News Archives June 12, 2012

News for June 12, 2012



Sul Ross State University Distinguished Alumnus Jack Fletcher recently completed some unfinished business – receiving his high school diploma 70 years late.

On May 25, Fletcher joined 10 graduates of the Spur High School Class of 2012 as an honorary graduate during the school’s commencement ceremonies. He was featured on KCBD-TV of Lubbock and the segment later aired on an MSNBC News link.

Fletcher, now 86 and a resident of Western Australia, left school during his senior year in 1943 to join the military. He served as a Navy Corpsman with the U.S. Third Marine Division. After his discharge in 1946, Fletcher enrolled at Sul Ross, graduating in 1949.

A distinguished soil scientist, Fletcher went to Australia in 1965 and co-founded the Australian Land and Cattle Co. (ALCCO) in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. As managing director from 1967-1985, he oversaw a massive operation that spanned over 6,700 square miles (4.3 million acres) of stations and feedlots, producing crops and beef in massive quantities.

Fletcher received Sul Ross’ first Distinguished Alumni Award in 1981. He has also been honored by the Texas State House of Representatives and Soil Conservation Society of America for his soil, water and wildlife conservation efforts. He also worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Soil Conservation Service, William K. Holt Machinery and Caterpillar Co. Fletcher served as an agricultural consultant to government organizations and private companies in the U.S., Korea, Libya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

He has written two books on his Australian experiences, "Texas Jack’s Australian Outback Dream" and "To Dam or Be Damned, the Mighty Fitzroy River." He holds dual U.S. and Australian citizenship.




Cole Porter’s musical classic, "Anything Goes," launches the 47th season of the Theatre of the Big Bend, with weekend performances June 22-July 8.

Show times are 8:15 p.m. Friday-Sunday at the Kokernot Outdoor Theatre in Alpine.  Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and children. A special holiday performance is scheduled Thursday, July 5. Advanced tickets are on sale now at or by calling 888-722-SRSU.

Featuring famous Cole Porter hits such as, It's Delovely, Friendship, I Get a Kick Out of You and the title song, Anything Goes, the Theatre of the Big Bend’s summer musical is a classic American spectacle the entire family will enjoy. Directed by Gregory M. Schwab and choreographed by Dona W. Roman, "Anything Goes" is filled with fun, mayhem, song and dance. Musical direction is by Donald Callen Freed and Chris Dobbins, and technical direction by guest artist Jeff Wisor.

The entire action takes place aboard the "S.S. American" sailing from New York to England. Among the passengers are beautiful American Heiress Hope Harcourt (played by Laura Ashley Anderson); her foppish British fiance Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (Timothy Wright) and Hope’s mother,  Mrs. Wadsworth T. Harcourt (Michelle Selk).  

Other travelers are Bishop Dobson (Chris Ritzi); his two Chinese converts Ching (Catherine Ritzi) and Ling (Westin Huffman); and Elisha J. Whitney (Joseph Rosco), grandiose Wall Street broker. Reno Sweeney (Raven Thrasher), ex-evangelist turned nightclub singer, and her quartet of not-so-angelic Angels: Purity (Missy Embrey); Chastity (Laura Ocanas); Charity (Mandy Mata) and Virtue (Kayla Perkins) are also passengers.

Next we meet Billy Crocker (Julian Johnson) who is, as he later admits, "a broken-down broker."  Billy has not planned to sail, but when he learns that Hope Harcourt (a dear friend) is planning to marry Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, he decides to stay aboard as a stowaway and somehow plan to break up the proposed marriage. Moonface Martin (Gregory Gonzales), Public Enemy Number 13 and his moll Bonnie (Ashley Page) are also on board.

Additional cast members include: Michael Gallardo (Reporter #!, Sailor #2); Antonio Castro (Steward); Roger Siglin (Cameraman); Hannah Machado (Girl #1); Brook Siler (Girl #2); Jay Sawyer (Captain); Brandy and Tony Snyder (Couple #1); Martiza Mata (Daughter of Couple #1); Jackie and Roger Siglin (Couple #2); Eddie Molinar (Purser); and Trevor Priest (Sailor #1).

Musicians are: Mark Sexton, Christine Cavazos and Kasey Campa (flute); Karla Villasenor (violin); Kasey Campa (saxophone); Robert Halpern (percussion); Heather Dobbins (bassoon); Chuck Wilson and Sue Zukowski (trumpet).