Latest News from Sul Ross May 21, 2013


State Representative Poncho Nevarez will be the guest speaker at the annual Big Bend Area Law Enforcement (BBALEOA) Memorial service Wednesday, May 29 at Sul Ross State University.

The service, which honors law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, will begin at 10 a.m. on the University Mall. John J. Smietana, Jr., Big Bend Sector Chief Patrol Agent, U.S. Border Patrol, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The event will include the presentation of colors, a 21-gun salute, and flag folding ceremony. The color and honor guard are comprised of officers from several area law enforcement agencies. The U.S. Border Patrol will furnish a pipe and drum corps, while the Midland County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol will provide the traditional riderless horse.

Nevarez, Eagle Pass, is serving his first term in the Texas State Legislature, representing District 74, which includes Brewster, Culberson, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Pecos, Presidio, Reeves, Terrell and Val Verde counties. He serves on the Culture, Recreation & Tourism; International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs; and Rules & Resolutions committees.

A 1990 Eagle Pass High School graduate, he received a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin (1994), then took graduate courses in business administration at Texas A&M International University. He enrolled at St. Mary’s University School of Law, graduating in 1999, then established a legal practice that now includes four offices with 10 employees.

He and his wife Rossy, have three children, Renata, Rominna and Alfonso Hernan.

The BBALEOA is collecting donations to build a permanent memorial on the Sul Ross campus. Donations are tax deductible and may be mailed to the BBALEOA, Sheriff Mike Strickland, 300 E. 4th St., Monahans, Texas 79756.

For more information, contact Lou Pauls, (432) 837-8777.




Sul Ross State University will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.

Offices will re-open at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 28.




A total of 206 students, 119 from the Alpine Campus and 87 from Rio Grande College, were candidates for degrees during spring commencement exercises at Sul Ross State University.

Ceremonies were held Saturday, May 11 in the Pete P. Gallego Center on the Alpine Campus and in the Del Rio Civic Center for RGC.

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.

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA: Carlos A. Monedz Monreal, MBA, Business Administration

CHIHUAHUA, MEXICO:Hector M. Cardona, BBA, Business Administration; Jorge A. Rosales Ochoa, MBA, Business Administration

LAGOS, NIGERIA:Kolawole A. Oke, MBA, Business Administration; Leslie E. Owobu, MBA, Business Administration


WESTCLIFFE, COL.: Autumn Rusher, BS, Animal Science

OVID, IDAHO:Cooper Jensen, BS, Natural Resource Management

OCEAN CITY, MD.:Michael J. Castrignano III, MEd, Physical Education

CARLSBAD, N.M.: Erin M. Lynn, BS, Biology

MERRILL, N.Y.:Zachary H. Welch, MEd, Physical Education


ALPINE: Nichole Ahrens, BA, Administrative Systems and Business Technology, cum laude; Vianney A. Atchley, BA, Psychology; Zachary R. Austin, BA, English; Joshua G. Cross, BS, Natural Resource Management; Robert Fabian, Jr., BS, Biology, magna cum laude; Michael F. Forrester, BS, Biology; Zohra A. Jenson, BA, English; Daniel S. Kirwan, BA, English; Russell L. Klein, BS, Biology, cum laude; Thomas W. Long, MA, History; Amanda Vandiver Peppers, BA, History; Michelle L. Ramos, BA, General Studies; Clare Magers Ritzi, BA, General Studies; Georgia E. Savery, BA, History; Emerald G. Schaeffler, BA, Administrative Systems and Business Technology, Spenser T. Smith, MA, Liberal Arts; Jami Turner, BFA, Art; Michael Valencia, MEd, School Administration

AUSTIN: William P. McAfee, BS, Animal Science, AA, Animal Science; McKenna M. Sweeney, BS, Geology

BEDFORD: Aaron Marlin, BA, Administrative Systems and Business Technology

BIG SPRING: Kristin E. Tubb, MEd, Counseling

BOERNE: Earnest Jones, BA, Communication

BRACKETTVILLE: Hayley L. Harris, BA, General Studies; Roy J. Harris, BA, General Studies; Delaney G. Lattimer, BS, Interdisciplinary Studies

CLEAR LAKE CITY: Marley K. Boyd, Jr., BS, Mathematics

DALLAS: Rowland Knight, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science

DEL RIO: Amber L. Diaz, BS, Interdisciplinary Studies; Katherine Rodriguez, BS, Interdisciplinary Studies

EAGLE PASS: Kimberly Mezquiti, BS, Criminal Justice

EDEN: John C. Meyer III, MS, Criminal Justice

EL PASO: Lelani P. Asuncion, BS, Biology; Brooke A. Bankston, BA, Communication, magna cum laude; Natalie Candelaria, BA, Social Science; Christine Daugherty, MEd, Counseling; Jerome A. Dean, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science; Gabriel De La Hoya, MS, Criminal Justice; Peter Dindinger, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science; Hector L. Dominguez, Jr., MBA, Business Administration; Javan I. Kanani Esparza, BBA, Business Administration; Jessie R. Hernandez, MEd, School Administration; Eduardo A. Holguin, BS, Criminal Justice; Anthony Jimenez, BA, Spanish; Sandra Maldonado, MEd, School Administration; Anthony Morales, BS, Biology; Concepcion Regalado, MEd, English and American Literature; Randy Rodriguez, MA, History; Melissa A. Romero, MS, Criminal Justice; Danielle J. Shrum, BS, Criminal Justice; Chad S. Shugart, MS, Criminal Justice; Miguel Torres, MEd, Counseling; Carlos E. Villalobos, MEd, School Administration; Karla A. Villasenor, BA, Music; Laura K. Villasenor, BA, Political Science, cum laude;

