News for November 6, 2012

               GED testing will be offered at Sul Ross State University Thursday and Friday, Nov. 29-30. There will be no testing administered in December.
               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 for the 2012-2013 academic year are: Jan. 24-25, 2013; Feb. 21-22; March 28-29; April 25-26; May 30-31; and June 27-28.
                Sul Ross State University’s Center for Enrollment Services will institute priority registration, beginning Thursday, Nov. 8, for the upcoming Midwinter and Spring terms.
                The new registration process will provide early registration opportunities for eligible students based upon current class standing, determined by the number of semester credit hours completed at the end of the previous term. Priority begins with graduate students, post-baccalaureate students, seniors and juniors on Thursday, Nov. 8; sophomores, Sunday, Nov. 11; and freshmen, Tuesday, Nov. 13. Students may register at their assigned times and anytime thereafter, but not before.
                To prepare for priority registration, students are advised to log in to Banner Self Service to view holds that may prevent them from registering and to clear the holds promptly. Students may also verify class standing in Banner Self Service.
                Students should also make plans to meet with their advisors prior to their assigned registration dates. The course schedule is available for viewing in Banner Self Service, allowing students and advisors time to meet for schedule planning.
                For more information, contact the Office of Record and Registration, (432) 837-8050
                Monica Traylor, Sonora, and Cody LeCroy, Needville, were crowned Sul Ross State University’s 2012 Homecoming Queen and King Saturday (Nov. 3) during ceremonies at Jackson Field.
                The new royalty received their crowns at halftime of the Lobo-Howard Payne University football game.
They succeed 2011 Queen Maritza Garcia, Abilene, and King Johnathon Cruz, San Antonio. The new queen and king received watches from Anju’s Jewelry and Rangra Theatres of Alpine, as well as a tiara for the queen and crown and scepter for the king.
                Both Traylor and LeCroy were sponsored by the Cheer Squad. Final voting was conducted Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
Crowning moment
Monica Traylor, Sonora, and Cody LeCroy, Needville are crowned 2012 Sul Ross Homecoming Queen and King during halftime of the Lobo-Howard Payne football game Saturday (Nov. 3). 2011 Queen Maritza Garcia, Abilene, and Sul Ross President Ricardo Maestas do the honors. (Photo by Thalia Aparicio)
2012 Royalty
Sul Ross Homecoming Queen Monica Traylor, Sonora, and King Cody LeCroy, Needville, savor the moment after being crowned at halftime of Saturday's football game against Howard Payne. (Photo by Thalia Aparicio)

                Other Homecoming Queen finalists were: Samantha Vela, Fort Stockton, Student Government Association, first runner-up; Fernanda Arroyo, Presidio, Newman Club, second runner-up; Becca Blomquist,Granger, Student Support Services, third runner-up; Kaitlyn Wood, San Antonio, Honors Program, fourth runner-up; and Marinna Hernandez, El Paso, Sully Productions, fifth runner-up.
                King finalists were: Calvin Landrum, Waco, Student Support Services, first runner-up; Tony Castro, El Paso, Student Government Association, second runner-up; Michael Lopez, El Paso, Sully Productions, third runner-up; and Ryan Hoffer, El Paso, Honors Program, fourth runner-up.
Homecoming Court
2012 Sul Ross Homecoming King Cody LeCroy, Needville, and Monica Traylor, Sonora (center) are surrounded by their court following coronation ceremonies Saturday (Nov. 3) at Jackson Field. Pictured (from left) are: 2011 Queen Maritza Garcia, Abilene; 2011 King Johnathon Cruz, San Antonio; Tony Castro, El Paso, second runner-up; Samantha Vela, Fort Stockton, first runner-up; Calvin Landrum, Waco, first runner-up; Kaitlyn Wood, San Antonio, fourth runner-up; Fernanda Arroyo, Presidio, second runner-up; Ryan Hoffer, El Paso, fourth runner-up; Becca Blomquist, Granger, third runner-up; Michael Lopez, El Paso, third runner-up; Marinna Hernandez, El Paso, fifth runner-up. (Photo by Thalia Aparicio)
                Ten individuals were presented with Sul Ross State University’s most prestigious awards during Homecoming 2012 activities.
                The group was recognized during the annual Athletic Hall of Honor/Distinguished Alumni banquet, held Saturday evening (Nov. 3) in the Morgan University Center.
                Former U.S. Congressman J.T. “Slick” Rutherford; former Del Rio Mayor and Texas State University System Regent Dora G. Alcala; and Trappings of Texas founder Gary Dunshee, Alpine, were honored as Sul Ross State University Distinguished Alumni. Peggy and Dan Allen Hughes, Jr., Beeville, received the Slingin’ Sammy Baugh Award for Outstanding Service to Sul Ross.
