News Archives Jan. 31, 2012

News for Jan. 31, 2012



A paper written by Sul Ross State University faculty member Dr. Donald Callen Freed has been selected for inclusion in an international publication.

Freed’s paper, "Stroke and Voice Therapy: One Singer©Conductor’s Own Journey and Recovery," will be included in a book, "Visual and Performing Arts," edited by Stephen Andrew Arbury and Aikaterini Georgoulia. The book will be released by the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER). The third annual international Conference on Visual and Performing Arts will be held June 4©7 in Athens, Greece.

Freed is an associate professor of Music at Sul Ross. For more information, contact Freed, (432) 837-8216 or




Dr. Johanna Delgado-Acevedo has joined the Sul Ross State University faculty as a visiting assistant professor in Natural Resource Management.

Delgado-Acevedo’s appointment is effective for Spring Semester 2012.

She received a B.S. (1999) in Biology and M.S. (2005) in Tropical Biology from the University of Puerto Rico and her Ph.D. (2010) in Wildlife Sciences from Texas A&M Kingsville.

Prior to coming to Sul Ross, Delgado-Acevedo was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.




Sul Ross State University will host the 46th annual South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America meeting, March 7-9.

Technical program symposia and themed sessions will cover recent understanding of geology in Big Bend National Park and vicinity, tectonic history of the Trans Pecos, hydrology, water quality, research and restoration in the Rio Grande and its tributaries, stratigraphy and paleontology of the Permian Basin, aquifers of West Texas and outcomes of research pertaining to Mesozoic Era geologic processes in the Western USA.

In addition to presentations and poster sessions, professionally guided field trips covering quaternary geology and hydrogeology of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo (Monday, March 5), recent studies of magmatism in Big Bend National Park (Tuesday, March 6) and a student-oriented technical workshop instructing techniques in field hydrogeology and hydrology (Wednesday, March 7) will be offered. Following the meeting, a field trip of the geology of Colorado Canyon (Saturday, March 10) is planned.

For more information, visit: or contact general meeting chair Dr. Kevin Urbanczyk,(4232) 837-8110 or




A student printmaking exhibition of the "Print Exchange" and selected works will be on display through March 2 at Sul Ross State University.

Works will be exhibited in the Main Gallery, Francois Fine Arts Building. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. A reception for the artists will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, 5-6 p.m. in the gallery. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.

A variety of techniques including relief, intaglio, monotype, monoprints, chine colle`, collagraphs and solarplate intaglio are on exhibition. In this class, the students were asked to print an edition of 30 identical prints for their final.

Print number 11 was framed for the show, and students all drew numbers and received a collection of prints from each student that corresponded to the number they chose.

For more information, contact Carol Fairlie,





by Jason Hennington, News Writer

Vocalists Shannon and Keith Earle took time to pass on singing techniques to Sul Ross State University music students.

The Earles, who recently performed a recital at Marshall Auditorium, later spent time providing helpful techniques to students. Three music majors, all specializing in voice, performed for the guests. The clinic was organized by Lana Potts, visiting lecturer. "Sul Ross voice majors sang songs they had performed last semester during recitals, and Shannon and Keith gave suggestions on improving their vocal technique," Potts said.

Laura Ashley Anderson, Odessa, performed Ici-Bas by Gabriel Faure; Raven Thrasher, El Paso, performed Go Down Moses by HT Burleigh; and Karla Villase

or, El Paso, sang Melodia by Vicente Costa Noueras.

Keith Earle, who is a music teacher in San Antonio, spoke earlier to the Music Materials for Children class and shared some of his classroom techniques to other inspiring teachers. On the day after the recital, both Keith and Shannon Earle sat in on the master’s class.

"We scheduled it at lunch because that is when most of the students were available," Potts said.

Although only three students performed, the room was filled with students, faculty, and staff from the music department. Potts believes that while private lessons are helpful, this format would be better in a classroom setting.

"The reason we do it as a class is because everyone there can learn," Potts said. "It benefitted a lot more people than private lessons would have."

