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ASTATER Spring 2022 Donor Report


MAGAZINE VOL. 62, NO. 1 • SPRING 2022 Published by Adams State University Foundation Adams State University • Alamosa, CO 81101 719-587-7011 • 800-824-6494 email: Digital magazine:


Amy Kucera ’05, Linda Relyea ’96, ’10

The entire Adams State community thanks you for your support. As you look through this edition of the AStater, you’ll see the focus is on investment in Adams State. Through the generous support of alumni and friends; collaboration with corporate partners; and a strong relationship with our local, state, and federal legislators, Adams State is seeing improvement throughout campus as a result of this investment.


Amy Kucera ’05


Linda Relyea ’96, ’10 • Amy Kucera ’05 • Michael Clifford Eric Flores ’11 • Ed Crowther • Garrett Carroll ’21 Greg Carter ’22 • Kris Owens ’25 • Jazmine Palacios-Molinar ’22



Michele Lueck Chair David Tandberg, Ph.D. ’02 Vice Chair Pam Bricker ’03 • Amanda DeLaRosa • Jonathan N. Marquez ’13 Mark Martinez ’13 • Jennifer Mueller Arthur M. Ortegon • John Singletary Beth E. Bonnstetter, Ph.D. Faculty Trustee Mary Benavidez Student Trustee


Sandy Ortega ’74 President Delzia Worley ’97 Vice President Olga Montano ’06 Secretary Jacqueline Archuleta ’11 • Darrick Garcia ’17 • Alfonso Lopez ’70 Reyna Martinez-Ramirez ’10 • Robert Oringdulph ’71 • Carol Osborn ’84 Chris Page ’02, ’03 • Richard Scanga ’75 • Marcus Shawcroft ’15 Elizabeth Watts ’70 • Jeremy Wilder ’96 • Loren Wright ’08


Ron Howard ’98 President John McDaniel, Ph.D. Vice President Joe Martinez ’99, ’12 Secretary/Treasurer Fred Bunch ’77 • Duane Bussey ’82 • Keith Cerny • Jennifer Chavez ’00 Joshua Cody ’05 • Jenny Cooper • Ed Crowther • Bill Fassett Chuck Houser ’62 • Dorothy Lucero ’61 • Liane “Buffie” McFadyen ’91, ’93 Richard Scanga ’75 • Cheryl Schroeder ’07, ’09 Jesse Torres ’97 • Tyree Walton ’08


Stephen Bokat ’68 • Marguerite Salazar ’75, ’76 • Michael Ware ’69


Glenn Burnham • Harold Kelloff • John Marvel Jr. ’70 Izora Southway ’66 • J. Byron Uhrich • R. Paul Wagner


Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 Executive Director of the Foundation Pam Bricker ’03 Trustee Liason


Hoyt Anderson ’97 President Ted Morrison ’69 Vice President Chas Moeller ’98 Treasurer Keith Cerny, Donna Wehe ’12 Secretaries Joseph Garcia ’73 • Eli Heredia • Nicholas Lara ’12 Amanda Maez • Joel Polkowske ’12 • Marcus Shawcroft ’15


Students are the primary beneficiaries of your investment whether in the form of additional financial aid support, modern classrooms, increased Wi-Fi across campus, or the counseling and support they need to be successful. You should also know we are honored to be stewards of your investment. Adams State takes pride in these solid recent achievements: • Adams State now scores above four out of five in the Composite Financial Index, a measure of financial health used widely throughout higher education. This is an outstanding score for Adams State (or any other major university) that highlights financial stability. • The Board of Trustees were recently presented a balance sheet enviable by many schools, especially coming out of a worldwide pandemic. • The Board of Trustees also approved a budget allowing an increase in salary for exempt employees to be more in line with peer institutions nationwide (faculty received pay raises last year). It also allows a three percent across the board pay increase for all employees. • Strong and prudent investments by the Adams State Foundation Board of Directors now see an endowment of nearly $32 million, an increase of 50.5 percent over the past five years. If your name is included in the donor list, either as an individual, partnership, family, organization, foundation, or company – many heartfelt thanks to you. Adams State also appreciates those not listed who recommend this university to a family member, friend, or colleague as a place to receive a relevant degree in a caring atmosphere. There are several ways you can support Adams State that doesn’t make a list – your contribution is appreciated as well.

Adams State University’s driving purpose is to provide equitable access to education for all. We promote successful and engaged lives by caring for, connecting with, and challenging our students, campus, and community. As Colorado’s premier Hispanic Serving Institution, Adams State University draws on its rural location in the San Luis Valley, to serve and empower all students, especially those from historically underserved populations.

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Upcoming Alumni Events June 19 Adams State at Father's Day Rollin' Deep Car and Bike Show June 23 Adams State football reunion/ Denver Chapter at Centennial Top Golf ON THE COVER: Professor of Chemistry Christy Miller, Ph.D., Class of 1992, works with teaching assistant and legacy student Emma Gilmore, Class of 2023. Emma’s parents and paternal grandparents, as well as extended family members, are Adams State alumni. However, Emma was inspired by more than family ties to attend Adams State. Eighty-four percent of Adams State students who apply to medical school are accepted. “The success of this pre-medical program, combined with the ability to get my undergraduate tuition covered through scholarships, was the main reason I chose Adams. I knew this university would set me up to succeed as a medical student and professional in the future.” Emma is “super fortunate” to receive the Porter Scholars in Science and Mathematics the last four years, as well as several other merit-based awards. “These scholarships have played such a crucial role in my education over the last three years.” Christy also received scholarships as an Adams State student and now she passes along her passion to the next generation of scientists. “What I enjoy most about teaching is continuing to learn along with my students. My lecture notes are a work in progress, always evolving with the ever-changing field of biochemistry.”

Contents 4 Adams State Foundation Scholarships List 8

Giving Back New scholarships established

12 Donor Report 2021 26 Outstanding Graduates 28 Spring Commencement 30 Great Alumni Story

32 Grizzly Athletics

July 4 Adams State at Alamosa's Independence Day Parade July 16 Adams State at Manassa Pioneer Days Parade July 23 Adams State at Monte Vista Stampede Parade August 13 Denver Chapter at Colorado Rockies Game August 20 New Student Orientation October 3–9 Homecoming Week

34 News 38 Staying in Touch Class notes from alumni

40 Adams Family Album Photos from Alumni events

42 Final Chapters Remembering those no longer with us

Doctors from the Gridiron ASTATER


adams state university scholarships awarded Academic Year Amount Awarded 2020-21 $1,266,958 2019/20 $1,323,372 2018/19 $1,188,863 2017/18 $1,033,129 2016/17 $1,125,532



Students 256 251 275 248 263


new scholarships established

foundation scholarships Miles & Alice Acheson Memorial Alice Acheson ’68, ’69 Adams State Alumni Adams State University Alumni Association Adventure Sports Tamara Rice Adams State Classified Employees Employees of Adams State University Alamosa Lodge #44 Philanthropic Alamosa Masonic Philanthropic Foundation Alamosa Masonic Alamosa Masonic Philanthropic Foundation Alamosa Rotary Alamosa Rotary Club Alamosa State Bank – Helms/Nielsen Memorial Alamosa State Bank Kay Wagner Albrecht Kay Wagner Albrecht ’62 Camila A. Alire Camila Alire ’70 Antonito Carole Counihan & James Taggart Manual Aragon Estate of Manual Aragon Arby’s SLV Promising Athlete Arby’s ASU Alumni & Foundation Office Rich ’59 & De Gehlbach ASU Alumni-Denver Chapter Denver Alumni Chapter ASU Emeritus Chemistry Faculty David Van Pelt ’86 ASU Theatre Endowment ASU Alumni, Staff & Friends Richard Barkley/McDaniel Richard Barkley ’76, Dr. John McDaniel Marian Sims Baughn Memorial P.E.O. Foundation/Chapter V Dr. Kenneth Bean Alice Bean Bokat Family Stephen ’68 & Karen Bokat Borrego Family Thomas Borrego ’46 Stan Brinkley/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Tom Bruscino/McDaniel Thomas ’99 & Terrie ’99 Bruscino, Dr. John McDaniel Dr. Robert & Sharon Buchanan/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Dr. Littleton J. Bunch Memorial Bunch Family Shirley Burnham Memorial Glenn ’94 & Kerry Burnham Gladys & Doyle Burns Anonymous

Orahood Burt Carolyn Burt Bustos/Price Memorial Bill Mansheim Clyde Carstens/McDaniel Clyde Carstens ’86, Dr. John McDaniel Clyde Calvin Carstens/McDaniel Memorial Dr. John McDaniel Joshua Thomas Cary Memorial John & Paige Keeler Dr. William M. Chase Memorial Chase Trust Sally T. Chavez Memorial Anonymous Donor N. & G. Clarke & H. Emperius Memorial Hada Clarke ’85 Edwin Clemmer Scholarships in the Very Fine Arts David ’87 & Wendy Clemmer Jim Colbert Athletic Jim Colbert ’61, ’65 & Valerie Goodwin-Colbert Alton Cole Estate of Alton Cole Collins/Sheriff/Zuckerman Memorial Stephen ’67 & Courtney Marsters Colorado Water Officials Association – Chapter Three Memorial Colorado Water Officials Association S. Connelly Softball Becky Connelly Richard Conour Memorial Elizabeth Conour Nita Cooper/McDaniel Memorial Jack Cooper & Dr. John McDaniel Gerald Corning James ’86 & Deborah Harvey Crain William ’60, ’62 & Ellie ’82 Crain James & Irene Craft James H. Craft Jerry & Patti Crisci/McDaniel Jerry ’70 & Patti ’70 Crisci, Dr. John McDaniel Dr. Ed Crowther/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel John Dewi Davies M.D. Medical Estate of Eileen Crowly Davies Devon J. Doyle Memorial Brian & Leslie ’95, ’05 Doyle Dream Endowment Various Donors Angelo Duarte Wrestling Family/Friends Duncan Ronald ’66, ’72 & Paula ’73 Duncan Ellis Memorial Harry Manesiotis ’99

Wayne & Ellen Evans Mathematics & Science Wayne ’62 & Ellen Evans Stanford Fellers Memorial Marvin Fellers ’47 Peggy & Rex Filer Peggy ’91, ’93 & Rex Filer Firstbank FirstBank Holding Company Firstbank Service Area FirstBank Holding Company Claudette Morin Fisher Claudette Fisher ’63, ’78 David Ford/McDaniel David Ford ’71, Dr. John McDaniel David Ford Memorial/McDaniel Vickie I. Ford ’71, Dr. John McDaniel David & Vickie Ford/McDaniel Vickie I. Ford ’71, Dr. John McDaniel Vickie Ford/McDaniel Vickie I. Ford ’71, Dr. John McDaniel Dr. Gary Gallagher/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Gary & Judith Gaston Estate of Gary Gaston ’62, ’65 Michael John Gay Memorial Michael Gay Brody Geiser Memorial Jeff & Nancy Geiser GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club Ruth Curtis Gilbert Karla Gilbert Dr. Gordon Gillson/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Erin Gilmore Memorial Katie Fundalinski, J. Thomas ’67, ’68 & Patrice ’68 Gilmore Dr. J. Thomas Gilmore/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel William & Lenora Gilmore Memorial J. Thomas ’67, ’68 & Patrice ’68 Gilmore Lawrence & Frances Gomez Lawrence ’67, ’68 & Frances ’64, ’70 Gomez James Gontis/McDaniel James Gontis ’90, Dr. John McDaniel Green/Park Woolbert Creative Arts Kathy Park Woolbert ’07 & Henry Woolbert Roger Gunlikson Kevin & Lori Fulks Paul D. Hall Phil & Juanita Hall James P. & Kate A. Hatfield Art Education Estate of Kathryn Hatfield History, Anthropology, Philosophy, Political Science & Spanish ASU HAPPSS Department ASTATER


Charley & Sadako Hayashida Memorial Sadako Hayashida Brooks Haynie Memorial Endowment Thomas & Marjorie Haynie Hensley Wrestling Mark ’89 & Stephanie ’93, ’01 Hensley Robby Henriksen Memorial Judith & Thomas Henriksen John & Anita Hertner Biology John ’66, ’70 & Anita ’67 Hertner Stuart Hilwig HGP Honors ASU History/Government Department Dr. John & Nora Holmes Memorial Holmes Family Donald Hilton Hopper Memorial H. Dean Hopper & Doris Hilton Hopper Ron Howard/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Dr. Grant Hurley Pre-Med/Nursing Grant ’47 & Beverly Hurley Roy & Yoshiko Inouye Memorial Estate of Roy & Yoshiko Inouye Dale E. Jeffryes Memorial Michael Patritch ’70, ’73 & Karol Ann Krakauer Patritch James D. Johnson/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Marvin & Karl Keck Anonymous Kay Prendergast Kelloff Kay ’69 & Harold Kelloff Kincannon/Wall McDaniel Deanna Kincannon-Wall ’69, Dr. John McDaniel Kiwanis Club of Alamosa Kiwanis Club of Alamosa Sandra V. & O. John Kuenhold Sandra ’81 & John Kuenhold L & M Auto LeRoy & Rosalie ’86 Martinez Margaret A. Lamb Margaret Lamb Mark Lammers/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Minnie Langowski Memorial Gene Langowski ’82, ’87, Charlene Bertolino ’89 Vernon Lantis David Lantis ’39 Mike & Diana Lantzy Mike Lantzy ’64, ’65 Jeannie Sanderson Leach Memorial Kendra Sanderson ’15, Joni Hemmerling ’10 Don & Myrna Lentz Kevin ’79 & Terri Lentz Michael Lane Lester Memorial James Lester



Olibama Lopez-Tushar Estate of Olibama Lopez-Tushar Anna & Rodney Lopez Rodney ’66 & Anna Lopez Florence Lorton/Alice Lorton Getz Memorial Melvin Getz, Jackie Getz White ’82 Loser Family Ron ’65 & Marilyn ’86, ’87 Loser Hon. Carlos & Dorothy Lucero/McDaniel Carlos ’61 & Dorothy ’61 Lucero, Dr. John McDaniel Lawrence David Lucero Memorial Fern Lucero Robert Lujan Memorial John ’86 & Gwynne Lujan Mangum Nursing Janet ’63 & Jasper Mangum Michael Marchildon/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Connie & Kim Marvel Connie ’75 & Kim Marvel Dr. John & Fran Marvel/McDaniel John & Fran Marvel, Dr. John McDaniel Dr. Robert E. McAllister Dr. Robert E. McAllister ’67 McAninch/Mangum Track & Field Jan ’63 & Jasper Mangum Ethel Dobson McDaniel/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel J.E. McDaniel/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Julie Randolph McDaniel/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Lillian McDaniel/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel McGee Family Ruth McGee ’50 McLean Family Dolores McLean ’65, Chris Simmons Manuel & Dolores Medina Memorial Family of Manuel & Dolores Medina Merritt Sarah Beatrice Merritt ’36 Matthew Miller Memorial Mary Miller

