News Archives June 5, 2012

News for June 5, 2012



Dr. Quint Thurman has been named Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Sul Ross State University.

Thurman, presently the chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Texas State University, San Marcos, will assume his new duties in July. He replaces Dr. Don Coers, who retired in January. Dr. Jimmy Case, Sul Ross Dean of Arts and Sciences, has served as interim Provost and Vice President since that time.

"Dr. Thurman brings a proven record of academic excellence and leadership having managed a very large department nearly half the size of Sul Ross" said Sul Ross President Dr. Ricardo Maestas. "I am very excited about his appointment and I look forward to having him join the Lobo Family."

Thurman, professor and chair of Criminal Justice at Texas State since 2001, has spent over 30 years in higher education. He received a B.A. (1981) and M.A. (1983) in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. (1987) in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

His first academic appointment was at Washington State University-Pullman in 1988 as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. He was promoted to associate professor at WSU in 1994 before re-locating to the WSU-Spokane campus to direct the graduate program in Criminal Justice.

He moved to Wichita State University in 1997, where he was professor and program coordinator of Criminal Justice at the Hugo Wall School of Urban and Public Affairs. He remained at Wichita State until 2001, where he also served as director of the Midwest Criminal Justice Institute, council chairperson of the College of Liberal Arts and Science and graduate coordinator and program director of the Criminal Justice Program.

He has published seven books in criminal justice and numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters. He has been successful in attracting external funding of more than $4 million during his academic career. Thurman also has a lengthy record of university and community service. He received a Distinguished Service Award from the San Marcos Police Department in 2009 for Police Problem Solving, and has been nominated for several excellence in teaching awards.

He and his wife Caryn are excited about joining the Lobo family and moving to Alpine later this summer.

"I am thrilled to become a part of the Sul Ross State University community and look forward to meeting everyone on the Alpine, Uvalde, Eagle Pass, and Del Rio campuses," said Thurman. "The location of Sul Ross in the Big Bend and Rio Grande areas of Texas makes the University ideally situated to meet the educational needs of a new generation of life-long learners."




In October 2011, the U.S. Department of Education awarded Sul Ross State University a grant of $4.3 million to increase attainment of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees through the Computer Science Initiative (CSI).

Through the grant, CSI students will use state-of-the-art technology in new PC and Macintosh laboratories, plus benefit from the one-on-one teacher/student relationship. The Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science has been revised and will include training in C++ and Java, programming languages which are becoming increasingly important in business, education, and government.

Four concentrations have been added within the Computer Science degree plan and two of them, Gaming Design and Technology and Communication Design and Technology, begin Fall Semester 2012. Students enrolled in the Gaming Design and Technology concentration will learn to create animations, games and applications for Apple, PC and Android platforms. The Communication Design and Technology platform offers courses to provide the technical knowledge and training needed for professional design work for publication media, corporate design, and interactive electronic media.

Sul Ross recently received approval of funding for year two of the program from the Department of Education. These funds will be used to convert classrooms in the Briscoe Administration Building into state-of-the-art Macintosh and PC laboratories.

The grant, which is formally known as a Hispanic Serving Institutions-Science, Technology, Mathematics and Engineering (HSI-STEM) grant, was written to enable Hispanic and low income students in the Big Bend area to obtain degrees and secure positions in high-demand and high-paying technology careers.

For more information, contact Paula Wallace at (432) 837-8506 or




A total of 252 Sul Ross State University students, 204 on the Alpine Campus and 48 at Rio Grande College, were named to the spring semester Dean’s List. The list recognizes students who maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Undergraduate students enrolled for 12 or more semester credit hours are eligible for the Dean’s List. Graduate hours are not included in computations.

Dean’s List students are listed by hometowns. Alpine Campus students are:


GLENDALE, ARIZ.: Andrew Silcox

SIERRA VISTA, ARIZ.: Adam Heidrick

KENTWOOD, MICH.: Alexandra Pochert

CARLSBAD, N.M.: James Barela

HOBBS, N.M.: Jayde Burnell

TERREBONNE, ORE.: Jessica Wood

ALPINE: Job Aguirre, Jr., Nichole Ahrens, Marisela Baca, Mary Baird, Nyssa Barrick, Justin Boatright, Megan Boatright, Marley Boyd, Angie Crook, Joshua Cross, Henry Elliott, Robert Fabian, Ryan Farmer, Ryan Flippo, Michael Forrester, Grace Fox, Mariza Garcia, Gregory Gonzales, Angela Greenroy, Federico Hernandez, Jr., Patrick Herring, Daniel Kirwan, Russell Klein, Kolby Kothman, Jamie Krause, David Lattimer, Delaney Lattimer, Thomas Leyva, Don Long, Travis Lutz, Cody McEntire, Kyla Miller, Kimberly Morrow, Taylour Murphy, Ricardo Olivas, Celina Ontiveros, Robert Perry, Melody Rainer, Jessica Ramirez, Rosario Ramos,; Michael Rodriguez, Timothy Rowe, Chanci Saenz, Annalisa Sandate, Ivan Santos-Nunez, Mark Sexton, Coley Shipp, Danielle Shrum, Emma Shrum, Adrian Silvas, Catherine Smietana, Angela Smith, Melissa Sonnier, Arianne Stallard, Michael Stangl, Skyler Stevens, Cameron Stinnett, Urban Strachan, Christine Vajdos, Joseph Van Noy, Kristin Vasquez, Catalina Velasco, Brandy Villarreal, Jennifer Walden, Daniel Whitehead, Isabel Whitehead, Rebekah Whitehead, Kimberly Woodward, Kaitlin Ybarra

