News for January 15, 2013

by Steve Lang, News and Publications

                Collaborative efforts of relocating desert bighorn sheep – which includes Sul Ross State University researchers – are part of an in-progress documentary to air on the Discovery Channel.          
The documentary, now in production by The Biscuit Factory, Falls Church, Va., may air in Fall 2013, according to Rob Lyall, director of photography. Lyall, along with freelance producer Isham Randolph, filmed portions of the most recent desert bighorn capture, held Dec. 18-20 at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area in south Brewster County.
                During the aerial capture, 44 desert bighorn were taken from the Elephant Mountain WMA and relocated to the 9 Point Mesa, about 30 miles away. Goal of the ongoing project, under the direction of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPW), is to restore the desert bighorn population to 3,000 animals throughout eight mountain ranges in West Texas.
                Randolph and Lyall seek to document this project, along with other collaborative conservation efforts that extend to bi-national cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico in native species restoration.
                “It’s (documentary) about bi-national conservation efforts in the Chihuahuan Desert region and this (bighorn) translocation is one part,” said Randolph, whose credits include producing series for The National Geographic Explorer.
Discovery Channel production
Rob Lyall (left), director of photography for the Biscuit Factory, Falls Church, Va. and freelance producer Isham Randolph, film portions of the most recent desert bighorn capture, held Dec. 18-20 at Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area in south Brewster County. They are producing a documentary for the Discovery Channel, on native species restoration in the Big Bend region. (Photo by Steve Lang)
Documentary interview
Dr. Scott Jaques, Texas A&M veterinarian, is filmed and interviewed during the Dec. 18 desert bighorn relocation project at Elephant Mountain. Rob Lyall, director of photography for the Biscuit Factory, Falls Church, Va. and freelance producer Isham Randolph, are producing a documentary that includes the project, to air on the Discovery Channel later this year. (Photo by Steve Lang)
                “This story embodies that reintroduction of this iconic species,” Randolph said. “It may be a model for relocation to private lands.”
                Randolph emphasized the collaboration of state agencies like TPW, university research (Sul Ross), private landowners and non-profit organizations like the Texas Bighorn Society as integral to the project’s success. The documentary is expected to include interviews with key participants, including Dr. Louis Harveson, Sul Ross professor of Natural Resource Management and director of the Borderlands Research Institute.
                Lyall said he and Randolph plan to return to the area this spring “to see how the translocation is faring.
                “After that, we plan to edit, then put it in The Discovery queue,” he said, “and we’re probably looking at next fall (to air).”
                Along with The Biscuit Factory partner Molly Hermann, Lyall has created programs for clients including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, HBO Original Films, Smithsonian Channel, The History Channel, BBC and others.
                Desert bighorn, estimated at 3,000 animals in the mid-19th century, virtually vanished from the region by the late 1950s. Probable causes were the introduction of domestic sheep and goats to the region, along with related diseases, net-wire fencing and unregulated hunting.
                Restoration efforts began over 50 years ago, starting in Black Gap WMA, which borders Big Bend National Park. Desert bighorn were brought in from other states to begin, and the population has rebounded to nearly 1,500. By 2000, surplus animals were located to other sites.
                Sul Ross, through the Borderlands Research Institute, has been active in data collection through the use of radio collars. The research evaluates the success of the restoration, examining dispersal, mortality and site fidelity (determining if the bighorn remain in the general area where released).
                A total of 239 Sul Ross State University-Alpine Campus students were named to the fall semester Dean’s List. The list recognizes students who maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
                Undergraduate students enrolled for 12 or more semester credit hours are eligible for the Dean’s List. Graduate hours are not included in computations.
                Dean’s List students are listed by hometowns.
