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the magazine of adams state university

Worth thousands of words

fall 2013



VOL. 53, NO. 3 • FALL 2013

Published by Adams State University adams state university • alamosa, co 81101 719.587.7011 • 800.824.6494 • e-mail: online edition: EDITOR & DESIGNER Julie Waechter


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS ASU Sports Information • Kaleb Center • Margaret Doell Gaylene Horning ’94 • Bill Mansheim • Kellicia Morse ’14 David Peasley ‘96 • Nik Schmidt • Kyle Terwillegar • James Trujillo ‘02


BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY Steve Valdez ’87 Chair Mary Griffin Vice Chair Paul Farley • Liane “Buffie” McFadyen ’91, ’93 • Ann Rice Arnold Salazar ’75 • Charles Scoggin, M.D. Val Vigil ’71 • Tim Walters ’73 Dr. Rob Benson Faculty Trustee Benjamin Evans Student Trustee

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD Lori Lee Laske ’91, ’01 Executive Secretary/Director of Alumni Relations Kasey Russell ’03 President Liz Tabeling-Garcia ’96, ’06 Vice President Holly Felmlee ’76, ‘92 Secretary Toney Cantu ’70 • D. Mike Garcia ’73, ’77 • Phil Lopez ’04 Lynn Michalke ’77 • Karen Rubidoux Miller ’94 Robert Oringdulph ’71 • Sandy Ortega ’74 Chris Page ’02, ’03 • Brian Rossbert ’02 • Rich Scanga ’75 Jeremy Wilder ’96 • Delzia Worley ’97

ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION BOARD Duane Bussey ’82 President Dr. John McDaniel Vice President John A. Marvel ’70 Secretary/Treasurer Russell Achatz ’85 • Tim Bachicha ’92 • Greg Bervig ’81 • Keith Cerny Genevieve Cooper • Valerie Finnegan • Jeni Jack Goodwin ’85 Dale Hettinger ’64 • Charles “Chuck” Houser ’62 • Ron Howard ’98 Randy Jackson ’98 • Philip Lopez ’04 • Dorothy Lucero ’61 Cathy Mullens ‘82 • Chuck Owsley ’68 • Michelle Roepke • Rich Scanga ’75 Ray Skeff • Izora Southway ’66 • Donn Vigil

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

FOUNDATION EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS Sharon Carter • Richard Jacobs • Harold Kelloff Ralph Outcalt • J. Byron Uhrich • R. Paul Wagner • Eldo Wall

president’s letter: realizing the founding vision If only Billy Adams could see us now ... You’re probably aware that Adams State University was founded first as Adams State Normal School (originally proposed as Alamosa Normal School, but named instead for the visionary Billy Adams). It then became ASTC (Adams State Teachers College) and then Adams State College. As these original names imply, the institution’s historic roots were to train excellent teachers for the citizens of the San Luis Valley and Colorado. Literally thousands of David Svaldi Adams State graduates were and are teachers, including many Teachers of the Year. Thanks to two alumni, Ted Morrison ’69 and the late Dr. Marvin Motz ’58, ‘59, two years ago we instituted a Teachers Hall of Fame to recognize teaching excellence and contributions to the teaching profession. To date, the Hall of Fame has inducted 28 teachers and administrators from K-12 through higher education. Adams State has a legacy of excellence and success in preparing teachers. Now we are proud to announce a new milestone in this tradition of excellence: starting in 2014, Adams State University and its Teacher Education Department will become the new partner with the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) and the Boettcher Foundation in awarding M.A. degrees for the Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency Program throughout Colorado. (See story page 5.) Previous program partners have included Denver University and Regis University, two outstanding private universities. The tuition structure at ASU contributes to the future sustainability of this residency-based program. Teacher candidates attracted to serve in the San Luis Valley will both learn from a strong curriculum during a two-year residency, and commit to giving back to San Luis Valley schools for a minimum of five years. Since Adams State and the new Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency Institute to be located on campus will also coordinate curriculum and placement for urban Colorado Boettcher candidates, the participants will be able to share experiences in both rural and urban settings. PEBC and the Boettcher Foundation partnered with Adams State due to the excellence of our Teacher Education Department. Many on campus have worked to bring this to fruition. My deep appreciation goes out to Teacher Education faculty; Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Frank Novotny; and co-chairs of the Teacher Education Department, Dr. Ed Crowther and Kurt Carey ‘78. Our tradition of excellence goes forward, thanks to them. Somewhere Billy Adams is smiling.

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Dr. David Svaldi ASU President Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 Executive Director of the Foundation Mary Griffin Trustee Liaison

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


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

To become the university community of choice for diverse and traditionally underrepresented groups and all who value quality education and inclusivity.

the cover Ian Wilkinson ‘04 at work installing a mural for the San Luis Valley Museum, which was funded by a matching grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. See story page 16.

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contents cover story Man vs. Wall


update Adams State gets green light for first Ph.D. Boettcher Teacher Residency to establish institute at ASU Enrollment remains strong Grants help Community Partnerships plan green business park HEAL program honored nationally Big enough for the best ASU joins Colorado Challenge effort to expand student access

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features Autumn @ Adams focused on many levels of health Last Lecture taps professors’ secrets of success

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This symbol at the conclusion of an article indicates a related video can be viewed on You Tube. Pg. 8: Dome Raising Pg. 10: HPPE Grand Opening Pg. 15: Last Lecture Pg. 16: Mural Pg. 37: Slam Dunk

giving Foundation honors emeritus professors for continued support Grizzly Club appreciates supporters Billy Adams Award goes to Erik van de Boogaard

alumnotes alumni scrapbook sports scenes

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X-C men remain ton top, women place 2nd at nat’ls Grizzly Volleyball rocks the RMAC Fall season concludes Athletic Hall of Fame inducts more of Adams State’s best

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alumni events DECEMBER 11 14 14

Retirees’ Christmas Dinner Commencement Theatre Matinee, Alumni Performance (sold out)


SLV Martini Bar


Watch a special holiday greeting from Adams State University:

watching wildlife on campus is becoming a regular pasttime. This black bear sow and cub hung around in Adams State’s trees this fall, one of two such pairs spotted around Alamosa.

SLV Alumni Social for 2003-2013 Graduates Albuquerque, NM San Diego,CA

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Orange County, CA Santa Fe, Tucson & Phoenix

Watch your mail for details. adamsalumni • 800-824-6494, ext. 8 Stay up to date on events, sports, and news from Adams State University:

doctorate in counselor education & supervision

Adams State gets green light for first Ph.D. Adams State University will launch its first doctoral program, a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, in the fall of 2014. The program was recently approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the regional accrediting agency for Adams State. "The program will train counselor educators, those who already have clinical experience. The demand for qualified graduate faculty is increasing," noted program chair, Dr. Susan Varhely. She said the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) now requires their accredited programs to hire only doctoral graduates with degrees in counselor education. “We designed this program to meet all CACREP standards for the doctorate. It is the ‘gold standard’ for rigor. Most states have aligned their counselor licensure requirements with CACREP standards.”

competitive tuition “We will not have a problem filling the slots; we expect a nationwide response,” said Dr. Don Basse, professor of counselor education. “Ours will potentially be the only online program with CACREP accreditation from a public institution, therefore our tuition will be very competitive.” He said there is only one other online, CACREP-accredited doctoral program, but it is offered by a private university. Adams State’s program will begin accepting applications in mid-December.

counseling field “booming”

“The mental health counseling field is booming, and there are now more job opportunities for Licensed Professional Counselors,” Varhely said. “Many factors contribute to the growing need for counseling services: our aging population, the needs of military veterans, better insurance coverage of mental health care, and the increasing role addictions play in mental health issues.” The program will be taught by full-time faculty and begin with a cohort of ten students. New cohorts will be added each fall. One faculty member has been added to the department in anticipation of the new program, and another will come on board in two years, bringing total faculty in the department to 13, Varhely said. The 66-credit program requires students to take six credit hours a term over 11 consecutive terms (four years), including summers. Coursework includes practica and internships, as well as a doctoral dissertation. Entrance requirements include completion of a 48-hour master's degree in counseling from a CACREP-approved program. Dr. Susan Varhely (back), professor and chair of the Counselor Education DepartThe online format has proven successful in the ment, with a class of graduate students. Department of Counselor Education's online masAdams State’s program will be eligible for CACREP acter of arts degree program, initiated in 2005. Now Adams creditation after two years of operation. The university’s masState's largest graduate program, with more than 500 stuter of arts program in counselor education recently renewed dents, it attracts students from across the state and nation. its CACREP accreditation under more stringent standards. Details about the doctoral program will soon be available at The doctoral program will be offered in an online, cohort format, giving access to students who cannot attend a tradiBy Julie Waechter tional campus because of financial situation or geographic location. Students will also attend on-campus summer intensives.


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Boettcher Teacher Residency to establish institute at ASU Adams State University is now the sole degree-granting institution for the Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency program (CBTR). Presented by PEBC (Public Education & Business Coalition) and the Boettcher Foundation, the CBTR recently expanded its partnership with Adams State. CBTR aims to prepare more effective teachers for low-income, rural and urban school districts with culturally and linguistically diverse student populations. The partners, along with the Boettcher Foundation, are establishing an educational institute at the university that will encompass both teacher preparation and ongoing teacher professional development. Adams State University President David Svaldi said the partnership helps the university fulfill its historic mission of preparing teachers for rural Colorado. "It can be difficult for rural school districts to fill certain teaching positions, such as those in math and science, and our partnership with PEBC will help address those needs."

CBTR recruits, selects, trains, and retains individuals to become effective teachers by providing an intensive and supportive residency teacher training program. It combines master’s level coursework with hands-on learning in a classroom. Upon completion of the Residency, teachers receive alternative teaching licensure and a master’s degree in education from Adams State along

Earlier this year, CBTR launched its first rural residency cohort with Adams State to train teachers for schools in the San Luis Valley, a historically impoverished region where the need for welltrained teachers is high. The cohort includes 11 residents in four school districts. In 2014, the rural program will expand to 15 residents, and CBTR’s Denver-metro area cohorts will also ful-

We’re excited to focus our work with Adams State in preparing and retaining effective teachers for Colorado’s high-needs districts.”

with an endorsement in culturally and linguistically diverse education. “Through this partnership, we have the unique opportunity to train new teachers and provide development opportunities for current teachers tailored specifically to the distinctive needs of high-needs districts,” said Rosann Ward, president of PEBC. “We’re excited to focus our work with Adams State in preparing and retaining effective teachers for Colorado’s high-needs schools.”

fill their master’s degrees through Adams State. CBTR plans to expand to additional rural school districts throughout southern Colorado over the next few years. Since its establishment in 2004, CBTR has prepared and retained a network of 150 effective teachers who have been placed in high-needs school districts throughout Colorado. For more information about PEBC and the Colorado Boettcher Teacher Residency, visit

adams state university has been without a campus sign facing Hwy. 160 for a while. That was remedied in November, with the installation of a new monument sign that leaves no doubt whose campus it is. Similar signs are planned for other entryways to the campus.

