Latest News from Sul Ross May 14, 2013


2013 Summer Session I classes will begin Tuesday, June 4 at Sul Ross State University. The session will continue through Tuesday, July 9.

Residence halls will open at noon Monday, June 3, with classes, late registration and schedule changes beginning the following day.

Friday, June 7 is the fourth class day and the last day for late registration and schedule changes. Friday, June 14 is the last day to register for shortened format classes, which begin Monday, June 17. Tuesday, June 18 marks mid-term.

Thursday, June 27 is the last day to drop a course with a "W." Drops must be processed and in the Center for Enrollment Services (Lawrence Hall, Room 213) by 4 p.m.

Thursday, July 4, is the Independence Day holiday. Final examinations will be held Tuesday, July 9.

Summer Session II will begin Thursday, July 11, with classes, late registration and schedule changes. Final examinations will be held Thursday, Aug. 15.

Monday, July 15 is the last day for late registration and schedule changes. Tuesday, July 16 is the fourth class day and Monday, July 22 is mid-term.

Monday, Aug. 5 is the last day to drop a course with a "W." Drops must be processed and in the Center for Enrollment Services (Lawrence Hall, Room 213) by 4 p.m.

Final examinations will be administered Thursday, Aug. 15.



Kappa Delta Pi induction

Seven Sul Ross State University students were inducted into the Zeta Delta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi during ceremonies Friday (May 10). Induction is based on scholarship, integrity in service, and commitment to excellence in teaching and its allied professions. Dr. Jeanne Qvarnstrom (behind podium), counselor for the chapter, led the induction ceremony. Dr. Larry Guerrero (right), Dean of Professional Studies, addressed the group and presented certificates. New inductees are (from left): Anna Sandoval, El Paso; Thomas Riddle, Alpine; Carmelita Jimenez, Alpine; Jacqueline Hernandez, Marfa, Kaylee Kocian, Florence; David Lattimer, Brackettville; Ana Saenz, Presidio. (Photo Courtesy Dr. Jeanne Qvarnstrom)



Legendary Western artist Frederic Remington’s works – including an original painting on tour for the first time – will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University.

"Treasures from the Frederic Remington Art Museum," including the original painting, "The Charge of the Rough Riders," opens Sept. 19 as part of a gala weekend. Painted in 1899, "The Charge of the Rough Riders" commemorated the charge of Teddy Roosevelt’s troops up Cuba’s San Juan Hill during the Spanish American War. The epic original has been on display in the Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, N.Y., and will be on tour for the first time.

Opening events will include scholarly presentations and lectures, dinners, receptions and live and silent auctions at various locations, including the museum, Sul Ross, Fort Davis National Historic Site, the Gage Hotel, Marathon, and Alpine’s Holland Hotel.

This historic exhibit, which will be open to the public from Sept. 21-Dec. 8, will display a large number of Frederic Remington’s best known works, including the iconic sculpture, "Broncho Buster" and "The Charge of the Rough Riders." In celebration of this exhibit, four of the nation’s leading Remington scholars will be presenting new scholarship and research during the course of the weekend’s events. Presenters include Peter Hasserick, Dr. Ron Tyler, Dr. B. Byron Price and Michael Duty.

"Remington is the biggest name in Western Art and this is the biggest art event in our history," said Liz Jackson, Museum director. "We are not only bringing the never-before toured painting, The Charge of the Rough Riders to our museum but we will be bringing together the best in Remington scholars. This event is significant for the museum, Sul Ross State University, and the Big Bend region as a whole."

Sul Ross President Dr. Ricardo Maestas said, "Frederic Remington is considered perhaps the most influential and important artist to portray the American West. The Sul Ross community is pleased to host this monumental exhibition in our award-winning museum facilities."

Ticketed events for opening weekend are as follows:

Thursday, Sept. 19: Speakers and Sponsors dinner, 6 p.m."Racism & Patronage," presented by Peter Hasserick..Hosted by The Gage Hotel, Mary Jon & J.P. Bryan.

Friday, Sept. 20:

3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Frederic Remington lectures,"Frederic Remington’s Vision of Man with the Bark On," presented by Dr. Ron Tyler; "Remington as an Equine and Equestrian Artist," presented by Dr. B. Byron Price; Vic and Mary Jane Morgan University Center, Sul Ross.

6-8 p.m.: Exhibit opening and reception, "Treasures from The Frederic Remington Art Museum," Museum of the Big Bend.

