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VOL. 59, NO. 2 • AUTUMN 2019

Published by Adams State University Foundation ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY • ALAMOSA, CO 81101 719-587-7011 • 800-824-6494 WWW.ADAMS.EDU • E-MAIL: ALUMNI@ADAMS.EDU WWW.ADAMS.EDU/ALUMNI/ASTATER/

EDITOR

Chris Lopez ’84

DESIGNER

Amy Kucera ’05

ASSOCIATE EDITORS

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

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS

Sarah Kuta • Emily Osburn • Kaitlyn Kelley • Jonah Bricker Aaron Kinnischtzke

PRESIDENT OF THE UNIVERSITY Dr. Cheryl D. Lovell

BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY

Cleave Simpson Chair Pam Bricker • Reeves Brown • Donna Griego ’03, ’12 • Michele Lueck Wendell L. Pryor • John Singletary • Randy Wright ’84 Dr. James Doyle Faculty Trustee Mariah McDermott Student Trustee

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD

Lori Lee Laske ’91, ’01 Executive Director of Alumni & Donor Relations Sandy Ortega ’74 President Delzia Worley ’97 Vice President Holly Felmlee ’76, ’92 Secretary D. Mike Garcia ’73, ’77 • Lynn Michalke ’77 • Robert Oringdulph ’71 Carol Osborn ’84 • Chris Page ’02, ’03 • Kasey Russell ’03 Rich Scanga ’75 • Jeremy Wilder ’96 • Loren Wright ’08

ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION BOARD

Ron Howard `98 President Dr. John McDaniel Vice President Jeni Goodwin `85 Secretary Donn Vigil Treasurer Fred Bunch ’77 • Glenn Burnham • Duane Bussey ’82 Keith Cerny • Genevieve Cooper • Ed Crowther Bill Fassett • Dale Hettinger ’64 • Charles “Chuck” Houser ’62 Dorothy Lucero ’61 • Joe Martinez ’99, ’12 Cathy Mullens ’82 • Chuck Owsley ’68 Rich Scanga ’75 • Don Stegman ’61, ’64

FOUNDATION HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS

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

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Dr. Cheryl D. Lovell ASU President Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 Executive Director of the Foundation

GRIZZLY CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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

ADAMS STATE UNIVERSITY MISSION STATEMENT

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

VISION STATEMENT 2020

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

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President’s Letter:

autumn 2019 the magazine of adams state university

As I reflect back over this past year, a consistent message I have heard is how much our alumni love and appreciate Adams State. In turn, I have shared your enthusiasm for Adams State back on campus with our current faculty, staff, and students. We spent a great deal of time this past year working on improving our internal campus culture and have been engaging each other in constructive dialogue about the many wonderful aspects of Adams State. We launched Building Grizzly Relationships, which is a professional development opportunity to learn new ways of engaging each other and how to have difficult conversations with compassion and respect. Further, we have established a first-year advising center to support our students, launched new academic programs and majors, and expanded our recruiting efforts to increase our pool of new and transfer students. We also have increased our attention to processes and procedures to make our work together efficient and impactful, and we have been attentive to our fiscal resources to align our operating budget in useful ways. Finally, we have spent a great deal of time talking about our future and how bright it is for Adams State. Your support plays a role in that bright future, and it is important to me to thank you for your love, support, and passion for Adams State. As an institutional organization, we are only as successful as we believe we can be. Your support goes a long way to encourage us to move forward and continue in positive directions. Your care for Adams State also provides that needed boost of confidence in our work to carry out our important purpose and mission. Thanks, and we look forward to creating many more opportunities to engage you as we travel this path to greatness and success together. Please join us this fall on campus. Homecoming weekend is Oct. 18-19. We hope as alumni you will re-connect, re-engage and re-commit to Adams State. We hope you enjoy this issue of the AStater Magazine. It is filled with spring and summer memories, and tells of the many innovative and exciting new efforts happening on campus as the fall semester gets underway. “If it weren’t for Adams State, nothing would be possible,” Coach Joe I. Vigil said when he accepted our invitation to deliver the 2019 keynote commencement address. “Adams State has allowed me to do everything that I have done.” We appreciate his sentiment and his inspirational message to our spring graduation class. Like Coach, we hope you too are proud of Adams State and your association with the University.


Contents

Key Dates 2019/20: August 19 Fall Semester Begins

October 15–19 Keeping Current 4 Homecoming Great Alumni Stories: Sowards brothers 6 Academic Pursuits/News items 8 November 9 Spud Bowl 2019 Homecoming Schedule 11 Outstanding Alumnus Eric Wendeline 12 November 12 Exceptional New Alumnus Mario Padilla 13 Donor Recognition Dinner Mediterranean Cruise 14 November 25–29 Spring Commencement 16 Thanksgiving Break Outstanding Graduates 20 December 1 Master degrees ranked among nation’s best 22 SLV Theatre Matinee: Treasure Island Prison College Program gains national stature 23 Educators Hall of Fame inductees 24 December 3 Giving Tuesday News items 26 Great Alumni Stories: Kyle Speller 28 December 11 ASU Athletics 29 Retiree’s Christmas Lunch ASU Sports Hall of Fame inductees 30 December 14 Great Alumni Stories: Tu Casa 32 Fall 2019 Undergraduate Grant Central 34 Commencement Ceremony Staying in Touch 36 December 15–January 12 Adams Family Album 40 Winter Break

December 25–January 1, 2020 Adams State University Closed

January 13, 2020

Spring 2020 Semester Begins

March 16–20 Spring Break

Save the Date!

HOMECOMING October 15–19, 2019

Watch your mail for details. www.facebook.com/ adamsalumni • adams.edu/alumni 800-824-6494, ext. 8

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Keeping Current

Adams State hosted the Colorado State Games Athletes

ASU Foundation Stampede Scholarship recipients: Lexis Metz, Kaitlynn Martin and Sarah Schaller Winter kept hanging on, long into our early summer months

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Upward Bound students engage on campus

Summer athletic camps: wrestling, softball, volleyball

Summer Counseling Intensives

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Sowards brothers go from Adams State to medical school and back home to serve the San Luis Valley

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Paging Dr. Sowards . . . and Dr. Sowards.

A Physician from the Farm

Two brothers from the San Luis Valley dreamt of becoming doctors. With a lot of hard work, a supportive community, and a great undergraduate education at Adams State University, that’s exactly what they did. Alamosa Rock Creek Family Medicine feels more like a home than a doctor’s office. The waiting area has the inviting atmosphere of a living room. Chaps, vintage photographs, and worn bridles adorn the walls, a nod to the legacy of frontier life, hard work, and strong familial connections that represent the values of its principal physician, Dr. Martin Sowards. Likewise, the patient rooms convey warmth and caring. Each has its own theme, including the one decorated with Sowards’ family mementos. Speaking of family, not far south of the office, Dr. Clint Sowards greets strangers as though they’re old friends at the San Luis Valley Health Clinic in Antonito. Two brothers. Two doctors. Though 17 years separate them in age, they chose similar paths. Both began their journeys in the San Luis Valley. Both attended Adams State and completed bachelor’s degrees. Both earned their medical degrees following Adams State. And both returned home to support and care for their community.

Raised on the family farm in Bountiful, Martin Sowards contributed his share every day completing chores. Growing up on a ranch, he enjoyed working with the livestock, including pulling calves. He originally imagined becoming a veterinarian, like his uncles, until one said that if he could do it over again, he’d become a physician. After graduating Centauri High School, Martin enrolled in the pre-medicine tract at Adams State and graduated in 1992. Because of the guidance and tutelage from his professors, he was well-prepared for medical school. “I was

Dr. Martin Sowards opened his own medical clinic in Alamosa. He believes Adams State prepares future medical professionals as well as more expensive options.


heads above everybody,” he says. During this time, he realized he wanted to be a doctor for people. Martin earned his medical degree from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth, then made the decision to return home. “I love the San Luis Valley, and who can take better care of the Valley people than a Valley person,” he says. “There is a certain mentality here: ‘Patch me up and let me get back to work.’” The decision to practice family medicine brings unique challenges and immense satisfaction. Every patient is different, and Martin wears different hats as he treats depression, heart disease, diabetes, fractures, and more. He tries to treat everyone, but when he feels a patient is better served by someone else, he’ll recommend a specialist. A fixture in the community, Martin enjoys reconnecting with his mentors, as a fly-fishing partner and sometimes as their doctor. “I am very happy being a physician,” he says. The community, and family, are very important to him. His wife, Lorna, has been the biggest influence in his life during the past 30 years (and was the interior designer for the Alamosa Rock Creek Family Medicine). “I would not be where I am today without her,” he says. They have five children, Lindsey, Heather, Emily, Tara, and Evan, and five grandchildren. Following a Brother’s Footsteps Family is also very important to Clint Sowards. Perhaps it was seeing the joy his brother received from his chosen career that inspired Clint to follow the same path. “Martin was my first mentor,” he says. While enrolled at Adams State, where he graduated in 2010, Clint worked for his brother at Alamosa Rock Creek Family Medicine, learning how to take vitals, communicate with insurance, and draw blood. “I experienced my first taste of helping friends and family,” he says. To this day, Martin still keeps a name tag in his desk drawer that reads ‘Clint Sowards, Clinic Assistant,’ and he’s quick to say “Clint is the smartest of the bunch. He has a very bright mind.” Clint earned his Doctorate in Osteopathic Medicine from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Mo. He returned to the San Luis Valley after completing his residency to become a family medical doctor in 2017. He felt good about meeting his goal, calling it both a freeing and a somewhat terrifying experience to leave the educational support system. Still, he has strong family support and continues to apply lessons learned from his first mentor. “From 4:15 p.m. on, Martin would return patient phone calls, and I now practice with that same integrity,” he says. Clint also credits his professors at Adams State for their guidance and support. “When we graduate, it is a celebration of everyone’s success,” he says, encouraging current pre-med students to remain dedicated to their dream. “I did it, sailing into uncharted territory with bumps in the road,” he says.

Dr. Clint Sowards appreciates his education at Adams State which helped him achieve his dream of returning to the San Luis Valley and practicing medicine. He now works for the SLV Health Clinic in Antonito.

“Current students can access internet step-by-step instructions on how to become doctors. You can make it happen.” Like his brother before him, Clint started a family while studying at Adams State. He and his wife, Alisha, also a 2010 Adams State graduate, worked while taking classes. Living close to the academic buildings and being able to walk to class, for a young married couple, was perfect. “Without her support, I couldn’t have done it,” he says. They have five children: Beijah, Slade, Blayzen, Vashti, Marstyn, and Koah. Although Clint Sowards doesn’t consider himself a leader, he is outspoken and has no problem saying what he feels. “As a physician, you are looked at differently, and I am happy to try and help in any way I can.” He is active in the community as a volunteer coach for city leagues, and he enjoys working with the youth at his church. Both brothers share the idea that little about them is not known to others. “If you know me, you know me,” says Clint. Another thing they agree on is Adams State contributed to their professional success and personal fulfillment. They encourage local high school students to attend Adams State, as well. “It will prepare you as well as more expensive options,” Martin Sowards said. “I love Adams State,” said Clint Sowards. “My professors were as dedicated to my education as I was.”

