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spring 2018 the magazine of adams state university

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VOL. 58, NO. 1 • SPRING 2018

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

CONTRIBUTORS ASU Sports • Amy Kucera ’05 • Chris Lopez ’84 Nielsen Library • Daniel Parsons ’19 • Shaun Wicen


BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY Cleave Simpson Chair Kathleen Rogers Vice Chair Reeves Brown • Pam Bricker • Donna Griego ’03, ’12 Michele J. Lueck • Wendell Lorenzo Pryor 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 • Carol Osborn ’84 • Karen Rubidoux Miller ’94 Robert Oringdulph ’71• Sandy Ortega ’74 • Chris Page ’02, ’03 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 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 • Joe Martinez ’99, ’12 • Cathy Mullens ’82 Chuck Owsley ’68 • Michelle Roepke • Rich Scanga ’75 Helen Sigmond • Don Stegman ’61, ’64

FOUNDATION HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Stephen Bokat ’68 • Marguerite Salazar ’75, ’76 • Michael Ware ’69 Harold Kelloff • John Marvel Jr. ’70 Izora Southway ’66 • J. Byron Uhrich • R. Paul Wagner

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 Executive Director of the Foundation Kathleen Rogers Trustee Liaison

GRIZZLY CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS Ron DeSautell ’76 President • Ted Morrison ’69 Vice President Hoyt Anderson ’97 • Keith Cerny • Jeni Goodwin ’85 Chris Lopez ’84 • Darrell Meis ’81 • Jeff Owsley ’86 Adam Roberts • Steve Valdez ’87 • Donna Wehe ’12

letter: asu is committed to students & alumni For nearly 100 years, your alma mater has been true to its founding vision. We make a higher education accessible and affordable, particularly for students from rural areas of Colorado. Time and again, we hear from students and graduates who would not have been able to attend college, if not for Adams State. Thousands of loyal alumni value the impact an Adams State education has had on their lives. The success of each alumnus is another chapter in the great story that is Adams State. Adams State has endured various struggles over the last century – always, we emerged stronger and reenergized. Adams State was born in adversity, the Lori Lee Laske result of three decades of persistence on the part of our founder, Billy Adams. At that time, when the appropriation to establish the college was withheld by the state legislature, the community of the San Luis Valley stepped up. They contributed funds (later reimbursed) to construct the first campus building, Richardson Hall. This same resiliency is visible today in the commitment of the people who make up Adams State – our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and surrounding communities. That commitment to our students is fueling our current process of addressing a difficult financial time (see story, page 4).We are working together to overcome our challenges and were able to make up a budget shortfall in this current fiscal year and develop a sound financial plan for next year. Our leadership is carrying out a plan to assure Adams State continues in its mission of serving students. Alumni demonstrate their appreciation of Adams State in different ways. They share their enthusiasm with prospective students. As an alumnus, you can waive the application fee for prospective students. Check out the alumni support we already have—it is reflected in this issue of the A-Stater’s Donor Report for 2017 (see page 20). Using the enclosed envelope, you also can support your alma mater by making an unrestricted gift that we can direct to areas of the highest priority, or you can support an existing scholarship, or build your own. In order to reduce our expenses, the Alumni travel schedule has been modified, but we will be back on the road soon to meet and reunite with our fabulous alumni. You are our reason for being and the measure of our success. The perseverance demonstrated by Billy Adams in founding his teachers college also characterizes those who continue to make Adams State more than a dream. Thank you for always being one of our champions to the outside world. We need your support now more than ever. We will always be your Adams State!


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.

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


adams family gatherings

cover story Runners will reunite for the 50th anniversary of Olympic marathon trials

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latest editions Trustees announce Financial Action Plan Keeping Current Project SERVE develops future teachers Donna Griego ‘02, ‘12 appointed to Board of Trustees Valverde named ASU inclusive excellence liaison

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great stories Runners, reunite! Duran involves students in ongoing research Faculty film explores impact of nuclear weapons industry in the Southwest The top of the class - ASU alumnus wins Milken Educator Award Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award presented to alumnus Physics student applies mathematical talent to automotive challenges Art alumnus gains international exposure

2017 donor report adams family legacies Woodwards inducted into ASU Legacy Society Mary Louise & Lester Tooker Memorial Endowment will aid students pursuing health care careers Hensleys create wrestling scholarship Wagner Family Endowment aims to encourage kids in the sciences

staying in touch adams family album great grizz Grizzlies Spring Season

Pueblo Alumni Dinner Denver Social Colorado Springs Alumni at the Sky Sox 50-Year Olympic Marathon Celebration and Cross Country/Track & Field Reunion (See details page 10)

october 2018 Homecoming

Watch your mail for details.

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On the Cover Former Olympic marathoner Leonard “Buddy” Edelen ‘66 carries the torch into Rex Field to begin the 1968 Olympic marathon trials in Alamosa. See story, page 10. Cover design by Amy Kucera ‘05

who let the dogs in?

Once a month, students get to “paws and relax” with dogs in the Nielsen Library. Studies have shown that animal-assisted activities can both increase positive mood and decrease stress levels.

questions and answers

Trustees announce ASU Financial Action Q: I’ve heard about a Financial Plan of Action for Adams State. What is it and why is it necessary? During the 2017-18 academic year Adams State University embarked on the development of a Financial Action Plan (FAP) to address revenue shortfalls that have resulted from declining enrollment in recent years. Development of the Plan has included a campus-wide evaluation of all programs: academic programs, student services programs, athletic programs, and administrative and operational programs. ASU alumni, students, and families of students should note that Adams State is moving aggressively and with sure footing to address its financial situation. Adams State recognizes that funding models of higher education are changing and Adams State’s financial picture is in no worse shape – and in fact better shape – than many of its peer institutions. Q: Where is Adams State with its plan? So far, Adams State has identified and executed $800,000 in reduced costs so that it will finish its current budget year in manageable shape. The university operates on a fiscal year calendar of July 1 to June 30 and has closed its deficit for the current fiscal year that ends June 30, 2018. The university has also identified $2.7 million in net position change in FY19 compared to FY18. Those two reductions – the $800,000 this fiscal year and $2.7 million next fiscal year – have put Adams State in a solid position moving forward and are addressing the concerns the ASU Board of Trustees raised earlier in the year when it requested the FAP. Q: What all went into the $2.7 million in reduced expenses for the next fiscal year that ends June 30, 2019? On Friday, April 6, 2018, the Board of Trustees adopted a recommended list of cost reductions that was put forward by the ASU administration to cut up to $2.7 million from the 2018-19 budget. The recommended reductions were $2.2 million in personnel costs and $500,000 in non-personnel costs. In total 45 employees, or 11 percent of the university’s full-time benefits-eligible workforce, are impacted through the recommended list of expense reductions. The list includes eliminating 27 positions across the university. Of those positions, 18 were voluntary reductions due to retirements of faculty and staff, or positions that were already vacant and won’t be filled. Another 9 positions were cut involuntarily, meaning employees lost those jobs as a result of the university’s need to reduce its total workforce. In addition to the voluntary and involuntary job losses, another 22 employees of the university had their pay reduced either through a voluntary pay cut or a reduction in pay by going to a 10-month rather than a 12month employment contract. Q: How are students impacted by these decisions? No current student will lose momentum in a degree plan. Adams State eventually will phase out degree areas of emphasis in physics and information technology due to low enrollment in those two areas. The degrees specifically impacted are math and chemistry majors who have an emphasis in physics, 4

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and mathematical science majors who have an emphasis in information technology. Again, those areas of emphasis are being phased out due to low enrollment numbers. Even so, students currently enrolled in those areas of emphasis will continue to earn their degrees. Adams State simply will not enroll new students in those areas of emphasis. To be clear, the math and science degrees at Adams State remain intact and strong, and in fact thanks to support from the Porter Scholars program, ASU math and science degrees remain among the best in the nation. It is the physics and information technology areas of emphasis within those degree majors that are being phased out. Q: Are there any other areas where students are impacted? Yes, in athletics some student-athletes will be housed in ASU dormitories rather than given a stipend to live off campus starting in the Fall 2018. This is actually a net revenue benefit to the university. Adams State typically pays, as part of its student-athlete support, for some athletes to live off campus. This will change so that rather than paying students to live off campus, Adams State Athletics will pay ASU housing for dorm rooms for more student athletes, thus generating income for the university. ASU Athletics is also growing its roster size of student athletes on the football and wrestling teams to previously agreed-upon levels, which will serve to generate additional revenue for the university in the form of tuition and fees. ASU will add 20 non-scholarship athletes to the football team and 12 non-scholarship athletes to the wrestling team for an anticipated revenue gain. Q: Are any scholarships being eliminated? Adams State has been awarding what it calls a “milestone scholarship” to students who complete a two-year degree, or associate’s degree. That will discontinue under the Financial Action Plan and will save the university an estimated $100,000 a year. Students did not apply for the “milestone scholarship,” but rather, it was automatically awarded as an incentive for students to continue on with their four-year degree plan. Most students who have finished an associate’s degree naturally are continuing on with their four-year degree, and the university determined the monetary incentive of the “milestone scholarship” was unnecessary. No other scholarships are affected by the FAP. Q: What is the status of the president of Adams State? The ASU Board of Trustees accepted the resignation of President Beverlee McClure, effective March 31, 2018. Trustees had placed Dr. McClure on administrative leave in February after determining that there was a lack of congruence between the priorities of President McClure and those of the Board of Trustees. With the resignation now official, the Board of Trustees is prepared to begin a process of replacing Dr. McClure. “The Board looks forward to receiving input from campus and community groups as the University identifies the right leader for ASU at this point in the University’s

n Plan history,” Board Chairman Cleave Simpson said. At the request of the board, Dr. Matt Nehring began serving as Acting President on February 12 and has been leading the development of the FAP along with Finance Director Heather Heersink ‘00; Vice President of Student Affairs Ken Marquez ‘87, ‘94; Chief Operating Officer Kurt Cary ‘71, ‘78; Athletic Director Larry Mortensen ‘88, ‘93; and Director of Human Resources Tracy Rogers ‘95. Dr. Nehring has been a professor of physics at Adams State for nearly 20 years, served as department chair for more than 12 years, and has been serving as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs since June of 2017, while a national search is being conducted. The leadership of Adams State is stable. At its April 5, 2018, meeting, the board appointed Nehring Interim President. The university anticipates naming a new Vice President for Academic Affairs by summer 2018.

university is also closing ethnicity gaps in its graduation rates. Of the December 2017 graduating class, 46% of the 219 undergraduate degree recipients were minority, 43% first-generation, and 45% low-income. In addition, 24% of the 171 graduate degrees went to minority students. Graduation rates are increasing and are expected to continue to increase due to initiatives such as Degree Works implementation, advisor training, career advising improvements, and other efforts focused on supporting degree completion. According to a new College Board Report, college graduates took home $17,700 (61%) more in after-tax income than high school graduates. (Continued on page 6.)

Q: What is Adams State doing to address its declining undergraduate enrollment? Several things, starting with a stronger focus on the recruitment of students from areas of Colorado and neighboring states that ASU data show have historically done very well at the university. In 2021, Adams State will celebrate 100 years since its founding, and the university is looking to capitalize on that historic milestone by placing an emphasis on its roots as the regional higher education provider for southern Colorado, for rural communities across Colorado and neighboring New Mexico, and by refocusing its recruitment strategy in larger cities of Colorado through a more targeted outreach to students in those areas. Adams State’s hallmark as a university is and historically has been providing individual student attention and personalized learning through small class sizes and committed faculty who take the extra time to mentor and work closely with their students. Adams State believes that as its story of academic excellence is better told and as the university better showcases the success of its student body and its graduates, that enrollment can be stabilized and will grow. Adams State is producing outstanding graduates across its many academic areas and is committed to better telling its story of success to attract a growing number of undergraduate students. Q: Should students be concerned about the degree they are getting from Adams State? Absolutely not. Adams State continues to see strong placement in careers for its graduates and can point to many examples of students excelling in their fields of study and moving on to vibrant careers as intended. Adams State has seen an upward trend since 2011 of degrees awarded. The

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Q: I’ve heard rumors that Adams State will merge with another university. Is that true? No. There are no current or active discussions on a merger with another university system. Adams State does value its partnerships with institutions such as Colorado State University and Trinidad State Junior College. ASU and CSU have developed a joint business agriculture degree, and ASU and TSJC work together as community partners. For example, TSJC will hold its spring commencement on the Adams State campus this May. Adams State is excited to partner with TSJC on other efforts that bring value to both campuses in the San Luis Valley, and ASU will continue to look for opportunities to develop meaningful partnerships with other educational providers that enhance the student experience and bring value to the university. When you think about Adams State, keep in mind that its graduates contribute to the economic health of the San Luis Valley. For every four additional college graduates, more than $1,000,000 pours into local communities for local goods and services in those graduates’ lifetimes. Q: Is Adams State eliminating its police department? No. The ASU police force remains intact and will continue to provide patrolling and safety for the campus. A year ago, Adams State actually added one police officer to its staff to work as an ASU Housing Resource Officer. The idea was to have a dedicated officer provide education and services specifically for students who reside on campus. However, due to a smaller student resident population, the need for an additional officer is no longer warranted and the police department will reduce its staffing by one as part of the Financial Action Plan. Q: Is Adams State still on academic probation, and how has that impacted the university? Distance-education concerns were the primary reason Adams State was placed on probation in March 2016 by the Higher Learning Commission, which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. Since then Adams State has undergone a thorough examination of all of its distance-learning programs and processes and anticipates having its probation status lifted when the Higher Learning Commission board meets at the end of June 2018. A recommendation to remove probation status has been made by a site visiting team, which commended Adams State for the progress it’s made in addressing prior HLC concerns and resolving federal compliance concerns. Negative publicity and unfounded rumors as a result of the probation certainly have impacted the university and its ability to recruit students. In reality Adams State is now a much stronger, more focused and more effective university as a result of how it has addressed and tackled head-on the concerns of the Higher Learning Commission through this process.


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Q: What is Adams State doing to address concerns around rising tuition? For starters, Adams State implemented a Guaranteed Tuition program that locks in a student’s tuition. Once admitted, a student’s tuition does not increase over four consecutive years of enrollment. The ASU Board of Trustees has also signaled no interest in increasing tuition, and in fact has discussed how to reduce tuition and fees for students. Adams State was also recently notified that the U.S. Department of Education is increasing Federal Pell Grant aid for the 201819 academic year to $6,095 per student from $5,920. Adams State has made summer Pell Grant available for students to help them pay for summer courses, which then helps a student graduate on time or earlier than planned. Adams State has a good amount of scholarship aid, including its SLV Promise Scholarship, which combined with federal and state sources, can cover the entire cost of tuition and fees with a $1,000 book waiver. Q: What is Adams State doing to improve the student experience? ASU has made significant progress toward approving general education outcomes and implementing its Pathways Project led by the university’s Center for Teaching, Innovation, & Research (CTIR) in conjunction with its Office of Title V Initiatives. The Pathways Project, to be fully implemented for Fall 2019, will reorient the undergraduate experience through first-year seminars, development of e-portfolios, extra- and co-curricular activities, and a senior year capstone project. Q: Will future cuts be necessary? The Board of Trustees has asked for a plan that looks at the next two fiscal years. Key to the strategy is stabilization of the university’s undergraduate student enrollment and funding levels from the state of Colorado as a public institution. Although enrollment for graduate degrees continues to increase annually, undergraduate enrollment has steadily declined since 2011. As such, the two-year plan will include both cuts and revenue-generating components. Growth in undergraduate enrollment can offset any additional necessary reductions to the ASU budget. Funding from the state of Colorado is another variable that plays into the financial equation from year to year. Adams State usually gets notified of state funding levels in the spring of each year and adjusts its budget based on what the state appropriates to higher education. In addition to stabilizing and growing enrollment, ASU is working to increase the quality and depth of experiences for students. Components include an effort to instill a strong culture of academic excellence, an increase in quality and depth of experiences for students, an increase in faculty and staff involvement in student retention, and a strategy to develop and maintain a recruiting and retention plan for each academic department. All of these steps will ensure not only Adams State’s sustainability, but also its ability to grow and deepen its involvement with the San Luis Valley and the southern Colorado region it serves.


current keeping current climbing to the top

The climbing team placed fourth in the USA Climbing Collegiate Regional (Rocky Mountain) Competition, behind only Division I universities. Five ASU climbers qualifed for nationals, including freshman Piper Meuwissen, below.

pressing for progress

Women’s Week featured a Time's Up Panel Discussion: Answers to questions about consent, harassment and assault. Students Sheniqua Griffith and Briana Gonzales present their poster on the topic. Two alumni participated on the panel: Patricia Lara ‘89, with Tu Casa (far right), and Simone Jackson ‘17, with San Luis Valley Behavioral Health Group (third from right).

discovering adams state

A record number of prospective students and their families visited campus in February for the annual Discover Day. ASU bussed students to campus from Albuquerque, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo.

boomer makes new friends

Adams State’s mascot, Boomer, along with Admissions staff and student ambassadors, visited a second-grade class at Pueblo’s Park View Elementary, taught by Shanda Davis ‘12 (far left). The school invited Boomer and ASU as part of its endeavor to instill college goals in the children.

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Project SERVE develops future teachers Adams State University is partnering with area school districts to be part of the solution to teacher shortages. With a $25,000 grant from the University of Northern Colorado Center for Rural Education, Adams State has launched Project SERVE - Supporting Early Recruitment and Retention of Valley Educators. The project is funded by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Improving Teacher Quality, through the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

Project SERVE teacher cadets discuss "why" they want to become teachers – in one word. Their responses included inspire, connection, difference, change, influence, impact, passion, and encourage.

