Latest News from Sul Ross May 7, 2013


Spring commencement exercises are scheduled Saturday, May 11 at Sul Ross State University-Alpine Campus and Rio Grande College.

Sul Ross-Alpine ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. in the Pete P. Gallego Center. John F. "Jeff" Fort III, retired Chief Executive Officer of Tyco International, will deliver the commencement address .

Rio Grande College ceremonies will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the International Center for Trade, Eagle Pass. Dr. Hector Gonzales, President-elect of Southwest Texas Junior College, will be the featured speaker.

A total of 234 students, 146 at Sul Ross-Alpine and 88 at RGC, are candidates for degrees.

At Alpine, Steven Bennack, lecturer in Music, will play the processional, "Pomp and Circumstance," and the recessional, "Postlude in G Major." Dr. Lorie Rubenser, professor of Criminal Justice, will be the mace bearer. Dr. Avinash Rangra, professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Chester Sample, professor of Physical Education, will serve as marshals.

Sul Ross President Dr. Ricardo Maestas will deliver the welcome, introduce Fort and confer degrees. Dr. Mark Saka, professor of History, will give the invocation. Recognition and honors will be announced by Dr. Quint Thurman, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Donald Freed, associate professor of Music, will lead the singing of "God Bless America" and "Alma Mater."

Fort oversaw the massive growth of Tyco International, then returned from retirement to guide the company through a time of turmoil, helping to restore both its credibility and financial stability.

He began an illustrious business career as a part-time production control clerk while attending graduate school. He rose to serve as President, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Tyco International. During his tenure, the company grew internally and by acquisition from sales of $250 million to $3.5 billion. Upon his retirement in 1993, international sales had increased from 10 percent to 50 percent.

Fort graduated from the Landon School (1959), Bethesda, Md., then received a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering (1963) from Princeton University. While attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received an M.S. in Industrial Management (1966), he served as production control clerk for Simplex Wire and Cable Co., Cambridge, Mass.

He was promoted to program manager, manager of production control, manager of operations research and finally to vice president and general manager during an eight-year period (1966-1974). As vice president and general manager, division sales doubled, to $12 million, under Fort’s leadership.

Simplex was purchased by Tyco International in 1974, and for the next six years, Fort served as President of Simplex Wire and Cable Co., a Tyco subsidiary. Simplex sales rose from $12 million to $100 million. He was named Tyco International’s Senior Vice President of Operations in 1980, and in 1982, was elevated to President, Chairman of the Board and CEO.

In retirement, Fort served as a Tyco International Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee until 2002. He returned at the Board’s request to serve as interim CEO. He guided the company through a time of turmoil, recruited new leadership and stabilized the company’s financial situation, then retired again in 2004.

Fort continues to serve as Chairman of the Compensation Committee for Roper Industries – New York Stock Exchange, Sarasota, Fla; and on the Board of Visitors for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. He previously served on the boards of numerous public companies around the world.

A Houston resident, he enjoys ranching and horse breeding, amateur archeology, ancient to contemporary art, mountaineering, hiking and skiing.




A new scholarship fund that will award up to $10,000 to a student each academic year has been established at Sul Ross State University.

Lana Cartlidge Potts and Robert Potts have established the Cartlidge Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund shall provide an award of up to $10,000 to one recipient each academic year, with equal payments in the fall and spring semesters. The recipient’s award will be renewed for a second academic year if scholarship criteria continue to be met.

To be eligible, applicants must be full-time students with junior standing (60 credits or more) at the time of the initial award and senior standing (90 credits or more) at the time of the renewal. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and have completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and received Pell grants during both freshman and sophomore years.

Eligible recipients must be in good disciplinary standing and achieving Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). A Sul Ross scholarship application and FAFSA must be submitted for each applicable award year.

Scholarship selection will be made by the Sul Ross Scholarship Committee. The award may be given to an otherwise eligible senior during the 201302014 academic year.

"Our sincerest thanks to Lana and Robert Potts for this new scholarship," said Sul Ross President Dr. Ricardo Maestas. "Through their generosity, more deserving students will benefit."

