Latest News from Sul Ross June 7, 2013

    For the 11th time in the past 12 years, graduates of the Sul Ross State University Vocational Nursing program attained a 100 percent pass rate on the national examination.
    All nine members of the  2012 class passed the NCLEX-PN exam, required for licensure as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN). Class members were: Kristin Acosta, Fort Stockton; Kahla Browne, Pflugerville; Victoria Busch and Fernanda Busch Vega, Sanderson; and  Jan Pascual, Donna McKenzie, DiAndra Garcia, Lesley Vrudny and Tara Foley, all of Alpine.
    Foley said, “It (program) is about learning the material in order to pass the NCLEX and more importantly, save people’s lives once we become nurses in the real world.”.
    “I feel like the Sul Ross vocational nursing program really helped me prepare for not only the NCLEX-PN, but also for the real world of nursing,” said Acosta.
    Busch Vega added that the program provided “the opportunity for me to grow and accomplish my dream.”
    The year-long program at Sul Ross provides students with a certain opportunity for employment after completion, according to Donna Kuenstler, program director. More than 700,000 licensed practical nurses are currently employed in the U.S., with an average growth rate of 22 percent for licensed practical/vocational nurses.
    “Licensed practical/vocational nurses work in many settings, including nursing homes and extended care facilities, hospitals, physicians’ offices and private homes,” she said. “Most work full time.”
    For more information, contact Kuenstler, (432) 837-8171 or


Sul Ross LVN class has 100% pass rate

The Sul Ross Vocational Nursing Class of 2012 had a 100 percent pass rate on the national examination.  Class members are: (front row from left): Kristin Acosta, Fort Stockton; Jan Pascual, Alpine; Kahla Browne, Pflugerville; Lesley Vrudny, Alpine. Back row: Victoria Busch, Sanderson; Fernanda Busch Vega, Sanderson; Donna McKenzie, Alpine; DiAndra Garcia, Alpine; Tara Foley, Alpine. (Photo Courtesy Donna Kuenstler)


     “Southwest Landscapes – Caroline Korbell Carrington,” a collection of 20 original pieces on canvas and paper, will be on exhibition at the Museum of the Big Bend, Sul Ross State University, from June 22-Sept. 1.
    A private opening reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22. All works are for sale with proceeds to help support the museum’s dynamic program of exhibitions and public outreach.
    A native Texan, Caroline Korbell Carrington was drawn to the Southwest landscape as a child.  Some of her fondest memories while growing up was of the time spent in the Texas Hill Country with her parents and siblings.  She believes that being in the Hill Country gave her the space to imagine and create.


    She graduated from Texas Christian University in 1992 with a B.A. in painting.  While enrolled, she realized that she was the only student that was interested in landscape painting.  Traveling to Santa Fe, N.M., each summer, she began creating en plein air paintings.  There she had the opportunity to study with the late renowned landscape artist David Barbero.
    Carrington returned to San Antonio where she continued to paint and worked briefly as an art teacher.  However, she continues to return to the Southwestern landscape which for her has a magical, sacred quality. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions across the state and her works are in a number of corporate collections.  Most recently, she created the centennial painting of the Alamo for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
    For more information contact Mary Bones, (432) 837-8734 or

    Julia Green, Alpine, Sul Ross State University graduate student in the Biology Department, was recently awarded a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Texas Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship.
    The $5,000 award for the next academic year was one of 20 fellowships given in Texas. Green is pursuing her Masters of Science degree in Biology in the laboratory of Jackie Denson, instructor of Biology. She is focusing her research on novel microorganisms that produce microbial biofilms in selected springs throughout the Big Bend region.
    For more information, contact Denson, (432) 837-8217 or

    The emergency preparedness program, originally scheduled Thursday, June 6 at Sul Ross State University, has been postponed to Thursday, June 13.
    The 7 p.m. meeting, open to the general public, will be held in the Lobo Village Community Room in the Residential Living Main Office. The program will be hosted by the Residential Living Department.
    Program topics include making an emergency preparedness plan, building an emergency kit, staying informed about impending danger and knowing your neighbor. Free door prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the program.
    For more information, contact Mark Chaszar, (432) 837-8189 or