Saturday, Sept. 21:

10 a.m.-1 p.m., Private tour and BBQ lunch, The Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis.

6 p.m.: Frederic Remington Gala, cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, music, lecture, "Frederic Remington’s Legacy," by Michael Duty; The Holland Hotel, Alpine.

"Treasures from The Frederic Remington Art Museum" exhibit and event are being made possible through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mallory, The Holland Hotel, and West Texas National Bank. Additional sponsors include The Gage Hotel, Mary Jon & J.P. Bryan and Carol and Pete Peterson and many others. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission and parking are free. Enter through Entrance B off of Harrison Road. Private tours may be scheduled in advance. For more information, visit or call (432) 837-8143.



Laura Villasenor, El Paso, fixed the Bar-SR-Bar brand as part of the Sul Ross State University class ring ceremony, held Friday (May 10). Villasenor, who graduated the following day, was one of over 20 graduates -- past, present and future -- who received their class rings.  In addition to receiving their rings, participants branded a plank that will symbolize "riding for the brand" as Sul Ross alumni. The plank will be displayed in the Morgan University Center. (Photo by Steve Lang)



Major League Hall-of-Famer Yogi Berra slugged 358 home runs during an illustrious career and dispensed an equal number of humorous, head-scratching observations.

John F. "Jeff" Fort III, retired Chief Executive Officer of Tyco International, referred to Berra often in addressing Sul Ross State University’s spring graduates Saturday (May 13) at the Pete P. Gallego Center. A total of 134 students received degrees.

"The future ain’t what is used to be," and, "public speaking is one of the best things I hate," began Fort’s list of Berra-isms. He quoted Yogi again: "When you come to a fork in the road, take it," then followed with his own advice:

"But I think it’s actually important, that when you come to a fork in the road, you do take it. You should have your antenna out at all times to sense opportunities and then take the ones that are right for you."

Jeff Fort, retired CEO of Tyco International, receives a Bar-SR-Bar branding iron from Sul Ross President Ricardo Maestas (right), following his Saturday (May 13) commencement address.  Ceremonies were held in the Pete P. Gallego Center. (Photo by Thalia Aparicio)

From Mom to Son

Rhonda Austin, director of the Title V Post Baccalaureate Program, presented her son Zach (right) with his diploma during Saturday's Sul Ross commencement ceremonies. Zach Austin received a B.A. in English. Also pictured is Sul Ross President Dr. Ricardo Maestas. (Photo by Thalia Aparicio)

Berra said, "You can observe a lot by watching," and Fort added, "But much can be learned and new directions uncovered for you by watching. Develop the skill – make it a habit. Observe a lot by watching."

Fort noted that work – even when it is not fun – can be a rewarding experience.

"Work can be a rewarding experience....Find the right place for you," he said, but advised the graduates to be open to change.

"If you think you know your career patch, you may be surprised later. Again, always be open to opportunities that could direct it for the better.," he said. "If you have no clue about the long-term plan, don’t suffer. Just gtet out there, get into it and look for the openings."

Fort noted that his initial ambition was to work for the airlines. "But as you heard, I settled at a very different place. But here, Yogi said, ‘If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.’

"It may benefit you to know, but I differ with him some here: if you don’t, you still might get there."

When starting out in life, avoid being young enough to know everything, he advised, and also stressed,

"You must be honest and fair with all around you, at work and outside. If you aren’t, you will be quickly discovered, and it will cost you, big time.

"Dishonesty or omission can cause so much personal and workplace wreckage that ethic and decent behavior is essential; and it is really essential to being a leader," Fort said. "Yogi said, after losing a game, ‘We made too many wrong mistakes.’ Don’t make this one."

Fort, who will be attending his 50th college class reunion soon, traced the changes in technology since he graduated, adding, "What are you going to see in the next 50 years? I can’t imagine. But, be prepared for a very transient world. Understand and master the new technologies as they surface."

He summarized with a David Letterman-like top ten list, including three Yogi-isms:

"If you can’t imitate someone, don’t copy them."

"We may be lost, but we’re making good time."

"Always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t come to yours."

And, as Fort noted earlier, "don’t fret if you weren’t in the top seven-eighths of your class; there’s still plenty of hope.

"You are poised here at a great place in life, and in a great country, with great opportunities. My congratulations to you."

