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spring 2016 the magazine of adams state university

Restoring the past



VOL. 56, NO. 1 • SPRING 2016

Published by Adams State University Foundation 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 Annalise Dorr ’18 • Daniel Parsons ’19 • Maya Ramirez ’16 Mike Skinner • ASU Sports Information


BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY Arnold Salazar ’76 Chair Kathleen Rogers Vice Chair Paul Farley • Mary Griffin • LeRoy Salazar Cleave Simpson • John Singletary • Val Vigil ’71 • Randy Wright ’84 Dr. Rob Benson Faculty Trustee Azarel Madrigal ’16 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 • Dorothy Lucero ’61 • Cathy Mullens ’82 Chuck Owsley ’68 • Michelle Roepke Rich Scanga ’75 • Helen Sigmond • Donn Vigil

FOUNDATION HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Stephen Bokat ’68 • Marguerite Salazar ’75, ’76 • Michael Ware ’69

FOUNDATION EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS Sharon Carter • Harold Kelloff • John Marvel Jr. Izora Southway ’66 • J. Byron Uhrich • R. Paul Wagner

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Dr. Beverlee J. McClure ASU President Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 Executive Director of the Foundation Kathleen Rogers Trustee Liaison

GRIZZLY CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ron DeSautell ’76 President • Ted Morrison ’69 Vice President Keith Cerny • Jeni Jack-Goodwin ’85 • Ericha Loosbrock Joe Martinez ’99 • Dennis Ortiz ’79 • Jeff Owsley ’86 Steve Valdez ’87 • Tim Walters ‘73


ASU’s mission is to educate, serve, and inspire our diverse populations in the pursuit of their lifelong dreams and ambitions. VISION STATEMENT 2020

To become the university community of choice for diverse, historically underserved groups, and all who value quality education and inclusivity.

president’s letter: asu addresses accreditation concerns As an Adams State graduate, you experienced and appreciate our commitment to student success. Just as that commitment has never wavered, neither has our commitment to meeting accreditation criteria. ASU was recently placed on “probation” by our accrediting agency, the Higher Dr. Beverlee J. McClure Learning Commission (HLC). We are working to resolve this situation and are requesting the HLC action be changed to a “notice.” I assure you our accreditation remains intact. This issue had its genesis in a Chronicle of Higher Education article in late 2014. It recounted “Confessions of a Fixer,” an unidentified person who made a business of cheating for academically ineligible student-athletes at other institutions. He admitted to falsifying information and posing as the athletes to take exams for correspondence course transfer credit through ASU Extended Studies. No Adams State coaches or student-athletes were involved. Adams State immediately began addressing this alleged issue and commissioned reports from two external entities, including the Colorado Department of Higher Education. That review, submitted in May, found “no evidence of instances of ignoring guidelines or policies . . . or negligence. In some areas, the institution had already identified procedural changes to address issues related to [student] authentication and academic integrity, and had begun to initiate those changes.” We have been proactive in identifying and addressing concerns in a manner that demonstrates continuous improvement. Noting Adams State’s service to generations of students and contributions to Colorado’s economic vitality, Colorado Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, said, “The Colorado Commission on Higher Education is optimistic that ASU’s leadership will be able to work with its regional accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission, to ensure the quality and rigor of its online course offerings and that it will demonstrate that it has acted quickly to meet all of the HLC’s quality assurance requirements. The Colorado Department of Higher Education will continue to offer advice and support to ASU as its administration and governing board move forward to resolve the issue.” Last September, the HLC conducted an advisory visit on campus. We received correspondence regarding the report on January 7. Our response reiterated that Adams State had already addressed all of the concerns raised in the initial Chronicle of Higher Education articles, none of which were identified in the advisory report. We have made significant progress in correcting additional findings, as well. We are stunned by this action. It appears the HLC had already determined the outcome of this review, completely disregarding our actions to correct the situation. Prior to the HLC action, I made several requests to address the HLC Board directly and to speak with its president. Those requests were ignored. We have requested HLC review all the information we had submitted, which I believe will lead to a reversal of this onerous decision. The documents mentioned here and others may be viewed at: Beverlee J. McClure response.php. President


alumni events april

cover story Expertise and elbow grease renew historic murals

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Randy Pijoan and Maddie Ahlborn work to restore the mural by Tom Proctor in one of Richardson Hall’s stairways.

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Academic Pursuits 10-11 STEM faculty put active learning strategies into practice 10 U.S. Army funds summer H.S. robotics apprenticeship 11 Trustees Val Vigil ‘71 & LeRoy Salazar reappointed 11 Adams State University Day at the Capitol 12 Internships give music students the business 14 Expertise and elbow grease renew historic murals 16 Commitment to education drives LeRoy Salazar to serve Adams State 17

giving alumnotes alumni scrapbook sports scene Anonymous donor supports athletic travel Grizzly Greats Grizzlies winter season wrap-up

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FUTURE GRIZZLY FETED: (From left) President Beverlee J. McClure and Tammy Lopez, with the ASU Foundation, present a four-year Adams State scholarship to Lisa Mix, who was named the 2016 San Luis Valley Boys and Girls Club Youth of the Year. At far right is Chris Lopez ‘84, director of the club. An Alamosa High School freshman amd member of the SLV Boys and Girls Club for seven years, Lisa has attended a leadership conference and is active in the Torch Club. She also helps special needs students and volunteers at the Gingerbread Daycare Learning Center. She has also assistant coached her brother's Special Olympic track team. Stay up to date on events, sports, and news from Adams State University:

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ASU Foundation Donor Report 2015

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update What’s been happening Adams State’s economic impact on SLV estimated at $78 million Luther Bean Museum to house Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center Two Colorado foundation grants support ASU Nursing Dept. ASU adds four new programs Access & affordability distinguish ASU

Alumni at the Avalanche Washington, D.C.


Grand Junction


Alumni on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad


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what’s been happening

adams state’s model u.n. recently competed

in the ScotMUN conference at University of Edinburgh. They were among 450 participants from 30 countries

students gather in the

Front, from left: Nataly Acurio; Sean Erice; Dr. Mari Centeno, advisor; Jeremiah Medina

Student Union Building Food Court at the start of the spring 2016 semester.

adams state awarded 138 bachelor’s and 92 associate’s degrees at fall commencement 2015.

Back: Ashley Swanson, Joshua Tracy, Patrick Cleary

Left: (From left) Natalie Rogers ‘85, ‘11, asst. professor of business, and Sheryl Abeyta ‘91, assist. professor of accounting, congratulate Bryanne “Bree” Gallegos, who earned an A.A. en route to her bachelor’s in business administration. Center: "The Power of Education and Achievement" was the


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commencement address given by Dr. Millie Hamner ’87, a former educator. She is Colorado State Representative for House District 61 and chair of the Joint Budget Committee. Right: The message on behalf of the graduating class was given by Alexandrea "Snowy" Schroeder, a Las Animas, Colo., native who earned a B.S. in business administrationaccounting. She recently began her career at First Southwest Bank in Alamosa.

◗ filmmaker john j. valadez discusses his work, The Head of Joaquin Murrieta: Lynching, Legends & Love in the Wild West, screened recently on campus. A Peabody Awardwinning filmmaker with two Emmy nominations, Valadez has written and directed a dozen nationally broadcast documentary films for PBS and CNN.

during black history month, Dr. Lisa N. Nealy, asst. professor of political science (right), coordinated a panel discussion that explored different perspectives on the Black Lives Matter Movement. Panel members included psychology and history faculty, the Adams State Chief of Police, and Dr. Ben Waddell, associate professor of sociology (below), who discussed racial cartography.

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◗ theatre majors jc maheu (center) and nicholas harlan performed a scene from Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Denver.

Dr. John Taylor (left) directed the play on campus last fall as part of Standing Strong: The ASU Equality Project.

the grizzly activity board (gab) sponsored a free tie-dye night in the Student Union Building’s Loft.

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bounty and expertise at the Nielsen Library’s recent Community Seed Exchange, presented in cooperation with the SLV Local Foods Coalition, Valley Educational Gardens Initiative (VEGI), and Alamosa Community Greenhouse.

emeritus professor marilyn loser ‘86, ‘87 (right) shares her gardening


Adams State’s economic impact on SLV estimated at $78 million the economic impact of adams state university on colorado’s san luis valley exceeds $78 million, according to a study conducted by dr. liz thomas hensley ‘05, asst. professor of marketing, and senior marketing student jake heaton. they presented their report to the university’s board of trustees, dec. 18. Based on data from the 2014-15 academic year, the report concluded the university’s total economic impact on the SLV was $78,078,185. Statewide, that impact was $111,820,411. “We wanted to illustrate the economic importance of Adams State University to the Valley. This study reflects the economic devastation that could result if the University were no longer here,” said Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure. The largest spending component was for student living and personal expenses. In addition, the report found that one additional job in the valley is created for every two positions at the university. One of the valley’s largest employers, Adams State employs 808 faculty and staff. The new report drew upon the 2005 Economic Impact Analysis and Report conducted by John S. Stump of the San Luis Valley Development Resources Group (DRG). Hew Hallock, current director of research at DRG, consulted on the new report. Over the last decade, Adams State’s economic impact on the valley increased more than $8 million. As in 2005, the new report notes the university’s economic impact

asu economic impact san luis valley $37,946,662 Student living and personal expenses 21,933,112 Employee payroll and direct spending 11,298,840 Operations expenditure spending 4,570,008 Adams State-sponsored events and visitor spending 2,329,563 Adams State employee impact on SLV health care

$78,078,185 = total impact

Senior marketing student Jake Heaton ‘16 (left) worked with Dr. Liz Thomas Hensley ‘05 to compile an updated report on the economic impact made by Adams State University.

“represents a major economic force equal to all of the region’s current level of tourism activity.” The new report uses two multipliers to calculate the impact of various types of spending, according to best practices. A multiplier of 1.9 was applied to direct purchases and expenditures made by the university; all other spending categories were multiplied by 1.7. The report states: “Multipliers provide a simple measure of the domino effect that occurs when money turnover takes place in a local economy.” Those figures do not include last year’s $13 million Richardson Hall renovation project, of which roughly 35 percent, or $4.5 million, was spent on local contractors and subcontractors. Hensley noted the impact of campus visitor and events was a conservative estimate: “It doesn’t include all possible events.” Visiting intercollegiate athletic teams and fans contribute nearly a half million dollars alone. The report also notes many positive, non-quantifiable impacts of the university, such as employee and student participation in the community, schools, churches, etc. The full report can be found online on President McClure’s webpage: By Julie Waechter


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Luther Bean Museum to house Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center a quarter-million-dollar donation has made possible the establishment of the salazar rio grande del norte center at adams state’s luther bean museum, as well as a scholarship.

artifacts, internships and outreach The gift includes $100,000 to fund development of the Salazar Center and $50,000 to support center start-up, internships, and museum operations. The center will be located in the Luther Bean Museum’s second floor mezzanine in Richardson Hall. It will supplement the museum’s existing collection of artifacts that reflect the rich history and archaeology of the Rio Grande in Colorado. That past begins with Native Americans in the Rio Grande gorge, moves to Spanish exploration from Santa Fe into the San Luis Valley in

the 1700s, and continues with the first settlements in Colorado, begun immediately after the Mexican American War in 1848. Key to the Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center will be creation of internships for students in a range of disciplines. A website and virtual gallery will promote opportunities for study and research by faculty, researchers, students, and the public, not only locally, but also nationally and internationally. Both the physical and virtual center will be available to the public by next January. Plans also call for partnering with area groups that promote the center’s ideals, such as the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, Hilos Culturales, Regional BOCES, and the ASU Archeology Field School.

emma & henry salazar memorial scholarship

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excited to host this center, which will be dedicated to the study and preservation of

The recent $250,000 donation includes a $100,000 contribution to the Emma & Henry Salazar Memorial Scholarship Fund, recently established by the family. Descended from the valley’s earliest settlers, the Salazars continue to farm and ranch. LeRoy Salazar said, “This scholarship fund is meant to support our parents’ belief in the power of education to help change the world for the better. My mother and father were not able to go to college, but their expectation was for all of us to obtain a college education, and all eight children did.” Also among Emma and Henry Salazar’s children is former U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. He also served as Colorado’s Attorney General and then as a U.S. Senator for Colorado. Their son John Salazar, former Commissioner of the Colorado Department of Agriculture and former U.S. representative from Colorado, is a 1982 graduate of Adams State. Other family members are Adams State alumni, as well.

the natural and cultural resources of the rio grande and its tributaries in colorado.” - President Beverlee J. McClure

By Julie Waechter

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“We are excited to host this center, which will be dedicated to the study and preservation of the natural and cultural resources of the Rio Grande and its tributaries in Colorado,” said Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure. “The Salazar family have long been staunch, active supporters of Adams State. This extremely generous gift will produce benefits that will extend well beyond the university and help expand the presence of the Luther Bean Museum.” Adams State Trustee LeRoy Salazar explained the purpose of the center: “Culture and history form a part of the identity of a community. The Rio Grande del Norte Center will help to preserve the rich cultural heritage of our area.” His family designated the gift following the January death of their matriarch, Emma Salazar. The donation includes a $100,000 contribution to the Emma & Henry Salazar Memorial Scholarship Fund for first-generation ASU students who are at least sophomores. “It is great to have this legacy in place to recognize those who settled the upper Rio Grande area,” said Arnold Salazar ‘76, chair of the trustees (no relation). “The valley has a lot of proud heritages, and I want to use the Salazar Center as a jumping off point to preserve and share them all. This is what draws a community together.” He added the Salazar family has made a commitment to continue fundraising to build an endowment that will support the center into the future.


Two Colorado foundation grants support ASU Nursing Dept. the el pomar foundation presented a $111,000 check to the adams state university foundation to further support the asu nursing scholarship it established four years ago.

El Pomar representatives Kathy Robbins and Mari Tanabe (at right) present a check for scholarships to (from left) Tammy Lopez ‘91, ‘01, Dr. Tom Gilmore ‘67, ‘68, Dr. Shawn Elliott, and Kathy Rogers.

According to Tammy Lopez '91, '00, executive director of the ASU Foundation, the total includes $45,000 for ASU undergraduate students, while $66,000 is targeted to those pursuing advanced degrees at any university as nurse practitioner, nurse educator, or physician assistant. "Most of the students receiving this part of the scholarship are our faculty, or live here in the valley and are currently working in the field," Lopez said. "They are all taking classes on-line through other universities." Dr. Shawn Elliott, director of the Nursing Program, appreciates the support. "This scholarship is a vital resource." Dr. Tom Gilmore ‘67, ‘68, former Adams State president, and ASU Trustee Kathy Rogers, Rio Grande Savings and Loan Association vice president and director of marketing, are members of the El Pomar regional council. Gilmore said El Pomar is committed to helping improve the quality of life in the San Luis Valley for all of its residents. "Better quality and more access to medical care will be a real benefit to all the people living here." According to Rogers, the original goal included assisting nursing students, most likely to work in the valley. "We hoped to alleviate some of our primary care access challenges in the SLV. We also achieved other positive outcomes, such as the provision of much needed nursing instructors for both ASU and Trinidad State Junior College.” 8

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the caring for colorado foundation awarded a grant of $91,489 to adams state university’s nursing department to expand and enhance its online rn-to-bsn program. “Our ultimate goal is to improve quality of healthcare in the San Luis Valley and surrounding region by increasing the number and diversity of BSN-trained nurses,” said Dr. Shawn Elliott, director of Nursing. “This very generous two-year grant will help us expand access to the program across southern Colorado.” She noted the capacity-building project will also help meet the state’s 2020 goal of increasing the number and diversity of nurses holding a BSN. “Our RN-to-BSN online program is both affordable and flexible, to meet the needs of working registered nurses from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds,” Elliott noted. The department recently revised its online RN-to-BSN program, based on feedback from nursing graduates. The grant project aims to triple the number of students in Adams State’s program over the next two years, from 10 to 33, and to increase the proportion of Hispanic students in the program from ten to thirty percent. Overall minority representation will increase to 40 percent. Toward these goals, the grant will fund a new Nursing Department position of RNto-BSN Program Coordinator who will also teach nine credits in the program. A new recruitment plan with a strong diversity component will focus on rural areas across the San Luis Valley, southeast and southwest Colorado. The grant project also includes a collaboration with the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, which presents a community-based nurse mentoring component to connect local Hispanic nurses to Hispanic students in the program. The new mentoring component will provide vital experiential learning for nursing students. “Students will be able to apply new knowledge and skills in community and work settings. Our curriculum imparts professional nursing standards with a focus on cultural diversity, community service, and rural health care, as established by our accrediting agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),” Elliott said. In 2011, the Caring for Colorado Foundation awarded a grant of $79,878 to the Nursing Department in support of a clinical placement coordinator/simulation lab facilitator position. “We are very grateful for the continuing support of the Caring for Colorado in building our nursing program and improving local health care.” The San Luis Valley anticipates increased need for BSNtrained nurses as older nurses retire and more previously uninsured individuals enter the health care system due to health care reform.

2nd doctoral degree

asu adds four new programs

access & affordability distinguish asu

Adams State University’s second doctoral degree and three other new academic programs were approved by the Board of Trustees, December 18. “These programs all address workforce needs within Colorado and the San Luis Valley and help prepare our students for growing careers fields,” said Board Chair Arnold Salazar ‘76. Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure emphasized, “All of these programs are great examples of Adams State’s commitment to rural areas. They use online and off-campus delivery to provide students with schedule flexibility, in keeping with our mission to serve rural areas and underserved students.”

the affordable schools website ranked a bachelor’s degree from ASU the fourth most affordable in Colorado. The rankings are based on data reported to the National Center for Education Statistics. In addition, ASU’s BA degree in English – Creative Writing Emphasis was ranked the 12th most affordable of such programs in the nation.

doctorate in education - leadership

best counseling degrees ranked ASU’s Coun-

The Ed.D. in Leadership will launch after receiving approval from the Higher Learning Commission, which accredits the university. It is designed for educational leaders at all levels, particularly those educational reformers, policymakers, and teachers who are interested in conducting advanced level research to enhance their professional practice. The 54-credit-hour program will be offered online with a summer residency on campus. This program will link theory to practice, emphasizing such areas as cultural diversity, equity, school law, finance, school safety, community relations, 21st Century workplace skills, and educational globalization.

selor Education Department second among the top 15 accredited online clinical mental health counseling master's degree programs.

