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the magazine of adams state university

Acting is Believing

spring 2013



VOL. 53, NO. 1 • SPRING 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 • Warren Curley ‘16 Gaylene Horning ’94 • Konnie Martin Kellicia Morse ’14 • Elario Rickey


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. Carol Guerrero-Murphy Faculty Trustee Meagan Smith 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 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 • Dale Hettinger ’64 Charles “Chuck” Houser ’62 • Jeni Jack Goodwin ’85 Randy Jackson ’98 • Chuck Owsley ’68 • Cindy Palmer Rich Scanga ’75 • Ray Skeff • Izora Southway ’66 • Michael Ware ’69

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

FOUNDATION EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS Sharon Carter • Richard Jacobs • Harold Kelloff Ralph Outcalt • J. Byron Uhrich • R. Paul Wagner • Eldo Wall FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Dr. David Svaldi ASU President Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 Executive Director of the Foundation Tim Walters ’73 Trustee Liaison

GRIZZLY CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dave Barrows President • Jeff Owsley ’86 Vice President Keith Cerny • Jeni Jack Goodwin ’85 Ericha Loosbrock • Joe Martinez ’99 • Jay Meyer Dennis Ortiz ’79 • Dennis Shioshita ’77 • 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.

president’s letter: fidelity to our mission This edition of the A-Stater includes a number of great stories that demonstrate how Adams State works to fulfill its mission. During two planning retreats over this academic year, the ASU Cabinet determined the existing Mission and Vision statements were insufficient and not reflective of what Adams has done or seeks to do. ASU seeks to be the institution of choice for all those who value inclusiveness and diversity and a high quality education at a university of personal size. Our new Mission and Vision David Svaldi statements articulate this intent. (Read them online:, or at the bottom left of this page.) These qualities have been appreciated by such students as E*TRADE founder William Porter ’51, who came to ASC to work his way through to a science degree; Zoila Gomez ‘04, who’s life story inspired our fall 2012 graduates (page 7); or Student Trustee Meagan Smith ‘13, who came to ASU from Chicago (page 8). In keeping with our Mission, the ASU Board of Trustees endorsed the legislation dubbed the ASSET Bill, which provides in-state tuition to graduates of Colorado high schools whose parents are not documented. We look forward to admitting these new students. Utilizing funds from a Federal Title V grant as well as institutional funds, ASU now has a new undergraduate research lab and study area on the 3rd floor of Porter Hall (page 5). Mr. Porter once recalled for me his memories of antiquated science facilities he used in Richardson Hall, but his best memory was of Dr. Craft, who inspired Mr. Porter to his great success. This story illustrates that our greatest resource continues to be dedicated faculty who teach, mentor, and guide all of our students. Our newest scholarship program, the San Luis Valley Promise Award, helps preserve access for students from our core region, the San Luis Valley and south central Colorado (page 4). The award will cover tuition and fees for qualified, low-income regional students. This new award will help alleviate the double burden of increased tuition and cuts in state and federal financial aid. Our newly renovated CASA house provides a gathering space for an inclusive group of students and a refuge for commuters who need a place to hang out during their days on campus (page 11). I am proud that its director is Ms. Oneyda Maestas ‘93, ‘06, a former student and advisee of mine. My wife, Virginia, and I recently had the pleasure of visiting with actor Ernie Hudson, who brought his new one-man show to ASU for its world premier (page 10.) Mr. Hudson, himself a first generation college graduate from poor circumstances, and his one-man show about the first African American heavyweight boxing champion, provided a wonderful example and important history for ASU students and community members. I hope you enjoy this issue of the A-Stater.

the cover Hollywood actor Ernie Hudson premiered his one-man show, Ghost in the House, at Adams State to kick off Black History Month. He also took time to meet with theatre students. See story page 10.


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update SLV Promise eases burden for low-income students Growing your own scientists with STEM Two trustees named to ASU board ASU Mobile delivers You’ve got to put in the miles

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features Small town fosters big changes Lessons from a ghost CIELO champions inclusivity Making a CASA a home Moving on with HPPE Packin’ it in

giving donor report alumnotes New Hall of Fame honors music alumni

alumni scrapbook sports scenes Men take 9th X-C Nat’l Championship Running on with Indoor Track & Field Nelson sets record as women’s X-C Nat’l Champ Winter Wrap up Rock Light ‘79,’80 named Track & Field asst. coach

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OCTOBER 11-12 Homecoming One-hundred fifty-five new alumni were launched at Fall 2012 Commencement. Read about the Commencement Address on page 7.

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SLV Promise eases burden for low-income students “The top priority of Adams State University is to make education accessible, which means keeping it affordable,” said President David Svaldi in announcing the SLV Promise Award, which will cover full tuition and fees for qualified students. The award will be available to qualified graduates of all high schools in the San Luis Valley, as well as Buena Vista, Salida, Walsenburg, La Veta, and Pagosa Springs. It applies to continuing Adams State students, transfer students, and incoming freshmen. To be eligible, students must have a minimum Admissions Index of 80 and qualify for a full federal Pell Grant, with Zero Expected Family Contribution. Students from these schools are also eligible for Grizzly Partner Award, which provides a discounted dorm and meal plan rate worth $3,200 (a 40% discount). One first-generation student who will benefit from the SLV Promise Award is Eric Velasquez, a freshman engineering major from Garcia, Colo. “This will help a lot. Even though I am

low income and received other scholarships, I still had to take a loan to cover this year’s costs.” Alamosa High School senior Gaspar Lucas is also looking forward to receiving the award. He hopes to major in biology or chemistry at Adams State next year, and eventually pursue a medical career. The SLV Promise Award guarantees all qualified low-income students from the San Luis Valley region will receive sufficient financial aid – grants, not loans – to cover the entire cost of their tuition and fees, plus $1,350 for incidental educational expenses, beginning with the regular 2013-14 academic year. The SLV Promise Award will use institutional funds to supplement students’ Pell and Colorado Student Grant awards. Bill Mansheim, Adams State

MUSIC FROM THE TOP OF THE NATION 265 students from dozens of Colorado high schools made beautiful music on campus in February, during the 14th annual Top of the Nation Honor Band and Choir Festival. The weekend event included jazz and choral concerts by ASU ensembles, in addition to the Honor Bands concert and Honor Choir performance.

vice president for Finance and Governmental Relations, noted the university awards a total of $5 million in institutional aid annually. Svaldi explained college and university tuition across the country has increased in recent years, to compensate for state funding cuts. The situation was compounded last year by stricter eligibility policies for federal financial aid. Last year, 150 Adams State students lost all Pell grant eligibility. “Aid is being reduced, while tuition goes up, negatively impacting low and middle-income students,” Svaldi said. “For example, a few years ago, a local student who lived at home could pay their entire Adams State tuition and fees if they qualified for the full Pell grant. Next year, the full Pell award will be almost $2,000 short of covering that expense. And because of changes in eligibility, fewer students qualify for the full Pell grant. The SLV Promise Award was designed to fill that gap for the most needy students in Adams State’s core service area.” Over the last four years, state budget cuts have reduced Adams State’s operating funds by 25 percent – roughly $3.5 million. In addition, Colorado student financial aid has dropped by 21 percent since 2008. About one-third of all Adams State undergraduates are from the San Luis Valley region, noted Dr. Michael Mumper ‘76, senior vice president for Enrollment Management and Program Development. The average family adjusted gross income for all Adams State undergraduates is $24,000, and 37 percent of all students are the first generation in their families to attend college. By Julie Waechter


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s t s i t n e i c s Growing your own with STEM t “what on earth do we do with that?” Melody Lawson asked her organic chemistry tutor, Stephanie Savage. Soon, they had a solution, and high-fived the small success.

Stephanie Savage ‘13 (left) and Melody Lawson ‘13 appreciate the convenience of the STEM Center in Porter Hall.

The center also hosts peer-led learning workshops and supplemental instruction sessions, with student tutor and instructor wages funded by the STEM grant. Peer-led team learning consists of weekly workshops related to specific courses for groups of 6-8 students. Students lead the workshops under faculty direction. “These workshops are related to the courses, but more demanding, to foster high-order thinking,” Bervig explained. Students may also drop into supplemental group instruction sessions to review coursework in math 106, general chemistry, and general biology. More individual assistance is available through tutoring. Student tutors and supplemental instructors are recommended by faculty.

reaching out to future scientists The STEM grant also supports outreach activities to build interest in STEM among youth and the community. The Zacheis Planetarium was identified as the locus for outreach and was refurbished with new equipment and presentations. last summer. The grant also funds guest lecturers on astronomy, such as the presentations in January by Kobie Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who works on the Mars Exploration Program. Bervig is also organizing the second annual Summer STEM Academy, to take place in June, for students entering tenth through twelfth grades who demonstrate academic talent and interest in scientific fields. Up to 20 San Luis Valley high school students will live on campus during the Academy and explore a range of scientific areas and career opportunities. Last year’s Academy featured a geological field trip and robot building workshop. By Julie Waechter

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They and a third student were huddled in a small study room of Porter Hall’s new third floor STEM Center. The 2,800 square-foot facility is the centerpiece of a $3.6 million grant from the Title V Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM program, intended to help more Hispanic and lowincome students earn a degree in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). President David Svaldi cut the ribbon on the new facility February 7. It didn’t take long for students to gravitate to the center. It’s a place to study, conduct research, get academic help, talk with professors, or just hang out and rest the brain. “It’s really nice to meet up here, instead of having to go way over the library,” said Lawson, a senior biology major. “It’s already getting a lot of use. Students may be just hanging out between classes, and an impromptu study session will arise,” said Cindy Bervig, STEM activity director and outreach coordinator. “The building previously had no space set aside just for students. It belongs to them.” The goal of the STEM Center, constructed at a cost of $125,000, is to better support and retain students majoring in STEM fields. Professors spend some of their office hours in the center, making them more visible and available for students. The facility includes four small study rooms, a large study room, lounge area, and a new lab for interdisciplinary STEM research projects. Touch screen computers and lab equipment are on order. It’s also a comfortable meeting place for student organizations such as Adams Atoms, Tri-Beta, and Women in Science. “I love the white boards. We use them all time,” said Savage, a senior organic chemistry major. “It’s good to use the larger room, too, because it has a long board. Some mechanisms are really long. That also really helps in physical chemistry with quantum mechanics.”


Two trustees named to ASU board From 2002 to 2012, Gov. Owens apunique role in the educational, ecopointed and Gov. Ritter reappointed nomic, and cultural development of Farley to the State Judicial Performance southeastern Colorado are both imporCommission, which he chaired for the tant and challenging," Farley said. "I am grateful to the Governor for giving last six years. He holds a bachelor's deme the opportunity to serve, and I am gree from the University of Colorado looking forward to contributing to the and earned his Juris Doctor at the University of Denver College of Law. continuing – and greater – success of Griffin is a fifth generation Colthe university." oradan who has long been active in Prior to joining the Department of state and local politics. Having spent Justice, Farley served for five years as the last 13 years of her career in human the Deputy Executive Director of the resources in the high-tech sector along Colorado Department of Personnel & Colorado's Front Range, she now operAdministration, where he ates her own human resources consultwas the chief operating offiing firm, Griffin and Associates. cer of the cabinet depart"Adams State has just been through a ment responsible for the state civil service system, facilities, period of unprecedented growth, but many challenges lie ahead," Griffin said. real estate, and archives, as well as business services rang- "I look forward to working with our very talented and committed students, ing from telecommunicafaculty, and staff as we meet those chaltions and computing to lenges and as we continue to contribute financial accounting, purto life in the San Luis Valley and to chasing, insurance, and risk higher education in Colorado." management. She earned a B.A. in history from From 1991 to 1999, he University of Colorado in 1992, folserved as Colorado Deputy Paul Farley (left) is new to the ASU Trustees, while Mary Griflowed by a Juris Doctor from University Attorney General, responsifith will continue as vice chair in another term. of Colorado School of Law in 1996. ble for the representation of a dozen cabinet departments, She also holds certification as a Senior They will both serve four-year terms, Professional in Human Resources from including education, higher education, expiring Dec. 31, 2016. The Board the Society for Human Resource human services, and labor, and the admakes policy for the school and oversees Management/Human Resources. ministration of the state peace officer its operations. certification program. Adams State President David Svaldi said, "I look forward to continuing to work with Trustee Griffin and very much appreciate her years of service and commitment to Adams State. Mr. Farley will be a great asset to the ASU You’re familiar with mobile devices – how about a mobile degree? Board of Trustees. He brings legal ex“ASU Mobile” offers bachelor’s degree completion in three programs: business pertise and many years of experience administration, elementary education, and RN to BSN. All the courses are ofserving in a variety of roles in Colorado fered online, on a semester basis. state government." “We’re reaching out to place-bound adults and community college students Farley’s appointment was confirmed around the state and in northern New Mexico,” explained Dr. Michael Mumper by the Colorado Senate March 7. Since ’76, senior vice president for Enrollment Management and Program Develop2006, Farley has been an Assistant ment. “We hope to add more programs based on the needs of students and emUnited States Attorney with the United ployers. It will depend on market demands.” States Attorney's Office in Denver. ASU Mobile evolved from REAP (Rural Education Access Program), initiated "This is an exciting time to be joinsome years ago by Adams State Extended Studies, which offered courses on coming the Adams State community. The munity college campuses to help their graduates earn bachelor’s degrees. The ongrowth of its academic mission, ongoline format greatly expands the program’s availability. ing campus improvements, and its

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently announced appointments to the Board of Trustees for Adams State University. Paul Farley, a Republican from Centennial, was named a new trustee, while Mary K. Griffin, a Democrat from Boulder, was reappointed to a second term. She holds the position of vice chair of the board.

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gomez to grads:

“You’ve got to put in the miles.” Commencement organizers are often concerned with limiting the speakers to 5 or 10 minutes, to more quickly get to the main event: awarding degrees. But the fall 2012 commencement audience hung onto every inspiring word of Zoila Gomez ‘04, who spoke from the podium for over 20 minutes about her journey from a small Mexican mining town to the ranks of the world's top marathon runners. She was rewarded with a standing ovation. Introducing Gomez, Adam State President David Svaldi said, "Today's speaker epitomizes many values of Adams State University: hard work, perseverance, self-discipline, and faith. She epitomizes the tradition of success established by our distance runners. She also lives the philosophy of 'paying it forward' and is an exemplary role model and mentor to youth in our community. Hers is a classic Adams State Great Story." As Gomez put it, "My story, like so many American stories, is an immigrant story. I came to this country for a better life and for the chance to help my family." The second youngest of 16 children whose father died when she was six, Gomez immigrated to California in 1996, when she was 16. Her main objectives at the time were to learn English and to enter college. But another path was revealed to her when she ran – and won – her first 5K. She recalled the empowerment running conferred. "I couldn't express myself in English, and, in many ways, my performance on the track or crosscountry course became my way of compensating for this linguistic shortcoming." When her Costa Mesa High School team won its first cross-country team title, "this was one of my first lessons regarding the fact that running is not just about the times you run, the places you go, the titles or awards you win. It is about the all the vivid memories and the true friendships you make. Which leads me to one of my most favorite quotes nowadays: 'Success is a journey, not a destination.'"

Adams State was an important stop on her journey, one where she learned adversity has its own lessons. "During my junior year . . . I got injured. I remember clearly one day when I sat on the floor of Coach Martin's office. I leaned against his desk. I cried for a good while. I told him, ‘I'm sorry, Coach. I feel so bad. You gave me a scholarship so I could run for Adams State, but I'm not giving back, I'm not even running,’" Gomez said. "Coach Martin put his hand on my shoulder. He let me cry . . . When I looked into his face through the blurred vision of

College) and Damon Martin. I would not be standing here today if it were not for these two men and other people like them."

