News Archives Jan. 10, 2012

News for Jan. 10, 2012



Sul Ross State University will be closed Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday.

Offices will re-open and classes will resume at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17.




A total of 247 students, 140 from the Alpine Campus and 107 from Rio Grande College, were candidates for degrees during fall commencement exercises at Sul Ross State University.

Ceremonies were held Saturday, Dec. 17 in the Pete P. Gallego Center for Sul Ross-Alpine graduates and in the Uvalde High School Auditorium for RGC graduates.

Alpine campus graduates, their degrees and hometowns are listed below. Degree codes are as follows: AA-Associate of Applied Science; BA - Bachelor of Arts; BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration; BFA - Bachelor of Fine Arts; BS - Bachelor of Science; Cert. - Certificate; MA - Master of Arts; MAg. - Master of Agriculture; MBA - Master of Business Administration; MEd - Master of Education; MS - Master of Science; VN - Vocational Nursing Certificate; cum laude, 3.5-3.69 grade point average; magna cum laude, 3.7-3.89; summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0.

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN: Tomomi Kamata, BA, Spanish

CHIHUAHUA, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO:Jorge A. Gutierrez Sapien, MBA, Business Administration; Monica I. Manriquez Trevino, MBA, Business Administration; Ivan Olivos Flores, MBA, Business Administration; Javier Ponce de Leon Romo, MBA, Business Administration; Felix H. Zapien Venegas, BBA, Business Administration

OJINAGA, CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO:Elmer Castro, MEd, Education-General; Arlyh H. Lujan, BBA, Business Administration

SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXICO: Miguel A. Grageda Garcia, MS, Range and Wildlife Management

PAYSON, ARIZ.: Candice J. Johnson, BA, General Studies

CRAIG, COLO.:Roberta Hodge, BBA, Business Administration, magna cum laude

CORNING, IA.: Renee Goodvin, MA, English

LOVINGTON, N.M.:Kathryn L. McGuire, BS, Animal Science, magna cum laude

OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA.: Caitlyn Stidham, Cert., Vocational Nursing


ABILENE:Elsie B. Jackson, MEd, Education-General; Susan K. Kilpatrick, MEd, Counseling; Eilene F. Martin, Med, School Administration; Linda E. White, MEd, Counseling

ALBANY: Jessica M. Rieger, MEd, Education-General

ALPINE: Marcus Celaya, MBA, Business Administration; Brenda N. Criddle, MA, History; William H. Darby III, MA, English; Caroline Spencer Fox, MA, History; William T. Inderlied, BBA, Business Administration; Christopher D. Jackson, BS, Natural Resource Management; Haley J. Johnson, BS, Interdisciplinary Studies; Michelle D. Nelson, BA, General Studies; Samantha M. Medina, MEd, Physical Education; Robert A. Rodriguez, MA, History; Surrena Rub, Cert., Vocational Nursing; Leslie C. Shaw, BBA, Business Administration; Charles A. Weinacht, MA, History;

AUSTIN: Stephen Szkotak, MEd, Physical Education; Donald L. Williams, Jr., BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science; Teren Williams, Cert., Vocational Nursing

BANDERA: Christian Cruz, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science; Michael Van Wagner, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science; Jacob L. Warden, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science

BELLEVUE: Justin Hoffman, BS, Natural Resource Management, magna cum laude

BEAUMONT: Beau K. Shahan, MEd, School Administration

BIG SPRING: Cynthia Becerra, BS, Biology

BURLESON: James C. Martin, BS, Natural Resource Management; Victoria-Aprile M. Raybon, BS, Animal Science

BURTON: Meredith M. Navarette, BS, Animal Science

CARRIZO SPRINGS: Sally Schmidt, BS, Animal Science

CASTROVILLE: Sandra M. Perales, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science

CLAUDE: James Lane, MEd, School Administration

CLYDE: Samantha Johnson, BS, Animal Science

COLLEGE STATION: Marilyne C. Dieckert, MA, Liberal Arts

CORPUS CHRISTI: Amanda F. Yarbrough, BS, Animal Science, cum laude

DALHART: Yadira M. Villalobos, MBA, Business Administration

DALLAS: Darrin W. Bledsoe, BS, Geology, cum laude; Jennifer B. Denton, MA, Political Science-Public Administratio; Jeran L. Walker, MEd, Counseling