Beginning this summer, the Department of Teacher Education will offer the Early Childhood Education - Licensure program. It will provide the final 60 credit hours of a bachelor’s degree for those who hold an AA, AS, AGS, or AAS in Early Childhood Education from an approved Colorado community college or four-year institution. The program is designed to meet the needs of professional personnel working in Head Start programs; half of those teachers are federally required to hold a baccalaureate degree. Students working in early childhood education expressed desire for teacher licensure, to qualify them to teach in a public school setting, noted Dr. Ed Crowther, chair of the Teacher Education Department. Adams State is among the first institutions to offer such a program. It will be offered in a hybrid format, with classes off campus and online, and include a threeweek summer residence component.

masters of arts in humanities - public administration Also beginning this summer is the M.A. - Humanities degree with an emphasis in Public Administration, a 36-credit-hour, online program offered through the Department of History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science, and Spanish (HAPPSS). It will help professionals acquire credentials to serve as county and city administrators, including the job of city manager, and provide credentials to those already performing such duties. The program will put theory into practice by aligning coursework with the candidates’ practica experiences.

master of arts - applied sport psychology The M.A. in Applied Sport Psychology is a 36-credit-hour, online program offered by the Department of Human Performance and Physical Education (HPPE). Set to begin this fall, it will be the only such online program in Colorado, designed to prepare students for careers as applied sport psychology consultants. “Applied sport psychology puts the emphasis on mental training. It’s the same as strength building, only it builds mental aspect and teaches coaches and athletes how to perform better,” said Dr. Brian Zuleger, asst. professor of HPPE and a certified consultant for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. “This is the only program like this in the country. Very few people are trained effectively in this field. The program will be unique in that it will allow students to fulfill all the requirements for AASP certification.”

Extended Studies offers online 6 associate's degree programs, 18 bachelor's degree programs, and 8 master's degree programs. There are a total of more than 400 distance learning undergraduate and graduate course options, in addition to numerous professional development opportunities.

the summer session 2016 schedule was revamped to allow new high school graduates to enroll in General Education courses during June and July. These courses are part of Colorado’s gtPathways program, which guarantees they will transfer into all bachelor’s degree programs at Colorado’s public colleges and universities. Summer financial aid and discounted housing rates are available for eligible students. For the summer, non-resident students qualify for in-state tuition. In addition, new students who enroll during Summer Session and continue to the fall semester will qualify for a lower Guaranteed Tuition rate. the new lone star scholarship will automatically award $3,000 to all qualified new and continuing students from Texas, beginning with the fall 2016 semester. In addition, qualified Texas students will also automatically receive Adams State’s Experience Colorado Scholarship of $5,000. Texas is the only state in ASU’s region that doesn’t belong to the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), in which members reciprocally offer tuition at 150 percent of in-state rates. ASU has a reciprocal tuition agreement with New Mexico.

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bachelor of arts - early childhood education - licensure

asu’s extended studies program, a pioneer in distance education in Colorado, is ranked among "The Best Online Colleges in Colorado" by A leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree, selected Adams State University based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths, and reputation, including reputation for online degree programs.


academic pursuits dr. george backen, assoc. professor of philosophy, was recently interviewed by Reuters and International Business Times about Star Wars and academia. He notes ASU was listed as one of the top ten colleges for Star Wars fans.

beth bonnstetter, assoc. professor of communications, received a Faculty Fellowship from the National Association of Television Programming Executives to attend the association’s January conference in Miami Beach. She also attended a faculty seminar on the latest issues and most cutting-edge information in the television industry. james doyle, asst. professor of music, performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, in November. He performed Michael Udow’s seminal work, Four Movements for Percussion Quartet with the Animas Percussion Quartet. He also presented a snare drum clinic at the convention titled, “Free-Rebounding: The Relaxed, Full Stroke,” which addressed tension in snare drum technique, as well as performance anxiety. He also performed and taught as an artist-in-residence at Northern Arizona University, Oct. 21-23, and at the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific, Oct. 28-30.

dr. kristy duran, asst. professor of biology; vance barksdale ‘13, and marcus newell ‘13 won the McClung Award for the best paper published in BIOS for 2015. The paper is "Nuclear intergenic DNA sequence divergence in a Texas dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium divaricatum) population."

dr. melissa l. freeman, project director for the Title V PPOHA grant, was co-editor with Magdalena Martinez of New Directions for Higher Education Special Issue: College Completion for Latino/a Students: Institutional and System Approaches. Also assisting with the volume were lia a. carpio ‘14, director of ASU’s Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL) program, and rita jaime, a student and graduate assistant in the HEAL program. Through original research, literature reviews, and case studies, it highlights best practices and successful initiatives and outcomes for Latino/a students. Topics include Latino/a undergraduate student success, graduate student success, community colleges, four-year institutions, financial aid, and undocumented students. Freeman authored Chapter 1, a case study of ASU’s HEAL program, which focuses on “Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders at the Nation’s Hispanic-Serving Institutions.”

pete gomez ‘77, director of ASU CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program), was elected to the National HEP/CAMP Association Board of Directors as the Western Stream Representative. His graduation year was reported erroneously in the last issue.


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stem faculty put active learning strategies into practice asu professors went to school themselves this semester to learn techniques for creating more student engagement in their classes. This faculty development program in college STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teaching and learning was supported by a Title V STEM grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI). The program was conducted by Escala Educational Services, based in Española, New Mex., which specializes in HSIs. STEM grant Project Director Marcella Garcia explained the grant focuses on three components designed to help more Hispanic and low-income students earn a STEM degree: outreach, academic support, and student engagement. “Faculty in this program are moving from traditional lecture to an active, minds-on/hands-on approach. They are using data to make instructional decisions,” Garcia explained. “There is a difference between learning and engagement. It has to do with the level of relationship. The way students feel in class and on campus is a big deal. Because there are so few Hispanic teachers, especially at four-year institutions, there can be disconnects between the students and teachers.” The faculty group began their training with a two-day workshop in August at which they considered, among other issues, their responsibilities as faculty at an HSI. Throughout the semester, they videotaped and critiqued their teaching methods and put into practice various techniques for active learning. The group translated their findings into a series of workshops for their colleagues, offered in February and March. On December 14, nine STEM faculty presented results of their classroom teaching research projects on new active learning strategies and received certifi-

cates for completing the program. The group included: • Dr. Chris Adams, chemistry • Dr. Jared Beeton, earth sciences • Dr. Renee Beeton, chemistry • Dr. Rob Benson, geology • Dr. Comfort Cover, management information systems • Dr. Adam Kleinschmit, biology • Dr. Jared Romero ‘08, biology • Dr. Matt Steffenson, biology • Dr. Tony Weathers, mathematics Dr. Steffenson examined the impact of repetition and active learning techniques on students’ ability to retain content. He found they retained more after each repetition, and test scores showed improvement over last year. “These learner-centered strategies show promise,” said Dr. Benson, who introduced daily quizzes and had students sketch geologic processes in his introduction to geology course. He found non-geology majors showed the most improvement in process and spatial cognition. In videotapes of his class, Dr. Kleinschmit observed students in his cellular biology course appeared more engaged when working in small groups on case studies, as opposed to traditional lecture sessions. Students also enjoyed the case studies and “felt more engaged.” In her general chemistry labs, Dr. Renee Beeton found it beneficial to write learning objectives on the white board, incorporate mini-lectures, and administer a one-question exit quiz. Now in its fifth and final year, the $3.6 million Title V grant has funded purchase of STEM equipment and construction of a new observatory and greenhouse on campus, as well as a STEM Center where students can receive tutoring and supplemental instruction, conduct research, and relax with fellow students and faculty. Outreach activities to K-12 students include observatory and planetarium activities, STEM Saturdays, and the Summer STEM Academy.

Adams State University will offer the High School Apprenticeship Research Program in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics this summer, funded by a grant from the Army Research Office. The grant of $3,716 will allow two high school students to participate with faculty and university students in the Undergraduate Research Internship Program in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Social Robotics, also recently funded by the U.S. Army. Both programs are directed by Dr. Matthew Iklé, professor of mathematics. Open to high school juniors and seniors, the seven-week apprenticeship program will be held during June and July, 2016. Apprentices will earn $10 per hour for 20 hours per week, as well as one credit hour from ASU. “We are seeking students who have demonstrated interest and taken coursework in computer programming, software development, scientific reasoning,

robotics, or some combination of these,” said Iklé, who will mentor the apprentices. Mathematics/Computer Science faculty Dr. Comfort Cover and George Sellman will also participate in the research and guide students. The research project will have two tracks: artificial intelligence and robotics, with one apprentice assigned to each track. Researchers will use the OpenCogPrime (OCP) artificial intelligence system, as well as NAO and Robokind humanoid robots in Adams State’s AI Robotics Lab. By working on this ambitious research project, apprentices will gain hands-on experience to strengthen their skills, learning abilities, and scientific reasoning. Iklé noted the apprenticeship program will also create a pipeline from high school to completion of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) bachelor’s degree.

governor reappoints trustees val vigil ‘71 & leroy salazar Colorado Governor John W. Hickenlooper recently reappointed Valentin Vigil ‘71 and LeRoy Salazar to the Board of Trustees for Adams State University. “We are very pleased that LeRoy and Val will continue as trustees for Adams State University,” said Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure. “They both have demonstrated their commitment to education at all levels, particularly Adams State. This is an important time for us, with new initiatives underway, and continuity of leadership is Trustee Val Vigil ‘71 very valuable.” Having served as a trustee since 2010, Salazar was reappointed to a one-year term, expiring December 31, 2016. (Read more on page 13.) Vigil was originally appointed to the board in December, 2011, and was reappointed to a three-year term, expiring December 31, 2019. Now in his seventh year as a city councilman for Thornton, Colo., Vigil has operated Vigil & Company, Financial Consultant, since 1971. Vigil served in the Colorado State Legislature from 1999-2006, including two years as the Assistant Minority Leader. An advocate for education, Vigil volunteers many hours at the local schools as guest speaker. He is in much demand to speak on immigration issues and is considered an expert in this topic, as he was the first legislator in Colorado to introduce the in-state tuition legislation in 2000.

academic pursuits dr. cheri meder, asst. professor of counselor education, gave three professional presentations at the annual Colorado School Counselor Association State Conference, held Nov. 11-13 in Colorado Springs. dr. lisa nikol nealy, asst. professor of political science, presented her manuscript, “A Theory of Economic Globalization: Ghanaian Women Functioning in Restricted Spaces within Religious, Social, Economic, and Politically Underdeveloped Communities,” at the 2016 annual meeting of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists in March. dr. benjamin waddell, assoc. professor of sociology, wrote a chapter, “An Invitation to Change the World,” and served as editor of Sociology for the Curious: Why Study Sociology?, published by Curious Academic Publishing. The book provides a deeper understanding of the field of sociology and details career options for high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students. dr. brian zuleger, asst. professor of sport psychology, presented his research, “Positive Coaching and Olympic Success: Case Studies of Olympic Medalist Track and Field Athletes Coach-athlete Relationships,” at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Conference, held in Indianapolis in October.

FREE conference - april 15 the road taken: best practices in teaching for middle & high school english teachers  • 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. adams state university • Keynote address - “Leadership” by former U.S. Congressman John Salazar ‘82. • Roundtable on transitioning from high school English to college composition led by Kathleen Chavez, former president of CoADE Colorado Association for Developmental Education). • English Professor & San Luis Valley native Aaron Abeyta will read his creative works. • The Lost & Found Comedy Improv performance.

Free and open to the public. Light breakfast and lunch provided.

For more info, call: 719-587-7862

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nearly 100 people attended a reception for state legislators hosted by adams state university at the warwick denver hotel, february 18. In addition to legislators, Adams State alumni, faculty, and staff participated to share their "great stories" of Adams State. The following morning, February 19, several Adams State academic departments and student groups showcased their offerings and activities with displays in the capitol. Among the groups were the AS&F student government and the Veterans at Adams State Club. Later that day, President McClure received a standing ovation when she was introduced to the Colorado General Assembly.

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP • Heather Shoats of AS&F visits with Rep. Dan Thurlow. • VP for Student Affairs Ken Marquez ’87, ‘94 (left) with alumnus Phil Lopez '04, an attorney in Denver. • Alumnus and former ASU Trustee Dale Mingilton '85 (left) with Athletic Director Larry Mortensen ‘88, ‘93 and President Beverlee McClure. • ASU Trustee LeRoy Salazar (right) with Representative Millie Hamner ’87, chair of the Joint Budget Committee. Hamner was Adams State's speaker for Fall Commencement 2015.


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COUNTER CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: • The Capitol building displayed a number of ASU academic and student programs. • Colorado legislators got to know Adams State students, leaders, and alumni at the Feb. 18 reception • ASU Asst. VP for Academic Affairs Margaret Doell (left) and Executive Director of Alumni and Donor Relations Lori Laske ‘91, ‘01 chat with Rep. Jeni James Arndt. • FRONT: Katie Miller, Dr. Beverlee McClure, Heather Shoats, Senator Larry Crowder, Azarel Madrigal, Senator Kevin Grantham. BACK: Alex Adams, State Senate President Bill Cadman.

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Music students the


“If you are going to be a musician, you’re going to be in business,” said don richmond, an accomplished musician who has performed for many years in the san luis valley and northern new mexico. “It dawned on me early in my playing career that, gee, I need to be a business person. A degree in business would have been nice. I worked very hard to fill in that blank for myself.” Now, music majors can fill that knowledge gap with an emphasis in music business, initiated in the Music Department five years ago. Assistant Professor of Music James Doyle oversees the emphasis and teaches “Topics in the Music Business.” The emphasis also requires 18 credits of business courses. “We teach students to develop multiple revenue streams,” Doyle explained. “I ask them to think about how they can monetize things they are already doing. I have not worked outside the music business since my sophomore year of college. Musicians wear a lot of hats.” His class hears from a range experts via Skype, including both musicians and non-performers, such as an accountant with tax advice for musicians and the director of a music conservatory. As a service learning project, the entire class helped to package CDs by Richmond’s band, the Rifters, for distribution to radio stations. “The topics course rounds it all up,” said junior Kayleen Peretto-Ortega. “I love how you have to take a course in all business disciplines, like accounting. It’s hard, but you do it for your own business and it saves you money.”


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The class also gained experience producing off-campus events, in which the stakes are higher. They assisted with a show at Alamosa’s newest performance venue, Society Hall. “Everybody learned a lot about the process of event production. There are countless details, down to making sure the restrooms are stocked with toilet paper,” Doyle said. Richmond’s wife, Dr. Teri McCartney ’87, ‘92, ASU emeritus professor of counselor education, enlisted assistance from Doyle’s students for the April concert she is coordinating to benefit the San Luis Valley Cancer Relief Fund. Students are handling ticket sales and marketing and working with musician contracts. “These projects add the element of community service and working with nonprofit organizations,” Doyle said.

hands on - ears on Music business students literally get into the business through internships. They earn three credit hours once they complete the 45-hour, unpaid internship. To date, 15 students have done so, according to Doyle. Depend-

ing on a student’s goals and skill set, Doyle said internships help students build their resumes with experience in music, promotion, event planning, social media, and crowd sourcing. “If a student is interested in the business side or in becoming an engineer, we can

the label Howlin’ Dog Records in partnership with McCartney, alumnus David Clemmer ’87, and singersongwriter Jana Pochop. It is a full-service record label, signing and promoting artists, as well as producing their recordings. “The best part of the internship is all the connections you make, plus actually doing this work. You can read about it, but this is a different story,” PerettoOrtega said. A music performance major from Trinidad, Colo., she plays flute and sings, but has set a goal of becoming a mastering engineer. “Women are underrepresented in that field, and we have better high-frequency hearing.” “Having interns is really exciting to me,” Richmond said. “Nobody knows what the music business is morphing into. It’s changing so fast, and it’s being driven by people their age. We need their perspectives as a record label.” One of Richmond’s current interns, David Webb, said, “Your calling lies at the intersection of your strength and music needs. I’m figuring out where I can excel.” A senior from Colorado Springs majoring in vocal performance, piano, and guitar, he first stepped inside a recording studio two years ago. Now he’s in the midst of producing his second CD, as is his fellow intern Skyler Choice, a senior

vocalist and guitarist from Denver. “I think everyone in music should take the topics class,” Choice said. Both are planning careers as singer/songwriters. After graduation in May, Webb will head to New York City. He also gives vocal lessons and ultimately hopes to operate his own vocal studio. Drawing on what he learned in music business, Choice is organizing a national tour to perform his own work. “It’s awesome to have this connection to a local record label,” Doyle said. “I try to drive home that the music industry is no longer just on the coasts. You don’t have to go to Nashville to record. Howlin’ Dog Records shows musicians can be anywhere. Our students can have a face-to-face relationship with producers and a record label, right here in Alamosa. This partnership gives our students the opportunity to learn all aspects of working with a record label: recording and production, merchandising, promotion, and touring. They see every side of the business.” McCartney said learning flows both ways. “There is so much to learn in the music business. Streaming has changed everything, and these students can help us to learn the ins and out of that world,” she said. “I would love to turn that over to interns to research and develop,” Richmond added. He hopes their internship will continue to grow and “become its own driving force.” Doyle noted, “Because Teri was a faculty member, it is easy to trust the students are getting an experience that meets Adams State’s mission.” For her part, McCartney said, "I enjoy the collaboration, because I'm basically a teacher at heart. Working with our interns lets me continue to be involved with students.” By Julie Waechter

music students get hands-on – and ears-on – experience: Music Business students (from left) Skyler Choice, Kayleen PerettoOrtega, and David Webb (far right) have interned with Don Richmond (second from right) at Howlin’ Dog Records, a music label and production company in Alamosa.

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make the experience relevant to their goals.” Interns record their experiences in Google Sheet journals and undergo exit interviews. Senior Cody Fricke interned with the Santa Fe Opera and with ALMA, the Alamosa Live Music Association, as a live sound engineer. Peretto-Ortega interned at KRZA Community Radio in Alamosa and is now its office manager/ membership director/PSA director. She is also directing a summer internship program at the station for college students interested in mass communications or radio broadcasting. An internship with Richmond’s Howlin’ Dog Records gave her experience in another realm of music and resulted in a paid position with the company, cultivating relationships with DJs for radio promotion. Richmond has produced recordings at his Howlin’ Dog Studios in Alamosa for many years. A year ago, he launched


Expertise and elbow grease renew historic murals modern restoration techniques bring new life to richardson hall’s four historic stairway murals. The decades have left their marks on Richardson Hall’s staircase murals created by Tom Proctor ‘53, Marilyn Hauser, Lawnee Haywood ‘63, and Herman Robinson ‘62. Randy Pijoan, assisted by ASU graduate student Madeleine "Maddie" Ahlborn, worked on the paintings this past winter. (Photo below right) A nationally recognized artist and Adams State adjunct painting professor, Pijoan said the two south murals were in "epic" disrepair. First, they prepped the surface, including cleaning, scraping, and repairing damaged holes in the plaster. "The first month we were assessing and researching the murals for clues as to what materials the original artist used. The second month was spent re-

I pay homage to these artists by

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- Randy Pijoan pairing just two murals in the southernmost staircase, which had many issues, including chipping, peeling, and cracks." Pijoan believes one of the murals in the northwest staircase may have been exposed to fire, due to the amount of smoke and soot on the surface. "I turned many clean, white rags black wiping off the mural. By the time I finished, the bucket and my hands smelled of ashes." Ahlborn agrees, "I have used a lot of muscle with a toothbrush cleaning and prepping the murals." After cleaning and patching, Pijoan used a polyacrylic product to reseal the images. "In a hundred years, if an improved technique is available for restoration, everything we have done can be examined by our notes on file in the Luther Bean Museum, so any of our products can be removed or repaired properly." The varnish will also hold off possible water damage in the future.