We only truly succeed when we help others.” She emphasized her main point regarding success, "We need to stop fixating simply on ability and stop treating success like it is inevitable. It is, instead, a unique combination of ability, obsession, a supportive social network of loved ones, unique opportunity, and work ethic. Let me say that last one again: work ethic. In the case of distance running, we are talking about mileage, and there is no shortcut to mileage . . . This goes for other aspects of life." In conclusion, Gomez said, "I have always believed that it is important to run for something greater than myself. I became a runner somewhat on accident, but once I got into the sport, I became obsessed . . . I believe we are here on this earth to help others, to find our abilities, and actualize our potential, and we only truly succeed when we help others." By Julie Waechter

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my tears, I saw a person who believed I was going to overcome this period of difficulty, that I in time would continue to succeed." Martin's intuition was right on target. Gomez's stellar collegiate running resume was crowned by the 2004 NCAA Division II Athlete of the Year designation, presented at the Collegiate Women Sports Awards. Gomez had another great success in 2004: she became her family's first college graduate. The following year, Gomez earned her U.S. citizenship and finished second among American women in the 2005 New York City Marathon, her first. She finished fourth in the 2008 Olympic marathon trials and represented the United States in three World Championships. But she cautioned, "Things could have turned out differently for me . . . One of the reasons I was able to keep going was because of mentors and coaches like Dave Fier (Orange Coast


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Student trustee represents and motivates others It’s important to Meagan Smith to help educate her fellow students about civil rights and the contributions of leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. But she didn’t expect to learn something new about herself during Adams State’s recent MLK Week activities, which she coordinates as president of Adams State’s Black Student Union. It was hard for her to watch The Interrupters, a film about a successful grassroots effort to reduce violence in Smith’s hometown of Chicago, she said. “I grew up close to the areas depicted in the film,” but said she was somewhat insulated from gang activity, because “old school” neighbors on her street watched out for the kids and discouraged negative influences. “It was not until that moment that I realized where I had come from and how far I had come.” Smith will graduate this spring with a degree in business administration/ advertising and a minor in mass communications. She is the vice president of external affairs for AS&F and serves as the Student Trustee on the ASU Board of Trustees. In addition, she is a student ambassador with the Admissions Office and works part-time in ASU’s Office of Equal Opportunity.

small-town simplicity She’s frequently asked how she ended up at Adams State. “I was so stressed with the day-to-day city life. I wanted something different, to learn out of my realm.” Having lived in inner-city Chicago and a more diverse suburban environment, she realized a rural community 8

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would give her that new challenge. One point of pride is that since moving to the San Luis Valley, she has begun camping and hiking. “And I was always against it – I was not outdoorsy.” The cold doesn’t faze her, either. “The winters here are gorgeous, compared to the city.” The single mother of a six-year-old boy, Smith particularly appreciates Alamosa’s small-town convenience. In Chicago, her day started at 5 a.m., with multiple bus/train trips to deliver her son to daycare, then to reach her workplace. “I am much less stressed. I can’t believe I went to school and potty trained at the same time,” she laughed. Having previously completed three years in an interior design program, she said her son was the “number one reason” she returned to college. “It’s important for me to give him a better life,” she said. “This is a very big deal for my family.” Her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all attended college, but got married and raised their families without graduating. She added, “Adams State is a mecca of non-traditional students. That’s the coolest thing.” About one-quarter of ASU undergraduates are over age 25; Smith is 28.

embracing differences Adapting to small town life was easier than she expected, but Smith had become accustomed to never quite fitting in. As a child, her “articulate and intellectual” family background made her feel out of place in her urban school. After Smith earned a perfect score on a standardized state test in fourth grade, her mother moved the family to the suburbs so she would have greater academic challenge. “I couldn’t believe it when I saw other kids reading for fun,” Smith recalled. “And the school had a fish tank – that was really a big deal for me.” Her new school was very diverse ethnically – with black, white, Puerto Rican, and international students – but not economically. “Most of my friends were very well off, so that was an adjustment. Acceptance was an issue again; I was not so popular,” Smith said. Yet she was determined to be herself, and that meant befriending others, regardless of differences. She received her junior high’s Human Relations Award. An old friend reminded her of that trait last summer at their ten-year high school reunion. “She said to me, ‘You’re a mom, and you do as many things as you do . . . It was the same thing in

This is a place where you can develop selfawareness, work on yourself as a being.” ers, and The Interrupters documentary. The group served meals at Alamosa’s homeless shelter and gave presentations about MLK at Alamosa Elementary School. “The Trivia Game was huge. It’s a fun way to learn. There were things even members of my group did not know,” she said, adding BSU members come from a range of cultural backgrounds. During February, Black History Month, BSU had a bake sale, “Name that Tune” contest, and the ever-popular Soul Food Lunch, featuring collard greens, dirty rice, and fried chicken. Another special event was the premier performance of the one-man show, Ghost in the House (see story page 10). Smith said it was great pleasure to meet actor Ernie Hudson. “Even if I was in school in Chicago, I don’t think I’d have the experience of meeting someone like him.” Like Hudson, she has also been inspired by Jack Jackson’s achievements

and fidelity to his own beliefs. Last spring, BSU visited Washington, D.C., which Smith said was “a bonding experience for us. We got to know each other a lot better.” An unexpected highlight was meeting a contingent of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the oldest African American fraternity, while visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Although her position as Student Trustee is nonvoting, the role has become larger than she anticipated. “I didn’t expect to have to deal with the political aspect of being a trustee, but I’m totally comfortable with it. You have to take a chance to say things.” Smith represented the student perspective before the Colorado legislature when Adams State was seeking university status, as well as at the Joint Budget Committee in discussions of higher education funding. “I’m here for the students, whatever issues they are concerned with,” she added. Miltenberger can attest to her commitment. “She's caring and connected to students and really takes time to listen to their concerns. She then gives voice to those concerns where appropriate, whether that be in meetings of the student government, or even the trustees.” Having attended and visited other colleges, Smith said Adams State is unique in the personal experiences students have with professors and peers. “You can go up to almost any faculty or staff members and ask for help.” She feels strongly that “Adams State is a place where you can develop selfawareness, work on yourself as a being.” By Julie Waechter

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high school, you were friends with the nerds, the popular kids, all the kids.’ That’s the way I learn – I don’t want to stick to the same old.” That’s the approach she took at Adams State, revitalizing the Black Student Union, because she needed a group she could relate to. “I knew that was the only way I was going to get through the semester.” Now, she has “gained friends I hope to have forever. We don’t always agree, but we have good camaraderie. We’re brothers and sisters.” About eight percent of ASU’s undergraduate student body is African-American, an increase from just over five percent three years ago. Coordinator of Student Activities Aaron Miltenberger ‘12 said, “With Meagan's leadership, the Black Student Union has not just been reanimated, it's been a source for outstanding new leaders.” BSU members have taken initiative with such groups as GAB (Grizzly Activity Board), AS&F, New Student Orientation, American Sign Language Club, and the Stezzy Skaters. “She takes time to work with younger student leaders, and as a nontraditional student, she really has the wisdom and experience that helps younger folks listen to what she has to say and follow her example,” he added. BSU now has around a dozen solid participants and 150 Facebook followers. “We try to get involved with other clubs, to provide mutual assistance and promote our diverse ideals,” Smith noted. This year BSU collaborated on MLK Week events with CASA (Cultural Awareness Student Achievement; see page 11) and Prizm (support for GLBT issues.) “It was our most successful week yet,” with a Trivia Contest, guest speak-


Lessons from a ghost asu launched black history month this year with the premier performance of Ghost in the House, a one-man show about the life of Jack Johnson, the first African-American Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Hollywood actor Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, Hand that Rocks the Cradle) starred and co-wrote the play with director Frank Megna. The show was a return to his roots for Hudson, whose original calling was the theatre, specifically playwriting. “This is proving to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” Hudson told the ASU Theatre audience during a “talk-back” session. “But it may prove to be the best thing I’ve ever done.”

"This is a great opportunity for me to tell this story, and to do what I love to do. It gives me a chance to put my heart into a project," Hudson said. "Jack Johnson was extraordinary. His is a great American story, and one not heard before." In 1908, Jack Johnson defeated Tommy Burns to become the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion. This was hard for whites to swallow; they called for a “Great White Hope” to defeat Johnson. Former champion Jim Jeffries came out of retirement to attempt that, but lost. Johnson’s victory spawned sometimes fatal race riots across the country. Thirty-five years ago, Hudson starred as the character modeled on Johnson in the play, The Great White Hope. "It really changed my life. I came into my own as an actor," said Hudson, who always drew inspiration from the multitalented boxer. Johnson traveled the world, appeared in films and opera, raced cars, and was a musician and author. He also inflamed white society by marrying three different white women, which in those days was illegal in many states. "His story gave me permission to believe in myself. If he could do all that, in 1910, in the environment he had to operate in, then anything was possible. I didn't have to accept the limitations others put on me. And possibilities opened up," Hudson said. By Julie Waechter

“to act, you need to believe,” Ernie Hudson (above left) told theatre students in a discussion of “the biz” with director Frank Megna. Theatre major Jake Webb worked with Hudson’s crew and ran lighting for Ghost. “Working with Ernie Hudson, now that's awesome,” he said. Right: Ghost in the House was brought to campus in association with Opening Minds Productions and TDog Productions, managed by Dr. Denise Ogden ‘90, and “Doc” Ogden, a former Adams State business professor.

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Adams State’s first Title V grant for Hispanic Serving Institutions, awarded in 2000, helped create the faculty development and mentoring program, CELT (Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching.) Now supported by the university and Title V grants, the organization was recently renamed CIELO Connections (Community for Inclusive Excellence, Leadership & Opportunity.) CIELO Chair, Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, said the group focuses on equity issues, diversity, and inclusive excellence. It sponsors periodic Kindred Spirits luncheons that look at various topics. Fifteen faculty and staff participated in a retreat February 23, facilitated by Elliot Cisneros, to increase awareness of the meaning of cultural competence. Retreat participants worked to envision and plan a future in which ASU 2016 is widely known for its inclusive excellence. Read about CIELO and other campus endeavors to support diversity at:

Making a CASA a home “Casa” is Spanish for house. At Adams State, CASA is Cultural Enrichment Student Achievement – and a place that feels like home. pants have attended national conventions of HACU (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities) for the last three years. Last fall, 13 ASU students traveled to Washington, D.C. for the event. Student sessions develop leadership skills and explore opportunities for internships and careers in a range of fields. Students are then required to develop a campus activity or event based on what they’ve learned. Andres Arredondo is planning a garden to provide produce for CASA. Herren-Crites and Jose Orozco are planning wellness events. By Julie Waechter Find out more about CASA: TOP: Vicente Rios shares his tortilla making skills. ABOVE: Nathan Herren-Crites, Jesus Castillo, and Scott Gesling learn to make chicos using a traditional horno. BELOW: The CASA group meets every Friday for lunch, usually joined by members of the Multicultural/Diversity Club, Black Student Union, and other friends.

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The organization was created to strengthen the university’s commitment as a Hispanic Serving Institution (federal designation for colleges & universities with a minimum of 25 percent Hispanic enrollment.) This year, that commitment comes with an actual casa – the CASA House, located on Faculty Drive just west of the Nielsen Library. The concept is deceptively simple: students are more likely to persist in college if they are engaged with more than their courses. Sports, clubs, dorm life – all support student success. CASA was created specifically to reach out to Hispanic, first-generation students – often commuters – to make them feel more at home and connected with university life. CASA Coordinator Oneyda Maestas ’93, ’06 said their motto sums up this philosophy: “Welcome to the CASA house: a place where strangers become friends, and friends become your family.” Cheyenna Sherlock can attest to the reality of that philosophy: “Oneyda is like a second mother to me.” The sophomore history major comes from a tight-knit family in Arizona. CASA’s door is open to all students, however, as sophomore history/government and Spanish major Nathan Herren-Crites pointed out. “This is a diverse group, not just for Latinos.” CASA builds cooperation with other student clubs, with members also belonging to such groups as TriBeta, Circle K, Prizm, BSU, PBL, Newman Club, and the Robotics Society. That’s one way CASA fulfills its mission of promoting learning, celebrating cultures, and fostering student leadership and success. CASA organizes Hispanic event programming, such as celebrating Cesar Chavez Week in April. It also sponsors field trips that focus on Hispanic heritage. For example, this past year the group learned to make chicos (dried corn), attended San Geronimo Days at the Taos Pueblo, and organized a matanza, the traditional communal activity of butchering a sheep. The group gets together every Friday to share lunch and plans. CASA has evolved from a staff-managed entity to one that is student led, Maestas said. Partici-


New space • New degree plans • New department head

On the move with HPPE Now the second largest program on campus, with more than 200 majors, Human Performance and Physical Education prepares for the future with updates to degree plans, a new location, and the energy to prepare their graduates for the ever- widening and growing field of health and fitness. With positive energy and a go-to attitude, Dr. Beez Schell, chair, wasted no time in reviewing the department’s needs when she came on board in the fall of 2011. She immediately saw the need to separate the degree offerings at the undergraduate and master’s level to better serve the students and their future careers.

new degree plans Schell realized the advantage of changing the exercise science programs to a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science. A new major in sports management was created, and HPPE continues to offer many minors. Schell aligned the exercise science degree to match requirements for graduate physical therapy programs. “Our current curriculum helps students in applying for graduate school in occupational therapy, physical therapy, and chiropractic medicine.” Dr. Tracey Robinson, professor of HPPE, said this decision increased students’ chances of acceptance into physical therapy programs and raised the level of academic rigor, particularly for exercise science. “The coursework is much more rigorous, especially at the master’s level,” she said. “Now students are better prepared for continuing to a Ph.D. program.” Grad student Maria Martinez, who received her bachelor’s degree in HPPE 12

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from Adams State in May 2012, said in grad school the academic focus shifts from just the basic understanding of the concepts, to what, why, and how. “Grad school is also focused on research, and the labs we have on East Campus offer a variety of equipment that can be utilized for such purposes.”

new location The recent move of the entire HPPE Department out of Plachy Hall and into the East Campus Building (formerly Evans School, First & La Veta Ave.) allowed the addition of the Strength and Conditioning Lab and the Biomechanics Lab to the already existing Human Performance Lab. Robinson oversees the Human Performance Lab and, along with graduate students, offers fitness testing to the community. Testing includes VO2 Max, Wingate anaerobic power test, Fitness Age, body composition measurements, and individualized fitness programming. “The new building and lab are awesome. The exercise physiology, biomechanics, and strength and conditioning labs really enrich the learning experience of the student,” Martinez said. “Students are able to take what they have learned in lecture and be able to apply it through a variety of labs exercises.” Schell said the new location expanded educational value and the program’s potential. “We really have a lot of room to grow and provide

students with top-of-the-line human performance testing equipment.” HPPE instructor Jeff Storm said the new surroundings include an up-to-date computer lab, Smart classrooms with tables and chairs rather than the old small orange desks, and a study area. HPPE administrative assistant Barbara Griego-Jones noted, “Having a study lounge with plenty of space for individual or group study areas, a computer lab, and an area to relax and eat

lunch is a big benefit to our students. I see them use it all the time.” Schell said students were initially reluctant in the new building. “They acted as if they were coming into someone else’s house. But now our computer lab/study lounge is always full.” She said all the faculty offices are adjacent to one another, creating a surge of new vitality. “The hallway is a constant buzz of energy and conversation.” “Our communication flows a lot easier; it is just the best environment,” GriegoJones added. “Now all the professors are together creating unity, which means more sharing and mentoring.” Storm believes the accessibility of the faculty and the addition of more sports programs aided department expansion. “When I started teaching full-time in 2006, the enrollment was not half of what it is now. About eighty percent of our students are athletes.”

new leadership Prior to 2006, the Adams State athletic director also headed the HPPE Department, then called Exercise Physiology and Leisure Science (EPLS). The areas were split when Dr. Jeff Geiser retired from the posts. Schell accepted the position as chair of the department because, when interviewed, she sensed strong support from administration. “I was not asked how I would cut the program, but, rather, what I would need, and there was talk about this building.” She inspires admiration among her faculty and staff. “The energy and at-

mosphere in the new space is positive, and Beez is a great department chair. We all are responsible and work well together,” Storm said. Griego-Jones agreed: “Beez has a wonderful sense of humor. I love to see her interact with students. We have become more unified as a department, group, and family.”

renewed academic rigor Schell explained the original physical education programs were founded by medical doctors. “They believed in the importance of physical health and education.” Even with the addition of subdisciplines like sports management and athletic training, the faculty remains committed to graduating highly qualified, competitive professionals. Robinson said over the years they have stressed academic rigor, and the HPPE faculty attend conferences, conduct research, and continue to become certified in specialized areas. “HPPE is not just a degree for the sake of a degree, and some of our students find this out the hard way.”

