News for October 30, 2012

                “Atmosphere and Aesthetics: Niagara Falls and Big Bend National Park,” a Master of Fine Arts exhibition by Sul Ross State University student Charles P. Carter, Lubbock, opened Monday, Oct. 29.
                Carter’s works are on display in the Francois Art Gallery, Fine Arts Building through Friday, Nov. 9. A closing reception will be held from 6-8 p.m. Nov. 9. The public is invited. Regular gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
                Carter has put together a series of large scale paintings that display color, texture and nature. Combining two very adverse environments he plays with temperature and color. The very wet, cold atmosphere of Niagara Falls is balanced by his views of dry and hot Big Bend.
                Having this extreme contrast emphasizes the difference and beauty in nature, which is reflected in the tones these places create. His Niagara series grabs the power of the falls and places the viewer right there as if the mist is moving across the skin. His Big Bend series creates a dry yet majestic environment by using color to create an arid and warm feel within the paintings. These two very different places combine both atmosphere and aesthetics to generate mood.
                For more information, contact Carter, (432) 940-1401 or
                Eleven finalists – six women and five men – have been selected as finalists for Sul Ross State University Homecoming Queen and King.
                 The finalists were introduced during a performance by comedian Bill Santiago on Monday, Oct. 29 in Marshall Auditorium. The new royalty will be crowned at halftime of the Saturday, Nov. 3 football game between the Lobos and Howard Payne University at Jackson Field. Maritza Garcia, Abilene, and Johnathon Cruz, San Antonio, are the reigning Queen and King.
                Queen finalists, their hometowns and sponsors are: Fernanda Arroyo, Presidio, Newman Club; Becca Blomquist, Granger, Student Support Services; Marinna Hernandez, El Paso, Sully Productions; Monica Traylor,Sonora, Cheer Squad; Samantha Vela, Fort Stockton, Student Government Association; Kaitlyn Wood, San Antonio, Honors Program.
                King finalists are: Tony Castro, El Paso, Student Government Association; Ryan Hoffer, El Paso, Honors Program; Calvin Landrum, Waco, Student Support Services; Cody LeCroy, Needville, Cheer Squad; Michael Lopez,El Paso, Sully Productions.
                Preliminary elections were held Oct. 25-26.Final voting will be held Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
2012 Sul Ross Homecoming Court
Finalists for 2012 Sul Ross State University Homecoming Queen and King were announced Monday, Oct. 29. The new royalty will be crowned Saturday, Nov. 3 at halftime of the Lobos-Howard Payne football game at Jackson Field. Pictured (from left) are: Fernanda Arroyo, Presidio, sponsored by the Newman Club; Michael Lopez, El Paso, Sully Productions; Marinna Hernandez, El Paso, Sully Productions; Cody LeCroy, Needville, Cheer Squad; Monica Traylor, Sonora, Cheer Squad; Tony Castro, El Paso, Student Government Association; Samantha Vela, Fort Stockton, Student Government Association; Calvin Landrum, Waco, Student Support Services; Becca Blomquist, Granger, Student Support Services; Ryan Hoffer, El Paso, Honors Program; Kaitlyn Wood, San Antonio, Honors Program. (Photo by Thalia Aparicio)
               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 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 will be available for viewing in Banner Self Service beginning Saturday, Nov. 3, allowing students and advisors time to meet for schedule planning.
                For more information, contact the Office of Record and Registration, (432) 837-8050
                “Xanadu,” a hilarious Broadway musical that spoofs the 1980s movie of the same name, will be presented Nov. 9-11 and 16-18 by the Sul Ross Theatre and Music departments.
                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, tells the tale of a painter and his muse who find love at a roller disco in Los Angeles. The musical 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 and choreography by Kyle Peebles and 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).
                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.
Xanadu cast and crew
Bottom row (from left): Kayla Perkins, Jordan Diebel, Laura Ashley Anderson, MIchael Lopez, Ashley Page, Christina Esparza; middle row: Karibeth Page (stage manager), Tresa Hamner, Kaitlyn Wood, Missy Embrey, Adrian Soto, Elizabeth Kneeskern; top row: Michael Gallardo, Tony Castro, Calvin Landrum, Trevor Priest (assistant stage manager). (Photo Courtesy Dona Roman)
                by Steve Lang, News and Publications
                Sul Ross State University has met the challenge of attracting library professionals by growing its own. During the past few years, the GOAL has been reached.
