Latest News from Sul Ross September 23, 2013

    With the theme, “Lobos in the Jungle” Sul Ross State University students, staff, faculty and friends will celebrate Homecoming 2013, Oct. 7-13.
    A full week of activities are planned, including daily student events,  an American Southwest Conference football game, crowning the new Queen and King and honoring Distinguished Alumni and Hall of Honor inductees. Detailed schedules of Homecoming and related Alumni Association events, as well as registration information may be found online at

    As of Monday, Sept. 23, 13 candidates, seven women and six men – seek the 2013 Homecoming Queen and King crowns. Candidate applications were open through Friday, Sept. 20. Coronation will be held at halftime of the Lobo-Mississippi College football game on Saturday, Oct. 12. Crowns, scepter and watches will be furnished by Anju’s Jewelry, Alpine. Monica Traylor, Sonora, and Cody LeCroy, Needville, are the reigning Queen and King.
    Queen candidates, their hometowns and sponsors are: Desirae Brewster, Van Horn, Student Government Association; Fatima Corrales, Van Horn, Sully Productions; Gabrielle Nussbaum, Alpine, Baptist Student Ministries; Ashley Page, New Diana, Sul Ross Theater Society; Chaley Romero, Sundown, Independent; Erika Wong, El Paso, Student Support Services; Samantha Vela, Fort Stockton, Alumni Affairs.
    King candidates include:Joseph Hernandez, Kerrville, Student Support Services; Ryan Kubena, Hallettsville, Independent; Levi Low, Alpine, Sully Productions; Alejandro Martinez, El Paso, Student Government Association; Justin Rodriguez, El Paso, Game Room; Adrian Soto, El Paso, Sul Ross Theater Society.
    Preliminary elections will be held Oct. 3-4. The five Queen and five King finalists will be introduced during a performance by comedian Adam Hunter on Monday, Oct. 7 in Marshall Auditorium. Final voting will be held Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 9-10.
    Selma Glasscock and Bill Rankin will be honored as Sul Ross State University Distinguished Alumni. Amy Brown will be the first recipient of a new honor, the Young Distinguished Alumni Award. Corra Ward (alumni category) and Miriam and the late Emmett McCoy (non-alumni) will receive the Slingin’ Sammy Baugh Award for Outstanding Service.
    Three new members will be inducted into the Hall of Honor,  Earl Bowman, San Angelo; Barbara Crousen, Abilene; and Mike Robbins, Boerne. All will be honored during ceremonies Saturday, Oct. 12 at the annual Athletic Hall of Honor/Distinguished Alumni banquet. The event will begin with a 6:30 p.m. reception, followed by a 7:15 banquet in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. Tickets are $40 per person and may be purchased by contacting the Office of Alumni Affairs, (432) 837-8697 or the Office of Physical Education and Athletics, 837-8226.
    Other Homecoming Week events include:
    Monday, Oct. 7: Jersey Day; Decorate the Mall, 4-6 p.m.; Float supplies and banners drawing, 5 p.m.,Student Life Office, Morgan University Center; King and Queen introductions, 8 p.m., Marshall Auditorium, with comedian Adam Hunter, assisted by Sul Ross Cheer Squad.
    Tuesday, Oct. 8: Nerd Day; Homecoming Derby, 6 p.m., the Mall
    Wednesday, Oct. 9: Super Hero Day; Voting begins for Homecoming Queen and King, noon; Whitewashing of the Bar-SR-Bar, 5:30 p.m., Hancock Hill, followed by pizza party, Physical Plant parking lot.    
    Thursday, Oct. 10: “It’s a Jungle Out There” Day; Queen and King voting continues through noon. Cupcake Challenge, 5:30 p.m., the Mall; Powder Puff football, 7 p.m., upperclassmen vs. underclassmen, Jackson Field;Lighting of the Bar-SR-Bar, after dark, Hancock Hill.
    Friday, Oct. 11: Red Out; Free ice cream sandwiches for the Sul Ross and Alpine community, 6:30-7:30 p.m., the Mall; Pep rally, 7:30 p.m., the Mall.
    Saturday, Oct. 12: Parade, 10 a.m., starting on Holland Ave. at Alpine Civic Center; Football, Lobos vs. Mississippi College, 1 p.m., Jackson Field; Coronation, halftime, Jackson Field; 6:30 p.m.: Distinguished Alumni/Hall of Honor banquet, Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center.
    Sunday, Oct.13:    Alumni brunch, beginning at 11 a.m., Morgan University Center. For more information, contact Karen Brown, 837-8697 or 837-8443, or  