Two brothers from the Sowards family, Clint (center on dad’s lap) and Martin (back row third from left), returned home to practice medicine. Photo courtesy of Dr. Clint Sowards

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Academic Pursuits cheri meder appointed to cacrep board of directors Adams State University Associate Professor of Counselor Education Cheri Meder, Ph.D., has accepted an appointment to the Board of Directors for the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Meder, who holds a doctorate in counselor education and supervision, has been involved in ASU’s Counselor Education accreditation process for the past six years. “CACREP accreditation is something I enjoy in terms of the process, collaboration and concrete expectations,” she said. Holding one of the faculty positions on the board, Meder said she will be a part of reviewing initial accreditation applications to determine a program’s readiness for an on-site visit while serving on various subcommittees. All board directors serve for one five-year term and are not eligible for reappointment. The Adams State Counselor Education program has been accredited since 1995. “I strongly believe in our department’s mission, and that of Adams State’s, to serve marginalized and underserved students who would otherwise not have access to higher education,” Meder said. “We do great things as a department to serve students, which is what I love about Adams State.” Meder completed her Master of Arts in Counselor Education at Adams State in 2008 and earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University.

counselor education professor allen helps advance profession Courtney Allen, Ph.D., assistant professor of Counselor Education, is helping lead a statewide effort in Colorado to train mental health professionals to enter the school of counseling profession. Allen has been working with the Colorado School Counseling Association to confront the state’s mental health crisis. One strategy is to train mental health professionals to work as school counselors. For the past year, Allen has served as vice president of the Colorado School Counseling Association (CSCA). In that role, she consulted on house legislation (HB 1017), provided language on two bills (SB 3, SB 9), and testified before the education committees in both houses that will help school counselors statewide. All the bills passed in spring 2019. She also was asked to conduct research on the issue of suicide in Colorado schools requested by U.S. Congressman Jason Crow.

valverde’s summer performances include st. paul opera Matthew Valverde, D.M.A., assistant professor of Voice at Adams State University, spent his summer performing for the chamber opera in St. Paul, Minn., and teaching with the Mount Blanca Summer Music Conservatory. Valverde performed as the principal protagonist in the world première of Tienda, a chamber opera composed by Reinaldo Moya, composer-in-residence at The Schubert Club in St. Paul, Minnesota. This new opera tells the story of Luis Garzón, a musician and the first Mexican immigrant to the Twin Cities. Valverde also taught at the Mount Blanca Summer Music Conservatory, where he performed new arrangements of the Canciones del pasado, folk songs from the San Luis Valley collected by Ruth Marie Colville. Composer Mari Esabel Valverde, his sister, prepared the arrangements specifically for the festival. In July, Valverde traveled to the Twin Cities for a second time to perform Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión segun San Marcos, a collaboration with Schola Cantorum Caracas Venezuela, Border CrosSing, and the Minnesota Symphony.

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Trustees OK contract for President Lovell, lay groundwork for next 100 years Recognizing the importance of long-term, stable leadership, the Board of Trustees of Adams State University entered into a multi-year employment agreement with President Cheryl D. Lovell, Ph.D. The board, which approved the contract at its May meeting, acknowledged that the agreement with Dr. Lovell represents an essential part of a broader and shared vision for Adams State. This vision will carry the University forward as it looks to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2021 and usher in its second century of service as a comprehensive regional institution of higher education serving the San Luis Valley and southern Colorado. Through the shared vision expressed by the board and president, Adams State will:

• Continue its “students first” focus by always seeking ways

to make higher education affordable and accessible to all. ASU is committed to the success of all its students– both on campus and online. ASU is especially focused on those students who come from the San Luis Valley and those who represent Colorado’s diverse populations.

• Build on its long legacy of being Colorado’s first

Hispanic Serving Institution by strengthening leadership and prominence in coming years.

• Work collaboratively to maintain a vibrant, inclusive and

engaging community of faculty, staff, students, and community members including Adams State Alumni and friends of the University.

• Strengthen the University as an essential community

asset by forging new relationships in the Valley and ensuring the University is developing tomorrow’s workforce essential to economic development of the region while providing upward social mobility opportunities for its graduates.

• Grow its way into an exceptional, financially sustained

institution of higher education by offering new programs that engage and excite along with respecting its origins as Colorado’s first and foremost teaching college.

“Dr. Cheryl Lovell is exceptionally qualified to steward this university into its next century,” the Trustees said in a prepared statement. “With her capable leadership and the board’s confidence in her approach, ASU will thrive in the coming years.”


New degrees mark start of fall semester Adams State understands the importance of offering degrees that matter. That’s why the University has launched new undergraduate degrees beginning in Fall 2019.

Introducing eSports Adams State will test the waters of eSports by launching a competitive eSports club beginning in the fall semester. Other college campuses are also fielding eSports teams, allowing student teams to participate in video game competitions. “Gaming is a way for students to connect with other students,” said Jeremy Taylor, assistant director of housing at Adams State. Taylor, along with Thomas Laird ’18, Computing Services VOIP network administrator, will be the staff advisors for the Adams State eSports team. The Adams State eSports club will be a Housing Living Community. Students who sign up will reside in the same campus housing to create the eSports living community. As an Adams State eSports Club becomes sustainable, the next step will be on-campus tournaments, with the possibility of competing with other college teams. “eSports is moving in that direction,” Laird said.

B.A. in Outdoor Education & Stewardship B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies w/emphasis in Food Studies B.A. in Public Relations B.A. in Communication and Media Studies B.A. in Media Industry and Communication - online

Adams State goes smoke-free across campus Adams State University is a smoke-free campus following an Executive Order by the Colorado Governor’s Office that banned the use and sale of tobacco products, vaping products and e-cigarettes on state grounds. Adams State’s policy bans smoking both inside buildings and outside buildings, leaving the entire campus grounds smoke-free. For the purposes of this policy, smoking is defined as the use of smoke-producing tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, mini-cigars, bidis, hookah, pipes, kreteks (also called clove cigarettes), as well as marijuana cigarettes, and bongs. Tobacco use is defined as the use of any tobacco product including any lighted tobacco product, or the use of any type of smokeless tobacco, including electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco, such as spit tobacco, snuff, and other smokeless products. E-Cigarette use or Vaping is defined by the use of electronic smoking devices or electronic nicotine delivery systems. FDA-approved cessation aids, such as nicotine patches and gum, are not included in this category. The use of any such products by students, faculty, staff, guests, and contractors is prohibited on all properties owned or leased by Adams State University.

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Who will be the next Billy Adams Award Recipient? Established in 1971, the Award recognizes those who exhibit the dedication to education shown by the college namesake.

The 2019 Billy Adams Award Recipient will be announced at the Annual Homecoming Alumni Banquet on October 18.

Past Billy Adams Award Winners:

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1971

J. Leslie Kittle

1972

Luther Bean

1973

Glennys Rugg

1974

Donald Gulley `72

1975

William Meyer

1976

Willis Fassett, Jr.

1977

Dr. James Craft

1978

Dale Thomas

1979

John Reason

1980

Margaret Plachy

1981

Charlotte Kavanaugh

1982

Dr. Littleton J. Bunch

1983

Mary Hennessey `75

1984

Roy B. Heilman

1985

Charles and Beryl Woodard

2002

Tim Walters `73

1986

Dr. John A. Marvel

2003

Dr. Joe I. Vigil `53, `59

1987

George Woodard

2004

Billy J. Bond, Jr.

1988

Harry U. Hull

2005

William A. Porter `51

1989

John W. Price

2006

Dr. Marv Motz `58, `59

1990

William Moyers `39

2007

Dr. Glenn M. Burnham

1991

Ralph H. Outcalt

2008

Izora `66 & Butch Southway

1992

William O. DeSouchet

2009

Glen Bean `36

1993

Ignacio “Nacho” Martinez

2010

Dr. John McDaniel

1994

Cliff Hartman

2011

Don Stegman `61, `64

1995

John Roybal `51

2012

Robert Oringdulph `71

1996

Robert Foote

2013

Erik van de Boogaard

1997

Joe Maestas `67

2014

Charles Scoggin

1998

Ray & Ruth McGee `50

2015

Steve Valdez `87

1999

Ted & Janet Morrison `69

2016

Joseph A. Garcia

2000

Keith Cerny

2017

Camila Alire `70

2001

Don & Gloria Wuckert

2018

Dr. Millie Hamner `87


Adams State University

HOMECOMING Schedule October 15–19, 2019 Tuesday, 15

Adams Family Game Night, Alumni vs Students Student Union Building/Campus Green • 6 pm Call 719-587-8110 to register.

Wednesday, 16

Medicine Show • Richardson Hall • 7 pm

Thursday, 17

Bonfire • Richardson Hall Lawn • 8 pm

Friday, 18

Golf Outing • Cattails Golf Course • 10 am Cost $25 per 18 holes, includes cart

Alumni Receptions and Special Reunion Group Get-togethers Student Union Building, Room 309 • 3:30 pm

Alumni Banquet & Annual Meeting Student Union Building, Room 131 • 5:30 pm $25 per person (includes reception) Semi-formal dress; advance tickets preferred

Saturday, 19

Parade • Main Street • 10 am

Tailgate Party • Parking Lot between Student Union Building & dorms • 11am

Football vs South Dakota School of Mines & Technology • 1 pm $10/person

Theatre Event TBD • 8pm

Class Reunions

Special Edition Reunion 3/4 Sleeve T-Shirt

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For reservations and t-shirt orders call 800-824-6494, ext. 8 or 719-587-8110

5 year = Class of 2014 10 year = Class of 2009 15 year = Class of 2004 20 year = Class of 1999 25 year = Class of 1994 30 year = Class of 1989 35 year = Class of 1984 40 year = Class of 1979 45 year = Class of 1974 50 year = Class of 1969 55 year = Class of 1964 60 year = Class of 1959

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Eric Wendelin Outstanding Alumnus

As tech startups come and go, programming languages become trendy or fall out of favor and emerging technologies disrupt the status quo, there is one skill that has remained constant in the field of computer science: understanding people.

Though there’s no question Eric Wendelin mastered the technical abilities needed to succeed as a software engineer during his time at Adams State University, he also learned other valuable skills, both inside and outside the classroom: how to work on a team, how to communicate with and manage other people and how to solve real-world problems that don’t have an easy engineering solution, just to name a few. “The easiest part of my job is actually writing software,” said Wendelin, the recipient of the Adams State 2019 Outstanding Alumnus Award. “The human pieces are far more complex and I was able to learn more of those softer qualities, those less-technical qualities, in great part because I went to Adams State University.” Early in his life, Wendelin wanted to become a video game designer when he grew up, which led him to the computer science program at Adams State. But Wendelin, 35, later understood that making video games was a tough job with long hours and low pay, so he turned his attention instead to software and computers. Wendelin, who also studied math and physics, graduated magna cum laude in 2005. Since then, he’s worked as a software engineer and manager for a number of companies, including Twitter, Apple, Time Warner Cable, Return Path and Sun Microsystems. Today, Wendelin is an open-source enthusiast, blogger, speaker and the head of analytics for Gradle, which makes tools and systems for developers. Wendelin’s flexibility and willingness to acquire new skills have allowed him to work on a diverse array of projects and platforms. That varied experience has, in turn, helped him 12 AStater

to see the bigger picture and take on leadership and strategy roles. “I can understand most of the pieces of what’s happening around me in the company, which means I can have a large impact,” he said. Nearly 15 years into his career, Wendelin still thinks about the lessons he gleaned from professors at Adams State. From George Sellman, assistant professor of computer science, Wendelin learned how to look at tough problems from different perspectives, an invaluable tool out in the real world of software engineering. “Folks would have a question and instead of answering straight he would say, ‘Well, here are the different aspects to that problem. You could think of it this way, or you could think of it another way,’” Wendelin said. “He taught us how to think about the problem, versus how to solve it.” Wendelin also employs tactics he gleaned from Matt Nehring, Ph.D., professor of physics, when faced with a challenge that initially seems insurmountable. “He taught me how to break problems down into their simplest forms and not to give up solving them, even when they are difficult,” Wendelin said. “In physics, we’d have problems that would take pages and pages of work. He taught us that there were parts that didn’t matter as much and other fundamental components that we could solve independently.” At Adams State, Wendelin kept busy with a number of student organizations and activities. He served on the Grizzlies Activities Board and was the president of the Adams State Computer Science Mathematics and Engineering Club. He also participated in student government, the business fraternity Phi Beta Lambda and the service organization Circle K. Looking back now, Wendelin can see clearly how participating in these organizations during his time at Adams State still benefits him today as a team leader and a manager. “Some engineers only know how to solve engineering problems, and that can only get you so far,” he said. “(Student organizations) were crucial for learning how to actually achieve things in the real world, where it’s not all just software.” By Sarah Kuta Wendelin will receive the Adams State University Outstanding Alumnus Award for 2019

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Mario Padilla Exceptional New Alumnus When he arrived at Adams State University as a freshman, Mario Padilla had no idea what subject he wanted to study or what career he wanted to pursue. Flash-forward more than a decade and Padilla, now 32, has his dream job, educating the public about bugs at the nonprofit Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colo.

