Latest News from Sul Ross August 8, 2014


Sul Ross-Alpine “mobile billboard”

Sul Ross State University, Alpine and the Big Bend are prominently displayed on the 42-passenger Lobo bus, which received a new “skin” recently. Designer/artists Chris Ruggia and Stewart Ramser used photographs by Adam Holmes and Cathy McNair to depict the scenic beauty of the region on the vehicle’s exterior. The City of Alpine provided funding for the design of the “mobile billboard.” Pictured (top photo, from left) are: Ramser; Ruggia; Bobby Mesker, interim athletic director; Erik Zimmer, Alpine city manager; Dr. Quint Thurman, Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; Jim Clouse, associate Vice President for Facilities Planning,  Construction and Operations; Noe Hernandez, director of Purchasing; Cesario Valenzuela, Vice President for Finance and Operations; and new Sul Ross President Dr. Bill Kibler. (Middle photo) a side view; (bottom photo) Mesker displays cargo space. The vehicle has reclining seats, five DVD monitors with a sound system and is also equipped with a wheelchair lift and space for two wheelchairs along with both cargo space under the floor and overhead. Total capacity is 42, including the driver and co-pilot. “Our athletic teams travel about 50,000 miles a year,” Thurman. “We made the decision to upgrade our transportation to ensure that our student-athletes are as safe and as comfortable as possible; well-rested and ready to compete. Thanks to the cooperation of the City of Alpine, we have a mobile billboard to draw attention to Sul Ross, Alpine and the Big Bend.” (Photos by Steve Lang)



    by Steve Lang, News and Publications

    Sul Ross State University remains a special place for the University of Texas El Paso’s Nate Poss, and this football season, the ties are even more significant.
    Poss, UTEP assistant athletic director for football operations, is in Alpine for the Miners’ training camp through Aug. 15. The 1989 Sul Ross graduate (Master’s degree in Education) served on the Lobo coaching staff when the fathers of two current UTEP players were competing.
    Sul Ross grad Nate Poss (center) with UTEP gridders Lawrence Montegut (left), Jameill Showers. (Photo by Steve Lang)  

   Quarterback Jameill Showers, Killeen, a Texas A&M transfer and graduate student, is the son of James and Shauna Showers, both Sul Ross grads, and was born in Alpine. Freshman linebacker Lawrence Montegut, La Marque, is the son of Lawrence and Demetra (“Jacki”) Montegut. Poss coached James Showers and Lawrence Montegut, Sr., a two-time All-Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference linebacker, as a graduate assistant. Shauna Showers and Demetra Montegut both played basketball at Sul Ross.
    James Showers is beginning his third year as head football coach at Houston’s Aldine Davis High School, and Lawrence Montegut, Sr., is an engineer on the Union Pacific Railroad. Shauna Showers serves as an assistant principal at MacArthur Senior High School and Demetra Montegut is a teacher at La Marque.
    “Both of the dads were finishing up as I came in (to Sul Ross),” Poss said. “I especially developed a friendship with James and over the years, we continued to stay in touch, talk football and strategy.”
    “James contacted me about a year and a half ago about Jameill (who was playing behind Johnny Manziel at A&M and wanted to transfer),” Poss said. “I knew what quality people his parents were, and I had also watched Jameill play. He is a heck of an athlete, a heck of a person and a special young man.”
    Poss lost track of Lawrence Montegut, Sr., until Lawrence, Jr. arrived at UTEP for a campus visit.
    “As soon as I saw the name, I knew who he was,” Poss said. “I didn’t know where his dad was (he had returned to La Marque after graduation), but I knew it had to be the same family. It was great to get back in contact.”
    “Like Jameill, Lawrence is a quality athlete, a quality individual and an asset to the program.”
    Both players grew up on stories of Sul Ross and felt at home in the surroundings.
    “Before I went to UTEP, I stopped to visit here with my parents,” Montegut said. “They wanted to visit places they remembered and to see how things had changed.”
    Showers not only was born in Alpine, but his aunt married a local resident. “I can’t really get away from Alpine,” he laughed.
    Poss, a Big Spring native who worked to negotiate the agreement between UTEP and Sul Ross to hold pre-season camp here, is beginning his 18th year with the Miners program.
    “Sul Ross is still a special place,” he said. “I was 32 when I came here (to graduate school). My heart was in
education and in coaching, and at that time, this was the perfect spot for me to be. That’s what made it easy for me to consider bringing the team down here.
    “This is the perfect spot. The facilities are excellent, the people are friendly and go out of their way to make our camp a success.”

