Latest News from Sul Ross January 29, 2014

SEARCH COMMITTEE NAMED.

SUL ROSS PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE ANNOUNCED
    An 18-member Advisory Search Committee for the next Sul Ross State University President was announced today (Wednesday, Jan. 29).
    Appointments were made by Donna Williams, Arlington, Chair of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System (TSUS), according to an announcement by Dr. Perry Moore, TSUS Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The committee, following the search process, will recommend finalists to Dr. Brian McCall, TSUS Chancellor, who will make the selection.
    Dr. Ricardo Maestas, 11th Sul Ross President, resigned in late November. Dr. Quint Thurman, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, was appointed interim president.
    “This is an impressive committee that is well able to recommend finalists for the next President of the university to the Chancellor and Board of Regents,” Moore’s memorandum stated.
    “I look forward to working with the committee and university in finding the next President of Sul Ross State University,” the memorandum said.
    Regent Charlie Amato, San Antonio, will serve as chair of the Advisory Search Committee. Other members are Regents Williams; Vice Chair Ron Mitchell, Horseshoe Bay; and Rossanna Salazar, Austin; Dr. Lorie Rubenser, professor of Criminal Justice and chair of the Faculty Assembly; Dr. Bonnie Warnock, professor and chair of Natural Resource Management; Dr. Sharon Hileman, professor and chair of Languages and Literature; Dr. Patricia Nicosia, professor of Mathematics and chair of the Department of Natural and Social Sciences, Rio Grande College; Dr. Monica Gutierrez, associate professor of Education, RGC; Dr. Paul Sorrels, professor, Associate Provost and Dean of RGC; Denise Groves, Vice President of Enrollment Management; Elizabeth Pena, director, Small Business Development Center, RGC; Anna Sandoval, President, Student Government Association; Ken Batchelor, San Antonio, alumnus and President, Ken Batchelor Cadillac; Dr. Hector Gonzales, President, Southwest Texas Junior College; Dave Rogers, President, West Texas National Bank, Alpine; Steve White, Superintendent, Alpine Independent School District; and Raymond Richardson, Lubbock, Board of Directors, Sul Ross Alumni Association and Vice President for Advancement, Lubbock Christian University.
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WEST TEXAS SAFARI CLUB AWARDS $60,000 TO BORDERLANDS RESEARCH INSTITUTE  

   The West Texas Chapter of Safari Club International presented two checks, totaling $60,000, to the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) of Sul Ross State University.
    Presentations of $35,000 for the Desert Bighorn Sheep Restoration Project and $25,000 for scholarships were made during the chapter’s annual banquet, held Saturday evening (Jan. 25) at the American Airpower Heritage Museum, Midland. Chapter vice president Cal Hendrick, Odessa, and president Matthew Bell, Midland, a Sul Ross graduate, made the check presentations.
    “The West Texas Chapter has been assisting with wildlife research projects at Sul Ross for as long as I have been here,” said Dr. Louis Harveson, BRI director. “We are extremely grateful for these most recent gifts and truly appreciate the confidence and support that the organization has placed in our efforts.”
    Harveson said that the West Texas Chapter has previously funded pronghorn, quail and mule deer research projects conducted by the BRI and the Sul Ross Natural Resource Management program.
    Safari Club International, founded in 1973, has more than 50,000 members and over 180 local chapters. The organization is dedicated to protecting the freedom to hunt and promoting wildlife conservation.
    For more information, contact Harveson, (432) 837-8098 or harveson@sulross.edu.

BRI receives $60,000 from West Texas Safari Club

The West Texas Chapter of Safari Club International presented two checks, totaling $60,000, to the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) of Sul Ross State University. Presentations of $35,000 for the Desert Bighorn Sheep Restoration Project and $25,000 for scholarships were made during the chapter’s annual banquet, held Saturday evening (Jan. 25) at the American Airpower Heritage Museum, Midland. (Top photo), West Texas Chapter vice president Cal Hendrick, (second from left), Odessa, and president Matthew Bell (second from right), Midland, present the Desert Bighorn Sheep Restoration Project check to BRI director Dr. Louis Harveson. Also pictured are Sul Ross graduate students Carlos Gonzalez-Gonzalez (left) and Thomas Janke, Granger (right). In the bottom photo, Hendrick and Bell present the scholarship check to Harveson. (Photos Courtesy West Texas Chapter, Safari Club International)

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FREED COMPOSITION TO BE PERFORMED AT U OF ARKANSAS FORT SMITH CONCERT
    An original composition by Dr. Donald Freed, Sul Ross State University professor of Voice, has been accepted by the Composition Committee for presentation in a Composer Concert at the 29th South Central Regional Conference of The College Music Society.
    The conference will be held March 7-8 at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith.
    Freed’s composition, “Two Prairie Poems: 1. The Prairie States; 2. A Prairie Sunset,” will be performed by the UA Fort Smith Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Rager H. Moore II.
    Freed will also attend the Vocal Pedagogy Symposium at Oberlin (Ohio) College  Conservatory of Music Friday-Sunday (Jan. 31-Feb. 2). He will be part of a master class with Ms. Jan LoVetri, where they will demonstrate stroke recovery techniques for the singer.
    For more information, contact Freed, (432) 837-8216 or dfreed@sulross.edu.
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SUL ROSS ANNOUNCES SPRING-SUMMER THEATRE SCHEDULE
    The Sul Ross State University theatre program has scheduled four spring and summer productions, beginning Feb. 15 and running through July 6.
    Featuring a children's show, a comedy, three evenings of film and a spectacular musical, the theatre program is offering 2014 theatre package passes for patrons to attend as many of the spring and summer productions as often as they like for one low price.  
    The package features “Hamlette,” by Allison Williams, directed by Marjorie Scott, Feb. 15-17; “MicroCinema: Women in Film,” March 20-22; “Why Torture is Wrong and the People who Love Them,” by Christopher Durang, directed by Gregory Gonzales, April 18-27; and Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods,” directed by Gregory M. Schwab with musical direction by Donald Freed and Lana Potts, June 20-July 6.  
    Season package passes can be purchased online via sulross.edu/theatre.  Prices for the package are $28 for general admission and $23 for seniors and children.  
    For more information, contact the Department of Fine Arts and Communication by calling (432) 837-8218 or email droman@sulross.edu.
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