Latest News from Sul Ross February 28, 2014


    Approval of a new Master’s degree program and continuation of various academic programs were among Sul Ross State University agenda items at the Feb. 27-28 meeting of the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System.
    The Regents held their quarterly meeting at the LBJ Center,  Texas State University, San Marcos.
    Other Sul Ross agenda items included approval of proposed rate increases in room and board, acknowledgment of gifts and donations and renaming the Department of Biological and Earth Physical Sciences.
    A Master of Science degree in Health and Human Performance was proposed to address the need for education relating to two of the most notable health issues in today’s society: provisions of health care and the obesity epidemic.
    Creation of the online, one-year, 33-semester credit hour fast-track program will enable individuals to obtain a master’s degree and work in a related health care field. The program is intended to provide a quality learning environment through lecture, lab, practical experience and internships to prepare students for careers as health care professionals.
    Coursework has been designed to allow students to develop and demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities in clinical evaluation, fitness assessment, nutrition, and exercise prescription. The program will enable Sul Ross to expand its education reach through the use of online faculty, experts from other institutions and existing faculty members.
    Sul Ross received authorization to continue 10 academic programs that had been listed as low producing by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). Through legislation in the 83rd Texas Legislature, the THECB’s authority to close or consolidate academic programs was abolished, and authority now resides solely with the Boards of Regents.
    The Board authorized continuance of the B.A. in Music and Political Science; B.F.A. in Art and Theatre; B.S. in Chemistry (Alpine Campus) and Industrial Technology; M.A. in Art, Political Science and Psychology; and M.Ed-Reading Specialist. Sul Ross advocated the need for continuance in the respective programs through enrollment growth, necessity for completion of other degree programs, program course and technology expansion and fulfillment of a significant educational mission by training students in a wide geographic area.
    Sul Ross requested increases averaging three percent to meal plan rates and room and apartment rates effective Fall Semester 2014. Meal plan rate increases are intended to address inflation increases, and room and apartment rate hikes will meet the increased costs of operation of the Lobo Village apartment style residential living facilities as well as Fletcher and Mountainside Halls.
    Meal plan rate increases for Fall and Spring semesters are: 7-day/20 meals with $120 Lobo Bucks, from $1,410 (current rate) to $1,452; 7-day/16 meals with $120 Lobo Bucks, from $1,365 to $1,406; 200 meals with $200 Lobo Bucks, from $1,430 to $1,473. Summer semester rate increases are: 7-day/20 meals with $120 Lobo Bucks, from $510 to $525; 7-day/16 meals with $120 Lobo Bucks, from $490 to $505; 75 meals with $75 Lobo Bucks, from $545 to $561.
    Residence hall rate increases are: Lobo Village, per Fall/Spring semester, from $2,190 (current rate) to $2,256; per Summer semester, from $745 to $767; Fletcher Hall, per Fall/Spring, double occupancy, from $1,160 to $1,195; per Summer semester, double occupancy, $380 to $391; per Fall/Spring, private, from $1,735 to $1,787; per Summer semester, private, from $570 to $587; Mountainside Hall, per Fall/Spring, double occupancy, from $1,145 to $1,180; per Fall/Spring, private, from$1,715 to $1,765.
    Monthly rates for Lobo Village efficiency apartments would increase from $530 to $546; and for family apartments, from $565 to $582.
    The Board approved the name change of the Department of Biological and Earth Physical Sciences within the College of Arts and Sciences to the Department of Biology, Geology and Physical Sciences. The action will be effective upon approval by the THECB.
    The change specifically names the degree programs and gives credit to the minors and support fields. In addition, including “Geology” in the department’s name is helpful in dealing with alumni, friends of the Geology program, students and faculty in alleviating fears about closure of the Geology program.
    Gifts totaling $669,154 were acknowledged by the Board of Regents. Gifts include:
    *$350,000 from the Marjorie Jean Stanley Estate, Mary Ann Arnim, independent executrix, Uvalde, to the Sandra Stanley Coleman Memorial Scholarship Endowment. The endowment benefits students of the Rio Grande College Uvalde Center.