“This is better than the best-case scenario,” said Padilla, the recipient of the 2019 Adams State University Exceptional New Alumnus Award. “I feel really, really, really lucky to be doing what I’m doing right now. There’s not another job that I could ever think I’d want to be doing. I feel lucky that I love what I do and I’m also able to do it as a job.” As a child in Alamosa, Padilla always loved animals and wanted to become a zookeeper when he grew up. Even so, he wasn’t quite sure what he wanted to study in college, so he spent his freshman year at Adams State taking general studies courses before declaring an organismal biology major. Padilla described himself as an average student while attending Alamosa High School, but he blossomed at Adams State, earning the Academic Excellence Award for Highest Freshman GPA. Once he found his niche studying animals in the biology department, Padilla kept excelling, earning the Veryl Keen Outstanding Biology Student Award in 2010-11. It was during entomology courses taught by Brent Ybarrondo, Ph.D., emeritus professor of biology, who had a contagious passion for the subject, that Padilla discovered his own enthusiasm for insects, especially bees. Padilla credited other professors for serving as sources of inspiration and motivation, too, including Martin Jones, Ph.D., emeritus professor of chemistry; Tim Armstrong, Ph.D., professor of biology; and Benita Brink, Ph.D., professor of biology and department chair of biology and earth science. With support from professors, advisors and his wife, Halie, (also a 2011 Adams State graduate), Padilla went on to pursue a graduate degree in entomology from Penn State University, which has one of the top programs in the nation. After graduate school, he also worked for a year as a research technologist at Penn State, supporting students and researchers in the lab. “As a kid growing up in Alamosa, I didn’t know any entomologists – I didn’t even know that was a job until I got to undergrad,” he said. “Dr. Ybarrondo was also instrumental in giving me advice on how to apply to graduate school and writing letters of recommendations.”

Padilla will receive the Adams State University Exceptional New Alumnus Award for 2019

rds Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 18. U Alumni Relations Office at 719-587-8110.

In graduate school, he studied social insects like ants, bees and wasps, which live and work together in harmony as a superorganism. Collaborating with other researchers, Padilla studied the way that bees use pheromones, the invisible, silent chemicals that animals secrete to communicate with each other. “They’re fascinating little animals,” Padilla said. Padilla’s passion for insects led him back home to Colorado, where he now works as a curatorial entomologist, striving to educate children and adults about the importance of invertebrates and conservation. “Conservation of the animals in this world is a huge, daunting task, but we’re focused on some of the smaller animals, the animals that may not get as much attention as tigers and elephants and lions and things like that,” he said. In his role at the Butterfly Pavillion, Padilla curates the collection of terrestrial invertebrates (which includes spiders, millipedes and centipedes), manages 40 honey bee hives, oversees interns and serves as a spokesman for the organization through public lectures and media appearances. He also leads several Butterfly Pavilion research projects, which have taken him to far-flung places like Nepal and Mongolia. When he looks back now on everything he has accomplished, Padilla said it would not have been possible without the experience and knowledge he gained during his time at Adams State. “Adams State was completely instrumental to me being where I am now,” he said. By Sarah Kuta

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The Mediterranean was marvelous! 119 alumni, family and friends headed to Barcelona to begin the trip of a lifetime. It was a trip full of adventures and some misadventures, too. But it was a trip that no one will ever forget. The group started in Barcelona, and then traveled along the coast of France and then on to Italy. Since there were so many excursions to choose from, everyone had a little different trip. But the results were all the same...amazing! For sure, none of us will ever look at a church the same way again, thanks to the Vatican! Most of us will never look at a bus the same way, either. No one was lost or left behind, which Lori and Gaylene consider the ultimate success. Cheers to all the green shirts out there—can’t wait until 2021.

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John & Lynn Michalke, Betty Quintana, Arnold & Maria Chavez, Chuck & Becky Owsley and Deb Flickinger sample the gelato in Barcelona. With a group of 119, we thought this might be a good idea! We were a swath of green making our way through the streets of Barcelona. It took two or three buses to get us around. Everyone was always ready for adventure. It only took a few hours on the ship for everyone to recognize “the green shirt group”.

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8. Alumni and guests gathered at the top of the ship for a reception. 9. Arnold Chavez, Chuck Owsley and Butch Jones are the three amigos. 10. Jane Clodfelter, Kathy Anderson, Luanne Oldham, Mona Brinkley, Gail Morris and Eadie Blankenship visit at the reception. 11. Judy Jones, Linda Nash, Becky & Chuck Owsley, Dennis Nash and Butch Jones appreciated the excellent food in Rome.

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Joe Vigil inspires a new generation of Adams State graduates

shoot for the top because you’re from adams state.”

Those were the words of legendary track & field coach Joe I. Vigil, Ph.D. ’53, ’59, who inspired the Adams State faithful as the keynote speaker for the 2019 commencement ceremony. “You are taught to be a leader at Adams State,” he told the graduating class of 195 students who received their bachelor’s degrees. Adams State presented Coach Vigil with an honorary doctorate in human performance and physical education as recognition for his years of service to Adams State, to the nation, and to an international running community. “If it weren’t for Adams State, nothing would be possible,” he told Adams State President Cheryl D. Lovell. “Adams State has allowed me to do everything that I have done.” Coach opened up talking about his own experiences at Adams State, first as a 1953 graduate and then when he was hired in 1965 to serve as head cross country and track and field coach.

“I am here to tell you that there is no finer institution in the world than Adams State,” he told the graduates. “I’ve sat in board rooms with Harvard graduates, with Yale graduates, and they knew nothing more than what I was taught at Adams State. Adams State gave me the foundation that I needed.” Three professors had a remarkable influence on him during his time at Adams State, Coach Vigil said. “There is not a week that goes by that I don’t think about them.” He then talked about each one – Dale Lorimer, Ph.D., who taught him about compassion; James Craft, Ph.D., who taught him about wisdom; and John Turano, former VP of academic affairs of Adams State, who taught him about the pursuit of excellence. “Never be satisfied with mediocrity,” Coach Vigil said, harkening the words of Turano. “Don’t be satisfied with average. As you go out into the world and you get your various jobs, don’t be satisfied with just doing an average job. Shoot for the top because you’re from Adams State.” He encouraged graduates to learn a foreign language to aid them in their understanding of other cultures, and to remember that they live in the greatest country in world. “It is our responsibility to make this world a better place. We need that more than ever,” he said. “How far you go in life,” Coach said, “depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong because someday in life you will have been all of these.”

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Jessica Moorman and Danielle Smith deliver their messages to the class of 2019 during the undergraduate and graduate ceremonies

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Outstanding Graduates Erice Has Passion for Service Sean Erice chose Adams State for its affordability, small class sizes, and variety of clubs and organizations. “Something that sets our university apart from others is the faculty and staff really care for students, and go above and beyond supporting students to be successful inside and outside the classroom,” he says. Erice, the first in his family to earn a bachelor’s degree (political science), will graduate debt-free thanks to the Laguna Pueblo scholarship, Adams State institutional scholarships and others. “It is a tremendous honor and accomplishment that I am incredibly proud of,” he says. Erice evolved from a quiet freshman to an outspoken leader and passionate student. He served as president of student government, president of the Adams State Model United Nations Group and more. He was also diversity ambassador for the Multicultural Student Governance and orientation leader for the Grizzly Persist Mentor First Year Immersion program. “My support systems here have allowed me to reach for the stars,” he says. HAPPSS professors challenged and encouraged Erice to develop valuable public speaking and critical thinking skills, he says. He seeks to further his education at a program that would allow him to explore his passions.

Givens Thanks Helpful Professors In chemical physics, practitioners study reactions and understand how energy flows. That seems like a fitting field of study for Jeremiah Roy Givens, who expended energy daily into becoming the best Adams State student he could be. His dedication mattered, yielding this result and reaction — Givens graduated magna cum laude with a degree in chemical physics. “My professors were all incredibly helpful.” In particular, Givens says, Chris Adams, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, and Matt Nehring, Ph.D., professor of physics, “always answered any questions” about academics and life. Also, Frank Novotny, Ph.D., professor of chemistry, helped Givens land an internship at a hemp processing plant lab. That experience led to another internship at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. Upon high school graduation, Givens chose Adams State because he sensed it offered a high-quality education at a fraction of the cost of most universities. He took out loans after his first year only. Afterward, his tuition was covered by the Porter Scholars award, Chairs’ Merit Scholarship, Douglas Thomas Scholarship, Kay Watkins Scholarship, Donald H. Hopper Memorial Scholarship, Vice President’s Merit Scholarship, Lorraine Young Memorial Scholarship and Moe Morris Scholarship.

Mix Pursuing Veterinary Dream When he left the San Luis Valley, Jose A. Mix was the first person in his family to pursue a college degree. A few years from now, he plans to return to his hometown to practice veterinary medicine. The reason his dream is likely to become a reality, Mix says, is Adams State. Mix credits biology professor Tim Armstrong, Ph.D., and others for supporting his goal of veterinary school acceptance. This fall, Mix will attend Michigan State University to pursue a doctorate in veterinary medicine. “I always felt like I could go into any of their offices and talk to them about any question I had.” A recipient of the Porter Scholars award, Mix graduated with no student loan debt. He was a biology laboratory prep, a STEM peer tutor and worked part time at a local veterinary clinic. Those experiences, as well as presenting research at regional scientific conferences, helped him make valuable connections, he says. At Adams State, Mix was a member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science, Tri-Beta Honor Society for biology and other clubs. He says he applied “the hard work and dedication that is instilled by my family” to his time in Alamosa.

Starkey Fueled by Science For Julie Starkey, four years of classes, labs, work-study, undergraduate research and participation in campus organizations paid off with more than just a diploma. “I have the opportunity to make my passions a career, which is something my parents were not able to do,” she says. Starkey, a first-generation college student, graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s of science in cellular and molecular biology. She begins this fall in Colorado State University’s microbiology doctorate program, concentrating on infectious disease research. “As a scientist, I have learned how to think critically and [creatively] to answer challenging biological questions,” she says. She teamed with a fellow microbiology student to win best research abstract at the Adams State 2018 Student Scholar Days. She also received the Porter Scholars award, the Vice President’s Merit Scholarship and other scholarships. In addition to working as a biology lab assistant and tutoring students in general chemistry at Adams State, Starkey was active in the Tri-Beta Honor Society for biology and Associated Students and Faculty Senate. She also completed internships at the University of New Mexico and Michigan State University. “I have come out of my shell and have met many incredible people here at Adams State,” she says.

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Brazel Inspired by Learning, Helping When mother and nontraditional student Leanna Brazel returned to Adams State to pursue her degree in elementary education, the support from fellow students, professors and most importantly her family made the transition smooth and achievable, she says. Her life experiences guided her through college and have prepared her to become an educator. “No other job for me is as rewarding as teaching,” she says. “The best feeling is seeing all students succeed.” Brazel certainly has succeeded. The Teacher Education Department at Adams State recently nominated her to be inducted into Colorado’s Future Educator Honor Roll. She is eager to become an elementary teacher in the San Luis Valley. “It is not just a reflection on me, but on everyone I have learned from,” Brazel says. She’s quick to deflect praise to her education professors and teachers from San Luis Valley schools who she observed in the classroom. One of them is kindergarten teacher and mentor Andrea Malouff at Alamosa Elementary. She believes Brazel’s passion, inquiry-based learning and dedication will serve as catalysts for Brazel’s career success. “She is able to build positive relationships with all students and colleagues,” Malouff says.

