News Archives April 3, 2012

News for April 3, 2012



Eighteen Sul Ross State University students were inducted into three honor societies during a ceremony held Tuesday, March 27 by the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Initiation ceremonies were held for Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society; Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society; and Psi Chi, the national psychology honor society. The event was held in the Gallego Center, Room 129.

New Phi Alpha Theta members are: Sara Ameen, El Paso; David Lattimer, Alpine; Aaron Razo, Marfa; Chelsea Rios, Marfa; Jesus Villa, Presidio; Joseph Walden, Cleburne; and Victoria White, Austin. They joined existing members Carla Parsons, Alpine; and Kitty Sibayan, Fort Davis.

New Pi Sigma Alpha members are: Mark Bradford, DeLeon; Johnathan Cruz, San Antonio; Greg Gonzales, San Antonio; Angela Greenroy, Alpine; Jennifer Ritchey, Abilene; Maria Victoria Terrazas, Presidio; Villa; John Allen Quisenberry, Midland; and Amanda D. Tilley, Graford. Moises Morales, Fort Hancock, is an existing member.

New Psi Chi members include: Clarissa Brotherton, Sanderson; and Kaitlin Ybarra, Alpine. Existing members are Emily Dawn Herrera, Liberty; Patti Godbold, Marfa; and Jesse Molina, Marfa.




Rose Enos, administrative secretary in the School of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, is the most recent recipient of the Sul Ross State University Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence.

The recognition, which includes a cash award, cites exemplary performance to the university.

"Rose makes a significant contribution to all programs with the School of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences," her nomination stated. "She is a cornerstone for organization and logistical support that is critical for ANRS to function. Rose is a no-nonsense individual; personable, helpful, efficient and an extremely reliable employee."

She was also praised for a "unique and remarkable creative side" that includes decorations and interior design throughout the Turner Range Animal Science Center.

"She has impeccable taste for social functions and her creative ideas and organization make hosting meetings and functions a professional, inviting and memorable experience," the nomination stated. In addition, her baking skills were praised, especially in providing cakes and pies for graduate student, faculty and staff birthdays.

Enos, a native of Hayward, Calif., moved to Alpine in 1997. She moved to Boston, Mass. in 2001 after working briefly in Sul Ross’ Office of Financial Assistance. She returned in 2004, when she began working at ANRS. Since then, she has also completed an associate’s degree in Meat Technology and bachelor’s degree in Meat Science and plans to receive a master’s degree in Animal Science later this year.

"I have enjoyed my experiences here at Sul Ross as a student and as an employee," she said. "It has always felt like a family environment in both respects."

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, and so far, stops have included Egypt, Morocco, Canada, Belize, England, France, Italy, the Netherlands, several Caribbean islands, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and much of the continental U.S.

"I am also interested in fellow travelers and participate in a worldwide program called ‘Couchsurfing,’" she said. The non-profit organization welcomes fellow travelers into each others’ homes to stay while traveling.

"Most hosts want to show off the ‘real’ things about their country and take you places you’d never see as a tourist. My bonus is I get to tour my guests in an around our beautiful West Texas and Big Bend area," she said.

Enos’ son, Matthew Haroutunian is presently a dual high school credit/Sul Ross student. Her mother and stepfather, sister, brother and their families live in northern California.




The Sul Ross State University Department of Education will host the annual Job Fair for Teachers and Administrators on Wednesday, April 11. The Job Fair includes recruitment efforts for teachers, reading specialists, educational diagnosticians, counselors, and principals.

Representatives will be available from 9 a.m.-12 noon in the Becky Espino Conference Center, second floor of the Morgan University Center. Anyone interested is invited and welcome to attend.

The Job Fair provides Sul Ross students, area teachers and administrators an opportunity to visit personally with school district recruiters from around the state.




Sul Ross’ Skyline newspaper, Brand yearbook and Sage literary magazine received 16 awards at the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association’s (TIPA) annual conference and contest last weekend in Corpus Christi.