                Five new members were inducted into the Hall of Honor, the late Victor Villarreal (football) and the late Don Bandy (football); Natalie Whitewood Johns, Center Point (basketball)and Outstanding Boosters Metha Sprinkle, Alpine, and her late husband, Bill.
Sul Ross award recipients
Sul Ross State University recognized Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Honor inductees Saturday (Nov. 3) as part of Homecoming activities. Honorees include (seated from left): Metha Sprinkle, Alpine, Hall of Honor Outstanding Booster (with her late husband, Bill); Dora Alcala, Del Rio, Distinguished Alumni award; Carla Bandy, Buda, representing her late husband, Don, Hall of Honor inductee; Evangelina Villarreal, Horizon City, representing her late husband, Vic, Hall of Honor inductee. Standing, Dan Allen Hughes, Jr., Beeville, Slingin’ Sammy Baugh Award for Outstanding Service (shared with his wife, Peggy); Ann Rutherford, representing her late father, J.T. Rutherford, Distinguished Alumni award; Natalie Whitewood Johns, Comfort, Hall of Honor inductee; Gary Dunshee, Alpine, Distinguished Alumni award. (Photo by Peter Dindinger)
                Since its inception in 1986, 125 former Sul Ross athletes, coaches and outstanding boosters have been elected to the Sul Ross Athletic Hall of Honor.
                Rutherford, who died in 2006, attended Sul Ross from 1947-48 after transferring from San Angelo College (now San Angelo State University). After Sul Ross, he attended the Baylor University Law School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1942-46; was elected to the Texas House of Representatives from 1948-52; was a member of the Texas State Senate from 1953 to 1954, then was a U.S. Congressman from 1955-1963. He was the first chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Parks and was instrumental in the creation of the Fort Davis National Historic Site. Ann Rutherford, Arlington, Va., accepted the Distinguished Alumni Award on behalf of her father.
                Alcala, who graduated cum laude in 1978, earlier attended Southwest Texas Junior College. She later received a Master’s degree in Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Mo. She was the first woman elected Mayor in Del Rio’s history, serving three terms until 2006. She was appointed to the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System by Governor Rick Perry in 2004, serving a six-year term.
                Dunshee, a 1973 graduate, has been an active supporter and fundraiser of Sul Ross rodeo and other activities in the School of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. He competed in rodeo for two years as a student and is a former president of the ANRS and Rodeo Exes. He was inducted into that organization’s Hall of Fame in 2008. He is known nationwide for his saddle-making skills,
                Dan Allen and Peggy Hughes established Sul Ross’ first endowed position with a $1 million gift earlier this year. The couple has a deep commitment to wildlife/land conservation and Dan Allen serves on the advisory board of the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross. Dan Allen Hughes accepted the Slingin’ Sammy Baugh Award, as his wife was unable to attend the ceremony.
                Bandy, a 1982 graduate, died in May. At Sul Ross, he lettered in football for three years (1980-82), was a member of two Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship teams and won all-conference, NAIA All-District and All-American honors. Carla Bandy, Buda, represented her late husband.
                Villarreal, a 1953 graduate, died in 2008. He was a two-year football letterman (1951-52) and in 1998, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Sul Ross Ex-Student Association. Evangelina Villarreal, Horizon City, represented her husband.
                 Johns, a 2002 graduate, played basketball for three years and softball for two seasons. She ranks third on the Lady Lobos’ career scoring list with 1,137 points and holds five career records, including a 16.7 points per game average. Her 493 points in 1998-99 is a single-season standard.
                Bill Sprinkle, who died in 1994, served as director of the university Print Shop from 1969 until his retirement in 1983. He also taught graphic arts. Metha Sprinkle taught history, English and education courses at Sul Ross from 1970 until her retirement in 1984. In 1983, she was honored with the first Sul Ross Outstanding Teaching Award.
                With one regular season game remaining, Sul Ross State University and running back Dominique Carson continue at the top of the NCAA Division III football statistical charts.
                The Lobos, who end the 2012 season Saturday (Nov. 10) at East Texas Baptist University, lead all teams with 583.4 yards total offense (rushing and passing) per game. Sul Ross ranks ninth in passing offense (341 yards per game) and 24th in rushing (242 yards). They have scored 438 points, 48.67 per game, good for a third-place tie nationally with American Southwest Conference rival Hardin-Simmons University.
                Individually, Carson (Waxahachie) leads all Division III runners with 273.6 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, kickoff and punt returns) per contest. Despite missing one game with an injury, he ranks fourth nationally in rushing with an average of 148.1 yards per outing. Earlier this season, he tied a Division III record by scoring eight touchdowns against Texas Lutheran University.
