Latest News from Sul Ross March 28, 2014


    Students from Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapters from seven high schools and 4-H groups from Presidio and Tom Green counties participated in the Career Development Event (CDE) held Monday (March 24) at Sul Ross State University.
    Hosted by the College of Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, the event featured judging competition in horse, wildlife and plant identification categories, as well as an agricultural mechanics show. A total of 46 students from Alpine, Cuero, Eden, Leakey, Marfa, O’Donnell and Reagan County, as well as the county 4-H groups participated.
    Career Development Events build on what is learned in agricultural classes and encourage members to put their knowledge into practice. These events are designed to help a member prepare for a career in agriculture by testing and challenging the student's technical, leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills as well as their knowledge of the subject matter. Many CDEs are qualifying events for the National FFA CDE competition and/or offer scholarship opportunities.
    “We were pleased with the turnout and all the students and teachers seemed to enjoy themselves,” said  Dr. Christopher Estepp, assistant professor of Agricultural Education.  
    “This was the first time in a long time that Sul Ross has hosted a contest and we hope that we can continue to grow and have success with this event.”
    For more information, contact Estepp, (432) 837-8210, or

Sul Ross hosts Career Development Event

Creations of all sizes and designs were displayed at the ag mechanics show, part of Monday’s (March 24) Career Development Event at Sul Ross State University. FFA members from seven schools and two county 4-H groups participated in the ag mechanics show and horse, wildlife and plant identification judging competition. Cody Garrett, Cuero High School, stands by the 57-foot livestock trailer he built, while Bailey Walker, Marfa High School, fashioned a display table, welding and forging metal rods to imitate the “dead willow” from the Harry Potter books. (Photos courtesy Chris Estepp and Steve Lang)


    Dr. Donald Freed, Sul Ross State University professor of Voice, will present a faculty recital Saturday, April 5, 7:30 p.m., in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.
    He will be accompanied by Carol Wallace and Ben Stringer, pianists. Stringer, a 2008 Sul Ross graduate, recently was admitted to the graduate piano program at the University of Texas El Paso with a graduate assistantship. He will study with Dr. Oscar Macchioni.
     Freed will perform a variety of art songs about music, as well as his own set of songs, “In the Moment,” composed 2003-2004.
    Freed recently performed a recital at Epiphany United Methodist Church, Vienna, Va. Accompanied by pianist Suji Ko, he sang works by Purcell, Schubert, Brahms, Faure, Debussy, Stephen Sondheim and Ralph Vaughn Williams, as well as his own compositions at the March 15 recital.
    In addition, his book review of “The Musician’s Trust,” written by James Jordan and James Whitbourn, has been published in the April issue of Choral Review.
    For more information, contact Freed, (432) 837-8216 or

        “Turning Towards the Light,” a Master of Arts exhibition by Sul Ross State University student Judith Loya, Marfa, continues through April 11.
        Loya’s exhibition of oil paintings opened Friday, March 31 in the Main Gallery, Francois Fine Arts Building. An artist’s reception, open to the public, will be held Saturday, April 5, 3-5 p.m. in the Main Gallery. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
        Her works feature intimate views of flowers, using vivid color and light. One of her paintings won first place in the recent Sul Ross Student Art Show, while another shared the People’s Choice Award.
        “I am extremely fascinated by color, which is the major element in my work,” Loya noted in her artist’s statement. “ I enjoy painting the variety within each color, the bright intensity as well as the soft pastels. I enjoy capturing the variety of hues found around me, which I accomplish by choosing my colorful subject matter."
        Loya also states, “I am very interested in how light affects the colors on my subject. I believe that how light is painted on a canvas can totally change its composition and make it more interesting. I often experiment with different methods to achieve the appearance of light that I want for each of my paintings.”
        For more information, contact the Fine Arts and Communications office (432) 837-8218 or Loya (432) 295-0699.





Student Art Show winners
Winners of the annual Sul Ross State University Student Juried Art Show were recognized at a reception Thursday (March 27) in the Main Gallery, Francois Fine Arts Building. Awards were presented to the first, second and third place winners, People's Choice and honorable mention. Winners were: (top to bottom photos), Judith Loya, Marfa, first place, tied for People's Choice Award for painting, "Yellow Pansy" ; Cencee Gordon, Odessa, second place, tied for People's Choice Award; Ulices Alouy Martinez, Presidio, third place; Shelby Rogers, Midland, honorable mention; Mariah Williams, Alpine, honorable mention. (Photos by Cheryl Zinsmeyer)