Those majoring in exercise science need to take a full year of human anatomy and physiology and over 15 hours of chemistry and biology above the general education requirements. Requirements also include two classes each of exercise physiology, kinesiology, and biomechanics. “We recently added sports and nutrition. Students preparing for physical therapy or graduate school have to have a science background,” Robinson added.

new possibilities Schell said she is committed to recruiting from the San Luis Valley schools, as well as offering additional training and resources to local physical education teachers. Other goals include developing an advisory committee consisting of professionals in the community and state, and increasing communication with New Mexico and Arizona graduate programs in medicine and health. By Linda Relyea ‘96

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The new building and labs are awesome.”


Packin’ it in A crucial piece of equipment for students is the backpack. Not merely utilitarian, it also provides a fun medium for self expression.

◗ purple is the favorite color of freshman psychology major Tie Hunt’s grandma. She carries headphones, iPhone, and, most importantly, her hand sanitizer.

"i'm very outgoing, so my backpack is crazy and fun with patterns and colors," said Tanisha Thomas, a senior government major. She bought her pack for $1 and customized it with a pink polka dot bow.

"it's not just a backpack, but a side bag too!"

Music performance freshman Heather David said her new French horn case keeps her hands free.

"the fact that I can carry my tuba on my back leaves my hands open to carrying more instruments," said senior music education major Marcos LeBlanc, who opts for instrument cases.

said freshman psychology major Jesse Medina. He carries a wireless mouse, among other items.

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a calculator is the most valuable cargo Ray Vigil, a junior accounting and finance major, carries in his pack - the one he’s had since high school. But the coolest item inside is a set of Bruce Lee nunchakus.

“i love my colorful pack,”

"i decorated my own mini backpack!” said Kellicia Morse, a junior majoring in graphic design and business advertising. It carries her Canon camera with an extra lens and photography gadgets. Photos and story by Kellicia Morse ‘14

Dear Alumni & Friends: i am continually impressed by the generosity of Adams State’s alumni in supporting their alma mater. Every quarter at our Foundation board meetings, we hear reports of alumni who have established new scholarships for current ASU students. Some gifts create endowments that provide scholarships through the earnings, while in other cases, monies are given to fund specific scholarships on an annual basis. Given the dramatic reductions in state support for all of higher education in Colorado, it is even more important for those of us who can help to do so now.

ASU Foundation Board President Duane Bussey ‘82, with Executive Director of the Foundation, Tammy Lopez ’91, ‘00.

Scholarships are easy to establish and can be directed to support very specific areas of study, or they can be done in a more generic manner, giving the University greater flexibility to award scholarships where the need is greatest. Every additional dollar we can provide for scholarship funding relieves the already stretched budget of the University, allowing it to concentrate on covering the operating needs of ASU. Foundation Executive Director Tammy Lopez ‘91, ‘00 can quickly explain how the donation program works, or you can find additional information on the ASU website by clicking on the “Support Adams State” tab on the bottom of the home page.

The benefits we have received in our lives from obtaining our degrees from Adams State need to be made available to as many new students as possible. Sometimes only a small gap in a student’s resources can adversely impact their decision to attend or return to ASU. Please consider joining the already large number of generous Adams State alumni and make your scholarship contribution today. A convenient donation envelope is enclosed. The positive impact on a student will carry forward for their entire life. Duane Bussey ‘82 President, Board of Directors Adams State University Foundation

ASU Foundation Board members, from left, first row: Russell Achatz ‘85, Randy Jackson ‘98, Duane Bussey ‘82, Ray Skeff, Genevieve Cooper; second row: Chuck Houser, Dr. John McDaniel, Jeni Jack Goodwin ‘85, Izora Southway ‘66, Chuck Owsley ‘68, Rich Scanga ‘75, and Dale Hettinger ‘64.

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Gifts received from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2012

$10,000 +

1925 Club

1st Southwest Bank Alamosa State Bank Alta Fuels David '87 & Wendy Clemmer John & Paige Keeler John Robert Maytag Dr. John McDaniel Ronald Oba Richard '69 & Kathleen Rutledge San Luis Valley Federal Bank San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op Inc. The Trinchera and Blanca Foundation

Alamosa Convention & Visitors Bureau Alcon Construction, Inc. Arby's Asphalt Constructors, Inc. Tom '59 & Charlotte '58, '71 Bobicki Duane '82 & Lorey '80 Bussey Century 21 Property Management CO Potato Administrative Committee Yvonne Cobb '83 Colwell Inspection Group Community Banks of Colorado Becky Connelly Jenny Cooper James & Irene Craft Trust Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad Harry & Koos Daley Daniels Fund Davis Partnership Architects Del Mar Carpet One Domino's Ronald '67, '72 & Paula '73 Duncan David Evans '70 Wayne '62 & Ellen Evans Extreme Graphics FCI Constructors, Inc. Freedom Financial Services GFWC Woman's Citizenship Club Tom '67, '68 & Pat '68 Gilmore Ray Hilwig Arthur & Amy Holland Kiwanis Club of Alamosa L & M Auto Sales Stephen '67 & Courtney Marsters Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers McDonald's

$5,000 $9,999 1st Stop Mary Caldwell '52, '60 Stephanie Chichester CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency Floyd '55 & Cordelia Higel Ron '65 & Marilyn '86, '87 Loser David Oba '77 Dean '75 & Trish Oba Andrea Scott & Warren Grundfest Phyllis Sinclair '71 Christopher '04 & Roxann '96 Sittler SLV Regional Medical Center Southway Construction Co., Inc. Xcel Energy Foundation



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Monte Vista Cooperative Michael Mumper '76 & Melissa Freeman National Western Stock Show Scholarship Trust New Belgium Brewing Co., Inc. Paul & Patti Newman Pearl Ortner '58 Pizza Hut Porter Realty, Inc. Price Farms Certified Seed Company Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation Re/Max of Michigan Don & Connie Rickard Rio Grande Savings & Loan Rock Creek Family Medicine, P.C. Rocky Mountain Eye Center, P.C. Rocky Mountain Septic & Excavating Rustic Log Furniture, Inc. San Luis Valley Title Company Skiball's Running World Sodexo Campus Services Southwest Ready Mix Inc. Subway David & Virginia '83, '84, '95 Svaldi Universal Investment Management, Inc. Valley Courier Valley Electric, Inc. Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc. Vance Law Office Vendola Plumbing & Heating Inc. Walsh Environmental Walters & Mullins, Inc. Bill '59 & Beth Waters Robert '56 & Thelma Weems David & Donna Wehe David Wehe, CFP

$1,000 $1,924 Alamosa Lumber Company/ Valley Lumber Company Alamosa Quarter Horse Farm Alamosa Rotary Club Charlene Bertolino '89 Philip Britton '61 Don Buffo '75 Burger King Glenn & Kerry Burnham Ronald '79 & Cynthia '97 Chapman Wayne and Nancy Chasen Family Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia Chili's Colorado Choice Health Plans Conejos County Hospital Corporation Steven Cook '71 Cooley & Sons Excavating, Inc. Carole Counihan & James Taggart Janice Cunningham '66, '70 Darin Dolce '95 & Rosa Diaz '95 JD & Toya Dyess Frances Eigenberg Mandy Elder '94 William Finnell '62 Mike Gibson & Gigi Darricades Karla Jean Gilbert Pamela '85 & Robert Gjellum Gobin's Frances Gomez '64, '70 Greg Goodwin '96 & Jeni Jack Goodwin '85 David Green '70, '71 Phillip Haram '62 James '83 & Deborah '84 Harvey Dale '64 & Beverly Hettinger Michael Hudson '98 Inn of the Rio Grande Jack's Market Matthew Jolley Martin Jones Steven Kitchen Lariat Irrigation Company Alan '74 & Dianne '74 Lebsock Lester, Sigmond, Rooney & Schwiesow Philip Lopez '04 Mark MacDonnell '83 Mark '89, '92 & Myra '93, '01 Manzanares Daniel McCann Teri McCartney '87, '92 Ruth McGee '50

Nancy Mead Clifford Miller '69 Mary Motz ‘62 David Ochoa '63, '63 Charles Owsley '68 John Patten David Pichaske Donald '60, '62 & Jytte Poulson Judith Quiller '61, '64 Pat Racanelli '97 Re/Max Sierra Vista, Inc. Susan Retzack Susan & Edward Richmond Safeway Leroy & Michelle '92 Salazar Lena Samora '67, '68 Charles Scoggin Silver Mountain Disposal, LLC Rondaleen Specht '67 Dustin Sullivan '04 Norman Tucker '79 Tuesday Nite Men's Golf League Ann Vail Van Iwaarden Builders, Inc. Lee Vickers '60, '65 Kip Walker '77 Wall, Smith, Bateman & Assoc., Inc. Frank Westcott '94 Michael Williamson '70 Karla '84 & James Willschau Louis Wilson Winco, Inc. Ketha Woodard Mary Ann Wright David Young '71

$500 $999 Alamosa Building Supply/La Jara Trading Post Glen Bean '36 Stephen Bokat '68 Keith Cerny James Clodfelter '84 Gloria Curtis '70 Robert Davis '70 Edward Jones - Alamosa Edward Jones - Monte Vista Carol England Howard Espinosa '56 Evergreen Nursing Home Douglas '72, '75 & Mary '70, '75 Freeman Nick Glaze Charles Gomez '63,'68 Hal Henning '90 Hunan Chinese Restaurant/East West Grill J & J Rental Centers

Preston Johnson Ken '51 & George Anna '51 Joseph Jack Kelly '71 Frances Lerblance '70 Harry Manesiotis '99 Janet '63, & Jasper Mangum William McCreery Brandon Mitchell Thomas Motz '82 Calvin Oba '48 Pete Ortega '61, '64 William Pearcy '63 Lonnie Porter '65, '66 Robert & Regina Rice Ronald Rickman '78 Neil & Elise Rudolph Arnold '76 & Marguerite '75, '76 Salazar San Luis Care Center Vera Snyder '47, '71 The Complete Non Profit, LLC Bill Woodward '61

$100 $499 Russell Achatz '85 Brian Ackerman '92 Agri-Pipe LLC Monte '58, '61 & Patricia Allen Andrews Family Living Trust Aller-Lingle-Massey Architects Donald Alley '66 Larry '68 & Linda '67 Arp Ashman Dental LC Atencio's Market Timothy Bachicha '92 Tadini Bacigalupi '79 Karen Bagwell '78 Bank Shot Sports Bar Kenneth Barber '72 & Jane Fiebelkorn Barber '71 Victor Barela '63 Kenneth Barr '64 Kay Henry Bartlett '98 Rudy '62 & Sharon Basovsky Don & Laura Basse Kenneth Bean '49 Beer Keg Depot Raymond Beethe '70 Clark Behner '75 Beverly Bell Richard Bellotti '72 Bryce & Kristi Bervig Harvey Billington '58, '65 Eric Blake '03 Mark Bollinger Joelle Boos-Medina '99 Paul Briggs '70

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Jackie Getz White '82 & Brent White Don & Gloria Wuckert Xcel Energy


$100 $499 Cynthia Brown Jon & Teri Brownell Laurie Bruce Neil Bruce Esq. '75 & Barbara '75 Bruce Herbert Bruntel Jr. '69 Megan Buzby '03 Carole Campbell David & Debra Campbell Campus Cafe Canon Potato Company Toney Cantu '70 Roxy Carleo '88 Eric Carpio '01 Glyn Carson '67 Century 21 Valley Realty Anna Chavez '46 Gregory Chavez '81 Jennifer Chavez '00 Larry '71 & Rilla '71 Cheeseman Robert Chilcutt '71 Elaine '63, '69 & Gordon Childs Peter '66 & Gayle Ciraolo Glen '62 & Frances '62 Clark Virginia Clark '60 Morris Cohen '61, '68 Jim Colbert '61, '65 Dave Colburn David Coleman '86 Communications Workers of America John Conlon '67 Jeffrey Cook Kent Cooper '76 Natividad Coronado Kristi Cortez '95 Jack & Mabel Cotton Cottonwood Dental Dean Cowles William '60, '62 & Eleanor '82 Crain David Crandall Margaret Crawford Crow Financial Advisors LTD Co. Ed Crowther & Lori Tanner Ivan Curley '53, '56 Harold Czarnetzki '69 Bryan & Caroline Darr Dane & Mary Lou Darr Willie Davis '66, '68 Troy Deboard Jerry DeLeon '89 Phillip '83 & Patricia '83 Delorenzo Kathleen Delzell '61 Albert Demarest '66, '71 Jeffrey Dennis Dan & Gloria Diercks George Dingfelder Craig Dodd Anita Dominguez '85 Elsie Doser '59



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Dianna Downey '64 Lisa Drew '83, '07 Mike & Kristie Dunbar Richard Duran '71, '72 Sue Easterling Chuck '73 & Margie '73 Eaton Mike '71 & Linda '73 Edgar James Edwards '64 Scott & Kymberly Edwards Jerry Elder Clayton Ellis '84 Grace Ellsworth '65 Agnes Enright Tanya Erickson '08 Rod Ermel '79 Roger Escheman Patricia Ewert Flannagan '76 Theodore '90 & Elizabeth '89 Eyl John '63 & Margaret '61 Faron Katherine Faz Marvin Fellers '47 Earl Finnessey '57 Keith '58, '63 & Claudette '63, '78 Fisher Patricia Fitch '70 Teresa Flippen James Ford '59, '61 Grimes '65 & Rachel '67 Fortenberry Edith Fresquez-Gallegos Roy '70 & Marva '71 Fritch Raylene Froman '84 Kenneth Fry '60 Dr. & Mrs. William Fulkerson, Jr. John Fuller '57 Patrick Gallegos Rudolph Gallegos '59, '61 Isaac Garcia '62 Jose Garcia '61 Matthew Gaskins Delbert Gay '70 Rich Gehlbach '59 Jerry & Betty Gehre Leonard & Julia Gehre David Geiger John Gendreau '70 Gregory Gillaspie '82 Richard Goggin '76 Pete '77 & Lillian '81, '02 Gomez