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After cleaning, Pijoan began applying paint to areas where chipping removed the original coat. Previously patched areas were also very obvious. He first matched the value of the paint using a grayscale, white to black, a technique he learned when he studied painting in Italy. "Once the value is matched, we go back in with color." Another challenge was to mimic the quality and type of paint and technique used by the murals’ original artists. "I feel I enter a Zen-like state getting into the head and heart space of the artist. I pay homage to these artists by restoring their art." By Linda Relyea ‘96, ’10

Commitment to education drives LeRoy Salazar to serve Adams State trustee leroy salazar is motivated to serve the university and its mission because of the impacts of federal and state budget cuts. “Because of the rising costs of higher education, many students can be priced out of the opportunity to achieve their dreams and potential through education. We need to ensure that Adams State will continue to provide an affordable, quality education to students who want and deserve one.” He was first appointed to the Adams State College Board of Trustees in 2003, when the State Colleges in Colorado was disbanded and independent boards created for each institution. After a break, he was reappointed in 2010; he will finish a final term this coming December. Salazar uses his connections to help strengthen the university and ensure its long-term viability and stability. “Adams State is more than an educational center for our Valley,” Salazar said. “It is an economic engine and a vehicle for cultural exchange and interaction. It is a place where people come together to Trustee LeRoy Salazar stands before a portrait of his father, Henry Salazar. Emma and Henry Salazar have been honored with a new memorial scholarship. discuss, debate, and learn.” President Beverlee J. McClure appreciates scholarship and other venues such as the Rio Grande del Salazar’s commitment. "LeRoy Salazar generously shares his Norte Center.” (See story page 7.) many resources to advance the institution and ensure its sucSalazar encourages others to help support Adams State in cess. Because he believes so strongly in our mission and the whatever way they can, including through legacy planning. student population we serve, he enthusiastically uses his con“When our loved ones pass on, what better tribute to them nections to strengthen the university’s current departments than to contribute to educational opportunities for a younger and develop new programs to guarantee our students’ success generation.” and better serve the local community.” Salazar, a San Luis Valley farmer and rancher, holds a bachSalazar encourages discussions for collaborations with elor’s and master’s degree in agricultural engineering from other institutions in an effort to improve ASU by utilizing exColorado State University. He founded Agro Engineering, isting resources. For example, he is involved in discussions Inc., serving as its president and CEO from 1982 until 2000. with Colorado State University to improve Adams State’s He has served as a member of the Colorado Agricultural Agricultural Business program and develop more agriculturCommission, and as a director of Citizens for Colorado ally related courses. “It only makes sense that a university in Water. He served on the North Conejos School District the heart of an agricultural community would have some ag Board of Education, with several years as its president. programs as part of its curriculum. I visualize how ASU could He has been a board member of the SLV Federal Bank team up with CSU through its SLV Research and Extension since December 1995 and serves on the board of the Hope facilities and through CSU’s extensive global on-line profor Children Foundation, as well as a director and president grams to create dual degrees in biology and crop science or of the Confined Aquifer Sustainability, Inc. (CAS), an organichemistry and soil science.” zation dedicated to the development of solutions to groundAfter the passing of their mother, Salazar and his seven sibwater issues. He also serves on the steering committee for lings established a scholarship at ASU in memory of both formation of the Conejos Subdistrict. He is also a board their parents. “It is amazing how generous friends of the fammember United Fresh Potato Growers of Colorado and a ily have been in contributing to this fund. We are committed member of the La Jara Rotary Club. to contributing to the future of Adams State through this

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donor report

2015 Dear Adams State Alumni & Friends: adams state university isn’t just a great, affordable way to reach my higher education goals, it’s been a part of my family for generations.

Chuck ‘68, John ‘18, and Jeff ‘86 Owsley are part of an Adams State family legacy begun by Chuck’s father, Hartley. In addition, John’s sister Laura is a senior theatre major. Jeff’s sister Kathy Soden ‘89 is also an alumna, and her son Bowen will graduate from ASU this spring.

i am a fourth-generation student at Adams State. Not only did my father and grandfather graduate from Adams, but so did my great-grandfather, Hartley Owsley. Since 1936, the Owsley family has supported this institution through devoted involvement with the Alumni Association, presidential search committees, the Grizzly Club, and much more. I am very proud to say that because of my family’s involvement, my dedication in high school, and my upbringing here in the Valley, I am able to go to Adams State University for my first year for virtually no cost. Receiving scholarships such as the Alamosa State Bank – Clyde Helms Memorial Scholar18

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ship and the Alumni Foundation Scholarship has blessed me more than I imagined. They allow me to focus on my studies, instead of stressing about how I will pay for my education. I admit filling out the applications was a little stressful, but it was truly worth it. Last February, during my senior year of high school, I spent almost every night in the Adams State library working on scholarship applications. At first Adams State was only my back-up plan, but after I saw my hard work pay off and began to receive scholarships, I knew that it was the right choice for me. Another deciding factor in choosing Adams was my ability to easily transfer my 28 concurrent credits from high school. This has allowed me to focus on my double major in accounting and finance; I plan to complete my associate’s degree by the end of the summer. That means I’ll graduate a year early with the class of 2018 and get a head start on my goals. These include joining the Peace Corps and teaching economic development, getting my CPA certification, and one day starting my own small business in the Valley. All of these goals are more doable when faced with little to no student debt. I am especially appreciative of these scholarships because I never expected I would be one of those people with enough scholarships to pay for my education. I was never the smartest kid in my class, and my family’s financial need according to FASFA was never too high. I just cannot thank the ASU Foundation enough for recognizing my dedication to improve academically and reach my potential as a student. I am proud to say I finished my first semester at Adams State with a 4.0. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of the ASU Foundation and generous donors like you. Remember, when you give to Adams State, you help students like me. With great gratitude,

John Owsley Adams State University Class of 2018

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This Donor Report reflects gifts received between January 1 and December. 31, 2015. Errors or questions may be directed to Lori Laske, 719-587-7867.

fundraising highlights • Willis Fassett, Jr. Award 2015 : El Pomar Foundation • Donation and sale of home established the Elwyn & Virginia Wehe Unrestricted Endowment. increase in Foundation Scholarships awarded. 22% Awards range from $500 to full tuition.

net assets

9% increase in unrestricted gifts. 39% increase in dollars donated to ASU Foundation. ASU students hired and placed at the Alamosa Elementary Schools 5 through the Carlos & Dorothy Lucero Mentoring program. ASU students hired for the Annual Fund Phonathon.

10 New scholarships created. ASU students hired through the Dr. John McDaniel Opportunity 13 Program. They interned in various campus departments and community organizations.


Acres of land donated to ASU Foundation and resold for unrestricted funds.

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245 students






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287 students






247 students

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wish list 2016 While scholarship endowments make up the bulk of contributions to the ASU Foundation, donors may also choose to fund a special project or event. This list includes needs identified by faculty and staff for the current academic year. For more information on these or other giving opportunities, please contact Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00, Executive Director of the ASU Foundation: 719-587-7122 or email:

special events $15,000 women's week Each spring, Women’s Week offers events such as films, speakers, presentations, and panels that address women’s and gender issues.

$6,000 theatre program holiday show The Theatre Program’s annual holiday show appeals to families of the San Luis Valley. Several matinee performances are attended exclusively by public school children. For many, it might be the only affordable, quality, theatrical performance they will see. The show traditionally has a very large cast, but large casts mean large costume budgets, and productions for children mean large spectacle costs. Thus, continuation of this holiday tradition requires sponsorship.


earth week 2016 speaker: "getting green done"

Auden Schendler, VP of Sustainability at Aspen Ski Company, will relate company profits to greening and show how to make a big impact at your own organization/company.


lunchtime talks in science & mathematics

Now in its 12th year, this free, general interest lecture series showcases faculty from across campus, as well as outside speakers. Free pizza lunch is provided at every talk.

visiting artists & musicians $3,000

visiting musical artists, clinicians & composers

Host nationally recognized musicians, composers, and clinicians for performances, master classes, and forums.


artist in residence

An ongoing Artist In Residence Program to allow the Art Department to host a national/international artist for 1-3 weeks each year or semester.


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academic outreach $5,000

raging studios

The “Raging Studios” project is an official research project that examines songs, lyrics, and poetry written with the intention of channeling voluntary/involuntary minority rage, which may be based on inequity of people with different backgrounds, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. It has cultivated high-quality work in the field of inclusive excellence involving faculty, staff, students, and alumni who would otherwise not have had a chance to record in a professional studio. Funding will continue this project.


planetarium programming

Funding to expand the Zacheis Planetarium’s library of programs for outreach to school groups, scouts, Boys & Girls Club, SLV Behavioral Health Group, assisted living and veterans centers, as well as the general public.


student & faculty music ensemble educational performance/ workshop in area & regional schools

Allow chamber student ensembles and faculty to continue performing and leading educational workshops in the K-12 schools.

conferences & travel $100,000

art travel fund

Fund annual student trips to major national art institutions.

$15,000 western slope undergraduate sociology conference Allow sociology students to present original research projects for discussion and critique at the conference, which rotates among four institutions.


music education conferences & competitions

Allows students to continue participating in the conferences and competitions of these nationally recognized professional organizations such as the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA), American Choral Directors Association, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), and PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention).

$3,000 annual one-day middle & high school english teachers’ conference Beginning in April 2016, this one-day spring conference invites middle and high school English teachers to present on best practices in pedagogy, bring students to present their best papers, and allows current ASU teacher-candidates to network with current practitioners. It will also promote recruitment into the forthcoming MA in Humanities / English emphasis and undergraduate programs.

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Foundation $50,000 art scholarship Art scholarship fund for either graduate or undergraduate students.

$40,000 chamber music scholarships Renewable scholarships for student chamber ensembles, both instrumental and vocal, will make Adams State more competitive in student recruitment. Ensembles would include, but not be limited to, a woodwind quintet, brass quintet, string quartet, percussion quartet, vocal quartet, jazz ensemble, drum line, etc.

$10,000 endowed named music scholarships Provide merit- or need-based scholarships for music students.

campus improvements $1,000 -$20,000

replace hazard trees

Replacement of 20 campus trees that have been removed due to safety hazards. ($1,000/tree)

$15,000 c.a.s.a. center (cultural awareness & student achievement) backyard enhancement Create seven flagstone picnic tables with flagstone bench seating in the C.A.S.A. backyard, as well as one 12-foot flagstone labor/picnic table for food service during event programming. These will provide additional space for the growing number of student, faculty, staff, and community attendees at Soul Food Friday Luncheons and Hispanic Heritage events.

$5,000 art equipment A significant piece of equipment such as a kiln or laser cutter.

$3,210new furnishings the loft – sub Replace worn/damaged sofas in the Loft (Student Union Building). The space serves both students and community guests.

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

adams state alumni Adams State University Alumni Association

asu alumni & foundation office Rich ‘59 & De Gehlbach

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

$3,000 production equipment maintenance

stan brinkley/mcdaniel

Production equipment in the Haynie Center for Mass Communication requires upgraded and expanded cabinetry to organize all equipment resources within long-lasting, protective cases. This organization process would ensure that high-priced equipment reaches its maximum potential.

tom bruscino/mcdaniel

fun & fitness $5,000

campus wellness

The Empower U wellness committee provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to increase their physical activity and healthy eating.

Dr. John McDaniel Thomas '99 & Terrie '99 Bruscino Dr. John McDaniel

dr. robert & sharon buchanan/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

dr. littleton j. bunch memorial Bunch Family

shirley burnham memorial Glenn & Kerry Burnham

orahood burt scholarship Carolyn Burt

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donor report 2015 $10,000 +

2015 Donors $50,000 Alamosa State Bank The Denver Foundation Patsy Spier '91 State of Colorado Department of Higher Education The Trinchera Blanca Foundation LLC Douglas Thomas '55 Al '73 & Virginia Wehe

friends of music Edmon & Lucy Adams Alamosa Live Music Association Loren '71 & Evelyn '74, '77, '04 Buss Lisa Clements Hugh & Linda Cozart Mike Gibson & Gigi Darricades Kathleen Delzell '61 Mary Eldredge '99 Delbert '70, '71 & Jan Gay Rich Gehlbach '59 David Green '70, '71 Mark Haggar David Hinkley Jenene Holcomb '89, '94 Robert Hommel '79, '83 Victoria Hontas Martin Jones Charlotte Ledonne '84 Curtis '71 & Kay '80 Malouff Querina Martinez '89 D.H. McFadden Robert McSherry '67, '68 Bruce & Sharon Meyer Jeannie Norwood '71, '71 & Albert Kahan Barbara Reisner Robert & Regina Rice Patricia Robbins '93, '96 Neil & Elise Rudolph Erich Schwiesow & Julie Waechter Mark Skinner '92 Donald Thompson & Jan Oen John '69, '75 & Judith '69 Tillman David & Donna '12 Wehe Barbara Zeman '72



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1st Southwest Bank Alamosa Convention & Visitors Bureau David '87 & Wendy Clemmer Carole Counihan & James Taggart Daniels Fund Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans Rich Gehlbach '59 Kate Hatfield John '66, '70 & Anita '67 Hertner Floyd '55 & Cordelia Higel Sandra '81 & John Kuenhold Michael Lantzy '64, '65 Ron '65 & Marilyn '86, '87 LĂśser Dr. John McDaniel Daniel & Janet Mordecai Foundation Pepsi San Luis Valley Federal Bank San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op, Inc. Southway Construction Co., Inc. Izora '66 & Butch Southway Family of Ruth & Stanley Wills Xcel Energy Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999 Alta Fuels ASu Bookstore Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency Joanne Clayton '61 Community Banks of Colorado William '60, '62 & Eleanor '82 Crain Monte Vista Cooperative P.E.O. Foundation Rio Grande Savings & Loan Richard '69 & Kathleen Rutledge Valley Courier

$2,599 - $4,999 1st Stop Alamosa Masonic Philanthropic Foundation Alcon Construction, Inc. Alamosa Building Supply/La Jara Trading Post Chili's City Market Yvonne Cobb '83 Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Kiwanis Club of Alamosa Stephen '67 & Courtney Marsters Dr. Beverlee McClure National Western Stock Show Scholarship Trust Pearl Ortner '58 Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation RMN Events Rustic Log Furniture, Inc. SLV Regional Medical Center Sodexo Campus Services State of Colorado - Office of State Controller Ann Vail Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc. Walters & Associates, LTD David Wehe, CFP Jackie Getz White '82 & Brent White

$1,000 - $2,499 Alamosa Home Furnishings American Electric CO Hoyt '97 & Dyan '13 Anderson Anytime Fitness Asphalt Constructors, Inc. Baxter & Carol Arnold ATM Commercial and Construction Cleaning Services Inc. Stephen Bokat '68 Stanley '73 & Mona '75 Brinkley Jon & Teri Brownell BSN Sports Glenn & Kerry Burnham 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 Sports Stacy & Becky Connelly/Connelly Enterprises Cooley & Sons Excavating, Inc. Cottonwood Dental Center, LLC Ed Crowther & Lori Tanner Mike Gibson & Gigi Darricades Del Mar Carpet One Domino's Leslie Doyle '95, '05 Lisa Drew '83, '07 Ronald '67, '72 & Paula '73 Duncan Edward Jones-Alamosa Flood & Peterson, Ins. Inc. Foothills Environmental, Inc. Karla Jean Gilbert Mark '98, Sarah & Clara Gilmore Pamela '85 & Robert Gjellum Gobin's Greg '96 & Jeni '85 Goodwin Val Goodwin-Colbert David Green '70, '71 Hampton Inn Dr. Phillip Haram '62 James '83 & Deborah '84 Harvey Dale '64 & Beverly Hettinger Chuck '62 & Sandy '79, '80 Houser Michael Hudson '98 Carl Hungate '69 Hunan Chinese Restaurant/East-West Grill Husmann Plumbing Jack's Market Martin Jones L & M Auto Sales Jim Lester & Helen Sigmond

theatre patrons Penny Gavette Dale '64 & Beverly Hettinger William & Dawn Krebs Susan McKenna '95 Michael Patritch '70, '73 Beez Schell Donald Stegman '61, '64 San Luis Valley Federal Bank

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privately funded scholarships


*Established 2015

$500 - $999 Russell Achatz '85 Alpine Electric, Inc. Gary Antisdel '59, '63 Timothy Bachicha '92 Bistro Rialto Paul Briggs '70 Philip Britton '61

Nate & Hilda Castillo Keith Cerny Joseph & Mary Colgan Jack & Genevieve Cooper Daniels Long Chevrolet Robert Davis '70 Phillip '83 & Patricia '83 Delorenzo Elsie Doser '59 Joe '94 & Teri '91 Erickson Howard Espinosa '56 George Evans Tamara '91 & Bill Fassett Dr. & Mrs. William Fulkerson, Jr. Gesink Dairy Glacier Club Durango Jerilyn Hall Hallador Energy Company Mark '89 & Stephanie '93, '01 Hensley Shawn '90 & Sheila '89 Hicks John '83 & Barbara '82 Holmes J & J Rental Centers Jim's Tire Store Ken '51 & George Anna '51 Joseph Judith Kimmel David Koenig William & Dawn Krebs Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Roger Levin '84 Philip Lopez '04 Harry Manesiotis '99 Mark's Outdoor Sports Susan McCullough '83 Paul Morley '66 Music in the Mountains Frank Novotny Pete Ortega '61, '64 Suzanne Pasztor '86 Gary & Beverly Peer Lonnie Porter '65, '66 Floyd '54, '64 & Leila '84 Quintana Robert & Regina Rice San Luis Valley Brewing Company San Luis Valley Fine Arts & Entertainment Michael Scarbrough '91 Ray & Colette Skeff SLV Pizza Company Donald Stegman '61, '64 Larry & Carol Sveum Kimberley Temple '01 John Tooker '66 Trinchera Irrigation Company Melanie Valdez '99 Lee Vickers '60, '65 Donn Vigil Mike Wisdom Mark Wood '71 Bill Woodward '61 Richard Woolery Gloria Wuckert

