News for October 2, 2012


            Sul Ross State University’s Athletic Hall of Honor will welcome five new members during Homecoming 2012.
                The late Victor S. Villarreal and the late Don Bandy, Jr., both Lobo football standouts; women’s basketball star Natalie Whitewood Johns, Center Point; and Outstanding Boosters Metha Sprinkle, Alpine, and her late husband, Bill, will be inducted at the annual Hall of Honor/Distinguished Alumni banquet Saturday, Nov. 3.
                In addition, Distinguished Alumni Awards will be presented to Dora Alcala, Del Rio; Gary Dunshee,Alpine; and the late J.T. Rutherford, who later served in the U.S. Congress. Peggy and Dan Allen Hughes, Jr.,Beeville, will receive the Slingin’ Sammy Baugh Award for Outstanding Service.
                Villarreal, Horizon City, was a 1953 Sul Ross graduate and in 1998, received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Sul Ross Ex-Student Association. A native of Edinburg, he was a U.S. Navy veteran and attended Edinburg Junior College and the University of Colorado before enrolling at Sul Ross in 1951. He was a member of the Lobo football team for two seasons and after graduation, coached football, baseball and boxing inBrownsville for seven years. His boxing teams won six consecutive regional championships.
                He was an instructor for the U.S. Border Patrol, an athletic director for the Department of the Army atFort Polk, La., and after moving to El Paso, was active in boxing circles for many years as a referee, judge, ring announcer, promoter and tournament director. He helped promote establishment of the El Paso Boxing-Karate Hall of Fame and was later inducted as a member. Villarreal was also inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Sports Hall of Fame in Edinburg in 2001. He died in 2008 and is survived by his wife, Evangelina, sons Victor L.and Glenn Dale, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
                Bandy, Buda, who died in May, graduated from Sul Ross in 1982. He graduated from Anderson High School, Austin, transferred to Sul Ross from Tyler Junior College and was a member of the Lobo football team from 1980-82. Sul Ross shared the 1981 TIAA titlle and was the outright champion in 1982.
                A defensive standout, Bandy was a three-time Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association Player of the Week, earned all-conference honors and was an NAIA All-District 8 and All-American selection. He served as team captain his senior year.
                In 1981, Bandy was named TIAA Defensive Player of the Week on Homecoming when his bride-to-be, Carla Avant, was chosen as Homecoming Queen. After graduation, he started a service equipment company in Buda and operated it until his death.
                “Don was so proud to be a graduate of Sul Ross,” Carla Bandy said. “We both loved Alpine and the university. Making lifelong friends from Sul Ross has been a true blessing in our lives.”
                The Bandys, who married in 1983, have three sons, Kyle, R.J. and Brent, who is a Sul Ross student.
                Johns, a 2002 graduate, played basketball for three seasons and softball for two years. The HarperHigh School graduate transferred to Sul Ross from Louisiana College and played basketball during the 1997-98, 1998-99 and 2000-01 seasons, missing one year with an injury. She was an All-American Southwest Conference selection in 1998-99 and was named to the ASC All-West Division first and second teams. She was a two-time team Most Valuable Player and a three-time ASC Player of the Week.
                Johns 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. During one game in 1998, she and teammate Wendy Smith combined for 66 points and outscored the entire LeTourneau team, who were the defending national champions.
                “My overall experience at Sul Ross is something I will cherish the rest of my life,” she said. “I came to Sul Ross and it felt like a family and I was treated like family. I always felt honored being able to play two sports and it is an experience that will last a lifetime.”
                Following graduation, she has taught and coached at Comfort, McCamey, Harper, Kermit and returned to Comfort at the start of the 2012-2013 school year. She coached the first-ever softball teams in McCamey and Harper and her Comfort team won a district title. At McCamey, she coached two state powerlifting champions.
                Johns has two daughters, Robin and Jordon.
                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.
                Bill Sprinkle, a native of Paris, Ark., worked in a number of community newspapers before coming to Sul Ross. He received a B.S. from Sul Ross in 1967 and M.S. from the University of Arizona in 1969.
                Metha Sprinkle, a native of Whitehouse, received a B.A. from North Texas State University in 1941 and M.A. from Sul Ross in 1972. Prior to her Sul Ross tenure, she taught 17 years in public schools in Monahans, Pecos, Chandler and El Paso.
                The Sprinkles were associated with Sul Ross athletics throughout their tenures. “We have always appreciated the administrators and coaches for their character, interest in students and their abilities and performance,” Metha Sprinkle said. “We are happy to claim Sul Ross as ‘our university.’”
                Since its inception in 1986, 122 former Sul Ross athletes, coaches and outstanding boosters have been elected to the Sul Ross Athletic Hall of Honor.
                by Steve Lang, News and Publications
                The formula for achieving goals and making dreams come true starts with ABC, according to Dr. Scout Cloud Lee.
                Ask (be specific about what you ask for). Believe (that it is already a reality). Celebrate (in advance of the “thing” showing up).
                Lee, a nationally-known author, entrepreneur, educator and motivational speaker, presented the third annual lecture in the John B. Poindexter Speakers Series Monday evening (Oct. 1) at Sul Ross State University.  The series, sponsored by the School of Professional Studies, highlights outstanding individuals who have been successful in their respective professions and allows them to share their stories.               
                Lee is the founder and chief executive officer of Vision Us, Inc., a Management Development Center to explore human excellence. She is a cancer survivor, was a castaway on the popular network series “Survivor Vanuatu,” was an Olympic Torchbearer and is a successful entrepreneur. Her goal is to inspire each person to “catch the fire of their spirit.”
Entrepreneur, author and educator Dr. Scout Cloud Lee outlined  a formula for success and happiness Monday evening (Oct. 1) at Sul Ross State University. Her appearance was sponsored by the School of Professional Studies John B. Poindexter Speakers Series. (Photo by Steve Lang)
From the heart
Entrepreneur, author and educator Dr. Scout Cloud Lee outlined a formula for success and happiness Monday evening (Oct. 1) at Sul Ross State University. Her appearance was sponsored by the School of Professional Studies John B. Poindexter Speakers Series. (Photo by Steve Lang)

