Latest News from Sul Ross October 14, 2013

    Desirae Brewster, Van Horn, and Alejandro Martinez, El Paso, were crowned Sul Ross State University’s 2012 Homecoming Queen and King Saturday (Oct. 12) during ceremonies at Jackson Field.
    The new royalty received their crowns at halftime of the Lobo-Mississippi College football game.
They succeed 2012 Queen Monica Traylor, Sonora, and King Cody LeCroy, Needville. The new queen and king received watches from Anju’s Jewelry and Rangra Theatres of Alpine, as well as a tiara for the queen and crown and scepter for the king.
    Both Brewter and Martinez were sponsored by the Student Government Association. Final voting was conducted Oct.9-10.
     Other Queen finalists were: Samantha Vela, Fort Stockton, Alumni Affairs, first runner-up; Erika Wong, El Paso, Student Support Services, second runner-up; and Ashley Page, New Diana, Sul Ross Theater Society, third runner-up.
    Other King finalists were:  Justin Rodriguez, El Paso, Game Room, first runner-up; Joseph Hernandez, Kerrville, Student Support Services, second runner-up; and Ryan Kubena, Hallettsville, Independent, third runner-up.

    Nine individuals were presented with Sul Ross State University’s most prestigious awards during Homecoming 2013 activities.
    The group was recognized during the annual Hall of Honor banquet, held Saturday evening (Oct. 12) in the Morgan University Center.
    Selma Glasscock, Sinton,  assistant director of the Welder Wildlife Foundation; and Bill Rankin, Brenham, chief financial officer for Blue Bell Creameries, received Distinguished Alumni Awards. Amy Brown, Gainesville, Fla., received the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Corra Ward, Ingleside on the Bay (alumni) and Miriam and the late Emmett McCoy, San Marcos (non-alumni) received the Slingin’ Sammy Baugh Award for Outstanding Service to Sul Ross.
    Three new members were inducted into the Hall of Honor, Earl Bowman, San Angelo, football; Barbara Crousen, Abilene, track and field; and Mike Robbins, Boerne, football.
    Since its inception in 1986, 128 former Sul Ross athletes, coaches and outstanding boosters have been elected to the Sul Ross Athletic Hall of Honor.
    Glasscock, a native of Sonora and a 1975 Sul Ross graduate, has spent 20 years with the Welder Wildlife Foundation. She served on the Sul Ross Alumni Association Board from 2010-2012; and has served as president of three professional organizations, the Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, the Southwest Section of The Wildlife Society, and the Texas Outdoor Education Association. Glasscock has also served on numerous other boards and committees of conservation organizations.

Sul Ross honorees

Sul Ross State University recognized outstanding alumni during the annual Hall of Honor banquet, held Saturday evening (Oct. 12) as part of 2013 Homecoming. Seated (from left) are: Selma Glasscock, Sinton, Distinguished Alumni Award; Amy Brown, Gainesville, Fla., Distinguished Young Alumni Award; Barbara Crousen, Abilene, Hall of Honor; Corra Ward, Ingleside on the Bay, Slingin' Sammy Baugh Award for Outstanding Service. Standing: Earl Bowman, San Angelo, Hall of Honor; Bill Brenham, Distinguished Alumni Award; Mike Robbins, Boerne, Hall of Honor. Not pictured is Miriam McCoy, San Marcos, who with her late husband, Emmett, received the Slingin' Sammy Baugh Award. (Photo by Steve Lang)

    Rankin began working for Blue Bell Creameries in 1981, rising to CFO in 1984. In his current capacity, he is in charge of the financial affairs and benefit plans for Blue Bell and its nearly 3,000 employees. He was elected to the Board of Directors as an Associate Director in 1993, and Director in 2004. In 2010, he joined with others to support a newly-constructed agricultural facility on the Blinn College-Brenham Campus, The W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex was named in his honor. Rankin was inducted into the Blinn College Hall of Honor in 2011.
    Brown graduated from Sul Ross with a Master's degree in Geology in 2010. Prior to arriving at Sul Ross she received a B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan State University in 1996 and worked for Abbott Laboratories in Lake County, Illinois for nine years. At  Sul Ross, she worked as a research assistant, mathematics tutor, Upward Bound science instructor, teaching assistant and chemistry lab coordinator. She is presently  pursuing a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences at the University of Florida.
    Ward, a 1971 Sul Ross graduate, taught second grade in Aransas Pass for 28 years before retiring. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Corpus Christi State University and a Master of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. She is the founder of the Sul Ross Baby Boomer Group and editor of the Sul Ross Baby Boomer Newsletter.
    Emmett and Miriam McCoy made the largest single gift to Sul Ross in the university’s history. The McCoys donated $1.2 million to the Museum of the Big Bend renovation and relocation project in 2003. In addition, a $100,000 gift from the McCoy Foundation in 2002 helped to lift off the $4.4 million fund-raising campaign. The completed building now bears the McCoys’ names. Emmett, who died in 2012, and Miriam moved to Texas and founded McCoy Supply Co. in the 1950s, which later became the present-day McCoy’s Building Supply.
     Bowman was an All-American football standout for the Lobos who later signed a contract with the NFL Atlanta Falcons. 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.Bowman signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons. He later returned to San Angelo and taught and coached at Lake View High School.
    Crousen, an Alpine native and 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. She re-started the McMurry track program in 1999, and was twice named NCAA Division III Men’s Coach of the Year, after leading her team to the 2008 and 2012 national outdoor championships.    
    Robbins, who was a two-year letterwinner for the Lobos, coached Texas high school football coach for over 40 years, including 34 at Tom C. Clark High School, San Antonio. 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.

    The Sul Ross State University Wind Ensemble performed its second annual Wind Ensemble Composition Contest Winners Concert Thursday, Oct. 10.  
    The concert featured the four winning pieces from the contest as selected by a committee.  A total of 34 entries, representing 20 states and three countries, were submitted.
    The four winning pieces were: “Vignettes” by David Avshalomov, Santa Monica, Cal.; “On a Russian Rowing Chanty” by Jack Wilds, Buda; “The Journey Home” by Jackson Anderson, Weatherford, Okla., and “Foiled Again!” by Wilds.  Following the concert, Anderson’s composition, The Journey Home,” was selected as the grand prize winner by a combination of committee and audience votes.  
    “Once again, this competition has enjoyed widespread popularity,” said Christopher Dobbins, Sul Ross director of Bands and Brass Studies. “During the first two years of competition, entries have been received from 30 states and eight foreign countries.
    “The Sul Ross Music Program wishes to congratulate Jackson, and to say thanks to all of those involved in the committee process as well as to all of the composers who entered the contest.  We look forward to hosting it again next year,” Dobbins said.
    For more information, contact Dobbins, (432) 837-8018 or