$100 - $499 Ruth Acheson James Adkins '78 Alamosa Rotary Club Harris Allen '70 Susan Archibald Dennis Archuleta

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

children of school of business faculty & staff* ASU School of Business

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

william & ellie crain * William ‘60, ‘62 & Ellie ‘82 Crain

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

carly delorenzo softball Phillip '83 & Patricia '83 DeLorenzo

devon j doyle memorial* Brian & Leslie '95, '05 Doyle

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

aStater donor report

Fern Lucero and the Lucero Family Foundation Mark MacDonnell '83 Ruth McGee '50 Deanna Morris '64, '65 Holly Morris '00 Mortgage Solutions Financial Mary Motz '62 Thomas Motz '82 Paul & Patti Newman Chuck Owsley '68 John Patten Pepperoni Brothers, LLC Porter Realty, Inc. Prestige Brokerage, Ltd Judith Quiller '61, '64 Pat '97 & Debi Racanelli Richard Ramstetter Rock Creek Family Medicine, P.C. Rocky Mountain Eye Center, P.C. Rocky Mountain Septic & Excavating Thomas '77 & Shirley '77 Roman James & Jessie Ruddell Daniel '77 & Carol '87 Russell Safeway Leroy & Michelle '92 Salazar Lena Samora '67, '68 Beez Schell Wayne '85, '91 & Lauren '97, '04 Sheldrake Sherwin Williams Silver Mountain Disposal, LLC Skiball's Running World Skyline Hospitality, Inc. Michael Sloan '65 Sonic Drive-In Southside Rentals/Kiva Apartments Southwest Ready Mix, Inc. Rondaleen Specht '67 Subway Suntek Industries, Inc. David & Virginia '83, '84, '95 Svaldi Taco Bell/Long John Silver Alamosa Store Valley Electric, Inc. Van Iwaarden Builders, Inc. Vance Law Office Vendola Plumbing & Heating Inc. Jeff Vinyard Wal-Mart Wall, Smith, Bateman & Assoc., Inc. Torben Walters Insurance Agency, Inc. Michael Ware '69 Kay '55 & Jan '63 Watkins Elizabeth Watts '70 Thelma Weems Karla '84 & James Willschau Louis Wilson Mary Ann Wright David Young '71 Young Marines


donor report 2015 $100 - $499 Tadini Bacigalupi '79 Cynthia Baer '75, '76 Karen Bagwell '78 Melanie Bagwell '89 Donald Baker '65, '69 Gary Baker '69 Bank Shot Sports Bar Kenneth Barber '72 & Jane Fiebelkorn Barber '71 Victor Barela '63 Larry Barker '65 Jeanne Barlow '61, '65 Kenneth Barr '64 Kay Henry Bartlett '98 Rudy '62 & Sharon Basovsky Don & Laura Basse Billy '60, '61 & Ingeborg '61, '66 Baxter John Baylor Marianne Baylor Susan Bayne Jeffrey Bechtel Richard Bechtel Tawney Becker Raymond Beethe '70 De Bencomo Kyle Bendzsa Harold Benson '71 Jeffrey Bilderbeck '03 W. Anderson Bishop Eric Blake '03 Tom '59 & Charlotte '58, '71 Bobicki Mike Boehm '77 Ron Bond '59 Jerrold Booher '59, '61

Joelle Boos-Medina '99, '11 Merlyn '60 & Mary Alice '57 Boss Mark '96 & Jessica '96 Bowers Patrick & Linda Brisnehan Terrance Brown '74 David Broyles '74 Neil Bruce Esq. '75 & Barbara Bruce '75 Cara Brydson Roy Budd Mike Budick Megan Buzby '03 Lorena Byrd Sharon Cain '67 Campus Cafe Toney Cantu '70 Gregory Carling '01 Shirley Carlson '63, '63 Eric '01 & Lia '14 Carpio Christopher Carroll '89 Kurt '71, '78 & Joan '90 Cary Century 21 Valley Realty Darla Chappell '77 Gregory Chavez '81 Jennifer Chavez '00 Ernest '93 & Tanya '95 Cienfuegos-Baca Glen '62 & Frances '62 Clark Lisa Clements Larry Coleman '71 Coloring Outside the Lines Gregory '85 & Kana '88, '02 Condon John Conlon '67 CornerStone Inspections Cornmasters LLP Thomas Cortez '76 Mona Cousino Teresa Cox James Cranfield

russ cagle ‘73 joins legacy society Warm memories of his student days at Adams State inspired Russell Cagle ’73 to add the institution to his legacy. “I know the phrase to ‘pay it forward’ is frequently used; it is an appropriate phrase to use now. Financially backing ASU will further its growth and enable others to also be a part of the magic that ASU offers,” he said. “Adams State always provided a nurturing and home-type feeling that gave me the opportunity to blossom and grow and mature.” In 1992, Cagle earned an M.Ed. from Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, Calif., then taught junior high science, later becoming a software publisher in the medical field. He continues this work with such clients as Medicare, Anthem, and various medical clinics. In his “free time” he is active in the non-profits Coastside Land Trust and Peninsula Open Space. Cagle and his wife, Carol, live in San Mateo, Calif., where they enjoy hiking and travel, as well as attending Alumni Relations events hosted in San Francisco. “I also enjoy drawing and painting and do want to see each state in the good old United States.” He and Carol have two children and two grandchildren. 24

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Laronda Cranfield Linda Cranfield Lisa Cranfield Donald '65 & Johanna '65 Crawford Creede Repertory Theater Jerry '70 & Patricia '70 Crisci Jesse Crock '04, '10 Eric '00 & Stacey '99 Crouser Shirley Crow '66, '72 Joan Culley Gloria Curtis '70 Harold Czarnetzki '69 Sandra Daniels David Davis '75 Willie Davis '66, '68 Paul Debacco '66 Dan DeChesaro Wanda Decker '54 Leo Degenstein Christine Delaney-Haynes '75 Jerry DeLeon '89 Kathleen Delzell '61 Albert Demarest '66, '71 Ron '76 & Jan '80, '03 DeSautell Veronica Dice '88 Tammy Dodson '94 Daniel Donohoue '74 Vic & Staci Doyle Billy Dunlap '71 Bruce Dunn '65 Nancy Dunn '65, '76 Richard Duran '71, '72 JD & Toya Dyess Chuck '73 & Margie '73 Eaton Mike '71 & Linda '73 Edgar Mary Eldredge '99 Rod Ermel '79

legacy society Anonymous Mary Beaver Philip Britton ‘61 Russell Cagle ‘73 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

Adams State University


privately funded scholarships *Established 2015 George Hansen '68 Matt & Karla Hardesty Spencer Harris '72 Patti Hastreiter '83 Jim Hazard Eddie Hearyman '71, '73 Barry Heckard '73 Vern '97 & Heather '00 Heersink Charlotte Hefner '88 Lavona Heide '73 David Henkel '69, '75 Paul Henry Greg Hensley Steve Higgins James Hill '68, '71 Cleta Hiner-Felzien '90 Steven '88 & Monica '87 Hokansson Robert Hommel '79, '83 Linda Hoover '81 Jenel Hopper '02 Karen Hossack '69 R.M. & Elaine Hough William Howell '83 Norman '62, '65 & Mary Sue '64 Howey John Hroma '67 Sandra Hubbard '05 Jerry Hughes '70 Larry Joe '83 & Christine '83 Hunt Eugene Jimenez '70, '70 Raymond Johnson '71 Bob Johnson '99 David Johnston '77 Jonathan Johnston '62 Carrie Jones '06 Jim Jones '47 Nathan Jones Robert & Nancy Jones Wilma Jordan Olga Joyce '61, '63 Richard Kadinger '75 Heather Kahn '95 Kathy's Fabric Trunk Karl Keller Dale Kerby '59, '61 Jason '98, '00 & Catherine '00 Kingery Christopher Klaiber Gary '64 & June '63 Kliesen Delfinia Kogovsek '59 Bessie '59, '61 & Ben Konishi Konishi Veterinary Hospital Ronald & Sandra Koons Daniel '76, '88 & Margaret '01 Korber Kentucky Fried Chicken Tom Kusleika '69, '72 Frank Ladwig '63 Jesse Lammey Barrett Land Greg & Liz Land Wanda Land Marty Larsen Kevin Leary Jesse & Rachel Lee Selbert & Dorothy Lewis Alan Lindsay '83 Bettie Lobato Robert '73 & Sharon '68, '73 Lockwood Richard & Ericha Loosbrock Alfonso Lopez '70

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 I. Ford '71 Dr. John McDaniel

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

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

dr. gary gallagher/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

michael john gay memorial Michael Gay

gfwc woman's citizenship club GFWC Woman'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

james p. & kate a. hatfield art education* Estate of Kathryn A. Hatfield

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

charley hayashida memorial Sadako Hayashida

aStater donor report


Mitch Ernst Rick Erskin Ellwood Ervin '67 Roger Escheman Leroy Espinoza Samuel '01 & Crystal '02 Evig Patricia Ewert Flannagan '76 Jackie Falgien Paul Farley Farm Fresh Direct John '63, '69 & Margaret '61 Faron Joan Felzien-Perry '67 Nancy Fernandez '61 William Porter '51 Mark Fields Val Finnegan Keith '58, '63 & Claudette '63, '78 Fisher Patricia Fitch '70 Neil Fleischauer '70 James Ford '59, '61 Vickie I. Ford '71 Grimes '65 & Rachel '67 Fortenberry Cole & Sue Foster Heather Fox Steven Frasier Louis '72, '73 & Marlene '73 Fraulo Shane French Roy '70 & Marva '71 Fritch Raylene Froman '84 Frontier Bank Kenneth Fry '60 Jess Gagliardi '11, '12 Kyle Galapago Marsha Gallagher '71 Arnold Gallegos '72, '74 Fred Gallegos '71 Dan Garcia '84, '93 & Liz Tabeling-Garcia '96, '06 Isaac Garcia '62 Jose Garcia '61 Phil Garcia Justin Garoutte Penny Gavette Delbert '70, '71 & Jan Gay John Gendreau '70 Kenny Getz GH Phipps Construction Companies Daniel '71 & Karen '71 Gillespie Gordon & Phyllis Gillson Jim Gilmore Tony Giordano '69 Michael Glass '97 Daniel Gleason Richard Goggin '76 Ruben Gonzales '61, '64 Jonica Gonzalez Gary Goold Kris Gosar Russell Granzella Jon Greene '67 Beverly Groshens Jim Groves '59 Carol Guerrero-Murphy & David Guerrero Roger Gunlikson '62 Ed & Julie Gutierrez Marlena Halko '00 Jamie Hammond Patrick Hannigan '76


donor report 2015 $100 - $499 Chris Lopez '84 Fred Lopez '69 Raul Lopez Santiago Lopez Tammy Lopez '91, '00 Michael Losey Patricia Losey Willis '66, '69 & Janet '67 Lowther Aniceto '58, '65 & Jeanette '89 Lucero Pablo Lucero Priscilla Lujan '75 Keith Lund Jason Luukkonen '01 Theodora Madrid '60, '69 Pete Magee Thomas '72 & Kristine '73 Magel Bill Mansheim Mark Mansheim William Mansheim William Manzanares Jr. '67 Dennis '72 & Nancy '72 Marion Irene Marquez '06 Damon '87 & Konnie Martin Judy Martin '67 Geraldine Martindale Beatrice Martinez '76 Clair Martinez '56, '75 David '84, '87 & Kimberly '84, '99 Martinez Joe Martinez `74 Juan Martinez '76, '81 Loretta Martinez Michael Martinez '75, '87 Querina Martinez '89 Connie '75 & Kim Marvel John '70 & Betti Marvel Monroe Mathias '51 Dale & Lisa Matteson Bill '56, '62 & Joyce '56 Matthews Emelio Mattorano '73 Sherrie Maule '63 Virginia Maulfair '68 Larry '64 & D'Anna '66, '74 Mayfield

Robert McAllister '63 John McBride '59 William '68 & Regina '68 McCann Robert McCard `69 Teri McCartney '87, '92 & Don Richmond '13 Sharon McCoy '97, '02 Bill McDonald Levette McEaddy Nancy McElwain David McGovern '70 Barney McLean '83 Gene McLean Glenn McLean Karen McLean-Simmons '74 Robert McSherry '67, '68 Eric Mead '71 Mitch Medina '60, '64 Kelly '71, '78 & Karen '70 Meek Jay Meyer Insurance Agency, Inc. Thomas '69 & Beverly '69 Michoski Warren '66, '90 & Jean '86, '88 Mickelsen Alex Miller '97 & Karen Rubidoux-Miller '94 Holly Miller Jack Miller '72, '76 Roger '68 & Linda '67 Mitchell Chas '98 & Melissa Moeller Monarch Mountain Monte Vista Golf Course Wesley Montoya '82 Edward Moon Linda Moore-Owsley '76 & Charles Owsley Wayne Morrison '63 Ted '69 & Janet '69 Morrison Corky & Nancy Mortensen Larry '88, '93 & Carolyn '89 Mortensen Mt. Valley Farm, LLC Cathy Mullens '82 James Mullings '51, '68 Michael Mumper '76 & Melissa Freeman Louis '67, '69 & Jolleen '87 Myers Tom '68, '81 & Barbara '71 Nagoda Dennis '62 & Linda Nash Evelyn Nehring '51 Lloyd Nelson Netelligence LLC

larry & janice reed Unrestricted Endowment Every Monday brings a large cache of mail to the Adams State University Foundation that accumulates over the weekend. Many envelopes contain donations, but the January 25 mail delivery brought an extremely generous surprise. “I almost fell out of my chair, I was so excited,” said Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00, executive director of the Foundation. A substantial, unsolicited gift from an anonymous donor was made in memory of Janice Reed ’64, who passed away December 1, and created the Larry & Janice Reed Unrestricted Endowment. “It was a nice start to the new year,” Lopez added. Duane Bussey ’82, chair of the ASU Foundation, explained unrestricted gifts are especially important to the Foundation. “We always want to recognize donors publically and express our appreciation. But some people are humble, don’t want to toot their own horn. The Foundation always respects wishes to remain anonymous.” A San Luis Valley native and longtime resident of Center, Janice earned a degree in business education and operated a farm with her husband. She enjoyed sewing, baking, bowling and traveling and belonged to the P.E.O. Chapter HQ.


aStater spring 2016

Brian Neufeld '00 Fred & Diantha Nipple Gail Nitta '66 Duane & Tiffany Oakes Floyd & Jody Oaks Donald O'Brien '70 David Ochoa '63, '63 Albert '61 & Kelli '74 O'Leary Michael Onofrey '76 Robert '70 & Susan Oringdulph Carl Ortega '03 Rocky Ortega '65, '71 Marie Ortivez '97, '07 Dennis '79 & Dawn '79 Ortiz Patti Ortiz '78 John Pacheco '74 Lori Parker '85, '97 Michael Patritch '70, '73 Mike Patton Walter Paulson '61, '63 PB Financial Services LLC The Pearl Lakes Trout Club, Inc. John Perry '64, '71 Jerry Petersen '77 Stephen Phillips '63 John Pim '67 Milton Place '74 Jim '95 & Melissa '92 Plane Andrew Pojman '72 Keith Poole '73 Kailee Potter '13 Steve & Debra Powell William Prather Beverly Price '69 Pueblo Rockhounds, Inc. David Quatrochi Marta '88 & Stephen Quiller Paul Rahne '65, '66 William Rakow Jr. '69 Martin Ramirez Gary & Toni Ramstetter Elizabeth Ratzlaff '87 Tyler Ratzlaff '82 Cornelia Rector '68 Julane Reed '61 Dick '67 & Marcie '01 Reed Sherome Reeves Karen Reisbeck Jo Ann Rezen '62, '68 Kristen Rhodes Anderson Susan & Edward Richmond Scott '98 & Lindsay '99 Riley Rio Grande Club Patricia Robbins '93, '96 Norman '75, '77 & Greta Roberts Tracey Robinson Jason Rogers '93 Kathy Rogers Mike Rogers Natalie Rogers '85, '11 Tracy Rogers '95 Douglas Rohrer '62 Tara Romero `14 Teresa Romero Albert Roybal '80 Patrick Roybal '90 Jack '79, '84 & Theresa Rudder Neil & Elise Rudolph