Mingilton Family Endowment Dale ’85 & Teri Mingilton Marvin Motz Anonymous Donor Motz/Porter Basketball Alonzo Porter ’65, ’66, Mary Motz ’62 Music Endowment ASU Alumni, Staff & Friends MVHS-Adams Wayne ’62 & Ellen Evans Valerie Naranjo Anonymous Donor Dr. Paul S. & Patti K. Newman Theatre Education Endowment Paul & Patti Newman William & Taka Oba Memorial David Oba ’77, Dean ’75 & Trish Oba, Ronald Oba Spud & Merle Orr Memorial Merle Orr ’65, ’69 Ed Ortega/McDaniel Eduardo Ortega ’86, Dr. John McDaniel Ralph Outcalt Scholars Outcalt Foundation Sue “Soupe” Patterson Art Memorial Bill Mansheim Sue Patterson & Bill Mansheim/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Porter Realty Mike & Mary Ann ’86 Porter, Porter Realty Porter Scholars in Science & Mathematics William ’51 & Joan Porter Bill Rakow/McDaniel Bill Rakow ’69, Dr. John McDaniel Lon Randolph/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation Pueblo Chieftain Larry G. Reed & Vivian Janice Reed Memorial Reed Family Trust Judith Richardson Visual Art Antoinette Lucas Don Richmond Music Anonymous Donor Ed Richmond Endowment Don Richmond ’13 & Teri McCartney ’87, ’92

RG Bank - Boyce & Leonard RG Bank Rustic Log Randy ’98 & Micah ’98 Jackson Rutledge Family Richard ’69 & Kathleen Rutledge Ed Ryan Ed Ryan Jodine Ryan/McDaniel Jodine Ryan, Dr. John McDaniel Emma & Henry Salazar Memorial Ken Salazar and Family Vince Sanchez Memorial Quint Seckler Wayne Sheldrake/McDaniel Wayne ’85, ’91 & Lauren ’97, ’04 Sheldrake, Dr. John McDaniel Shriver/Wright Agricultural ASU Alumni & Friends William “Bill” Sinclair Memorial Phyllis Sinclair ’71 Sloan Family Michael Sloan ’65 SLV Behavioral Health Group SLV Behavioral Health Group SLV Federal Bank Endowment SLV Federal Bank SLV Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. SLV Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc. Southway Alumni Southway Construction Southway Wrestling Southway Construction Butch Southway Memorial Izora Southway ’66 Elaine Southway Memorial Butch & Izora ’66 Southway, Joanne Southway Clayton ’61 Kenny & Rondaleen Specht Rondaleen Specht ’67 Rick Spier Memorial Patsy Spier ’91 Linda L. Spraitzer Estate of Linda Spraitzer Summerfest on the Rio SLV Fine Arts & Entertainment Richard Talley Musical Theatre Margaret Talley Douglas B. Thomas Estate of Douglas B. Thomas ’55 William M. & Jennie L. Thomas Estate of William & Jennie Thomas Mary Louise & Lester Tooker John Tooker ’66 & Deborah Brownell William Trujillo/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Dale Umberger Lunch Box Memorial Football Players of 1966-71

Ralph Vail & Kathlyn Thatcher Vail Ann Vail Wagner Family Virgil ’73 & Carol ’76 Wagner Wall, Smith, Bateman WSB & Associates, Inc. Kyle Walpole/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Bill & Beth Waters Bill ’59 & Beth Waters Kay Watkins ASU Chemistry Department Elwyn & Virginia Wehe Al ’73 & Virginia Wehe Arthur Wellbaum Estate of Arthur Wellbaum Dr. Lynn Weldon World Peace Arvilla Weldon ’70, ’92 Lillian McDaniel Williamson/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Robert & Karen Willis Robert & Karen ’99 Willis

Stanley & Ruth Wills Ruth Wills ’46, Karen Kelton Woodard Memorial Charles & Beryl Woodard George, John, Janet, Marjorie & Mitzi Woodard Memorial Ketha Woodard Woodward Family William “Bill” Woodward ’61 Shirley Wright/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Robert Ellard Wright Memorial Mary Ann Wright Shane Yamnitz/McDaniel Dr. John McDaniel Cindy Young Memorial Norman Tucker ’79 Lorraine Young Memorial Estate of Lorraine Young ’37 Christopher Zoukis Stephen & Suzan Zoukis



Giving Back Longtime faculty members Rex, Ph.D., and Peggy Filer establish a scholarship endowment to support students pursuing a master’s in counseling Rex Filer, Ph.D., emeritus professor of counselor education, joined Adams State in 1987. During his 28 year teaching career, he witnessed the department’s growth and believes in the idea of 'quality education with a personal touch.' “I appreciated this moniker which I felt made the student’s experience special.” He understands pursuing a master’s degree can be challenging. “I appreciate the courage Adams State students show. Starting fresh out of an undergrad program or other life experiences, it can be challenging. It doesn’t matter where you start, you have to be yourself in the process and trust who you are. Lives are changed positively with a master’s degree and I wanted to help students achieve their dreams…to be a part of that in some small way.” Peggy Filer, Class of 1991 and 1993, wants the next generations graduating from Adams State to feel motivated to succeed, with the help of scholarships. She’s thrilled to see the success of the counselor education program and is proud of the student achievements. “These students are becoming who they want to be and will benefit the world when they graduate, encouraging others to have their hopes and dreams fulfilled,” Peggy Filer said. This certainly happened for Peggy. She grew up deaf and remembers the fear of starting college. The scholarships she received encouraged her to continue with her master’s degree in counseling. “The scholarships helped so much,” Peggy Filer added. “I was in need of financial aid and scholarships gave me the same opportunities as every student. I wanted to say thank you to the donors by doing my best in school.”

The Peggy & Rex Filer Scholarships will be awarded each year. One will support a student pursuing their Master in Arts in school counseling while the other will support a student pursuing their Master in Arts in clinical mental health counseling. The Filers are retired and volunteer for AARP; and for seven years, Rex Filer has volunteered with free tax preparation. “Helping out in this way just feels like an extension of Adams State – responding to the needs of others.” Peggy Filer can’t seem to stop teaching sign language after more than 35 years, 20 years at Adams State. She volunteers as an ASL instructor. “I can’t really explain all the wonderful memories I have of Adams State. It was just wonderful. Adams State opened all the world to me.”

Dr. William M. Chase Memorial Scholarship The Dr. William M. Chase Memorial Scholarship was funded through the Chase Living Trust and is restricted to students who are a junior or senior majoring in business. William Chase, Ph.D., emeritus professor of business, retired in 1994. He was admired by his colleagues. Thomas J. Gilmore, Ph.D., emeritus professor of business, describes Chase as an excellent professor, much liked and admired by students. “His classes were interesting and always of top quality in both the concept of management and its practical application.” Chase was an excellent advisor to students and took this very seriously. He was equally respected and liked by his peers. “He never spoke until he had thought about the issue, and, when he 8


did speak, it was always sensible and worth hearing,” Gilmore added. “He was an all-around excellent teacher, scholar, and colleague.” Julie Campbell, emeritus assistant professor of business, also taught with Chase. “Dr. Chase was the epitome of a gentleman. In his interactions with students and faculty, he was always professional but his deep concern for them shone through.” Chase had a soft spot for non-traditional students and liked to tap into their knowledge and experience to keep his teaching relevant and to help them succeed academically in the midst of the younger students. “His office door was open for any student who needed advice or help or just a chat,” added Campbell.

McAninch/Mangum Track and Field Scholarship Janet Mangum, Class of 1963, remembers a time when women didn’t compete in sports. “We had playdays. I guess they thought we were too fragile to play whole ball games by ourselves.” Once she started teaching physical education in New Mexico she soon began coaching the girls track team. Her first meet didn’t go so well. “I learned a lesson and I didn’t like losing.” Mangum brushed up on her skills and started coming home with wins for her junior and senior high school teams. Her memories coaching and respect for the sport, and her appreciation for Adams State, inspired Janet, and her husband, Jasper, to establish the McAninch/ Mangum Track and Field Scholarship. “I have always enjoyed track and field and wanted to help students finish their degree,” Mangum added.

The McAninch/Mangum Track and Field Scholarship is restricted to a senior track and field athlete. The Mangums have a long history of donating to Adams State including establishing a nursing scholarship and helping purchase an advanced, full-body simulator for the nursing simulation lab. A graduate of Center High School, Mangum has always admired the work ethic of Adams State students. “Most students do not come from privileged backgrounds and understand that in order to be successful they have to work hard. We hope to help alleviate some of the financial burden so they can concentrate on their studies.” She encourages current students to take the time to enjoy their youth and appreciate all the lessons learned. Mangum earned a degree in health education but after a few years as a teacher, decided to pursue a different career. She worked for a short time in a doctor’s office and then teamed up with Jasper in his auto body shop. “I hadn’t heard of a body shop before I met my husband. We made a very successful business due to a strong work-ethic and selfdiscipline I learned at Adams State.”

Brothers Kevin Lentz and Doug Lentz

Don and Myrna Lentz Family Scholarship Kevin Lentz, Class of 1979, and his brother Doug Lentz, Class of 1991, recall their father, Don Lentz being a strong advocate of education, as he was the first in his family to receive a college degree. Don Lentz was chief lab technician and assistant administrator at the Alamosa Hospital, now known as SLV Health. He employed many college students as phlebotomists and laboratory assistants. Kevin and his wife, Terri, along with Doug and his wife, Jenny, are proud to establish the Don & Myrna Lentz Family Scholarship, recognizing a strong family legacy. “My parents created such an inspiration for my brother and I to pursue our dreams and stick with it,” Kevin Lentz said. “We graduated from Adams State, along with our spouses and our children.” The scholarship is a two-year award. The recipient must be in their freshman year, pursuing a degree in the sciences, remain in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and demonstrate financial need. Growing up in Alamosa, brothers Kevin and Doug Lentz always felt the connection between Adams State and the community. They attended basketball and football games growing up and continued to participate in student activities while Kevin earned his double major in business administration and accounting and Doug earned his degree in business administration and management. “Adams State is a source of pride and an integral part of the community,” Kevin Lentz said. “It is well respected with a very diverse group of students committed to education. There are opportunities here for a quality four-year education where students are able to achieve their goals. “We wanted to give structure and courage to students pursuing their dreams. Entering college can be a big change from high school and sometimes it is easy to quit. With this two-year scholarship, we felt once a student has completed their second year, there is a good chance they will continue and finish their degree.” Kevin Lentz advises students not to let the degree pigeonhole their goals or expectations. After 16 years in a corporate career, he fulfilled his lifelong passion and started his own company which now has five branch companies all tied to marketing/technology. “Stick with it – it is worth it.” ASTATER


Giving Back Getz Family establishes endowed fund for the Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center

Getz and Salazar are respected names in the San Luis Valley. True stewards of the land, these successful agricultural icons recognize the importance of protecting the valley resources, including its most vital resource - water. This dedication inspired the Melvin Getz’ family to contribute to the Adams State Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center. The Melvin Getz Endowed Fund is named in honor of longtime water rights activist, loving father, and devoted friend, the late Melvin Getz, pictured above. The endowment will provide ongoing operational and programmatic support for the Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center, including the water minor established by the Center. The family of Melvin Getz, including his son, Steven Getz, Class of 1981; and daughters Jackie Lee Getz White, M.D., Class of 1982; Amy Kay Getz, Class of 2000; and Lynne Marie Getz, Ph.D., Class of 1978, contributed to the endowment. Many generations of the Getz and Lorton families are graduates of Adams State. They value their

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experiences at Adams State and continue to support its programs. Melvin Getz was a lifelong student of water. His father, Leslie Getz started working with the United States Geologic Service (USGS) in 1938. He and other ranchers noticed that their artesian wells were changing and worked with the USGS to establish one of the first well monitoring programs in the area. “The Getz’s have been studying water ever since, said Steven Getz. “Grandpa taught his kids about ranching, and the discussion included water. Dad, in turn, taught his kids, and anyone that would listen, about water. “Dad always thought outside the box. He pushed novel ideas. Many such as groundwater recharge and water share buybacks, are commonly used today.” In the early 1990s, Melvin Getz was among the first to realize American Water Development Inc. (AWDI) planned to take San Luis Valley water to the front range and helped lead the fight to stop the challenge. “Our family thanks the Salazar family for this opportunity to continue Dad’s life’s work,” said Steven Getz. The Adams State Salazar Center works to engage and advance the conservation of land, water, and historic and cultural attributes at the headwaters of the Rio Grande in the San Luis Valley. The Center hosts the annual Rio Grande State of the Basin Symposium; an on-going series of community water talks; and other special programs. The children of Melvin Getz also established the Florence Lorton Memorial Scholarship, in honor of their grandmother, an educator and long-time supporter of Adams State. Their mother, Alice Lorton Getz, was also an advocate of education for non-traditional students and taught at Adams State. When she died in 1996, the award was renamed the Florence Lorton and Alice Lorton Getz Memorial Scholarship. The Emma and Henry Salazar Family established the Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center in 2016.

The Adams State School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics received an Xcel Energy Education grant for the 2021/2022 academic year, which was used to offer free STEM Saturday workshops to San Luis Valley school-aged students. According to Angie Sandy, Title V STEM activity director, the $10,000 grant funded nine STEM Saturdays, including two offcampus locations, in Antonito and Del Norte. A total of nearly 100 students, in grades 3-12, attended sessions on biology, mathematics, chemistry, electronics, and 3D printing.

Coach Damon Martin, Class of 1986, introduces the 2021 Women’s National Championship Cross Country Team. Hosts Alamosa Mayor Ty Coleman and Director of the School of Visual and Performing Arts John Taylor, Ph.D., kept the show rolling. Freddie Jaquez, Class of 1976, had the audience singing and clapping.



Adams State Gives Day raised a record for a single night of fundraising on February 15, 2022.

Theatre major Aaron Corona, Class of 2023, croons “Come Fly With Me.” It’s always colorful when Semillas de la Tierra performs on the Adams State stage.