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growth in grad students

Enrollment remains strong a new record in graduate student enrollment offset a slight drop in undergraduates at Adams State University, for total enrollment this fall of 3,703. This is essentially equal to last year, according to Dr. Michael Mumper

‘76, senior vice president of Enrollment Management and Program Development. The 2013 freshman class totals 528, an increase of 1.3 percent from last year. The freshman class includes 150 graduates of San Luis Valley high schools, according to Eric Carpio ‘01, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management. Graduate student enrollment at Adams State University set a new record for the third consecutive year this fall, with a total of 932 students. The University also

increased the number of transfer students. Business Administration continues as Adams State’s largest undergraduate program, with 409 majors. The Department of Human Performance and Physical Education (HPPE) boasts 233 majors, followed by nursing, with 173. Graduate enrollment growth is led by the Counselor Education Program, which increased 7 percent to a total of 518 students. A new Master of Arts in Music Education enrolled 13 students. The Master’s in Education program grew by 20 percent, with a total of 243 students. Eight of those students are participating in the new Boettcher Teacher Program in the SLV, which aims to prepare more teachers for lowincome, rural public schools, with a focus on working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. (See story page 5.)

Students enjoy the annual Welcome Week Luau.

Grants help Community Partnerships plan green business park Adams State University Community Partnerships and SEED Park, International, received grants to develop detailed plans for a green business park, according to Mary Hoffman, Executive Director of Community Partnerships. She said a two-year grant of $199,765 from the Economic Development Administration is being matched by $115,585 from the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Additional in-kind contributions bring the project total to $399,530. Those include pro bono legal assistance and a land use design to be created through Colorado State University’s Landscape Architecture program. The EDA was specifically seeking innovative projects with far-reaching potential, Hoffman said, and the SEED (Sustainable Environmental Economic Development) project will serve as a national model for clean, rural business development. The project will produce a business plan for a SEED Park that includes a financial development plan, operational policies, and land-use plan. It can be viewed as a modified business incubator focusing on green values, Hoffman said. SEED Park International is a non-profit organization working to develop a sustainable business park where businesses share resources and use each other’s bi-products in


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order to achieve zero waste, create jobs, and reduce costs. For example, a biofuels business could produce heat for the complex and a food dehydration enterprise, as well as wood waste that could be used for composting. “This project was built around countless prior individual and organizational contributions,” Hoffman said, explaining the SEED concept started in 2006 with her office, San Luis Valley Development Resources Group (DRG), and USDA Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D). She said the DRG’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) showed a local desire to develop clean industries that preserve the area’s natural resources and agriculture. The SEED project is a result of collaboration among economic development organizations, business people, farmers and ranchers, and higher education institutions. “We could not have gotten this EDA financial award if it wasn’t for the State of Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s Advanced Industry Infrastructure program,” Hoffman added. “The whole SEED team represents every single background we need to make this successful. I am looking forward to working with them, DRG, and other partners.”

asu cares day marked its fifteenth year of serving the community. About 270 students, faculty, and staff participated in 22 projects to aid area nonprofit groups.

HEAL program honored nationally “As one of this year’s national finalists, Adams State University is at the forefront of meeting the challenge of improving higher educational achievement for Latino students,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education. “No longer should policymakers and institutional leaders ask how to improve college success for Latinos – we have the largest accumulation of proven examples and tested strategies that show them how. Today’s question is, do leaders have the will to put these practices into action?” HEAL was one of 15 national finalists selected from among 165 nominees from 22 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for the 2013 Examples of Excelencia recognition. This is the only national initiative to systematically identify, recognize, and catalogue evidence-based programs that improve Latino college success. ASU’s HEAL was one of six graduate-level programs – the only graduate program in Colorado – selected as finalists. “By sharing our experiences, we hope to prompt educators and policymakers to challenge the current status of Latino achievement in higher education and inspire them to work to increase Latino student success,” said Dr. Melissa Freeman, HEAL program director. Adams State’s Lia Carpio, HEAL

program coordinator, accepted the award at the awards event, held Oct. 1 in Washington, D.C. "This is an exceptional honor and award,” said Dr. Mike Tomlin, chair of the School of Business. “Central to all of this is the improved college success and futures for our Latino community. We all benefit from these achievements.” HEAL was created four years ago through a $280,928 grant from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) in its Special Focus Competition for Graduate Programs at Institutions of Higher Education Serving Hispanic Americans. HEAL’s focus on preparing the next generation of leaders for the nation’s Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) makes it unique among graduate programs and helps create an advancement path for Hispanic professionals. “The evidence is clear that America cannot become the world leader in college degrees by 2020 or achieve the globally competitive workforce of the future without a tactical plan to address Latino college completion,” Freeman noted. She said the program’s enrollment has been 62 percent minority, with an overall graduation rate of 81 percent, with Latinos/as making up 62 percent of graduates. HEAL also recently received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Representative Scott Tipton. To date, two cohorts have completed the HEAL master’s program, with two more groups currently enrolled.

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Adams State University’s Higher Education Administration & Leadership (HEAL) program was recognized by Excelencia in Education as a top program that increases academic opportunities and achievement for Latino students.



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The last few years have seen a lot of campus construction, but one new building literally arose almost overnight. The 85,000 square-foot High Altitude Training Center was inflated over the course of 12 hours in early October. Located just north of Plachy Hall on Sunset Dr., the HAC is a bubble: an air-supported dome structure made of vinyl coated polyester fabric.

The new facility brings you more life, brings you more energy to give that effort, to make that extra lap.” As of press time, crews were working to install the scoreboard, timing system, and bleachers in time for Adams State’s first home indoor track and field meet in several years, the Early Grizzly Open, Dec. 7. The new facility allows ASU to host the NCAA Qualifier, Feb. 15, and the RMAC conference championships, Feb. 28-March 1. For more than seven years, the Plachy Fieldhouse has not been suitable for such large competitions, according to Head Track & Field Coach Damon Martin ‘87. Senior track & field athlete Kaymarie Jones said the new facility “brings you more life, brings you more energy to give that effort, to make that extra lap.”


The center features a 200-meter, 8-lane track with a synthetic rubber surface that provides high quality shock absorption, skid resistance, force reduction, and overall comfort for athletes. It also has ample space for jumps, vaults, and throwing events, as well as spectator seating and public restrooms. “We’re really excited about this new facility,” Martin added. “This indoor dome will allow us a much better place to train and provide a very good workplace for a lot of our student athletes. I remember 20 or so years ago, when I first started, we had about 40 kids out for men’s and women’s track; now we have 110 kids out.” Noting Adams State Athletics now offers 21 sports, Athletic Director Larry Mortensen ‘88, ‘93 said the new facility, in conjunction with the renovated fieldhouse, gives adequate space for all teams to train. The dome manufacturer, who erects domes all over the world with the assistance of football teams, rugby teams, or soccer teams, said ASU's track team was the best crew he’d ever had. “They were motivated, worked hard, and never complained.” Watch a fun video that condenses the facility’s construction and inflation into a couple minutes:

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ASU joins Colorado Challenge effort to expand student access Adams State University is one of four public universities working to improve graduation rates of traditionally underrepresented students, as part of the newly formed Colorado Challenge. Gov. John Hickenlooper announced this partnership of top state education leaders in September. “The Colorado Challenge project is a great step toward improving access, the most important aspect of Adams State’s role and mission as an institution of inclusive excellence,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Frank Novotny. “We have a system of services and a close-knit environment in which students can thrive. This supportive atmosphere fosters student involvement, and our small classes allow professors to give students personal attention. First generation and underserved students respond and do well in this atmosphere.” Through the Colorado Challenge, Adams State joins with three other universities and three public and private initiatives to increase college access: Colorado GEAR UP, Daniels Fund, and the Denver Scholarship Foundation. Other participating universities are Metropolitan State University and Colorado State University in Fort Collins and Pueblo.

successful addressing this critical issue than any of us working alone.” Garcia will supervise the pilot, which launches in January 2014 with freshmen and sophomores affiliated with the three pre-collegiate programs on the four campuses. The $5 million pilot will serve two cohorts of students, for a total of 2,500 students, and follow each

The Colorado Challenge project is a great step toward improving access, the most important aspect of Adams State’s role and mission as an institution of inclusive excellence.”

goal: graduation The project’s goal is to determine effective and efficient practices for increasing four-year college-completion rates for students, particularly those who are low-income, minority and/or the first in their families to go to college. Data from the Colorado Department of Higher Education show less than a third of students graduate from Colorado four-year public colleges and universities in four years. Slightly more than half of white students earn fouryear degrees in six years, while only 32 percent of minority students earn bachelor’s degrees in six years.

data show such students are less likely to return after their first year of college. Success for the Colorado Challenge pilot would mean improving those rates and funneling the lessons learned into an effective and cost-efficient model that can be replicated across the state. “We wouldn’t call it a challenge if it were easy,” Hickenlooper said. “We are attempting to create a college completion pilot program that will serve as a model for others. This program will help build the state’s highly skilled workforce.” Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia, who oversees Colorado GEAR UP in his capacity as Executive Director of the Department of Higher Education, noted, “All of the partners share a common goal of improving college graduation rates for these students. By combining our expertise and our resources with an innovative spirit, I believe we can be more

group through four years of college. The three pre-collegiate programs are pooling their resources, and the college partners are offering in-kind support. “We know our students of color and our low-income students have made gains in access to college,” Garcia said. “But they lag significantly in college completion. We must do better by these students, and realize their potential, for the good of Colorado.” While the pilot may vary based on individual campuses, a majority of students will receive summer transitional programming between high school and college, one-on-one attention from campus-based advisors, and access to increased academic advising via technology. The college partners will consider strategies such as grouping pilot students in classes, block scheduling for working pilot students, and offering “whole programs of study,” meaning students receive four-year schedules.

