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A VOL. 50, NO. 3 • FALL 2010

Published by Adams State College adams state college • alamosa, co 81102 719.587.7011 • 800.824.6494 • e-mail: online edition:

EDITOR & DESIGNER Julie Waechter


CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Nancy Blevins ’11 • Chris Day • Mike Henderson ‘07 Gaylene Horning ’94 • Larry Jeffryes ’69 Lace King ’13 • Tim Mouser


BOARD OF TRUSTEES FOR ADAMS STATE COLLEGE Tim Walters ’73 Chair Steve Valdez ’87 Vice Chair Gigi Darricades • Mary Griffin • Ramon Montoya ’69 Ann Rice • Arnold Salazar ’75 • Charles Scoggin, M.D. Dr. Tim Armstrong Faculty Trustee • Kenneth Scally Student Trustee

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD Lori Lee Laske ’91, ’01 Executive Secretary/Director of Alumni Relations Toney Cantu ’70 President Kasey Russell ’03 Vice President Karen Rubidoux Miller ’94 Secretary D. Mike Garcia ’73, ’77 • Robert Oringdulph ’71 Sandy Ortega ’74 • Chris Page ’02, ’03 Jeremy Ratliff ’96 • Brian Rossbert ’02 Rich Scanga ’75 • Liz Tabeling-Garcia ’96, ’06

ASC FOUNDATION BOARD Duane Bussey ’82 President Dr. John McDaniel Vice President John A. Marvel ’70 Secretary/Treasurer Russell Achatz ’85 • Keith Cerny • Genevieve Cooper Dale Hettinger ’64 • Charles “Chuck” Houser ’62 • Jeni Jack ’85 Cindy Palmer • Rich Scanga ’75 • Chris Sittler ’04 • Ray Skeff Izora Southway ’66 • Eldo Wall • Michael Ware ’69

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

FOUNDATION EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS Sharon Carter • Bob Copeland ’49 Richard Jacobs • Harold Kelloff Ralph Outcalt • John Reason J. Byron Uhrich • R. Paul Wagner

FOUNDATION EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS Dr. David Svaldi ASC President Tammy Lopez ’91, ’00 Executive Director of the Foundation Steve Valdez ’87 Trustee Liaison

GRIZZLY CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS Keith Cerny Chair • Dave Barrows Vice Chair Dennis Ortiz ’79 • Ric Cline ’71 Ericha Loosbrock • Jeni Jack ’85 • Joe Martinez ’99 Jay Meyer • Dennis Shioshita ‘77 • Steve Valdez ’87

ADAMS STATE COLLEGE MISSION STATEMENT Adams State College dedicates its resources to provide opportunity and access for all students. The College is an innovative leader that recognizes the inherent educational value of diversity. It is a catalyst for the educational, cultural, and economic interests of rural Colorado, the surrounding region, and the global community.

president’s letter: embracing traditions - old & new Traditions and rituals help people to connect with each other and reaffirm their sense of belonging. Many traditions are – well, traditional – like Homecoming. The longstanding rituals and events of Homecoming not only strengthen the relationship alumni have with their alma mater, but also help form new relationships between today’s students and their predecessors. This issue of the A-Stater looks at many “new” fall traditions that have emerged at ASC in recent years. Each fall we David Svaldi welcome new students at Orientation and Freshman Convocation. The annual Autumn@Adams celebration helps integrate the campus and community with events focused on such themes as “Our Earth, our Valley,” “Understanding Peace,”and this year’s concept: “Everyone has a Story to Tell.” Every year more and more students extend a helping hand to the community during ASC Cares Day. For two decades, the Chemistry Department has delighted school kids with the Chemistry Magic Show, usually held near Halloween. As a way of honoring our community and ASC’s work as a Hispanic Serving Institution, a few years ago we began celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with cultural events. Receiving Title V grants to assist Hispanic Serving Insitutions also seems to have become a tradition at ASC. Our programs in art, music, theatre, and writing have created The Arts Extravaganza, a new tradition that introduces high school students to their offerings. The Common Reading Experience is a relatively new academic tradition by which students, faculty, and staff explore the themes of a shared book. A few years ago, in preparation for a reaccreditation self-study, we initiated the Day of Reflection. Classes are cancelled, and all faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to spend the day addressing the college’s strengths and challenges. At this year’s Day of Reflection, we focused on assessment and shared governance in higher education. Adams State also has an important tradition of honoring its supporters. At this year’s ASC Foundation Student and Donor Recognition Dinner, we joyfully announced the creation of the McDaniel Scholarship Trust by Emeritus Professor of History John McDaniel (see page 20). In modeling a tradition of giving, Dr. McDaniel has made the second largest gift in Adams State’s history. The values of a given group of people are reflected in and reinforced by the traditions it observes. Traditions build bridges between generations and create social cohesion. If some traditions fall away or become modified with the passage of time, others are generated that speak to our needs and priorities. One value that underlies all traditions at Adam State – old and new – is our mission of providing higher education to rural Coloradans, especially low income, minority, geographically isolated, or otherwise underserved students. Our newer traditions all contribute in some way to that objective.

the cover Freshman Vinnie D’Andrea and sophomore Ariel Brauer got back as much love as they extended when they volunteered at the Valley Humane Society during the annual ASC Cares Day Community Plunge, Oct. 2. In its tenth year, ASC Cares Day is one of many “new” traditions at ASC. See more, page 14.

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adams updates ASC tops last year’s record enrollment $3.18 million Title V grant supports student success Completing the North Campus The transformation continues

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giving Dr. John McDaniel donates college’s second largest gift Lifelong nurse creates nursing scholarship through bequest School of Business student lounge named for J. Thomas Gilmore ‘66, ‘67

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ASC tops last year’s record enrollment a larger freshman class, growing graduate programs, and improved student retention helped Adams State set a new record for enrollment this fall. Adams State recorded a 4 percent increase in on-campus undergraduate and graduate students, for a total of 2,967, according to Dr. Michael Mumper ‘76, senior vice president for Enrollment Management and Program Development. fresh faces: ASC’s 2010 freshman class is 5.7 percent larger than last year’s, totalling 565 students. These scenes from the annual Freshman Orientation and Welcome Back Luau show they’re clearly happy to be at ASC.

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year of college at a higher rate, with retention this year at almost 60 percent, up nearly 9 percent from two years ago. Mumper attributes this improvement to several new programs designed to foster student success and to an increase in the quality of entering freshman students. “We have been bringing in more students who have outstanding academic records in high school and do well at ASC. That improves our retention rate,” Mumper said. “Our caring campus allows us to better address the needs of underserved students – whether they are from rural areas, low income families, minority groups, or are in their family’s first generation to attend college,” Svaldi added.

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“This is the seventh consecutive semester of enrollment growth, and now with record enrollment two years in a row, we feel this is a good sign of a permanent trend,” Mumper said. An additional 500 undergraduate students are enrolled online or through other distance education programs, bringing Adams State’s total enrollment to 3,467, compared to last year’s previous record high enrollment of 3,369. That figure includes 2,747 undergraduates and 720 graduate students. Adams State President David Svaldi noted: “We are nearing full capacity for oncampus students. We do anticipate additional growth, but the bulk of that will be in online programs.” Mumper said the freshman class increased 5.7 percent over 2009, to 565. Students are persisting from the first to second

Graduate student enrollment is up 5.4 percent over last year. Most of Adams State’s graduate students are enrolled in online or hybrid programs, which include a summer residency on campus. “This is the highest number of graduate students ever,” Mumper said. Adams State recently expanded its number of master’s degree programs to seven. Student diversity at Adams State is also increasing. Total undergraduate Hispanic enrollment increased from 29 percent in 2009 to 32 percent. Another 14 percent of the undergraduate student body identifies as African American, Native American/Alaskan, Asian/Pacific Islander, or multi-racial.

