Latest News from Sul Ross January 13, 2014


    by Steve Lang, News and Publications

    In advance of announcement of the Sul Ross State University presidential search committee, Dr. Perry Moore has visited the four campuses soliciting important attributes of the new leader.
    Moore, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the Texas State University System (TSUS) visited the Sul Ross-Alpine Campus Monday (Jan. 13) to reaffirm the presidential search process and gather desired qualifications. Moore conducted sessions with the executive staff, Faculty Assembly Executive Committee, faculty and staff, department chairs, Staff Council, Student Government Association and concluded with a conference call with the Alumni Board.
     Last week, Moore met with faculty, staff, students, administrators and community members at the three Rio Grande College campuses in Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde.
    “My main task is to assure that we have the best leader for Sul Ross,” Moore told a large assembly of faculty and staff in the Espino Conference Center. He emphasized that the TSUS Board of Regents and Chancellor Brian McCall were “extremely interested in this search.”
    The Advisory Search Committee, likely comprised of at least 16 members representing the Regents, faculty, staff and community members from to the Alpine and Rio Grande College areas, will be announced in early February by Donna M. Williams, Regents chairman. Moore said the committee will be charged with recommending a group of finalists (likely three to five) to McCall, who will in turn choose a single finalist to recommend to the Board of Regents.
    Moore said that the committee’s first task will be to review the job description that includes the list of desired attributes of the next president, and gathering qualities was the purpose of Moore’s visit.
    “What is it that we should look for?” he asked. “What are the qualities we are trying to discern from the candidates?”
    Qualifications for the new president recommended by faculty and staff included:
    * an individual who sees and appreciates Sul Ross’ potential, particularly as a liberal arts institution.
    * a passion for leadership, one who leads by example.
    * visibility to students, staff and community.
    * a team player.
    * a leader who incorporates the surrounding community into the life of the campuses.
    * a leader who understands “the sum of our parts” and focuses on the overall growth of the institution.
    * previous association to Sul Ross, or at least, having the experience of working at a small university and understanding its constraints.
    * stressing integrity and moral leadership throughout the entire administration.
    * a candidate who has “the skill of saying, ‘yes, let’s find a way to make that happen’ instead of ‘no, here’s why it can’t happen.’”
    * willingness to allow shared governance.
    * experience as an educator as well as administrator.
    * appreciation of the outdoors and the unique culture of West Texas.
    * understanding of the importance of alumni and the roles they play.
    * a willingness to address strategic planning.
    * promotes student and faculty research.    
    * offers once-per-semester or at least annual student forums.
    * valuing education in all forms of delivery.
    * an understanding of the challenges of recruiting at Sul Ross.
    Moore used strategic planning to re-emphasize a primary goal of Sul Ross. “Our first vision is we educate students. We transform students throughout West Texas at Sul Ross, and at Uvalde, Eagle Pass and Del Rio, we educate local students who have nowhere else to go.”
    Moore thanked faculty and staff for participating in the meeting. He will remain in Alpine for the next three days to meet with individuals from the university and the Alpine community.                                        –0o0–

    Auditions for “Into the Woods,” the Theatre of the Big Bend’s 2014 summer production, will be held Sunday-Monday, Jan. 19-20 at Sul Ross State University.
    Auditions will begin at 4 p.m. each day in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building. To audition, attend at least one of the audition times on Sunday or Monday, Jan. 19-20. Bring the sheet music and be prepared to sing 16-32 measures of a song that showcases your voice.
    Lana Potts will be the audition accompanist, and participants are strongly encouraged to sign up for a 20-minute pre-audition rehearsal with her in her studio, Room 107 of the Francois Fine Arts Building. Rehearsal times are: Thursday, Jan. 16, 1-4 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 17, noon-2 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, Jan. 19-20, 2-4 p.m. Persons auditioning will also be asked to participate in cold readings from the script.
    For its 49th season,  the Theatre of the Big Bend will present “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. In a twist of genius, this Tony Award winning musical combines the stories of Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and the newly invented Baker and his Wife into a story of dreams fulfilled and broken, wishes, death, deception, magic and almost happily ever after.
    This show will be directed by Gregory Schwab, with musical direction by Donald Freed and Potts.    Performances are Friday-Sunday, June 20-July 6, 8:15 p.m. at the Kokernot Outdoor Theatre.
    For more information, contact Amanda Calhoun, Fine Arts Office, (432) 837-8218.

    Sul Ross State University will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
    Classes will resume and offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21.

    A 5K Walk/run, scheduled Saturday, Feb. 15, will raise funds for the Alpine Food Pantry and Sul Ross State University scholarships for local students.
    Organized by the Sul Ross State University Alumni Association and the Food Pantry of Alpine, Inc.,  the “Love Your Community” 5K is a scenic walk/run starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 from the Sul Ross Residential Life Office and Community Room. The course will proceed off campus to Brown Street and Fighting Buck Avenue for a stroll or run past Kokernot Park. Participants will then travel the Loop Road/Path back to campus.
    There is no entry fee, but each participant is requested to raise or contribute at least $50 to benefit the Food Pantry of Alpine and/or the Sul Ross State University Local Student Scholarship Fund (for graduates of Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties).
    An online fund raising page will be set up for each 5K participant to share with friends, ask for support and collect donations. Anyone wishing to sponsor a 5K participant may find his/her fund raising page at and make a secure donation.
    The event is open to casual and competitive walkers and runners of all ages. Walkers and runners will share the same course, with runners leading the pack at start time. Participants are welcome to carry babies and toddlers in strollers and child backpacks.
    Prizes will be given for fund raising at the $50, $100 and $150 levels. Persons raising $150 or more will be entered in a prize raffle drawing featuring gifts donated by local businesses and organizations. Additional awards will be presented to top runners.
    Major sponsors include: Big Bend Regional Medical Center, Tallent Roofing and Alpine Medical Center. Supporting sponsors include: West Texas National Bank, Porter’s Thriftway and Aramark. Raffle prize contributors include, to date:  Morrison True Value, The Holland Hotel, Maverick Inn, Hampton Inn, Subway and The Gage, with the list of contributors and prizes continuing to grow.
    Complete details for registering online may be found at
    For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Affairs, (432) 837-8697 or 837-8443 or