '63 & Claudette '63, '78 Fisher Patricia Fitch '70 Neil Fleischauer '70 Keith Folino James Ford '59, '61 David Forster '81 Grimes '65 & Rachel '67 Fortenberry Cole & Sue Foster Russell Foster Francis & Sons, Inc. Shirley Fredricks Roy '70 & Marva '71 Fritch David Fritz Kenneth Fry '60 Jim Gable '69 Albert Gagliardi Jess Gagliardi '11, '12 Michael Gallegos '77, '89 Rudolph Gallegos '59, '61

Mayra Galvez '91 Isaac Garcia '62 Jose Garcia '61 Joseph Garcia Phil Garcia Charlotte Gardner '88 Jeff Gardner Delbert '70, '71 & Jan Gay Jerry Geiser '91 John Gendreau '70 Kenny Getz Campus Cafe James Gill Gordon & Phyllis Gillson James '92 & Amy '91 Gilmore Tony Giordano '69 Michael Glass '97 Richard Goggin '76 Ruben Gonzales '61, '64 Thomas Gonzales '91 Courtney Goodgain '00 Gary Goold Jon Greene '67 Keith & Roxie Greer Mary Elizabeth Griffin Corbin Thomas Grismer Jim Groves '59 David & Norma Guajardo Enedelia Guajardo Roger Gunlikson '62 Beth Hackett '95, '01 David Hackett Dewitt Hackett Marlena Halko '00 Gary Hammer Ron Hammer Patrick Hannigan '76 Wes Hargrove '78 Monte Harmon Gail Harris Jack Harris '65, '66 Spencer Harris '72 Pamela Hart Bruce Harte Mark Harvancik '85 Christine Haslett '77, '94, '03 Frances Haugen '68 Eddie Hearyman '71, '73 Marty '82 & Cathy '12 Heaton Barry Heckard '73 Seth Heinbaugh '11 Grace Helms David Henkel '69, '75 Steve & Marcia Hennis Tim & Lori Henrickson Timothy Henry Greg Hensley Elizabeth Hewen Annette & Hank Hicks Mackie Hill '66, '74 Mike '01, '13 & Mena '02 Hill Cleta Hiner-Felzien '90 Matthew & Susan Hinkle Nora Holmes '86 Anne & Rod Honstein Jenel Hopper '02 Karen Hossack '69 R.M. & Elaine Hough William Howell '83

ndation donor report 2014 Michael Losey Nancy Lough '86 Willis '66, '69 & Janet '67 Lowther Pablo & Gertrude Lucero Sara Lucero Al Lujan '72 Daniel '92 & Loan '93 Maas Susan MacCarthy '90 Mark MacDonnell '83 Amy Magana Rigoberto Magana Don Mann Bill Mansheim & Sue Patterson '83, '86 Sweetie Marbury '87 Drew & Jeanine Marcolina F. Wayne Marcolina Kaylyn Markiewicz Kent Marlatt '66 Irene Marquez '06 Damon '87 & Konnie Martin Judy Martin '67 Beatrice Martinez '76 David '84, '87 & Kimberly '84, '99 Martinez Juan Martinez '76, '81 Loretta Martinez Querina Martinez '89 Connie '75 & Kim Marvel Joyce Mathias Monroe Mathias '51 Dale & Lisa Matteson Bill '56, '62 & Joyce '56 Matthews Emelio Mattorano '73 Sherrie Maule '63 Larry '64 & D'Anna '66, '74 Mayfield Robert McAllister '63 Roger McBain John McBride '59 William '68 & Regina '68 McCann Stephen & Linda McCormick William McCreery Timm McDaniel '90 Elizabeth McFadden Kathy McGinty '67 David McGovern '70 Matthew & Maria McGovern Ardie McInnelly Larry '63 & Donna '63 McIntire Leona McKillican Joe McKinney Barney McLean '83 Tom McLeod Jay McMillin Eric Mead '71 Mitch Medina '60, '64 Kelly '71, '78 & Karen '70 Meek Lynette Melgosa '01 John '77 & Lynn '77 Michalke Warren '66, '90 & Jean '86, '88 Mickelsen Francis Miknis Glenn & Patsy Miller Jack Miller '72, '76 Lillie Miller Roger '68 & Linda '67 Mitchell Mike Moberly John Mondragon Pauline Moore Rick Morelli Eugene Morgan

new memorial scholarships erin gilmore memorial endowment This scholarship will be awarded to a student who has a passion for writing and desire for study in liberal arts, as determined by the English Department faculty. It was established by Erin’s cousin Katie Fundalinski and Erin’s parents, Dr. Tom ‘67, ‘68 and Pat ‘68 Gilmore. Fundalinski said, “Our dear Erin was a gift in so many ways, but one of the most important was her presence as a creative mind and inspirational writer. Writing was her way to communicate, emote, and share life in a unique way.”

elaine southway memorial endowment San Luis Valley high schools graduates will get preference for this scholarship for college juniors and seniors. It was established by Butch & Izora ’66 Southway and Joanne (Southway) Clayton ’61.

dale umberger ’69 lunchbox memorial The football teammates from 1966-72 of Dale Umberger ’69 established this scholarship for a varsity football player with a minimum GPA of 2.5; preference will be given to a defensive player. Umberger was a linebacker during the golden years of Adams State’s football program, when winning conference championships and postseason bowls was the norm. The teammates created a scholarship to commemorate those years and to memorialize Dale, who exemplified players of that era. Many of Umberger’s teammates went on to play in the NFL and CFL. Dale and the majority of his teammates were just hard workers, “lunchbox players” that got the job done through toil and team work. Dale went on to a career in education and coaching in his native Pennsylvania and spent his life imparting the values he learned at Adams State on the football field and in the classroom with generations of youth.

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Norman '62, '65 & Mary Sue '64 Howey John Hroma '67 Ivory Hunt ‘82 & Susan ‘81, ‘82 Petrelli Larry Joe '83 & Christine '83 Hunt Noel Hurd '63 Grant Hurley '75 Rick & Dana Jantzi Tony Jaramillo '79 HEI, Inc. Abigail Jardon Brett Jewkes Eugene Jimenez '70, '70 Molly Johnson Raymond Johnson '71 Rick Johnson '80 Bob Johnson '99 Robert Johnson '71, '91 Stan & Brittney Johnson Stanton Johnson Stanton Johnson Sr. Jonathan Johnston '62 Michael Jolly '84, '85 Drexel Jones Jim Jones '47 Susan Jones Marion Jonte '68 Marcy Jordan '72 Wilma Jordan JPI, LLC Richard Kadinger '75 Heather Kahn '95 William Kamp Norman Kane Bryan Kansas Chris & Joelle Keeler Angela Keiffer Karl Keller George '59 & Edna Kelloff Kentucky Fried Chicken Dale Kerby '59, '61 Robert '79 & Cheryl '79 Ketchie Richard & Kathleen Kincheloe Jason '98, '00 & Carrie '00 Kingery Kris Kippes Larry Kirpes Michael Knight Delfinia Kogovsek '59 Ray Kogovsek '64 Joe & Barbara Kolupke Susan Kopp Daniel '76, '88 & Margaret '01 Korber Judith Kunugi '74 Barrett & Mindy Land Steve & Gladys Langdon Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Dianne & Jeff Lee Jesse & Rachel Lee Karen Lemke Jacqueline & Othmar Lenze Elizabeth Leone Selbert & Dorothy Lewis Joe & Patrice Licciardi Alan Lindsay '83 Robert '73 & Sharon '68, '73 Lockwood Alfonso Lopez '70 Fred Lopez '69 Santiago Lopez Tammy Lopez '91, '00


adams state university foun $100-$499 Deborah Morrison Wayne Morrison '63 Ted '69 & Janet '69 Morrison Corky & Nancy Mortensen Wade '76, '80 & Lindy '80 Mortensen Larry '88, '93 & Carolyn '89 Mortensen Todd & Debbie Mortensen Mountain View Landscape and Sprinklers, Inc. Cathy Mullens '82 James Mullings '51, '68 Angela Munger Louis '67, '69 & Jolleen '87 Myers Dennis '62 & Linda Nash Gary '76, '93 & Mary '73, '89 Neamon Evelyn Nehring '51 Lloyd Nelson Mike & Donita Nelson Joseph Nerney Brian Neufeld '00 Gail Nitta '66 No Limit Logistics, LLC Sheila Norstrud '90 Gloria Novakovich Duane Oakes Floyd & Jody Oaks Marco Ochoa '90, '92 Marilyn Ochsner Albert '61 & Kelli '74 O'Leary Alfred O'Leary '66 Larry '77 & Billie '77 Olin Michael Onofrey '76 Robert '70 & Susan Oringdulph Rocky Ortega '65, '71

legacy society Anonymous Mary Beaver Jack & Jenny Cooper Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans Rich Gehlbach '59 Dale '64 & Beverly Hettinger Ron '65 & Marilyn '86, '87 Löser Bonnie Moinet ‘84 Pat Nielsen Lisa Pollard Michael '65 & Margaret Sloan Patsy Spier ‘91 Douglas Thomas '55* Beth Waters* * Deceased

If you have already included Adams State University in your estate plans, but are not listed above, or if you want information on how to do so, please contact:

ASU Foundation: 719-587-7609


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Patti Ortiz '78 Jeff Owsley '86 John Pacheco '74 Tano '63, '70 & Loretta '64 Paolucci Lori Parker '85, '97 Hector Parra Averian Parrish Suzanne Pasztor '86 Michael Patritch '70, '73 Walter Paulson '61, '63 Janine Pearce-Vasquez '86 David Peasley '96 Barrett Peery James Pellicer '67 Pepper Equipment Corp. John Perry '64, '71 Joan Perry '67 Jerry Petersen '77 Mark Peterson Sharon & Corbin Phillips Pikes Peak Auto Body Specialist, Inc. John Pim '67 Milton Place '74 Jim '95 & Melissa '92 Plane Doug Plank '70 Stephen Pomerantz Keith Poole '73 Debra Powell Tommie Powell Beverly Price '69 Price Farms Certified Seed Company Joe Pyle '69 Michael Quinlan William Rakow Jr '69 Christine Ralston Jairo & Lisa Ramirez Gary & Toni Ramstetter Patrick Rants R.A. Rants Oakley & Janet Ray Cornelia Rector '68 Julane Reed '61 Dick '67 & Marcie '01 Reed James Relyea Dan Replogle Jo Ann Rezen '62, '68 Susan & Edward Richmond Scott '98 & Lindsay '99 Riley Rio Grande Property Management, LLC Timothy Rivera ‘64 Patricia Robbins '93, '96 Bobby & Amelia Roberts Norman '75, '77 & Greta Roberts Trey Robertson Gary '61 & Suzan '67 Robins Michelle Roepke Jason Rogers '93 Kathy Rogers Keith Rogers Mike Rogers Natalie Rogers '85, '11 Douglas Rohrer '62 Connee Romero Isaac Romero '59 Boogie & Dorothy Romero Mitch Romero The Rowe Law Firm, LLC Patrick Roybal '90 Bill '71 & Judy '73 Rucinski