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Adams State’s graduation rate for Hispanic students, which comprise 32 percent of the student body, is comparable to that of the student body at large. Most students served by Colorado GEAR UP, the Daniels Fund, and the Denver Scholarship Foundation are low income and minority; many are the first in their families to go to college. DHE


tenth annual


Health, Fitness, and Beyond/Salud, Bu The tenth annual Autumn@Adams celebration showcased the skills and expertise of the community in its week-long exploration of “Health, Fitness and Beyond.” Presenters included San Luis Valley Comprehensive Mental Health, Empower U, San Luis Valley Health, Valley-Wide Health Systems, Alamosa Family Recreation Center, ASU Rex Student Activity Center, Trinidad State Junior College, Hospice, Southern Colorado Film Festival, Adams State AmeriCorps, the Local Foods Coalition, and Empowering People through Food. Numerous individuals and ASU de-


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partments shared advice, expertise, canned food items, music, and hospitality. Current and retired faculty and staff shared their perspectives on life and its many paths. Students were active in many events. The GeoClub spent a Sunday afternoon creating a temporary labyrinth, a circular pathway that aids personal, psychological, and spiritual transformation. HPPE majors received visitors to the East Campus Grand Opening and Open House. During the finale Cookoff (see page 12), fourteen campus clubs and organizations added to the fun and excitement.


clockwise from top HPPE students assist President David Svaldi cut a badminton net during the East Campus Dedication and Open House. Watch the festivities here: Dr. Neil Rudolph, emeritus professor of chemistry, addresses the audience during the panel discussion on “End of Life” issues. The temporary labyrinth north of Leon Memorial included a dedication and food drive to benefit the local food bank.

uena Forma Física y Más

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mild, medium, and hot were served up by more than 20 contestants at the Autumn@Adams Cook-Off, now in its sixth year. Tasters turned in 245 ballots voting for their favorites in three categories.

Photos by Kellicia Morse ‘14 12


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n Chile, Red Chile, Salsa

clockwise from upper left: The undefeated red-chile champion, Esther Lopez. The Art League raises money painting faces. Adams State alumnus Sam Armijo ‘83 munches another jalapeno. The piñata bust has children scrambling for candy, as alumnus Miguel Chaparro ‘09 pulls the rope. Maria Valdez takes first place with her salsa. Jonathan Miller, far left, manages to eat 8 jalapenos in 3 minutes, winning the competition held during the annual cook-off.

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... and the #1 life lesson is:


Last Lecture taps professors’ secrets of success “If you knew this were your last lecture ever, what would you say?” arriving at the same conclusion: Love is the most important ingredient in a happy, fulfilling life. Although both are obviously successful in academia, neither set out to become a college professor. Alvarez, in fact, flat out did not want to teach (despite, or because of, coming from a family of teachers), although she set on a career as a therapist early on. – Leslie Alvarez Because her father was a psychiatric nurse, she “overheard a lot of really fasThis year, Last Lecture honors went cinating stories.” Like many in the field, to two fairly young faculty members: Dr. Leslie Cramblet Alvarez, assoc. prof she said, she became fascinated with abnormal psychology and wanted to figof psychology; and Dr. Tracy Doyle, ure out how to help people. professor and chair of the Music De“I was such a nerd, in high school I partment. Their lists of Life Lessons went to summer psychology camp,” complement each which cemented her love of the disciother, with both pline. But once she began her first teaching job, she an adventurous spirit continues to guide Dr. Leslie said: “I loved it – dammit!” Cramblet Alvarez on her life Doyle, too, was strongly journey. At left she leaps over influenced by her father, who fire at a Warrior Dash; below, she said was a “wild one” in she began combining her his younger years. “He raced loves early on. cars, flew to NYC for a cup That is the challenge posed to ASU Presidential Teacher Award recipients who are invited to give a “Last Lecture” during Autumn@Adams. The concept came to public attention in 2007, when a Carnegie-Mellon computer science professor was asked to do just that – then received a terminal cancer diagnosis.

of coffee, and got into bar fights, but then he settled down.” He sold his sports car and moved the family to a rural town in Massachusetts where he became a “gentleman farmer.”

finding one’s path

Doyle approached her Last Lecture by imagining a soundtrack for her life. She punctuated her lessons with musical interludes of fitting Beatles’ songs on which she played the flute, accompanied by her husband, James Doyle, on percussion, Dr. Matthew Schildt on keyboard, and Marcos LeBlanc ’13 on bass. With the Long and Winding Road as an introduction, Doyle explained, “I have rarely taken a direct route from point A to B, but looking back in the rear view mirror, I know I took the route I was meant to take.” Painfully shy, she began playing flute in sixth grade. Her subsequent transformation was a story her band teacher loved to tell. “I found a path and learned to fly. If you are determined and work hard, you can do anything.” Doyle told how making value-based decisions helped her navigate college and her early career. She began a Dr. Leslie Cramblet Alvarez’s doctorate in flute performance at Louisiana State 1. Learn to express yourself. University in 2. Spend time waiting tables. Baton Rouge, 3. Live in a big city. where she met her “life partner and 4. Give credit where it is due. best friend,” James 5. Make good friends and keep them. Doyle, asst. pro6. Keep learning and combine your loves. fessor of music. 7. Take chances – get out of your comfort zone. She credits shared Plus one to grow on ... Fall in Love. core values with

As much as you love your work, it won’t love you back.”

seven life lessons


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Experiences along the way helped AlTracy insisted he varez form her Life Lessons. She keep to the plan, and relied on sup- treasures the new perspectives and opportunities gained through travel, and port from her family and friends. came to value what she learned from her teachers, parents – and students. She came to ac“It’s never the same class, because of cept the need to the students. I love mentoring students slow down, take and watching them turn into nerds. It time off from helps me feel and stay young,” she said. teaching, and Alvarez keeps learning and challengfocus on herself. ing herself, recognizing the importance Doyle showed of getting out of one’s comfort zone. slides of her surgery scar and body Partially funded by her Presidental Teacher Award stipend, she became a scans illustrating the cancer had not certified yoga teacher last summer, and this spring will teach“Positive Psycholmetastasized. ogy and Yoga.” “I’m going to Dr. Tracy Doyle (left) and Dr. Leslie Cramblet Alvarez shared “It will combine eastern and western be OK. I need to their accumulated wisdom during Autumn@Adams week. approaches in a therapeutic environget on with life. strengthening their relationship in the ment. Yoga can reduce stress and proAllowing others to help me was a face of career transitions and personal mote wellness,” she explained. HUGE lesson,” she said. loss. She and Doyle both came into their making connections Doyle learned lessons 4, 5, and 6 own as teachers at Adams State. “I love from her father and the way he apAfter college, Alvarez worked both as working on a small campus. It’s like a proached life after being diagnosed with a hostess at Joe’s Crab Shack in Austin, private school experience,” said Alvarez. stage four lung cancer. where she developed such life skills as “I value close student relationships and “He’s Irish, and before he died, Dad service and patience, and at a shelter for small classes.” gathered together people important to youth, doing “street outreach.” Doyle said ASU is a “perfect fit,” a him for a party.” Following his death, “I heard some really sad stories,” she place where her parallel roads of music Doyle completed her doctorate and dis- said, as she gained experience doing ineducation and flute performance merge. sertation, something she knew was imtakes and helping kids overcome barri“I didn’t have to choose. My paths were portant to him. ers to education. “I became interested meant to bring me here.” Her parents’ example (“My mother in the interface between education and Watch the 2013 Last Lecture here: never spent one minute feeling sorry for psychology.” That prompted her to pur- herself.”) gave Doyle the strength to sue graduate work and earn By Julie Waechter face her own bout with cancer. her Ph.D. in educational Just a year ago, she learned she had psychology at Northern AriDr. Tracy Doyle’s follicular thyroid cancer, necesitating zona University, where she two surgeries and radiation. With James first taught as a graduate set to complete his doctorate residency assistant. 1. Hard work + Perseverance = Success at University of Nevada Las Vegas,

lessons learned

2. Make values-based decisions.

3. Shared common core values are the foundation of a strong relationship. 4. Live fully and passionately. 5. Sometimes you just have to do what has to be done. 6. Think ahead. Be a planner. It is a way to show your love. 7. Modify your Expectations to conform with the results. 8. Ask for help. 9. Slow down. 10. More joy.

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now and then: Music helped Dr. Tracy Doyle gain self confidence.


Man vs. Wall When he was commissioned to create an exterior mural for the San Luis Valley Museum, Ian Wilkinson ’04 knew one big painting just wasn’t going to cut it. So many ideas came to mind that Wilkinson’s original plan to create 30 different paintings that would be displayed on the wall “salon-style” soon expanded to 80 paintings. “I just couldn’t stop. There are still things I’ve missed.” The resulting mural, completed in September, spans 74 feet along the museum’s north wall, facing Fourth St. in Alamosa. Wilkinson’s 80 images depict historic figures and artifacts, beautiful landscapes, landmarks and tourist attractions, and symbols reflecting the valley’s past and present. A vintage locomotive steams across the wall, near a representation of a solar array. A classic valley dust devil swirls, while a UFO aims green light toward the valley floor. There is a sandhill


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crane, as well as a grizzly bear, a bison, a churro sheep – and an alligator. The mural is bookended by the oldest church in Colorado, in Conejos, and a Bhuddist stupa in Crestone. Portraits of personages past and present range from Chief Ouray and Chipeta to Zebulon Pike and Kit Carson. Other elements of the Valley’s diverse history are illustrated by portraits of a Japanese farmer and a Buffalo Soldier. Visitors will see both the famous, such as the Manassa Mauler and acclaimed weaver Eppie Archuleta, and the infamous, like Alfred Packer. There’s also an early photo of the late Capt. John Brandt ’54 and his wife, Dorothy, who is chairperson of the museum board.

