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VOL. 57, NO. 1 • SPRING 2017

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

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

EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS Peggy Dunn • Gary Goodwin ’90 • Amy Kucera ’05

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Aaron Abeyta • Samantha Hall • Alex Hart ’19 • Daniel Parsons ’19 Beth Robison • Mark Schoenecker • Mike Skinner • ASU Sports


BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY Arnold Salazar ’76 Chair Kathleen Rogers Vice Chair Reeves Brown • Pam Bricker • Michele J. Lueck Wendell Lorenzo Pryor • Cleave Simpson John Singletary • Randy Wright ’84 Dr. Rob Benson Faculty Trustee John Owsley ’18 Student Trustee

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD Lori Lee Laske ’91, ’01 Executive Director of Alumni & Donor Relations Liz Tabeling-Garcia ’96, ’06 President Delzia Worley ’97 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 Kasey Russell ’03 • Rich Scanga ’75 • Jeremy Wilder ’96

ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION BOARD Ron Howard ’98 President Dr. John McDaniel Vice President Jeni Goodwin ’85 Secretary Donn Vigil Treasurer Russell Achatz ’85 • Tim Bachicha ’92 • Glenn Burnham Duane Bussey ’82 • Keith Cerny • Genevieve Cooper • Bill Fassett Valerie Finnegan • Dale Hettinger ’64 • Charles “Chuck” Houser ’62 Dorothy Lucero ’61 • Cathy Mullens ’82 • Chuck Owsley ’68 Michelle Roepke • Rich Scanga ’75 • Helen Sigmond

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

president’s letter: asu connects with the san luis valley A true learning community is characterized by respectful debate and the exchange of ideas. For Adams State University, that exchange reaches beyond the campus to include the entire San Luis Valley. Our statutory mission as a Regional Education Provider emphasizes our role in offering programs “that preserve and promote the unique history and culture of the region.” Our Values Statement amplifies further, stating Adams State will achieve Dr. Beverlee J. McClure “Growth through inclusion of diverse cultures and ideas” and create “A learning and civic community of trust, respect, and civility.” The ASU 2020 Strategic Plan illustrates our commitment to these values through two initiatives falling under Goal 5: Community Relations: • Develop and extend positive community partnerships through the continued offering of campus events drawn from cultures of the San Luis Valley. • Deepen campus understanding of, connections with, and commitment to the larger San Luis Valley. This issue of the A-Stater shows how these admirable objectives come to fruition through the written word, music, and the visual arts. An important way Adams State connects with the San Luis Valley is through people. One outstanding example is English Professor Aaron Abeyta, whose roots extend back to the earliest days of settlement. His award-winning poetry and prose are a window into the world of the ordinary people who contribute to the extraordinary place that is the San Luis Valley. (See story page 10.) Our commitment to diversity and community outreach is epitomized through the Music Department’s new initiative, ETHOS: Exploring Equity through Music. To support that, the department commissioned seven compositions that reflect the heritage, culture, and geography of the San Luis Valley. This San Luis Valley Cultural Commission Project resulted in works for smaller ensembles, making them well suited for rural schools. The focus is on educational and performance opportunities for underserved populations and music programs. (See story page 12.) The valley’s unique landscape and varied cultures are also the themes of public artwork commissioned with the renovation of Richardson Hall. (See story page 14.) All eight of the artists represented are from the San Luis Valley, and half are alumni of Adams State’s Art Department. Visitors to Richardson Hall will have no doubt that we are both of and for the Valley.

GRIZZLY CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ron DeSautell ’76 President • Ted Morrison ’69 Vice President Hoyt Anderson ’97 • Heather Brooks • Keith Cerny Jeni Goodwin ’85 • Jesse Lee • Dennis Ortiz ’79 Jeff Owsley ’86 • Steve Valdez ’87 • Donna Wehe ’12


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

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

Dr. Beverlee J. McClure President


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adams state welcomed 156 new alumni December 17. The featured speakers interspersed humor throughout their remarks. The commencement address was given by Stan Hilkey (inset, above right), Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. The graduating class was represented by Eric J. Learn, who earned a B.S. in business administration, accounting emphasis, plus two minors, one in taxation and one in adventure leadership and programming. Learn is shown second from right, above, with business professors and classmates.

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author and activist Dr. Yohuru R. Williams (left) speaks with a student following his Martin Luther King Jr. Week keynote address, "The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement." Williams is an education activist and noted scholar of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements.

world aids day was observed on campus December 1 with a candlelight vigil and display of SLV panels from the historic AIDS Memorial Quilt. The annual event allows people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died.

◗ the ghostlight project, coordinated by theatre communities across the country, included a campus event presented by ASU’s Theatre, Music, and Art departments and LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, January 19. "This national project expresses the beliefs and values that define the work we do on our campus,” said Dr. John Taylor, professor of theatre. “It is not just the work of a particular moment, but part of an ongoing effort to create a more just and inclusive society." Inspired by the tradition of leaving a "ghost light" on in a darkened theatre, the event included theatre and music performances. Assistant Professor of Theatre David Gerke (inset at left) was one of several faculty who made statements in support of those values.

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graduates of the slv boettcher teacher residency program presented capstone research

adams state university recently named dr. penny sanders as assistant vice president for graduate studies, research, and sponsored programs.

projects at the annual San Luis Valley Academic Symposium, hosted by ASU. The evening opened with a keynote address from Teacher Education Department Chair, Dr. Ed Crowther, and included presentations on such issues as parental involvement, flexible seating, and social media in the classroom.

the adams state chapter of psi chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, recently inducted the following new members: keren bakke, ann-

marie bennett, cole maze, cindy sue millis, shannon rhodes, melissa romero, and chelsea walljasper. Bennett, Rhodes, and Romero were also installed as chapter president, vice president, and secretary, respectively. The chapter is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its charter. Over the last decade, it has inducted an average of 8 new students per year. Total membership, including graduates, is now 81.

miranda johnson, music composition student, won the pikes peak flute choir composition contest for her flute ensemble piece “Solstice Dances.” It will be premiered in Colorado Springs in May.

dr. cheri meder and doctoral students in counselor education and supervision christina jurekovic, rebeccca meidinger, and johnsa phares received a $300 grant from chi sigma iota to complete a quantitative research study titled “An Investigation of School Counselor Professional Identity and Leadership Practices.” Also, Phares will have a short piece published in the International School Counselors Association newsletter, “Social Justice Advocacy in Schools.” paige rutkowski, second-year master’s student in school counseling, was awarded the carla mulkey memorial scholarship through the Colorado School Counseling Association. vasti holstun, a third-year doctoral student, presented a proposal to the colorado school counseling association’s executive board to begin a statewide mentoring program for novice school counselors. The board approved the proposal, and the program will start this fall.

An associate professor of counselor education at Adams State since 2013, Sanders heads the university’s new Office for Graduate Studies. The office will centralize administrative services and provide support to graduate programs and students in both on-campus and distance programs. Graduate student enrollment has doubled in the last 16 years and now represents one-third of total enrollment. ASU offers eleven graduate programs: ten at the master's level and one at the doctoral level. The search committee noted Sanders already has a stellar reputation on campus, as well as both the knowledge and passion for this new position. Her first step will be to staff the Office of Graduate Studies and work with the Graduate Council to review policies and procedures. “We need to maximize our strengths and work with the academic departments to see what works, then to create centralized, consistent systems for admissions and other processes. I want to be a consensus builder and meet the needs of each graduate program to allow them to achieve their individual goals,” Sanders said. “Ultimately, we will work to grow graduate programs and support student recruitment.” Sanders will also chair the Institutional Research Board. Sanders earned a Doctorate of Education in counselor education from Texas A&M University-Commerce and has taught in counselor education programs for the last 20 years. She also has been a counselor in private practice and at a community clinic. She holds National Counselor Certification, as well as Licensed Professional Counselor certification in New Mexico and Texas.

dr. rick baker, professor of English, had his article “Outsiders Wanting Back In–Rick Blaine’s conversion to Sartre’s Orestes: Casablanca and Existentialism” published in the fall 2016 issue of the journal cinematic codes review. The article explains the allegorical implications between Casablanca (1942) and Jean-Paul Sartre’s resistance play The Flies (1943), which Baker considers superb existential companion pieces.

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Dr. Penny Sanders (far right) with staff at ASU’s new Graduate Center, which was created through a Title V grant for PPOHA (Promoting Post-Baccaulareate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans.) From left are graduate assistant Elissa Harrington; Andrea Benton-Maestas, director of the Graduate Center; and Dr. Melissa Freeman, PPOHA grant director.

Bricker and Brown named to Trustees

“These individuals each have influential careers and bring valuable leadership experience in education, community service, and local and state government to our Board. They clearly appreciate how important Adams State is to our students and to the San Luis Valley and will help us advance our mission,” said Adams State President Beverlee J. McClure.

pam bricker A resident of Del Norte, Colo., Bricker recently concluded a term as Rio Grande County Commissioner. She and her husband, John, own Three Barrel Brewing Company. Previously, she had a gratifying career as an educator and school administrator. She completed that career Pam Bricker as the Byron Syring DELTA Center Principal and Adult Education Director in the Monte Vista School District. “It was an honor to be appointed an ASU Trustee, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to once again be involved in my lifelong passion for education,” Bricker said. “My background in education, government, and community service, working with people from all walks of life, has given me a unique perspective that is compatible with the board’s work.” Bricker has a diverse resume that includes service on the Action 22 Executive Board (a southern Colorado regional advocacy organization), Upper Rio Grande Economic Development, Colorado Department of Criminal Justice and Safety Sex Offender Management Board, Rio Grande Planning and Zoning Commission, the Colorado Coalition of Alternative Education Campuses Board, Colorado Adult Education Professional Association, and Monte Vista City Council. She has also been involved in numerous other boards and volunteer community organizations over the years.

In 2003, Bricker earned an M.A. in education from Adams State with endorsements in educational leadership and in language, literacy, and culture. She also holds a B.S. in foreign languages (Spanish and Russian), with a secondary education endorsement from the University of Northern Colorado.

reeves brown Brown, a resident of Denver, is an independent public policy consultant and Project Coordinator for the “Building a Better Colorado” project, a non-partisan effort to engage Coloradans in a constructive conversation about how to improve their state and seek consensus on public policy recommendations to that end. “Two things impress me about Adams State at this point in time. Number one is the leadership of the Board of Trustees. It is a combinaReeves Brown tion of people that have both statewide reach and a local passion for the university. The other strong asset is Dr. McClure. I am more and more impressed with her and with her common sense approach. I am very excited to begin working with this team,” Brown said. Having grown up on a Montana ranch, he added, “My heart is in rural communities, and I recognize the important role higher education can play in defining the fabric of a community and as an economic driver. There is no greater example of an institution serving that role than Adams State.” From 2011-2015, Brown served on Governor John Hickenlooper’s cabinet as Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), which provides technical assistance on all aspects of local government administration, housing solutions, and property tax administration. He previously served as Executive Director of CLUB 20, a non-profit political advocacy organization representing the diverse interests of the 22-county Western Colorado region. He also served as the Executive Director of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and oversaw the creation of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agriculture Land Trust, which led to the protection of over 2 million acres of agriculture land nationwide. All of those experiences allowed him to become familiar with the San Luis Valley. Reeves earned a B.S. in agriculture business with a minor in economics from Montana State University.

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governor john hickenlooper recently appointed pam bricker ‘03 and reeves brown and reappointed wendell pryor to the board of trustees for adams state university. all will serve three-year terms ending december 31, 2020.


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Developing virtual classrooms that expand course choices for students is the goal of a new National Science Foundation (NSF) grant recently awarded to Adams State University, in partnership with three other institutions. The three-year grant of $479,762 will fund the project "Engaged Student Learning: Coalition for Undergraduate Computational Data-enabled Science & Engineering (CDSE) Education." Adams State Professor of Mathematics Matt Ikle is leading the project, in collaboration with Hong Liu of EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Michael Wolyniak of Hampden-Sydney College, and Raphael D. Isokpehi of Bethune-Cookman University. This grant expands upon a previous NSF-funded project conducted by Adams State and ERAU. “This approach gives students at smaller institutions access to upper-level courses that might not be offered otherwise. Students also benefit from expertise beyond their own campuses,” Ikle said. For example, smaller schools may have only one or two students interested in Data Mining and Visualization, which Ikle developed and taught in the first project, or Mathematical Modeling

Seventeen faculty and staff working on the adams state pathways project to develop a new comprehensive curriculum for student success based on the Adams Outcomes (adopted by campus vote, spring 2016) participated in the american association of colleges and universities (AAC&U) Assessment and General Education Annual Conference and pre-conference workshops. The conference focused on examining “how faculty members and all campus educators are being supported and rewarded for innovative work and leadership in designing new approaches to teaching and learning that prepare today’s students to be active participants in our nation’s democracy and to succeed in an ever-changing global society.” The group’s travel was supported by the Title V Conexiones grant, with supplementary support from the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Research.

dr. kristy duran, assoc. professor of biology, and four colleagues published a guest blog post on the scientific american site titled “We Are Never Just Scientists.” They make the point that gender and racial gaps in scientific professions illustrate the need for greater inclusion at all levels. mary hoffman, executive director of Adams State University Community Partnerships, served as a mentor at The Climate Reality Leadership Corps training, held in Denver in March. Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore conducted the training, which was attended by 975 participants from 30 countries.

dr. adam kleinschmit, asst. professor of biology, co-led an interactive educational pedagogy workshop at the american society for cell biology Annual Meeting in San Francisco, December 3-7. The workshop focused on cancer as a storyline to teach students about enzymes, cell communication, and genetics. It modeled how to implement highlighted resources in a way that fosters a collaborative learning community in order to increase students’ understanding of both scientific content and the process and practice of science. He also co-authored the manuscript “The GEP: Crowd-Sourcing Big Data Analysis with Undergraduates,” published in the February 2017 issue of the journal trends in genetics. randall smith, senior systems administrator, wrote a book, Docker Orchestration, that was published by Packt Publishing in February.


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and Simulation, developed by Hong Liu of ERAU. But the collaboration will bring students from four schools together, creating a larger, viable class size. Students at all four institutions will take a class simultaneously, through live, interactive broadcasts that are supplemented with web-based content. Another professor will also participate live at each school in order to answer questions or elaborate on instruction. Adams State faculty Dr. Comfort Cover will teach in the program, as well. Students will pay tuition and receive credit through their home institutions. “Students can interact with each other and the professor through the live broadcasts, and the local facilitator will be another resource,” Ikle said. He noted four Adams State students who took courses through the original project presented their work on non-linear phenomena at an international conference. Ikle explained the project’s vision is to build more coalitions of participating schools, broadening the courses each can offer. Over the course of three years, the project will develop four new courses.

academic pursuits andrea rydgren, director and coordinator for Teacher Education’s STEM and Education Excellence for Diverse Students (SEEDS) grant, recently attended a national conference hosted by the federal office for english language acquisition, a subsidiary of the US Department of Education, as part of that agency’s National Professional Development Grant Program. Project directors from across the United States discussed the importance of teacher training in meeting the needs of linguistically diverse students.

ASU’s fourth annual Women’s Week, in early March, focused on both the accomplishments and continued struggles of women. The week covered a range of issues and media. It opened by screening three films from the Denver Women’s Film Festival. Another film, Gender Chip Project, addressed the disparity of representation of women in STEM fields. Pictured above is a display of female pioneers in STEM, posted in Porter Hall. The Music Department presented Her Voice Uplifted: A Concert Celebrating Female Composers. Additional events dealt with activism and political organizing. “Women in the Dark” was a well-attended Q&A session with a panel of local experts on women's well-being and success. International Women’s Day, March 8, included a Women’s Solidarity March. Students taking Introduction to Women’s Studies gave presentations on such topics as “Human Trafficking,” “Three Cultures of Weddings,” “Transgender Treatment: Europe and the Middle East,” and “Check My Machismo.” The week concluded with a Kindred Spirits luncheon featuring a panel of women at ASU who work in traditionally male professions, such as mathematics, chemistry, and computer science.

students joined alumni, trustees and staff at the second adams state university day at the capitol, in february. The event helps state legislators learn more about ASU and its importance to rural education. ASU’s Desert Winds Quintet (far left) performed in the Capitol. At near left, officers of AS&F met with state Senator Larry Crowder (center), whose District 35 includes the San Luis Valley. See more photos page 43.

dr. matthew steffenson, asst. professor of biology, attended the 2017 national meeting of the society for integrative and comparative biology in New Orleans, LA. He presented a talk on his research, “Leg autotomy and its effects on predatorprey interactions in the wolf spider Pardosa valens.”

dr. nate pipitone, assoc. professor of psychology, and recent graduates brandon gallegos ‘15 and danielle walters ‘15 conducted a study to replicate and expand on research originally published in Psychological Science. Their findings were accepted for publication in personality and individual differences. The original 2013 study investigated the fear of holes, or trypophobia, which affects a minor proportion of the human population. The ASU group replicated that on average, trypophobic images are more uncomfortable to view compared to control images. They then documented that trypophobic images elicit a heightened physiological response among viewers, as measured by galvanic skin response. The heightened response was even found among individuals who did not meet the diagnostic criteria of trypophobia and was unrelated to participants’ general level of anxiety. ASU’s new hall of research, on the first floor of McDaniel Hall, displays posters featuring recent academic accomplishments of faculty and students from departments across campus. Coordinator dr. courtney allen, assistant professor of counselor education, said "The idea is to begin conversations that will inspire new ideas and potential research collaborations."

