Latest News from Sul Ross February 17, 2014

SPRING ENROLLMENT STABLE

SUL ROSS SPRING ENROLLMENT STABLE; FALL PROJECTIONS SHOW SHARP GAINS
    Spring enrollment numbers were stable at Sul Ross State University, but more encouraging are fall projections.
    A total of 1,699 students were enrolled on the 12th class day – the official reporting period – eight fewer than Spring 2013.  Enrollment at Rio Grande College totaled 937, up 13 students. Semester credit hours decreased 0.5 percent at Sul Ross-Alpine, to 17,553, while RGC showed a 1.4 percent increase, to 6,725.
    However, both applications and admissions for Fall 2014 at Sul Ross-Alpine show substantial increases over the previous two years. Fall applications have increased 27 percent over 2013 totals and 56 percent over 2012 numbers. Admissions are up 35 percent and 62 percent from 2013 and 2012, respectively.
    Undergraduate enrollment at Sul Ross-Alpine showed slight gains in freshman, sophomore and senior classifications, with junior numbers down slightly, from 230 in 2013 to 225. Overall, undergraduate numbers rose nine students to 1,149. Master’s enrollment gained one, to 488, while post-baccalaureate totals dipped from 80 last year to 62.
    “Long-term, the continuous recruiting process is producing excellent results,” said Denise Groves, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Increasing our freshman numbers remains integral to both recruitment and retention success, and the current fall projections for both applications and admissions are extremely encouraging.”
    Groves also referred to a recent U.S. News and World Report article that ranks Sul Ross fourth among the nation’s public universities with the lowest in-state tuition and fees.
    “Cost is a significant consideration in choosing an institution of higher education,” she said. “Based on the projections, the word continues to spread about Sul Ross’ combination of quality education at an affordable price.”
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SUL ROSS PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH WEBSITE NOW ONLINE
    A Presidential Search website is now online on the Sul Ross State University website.
    The site contains all information related to the ongoing search process. The website may be accessed at http://www.sulross.edu/presidentialsearch.
    Links include: Desired Qualities of Sul Ross State University’s next President; Sul Ross State University profile; AGB Search’s profile; search consultant Dr. Oscar Page’s profile; and a Presidential Search update, which contains news releases regarding the search process.
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5K walk/run at Sul Ross

About 125 walkers and runners (top photo) participated in Saturday's (Feb. 15) "Love Your Community" 5K walk/run at Sul Ross State University.  Funds raised by participants will benefit the Food Pantry of Alpine and provide Sul Ross scholarships to high school graduates of Brewster, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties. (Bottom photo) Guillermo Sanchez, Jr., Alpine, a member of the Lobo track team, crossed the finish line first in a time of 19 minutes, 35 seconds. (Photos by Susanna Mendez)

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TEXAS TECH PROFESSOR TO LECTURE AT SUL ROSS FEB. 21
    Dr. Callum Hetherington, Texas Tech University, will present a geology lecture Friday, Feb. 21 at Sul Ross State University.
           Hetherington will present “Protracted versus Punctuated Peraluminous Magmatism in Metamorphic Core Complexes.” The lecture, sponsored by the Geology Club begins at 3:15 p.m. in Warnock Science Building, Room 201. There is no admission charge and the public is welcome.
    Hetherington, Texas Tech assistant professor of Mineralogy, Petrology & Geochemistry of Crustal Rocks, has a particular interest in accessory and exotic phase minerals. Much of his work is based on field observations and he has worked in a diversity of geologic environments.
    For more information, contact Rebecca Loos, (432) 837-8082 or rloos@sulross.edu. The Geology Club may also be contacted directly sulrossgeology@gmail.com or visit www.srgeoclub.weebly.com
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SUL ROSS STUDENTS PRESENT RESEARCH AT U OF NORTH TEXAS MCNAIR CONFERENCE
    Sul Ross State University McNair Program students Matthew Hall, Era, and Megan Downing, Midland, were among the presenters at the University of North Texas National McNair Research Conference, held Feb. 14-16 in Denton.    Hall presented “Bawdy Language in the Bard’s Body: A Study of Shakespeare’s Use of Sexual Imagery.” He was mentored by Dr. Sharon Hileman, professor of English.
    Downing presented “The Role of Uncertainty and Fear in the Extremity of Political Attitudes.” Her mentor is Dr. Jay Downing, professor of Psychology.
    The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to encourage first generation, low-income students and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study. Students who participate in the program are provided with research opportunities and faculty mentors.
    Named in honor of the astronaut who died in the 1986 space shuttle explosion, the McNair Program was established at Sul Ross in November 2007. It is funded through the Department of Education’s TRIO programs.    For more information, contact Mary Bennett, McNair Program director,  (432) 837-8478 or mbennett@sulross.edu.
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