News Archives April 17, 2012
News for April 17, 2012
MITCHELL WAECHTER, GRACE FOX NAMED SUL ROSS MAN, WOMAN OF THE YEAR
Mitchell Waechter, Devine, and Grace Fox, Killeen, were named the 2012 Sul Ross State University Man and Woman of the Year at the annual Honors Convocation, held Monday (April 16) in Marshall Auditorium.
Waechter, a senior Music Education major, has been a member of the Dean’s List for the past four years. He is a member of the Alpha Chi National College Scholarship Society and has been active in the Student Government Association and Baptist Student Ministry.
Fox, a senior Communication major and a McNair Program scholar, has also been a member of the Student Government Association, Extreme Rebels All-Star cheerleading team and the Alpine Volunteer Fire Department.
"I feel extremely honored and blessed to receive this prestigious award and I thank God for giving me this opportunity," said Waechter, who has served as Student Government Association president and has been active in volunteer work at the First Baptist Church of Alpine, the Food Pantry and in the Alpine Independent School District. He also worked as a summer mentor at Sul Ross.
"I am glad to have discovered Sul Ross State University," he said. "The private school education at state school prices is a wonderful combination and I wouldn’t trade my experience for the world."
Waechter, who will student teach during Fall Semester 2012, plans to teach music in the public school system and work toward both master’s and doctorate degrees in Music Education.
Fox said, "I was completely surprised to receive this accomplishment. I want to give an extra thanks to Dr. Esther Rumsey. She has been an amazing mentor throughout my undergraduate experience, guiding me through McNair and introducing me to the world of communications."
Fox, who also is a work study student at the University Department of Public Safety and participates in the Skyline video news report, has been accepted into the University of Texas at Austin graduate program in public relations and advertising. After graduate school, she hopes to become a public relations practitioner.
"Sul Ross has provided me with the opportunity to explore my interests, develop my talents and overcome challenges through the help of family, friends, faculty and fellow students," she said.
The Man and Woman of the Year award is the top honor a Sul Ross senior can receive. The following departmental awards were also given at the convocation.
Outstanding Equine Science Student – Melissa Petersen, Sherman
Outstanding Animal Health Management Student – Elizabeth Coddou, Houston
Outstanding Animal Production Student – Coley J. Shipp, Alpine
Outstanding Meat Science Student – Gabriel Rosales, La Joya
Outstanding Reproductive Physiology Student – Todd Cantu, San Antonio
Outstanding Animal Science Graduate Student – Matthew Meador, Center Point
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Clifford B. Casey Book Award – Billy Overton, Fort Stockton
Outstanding History Major, Phi Alpha Theta History Award – Kitty Sibayan, Fort Davis
Outstanding Political Science Student Award – Gregory Gonzales, San Antonio
Outstanding Undergraduate Biology Student Award – Diana Hulsey, Houston; Glynis Barnes, Midland
Outstanding Graduate Biology Student Award – Cynthia McAlister, Alpine
Outstanding BBA Student – Kristin M. Vasquez, Alpine
Outstanding ASBT Student – Deborah Jernigan, Abilene
Outstanding MBA Student – Jose R. Contreras Escalante, Alpine
Outstanding MBA-Online Student – Sharon Shoulders, Shallowater
Computer Science and Mathematics
Outstanding Freshman in Computer Science – Joseph Leyva, Alpine
Outstanding Senior in Computer Science – Brian Dunn, San Diego
Gilley Mathematics Excellence Award – Andrew Kennedy, Odessa
Outstanding Freshman in Mathematics – J.R. Medina, Alamo
Outstanding Senior in Mathematics – Geoffrey Schuette, Midland
Outstanding Freshman Criminal Justice Student – Guillermo Sanchez, Fabens
Outstanding Sophomore Criminal Justice Student – Ivan Santos-Nunez, Alpine
Outstanding Junior Criminal Justice Student – Isai Hernandez, Presidio
Outstanding Senior Criminal Justice Student – Jose Guevara, Presidio
Outstanding Graduate Criminal Justice Student – Guy Taylor, Marble Falls
Earth and Physical Sciences
Julius Dasch Outstanding Undergraduate Geology Student – Morgan Pierce
Lance Forsythe Memorial Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Seth Sonnier, Alpine
Outstanding Non-Traditional Geology Student – Tommy Reyes
Education Excellence Award – Benfard Hicks, Sugar Land; Lauren D. Ivey, Imperial; Cameron J.
Sellstrom, Manchaca; Karla Garcia, Presidio; Amie L. Haass, Devine; Diana Jaquez, San Elizario; Annalisa Sandate, Alpine; Angela M. Smith, Alpine; Jennifer R. Walden, Mansfield; Robert Romero, Presidio; Alexis J. Lang, Alpine; Amy B. Valenzuela, Alpine
Albert B. Tucker Reading Specialist – Ruby M. Dominguez, Alpine
Fine Arts and Communication
Outstanding New Art Major – Beverly Corrales, El Paso
Outstanding Art Student – Alexander Costea, Alpine
Outstanding Communication Student – Grace E. Fox, Alpine
Outstanding Theatre Student – Marisela Baca, Presidio
Outstanding Freshman Music Student – Evan Pretto, Austin
Outstanding Vocal Music Student – Laura Ashley Anderson, Odessa
Outstanding Instrumental Music Student – Jose Chacon, Alpine; Travis Lutz, Alpine
Honors Program Graduates – Marisela Baca, Presidio; Kim Morrow, Alpine
Languages and Literature
Outstanding Senior English Major – Adam Heidrick, Sierra Vista, Ariz.
Outstanding Senior Spanish Major – Mirna Borunda, Marfa
Natural Resource Management
Outstanding Underclassman Student in Natural Resource Management – Robert Boyer, Boerne
Outstanding Upperclassman Student in Natural Resource Management – Josette Delgado, Canutillo
Outstanding Natural Resource Field Volunteer – Bill Broyles, Alpine
Outstanding Conservation Biology Graduate Student – Katie Dennison, Quincy, Mass.
Outstanding Graduate Student in Range and Wildlife Management-Range – John Edwards, Edmonds, Okla.
Outstanding Graduate Student in Range and Wildlife Management-Wildlife – James Weaver, Point
W.H. Perryman Scholarship – Gina R. Medina, El Paso
SUL ROSS JURIED STUDENT ART SHOW ON EXHIBITION
Sul Ross State University’s Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition is on display in the Francois Fine Art Gallery, FAB 108, through Friday, April 27. Gallery hours are 8a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.
Every year the Sul Ross Art Program awards students juried into the Annual Art Show with a first, second, third prize and honorable mentions. The first three prizes are cash awards. The People’s Choice award, is a merchandise award, and is awarded by popular vote.
This year the student reception and awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday April 25 from 5-6 p.m. with the winners being announced at 5:30 p.m. Anyone can vote for the People’s Choice award. Ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. April 25, with only one vote per person.
SUL ROSS CONSERVATION BIOLOGY CHAPTER HOSTS EARTH DAY CELEBRATION APRIL 21
The Society for Conservation Biology, Sul Ross State University Chapter, will host the fifth annual Alpine Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 21.
Events, including speakers, entertainment, children’s activities and food, will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Kokernot Lodge.
Local vendors will be present to provide information about natural resources and how to protect them.
Participants include: Brewster County Freecycle, Unitarian Universalists of the Big Bend, Big Bend Soil and Water Conservation District, Native Plant Society, Big Bend Astronomers/International Dark Sky Association/Mirador Astronomy Village, the Nature Conservancy, Alpine Middle School, Alpine Montessori, Grand Companions, Keep Alpine Beautiful/Alpine Recycles, Alpine Solar Sales, Front Street Books, Sul Ross Art Club, Animal Services and the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute.