Birthday cake, piñatas, games, music and other festivities will highlight Sul Ross State University’s community-wide birthday celebration set for Tuesday, April 4. The event marks the beginning of the university’s centennial activities, which will continue through 2020.
    “On April 4, 1917, Governor James E. Ferguson signed the bill establishing Sul Ross Normal College in Alpine,” said President Bill Kibler. “This birthday celebration will not only open our extended centennial celebration, but will become an annual observance on campus.”
    Sully’s 100th celebration, scheduled from 5:30-8:30 p.m., will include a barbecue meal served by Aramark, which is free to the community. Children’s activities, including breaking piñatas, are planned, along with live music by local bands, games and activities sponsored by student organizations, display and storytelling about the famous Hancock Hill desk, a brief oral history of Sul Ross and more. Birthday cake and ice cream will also be served.
    Kibler emphasized that the 100th birthday celebration is truly a community event. “In order to locate a college in Alpine, the Texas Legislature stipulated that the community needed to provide student housing and donate land for the construction of the college, so this year (1917) also marked the beginning of the partnership between Sul Ross and Alpine,” he said. “From its very beginning, Sul Ross was a community venture that strengthened the desire of the people for higher education opportunities in the Big Bend Region.”
    The university will launch the official centennial celebration this coming fall, to continue through 2020. Due to World War I and post-war economic adjustment, Sul Ross officially opened for classes in June 1920.
    For more information, contact Yvonne Realivasquez, (432) 837-8000 or yrealivasquez@sulross.edu.