During a visit in spring of 2012 to present an artist’s lecture and workshop on campus, Wilkinson noticed the museum’s blank stucco wall and thought it would make a great canvas. "Ian Wilkinson's interest in the valley was demonstrated by the countless hours he spent researching what to include in the mural," said Mary Hoffman, ASU Community Partnerships executive director. A member of the museum board of directors, Hoffman wrote the $20,000 funding proposal to the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). Many local organizations provided support to meet the community NEA funding match requirement, including the Alamosa Marketing District, San Luis

from left: Sandhill crane Dorothy & John ‘54 Brandt Eppie Archuleta Southern Ute elder Russell Box, Sr., below his portrait

the final arrangement conveys that they are all simultaneous moments existing on a plane that is now.” Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Wilkinson has created more than 200 murals throughout the country over the last dozen years, often utilizing a similar consensus building process. His clients range from corporations to public schools. “Being a muralist is tough; you’re retired at the end of every job, and the next project is entirely uncertain,” he said. A year of planning, collaboration, design, and painting preceded the mural’s installation, and Wilkinson enlisted ASU art students to help with the

final phase. He explained he uses the “most extremely archival mural method” developed by Kent Twitchell and shared with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. “They are the foremost mural entity in the world, and they use this method exclusively,” Wilkinson said. He creates each painting with pure acrylic resin on polytab. He adheres the paintings to the wall with varnish, then applies another eight coats of varnish, making the mural stable in the face of ultraviolet light. “This will look just as good in 50 years as it does now.” Watch a video of the mural’s development: By Julie Waechter

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Valley Federal Bank, 1st Southwest Bank, the Floyd Dale Higel Family, San Luis Valley Builders, Inc., and the San Luis Valley Museum. After being awarded the mural commission, Wilkinson worked with Community Partnerships and the museum to solicit ideas from community members by using Skype, social networking, and a survey. The resulting concept represents the San Luis Valley's entire past, present, and a glimpse of the future. The mural is intended to spark conversation and interest in exploring the San Luis Valley's history, landmarks and legends. “I could have arranged the paintings chronologically,” Wilkinson said, “but


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Foundation honors emeritus professors for continued support Entering Ron ’65 and Marilyn ’86, ’87 Loser’s home arouses all the senses. A cowbell clangs to announce guests as the front gate swings open. Stepping along a weathered boardwalk, visitors gaze at the immense and diverse garden stretching out past the tall blue house. Ron slides open the porch door, and classical music fills the air, along with tantalizing aromas from the kitchen. Once inside, art by local talent adorns the walls, and natural light creates an atmosphere of welcome. Southfacing windows provide a view of Marilyn’s garden, which even in October radiates the warmth of autumn colors and a bountiful harvest. The home reflects the generosity, intelligence, and curiosity of its designers and builders – Ron and Marilyn, emeritus professors of mathematics/computer science. The Adams State Foundation recognized the Losers with the 2013 Willis Fassett Jr. Award at the Donor & Student Recognition Dinner, Nov. 6. Ron’s ties with Adams State began when he and his brother, Robert ’62; mom, Lucille ’67; and dad, O. Robert ‘63 all enrolled – “If it weren’t for Adams State we’d probably still be struggling with a failing business.” His dad went on to teach industrial arts and his mother, art; Ron taught mathematics and computer science at Adams State until his retirement in June, 2003. In 2001, after his father passed, Ron established the Loser Family Scholarship; he continues to add to the principle every year, and last year established a legacy in his will for Adams State. “I have gotten into the habit of donating to the university,” Ron said. “It is a good habit.”


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Marilyn said the institution makes a difference in the lives of so many in the San Luis Valley and beyond. “The price is right, and students are not just a number.” She said it is often the students’ first time away from home, and the campus provides a safe environment. “Adams State is nurturing,” Ron added. “It is an intellectual and economic enabler.” Many of the Losers’ friends believe the same of Ron and Marilyn. Sue and Cole Foster, emeritus professor of English, said the couple demonstrates unfailing generosity towards family, friends, and the community. The two couples have traveled together and continue to enjoy social interactions. “Ron and Marilyn exhibit wit and a wonderful sense of humor,” Foster said. “They are the best friends anyone could ever hope to have.” The Fosters also respect the Losers’ commitment to academic excellence. “We believe in the process of education,” Ron said. “We believe in Adams State.” Marilyn agrees: “When people receive a good education, it helps out their entire life. College helps inspire the desire to learn.” They both admire the dedication of Adams State’s faculty across departments. “I did not know a single profes-

sor who was in it just for the paycheck,” Ron said. He values the many different approaches to help students achieve. “We are not here to lower the hurdles, but to help students overcome the obstacles and challenges.” Marilyn points out the number of students who would not have access to affordable education if it weren’t for Adams State. “Adams State alters people’s lives.” She remembers many a student who enrolled with no understanding of expectations or even the appropriate manner of dress. “I had a non-traditional student come to a tutoring session in a cocktail dress. She wore her best outfit, because she was unsure of what was expected.” Rather than judge, Marilyn graciously reached out and helped the student blossom and achieve her academic goal. Those students entering college with virtually no clue about what to expect or how to navigate the processes of academia brings out the nurturer of many a faculty member, including the Losers. Ron could have chosen a more affluent and influential college to carry out his career. He stayed. He has a story of being offered a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at an elite college – where all the students had “straightened, even teeth.” He preferred to mentor those with fewer advantages.

Ron believes Adams State’s atmosphere encourages students to reach their potential and provides them with a broader perspective on the universe. Since Marilyn’s retirement in 2005, the Losers have broadened their own horizons with over two dozen trips across the globe. They have made it to all seven continents. “No matter the electronic media available to everyone, nothing prepares you for experiencing a new location, surrounded by a different culture and a spoken language that is not your own. Travel provides a sense of the world that is valuable and diverse,” Ron said. The Losers often plan their adventures with friends Anita and Mel Armold, emeritus professor of chemistry; as well as the Fosters. “Traveling is better when shared with people whose company you appreciate and enjoy,” Ron added. The couples have arranged their own vacations and have taken advantage of tours by Road Scholars. “The Road Scholars tours take care of the irritating technical details,” Ron said. “You just show up with a good attitude and enjoy.” Ron continues to update his website with photographs and comments about their journeys at

Ron did not inherit his wealth or position. What he has achieved, he has done on his own through determination and hard work. He could not be who he is without Marilyn’s support.” ter said. “They make eggs Benedict on overnight backcountry trips.” A willingness to share their bounty, whether it be in the form of perennials from the garden, food from the kitchen, books and movies from their impressive library, or money from their accounts – Ron and Marilyn touch the lives of many. Local artist Frankie Will ’90 said they have both been incredibly generous to her. “Ron and Marilyn pave the way for people to have opportunities, and they do so modestly.” Her two dimensional art hangs on their walls, and her three-dimensional pieces can be found throughout the Losers’ home. “Ron did not inherit his wealth or position,” Will added. “What he has achieved, he has done on his own through determination and hard work. He could not be who he is without Marilyn’s support.”

support of education and retirement, as well as family trips. “I enjoy people,” Ron said, “particularly smart, hard-working people. I find them stimulating. I used to tell my students, ‘the person with the highest grade on their term paper taught me the most.’” One could quickly become intimidated by the Losers’ command of the scientific world and all its intricacies. Yet, their open personal manner of conversation and genuine interest in all aspects of life soon has strangers and intimate friends alike relaxing and feeling just as important as the latest discovery in one of their scientific journals. By Linda Relyea ‘96

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The Losers’ sense of adventure and appreciation of quality education, arts, and food impresses itself on all their friends. “Marilyn and Ron are extraordinary foodies with outrageously yummy and beautifully presented hors d'oeuvres, meals, and picnics,” Sue Fos-

Will respects the Losers’ mathematical minds. Ron designed and built the original structure of their home and later doubled its size. Together Ron and Marilyn created a one-acre garden full of trees, flowers, shrubs, quiet resting spaces, a greenhouse, and a six-sided gazebo. “They have high standards of excellence,” Will added. That standard applies to all their interests, and yet Ron and Marilyn easily relate to many people and support agencies and organizations which they believe contribute to the betterment of society, including Adams State, Boys and Girls Club of the San Luis Valley, Creede Repertory Theatre, KRZA, the Nature Conservancy, Friends of the Dunes, the SLV Regional Science Fair, and several professional organizations. Children and grandchildren also benefit from the Losers’ generosity in financial


Grizzly Club appreciates supporters The Adams State Grizzly Club honored top supporters at the ASU Foundation’s recent Donor & Student Recognition Dinner. The Individual Sponsors of the Year award went to Greta and Norm ’75, ’77 Roberts, while Clancy Spicer, owner of the Inn of the Rio Grande, was recognized as Corporate Partner of the Year.

opened his own real estate appraisal business. Greta has enjoyed a fulfilling and varied career in nursing and healthcare and is now director of Oncology at San Luis Valley Health. She has worked in schools, hospitals, hospice, Valley-Wide Health Services, and has taught at Adams State as recently as last year. Over the course of their successful careers and strong community involvement, the Robertses raised two kids, Adam and Mollie. Mollie is a clinical coordinator in Counselor Education at Adams State, while Adam works for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in Denver. The couple continues to be an active part of the greater Alamosa community and tries to travel as much as possible. Norm stays involved in coaching, working with his grandkids’ t-ball and basketball teams. They also continue to support ASU athletics in many ways and will for years to come. “We are very appreciative and humbled by the honor,” Norm Roberts stated. “But the significance of living is not what you’ve done in the past. It’s what you’re doing and what you plan to do in the future.”

spicer gives back Spicer, a Grizzly Club member for more than 20 years, said, “I am excited to receive this recognition, but it was never my goal. Football has been really important in my life, and I wanted to give back by supporting Adams State University.” From left: Felicia and Roy Garcia representing the Grizzly Club Corporate Partner of Spicer has been a reliable sponsor of the entire the Year, Inn of the Rio Grande; Grizzly Club Individual Partners of the Year Norm ASU Athletics program and has enjoyed watching and Greta Roberts; and scholarship recipient Cade Kunugi. them – especially football. Spicer credits football with getting him through high robertses give loyal support school and college. Spicer is originally from Wyoming, where The Robertses are in their 29th year as Grizzly Club suphe attended high school. He then accepted a scholarship from porters. During that time, Norm has served on the board and the University of Wyoming to play fullback and linebacker twice held the post of president. for legendary football coaches, Phil Dickens and Bob DeThey both graduated from Del Norte High School and vaney. In 1960, Spicer earned a degree from the University of started at Adams State in 1971. Norm, who came to Adams Wyoming in agriculture economics. State on a cross country/track and field scholarship, was a Spicer then went into hotel management throughout the member of the 1971 NAIA National Champion cross counwestern United States, and a business opportunity brought try team. He graduated in 1975 with a degree in secondary him to Alamosa 25 years ago. education with an emphasis in biology and chemistry, then Hard work in business is another of his passions. Twentycompleted a master’s degree in physical education in 1977. five years ago, Spicer joined a partnership with Butch and Greta meanwhile transferred from Adams State to Loretto Rocky Southway, who owned the Inn of the Rio Grande. Heights College in Denver (now part of Regis University) Since then, Spicer has continued to be very enthusiastic about and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Adams State University and the Grizzly Club. The Robertses started their careers in Rocky Ford, Colo., A dedicated and passionate member such as Clancy Spicer then Colby, Kan., with Greta a nurse, and Norm, a successful is very valuable to the Grizzly Club. high school teacher and coach. The couple moved to Grand By Nik Schmidt Junction in 1980, where Norm started his career in real estate appraising; they returned to Alamosa in 1984, where Norm


