News for November 13, 2012

                by Steve Lang, News and Publications
When Ted Scown’s long-standing Sul Ross State University football record was broken, granddaughter Emery Scown watched from the Jackson Field stands.
                Dominque Carson’s third touchdown run during the Lobos’ Nov. 3 Homecoming win over Howard Payne University was his 25th of the season, eclipsing a mark established 64 years earlier by Ted Scown.
                “I didn’t really realize it (record) until I got home and saw it on Twitter,” said Emery Scown, a 2010 Alpine High School graduate and a Sul Ross junior.
                “It was awesome. Not many people get to see their grandfather’s record being broken, and I was there. I got to watch it....It’s bittersweet, but I can tell my kids that I was there.”
                Ted Scown, who died in 2009, led an undefeated Sul Ross team to the Tangerine Bowl (now Capitol One Bowl in Orlando, Fla.), where they battled Murray (Ky.) State College to a 21-21 tie. He was named co-Most Valuable Player in that contest and won Little All-American honors for his play during the 1948 season.
                Scown’s 24 touchdowns and 144 total points led all collegiate football players in scoring in 1948. He was inducted into the Sul Ross Athletic Hall of Honor as a charter member in 1986.
                “We talked about it a lot,” Emery said. “I remember him telling me about the trip (by bus) he made to the Tangerine Bowl...and how he was listed in the New York Times as the nation’s top scorer.
                “It was the glory days. I remember he would tell me all the time about how much he loved football and loved Sul Ross,” she said.
                Following Sul Ross and military service, Ted Scown returned and worked for the City of Alpine for over 50 years. His son Russell, Emery’s father, serves as Alpine Chief of Police and Emery is a third-generation Sul Ross student. Emery’s mother, Miriam, and many of her family members also attended Sul Ross.
                “I graduated from high school at 17 and decided to stay here a year and live at home (while attendingSul Ross),” Emery said. “I ended up staying and I love it.”
                A history major, she is considering earning her Master’s degree at Sul Ross following graduation, then pursuing teaching and coaching or museum work.
                Emery played volleyball and softball through high school and said that her grandfather was one of her biggest fans.
                “He was a huge supporter of all Alpine sports, both high school and Sul Ross,” she said.
                In addition to watching her grandfather’s record eclipsed, Emery also viewed some history – via photos of Ted in the 1949 and 1950 Brand yearbooks.
                “Wow! This is really neat!” she said, viewing a photo of Ted Scown scoring a touchdown.”I’ve never seen these before!”
                Acknowledgment of over $400,000 gifts and donations and acceptance of foundation reports will be among Sul Ross State University agenda items at the Nov. 15-16 meeting of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System.
                The board will meet at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville.
                Sul Ross will also seek a change in the admission requirements to Rio Grande College from 54 transferable semester credit hours (SCH) to 42.
                The 42 transferable credit hours will correspond to the new Texas Core Curriculum requirement which must be implemented by Fall 2014. Southwest Texas Junior College, the first institution for over 80 percent of RGC’s undergraduates, intends to adopt the new 42-hour core for Fall 2013. Approval will facilitate alignment of program requirements.
                Recent gifts and donations to Sul Ross include:
                * $100,000 from the Summerlee Foundation, John W. Crain, Dallas, President, to the Borderlands Research Institute – Ecology of Mountain Lions in the Davis Mountains. This is the first installment of a $300,000 grant in support of the research.
                * $75,000 from the Potts and Sibley Foundation, Robert W. Bechtel, Foundation Manager, Midland, to the General Scholarship Fund for creation of the D. J. Sibley, Jr. Graduate Fellowship Fund. The grant will be used for setting and funding scholarships for graduate students in science studies.
                * $64,992 from the Dixon Water Foundation, Robert J. Potts, President and CEO, Marfa, $25,000 to the DWF-Grazing Practices on DWF Ranch Project and $39,992 to the DWF Hereford Genetics Project. The projects will focus on land management aimed at supporting water retention and minimizing erosion and development of a sustainable biological type of cattle through utilization of traditional Hereford genetics.
                * $50,000 from the Palmer Foundation, C. Robert Palmer, Houston, to the John D. and Elizabeth Moorman Palmer Scholarship Endowment, supporting students pursuing careers in teaching.
                * $36,000 from Quail Forever, San Antonio Chapter #3153, Richard Kattmann, President, Boerne, to the Borderlands Research Institute – Desert Quail Program. The project will enhance knowledge of the desert quail population and habitats.
                *$30,000 from the James A. “Buddy” Davidson Charitable Foundation, Sandra L. Davidson, Midland, to the Borderlands Research Institute Outreach Services.
                * $12,500 from Big Bend Ranch Rodeo, Gary Dunshee, Alpine, to the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo Academic Scholarship Fund, supporting students involved in the rodeo program.
                * $10,000 from Semmes Foundation, Inc., Thomas R. Semmes, President, San Antonio, to the Museum Membership Fund for a lifetime membership in the Museum of the Big Bend.
                * $10,000 from Big Bend Telephone Co., Justin Haynes, CEO, Alpine, to the Neville Haynes Memorial Rodeo Scholarship Fund, supporting students involved in the rodeo program.
                * $10,000 from Anne Strauss Calaway, Alpine, to the Museum Operations Campaign 2012, supporting the Museum of the Big Bend’s 10 for 10 fund raising campaign.
                * $5,000 from Stewart Welding and Machine, Inc., Bob and James Stewart, Andrews, to the Bob and Denise Stewart Scholarship Fund, supporting students competing in the rodeo program and participating on a competitive level in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
                Sul Ross will seek acceptance of annual reports of the University Support Organization and the Friends of the Center for Big Bend Studies.
                The University Support Organization, a non-profit corporation, was created in 2003 exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes in support of Sul Ross programs and activities. These purposes include fund raising, promotion and providing funds to support operations, projects and programs.
                Friends of the Center for Big Bend Studies, also a non-profit corporation created in 2003, supports the charitable, educational and scientific purposes of the Center for Big Bend Studies. Included are fund raising for research, fieldwork and reporting on archeological studies of the Big Bend region; promotion of the Center as it fosters interdisciplinary scholarship; and providing funds to support operations and special projects.      
                Other Sul Ross agenda items include reporting of faculty and staff personnel changes; operating budget adjustments; approval of out-of-state/country study courses to Spain and London, England for Sul Ross-Alpine; approval of course additions and deletions at RGC; and President Ricardo Maestas’ briefing to the board.
                Sul Ross State University will be closed Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 21-23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
                Classes will resume and offices will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26.
                Sul Ross State University finished the 2012 football season with a victory and the NCAA Division III leadership in total offense.
                The Lobos rolled up 568 yards rushing (310) and passing (258) in a 50-37 win at East Texas Baptist University Saturday (Nov. 10) to finish the year at 5-5, 4-3 in American Southwest Conference play. In the process, Sul Ross emerged as the total offense leader on NCAA Divison III charts with an average of 581.9 yards per contest. Overall, they ranked 11th in passing yardage (333 per game) and 22nd in rushing (248.9). ASC rivals Hardin-Simmons (558.4 yards per game) and University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (536.9) finished second and third, respectively.
                Sul Ross averaged 48.8 points per game to finish fourth nationally. Mount Union (Ohio) led with 51.7 points per game, while UMHB (49.6) was third and Hardin-Simmons (47.5) fifth.
                Senior sensation Dominique Carson (Waxahachie) led the nation in all-purpose yardage, averaging 263.1 per game. Carson set a new Lobo single-season record with 1,321 rushing yards in just nine games, adding 633 receiving yards, 334 on kickoff returns and 80 on punt returns.
                Carson, who ranks sixth in individual rushing with 146.78 per game, broke Norm Cash’s mark of 1,255, set in 1954, with a 136-yard effort against ETBU. He gained 319 yards against Texas Lutheran to break the single-game mark, which he had tied in 2009. He scored three touchdowns to extend his single-season (28) and career (47) marks. He also extended his single-season and career standards for points scored with 170 and 284, respectively. Earlier this season, he tied a Division III record by scoring eight touchdowns against Texas Lutheran University.
                Quarterback A.J. Springer (Los Angeles, Cal.) ranked second 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).
                Springer 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.
                The senior transfer ranked high in passing yards per game (319.2, 15th); completions (24.7, 15th); total yards (3,192, fifth) and passing efficiency (168.23, eighth).
                Senior wide receiver Lee Carothers (Austin/Travis High School) 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). He 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).
                In all, Carson, Springer and Carothers broke 16 existing records and tied two others.
                To view Sul Ross’ NCAA statistics, see