Jack '79, '84 & Theresa Rudder Neil & Elise Rudolph Beverly Ruiz-Moss Sharalon Runyon Randy Rusch '78 Russell Surveyors & Assoc., Inc. Arnold '76 & Marguerite '75, '76 Salazar Clark Saltz San Luis Valley Brewing Company Sally Sanchez David Sandberg Michael Sanders '74 Louie Santistevan '74 Brenda Sartori Phillip '73, '74 & Jeanne '74 Sategna Lew Saunders '66 Kenneth Scally '13 Michael Scarbrough '91 Stephen Schiffer Noreen Schneider Matt & Clare Schwarz Richard Seals '59, '62 Kenny & Barbara Sears Vincent '79 & Donna Segura Jeffrey Sell '61 Val ’60, '65 & Evangeline '57, '61 Sena Arlin Severson '65 Russell '70 & Rebecca '73 Seymour Share 'N Care Pharmacy Linda Shelley '72 Matthew Shoban '64, '68 Teresa Shull Stanley Sidor Walter Sidor Geri Simon Dwight Siverson James Skinner Larry Slade '71 Thomas & Karen Slade SLV Ski-Hi Stampede, Inc. Edward Small '73 Alan Smith Catherine Smith Karl '70 & Susene '72 Smith Amy Snyder Vera Snyder '47, '71 Southern Colorado Veterinary Izora '66 & Butch Southway Connie Spencer '63, '66 Fred St. Cyr Jr. Colleen Stabolepszy '93, '97 Bernard & Mary Stegman Nathan Stephens Randal Stevens '81 Charles Steward '50 Glen Steyer '62 Donald Stimack '54 Barbara Stindt Stone Investments, LLC Matt Stucki Sunset Family Physicians, P.C. James & Diane Swartzendruber Joe Swinson '77 Lorenzo Tafoya Jeb Taylor '66 Joseph Tenace Joseph & Dolores Tenace Sr. Terminal Rentals, LLP Charles Thomas '66

ndation donor report 2014 Jim Witt '62, '68 William '64 & Donna '64 Witt Don & Phyllis Witzel Howard & Lola Wold Donald Wolfe '68 Blake Wood & Rebecca Clark David '67, '75 & Kay '68 Wood Mark Wood '71 Edna & Joseph Woodruff Jim '61 & Velma Workman Jeffrey '87 & Mary '87 Yearous Betty Young '67 Michael Yrene Robert Yund '74 Joe & Shirley Zanski Ellen Zibell Charles Zimmerly Alan Zinsmeister Steve & Jeannine Ziomek Linda Zobel Sara Zobel

up to $99 Sauda Abdul-Haqq Rauf Abdullah Gaspar Abeyta '66 Lisa Absmeier '78 Mary Acton Doug Adams Juanita Adams '87 Larry Adams Heather Albritton '99, '00 Robert Alderman '91 Misty Alex Anita Allinger '77 Rebecca Alvidrez Ellen Alvine John Anderson '13 Marlo '95 & Kristi '95 Anderson Gary & Sarah Anderson Sheryl Anderson '69, '80 Julio '59, '62 & Annabelle '85 Archuleta Kay Arends '92 J.A. Arendts Linda Armstead '77 Cathy '99 & Tim Armstrong Tammy Armstrong Toni Arrington Martha Asher '73, '75 Alfonso '84 & Shirley '85 Atencio Valerie Baker '10 Doris Banks Maria Barahona Melissa Barros '06 Beverly Barton '69 Gerald Bates '71 Lindy Bay '97 Alan Beatty '62 Rebecca Beeson Sandra Beheiry Janet Bell Rodger '73 & Cathy '74 Bell Andrea Benton-Maestas '12 Breta Bervig-Schutte '96

Dee Betts '70, '71 Lisa Bigley Nancy Billiard '71 Ralph & Julie Bilson & Family Elizabeth Bingham Herbert Birk '62 Bistro Rialto Howard Blair Chris Blaschke Vivian Bonham '78 Paul Bonner '94 Philip Born '68 Pat '72 & Donna '95 Bottini Kathleen Bowne '75 Gerald '59 & Karen '61 Boxberger Michael Boyd Roxie Boyd '55, '64 David Brabb '60, '62 Aaron Bradley Dolores Brandon Laurie Brandon Dorothy Brandt Linda Brescia Peter Brescia Clifford Britton '57 Cassie Bro Devin Bromley Sean Brosnan '11 Gerald & Catherine Brown John Brown Karen Brown Mark & Lisa Brown Robert Brown Roger Brunelli '67, '74 Roderick Bryant Gretchen Bull Nicole Bullock Tara Bullock Rick Burgess '07 Diana Burket Julie Burkey '90 Pamela Buron Gary '73 & Maria '73 Burrows

matching gift companies Baxter International Foundation Matching Gift Program ChevronTexaco Matching Gift Program YourCause Chevron Matching Employee Funds ConAgra Foods Foundation Ecolab Foundation El Pomar Foundation IBM International Foundation Microsoft Giving Campaign Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Silicon Valley Community Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Xcel Energy Foundation

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Ryan Thomas Liz Thomas Hensley '05 Christine Thompson Turk & Emiko Tokita Mike Tomlin Darrell & Diane Smylie Trembly '67 Virginia & Ezell Trice Jane Trogdon '66 Roger Trotter '63 Bertha Trujillo '72, '80 Henry Trujillo '61, '70 Milton Trujillo '58 Norman Tucker '79 Tayon Turner Ken & Sharon Turpin Sean Tyler '91 Richard Umphrey Earl Valentine Edmund Vallejo '55 George & Linda Vallejos Jose Vallejos '62 Valley Car Wash/Vintage Garage Van Iwaarden Builders, Inc. David Van Pelt '86 Denise Vandewalle David Vasquez Patrick Veerkamp '66 Joe '54, '60 & Celsa '54 Vialpando Paul Victor '74, '75 Donn Vigil Joe '53, '59 & Caroline '75, '76 Vigil John Vigil '62 Maryann Vigil '83, '95 Valentin Vigil '71 Rosalie Vigna '77 Francisco Villanueva James Vuono '69 Paul & Karen Wagner Kenneth Wakasugi Kip Walker '77 Susan Walter Craig Walters Torben '11 & Raina '13 Walters Robert Waltman '76 Jeff Wasinger '81 Darrell & Lynette Watson Doris Watson '88, '90 JC & Alicia Watt James & Alicia Watters John & Nadine Watters Mandi Weed '85 David & Donna '12 Wehe Donnie Whitaker '91 Carol White Robert Whiting '59, '63 Shelley Wiley Corbin Wilhelmi Donald '72, '75 & Karan '89 Wilkinson Brent Williams '71 Paul Williams '75 Darryl Wilson Michelle Rubidoux Wilson '99, '03 Patricia Wilson Ronald '82 & Carolyn '82 Wilson Scott Wilson Michael Wingate John Wingstrom LaVieta Winters


adams state university foun up to $99 Tim Busen & Doris Sullivan Linda Butler '85, '01, '10 Robert & Kathleen Bybee Russell Cagle '73 Jake Candelaria '57 Jim Capra '80 Marguerite Carlson '52 Diana Carpenter Kevin '87 & Lisa '87 Carpenter Larry & Connie Carpenter Eric ‘01 & Lia ’14 Carpio John Carr '62 Jeanette Carter Kurt '71, '78 & Joan '90 Cary Noel Caryl '87 Beneranda Chacon '91, '01, '11 Kathie Chambers Ethel Chapman '68 Wilfred Chavez Michael Childers '72, '76 Richard Chitwood '52 Iris Clark '74 Lisa Clark '87 Carol Clarke '85 Lisa Clements Richard '71 & Mary '74 Cline Mark Clinton Jane '91 & Ed Clodfelter Colaizzi Agency Inc. David Coleman '86 Larry Coleman '71 Beverly Collins '78 Terry Colton The Complete Non Profit, LLC Jeffrey Cook Katherine Cook Rilda Cook Sarah Cook Chuck & Mary Lou Cook & Family Doug Cook & Family Greg & Suzanne Cook & Family Alberta Coolbaugh '94 Kent Cooper '76 John Cooper & Arleen Arnsparger Joe Cordo '70 Alfred '70 & Anna Marie '72 Cordova Rosemary Cordova '76, '89 Dora Corral '74 Theresa Cortese '76, '82 Luis Cortez '63, '70 Prudencio Cosyleon '77 Caleb Cotton '06 Shawn Cowles Hugh & Linda Cozart David Crandall Margaret Cribbs Dorothy Croft '73 Gary Cronk Christopher Cross '04 Crow Financial Advisors Mary Crowell '92 Marcella Cruz Lucero Karen Cruz-Hoyos 24

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David Curtis '72, '92 Jon & Beth Cushman Catherine Cutler '71 Peter Cyrill Faye Dabney '55, '60 Keith '70 & Carol '71 Daniel Sandra Daniels Jeffrey David '87 Daniel Davis '74 Lyla Davis '01 Pearl Davison David & Reta Davman Mercedes de Cruz Jared Deaguero Ian Debono '73, '73 Dan & Terri DeChasaro Richard Decker '60 Geoff & Ruth Delin Gerald Dellinger '73 Lucrecia Dennis Christine Dent Edgar '65, '69 & Conzuelo '68 DeVan Carrie Digironimo '92 Yeshi Dorjee Ann Dorwart Caryn Doudna Anthony Drealan '13 Stephen Drussell Benjamin '76 & Judy '81, '82 Duarte Jessica Dumke '04 Billy Dunlap '71 Peggy Dunn Rebecca Dunn Eduardo '08 & Kristie '08 Duran Robert Eagan '77 Eagle Pride, Inc. April Edsmund Brandon Edwards '97 Helen Edwards '98 Ted Egger '02 Frank '83 & Mary Jo '80 Elkins John '86 & Carrie '86 Elwell Brian Enclade '08, '10 Engel Wealth Planning Group, Inc. Susan Enright Tyrel Entz Jennifer Erickson '82, '86, '90 Linda Erickson Courtney Espinoza '12 Tony Espinoza '58, '60 Richard '98 & Christine '98, '02 Esquibel Arlene Estrada Norm & Deb Everhart P.S. Exum Heidi Farfel '03 Patricia Farish '87 Sheryl '82, '85 & Wayne Farley Galen Feeback '64, '68 & Gloria Santisteven Feeback '73, '78 Cecil & Carol Fell Jacqueline Fenchel-Straley Joseph Fernandez Sandy Ferraro '76 Jason Ficca Crystal Flint Jana Flint '96 Lillian Flores '61 Cecilia Foster James Foster