FABENS: Miguel A. Pena, BFA, Theatre

FLOWER MOUND: Jordan N. Diebel, BFA, Theatre, cum laude

FORT DAVIS: Harold L. Gibson, BA, General Studies; Benjamine C. Huffman, BA, General Studies, magna cum laude; Desirae A. Melton, BS, Biology, cum laude; Brenda Sanchez, BBA, Business Administration; Kitty J. Sibayan, BA, History, magna cum laude;

FORT STOCKTON: Diana A. Crihfield, BA, General Studies; Lynn A. Dickinson, MS, Education-General

HARLINGEN: Rosa Cruz, BA, Kinesiology and Sports Science

HEMPSTEAD: Clayton D. Heise, BBA, Business Administration

HOUSTON: Taylor Blizzard, MBA, Business Administration

IRVING: Joseph D. Ashley, BA, History

KILLEEN: Shawn E. Sharp, BS, Biology

KNIPPA: Katherine S. Siemers-Gass, MA, History

LUMBERTON: Whitney A. Bodle, MA, English

MAGNOLIA: Sarah N. Kahlich, MS, Range and Wildlife Management

MARFA: Jacqueline Hernandez, BS, Interdisciplinary Studies; Caleb Nixon, BS, Natural Resource Management; Aaron L. Razo, BA, History; Chelsea V. Rios, MA, History; Bernice M. Vasquez, BS, Interdisciplinary Studies

MARION: Shawn T. O’Leary II, BA, Communication

MCALLEN: Jeramie J. Medrano, BA, Communication

MIDLAND: Alice R. Harman, BS, Biology, cum laude; Landon C. Lesink, BS, Biology, summa cum laude; Sarah L. Rosenberg, BS, Biology, cum laude; Andres J. Salgado, BS, Biology; Bailley J. Schrader, BS, Biology; Geoffrey H. Schuette, BS, Mathematics; Fukamanji Sikazwe, BS, Biology; Skyler Stevens, BS, Biology; Lauren E.A. Stroud, BS, Biology, cum laude;

NEW BRAUNFELS: Robert E. Churchman, BS, Kinesiology and Sports Science; Joseph Van Noy, BS, Natural Resource Management

ODESSA: Ami Granado, MEd, Counseling; Andrew R. Kennedy, BS, Mathematics; Jonathan Navarrete, BS, Biology

PRESIDIO: Nakari Fausett, BA, Psychology; Christian Lopez, BS, Criminal Justice; Ana L. Luevanos Armendariz, BBA,. Business Administration;

ROARING SPRINGS: Wylie A. Hodges, BS, Animal Science

SAN ANTONIO: Alex M. Hardison, BS, Geology

SNYDER: Jared Hester, MEd, School Administration

SPRING: Darwin L. Brown, Jr., BS, Criminal Justice

STANTON: Tiffany L. Arlington, MA, English; Michael W. Garlington, BS, Geology

TAHOKA: Rachel E. Curry Lehman, MA, English

UNIVERSAL CITY: Matthew S. Short, BA, Music

UVALDE: Mark E. Busbee, MS, Criminal Justice

VAN HORN: Jose L. Cabezuela III, MA, History; Anthony E. Lujan, MBA, Business Administration

WIMBERLEY: Juston C. Weldon, BA, History




A scholarship to benefit graduate students in geology has been established at Sul Ross State University.

The Rio Grande Mining Company Scholarship was established by Aurcana Corporation, owners of the Shafter silver mine in Presidio County. Scholarship awards, to be determined by the availability and designation of donor funds, will be awarded to qualified graduate students in geology at Sul Ross.

To be eligible, applicants must be incoming or current graduate students in geology; be fully admitted and in good disciplinary standing; and have completed a Sul Ross scholarship application.

Scholarship selections shall be made by the Earth and Physical Sciences Department in consultation with the Sul Ross Scholarship Committee.

"This scholarship creates an additional opportunity for deserving students," said Sul Ross President Ricardo Maestas. "We thank the Aurcana Corporation for their support and generosity."

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




Four Sul Ross State University students can now call themselves professional writers after they each received a check from RANGE Magazine for their poetry.

The magazine published poems by Rob Perry, Alpine; Travis Lutz, Alpine; Liam Baker, Fort Stockton; and Dillon Wolfe, Jewitt. The poems were part of an article, "Cowboy Haiku," about a cowboy poetry class taught in Spring 2012 by Dr. Barney Nelson. The article appears in the Summer 2013 edition of RANGE.

Other students quoted, pictured, or mentioned in the article include Karina Vega, Alpine; Bailey Moyers, Alpine; Daniel Kirwan, Alpine; Lawson Dunagan, Brownfield; Robbie Boyer, Boerne; Jordan Merchant, Lubbock; Charles Sansom, Marathon; and Ryan Stevens, Dryden, N.Y., who also manages the Alpine Cowboys baseball team.

Copies of the magazine are available at .




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.




Cinco de Mayo scholarships

Three graduating Alpine High School seniors and incoming Sul Ross State University students have been awarded the first Alpine Cinco de Mayo scholarships. Cinco de Mayo committee member Gracie Navarette made the presentation to seniors Cody Huelsberg, son of Brian and Marta Huelsberg; Steven Maldonado, son of Jaime and Irma Maldonado; and Ernie Rivera, son of Leticia Gonzales. Also pictured (from left) are: Dr. Larry Guerrero, Dean of Professional Studies; and Cinco de Mayo committee members Leticia Gonzales, Elidia Polanco, Mary Ann Lujan and Frankie Betancourt. Not pictured are committee members B J Gallego, Christina Muniz, Ann Marie Cordero and Duvy Garcia. (Photo by Steve Lang)