    * $10,000 from Anne Strauss Calaway, Alpine, to the Museum of the Big Bend’s Museum Operations Campaign for the 10 for 10 fund raising campaign.
    * $100,000 from the Summerlee Foundation, John W. Crain, President, Dallas, to the Borderlands Research Institute  - “Ecology of Mountain Lions in the Davis Mountains: Assessing Their Impact on Prey” project. This is the second installment of a $300,000 grant.
    * $10,000 from the San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc., Pamela Foster, scholarship coordinator, San Antonio, to the Borderlands Research Institute  – San Antonio Livestock Exposition Fellowship to support graduate scholarships.
    * $10,000 from La Brasada Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. James L. Donnell, Fowlerton, to the Museum of the Big Bend’s Museum Advantage Fund to support educational and preservation programs.
    * $52,733 from the Dixon Water Foundation, Robert J. Potts, President and CEO, Marfa, to the DWF Hereford Genetics Research Projects on the DWF Ranch. The project supports the development of a sustainable biological type of cattle through utilization of traditional Hereford genetics.
    * $15,000 from Big Bend Ranch Rodeo, Gary Dunshee, Alpine, to the Big Bend Ranch Rodeo Academic Scholarship Fund, supporting students involved in the Sul Ross rodeo program.
    * $15,000 from the Houston Safari Club, Gene Human, Houston Chapter president, to the Borderlands Research Institute’s Bighorn Sheep Restoration Project.
    * $5,000 from Sara Buchanan, San Antonio, to the Museum of the Big Bend’s Museum Advantage Fund for new promotional material.
    * $30,000 from the William H. Pitt Foundation, Inc., Palm Beach, Fla., to the Museum of the Big Bend’s Museum Advantage Fund for the “Treasures from The Frederic Remington Art Museum” exhibit, symposium and celebration.
    * $5,000 from David L. Wilson, Alpine, to the McMillan-Wilson Scholarship Fund, encouraging participation in higher education.
    * $31,421 from West Texas National Bank, Alpine, for the SRSU Marketing Campaign.
    * $10,000 from John M. Davis, Dallas, to the Museum of the Big Bend’s Museum Operations Campaign for the 10 for 10 fund raising campaign.
    * $15,000 from the Alvin a. Klein and Roberta T. Klein Trust, Klein, to the Klein Trust Botanical Research, supporting the herbarium data-basing project directed by Dr. Martin Terry.
    * $10,000 from Dan Gallagher and Anne Marie Ryan, Pawcatuck, Conn., to the Babe Turner Herbarium Endowment, supporting herbarium projects directed by Dr. Mike Powell.

    Sul Ross State University students won several awards and made a number of presentations at the 50th meeting of the Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society (TCTWS), held Feb. 19-22 in Austin.
    A group of 34 students, staff and faculty represented Sul Ross at the meeting. This annual event provides an opportunity for students to meet with wildlife professionals as well as students and faculty from other universities, and listen to scientific presentations on a wide range of topics affecting wildlife management in Texas. Students participated in workshops and competitions, presented papers, and were honored at the awards banquet.
     In an exciting competition the Sul Ross quiz bowl team placed second out of nine teams from across the state.  The team of undergraduate students John “Kiddo” Campbell, Castroville; Jordan Janecka, Austin;  Ivan Molina, Fort Worth; Tanner Ragan, Midland; and Jim Wyche, Midland, was coached by graduate student Taylor Garrison, Corpus Christi.
     The Plant ID team, coached by Sydney Lance, Fort Stockton,  placed third. Team members included Campbell; Cameron Goelbel, Boyd; Janecka; Ragan; Felicia Rocha, Del Rio; Michael Stangl, Alpine; Taylor and Wyche. Taylor placed fifth in the individual plant ID competition.  
