News for October 16, 2012

                With the theme of “Vamos Rojo” (Go Red), Sul Ross State University students, staff, faculty and friends will celebrate Homecoming 2012, Oct. 29-Nov. 4.
                A full week of activities are planned, including daily student events, an American Southwest Conference football game, crowning the new Queen and King and honoring Distinguished Alumni and Hall of Honor inductees. Detailed schedules of Homecoming and related Alumni Association events, as well as registration information may be found online at
                As of Monday, Oct. 15, 11 candidates – six women and five men – seek the 2012 Homecoming Queen and King crowns. Candidate applications were open through Wednesday, Oct. 17. Coronation will be held at halftime of the Lobo-Howard Payne football game on Saturday, Nov. 3. Crowns, scepter and watches will be furnished by Anju’s Jewelry, Alpine. Maritza Garcia, Abilene, and Johnathon Cruz, San Antonio, are the reigning Queen and King.
                Preliminary elections will be held Oct. 25-26. The five Queen and five King finalists will be introduced during a performance by comedian Bill Santiago on Monday, Oct. 29 in Marshall Auditorium. Final voting will be held Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
                Former U.S. Congressman J.T. “Slick” Rutherford; former Del Rio Mayor and Regent Dora G. Alcala; and Trappings of Texas founder Gary Dunshee, Alpine, will be honored as Sul Ross State University Distinguished Alumni. Peggy and Dan Allen Hughes, Jr., Beeville, will receive the Slingin’ Sammy Baugh Award for Outstanding Service.
                Five new members will be inducted into the Hall of Honor, the late Victor Villarreal and the late Don Bandy; Natalie Whitewood Johns, Center Point; and Outstanding Boosters Metha Sprinkle, Alpine, and her late husband, Bill.
                All will be honored during ceremonies Saturday, Nov. 3 at the annual Athletic Hall of Honor/Distinguished Alumni banquet. The event will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception, followed by a 7:15 banquet in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs, (432) 837-8697 or the Office of Physical Education and Athletics, 837-8226.
                Other Homecoming Week events include:
                Monday, Oct. 29: Twin Day; Decorate the Mall, 4-6 p.m.; Float supplies and banners drawing, 5 p.m.,Student Life Office, Morgan University Center; King and Queen introductions, 8 p.m., Marshall Auditorium, with comedian Bill Santiago.
                Tuesday, Oct. 30: Hat Day; Homecoming Derby, 6 p.m., the Mall
                Wednesday, Oct. 31: Halloween Costumes; Voting begins for Homecoming Queen and King, noon; Whitewashing of the Bar-SR-Bar, 5:30 p.m., Hancock Hill, followed by pizza party, Physical Plant parking lot                Thursday, Nov. 1: Jersey Day; Queen and King elections continue. Homecoming Decoration contest, Residential Living and departmental offices, judging begins at 2 p.m.; Cupcake Challenge, 5:30 p.m., the Mall; Powder Puff football, 7 p.m., upperclassmen vs. underclassmen, Jackson Field; Lighting of the Bar-SR-Bar, after dark, Hancock Hill
                Friday, Nov. 2: Red Out; Queen and King elections close at noon; Decorate Jackson Field for pep rally and game, 4-6 p.m.; Pep rally, 7 p.m., Jackson Field
                Saturday, Nov. 3: Parade, 10 a.m., starting on Holland Ave. at Alpine Civic Center; Football, Lobos vs. Howard Payne, 1 p.m., Jackson Field; Coronation, halftime, Jackson Field

                Sunday, Nov. 4:   Four-person Golf Scramble, 8:30 a.m., Alpine Country Club. Registration and breakfast begins at 7:30 p.m. Advance registration required, Oct. 30 deadline. For more information, contact Karen Brown, 837-8697 or 837-8443, or
                Sul Ross State University students will vote Tuesday, Oct. 30 (tentative date) on a proposed athletic fee that would “put the Lobos on the level” in terms of funding for varsity sports.
                A proposed fee of $6 per semester credit hour (SCH) in the Fall and Spring semesters and $4.50 per SCH during the summer sessions would generate an estimated $280,000 annually to assist the athletic budget. If approved by a simple majority of student voters, the increase would take effect in the Spring 2013 semester.
                The election will be conducted by the Sul Ross Student Government Association..