Bravo to Theatre Grad Hanold Crawling out of a casket as a victim in Dracula or repeating lines as a self-absorbed, vapid actress in Noises Off, Anakay Hanold left her mark on the Adams State stage. The program made a lasting impression on her. She made quite an impression, too, graduating cum laude with honors this spring. She majored in theatre with a double emphasis in performance and history/ literature. A native of Cortez, Colo., Hanold chose Adams State for its theatre program — specifically the opportunity it gives students to act and design for productions. “My theatre professors have been such a vital resource over the last four years and have been the key to my success,” she says. “I’ve built personal relationships with each and have connected with them on everything from career advice to being my support system.” Hanold is graduating debt-free thanks to the Rick Spier Memorial Scholarship that paid full tuition and fees for four years. She also earned money as a Student Support Services tutor, a New Student Orientation leader, a peer mentor for theatre freshmen and manager of the Theatre Department Costume Shop. “I have matured in more ways than one throughout my college experience,” Hanold says.

Mendoza Credits Family, Hard Work Thanks to football and academic scholarships, Sergio Mendoza graduated this spring with a bachelor’s of science in business administration and with little debt. This fall, he will attend the University of Denver Sturm College of Law on a scholarship. His migrant father is likely proud. Growing up in Rio Rancho, N.M., he once told his son, “Anything worth having in this life is never easily obtained.” The elder Mendoza inspired his son through his work ethic. “The only barriers are the ones we place on ourselves,” Sergio Mendoza says. “This is the reason I work so hard at everything I do — for the people who have sacrificed everything so that I may have the opportunity at a better life.” At Adams State, Mendoza seized opportunities on and off the field. He was a two-year starter and senior captain of the Grizzlies football team, a student government representative and vice president of the Pacioli Accounting Club, among other jobs and volunteer positions. He plans to become a public accountant, financial advisor/estate planner or forensic accountant. “My journey is not some heroic tale, but rather a testament to the fact that the only limits we have are the ones we place on ourselves,” Mendoza says.

For Whitney, Success in Two Fields Unlike some schools, Adams State allows nursing majors to play collegiate sports. Whitney Fields took advantage of the opportunity, receiving a bachelor’s of science in nursing while starring as a pitcher on the Grizzlies softball team. “The nursing program as a whole really works hard to set students up to be as successful as possible,” she says. “All faculty members are great at helping students set goals and meet those goals.” Fields, from Grantsville, Utah, is a role model for future generations in her family. “Being a first-generation college graduate is special, and now others in my family know they can succeed in college both athletically and academically.” Fields received an athletic scholarship for softball, worked in campus housing fulltime in the summer and held a work-study job in the University’s Print Shop during the academic year. “Peggy Dunn, my workstudy supervisor, was always amazing at supporting my goals and working with my hectic schedule,” she says. Fields received the President’s Scholarship for honors each semester. This summer, Fields passed the National Council Licensure Examination and plans to travel before starting her career. “I feel that I am completely ready to enter my career and be successful,” she says.

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Adams State master degrees ranked among nation’s best The graduate programs at Adams State University are getting attention. OnlineMasters.com recently named Adams State’s online Master in Science Education and Master in Counseling among the best in the nation. “STEM fields are on the rise, so now is a perfect time to earn a degree in science education,” the online organization said in posting its national rankings. “Adams State University’s master’s degree program in science education offers great value in terms of cost, flexibility and curriculum. Students can take as few or as many classes as the want, pay competitively priced tuition and even transfer credits from a previous program to help accelerate their time in school.” Adams State’s online master’s degree in science education is offered as part of the University’s Master of Arts in Teacher Education with a concentration in curriculum and instruction STEM.

Teri McCartney serves as interim grad studies VP Many Adams State alumni are dedicated to their alma mater and its overall success but try to find an alumna more willing to walk-thetalk. Few will surpass the commitment of Teri McCartney, Ph.D. emeritus professor of counselor education.. Last fall Penny Sanders, Ph.D. professor of counselor education, stepped down from her role as vice president of graduate studies to return to her passion for teaching. Who had the knock on her door, the ring of her phone requesting she once again take the reins, even if temporarily? Teri, Class of ’87 ’92, did. She previously served as the associate provost for graduate studies from 2005 until returning to faculty in 2008. Though retiring and earning emeritus status in 2014, McCartney said “yes” to helping out until a permanent AVPGS can be hired. Since February, McCartney has been interim assistant VP of graduate studies on a part-time basis. “My heart truly does resonate with our students and graduate academic programs and the mission of our institution to serve them to the best of our ability.” The Office of Graduate Studies is integral in keeping graduate programs going and creating conversation about new and relevant masters and/or doctoral degrees. Enrollment in graduate study continues to increase at ASU and with it comes more insights into how to attract, keep, and support students while earning their advanced degrees. 22 AStater

“We are priced competitively and we deliver our graduate programs to suit the needs of working adults,” said ASU Interim Assistant Vice President for Graduate Studies Teri McCartney, Ph.D. Adams State’s master degree in Applied Sports Psychology also has been recognized by the SR Education Group as one of the most affordable master degrees. Adams State has the first fully online Applied Sport Psychology master’s in the U.S. Adams State’s graduate degrees in counselor education have earned recognition by organizations that rank master and doctorate programs. The University’s counseling education degrees are accredited through the Counsel for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs.

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Prison College Program gains national stature thanks to success of graduates Christopher Zoukis is passionate about prisoner reform and becoming an advocate for the incarcerated, and he credits Adams State for his renewed sense of self-worth and purpose. Zoukis received his Master of Business Administration this spring through the Adams State University Prison College Program. Having served his time in the prison system, he crossed the platform during the Graduate Commencement Ceremony on May 11. “I love Adams State,” he exclaimed. Earning an advanced degree can lead to advancement opportunities, and a higher level of success within a professional career or personal goal. Zoukis may have been the most grateful of master’s degree graduates, as pursuing his degree meant mentally escaping prison and providing a clear, focused goal. “Going through the program I learned to write, communicate, and analyze. It was better than sitting around the prison yard lifting dirt bags,” he said. Recidivism plummets for offenders who have earned a degree while in prison. Statistics show that within five years, 70 percent of prisoners go back to federal prison. Offenders go to prison, come out and repeat the cycle. “I created a new path and that opened new doors after prison. Adams State and my writing did that for me,” Zoukis said. Released in the fall of 2018, Zoukis became a published author while incarcerated. His articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, and he has written three books: “College for Convicts,” “Prison Education Guide,” and “Directory of Federal Prisons.” In his Huffington Post columns, he has been a strong voice for Adams State’s Prison Correspondence Program and credits it for his accomplishments. After researching institutions that offer programs for prisoners, Zoukis said Adams State was the clear winner

for offering the largest number of classes and degrees, for cost of the program, for the fact it is accredited, and for its outstanding customer service and staff support. “The support at ASU is head and shoulders above other institutions, especially when problems come up.” Prisoners taking college classes can face unique issues. “Adams State staff and faculty were always willing to do the leg work to help me succeed.” The ASU Prison Correspondence Program is print-based, meaning Adams State faculty and staff mail to prisoners all course work to be completed. Not only is Zoukis extremely grateful to Adams State, but so is his family. They recently made a donation to the Adams State Prison College program. “There are very limited scholarship programs for prisons. They want to support the program so it can do for others what it has done for me,” Zoukis said of his family’s gift. While pursuing his MBA, Zoukis followed the leadership studies track. “It was fascinating to learn money is actually not a big motivator. We focused on how to make people feel valued and included.” He also earned an Adams State Bachelor of Science degree while incarcerated. He is currently the marketing director for Brandon Sample. Zoukis is already planning is next step: law school, where he plans to study federal criminal offense or public policy in criminal justice arena. “Both are appealing.” He has been admitted to University of California Davis School of Law and is on the priority wait list for Emory University. He says he wants to use his experience to bring a sense of reality to prison policies. By Linda Relyea Pictured: Matthew Martinez, director of the Prison College Program; Christopher Zoukis; Jim Bullington, Prison College Program Coordinator; and Margaret Doell, associate vice president of academic affairs, tour the campus the day before Commencement.

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Adams State inducts 13 into Educators Hall of Fame A group of 13 became the latest inductees into the Adams State Educators Hall of Fame. The 8th annual induction ceremony was held on May 7, 2019. The following bios provide a brief summary of the careers of the recipients and the impact they made on generations of students.

Elementary Educators: Mildred Cogburn received her bachelor’s degree from Adams State. She taught first through sixth graders in the one-room Mt. Pleasant Schoolhouse, in rural Alamosa County. She retired after 23 years. Lloyd “Butch” Jones earned his bachelor’s degree from Adams State and during his tenure taught at at Evans Elementary, Ortega Middle School, many summers at the Migrant School, Alamosa High School, and Summer Gifted and Talented Program for elementary and middle school, as well as a couple semesters teaching ceramics at Adams State. He also coached football, track, and basketball.

Coral Sowards received her bachelor’s degree from Adams State. She dedicated 26 years of service to Manassa Elementary, teaching fifth through eighth grades. She was part of the PTA for four years and also with the Boy Scouts of America for 12 years.

Secondary Educators: John Fuller received his bachelor’s degree from Adams State and a master’s degree from University of Northern Colorado. John dedicated his career to education and provided access and support to further education for students by creating a scholarship for students. He has received the Outstanding

Pictured, left to right, front row: Cloyde Snook, Lloyd “Butch” Jones, Coral Sowards, Margie Garcia, and Jose Garcia; back row: Steven Grasmick, Wayne Melanson, Liz Watts, Otto Espinoza, Herman Gallegos. Not pictured, Mildred Cogburn, John Fuller, and Martin Jones.

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Educator Award in Colorado 1972 UNC, Commendation for Distinguished Service by National Merit Scholarship Corporation 1983, Lifetime Achievement Award 1994, and Hall of Fame Award by Colorado Council on High School/ College Relations 2007. Jose Garcia received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Adams State. During his 31 year career, he taught at the junior high and high school levels and coached baseball, basketball, and football. He served as a high school principal before retiring. Margie A. Garcia received her B.A. and M.A. from Adams State. During her 30-year career, she taught government and history, and physical education. She was the guidance counselor at Centauri Junior High School and Centauri High School.

Administrators: Otto Espinoza received his B.A. and M.A. from Adams State and spent 34 years in education. He taught math and Spanish before moving into an administrative role at Centauri High School. He implemented Post-Secondary and Workforce Readiness skills and increased graduation requirements for math courses to match college readiness guidelines. Espinoza supported the addition of advanced placement courses by providing teachers with professional development opportunities. He also served for a time as the athletic director. Herman Gallegos received his bachelor’s degree from Southern Colorado State and master’s degree from Adams State and his Ed. Administration in 1981 from Western State College. He spent over 30 years in education, as the director of guidance/counseling for the K12 students at South Conejos. He was the middle and high school principal, the ESSA Title VII director and the high school counselor. Herman wrote and submitted the 1st National Grant in Community Education. Steven Grasmick received his B.A. from Adams State and M.A. from University of Northern Colorado, and his Administrator License from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. With over 31 years in education, he is currently the elementary principal at Fowler Elementary School as well as the superintendent for Fowler School District R4J.

Post-Secondary Educators: Martin Jones received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State Teacher’s College, his master’s degree from the University of New Mexico, and his Ph.D. from UNM.

After teaching at the University of North Dakota, he began a 22-year career at Adams State. He taught organic chemistry, receiving several teaching awards. He wrote successful grant proposals that strengthened the science curriculum. He served on many committees at ASU and volunteered in the community for a variety of nonprofits. Wayne Melanson received his bachelor’s degree from Adams State, his Ed.S. from University of Northern Colorado, and his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. He spent 35 years in education. He helped develop the Denver chapter of the Alumni Association. He also assists the ASU Admissions Office and Alumni Relations Office. Cloyde Snook received his B.A. from Chadron State College, M.A. from Iowa University, and MFA from the University of New Mexico. After 35 years in education he retired as Adams State emeritus professor of art. He taught art appreciation and art to students of every level, from kindergarten to graduate school. Snook started at Adams State as an art professor and retired as the department head. His artwork has been featured at the Smithsonian, the Kirkland Museum in Denver, and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in Albuquerque, NM. Liz Watts received her bachelor’s degree from Adams State, her Educational Specialist Degree from the University of Northern Colorado, and Ph.D. from Ohio University in 1992. During her 31-year career, she served as department chair, graduate coordinator, AD for the School of Mass Communication, and professor. She has 30 publications and 23 papers.