DEL RIO: Justin R. Cruz, MS, Criminal Justice; Heather Mills Durand, MS, Criminal Justice

EDEN: Seth V. J. Jackson, MEd, Counseling

EL PASO: Megan E. Antrim, MA, Political Science-Public Administration; Javier Arrieta, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science; Venessa Betancourt, MEd, School Administration; Celina Candelaria, MA, Political Science-Public Administration; Elizabeth Torres Cardenas, MEd, School Administration; Marlene Castillo, MEd, School Administration; Joann Cereceres, MS, Criminal Justice; Jake M. Darnell, BA, General Studies; Irene DeMars, MEd, Counseling; Edward J. Gonzalez, MEd, School Administration; Christina Grijalva, MEd, School Administration; Jennifer A. Jimerson, , MEd, MacArthur D. Jones, MEd, School Administration; Gena Lopez, MEd, Counseling; Rosanna Loya, MEd, School Administration; Bernadette Navarrette, MEd, Counseling; Yvonne Padilla, MEd, Counseling; Catherine Rainer, BA, General Studies; Amber Rodriguez, BS, Criminal Justice; Sandra Sanchez Resendez, MEd, Counseling; Michael Saenz, MEd, School Administration; Amber Rodriguez, BS, Criminal Justice; Lillian Sanchez, BBA, Business Administration; Daniel Silva, Cert., Vocational Nursing; Margarita Velez, MEd, Education-General

EULA: Cathy C. Hillin, MEd, Counseling

FORT DAVIS: Charles H. Prude, BS, Natural Resource Management; Kevin D. Zimdars, BA, General Studies

FORT STOCKTON: Karen Y. Chavez, Cert., Vocational Nursing; Tiffany F. Faulkenberry, BS, Animal Science; Kristal M. Ramirez, BBA, Business Administration

FORT WORTH: Jennifer Jimenez, Cert., Vocational Nursing

GRAFORD: John R. Lowe, MBA, Business Administration

HEMPSTEAD: Johnnie Williams, III, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science

HERMLEIGH: Heather M. Clark, MEd, Counseling

HOUSTON: Tessa M. Mandel, BA, General Studies

HOWE: Colby R. Hogenson, BS, Natural Resource Management

IMPERIAL: Lauren D. Ivey, BS, Interdisciplinary Studies, summa cum laude

JARRELL: Regan T. Gage, MS, Range and Wildlife Management

JONESBORO: Seth N. Holcombe, BA, General Studies

KATY: Cara Bonin, BS, Agricultural Business, cum laude

KERRVILLE: Kienan B. Goodnight, BS, Criminal Justices, summa cum laude

LAKE HILLS: Westley Miller, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science

LAMESA: Kenzi Jo Childers, BA, General Studies

LAMPASAS: Joe L. Strickland, BS, Industrial Technology

LEVELLAND: Stacey M. Brown, MEd, Counseling

LOMETA: David T. Torres, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science

LORAINE: Mary C. Hanks, MEd, Counseling

LUBBOCK: Nathan J. Ambrose, BA, Psychology; Ernaldo Elemento, Jr., MBA, Business Administration; Colin A. White, BA, History; James Williams, MBA, Business Administration

MANCHACA: Cameron J. Sellstrom, BA, History

MARATHON: LeAndra Ramirez, BBA, Business Administration

MARFA: Leah Brugette, Cert., Vocational Nursing; John D. Garcia, BA, English; Judith Loya, BS, Mathematics; Marisa Villarreal, Cert., Vocational Nursing

MERKEL: Angela Head, MEd, Counseling

MERTZON: Courtney B. Redman, MEd, Counseling

MIDLAND: Riozelle Morales, BS, Biology; Michael W. Smith, BS, Natural Resource Management

MONAHANS: Lyndi Cypher, MEd, Counseling

MORAN: Kimberly Holland, MEd, School Administration

ODESSA: Ashley Brown, BS, Animal Science

OLTON: Dennison S. Barnett, BS, Animal Science; Casey Collins, BS, Agricultural Business