Adams State University


privately funded scholarships *Established 2015 Aurora Umana-Arko '94, '99 Steve '87 & Sandra Valdez Edmund Vallejo '55 Jose Vallejos '62 Valley Car Wash/Vintage Garage Valley Meat LLC Randall Van Pelt '75 Kellie Veneman '83 Paul Victor '74, '75 John Vigil '62 Valentin Vigil '71 Rosalie Vigna '77 Julia Villa Kip Walker '77 Craig Walters Jerry Weber Mandi Weed '85 David & Donna '12 Wehe Donnie Whitaker '91 Thomas White '83 Scott '92, '04 & Wendi '95, '97 Wiedeman Jeremy Wilder '96 James Wilharm '64 Donald '72, '75 & Karan '89 Wilkinson Brent Williams '71 Margaret Williams Paul Williams '75 Michelle Rubidoux Wilson '99, '03 Fred Wingstrom John Wingstrom LaVieta Winters William '64 & Donna '64 Witt Wolf Creek Ski Area Donald Wolfe '68 Blake Wood & Rebecca Clark David '67, '75 & Kay '68 Wood Angel Woods Aubrey Woodward '72 Randy Wright '84 Joe & Shirley Zanski Barbara Zeman '72 Steve & Jeannine Ziomek James Zissimos ZKM, LLC/Joelle Boos-Medina '99, '11

up to $99 Lisa Absmeier '78 Edmon & Lucy Adams Adams Street Salon Susan Akers Alamosa Live Music Association Alamosa Senior Citizens, Inc. Heather Albritton '99, '00 Kevin Aldrich '98 Camila Alire '70 Ginger Allen '99 Wanda Allen Anita Allinger '77 Rebecca Allison '99 Jacqueline Archuleta '11 Tori Archuleta Jessica Archuleta-Trujillo Elizabeth Armenta '80, '88 Larry '68 & Linda '67 Arp Charles Asay '67 Martha Asher '73, '75

brooks haynie memorial endowment Thomas & Marjorie Haynie

john & anita hertner biology* John '66, '70 & Anita '67 Hertner

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

sandra v. & o. john kuenhold* Sandra '81 & John Kuenhold

l & m auto LeRoy & Rosalie '86 Martinez

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

aStater donor report

Casey Ruiz '04 Reynaldo Ruiz Jack Russell '66 Patricia Rust Alonzo Ruybal '72 S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Ana Maria Salas Arnold '76 & Marguerite '75, '76 Salazar Brandon Sample '12 Michael Sanders '74 Phillip '73, '74 & Jeanne '74 Sategna Rich '75 & Barbara Scanga Walter Scherar '02 Jerry Schloffman '65, '70 Matthew '99 & Emily '99 Schmidt Shirley Schriner Merle Schroder '67 Erich Schwiesow & Julie Waechter Scott Scidmore Shirley Scott '79 Kenny & Barbara Sears James Seefeldt '89 Vincent '79 & Donna Segura Jeffrey Sell '61 George Sellman & Julie Mordecai '14 Russell '70 & Rebecca '73 Seymour Matthew Shoban '64, '68 Chris & Lisa Simmons Cleave Simpson Larry Slade '71 Edward Small '73 Debra Smith '78 Harold Smith '68, '69 Holly Smith Karl '70 & Susene '72 Smith Rosalyn Smith '93 Connie Spencer '63, '66 Eva Stanford Linda Stantz '72 Nancy Starling Ross Del Sterling Charles Steward '50 J. Stewart Glen Steyer '62 Barbara Stindt Del Stirling Karen Stone '71 Dale & Margo Stowell Dustin Sullivan '04 Jeb Taylor '66 J. Kelly Theisen '82 Charles Thomas '66 Ryan Thomas Tim's Transmission & Auto Repair Lis Tomlin Thomas Toomey Bruce Trameri '82 Treasure Alley Darrell & Diane Smylie Trembly '67 Jane Trogdon '66 Roger Trotter '63 Bertha Trujillo '72, '80 Henry Trujillo '61, '70 Milton Trujillo '58 Rafael Tso Tammy Tso Norman Tucker '79 Sean Tyler '91


donor report 2015 devon j doyle memorial scholarship Leslie '95, '05 and Brian Doyle created the Devon J Doyle Memorial Scholarship in honor of their son, who died May 16, 2015, shortly after his 21st birthday in Manama, Bahrain. A third class petty officer, he served as a damage controlman in the U.S. Navy, deployed on the U.S.S. Farragut. “We wanted to create a scholarship in Devon’s name because we know the importance of education. Devon also knew the value of education,” said his mother, a sixth grade English teacher at Ortega Middle School in Alamosa. During his junior and senior years at Alamosa High School, Devon was a concurrent student at Adams State and

planned to complete a degree in wildlife biology after his military service. “Devon was the kind of person who would do anything for anybody. He was kind, compassionate, caring, and would give the shirt off his back if somebody needed it. We think he would be proud of this scholarship, knowing that he was helping someone achieve their future goals. We wanted his name to be remembered,” Leslie added. The Devon J Doyle Memorial Scholarship is available to fulltime Adams State students with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75. Preference will be given to applicants majoring in wildlife biology, Alamosa High School graduates, and those who have served in the military. Brian Doyle is the sales manager at Alamosa Building Supply. Devon’s oldest sister, Ashley Gonzalez ’12 completed Adams State’s nursing program. Sister Kalin Doyle is an ASU freshman majoring in biology; and sister Ali Jo Doyle is a high school junior who may follow the family tradition at Adams State.

memorial gifts don brooks memorial Donald Baker '65, '69

jim dobey Rich Gehlbach '59

gary & judith gaston The Pearl Lakes Trout Club, Inc. Wall, Smith, Bateman & Assoc., Inc.

erin gilmore Martin Block Joseph & Mary Colgan Jim Gilmore Mark '98, Sarah & Clara Gilmore Jim Lester & Helen Sigmond John '70 & Betti Marvel

john holmes Bruce Trameri '82

nora holmes Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Gaylene Horning '94 Connie Spencer '63, '66

john lobato Bettie Lobato

dolores “dee” anne downing mclean Jacquelyn Bailey Ted and Betty Birdsill Janet Burns Richard & Mary Carter Joseph Dubois Judith Kimmel Thomas & Pamela Letourneau Thomas '72 & Kristine '73 Magel


aStater spring 2016

Beatrice Martinez '76 Barney McLean '83 Gene McLean Glenn McLean Karen McLean-Simmons '74 Patricia Rust Chris & Lisa Simmons Connie Spencer '63, '66 Gary '56, '60 & Betty '58, '61 Stephens

sue “soupe” patterson Lisa Absmeier '78 Alamosa State Bank Baxter & Carol Arnold Helen Atchison Susan Bayne Tawney Becker Tom '59 & Charlotte '58, '71 Bobicki Patrick & Linda Brisnehan Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey Keith Cerny Stephanie Chichester Community Banks of Colorado Mona Cousino Jesse Crock '04, '10 Jeannie Crowder Ed Crowther & Lori Tanner Dolores Day Dorothy Jane Druecker Valerie Espinosa Arden Fennell Kathleen Figgen Keith '58, '63 & Claudette '63, '78 Fisher Vickie I. Ford '71 Steven Frasier Timothy Fritzler

GH Phipps Construction Companies Mike Gibson & Gigi Darricades Tom '67, '68 & Pat '68 Gilmore Daniel Gleason Marilyn Goldsmith Kris Gosar Coni Grant Russell Granzella Beverly Groshens Jerilyn Hall Sandra Hall Matt & Karla Hardesty Vern '97 & Heather '00 Heersink Chuck '62 & Sandy '79, '80 Houser Charlie '69 & Kathleen '83, '88 Jaquez Joe & Barbara Kolupke Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Kathryn Lenberg Louella Lenberg '89, '96 Kristen Mansheim Leonard & Roger Leonard Sally Lock Pete Magee Jim & Rose Marie Mansheim Mark Mansheim William Mansheim Dennis '72 & Nancy '72 Marion Geraldine Martindale Beatrice Martinez '76 Querina Martinez '89 Darlene McCarroll Sharon McCoy '97, '02 Susan McCullough Nancy McElwain Mary Jo Merkley Michael Mumper '76 & Melissa Freeman

Adams State University

privately funded scholarships


*Established 2015

up to $99 ASU School of Business Helen Atchison Alfonso '84 & Shirley '85 Atencio Atencio's Market Charity Atkins Peter & Terisa Atkins Donna Atkinson '73 Rosanna Backen Cheri Bagby Nellie Bagwell '64 Jacquelyn Bailey Nancy Baker Richard Bank '59 Susan Banning '12 Michael Barnes Melissa Barros '06 Bradley Bechtel Bill Becker '05 Chris Benavides '93 Don Benavidez '75 Montana & Natalie Bencomo Ron Bennett '80 Gary Benson '68, '74

Andrea Benton-Maestas '12 Rose Berglund '80 Nancy Billiard '71 Ted and Betty Birdsill George Black '84 Martin Block Dave Bokel '12 Margaret Bolte '75 Sean Bolton Philip Born '68 Pat '72 & Donna '95 Bottini Greg Bowman '11 Christine Bowyer '11 Roxie Boyd '55, '64 James Bradford Deanya Bradley '63, '68 Janelle Bradley Tom and Linda Brake Jon Brambila Patricia Brambila Dorothy Brandt Carolyn Brantley '05 Loyle Brennise '66 Brinker International Donald '70 & Marie '71 Brookhart Chris Brown

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

tom powell Connie Spencer '63, '66

marian seegrist Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Gaylene Horning '94 Connie Spencer '63, '66

doug shriver Deanna Morris '64, '65 Holly Morris '00

elaine southway memorial Joanne Clayton '61 Ann Escheman Roger Escheman Nancy Fernandez '61 Marsha Gallagher '71 Judith Hughes Terri Husman Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Jerry & Barbara Smith Izora '66 & Butch Southway Connie Spencer '63, '66 Donald Stegman '61, '64 F.E. & Kay Van Gieson Paul & Karen Wagner J.R. Wakasugi Rodger Wakasugi '72 Kay '55 & Jan '63 Watkins Mildred West Sharon Wright Margie Yohn

marge swenson Connie Spencer '63, '66

chris walker Connie Spencer '63, '66

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 Paul & Patti Newman

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

sue “soupe” patterson art memorial* Bill Mansheim

sue patterson & bill mansheim/mcdaniel* Dr. John McDaniel

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

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

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

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Frank Novotny Martha Oliver Catherine & Richard Ormsby Lori Patterson Marie Patterson Barbara Peck Marta ‘88 & Stephen Quiller Kristen Rhodes Anderson Tracy Rogers '95 Linda Rush Daniel '77 & Carol '87 Russell S.H.A.R.E., Inc. Rich '75 & Barbara Scanga Erich Schwiesow & Julie Waechter Candace Selk Barnes Ray & Colette Skeff Lorin Smith Pamela Soltow State of Colorado Department of Higher Education Donald Stegman '61, '64 Deborah Sterne David & Virginia '83, '84, '95 Svaldi Cathy Vigil Danny Walker David & Donna '12 Wehe Lee White Mike Wisdom


donor report 2015 up to $99 Elvin Brown '62 Lisa Brown Robert Brownlow '82 Robert & Sandy Brug Craig Bryan '06 Steven Burch '82 Charlotte Burke '71 John Burke '63 Janet Burns Gary '73 & Maria '73 Burrows Dorothy Burum `83 Loren '71 & Evelyn '74, '77, '04 Buss Laurice Butler '89 Russell Cagle '73 Leonard Caldwell '73 Todd Calvin Kay Campbell '77 Christine Candland '68 Joe & Patty Cannon Jim Capra '80 Marguerite Carlson '52 Richard Carochi '87 Irma Carpenter '67 John Carr '62 Francine Carroll Oller Richard & Mary Carter Joanna Casillas Medina '13 Jessica Castillo '10 Stacey Castro Caton's SuperLube Cattails Golf Course Karen Cavaliere '66 Beneranda Chacon '91, '01, '11 Kimberly Chacon '98, '07 Chaparral Tires Ethel Chapman '68 Suzanne Chapman Jeanne Chase '81 Angelina Chavez '90 Robert '07, '11 & Sharon '87 Chavez Michael Childers '72, '76 Kathy Chisholm '76 Douglas Clark '94 Iris Clark '74 Carol Clarke '85

Clara Cobos '06 Gary Cogburn '63 Aaron '99 & Erin '99, '00 Cole Colorado Cowgirls Peter Comar '78 Alberta Coolbaugh '94 Alyson Coombs '99 Joe Cordo '70 Alfred '70 & Anna Marie '72 Cordova Cynthia Cordova '82, '05 Felix Cordova '62, '65 Johnny Cordova '52 Joseph Corson '57 Theresa Cortese '76, '82 Prudencio Cosyleon '77 Cindy Cotten '09 Caleb Cotton '06 Jack & Mabel Cotton Lynn Cotton Neil Cox '71 Hugh & Linda Cozart John Crawford '69 Ronald Crawford '64, '70 Dorothy Croft '73 Christopher Cross '04 David Crossland '73, '77 Zenta Crow '73 Jeannie Crowder Roland Crowder '50 Mary Crowell '92 Crown Trophy of Boulder Marcie Crystal '00 David Curtis '72, '92 Jay Curtis '76 Bob Damashek '68, '73 Keith '70 & Carol '71 Daniel Kevin '04, '11 & Kris '06, 11 Daniel Jeffrey David '87 David Faucette Farms LLC Daniel Davis '74 Myrt Davis Jazmin Davison Dolores Day Ian Debono '73, '73 Teresa DeHerrera '84 Gerald Dellinger '73 Elbert Detwiler '63 Doyle Dombaugh '63

land donation benefits foundation “Depending which story you listen to, sometime between 1912 and 1915, my wife’s grandfather either traded a restaurant for this property or won it in a card game,” said Stephen Glenn of the 40 acres he and his wife, Cheryl, recently donated to the ASU Foundation. Located in the San Luis Valley on Hwy. 17, the property was sold, with proceeds directed to the Foundation’s unrestricted fund. The Santa Rosa, California, couple no longer has family in the area and have been to Alamosa only three times. Trying to determine the best use of the 40 acres, a year ago they visited campus and were impressed by the students they met. They also bought ASU gear for a good friend who had spent a semester at Adams State. “It’s a small world.” The Glenns were looking for a non-profit organization in the valley that could make use of the property. “We are very pleased the Adams State Foundation accepted this gift,” Stephen said.


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Doris Downie '93 Jill Downie '90, '91 Glessie Drake '53 Judy '64 & Larry Drake Anthony Drealan '13 Josh Dreher Dorothy Jane Druecker Benjamin '76 & Judy '81, '82 Duarte Margarito Duarte '72 Joseph Dubois Francis '73 & Susan Duncanson Peggy Dunn Martin '80 & Cristina '69, '79 Duran Edward Eastin '71 Melissa Edmisson Helen Edwards '98 Ted Egger '02 Jim & Deb Ehrlich Eldon Elarton '69 Virginia Elder '70, '90 Frank '83 & Mary Jo '80 Elkins Kathy Ellithorpe '72 John '86 & Carrie '86 Elwell Enstrom Toffee & Confectionery Valerie Espinosa Extreme Graphics Sheryl '82, '85 & Wayne Farley Ashley Farra '11 Cecil & Carol Fell Arden Fennell Jerry & Debra Fesenmeyer Kathleen Figgen Suzanne Fine '89 Firedworks Gallery Jana Flint '96 Lillian Flores '61 Elizabeth Ford '08 Stanley '91 & Barbara '91 Foster Richard Friedman '79 Timothy Fritzler Roger Fulks '67, '73 Dave '74, '88 & Sharon '75 Furukawa Coy Gaddie '71 Michael Gallegos '77, '89 Robert Gallegos '65, '69 Sherry Gallegos '81, '83 Joseph Garcia '06 Margaret Garcia '75, '77 Mike '94 & Patricia '82, '97 Garcia Ronald Garcia '88 Rita Garfield '68 Kimberly Garnett '13 Jacqueline Garrard Timothy & Lori Gavranich Arthur Gentile William George '14 Sandra Gibbs '77 Aftin Gillespie '06 Tom '67, '68 & Pat '68 Gilmore Ruth Ann Glover '64 Marilyn Goats Jovanny Godinez Rodriguez '14 Marilyn Goldsmith Cynthia Goldsworthy '83 Gordan & Wanda '74 Golsan Nickie Gomez '99 Thomas Gonzales '91 Harold Goodrich '63, '67

Adams State University

privately funded scholarships


*Established 2015 Alan Johnson '70 Peggy Johnson Robert Johnson '71, '91 Barbara Johnston '75 Pam Johnston '83 Janine Jones '83 Kevin '96, '04 & Cheri '94 Jones Phillip Jones '04 Dennis Jouett '70 Thomas Joyner '68 Ronald Jung '84 Randal Kapushion Derek Karlinger '05 Signe Keffer '50 Barbara Keller '77 Debra Kennedy '76 Peggy Kern '86 Shirley Kernen '89 Rodney King '70 Sue King '66, '90 Laura Knapp '09 Knights of Columbus Sharon Koenig Joe & Barbara Kolupke Heidi Kornblum '86 Julie Kove '87 Tom Krank Kristi Mountain Sports Judith Kunugi '74 Karen Major Landon '01 David Lashway '75 Esther Last '98 Darryl '67 & Martha '66 Laye Laz Ewe 2 Bar Goat Dairy Edward & Marie Leary Charlotte Ledonne '84 Dianne & Jeff Lee Dick Lee '58 Amber LeFebre '14 Eldon Leff '63 Tiffany Leggett '13 Kevin Leggitt Janet Leinen '78 Isaac Lemuz '79 Kathryn Lenberg Douglas '91 & Jennifer '92 Lentz Kristen & Roger Leonard Doris Lessenden '74 Thomas & Pamela Letourneau Helen Lewis '76, '86 Jolene Liddell Rock '80, '80 & Sharon '80 Light Susan Likens '01 Teresa Lobato '62 Sally Lock Esther Lopez Lorenza Lopez Manuel Lopez Margaret Lopez '03 Robert Lopez '96 Ann Louden '85 Leanne Lounsbury '95 Jimmy Lovato '71, '73 Crestina Lucero '02 Sharon Lund Teresa Lustig '85, '87 Sue Luttrell '88

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 '13 & 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 Health 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 Butch & Izora '66 Southway

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

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Gary Goodwin '90 Miriam Grafe '66 Charles '87 & Mary '79 Grant Tamara Graves '96 Maureen Grazioli Cyrus Green '61, '62 Janice Green '87 Susan Greenfield '85 Karen Greening '88 James Gribben '58, '61 Tom '50, '57 & Barbara '50, '87 Gribben Barbara Griego-Jones '92, '02 Lee Griffen '81 Karen Gronau '93 Bob Grooms '76 Brenda Grove '78 Pamela Grove Russell & Jane Guenther Mark Haggar Sandra Hall William '68 & Sharon '70 Hall David '97 & Penne '01 Hamilton Charles Hammill '68, '69 Elizabeth Hammond '76, '80 Kate Hanohano '70 Karl Hansen '64 Kendra Hansen '04 Steven Harlow '62, '63 Jeanne Harrison '80 Cathy Hathaway '76, '82 Frances Haugen '68 Frieda Havens '69 Bruce & Patricia Hawkins Donna Hayward '77 Henry Hazard '67 Ann Heidrich '98 Eveline Hemsley Arla Henderson '09 Betty Kay Henderson '84, '88 Merle Henry '69, '75 Lee Herrera '64 Sallie Hibbs '60 Pattie Hickey-Eilinger '84 Hugh Hill Jr, '61 John Hill '70, '81 Verna Hillstrom Richard Hime '68 David Hinkley Dustin Hinton '09 Jenene Holcomb '89, '94 Victoria Hontas Gaylene Horning '94 Beverly '10 & Rachel '12 Hottor Ken '68 & Maxine Howard Linda Howard '72, '79 Judith Hughes Ivory Hunt '82 & Susan Petrelli '81, '82 Keith Hunzeker '71 Eugene Huser '80 Cheryl Husmann '88 Glen Irvin '98 & Nicole Borg '98 Stella Isais '79, '87 Ivan's Appliance & Small Engine Repair James Jacobs '64 Charlie '69 & Kathleen '83, '88 Jaquez Eric Jaquez '09 Tom Jaycox Lola Jeep '88


donor report 2015 up to $99 Richard Lutz '71 Marvin Lyons '60 Anthony Madrid '79, '87 Frank Maes '68 Sharon Maes '94 Charolet Magett Nikolai Makarow '72 Cynthia Makris '76 Mike '73, '76 & Theresa '73, '77 Maldonado Leslie Malles '71, '80 Curtis '71 & Kay '80 Malouff Theresa Malouff '14 Edward Manders & Katrina Williams Andrew Mang '57 Barbara Mann '75 Jim & Rose Marie Mansheim Ken '87, '94 & Dolores '87 Marquez Ronald Marso '65 Jane Martin '66, '67 Merry Martin '93 Bonnie Martinez '04 Charles Martinez '53 Clotilda Martinez '49 Larry Martinez '73 Louis Martinez '79 Rodney Martinez Sadie Martinez '62, '64 Victor & Tammy Martinez Dwayne Marvin Marsi Mason '94 Michele Mavor '00 Constance Mayfield '72 Darlene McCarroll Thelma McCarty Tracy McCay '07 Harold McConnell '63 Susan McCullough '83 Denise McCraw '05 Shara McCray '12 Joe McDaniel D.H. McFadden Lynn McGinley '77

