Latest News from Sul Ross March 17, 2014

RITZI TX ACADEMY OF SCIENCE PRESIDENT

SUL ROSS’ RITZI NAMED TEXAS ACADEMY OF SCIENCE PRESIDENT
    Dr. Chris Ritzi, Sul Ross State University professor of Biology, took office as President of the Texas Academy of Science (TAS) during the annual meeting, held March 7-9 at Texas A&M University, Galveston.
    Sul Ross students and faculty also made several presentations at the meeting. The TAS is a state organization that promotes scientific research in Texas colleges and universities, encourages research as a part of student learning, and works to enhance the professional development of its members.  
    Ritzi, who served as President-Elect and Program Chair during the past year, will lead the Academy in 2014-15. Other officers are Dr. Cindy Hobson, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Past-President; and Dr. Danette Vines, Schreiner University, Kerrville, President-Elect. The 2015 annual meeting will be held March 6-8 at the University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio.
    Sul Ross presentations represented work conducted by students and faculty in the Biology, Geology and Physical Sciences Department, the Computer Science and Mathematics Department, and the McNair Scholars Program, covering a variety of different research areas and topic sections. Presentation included:    
    * “Results in Finite Geometry Pertaining to Albert-Like Semifields” by Dr. Angela M. Brown.
    * “Isolation, characterization, and quantification of flavonoids from pines (Pinus cembroides, P. edulis, P. remota) and their relation to medicinal uses” by Lauren Hollis, Dr. Martin Terry, and Dr. M. Kalam.
    * “Engaging and Retaining Undergraduate Students through Mentored Research” by Sofia Caylor, Houston.
    * “Wolf Spiders Associate Food with Predator Cues in a T-Maze” by Robert LeBlanc, Fort Davis,  and Dr. Chris M. Ritzi.
    * “Status of the tamarisk leaf beetle (Diorhabda spp.) as a saltcedar (Tamarix) biocontrol agent along the Rio Grande River in Presidio County and its impact on a non-target species, Tamarisk aphylla” by Anne Marie Hilscher and Ritzi.
    * “Habitat Use and Activity Patterns of Western Screech-Owls (Megascops kennicottii) in the Davis Mountains of West Texas” by Corin M. Olivas, Alpine, Natividad Sandoval, Dr. Andrew Kasner, and Ritzi.
    * “A comparison of the ectoparasitic fauna of Peromyscus and Heteromys taxa between Presidio County, Texas and Cusuco and La Tigra National Parks in Honduras, Central America” by Lizbeth Marquez, Marfa, and Ritzi.
    * “Disease Surveillance and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Coyotes as Sentinels for Surveillance” by John T. Stone, Alpine, and Ritzi.
    For more information, contact Ritzi, (432) 837-8112 or critzi@sulross.edu
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THECB APPROVES NAME CHANGE FOR SUL ROSS DEPARTMENT; EFFECTIVE MAY 1
    The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has approved a departmental name change within the Sul Ross State University College of Arts and Sciences.
    Effective May 1,  the Department of Biological and Earth Physical Sciences will become the Department of Biology, Geology and Physical Sciences. The change specifically names the degree programs and gives credit to the minors and support fields. The new name of the recently  consolidated department acknowledges the long standing and strong academic undergraduate and graduate programs in both Biology and Geology.
    The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System approved the name change in February, subject to THECB approval, which was granted March 14.
    Sul Ross offers bachelor’s and master’s of science degree programs in Biology and Geology, and a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry.
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THIRD ANNUAL MICROCINEMA SERIES MARCH 20-22 CELEBRATES WOMEN FILMMAKERS
    Sul Ross State University’s Theatre Program will celebrate women filmmakers during the third annual MicroCinema, scheduled Thursday-Saturday, March 20-22.
    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. In recognition of Women’s History Month, this year’s film series features women directors and cinematographers.
    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: sulross.edu/theatre or by calling (432) 837-8218.
    The “Women in Film” series will screen eight award-winning films over three evenings. Open forum discussions will follow each evening of screenings, featuring Bret Scott, assistant professor of Communication and director of Media Studies; Dr. Amy Moreland, assistant director of Political Science; and Marjorie Scott, lecturer in Theatre.
    Featured films include:
    * Thursday, March 20:  “Shooting Women,” directed by Alexis Krasilovsky; and at 8:30 p.m., special screenings, “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.
    * Friday, March 21: “The Musuo Sisters,” directed by Marlo Poras; “Felt, Feelings and Dreams,” directed by Andrea Odezynska; and at 8:30 p.m., special screenings,  “Dia de los Muertos” and “Miss Todd.”
    * Saturday, March 22: “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.  
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SUL ROSS’ FREED ELECTED TO COLLEGE MUSIC SOCIETY REGIONAL BOARD
    Dr. Donald Callen Freed, Sul Ross State University professor of voice, was elected to the board of the directors of the College Music Society-South Central Chapter.
    Freed was elected as a director for Composition during the Society’s 25th regional conference, held March 11-13 at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
    The College Music Society, through its regional chapters, promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. The South Central Chapter serves Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
    For more information, contact Freed, (432) 837-8216 or dfreed@sulross.edu.
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SUMMER, FALL REGISTRATION BEGINS MARCH 31 AT SUL ROSS
    Registration for Summer and Fall 2014 classes begins Monday, March 31 at Sul Ross State University. The Summer schedule is now online and the Fall schedule will be ready for viewing on Monday, March 24. Log into LoboOnLine to view the course offerings.
    Registration for graduate and post-baccalaureate students begins Monday, March 31. For registration dates for both summer and fall terms and a link to detailed registration instructions, visit http://www.sulross.edu/page/2797/graduate-and-post-baccalaureate-students.
    Undergraduate student registration begins Wednesday, April 2 for seniors and juniors. Sophomores and freshmen may begin registration Monday, April 7.
    All undergraduate students must be advised in order to register.   To determine where to go to be advised, check holds on LoboOnLine.  Log into LoboOnLine (Banner Self-Service) with student ID and PIN. Select Students, then Student Records, then “View Holds on Your Records.”
    If  “Must See Lobo Den Advisor” is viewed, contact the Lobo Den at (432) 837-8982 for an advising appointment. If“Must See Major Advisor” is viewed, contact major department for an advising appointment. If there are any other holds that prevent registration, students must clear these holds before making an advising appointment.
    Late registration and schedule changes are also made with students’ advisers.
    For registration dates for both summer and fall terms and for detailed registration instructions, visit http://www.sulross.edu/page/2800/undergraduate-students. For more information, contact Enrollment Services , (432) 837-8050, or e-mail registrar@sulross.edu with general questions.
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SUL ROSS GEOLOGY CLUB HOSTS MARCH 21 LECTURE
    Dr. Michael Petronis, professor of Environmental Geology at New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, will lecture on glacial research in Norway on Friday, March 21 at Sul Ross State University.
    Petronis will address “Glacial Activity in Neoproterzoic Svalbard,” at 3:15 p.m. in Warnock Science Building, Room 201. The lecture, sponsored by the Sul Ross Geology Club and Adelante Tejas (Forward Texas) is free and open to the public.
    Petronis’ research interests and expertise are broadly focused on rock magnetism, paleomagnetism, shallow igneous processes, physical volcanology, structural geology/tectonics, and exploration geophysics. He has conducted research in the U.S. as well as Poland, the Czech Republic, China, Scotland, Ireland, France, and most recently, the high Arctic of Svalbard, Norway.
    For more information, contact Rebecca Loos, (432) 837-8082 or rloos@sulross.edu or visit www.srgeoclub.weebly.com.
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