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$3.18 million Title V grant supports student success adams state college was recently awarded its third Title V grant in the last decade. The new $3.18 million Title V grant is focused on improving student engagement and success, according to Dr. Michael Mumper ‘76, Adams State senior vice president for Enrollment Management and Program Development. Designed to strengthen Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), the new grant will run for five years. “This grant will help us improve our student achievement, especially of Hispanic and low-income students,” Mumper added. “ASC’s student retention rates have increased steadily over the past three years, and this grant will help us to build and expand that success.” Adams State has the longest Hispanic Serving history among Colorado fouryear institutions, with current Hispanic enrollment at 32 percent, up three percent over last year. Fifty-five percent of the student body is considered low income, with family adjusted gross income averaging $17,818; while 82 percent qualify for need-based federal Pell Grants – the highest percentage of any public higher education institution in the state. “We plan to address three Lillian Gomez (top) and Eva Brown significant areas: the need to are the Director and Activities Diconsolidate and expand our rector, respectively, for ASC’s new, student services, a need for a five-year Title V grant. comprehensive faculty and staff development program, and the need to keep up with rapidly-evolving instructional technology,” Mumper said. “Hispanic Serving Institution” is a federal designation for colleges and universities that enroll a minimum of 25 percent Hispanic students. Title V aids HSIs in expanding educational opportunities for and success of Hispanic students. The

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grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability. Lillian Gomez is Adams State’s Title V grant director, while Eva Brown will serve as the project’s activities director. “We are really excited to win this new grant, because the process is very competitive. It gives Adams State the opportunity to adopt best educational practices that will benefit all of our students, regardless of class, gender, or race,” Gomez said. Adams State President David Svaldi said: “I want to thank the faculty and staff who worked on obtaining this grant, particularly Dr. Mumper and Lillian Gomez, for their hard work on behalf of our students.”

student success center A new Student Success Center will be constructed on the first floor of the Nielson Library. Plans call for it to be opened next August to serve as a “one-stop” for the college’s various academic support programs, according to Mumper. “We will create a center that is inviting to students who do not normally visit the library. Gomez added: “This will help Adams State expand services for students who may not have been successful in the past.” The center will house the Title V Activity Director and intervention specialists, as well as the college’s Academic Advising Center, TRiO Student Support Services, STAY program (developmental education), and disability services. The Title V grant will also support expansion of peer tutoring offered through the Grizzly Learning & Testing Center, located on the library’s second floor. The Student Success Center will include ten student computer workstations to facilitate group study. The grant will also support a new “Summer Bridge” program to help freshmen make a successful transition to college. Serving 30-35 students each year, it will parallel a similar program offered through ASC’s Student Support Services that has improved student retention and academic performance. In the grant’s second year, the college will hire a career counseling coordinator to provide students with career planning and placement services.


faculty development The second major component of the new Title V project is expansion of professional development activities for faculty and staff through the college’s Center for Equity in Teaching and Learning (CELT). This program was initiated under Adams State’s first Title V grant in 2000. “Faculty development will focus on transitioning from pedagogy – education of children – to androgogy – education of adults. We will present workshops and seminars, as well as a summer immersion institute, on best practices for teaching Hispanic, at-risk, and adult students,” Gomez explained. In addition, faculty who have completed these development programs will be eligible for teaching improvement grants to further enhance their classroom work.

technology acquisition The Title V grant will also fund new instructional and assistive technology for faculty and students. In addition to the Student Success Center workstations, two technologyenhanced classrooms (TEC) will be built each year of the grant.

A variety of assistive technology to support disabled students will also be acquired. This includes an Open Book advanced screen reader, a low-vision desktop magnifier, Daisy digital readers, talking dictionaries, digital recorders, Livescribe devices for converting notes to MP3s, and recordings for the blind and dyslexic.

service to hispanic students Adams State’s first Title V grant, for $1.96 million, was awarded in 2000. The primary activity of that five-year project was creation of CELT to "support curricular innovations and efficient use of technology." CELT workshops have stimulated many faculty members to implement new teaching practices and a more student-centered approach to learning. In addition, participating faculty became more cognizant of students of different ethnic, cultural, class, and social backgrounds. A $3.4 million Title V cooperative grant was awarded in 2006 to Adams State College, Trinidad State and Otero junior colleges to expand educational access for Hispanic students. By Julie Waechter

CASA (Cultural Awareness & Student Achievement) organized a variety of events for the annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration on campus. One that drew an appreciative crowd was an evening of flamenco music and dancing with Ronaldo Baca on guitar.

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Completing the North Campus bricks & mortar plaster & paint landscaping concrete

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the best seats in the house (left center) were arguably those of Residence at Rex occupants, who enjoyed the Homecoming game from their terraces. Leslie Kahler (left) enjoys her new home in ASC’s first new residence hall in 40 years. The stadium portion of the facility (bottom center) will be finished soon. In addition to new construction and remodeling of existing housing, the North Campus Transformation includes a new soccer/lacrosse field near the river (below) and two new parking lots. A new softball field will also be completed before the spring season begins.

dining in style: La Mesa Dining Hall (near left) has been remodeled by ASC’s food provider, Sodexo.

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south campus renovations underway

The transformation continues while the dust is far from settled on Adams State’s North Campus Transformation, Phase II work has already begun. Now the focus moves to the South Campus for upgrades of three academic buildings: the Education & Social Sciences (ES) Building, the Music Building, and Leon Memorial Concert Hall. Constructed in the 1950s and ‘60s, all three facilities require substantial upgrades to remain viable and attractive to students. For several years now, state budget cuts have limited funds for building maintenance and improvement. Adams State’s recent and imminent campus improvements are made possible by a commitment from students. In spring of 2008, they overwhelmingly approved a new student capital construction fee to upgrade student life facilities and academic buildings.

growing momentum “Creating a more appealing campus is part of our strategy to continue enrollment growth, and we are already reaping the benefits,” said President David Svaldi. In fall 2010, ASC topped 2009’s record enrollment by 4 percent. (See pg. 4.)

By building enrollment to fulfill the capacity of campus facilities – about 3,000 undergraduates – Adams State can blunt the impact of continued state funding cuts. “Today more than ever, Adams State’s affordability allows many students to achieve the dream of higher education,” he added. “Despite the discouraging economic climate, Adams State is more vibrant than ever, thanks to the vision and confidence of our students,” Svaldi said. “I hope our alumni will invest in the future of the college and its students by supporting the Phase II South Campus Renovation.” (Detailed information about how alumni can contribute to these projects will be mailed after the first of the year.)

music renovation features project cost: $5.7 million Begin late February 2011 – Complete Spring 2012 • 3,225 sq. ft., two-story addition with attractive east entrance • Four practice rooms • Percussion studio • Two rehearsal halls • New recording studio • New vestibule on west & south entrances; new roof, climate control system • Modern soundproofing • Improved meeting and study spaces • Wi-fi internet access • New concrete walkways to connect with Leon Memorial Concert Hall • Outdoor plaza with fixed seating • Amphitheater • Replace band and orchestra instruments • Rebuild 5 Steinway Grand Pianos 10 | A-Stater | Fall 2010


The Music Building addition, (blue & white areas of diagram below) will provide much needed additional rehearsal and practice space. It will also create a new east-facing entrance to bring in natural light and create better access to Leon Memorial (right).

a reputation for training fine musicians and music teachers has been a hallmark of Adams State College’s Music Department for decades. Today, nearly a third of ASC’s 2,500 on-campus undergraduate students attend music classes or lessons or perform in ensembles. This vibrant department includes 7 full-time and 10 adjunct faculty, 89 music majors, and 50 non-major ensemble participants. More than 50 years of use have taken a toll on the Music Building’s interior finishes and equipment, and more space is required to relieve crowded corridors and accommodate student practice room needs. The muchneeded facility upgrades will allow the Music Building to continue to serve as a center of inspiration and instruction for aspiring musicians and music teachers. The project also includes replacement of band and orchestra instruments, most of which are 20 to 40 years of age. A 3,225 sq. ft., two-story addition will add four much-needed practice rooms, a percussion studio, and two rehearsal halls. A new recording studio will expand student learning and experimentation opportunities. The addition will face east, with glass panels and an open stair bringing natural light to the interior. Modern soundproofing will greatly improve the existing building’s functionality – allowing students and their professors to tune into the lesson at hand. New concrete walkways will connect Leon Memorial Concert Hall and the Music Building and facilitate large instrument transportation. A plaza with

fixed seating will provide a student gathering point outside the addition. A new amphitheater will offer outdoor performance space.

renowned for excellent acoustics, Leon Memorial Concert Hall is the premier concert venue in Alamosa and the San Luis Valley. It was built in 1968 through a gift from sisters Rose Leon and Ella Leon Grove, who ran a successful women’s apparel shop in Alamosa. The intimate 200-seat auditorium makes every performance a joy for both audience members and performers. Integral to Adams State’s excellent music department, Leon Memorial is the ideal setting for recitals by faculty, students, and guest musicians. Community groups such as the Alamosa Live Music Association also use it regularly. The renovation project will replace the worn seating and upgrade finishes. Sound insulation, lighting, and ventilation will also be improved, and the green room and adjacent faculty offices will be refurbished. This renovation will ensure the hall’s longevity as the region’s premier concert venue and maintain the integrity of its acoustics.

leon memorial features project cost: $427,010 Under way – Complete January 2011 • New auditorium seating and upgraded finishes • New sound booth & recording equipment • Refinished stage • Improved sound insulation, lighting, ventilation • Refurbished lobby, green room, and adjacent faculty offices • New harpsichord • New walkways and plaza leading to Music Building Fall 2009 | A-Stater | 11

for more than 43 years, the ES (Education & Social Sciences) Building has been the principal site for Adams State’s humanities and education classes. Half of the college’s 2,500 on-campus students attend class here five days a week. The entire ES Building will be completely gutted and reconfigured, to renew it as the college’s premier academic facility and accommodate projected enrollment increases. Natural light, new finishes, and indoor and outdoor study/gathering spaces will make the building welcoming to students. An atrium with adjacent outdoor patio, study areas, and interior glass walls will open up the center of the building south to north and suffuse it with light. An open staircase will connect a bright, welcoming second-floor study area with the third floor. The first floor will become a study hub, with a 24-hour computer lab and study alcoves with wi-fi access. A new 140-space parking lot will be developed just east of the building, at First & Richardson Ave. The $11.4 million renovation project will accommodate the needs of the academic departments as they have evolved over time. Classrooms, meeting rooms, and offices will be resized to better suit student and faculty needs. Because Adams State’s small student-teacher ratio is key to student success, ES classrooms have been resized to foster this intimate environment, resulting in more total classrooms. This renovation will also improve the energy efficiency and accessibility of the ES building and create an environment with flexibility to foster different teaching and learning environment approaches.