    by Steve Lang, News and Publications
    During Dr. Amy Moreland’s first year on the Sul Ross State University faculty, a student evaluation noted:
    “Teacher of the Year!!!....She goes out of her way to help you succeed. She knows her subject and can pull an interest out of a brick wall.”
    The evaluation proved prophetic, as Moreland, assistant professor of Political Science, is the 2012-2013 recipient of Sul Ross’ Outstanding Teaching Award.
    Moreland, a Midland native (Greenwood High School graduate) joined the Sul Ross faculty in 2010. She received her award Thursday (Sept. 19) from President Ricardo Maestas during a ceremony in the Morgan University Center.    
    Moreland called the award “overwhelming and humbling,” adding “I could name many people who are more worthy.”
    She praised her department, Behavioral and Social Sciences. “This award is about BASS as a whole. I’m just one part of a very good department.”
    Dr. Jimmy Case, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and a fellow political science faculty member, praised Moreland’s “willingness to engage students out of the classroom as well as in the classroom” and cited her involvement in Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, the McNair Program and other student organizations.
    “At Sul Ross, Dr. Moreland immediately developed the reputation among our students and our faculty as an excellent classroom instructor in both our undergraduate and graduate programs,” Case said.
    Dr. Rob Kinucan, Dean of the College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and a member of the selection committee, noted that Moreland met or exceeded all of eight of the selection criteria, including university service, community service, involvement with student activities, respect/admiration from colleagues and students and classroom effectiveness and dedication to the teaching profession.
    “She is really well respected by her peers and the student body she deals with,” Kinucan said.”It is pretty self-evident that Dr. Moreland is a very dedicated and effective teacher.”
    Moreland savors her Sul Ross experience. “It’s so easy to come to work when the students are so special,” she said. “They make my life and my job very easy.”
    At Sul Ross, she teaches undergraduate classes in federal government, comparative politics and women in politics, as well as graduate courses in American and local government. She has been a McNair Program mentor, a Lobo Den faculty mentor and also serves as assistant director of Institutional Research, working on retention analysis and SACS compliance.
    Moreland has long-standing family ties to Sul Ross.
    “My great-grandmother went to Sul Ross in the 1920s and my grandfather attended in the 1950s,” she said. “Many other family members have attended or graduated from here as well.
    “I have a lot of respect for the Sul Ross faculty,” she said. “I have never been at a place where the faculty are so devoted to students.”
    Moreland received a B.A. (2004) from the University of Texas Permian Basin; and M.A. (2006) and Ph.D. (2010) in Political Science from Texas Tech University.
    Previous recipients of the Outstanding Teaching Award since 1983 include: Metha Sprinkle (Education); Ernest Reesing (Range Animal Science); William L. Beatty (Business Administration); David L. Cockrum (Psychology); Jimmy D. Case (Political Science); Robie Golden (Mathematics); Bob Pannell (Education); Wayne Sheehan (History); Rex Wilson (Music); George Bradley (Communications and Theatre); Greg Schwab (Communications and Theatre); Daniel Vrudny (Industrial Technology); Keith West (Communications and Theatre); Ellen Boyd (Music); Abelardo Baeza (English and Spanish); Ray Beaulieu (Mathematics); Mark Saka (History); Patti Trietsch (Education); Jeff Pendergraft (Animal Science); Barbara Tyler (Education); Jesus Tafoya (Spanish); Dona Roman (Communication/Theatre); Sheehan; Martin Terry (Biology); Carol Fairlie (Art); Louis Harveson (Natural Resource Management); Sharon Hileman (Languages and Literature); Christopher Ritzi (Biology); and Bonnie Warnock (Natural Resource Management).

               Mexican artifacts and analysis records in the possession of the Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS) of Sul Ross State University were recently repatriated.
               Mexican authorities from the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia/National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs came to Alpine Sept. 11-13. They inventoried, repackaged (as needed), and loaded the artifacts for transport back to Mexico. The collection was extensive, filling half of a 10 x 10 x 10-foot storage unit in Alpine.
               The artifacts were excavated from 1971–1993, primarily from the archaeological ceremonial center in Zacatecas, Mexico (outside the rural village of Chalchihuites), known as Alta Vista. The excavations were made under the direction of J. Charles and Ellen A. Kelley, preeminent researchers of the site and of Chalchihuites Culture.

Artifacts return to Mexico

Jaime Alejandro Bautista Valdespino of the Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia (INAH) of Mexico examines artifacts stored at the Center for Big Bend Studies. An  extensive collection of artifacts and analysis records excavated from Mexico from 1971-1993 were repatriated recently through a collaborative effort by the CBBS, INAH and Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (Photo Courtesy Andy Cloud)