Following the teacher cadet model, Project SERVE will cultivate high school students who are interested in becoming teachers and give them a head start on college preparation. The project also includes components to improve current teacher quality and increase teacher retention. “We believe we can grow our own pool of high quality teachers that are valley natives and will stay and continue to serve their communities and schools,” said Curtis Garcia ‘11, assistant professor of education, who is project director. “We sometimes find that teachers from outside the valley do not necessarily want to settle here long term, which creates high turnover and makes it challenging for school districts to recruit and retain teachers. If we can groom young people from our own communities who possess the skills and dispositions to become teachers, then we can create a sustainable pool of teachers to serve our schools.” The Colorado Department of Higher Education issued a report, Colorado’s Teacher Shortages: Attracting and Retaining Excellent Educators, in which it outlines the issue and strategies to address it. It says factors contributing to the teacher shortage include declining enrollment in teacher preparation programs, teachers leaving the field, and retire-


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ment of veteran teachers. As a result, Colorado recruits half of its teachers from out of state. “The shortages are more pronounced in rural and remote areas where we find unique challenges driven by inadequate teacher compensation, lack of affordable housing, and difficulty attracting new teachers to rural communities,” the report states.

developing future teachers Twenty-two high school juniors and seniors in seven San Luis Valley area school districts are participating in a pilot of Project SERVE this semester. They are enrolled in the course “So You Want to be a Teacher,” taught by Center School District Superintendent Chris Vance ‘95, ‘08. The course is presented virtually during the school day, with additional workshops on the Adams State campus. Students earn three college credits for the course, as well as concurrent high school credit. Adams State is providing scholarships to cover students’ tuition for the pilot. Students also are eligible to earn micro-credentials through Educators Rising, a nationally recognized provider of teacher cadet curriculum that partners with the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards to evaluate the skills of teacher cadets from around the country. That certification carries weight in college admission and the job search. These teacher cadets will also complete 20 hours of volunteer service in an elementary or middle school, working with a mentor teacher in their district. “They will spend at least one hour per week assisting in the classroom and learning how to plan and teach lessons,” Garcia said. Adams State will provide ongoing support to teacher cadet mentors through monthly Professional Learning Communities. During subsequent years of the program, students will be eligible to take the “Foundations of Education” course, also with college and concurrent high school credit. “When the students finish high school and come to us, these credits will help them fast-track through our teacher education program, which will help them to graduate within four years,” Garcia said. At a symposium in June, the students will present their work on how the experience has supported their workforce and career readiness.

supporting current teachers “Project SERVE also looks at ways we can support and develop teachers who are already in the field,” Garcia added. Toward that end, the partnership with UNC offers $6,000 scholarships to current teachers who wish to earn NBPTS certification, the highest credential a teacher can earn and which is linked to higher teacher quality. The partnership with UNC also offers teachers $6,000 scholarships to become qualified to teach college courses in high school. That requires a master’s degree that includes 18 credits in a content area. “ASU has done concurrent qualification for years, but until now, it hasn’t had the state support this project provides.”

donna griego ‘03, ‘12 appointed to trustee board In 2013, Griego was elected to the Colorado Humanities Board of Directors to serve a four-year term. Colorado Humanities’ mission is to inspire the people of Colorado to explore ideas and to appreciate its diverse cultural heritage. Griego has had the honor of being selected as a Fellow and Leader for the Center for Equity in Learning and Teaching, which has rekindled her passion for diversity and equity. Griego was the co-founder of the SLV Blue Star Mothers of America chapter in the San Luis Valley. Griego received a Bachelor of Science in business administration-management, and was part of the first group to complete the Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration and Leadership (HEAL).

valverde named asu inclusive excellence liaison Dr. Matthew Valverde was recently named inclusive excellence liaison at ASU. In this role, he will lead new and continuing programs that build on current initiatives of the ASU Community of Inclusion, Equity, Leadership, and Opportunity (CIELO). His focus will be to address issues of diversity and inclusion that cut across organizational and divisional lines. “Adams State is actually doing what I dreamed a school would do – examining what students need and making the choice to institute curricular changes,” Valverde said. “I am excited to bring what I know to the position but also to learn about best practices and to experience diversity training on a national Dr. Matthew Valverde level.” He is active with the Adams Pathways project, which is developing an undergraduate curriculum and assessment plan based on the framework of inclusive excellence. This work is also vital to ASU as Colorado’s first Hispanic Serving Institution. The university is committed to fostering a climate that welcomes and supports students, faculty, and staff of diverse social identities. Those identities include race and ethnicity, gender and gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, religious affiliation, and abilities/disabilities. Valverde joined the Adams State music faculty in 2016 as assistant professor of voice.

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has appointed Alamosa resident Donna Griego to the Board of Trustees for Adams State University. She will fill the seat held by Arnold Salazar ‘76, whose term expired December 31. Griego was appointed to a three-year term expiring on December 31, 2021. Reappointed to the board for three-year terms expiring December 31, 2021, were trustees Randy Wright ‘84 and Kathy Rogers, who serves as vice chair. “We welcome Donna to the board and look forward to her sharing insights gained through her long association with the university and as a community member,” said Cleave Simpson, chair of the Board of Trustees. As both a former employee and an alumna of Adams State, Griego will bring a unique perspective to the board. “I am honored to have been appointed as a trustee for Adams State University. I am Donna Griego happy to have been given the opportunity to continue my work serving the university and its students,” said Griego. Having spent a lifetime at Adams State University, Griego’s Great Story begins by having lived in Richardson Hall on the campus. Her family lived in a small apartment above the steam plant; this was part of her father’s employment benefit package. Adams was her home and her playground. Ever since, she’s completed many milestones at ASU. Griego worked at Adams State University for almost 30 years. Her most recent position was as manager for the Online Master’s Plus and Ph.D. programs in Counselor Education, managing close to 600 students. She has extensive experience working in the academic arena with department chairs, deans, and vice presidents in promoting the academic mission of the institution. She was the executive assistant to the senior vice president and provost for 18 years. A few of her duties included managing campus mission-critical initiatives and special projects, as well as designing and evaluating operational processes for the efficient delivery of program services. She also taught the “Academic Achievement Strategies” freshman experience course.


The top three finishers in the 1968 Olympic Marathon Trials: George Young, Kenny Moore, and Ron Daws.

50-year olympic marathon celebration & asu cross country/track & field reunion July 27-29, 2018 Friday, July 27 • Special guest speaker Saturday, July 28 • Race with the legends: An 8K run that largely follows the same marathon course Alamosa set up for the 1968 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials. • Banquet: $50 per person Friday, July 29 • Campus Cafe cinnamon rolls in Plachy Hall

reservations To register for the event, book a room to stay, attend the banquet, or get additional information, please contact the Adams State Alumni Office at 719-587-8110, 1-800-824-6494 (ext. 8), or email:


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Runners, reunite! the year was 1968, and closer to home adams state cross country coach joe vigil ‘53, ‘59, barely in his third year on campus, and buddy edelen ‘66, a young psychology professor, were preparing to put adams state and its hometown of alamosa on the map.

Vigil and Edelen were busy throughout 1968 preparing Alamosa and Adams State to host the first-ever U.S. Olympic marathon trials, with the top three finishers going on to compete in the Olympic Games in Mexico City. The two, along with athletic director Jack Cotton, had convinced the AAU Long Distance Running Committee to select Alamosa as the host city for the marathon trials. Their pitch was Alamosa’s high altitude, and the benefits high-altitude training would bring to U.S. distance runners in preparation for competing at a similar altitude in Mexico City. Edelen, who at the time held the American record in the marathon, had become convinced of the benefits of training at altitude and had been writing about it. To bring world-class runners to Alamosa, and have them train at altitude, would be an incredible advantage. The U.S. Olympic Committee became convinced, and the rest, as they say, is history. The marathon trials were

a huge success, and Adams State, under Vigil’s close supervision, rose to prominence as the pre-eminent distance running program in America. Now 50 years later, Vigil and Damon Martin ‘87, who succeeded Vigil at the helm of the Adams State cross country and track and field program, are planning a reunion in July to remember 1968 and how the U.S. Olympic marathon trials set the stage for Adams State to become known as the place for high-altitude training. It literally will be a who’s-who of the running world descending on Alamosa for the 50-year celebration of the marathon trials. Frank Shorter, Billy Mills, Amby Burfoot, Bill Clark, Hal Higdon and other U.S. distance running greats will join Coach Vigil and Coach Martin for the 50-year celebration that will commemorate what became the start of a running boom in the United States and an emphasis on the benefits of training at high altitude such as Alamosa’s 7,544-foot elevation.

FAR LEFT: They’re off! NEAR LEFT: The starting line. Archival photos courtesy of the Nielsen Library.

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the green bay packers won super bowl 11, richard m. nixon was elected president, martin luther king jr. and robert kennedy were assassinated, the vietnam war raged on, and madison square garden opened in new york city.


“We are very excited to Olympic training host the 50-year celebration village, with athof the very first U.S. letes showing up Olympic marathon trials,” from all the across said Martin. “I believe that the United States this event played a very into train and to strumental part of beginning mingle with resiwhat our Adams State cross dents. country and track and field Even the great legacy has become.” Jim Ryun, then The reunion weekend will the world recordkickoff on Friday, July 27, holder in the mile, with a special guest speaker. showed up in Then on Saturday morning, Alamosa to train all the legendary runners – that June. In fact, and any runners who want to Ryun broke his join in – will participate in own record in the an 8K run that largely folmile when he ran lows the same marathon in Bakersfield, course Alamosa set up for the CA, three weeks The Valley Courier ran this photo of members of the Alamosa Olympic 1968 U.S. Olympic after training in Training Project Committee as they prepared to journey to Chicago for the marathon trials. Alamosa, lending Saturday evening, July 28, United States Olympic Commission meeting. They successfully pushed even more creAlamosa as the best training site for the U.S. team in preparation for the a banquet will be held at dence to the noSummer Olympics in Mexico City. Clockwise from lower left are Sandra Plachy Hall to honor the tion that training Modisett, physical education instructor; local businessman Gene Fullerrunning legends and reflect at altitude has a ton; Coach Joe Vigil; and Leonard “Buddy” Edelen, former Olympic on how 1968 came to be. tremendous benemarathon runner. More memories will be fit on runners, on its Facebook page earlier this year, shared, and more will be created. and really all athletes. Valley residents and alumni of the uni“It will be a once-in-a-lifetime event For Coach Vigil, who was hired to versity fondly recalled that period of to have so many of our distanceteach and coach at Adams State College time. They also took us down memory running legends return to Alamosa,” in 1965, the marathon trials were a lifesaid Martin. “When you sit and ponder lane with stories of other U.S. Olympic changing moment. qualifying events that were staged in the impact of this event being in a “Because of the great athletes, reAlamosa in the summer of ’68. small, rural southern Colorado town searchers, writers and knowledgeable In addition to the marathon trials, and how history unfolded for distancepeople, I immediately became aware of Alamosa’s rarified air prepared U.S. running success at our university, it is what it took to compete at that level wrestlers, basketball players, and race astounding. Coach Vigil, Buddy Edeand the level of knowledge required,” walkers for the Mexico City Games. len, Doc Cotton, along with the entire he said. “This activity motivated me to Both the 20- and 50-kilometer race organizing committee, brought one of go and get my Ph.D. It also motivated walk time trials were held in Alamosa. the premier Olympic qualifying events me to develop a lifestyle of study and to our community. We today still bene- At the time, the town was abuzz as resi- acute observation of how athletes adapt dents scratched their heads at the sight fit from the push we received from this to their training.” of race walkers training across the city. historic Olympic trials event so many He went on, “I have for 50 years In fact, in the summer of 1968 years ago.” been motivated to study the Alamosa resembled an When Adams State University initially publicized the 1968 reunion


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physiological and psychological variables involved in training to become the best that a person can be. It is this basic philosophy that has allowed ASU to become the most successful distance running school in America. “The bulk of this work has been carried out by several coaches, who share a common philosophy, that have produced winning results.” Race day for the marathon trials was Sunday, Aug. 18, 1968. The weather was an easy 73 degrees, cool for August but perfect for a marathon. Residents and others who ventured into Alamosa to catch a glimpse of the distance running greats lined the streets of town and cheered on the runners as they competed. Billy Mills, who had won Olympic gold for the U.S. in the 10,000 meters at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, was among the favorites. Also toeing the line was a relative unknown named Frank Shorter. The marathon trials drew 113 competitors to the starting line, and the top three finishers

were George Young, Kenny Moore, and Ron Daws. As fate would have it, Shorter had to wait until 1972 before he became a household name after winning Olympic gold in the marathon during the Olympic Games in Munich, Germany. Like Young and Moore, Shorter is expected to be in Alamosa for the 50year celebration in July. The influence of Vigil and his star power among the running greats is inspiring people to return. In 1971, Adams State won its first collegiate cross country national title, three years after Vigil and Edelen put Alamosa on the map for high altitude training. Now with 54 running national championships – men and women combined – Adams State is among the most successful schools for national titles in any sport in any collegiate division. Based on the running success at Adams State, the city of Alamosa now dubs itself the “City of Champions.” If you can make the 50-year July celebration in Alamosa, you should. It promises to be a special event. Certainly there will be many fond memories shared about Alamosa and Adams State as the place where great stories begin. By Chris Lopez ‘84

adams state and alamosa were fortunate to have Leonard “Buddy” Edelen. When Coach Joe Vigil and Coach Damon Martin convene a reunion of the 1968 U.S. Olympic marathon trials, it will be the memory and legacy of Edelen that will drape over the festivities. “The hardest part of training at high altitude is what it does for your confidence. Mine sometimes goes altogether,” Edelen told Sports Illustrated in July 1966. “My training times have been so slow, and I haven’t had enough real competition to know where I stand. But for distance runners I think this kind of training will be essential. What confidence will an Olympic runner have going to Mexico City if he hasn’t tried running at 7,000 feet?” Sports Illustrated spent the summer of 1966 in Alamosa writing about Edelen, America’s best marathon runner at the time, who enrolled at Adams State to pursue a master’s degree in psychology and to train and write about training at high altitude. He earned $150 a month as a graduate assistant on Joe Vigil’s cross country and track and field teams. Once dubbed “America’s great hope” in distance running, he put Alamosa on the map when he convinced Olympic organizers to bring their training sessions in preparation for Mexico City to the San Luis Valley. “Quite frankly, I was scared to death at the idea of training at high altitude,” he told SI. “I thought I might die of a heart attack or something. But I did want to try it for a year, to get an idea of how tough it was and how necessary it is if you hope to do well at Mexico City.” Edelen passed away on February 19, 1997, at the age of 59. He’ll be missed when the rest of the distance running legends gather in July.

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The legend begun in Alamosa in 1968 led to Adams State’s renown as a running powerhouse. Coaches Joe Vigil (left) and Damon Martin created a legacy of success that continues today.


dr. kristy duran’s student research projects never really end. after one student graduates and moves on, another takes over and continues the study. some of the resulting work has been published in professional journals. Duran’s research concerns the little-studied dwarf mistletoe, which offers the opportunity to build on the body of knowledge. Two species of the parasitic plant are found in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado: one infects piñon pine and the other, ponderosa pine. Duran has been studying the parasitic plant for 18 years and has mentored 30 student researchers. She supports the work through a National Science Foundation Dwarf mistletoe Fellowship research stipend. Arceuthobium diFor his senior capstone thesis, Daniel Chavez is varicatum, which working with Duran to study the correlation beinfects piñon pine tween piñon pine trees’ defense compounds and the presence of mistletoe infection. He hopes the work may provide insight into the interaction between dwarf mistletoe infection and bark beetle infestation, which is devastating forests throughout the West. “I am a valley native and I enjoy having not only a teacher but a mentor who has come from the valley and shares some of my culture and values,” Chavez said. “Dr. Duran has accomplished her goals and returned to the valley to share her experiences with the upcoming generation looking to do the same.” After a teaching stint at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University), Duran decided she wanted to come home to the San Luis Valley, having grown up in Antonito. There just happened to be an opening in Adams State’s biology department. Although Duran earned her bachelor’s degree at University of New Mexico, Adams State has always been important to her family. Her grandfather worked construction on several campus buildings erected in the late 1960s, and her parents, sister, and several aunts and uncles are Adams State alumni. “I knew I wanted to be at an undergraduate teaching institution and a Hispanic Serving Institution to work with students on research,” she said. She also manages the campus greenhouse and teaches courses in plant science, biology, and environmental science. Duran also curates the university’s herbarium and, together with a consortium of herbaria in the southern Rockies, obtained an NSF grant through which student Caleb Baumgartner is preparing the collections for scanning and digitization. The project’s goal is to document plant niches in the high peaks and high plains of the southern Rockies. Duran is also mentoring a researcher on forest health who recently received her Ph.D. from Colorado State University. Together they sub14


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mitted two grants, one to the NSF and another to the USDA. Beyond teaching and research, Duran supports students as advisor to the Adams State chapter of SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science), which she initiated five years ago with Dr. Renee Beeton, professor of chemistry. Students attend an annual national conference where they sometimes present their research and network with STEM professionals. Duran’s interest in the dwarf mistletoe developed through her doctoral work on evolutionary biology, which she completed at University of Colorado - Boulder. She also has an affinity for San Luis Valley vegetation, including medicinal plants traditionally used by her family. That dovetails with another project she’s involved with, funded by the Colorado State Historical Fund. She is one of 25 researchers who will be looking at the unique natural and cultural history of an area in Conejos County known as La Botica (pharmacy). It is believed Native Americans grew medicinal plants at the site beginning 8,000 years ago. Dr. Nick Saenz, associate professor of hisDr. Kristy Duran and her students conduct research on a plant found in the tory, is also inSan Luis Valley and northern New volved in the Mexico. project. At the national level, Duran serves on the leadership board of 500 Women Scientists, initiated following the 2016 election to increase women’s representation in science. “They wanted 500 individuals, but now there are almost 500 chapters with 20,000 members from over 100 countries,” Duran said. She is also active as a Ford Foundation Fellow, having received a dissertation fellowship. She serves on conference panels and on the Senior Ford Fellows conference committee. “A lot of these things energize me,” Duran said of her research and service. “As part of these communities, I feel supported and have the opportunity to support others.” By Julie Waechter