Martha Foster Stanley '91 & Barbara '91 Foster Suzanne Foster & Mike Reigan Kay Foute '95 James & Lynn Fox Julia Fox Hyman & Roselyn Freeman Jamie Freymuth '12 B.J. Frost Harvey Frost Coy Gaddie '71 Marsha Gallagher '71 Bridget Gallegos '68, '72 Fred Gallegos '71 Albert Galvan '88 & Anna Lozano '75 Linda Garcia Gabe Garcia '08 Mike '94 & Patricia '82, '97 Garcia Vandeen Garcia '72 Rita Garfield '68 Rob & Christi Gates Theodore George William George '14 Steven Gerstner '72 Lynne Getz '78 James & Rhonda Gilbert Burton & Mona Gillan Gregory Gillaspie '82 Mark & Gertrud Gillette Wayne Ginani Ruth Ann Glover '64 Jim Goff Cynthia Goldsworthy '83 Augustine Gonzales Sr. '81 Cassaundra & Juan Gonzalez Guadalupe Gonzalez Thomas Goodman Harold Goodrich '63, '67 Sara Graf '86 Miriam Grafe '66 Charles '87 & Mary '79 Grant Phillip Grauss Susan Greenfield '85 Douglas Grewe '87 James Gribben '58, '61 Bob Grooms '76 Angela Grover Talia Guerrero Patrick & Stephanie Gutierrez Marilyn Hage '71 Allison Haines Shannon Halbleib Nura Halim-Abdul Mariel Hall David '97 & Penne '01 Hamilton Susan '69, '89 & Neil Hammer Charles Hammill '68, '69 Elizabeth Hammond '76, '80 Frank Hampton George Hansen '68 John & Margaret Hanssler Sharon Harding Kindra Hardy-Johnson '07 Barbara Harris Thomas Harris Kelly & Jennifer Hart Douglas Hartman '71 Loree Harvey '92 Peggy Haslar '89, '99

ndation donor report 2014 Caren Kershner '88 Robert Kidder '73 John Kiely Darin & Brandi King Rodney King '70 Sue King '66, '90 Sara Kline Janet Kneece '72 Kristine Kollasch '84 Theresa Kopec Thomas Krauser Kelly & Patti Kruger Christina Krutsche Charles Kurchinski '90 Donald Kusulas '62 Karen Major Landon '01 Trista Langdon Barb Larimer Christopher Larsen Myndee Larsen David Larson '95 David Lashway '75 Cindy Lassonde Edward & Mary Jane Laux Darlene Laydon '06 Darryl '67 & Martha '66 Laye Patty Lechner Frank Lee '74 Julie Lee Eldon Leff '63 Janet Leinen '78 Douglas '91 & Jennifer '92 Lentz Doris Lessenden '74 Quinten Lester Ronald Lester '77 Lisa Leverette Charles '58 & Janice '58 Lewis Rock '80, '80 & Sharon '80 Light Susan Likens '01 Kenneth '77 & Cecelia '78 Lingle Barbara Liparoto Salvatore Lirosi Ruth Lobato Sheri Lobmeyer J.B. & Danielle Lopez Julian '85 & Wendy '82, '93 Lopez Manuel Lopez Robert Lopez '96 Kimberly Lorimer '05 Patricia Losey Leanne Lounsbury '95 Jimmy Lovato '71, '73 Jean Lovelace '90 Mike Lowe '68 Frank Lower '63, '64 Esther Luben '64 Jacqueline Lubniewski Robert Lucero Sue Luttrell '88 Richard Lutz '71 Johnny '70 & Wanda '70 Lydia Zianeb Lyons '09 Anthony Madrid '79, '87 Theodora Madrid '60, '69 Charolet Magett Dick & Patty Maguire Jamie Mahaffey '97 Nikolai Makarow '72 Maureen Maksimoski '75

Daniel Maldonado '10 Leslie Malles '71, '80 Curtis '71 & Kay '80 Malouff Nancy Maness '87 Andrew Mang '57 Barbara Mann '75 Tina Marcelli Pamela Marino Dennis '72 & Nancy '72 Marion Ken '87, '94 & Dolores '87 Marquez Ronald Marso '65 Cheryl Martin Jeanne Martin

memorial gifts john alfson Keith Cerny Eduardo '08 & Kristie '08 Duran Thomas Grismer Talia Guerrero Peggy Haslar '89, '99 Janae Naranjo '04 Wendy O'Rourke '11 Sargent High School Turk & Emiko Tokita Mavi Valdez-Apodaca '87, '99

jeff cook Wilma Bard Ralph & Julie Bilson & Family Jeanette Carter Chuck & Mary Lou Cook & Family Doug Cook & Family Greg & Suzanne Cook & Family Katherine Cook Rilda Cook Sarah Cook Margaret Cribbs David & Reta Davman Tyrel Entz Norm & Deb Everhart Alan & Michele Johnson & Family Tammy Lopez ‘91, ‘00 Marcy Nordmeyer Dean Rougas & Family Molly Smith & Family Doug & Beverly Sparks & Family Melissa Thullen Charlene Town

erin gilmore Cole & Sue Foster Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Tammy Lopez ‘91, ‘00 Connie Spencer '63, '66

aj hall Connie Spencer '63, '66

john holmes Bruce Trameri '82

berda helms Larry & Connie Carpenter Roger Escheman Grace Helms Roy Helms

Gaylene Horning ‘94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Edward & Mary Jane Laux Beth McAden & Family Trudy McCollum Marjorie Seal Kevin & Judy Sheehan Connie Spencer '63, '66 Jim '69, ‘71 & Gayl '66, '70 Woodke Joe & Shirley Zanski

ruth ‘42 & louis ‘40 lobato Carmen Tapia lucille löser ‘66, ‘67 Robert Fink '79 & Patty Lopez Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Dick & Patty Maguire ernestine martinez ‘99 Connie Spencer '63, '66

kerry mcginty Kathy McGinty '67

merle milligan John Cooper & Arleen Arnsparger

dr. calvin oba ‘48 Mary Oba

william price ‘56 Officers & Associates of UMB uncle doug shriver Holly Morris '00

jacquelyn straub ‘77, ‘77 Connie Spencer '63, '66

judy tisdale Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Paul & Karen Wagner

beth waters Jane '91 & Ed Clodfelter Gaylene Horning ‘94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

bob weems ‘56 Gaylene Horning ‘94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Tammy Lopez ‘91, ‘00

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Melonie Hawley Lyndel Hay '13 Donna Hayward '77 Vern '97 & Heather '00 Heersink Robert & Muriel Heit Roy Helms Eveline Hemsley Arla Henderson '09 David & Mary Hennis Geoff Herberg Joanne Hernandez '69 Christopher '95 & Melissa '95 Hertrich Cynthia Hester Sallie Hibbs '60 Pattie Hickey-Eilinger '84 Richard Hime '68 Alta Hoffman '64 Wendi Hoffman '71 Jenene Holcomb '89, '94 Justin Holland George Holley '06 Larry Holley Lloyd Holmes '65 Thomas Holslag '73 Linda Hoover '81 Gaylene Horning '94 Chris & Lisa Hosking Beverly '10 & Rachel '12 Hottor Julie Hudnall William Hudnall Colby Hunt Denise Hunt Jerlynn Hurt '97 Eugene Huser '80 Cheryl Husmann '88 Willadell Ihrke Christine Imel '70 Glen Irvin '98 & Nicole Borg '98 Stella Isais '79, '87 Blanca Jackson Julia Jackson '80 Randy '98 & Micah '98 Jackson Sara Jaycox Tom Jaycox Frank Jerue C. Bryant Johnson Donna Johnson '78, '86 Frances Johnson Monica Johnson '88 Alan & Michele Johnson & Family Pam Johnston '83 Carrie Jones '06 Charles Jones, lll '63 Phillip Jones '04 Dennis Jouett '70 Thomas Joyner '68 Alice Juda Charlotte Anne Kaiser '79 Mae Nell Kane-Hall Sally Karg '75 Leanna Kaspar '98, '99 Debra Kath Theresa Keeler Barbara Keller '77 Sandra Kelley Kathleen Kelly '98 Craig '75, '89 & Laura '81, '03 Kelso Benjamin Kern '02 Shirley Kernen '89


adams state university foun up to $99 Herman '69 & Patricia '70, '90 Martinez Jake Martinez '59, '69 Larry Martinez '73 Louis Martinez '79 Rodney Martinez Valentin '73 & Lucy '69, '73 Martinez Wendy Martinez Marsi Mason '94 Kyle Hurley '08 Charisse Matthews David Mazel '85, '87 Richard Mazur '53 Beth McAden Kathleen McBride Robert & Yolanda McCalla Dolly McClellan '98, '00 Trudy McCollum McDaniel Trucking, LLC Lynn McGinley '77 Charles '62, '67 & Peggy '66 McGuffin Bob '69 & Teena '73 McGuire McGuire Auto Parts John '92 & Joye '93 McHenry Susan McKenna '95 Cheri '08 & Jeremy '02 Meder Karen Melgares Christa Melgoza Sarah Menapace-Walker '93 Randy Menegatti '08, '12

John Mestas Jay Meyer Insurance Agency, Inc. Lonnie '87 & Marjorie '86 Miller Merlin Miller '64 Valerie Miller-Hutchison Lari Mirabile Heath Mitchell '95 Margaret Mitchell '70 Chas '98 & Melissa Moeller Lois Moeny '43 Linda Moheit '70, '76 Sandra Moncada '91 Yesenia Montes Frances Montoya '79 Andrea Mooney '96 Karel Morrow '63, '66 Craig '73, '76 & Margie '75, '00 Mortensen Edwin Mosier '93 Claudia & Marcel Motley Beverly & Jack Mozzetti Benito Muniz '73 Kenneth Murray Janae Naranjo '04 John Nedin '69 Charles Nelson '64 Dean Neumann Truman Newsome Alan Noelck Marcy Nordmeyer Jeannie Norwood '71, '71 & Albert Kahan Karen Nunnery Charlotte O'Bannon '87, '88 Frank O'Connor '97 Officers & Associates of UMB Theresa O'Halloran

Lance & Cynthia O’Hara Doug Oliver Jo Oliver '93 Todd Olson '94 Ernest Ornelas '76 Wendy O'Rourke '11 Jessica Ortega Jose '00 ,'04, '07 & Amy '98, '06 Ortega Mitch O'Steen '94 & Brenda Wilson ‘89 Maria Elisabeth & Jose Otavio Cathy Ott Maria Owen '95 Robert '90 & Angela '90 Ownbey Gloria Pacheco '83 Vivian Padilla Pamela Parfitt '77 Clarence & Vicki '91 Parks Mary Parra John '68 & Helen '67 Patton Tim Pautler Jolene Pavlovsky '63, '67 Carlos & Maureen Paz De Araujo Marilyn Pearce Matthew Pearce '07 Michael Pedone Anita Perez '91, '97 Elaine Perry Gilbert Peterson Charles '59, '62 & Margaret '63, '67 Pfalmer Heather Pfarr Marilyn Pfarr Ronnie & Carol Pickens Jon Plachy '55, '60 John Plock '80 Timothy Potter

