ASU Community Partnerships: Center for Rural Sustainability Solutions
The Community Outreach Center, Home of ASU's Community Partnerships
ASU Community Partnerships has been working for years to improve the quality of life for the San Luis Valley community. See a list of their major accomplishments here.
The mission of Adams State Community Partnerships is to connect University resources with the community in order to increase the quality of life for all residents of the San Luis Valley.
Sustainability 101 Summer 2015 Course
Over the Summer 2015 Semester, SEED Park, International and ASU Community Partnerships will be bringing a new course, Sustainability 101, to students and community members within the San Luis Valley. This class, taught by Dr. Nick Parker formerly of Texas Tech University, will empower attendees to take action and improve both their local and the global environment. Through instruction and examples of practical application, this course will grant attendees knowledge of key environmental challenges, worldwide viewpoints and proposed solutions to these challenges, and an education on how they can be a force for environmental change. It will be made available both to ASU students and to the general community. For more information, please see the syllabus or contact Karl at 719-587-8209
The Southern Colorado Film Commission
Adams State University Community Partnerships is proud to incubate the Southern Colorado Film Commission. The Southern Colorado (SoCo) Film Commission is an organization that supports and enhances the economy of Southern Colorado by promoting and increasing activity from the film, television, and media industry. The SoCo Film Commission is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International. The Film Commission is also closely affiliated with Adams State University Community Partnerships, with the two organizations aligning their resources towards their common goal of economic development. Filming injects large amounts of money into their locations, as movie, television, commercial and other shoots create jobs, create customers for hotels, restaurants, and many other local businesses, and increase tourism in the area. The Association of Film Commissioners International estimates that a studio feature film with an average budget contributes $125,000 per day into their locations’ economies, while New Mexico claims the economic impact in their state from filming in the year 2012 amounts to $673.8 million. The SoCo Film Commission represents Southern Colorado (particularly the counties of Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache, and Mineral) to the film industry, attracts more producers to the area and to make the area a more viable location for such producers to use.
San Luis Valley Museum Mural
The completed mural on the San Luis Valley Museum in Alamosa represents more than a year’s work and centuries of San Luis Valley history. Although the mural was on the SLV Museum’s exterior wall quickly, Adams State University’s Community Partnerships staff worked with mural artist and ASU Art Department alumnus, Ian Wilkinson, extensively prior to his arrival. Several community outreach activities, including social networking, were organized in order to get community input into the design and concept of this public artwork. Sykpe sessions were held with Mr. Wilkinson, who now lives in Ashville, North Carolina, to explore what the community wanted from this project. ASU Community Partnerships staff, Karl Jolliff created an online survey as another means of obtaining design and concept ideas. With forty-eight responses to the survey, the overwhelming conclusion was that a representation of the entire San Luis Valley’s past, present and a glimpse of what the future might hold would be the theme of the mural. The mural is intended to spark conversation and interest in exploring the San Luis Valley’s history, landmarks and legends. “Ian Wilkinson’s interest in the Valley was demonstrated by the countless hours he spent researching what to include in the mural” said Mary Hoffman, director of ASU Community Partnerships. Ms. Hoffman wrote the $20,000 funding proposal to the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) after Ian Wilkinson returned to Adams State for an Art Department’s Visiting Artist Lecture. The NEA is an independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. Adams State is eligible for NEA funding because of its excellence in the arts background, documented by its exhibit history, including community art exhibit involvement. Many local organizations provided support to meet the community NEA funding match requirement. The Alamosa Marketing District, San Luis Valley Federal, 1st Southwest Bank, The Floyd Dale Higel Family, San Luis Valley Builders, Inc. and the San Luis Valley Museum all provided support that leveraged the federal funding.
Adams State Pilot Recycling ProjectASU's
EARTH Group, Community Partnerships department, and Presidents Climate
Commitment committee have been working towards bringing a new pilot
recycling program to Adams State. As the first buildings adopting this
program, Porter Hall and Nielsen Library have both been equipped with
new, standardized recycling bins on each floor.
Students, staff, faculty and visitors in those buildings are asked to
deposit all discarded material in appropriate receptacles at the central location on each floor. Please pour any remaining liquid into sinks before recycling. Faculty and staff in Porter and Nielsen are asked to collect their discarded materials in their office trash cans and sort the material in the main stations on each floor when its convenient for them.
No trashcans will be located in Porter Hall classrooms, except for in the labs. Facility Services Staff will collect only discarded material from those central stations on each floor and the labs.
EARTH volunteers and workstudy will continue to collect recyclables from all other campus buildings.
This program is made possible through HUD's Office of University Partnerships.
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