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dr. matthew c. schildt, professor of music, had his composition Mysterious Valley for flute and marimba performed at the society of composers conference in Arlington, TX, in February. His album “This Little Light” has been streamed in 23 countries, was listed as the #2 album on Gaia Prime Radio, and was listed as one of the “Best of 2016” on the Audiosyncracy radio program.


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ach place carries a human memory with it,” says Aaron Abeyta. It is from such memories that his stories arise. For Abeyta, those places and memories stretch back to the mid-1840s, when his forebears settled with their herds of sheep in the southern San Luis Valley, then part of New Mexico Territory. His family’s presence there spans nine generations on his mother’s side, eight on his dad’s. In addition to being an English professor at Adams State and an award-winning author, Abeyta is also mayor of the Town of Antonito. And his family still raises sheep. “I’m from here,” he said. “It’s my heart home.” Abeyta’s first book of poetry, colcha, won the 2002 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, as well as the 2001 Colorado Book Award for Poetry. The title poem won him the 1998 Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. He next published the poetry collection As Orion Falls and the novel Rise, Do Not Be Afraid, which was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Letters from the Headwaters is just that – poems in letter form that reflect on the place he calls home. His work is also featured in Tzimtzum, 5 Contemporary Poets Lend Us Their Hearts. Abeyta’s most recent honor is a 2017 Governor's Creative Leadership Award from Colorado Creative Industries. He was recognized in the arts and community action category for his “leadership and commitment to improving Antonito and the San Luis Valley through written word, public service, and community involvement.” Those efforts are one and the same for Abeyta, who said,


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“We make each place our own by the things we return to it.” As mayor, he’s working to upgrade Antonito’s infrastructure. As a board member of Conejos Clean Water, he opposed rail transport of nuclear waste through the San Luis Valley. The valley’s expansive landscape and sometimes harsh environment are as central to Abeyta’s work as the human characters whose lives and deaths he illumines with details of work, love, and faith. Woven through his poetry and prose are Spanish phrases, Hispanic customs, ranching lore, and Catholic traditions. He conjures beauty even when speaking of loss. He addresses Antonito itself in “A Letter, Of Sorts, To My Agapetos Somatiki Eidei:” ... Antonito of a Swallow’s mud nest in summer Antonito of wind Antonito of loss Antonito of abundant grace You of Hail Marys You of ice You of snow that melts to mud You of the cow that returns to where her calf last nursed You of a single child on a swing You of a single drunk on a corner You of divinity You of sin. . . .

In “story,” Abeyta writes, Human emotion is the second most true thing on earth; besides family it is the only thing we can always identify. Emotion is our memory . . . a poem without family or emotion is, to me, nothing more than letters upon letters, the sound of hoofbeats without ever having seen a horse.

Abeyta evokes both family and emotion in the poem from colcha “the mountains are named after blood,” about his paternal great-grandfather: ... Serafin Serafin the repetition of his name haunts me like the clear day when i found his adobe house crumbling in the shade of a cottonwood . . .

“I don’t consider myself the author, but the conduit to tell other people’s stories,” he said. That’s the rationale behind his penchant for lowercase type in his poetry and signature: aaron a. abeyta. “These are lives no one would write about, for people no one considered worthy. These are my own people.” – People like Serafin, who is also the subject of Abeyta’s latest work, a novel he hopes to complete this summer. The book grew out of his essay “Wilderness in Four Parts or Why We Cannot Mention My Great-Grandfather’s Name.” In that piece, he writes: My great-grandfather was named Serafin; it was also my abuelito’s middle name. My great-grandfather’s name was not a sin, but it was treated as such. . . I know this. He abandoned his family, an abandonment so complete that my grandfather chose erasure, an absolute and collective deletion of his father, as his vengeance.

During his sabbatical last fall, Abeyta uncovered conflicting versions of the man’s life that he worked to reconcile, sifting through both family recollections and archival records. “It became very complex. I had to connect a lot of dots.”

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here is not any particular magic to the way a sheep, or a herd of sheep, die in a blizzard.

As he absorbed new information, Abeyta restarted the novel twice, first changing the narrator from first person to third person, then finally combining both points of view. That creative process demonstrates, “You never know what you’re going to write until it writes itself.” As a professor, Abeyta feels education is a form of liberation. “My goal is for students to be able to recognize the trials and obstacles they face. My approach is, let’s study the oppressive forces, where they come from. That way you’re aware of your enemy and might be able to overcome.” In that regard, Abeyta leads by example. By Julie Waechter

– From “Wilderness in Four Parts or Why We Cannot Mention My Great-Grandfather’s Name”

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I never saw Dempsey fight Tunney or Willard, but I saw him fight your greatgrandpa. Jack walked across that platform like a storm and Serafin just stood there, his body caked with the dirt of other men’s fields, his hands balled up and at his waist, like he was too tired to lift them, and I will never forget the way Jack shook his head after your great-grandpa hit him the first time, like maybe he knew he had really been hit and maybe it wasn’t going to be so easy. (“Wilderness in Four Parts”)

It is not from the cold. They huddle together for warmth, their bodies like pills in a bottle, and the snow falls, and the snow falls, and the snow falls, and the sheep do not move, and the sheep do not move, and in the most basic sense of the word, they suffocate beneath a slow avalanche of accumulated snow. Perhaps it is akin to inanity, that even when the snow is at their eyes, the sheep remain motionless as windows, witness to their own demise but patient, a primal faith that their shepherd will arrive and save them.

Major works by Aaron A. Abeyta: • colcha, University Press of Colorado, 2001 • As Orion Falls, Ghost Road Press, 2005 • Rise, Do Not Be Afraid, Ghost Road Press, 2007 • Letters from the Headwaters, Western Press Books, 2014 • Tzimtzum, 5 Contemporary Poets Lend Us Their Hearts (major contributor), Mercury Heartlink Press, 2013

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When he first learned about Serafin, who died four months before Abeyta’s birth, the story was that he had an affair with his boss’ wife; in retaliation, the boss framed him for embezzlement. Abeyta later discovered Serafin did spend time in prison, but had previously been a teacher in Trinidad, Colorado. Abeyta heard another story that had become legend on the other side of his family:


Hey, what’s that sound? the san luis valley’s unique beauty and distinctive cultures have long inspired creativity. music is the medium for a suite of seven new original pieces created through the music department’s slv cultural commissions project.

The commissions premiered at the January convention of the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA). The Adams State Winds & Percussion Ensemble performed new works by three well-known composers, as well as by three Adams State students and one alumna. The event drew several hundred music educators from K-12 schools, colleges, and universities across the state. “These works were commissioned specifically for our ensemble and reflect the heritage, culture, and geography of the San Luis Valley,” noted Dr. Beth Robison, department chair, professor, and director of choral activities. “The nature and construction of these pieces will also provide educational and performance opportunities for underserved populations and music programs.” Smaller, rural schools may not be able to support full orchestration, so the project’s pieces are suitable for smaller ensembles. Internationally renowned composer Dr. Jack Stamp personally conducted the premier performance of his piece, San Luis Snapshots. “Dr. Stamp was very generous in donating his time and very interested in the project. We were thrilled he was willing to come and work with our students and conduct his piece at the conference,” Robison said. Also performed were works by composers David J. Pierce and Dr. Jennifer K. Bellor.

unique soundscapes Each of the seven SLV Cultural Commissions takes a different approach in celebrating the culture and soundscape of the San Luis Valley. Stamp’s piece, for solo horn and wind ensemble, was inspired by a collection of photos that reflected many moods, with varied times of day and Dr. Jack Stamp, an internationally renowned composer, conducts the ASU Winds & Percussion Ensemble, with ASU’s Dr. Angela Winter soloing on horn.


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seasons. He composed the piece for Adams State Director of Bands Dr. Angela Winter on horn with the Winds & Percussion Ensemble. Bellor’s piece, Querencia, derives from the Spanish verb meaning “to desire” and is used to describe a place where one feels safe and at home. A native of South Texas, Pierce drew on his family’s Hispanic and ranching heritage for the composition El Ranchero, which depicts the life of a rancher. Alumna Chelsea Oden ’13 was inspired to write A World in this Grain of Sand by the geological processes that formed the San Luis Valley, where she grew up. “The mountains and the dunes are a really big part of my connection with the valley. I thought it would be neat to do a composition on processes that formed the area, which are really incredible,” she said. Her work mimics rifting, the eruption of La Garita Caldera, and sedimentation. The piece concludes with the melody from the hymn, For the Beauty of the Earth, which she

cultures here.” To “do them justice,” he researched the musical styles of both traditions for his composition, Montaña Blanca, which incorporates Native American rhythms and Hispanic note structure.

exploring equity through music The San Luis Valley Cultural Commission Project grew out of the Music Department’s initiative, ETHOS: Exploring Equity through Music. It is an overarching, multi-year project promoting equity and diversity issues in the programming of music ensembles and the development of new curricula. “We can use the project both to recruit students and to celebrate and educate about the diversity and culture of the San Luis Valley through music,” Robison said. She explained ETHOS is a Greek word meaning “character” that is also used to refer to the power of music to influence listeners’ emotions, behaviors, and even morals. “Music has always been a reflection of society and culture, both the positive and negative aspects,” she added. By Julie Waechter The SLV Cultural Commissions were supported by contributions from Adams State’s Title V Office, the Sangre de Cristo Heritage Area, and the Alamosa Live Music Association (ALMA). The ASU composers included (clockwise from bottom): Ryan Watters and Brandi Quinn in ASU’s music lab; alumna Chelsea Oden ‘13, and grad student John Brindle ‘17.

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said is not only important to her family, but also allows reflection on all the geological processes. A clarinetist with a B.A. in music, composition emphasis, Oden is now a graduate teaching fellow and doctoral candidate in music theory at the University of Oregon. “I think the whole project is really incredible. It’s really celebrating the art of collaboration – what else is music about than connecting people?” Oden said. Graduate student John Brindle, who has taught music for 19 years at Prairie Middle School in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado, also drew on his valley experiences for his composition, Valle Viejo. He heard his piece performed for the first time at the CMEA convention. “It was very exciting to hear my ideas come to life. It’s very different than hearing it in my head, or on the computer. It was fantastic,” he said. Brindle’s overture-style piece has five main sections that represent the experiences of the valley’s Native Americans and of Spanish and Mexican settlers. He credits Winter for suggesting he try his hand at composing. “I probably wouldn’t have done it without her encouragement. I may have been bitten by the bug. I’ve had a million other ideas roll through my mind.” To top off the experience of having his work performed live, a music publisher approached him following the concert. Brindle will complete his M.A. in music education this spring. “I pick up information on a daily basis that I can use immediately in my classroom.” Mt. Blanca, Colorado’s fifth highest mountain at 14,344 feet, drew undergraduates Brandi Quinn and Ryan Watters to portray the cultures that have thrived in its shadow. Both also performed with the ensemble at the premier – Quinn on trumpet, Watters on saxophone. “I was a little skeptical about the performance . . . what if no one liked it? But it got a standing ovation,” Quinn said. “I could feel the emotions of the audience, and all these band directors from Colorado heard me.” Her piece, Sisnaajini, Dawn Mountain, refers to the Diné (Navajo) name for the peak, which marks the eastern border of their homeland. “The legend says that the Holy people traveled to the mountain by rainbow and sunbeams to decorate it,” Quinn explained. “Wherever you are in the valley, you can see Mt. Blanca. It really represents us well.” A sophomore with three majors – music composition, trumpet performance, and music education – Quinn would like to compose movie scores. Watters, who plays several instruments and has written music previously, was a music major before changing to a double major in geology and chemistry. “I wanted to write relating to my own interests. The Blanca Massif is a huge prominence and is the root of the Native American and Hispanic


Richard ABOVE: The Rio Grande - Luther Bean Museum transom, 21” x 69” stained glass RIGHT: Mt. Blanca - Richardson Hall third floor board room, 2’ x 3’ stained glass BELOW: Malouff with Beginning, 5 stained glass panels framing the lobby entrance


Rolling dunes, a shimmering river, expans boy guiding his herd . . . these images evo Richardson Hall’s new collection of public

Commissioned as part of the structure’s re were created by accompished SLV artists, gradually been installed over the last two y

Kathryn “Kay” Malouff ‘80 Kay Malouff ’s stained glass creations are found across the country, having been commissioned for clinics, historical entities, National Parks, and churches. “Even as a young child, I was interested in light traveling through color, as it does in stained glass. Although I have worked in several other mediums, I consistently come back to this one, my favorite. The piece in the Adams State board room (top center) remains my favorite, because aspen trees and mountains are a mainstay in my work. The Luther Bean Museum entry panel is my depiction of our mighty Rio Grande and a few of its environs. The little insets represent fish, flora, fauna, and crops of the area. I am deeply honored to have work installed in my beloved alma mater. “There is no way to convey how Adams State completely changed my life and myself over the course of the years after I arrived in 1969.” 14

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emodeling project, completed in late 2014, the artworks half of whom are Adams State alumni. The pieces have years, and the collection is now complete.

Billy Adams, a Colorado legislator who would later become governor (1927-1933), worked for three decades before obtaining the funding appropriation to found Adams State Normal School in 1921. He was passionate about improving the quality of teacher education in the San Luis Valley. With only a grade school education, Billy Adams came to the San Luis Valley in 1879 at the age of 17 to begin ranching. Within three years, he was mayor of Alamosa. In 1886, he was elected to the state legislature as a representative and became a state senator two years later. He also helped to establish Colorado Agricultural College at Fort Collins, the Colorado State Teachers College at Greeley, and Western State College at Gunnison. Governor reflects Billy Adams’ love of being in the saddle on his ranch. He always considered Alamosa his home and is buried in the Alamosa Cemetery. His memorial service was held in Richardson Hall Auditorium. Governor - bronze

Bob Booth ‘89 “As the artist, I desired to bridge generation gaps to show our shared history at Adams State – Billy Adams, our founder.” Booth’s vision for Governor was to depict Billy Adams gathering cattle from the mountain range and driving them to his Alamosa ranch. The sculpture can be viewed from 360 degrees. The bronze shows Billy Adams on his horse, Charly Boy, complete with his SC Gallop saddle and two of his livestock brands. He is depicted in a small brim Stetson hat and suit, which were his trademark attire, whether on the ranch or at the State Capitol.

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Huberto Maestas ‘84 Huberto Maestas ‘84 is well known for his life-sized bronze Stations of the Cross in San Luis, Colo., where he lives. First edition maquettes of the sculptures are in the permanent collection of the Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy. His work is also found in many national public and private collections, and is exhibited internationally. He considers his artwork a reflection of the human spirit. “It is in these intangible events that my art takes an intimate look at the moment: the strength of perseverance, power, struggle, and dignity in sculptural form. “One’s spiritual journey is sacred. My works of art are meant to reach into your being to evoke emotion, to move you, and to give way to creative thought and meaning. The art of sculpture tells a story, of bridging the past with the present, and of visualizing dreams that come alive by the feel and touch of a sculpture. “Art can heal, challenge, and stimulate us to define our spiritual voice. It is the viewer who ultimately defines their own experience. There is an endurance that comes with being an artist, a restless search for the right form, or the perfect pose, yet the pleasure it takes to create makes it all worthwhile.”

ABOVE: Huberto Maestas with Mariachi, bronze RIGHT TOP: De Colores, bronze

Evelyn McLean “My work explores the intricacies and structures of natural forms by representing them much larger than life, in order to invite viewers to discover what is often unseen or overlooked. “The two paintings created for Richardson Hall are micro landscapes from the San Luis Valley, portraying both the dry piñon/juniper forest floor and the watery milieu below Zapata Falls. Exploring these scenes on a grand scale begs an intimacy with some of the common forms, colors, and textures of the valley.” NEAR RIGHT: Piñon, 5’ x 8’ oil on canvas CENTER RIGHT: Juniper Forest Floor, 5’ x 8’ oil on canvas


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Rita Roberts Rita Roberts has been living in and painting the San Luis Valley for 17 years. Her work gives the valley national representation through competitions, gallery exhibitions, and collections across the country. She said of her piece in Richardson Hall, “A subtle grid pattern appears and disappears through layers of clouds above a harvested field in this landscape. It is indicative of the San Luis Valley’s agricultural heritage. The grid is integrated with the clouds as a statement of how closely related farms and crops are to the weather in this high elevation valley. The square format of the piece, plus the squares of the grid, represent the patchwork of farmlands which cover the San Luis Valley like a quilt pattern, as seen from the sky.”