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Billy Adams Award goes to Erik van de Boogaard You won’t see his name chiseled in stone anywhere, but Erik van de Boogaard was instrumental in creating or enhancing most buildings on the Adams State University campus. of that project was the North Campus program plan, budget, and concept; deGreen and the first new student houssign teams were selected, followed by a ing built in 45 years, the Residences at series of consultations, reviews, and Rex apartment and stadium facility. meetings before final construction docThen came renovations to student uments were prepared for bidding. housing, Leon Memorial Concert Hall, Construction documents include a the Music Building, and the ES Buildnumber of sub plans devoted to everying – now McDaniel Hall – plus exthing from asbestos abatement and panded campus parking, new playing demolition to landscaping and human fields, and sustainable energy projects. waste plans. Every element imaginable Most recently, the third floor of Porter Hall was completed and Zachies Planetarium renovated, and the former Evans School building was renovated to house the Department of Human Performance & Physical Education. Renovations continue in student housing, and work is nearly fin- President David Svaldi presents Billy Adams Award recipient Erik van de Boogaard with a Bill Moyers print. ished to upgrade the outdoor track and erect a High Alti- was specified and went through multitude Training Center. ple revisions, all reviewed by building Van de Boogaard directed all this stakeholders and facilities personnel. work and more, then launched the Once a construction bid was awarded, long-awaited renovation of Adams van de Boogaard remained immersed State’s oldest building, Richardson Hall. until project completion. He said it is “bittersweet” that he won’t He said he was “speechless for the be on hand for the project, “but I feel first time in my life” upon being sereally good about the design/build team lected for the Billy Adams Award. “It is we selected to do the job. The campus the most phenomenal thing for me to is in good hands.” receive this recognition. I am truly honored. I have invested over 15 years in beyond bricks & mortar Adams State, my blood, sweat and tears Long before any construction crews . . . but none of these things could have were deployed, van de Boogaard develtaken place without a lot of people, the oped a Campus Master Plan, worked vision of Adams State presidents, and with staff to obtain official approvals support from the entire campus comand construction funding, and adhered munity.” to a raft of state regulations and proceBy Julie Waechter dures. Each project required a detailed

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Recently retired as Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning, Design & Construction, he oversaw $142 million worth of campus improvements. He estimates he directed renovation of well over half of campus and construction of an additional 180,000 square feet. “No one person has had more impact on the physical campus that is now Adams State University than Erik,” noted Adams State President David Svaldi. “As one community member told me, ‘Adams looks like a real university now.’ Erik’s leadership over the last two decades provided consistency and a unifying plan for ASU’s campus.” In recognition of van de Boogaard’s contributions to the university, he received the prestigious Billy Adams Award at the Homecoming Banquet. Van de Boogaard joined Adams State in 1994 to oversee renovation of food services, the then-College Center, housing, and the Rex Activity Center. He then tackled the first new construction in 25 years, a science and mathematics facility now known as Porter Hall. This was followed by construction of the new theatre and renovations to the School of Business and the former science building for the Art Department. A number of controlled maintenance and infrastructure projects were also undertaken, including decommissioning the steam plant and installing new heating systems in all buildings. Van de Boogaard left Adams State for a similar position at Mesa State College in 2002, but returned in 2008, just in time to break ground on the Plachy Hall renovation. “I like to be busy and was very excited to take the institution’s dreams and visions and make them happen, to create a new Campus Master Plan,” he said. Momentum accelerated when students passed a fee to fund campus transformation. The jewel in the crown



The Art Depart cause.

The departme of 24 signed imag from 1996 to 201 in the first alumn The retrospect couple was donat late wife are fame ric. The realized p photographs such books, and in the The Art Depar More information TOP: Lauren McEvoy '10 with Red CENTER: Cliff Dvorak ‘99 with In Honor of the Spirits in the Cripple Creek BELOW: James Fuller ‘11 with Robopera poster design


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tment is on a mission, and its alumni have joined the

ent needs to raise $7,000 to properly frame and display its collection ges of work by Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Thirty-five graduates 12 showed their work at the The Cloyde Snook Gallery this semester ni exhibit for this cause. Sales were donated to the framing fund. tive collection reviewing 40 years of work by the world-famous ted by Christo to ASU Community Partnerships in 2011. He and his ed for creating environmental works of art, many of which utilize fabprojects remain installed for a finite time; they only exist afterward in h as the Art Department’s collection, preparatory drawings, films, e memories of viewers. rtment continues to accept direct donations to the framing fund. n is available by calling the department at (719) 587-7823. ABOVE: Anthony Vasquez '11 with Our Beginning BELOW: SB 191: Artifact #1 by David Stallings ‘11 TOP CENTER: James R. Crane II '12 with Wanting in America BOTTOM CENTER: Martin McKee '12 with Dedicated to Alfred Stieglitz

Photos by Kellicia Morse ‘14

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alumnotes ◗1940s Vera Sprouse Snyder `47, `71 (Highlands Ranch, CO) writes, “I registered at ASC in 1939 and received an excellent education from an outstanding faculty. Both my husband, Gene Snyder `50, and I were able to continue and expand our education, attaining gratification and recognition for successful careers. And ‘university’ status is long overdue!”

◗1950s Joe Vigil `53, `59 (Green Valley, AZ) was in town for the 20th Annual Joe I. Vigil Open, the home cross-country meet for Alamosa High School and Adams State University. Current Adams State Head Coach Damon Martin named the meet in his honor after he retired, 20 years ago. While he was in Alamosa, Vigil addressed a packed crowd at a Lunch and Learn seminar at the San Luis Valley Health Education and Conference Center.


Alice Thornburg Lindemann `65 (Broomfield, CO) recently retired from Boulder Valley School District as a middle school principal. Although she taught at all grade levels, elementary through high school, her passion was with middle school students, advocating for programs and strategies to assure that students would succeed, feel empowered, and love learning. As a retirement trip, she and her husband, John, returned to Namibia, where they began their lives together and spent three months visiting with friends and old students. They’ve spent 8 years living and traveling in Africa, Spain, England, and Europe. Now they travel as often as possible; their most recent adventure was to Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands. Their 2 daughters, who live in the Denver area, and 2 granddaughters bring light and joy to their lives. Alice has been writing a memoir of her mother. She’s not sure where it will take her, but she’s loving the challenge. Recently, she attended her first Adams State function, a breakfast, and was delighted to reconnect with classmates that she hadn’t seen in over 40 years. She would love to hear from others at

Jean `61 and Grant `60 Wallendorff (Arvada, CO) have 3 children: Kim, Kevin, and Ken (deceased) and 2 granddaughters: Sydney and Olivia.

Ninety-five-year-old Lucia Vallejos Gonzales ’54 recently shared her memoir, Treasures of My Valley: Humor and Survival in Early 20th Century San Luis Valley, at a lecture and book signing in Adams State’s Nielsen Library. The tenth of eleven children in a Costilla, New Mexico, farming family, Gonzales recounts the joys and hardships of her childhood, and the importance of education in her life. “My dad was very strict with our education. He made sure we would grow up to have one,” she said, adding her dad taught his children the importance of going to school, going to church, and paying taxes. Gonzales earned a degree in elementary education and taught for 30 years. She is extremely grateful for what she’s worked for in her lifetime and strongly believes her past helped her to succeed. “We were raised very poor, but not food poor, money poor,” she said. Her dad was a hard working farmer and her mother, a story teller. While her family always had plenty to eat, Gonzales and her siblings had few clothes and often went without shoes. To keep warm on their two-mile trek to school, she said they would all run together holding hands. Her book may be purchased by phoning John and Nancy Gonzales at 575-586-0124.


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Grace (McGuire, Christofferson) Ellsworth `65 (Centennial, CO) writes, "Who'd have guessed that my teaching career would span 31 years followed by 16 more as a substitute and still counting? I thank God for good health and enthusiasm for my chosen profession. My daughter and son have blessed me with 5 grandchildren, plus 1 more this March. My 2nd marriage 21 years ago brought another son, 3 grandchildren, and recently a great-grandson. Bill and I cherish the time spent at our mountain cabin. A transplant from Montana, I've lived only in Colorado since graduation. As a member of various choral groups, I've continued with my singing and have gone on 4 European tours. Church involvement, 2 book clubs, P.E.O., Silver Sneaker classes, singing, walking/hiking, and enjoying grandchildren pretty much sums up this stage of my life. Thank you, ASC, for preparing me for a successful career." Dr. Mackie Faye Hill `66, `74 (Denver, CO) completed her autobiography, entitled Black Army “Brat,” and is looking for an editor and publisher.

Raymond Seib `66, `67 (Hoisington, KS) is a registered representative of MetLife. He has 2 grown children and 5 grandkids. He taught and coached high school football and track from 1967-76 and junior college track from 1976-79. He has been in the insurance business since the fall of 1979. Larry Jeffryes `69 retired after 44 years in education, training, and coaching and moved with his wife to Sequim, WA. He is now trying to figure out what retirement life is all about. He unexpectedly found himself volunteering as part of a local hot air balloon crew as one retirement activity. They are enjoying the Olympic Mountains, Juan de Fuca Strait, and all things Olympic Peninsula. Henry Snyder `69 (Lamar, CO) retired to a farm in Lamar with his wife, Linda. They have two daughters with careers in wildlife and nursing.

Alumnus returns to scene of the art While alumni might not recognize the name of Tom Proctor ’53, they may well recall the colorful mural he created in a stairwell of Richardson Hall that depicts agriculture in the San Luis Valley (below). in Washington state, then in 1959 moved to California and taught in the same classroom at Walnut Creek Intermediate School for the next 32 years. Throughout Proctor’s career, he has been actively creating art and teaching. He has taught adult education classes for Cal State Hayward, UC Berkeley, and various artists groups. In addition to teaching, he has been actively involved in art groups, and exhibiting his paintings and bronze sculptures around California. Proctor stills paints. He says if he had to live life over again, he would do the same thing. Story & photos by Margaret Doell

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Proctor returned to campus in October for only the second time since his graduation. The Art Department hosted his visit, which began with lunch with his college roommate and fellow artist, Ivan Curley ‘53, ‘56 of Monte Vista. They had a great time talking about their Adams State days and their pursuits in art over the past 60 years. Proctor, from Cañon City, enrolled in Adams State in 1949, thanks to a scholarship that was crucial to his attendance, even though he had been saving for college since childhood. He recalled he would pick cherries for a penny a pound, and says he was so small he needed someone to move the ladder for him. Professors showed Proctor around the Art Department and Richardson Hall. Proctor worked in the library (now the Luther Bean Museum) for 75 cents an hour as a student. He recalled climbing up a narrow staircase to the second floor of the library to a tiny, stuffy room where the bookbinding was done. His job was basically to letter titles on the newly bound books. Most everything was housed in Richardson Hall during Proctor’s student days, including the art department. Department chair James Hatfield asked Proctor to paint a mural in the side stairwell at the north end of the building for his senior project. Proctor felt quite honored to be asked, but like many students at the age of 22, had some issues with procrastination. Proctor recalls Hatfield telling him to “get a stick on it” and get the mural done, or he’d drop Proctor’s grade by a letter grade. He needed no more motivation. The opportunity to see his mural again was a real highlight of the visit for Proctor, however he noted that he hadn’t gotten the perspective quite right on the tractor axle. He thought perhaps he should come back and fix it. Proctor spent time in the Army, then completed an M.A. at the University of Northern Colorado. He began teaching