Potts plans to have a master’s class when guest artists come in for recitals.

"Guest artists are people who are already making a living as musicians," she said. "They come in and do a recital and do a master’s class where students are prepared to sing or play for them."

The Earles are native Texans who currently live and work in San Antonio. Both are part of the music staff at St. George’s Episcopal Church and School in San Antonio, where Keith is the director. Shannon Earle maintains a busy performing career and an active private voice studio. Both have also performed in choirs, on stage, in recitals, and are members of the San Antonio Opera.




by Jason Hennington, News Writer

From the Mexican border to the bottom of the world.

Former Sul Ross State University student Joselyn Fenstermacher, who will be making a return trip to Antarctica, recently shared her scientific experiences there during a video presentation at Front Street Books, Alpine. This will be Fenstermacher’s fourth season going to the Antarctica. During her first two trips, she worked at McMurdo Station, a U.S. research center located on Ross Island.

"McMurdo Station is the largest station on the continent and can handle close to 1200 people during the summer," she said. "It is super, super busy with all of the science going on. Almost any kind of science you could imagine happens there."

In contrast, the South Pole’s summer season population is 200, dropping to about 50 in the winter. McMurdo’s winter population is 150.

"At McMurdo there’s volcanology, sea ice physics, dynamics, marine biology with seals, penguins, sea slugs, there are people who dive, and do all kinds of crazy stuff," she said. "You’ve got people collecting meteorites, you’ve got people doing atmosphere research, and I’m sure a lot of things I’m forgetting. So there is a lot going on at McMurdo," she said. "At the South Pole, it is a little bit more limited. They are doing deep space research mostly with microwave telescopes and not optical telescopes, but looking for faint heat signatures."

Fenstermacher explained that she worked as a lab supervisor while at McMurdo, working with scientists in that environment.

She also held an administrative position, helping with work order management for the vehicle maintenance shop, which she explained was unrelated to her education field. Fenstermacher switched to the South Pole during her first season and worked as the greenhouse technician, which will be her job upon returning.

"This was for the summer at South Pole, and then last winter I spent as the Waste Specialist Manager," she said. "It’s a glorified word for Recycling Technician Trash Girl."

On this trip to Antarctica, Fenstermacher will be working in a greenhouse area, growing vegetation and collecting information.

"There are not any specific science projects happening in there where we are taking specific data. We do report back, but there is no specific research," she said.

She said that a NASA researcher was working in the summer on growing food in extreme environments. Plants gyrate as they grow, and some thought it was due to the rotation of the earth. The researcher established the study at the South Pole, where there is no gyration, and his preliminary results revealed the plants still moved.

"I haven’t followed through on that, so I’m really curious to see what came of it," she said. "Hopefully with that and seeing that you can do some science there, and progress into that, because that would be really neat to value at a green house not just producing fresh food."

After a short description of the land in Antarctica, Fenstermacher noted that different clothing can be worn due to the varying weather conditions.

"It’s fun because once you get organized you know what you need and pack it in your bag, and you get the new people who are just wandering in circles confused, so you try to help those folks out, because I got a lot of help when I started as well," she said.

The flight to Antarctica is organized by the New York Air Guard and an orientation video is given before boarding the plane. She explained that both passengers and cargo are aboard the plane, and how the seats are arranged to store the cargo.

Fenstermacher said her presentation was self serving because she was able to see all of her friends at one time before leaving. But she also wanted to share her experience with others who were interested.

"I wanted to share what I’ve been up to because a lot of people are interested, and I’m happy to talk about it because it is a neat place and it is easy to start to take it for granted," she said. "Just like maybe some of us can take this place for granted if we’re here long enough, but it’s still amazing and people wish they could live out here. It’s kind of the same thing for down there."

She added that it is special when she gets to share it with people because it becomes more exciting for her as well.

"It’s not a hardship but not as adventurous or as exciting because I’ve done it before," she said. "It’s kind of a long trip to finally having to get there, and then I can relax instead of wondering what’s going to come next. When I share it with people that is when it gets more exciting because I’m reminded of how amazing and special it is."