Latest News from Sul Ross November 4, 2013

    World traveler, author and newspaper correspondent  Jim Glendinning will discuss his latest work, “Legendary Locals of the Big Bend and Davis Mountains,” Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Museum of the Big Bend.
    Glendinning’s talk will be followed by a book signing. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
    Born in Scotland, Glendinning moved to Alpine 20 years ago. Through his studies and interviews, “Legendary Locals of the Big Bend and Davis Mountains” shares the stories of local characters and their lives.
    For more information, contact Mary Bones, (432) 837-8734 or

    Carol Fairlie, Sul Ross State University Professor of Art, has been elected the next president of The Texas Association of Schools of Art (TASA). Fairlie had served on the board for the last four years.
    TASA was created to deal specifically with the transfer curriculum issue, that of transferring freshman and sophomore art courses smoothly and consistently between two- and four-year institutions of higher learning in Texas. One of the main issues TASA tackled was the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) initiated “Common Course Numbering System (CCNS)” to facilitate course transfer. It assigned a standardized course number to every approved course in its Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (ACGM), a list of courses for which state funding is provided.
    TASA was able to grant Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees routine exceptions when new state regulations limited baccalaureate degrees to 120 total credit hours, by using NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) BFA standards and to reflect the similarity of most BFA programs throughout the United States.
    Current issues being discussed are adjusting upper level classes with the new transfer curriculum, problems with the new 60 hour class limit being placed on 2-year colleges and the new state limitations on the hiring of adjuncts.
    For more information, contact Fairlie,
    The Sul Ross State University Theatre Program presents “Assassins,” written by John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, directed by Dona W. Roman with musical direction by Donald Callen Freed and Lana Potts.  
    Curtain times are 8:15 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16 and 22-23 and 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 17 and 24 at the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building.
    Evoking a fraternity of political assassins and would-be assassins across a hundred years of our history, Sondheim and Weidman daringly examine success, failure and the questionable drive for power and celebrity in American society. The book by Weidman , with lyrics by Sondheim creates a cast of characters that are very human and relatable about nine successful and would-be assassins of U.S. presidents.  “Assassins” includes some of Sondheim's tightest and most deft lyrics incorporating classic American music.
    Cast members include Cory Hill, Natalia, as John Wilkes Booth; Fernando Powers, Fort Stockton, as Charles Guiteau; Adrian Soto, El Paso,  as Leon Czolgosz; Marcelino Velazquez, El Paso,as Giuseppe Zangara; Concepcion Gomez, Imperial, as Samuel Byck; Westin Huffman, Fort Davis, as John Hinckley; Tresa Hamner, Fort Worth, as Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme; Ashley Jane Page, New Diana, as Sara Jane Moore;  Zane Ivey, Alpine,  as The Balladeer and Luke Miller, Baird, as The Proprietor.  The Ensemble for this production, representing the American populace, are Missy Embrey, Alpine; Kolbi Fowlkes, Sneads Ferry, N.C.;  Eddie Molinar, Alpine; Laura Ocanas, Kayla Perkins, Alpine;  Holly Sawyer, Cedar Park; Brooke Siler, Alpine; Reba Smith, Big Spring; Kaitlyn Wood, San Antonio; and Tim Wright.
    Tickets are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors and children.  “Assassins” contains strong language; parental discretion is advised.  Tickets are on sale now through or by calling (432) 837-8218.  The Sul Ross Theatre Program production of   “Assassins”  is a featured location of Alpine's 20th ArtWalk.

“Assassins” will appear on stage at the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building, Friday-Sunday, Nov. 15-17, 22-24. Cast and crew are (top row, from left): Donald Callen Freed, Eddie Molinar, Brooke Siler, Westin Huffman, Cory Hill, Missy Embrey, Reba Smith, Zane Ivey, Fernando Powers, Marcelino Velazquz, Concepcion Gomez, Daniel Sandoval, and Luke Miller. Middle Row: Kaitlyn Wood, Ashley Jane Page, and Kolbi Fowlkes. Bottom Row: Lana Potts, Holly Sawyer, Adrian Soto, Tresa Hamner, Kayla Perkins, Laura Ocanas, and Dona W. Roman. Not pictured is Tim Wright. (Photo Courtesy Dona Roman)

               “The Devil’s Swing (El Columpio Del Diabo),” a film documenting the rich history and culture of La Junta de los Rios, will be shown at the 20th annual Center for Big Bend Studies (CBBS) conference. The conference, scheduled Friday-Saturday, Nov. 8-9, will be held at Sul Ross State University.
               The annual conference will feature over 20 presenters who will speak on the history, archaeology, and culture of the Big Bend and northern Mexico. Registration begins at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8; the director’s welcome is at 2 p.m. and sessions begin at 2:15 p.m. On Saturday, registration begins at 8 a.m. and sessions start at 8:30 a.m. The conference ends late Saturday afternoon.
               Directed by Alan Govenar, “The Devil’s Swing,” produced in 2005, will be shown Friday evening, Nov. 8 in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center, following the main banquet. The film depicts the area centered around Presidio, Texas and Ojinaga, Mexico, where people in the film say the devil has mounted a swing. From there, he can affect everything, revealing himself through seemingly unrelated worlds – sacred rituals, corridos, drug lords, Pancho Villa and the tragic killing of a 19-year-old boy.
               Cost of the conference is $40 for CBBS members, $45 for non-members. Cost to attend the banquet is $35 for members and $37 for non-members. Membership rates to the Center for Big Bend Studies are $35 for an individual, $50 for a family, and $50 for an institution.
               A reception will be held Friday, Nov. 8, 5:15-6:30 p.m. for all conference attendees, participants, and board members. Continuing professional education credits are available through the Texas Archeological Society for Texas teachers attending the conference. All Sul Ross faculty, staff, and students can attend the conference free of charge.
              For more information, call (432) 837-8179 or email