Latest News from Sul Ross August 30, 2013

    A total of 61 students have received $75,000 in President’s  Access Initiative Scholarships at Sul Ross State University.
    The awards include seven $3,000 scholarships for graduates from area high schools who graduated in the top 25 percent of their respective classes; 34 $1,000 scholarships to high school graduates who graduated in the top half of their class; and 20 $1,000 scholarships to community college transfer students.
    Goal of the  President’s Access Initiative Scholarship program is to increase the number of Big Bend area students who enroll at the university. Funding for the scholarships was made possible through the Texas State University System’s refinancing of Sul Ross’ construction bond debt earlier this year, which saved the university $1.8 million. That money will be used to fund scholarships for Sul Ross students through 2022.
    Recipients of the $3,000 awards were chosen by superintendents of their respective area high schools. Recipients and their planned majors are:
    Cody Huelsberg (History) and Ernesto Rivera (Mathematics), Alpine; Franciso Ramirez (Animal Science), Fort Stockton; Jaymee Melius (Kinesiology), Iraan; Krystal Aguilar (Undeclared), Marathon; Jennifer Conners (General Studies), Marfa; and Yancarlo Villa (Social Science), Presidio.
    “These scholarships illustrate Sul Ross’ commitment to serving students from our neighboring school districts and community colleges,” said President Ricardo Maestas. “Recruiting and retaining students from this area is critical to the long-term success of Sul Ross, and we want Sul Ross to contribute to students’ success as well.”
    High school graduates who received $1,000 awards, their hometowns and majors are: Lacey Cross (English); Lauren Rodriguez (Interdisciplinary Studies/Education), Alpine; Shelby Hilbert (Natural Resource Management), Austin; Savannah Longoria (Biology), Brownfield; Zach Custer (Computer Science), Center Point; Alejandra Ruiz (Psychology), Clint; Anastasia Lem (Animal Science), Crane; Cassandra Hairston (Kinesiology), Dayton; Reine Conrad (Animal Science), Hannah Rodgers (Computer Science), Tianna Rule-Daghaghlea (Animal Science), El Paso: Christopher Jules (Business Administration), Jacob Pacheco (Kinesiology), Fabens; Martina Munoz (Animal Science), Fort Stockton; Ivan Molina (Natural Resource Management), Fort Worth; Madison Sparrow (General Studies), Fredericksburg; Billie Kujat (Animal Science), Ingram;
    Carissa Adair (Accounting), Kerrville: Micella Grano (Undeclared), Marathon; Felix Soliz (History), McAllen; Brady Tekell (Computer Science), Meadow; Raehgan Shaw (General Studies), Mesquite; Danielle Lucero (Animal Science), Odessa; Ivan Rodriguez (Mathematics), Presidio; Zachary Davis (Range and Wildlife Science), Ropesville; Damien Rodriguez (History), San Antonio; Ellayna Penalosa (Psychology), Sierra Blanca; Sam Powers (Animal Science), Sonora; Stephen Shipp (Geology), Sweetwater; Andrew Elias (History), Tornillo; Isaac Banks (Undeclared), Venus; Falisha Villanueva (Kinesiology), Weslaco; Tyler Goode (Natural Resource Management), West; Justin Hendricks (Natural Resource Management), Mead, Okla.
    Sul Ross also awarded $1,000 scholarships to 20 transfer students who are members of Phi Beta Kappa or transferred with a 3.0 or higher GPA from Midland College, Odessa College, El Paso Community College, San Antonio College or Howard College.
    Recipients include: Mattie Dunshee (Animal Science), Emily Fallon (General Studies), Marissa Fera-Sanfelice (Education), Alpine; Jorge Sanchez (Criminal Justice), Big Bend National Park; Tanner Marshall (History), Cleburne; Felicia Rocha (Natural Resource Management), Del Rio; Raleigh Darnell (Natural Resource Management), Eastland; Derek Stratton (Business Administraton), El Paso; Alexandra Dibble (Computer Sciencde), Florence; Jana Mueller (Business Administration), Garland;    
    Emily Luna (Geology), Georgetown; Christian Newman (Mathematics), Hondo; David Holguin (Biology), Horizon City; Cameron Goebel (Natural Resource Management), Keller; Braeden Arcisz (Computer Science), Lubbock; Sydney Comstock (Mathematics), Midland; Benjamin Ortiz (Biology), Pecos; Constance McCarthy (Psychology), Lexington, Ky.; Michael McKay (Natural Resource Management), Pryor, Okla.; Shawna Graves (Geology), Memphis, Tenn.

    The foundation has been poured and the walls are going up as construction on the new Jackson Field field house continues.
    A forgivable loan from the Texas State University Foundation is funding the new 5,000 square-foot home team field house and locker room for the Sul Ross State University football program.
    “We poured 201 cubic yards of concrete on Saturday (Aug. 24).” said Jim Clouse, Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning, Construction and Operations. “Now that the slab is in place the framing has began. We expect the framing and block walls in place by the end of the week with roof members to follow.”
    Imperial Construction, Weatherford, is the general contractor. PBK Architects, Inc., San Antonio, designed the project. The new facility will include 120 lockers, restrooms, showers, whirlpools, a training area and laundry and storage facilities. The current field house and locker room will undergo cosmetic work in order to accommodate visiting teams. Additionally, the current visiting team locker room will be upgraded and furnished with new weight training equipment for Sul Ross student athletes.