Sul Ross endowments presently exceed $14 million with over 215 individual scholarships. For information on endowments, contact Karen Brown, (432) 837-8443 or




Asrelle Anderson, Austin, was voted Sul Ross State University’s Female Athlete of the Year, while Lee Carothers, Austin, received Male Athlete of the Year honors as student-athletes were recognized April 30 for the past year’s performances.

Josette Delgado, Canutillo, and Geoffrey Schuette, Midland, were selected as 2013 Scholar-Athletes. The annual awards banquet was held in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center.

Tonee Montoya, Ruidoso, N.M., and Zakk Revelle, Bertram, received Sportsmanship awards. Montoya was a member of the Lady Lobos women’s basketball team and Revelle played on the Lobo men’s team.

Anderson and Carothers are both dual sport athletes. Anderson was named the women’s basketball Most Valuable Player and the Outstanding Female Track Performer. Carothers was named the Lobo football team’s Outstanding Receiver and the Most Valauble Track and Field Athlete.

Recipients (and hometowns) of team honors are listed below.

Football: Team Most Valuable Player, Dominique Carson, Waxahachie; Offensive Most Valuable Player, A.J. Springer, Los Angeles, Cal.; Defensive Most Valuable Player, Julian Johnson, El Paso; Outstanding Offensive Lineman, Joel Hernandez, Hempstead; Outstanding Receiver, Lee Carothers, Austin; Outstanding Running Back, Alex Lovan, San Antonio;Outstanding Defensive Lineman, Johnson; Outstanding Linebacker, Zach Roberson, Houston; Outstanding Defensive Back, Jural Hickman, Houston; Outstanding Special Teams Player, J.D. May, New Braunfels;  Lobo Award, Carothers

Volleyball: Newcomer of the Year, Clarissa Hernandez, El Paso; Offensive Player of the Year, Erin Lynn, Carlsbad, N.M.; Most Outstanding Player, Lynn; Coach’s Award, Kassandra Hernandez, El Paso

Cross Country: Outstanding Male Runner, Guillermo Sanchez, Fabens: Outstanding Female Runner, Amber Wenzel, Corpus Christi

Men’s Basketball: Most Valuable Player, Mychal Pinson, El Paso; Offensive Player of the Year, Pinson; Defensive Player of the Year, Anthony Stephens, Houston; Newcomer of the Year, Zakk Revelle, Bertram; Most Improved Player ,Juston Weldon, Wimberley; Most Important Rebounder, Ryan Hagan, Houston; Lobo Spirit Award, Emiliano Padilla, El Paso; Freshman of the Year, Mike Huffman, El Paso; Ironman Award, Juston Copeland, Nacogdoches; Juan Hernandez, La Joya

Women’s Basketball: Team Most Valuable Player, Asrelle Anderson, Austin Baseball: Pitcher of the Year, Dakota Dill, Tomball; Newcomer of the Year, Turner Mattson, Lubbock; Zak Enriquez, Houston; Lobo Award, Ethan Bradley, Lubbock; Team Captain, Brian LaLima, Spring; Team Most Valuable Player, Dill; Freshman of the Year, Ely Gallego, Alpine; Defensive Player of the Year, Josh Vasquez,

Softball: Most Improved, Ambrey Stone, Greenwood;  Hustle Award, Shelby Doederlein, Lamesa; Offensive Player of the Year, Christina Graham, Alpine; Newcomer of the Year, Shelby Contreras, Uvalde; Golden Glove Award , Maile Hoyt, Toyah; Lobo Award, Keri Mc Shan, Shepherd; Sportsmanship Award, Mariah Lopez, Lubbock

Tennis: Most Dedicated Player, Chris Villafranco, Floresville; Lauren Lettunich, Fabens; Most Improved Player, Dominic Lonowski, Clint; Tatiana Gonzales, McCamey

Track and Field: Outstanding Male Track Performer, Richard Snyder, LaVernia; Outstanding Female Track Performer, Asrelle Anderson, Austin; Outstanding Male Field Events Performer, Joseph Cruz, Bandera; Outstanding Female Field Events Performer, Jasmine Plott, El Paso; Most Valuable Track and Field Athlete, Lee Carothers, Austin




Graduation ceremonies for the 2013 Sul Ross State University Law Enforcement Academy will be held Friday, May 10, 11 a.m. in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center.