Stormy Skies Over Cut Wheat, San Luis Valley, 57” x 57” (framed) oil on canvas

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Jeremy Elliott Jeremy Elliott’s work predominantly consists of landscape images, both in color and black and white. "I like doing landscapes because it gives me an excuse to get out in nature. Plus, living in an area like the San Luis Valley, there is no shortage of subject matter to shoot. I think that my favorite place to shoot is the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. It feels like the dunes are alive. They are always changing, and the lighting is always different. Each time I have been there, it has been a different experience. Springtime is my favorite, though. The mountains still have snow on them, and Medano Creek is running through the park." TOP: Evening Dunes, 1 panel 20” x 24”, 4 panels each 11.5” x 11.5” MIDDLE: Dunes Couple, 3 panels each 24” x 36” BELOW: Waking Rio, 1 panel 20” x 24”, 4 panels each 11.5” x 11.5” All photographs printed on metal.


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Wheeler Geological Area, 2 oil on canvas, each 96” x 60”

Jasmine Little ‘15 “Wheeler Geologic Area is so remote, it almost felt like I was staking my claim on that wilderness area by painting it. I think there is something magical about painting; you can bring to life an experience or an idea of an experience without having to hold it accountable for accuracy. The painting is simply meant to convey a feeling of an idea of a place. Painting allows you to dream and romanticize daily life in a permanent way. And the painting itself can function as a metaphor for accomplishing something somewhat painstaking and exhaustive. I hope the painting inspires more people to either make the trek to Wheeler or make a painting!”

David Montgomery

BELOW LEFT: Encore, 42” x 53” framed. BELOW RIGHT: The Mountain, the River, 42” x 52” framed

David Montgomery shares his love of western spaces with plein air pieces, as well as larger studio landscapes that fill walls. He has been recognized nationally by American Artist magazine, and his work has been exhibited twice in the Forbes Gallery in New York City. “I bring the dynamism and enlivening aspects of the natural landscape into interior spaces. I feel it is nurturing to be reminded of natural open spaces within the confines of structures.”

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Dear ASU Alumni and Friends, Looking at this year’s Donor Report and scholarship list should bring a smile to your face and a sense of pride in being part of the great institution that is Adams State. The generosity and overall desire to help the students at ASU shown by our donors is amazing. The past year has been bittersweet. We have experienced the loss of several alumni and friends of the university, but we continue to receive their support through planned giving in their estates. These gifts will create a legacy for the donor through support of current and future students. As the university’s administration and the Board of Trustees continue to recruit new students and create exciting new programs of study, the need for institutional financial aid will increase. We recruit and retain great students, but, in following our goal to serve the underserved, we have many who need financial assistance as they embark on the path of higher education. Financial support, especially scholarships, is the safeguard that allows these exceptional young people to become exceptional students and our future leaders. I hope you will consider helping to provide this safeguard for our students during their educational journey. I invite you to come visit the Adams State campus, take in a game, see the new facilities and, most importantly, take the time to meet some of our outstanding students. Their energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and you will remember what makes our Adams State University so special. If you are interested in making a personal or corporate gift, establishing a scholarship, or receiving more information on giving to ASU through your estate, Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00, Executive Director of the Foundation, and Lori Laske, CFRP ’91, ’01, Executive Director of Alumni and Donor Relations, are available to answer your questions and assist you in the donation process. I hope to see you around campus, and please remember that your gift, regardless of amount, will have a positive impact on our students. Kindest regards,

Ron Howard ‘98, MBA, JD President Adams State University Foundation Board 20

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$50,000+ Alamosa State Bank William '60, '62 & Eleanor '82 Crain El Pomar Foundation Salazar for Senate San Luis Valley Federal Bank State of Colorado Department of Higher Education The Trinchera Blanca Foundation, the Colorado affiliate of Louis Bacon's Moore Charitable Foundation

legacy society Anonymous Mary Beaver Philip Britton '61 Russell Cagle '73 Jack & Jenny Cooper Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans Rich '59 and De Gehlbach 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* Arthur Wellbaum* * Deceased

$10,000 $49,999 1st Southwest Bank Stephen Bokat '68 David '87 & Wendy Clemmer Carole Counihan & James Taggart Daniels Fund Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans Rich '59 & De Gehlbach Floyd '55 & Cordelia Higel Ron '65 & Marilyn '86, '87 Löser Dr. John McDaniel McDaniel Trust Mary Miller William & Ginny Miller P.E.O. Foundation San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op Inc. Southway Construction Co, Inc. Target Corporation Arthur Wellbaum

$5,000 - $9,999 Alamosa Rotary Club Alamosa Building Supply/ La Jara Trading Post Glenn & Kerry Burnham Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey Connelly Enterprises Steven Getz '81 Dan & Sheri Miller Prep-Rite Coatings & Contracting, LLC Mike & Mary Ann Porter Porter Realty, Inc. Rio Grande Savings & Loan Richard '69 & Kathleen Rutledge San Luis Valley Health Donald Stegman '61, '64

$2,500 - $4,999 If you have already included Adams State University in your estate plans, but are not listed above, or if you want information on how to do so, please contact:

ASU Foundation: 719-587-7609


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1st Stop Alcon Construction, Inc. Alta Fuels Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Comfort Inn/Super 8/IHOP David Wehe, CFP

GFWC Woman's Citizenship Club Tom '67, '68 & Pat '68 Gilmore J & J Rental Centers Loaf-N-Jug Damon '87 & Konnie Martin Dr. Beverlee J. McClure Monte Vista Cooperative National Western Stock Show Scholarship Trust Pearl Ortner '58 Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation RMN Events Rustic Log Furniture, Inc. LeRoy & Michelle '92 Salazar SLV Behavioral Health Group Sodexo Campus Services Valley Courier Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc. Jackie Getz White '82 & Brent White Diane Woodard

$1000 - $2,499 Alamosa Home Furnishings Alamosa Live Music Association American Electric Co. Asphalt Constructors, Inc. Thomas Barron Philip Britton '61 BSN Sports Mark Campbell '89 Colorado Sports Bryan Carr '86 Daniel '95, '99 & Jackie '03, '05 Caulfield Century 21 Property Management Ronald '79 & Cynthia '97 Chapman CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency Colorado Choice Health Plans Community Banks of Colorado Wayne & Nancy '78 Chasen Family Fund & The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia Cooley & Sons Excavating, Inc. Phil & Gloria Covarrubias William Crockett '89 James & Pamela Crowe D & G Sports, Inc. Domino's Leslie '95, '05 & Brian Doyle Lisa Drew '83, '07 Ronald '67, '72 & Paula '73 Duncan David Evans '70 Farm Fresh Direct

Flood & Peterson Insurance, Inc. Foothills Environmental, Inc. Francis and Sons, Inc. GH Phipps Construction Companies Karla Jean Gilbert Pamela '85 & Robert Gjellum Gobin's Frances Gomez '64, '70 Val Goodwin-Colbert David Green '70, '71 Hampton Inn James & Rochelle Hansen Phillip Haram '62 James '83 & Deborah '84 Harvey John '66, '70 & Anita '67 Hertner Dale '64 & Beverly Hettinger Chuck '62 & Sandy '79, '80 Houser Michael Hudson '98 Husmann Plumbing Jack's Market Kinney Johnson Marty & Diana Jones James Kelley Kiwanis Club of Alamosa L & M Auto Sales LJ Leatherman '88 Mark's Outdoor Sports Bonnie Mercek '87 Deanna Morris '64, '65 Holly Morris '00 Mary Motz '62 Thomas Motz '82 Nino's Mary Oba Chuck Owsley '68 James '66, '66 & Rita '65, '72 Paronto Partnership Investments, Inc. John Patten Pepperoni Brothers, LLC Jack & Judy Pottle Judith Quiller '61, '64 Pat '97 & Debi Racanelli Rock Creek Family Medicine, P.C. Rocky Mountain Septic & Excavating Rocky Mountain Eye Center, P.C. Marcella Roybal Safeway Arnold '76 & Marguerite '75, '76 Salazar Lena Samora '67, '68 San Luis Valley Early Iron, Inc. Don Sena Val '60, '65 & Evangeline '57, '61 Sena


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Alice Acheson '68, '69

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asu alumni & foundation office Rich '59 & De Gehlbach

s received between January 1 and December 31, 2016. Errors or questions may be directed to Lori Laske, 719-587-7867.

$500 - $999 Russell Achatz '85 Alamosa School District Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Duane '82 & Jodi '83, '93 Anderson Gary Antisdel '59, '63 Anytime Fitness Dale Babudar '73 Timothy Bachicha '92 Bistro Rialto Stewart, Shirley, Rebecca, & Amy Bliss and Marco Iacaella Joelle Boos-Medina '99, '11 Paul Briggs '70 Chester Carlson '66 Shirley Carlson '63, '63 Mario Carrera Keith Cerny & Debra Sowards-Cerny Colorado Eagle Colorado P.E.O. Chapter HB Colorado WINS Cornmasters LLP Ivan Curley '53, '56 Gloria Curtis '70 Mark & Laura Davis Robert Davis '70 Del Mar Carpet One Phillip '83 & Patricia '83 DeLorenzo Elsie Doser '59 Joe '94 & Teri '91 Erickson

Howard Espinosa '56 George Evans Sheryl '82, '85 & Wayne Farley William & Grace Fulkerson, Jr. Jim Gable '69 Greg '96 & Jeni '85 Goodwin Jamie Gorelick & Richard Waldhorn Ana Guevara & Daniel Walzl H Investment Company, LLC Matt & Karla Hardesty Shawn '90 & Sheila '89 Hicks John '83 & Barbara '82 Holmes Robert Hommel '79, '83 Carl Hungate '69 Ken '51 & George Anna '51 Joseph David Koenig Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Jim Lester & Helen Sigmond Philip Lopez '04 Michele Lueck Charlene Luke '75, '75 Harry Manesiotis '99 Janet '63 & Jasper Mangum Paul Morley '66 Chuck and Mary Lou Murphy Sheila Norstrud '90 Daniel Ogden '93 Pete Ortega '61, '64 Lonnie Porter '65, '66 Peter & Marita Prandoni Christopher Quintana '15 Reeves & Associates Robert & Regina Rice Scott '98 & Lindsay '99 Riley David Root '78 San Luis Valley Brewing Company San Luis Valley Fine Arts & Entertainment Michael Scarbrough '91 Steven Scholz Raymond Seib '66, '67 Sherwin Williams Sideline Power State Farm Companies Foundation Freeda Steyer Pat Strykers & Joe Zimlich Larry & Carol Sveum Kimberley Temple '01 Trinchera Irrigation Company Norman Tucker '79 United Fresh Potato Growers of Colorado Melanie Valdez '99 Lee Vickers '60, '65 Kay '55 & Jan '63 Watkins Gayle Wilson '68, '70

Employees of Adams State University

Tom & Ann Wingerter Mark Wood '71 James Woods & Christine Woods-De Rael Bill Woodward '61 Mary Ann Wright Albert & Ann Yates David Young '71 ZKM, LLC

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

$100 - $499 Ruth Acheson Ackerman Information Group John Allen Harris Allen '70 Alliance Riggers & Constructors, LTD Anita Allinger '77 AmeriGas Propane Aqua Clear Solutions LLC Arby's Claude '55 & Elvera '59 Archuletta Cathy '99 & Tim Armstrong ASU Art Department Thomas Autobee Felix Baca '78, '79 Tadini Bacigalupi '79 Karen Bagwell '78 Melanie Bagwell '89 Gary Baker '69 Ronald & Eloise Baker Flint & Christy Baldwin Bank Shot Sports Bar Kenneth Barber '72 & Jane Fiebelkorn Barber '71 Benjamin & Georgina Barbes Wilma Bard '76 Victor Barela '63 Kendra Barkoff Kay Henry Bartlett '98 Jody '99 & Jonathan Barton Robert Bashline '70, '71 Rudy '62 & Sharon Basovsky Don & Laura Basse Lisa Bauer '07 Marianne Baylor Kenneth Bean '49 Raymond Beethe '70 Clark Behner '75 Loretta Beiriger '86, '94 Harold Benson '71 Jeffrey Bilderbeck '03

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 fuels/alta convenience Alta Fuels/Alta Convenience

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

bokat family* Stephen '68 & Karen Bokat

borrego family Thomas Borrego '46

stan brinkley/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

tom bruscino/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

bustos/price memorial Bill Mansheim

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Silver Mountain Disposal, LLC Dean Singleton Skiball's Running World Sonic Drive-In Southwest Ready Mix, Inc. Rondaleen Specht '67 Shirley Sumida '59, '66 The Rubi Slipper Solomon & Corine Trujillo Ann Vail Valley Electric, Inc. Van Iwaarden Builders, Inc. Vance Law Office Viaero Wireless Wall, Smith, Bateman & Assoc., Inc. Walters & Associates, LTD Torben Walters Insurance Agency, Inc. Michael Ware '69 Arvilla Weldon '70, '92 Michael Williamson '70 Karla '84 & James Willschau Gloria Wuckert

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accounting alumni honor impact of gerald corning Having achieved success in his profession, James “Jamie” Harvey ’83 established the Gerald Corning Endowment in honor of his Adams State University mentor and emeritus professor of accounting. The Gerald Corning Endowment will be awarded to a student who is eligible to sit for the CPA exam. Corning retired from the School of Business in 2010, after teaching accounting courses for 35 years. “I am a little overwhelmed by this honor. I tried to provide my students with the skills they needed to succeed and to push themselves as much as they could,” said Corning, who reGerald Corning presides over the spring 2009 lates to the presCommencement Ceremony as Faculty Marshal. sure his students experience when prepping for the exam. “I went through it myself. A little help makes a lot of difference.” Now in his fifteenth year as the Chief Financial Officer for USA Swimming in Colorado Springs, Harvey remembers Corning being available after class and willing to provide extra help and offer great advice when preparing students for the CPA exam. “He was confident in your abilities, even if you had doubts.” One contributor to the scholarship is Karla Willschau ’84, managing partner for the Alamosa Certified Public Accounting firm Wall, Smith, Bateman, Inc. She agreed, “Mr. Corning was always interested in what I was doing, whether it was school or work related. He was committed to preparing students to take the CPA exam, and because of that, Adams State experienced a high pass rate. He kept up with how his students did on the exam.” She added, “My education at Adams State made a huge impact on my professional life. Working in the San Luis Valley, I see Adams State graduates working in various businesses every day, and the level of sophistication is high because of Adams State.” Both Harvey and Willschau encourage current and future accounting students to study hard and keep to a higher standard. Harvey noted, “My degree was a critical prerequisite for entry into the accounting profession. A liberal arts education prepares a person to thrive and contribute in a complex and diverse world.” 24

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$100 - $499 Bill Galler Pools, Inc. Harvey Billington '58, '65 Eric Blake '03 Gary & Maria Boelter Ron Bond '59 Jerrold Booher '59, '61 Merlyn '60 & Mary Alice '57 Boss Chris Bowry & Tanya Kelly-Bowery The Bridge at Alamosa Donald Brown '62, '68 & Ann Brown Stephanie Brown Terrance Brown '74 Jon & Teri Brownell David Broyles '74 Neil Bruce Esq. '75 & Barbara Bruce '75 Roger Brunelli '67, '74 Judith Brunett Herbert Bruntel Jr. '69 Thomas '99 & Terri '99 Bruscino Richard Buck '64 Mary Beth Buescher Fred Bunch '77 Zena Buser Lauren Bussey Longino & Sylvia Bustillos Vera Jo Bustos '11 Megan Buzby '03 Sharon Cain '67 Robert & Rosemary Candelaria Toney Cantu '70 Eric '01 & Lia '14 Carpio Christopher Carroll '89 J Braxton & Marian Carter Kurt '71, '78 & Joan '90 Cary Jerry Cashdollar '60 Anne Castle & Frank Daviess Jonathan Cedarbaum & Alice Winkler Century 21 Valley Realty CH2M Darla Chappell '77 David '01 & Connie '83,'88 Chavez Gregory Chavez '81 Robert '07, '11 & Sharon '87 Chavez Chili's Skyler Choice '16 Jeff Chostner Aaron & Robin Christensen Shandiin Church Ernest '93 & Tanya '95 Cienfuegos-Baca Peter '66 & Gayle Ciraolo Glen '62 & Frances '62 Clark Lisa Clements Bonnie Clinton Morris Cohen '61, '68 Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program Colorado Democratic Party Rick & Mimi Comerford

