Latest News from Sul Ross January10, 2014


    Mobile Vaccine Solutions will be at Sul Ross State University Wednesday, Jan. 22 to administer influenza (flu) and/or meningitis vaccines.
    Vaccinations will be offered for $25 each from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Student Lounge, Room 212, Morgan University Center (upstairs).
    Due to increased influenza activity in Texas, it is strongly recommended that anyone not vaccinated for flu in 2013 get immunized as soon as possible, said John Hughes, coordinator of Sul Ross Student Health Services.  He said that according to Alpine’s Department of Health and Human Services Office (DSHS) office staff, “There have been no flu outbreaks in our area, but this can rapidly change when students return to campus from around Texas and beyond.”  
            For more information, contact Hughes, (432) 837-8102 or Mark Chaszar, (432) 837-8189.                             


    A Bachelor of Arts degree program in Administrative Systems and Technology has been moved to the Department of Industrial Technology at Sul Ross State University. The reorganization is effective Spring Semester 2014.
    The 120-semester credit hour program, formerly known as Administrative Systems and Business Technology, was renamed and moved from the Department of Business Administration following action by the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System this past November. The reorganization was later approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Both departments are located within the College of Professional Studies.
    The proposed reorganization is designed to provide a better and more appropriate fit with both the educational philosophy and scope of the Department of Industrial Technology.
    “Adding a bachelor’s degree as a new component will also expand the drawing power of Industrial Technology, which is in a slow but steady growth mode,” said Dr. Larry Guerrero, Dean of the College of Professional Studies.
    For more information, contact Scott Wassermann, chair, Industrial Technology, (432) 837-8137 or

    George Hernandez’ retirement will complete a total of 81 years of service to Sul Ross State University by the Hernandez brothers.
    George, a grounds keeper in the Physical Plant, will retire Jan. 31 after 19 years’ service at Sul Ross. Brothers Salvador (retired 2010)and Danny (retired 2012) worked 29 and 33 years, respectively.
    Hernandez, an Alpine native and 1981 Alpine High School graduate, began working at Sul Ross in April 1981. In August 1991, he left to work for the Alpine Independent School District (1991-2006), then returned to Sul Ross in August 2006.
    Hernandez began working as a painter, then spent several years as a custodian before moving to the grounds crew, first at Kokernot Field, then to mowing the entire campus.
    Mowing with push mowers began on Monday mornings at the Turner Range Animal Science Center, moved to the duplexes, around the rock and brick cottages, over to Ferguson Hall, across the mall, to the Wildenthal Library grounds, over to Mountainside Residence Hall and ending on Fridays at Kokernot Lodge.
    Since his return to Sul Ross, the duplexes, rock and brick cottages have been replaced by the Lobo Village residential complex, and the university has added riding mowers.
    More than  $100 million in new and renovated facilities have been added to the campus since he started, and Hernandez has worked under presidents C.R. Richardson, Jack Humphries, R. Vic Morgan, Ricardo Maestas and interim President Quint Thurman.
    “I have enjoyed working here for Sul Ross,” he said.    
    In retirement, he will stay busy with landscaping work and employment at Porter’s Thriftway. He will also continue as head of the chain crews during the Alpine High School and Sul Ross home football games. Hernandez enjoys watching sports and hopes to travel to San Antonio to attend an occasional Spurs game.
    Other plans include spending time with his siblings, Danny, Salvador, Debra, Dena, Ruth, Bridget and Yolanda all of Alpine; Lalo, Fort Stockton; Cynthia, Odessa; and John, Fort Worth, and numerous nieces and nephews.