Grant supports concurrent enrollment educators Teachers and, ultimately, students in rural Colorado will benefit from a Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) grant awarded to the Adams State University Foundation to support the Concurrent Enrollment Teaching Initiative. The $100,000 grant will cover tuition costs for qualified educators throughout the state who wish to become concurrent enrollment instructors, according to Dr. Ed Crowther, chair of Adams State’s History Department. “Starting this June, a cohort of 15-20 social studies teachers will be enrolled in Adams State graduate courses leading to concurrent enrollment instructor eligibility,” Crowther said. Adams State’s Master of Arts in Humanities - American history emphasis is Colorado’s only online master’s degree in a discipline taught in the secondary environment. “The grant will fund teachers who already have an M.A. to complete 24 hours of coursework in history,” he added. Colorado has successfully expanded concurrent enrollment (CE) courses, which offer high school and college credit simultaneously, at little or no direct cost to the student. While many educators hold a master’s degree in the field of education, very few have also completed the required 18 hours of graduate level


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instruction within their specific content area, which the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) requires to teach college credit. Crowther explained most teachers have not had contentspecific coursework since their sophomore year of college. Updated coursework would enable them to address the post-Cold War and post-9/11 world, which are key components of the Colorado Academic Standards. The grant was awarded by the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, which was allocated $3.4 million last year by Colorado General Assembly to support Colorado students – especially those from low-income and/or underrepresented backgrounds – on the path to and through college and into the workforce. This historic state investment aims to address workforce readiness, the degree attainment gap, and affordability issues that put a college degree out of reach for too many Coloradans. Eighty-five percent of Colorado’s 178 school districts are considered rural. It’s estimated 70 percent of students in these districts are first generation, low income, or students of color. Evidence shows that students who complete concurrent enrollment coursework are more successful in their post-secondary education, Crowther said.

ndation donor report 2014 Frank Shawcroft '73 Kevin & Judy Sheehan Beverly Sheldon Richard Sichel Chuck & Teresa Sidor Joseph & Jean Sidor Keith Singleton John Skinner '72 Mark Skinner '92 James Slade '72 Karen Sliwkowski '75, '89 David Smith Melody Smith Molly Smith & Family Sean Snowball Thomas & Teresa Sparks Doug & Beverly Sparks & Family Rodney Speicher Vincent Spero '75 Mark Spiva William Sprinkle Ivan Stahlecker '73, '81 Ann Stanford '86, '91 Stephanie Steffens '89 Donald Stegman '61, '64 John Stevenson '72 J. Stewart Kevin Stewart Walter Stoufer '66 Julie Stoumbaugh Claire Streeter Marla Sullivan '02 Karyl Sutherland '84 Harriet Sutton '63 Catherine Swanson '98 Garrett Szagola '71 Raelyn Tafoya Carmen Tapia Christine Tapia '84 Jon Tausan '69, '81 Darian Taylor Kyle & Shannon Taylor Ryan Taylor Brandie Telfer '10 Carleen Theel '73 Carl Therkildsen Debra Thieman '94 Douglas Thomas '55 Suzanne Thomas '10 Donald Thompson & Jan Oen Myla Thompson Melissa Thullen Jamie Timmerman '00 Bonita Tooley '85 Diane Torrence Charlene Town Victoria Townsend '63 Bruce Trameri '82 Hugh Treanor '64 James Trevino '62 Marylynn Tritten '05 Magdalena Trujillo Tracy Trumper '06 Doris Tucker '81 Jean Tucker Aaron Tuioti-Mariner '02, '11, '12 Richard Turney '54 Hardy Turrentine '64 Daniel & Elizabeth Uhlig

gifts in honor of margaret lamb Colorado P.E.O. Chapter HB

dr. david svaldi Neil & Elise Rudolph Barbara Ulibarri '11 Bea Valdez '72 Mary Valdez '88 Steve '87 & Sandra Valdez Mavi Valdez-Apodaca '87, '99 Valerie Valdo Valley Elite All-Star John & Cheryl Van Vliet Gary VanGerpen '64, '66 Brian Vasquez '05, '06 Kellie Veneman '83 Gary Venturi '71 Ardell Versaw '63 Rose '92, '97 & Al Vialpando Jan '13 & Roxie '10 Vigil Judy Vigil '90 Ruben Vigil '61, '65 Leova Villalobos James Viola Raymond Voight Andrew Wampler Jack Ward '61, '67 Phillip Ward '56 Andy Ward John Wardenberger Kay '55 & Jan '63 Watkins Cleve Watson Mark Weeks '75 Tiffany Weems-Miller Robert Wehmeyer '68 Larry Wells '69 Aaron Welsh '03 Allan Wengert '65 Bill Wesley '77 & Rose Molina-Wesley '90 Carol Wheeler '64, '70 Virginia White '65 Cynthia White '83 Ann Whittington Roland Jr '69, '70, '84 & Maryann '70 Wick Deanna Wiggins '81 Trevor Wikre Tamara Wiley Jonathan Williams '12 Steve Willman '73 William Wills '87 Debra Wilson Marcus Wilson Robert Wilson '69 Tammy Wilson Barbara & Bob Wilzen Robert Winter Cora Wolfe '64 Eric Wood Jim '69, ‘71 & Gayl '66, '70 Woodke Eric Woodruff Margaret Wright '48 Iva Jean Young '57, '69 Chay '00 & Jennifer '00 Yund

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John Powers Dwight Proctor '72 Pusch Ridge Dental, P.C. Lawrence Pyeatt '65 John Quirin '71, '73 Allen '03 & Tracie '03 Race Mamo & Junie Rafiq Bertha Ragsdale '56 Phillip Ranke '66 Chuck Rathmann James Reay '64 Stephen '69 & Kay '72 Reay Dorothy Reddick Linda Reid '96 Cassandra Rhinehart '04 Ronald & Adele Rhinehart David Rice '01 Lyndell Richards Emmett Richmond '75 Shane Rinner Tracey Robinson Maxine Rodriguez Lonnie Rogers Dr. Mary Ann Roldan '74 David Romek Robert Romek John & Amy Romero Leland '97 & Alicia '00 Romero Barbara Ross David Ross Joseph Ross '66 Patricia Rotolo '87 Dean Rougas & Family Reginaldo Roybal '83 Ray Ruiz Reynaldo & Ester Ruiz Alonzo Ruybal '72 Enos Ruybal '84 Rica Ruybal '74, '79 Sacramento Spine & Physical Therapy, Inc. Aaron Sahr '68 Lydia Salazar Pablo & Gertrude Saldana Patricia Salinas Darlene Samek Caroline Sanchez '56 Marisela Sanchez Richard Sanchez '72 Jean Sanderson Antonio Sandoval '73, '89 G.J. Santelli Sargent High School Carl Savely '76 Rich '75 & Barbara Scanga Gerald Schabel Joseph Scheib Lloyd Schempp '67 William Schlaufman John Schlueter Paulette Schmalz '75 David Schmittel '69 Dennis Schoenfelder '94 & Chayne '80, '95 Boutillette Chelsea Schraeder '05 Erich Schwiesow & Julie Waechter Ife Scott Marjorie Seal Steve Sealock Betty Shawcroft '74


privately funded miles & alice acheson memorial Alice Acheson '68, '69

adams state alumni Adams State University Alumni Association

asu alumni & foundation office Rich Gehlbach ‘59

adams state classified employees Employees of Adams State University

alamosa kiwanis - robert foote and frank moore memorial Kiwanis Club of Alamosa

alamosa lodge #44 philanthropic Alamosa Masonic Philanthropic Foundation

alamosa masonic Alamosa Masonic Philanthropic Foundation

alamosa rotary Alamosa Rotary Club

alamosa state bank clyde helms memorial Alamosa State Bank

alamosa state bank ove nielsen memorial Alamosa State Bank

asu theatre endowment ASU Alumni, Staff & Friends

alta/1st stop Alta Fuels

antonito Carole Counihan & James Taggart

manual aragon Estate of Manual Aragon

arby's slv promising athlete Arby's

richard barkley/mcdaniel Richard Barkley '76 Dr. John McDaniel

marian sims baughn memorial P.E.O. Foundation

borrego family Thomas Borrego '46

stan brinkley/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

tom bruscino/mcdaniel Thomas '99 & Terrie '99 Bruscino Dr. John McDaniel

dr. robert buchanan/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

dr. littleton j. bunch memorial Bunch Family

shirley burnham memorial Glenn & Kerry Burnham

orahood burt scholarship Carolyn Burt

bustos/price memorial Bill Mansheim

calvin "bud" & mary regan caldwell Mary Regan Caldwell '52, '60

carpe diem Koos & Harry Daley

clyde carstens/mcdaniel Clyde Carstens '86 Dr. John McDaniel

clyde calvin carstens memorial/ mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

joshua thomas cary memorial John & Paige Keeler

sally t. chavez memorial Anonymous Donor

n. & g. clarke & h. emperius memorial Hada Clarke '85

the edwin clemmer scholarship in the very fine arts David '87 & Wendy Clemmer

jim colbert athletic Jim Colbert '61, '65 & Valerie Goodwin-Colbert

alton cole Estate of Alton Cole

collins/sheriff/zuckerman memorial Stephen '67 & Courtney Marsters

richard conour memorial Elizabeth Conour

nita cooper memorial/mcdaniel Jack Cooper Dr. John McDaniel

james & irene craft James H. Craft

jerry & patti crisci/mcdaniel Jerry '70 & Patti '70 Crisci Dr. John McDaniel

dr. ed crowther/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

john dewi davies m.d. medical Estate of Eileen Crowly Davies

dolce football Darin Dolce '95

carly delorenzo softball Phillip '83 & Patricia '83 DeLorenzo

duncan Ronald '67, '72 & Paula '73 Duncan

ellis memorial Harry Manesiotis '99

emeritus chemistry faculty David Van Pelt ‘86

clea bailey espinosa memorial Howard '56 & Margo Espinosa

wayne & ellen evans mathematics & science Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans

stanford fellers memorial Marvin Fellers '47

first southwest bank of alamosa golf First Southwest Bank of Alamosa

firstbank FirstBank Holding Company

firstbank service area FirstBank Holding Company

david ford/mcdaniel David Ford '71 Dr. John McDaniel

david ford memorial/mcdaniel Vickie Ford '71 Dr. John McDaniel

david & vickie ford/mcdaniel Vickie Ford '71 Dr. John McDaniel

vickie ford/mcdaniel Vickie Ford '71 Dr. John McDaniel

dr. gary gallagher/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

michael john gay memorial Michael Gay

gfwc women's citizenship club GFWC Women's Citizenship Club

ruth curtis gilbert Karla Gilbert

dr. gordon gillson/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

erin gilmore memorial Katie Fundalinski J. Thomas '67, '68 & Patrice '68 Gilmore

dr. j. thomas gilmore/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

william and lenora gilmore memorial J. Thomas '67, '68 & Patrice '68 Gilmore

wilma gomez-bradley memorial Lawrence '67, '68 & Frances '64, '70 Gomez

lawrence & frances gomez Lawrence '67, '68 & Frances '64, '70 Gomez

james gontis/mcdaniel James Gontis '90 Dr. John McDaniel

green/park woolbert creative arts Kathy Park Woolbert '07 & Henry Woolbert

paul d. hall Phil & Juanita Hall

history, anthropology, philosophy political science & spanish ASU HAPPSS Department

