ASC Welcomes New Employees Fall 2008


Adams State College welcomes the following employees who joined the campus. If someone you know is not listed please call the Office of Communications at 587-7827. Photographs of new employees will be added as they are taken.

Jon Belt, assistant men's basketball coach, started working for Adams State College on August 15. Jon has a Master of Education in adult and higher education and a Bachelor of Science in physical education.

Beth Bonnstetter, assistant professor of English, joined the campus in August. She received her Bachelor of Arts at Regis University in 1999 in communication arts; Master of Arts from Colorado State University in 2005 in speech communications; and her PhD from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities in 2008 in communication studies.

William Herrmann, assistant professor of accounting, started his position at the beginning of the semester. He received his Bachelor in Business in 1973 from Western Illinois University and his M.B.A in 1999 also from Western Illinois University. He previously was employed as tenured faculty at Spoon River College in Canton, Illinois from 1999-2007. His family includes his wife, Denyse, and 2 children, Katrina and Carl. His hobbies and interests include cycling, leading cycling tours, traveling and Australian country music.

Kristella Mata-Hartshorn, instructor/counselor ed, joined the campus in August. She received her Master of Arts in counselor education, Bachelor of Arts in human development and family studies and associate of applied science in rehabilitation of psychology. She previously worked as a psychiatric care specialist, at Americorp for one year, also at Metal Health as a mental retardation provider. She has two daughters, Deserae and Ariel, with her husband, Scot Hartshorn. She enjoys interior design, resistance training, camping, hiking and shopping.

Pat Robbins, visiting assistant professor for the School of Business, joined the campus at the beginning of this semester. She received her AAS from Otero Junior College, BA and MA from Adams State College and her PhD from Kennedy Western University. She was previously was employed at Trinidad State Junior College-Alamosa Campus, she was also a director of outreach/division chair of the Medical Assisting Program at TSJC. She has a husband, Jim, two sons, Robert and James, three step-children, Cheryl, Janice and Robert and two grandchildren, Benjamin and Jenissa. Her interests and hobbies include being an animal lover, Valley Humane League supporter, a fitness and health "nut" and reading.

Michael Travers, assistant professor of chemistry, started his position on August 21. He received his BA from the Colorado College, PhD from University of Colorado-Boulder and Post-Doc in astrophysics at Harvard University. He previously was a visiting assistant professor at the Colorado College and a senior instructor at the University of Colorado-Denver. His family includes his father, Jim, and sister, Mary. His hobbies include Ironman Triathlons, vipassona mediation, skiing and mountain biking.

Beth Wagstrom, visiting professor of music, began working for Adams State College in August. She received her D.M.A from the University of Kansas in choral conducting, her M.M. from Ohio State University in performance and an emphasis in choral conducting and a B.M. also from Ohio State University in vocal performance. She previously worked at the University of Kansas as a GTA conducting singers and the Collegiums Modicum. At Ohio University, she conducted the Women’s Choral and Title IX. She spent 16 years in New York City as a professional singer, performing and recording and touring with a number of professional ensembles. She and her husband, Mark, have 2 cats, Nala and Zachary.

Cindy Whitney, assistant professor of sociology, joined the campus on August 26. She received her BA in 1992 from Adams State College, MS in 1997 from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and her ABD this year from Kansas State University. She previously worked at Kansas State University as a Managing Editor, Gender and Society. Her family includes her parents Pat and Larry Whitney.

By Linda Relyea