◗1970s Gloria Curtis `70 and her husband, Don, recently moved to Denver to be near grandkids. They are really enjoying life in the “big city.” John Madrid `71 (Pueblo, CO) received his M.A. degree in social work in 1974 from Denver University. He has been married to his wife, Carol, for 41 years and is now retired. They have two children, Rose and Juan, and two grandchildren, Justin and Alex. Sharon Newson `71 (Limon, CO) taught in Limon public schools for 31 years and is now retired. She is married with 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Gary Venturi `71 (Summit, NJ) taught physical education in the Newark public schools for 37 years and retired in 2008. In that time he ran his own business in home improvements and continues to do so. Gary lives in a house he built in 2001, and has one son who lives in Florida. Dr. Mary Ann Roldan `74 (Pueblo, CO) is the founder and current treasurer of the Mahatma Gandhi Center for Peace and Non-Violence, Inc. She is also a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Teacher organization and the Girl Scout Hispanic Initiative. She is a Catholic Diocesan board member. Judith Roybal `74, `81 (Pueblo, CO) and her husband, Rich, have recently become first-time grandparents to a boy, Richard Lee Roybal III. Avigael (aka Barbara) Mann `75 (Boulder, CO) writes, “Loving life! I loved Adams State all 5 years. Keep it an excellent university!” Marguerite Salazar ‘75, ‘76 (Alamosa, CO) was appointed Colorado’s new Commissioner of Insurance. Salazar began her career as a mental health therapist working in the San Luis Valley, where she developed and grew her business, Access Social Work Services, through contracts with public health agencies, hospitals and nursing homes in the region. Later, Salazar served more than 20 years as the president and CEO of Valley-Wide Health Systems in Alamosa, a large, rural community health system serving more than 45,000 Coloradans through 22 primary care and dental clinics. The company has offices in more than 20 rural counties. As


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◗1980s a business executive, Salazar oversaw the growth and expansion of Valley-Wide Health Systems from 50 to 350 employees. She most recently worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a regional director since May 2010. She also recently received the distinguished John K. Iglehart Award for Leadership in Health Policy during the Colorado Health Foundation's Colorado Health Symposium, Aug. 8, at the Keystone Resort & Conference Center. The award recognizes a person whose wisdom, involvement and leadership consistently advanced the cause of health and health care for the people of Colorado. Cathie Graeser `76 (Pueblo, CO) is president of Alpha Mu Delta, a local sorority that supports art, music, and drama. In May she retired from Pueblo Community College, where she taught reading as an adjunct. This was her 50th year of teaching! William (Bill) Hinsey `76, `83 (Cañon City) retired from the Cañon City schools in 2011 after 35 years of teaching; the last 26 years spent teaching kindergarten. His wife, Michele, teaches in Penrose, CO. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren. Bill enjoys gardening, golfing, cooking, and work on the Santa Express with Royal Gorge railroads. Dean Manfrin `77 (Cañon City, CO) Ed.D. (ABD) taught industrial arts at the secondary level, then transitioned to the architectural/ civil engineering disciplines. He is semi-retired and does roof problem analysis and consulting. He writes, “My years at ASC/U were the best years of my life. The professors were outstanding. I sure miss it.”

Jeni (Holmes) Jack Goodwin `85 (Alamosa, CO) was promoted to president of the San Luis Valley market of First Southwest Bank, where she has worked for over 27 years. She started in the bookkeeping department in 1986 and worked her way up the ranks, having most recently served as Chief Operating Officer. She has been extremely involved in the community over the years and currently serves on the Adams State Foundation Board and the Grizzly Club Board, SLV Science Fair board and is a Kiwanis Club member. Her son, Hunter, is a senior at Alamosa High School, and her daughter, Bailey, is a junior. She is married to Greg Goodwin `96, who is real estate agent for Porter Realty in Alamosa. Elizabeth Barzdukas `88 (Greeley, CO) was elected state president of Delta Kappa Gamma in May.

◗1990s Thomas Gonzales `91 (Commerce City, CO) is in his 14th year as a US history teacher at Thornton High School in Thornton, Colo. He has also been coaching football and baseball at Adams City High School in Commerce City, despite the fact that he was paralyzed in a car accident in 2002 – the same year he received his M.A. in administration. Brian `92 and Kendall `11 Ackerman (Monte Vista, CO) are proud to announce the birth of their baby girl in June, 2013, Taylor Rae.

Mike Medina `77 (Lakewood, CO) has worked for State Farm Insurance for 30 years. He has 2 kids: Nate and Olivia.

Jonova Mattox `78 (Castle Rock, CO) taught her first 12 years in Alamosa, and retired in 2011 after 33 years of teaching. Adams State allowed her the opportunity to become a teacher, and she has loved every minute. She went on to get her M.A. in technology in education, which allowed her to teach and play with all the fun tech tools that students love, and so did she. She thanks ASC for opening the “teaching door” and reports that it was quite the career in teaching.

Jenna Ford ‘96 (Center, CO) was appointed to the San Luis Valley Federal Bank’s board of directors. She took over the management of her family farm in 1998 and has continued farming for the last 15 years. During that time, she also became a partner in The Mansion Bed & Breakfast, in Monte Vista, and started All Things Good, LLC, a small art gallery & gift boutique, also in Monte Vista. She served three years on the Monte Vista Downtown Development Main Street Board of Directors and

◗2000s more recently on the Creede Repertory Theatre Board of Trustees. Jenna loves the area and enjoys time playing in the outdoors: hiking, biking, camping, and snowboarding. Scott Brown `97 (Gilbert, AZ) is married and recently had his first child, Hudson. He is the director of golf at Alta Mesa Country Club in Mesa, AZ. Maria Gabriel `97 (Pueblo, CO) has learned how to ski and ride a dirt bike and used her new-found skills to go trail riding. Amy Wilcox Ortega `98, `06 (Alamosa, CO) is the assistant principal at Alamosa High School. Her husband, Jose Ortega `00, `04, `07, is the dean of students at Alamosa Elementary. They have 3 daughters that keep them busy: Alexis (14), Lora (11) and Morgan (6).

Jesse Crock `04, `10 (Golden, CO) had his acrylic paintings featured in the Denver-area magazine 5280. He rock climbs and mountain bikes, which must be why his paintings so accurately depict the Colorado experience.

Suzanne Bratina `02 (Pueblo, CO) is a school counselor at Corwin International Magnet School, a 4-8 grade IB school with 630 students.

Liz Thomas Hensley `05 (Alamosa, CO) was recently elected vice president of the Kiwanis Club of Alamosa. Tashina `03 and Justin `05 Garrett (Denver, CO) were blessed with a second baby boy, Hosea Kenji Garrett, on August 16. They are all doing well.

Kendra Hansen `04 (Alamosa, CO) married Dave Hansen in 2005, and they have a 3-yearold daughter, Danica Reese. Kendra went back to school and earned a medical assistant certification in 2012 and is now a chiropractic assistant.

Jesus Solis `07 graduated from the University of Colorado with a dual-M.A. in Japanese History and Japanese Language in the summer of 2012. He took a year off while he was getting his M.A. to study in Yokohama, Japan, but he had to leave Japan earlier than expected, because the school closed after the March 11, 2011, disaster. He recently received a scholarship from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to do research at the University of Tokyo for the next two years. He is studying Japanese economic history and working on a research project related to the American Occupation of Japan after World War II. He lives in Shinmatsudo, Japan, with his wife, Azusa Yamamoto.

remembering . . . Naomi Wing `49 (Alamosa, CO) passed away July 14 at the age of 97. Antonio Valdez, Jr. `51, `65 (Del Norte, CO) passed away Aug. 24 at the age of 86. Nick DeSalvo Jr. `55 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Oct. 10 at the age of 85. Bert Hansen `58 (Las Animas, CO) passed away Aug. 7 at the age of 77. Raymond Mann `58 (Montrose, CO) passed away Sept. 10 at the age of 78. Among his survivors is wife, Fern Mann `67. Michael Barry `59 (Troy, MI) passed away Oct. 18 at the age of 77. Loretta Nicodemus `60 (Louviers, CO) passed away Oct. 13 at the age of 76. Among her survivors is husband, Donald Nicodemus `62. Jim Colbert `61, `65 (Imperial Beach, CA) passed away Sept. 18 at the age of 73. Larry Summers `63 (Lamar, CO) passed away Oct. 1 at the age of 72. Among his survivors is wife, Zelma Summers `63. Raymond Sweeney `63 (West Farmington, OH) passed away Aug. 2 at the age of 71. Elinore "Chris" Hugins `64, `70 (Cañon City, CO) passed away July 20 at the age of 85.

Among her survivors is husband, Emeritus Professor George Hugins.

Daniel Edwards `86 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Mar. 31 at the age of 63.

Elizabeth Poage `66 (American Canyon, CA) passed away May 28 at the age of 95.

Sandra Fitzgerald `89 (Alamosa, CO) passed away June 18 at the age of 51. Among her survivors are mother, Charlie Walker, and sisters Lori Laske '91, '01 and Shawna Walker `96.

Donald Brendel `67 (Cañon City, CO) passed away Aug. 10 at the age of 81. Joe Wolcott `67 (Tyler, TX) passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 75. Edward "Gene" Nally `68 (Alexis, IL) passed away Sept. 27 at the age of 68. Nancilee Donley `70 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Sept. 17 at the age of 66. Nancy Hume Jones `72 (Albuquerque, NM) passed away Aug. 13 at the age of 61. Among her survivors is sister Kathy Howard `72. Judith Kerrins `72 (Chico, CA) passed away July 18 at the age of 71. Elisario "Charlie" Padilla `72 (Trinidad, CO) passed away June 9 at the age of 79. Among his survivors is wife, Betty Padilla `72. Diane Capps `75, `77 (Rifle, CO) passed away May 21 at the age of 60. Jacquelyn Finney `76 (Sun River, MT) passed away May 20 at the age of 77. Keith Andersen `78 (Grand Junction, CO) passed away Aug. 24 at the age of 57. Among his survivors is wife, Jill Andersen `78.