charley hayashida memorial Sadako Hayashida

brooks haynie memorial endowment Thomas & Marjorie Haynie

stuart hilwig hgp honors Adams State University History/ Government Department

stuart j. hilwig memorial Ray Hilwig

donald hilton hopper memorial H. Dean Hopper & Doris Hilton Hopper

ron howard/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

dr. grant hurley pre-med/nursing Grant '47 & Beverly Hurley

roy and yoshiko inouye endowment Estate of Roy & Yoshiko Inouye

jack's market (del norte, co) Robert & Karen '97, '99 Willis

james johnson/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

akira kawanabe golf Alamosa Chamber of Commerce

kay prendergast kelloff Kay '68 & Harold Kelloff

kincannon-wall/mcdaniel Deanna Kincannon-Wall '69 Dr. John McDaniel

l & m auto LeRoy & Rosalie '86 Martinez


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d scholarships margaret a. lamb Margaret Lamb

dr. randall t. lambert memorial Judy Michalski

mark lammers/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

minnie langowski memorial Gene Langowski '82, '87 Charlene Bertolino '89

vernon lantis David Lantis '39

michael lane lester memorial James Lester

olibama lopez-tushar Estate of Olibama Lopez-Tushar

florence lorton/alice lorton getz memorial Melvin Getz Jackie Getz White '82

löser Ron '65 & Marilyn '86, '87 Löser

hon. carlos & dorothy lucero/ mcdaniel Carlos '61 & Dorothy '61 Lucero Dr. John McDaniel

lawrence david lucero memorial Fern Lucero

robert lujan memorial golf John '86 & Gwynne Lujan

mangum nursing Janet '63 & Jasper Mangum

michael marchildon/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

dr. john & fran marvel/mcdaniel John & Fran Marvel Dr. John McDaniel

ethel dobson mcdaniel/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

j.e. mcdaniel/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

julie randolph mcdaniel/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

lillian mcdaniel/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

ray, ruth & jimmy mcgee Ruth McGee ‘50

leonard "mac" mclean family Dolores McLean '65 Chris Simmons

merritt Beatrice Merritt '36

mingilton family endowment Dale '85 & Teri Mingilton

douglas w. monter memorial Colorado Potato Administrative Committee

marv motz outstanding athlete Bob '56 & Thelma Weems

marvin motz Anonymous Donor

music endowment ASU Alumni, Staff & Friends

national western National Western Stock Show Trust

dr. paul s. and patti k. newman theatre education endowment

william & taka oba memorial David Oba '77 Dean '75 & Trish Oba Ronald Oba

spud orr memorial Merle Orr '65, '69

ed ortega/mcdaniel Eduardo Ortega ‘86 Dr. John McDaniel

porter scholars in science and mathematics William ‘51 & Joan Porter

racanelli family pay it forward - football Pat '97 & Debi Racanelli

bill rakow/mcdaniel Bill Rakow '69 Dr. John McDaniel

lon randolph/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

robert hoag rawlings foundation Pueblo Chieftain

judith richardson visual art Antoinette Lucas

don richmond music Anonymous Donor

ed richmond endowment Don Richmond & Teri McCartney '82, '87

richard "dick" boyce/ hendricks "heine" leonard Rio Grande Savings & Loan

freda t. roof memorial Estate of Freda T. Roof

rustic log Randy '98 & Micah '98 Jackson

rutledge family Richard '69 & Kathleen Rutledge

ed ryan Ed Ryan

jodine ryan/mcdaniel Jodine Ryan Dr. John McDaniel

jose f. "kiko" salazar memorial Josephine Salazar '93, '94

wayne sheldrake/mcdaniel Wayne '85, '91 & Lauren '97, '04 Sheldrake Dr. John McDaniel

loren & alice shipp Mike Lantzy '64, '65

shriver/wright agricultural ASU Alumni & Friends

william "bill" sinclair memorial Phyllis Sinclair '71

slv behavioral health group SLV Behavioral Group

slv federal bank San Luis Valley Federal Bank

slv rural electric cooperative, inc. SLV Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.

cloyde snook Anonymous Donor

southway alumni Butch & Izora '66 Southway

southway alumni/wrestling

elaine southway memorial Butch & Izora '66 Southway Joanne (Southway) Clayton ‘61

rick spier memorial Patsy Spier '91

cloyce stokes memorial Irva Stokes

summerfest on the rio San Luis Valley Fine Arts & Entertainment

suntek industries, inc. Andres Salazar

richard talley musical theatre Margaret Talley

william m. & jennie l. thomas Estate of William & Jennie Thomas

william trujillo/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

dale umberger ‘69 lunch box memorial Football Players of 1966-71

ralph vail & kathlyn thatcher vail Ann Vail

wall, smith, bateman WSB & Associates, Inc.

kyle walpole/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

walters football Tim '73 & Peggy '72, '72 Walters

walters men's basketball Tim '73 & Peggy '72, '72 Walters

walters women's basketball Tim '73 & Peggy '72, '72 Walters

peggy & tim walters merit chemistry Tim '73 & Peggy '72, 72 Walters

bill & beth waters Bill '59 & Beth Waters

kay watkins Adams State Chemistry Department

dr. lynn weldon world peace Arvilla Weldon '70, '92

lillian mcdaniel williamson/mcdaniel John & Fran Marvel Dr. John McDaniel

stanley & ruth wills Ruth Wills '46

woodard memorial Charles & Beryl Woodard

george, john, janet, marjorie & mitzi woodard memorial Ketha Woodard

homer wright/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

robert ellard wright memorial Mary Ann Wright

shane yamnitz/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

cindy young memorial Norman Tucker '79

lorraine young memorial Estate of Lorraine Young '37

bill zittle memorial golf Tuesday Nite Men's Golf League

Butch & Izora '66 Southway

Paul & Patti Newman

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grizzly club donor repo corporate sponsors A Better Cut Barber Shop A & L Coors, Inc. Adams State MBA Airgas USA, Inc. Alamosa Building Supply/La Jara Trading Post Alamosa Chiropractic Alamosa County Alamosa Lumber Company/ Valley Lumber Company Alamosa State Bank Alcon Construction, Inc. Alpine Electric, Inc. Alta Fuels American Electric CO Arby’s Asphalt Constructors, Inc. ASU Bookstore Atencio’s Market B & H Sports Best Western Alamosa Inn Bistro Rialto Blessed Brews Cattails Golf Course Caton’s Super Lube Century 21 Property Management Chaparral Chili's CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency City Market

Colorado Army National Guard Colorado Choice Health Plans Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Colorado Sports Colwell Inspection Group Community Banks of Colorado Comfort Inn & Suites/Super 8 of Alamosa Cooley & Sons Excavating, Inc. Crown Trophy of Boulder Cottonwood Dental Center, LLC David Wehe, CFP Davis Partnership Architects Del Mar Carpet One Diesslin Structures, Inc. Domino's Edward Jones - Alamosa Edward Jones - Monte Vista Extreme Graphics Fairfield Inn & Suites 1st Southwest Bank Flood & Peterson, Ins. Inc, Freedom Financial Services GH Phipps Construction Companies Hampton Inn Holiday Inn Express & Suites Horizon Coach Lines Hunan Chinese Restaurant/ East West Grill J & J Rental Centers KSPK-FM &TV Kristi Mountain Sports L & M Auto Sales Little Caesars/Pepperoni Brothers, LLC McDonald's Milagros Coffee House/Rainbow’s End Monte Vista Cooperative Nestle Toll House Cafe O & V Printing Porter Realty, Inc.

Rio Grande Savings & Loan Rio Grande Scenic Railroad RMS Utilities Rock Creek Family Medicine, P.C. Rocky Mountain Eye Center, P.C. Rocky Mountain Septic & Excavating Safeway San Luis Valley Brewing Company San Luis Valley Federal Bank SLV Health San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op, Inc. San Luis Valley Title Company Sherwin Williams Silver Mountain Disposal, LLC Skiball's Running World Skyline Hospitality Inc. SLV Pizza Company Smoothy’s Juice Bar Sodexo Campus Services Sonic Drive-In Southside Rentals & Kiva Apartments Southwest Ready Mix Inc. Taco Bell/Long John Silver Alamosa Store Town & Country Auto Mall VIP Salon & Spa Valley Courier Valley Electric, Inc. Valley Food Co-op Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc. Van Iwaarden Builders, Inc. Vance Law Office Vendola Plumbing & Heating Inc. Vista's Wal-Mart Wall, Smith, Bateman & Assoc., Inc. Walters & Mullins, Inc. Xcel Energy

Alamosa’s first Rio Frio 5K benefits Grizzly Club Alamosa’s annual Ice Festival provided the perfect opportunity for a pet idea of Jeff Owsley ’86: a run on the river – not along it, ON it. The president of the Grizzly Club, Owsley credits his running partner, Mark Pittman ‘05, ‘13, ASU assistant director of Housing/Residence Life, with coining the event’s name: The Rio Frio. Held January 31 on a frozen, yet slightly slushy Rio Grande near Cole Park, the 5K attracted 230 runners and walkers. It garnered $3,300 in proceeds that were dedicated to Grizzly Club scholarships. Not an athlete during college, Owsley didn’t start running until age 42, when he was diagnosed with a weak heart. He started running, completed his first half-marathon, and lost 40 lbs. “My beer belly saved me,” he joked. Since then, he’s run the Boston Marathon twice and even finished an ultra marathon. “The hardest part was staying awake,” he said. Owsley has been director of Alamosa’s Small Business Development Center for two years, and is involved with the SLVGO (Great Outdoors) Coalition, which hopes to develop more water-based and winter recreation opportunities. “I would like to use the running/race industry to enhance the SLV economy,” he said, noting the Front Range has one of the largest running communities in the nation. Forty percent of Rio Frio participants were from out of town. Above right: Jeff Owsley with a running pal from Colorado Springs.