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the central feature of the es remodeling is an open stair and sunlit study area between the top two floors (top left). A bright first floor will now welcome students into a comfortable wi-fi study area (left) and feature a 24-hour computer lab. The first-floor lounge will open southward to a patio that borders a treed lawn (above).

es building renovation features project cost: $11.4 million

Gone will be the ES Building’s long, dark hallways and ubiquitous orange classroom desks.

Begin January 2011 – Complete August 2011 • Complete interior redesign • 24-hour access computer lab with 20 stations • Teaching computer lab with 32 stations • High-tech conference room for faculty/staff development • Inviting student study areas equipped with wi-fi internet access • Open atrium and staircase, outdoor patio suitable for class lectures • Archaeology/anthropology laboratory • Psychology participation lab • Lecture halls and classrooms ranging from seminar rooms for 16 to a tiered lecture hall that will seat 120 • Writing Studio • Teacher Education demonstration classroom & early childhood math/science lab • Counselor education therapy rooms • New energy-efficient mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems • New 140 space parking lot adjacent to building

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fall traditions includ service & academic exp “i spend 90 percent of my time daydreaming, imagining other people’s lives,” said author Laura Pritchett. Fittingly, she was the keynote speaker during the 7th annual Autumn@Adams celebration in September, which was structured around the theme: Everyone Has A Story To Tell/Todos Tienen Una Historia Que Contar. Award winning Colorado writer Laura Pritchett (above) was the keynote speaker for this fall’s Autumn@Adams campus and community celebration. She talked about the importance of “place” and details in conveying a story’s theme at an afternoon workshop (right), where she also signed copies of her books (far right, top.)

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Pritchett’s book Sky Bridge was selected for this year’s Common Reading Experience (CRE), which organizes freshman writing courses and campus events around a book that will stimulate shared conversations on campus, both inside and beyond the classroom. Pritchett also addressed the Freshman Convocation on Aug. 20. She said she was impressed with the campus and community. "I was so taken with the small town feel – the inclusive, warm, encouraging atmosphere was so apparent." Set in Lamar, Colo., Sky Bridge won the WILLA Literary Award and was a finalist for the Dublin International Award and the Colorado Book Award. It is narrated by Libby, a young woman who has decided to adopt her younger sister’s baby. Libby struggles to care for baby Amber and continue her job as a grocery store bagger, while sorely missing her sister, Tess. Dr. Carol Guerrero-Murphy, professor of English and chair of the CRE, said Sky Bridge really spoke to the students, so many of whom are from

rural communities similar to that portrayed in the book. “One student told me: ‘I couldn’t sleep until I finished it,’” she said. During Autumn@ Adams, Pritchett gave an afternoon talk on “How place informs character and plot" and read from her book at an evening event, in addition to meeting with students in their English classes. Raised on a ranch in northern Colorado, Pritchett said she spent “a lot of time outside – escaping my brothers and parents. I spent a lot of time watching how light gleams off grain.” Such details, she said, are key to illustrating a story’s theme. “Stories help us perceive and possess our life. … They help us to grow, to understand our life, to recognize where we want to change,” Pritchett said. “I tell stories constantly.” She told audiences she was inspired to write Sky Bridge after overhearing a waitress tell someone she was adopting her sister’s child. ASC’s Common Reading Experience began several years ago with reading of Einstein’s Dreams by


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de outreach, ploration Alan Lightman. Subsequent books chosen included Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah, and Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin. The selection committee includes faculty and staff from various disciplines and involved the entire campus in setting book criteria. Guerrero-Murphy said they seek books that have an element of hope, present diverse voices, and affirm the multicultural threads that comprise a community. In alternating years the book’s focus is either on examining oneself, or on examining the outer world. “Of course, we also look for a book that is engaging, readable, accessible and has good literary quality,” she added. Students may be assigned to write a personal response to the story, attend and write a reflection on a related event, or to write from the perspective of a character who is unlike themselves.

“We have many discussions. Some students were concerned about a rape scene in the book, as well as obscene language and discussion of abortion and religious values, while other students said they loved Sky Bridge specifically because of that realism.” Guerrero-Murphy said. By Julie Waechter See Laura Pritchett reading her work at ASC on

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THE EXAMINED LIFE art exhibit (above left) featured works by students and community members during Autumn@Adams. Chemistry professor Marty Jones (above right) incorporated his musicality into his “Last Lecture.�

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Popular professors inspire with “Last Lecture� the inevitability of change and our need to embrace it was the common theme at the Autumn@Adams Last Lecture, which drew 200 campus and community members to hear words of wisdom from two Presidential Teacher Award recipients, Dr. Marty Jones and Dr. John Taylor, professors of chemistry and theatre, respectively. Likely to become another annual tradition, the event was modeled after Carnegie Mellon University's Last Lecture series, which became nationally recognized in 2007 when computer science professor Dr. Randy Pausch gave his lecture, conceived after he learned he had terminal cancer. The ASC Last Lecture may be viewed on You Tube:

Dr. John Taylor related how he caught the theatre bug as a very young child.

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The Adams State College Chemistry Department pre October. The event’s fascinating magic tricks (exper ular with area school children. Serenading the crowd Beeton as Dorothy, accompanied by Dr. Marty Jones trayed by Dr. Christy Miller, mixes chemicals for the show will soon be posted on YouTube

transplant trees. pick up trash. weed the garden. walk the dog. Those are just a few of the community service projects accomplished on the tenth anniversary of the ASC Cares Day Community Plunge, Oct. 2. The project dispatched 200 college students and staff to help on 16 different community service projects. ASC United Campus Ministry coordinates the service event, as well as the ASC Cares Volunteer Fair, which brings San Luis Valley non-profits onto campus to recruit volunteers. Area youth worked with college student organizations in two ASC Cares Day projects. Above, members of ACME (ASC Computer, Math, and Engineering club) work with high school students from Upward Bound to straighten up the community garden at Boyd School. At right, the men’s basketball team included youth from the Mi Amino program in their clean up of Hwy. 285 south of town.

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sented its 20th annual Chemistry Magic Show in iments) and fun hands-on activities are always popd with Somewhere Over the Rainbow is Dr. Renee as the Cowardly Lion on guitar. The Tin Man, por“Rainbow Connection” experiment. A video of the .com/adamsstate.

Extravagant tradition appeals to students Swinging from a tree, students from 14 Colorado high schools were introduced to the Seventh Annual Adams State College Arts Extravaganza. Rachel Perez and staff from the Adams State Adventure Programs led a “swinging” icebreaker, then 75 high school students enjoyed expressing themselves with paint, ceramics, improv theatre, music, and creative writing. Chance Christie, a La Veta High School sophomore, said the drama and choir classes were very educational and exciting. “I would love to attend Adams State once I am older. This is a great school with inspiring instructors.” Jenna Neilsen, associate professor of theatre, said some first-year Adams State theatre students joined the high school students on stage for the improv workshop. “The visiting students seemed interested and learned a few things in terms of being on stage and sharing responsibility for a scene.” A group of students from Swink High School in the Arkansas Valley participated with their art teacher, Max Cordova, and Bonnie Grossen, their English teacher and drama sponsor. Grossen said coming from a school of only 120 to visit Adams State gives the student a chance to see college life and a college campus, as well as to "taste" a sampling of fine arts activities. “Our students come back from the workshops bubbling with excitement. Each workshop, whether art or theatre or writing or music, let students feel involved.” Arts Extravaganza participants break the ice with a swing (below left). Art professor Gene Schilling guides a painting project (below right).

