Latest News from Sul Ross December 6, 2013


    Fall commencement exercises are scheduled Saturday, Dec. 14 at Sul Ross State University-Alpine Campus and Rio Grande College.
    Sul Ross-Alpine ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. in the Pete P. Gallego Center. State Representative Alfonso “Poncho” Nevárez will deliver the commencement address.
    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.    
    A total of 224 students, 139 at Sul Ross-Alpine and 85 at RGC, are candidates for degrees.
    At Alpine, Steven Bennack, visiting lecturer in Fine Arts, will play the processional, “Pomp and Circumstance,” and the recessional, “Postlude in G Major.” Dr. Lorie Rubenser, professor of Criminal Justice, will be the mace bearer. Dr. Sharon Hileman, professor of English, and Dr. Paul Will, professor of Animal Science, will serve as marshals.
    Sul Ross interim President Dr. Quint Thurman will deliver the welcome, introduce Nevarez and confer degrees. Caryn Thurman, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Marfa, will give the invocation. Recognition and honors will be announced by Dr. Jimmy Case, interim Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Donald Freed, professor of Music, will lead the singing of “God Bless America” and “Alma Mater.”
    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).

2013 President's Christmas Card winner

A design by Sul Ross State University student Sara Miles, Bastrop, was chosen for the 2013 President's Christmas card. The contest, sponsored by the President’s Office and the Executive Cabinet was open to all enrolled Sul Ross students. Miles will receive a $100 gift certificate to the Texas Book Company for her winning entry.


Sul Ross LEA graduates

Eleven cadets graduated from the Sul Ross State University Law Enforcement Academy in ceremonies held Friday (Dec. 6) in the Morgan University Center. Graduates are (front row, from left): Michael Jurado, Balmorhea/Alpine; LeRoy Granado, Alpine; Kassandra Conners, Marfa; Kassondra DeLeon, Guymon, Okla.; Esmeralda Davilla, Marfa; Estevan Marquez, Marfa. (Standing): Lloyd Dragoo, LEA director; Robert Harding, Alpine; Jaime Aguirre, Fort Hancock; ; Jason McGhee, Iraan; Chad Kretschmer, San Angelo;  Colby Scudder, Alpine. (Photo by Steve Lang)