Susan McKenna '95 Barney Meaders '88 Kristi Mease '96 Jody Medina '04 Dan Meininger Rhonda Meininger Karen Melgares Sarah Menapace-Walker '93 Randy Menegatti '08, '12 Mary Jo Merkley Kelley Merritt '10 Thomas Merschel Bruce & Sharon Meyer Ruth Mickelsen '67, '77 Beverly Miller '73 Clifford Miller '69 Lonnie '87 & Marjorie '86 Miller Wilburta Miller Michelle Mills '96 Thomas Mix '98 Brandon Mizokami '96 Duane Mizokami Kobe Mizokami Mason Mizokami Sandra Moncada '91 Carrie Mondragon '06 Andrea Mooney '96 Nancy Moore '71 Nathalye Moreno '14

Kathleen Morford '85 Karel Morrow '63, '66 Craig '73, '76 & Margie '75, '00 Mortensen Wade '76, '80 & Lindy '80 Mortensen Barbara Motes '72, '78 Mountain Valley Dance Benito Muniz '73 Kenneth Murray Theresa Naranjo '85 Narrow Guage Bookstore Patricia Neal '71 Thomas Nehring '14 Carl Nelson '87 Martha Nelson '71 Neal Nelson '82 Stan Nelson '61, '65 Marianne Norton '70 Jeannie Norwood '71, '71 & Albert Kahan O & V Printing Betty Oba '53, '61 Robert Odell '07 Betty Odonnell '12, '14 Sandra Oldham '74 Jessie Olguin-Sanchez '14 Clarence Olivas Martha Oliver Richard Ono '97 Joseph Ore '82 Catherine & Richard Ormsby

The Amgen Foundation Baxter International Foundation Matching Gift Program Conoco Phillips Discover Financial Services You Care, We Share Employee Giving Program IBM International Foundation Merck Partnership for Giving Microsoft Giving Campaign Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program Wells Fargo Foundation YourCause Chevron Matching Employee Funds


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thumbs up for donors

matching gift companies Members of the Board of Directors for the Adams State University Foundation express their appreciation for all the donors behind the work they do. From left, 1st row: Ron Howard ’98, Dr. John McDaniel, Duane Bussey ’82, Dr. Beverlee J. McClure, Jeni Jack-Goodwin ’85 2nd row: Lori Laske ’91, ’01, Kathy Rogers, Bill Fassett, Genevieve Cooper, Russell Achatz ’85, Dale Hettinger ’64, Rich Scanga ’75, Helen Sigmond, Charles “Chuck” Houser ’62, Donn Vigil, Chuck Owsley ’68, Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 Not available for photo: Tim Bachicha ’92, Greg Bervig ’81, Keith Cerny, Valerie Finnegan, Randy Jackson ’98, Dorothy Lucero ’61, Cathy Mullens ’82, Michelle Roepke

Adams State University

privately funded scholarships


*Established 2015 Mike Reigan '79 Barbara Reisner Joseph Renda '66 Adrian Reya Cassandra Rhinehart '04 Diane Rhodes '64 David '78 & Mary '75 Rice David Rice '01 Emmett Richmond '75 Louis Rino '90, '91 Rodney Ritthaler '91 Thomas Roberts '73 Joshua Robertson Rocky Mountain Memorabilia Renee Rodarte-Keeling Maxine Rodriguez Vincent Rogers '86 Dr. Mary Ann Roldan '74 Allan Romero '95 Frank Romero '64 Leland '97 & Alicia '00 Romero Michael Romero '70, '72 Terese Rosati Joseph Ross '66 Melanie Ross Christine Rossi Judy Roth '07 Tresa Rupright '97 Linda Rush Gail Rust '80 Nick Saenz Aaron Sahr '68 Albertino '61 & Elva '74 Salazar Pablo Saldana August Sanchez '66 Carey Sanchez '77 Jose '74 & Louise '64, '73, '91 Sanchez Richard Sanchez '72 Sand Dunes Swimming Pool Antonio Sandoval '73, '89 Carl Savely '76 Albert Scarffe '77 Roseanna Scheffer '73, '76 Lloyd Schempp '67 Theodore Schey '70

foundation matches grant for student documentary production The ASU Foundation matched a $5,000 grant from the Colorado Office of Film, TV and Media to fund a project by students in “Documentary Film Production,” taught by Paul Echeverria, asst. professor of mass communications. The resulting film, due to be completed by the fall, will air on Rocky Mountain PBS. Connections made through ASU Community Partnerships led to receipt of the grant, which will cover production and travel costs. The 15 students in Echeverria’s class first identified two subjects, the San Luis Valley and technology, and then each created a treatment relating to one of those narratives. Their final topic is “The Silent Crisis,” which will explore food insecurity in the San Luis Valley. Production will take place during April and May. “They are working from an idea into telling a story in an actual film that will go in-depth with the subject,” Echeverria explained. “This project is exciting, as is the potential for more collaboration with the film office in Denver.”

richard talley musical theatre Margaret Talley

douglas b. thomas* Estate of Douglas B. Thomas '55

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

william trujillo/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

dale umberger 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

elwyn & virginia wehe* Al ’73 & Virginia Wehe

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

lillian mcdaniel williamson/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

stanley & ruth wills Ruth Wills '46 Karen Kelton

woodard memorial Charles & Beryl Woodard

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

shirley 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

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Jose '00 ,'04, '07 & Amy '98, '06 Ortega Garland Osborne '62, '72 Robert Osborne '70 Dave '89 & Tonya '08 Owsley Jeff Owsley '86 Tammie Padilla Dennis Paquette '74 Pamela Parfitt '77 Clarence & Vicki '91 Parks Gary & Jerrie Paronteau Maria Parra Lori Patterson Marie Patterson John '68 & Helen '67 Patton Barbara Peck Joann Peck '63, '74 Dona Pedri '56 Anita Perez '91, '97 Charles '59, '62 & Margaret '63, '67 Pfalmer Tara Phillips '14 Larry Pickens '62 Anne Pizel '92 Jon Plachy '55, '60 John Plock '80 Matthew Pollart '91 Sammie Porter '68 Frank Powell '62 Rosa Pratt '83 Russell Pratt Dwight Proctor '72 Peter Prutch Lawrence Pyeatt '65 Clarence Quintana '75 Richard '89, '91 & Samantha '91 Quitman Allen '03 & Tracie '03 Race Robert Rael '66, '73 Gary Ramer '72 Phillip Ranke '66 Inez Ray '71 Redington Realty LLC Mary Reed '55 Toni Reed '91, '02 Haley Reedy '12 Amber Reher '06 Deanna Reich '13


donor report 2015 up to $99 Jayne Schiffer William Schlaufman Paulette Schmalz '75 Regis Schmalz '75 Kenny Schneider '02 Rhonda '04, '06 & Mark Schoenecker Schrader's Glass Shop, LLC Douglas Schriner Marie Schroeder '95 Breta Schutte '96 George Seely '49 Julia Seiler '83, '84 Carol Sessums '83, '91 Shades, Quilts, & Etc. Lavette Sharpe Stephen '99 & Karen '99 Shea Evan Sherlock '03 Ron Simpson '71, '73, '76 Michael Singer '91, '91 Kelcey Skinner '00

corporate sponsors A & L Coors Airgas USA, Inc. Alamosa Chiropractic Alamosa County Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce Alamosa Lumber/Valley Lumber Alamosa Building Supply/La Jara Trading Post Alamosa State Bank Alamosa Home Furnishings Alcon Construction, Inc. Alpine Electric, Inc. Alta Fuels American Electric CO Anytime Fitness Arby's Asphalt Constructors, Inc. ASU Bookstore B & H Sports Best Western Alamosa Inn Bistro Rialto BSN Sports Cattails Golf Course Century 21 Property Management Chili's CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency City Market Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Colorado Choice Health Plans Colorado Sports Colwell Inspection Group Comfort Inn & Suites/Super 8 of Alamosa Community Banks of Colorado Cooley & Sons Excavating, Inc. Cottonwood Dental Center, LLC Crown Trophy of Boulder David Wehe, CFP Davis Partnership Architects



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Mark Skinner '92 Joanne Slanovich '72, '78 Sarah Sloane '11 SLV Quality Concrete, Inc. Cindy Smith '90 Clinton Smith Jerry & Barbara Smith Lorin Smith Mary Sokol Dennis Soldavini Pamela Soltow Rebecca Sours '12 Southwest Liquor Mark Sowards '09 Vincent Spero '75 Amanda Spitz-Rutter '02 Peggy Spofford Terry Sprunger '86 Ivan Stahlecker '73, '81 Ann Stanford '86, '91 Janis Stanley '77 Warren Stanley Gregory Starkovich '75

Kristina Steinberg Gary '56, '60 & Betty '58, '61 Stephens Deborah Sterne John Stevenson '72 Deborah Stewart Marianne Stoller '49 Michael Stotler '73 Walter Stoufer '66 Ernestine Stratton '67 Michael Streeter '81, '85 James & Laura Stuemky Doris Sullivan Sunflower Bakery Harriet Sutton '63 Catherine Swanson '98 Linda Swanson '70 Arnald Swift '69, '71 Garrett Szagola '71 Noreen Talbot '77 Bill Talkington '85 Christine Tapia '84 Lesley Tapia '74 Dervin Taylor

donor report 2015 Diesslin Alcon JV Del Mar Carpet One Domino's Fairfield Inn & Suites First Southwest Bank Freedom Financial Services Extreme Graphics Edward Jones-Alamosa Flood & Peterson, Ins. Inc Foothills Environmental, Inc. GH Phipps Construction Gobin's Greg '96 & Jeni '85 Goodwin Hampton Inn Highland Cabinet Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hunan's/East West Grill Husmann Plumbing J & J Rental Centers KSPK L & M Auto Sales Mark's Outdoor Sports Monte Vista Cooperative Mortgage Solutions Financial O & V Printing Pepperoni Brothers, LLC Pepsi Porter Realty, Inc. Rio Grande Savings & Loan Rocky Mountain Memorabilia Rocky Mountain Septic & Excavating Rock Creek Family Medicine, P.C. Rocky Mountain Eye Center, P.C. Safeway San Luis Valley Brewing Company San Luis Valley Federal Bank San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op, Inc.

Sherwin Williams Silver Mountain Disposal, LLC Skiball's Running World Skyline Hospitality, Inc./Comfort Inn SLV Health SLV Pizza Company Sodexo Campus Services Sonic Drive-In Southside Rentals/Kiva Apartments Southwest Ready Mix Inc. Subway Taco Bell/Long John Silver Alamosa Store Torben Walters Insurance Agency, Inc. Town & Country Auto Mall Valley Electric, Inc. Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc. Van Iwaarden Builders, Inc. Vance Law Office Vendola Plumbing & Heating, Inc. Valley Courier Vistas Restaurant Wal-Mart Wall, Smith, Bateman & Assoc., Inc. Walters & Associates, LTD Woody's Q Shack Xcel Energy

individual sponsors Russell Achatz '85 Dennis Archuleta ASU School of Business

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Foundation John Taylor Denece Taylor-Begay '09 Donna '67, '83 & Thomas Templeton Todd & Teri Teuscher Jack '73, '79 & JoAnne '73 Thaw Debra Thieman '94 Donald Thompson & Jan Oen John & Patti Thompson Vinson Cody Thorn Kelly Tiffany '89 John '69, '75 & Judith '69 Tillman Bonita Tooley '85 Geneva Torr '11 Town & Country Auto Mall Neil & Debi Tringham Marylynn Tritten '05 Jill Tsuyama Aaron Tuioti-Mariner '02, '11, '12 Hardy Turrentine '64 Barbara Ulibarri '11 Lois Unger '94 Joseph '73 & Mary Jane '88 Valdez Bea Valdez '72

Wanda Valencia '88 F.E. & Kay Van Gieson Jo Anne Van Lue Patricia Vargo '62 Gary Venturi '71 Ardell Versaw '63 Mary Vezina Rose '92, '97 & Al Vialpando Cathy Vigil Ruben Vigil '61, '65 Paul & Karen Wagner JR Wakasugi Rodger Wakasugi '72 Collin Walker Danny Walker Cullen Wall Robert Wallace '78 John Wallin '11 Phillip Ward '56 Fay Warrington W.J. Way Mark Weeks '75 Mildred West

Carol Wheeler '64, '70 Cynthia White '83 Harvey White Virginia White '65 Helena Whyte Roland Jr. '69, '70, '84 & Maryann '70 Wick Elizabeth Wilcox '92 Willie Williams '13 Steve Willman '73 William Wills '87 Lisa Wilson '94 Michael Winter Jack Wirth '72 Edward Wisniewski '74 Cora Wolfe '64 Deborah Worthy '90 Margaret Wright '48 Sharon Wright Daniel Yoder '74, '79 Thomas Zamarripa '72 Greg Ziegler '88 Anne Zora '06

Grizzly Club Vern '97 & Heather '00 Heersink Charlotte Hefner '88 Paul Henry Greg Hensley Jenel Hopper '02 Kelsey Horton Michael Hudson '98 Larry Joe '83 & Christine '83 Hunt Raymond Johnson '71 David Johnston '77 Karl Keller Kentucky Fried Chicken Daniel '76, '88 & Margaret '01 Korber Barrett Land Greg & Liz Land Dianne & Jeff Lee Jesse & Rachel Lee Selbert & Dorothy Lewis Rock '80, '80 & Sharon '80 Light Richard & Ericha Loosbrock Chris Lopez '84 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 Dr. Beverlee McClure Cheri '08 & Jeremy '02 Meder Jay Meyer Insurance Agency, Inc. Deanna Moore Corky & Nancy Mortensen Wade '76, '80 & Lindy '80 Mortensen Larry '88, '93 & Carolyn '89 Mortensen Mary Motz '62 Mt. Valley Farm, LLC Lloyd Nelson

Duane & Tiffany Oakes Floyd & Jody Oaks Albert '61 & Kelli '74 O'Leary Chuck Owsley '68 Alicia Palmer '12 Steve & Debra Powell Gary & Toni Ramstetter Mike Reigan '79 Norman '75, '77 & Greta Roberts Tracey Robinson Kathy Rogers Mike Rogers Tara Romero '14 Teresa Romero Daniel '77 & Carol '87 Russell William Schlaufman Kenny & Barbara Sears Vincent '79 & Donna Segura SLV Quality Concrete, Inc. Warren Stanley Donald Stegman '61, '64 Barbara Stindt Doris Sullivan Dervin Taylor Tim's Transmission & Auto Repair Aaron Tuioti-Mariner '02, '11, '12 Ken & Sharon Turpin Armando Valdez Valley Car Wash/Vintage Garage Collin Walker Kip Walker '77 Mandi Weed '85 Scott '92, '04 & Wendi '95, '97 Wiedeman Lisa Wilson '94 Michelle Rubidoux Wilson '99, '03 Joe & Shirley Zanski Steve & Jeannine Ziomek

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Cheri Bagby Bank Shot Sports Bar Jeffrey Bilderbeck '03 Sean Bolton Joelle Boos-Medina '99, '11 Lisa Brown Jon & Teri Brownell David Broyles '74 Mike Budick Glenn & Kerry Burnham Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey Campus Cafe Jim Capra '80 Ken Carter Kurt '71, '78 & Joan '90 Cary Century 21 Valley Realty Keith Cerny Glen '62 & Frances '62 Clark Alberta Coolbaugh '94 Ed Crowther & Lori Tanner David Curtis '72, '92 Dan DeChesaro Leo Degenstein Ron '76 & Jan '80, '03 DeSautell Josh Dreher Ted Egger '02 Roger Escheman Leroy Espinoza Farm Fresh Direct John '63, '69 & Margaret '61 Faron Cecil & Carol Fell Keith '58, '63 & Claudette '63, '78 Fisher Heather Fox Frontier Bank George Garrett Delbert '70, '71 & Jan Gay Kenny Getz


alumnotes ◗1950s Mary Lou Millsap `55 (Alamosa, CO) retired in July 1998 after 32 years as a social worker for Alamosa County. She has 5 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Caroline Sanchez `56 (Danville, CA) has a new project: she is studying to be a docent of “The Spirit of the Old West” at the Blackhawk Museum in Danville. Phil Ward `56 (Tucson, AZ) retired in 1995 from the Bay Area, Calif., National Park Service after 39 years. His first park assignment was the Great Sand Dunes. Evangeline Roybal `57, `61 (Golden, CO) and husband Val Sena `60, `65 enjoyed being on campus last fall during Hispanic Heritage Week. Val played his violin at the corn and bread event at CASA Center, and Evangeline presented a living history of Maria Josefa Jaramillo Carson. She writes, “It was great to see the changes on campus, and we look forward to visiting again.” Aniceto Lucero `58, `65 (Antonito, CO) writes, “In the fall of 1955, I missed my first day of

remembering . . . Lois Moeny `43 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Feb. 4 at the age of 94. Among her survivors are daughter-in-law Judy Moeny `74, `92; sister Hazel Petty `46, `71; brother Kenneth Bean `49; nieces Laurie Bean Cameron `74 and Elinor Bean Gonzales `78, and nephew Ralph Bean `87. John "Jack" Turney `46, `48 (Alamogordo, NM) passed away Jan. 8 at the age of 94. Among his survivors is wife Betty Turney `47. Ruth Kissinger `47 (Spokane, WA) passed away Jan. 16 at the age of 94. Richard Chitwood `52 (Frederick, MD) passed away Dec. 17 at the age of 85. Among his survivors is brother Ronald Chitwood `56. Franklin Copeland `54 (Longmont, CO) passed away Sept. 28 at the age of 85. Lyle Espinosa `54, `59 (Carrollton, TX) passed away Oct. 14 at the age of 84. Among his survivors is brother Howard Espinosa `56. Jim Beckley `56, `59 (South Fork, CO) passed away Feb. 10 at the age of 85. Among his survivors are stepdaughter Nancy Tilden `69 and stepson-in-law Larry Jeffryes `69.


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class, Drafting with Mr. Brown, because I went fishing. The second day, I reported to class and asked him what I needed for his class. He said, ‘Why didn’t you come to class yesterday?’ ‘I went fishing, sir.’ ‘Was fishing more important than my class?’ ‘Yesterday it was, Sir.’ Mr. Brown said he didn’t like smart alecs. As I was leaving his class, all I could think was what I was going to tell my dad. Mr. Brown told me to come see him after class. Then I told him I had just gotten out of the army, and I went fishing.” John McBride `59 (Benson, AZ) is enjoying retirement and living the life of leisure with wife Marilyn. His Adams State education has been good to them. They celebrated their 61st anniversary last June.