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Faculty film explores impact of nuclear weapons industry in the Southwest as a graduate student in boulder, taylor dunne initially admired the beauty of nearby rocky flats national wildlife refuge. then she learned its history. has been a refusal to acknowledge the exposure to radiation Formerly a nuclear weapons plant, Rocky Flats was closed and the genetic component that passed through the generain 1989 and became a Superfund clean-up site. That realizations,” Stewart said. Coincidentally, they learned the San Luis tion led Dunne to begin a film project that focuses on the Valley, also with a large Hispanic population, had been connuclear landscape of the American Southwest. Specifically, it sidered for the Trinity Test Site as well. explores the impacts of three U.S. nuclear weapons sites: “We see this repeated in all three sites: it is assumed a test Rocky Flats, the White Sands Missile Range (Trinity Test site is static, unchanging, and expendable. People have reSite) in New Mexico, and the Nevada Test Site. ferred to them as national sacrifice zones,” Stewart added. The ASU assistant professor of mass communications was Dunne noted, “There were a lot of people living near the joined on the project by her partner, Eric Stewart, who is an Trinity Site at White Sands. During the summer of 1945 assistant professor of art. Each earned an MFA in studio arts at University of Colorado – Boulder. Their experimental doc- (when testing took place), people were harvesting and canning – they got radiation in their food. They collected their umentary, “Off Country,” looks at the environmental impact water in open air cisterns. Their livestock was exposed to raof the nuclear weapons industry and its effects on people in diation.” nearby communities. Stewart and Dunne chose to produce their documentary Over the last four years, they have driven more than in 16mm black and white film. “A lot of people think that is 10,000 miles, shot a mile of S16mm film, amassed 30 gigacrazy, but I like to work with it,” Dunne said. “It allows us to bytes of audio recordings, and conducted countless hours of reference landscape photography of the West, such as that by interviews. To support their production, they’ve raised about Ansel Adams, and photos of the atomic tests. But we very in$14,000 through a Kickstarter campaign and grants. In producing “Off Country,” Stewart and Dunne met with tentionally are not including film footage of the tests themselves. We want to focus on people, not technology.” The film activists and interviewed people affected by nuclear fallout. “People have dedicated their lives to this issue for the good of will be bilingual and focus on nuclear weapons testing, manufacturing and storage, with an emphasis on social justice and mankind. That’s what’s so inspiring about this project,” environmental restoration. Another component of the project Dunne said. “Radiation is invisible, but it makes itself visible is an oral history archive in the environment. We also compiling first-person acinvestigate the racist and counts and interviews. classist policies that are inStewart and Dunne have herent in the storage, minbegun the editing phase of ing, and production of the project and hope to comradioactive material.” plete the film in 2019. “This For example, Stewart is a critical time. Russia and points out that when White the U.S. are modernizing Sands was chosen as the testtheir nuclear stockpiles,” ing site for the Manhattan Stewart explained. “In Los Project, it was described as “a Alamos, they are making new vast, uninhabited desert,” plutonium pits for weapons when, in fact, 40,000 people that used to be done at lived near Ground Zero. Rocky Flats. The production Nearby Tularosa is a Hisof it is so toxic for where we panic community that dates live.” back to the 1600s and is adjacent to the Mescalero By Julie Waechter Above: filmmakers Eric Stewart (left) and Taylor Dunne. Reservation. “How is that Above right: the Trinity Site today presents a photograph of the population not there? There historic test in 1945.

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The top of the class ASU alumnus wins Milken Educator Award dedicated to inspiring young minds, dale adamson ‘16 received the milken educator award. "it is a tremendous honor," he said.

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"It is all very humbling. I really feel like I have accepted this award on behalf of all the amazing teachers around the country that pour their hearts into educating our children." Adamson is one of 44 honorees this year for the national recognition, which comes with an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. "To me, one of the coolest parts of the award was the outpouring of support from current and former students and parents," Adamson said. "To get letters from former students who are now contemplating their own careers, to have been able to play a role in their lives, it is so much more than you could ever hope for when you become a teacher."

stem coordinator and team leader In his sixth year at Howard D. McMillan Middle School in Miami, FL, Adamson teaches algebra and STEM research to seventh- and eighth-graders. He said middle school is a critical age for the development of lifelong interests. "At the middle school level, I believe I have the best chance to introduce a new generation of students to the wonders of math and science and promote a lifelong interest in STEM-related fields. In many ways, I like to think that I am helping to find the next generation of engineers, doctors, coders, and thinkers." His STEM research course has become a cornerstone of the Engineering/Robotics Magnet. "Every day is its own reward," Adamson said. "In my algebra class, I relish the opportunity to show students why mathematics matters to them and how we can apply algebra to the world around them. In STEM, I can allow my students to problem solve and create in ways that are atypical for most middle school classes. The students I work with every single day are my inspiration. They constantly amaze me and keep me on my toes. And I love every minute of it. "As a professional educator, it is imperative that I continue to grow and learn to meet the needs of my students," Adamson said. Studying at a distance through online courses, he completed a Master of Art in education curriculum from ASU with a NASA Endeavor STEM Leadership certificate. Adams State’s partnership with NASA Endeavor made his coursework uniquely suited to his interests and classroom. "I was challenged to move outside of my comfort zone to find innovative ways to engage learners. I believe that Adams State has played a very important role in shaping the educator I am today." By Linda Relyea ‘ 96, ‘10.

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Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award presented to alumnus inspiring young students to explore science and the endless possibilities in stem careers comes naturally for diego martinez ‘07. "Lindbergh Challenge." Museums and schools across the country have pledged to participate with his team this May in a nationwide aerospace challenge. Students will build flight simulators and be challenged to fly them for 33.5 hours while learning about historic aviators, doing STEM lessons, and logging simulation hours. Martinez has overcome some obstacles along the way. "As a seventh-grader atDiego Martinez has arranged for students to take glider lessons. tending public school in Denver, the cops knew me Photo courtesy of Diego Martinez by name. I was in trouble, traditional student at ASU, with a famand I was flunking school. I knew that ily and outside jobs. when I was doing well in school my life He credits Adams State professors for felt better and more manageable. Yet, his success. “Their patience and perwhen I tried to read or study, I sonal attention kept me from losing incouldn't." Advice from his older terest and dropping out. I feel like ASU brother, Caesar, provided the guidance fostered my need to do projects and he needed. "Caesar introduced me to continued to be a resource, not only for ‘Study Technology,’ developed by L. me, but also for my students even after Ron Hubbard. It took minutes for him I graduated.” to explain it to me. I still struggled, but He particularly appreciates English I had a tool. It's been a tool I have used Professor Aaron Abeyta and Emeritus since I was 12. My brother saved my Professor of Chemistry Marty Jones. life by sharing this with me." “Aaron got me interested in reading and His challenges didn't end there. patiently taught me to be a better writer "Being raised by a single parent and as a and life-long learner. He let me express first-generation college student, the scimyself. I am also a huge fan of his ences are a hard business to get into. work. His work is about the Valley, so Many of my peers had parents who when I am homesick, I can pick up were science/engineer professionals; ‘Colcha’ and it takes me home.” He said help was a phone call away for them. Jones is another great friend. “He was For me, I used what I learned from the epitome of professionalism. I have Study Technology. I vowed that if I always tried to emulate his level of exearned my chemistry degree I would be- cellence. He used to do ‘molecule of the come a teacher and help Valley students week’ – molecules we could taste, touch overcome their struggles and pursue and experience. I thought it was so STEM careers." Martinez was a nonvaluable that I modeled my own Science Fiction Friday after his example.”

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His commitment was recognized by the 2018 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, presented by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation, NASA, and the Space Foundation. Named for Mercury and Apollo astronaut Alan Shepard, the annual award recognizes K-12 educators for creative and innovative use of technology. Now the Empowering Projects Coordinator for Delphian School in Sheridan, OR, Martinez previously taught in the San Luis Valley at Sargent, Antonito, and Center high schools. He majored in chemistry with secondary education licensure at ASU, then earned an M.Ed. with emphasis in space studies from Regis University. He is now completing a Master of Art in curriculum and instruction from ASU. “This award is important to me because it's an opportunity I've been fighting for to make education better for teachers and students alike. I will be working with aerospace companies to help channel resources into programs that help education. Most of these companies recognize that their most important asset is students being trained right now,” Martinez said. “My goal is to make more hands-on, project-based, self-paced, individualized programs that help students master their ability to learn. With a world of information in the palm of our hand, our biggest obstacle is getting the information from our devices to our minds.” Among the many achievements recognized by the award is Martinez’s work mentoring hundreds of students for state, national, and international science fairs. His students have won one gold medal and dozens of silver and bronze medals at the international level. With his wife, Gail ’04, he founded the


Physics student applies mathematical talent to automotive challenges scott clayton is geared up and ready to drive his great story right into the automotive industry. the alamosa native will graduate in may with a bachelor's degree in mathematics - physics emphasis, and a minor in chemistry. he's using his education to further his lifelong passion for cars as he pursues a career as an automotive field service engineer. Clayton’s natural talent in mathematics has helped him advance his other natural talent, diagnosing problems with a car. Now that he's combined his math skills with his automotive skills, he becomes one of the most marketable college graduates around, with the skills and ability to work on new technology that is the hallmark of today's automotive industry. Talk about being relevant in the 21st century. "It was hard at first, especially adjusting to school while continuing to work full time," Clayton said of his journey through Adams State. "But I am inherently good with math, and soon realized it was not too difficult. The upper level classes have been more challenging, but not impossible." Clayton earned an associate's degree from WyoTech after graduating from Alamosa High School. For the last six years, he has worked full-time at Automotive Concepts in Alamosa. While working there he determined he needed to go back to school to learn more and stay competitive with the design and engineering of today's cars and trucks. Enter Adams State, where great stories begin. Physics Professor Robert Astalos, Ph.D., said Clayton always had a handle on what was going on in class. "On group

Scott Clayton doing the work he loves.


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electronics projects, he took on the hardest assignments and tasks, finished first, and moved on to tackle harder problems. In theory classes, he was always able to answer my questions." Mathematics Professor Tony Weathers, Ph.D., recalled, "He had very good intuition and an ability to grasp complex mathematical concepts. He was, of course, a very good student – attentive in class, responding to questions, participating in discussions." During Student Scholar Days in April, Clayton gave a presentation on Arduino Controlled Automotive Battery Drain Tester. Automotive Concepts owner Jeff Escheman appreciates Clayton's skill level and motivation. "He is really articulate and enjoys the challenge of electric and complicated issues we have here. He is a good person to be around. I believe he will succeed in whatever he does." Clayton sometimes has helped out his Adams State professors with their vehicle issues. He has worked on both Astalos' truck and his wife's car. "He has answered questions for me several times, informally before or after class, helping me get an idea of what is going on with our vehicles." Clayton suggested Weathers install a Subaru engine in his VW bus. "Diagnostics is my favorite aspect of mechanics," Clayton said. "My classes have helped with problem solving, which flows naturally into diagnostics, which is my thing, what I do at work all the time." Weathers believes Clayton will achieve his professional goals. "With his attitude, ability, experience, and education, he will go far in the automotive industry." Astalos agrees: "Scott will be successful at whatever goal he sets. He's selfmotivated, hard-working, and, to be frank, very smart." Within the next five years, Clayton plans to become a well-established field service engineer working for Subaru or another auto industry giant. "When dealership technicians can't solve a problem, then the field service engineer is called in, for high-level diagnostics," he said. His next step will be to finish certifications in the Automotive Society of Engineers, eventually earning a master technician certification. "What I learned at ASU has prepared me to be able to understand books and topics and to develop skills to be successful in the next step of my career." By Linda Relyea ‘96, ‘10

Art alumnus gains international exposure art alumnus abel tilahun ‘10 recently exhibited his one-person show, “vital signs,” at the american university museum’s katzen arts center in washington, d.c. he credits his asu art professors for his success. Born and raised in Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, Tilahun moved with his wife, Isabelle Zaugg, to Alamosa, where her parents live, and started the art master's program. He soon felt at home and supported by the Art Department. "Art Professor Gene Schilling made my transition to the U.S. very smooth by taking on the responsibility of a friend, father figure, and mentor, as he does for so many students that come from various parts of the country and the world."

A recipient of the Adams State Cloyde Snook Scholarship, Tilahun exhibited his first U.S. solo show in the Cloyde Snook Gallery. "The immense amount that I gained from other ASU students, staff, and faculty can't be summed up in a few words. I am humbled and grateful for all the patience and support that I received from them." “Vital Signs” explores the universal human experience through the manifold meaning associated with the human body, its parts, its sustenance, and its loftiest ambitions. The show reflects Tilahun's multidisciplinary practice in sculptural installation, video art, drawing, and painting, linked by consistent semiotic concerns. At the heart of his work are traces of both the cutting edge and the long arc of history. “Vital Signs” closed March 11 and was curated by Meskerem Assegued. After earning a Master of Art in art from ASU, Tilahun then attained a B.F.A. in sculpture from Addis Ababa Univer-

Abel Tilahun (far right) with three pieces from his exhibit “Vital Signs.” Above from left: “Womb,” detail from “Etherial,” and a video still from “School of Thought.” sity's Ale School of Fine Arts and Design. He now splits his time between his Addis Ababa studio and Washington, D.C., where he has taught as an adjunct professor at American University and Marymount University. He and Isabelle welcomed their fifth child, Hannah, during the run of “Vital Signs.” Tilahun has had several solo exhibits. One notable group show was“Curvature of Events,” curated by Assegued at the New Master's Gallery of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden in Germany (2014-2015), which traveled to the National Museum of Ethiopia in 2015. He has presented artist lectures in New York City, Addis Ababa, the National Museum of Ethiopia, AEF, Adams State, and Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, among others. In 2016 Tilahun was one of 10 artists longlisted for the Financial Times OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award for Visual Art. His work has been called “intellectually fresh and moving, representing an unwavering voice of his generation.” By Linda Relyea ‘96, ‘10

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He also appreciated Margaret Doell, former Art Department chair and now assistant vice president of Academic Affairs. "She was incredible in consulting with me about my research and practice, always kept her office open, and pushed me to work to my fullest potential." Art professor Roger Erikson also advised Tilahun on many projects and "maintained an engaging and fun environment where all students were encouraged to ask as many questions as possible." His professors recognized Tilahun's art had a variety of needs and provided him with a large studio space and extensive access to a high-end computer lab, as well as opportunities and space to exhibit his work. The Washington Post published a review of “Vital Signs,” as did the African media station CGTN. Although Tilahun has achieved success and recognition as an artist, he continues to appreciate his experience at Adams State, especially the people. "What has particularly stuck with me, both in my work as an artist and a teacher, was Professor Schilling's humility and all the knowledge he so generously shares, not to mention his ability to find and nurture something special in every one of his students."


• ASU • Foundation • Donor R Dear Adams State Alumni and Friends, I’m happy to report that this has been an exceptional year for the Adams State University Foundation and the students that it is our mission to support. I said it in my letter to you last year, but it certainly bears repeating, the generosity and overall desire to help the students at ASU shown by our donors is amazing. Donors, we applaud you for your unwavering financial support that allowed the Foundation to award more than $1 million in scholarship and work-study support to deserving students last year. Additionally, through an unrestricted gift from the Linda Spraitzer Trust, the Foundation was able to provide funding to the University’s Financial Aid Office for the purchase of leading edge software that will allow it to more efficiently and effectively handle the huge volume of scholarship applications and awards that, in the past, were all done in paper format. The Foundation appreciates and utilizes every gift we receive. We know that many of our donors have specific visions for the support to be provided through their gifts, but there are always needs and special circumstances that you, as donors or future donors, may not know about. This is why the Foundation appreciates and needs your unrestricted, or no-strings-attached, donations. The Foundation is working diligently to find solutions for the financial burden on our students and prospective students, so they may move forward and, by way of their education at Adams, be successful in their respective endeavors. The scholarships and work-study opportunities created by your donations allow the students that receive them to focus on their education, rather than on figuring out how they or their families will be able to continue paying for them to stay in college. Additionally, your unrestricted donations will allow us to find increasingly creative means for assisting these very capable and deserving young people. As always, I invite you to visit the Adams State University campus to meet the students, see what’s new, go to a sporting event, or enjoy a theatrical performance in the San Luis Valley Federal Bank Main Stage Theatre. Come see that great stories do, indeed, begin here. 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, CFRE ’91, ’01, executive director of alumni and donor relations, are available to answer your questions and assist you in the donation process. I look forward to seeing 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


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Alice Bean El Pomar Foundation The Estate of Gary '62, '65 and Judith Gaston

San Luis Valley Federal Bank The Estate of Linda Spraitzer Trinchera Blanca Foundation

• Lifetime Support $50,000 + • Alamosa State Bank Alta Fuels Alice Bean Boettcher Foundation Janice Bunch Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency Richard '71 & Mary '74 Cline Community Banks of Colorado Jack & Genevieve Cooper William '60, '62 & Eleanor '82 Crain Daniels Fund The Denver Foundation El Pomar Foundation Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans John '57 & Janet Fuller 1st Southwest Bank The Estate of Gary '62, '65 and Judith Gaston * Rich '59 & De Gehlbach Tom '67, '68 & Pat '68 Gilmore Fred & Ann Haeckl Floyd '55 & Cordelia Higel Grant W. Hurley '47 * Inn of the Rio Grande John & Paige Keeler Michael Lantzy '64, '65 Ron '65 & Marilyn '86, '87 Löser Carlos '61 & Dorothy '61 Lucero John & Frances Marvel * John Robert Maytag

Dr. John McDaniel Beatrice Merritt '36 * National Western Stock Show Scholarship Trust Olibama Tushar Trust P.E.O. Foundation-Chapter V (Monte Vista, CO) William Porter Jr. '51 * & Joan Porter Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation Rio Grande Savings & Loan The Estate of Charles & Cleo Ritz Richard '69 & Kathleen Rutledge Ken Salazar San Luis Valley Federal Bank San Luis Valley Health San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op, Inc. Izora '66 & Butch Southway Southway Construction Co, Inc. Patsy Spier '91 Grace I. Spier Revocable Trust The Estate of Linda Spraitzer State of Colorado Department of Higher Education Charles & Dorothy Steele Sunflower Bank David & Virginia '83, '84, '95 Svaldi Douglas Thomas '55 * The Trinchera Blanca Foundation Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. Family of Ruth & Stanley Wills Estate of Lorraine Young* *Deceased


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ndation • Donor Report • 2017 • • $2,500$4,999 • Alamosa Home Furnishings

Alamosa Convention & Visitors Bureau Alamosa State Bank William '60, '62 & Eleanor '82 Crain Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans Rich '59 & De Gehlbach Floyd '55 & Cordelia Higel Hwy. 17 Jack Farm, LLC Kenneth Kendal King Foundation Ron '65 & Marilyn '86, '87 Löser Dr. John McDaniel P.E.O. Foundation-Chapter V (Monte Vista, CO) San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op, Inc. Southway Construction Co, Inc. State of Colorado Office of State Controller Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation The Wagner Family Xcel Energy Foundation

Alamosa Masonic Philanthropic Foundation Alcon Construction, Inc. Arby's City Market Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Yvonne Cobb '83 Comfort Inn/Super 8/IHOP Daniels Fund Dale '64 & Beverly Hettinger IBM International Foundation J & J Rental Centers Loaf-N-Jug Janet '63 & Jasper Mangum Stephen '67 & Courtney Marsters Mary Motz '62 Mountain Valley Farm, LLC Nunez Family Foundation National Western Stock Show Scholarship Trust Pearl Ortner '58 RMN Events Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation Rustic Log Furniture, Inc. San Luis Valley Early Iron, Inc. Michael Sloan '65 Valley Courier Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. Jackie Getz White '82 & Brent White

• $5,000$9,999 •

Angelo Duarte Memorial Scholarship Committee Brian & Deborah Brownell Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey Mark '89 & Stephanie '93, '01 Hensley John '66, '70 & Anita '67 Hertner Maury & Leslie Lieberman Dan & Sheri Miller Pepsi Shawn Phillips Porter Realty, Inc. Rio Grande Savings & Loan Richard '69 & Kathleen Rutledge San Luis Valley Health Donald Stegman '61, '64 John Tooker '66 Wall, Smith, Bateman, Inc.