James Hannebaum `90 (Rocky Ford, CO) passed away Oct. 1 at the age of 63. Leonard Griego `62, `64 (Buena Vista) passed away Oct. 14 at the age of 85. Among his survivors is wife, Sylvia Griego `61, `64. Ronald Boehm `04 (Phoenix, AZ) passed away Oct. 27 at the age of 32. Among his survivors is brother Bradley Boehm `01. Ralph Tafoya `06 (Rocky Ford, CO) passed away Sept. 3 at the age of 35. Elizabeth Marino `07 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Sept. 27 at the age of 40.

friends Fran Marvel (Santa Fe, NM) passed away Sept, 25 at the age of 89. Among her survivors are husband Dr. John Marvel, former Adams State president; son John Marvel `70; and daughter-in-law Connie Marvel `75.

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Alice Taylor `42 (Albuquerque, NM) passed away July 17 at the age of 92. Among her survivors is sister Mary Cruz `45.


◗2010s Kristie Dorwart `10 (Pueblo, CO) welcomed a new addition to her family, a baby girl, Kenzingtyn, born June 26, 2013. She was 6 lbs, 21 oz. and 19 inches long. Randy Menegatti `08, `12 (Colorado Springs, CO) taught 1st grade for 3 years in Trinidad, Colo. and is now in his third year teaching 3rd grade on Fort Carson army base. He graduated with his M.A. in professional school counseling and is now the director of the PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Systems) for his school. Amanda (Morris) ‘07 and Ryan ‘08 Laverdiere (Monte Vista, CO) welcomed their daughter, Marlowe, on March 27, 2013. Amanda writes, “We are both looking forward to the learning experiences ahead. Marlowe is growing and changing so quickly.” Ryan appreciated the challenge of completing the recent Copper Mountain Warrior Dash 5K obstacle course within 45 minutes. He is an outpatient clinician with SLV Community

Mental Health and is working on his Licensed Clinical Social Worker certification, while Amanda is a case manager with Alamosa County Public Health. Michelle (Chavez) Moore `08 (Delta, CO) and her husband, Scott Moore '07, welcomed the birth of their first child on April 17, 2013. Their baby boy is healthy and growing every day! Ryan Crandell `11 (Represa, CA) writes, “Earning my B.A. degree at ASU has corresponded to several employment opportunities: in medical sales, research analysis, construction management, counseling, and correctional realignment. Currently, I am wrapping up my M.A. degree at California State University, Dominguez Hills, and will be applying to Ph.D. programs next summer. ASU was a significant, integral part of my education. I am definitely proud to be an Adams State Alumnus.” Karen Bridge `12 (Pueblo, CO) is a substance abuse counselor at Crowley County Correctional facility.

Katie McNew `12 (Colorado Springs, CO) got a new job as a director at Early Connections Learning Center at Antlers Place. Matthew Martinez ’13, Monte Vista, CO, was recently elected to the Monte Vista City Council. He has a vision for Monte Vista and wants to help the city live up to its potential. Last fall, Martinez served as an intern for Senator Michael Bennet in Washington, D.C. He is now working to improve the circumstances of veterans pursuing their education as the veterans' coordinator at Adams State. He obtained this newly created position because of his role as one of the founding members of the Adams State University Veterans' Club.

friends Boogie Romero, ASU Retiree (Alamosa, CO) has been retired since 1993 and currently does a lot of volunteer work for veterans and the community. Boogie and his wife, Dorothy, are in good health.

ASU Legacy Society welcomes Rich Gehlbach ‘55, ‘59 “I am so proud of what the college has become, its growth and progress,” wrote Rich Gehlbach ’59 after a visit to campus this fall. “I feel compelled to help all I can. And I hope others of my generation feel the same, before it’s too late.” Thus, President David Svaldi presents Rich Gehlbach with Gehlbach became his Legacy Society plate. the newest member of the Adam State University Legacy Society, by including his alma mater in his estate plans. Gehlbach is retired after 45 years in the life insurance industry and lives with his wife in Olathe, Kan. “I shudder to think of what my life would have been without my Adams State education,” he said. When Gehlbach 28

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was ten, his father died, leaving his widowed mother to raise four children. He grew up in Denver and attended Manual High School. “I don’t remember college being mentioned around my house growing up. It seemed out of the realm of possibility,” he recalled. He worked the year after high school and had some money saved, when a friend suggested he come along to Adams State. He played football that fall, and received a tuition waiver for singing in the choir. “In the year that followed, I wouldn’t have left for anything. I worked various jobs to assure I could stay,” he said. Gehlbach said every visit back to campus renews the gratitude he feels for his education. “I always look at my year books and some old A-Stater editions to see if the growth and progress I’ve seen is real. Yes, it is! Can this be the same small college I entered in Sept. 1955 with its enrollment of 500700?” He added, “It is such a privilege to support my college.” To learn how you can include Adams State University in your estate planning, contact Tammy Lopez, executive director of the ASU Foundation: 719-587-7122 or email:

exceptional new alumna Kathy Park Woolbert ‘07 (above right) with Rhonda Schoenecker ‘04, ‘06 , who introduced her at the banquet. the alma mater has been accompa-

homecoming celebrates above: outstanding alumnus Jim Biundo ‘59, ‘62 (right), with classmate and former colleague, Don Stegman, ‘61, ‘64.

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nied the last few Homecoming banquets by Gabe Swanson ‘04 (below).




Robert Eagan `77 (right) and brother Edwin Kipp enjoy visiting at the Homecoming reception.

the bennett sisters reunite – Sherrie Maule `63, Judy Martin `67 and Darla Chappell `77.

class of 1983: (above, from left) Bob Bond, Lisa Drew, Cristine Hettinger-Hunt, Julie Seiler, Jacque Haney, Mary Rose Hartmann, and Dan Simpson.

for a change, the weather treated alumni and guests well at the Homecoming Golf Outing (below).



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homecoming royalty – (left) Queen Deprece Washington and King Ronny Medina with former Homecoming Queen Charlotte Bobicki `58, `71.

Students took off on Homecoming’s theme of “Super Heroes” at the traditional Medicine Show.

above: Kelly `03, `05 & Jose`01 Murillo visit with Chris Page `02, `03 (center) at the Homecoming Tailgate Party. left: Don ‘51 & Cora Lee McCallister get into the Homecoming spirit at the tailgate party.

right: Former band members exchange notes at the Homecoming Reception (from left): Carolyn ‘82 & Ron ‘82 Wilson, Beverly Collins ‘78, Jon Rowley ‘80, ‘86, Dan Eller ‘78, and Wes Hargrove ‘78. below: Prepping for the Homecoming parade are (from left) Chris Page `02, `03, Brian Rossbert `02, Elbert Detwiler `63, Julie Seiler `83, Jacque Haney `83, Lisa Drew `83, Mary Rose Hartmann `83, Delzia Worley `97, Kelli Page `01, Sandy Ortega `74, and Liz Tabeling-Garcia `96, `06.

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◗ A few ASU alumni met in Denver at the home of Gloria Gieseke Curtis on July 17, 2013. Back L-R: Trudy Vaughn Graff, Michael Gross, Cheryl Williams Gross, Cecelia Hust and Janet Spahn Gorman

◗ Mike Media with his parents, Mitch & Rita Medina

Front L-R: Janis Martinez and Gloria Giescke Curtis



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L-R: Berk & Sandy Sterling, Mike Medina, Mitch & Rita Medina, Gloria & Don Curtis, Grant Faucette, Barbara Roberts, Allysen & Lindsy Santilli

Grace Ellsworth, Alice Lindemann, Mackie Fae Hill

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L-R: Tashina Garrett, Woodrow & Danielle Martin, John & Jean Dunow, Raylene Kahler, Ruth McGee, and Justin Garrett. At right is the Garretts’ new son.

Front L-R: Fernando Rodriguez & Deborah Hofsetz, Jean & Grant Walldendorf Middle L-R: Avigael Mann, Jean Holloway, Grace Ellsworth, Sandy BacaSandoval & Ron Gallegos Back L-R: Dr. Mackie Faye Hill, Chantelle Wilson, Alice Lindemann, Sue & Arnold Gallegos

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new alumni • comedy night • alamosa

William Trujillo and Amanda Vigil, Lori Laske, David and Kendra Hansen, Lynn and Kelly Wubben

◗ Erica Holmes (left) and Priscilla Gardea

pueblo L-R: Maria Clark holding Kenzingtyn Dorwart, Tim Martinez, Beth Arellano, and Kristie Dorwart


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colorado springs

umberger golf tourney

L-R: Lori Laske, Katie McNew, Riley McNew, Glenda Browning, Jenny Cooper, Susan Koval, Wanda McNew, Shari and Steve Turner

Back L-R: Barry Heckard, Jerry Hughes, Bill Rakow Front L-R: Tony Giordano , Bob Exler and Harris Allen

save the date: The 2nd Annual Dale Umberger Memorial Golf Tournament is planned for Sept. 30-Oct .3 in Lebanon, PA.

Front L-R: Joe & Shirley Carter, Cathie Graeser, April Lopez, Judith Roybal, Dr. Mary Ann Roldan, and Mary Ann Rotolo Middle L-R: Maria Clark, Beth Arellano, Tim Martinez, Kristie Dorwart, James Maestas & Maria Gabriel, Suzanne & Will Bratina, Ed & Gregoria Vallejo, and Milton Trujillo Back L-R: Daltin Nell & Karen Bridge, Bill Crain, Julia Fluke, Ellie Crain, Ray Roldan, Ken Rotolo, and Lori Laske

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Photos courtesy of Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

X-C men remain on top, women place 2nd at nat’ls The NCAA Division II National Cross-Country Championship again went to Adams State’s men’s team, their fifth in six years. Junior Tabor Stevens took the individual title as first place finisher at the meet in Spokane, Wash., with a time of 29:50.1. Tabor was named 2013 Men’s National Athlete of the year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, which also honored Head Coach Damon Martin as Men’s National Coach of the Year. For the men’s championship win, four more Grizzlies finished the 10k race in the top 30: senior Jovanny Godinez, 10th; sophomore Kevin Batt, 12th; sophomore Kyle Masterson, 18th; and senior Naseem Haje, 30th. They joined Stevens in earning All-American selections. The women’s team finished second, led by junior Lauren Martin, who placed sixth. Four of the women’s runners finished in the top 50 at Nationals: freshman Maura O’Brien, 15th; senior Kelly Lamb, 20th; junior Jessie Brunett,


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32nd; and senior Alyssa Selve, 42nd. Martin, O’Brien, Lamb, and Brunett earned All-American selections. Both teams won the South Central Regionals, the men with an overall score of 31 points, and the women, 28 points. For the men, seven Grizzlies finished in the top 25, with three in the top five: Godinez, 2nd; Batt, 3rd; and Stevens, 4th. Lauren Martin won first place for the women’s team to become the South Central Region Athlete of the Year. Adams State claimed three more spots in the top 10: seniors Lamb and Selve finished second and third, respectively. Seven Grizzlies earned All-Region recognition. Lauren Martin also finished first to lead the women to the 2013 RMAC Championship, where she was named the RMAC Runner of the Year. The Grizzlies had three runners in the top five: Martin was followed by Lamb in 3rd and O’Brien in 5th. O’Brien was named the RMAC Freshman of the Year, and the trio also earned All-

Tabor Stevens is first across the finish line at the Cross Country Nationals (top), while Lauren Martin leads the women’s team to a second place with her sixth spot finish.