   Renovations are scheduled for completion Thursday, Oct. 10, prior to the Lobos’ first 2013 home game, Oct. 12 against Mississippi College.
    “We are running a little behind schedule and looking for opportunities to catch up,” Clouse said. “The graphics package along with the rock work and standing seam roof will certainly be an enhancement to Jackson Field.”
    Sul Ross President Ricardo Maestas said,  “This impressive addition is another step in re-energizing Sul Ross athletics. The new facility will help us build upon our Lobo pride and traditions in our community. We are very grateful to the Texas State University Foundation.”
    In 2011, TSUS secured $7 million in state funding to replace an antiquated boiler unit with a state-of-the-art heating system, upgrade energy management systems and facilitate lighting improvements. The new system, which was installed last year, significantly reduced the university’s natural gas and electricity consumption.

    Earlier this year, the Texas State University System provided $1.8 million to support scholarships for Big Bend area students who apply and are accepted at Sul Ross. The funding will sustain dozens of scholarships each year through 2022.
    The Texas State University System is Texas’ first university system, comprising eight institutions from West Texas to the Gulf Coast. The TSUS Foundation is a private, non-profit organization established to support and promote the System and its member institutions.

    Sul Ross State University welcomed eight new faculty and three administrative staff members for Fall Semester 2012.
    New faculty members are:                                    
    College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
    *Virginia C. Elliott, assistant professor of Animal Science and Exotic Animal Production. Elliott received a B.S. (1978) from Southwest Texas State  (now Texas State) University; and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (1983) from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition to being a self-employed veterinarian, Elliott taught at the Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine (1986-89, 1992, 1999-2000) and Amarillo College (1993).
    * Ryan Luna, assistant professor of Wildlife Management. Luna received a B.S. (2011) in Zoology from Texas Tech University; M.S. (2008) in Biology from the University of Texas San Antonio; and Ph.D, (2013) from Texas State University. He taught in the Texas State University Biology Department from 2008-2013 and previously served as a senior research assistant at the University of Texas Health Science Center (2004-2006) and as a game warden with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (2001-2003). 
    College of Arts and Sciences
    * Rosemary Briseno, visiting assistant professor of English. Briseno received a B.A. in English (1997) from the University of Texas at Austin; M.A. in English  (2000) from Sul Ross; and Literature  (2008) from Washington State University. She previously taught at the University of California, Merced (2009-10, 2011-13); Merced (Cal.) College (2009-10); Washington State (2005-09); and San Jose (Cal.) City College (2002-05).
    * Theron Francis, visiting assistant professor of English. Francis received a English  (1987) from Northern Michigan University; M.A. in English (1994) from Northern Arizona University; and Ph.D in American Literature (2007) from Purdue University. He taught at the University of Texas-Pan American (2006-13); Purdue (1999-2006); University of Arizona (1998-99); Yamagata University, Japan (1994-98); Northern Arizona (1992-94); and in the Peace Corps in Yemen (1988-90).
    * Alex Hardison, lecturer in Developmental Mathematics, Academic Center for Excellence. Hardison received a B.S. in Geology  (2013) from Sul Ross. He has served as a senior and class tutor while a student.
    * Bret Scott, assistant professor of Communication, Video/Audio Design/Production. Scott received a B.F.A. in Theater Arts (1993) from the University of Arizona and M.F.A. in Film and Television Production (2008) from the University of Southern California. He taught at the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts, Aqaba, Jordan (2011-13) and USC (2007-08). He has also worked as a film editor, director, production coordinator and creative director for a number of production companies.  
    College of Professional Studies
    * Christian Cruz, lecturer in Physical Education/assistant football coach. Cruz received a B.S. in Kinesiology and Sports Science (2011) and M.Ed. in Physical Education (2013) from Sul Ross. He has worked as a graduate assistant lecturer and coach at Sul Ross.
    * Liza Ware, lecturer in Criminal Justice. Ware received a B.A. (2006) and M.S. (2007) in Criminal Justice from Sul Ross. She previously worked for the Texas Department of Family Protective Service (2010-11).
    New/promoted staff include:
    * Lisa George, director of Accounting. George received a B.B.A. in Accounting (1985) from the University of Houston. She worked as controller/director of Real Estate Development for High Desert Properties, Grand Junction, Colo., from 2001-13; as a general ledger accountant, then regional controller/director of Human Resources for Whole Foods Market, Austin, 1994-2001; and as a tax accountant for Peat Marwick Main, Houston, 1983-88.
    * Adam Heidrick,webmaster, Office of Information Technology. Heidrick previously served as a technical support specialist to the webmaster (2012-2013). He received a B.A. in English (2012) from Sul Ross.
    * Martha Oestrich, director of Development. Oestrich received a B.A. (1981) from Texas Lutheran University; M.A. (1998) from St. Mary’s University; and MBA (2003) from the University of Texas San Antonio. She formed the O Creative Group of Austin and Marfa in 2010 and is a consultant for nonprofit and corporate organizations. She has worked in development at the University of Texas at Austin (2008-10); The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin (2004-08); San Antonio River Foundation (2003-04); and Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children, San Antonio (1998-2003); City Year San Antonio (1996-98); and International Business Machines (IBM, 1981-1996).