                She encouraged her audience to take a child-like approach to ABC and beyond in her formula, detailed in her recent book, “Shazam! The Formula,” co-authored by Ja-lene Clark.
                As an adult, asking for what one wants can be a difficult decision. Children who fill out a Christmas list do not seem to encounter the same dilemmas, Lee said. Belief – for a child – that the desired gift will be under the Christmas tree is a foregone conclusion, she added.
                “We’ve got to become like little children and believe it will happen,” she said, and added the C for “Celebrate.”
                “Celebrate in advance. You want it; believe it and have a good celebration for yourself.”
                Instead of looking at a dream or ambition from the outside, be a part of it, she said.
                “Put yourself in the picture....What does it feel like to be inside your dream?” she asked, adding that life offered “a banquet table full of opportunities.”
                Determination and a “never quit” attitude are also important in the quest for success. Lee cited golfer Lee Trevino, who spoke of writing down five life goals. One of Lee’s goals was to run in the Olympics. She actually trained for the 1972 Munich Olympics, to compete in the 100 meter dash. She later abandoned her quest, but kept the goal on her list. Thirty years later, she received an invitation to be one of 52 Oklahomans to carry the Olympic torch to the state capitol.
                “I kept it (goal) on my list; running up to the capitol was a huge thing to me,” she said. “I stuck with it. Of all the formula, the most important is to stick with it.”
                Lee’s formula also includes making personal choices in all things great and small and developing PMA: a positive mental attitude.
                “Twenty-plus years ago, I was diagnosed with cancer. That gives you a daily choice you are going to co-create your life,” she said. The initial diagnosis gave her two months to live.
                “I had surgery and mowed the grass. I’m still mowing,” she said. The diagnosis also prompted major changes in her professional life: movement from a tenured position in higher education to the uncertainty of entrepreneurship.
                With two months to live, “I decided to test the things I’d been teaching,” she said, “including the power of focus and the power of tenacity.
                “I kicked back...and I am living the formula on a day-by-day plan.”
                Lee’s entire formula states: ABCDE + L+W2 (+/- XY) = O!
                A = Ask (be specific).
                B = Believe (that it is already a reality into which you are living).
                C = Celebrate (in advance of the “thing” showing up).
                D = Delegate (the Universe takes care of details).
                E = Easy does it! Relax!
                L2 = Live It! Let Live! Let Grow!
                W2 = Win/Win (the more inclusive the outcome, the great the degree of buy-in. Everyone wins!)
                X = Personal Choice or Preference in all things great and small (Now choose to move forward or away from all things that equal that new job, perfect love, new friends, personal habits, etc.)
                Y = Your attitude. Actually when you have PMA Positive Mental Attitude (at the very least) you’ll get your Powerful Manifestation Activated!
                All this combines to create the sum total which is greater than the power of a single element:
                O = OH! This is the pure OMG! moment. It is the Outcome...the sum total of all your blood, sweat, efforts, actions and dreams.
                Information will be enhanced with celebration during Sully’s Showcase, scheduled Saturday, Oct. 13 at Sul Ross State University. Potential students and their families will have the chance to explore academic opportunities and campus life.
                Between campus tours, T-shirts will be launched, while information stations will also include a photo booth. Aside from the tours, activities will be held in the Pete P. Gallego Center.
                “We’re approaching Sully’s Showcase more as a production, not just a college visit,” said Liz Castillo, director of Student Support Services.
                On-site registration and check-in begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Gallego Center mezzanine, with campus tours set to start at 10:15. Departmental booths open at 12:30 p.m., with the Showcase starting at 1. Campus tours will resume at 1:45 p.m. Sully’s Showcase is free of charge.
                The first 300 visitors to register will receive free T-shirts and a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship to Sul Ross. Music and entertainment is also in store.
                Prospective students and their families can learn about major requirements, degree programs, sponsored activities and course offerings. Information on admissions, financial aid, housing and student activities will be provided. Students and faculty will be available to discuss programs and research as well.
                “A showcase is like an open house and a good way to capture students,” said Mary Beth Marks, director of Admissions. “Once they get on campus, they can see how Sul Ross is a good fit for them.”