RMAC First Team honors. The men’s team earned second place at the RMAC Championships, with 45 points as a team. Batt and Stevens finished second and third in the meet, with four more runners finishing in the top 20. Batt and Stevens earned AllRMAC First Team honors. Coach Martin was also named the South Central Region Coach of the Year for both teams, as well as RMAC Women’s Coach of the Year. Both teams started the season with a perfect score at the Joe I. Vigil Open. Batt led the way for the men; while Lamb did the same for the women. Both were subsequently named RMAC Runners of the Week for their first place finishes. By Nik Schmidt

Grizzly Volleyball rocks the RMAC

All-American softball player Katelyn Lovato ‘13 (right) and her team received Evergreen Nursing Home’s Group Volunteer Award for their "Grizzly Girls Adopt-A-Grandparent" program. Lovato conceived the project as part of her social services internship. The team continues the service this year, and enlisted the baseball team, as well.

joshua “air nigeria” kioh tosses an alley oop, races up, leaps and spins 360 to slam dunk the ball – and the crowd goes wild. Kelly Hillick, a senior mass communications major interning as the Athletics Department videographer, caught it all on film during Adams State basketball’s annual Basketball Bash. The video quickly went viral on You Tube, with more 60,000 views and links from more than 50 sites. Kioh, a sophomore accounting major, plays on ASU’s JV basketball team. Watch his awesome dunk here:

Photo courtesy of Kaleb Center, RMAC

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fall season concludes the football team finished the season 7-4 overall and 54 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Grizzlies started the season 3-0, including winning the Colorado Classic over Western State Colorado University, 16-14. The Grizzlies earned 13 selections to the RMAC All-Academic List. Senior Chris McGee was named to the First Team. women’s golf started the fall schedule with a fourth place finish at Colorado State University-Pueblo, with junior Kyra Garrison finishing eighth. They finished in sixth place at Black Hills State University. Garrison was named the RMAC Golfer of the Week after leading the Grizzlies to a first place finish at the Grizzly Invitational at the Rio Grande Golf Club. men’s golf finished ninth at the Colorado State University-Pueblo Invitational, with freshman Luke Condon in 19th place for the Grizzlies. The Grizzlies closed out the fall season with an 11th place finish at the Bruce Williams Memorial Invitational. the women’s soccer team finished the season with an overall record of 6-6-6 and 3-5-6 in the RMAC. The Grizzlies started off the season 3-0, including a 2-1 overtime win over Texas A&M International. Adams State had three straight ties during conference play. Juniors Kristine Hackett and Bethany Hightower were named All-RMAC. The Grizzlies had seven selections to the RMAC All-Academic Honor Roll. the men’s soccer team won four of their first five games, including a 1-0, double overtime win over Colorado Christian University. They went 6-10-1 overall, 4-9-1 in the RMAC for the season. Senior Jared Wilson had 81 saves on the season for a save percentage of .764. The Grizzlies earned three selections to the RMAC All-Academic Honor Roll.

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Grizzly Volleyball advanced to the RMAC Tournament Championship game after upsetting No. 16 Colorado School of Mines in four sets in Golden, Colorado. Adams State finished the regular season 17-13 and 13-6 in the RMAC. Seniors Gabriella Rifilato and Deprece Washington were selected to the RMAC All-Tournament Team. Rifilato was named Setter of the Week after recording 102 assists in road wins over New Mexico Highlands University and Colorado State University-Pueblo. Washington was named to the All-RMAC First Team after closing out the regular season with a career-high 325 kills. Rifilato and senior Megan Tapia were named to the All-RMAC Second Team. Off the court, six players were selected to the RMAC All-Academic List.


Athletic Hall of Fame inducts more of Adams State’s best Some of the most decorated athletes in Adams State’s history were inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame in late October. The Class of 2013 represents five sports: baseball, football, men's cross country, men's track and field, and women's basketball. pam bond-klecker ‘10 Described by former coach and ASU Hall of Famer Jack "Doc" Cotton as the "catalyst" for her team, Bond-Klecker was one of the best all-around players in women's basketball history. Cotton described her as "sneaky fast" and bragged of her great shooting and defensive abilities. Bond-Klecker has been described as a natural leader, both on and off the court. She still plays with former teammates in tournaments across the United States (see page 39). peter de la cerda ‘97 Previously inducted into the Adams State Hall of Fame as a member of two teams, Peter De la Cerda now joins the hall as an accomplished individual athlete. He was a two-time national champion in 1993, winning titles in the 5,000 meters (indoor) and 10,000 meters (outdoor). For a time, De la Cerda held the school record in both events. He was part of four national championship teams while at Adams State, most notably the 1992 cross country team that achieved a perfect score at the national championships. De la Cerda finished second as an individual on the perfect score team. An 11-time All-American and threetime RMAC Champion, De la Cerda was also named to the RMAC Centennial Team in 2009 for men's cross country. Post-collegiately, De la Cerda finished second at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials and is a twotime U.S. National Record Racing Champion.


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shane healy ‘93 Shane Healy was instrumental on three team national championships during 1990-93, and became an 11-time All-American and five-time RMAC champion. Healy competed at both the NAIA and Division II levels. He had a brilliant Adams State career, winning five individual national championships, including two at the NCAA DII level. Healy's first national title came during the indoor season in 1991, when he ran the anchor leg of the distance medley relay. Healy also ran on the 1992 perfectscore cross country team, then went on to win two national titles during the 1992 indoor season, including winning the mile in 4:05.64, a national championship record at the time. Healy's DMR team repeated as national champions, as well. Healy won two more national championships in 1993, including the individual title in cross country and a title in the men's 1500 meter run during the indoor season. Following his career at Adams State, Healy became a 1996 Olympic semifinalist in the 1500 meters and participated at the 1997 World Championships. He was also named to RMAC's All-Centennial Team in both Men's Track and Field and Men's Cross Country. nick lara ‘12 Arguably one of the greatest athletes in Adams State history, Nick Lara accumulated seven national titles under Hall of Fame track and field coach Damon Martin from 2005-08. Lara dominated the indoor scene over three seasons, winning three indi-

vidual titles in the 800 meters. He was a two-time outdoor track and field national champion in the men's 800 meters, claiming titles in 2005 and 2006. Lara's distance medley relay teams in 2006 and 2007 also claimed national titles. In 2007 and 2008, Lara was named the RMAC Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and was named the USTFCCCA National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2007. Lara garnered a total of 14 All-American honors and was a 12-time RMAC Champion. For his distinguished career, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference named Lara to the RMAC AllCentennial Team in 2009, celebrating the greatest athletes and coaches to have competed in the conference's 100-year history. Lara earned a degree in Human Performance and Physical Education. He has coached track and field at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn., and was an assistant to Martin during the 2012 cross country season, in which the Grizzly men won the team national championship. bill presley ‘76 Bill Presley is one of the most accomplished baseball players in ASU history. In 1974, he led ASC all the way to the district playoffs before falling one game short of the NAIA College World Series, the furthest Adams State baseball had ever advanced.

The 2013 ASU Athletic Hall of Fame banquet honored (from left, first row) Bill Presley ‘76, Pam Bond-Klecker ‘10, Nick Lara ‘12, Peter De la Cerda ‘97, and Dr. William Fulkerson, as well as the 1962 football team (back).

23-20 victory over Northern Illinois in the Mineral Bowl under head coach and Adams State Hall of Famer, Darrell Mudra. Trailing 20-0 at halftime, Adams State shut out Northern Illinois in the second-half while scoring 23 points in the process. ASC was led by quarter-

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Four Adams State women’s basketball alumni took gold as part of the Longshots team at the 2013 National Senior Games, held in Cleveland, Ohio, July 24-27. The team took silver medals at the 2009 and 2011 tournaments. The nine-member Longshots rely on the talents of athletes who played for coaches Doc Cotton and Todd Cotton in the early 1980s: team captain Diana Preisser `82, Debra Gilbert ’82, Laura Brown `84, `85, and Pam BondKlecker `10. The Longshots won all 7 of their games in the 50 to 54-year-old division, with an average margin of 20 points per game.

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The 1975 season saw the dominant right-handed pitcher lead the entire nation in strikeouts. For his efforts, Presley was named to the NAIA District 7 All-District Baseball team, as well as the All-RMAC Baseball team. He wrapped up his Adams State career with a stellar season in 1976, being named AllDistrict and All-Conference once again, while also being named an NAIA Academic All-American. Presley was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles and was called up from Triple A Rochester in 1979. During the 1980 season, he pitched in 42 games for the Orioles, going 7-4 with a 1.45 ERA that would lead the team that season. He finished the year with 18 saves. He played two more professional seasons in the Orioles and Detroit Tigers organizations before retiring in 1982. Today, he is a pharmacist in Colorado Springs. His son Matt was drafted out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in 2006. 1962 football team The 1962 football team was one of Adams State's best, finishing the season with a solid 9-1 overall record. Adams State capped the season with a thrilling

back Bobby Hidalgo, who actually won the job when original starter David Ochoa was injured. Ochoa then became the kicker for ASC, booting several key field goals throughout the year, including the lone score in a 3-0 win that sent ASC to the Mineral Bowl. Mudra coached the 1962 team from the press box, an unconventional style, as most coaches coach from the sideline. This meant that the '62 team took a lot of ownership in their team, something Mudra noted was significant in the team's success. In fact, Mudra gave players the power to name their own plays and gave the quarterback significant authority in calling plays from the line of scrimmage. special award: dr. william fulkerson Having served as Adams State president from 1982-94, Dr. William M. Fulkerson continues to be a key part of the university. Now serving as Associate Athletic Director of External Development, he has been a key fundraiser and recently achieved a major gift for the department.


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students were welcomed back to campus this fall with a Griz created on a campus sidewalk in chalk, commissioned by the Grizzly Activity Board. The work was done by artist Benjamin Hummel, of Painting for Life.

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