News for December 4, 2012

                Administrators from Sul Ross State University and Alpine Independent School District have renewed the articulation of dual credit opportunities for high school students. AHS currently has 28 students enrolled in 52 dual credit courses, with several more eligible to enroll who may benefit from the expansion of offerings.
                Both Alpine ISD Superintendent Steve White and Sul Ross President Dr. Ricardo Maestas praised the advantages that the dual credit partnership offers.
                “High school students can earn college credits before graduation and in the process, will be introduced to the collegiate experience,” Maestas said. “This should make their transition to the college campus smoother – at Sul Ross or elsewhere – and increases their prospects of graduating from college.” 
                “This is a great benefit for our students and Sul Ross as well,” said White. “Students can earn college credit and the experience may also serve as a pipeline (for enrollment) to Sul Ross after graduation from AISD If students take full advantage of this opportunity they will be almost finished with their freshman year (upon graduation).
                “It seems that this would encourage students to not only continue in college but provide an investment to finish and gain a degree,” he said.
                Both White and Maestas pointed to significant cost savings as another dual credit advantage. By participating in this program, AISD currently pays for the tuition of two courses per long semester per student. Tuition cost is $150 per three-credit course. Standard tuition and fees for a three-credit undergraduate course at Sul Ross exceed $500.
                Students will be able to enroll in the traditional English, mathematics, science and Spanish entry level courses. Several other courses and strategies for delivery are being explored in this expansion. These include courses in social studies, criminal justice, industrial technology and entry level classes in computer gaming in the Computer Science Initiative, funded through the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)grant.
                Alpine High School students who enroll in the dual credit courses will be taught by Sul Ross faculty on campus during regular school hours. Exploration of courses being taught on the AHS campus is being considered for next fall.
                AHS dual credit enrollment could increase in the future through its participation in GEAR UP and Talent Search programs at Sul Ross. The federal programs offer low-income students – beginning as seventh graders -- summer learning workshops, classes and on-campus experiences to gain familiarity with college..
                “I am extremely pleased that Sul Ross and Alpine High School are collaborating to provide early higher education opportunities for qualified students,” said Maestas. “This marks another step in our long history of cooperation for mutual benefit to the constituencies we serve.”
                In addition to Alpine High School, Sul Ross is meeting or will meet with other area school districts regarding dual credit options, including Marfa, Fort Davis, Presidio, Fort Stockton, Marathon, Sanderson, Valentine, Van Horn and Sierra Blanca.
                Twenty-nine Sul Ross State University students have been selected for the 2012-2013 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.”
                The annual publication recognizes those students who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, attend college full-time and have been active in campus and/or community activities where they have displayed evidence of leadership qualities.
                Qualified students are selected by a committee of Sul Ross faculty, staff and students appointed by the dean of Student Life for inclusion in the publication.
                Students and their hometowns include:
ALPINE: Jordan DiebelAngela Greenroy, Elisha Jimenez, Glenn Losoya, Anthony Morales, Celina Ontiveros,
AUSTIN: Jordon Janecka
BOERNE: Robert Boyer
EL PASO: Sara Ameen, Alejandro Hinojos, Fernando MarquezAnna Sandoval
FABENS: Arleene Pearson
GRANGER: Rebecca Blomquist
MARFA: Crystal Garcia
MIDLAND: Desirae Melton
MILES: Lori Villarreal
ODESSA: Laura Anderson
PFLUGERVILLE: Kahla BrowneChelsea Croissant, Chief Okorocha
PORT LAVACA: Joseph Vaughn
PRESIDIO: Isai Hernandez
SAN MARCOS: Kasey Campa
TORNILLO: Manuel Valles, Fernando Vasquez
VAN HORN: Rebecca Mendias
                A five-year study of mule deer and their habitat by Sul Ross State University researchers is featured in the December issue of Texas Wildlife magazine, a publication of the Texas Wildlife Association (TWA).
                “Apache Mountain Mule Deer Study: Home Range Data Shows Bucks Have a Big Home on the Range,” written by Mary O. Parker, summarizes the extensive mule deer research begun in 2006 on over 300,000 acres in West Texas. Beginning in 2006, mule deer bucks were captured and fitted with GPS collars to monitor their movement.
                Data, collected every five hours, mapped over 93,000 locations for the monitored deer. The study, directed through the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) at Sul Ross, was underwritten by Dan Allen Hughes, owner of Apache Mountain Ranch, Jobe Ranch owner Stanley Jobe and other landowners and hunters. GPS collars were supplied by Texas Parks and Wildlife.
                Dr. Louis Harveson, BRI director and Sul Ross professor of Natural Resource Management, is quoted in the four-page article, along with Hughes and other project participants and sponsors. Photos depicted field research as well as data analysis by graduate research assistant Andy James.