Conejos County-La Jara Rotary Club #1169 John Conlon '67 William Cook Donna Cooley '87 Jack & Genevieve Cooper Ross Cooper '79 Cream of the Crop Jesse Crock '04, '10 Shirley Crow '66, '72 Ed Crowther & Lori Tanner Joel Culley Harold Czarnetzki '69 Bob Damashek '68, '73 Mike Gibson & Gigi Darricades Larry Daveline Gail Davis '68 Helen Davis '69, '77 Kenneth Day '82 Samuel '69, '72 & Rosemary '71,'72 Dayzie Olivier & Adriana de Raet Mike Deacon '75 Dan DeChesaro Leo Degenstein Jerry DeLeon '89 Daniel Dellosso '12 Kathleen Delzell '61 Ron '76 & Jan '80, '03 DeSautell Roger & Patricia Doane Tammy Dodson '94 Bruce Dunn '65 Nancy Dunn '65, '76 Chuck '73 & Margie '73 Eaton James Edwards '64 Kathy Ellithorpe '72 Grace Ellsworth '65 Lewis Entz '07 Environmental Learning for Kids Rod Ermel '79 Roger Escheman Roger & Irene Espinosa Barbara Ewing J.B. Fairbanks '90 Paul Farley Daryl Farmer '89 John '63, '69 & Margaret '61 Faron Tamara '91 & Bill Fassett Joan Felzien-Perry '67 Jay & Gael Fetcher Gail Finley '86 Keith '58, '63 & Claudette '63, '78 Fisher Patricia Fitch '70 Neil Fleischauer '70 James Ford '59, '61 Grimes '65 & Rachel '67 Fortenberry Stanley '91 & Barbara '91 Foster Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher LLP Louis '72, '73 & Marlene '73 Fraulo Shane French Frontier Bank Kenneth Fry '60 John '57 & Janet Fuller

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matching gift companies Baxter International Foundation Matching Gift Program Chevron HumanKind IBM International Foundation Merck Partnership for Giving Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program YourCause Chevron Matching Employee Funds Xcel Energy Foundation

James Henzi Charles & Susan Herman Anthony Hernandez & Virginia Sanchez Bob Hidalgo '64 Cleta Hiner-Felzien '90 William Hinz '72 Barry & Arlene Hirschfeld Richard & Karen Hoffman Steven '88 & Monica '87 Hokansson Ryan Hollingshead '00 Tel Honeycutt '15 Honeycutt Rodeo, Inc. Jenel Hopper '02 Ron '98 & Zuzana '06 Howard Norman '62, '65 & Mary Sue '64 Howey Sandra Hubbard '05 Jerry Hughes '70 Scott Hummer Ivory Hunt '82 & Susan Petrelli '81, '82 Larry Joe '83 & Christine '83 Hunt Hyatt's - All Things Creative Inspiration Point Neighborhood Association Stella Isais '79, '87 Marlin '63, '68 & Margaret '63, '70 Janas Tony Jaramillo '79 Larry '69 & Shirley Jeffryes Sally Jewell Rick Johnson '80 Jonathan Johnston '62 Carrie Jones '06 Jim Jones '47 Marcy Jordan '72 Olga Joyce '61, '63 Richard Kadinger '75 John & Sandra Kammerzell Jason '97 & Nara '99 Kayne Barbara Keller '77 Karl Keller James Kelly & Elizabeth Markey Kathleen Kelly '98 Kentucky Fried Chicken Dale Kerby '59, '61 James King Charles Knapp '70 Paul Knell Kevin Koenig Delfinia Kogovsek '59 Keith & Kim Kohorst Joe & Barbara Kolupke Bessie '59, '61 & Ben Konishi Daniel '76, '88 & Margaret '01 Korber Tom Kusleika '69, '72 Michael Laird '96 & Kim Kelso Bernard '82 & Theresa '82 Lammers Barrett Land Christopher & Susan Lane Jerry & Geri Lane Kenneth Lane Terry Laudal

Eldon Leff '63 Christopher Leh & Natalie Hanlon Leh Roger Levin '84 Selbert & Dorothy Lewis Alan Lindsay '83 Mark Liss '82 LJ Farms, LLC/Jacober Family Bettie Lobato Robert '73 & Sharon '68, '73 Lockwood Alfonso Lopez '70 Chris Lopez '84 Estela Lopez Fred Lopez '69 Tammy Lopez '91, '00 Michael Losey Jimmy Lovato '71, '73 Frank Lower '63, '64 Willis '66, '69 & Janet '67 Lowther Carlos '61 & Dorothy '61 Lucero Garth Lucero Al Lujan '72 Priscilla Lujan '75 Teresa Lustig '85, '87 Susan MacCarthy '90 Theodora Madrid '60, '69 Blanca Madrigal-Gonzales Robert '71 & Marveen '72, '76 Manzanares William Manzanares Jr. '67 Allen & Debbie Martin Judy Martin '67 Dimple Martin McKinzey Beatrice Martinez '76 Carol Martinez Juan Martinez '76, '81 Leonard Martinez '71 Querina Martinez '89 Salvatore '74 & Marilyn '74 Martorano Lucia Marusiak '77 Connie '75 & Kim Marvel John '70 & Betti Marvel Monroe Mathias '51 Natalie Matthewson '88, '94 Virginia Maulfair '68 Larry Mayer '84 Robert McAllister '67 Greg & Vee McAuliffe William '68 & Regina '68 McCann Robert McCard '69 Teri McCartney '87, '92 & Don Richmond '13 Barbara '71, '72 and John McClure Lavoy McCorkle '60, '62 Brian McCormack McDaniel Trucking LLC Bill McDonald David McGovern '70 Barney McLean '83 Karen McLean-Simmons '74 Eric Mead '71 Jo Ann Meahl-MacKenzie '67 Andrew Medina '90 Mitch Medina '60, '64

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

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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

s. connelly softball* Becky Connelly

richard conour memorial Elizabeth Conour

nita cooper memorial/mcdaniel Jack Cooper Dr. John McDaniel

gerald corning* James '83 & Deborah Harvey

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

aStater adams family legacies


Kathy Fullerton '71 Jess Gagliardi '11, '12, '15 Marsha '71 and Tim Gallagher Michael Gallegos '77, '89 Rudolph Gallegos '59, '61 Gallegos Enterprise, Inc. Jean Galloway Dan Garcia '84, '93 & Liz Tabeling-Garcia '96, '06 Garren, Ross & Denardo, Inc. Delbert '70, '71 & Jan Gay Beryl Geber GenCorp Technologies, Inc. John Gendreau '70 Campus Cafe Gordon & Phyllis Gillson Chris Gilmer & David Creel Michael Glass '97 Richard Goggin '76 Wanda '74 & Gordan Golsan Pete '77 & Lillian '81, '02 Gomez Ruben Gonzales '61, '64 Gary Goold Bob Graf '81 Jon Greene '67 Barbara Griego-Jones '92, '02 Griffis Group Residential, LLC Jim Groves '59 HACR Marlena Halko '00 Marvin Halldorson Charles Hammill '68, '69 George Hansen '68 Bill '70, '76 & Linda '71 Hard Wes Hargrove '78 Jack Harris '65, '66 Joe & Shirley Harris Spencer Harris '72 Lee Hartigan '96 Mary Hartmann '83 Patti Hastreiter '83 Donna Hayward '77 Eddie Hearyman '71, '73 Barry Heckard '73 Vern '97 & Heather '00 Heersink Charlotte Hefner '88 Monte Hemphill '90 David Henkel '69, '75




have three younger siblings, and my family’s estimated financial contribution is zero, so scholarships really made it possible for me to attend the university without crazy amounts of debt.” - Alex Lopez • Sophomore Business Administration major, minors in accounting and philosophy • Holds 2 part-time jobs • Goal: to earn Master’s of Taxation at University of Denver

• VP of Finance for AS&F, member of PBL, Pacioli Accounting Club, Model U.N. • VITA Tax Preparation Help, Phonathon Student Caller • Scholarships: Woodard Scholarship L&M Scholarship


hese scholarships have definitely taken a lot of financial burden off of us. I didn’t have to take a loan for fall semester. Maybe once we graduate, we can give back and help students like we were helped.” - Tayleur Hillis

• Sophomore Business Administration - accounting major • Holds work study job • 3 younger siblings • Scholarships: Lorraine Young Memorial, SLV Federal Bank Scholarship


aStater spring 2017

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$100 - $499 Kelly '71, '78 & Karen '70 Meek John & Myrna Mestas Jay Meyer Insurance Agency, Inc. Karyn Meyer-Berthel John '77 & Lynn '77 Michalke Warren Mickelsen '66, '90 Benjamin Milakofsky Alex Miller '97 & Karen Rubidoux-Miller '94 Clifford Miller '69 Jack Miller '72, '76 Merlin Miller '64 Roger '68 & Linda '67 Mitchell Chas '98 & Melissa Moeller Wayne Morrison '63 Ted '69 & Janet '69 Morrison Corky & Nancy Mortensen Jody Mortensen '91 Larry '88, '93 & Carolyn '89 Mortensen Cathy Mullens '82 James Mullings '51, '68 Merrill, May & Lisha '94 Murakami Louis '67, '69 & Jolleen '87 Myers Tom '68, '81 & Barbara '71 Nagoda Ronnie & Elizabeth Nall Dennis '62 & Linda Nash Lloyd Nelson Brian Neufeld '00 Paul & Patti Newman Gail Nitta '66 Jerrie Nix '71 Thomas Noyes '74 Duane & Tiffany Oakes Floyd & Jody Oaks Donald O'Brien '70 David Ochoa '63, '63 Albert '61 & Kelli '74 O'Leary Larry '77 & Billie '77 Olin Michael Onofrey '76 Robert '70 & Susan Oringdulph Carl Ortega '03 Rocky Ortega '65, '71 David '58, '66 & Joy '60 Ortiz Patti Ortiz '78 Larry & Evelyn Owens John Pacheco '74 Manuel Pacillas Lori Parker '85, '97 Michael Patritch '70, '73 Christina Patterson Jim Paul '70 Walter Paulson '61, '63 Janine Pearce-Vasquez '86 Nels '75 & Amanda '84 Pearson PEF, Inc. James Pellicer '67 Federico & Cindy Pena Arnold & Leila Peoples Jessica Perez '99 Oscar Perez '95

Jerry Petersen '77 Charles '59, '62 & Margaret '63, '67 Pfalmer John Pim '67 Milton Place '74 Doug Plank '70 Darline Polonis '70 Michael Pomarico '69 Keith Poole '73 James Pribyl & Patricia Heinz Pribyl Beverly Price '69 John Quirin '71, '73 Paul Rahne '65, '66 William Rakow Jr. '69 Gary & Toni Ramstetter Cornelia Rector '68 Dick '67 & Marcie '01 Reed Mike Reigan '79 Jo Ann Rezen '62, '68 Emmett Richmond '75 Patricia Richmond '58, '69 Susan & Edward Richmond Stephanie Milam '00, '01 & Lucas Riggenbach James & Dolores Rivera Gwynn Roberson Harold & Janice Robison Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Sandra Rodriguez Richard Rogel Kathy Rogers Mike Rogers Boogie & Dorothy Romero Teresa Romero Ernest Roybal '54 Patrick Roybal '90 Jack '79, '84 & Theresa Rudder Neil & Elise Rudolph Casey Ruiz '04 Randy Rusch '78 Jack Russell '66 Nick Saenz Arthur Salazar '62 Everod & Claudia Samuel Penny Sanders Phillip '73, '74 & Jeanne '74 Sategna Satterfield Hamre Minerals LLC Lew Saunders '66 Rich '75 & Barbara Scanga Victoria Schehrer '94 Beez Schell William Schlaufman Jerry Schloffman '65, '70 Merle Schroder '67 Gail & Alan Schwartz Erich Schwiesow & Julie Waechter Shirley Scott '79 Brian Screnar James Seefeldt '89 Jeffrey Sell '61 George Sellman & Julie Mordecai '14 Rasheed Shasore '74, '75 David Shigekane Matthew Shoban '64, '68

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asu foundation scholarship funds *Established 2016

Lee & Jennifer Walker Velina Wallick & Family Kiley & Justin Wellner Robert Waltman '76 Catherine Wanstrath Seth Waxman Mandi Weed '85 Mark Weeks '75 Thomas White '83 Scott '92, '04 & Wendi '95, '97 Wiedeman Jeannine Willett Brent Williams '71 Paul Williams '75 Wayne Williams '77 Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dore LLP Frank Wilson '71 Michelle Rubidoux Wilson '99, '03 Jack Wirth '72 Dee & Janice Wisor Donald Wolfe '68 Blake Wood & Rebecca Clark David '67, '75 & Kay '68 Wood Jim '69, '71 & Gayl '66, '70 Woodke Randy Wright '84 Xcel Energy Foundation Eddie & Dana Yarbrough Theresa Yoder Daniel Yohannes Kristine Young '96 Robert Yund '74 Joe & Shirley Zanski

up to $99 J.L. Abbott '67 Gaspar Abeyta '66 Lisa Absmeier '78 Mary Acosta Bob Adams Edmon & Lucy Adams Juanita Adams '87 Camila Alire '70 Rebecca Allison '99 Brenda Anderson Marlo '95 & Kristi '95 Anderson Berta Anderson Wagar Anonymous James & Adelina Archuleta Julio '59, '62 & Annabelle '85 Archuleta Arlan's Pro Services Jose & Maria Artaechevarria ASU School of Business Mary Atencio H. Austin Jeannette Ayon '04 Brodie & Anastasia Baffone Nancy Baker Valerie Baker '10 Richard Bank '59 Mary Baranczyk '01 Beverly Barton '69

Gerald Bates '71 Lindy Bay '97 Katrina Baylor Al & Norma Becco and Mike Orazem Tawney Becker Darcee Benesch '00 Ron Bennett '80 Andrea Benton-Maestas '12 Dee Betts '70, '71 Nancy Billiard '71 Douglas & Lois Bjerke George Black '84 David Bluhm Tom '59 & Charlotte '58, '71 Bobicki Geoffrey '73 & Deborah '75 Bokan Dave Bokel '12 Will Bollwerk '05 Sean Bolton Gerald Boone Mary Booth Philip Born '68 Pat '72 & Donna '95 Bottini Sarah Bouchard Greg Bowman '11 Christine Bowyer '11 Gerald '59 & Karen '61 Boxberger Thomas Bradley '69 Frank Brambila Patricia Brambila Dorothy Brandt Lynn Brandt-Nelson '74 Clifford Britton '57 Donald '70 & Marie '71 Brookhart Heather Brooks Laura Brown '84, '85 Tony '69 & Carmen '70, '01 Bruno Steven Burch '82 Chuck & Patty Jo Burnham John & Beth Burns Russell Cagle '73 John Caligaris '61 Greg Capra '91 Jim Capra '80 Marguerite Carlson '52 Amelia Carlton Sue Carpenter '61 Ken Carter Noel Caryl '87 Joanna Casillas Medina '13 Jessica Castillo Gallegos '10 Stacey Castro Russ '97, '06 & Bethany '00 Caton Beneranda Chacon '91, '01, '11 Kimberly Chacon '98, '07 John & Florine Chadwick Amelia Challender & Julie Herzog James Chambers '63 Jennifer Chamblee Ethel Chapman '68 Barbara Charlesworth '99 Jeanne Chase '81 John and Shirley Chase Emilia Chavez '62 Lesa Childers

emeritus chemistry faculty David Van Pelt '86

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

stanford fellers memorial Marvin Fellers '47

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

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 adams family legacies


Thomas Shockley '72 Paul Silzell '78 Chris & Lisa Simmons Cleave Simpson John Singletary Michael Sloan '65 Debbie Slupianek '78 Edward Small '73 Douglas Smith '67 Elizabeth Smith '80 Harold Smith '68, '69 Holly Smith Karl '70 & Susene '72 Smith Kathy Smith-Mortensen Brian & Crissie Snow Monty & Mary Sooter Izora '66 & Butch Southway Jim Spaanstra Connie Spencer '63, '66 Fred St. Cyr Jr. Alan '82 & Sheri '80 Stahlecker Steve & Stephanie Stallworth Robert Stanton Jim Stephens '66 Craig Stevens Mark Steward '86 Bonnie Stewart Todd Stockebrand '86 Walter Stoufer '66 Curt Straub '70 Michael Streeter '81, '85 Pattie & Dean Swift Garrett Szagola '71 T.C. Pipeline Inc. Tim Terrill '81 Charles Thomas '66 Three S Ranch, Inc. Lis Tomlin John Tooker '66 Darrell & Diane Smylie Trembly '67 Trinchera Property Management Jane Trogdon '66 Pamela Trousdale '85 Ben & Brandy Trujillo Henry Trujillo '61, '70 Jean Tucker Randall Tucker '90 Hardy Turrentine '64 Sean Tyler '91 U.S. Tractor & Harvest, Inc. USPP Protection Detail Rick Vafeades '67, '68 Robert Valdez '66 Edmund Vallejo '55 Jose Vallejos '62 Valley Car Wash/Vintage Garage Valley Meat LLC Jason & Marian Vandermate David Vasquez Kellie '83 and Scott Veneman Joe '54, '60 & Celsa '54 Vialpando Joe '53, '59 & Caroline '75, '76 Vigil Maryann Vigil '83, '95 Merredith Von Burg '66 James Vuono '69 Robert '80 & Margaret '79 Wagoner



2016 don’t get any need-based financial aid, so

adams state university foundation

this scholarship allowed me to keep going to school. I was so overwhelmed and thankful to get this scholarship. It made my last year special, and that much easier.” - Jasmine Espinoza • Senior majoring in Business Administration – small business management, minor in marketing • Works full time • Paul D. Hall Memorial Scholarship


hese scholarships have been immensely

helpful. I could not be where I am today without them. I strive to do better because they invested in me.” - Gloria Quintana