OZONA: Ronny G. Clayton, MEd, School Administration

PECOS: Sylvia M. Davis, BFA, Art

PRESIDIO: Giselle Garcia, Cert., Vocational Nursing; Zuleyma Hernandez, BS, Criminal Justice; Roscely Sepulveda, BBA, Business Administration; Doraly Sotelo, BA, General Studies

RICHARDSON: Brittany R. Hatch, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science

RICHMOND: Chelsea L. Cadman, BS, Natural Resource Managment

ROTAN: Heather S. Osborn Ward, MEd, Counseling

SAN ANTONIO: Amanda Almaraz, BA, History; Marcos A. Carranco, MA, Political Science-Public Administration, MS, Criminal Justice; Jeremy L. Hammond, MBA, Business Administration

SANDERSON: Roxana M. Espino, MEd, School Administration; Jackie K. Sandifer, MEd, Counseling

SIERRA BLANCA: Kimberly C. French, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science

SPRING: Stacy Duckett, MS, Range and Wildlife Management

SUGAR LAND: Benfard E. Hicks, Jr., BS, Interdisciplinary Studies, magna cum laude; Monte R. Piper III, MA, History

SWEETWATER: Thanet R. Carey, MEd, Counseling; Courtney Martin, MEd, Counseling

TAYLOR: Timothy P. Rafferty, BA, General Studies

TUSCOLA: Cori L. Fain, BS, Animal Science, magna cum laude

TYLER: Scott J. Morehouse, MS, Criminal Justice

UVALDE: Raquel Avila, MS, Criminal Justice; Joshua S. Greenwalt, BS, Natural Resource Management

VAN HORN: Yolanda Ortega, MEd, School Administration; Amber Rodriguez, Cert., Vocational Nursing; Amy L. Sparks, MEd, Education-General

WELLINGTON: Christopher M. Belew, BS, Agricultural Business




Even before he graduated from high school, Danny Hernandez was well acquainted with Sul Ross State University.

Beginning with summer employment, he spent more than 33 years as a groundskeeper and will retire Jan. 31. He began working full-time in 1979.

A public reception will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m. on the second floor foyer of the Morgan University Center. Hernandez will be honored with Brian Larremore, retiring Sul Ross police office.

"I worked part-time during the summer, then started full-time right out of high school," Hernandez said.

Over the decades of his employment, work methods have changed considerably. "We used to pick up trash in five-gallon cans, carry it to a dump truck and after the truck was full, haul it to the dump," he said.

"We used to water the grass without the sprinkler system by dragging hoses everywhere. We would carry pipes and spread them around to water the big areas, like the football field."

Hernandez worked with pick and shovel to help install the present sprinkler system.

"Little by little, things started changing," he said. "We hauled away a lot of the old buildings."

In addition to witnessing well over $100 million in new and renovated facilities, Hernandez has also worked under four presidents: C.R. Richardson, Jack Humphries, R. Vic Morgan and Ricardo Maestas.

"I’ve seen a bunch of kids graduate (from Sul Ross)," he said. "Some of them come back years later and ask me if I’m still here. I just laugh and tell them I’m working on my master’s degree."

"It has been nice working with the people around here."

Retirement does not mean inactivity. Hernandez plans to stay busy with ranch work, yard work and helping a friend in a mobile home moving business.

He also works with horses and is presently teaching two of his children to ride. He is also a frequent spectator, as daughter, Margarita, 11, plays on a traveling softball team and twin sons Danny, Jr. and Salvador, 14, are active in athletics. He and his wife, Maria Elizabeth, have another son, Sergio Cobos, 24, and his wife Melissa, and one granddaughter, Evangelina.

Other plans include spending time with his siblings, Salvador, George, Debra, Dena, Ruth, Bridget, Yolanda and Lalo, all of Alpine; Cynthia, Odessa; and John, Fort Worth, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Retirement does not mean sleeping late, either.

"I still get up every morning and make breakfast for my kids," Hernandez said.




Emmett McCoy, who with his wife, Miriam, made the largest single gift to Sul Ross State University, died Saturday (Jan. 7) at a Luling hospital. He was 88.

The McCoys donated $1.2 million to the Museum of the Big Bend renovation and relocation project in 2003, the largest single gift in Sul Ross history. The completed building now bears the McCoys’ names. In addition, a $100,000 gift from the McCoy Foundation in 2002 helped to lift off the $4.4 million fund-raising campaign.

