Latest News from Sul Ross October 11, 2013

    The Sul Ross State University theatre program opens its 2013-14 season Thursday, Oct. 21 with “Lydia,” written by Octavio Solis and directed Gregory M. Schwab.  
    Performances will be held Oct. 17-21 in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building. Evening performances will be held at 8:15 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Oct. 20.  Tickets are $8  for general admission and $6 for seniors.
    Set in the 1970’s on the Texas/Mexico border,”Lydia” is an intense, lyrical, and magical new play. “Lydia” tells the story of an undocumented maid and her miraculous bond with Ceci, the tragically disabled young girl she is charged to take care of. The play contains nudity and adult content and patrons must be 18 or older to attend;. Verification of age is required.
    For advanced ticket sales, visit the website at or contact the Fine Arts and Communication office,  (432) 837-8218.

Yancarlo Villa as Misha and Mandy Mata as Cici in “Lydia.” The 1970s-based drama opens Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building. (Photo Courtesy Dona Roman)

    Christine Nix, former law enforcement officer and now criminal justice professor, will speak Monday, Oct. 21 at Sul Ross State University.
    Nix will address “Multifaceted Life Missions: Faith, Military, Law Enforcement, Family,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. A reception will follow her presentation. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.
    Her appearance is sponsored by the College of Professional Studies John B. Poindexter Speakers Series. The series highlights outstanding individuals who have been successful in their respective professions and allows them to share their stories with the students, faculty and staff at Sul Ross and the community at large.
    Nix, an assistant professor and program coordinator of Criminal Justice at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton, spent 25 years in law enforcement (1979-2004), as a central Texas police officer and later with the Texas Department of Public Safety. A year after her retirement (2005), she began her academic career as an instructor in Criminal Justice at UMHB.
    She received a B.S. degree and a commission as a U.S. Army Reserve second lieutenant from Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, in 1977. Nix attained the rank of major with 20 years of reserve military service. She received her M.S. degree in Criminal Justice Management from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, in 2004, where she is currently enrolled as a doctoral candidate.    
    For more information, contact Dr. Larry Guerrero, Dean of Professional Studies, (432) 837-8134 or

West Texas National Bank donates new scoreboard

Sul Ross President Ricardo Maestas (left) extends his thanks to Dave Rogers, President of West Texas National Bank, Alpine, for the donation of a new scoreboard at Jackson Field. The scoreboard, located on the east end of the field, will be in operation for Saturday's (Oct. 12) Homecoming game against Mississippi College. (Photo by Steve Lang)


    Krista Powell, Alpine, has been named interim director of the Vocational Nursing program at Sul Ross State Univesity.
    Powell will assume her new duties Oct. 14, replacing Donna Kuenstler. Kuenstler recently resigned after serving as director since 2001.
    Powell brings 11 years’ experience as a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner, most recently at Presidio County Health Services, Marfa. Previous experience includes Howard County Community Health, Big Spring; Texas Tech University Health Science Center and Chowpaknam Health Care Clinic, Lamesa; and Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, as a family nurse practitioner. She was a registered nurse at Medical Center Hospital, Odessa; and University Medical Center, Lubbock.
    From 2007-2012, Powell was an online instructor at Midland College, teaching anatomy and physiology and pathophysiology.
    A graduate of Lexington High School, she received a B.S in Nursing (2002) from Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene; and M.S. in Nursing (2008) from Texas Tech.
    “Krista brings an excellent background of professional experience and instruction,” said Dr. Larry Guerrero, Dean of the College of Professional Studies. “We are confident she will enhance the excellent reputation the Sul Ross Vocational Nursing program enjoys.”
    Program graduates have had a 100 percent pass rate on the national NCLEX-PN examination 11 times in the past 12 years.

    Undergraduate research will be presented at the sixth annual McNair-Tafoya Symposium Wednesday, Oct. 23 at Sul Ross State University. The symposium begins at 3 p.m. in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center, and is free and open to the public.
    Five oral presentations and 15 poster presentations from this year’s McNair Program scholars will be featured. The annual symposium recognizes excellence in undergraduate research across the campus.
    Oral presentations, selected by the faculty symposium committee who juried the papers for presentation, are:
    * “Use of Camera Traps to Determine Big Game Water Utilization at Nine Point Mesa Ranch,” by Jose Etchart, El Paso. Faculty mentor, Dr. Louis Harveson.
    * “Bawdy language in the Bard’s Body: A Study of Shakespeare’s Use of Sexual Imagery,” by Matthew Hall, Era. Faculty mentor, Dr. Sharon Hileman.
    * “The Relationship Between Perceived Self-Efficacy and Stress Levels Among College Students With Disabilities,” by Kaylee Kocian, Florence. Faculty mentor, Dr. Christopher Estepp.
    * “ Wolf Spiders Associate Food with Predator Cues in a T-Maze,” by Robert LeBlanc, Fort Davis. Dr. Christopher Ritzi, faculty mentor.
    * “ Utilization of Fence Modifications by Pronghorn (antilocapra americana) in the Marathon Basin,” by Jim Wyche, Midland. Dr. Bonnie Warnock, faculty mentor.
    Poster presentations will be made by Wyche; Hall; Etchart; LeBlanc; Kocian; Fernanda Arroyo, Presidio; Rebecca Blomquist, Granger; Megan Downing, Midland; Michael Gallardo, El Paso; Annabel Gallegos, El Paso; Angela Greenroy, Alpine; Kassandra Hernandez, El Paso; Catherien Smietana, Alpine; Daniel Tidwell, Sachse; and Emily Urbanosky, Caldwell.
    The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to encourage first generation, low-income students and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study. Students who participate in the program are provided with research opportunities and faculty mentors.
    Named in honor of the astronaut who died in the 1986 space shuttle explosion, the McNair Program was established at Sul Ross in November 2007. It is funded through the Department of Education’s TRIO programs.    For more information, contact Mary Bennett, McNair Program director,  (432) 837-8478 or

    The Sul Ross State University Testing Center will offer GED testing Thursday-Friday, Oct. 24-25 and Nov. 21-22.
    This marks the final year for the current test battery. Persons who need to pass an individual test or tests to receive a diploma have until Dec. 31, 2013 to complete the examinations. If tests are not completed by the Dec. 31 deadline, all five required tests must be taken beginning in January 2014.
    Also in January 2014, the GED test will change from paper-based to a computer-based testing format.
    For more information, contact the Sul Ross Testing Center, (432) 837-8178.

    A showcase of art created by faculty from the Sul Ross State University Department Fine Arts and Communication is currently on display.
    The display in the Main Gallery, François Fine Arts Building, will be exhibited through Nov. 8. This show will be open during regular gallery hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and by appointment.
Works in this collection represents a variety of mediums being employed by these instructors.  This show displays paintings, photography, and ceramic stoneware. The artists included in this show are: Avram Dumitrescu, Carol Fairlie, Ellen Meyer-Madrid, Gregory Tegarden and Rachel Waller-Rondeaux.  
    Some of these pieces have been shown in galleries around Alpine. All of the artists have all been active members in the area art community.     
    For more information, please contact Amanda Calhoun at (432) 837-8218.