               Numerous artifacts and analysis notes were still under study when J. Charles Kelley died in 1997. The items and notes were in Ellen Kelley’s possession until her death in October 2011. Ellen was in charge of CBBS’s research library for many years after helping to establish it with donation of the Kelley library over 10 years ago.
               “With the blessing of the Kelley family, the CBBS took possession of the items as a means of protecting and preserving them until Mexican authorities could take ownership,” said Andy Cloud, CBBS director. Cloud then began contacting Mexican authorities to begin the repatriation process, which culminated earlier this month.
               Cloud said the Mexican archaeologists involved in the repatriation were extremely pleased with the CBBS’s role in protecting, preserving, and repatriating these priceless materials. He said, “This collaborative effort will reinforce and strengthen the bond between the CBBS and INAH.”
               The Mexican authorities directly involved in the repatriation process were Pedro L. Echeverría and Juan Carlos Rodriguez of the Office of the Legal Adviser, Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Jaime Alejandro Bautista Valdespino and José Humberto Medina González, INAH; and driver Guillermo Arturo Martinez López.  
    The aforementioned authorities recognized the diligence with which CBBS acted in order to safeguard the artifacts and analysis records in question and expressed to CBBS and all its staff members the sincere gratitude of both INAH and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their involvement in the repatriation process.
“These very important and significant artifacts and associated notes are now going home from whence they came,” Cloud said. “That was the goal of our involvement from the beginning, and I am thankful to say this repatriation effort ended on a positive and successful note.”
               For more information, contact Cloud, (432) 837-8179 or

    Alpine native Barbara Crousen, Abilene; Earl Bowman, San Angelo; and Mike Robbins, Boerne, are the 2013 inductees to the Sul Ross State University Athletic Hall of Honor. Induction ceremonies will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, 7:15 p.m. as part of the Distinguished Alumni/Hall of Honor banquet during Homecoming activities.
    Crousen, currently the head track and field coach at McMurry University, has the distinction of being the only female to coach a men’s team to an NCAA national championship. Bowman was an All-American football standout for the Lobos who later signed a contract with the NFL Atlanta Falcons. Robbins, who played football at Sul Ross, was a Texas high school football coach for over 40 years, including 34 at Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio.
    The 2013 inductees will join 125 former Sul Ross athletes, coaches and outstanding boosters named to the Hall of Honor since its inception in 1986.
    Bowman, a San Angelo native, graduated from San Angelo Central High School and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Sul Ross in 1967. At Sul Ross, he was a four-year starter as a lineman for the Lobo football team. As a sophomore, he played in the All-Sports Bowl in Oklahoma City, and as a junior,was a member of the Lobos’ NAIA playoff team.
    He served as a co-captain during his senior year and earned All-Lone Star Conference and NAIA All-American honors. Bowman signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons. He later returned to San Angelo and taught and coached at Lake View High School.
    In 1973, he started Earl Bowman Auto Wrecking, Inc., operating the business for 35 years. He was a state association director and served as vice president of an auto parts locating service for 30 years. Bowman and his wife, Glenda, have two grown children.
    “I want to give credit and thanks to God for the ability and opportunities to be able to participate in sports, especially football,” he said. He credited coaches David Slaughter, Richard Harvey, Frank Krhut and Orville Fletcher “for the teaching, coaching and refinement of skills to make each team member have abilities and knowledge to achieve goals set forth not only in football, but also in life.
    “Thanks for all the professors and fellow classmates and Sul Ross State College for the education and knowledge to live and succeed in life.”
    Crousen, who re-started the McMurry track program in 1999, was twice named NCAA Division III Men’s Coach of the Year, after leading her team to the 2008 and 2012 national outdoor championships. She is a 1963 Alpine High School graduate, graduated from Sul Ross in 1966 and later received a Master of Education degree from Sam Houston State University.
    After teaching and coaching for 32 years at the high school level in El Paso, Deer Park, Pasadena and Abilene, Crousen restarted the McMurry track program in 1999. Her teams won 24 American Southwest Conference championships, 14 men’s and 10 women’s, before McMurry moved to the Division II level in 2012.  In addition to winning two Division III men’s titles, her teams had eight other top-four national finishes. She has coached 210 All-Americans, 54 national champions, 24 Academic All-Americans and three Outstanding Performer award-winners at the national championships. As a high school coach, five of her athletes were selected to attend the USA Junior Elite Olympic Training Center.
    Crousen has received numerous individual honors at both the high school and collegiate levels, including election to the Texas Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame, the 2001 NCAA Division III Women’s National Coach of the Year and 2012 NCAA Division III Men’s National Coach of the Year.    She and her late husband, Joe, a former McMurry football coach, are the parents of three children, Kevin, Kerri and Tamra; and seven grandchildren, Cooper, Claire, Carson, Foster, Stealey, Levi and Ruby.
    Robbins, a 1964 Crane High School graduate, transferred to Sul Ross after playing football and basketball for two years at Texas Western University (now University of Texas El Paso). He was a two-year letterwinner for the Lobos and graduated in 1969. He received a Master’s degree from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1982.
    Robbins began his coaching career at Stockdale High School as assistant football and head basketball coach. He later coached at Luling High School (assistant football, head track), then at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio (assistant football, head track coach).
    In 1978, Robbins began coaching at the new Tom C. Clark High School of Northside ISD. He became head coach in 1981 and compiled a 173-61-5 won-lost record before retiring in 2002. His Cougar teams reached the playoffs 16 times.
    He was inducted into the Greater San Antonio Football Coaches Foundation Hall of Fame in 2006 and into the Texas High School Coaches Association (THSCA) Hall of Honor in 2008. Robbins served on the THSCA Board of Directors from 1992-1996 and coached the THSCA South All-Stars in 1995. In 2010-2011, he coached the Division II College All-Stars in the Cactus Bowl in Kingsville.
    Robbins has been employed at M&P Construction since 2007. He and his wife, Gaye, have two children, Jeff (wife Amy) and Jessica (husband Nick Fulbright); and five grandchildren, Tre and Will Robbins and Cora Lee, Grace and Emily Fulbright.