KENTWOOD, MICH.: Alexandra O. Pochert
IRVINGTON, N.J.: Gabrielle S. Brown
CARLSBAD, N.M.: Erin M. Lynn
TERREBONNE, ORE.: Jessica J. Wood
ALPINE: Cassandra H. Aguilar; Marisol Aguilar;Neela F. Ahmed; Nicole S. Ahrens; Megan R. Boatright; Marley K. Boyd, Jr.; Carissa L. Chambers; Angie A. Crook; Joshua G. Cross; Jordan N. Diebel; Melissa F. Embrey; Robert J. Fabian; Angela M. Greenroy; Alexandria M. Hassenflu; Federico R. Hernandez, Jr.; Marinna A. Hernandez; Ryan W. Hill; Zohra A. Jensen; Deborah A. Jernigan; Elisha N. Jimenez; Markelle D. Johnson; Paul A. Joye; Kimberly P. Kimball; Rebekah Kingdom; Russell L. Klein; Kolby F. Kothman; Justin W. Lassiter; David J. Lattimer; Delaney C. Lattimer; Glenn M. Losoya; Travis C. Lutz; Regina A. Mata; Cody R. McEntire; Jeramie J. Medrano; Jose O. Morales; Kimberly A. Morrow; Taylour W. Murphy; Thomas J. Riddle; Ivan A. Santos-Nunez; Emery E. Scown; Danielle Shrum; Emma C. Shrum; Ryan A. Skelton; Catherine M. Smietana; Jade Spear; Skyler Stevens; Urban D. Strachan; Sarai Urquidez; Casey D. Valenzuela; Joseph E. Van Noy; Michelle S. Villanueva; Rozalia C. Waelbroeck; Rebekah L. Whitehead; Daniel F. Whitehead; Isabel M. Whitehead; Kaitlin A. Ybarra
ALVIN: Dustan A. Greer
AMARILLO: Jory T. Brookreson; Galen C. Clark; Shianne B. Hill
AUSTIN: James D. Doster; Jordan H. Janecka; Evan L. Pretto
BALMORHEA: Molly J. Collins
BANDERA: Joseph A. Cruz             
BERTRAM: Zakk A. Revelle          
BIG LAKE: Bailen Goodloe
BIG SPRING: Reba C. Smith
BLANCO: Kaitlyn N. Walla
BOERNE: Robert J. Boyer
BRACKETTVILLE: Andrew R. Kennedy
BUDA: Brent A. Bandy
CASTROVILLE: John Clayton K. Campbell
CEDAR PARK: Heather R. Sawyer
CONROE: Eugene R. Stalzer
CORPUS CHRISTI: Elizabeth L. Watson; Amber M. Wenzel
COVINGTON: Allyce A. Olivarez
DEL RIO: Javan I. Esparza; Karina Espinoza; Robert R. Lopez; Kaitlyn R. Thomas
DIANA: Ashley J. Page
EAGLE PASS: Rafael Hernandez III
EL PASO: Sara A. Ameen; Brooke A. Bankston; Natalie Candaleria; Stephanie A. Carranza; Alyssa N. Coppens; Josette Delgado; Jose L. Etchart, Jr.; David Guerrero, Jr.; Clarissa Hernandez; Kassandra Hernandez; Alejandro Hinojos; Ryan W. Hoffer; Elizabeth S. Kneeskern; Alexandria T. Lee; Angelique N. Lopez; Jimmy Martinez, Jr.; Gina R. Medina; Rodolfo A. Montes-Casas; Eric Morales; Richard P. Newbold; Mihaku Nishizawa-Rodriguez; Aurora Q. Rivera; Darlene Rodriguez; Anna A. Sandoval; Anthony D. Serrano; Raven B. Thrasher; Roberto A. Torres; Jorge D. Torres, Jr.; Karla A. Villasenor; Laura K. Villasenor
ERA: Matthew C. Hall
FABENS: Kimberly Archuleta
FLORENCE: Kaylee M. Kocian
FORT DAVIS: Kendra A. Alvarez; Laura G. Cardona; Jazmin Chavez; Robert J. LeBlanc; Kitty J. Sibayan; Jacquelynn B. Tippit
FORT HANCOCK: Marco A. Gomez
FORT STOCKTON: Whitney B. Acosta; Diana Crihfield; Bethany A. Gaylor; Jeremy T. Graue; Sydney E. Lance; Billy W. Overton;
FORT WORTH: Tresa Hamner
GAIL: Lauren T. Richey
GAINESVILLE: Crystal A. Martin
GEORGETOWN: Kyle R. Hester
GOLIAD: Meghan L. Karnei
GRANGER: Rebecca M. Blomquist
GUY: Aaron P. Zwahr
HASKELL: Jasmine L. Klose
HOUSTON: Elizabeth A. Coddou; Casey D. Sonier
JOURDANTON: Hunter T. Krueger                                                                                                              
LAMESA: Kale R. Ferguson