Special Agent Larry White, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, will be the guest speaker. White is currently assigned to the Border Enforcement Security Taskforce in Alpine.

Graduating cadets of Alpha 2013, Alpine are: Christopher Gill, Springfield, Va.; Zuleyma Hernandez, Presidio; Chad King, Fort Stockton; Kilian Landersman, Arlington, Va.; Dakota Lindsey, Andrews; Hector Macias, El Paso; Adylene Venegas, Presidio; and Paul Woo, Rome, N.Y. Graduation for the first Fort Stockton Night Academy will be held Thursday, May 30, 7 p.m. at Large Community Hall, Fort Stockton. Special Agent Chuck Ainsworth, a criminal investigator with Homeland Security Investigations, based in Alpine, will be the guest speaker.

Graduating cadets of Charlie 2012, Fort Stockton are: Stephen Bueno, McCamey; Israel Campos, Pecos; Nichole Fuentes, Fort Stockton; Jay Haney, Pecos; Jackie Hernandez, Pecos; Melissa King, Fort Stockton; Julio Orosco, Pecos; Ulysses Palomino, Fort Stockton; Anthony Ramon, Pecos; and Hector Sanchez, Fort Stockton.

Applications are now being accepted for both the 2013 Alpine LEA Fall Academy and the 2013 Fort Stockton Night Academy.

For more information, contact Lloyd Dragoo, director, (432) 837-8614 or



Sul Ross Law Enforcement Academy graduates

Eight cadets will graduate Friday (May 10) from the Sul Ross State University Law Enforcement Academy. Ceremonies will be held at 11 a.m. in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. Pictured are (from left): Christopher Gill, Springfield, Va.; Hector Macias, El Paso; Chad King, Fort Stockton; Zuleyma Hernandez, Presidio; Adylene Venegas, Presidio; Paul Woo, Rome, N.Y.; Dakota Lindsey, Andrews; Kilian Landersman, Arlington, Va.; and LEA director Lloyd Dragoo. (Photo by Steve Lang)



Sul Ross State University student and former GEAR UP participant Daisy Perez, Presidio, has been selected to participate in the inaugural GEAR UP Alumni Leadership Academy (GUALA).

GUALA is a 12-month leadership development program for alumni of the federal GEAR UP program. The selected Alumni Leaders will travel to Washington, DC, in June and receive training on grassroots advocacy, social media advocacy, and leadership skills during a week-long retreat. The Alumni Leaders will return home to work toward creating positive change in education policy for her younger peers.

Perez is one of 30 Alumni Leaders selected from a nationwide pool of candidates for the inaugural class. She is a 2011 Presidio High School graduate and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Education at Sul Ross. After graduation in 2015, she intends to obtain a master’s degree in counseling.

"The GEAR UP program has offered me so many opportunities to help me reach my educational dreams," she said. "I am not sure where I would be in life if it was not for the support of the GEAR UP program and their staff. Having been the recipient of so much assistance, I cannot help but want to pay it forward and help kids in the same way that I was helped."

GEAR UP, or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally funded college access and success program serving approximately 700,000 low-income students access 43 states and 3 territories. GEAR UP programs serve students starting in the 7th grade, and follow the students through their first year of postsecondary education. GEAR UP programs are designed to meet local educational needs, and services often include academic tutoring, financial literacy, FAFSA completion, college tours, parent engagement programs, and more.

The Big Bend Region has been served by the Sul Ross GEAR UP program since 2005. Currently the program serves 972 eighth grade students who are enrolled in the Alpine, Del Rio, Presidio and Terlingua school districts. These students can expect to be supported by the GEAR UP program for the next five years.

