News Archives, Sept. 4, 2012

Campus News for September 4, 2012


  Dr. Larry M. Guerrero has been named Dean of Professional Studies at Sul Ross State University, effective Sept. 1.
Guerrero, who has served as associate dean of Arts and Science at Odessa College since January, will also be an associate professor of Physical Education at Sul Ross. He succeeds Dr. Melanie Croy, who retired July 31.
“Dr. Guerrero brings an excellent balance of administrative and teaching experience to this position,” said Sul Ross President Dr. Ricardo Maestas. “He will be an excellent fit for Sul Ross.”
A native of San Angelo, he previously was an assistant professor, Department of Health Promotion and Human Performance, at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, (Aug. 2011-January 2012), after spending six years at Oklahoma City University (2005-2011). While there, Guerrero was an associate professor and department chair of Kinesiology. From 2005-2008, he was department chair of Education/Kinesiology.
From 1997-2005, Guerrero was an assistant professor of Kinesiology at Angelo State University. He also was a graduate associate at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (1994-1997) and a faculty lecturer at Cochise College, Douglas, Ariz. (1993-1994).
He received a B.S. (1991) in Health and Physical Education and M.Ed. (1994) in Secondary Education from Oklahoma City University and Ed.D. (1997) in Applied Behavioral Studies from Oklahoma State. Guerrero has also worked as an assistant baseball coach at Oklahoma City University (1991-1993) and Cochise College (1993-94) and as head coach of the Harrisonburg (Va.) Turks, a collegiate summer baseball team, in 1993.
Sul Ross State University welcomed five new faculty and several administrative staff members for Fall Semester 2012.
New faculty members are:
School of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
* Christopher Estepp, assistant professor of Animal Science. Estepp received a B.S. (1997) in Animal Science and M.Ed. (2006) in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University, College Station; and a Ph.D. (2012) from the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was a graduate research and teaching assistant at the University of Florida and earlier served as a secondary agriscience teacher at Greenwood High School, Midland.
* Bryon Housewright, assistant professor of Animal Science. Housewright received a B.S. in Animal Science from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, and M.S. (1990) and Ph.D. (1994) in Ruminant Nutrition from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He previously taught at Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, and Texas A&M University-Commerce; and was a graduate research assistant at the University of Tennessee. Housewright has also worked as a nutritionist specialist for several companies, including Monsanto and ConAgra Feed Co.
School of Arts and Sciences
* Angela Brown, assistant professor of Mathematics. Brown received a an A.S. (2000) in Mathematics/Physics/Pre-Engineering from Lee College, Baytown; B.S. (2003) and M.S. (2006) in Mathematics from Sam Houston State University, Huntsvile, and a Ph.D. (2012) in Mathematics from the University of Texas at Arlington. She was a National Science Foundation MAVS GK-12 Grant Fellow, graduate teaching assistant and after receiving her Ph.D., an adjunct professor at UT-Arlington. Brown also served as a graduate assistant at Sam Houston State.
School of Professional Studies
* Galen Privitt, associate professor of Education. Privitt has spent 29 years in education, as a teacher, coach, campus administrator and central office administrator. He has worked in the Corsicana, Wharton, Roma, Santa Anna, Perrin-Whitt and O’Donnell school districts and most recently, was a visiting assistant professor at Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls; and an adjunct professor at Ashford University, Clinton, Iowa. Privitt received a B.S. Ed. (1977) in Secondary Education from Lubbock Christian University; M.Ed. (1992) in Educational Administration from University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg; and Ed.D. (2006) in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.
* Jeanne Qvarnstrom, assistant professor of Education. Qvarnstrom, has served in various capacities in the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Wilmington, Del., since 1992, most recently as director of Curriculum and Instruction. From 1971-1991 she worked in California school districts in Pismo Beach, Modesto and Yuba City, as well as the San Diego county Office of Education. She received a BS (1970) from Iowa State University, Ames; MS (1975) from California State University, Hayward; and Ed.D. (1986) from University of the Pacific, Stockton, Cal.
New/promoted staff include:
* Jacob Galindo, Education Coordination librarian. Galindo worked as a part-time reference librarian at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, prior to coming to Sul Ross. He received a B.S. (2009) in Psychology from the University of Texas-El Paso and a Master’s degree (2011) in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas, Denton.
* Amanda Gomez, Collection Development librarian. Gomez worked as a digital librarian at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss. She received a B.A. (2004) in Communication and M.A. (2008) in English and American Literature from UTEP and a Master of Library Science (2011) from Texas Woman’s University, Denton.
* Mary Beth Marks, Director of Admissions, Enrollment Services. Marks served as coordinator of Transfer Students (2008-2012) and instructor in Freshman Composition (2010-2012) at Tarleton State University, Stephenville. From 2004-2008, she taught English at Happy Hill Farm and Academy, Granbury. She received a B.A. (2003) and M.S. (2010) in English from Tarleton State.
* Pamela Pipes, Director of Records and Registration. Pipes, formerly the Graduate Center developer, begins her new duties Sept. 1. Pipes worked as Graduate Center developer (2009-2012) and records administrator (2008-2009) for the GEAR UP Program at Sul Ross. From 2000-2008, she was a laboratory coordinator at the University of Texas Permian Basin, Odessa. She received a B.S. (1990) in Life Science and M.S. (1997) in Biology from UTPB.
