Holiday Crafts Show

ASU Community Partnerships welcomes you to celebrate the season without breaking the bank. A wide variety of locally produced, affordable gifts are available for purchase. All items are less than $50. The show is open December 1st-18th, from 9-5.

Solar Workshop from Sustainable Solutions and Adams State University

Adams State University Community Partnerships will be hosting Larry LeDue from Sustainable Solutions, Inc. as he presents to the San Luis Valley on the installation and use of photovoltaic equipment. Attendees at this class will learn to analyze building and system designs, install and utilize photovoltaic equipment in both off-grid and on-grid buildings, and gain energy saving tips, among many other topics covered. This workshop will be taught on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009, from 8:00a.m.-5:00 p.m., with a break for lunch. The price of the workshop is $135, and it will be held in room 142 of the School of Business. The workshop is ideal for solar installers, but anyone with a working knowledge of photovoltaic systems and a desire to learn more is welcome to attend. The workshop carries:

8 credit hours with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NACEP), and

7.5 credit hours with the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (CoSEIA).

Please RSVP to ensure your place in this program.

Sustainable Solutions, Inc. ( is a Parker and Como, Colorado based provider and installer of renewable energy systems. Larry LeDue has more than thirty years of experience in the energy industry, and lives in an off-grid home himself. He is currently an instructor and consultant at Arapahoe and Red Rocks Community Colleges. He instructs at homeowners associations, schools and colleges, trade groups, and communities, and is willing to help anyone who wants to understand solar energy and its applications.

RSVP: 719-836-4804; and/or mail payment to PO Box 77, Como, CO 80432.

War and the Soul: Relearning from the Ancients about PTSD

The Middle Eastern Wars are producing psychological casualties at an alarming rate. Many returning soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the stopgap measures after a tour of duty are simply not enough. And our nation still has veterans from wars past that have not completed their process, as well. The problem involves the entire society. The ancient traditions allowed for a different experience after war. Dr. Fisher, a Vietnam veteran, spent more than 35 years processing post-war distress until meeting Dr. Ed Tick, Director of Soldier’s heart ( Now they both speak nationally to raise awareness of methodologies long lost to the modern world.

Dr. Fisher will be speaking next:

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.
At the: Alamosa County Administration Building
8900 Independence Way
Alamosa, Colorado
Veterans Service Officer-Alamosa County: Frank Muniz

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. At: Adams State University
School of Business, Classroom 142
(Room provided by Adams State Community Partnerships)
Alamosa, Colorado

**********There is no fee for attendance to either of these events! **********

Contact Person for these events: Judy Luckhart (719) 588-1546

Artes De Descartes

Our Taos recycling partner—Wholly Rags---is having their annual Artes de Descartes Exhibit at the Stable Gallery in Taos (133 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte). Two Alamosa artists’ works are included in this year’s exhibit. Look for ASU Community Partnerships “Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Exhibit” again this November (during America Recycles Month). Don’t forget ASU Community Partnerships recycles: plastic bottle tops, printer ink cartridges, corks and metal bottle caps. Please use EARTH’s plastic bottle and Habitat for Humanity’s aluminum can recycling boxes located all around campus. Use your Adam State University EARTH reusable bag at City Market to reduce plastic waste and support ASU Community Partnerships and EARTH. Visit to find out how to recycle just about anything else. For more info, call Karl at x8209.

ASU Community Partnerships Host Art Show Featuring Valley Art Teachers

ASU Community Partnerships will be featuring the work of art teachers from around the Valley for the “Before they were Teachers they were Artists” exhibit during the month of May. Some of the featured artists in this valley wide exhibit will be Woody Miller of Del Norte High School, Butch Jones, Sue Patterson, and John Dodds of Alamosa Schools, Randy Pijon and Kent Anderson of Centennial Schools, Coralee Casias of Center High School, Tina Cosias of Antonito Schools and Javier Gonzalez of Sierra Grande Schools. A wide range of mediums, ranging from watercolor to clay to acrylic paint are included in the show. The exhibit is located at ASU Community Partnerships’ community gallery (Adams State Campus, corner of Main and Edgemont Blvd.). It will be open Wednesday, May 6th 2009 and run through Tuesday, May 26th 2009. A reception for the artists will be held Thursday, May 14 from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. Come enjoy the artwork and support our local teachers/artists!

Xcel Energy Efficiency Presentations

In order to improve energy efficiency in the San Luis Valley and to help valley residents lower their energy bills, Xcel Energy, in partnership with Adams State University Community Partnerships, are offering free presentations on home energy efficiency. Two presentations will be held, both on Thursday, March 12th, 2009. The first will be held in Monte Vista, CO at Johnny Be Good, 138 Adams St. at 3 p.m. The second will be held in Alamosa, CO at the Adams State University Community Partnerships Building (Corner of Main and Edgemont Streets) at 5pm. Anyone who would like to learn how to lower their energy bill is welcome to attend either of these workshops.