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Adams State University President Cheryl D. Lovell, pictured far left, expressed appreciation for faculty and staff at the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon on April 24 including, left to right, Danielle Persinger, Eva Rayas Solis, Karen Melgares (who received a standing ovation for 40 years of service), Mary Walsh, Mark Manzanares, Sheryl Abeyta, Benita Brink, Maxine Rodriguez, Peggy Johnson, Betsy Chacon, Renee Vigil, Beth Bonnstetter, Aaron Tuoti-Mariner, Carol Fell, Bruce DelTondo, Angela Winter and Cheri Meder.

Derouin sworn in as Adams State Police Chief Adams State University Police Chief Erika Derouin was sworn in on Friday, April 19, by President Cheryl Lovell and Vice President for Student Services Ken Marquez. Derouin is the first woman to serve as Adams State’s chief of police. She began working in the Adams State Police Department in 2015. She has been a police officer for almost 20 years, including serving in New York for 12 years as an officer, a detective, and acting supervisor, and serving 3 years in the state of Florida as an officer. Those present at the ceremony included, left to right, Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman, Adams State VP Marquez, Adams State President Lovell, Derouin, Adams State Police Officer Nathanial Rael, and Sergeant Ryan Black, Rio Grande County Sheriff ’s Office. President Lovell swears in Erika Derouin

Hogan receives Ralph Outcalt Foundation Scholarship

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The Ralph Outcalt Foundation awarded its first scholarship to Brooklyn Hogan of Buena Vista, Colo., an incoming freshman. The full-ride scholarship can be renewed up to 4 years. “It was crazy to believe at first, but I consider it a huge blessing,” Hogan said. Pictured, left to right, Noelle Hogan; Ralph Outcalt Foundation Board members Karla Shriver and Carolyn Kawanabe, CPA; Brooklyn Hogan; and Tammy Lopez, executive director of the ASU Foundation. In the spring Hogan toured the campus and was impressed with the Adams State nursing program. “I toured a countless number of schools in Colorado, but none felt like home until I came to Adams. I am very excited to earn my BSN degree at Adams because I know I’ll have all the skills I need to best prepare me for a career in nursing.”


time goes by fast. when you look ahead the horizon seems endless, but looking back you realize how fast it goes.”

Rob Demski, professor of psychology, retires It is late February and Rob Demski, Ph.D., professor of psychology, begins class with little fanfare, immediately launching into the lecture on historical psychologists. The students are readily engaged and quickly move from the distractions of hand-held devices to taking notes and flipping through the textbook for reference. Demski retired this spring after 18 years at Adams State. Although it was Demski’s final semester teaching on the Adams State University campus, he remained motivated and interesting, without sounding rehearsed. Perched on a high stool, he lectured without looking at the board or notes. He used a white board to continue the lesson, transitioned to a PowerPoint presentation for another key point, and then showed a short video as evidence supporting his lecture. He divided the students into small groups and after reaching a consensus they shared answers with the class. Demski used the latest pedagogy to engage his students, share his knowledge, and gauge their understanding of the topic. He will continue teaching correspondence courses through

the Adams State Prison College Program. Whether distant or in person, he hopes his students complete the course with a strong understanding of the material. Demski related to Adams State students. He wasn’t a good high school student and his parents weren’t sure he was college material but something just clicked as an undergraduate at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. “That is what I liked seeing in my students.” He just likes learning and hopes being in school will trigger an attitude toward lifelong learning for students. “A lot of professors feel that way. Being a faculty member is like being a perpetual student. I loved the environment.” He and his wife, Linda Pacheco-Demski, who also retired from Adams State, have moved to north Texas to be closer to family. Besides volunteering with an environmental group, Demski will have more time for his hobbies, like cooking, guitar playing and camping. “I know I need to stay busy and socially and mentally active as I approach my 70s and 80s. There is a lot of research that supports that.”

Patron saint of agriculture now on display in Nielsen Library Located in the rural San Luis Valley surrounded by agriculture, it seems fitting the patron saint of farmers should have a space at Adams State University. Now, thanks to a generous donation by Alamosa residents Mike Gibson and Gigi Darricades, a carving of San Isidro Labrador by Master Santero Geronimo Olivas will be on display for all to enjoy the traditional Spanish Colonial art form. “We appreciated the opportunity to help preserve and promote the local arts and culture as well as support the Adams State Luther Bean Museum,” Gibson said. Olivas, Adams State Class of ’93, donated the piece for the ASU Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center fundraiser in the summer of 2017, where Darricades and Gibson purchased the carving. “As an alumnus of Adams State, I believe in supporting the institution whenever possible,” Olivas said. “Mike and Gigi demonstrated their philanthropy when they bought the Santo at the Salazar Center fundraiser. Now, to give back again, is so generous. It is an honor to have the carving of San Isidro Labrador on display at Adams State.”

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The San Isidro Labrador carving will be on display outside the Cooper Room in the Nielsen Library “What struck us the most was the carving represents the patron saint of farmers and agriculture,” Gibson said. “We are both very interested in agriculture, as it is the main industry here and the focal point of our community.”

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Kyle Speller: Denver Nuggets PA found his voice at Adams State If you’ve been to a Denver Nuggets game lately, you know Kyle Speller. You may not recognize his face, but you’ll definitely remember his voice. Speller, 48, has entertained fans as the Nuggets’ public address announcer for the last 14 seasons – and counting. When he got the job in 2005, he became the first African American PA announcer in Nuggets’ history and the first for any major Colorado professional team. He’s been with the team through good and bad seasons, and he never takes the job for granted. “It’s an honor and a privilege and a labor of love,” he said. “It’s a dream job. Not many people get to work their dream job. I’m hoping to do it as long as I can.” Speller, who grew up in Denver, has always been a fan of basketball, but his journey to becoming the voice of the Nuggets took a few twists and turns along the way. He played basketball at Regis Jesuit High School and, later, at Eastern Wyoming College and Adams State University (then Adams State College). In Alamosa, he studied English with an emphasis in broadcast journalism and tried to get as much hands-on experience as possible. He was an on-air personality for KASF Grizz Radio, deejayed at Weekends Tavern and interned in the 9News sports department. It was at Adams State that Speller realized he had a natural talent for voice work. “The one thing I have that’s unique, that no one else has like me, is my voice,” he said. Speller is also a man of faith, which led him to several full-time ministry positions after graduating in 1993. He also never lost his love of basketball, playing on an exhibition team and working out with the Nuggets as a rookie free agent. Despite being cut from the team, Speller kept in touch with the Nuggets’ front-office staff. Not long after, he saw that the team was hiring an announcer. Though he’s always been a Nuggets fan, when he was 28 AStater

growing up, Speller loved to watch the Chicago Bulls and got goosebumps every time Ray Clay did the team’s pre-game introductions, a feeling he never forgot. He jumped at the chance to audition with the Nuggets. “The assignment was, ‘If you were the PA announcer, how would you do the pre-game intros?’” he said. “I had been doing it in my head for years. So I went into the studio and recorded a demo – it literally took about five minutes. And mine was the only one they liked.” His role has changed over the years, but through it all, Speller has maintained his own unique style. “He’s a very non-traditional PA announcer,” said Steve Johnston, executive producer of game presentation for the Nuggets, Avalanche and Mammoth for Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. “He’s got a big booming voice like you might find in a lot of announcers, but Kyle has a real passion for the game. He’s just so engaged. He knows basketball inside and out. It’s hard to describe unless you’re listening to him.” When he’s not sitting courtside at the Pepsi Center, Speller keeps busy. By day, he works for Comcast in Denver, does commercial voiceover work, and serves as associate pastor for Emmanuel Christian Center. On top of all that, he’s a full-time husband and the father of three children, two jobs he takes seriously. “His dedication to his family and his kids is second to none,” said Johnston. “Yeah, I respect him as a coworker, but I have a young daughter and I look up to Kyle as a father more than anything else. He’s a truly great man.” Speller has also served as the Nuggets’ chaplain for 12 seasons, offering spiritual support to anyone who needs it, including visiting players. That selfless approach carries through to everything he does, both on and off the court. “However I can serve or encourage or help out, that’s what I’m there to do,” he said. By Sarah Kuta


Women Capture NCAA DII Program of Year Award Adams State women’s track and field and cross country took home the Program of the Year award handed out by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, following the conclusion of the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season. The Adams State men’s track and field and cross country finished second to Grand Valley State for Program of the Year honors. The USTFCCCA Program of the Year award is given annually to the most outstanding cross/track & field programs in each of the NCAA’s three divisions. The award

honors the school that has achieved the most success in each academic year based on the school’s finish at the NCAA Championships. The Adams State women’s indoor team won the University’s 55th national team title this past indoor season. Stephanie Cotter is the latest national champion. The freshman won the 1,500 meter run at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships in May.

Adams State 2019 football game schedule Home Games Sept. 7

Colorado School of Mines

(Season opener)

Away Games Sept. 21 at Black Hills State (Spearfish, S.D.)

Sept. 14 New Mexico Highlands University

Oct. 5

at Fort Lewis (Durango)

Sept. 28 Western State (Hall of Fame/Colorado Classic Trophy)

Oct. 12

at Chadron State (Nebraska)

Oct. 19

South Dakota State

Nov. 2

Angelo State

Nov. 9

Mesa State

(Homecoming)

(Spud Bowl/Veteran’s Appreciation)

Oct. 26 at Colorado State-Pueblo Nov. 16 at Dixie State (St. George, Utah)

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ASU Sports Hall of Fame inductees announced The Adams State Athletics Hall of Fame is proud to announce eight new inductees representing five sports, who will be inducted this fall. The induction ceremony will take place on Friday, September 27 at 6 p.m.

Tickets for the induction will be on sale for $50.

The weekend will also feature the annual game against archrival Western State for the Colorado Classic Trophy the following day at 2 p.m.

Contact Katelyn Smith to purchase tickets at ksmith@adams.edu

Vera Jo Bustos – Women’s Basketball Started 105 games for the Grizzlies from 20072011, most in program history • Ended her career as the Grizzlies’ all-time leader in points (1859), points per game (16.2), field goals made (639), three-point field goals made (270), and minutes played (3805) • Career accolades include RMAC Freshman of the Year (07-08), two-time RMAC West Division Player of the Year (08-09, 09-10), two-time Daktronics All-Central Region First-Team (08-09, 10-11) and two-time WBCA Division II All-American Honorable Mention (09-10, 10-11) • Signed professional basketball contract in Greece where she averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 21 games for Thessaloniki Apollon Kallamarias • Currently in her fourth year as director of operations for the University of New Mexico Women’s Basketball program • Adams State College Class of 2011

Clay Holly - Wrestling Won NAIA individual National Championship in 1984 out of the 134-pound weight class • NAIA All-American (1984) at 134 pounds • Adams State College Class of 1984

Jaime Armenta – Wrestling

Jason Hubbard – Cross Country/Track & Field 2x NCAA DII Outdoor Track & Field 5000m Champion • Held the Men’s Outdoor 5000m school record for eight years with a time of 13:37.63 • 3x NCAA DII All-American in Cross Country, Indoor Track & Field and Outdoor Track & Field • finished career with nine All-American finishes • Adams State College Class of 2006

Celedonio Solis-Rodriguez – Cross Country/Track & Field 2003 NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country Individual National Champion • 2x National Champion in the 5000m outdoor • 7x NCAA DII All American; 3x in Cross Country, 2x Indoor Track & Field and 3x Outdoor Track & Field • Adams State College Class of 2006

Melissa Johnson – Cross Country/ Track & Field National Champion in the NAIA Women’s Outdoor 5000m in 1991 • 3x NAIA All-American; 2x Outdoor Track & Field and once in Indoor Track & Field • Adams State College Class of 1990

