Latest News from Sul Ross Feb. 19, 2013


Sul Ross State University running back Dominique Carson, Waxahachie, and his Lobo offensive teammates have been officially recognized as NCAA Division III statistical leaders for the 2012 season.

Carson finished as the DIII leader in per-game averages for all-purpose yardage (rushing, receiving, punt and kickoff returns) and scoring. The Lobos paced the nation in total offense.

Carson, who set several school records, gained 2,368 all-purpose yards in nine games, 263.1 per contest, and averaged 10.3 yards each time he touched the football. In addition, Carson scored 28 touchdowns, including eight in one game, for 168 points, 18.67 per contest.

Carson, who earned DIII All-America recognition, set a single-game rushing record of 319 yards against Texas Lutheran University and his 1,321 yards established a new single-season mark. He added 633 receiving yards, 80 on punt returns and 334 on kickoff returns. His 28 touchdowns for the season and eight in one game are also new Sul Ross records.

Sul Ross led the nation with 5819 yards rushing and passing, 581.9 per game. The Lobos ranked third nationally in scoring, averaging 48.8 points per game; finished 11th in passing offense (333 yards per game) and 19th in rushing (248.9 yards).

Carson and the Lobos will receive plaques from the NCAA in recognition of these achievements




Sul Ross State University will host back-to-back lectures in the Turner Range Animal Science Center on Thursday, Feb. 21.

At 2 p.m., Dr. Fred E. Smeins, professor of Ecology in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University, will present the 19th San Antonio Livestock Exposition (SALE) Leaders in Agriculture Lecture.

At 3:30 p.m., Dr. Sharon Spier, DVM, Ph.D., from the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, will discuss a re-emerging disease in horses. The lectures will be delivered in Room 130 of the Turner Range Animal Science Center. There is no admission charge and the public is welcome.

Smeins will address "Natural Resources and Agriculture: Current Issues, Future Prospects and Ecological Constraints." Spier’s topic is "Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis infection (Pigeon Fever): A Re-emerging Disease in Texas Horses."

Smeins, who joined the Texas A&M faculty in 1969, teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in ecology and natural resource management. He has received multiple university and professional society awards for excellence in teaching.

He received his B.A. (1963) in Biology from Augustana College and his M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1967) in Plant and Animal Ecology from the University of Saskatchewan. From 1967-1969 he was an assistant professor of Biology at the University of North Dakota.

Spier serves as section head, Equine Field Service, at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at UC-Davis. She is a professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine.

For more information, contact Dr. Rob Kinucan, (432) 837-8201,




Over 1,200 school children from the Region 18 area will attend special matinees Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 27- March 1 of the Sul Ross State University production of "Tom Sawyer and the Jackson’s Island Pirates."

The matinees are part of the Sul Ross Children’s Theatre Project, begun in the Fall of 2006 and now in its fifth production. The project was conceived for provide an opportunity for Region 18 school children to attend live theatre and participate in charitable giving. Since its inception, over 6,000 children have attended the special school matinees, with the price of admission a canned food item. This year’s donations will go directly to the Food Pantry of Alpine.

The special matinees, along with regularly scheduled performances, will be held in Marshall Auditorium. Regular performances of "Tom Sawyer and the Jackson’s Island Pirates," written and directed by Gregory Schwab, Sul Ross professor of Theatre, will be presented Friday-Saturday, March 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m.

A companion piece, "A Walk Through Hollywood: from Classics to Present," will be presented after the public performances. Admission for the public performances is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and children and free to Sul Ross students, faculty and staff with current ID.

For more information, contact the Department of Fine Arts and Communication, (432) 837-8218 or email




Erin Mundus, a mezzo-soprano from the Wichita Opera, will present a recital Monday, Feb. 25 as part of the Sul Ross State University Concert Artist Series.

Mundas will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre , Francois Fine Arts Building.  She will present songs and arias by Copland, Duparc, Gluck, Caldara, Massenet, Johann Strauss, and Mascogni, among others. Admission is free.

She will also present a master class on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. in Room 200, Francois Fine Arts Building.

A Nebraska native, Mundus received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Hastings (Neb.) College; and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Wichita State University. Her musical theatre credits include

Anybody’s in West Side Story, Rosemary Pilkington in How to Succeed in Business without really trying, Eve/Mama Noah in Children of Eden, and Cathy in The Last Five Years. Opera credits include Alma "Marme" March in Little Women, Mrs. Jones in Street Scene, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, the title role in L’Enfant et les Sortileges, Florence Pike in Albert Herring, and the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte. She was accepted into the Young Artist Program with Wichita Grand Opera in 2011. Mundus returned to Hastings College in December 2011, as a guest artist soloist for Handel’s Messiah.