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ort 2014 Russell Achatz '85 Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce ASU School of Business William Bagby Bank Shot Sports Bar James Bartlett Jeffrey Bilderbeck '03 Blue Peaks Developmental Services Joelle Boos-Medina '99, '11 Bill & Julie Brooks Mark & Lisa Brown Jon & Teri Brownell Glenn & Kerry Burnham Tim Busen & Doris Sullivan Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey Campus Cafe Jim Capra '80 Roxy Carleo '88 Eric '01 & Lia '14 Carpio Glen '62 & Frances '62 Clark Terry Colton Alberta Coolbaugh '94 Jack & Mabel Cotton Hogue's Glass, Inc. Ed Crowther & Lori Tanner David Curtis '72, '92 Dan & Terri DeChasaro Ron '76 & Jan '80, '03 DeSautell Dan & Gloria Diercks Josh Dreher Scott & Kim Edwards Ted Egger '02 Roger Escheman Trace & Theresa Fair Farm Fresh Direct John '63, '69 & Margaret '61 Faron Cecil & Carol Fell Keith '58, '63 & Claudette '63, '78 Fisher Suzanne Foster & Mike Reigan Dr. & Mrs. William Fulkerson, Jr. Delbert '70, '71 & Jan Gay Kenny Getz Greg '96 & Jeni '85 Goodwin Christine Haslett '77, '94, '03 Marty '82 & Cathy '12 Heaton Vern '97 & Heather '00 Heersink Charlotte Hefner '88 Greg Hensley Mike '01, '13 & Mena '02 Hill Justin Holland Nora Holmes '86 Jenel Hopper '02 Michael Hudson '98

theatre patrons Jack & Mabel Cotton Bill & Tami '91 Fassett Dale '64 & Beverly Hettinger Kim Kaiser Susan McKenna '95 Nancy Mead Michael Patritch '70, '73 Neil & Elise Rudolph San Luis Valley Federal Bank David & Virginia '83, '94, '95 Svaldi

friends of music Alamosa Live Music Association Larry & Connie Carpenter Chevron Texaco Matching Gift Program Cynthia Choice Peter '66 & Gayle Ciraolo Lisa Clements Beverly Collins '78 Felix Cordova '62, '65 Hugh & Linda Cozart Lyla Davis '01 Kathleen Delzell '61 Mary Eldredge '99 Grace Ellsworth '65 Roger & Lila Jean Escheman Delbert Gay '70, '71 Dave Green '70, '71 Roy Helms Jenene Holcomb '89, '94 Martin Jones Karen Lemke Curtis '71 & Kay ‘80 Malouff Trudy McCollum Jeannie Norwood '71 Theresa O'Halloran Alfred O'Leary '66 Jolene Pavlovsky '63, '67 Robert & Regina Rice Patricia Robbins '93, '96 Neil & Elise Rudolph Erich Schwiesow & Julie Waechter Marjorie Seal Mark Skinner '92 David & Virginia '83, '94, '95 Svaldi Joe Swinson '77 Donald Thompson & Jan Oen Jim '69, '71 & Gayl '66, '70 Woodke Joe & Shirley Zanski

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individual sponsors

Larry Joe '83 & Christine '83 Hunt Raymond Johnson '71 Brad Keithley Chris & Joelle Keeler Karl Keller Kentucky Fried Chicken Kris Kippes Thomas Krauser Barrett & Mindy Land Dianne & Jeff Lee Jesse & Rachel Lee Selbert & Dorothy Lewis Joe & Patrice Licciardi Rock '80, '80 & Sharon '80 Light Manuel Lopez Robert Lopez '96 Ken '87, '94 & Dolores '87 Marquez Damon '87 & Konnie Martin Beatrice Martinez '76 David '84, '87 & Kimberly '84, '99 Martinez Cheri '08 & Jeremy '02 Meder Corky & Nancy Mortensen Wade '76, '80 & Lindy '80 Mortensen Larry '88, '93 & Carolyn '89 Mortensen Mary Motz '62 Lloyd Nelson Floyd & Jody Oaks Albert '61 & Kelli '74 O'Leary Chuck Owsley '68 Jeff Owsley '86 Debra Powell Gary & Toni Ramstetter Linda Reid '96 Norman '75, '77 & Greta Roberts Tracey Robinson Mike Rogers Russell Surveyors & Assoc., Inc. Stephen Schiffer William Schlaufman Kenny & Barbara Sears Vincent '79 & Donna Segura Fred St. Cyr Jr. State Farm/Jay Meyer Insurance, Inc. Donald Stegman '61, '64 Barbara Stindt Dervin Taylor Aaron Tuioti-Mariner '02, '11, '12 Ken & Sharon Turpin Armando Valdez Valley Car Wash/Vintage Garage Collin Walker Kip Walker '77 John & Nadine Watters Mandi Weed '85 Trevor Wikre Lisa '94 & Chad Wilson Michelle Rubidoux Wilson '99, '03 Chay '00 & Jennifer '00 Yund Joe & Shirley Zanski Steve & Jeannine Ziomek


alumnotes ◗1950s Bob `53 and Mary Jane `55 Reed were married in 1951 and lived in student housing until Bob got his degree and draft notice. M.J. lived in Casa Bonita Hall while Bob was in the service. Their first child was born shortly before Bob’s discharge in Sept. They taught school for a year in South Dakota, then moved to the D.C. area for government careers. He worked as a librarian for U.S. Geological Survey for 30 years, retiring in 1986 as Chief Cataloger. Twin sons were born in 1963. The older son died in 1976. M.J. worked for NASA as a Management Information Systems Specialist, retiring in 1988. They moved from Reston, VA, to Gerrardstown, WV, in 2006. Bob passed away in 2012. In January, 2014, M.J. moved back to their Colorado hometown, La Junta, where she now lives at Casa del Sol, a lovely retirement community. Son Anthony and his wife live in Roanoke, VA, with 2 daughters, one a student at VA Tech, the other an 8-year-old adopted from China. Son Jeffrey and his wife live in Centennial, CO. Their two sons attend CU Boulder. Faye Dabney `55, `60 (Clifton, CO) has been retired for 30 years after teaching 38 years in Colorado, nine of which were in Alamosa. Mary Lou Cowen Millsap `55 (Alamosa, CO) has 3 children, 5 grandchildren, and 7 greatgrandchildren. She retired from Alamosa County Social Services after 32 years as a child protection social worker. Val `60, `65 and Evangeline `57, `61 Sena (Golden, CO) both retired from Denver Public Schools as principals in 1992. Val has continued playing his violin with Mariachi Alegre, and he is involved in genealogical research and historical presentations. Evangeline continues storytelling in schools and presenting her living history of Maria Josefa Jaramillo, the third wife of Kit Carson. They enjoy their family, which includes 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

◗1960s Phyllis Phillips ’60 (Rio Rancho, NM) enjoyed her last 22 years in sunny New Mexico living near family. She passed away in November following a brief illness. Her beloved husband Glen, ‘60 died in 2002. Phyllis’ four-generation family, her few living friends, and former students have loving memories of her presence in their lives and her wonderful sense of humor. Phyllis often spoke of the life-transforming experience Adams State provided her and Glen as they left their farming community


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in the San Luis Valley and earned teaching degrees in their mid-40s. They enjoyed many years in Durango, CO. Music, arts and crafts, travel, and family were central activities in Phyllis’ life, as were performing and teaching private piano and organ lessons. Elbert Detwiler `63 (Westover, MD) recently moved from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to the sea-level Delmarva Peninsula in Maryland, half-way between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. He writes, “It’s quite a change from my namesake, the highest mountain peak in Colorado: Mt. Elbert.” Bill Pearcy `63 (Pueblo, CO) writes, “I appreciate the good education at Adams State.” William `64 and Donna Frazier `64 Witt (Monticello, IL) are retired and have been happily married for 50 years. Willie Davis `66, `68 (Dallas, TX) is retired after 44 years as a college administrator and public school administrator in the states of California and Texas. Ellwood Ervin `67 (Aurora, CO) went to the 37th Starz Denver Film Festival and continued his legacy. He saw 47 films and programs this year, a record now matched by a retired couple. He has seen a total of over 1,250 for all 37 film festivals.He also went to his 22nd biannual Alpha Phi Omega National Convention, held in Chicago. He was a member of the Xi Gamma chapter at ASU from 1963-67. He went to his first film convention in 1964 and has only missed four since then. Robert McSherry `67, `68 (Aurora, CO) writes, “About 50 years ago, my story began at Adams State College, as it was known. This is my 8th concert season for ushering at the Denver Performing Arts Center. My assignments are frequently at the Boettcher Concert Hall, home of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. It is the best part-time employment that one can find because, among other reasons, the usher hears every performance. Before ushering, my elementary teaching career included 2 years in Monte Vista and 28 years in Brush, mostly with wonderful 3rd graders. Hence, several chapters make my great story, which began at ASC. So it is with gratitude that my best thoughts and wishes are sent to Adams State University.” Edgar Reeve `67 (Cheyenne, WY) retired from school counseling in 2001. He lives in Cheyenne with his wife, Sandi. He spent 33 years in public education in the states of Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming.

Betty Pearson Young `67 (Mesa, AZ) keeps very busy. She visited the ASU campus this past August and was impressed with the wonderful building and growth. She says, “It’s a ‘little’ different from when I received my master’s and when I taught summer school in the education department.” Mike Stanley ‘68 (Boulder, CO) entered coaching after finishing his college career at Adams State. He coached in the high school ranks in Tucson, then returned to Boulder High as wrestling coach from 1971-75. He also coached at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. In May, he looks forward to induction into the Colorado chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Priscilla Ann Gibson `69 (Phoenix, AZ) has been busy with campaign activities: she was precinct committee woman and spent time campaigning for candidates, including placing 40 signs in her front and back lawns, and walking the streets talking to citizens. She is also involved in church activities: ethnic ministry, faith formation with elementaryage children, and serving as lector and extraordinary minister. She continues to volunteer at Banner Olive Branch Senior Center. Tony Giordano `69 (Forked River, NJ) is married and has 2 children — Shawn and Shalon —and 4 grandkids (2 boys and 2 girls). He retired in 2005 after teaching at Asbury Park High School and coaching track & field, cross country, and indoor track for 20+ years. He enjoys traveling, golfing, coaching his grandkids, and seeing old ASC teammates! Carl Hungate `69 (Sheridan, OR) writes, “Thanks to the GI Bill and employment at the ASC bookstore, I was able to complete my degree at Adams State.”