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Donor Report 2021 lifetime giving $100,000+ Alamosa State Bank Anonymous Duane ’82 & Lorey ’80 Bussey William Crain ’60, ’62 Daniels Fund El Pomar Foundation Wayne ’62* & Ellen Evans First Southwest Bank John ’57 & Janet Fuller The Estate of Gary ’62, ’65 and Judith Gaston* Rich ’59 & De Gehlbach Floyd Higel ’55 John & Paige Keeler Michael Lantzy ’64, ’65 Ron ’65 & Marilyn ’86, ’87 Loser Carlos ’61 & Dorothy ’61 Lucero Janet ’63 & Jasper Mangum John Robert Maytag John McDaniel, Ph.D. Paul Morley ’66 Outcalt Foundation P.E.O. Foundation-Chapter V (Monte Vista, CO) William Porter Jr. ’51* & Joan Porter RG Bank Estate of Charles & Cleo Ritz* Richard ’69 & Kathleen Rutledge Salazar Family Foundation Ken Salazar San Luis Valley Federal Bank San Luis Valley Health San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op, Inc. Southway Construction Co, Inc. Patsy Spier ’91 Estate of Linda Spraitzer* State of Colorado Department of Higher Education The Denver Foundation Trinchera Blanca Foundation Douglas Thomas ’55* Olibama Tushar Trust* Family of Ruth & Stanley Wills Estate of Lorraine Young* 12


$50,000–99,999 Alamosa Convention & Visitors Bureau Alamosa County Alta Fuels Alice Bean Boettcher Foundation Janice Bunch* Glenn & Kerry Burnham Chase Living Trust CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency David ’87 & Wendy Clemmer Richard ’71 & Mary ’74 Cline Colorado Housing and Finance Authority Colorado Potato Administrative Committee Community Banks of Colorado Jack* & Genevieve Cooper Carole Counihan & James Taggart Patricia Ewert Flannagan ’76 John ’57 & Janet Fuller Tom ’67, ’68 & Pat ’68 Gilmore Mr. & Mrs. Fred Haeckl* Phil & Juanita Hall Grant W Hurley ’47* Inn of the Rio Grande J & J Rental Centers Harold & Kay ’68 Kelloff Dr. Cheryl Lovell Stephen ’67 & Courtney Marsters John & Frances Marvel* Beatrice Merritt ’36* Mile High United Way - COVID Relief Fund National Western Stock Show - Scholarship Trust Pearl Ortner ’58 Pepsi Porter Realty, Inc. Craig Rhodes Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation Sodexo Campus Services Izora Southway ’66 Rondaleen Specht ’67 Grace I. Spier Revocable Trust Sunflower Bank David & Virginia ’83, ’84, ’95 Svaldi The Colorado Health Foundation Estate of William P. Thomas* Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. Xcel Energy Foundation * indicates deceased

Dear Adams State Alumni, Donors and Friends,


ooking back on this past year, the generous supporters of the Adams State University Foundation should be proud of what has been accomplished. And, looking forward, the future is bright and exciting. Through the ongoing generosity of our donors, this past year, the Foundation was pleased to award $1,235,151 in scholarships.

There are too many positive happenings at the Foundation to fit into a single letter, so I would like to focus on the work study and internship programs supported by the ASU Foundation. The Lucero Mentoring Project places ASU students in the Alamosa Elementary schools to help students one-on-one in the classroom. The Happ Endowment funds four to five student positions each year in the ASU Computing Services Department. And the highly successful McDaniel Internship program has ASU students placed throughout the community and university. Last year, through this program, ten students were employed and placed at ASU, the Alamosa and Monte Vista Chambers of Commerce, the Division of Economic Development and International Trade, SLV Behavioral Health and the Ski Hi Complex. These programs provide the students with valuable real-world experience that will help them after graduation while providing financial support to help with their educational needs. Any time you can, please visit the Adams State University campus to meet the students or look for them in the community at their internship locations to see what these programs offer. Also come connect with the Adams State community on campus and take in a sporting event or enjoy a theatrical performance in the San Luis Valley Federal Bank Main Stage Theatre. I hope to see you around campus and please remember that your gift, regardless of amount, will have a positive impact on our students. Kindest regards,

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

Philip Lopez, Class of 2004, has made 126 gifts since 2012, through online monthly donations. He is currently an attorney at the law firm of Fairfield and Woods, P.C. in Denver. He earned his law degree at University of Colorado School of Law in 2008. Phil received the 2009 Exceptional New Alumnus award and has served on the Alumni and Foundation Boards.



charitable gifts received from january 1 to december 31, 2021 $400,000+ Anonymous

$200,000–399,999 Outcalt Foundation Ken Salazar Salazar Family Foundation State of Colorado Department of Higher Education

$100,000–199,999 Paul Morley ’66 San Luis Valley Federal Bank

$50,000–99,999 Alamosa State Bank Chase Living Trust Colorado Housing and Finance Authority First Southwest Bank Janet ’63 & Jasper Mangum John McDaniel, Ph.D.

$25,000–49,999 John ’57 & Janet Fuller Phil & Juanita Hall Judith & Thomas Henriksen Cheryl Lovell, Ph.D. San Luis Valley Rural Electric Co-op, Inc. The Colorado Health Foundation

$10,000–24,999 Alamosa County Kay Albrecht ’62 Camila Alire ’70 Alamosa Building Supply/ La Jara Trading Post Anonymous Duane ’82 & Lorey ’80 Bussey Nancy Clark William Crain ’60, ’62 Daniels Fund Wayne ’62* & Ellen Evans Floyd Higel ’55 Michael Lantzy ’64, ’65 Las Animas County Kevin ’79 & Terri Lentz Rodney ’66 & Anna Lopez



Michael Patritch ’70, ’73 & Karol Ann Krakauer Patritch David Snitman & Susan Lewis Southway Construction Co, Inc. Rondaleen Specht ’67 TSC Education Foundation Women’s Sports Foundation

$5,000–9,999 Anonymous Rueben Bangan ’74 Baxter International Foundation Matching Gift Program BSN Sports Wayne and Nancy ’78 Chasen Family Fund of The Community Foundation David ’87 & Wendy Clemmer Tomas Crain Colorado Choice Health Plans Rich ’59 & De Gehlbach Steven Getz ’81 Gobin’s Inc. J & J Rental Centers Ron ’65 & Marilyn ’86, ’87 Loser Damon ’87 & Konnie Martin Connie ’75 & Kim Marvel Marilyn McBride ’67, ’68 Mark’s Outdoor Sports Mary Oba Pepsi Porter Realty, Inc. RG Bank Richard ’69 & Kathleen Rutledge San Luis Valley Health Sodexo Campus Services Trinchera Blanca Foundation Douglas Thomas ’55* Valley Courier Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc. Stephen & Suzan Zoukis Holly Zumbro ’00

$2,500–4,999 Alcon Construction, Inc. Arby’s Billings Electric, Inc./Valley Lock & Security, Inc. Kent & Lauri Buchanan CIA-Leavitt Insurance Agency Costilla County Harding Dental Group Huerfano County Kiwanis Club of Alamosa Michele & William Lueck

Stephen ’67 & Courtney Marsters Mary Motz ’62 P.E.O. Foundation-Chapter V (Monte Vista, CO) Judith Quiller ’61, ’64 Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation Rio Grande Seed & Grain Rio Grande Water Conservation District Safeway Saguache County Board of County Commissioners Rock Creek Family Medicine, P.C. Tailwinds of Hope TIAA Financial Services Valley Electric, Inc.

$1,000–2,499 Alamosa Home Furnishings Alta Convenience American Electric Co. American Honda Motor Co, Inc. Anonymous Donald Apodaca ’69, ’71 Michael ’93 & Jennifer Aragon Asphalt Constructors, Inc. Stephen Bokat ’68 Philip Britton ’61 Brian & Deborah Brownell Steven ’69 & Aneta Buhl Centric Aviation Century 21 Property Management City Market Glen ’62 & Frances ’62 Clark Yvonne Cobb ’83 Conejos County Carole Counihan & James Taggart William Crockett ’89 Eric ’00 & Stacey ’99 Crouser Ed Crowther & Lori Tanner Harry & Koos Daley David Dalke ’81 Kevin ’04, ’11 & Kris ’06, ’11 Daniel Del Mar Carpet One Lisa Drew ’83, ’07 Ronald ’67, ’72 & Paula ’73 Duncan David Evans ’70 Peggy ’91, ’93 & Rex Filer Roy ’70 & Marva ’71 Fritch Jeff & Nancy Geiser Steven Gerstner ’72 GFWC Woman’s Citizenship Club Karla Jean Gilbert Michael Glass ’97 Greg ’96 & Jeni ’85 Goodwin David Green ’70, ’71 Daniel ’85 & Michelle ’85 Haney

Matt & Karla Hardesty Donna Hayward ’77 James Heath Vern ’97 & Heather ’00 Heersink John ’66, ’70 & Anita ’67 Hertner Dale ’64 & Beverly Hettinger Husmann Plumbing Marty & Diana Jones Ken ’51 & George Anna ’51 Joseph Raylene Kahler ’77 Rena & Nathan Kirkland David Lee ’60 Roger Levin ’84 Alfonso Lopez ’70 Willis Lowther ’66, ’69 Jonathan Marquez ’13 Larry McClanahan ’91 Buffie McFadyen ’91, ’93 Eric Mead ’71 Bonnie Mercek ’87 Patricia Meyers Mineral County Deanna Morris ’64, ’65 Larry ’88, ’93 & Carolyn ’89 Mortensen Thomas Motz ’82 David Ochoa ’63, ’63 Eduardo Ortega ’86 Chuck ’68 & Becky Owsley Daniel Pasman ’97 Dr. John M. Peterson ’68 Purple Pig Pub Julane Reed ’61 Neil & Elise Rudolph Rustic Log Furniture, Inc. LeRoy & Michelle ’92 Salazar San Luis Valley Brewing Company San Luis Valley Trout Unlimited Desi Sandoval Schrader’s Glass Shop, LLC Rusty Seymour Sherwin Williams Cleave & Cathy Simpson Skiball’s Running World Sonic Drive-In Gerry Sunderland ’77 Larry & Carol Sveum David Van Pelt ’86 Lee Vickers ’60, ’65 Wall, Smith, Bateman, Inc. Torben Walters Insurance Agency, Inc. Michael Ware ’69 Jackie Getz White ’82 & Brent White Karen Wibrew James Wilharm ’64 Michael Williamson ’70 Bill Woodward ’61 Daniel Yoder ’74, ’79

Adams State Gives Day Phonathon students: Lindsey Sandoval ’22, Alexis Sanchez-Duran ’22, and Jose Villagomez were busy taking calls on February 15.

$500–999 Russell Achatz ’85 Anonymous Gary Antisdel ’59, ’63 Harvey Billington ’58, ’65 Amber Bray ’17 Pamela ’03 & John Bricker Paul Briggs ’70 Janet & Dan Brown Kevin ’87 & Lisa ’87 Carpenter Cattails Women’s Golf Assn. Daniel ’95, ’99 & Jackie ’03, ’05 Caulfield Ronald ’79 & Cynthia ’97 Chapman Conejos Water Conservancy District James Crain Greg Curtis Thuan Dang ’80 Matt Daniels ’16 Gail Davis ’68 Robert Davis ’70 Daniel Donohoue ’74 Mark & Helen Dorion Mandy Elder ’94 Rosalie Ellgen ’71 George Evans Tamara ’91 & Bill Fassett Charles & Barbara Fischer William & Grace Fulkerson Tom ’67, ’68 & Pat ’68 Gilmore Donna ’03, ’12 & Joe Griego Simona Guillen ’12, ’13 Kaiponohea Hale Wes Hargrove ’78 Gregory ’03 & Mikayla Hartl Lora Hawkins Monte Hemphill ’90 Shawn ’90 & Sheila ’89 Hicks John ’83 & Barbara ’82 Holmes James G. Lathrop ’72 Maury & Leslie Lieberman Chris Lopez ’84 & Mary Anne Talbott Philip Lopez ’04 Robert Lorton ’83

Fern Lucero and the Lucero Family Foundation Charlene Luke ’75 William Manzanares ’67 Shayla Manzannares Danielle Marquez ’03 Judy Martin ’67 Margaret Mitchell ’70 Chas ’98 & Melissa Moeller James Morlan ’62 Stephen Morley ’63 Ted ’69 & Janet ’69* Morrison Peter Moscon ’70 Paul & Patti Newman Kurt Nielson Anthony Oliva ’99 Michael Onofrey ’76 Pete Ortega ’61, ’64 Frankie Pasquale ’09 Walter Paulson ’61, ’63 Vivian Pena ’73 David Root ’78 Patrick Roybal ’90 Lena Samora ’67, ’68 San Luis Valley Irrigation District San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District Michael Scarbrough ’91 Matthew Seitz John Singletary Mark Skinner ’92 & Lou Ann Cheslock Skinner Edward Small ’73 Karen Smith Robert Smith ’81 Splashland Hot Springs Cullen ’00 & Megan Stevens The Denver Foundation Milton Trujillo ’58 Norman Tucker ’79 Ann Vail Sharon Walker ’66 Elizabeth Watts ’70 Donald Wolfe ’68 Julie Woods Theresa Zelenka ’83 ASTATER


$199–499 Mike ’77, ’84 & Susan ’88 Arnold Alfonso ’84 & Shirley ’85 Atencio Samuel ’74 & Bernice ’73 Atencio Carl Babb ’65 Tadini Bacigalupi ’79 Melanie Bagwell ’89 Kenneth Barber ’72 & Jane Fiebelkorn Barber ’71 Victor Barela ’63 Rudy ’62 & Sharon Basovsky Don & Laura Basse Derik Bell Michelle Bell Ron Bennett ’80 Peg Blake Dean ’73 & Beverly Boice Richard Boich ’60 Ron Bond ’59 Anne Brown ’74, ’75 Neil Bruce Esq. ’75 & Barbara Bruce ’75 Herbert Bruntel Jr. ’69 Michelle Burkhart ’00 Mitchel Burns Gary ’73 & Maria ’73 Burrows Gregory Carling ’01 Noel Caryl ’87 Keith Cerny & Debra Sowards-Cerny Darla Chappell ’77 Marcia Cisneros ’66 Ellen Clark ’69 Alyson Coombs ’99 Jack* & Genevieve Cooper Gloria Curtis ’70 Harold Czarnetzki ’69 Jeffrey David ’87 Jim & Erma Defee Kathleen Delzell ’61 Albert Demarest ’66, ’71 Gigi Dennis & Mark Lounsbury Elbert Detwiler ’63 Tammy Dodson ’94 Margaret Doell Mike ’71 & Linda ’73 Edgar Grace Ellsworth ’65 Michael ’80 & Kari Erickson Adrienne Fasse ’89 Melody Feniks Kenneth Fry ’60 Emma Gallegos Isaac Garcia ’62 Delbert ’70, ’71 & Jan Gay John Gendreau ’70 Gregory Gillaspie ’82 Daniel Glaxner Jr ’77 Richard Goggin ’76