• $1,000$2,499 •

Adams 14 Education Foundation Adams State MBA Alamosa Rotary Club American Electric Co. AmeriGas Propane Alamosa Building Supply/ La Jara Trading Post Asphalt Constructors, Inc. Asplin & Associates, LLC ASU Counselor Education Billings Electric, Inc./ Valley Lock & Security, Inc.

Stephen Bokat '68 BSN Sports Glenn & Kerry Burnham Mark Campbell '89 Cattails Golf Course Century 21 Property Management Ronald '79 & Cynthia '97 Chapman Wayne and Nancy '78 Chasen Family Fund of The Community Foundation CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency Colorado Choice Health Plans Cooley & Sons Excavating, Inc. Cottonwood Dental Center, LLC William Crockett '89 Ed Crowther & Lori Tanner Brian & Tamara David David Wehe, CFP Chuck & Sylvia Davison Leslie '95, '05 & Brian Doyle Ronald '67, '72 & Paula '73 Duncan John '63, '69 & Margaret '61 Faron Flood & Peterson Insurance, Inc. Chase & Jill Francis Steven Getz '81 GFWC Woman's Citizenship Club GH Phipps Construction Companies Karla Jean Gilbert Gobin's Charles Gomez '63,'68 David Green '70, '71 Hampton Inn Phillip Haram '62 Douglas Hartman '71 James '83 & Deborah '84 Harvey James Heath Hal Henning '90 Shawn '90 & Sheila '89 Hicks Marilynn Hikiji Renee Hikiji Flores Chuck '62 & Sandy '79, '80 Houser Husmann Plumbing iMedical, Inc. Jack's Market Johnson Controls, Inc. Marty & Diana Jones Butch '69 & Judy Jones Maurice & Olivia Jourdane L & M Auto Sales Roger Levin '84 William Lipke

legacy society Anonymous Mary Beaver Philip Britton '61 Russell Cagle '73 Jack* & Genevieve Cooper Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans Patricia Ewert Flannagan '76* Gary '62 '65 & Judith Gaston* Rich '59 and De Gehlbach Dale '64 & Beverly Hettinger Ron '65 & Marilyn '86, '87 Löser Bonnie Moinet '84 Bud* and Pat Nielsen Lisa Pollard Michael '65 & Margaret Sloan Patsy Spier '91 Linda Spraitzer * Douglas Thomas '55* Beth Waters* Arthur Wellbaum* Woodward Family Trust * Deceased

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

ASU Foundation: 719-587-7609

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• $10,000$49,999 • 1st Southwest Bank


• Adams State University • Foun • ASU Foundation Scholarship Funds • 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

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

carpe diem Koos & Harry Daley

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

clyde calvin carstens memorial/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

joshua thomas cary memorial John & Paige Keeler

sally t. chavez memorial Anonymous Donor

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

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

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

alton cole Estate of Alton Cole

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

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

*Established 2017


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• $1,000$2,499 • Fern Lucero and the Lucero Family Foundation Damon '87 & Konnie Martin Merck Partnership for Giving Holly Morris '00 Deanna Morris '64, '65 Larry '88, '93 & Carolyn '89 Mortensen Thomas Motz '82 Nino's Mary Oba Chuck Owsley '68 John Patten Donald '60, '62 & Jytte Poulson Judith Quiller '61, '64 Rock Creek Family Medicine, P.C. Rocky Mountain Septic & Excavating Rocky Mountain Eye Center, P.C. Safeway LeRoy & Michelle '92 Salazar Lena Samora '67, '68 Alicia Schreiner '69 George Sellman & Julie Mordecai '14 Sherwin Williams Silver Mountain Disposal, LLC Skiball's Running World Southwest Ready Mix, Inc. Rondaleen Specht '67 Larry & Carol Sveum The Rubi Slipper Tim's Transmission & Auto Repair Torben Walters Insurance Agency, Inc. Carissa Tripi Valley Electric, Inc. Van Iwaarden Builders, Inc. Viaero Wireless Michael Ware '69 Webb Family Fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation David & Donna '12 Wehe Arvilla Weldon '70, '92 Michael Williamson '70 Melvin Yates '68, '74

• $500-$999 • Russell Achatz '85 Harris Allen '70 Gary Antisdel '59, '63 Anytime Fitness Randy & Karla Bloemhof Paul Briggs '70 David Broyles '74 Shirley Carlson '63, '63 Peter '66 & Gayle Ciraolo Colorado Sports Daniel '95, '99 & Jackie '03, '05 Caulfield Mary Jo Chase Regas Chefas '67 Jamie & Jeremy Cox Gloria Curtis '70 Mike Gibson & Gigi Darricades Robert Davis '70 Del Mar Carpet One Del Norte Bank Kathleen Delzell '61 Mandy Elder '94 Rod Ermel '79 George Evans Sheryl '82, '85 & Wayne Farley Roy '70 & Marva '71 Fritch William & Grace Fulkerson Phillip Godwin Greg '96 & Jeni '85 Goodwin Matt & Karla Hardesty Kenji Hikiji Robert Hoff '71 John '83 & Barbara '82 Holmes LJ Leatherman '88 Philip Lopez '04 Willis '66, '69 & Janet '67 Lowther Mark MacDonnell '83 Harry Manesiotis '99 Mark's Outdoor Sports Judy Martin '67 Rosalie '86 & LeRoy Martinez Dr. Beverlee McClure Karen McLean-Simmons '74 Eric Mead '71 Ted '69 & Janet '69 Morrison Wade '76, '80 & Lindy '80 Mortensen Duane & Tiffany Oakes Anthony Oliva '99 Pete Ortega '61, '64 James '66, '66 & Rita '65, '72 Paronto

Lonnie Porter '65, '66 Mary Ann '86 & Mike Porter Prep-Rite Coatings & Contracting, LLC Floyd '54, '64 & Leila '84 Quintana Robert & Regina Rice Scott '98 & Lindsay '99 Riley Marcella Roybal Darrell Sabers '63 Ken Salazar San Luis Valley Brewing Company Kendra Sanderson '15 & Joni Hemmerling '10 Sargent Associated Students Michael Scarbrough '91 Kathy Soden '89 Sonic Drive-In Lee Vickers '60, '65 Walters & Associates, LTD Elizabeth Watts '70 Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift James Wilharm '64 Tom & Ann Wingerter Bill Woodward '61 YourCause Chevron Matching Employee Funds ZKM, LLC

• $100-$499 • Absolute Shine Auto Body and Paint Ruth Acheson James Adkins '78 Richard & Kimberly Akasaka Alamosa School District Anita Allinger '77 Anonymous Donald Apodaca '69, '71 Jaime Armenta '86 Mike '77, '84 & Susan '88 Arnold Louis Ascione Tadini Bacigalupi '79 Melanie Bagwell '89 Karen Bagwell '78 Gary Baker '69 Steve & Donna Baldwin Bank Shot Sports Bar Kenneth Barber '72 & Jane Fiebelkorn Barber '71 Wilma Bard '76 Victor Barela '63 Jody '99 & Jonathan Barton Rudy '62 & Sharon Basovsky

ndation • Donor Report • 2017 • David Cruz '73 Steve & Patti Curry Harold Czarnetzki '69 Bob Damashek '68, '73 Gail Davis '68 David Davis '75 Shon Davis Cindy Davy Marc Davy Mike Deacon '75 Wanda Decker '54 Jason Defee Jim & Erma Defee Leo Degenstein Christine Delaney-Haynes '75 Jerry DeLeon '89 Ron '76 & Jan '80, '03 DeSautell David Dolezal Daniel Donohoue '74 Jill Downie '90, '91 Nancy Dunn '65, '76 Chuck '73 & Margie '73 Eaton Lawrence & Katharine Eckert Mike '71 & Linda '73 Edgar Mary Eldredge '99 Grace Ellsworth '65 Leroy Espinoza D. Marty Esquibel David Evans '70 Farm Fresh Direct Melody Feniks Jim & Lizette Fiedler Robert Fink '79 and Patty Lopez Keith '58, '63 & Claudette '63, '78 Fisher Patricia '70 & John Fitch Neil Fleischauer '70 Nancy Flora Focus 1st LLC Vickie I. Ford '71 James Ford '16 John & Linda Frakes Bill Franz '77 Louis '72, '73 & Marlene '73 Fraulo Frontier Bank Kenneth Fry '60 John '57 & Janet Fuller Sandra Fulmer '72 Rosie Galvan Dan Garcia '84, '93 & Liz Tabeling-Garcia '96, '06 Delbert '70, '71 & Jan Gay Andria Gay '05, '09 Beryl Geber John Gendreau '70 Michele Gillard '93

Tony Giordano '69 Richard Goggin '76 Wanda '74 & Gordan Golsan Helen Gonzales '55, '68 Ruben Gonzales '61, '64 Gary Goold Ron Green '76 Jon Greene '67 Ronald Grossarth '62 Marlena Halko '00 D'Albert '06 & Jocelyn '06 Hall Jacqueline Haney '83 Patrick Hannigan '76 Bill '70, '76 & Linda '71 Hard Wes Hargrove '78 Spencer Harris '72 Jack Harris '65, '66 Patti Hastreiter '83 David Hayashida Mary Hayashida Stephen Hayashida Eddie Hearyman '71, '73 Barry Heckard '73 Charlotte Hefner '88 Mike '07 & Erika '08, '09 Henderson David Henkel '69, '75 Jessica Hermosillo Timothy & Kristi Hillis Scott Hoatson '76 Steven '88 & Monica '87 Hokansson Jenel Hopper '02 Karen Hossack '69 John Hostetter '85 Norman '62, '65 & Mary Sue '64 Howey John Hroma '67 Sandra Hubbard '05 Michael Hudson '98 Jerry Hughes '70 Larry Joe '83 & Christine '83 Hunt Cheryl Husmann '88 William & Irene Jackson Catherine James Jay Meyer Insurance Agency, Inc. Larry '69 & Shirley Jeffryes Rodger Jehlicka Eugene Jimenez '70, '70 Bob Johnson '99 Dennis Johnson '92 Shorty & Gwen Johnson Conrad Johnson '99, '00 Robert Johnson '71, '91 Jonathan Johnston '62 Michael Jolly '84, '85

first generation scholar alyssa archuleta ‘17 B.A. Sociology/Criminology Colorado Springs, CO Scholarships: Promising Scholar Goal: earn a master’s degree in social work

• Being the first in my family to earn a college degree means a lot. I have choices my parents didn’t have, and I am a role model for my younger brother. • At Adams State you have one-onone time with professors, which is so beneficial. They know if you are struggling or succeeding and support you either way. • All the hard work in going to college is worth it in the end. It is a huge personal accomplishment. Since my freshman year, I grew exponentially as a student and person. I used to be shy and quiet. Now it is easy to speak in front of groups and greet people I don’t know.

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Don & Laura Basse Jay Baxa Tawney Becker Michelle Bell De Bencomo Harold Benson '71 Andrea Benton-Maestas '12 Dee Betts '70, '71 Steven & Dawn Beyersdorff Jeffrey Bilderbeck '03 Nancy Billiard '71 Eric Blake '03 Valley Car Wash/Vintage Garage B-On The Obvious, Inc. Ron Bond '59 Jerry Booher '59, '61 Joelle Boos-Medina '99, '11 Mark '96 & Jessica '96 Bowers Heather Brooks Scott '74, '77 & Pam '74 Brown Jon & Teri Brownell Neil Bruce Esq. '75 & Barbara Bruce '75 Herbert Bruntel Jr. '69 Richard Buck '64 Steven '69 & Aneta Buhl Fred Bunch '77 Longino & Rufina Bustillos Jeffrey Butler '71 Megan Buzby '03 Campus Cafe Toney Cantu '70 Christopher Carroll '89 Kurt '71, '78 & Joan '90 Cary Maria Casias John Cathcart '74 Century 21 Valley Realty Keith Cerny & Debra Sowards-Cerny Darla Chappell '77 Robert '07, '11 & Sharon '87 Chavez The Chester Belfield Trust Peter '66 & Gayle Ciraolo Ellen Clark '69 Glen '62 & Frances '62 Clark Adam & Jann Clark Laraine Clarke Lisa Clements Morris Cohen '61, '68 John Conlon '67 Jack & Genevieve Cooper Coby Cosper Mabel Cotton Donald '65 & Johanna '65 Crawford Eric '00 & Stacey '99 Crouser


• Adams State University • Foun • ASU Foundation Scholarship Funds • dr. ed crowther/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

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

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

angelo duarte wrestling* Family/Friends

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

ellis memorial Harry Manesiotis '99

el pomar nursing* El Pomar Foundation

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

gary & judith gaston* Estate of Gary Gaston

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

*Established 2017


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• $100-$499 • Carrie Jones '06 Jim Jones '47 Olga Joyce '61, '63 Richard Kadinger '75 George & Mabel Kanno Karl Keller Kentucky Fried Chicken Dale Kerby '59, '61 Mike & Mary Kester Robert Kidder '73 Concetta King Delfinia Kogovsek '59 Keith & Kim Kohorst Bessie '59, '61 & Ben Konishi Daniel '76, '88 & Margaret '01 Korber Tom Kusleika '69, '72 La Cueva Inc. Frank Ladwig '63 Dennis Lamb Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Charlotte Ledonne '84 David Lee '60 Dianne & Jeff Lee Virginia Lehman Jim Lester & Helen Sigmond Selbert & Dorothy Lewis Chad & Lynn Liddell Charles & Rayna Liekweg Rock '80, '80 & Sharon '80 Light Alan Lindsay '83 Bettie Lobato Robert '73 & Sharon '68, '73 Lockwood Alfonso Lopez '70 Tammy Lopez '91, '00 Fred Lopez '69 Chris Lopez '84 John '97 & Jodie '00 Lopez Jimmy Lovato '71, '73 Frank Lucas '69 Pablo Lucero Carlos '61 & Dorothy '61 Lucero Michele Lueck Al Lujan '72 Priscilla Lujan '75 Johnny '70 & Wanda '70 Lydia Mark Mabry '15 Theodora Madrid '60, '69 Azarel Madrigal '16 Thomas '72 & Kristine '73 Magel

Stephen Magoon '67, '70 Curtis '71 & Kay '80 Malouff John Manning '07 William Manzanares Jr. '67 Babes '80, '82 & Cherith '81 Marchase Dennis '72 & Nancy '72 Marion Mark's Tire Service Manuel and Merlinda Marquez Ken '87, '94 & Dolores '87 Marquez Joe Martinez '99, '12 Bernice Martinez '66 Esmeralda Martinez '97, '01 Juan Martinez '76, '81 Michael Martinez '75, '87 Connie '75 & Kim Marvel John '70 & Betti Marvel Monroe Mathias '51 Natalie Matthewson '88, '94 Michele Mavor '00 Allen May '17 Larry '64 & D'Anna '66, '74 Mayfield Robert McAllister '67 John McBride '59 William '68 & Regina '68 McCann Les McCarroll '69 Teri McCartney '87, '92 & Don Richmond '13 Lavoy McCorkle '60, '62 Craig McDowall '85 David McGovern '70 Jo Ann Meahl-MacKenzie '67 Mitch Medina '60, '64 Wayne Melanson '69 John & Myrna Mestas Thomas '69 & Beverly '69 Michoski Warren Mickelsen '66, '90 Betty Miller