Perez will be assisting these students by advocating for their educational needs at the local, state, and national level. She will also be able to articulate the impact and importance of GEAR UP to the students by using her personal success story. Perez was nominated for the Leadership Academy by Sul Ross GEAR UP project director Patrick Clingman.

"I have had the pleasure of working with Daisy for four years, and aside from seeing her graduate high school and enroll at Sul Ross, this is one of the most exciting moments I have been able to share with her," Clingman said. "While I wish all of our former GEAR UP students could take part in this experience, Daisy is extremely qualified and it was an honor to nominate her for this opportunity."

The Sul Ross GEAR UP program will be hosting two week-long summer camps for students entering the ninth grade, on June 9-14 and June 17-22.

For more information, contact the GEAR UP program, (432) 837-8024.




by Steve Lang, News and Publications

Joey Van Noy will carry his Sul Ross State University experiences to the University of Kentucky next fall.

Van Noy, New Braunfels, was recently awarded a graduate research assistantship to the UK Plant and Soil Sciences program. He will receive a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Management (Conservation Biology) on Saturday (May 11) and will enroll at UK in August.

The two-time McNair Program participant spent last summer in the Blue Grass State working on two UK research farms and in a soil microbiology, ecology and biochemistry lab. Van Noy was offered the internship after making a presentation at a McNair Program conference at the University of Maryland.

At UK, he will resume work on a research project he started as an intern, under the direction of Dr. Mark Coyne, UK professor of Soil Microbiology in the Plant and Soil Sciences Department. Van Noy will join a graduate program that has over 60 students as well as 60 faculty; the largest academic unit on campus.

"The Soil Microbiology, Ecology, and Biochemistry Lab currently has four PhD students with whom Joey will interact - representing China, Libya, and Kentucky - and a visiting research scientist from Brazil," Coyne said. Coyne said Van Noy will be the principal graduate student assigned to conduct a USDA-Forage Animal Production Unit-Specific Cooperative Agreement project called "Legume Density in Tall Fescue Pastures Influences Carbon Sequestration After Renovation."

"Joey will be in charge of two research sites in Lexington and adjacent Woodford County where he will investigate various soil microbial properties that can affect carbon storage and turnover," said Coyne. "He previously sampled these sites in his summer internship so that he already has an idea of what his baseline carbon and nitrogen content and distribution is. Until his new plants grow, he’ll be working up that data for publication."

"Basically, I will working on ways to sequester more carbon in the soil," Van Noy said. "More carbon in the soil reduces the carbon levels in the atmosphere, and in effect, can cut down on greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect."

At Sul Ross, under two different McNair Program undergraduate research projects, Van Noy studied carbon and nitrogen levels in grasslands on the O2 and Mims ranches.

Van Noy, who re-enrolled in college after dropping out to help his brother start a landscaping business, transferred to Sul Ross from Austin Community College in 2010. He was encouraged to apply for the McNair Program, which encourages first generation, low-income students and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study.

"I’m still a landscaper," he laughed, "but now I’m doing it from a scientific point of view."

He said his Sul Ross experience has been eye-opening and rewarding.

"I have been extremely lucky to have had the experience of both the McNair program and the coursework in Natural Resource Management," he said. "My professors – Dr. Louis Harveson, Dr. Patricia Harveson and Dr. (Bonnie) Warnock really gave me direction on what I wanted to do with my life.

"I am a huge proponent of McNair. The program is amazing for what it does, and my participation has changed my beliefs on a lot of subjects. It really helped to expand my understanding as a person, I am glad to have had this opportunity, not just with McNair, but with Sul Ross as a whole. You can accomplish anything at Sul Ross if you put everything into it."

While soil research is Van Noy’s present focus, he said he is considering law school after earning his master’s degree, specializing in environmental law.

"I am very concerned about protecting the environment," he said.

Meanwhile, Coyne welcomed Van Noy’s impending return to UK.

"Based on Joey’s performance last summer, when he arrives I plan to give him a roadmap for his project, and then turn him loose to do good things on his own initiative," Coyne said.

"I have also been training so that I can kick his butt the next time we run in the same race," he added.