                Carson’s exploits lead a host of record-setting performances for the Lobos. He scored three touchdowns in a 58-17 win over Howard Payne University Nov. 3 to establish a new single-season mark of 25, breaking a record (24) set by Ted Scown in 1948. In the process, Carson set a new single-season mark of 150 points scored and broke the career touchdown (43) and points scored (260) marks previously held by TJ Barber (2004-2007). With one game remaining, the 5-5, 165-pound speedster has totaled 44 career six-pointers and 264 points.
                Carson’s 1,185 yards rushing put him in range of the Lobo season mark of 1,255, set by Norm Cash in 1954. Carson already holds the single-game standard of 319, set against Texas Lutheran. His eight touchdowns against TLU broke his own mark of five, set a week earlier at Mississippi College. Thus far, Carson has 3,088 career rushing yards, making him the second Lobo runner to eclipse the 3,000-yard standard. Barber holds the career mark of 3,898.
                Quarterback A.J. Springer (Los Angeles, Cal.) has set a host of single-season passing marks. The senior transfer from Chaffey College (Rancho Cucamonga, Cal.) and D-II Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Mo.) has 33 touchdown strikes this year, passing the mark of 24 set by Austin Davidson in 2007. His 2,934 passing yards have surpassed Scott Kello’s previous record of 2,766, set in 2002. He has also set a new season standard with 3,408 yards of total offense.
                Springer has 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. Nationally, he ranks seventh in passing yards per game (328.75); eighth in passing efficiency (174.19); 14th in total yards (2,934); and 16th in completions per game (24.5).
                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 (183) and yardage (2,883). With one game to play, Carothers has 57 receptions for 867 yards and nine scores this year.
                by Steve Lang, News and Publications
                Best in the Southwest.
                Sul Ross State University sophomore Jessica Jo Wood, Terrebonne, Ore., reached the halfway point of the collegiate rodeo season ranked first in her region and third nationally in goat tying.
                With 485 points, Wood leads the highly-competitive Southwest Region. She trails only Sarah Wright, Montana State University (510 points) and Macy Macedo Fuller, Mesalands Community College (490) in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) standings.
                Wood is aiming for a trip to the Collegiate National Finals Rodeo (CNFR), held in Casper, Wyo. next June. Sul Ross returns to the circuit in late February at the Ranger College Rodeo, followed by stops at South Plains College (Levelland); Western Texas College (Snyder); Howard College (Big Spring); and Tarleton State University (Stephenville).
                The fall season ended with the Clarendon College Rodeo Oct. 25-27. Wood did not place, but maintained her lead based on her previous four finishes. She won at Eastern New Mexico (Portales), was second at the Sul Ross Rodeo, third at Vernon College and fifth at Texas Tech (Lubbock).
Sul Ross rodeo team member Jessica Wood, Terrebonne, Ore., presently ranks third in the NIRA standings in goat-tying. She is pictured during a second-place finish at the Sul Ross Rodeo in late September. (Photo by Peter Dindinger)

                Goat tying, a timed event, involves racing to the end of the rodeo arena where a goat is staked to a 10-foot rope. The distance from the starting line to the stake is about 100 feet, depending on arena dimensions. The contestant dismounts her horse as it is sliding to a stop or running, and races to the goat, tying three of its legs together with a nylon or cotton rope.
                Contestants can earn points in the long go (where all compete); the short go (top 10 finishers of the long go); and average (of the contestant’s times in the two rounds). Points are awarded from first through sixth place, with 60 points for first to 10 points for sixth. Contestants race twice in each round, with the times added together. Wood’s best average thus far is 15.8 seconds, and 7.2 seconds in a single run.
                Wood has competed in goat tying since she was a junior high student in Oregon, and earned trips to both the national junior high and high school rodeo. Practice has been a pathway to success.
                “During my senior year in high school, we had 13 goats, and I tied every single one of them, every single day in the summer. If they could talk, they’d be cussing me the whole time,” she laughed.
                She and her horse, Bay, have competed together for about 10 years, but between rodeos, Wood races while Bay rests.
                “I leave him alone. He knows his job,” she said.
                Wood, however, does her “ground work” three days a week, running the distance to the tethered goat and practicing her tying.
                “I set a goal of five good ties,” she said. “Some days, I’ll make a hundred runs and not get it right, but usually it’s not that bad.”
                In addition, she practices breakaway roping and probably spends 20 hours a week in the arena.
                “This young lady is a pleasure to have in the arena,” said Sul Ross rodeo coach Chance Campbell. “She works and pushes herself hard. She is very self-disciplined and self-motivated, both in the arena and the classroom.” Wood, an Animal Science major (pre-veterinary medicine concentration), was named to the Dean’s List during both semesters of her freshman year.
                Campbell noted that the Southwest Region is one of the largest in the NIRA, “and the competition down here is extremely difficult. There are about 90 goat-tyers, while some of the other regions only have about 30 or 40. It’s quite an accomplishment where Jessica is at right now.”
