Latest News from Sul Ross August 27, 2013

SUL ROSS CLASS OF 2017 FETED AT NEW STUDENT CONVOCATION
    The Sul Ross State University Class of 2017 – 330 strong – were welcomed into the Lobo family during the 15th annual New Student Convocation Sunday evening (Aug. 25).
    The yearly event, held in Marshall Auditorium, welcomes all new Sul Ross students and acquaints them with the history and traditions of the university.
    Dr. Ricardo Maestas, Sul Ross’ 11th President; joined Denise Groves, Vice President of Enrollment Management; and Student Government Association president Anna Sandoval, El Paso, in praising the Class of 2017 for making the right choice: choosing to enroll at Sul Ross.
    “You are now part of an elite group and can call yourselves Sul Ross Lobos,” Maestas said. He added that for many students, it was the first time away from home and family, “but you have a new family...us, the Lobo Family, and we are excited to know you.”

Members of the Sul Ross State University Class of 2017 -- 330 strong -- assemble for a group photo prior to the 15th annual New Student Convocation, held Sunday (Aug. 25) in Marshall Auditorium. (Photo by Steve Lang)

    Calling college “a different world,” he urged students to think outside the box...to think about life in a different way.
    “Sul Ross is a place for you to explore opportunities in academics, campus organizations, new friendships, and to become the person you want to be,” he said. “This is your chance to shape your future.”
    Maestas called education an investment, and quoted Richard Riley, former U.S. Secretary of Education, who said “Your education will give you great advantages, but only if you take advantage of your education.”    He also emphasized to the new members of the Lobo family the importance of Sul Ross traditions and academic traditions in general as a means to build continuity, cohesiveness and pride in the culture and heritage of university life. Maestas referred to the new student convocation, painting and lighting the Bar-SR-Bar at Homecoming, enjoying the Meal on the Mall and hiking to the desk at the top of Hancock Mountain as some of the Sul Ross traditions. He cited the impact of the Bar-SR-Bar brand as well.

Dominic Scott, Hesperia, Cal., representing the Sul Ross Class of 2017, displays the Spirit Stick during Sunday's (Aug. 25) New Student Convocation. Student Government Association President Anna Sandoval, El Paso, and Sul Ross President Ricardo Maestas observe. (Photo by Susanna Mendez)

    “You may have seen the Bar-SR-Bar brand around campus. Once you become a Lobo, that is your brand. Wear it proudly! It is recognized around the world.
    “I hope that as new Lobos you will participate and help us keep our traditions alive,” he said. “You are vital to our university and you keep our school strong.”
    “Take pride in your school. Take pride in your Lobo family; get to know each other,” Sandoval said, encouraging  the new students to strive for success, obtain their degrees and “always represent Sul Ross to the fullest.”
    Sandoval, representing Kyle Hester of the Class of 2016, passed the Spirit Stick to 2017 member Dominic Scott, Hesperia, Cal.
    Between the charge to the entering Class of 2017 and passing of the Spirit Stick, Groves led the new students in reciting the Sul Ross pledge, first introduced a year earlier.
    The convocation concluded with singing the “Alma Mater,” led by Dr. Donald Freed, associate professor of Music. Steve Bennack, visiting lecturer in Music, played the Processional and Recessional.                                

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LOBO FOOTBALL RECRUITS MAKE IMMEDIATE IMPACT
    by Steve Lang, News and Publications

    Sixteen recruits are expected to make major contributions to the 2013 Sul Ross State University football program.
    Based on Saturday’s (Aug. 24) Sun Bowl scrimmage against Mountain West Prep, several already have.
    The Lobos dominated the action, rolling up a 35-3 lead, with Mountain West (Albuquerque, N.M.) forfeiting the second half.
    Slotback/tailback Keyon Lee (Hawaiian Gardens, Cal.), a transfer from Fullerton (Cal) City College, highlighted the offense with a 40-yard touchdown gallop and added a 50-yard kickoff return.
    Free safety Durrell Mitchell (Charleston, S.C./University of Kansas), returned one of two Lobo interceptions for touchdowns, scampering 60 yards with a pick-six. Cornerback Randall Carroll (Pasadena, Cal./UCLA), returned a punt 60 yards.
    “The defense was outstanding, but the offense still needs work,” said head coach John Tyree. The Lobos will hold an intra-squad scrimmage Saturday (Aug. 31), 5 p.m. at Jackson Field. Sul Ross opens the season Saturday, Sept. 6 at Texas A&M-Commerce.