    by Laura Nelson, RGC Media Relations

     Dr. Martin Guevara Urbina, Professor of Criminal Justice at Rio Grande College, has been named the graduate coordinator for the Criminal Justice Department at Sul Ross State University.
     He will oversee all aspects of the program including admissions, enrollment, teaching schedules, and mentoring. Because all coursework for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice is completed online, it offers the flexibility working adults need to finish a graduate degree. \
    He said, “I look forward to the opportunity to work with our Rio Grande College faculty as well as with faculty and administration in Alpine. I plan to expand the program by promoting it with a positive image to law enforcement officials and others interested in taking on an educational challenge.”
     Urbina earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Sul Ross, a master’s in criminal justice from New Mexico State University, and his doctorate in sociology from Western Michigan University. He has taught in higher education since 1996 and the prolific writer has authored more than 40 scholarly publications, including several books.
          For more information, contact Urbina in Eagle Pass at (830) 758-5017 or
    Sul Ross State University won an honorable mention in the Center for Digital Education’s 2013 Best of the Web awards competition.
    Sul Ross won the honorable mention award in the Higher Education Website category for its website redesign using Drupal. Rensselaer Polytechnic Insitute (N.Y.) was the winner, entering a NanoSpace Virtual Theme Park.
    Lord Fairfax Community College (Va.) won the community college competition, while Virginia Western Community College received honorable mention.
    The Best of the Web Awards recognize and honor outstanding K-12 and higher education websites.
    “Educational institutions are constantly tasked with creating quality websites and applications to deliver services and enhance learning,” said Kim Frame, Executive Director of the Center for Digital Education. “This year’s winners are cognizant of this challenge and have developed innovative models to increase learning and promote achievement via the use of technology. The Center congratulates them for creativity and dedication toward excellence!”
    Center for Digital Education is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. The Center provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.
    The Center is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.
    For a  link to the awards information, go to:

    The Sul Ross State University Theatre Program opens the fall theatre season with “Lydia”, written by award winning Texas playwright Octavio Solis and directed by Gregory M. Schwab.  
    Performances are Thursday, Oct. 17 through Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8:15 p.m..  with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct.  20.  All performances will be held in the Studio Theatre of the Francois Fine Arts Building.

“Lydia” cast (top row, from left): Daniel Sandoval, Omar Garcia, Anna Sandoval, Eddie Molinar, and Yancarlo Villa; Bottom Row:Mandy Mata, and Laura Ocanas. (Photo Courtesy Dona Roman)

     The cast of this intense drama includes Mandy Mata as Ceci, the daughter; Omar Garcia as Claudio, the father; Anna Sandoval as Rosa, the mother; Daniel Sandoval as Rene, the older brother; Yancarlo Villa as Misha, the younger brother; Laura Ocanas as Lydia, the maid; and Eddie Molinar as Alvaro, the cousin. Lydia will be the theatre program’s Kennedy Center American College Theatre festival entry this year.  
    Advanced tickets are on sale now at:  “Lydia” contains adult content and nudity.  Patrons under 18 will not be admitted.

Remington exhibit opens

Frederic Remington's "The Charge of the Rough Riders" was the featured work as the noted Western artist's exhibition opened last weekend at the Museum of the Big Bend. Opening events featured scholarly presentations, dinners, receptions and live and silent auctions. The exhibit will be open through Dec. 8. (Photo by Steve Lang)


Remington lecturer

Dr. Ron Tyler, director for the Summerlee Foundation and noted Texas historian, discussed "Frederic Remington's Vision of the 'Man with the Bark On'" as part of the gala weekend highlighting "Treasures from the Frederic Remington Art Museum" now on exhibition at the Museum of the Big Bend. Tyler presented his lecture Friday (Sept. 20) in the Morgan University Center at Sul Ross State University. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 8. (Photo by Steve Lang)