Ruben Gonzales '61, '64 Gary Goodwin '90 Gary Goold Danny Goss Bob Graf '81 Jon Greene '67 J. Lee Grigsby Daniel Groeger Roger Gunlikson '62 Beth Hackett '95, '01 Dewitt Hackett Terri Hackett Marlena Halko '00 Ron Hammer Candace Handy '68, '80 Monte & Tammy Harmon Spencer Harris '72 Glenda Harrison Sherrie Hawkins Eddie Hearyman '71, '73 Rick Hector '71 Gwendolyn Heller '85 Mike '07 & Erika '08 Henderson David Henkel '69, ‘75 Dennis & Belva Henrickson Tim & Lori Henrickson Greg Hensley Edwin '73 & Kathleen '73 Herring Shawn '90 & Sheila '89 Hicks Cora-Belle Higbee '53 Mackie Hill '66, '74 Mike '01 & Mena '02 Hill Cleta Hiner-Felzien '90 William Hinz '72 Hogue's Glass, Inc. Steven '88 & Monica '87 Hokansson Jerry & Dawn Honeycutt Norman '62, '65 & Mary Sue '64 Howey Larry Joe '83 & Christine '83 Hunt Kenneth Hunter Mathew & Terri Husmann Dale & Anita Jo Hyatt Thomas & Elizabeth Hyde Rodger Jehlicka Brett Jewkes Eugene Jimenez '70, '70 Greg Johnson

Foundation Financials $14,730,459 134 13 $1,199,062

Total Foundation Assets as of 9/30/12 Total scholarship endowments New scholarships created in 2012 Donations to Foundation FY 2011-12

Stars shine on Adams State

James Johnson '07 Raymond Johnson '71 Russell & Isabel Johnson Stanton Johnson Larry & Kathy Johnston Jim Jones '47 Lloyd '69 & Judy Jones Darcy Jordan Olga Joyce '61, '63 Richard Kadinger '75 Steven & Susan Keefer Robert & Christine Keitges Barbara Keller '77 George '59 & Edna Kelloff George '78 & Judy '91 Kelloff Robert '79 & Cheryl '79 Ketchie Kentucky Fried Chicken Jason '98, '00 & Catherine '00 Kingery Gary '64 & June '63 Kliesen Delfinia Kogovsek '59 Gus Kohlts Joe & Barbara Kolupke Bessie '59, '61 & Ben Konishi Daniel '76, '88 & Margaret '01 Korber Trajan Langdon Las Animas Class of 1960 Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske James Lathrop '72 Patrick Leahy '61 James & Esther Lecrone

Karen Lemke Sandra Lewis Selbert & Dorothy Lewis Alan Lindsay '83 Robert '73 & Sharon '68, '73 Lockwood Alfonso Lopez '70 Fred Lopez '69 Rueben Lopez '58, '62 Tammy Lopez '91, '00 Willis '66, '69 & Janet '67 Lowther Al Lujan '72 Michael Lukes Daniel '92 & Loan '93 Maas Susan MacCarthy '90 Thomas '72 & Christine '73 Magel Kay Malzahn John Manning '07 Bill Mansheim & Sue Patterson '83, '86 Sweetie Marbury '87 F. Wayne Marcolina Mrs. David Marold Timothy Marquez Damon '87 & Konnie Martin James Martin '66 Judy Martin '67 Beatrice Martinez '76 Clair Martinez '56, '75 Juan Martinez '76, '81 Loretta Martinez Connie Marvel '75

The Foundation fundraiser featured ASU stars: 68 West, (left) conducted by Dr. Beth Robison, director of choral activities; and The Lost & Found (above), directed by Jenna Neilsen, asst. professor of theatre.

John '70 & Betti Marvel John & Frances Marvel Larry Mast '77 Monroe Mathias '51 Dale & Lisa Matteson Emelio Mattorano '73 Sherrie Maule '63 Larry Mayer '84 Rebekah Mayer '04 Larry '64 & D'Anna '66, '74 Mayfield David Mazel '85, '87 Robert McAllister '63 John McBride '59 William '68 & Regina '68 McCann Lavoy McCorkle '60, '62 Kathy McGinty '67 Mark McKinna '74, '76 Barney McLean '83 Karen McLean-Simmons '74 Ted McNeilsmith Eric Mead '71 Mitch Medina '60, '64 Rebekah Meeker Lynette Melgosa '01 Lawrence Menke '52 John Wayne Mercure '66, '68 Jay Meyer Insurance Agency, Inc. Mark '90, '95 & Jacqueline '90, '96 Meyer Mary Meyer John '77 & Lynn '77 Michalke

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Song, dance, and silliness highlighted “An Evening with our Stars,” the Adams State University Foundation’s first fundraiser, held March 2 in Alamosa. The event raised about $3,800 for scholarships for San Luis Valley students, according to Tammy Lopez ‘91, ‘00, executive director of the ASU Foundation. Live entertainment was provided by ASU’s 68 West (a capella group); The Lost & Found, the ASU Theatre Improv Comedy Troupe; and Alamosa’s Mountain Valley Dance Studio. A live auction added to the excitement. Donated items for bid included a chartered car for 40 on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, Colorado Rockies tickets, and a desktop size bronze of Ol’ Mose by Jim Gilmore. “It was a great success. We received lots of positive feedback and will make this an annual event,” Lopez added.


Scholarships continue Hilwig’s influence Most would agree the teaching profession influences countless lives, as those immediately touched in turn inspire another, in an endless ripple. Occasionally, an individual manifests not only an effect on their students, but also on their colleagues, friends, family, and nearly everyone they meet. Dr. Stuart Hilwig was just that sort of person. On October 28, 2012, the professor of history was killed in an auto accident in northern New Mexico.

Crowther said while Hilwig was engaging and humorous, he also had high expectations of his students. “He believed they could achieve those expectations, and he was willing to help them reach those expectations.”

stuart hilwig memorial scholarship

Ray Hilwig, Stuart’s father, established the Stuart J. Hilwig Memorial Scholarship for Adams State students majoring in history. He said Stuart had gone through a lot stu hilwig hgp dept honors scholarship of medical conditions, including his first heart surgery when he was four-and-a-half-years-old. “He had lots of Compassionate, funny, approachable, humble, truly a miles, with surgeries and pace makers, but he didn’t let person who made the most out of his life, Hilwig’s sudden that slow him down, especially academically.” death shook the entire campus, especially those within his Ray said he admires Stuart for pursuing an academic cadepartment. “Stu had a tremendous sense of humor and a reer, including traveling to Europe to real passion for working with stustudy, despite his chronic heart condidents,” said Dr. Edward Crowther, tion. “That kind of baggage did not History/Government/Philosophy Dekeep him from moving forward and partment chair. taking on more and more. As I look According to Crowther, the HGP back on it, I wonder if I would have Department “overwhelmingly” agreed had the strength to forge forward.” to establish a scholarship in Hilwig’s Ray, who owns a construction comname. The department had set aside pany and vacation rentals in Maine, revenue from its master’s in humanisaid Stuart once told him, “‘You know, ties/history for an undergraduate Dad, you have to remember I loved scholarship that will be named for homework.’ In that way, he was the Hilwig. Dr. John McDaniel, emeritus total opposite of me.” Although their professor of history, also contributed chosen career paths differed, Ray said to the scholarship. Stuart “was a working man’s intellec“A ‘scholarship,’ in every sense of tual.” the word, is a fitting way to honor Two scholarship in his memory will Ray established the scholarship at Stu. He wrote a book, was in the perpetuate Dr. Stuart Hilwig’s commitment to students. Adams State, rather than one of Stuprocess of having it translated into art’s alma maters, because “Stuart really Italian, and founded the Latino Studloved Adams State, and it is those students he wanted to ies minor,” said Dr. Mari Centeno, associate professor of influence. This scholarship will carry on his influence.” political science. “I half-jokingly announced that the most Friends of Ray and Stuart have also donated to the important criterion for scholarship recipients would be a scholarship. Ray hopes to add to the scholarship on the ansense of humor. After all, applicants to the scholarship niversary of Stuart’s passing. should reflect some of the characteristics that made Stu Stuart earned his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in great.” 1991 and a Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University in The faculty designated the Stu Hilwig HGP Depart2000. He joined the Adams State faculty in 2000. He and ment Honors Scholarship for students majoring in politihis wife, Dr. Stephanie Hilwig, Adams State associate procal science or history. Political science students must fessor of sociology, have three children. His book, Italy and demonstrate successful progress toward completing a Latin 1968: Youthful Unrest and Democratic Culture ,was pubAmerican Studies minor and/or upper-division courses in lished in 2009 by Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Latin American Government, politics, or US-Latin American relations. History majors must demonstrate successful By Linda Relyea ‘96 progress toward completing a bachelor’s degree in history/government with courses in European, Latin American, Mexican, and Chicano history.


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$100 $499 Norman '75, '77 & Greta Roberts Gary '61 & Suzan '67 Robins Tracey Robinson Jason Rogers '93 Mike & Kathy Rogers Isaac Romero '59 Boogie & Dorothy Romero Janette Ronco '76 Patrick Roybal '90 Walter '94, '08 & Emma '10 Roybal Randy Rusch '78 Daniel '77 Russell & Carol '87 McCartney-Russell Russell Surveyors & Assoc., Inc. Jack Russell '66 Steven '73 & Mary '80 Russell San Luis Valley Brewing Company Rich '75 & Barbara Scanga Stephen Schiffer Melody Schneider James Seefeldt '89 Vincent '79 & Donna Segura Raymond Seib '66, '67 Jeffrey Sell '61 George Sellman & Julie Mordecai Russell '70 & Rebecca '73 Seymour Sherwin Williams Matthew Shoban '64, '68 Doris Simmons Randy & Melissa Skaggs Ray & Colette Skeff Sidney Skirvin '51 Michael Sloan '65 SLV FFA District Edward F. Small '73 Karl '70 & Susene '72 Smith Robert Smith '81 Susan Sornsin Connie Spencer '63, '66 Fred St. Cyr Jr. Harold Stanford '51 Herbert '70, '71 & Linda '72 Stantz Douglas & Cara Steanko Ben & Linda Sterling Randal Stevens '81 Charles Steward '50 Glen Steyer '62 Barbara Stindt Larry & Carol Sveum Diana & Kris Swenson T R Toppers, Inc Eugene Tapia Kimberley Temple '01 Donna '67, '83 & Thomas Templeton J. Kelly Theisen '82 Charles Thomas '66 Donald Thompson & Jan Oen Tim's Transmission & Auto Repair Total System Services, Inc. Steven Tran '79 Diane (Smiley) '67 & Darrell Trembly

Jane Trogdon '66 Bertha Trujillo '72, '80 Henry Trujillo '61, '70 Ken & Sharon Turpin Jeanette Tutzauer Sean Tyler '91 United Fund Raising Group, LLC United Way of Pueblo County, Inc. Tom '52 & Mary '50 Urbin Melanie Valdez '99 Steve '87 & Sandra Valdez Mary Valerio Edmund Vallejo '55 Jose Vallejos '62 Valley Car Wash/Vintage Garage Phillip Van Hook '64, '65 David Van Pelt '86 Randall Van Pelt '75 Kellie Veneman '83 Joe '54, '60 & Celsa '54 Vialpando Joshua Vialpando '06 Paul Victor '74, '75 Maryann Vigil '83, '95 Ruben Vigil '61, '65 Tim '73 & Peggy '72, '72 Walters Robert Waltman '76 Gail Ward Doris Watson '88, '90 Elizabeth Watts '70 Marvin Weisenberger Eric Wendelin '05 Donnie Whitaker '91 Robert Whiting '59, '63 Donald '72, '75 & Karan '89 Wilkinson Mary Ellen Peterson Williamson '67 William '64 & Donna '64 Witt Donald Wold Donald Wolfe '68 Blake Wood & Rebecca Clark David '67, '75 & Kay '68 Wood Mark Wood '71 Jim '61 & Velma Workman Rosemary Wren Robert Yund '74 Joe & Shirley Zanski

Up to $99 A & A Glass & Mirror Stacy Abbott '09 Gaspar Abeyta '66 Agro Engineering Above It All Balloonery Accent of Flowers Juanita Adams '87 Arthur Adcock '61 Alamosa High School Lee Allbright '51 Paul & Ellen Alles

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Warren '66, '90 & Jean '86, '88 Mickelsen Dale '85 & Teri Mingilton Chas '98 & Melissa Moeller Ross Monaco Sandra Moncada '91 Gilbert Montoya '55, '60 Harold Montoya '50 Wesley Montoya '82 Pauline Moore Paul Morley '66 Deanna Morris '64, '65 Wayne Morrison '63 Ted '69 & Janet '69 Morrison Corky & Nancy Mortensen Larry '88, '93 & Carolyn '89 Mortensen James '51, '68 & Betty '52 Mullings Carol Murphy & David Guerrero Louis Myers '67, '69 Tom '68, '81 & Barbara '71 Nagoda Dennis '62 & Linda Nash Norman Nash '57 Lloyd Nelson Martha Nelson '71 Gail Nitta '66 Nortex Mortgage Frank Novotny Floyd & Jody Oaks Charlotte O'Bannon '87, '88 Donald O'Brien '70 Theresa O’Halloran John '67, '70 & Barbara Olander '66 Albert '61 & Kelli '74 O'Leary Michael Onofrey '76 Fritz & Lillian Orbke Robert '70 & Susan Oringdulph Carl Ortega '03 Rocky Ortega '65, '71 Patti Ortiz '78 Lori Parker '85, '97 Walter Paulson '61, '63 Jim & Janis Pauly David Peasley '96 Gail Pechuli '96 Glenn Pence '71 Gerald Petersen '77 Sharon Phillips Lonnie Pippin '67 Milton Place '74 Precision Arms, Inc. Kevin Prior '05 Pueblo Rockhounds, Inc. Joe Pyle '69 Howard Rainey Gary & Toni Ramstetter Cornelia Rector '68 Julane Reed '61 Dick '67 & Marcie '01 Reed Jo Ann Rezen '62, '68 Matthew Ridge '97 Bobby & Amelia Roberts


Up to $99 Catherine Anderson Marlo '95 & Kristi '95 Anderson Allen & Elizabeth Anthony Herman Aragon Leodoro '76 & Kathleen '76 Archuleta Peggy Armijo '99 Linda Armstead '77 Martha Asher '73, '75 Sidney & Barbara Atkin Cher Babkiewich Heidi & Paul Babkiewich Marie & Frank Babkiewich Ben Bacino '79 Nellie Bagwell '64 Valerie Baker '10 Erin Baldwin '11 Dolores Ballejo '07 Rick & Suzanne Balthaser Richard Bank '59 Curtiss Barber '88 Brandi Barbosa '06 Larry Barker '65 Susan Barraza Beverly Barton '69 Elizabeth Barzdukas '88 Robert Bashline '70, '71 Bill & Diane Baublits Lindy Bay '97 Ronald & Kaye Beeler Jackie Bennett Andrea Benton-Maestas '12 Ginny Berry Dee Betts '70, '71 Deborah Beutler Tiffany Blecha '99 Chelsea Bohleen Shannon Boitz '97 Geoffrey '73 & Deborah '75 Bokan Bollinger Construction, LLC Will Bollwerk '05 Charlene Bommarito Ron Bond '59 Jerrold Booher '59, '61 Judith Book '93 Josephine Boreson '83, '87 Philip Born '68 Richard Botz Mr. & Mrs. W. R. Bowman Gerald '59 & Karen '61 Boxberger Michael Boyd David Brabb '60, '62 Thomas Bradley '69 Dolores Brandon Ann Brgoch '43 Brinker International Natasha Bronzini '98, '99 Roger Brunelli '67, '74 Mark & Jill Bryant Richard Buck '64 Gary '73 & Maria '73 Burrows