“Xanadu” at Sul Ross
Melpomene (Ashley Page) is banished to the netherworld, in roller skates, by Zeus (Tony Castro). Clio (Laura Ashley Anderson) and Sonny (Michael Lopez) cheer him on in this scene from “Xanadu.” The comedic musical will be performed Friday-Sunday, Nov. 16-18 at the Studio Theatre, Sul Ross State University. Performance times are 8:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. (Photo by Thalia Aparicio)
Emery Scown with 1949 Brand
Sul Ross student Emery Scown views photos of her grandfather, Ted, from the 1949 Brand yearbook. Emery saw Ted Scown's 64-year-old Lobo record of most touchdowns in a season broken by Dominique Carson during Sul Ross' Nov. 3 Homecoming win over Howard Payne. (Photo by Steve Lang)

Tumbleweed visits Sul Ross
Renowned Texas storyteller Tumbleweed Smith (center) shares a lighter moment with Sul Ross President Dr. Ricardo Maestas (left) and Andy Cloud, director of the Center for Big Bend Studies. Smith (a.k.a. Bob Lewis), creator of the syndicated daily broadcast, “The Sound of Texas,” was the featured speaker at the 19th annual Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS) conference, held Nov. 9-10 at Sul Ross. The annual conference featured about 30 presenters who spoke on the history, archaeology, and culture of the Big Bend and northern Mexico. (Photo by Steve Lang)