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mCdaniel scholarship trust created

Dr. John McDaniel donates co a man who devoted his entire academic career to the benefit of Adams State College and its students has pledged the second largest donation in the college’s history. Emeritus Professor of History, Dr. John McDaniel, committed the bulk of his estate to create the McDaniel Scholarship Trust to fund scholarships that will help countless students for decades to come. means to complete a college education." In accepting the Billy Adams Award, McDaniel said, "I am profoundly grateful and deeply honored to accept this award, named for our own Governor Billy Adams, a longtime San Luis Valley resident and the namesake of the college we love and serve."

outstanding generosity A surprise guest at the dinner was the Hon. Carlos Lucero, Adams State Class of 1961 and a longtime friend of McDaniel's. He recalled teaching in Adams State's pre-law program, and said all his students "raved about Dr. John McDaniel. He had the greatest respect for his students, and the greatest love ASC President David Svaldi (left) presents the 2010 Billy Adams Award to Emeritus Professor of Hisand admiration for this coltory, Dr. John McDaniel. lege." After some ribbing about McDaniel's bequest was announced Nov. 4 at the conclusion of the Adams State College Foundation's annual Student McDaniel's frugality, Lucero said: "John marshals his funds and guards them carefully. Then when you least expect it, he and Donor Recognition Dinner, at which McDaniel was predemonstrates a generosity that is so outstanding that you can't sented the college's highest honor, the Billy Adams Award. believe it. . . . John has given and given and given to Adams Adams State Foundation President Duane Bussey said: “To have a scholar such as Dr. John McDaniel devote his entire aca- State." Earlier in the evening, McDaniel turned the focus on the demic career to Adams State College is certainly a valuable gift students he always made his first priority. "Tonight four in itself. But now Dr. McDaniel has really outdone himself." Adams State President David Svaldi noted: "The McDaniel awards have been presented, but it is the donors and scholarship recipients that this evening is really about, and it is you Scholarship Trust is a fitting legacy from a man who always we wish most to honor," he said. focused on students, in the classroom, through mentoring, "As someone who throughout his educational journey has and even following graduation. Dr. McDaniel realizes the imbenefited from scholarships, I would like to address particuportance of motivating students and providing them with the 20 | A-Stater | Fall 2010


ollege’s second largest gift larly those of you who are fellow beneficiaries. It seems to me tinues to serve the college as vice president of the ASC Founthat there are two aspects to any such award. First, of course, dation. is the monetary He received his bachelor of arts support, which is and master of arts always welcome TO HAVE A SCHOLAR SUCH AS DR JOHN degrees in English and may make a from Texas Chriscritical difference MCDANIEL DEVOTE HIS ENTIRE ACADEMIC tian University, in one's being then studied able to continue CAREER TO ADAMS STATE COLLEGE IS CERTAINLY French culture in college. But and civilization at perhaps of equal A VALUABLE GIFT IN ITSELF BUT NOW DR the University of importance is the Strasbourg with a intangible that Fulbright Grant. some individual MCDANIEL HAS REALLY OUTDONE HIMSELF McDaniel had or group has recbegun doctoral ognized that your intelligence, hard work, and scholastic excellence are deservwork at Harvard, but postponed it to work on John F. ing of recognition and financial support." Kennedy's presidential campaign; he then worked in the Kennedy administration. Following JFK's assassination, Mchistory of scholarship support Daniel made a change and finished his doctoral work at the Adams State students are already benefitting from another University of Texas. He also served as an officer in the Air scholarship program McDaniel created in partnership with Force. the ASC Foundation, alumni, and faculty. Eleven years ago, Upon leaving the White House, McDaniel determined to McDaniel set out to create 30 individual scholarship funds. return to academia and seek a post in the Rocky Mountain He donated $5,000 to each fund, which was then matched by Region. The rest is ASC history. the donor and the Adams State College Foundation. Today By Julie Waechter there are not 30, but 40 McDaniel Scholarship Funds, with total endowments in excess of $823,000 that fund half-tuition scholarships. McDaniel joined the history faculty of Adams State College in 1967. He served as head of the Department of History, Government, Philosophy and Foreign Language from 1994-98. Beginning in 1993, he presided over commencement ceremonies as faculty marshal. He was named emeritus professor in spring of 2007, when he retired after 40 years of teaching history at Adams State. He con- The Hon. Carlos Lucero ‘61 (left) regales the Donor Dinner audience with tales of his long friendship





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Lifelong nurse creates nursing scholarship through bequest With a 41-year career devoted to nursing, Mary McAninch Beaver recently created a scholarship to aid Adams State College nursing students. She arranged a $25,000 bequest to fund the scholarship. She and her husband, Cal, were recently inducted into the Adams State Foundation’s Legacy Soci-

ety, which recognizes those who include Adams State in their estate planning. A valley native, Beaver encourages local students to pursue nursing careers. "I enjoyed being a nurse. It is gratifying to know you saved a person's life." She spent her career at Porter Hospital in Denver. "Mary was devoted to her patients," said Beaver’s sister, Janet Mangum ‘63, who supported acquisition of ASC’s first computer programmed mannequin in 2006. The two sisters often meet in Alamosa, halfway between Mangum’s home in Albuquerque and Beaver’s in Evergreen, Colo. Dr. Amanda Jojola, director of nursing, said the department and nursing students appreciate the ABOVE: President David Svaldi (center) presents the ASC Legacy Society commemorative plate to Mary and Cal Beaver. LEFT: Nursing Director Amanda Jojola (right) demonstrates capabilities of the San Luis Valley Center for Clinical Excellence. 22 | A-Stater | Fall 2010

Beavers’ "kind hearts" and abundant generosity. "Not only will their gift directly help nursing students, but it will also indirectly help us build a strong nursing community within the San Luis Valley." The Mary McAninch Beaver Nursing Scholarship is for nursing students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0; preference will be given to San Luis Valley high school graduates. Jojola recently escorted Mary and Cal Beaver and Janet and Jasper Mangum through the Adams State nursing department. After remodeling last year, the department offers a lot of new technology, including computer programmed mannequins which simulate a full range of disease

processes, medical-surgical events, mental health issues, and obstetric and pediatric situations. "This is fantastic," Beaver said. "I can't believe all the steps made from when I went to school." The upgraded technology assists in training and teaching; however, patient-nurse relationships remain the same. “Nursing is an honorable career. Our connection with the patient often means their survival." She said her nurse’s training included a “Resuscitation Annie,” with the rest hands-on with live patients, textbooks, and films. "It is fantastic Adams State has a nursing school. It provides a good opportunity for valley residents with career goals in the field." A 1966 graduate of the University of Colorado School of Nursing, Beaver said her donation would make a difference in a smaller institution. "My donation will impact Adams State in a way it couldn't at a larger institution like the University of Colorado." By Linda Relyea ‘96


School of Business student lounge named for J. Thomas Gilmore ‘66, ‘67 Adams State College alumni continue to appreciate and honor their former professors. Michael L. Erickson ‘80 recently donated $5,000 to the college and requested the School of Business student lounge be named in honor of Dr. J. Thomas Gilmore, former president, dean of the School of Business, and emeritus professor of business.

career in the School of Business began when he joined the faculty in 1973. In 1983 he began a decade as dean, and was named vice president for external affairs in 1993; the next year he was named vice president for administration. Finally, he was appointed to the college presidency in 1995, retiring in 2002. Adams State President Dave Svaldi said decisions

amazing education "Adams State was an amazing place to get an education," Erickson said. "I had a tremendous experience in college and appreciated the dedication shown by Dr. Gilmore. It was talks with him in his office that gave me the traction for life after college. Additionally, it was Dr. Gilmore who connected me with the right opportunity to build a very successful business career in the high tech industry." Gilmore said: "Mike was the kind of student whose enthusiasm improved every class in which he enrolled. Everyone knew he would be successful in whatever he chose to accomplish in his career. It was a privilege to be honored by him." After completing a rewarding 20plus-year business career, Erickson currently teaches a career class at Thunder Ridge High School in Douglas County. Dr. J. Thomas Gilmore (right) – alumnus, emeritus professor, and former dean and presiHe said, "Since becoming an educator, dent of Adams State – with his former student Michael L. Erickson ‘80 at dedication of the I have recognized that teachers have a School of Business student lounge. huge opportunity to impact students in so many ways, much like Dr. Gilmore made during Gilmore’s tenure as president ensured the instiand Dr. Ellis (emeritus professor of business) did for students tution’s future. "We wouldn't be where we are without Tom." at ASC." Erickson stated, "Tom really cared about his students and Chair of the School of Business Kurt Keiser said he apprehas made our world a better place. And now, I get to do the ciates the generous gift and believes Gilmore laid a solid foun- same because of Dr. Gilmore and ASC." dation the department continues to follow. "Our faculty By Linda Relyea ‘96 continues to follow the core values Tom instilled: access for students, affordability, and serving the under-represented." Gilmore received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Adams State in 1967 and 1968, respectively, and earned a doctorate degree from Colorado State University in 1976. His

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homecoming: people, parties, parade . . .

by linda relyea ‘96

“anyone can win a nobel peace prize, but not everyone can be an Adams State College alumnus,” said David Clemmer ’87 in accepting the 2010 Outstanding Alumnus Award at Homecoming. Fellow honoree Darlene Clayton, 2010 Exceptional New Alumna, echoed that sentiment, calling Adams State her “chosen family,” which still does a “phenomenal job” of cultivating students.

