Adams State alumni laugh together


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The Adams State College Alumni Relations Office travels around the nation hosting events for graduates, but they say they really enjoy the events here at home.

Lori Laske, director of alumni relations, and her assistant, Gaylene Horning, are always looking for exciting events in which to attract area alumni and retired faculty and staff. Over the last few years, some of their events include a ride on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad from Alamosa to La Veta and back again, rafting down the Arkansas, picnics, and socials at local businesses. This year, Laske and Horning scheduled an Improv Comedy night performed by the Creede Repertory Theatre in the Adams State Theatre Building.

"We sold over 160 tickets," Horning said. "These events are always time for our alumni and retired faculty and staff to reconnect and remember the good-old-days and enjoy a new experience together."

Jonathan D. Allsup, project coordinator for the Repertory Theatre, said they are always looking to work with Adams State and expand their season.

Helen Sanchez received her master's degree from Adams State in 1965. She now lives in Phoenix and attended the comedy night with her sister, Eva Barela, Adams State graduate years of 1971 and 1977. "I am here for the summer and we were interested in something fun to do," Sanchez said.

The sisters had seven in their party. "It makes me feel good to be remembered," Barela said. Sanchez said she would like to go on the Alaskan cruise with the alumni group, scheduled for the summer of 2009.

Pam Herman Thompson, grad year of 1976, said she attends many events and is interested in becoming a member of the alumni board again. "I love Adams State," she said. "It is a real asset to the community. It is an excellent college and it is good to see the community and college get together."

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