News Archives, Aug. 28, 2012

Campus News for August 28, 2012

Sul Ross State University will be closed Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day.
Classes will resume and offices will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4.
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.
John Martin (Marty) Davis, Jr., will present the 24th annual Mary Thomas Marshall Lecture Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Sul Ross State University.
The 7:30 p.m. lecture will be held in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center and is free an open to the public. A reception will follow.
Davis, a part-time Fort Davis resident, is a businessman, author and friend of Sul Ross. He will address “The First Shuffle of the American New Deal: Social Programs Instituted in Occupied Beaufort, South Carolina, During the Civil War, 1861-1865, by General Rufus Saxton.”
The lecture reveals the often overlooked saga of innovative social programs installed by federal officials three quarters of a century before Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. The leading official in this project was the Military Governor and Assistant Commissioner of the Freedman’s Bureau, Major-general Rufus Saxton, United States Army.
The programs Saxton implemented included regulations covering fair wages, child care, marriage, peoples’ courts, food banks, clinics and benefits for injured, sick and elderly workers. All these ceased after death of President Abraham Lincoln. Saxton's regime was also source of “40 acres and a mule” alleged promise to emancipated slaves.
Davis also presented the 2007 Marshall Lecture, “The Cadillac Jack Collector’s Protocol.” He graduated from Southern Methodist University with a degree in Business Administration in 1967 and in 1970 with a Juris Doctorate, Order of the Coif Honors. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Judge Advocate General Corps for six years ending in 1974.
Following military service, Davis, a sixth generation Texan, born in Jacksonville, Fla.,, headed up the highly successful Dallas accounting firm of Davis, Clark and Company, CPAs. He has been highly active in civic and philanthropic affairs, winning the Dallas Heritage award in 1992, the Obelisk Award in 1992 and 2000, and serving as president of the Old City Park Project in Dallas. He also was a key member (director/treasurer) in the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts and served as Chairman of the King Foundation from 2000-2012.
Davis has been especially involved in supporting Sul Ross. He served on the President’s Support Group and was the University Foundation chairman from 2010- 2012. He is the Founding Sponsor of the Lonesome Dove Gala for the Benefit of the Museum of the Big Bend and is a member of the Museum’s board of directors. He and his wife, Yana, donated the magnificent Davis Map Collection to the Museum of the Big Bend. His deep interest in collecting maps and in the field of cartography is evidenced by his role as board member and current president of the Texas Map Society.
He has published on a variety of historical subjects and received awards for “The Last Bond of the Lost Cause”, Society of Paper Money Collectors. He co-authored Confederate Treasury Certificates: A Collection Guide to IDR’s for which he won the Wisner Award from the Society of Paper Money Collectors in 2010 and the Extraordinary Merit Award from the Numismatic Literary Guild in 2011.
The Sul Ross State University Lecture Series was renamed in 1985 to honor Mary Thomas Marshall, a good friend of the University. On Feb. 21, 1992, the Board of Regents, Texas State University System, approved renaming the Main Auditorium of Sul Ross to the Marshall Auditorium in recognition of Mrs. Marshall's many contributions to the University.