Kaylee Gomez & Patrick Romero Jolain Graf Tomas & Maria Gutierrez Marlena Halko ’00 Elizabeth Hammond ’76, ’80 Patrick Hannigan ’76 Douglas Hartman ’71 Headwaters Alliance Eddie Hearyman ’71, ’73 David Henkel ’69, ’75 & John Henkel Cleta Hiner-Felzien ’90 Patrick Hinton ’71 William Hinz ’72 Robert ’87 & Kathleen ’88 Hipwood Robert Hoff ’71 Lyle & Liz ’80, ’85 Hood John Hostetter ’85 Chuck ’62 & Sandy ’79, ’80 Houser Norman ’62, ’65 & Mary Sue ’64 Howey Jonathan Johnston ’62 Olga Joyce ’61, ’63 Juanito’s Mexican Kitchen Kathleen Kelly ’98 Joe & Barbara Kolupke Travis Koppenhafer ’03 Amy Kucera ’05 Donald Kusulas ’62 Dennis Lamb John & Mary Lehuta Robert ’73 & Sharon ’68, ’73 Lockwood Tammy ’91, ’00 & Gerald Lopez Carlos ’61 & Dorothy ’61 Lucero Cathi Lucero ’14 Al Lujan ’72 Theodora Madrid ’60, ’69 Make Philanthropy Work Veronica Malouff Mark ’89, ’92 & Myra ’93, ’01 Manzanares Ken ’87, ’94 & Dolores ’87 Marquez Beatrice Martinez ’76 Juan Martinez ’76, ’81 Brenda Martini ’97, ’12 John ’70 & Betti Marvel Larry ’64 & d’Anna ’66, ’74 Mayfield Michael McAninch ’89, ’91 Janelle McCallum William ’68 & Regina ’68 McCann Teri McCartney ’87, ’92 & Don Richmond ’13 Scott Mcclure Karen McLean-Simmons ’74 Nancy Mead Mitch Medina ’60, ’64 Wayne Melanson ’69 Metal Mechanics Inc Eduardo Meza ’15 Thomas ’69 & Beverly ’69 Michoski Roger ’68 & Linda ’67 Mitchell

Cathy Mullens ’82 Benjamin & Violet Nageak Robert Nageak Tom ’68, ’81 & Barbara ’71 Nagoda Dennis ’62 & Linda Nash Stan Nelson ’61, ’65 Irene Marquez ’06 Robert ’70 & Susan Oringdulph Ernest Ornelas ’76 Arthur Ortegon Patti Ortiz ’78 Vicki Parks ’91 Janine Pearce-Vasquez ’86 Nels ’75 & Amanda ’84 Pearson Jerry Petersen ’77 Andrew Pojman ’72 Darline Polonis ’70 Reeds at Cattails Jo Ann Rezen ’62, ’68 Robert & Regina Rice Patricia Richmond ’58, ’69 Ronald Rickman ’78 Scott ’98 & Lindsay ’99 Riley Tracey Robinson Rocky Mtn Rush Softball Boogie & Boogie Jr. Romero Jack ’79, ’84 & Theresa Rudder Jan S. Ryan Hanna Sanchez Penny Sanders Pam Sandoval Rich ’75 & Barbara Scanga Lewis Schwartz ’73 Shirley Scott ’79 Silver Mountain Disposal, LLC Karl ’70 & Susene ’72 Smith Katelyn Smith ’16 Maurice Smith ’79 John R. Sperber ’88 Karen Stone ’71 Pattie & Dean Swift David ’02 & Darin ’02 Tandberg Bradford Tate ’60, ’66 Helen Taylor Charles Thomas ’66 Donald Thompson & Jan Oen Janeal Thompson ’75 Diane Smylie Trembly ’67 Rebecca Truelove ’98 Aaron Tuioti-Mariner ’02, ’11, ’12 Ralph ’69 & Vicki ’67 Turano Judy Turner ’74 Lois Unger ’94 Angelica ’98, ’08 & Armando Valdez Arvin Van Ry Patricia Vargo ’62 Veronica Vasquez ’74, ’89 Celsa Vialpando ’54

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Legacy student Tory Pedraza graduated May 14 with her master’s in counseling. Her mother, Charlene Bertolino, Class of 1989; and uncle, Gene Langowski, Class of 1982 and 1986; join in the celebration. Minnie Langowski, Class of 1964, received a bachelor’s in elementary education; Gene Langowski received his bachelor’s in physical education and master’s in counseling; and Charlene Bertolino received a master’s in elementary education. Gene and Charlene established a memorial scholarship to honor their mother, Minnie. The scholarship is restricted to education majors and awarded during the student teaching semester. “Adams has been very good to our family throughout the years,” Charlene said. Joe ’53, ’59 & Caroline ’75, ’76 Vigil Jimmy Watson Roland Jr. ’69, ’70, ’84 & Maryann ’70 Wick Donald ’72, ’75 & Karan ’89 Wilkinson William ’64 & Donna ’64 Witt Sean ’00 & Wendy Wolfe David ’67, ’75 & Kay ’68 Wood Aubrey Woodward ’72 Randy Wright ’84 Alan & Janice Wuckert YourCause Chevron Matching Employee Funds Chay ’00 & Jennifer ’00 Yund Anita Zaffuto ’71

James Abbott ’16 Gaspar Abeyta ’66 Ruth Acheson Jennifer Adams Lucy Adams Adams County Democratic Party Kevin Aldrich ’98 Adele Alfson ’03 Anita Allinger ’77 Marlo ’95 & Kristi ’95 Anderson Anonymous Patricia Anselmo ’83 Terral Archer ’87 Susan Archibald Olive Aretz ’53 Edith Arias ’18 Elizabeth Armenta ’80, ’88 Linda Armstead ’77 Martha Asher ’73, ’75 Wendy Ast ’12 Edward Atencio ’68, ’73 Jerome Austin Gary Baker ’69 Valerie Baker ’10 Buckley Bangert ’73, ’81 Susan Banning ’12 Mary Baranczyk ’01 Wilma Bard ’76 Larry Barker ’65 Beverly Barton ’69 Gerald Bates ’71 Laurie Beattie ’72 David Bebell ’70 Mark Bechaver ’91 Tawney Becker & Mike Clifford Raymond Beethe ’70 John ’63 & Jeanette ’65, ’66 Bell Rodger ’73 & Cathy ’74 Bell Michael ’02 & Mary Benavidez Lori Bennett Andrea Benton-Maestas ’12 Jay Birmingham ’93 Eric Blake ’03 Joyce Blasi ’53, ’62 Geoffrey ’73 & Deborah ’75 Bokan Vivian Bonham ’78 Jerry Booher ’59, ’61 Philip Born ’68 Gerald ’59 & Karen ’61 Boxberger Thomas Bradley ’69 Matthew Brickell Benita Brink Donald ’62, ’68 & Ann Brown Elvin Brown ’62 Thomas ’99 & Terri ’99 Bruscino

Craig Bryan ’06 Richard Buck ’64 Thomas ’69 & Georgette ’69 Budd Jeff Bullington Fred Bunch ’77 Amanda Burnell Peggy Burnett ’75 Eric Burt Zena Buser Lisha Bustos ’08, ’09 Ben Butler ’09 Kenneth Butler Russell Cagle ’73 Jerry Calley Julie E. Campbell ’86 Loraine Campbell ’65 John Carr ’62 Cheryl Carter ’17 Daniel Carver ’12 Vernon & Susan Casias Kathleen Cates Russ ’97, ’06 & Bethany ’00 Caton Michael Cawthra ’76 Jessica Cepeda ’11 Beneranda Chacon ’91, ’01, ’11 Kimberly Chacon ’98, ’07 Brenda Chavez Emilia Chavez ’62 Eva Chavez ’91 Jennifer Chavez ’00 Kathleen Rose Chavez ’82, ’03 Patrick Chavez ’71 Ernest ’93 & Tanya ’95 Cienfuegos-Baca Peter ’66 & Gayle Ciraolo Alan Cirello ’72 Kevin Cirello ’77 Douglas Clark ’94 Lisa Clements Montana Cochran Larry Coleman ’71 Dutch Collins ’71 John Conlon ’67 Katherine Cook ’74 Alberta ’94 & Carl Coolbaugh Jason Coombs ’95 Kent Cooper ’76 Joe Cordo ’70 Alfred ’70 & Anna Marie ’72 Cordova Mary Beth Corsentino ’71, ’74 Joseph Corson ’57 Theresa Cortese ’76, ’82 Caleb Cotton ’06 Valerie D. Cox ’93 John Crawford ’69 Ronald Crawford ’64, ’70 David Crossland ’73, ’77 Shirley Crow ’66, ’72 Zenta Crow ’73 ASTATER


Mary Crowell ’92 Liska Crowley ’72 Robert Crowther ’74, ’03 Janice Cunningham ’66, ’70 Christa Davis ’89 Daniel Davis ’74 Jeffrey Davis Kenneth Day ’82 Peter ’97 & Ronda ’95 De La Cerda Ian Debono ’73 Richard Decker ’60 Wanda Decker ’54 Jason Defee Teresa DeHerrera ’84 Christine Delaney-Haynes ’75 Amanda DeLaRosa Jerry DeLeon ’89 Gerald Dellinger ’73 Elizabeth Demps Wyatt Demps Ginette Dennis-Lounsbury Ron ’76 & Jan ’80, ’03 DeSautell Edgar ’65, ’69 & Conzuelo ’68 DeVan Wes DeVaul & Amanda Langdon Segundo Diaz ’11 Virgil Dixon ’88 John Dodds ’04 Doris Downie ’93 Judy ’64 & Larry Drake Paul Duarte Nancy Dunn ’65, ’76 Peggy Dunn Bill Duplessis ’67 Robert Eagan ’77 Anthony Eaves Roberta M. Ebbers ’71 Edith Edson ’86 James Edwards ’64 Jim & Deb Ehrlich Eldon Elarton ’69 John ’86 & Carrie ’86 Elwell Ellwood Ervin ’67 Robert Etenburn ’89 Gloria Faber Denise Falzone ’86 Patricia Farish ’87 Sheryl ’82, ’85 & Wayne Farley John ’63, ’69 & Margaret ’61 Faron Carolyn ’81 & David Faucette Charlotte Fellers ’77 Joan Felzien-Perry ’67 Keith ’58, ’63 & Claudette ’63, ’78 Fisher Jennifer Fisk Patricia ’70 & John Fitch Eric Flores ’11 Lillian Flores ’61 Rachel Ford Vickie I. Ford ’71



Cole & Sue Foster Penny Frank ’92, ’01 Bill Franz ’77 Dale Frasier ’86 & Kathryn ’76 Radcliffe Louis ’72, ’73 & Marlene ’73 Fraulo George Freeman ’77 Robert Furlong ’74 Jack Gaeb ’74, ’75 Bridget Gallegos ’68, ’72 Jerry Gallegos ’77 Rebecca Gallegos ’99 Rudolph Gallegos ’59, ’61 Belen Garcia ’02 Mike ’94 & Patricia ’82, ’97 Garcia Rita Garfield ’68 Claudette Geiser Julie Geiser Andrea Gensini John Gersick ’06 Cindy Gettman ’68 Kathy Gibson Edwin ’63, 64 & Judith ’64 Ginoza Jovanny Godinez Rodriguez ’14 Wanda ’74 & Gordan Golsan Pete ’67, ’71 & Ina ’72 Gomez Glorya Gonzales Ruben Gonzales ’61, ’64 Martin ’96, ’98 & Norma ’97 Gonzalez Gary Goold David Gottmann ’06 C. Elliott Graves ’91 Johanna Gray ’91 Cyrus Green ’61, ’62 Jaime Green Janice Green ’87 Margaret Green Patrick & Peggy Green Ron Green ’76 Jere Greene ’66 Jon Greene ’66, ’67 Bradly Greening ’12 Karen Greening ’88 Lois Grenfell ’93 James Gribben ’58, ’61 Bob Grooms ’76 Everal Guimond ’72 Laura Gutierrez Cesar Guzman ’68 Nadyne Guzman H M Brown & Associates Edward Hale ’72 David ’97 & Penne ’01 Hamilton Scott Hamilton ’18 Robert Hamm ’55, ’59 Ronald Hampton ’69 George Hansen ’68 Kendra Hansen ’04 Jack Harris ’65, ’66

Melissa Harris Spencer Harris ’72 Frances Haugen ’68 Rev Henry Hazard ’67 Rick Hector ’71 Charlotte Hefner ’88 Steven Heisterkamp ’86 Arla Henderson ’09 Mike ’07 & Erika ’08, ’09 Henderson Jerald Henneman ’65 Mary Hennessey ’75 Margery Herrington Sallie Hibbs ’60 Pattie Hickey-Eilinger ’84 Cecil Hicks Christi & Steven Hield Jim Hilburn ’87 James S. Hill ’68, ’71 John Hill ’70, ’81 Veronica Hill ’75 Dustin Hinton ’09 Scott Hoatson ’76 Steven ’88 & Monica ’87 Hokansson Jenene Holcomb ’89, ’94 Lloyd Holmes ’65 Vasti Holstun ’18 Victoria Hontas Donna Hoover ’84 Karen Hossack ’69 Ken ’68 & Maxine Howard Linda Howard ’72, ’79 John Hroma ’67 Sandra Hubbard ’05 Mary Anne Hunter Ann Ibarra ’90 Dustin Imdieke DeWayne Ingram Stella Isais ’79, ’87 Monya Jackson ’14 Richard ’78 & Sandra ’78 Jackson Dr. James ’64 & Martha Jacobs William Jacobson Charlie ’69 & Kathleen ’83, ’88 Jaquez Eric Jaquez ’09 Larry ’69 & Shirley Jeffryes James Jensen ’89 Aaron Jimenez ’11 Brenda Jimenez ’94, ’12 Alan Johnson ’70 Cary Johnson ’98 Chris Johnson Michael & Gina Johnson Rick Johnson ’81 Barbara Johnston ’75 Alan & Connie Jones Michelle Jones ’98 Phillip Jones ’04 Marion Jonte ’68

Dorris Jordan Dennis Jouett ’70 Thomas Joyner ’68 Ronald Jung ’84 Richard Kadinger ’75 Michael Kallsen ’05 Sally Karg ’75 Derek Karlinger ’05 Elisabeth Kautsky ’17 Barbara Keller ’77 Dale Kerby ’59, ’61 Patricia Kidd ’92 Michael Kilpatrick ’92 Sue King ’66, ’90 Anna Kinney ’15 Ann Kitchin ’83 Mary Klyber Neal & Patricia Knapp Roger Knapp & Raida Paul-Knapp Delfinia Kogovsek ’59 Julie Kove ’87 Connie Kowal Lavenna Kubatzky ’09 Judith Kunugi ’74 Tom Kusleika ’69, ’72 Frank Ladwig ’63 Bernard ’82 & Theresa ’82 Lammers Chandelle Lancaster Melissa Lapka Barb Larimer Glenn Larson Lori ’91, ’01 & Aaron Laske Darryl Laye ’67 Charlotte Ledonne ’84 Eldon Leff ’63 Janet Leinen ’78 Louella Lenberg ’89, ’96 Doris Lessenden ’74 Ronald Lester ’77 Stephanie Lewis Alan Lindsay ’83 Teresa Lobato ’62 Arlene Lockrem ’68 Peter Loeb ’68 Gary Loewe ’88 Jana Looney Richard & Ericha Loosbrock Fred Lopez ’69 John Lopez ’71 Mike Lowe ’68 Abby Lucero Crestina Lucero ’02, ’16 Doris Lucero ’06 Ted & Arleen Lucero Priscilla Lujan ’75 Charles Lusman ’75 Teresa Lustig ’85, ’87 Sue Luttrell ’88