• Senior, double major in Political Science & Business Administration, minor in management • Single mother of three boys • Works full time • Traveled to Barcelona, Spain, with Model U.N.


aStater spring 2017

• Goal: to attend law school • Scholarships: Carlos & Dorothy Lucero/McDaniel, Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative, Daniels Opportunity Award, McDaniel Internship

up to $99 Ellen Chitwood Leonard & Lora Church Alan Cirello '72 Iris Clark '74 Carol Clarke '85 Timothy & Robin Cleveland Sandra Cody '76 Joseph & Mary Colgan James Conoryea Alberta Coolbaugh '94 Kent Cooper '76 Michael & Patricia Copley Bruce Copple '86 Alfred '70 & Anna Marie '72 Cordova Felix Cordova '62, '65 Kathryn Cordova '76 Sheri Corral '90 Mary Beth Corsentino '71, '74 Theresa Cortese '76, '82 Prudencio Cosyleon '77 Caleb Cotton '06 Brian Cowan '97 Curtis Crawford Ronald Crawford '64, '70 Thomas Creery '68 Dorothy Croft '73 David Crossland '73, '77 Roland Crowder '50 Mary Crowell '92 Liska Crowley '72 Mack '86 & Luella '86, '90 Crowther Jesse Cruz Vera Cruz Janice Cunningham '66, '70 David Curtis '72, '92 Ralph and Gloria Curtis Elden Daniel '63 Keith '70 & Carol '71 Daniel Opeyemi Daramola '04 Jeffrey David '87 Jeffery Davis Lyla Davis '01 Joseph '91, '99 & Toni '91 DeAngelis Ian Debono '73, '73 Richard Decker '60 Tobias DeHerrera '01 Christine Delaney-Haynes '75 Gerald Dellinger '73 Albert Demarest '66, '71 Elbert Detwiler '63 Christian Devries '91, '93 Craig Dickson '90 Linda Dillon Margaret Doell Jacquelyn Dorenkamp '90 Doris Downie '93 Josh Dreher Jason & Robin Dryer Benjamin '76 & Judy '81, '82 Duarte James Duncan

Francis '73 & Susan Duncanson Peggy Dunn Bill Duplessis '67 Martin '80 & Cristina '69, '79 Duran Mike '73 & Denise '72 Dutton Leo Dvorak '63, '64 Melissa Edmisson Eldon Elarton '69 Mary Eldredge '99 Frank '83 & Mary Jo '80 Elkins Cara Ellis John '86 & Carrie '86 Elwell Sonja Encke '90 Brian Enclade '08, '10 Ellwood Ervin '67 Tara Espinoza Robert Etenburn '89 Family Centered Medicine, Inc. Samuel Fasnacht Carolyn '81 & David Faucette Cecil & Carol Fell Karen Fisher '08 Jana Flint '96 Lillian Flores '61 Linda Flores '75 Vickie I. Ford '71 Mary Fowler Jennifer Foxhoven '06, '10 Fred Holman Building & Irrigation Hyman & Roselyn Freeman Amy Fresquez '11 Richard Friesen '70 Roger Fulks '67, '73 Dave '74, '88 & Sharon '75 Furukawa Brent Fyock '77 Bridget Gallegos '68, '72 Robert Gallegos '65, '69 Sandra Gannon Jose & Maria Garcia Joseph Garcia '06 Pat & Jeanette Garcia Mike '94 & Patricia '82, '97 Garcia Ronald Garcia '88 George Garrett Michelle Gay Bruce Gaylor '82 Jeff & Nancy Geiser Angelica Gero Steven Gerstner '72 Kenneth Gierhart Randy Gilder '79 Stephen & Sherlyn Glover Jovanny Godinez Rodriguez '14 Pete '67, '71 & Ina '72 Gomez Augustine Gonzales Sr. '81 David & Coleasha Gonzales Gene Gonzales '77 Harold Goodrich '63, '67 Miriam Grafe '66 Peter Graham '86 C. Elliott Graves '91 Maureen Grazioli Cyrus Green '61, '62 Janice Green '87 Ellie Greenberg

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asu foundation scholarship funds *Established 2016

Naomi Keys '86 Patricia Kidd '92 Robert and Cynthia King Rodney King '70 Sue King '66, '90 Diane Mondragon Kissell '07 James Knowski Jr. '83 Kroger Donald Kusulas '62 Roy Laird '67 Misty Lambert Karen Major Landon '01 Barb Larimer David Lashway '75 Ted & Kay Laws Darryl '67 & Martha '66 Laye Kent Layton '65 Charlotte Ledonne '84 Anne Lee Dianne & Jeff Lee William Lee-Ashley Tiffany Leggett '13 Charlotte Lehmann '79 Janet Leinen '78 Douglas '91 & Jennifer '92 Lentz David Lenz Doris Lessenden '74 Ronald Lester '77 Hubert Letterly '60, '68 Arnold & Ruth Lewis Charles '58 & Janice '58 Lewis Jolene Liddell Rock '80, '80 & Sharon '80 Light Susan Likens '01 Heather Llanes Gary Loewe '88 Julian '85 & Wendy '82, '93 Lopez Leanne Lounsbury '95 Mike Lowe '68 Crestina Lucero '02 Eddie & Eileen Lucero Fred Lucero Ted & Arleen Lucero Sharon Lund Timothy Lund Sue Luttrell '88 Johnny '70 & Wanda '70 Lydia Anthony Madrid '79, '87 Emiliano & Wanda Madrid Stacy Madrid '11 Frank Maes '68 Nikolai Makarow '72 Dannie Makris '73 Dutch Malberg '61, '64 Daniel Maldonado '10 Leslie Malles '71, '80 Curtis '71 & Kay '80 Malouff Daniel '04 & Jeannette '04 Malouff Theresa Malouff '14 Mark '89, '92 & Myra '93, '01 Manzanares Rick Manzanares Babes '80, '82 & Cherith '81 Marchase Ken '87, '94 & Dolores '87 Marquez Ronald Marso '65

Charles Martinez '53 Clair Martinez '56, '75 Clotilda Martinez '49 Esmeralda Martinez '97, '01 Gene Martinez '67 Jake Martinez '59, '69 Loretta Martinez Louis Martinez '79 Tori Martinez '15 Randall & Jeanette Martinez Rodney Martinez Roman Martinez '71 Sadie Martinez '62, '64 Valentin '73 & Lucy '69, '73 Martinez Kyle Matson '08 Mary Mauries Constance Mayfield '72 Roger & Shelby Maynard Rose McAlister '63 Elizabeth McBride Tracy McCay '07 Gail McDermott '87 Craig McDowall '85 D.H. McFadden James '84 & Sheri '98 McFadden John McHenry III Sara McIntosh Cheri '08 & Jeremy '02 Meder Jody Medina '04 Dave Mejia '07 Wayne Melanson '69 Karen Melgares Sarah Menapace-Walker '93 Barbara Menegatti '73 Randy Menegatti '08, '12 Thomas Merschel Bruce & Sharon Meyer Jeffrey Miller William '73 & Katherine '73 Miller Margaret Mitchell '70 Susanna Mitchell '02 Michelle Mizokami David Moeny Sandra Moncada '91 Mike Monclova Robert '02 & Carmen '02 Montgomery Andrea Mooney '96 Danny & Shirley Moore Deanna Moore '15 Lawanda Moore Kathleen Morford '85 Scott Morgan '89 Stephen Morley '63 Karel Morrow '63, '66 Wade '76, '80 & Lindy '80 Mortensen Barbara Motes '72, '78 Thomas Murphy '71 Dawn Myers '11 Theresa Naranjo '85 Gary '76, '93 & Mary '73, '89 Neamon John Nedin '69 Thomas Nehring '14

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

john holmes memorial Holmes Family

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

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 adams family legacies

Susan Greenfield '85 Lois Grenfell '93 James Gribben '58, '61 Karen Gronau '93 Bob Grooms '76 Vernon '62 & Barbara '62 Grossarth Brenda Grove '78 Krystal Gutierrez '16 Lillian Gutierrez '62 David '97 & Penne '01 Hamilton Elizabeth Hammond '76, '80 Kindra Hardy-Johnson '07 Kenneth & Maryann Harmon Maureen Harney Douglas Hartman '71 Cathy Hathaway '76, '82 Frances Haugen '68 Arla Henderson '09 Mike '07 & Erika '08, '09 Henderson Adam Herreid '12 Lee '00 & Cindy '85, '99 Herrera Ralph Hey '66 Pattie Hickey-Eilinger '84 Verna Hillstrom Kathleen Hindes '69 Wendy Hoffman '71 Jenene Holcomb '89, '94 Kurt & Leona Holland Lloyd Holmes '65 Linda Hoover '81 Gaylene Horning '94 Chari Horton '83, '84 Kelsey Horton Ken '68 & Maxine Howard Frances '61 & Harry Hull Eugene Huser '80 Cheryl Husmann '88 Jim & Brenda Isgar Julia Jackson '80 James '64 & Martha Jacobs Charlie '69 & Kathleen '83, '88 Jaquez Loretta Jaramillo James Jensen '89 Alan Johnson '70 Robert Johnson '71, '91 Susan Johnson '10 Barbara Johnston '75 Pam Johnston '83 Chester Jones '67 Kevin '96, '04 & Cheri '94 Jones Butch '69 & Judy Jones Shawn '93 & Heather '94 Jones Marion Jonte '68 Dennis Jouett '70 Thomas Joyner '68 Ronald Jung '84 Sheila Kane Dennis Karalfa '72 Richard & Jennifer Karbowski Sally Karg '75 Derek Karlinger '05 Leanna Kaspar '98, '99 Brenda Keefauver Julius Keyonnie


2016 adams state university foundation

up to $99


am so thankful for the Porter Scholars Program and the companions in that group. My scholarships have really lifted a burden. I’m graduating with less than $10,000 in debt, which is pretty rare.” - Bailey Keller • Senior Biochemistry major • Member of Tri Beta & VP of Adams Atoms • Works part time


• Goal: to become a physician’s assistant • Scholarships: Porter, Wayne & Ellen Evans, James & Irene Craft, Kay Watkins, Lorraine Young Memorial

am the oldest of six siblings and the first to

go to college. I had to take loans my first two years, so these scholarships have helped a lot, especially now that I’m living off campus.” - Tuli Laulu

• Senior majoring in Human Performance & Physical Education - exercise science • Holds work study job • Scholarships: Southway Wrestling, Grizzly Club – Wrestling 30

aStater spring 2017

Carl Nelson '87 Martha Nelson '71 Stan Nelson '61, '65 Carolyn Newman '86 Ray Newmyer '87 Frank Newton '64, '71 Margaret Nickelson Wright '48 Donald '62 & Loretta '60 Nicodemus Jeannie Norwood '71, '71 & Albert Kahan Charlotte O'Bannon '87, '88 Audrey Olive '79 Bob Olson '75 Richard Ono '97 Daisy Ortega '75 Jose '00 ,'04, '07 & Amy '98, '06 Ortega Gloria Pacheco '83 Alicia Palmer '12 Dennis Paquette '74 Pamela Parfitt '77 Cindy Parmenter Kathryn Parsons Bryan Paulson '07 Jolene Pavlovsky '63, '67 Deborah Payne Sno Pena '04 David & Mikaila Pence Charles Percival '59, '61 Martin Perez '73 Betty Peterson Tara Phillips '14 Anne Pizel '92 Jon Plachy '55, '60 Tammi Plane '08 John Plock '80 Matthew Pollart '91 Rosa Pratt '83 Rodney Pridgeon '70 Dwight Proctor '72 Rose Protextor William & Deborah Provo Allen '03 & Tracie '03 Race Bertha Ragsdale '56 Elisa Ramirez Eugene & Martha Randall Phillip Ranke '66 Chuck Rasmussen '82, '88 James Reay '64 Mary Reed '55 Amber Reher '06 Gary, Michelle, Melanie, David & Brian Reiff Joseph Richmond '15 Michael Ries '91 Rio de la Vista Patricia Robbins '93, '96 Patricia Roberts '96 Tracey Robinson Alberto & Roseanne Rodriguez Lonnie Rogers '60

Barbara Roisum '08 Allan Romero '95 Michael Romero '70, '72 Joseph Ross '66 Christine Rossi Shauna Rothermich '03, '07 Denise Roy & Paul Eitner Tresa Rupright '97 Gail Rust '80 Enos Ruybal '84 Lupita Ruybal '07 Albertino '61 & Elva '74 Salazar Celeste Salazar '89, '90, '03 August Sanchez '66 Carey Sanchez '77 Caroline Sanchez '56 Deanna Sand Antonio Sandoval '73, '89 Kellene Sandoval Michael Saunders '81 Albert Scarffe '77 Marguerite Schall Paulette Schmalz '75 Regis Schmalz '75 Rhonda '04, '06 & Mark Schoenecker Thomas Schultz & Vivian Cioffoletti-Schultz Tom & Kathy Scott Julia Seiler '83, '84 Melvin & Virginia Semrad Fayette & Patricia Severance Regina Shelton '77, '83 Carol Shepherd '65, '70 Hideko & Kiyoshi Shioshita Jeffrey & Susan Shoham John Shue '78, '81 John Skinner '72 Mark Skinner '92 Elaine Slade '77 James Slade '72 Tammi Slagle '13 Joanne Slanovich '72, '78 Sarah Sloane '11 Brian Small '03 Sandra Smith '87 Sherry Bourbonnais-Smith '07 Tiana Smith Carl '61, '64 & Teddy '63 Snow Mary Sokol Solar Solutions and Distribution, LLC Samuel & Anne Soliman Mark Sowards '09 Evelyn Sprouse-Rowe '84 Colleen Stabolepszy '93, '97 Ivan Stahlecker '73, '81 Preston Stanley '66 Gregory Starkovich '75 Stephanie Steffens '89 Karen Stone '71 Pamela Strohmeyer '90 John Stump Doris Sullivan Harriet Sutton '63 Linda Swanson '70

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asu foundation scholarship funds *Established 2016

Elizabeth Sweeney Bill Talkington '85 Demaris Taylor '82 Dervin Taylor Jeb Taylor '66 Donna '67, '83 & Thomas Templeton James Tenbrook '70 Darwin & Janet Thompson Donald Thompson & Jan Oen John '69, '75 & Judith '69 Tillman Bonita Tooley '85 Geneva Torr '11 Joe Torres '14 Town & Country Auto Mall Hugh Treanor '64 Fredia Trujillo Lawrence Trujillo Lorenzo Trujillo & Ellen Alires-Trujillo Roseanna Trujillo '90, '97 Aaron Tuioti-Mariner '02, '11, '12 Gene & Rita Uhler Byron & Amy Uhrich Barbara Ulibarri '11 Heather Urban Emily Valdez Joseph '73 & Mary Jane '88 Valdez LeRoy Valdez '88

Bea Valdez '72 Maria Valdez Steve '87 & Sandra Valdez Wanda Valencia '88 Darrel '74 & Shirley '75 Van Iwarden Gary VanGerpen '64, '66 John Van Tassel '76, '85 Charla Varner Patrick Veerkamp '66 Gary Venturi '71 Jazmin Vigil '04, '12 Ruben Vigil '61, '65 Linda Vigil-Valdez '95 Vickie Vineyard Sen Vo '14 Rodger '72 & Jane Wakasugi Steven & Jacqueline Wall Blair & Beverly Wallace Phillip Ward '56 Fay Warrington Elizabeth Watts '70 Jerry Weber Jeff Weeks David & Donna '12 Wehe Larry Wells '69 Aaron Welsh '03 Allan Wengert '65 Joy Werner '88, '96, '99

Carol Wheeler '64, '70 Horace Wheeler '58, '67 Virginia White '65 Cynthia White '83 Harvey White Farrell Whitey '70 Helena Whyte Roland Jr '69, '70, '84 & Maryann '70 Wick Ronald Wieser '67 Elizabeth Wilcox '92 Kathleen Williams '95 Margaret Williams Steve Willman '73 William Wills '87 Emily Wilson '84 Lisa Wilson '94 Troy & Shirley Witherspoon Cora Wolfe '64 Nathaniel Wood '08 Delzia Worley '97 Deborah Worthy '90 Fumiko Yamashita Patricia Yamashita Angela Yoder '90 Daniel Yoder '74, '79 Iva Jean Young '57, '69 Barbara Zeman '72 Zia Credit Union

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

the inaugural teri mccartney faculty award in the creative arts was granted to dr. john taylor, professor of theatre. The unique endowment was established by Dr. Teri McCartney ’87, ’92, emeritus professor of counselor education. Taylor used the award to cover production expenses for the student acting company Will Act for Change, which is part of his Theatre and Social Change class. Below, Taylor and his students rehearse for Breaking the Silence After: The Gun Violence Plays. The project included eight short plays and a staged reading of a play based on Sinclair Lewis' classic novel It Can't Happen Here. This is the 80th anniversary of the play’s premier in President Franklin Roosevelt's Federal Theatre Project.

