News for November 19, 2012

                Sul Ross State University will host the annual Holiday Lights Celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m., in front of the Wildenthal Library.
                 The Christmas tree and holiday lights will be switched on after singing carols and a brief greeting from Sul Ross President Dr. Ricardo Maestas. After the lighting, cookies, hot chocolate, and hot cider will be served in the Morgan University Center”s second floor foyer. 
                This year, Sul Ross community members are asked to donate toys for the student toy drive, to be given to children attending the celebration. A special guest has been invited to distribute the gifts.
                Dominique Carson’s record-breaking statistics earned the Sul Ross State University senior Offensive Player of the Year honors in the American Southwest Conference.
                Carson (Waxahachie) and senior wide receiver Lee Carothers (Austin/Travis H.S.) were named to the ASC’s first team offense, while eight teammates also received All-ASC recognition.
                Senior defensive lineman Julian Johnson (El Paso/Del Valle) was named to the All-ASC second team; while senior quarterback A.J. Springer (Los Angeles, Cal./A.B.Miller); senior guard Joel Hernandez (Hempstead); sophomore wide receivers Cordrick Mobley (Cameron/Yoe) and Calvon Henderson (Cameron/Yoe); and junior defensive backs Johnny Stewart (Houston/Eisenhower); and Jural Hickman (Houston/Forrest Brook) received honorable mention. Sophomore running back Brian Thomas (Houston/Madison) was named to the Outstanding Sportsmen Team.
                Carson, an All-ASC second team selection in 2011, 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. Carson ended his Sul Ross career as the leader in career (47) and single-season (28, 170 points) touchdowns and points scored; (47, 284). He also set a single-game rushing mark with 319 yards against Texas Lutheran University.
                Carothers 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).
                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.
                Hernandez anchored an offensive line that helped the Lobos lead NCAA-III teams in total offense, 581.9 yards per game. Mobley, who missed three games to injury, still caught 39 passes for 482 yards and nine touchdowns. Henderson, playing in nine games, snared 47 catches for 551 yards and one score.
                Stewart led the team in tackles (74), including 2.5 for losses and interceptions (three), returning one for a touchdown. He broke up seven passes, defended 10 more and recovered two fumbles. Hickman had 54 stops, intercepted a pass and returned 22 kickoffs for a 21.9-yard average. Johnson made 28 tackles, including 2.5 for losses and had two quarterback sacks and a fumble recovery.
                The Texas State University System Board of Regents elected Donna N. Williams of Arlington as chair of the board for the 2012-13 term. Williams was elected during the board's quarterly meeting, held Nov. 15-16 on the campus of Sam Houston State University, Huntsville.
                Williams was first appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry in 2008 and reappointed in 2011. She previously served as vice chair of the Board of Regents and currently chairs the board's Finance and Audit Committee and Information Technology Task Force.
                Williams is a vice president and program manager for Parsons Infrastructure and Technology, Inc., a subsidiary of the Parsons Corporation, a global engineering and construction leader in facilities, advanced technology, and management processes. She holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Prairie View A&M University.
                The Board of Regents also appointed Ron Mitchell as vice chairman of the board. Mitchell is manager and vice chairman of Horseshoe Bay Resort Enterprise and a director and vice chairman both in the Horseshoe Bay Resort and Members Club, Inc., and in the Horseshoe Bay Management Company. He holds other director and officer positions in the Horseshoe Bay area. He has worked in executive capacities with Horseshoe Bay Resort, Ltd., since 1982 and is largely responsible for the resort's growth and success.
                Mitchell was first appointed to the Board of Regents in 2009. He has served as a member of the board's Planning and Construction Committee and as chairman of The Texas State University System's branding initiative.
                The Texas State University System Board of Regents is the governing body for Texas’ first university system, which comprises eight institutions: Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Texas State University, Sul Ross State University, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College-Orange, Lamar State College-Port Arthur and Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College.

                by Steve Lang, News and Publications
                Dec. 21, 2012 does not signal the end of the world as we know it, at least not based on Maya prophecy.
                Dr. Richardson Gill, former general manager of Cibolo Creek Ranch and an expert in Maya culture, addressed the controversial topic Monday evening (Nov. 19) at Sul Ross State University.
                According to recent doomsday predictions, major world-changing catastrophes will occur as Dec. 21, 2012 marks the end of a 5,126-year era marked by the Maya calendar.
                According to Gill and other scholars, the Maya calendar will reach the end of a cycle, not unlike Y2K, but no related prophecy has been found to indicate the end of time.
                “What’s going to happen on Dec. 21, 2012?” Gill asked. “The calendar will keep counting.
                ”The calendar has to keep going; it is not the end of time.”
                Gill explained that the Dec. 21, 2012 date on the Maya calendar is represented as, which is the end of the13 baktun period, or one “Great Cycle.” Scholars trace the beginning of the cycle to 3114 B.C, a period of 5,126 years to the present. Gill believes the Maya calendar will start over on the following day, represented as
                He noted that the date has been found at two sites of former Maya civilization, both in northern Guatemala.
                “Neither has any associated prophecy,” he said. “No one has paid any attention to this (date) until the last 20-30 years.”
                Gill referred to Dr. David Stuart, professor of Mesoamerican art and writing at the University of Texas at Austin, who is regarded as a pre-eminent Maya scholar. In his book, “The Order of Days,” Stuart writes:
                “No Maya text, ancient or modern, ever predicted the end of time or the end of the world.”
                Instead, Gill asserts, the Dec. 21 date “is going from the end of one cycle of time to the beginning of the next cycle of time.”
                Gill holds six degrees from the University of Texas, including a Ph.D. in Maya archaeology. He delivered the 23rd annual Mary Thomas Marshall Lecture at Sul Ross in March 2011, based on his book, The Great Maya Droughts: Water, Life and Death, published by the University of New Mexico Press.
He has also written Las Grandes Sequías Mayas: Agua, Vida y Muerte, published in Mexico by the Fondo de Cultura Económica. In addition, he has authored peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. The BBC has produced a one-hour documentary about Gill, entitled Ancient Apocalypse: The Maya Collapse, and The Weather Channel will begin filming a documentary about him and his work in January 2013 in Guatemala.