Alma Mater, Dear Sul Ross

As part of the program for the formal opening ceremony of Sul Ross Normal College on November 16, 1920, Rose Sharp Brewer had composed a special song titled: Alma Mater, Dear Sul Ross. Ms Brewer was the Associate Professor of English from 1920-1924. In The Brand 1924 it was noted, “And she shared with them not only the lofty, the spiritual, but the simple, happy activities of their campus life.” She would become the head of the English Department for fifteen years at San Angelo College, now Angelo State University. She died in San Antonio, Texas, on August 4, 1949.

Rose Sharp Brewer black and white photo portrait

Rose Sharp Brewer, The Brand 1922

Alma Mater, Dear Sul Ross Tune: AMICI

Where the rolling plains of Texas
End in mountains high,
There’s a land where glorious sunsets
Flame in peerless sky

Chorus:
Ring, ye Alpine hills with music!
Joyous songs we’ll raise
Hail to thee, O Sul Ross College
Thee we gladly praise

‘Tis a land of pioneer spirit,
Free as bracing air,
Where a handclasp means a welcome
Friendship glad to share

There our Texas youths do gather,
Heeding Wisdom’s call,
Learning to love thee, Sul Ross College,
Love thee best of all.

Alma Mater, Dear Sul Ross has remained the school song.