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The alumni award recipients expressed a humility and appreciation that was evident among all those who enjoyed the weekend’s activities. Clemmer is at the top of his profession: he owns several patents, has invented devices for measuring proteins that can now help the medical profession identify future health risks – hardly a year goes by that he isn’t recognized and honored by his colleagues at a national level. Yet, in accepting his award, he told of others’ accomplishments, such as Jeff Owsley ‘86, who completed a 148mile marathon this summer. Clemmer recalled a class with

Dr. Ron Loser ‘65, emeritus professor of mathematics, whose “elegant” mathematical equations inspired his students to challenge themselves. “I loved his class.” Clemmer said he feels that way about all his teachers, from kindergarten to graduate school. Although just entering her professional career, Clayton graciously accepted her award with thanks and praise for her former professors, friends, family, and classmates. She warmly thanked her mom for her constant support and encouragement. “She raised and nurtured me,” Clayton said.

all credit to the alma mater The joyful reunions, banquets, and football parties were marked by a constant exchange of hugs, smiles, and laughter. Alumni focused on their shared stories and commitment to ASC. Nowhere was one-upmanship to be seen, but, rather, the positive energy of support and encouragement that was first fostered at their alma mater. Whether it had been one year or 50 since they last set foot on campus, alumni marveled at the recent advances, memorialized those who have passed, and honored those professors and staff who led them on a journey of self-discovery and provided the tools of personal and professional success. It is often easy to recognize crosscountry alumni who revere Coach Joe Vigil. They remain fit and foster the love of running. Alan Johnson ’70 greeted Dr. Jack “Doc” Cotton, calling him one of the best coaches at the college. Johnson’s wife, Eileen, said she hadn’t realized until this year her husband placed three times in cross country championships. Johnson’s humility is shared by many Adams State alumni who value Adams

State and the foundation it laid for them. They tend to shrug off an achievement, instead crediting a professor, coach, roommate, family member, or friend. This attitude may well stem from the approach of Dr. Ira Richardson, ASC’s first president. Those who knew him readily share stories of admiration. Yet, the campus continues to attract administration and faculty who have adopted the same values and dedication. President David Svaldi spent the weekend shaking hands, smiling, giving speeches and supporting athletes, then wrapped it up by attended the last matinee of the theatre production Two Rooms. This supportive attitude binds graduates with currents students, emeritus faculty and staff with the college leaders of today. It’s what makes people come home to Adams State. By Linda Relyea ‘96 Fall 2010 | A-Stater | 25

homecoming was a circus This year’s theme brought out students’ creativity in Chalk the Walk (top left), the parade, (left) and the annual Medicine Show. Outstanding New Alumna Darlene Clayton ‘04 waves from her perch in the parade (top center), while Outstanding Alumnus Dave Clemmer ‘87 and his family also joined in the festive spirit (above). 26 | A-Stater | Fall 2010


rushing to victory Redshirt freshman running back Chris Jamison (above) rushed for a then career-high 83 yards in the Grizzlies' 55-0 Homecoming victory over New Mexico Highlands. Homecoming royalty Kayla Smith and Garrett Losack (right) were elected King & Queen, representing HPPE/Div. Clubs and Music Clubs, respectively.

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a good time had by all Alumni, students, and community members all had a blast at ASC’s Homecoming parade, game, and tailgate party. The fun was sweetened by the football team’s huge victory. Sophomore receiver and return man Scott Kellogg (bottom left) recorded 93 all-purpose yards.

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alumni events

eastern carribean adamsalumni

alumni cruise The ASC Alumni Office schedules events throughout the year in Colorado and other areas. Up-to-date details are mailed to area alumni and are available on the college website and Facebook. questions: call 800-824-6494, ext. 8110

june 5, 2011 bahamas • virgin islands • dutch west indies

Set sail from Port Canaveral, FL, for 7 days (plan a few extra days to visit Disney World).

deposit of $250/person Spaces are going quickly! For additional information and to make a reservation, call Mike or Darlene at 800-267-7613.

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1950s Ken `51 and GeorgeAnna `51 Joseph (Spring, TX) continue to reside in the Houston area. They celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary in September. Ken retired from the FBI as Executive Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Services in November 1980. GeorgeAnna taught high school in Michigan and was art director for Mona Shoves High School before moving to the Washington, DC, area. Herman Abeyta `58 (Colorado Springs, CO) taught high school and coached for 2 years at Primero High School west of Trinidad. He then became a parole officer in Denver in 1960 and, after several positions with the Colorado Department of Corrections, including 6 years as director of Parole and Community Services, he retired in 1993 with 33 years of service. He now occasionally dabbles in real estate. Keith Fisher `58, `63 (Alamosa, CO) taught for 9 years and then went into the credit and collections business. His wife, Claudette `63, `78, taught for 28 years and retired in 1992. In the winter they travel to Texas, where Keith has found great fishing in the bays. Jerrold Booher `59, `61 retired in 1994 after 40 years as a teacher, coach, and school administrator — all in Colorado. He and his wife, Shirley, have 3 children: Trela is a real estate agent in Salt Lake City; Troy is a lawyer and part-time law professor at the University of Utah; and Traeln is a paralegal and housewife in Dayton, OH. Jerrold and Shirley spend their summers in Pocatello, ID, and winters in St. George, UT.

1960s William Reilly `60 (Middleburg, FL) has been retired for 19 years after 38 years as an officer in the operating department of the Burlington Northern Railroad. He commenced RR service as a brakeman, then conductor. Shortly after graduating from ASC, he entered the management. Promotions provided assignments in Colorado, Texas, Montana, Nebraska, and a return to Texas. He has lived in Florida for 10 years, but returns to his boyhood home in Trinidad several times a year. Bill Woodward `61 (Las Vegas, NV) writes: “What a wonderful feeling to be back on campus

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again. Walking into Richardson Hall brought back a lot of memories. Throughout my careers and travels, I’ve always been proud to say that I am a graduate of ASC. Thanks to Lori Laske for taking time to show me around campus again and the new construction.”

years, where he worked in IT, finance, and accounting. He and his wife, Sharon, are enjoying their 5 grandchildren.

Kenneth Fenter `62 (Bend, OR) is the author of the 2010 novel The Ruin. The book is available on; the website is Lora Fenter `63 is an avid quilter and member of Bend’s Mt. Bachelor Quilter’s Guild. Ken spends his days writing and publishing, while Lora pursues the fabric arts. They have 2 children. Phil, 45, is a helicopter pilot, and daughter Janelle, 42, is an elementary school teacher. They have 5 grandchildren.

Eric Mead `71 (Lakewood, CO) has been retired for 5 years and enjoys hunting, fishing, playing bridge and tennis, and spending time with his grandkids.

Norman `62, `65 and Mary Sue `64 (Mallory) Howey (Fruitland, NM) still enjoy traveling. They are on their way to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands this fall. They spend their summers gardening and playing with the grandchildren and the winters cruising. They write, “Life is great and so was ASC!” Victor Barela `63 (Minnetonka, MN) continues loving retirement with his wife, friends, and family. His grandchildren are the joy of his life. He does some free-lance teaching at the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary’s University in the continuing education and police science department as a Spanish instructor. He writes: “Teaching Spanish to the Twin Cities police departments is a true joy. Life is good!” Eldon Leff `63, `66 (Cañon City, CO) attended Washington University Dental School. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1993 and from private dental practice in 1997. He welcomes anyone to contact him at Joanne McComb `64 (Dolores, CO) retired after teaching 35 years. Her son is retiring next year after 25 years as an ag instructor at MCHS. Her husband retired from San Juan Basin Vocational School as an auto mechanics instructor. Her granddaughter is in her 2nd year at pharmacy school at Wyoming University in Laramie. Her grandson is playing baseball as a freshman at NCJC. Larry Barker `65 (Lubbock, TX) has been coaching and teaching for 45 years at Texas Tech University and the Lubbock Ind. School District. James DeJong `68 (Denver, CO) recently retired from the Gates Corporation after 39


Patricia McDonald-Morland `72 (Denver, CO) received her MA in Christian counseling in 1985. She has been married to husband, Jesse, since 1976. They have no children but have 15 sets of Godchildren and have helped raise 13 others. She was a professional model for 10 years and retired after 34 years from Denver Public Schools as physical ed teacher, counselor, and dean. Katherine Merchant Cook `74 (Cañon City, CO) volunteers to tutor children at Fremont Middle School. She is also a board member of the Cañon City Literacy Center. Daniel Brown `76 was appointed superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS). A native of Colorado, he has served with the National Park Service for 32 years. Prior to his appointment to GINS, he was the superintendent at Chattahoochee National Recreation Area in Sandy Springs, Ga., and superintendent of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw, Ga. He is pursuing his master's degree in park and resource management from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. Brown and his wife, Karen, have two daughters, Megan, 16, and Jenny, 12. Christy Sherman Coutts `76, `84 (Delta, CO) has taught 2nd grade at Garnet Mesa Elementary for the last 12 years. She has 2 grown sons who live in Steamboat and Ft. Collins. She attended the 1974-78 Women’s Basketball reunion this August at ASC and writes: “This women’s basketball reunion has been so fun! It has been great to step back in time and remember all the wild events of the past.”


