Latest News from Sul Ross January 7, 2014

SPRING 2014 CLASSES BEGIN JANUARY 16.

SUL ROSS SPRING SEMESTER CLASSES BEGIN JAN. 16
    Sul Ross State University Spring 2014 semester classes will begin Thursday, Jan. 16.
    Residence halls will open at noon Monday, Jan. 13. On Tuesday, Jan. 14, a faculty-staff meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in Marshall Auditorium, followed by college and departmental meetings at 10:30 a.m.
    Lobo Days orientation will be conducted for new and transfer students Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 13-15.
    Wednesday, Jan. 15 is the last day for regular registration and the last day for students to register in Education block courses.
    Classes, late registration and schedule changes begin Thursday, Jan. 16. The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday will be observed Monday, Jan. 20. Wednesday, Jan. 22 is the last day for late registration and schedule changes.
    Weekend Format classes begin Saturday, Jan. 25. Wednesday, Jan. 31 marks the last day for students enrolled in Education block courses to drop a course and receive a “W”.
    Monday, Feb. 3 is the 12th class day, and Friday, Feb. 14 is the last day to apply for graduation in May 2014 without a late fee. Friday, Feb. 14 also marks the deadline to apply to student teach during Fall Semester 2014.
    Thursday, March 6 is mid-semester. Residence halls will close at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 8 and spring vacation will be held Monday-Friday, March 10-14 with no classes scheduled. Residence halls will re-open at noon Sunday, March 16.
    A University as Community Meal on the Mall will be served Monday, March 31.
    Friday, April 4 is the last day to withdraw from the university or to drop courses with a “W”. Drops must be processed with Enrollment Services by 4 p.m. Good Friday will be observed Friday, April 18. Sul Ross offices will close at noon.
    The annual Honors Convocation will be held Monday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium.
    Wednesday, April 30 is the last class day, with final examinations scheduled Monday-Thursday, May 5-8.
    Spring commencement will be held Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. in the Pete P. Gallego Center. Residence halls will close at 9 a.m.    
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VICE CHANCELLOR MOORE TO OUTLINE PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH AT  SUL ROSS JAN. 13
    Dr. Perry Moore, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Texas State University System, will outline details of the Presidential search during a visit to Sul Ross State University Monday, Jan. 13.
    Moore will meet with Sul Ross faculty and staff at 10 a.m. in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. He will discuss the progress of the nationwide search and announce the membership of the Advisory Search Committee that has been appointed by Donna N. Williams, chairman of the TSUS Board of Regents.
    Dr. Ricardo Maestas, 11th President of Sul Ross, resigned in November. Dr. Quint Thurman, Sul Ross Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, is serving as interim President.
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SUL ROSS SPRING ENROLLMENT PROJECTIONS SHOW MARKED INCREASE
               Sul Ross State University officials are cautiously optimistic as Spring Semester 2014 preliminary enrollment figures indicate a marked increase.
              “We are showing a strong gain in spring enrollment numbers and this is especially critical given that we are in our first semester of mandatory advising,” said Denise Groves, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “We realize that official numbers occur on the 12th day of classes (Monday, Feb. 3), but preliminary figures – coupled with the significant increases that occurred in Summer and Fall 2013 numbers – are extremely encouraging. In addition, freshman applications for Fall 2014 presently show a 41 percent increase over last year, along with a 46 percent increase in admitted students.”
               As of Monday (Jan. 6), students registered for Spring 2014 increased 4 percent from Spring 2013. More noticeably, freshman numbers surged 63 percent over last year and 38 percent over 2012.
               Preliminary semester credit hours also show a marked gain, up 5 percent from Spring 2013.
               “These numbers are particularly gratifying, especially in light of reports that a number of higher education institutions across the nation are resigning themselves to lower numbers for admissions, retention and semester credit hours,” said Dr. Quint Thurman, interim President. “Sul Ross is continuing its commitment to grow in a challenging environment.”
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SUL ROSS ALUM JANNA DEMOTT STUBBS NAMED TO NATIONAL BEEF PROMOTION BOARD
    Sul Ross State University graduate Janna DeMott Stubbs has been appointed to a three-year term on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board.
    Stubbs, Alpine, was one of 41 appointees from throughout the U.S. Appointments were announced by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Dec. 30, 2013. Research and promotion programs are industry-funded, authorized by Congress and date back to 1966. The boards were established to enable agricultural industries to pool resources and collaborate to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities.
    Stubbs, who received a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business (1998) and Master’s degree in Public Administration (2002) from Sul Ross, served a two-year term as President of the Texas CattleWomen (2011-2012) and an additional year as Past President of the association. She received the Texas CattleWoman of the Year Award in 2012. A member of the Texas Beef Running Team, she remains active in a number of volunteer capacities promoting the beef industry at the local, state and national level.
    She and her husband, Andy, ranch in the Big Bend. Stubbs is also a licensed massage therapist and owner of Janna and Company Body Works of the Big Bend, located in Alpine. In addition, she is an appraisal trainee associate with Omega Associates, Fort Stockton, working toward her general appraisal license.
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CLASSICAL MUSIC FOR MUSIC LOVERS II OFFERED JAN. 16-FEB. 20 AT SUL ROSS
    A six-week course, “Classical Music for Music Lovers II,” will be offered Thursday evenings, beginning Jan. 16, 2014 at Sul Ross State University.
    Classes will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 16-Feb. 20, in Francois Fine Arts Building, Room 200.
    Taught by David Oesper and offered through the Museum of the Big Bend, the class will enable students to listen to and explore orchestral and chamber music from 1900 to the present. The course is well suited to anyone who loves music but has not had much exposure to classical music. The classes are designed to enhance listening enjoyment and ability and to provide insights into the lives and times of a number of talented composers.
    No previous musical study is required. Cost is $50 per person.
    To enroll or for more information, contact Noemi Acosta, (432) 837-8234 or nacosta@sulross.edu.
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