Fort, a part-time West Texas resident who owns the Pinto Canyon Ranch near Marfa, has been a major supporter of the Center for Big Bend Studies at Sul Ross. Through his interest in archaeology, he has helped find hundreds of archaeological sites on his ranch.

During his career, he 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.


Law Enforcement Academy grads

Eight cadets received diplomas from the Sul Ross Law Enforcement Academy Friday (May 10). Graduates are (front row, from left): Christopher B. Gill, Springfield, Va.; Zuleyma Hernandez, Presidio; Chad King, Fort Stockton; Kilian Landersman, Arlington, Va. Back row: Hector Macias, El Paso; Adylene Venegas, Presidio; Paul Woo, Rome, N.Y.; Dakota Lindsey, Andrews. (Photo by Steve Lang)



Camilo Celaya’s May 31 retirement will conclude nearly 70 years of Sul Ross State University employment by three generations of his family.

Camilo Celaya, presently the grounds superviser, will conclude 33 years service, nearly matching the 35-year tenure of his father, Gregorio, who retired Dec. 31, 1998. Son Camilo, Jr., also worked for over a year at Sul Ross. Father, son and grandson were all employed in the Physical Plant Department.

"I have enjoyed working here and I appreciate all the people I have worked with," he said. "The grounds crew has a done a great job in all the years I have been here and I am very proud of the landscaping work that has been done to make Sul Ross such an attractive place."

Over the years, Celaya, who began work Jan. 1, 1981, has helped maintain the landscape of not only the main campus, but the Turner Range Animal Science Center, rodeo arena, Centennial School, Kokernot Lodge, outdoor theatre, Poets Grove, Kokernot Field (baseball), Jackson Field (football), Lobo Field (softball), intramural playing fields and the track infield.

His skills have grown with changing technology. When Celaya began working at Sul Ross, all irrigation was done with manual irrigation pipes. Mowing was a week-long task, with six push mowers.

"When I started, two guys watered all night, moving the hoses all over campus," he said. "We had six mowers and would start on Monday morning at RAS (Turner Range Animal Science Center), then to the duplexes, the rocks and bricks (cottages), through the campus to the Library, then to Kokernot Lodge."

Celaya said there was a gradual shift to automated sprinkling systems, along with riding and self-propelled mowers, "and we evolved with the system, both in irrigation and landscaping."

While at Sul Ross, Celaya has seen major facilities growth and renovation, including new residential living facilities (Lobo Village), Vic and Mary Jane Morgan University Center, and Pete P. Gallego Center, along with refurbishing to the Wildenthal Library, Range Animal Science Center, Warnock Science Building, Graves-Pierce Recreational Center and the renovation/relocation of the Museum of the Big Bend.

He helped in the construction of Lobo Field for women’s softball as well as refurbishing the playing surface of historic Kokernot Field.

Celaya has worked under four Presidents (C.R. Richardson, Jack Humphries, R. Vic Morgan and Ricardo Maestas) and six grounds superintendents.

"By working together and sharing ideas and knowledge, we have made a lot of adjustments in how things are done," he said. "One thing I have done as a superviser is to have cross-training, so the crew members would be able to fill in where needed. I think it has helped our efficiency."

Celaya has enjoyed an accident-free safety record, although he had a close call with a swarm of angry bees while mowing near the old rock cottages. He has received the Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence and served on the university Staff Council and Safety Committee.

"I have enjoyed it," he said. "It has been a privilege to work here."

Retirement from Sul Ross will find him working full-time with his private lawn service and landscaping business.

An Alpine native, he and his wife, Belinda, have three children: Camilo, Jr., who lives with his wife Jamie and three sons in San Antonio, working in management for McDonald’s; Marcos, a Sul Ross graduate now an accountant with the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah Independent School District; and Jaylynn, at home.

His parents, Gregorio and Eloisa, live in Alpine, as do three sisters and their families: Pam Celaya, Gracie (Richard) Villanueva; and Selma (Rick) Garcia.


Pilot Club presentation

Dona Ward, president of the Pilot Club of Alpine, presents a $1,000 check to Sul Ross State University President Ricardo Maestas. The check will be added to the Pilot Club of Alpine's Scholarship Endowment. Also pictured (from left) are Pilot Club directors Kendall Burling, Doris Werekle, Debbie Dodds, Melanie Pace, Mary Jane Morgan and Janice Moss. (Photo by Thalia Aparicio)