Latest News from Sul Ross September 6, 2013

    David Gibson has been named Chief Information Officer at Sul Ross State University.
    Gibson, who will assume his new duties Oct. 1., is presently the Director of Computing Services at Abilene Christian University. He replaces Chandragupta Gudena, who resigned in July to accept a position at Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary.
    As CIO, Gibson will oversee the Office of Information Technology (OIT), responsible for all technology-related matters at Sul Ross, including the Alpine Campus and Rio Grande Colleges at Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde.
    “David Gibson brings extensive experience working with technology in the higher education capacity,” said Ricardo Maestas, Sul Ross President. “He has an impressive track record in serving the administrative and academic needs at the collegiate level and will be an asset to Sul Ross.”
    Gibson, who previously attended McMurry University and San Antonio College, received a Bachelor of Business Administration (1991) and Master of Science in Organizational and Human Resource Development (2003) from Abilene Christian.
    He spent two years at Pennzoil (now a part of Shell Oil) as an analyst/programmer and a total of 17 years (1994-97, 1999-present) as a programmer analyst, senior analyst and director of Computing Services at Abilene Christian. Including his service in the U.S. Air Force, Gibson has over 30 years’ experience in the technology field.
            “I am excited to come to Sul Ross State University and look forward to working with the administration, faculty, staff and students at Sul Ross,” Gibson said. “Together we can find ways for technology to enrich the academic and administrative environment at Sul Ross.”
    From the Empire State to the Lone Star State, Frederic Remington’s legacy is heading back West.
    Works by the legendary Western artist will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University.
    Treasures from the Frederic Remington Art Museum, including the rarely toured painting, The Charge of the Rough Riders, opens Sept. 19 as part of a gala weekend. The historic exhibit will be open to the public from Sept. 21-Dec. 8.    
    Opening events will include scholarly presentations, dinners, receptions and live and silent auctions at various locations, including the museum; Sul Ross; Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis; the Gage Hotel, Marathon; and The Holland Hotel, Alpine.
    The upcoming exhibit has generated nationwide attention, including articles in several prominent publications, Southwestern Arts, Western Art and Architecture, Western Art Collector and Cowboys and Indians.
    “The Remington show has been well-received throughout the national art world as well as in the local community,” said Liz Jackson, Museum director. “We have received extremely generous support from a host of sponsors, in the Big Bend region and well beyond.” She added that the live auction scheduled Saturday, Sept. 21, includes works donated by local artists Deborah Allison, Wayne Baize, Mike Capron, Wendy Cook Severns and many more.
    “Remington is the biggest name in Western Art and this is the biggest art event in our history,” Jackson. “We are not only bringing the rarely toured painting to our museum, we will be bringing together the best in Remington scholars.  This event is significant for the museum, Sul Ross State University, and the Big Bend region as a whole.”
    Painted in 1899, The Charge of the Rough Riders commemorated the charge of Teddy Roosevelt’s troops up Cuba’s San Juan Hill during the Spanish-American War. It has been on display in the Frederic Remington Art Museum, Ogdensburg, N.Y.
    In celebration of this exhibit, four of the nation’s leading Remington scholars will present new scholarship and research during the course of the weekend’s events.  Speakers include Peter Hassrick, Dr. Ron Tyler, Dr. B. Byron Price and Michael Duty.
    Ticketed events for opening weekend are as follows:
    Thursday, Sept. 19: Speakers and Sponsors dinner, 6 p.m.“Racism & Patronage,” presented by Peter Hassrick. Hosted by The Gage Hotel, Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan, and Carol and Pete Peterson.
    Friday, Sept. 20:  3:30 - 5:30 p.m., Frederic Remington lectures,“Frederic Remington’s Vision of ‘the Man with the Bark On,’” presented by Dr. Ron Tyler; “Remington as an Equine and Equestrian Artist,” presented by Dr. B. Byron Price; Vic and Mary Jane Morgan University Center, Sul Ross.
    6-8 p.m.: Exhibit opening and reception, Treasures from The Frederic Remington Art Museum, Museum of the Big Bend.
    Saturday, Sept. 21: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Private tour and BBQ lunch,  The Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis.                             
    6 p.m.: Frederic Remington Gala, cocktails, dinner, live and silent auctions, music, lecture, “Frederic Remington’s Legacy,” by Michael Duty; The Holland Hotel, Alpine.
    Treasures from The Frederic Remington Art Museum exhibit and events are made possible through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mallory, The Holland Hotel, Heritage Auctions and West Texas National Bank.Additional sponsors include The Gage Hotel, Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan, Carol and Pete Peterson and many others.
    Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission and parking are free. Enter through Entrance B off of Harrison Road.  Private tours must be scheduled in advance.  For more information, visit or call (432) 837-8143.

    by Steve Lang, News and Publications

    Two days after hoisting the bronze medal in international powerlifting competition, Bailey Dunks began her collegiate career at Sul Ross State University.
    For Dunks, Los Fresnos, college signals the next phase of her life and a pause – although just temporarily – from more than three years of constant training.
    “After three years without a true recovery time, it’s time for a break,” said Dunks. She began powerlifting as a Los Fresnos High School freshman.
    “My gym teacher, who was also the powerlifting coach, showed me the weight room and urged me to give it a try,” she said. “It was difficult to get started, but then it became a routine. When we started competing, I completely fell in love with it.”
    After placing sixth in the girls’ 165-pound class as a sophomore, Dunks finished second as a junior and third as a senior in the Texas 5A state high school powerlifting competition.
    She then entered the national and international competition at 158 pounds, winning the national sub-junior 14-18 year-old) gold medal in May in Orlando, Fla. In the process, she set a national bench press record of 220.5 pounds. Dunks captured the bronze medal at the world meet, held in Killeen, Aug. 27-Sept. 1, finishing behind Frida Leandersson of Sweden and Yuliya Orobets of the Ukraine. Dunks’ USA team finished second with 54 points, behind Russia’s 57.
    Contestants make three lifts each in the squat, bench press and dead lift, with the top weight in each category counting toward the total score.

Sul Ross freshman Bailey Dunks earned the Sub-Juniors (ages 14-18) bronze medal at the world powerlifting meet, held Aug. 27-Sept. 1 in Killeen. (Photo Courtesy Bailey Dunks)

    Following a steady regimen of five-day-a-week training, a strict diet that included “lots of oatmeal, chicken breasts and veggies, and nothing but water,” Dunks hinted she might alter her menu.
    “Mac(aroni) and cheese is my favorite when I’m not in training,” she smiled, “and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”
    In addition to some dietary adjustments, Dunks will be altering her lifestyle.
    “This was a big transition – getting into college – and I’m trying to balance my lifestyle,” she said.
    She is familiar with Sul Ross as her parents, Melinda Garrett and James Dunks, are both graduates. Bailey Dunks was born in Alpine, but moved with her family at the age of two.
    “I know I wanted to come to a smaller school, and my parents both graduated from here,” she said. “It (Sul Ross) is super pretty and the people are nice, so why not?”
    Thus far, Dunks is enjoying the relative calm of the Sul Ross campus, a sharp contrast from the competitive setting of the previous week.
    “The world (championships) was the most insane thing I’ve ever been through in my entire life,” she said. “People yelling at you in different languages. I was never so nervous in my life.”
    But Dunks also enjoyed the competition and camaraderie, as well as the international friendships she forged. She fully intends to resume her workouts.
    Future competition is not far away, including meets throughout the year, the USA Powerlifting championships in Baton Rouge, La. next May and the international meet in Hungary next summer. Dunks has qualified for national competition.
    “I plan to compete as long as I’m having fun,” she said.