Alex Miller '97 & Karen Rubidoux-Miller '94 Roger '68 & Linda '67 Mitchell Les & Lisa Miyamoto Chas '98 & Melissa Moeller Mike & Caylee Montgomery Julia Montoya Paul Morley '66 Wayne Morrison '63 Corky & Nancy Mortensen Jeffrey '00 & Katherine '00 Motz Howard Mozeico Cathy Mullens '82 James Mullings '51, '68 Louis '67, '69 & Jolleen '87 Myers Tom '68, '81 & Barbara '71 Nagoda Stan Nelson '61, '65 Kurt Nielson Gail Nitta '66 Floyd & Jody Oaks David Ochoa '63, '63 Marco Ochoa '90, '92 Albert '61 & Kelli '74 O'Leary Larry '77 & Billie '77 Olin Michael Onofrey '76 Patti Ortiz '78 Renee-Mae Ota '72 Alison Ouchi Larry & Evelyn Owens in the name of Leslie Owens-Doyle '95, '05 Jeff Owsley '86 John Pacheco '74 Tano '63, '70 & Loretta '64 Paolucci Josh Parrish & Morgan Medor Michael Patritch '70, '73 Judy Pattillo Walter Paulson '61, '63 Jolene Pavlovsky '63, '67 Janine Pearce-Vasquez '86

matching gift companies Discover Financial Services You Care, We Share Employee Giving Program IBM International Foundation Merck Partnership for Giving Pitney Bowes State Farm Companies Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Educational Matching Gift YourCause Chevron Matching Employee Funds Xcel Energy Foundation

ndation • Donor Report • 2017 • James Seefeldt '89 Vincent '79 & Donna Segura Julia Seiler '83, '84 Jeffrey Sell '61 Val '60, '65 & Evangeline '57, '61 Sena Arlin Severson '65 Paul Silzell '78 Chris & Lisa Simmons Cleave Simpson Jack Skeen Debbie Slupianek '78 SLV Sports & Wellness, Inc. Edward Small '73 Harold Smith '68, '69 Debra Smith '78 Karl '70 & Susene '72 Smith Colleen Stabolepszy '93, '97 Steve & Stephanie Stallworth Kristina Steinberg Donald Stimack '54 Walter Stoufer '66 Michael Streeter '81, '85 Nagako & Katsuji Sumida Linda Swanson '70 Pattie & Dean Swift Jeb Taylor '66 Dervin Taylor J. Kelly Theisen '82 Charles Thomas '66 To The Penny Bookkeeping Lis Tomlin Jane Trogdon '66 Milton Trujillo '58 Henry Trujillo '61, '70 Sharon '85 & Ken Turpin Suzanne Uehara Lois Unger '94 Robert Valdez '66 Edmund Vallejo '55 Jose Vallejos '62 Mark & Elizabeth Varhaug Stephanie Veck '89 Regan Velasquez '87 James Vuono '69 Robert '80 & Margaret '79 Wagoner Anna Walker '15 Kip Walker '77 Robert Waltman '76 Glenn Waneka Jeffrey Washburn Kathy Washeck '73 Kay '55 & Jan '63 Watkins Weiss Dry Cleaning Frank Westcott '94 Donnie Whitaker '91

Charles White Shaun & Nala Wicen Justin Wilcox '94 Brent Williams '71 Paul Williams '75 Frank Wilson '71 Lisa Wilson '94 Bob & Marianne Wilson William '64 & Donna '64 Witt Donald Wolfe '68 Kathie Womack Piamsook Wongsonvanee Blake Wood & Rebecca Clark David '67, '75 & Kay '68 Wood Aubrey Woodward '72 Jim '61 & Velma Workman Alan Wortkoetter Randy Wright '84 Lynda Wyer '72, '06 Patricia Yasunaga Ann Yasunaga-Frith Stanley & Amy Yee Cindy Yong Chay '00 & Jennifer '00 Yund Robert Yund '74 Joe & Shirley Zanski

• Up to $99 •

Anonymous Edmon & Lucy Adams Camila Alire '70 Bruce Allen Rebecca Allison '99 Jeremy Anderson Jerry Anderson Vera Andreatta Patricia Anselmo '83 Glenn & Margaret Aoyama Elizabeth Armenta '80, '88 Martha Asher '73, '75 Marty & Bonnie Asplin Wendy Ast '12 Lenny Atencio Barbara Avery '93 Corey Baldwin Mary Baranczyk '01 Darcee Benesch '00 Beverly Barton '69 Ron Beard Tammy Beck Bruce Befort '80 Diana Bender '93 Ron Bennett '80 MJ Berg '86

first generation scholar edgar morales ‘17 B.S. Wildlife Biology Antonito, CO Father of two Volunteer fire-fighter Scholarships: Milestone, SLV Promise

• I have been working since I was six years old, as soon as I could pick something up. My dad had us working and taught a strong work ethic. I have had to work in the snow and in all conditions. I don’t want my children to do this. I set myself as an example and to show college is possible, no matter how tough the situation is. • The biology professors were as excited as I was about things that happen and learning new discoveries in the field and sharing with us. It made it fun and a better learning experience.

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John Perry '64, '71 Jerry Petersen '77 Barbara Pierpoint Milton Place '74 Jim '95 & Melissa '92 Plane Keith Poole '73 Robert Poulson '59 Frank Powell '62 Beverly Price '69 Dwight Proctor '72 Pueblo Rockhounds, Inc. William Rakow Jr. '69 Gary & Toni Ramstetter Tyler Ratzlaff '82 Cornelia Rector '68 Dick '67 & Marcie '01 Reed Jerry & Kelli Reynolds Wayne Richardson '67 Susan & Edward Richmond Matthew Ridge '97 Susan Roach Virginia Robertson Harold & Janice Robison Michelle Roepke Kathy Rogers Mike Rogers Jason Rogers '93 Lonnie Rogers '60 Ernest '74, '85 & Patricia '71, '76, '99 Romero Adela Romo Chris Rooney Walter '94, '08 & Emma '10 Roybal Patrick Roybal '90 Albert Roybal '80 Bob & Rosa Rubino Neil & Elise Rudolph Sylvia Rue Casey Ruiz '04 Alonzo Ruybal '72 Nick Saenz Juan Salas Elliot & Pam Salazar Penny Sanders Louie Santistevan '74 Phillip '73, '74 & Jeanne '74 Sategna Rich '75 & Barbara Scanga Stephen Schiffer William Schlaufman Jerry Schloffman '65, '70 Matthew '99 & Emily '99 Schmidt Schrader's Glass Shop, LLC Merle Schroder '67 Shirley Scott '79 Richard Seals '59, '62


• Adams State University • Foun • ASU Foundation Scholarship Funds • 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 & sadako hayashida memorial Sadako Hayashida

brooks haynie memorial endowment Thomas & Marjorie Haynie

hensley wrestling* Mark '89 & Stephanie '93, '01 Hensley

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 ‘69 & Harold Kelloff

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

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

*Established 2017 28

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• Up to $99 • Monica Birrer Robert Blaschke '61 Tom '59 & Charlotte '58, '71 Bobicki Dave Bokel '12 Sean Bolton Janet Borla '70 Philip Born '68 Pat '72 & Donna '95 Bottini Greg Bowman '11 Mike Box Gerald '59 & Karen '61 Boxberger Tom and Linda Brake Lynn Brandt-Nelson '74 Stacey Bredenberg Anne Brown '74, '75 Donald '62, '68 & Ann Brown Yvonne Brubacher '62 Roger Brunelli '67, '74 Dorothy Burum '83 Abran Bustos '05 Lisha Bustos '08, '09 Russell Cagle '73 John Caligaris '61 Jennifer Canty '03 Sue Carpenter '61 Deborah Carr John Carr '62 Noel Caryl '87 Terral Cash '87 Joseph Casias Paul Casias Joseph Casias II Joanna Casillas Medina '13 Jessica Castillo Gallegos '10 Russ '97, '06 & Bethany '00 Caton Michael Cawthra '76 Mari Centeno Julie Chacon Kimberly Chacon '98, '07 Beneranda Chacon '91, '01, '11 Ethel Chapman '68 Angel Chavez '90 Eva Chavez '91 Stephen Chavez '79 Gilbert & Andrea Cisneros Gerald Clare '78 Iris Clark '74 Douglas Clark '94 Mark Cline '15 Colorado Realty & Land Company

Lizabeth Conyers '93, '05 Alberta'94 & Carl Coolbaugh Alyson Coombs '99 Phyllis Coontz '68 Kent Cooper '76 Joe Cordo '70 Felix Cordova '62, '65 Alfred '70 & Anna Marie '72 Cordova Mary Beth Corsentino '71, '74 Prudencio Cosyleon '77 Cindy Cotten '09 Carole Counihan & James Taggart William Courtney '71 Brian Cowan '97 Hugh & Linda Cozart Dorothy Croft '73 David Crossland '73, '77 Shirley Crow '66, '72 Zenta Crow '73 Mary Crowell '92 Robert Crowther '74, '03 Ivan Curley '53, '56 David Curtis '72, '92 Christopher Dahle Colleen Dalsaso '88 Annette Dalton Kevin '04, '11 & Kris '06, '11 Daniel Christa Davis '89 Jenny Davis '16 Peter '97 & Ronda ‘95 De La Cerda Savino De La Cerda Ian Debono '73, '73 Gerald Dellinger '73 Clarine Denton '81 Edgar '65, '69 & Conzuelo '68 DeVan Lena Dickerson '04 Discover Financial Services You Care, We Share Employee Giving Program John Dodds '04 Tammy Dodson '94 Margaret Doell Frank Dolce '65, '67 Doris Downie '93 Josh Dreher Benjamin '76 & Judy '81, '82 Duarte Peggy Dunn Martin & Wanda Duran Mike '73 & Denise '72 Dutton Mary Dyson '11 Edward Eastin '71 Frances Eigenberg

Virginia Elder '70, '90 Frank '83 & Mary Jo '80 Elkins Kathy Ellithorpe '72 Brian Enclade '08, '10 Lewis Entz '07 Ellwood Ervin '67 Sarah Everill '05 Edmund Fadeley '15 Samuel Fasnacht Cassandra Federoff Fit Republic Jana Flint '96 Ryan & Lisa Fookes Kyle Foster Dale Frasier '86 Rosalia Frausto Amy Fresquez '11 Richard Friesen '70 Roger Fulks '67, '73 Brent Fyock '77 Marsha '71 and Tim Gallagher Ron Gallegos '70 Michael Gallegos '77, '89 William '89 & Rachel '88 Gallegos Jeff Gallegos Bridget Gallegos '68, '72 Charles Garcia '63 Mike '94 & Patricia '82, '97 Garcia Ronald Garcia '88 Len '93 & Toni '00 Gates Michelle Gay Kelly Geerdes '16 Jeff & Nancy Geiser Angelica Gero Gregory Gillaspie '82 Matt & Mary Beth Glowczewski Marilyn Goats Nickie Gomez '99 Pete '67, '71 & Ina '72 Gomez Thomas Gonzales '91 Harold Goodrich '63, '67 Gary Goodwin '90 Miriam Grafe '66 Chuck '87 & Mary '79 Grant C. Elliott Graves '91 Johanna Gray '91 Donald Gray '95 Cyrus Green '61, '62 Janice Green '87 Susan Greenfield '85 Lois Grenfell '93 James Gribben '58, '61 Bob Grooms '76 Jim Groves '59 Simona Guillen '12, '13

ndation • Donor Report • 2017 • John Kennison Peggy Kern '86 Thomas Kester Rodney King '70 Sue King '66, '90 Terrie King '04 Anna Kinney '15 Gary & Katie Kleeman TJ & Alice Kohler Amy Kucera '05 Marty Lakin David Larson '95 David Lashway '75 Pat Laughlin '85, '93 Scott Lawson '16 Darryl '67 & Martha '66 Laye Robert Laymon '07 Cheryl Lee '71 Tiffany Leggett '13 Janet Leinen '78 Shirley Lenhart Joya Lesh Doris Lessenden '74 Susan Likens '01 William & Linda Likes Kimberly Lindberg Keith Lindgren Carolyn Line Gary Loewe '88 Julian '85 & Wendy '82, '93 Lopez Richard Lopez '78 Mike Lowe '68 Audry Loy on behalf of Donna Mabry Lisa Lucero '00, '11 Virgil Lucero Crestina Lucero '02 Josef Lucero '80 Sue Luttrell '88 Zaineb Lyons '09 Anthony Madrid '79, '87 Frank Maes '68 Nikolai Makarow '72 Maureen Maksimoski '75 Dutch Malberg '61, '64 Daniel Maldonado '10 Leslie Malles '71, '80 Daniel '04 & Jeannette '04 Malouff Andrew Mang '57 Ronald Marso '65 Levi Martinez '48 Rodney Martinez Beatrice Martinez '76 Ben Martinez '78 Kim Martinez '15 Tori Martinez '15

Vida Martinez '75 Roman Martinez '71 Todd Matia Constance Mayfield '72 Rose McAlister '63 Holly McCarroll '04 Lisa McCarter Tracy McCay '07 Anita McDaniel Gail McDermott '87 D.H. McFadden Charles '62, '67 & Peggy '66 McGuffin George McMillan '61, '78 Daniel McMinimee '87 Kristi Mease '96 Karen Melgares Sarah Menapace-Walker '93 Victoria Menhennett '75, '87 Dennis Messer '94 Bruce & Sharon Meyer Pham Michell William '73 & Katherine '73 Miller Michelle Mills '96 Dale '85 & Teri Mingilton Brian & Peggy Mizokami Judy Moeny '74, '92 David '77 & Angela '03 Mondragon Deanna Moore '15 Martha Moore Kathleen Morford '85 Nate Morgan Craig '73, '76 & Margie '75, '00 Mortensen Barbara Motes '72, '78 Bruce Moulton '68 Ferdinand Moungoue '16 Gertha Mountfort '69, '73 Shanae Mundee Thomas Murphy '71 Dawn Myers '11 Barbara Nash '80 Dennis '62 & Linda Nash John Nedin '69 Terry Neiman '72 Martha Nelson '71 Margaret Nickelson Wright '48 Suzanne Noel Bruno Nora '15 Shannon Norton Jeannie Norwood '71, '71 & Albert Kahan Chris Olance '14, '17 Clarence Olivas Jo Oliver '93

first generation scholar gabriela gonzalez ‘17 B.A. Political Science Alamosa, CO Scholarships: Milestone Goal: earn a law degree and work in immigration law

• Traditionally in Mexico, women stay at home. Being the first in my family to earn a bachelor’s degree and being female makes me extremely proud. • I never envisioned myself going to college. I didn’t think I was smart enough. I didn’t want to stay here; I wanted to get out of town. My brother went here, and I knew the small classes and one-on-one attention would give me a better chance at success. • My growth from a freshman to graduating senior was tremendous. I feel proud of myself. To see the growth makes me happy.

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John Guyer '68 Robert '87, '96 & Robin '86, '93 Hall David '97 & Penne '01 Hamilton Elizabeth Hammond '76, '80 George Hansen '68 Karl Hansen '64 Kenneth '84 & Janice '70 Hardison Melvin Harper Frances Haugen '68 Paul & Gail Hausback Douglas Hayes Vern '97 & Heather '00 Heersink Donna Hellwig '73 Betty Kay Henderson '84, '88 Paula Henley '75 Anthony Hernandez & Virginia Sanchez Theresa Hernandez '16 Adam Herreid '12 Jim Hilburn '87 John Hill '70, '81 Sarah Hilsman '15 Richard Hime '68 David Hinkley Dustin Hinton '09 Greta Hofius & Sheryl Yamasaki Jenene Holcomb '89, '94 Marjorie Honnaka Victoria Hontas Gaylene Horning '94 Beverly '10 & Rachel '12 Hottor Randy Howdyshell William Howell '83 Vicente Huezo Sally Hunter '77 Eugene Huser '80 Stella Isais '79, '87 Elizabeth Jackson Dr. James '64 & Martha Jacobs Sue-Ellen Jacobs '63 Jill Jagemann Charlie '69 & Kathleen '83, '88 Jaquez Rick Johnson '81 Cary Johnson '98 Barbara Johnston '75 Michael Jones Dennis Jouett '70 Sally Karg '75 Alan '71 & Gerry '72 Kawaguchi Mike Kegel '15 Diana Kellner '79 Kay '68 & Harold Kelloff Kay Kennedy Debra Kennedy '76


• Adams State University • Foun • ASU Foundation Scholarship Funds • 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

jeannie sanderson leach memorial* Kendra Sanderson '15 & Joni Hemmerling '10

michael lane lester memorial James Lester

olibama lopez-tushar Estate of Olibama Lopez-Tushar

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

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

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

lawrence david lucero memorial Fern Lucero

robert lujan memorial golf John '86 & Gwynne Lujan

mangum nursing Janet '63 & Jasper Mangum

michael marchildon/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

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

ethel dobson mcdaniel/ mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

j.e. mcdaniel/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

julie randolph mcdaniel/ mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

lillian mcdaniel/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

ray, ruth & jimmy mcgee Ruth McGee '50

*Established 2017


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• Up to $99 • Richard Ono '97 Robert '70 & Susan Oringdulph Ernest Ornelas '76 Jose '00 ,'04, '07 & Amy '98, '06 Ortega Tammie Padilla Gunnison Pagnotta Alicia Palmer '12 Pamela Parfitt '77 Adra Parks Bertha Parks Clarence & Vicki '91 Parks Wilbert Parks Frankie Pasquale '09 John '68 & Helen '67 Patton Kavik Peacock '01, '03 Mary Perez Lorena Peterson '15 Charles '59, '62 & Margaret '63, '67 Pfalmer Pitney Bowes Jon Plachy '55, '60 John Plock '80 Matthew Pollart '91 Judy Porter Sammie Porter '68 Prescott Hydraulics Flavio Quintana '95 Allen '03 & Tracie '03 Race Robert Rael '66, '73 Gary Ramer '72 Phillip Ranke '66 James Reay '64 Mary Reed '55 Amber Reher '06 William Reilly '60 Joseph Reorda '69 Randy Repola Cassandra Rhinehart '04 Diane Rhodes '64 Joseph Richmond '15 Michael Ries '91 Carol Riggenbach '96 Jennifer Roach Patricia Robbins '93, '96 Randy Roberts '99 Tracey Robinson Monte Roder '71 Barbara Roisum '08 Michael Romero '70, '72 Adriana Romo Joseph Ross '66

Tammy Rowell '81 Kenneth Rue Sally Ruybal '65 Esther Saenz Aaron Sahr '68 Joseph Salas Ana Maria Salas John '82 & Mary Lou '94 Salazar Andrea Salazar '11 Caroline Sanchez '56 Carey Sanchez '77 Diana Sanchez '79, '87 Leonel & Gloria Sanchez David Scanga '79 Roseanna Scheffer '73, '76 Paulette Schmalz '75 Sally Schulz '70 Erich Schwiesow & Julie Waechter Patricia Seese '63, '87 Bijan Seifi '16 Carol Sessums '83, '91 Edward Shea '84 Stephen '99 & Karen '99 Shea Ellen Sheaffer '73 Linda Shelley '72 Brian Shimizu Kiyoshi & Hideko Shioshita Nathan Shock '10 Rachel Silva Todd Simmons '81,'88 Doris Simons Louise Sisneros '16 Mark Skinner '92 Brian Small '03 Anna Smith Carl '61, '64 & Teddy '63 Snow Robert Snyder '74 Joshua Spannagel '07 Linda Sparkman Connie Spencer '63, '66 Evelyn Sprouse-Rowe '84 Terry Sprunger '86 Ivan Stahlecker '73, '81 Robert Stalcup '90 Janis Stanley '77 Karen Stone '71 Doris Sullivan Mike Sullivan '64 Karyl Sutherland '84 Harriet Sutton '63 Arnald Swift '69, '71 Garrett Szagola '71 Jon Tausan '69, '81 Robert Taylor John Taylor Carleen Theel '73