Johnny ’70 & Wanda ’70 Lydia Susan Lyles Barbara MacIndoe ’07 Anthony Madrid ’79, ’87 Rhonda Madril Frank Maes ’68 Ashley Maestas ’14, ’20 Thomas ’72 & Kristine ’73 Magel Stephen Magoon ’67, ’70 Maureen Maksimoski ’75 Mike ’73, ’76 & Theresa ’73, ’77 Maldonado Daniel ’04 & Jeannette ’04 Malouff Nancy Maness ’87 Robert ’71 & Marveen ’72, ’76 Manzanares Lynnette Marino ’00 Dennis ’72 & Nancy ’72 Marion Ronald Marso ’65 David ’84, ’87 & Kimberly ’84, ’99 Martinez Emily Martinez ’15 Joe Martinez ’99, ’12 Joseph Martinez Michael Martinez ’75, ’87 Michelle Martinez Rodney Martinez Roman Martinez ’71 Rose Martinez ’12 Ryan Martinez Vida Martinez ’75 Marsi Mason ’94 Monroe Mathias ’51 Natalie Matthewson ’88, ’94 Emelio Mattorano ’73 Kerry McCaig Robert McCard ’69 James McCarthy ’74 Thomas McChristian ’20 Danny McDaniel & Tish Hollingsworth Michael D McDonald ’06 Craig McDowall ’85 Kathy McGinty ’67 David McGovern ’70 Charles ’62, ’67 & Peggy ’66 McGuffin Amy McKinley Mark McMahon ’75 Greg McManus Chris Medina ’12 & Linda Relyea ’96, ’10 Karen Melgares Sarah Menapace-Walker ’93 Kelley Merritt ’10 John ’77 & Lynn ’77 Michalke Microsoft Giving Campaign Gloria Mielke ’65, ’69 William ’73 & Katherine ’73 Miller Aaron Miltenberger ’12 Michael ’74 & Glenalee ’73 Mitchell Alfred Mondragon ’16

Elizabeth Montague ’86, ’87 Frances Montoya ’79 Kathleen Morford ’85 Karel Morrow ’63, ’66 Ferdinand Moungoue ’16 Gertha Mountfort ’69, ’73 Merrill & May Murakami Thomas Murphy ’71 Ben ’03 & Anne ’05 Naccarato Frank ’63 & Ardith ’63 Nance Patricia Neal ’71 John Nedin ’69 Martha Nelson ’71 Ruth Nichols ’61, ’88 Gail Nitta ’66 Patty Nolen Norcon of New Mexico Shelli Norman Jeannie Norwood ’71 & Albert Kahan Notes & Numbers, LLC Marco Ochoa ’90, ’92 Allan Ohaver ’63 Larry ’77 & Billie ’77 Olin Mary Orcutt ’72 Rocky Ortega ’65, ’71 Carol Osborn ’84 Emily Osburn ’17 Renee-Mae Ota ’72 Larry & Evelyn Owens in the name of Leslie Owens-Doyle ’95, ’05 James Owens ’18, ’19 Jeff Owsley ’86 John Owsley ’18 James Pabich John Pacheco ’74 Susie Pagnotta ’91 John ’68 & Helen ’67 Patton Bryan Paulson ’07 Jolene Pavlovsky ’63, ’67 Anita Perez ’91, ’97 Oscar Perez ’95 Gayla Perkins ’18 John Perry ’64, ’71 Bill Peterson Susan Petrelli ’81, ’82 Alfred Petross ’15 Marsha Phelps ’89 Tara Phillips ’14, ’17 Mr & Mrs Mark Pixley Milton Place ’74 Jon Plachy ’55, ’60 Carol Plock ’78 Glen Poklikuha & Mandy Satterwhite Jan & Bob Porter Donald Prater ’75 Rosa Pratt ’83 Beverly Price ’69 Orval Price ’69 ASTATER


Rodney Pridgeon ’70 Dwight Proctor ’72 Eric ’03 & Julia ’04 Propp David Puntenney ’78 Lawrence Pyeatt ’65 Quality Electric Floyd ’54, ’64 & Leila ’84 Quintana JR Rael Raymond & Lydia Rael Paul Rahne ’65, ’66 Gary & Toni Ramstetter Phillip Ranke ’66 Elizabeth Ratzlaff ’87 Carol Redding ’97 Jeanne Reed John Reesor ’18 Amber Reher ’06 Armando Reyes ’98 Cassandra Rhinehart ’04 Robin Rice ’20 Dustin Richardson ’05 Joseph Richmond ’15 Stephanie Milam ’00, ’01 & Lucas Riggenbach Patricia Robbins ’93, ’96 David & Kristin Robbins Norman ’75, ’77 & Greta Roberts Patricia Roberts ’65 Randy Roberts ’99 Jay ’75 & Susan ’75 Robinson Jonathan Roder ’80 Judith Roehm ’63 Dawn Rogers ’88 Jason Rogers ’93 Ernest ’74, ’85 & Patricia ’71, ’76, ’99 Romero Flavio Romero ’77 Joseph Ross ’66 Albert Roybal ’80 Reginaldo Roybal ’83 Kevin Rumon Mary Russell Natalie Russell Elden Ruybal ’98 Kate Ruybal Eugene Rybarczyk ’74, ’75 Nick Saenz Andrea Salazar ’11 David ’85 & Lori ’99 Salazar Carey Sanchez ’77 Caroline Sanchez ’56 LeAnn Sanchez ’96, ’00 Lupita Sanchez ’72 Antonio Sandoval ’73, ’89 Sarah Sandusky ’17 Celestino Santistevan ’68 Phillip ’73, ’74 & Jeanne ’74 Sategna Larry Savage ’72



Gary Schafer ’68 Roseanna Scheffer ’73, ’76 Tim & Jackie Scheidegger Donald & Carol Schell Jerry Schloffman ’65, ’70 Paulette Schmalz ’75 Regis Schmalz ’75 Merle Schroder ’67 Sally Schulz ’70 Jerome & Augustina Schwartz Mark Seaton & Suzanne DeVore James Seefeldt ’89 Julia Seiler ’83, ’84 Val ’60, ’65 & Evangeline ’57, ’61 Sena Eliana Serrano ’18, ’19 Carol Sessums ’83, ’91 Kara Severson Ronald & DeAnn Seybold Bethany Shalberg ’13 Joseph ’85 & Linda ’86 Sheader Charlene Shell Linda Shelley ’72 Regina Shelton ’77, ’83 Chris Shives ’04 Matthew Shoban ’64, ’68 Jack E Signs Jr. ’68, ’72 Chris & Lisa Simmons Paul ’89, ’94 & Tauri ’90 Sims Camry Sisneros ’14 Dominique Skeehan ’85 Scott ’89 Slade & Darlene ’90 Holland Dr. Terrence Sloan ’69 John Smith ’70 Sherry Bourbonnais-Smith ’07 Lori Smith ’93, ’99, ’03 Matt Smith Fred ’67, ’70 & Barbara ’68 Snow Joshua Spannagel ’07 Colleen Stabolepszy ’93, ’97 Ivan Stahlecker ’73, ’81 Ann Stanford ’86, ’91 Janis Stanley ’77 Linda Stantz ’72 Helen Starley Steven O Stenersen ’76 Timothy Stoner Nola D. Stout ’64 Karyl Sutherland ’84 Vickie Sutton-Gallegos ’96 Linda Swanson ’70 Arnald Swift ’69, ’71 Garrett Szagola ’71 Christine Tapia ’84 John Taylor Kimberley Temple ’01 Donna ’67, ’83 & Tom Templeton James Tenbrook ’70 Genzeb Terchino

Denise Thomas ’97 Jody Thompson ’70 Rochelle Tijerina John ’69, ’75 & Judith ’69 Tillman Tip Top SF, LLC Geneva Torr ’11 Savannah Torres ’18 Cindy Trujillo ’73 Henry Trujillo ’61, ’70 Jack Trujillo ’67 Jane Trujillo ’03 Emily M. Trujillo-Vigil ’70 Jessica Ulmala Rick Vafeades ’67, ’68 Donald Valdez ’03 Maria Valdez Wanda Valencia ’88 Jose Vallejos ’62 Matthew Valverde Jason Vasquez Gary Venturi ’71, ’71 Ardell Versaw ’63 Ruben Vigil ’61, ’65 Merredith Von Burg ’66 Mary Walsh Robert Waltman ’76 Tamara M. Wand ’89 Kathy Washeck ’73 Doris Watson ’88, ’90 Kevin ’99 & Kelly ’99 Weber John Weidemann ’90 Helder Weil ’99 Aaron Welsh ’03 Eric Wendelin ’05 Carol Wheeler ’64, ’70 Vicki Whipple-Mueller ’74 Joyce Willeke ’71 Christian Williams Kathleen Williams ’95 Shirley Williams Wayne Williams ’77 Steve Willman ’73 Lisa Wilson ’94 Patricia C Wilson Thomas Winkelbauer ’73 Faith Winter Jack Wirth ’72 Jim Witt ’62, ’68 Dick Wolfe Keiko Woodyward ’14 Delzia Worley ’97 Jeffrey & Mary Yearous Grace E. Young Todd Young ’99 Robert Koch Yund ’74 Larry ’73, ’74 & Julie ’79 Zaragoza Peter Zimmerman ’81

friends of music Lucy Adams Tawney Becker & Mike Clifford Harvey Billington ’58, ’65 Peter ’66 & Gayle Ciraolo Lisa Clements William Crockett ’89 Richard Decker ’60 Kathleen Delzell ’61 Judy ’64 & Larry Drake Grace Ellsworth ’65 C. Elliott Graves ’91 David Green ’70, ’71 Wes Hargrove ’78 Robert Hoff ’71 Jenene Holcomb ’89, ’94

Victoria Hontas Marty & Diana Jones Patricia Kidd ’92 Julie Kove ’87 Dennis Lamb Charlotte Ledonne ’84 Ken ’87, ’94 & Dolores ’87 Marquez Danny McDaniel & Tish Hollingsworth William ’73 & Katherine ’73 Miller Mary Motz ’62 Jeannie Norwood ’71 & Albert Kahan Notes & Numbers, LLC Jolene Pavlovsky ’63, ’67 Phillip Ranke ’66 Jo Ann Rezen ’62, ’68

friends of theatre Tawney Becker & Mike Clifford Ben Butler ’09 Kathleen Cates Montana Cochran Kathy Gibson (in memory of Marylou Carson and honor of Amberlee Gibson) Bradly Greening ’12 Karen Greening ’88 Michael Kallsen ’05 Charlotte Ledonne ’84

Maury & Leslie Lieberman Susan Lyles Ken ’87, ’94 & Dolores ’87 Marquez Nancy Mead Mr & Mrs Mark Pixley Eric ’03 & Julia ’04 Propp Quality Electric Tim & Jackie Scheidegger John Taylor Donald Thompson & Jan Oen

Robert & Regina Rice Patricia Robbins ’93, ’96 Neil & Elise Rudolph Penny Sanders Mark Skinner ’92 & Lou Ann Cheslock Skinner Donald Thompson & Jan Oen Janeal Thompson ’75 John ’69, ’75 & Judith ’69 Tillman Joyce Willeke ’71 YourCause Chevron Matching Employee Funds Anita Zaffuto ’71

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GRIZZLY CLUB or contact Katelyn Smith at for further information. All funds raised by the Grizzly Club are managed by the Adams State University Foundation.

grizzly club individual sponsors Anonymous Joe Armiak Jerome Austin John Bailey Bank Shot Sports Bar Tim Blackmore Peg Blake Tom ’59 & Charlotte ’58, ’71 Bobicki Kent & Lauri Buchanan Duane ’82 & Lorey ’80 Bussey Roxy Carleo ’88 Russ ’97, ’06 & Bethany ’00 Caton Keith Cerny & Debra Sowards-Cerny Glen ’62 & Frances ’62 Clark David Curtis ’72, ’92 Kevin ’04, ’11 & Kris ’06, ’11 Daniel Jeffrey Davis Jason Defee Jim & Erma Defee Ron ’76 & Jan ’80, ’03 DeSautell John ’63, ’69 & Margaret ’61 Faron Keith ’58, ’63 & Claudette ’63, ’78 Fisher Eric Flores ’11 Belen Maestas ’02 Delbert ’70, ’71 & Jan Gay Jeff & Nancy Geiser Kaylee Gomez & Patrick Romero Greg ’96 & Jeni ’85 Goodwin Jaime Green 22


Vern ’97 & Heather ’00 Heersink Charlotte Hefner ’88 Hogue’s Glass, Inc. Lyle & Liz ’80, ’85 Hood Jenel Hopper ’02 Michael Hudson ’98 Dustin Imdieke Alan Johnson ’70 Chris Johnson Kevin ’96, ’04 & Cheri ’94 Jones Juanito’s Mexican Kitchen Karl & Bonnie Keller Kentucky Fried Chicken Rena & Nathan Kirkland Travis Koppenhafer ’03 La Jara Pharmacy Chandelle Lancaster Robert Lopez ’96 Tammy ’91, ’00 & Gerald Lopez Cheryl Lovell, Ph.D. Tom Lujan Louie & Peggy Luster Damon ’87 & Konnie Martin Beatrice Martinez ’76 David ’84, ’87 & Kimberly ’84, ’99 Martinez Joe Martinez ’99, ’12 Farm Fresh Direct Chas ’98 & Melissa Moeller Ted Morrison ’69 Larry ’88, ’93 & Carolyn ’89 Mortensen

Wade ’76, ’80 & Lindy ’80 Mortensen Mary Motz ’62 Netelligence LLC Floyd & Jody Oaks Albert ’61 & Kelli ’74 O’Leary Sandy Ortega ’74 Chuck ’68 & Becky Owsley Jeff Owsley ’86 Bill Peterson Porter Realty, Inc. Purple Pig Pub Norman ’75, ’77 & Greta Roberts Tracey Robinson Vincent ’79 & Donna Segura Marcus Shawcroft ’15, ’19 Russell Shawcroft ’17 Cleave & Cathy Simpson Katelyn Smith ’16 Maurice Smith ’79 Fred St. Cyr Jr. Aaron Tuioti-Mariner ’02, ’11, ’12 Sharon ’85 & Ken Turpin Weekends Tavern Weiss Dry Cleaning Donald Wells ’86 Lisa Wilson ’94 Loren Wright ’08 Chay ’00 & Jennifer ’00 Yund Joe & Shirley Zanski Larry ’73, ’74 & Julie ’79 Zaragoza

Sydney Gidabuday, Class of 2019, is making his mark as a professional runner with the Roots Running Project. He took third in the 2021 USATF 5K with a time of 13:53 in New York, on November 6, 2021; he placed ninth in the Aramco Houston Half Marathon with a time of 1:01:09 on January 16, 2022. While an Adams State runner, Sydney was a seven-time NCAA champion. He was the second-fastest 5K runner in Division II history and the Adams State 5K record holder 13:29.31.