◗1960s Inge Baxter `61, `66 (Apache Junction, AZ) retired after teaching elementary school for 35 years. Husband Bill `60, `61 retired as an elementary school principal. They moved to Apache Junction for retirement and to be near their children: Karen, principal QA engineer of the Products Analysis Lab at Medtronic in Tempe; Kirk, founder of Body Positive (now South West Center for HIV/AIDS); and Kendra, veterinarian, deceased.

Isaac Garcia `62 (Rio Rancho, NM) and wife Sally Longoria Garcia were honored by friends and relatives at a 50th wedding anniversary celebration, hosted by their children and grandchildren at the family retreat in the Jemez Mountains of northern New Mexico. Gary Holbrook ‘62 (Golden, CO) is the subject of a video on YouTube recently produced by Metro State University of Denver’s Alumni History Committee. He was professor of argumentation at Metro for 31 years, retiring in 1999. The video focuses on Gary’s role in establishing the National Debate Tournament, which brings winners of the Irish Times Debate to debate at colleges and universities across the U.S. The Irish team appeared in 133 debates at 46 schools, including Adams State, in the event’s first 17 years. The tournament was sponsored by Coors’ for its first three years. Gary then helped found and served as president of Friends of the Irish Debate Series at Metro, which continues to sponsor the series. Gary notes he and his wife, Judy, were married by the Hon. Carlos Lucero ’61. Gary wrote: “I am indebted to my professors at Adams State, particularly Budge Threlked and Norma Petersen.”

“Remembering” lists only survivors who are Adams State graduates or are affiliated with ASU. Gary Stephens `56, `60 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Jan. 7 at the age of 86. Among his survivors are wife Betty Stephens `58, `61, daughter Nancy `75, `93 and Paul `82, `84 Minow, and granddaughter Bonnie Ortega `00, `04. Aniceto Lucero `58, `65 (Antonito, CO) passed away Jan. 30 at the age of 83. Among his survivors are wife Jeanette Lucero `89; son Antonio Lucero `92; brothers Carlos `61 & Dorothy `61 Lucero and Melvin Lucero `66, `67; sisters Carmen `70, `01 & Tony `69 Bruno, and Flora Lucero`46, `78. Marjorie Pier `58, `76 (Kersey, CO) passed away Jan. 4 at the age of 91. Donald Ansley `59 (West Des Moines, IA) passed away Feb. 10 at the age of 84. Ok Soon Kim `61 (Midland, MI) passed away Dec. 11 at the age of 82. Luis Cortez `63, `70 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Dec. 12 at the age of 81. Donald Pings `63 (Thornton, CO) passed away Nov. 24 at the age of 76.

Rodney Wintz `63 (Creede, CO) passed away Oct. 24 at the age of 79. Among his survivors is wife Marilyn Wintz `90. Vivian Janice Reed `64 (Center, CO) passed away Dec. 1 at the age of 74. Among her survivors is aunt Wanda Decker `54. Duane Ayers `65 (Payson, AZ) passed away May 9 at the age of 83. Nancy Kitterman `65, `71 (Arvada, CO) passed away Oct. 14 at the age of 81. Ralph Tharp `65 (Houston, TX) passed away Nov. 4 at the age of 79. George Gallegos `66, `69 (La Jara, CO) passed away Jan. 31 at the age of 72. Among his survivors are wife Veronica Gallegos `68, `69, son Jude Gallegos `96, sister Dollie Valdez `67, and nephew Donald Valdez ‘03. Mona Motz `66 (Norman, OK) passed away May 3 at the age of 74. Among her survivors are brothers Arthur `57 & Linda `67 Motz, Larry & Lynnette`65 Motz; sister-in-law Mary Motz `62; nephew Tom Motz `82; niece Susan `88 & Michael `84 Arnold; great nieces and nephews Jeff `00 & Katherine `00

Frank Ladwig `63 (Newbury Park, CA) writes, “The love and caring that I found as a student at ASC in the early ‘60s became so fundamental to me throughout my teaching career. I was a graduate school professor in social work at University of Wisconsin-Madison, professor at the College of Santa Fe, and finally a high school teacher at a small private school in Hawaii. Thanks, ASU!” Frank Lower `63, `64 (Marshall, TX) spent 2 years in the Denver University Law School, then entered higher education, teaching at Georgia State University. He earned his Ph.D. from Florida State in 1974 and taught at LSU, then Union University, in Jackson, TN, and finally at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall. He thoroughly enjoyed the ASU basketball reunion in 2011. He retired from teaching in 2001 and is working for KMHT, Marshall’s local radio station, doing news and sports. He and his wife are the proud grandparents of 5 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. He invites any Texas alums to contact him.

Motz, Kristi `02 & Robert `04 Kern, Jake Streeter `07, Josh `10 & Christine `09, `13 Streeter, Gretchen `11 & Kyle `12 Sand, and Madison Miner `15. Kathleen Newcomb Scrimgeour `66 (Boulder, CO) passed away Jan. 28 at the age of 71. Among her survivors is sister Eileen Newcomb Bartlett `67. Eleanor Krusi `67 (Raton, NM) passed away Jan. 4 at the age of 80. Leta Eilleen Swift `67 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Mar. 6, 2015, at the age of 90. Richard Thomas `67, `72 (New Castle, CO) passed away Feb. 2 at the age of 70.

William `64 and Donna `64 Witt (Monticello, IL) are enjoying retirement and celebrating their 51st year of marriage. They have 5 grandchildren. Yvonne Moulton `65 (Goodyear, AZ) writes, “Since I retired from teaching in 2008, I have looked for something to do that is fulfilling. That turned out to be tutoring at the local elementary school as a volunteer. I never anticipated being given the district Community Partnership Award for 2014-2015. Wow! Then recently I was invited to participate in a new randomized trial from the Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School called COSMOS. It is a study of cocoa extract and multivitamins to determine their role in improving health. It will last for 4 years and be conducted by mail, with some volunteers receiving placebos. I find this a way to still be useful as a senior citizen--volunteering. Why do they ask me? Because I have had and survived cancer four times now. My late husband wasn't so lucky. He was the fourth in his family to die from cancer. Someday I hope a way to stop this epidemic will be found.” Jerry Schloffman `65, `70 (Golden, CO) retired in 1995 after 30 years at Aurora Public Schools. Hinkley High School was where he

Beverly Worm `70, `78 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Oct. 13 at the age of 75. Among her survivors is husband Carroll Worm, ASU Retiree. Jose "Mike" Herrera `71 (Arvada, CO) passed away Oct. 8 at the age of 79. Raymond Torres `71 (Monte Vista, CO) passed away Nov. 20 at the age of 80. Among his survivors are daughter-in-law Bernadette Torres `11 and granddaughter Stephanie Klecker `06, `11. Marsha Backes `73, `94 (Lamar, CO) passed away Feb. 21 at the age of 64. Among her survivors are husband Joseph Backes `73 and daughters Kristina `98 & Greg `02 Cook and Melissa and Elvie ‘13 Conley.

Carol Demas `69, `80 (Lamar, CO) passed away Oct. 16 at the age of 83. Among her survivors is husband George Demas `65.

Kathleen Bowne `75 (Columbia Falls, MT) passed away Nov. 10 at the age of 68.

Dell Duran `69 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Jan. 5 at the age of 77.

Don "Donnie" Buffo `75 (Lafayette, CO) passed away Feb. 2 at the age of 65. Among his survivors is brother Ron Buffo `75.

Linda Gillespie `69 (Abilene, TX) passed away Oct. 26 at the age of 72. Among her survivors are husband Rueben Gillespie `69, `74 and brother Gene Chappell `73, `73.

Robert Houser `75 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Feb. 7 at the age of 82. John Walsh `75 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Oct. 20 at the age of 72.

taught business. He coached wrestling, boys and girls soccer, was a counselor, and ended up being assistant principal in charge of discipline (fun job). Now his time is spent with fun activities, hunting, fishing, golf, and anything else that doesn’t involve work. He has 2 successful kids. Travel and cruises are part of the retirement—someone has to do it! Believe it or not, he still goes to the gym to workout, which keeps him out of the doctor’s office. He highly recommends ASU for anyone who needs a quality education. Ellwood Ervin `67 (Aurora, CO) went to the 38th Denver Film Festival and continued his legacy. He saw 49 films and programs, which tied his all-time best in 1980 and 2013. He has seen a total of 1,299 for all 38 film festivals. Gary Benson `68, `74 (Alamosa, CO) retired from teaching at Centauri HS in La Jara, Colo., in 2010 after 35 years. He became a full-time artist with wife Sheryl, doing shows mainly in Taos, New Mex. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on New Year’s Eve 2016. Tony `69 and Carmen `70, `01 Bruno (Colorado Springs, CO) are retired and travel often. They spend a lot of time in Albuquerque with their daughter Alicia, son-in-law Frank, and grandson Antonio. Their other daughters, Joanna and Tonya, live in Denver. Their hearts are still in the San Luis Valley and

Gregory Manzanares `76 (Broomfield, CO) passed away Oct. 20 at the age of 63. Faye Downs `77 (Farmington, NM) passed away Jan. 5 at the age of 91. Joseph Hergert `78 (Ormond Beach, FL) passed away Jan. 16 at the age of 79. Frances LaJean Stoddart `78 (Greeley, CO) passed away July 19 at the age of 79. Lori Van Wyke Miller `85, `87 (Eaton, CO) passed away Dec. 22 at the age of 53. Joseph Lay `87 (La Junta, CO) passed away Dec. 13 at the age of 68. Kathryn Sandoval Brown `01 (Springville, CA) passed away Dec. 10 at the age of 40.

friends Joel Cortez, former employee (Alamosa, CO) passed away Jan. 2 at the age of 61. Arthur Wellbaum, ASU emeritus retiree (Albuquerque, NM) passed away Feb. 2 at the age of 96.

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Joyce Darnell `63 (Ramona, CA) has 3 kids, 8 grandkids, and 8 great-grandkids. She followed her husband, who served in the Navy for 22 years. He passed away in 2009.


◗1960s they still bleed green and white. They visit often with other ASU grads. Priscilla Gibson `69 (Sun City, AZ) is working at keeping healthy and helping others do the same. She volunteers weekly at Olive Branch Senior Center in Sun City. She is also working at church with services and outreach. Bill Rakow `69 (Lebanon, PA) writes, “We had another great reunion at ASU! Meeting the new president and head football coach Rosenbach at our first gathering in Alamosa along with my teammates and their spouses made the reunion all the more special. The campus is beautiful, and we all marveled at the new facilities and renovation of the older facilities. It was a fantastic get-together and visit!”

◗1970s Wendy Hoffman `71 (Los Alamos, NM) is a full-time Granny Nanny and a part-time editorial consultant. She has 4 grandson: James Gordon Gutierrez (5) and Joseph Marcos Gutierrez (3), sons of her daughter, Angela. Her son Nick `96 has 2 sons: Camden Joseph Hoffman (4) and Cade Roger Hoffman (2).

Gary Venturi `71, `71 (Summit, NJ) taught physical education for 37 years in the Newark Public School system. His wife, Sadie, works at a golf club, and his son, Jason, is in real-estate management in Florida. Michael Williamson `70 (Northville, MN) is retired. He was formerly chief academic officer of HOSTS Learning. He was also the deputy superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education and the superintendent of Wyandotte City School District. Dorothy August `73 (Tucson, AZ) and husband Mark are both retired but continue a career as lifelong learners. They attend presentations offered by the VA and various churches. Mark is taking classes in using the computer, and Dorothy is involved in a Bible study. She also continues to volunteer with the adaptive P.E. teachers at the last school at which she taught.

Geoff Bokan `73 (Rio Rancho, NM) is a broker licensed in New Mexico. Wife Debbie `75 keeps busy with 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. They are enjoying “semi-retirement.” Their door is always open to Adams Staters! Lynn Brandt Nelson `74 (Albuquerque, NM) is retired from University of New Mexico Hospital as director of Procurement and Contracts. Michael Martinez `75, `87 has lived in Minturn, Colo., for 40 years. He retired after teaching 35 years for the Eagle County School District. He is in his 5th year of teaching parttime at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School in Edwards, Colo. He and wife Dena have 3 married sons and 11 grandchildren. Marguerite Salazar `75 (Alamosa, CO) was one of 12 appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance (FACI) by the

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Donna Hayward `77 (Calhan, CO), after 32 years teaching and counseling, retired in 2004 to own and operate Gentle Spirits Ranch in Calhan. A graduate of La Veta High School, she maintains contact with friends there. She is involved with Living Word Community Church. She’s married to Ken Hayward.

great stories With a clear recollection of her own struggles as a migrant student trying to learn English and adapt to American culture, Esmeralda (Gonzalez) Martinez ’97, ’01 works to mitigate those challenges for current migrant students. As director of the San Luis Valley BOCES Migrant Education Program, a position she’s held for three years, she says she is in an ideal position to do the most good for others. “I am only successful if I can make a difference for others,” she said. “I can create better opportunities and improve the systems to support migrant families.” Her family moved from Mexico to the San Luis Valley when she was in fifth grade. To make ends meet, she and her seven siblings joined their parents in the fields as soon as the school year ended each spring. “We weeded the long fields of spinach, bending all day under the sun, all summer. My back still reminds me of the pain,” she said. She remembers times during potato harvest when her parents wouldn’t finish work until 1 a.m. “My mother always told us, ‘I want you to be someone, to get an education.’ All those experiences were blessings. I learned to work hard and get an education.” With a B.A. in secondary educationSpanish, Martinez taught K-2 English-

Jeanne Harrison `80 (Greensboro, NC) received her MS degree from Washington State University in 1982. Both of her degrees are in environmental science. She is a sustainability consultant “at large.” Tom Motz `82 (Grand Junction, CO) just completed 25 years in family medicine in Fruita, Colo. He is looking for the light at the end of the tunnel. Life continues to be good! Erna Acheson Waterman `82 (Littleton, CO) is an engineer and scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has two daughters, ages 20 and 16. Lisa Drew `83, `07 (Cañon City, CO) is the Western Region Rural Director for Banner Health. She provides clinical performance

language learners in the Alamosa School District for 16 years. In 2001, she completed Adams State’s M.A. in education with an endorsement in culturally and linguistically diverse education; she also holds endorsements for reading and principal licensure. In addition to working full-time, the mother of four also serves on the Sierra Grande High School Foundation board and was recently elected to the district’s school board. The Migrant Education Program covers 23 southern Colorado school districts through the SLV and San Juan BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services). “Migrant education is a bridge to connect families with the school districts and make them aware of other community resources,” she said. The program serves children up to age 22 who must change school districts as a result of their parents’ seasonal or temporary work in agriculture or fishing. Students receive supplemental educational services, tutoring, and leadership activities. The program operates year long, with the student population reaching up to 640 in the spring, when farms begin planting. Martinez noted that previously, most migrant families were of Mexican background, but the demographics are changing to include more from Central America. “We used to primarily serve Spanish speakers, but now we also have students who speak Quanobal, Diné, and other languages. All of our migrant families believe in and support education. That is common across the board.”

and assessment support for Banner Health’s 10 rural facilities in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, California, Nevada, and Arizona. Chris Lopez `84 (Alamosa, CO), a longtime journalist and Alamosa native, now heads the Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley. Lopez said a desire to come home and return the favors he received growing up made the job an attractive one. “I benefited from really good mentors,” he said. “I believe very strongly in mentoring young people and helping them get on a good path toward success in their own life and careers.” Lopez returns to Alamosa after a three-year stint overseeing marketing and communications at the University of Texas at El Paso. He spent nearly four decades in the newspaper business as a reporter, editor and executive. Lopez reported for The Pueblo Chieftain for nine years, where he worked alongside his brother Larry in the newsroom. He looks forward to the challenges posed by a new field. Bonita Tooley `85 (Edgewood, NM) and husband, Dean, keep the calendar full with volunteer jobs and a lot of travel in their 22-ft. motorhome. This year they went to Branson; Paducah, KY; Atlantic Island (home of Anne of Green Gables); the West Coast Highway; and Alaska. Suzanne Pasztor `86 (Eureka, CA) writes, “I’ve been a professor of Latin American history at California State University – Humboldt since 2005. I’ve published 2 books and several volumes of the Handbook of Latin American Studies. Most recently, I’m enjoying both teaching and serving as a University Ombudsperson, and I’m working on creating a study-abroad program in Cuba. Adams State was instrumental in my choice of career, and I’ll be forever grateful for the mentorship of Drs. Dwight Crowder, Shirley Fredricks and Jodine Ryan – fabulous teachers all. My husband, Tim, and I enjoy life on the beautiful northern California coast with our fur-child, Olaf. John Ransone `87 is the new director of the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab. He will lead the department responsible for researching athlete biomechanics, nutrition, and sports-related anatomy and physiology at the 50,000 square-foot lab. He has worked in athletic departments at Oklahoma State University, San Jose State University, and Adams State, while also serving as an athletic trainer for 3 Olympic games,

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U.S. Department of the Treasury. She oversees the Division of Insurance (DOI), part of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). The FACI is a group of representatives from the insurance and reinsurance industry, academics, and state regulators that offers advice and recommendations directly to the Federal Insurance Office (FIO).


◗1980s international cross country, track and field and wrestling events. John has had work published in more than 25 publications. Antonio Gurule `89, `14 (Alamosa, CO is clinic administrator at SLV Health. He previously served as the hospital’s physician integration administrator and interim clinic administrator. Prior to his tenure at SLVH, he worked in community health in executivelevel roles.

◗1990s Dan Ogden `93 (San Diego, CA) is in the Navy. He is married to Sarah Skulborstad and they have 2 kids: their son is 16, and their daughter is 13. He has a nephew who is a freshman biology major at Adams State.

