Latest News from Sul Ross May 2, 2014


    Seven Sul Ross State University students were inducted into the Zeta Upsilon chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the international business honor society in business administration.
    Induction ceremonies were held Tuesday, April 29 in the Gallego Center. Keys, certificates and honor cords were presented.
    New inductees and their hometowns are: Ufuoma Anidi, Lagos, Nigeria; Carl Adam Baker, Spicewood; Federico Ramos Hernandez, Alpine; Jana Wilkinson Mueller, Alpine; Feroza Rahman, Austin; John Christopher Sieminski, Murchison; and Kait Walla, Blanco.
    In addition, Dr. Jimmy Case, interim Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; Matt Walter, curator of Collections, Museum of the Big Bend; and Steve Lang, director, News and Publications, were made honorary members.
    Mazie Will, associate professor of Industrial Technology, has served as Zeta Upsilon chapter adviser since its founding in 1993. Dr. William Green, professor of Business Administration, was recently named as co-adviser.
    Delta Mu Delta, the Phi Beta Kappa of business education, was founded in 1913. The society was incorporated in 1952, and in 1963 was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies. In 1992, the Society established an affiliation with the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ASBSP) providing that future chapters are established only at colleges and universities with business programs accredited by the ACBSP at the baccalaureate and/or graduate level.
    Delta Mu Delta seeks to promote higher scholarship in business education and to recognize and reward scholastic attainments in business subjects.
    Since Sul Ross’ Zeta Upsilon chapter was chartered  (November 1993), 173 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as 19 distinguished honorary members, have been inducted.

Delta Mu Delta induction

Seven new members and three honorary members were inducted into Zeta Upsilon chapter of Delta Mu Delta, the international business honor society, at ceremonies Tuesday (April 29) at Sul Ross. Zeta Upsilon chapter, chartered in 1993 at Sul Ross, now has 173 graduate and undergraduate members and 19 honorary members. Pictured (from left) are: Steve Lang, honorary member; Matt Walter, honorary member; Dr. Jimmy Case, honorary member; Mazie Will, chapter co-adviser; Federico Hernandez, Alpine, new member; Jan Mueller, Alpine, new member; Carl Baker, Spicewood, new member; Ufuoma Anidi, Lagos, Nigeria, new member; Dr. Bill Green, chapter co-adviser; Adrian Norman, chapter secretary; Patricia Long, chapter vice president; Martha Serrano, chapter president; Loretta Garcia, chapter treasurer. Not pictured are new members Feroza Rahman, Austin; John Sieminski, Murchison; and Kait Walla, Blanco. (Photo by Cheryl Zinsmeyer)


               Space is still available  for a Summer Writing Institute, scheduled Aug. 6-7 at Sul Ross State University.
               The program is offered to Region 18 and 19 teachers of grades 4-10 seeking to expand their instructional strategies for teaching writing. Each participating teacher will receive 15 hours of Continuing Professional Education credit, an opportunity for one-hour credit at the reduced tuition rate of $50 and 30 complimentary online MYAccess! writing licenses, provided by Vantage, Inc., for them to use with their students during the 2014-2015 school year.
               Classes will be taught by Dr. Sharon Hileman, professor of English; and Dr. Jeanne Qvarnstrom, assistant professor of Education; and MYAccess! consultants. Classes will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Wildenthal Memorial Library. Participation is limited and registration deadline is May 20.
               For more information, contact Qvarnstrom, (432) 837-8395 or


Sul Ross employee award recipients

Sul Ross State University faculty and staff were recognized for years of service, years of accident-free employment and employee excellence during the annual awards ceremony Thursday (May 1) in the Morgan University Center. In addition, retiring or recently-retired faculty and staff were honored. Recipients included (front row from left): Alicia Bustos, 10-year safety award; Celia Cano, 10-year safety award; Martha Serrano, Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence; Mazie Will, 35 years of service; Matt Walter, 10-year safety award; Karen Stubblefield, Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence; Arturo Leyva, 20 years of service; Cassandra Guevara, 5-year safety award; Cheryl Zinsmeyer, 5-year safety award; Loretta Garcia, 20 years of service; Patricia Manning, 5-year safety award, retiree. (Back row): Jessie Lara, , Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence; Karlin DeVoll, 10-year safety award; Dr. Bill Green, 20 years of service; George Hernandez, retiree; Dr. Quint Thurman, interim President; Cesar Valenzuela, 30 years of service. (Photo by Steve Lang)