grizzly club corporate sponsors Ace Hardware Airgas USA, LLC Alamosa Building Supply Alamosa Chiropractic Alamosa County Alamosa Home Furnishings Alamosa State Bank Alcon Construction, Inc. Alta Convenience American Electric Asphalt Constructors, Inc. ASU Counselor Ed ASU MBA Best Western Alamosa Inn Billings Electric/Valley Lock & Security Centric Aviation Century Property Management CIA-Leavitt Insurance Colorado Potato Admin Committee Colorado Sports Comfort Inn & Suites/Super 8/Ihop Del Mar Carpet One El Super Taco First Southwest Bank Flood & Peterson Friday Health Plans Gobin’s Harding Dental Group Holiday Inn Express/Super 8/Days Inn Husmann Plumbing

J & J Rental Centers L & M Auto Sales Mark’s Outdoor Sports Papa Murphy’s Pepsi Purple Pig Pub RG Bank Rio Grande Seed & Grain Rock Creek Family Medicine Rocky Mountain Eye Center Rocky Mountain Memorabilia Safeway San Luis Valley Brewing Co. San Luis Valley Federal Bank San Luis Valley Health San Luis Valley Rural Electric Schrader’s Glass Shop Sherwin Williams Skiball’s Sodexo Sonic Splashland Hot Springs Square Peg Super 8 Valley Courier Valley Electric Valley-Wide Health Systems VIP Salon Wall, Smith, Bateman, Inc. Torben Walters Insurance ASTATER


A typical spring wind buffeted those gathered to honor Ignacio “Nacho” Martinez, a true supporter of Adams State, at a dedication to his memory on April 29, 2022, in front of Plachy Hall. Nacho, former owner and president of Jalisco, Inc. and the Best Western Alamosa Inn, received the 1993 Billy Adams Award and the first Grizzly Club Corporate Partner of the Year Award in 2004. He also served on the University’s athletic booster clubs and was a trustee for the state colleges for a four and onehalf year term, concluding in 1999.

in memory of: John F. Aretz Olive Aretz ’53 Rob Benson Gregory Carling ’01 Jan S. Ryan Marylou Carlson Kathy Gibson Miguel Chaparro Adele Alfson ’03 Dr. William M. Chase Chase Living Trust Ted Ellis Anonymous Arnold Gallegos Alfred ’70 & Anna Marie ’72 Cordova Ronald Gallegos Alfred ’70 & Anna Marie ’72 Cordova Brody Geiser Kevin ’87 & Lisa ’87 Carpenter Keith ’58, ’63 & Claudette ’63, ’78 Fisher Claudette Geiser Jeff & Nancy Geiser Julie Geiser Gregory Gillaspie ’82 Donna Hayward ’77 Connie Kowal Brenda Martini ’97, ’12 Michael McAninch ’89, ’91 Vicki Parks ’91 Erin Gilmore John ’70 & Betti Marvel 24


Serapio Heredia Norman ’75, ’77 & Greta Roberts Robby Henriksen Janet & Dan Brown John & Mary Lehuta Jan & Bob Porter Maureen Hicks Cecil Hicks Ignacio Martinez Dean ’73 & Beverly Boice Fred Bunch ’77 Eric Burt Duane ’82 & Lorey ’80 Bussey Julie E. Campbell ’86 Keith Cerny & Debra Sowards-Cerny Jeff & Nancy Geiser Greg ’96 & Jeni ’85 Goodwin Lyle & Liz ’80, ’85 Hood Michelle Jones ’98 Damon ’87 & Konnie Martin Ryan Martinez Joseph Martinez Chuck ’68 & Becky Owsley Jerome & Augustina Schwartz Mark Seaton & Suzanne DeVore Ronald & DeAnn Seybold Arvin Van Ry Alan & Janice Wuckert Ray ’50 & Ruth ’50 McGee Raylene Kahler ’77 Margaret A. Mitchell Estate of Margaret Mitchell

Janet Morrison Lori ’91, ’01 & Aaron Laske Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 Dr. Marvin Motz Eugene Rybarczyk ’74, ’75 Emma & Henry Salazar LeRoy & Michelle ’92 Salazar Doug Shriver Melody Feniks Deanna Morris ’64, ’65 Holly Zumbro ’00 Scott Sowards Keith Cerny & Debra Sowards-Cerny Butch Stantz Linda Stantz ’72 Don Stegman John ’63, ’69 & Margaret ’61 Faron Delbert ’70, ’71 & Jan Gay Gregory Gillaspie ’82 Chuck ’62 & Sandy ’79, ’80 Houser Roger Knapp & Raida Paul-Knapp Neal & Patricia Knapp Teri McCartney ’87, ’92 & Don Richmond ’13 Jay ’75 & Susan ’75 Robinson Charlene Shell Joseph Clorindo Vialpando Celsa Vialpando ’54 Valentin Vigil Adams County Democratic Party Brent Williams Eric ’00 & Stacey ’99 Crouser Rusty Seymour

members of the legacy society

in honor of:

Anonymous Mary & Cal Beaver Philip Britton ’61 Duane ’82 & Lorelei ’80 Bussey Russell ’73 & Carol Cagle Jack* & Genevieve Cooper Wayne ’62 * & Ellen Evans Claudette Fisher ’63, ’78 Patricia Ewert Flannagan ’76* Estate of Gary ’62, ’65 & Judith Gaston* Rich ’59 & De Gehlbach Dale ’64 & Beverly Hettinger Ron ’65 & Marilyn ’86, ’87 Loser Caroline Martinez Sanchez ’56 Bonnie Moinet ’84

Amberlee Gibson Kathy Gibson Lori Laske ’91, ’01 Philip Britton ’61 Damon Martin Mark & Helen Dorion Beverly Mestas Alfred Petross ’15 Alfred & Fabian Petross Alfred Petross ’15 Joe I Vigil Mark & Helen Dorion

Ted ’69 & Janet ’69* Morrison Michael & Karol Ann Patritch Clarissa Lee Pollard Michael Sloan ’65 Patsy Spier ’91 Estate of Linda Spraitzer* Douglas Thomas ’55* Beth Waters* Elizabeth A Watts Arthur Wellbaum* Karen Wibrew Bill Woodward ’61 Dan ’74, ’79 & Sheryl ’79 Yoder *indicates deceased

foundation net assets Academic Year 2020/21 2019/20 2018/19 2017/18 2016/17

Total Assets $31,071,319 $24,547,122 $23,494,429 $22,257,620 $20,637,656



Alicia Guler M.A. Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Fort Collins, Colorado

Outstanding Robert C. Duckworth Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision

Juan Coyote B.A. Psychology

Rockwall, Texas

Juan owned and operated Coyote's Barbershop in Alamosa, during his academic career.

“Though I had some other promising opportunities in front of me, I continued to say there was something special about this small school in the mountains of Colorado.”

Amanda Pruitt Ph.D. Counselor Education & Supervision Nacogdoches, Texas

“I wanted a doctoral experience which would include developing relationships and mentorships between faculty and students, as well as one that would appreciate my unique qualities. I found this experience at Adams and it set the foundation for my doctoral education.”

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“Because of the format of this program, I was better able to balance life and school.”

Lubbock, Texas

“Having a degree shows that one can make a difference in their life.”

Hadlie Rittgers B.A. Business Administration/ Business Education Summa Cum Laude Eads, Colorado

“Being at Adams State provided me with a lot of amazing opportunities. I was able to work closely with a lot of my professors in class and through being a teacher's assistant which gave me great experience for becoming a teacher.”

Abigail Tuggle B.F.A. Art Summa Cum Laude Colorado Springs, Colorado

“My professors gave me the tools to continue pursuing what I love. I have gained knowledge, experience, and confidence in my work and in myself.”

Gwen Garger B.A. Theatre St. Louis, Missouri

Daniel Gruszka B.S. Mathematics Magna Cum Laude

“My major professors were always aware and supportive of what I was doing and worked with me to receive practicum credit for my light designs, set design, stage management, dance classes, TA positions, etc. I am extremely grateful to my professors for teaching me and caring for me so much.”

Silver City, New Mexico

Mary Benavidez B.A. Psychology Cum Laude

Desiree C. Lewis B.A. Psychology

Jacksonville, Florida

“This success story has been 15 years in the making, and without the love and support of my husband and five children as well as the educational and professional opportunities that Adams State has provided, I would not have been able to accomplish my goal to obtain my bachelor’s degree.”

“The psychology faculty have been a source of inspiration since the beginning. I was encouraged to get out of my comfort zone and this led me to push myself above and beyond what I thought I was capable of.”

“I always felt my major professors had my best interest in mind. In my senior year...I was able to ask for advice on my future and get their expertise. This helped a lot when deciding to go to graduate school.”

Denver, Colorado

Marlene Garcia Araiza B.S. Biology - Cellular & Molecular Cum Laude

Christian L. Legg B.S. Business Administration

Manzanola, Colorado and Matehuala, San Luis Potosi, Mexico

“I am very happy that I chose Adams State. The small-town feel reminds me enough of home but is big enough to feel like I wasn’t just moving from one small town to another. It is close enough to the mountains that I can do all the outdoor things I love.”

“As a first-generation student, I am honored to be the fruit of my parents’ hard-work and resiliency to give my siblings and me the chance to pursue opportunities that were not available to them during their youth.”

Cheyenne Wells, Colorado

Gregory Carter B.A. Communication & Media Magna Cum Laude

Stormy Chambers B.A. Mathematics - Secondary Education

Beverly Hills, California

Manassa, Colorado

“Adams State gave me the support system to finish what I started and confidently reach for my dreams.”

“The community I built at Adams State pushed me to continue my work until I had mastered it, and then still find ways to grow.”



Spring Commencement Mary Benavidez, pictured right, delivered the message from the Class of 2022. She earned her bachelor’s degree in clinical psychology. Her husband, Michael, and their son, Oliver, pictured below, also received their degrees during the ceremony.





associate degrees

master of arts, master of science, master of business administration degrees



bachelor's degrees

doctorate degrees

Sandy Ortega, Class of 1974, congratulates Lindsey Sandoval after the commencement ceremony

Affectionately known as “Honey Child” (that’s what she calls her close friends), Sandy Ortega ’74 is a fixture around Adams State and Alamosa. Sandy’s volunteerism starts at Adams State and stretches to Sacred Heart Church as a religious educator as well as mentoring young men and women throughout the Valley. Her influential reach is wide. “I will forever be indebted to Adams State. As a first-generation student from San Luis, the care given to me as a student was incredible. I have to give back.” Sandy currently serves as the president of the Adams State Alumni Association, is a past member of the Grizzly Club Board of Advisors, a past member of the Adams State Foundation, and has served on numerous search committees and focus groups which have advanced the mission of the University. Sandy had the honor of welcoming the Class of 2022 to the Alumni Association as part of the spring commencement ceremonies. “What a thrill.” ASTATER


John Tooker, Class of 1966

Doctors from the Gridiron Location, cost, and quality of academic programs consistently rank as primary reasons to attend Adams State, but the chance to compete in athletics has often provided a major impetus to matriculate at Adams State.

Bill Rakow, Class of 1969

That aspiration brings scores of students to campus, allowing them to develop physically and mentally, to embody the epigram on the façade of Plachy Hall, “mens sana in corpore sano”—a sound mind in a sound body. So many student athletes, from heralded coach Joe Vigil, Ph.D., Class of 1959, to Doris Watson, Ph.D., Class of 1988 and 1990, now a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, found athletics at Adams State as entrances to splendid careers as terminally-qualified professionals. More than a few alumni came to Adams State to play football; in defiance of a persistent stereotype, their gridiron excellence not only led to athletic glory but stellar academic achievement. Intellectual phoenixes arising from the grind of summer camp and the mud and blood of brisk November afternoons, many of these football warriors became doctors from the gridiron.

“ One major reason for going to Adams State was Mark Manzanares, Class of 1989

to play football.” –Dr. David Hydock


Their intellectual destinations varied. Some, like defensive lineman Chris Cembalisty, D.C., Class of 1991, chose a healing profession. He’s now a doctor of chiropractic medicine in Grand Junction, Colorado. John Tooker, M.D., Class of 1966, grew up just south of Alamosa, and initially came to Adams because of location. He quickly attracted the attention of the track coaches because of his speed and the football coaches because of his height. He stands 6’ 4”. A chemistry major, he became one of the first Adams State graduates to attend medical school ASTATER

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before embarking on a long career in pulmonology. A native of New Jersey, William Rakow, Ph.D., Class of 1969, was recruited to play linebacker, but went on to earn a doctor of psychology degree before embarking on a long career as a therapist and school counselor. Others became professors. A massive man, David Hydock, Ph.D., Class of 1995, came to Adams State to play offensive tackle. He now heads the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado. Tom Bruscino, Ph.D., Class of 1999, trekked south from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, to play linebacker. He now serves as associate professor in the Department of Military Strategy, Planning, and Operations at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. After a brief stint at Colorado Mesa, Mark Manzanares, Ph.D., Class of 1989 and 1992 transferred to Adams State, subsequently earning a doctorate from Colorado State. A pioneer in on-line education at Adams State, he’s a longtime professor of counselor education. He remains the only person to score a touchdown both for and against Adams State.

“ Coach Carpenter recruited me and met with

my father and me when we flew out to visit the college.” –Dr. William Rakow Often, the initial human connection with Adams State was a coach and players’ conversations resonating, often reverently, with names like Vigil, McKillip, Carpenter, Buotac, Geiser, Schuett, and Norris. “They gave me a sense of belonging” at Adams State, Hydock recalls. Coaches recruited, mentored, and inspired their players, often becoming surrogate father figures, especially when players dealt with personal tragedies. Rakow’s father died of cancer while the young linebacker was two time zones away. And they modeled academic achievement as well. Coach “Geiser led the way,” earning his own doctorate while serving as head coach, Bruscino remembers powerfully.