◗1970s Ray Beethe `70 (Manitou Springs, CO) retired from teaching in Harrison District #2 in 2000. He taught for 30 years—15 at Carmel Middle School and 15 at Sierra High School. He is living the great retirement life with his wife, Claudia. They’ve been married 38 years. He sends his thanks to Dr. Keen, Dr. Dixon, and Dr. Craft for his science education at Adams State. Alan Johnson `70 (Peyton, CO) is still teaching social studies and special ed and surviving after 25+ years in the Falcon School District #49. He continues to run, especially

Linda Dietrich Moheit `70, `78 (Sierra Vista, AZ) writes, “I’m enjoying retirement and the grandkids!” John Quirin `71, `73 (Englewood, CO) and his wife, Sharron, are enjoying retirement and their 11 grandchildren. Don Smolyn `71 (Randolph, NJ) recently picked up the 300th win of his 39-year career as Lenape Valley High School head football coach, earning the title “Mister 300,” claimed by only 4 other coaches in New Jersey history. Gary Venturi `71 (Summit, NJ) taught physical education for the Newark Public School system for 37 years before retiring in 2008. He and his wife, Sadie, have been married for 42 years and have a wonderful son, Jason, who resides in a home Gary built in Boynton Beach, FL. Alan Cirello `72 (Saddle Brook, NJ), known as the original “Rudy,” and his wife, Michelina, have 4 daughters: Lisa, Maria, Celia, and Michelina. He retired in 2012 as a Director of Special Services after 40 years. He also owned and operated a restaurant/pub known as Pip’s for 30 years. Steven Gerstner `72 is retired and living in Seattle, Wash. Maria Beatrice Valdez `72 earned her Juris Doctorate from Antioch School of Law in 1975. She practiced law in Washington, DC, from 1975-2014 in banking, civil rights, etc. She retired in 2014 from the FDIC. She has 2 children: 1 son making movies in Los Angeles and 1 daughter teaching English in South and Central America. She lives in DC in the winter and in the Adirondacks at her lake house in the summer. She also visits family in Colorado twice a year. Rodger `73 and Catherine `74 Bell live in Windsor, Colo. Cathy retired in November from the University of Colorado Health. They plan on traveling more in 2015 and enjoying their 3 grandsons: 2 in Alaska and 1 in Colorado.

Margaret Lobato Bolte `75 (Belle Fourche, SD) retired from Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Service in 2012. She obtained the rank of Captain USPHS. She served as an environmental and safety officer for the Food & Drug Administration and Indian Health Service for 26 years. She and her husband, Dave, live in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where she is active in photography and hiking. Marilyn Martorano `75 (Longmont, CO) received the History Colorado Stephen H. Hart

Award and the State Archaeologist's Award for her studies of Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) in Colorado. She has been studying Colorado's prehistory since the late 1970s. One of her main areas of study has been CMTs, living trees that have been modified and used by Native American peoples. These trees are considered living artifacts that reflect cultural utilization of bark, pitch, and wood. Martorano's studies of CMTs over the last four decades have greatly increased archeologists’ understanding of the way ancient peoples used natural resources, culmi-

remembering . . . Ruth Lobato `42 (Albuquerque, NM) passed away Dec. 4 at the age of 97.

Ruth Conaway `67 (Flagstaff, AZ) passed away Jan. 25 at the age of 93.

Violet DiPaolo `44, `63 (Trinidad, CO) passed away June 13 at the age of 90.

Frances Rogeuski `68 (Cañon City, CO) passed away Dec. 12 at the age of 88.

Frances Kern `45 (Cañon City, CO) passed away July 6 at the age of 96.

Robert Vincent `69 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Dec. 9 at the age of 80. Among his survivors is wife, Mary Vincent `65, `67.

Thomas Urbin `52 (Oxford, MI) passed away Jan. 9 at the age of 86. Among his survivors are wife Mary Ballotti Urbin `50 and brother-in-law Ernest Ballotti `50. Cora-Belle Higbee `53 (Vancouver, WA) passed away Oct. 28 at the age of 83. Jake Candelaria `57 (Durango, CO) passed away Oct. 24 at the age of 80. Among his survivors is son Robert Candelaria `98. Isaac Ortega `57, `64 (Camarillo, CA) passed away Jan. 22 at the age of 98. Among his survivors are sons Pete Ortega `61, `64 and Rocky Ortega `65, `71. Phyllis Phillips `60 (Rio Rancho, NM) passed away Nov. 24 at the age of 96. Among her survivors is son Stephen Phillips `63. Eloy Madrill `60, `62 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Feb. 6 at the age of 83. Among his survivors are wife, Christina Madrill `56, and daughter Cheryl Madrill-Stringham `96.

Charles "Chuck" Smalley `69 (Salt Lake City, UT) passed away Nov. 5 at the age of 69. Among his survivors is wife, Sharon Smalley `70. Robert Baker `69 (Littleton, CO) passed away Dec. 2 at the age of 77. Monica West Sonnamaker `70 (Hobbs, NM) passed away Nov. 29 at the age of 66. David Duncan `70 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Dec. 28 at the age of 66. Sharon Kesako Janda `70 (Potomac, MD) passed away Dec. 31 at the age of 67. Arthur Ray `70, `71 (Jonesboro, AR) passed away Dec. 24 at the age of 69. Among his survivors is wife, Inez Ray `71. Calvin Reed `71, `81 (Salida, CO) passed away Nov. 27 at the age of 71. Dean Voegerl `72 (Newburgh, IN) passed away Dec. 3 at the age of 66.

Gilbert Medina `61 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Aug. 26 at the age of 79. Among his survivors are daughter Celina Gomez `87 and son-in-law Ted Gomez `88 , brother Luis Medina `56, and sister-in-law Bernice Medina `59.

Betty Shawcroft `74 (Conejos County, CO) passed away Dec. 6 at the age of 90.

Paul Johnson `61, `65 (Parker, CO) passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 81.

Jan Salazar `86 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Jan. 13 at the age of 58.

Jackie Ward `61, `67 (Albuquerque, NM) passed away Dec. 15 at the age of 81.


Aubrey Ballard `62 (Dodge City, KS) passed away Sept. 16 at the age of 82.

Alycia Riggs, former student/ASU Police Officer, (Hot Sulphur Springs, CO) passed away Feb. 3 at the age of 30.

Galen Thomason `77 (Fort Collins, CO) passed away Nov. 24 at the age of 95. Among his survivors is son Michael Thomason `77.

John Jones `67 (Brighton, CO) passed away Nov. 20 at the age of 72.

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half-marathons in the 65-69 age group, and can hold his own. He is a six-time starter of the Leadville Trail 100-mile race—still reaching for the finish line. He was a past teacher participant in the Economics Study Tour to Romania and Civil War Washington Teacher Fellows Program. He is the director/owner of Colorado High Altitude Running Camp in Woodland Park, Colo. He is a 2-time Boston marathon finisher (1975 & 1996) and a 14time finisher of the Pikes Peak marathon. He is a finisher and part of the US contingent of “Maratona dles Dolomiti,” an Italian cycling race.


◗1970s nating in a CMT workshop at the 2014 annual meeting of the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists in Glenwood Springs. These studies also serve as catalysts for connecting state and federal agencies with the Ute and other tribes of Colorado. She earned an M.A. in anthropology from Colorado State University. A Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA), Martorano is the ethics coordinator and a voting member of the Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists (CCPA). She is married to Sal Martorano `74, and they have 2 daughters, Megan and Andrea. Marguerite Salazar `75 (Alamosa, CO), Colorado Insurance Commissioner, was recently named the 2015 Chairman of the Consumer Liaison Committee of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). The NAIC is the U.S. standard-setting and regulatory support organization created and governed by the chief insurance regulators from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. NAIC members, together with the central resources of the NAIC, form the national system of statebased insurance regulation in the U.S. Marguerite was appointed by Governor John Hickenlooper as Colorado Insurance Commissioner, effective August 19, 2013. As commissioner, she is also the chief executive of the Division of Insurance, part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). Before she

Art alumna Sharon McCoy ’97, ’02 (center) discusses her recent solo exhibition, Propel, with visitors to the Snook Gallery. The show consists of ceramic sculptures that portray longing and a passionate desire to journey beyond the restrictive present. McCoy also presented a lecture on her work and introduced her recently published children's book, What If? She earned an MFA in ceramics from Fort Hays State University last spring. became commissioner, Salazar was the Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VIII, as appointed by President Barack Obama. She previously served more than 20 years as President/CEO of Valley-Wide Health Systems, a large, rural community health center covering 22 counties in Southern Colorado and serving more than 40,000 patients through 26 primary health care clinics. Lloyd M. Garcia `76, `92 (Center, CO) is finishing up his 36th year as head baseball coach of the Center Vikings. To honor him, the Center Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution that will officially name the baseball facility at the Center Community Parks the Lloyd M. Garcia Field. Since the 1979-80 school year, Garcia has served continually as the Center High School varsity baseball coach and guided the Vikings in 688 contests. He boasts a total record of 457 wins, won the Southern Peaks League Baseball

After almost 20 years, theatre graduate David Beatty ’96 still has a copy of every play he did as a student. He pursued his passion onto the professional stage. Recently, he worked opposite Mickey Rooney in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “When I think about the fact that I was one of the very last people to ever act alongside Mickey Rooney, I'm humbled and honored, to say the least.” He appreciates the guidance of Dr. Carolyn Harper, emeritus professor of theatre; Dr. Paul Newman, professor of theatre and theatre program coordinator, and Jim Willis, adjunct professor of theatre. “I think so many people feel like they don't have a choice in the jobs they do, or the life they live, for that matter. But 20 years ago, Carolyn and Paul taught me that I do have a choice.” Beatty remembers the long hours of rehearsal that felt more like fun than work. “As I look back and consider the number of theatrical plays we performed, I'm shocked how diverse and numbered they were. Very few people I know had that kind of education.”


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Championship a total of 23 times, and led the Vikings to a second place finish in the 1986 state tournament. Linda Elbell Armstead `77 (Colorado Springs, CO) writes, “Retirement has been awesome. We were able to enjoy a wonderful trip to Disney World last summer with 7 of our grandchildren.” Isaac Lemuz `79 (Larned, KS) earned a master’s degree in special ed from Fort Hays State, along with his wife, Sherry. They both retired in 2008. He taught at USD 495 in Larned from 1980-2006 and USD 428 in Great Bend, Kan., from 2006-08. He served on the Larned City Council for 23 years. Sherry taught in several school districts from 1974 to 2007. They have 4 children, all with college degrees, scattered across the U.S.: Monica in Denver; Paul in Portland, OR; J.D. in Chicago; and Anthony in Larned.

As a professional actor, Beatty often faces rejection. He knows not to take it personally and cultivates a strong support group. Along with acting, Beatty is also a writer, director, filmmaker, and teacher. “I think I'm happiest and at my best when I'm wearing multiple hats.” Recently he filmed a television pilot, “Get Spy,” about lowrent spies who want to make it big in the world of espionage. “It is a fun, comical story that never takes itself too seriously.” As the creator of the show, Beatty discovered the process of making TV these days has “radically changed. And that opens so many new doors I never thought possible.” The show will release as a web series of eight fiveminute episodes. “One possible outcome is to sell the show and re-make it for a lot more money,” Beatty said. “Another outcome is to keep making short five-minute episodes intended only for the internet.” Beatty’s feature film Surviving New Year's screened in a movie theater with an audience. “That was really exciting.” Now the movie is streaming online at Amazon Prime. “It is silly, but those little things are validation that the work I'm doing is getting out into the world.”

◗1980s Jeff Wasinger `81 (Arvada, CO) is a retired Jefferson County business & marketing education teacher and coach of football, basketball, track, cross country, and golf. He is now a golf instructor at Indian Tree Golf Course in Arvada. Sweetie Marbury `87 (Durango, CO) was elected mayor of Durango in April, 2014, having served on Durango City Council for 3 years prior. Sweetie retired after a 37-year teaching career.