Sixteen recruits are expected to make major contributions to the Lobo football program. Kneeling (from left): Randall Carroll, cornerback; Joey Dixon, safety; Keyon Lee, tailback/slotback; Del Wilson, slotback; Derrick Bernard, quarterback; Alvis Mahome, linebacker;  Cordell Robinson, defensive end; Troy Lawson, nose tackle; Standing: Durrell Mitchell, free safety; Chris Dorsey, defensive end; Shane Alexander, safety;  Jaylen Brooks, defensive tackle;  Juan Hernandez, offensive tackle; Quintin Spencer, offensive guard; Earl Hines, outside linebacker; Brandon Thornton, outside linebacker. (Photo by Steve Lang)

    Overall, Tyree is pleased with his recruits.  “We have excellent speed, good size and we have gained some needed depth in the offensive line,” he said. “We really appreciate the cooperation we have received from the administration in our recruiting efforts, all of which make it possible to have a successful program.”
    In addition, to Lee, sophomore quarterback Derrick Bernard (Texas City/Blinn CC) and junior slotback Del Wilson (Rialto, Cal./Chaffee JC) are expected to make substantial contributions offensively. Junior offensive guard Quintin Spencer (Atlanta, Ga./University of Kentucky) and tackle Juan Hernandez (La Joya), a Lobo men’s basketball team member playing football for the first time, are bolstering the line.
    Other defensive recruits include: junior safety Joey Dixon (Pasadena, Cal./Pasadena CC),; junior linebacker Alvis Mahome (Pasadena, Cal./San Bernadino JC); senior defensive end Cordell Robinson (Pasadena, Cal./Morgan State University),; junior nose tackle Troy Lawson (El Campo/Kilgore JC); sophomore defensive end Chris Dorsey (Eagle Lake/Blinn CC); junior safety Shane Alexander (Brookshire/Blinn CC); junior defensive tackle Jaylen Brooks (Saginaw, Mich./Mt. San Jacinto CC); and junior outside linebackers Earl Hines (Port Arthur) and Brandon Thornton (Conroe), both Blinn CC transfers.
    “We recruited to fill specific needs and we have not been disappointed,” said Tyree. “We have the speed to run a good up-tempo offense. Derrick (Bernard) has established himself as an outstanding leader, in addition to being a very talented quarterback.”
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ASTRONOMY, REFORMATION CLASSES OFFERED THROUGH MUSEUM OF THE BIG BEND
    Classes on astronomy and the Reformation will be offered at the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University, beginning Thursday, Sept. 5.
    “Introduction to Astronomy I: The Sky and the Solar System,” taught by David Oesper, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday evenings, Sept. 5-Oct. 10. Cost is $75 per person.
    The six-week course will explore the view of the cosmos from spaceship Earth with a special emphasis on the solar system. Topics will include the history of astronomy, planets and moons, the Sun, asteroids and comets, and “how we know what we know,” courtesy of human understanding of the nature of light, motion, gravitation, and relativity.  This course will include observing sessions of the objects being studied.
    “The Reformation,” taught by Dr. Jim Freeman, headmaster of the Alpine Christian School, will be an eight-week course on Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Sept. 10-Oct. 29. Cost is $75 per person and classes will be held in the Museum Library.
    One of the greatest of all revolutions was the 16th-century religious revolt known as the Reformation.  This stormy, often brutal, conflict separated the Christians of Western Europe into Protestants and Catholics.  So far-reaching were the results of the separation that the Reformation has been called a turning point in history.
    The Reformation hits on all the disciplines, not simply theology but sociology, psychology, linguistics, espionage, the theology and psychology of torture, sexuality, feminism, antisemitism, the role of Islam, politics, economics, and the rise of the modern state.
    Other upcoming classes include a chain maille jewelry class, Saturday, Sept. 28; and En Plein Air painting with Mike Capron, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 1-3.
    For more information, contact the Museum of the Big Bend, (432) 837-8143.
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