Latest News from Sul Ross May 5, 2014

BAR-SR-BAR AWARDS PRESENTED

MARTHA SERRANO RECEIVES BAR-SR-BAR AWARD FOR EMPLOYEE EXCELLENCE
    Martha Serrano, administrative secretary for the Physical Plant, is a 2014 recipient of the Sul Ross State University Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence.
    The citation, which includes a cash award and recognizes exemplary service, was presented Thursday, May 1 at the annual faculty-staff awards ceremony in the University Center. Dr. Quint Thurman, interim President, made the presentation.
    Serrano, who began working at Sul Ross in February 2000, was nominated by Candes Roman, secretary in the Physical Plant, and praised for her work ethic and dedication to Sul Ross.
    “Martha is an outstanding employee who goes out of her way to achieve success for Sul Ross,” Ramon’s nomination stated. “She is a very hard worker, responsible, enthusiastic, kind, intelligent and honorable.”
    Serrano, who is also a Sul Ross graduate, said, “I have been fortunate to be able to experience both the education and the employment portions of Sul Ross and both have been great.
    “ I work with an awesome group of people at the Physical Plant and so many others throughout the campus,” she said. “I look forward to continue being a part of the Lobo Family.”
    Serrano is a Marfa native and graduated from Marfa High School (1994) before receiving a  Bachelor  in Business Administration and Certificate in Office Systems (1999) from Sul Ross.
    Her son, Alex Clark, is currently a Sul Ross student. Her parents, Johnny and Anita Serrano, live in Marfa.
    She enjoys spending time with her family and crocheting.
    “I would like to thank Candes Ramon for the nomination and the Bar-SR-Bar Committee for this opportunity.,” Serrano said. “I am very honored to have received this award.”


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SUL ROSS ART, THEATRE TOUR OF NEW YORK CITY PLANNED
    The Sul Ross State University art and theatre programs are joining together to provide a week in New York City   during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 23-30, 2014.
      The eight-day excursion is open to one and all and includes airfare, hotel, transfers and tips, plus tickets to the theatre, workshops, museums and much more.  Travelers have the option of choosing between the Art or Theatre package.  The packages vary, but the options include two Broadway musicals, two Broadway straight shows, one Off Broadway show, Museum of Modern Art tour (with docent), Metropolitan Art Museum Tour (with docent), Cloisters Museum and Frick Museum tickets, theatre or art workshops, Radio City Music Hall tour and Metro Card.
    Total cost of packages run from $1,719 to $2,362 per person.  Payment plans are available.  For more information, contact either Carol Fairlie (Art) fairlie@sulross.edu or Dona Roman (Theatre) droman@sulross.edu or call (432) 837-8218.
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JESSIE LARA RECEIVES SUL ROSS’ BAR-SR-BAR AWARD
    Jessie Lara, Central Receiving superviser in the Physical Plant, received Sul Ross State University’s Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence.
    The citation, which includes a cash award and recognizes exemplary service, was presented Thursday, May 1 at the annual faculty-staff awards ceremony in the University Center. Dr. Quint Thurman, interim President, made the presentation.
    Lara, who has worked at Sul Ross since January 1999, was nominated by Yvonne Realivasquez, assistant to the President.
    “Jessie goes above and beyond his job duty on every occasion that we have needed assistance,” Realivasquez’ nomination said. “He is respected by his colleagues and by the staff in the President’s office. He takes on additional tasks without being asked and manages to work with a positive outlook.”
    Realivasquez noted that Lara often serves as a chauffeur for VIP guests visiting campus.
    “Although this is in no way a part of his job duties, he was always willingly assisted us,” she wrote. “In fact, our system staff know him by name and frequently request him because he is so personable and willing to help in any way.”
    Lara, in turn, has thoroughly enjoyed his Sul Ross tenure. “I love my experiences at Sul Ross, not only as an employee but as a past non-traditional student,” he said. “I love my job and the many challenges associated with it because it frequently changes throughout the day.
    “I have made several great friends with students, faculty, and fellow staff.  I really enjoy mentoring student workers assigned to my department and hope to continue having the opportunity to mentor more.”
    An Alpine native, Lara graduated from Alpine High School and received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (2007) from Sul Ross.
    “Sul Ross has been good to me and I hope to continue taking advantage of future career opportunities that may arise with them,” he said.
    Lara and his wife Janie, who works at Big Bend Regional Medical Center, have two sons, Jessie, Jr., who works at Johnson’s Feed and Western Wear in Alpine; and Aaron, an Alpine Middle School student. His parents, Leovigildo and Irma, live in Alpine; and he has three brothers, Leovigildo, Jr., Alpine; and Jerry and Tony, both of Midland.
    In his spare time, he enjoys camping with his family, riding his motorcycle and photography.


