Latest News from Sul Ross November 8, 2013

    Sul Ross State University and the Alpine Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to expand outlets for sale of university merchandise.
    Sul Ross recently adopted a licensing policy enabling area merchants to sell university merchandise bearing the official trademark. Merchandise may include articles of clothing, jewelry, backpacks, mugs, cups, glasses, business supplies, children’s toys, phone, and iPad covers.  Any additional items of merchandise must be approved in advance by Sul Ross. Sul Ross will receive a royalty on all merchandise sold.
    “Through much work on the part of Sul Ross leaders, the opportunity is here for all businesses to show support, profit from and be a part of our great university,” said David Dumas, Alpine Chamber President. “Whether in a small way with a few items or a dedicated Sul Ross merchandise rack in your store, I hope everyone takes advantage of this so when visitors come into Alpine they see the pride we have in our university.”
    Abby Garza, Chamber Executive Director, said,  “Thanks to the much appreciated efforts of various individuals the opportunity for a mutually beneficial partnership between the community and Sul Ross State University has arrived.  We urge businesses to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. “    
    “We look forward to this cooperative venture between Sul Ross and the Alpine community,” said President Ricardo Maestas. “This is a partnership that will be beneficial to the local economy.”
    Under terms of the agreement, merchandise produced by licensees will reflect positively and respectfully on the students, faculty and graduates of Sul Ross State University, as well as its Board of Regents, President, administrators and donors.
    University logos, symbols and marks chosen for merchandise use are specified in the merchant guidelines and branding standards. Available images are the Sul Ross logo (with university wordmark); Bar-SR-Bar (alumni wordmark); SR Texas Spirit logo; and athletic logo (athletic wordmark).
    License applications are available from Denise Groves, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, (432) 837-8432. Sul Ross trademark imagery and branding guidelines may be obtained by contacting Lauren Mendias, Publication Services Coordinator, (432) 837-8140.
     Photographs by Sul Ross State University students, faculty, staff and friends have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 Skyline Club calendar.
    The calendars, produced as a fund-raiser for the Skyline Club, will be available for sale prior to Thanksgiving at a cost of $5 per calendar. Calendar sales help fund travel to the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) conference, scheduled in April 2014 in San Antonio.
    Fourteen photographs, depicting  landscape images of Sul Ross and the Big Bend, were selected for inclusion in the calendar by members of The Skyline news magazine staff.
    Photographers are: Misael Acosta, Jimmy Case, Andy Cloud, Ana Dragoo (three photos), Daniel O. Hernandez, Jordon Janecka (two photos), Susanna Mendez, Shelby Stegent, Matt Walter, Michelle Yezak and Cheryl Zinsmeyer.
    For more information, contact Zinsmeyer, Student Publications Adviser, (432) 837-8061 or

    The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System re-elected Donna N. Williams of Arlington as chairman of the board, a position in which she has served since November 2012. The Board held its quarterly meeting Thursday-Friday (Nov. 7-8) at Lamar University, Beaumont.
    Williams is a vice president and program manager for Parsons Government Services, a subsidiary of the Parsons Corporation, a global engineering and construction leader in facilities, advanced technology, and management processes. She was first appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry in 2008.
    The Board of Regents also re-elected Ron Mitchell of Horseshoe Bay as vice chairman. Mitchell is manager and vice chairman of Horseshoe Bay Resort Enterprise and a director and vice chairman both in the Horseshoe Bay Resort and Members Club, Inc., and in the Horseshoe Bay Development Company, Inc. He was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Perry in 2009.
    In other business, the Board of Regents approved a Guaranteed Price Plan for the System’s baccalaureate degree-granting institutions. The optional four-year, fixed-rate tuition plan is designed to provide undergraduate students and parents with more predictability when paying for college, and to encourage more timely graduation within the four years of fixed tuition. The plan guarantees the rates for tuition and mandatory fees will not increase for participating students for 12 consecutive semesters.
    Students are not required to participate in the fixed-rate program and can continue to pay standard tuition rates if they choose. The fixed-rate tuition option will be available to students starting in the fall 2014 semester. TSUS is the first university system to implement a fixed-rate tuition option for students under legislation approved during the 2013 legislative session.
    The Board of Regents also recognized Michael R.J. Forstner, Ph.D., and Balasundram Maniam, Ph.D., as 2013 Regents’ Professors. Dr. Forstner, a professor of biology at Texas State University, has conducted research on three continents and is internationally recognized for his expertise in wildlife biology. He has supported the research projects of more than 60 students and is a three-time winner of the Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly Activity.
    Dr. Maniam is a professor of finance at Sam Houston State University. He was recognized for his devotion to students, which is reflected not only in a lengthy record of consistently superior student evaluations, but also in a commitment to innovation in teaching, as evidenced by his groundbreaking development of online courses in finance.
    Each year, the Board of Regents of The Texas State University System honors professors whose performance and contributions to the educational community have been exemplary. Recipients of the Regents' Professor award maintain this title for the duration of their service within the university system, receive a $5,000 award and a commemorative medallion. Since 2007, twenty distinguished faculty members from TSUS institutions have received the Regents’ Professor award.

Sul Ross, school administrators discuss dual credit

Area secondary school administrators met with Sul Ross State University representatives Friday (Nov. 8) to discuss dual credit practices at the university and identify needs for regional districts. Administrators from Alpine, Valentine, Terlingua, Terrell County, Marfa, Fort Davis, High Frontier, Fort Stockton and Presidio were present at the meeting, held at Kokernot Lodge. (Photo by Steve Lang)