                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. If the new fee was approved, about $25,000-$30,000 of Student Services fees presently directed to athletics would be returned.
                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.
                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.
                “Seventy to seventy-five percent of our budget, for football and for all sports, is spent on travel,” said athletics director Kay Whitley. “The proposed fee would generate income to offset the travel costs, increase Sul Ross’ recruiting efforts and purchase necessary equipment and supplies in a timely fashion.
                “In short, it would help to level the playing field (with other ASC members),” she said.
                Whitley said that budgets for individual sports are largely under-funded, ranging from a low of 46 percent of the amount needed to maintain a viable program.
                “Currently, we fund what we can afford to do, and it doesn’t meet all of the needs. With a fee increase, it would really make a difference. Each sport would benefit.”
                “I feel the athletic fee will be very beneficial because this will help out all the teams with fund raising and purchasing equipment, which will allow us to remain competitive with the other schools in our conference,” said sophomore Maile Hoyt, Toyah, a member of the Lady Lobos softball team.
                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 importance of athletics to a university cannot be understated,” said President Ricardo Maestas. “While not every student who enrolls with the intent to play actually participates, they remain associated with programs in other capacities while completing their education. Athletics are a lifeblood of any university and when successful, give an institution a source of pride and identity.”
                For more information, contact Whitley, (432) 837-8229 or
                By Steve Lang, News and Publications
                Records continue to tumble as Dominique Carson and A.J. Springer have propelled Sul Ross State University to the top of the NCAA Division III statistical charts..
                On successive weekends, the pair has had a hand in all of their team’s 21 touchdowns and the bulk of an eye-popping 1,504 yards rushing and passing in back-to-back American Southwest Conference wins.
                Carson (Waxahachie) set one Lobo single-game record with five touchdowns scored, rushing for 214 yards a 75-42 Oct. 6 win at Mississippi College. A week later (Oct. 13), Carson shattered school and American Southwest Conference records with 319 yards rushing and eight touchdowns in the Lobos’ 70-65 win at Texas Lutheran University. He eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark (1,026) with four games to play and his 21 touchdowns are three shy of the Lobos’ single-season mark.
                Against MC, Springer (Los Angeles, Cal.) passed for 437 yards and tossed six touchdown passes for the second time this season, equaling another standard. At TLU, his two touchdown tosses to Carson enabled him to tie the single-season record of 24.
                Team-wise, the Lobos, 3-3 on the season, rank first in total offense, averaging 574 yards per game, and third in scoring, 52.33 points.
                Carson and Springer perch high in a number of NCAA Division III statistical categories, but insist they are figuratively standing on teammates’ shoulders.
                “The offensive line is probably the biggest key to our success,” said Springer, who transferred to Sul Ross after playing two seasons at Chaffey College (Rancho Cucamonga, Cal.) and a year at D-II Lincoln University (Jefferson City, Mo.). He spent a year away from the gridiron before being recruited by former Lobo assistant John Tyree.
Senior running back Dominique Carson leads NCAA Division III in all-purpose yardage. (Photo by Peter Dindinger) Lobo quarterback A. J. Springer has tied single-season touchdown pass record. (Photo by Peter Dindinger)
Senior running back Dominique Carson leads NCAA Division III in all-purpose yardage. (Photo by Peter Dindinger) Lobo quarterback A. J. Springer has tied single-season touchdown pass record. (Photo by Peter Dindinger)

                “The playmakers make it easy for me. My hardest job is getting everybody the ball.”
                Through the Lobos’ first six games, Springer has passed for 1,874 yards. Ten different receivers have receptions; six have grabbed at least one scoring toss.
He ranks in the top 15 in D-III passing statistics in completions (23.8 per game), yards per game (312.3) and total yardage, as well as a 181.09 passing efficiency. He has completed over 70 percent of his 203 passes with just six interceptions.
                Springer was more interested in talking about his teammates.
                “Then, there’s Carson,” he nodded toward his friend. “He’s a big help to us all. He makes us go. He’s the engine.”
                Carson, at 5-5 and 165 pounds, has bounced off and run past opponents to the tune of 1,846 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, kickoff and punt returns) through six contests. His 307.7-yard average placed him at the top of the D-III heap. He averages 12.6 yards each time he touches the ball.