Terresa Thibodeaux '15 Suzanne Thomas '10 Donald Thompson & Jan Oen Emily Thong '15 Bonita Tooley '85 Geneva Torr '11 Todd Tourgee '91 Kathy Trani '69 Jane Trujillo '03 Jack Trujillo '67 Brian Underwood '84 Amy Valdez Bea Valdez '72 Maria Valdez Wanda Valencia '88 Valley Realty David Van Pelt '86 Gary VanGerpen '64, '66 John Van Tassel '76, '85 Patricia Vargo '62 Andy & Hilary Varner Veronica Vasquez '74, '89 Lindsey Veal '16 Patrick '66 & Mary Veerkamp Rachal Velasquez '91 Gary Venturi '71 Ardell Versaw '63 Rose '92, '97 & Al Vialpando Jan '13 & Roxie '10, '17 Vigil Ruben Vigil '61, '65 Valentin Vigil '71 Mark '63, '69 & Ethel '71 Vivoda Rodger '72 & Jane Wakasugi Phillip Ward '56 Barbara Webb Michael & Kimberle Wentink Carol Wheeler '64, '70 Ray Wheeler '58, '67 Vicki Whipple-Mueller '74 Virginia White '65 Roland Jr. '69, '70, '84 & Maryann '70 Wick Jeremy Wilder '96 Demetrick Williams '14 Steve Willman '73 Ronald '82 & Carolyn '82 Wilson Curt '90 & Cindy '91 Wilson Jim Witt '62, '68 Cora Wolfe '64 Eric Wolfe '80 Ken Woodard '86, '92 Linda Wyman '64 Brian & Dori Yamamoto Carlyn Yokum '72 Augusta Youngblood '62 Sheila Zajkowski '15

ndation • Donor Report • 2017 • • Memorial Gifts • Alice Bean

carrol joe carter ’60, ’61 Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Connie Spencer '63, '66

lee cary Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

dr. bill chase Mary Jo Chase

devon j doyle Alamosa School District Leslie '95, '05 & Brian Doyle Sheryl '82, '85 & Wayne Farley Larry & Evelyn Owens in name of Leslie Owens-Doyle '95, '05

angelo duarte Angelo Duarte Memorial Scholarship Committee LeRoy & Michelle '92 Salazar Jim Lester & Helen Sigmond

benedito arnold gallegos ’72, ‘74 Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

phyllis gillson Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

carolyn harper Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

sadako hayashida Richard & Kimberly Akasaka Bruce Allen Glenn & Margaret Aoyama Steven & Dawn Beyersdorff The Chester Belfield Trust Adam & Jann Clark Laraine Clarke Steve & Patti Curry Cassandra Federoff Jim & Lizette Fiedler Ryan & Lisa Fookes Paul & Gail Hausback David Hayashida Mary Hayashida Stephen Hayashida Kenji Hikiji Marilynn Hikiji Renee Hikiji Flores Greta Hofius & Sheryl Yamasaki Marjorie Honnaka William & Irene Jackson

George & Mabel Kanno Mike & Mary Kester Charles & Rayna Liekweg Les & Lisa Miyamoto Brian & Peggy Mizokami Howard Mozeico Alison Ouchi Brian Shimizu Kiyoshi & Hideko Shioshita Anna Smith Nagako & Katsuji Sumida Suzanne Uehara Rodger '72 & Jane Wakasugi Michael & Kimberle Wentink Piamsook Wongsonvanee Brian & Dori Yamamoto Patricia Yasunaga Ann Yasunaga-Frith Stanley & Amy Yee Cindy Yong

samuel hendricks ‘81 Suzanne Noel Judy Pattillo Kay '55 & Jan '63 Watkins

george w. kelloff ‘59 Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

gary ‘64 & june kliesen ‘63 Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

alice lindemann Grace Ellsworth '65

travis malouff Connie Spencer '63, '66

sherrie bennett maule ‘63 Darla Chappell '77 Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Shirley Lenhart

otto stangl ‘53 Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

bertha trujillo ’72, ‘80 Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Tammy Lopez '91, '00

elwyn “al” wehe ‘73 Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Tammy Lopez '91, '00 David & Donna '12 Wehe

• In Honor of • duane bussey ‘82 Shon Davis

first generation scholar marco garmendia ‘17 B.S. Business Administration - Marketing Grants Pass, OR Scholarships: Porter Scholars, Baseball, Milestone, Charles & Cleo Ritz Now interning with Daktronics

• It is cool to be the first in my family to receive a college degree and an honor. I have a little brother who is thinking about attending college, when he hadn’t before.

norman “crash” nash ‘57 Gaylene Horning '94 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske

jeannie sanderson leach Kendra Sanderson '15 & Joni Hemmerling '10 Sargent Associated Students

doug shriver Melody Feniks Holly Morris '00

alan sinton Webb Family Fund of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation

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• Adams State University • Foun • ASU Foundation Scholarship Funds • mclean family Dolores McLean '65 Chris Simmons

merritt Beatrice Merritt '36

matthew miller memorial Mary Miller

mingilton family endowment Dale '85 & Teri Mingilton

marvin motz Anonymous Donor

motz/porter basketball* Alonzo Porter '65, '66 & Mary Motz '62

music endowment ASU Alumni, Staff & Friends

mvhs-adams Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans

valerie naranjo* Anonymous Donor

national western National Western Stock Show Trust

dr. paul s. and patti k. newman theatre education endowment Paul & Patti Newman

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

spud orr memorial Merle Orr '65, '69

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

sue “soupe” patterson art memorial Bill Mansheim

sue patterson & bill mansheim/ mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

porter realty Mike & Mary Ann '86 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


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

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

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

emma & henry salazar memorial* Ken Salazar

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 Southway Construction

southway wrestling Southway Construction

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

rick spier memorial Patsy Spier '91

linda l .spraitzer* Estate of Linda Spraitzer

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

mary louise & lester tooker* John Tooker '66 & Deborah Brownell

william trujillo/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

dale umberger lunch box memorial Football Players of 1966-71

ralph vail & kathlyn thatcher vail Ann Vail

wagner family* Virgil '73 & Carol '76 Wagner

wall, smith, bateman WSB & Associates, Inc.

kyle walpole/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

bill & beth waters Bill '59 & Beth Waters

kay watkins Adams State Chemistry Department

elwyn & virginia wehe Al '73 & Virginia Wehe

arthur wellbaum* Estate of Arthur Wellbaum

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

lillian mcdaniel williamson/ mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

stanley & ruth wills Ruth Wills '46 Karen Kelton

woodard memorial Charles & Beryl Woodard

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

shirley wright/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

robert ellard wright memorial Mary Ann Wright

shane yamnitz/mcdaniel Dr. John McDaniel

cindy young memorial Norman Tucker '79

lorraine young memorial Estate of Lorraine Young '37

bill zittle memorial golf Tuesday Nite Men's Golf League

*Established 2017

ndation • Donor Report • 2017 • • Internship Funds • In addition to scholarship support, the ASU Foundation manages funds that provide employment opportunities for students: lucero mentoring project •Students are hired to work in Alamosa elementary schools and provide one-on-one interaction with at-risk children.

mCdaniel internship program •Students are hired by various departments on campus and organizations in the community such as SLV Health and the Alamosa Chamber of Commerce.

salazar rio grande del norte center •Students are hired to study and document

happ fund •Students are hired as support technicians in

the history of the Rio Grande del Norte.

ASU Computing Services.

first generation scholar maira rodriguez ‘17 Graduated magna cum laude B.A. English/Creative Writing Antonito, CO Scholarships: Promising Scholar, SLV Promise, Vice President’s Merit, Grizzly Partner, Woodard Memorial, Lorraine Young Memorial

• Graduating with no debt is one of my biggest accomplishments. It is worth applying for scholarships. I can’t describe the excitement I felt when I would open another scholarship acceptance. I am so grateful for that. • I grew up in an environment where college was not an option. I decided to give it a shot. It was my favorite place to be. I love being a student.

Students reach out every spring during the Alumni Phonathon.

• Being the first in my family to earn a college degree means stability. It is a step closer to living the kind of life I want to live. I am a role model for my siblings, parents, family, home town, and community.

Above are this year’s callers. Front row: Ludmila Kosmowski, Autryana McGee. Back row: Whittney Westphal, Chelsea Todd, Emily Sharpe, Brittani Shettron, Marisol Cristobal-Lucas, Jasmine Gonzalez, and Jade Stemmler. Not pictured are Morgan McMaster Neely and Madison Pockrus.

• My younger sister, in the 8th grade, likes to write. She discovered that from seeing me and now she wants to teach and write books.

want to save on taxes?

we can help. To learn more about the benefits of making a planned gift to the ASU Foundation, please contact: Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00, Executive Director ASU Foundation 719-587-7122 email:

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A number of charitable plans can help you save on taxes and secure your financial future. • Gift of low performing CDs, stocks, bonds, cash • Donation of real estate or business interest


• Adams State University • Foun • Grizzly Club • • Corporate • 1st Southwest Bank A & L Coors, Inc. A Better Cut Barber Shop Acropolis Adams State MBA program Airgas USA, LLC 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 Asphalt Constructors, Inc. ASU Bookstore ASU Counselor Education Atencio's Market Best Western Alamosa Inn Billings Electric, Inc./ Valley Lock & Security, Inc. Bistro Rialto Blessed Brews Boutique Air BSN Sports Calvillo's Caton's SuperLube Cattails Golf Course Century 21 Property Management Chaparral Tires CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency City Market Colorado Choice Health Plans Colorado Eagle Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Colorado Sports Comfort Inn/Super 8/IHOP Community Banks of Colorado Cooley & Sons Excavating, Inc. Cottonwood Dental Center, LLC David Wehe, CFP Del Mar Carpet One Domino's Extreme Graphics Fit Republic


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Flood & Peterson Insurance, Inc. Foothills Environmental, Inc. Friday Health Plans of Colorado, Inc. GH Phipps Construction Companies Gobin's Hampton Inn Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hunan Chinese Restaurant Husmann Plumbing J & J Rental Centers Johnson Controls, Inc. Kristi Mountain Sports L & M Auto Sales Loaf-N-Jug Mark's Outdoor Sports MayWa Chinese Restaurant Monte Vista Cooperative Nestle Toll House Cafe Nino's O & V Printing Pepperoni Brothers, LLC Pepsi Porter Realty, Inc. Rio Grande Savings & Loan RMS Utilities Rock Creek Family Medicine, P.C. Rocky Mountain Eye Center, P.C. Rocky Mountain Memorabilia Rocky Mountain Septic & Excavating Safeway 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 SLV Pizza Company SLV Sports & Wellness, Inc. Smoothy's Juice Bar Sodexo Campus Services, Inc. Sonic Drive-In Southwest Ready Mix, Inc. Square Peg The Rubi Slipper Torben Walters Insurance Agency, Inc. Town & Country Auto Mall Valley Courier

Valley Electric, Inc. Valley Food Co-op Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. Van Iwaarden Builders, Inc. Vance & Larson Viaero Wireless VIP Salon and Spa Wall, Smith, Bateman, Inc. Woody's Q Shack, LLC Xcel Energy

• Individual • Jerry Anderson Bank Shot Sports Bar Jeffrey Bilderbeck '03 Valley Car Wash/Vintage Garage Sean Bolton Joelle Boos-Medina '99, '11 Heather Brooks Jon & Teri Brownell David Broyles '74 Glenn & Kerry Burnham Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey Kurt '71, '78 & Joan '90 Cary Russ '97, '06 & Bethany '00 Caton Betsy & Carl Chacon Gilbert & Andrea Cisneros Glen '62 & Frances '62 Clark Ed Crowther & Lori Tanner David Curtis '72, '92 Jason Defee Jim & Erma Defee Leo Degenstein Erika Derouin-Greene Ron '76 & Jan '80, '03 DeSautell Jill Downie '90, '91 Josh Dreher Leroy Espinoza John '63, '69 & Margaret '61 Faron Keith '58, '63 & Claudette '63, '78 Fisher Frontier Bank William & Grace Fulkerson Andria Gay '05, '09 Delbert '70, '71 & Jan Gay Michelle Gay Rich '59 & De Gehlbach Jeff & Nancy Geiser Angelica Gero

Campus Cafe Matt & Mary Beth Glowczewski Greg '96 & Jeni '85 Goodwin Vern '97 & Heather '00 Heersink Charlotte Hefner '88 Jenel Hopper '02 Michael Hudson '98 Larry Joe '83 & Christine '83 Hunt Dustin Imdieke Shorty & Gwen Johnson Karl Keller Rena & Nathan Kirkland Keith & Kim Kohorst Dianne & Jeff Lee Selbert & Dorothy Lewis Kentucky Fried Chicken Rock '80, '80 & Sharon '80 Light Keith Lindgren Richard & Ericha Loosbrock Chris Lopez '84 Robert Lopez '96 Azarel Madrigal '16 Ken '87, '94 & Dolores '87 Marquez Damon '87 & Konnie Martin Beatrice Martinez '76 Miranda McWilliams '17 Jay Meyer Insurance Agency, Inc. Farm Fresh Direct Deanna Moore '15 Corky & Nancy Mortensen Wade '76, '80 & Lindy '80 Mortensen Larry '88, '93 & Carolyn '89 Mortensen Jeffrey '00 & Katherine '00 Motz Mary Motz '62 Shanae Mundee Duane & Tiffany Oakes Floyd & Jody Oaks Albert '61 & Kelli '74 O'Leary Robert '70 & Susan Oringdulph Chuck Owsley '68 Jeff Owsley '86 Alicia Palmer '12 Josh Parrish & Morgan Medor Gary & Toni Ramstetter Jerry & Kelli Reynolds Tracey Robinson Kathy Rogers Lonnie Rogers '60 Mike Rogers Erica & Jason Romero

ndation • Donor Report • 2017 • • Grizzly Club • Chris Rooney William Schlaufman Vincent '79 & Donna Segura Russell Shawcroft '17 Century 21 Valley Realty Steve & Stephanie Stallworth Donald Stegman '61, '64 Doris Sullivan Dervin Taylor Sharon '85 & Ken Turpin Robert '80 & Margaret '79 Wagoner

Anna Walker '15 Kip Walker '77 Walters & Associates, LTD Weiss Dry Cleaning Shaun & Nala Wicen Lisa Wilson '94 Tom & Ann Wingerter Chay '00 & Jennifer '00 Yund Joe & Shirley Zanski

• Theatre Patrons • Matt & Karla Hardesty Charlotte Ledonne '84 Michael Patritch '70, '73

Donald Stegman '61, '64 David & Donna '12 Wehe San Luis Valley Federal Bank

first generation scholars • Being the first in our family to earn a college degree presented a unique opportunity to better ourselves that was not afforded our parents and grandparents. • Growing up in the SLV, the last thing you want is to stay here. You think it will be like high school, but it is a hidden gem. There is a community here and you do not know what kind of people you will meet. I love the community and know professors so well.

lauren trujillo ‘17 Graduated summa cum laude B.A. Theatre Del Norte, CO Scholarships: SLV Federal Bank, Valedictorian, Alton Cole Fine Art, President's Merit, Green Park Woolbert Creative

• Friends of Music • taylor trujillo ‘17 Dennis Lamb Charlotte Ledonne '84 Audry Loy on behalf of Donna Mabry Lisa Lucero '00, '11 Curtis '71 & Kay '80 Malouff Teri McCartney '87, '92 & Don Richmond '13 D.H. McFadden Bruce & Sharon Meyer William '73 & Katherine '73 Miller Tom '68, '81 & Barbara '71 Nagoda Jeannie Norwood '71, '71 & Albert Kahan Jolene Pavlovsky '63, '67 Robert & Regina Rice Patricia Robbins '93, '96 Harold & Janice Robison Neil & Elise Rudolph San Luis Valley Federal Bank Erich Schwiesow & Julie Waechter Mark Skinner '92 Donald Thompson & Jan Oen Glenn Waneka David & Donna '12 Wehe Anita Zaffuto `71

Graduated summa cum laude Fall ‘17 student commencement speaker B.A. Theatre Del Norte, CO Scholarships: Marian Baughn Sims, Olibama Lopez-Tushar, Alton Cole Fine Art, President's Merit, Vice President’s Merit, William and Lenora Gilmore Theatre

• Now the barrier is gone. We have done it and now other family members recognize they can. We have a younger cousin we can now help. • I grew as a person and intellectually. I am confident I can go to any professional theatre company and hold my own. At ASU I learned critical thinking skills, and now when I hear something or read anything, I know to make my own decisions.

