A PHOTO GALLERY MAN & A LEGACYSUL ROSS CELEBRATES WOMAN THE SRSU 90 YEARS OF THE YEAR DESK
Texas State University System Board of Regents Ron Blatchley, Chairman Bryan Charlie Amato, Vice Chairman San Antonio Kevin Lilly Houston Ron Lynn Mitchell Horseshoe Bay David Montagne Orange Trisha S. Pollard Bellaire Michael Truncale Beaumont Donna Williams Arlington William Patterson, Student Regent San Marcos Brian McCall, Chancellor Austin
Legacy Staff Saul Garza Executive Director and Editor Steve Lang Associate Editor Lauren Mendias Art Director Contributing Writers: Steve Lang Jason Hennington Photographers: Steve Lang Jason Hennington On the Cover: Dr. Ricardo Maestas Photograph by Jason Hennington
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The 11th President
President Ricardo Maestas, his future plans for Sul Ross State University
Celebrating 90 Years
Man & Woman of the Year
A look back at Sul Ross history through photos
The Sul Ross Three
Running with the Pack
Year in Review
80 years young
Addie Bencomo & Monte Piper
Sul Ross Alumni Association Officers:
President, Donald Sugarek, Beeville Vice President, Dr. Selma Glasscock, Sinton Secretary/Treasurer, Patti Miles. Houston Executive Director, Saul Garza, Alpine
Sul Ross Alumni Board of Directors:
Dr. Larry Thompson (Lubbock), Patrick Tarlton (Austin), Bill McAnally (Fort Stockton), Ray Hendryx (Alpine), Stephanie Rhinaldi (Uvalde), Bryan Hernandez (Uvalde), Raymond Richardson (Lubbock), Danny Jackson (Alpine) Lobo Legacy is published annually by the Sul Ross State University Office of Alumni Affairs. For editorial submissions or more information, contact: Box C-187 - Alpine, TX 79832 telephone: 432-837-8697 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
P R E S I D E N T ‘S W O R D
LETTER from the PRESIDENT
4th Annual Branding Together 5K Run/Walk Kokernot Lodge Alpine, Texas
ANRS & Rodeo Exes Reunion Alpine, Texas visit: www.srsu.or
Sul Ross Baby Boomer Reunion San Antonio, Texas Contact: Patti Miles email@example.com
september SEPT. 30th
Summer Commencement Pete P. Gallego Center 10:00 a.m.
Homecoming Lobos vs. Mississippi College 1:00 p.m.
Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni & Athletic Hall of Honor Banquet 7:30 p.m.
december DEC. 18th
Fall Commencement Alpine Pete P. Gallego Center 10:00 a.m.
Rio Grande College Uvalde High School 7:00 p.m.
“As I am inducted the president of Sul Ross State University and Rio Grande College, I am unconditionally aware of heritage, history, reputation and honor of walking in the footsteps of the individuals and leaders who have come before me. Ten previous presidents paved the way and I am truly excited by the challenges and opportunities at this point in time.” –Dr. Ricardo Maestas Sul Ross State University’s 11th and newest President accepted his charge with intentions of raising the bar . . . the Bar-SR-Bar. Dr. Ricardo Maestas was inaugurated on April 30, 2010 at the Pete P. Gallego Center. As noted by new Chancellor Dr. Brian McCall, he becomes the first Hispanic chief executive in the 90-year history of Sul Ross and the 99-year history of the Texas State University System. State Rep. and Sul Ross graduate Pete P. Gallego, in his greetings from the State Legislature, emphasized the significance. “Dr. Maestas, today is your day, but more importantly, today a university that once turned down people of color now has a President of color,” he said. Gallego listed a host of Hispanic surnames who had been integral to Sul Ross’ growth and development, and added, “While it is your day, please allow us to celebrate with you.”
