Davis can wield an axe or bass

Jordan Davis '07 fights fires, writes papers, and plays bass for a band. This variety of interests keeps him busy and adds adventure to his life. A history major, with a minor in anthropology, Davis is originally from Cortez, Colo.

"I was attracted to Adams State College because of the excellent reputation of the track and field program," Davis said. "I did run for the Grizzlies for three years, but when I took the job fighting fires, I didn't have the time to devote to my running."

Originally from Cortez, Colo., Davis said the atmosphere and environment of Adams State and Alamosa were a good fit. "I like how Alamosa is not too big, and not too small," he said.

It was a high school history class in high school that sparked Davis' interest in history, and the enthusiasm of his teacher, Betty Love. "Love made history interesting and fun," Davis said. "I enjoyed being in a class of motivated individuals who wanted to learn."

His dedication to his studies has not gone unnoticed by his professors. "Jordan is a professor's delight; he comes to class prepared and is more than willing to pose provocative questions," Dr. Ed Crowther, chair of the History, Government, and Philosophy Department, said.

At the end of the semester Davis changes the casual dress of students, to fire-fighting gear. "I am a wild land fire fighter," Davis said. "Our gear is different than a structural fire fighter." Wild land fire fighters wear nomex woven fiber shirts, which are resistant to temperatures above 400 degrees, similar pants, and a short brimmed hard hat.

His summer work has taken him across the country's western states including Utah, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Oregon, and Nebraska. "My longest work-day was sixteen hours," Davis said. He helped extinguish the Million Acre, Raymen, and Missionary Ridge fires.

"A wild land fire-fighter's day begins at 8 a.m. with physical training," Davis said. "We hike, run, or lift weights in the morning. It is vital to our life that our equipment is in excellent shape. Our packs are examined every morning and our fire shelter has to be working, we double check to be sure we have enough batteries. Our lives may depend on it."

Davis may extinguish flames at work but he fires-up an audience playing bass. "I would travel with my parents, who were musicians, when I was a kid," Davis said. "Sometimes I fell asleep against my dad's bass amp. He is the one who taught me to play."

After graduation at the fall 2007 commencement ceremony, Davis plans on going on the road with his band, Princess Di, until fire season starts.

"I will be sad to leave Alamosa and Adams State," Davis said. "The professors at Adams State are very knowledgeable and easy to talk to."

Dr. Stuart Hilwig, associate professor of history, said Davie is his favorite Marxist. "The quote, 'Until Victory Always,' (Hasta la Victoria Siempre) reminds me on Jordan," Hilwig said.

Davis is one of the many outstanding people on our small, comfortable campus. If you know a student, employee, or alumni of the college who does something outstanding or has an interesting story to tell – email me at mozable@adams.edu.

Article By Marni Zedal