                Presently, three librarians at the Bryan Wildenthal Library – Lori Schreiber, Amanda Gomez and Jacob Galindo – are products of the Grow our Own Area Librarians (GOAL) Program, coordinated by the El Paso Area Libraries consortium. Also, library assistant Nora Ohnishi is enrolled in a Master of Library Science program at the University of North Texas.

                The Library Leadership Development Institute and the GOAL Program serves the nine-county Trans-Pecos area of Texas and three counties in Southern New Mexico. The intent of the project is to increase the number of qualified librarians in the designated areas. The programs are partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.
                “It can be difficult to hire (librarians) in rural areas,” said Don Dowdey, Sul Ross Dean of Library and Information Technology. “The idea (of GOAL) is to get people who are already here to get interested in becoming librarians.”
GOAL librarians
Sul Ross State University library assistant Nora Ohnishi (left) and librarians Lori Schreiber, Amanda Gomez and Jacob Galindo are past or present participants of the Grow our Own Area Librarians (GOAL) program in the Trans-Pecos area of Texas and three counties in southern New Mexico. The program, partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences through the Laura Bush21st Century Librarian Program, is designed to increase the number of qualified librarians throughout the region. (Photo by Steve Lang)
                Among GOAL incentives are three $2,500 scholarships available for full-time participants and 12 $1,500 tuition and book scholarships for part-time students who agree to complete university courses leading toward a Library and Information Science (LIS) degree. A participant may receive more than one scholarship but must reapply each time. Coursework may be completed on-campus or by distance education.
                Participants must agree to serve for three years in the LIS field in the Trans-Pecos area and Southern New Mexico after graduation or pay back one-half the funds received through the grant. Participants are encouraged, but not required to volunteer time in a nearby library.
                Dowdey has been a proponent of the program since its inception in 2007 and of 76 total participants, six have Sul Ross connections. In addition to the Sul Ross staff members, former Sul Ross student David Howard and his wife, Valerie, are currently enrolled in the GOAL Program at the University of North Texas. David Howard worked in the Wildenthal Library as an undergraduate, while Valerie (Richard) Howard interned at the Archives of the Big Bend and now works as a senior library assistant at University of North Texas Health Science Center while finishing her degree this year.
                Schreiber, who graduated from the University of Texas-San Antonio, came to Sul Ross in 2000, working in Admissions and Records. Two years later, she moved to the Wildenthal Library as a cataloguing assistant. She enrolled at Texas Women’s University, Denton, in 2007 and graduated in 2010. She was named Inter-Library Loan librarian this past January.
                “I really liked cataloguing a lot,” Schreiber said. “The material is constantly changing and there is always something new to learn.” She added that she enjoys working in an academic environment and gets great satisfaction from helping students to learn and succeed.
                “I also love living in this area and I want to stay,” she said. “Doing something you like in an area you want to live in is the best of both worlds.”
                Ohnishi, an Alpine native and Sul Ross graduate, began working at the Alpine Public Library in 2009 as a part-time bookkeeper and circulation assistant. She started work at the Wildenthal Library this past February as a library assistant in cataloguing. She enrolled in the MLS program at the University of North Texas, taking online courses. Her expected graduation date is 2014.
                “Being in an academic environment really pushed me to go on to earn an MLS,” she said. Galindo is serving as her mentor for the GOAL Program.
                Gomez, an  El Paso native with Bachelor’s (Communication) and Master’s (English) degrees from University of Texas El Paso, began work during the summer as Collection Development librarian. She called her path to the library “kind of a happy accident.”
                “After getting my Master’s, I was looking for a job. I volunteered at the El Paso Public Library to get some experience,” she said. She also worked in cataloguing at El Paso Community College, then in special collections at the UTEP Library and spent a summer working at the El Paso Holocaust Museum.
                Gomez applied and was accepted into the MLS program at Texas Woman’s University, graduating in 2011. She was hired as a digital librarian at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, before coming to Sul Ross.
                “I was ready to move and I have been to this area a lot,” she said, noting that she often visited a close friend who attended Sul Ross.
                As for life without a Wal-Mart? “I haven’t even noticed,” Gomez smiled.