Sustainability Panel Discussions

ASU Community Partnerships, together with Colorado State University, will be hosting a sustainability panel discussion on March 16th, at 3:00 p.m. The discussion will cover the sustainability of this region of Colorado, and will feature speakers from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Great Sand Dunes National Park, and Community Leaders. Any interested party will be invited to attend this session.

Habitat4Humanity Green Home Construction

Habitat for Humanity and Adams State University are offering a spiritual successor to the Green Home Design Course, in the form of a series of workshops offering hands-on experience in green home construction, all while giving students the opportunity to improve their community. At the culmination of this course, students will have a better understanding of environmentally friendly home design, gained through their contribution towards the creation of a simple, decent home built with green design principles as a focus.

Through a combination of lectures and actual work experience, students of this course will gain the ability to read and understand floor plans, form an energy efficient building foundation, and understand the properties of building materials, among others. Students will also gain the satisfaction that comes from directly improving someone's life in a very direct manner. Two workshop series will take place, one lasting from Thursday, May 14th, 2009 until Saturday, May 16th, 2009, the other running From Thursday, May 21st, 2009 to Saturday, May 23rd, 2009. Students will have the opportunity to take whichever one they wish. Sessions will last from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on all days. ASU Students may take this course for 1 Credit Hour worth of credit each session, by signing up through the university with CRN# 10206 (For the May 14-16 session) or CRN# 10208 (for the May 21-23 session). Community Members are invited to attend as well, and can sign up for the class by contacting Karl Jolliff at (719) 587-8209. The price for both ASU Students and SLV Community members is $35 per session.

Climate Change Art Challenge

"What does climate change mean to you?" This question has been posed to high school students throughout the San Luis Valley, with the challenge to express their response through some form of art. These responses will be displayed in an art show at Community Partnership's building held throughout the month of April. The opening reception for this event will be held on Saturday, March 28th, from 11a.m.-2p.m. Any questions regarding this event should be directed to Ellen Hanson at 580-0557, or Mary Jo Martin at 587-8227.

Melissa Larson of Wholly Rags, an organization devoted to creating artful projects out of recycled materials, will be present at the opening reception, giving attendees the opportunity to take part in the creation of a "waste quilt," a quilt constructed of patches composed of cast off clothing. Participants will be able undertake her workshop, creating squares for this quilt, which will later be assembled and taken on the road as a conversation piece to open the way to inform others of climate change and proper recycling.

Melissa says of her work: "I was born and raised in America, which is the most wasteful society in the world. It always bothered me to see things around me going to waste, including food on people's plates. In northern California where I grew up, fruit orchards were cut down to build rows of houses. As the song goes, "they paved paradise to put up a parking lot"...Since I was a teenager I wanted to be in nature, to live a simple life, not caring about money. The things that sustain life are the earth and all the living things. We all need clean water and clean air. The things that make a lot of money often make life unbearable. The industries that pollute and don't clean up after themselves are wasting our environment. That is why global warming is a problem. All the cycles of life are getting mixed up.

What I do is try to save good materials from being wasted. Much of what we throw away could be recycled, so that they aren't wasted and waste the earth. At Wholly Rags we are saving cloth. Things like paper, metal, glass and plastic can be sorted out and recycled. Now computers, televisions, cell phones can be recycled too. And people can carry a bag to put their groceries instead of taking disposable bags. But, not many people care about doing these things. So we are trying to make the connection about why it is good to care. If people know why it matters, sometimes they choose to be careful. Now that we see how one thing affects another, maybe we can work to keep America beautiful, not trash it into a wasteland." Examples of Melissa's work can be found at her website:

San Luis Valley Basin Regional Sustainability Pilot Project

Objective: In accordance with a series of executive orders issued by the President of the United States, intended to make the activities of the federal government more environmentally sustainable, the goal of this project is to develop the requisite methodology. It is furthermore intended that the model, once developed, shall be turned over to a local institution of higher education to use, maintain and develop. Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado, is four-year state-supported university which has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. With a complete series of departments in the natural sciences as well as highly-regarded School of Business, Adams State is well placed to carry out this function. By integrating the model into its classroom activities and into its research projects, and by using it to evaluate various projects proposed for the San Luis Valley, this can be a cooperative effort that will mutually benefit the institution, the local community and the country at large. It is intended that, once tested in the Valley, the methodology will be applicable elsewhere in the United States and, indeed, throughout the world.

Description: There are four metrics that are important to the sustainable management of regional systems. These are: 1. Dynamic Order, 2. Environmental Footprint, 3. Energy Flow, and 4. Economic Health. Changes in these figures over time provide a scientifically sound measure of whether the system is moving toward or away from sustainability. The model, based on these metrics, can therefore be used to evaluate the effectiveness of past management and provide needed guidance on future actions.

