Latest News from Sul Ross March 3, 2014


    The Sul Ross State University Music Department will perform a mid-winter concert Thursday, March 6, 7:30 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.
     The concert will feature the Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir.  Both groups will be performing a varied set of pieces that everyone is sure to enjoy.
    For more information, contact Christopher Dobbins, (432) 837-8018 or

    Sul Ross State University McNair Program scholars Sofia Caylor, Houston; and Robert LeBlanc, Fort Davis, will present their undergraduate research at the Texas Academy of Science meeting, scheduled Friday-Sunday (March 7-9) in Galveston.    Caylor will present “Engaging and Retaining Undergraduate Students through Mentored Research.” Her mentors are Leslie Hopper, program director, Adelante Tejas, and Dr. Kevin Urbanczyk, professor of Geology and director, Rio Grande Research Center.
    LeBlanc’s presentation is  “Wolf Spiders Associate Food with Predator Cues in a T-Maze.” He is mentored by Dr. Chris Ritzi, professor of Biology.
    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

     After a hiatus of over 20 years, the Sul Ross State University marching band will re-take the field in the fall of 2014.
    “Plans are underway for this new phase for the Sul Ross band program,” said Christopher Dobbins, director of Bands and Brass Studies. “The Lobo Marching Band plans to take the field during home football games this fall.”
    Dobbins said that scholarship funds are available for the program. Prospective students and teachers of band students may contact Dobbins at (432) 837-8018 or

SUL ROSS THEATRE MICROCINEMA SCREENINGS MARCH 20-22                                                       
    Films by women filmmakers will be highlighted at the annual MicroCinema, scheduled March 20-22 at Sul Ross State University.
    The Sul Ross Theatre Department event celebrates Women’s History Month, and screenings will begin nightly at 7 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building.  Post-screening panels will follow each evening of screenings.
    Ticket prices are $5 for each evening, or $12 for a three-evening pass.  Information about each film, screening schedule and ticket sales can be found on the Sul Ross Theatre Program website: or by calling (432) 837-8218.
    Featured films include: “Shooting Women,” directed by Alexis Krasilovsky; “The Mosuo Sisters,” directed by Marlo Poras; “Felt, Feelings and Dreams,” directed by Andrea Odezynska; “The Last Hour,” directed by Roua Alazawi;  “Mixed Paints,” directed by Deema Maghalseh; and the 2008 Academy Award Winning film for Best Picture: “The Hurt Locker,” directed by Kathryn Bigelow.  
    Additionally, two special screenings of women-directed Student Academy Award winning films will be featured both Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21, after the panels.  These screenings, beginning about 8:30 p.m., are free and open to the public. Special screenings are:  “Dia de los Muertos,” (animated short, gold medal winner) produced by Ashley Graham, Kate Reynolds, and Lindsey St. Pierre and “Miss Todd,”  (foreign short, gold medal winner) directed by Kristina Yee.

Law Enforcement Academy begins

Lloyd Dragoo, director of the Sul Ross State University Law Enforcement Academy (LEA), addresses the opening academy class Monday (March 3). Nine cadets are enrolled in the 18-week session,  which will conclude July 3. Sul Ross presently offers two day academies, from March-July and August-December, as well as a night academy in Fort Stockton. Ten cadets are enrolled in the night academy, which began classes Jan. 6. (Photo by Steve Lang)