News Archives Aug. 14, 2012

News for August 14, 2012



Fall semester classes will begin Wednesday, Aug. 29 at Sul Ross State University.

Residence halls will open Saturday, Aug. 25 at noon. Lobo Days Orientation/Welcome Week will be held Saturday-Tuesday, Aug; 25-28.

A faculty meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27 in Marshall Auditorium, with school and departmental meetings to follow at 10:30. Late orientation will also be held for new and transfer students.

Tuesday, Aug. 28 is the last day for regular registration and also the last day for students to register in Education block courses. Aug. 28 is also the last registration day for new incoming freshmen and transfer students. New students who have not previously registered for fall classes should go online to the Sul Ross website under Orientation and fill out this form 

Classes, late registration and schedule changes begin Wednesday, Aug. 29. Weekend Format classes begin Saturday, Sept. 1

Monday, Sept. 3 is the Labor Day holiday, with no classes scheduled and offices closed. Tuesday, Sept. 4 is the last day for late registration and schedule changes.

Sul Ross will host the annual New Student Convocation Thursday, Sept. 6, 10:15 a.m. in Marshall Auditorium. Friday, Sept. 14 is the 12th class day.

Friday, Sept. 21 is the final day for students enrolled in Education block courses to drop a course and receive a "W."

Monday, Sept. 24 is the deadline for applying to student teach during Spring 2013 semester. A University as Community Meal on the Mall will also be served on that day.

Deadline to apply for Spring 2013 graduation is Friday, Sept. 28. Tuesday, Oct. 16 is mid-semester.

Friday, Nov. 16 is the last day to withdraw from the university or drop a course with a "W." Drops must be processed in the Registrar’s Office by 4 p.m

Thanksgiving holidays will be observed Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 21-25. Holidays begin after the last scheduled class on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Residence halls will close at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21 and re-open at noon Sunday, Nov. 25.

Wednesday, Dec. 5 is the final class day. Final examinations will be held Monday-Thursday, Dec. 10-13.

Fall commencement exercises will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 in the Pete P. Gallego Center.





"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. 




Dr. Fernando Gomez urged Sul Ross State University graduates to walk with the crickets, specifically Jiminy Cricket, as they chart their future paths.

Gomez, Vice Chancellor and general counsel of the Texas State University System, delivered the address at Sul Ross State University’s summer commencement exercises Saturday, Aug. 11. A total of 145 students were candidates for degrees.

Gomez referred to the traveling companion of Pinnochio in both the 1883 book and later, the Walt Disney film. He urged graduates, as Jiminy Cricket urged Pinnochio, "to let your conscience be your guide."

He emphasized ethics and stressed four "essential lessons": do the right thing; be kind to others; enjoy life; and be a positive force in the workplace. He called present graduates part of "an amazing generation," primarily because of the rapid growth and spread of information and technology.

"You all commence today to a world that is changing with dizzying velocity," Gomez said. "When I graduated, America still had not gone to the moon....There was no Internet, and computers filled warehouses and required staffs of technicians to maintain. Only a television spy named Maxwell Smart had a cell phone, and he had to take his shoe off to use it."

He added that more information was produced between 1967 and 1997 than in the previous 5,000 years. Presently, it is estimated that human knowledge doubles every 75 days.

"Not to worry, you will be prepared," he said. "You have redefined human communications....You are the most socially connected generation in history. You have both the ability and the desire to communicate with each other across the room, across the country, across the world."

Gomez also said the present generation is, "I believe, the most tolerant generation in history. You embrace change and readily accept differences and diversity in others, and I have great hope that one day this nation and this planet will finally slay the dragon of religious, ideological, political, racial, national, sexual and other prejudice."

Technological advances have provided almost instantaneous information exchange, but with it, the potential to do massive harm as well as widespread good, Gomez cautioned.

"Just remember that because of this wonderful gift of technology, your private, ethical decisions have the capacity of harming a lot of people," he said. "In an earlier day, if you gossiped about another person, a handful of people heard your words. Today, you can reach millions of people or cause billions of dollars’ worth of damage. Use your knowledge and your technology wisely and well."

Gomez again stressed "walking with Jiminy Cricket," and using one’s conscience, "‘that small voice that people won’t listen to’....What I am talking about is ethics, knowing right from wrong, something you learned at an early age."

In stressing the four essential lessons, Gomez told graduates to "remember your core values and be true to them," adding,"The true measure of your character is how you behave when no one is watching."

Be kind, use humor as an antidote, learn from mistakes, enjoy immortality, be an active participant in life and a lifelong learner, Gomez said. He noted that the average person changes careers four to five times in a lifetime, so remain positive, contribute more to the organization than received and do not burn bridges.

He concluded, "Go forward into the future with hope...and let your conscience be your guide, by Jiminy."