                Galindo, the Education Coordination librarian, is also from El Paso and a UTEP graduate. He graduated from North Texas with his MLS degree in 2011 and worked as a part-time reference librarian at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, prior to coming to Sul Ross.
                Galindo said he had never really considered the library profession as a career, but his mother, who is a librarian, provided some encouragement. He investigated GOAL and volunteered in the UTEP Library during the final semester as an undergraduate.
                “I learned a lot and the experience got me more interested and vested in what library science could offer,” he said. He called his work at New Mexico State his “first real experience as a librarian....It helped me decide on being an academic librarian.
                “I really enjoy helping students how to learn to use the library and how to become good researchers,” Galindo added.
                He met Gomez when both were working as volunteers in El Paso, “and she told me about this position.”
                “You’re welcome,” Gomez said.
                Dowdey said that to date, the GOAL results have been impressive. All 40 college-bound participants in the first grant cycle who graduated were employed. All three graduating students in the current grant cycle were employed, as well as all but two of the 33 participants who have not completed their studies.
                “I don’t think a lot of people realize when they are getting their Bachelor’s degrees, that there are careers in library science,” Gomez said, and Dowdey agreed.
                “Many public libraries and school districts in small towns need librarians. There’s a lot of interest in this program,” he said.
                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 $35 for CBBS members, $40 for non-members, increasing to $40 and $45, respectively, after Nov. 1. Cost to attend the banquet is $30 for members and $33 for non-members, increasing to $35 and $37, respectively, after Nov. 1. 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
                New Sul Ross State University students will be eligible for one-time $1,000 incentives to be applied to on-campus housing.
                Effective Spring Semester 2013, the President’s Access Incentive will enable new freshmen, transfer and graduate students fully enrolled by Jan. 17, 2013 to receive $1,000. The award will be applied toward on-campus housing costs for the spring term upon completion of the term. In most cases, this results in a 47 percent savings on housing.      
                “Sul Ross has been a well-kept secret in Texas, from its majestic mountains to its hidden academic opportunities available to all Texans,” said President Ricardo Maestas. “ As a university, we are embracing access to higher education by making university opportunities more affordable to all Texans.”
                In addition, for Spring Semester 2013, Sul Ross is offering a 10 percent discount on housing costs for current students as an incentive to move forward by committing to the continuation of their academic pursuits.. Students who re-enroll by Friday, Nov. 16 will receive a 10 percent incentive on residential costs.
                With the discount, the spring semester rate in Lobo Village will be $1,912.50, down from $2,125. Rates in Fletcher Hall would be reduced from $1,685 to $1,516.50 for a private room and from $1,125 to $1,012.50 for a double room.
                “There are many things that Sul Ross has to offer prospective students,” said Denise Groves, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Among those are: modern living facilities, room to expand your personal horizons, and state of the art classrooms. Class sizes are small; the chances to establish your identity are vast.”
            Sul Ross State University-Alpine Campus students voted Tuesday (Oct. 30) to approve a new athletics fee that will raise an estimated $280,000 annually for Lobo varsity sports.
            By a vote of 242 in favor and 146 opposed, Sul Ross students approved the new fee. A fee of $6 per semester credit hour (SCH) to be assessed in the Fall and Spring semesters and $4.50 per SCH during the summer sessions will take effect in the Spring 2013 semester.
                The university’s current budget is $377,000 for 11 men’s and women’s varsity sports, and ranks well below the average for American Southwest Conference members who compete in football. The Sul Ross athletic budget is largely funded by Student Services fees, with about 88 percent coming from this source. Use of state funds for athletics at public universities is prohibited by law.              
            In 2009, the last year comparative figures were available, ASC members competing in football had an average athletic budget of about $500,000. For football alone, the average budget was $165,000, ranging from a high of $309,000 to a low of $94,000 for Sul Ross. Throughout NCAA DIII (non-scholarship) membership, athletics comprise an average of four percent of a member institution’s budget. Sul Ross’ athletic budget is two percent.
            Athletics are a major factor in enrollment. Historically, an estimated 25-35 percent of Sul Ross students consider athletics a major factor in their decision to attend.
            “The vote reflects the student body’s regard for athletics as part of the university experience,” said Dr. Ricardo Maestas, Sul Ross President. “Athletics play a significant role in campus life, and when successful, give an institution a source of identity and pride.”