ASC Foundation unveils first Walls in Halls

(12-04-2009)

Holiday lights lent a festive glow to the atmosphere and complimented the hand-knit sweater worn by Connie Spencer as the drape was removed from the framed photo and story of John Spencer, the first Great Story on Walls in Halls, on Thursday, December 3, in the Adams State College Luther Bean Museum.

John Spencer, Adams State class of 62, was honored posthumously among a crowd of retired faculty, staff, and friends for his enthusiastic support and dedication to the college and community. Connie, Adams State emeritus professor of psychology, surveyed the room with a warm smile and recalled happy memories she and John shared with so many in attendance.

Lori Laske, director of Alumni Relations, said it was fitting that John Spencer's story be the first of the "Great Stories on Walls in Halls", which will hang in the Student Union Building. "His story will inspire current and future students." She said John was respected by many for his compassion and leadership skills and quoted Dr. John Marvel, emeritus president, as he praised John's memory.

Laske credited Dr. Robert Pollard, Adams State class of 61, who originated the "Great Stories on Walls in Halls" idea, sponsored by the Adams State Foundation. Framed photos and great stories of Adams State alumni, faculty, staff, and friends will be hung on walls in halls throughout the Adams State campus. The tradition starts with the piece on John Spencer.

Adams State President David Svaldi also thanked Pollard and said John will make a great role model for students. "...an ASC grad who had great personal and professional success..." Svaldi said although he was better acquainted with Connie, who "exemplifies the spirit of ASC", he knew her 30-year relationship with John meant "he was a class person...I am proud to dedicate our first 'Great Story on Halls in Walls' in memory and praise for John Charles Spencer."

Following the presentation was the annual holiday dinner for retired Adams State faculty and staff.