Won NAIA individual National Championship in 1983 out of the 158-pound weight class • NAIA All-American (1983) at 158 pounds • Adams State College Class of 1986

Janelle Olson – Cross Country/Track & Field

Wes Polk – Football

Won the 1998 NCAA DII Women’s National Title in the 5000m • 11x NCAA Division II All-American; 3x in Cross Country, 4x Indoor Track & Field and 3x Outdoor Track & Field • Adams State College Class of 1998, 2004

Played tight end and kicker for Adams State College from 1985-1989 • Crucial part of 1988 NAIA Division I National Championship RunnerUp team • NAIA All-American (1989) as a kicker • Adams State College Class of 1991

Team Inductees:

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1989 Women’s Cross Country Team

1991-1999 Women’s Cross Country Dynasty

Won NAIA National Championship with a score of 79 points, beating second place by a margin of victory of 53 points • Four NAIA AllAmericans (April Cambell, Amy Giblin, Johnna Myers, Terry Villarrael) • 1989 RMAC Conference Champions • Inducted into RMAC Hall of Fame in 2014

Nine straight team National Titles (one NAIA, eight NCAA) • 45 AllAmericans • Three individual National Titles (Giblin ‘91, Summers ‘96, Bugg ‘98) • Eight RMAC Conference Championships within that span • Inducted into RMAC Hall of Fame in 2015


Walters Humbled by Hall of Fame Special Contributor Induction For a man who has contributed so significantly to Adams State University, Tim Walters is not one for many pats on the back. Walters, a native of Pueblo, Colo., just up the road, bleeds green through and through. His academic and athletic career lasted from 1968-1973, but that would not be the end of his time associated with the University or the San Luis Valley he has called home since. Walters was a defensive end for the Adams State College Indians and a business administration major. When you morph the two together, sports and business, you get a notorious lifetime contributor to the athletic department. Walters entered the real estate industry right out of college. He then built a successful career with his appraisal business, Walters & Associates, LTD which is based out of Alamosa, and is now quasi-retired. He enjoys the outdoors, he loves his country, and he loves his Alma Mater. Walters began his post-collegiate run with Adams State as part of the Tomahawk Club, which is now known as the Grizzly Club, where supporters of Adams State athletics can give monetary donations to support athletics on campus. In 1998 he joined the board of trustees at a pivotal time in the evolution of Adams state University. The controversial topic of changing the school’s mascot from the Indians to the Grizzlies was at the forefront of issues when Walters joined the board. He helped ease the transition and reshape and evolve the school’s identity as we know it today, while still honoring those who wore Indian green. The next compelling topic during Walters’ tenure on the board was improving and renovating facilities on campus. “I’ve always believed that if you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind” Walters said. At that point, the facilities were severely lacking, and in need of improvement in order to compete with other schools in the state and in the conference. One of the main things related to this renovation was the improvement of Rex Field. The school needed new dorms, but also needed a massive stadium overhaul, and Walters was part of the small group who came up with the now revolutionary idea to merge the dorms with the stadium. The Tim Walters weight room serves the more than 600 student-athletes who attend Adams State University. In a way, this represents how he has served generations of Adams State Indians and Grizzlies who have worn the notorious forest green as he once did. His name will now be included

in the 2019 Adams State Athletic Hall of Fame induction, as he will receive a special contribution award. “It just makes you feel like, ok, I did something good for the institution and people recognize that. I hope I’m still available for people in the athletic department, the faculty, and people in the education department, where if they need something, they can always ask me.” Walters will receive the award on Friday, September 27th from the Adams State Athletics Hall of Fame induction. By Aaron Kinnischtzke

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Platinum Level $500 Includes four all-sport season passes

Silver Level $350 Includes three all-sport season passes

Bronze Level $250 Includes two all-sport season passes

Or make any donation of $25 or more and Adams State will send along a promotional gift by mail. Please send membership payment to:

ASU Grizzly Club 208 Edgemont Blvd. Alamosa, CO 81101

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Pictured, left to right, Tu Casa supers including Theresa Ortega, Stephanie Martinez, Michelle Resendiz, Denayea Martinez, Patricia Lara, Shelly Martinez, and Jennifer Hanna. Not pictured, Sarah Herrera and Amanda Pearson.

Super and committed Tu Casa/Adams State alumni rise up for righteousness 1980s to 2018 We applaud superheroes who fight sinister forces and keep communities safe. Adams State University prepares real-life heroes who daily serve those in need. And they do so without capes or alternate personalities, but rather their super power is an innate compassion to bring light into the lives of those at their darkest days. The San Luis Valley Tu Casa, Inc. provides shelter and resources to anyone escaping domestic violence. Empowered with an education from Adams State, the staff pursue justice and a safe environment for all at Tu Casa. The Tu Casa staff includes Adams State alumni Patricia Lara ’89, executive director; Shelly Martinez ’04, forensic interviewer/family advocate; Theresa Ortega ’07, bilingual forensic interviewer/family advocate and multi-discipline team (MDT) coordinator; Michelle Resendiz ’11, outreach coordinator/prevention specialist; Jennifer McCoy Hanna ’16, victim advocate/hotline coordinator; Sarah Herrera ’00, SANE nurse (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner); Stephanie Martinez ’19, victim advocate; and Amanda Pearson ’84, president, Board of Directors; Denayea Martinez, family advocate for the Children’s Advocacy Center.

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Tu Casa staff members were inspired by their Adams State professors to combat threats against all humanity and to defend the right to a peaceful and healthy life. The newest team member, Stephanie Martinez, said Adams State was welcoming and the professors are “amazing.” Growing up in the San Luis Valley, Resendiz wanted to experience a different environment after high school and enrolled at a larger university. Thankfully, Adams State welcomed her home with open arms when bigger didn’t prove to be better. “It was an awesome transition.” Knowing Resendiz was a resident of Del Norte, Grace Young, Ph.D., professor and chair of sociology, connected her with a position at the Del Norte Community Center to build an after school program. “She thought of me to start the new program. It was awesome.” As a non-traditional student, Shelly Martinez appreciated her professors’ guidance, support, and understanding when she needed to be home with her family. “I experienced significant emotional growth throughout my academic career.” Hanna received her degree through Adams State Extended Studies online program while she cared for a young child and worked part-time. “I finished in three years and graduated with honors.” She wore the gown her mother used when she received her ASU degree. “I still have my own cap in my office.”


Tu Casa/Adams State Family Connection Shelly Martinez graduated while her children were three and five years old. Now both are enrolled at Adams State. “I showed them it was the right thing to do.” Her husband and many in his family are also alumni. “We are a big Adams State family.” Five of Lara’s siblings received degrees from Adams State. One of her favorite classes wasn’t even in her major. “I took a creative writing class that ended up being therapeutic as we explored our life and emotional memories.” Activities outside the classroom build character Pearson has very fond memories of her days at Adams State. Two of her professors are now legendary: Joe I. Vigil, U.S. Hall of Fame running coach, and Carlos Lucero, U.S. Court of Appeals judge. “I had great professors and learned to challenge myself beyond academics.” She wrote for the student newspaper, was student body president and ran track. As a double major in sociology and Spanish, Ortega appreciated participating in trips and events with the El Parnaso Club. “Students can immerse themselves in the campus culture. You can participate in all types of extracurricular activities, see theatre plays, art exhibits, planetarium shows, and get involved in a variety of clubs. It is a good campus.” Resendiz encourages college-aged students to give Adams State a chance. “Adams State has the college-feel with personal small class sizes. You are part of the community and they support you, hook you up to resources, and push you to do what you don’t think you can but they know you can. You don’t get that at other colleges.” Stephanie Martinez agrees: “Tuition at Adams State is affordable and the student-to-professor ratio is low and means a better learning experience.” She benefited from the TRIO program, designed for first-generation students. “They supported me the whole way and showed me the importance of support and guidance.”

Volunteer and internships opportunities for ASU students One vital resource for many majors, including sociology, is the requirement to complete an internship before graduation. The relationship between Tu Casa and the Adams State Sociology Department is one example. According to Dr. Young, students earn three credits for their internship class, after completing 120 hours. The internship supervisor, the student, and the Department of Sociology sign a legally binding document that regulates the student’s, the agency’s, and the university’s relationship. Students are able to choose their unpaid internships after representatives from various agencies address the class on their missions and work and then pass an interview. Ortega addresses the internship class on behalf of Tu Casa and then supervises the Adams State interns. “They are amazing young people who come through our doors and share their time.” Adams State students also volunteer on the Tu Casa hotline. Their coordinator, Hanna, says: “At Adams State if something needs to get done they work with someone to get it done.” A native of Boulder, Pearson retired as an Alamosa County judge in 2016, and the day after joined the Tu Casa Board of Trustees. “Internships allow time for college students to make absolutely sure they are entering the right career.” She loves the diversity in the population both on campus and in the local community. “We may not be perfect, but we figure it out. It is an opportunity to really get to know each other and different cultures from your own.” While in college, Lara sharpened her critical thinking skills, leading the way into a career defined by managing those who untangle human trauma at its most intimate level. “My most important job is supporting our staff so they can focus on helping the people who need our services.” These true-life Tu Casa superheroes have duties that include everything from grant management and hosting fundraisers to counseling and supporting children who have been sexually abused or have witnessed domestic abuse. Their work can be overwhelming emotionally and mentally. This exceptional team shares and attains their powers with each other. “It is a hard job, but a good one,” Shelly Martinez added.

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Grant Central NSF awards Adams State $1.8 million to support STEM research The National Science Foundation awarded $1.8 million to Adams State University for a project that aims to transform STEM courses by engaging students as researchers to examine the impacts of grazing on local, rural, public lands. Adams State’s project, “Enhancing STEM Student Success by Connecting Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences to the Local Ecology and Community,” will seek to increase student engagement in first- and second-year STEM courses, including biology, chemistry, geosciences and statistics, through collaborative hands-on course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs). The interdisciplinary and place-based focus of the CURE project garnered support from the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. Representatives from the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area will collaborate with the project by engaging with faculty and the students to bring the local heritage and traditional land use practices of the San Luis Valley into the STEM courses. Adams State will study grazing on public lands in the San Juan Mountains compared to non-grazed public lands in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, to quantify the impacts on the ecosystem, including impacts on soil, water, and organisms, said Adams State Biology and Geosciences Chair Benita Brink, Ph.D. “What’s really cool is it’s going to include nearly all the STEM disciplines,” said Brink, one of three principal investigators on the NSF grant. The other co-principal investigators are Christy Miller, Ph.D., chair of chemistry, computer science and mathematics at Adams State, and Kristy L. Duran, Ph.D., professor of biology at Adams State. The project will investigate how involving students in original place-based research increases retention and degree completion at a rural Hispanic Service Institution (HSI), and will look at the impacts of a program of peer-mentoring and culturally responsive teaching practices in fostering an inclusive community to promote underrepresented students’ success in STEM. Adams State’s location in the San Luis Valley was key to the National Science Foundation’s approval of the pilot program. “Located at the center of a geographically and culturally distinct region designated as the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area, Adams State will engage 1,300 students in interdisciplinary research based in the rich local context of the high desert San Luis Valley.” The NSF award begins October 1, 2019, and ends September 30, 2024. 34 AStater

Left to right, seated: Peggy Johnson, Dr. M. Penny Cooper, Ronda Benavidas. Standing: Windy Clement, Danielle Smith, Tracey Robinson, Becky Daniels, Alexis Colwell.