                Wood’s arena efforts have led the Sul Ross women’s team into fourth place in the regional standings, trailing Tarleton State, Texas Tech and Vernon College. Campbell believes the team has an outside chance to finish second and earn a spot in the CNFR. In addition to goat tying, women’s events are breakaway roping and barrel racing. Teammates include Molly Jo Collins, Balmorhea; Sadie Sacra, Needville; Katie Savage, Needville;  Mecca Hickox, Dell City; and Autumn Rusher, Westcliffe, Colo.
                “We have a chance,” Campbell said. “It’s tough to surpass Tarleton for the lead, but it’s conceivable to pass Tech and Vernon.”
                “For me, coming into a coaching job trying to build a program, it’s a pleasure to work with young ladies of this caliber. (Their effort and dedication) gives you something to build upon.”
                Although she is 36 hours away from home, Wood enjoys the West Texas environment. Alpine is larger than her Central Oregon hometown. She learned about Sul Ross from her father, who was stationed in Texas while serving in the U.S. Army.
                “I came down here (for a campus visit), Chance happened to be here and that was it,” she said, praising her coach’s recruiting skills.
                “I love it (small town atmosphere) and it doesn’t snow.”
                The Sul Ross State University Theatre and Music programs will present the Broadway musical “Xanadu,” an outrageously funny stage spoof of the 1980s movie about a painter and his muse who find love at a roller disco in Los Angeles. 
                Performances will begin at 8:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 9-10 and 16-17 and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 11 and 18 in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building.
                “Xanadu,” with a book by Douglas Carter Beane and music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar, opened on Broadway in 2007 and ran for over 500 performances. It earned an Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical and a Drama Desk Award for Best Book. It was also nominated for Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Book.
                Dona W. Roman directs the Sul Ross production with musical direction by Dr. Donald Callen Freed and Lana Potts, choreography by Kyle Peebles and Roman, scenic design by Carol Fairlie and costume design by Roman. “Xanadu” spins the tale of nine Greek muses led by their sister Clio (Laura Ashley Anderson). Joined by her two scheming sisters (Ashley Page and Missy Embrey) and her loyal sisters (Kaitlyn Wood, Tresa Hamner, Kayla Perkins, Jordan Diebel, Christina Esparza and Elizabeth Kneeskern) Clio strives to help struggling mural artist Sonny Malone (Michael Lopez) realize his dream of opening a Roller Disco. 
                All of the action occurs under the watchful eye of Zeus (Tony Castro) and his right hand ‘gods’ (Mike Gallardo and Adrian Soto). Conflict presents itself in the form of cutthroat businessman Danny Maguire (Calvin Landrum).
                “Xanadu” features music by the Electric Light Orchestra performed by local musicians Steve Bennack, Carol Wallace, J.D. Leyba and Potts.              Tickets are $9 for general admission and $7 for seniors and children under 12. Sul Ross State University students, faculty and staff receive complimentary admission, and Activity Card holders receive half-price admission. Tickets are on sale now through or by  calling ( 432) 837-8218 or (888) 722-SRSU.
                Tumbleweed Smith, creator of the syndicated daily broadcast, “The Sound of Texas,” will be the featured speaker at the 19th annual Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS) conference, scheduled Friday-Saturday, Nov. 9-10 at Sul Ross State University.
                Smith will speak Friday evening, Nov. 9 at the main banquet, beginning at 6:30 p.m., to be held in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. The annual conference will feature 29 presenters who will speak on the history, archaeology, and culture of the Big Bend and northern Mexico. Registration begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9; the director’s welcome is at 1:45 p.m. and sessions begin at 2 p.m. On Saturday, registration begins at 8 a.m. and sessions start at 8:30 a.m. The conference ends late Saturday afternoon.              
                Smith began his daily radio program in 1969. “The Sound of Texas” went on to become the most widely syndicated feature program in Texas. He keeps audiences laughing with timeless relevant humor and voices of personalities from his radio documentaries.
                He has performed live all over Texas and in six other states and three foreign countries. His honors include two CLIO advertising awards, the governor’s award for tourism, the West Texas Chamber of Commerce Cultural Achievement Award, two Telly Statuettes, and two Freedoms Foundation Awards.
                Cost of the conference is $40 for CBBS members, $45 for non-members. Cost to attend the banquet is $35 for members and $37 for non-members. Membership rates to the Center for Big Bend Studies are $35 for an individual, $50 for a family, and $50 for an institution.
                A reception will be held Friday, Nov. 9, 5:15-6:30 p.m. at the Museum of the Big Bend for all conference attendees, participants, and board members. Continuing professional education credits are available through the Texas Archeological Society for Texas teachers attending the conference. Teachers may request a certificate from the registration table and fill out the number of hours they attend.
                For more information, call (432) 837-8179 or email