    A speaker series and adult education programs will highlight Fall 2014 activities at the Museum of the Big Bend, located on the Sul Ross State University campus.
    Adult education offerings include scrapbook construction, jewelry making and painting. Speaker series topics range from Civil War history to aerial views of the Big Bend to a discussion of noted artists Tom Lea and J. Frank Dobie.
    Workshops and classes include: 2nd Saturday Scrapbook Workshop, September through December with Robbie McDaniel; two one-day jewelry courses by Anne Van Loon, featuring feature a three-piece set and a custom watch and watchband; a three-day Pastel I class taught by Lindy Cook Severns, scheduled Oct. 3-5; a one-day Beginning Scratchboard class led by Tim Roberts, Nov. 14-15; and monthly 2nd Sunday Paint –N-Go classes conducted by Sul Ross Art professor Carol Fairlie.
    All classes and workshops will be conducted in the museum’s Womack Education Center. For more information, fee and registration deadlines, visit the museum website at or call Noemi Acosta, (432) 837-8143.
    The fall speaker series begins Thursday, Sept. 4 with a reception, presentation and book signing by Director’s Advisory Council (DAC) member Marty Davis, co-author of Parole, Pardon, Pass and Amnesty Documents of the Civil War in the Womack Education Center.
    On Saturday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m. a roundtable discussion, Marfa Flights: Aerial Views Big Bend Country will be held in the Morgan University Center. Participants include: author Paul V. Chaplo; pilot Roger Amis;  Larry Francell, DAC member and historian; John Morlock, National Park Service superintendent of Fort Davis National Historic Site; and Dr. Kevin Urbanczyk, Sul Ross Geology professor and director of the Rio Grande Research Center.
    On Thursday, Oct. 16, Steve Davis, curator of the Witliff Collections, Texas State University, San Marcos, will address The Brave Bulls Collide: Tom Lea and J. Frank Dobie, as part of the museum’s celebration of Tom Lea Month. A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Womack Education Center, followed by Davis’ talk at 6.
    All speaker series events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website at or call Mary Bones, (432)837-8734.

    The Sul Ross State University theatre program’s 93rd season will include two original plays, two blockbuster musicals, three nights of independent film screenings and three student laboratory productions.
    “Moises: A Modern-Day Tragedy,” written by Liz Coronado Castillo and directed by Dona Roman opens the schedule Oct. 10-19. Sul Ross’ first student laboratory production of “East 2nd Street,” a new play by Luke Miller directed by Ashley Jane Page, will be performed Nov. 20-22.
    “Micro-Cinema: Our Native American Experience,” will play Feb. 5-7, 2015. The event features three evenings of screenings of a collection of independent films from Native American filmmakers.
    The Sul Ross theatre and music programs will collaborate to present “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” March 28-April 3, with book by James Lupine and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The Tony Award-winning musical will be directed by Bret Scott with musical direction by Lana Potts.
    “An Evening of One-Act Plays,” featuring student-directed works, rounds out the spring season April 24-26.
    Next summer will mark the 50th anniversary of the Theatre of the Big Bend with Irving Berlin’s “Annie Get Your Gun,” June 26-July 19 in the S.A.L.E. Arena. Directed by Dona Roman with musical direction by Lana Potts, the summer theatre program revives their original rodeo production of this Tony award-winning musical.
    Two evenings of “Dark Night Readings,” original works by student playwrights, complete the summer season July 14-15 at the Kokernot Outdoor Theatre.
    Season tickets are now on sale. Prices are: general admission, $40; senior citizens/children, $30. Season passes are available online by visiting the website at or call (432) 837-8218 for more information.