Latest News from Sul Ross August 4, 2014


    As the sole “destination university” in Texas, Sul Ross State University takes pride in its ability to provide “location, location, location.”
    Texas’ Big Bend region’s scenery and climate offers an atmosphere conducive to higher education as well as tourism. Sul Ross is the only four-year institution located in a nearly 300-mile area between El Paso and Odessa.
    “We like to call Sul Ross, ‘a destination university,’ because we are really are one of the few, if not the only, institutions of higher education located in an area primarily known for its natural beauty and tourism,” said Dr. Quint Thurman, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. “Families come here for vacations, take note of the university, and then want their children to go to college here.”
    In addition to its unique geography, the quality of education is exceptional: “Once you’re here, you won’t forget us! This small, four-year university has some of the nicest residence halls in the state, exceptional faculty in small class sizes, and individual attention to our students,” said Thurman.
    Students from small towns and large cities alike have made Sul Ross their destination, including:
    * Shawna Graves, Austin, Geology major, McNair Program scholar, Geology Club, reporter-photographer, The Skyline:
    “I had been out here before with my mom. I loved the area and decided I wanted to live here someday.
    “I attended a community college and decided I wanted to be a geology major. I Googled geology schools and when I found Sul Ross, I was ecstatic. It is one of the best geology schools in the state, and the area is definitely conducive to the subject matter.
    “I love my professors: they are engaging, friendly and want me to be here. Sul Ross is a good place to be active. I have two on-campus jobs that I love, I am a member of the Geology Club and involved in undergraduate research (McNair Program). And the classes are hard.”
    “This is a cool place; my first impressions were right.”
    * Cordrick Mobley, Cameron, Kinesiology and Sports Science major, member of Lobo football and track and field teams:
    “I started out at UTEP, but it was too big. A coach who knew me from high school called me and offered me a chance to play football. I accepted, even though I had never visited Alpine.
    “I really like the place. Alpine is a small town; about the size of  the town I grew up in, and at Sul Ross, the classes are small and very hands-on. The professors know you as a person and they are always available to help you.
    “As a student-athlete (football/track and field), I want to help the athletics program improve, and I want to lead by example on and off the field. I plan to coach after graduation because I enjoy working with kids and I hope to be a good mentor and counselor.
    “Sul Ross is a great place to get an education. It is very affordable and there are all kinds of sources here to help you. It’s a great place to get a degree.”
    * Kaitlyn Wood, San Antonio, 2014 B.F.A. Theatre, pursuing M.B.A., President, Student Government Association, Student Ambassador, Design Editor for Student Publications, competed in track and field:
    “I became acquainted with Sul Ross on a camping trip to the Big Bend when a friend mentioned it (university) to me. When it came time to go to college, Sul Ross was financially the best choice. I decided I would go elsewhere if things didn’t work out.
    “I ended up loving it and I’m still here! The people, the classes, the cost, the environment and the opportunities are outstanding. I came from a big city but a small high school and I wanted to stay in the small school environment. Sul Ross gave me the opportunity to get an internship while I was still a student and this has set me up well for the future.”
    * Alex Martinez, El Paso, 2014 B.A., Psychology, pursuing M.A., was active in Orientation-Lobo Den, Newman Club, Residential Life Assistant, Lobo Legacy:
    “My cousins all graduated from Sul Ross, so I was very familiar with the university. It was really affordable for me, compared to going to UTEP (University of Texas El Paso) or elsewhere. I have never had to worry how to pay for my education; between scholarships and work study, there has always been a plan that is workable for me.
    “I love the faculty; they are all helpful; the faculty and staff, no matter who it is, are always there to help you.
“I love the Sul Ross environment. There is always something to do. The campus community is very friendly and very loving.
    “This is my home; I am staying here for my Master’s degree (in psychology), then plan attend the University of Washington for my doctorate and later establish a clinical psychology practice. Sul Ross provides a solid base for my future career.”

    A poster presentation by Natalie Pattillo, Alpine, a Sul Ross State University junior and McNair Program scholar, has been accepted for the Council of Opportunity in Education’s 33rd Annual Conference.
    Pattillo’s poster presentation, “Comparative Analysis of News Coverage During the Government Shutdown (of October 2013),” will be part of the Pell TRIO Research Poster Session at the conference, scheduled Sept. 7-10 at Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, D.C. Theme of the conference is “Achieving College Success Through Vision and Action.”  
    Pattillo’s research project sought to determine the extent of media influence on public opinion. Dr. Esther Rumsey, professor of Communication, served as her mentor.
    The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to encourage first generation, low-income students and minority undergraduates to consider careers in college teaching as well as prepare for doctoral study. Students who participate in the program are provided with research opportunities and faculty mentors.
    Named in honor of the astronaut who died in the 1986 space-shuttle explosion, the program was established at Sul Ross in November 2007. It is funded through the Department of Education’s TRIO programs.
    For more information, contact Mary Bennett, McNair Program director, (432) 837-8478 or

    For the first time in more than 20 years, Sul Ross State University will institute a marching band program, beginning with a marching band camp Aug. 22-24 for incoming members.
    “This begins an exciting new chapter in the history of the Lobo band program and the camp will help members get off to the right start,” said Chris Dobbins, director of Bands and Brass Studies.
    The camp will be held in conjunction with Lobo Days for new and transfer students. The schedule includes:
    Friday, Aug. 22: 1-3 p.m., rehearsal in Band Hall, Room 200, Francois Fine Arts Building.
    Saturday, Aug. 23: 10-11:45 a.m., rehearsal in Band Hall for fully admitted students.
    Sunday, Aug. 24: 10-11:45 a.m., rehearsal in Band Hall for fully admitted students; 4-5:45 p.m., rehearsal in Band Hall for students who have already registered for classes.
    Students who would like to participate can sign up for camp by following the link to and filling out the following Google Doc:  For more information, contact Dobbins, (432) 837-8018 or

    The Theatre of the Big Bend is thrilled to announce its 50th season with Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun.”  The musical will be performed June 26-July 19, 2015 at the San Antonio Livestock Exposition Arena at Sul Ross State University’s Turner Range Animal Science Center.   
    In the fall of 1965, E. Clayton McCarty joined the Sul Ross Speech and Drama Department, and with the urging of President Norman McNeil, organized the Theatre of the Big Bend with a repertory schedule the following summer. Financial support was shared by Sul Ross and the Alpine Chamber of Commerce; the City of Alpine has been an investor ever since.
    “Producing ‘Annie’ again allows the summer theatre program to accomplish two things,” said Dona Roman, Sul Ross professor of Theatre. “First of all, we get to celebrate our history with our very unique production of this classic musical. As far as I know, no one else has performed ‘Annie Get Your Gun’  in a rodeo arena with horses.  Secondly, we get to spread our wings.  Our program has grown, and so have our capabilities since our 2006 production.”
    Summer internships and the ToBB guest artist program were established in 2006 with the theatre’s unique rodeo version of “Annie Get Your Gun,” performed at the S.A.L.E. Arena.   “Annie Get Your Gun” was the only offering for the 2006 season and allowed the summer theatre to focus all resources onto one blockbuster production.  Attendance at the performances broke all previous records.  
    Since 2006, productions have evolved to include guests artists from around the region, and the summer intern program has added more Sul Ross students and students from other universities.
    Tickets for “Annie Get Your Gun” are on sale now: or call 432-837-8218.