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Tim Busen Frank Bushell Jr. '74, '74 Emily Bussey '07 Donald & Etta Bustos Melanie Cable Gary Cade Russell Cagle '73 Loraine Campbell '65 Robert & Mary Carlino Marguerite Carlson '52 Harry & Barbara Carmean John Carr '62 Christopher Carroll '89 Richard Cass Beatrice Castellano Jessica Castillo '10 Beneranda Chacon '91, '01 Ethel Chapman '68 Darla Chappell '77 Cynthia Chavez '77, '78 Theresa Chavez '08 Lynn Chialastri Calvin Chitwood Richard Chitwood '52 Marcia Cisneros '66 Kathleen Clark Carol Clarke '85 Lisa Clements Jonathan Clouse '99 & Shannon LeClair-Clouse '97 Sandra Cody '76 Robert & Linda Colletti Beverly Collins '78 Alberta Consonero David Cook '69 Katherine Cook '74 Alfred '70 & Anna Marie '72 Cordova Felix Cordova '62, '65 Rosemary Cordova '76, '89 Mary Beth Corsentino '71, '74 Joseph Corson '57 Theresa Cortese '76, '82 Cindy Cotten '09 Kendra Coveal '11 Sandra Cox Scott Crites '10 Suzanne Crooks '98 Christopher Cross '04 Eric '00 & Stacey '99 Crouser Shirley Crow '66, '72 Zenta Crow '73 Mary Crowell '92 Liska Crowley '72 Mary Cruz '45 Faye Dabney Annaliza Dach '88 Keith '70 & Carol '71 Daniel Jeffrey David '87 Kathy Davis Christopher & Beth Day Ian Debono '73, '73

Wanda Decker '54 James DeJong '68 Sandie Dell Gerald Dellinger '73 George '65 & Carol '69, '80 Demas Mary Jo DePriest '98 Elbert Detwiler '63 Justin Dewey Carrie Digironimo '92 Noah Dipasquale Stephen & Christina Dixon Christine Dondelinger Patrick Donnelly '64 Ronald Doyle '07 Rosemary & Maureen Doyle Daniel Drake '93 Judy '64 & Larry Drake Benjamin '76 & Judy '81, '82 Duarte Sam & Norma Dunlap Peggy Dunn Bill Duplessis '67 Ilene Dupont '81 Danielle Ecsedy Alvin Edlund Jr. '79 Kathleen Edwards Ted Egger '02 Mary Eldredge '99 Frank '83 & Mary Jo '80 Elkins John '86 & Carrie '86 Elwell Lora Engelstad-Eslick '07 Donald Engler Ellwood Ervin '67 D. Marty Esquibel Richard '98 & Christine '98, '02 Esquibel Sheryl '82, '85 & Wayne Farley Carolyn '81 & David Faucette Cecil & Carol Fell Karen Fisher '08 Barbara Fitzgerald Jana Flint '96 Lillian Flores '61 Mary Follin Chris Foote Lisa Forbes Stanley '91 & Barbara '91 Foster Dan France

Matching Gift Companies Baxter International Foundation Chevron Texaco El Pomar Foundation IBM International Foundation Merck Partnership for Giving Microsoft Giving Thomson Reuters Wells Fargo Foundation

HPPE students benefit from Sinclair Scholarship The family of William “Bill” Sinclair ’70, ’76 established a scholarship in his memory to benefit students in HPPE (Human Performance & Physical Education). For 30 years Sinclair taught physical education at the Los Animas High School, which named their gymnasium in his honor. “He touched so many students’ lives while he taught,” said his wife, Phyllis ‘71, noting Sinclair’s friends and family created the scholarship. “He actually started getting letters and calls from people that really appreciated what he had done for them.” The award is for graduate or undergraduate students in HPPE, with preference given to physical education K-12 and coaching majors. Preference will also be given to graduates from Las Animas The late Bill Sinclair with his wife, High School, in Las Animas, Phyllis. Colo. Karl Hansen '64 Kenneth '84 & Janice '70 Hardison Kay Harmon Jack Harris '65, '66 Leanne Harris Fred & Linda Harrison Jill Harrison Roberta Hasui Frances Haugen '68 Sid Haugum Denise Hawkins Megan Hawkins '11 David '99, '12 & Brooke '87 Hayden Marty Heaton '82 Vern '97 & Heather '00 Heersink Donna Hellwig '73 Roy Helms Kiley Henderson '08 Merle Henry '69, '75 Geoffrey Herberg Albert & Margaret Hernandez Dora Hernandez Ralph Hey '66 Sallie Hibbs '60 Pattie Hickey-Eilinger '84 Patrick Higgins Bill & Carla High Richard Hime '68 Billy Hlavachick '61 Betty Hobbs Gary Holbrook '62

Justin Holland George Holley '06 Christopher Hollmann '01 Sheila Holman '68 Lloyd Holmes '65 Nora Holmes '86 Linda Hoover '81 Robin Hope '07 Jenel Hopper '02 Karen Hossack '69 Linda Howard '72, '79 Brianne Howe '10 Lisa & Russell Howell Jake Hughes Frances '61 & Harry Hull Helen Hunter Donald '90 & Kim '85 Hurley Kim Ireland Glen Irvin '98 & Nicole Borg '98 Mary Iwaniec Richard '78 & Sandra '78 Jackson Louise Jamele Charlie '69 & Kathleen '83, '88 Jaquez Timothy Jefferson '03 Megan Jennings '06 James Jensen '89 Charles Jimenez Bob Johnson Cary Johnson '98 Howard Johnson '09 Monica Johnson '88

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Albert & Katrina Francis Hyman & Roselyn Freeman Dwight '70 & Diane '70 Fritz Dave '74, '88 & Sharon '75 Furukawa Jess Gagliardi '11, '12 Marsha Gallagher '71 Bridget Gallegos '68, '72 Carolyn Gallegos '82, '87 Clotilde Gallegos Flavio & MaryAnn Gallegos Mary Gallegos Vicky Garber '78 Joe & Melinda Garcia Mike '94 & Patricia '82, '97 Garcia Sharon Gardner '73 Rita Garfield '68 John Gately Len '93 & Toni '00 Gates Jeff Gehre Jerry Geiser '91 Valerie Gerard Steven Gerstner '72 Robert Gibson '71 Burton Gillan James '92 & Amy '91 Gilmore Maureen Gladke '66 Pamela & Matthew Glazener Ruth Ann Glover '64 Shirley Golding Ryan Goldsworthy '11 Lucy Gonzales '54 Thomas Gonzales '91 Harold Goodrich '63, '67 Tracy Gosar Mary Ann Goshert '65, '69 Sara Graf '86 Georgia Grantham Robert & Betty Grasmick Ron Green '76 Tim & Sharon Green Susan Greenfield '85 Eric & Rishelle Greenlee Lois Grenfell '93 James Gribben '58, '61 Barbara Griego-Jones '92, '02 Bill & Susan Griffin Mary Griffin Lawrence & Harriet Grinstead Theodore Groeger Bob Grooms '76 Brenda Grove '78 Elisha Grover Jim Groves '59 Troy & Kathy Hafner Jerry Hahn '66 Rodney Hale Linda Lasko-Hall David '97 & Penne '01 Hamilton Susan '69, '89 & Neil Hammer Charles Hammill '68, '69 Elizabeth Hammond '76, '80


Up to $99 Peggy Johnson Rick Johnson '80 Jonathan Johnston '62 Ronald Johnston '80, '89, '01 Carrie Jones '06 Charles Jones, lll '63 Chester Jones '67 Darren Jones '95 Ruby Jones Lorraine Jubic Ronald Jung '84 Norman Kane Dennis Karalfa '72 Sally Karg '75 Bob '67 & Barbara '67 Karlen Leanna Kaspar '98, '99 Darlene Keeling '76, '81 Matthew '92 & Melinda '95 Kelley Kathleen Kelly '98 Harold Kennedy Leonard & Corina Kennedy Dale Kerby '59, '61 Frances Kern '45 Peggy Kern '86 Caren Kershner '88 Rodney King '70 Sue King '66, '90 H. W. Kingsley '66 Ava Kiniston Kelly Kissick Amanda Kleinsasser '11 David & Joan Knapp Laura Knapp '09

Legacy Society Anonymous Mary Beaver Jenny Cooper Wayne’62 & Ellen Evans Dale ’64 & Bev Hettinger Ron '65 & Marilyn '86, '87 Loser Bonnie Moinet ‘84 Pat Nielsen Michael ‘65 & Margaret Sloan Patsy Spier ‘91 Douglas Thomas '55 Beth Waters

If you would like to include ASU in your estate plans and need more information or have already included us and are not listed above, please contact the ASU Foundation at 719.587.7609.


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Roger Knapp & Raida Paul-Knapp Janet Kneece '72 Gary & Susan Komorny Margaret Korpi John Krajewski Scott Kretzmann Cheryl Krug Kelly & Patti Kruger Barbara Kruse '04 Donald Kusulas '62 Terri Lancaster Karen Major Landon '01 Charles & Mildred Langston Mark Lara '94 Barb Larimer Myndee Larsen David Lashway '75 Thomas & Mary Lawless Vivia Lawson `02, `05 Darlene Laydon '06 Darryl '67 & Martha '67 Laye Charlotte Ledonne '84 Dianne & Jeff Lee Frank Lee '74 Kathryn Lee '94 Eldon Leff '63 Charlotte Lehmann '79 Janet Leinen '78 Ronald Lester '77 John Levine '76 Charles '58 & Janice '58 Lewis Michael Leyba Bill Lindquist '08 Kenneth '77 & Cecelia '78 Lingle Mark Liss '82 Teresa Lobato '62 Brian Loch '86, '05 Gary Loewe '88 Richard & Ericha Loosbrock Julian '85 & Wendy '82, '93 Lopez Manuel Lopez Robert Lopez '96 Jean Peterson Lorenz ‘69 Joan Peterson Lorenz ‘69, ‘89 Tim Loughrin Anthony & Eileen Lovato Joe & Debbie Love Mike Lowe '68 Aniceto Lucero Michael Luchetta Lucky You Salon & Spa Thomas & Susan Ludlow Priscilla Lujan '75 Thomas Lukow '72 Sue Luttrell '88 Gene & Carolyn Lutz Sue Lynch Anthony Madrid '79, '87 Glenn & Christine Madrid Louis Madrid '94 Theodora Madrid '60, '69

Stephen Magoon '67, '70 Nikolai Makarow '72 Maureen Maksimoski '75 Main Copy Source Dutch Malberg '61, '64 Curtis '71 & Kathryn '80 Malouff Andrew Mang '57 Mary Mangino Barbara Mann '75 Ronnie Margolies '71 Ken '87, '94 & Dolores '87 Marquez John Marta Patricia Martell Herman '69 & Patricia '70, '90 Martinez Joe D. Martinez '99 Julian & Angela Martinez Louis Martinez '79 Rodney Martinez Sadie Martinez '62, '64 Nancy Mason Bill '56, '62 & Joyce '56 Matthews Shannon Mattiza Debra Maynard Donald McCallister '51 Mary McClure '98 Joanne McComb '64 John McCreery Jan McCurdy Gail McDermott '87 Cheryl McEachran Bette McFarren '76 David McGovern '70 Donald & Diane McNally Mark McNally Bob McWilliams Alan Medina '63 Rachel, Susan & Bernadette Medina Karen Melgares Tamara & Rick Melton Sarah Menapace-Walker '93 Victoria Menhennett '75, '87 Dennis Messer '94 Frank Mestas '72 John & Myrna Mestas Jere & Kathy Metz Gloria Mielke '65, '69 Jean Miller Merlin Miller '64 Larry Mitchell '70 Margaret Mitchell '70 Bradley Moberly '72 Lois Moeny '43 John Molenfort Joanne Moeller Moon '83, '84 Andrea Mooney '96 James Moore '72 Kathleen Morford '85 Sarah Morgan Scott Morgan '89 Susan Morris Craig '73, '76 & Margie '75, '00 Mortensen

Appreciative alumnus creates scholarship to honor Corning Accounting alumnus Jim Harvey ’83 created the Gerald Corning Accounting Scholarship to honor the emeritus professor of accounting for his 35-year commitment to teaching at Adams State. “This is a fitting tribute for someone who dedicated so many years to serving students at Adams State” Harvey said. “I also want to give back to the institution that had such a positive effect on my life.” Corning said he was pleased and honored to be recognized by Harvey. “He was an excellent student.” Harvey said he had many classes with Corning and appreciated how effectively Corning explained accounting principles and applied them to practical problems. “You could see his enjoyment as his students grew academically and developed their skills as future professionals,” Harvey said. “You sensed his pride when his students performed well in class and at PBL (Phi Beta Lambda) competitions. This inspired me to do my best.” With Corning's help, Harvey earned his Certified Public Accounting license in 1985 and has held various controller/CFO positions through the years. Harvey is in his 11th year as CFO (chief financial officer) for USA Swimming in Colorado Springs, which serves over 300,000 members and has an annual budget of $30 million. “I have been very blessed in my career and am grateful to Mr. Corning and Adams State for the excellent education that I received.” Harvey said Corning genuinely wanted to see his students succeed. “When they did, he received his greatest reward.” Harvey hopes other accounting alumni who were also touched in a positive way by Corning will donate to the scholarship fund. “I imagine a bright student 50 or 100 years from now receiving a scholarship in Mr. Corning's name and him or her thinking that there was something special about this man.”

Allen '03 & Tracie '03 Race Dan Radisewitz '86 Bertha Ragsdale '56 Rainbow Motel Arthur '70, '71 & Inez '71 Ray Alesa Reed '09 Mary Reed '55 Redell Reed '74 Helen Reh Linda Reid '96 Robert & Kathleen Reynolds Bonny Rich '07 Emmett Richmond '75 Virginia Rickey Karen Rider Shane Rinner Louis Rino '90, '91 Phyllis Ritchie Patricia Robbins '93, '96 Thomas Roberts '73 Maxine Rodriguez Kenneth Rodriquez '66

Douglas Rohrer '62 Mary Ann Roldan '74 Tresa Ronco John & Pam Rooks Joseph Ross '66 Tammy Rowell '81 Reginaldo Roybal '83 Jack '79, '84 & Theresa Rudder Alonzo Ruybal '72 Enos Ruybal '84 Rica Ruybal '74, '79 Jacquelyn Ryn Aaron Sahr '68 Gwendolyn Salas Toni Salas Alonzo Salazar '84 Fred Salazar Rosa Salo '89 Ken & Kelli Salvucci Brandon Sample '12 Michael Sanchez '68

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Wade '76, '80 & Lindy '80 Mortensen Edwin Mosier '93 Tillie & Nick Moulazimis Yvonne Moulton '65 Mike Mudd '71 Gregory Mullen '81 Lorraine Naranjo John Nedin '69 Evelyn Nehring '51 Neal Nelson '82 R.J. & Lindalyn Nelson Teresa Nichols '86, '93 Ruby Nissley '70, '75 North Hills Landscape Mgmt., Inc Jeannie Norwood '71 & Albert Kahan Ana Olivares Richard Ono '97 Ernest Ornelas '76 Daisy Ortega '75 Manny '90 & Valerie '91 Ortega David '58, '66 & Joy '60 Ortiz Dennis '79 & Dawn '79 Ortiz Sean & Mary Ortiz Robert Osborne '70 Dennis & Connie Ostendorf Pamela Parfitt '77 Owen & Jennifer Parker Suzanne Pasztor '86, '95 John '68 & Helen '67 Patton Henry Paulsen '69 David Pavey '80 Jolene Pavlovsky '63, '67 Janine Pearce-Vasquez '86 Anita Perez '91, '97 Elaine Perry Personalized It David Peterson '58 Louis Petrizzi '72, '73 Charles '59, '62 & Margaret '63, '67 Pfalmer Myrtle Phillips Pie-Dump/-TL Steak House Mark '05 & Mandy '05 Pittman Bhrett '80, '82 & Terrie '85 Pizza Peter & Susan Pizza Jon Plachy '55, '60 John Plock '80 Andrew Pojman '72 Matthew Pollart '91 Margaret Polston '43, '68 Miles Porter '72 Eddie & Alisa Potestio Frank Powell '62 Nancy Powers '82 Rosa Pratt '83 Norma Prew Beverly Price '69 Mary Pringle '72 John & Syndia Pritchard John Queen '67, '70