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Edmon & Lucy Adams Tawney Becker Brian & Deborah Brownell Chevron Matching Employee Funds Your Cause Peter '66 & Gayle Ciraolo Lisa Clements Hugh & Linda Cozart William Crockett '89 Brian & Tamara David Kathleen Delzell '61 Mary Eldredge '99 Grace Ellsworth '65 Vickie I. Ford '71 Delbert '70, '71 & Jan Gay Rich '59 & De Gehlbach C. Elliott Graves '91 David Green '70, '71 Matt & Karla Hardesty Wes Hargrove '78 David Hinkley Robert Hoff '71 Jenene Holcomb '89, '94 Victoria Hontas Catherine James Marty & Diana Jones


Woodwards inducted into ASU Legacy Society William “Bill” ‘61 and the late Linda Woodward recently established the Woodward Scholarship through a planned gift. It will benefit graduates of Centauri High School. Lori Lee Laske ‘91, ‘01, director of Alumni and Donor Relations, said they are two of

the most generous people she knows. Linda passed away October 29. Bill, a retired US Navy Commander, worked part-time jobs while attending classes. “I hope this scholarship will allow students to attend college and only work part-time.” Bill and Linda recognized the significance of helping others. “It is important,” Bill said. “I don’t see how one wouldn’t want to help. I have always been that way, ready to help someone and not stingy. Adams State was good to me in so many ways. We would like to help someone else who truly needs it.” A native of La Jara, CO, he graduated high Lori Lee Laske (center) presents Bill and Linda Woodward with the Legacy Society plate in recognition of their planned gift to the ASU Foundation. school in 1953

Mary Louise & Lester Tooker Memorial Endowment will aid students pursuing health care careers Siblings Dr. John Tooker ’66 and Deborah Brownell have created the Mary Louise & Lester Tooker Memorial Endowment in honor of their parents. With preference given to San Luis Valley high school graduates, the scholarship is available to full-time sophomore students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who are majoring in a health profession. Tooker, who was named Adams State’s Outstanding Alumnus in 2014, is retired from teaching at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also emeritus executive vice president and CEO of the American College of Physicians, the largest medical specialty society in the United States. Brownell and another sister, Anne, are both nurses. “We thought this would be a great way to honor our parents,” Tooker said. His father was a small businessman and his mother was librarian at the Alamosa Public Library. “Both my parents were very interested in education and avid readers. In another era, they would have been college graduates. They were very committed to the valley and to education in general, and to Adams State in particular.” With the endowment’s focus on healthcare, Tooker and Brownell hope to encourage valley students to become nurses, physicians, or other health care providers who, ideally, would practice in the valley. 36

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and enlisted in the U.S. Navy and spent four years aboard two Pearl Harborbased destroyers: USS Silverstein and USS Whitehurst. He was released from active duty in 1957 as a Radarman Second Class, then enrolled at Adams State. Bill graduated with three majors: business, secondary education, and physical education. “I loved it here. I appreciated the small school and liked all the instructors, who were always so good about showing each student personal attention.” He had planned to become a teacher and coach. However, toward the end of his junior year, his plan for the future changed. “One day I went over to the SUB before heading for work and met with a Navy recruiter. The rest is history.” He was accepted into the Navy’s Flight Program and commissioned an Ensign in October of 1961. He received his Navy Wings of Gold in March of 1962 and completed the remainder of his flight training in1963. Commander Woodward’s assignments included Heavy Attack Squadron Thirteen aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk, Heavy Attack Photographic Squadron Sixty-Two at Jacksonville, FL; Defense Atomic Support Agency in Albuquerque, NM; Attack Squadron Fifty-Two aboard USS Kitty Hawk with Air Wing Eleven; Naval Weapons Evaluation Facility in Albuquerque, NM; and on the Staff of the Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet in Hawaii. Bill spent three tours of duty in Viet Nam, where he flew 294 combat missions. His many decorations include 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 28 Air Medals, 3 Navy Commendation Medals with the combat device, China Service Medal, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medal, and the Republic of Viet Nam Cross of Gallantry. Bill retired from the U.S. Navy with 22 years of service. He then spent 16 years as a Naval Science Instructor in the Navy’s JROTC program at Santa Fe High School and Socorro High School in El Paso, TX.

Hensleys create wrestling scholarship Grateful for the great story they began at Adams State University, Mark ’89 and Stephanie ’93, ‘01 Hensley recently established the Hensley Wrestling Scholarship to assist students. Their gift was motivated by a desire to give back to the community. “While I was a student, the Southway Scholarship helped us out financially, and now we can provide someone else that same opportunity and help make their life easier,” said Mark, who was an AllAmerican wrestler. Stephanie remembers her parents bringing the family to events on campus. “Adams State felt like home and was a place I wanted to invest my time to earn a degree.” After Mark graduated, the couple moved to Ignacio, CO., where he began teaching woodshop and physical education and coached wrestling, soccer, and football. “He had to coach everything,” Stephanie said. “I stayed home with kids.” Stephanie began working on her teaching degree by commuting to Alamosa every summer. At the time, student teaching was restricted to schools in the immediate region, so she was very grateful to Dr. Phyllis KearnsKramer, who agreed to supervise her in Durango.

The Hensleys returned to the San Luis Valley to be near family and began teaching in Del Norte. Mark taught computer-aided drafting, woodshop and building trades, and coached wrestling. Stephanie taught third grade, and, with Mark’s encouragement, coached girls track. “Athletes are held to a higher standard,” Mark said. “They have to do all the academic work other students do, as well as keep to a Dr. Stephanie and Mark Hensley code of conduct, and attend daily workouts and practices, In 1999, Mark left the teaching proin addition to competing.” fession to work at Valley Electric and in The couple understands how earning 2002 earned his master electrician lia degree, no matter how challenging, cense and eventually bought the compays off. Mark worked full-time while earning his degree, and they raised their pany. After teaching fourth grade and being the intervention specialist in the children and lived on a tight budget Alamosa School District, Stephanie while Stephanie finished her degree. joined the Adams State Teacher EducaMark recommends approaching college as you would a job, with the same dedi- tion Department eight years ago. She earned her Ph.D. in K-12 studies from cation and commitment. Stephanie Capella University in 2016. agrees: “Find your passion and take the All three of the Hensleys’ children necessary pathways to get there so you are also ASU alumni: Josh ‘12, Amanda can do what you love for the rest of ’09, and Kayla ’16. your life.”

Wagner Family Endowment aims to encourage kids in the sciences

Virgil and Carol Wagner

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The new Wagner Family Endowment for Student Internships will place ASU students in Alamosa’s Ortega Middle School to help recruit and mentor students for the regional and state Science Fair. Virgil ’72 and Carol ’68, ’76 Wagner created the endowment for full-time students majoring in science or education. “We’ve been wanting to do something with Adams State,” Carol said. “We chose a project that will work with middle school kids, because that is the time to get them interested in science and motivate them to continue it in high school.” She taught mostly first grade in Alamosa School District for many years. Virgil is a master electrician and for a time owned the Walsh Hotel. “We want to inspire kids to be involved in Science Fair,” said Carol. The Wagners appreciate the influence Science Fair had on one of their son’s careers. He won the regional science fair with his project on lasers. While presenting it at the state competition, a representative from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) was impressed with the project and offered him a job he held through college. “He also took science courses at Adams State while he was in high school, which helped him immensely at University of Colorado. He now owns a computer consultation business,” Carol added.


staying in touch ◗1960s Carolyn Martinez Sanchez ‘56 (Danville, CA) writes, “This past year I published, as a gift for my family and friends, my book titled ‘Carolina Moon from Colorado to California.’ It is a 467-page book that includes 250 photos. It is about my life from birth to present.” Nels Nelson ’61, ’65 (Security, CO) writes, “I am retired from teaching and coaching and now farm a little. Life is good. Adams was a home away from home 56 years ago. Thank you, Adams State.” Robert Valdez ’66 (Española, NM) retired in 1992 after 33 years’ service as principal, teacher, and counselor. He has worked as a volunteer for the New Mexico search and rescue for nearly 30 years. He is the area commander in charge of statewide missions every fourth week of the month. He has been involved in over 300 missions. He is married to Ernestine. His son, Anthony, is married to wife Debbie. Robert has three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Ellwood Ervin ’67 (Aurora, CO) went to the 40th Denver Film Festival and continued his legacy. He saw 48 films and programs. His total is now 1,399.

Gerhard ’68 and Karen ’74 Kuhn (Littleton, CO) write, “This year, 2018, we remember 45 years ago when we met on a geology field trip rafting the Colorado River for nine days in the Grand Canyon. Fond memories of our fellow classmates and professors with whom we shared that wonderful journey (Dr. Peterson, Dr. Burroughs, and Dr. Dixon). Ellen Moranville Clark ’69 (Los Altos, CA) is married to Bill Clark. They met in the summer of 1968 when Bill participated in the 1968 Olympic marathon trials. They have lived in northern California since 1970, spending four years in San Jose and 43 years in Los Altos. They have two married children (Will and Teresa) and three lovely granddaughters. Ellen taught PE at a local Catholic school for 15 years, and it was during that time she organized the Annual Run for Zimbabwe Orphans and Fair, which is now in its 19th year. They also started their foundation, The Sustainable Living Foundation, of which she is president. Bill and Ellen will be returning to Alamosa this summer for the 50-Year Olympic Marathon Celebration. (See details page 10.) Les McCarroll ’69 (Aurora, CO) writes, “Filling my days, weeks, and months with volunteer days at a middle school in Cherry Creek. Also teaching, selectively, at DU and UCCS and fa-

great stories Charlotte Bobicki ’58, ’71 (Alamosa, CO) recently retired from her second career as a public servant, following 36 years as an educator. In her various roles, she championed education at all levels. She was honored as Adams State’s Outstanding Alumna in 2005. Charlotte taught in Albuquerque, NM, and Fredrick, MD, before returning to the San Luis Valley. She taught fifth, sixth and seventh-grade math and science before becoming a principal. Her experience as both a teacher and administrator was valuable in her role as supervisor and evaluator of Adams State student teachers. In 2012, she was inducted as part of inaugural class of the Adams State Educator Hall of Fame. After retiring from education in 1994, her husband, Tom Bobicki ’59, convinced Charlotte to run for Alamosa county commissioner. She served two terms and became known for listening and following through, as well as for placing a priority on safety. At that point, she was approached to be a regional representative for Colorado Senator Ken Salazar, based in Alamosa. She continued in that post for Senator Michael Bennett, serving a total of 12 years. Her knowledge of the community allowed her to help identify the needs of the region and work toward solutions. She also worked as a valuable resource for local constituents in navigating the federal government. The common thread in all her work was listening to people and advocating on their behalf.


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cilitating grief support groups. So lucky to be in Colorado and to see other ASC grads.” Judith Tuxhorn Tillman ’69 (Monte Vista, CO) writes, “After Adams State, I attended CSU on a graduate assistant appointment and received my M.A. in 1971. ASC prepared me well. Then I worked for two years in New York City and Brooklyn with children in Spanish Harlem, Greenpoint, and Harlem. I have published a book about the experience on Kindle called “They Called Her Sister.” Then I taught high school English for 29 years. I am married to John Tillman, and we have two children.”

◗1970s Laura Haase ’73 (Arvada, CO) retired after 33 years as an educator, assistant principal, and athletic director for Jefferson County. She was inducted into the JEFFCO Hall of Fame in 2007. For the last 10 years, she has been a sales associate for Richmond American Homes. She has one son, Haas Pratt. Carleen Theel ’73 (Hugo, CO) retired after teaching 37 years (18 years in 2nd grade and 19 years in 4th grade) in Byers, Colo. She is still in touch with and spends time with friends she met during her time at Adams State. Milton Place ’74 (Medina, OH) retired in 2009 after 35 years of teaching. He has coached 42 seasons of track and 33 seasons of cross country. . . and counting! Their Medina HS boys cross country team placed 3rd in the state Division 2 meet. He received the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Honor and Integrity Award at the state meet. He is married to Elena. He has two children: Annaliesa (39) and Anthony (36).

◗1980s Rebecca Tonso ’81, ’89 (Monte Vista, CO) retired from teaching after 29 years at the Monte Vista School District. She continues to coach boys and girls track at Monte Vista, which she has done for 18 years. She and husband Joel love to travel—Cabo is their favorite destination. They are raising their granddaughter Rayanna (10). She brings a lot of sunshine into their lives. Julia Haney Seiler ’83 (Roswell, NM) has spent 34 years as a speech-language pathologist with the Roswell Independent School District. She has two children who both live in

David Salazar ’85 (Lancaster, CA) is an opportunity teacher for at-risk students at Quartz Hill High School in Lancaster, CA. Peggy Kern ’86 (Del Norte, CO) recently announced her plan to retire after 24 years of service to the community as Rio Grande County Treasurer. Charlotte O’Bannon ’87, ’88 (Tucson, AZ) writes, “After completing my B.A. and M.A. at Adams, I moved to Denver. I received family therapy training at the University of Denver and a social work degree. Then I moved back to New Mexico to work and then on to Arizona, where I have lived and worked ever since. We return to Colorado to live, play, and work a little in the summers. Adams remains one of my most treasured educational experiences.”


ISD. Wanting to move closer to his home in Pleasanton, he took a position as an assistant principal at Jourdanton Junior High in 2005. He completed his doctoral studies at Texas A&M University – Kingsville in 2011, writing his doctoral dissertation on the relationship between school district size and science performance. He has presented at national and state level educational conferences and has published four articles on various educational topics. Matthew has been married for 23 years to Sara Smith Mann ’94, who serves as the executive director of curriculum for Floresville ISD. They have two daughters, Kaytlyn, who is studying in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M, and Emily, who will graduate this year and begin at Texas A&M in the fall, pursuing a law degree. Martha Tibbetts ’94 (Alamosa, CO) retired in January after 25 ½ years with the post office in Alamosa. She is planning on snowbirding in Arizona, where her sons live.

Obed Jiron ’91 (Alamosa, CO) writes, “All those years I lived in the Denver Metro area were great, but I always called the Valley my home. I am so blessed to be back. Dirt roads, dust, hay fever and livestock traffic jams—I LOVE THIS PLACE!”

David Beatty ’96 (North Hollywood, CA) began his professional acting career at the Creede Repertory Theater, and his work in theater, film, and television has taken him all over the country and around the world. David has appeared in several television shows, including “The Wasteland,” “GET SPY,” “Criminal Minds,” “Lien On Me,” “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” and “Beverly Hills 90210.” In addition, he appeared in the recent feature film adaptation of “Dr.

Sarah Menapace Walker ’93 (Farmington, NM) writes, “This year was filled with opportunities to travel to the countries of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. A Panama Canal cruise was taken, as were visits to Aruba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Mexico. Traveling is an adventure that opens your eyes to the world we live in, its beauty, and experiences of other cultures.”

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Matthew Mann ’94 (Floresville, TX) was named Man of the Year by the Pleasanton, TX, Chamber of Commerce. After graduation, Matthew secured his first teaching position in Sierra Grande School District in the San Luis Valley. Later, he moved to Pleasanton and went into business with his wife’s family in the produce industry. In 1998, Matthew went back to teaching at Samuel Clemens High School as a speech and debate teacher and later taught world history at East Central High School. Upon completing his master’s degree from Texas A&M University – Kingsville in 2001, he secured an assistant principal position at Scobee Middle School in Southwest

Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” starring alongside Oscar-winning actors Mickey Rooney and Margaret O'Brien. Stage productions include the U.S. premier of Mark Ravenhill's “The Cut,” the U.S. premier of “Love and Money,” “Streetcar Named Desire,” “Big Love,” “'Small Domestic Acts,” “The Lower Depths,” and Sam Shepard's “Simpatico,” which earned David a nomination for the Backstage Garland Award. In 2005, David launched Double Yellow Line Films, a film production company. The team has produced short films, television shows, and feature films. Titles include “GET SPY,” “Lien On Me,” “The Seed Perfection,” “The Chair,” and “Surviving New Year's.” David received his M.F.A. from the University of California Davis, where he also taught courses in acting, directing, and screen writing. He has been working with writer/performer Ross John Gosla on “Desert Warrior,” an autobiographical tale of an actor's involvement in the most controversial film of the decade. After a critically acclaimed run at the 2017 Hollywood Fringe Festival, this award-winning solo performance returned to the stage in January and February. Andrew Smith ’96 (Sparks, NV) writes, “I have been fortunate enough to be voted on to the board of directors of the Veterans Guest House, a local charity.” Liz Tabeling-Garcia ’96, ’06 (Alamosa, CO) has worked for the Colorado Department of Higher Education for the last 10 years as a collegiate advisor at Adams State University. Liz has also been on the Adams State Alumni Continued on page 40.

Chris Lopez ’84 is the new director of Public Relations and Marketing at Adams State University. The appointment brings Lopez full circle to Adams State, where he earned a degree in journalism and worked as sports information director while a student. He went on to a successful career in journalism and communications and returned to the valley to retire two years ago. Lopez’s most recent position was as president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley. With his wife, MaryAnne Talbott, he also operates Zepol Media Partners, a full-service media and marketing/communications firm. Prior to his return to the valley, Lopez was Associate Vice President at The University of Texas El Paso and received The University of Texas System Chancellor's Excellence Award for internal communications. He was previously executive editor with the El Paso Times in El Paso, TX, and Contra Costa Newspapers in Walnut Creek, CA. During his tenure, both newspapers won best-in-state awards. He also served as communications director for the Denver 2008 Convention Host Committee. Lopez's early career was spent at The Pueblo Chieftain and The Denver Post. During his time at the Post, the newsroom received a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Columbine High School massacre.

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Las Cruces, NM. Lyndsay Seiler is the regional director of sales for a hotel management company. Randy Seiler Jr. attends New Mexico State University and coaches JV/varsity football at Las Cruces High School.


Board for 10 years and is currently president. She and her husband, Dan Garcia ’85, ’93, will celebrate 30 years together this summer. Dan was inducted into the ASU Educator’s Hall of Fame in 2017 and will retire after 30 years of teaching art at Monte Vista High School. Tabeling-Garcia writes, “In retirement I want to spend more time with our grandchildren, run more, travel, and climb more mountains!” Delzia Worley ’97 (Alamosa, CO) was guest speaker at the Lean-in Lunch held on campus in March. The luncheon series was initiated by SLV Health for San Luis Valley professional women and is now coordinated through the School of Business. Delzia is a senior vice president and commercial loan officer with First Southwest Bank in Alamosa. She absolutely loves banking and has been in the industry since 1997. She is also vice president of the Adams State Alumni Association Board. In addition, she is a member of the Small Business Development Advisory Board and the Alamosa County Economic Development Corporation Board, which she recently served as president. She has been involved in the local Kiwanis for 20 years and served as its president, vice president, secretary, and on

Kristy Miller ‘99 (Monte Vista, CO) was promoted to mortgage loan officer with San Luis Valley Federal Bank. She will continue to serve as the bank’s Monte Vista branch manager, but will change her focus from serving the bank’s deposit members to handling loan requests. She has worked at the bank for 25 years as a teller, new accounts representative, assistant branch manager, and branch manager. She and her husband, Daniel, have two teenage children, Daniel Jr. and Madison. Kristy is also a member of the Monte Vista Education Foundation.