                “Thanks to the O-line, the receivers, the scout team and the coaches,” Carson said. “They (line and receivers) block and that makes everything easier.”
                Carson, a four-year veteran, credited team unity for the Lobos’ improved success this year.
                “Everybody has been together,” he said. “Everybody came back and we focused on having a better season. I feel like we’ve got talent. We have a better unit all the way around; we’re more focused and everybody’s got the same goal.”
                Led by head coach Wayne Schroeder and offensive coordinator Scotty Walden, last year’s starting quarterback, the Lobo coaching staff has worked to assemble the potent attack piece by piece.
                “We all know when the offense is rolling up 40 first downs (against Mississippi College), that the line is doing a great job,” Schroeder said, and credited line coach Donald Williams for his efforts.
                “This goes back to last spring, when we were trying to evaluate what kind of offense we were going to have,” said Schroeder, who added that just two of the five primary wide receivers – Lee Carothers (Austin/Travis HS) and Cordrick Mobley (Cameron) were on the offensive side of the ball.
                Calvon Henderson (Cameron) was playing defense, Xavier Jefferson (Austin/McCallum)  was not on the team and Jeff Peterson (Del Rio) was a high school senior.
                Mobley and Carothers combined for 54 receptions, including 13 touchdowns, while Henderson, Jefferson and Peterson have produced 38 catches and three scores.
                “I think Coach Walden had a plan to get all the guys involved,” Schroeder said. “He deserves 100 percent of the credit for putting the package together, implementing it week-to-week and taking the offense to the next level.”
                Both Schroeder and Walden praised Carson and Springer. Schroeder said Carson had battled injuries for two of his first three seasons “and we never saw him at 100 percent for 10 ball games. It has never been a question of his ability to run or catch.”
                Walden added, “He is a rare talent with his lateral movement and breakaway speed. What separates him from everybody else is his work ethic. He has bought into it (working hard in practice and the weight room) and is having the best season of his life.”
                Springer, who Carson calls “cool, calm and collected,” was cited for his leadership skills by his coaches.
                “When A.J. came in last spring we were thinking of him as a backup quarterback...but he very quickly asserted himself as the number one candidate in the spring and pre-season,” said Schroeder.
                “He’s done a great job, everything we could ask for and more. He is very cool and has the same energy level whether we are four touchdowns up or four touchdowns down....Because of his footwork he has the ability to extend plays, to find that second or third receiver.”
                Springer, said Walden, effectively blends leadership with skill.
                “He has the calm, confident leadership that the guys respect. He doesn’t have the strongest arm, but he is a very accurate passer, on time with the football and puts it on the exact spot it needs to be,” he said. “A.J. is a very solid runner...and the reason our offense has had so much success is because his decision-making is phenomenal. He is a very coachable kid who wants to get better.”
                Schroeder pointed to last year’s Homecoming overtime win against Mississippi College as a starting point for this year’s success.
                “It (win) carried into the off-season, we had a good spring and a better summer,” Schroeder said. He noted that for the first time, “the trip home from Mississippi seemed like a very short ride.
                “These guys have played hard all year, and they have been venting a lot of frustration over the last three years in a positive way,” he said.
                “And we think we can get better.”
                Research by Sul Ross State University students will be highlighted during the annual McNair-Tafoya Symposium, Wednesday, Oct. 24.
                The symposium, which recognizes excellence in undergraduate research, begins at 3 p.m. in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. A reception will follow.
                Presenters include: Johnathon P. Cruz, San Antonio, “Media Bias and the Highest Glass Ceiling: Is Negative Press Coverage to Blame for Hillary Clinton’s Unsuccessful Presidential Campaign?”;Phyllis Dunham,Alpine, “The People’s Poets of Texas: Literature Born within the Singer/Songwriter Tradition of the Last Forty Years”;Angela Greenroy, Alpine, “The Mystery of Invention: What Writers Reveal About the Craft of Creation”and Robert LeBlanc, Fort Davis,Roots of an Empathic Management Theory: Death’s Role in Cultivating Empathy.”