Up to $99 Steven & Peggy Sanders John Sanderson Carl Savely '76 Terry Scanga '70 Albert Scarffe '77 Robert Scharf '62 Lloyd Schempp '67 Melanie Schiele-Gady '95 William Schlaufman Paulette Schmalz '75 Beverly Schoepflin Charlie & Heidi Schoepflin John & Sharon Schoepflin Kelly Schofield '68 Chelsea Schraeder '05 Marie Schroeder '95 Marjorie Schultz Nicole Schutz Erich Schwiesow & Julie Waechter Michael Sciortino '06

Carie Sciss '78 Richard Seals '59, '62 Len Sena Shelly Seymour Ronald & Ruth Shaw Jerry '97 & Deb '99 Shawcroft Ellen Sheaffer '73 Linda Shelley '72 Helen Shoults Cindi Silvernail Chris Simmons Julius Sitjar Mark Skinner '92 SLV Builders Inc. SLV Ice Brian Small '03 Katherine Smith Kevin & Taylor Smith Kylie Smith Michael Smith

Oba Scholarship aids science/tech/nursing students Adams State President Fred Plachy originally hired Dr. William Oba ‘47 to teach philosophy. Oba later became the first professor to teach sociology when that program was established. According to Oba’s son, Ronald, Oba enjoyed his profession, particularly helping students learn to better understand themselves and improve the quality of their relationships through the principles of sociology and philosophy. “He (Dr. Oba) was always proud to be an Adams State alumnus.” After receiving his undergraduate degree from Adams State, William Oba attended the Iliff School of Theology in Denver. The Oba children, David ‘77, Dean ’75, Evelyn ’83, and Ronald, established the William and Taka Oba Memorial Scholarship Endowment. “Our parents were the beneficiaries of various levels of outside support throughout their lives,” Ronald said. “This scholarship is a way to pay forward the support they received to future generations.” The scholarship is for students majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or nursing who will be at least a sophomore during the award year. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and preference will be given to residents of the San Luis Valley. Ronald and his siblings established the scholarship in both parents’ names, because they were a team in everything they did. “During his lifetime, William was a Methodist minister, a college professor, and a successful entrepreneur with multiple businesses, and Taka always stood by his side to help and encourage him. They had a very strong partnership.” Both William and Taka were Colorado natives, and Southern Colorado was their chosen long-term home. They strongly believed a college education was a very important springboard to allow people to pursue a better life and establish themselves professionally,” Ronald added.


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Nancy Jo Smith Samie Smith '62, '65 Sarah Smith Terry Smith '70 Carl '61, '64 & Teddy '63 Snow Timothy Snyder Southwest Liquor LLC Johnny & Madaline Spaccamonti Joshua Spannagel '07 Evelyn Sprouse-Rowe '84 Lynn Stagner '89, '95 Ivan Stahlecker '73, '81 Janis Stanley '77 Vivian Starbuck Gloria Starkovich '73 Mary & Douglas Stefanko Harvey & Nancy Steffen Donald Stegman '61, '64 Mona Stetina '68 John Stevenson '72 Michael Streeter '81, '85 Marla Sullivan '02 Karyl Sutherland '84 Harriet Sutton '63 Paul Swank '73 Linda Swanson '70 Joyce Swinney F.W. Swisher Christine Tapia '84 Gail Tapia Alice Taylor Dervin Taylor L. Scott & Lori Taylor Kyle & Shannon Taylor Steven Taylor Brandie Telfer '10 Robert & Jeanne Teti Carleen Theel '73 Carl Therkildsen Debra Thieman '94 Brandy Thomas '10 Denise Thomas '97 Douglas Thomas '55 Marjorie Thomas Tamela Thomas Liz Thomas Hensley '05 Leather Thompson '67 Jack & Karen Tobin Kathleen Tombaugh Joseph & Christine Tomsits Bonita Tooley '85 Susan Toronto James Trainor '05 Anthony & Becky Traverson Gary Trujillo '73, '74 Jack Trujillo '67 Roseanna Trujillo '90, '97 Aaron Tuioti-Mariner '02, '11 Ralph '69 & Vicki '67 Turano Eddie Turner '62 Lois Unger '94

Armando Valdez Bea Valdez '72 Evan Valdez '60, '68 Wanda Valencia '88 Valley Pride Car Wash, Inc. Erik & Sue Ann van de Boogaard

Darrel '74 & Shirley '75 Van Iwarden Alan & Sherry Vanorden Patrick Veerkamp '66 Gary Venturi '71 Ardell Versaw '63 Frank & Rosemary Vigil

Memorial Gifts Jan Bunch

Bill Sinclair

Charles & Mildred Langston Margaret Polston '43, '68

Andrews Family Living Trust Chris Baker Bob & Beth Barzdukas Bill & Diane Baublits Sandra Cox Sandie Dell Kathleen Edwards Jerry Elder Flavio & MaryAnn Gallegos Mary Gallegos Robert & Betty Grasmick Kay Harmon Roberta Hasui Scott & Verla Honeycutt Donna Hoover Dale & Anita Jo Hyatt Helen Hunter Kenneth Hunter Larry & Kathy Johnston Darren Jones '95 Ruby Jones Steven & Susan Keefer Bob Kelly Ava Kiniston John Krajewski Las Animas Class of 1960 Gene & Carolyn Lutz John Marta Debra Maynard Rachel, Susan & Bernadette Medina Rebekah Meeker Jean Miller R.J. & Lindalyn Nelson Theresa O’Halloran Karen Rider Robert Scharf '62 Phyllis Sinclair '71 SLV FFA District F.W. Swisher Marjorie Thomas Tamela Thomas Kathleen Tombaugh Andrea Wildeman

Mary Butero Connie Spencer '63, '66

Dr. Bill Chase Richard Botz Mary Jo Chase & Family Ruth Jensen Roger Knapp & Raida Paul-Knapp Patricia Lanfear Julie Middlebrook Mr. & Mrs. Roy Regal Mr. & Mrs. Edward Sakamoto Connie Spencer '63, '66 Mr. & Mrs. Lee Tangedahl Mr. & Mrs. Ray Wemhoff

Roberta Cross Connie Spencer '63, '66

Kerry McGinty Kathy McGinty '67

Dr. Marv Motz Robert & Christine Keitges Larry Mayer '84

Floyd Milligan Carol England

Mildred Peterson & Sister Mary Peterson Mary Ellen Peterson Williamson '67 Jean Peterson Lorenz '69 Joan Peterson Lorenz '69, '89

Dr. Robert Pollard Lori '91, '01 & Aaron Laske Connie Spencer '63, '66

Robert & Vada Showalter Douglas '72, '75 & Mary '70, '75 Freeman

Pablo Vigil '75, '91 Rachel Vigil '11 James & Carol Waldenmeyer Robert Wallace '78 John Wallin '11 Ann Wanasz Andrew Ward Jack Ward '61, '67 Phillip Ward '56 Staci Sue Ward Richard & Nancy Lou Warner Ralph Warren '80 Wasatch Internal Medicine, PC Robert Washington '86 Manny Wasinger '82, '93 Meghan Waters '07 Kathleen Weber Kiley & Justin Wellner Aaron Welsh '03 Raylene Wemhoff Elaine Wenta '95 Chris Wergin Leo Wertin '69 Wesselmann Insurance Network Group LLC Carol Wheeler '64, '70 Virginia White '65 Cynthia White '83 Ruth White '08 Cindy Whitney '92 Trevor Wikre Andrea Wildeman Marita Wiley Joyce Willeke '71 Paul Williams '75 Mary Ellen Peterson Williamson ‘67 Steve Willis Steve Willman '73 Brearley Wilson Darryl Wilson Debra Wilson Jay & Cindy Wilson Howard & Lola Wold Cora Wolfe '64 Geraldine Wolfe Mark & Cindy Wolfe Aubrey Woodward '72 Judith '89 & Jim Wookey Delzia Worley '97 Margaret Wright '48 R. W. Wright Yvette Wrona '99 Roberta Wyckoff '89 Daniel Yoder '74, '79 Carl Zietz Jr. Peter Zimmerman '81

If you are interested in making a memorial gift, please contact the ASU Foundation office at 719-587-7609.

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Grizzly Club Athletic Boosters Corporate Partners 1st Southwest Bank Adams State College MBA A & L Coors, Inc Alamosa Building Supply/La Jara Trading Post Alamosa Chiropractic Center Alamosa County Alamosa Lumber Company/ Valley Lumber Company Alamosa State Bank Alcon Construction, Inc. Alpine Electric, Inc. Alta Fuels Arby's Asphalt Constructors, Inc. ASU Bookstore Atencio's Market Best Western Alamosa Inn Bistro Rialto Burger King Caton’s Superlube Cattails Golf Club Century 21 Properties Chef Charles Southern Style BBQ Chili’s CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency City Market Colorado Choice Health Plans Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Colorado Sports Colwell Inspection Group Comfort Inn Community Banks of Colorado Conejos County Hospital Cooley & Sons Excavating, Inc. Cottonwood Dental Davis Partnership Architects David W. Wehe, CFP Del Mar Carpet One Domino's Edward Jones-Alamosa Edward Jones - Monte Vista


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Extreme Graphics FCI Constructors, Inc. Freedom Financial Services Fresh Tortilla Company/Hungry Farmer Gobin's Great Lakes Airlines Hampton Inn Holiday Inn Express & Suites Hunan Chinese Restaurant/East West Grill Inn of the Rio Grande J & J Rental Center L & M Auto Sales Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers McDonald's Milagros/Rainbow’s End Monarch Mountain Monte Vista Cooperative O & V Printing Pizza Hut Porter Realty, Inc. Price Farms Certified Seed Company Re/Max Sierra Vista, Inc. Rio Grande Savings & Loan Rio Grande Scenic Railroad RMS Utilities, Inc. Rock Creek Family Medicine, P.C. Rocky Mountain Eye Center, P.C. Rocky Mountain Memorabilia Safeway San Luis Valley Brewing Company San Luis Valley Federal Bank San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op Inc. San Luis Valley Title Company Sherwin Williams Silver Mountain Disposal, LLC Skiball's Running World SLV Pizza Company SLV Regional Medical Center Sodexo Campus Services Sonic Drive-In Southwest Ready Mix, Inc. Sports World Subway Town & Country Auto Mall Valley Courier Valley Electric, Inc Valley Wide Health Systems, Inc.

Van Iwaarden Builders, Inc. Vance Law Office Vendola Plumbing & Heating Inc. VIP Salon & Spa Wall, Smith, Bateman & Assoc., Inc. Walsh Environmental Walters & Mullins, Inc. Xcel Energy

Individual Sponsors Russell Achatz '85 Agri-Pipe LLC Alamosa High School Aller-Lingle-Massey Architects Atencio's Market Timothy Bachicha '92 Bank Shot Sports Bar Beer Keg Depot Joelle Boos-Medina '99 Jon & Teri Brownell Glenn & Kerry Burnham Tim Busen & Doris Sullivan Campus Cafe Canon Potato Company Jim Capra '80 Roxy Carleo '88 Eric Carpio '01 Century 21 Valley Real Estate Keith Cerny Dave Colburn Carl & Alberta ’94 Coolbaugh Jack & Mabel Cotton Kendra Coveal '11 Ed Crowther & Lori Tanner Christopher & Beth Day Dan & Gloria Diercks George Dingfelder Craig Dodd Mike & Kristie Dunbar Scott & Kymberly Edwards Ted Egger '02 Roger Escheman

John '63 & Margaret '61 Faron Cecil & Carol Fell Keith '58, '63 & Claudette '63, '78 Fisher Chris Foote Dan France Bill & Grace Fulkerson Delbert Gay '70 Gary Goodwin '90 Greg Goodwin '96 & Jeni Jack Goodwin '85 J. Lee Grigsby Beth Hackett '95, '01 Marty Heaton '82 Vern '97 & Heather '00 Heersink Greg Hensley Mike '01 & Mena '02 Hill Hogue’s Glass Justin Holland George Holley '06 Nora Holmes '86 Michael Hudson '98 Larry Joe '83 & Christine '83 Hunt Ray Jaramillo Jay Meyer Insurance Agency, Inc. Charlie Johnson Greg Johnson Raymond Johnson '71 George '78 & Judy '91 Kelloff Kentucky Fried Chicken Scott Kretzmann Kelly & Patti Kruger

Jason Lamb Dianne & Jeff Lee Selbert & Dorothy Lewis Bill Lindquist '08 Richard & Ericha Loosbrock Manuel Lopez Robert Lopez '96 Bill Mansheim & Sue Patterson '83, '86 Mark '89, '92 & Myra '93, '01 Manzanares Ken '87, '94 & Dolores '87 Marquez Damon '87 & Konnie Martin Beatrice Martinez '76 John & Frances Marvel Daniel McCann John McCreery Jeremy '02 & Cheri '08 Meder Mark '90, '95 & Jacqueline '90, '96 Meyer Corky & Nancy Mortensen Larry '88, '93 & Carolyn '89 Mortensen Wade '76, '80 & Lindy '80 Mortensen Mary Motz `62 Michael Mumper '76 & Melissa Freeman Lloyd Nelson Floyd & Jody Oaks Dennis & Cheryl O’Dowd Albert '61 & Kelli '74 O'Leary Charles Owsley '68 Jim & Janis Pauly Gary & Toni Ramstetter Linda Reid '96

Norman '75, '77 & Greta Roberts Tracey Robinson Mike & Kathy Rogers Russell Surveyors & Assoc., Inc. Steven '73 & Mary '80 Russell Stephen Schiffer William Schlaufman Vincent '79 & Donna Segura Fred St. Cyr Jr. Donald Stegman '61, '64 Barbara Stindt David & Virginia '83, '84, '95 Svaldi Dervin Taylor Tim's Transmission & Auto Repair Aaron Tuioti-Mariner '02, '11 Ken & Sharon Turpin Armando Valdez Valley Pride Car Wash, Inc. Manny Wasinger '82, '93 Bill '59 & Beth Waters Elaine Wenta '95 Trevor Wikre Clayton Wilson Louis & Andrea Wilson Mary Ann Wright Don & Gloria Wuckert Chay '00 & Jennifer '00 Yund Joe & Shirley Zanski

Nominations sought for Alumni Awards Who do you know? The Adams State Alumni Association invites nominations for its annual awards honoring distinguished Adams State graduates. The awards will be presented at Homecoming, October 11-12. Nominees for either award must be available to accept the award at Homecoming and must have earned a degree from Adams State: A.A., B.A., B.S., and/or M.A. or M.S. All nominations may be considered for five years.

Please submit this form with a letter explaining why you feel the nominee should be considered. NOMINEE’S NAME ________________________________________ ADDRESS ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________

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Nominees must have graduated within the last seven years and exhibit dedication, leadership, and excellence, either personally or professionally.