For more information, contact Dr. Donald Callen Freed, (432) 837-8216 or





Sul Ross State University has announced the availability $75,000 in scholarships for area high school graduates and community college transfer students who are currently applying for the fall 2013 semester. The scholarships will be awarded at two levels.

Six students – one each from Alpine, Presidio, Marfa, Marathon, Fort Davis and Fort Stockton high schools, who graduate in the top 25 percent of their class – will receive $3,000 scholarships. Applicants will be submitted to the superintendents from each school district. The superintendent will select one student from his/her respective school to receive the $3,000 scholarship.

In addition, Sul Ross will provide $1,000 scholarships to 37 area high school students who graduate in the top half of their class and who apply at Sul Ross. The university will also award $1,000 scholarships to 20 transfer students who are members of Phi Beta Kappa or transfer with a 3.0 or higher GPA from Midland College, Odessa College, El Paso Community College, San Antonio College or Howard College. 

"These scholarships illustrate Sul Ross’ commitment to serving students from our neighboring school districts and community colleges," said SRSU President Ricardo Maestas. "Recruiting and retaining students from this area is critical to the long-term success of Sul Ross, and we want Sul Ross to contribute to students’ success as well."

The Texas State University System, based in Austin, is working with Sul Ross State University to increase the number of Big Bend area students who enroll at the university. Funding for the scholarships was made possible through the System’s refinancing of Sul Ross’ construction bond debt earlier this year, which saved the university $1.8 million. That money will be used to fund scholarships for Sul Ross students through 2022.

"I’m pleased that we were able to save Sul Ross nearly two million dollars by refinancing construction debt, and I can’t think of a better way to  invest that money than making sure students from the Big Bend region have the opportunity to attend college close to home," said TSUS Chancellor Brian McCall.

The Texas State University System is Texas’ first university system, comprising eight institutions stretching from west Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.




Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System. The six-year terms, subject to confirmation by the Texas State Senate, will expire February 2019.

Charlie Amato, San Antonio; and William "Bill" Scott, Nederland, were re-appointed to the Board. Vernon Reaser III, Bellaire, is a new appointment.

Other members are: Donna Williams, Arlington, chair; Ron Mitchell, Horseshoe Bay, vice chair; Dr. Jaime Garza, San Antonio; Kevin Lilly, Houston; David Montagne, Beaumont; and Rossanna Salazar, Austin. Andrew Greenberg, Beaumont, serves as student regent and Dr. Brian McCall, Austin, is the TSUS Chancellor.

Amato is co-founder and chairman of SWBC. He is chair of the University of the Incarnate Word Board of Trustees, vice chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council, and past chairman of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County General Campaign. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Business & Community Advisory Board and Archdiocese of San Antonio Catholic Community Foundation, a board member of Christus Santa Rosa Health System, San Antonio Cancer Therapy and Research Center Board of Governors and Lone Star Capital Bank, and chairman of the Lone Star Capital Bank Advisory Board. He is also a member and past chairman of the Texas Business Hall of Fame, and a board member and past chairman of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. Amato received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University.

Scott is chairman and CEO of Trans-Global Solutions Inc. He is a member of the West Gulf Maritime Association, International Dry Bulk Terminals Society, and American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association. He is a member of the Lamar University College of Business Board of Advisors and Capital Campaign Cabinet, and a board member of the Lamar University Foundation, Texas Energy Museum, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Jefferson and Orange County Board of Pilot Commissioners. He is also past president and executive board member of the Boy Scouts of America Three Rivers Council. Scott received a bachelor's degree from Lamar University. He is reappointed to the board.

Reaser is president of Texas Teachers Alternative Certification and Texas Educators Association Inc. He is a past member of the Texas Association of Realtors and Independent Cattleman's Association of Texas. He is also a past board member of Victoria Crime Stoppers and past secretary of the Victoria Junior Chamber of Commerce. He received a bachelor's degree and a Master of Business Administration from Texas State University.




Career Services will host the "Spring Fling" Career Fair Wednesday, March 20 at Sul Ross State University.

The Career Fair will be held in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Representatives of business, agriculture, education, hospitality, non-profit, community service, criminal justice, park services and other fields will be present to recruit, answer questions, network and provide referral contacts. Registrants may call (432) 837-8178 to reserve space at the fair.

Attendees seeking employment are urged to dress appropriately and bring copies of their resumes. The Career Fair is open to Sul Ross students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as high school students and the general public.  Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded. Career Services will also provide information on internships and volunteer opportunities.

For more information, contact Career Services, (432) 837-8178. Career Services is located upstairs in the University Center, open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.