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ANTUAN WASHINGTON RECEIVES FIRST LOBO LEADERSHIP AWARD
    When he agreed to serve as Sul Ross State University’s interim track and field coach, Antuan Washington already juggled a number of duties.
    He serves as director of Recreational Sports, overseeing the Graves-Pierce Recreational Center, the swimming pool, scheduling student workers, organizing intramural athletics and fitness classes, supervising the Cheer Squad, serves as Lobo in Residence (conducting social activities for Lobo Village) and teaching kinesiology classes as an adjunct faculty member.
    As interim coach, Washington worked to assemble both a men’s and a women’s track team that finished third and fourth, respectively, in the recent American Southwest Conference championships. The men’s 4x100 relay team missed qualifying for the NCAA Division III championships by about seven-tenths of a second.
    For his efforts, he received the first Lobo Leadership Award, honoring achievements for campus leadership. The recognition, which includes a $750 cash award, was announced May 1 at the annual faculty-staff awards program. Award criteria includes ability to motivate self and others, creativity, ability to collaborate, outstanding integrity and the ability to balance all aspects of the job or many jobs.
    “Although there are many deserving recipients, there is one standout that I believe is a great example to our campus of perseverance, fortitude, and leadership,.” said interim President Dr. Quint Thurman. “His commitment to improving that facility (Graves-Pierce) did not go unnoticed. Consequently, at the beginning of this semester, I talked with him about his background as a college athlete and if he had any interest in a coaching challenge.    “He courageously  accepted an interim appointment as head track and field coach,” Thurman said, and listed some of the team’s achievements.
    Washington, a Lubbock native, began working at Sul Ross in March 2013, after seven years at Angelo State University, San Angelo. He  received a Bachelor of Business Administration Management (2010) and a Master of Education in Coaching, Sport, Recreation and Fitness (2012) from Angelo State.     
    At Angelo State, Washington served as an intramural official and supervisor, assistant director of summer sport camps and graduate assistant for intramural sports and sport clubs.  His responsibilities included administration, budgeting, scheduling and supervision of intramural sports and summer camp programs. Washington also recruited, hired, trained, scheduled, supervised and evaluated more than 100 interns, student supervisors and officials.
    “I’m doing what I have always done in other jobs,” he said. “I am accustomed to having a number of responsibilities, and at a small school like Sul Ross, I’m pretty sure almost everybody has more than one job. I’m just doing what most people are doing.”
    He called the campus his family. “If people need help, I try to accommodate them. I love my job,” he said.
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KAREN STUBBLEFIELD RECEIVES SUL ROSS’ BAR-SR-BAR AWARD
    Karen Stubblefield, graduate admissions coordinator at Sul Ross State University, is a 2014 recipient of the Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence.
    The citation, which includes a cash award and recognizes exemplary service, was presented Thursday, May 1 at the annual faculty-staff awards ceremony in the University Center. Dr. Quint Thurman, interim President, made the presentation.
    Stubblefield, who began her Sul Ross career in November 2004, was nominated by Mary Beth Marks, assistant vice president for Enrollment Management.
    “Karen has been a dedicated employee in Enrollment Services,” Marks noted. “During the summer of 2012, Admissions experienced a turnover of staff. During that busy time, Karen processed all applications and ran admissions processes. Often, she worked overtime and came in on the weekends to make sure there was no interruption in service.
    “Now that we are fully staffed, Karen teaches the new employees the processes,” Marks’ nomination continued. “We often look to Karen for her insight on processes.”
    Stubblefield noted the changes in the admissions process during her decade of employment, which began in undergraduate admissions in the Registrar’s Office..
    “In 2004, we were entering applications by hand and I think we were receiving about 400 applications per semester,” she said. “We moved to the Banner system in 2007 and were able to load the applications automatically, which is a good thing, because we now receive over 2500 applications.
    “In 2010, the Registrar’s Office and Financial Aid moved in together in Lawrence Hall and became Enrollment Services. And in 2013, I took over graduate admissions which is like a whole new world.”
    Stubblefield is a native of Rosenberg. She has two brothers, one in Richmond, and one in Jacksonville, Fla.  She has attended Houston Community College and Sul Ross.


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ROBERT RODRIGUEZ BAR-SR-BAR AWARD RECIPIENT
    For the past nine years, Robert Rodriguez has been a familiar face on the Sul Ross State University campus, often with furniture or equipment in tow.
    “If something isn’t nailed down, there’s a good chance I’ve moved it from one place to another,” he laughed.
    Rodriguez, a custodial worker in Physical Plant, is a 2014 recipient of the Sul Ross State University Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence.
    The citation, which includes a cash award and recognizes exemplary service, was presented Thursday, May 1 at the annual faculty-staff awards ceremony in the University Center.
    Rodriguez, who is responsible for equipment delivery and supplies in addition to custodial duties in the Industrial Technology building and Lobo Village 3, was nominated for the award by Eddie Natera, Physical Plant assistant director.
    “Robert has been charged with a lot of additional responsibility within the custodial department due to a shortage of manpower,” Natera’s nomination stated. “He always does everything he is asked to do and other things that he feels need to be addressed with no expectation of what he is getting in return. He goes far and beyond what is expected of him in his duties.”
    Natera praised his positive attitude. “Robert accepts any challenge with a great outlook and goes the extra mile to get things done,” he said. “For instance, during the winter months, he gets to work 45 minutes early (5:15 a.m.) to turn on the heaters in all the Physical Plant shops so that when the regular crews get to work their shops are nice and cozy.”
    “I enjoy the work and I enjoy the people at Sul Ross,” Rodriguez said.
    He is an Alpine native and Alpine High School graduate. Prior to starting work at Sul Ross in March 2005, Rodriguez worked 10 years at Furr’s Super Market (now Porter’s).
    His sisters, Emma, a curriculum coordinator for Upward Bound, and Elva, a custodial worker, are also Sul Ross employees. His father, Ramon, also lives in Alpine.
    In his spare time, Rodriguez enjoys hiking and camping.
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