Senior Peter Dindinger, El Paso, won an honorable mention in Sports Action Photo at the on-site live contest, his tenth career TIPA award in photography. His other 2012 TIPA awards included first place, Sports Action Photo (newspaper); first, Sports Action Photo (yearbook); honorable mention, Sports Feature Photo, yearbook; and one award with senior Ivonne Arelllano, Tornillo: honorable mention, Photo Story (newspaper).

Graduate Sylvia Samayoa, El Paso, Brand editor, won three awards in the previously published category for yearbooks: first place, End Sheets; honorable mention, Cover Design; and first, Title Page. Samayoa graduated last year.

Other winners were William H. Darby III, Alpine, third place, Short Story (literary magazine); Adam Robert Heidrick, Sierra Vista, Ariz., first place, Poem (literary magazine); Joshua Castro, El Paso, second, Feature Photo (yearbook); Brooke Bankston, El Paso, first, Sports Package (yearbook); The Sage, first place, Cover Design (literary magazine); Veronica Alvarez, Alpine, honorable mention, Essay (literary magazine); Brenda Gallegos, Presidio, honorable mention, Opening Spread (yearbook), and Cara Bonin, Katy, honorable mention, In-Depth Reporting (newspaper).

Eight students attended the three-day statewide conference where they attended workshops and entered on-site contests. They included Thalia Aparicio, El Paso, Bankston, Bonin, Castro, Dindinger, Gallegos, Jazmin Gonzalez, La Joya, and Angela Greenroy, Alpine. Jason Hennington, advisor, accompanied the group.




Three Sul Ross State University communication students presented their McNair Project papers in Cleveland, Ohio at the Undergraduate Honors Conference of the Central States Communication Association on March 30-31.

  Over 100 undergraduates from colleges and universities located in the central US submitted papers to be included in the Honors Conference. Approximately one-third of the papers submitted were selected for presentation in Cleveland as part of the Central States Communication Association annual conference. 

Grace Fox, Alpine, presented her paper orally and Earnest Jones, Boerne; and Michael Gallardo, El Paso, presented posters of their papers. Fox’s paper was selected to be included in the top paper panel and she received recognition at the conference for submitting a top five paper. Additionally, Jones’ poster was selected as a top three poster.

The McNair Program, named after Ronald E. McNair, the first African American astronaut, is designed to assist low income, first generation, and/or under represented students earn doctoral degrees. The program assists students to prepare for and pass the GRE, LSAT, and MCAT tests, as well as apply for doctoral programs at other institutions. The McNair program also sponsors travel to graduate fairs and symposiums, along with periodic workshops on how to find and secure graduate funding for involved students.




Dr. Tanya Shenk will deliver the 18th H.J. Cottle Lecture, "The Colorado Canada Lynx Reintroduction Program," Thursday, April 5 at Sul Ross State University.

Shenk’s lecture will be held at 1 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium, Morelock Academic Building. She will disucess the reintroduction of Canada lynx back into the Colorado portion of the Rocky Mountains. There is no admission charge and the public is invited. The Biology Club will host a reception outside the auditorium immediately following the lecture.

Shenk is currently a landscape ecologist with the National Park Service, Biological Resources Management Division, focusing on wildlife conservation in Fort Collins, Colo. She was chosen from a number of candidates because of her extensive background within the biological sciences. Shenk is a Colorado State University faculty affiliate and is also a member expert with the ICUN’s North American Cat Specialist Group.

This annual lecture series is named in honor of Dr. Harve James Cottle who was a distinguished researcher, educator, and member of the Sul Ross Biology Department for several years in the 1920s, and promoted student interactions with outstanding scientists of various fields.

Previous Cottle Lecturers include: Dr. Barney Lipscomb from The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (Rappaccini's Garden: Murderous Plants-Poisonous Herbs in our World); Dr. Jeff Meldrum from Idaho State University (Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science); and Dr. Millicent Goldschmidt from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (The Mighty Microbe, the Ultimate Predator).