Latest News from Sul Ross April 14, 2014


    by Cheryl Zinsmeyer, Student Publications

    Sul Ross State University’s student publications received 37 awards at last week’s Texas Intercollegiate Press Association’s conference in San Antonio.
    The Skyline, Sul Ross’ student news magazine collected 21 of the awards, while The Brand yearbook received 15 awards, and The Sage literary magazine garnered one.
    The Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) is an association representing the student media at two-year and four-year, public and private colleges and universities in Texas. More than 500 students representing 47 institutions of higher learning were represented at this year’s conference.
    In the on-site contests, Skyline associate editor Shawna Graves, Austin, took honorable mention in editorial writing.
    Individual winners for The Skyline in the previously published (2013) contest included Susanna Mendez, Temple, first place in sports action photo; Angela Greenroy, Alpine;  first in news feature story; Sara Miles, first in illustration; Brenda Gallegos, Presidio, first in feature page design; Kendall Hallmark, Florence, second in general column; Kaitlyn Wood, San Antonio; second in information graphic; Thalia Aparicio, El Paso; second in both feature photo and sports action photo; Skyline staff, second in special section or edition; Magaly DeLeon, Houston, third in sports feature photo; Brian LaLima, Spring, third in sports news story; Wood, third in editorial/opinion page design; Vincent Parras, Fort Stockton, third in editorial cartoon; Gallegos, third in sports page design; Graves, honorable mention in picture story; Sharon Barrett, Alpine, honorable mention in feature story; Wood, honorable mention in ad design; LaLima, honorable mention in sports feature story; Aparicio, honorable mention in feature photo; Greenroy, honorable mention in photo illustration; and The Skyline staff, honorable mention in Overall Excellence.
    Individual winners for the 2013 Brand were Peter Dindinger, El Paso, first in sports action photo; Aparicio, second in sports feature photo; Wood, third in sports; Mendez and Wood, honorable mention in photo story; Aparicio, honorable mention in organizations and academic photo; Dindinger and Wood, honorable mention in student life feature; Greenroy, honorable mention in both organizations and student life copy; Dindinger, honorable mention in feature photo; Glenn Losoya, Alpine, honorable mention in cover design; and The Brand staff, honorable mention in both organizations and Overall Excellence.
    Grace Strachan, Alpine, received honorable mention for feature photo in The Sage literary magazine.
    Advisers for the student publications are Dr. Laura Payne for The Sage and Cheryl Zinsmeyer for both The Skyline and Brand.
    Media represented included newspapers, general magazines, literary magazines, yearbooks, radio, television and online. TIPA is the oldest collegiate press association in the nation and has grown into one of the largest and most respected collegiate groups in the country.

    Announcement of the 2014 Man and Woman of the Year will highlight the annual Sul Ross State University Honors Convocation, scheduled Monday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium.
    The convocation, sponsored by the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, is free and open to the public. In addition to the Man and Woman of the Year presentation, departmental awards will be given to outstanding students.
    Earnest Jones, Boerne; and Laura Ashley Anderson, Odessa, were named the 2013 Sul Ross State University Man and Woman of the Year.
    For more information, contact Ana Dragoo, (432) 837-8036.

    Sul Ross State University will close at noon Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday.
    Offices will re-open and classes will resume Monday, April 21.

    Noted criminologist Dr. Kim Rossmo will deliver the 25th Mary Thomas Marshall Lecture Tuesday, April 22 at Sul Ross State University.
    Rossmo is the University Endowed Chair in Criminology, and the Director of the Center for Geospatial Intelligence and Investigation in the School of Criminal Justice at Texas State University.  He will address “True Crime, True Detectives, Real Failures: What Can Go Wrong in a Criminal Investigation,” at 7:30 p.m. in Marshall Auditorium. There is no admission charge and the public is welcome. A reception will follow the lecture.
     Rossmo was formerly the Director of Research for the Police Foundation in Washington, D.C., and the Detective Inspector in charge of the Vancouver Police Department’s Geographic Profiling Section, which provided investigative support for the international law enforcement community.  He has researched and published in the areas of environmental criminology, the geography of crime, and criminal investigations, including books on geographic profiling and criminal investigative failures.
    He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Advisory Committee for Police Investigative Operations and is the chair of the Austin Public Safety Commission.  Recently, Rossmo completed projects studying the geospatial structure of terrorist cells, geographic profiling applications in counter-insurgency, and patterns of illegal border crossings.  He has been awarded the Governor General of Canada Police Exemplary Service Medal.
    The Sul Ross State University Lecture Series was renamed in 1985 to honor Mary Thomas Marshall, a good friend of the university.  On Feb. 21, 1992, the Board of Regents, Texas State University System, approved renaming the Main Auditorium of Sul Ross to the Marshall Auditorium in recognition of Mrs. Marshall's many contributions to the University.
    Her interest in Sul Ross stemmed from time spent as a young woman in the Trans-Pecos area of West Texas and from the longtime association of her sister-in-law, Stather Elliot Thomas, a member of the original faculty. Mary Thomas Marshall died in January 1995, at the age of 99.