"Emmett McCoy was a great friend to the Museum of the Big Bend," said retired director Larry Francell, who oversaw the entire renovation process. "In fact, without his interest, especially in the unique ceiling in the building, the project may not have happened. He was a most generous man and will be missed."

Sul Ross President Dr. Ricardo Maestas said, "Since I first stepped on this campus, I have been impressed by its beautiful appearance. The Museum of the Big Bend is one of the university’s jewels and we are indebted to Emmett and Miriam McCoy for their major contributions to its renovation."

Emmett Francis McCoy was born in Houston on Feb. 27, 1923, the son of Frank and Margaret (Drees) McCoy. He moved with his family to Galveston in 1927, the same year his father founded McCoy Roofing Co.

Emmett McCoy was active in Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, and was a member of ROTC in high school. After graduation, he attended and graduated from New York Trade School. He worked in the shipyards in Orange, Texas at the beginning of World War II and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. He served in an Engineer Aviation Battalion in the Pacific Theater and was discharged in January 1946.

He married Miriam Swanson on Feb. 23, 1946 in upstate New York and the couple moved to Texas. He founded McCoy Supply Co. in the 1950s, which later became the present-day McCoy’s Building Supply. At the time of his retirement in 1997, McCoy’s had grown to over 90 locations with sales exceeding $400 million. Today, the company has over 1,600 employees and 83 store locations, including one in Alpine, spread over Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Mississippi. Two door manufacturing facilities are located in New Braunfels and McAllen. He also founded McCoy Land and Cattle Co. near Fort Davis.

With the addition of granddaughter Meagan Jones to the company in 2006 as field support director, later promoted to vice president, McCoy’s is now in its fourth generation of family leadership. Jones is the daughter of Brian McCoy, the company president and CEO.

Emmett and Miriam McCoy moved to San Marcos in 1972 and relocated company headquarters there. The couple’s widespread philanthropy included the largest-ever gift to Texas State University, a $20 million donation to enhance business programs. Emmett and Miriam McCoy Hall was dedicated in 2006 in their honor and the couple was awarded honorary degrees in 2007.

He is survived by his wife; daughter Brenda McCoy Remme and husband Kaare; son Michael Emmett McCoy and wife Myra; Brian Francis McCoy and wife Wetonnah; daughter in law Cindy Cox McCoy; nine grandchildren and spouses; and 18 (soon to be 21) great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis Patrick McCoy and grandson, Keith Evan Remme.

A public memorial service will be held Monday, Jan. 30, 1:30 p.m. at the San Marcos Conference Center, Embassy Suites Hotel, 1001 East McCarty Lane, San Marcos.




Retirement will find Brian Larremore heading back to the ranch.

Larremore, a police officer for the University Department of Public Safety, will retire Jan. 31 from Sul Ross State University after 21 years’ service.

He will be honored at a public reception Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m. on the second floor foyer of the Morgan University Center. Larremore will be recognized with Danny Hernandez, a Sul Ross groundskeeper, who is retiring after 33 years’ service.

A 1968 Sul Ross graduate, Larremore taught English in the Van Horn Independent School District for one year before returning home to ranch for the next 15.

Three years of managing a 115-section ranch in New Mexico followed, then six months on the Gage-Holland Ranch.

Later, he earned his law enforcement certification from the Sul Ross Law Enforcement Academy and worked three years as a Brewster County deputy sheriff in Marathon. He also ranched north of Marathon.

In 1991, "I hurt my back and couldn’t put my saddle on my horse and I came to work for Sul Ross," Larremore said.

During his Sul Ross career, he has worked for three chiefs and five lieutenants at UDPS. He has received the Bar-SR-Bar Award for employee excellence.

Most of all, he has enjoyed his interaction with the students.

"I really like the students," he said. "I have enjoyed working with the kids and helping them to stay out of trouble."

Retirement will mean a return to ranching, day working and more time in the saddle.

But probably not breaking horses.

"I think I’ve broke my last two," Larremore laughed.

He does plan to pursue his hobbies of painting, sculpting and wood carving, as well as training dogs.

He and his wife, Jean, have one son, Jim, who lives in Marathon. Jim and his wife have three children, Justin, Bailey and Cole.