                “We’re happy to be using the Gallego Center to showcase our facilities,” said Castillo. “The event is intended to be a celebration of what Sul Ross is and what it has to offer.
                “Sul Ross is all about opportunity and affordable education,” she said.
                For more information, contact Marks, (432) 837-8343 or
The Sul Ross State University Theatre Program is in full swing with rehearsals and technical builds for the opening weekend of “Rough Crossing.”
                Tom Stoppard’s comedy opens Friday, Oct. 12 and plays through Sunday, Oct. 21 in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building. Friday-Saturday performances begin at 8:15 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
                The cast and crew are rolling in the aisles and loving every minute of this fast-paced comedy, directed by Gregory M. Schwab. Whether it's the amount of food consumed, the commentary on petulant actors, or the rough sea, the cast and crew are eating it up.
                 Greg Gonzales and Antonio Castro make a wonderful comedic team of writers who have worked with each other for far too long. Missy Embrey, Richard Newbold and Matt Hardison all know how to make a love triangle tense and yet awkwardly hilarious, and all the while Joseph Rosco is observing it all, as the all knowing go-to Steward.
                The design team includes Jay Sawyer, scenic and lighting design; Dona Roman, costume design; Marisela Baca, property design and Tony Castro, hair and make-up design. Christina Esparza and Adrian Soto are the stage manager and assistant stage manager, respectively.
                For more information or advanced ticket sales please visit, or contact the Fine Arts Department at Sul Ross State University at (888)-722-SRSU or (432) 837-8218.
                Sul Ross State University has set high goals for increased enrollment and retention. Denise Groves, Vice President for Enrollment Management, outlined some objectives during a fall kickoff held Sept. 27 in the Morgan University Center.
                If goals can be met, 10,000 prospects will result in 400 first-time students enrolled. In addition, goals of 225 transfer students and 200 new graduate students have been set for the coming year.
                Since her arrival in February, Groves has launched an aggressive recruiting campaign including mailings of Sul Ross marketing materials, billboard and mall advertising and extensive use of a new viewbook.
                About 5,000 postcards were mailed to prospective students to announce Sully’s Showcase, scheduled Oct. 13 at the Pete P. Gallego Center. The campus visitation event has been scheduled far earlier than past activities to encourage an earlier application/admission cycle.
                “Our best resource is our people and our spirit,” Groves said. “We’ll sell that at Sully’s Showcase.”
            Sul Ross President Dr. Ricardo Maestas noted the challenges of increasing both enrollment and retention while expressing his optimism that goals would be met.
             “I am particularly delighted that we have a great (Enrollment Management) team in place,” he said. “I’m very excited about the future and where we’re headed.” Maestas said that closer collaboration between staff and faculty would help students be more successful , which in turn would lead to higher retention and graduation rates.
          One challenge is ever-growing technology, Maestas said.
          “Recruiting and retaining these students is a brand new ball game….We have to adapt to that new environment,” he said, adding “we have great staff, great programs and great faculty at Sul Ross. We need to explore new avenues to change how we’re doing things, and we do need to change.”
            Maestas noted the 7.6 percent decline in Fall 2012 enrollment over the previous year (to 1,834), but said that he was confident the numbers could increase.
            “I would love to see 2,000 students next fall. It’s not impossible,” he said. “I do believe in my heart and soul we can increase enrollment and retention. …We have the right team in place and can continue to move forward.”
           Groves introduced each of the directors of Sul Ross’ 10  Title V and TRIO grants. The directors in turn introduced their respective staffs and presented brief outlines of grant objectives. Also introduced were the directors and staff members of Enrollment Services/Financial Aid, Records and Registration, Admissions and Residential Life.

Molly Jo Collins, Balmorhea, (left) was crowned Miss Rodeo Sul Ross 2012 during Saturday evening's N.I.R.A. rodeo at the S.A.L.E. Arena. Ali Burks, Copperas Cove, was the runner-up.  Sul Ross rodeo coach Chance Campbell offered congratulations. (Photo by Peter Dindinger)

Miss Rodeo Sul Ross

Molly Jo Collins, Balmorhea, (left) was crowned Miss Rodeo Sul Ross 2012 during Saturday evening's N.I.R.A. rodeo at the S.A.L.E. Arena. Ali Burks, Copperas Cove, was the runner-up. Sul Ross rodeo coach Chance Campbell offered congratulations. (Photo by Peter Dindinger)