T. Shawn McGrath `76 has spent the past 15 years living and teaching abroad. He now teaches environmental science, astronomy, geology, and pathophysiology at Otero Junior College Math and Science Dept. He previously taught at Rocky Ford High School for 2 years, then in an international school in Namibia for 7 years, an international school in Belgium for 7 years, and an international school in Honduras for 1 year. McGrath said he enjoyed his international teaching experiences, but after 15 years, it was time to come home. In his free time he enjoys traveling, cooking, bird watching, music, reading, and working with stained glass. Gary `76, `93 and Mary `73, `89 Neamon (Monte Vista, CO) are both retired from teaching. They enjoy reading, traveling, fishing, and visiting family far and wide. Their daughter, Jessica, is a teacher in San Diego, where they spend several weeks a year. Mary is on the Monte Vista School Board, and Gary teaches Drivers Education for the Monte Vista schools. They are enjoying life immensely! Sandy Robertson `76 writes” “I live in Cañon City, teach in Cotopaxi and hang out with three granddaughters.”

Christine Moeller Haslett `77, `94, `03 (Alamosa, CO) retired in 2006 after teaching in Alamosa School District for 2 years in kindergarten, 14 years in 1st grade and 5 years in music. She was the 21st Century Grant Administrator for 5 years. She cares for 4 of her 6 grandchildren. She is a school board member for the Alamosa School District and serves on the SLVBOCS Board of Directors. Jo Kissinger `77 (Aurora, CO) writes: “Summer has been pretty busy! I have been training for half marathons this year. I am doing 2! And— taking in different segments of the Colorado Trail—I have to keep my hiking up.” She’s also been golfing, riding horses, and enjoying her family.

Linda McCormick `77 (Monte Vista, CO) is a bookkeeper for their potato brokerage business. She is married to John McCormick, and they have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. She enjoys doing sprint triathalons, stock car racing, and playing with all her grandkids. Larry `77 and Billie (Feazell) `77 Olin (Pueblo, CO) will be celebrating their 33rd anniversary in December and their 21st year on the farm. Billie is retired after 33 years in teaching and looking forward to a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, to work at Tumaini Mission. Larry is busy with organic farming, fishing, and showing his grandson, Cody, how to cut and bale hay. Gregg Stinson `77 (Colorado Springs, CO) has been teaching physical education at Abrams Elementary, Fort Carson, for the last 30 years, as well as coaching track and field in District 8. He is the 2010 assistant coach of the 5A Boys State Track and Field Champions at Fountain-Fort Carson High School. For 15 years he has been the USATF and AAU club coach, coaching athletes from ASC who earned national champion status: Tia Mosley and Ricardo Moody (Joe Gentry's Track Troupe). He received the Colonel F. Don Miller Award, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation in 2006. He writes: “After leaving Adams State, I had no clue I would end up working on Fort Carson, at District 8, with mostly servicemen's children. After several wars and 30 years later, I'm amazed and humbled to realize I have been part of a link to keep the children and their families a productive unit in times of great stress.” Peggy Vigil `77 (Colorado Springs, CO) is the Physical Education & Health Director K-12 for Colorado Springs School District #11. Her hobbies include golfing, biking, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. Anthony R. Madrid `79, `87 (Antonito, CO) retired at the end of the 2009-10 school year after a 30-year career in teaching, 23 of which were spent at Alamosa Open High School. He taught all the subjects that make up the social

studies and language arts curriculums. Regarding future plans he simply states, “To be continued.” Kathleen Wood `79 (Boulder City, NV) is the operations manager for Black Canyon River Adventures, a smooth water day trip south of Hoover Dam on the Colorado River. This is her 20th year working on the Colorado River. She was a member of the inaugural class for Nevada State Certification in Environmental Education and Interpretation in 2008. Since graduation, she has co-owned a travel agency, was the sports editor for the Boulder City News, and was inducted in the Boulder City High School Hall of Fame in 2002.

1980s Alan Stahlecker `82 (Lincolnville, KS) has been a pastor for 17 years. In addition, he has served as a Rule 10 (non-teacher) coach in his school district for the last 9 years. He has coached track for all 9 years, cross country for 2 years, and girls basketball for the last 6 years. He is the head girls basketball coach and head track coach for both boys and girls at Centre High School. He writes: “I particularly enjoy using the things I learned competing in the decathlon at ASC as I coach my track and field athletes.” Phil DeLorenzo `83 (Arvada, CO) is married to Patty Babkiewich `83. They have 3 children: Roxi, Rocco, and Carly. All are or have attended ASC. Roxi graduated in May 2010; Rocco is a junior playing football; and Carly is a freshmen on the softball team. Phil is in sales, and Patty is a middle school principal in Jefferson County Public Schools. Brenda Eriksson `86 (Plano, TX) is a footwear manager/asst. manager at Luke's Locker Running Store. She coached collegiate track for 7 years after graduating with her master’s degree at UNM. She coached kids for several years while raising 3 kids: Keenan, Jamie, and Ryan. She also did some personal training at Lifetime Fitness. She is also coaching the Luke's Locker 5k program and does a lot of volunteer work with area races. Lloyd Engen `87 (Ft. Collins, CO), after 12 years as ASC’s Sports Information/Public Information Director (1985-1997) and 12 years as Sports Editor of the Valley Courier, is finishing 1 year of rehabilitation from injuries/surgery as a result of a freak accident while covering an 8-man high school football game. He received 3 more writing/photography awards from the Colorado Press Association in 190809, and was chosen as Colorado Media Person of the Year by the Colorado High School

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1990s Coaches Association in March, 2010. He was also inducted into the ASC Athletics Hall of Fame. He plans to return to Alamosa after rehab and pursue freelance writing. Ruby Depuy `88 (Amarillo, TX) writes short stories and is editing a novel for publication. Also, she teaches adults to read and write in a ministry of her church. She writes: “Enjoying a fulfilling retirement—I’m greatly blessed!” Chris “Topher” Carroll `89 (Zuni, NM) has been the head track coach (14 years) and the head cross country coach (5 years) at Zuni High School. During his tenure, he has won 5 State Championships and quite a few 2nds and 3rds. He writes: “One thing remains constant. The knowledge I gained from Coach Vigil and my other instructors at Adams State is demonstrated in the success I have had through the years.” Karen Rios Montoya `91 (Alamosa, CO) has work for Alamosa County for almost 7 years. She remarried in Oct. 2008 to Amos Montoya Jr., who also attended ASC. Her daughter, Sianna Rios, is attending ASC. Robert Baca `94 lives in Pueblo, CO, with his beautiful wife, Rosalind, and 3 children: Marisa, Isabella, and Diego. Robert coached 2 High School State Championship wrestling teams and recently created a non-profit, 501c-3 wrestling academy which gives interested youth in Southern Colorado the opportunity to participate in wrestling. "It has been a struggle to raise all of the money needed, but with donations from a handful of businesses, The Pueblo Wrestling Academy has raised money for wrestling shoes and uniforms for the kids." Robert is working on his master’s in special education at ASC and is a realtor on The All Star Real Estate Team of Keller Williams. Jeff Storm `98 (Alamosa, CO) returns to the coaching ranks as the Grizzlies’ junior varsity men’s basketball coach. Storm, a mainstay on the ASC campus for the last 14 years, will also direct the Grizzlies’ academic progress monitoring program for both the varsity and junior varsity squads. Storm guided the Grizzly women’s program for six years, coaching 13 players to 15 total All-Rocky Mountain AthleticConference honors. The women also earned a combined 22 Academic All-RMAC honors during his 2000-06 stint with the program. That academic commitment has aided Storm since he resigned the women’s coaching position in March 2006, since he teaches health and coaching courses. Storm and his wife, Susan, reside in Alamosa.

