Latest News from Sul Ross February 24, 2014
LOBO TEAMS HAVE NEW RIDE
SUL ROSS UPGRADES TRANSPORTATION
by Steve Lang, News and Publications
When the Sul Ross State University baseball team emerged from their Dallas hotel Friday (Feb. 21) en route to play the University of Texas at Tyler, they did not see their familiar ride.
Instead, a maroon, 40-passenger 2011 Glaval Apollo bus awaited them. The familiar 36-passenger Lobo bus was nowhere in sight.
“The players looked around and asked, ‘where’s the bus, Coach?’” said Bobby Mesker, Lobo baseball coach and interim athletic director. “They didn’t believe me when I said this was their new ride; I had to open the luggage compartments to show them their gear.”
The upgraded transportation may have been a factor in Sul Ross’ weekend success, as the Lobo nine won two of three games from the traditional American Southwest Conference power.
“When they got in and sat down, they were on Cloud Nine,” Mesker said.
Mesker and assistant coach Matt Lynn alternated stints at the wheel, making the 10-hour return trip to Alpine, returning shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday.
The bus, which will again be in service this week as the Lobo men’s basketball team travels to Dallas to compete in the ASC tournament, offers numerous features. The vehicle has reclining seats, five DVD monitors with a sound system and is also equipped with a wheelchair lift and space for two wheelchairs along with both cargo space under the floor and overhead. Total capacity is 42, including the driver and co-pilot.
“Our athletic teams travel about 50,000 miles a year,” said Dr. Quint Thurman, Sul Ross interim President. “We made the decision to upgrade our transportation to ensure that our student-athletes are as safe and as comfortable as possible; well-rested and ready to compete.”
Jim Clouse, associate Vice President for Facilities Planning, Construction and Operations, called the bus “a fantastic addition to our student services; the start of a new era.”
The bus’ exterior will soon change as well. Design for a new “skin,” depicting Sul Ross, Alpine and the Big Bend Region is under discussion with the City of Alpine and other area interests regarding cost-sharing for the design application.
“With the bus on the road so often, it resembles a moving billboard to attract attention to Sul Ross and the Big Bend,” Thurman said.
For more information, contact Clouse, (432) 837-8777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sul Ross bus
Sul Ross State University recently purchased a 2011 Glaval Apollo bus (top photo). The vehicle has reclining seats, five DVD monitors with a sound system and is also equipped with a wheelchair lift and space for two wheelchairs along with both cargo space under the floor and overhead. Total capacity is 42, including the driver and co-pilot. (Bottom photo) Jim Clouse (left), associate Vice President for Facilities Planning, Construction and Operations, demonstrates operation of the wheelchair lift, with assistance from Noe Hernandez, director of Purchasing. (Photos by Steve Lang)
"Hamlette" attendees donate canned food
School children from the Region 18 areas donated 1,100 pounds of canned and boxed food while attending special matinees of "Hamlette" Feb. 14, 17 and 18 at Sul Ross State University. Over 1,200 school children from Balmorhea, Buena Vista, Crane, Fort Davis, Fort Stockton, Kermit, Presidio, Terlingua, Valentine and Van Horn, as well students from Alpine Montessori, Alpine High School Theatre and Marfa International School attended the Sul Ross production of “Hamlette,” written by Allison Williams and directed by Marjorie Scott. The matinees are part of the Sul Ross Children’s Theatre Project, begun in the Fall of 2006 and now in its sixth production. The project was conceived to provide an opportunity for Region 18 school children to attend live theatre and participate in charitable giving. Since its inception, over 7,000 children have attended the special school matinees, with the price of admission a canned food item. This year’s donations have gone directly to the Food Pantry of Alpine. For more information regarding the Sul Ross Children's Theatre Project, contact the Department of Fine Arts and Communication, (432) 837-8218 or email email@example.com. (Photo by Susanna Mendez)
28th Trappings of Texas
The best of Western art and artistry was featured as the 28th annual Trappings of Texas opened this past weekend at the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University. 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 exhibit continues through April 13. Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. (Photo by Steve Lang)