Latest News from Sul Ross April 18, 2014

COMEDY OPENS TONIGHT ON SRSU STAGE

“WHY TORTURE IS WRONG” ON STAGE AT SUL ROSS APRIL 18-19, 25-28
    Christopher Durang turns political humor upside down his  raucous and provocative satire about America's growing homeland “insecurity, ” on stage at Sul Ross State University Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, 25-26 and Sunday-Monday, April 27-28.
    “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” will be performed at 8:15 p.m. nightly Friday-Saturday, April 18-19, 25-26 and Monday, April 28 in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building. A Sunday, April 27 matinee will begin at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are  $7 for general admission and $5 for seniors.  Content is not suitable for children.
    “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” tells the story of a young woman suddenly in crisis: Is her new husband, whom she married when drunk, a terrorist, or just crazy, or both? Is her father's hobby of butterfly collecting really a cover for his involvement in a shadow government?  Why does her mother enjoy going to the theatre so much?  Does she seek mental escape, or is she insane?  Add in a minister who directs porno, and a ladylike operative whose underwear just won’t stay up, and this black comedy will make us laugh all the way to the waterboarding room.
    Directed by Sul Ross graduate student Gregory Gonzales, Alpine, “Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them” examines our private terrors both at home and abroad.  Durang oddly relieves our fears in this black comedy for an era of yellow, orange and red alerts.  
    Tickets are on sale now by calling (432) 837-8218 or online via www.sulross.edu/theatre.

Zamir (Eddie Molinar) threatens new wife Felicity (Mandy Mata) whom he has tricked into marrying him in Christopher Durang's hilarious comedy, "Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them.” The Sul Ross State University Theatre Department production will be performed Friday-Saturday, April 18-19 and Friday-Monday, April 25-28 in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building. (Photo by Steve Lang)
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SUL ROSS STUDENT RECITAL APRIL 24 IN STUDIO THEATRE
    The Sul Ross State University Music Department will host a student recital Thursday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, Francois Fine Arts Building. There is no admission charge and the public is invited.
    Performers are: Kasey Campa, San Marcos, mezzo-soprano; Travis Lutz, Alpine, piano; Jaime Rivero, Presidio, guitar; Justin Rodriguez, El Paso, guitar and piano; Marcelino Velasquez, El Paso, tenor; Evan Pretto, Austin, bass clarinet; Sergio Gamboa, Presidio, piano; and Raven Thrasher, El Paso, mezzo-soprano.
    For more information, contact Christopher Dobbins, (432) 837-8018 or cdobbins@sulross.edu.
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SUL ROSS FACULTY-STAFF AWARDS CEREMONY MAY 1
    Sul Ross State University faculty and staff who have attained 20 to 35 years of service and five to 25 years of accident-free work will be recognized at a reception Thursday, May 1, 2 p.m. in the Espino Conference Center, Morgan University Center.
    In addition, four recent recipients of the Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence will be honored, along with nine retiring employees. Rio Grande College (RGC) employees will be feted by the Associate Provost’s office at a later date.
    Longevity awards are as follows:
    35 Years: Mazie Will, Industrial Technology    
    30 Years: Cesar Valenzuela, Finance and Operations
    25 Years: Oscar Jimenez, Accounting Services; Flora Fuentez, Physical Plant    
    20 Years: Loretta Garcia, Big Bend Regional Minority Small Business Development Center; Arturo Leyva, Physical Plant; William Green, Business Administration
    Safety award recipients are as follows:
    Five Years: Geoffrey Calderon, Animal Science; Rachel Carvajal, Computer Science Initiative; Cassandra Guevara, Purchasing; Patricia Manning, Biology, Geology and Physical Sciences; Steve Conant, Information Technology; Maribel Laredo, Business Services, RGC; Gracie Navarrette, Physical Plant; Cheryl Zinsmeyer, News and Publications    
    10 Years: Alfredo Armendariz, Physical Plant; Celia Cano, Physical Plant; Matthew Walter, Museum of the Big Bend; Alicia Bustos, Enrollment Services; Karlin DeVoll, Human Resources; Robert DeLaO, Purchasing; John Young, Accounting Services; Mayra Rodriguez, Admissions and Records, RGC;     
    15 Years: Maria Adams, Student Life        
    25 Years: Flora Fuentez, Physical Plant
    Sul Ross retirees are: Camilo Celaya, Physical Plant (retired May 2013); Kathy Ann Johnson, Languages and Literature (May 2013); Ross Burns, Wildenthal Library (June 2013); Chester Sample, Education (January 2014); Mary Lou Williamson, Faculty Secretary, RGC (January 2014); George Hernandez, Physical Plant (January 2014); Patricia Manning, Biology, Geology and Physical Sciences (May 2014); Hoi Tay Wong, Business Administration, RGC (May 2014); and David Rohr, Biology, Geology and Physical Sciences (May 2014).    
    Recipients of the Bar-SR-Bar award for Employee Excellence will be announced at the ceremony.
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 DR. KEVIN URBANCZYK TO DELIVER ARTS AND SCIENCES LECTURE APRIL 24
    Dr. Kevin Urbanczyk, professor of Geology and director of the Rio Grande Research Center, will deliver the eighth annual Sul Ross State University Arts and Sciences Lecture Thursday, April 24.  There is no admission charge and the public is invited.
    Urbanczyk will address “Fear and Learning in the Big Bend.” The lecture will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Lawrence Hall, Room 300. Refreshments will be served following the lecture.
    Urbanczyk’s lecture will address the perceptions and facts of safety and risks related to field studies on the border and whether it is safe to take a field trip down to Big Bend. He will also discuss how lab facilities on campus allow students to process data and samples taken in the field.
    The Arts and Sciences Spring Lecture was initiated in 2007 to recognize and honor the professional contributions of a senior faculty member to the academic and intellectual life and vitality of the university.  The honored faculty member addresses faculty, students, and staff from the college on a topic of his/her choosing. The event also cites the academic performance and research accomplishments of all the faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences during the past year .
    For more information, contact the Rio Grande Research Center at (432) 837-8648 or email Leslie Hopper at lhopper@sulross.edu.
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SUL ROSS FACULTY MEMBER’S BOOK REVIEW PUBLISHED
    A book review by Sul Ross State University faculty member Dr. Donald Callen Freed has been published in the May issue of Choral Journal.
    Freed, professor of Voice, reviewed “Bel Canto: A Performer’s Guide,” written by Robert Toft and published by Oxford University Press.
    For more information, contact Freed, (432) 837-8216 or dfreed@sulross.edu.
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