GRADUATION YEAR (S) ____________________________________

Nominees must have distingished him/herself in a chosen vocation or profession, and because of talents and abilities, will have given expression and meaning to life, will have exhibited dedication in a line of work, and will have provided leadership to others. To make a nomination, fill out and return the form at right to the Alumni Affairs Office, Adams State University, 208 Edgemont., Alamosa, CO 81101, or fill out the online form available at:

DEGREE (S) RECEIVED ____________________________________ OCCUPATION ____________________________________________ NOMINATOR’S NAME ______________________________________ ADDRESS ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________ PHONE ____________________________________________

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alumnotes ◗1950s Marguerite Carlson `52 (Bennington, NE) now lives in a retirement community about 6 miles from her daughter and family in Omaha. She says it’s a big change, but necessary. Richard Bank `59 (West Covina, CA) fondly remembers driving out to ASC as a freshman in a 1938 Ford Sedan with his 2 classmates, Dick Mazer and Joe Zanski. After graduating from ASC, he arrived in L.A., got married, and had 2 sons: Mark, who is a HAZMAT truck driver and Brian, who is an L.A. County Sheriff. He is now remarried to Norma and works for Chemetall as an aerospace tech specialist in sales. Rich Gehlbach `59 (Olathe, KS) and his wife took their annual January retreat from the cold weather in Corpus Christi, TX. He writes, “We have 3 grandchildren at Pittsburg State (who ASC defeated in `88 on its way to the national championship). The older I get, the prouder I am of my alma mater!” Bob Whiting `59, `63 (Kailua Kona, HI) is in his 50th year in Hawaii, having spent 38 years at the Kamehameha Schools in Honolulu as a teacher and administrator, then 11 years as Head of School at Holy Nativity (Episcopal) School in Honolulu, and now as Head of School at Hualalai Academy in Kailua Kona, on the island of Hawaii. A few days after Christmas, he and his wife, Marilyn, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. He writes, “We occasionally entertain the idea of retiring, but then something really interesting pops up and we go for it!”

◗1960s Isaac Garcia `62 (Rio Rancho, NM) and wife, Sally, have been married for 46+ years and enjoy an active retiree lifestyle, including community and church involvement. Both are Vietnam era veterans and back veteran support groups such as Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, and Homes for our Troops, as well as homeless shelters in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho area. They still find time for occasional visits with family and friends as far away as Wash., Idaho, Calif., Ariz., Tex. and Fla., and as nearby as Durango and Colorado Springs. Overseas travel is no longer on the itinerary. A favorite activity is reunions with their children and grandchildren at their mountain retreat in northern New Mexico.


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John `65, `66 and Bonnie `65, `66 Duewall (McKinney, TX) celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on December 16, 2012. After graduating from Adams State, the Duewalls settled in the Farmington area and in 1966 began their careers as educators in Shiprock, New Mexico. They taught one year in Farmington; but spent the majority of their careers working for Aztec Schools. During that time, they were also employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as tutors at the Aztec High School Dormitory. They retired from Aztec Schools in 2003. John and Bonnie continued to pursue their love for education by teaching a senior adult Sunday school cass at Piñon Hills Community Church. The couple has two daughters. Michelle Barten resides in Cypress, Texas, with her husband, Peter, and their sons, Matthew and John. Christina resides in McKinney, Texas, with her husband, Jim, and their children, Nickolai, Mikhail, and Cayenne. The Duewalls have celebrated their special anniversary throughout the year with trips to Hawaii and Branson, Missouri. Paul Rahne `65 (Colorado Springs, CO) retired in 1996 from Harrison School District in Colorado Springs. He now spends his time fishing or hunting or traveling worldwide with his wife, Nancy. Janice Colwell-Cunningham `66, `70 (Grand Junction, CO) has been in Grand Junction since 1974. She retired from elementary education in 1990. She has become a “Desert Rat,” doing 4-wheeling and primitive camping in search of ancient ruins throughout Utah. Her new love is a 9-month old lab/setter mix named Hoss. She writes, “I hate to think 70 is just around the corner! Life is good!” Bill DuPlessis `67 (Waggaman, LA) retired after 40 years of being a teacher and coach of wrestling and football. However, he has continued as a volunteer wrestling coach for the public school system since retirement. He says he owes his love and devotion for the sport of wrestling to his football coach at ASC, Frank Powell. He has been married to Jennifer for 30 years. She retired 2 years ago as asst. principal of Fisher Middle-High School in Lafitte, LA. They have 4 children. Their daughter is a home healthcare worker. One son is a painting contractor, one son is a lawyer, and their third son is a medical doctor. They have 9 grandchildren and counting. Bill has won many championships and has sent some of his students to Colorado. One of his students is currently the head wrestling coach at CSUPueblo. He writes, “We have been very blessed with a wonderful family. And to think I owe it all to ASC. Thank you.”

Wayne Melanson `69 retired from the University of Northern Colorado as professor emeritus in journalism and mass communications in December 2010. He moved to Roxborough, Colo., and is now assisting his wife, Sally Simmons, with daycare for their granddaughter. He received the distinguished service award from the UNC Alumni Association at Homecoming 2012.

◗1970s Sally Schulz `70 (Englewood, CO) is retired from Jefferson County Public Schools after 33 years. She is busy with 3 granddaughters, ages 11 & 9. She golfs at least twice a week and loves going thrifting. She is also researching a book about the intersections of Hasidic Judaism and the popularization of vegetarianism in the 1970s. Liz Watts `70 (Littleton, CO) retired after 30 years in higher education teaching at Kearney State, St. Bonaventure, and Texas Tech University. She moved to Littleton in the summer of 2011. She has worked as the guest editor of the Rocky Ford Daily Gazette on two occasions. She now enjoys water color painting classes, writing, and many other activities. Loren Buss `71 (Monte Vista, CO) owns and operates a crop dusting business. His wife, Evelyn `74, `77, `04, has been teaching in Monte Vista for the past 24 years. Their daughter Lyla `01 is married to Shon Davis, and they have 2 girls: Kyla and Lyza. Their daughter Lorelyn `07 (pictured below right) is the K-2 librarian at Alamosa Elementary.

Alan “Rudy” Cirello `72 (Saddle Brook, NJ) is married to Michelina, and they have daughters Lisa, Maria, Celia, and Michelina. He retired in August, 2012, after 40 years as the director of Special Services at the Garfield School System. He also owned and operated Pip’s Restaurant for 30 years, retiring in 1993. He writes, “Happy New Year and a special hello to my senior roommates, Swanie, Dave, Dennis, Shockler, Tim, B-- , etc.” Renee-mae Yates Ota `72 (Kealakekua, HI) is a substitute teacher at her local high school and enjoys it immensely. She tries to encourage her students to go to college. Ed Small `72 (Durango, CO) taught and coached in Durango for 20 years. He has also worked at Purgatory on staff for 24 years with the adaptive sports program and Wounded Warriors. He trains llamas with his wife, Lois. They love to trek the wilderness in the San Juans. Harold “Tex” Lierly `73 (Alamosa, CO) is a retired special agent with DEA. He served for 32 years: 4 posts in the USA and 2 posts in Southeast Asia. He retired in 1995.

Alan `74 & Dianne (Mitchell) `74 Lebsock (Missouri City, TX) got married 2 months after graduating from ASC. They celebrated their 38th anniversary a few months ago. They lived in Colorado Springs for 16 years before a job move took them south to the Houston, TX, area. Dianne has taught school for 22 years, the last 20 as an adapted PE teacher. She coached and refereed gymnastics for many years. Alan has worked in the field of accounting all of his career, which he attributes to his college accounting professor and advisor, Joe Colgan. Along the way, they had 3 great children, 2 daughters and a son. All 3 graduated from college in Texas, and are all married. They also have 4 beautiful grandchildren, ages 7 years to 9 months, with the 5th one on the way. They write, “It can’t get much better than that! We have been blessed!” Phillip `73, `74 and Jeanne `74 Sategna (Bloomfield, NM) have retired from the Bloomfield Public Schools. Jeanne retired in 2011 after 37 years as a successful coach and teacher. She was a pioneer for girl’s athletics in New Mexico after Title IX became law. She was the first woman to serve on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico High School Coaches Assoc. and

was elected the first woman president in 2002. She was elected into their Hall of Honor in 2007. She continues to referee volleyball every fall. Phillip retired in 2012. He was a teacher, track & cross country coach, and the athletic director (12 years). He coached over 60 individual state champions in track and 6 in cross country. He received the NMHSCA Ralph Bowyer Coaching for Character Award in 2003 and was elected to their Hall of Honor in 2005. He was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Assoc. in 2008, and received the New Mexico Activities Association Distinguished Service Award in 2012. He owes all his athletic coaching success to Dr. Joe Vigil ‘53, ‘59, his coach, friend, and mentor. He writes, “Coach Vigil had the greatest influence on my life! I wouldn’t be where I am or the person I am today without his guidance and support.” The Sategnas have 3 children. Daughter, Phyllis Maestas, is a 21-year elementary teacher. She and her husband have 5 children. Their son Mario is a wellknown NCAA track coach who is the assoc. head men’s track coach at the Univ. of Texas. He and his wife have 3 children. Their youngest son, Dominic, is getting his MBA in finance at the Univ. of New Mexico. Phillip and Jeanne love to travel, spend time with their grandkids, and are enjoying retirement.

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◗1970s Steve `74 and Shari `74 Turner are retired and living in Colorado Springs, Colo. Dean Manfrin `77, `78 (Cañon City, CO) taught high school industrial arts and then transitioned to engineering after the demise of high school I.A. programs. His last teaching commitment was with women inmates in a correctional setting in Cañon City. He is semiretired and now runs a roof systems analysis consulting business. He writes, “The best years of my life were at ASC. I sure miss the professors I had.”

◗1980s John Goehl `80 (Saguache, CO) retired from teaching in May, 2012, after 29 years as a science/ math educator. He has 2 grown children and a granddaughter. He now resides between Chaffee and Saguache counties. Peter Zimmerman `81 (Herdon, VA) was honored by the Association of North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents with the prestigious Award for Excellence in Pre-

senting the Performing Arts. Peter is the director of program and production at Wolf Trap’s dual venues, the outdoor Filene Center at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and the indoor The Barns at Wolf Trap. The award is bestowed yearly on a distinguished arts presenter colleague for their many contributions to the field. Peter is in the midst of booking Wolf Trap’s 42nd summer season. Susan Petrelli `82 (Colorado Springs, CO) is the Physical Education/Health Dept. head at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs. She attended the USA Annual Track and Field Meeting on Nov.18 – 21 in Daytona Beach as a Masters Level Official. She is pictured here with two Olympic Decathlon Champions, Ashton Eaton and Dan O’Brian. J. Kelly Theisen `82 (Fort Morgan, CO) is still practicing dentistry in Fort Morgan, Colo. His wife, Barbara, works with him in the office. His daughter, Kristin, works at Disney World, and his son, Charlie, is a sophomore at UCCS.

In recognition of his 36-year career of covering sports, Lloyd Engen ’87 was inducted into the 2012 Colorado Football Officials Association Hall of Fame. Having served as sports editor of the Valley Courier for almost 13 years, Engen was honored for his commitment to covering all the sports in the San Luis Valley, particularly football. His work there was abruptly ended September 5, 2009, when he was injured on the sidelines while photographing the Sangre de Cristo-Norwood high school football game. Prior to joining the Courier staff, Engen served as Adams State Sports Information Director and Director of Public Information. Engen was nominated by San Luis Valley football Official Ron Seybold, who praised his unbiased reporting. “I have been lucky to spend 12 years covering high school athletics in the San Luis Valley," Engen said during his acceptance speech. "I am so grateful to so many of you who have worked so hard to keep the game fair and protect the kids." In 2006, Engen was inducted into the Adams State University Athletics Hall of Fame. In 2010, he received the Media Award and was inducted into the 2010 Colorado High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Engen estimated he wrote four to five million words over his years with the Courier. "They always said I was a little wordy." In addition to being able to cover high school sports, Engen said he was able to cover three Denver Broncos games.


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Lisa Drew `83, `07 (Albia, IA) recently relocated from Cañon City to become the chief clinical officer/chief nursing officer of Monroe County Hospital and Clinic. Jim Bevan `84, `86 (Houston, TX) was inducted into the 2012 Center High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Bevan, a 1979 graduate of Center High School, was well known for his triple jump abilities. The year he graduated, Bevan won the Colorado State Championship in triple jump. Bevan moved on to Adams State, where he competed in track and field under legendary Coach Joe I. Vigil ‘53, ‘59. After his competitive years, he was an assistant men's track and cross country coach for three years. While Bevan was coaching at Adams State, they won three consecutive NAIA cross country titles and set an NAIA scoring record at the national meet. He claims Vigil "taught me most everything I know about coaching.” Bevan, a USATF certified Level I and Level II coach, went on to become a track coach at Rice University in Houston, Texas,in 1986. He was also a cross country coach. He is in his eighth season as head coach and has earned nine Coach of the Year honors over the 27 years that he has been coaching. Jamie Clodfelter `84 (Lubbock, TX) is married to wife, Kym. He is a drilling fluids engineer for Halliburton Energy and is still a sculptor. His work is currently for sale at Desert Art Source in Palm Desert, Calif. Clayton Ellis `84 (Aurora, CO) has been teaching physical education with the Aurora Public Schools for the past 13 years. He is active with non-profit organizations that promote physical education and fitness. He is a past president of the Colorado Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Clayton is the VP for Sport and Physical Education for Central District AHPERD and is also the president of the Colorado Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness. Sara Graf `86 (Mesa, AZ) is starting her 21st year with District Medical Group as payroll/benefits coordinator. She is still crocheting blankets for West Valley Project Linus and does nursery care at church on Sunday. She writes, “Happy New Year to all!” Daniel `87 & Linda `83 Romero (Colorado Springs, CO) moved to Colorado in 2009 from San Antonio, Tex. They have enjoyed their time back in Colorado. Their oldest daughter started college this fall, and their youngest daughter is in 7th grade. They are

Nationally renowned mural artist Ian Wilkinson ‘04 will create a permanent, visual legacy in Alamosa during August. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded a $10,000 matching grant to the San Luis Valley Museum for the creation of a Wilkinson mural on the building’s north wall. The $10,000 federal grant will be matched locally.

both in the insurance business. Dan has been in the industry since graduating in 1987. They write, “We’re having a good time!” Sandra Fitzgerald `89 (Alamosa, CO) is in private practice doing substance abuse and DUI Level I & II education and therapy.

◗1990s David Bervig `93 was named the Broncos High School Coach of the Week in October, 2012. He coaches the Classical Academy Titans. It is his first year heading TCA. He is a former employee of JC Penney, but is now vice-president of human resources at David C. Cook, which publishes Sunday school curriculum and Christian materials for church and home. Selina Landes `93 (Zephyrhills, FL) stopped by the Alumni Office this fall while she was visiting her grandson, Joshua Landes, Jr. She is a church accountant and FLA accountant. She taught at De Vry’s University. She and her husband, Duane, live in a snowbird town. Sarah Holmes Barba `97 (Thornton, CO) was recently promoted to visitor relations and program coordinator at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO. She has worked at the laboratory since 2000. Sarah lives with her husband, Jon `96, and their daughter, Morgan. Mike Schadwinkel `98, `99 (Grand Island, NE) is a physical education teacher and head wrestling coach at Grand Island Senior High School. He is married to Kelli, and they have three boys: Dylan, 16, Caden, 6, and Keyan, 4.

A Skype session will be arranged for Wilkinson to discuss ideas with interested community members. The museum mural concept arose last April, when Wilkinson presented an artist lecture and workshop on campus. Noticing the museum exterior, he said it would make a great mural surface. Wilkinson will have the assistance of Adams State art students. Wilkinson has painted more than 200 murals over 12 years in five states. He is a mural artist with TAPAS (Teaching Artist Presenting in Asheville Schools) in Asheville, North Carolina, and serves as program director of the Ashville Mural Project. Mary Hoffman, a museum board member and Executive Director of ASU Community Partnerships, wrote the grant and will oversee administration and evaluation of the NEA funding. She said, “Ian Wilkinson has been successful in obtaining community involvement on such projects, and the quality of his work is outstanding.” The NEA’s Challenge America Fast-Track grants are designed to expand arts engagement in underserved communities.