AMARILLO: Shianne Hill

AUSTIN: Bowie Adams, Kevin Baird, Logan Gordon, Jordan Janecka, William McAfee, Brooke McKemie, Logan Thomas


BIG LAKE: Lucas McMullan

BOERNE:Robert Boyer

BOWIE: Jameson Crumpler

BRACKETTVILLE: Andrew Kennedy, Colby Smith

CALDWELL: Samantha Menchaca

CAMP WOOD: Collin Morgan

CANUTILLO: Josette Delgado

CASTROVILLE: John Campbell

CLEBURNE: Joseph Walden

CLYDE: Kaitlyn Moody

CORSICANA: Eve Herrington

COVINGTON: Allyce Olivarez

CRANE: Alex Shettter

DEL RIO: Amber Diaz, Kaitlyn Thomas

DENTON: Neil Croft, William Nelson

DEVINE: Amy Haass


EL PASO:Brooke Bankston, Natalie Candelaria, Stephanie Carranza, Beverly Corrales, Javan Esparza, Jose Etchart, Annabel Gallegos, Ryan Hoffer, Eduardo Holguin, Alexandria Lee, Gina Medina, Beatriz Quinonez,; Anna Sandoval, Raven Thrasher, Roberto Torres, Laura Villasenor

ELGIN: Nijaune Winston


FLORENCE: Kaylee Kocian

FORT DAVIS:Lacy Davis, Robert LeBlanc, Desirae Melton, Lacey Moore, Kitty Sibayan, Jacquelynn Tippit,

FORT STOCKTON:Katie Berry, Stephen Daggett, Rachel Milan, Billy Overton

GAINESVILLE: Melissa Embrey, Crystal Martin

GOLIAD: Meghan Karnei

GRANGER:Rebecca Blomquist

HEMPSTEAD: Clayton Heise

HOUSTON:Elizabeth Coddou

JOURDANTON: Hunter Krueger

JUSTIN: Ashley Page

KERRVILLE: Roy Alonzo, Jr., Danielle Walker

LAMESA: Laura Ocanas

LAREDO: Luis Diaz de Leon

LUBBOCK: Krista Ford, Joshua Vasquez

MARATHON: Esmeralda Lara, Charles Sansom

MARFA: Crystal Garcia, Bonnie Lujan, Caleb Nixon, Aaron Razo, Desire Williams

MIDLAND: Rachel Barrett, Megan Downing, Austin Killam, Geoffrey Schuette, Mark Smith

MILES: Lori Villarreal

NEEDVILLE: Sadie Sacra

ODESSA: Laura Anderson, Jacy Freeman, Emily Mossbarger

PLEASANTON: Andrea Butter

PRESIDIO: Samuel Aguilar, Fernanda Arroyo, Dennis Avila, Angela Carrasco, Karla Garcia, Jose Guevara, Isai Hernandez, Sara Hernandez, Aida Luevanos, Priscilla Munoz, Jesus Villa


SACHSE: Daniel Tidwell

SAN ANTONIO: Todd Cantu, Johnathon Cruz, Sharoya Hall, Zachary Johns, Kimberly Mezquiti;


SAN MARCOS: Kasey Campa

SANDERSON: Ariel Bovat, Clarissa Brotherton, Lauren Hamilton

SPRING: Darwin Brown, Brian Lalima,


TOYAH: Maile Hoyt

TROPHY CLUB: Cole Anderson

UVALDE: Laci Bostic, Jodi Carnes,

VAN: David Rumbelow

VAN HORN: Desirae Brewster, Lucia Carrasco, Crystal Gonzales, Adrian Norman

WESLACO: Julio De Leon

WIMBERLEY:Juston Weldon

WOLFFORTH: Felicia Murdock





A total of 252 Sul Ross State University students, 204 on the Alpine Campus and 48 at Rio Grande College, were named to the spring semester Dean’s List. The list recognizes students who maintain a grade point average of 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Undergraduate students enrolled for 12 or more semester credit hours are eligible for the Dean’s List. Graduate hours are not included in computations.

Dean’s List students are listed by hometowns. Rio Grande College students are:



CONCAN: Melissa Nuno

CRYSTAL CITY: Vickie Mendoza

DEL RIO: Binod Bimali, Sabrina Diaz, Jazmin Escareno Estrada, Valerie Gaona, Eduardo Garcia, Brenda Hernandez, Catalina Jimenez, Liliana Keldie, Juan Lara Montelongo, Matthew Letts, Donna Paniagua, Abelardo Paniagua, Martha Sanchez, Raymond Sigley, Martha Tovar

EAGLE PASS:Sally Alba, Alexis Alfaro Cantu, Yessica Cantu, Luna Castillo, Raul Chavez, Monica Diaz, Sonia Dobey, Dennise Flores,; Ivonne Hernandez,; Rogelio Hernandez, Gloria Jaramillo, Martha Jimenez, Rocio Kypuros, Stephanie Llamas, Jovanna Morfin, Cheryl Moyeda, Belinda Ramirez, Brigitte Ramos, Jose Ramos, Celinda Rivas, Cynthia Soto

KNIPPA: Tiffany Pivoda

SABINAL: Emily Zamora

UVALDE: Rosa Arellano, Rebeca Arguello, Alfredo Hernandez, Sasha Martinez, Erin Robin, Cynthia Vera