                The mule deer study originated from a lack of information about the species, Harveson said in the article
“They’re a cornerstone species in West Texas, but the fact is, we know very little about them,” he said, adding that the knowledge gap prompted the research project.
                Dan Allen Hughes and his wife, Peggy, also established the first-ever endowed position at Sul Ross, the endowed director of Borderlands Research, with a $1 million gift. Last month, they were honored with the Slingin’ Sammy Baugh Award for Outstanding Service to Sul Ross.
                For more information, contact Harveson, (432) 837-8098 or
                An article by Sul Ross State University faculty member Dr. Donald Callen Freed, has been published in the December issue of Classical Singer.
                Freed wrote, “Stroke Therapy – One Singer’s Personal Journey,.” Freed is a professor of Music at Sul Ross.
                For more information, contact Freed, (432) 837-8216 or
                “Colored People,” a Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Sul Ross State University student Roberto Garcia,Fabens, will be on display through Dec. 15.
                Garcia’s artwork is exhibited in the Main Gallery, Francois Fine Arts Building. A closing reception will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, from noon-2 p.m. at the gallery. There is no admission charge and the public is invited. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
                Garcia’s collection displays “street art” and “muralismo” influence. He said the works present a social statement on civil rights by portraying the color of people’s souls rather than their skin.
                For more information, contact the Office of Fine Arts and Communication, (432) 837-8218.
                Sul Ross State University senior football standouts Lee Carothers, Dominique Carson and AJ Springer have been invited to compete in several post-season collegiate all-star bowl games.
                Wide receiver Carothers (Austin/Travis H.S.) will compete for the Red Nation team in the third annual National Bowl Sunday, Dec. 9 in Allentown, Pa.’s J. Birney Crum Stadium. Running back Carson (Waxahachie) and quarterback Springer (Los Angeles, Cal.) will be on the Team USA All-American Eagles facing the Mexico National All-Star team in the Aztec Bowl, Friday, Dec. 14 in Monterrey, Mexico.
                In addition, all three gridders have been invited to the 17th annual All American Bowl, slated Saturday, Dec. 22 at the HHH Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. Carson and Springer have been invited to the fourth annual D3 Senior Classic Game, scheduled Friday, Dec. 7 at the Salem, Va. Civic Center.
                The National Bowl is an invitation-only college all-star game featuring seniors from around the nation, designed to showcase players to professional teams.
                The Aztec Bowl is a NCAA-sanctioned all-star game featuring Division II and III seniors against Mexico All Stars. The game, which has been played intermittently since 1950, pitted college teams against the Mexico All-Stars until 1996. In 1951, Sul Ross defeated Mexico 41-40. NCAA Division III all-stars competed against Mexico from 1997-2007, and Division II all stars also competed in 2011.
                The All American Bowl includes three games with players from NCAA Divisions IAA (Football Championship Series), II and III and NAIA participating.
                The D3 Senior Classic features standout players from NCAA Division III teams in a North vs. South team format.
                Carothers, a first-team All-American Southwest Conference selection,  finished the year with 63 receptions for 937 yards and 10 touchdowns. Carothers’ touchdown receptions tied a single-season mark, shared with A.C. Hood (1998) and Luis Uresti (2001). He established a new single-game record with four touchdown grabs against Howard Payne. He has also set new career marks for pass receptions (189) and yardage (2,955).
                Carson, a first-team All-ASC selection and the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year, topped the NCAA Division III charts in all-purpose yardage, averaging 262 per game. He led the ASC in rushing (1,321 yards), setting a new Lobo single-season record, and scored 28 touchdowns, including eight in one game, the latter a team and conference record.
                He ended his Sul Ross career as the leader in career (47) and single-season (28) touchdowns and points scored (170, 284).  He also set a single-game rushing mark with 319 yards against Texas Lutheran University.
                Springer ranked second nationally in total offense, averaging 380.8 yards per game, behind Hardin-Simmons’ Logan Turner (404.5). His 3,808 yards of total offense, 3,192 passing yards and 34 touchdown passes set new single-season records, as well as his .684 completion percentage (247 completions in 361 attempts).
                He twice tied the single-game touchdown pass mark of six, against Trinity University and later against Mississippi College. His 569 yards in total offense (444 passing, 125 rushing) at Hardin-Simmons is also a new single-game record.                                             

Seven cadets will graduate from the Sul Ross State University Law Enforcement Academy on Friday, Dec. 7. Graduation ceremonies will begin at 11 a.m. in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. Cadets include (seated, from left): Michael Weber, Midland; Krystal Acosta, Presidio; Robert Moore, Balmorhea; (Standing), Lloyd Dragoo, LEA Director; Trevor Anderson, Odessa; Robert Patton, Alpine; Barry Hill, Odessa; Chelsea Cadman, Alpine. (Photo by Steve Lang)