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Scott `91, `99 and Misty (Anderson) `92 Manchester (Cañon City, CO) have 2 children: Zach (12) and Zoe (7). They enjoy living in Cañon, where Scott is a middle school counselor. He has been with Cañon City Schools for 18 years. He also coaches freshman football at the high school and middle school wrestling and track. Misty is the accounting coordinator for Cañon City Schools and has been with the district for 15 years. Mindy Iris `92 (Durango, CO) joined the Durango Fire and Rescue in 2006 and became trained as a firefighter. This winter, she completed her EMT-B training and successfully passed and received her national certification. Now that she has her life back, she and her husband have enjoyed time in Mexico and getting the garden planted. Mark `92 and Michelle (Bettger) `93 Nethercot (Cañon City, CO) have 2 children: Logan (14) and Luke (11). Mark has been a probation officer for 9 years. Michelle has been an elementary teacher for 17 years. They write: “Go Indians!” West `92 and Stacy `91 Roybal moved to Longmont, CO to start a new business in 2008. They provide personal care services to those in need in Boulder County. Their daughter, Sjaandra, is 16 and their son, Aren, is 11. They write: “We love Colorado and cherish our time and memories of ASC.” Sandy Barney `94 (Clifton, CO) has finally reached her goal. She writes historical articles as a freelance writer for the Senior Beacon in Grand Junction. She is also pursuing finishing her 2 books and getting them published. Her life is busy keeping up with her children and grandchildren. Tammy Dodson `94 (Aurora, CO) received her M.A. in counseling psychology and counselor education from CU-Denver in 1999. She re-

ceived her Ed.D. in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2008, thanks to the great foundation of her undergraduate studies at ASC. She has been a professional school counselor at Grandview High School, Cherry Creek Schools, and Aurora since 2000. Tammy was a Top 10 Finalist American School Counselor Association (ASCA) School Counselor of the Year and is serving as the Past President of Colorado School Counselor Association. David Beatty `96 (Huntington Beach, CA) has continued in the acting profession and is producing and acting in a new web series. It's a comedy about a young couple trying to save their home from foreclosure. It can be seen on Michael Glass `97 (Edwards, CO) was recently re-elected to the Holy Cross Energy Co-op in Glenwood Springs, CO, for another 3-year term. Lloyd Spotted Wolf `97 (Ft. Gibson, OK) is in his second season as the head football coach at Bacone College, an NAIA school in Muskogee, OK. He won an NJCAA National Championship in 2006 while coaching at Blinn College (TX), and was part of back-to-back 5A State Championships as an assistant at La Cueva H.S. in Albuquerque in 2003-2004. Zach Odell `99 (Pueblo, CO) was recently named head football coach at Central High School. The current head baseball coach and former head girl’s basketball coach, Odell has been an assistant in the Wildcats' football program for the past decade.

2000s Heather Heersink ‘00 (Alamosa, CO) was recently promoted to assistant vice president for budget and technology at Adams State. She and her husband, Vern, have two children: Gabe, 7, and Lily, 4. Heather earned her MBA from Colorado State University in 2009. Chad Green `01 (Mayville, ND) married his wife, Sarah, a year ago. He is in his 2nd year as the secondary music instructor for the Finley-Sharon School District. Their first child, Melody, was born Aug. 3. John Schlieker `01 (Kremmling, CO) is back in the classroom teaching special education, following 5 years with the Mountain BOCES doing academic testing related to special education services.

alumnotes in memory Misty Romero Salazar ’02 (Aurora, CO) married Benjamin Salazar ’00 in 2005. They moved to Aurora in 2006, and she completed her MBA in 2009. Their son, Oliver, was born in 2009. Misty works for Colorado State University-Global Campus in the office of admissions. Benjamin will complete his master’s degree in accounting in the spring of 2011. Chris Basco ’03, ’05 and Marcy Libeer ’00, ’03 are engaged and living in their first home in Thornton, CO, with their 2 miniature schnauzers. Chris helps children with severe developmental disabilities at Laradon Hall. Marcy is a mental health therapist rehabilitating juvenile justice youth. They are enjoying their engagement and look forward to expanding their family in the next year or so. Eric Blake ’03 (New Britain, CT) is head coach of the men's cross country and track programs at Central Connecticut State University and has been named the head coach of the women's cross country and track teams. Blake was appointed the head coach of the men's teams in August of 2009. He led the men's cross country team to its first-ever Northeast Conference Championship last fall and was named the NEC Coach of the Year. He also led the outdoor track squad to a program-best third place finish at the NEC Championships this spring. Blake is a member of the U.S. Mountain Racing Team. He recently finished 2nd in the Mount Washington Road Race, his fifth two-two finish in the last 6 years. His finish qualified him as a member of Team USA at the World Mountain Running Championships in Slovenia on Sept. 5. In April 2009, Blake was the first New England finisher in the Boston Marathon for the second straight year. He finished in 24th overall place with a time of two hours and 23 minutes. Zoila Gomez ’04 (Alamosa) achieved a personal best time of 2:32:51 to finish 4th at the Chicago Marathon and is training for the 2012 Olympics. She also makes time to teach English at the San Luis Valley Immigrant Resource Center. "For me, this is the opportunity of a lifetime – to develop a program in which I can help immigrant workers develop confidence and learn the basic language skills, so that they can be part of this society. I am very confident that with my own experience and enthusiasm I will be able to make a difference in their lives, just like my English instructors did in my life 11 years ago," she said.

Gomez also tutors children after school in a collaborative project of IMC, In The Arena, and Tierra Nueva Apartments. “For most runners, their day ends after training, but for me, my day starts after practice. Tutoring the kids allows me to be a totally different person, not just a runner,” she added. John Quinn ’05 (Rockwall, TX) is a branch manager for American General Finance in Dallas. Katie Roseberry ’06 (Durango, CO) moved back home to work in the family plumbing business as the fourth generation. She started raft guiding part-time in the summer of 2008. She loves living in the Four Corners area and traveling internationally—she just returned from Ghana, West Africa. Emily Jones ’07 loves living in Durango. She enjoys hiking and cross country skiing in the area. She works in mortgage auditing and really likes learning about the mortgage industry. Kathy Park ’07 (Jaroso, CO) recently earned her MFA in creative writing from Lesley University. She joined the ASC English department as an adjunct professor. This summer she served as a literary judge for the Southern Peaks Public Library’s second literary and art collection, Messages from the Hidden Lake. Elizabeth Wellman ’08 (Columbus, OH) is working on her master's in theatre at Ohio State University. Nick Lara ’09 is an assistant men’s cross country and track and field coach at Southern Connecticut State University. Upon graduation, Lara joined the coaching staff at Adams State, where he assisted in dual NCAA cross country titles for both the men’s and women’s squads. The following year, in 2010, he assisted the cross country team, as well as the indoor men’s track squad, to National Championships. Jason Lovato ’10 (Alamosa, CO) is working on his MFA in poetry at Antioch University Los Angeles and teaching language arts at Mountain Valley High School. This summer he served as a literary judge for the Southern Peaks Public Library’s second literary and art collection, Messages from the Hidden Lake.

Irma Tobler Bailey Satterfield `29, `60 (Alamosa, CO) passed away Oct. 14 at the age of 102. Lucille Tessler `46 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Nov. 23, 2009. Enrica McCurry `54, `67 (Tucson, AZ) passed away July 29 at the age of 83. Charles Hurd `63 (South Fork, CO) passed away Sept. 16 at the age of 70. Harold O. Brown `67 (Gooding, ID) passed away July 1 at the age of 71. Arthur C. Hof `68 (Lynden, WA) passed away Aug. 22 at the age of 68. Irma Trogdon `69 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Sept. 7 at the age of 101. Among her survivors is her daughter, Jane Trogdon `66. Virginia Rowley `70 (Edmond, OK) passed away Aug. 5, at the age of 80. Among her survivors are her children: Karen RowleyParsons `79, Jason Parsons `85, Jon Rowley `80, and Susan Rowley `92. John L. Rivas `70 (Pueblo, CO) passed away Aug. 29 at the age of 77. Mary Gutierrez `74 (Trinidad, CO) passed away Sept. 7 at the age of 81. Robert R. Campbell `76 (Phoenix, AZ) passed away July 25 at the age of 57. Richard J. Valdez `79 (Colorado Springs, CO) passed away Aug. 29 at the age of 53. Rebecca Bonaker `84 (Marysville, WA) passed away July 5 at the age of 65. Elena Harrison `90 (Tacoma, WA) passed away Oct. 9 at the age of 57.

new obituary guidelines Due to space constraints, the A-Stater has adopted a new policy regarding publication of obituaries. Items run in the “In Memory” section of Alumnotes will include the following information about deceased alumni and friends of the college: name, graduation year, hometown, date of death, and age; survivors who are also Adams State alumni will be listed, as well, if known.

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ca単on city breakfast june 19 Back L-R: Lori Laske, Rod and Kathleen Wood, Mark and Michelle Nethercot, Scott and Misty Manchester, Paul and Bill Blair, Beth and Bill Waters. Front L-R: Eldon and Elaine Leff, Al and Elva Salazar, George and Chris Hugins.