The 14th annual Sul Ross State University new student convocation will be held Thursday, Sept. 6, 10:15 a.m. in Marshall Auditorium.
Convocation 2016 welcomes all new Sul Ross students and acquaints them with the history and traditions of Sul Ross. Among the events will be the traditional passing of the Spirit Stick from a Class of 2015 representative to a representative of the incoming Class of 2016.
Classes for Thursday, Sept. 6, will be on an altered schedule in order to accommodate the event. Regular and modified class times are as follows: 8-9:15 a.m., 8-8:50; 9:30-10:45 a.m., 9-9:50; 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 1-1:50 p.m.; 12:30-1:45 p.m., 2-2:50; 2-3:15 p.m., 3-3:50; 3:30-4:45 p.m., 4-4:50.
Following the convocation, a President’s Ice Cream Social will be held on the Mall, open to everyone. In addition, the annual Fall on the Mall club fair will be held, from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. Student clubs and organizations will be present to recruit new members.
For more information on the convocation, contact Joan Oesper, (432) 837-8432. For information on the Student Organization Recruitment Fair, contact Jeffrey Blake, (432) 837-8424.
Sul Ross State University student Matthew Short, San Antonio, was one of the winners in the first Sul Ross
Wind Ensemble Composition Contest, held this summer.
Short’s composition, “Ocean: The Maiden Voyage,” will have a world premiere performance by the Sul Ross Wind Ensemble on Thursday, Oct. 11, along with three other compositions.
A total of 33 composers from 18 states and five countries submitted new pieces for wind ensemble in the competition.. A committee convened to pick the winning pieces to be performed by the Sul Ross Wind Ensemble. The winning pieces were: “Concertante Boricua No. 2 for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble,” by William Pagan-Perez, Puerto Rico; “All Hail The Walrus!,” by Leon Steward, Texas; “Ocean: The Maiden Voyage,” by Short; “Sweet Little One,” by Dominic Dousa, professor of Composition at the University of Texas-El Paso; and “Particle H,” by Robert Giracello, Oklahoma.
Works by Short, Steward, Dousa and Giracello will receive their world premieres Oct. 11, while Pagan-Perez’ composition will be performed in March.
For more information, contact Christopher Dobbins, (432) 837-8018 or
Sul Ross State University faculty member Christopher Dobbins hasbeen invited to present to sessions at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention (TMEA) in San Antonio next February.
TMEA is an association of over 30,000 music educators that gather once a year for their convention in San Antonio.
Dobbins, a lecturer in music and director of bands and brass studies, will present “How to Play (and Win) the Transition Game” and “Time Crunch: Score Study for Middle School and High School Band Directors.”
For more information, contact Dobbins, (432) 837-8018 or
“Removing the Shroud of Mystery: Archaeology in the Big Bend” opens Sept. 8 at the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University.
The exhibit, which continues through January 2013, is in partnership with Humanities Texas and the Center for Big Bend Studies at Sul Ross.
Found across the vast region of the Big Bend region of Texas are clues left behind that help tell the story of the “First Texans.” Some of these sites can be traced back more than 10,000 years, and they tell about people that had complex cultures that successfully adapted to changing environments, climates and food sources over their many centuries of occupation in the region. Since they left no written record, understanding of this past relies on the scientific study of what these early peoples left behind - tools, shelters, clothing, bones, food, and even artwork.
The Museum of the Big Bend is located on the campus of Sul Ross State University and hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free – Donations are welcome.
For more information, contact Mary Bones at or call (432) .837-8143.
Five more years.
Sul Ross State University received notification Aug. 28 of a renewal of a five-year, $1.1 million grant to fund theRonald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program for undergraduate research.The new grant period, beginning Oct. 1, extends through Sept. 30, 2017, with an annual allocation of $220,000.
McNair Program director Mary Bennett noted that the grant renewal was especially significant, since about $10 million has been cut from the program. About one-third of the approximately 225 existing programs nationwide will be eliminated.
“We are very pleased and appreciative that we have the opportunity to continue to serve eligible West Texas students by preparing them for graduate studies,” Bennett said.
The McNair 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 U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO programs.
Bennett; Greg Schwab, professor of Fine Arts; and Marilyn McGhee, director of Sponsored Programs, wrote and submitted the grant renewal application in June. Points are awarded on the strength of the application itself, as well as extra competition preference points and prior experience points, which measure meeting and exceeding goals and objectives for the previous funding period.
Since 2008, when records were first kept, 87 percent of Sul Ross’ McNair Program Scholars (33 of 38) who enrolled in graduate school have either earned master’s degrees or are still enrolled. A total of 78 percent of all McNair Program graduates went on to graduate school.
“Campus-wide, the McNair Program has received tremendous backing,” Bennett said. “We have enjoyed a great success rate because faculty mentors have been fully involved with the students, the administration has been extremely supportive and the students themselves have demonstrated great dedication.”
Sul Ross’ McNair Program annually enrolls 20 or more junior and senior students.Bennett said that 12 students have already been accepted for the 2012-2013 academic year, with 8-10 more slots available. Application deadline is Nov. 1.
Participating students receive a stipend of $2,000 and three semester credit hours (during the first summer session) for completed research projects. Projects include an academic paper, PowerPoint presentation and poster. Research is presented at the on-campus McNair-Tafoya Symposium during the following Fall Semester (scheduled Oct. 24). In addition, students are encouraged to present their findings at state and national conferences.
For more information, contact Bennett, (432) 837-8478 or