     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
    Sul Ross State University spring commencement exercises will be held Saturday, May 10 in Alpine and Uvalde (Rio Grande College).
    Ceremonies in Alpine will begin at 10 a.m. in the Pete P. Gallego Center. U.S. Congressman Pete P. Gallego, an Alpine native and Sul Ross graduate, will be the speaker. Rio Grande College ceremonies will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Uvalde High School Auditorium. William J. “Bill” Rankin, Chief Financial Officer for Blue Bell Ice Cream and a 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, will deliver the RGC commencement address..
    A total of 234 students are candidates for degrees, 162 at Sul Ross-Alpine and 72 at RGC.
    At Alpine, Steven Bennack, visiting lecturer in Fine Arts, will play the processional, “Pomp and Circumstance,” and the recessional, “Postlude in G Major.” Dr. Paul Will, professor and department chair of Animal Science, will be the mace bearer. Dr. Greg Schwab, professor of Theatre, and Dr. Kevin Urbanczyk, professor Geology, will serve as marshals.
               Sul Ross interim President Dr. Quint Thurman will deliver the welcome, introduce Congressman Gallego and confer degrees. Dr. Kathy Stein, associate professor of English, will give the invocation. Recognition and honors will be announced by Dr. Jimmy Case, interim Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Donald Freed, professor of Music, will lead the singing of “God Bless America” and “Alma Mater.”
    Gallego represents the 23rd Congressional District of Texas which includes parts of Bexar, El Paso and La Salle counties as well as Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Culberson, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, Kinney, Loving, Maverick, Medina, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Schleicher, Sutton, Terrell, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Ward, Winkler, and Zavala counties.
    The son of a World War II veteran and a state employee, Gallego was born in Alpine where he attended local public schools and worked in his family`s restaurant. He graduated from Sul Ross in only two years even while balancing three jobs. He went on to earn a degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He became an assistant attorney general before returning home to serve as a felony prosecutor.
    Congressman Gallego serves on the House Armed Services Committee, of particular significance because of the large military presence in Texas. The Armed Services Committee has jurisdiction over defense policy, ongoing military operations, the organization and reform of the Department of Defense and Department of Energy, counter-drug programs, acquisition and industrial base policy, technology transfer and export controls, joint interoperability, the Cooperative Threat Reduction program, Department of Energy nonproliferation programs, and detainee affairs and policy.
    Prior to Congress, Gallego represented House District 74 in the Texas State Legislature, first elected at the age of 28 and serving from 1991-2013.  Gallego was an expert in appropriations, law enforcement, criminal justice, campaign finance and victims' rights. He served on the joint House/Senate conference committee on the state budget for five consecutive sessions from 1993-2001 and has received numerous awards, including the Advocate for Justice Award from a coalition of Texas victims’ groups and the Star of Texas public service award by Common Cause of Texas.
`    He was selected as one of Texas Monthly's Ten Best legislators. Gallego also served as chair of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus (MALC), a group of 43 House members who are of Mexican-American descent or who serve a significant Mexican-American constituency, for eight years.
    In the state legislature Gallego worked to increase investments in public education and universities, fought on behalf of disabled children and helped build roads and schools in low-income areas of West Texas. He has worked to reform the criminal justice system and support Texas veterans. Gallego used his experience as a prosecutor to pass Texas’ “Life Without Parole” law and helped to create the state’s DNA database which helps make sure criminals are convicted of their crimes.
        Throughout his career, Gallego has been a trusted voice for Texas families. Congressman Gallego’s first priority is getting the economy back on track and saving the middle class in this country. He will also heavily focus on providing services to the constituents of 23rd Congressional District of Texas, protect veterans and military families by ensuring that wounded veterans get help coming home, and provide programs so these men and women can find jobs once they get here.        

         He and his wife, Maria Elena, are raising their young son, Nicolas.

Lobos host Accelerated Readers

About 160 Alpine Elementary School students who exceeded their Accelerated Reader goals chose to spend an afternoon with the Sul Ross State University baseball team as their reward. The students and their teachers hung out on Kokernot Field last Monday (April 28), playing catch with Lobo players (top photo), as well as running the bases and participating in group drills. The students also enjoyed a home run hitting contest, won by Ely Gallego (bottom photo), an Alpine High School graduate and former Alpine Elementary School student. (Photos by Steve Lang)