CCA Listening Tour

On February 11th, 2009, Community Partnerships hosted the Colorado Council on the Arts in their listening tour. This tour gives CCA the opportunity to present information and receive feedback on their budget changes in the modern economy. About 20 people from around the San Luis Valley were in attendance, with representatives from Adams State University, Adobe de Oro, Crestone Music Festival, ALMA, Creede Theater, City of Monte Vista, So. Co. Film Commission and individual artists. The CCA's director provided nine possible funding options that the CCA is looking into, and attendees voted for their most preferred three. With this information, and with the information they received from other stops on their tour, they should be able to adapt to the modern economy a better serve Colorado.

Green Home Design

Have you ever been interested in building a green house, or greening up your existing home? Adams State University Community Partnerships and Natural Power are presenting a series of classes and workshops teaching environmentally friendly home design. These classes will give direct and useful instruction to attendees, and include hands-on sessions. Classes will take place every other Saturday, starting Jan. 24th, 2009, and will last from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

These classes will also be open to community members as individual workshops, as well. To see the prices and topics of these workshops, or for more information, please click here. To register for classes, or if you have any questions, please contact us at 587-8209, or at Current ASU students may register for the class using CRN# 10849 (Course ID 179).

No More Starving Artists!

Allan McConnell, Fine Art Photographer and 25+ year business consultant/trainer presents: No More Starving Artists, the business side of a professional art career. Join Allan, the Business/Marketing Manager for the International Award winning Colorado Oil and Pastel Artist Fran Dodd, for a 16-hour whirlwind experience. You'll learn about Jump Starting Your Career, Copyright and Contracts, Scorekeeping and Taxes, and most especially marketing to include pricing, products, sales, working with galleries, developing support materials, and much, much more. You'll also develop your own plan for success as an artist. Come in with a totally open mind! This is primarily for visual artists but others could gain as well.

This program will be hosted by Adams State University's Community Partnerships on January 24th and 25th, 2009, from 8:30 to 5:00 each day with a 30 minute lunch break. It will be held at the School of Business, room 142 on the ASU campus in Alamosa, Colorado. Extensive handouts will be included in a notebook for each participant including checklists and references. With the amount of material to be presented you will be well advised to bring a tape recorder so you can reference it later for your personal use - you may not be able to take notes fast enough. The cost will be $125 per person. Please call ASU Community Partnerships at 587-8227 to reserve space for you in this program.

Association of Enterprise Opportunity

Throughout the first week of December, Karl Jolliff of Adams State University Community Partnerships, and John and Dorothy Brandt of the San Luis Valley Museum participated in the Association for Enterprise Opportunity's Regional Flavor gathering, held in Charleston, South Carolina. Regional Flavor is a project dedicated to bringing the distinctive traits of small, rural regions to light, typically with a small business focus. Gatherings are held several times a year with representatives from selected regions, who then discuss matters related to the local economic climate and the unique traits of their region. The San Luis Valley is one of only six regions selected to take part in that project, and is represented by ourselves, as well as a number of community partners, organizations around the San Luis Valley that have interest in enhancing and supporting the distinct culture of the SLV.

At this event, which brought together business support professionals from various places around the country, best practices were shared. Attendees were then educated on the advantages of growing local small businesses, using social networking tools to get one's message out, and what types of programs see success in other small areas. The group discussed matters relating to rural policy and operating small, rural organizations, and was shown around the local businesses of Charleston. ASU Community Partnerships and the SLV Museum promoted the San Luis Valley to this national audience during the event, while taking away best practices from similar organizations.

Recycle Fashion Show

Six Adams State University students strutted their stuff in a recycled fashion show during ASU Community Partnerships' Recycle Product Expo. Inspired by Nancy Judd's Recycle Runway of Santa Fe, students from all majors designed dresses using old newspaper, bottle caps, magazines, unusable CDs, shredded paper and discarded plastic hay twine. The students: Georgia Anderson, Andrea Livingston, Dora Vigil, Cristine Preiss, Bethany Smith and Rachel Raguindin, all have an interest in the environment and many of them are members of the E.A.R.T.H. campus group. E.A.R.T.H.'s mission is to lower Adams State University's carbon footprint. St. Vincent de Paul in Alamosa donated used dresses that served as a foundation for their outfits. Sandy Ortega, A&J Solar and Mary Hoffman, ASU Community Partnerships assisted the students during multiple evening work sessions leading up to the event. Uriah Valdez, an ASU honors student, was the master of ceremony during this well attended event on America Recycle's Day (Nov. 15th)

Colorado Wildlife Workshop

ASU Community Partnerships is excited to host the upcoming Wildlife at a Crossroads: Conserving Colorado's Wildlife Heritage and Promoting a New Energy Future workshop. Partnering with Colorado Wildlife Federation, the workshop will focus on climate change and its impact on Colorado wildlife. Wildlife enthusiasts can come together to learn about the future of Colorado wildlife and how to make a difference.