“ Football brought me here, but it was the professors that kept me here.” –Dr. Mark Manzanares

Coaches were vital members of a larger team of professionals committed to student success. Players recall important intercessory roles played by college presidents, resident life personnel, and facilities service staff, such as “Boogie” Romero, because many footballers worked for facilities services. Mostly, gridiron doctors recall vital relationships with faculty in shaping their evolving sense of personal academic potential. Their reminiscences of Watkins, McAdow, McDaniel, Loser, Samora, Trujillo, Holmes, Foster, Kolupke, Crowther, and Dailey, among scores of others, attest to the vital role that professors play, helping athletes to see a future beyond maintaining eligibility and earning a degree, as important as those essential tasks are. Tooker “began to see the connection between science and the humanities” while taking a literature class. “A career in medicine became a possibility.” According to Hydock, “Dr. [Xingzhong] Li’s grammar and syntax courses taught me to think more scientifically, even though English as a major is not typically seen that way.” Sometimes, the inspiration came from learning from a teacher about outstanding achievement of other alums who had not played sports. Hearing from Professor McDaniel that Gary Gallagher, Ph.D., Class of 1972, had obtained an endowed professorship at the University of Virginia, Bruscino believed he, too, could be a professor. “Because of . . . [ McDaniel’s] faith, guidance, and inspiration, I came to believe that I could follow in Gallagher’s footsteps.” Professorial support took a variety of forms, recalls Manzanares. “No matter where I turned here at ASU there was a professor there to give me praise or a swift kick in the pants.” Supported in diverse ways by Adams State professionals, who inspired their achievement and long-term success, footballers became doctors from the gridiron. by Edward R. Crowther ASTATER


Grizzly Athletics Wrestling National Champions

Noah Hermosillo, Class of 2022; Josiah Rider, Class of 2024; Jonathan Andreatta, Class of 2022; Coach Jason Ramstetter

Sometimes just getting to the dance is the hard part. The three Adams State University Grizzly wrestlers that made it to the dance, that is the NCAA DII National Championship, made the tournament look easy, especially Saturday night when all three qualifiers took home individual championships to cap off a perfect 13-0 the weekend of March 12. The three champions mark the 36th, 37th and 38th national wrestling championships in Adams State history. They are the first individual champions since Like McPeek won the 197 title in 2012. 2022 is the first time the Grizzlies have had multiple champions since Arsenio Barksdale (125) and Kyle Sand (184) won two titles in 2009. In addition, the Grizzlies had one year, 1982, in which they had three individual champions. During that season, Shane Palmer (167), Scott Ritzen (126) and Darrell Yohn (190) all earned crowns for the Grizzlies.

“ I have never ever had a weekend like this,

it’s unheard of, to go 13-0 on the weekend,” said Head Coach Jason Ramstetter on Saturday night. “I am in awe. It was fun to have them go all together like that and to be able to sit back and enjoy the rest of the tournament.” After the tournament, Ramstetter was named the NWCA Division II National Tournament Coach of the Year as voted by his peers.



Jonathan Andreatta started the gold parade for the Grizzlies as he needed 2:25 to secure the title. He earned a takedown in 42 seconds before completing a suicide cradle for the win over redshirt senior Garrett Vos of St. Cloud State. After a match off, the Grizzlies returned with Noah Hermosillo battling Sam Turner of Nebraska Kearney at 149 pounds. Hermosillo earned the opening points of the match with a takedown of the first period before Turner nabbed an escape and the score stayed the same until the third period. Hermosillo then allowed an escape to start the third before getting a take down with 59 seconds remaining but 30 seconds later Turner earned an escape to pull within one point. Hermosillo could not earn a take down and because of riding time, sudden victory overtime commenced. The two grapplers tangled in the middle of the mat before they went down and both battled for positioning and with 34 seconds left in the period, Hermosillo got the win. Like Andreatta, Josiah Rider only needed the first period to claim the third title for the Grizzlies. He earned a takedown in 1:39 over Baltazar Gonzalez of American International before locking in the cradle for a quick win in 2:48. The Grizzlies are the only team to have three individual champions as Central Oklahoma did score two individual titles at 184 pounds and 197. The Grizzlies, who had just three qualifiers in the entire tournament finished fifth in the team standings with 65 points. As Rider paced the way for the Grizzlies with 23 points, thanks to his two falls, and Andreatta and Hermosillo each scored 21 points.

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Painted Window supporting "I Love Adams State Day", May 6

The Adams State University Grizzlies closed the 2022 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 28, 2022, at the Grand Valley State University South Complex. Behind runner up finishes and a 5,000-meter championship by sophomore Brianna Robles, the Adams State University women’s track and field team finished seven, with a score of 33 team points.

The men finished in a tie with Missouri Southern for sixth place with 30 team points. The Grizzlies were the top team out of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). Colorado School of Mines was the closest men’s RMAC team in ninth place with 29 points while the closest women's team was CSU Pueblo in 22nd place with 12 points. For a complete recap of nationals, visit ASTATER



Pictured, Conservation partners, state and federal agency staff and local elected officials on a Salazar Center hosted tour of the Rio Grande Natural Area to discuss opportunities for enhancing river conditions, improving recreation potential, and protecting cultural resources of the area. Photo by Rio de la Vista

A recent donation from the Salazar Family Foundation to the Adams State University Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center will ensure continued projects. The Denver-based Salazar Family Foundation, founded by Rob and Lola Salazar in 1999, has extended a generous gift of $250,000 to establish a named endowment for the Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center at Adams State University. The Salazar Family Foundation’s core mission, to encourage students to achieve their educational goals by supporting organizations that are committed to improving the quality of education and students’ access to it, led to the donation. The Salazar Family Foundation’s generous support helps secure the future of the Salazar Center, which works to help Adams State students and the San Luis Valley community meet challenges and develop new opportunities to conserve land, water, history and culture at the headwaters of the Rio Grande. Ken Salazar and his family founded the Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center at Adams State in honor of their parents in 2015. “Here at the Salazar Center, we work to grow the next generation of conservation leaders and to deepen the engagement between Adams State and the valley’s active network of partners and caring community members,” said Salazar Center Director Rio de la Vista. “Through our Water Education and Rio Grande Natural Area initiatives, we promote solutions that build upon the thriving spirit of collaboration in the San Luis Valley. This substantial gift from the Salazar Family Foundation will make a world of 34


difference in our ability to build and sustain these programs far into the future.” The Adams State Salazar Center actively offers programs such as the new water studies minor, with courses open for community members to audit; the annual Rio Grande State of the Basin Symposium; an on-going series of community water talks; and special programs such as the “Rio Grande Aerial School” with partner EcoFlight, which gives students chances to see the valley from the air and learn about the way water works in the environment, agriculture, and towns. The Adams State Salazar Center also works with partners to develop projects to protect and restore habitat, educate about cultural resources, and develop interpretive signage and recreation opportunities for the Rio Grande Natural Area, which encompasses 32 miles along the river south of Alamosa to the New Mexico state line. “We’re extremely grateful the Salazar Family Foundation’s mission aligns so well with Adams State,” said President Cheryl D. Lovell. “With this major boost, we will work to build upon their contribution to secure the full support needed to sustain and grow the important work of our Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center. We hope this generous gift inspires others to likewise contribute to the center’s unique and timely programs for students and community alike.”

Bruce Rosengrant has been appointed to the newly created post of Vice President for Community Engagement and Communication. Rosengrant most recently served as the Vice Chancellor for Advancement and Executive Director of the Fayetteville State University Foundation in North Carolina. In his role at Adams State, Rosengrant will oversee Public Relations and Marketing, Alumni Relations, the Adams State Foundation, Events Management, the Salazar Rio Grande del Norte Center, the Office of University Research, and Career Services. With 30 years of experience in higher education, Rosengrant served as chief development officer at the University of Southern Mississippi where he implemented and guided a $150 million capital campaign initiative. Rosengrant also held seniordirector level development and external relations positions at Columbia University and Washington State University. Additionally, he has served as

director of development at DePaul University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. “The leadership among the faculty and staff is highly engaged and a big reason I chose to take on this role. Our alumni and friends should be proud of what’s happening in Alamosa.” Rosengrant moved to Colorado with his wife, Lauren, daughter, Sadie, a high school sophomore and son, Dan, who is in third grade.

Rebecca Junge, Class of 2016, received a Milken Educator Award for broadening her students’ horizons. At Journey Elementary School in the Natrona County School District, Wyo., Junge has set new expectations for lesson plans that capture the attention and creativity of her students. Examples include translating their favorite games like "Super Mario" and "Among Us" into practical skills. The national recognition includes an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. Junge will join a national network of more than 2,800 Milken Educator Award recipients across the U.S. She is among more than 60 educators coast-to-coast who will receive the Award during the 2021-22 school year. Hailed as the "Oscars of Teaching," Milken Educator Awards inspire and uplift with the unique stories of educators making a profound difference for students, colleagues and communities. The Awards are not designated for lifetime achievement. Recipients are heralded while early to midcareer for what they have achieved — and for the promise of what they will accomplish given the resources and opportunities inherent in the Award.



Adams State University will launch a Bachelor of Arts in public health this fall. The program aims to address the front-facing aspects of public health and will benefit students, professors, and community members alike. Margaret Doell, associate vice president for academic affairs, explained that the degree program has been a community effort. “This has been in the works for three years. It was an effort to fill a need in the community,” said Doell. “We’ve been working on this for quite some time with a variety of local health organizations including San Luis Valley Health, Valley-Wide Health Services, and Alamosa County Public Health.” Alongside the degree will be four new courses specifically in public health. The four courses will cover rural public health, social determinants of health, foundations in public health, and a public health capstone course. The rest of the curriculum will consist of an array of courses in business, kinesiology, health care, and social sciences. The university will also be adding additional faculty for this position. “Assuming it becomes a solid degree with good enrollment, we’ll look at adding a permanent faculty member with experience in public health, and we’ll also develop projects with local public health organizations,” said Doell. Terry Dupler, Ph.D., director of the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, described the necessity for creating this degree program. “ASU decided to start the public health



program to help address a shortage of employees in the health arena. The COVID pandemic has made it clear there is a shortage of public health officials and employees not only in Colorado but across the United States.” The degree program will also open up the option for students to transfer to a master’s program in public health,” said Dupler. Doell indicated that the degree program will prepare students for a variety of career paths. “Preparing people to be actively engaged in promoting health with the public, it could be anything ranging from a contract tracer for pandemics to someone who works in diabetic counseling. It’s really a degree with a broad choice of careers.” A Bachelor of Arts in public health from Adams State is an ideal stepping stone toward a fruitful career in the health sector. Dupler says the degree will benefit students by providing another avenue into health care work. “We have degree programs on campus now for students who want to pursue some health professions. This new degree will benefit the campus by increasing the offerings for incoming students, with the potential for increasing student enrollments within the undergraduate student population.” by Garrett Carroll

The Colorado State University/Adams State University mechanical engineering program has received federal support. “The federal funds will primarily be spent on lab renovation and lab equipment in Porter Hall, the Adams State STEM building,” Matt Nehring, Ph.D., director of the Adams State School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics said. “We have committed to replicating all components of the CSU Mechanical Engineering curriculum so that students on the Adams State campus will have the same educational experiences as their Fort Collins counterparts.” Christian Puttlitz, Ph.D., head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at CSU, agrees. “The goal of the program is to replicate the experiential learning mechanical engineering experience that students have on the Fort Collins campus. At the core of this experience is the world-class labs and equipment CSU students use and have access to for their engineering projects.” The federal dollars will ensure the Adams State facilities match the CSU-Fort Collins mechanical engineering labs and equipment and therefore provide an equal academic experience for students at the rural institution, Adams State.

Starting in Fall 2022, students can enroll in the Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering program on the Adams State campus. The first two years of the program will be taught by Adams State faculty, and the second half, which includes the senior design capstone project, will be taught by CSU faculty in-person on the Alamosa campus. Adams State will also offer an associate’s degree linked to the successful completion of the two years of lower-division courses. The funding was part of $121 million for Colorado projects in the Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) omnibus funding bill. “This investment will help meet the needs of rural students and strengthens the local economy,” Bennet said. For more information on the CSU/ASU mechanical engineering degree visit

U.S. Senators for Colorado Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper secured

$1,100,000 to help launch the new degree.



Staying in Touch •1960s Cyrus F. Green ’61, ’62 returned to Colorado after teaching two years in El Centro, Calif. Cyrus spent 30 years in Aurora Public Schools as a shop teacher and high school/career counselor. He was named Career Counselor of the Year by the Colorado Career Development Association in 1992 and received the Aurora Public School Superintendent’s Award in 1993. He retired from a successful career in education in 1994. “Thank you Adams State University. We are loving retirement and travel.” Stan Nelson ’61, ’65 taught school for 31 years, coached wrestling for 20 years, and was accepted in the Colorado Wrestling Hall of Fame, Class of 2022. His wife, Jean, passed away Aug 29, 2020. “All is well and good, still riding and taking care of horses. Life is going on!” Like true veterans, Isaac E. Garcia ’62, of the U.S. Marine Corps and, Sally, of the U.S. Navy, continue to adapt to ever-changing COVID protocols, as the wellbeing of family, friends, and others dictate. As retired octogenarians of sound mind and body (in their opinions), they enjoy the luxury of determining their own agendas. They applaud the current first responders, educators, medical caregivers, and other occupations whose services benefit the general public. “May they be protected by Divine Providence.” Judith M. Roehm ’63 retired in 2011 as a social worker for Waukesha County, Waukesha, Wis. Judith has a daughter living in Northbrook, Ill., and a son living in Madison, Wis. Elbert V. Detwiler ’63 was born in Princess Anne, Md. in 1936, making him 86 years old. He had the pleasure of attending Adams State his junior and senior years, graduating in 1963. He sang in the touring choir at Adams State and in a men’s quartet, which was part of choir. The quartet was composed of Elbert, Emmett O’Leary, Harry Steinert, and Ken Leason. Elbert lives in the same farmhouse that he lived in 71 years ago, when he was in high school on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. “Come and visit me sometime!” Judy L. Drake ’64 has been retired from teaching at Sargent Elementary for 16 years. She lives on a farm northwest of Monte Vista, Colo. She misses singing in the Valley Community Chorus, which rehearsed at Adams State. Deanna R. Morris ’64, ’65 came to Fairbanks, Alaska to teach math in fall, 1965. Her husband was the band teacher at the junior high and they married in 1967. When their oldest child was born, Deanna stayed home. For many years, she tutored lots of math students and she is still able to help when asked. Her youngest daughter, Holly, did her masters work in Spanish at Adams State.



Betty A. Biggs ’65, ’69 retired from teaching nursing in 2013. She turned 90 years old on Dec 2, 2021 and lives in an independent living facility for seniors in Colorado Springs. She enjoyed her 61 years of nursing while working in five different states. She was widowed in 1997, and has three children, six grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren. “I enjoyed my time in the 1960s while attending Adams State University.”

a 25-year career at CSU. They enjoy spending time with their three children, Mark, Amy, and Craig, and their families, as well as participating in fitness and church activities. Beverly and Tom are grateful and blessed by their education at Adams State which has impacted all aspects of their lives.

Jack D. Harris ’65, ’66 tries to keep close contact with Damon Martin and family and the GREATEST cross country and track program anywhere. Jack has been blessed with the opportunity to assist the program periodically, as the Martins are dear friends. Jack also continues to individually assist high school track athletes.


