Latest News from Sul Ross December 2, 2013


    by Steve Lang, News and Publications
    Dr. Perry Moore urged committed faculty, staff and student involvement in the search process for a new Sul Ross State University president.
    Moore, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Texas State University System, addressed an assembly in Marshall Auditorium Monday morning (Dec. 2). He outlined a preliminary timeline for a search process to choose a successor to Dr. Ricardo Maestas, who resigned in late November. Dr. Quint Thurman, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, is serving as interim president.
    The search process and ultimate selection of a new president will likely be concluded next summer.
    “My chief task is to bring the best possible leader to this institution,” Moore said, adding that the process will begin this month with a solicitation of nominees for the search committee by faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community.
    Donna N. Williams, chairman of the TSUS Board of Regents, will appoint an Advisory Search Committee to assist in the evaluation of candidates. The committee will include members of the Board of Regents, representatives from the Sul Ross-Alpine Campus and Rio Grande College, as well as alumni, community members and others.
    Based on the timeline outlined by Moore, the search committee will be selected by January. A list of qualifications will be approved and the position advertised, with applications accepted beginning in February and continuing through early April. Moore noted that a presidential search consultant will be retained to assist in the process.
    Applications will be reviewed and a pool of semi-finalists will be selected for off-campus interviews, Moore said. Three to five finalists will be selected for on-campus interviews, probably in early summer. TSUS Chancellor Brian McCall will select a single finalist from the final field, pending approval by the Board of Regents.
    “We definitely need to attract a president who is concerned with student success,” Moore said, noting that Sul Ross faculty, staff and students “should be very engaged in this search.”
    “Hopefully you have a resounding passion for the success of the student,” Moore said. “If this (feeling) is rampant across the institution, it’s not going to fail.
    “There are good things happening here and I am confident we will find a leader who will keep that going.”
    Moore noted that he would accept nominations of potential candidates via email at

    The Sul Ross State University Concert Choir and Wind Ensemble will perform Thursday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.
    The Concert Choir will be performing both traditional and unique holiday music that is sure to ring in the holiday season appropriately.  The Wind Ensemble will be performing a largely non-holiday set of standard band music including works by Felix Mendelssohn, James Swearingen, Percy Grainger and Claude T. Smith. The concert will conclude with Leroy Anderson’s holiday favorite, “Sleigh Ride.”
    For more information, contact Christopher Dobbins, (432) 837-8018 or

    State Representative Alfonso “Poncho” Nevárez will deliver the commencement address during fall graduation exercises at Sul Ross State University, Alpine Campus.
    Ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 in the Pete P. Gallego Center.
    Rio Grande College commencement exercises will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Uvalde High School Auditorium. State Rep. Tracy King, Batesville, will be the speaker.
    Nevarez, Eagle Pass, is serving his first term as State Representative from District 74. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin and received his law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law.  He has a successful law practice, specializing in personal injury litigation, in his hometown of Eagle Pass. From 2005-2009, he served as a Trustee on the Eagle Pass ISD Board as well as served on the Maverick County Tax Appraisal District.
    On Jan. 8, 2013, Nevárez was sworn in as State Representative for House District 74.  He was the first Freshman Democrat of his class to file legislation and was appointed to the International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee, and the Rules & Resolutions Committee. Rep. Nevárez passed several important pieces of legislation, including House Bill 908 which helps protect and ensure the safety of the elderly and disabled and also joint-authored House Bill 1597 which avails the opportunity for veterans to make installment payments on their property taxes.
    Nevárez’ legislative interests include funding public education, border infrastructure, and fighting to represent the rights of the underserved.  He was named Freshman of the Year by his colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus.
    He and his wife, Rossy Guadarrama de Nevárez, are the proud parents of three children, Renata, Rominna, and Alfonso Hernan (Ponchito).

    Eleven cadets will graduate from the Sul Ross State University Law Enforcement Academy (LEA) in ceremonies Friday, Dec. 6.
    Graduation will be held at 11 a.m. in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. Lon Ziankoski of the Department of Homeland Security will be the graduation speaker. Cadet LeRoy Granado, Alpine, has been chosen as the class speaker. Individual Awards for Valedictorian, High Score State Exam, Top Gun Award, High Score Physical Training, Top Driver Award will be presented during the graduation ceremony.
    In addition to Granado, graduating cadets and their hometowns are: Jaime Aguiree, Fort Hancock; Kassandra Conners, Marfa; Esmeralda Davilla, Marfa; Kassondra DeLeon, Guymon, Okla.; Robert Harding, Alpine; Michael Jurado, Balmorhea/Alpine; Chad Kretschmer, San Angelo; Estevan Marquez, Marfa; Jason McGhee, Iraan; and Colby Scudder, Alpine.
    For more information, contact Lloyd Dragoo, LEA Director, (432) 837-8614 or
    Krista Powell has been named director of the Vocational Nursing program at Sul Ross State Univesity.
    Powell, who has served as interim director since mid-October, was selected for the position following a nationwide search. She replaces  Donna Kuenstler, who resigned after serving as director since 2001.
    “Krista has been an asset to the department  in an interim capacity and we are pleased that she has accepted the director’s position,” said. Dr. Larry Guerrero, Dean of the College of Professional Studies. “Her impressive background of professional experience and instruction will enhance the excellent reputation the Sul Ross Vocational Nursing program enjoys.”
    Powell has 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.
    Sul Ross Vocational Nursing program graduates have had a 100 percent pass rate on the national NCLEX-PN examination 11 times in the past 12 years.