Participants needed for ongoing study

Group supports ASU cancer survivor research The Colorado Cancer Coalition awarded Adams State University a two-year grant worth $19,976 to continue research conducted by ASU and SLV Health. The research studies effects of exercise on physical, mental and social health of cancer survivors. Adams State graduate student Danielle P. Smith launched the research in the spring of 2018 as part of her master’s thesis. Upon her sister’s death from cancer, she committed herself to improving the quality of life of cancer patients. Smith studied 27 volunteer participants during an eightweek intervention, measuring changes in aerobic capacity, muscular strength, endurance, flexibility and more. “It was a really big undertaking for a master’s thesis,” says Tracey Robinson, Ph.D., professor in the Kinesiology Department (formerly Human Performance and Physical Education) at Adams State. “But it was her passion, and it’s very pertinent because exercise has been shown to be very beneficial for cancer survivors.” Smith graduated in May 2019, and graduate student Alexis Colwell is continuing the research with help from Dr. M. Penny Cooper at the SLV Health Oncology Clinic. Dr. Cooper, who identifies patients to participate, says exercise can help some patients live longer and likely improves survival rates. “When I attend meetings, I mention our study and nobody else is doing anything quite like this in the country,” she says, adding that the research could also assist diabetic and pulmonary patients. “We have quite a large cancer survivor population in the Valley, and it’s actually made it so people don’t have to go to Pueblo or Denver for the [exercise] programs that we’re offering,” says Dr. Robinson. Adams State and SLV Health plan to work with 30 cancer survivors as part of the new grant. Once selected, participants will be tested and randomly assigned to an exercise group or a control group. For more information, including how to participate, contact Dr. Robinson at tlrobins@adams.edu.


CAMP Grant continues The Adams State College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) can continue its mission to serve students from migrant families. The program recently received a $425,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. CAMP’s goal is to provide academic, social and financial support service to migrant and seasonal farmworkers or their dependents. “As the first Hispanic Serving Institution in Colorado, Adams State has a long and proud history of serving rural migrant students. Many students in this program will go on to be the first college graduates in their families,” said U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado. “This grant will go a long way in helping the CAMP program continue to provide a tremendous service to potential students in Southern Colorado and the Southwest.”

ASU CAMP students

Grant supports local-inspired art The National Endowment for the Arts awarded a Challenge America Grant to Adams State University Department of Art and Theatre. The funding will support a Social Practice Arts Residency in the San Luis Valley over the next two years. The three artists below will live for an extended time in the San Luis Valley and invite locals to help create region-specific projects. The program’s intent is to provide a platform for diverse citizens to learn from each other and address social issues. These artists join an exciting lineup of residents invited as part of the traditional ASU residency program, Rare A.I.R. All events are free, and participation is encouraged. For details about the Social Practice Arts Residency or the traditional residency program, visit www.adams.edu/academics/ artist-in-residence-program.

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3 artists ready to involve San Luis Valley community 1. Fall of 2019: Shelby Head, visual artist will record personal stories

involving the 50-year range war with landowners of the Taylor/Cielo Vista Ranch, and then share those stories in an exhibition at the Cloyde Snook Gallery. She also plans to design and construct an inspirational shrine with the Costilla County land grant heirs.

2. Spring of 2020: Cory Hills, percussionist musician and composer will bring classical music and storytelling to local elementary and middle-school children. Hills has reached 135,000 children in nine countries with his fun, accessible programs, and has released two award-winning children’s albums and two children’s books.

3. Fall of 2020: Mike Durkin, ethnographic

performance artist will help residents and students become creators and performers through interviews, oral histories, performance-making workshops and rehearsals. Durkin will help to uncover local stories and will create opportunities for community members to find common ground and perform collaboratively.

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Staying in Touch •1960s Philip “Dutch” Malberg ’61, ’64 (Durango, CO) is still giving ski lessons. He spends a lot of time outdoors hiking and climbing. He also stays busy with family, grandkids and pet sitting. Elvin Brown ’62 (McAllen, TX) has been snowbirding to McAllen, Texas, for 20 years and most recently moved there as a permanent resident. He and his wife, Marianne, play golf, and enjoy the cool sandy beach and fresh seafood at Padre Island. They were both raised in the Valley (Alamosa and Center) and miss the sub-zero weather like a bad toothache.  Paul Rahne ’65, ’66 (Colorado Springs, CO) is doing fine! He and his wife, Nancy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary over Christmas and New Year’s in Sicily and Malta. This was also a milestone for them since it made 99 countries that they have visited and enjoyed. This year, they plan on attending the Rose Bowl Parade and visiting six more Eastern block countries. Life is good! Diane Smylie Trembly ’67 (Durango, CO) writes, “We survived the winter of 2019! We are enjoying retirement very much. Usually, we see our sons once or twice a year. Older son, wife and two sons live in Vancouver, Wash., and younger son Matt and two sons live in Phoenix. We need to get to Alamosa sometime to see all the changes on campus. A great school for a great education.” Bob Damashek ’68, ’73 (Aurora, CO) is semiretired and is involved in real estate investing and fitness/wellness consulting. He taught high school PE, coached wrestling and track and was an adjunct professor at Metro State University. He travels frequently and enjoys living in the Denver area. Thanks to Adams State, he is living the good life!

•1970s Larry Slade ’71 and his wife, Linda, moved to Mount Vernon, Wash., last July and are enjoying seeing the state. They are close to daughter Trish ’91 and her husband David Muirhead and family is everything. It was very hard to leave their beloved San Luis Valley but it is good to be close to family. They see many similarities and that is wonderful.

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David Pennington ’72 has been living in Arlington, Texas, since 1974. He has had a 39-year career in the property tax field, retiring in 2013 as the director of legal services for Dallas Central Appraisal District. He was also president of the Texas Association of Assessing Officers. He has been married to Linda for 41 years and they have two children and five grandchildren. He has fond memories of Alamosa and FAC (Friday Afternoon Club) at the Goal Post. Currently, he enjoys exercising, helping with the grandchildren and traveling as much as they can. He has also gotten back into property taxes part-time by serving on the Appraisal Review Board in Tarrant County (Fort Worth).

•1980s Mike Murray ’81 (Bay City, MI), after 13 years with the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, Utah, moved to Central Michigan to become the astronomer and manager for the Delta College Planetarium & Learning Center in 2015. He and his wife, Chris, enjoy the beautiful waters of Saginaw Bay, volunteering for organizations like the Bay City State Park. Mike produces Dome360 programs that serve college students, K-12, and the public, and recently became the membership chairman for the International Planetarium Society. Mike writes, “much of my success in the planetarium community has its foundation in the experiences I gained as a student working in Adams State’s Zacheis Planetarium. The support, opportunities and encouragement have had a life-long effect on my career.” Wayne McGinn ’82 (Loveland, CO) is returning to Western Colorado University to coach the team’s defensive backs. He is departing Loveland after a six-year stint. He is fresh off an undefeated season and Class 4A state championship. Kristen Crenshaw Nellis ’85 (Pagosa Springs, CO) taught elementary school for 31 years and is newly retired. Now she is working on her next dream job in a bakery/ café, hanging out with the muffins and cinnamon rolls. “Thank you, ASU!”

Rosalie Mariani ’86 (Colorado City, CO) Is a teacher at Eva R. Baca Elementary. She has taught reading intervention for 11 years, first grade for six years and been a media specialist for seven years. She says, “I started out with a desire to teach secondary students but I obtained a job as a media specialist, which gave me many opportunities to impart my love of reading to students and promote literacy and learning. It so happened that during my time in this position, Pueblo City Schools was on a new mission to implement an instructional reading program that would positively impact so many struggling readers. At that time, all available staff was asked to teach a reading intervention group to be able to serve as many children as possible. I absolutely loved this new endeavor, and felt like I found my lifelong niche. At the first opportunity, I made reading intervention my full-time passion and career choice. It was, and still is, so inspiring to watch students grow as they learn how to decode and read words, increase their fluency, and most importantly, build their comprehension skills. The best part of my job is watching students transform as they improve their reading skills.” Donna Burr ’87 (Durango, CO) is caregiver for her 104 year-old mother. She will travel to Ireland, Scotland and England, do some quilting, read books and enjoy being retired. Sweetie Marbury ’87 (Durango, CO) just completed eight years on the Durango City Council. She was mayor of Durango in 2014-15 and 2018-19. She has three grandchildren who live in Durango. Janice Moore ’87 (Durango, CO) writes, “If you have questions about Medicare, call! If I don’t have the answer, I know the Answer Man!”

Ann Franco ’89 (Denver, CO) teaches firstand second-grade math at Colfax Elementary. She is actively involved in Denver Classroom Teachers Association and serves as treasurer. Anna is planning to be involved in the Denver Adams State Alumni Chapter.


Marsha Nance Phelps ’89 (Pueblo, CO) is currently a licensed professional counselor in a privately-owned clinic in Pueblo, Colo. She has been a clinical director and supervisor, pain clinic coordinator and biofeedback clinician. Her granddaughter attended ASU for one year then transferred to UC Denver. She has been married for 46 years and has two adult sons and three grandchildren.

•1990s Lynette Grant ’90 (Alamosa, CO) has been selected as the new public health director for Saguache County Public Health. Her grandparents were longtime Valley residents. After she obtained a business degree from ASU, she moved to Nashville, Tenn., where she resided for 30 years. Lynette says it was wonderful to return to the Valley and renew so many old friendships. Previously Grant had worked as a public health nurse in Center before taking a six-month leave. She also served as a school nurse for Moffat and Crestone. Vickie Sutton-Gallegos ’96 (Ignacio, CO) will be retiring from teaching in a couple of years. She is still farming and will do some traveling and scrapbooking. Delzie Pavlovsky Worley ’97 has joined SLV Federal Bank’s senior management team as chief marketing officer. She was most recently a senior vice president and commercial loan officer for First Southwest Bank. She has been dedicated to serving the community through a variety of organizations for many years. She is currently on the Alamosa County Economic Development Board; the Adams State University Alumni Board serving as its vice president; the Alamosa Kiwanis Club Board, having served as its president; and the SLV DRG Loan Committee. She previously served as both the president and secretary of the Alamosa County Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Small Business Development Corporation Advisory Board. Delzie and her husband Tom reside in Alamosa. Tylen and Carmen, their son and new daughterin-law, are in Grand Junction working and attending college.

Jennifer Bradshaw ’98 (Wellington, CO) is the new principal of Lucile Erwin Middle School. She began her career as a teacher at Eyestone Elementary School in Wellington, then taught at Wellington Middle School before being promoted to dean of students, then assistant principal. She holds a master’s degree in education from Regis University in Denver.

Thomas Woolf ’98 (Helena, MT) works for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks. He is the aquatic invasive species (AIS) bureau chief. While hiking in Montana with his wife and son, he ran into Dr. Frank Novotny.

Great Stories Jody Thompson ’70 (Parsons, KS) has received the Cardinal Citation Award by Labette Community College and the LCC Alumni Association. This is the highest honor that LCC bestows to individuals for lifetime achievement. In 1968 and again in 1972, he was an Olympic finals qualifier. In 1985 he earned his MA degree in physiology of exercise from Pittsburg State University. Thompson began his career in 1970 as a high school biology teacher and wrestling coach at Seaman High School in Topeka. He later taught and coached at Columbus High School. He coached AAU and Kids Federation teams and served as the Kansas Junior National Team head coach from 1975-1987. He was also the Northern and Southern Plains kids head coach from 1975-1981. In 1975, Thompson became Labette Community College’s first wrestling coach and built a successful program and a winning tradition. He remained in that position until his retirement in 2003. Thompson holds the third-most dual victories in NJCAA wrestling history with a career record of 319-105-5. In 1984, he was named the NJCAA Pan European Head Freestyle Coach. Thompson was named the Region 6 Coach of the Year three times (1981, 1986 and 1998). He was named NJCAA Man of the Year in 1999. Thompson also served as the LCC athletic director from 1975-1981 and again from 1994-2005. Thompson has been inducted into many wrestling halls of fame. These include the NJCAA Wrestling Coaches HOF (1991), Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association HOF (2003), National Lifetime Service HOF (2007), Team of 1969 Adams State University HOF (2009) and for Team of 1968, 1969 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference HOF (2009). In 2016, Thompson was a part of the inaugural class of the Labette Community College Athletic Hall of Fame. He has also been successful in the classroom. He was named Endowment Co-Instructor of the Year in 1978, NISOD Excellence Award recipient in 1991 and Parsons Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 1996. Thompson’s service to LCC did not end when he retired. He has been a member of the LCC Foundation board, serving two terms from 2006-12 and from 2016 to present. He is also the co-chairman of Phase II of the LCC Pathways to the Future Capital Campaign. His talents are not limited to athletic and leadership roles. Thompson is also an avid reader, book collector and artist. In fact, in October 2018 a collection of his ceramic artwork was featured in a special exhibit in LCC’s Hendershot Gallery. He also assists with Junior Cardinal Clay Class, which is LCC’s free art program for area youth. Thompson has been an active member of the Parsons community since moving there in 1975. He served on the Parsons Public Library board from 2010-16. He has also served as a member of the Katy Days duathlon and Stella Wells committees. He and his wife, Joan, are active members of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons. They have three children, a daughter, Erin, and sons, Joel and Chas. They also have six grandchildren, Myles, Mya, Myka, Maximo, Cub and Oz.