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Dr. Tom Dodd `95 (Fort Collins, CO) graduated with a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the Pennsylvania State University in August 2015, a few weeks after presenting an Assessment and Reporting at the International Baccalaureate (IB) Conference of the Americas in Chicago. He is in his 11th year as principal of Lesher Middle School, an IB World School in Fort Collins, and is also serving a 3-year term as the Region 2a Director with the Colorado Association of Secondary School Principals (CASSP) Board, representing the school districts in the counties of Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Larimer. MaryLuise Schroeder `95 (Woodland Park, CO) obtained her Master’s in Social Work from Colorado State University. She retired in 2012 after working in social service and foster/ adoption agencies. She and husband Larry enjoy camping in Colorado, Nevada, and Ore-

Tamiya Stone '11 was named the Colorado Music Educators Association’s 2016 Outstanding Young Music Educator. "I was stunned when I received this award," Stone said. Since earning her degree in music education, she has taught music and beginning sixth-grade band at Palmer Lake Elementary School in Palmer Lake, Colo. She was nominated by fellow music educators Butch and Cynthia Eversole. "These are people who know what it takes to teach music, and for them to think I am worthy of this means a great deal to me." Dr. Tracy Doyle, professor of music said, "Proud does not begin to describe the feeling. It was an honor to have worked with such a special young woman. " "My favorite part of teaching is when students take control of their learning. I love experiencing the lightbulb moment and the excitement that follows." She knows she has accomplished her goal when a student in the hallway hums a melody they worked on in class. "Adams State is a small school that allows students and professors to work together and individualize learning. I never felt like I was left behind or unable to ask questions." She remembers learning to re-imagine music for every individual, an approach she uses with her students. Many of her former professors inspired Stone, including Doyle, Dr. Matthew Schildt, professor of music, and Dr. Beth Robison, Music Department chair. "The professors work together to create world-ready educators and musicians," Stone said. Doyle got her excited about teaching elementary music. "She always told me that she became a college professor to inspire new teachers." Robison showed her the impact of music on any age, and Schildt inspired her to look more in-depth at a piece of music. She also appreciated James Doyle, assistant professor of music, and his style. "Mr. Doyle always made amazing percussive sounds when teaching a piece, and I often find myself using this method with my beginning band percussionists." Stone plans to attend graduate school for a master's in choral conducting. "My goal is to keep improving, so I can be the most impactful teacher I can be for students."


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gon and recently went on a cruise through the Panama Canal. Life is good! Krista Edwards `97 (Riverside, CA) is married with 2 kids. She has a case management and Master’s in Social Work degree from Loma Linda University. She is working on LCSW to become a licensed clinical worker and practice therapy in the state of California. She has been a children’s social worker for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services for 11 years. Kathleen Kelly `98 (Santa Ana, CA) is enjoying life in southern California. She travels and works at her high school alma mater, Mater Dei. She says she loves connecting with fellow A-Staters at alumni events. Go Grizz!

◗2000s Nathan Knotts `00 (Foster City, CA) lives in the San Francisco Bay area and works at Chevron. He and wife Tarra have 3 children: Maryann (8), Remington (5) and Theodore (3). They visited Adams State in November 2015. His hobbies include golf, nature hikes, and grooming his kids into science and being nature lovers. Karen Major Landon `01 (Moorcroft, WY) has been a science teacher for Campbell County H.S. at the Youth Emergency Services Alternative School in Gillette, Wyo., for 10 years. William Gabriel Grier `02 (Van Nuys, CA) writes, “I’m best known at Adams State as ‘That one weird guy who hangs out with Chris Page and DJ's at the Purple Pig.’ I now live in Los Angeles and have been professionally acting, writing, directing and producing for 6 years. I can be seen on many national commercials, TV shows (briefly), and films. Gibbon's Tail Productions, the company I started 6 years ago, just received a distribution deal for our film Richard Peter Johnson. I've won 6 best acting awards and have gotten to work extensively with many of my acting idols, including Jeff Goldblum, James

Eric Blake `03 (West Hartford, CT) is still the head Track/XC coach at Central Connecticut State. Heather (Moorhead) Arellano `04 (Anaheim, CA) taught 5th grade for 2 years prior to her marriage in 2008, then moved to Southern California. She worked in human resources for Marriott full-time for 5 years and now part-time. She is currently selfemployed. Matthew Relyea ’04, ’06 and Sarah VanIwaarden Relyea ‘07 (Monte Vista, CO) gave birth to their first child, Phoebe Sunshine Relyea, in November. Matthew is a science teacher at Alamosa High School, after nine years at Sargent High School. He sponsors students in Knowledge Bowl and Science Fair. Sarah continues to work for the Alamosa District Court. Liz Thomas Hensley `05 (Alamosa, CO) completed her Ph.D. in organization and management with a specialization in management education from Capella University. Her dissertation was titled “Adjunct Online Faculty Job Satisfaction: A Phenomenological Study.” Liz was also recently elected to the Alamosa City Council for Ward 1. Reuben Lee `05 (Artesia, CA), has been a sales and marketing manager for a real estate advisory company for the last 9 years. Previously, he was a high school football coach. He helped many players earn college scholarships, with a few making it into the NFL and CFL. He returned to ASU for his 10-year reunion at Homecoming.

Kristina Daniel `06, `11 (Alamosa, CO) was elected to the Alamosa City Council for Ward 2.

Jesse Long `12 (Albuquerque, NM) is a personal math/physics tutor and a professional MMA fighter.

Jeri Haley `06 (Dayton, OH) writes, “I'm working and attending school to obtain a second bachelor's degree in accounting! I love being back in school, but miss Adams State, and all the fun times I used to have! I was back to visit over the summer, and it was great to see the new additions, especially the new football stadium, as I was on the Student Government when those plans were initially passed!”

Donna Wehe `12 (Alamosa, CO) is the new director for Public Relations, Marketing and Development at SLV Health. Wehe most recently held the position of patient access manager and hub coordinator for Connect for Health Colorado. She brings her experience with economic development, including her former positions as the director for the Small Business Development Center-SLV and Leading Edge Instructor, to the marketing role at SLV Health.

Scott `07 and Michelle Chavez `08 Moore (Delta, CO) welcomed their second child, Elizabeth Moore, on December 1. Scott also completed his master’s in educational leadership in December. Brian Pitts `07 (Rio Rancho, NM) was recently inducted into the Rio Rancho High School 2015 Sports Hall of Fame group from the graduating classes of 1999-2004. Brian was Rio Rancho’s first individual male state champion (wrestling 2000). He went on to become a two-time state champ before he graduated. While attending Adams State, he was a twotime All-American.

◗2010s Jessica Castillo Gallegos `10 (Alamosa, CO) and husband Manuel Fabian Castillo Ortiz opened Grizzly Motors, LLC, a used car lot, in 2014. Leticia Ingram `11 is Colorado's Teacher of the Year. She will be Colorado’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year, and serves as a teaching ambassador to communities and organizations around the state and nation. Ingram teaches English language development, history, and math at Basalt High School and received a master’s degree in English as a second language from Adams State. She received a $1000 scholarship to ASU for a student of her choice, and a tuition waiver for a three-credit hour professional development course. Kristina Ogilvie '11 (Mullica Hill, NJ) is a Master's Level Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LCADC), who operates Doors of Growth.

Tiffany Leggett `13 (Bandera, TX) is living a young snowbird’s life, without the white hair. She is horsemen’s bookkeeper at Canterbury Park in Minneapolis, Minn, during the summer and an assistant horsemen’s bookkeeper at Keeneland Association during April and October. She spends the winter in Phoenix as an accountant at Zimmer Equine Sports Medicine. She enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, and trying to golf. Chad Chavez `15 (Alamosa, CO) is the new marketing specialist at SLV Health. Tessie Pikula `15 (Westminster, CA) is a physical therapy aide with plans to return to school to become a licensed physical therapy assistant. Austin Rochford `15 is the new Navajo Prep baseball coach. He served as a graduate assistant for the Grizzlies in 2015. He said, “I really like coaching at Adams, but I wanted to come back and get a little closer to home.” Rochford said his main focus when the season begins will be teaching the Eagles the fundamentals of the game. Donald Whiting `15 recently earned a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, focusing on history and human development. He writes, “I began in the prison program in 2009 and since being released in 2013 finished my classes in 2015. I now plan to pursue my master’s in history at the University of Arizona. I am only 62 years old and plan to study until I die! Don't ever give up.”

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Franco, and Scott Caan. But now to the important stuff: I'm a civil rights activist and have been touring a diversity play around the country. This play, one I hope to bring to Adams State, talks about tolerance and addresses the social climate today as compared to 50 years ago. For fun I work and work some more, and also perform comedy improv. On my time off I try to be a good boyfriend to my lovely girlfriend Stephanie Carpentieri. I'm rocking a solid C+ in that area of... study? I hope to retire next year to the fjords of Canada and raise wild marmosets."


alumni scrapbook Back L-R: John & Candy Wilson, Dan & Sarah Ogden, Paul Morley, and Lori Laske Middle L-R: Virginia Wehe, Doug Darnall, Lynn Sutphen, and Jim Matthie Front L-R: Al Wehe and Joyce Darnall

Back L-R: Lori Laske, Joann Hernandez, Patti Wilson, Jan Mangum, Jesse Long, Darline Polonis, Tony & Carmen Bruno, Tony & Nancy Monfiletto, Geoff Bokan, Lynn Brandt Nelson, Jasper Mangum, Otto Stangl, Nick, Peggy & Cam Hoffman, and Dr. Beverlee McClure.


Front L-R: Dean & Bonita Tooley, and Wendy & Cade Hoffman.

◗ Back L-R: Jim Workman, Farrell & Lydia Whitey, Oscar Quiroz & Tiffany Leggett, Rudy Basovsky, Kelly Meek, Dennis Ecton, Burt Moulton, Harris & Stella Allen, Karen Meek, and Natasha Imadiyi.


Front L-R: Lori Laske, Yvonne Moulton, Mary Jane Gibson, and Judy & Butch Jones. Phoenix area alumni ready to watch Anything Goes--music by Cole Porter.


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Middle L-R: Dennis & Linda Nash, Sharon Basovsky, Sara Graf, Priscilla Gibson, Gertha Mountfort, and Brent Williams.


Oscar Quiroz, Tiffany Leggett, Lori Laske, Pat & John Fitch, and Judy & Butch Jones

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costa mesa

Back L-R: David Salazar, Frank Wilson, Randy Edwards, Stephanie Carpentieri, Arthur Salazar, Gabe Grier, Reuben Lee, Heather Arellano, and Darlene & Ted Sanchez.


rees - christmas

Front L-R: Lori Laske, Krista Edwards, Walt Stoufer, Kathleen Kelly, and Tessie Pikula.

Back L-R: Lori Laske, Jim Smith, Dick Seals, Phil Ward, Marianne & Jim Halsted, Mark Duke, Jerry Peterson, Wayne Evans, Melody Simmons, Joe Myers, and Todd Simmons. Front L-R: Debbie Smith, Jo Ward, Dorothy August, Ellen Evans and Sharon Myers.

football alumni alumni theatre holiday matinee

Adams State football alumni visit with new coach, Timm Rosenbach.

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san luis valley visits with the president san luis valley alumni had an opportunity in november to attend a series of meet-and-greets with asu’s new president, dr. beverlee j mcclure. Schools from Center, Sangre de Cristo, Del Norte, Monte Vista, Antonito and Centauri graciously let the Alumni Relations office use their facilities for the get-togethers.

it is always inspirational to me

to meet with our alumni and learn of their successes! their passion and commitment for adams state are so evident, and it is a good reminder of our mission and how many lives we impact at this university.” - President Beverlee J. McClure


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The February 24 Grizzly Club luncheon featured a special presentation: a check for $5,060 from an anonymous donor who directed the gift to support athlete travel expenses. "This donor supports Adams State Athletics and understands the need for financial assistance with the high cost of travel," said Executive Director of Alumni and Donor Relations Lori Laske ‘91, ‘01. Athletic Director Larry Mortensen ‘88, ‘93 also expressed gratitude. "Travel is a big issue with the expansion of the conference, and these funds are greatly appreciated and sorely needed." Donors interested in making a gift to assist student athletics with travel expenses may contact the ASU Foundation Office at 719-5877609. The ASU Foundation is a 501(c)3. Executive Director of Alumni and Donor Relations Lori Laske ‘91, ‘01 presents Athletic Director Larry Mortensen ‘88, ‘93 with a check from an anonymous donor during a Grizzly Club luncheon.

grizzlies remain in rmac An Adams State University task force charged with examining an offer to join the Lone Star Conference (LSC) determined that remaining within the RMAC is the best viable option for Adams State student-athletes, coaches, and administrators. Adams State has been a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) since 1956. As a member of the RMAC, Adams State has won 58 national championships, highlighted most recently by a 2015 NCAA Division II women's cross country title. The task force deliberated over the course of several months, recommending Grizzly Athletics focus on four key areas: improving financial support from alumni, addressing increased travel costs and budgetary needs, maintaining a

strong administrative presence in the RMAC and NCAA, and establishing reciprocal tuition in Arizona and Texas. "I appreciate the efforts by the Task Force and support their decision. We are also honored that the Lone Star would consider us for membership. Adams State has a long and rich tradition in the RMAC and will continue to be a proud member. I personally value those relationships I've established as a coach and administrator for twenty years," said ASU Athletic Director Larry Mortensen ‘88, ‘93. "We will continue to monitor the ever-changing landscape and do what's best for the success of our student-athletes. I hope the recommendations made by the Task Force will be given serious consideration by all parties. We need their support more than ever."

grizzly greats dr. joe vigil ’53, ’59 and his former runners kathy ’88 and robert ’87 hipwood, presented their training philosophies at the 2016 American Distance Summit, held at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in January. Vigil is recognized as the “godfather” of American distance running and was recently awarded USA Track & Field's Legend Coach Award. The Hipwoods were named National High School Coaches of the Year for their 20 years of success at Los Alamos High School, New Mex., where they have directed more than 20 state cross country titles, including the 2015 NM HS Girls Cross Country title.

roger brunelli ’67, ’74 (La Veta, CO) retired after a 29-year career with the La Veta School District, where he was teacher, principal, superintendent, and coach. Because of his years of service and his efforts to build the high school gym, the facility was bestowed the moniker “Roger Brunelli Gymnasium.” February 7 has also been proclaimed Roger Brunelli Day in Huerfano County.

scott haebe ’83 was recently honored with the Jeffco Hero Award, which recognizes Jeffco Public Schools students and teachers of extraordinary character, leadership, and strength. He teaches history and coaches basketball at Evergreen H.S. in Jefferson County, Colo. A video (available on You Tube) detailing Scott’s contributions was produced by JPS-TV and the Jeffco Schools Foundation, which are partnering to present this series. damon martin ’87 head coach/director of ASU Cross Country and Track & Field, was named the NCAA Division II South Central Region Cross-Country Men’s Coach of the Year by the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). This is the fourth consecutive season Martin has earned this distinct honor. He has received a total of 22 regional coach of the year awards.

sara smith mann ’94 (Floresville, TX) was inducted into the Center, Colorado, High School Hall of Fame, February 16. She competed at Center H.S. from 1987 to 1990 as a 4-sport athlete. She earned her Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling at Texas A & M Kingsville, and is now working on her doctorate degree. She is the director of curriculum and instruction in the Floresville School District. She and her husband matt `94 have 2 beautiful daughters, Kaytlyn and Emily.

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grizzlies winter season Women’s Basketball Under second-year head coach Larry Joe Hunt, the Grizzlies went 3-22 during the 2015-16 campaign. Highlights included a season sweep over rival Western State Colorado University to extend ASU’s winning streak over WSCU to four games. Juniors Lena Jaycox and Cydney McHenry led the Grizzlies in scoring with 13.1 and 11.1 points per game, respectively. They were both named All-RMAC Honorable Mention after the conclusion of the regular season. Jaycox recorded a season-high 28 points against WSCU, while McHenry posted a season-best 25 points over Northern New Mexico College.

Cyndey McHenry

Men’s Basketball The Grizzlies reached the RMAC Tournament once again under first-year head coach Russ Caton ‘97. Unfortunately, the season ended in the quarterfinals of tournament play against second-seeded Colorado School of Mines. Senior Shakir Smith led the team in several statistical categories during the season, highlighted by 20.8 points per game. With his play, the prolific scorer was named AllRMAC First Team at the conclusion of the regular season. Fellow senior Kendyl Grover was named All-RMAC Honorable Mention and led the team with five double-doubles on the season. Despite losing four seniors, the Grizzlies return seven players with varsity experience. Shakir Smith finished his senior year having scored an average of 20.8 points-per-game.


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Men’s & Women’s Swimming With fifth-year head coach Dan France at the helm, the Grizzly men’s swim team finished fifth and the women’s team, seventh at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Championships. Both teams finished second in the Citrus Classic. Highlighted by a performance by junior Marissa Mantzey, this was the women’s team’s best finish. The men’s team was highlighted by Alan Jackman. However, Adams State took first as a program after the combined men’s and women’s score toMarissa Mantzey taled 902. Mantzey was also named the RMAC Swimmer of the Week.

Sydney Gidabuday

Men’s Indoor Track & Field The Grizzlies wrapped up their indoor campaign with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Division II Championships, March 12 in Pittsburg, Kansas, with 47 points. Adams State was led by freshman sensation Sydney Gidabuday, who claimed titles in the 3000 meter run and 5000 meter run. Along with All-American honors, Gidabuday was also declared the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Track Athlete of the Year. Oliver Aitchison ran to his second consecutive national title in the mile, as a total of eight Grizzlies earned All-American distinction. The duo of Jurgen Themen and Samuel Bilderbeck set school records earlier in the season in the 60 meter dash (6.65) and heptathlon (5,250 points), respectively.

Women’s Indoor Track & Field The Adams State women set two school records at the NCAA Division II Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas, March 12-13. New records were set in the Distance Medley Relay (DMR) with a time of 11:28.53 and the 1600 meter relay with a time of 3:46.86. Highlighted by the aforementioned efforts, five Grizzlies were named All-Americans for the indoor track and field season. With 15 points, ASU tied for 16th at the Championships. A standout this season was Serena Canegan, who claimed a title in the pentathlon at the Grizzly Buffalo Clash, Feb. 14. She shined in the high jump with a personal-best mark of 1.68 meters (5'6").

Serena Canegan

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lauren martin ’14 was recently named Trinidad State Junior College’s new cross country coach. For the first time, TSJC will have athletes on its San Luis Valley Campus, as well as the Trinidad campus. The groups will train separately but compete as a single team. TSJC Athletic Director Mike Salbato said, "She has a great deal of experience as a top caliber athlete and with running the massive summer camps at Adams State, so we are excited to see her bring that knowledge over to TSJC." Lauren is a two-time individual national champion in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races and an 8-time All American.


tabor stevens ’14 finished 12th in a field of 34

Martin Ramirez

runners in the men’s 10K at the Pan American Cross Country Cup, held March 5 in Caraballeda, Venezuela. He claimed a spot on the U.S. roster for the Cup by placing 3rd February 6 at the USATF National Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon. Known for running Colorado’s fastest mile two years ago, Stevens has a professional contract with Asics. He still trains in Alamosa, prepping for the Olympic trials in July.

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Despite an 8th place finish at the NCAA Division II Championships from Martin Ramirez in the 133 weight class, the Grizzlies struggled as a team with a 1-10 dual record. With his championship performance, Ramirez concluded his outstanding season with a 30-9 overall record and All-American honors. This season he claimed titles at the RMAC Championships and Midwest Classic, experienced a 19-match win streak, and was a two-time recipient of both the RMAC Wrestler of the Week and Super Region 4.


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