Latest News from Sul Ross December 17, 2013


    Service to others defines success, State Rep. Alfonso “Poncho” Nevarez told Sul Ross State University graduates Saturday (Dec. 14).
    Nevarez, Eagle Pass, who represents District 74 in the Texas legislature, delivered the fall commencement address at Sul Ross-Alpine. A total of 139 students were candidates for degrees.
    He told his audience that his definition of success had changed several times in his life. “What I thought success was 20 years ago is a lot different than how I regard success today; and it (definition) may change again 10-15 years from now.”
    Nevarez said his definition changed from money in the pocket and a classy car to a larger, more lucrative law practice, to raising a family with well-adjusted children. But ultimately, a sense of service prevailed.
    “When I started thinking about success, it all evolved around one thing, and that’s service,” he said. “No matter how you regard success, what matters is that you served.”
    Service can range from elective office to volunteerism, “but it’s what you do to and with those people around you,” he said. “Success is not an individual accomplishment; there is always someone there that helped you.”
    Nevarez, who is serving his first term in the Legislature, was named Freshman of the Year by his colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus. He contributed to key language in Senate Bill 215 which returns power to higher education institutions regarding decisions to consolidate or eliminate certificate or degree programs.
    While praising the graduates for their achievements, he also stressed the support of faculty, family and friends. He urged the graduates to put the skills learned to good use.
    “As important as you are today...whatever you become, you’re only as good as the people around you and as good as how you serve them,” he said.
    “Service to those around you is the best thing you can do,” said Nevarez. “The legacy you are going to leave is ‘what kind of a person was I when I decided to serve?’ and ‘how well did I do?’”

A happy graduate salutes the completion of his Sul Ross State University degree during the fall commencement recessional Saturday (Dec. 14) at the Gallego Center. A total of 139 students were candidates for diplomas at Sul Ross-Alpine. (Photo by Steve Lang)

    Eleven new members were inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Educational Honorary Society Friday (Dec. 13) at Sul Ross State University.
Dr. Jeanne Qvarnstrom, Kappa Delta Pi counselor, and President Anna Sandoval led the initiation ceremony to recognize the academic accomplishments of the new members.  Dr. Jim Hector, department chair for Education, awarded the membership certificates.  
    New inductees are: Tiffany Airington, Stanton; Fernanda Arroyo, Presidio; Rebecca Blomquist, Granger;  Josephine Castillo, La Pryor; April Cavness, Marathon;  Beverly Corrales, Van Horn; Liliana Jimenez, Eagle Pass; Bonnie Lujan, Marfa; Thomas Riddle, Carlsbad, N.M.; Amber Rodriguez, Alpine; Emily Sims, Alpine; and Casey Valenzuela, Alpine.
    Following the initiation ceremony, graduating students Blomquist; Corrales; Chelsea Killam, Odessa; and Ana Saenz, Presidio, were awarded their cords.
    Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education, was founded by Dr. William Bagley in 1911 at the University of Illinois. The society was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching.
    For more information, contact Qvarnstrom, (432) 837-8395 or