    The 48th season of The Theatre of the Big Bend will feature the Gilbert and Sullivan musical, “The Pirates of Penzance,” June 21-July 7.
    Performances will be held Friday-Sunday at 8:15 p.m. on the Kokernot Outdoor Theatre stage. A fun-filled family musical, “Pirates” tells the tale of pirate-apprentice Frederic, who meets Mabel, the daughter of the Modern Major-General, and the two instantly fall in love. Many hilarious hi-jinks and antics ensue as the pirates return for battle against the Major-General and his bumbling police force.
    A pre-show Pirate Costume contest will be held for children attending the show.  Children entering the costume contest will receive $2 off of their admission and will be eligible for prizes.  Additionally, patrons attending the Marfa Film Festival will receive 20 percent off of their price of admission with a ticket stub or event pass.
     For advance ticket sales, or more call (432) 837-8218 or visit our website

    Sul Ross State University biology graduate students and faculty made presentations at the recent Christmas Mountains Research Symposium, held May 13-15 at the Terlingua Ranch Headquarters.
    Several members of the Texas State University System organized the symposium to discuss and promote the research opportunities that exist within the adjacent Christmas Mountains property, which consists of 9,269 acres that has been managed by the TSUS since September 2011.
    Graduate students presenting talks at the symposium included: Molly Klein,  Alpine,  “A preliminary examination of mescaline levels in tissues of Lophophora williamsii,” mentored by Dr. Martin Terry. Jeff Keeling, Aledo, discussed “An annotated vascular flora of the Nature Conservancy Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis County, Texas,” mentored by Dr. James Zech.
    Laura Tang, Westminster, Cal., addressed “An analysis of the distribution and diversity of Thaumarchaeota within the springs and soils of the northwestern Chihuahuan Desert,” mentored by Jackie Denson. Julia Green, Alpine, presented ”A geochemical and microbial diversity survey of a natural iron seep within Big Bend Ranch State Park,” also mentored by Denson.
    Terry presented  “The Shumla Caves peyote specimens: compositions and possible uses.” Additional attendees included faculty members Denson and Anne Marie Hilscher, and biology department alumnus Joselyn Fenstermacher.
    Funding for graduate students’ travel and expenses to attend and present at this conference were furnished by the Title V Post Baccalaureate Grant and the Graduate Center at Sul Ross.


At Christmas Mountains symposium

Sul Ross biology graduate students and faculty attended and made presentations at the Christmas Mountains Research Symposium, held May 13-15 at the Terlingua Ranch headquarters. Pictured (from left) are: Laura Tang, Anne Marie Hilsher, Jeff Keeling, Jackie Denson, Julie Green, Molly Klein and Dr. Martin Terry. (Photo Courtesy Jackie Denson)


    Prominent Texas and Oklahoma coaches, including former National Football League players Johnny Walker and Koy Detmer, will headline the Sul Ross State University football clinic and golf tournament, scheduled Thursday-Saturday, June 27-29.
    Clinic activities will be held Thursday-Friday, June 27-28 in the Pete P. Gallego Center. A four-person best ball scramble golf tournament will be held Saturday, June 29 at Lajitas Golf Course and Spa. All proceeds from the golf tournament will go to the Sul Ross recruiting fund.
    Walker, a former University of Texas and Atlanta Falcons wide receiver, will deliver a motivational address at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27. Detmer, who played quarterback for nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles,  is now the offensive coordinator at Somerset High School, serving under his father, Sonny. He will present a session on quarterback reads and keys at 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 28.
    Other presenters include: Russell Gaskamp, head coach, Oklahoma Panhandle University; Tim Holt, head coach, Mathis High School; Jeff Poth, offensive coordinator, Kiein Oak High School, Houston; Ray Gregory, Lubbock Coronado High School; James Clancy, Houston Strake Jesuit High School; Dan Dunagin, Sul Ross team chaplain; Demond Littles, Sul Ross secondary coach; Jarry Poth, Sul Ross defensive coordinator; and John Tyree, Sul Ross head coach/athletics director.
    Clinic registration is $50 per participant. Golf tournament registration is $125 per player or $400 per team. Payments may be made to: Sul Ross State University Football, Box C-17, Sul Ross State University, Alpine, Texas 79832.
    For more information, contact Jarry Poth, (830) 491-7065.