    Thomas Janke, Granger, presented two papers:  “Analysis of international bighorn sheep movements in the Big Bend Region of Texas,” co-authored by Patricia Moody Harveson, Louis A. Harveson, and Froylan Hernandez, and “A comparison of the survival of initial and supplemental bighorn sheep translocations to Big Bend Ranch State Park”, co-authored by Louis A. Harveson and Hernandez.  
    Katie Dennison presented a paper on her thesis research, “Use of camera traps to determine mountain lion use of habitat and prey availability in the Davis Mountains, Texas,” co-authored by Patricia Moody Harveson and Louis A. Harveson.  Sul Ross was also represented in the poster presentations by Chris Wood, Victoria, with his poster “Camera trap monitoring of water trough visitation in Big Bend Ranch State Park,” co-authored by Janke, Louis A. Harveson, and Jose Etchart, El Paso.
    Sul Ross students received several honors at the awards banquet.  Each year, TCTWS recognized an outstanding member of the Sul Ross Range and Wildlife club, and this year’s recipient was Janke, for his dedication to the club. Janke was also awarded the Sam Beasom Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 honor  for graduate students studying wildlife management.  
    Several students also participated in the annual photo competition.  Bobby Allcorn, Spring, won first place in the humor category and second place in the work category. Skyler Stevens, Midland, received second place in the scenery category, and Katie Dennison received second and third place in the remote camera category.  
    Sul Ross hosted an alumni mixer for the first time, which was attended by approximately 25 students, five Borderlands Research Institute staff members, and at least 25 alumni.  This provided an opportunity for students to network with alumni, and for alumni to learn about all of the exciting wildlife work that is going on at their alma mater through the Borderlands Research Institute and NRM department.
    Also attending the meeting were: faculty and staff Dr. Louis Harveson, Dr. Ryan Luna, Dr. Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Andy James; undergraduate students  Jorge Bustamante; Jose Echainiz, Delicias, Mexico; Etchart; Michael McKay, La Vernia; and Echaelo Tijerina; and graduate students  Josh Cross, Alpine; Justin French, Bryan; Brenda Gallegos, El Paso; Ernesto Ortega Garcia, Reynosa, Mexico; Carlos Gonzalez, El Paso; Ron Jankowiak, Chappell Hill; David Rumbelow, Van; John Stone, Alpine; and Daniel Tidwell, Sachse.

    Sul Ross State University students will enjoy the annual spring break Monday-Friday, March 10-14.
    Sul Ross offices will be open Monday-Tuesday, March 10-11, then will close Wednesday-Friday, March 12-14.
    Classes will resume and offices will re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, March 17.

    Over 20 representatives of business, agriculture, hospitality, non-profit, community service, criminal justice, park services and other fields have registered for the annual Spring Career Fair Wednesday, March 19 at Sul Ross State University.
    Sponsored by Career Services, fair hours are 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center. Representatives will be present to recruit, answer questions, network and provide referral contacts. Registrants may call (432) 837-8178 to reserve space at the fair. Prospective employers are invited to participate.
    Attendees seeking employment are urged to dress appropriately and bring copies of their resumes. The Career Fair is open to Sul Ross students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as high school students and the general public. Refreshments  will be served and electronic door prizes will be awarded. Career Services will also provide information on internships and volunteer opportunities.
    The following organizations will be present: McCoy’s Building Supply, Capitol Aggregates, Inc., Arlington Police Department, Permian Basin Community Centers, Texas Department of Public Safety, USDA/NRCS, USDA/Farm Service Agency, Stripes LLC, Midland Police Department, Big Bend National Park, Attorney General of Texas – Child Support Division, Sul Ross State University Admissions for Undergraduate and Graduate, Texas A&M Agri Life, Buffalo Trail Council Boy Scouts of America, Sul Ross State University Student Support Services, Dallas Police Department, Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Protection, Marfa Public Radio, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, FDIC, Agave Home Health, Holiday Inn Express and Workforce Solutions.
    For more information, contact Career Services, (432) 837-8178 or (432) 837-8357. Career Services is located upstairs in the University Center, open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.