Latest News from Sul Ross February 10, 2014


               “Hamlette,” written by Allison Williams and directed by Marjorie Scott, will open the Sul Ross State University spring theatre schedule.  Performances will held Saturday-Monday, Feb. 15-17, in Marshall Auditorium. Curtain time is 7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Feb. 15-16 and 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17.
             What if Hamlet was actually a young woman? This twisty-turny interpretation of the classic Danish tale is a clever look at Shakespeare’s greatest tragic story. In this lively comedy, Princess Hamlette struggles for equality and recognition as she tries to avenge her father’s death. Magic tricks and sword fighting make this a fun-filled show for the entire family.
               Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and children under 12 and can be purchased online via or by calling 432-837-8218. Sul Ross students, faculty and staff are admitted free with a current ID except for the special Children's Theatre Project performance held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17.  Cost for that performance is a canned food item for all patrons.
           Sul Ross Children’s Theatre Project performances will be held in collaboration with Region 18 area schools Friday-Tuesday, Feb. 14-18. All school children attending will each donate a canned food item to the Children’s Theatre Project food drive.  A special matinee performance will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 17. This special Children's Theatre Project performance will be open to the public, and the price of admission for all patrons in a canned food item.  All canned food will be donated to the Food Pantry of Alpine.
               For more information, contact the Department of Fine Arts and Communication by calling (432) 837-8218 or email

    Sul Ross State University will celebrate 25 years of excellence and support with the San Antonio Livestock Exposition through the annual Leaders in Agriculture lecture Wednesday, Feb. 19.    
    Dr. Jim Heird, executive professor and coordinator of the Equine Initiative at Texas A&M University, will address “Current Issues in the Equine Industry” at 7 p.m. in the Espino Conference Center, Rooms A&B, Morgan University Center. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.
    The Sul Ross-SALE association dates back to 1987, when Sul Ross was invited to submit a proposal to the San Antonio Livestock Exposition (now the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo) for funding consideration.  In March 1988, members of the SALE executive committee visited Sul Ross, toured the agricultural instruction and laboratory facilities, visited with faculty, students, and area ranchers, and culminated their visit with the presentation of a $75,000 gift to establish two endowments – the SALE Scholarship Endowment and the SALE Excellence Endowment.  
During the past 25 years, SALE endowments have exceeded $907,000.  With additional scholarship and fellowship commitments, the organization has contributed more than $1.5 million to Sul Ross, making it one of the largest single contributors to the university. The San Antonio Livestock Exposition Equine Center was named in its honor by the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System.
    Scholarship awards are made to freshmen in agriculture and directly related areas who qualify for participation in the Sul Ross Freshman Leadership Program.  Criteria for selection include strong academic performance, as well as demonstrated leadership potential indicated by involvement in 4-H, FFA, interscholastic competition, and other activities.    
    Heird has worked in his present position at Texas A&M since 2009. Prior to that, he was director of Teaching and Outreach for the Equine Sciences Program at Colorado State University. He graduated with a B.S. in Animal Husbandry and an M.S. in Animal Genetics from the University of Tennessee. His doctorate is in Animal Behavior from Texas Tech University.
    Heird has received numerous honors, including the USDA’s Honor Award and The Outstanding Leadership Award from the National Horse Judging Team Coaches Association. In 2009 he was named Horseman of The Year by the Colorado Horse Council. He has trained World Champion youth riders and shown World Champion horses.
    He has an international reputation in the field of Equine Sciences and has lectured on numerous topics nationally and internationally. Heird has been an American Quarter Horse Judge since 1976. In that capacity, he has judged 11 World Championship Shows for the AQHA, 15 national shows in many countries and has lectured in numerous national and international judges’ seminars. He is a Past Chairman of AQHA’s Judges Committee and is presently Chairman of the AQHA Show Committee.
    For more information, contact Dr. Rob Kinucan, (432) 837-8201 or

    Works by noted Western artists and artisans will be featured at the 28th annual Trappings of Texas Cowboy Gear and Western Art Exhibit at the Museum of the Big Bend.
    A three-day opening fund-raising event begins Thursday, Feb. 20, at the historic Gage Hotel in Marathon. On Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, special activities are planned  at the Museum of the Big Bend on the Sul Ross State University campus.
    Trappings features some of the best cowboy gear and fine Western art in the longest-running event of its kind in the country. Proceeds from Trappings of Texas -- the museum’s only fund-raiser – support not only future Trappings events but also the museum’s many exhibits and educational programs throughout the year.
              The celebration begins  Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m., at the historic Gage Hotel in Marathon, with an evening of cowboy poetry. Performers include Ross Knox, cowpuncher Boots O’Neal and Ed Ashurst, Southwest author of the newly-published book, “Real Cowboys – Grand Canyon to Mexico.”
               On Friday, Feb. 21, 5-8 p.m., the Museum of the Big Bend will host a preview party of the Trappings of Texas exhibit for sponsors. Sponsorships remain available for this longstanding Texas tradition.
               Following the preview party, sponsors are invited to join the artists at the Reata Restaurant in Alpine’s historic downtown.
               On Saturday, Feb. 22, the opening exhibition, sale and reception will be held at the Museum from 5-8 p.m.
               For tickets and sponsor information, contact Noemi Acosta, (432) 837-8143.