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colorado springs alumni enjoyed manitou springs melodrama June 18 Back L-R: Fran Reis and Herman Abeyta, Tom and Connie Goodwin Middle L-R: Marcy Libeer and Chris Basco, Joe & Cheryl Pile, Dennis and Jeannine Zaiger, Lori Laske, Teenan Anderson, and Eva Esquibel Front L-R: Dannie and Sharon Makris, Mary and Gene Cole, Billie and Larry Olin, Jane and Ed Clodfelter

durango alumni met june 14 Back L-R: Ann Brown, Katie Roseberry, Darrell Trembly, Louis Myers, Lori Laske, Bill Dunn. Middle L-R: Donald Walker, Diane Trembly, Jolleen Myers, Harriett Dunn, Emily Jones, Kathleen Delzell, Rebecca Mars, Frank Leuthold Front L-R: Sarah Menapace-Walker, June Santon, Marilyn and Dutch Malberg, Mindy Iris. Fall 2010 | A-Stater | 35

women’s basketball august reunion 1974-78 women’s basketball team

upcoming reunions

Vivian Hoge, Sandy Robertson, Christy Coutts, Jo Kissinger, Linda McCormick and her grandson Ace Asbell, Peggy Vigil, and Lori Laske.

albuquerque social • March 11, 2011 • 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, in conjunction with the NCAA Div. II Indoor Track & Field championships, hosted by ASC. theatre alumni • May 6-7, 2011 men’s basketball lutz era 19661977 • June 24-25, 2011 cross country, track and field August 5-6, 2011 band • Summer 2012 More details will be mailed. For more information or to be added to the list, call Lori Laske at (800) 824-6494 ext. 7867, or email

san luis valley

slv social june 8 Back L-R: Alex and Karen Miller, Don Stegman, Lori Laske, Jim and Gayle Woodke, Harry Hull, Doc Cotton, Leslie Doyle, Judy Jones, Marv and Mary Motz, Veronica Vasquez, Fran and Glen Clark, Sandy Ortega, Boogie Romero, Toney Cantu, Keith Fisher, Joel Korngut, Rob Oringdulph. Front L-R: Tammy Lopez, Deana Znamenacek, Fran Hull, Mabel Cotton, Claudette Fisher, Martha Tibbetts, John Forbes, Dorothy Romero, Susan Oringdulph. 36 | A-Stater | Spring 2010


career fair

Alumni runners on First St. the morning of Nov. 13, prior to dedication of the Coach Vigil Statue. (See page 38.)

vigil tribute run

Director of Alumni Relations Lori Laske visits with Jason Bumgardner, one of the ASC alums who took advantage of the All-Colorado Alumni Career Fair in Denver in June.

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get latest results & stats

Paying tribute to “Coach” Past and current ASC athletes, coaches, and colleagues paid tribute Nov. 12-13 to Dr. Joe Vigil ‘53, ‘59, Emeritus Professor of Physical Education. On Friday evening, 235 gathered at a dinner held on campus, and nearly 300 attended the Vigil statue dedication the next day. Created by nationally prominent artist/sculptor Emanuel Martinez, the life-size bronze statue of Coach Vigil was installed near the new entrance of Rex Stadium. In addition, numerous “Vigilantes” took an early morning run on Saturday (see page 37). David "Scotty" Garcia ’64, ’66 headed the Tribute to Coach Joe I. Vigil Committee, a group of former ASC track and cross-country runners that raised funds to commission the bronze.

Grizzly X-Country seeks national victories Dec. 4 The ASC men’s and women’s cross country teams enter the Dec. 4 NCAA Division II National Championships in Louisville, Ky., as Central Region Champions and the top ranked teams in the country. The Grizzly women’s cross country team will be looking for their eighth straight and 16th overall title at the NCAA Division II level, while the men are seeking their third straight and a record-setting eighth overall championship. The men had a 7-man pack time of just 18.2 seconds, as they posted a team score of just 29 points to claim a convincing 29-point win at regionals. Led by individual champion Kristen McGlynn and the return of sophomore Alicia Nelson, the women’s team placed five amongst the top 13 while claiming a fourth straight NCAA Div. II Central Regional Championship in thrilling fashion. The Grizzly men’s regional title was led by senior Luke Cragg, who placed third in 31:08.87. The rest of the Grizzly squad took

5th through 10th place in the next 7 seconds. Sophomore Keegan Calmes led the charge in 31:15.3, followed by RMAC Individual Champion Ryan McNiff in 31:20.5. All seven earned USTFCCCA All-Central Region honors. Senior McGlynn, the 2009 RMAC Champion and RMAC Runner of the Year, clocked a time of 20 minutes, 53.4 seconds to become the first Grizzly women to win a regional title since Tanya Gaurmer in 2007. The women posted a team score of 45, edging arch-rival and second-ranked Western State by three points. The Grizzlies truly won the meet further down the pack as seniors Cassie Mitchell, Ashley Quintana, and Addison LeMaster all finished just ahead of Western State’s fourth runner to claim the Grizzlies’ 15th regional title in 19 years. The Grizzlies’ top five all earned USTFCCCA All-Central Region honors, while McGlynn was named as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Central Region Runner of the Year.

Seniors Ryan McNiff (left) and Kristen McGlynn (right) lead the Grizzly cross-country teams to the national championships. 38 | A-Stater | Fall 2010

sport scenes

Grizzlies wrap up fall competition football Grizzly football finished in the top half of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference for the third straight year, as coach Marty Heaton’s squad went 5-6 overall and 4-5 in conference play. The Grizzlies, who also went 5-6 for the third straight year, got off to a strong start defeating Dixie State (Utah) in the home and season opener. The Grizzlies then dropped four straight but rallied to win four of their final six games. Included in that stretch was a 55-0 homecoming demolition of New Mexico Highlands (see photos page 27, 28), a 41-34 double-overtime thriller over Mesa State on Senior Day, and a 28-19 season-capping victory over Western State. That victory was the Grizzlies’ ninth straight over the Mountaineers. The Grizzlies had eight All-RMAC selections, including four first team picks in senior cornerback Bryant Williams, junior middle linebacker Rocco DeLorenzo, sophomore rover James Ackel, and sophomore receiver and return man Scott Kellogg, who racked up 1,327 all-purpose yards, the most of any Grizzly in 14 years. Williams, now a 3-time All-RMAC pick, led the RMAC in pass breakups with 13 and was tied with Ackel, last year’s RMAC Defensive Freshman of the Year, for total passes defended (15). DeLorenzo led the Grizzlies with 99 total tackles and was named as the RMAC and National Defensive Player of the Week after making 17 stops in the victory over Mesa State. Among those on the third team was junior running back Terjean Saffold, who had four 100-yard days and scored 12 total touchdowns, the most of any Grizzly in 15 years.

volleyball With as many as four freshmen in the starting lineup, the Grizzly volleyball team finished the 2010 campaign with 9-17 overall and 6-12 RMAC records. Sophomore Dominique Davis (right) led the Grizzlies with 355 total kills and was ranked third in the RMAC. She also finished the season ranked fifth in the RMAC in total points. The up-and-down 2010 season saw the Grizzlies defeat a pair of nationally-ranked teams at the Colorado Premier Challenge. Senior setter Mary McNeil completed her career with 3,699 assists, a new NCAA Division II (1992present) era school record and the second highest in ASC’s entire history.

women’s soccer Led by juniors Amber Drumm and Jessica Hellweg, who both earned Second Team All-RMAC accolades, the Grizzly women’s soccer team finished just one spot out of the RMAC Tournament, in seventh place overall. That finish was the best for the Grizzlies under fourth-year head coach Tom Cliff. Hellweg, now honored by the RMAC for the second straight year, and Drumm both scored six goals for the Grizzlies, who went 5-12-1 overall and 4-9-1 in the tough RMAC. In the process, the players have moved to third and fourth place, respectively, on the Grizzlies’ all-time goal scoring charts and have a good chance of breaking Sara Lyle’s all-time record of 20. The Grizzlies also had their best defense in five years, as freshman goalkeeper Hannah Kohlts made 90 saves behind a solid defensive core led by Drumm.

women’s golf The Grizzly women’s golf team had a record-breaking fall portion of the 2010-11 season, as they recorded three of their four best tournament scores, while averaging 338.5 strokes per round, an impressive 11.6 strokes ahead of the school record pace of 350.1 set last year. Coach Jay Meyer’s 5-player group of seniors Codi Hegg and Kendall Martin (above), junior Kelsey McSpadden, sophomore Samantha Hall, and freshman Kyra Garrison also broke team and individual school records throughout the fall.

save the date march 11-12, 2011 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championships Hosted by ASC in Albuquerque. Alumni will be invited to a social on March 11 at 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency.

june 3-4, 2011 Back to Plachy/Hall of Fame Dinner The Hall of Fame committee will be meeting soon to name selections in early 2011. Athletic Hall of Fame nominations are invited to

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