Adams State's most ambitious building endeavor in nearly 50 years is underway. On July 9, 2009, Adams State broke ground on its first new residence hall in more than 40 years. Over the next five years, we will invest $40-50 million to transform our campus, guided by a Ten-Year Campus Master Plan that outlines deliberate, sensible growth.
We are focusing on our North Campus, where students live and spend much of their free time. Development will encompass three construction phases. The centerpiece of Phase I is the Residences at Rex, which will integrate student housing with community facilities at Rex Stadium. It will offer more opportunities to bring together the San Luis Valley community, as well as college employees and students.
Adams State's North Campus Transformation is made possible by an unprecedented commitment by our students. After the college replaced or renovated many of its academic facilities, students told us it was time to similarly upgrade the North Campus. In spring of 2008, they overwhelmingly approved a new student capital construction fee to make that happen.
Power to Grow
ASU's third president, Dr. Fred Plachy, who oversaw significant campus expansion in the 1960s and '70s, was known for his philosophy: "The greatest power on earth is the power to grow." Adams State's challenge is to thrive despite ongoing state funding cuts. We must cultivate alternate revenue. We've expanded our academic programs; distance and online education continues to grow; and we are adding new intercollegiate sports, JV, and club teams that will also attract and retain more students.
Creating a more appealing campus is part of an enrollment growth strategy that will increase tuition income. The North Campus Transformation will upgrade the college's infrastructure and make us more competitive in recruiting students.
Adams State's continued growth is a natural progression of Dr. Plachy's vision and essential to ASU's future. The college's success spreads across the valley and bolsters the local economy. I invite you to join with us and invest in college growth that will benefit us all.
Dr. David Svaldi
Adams State University