Latest News from Sul Ross August 9, 2013

    Sul Ross State University will host the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System Thursday-Friday, Aug. 15-16.
    The Regents will meet in the Morgan University Center’s Espino Conference Center, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. After the opening session, the Board will recess into executive session . The meeting will reconvene in open session following executive session in Espino Conference Center Rooms A and B.
    The meeting will reconvene in open session at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16 and adjourn at noon.
    Members of the Board of Regents are: Donna N. Williams, Arlington, chairman; Ron Mitchell, Horseshoe Bay, vice chairman; Charlie Amato, San Antonio; Dr. Jaime Garza, San Antonio; Kevin J. Lilly, Houston; David Montagne, Beaumont; Vernon Reaser III, Bellaire; Rossanna Salazar, Austin; William F. Scott, Nederland; and Matthew Russell, San Marcos, Student Regent.
    Sul Ross agenda items include administrative and unclassified personnel changes, faculty appointments (new and renewal) and acknowledgment of more than $200,000 in gifts and donations.
    Gifts include:
    * $5,000 from Parker Johnson, Houston, to the Borderlands Research Institute Stewardship Program.
    * $5,000 from Mr. and Mrs. R. Foard Townsend, San Antonio,  to the Borderlands Research Institute Stewardship Program.
    * $5,000 from John B. Poindexter, Houston,  to the Borderlands Research Institute Stewardship Program.
    * $10,000 from the Paso Del Norte Chapter of Safari Club International, Farley Daniels, El Paso, President, to the Borderlands Research Institute’s Bighorn Sheep Restoration Project.
    * $13,400 from the Texas Bighorn Society, Jerrell Coburn, Lubbock, President,  to the Borderlands Research Institute’s Bighorn Sheep Restoration Project.
    * $25,000 from Wexford Hunting, L.L.C., Kai Buckert, Victoria, to the Borderlands Research Institute, Lado Ranch Quail Project.
    * $5,250 from G. Brad Carter, Midland; $3,750 to the Brad and Vicki Scholarship Fund in support of the rodeo program and $1,500 to the Theatre Summer Production Fund.
    * $15,000 from the Houston Safari Club, Gene Human, Houston, President, to the Borderlands Research Institute’s Bighorn Sheep Restoration Project.
    * $10,000 from the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc., Pamela Foster, San Antonio, Scholarship Coordinator, to the Borderlands Research Institute – San Antonio Livestock Exposition Fellowship.
    * $5,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Weisman, New Braunfels, to the Museum of the Big Bend’s Museum Advantage Fund.
    * $20,000 from the Richard K. Craig and Lois B. Craig Family Fund of the Community Foundation of North Texas, Fort Worth, to the Geology Endowment and General Scholarship Endowment.
    * $10,000 from The Brown Foundation, Inc., Herman L. Stude, Houston, to the Theatre Summer Production and the Dan Blocker/Freda G. Powell Scholarship Fund.
    * $25,000 from The Brown Foundation, Inc., Herman L. Stude, Houston, to the Borderlands Research Institute Fund for Natural Resource Management.
    * $42,070 from Hughes Apache Ranch, LP, Mr. Dan Allen Hughes, Jr., and Mrs. Peggy Hughes, Beeville; $25,000 to the Borderlands Research Institute – Trans Pecos Scaled Quail Research Program; $5,000 to the Borderlands Research Institute Stewardship Program; and $12,070 to the Borderlands Research Institute Fund.
    * $15,000 from The Brown Foundation, Inc., Herman L. Stude, Houston, to the Friends of the Center for Big Bend Studies.

               Sul Ross State University’s Summer II enrollment continued the upward trend, increasing 4.9 percent over 2012 figures.
               As of Tuesday, Aug. 6, 619 students were enrolled, 29 more than this time in 2012. Semester credit hours totaled 2,729, a 6.6 percent increase over the corresponding period last year (2,561). The 2013 totals are preliminary and will be certified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in September.
               Enrollment showed sharp gains at the junior (20 percent); master’s (13.5 percent); and post-baccalaureate (100 percent, from 25 students to 50) levels.               
    Total summer enrollment on the Sul Ross Alpine Campus shows a 6.3 percent hike (from 1,273 to 1,353) over 2012 and is four students more (1,349) than two years ago. Semester credit hours both sessions totaled 6,016, a 5.1 percent increase from 2012 (5,723) and nearly even with 2011 (6,055) totals.
               “These encouraging numbers reinforce the efforts of the Enrollment Management team to build positive relationships with prospective students,” said Denise Groves, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Summer enrollment hikes typically serve as strong indicators for enrollment growth in the fall as well.”

    Dr. Louis Harveson, Sul Ross State University professor of Natural Resource Management and director of the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI), was recently elected Second Vice President for Programs of the Texas Wildlife Association.
    Harveson was elected to a three-year term at the association’s annual convention, held last month in San Antonio. He joins new President Greg Simons, San Angelo; Vice President Marcus T. Barrett IV, San Antonio; and Treasurer David Anderson, Houston, as new officers of the 6,700-member organization.
    As Second Vice President for Programs, Harveson will serve as an Officer contact and representative for all organizational education program efforts, and he serves as an organizational liaison and resource in matters relating to wildlife and/or natural resource research at the university and college level and with state and federal agencies.
    The Second Vice President position is reserved for professional biologists that hold an academic post and Harveson’s election represents the first time in 28 years of the organization that the position is outside of the Texas A&M University system.
    Harveson joined the Sul Ross faculty in 1998 and has served as BRI director since its formation in 2007.
    For more information, contact Haveeson, (432) 837-8488 or

    A scholarship fund has been established to benefit women’s rodeo participants at Sul Ross State University.
    The Evelyn Bruce Kingsbery Rodeo Scholarship Fund, created July 23 (and superceding an agreement executed Aug. 31, 2012), will award scholarships to Sul Ross juniors and seniors, with preference given to female rodeo participants.
    Eligible recipients must be current or incoming members of the rodeo team, fully admitted to Sul Ross, in good disciplinary standing and NIRA (National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association) eligible.
    Scholarship selections will be approved by the Dean of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, as recommended by the rodeo coach. Final awards will be made in consultation with the University Scholarship Committee.
    “We thank the Kingsbery family for their generous commitment to deserving students,” President Ricardo Maestas said. “This scholarship fund is another indication of the widespread support for Sul Ros..”
    Sul Ross endowments exceed $14 million with more than 215 individual scholarships.
    For more information, contact Martha Oestrich, interim director of Development, (432) 837-8033 or                       


Century Club reception

Sul Ross assistant football coach Demond Littles outlines new membership packages during a Century Club reception, held Thursday (Aug. 8) in the Gallego Center. Since its formation, the Century Club endowment allocates funds to support Lobo athletic programs, including recruitment, team travel, awards, graduate assistantships, coaching staff salary support, equipment and supplies, coaching clinics, academic scholarships and other related athletic expenses. (Photo by Steve Lang)