Adams State College Donor Recognition Dinner held on Saturday


donor recognition dinner

The Adams State College Foundation honored donors at Second Annual Donor Recognition Dinner on Saturday. Pictured, Jenny Cooper, Glen Bean '36, Dennis Shioshita '77, Sharon Wright, and Patsy Spier '91 accepted awards.

The Second Annual Donor Recognition Dinner was held at Adams State College on Saturday. Guests enjoyed a reception in the Luther Bean Museum and dinner followed in the Student Union Building.

The Adams State College Foundation Board established the Donor Recognition Dinner as a way to emphasize the importance of significant support. Nearly one hundred guests were treated to a reception in Luther Bean Museum and the dinner.

William A. Porter '51 received the Billy Adams Award. Established in 1971, the Billy Adams Award recognizes those who follow in the tradition set by Adams, who was committed to Adams State College and its continual growth.

Larry '59 and Sharon Wright received the Willis Fassett, Jr. Award, which recognizes outstanding support of the ASC Foundation. Fassett devoted his life to the people of the San Luis Valley. He was a prominent business leader in Monte Vista and also served as President of the ASC Foundation.

Dennis Shioshita '77 is the second recipient of the Grizzly Club Corporate Partner of the Year award for his years of continued support.

Glen Bean '36 accepted the first Grizzly Club Member of the Year award for a lifetime spent cheering for Adams State athletes at home games.

The newly formed Legacy Society inducted Jenny and Jack Cooper and Patsy Spier '91.

Dr. David Svaldi, provost, welcomed the audience and introduced LeRoy Salazar who presented the Billy Adams Award. Salazar spoke of Porter's generosity as an alumnus and his many accomplishments during his career, which includes founding E*Trade. Dr. Guy Farish, associate professor of biology, accepted the award on Porter's behalf.

Foundation President, Jenny Cooper, extended a warm welcome to the audience. She said Larry and Sharon Wright have been strong supporters of Adams State College and the community.

"They embody the spirit of the Fassett Award and it is very appropriate we honor them," said Cooper.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be here and to receive this award," said Sharon Wright.

Athletics are a strong component of Adams State College. The Athletic Department appreciates all those who contribute to the success of the program and the teams. Ericha Loosbrock, president of the Grizzly Club, and Dr. Jeff Geiser, Adams State athletic director, presented Shioshita with the Grizzly Club Corporate Partner of the Year.

Loosbrock spoke of the strong programs, and student commitment in athletics.

"Nearly half of all Adams State College student athletes are on the honor roll. The corporate support is excellent, and provides everything from athletic equipment to port-a-potties," said Loosbrock.

Geiser said he appreciates all the corporate and individual support. "Every year I am blown away by the way the San Luis Valley community supports our beloved Adams State College," said Geiser.

According to Geiser, Shioshita has provided signage, t-shirts to giveaway at home games and not only created, but also, hung the Wall of Champions.

"Because of OSHA regulations our facility services staff was unable to hang the Wall of Champions. Dennis (Shioshita) said 'don't worry about it.' He and Lee Cockrum came with scaffolding to hang it on the gym wall," said Geiser. "Dennis recently built a chopper to be raffled in support of Adams State College Athletics. Dennis is always positive and upbeat."

"I appreciate the college for what it has done for me and the community. Alamosa would not be the same without Adams State College," said Shioshita.

Loosbrock and Geiser then recognized Bean.

"Glen Bean is a legend at Adams State College," said Loosbrock.

"There are certain things you can count on, the sun will rise in the east, every 28 days there will be a full moon and Glen Bean will attend every Adams State College home game," said Geiser.

Bean said he was honored.

"It is significant to be recognized by your peers. Thank you," said Bean.

The Adams State College Foundation established the Legacy Society to extend its deepest gratitude to alumni and friends who have contributed to the continued success of Adam State's historic role of promise.

"The Legacy Society builds the college's financial stability through gifts that provide a future for new generations of students," said Svaldi. "Members of the Legacy Society receive a memento symbolizing their affiliation with the society and their commitment to Adams State College."

Jenny and Jack Cooper and Patsy Spier received the custom porcelain plate.

"Although Jack couldn't be here we both want to thank Adams State College," said Jenny.