◗1990s Natalie Griego `90 (Olathe, KS) is an emergency room physician in Kansas City. Mary Gannett Crowell `92 (Meredith, NH) retired from teaching and is the NH Field Service Coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation New England. She does a little of everything: awareness, advocacy, and fundraising. Loree Harvey `92 (Monte Vista, CO) teaches biology at Monte Vista High School and is a contract biologist for the BLM at the SLV Public Lands Center. She has been with the Monte Vista school district for 10 years. She finished her M.S. in biology at Northern Arizona University in 1995, then came back to the SLV to conduct research with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. She has worked with state and federal agencies on various wildlife and lands projects for 10 years.

Two musically inclined alumni teamed up for the recent ALMA (Alamosa Live Music Assoc.) member appreciation event. Charley Johnson ’84 (left), who is retired from Adam State Computing Services, provided bass for the vocals and guitar of Rhonda Schoenecker ’04, ’06, who is an associate professor of English at Trinidad State Junior College, Valley Campus. Dan Ogden `93 (San Diego, CA) was recently promoted to Captain in the US Navy and is stationed in San Diego, CA, with his wife, Sarah (Skulborstad), son Will (14), and daughter Aly (11). Jody Barton `99 (Alamosa, CO) and her husband, Jonathan, have owned and operated J & J Rental Center in Alamosa since January, 2009. They enjoy being active sponsors of Grizzly Athletics, attending as many games as possible with their children and grandchildren.

◗2000s Kathy Park Woolbert `07 (Alamosa, CO) recently published a new compilation of fiction, nonfiction and tenminute plays titled Coyote Points the

Kaymarie Jones ’13, (at right in photo) former Adams State track and field athlete, is now a member of the women’s bobsled team for her native Jamaica. The movie Cool Runnings comes up in countless conversations. "Training for track and field with the bobsled in mind is essentially the same type of training,” Jones said. "It's the same concept, so doing bobsled wouldn't necessarily take me away from my heptathlon training." She hopes her countless hours of work will result in competing at the IAAF World Championships next summer, along with a trip to South Korea in 2018 for the 23rd Winter Olympics. Jones continues training in North Carolina at Wingate University. On top of her heptathlon and bobsled training, she also serves as a sprints and hurdles coach and is enrolled in Adams State’s MBA program.

Way: Border Stories and Plays. It is available on Amazon.

◗2010s Debra McCammond `12 (Calhan, CO) is the early childhood education coordinator with Aurora Public Schools. She runs a child care center for the children of teen parents enrolled in schools within the Aurora Public School system. Currently, the program has 40 infants and toddlers. She has 2 Colorado Preschool Program classrooms in the building, with 32 high-needs children enrolled, and she supervises a staff of 19. She is also responsible for recruitment of clientele and hiring. Cody Robson `13 (Alamosa, CO) is the VEGI coordinator for La Puente, managing the community gardens and teaching gardening, nutrition, and environmental responsibility to all K-5 students at Alamosa Elementary School. He is working toward starting a nightly rental company for people to stay in earthships while on vacation or travelling to help inform and educate people about a more sustainable living option. Caty Herrick `14 (Denver, CO), relocated to Denver in May, where she tends bar and pursues acting. She began working with the LIDA Project, a troupe that creates theatre for social change. They performed Happiness is a Warm Gun, which focused on gun violence. Upon completion of this show, she also joined a comedy troupe called Madcap Improv. She still has hopes of making it to Chicago to pursue her comedy career in the near future.

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Jack Rudder `79, `84 (Alamosa, CO) is still working as the Veterans Service Officer for Rio Grande County.


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tucson botanical garden luncheon & to

alumni matinee asu theatre

L-R: Richard Seals, Katie Kelley, Dennis Nash, Shela Seals, Lori Laske, John & Marilyn McBride, Todd Simmons, Debbie Smith, Melody Simmons, Dorothy August, Dick Smith, and Mark Duke

Cody Robson, Caty Herrick & Jason Zerbe

At right: rain-soaked Lori Laske & Gaylene Horning

martini bar • january • alamosa

Sue Patterson, Lisa Absmeier, Luella Lenberg, and Judy Jones

L-R: Nora Holmes, Connie Spencer, Cathy Archuleta, and Lori Laske L-R: John & Jowanda Villyard, John & Pat Fitch, Lori Laske, Helen & Jerry Petersen, Tamara, Spencer & Brierly Wand


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our • Jan. asu retirees • december • alamosa

teacher appreciation lunch sangre de cristo school

Back L-R: Roger Trotter, Mike Sloan, Butch & Judy Jones, Sharon Basovsky, Jim Workman, and Dennis Ecton

Canyon Lake, AZ

Front L-R: Margaret Sloan, Priscilla & Mary Jane Gibson, Judy Martin, Sherrie Maule, and Velma Workman

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phoenix • january

Middle L-R: Lori Laske, Brent Williams, Rudy Basovsky, Frank Nance, Natasha & Jadyn Imadiyi, Lydia & Farrell Whitey, and Alfred O’Leary


grizzlies winter season Men take Indoor T&F Nat’l Championships The Grizzlies won their second NCAA DII National Championship on March 14, held in Birmingham, Alabama. This is the program’s fourth overall national championship. The Grizzlies collected 45 points to beat second place finisher, Grand Valley State University. Matt Daniels, Oliver Aitchison, Derek Brown II, Austin Anaya, Kevin Batt, and Zach Baxter were named First Team All-Americans for their performances at nationals. Batt was also named the USTFCCCA South Central Athlete of the Year and NCAA DII Athlete of the Year. Head Coach Damon Martin was selected Men’s Coach of the Year.

Women's Indoor T&F

Kevin Batt

The women’s indoor track & field team won its 14th consecutive RMAC conference championship in Gunnison on February 28. Eight student-athletes were named First Team All-Americans with their performances at the NCAA DII National Championship: Mikaela Hoelsken, Tayler Warren, Jessica Scherrer, Leanne Allen, Jessica Thurman, Sunayna Wahi, Chante Roberts, and Serena Canegan.

Grizzly T&F and XC named Program of Year

save the date athletics reunions Men’s and Women’s Cross Country/ Track and Field Reunion July 24-26 Adams State University A celebration of tremendous successes in the sports of cross country and track and field: • 34th anniversary of the women’s first national title • 40th anniversary of the men’s first national title Reservations are required for all meals; seating is limited at the Saturday evening dinner.

Mineral Water Bowl Reunion September 28-30 Adams State University Golfing, good times, and Rio Grande Scenic Railroad.

• To make reservations for either event, please contact: Gaylene Horning (719)587-8110 or


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Adams State became the first university to capture both the men's and women's USTFCCCA Program of the Year awards. The men’s team was named top NCAA Division II program for the sixth consecutive year, while the ASU women received their first-ever Program of the Year distinction. The men's award is officially named the Damon Martin Division II Men's Program of the Year.

Swimming & Diving Redshirt freshman Alexis Divelbiss became the first ASU swimmer to earn All-American honors with her performance in the 200 IM at the NCAA DII National Championships, March 11 in Indianapolis. Divelbiss finished with a preliminary time of 2:03.85 to set a new school record. She finished 16th overall in the consolation finals.

Women's Basketball ASU tallied a 5-21 overall record under first-year head coach Larry Joe Hunt. The season was capped with a 97-56 win at Western State Colorado University on Feb. 28. In that game, ASU set a new RMAC single-game record with 22 three-pointers made. Senior Desiree Anderson was named All-Conference honorable mention.

Men's Basketball The Grizzlies concluded their 2014-15 season in the RMAC Tournament semifinals with a loss to UCCS. The team lost in the semifinals after upsetting the No. 10 Colorado School of Mines, 94-91, in the quarterfinals round. With a 19-9 overall record, Juwan Buchanan was named First Team All-Conference, with Shakir Smith earning Second Team All-Conference. Mikey Hope and Mike Hemsley earned honorable mention.

Grizzly football welcomes Rosenbach Timm Rosenbach is the new head football coach for the Grizzlies, after most recently serving as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The Missoula, Montana, native holds a bachelor's degree in social sciences from Washington State.

Jerry Huff

Wrestling Senior Jerry Huff capped his collegiate career with a third place finish at the NCAA DII National Championships in St. Louis, March 14. Huff earned All-American honors for his performance at the 125 lb. weight division. He also finished the season as the NCAA DII West Region champion in that class.

Rosenbach's resume entails six seasons as an offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks coach split between UNLV, University of Montana, and New Mexico State University. He also coached at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, St. Ambrose University (Iowa), and the B.C. Lions of the Canadian Football League. "What impressed us the most was his passion for building a program for this university and community," said Athletic Director Larry Mortensen ’88, ‘93. "Coach Rosenbach is committed to ensuring our studentathletes are successful on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.” Regarding his goals for the football program, Rosenbach said, "Win your rivalry games, win the RMAC Championship, and make it to the playoffs. Those are the things that have to happen first, before we start talking about other stuff down the road." As a player for Washington State, Rosenbach finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988. In his final season with the Cougars, he set single-season program records for total offense (3,422), passing yards (3,097), and touchdown passes (24). His playing career extended into the NFL as the second overall pick in the 1989 Supplemental draft by the then-Phoenix Cardinals. He started all 16 games for the Cardinals in 1990, but injuries cut his playing career short. His professional career also included one season with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

Athletic Director Larry Mortensen ‘88, ‘93 (left in photo right) presents Lonnie Porter ’65, ’66 with a ball signed by ASU Athletics staff, coaches, and community members. The Grizzlies honored Porter at the Feb. 20 Adams State game upon his retirement as head coach of Regis University men’s basketball after 38 years. His win total ranks 31st among all NCAA Div II men’s coaches in history One of only two Adams State men's basketball players to have his jersey number retired, Porter was four-time NAIA First Team All-District 7 selection, four-time First Team All-RMAC member, and NCAA Honorable Mention All-American as a senior. He is a 2000 inductee of the Adams State Hall of Fame. His scoring prowess led him to three conference scoring crowns as he ended his Adams State career with 1,624 points. He also led Adams State to RMAC titles in 1962-63 and 1963-64. Porter was also a member of the track & field team for three years. Former Adams State linebacker Scott Brown ’74, ‘77 (left) was recently hired by the San Francisco 49ers to take over defensive line coaching duties. For the last three seasons, Brown was Midwest Regional Scout for the 49ers. He has 31 seasons under his belt as a defensive line coach at seven different colleges, beginning at Adams State and most recently at Arizona State in 2011. His coaching tenure includes a pair of NCAA Division II National Championships while at Southwest Texas.

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Spring Break isn’t always about beer and beaches. Ten students chose cultural immersion and service in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. The alternative spring break was organized by United Campus Ministries through Los Niùos/VIA. The group helps a farming family replant their cactus crop, which had been decimated by disease.

A Stater Spring 2015  

The magazine for alumni and friends of Adams State University .

A Stater Spring 2015  

The magazine for alumni and friends of Adams State University .