LAREDO: Luis A. Diaz de Leon
LEANDER: Madalyn M. Miller
LEVELLAND: Courtney D. Truitt
LOOP: Hannah R. Hand; Johnathon W. Hand
LUBBOCK: Kit T. Henderson; Karibeth L. Page; Aidan T. Rivera, Jr
MARATHON: Flor Aguilar; Zachariah M. Gonzales; Charles M. Sansom; Shanee A. Williams
MARFA: Crystal L. Garcia; Jacqueline Hernandez; Samuel Hernandez; Bonnie L. Lujan; Aaron I. Razo; Desire J. Williams
MIDLAND: Rachel C. Barrett; Ciara M. Brodie; Jason M. Buchan; Megan L. Downing; Rachel S. Fix; Alice R. Harman; Anjela Munoz; Melissa B. Schenkman; Geoffrey H. Schuette; Lauren E. Stroud; Samantha P. Vela
MILES: Lori A. Villarreal
NEEDVILLE: Sadie L. Sacra
NEW CANEY: Tamika N. Harris; Kendyl P. Oakley
ODESSA: Laura A. Anderson; Samantha R. Baker; Cencee S. Gordon; Emily R. Mossbarger        
PENITAS: Gabriel Rosales
PLEASANTON: James W. Patterson
PORT LAVACA: Joseph A. Vaughn
PORTLAND: Douglas W. White
PRESIDIO: Allyssa T. Acosta; Alonzo Amancio; Dennis S. Avila; Gabriela Hernandez; Isai Hernandez; Sara M. Hernandez; Arely Levario; Glorissel Muniz; Monique Ortiz; Ruby D. Sertuchi; Jesus H. Villa, Jr.
ROCKPORT: Jaycie T. Whitstine
ROTAN: Dakota J. Mansker
SABINAL: Meagan L. Thompson
SAN ANGELO: Chase T. Moody; Logan A. Sawyer
SAN ANTONIO: Todd Cantu; Miguel A. Martinez; Kaitlyn D. Wood
SAN JUAN: Alexander Saucedo
SAN MARCOS: Alexandra M. Crouch
SANDERSON: Clarissa R. Brotherton
SEAGRAVES: Rigoberto Hernandez
SEGUIN: Jarry C. Poth
SHERMAN: Melissa M. Petersen
SHEPHERD: Keri E. McShan; Dayna M. Whitmire; Robyn L. Whitmire
SPRING: Darwin L. Brown, Jr.
STEPHENVILLE: Lindsey R. Brady
SWEETWATER: Billy A. Jones
TARPLEY: Senisa Stacy
TORNILLO: Jonathan Maldonado; Manuel Valles, Jr.; Fernando A. Vasquez
TOYAH: Maile J. Hoyt
VAN HORN: Desirae H. Brewster; Lucia H. Carrasco; Crystal D. Gonzales; Rebecca E. Mendias; Beverly A. Rivera; Jacqueline E. Santarsiero; Ida H. Solis
WELCH: Anna G. Cruz
WILLOW PARK: Aaron T. Conley
WIMBERLEY: Maxwell R. Ramsey
WINTERS: Jace M. Thomae
WOLFFORTH: Felicia N. Murdock
                Sul Ross State University will be closed Monday, Jan. 21 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.
                Offices will re-open and classes will resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22.
               GED testing will be offered at Sul Ross State University Thursday and Friday, Jan. 24-25.
               Testing begins at 8 a.m. each day in the Morgan University Center, Room 211B. Pre-registration is required a week in advance. To pre-register, call Career Services and Testing, (432) 837-8357 or 837-8178.
              GED tests are administered the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month excepting December. Future testing dates are: Jan. 24-25, 2013; Feb. 21-22; March 28-29; April 25-26; May 30-31; June 27-28; July 25-26; Aug. 29-30; Sept. 26-27; Oct. 24-25; Nov. 21-22.
                This the final year for the current test battery. Persons who need to pass an individual test or tests to receive their diplomas have until Dec. 31, 2013 to complete the testing. Otherwise, all five tests must be taken beginning January 2014.
                Also in January 2014, the GED test will change from paper-based to computer-based testing format.
                For more information, call (432) 837-8357 or 837-8178.