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• 2000s Ryan McNamee ’00 has been named the director of football operations at UNLV. He has spent the last three seasons in the same role at Cornell University. Before joining the Ivy League program, he was director of player development at Miami for five years after having served previously on the staffs at Temple and Villanova. Ryan and his wife, Valerie, have two sons, Danial and Logan. Josh Bramble ’01 was the keynote speaker at the Mental Health Awareness Walk on Saturday, April 13. “A Life Transformed: From At-Risk Youth to Helping Youth at Risk” was the topic of his speech. Bramble is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and has been on staff at Pagosa Springs Medical Center (PSMC) as a LPC behavioral health specialist since February 2014. He provided contract work to the hospital starting in 2008 and was in private practice as a family and youth counselor since 1999. Sam ’01 and Crystal ’02 Evig reside in Colorado Springs. Sam was recently appointed as an El Paso County court judge. Crystal continues to work as an OB/GYN. Their son, Axton, is 6 years old. Rachelle Simpson Bak ’04 (Pueblo, CO) teaches at Rye Elementary. She is currently a second grade teacher but has taught first, third, fourth and fifth grades. She has been a teacher for 19 years. She says, “I chose teaching as a career because I love children! I love to help children learn and grow. They have so much to offer with their personalities, their sense of humor, and their honest love: being around children every day is so refreshing. I originally went into accounting and realized that I wanted to help kids as they learn new and exciting things. When a student that is struggling with a new concept and then all of a sudden ‘gets it,’ that is the absolute best part of the job. Students love to learn new things, and instilling a true love of being a lifelong learner and being a part of that is so very rewarding.” Cory Chick ’04 (Keensburg, CO) has been named the new regional manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s southwest region. Chick’s experience with CPW is varied and includes previous leadership positions. He started working for the agency in the late 1990s after serving for six years in the U.S. Marine Corps. His first job was working as a temporary employee in the aquatics section in the San Luis Valley. Following college graduation in 2004, he was selected for CPW’s wildlife officer

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academy and became a district wildlife manager. He started working as a DWM on the eastern plains in Cheyenne Wells and then Lamar. In 2010, he was named the area wildlife manager in Colorado Springs where he served for more than three years. Next he spent two years as the area wildlife manager in Brush in northeast Colorado. Most recently, Chick was based at CPW’s Denver headquarters as the manager for the license, passes and reservation section. Eric Treinen ’04 (Alamosa, CO) is the new emergency manager for Alamosa County. He and his wife, Christy Thomas Treinen ’04, ’13 have two sons. He has spent the last 13 years with the Alamosa Fire Department. Rob McCabe ’06 has been promoted to head wrestling coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College. He spent the 2018-19 season as the Panthers’ top assistant. He will be the second head coach in program history. Andrew Cura ’07 (Pueblo, CO) teacher sixth through eighth grade physical education at Risley International Academy of Innovation. He has taught for a total of 23 years, with 16 of those at Risley. He says, “Working at Risley the last 16 years has been one of the things I am most proud of. The students, parents, extended families and the community are absolutely, without a doubt, some of the most caring, hard-working and talented people in Pueblo. Working so closely with student-athletes for so many years gives me hope that these young people will make a difference for Pueblo or anywhere they decide to give their talents to. I will continue to have love for everyone that becomes a Risley Bear and will teach, coach and be the best role model that I can be. My student-athletes will continue to have the best middle school experience in Pueblo — I am so confident of that and back it up by having my son attend Risley. He is excelling in academics, athletics and socially. The Red and Black has talent, training and are teammates forever.” Julian Maendel ’07 (Alamosa, CO) is a general surgeon at SLV Health. He recently returned from a surgical mission trip to San Carlos, Bolivia, where he spent one week performing surgery with a team of physicians from an organization known as Medical Ministry International. This trip was his second to Bolivia. He shared his experience with a presentation at the SLV Health Education and Conference Center.

•2010s Jessica Castillo Gallegos ’10 (Alamosa, CO) received her Ph.D. through the Education, Leadership, Research and Foundations Program of the University of ColoradoColorado Springs in May of 2019. She defended her dissertation, “The Gap Between Matriculation and Persistence: Title V of the Higher Education Act at Rural Four-year Hispanic-Serving Institutions,” on April 29, 2019. Calvin Stewart ’11 (Porterville, CA) writes, “I have pursued a career towards classroom teaching in California. I am currently in my sixth year teaching in a small rural school, and I currently teach fourth grade. I am also serving in the United States Air Force Reserve, was deployed in 2014-2015 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and was recently selected as an officer candidate. I earned my commission through Officer Training School and pinned on 2d Lt. in November of 2017. All in all, I think back to my days at Adams State and all the professors within the Music Department. Thank you for instilling in me the skills and qualities that made me the great teacher I am today!” Brady Schreibvogel ’12 (Keenesburg, CO) married Madlynn Ruble. Brady is employed as a welder and his new wife is employed with the state of Colorado. Anna Kinney ’15 (Farmington, NM) writes, “Fiber artists never stop. It’s a string thing!” Victoria “Tori” Martinez ’15 (Antonito, CO) has been named a new board member to the Colorado Historic Preservation Review Board. The board reviews the State of Colorado Historic Preservation Plan. In addition, the board also reviews and approves National Register nominations prior to submission to the Keeper of the National Register in Washington, DC. When appropriate, the board may provide written opinions on the significance of properties. Tori is the executive director of the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area in southern Colorado. As a social scientist her research focuses on


Great Stories women and minorities in rural areas. She has supported research for the National Science Foundation, The Colorado Trust, Adams State University, and the San Luis Valley Area Health Education Center. Tori is also the author of two books and the blog “Rethinking Rural Women,” which provides information on the well-being of women in rural areas. Nicole Cyr ’17 (Bayfield, CO) writes, “Thank you to the biology faculty! Since graduation, I have worked as a range technician for the US Forest Service in Ault, Colo. and Monticello, Utah. I was also a park guide for the U.S. National Park Service and an environmental compliance specialist for Chevron Phillips Chemical Company.

Oscar Cosio ’17 (Ignacio, CO) is living and teaching in Ignacio, Colo. He finished his ninth year of teaching PE/Health at Ignacio Elementary. It was his seventeenth year of teaching. He gives a shout out to Ignacio and the ASU cohort! David Quiroz ’17 (Ignacio, CO) is finishing up his seventh year teaching in Ignacio, Colo. He writes, “Going through the Adams State experience was fantastic. My cohort was the best—love each and every one of them.”

Nikol Kelley ’91, of North Conejos School District, was named San Luis Valley 2018-19 Educator of the Year. Congratulations, Nikol. Other Adams State alumni were recognized as the top educator in their respective school districts: Katherine Murr ’94, ’07 (Alamosa) Mark Jones ’89 (Center) Natalie Horrocks ’02, ’03 (Upper Rio Grande )

What have you been up to since graduation? Your classmates want to know. Email your update and photo to alumni@adams.edu.

Sarah Culler ’12 (Sanford) Kelly Parker ’01 (Sangre de Cristo) Jenny Kimberling ’07 (Sargent) Travis Paine ’00, ’14 (Sierra Grande) Madison Mansheim ’15 (South Conejos) Congratulations to all.

$28,215 Money raised from annual phonathon Thank you to all the alumni who contributed to the success of the Adams State Foundation Annual Phonathon in the spring. Current students spent their evenings for three weeks calling to raise $28,215 from 334 alumni. AStater 39


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NEW GRAD BRUNCH The Spring 2019 graduating seniors attend the New Grad Brunch celebrating their induction into the Alumni Association.

ROCKIES GAME DENVER CHAPTER Liz Watts ’70 and family; Wayne Melanson ’69; Jan Heinbeck; Jerry Schloffman ’65, ’70; Gloria Archunde ’69; Greg Archunde; Jimmy Lovato ’71, ’73 40 AStater

MJ Berg ’86, Dr. Cheryl Lovell, Nancy Clark, Mary & Cal Beaver


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Sweetie Marbury ’87; Marilyn & Dutch ’61, ’64 Malberg; Vickie Sutton-Gallegos ’96; Margaret Sutton; Tracy & Norman ’79 Tucker; Margie & Ross ’61 Smith

Kristen Crenshaw Nellis ’85; Diane Trembly ’67; Darrell Trembly; Donna Burr ’87; Janice Moore ’87

Oscar Cosio ’17; Gina Cosio; Nicole Cyr ’17; Lori Laske ’91, ’01; David Quiroz ’17; Anna Kinney ’15; Brad Kinney AStater 41


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Final Chapters

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

Wilburn “Ed” Ferril ’63 (Harker Heights, TX) passed away Mar. 28 at the age of 77. Cliff Miller ’69 (Albuquerque, NM) passed away Apr. 21 at the age of 73. John Jesmer ’71 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Oct. 29 at the age of 69. Among his survivors is wife Carol Krueger Jesmer ’70. Paul Reddin ’64 (Grand Junction, CO) passed away Apr. 28 at the age of 77. Among his survivors is wife Ann Ingraham Reddin ’64 and sister Sue Reddin Ellison ’74. Dan Welsh ’51 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Mar. 4 at the age of 89. Mathew Valdez ’91 (San Luis, CO) passed away May 5 at the age of 57. Nicole “Nikki” Reedy ’15 (West Des Moines, IA) passed away Mar. 23 at the age of 35.

Mark King ’74 (Alamosa, CO) passed away June 1 at the age of 65. Robert Kincaid ’66 (Waterloo, IA) passed away June 2 at the age of 76. Thomas Smith ’59 (Ventura, CA) passed away May 23 at the age of 88. Don McCallister ’51 (Del Norte, CO) passed away July 1 at the age of 90. Among his survivors is brother Vernon McCallister ’61 and daugher & son-in-law Mary Kay & Brian Roberts ’77. Doris Deleon ’96 (Pueblo, CO) passed away June 26 at the age of 72. Among her survivors is son Kennth Deleon ’91. Andrew Valdez ’62 (Boulder, CO) passed away June 27 at the age of 83. Among his survivors are wife Nellie Espinoza Valdez ’56, ’61, son Andy Valdez ’81, son David Valdez ’90, daughter-in-law Darlene Valdez ’93, daughter Mavi Valdez-Apodaca ’87.

Michael Rockel ’99 (Bethesda, MD) passed away Mar. 21 at the age of 67. James Slade ’72 (Cortez, CO) passed away Mar. 23 at the age of 91. Adelia Huber ’83 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Apr. 14 at the age of 86. Philip Weiss ’67 (Sun City West, AZ) passed away May 2 at the age of 75. Denise Kernen Dutton ’72 (La Junta, CO) passed away May 23 at the age of 69. Among her survivors are husband Mike Dutton ’73 and daughter Amber ’97 & Dean ’97 Thompson. Judy Lujan ’90 (Monte Vista, CO) passed away June 19 at the age of 65.

Friends Mildred Mondragon ASU Retiree (Alamosa, CO) passed away May 27 at the age of 72. Dr. Ted Ellis, Professor Emeritus (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away June 27 at the age of 79. Among survivors are nephew Harry Manesiotis ’99 and John ’95 & Jeine ’95 Manesiotis.

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