                Following the oral presentations, poster presentations will be made by: Cruz; Dunham; Greenroy; LeBlanc; Michael Gallardo, El Paso; Earnest Jones, Boerne; David Lattimer, Brackettville;Kimberly Morrow, Alpine;Jonathan Navarrete, Odessa; Miriam Nunez, Sanderson; Joseph Rosco, Beaumont; David Price Rumbelow, Van;Kitty Sabayan, Fort Davis; Daniel J. Tidwell, Sachse; Raven Thrasher, El Paso; Joey Van Noy, New Braunfels; and Laura Villasenor, El Paso.
                The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to encourage first generation, low-income students and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study. Students who participate in the program are provided with research opportunities and faculty mentors.
                Named in honor of the astronaut who died in the 1986 space-shuttle explosion, the program was established at Sul Ross in November 2007. It is funded through the Department of Education’s TRIO programs.
                The Sul Ross symposium event is also named in honor of the late Dr. Jesus Tafoya, Sul Ross professor of Spanish and an advocate of undergraduate research.
             For more information, contact Mary Ross Bennett, McNair Program director, (432) 837-8478
                “Rough Crossing,” a comedy by Tom Stoppard, sets sail for a second weekend on the Sul Ross State University stage, Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21.
                Performances will be held in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building. Showtimes are 8:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Oct. 19-20 and 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. Ticket prices are $7 for general admission and $5 for children and seniors. 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.
J. Matt Hardison and Missy Embrey as Igor Fish and Natasha Navratalova in this scene from "Rough Crossing." Final performances will be held Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21 at Sul Ross. (Photo Courtesy Dona Roman) Cast members Tony Castro, Gregory Gonzales and Richard Newbold in this scene from "Rough Crossing." Final performances will be held Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21 in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts  Building at Sul Ross. (Photo Courtesy Dona Roman)
J. Matt Hardison and Missy Embrey as Igor Fish and Natasha Navratalova in this scene from "Rough Crossing." Final performances will be held Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21 at Sul Ross. (Photo Courtesy Dona Roman) Cast members Tony Castro, Gregory Gonzales and Richard Newbold in this scene from "Rough Crossing." Final performances will be held Friday-Sunday, Oct. 19-21 in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building at Sul Ross. (Photo Courtesy Dona Roman)

                Directed by Gregory M. Schwab, “Rough Crossing” cleverly chronicles a voyage from Italy to New York where a playwriting duo is preparing a new musical for opening. Add in love triangles, misunderstandings, and musical numbers to create a witty and hilarious comedy.
                by Robert Parvin, RGC Media Relatiosn
              The mixed experiences of Hispanics in the American criminal justice system -- a career focus of Dr. Martin Guevara Urbina, associate professor of Criminal Justice at Sul Ross-Rio Grande College -- are given a thorough and critical examination in the latest of his many studies of how police and the courts apply the law to the country’s fastest-growing minority.
                Urbina’s book, “Hispanics in the U.S. Criminal Justice System - The New American Demography,” was released last week by Charles C. Thomas Publishers.       
                The work is promoted as “written for professionals and students of criminal justice and law enforcement in helping to understand the historical legacy of brutality, manipulation, oppression, marginalization, prejudice, discrimination, power and control, and white America’s continued fear about racial and ethnic minorities.”
                Hardcover copies of the thick tome are priced at $79.95.
                Major topics explored by the book include: Hispanics and the American police, policing the barrios, immigration lockdown, the dynamics of Petit juries, the penal system and the critical issues facing Hispanic prisoners, probation and parole, the legacy of capital punishment, life after prison, and the dynamics of education and globalization in America.
                The text presents a variety of studies that illustrate alternative ways of interpreting crime, punishment, safety, equality and justice.
                Since coming to Rio Grande College in 2010, Urbina has published nearly a dozen professional articles, books and presentation papers. His colleague at RGC, Dr. Ferris Byxbe, has co-authored two articles with Dr. Urbina in the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science and produced a chapter in Urbina’s book on parole and probation.
                Two more Urbina books are in the offing for next year: “Borders and Dreams: Ethnic Realities of Mexican Americans from Colonialism to 21st Century Globalization,” and “Beyond Post-Racial America: 21st Century Dynamics of Multiculturalism.”
                Urbina was recently lauded for his academic and legal assistance to the Austin law firm, Johns, Marrs, Ellis & Hodge, in drafting a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of the Mexican government in the case of a Mexican national convicted of murder and sentence to life in a U.S. prison.