Latest News from Sul Ross November 23, 2013


    Cadets in the Sul Ross State University Law Enforcement Academy have again achieved a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the state peace officer licensing examination.
    Sul Ross has also been informed that it has been removed from probation by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
    “We were notified that because of a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the state peace officer licensing exams, the Sul Ross Law Enforcement Academy is no longer an at-risk academy or on probation,” LEA director Lloyd Dragoo said.
    “Removal of probationary status will make the academy a more attractive choice for prospective cadets and will significantly improve our status statewide,” he said.
    For more information, contact Dragoo, (432) 837-8614 or

    It was announced this week that John Tyree, Sul Ross State University interim head football coach and athletics director, will no longer perform those duties at Sul Ross State University. Bobby Mesker, assistant athletics director and head baseball coach, will assume all athletics director duties on an interim basis.
    In anticipation of a successful search for a new head football coach, all current assistant football coaches have been relieved of their coaching duties. Each has been asked to remain at the university through the spring semester to fulfill instructional commitments.
    A nationwide search will be conducted to hire a new football coach.

    Cody Ivey, Jason Gibson and Seth Osborne were the first-place winners in the Alpine Lions Club’s “Our World; Our Future” art and essay competition. The competition for Alpine High School 11th-graders and Alpine Middle School seventh-graders was designed to recognize academic success in the local schools.
    Students in Vickie Donaghy’s 11th grade English classes, and students in Mary Musgrave’s 11th grade art classes at Alpine High School, and students in Joyce Downing’s seventh grade English classes at Alpine Middle School participated.  
    Dr. Sharon Hileman, Sul Ross State University professor of Language and Literature, coordinated the scoring of the essays. First, second and third-place winners and five honorable mentions were chosen in both the high school and middle school competition. Carol Fairlie, Sul Ross professor of art, organized the jury to select the art winners.
    Ivey, first-place winner in the art competition, created a visual response to the theme.  He said the purpose of his design was to show that in the future, peace requires the commitment of all countries.  Sunny Bhakta was the second-place winner and Anaya Losoya placed third. Named honorable mention were Hannah Einfeldt, Olivia Murray, Aubany Martinez, Reagan Morris, Arlene Pando and Abby Gallego.
    Gibson’s essay, “An Era of Advancement,” concluded that “Technology can turn dreams and imagination into reality.” Osborne, the middle school winner, created a political scenario placing America in the year 2092, in his essay, “The Future ofAmerica.”
    Tyler Curtis placed second and Darcy Newcomer third in the high school essay competition. Honorable mention was given to Jacob Chavez, Eli Rodriguez, Reagan Morris, Madison Miller and Courteney Malik.
    Katelyn Lilly placed second in the middle school essay competition and Gabhy Garcia was third. Macy Molsbee, Tristin Zimmer, Nadynne Barber, Ithzel Dominguez and Jake Harveson received honorable mention.
    All the place winning and honorable mention entries were displayed at Judy’s Bread and Breakfast during ArtWalk. In addition, the first, second and third-place winners, along with their teachers and principals, will be guests of the Alpine Lions Club at their Tuesday, Dec. 3 meeting.
    Sul Ross faculty member Dr. Jeanne Qvarnstrom chaired the competition committee, which included Dr. Kip Sullivan, Dr. Rebecca Schlosser and Dr. Steve White.


Dinosaur petting zoo.
Sul Ross students gather around the leg bone of Alamosaurus, the largest dinosaur known from Texas. The bone was part of a Nov. 19 presentation by Big Bend National Park paleontologist Steve Wick. He showed how he discovered the femur and the processes involved in removing it from the ground and preparing it for exhibit. (Photo by David Rohr)