Fairlie works in Mason art gallery

Works by Carol H. Fairlie, Sul Ross State University professor of Art, are featured in a one-person show at the Arnold Art Gallery, Mason (north of Junction). Fairlie’s work will be on display until May 1 at the gallery, located at 118 Fort McKavitt St., Mason. (Photo Courtesy Carol Fairlie)





    Sul Ross State University Department of Natural Resource Management is offering a new week-long Introduction to Field Studies course (NRM 2203) May 19-23  as an introduction to field research.
    The course is designed for undergraduate students with a career interest in field research. Over the week-long session, students will become familiar with the flora, fauna, geology and climate of the Chihuahuan Desert of West Texas and Mexico, one of the most bio-diverse deserts in the world.
      Students who complete the five-day course will earn two semester credits. The anticipated cost is $496.50 for tuition and fees; and $250 per person for food and lodging.     
    Highlights of the course include camping and hiking in Big Bend Ranch State Park and Big Bend National Park and lectures on geology, soils, vegetation, ornithology, astronomy, archaeology, paleontology, herpetology, hydrology and nocturnal entomology. In Big Bend Ranch State Park, the Sauceda Dome geology consists of two domes where interesting strata illustrating volcanic dome formation are exposed. There are also freshwater springs in the area which are evidence of the unique hydrology of the Park and contribute significantly to ecological biodiversity in an arid climate.
    In Big Bend National Park, students will learn to identify vegetation and learn about the complex and evolving interpretation of the geology of the area where dinosaur-era Cretaceous sea floor and “recent” volcanism collide. The session on ornithology will introduce students to the rare and native species of the area and provide ample opportunities to view avian species in their native habitat. Birds spotted last year include a subspecies of the cardinal that is only found in Big Bend, a zone-tailed hawk and a phainopepla, which can mimic the call of other birds when threatened.
    Evening events will include nocturnal observation of insects and arthropods. Some of these, like the scorpion, fluoresce under black light illumination. West Texas boasts some of the country’s darkest skies, almost completely free of big city light pollution. Student participants will have a chance to actually see The Milky Way, Big Dipper, Little Dipper, the Summer Triangle, Cygnus the Swan and other constellations.
    Also, the following basics will be covered: field safety, first aid, camping essentials, hiking, keeping a field journal and using field equipment, such as a compass and GPS.
    Students from San Antonio College who have questions may contact Frank Perez at Sul Ross students may contact Leslie Hopper, program director of Adelante Tejas at or Dr. Bonnie Warnock at
    Adelante Tejas is a U.S. Department of Education Title V (P031C110039) grant between San Antonio College and Sul Ross State University. The goal is to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students in STEM fields. Ninety percent of  the activities described above are funded through award P031C110039

    by Steve Lightfoot, Texas Parks and Wildlife

    Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Borderlands Research Institute at Sul Ross State University will host the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ 26th Biennial Pronghorn Workshop May 12-14.
    The inaugural pronghorn workshop was held in New Mexico in 1965 to exchange ideas, discuss issues, and share the latest pronghorn management strategies and research. Since then, many states and Canadian provinces have hosted the pronghorn workshop, but Texas hasn’t hosted the meeting since 1984, when it was held in Corpus Christi.
    “We are excited about hosting the biennial pronghorn workshop again; it is a great opportunity to highlight our state,” said Shawn Gray, Mule Deer and Pronghorn Program Leader for TPWD. “The main scope of the workshop is to share and discuss pronghorn research findings and management techniques among our colleagues throughout North America, which definitely benefits pronghorn.”
    Keynote speakers for the workshop include Carter Smith, Executive Director of TPWD; Greg Simons, President of Texas Wildlife Association and owner of Wildlife Systems, Inc.; and Dr. Dan McBride, veterinarian, outfitter, and pronghorn advocate.  The workshop will also feature presentations on current research projects, pronghorn management strategies, and status reports from states and provinces across pronghorn range.  
    For more information about the workshop, program, registration, and important contacts please visit