◗2000s Susannah Simmons `00 (Fort Morgan, CO), says that after almost accomplishing her girlhood dream of ascending all of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks while walking backwards (only 13 more to go), has moved on to her next goal: becoming one of the world’s foremost dragon tamers. She trains each weekend with an old Sufi master, Didi Muhammad Sa’id al-Jamal, and has set her sights on winning a US national dragon tamer title by 2020. On the side, Susannah is a corporate trainer for Viaero Wireless. Nate Carling `01 (Lehi, UT) was named the head coach at Mt. View High School in Orem, Utah. Greg Carling `01 (Provo, UT) received his doctorate from University of Utah and is now a professor of geology at Brigham Young University. Sam `01 & Crystal `02 Evig (Colorado Springs, CO) moved to Colorado Springs in 2012. Crystal is working for Colorado Springs

Health Partners as an ob/gyn, and Sam remains with the 1st judicial district as a deputy district attorney. They welcomed their son, Axton Willis Evig, in October, 2012. Mollie (Roberts) Benton `03 lives in Alamosa with her two children, Brock (7) and Maggie (3). This is Mollie's second year as the clinical coordinator in the Adams State University Department of Counselor Education. Heather Benavides `04 (Alamosa, CO) had been playing the piano for a church in Hooper from `03 to `11, but fractured her wrist in `11. She writes, “It’s healed now and I’m enjoying playing, composing, singing, writing songs, etc.” She walked in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and collected over $500 in fall of `12 in donations. She is a widow. She loves to go fishing in Road Canyon and recently went hunting with photographer Gilbert Ortega.

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Kari Copley Mitchell `89 (Mesilla, NM) was appointed by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez to the New Mexico State University Board of Regents. Kari is the CEO and owner of Las Cruces Machine, Mfg. & Engineering.

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◗2000s Philip Lopez `04 (Commerce City, CO) married his longtime girlfriend, Lindsey Eulberg, on October 13, 2012. The two met during their first year at the University of Colorado Law School in 2005. Philip is an attorney with the law firm of

White & Jankowski, LLP in Denver, specializing in water rights litigation, and Lindsey works in Health IT for Kaiser Permanente. Ian Jakalow `05 (Denver, CO) writes, “Got married! Bought a lovely little shack in Denver. Woo-hoo!”

Danielle Martin `08 (Colorado Springs, CO) was married in August 2012. She is a special education teacher at Bear Creek Elementary School in Monument, Colo.

remembering . . . George Mead `49 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Oct. 18 at the age of 87.

Roberta Cross `69 (Fountain Hills, AZ) passed away Nov. 22 at the age of 75.

Craig Trautwein `74 (Wiggins, CO) passed away Oct. 20 at the age of 60.

Isaac Vialpando `55, `63 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Dec. 29 at the age of 83.

Paul Tortorice `70 (Trinidad, CO) passed away Jan. 3 at the age of 67.

Martha Ruybalid `58 (Concord, CA) passed away Jan. 3 at the age of 91.

Vivian Fermin Montoya `70, `75 (Las Vegas, NV) passed away Nov. 6 at the age of 64.

Richard McIntyre `58, `59 (Newbury Park, CA) passed away Jan. 21 at the age of 76. Among his survivors is sister Marjorie McIntyre Connor `63.

Augustine Trujillo `71 (Salt Lake City, UT) passed away Oct. 18 at the age of 72.

Mary Fyock `75 (Center, CO) passed away Dec. 16 at the age of 81. Among her survivors are son Brent Fyock ‘77, daughter-in-law Marcia Fyock ‘77, grandson Nathan Fyock ‘07, and granddaughter-in-law Kari Fyock ‘07.

Jim Dobey `59 (La Mesa, CA) passed away Sept. 29 at the age of 76. Derrell Westbrook `60 (Tooele, UT) passed away Apr. 23 at the age of 73. Among his survivors is brother Carl Westbrook ‘66. Marcella McFarland `60, `62 (Monte Vista, CO) passed away Oct. 23 at the age of 74. Lowell Morgan `61 (Sanford, CO) passed away Dec. 4 at the age of 79. Among his survivors are son David Morgan `00, son George Morgan `95, and daughter-in-law Melissa Morgan `95. Ardith Mortensen `61 (Saratoga Springs, UT) passed away Jan. 4 at the age of 74. Among his survivors are wife, Colleen Mortensen ‘91, and brothers Arnold ‘60, ‘62; William ‘66; and Carl ‘73. Denis “Izzy” Isrow `63 (Fargo, ND) passed away Dec. 16 at the age of 76.

James Macht `71 (Julesburg, CO) passed away Nov. 19 at the age of 65. Gordon Hoffman `71 (Los Alamos, NM) passed away Dec. 3 at the age of 82. Among his survivors are wife, Wendy Rawson Hoffman `71, and son Nick Hoffman `96. Theodore Yund `71 (Del Norte, CO) passed away Nov. 26 at the age of 64. Among his survivors are son Chay `00, daughter-in-law Jenny `00, son Cheb `01, stepsons Scott Parr `95 and Dusty Parr `04 ,and brother Bob Yund `73. Rick White `72 (La Mesa, CA) passed away Dec. 30 at the age of 63.

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Kathryn Wilson-Gates `82, `90 (Waverly, CO) passed away Oct. 21 at the age of 68. Among her survivors are daughter Bobbie LindleyLoe `00 and granddaughter Aftin Gillespie `06. Dorothy McFadden `89 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Dec. 2 at the age of 87. Among her survivors is son Alan McFadden `86.

Two of Adams State’s Outstanding Alumni passed away recently. Thomas Jones `52 (Albuquerque, NM) passed away Jan. 14 at the age of 82. Tom was the 2011 Outstanding Alumnus.

Frank Montera `67 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Jan. 16 at the age of 74.

Mary Butero `78 (Aguilar, CO) passed away Dec. 9 at the age of 75.

Outstanding alumni mourned

Evelyn Watters `65 (Cheraw, CO) passed away Nov. 27 at the age of 88.


Jenne Kay Hughes `77 (Bernalillo, NM) passed away Oct. 18 at the age of 79.

Cory Binford `10 (Bradenton, FL) passed away Nov. 18 at the age of 28.

Bill Parks `64 (Coaldale, CO) passed away Aug. 4 at the age of 82.

Sterling Bell `68 (Alameda, CA) passed away Feb. 7 at the age of 72.

Emily Bissell `75 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Jan. 14 at the age of 94.

Tom Jones ‘52

Bill “Muddy” Waters `59 (Cañon City, CO) passed away Dec. 9 at the age of 76. Bill was the 2006 Outstanding Alumnus. He was interred in Arlington Cemetery.

Bill Waters ‘59

New Hall of Fame honors music alumni

charles cassio ’64, ’65 directed instrumental music and chaired the Fine Arts Department at Boulder High School, in addition to serving as music coordinator for the Boulder Valley Public Schools. He received the Mac Award for Colorado Outstanding Band Director in 1979, and his program won the National High School Band Achievement Award in 1981. Cassio is a past president of the Colorado Bandmaster's Association and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1990. He also served on the Board of the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA), was named their Administrator of the Year in 1995, and inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1996. gary hall ’73, ’92 is coordinator of instrumental music at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo. Previously, his Montezuma-Cortez High School (CO) ensembles performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and at the 50th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France. Marching bands under Hall's direction won seven state championships and were recognized at the University of New Mexico's Zia Marching Band Fiesta and the University of Utah Marching championships. Hall was elected to the Colorado Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame in 2005. john icabone ‘67 completed his post-graduate work at University of Northern Colorado and was director of bands at Trinidad State Junior College and Sinclair Junior High School. His Marching Scots at Overland High School performed in numerous prestigious parades. His percussion ensemble performed at the internationally acclaimed Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago. He served as president of the Colorado Bandmasters Association, received the 1996 CBA Hall of Fame Director of the Year Award, and was named the 2003 Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Bandmaster. As a child, c. wayne manzanares ’70, ‘71 marched alongside as his parents rehearsed with the Adams State band. He transformed Douglas County High School’s 39-member band into a 260-member strong championship marching band that was invited to march in the 1981 Tournament of Roses Parade. Under his leadership, the Ponderosa High School marching band won five state championships. He was chairman of Marching Affairs and elected to the Colorado Bandmasters Hall of Fame. frank montera ’67 retired from public education after serving as music supervisor/coordinator for Colorado Springs Public Schools, District 11, overseeing a staff of 92 music educators. He served on the CMEA Board of Directors, includ-

ing a term as president. He was inducted into the CMEA Hall of Fame in 2002, the Colorado Bandmasters Association Hall of Fame in 1993, and the Colorado High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2007. joe "ernie" montoya ’54 produced some of the finest bands in Colorado over his 40-year career. He helped establish the Colorado All-State Jazz Band as part of CMEA in 1971. In 1988, the Colorado Bandmasters Association named him a Hall of Fame Band Director, and Phi Beta Mu honored him as Director of the Year in 1997. Although retired, he continues to attend conferences and clinics and perform on his trumpet.

From left, ASU President David Svaldi, Music Department chair Dr. Tracy Doyle, C. Wayne Manzanares, William Duane Zanotelli, Frank Montera, Joe "Ernie" Montoya, and Linwood Warwick.

linwood warwick ’57, ’60 has had a tremendous impact on music education in the San Luis Valley. He has taught band, choir, and instrumental music at the elementary, junior high, and high school levels at Centauri, Alamosa, and Sangre De Cristo schools. In 2011 he was inducted into the CMEA Hall of Fame. A knowledgeable and passionate music educator and CMEA member for 47 years, he has remained active as a musician, educator, and clinician. william duane zanotelli ’72, ’73 was director of bands for Trinidad schools and taught at Trinidad State Junior College. His marching bands placed in the Colorado Bandmasters State Finals and in the Colorado State Fair Parade numerous times and were the overall winners on three occasions. He twice received the Trinidad Hispanic Chamber of Commerce award for excellence in teaching. In 1998, he was a Boettcher Foundation winner and received the Masonic Teacher of the Year Award. He was inducted into the Colorado Bandmasters Hall of Fame in 1997, the Colorado Music Educators Hall of Fame in 2003, and received the Outstanding Bandmaster award from Phi Beta Mu in 2009.

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Eight music alumni were inducted into the newly formed Adams State University Music Hall of Fame in a ceremony November 9. Music Department Chair Tracy Doyle said these alumni have “instilled the love of music in many young students and continued to promote the importance of music in our education system and in society.”


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alumni scrapbook

SLV martini bar • jan. 18

Top: Tanya Martin and Michelle Romero

Clockwise from left: Wayne Melanson, Sally Schulz, Kathleen Jacobson, Vida Martinez, Jeremy & Heather Wilder, Barbara Johnston, Karlee & Ian Jackalow, Lori Laske, Sally Simmons, Liz Watts, Susannah Simmons

Right: Becky & Chuck Owsley Below L-R: Norm Roberts, Mollie Benton, Charlotte & Tom Bobicki, Paul Williams, Rose Wilson

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◗ Back L-R: Danielle Martin, Nancy & Paul Rahne, Lori Laske, Bill & Paula Blair, Suzanne Romero, Daniel & Linda Romero Front L-R: Woodrow Martin, Stephen & Shari Turner, Sharon & Dannie Makris, Alan Johnson

James Seefeldt sports the Grizzly bike jersey.

mineral water bowl football reunion • cape cod • sept.30 Back row L-R: Kelly Meek, Al Demerest, Tony Giadorno, Barry Kelner, Barry Heckard, Billy Dunlop, Jerry Hughes, Don Cockroft, Bill Hard, and Harris Allen Front row L-R: Doug Plank, Bob Exler, Dr. David Svaldi, Jim Gable, Bill Rakow, and Bill Wood

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Men take 9th X-C Nat’l Championship The Adams State University men’s cross country team easily won their NCAA Division II record ninth national title this past fall. Kevin Batt, Tabor Stevens, and Matt Daniels were among the top four finishers. All seven runners finished amongst the top 28 en route to a team score of just 34 points. The Grizzlies, who posted the meet’s largest margin of victory since 1999, have now won four of the last five NCAA Division II titles.

Running on with Indoor Track & Field ASU Indoor Track & Field had a very competitive season, with the both the men’s and women’s teams placing first in RMAC -- the 12th consecutive title for the women, the second in a row for the men. Head Coach Damon Martin was named the RMAC Men’s Track and Field Coach of the Year. The men’s team chalked up nine individual champions, including two for freshman Carlton Lavong, who won both the long jump and triple jump. The women totaled six individual champions in RMAC. Zenobia Sims had two first place finishes (60 meters, 4x400 meter relay), as well as second place in long jump and third in the 200 meters.

The men entered the Division II National Championships as the top-ranked team, and finished third, while the women placed sixth. The Grizzly men finished with 55 team points, 17 behind first place St. Augustine. Adams State's performance was highlighted by the mile, an event they dominated all season. Tabor Stevens won the event in 4:04.10, just 1.04 seconds off the track record. Stevens accumulated multiple individual accolades this season, including the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Year. Stevens was joined at the podium by teammates Matt Daniels and Stephen Emery. Daniels crossed the finish line in a time of 4:07.50 to finish second, while Emery finishedfourth in a time of 4:08.99. All three athletes earned AllAmerican honors.

Tabor Stevens Zenobia Sims Matt Daniels


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Kayon Robinson

Nelson sets record as women’s X-C Nat’l Champ Senior Alicia Nelson set a new record time of 20:03.3 in becoming ASU’s fourth NCAA Division II individual national women’s cross country champion. She was also named the NCAA Division II Women’s Scholar Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The first Grizzly champ since Amber Klein won in 2002, Nelson led her teammates to a third place finish in what were incredibly tight final team standings.

Adams State crowned another national champion in the 3000 meters, as Kevin Batt won the event in a time of 8:07.30. The women’s indoor season saw a myriad of impressive times and performances. At nationals, the Grizzlies went first, fifth, and sixth in the 3000 meters to score 17 of their total 31 team points. Alicia Nelson crossed the finish line in a time of 9:38.42 to become the national champion. Crossing the finish line in fifth was sophomore Lauren Martin, followed by sixth-place senior Kristen McGlynn-Arendt. All three earned All-American honors. Another strong performance came from Kayon Robinson in the 400 meter dash, who finished third in a time of 54.43 seconds, claiming AllAmerican honors. Robinson and Nelson were joined by Alyssa Selve and Tayler Warren to place fourth in the Distance Medley Relay with a time of 11:34.68.

Alicia Nelson

winter wrap-up • asu men’s basketball became nationally-ranked this season for the first time. The Grizzlies also punched their ticket to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the third time in program history and led the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in scoring during the regular season, averaging 79.1 points per game. • women’s swimming Head Coach Dan France was named the RMAC Coach of the Year, and Adams State’s Alison Bischoff became the program’s first national qualifier. • grizzly wrestling finished with three All-Americans, as Jerry Huff and Ryan Fillingame both took second at the national championships, while Justin Samora took eighth place. Head Coach Jason Ramstetter was named both the RMAC Coach of the Year and Division II Coach of the Year.

Rock Light ‘79, ‘80 named Track and Field asst. coach Rock Light ’79, ’80, former coach and all-American sprinter, returns to ASU as assistant track and field coach, with oversight of the sprinters and jumpers. “Rock is a world-class coach and brings instant credibility to our program,” said Head Coach Damon Martin. Light began as women's track and field and cross country head coach at Adams State from 1980-82. He was honored as NAIA National Coach of the Year following his team's NAIA cross country win in 1981 (and then-meet record low 25 points), and outdoor national runner-up finish in 1982. Individually, his athletes claimed four individual track and field and cross country crowns, two NAIA national records, and 15 All-America plaques. A highly-regarded coach at the collegiate, U.S. and international levels for three decades, Light had one of his best seasons at Texas Tech in 2010 with four All-Americans, four Big 12 titles, and two freshmen of the year honors.

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