aestas said he was “honored, yet humbled,” to be Sul Ross’ 11th President. He recognized his family present, as well as his late parents and sister for their powerful influence in his life. “It is my family’s unyielding support, care and love that has made me the man that I am and that made it possible for me to be here today,” he said. “As I am inducted the president of Sul Ross State University and Rio Grande College, I am unconditionally aware of the heritage, history, reputation and honor of walking in the footsteps of the individuals and leaders who have come before me. Ten previous presidents paved the way and I am truly excited by the challenges and opportunities at this point in time.” Maestas added, “Sul Ross is an excellent place where students of all ages can receive a great, high quality education and learn a variety of life skills which go well beyond the classroom. While we raise the bar for our students by providing them with an excellent education and help them see the open doors and countless possibilities for themselves, they also learn how to continually raise the bar for themselves. To embrace new experiences and to enjoy learning from unfamiliar situations.” Increasing enrollment was a focal point of Maestas’ address, as well as in the charge to the President made by Board of Regents chairman Ron Blatchley, Bryan. “We need to somehow increase the student population at Alpine and Rio Grande College,” said Blatchley, who praised the efforts of Gallego in securing funding for campus facilities and buildings, and President Emeritus R. Vic Morgan and his wife, Mary Jane for fostering a healthy campuscommunity relationship. “The town and gown (relationship) in Alpine is a thing to behold,” Blatchley said. “We have such marvelous facilities. We’ve got to get more folks in those buildings.” Increasing enrollment was the first of four goals Maestas outlined in his inaugural address. “First and foremost, my goal is to get the word out about the top quality degrees our children can get right here close to home-in Eagle Pass, in Del Rio, in Uvalde, in Alpine-from Sul Ross State University and Rio Grande College,” he said. “Increasing the enrollment at each of our campuses will ensure that our communities continue to benefit from the economic and intellectual opportunities which schools provide our children and communities. Simply put, we need to increase the number of students who enroll at Sul Ross both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Increasing enrollments is one of the keys to our success.” Other goals are improving retention and graduation rates, increasing the number of courses offered via the Internet and interactive television, and increasing faculty research and publications.
“While we raise the bar for our students, they also learn how to continually raise the bar for themselves.”
PRESIDENT MAESTAS “My goal is to ensure that we do a better job of helping our students be more successful. The fact is, Sul Ross is not retaining and graduating its students at a higher than average rate,” he said. “We need to identify and understand the factors that impact our students’ ability to be successful on campus... We need to increase the retention and graduation rate of our students equal to or preferably above the national average for a university of our size and type. Increasing retention and graduations rates is the second key to our success.” More distance education courses are necessary, he said. “The distances between the Rio Grande College campuses and the Alpine campus dictate that we make it easier for our students to take courses without having to drive long distances,” he said. “We must provide the technology and develop the resources that are needed to help our current faculty develop and expand this expertise. Expanded research means more students, he said. “With research and publications, faculty bring the latest discoveries in their discipline to the classroom. This translates into an excellent education for our students. Research also encourages our faculty to generate publications and presentations at conferences which bring positive notoriety to Sul Ross and Rio Grande College. This, in turn attracts top students which encourages robust enrollments on our campus.” In closing, Maestas quoted 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bruce Jenner, who said, “Start early and begin raising the bar throughout the day.” “This means we start early and set the bar high – high expectations for all – students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community, and continue raising the bar throughout the day,” he said. “Our shared goal is to develop a meaningful partnership between our PK12 schools, our business community, our community in general and higher education.” “We are here to share our knowledge and resources to ensure that our students do much, much more than merely become self-sufficient members of society. We are here to encourage their imagination and exploration of ideas and to foster their ability to think critically, draw conclusions, solve problems, and succeed in a complex world. To instill in them the thirst to become life-long learners in whichever direction or field they pursue. And to prepare them for that time ahead when they, too, will raise the bar for themselves and lead.” During the inaugural ceremony, Maestas received greetings from Mitchell Waechter, Devine, and Eduardo Pina, Eagle Pass, presidents of the Sul Ross-Alpine and Rio Grande College Student Government Associations, respectively; and Faculty Senate presidents Dr. Esther
Rumsey, Sul Ross-Alpine and Dr. Daniel Foley III, RGC. Other greetings were bestowed by Alpine Mayor Jerry Johnson; Chancellor McCall; Regent Trisha Pollard, Bellaire who read a proclamation and certificate of official recognition of Maestas’ presidency on behalf of Governor Rick Perry; and Sul Ross Alumni Association president Don Sugarek, Beeville. After Blatchley’s charge to the president, Pollard presented the Sul Ross medallion to Maestas. The medallion was donated in 1985 by the Sul Ross student body. The obverse side of the medallion includes the Sul Ross seal embellished with a Lone Star cut blue topaz, while the seal of the State of Texas adorns the other side. A silver chain, interlaced with red velvet, supports the medallion. Eleven links of the chain have been engraved with the names of the university’s presidents.
“We are here to prepare them for that time ahead when they, too, will raise the bar for themselves and lead.”
PRESIDENT MAESTAS Pictured Below: 1. Dr. Ricardo Maestas & Dr. Annette Maestas, 2. Family Photo; back row r-l: Paz (son), Kacey (daughter in-law), Michael (grandson), Justine, ?(son), Annette (wife), Dr. Maestas, Denise Scott (niece), Brett Scott, David Little, