News Archives April 10, 2012

News for April 10, 2012



Dr. Kris Jorgenson, associate professor of Mathematics, will present the annual Sul Ross State University Arts and Sciences Lecture Thursday, April 19. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.

Jorgenson’s presentation, "Mathematics: The Crown of Creation – Folding to the Sun to Buying a House" will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 19 in Warnock Science Building, Room 201.  

One of the purposes of the convocation is to recognize the research and performance activities throughout the School of Arts and Sciences. Just as in previous years, the program will include a listing of research and performance accomplishments. 





Geoff Schuette, Midland, a senior math major and a member of the Sul Ross State University Honors Program, presented a paper at the Great Plains Honors Council Conference in Kansas City, Mo., March 30-31.

Schuette, who was accompanied by Dr. Kathy Stein, Honors Program director, presented "Stick and Edge Numbers of Composite Lattice Knots."

"Geoff was extremely poised and articulate," Stein said. " I can objectively state that his was one of the best presentations of the conference. I was extremely proud of him. I know that the SRSU Math faculty is also pleased at how well he represented their program." Sul Ross students have attended the last three regional Honors Conferences and students have presented at two of those conferences. In addition to conducting research as an employee at McDonald Observatory, Schuette is also a math tutor at the Academic Learning Center (Ferguson Hall 213).




A new scholarship fund will award $1,000 per semester to a qualifying Sul Ross State University student.

The Baptist Student Ministry Scholarship Fund, established earlier this month, will provide a scholarship of $1,000 per semester to a qualifying member of the Baptist Student Ministry Organization.

Applicants must also be fully admitted students enrolled in 12 or more semester credit hours and of sophomore or higher classification, maintaining a 2.0 or higher grade point average. Preference may be given to applicants with a demonstrated financial need and applicants that come from a single parent household.

Scholarship selections will be made by the Sul Ross Scholarship Committee and may include recommendations from the Baptist Student Ministry.

"This generous gift provides another scholarship opportunity for deserving students," said Dr. Ricardo Maestas, Sul Ross President. "We are extremely grateful to the Baptist Student Ministry."

Sul Ross endowments exceed $14 million with more than 215 scholarships.

For more information on endowments, contact Leo Dominguez, associate vice president for Advancement and University Relations, (432) 837-8033 or





Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, along with Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University, will be hosting a Desert Bighorn Sheep Landowner Awareness Workshop Thursday, April 19.

The event, scheduled from 1-5:30 p.m., will be held in the Pete P. Gallego Center, Room 129. The workshop presents a rare opportunity to hear from involved TPWD and BRI staff about practical management applications derived from the latest research findings about bighorn sheep in Trans-Pecos, Texas.

Presentation topics include: the history of desert bighorn sheep, ongoing recovery plans, habitat requirements, threats of exotics, and management strategies.

Following this event will be a mixer at the Saddle Club in Alpine starting at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact (432) 837-8488.




U.S. Senator John Cornyn heard concerns from border issues to energy to greater judicial representation during a Monday morning (April 9) meeting with Big Bend regional leaders, held at Sul Ross State University.

Cornyn, who was touring the region, including stops at McDonald Observatory and Big Bend National Park, held an hour-long, roundtable discussion with representatives from Brewster, Jeff Davis, Pecos and Presidio counties in the Morgan University Center.

"I didn’t come to talk, but mainly to listen," Cornyn said in his brief remarks. He mentioned that taxes, the economy and the nation’s commercial relationship with Mexico remained very important.

Commerce with Mexico affects at least 40 states, not just U.S. border regions, said Cornyn, "and we need to tell that story better."

At least one speaker agreed, noting that national media’s perception of the U.S.-Mexico border as an extremely dangerous region was detrimental to the region’s tourism.

"We need to be realistic about our borders," he said. "The national press is really blowing it out of proportion and it’s costing us jobs."

In Pecos County, concern about the future of energy production stems from discussion about placing the sand dune lizard on the endangered species list. Such designation could affect drilling efforts due to habitat concerns.

Cornyn said that the Senate was monitoring the issue closely. "We’re trying to avoid an unbalanced approach to this issue and not shoot ourselves in the foot."

Cornyn also said he was working on sensible immigration legislation. Border security remains a serious issue, but he wished to enact legislation that would "encourage legal immigration while we discourage illegal immigration."





by Jason Hennington, News Writer

Sul Ross State University students presented numerous research projects during the second annual Graduate Research Showcase.

The showcase, held April 4, recognized excellence in graduate research in Natural Sciences and Humanities. The showcase was held upstairs in the Morgan University Center on campus in two different rooms, one for Natural Science and the other for Humanities. Poster presentations were on display in the foyer.

Dr. Sharon Hileman, Department Chair of Languages and Literature, believes that this showcase is a great opportunity for the students.

"I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for graduate students to practice giving oral presentations," she said. "Later they will go to other conferences and give presentations in their fields."

The presentations were chosen by a committee of faculty members in Arts and Sciences, along with Mary Bennett, Director of the McNair program.

"The students spend so much time on their thesis, and this is the only way they can conduct a public presentation on their research," Hileman said. "This gives them an audience."

Each student was given 15 minutes for their presentations, which ranged from Power Point presentations to music samples to short excerpts from writings.

"They were really informative and entertaining," Hileman said. "There was a good diversity and a wide variety of topics."

In Natural Sciences, presentations included: Melinda Dooley, Alpine, Arthropod Ecology of Carrion Resources in the Trans-Pecos Region;

Jesus Hermosillo, Presidio, Hydrologic, Geomorphologic and Gis Analysis and Development of an Interfaced Sediment/Discharge Sampling Station as a Means to Quantifying a Sediment Budget for the Upper Terlingua Creek Wasteland;

Kody Kubala, El Campo, Ectoparasite Diversity and Rickettsia Testing of Ectoparasites on Feral Swine (Sus Scofa) and Collared Peccaries (Pecari Tayacu) in the Davis Mountains of Texas;

Seth Sonnier, Alpine, Detailed Mapping of the Lost Mine Trail and Casa Grande Area Including Petrological Analysis of the Casa Grande Lava Dome and Localized Dikes, Chisos Mountains, Big Bend National Park, Texas;

Laura Tang, Westminster, CA, A Survey of the Microbial Diversity from Two Distinct Locations within the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute; A Perpetual Spring and a Desert Soil Site;

Rusty Woodburn, Amarillo, The Influence of the Edwards-Trinity Aquifer on the Pecos River: A Reconnaissance Study of Discharge and Geochemistry.

In Humanities, presentations included Veronica Alvarez, Alpine, Cleopatra: Loyal Lover or Cunning Seductress: A Look at the Infinite Variety of Shakespeare’s Egyptian Queen;

Marilyne Dieckert, Alpine, Under the Stasi;

Tiffany Fowlkes, Stanton, Henry David Thoreau: A Comprehensive and Modern Teaching Unit;

Amber Kelly-Anderson, Midland, Orange Cloud Raining;

Andrew Ross, Garland, "Animal Within Us": Thoreau’s Use of Hunting and Fishing;

Elizabeth Steele, El Paso, Thoreau and Science Fiction Film.

The three poster presentations were all from Natural Sciences and included: Taylor Bruecher, Round Rock, Maximum Discharge Estimates for Terlingua Creek at the Highway 170 Bridge, Terlingua, Texas;

Kristopher Farmer, Kingwood, Hydrology and Policy in the Upper Rio Grande: The Basin to Bay Expert Science Team;

Asher Lichtig, River Hills, WI, Environmental Preferences of Cretaceuos Turtles of the San Juan Basin New Mexico.

Hileman hopes that more graduate students will become interested in participating after attending the showcase.

"We really want participation from graduate students in all areas of Arts and Sciences," she said.