Dale '85 & Teri Mingilton

douglas w. monter memorial Colorado Potato Administrative Committee

marvin motz Anonymous Donor

music endowment ASU Alumni, Staff & Friends

mvhs-adams* Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans

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

aStater adams family legacies


asu foundation scholarship funds

2016 Don adams state university foundation

*Established 2016

porter reality* Mike & Mary Ann Porter Porter Realty, Inc.

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

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

lon randolph/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

robert hoag rawlings foundation Pueblo Chieftain

judith richardson visual art Antoinette Lucas

don richmond music Anonymous Donor

ed richmond endowment Don Richmond '13 & Teri McCartney '87, '92

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 rodeo Butch & Izora '66 Southway


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Memorial Gifts jim beckley '56, '59 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

don buffo '75 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

kenneth bean '49 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

shirley raedelle carter '60, '71 Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Connie Spencer '63, '66

milford clark Connie Spencer '63, '66

jack “doc” cotton Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Connie Spencer '63, '66

kenneth dellenbaugh Patricia Richmond '58, '69

devon j doyle Alamosa Building Supply/ La Jara Trading Post Alamosa School District Ron '76 & Jan '80, '03 DeSautell Sheryl '82, '85 & Wayne Farley Bonnie Mercek '87 Larry & Evelyn Owens

tracie grimwood gillespie '93, '96 Gaylene Horning '94

john m. lobato '50 Bettie Lobato

david martinez '84 Beneranda Chacon '91, '01, '11 Robert '07, '11 & Sharon '87 Chavez Colorado WINS Marty & Diana Jones John Stump Maria Valdez

john marvel Chuck & Patty Jo Burnham Glenn & Kerry Burnham Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey Amelia Challender & Julie Herzog Joseph & Mary Colgan Jack & Genevieve Cooper Alfred '70 & Anna Marie '72 Cordova Larry Daveline James Duncan Sheryl '82, '85 & Wayne Farley

Tamara '91 & Bill Fassett Mary Fowler Tom '67, '68 & Pat '68 Gilmore Charles & Susan Herman Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Danny & Shirley Moore Mary Motz '62 Denise Roy & Paul Eitner Rich '75 & Barbara Scanga Melvin & Virginia Semrad Connie Spencer '63, '66 Donald Stegman '61, '64 Byron & Amy Uhrich Robert Waltman '76

john & fran marvel Salvatore '74 & Marilyn '74 Martorano

dolores downing mclean ‘65 Kenneth Bean '49 Dorothy Burum '83

matthew miller Dan & Sheri Miller Mary Miller William & Ginny Miller

lois e. bean moeny '43 David Moeny

michael dean mudd '71 Nikolai Makarow '72

john b. roybal, jr. '51, '60 Alamosa School District Gary & Maria Boelter Glenn & Kerry Burnham Lauren Bussey Robert & Rosemary Candelaria John and Shirley Chase David '01 & Connie '83, '88 Chavez Madeline Roybal Natham, in memory of her brother Phil & Gloria Covarrubias Dorothy Croft '73 Daniel Dellosso '12 Roger & Irene Espinosa David & Coleasha Gonzales Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Ted & Kay Laws Fred Lucero Ted & Arleen Lucero Al Lujan '72 Mike Monclova Mary Motz '62 Kathryn Parsons Ernest Roybal '54 Marcella Roybal Patrick Roybal '90

Don Sena, on behalf of Dr. Evangeline '57, '61 Roybal Sena Hideko & Kiyoshi Shioshita Donald Stegman '61, '64 Trinchera Property Management Gene & Rita Uhler Rodger '72 & Jane Wakasugi Wayne Williams '77

alan charles radcliff “doo” Toney Cantu '70 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Wayne Melanson '69 Connie Spencer '63, '66 Elizabeth Watts '70

janice todd reed '64 Anonymous

emma & henry salazar Ackerman Information Group Alamosa State Bank Alliance Riggers & Constructors, LTD Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Jose & Maria Artaechevarria Thomas Autobee Flint & Christy Baldwin Kendra Barkoff Thomas Barron Al & Norma Becco and Mike Orazem Stewart, Shirley, Rebecca & Amy Bliss and Marco Iacaella Charlotte '58, '71 & Tom '59 Bobicki Mary Booth Chris Bowry & Tanya Kelly-Bowery Donald '62, '68 & Ann Brown Mary Beth Buescher John & Beth Burns Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey Mario Carrera J. Braxton & Marian Carter Anne Castle & Frank Daviess Jonathan Cedarbaum & Alice Winkler CH2M Jeff Chostner Colorado Agriculture Leadership Program Colorado Democratic Party Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Rick & Mimi Comerford Conejos County-La Jara Rotary Club #1169 James & Pamela Crowe Ralph and Gloria Curtis

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

rick spier memorial Larry Mayer '84 Barbara '71, '72 & John McClure Brian McCormack Karyn Meyer-Berthel Benjamin Milakofsky Lawanda Moore Chuck and Mary Lou Murphy Cindy Parmenter Federico & Cindy Pena Jack & Judy Pottle James Pribyl & Patricia Heinz Pribyl Rose Protextor Elisa Ramirez Reeves & Associates Gary, Michelle, Melanie, David & Brian Reiff Gwynn Roberson Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Richard Rogel Kathy Rogers Albertino '61 & Elva '74 Salazar Arnold ‘76 & Marguerite '75, '76 Salazar Celeste Salazar '89, '90, '03 Ken Salazar LeRoy & Michelle '92 Salazar San Luis Valley Federal Bank Satterfield Hamre Minerals LLC Rich '75 & Barbara Scanga Marguerite Schall Thomas Schultz & Vivian Cioffoletti-Schultz Gail & Alan Schwartz Tom & Kathy Scott Brian Screnar Jeffrey & Susan Shoham Dean Singleton Brian & Crissie Snow Monty & Mary Sooter James Spaanstra Robert Stanton Donald Stegman '61, '64 Pat Strykers & Joe Zimlich Elizabeth Sweeney Target Corporation The Trinchera Blanca Foundation, the Colorado affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation Darwin & Janet Thompson Three S Ranch, Inc. Lorenzo Trujillo & Ellen Alires-Trujillo Solomon & Corine Trujillo Jean Tucker United Fresh Potato Growers of Colorado Heather Urban

USPP Protection Detail Kellie '83 & Scott Veneman Lee & Jennifer Walker Velina Wallick & Family Catherine Wanstrath Seth Waxman Jeannine Willett Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dore LLP Dee & Janice Wisor James Woods & Christine Woods-De Rael Fumiko Yamashita Patricia Yamashita Albert & Ann Yates Daniel Yohannes

marie sierra de ramos '84 Gaylene Horning '94

Patsy Spier '91

summerfest on the rio San Luis Valley Fine Arts & Entertainment

suntek industries, inc. Andres Salazar

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

doug shriver

Ann Vail

Holly Morris '00

wall, smith, bateman

ellen simpson Patricia Richmond '58, '69

john c. spencer '62

WSB & Associates, Inc.

kyle walpole/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

Cream of the Crop

bill & beth waters

robert j. stuart

Bill '59 & Beth Waters

Carlos '61 & Dorothy '61 Lucero

gary stephens '56, '60 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

kanji sumida

kay watkins Adams State Chemistry Department

elwyn & virginia wehe Al '73 & Virginia Wehe

dr. lynn weldon world peace

Shirley Sumida

Arvilla Weldon '70, '92

lillian mcdaniel williamson/ mcdaniel

In Honor of

Dr. John McDaniel

dr. benita brink

stanley & ruth wills Ruth Wills '46 Karen Kelton

Opeyemi Daramola '04

margaret a. lamb Colorado P.E.O. Chapter HB

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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Gigi Darricades & Mike Gibson Lyla Davis '01 Mark & Laura Davis Linda Dillon Roger & Patricia Doane Lewis Entz '07 Environmental Learning for Kids Barbara Ewing Jay & Gael Fetcher Former colleagues at the Department of the Interior Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher LLP Marsha '71 and Tim Gallagher Jean Galloway Jose & Maria Garcia Pat & Jeanette Garcia Garren, Ross & Denardo, Inc. GenCorp Technologies, Inc. Tom '67, '68 & Pat '68 Gilmore Stephen & Sherlyn Glover Jamie Gorelick & Richard Waldhorn Ellie Greenberg Griffis Group Residential, LLC H. Investment Company, LLC HACR Marvin Halldorson Kenneth & Maryann Harmon Maureen Harney Joe & Shirley Harris Anthony Hernandez & Virginia Sanchez Dale '64 & Beverly Hettinger Barry & Arlene Hirschfeld Chuck '62 & Sandy '79, '80 Houser Scott Hummer Hyatt's - All Things Creative Inspiration Point Neighborhood Association Jim & Brenda Isgar Sally Jewell John & Sandra Kammerzell Brenda Keefauver James Kelley James Kelly & Elizabeth Markey James King Bessie '59, '61 & Ben Konishi Christopher & Susan Lane Jerry & Geri Lane Kenneth Lane Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Terry Laudal Anne Lee William Lee-Ashley Christopher Leh & Natalie Hanlon Leh LJ Farms, LLC/Jacober Family Garth Lucero Blanca Madrigal-Gonzales


Grizzly Club Theatre Patrons Matt & Karla Hardesty Dale '64 & Beverly Hettinger Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Dr. Beverlee J. McClure Mary Motz '62 Paul & Patti Newman Michael Patritch '70, '73 Neil & Elise Rudolph San Luis Valley Federal Bank Donald Stegman '61, '64 Arvilla Weldon '70, '92 David '67, '75 & Kay '68 Wood

Friends of Music Edmon & Lucy Adams Alamosa Live Music Association Melanie Bagwell '89 Harvey Billington '58, '65 Skyler Choice '16 Peter '66 & Gayle Ciraolo Lisa Clements William Crockett '89 Helen Davis '69, '77 Kathleen Delzell '61 Mary Eldredge '99 Vickie I. Ford '71 Rich '59 & De Gehlbach Chris Gilmer & David Creel C. Elliott Graves '91 David Green '70, '71 Matt & Karla Hardesty Jenene Holcomb '89, '94 Robert Hommel '79, '83 Marty & Diana Jones Charlotte Ledonne '84 Curtis '71 & Kay '80 Malouff Teri McCartney '87, '92 & Don Richmond '13 D.H. McFadden Bruce & Sharon Meyer William '73 & Katherine '73 Miller Valerie Naranjo & Barry Olsen Donald '62 & Loretta '60 Nicodemus Jeannie Norwood '71, '71 & Albert Kahan Jolene Pavlovsky '63, '67 Chuck Rasmussen '82, '88 Robert & Regina Rice Harold & Janice Robison Neil & Elise Rudolph Erich Schwiesow & Julie Waechter Mark Skinner '92 Donald Thompson & Jan Oen John '69, '75 & Judith '69 Tillman David & Donna '12 Wehe Arvilla Weldon '70, '92 Barbara Zeman '72



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Corporate A & L Coors, Inc. ACI Adams State University MBA Airgas Alamosa Building Supply/ La Jara Trading Post Alamosa Chiropractic Alamosa County Alamosa Home Furnishings Alamosa State Bank Alcon Construction, Inc. American Electric Co. AmeriGas Propane Anytime Fitness Arby’s Asphalt Constructors, Inc. (ACI) ASU Bookstore/Follett Atencio's Enterprises, Inc. Best Western Bistro Rialto BSN Sports Caton's SuperLube Cattails Golf Course Century 21 Property Management Chaparral Tires CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency City Market Colorado Choice Health Plans/SLVHMO Colorado Eagle Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Colorado Sports Comfort Inn & Suites/Super 8/Ihop Community Banks Cooley & Sons Excavating, Inc. Cottonwood Dental David W. Wehe, CFP Del Mar Carpet One Domino's Extreme Graphics First Southwest Bank Flood & Peterson, Ins., Inc. Foothills Environmental, Inc. GH Phipps Construction Companies Gobin's Hampton Inn Hunan Chinese Restaurant Husmann Plumbing J & J Rental Centers Kristi Mountain Sports KSPK L & M Auto Sales Loaf-N-Jug Mark's Outdoor Sports Monte Vista Co-op Nino's O & V Printing Pepperoni Brothers, LLC Porter Realty, Inc. Rio Grande Savings & Loan RMS Utilities Rock Creek Family Medicine, P.C. Rocky Mountain Eye Center, P.C. Rocky Mountain Memorabilia Safeway

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San Luis Valley Brewing Company San Luis Valley Federal Bank San Luis Valley Health San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op, Inc. Sherwin Williams Silver Mountain Disposal, LLC Skiball's Running World Sodexo Campus Services Sonic Drive-In Southwest Ready Mix, Inc. The Rubi Slipper Torben Walters Insurance Agency, Inc. Town & Country Auto Mall Valley Courier Valley Electric, Inc. Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. Van Iwaarden Builders, Inc. Vance Law Office Viaero Wireless Wall, Smith, Bateman & Assoc. Inc. Walters & Associates, LTD Xcel Energy

Individuals Russell Achatz '85 ASU School of Business Bank Shot Sports Bar Jeffrey Bilderbeck '03 Sean Bolton Joelle Boos-Medina '99, '11 Heather Brooks Jon & Teri Brownell David Broyles '74 Glenn & Kerry Burnham Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey Campus Cafe Jim Capra '80 Ken Carter Kurt '71, '78 & Joan '90 Cary Russ '97, '06 & Bethany '00 Caton Century 21 Valley Realty Keith Cerny & Debra Sowards-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 Roger Escheman John '63, '69 & Margaret '61 Faron Cecil & Carol Fell Keith '58, '63 & Claudette '63, '78 Fisher Farm Fresh Direct Frontier Bank George Garrett Delbert '70, '71 & Jan Gay Michelle Gay Rich '59 & De Gehlbach Jeff & Nancy Geiser Angelica Gero Gordon & Phyllis Gillson Greg '96 & Jeni '85 Goodwin Vern '97 & Heather '00 Heersink

Charlotte Hefner '88 James Henzi Kurt & Leona Holland Jenel Hopper '02 Kelsey Horton Michael Hudson '98 Larry Joe '83 & Christine '83 Hunt Kentucky Fried Chicken Karl Keller Keith & Kim Kohorst Barrett Land Dianne & Jeff Lee Selbert & Dorothy Lewis Rock '80, '80 & Sharon '80 Light Keith Lindgren Chris Lopez '84 Ken '87, '94 & Dolores '87 Marquez Damon '87 & Konnie Martin Beatrice Martinez '76 Cheri '08 & Jeremy '02 Meder Jay Meyer Insurance Agency, Inc. Deanna Moore '15 Ted '69 & Janet '69 Morrison Corky & Nancy Mortensen Jody Mortensen '91 Wade '76, '80 & Lindy '80 Mortensen Larry '88, '93 & Carolyn '89 Mortensen Mary Motz '62 Shanae Mundee Lloyd Nelson Duane & Tiffany Oakes Floyd & Jody Oaks Albert '61 & Kelli '74 O'Leary Robert '70 & Susan Oringdulph Chuck Owsley '68 Alicia Palmer '12 Gary & Toni Ramstetter Mike Reigan '79 Stephanie Milam '00, '01 & Lucas Riggenbach Tracey Robinson Kathy Rogers Lonnie Rogers Mike Rogers Teresa Romero William Schlaufman Vincent '79 & Donna Segura Fred St. Cyr Jr. Steve & Stephanie Stallworth Donald Stegman '61, '64 Craig Stevens Doris Sullivan Dervin Taylor Aaron Tuioti-Mariner '02, '11, '12 Valley Car Wash/Vintage Garage Walters & Associates, LTD Mandi Weed '85 Scott '92, '04 & Wendi '95, '97 Wiedeman Lisa Wilson '94 Michelle Rubidoux Wilson '99, '03 Tom & Ann Wingerter Chay '00 & Jennifer '00 Yund Joe & Shirley Zanski

staying in touch Bill `56, `62 and Joyce `56 Matthews (Litchfield Park, AZ) celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on the RMS Queen Mary 2 last September. Shirley Aragon Sumida `59, `66 (Lakewood, CO) retired from teaching in Denver Public schools. She and her husband, Kanji (who passed away 3 years ago), have a daughter, Jacqueline, who is a therapist in Lakewood, and a granddaughter, Tristan, who is in her 4th year of college in Boulder.

◗1960s Bob Miller `60 (North Las Vegas, NV) retired after teaching English for 38 years—30 years in the same room. He is now married to Sherrie, who was a friend from the 5th grade. They met up at their 49th class reunion. He has visited all 50 states, bicycled 17 European countries and 5 Hawaiian islands, and has owned 12 Corvettes and 9 Harley Davidsons. Bill Woodward `61 (Las Vegas, NV) is fit as a fiddle at 82. He and his wife, Linda, live in Las Vegas from November to June each year. They return to the San Luis Valley from June to November. Bill says he and his wife are lazy and enjoy every minute of it. Linda enjoys doing genealogy, and Bill enjoys walking the dogs and watching the NFL and the NCAA. Felix Cordova `62, `65 (Manassa, CO) retired from elementary school teaching in 1992 and is now farming. He has a wonderful family. Most of them are babysitting and homeschooling. Dave “Och” Ochoa `63 (Henderson, NV) and his wife, Rita, have 4 children: Donna, Dave, Mike, and Lou. They also

have 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Robert Hidalgo `64 (Castro Valley, CA) has been retired for 14 years. He taught for 38 years in the San Leandro School District. He traveled to Spain with his wife, Debbie, and visited family that he had never met. It was a great joy and experience. He loves to go to casinos and raise veggies and avocados. Donald `65 and Johanna `65 Crawford (Albuquerque, NM) celebrated 53 years of marriage this past August.

Yvonne Moulton `65 (Goodyear, AZ) has been working with 3rd graders as a volunteer tutor in reading and math for the past 3 years. She goes twice a week, all day. Sometimes they really sap her energy, but she loves them, and they love her. Bernice Martinez `66 (Oakland, CA) continues to enjoy retirement and visiting her 94year-old mother. Her sisters, Ruth and Polly Holoubek `67, recently went on a safari to Africa (Tanzania and Zanzibar). They enjoyed seeing elephants and leopards. In addition, they interacted with the local villagers and participated in the local schools, learning about their educational system. En route to Africa, they also visited Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Ellwood Ervin `67 (Aurora, CO) went to the 39th Denver Film Festival and continued his legacy. He saw 52 films and programs, which is now his all-time best. He has now seen a total of 1,351 for all 39 film festivals. He also went to the 44th Biennial Alpha Phi Omega National Convention, held in Pittsburgh, PA, in December. The 2018 convention will be in Austin, Tex. This was his 23rd national convention. John Guyer `68 (Wapello, IA) is a retired teacher and is now a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. He has a daughter, Jacqueline, who is a high school Spanish teacher, and a son, Jay, who has been in the US Coast Guard for 17 years and is a Lt. Commander. Tom McCann `68 (Kearney, NE) retired from Kearney High School as a P.E. teacher and wrestling coach after 42 years and is now in his 5th year as an assistant wrestling coach at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. His wife,

Regina `68, retired from Kearney High School after 34 years and is a part-time adjunct professor at Central Community College, teaching science and adult education. Frieda Havens `69 (Cuba, NM) began her journey as a public school teacher after leaving Adams State. She taught business education, physical education, and health education and coached girls sports. After some years as a teacher, she became Executive Director of Education for the Jicarilla Apache tribe. She was elected to the Jicarilla Tribal Council in 1980 and 1990, serving 2 terms. She retired in 2002 and moved out to her ranch, where she and her daughter, Gerrie, raise black angus cattle.

◗1970s Sandee Giletti Hay `70, `71 (Chandler, AZ) retired after spending 48 years in education. Her daughter, Quinn Hay-Falkner `94, and her family live in Alaska, where she teaches. Recently, Sandee spent 2 weeks in China. She visited Beijing, Xian (climbed the great wall), and Shanghai, where they attended the world expo. Emily Trujillo-Vigil `70 (Gallina, NM) received her MA in Reading K-12 from the University of Colorado and received endorsements in bilingual education and school administration from New Mexico Highlands University. She taught high school Spanish and elementary grades at Jemez Mtn. Schools in Gallina, NM, for 17 years and served as an administrator at all levels at Jemez for 18 years. She is currently a member of the district’s school board. Wendy Hoffman `71 (Los Alamos, NM) is a full-time granny nanny to Cam (5) and Cade (3), the sons of her son, Nick Hoffman `96. She is also part-time granny nanny to James (6) and Joseph (4), sons of her daughter. She is having great fun! Jimmy Lovato `71, `73 (Arvada, CO) dedicated his entire career to civil rights. He retired after 31 years with the US Department of Health-Civil Rights Office and the US EEOC. He served as a federal investigator with both agencies. He was promoted by the EEOC to State and Local Coordinator, to whom 6 state agencies, 2 local agencies, and 18 tribal employment rights offices reported. He was promoted to alternative dispute resolution coordinator, where he not only supervised

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◗1970s other mediators, but also oversaw contract mediations. He also mediated as the coordinator of the Denver district office, where he received the Mediator of the Year Award. After retiring from the federal government, he did contract private and government mediations throughout the US and Puerto Rico, Guam, and Saipan. He has 3 children: a dentist, a tax business owner, and a computer technician. Dennis Karalfa `72 retired after 60 years as a church organist in various churches in central Pennsylvania. Barbara Motes `72, `76 (La Vista, NE) retired in the spring of 2015 after 43 years of teaching and coaching in Colorado, Alaska, Ohio, Maine, and Iowa. She is enjoying this phase of her life! Bob Wood `72 (Florence, CO) was chosen as the Grand Marshal of the Florence Pioneer Day Parade. He and his wife, Sue Nagoda Wood `73, led the parade and participated in other functions of the celebration. Wood, publisher of The Florence Citizen newspaper for 30 years, was selected for his civic contributions to the community. Rodger `73 and Cathy `74 Bell (Fort Collins, CO) moved closer to Ft. Collins last summer. They love the area and look forward to their next visit to Alamosa. They toured ASU last summer and walked all over campus and thought it looked great.

Geoff `73 and Debbie `75 Bokan (Rio Rancho, NM) are both doing well. They are not retired yet! Geoff is an independent broker associated with MedCare Senior Solutions and loves the opportunity to help seniors. Debbie works full time for Fletcher-Stark Dentistry. Both are enjoying their 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. They would love to hear from you! Joe DeBella `73 (Santa Fe, NM) travels extensively to southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and Europe, procuring gems and diamonds. He has a jewelry gallery in Santa Fe where he shows his platinum and gold jewelry pieces. Chaplain Richard Predovich `73 (Pueblo, CO) uses his degree in Spanish from Adams State in service in his ministry. He has also used his training in law enforcement and criminal investigation. Elizabeth Martinez `74 (Albuquerque, NM) retired from Albuquerque Public Schools as a guidance counselor. She then tutored elementary children in reading and math through Youth Development Incorporated.

great stories Dr. Thomas Dodd ‘95, Fort Collins, CO, was named the 2017 National Principal of the Year by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). The award was announced at a surprise school assembly at Lesher Middle School in the Poudre School District, where he has been principal for twelve years. That followed his selection as the 2016 Colorado Middle Level and Secondary Principal of the Year. NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti noted, "Tom Dodd believes deeply that student equity is the true path to school-wide success, and he lives that belief in his priorities and decisions.” Poudre Schools Superintendent Dr. Sandra Smyser said Dodd “has positively impacted thousands of lives during his


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Christine Delaney-Haynes `75 (Placerville, CO) has been married for 30 years. She retired in June 2010 from Telluride School District, where she now works part-time as technology consultant and online facilitator for, which provides online professional development for educators. Neysa Dickey `75 (Green Valley, AZ) worked for the National Park Service for 30 years. She began with NPS at the Great Sand Dunes in the summer of 1974 as a desk girl, working for Southwest Parks and Monuments Association. She ended her career with 11 years in Yellowstone and retired in 2006. She now lives 6 months in Green Valley, Ariz., and 6 months in Bozeman, Mont. She is active in community chorus and local theater. She loves to walk, hike, read, and play with her cat, Boo. Mark Rose `75 (Olney, MD) is semi-retired doing accounting work and temporarily helping out his daughter in San Diego with her organic juice and smoothie business, Juice Wave ( He has at least 3 kids and 4 grandkids to date, and when not in San Diego, he’s at home in Olney with his lovely wife of 42 years, Karen. Patrick Hannigan `76 (Tuxedo Park, NY) retired from a 38-year career at the New York Post, where he was the night sports editor. He is continuing part-time, writing insightful and inciteful baseball and football columns. Additionally, he is enjoying life with his wife and endeavoring to lower his golf handicap, which are mutually exclusive pursuits.

time at Lesher. Tom's upbeat, engaging leadership style resonates with staff and students alike.” Dodd has led the reinvention of the school's climate through the "Anchor Down" initiative. All teachers wear anchor pins to symbolize their firm, stable role as advocates for each child. Under Dodd's leadership, the school eliminated de facto academic tracking by opening the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) from a select few to the whole school. Dodd is a regular presenter at state and national conferences. He has led his school to be named a MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough School in 2012 and a National School to Watch every year since 2014 by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. Dodd holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Penn State University and two master’s degrees from Adams State, one in physical education and one in social studies education. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA.

Carey Martinez Sanchez `77 (Superior, CO) writes, “I am happily semi-retired. I have been working with teacher candidates in their student teaching semester from the University of Colorado - Boulder for the past 8 years. I have also been running in half-marathons in various cities around the country! Life is grand! Thank you, Adams State, for laying the foundation for a great life in education!”

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◗1980s Darrell Meis `81 (Alamosa, CO) is a loan officer with San Luis Valley Federal Bank. He splits his time between the main office in Alamosa and the bank’s Monte Vista branch. He recently retired from Adams State’s bookstore, where he worked since 1986. His wife, Kim Buron Meis `82, teaches in the North Conejos School District. They have 4 children and 12 grandchildren. Brad Roades `81 (Santa Cruz, CA) is vice president and director of global sales initiatives at ProQuest - a leader in providing resources to libraries. He spends his free time directing theatre with All About Theatre in Santa Cruz. He is married and has 3 children. Ronald Jung `84 (Longmont, CO) formed a new law partnership: Jung, Karavas & Kranz, P.C. in Boulder, Colo., on April 1, 2016. The website is Carol Clarke `85 (Louisville, KY), after working in 3 states, found a job she liked and worked there for 20 years. She now lives with her mother because she has MS and is not able to work any longer. She says her best years were spent at Adams State. Lori Thrailkill Parker `85, `97 (Lamar, CO) writes, “Both of my children, Adam and Audrey, have graduated from college. I am still teaching as a reading interventionist in Lamar. This is my 32nd year! My husband, Dave, continues to own a successful heating and air conditioning business. Life is good!”

◗1990s Karen Bunce Sheff `92 (Commerce City, CO) is president of the Colorado Business Educators and a teacher at the Adams City High School of Business. On Saturdays from January through March, she runs a free tax site with help from her students. Student volunteers are IRS certified. The service is provided to members of the community who have a household income of less than $54,000. “It is a very rewarding real-world experience for my students,” Sheff said. Sarah Menapace `93 (Farmington, NM) writes, “Retirement means travel, so we took a Celebrity Cruise through the Baltic Sea this past June. We visited Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia; Tallinn, Estonia; Berlin, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; Bruges, Belgium; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. After years of teaching The Diary of Anne Frank to middle schoolers, I finally got to visit the Anne Frank House and see it for myself. I am still enjoying golf, swimming, hiking, scrapbooking, reading, writing, substitute teaching and time for myself. Plus, I turned 60 this March.” Frank Westcott `93 (Grand Junction, CO) is married to Heidi, and they have 4 children: Lizz Peterson, Tanner Peterson, Bailey Westcott, and Jay Westcott. He owns “Native Navigation.” He is also a singer/songwriter with a new album. Learn more on He writes that he loved his time at Adams! Keith Vance `94 (Alamosa, CO) was recognized by The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. Attorneys who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass AIOPIA's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research, and AIOPIA's independent evaluation. AIOPIA's annual list is a resource for clients during the attorney selection process. Because clients should be an attorney's top priority, AIOPIA places the utmost emphasis on selecting lawyers who have achieved a significant success in the field of personal injury law without sacrificing the service and support they provide. Selection criteria, therefore, focus on attorneys who demonstrate the highest standards of client satisfaction. Nick Hoffman `96 (Corrales, NM) is working on his life goal of building a really nice tree house.

Simon McLaren `98 recently completed a 20-year career with US Navy Servicing in communication and technology in Florida, California, and Maryland. He is now in the DC area, continuing to provide leadership and technology expertise to further the defense of the nation. His first post was as a communications officer for the Naval Aviation School Command. He was then stationed as communications officer in the Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Monterey, CA. While in Monterey, he completed his master’s degree in computer science at the Naval Postgraduate School, completing a thesis on the Practical Application and Public Opinion of the use of Biometrics. McLaren was then assigned to the Naval Postgraduate School, serving in three separate roles: first, as the Director of Innovative Enterprises Solutions, then as the Director of Cyber Infrastructure, and finally, as a Cyber Security and Privacy Officer. He was then assigned to the Navy Information Operations Command in Maryland.

◗2000s Jessica Flores `01 (Las Vegas, NV), played basketball overseas for a short period. She then moved to Las Vegas and coached high school basketball and youth soccer. While in Las Vegas, she also did background work in the movies and modeled. She is now working at a civil engineering firm and still playing as many sports as she can. Jennifer Ybarra `02 (North Las Vegas, NV) taught music for 1 year in Colorado, then moved to Las Vegas and taught music for 8 years. She earned two master’s degrees at University of NevadaLas Vegas. Her degrees are in education in autism and developmental delay. She has been teaching special needs preschool for the past 5 years. Veronica Vigil `06 (Gallina, NM) earned her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from University of New Mexico in 2004. She taught kindergarten for 6 years and was promoted to ESL coordinator in 2015. In 2016, she sold her starter home and purchased another. She enjoys spending time with her family on their ranch in northern New Mexico.

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Larry “George” Barela `77 (Santa Fe, NM) is 100% retired. His wife, Eva Barela `71, `77, works for SFPS Adelante program. They have 2 children.


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◗2000s Nathan Fyock `07 (Grand Junction, CO) is a certified public accountant with the accounting and business consulting firm of Dalby, Wendland & Co. in Grand Junction. He has been promoted to associate principal. Fyock has worked for the firm since 2008, providing accounting and business valuation services to clients in the construction, healthcare, insurance, and manufacturing sectors. Clinton McDonald `08 (Brush, CO) is the choir teacher at Fort Morgan High School. His wife, Danielle `08, is a family physician and obstetrician. They have two children. Clinton received a master's degree in music education from Wichita State University in Kansas in 2014. He previously taught music and drama in Deertrail, Colorado, from 2008 to 2012, in Valley Center, Kansas, from 2012 to 2015, and in Otis, Colorado, in 2015-16. At those schools, he was involved in directing the musicals and spring plays. In his free time, he enjoys welding and woodworking.

will the real jennifer garner ... What’s in a name? Plenty. Several ASU alumni have the fortune, or misfortune, to have celebrity namesakes. One of them is Adams State’s Jennifer Garner `02. She originally moved to Las Vegas, Nev., to be a high school athletic trainer. Since then, she has worked in the performing arts and now teaches sports medicine at a career and technical academy. She has a 9-year-old and is getting married in the summer of 2018. Her fiancé has a daughter, so her family will be growing. And since her surname will also be changing, so will her “celebrity” status.

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Jeni Carter `09, `12 (Alamosa, CO) is the assistant director of Student Life at Adams State. She received the NASPA IVWest Conference Colorado New Professional Rising Star Award at the annual Student Affairs Professional Conference, held in November in St. Louis. She was also selected for membership in the College Personnel Association of Colorado, a state division of the American College Personnel Association. She is the only representative from a small rural college, which helps put Adams on the map and includes more opportunities for Adams State student affairs professionals to become involved with the profession. She assisted in coordinating the CPAC conference in Denver last year and will be the conference coordinator for next year.

◗2010s John Auxier `10 (Knoxville, TN) completed his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with Dr. George K. Schweitzer in inorganic chemistry, focusing on material development for thermal neutron detection. He was a postdoc for Dr. Howard Hall in setting up the UT Radiochemistry Center of Excellence, where he has been involved with projects for the development of surrogate nuclear melt glass, advanced chemical separations, and new detection platforms for remote radiation detection applications. As a research associate professor at UTK, with joint appointments at the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and LANL, his current interests involve research in nuclear forensics, nuclear and radiochemical separation, and radiation detection applications. As part of his research, he has published numerous scientific articles on nuclear forensics and radiation detection material development and received patents on rapid separations and surrogate forensics materials. Matthew Basinger `12 (Sacramento, CA) writes, “After graduating from Adams with my degree in sociology, I went on to graduate school at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and received my MA in sociology. I worked as an intern at the Department of Corrections while at UCCS, and that really helped me gain some work experience. Now, I work at California State University-Sacramento as a research analyst for the Office of Institutional Research. My time at Adams prepared me for graduate school, and overall my experience was great!”