Are you a wildlife enthusiast? Hunter or Angler? Bring a friend and come attend the free workshop in Alamosa, CO on Saturday, October 25, 2008, 9:00- 12:00 p.m. The workshop location is on the Adams State University campus, School of Business, Room 142 (Richardson Avenue and 3rd Street, Alamosa, CO). Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to register for the workshop contact us at 587-8227

Climate change impacts fish and wildlife here in Colorado. Join with other enthusiasts to strategize and learn about methods to improve conservation, teach other Coloradans about the threats to wildlife, and work to improve policies and funding that impact wildlife's future. Discussions will center on supporting efforts to implement governmental policies that will positively impact wildlife, implementing local conservation practices to restore populations, and understanding the causes and issues of climate change and how to expand public knowledge and awareness of the topic. Space is limited so please call 587-8227 to reserve your seat.

Carlos Atencio's Closing Reception

Since September 15th, 2008, Adams State University Community Partnerships has been sponsoring a weaving and Santos exhibit at the Luther Bean Museum. This exhibit showcases art from Carlos Atencio and his students, from his weaving class in San Luis. This show is coming to an end on Wednesday, October 15th, and to commemorate this, a closing reception will be held from 4-6 of that day. Light refreshments will be served, and all are welcome to visit and view the art on display. For more information, please call 719-587-7372 or 719-587-7401.

Carlos Atencio weaves and carves Santos to honor his grandparent's memory. Determined to share his knowledge of cultural arts, Atencio has taught at Centennial High School in San Luis for 20 years, and continues to educate the community. During the last three years, he has offered classes in weaving through Centennial High School's Century 21 Grant. Because the funding was depleted this year, we joined Centennial High School to support Atencio's teaching efforts.

ASU Community Partnerships Open House

Community Partnerships has recently moved into their new building, and on September 15th, invites everybody to come visit. We are now located in the newly remodeled Old Art Building on campus, at the corner of Main Street and Edgemont. A light lunch will be served starting at 11:30, that day, and ASU faculty, staff, and students are welcome, as well as community members.

Do You Have a Book in You?

SLV Author Wayne Sheldrake, with support from ASU Community Partnerships, offers a writing workshop titled "Do You Have a Book in You?: Three Secrets Authors Don't Tell." Writers of all ages and abilities are invited to attend. Topics of discussion will include the daily habits and core attitudes of successful writers, the protocols for submitting book proposals to agents and editors, and how to win professional referrals from established authors.

Sheldrake is a two-time ASU gradate and a former ASU adjunct professor. He received his MFA from Antioch University/LA. His first memoir Instant Karma: the Heart and Soul of a Ski Bum won the 2007 Adventure Book of the Year Gold Medal from Foreward Magazine. The 2-hour workshop will be held, Saturday, June 14th, in the ASU School of Business building, from 10:00a.m.-Noon in Room 142. Cost: $30 pre-register/$40 at the door. For pre-registration and details contact

Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) Participation

"Regional Flavor - Spicing Up Your Work and Impact" was a workshop that Community Partnerships was invited to present at during the 2008 National Summit on Entrepreneurship in Anaheim, CA. Focusing on "Identifying Assets", Executive Director Mary Hoffman presented how to map out natural, cultural, historical, creative, and educational assets to assist creating partnerships for entrepreneurial and economic advancement. A gift basket was donated by our clients as a door price made up of products that represented the regional flavor of the San Luis Valley. Client and regional promotional material was distributed at the Expo where we shared a display with other Regional Flavor participants. In addition to Ms. Hoffman, two staff members, Karl Jolliff and Miles Eddy, attended the conference to further their professional education with business support.

CoSEIA Solar Industry Workshop

Adams State University Community Partnerships, Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association, (CoSEIA) and the San Luis Solar Association would like to invite existing and potential solar related businesses to a solar industry workshop on May 28th & 29th, 8am to 5pm at ASU's School of Business, room 238. CoSEIA is the Colorado branch of the nationwide Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), which has been in existence since 1989. Organized with the goal of promoting the use of solar energy, CoSEIA is comprised mainly of solar-focused companies providing solar products and services to both residential and commercial customers.

This two day class will cover everything from basic photovoltaic design analysis to system sizing, energy use analysis and installation. Larry LeDue, owner of Sustainable Solutions, Inc., will teach the course. Sustainable Solutions Inc. based in Silver Cliff, Colorado, is a solar renewable, design, installation and consulting firm. Larry also does consulting for homeowners who wish to utilize both passive and active solar gain in new construction or in remodeling. Larry has just completed a feasibility study for Lockheed Martin exploring renewable energy resources.