Dr. Francisco O. Adame ’66, ’71 lives in the flatlands of Kansas, and has great memories of the Valley, including the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountain range. He spent 25 years in Alaska teaching, coaching, and administrating. He received a doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1989. He has three children and five grandchildren, all boys. “Be well.” Sue K. King ’66, ’90 is finally ending her career in teaching, in good health. At age 77, her life in education has been marvelous. She received both her B.A. and M.A. from Adams State. “Aloha.” Felix B. DuPlessis ’67 retired after 40 years of being a teacher and coach of wrestling and football. Jefferson Parish in Louisiana has since named a wrestling tournament in his honor. He owes his love and devotion for the sport of wrestling to his football coach at Adams State, Frank Powell. Felix has won many championships and sent some of his students to Colorado. He has been married to Jennifer for 38 years and both enjoy retirement together. They have four children. “We have all been blessed with a wonderful family and to think that I owe it all to ASC. Thank you.” Sammie D. Porter ’68 retired in 2016 after 44 years in education, serving at numerous levels, from elementary to higher education, including post-secondary adult career education. He enjoys retirement as he spends summers in South Fork, Colo. Donald E. Wolfe ’68 moved to central North Carolina with his wife Marty during their retirement. Even though he is surrounded by 43 golf courses, he prefers biking. They return to Colorado to visit family and friends. Beverly ’69 and Tom Michoski ’69 are now retired. Tom taught at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins for 31 years and subsequently taught at the Osher Institute at Colorado State University for eight years. Beverly retired as deputy secretary to the Colorado State University Board of Governors and

Terrence W. Sloan M.D. ’69 retired in Gallup, N.M.

Emily Trujillo-Vigil ’70 graduated from Adams State with a B.A. in elementary education and Spanish and earned her M.A. in reading from the University of Colorado. She has received endorsements in school administration and bilingual education. Emily served as a classroom teacher emphasizing bilingual Spanish for 17 years, and served as a school administrator for 18 years. She was also on a local school board. She is now retired and enjoys reading, cooking, and her family. “ASU opened the door for a fulfilling life.” Robert W. Gibson ’71 retired from a long career with Coors Brewing Company and moved to Florida, where he never has to shovel snow or scrape ice. Karen S. Stone ’71 still volunteers at her school. She loves helping teachers and students. Also, she is a caregiver to her 100-yearold mom, “which is quite a challenge.” Alan A. Cirello ’72 says, “Best wishes, health, and happiness to all.” Jack A. Wirth ’72 is 93 years old and served five years in the Navy, flying in blimps. Abraham C. Carson ’73 retired from Xcel Energy in 2012 after 40 years of service. He enjoys retirement and his current state of employment is as a cruise consultant. He is on his 38th cruise and has traveled most of the globe. He always has the San Luis Valley in his heart, mainly Adams State. Vivian C. Pena ’73 retired from teaching middle school language arts in 2005 from District 6 in Greeley, Colo. She recently moved to Capulin, Colo., to enjoy fresh air, sunshine, and access to public lands for recreation. Her husband, Manuel Montoya, is also retired, from water company management in northern Colorado. Louie A. Santistevan ’74 retired in 2020, after 45 years as a financial advisor. He appreciated economics classes with Dr. Gillis in the ’73-’74 years. His wife of 46 years, Betty, retired from teaching. They have lived in California for 45

years. Louie enjoys golf and traveling to Hawaii and Mexico. He has attended Alamosa High School reunions and visited the Adams State campus. “I’m proud of my ASU sticker, and the campus looks great.” Mark A. McMahon ’75 has been married to Carolyn for more than 40 years and they pursued careers in art. Visit www.mcmahongallery. com to see their art. Betty ’77 and Cecil Ison ’77 retired to their family farm in Eastern Kentucky after careers in archaeology and library science. Since then, their residence and creation, “The Home for Wayward Babydolls,” has continued to inspire artists and draw photographers, writers and tourists. Recent notable mentions include a 2019 feature article in the Louisville Courier Journal by Pat McDonogh, which was picked up by the AP and distributed nationwide, resulting in a picture with Cecil and the family dog which was featured in USA Today. The year 2020 brought a visit by the photographer Carol Highsmith and inclusion in her photo collection, “Carol Highsmith’s America,” at the Library of Congress. The most recent sighting is in the 2021 nonfiction book, “A Dark Room in Glitter Ball City,” in which several pages were dedicated to describing the author’s visit.

•1980s Ivory Joe Hunt ’82 from Colorado Springs, Colo., says Adams State Gives Day was outstanding and it was a great weekend. It was so nice to see so many friends he had not seen for years. Cross country and track was THE BOMB, according to Ivory Joe, and he wants to tell all the people that were out front and all of the many people behind the scenes that they are great. “I am proud to be an ASC/ASU alumni. Go Adams State. I will always support you.” Jackie Getz White ’82 from Bridgewater, N.J. retired from Bristol Myers Squibb after 35 years in pharmaceutical development. She and her husband, Brent, are moving to Knoxville, Tenn., but plan to live part of the year in Colorado. They look forward to spending more time with their two sons, who live in Denver, and with their family and friends in the Valley. Betty K. Henderson ’84, ’88 taught and lived on the Navajo Nation in Arizona for 35 years and retired in May, 2019. She enjoys retirement, line dancing, and African drumming. Lorene M. Parker ’86, ’97 enjoys retired life after teaching for 36 years. Her husband, Dave, still works but plans to retire in the next couple of years. Their son, Adam, continues to work in the family business and plans to take it over when Dave retires. Their daughter, Audrey, teaches in Northglenn. “Life is good.”

Douglas L. Grewe ’87 of Centennial, Colo., is having great success with a company that cares for its employees and for all fellow graduates within the State of Colorado. “Get the personalized license plate and we can be among the state schools that have it too-we need to support this school.”

whole ten years they owned the Hamburger Inn. “Those were the good ole days.” And they, as a family, were very grateful for all the Adams State students and staff that followed them over to Payne’s Truck Stop when they moved the Hamburger Inn. Sandra is still working on getting her books published, and her family is growing by leaps and bounds. She had a new granddaughter born the day after her mom passed away.

•2000s Bret McGatlin ’00 accepted the position of head football coach at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Bret played football for five years at Adams State. He remembers amazing professors in the EPLS (now kinesiology) department that specifically took time to meet with him to help him understand the art of teaching. Bret especially remembers the late Cindy Young, who died unexpectedly while a professor of the EPLS Department. “She took time to sit with all of her students individually and what she taught me 25 years ago still resonates today with how I teach or coach my athletes.” Bret and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters, Ella and Kenzey.

Ron ’76 and daughter Stephanie ’94 Green

•1990s Tami L. Fassett's ’91 love of live theatre was cultivated by the late Carolyn Harper, Ph.D., emeritus professor of theatre. Tami went on to a successful teaching career at Monte Vista High School, where she taught English and directed more than 30 plays. Tami is happily retired with her husband Bill. They divide their time between Monte Vista, Colo. and Sedona, Ariz. Thomas J. Gonzales ’91 completed his 25th year of teaching history and government for Adams 12 Five Star Schools District at Thornton High School, located in Thornton, Colo. Sandra K. Barney ’94, says her father passed away in 2004, and her mother passed away on Dec 3, 2021, at age 93. Sandra and her family gave her mother a Hamburger Inn birthday party just six days before she passed away. Sandra is sure alumni and former staff members remember the Hamburger Inn on Main St., right by the college. The Hamburger Inn was established by Pop Ledbetter in the late 1920s. They had the popular Big J, which was created by John Sheeley, the owner before them. Then of course, the one and only Thing and ½ Thing, of which she still knows each and every ingredient by heart, as she was a waitress the

•2010s Noel F. Prandoni ’18 started graduate school at New Mexico State University, studying water science and management at the school’s Water Resources Research Institute.

•2020s Katie McFarland ’21 accepted a position at Reiche Community School in the West End of Portland, Maine, after receiving her master’s in music education. The school serves an incredibly diverse, but high poverty community and a significant portion of her students are English language learners. “My master's degree helped me stand out in my application and I felt like I had so much to say during my interview, because of the discussions and lessons I had in the music education graduate program.” Victor Bucklew ’22 recently published The Hidden Gifts of Addiction (2020) by Rock Creek Canyon Publishing.

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5K runners, Denver Colfax Marathon, May 14 & 15

Alumni work study students and new grads, Gihan Cardona Giraldo ’22 & Courtney Hocking ’22

Kaylee Romero ’15, ’22 & Genesis Escalon ’22 at New Grad Brunch

Bikram Mishra ’14 & Ellwood Ervin ’67 volunteer at Colfax Marathon booth

Students at the New Grad Brunch

Parkview Elementary, 2nd grade, Pueblo, Colo. with teacher Shanda Davis ’12 and Boomer



Alumni & their families enjoy paint night at The Wet Paintbrush in Alamosa

Joe I. Vigil ’53, Cheryl D. Lovell, Carolyn Vigil ’75 Cheryl D. Lovell & Kay Albrecht ’62 during an Arizona visit Cheryl D. Lovell & Rondaleen Specht ’67 visit in Arizona



In Memoriam




1. Wayne Evans, Class of 1962, died April 6, 2021. He attended Adams State on a full tuition scholarship. This motivated him to assist students financially when he had the opportunity. Wayne received the 2018 Willis Fassett Jr. Award. In 2009, he and his wife, Ellen, established the Wayne O. Evans and Ellen M. Evans Science/Math Scholarship. After the death of a high school classmate, Wayne established the MVHS-Adams Scholarship Endowment for Monte Vista High School graduates to attend Adams State. 2. Former Student Center Director Harry U. Hull died December 23, 2021. Harry retired in 1987 after 31 years. In 1988 he received the Billy Adams Award for his outstanding and long-time service to the Institution. 3. Dennis Lopez, Class of 1974 and 1978, died unexpectedly February 25, 2022. He received the 2021 Billy Adams Award because of the many contributions to his alma mater. He was always willing to share his knowledge of the language and history of his beloved San Luis Valley. He taught classes at Adams State and Alamosa High School. He was always willing to be a guest speaker and was active in the Adams State Alumni Association. He loved learning and he loved teaching. “I wanted to learn and learn and learn.” 42




4. Former Journalism Professor John L. (Jack) Morris, Ph.D., died March 8, 2022. He began working at Adams State in 1988, teaching and advising students, and serving as the advisor of the South Coloradan student newspaper. He helped dozens of students recognize their potential as reporters, photographers, and advertising representatives. In 2012, Jack attended a reunion with former South Coloradan staffers and mentioned how much he loved seeing his “kids” grown up and thriving. Adams State is accepting memorial donations in his name to benefit the student newspaper or establish a scholarship. 5. Joseph “Boogie” Frank Romero died April 13, 2022. He was as much an icon of Adams State as the white cupola gracing the top of Richardson Hall. After 32 years of service to the University in Facilities Services, Boogie retired in 1993 but his loyalty and commitment never wavered. He was given a special “Citation of Honor” at the 1994 ASC Hall of Fame for outstanding service and support to the college and its student athletes. Boogie often said how he remained in contact with many Adams State alumni.

Final Chapters Ernest E. Ballotti ’50, ’62 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Jan 20 at the age of 95. Geraldine M. Anderson ’51 (Atascadero, CA) passed away Jan 16 at the age of 91. Leland C. Lively ’58, ’68 (Buena Vista, CO) passed away Jan 3 at the age of 89. Robert F. MacFarlan ’61 (Kennewick, WA) passed away Feb 23 at the age of 78. Jeffrey A. Sell ’61 (Oceanside, CA) passed away Sep 6 at the age of 86. Albert L. King ’61, ’64 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Mar 9 at the age of 88. Richard N. Anglund ’62 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Oct 18 at the age of 82. Merredith G. Von Burg ’66 (Grand Junction, CO) passed away Jul 27 at the age of 77. Jeb S. Taylor ’66 (Falls Church, VA) passed away Mar 26 at the age of 78.

Frank C. Latino ’73 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Feb 16 at the age of 73. Frank P. Dino ’77 (Longmont, CO) passed away Jun 13 at the age of 68. Douglas D. Barr ’78 (Louisville, CO) passed away Aug 7 at the age of 68. Charlotte A. Schneider ’79 (Windsor, CO) passed away Feb 17 at the age of 72. Janice E. Luellen ’80 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Jan 1 at the age of 70. Michael S. Kelly ’86, ’87 (Benton, AZ) passed away May 2 at the age of 60. Allen L. Norris ’88 (Socorro, NM) passed away Dec 9 at the age of 58. Travis L. Corning ’88, ’06 (Arvada, CO) passed away Aug 20 at the age of 55. Mary E. Wilmes ’89 (Rapid City, SD) passed away Oct 7 at the age of 64. Scott E. Elliott ’90 (Denver, CO) passed away Jul 6 at the age of 56. Selina Wuori ’93 (Lakewood, FL) passed away Jun 7 at the age of 78.

Sam Vasile ’66 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Dec 31 at the age of 88.

Colleen Rollings ’94 (Buena Vista, CO) passed away Mar 24 at the age of 68.

Paul E. Prior ’67, ’68 (Richmond, VA) passed away Dec 12 at the age of 76.

Brenda K. Coen ’97 (Delaware, OH) passed away Aug 23 at the age of 66.

Ronald E. Alford ’68 (Mountain View, CA) passed away Dec 29 at the age of 82. Richard Hime ’68 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Dec 20 at the age of 84. Charles P. Hammill ’68, ’69 (Medford Lakes, NJ) passed away Jan 21 at the age of 78. John E. Gaffga ’71, ’73 (Golden, CO) passed away Jan 10 at the age of 81.


Dr. Bill E. Peters (Tucson, AZ) passed away Dec 23 at the age of 87. He was Dean of Men, Dean of Student Affairs, and Professor of Psychology and Statistics at Adams State College.

Adams100 memory Louise Pasztor (nèe Halasz) graduated from Adams State College in 1956. She loved Adams State, and she blossomed there, writing a humor column for the South Coloradan in which she parodied literary classics (Anthony and Cleopatra brought together by their comic book collections) and college life (“Why don’t we all sneak into the library some night and nail sides on the tables—every campus needs a pool hall”). Her yearbooks and personal pictures from that time show a person who relished the beautiful surroundings, made lifelong friends, and likely surprised herself at what she was able to accomplish. It was also a different era, with decidedly different (and even antiquated) sensibilities: Mom was named Adams State’s “Miss El Conquistador” in 1955. What remained a constant, however, was my mom’s conviction that her years at Adams State were among the richest of her life. Thirty years after mom graduated, I arrived at Adams State, fresh out of high school, shy by nature, and not quite certain how I would do so far from my home in Littleton, Colo. Four years later I had surprised myself by what I had accomplished: hosting a radio show for KASF, serving as an officer in Associated Students and El Parnaso (the Spanish Club), participating in intramural sports, traveling to represent the campus at the Consortium of State Colleges in Colorado, and graduating with honors. Like my mom before me, I had found at Adams State the support I needed to do things I never imagined that I would do. For my late mother and for myself, the Adams State motto of “Great Stories Begin Here” rings particularly true. Thank you Adams State, for the memories that will always connect me to my mom. By Suzanne B Pasztor

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