Adams State University

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Adams State University
ASU Logo.
Logo of Adams State University
MottoGreat stories begin here.
Established1921
TypePublic
PresidentDr. David Svaldi
Students3,467 undergraduates
LocationAlamosa, Colorado, United States
Majors16
ColorsGreen and white
NicknameGrizzlies
MascotGrizzly bear
AffiliationsRocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Websitewww.adams.edu
 
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Adams State University
ASU Logo.
Logo of Adams State University
MottoGreat stories begin here.
Established1921
TypePublic
PresidentDr. David Svaldi
Students3,467 undergraduates
LocationAlamosa, Colorado, United States
Majors16
ColorsGreen and white
NicknameGrizzlies
MascotGrizzly bear
AffiliationsRocky Mountain Athletic Conference
Websitewww.adams.edu

Adams State University is a small state-supported liberal arts university in Alamosa, Colorado, U.S., in the San Luis Valley and home to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. ASU is in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and its mascot is the Grizzly Bear.

History[edit]

Founded 1921 - Adams State was founded in 1921 as a teacher's college but now offers a variety of programs including masters degrees in many fields. Billy Adams, a Colorado legislator who would later become a 3-term governor of Colorado, worked for three decades before obtaining the authorization to found Adams State Normal School in 1921. His goal was to provide higher education opportunities for teachers from remote and rural areas of Colorado and see them work in those same areas such as the San Luis Valley.

1st Graduate - The University's first graduate, [1] in 1926, was Harriet Dalzell Hester, who went on to become the school's first librarian and an Alamosa County school superintendent. With only a grade school education himself, Adams came to the SLV in 1879 at the age of 17 to begin ranching. Within three years, he was mayor of Alamosa. Alamosa was a rough-hewn town in those days.

D&RG - The Rio Grande typically flooded each spring, turning Main Street to mud. Once the university was built, a hedge of Russian olives had to be planted along the campus edge to keep out herds of horses. Then, as now, potatoes were the area’s primary cash crop. But grain and vegetables were also raised, as well as cattle, sheep and pigs. The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad shipped them east.

Governor Adams - The perseverance demonstrated by Billy Adams in founding his teachers college also characterized those who took over the task of making Adams State more than a dream. The communities of Alamosa and the San Luis Valley faithfully supported the efforts of individuals such as Dr. Ira Richardson, the University’s first president. Billy Adams died in 1954, just shy of his 93rd birthday. He left the school $10,000.

Name Change - On May 22, 2012, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill changing the name from Adams State College to Adams State University. The change became official on August 7, 2012.[1]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Campus[edit]

Athletics[edit]

The school's sports teams are now called the Grizzlies (formerly known as the Indians). They participate in the NCAA's Division II, and in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Athletic groups include:

ASU's Men's cross-country team was the first team in history to record a perfect score at the National Championships in 1992. This was the first year Adams competed in NCAA Division II, after previously competing in the NAIA. The women's cross-country team won 15 National Championships between 1992 and 2009.

Coaches and Facilities - The Grizzly track and cross-country teams are coached by Damon Martin, winner of 20 National Coach of the Year awards. The football team under the leadership of Head Coach Marty Heaton runs a very aggressive defense that allowed only 10 passing touchdowns in 2010. The football locker room is state of the art with electronic displays for film viewing and visual management of team roles and positions. The weight room is available for all Grizzly sports team athletes and was custom designed for use in national advertising campaigns by the company that donated the weightlifting equipment.

Presidents[edit]

Presidents have been:[3]

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