Tiffany Leggett `13 (Phoenix, AZ) and her boyfriend, Oscar, are enjoying their new house in Phoenix. They spend their summers traveling to Kentucky and Minnesota. This year she checked off a major item from her bucket list: go to the Kentucky Derby! Camille Quinlin Kral `14 (Sterling, CO) is a kindergarten teacher at Sherman Early Childhood Center in Fort Morgan. A Fort Morgan native, she lives in the city with her husband, Brenton Kral, and their 1-year-old, Addison. Brenton works with Kral Construction Services. Camille previously taught first grade at Thomson Primary School in Brush during 2014-15. In her free time, she enjoys grilling and gardening. She is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Brush. Tori Martinez `15 (La Jara, CO) was named Executive Director of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. Michelle Vance `15 (Sterling, CO) is choir director at Sterling Middle School. Prior to working for the RE-1 school district, she was a long-term substitute at Alamosa Elementary, where she taught music to kindergarten through second grade. She decided to go into education because her high school choir teacher was basically a second mother to her — supporting her, to this day, through everything. Renae Aguirre `16 (Fort Morgan, CO) is a third-grade teacher at Pioneer Elementary School in Fort Morgan. A Fort Morgan native, she continues to live in the city with her husband, Doug, and their children, 10-year-old Noah and 4-year-old Aubrie. Doug is a physical therapy assistant at Colorado Plains Medical Center. Ranae was previously a teacher's assistant at Pioneer over the 2014-15 school year. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, as well as bicycle riding and being outdoors. Eric Learn `16 (Denver, CO) is enrolled in the University of Denver’s Master’s in Taxation program. He has an accounting job waiting for him in Glenwood Springs, Colo., once he becomes a Certified Public Accountant.

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creative alumni return to the source time, treasure, talent . . . there are many ways alumni can give back to their alma mater. two grads who fall into the talent category were on campus this semester to share their advice and achievements with current students. Art Department alumnus Jesse Crock '04, '10 showed his paintings in Hatfield Gallery and gave an artist’s lecture. Jacob Sorling '11 conducted comedy improv workshops as part of the Department of English, Theatre and Communication Distinguished Guest Series.

improv troupe in a one-night-only performance. A video of that performance can be viewed on YouTube by searching BuddyPuzzle 2 18 17. Based in Los Angeles, Sorling and Blakely form the comedy improv Buddy Puzzle. "We hope to spread a deeper understanding of improv and show improvisation in a new light," Sorling said. "I went into acting and improvisation because it was the one thing I always craved to do. It is challenging and so expansive." He said Adams State’s theatre program gave him excellent career preparation. "I learned about all the sides of creating theatre that I would be lost without. Adams State helped me feel fearless in creating my own content and helped me land multiple jobs. Adams State's Theatre is also run the same way professional theatres are run, so the transition into the world of professional theatre is seamless." By Linda Relyea ‘96, ‘10 Sunset Through the Trees is one piece Jesse Crock ‘05, ‘10 showed in his exhibit at ASU (left.) Below, Jacob Sorling ‘11 shares tips gained from his experience as a professional performer.

Crock’s exhibit, Painting the Colorado Experience, celebrated the Colorado outdoors. The rich color and sharp contrast of his acrylic paintings capture the vibrant Colorado landscape. He directed a portion of sales from the exhibit to the Sue Patterson Memorial Art Scholarship fund. Now an elementary art teacher in Golden, Colo., Crock’s creative work stems from his love of climbing, cycling, and the outdoors; he brings the viewer's eye to places that are not often painted. He finds he often connects his work with the playfulness of his students and is inspired by the energy they bring to the classroom. Crock’s work has been commissioned for the Ouray Ice Climbing Festival, the FIBArk Kayaking Festival in Salida, and for craft beer labels for the Eddyline Brewery in Buena Vista. He was chosen as the 2012 Golden Fine Arts Featured Artist and recently wrote Coloring Colorado. He has created several large outdoor murals in the city of Golden. His work may be viewed online at Sorling and his partner, Anatasha Blakely, led a series of workshops with theatre students on long-form improvisation. They also performed with the Adams State Lost and Found comedy

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◗2010s Diego Martinez `16 is a bank examiner with the FDIC. He writes the following about his experience at ASU, “Professor Zaro, with his experience in banking, gave me valuable knowledge about the financial industry that I will be able to use throughout my career. The knowledge and experience that he passed on put me in an excellent position to excel

final chapters . . . Mildred Ratliff `36 (Goshen, IN) passed away Nov. 18 at the age of 102. Mildred Keck `40 (Phoenix, AZ) passed away Feb. 13 at the age of 98. Martha Hill `46 (Richland, WA) passed away Oct. 7 at the age of 96. Violet Anderson DeVore `48 (Phoenix, AZ) passed away Jan. 13 at the age of 93. Marianne Stoller `49 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Dec. 13, 2015, at the age of 86. Gloria Maestas `54 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Nov. 2 at the age of 85. Elba Aragon `55 (Denver, CO) passed away Jan. 11 at the age of 88. Keith Davis `55, `61 (Nevada, MO) passed away Dec. 15 at the age of 88. William Crawford `56 (Modesto, CA) passed away Jan. 11 at the age of 88. Abel Martinez, Sr. `56, `65 (Vallecitos, NM) passed away Nov. 25 at the age of 95. Joseph "Leroy" Lopez `58, `69 (Westminster, CO) passed away Nov. 9 at the age of 80. Lloyd Sanchez `59 (Irvine, CA) passed away Nov. 14 at the age of 79. Isaac Romero `59 (Glendora, CA) passed away Dec. 31 at the age of 86. Jackalene Morris `59, `65 (Chandler, AZ), wife of the late professor “Moe” Morris, passed away Nov. 7 at the age of 92. Among her survivors are daughters Marian Morris `68 and Kathy Morris Schenk `77. Harvey Sullivan, Jr. `60, `60 (Monte Vista, CO) passed away Jan. 1 at the age of 83. Among his survivors are daughters Toni Romero `93 and Terri `81, `86 & Rock `81 Paulson; grandsons Justin `06 & Corin `03 Romero and Rafe Paulson `14.


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with the FDIC as bank examiner. I feel that I have more pertinent knowledge about banking than some of my peers from larger universities.” Ashley Quinn `16 (Cottonwood, AZ) has been interning at Verde Valley Archaeology Center. Tammie Smith `16 (Denton, MT) is the K-12 guidance counselor at Fairfield public school in Choteau, Mont. She is a Texas native and a Baylor graduate who recently completed her master’s degree in school counseling at ASU. “I have been involved with education for the

past 12 years,” Smith said. “Prior to teaching I worked with students along with my husband, Bruce, when he served as a missionary and a youth pastor in Texas and Arkansas.” She taught in Denton for the past six years. She and her husband have three boys, ages 9, 14, and 16. Jessika Vandivier `16 (Alamosa, CO) is an admissions counselor at Adams State. She recently interned at the National Association of Television Programming Executives 2017 conference, with plans to possibly pursue a career in the TV industry.

“Final Chapters” lists only survivors who are Adams State graduates or are affiliated with ASU. Charles Allbee `60, `61 (Arvada, CO) passed away Dec. 9 at the age of 79. Among his survivors is wife Nancy Allbee `63. Kent Layton `65 (Tempe, AZ) passed away Nov. 11 at the age of 74. Eileen Jimenez Wright `65 (Pahrump, NV) passed away Jan. 16 at the age of 73. Alice Swallum `66 (Preston, MN) passed away Jan. 8 at the age of 96. Richard Duarte `67 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Nov. 11 at the age of 71. Among his survivors is brother Ben `76 & Judy `81, `82 Duarte. Darrell Pedri `67 (Weston, CO) passed away Nov. 21 at the age of 76. Raymond Carroll `69 (Manzanola, CO) passed away Oct. 31 at the age of 89. Leon King Jack `72 (Manassa, CO) passed away Dec. 7 at the age of 85. Gregory Brown `72 (Johnstown, CO) passed away Feb. 10 at the age of 68. Mariana Buhr `72 (Trinidad, CO) passed away Feb. 13 at the age of 88. Lynda Dickson `75 (Fort Collins, CO) passed away Nov. 4 at the age of 63. Donna Rapp `75 (Olathe, CO) passed away Nov. 13 at the age of 87. John Watson `75 (Littleton, CO) passed away Dec. 26 at the age of 63. Jackie Dipaolo `75 (Trinidad, CO) passed away Dec. 27 at the age of 69. Among her survivors is husband Lou Dipaolo `71, `75. Patricia Ewert Flannagan `76 (Pierson, IA) passed away Sept. 30 at the age of 68. J.L. Mondragon `76 (Antonito, CO) passed away May 17 at the age of 76.

Joseph Andrisen `80 (San Marcos, TX) passed away Dec. 10 at the age of 79. Among his survivors are daughters Rose Berglund `80 and Sharon `80 & Rock `80 Light. Patricia Cotton `81 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Oct. 14 at the age of 80. Among her survivors is son Casey Cotton `91. Arthur "Sarge" Martinez `81 (San Pedro, CO) passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 76. Among his survivors is wife Maria Martinez `83. Ronald Sanchez `88 (Newcastle, WY) passed away Dec. 24 at the age of 65. Barbara Kreiner `90 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Jan. 19 at the age of 66. Among her survivors is husband John Kreiner `78. Merilyn Delaney `93 (Marvel, CO) passed away Apr. 25 at the age of 68. Terri Odell `97 (Gill, CO) passed away Dec. 28 at the age of 64. Devin Trump `98 (Longmont, CO) passed away Nov. 2 at the age of 40. Myra Aragon `99 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 49.

friends Sharon Carter, Emeritus Foundation Board Member (Denver, CO) passed away Jan. 11 at the age of 70. Phyllis Gillson, wife of Emeritus Professor Gordon Gillson (Alamosa, CO) passed away Feb. 10 at the age of 92. Dr. Tom "Tommy" Thomson, former faculty member (Sonoma, CA) passed away Feb. 9 at the age of 99.

adams family album nielsen library book blitz ◗ From left: Holly Felmlee '76, '92, Mary Van Pelt '81, Dennis Felmlee '82, Frankie Colton '79 and Ruth Koenig '92

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Wrestling alumni Mark Walker `93 (left) and Paul Bonner `94 met up with former coach Rodger Jehlicka (center) at a recent wrestling match.

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Back L-R: Kelly Meek, Jim Gable, Ken Gorney, Jerry Hughes, Doug Plank, Bill Hard, Bob Exler, Bill Wood, and Harris Allen Front L-R: Bill Rakow, Barry Heckard and Tony Giordano

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Helping at ASU Admissions fairs in Denver are Wayne Melanson `69 (left photo) and Toney Cantu `70 (right photo).

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DENVER CHAPTER Neighborhood Dinner in Lone Tree/Centennial: L-R: Liz Watts, Alana Dylan, Lori Laske, Rick Johnson, Glen Zakett, Douglas Grewe, Bill Reinhard, John Fuller, Ron Howard, and Grace Ellsworth ASU Retirees gather in the SUB to celebrate the holiday season.

Melissa Livingston Scippio `97 (left) helps Amanda Graham `11, `13 (right) at an ASU Admissions Counselor Breakfast, where alumna Kelley King Stewart `00 is in attendance.

L-R: Susan Ford, Marilyn & John McBride, Shela & Dick Seals, Dorothy August & Mark Duke, Neysa Dickey, Debbie & Dick Smith, Wayne & Ellen Evans, Lori Laske, and Jerry Petersen & friend

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ASU staff, students, and alumni eagerly await the Capitol doors opening!

Trustee Kathy Rogers (left) with Mary Ann Roe `76 and her son Curtis.

◗ Trustees Cleave Simpson and Kathy Rogers with Jerry Schloffman `65, `70 (center).

◗ The families of Jeff Guntle `97 (top right) and Jeff Owsley `86 (bottom right) enjoy the Alumni Matinee, along with 200 other alumni at the ASU Theatre Production of You Can’t Take It With You in December 2016.

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san francisco ◗ L-R: Lori Laske, Russ & Carol Cagle, Bernice Martinez, and Noel Hurd

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Back L-R: Nick, Cade & Cam Hoffman, Joe & Judi DeBella, Wendy Hoffman, Dean Tooley, David Ruiz, Debbie Bokan, Eva & George Barela, Geoff Bokan, Joann Hernandez, Marty Perez, Veronica Vigil, and Bob Glover

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Font L-R: Toni Griego-Jones, Ruth Ann Glover, Bonita Tooley, Elizabeth Martinez, Maria Martinez, Emily Trujillo-Vigil, Darline Dufour Polonis, Frieda Havens, and Lori Laske

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The 2016-17 indoor track & field campaign resulted in an RMAC Championship and a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 11. At the national meet, the Grizzlies posted a Sydney Gidabuday team score of 41, as Sydney Gidabuday (7:56.88) set the 3000m championship and NCAA DII record for a 200meter track. Oliver Aitchison (4:06.16) finished second in the mile, as Sam Reid (18.48m) had a personal-best shot put throw to earn third place. The Distance Medley Relay (DMR) placed third in 9:40.145, a mere .001 of a second behind Western Oregon. Head Coach Rock Light ’80 earned Coach of the Year honors from the RMAC and South Central Regional. Gidabuday was named RMAC and South Central Region Track Athlete of the Year. The season concluded with 10 First Team All-RMAC nods, 11 Second Team All-RMAC picks, 19 USTFCCCA All-Region selections, and 11 total All-American honors.

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The Grizzlies won the program’s fourth indoor national title, March 11, in Birmingham, Alabama, at the NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships. It was the first indoor national title for the ASU women since 2014. ASU posted a team score of 47, as Dianna Johnson (7.34) won a title in the 60m dash, as did the DMR (11:15.28) which ran to an NCAA DII and school record in the event. Other notable finishes came from Sunayna Wahi’s (23.67) runner-up finish in the 200m dash, and Jenna Thurman’s second in the 3000m (9:23.78) and third in the 5000m (16:37.76). Thurman’s indoor season consisted of four NCAA DII automatic qualifying times and another auto time as a member of the top-ranked DMR. Thurman ranked no lower than fourth nationally in each event in which she owned an auto qualifying time. She also set indoor school records for the mile (4:42.14) and 3000m (9:28.85). After the championship run, Head Coach Rock Light ’80 was named National Women’s Indoor Coach of the Year at the NCAA DII level. Light was also named Coach of the Year by the RMAC and South Central Region. Meanwhile, Thurman was tabbed South Central Track Athlete of the Year. Prior to their national title, the Grizzlies also won an RMAC team title. The season concluded with 23 USTFCCCA All-Region picks, 12 First Team and four Second Team All-RMAC selections, 10 First Team All-American honors, and four Second Team AllAmerican nods.

swimming The season came to a close February 8-11 at the RMAC Championships in Grand Junction, Colo. The Grizzlies placed 7th overall, with 207 points. Senior Marissa Mantzey led the team at the championships. She swam to a pair of NCAA Division II “B” cuts in the 100 yard backstroke and 50 yard freestyle. Individually, Mantzey placed 5th in the 100 yard backstroke (56.76), 8th in the 200 yard backstroke (2:08.81), and 8th in the 50 yard freestyle (23.97). Head coach Dan France announced his resignation at the conclusion of the season.


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The Grizzlies ended the season with a 2-23 overall record, picking up both wins on the road. The Grizzlies took down Northern New Mexico College, 52-47, and later picked up a narrow 72-70 win at New Mexico Highlands University. Senior guard Cydney McHenry led the team with 9.9 points per game, while redshirt junior forward Lejla Hadzialijagic netted 7.3 points per game.

men’s basketball The Grizzlies advanced into the RMAC Tournament for the third consecutive season under second-year head coach Russ Caton. Season highlights included a thrilling 77-76 home win over Regis University, made possible by a buzzer-beating three-pointer from senior guard Kevin Dorsey. An 8581 road victory against Metropolitan State University of Denver was ASU’s first win at Metro State since 1992. Junior guard Brandon Sly led the team with 16.8 points per game, finishing his season with a Second Team AllBrandon Sly RMAC nod.

wrestling The Grizzlies wrapped up the 201617 campaign with two national qualifiers: Martin Ramirez and Darek Huff. Huff advanced to the second day of competition in the 125 weight class at the NCAA DII Championships, but ultimately fell short of the podium with his 2-2 tournament record. In the 133 weight class, Ramirez went 0-2 to conclude his All-American wrestling career. Earlier in the season, ASU defeated then No. 18 Fort Hays State University, 28-14. Adams State posted a 1-10 dual record on the season.

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men’s xc named scholar team of the year After running to the program's 24th overall national championship in November, men's cross country added another title: the 2016 NCAA Division II Men's Cross Country Scholar Team of the Year, named by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). During the 2016 season, the ASU men posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.14. The Grizzlies have won the award four of the last five seasons, for a total of six since the award's inception in 2006. Men’s cross country individual academic award winners included Kale Adams, Brian Glassey, Chandler Reid, and Jackson Sayler. Four members of the women's cross country squad also earned individual academic awards: Kaylee Bogina, Eilish Flanagan, Rachel Kresl, and Jenna Thurman. The women’s team earned the Scholar Team of the Year Award five times since 2006.

sportswomen of colorado honors martin Lauren Martin ’14, ’16 received a Sportswomen of Colorado Award in March. The 10-time All-American was one of 54 winners representing the best female athletes, coaches, and teams in numerous sports from the prep, collegiate, and professional ranks. Martin accepted her award from five-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer, Missy Franklin. "It was a great honor to get an award amongst such great women from all different sports and walks of life," said Martin, the award's recipient for college track. She was also named the NCAA DII 2016 Scholar Athlete of the Year for track, as well as 2016 RMAC Woman of the Year and a Top 30 Finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year. Martin’s many athletic achievements include four individual national championships and five RMAC championships.

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