◗2000s Eric Carpio ’01 (Alamosa, CO), a philanthropy officer for History Colorado Community Museums, recently was selected for a Winter 2018 Fellowship at the Latino Leader-

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Geronimo Olivas ’92 (Alamosa, CO) was featured in a special program at The San Luis Valley Museum on Jan. 26, teaching the secrets of making traditional santos centering around Hispanic heritage, and the history of the Catholic saints. He created his first crucifix in 1988 while attending a workshop instructed by master santeros from New Mexico. It was then that Geronimo realized he had a gift to carve holy images out of wood. Thus began his life as a santero. Geronimo received a Master-Apprentice grant in 1992 from the Colorado Council of the Arts under the mentorship of Master Santero Rubel Jaramillo. In 1993, he was a featured artist for the “Young Audiences” Artist in Residence Program for the Colorado Council of Arts. In 1994, he became a Master Santero for the Master-Apprentice Program, also sponsored by the Colorado Council of Arts. He participated in numerous art shows, gallery exhibitions, and presentations throughout Colorado including: Adams State University’s Luther Bean Museum and the Salazar Rio Grande Del Norte Center, San Luis Valley public schools, Lifeways of the San Luis Valley, Colorado State Veterans Center, Colorado State Fair, numerous traditional functions, and museums. Some of his santos are part of the permanent collection of Tomas J. Steele, S.J. “The Regis Collection of Santos” Dayton Memorial Library, Regis College; others are in the private collections of Bishop Arthur N. Tafoya and Fr. Patrick Valdez.


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ship Institute at the University of Denver. Carpio also is one of three Fellows selected to receive the Colorado Trust Rural Fellowship Scholarship. Carpio has worked for History Colorado Community Museums since October and previously worked for more than 20 years in higher education, most recently as assistant vice president of student services at Adams State.

the Board of Directors. She also presents interactive finance classes to adults and youth and helps with the bank’s Teach Children to Save Day.

Nathan Ruybal ’02 (Antonito, CO) was appointed county clerk and recorder in Conejos County. He has been working in retail since 2010. Ruybal also operates a small ranch in his spare time. “I like to stay busy,” he says, so he fishes, camps, and skis. Liz Hensley ‘05 (Alamosa, CO) was elected secretary/ treasurer of the Colorado Municipal League. CML is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that represents the interests of 270 cities and towns. Hensley has been on CML's executive board since August 2016. An Alamosa city councilor, she also serves as mayor pro tem. Lorenzo Moreno ’05 (Englewood, CO) is the new coach of the Englewood wrestling team. “It is great to be back at Englewood High School,” the 2001 EHS graduate said. “It is very special to be back in wrestling as the coach for the Pirates.” Moreno wrestled for the Pirates and placed at regionals in his junior and senior seasons. He also wrestled at Adams State University. He was head wrestling coach at Denver West High School for eight years.

◗2010s Lindsey Sykora ‘11 (Cañon City, CO) joined Valley-Wide Health Systems as director of operations for Cañon City. She received a double master’s degree from Cleveland State University in business and literacy development in 2016. She has been involved in a variety of community organizations throughout the years while continuing to find time to travel around the world. Barbara Espinoza Ulibarri ’11 (Center, CO) has been the Center Head Start lead teacher for 18 years. Both her children have graduated from Adams State.

Aaron Miltenberger ‘12 (Alamosa, CO) was named executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley. For the last 10 years, he worked in Student Life at Adams State, most recently as director of Student Life and Leadership. He also worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs prior to that, as Intel Clubhouse coordinator and teen director. Aaron and his wife, Allison Cruse, have two children. Jasmine Little ’15 (Del Norte, CO) showed a multitude of works at an arts exhibition in Paris, France, this winter. The works were from an eight-week residency she spent in Versailles. Now back in the States, Little is glad for some respite. "I'm just excited to be back in the valley and working here at my studio," she said. After getting her Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of California - Los Angeles under the tutelage of Roger Herman, Little moved to the San Luis Valley to reconnect with her family that has lived in the area for three generations. Her great-grandfather was

a migrant potato inspector who lived in Del Norte; her grandfather was a Presbyterian minister in Monte Vista; and her father eventually settled in the region. Little waitressed to support herself and husband Matthew Harris through graduate school at Adams State University. There she was introduced to ceramics, becoming engrossed in broadening her knowledge about clay, glazes, and firing in kilns, along with expanding her technique. By the time she graduated with her master's degree in 2015, she had a commissioned piece in renovated Richardson Hall and made another one for the university's east campus the following year through Colorado Creative Industries. Kale Mortensen ’15 (Alamosa, CO) was named the new executive director of Alamosa’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. “I’m excited to step up into this role, and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” Mortensen said. “I’m excited for Alamosa, because it’s in a prime position to see growth in tourism.” Alfred Petross ’15 (Denver, CO) has enrolled in the ASU M.B.A. program with an antici-

pated graduation of May 2019. He works for Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor and lives in Denver with his two shiba inus, Orin and Allie. Victoria Martinez ’15 (Antonito, CO) addressed a luncheon honoring Cesar Chavez held on campus March 27. She spoke about how incorporating local culture, heritage, language, and traditions into the educational experience is a form of social justice. This place-based learning allows local students to connect or reconnect with their culture and can assist non-valley students by helping to make a foreign place seem more like home and more welcoming. Rather than dividing thinking and feeling, place-based learning incorporates the whole person. Scott Lawson ’16 (Little Rock, AR) owns a successful paralegal/legal consulting business, assisting attorneys with litigation support nationwide, specializing in criminal defense.

Nominate great alumni for Homecoming Awards Submit this form with a letter explaining why you feel the nominee should be considered for: ❏ Outstanding Alumnus OR ❏ Exceptional New Alumnus. Nominee Name ______________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________ Phone ______________________________________________________________ Graduation Year ______________________________________________________ Degree(s) received ____________________________________________________ Occupation __________________________________________________________ Nominator’s Name ____________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________ Phone ______________________________________________________________ Nominations will be held for consideration for up to five years. Mail form and nomination letter to: Alumni Relations Adams State University 208 Edgemont Alamosa, CO 81101

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Each fall at Homecoming, Adams State University and the Alumni Association honor distinguished alumni. Alumni are invited to nominate fellow alumni for two awards: Outstanding Alumnus and Exceptional New Alumnus. Men and women from all fields of endeavor are eligible for both awards. Nominees should have exhibited dedication in a line of work, provided leadership to others, and excelled personally and professionally. Alumni who graduated in the previous seven years are eligible for Exceptional New Alumnus. Award winners must be available to accept the award at Homecoming.





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final chapters . . .

Shirley Cavaliere Barone `50, `59 (Gilbert, AZ) passed away Nov. 16 at the age of 89. Barbara Gonzales Baca `54 (Albuquerque, NM) passed away Mar. 11 at the age of 93. Claude Archuletta `55 (Longmont, CO) passed away Feb. 26 at the age of 85. Among his survivors is wife Elvera Gonzales Archuletta `59. Arthur Valdez `58 (Del Norte, CO) passed away Feb. 2 at the age of 83. Among his survivors is brother Jake Valdez `62. Evan Crowther `60 (Grantsville, UT) passed away Jan. 26 at the age of 89. Among his survivors are wife Wilma Nielson Crowther `59 and daughter Dana Crowther `90. Archie Sanchez `60, `66 (Albuquerque, NM) passed away Dec. 30 at the age of 83. Among his survivors is wife Flora Sanchez `67. Gladys Staley `60, `67 (Cañon City, CO) passed away Feb. 16 at the age of 94. Among her survivors is sister Phyllis Shown `59.

Robert Simpleman `65 (Loma, CO) passed away Feb. 20 at the age of 74.

Ann Clifton `79 (Rock Springs, WY) passed away Nov. 29 at the age of 86.

Kenneth Anderson `66 (Amarillo, TX) passed away Mar. 6 at the age of 83.

Leonard Archuleta `80 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Jan. 1 at the age of 59. Among his survivors are wife Carla Archuleta `91, `98; son Lee Archuleta `06, `12; brother Jerry `77, `80 & Glenna `97 Archuleta; and sister Brenda `84 & Chris `85, `95 Sandoval.

Laurel Caldwell `66 (Cleveland, OK) passed away Dec. 23 at the age of 76. Alice Thornburg Lindemann `66 (Broomfield, CO) passed away Nov. 25 at the age of 74. Sharon King `67 (Raton, NM) passed away Jan. 19 at the age of 72. Helen Patton `67 (Cortez, CO) passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 85. Among her survivors is husband John Patton `68. Harold "Doogie" Gettman `69 (San Martin, CA) passed away Jan. 4 at the age of 73. Among his survivors is wife Cindy Brown Gettman `68. Nelva Wade `70 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Dec. 5 at the age of 83. Melvina Louise Milton `73 (Lancaster, CA) passed away Jan. 5 at the age of 70. Robert Mayo `74 (Wills Point, TX) passed away Dec. 18 at the age of 70.

Patricia Tomsic `62 (Walsenburg, CO) passed away Jan. 16 at the age of 83.

Carmine Distasio `76 (Staten Island, NY) passed away Dec. 2 at the age of 62.

Sue Ellen Jacobs `63 (Ohkay Owingeh, NM) passed away Nov. 6 at the age of 81.

Vicki Eaklor `76 (Alfred Station, NY) passed away Mar. 8 at the age of 63.

Carol Thompson Pyeatt `65 (Grand Junction, CO) passed away Mar. 11 at the age of 69.

James Zapf `77 (Longmont, CO) passed away Nov. 22 at the age of 72.

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is there a future grizzly in your family? If so, we’ll help introduce him or her to the rest of the Adams Family. You can share a favorite photo of your special baby, grandbaby, or great-grandbaby. Email photos with a little information about you and your future Grizzly to: Gaylene Horning -

Sara Graf `86 (Phoenix, AZ) passed away Feb. 15 at the age of 54. Michael May `88 (Northglenn, CO) passed away Nov. 26 at the age of 70. Carol Narvaes `91 (Longmont, CO) passed away Dec. 12 at the age of 75. Benestina Martinez `92 (Durango, CO) passed away Dec. 19 at the age of 73. Randy Velasquez `92 (Germany) passed away Dec. 17 at the age of 49. Rae Puderbaugh `93 (Grand Junction, CO) passed away Jan. 14 at the age of 73. Henrietta "Retta" Urbancic `96 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Mar. 8 at the age of 80. Diane Garduno `06 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Nov. 21 at the age of 48. Jesse Russell `11 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Dec. 25 at the age of 32. Among his survivors are parents Steve `73 & Mary `80 Russell and uncle Dan `77 & Carol `87 Russell.

Having met at ASU as freshmen, Marc ‘13 and Jenna Meyer ‘11 Eaton were married while attending graduate school at Kingston University in London, UK. Mark earned a Master of Music in music performance, and Jenna earned a Master of Fine Art. Marc played with musicians around London, and both worked with kids. In 2015, they returned to Alamosa, the town that brought them together. Marc has been working various jobs, such as adjunct instructor of music at ASU, AV coordinator at ASU, and music director at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley. Jenna has found a second home at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley, first as the arts & technology director and then moving up to program director, lending a hand in the art room whenever possible to get her fix. Marc now plans to pursue a doctoral degree.

Marc and Jenna Eaton with baby girl Etta Lee, born September 3, 2017.

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Eleanor Gordinier Berryman `48 (Grand Junction, CO) passed away Aug. 26 at the age of 91.

“Final Chapters” lists only survivors who are Adams State graduates or are affiliated with ASU.


Alumni and their families were charmed by the the ASU Theatre’s holiday performance of Shakespear’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Above: the daughters of Kelly Wubben ’04 are regulars at our SLV Theatre Matinee. Left: Bea Martinez ’76 and husband Faustin know you don’t have to be kids to enjoy the show.


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John Fuller (left) and Lonnie Porter ’65, ‘66 enjoy catching up at the Denver Alumni Chapter Meeting.

The ASU Retirees Association always has a great turnout for the annual Holiday Dinner.

◗ Ken ‘72 and Jane ‘71 Barber faithfully attend Denver alumni events.

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Authors Mary Van Pelt ’81; Holly Felmlee ’76, ’92; Frankie Colton ’78; Eve Bauer; and Ann Worker Logan ’90 participated in the 2017 Book Blizzard held at the Nielsen Library.

slv social Alumni gather at the Square Peg Brewerks, one of Alamosa’s newest micro-breweries.

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Mark Martinez ’13 is the co-owner of Square Peg. He graciously opened his doors for us to get together. It was great—thanks, Mark! If you are in Alamosa, make sure you stop by for one of Mark’s awesome brews!


grizzlies winter season gidabuday doubles as national champion The Adams State indoor track and field program brought home the third place trophy on the men’s side and tied for fifth on the women’s side, as a pair of Grizzlies took home three national championships. Leading the way was Sydney Gidabuday, who doubled as the 3,000 and 5,000 champion. Both races were comeback victories in which Gidabuday won in the last third or less of the race over the defending cross country champion. Dianna Johnson picked up her second title in the women’s 60 to lead the women’s team to a spot just outside the podium, though a disqualification on the women’s distance medley relay would have put them in third had it overturned upon review. In total the Grizzlies took home 16 first team All-American honors. The men look to build on their success into the outdoor season, with three automatic qualifying marks already put up. Sydney Gidabuday won national championships in the indoor 3,000 and 5,000.

men’s basketball advances to rmac semifinals It was a strong season for the Adams State men’s basketball team, winning 17 games and advancing to the RMAC Shootout semifinals. The team was led by seniors Brandon Sly and Shane Johnson, each named to the All-RMAC team. Sly led the team with more than 18 points per game. He had seven double-doubles this season and recorded a tripleShane Johnson double. He became just the third two-year player to reach 1,000 career points for Adams State, putting him in the top-13 in total scoring in school history. Johnson averaged just under 18 points per game and highlighted the season by putting up a career-high 30 against then No. 21-ranked Fort Lewis College at home. That win helped seal up a first round home contest with MSUDenver, a matchup that featured a packed Plachy Gymnasium and a 64-61 Grizzly victory. 46

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swimming improves at rmac championships The Adams State women’s swimming team improved under new instruction in head coach Quint Seckler this season with a sixth place finish at the RMAC Championships this February. Led by freshman Megan Dudden and junior Kayle Mashore, the team improved one spot on last year’s seventh place finish. Mashore and Dudden led the team with two final appearances at the championships, while Paige McCaskill had the highest finish at the meet with an 11th place finish in the women’s 1,650 yard swim.

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wrestling sends five to nationals Tuli Laulu

Despite only winning a pair of duals this season, the Grizzlies were ranked most of the wrestling season, capping it off by sending five to the NCAA National Championships. Darek Huff, Dylan Udero, Natrelle Demison, Koery Windham and Dakota Bencomo all placed in the top-four at the regional meet to advance to the big show. Windham highlighted the regional meet with a second-place finish, upsetting many ranked wrestlers on his way to qualifying for the championships. The wrestlers were not as fortunate during the title show, as only Demison finished as an All-American with a seventh place finish.

jaime green named women’s basketball head coach Jaime Green was named the next head coach for women’s basketball, which finished this past season 5-19. Green joins the Grizzlies with championship experience at the Division II level. Green was named the Conference Coach of the Year numerous times for numerous schools, as well as the Region 6 Coach of the Year for Newman University. In her time at Newman, she took the team to a conference championship and NCAA tournament appearance. Green then returned to her alma mater, Missouri Southern, to coach under her mentor. She returned home to coach at a 7A school in Springdale, Arkansas. "I am very honored to be the next leader of the Adams State University Grizzly women's basketball program. Immediately upon my arrival in the community of Alamosa, CO, and the university’s campus, I felt something special,” Green said. “Adams State is a ‘diamond in the rough’ and the potential for the program is limitless. Our staff is excited to implement a new philosophy and assist in changing the Grizzly women's basketball program into one that boasts of excellence and winning on the floor, in the classroom, and within the community. I would like to sincerely thank the ASU community and athletic department for this humbling and exciting opportunity. Go Grizzlies!"

Dr. Ron Maestas ’68, ’70 (Las Vegas, NM) was inducted into the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2017. Ron is a renowned coach and professor at New Mexico Highlands University, where he has worked since 1972. He led the New Mexico Highlands cross country program to national championships. It has been the most successful sport at NMHU, qualifying five times for National Cross-Country Championships. In 1988, he coached the Swaziland Olympic Distance Team to the Summer Olympics, Seoul, South Korea. Ron has been one of the nation’s top racquetball players at his age for many years. He has been a certified official of the New Mexico Officials Association for 46 continuous years in wrestling, softball, and baseball. Doug Moses ’72 is among six individuals and one team who will be recognized at the RMAC Hall of Fame Banquet, July 13 in Colorado Springs. As an Adams State wrestler in 1972, Moses won an RMAC Championship at 142-pounds and went on to earn a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship title in the same weight class. He began coaching at Adams State following graduation. He became head coach at University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo) in 1982 and led his teams to seven RMAC Championships and two second place finishes. In 2005, he became head wrestling coach at new Mexico Highlands University. Over his 35 years of coaching at the collegiate level, Moses has coached more than 70 All-Americans and 10 individual national champions. Moses has been recognized as both a wrestler and coach, as the 1972 Adams State wrestling team was inducted into the RMAC Hall of Fame in 2007. He became the third coach ever inducted into the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2011. Moses was a 2012 NCAA Division II Coaches Association inductee and a year later was named one of five members of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Wrestling Hall of Fame. John Esquibel '83 (Centennial, CO) was inducted into the Colorado Running Hall of Fame. He won national collegiate titles and coached high school teams at Trinidad, Cherry Creek, Westminster, and Ranum, winning four state championships. He has been the cross country coach at Regis University for the past 13 years. Damon Martin ’87 (Alamosa, CO) was featured in a video interview on The head coach and director of the Grizzlies cross country and track and field program, he discussed his philosophy of coaching and principles of training at high altitude. He has won 34 National Coach of the Year awards, and is recognized as one of the best coaches in the country, especially with distance runners. In his 26 years at Adams State, he has coached 36 National Championship teams in men’s and women’s cross country and track and field.

Jaime Green (right) brings championship experience to the Grizzlies.

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A-Stater Spring 2018  

Magazine of Adams State University

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Magazine of Adams State University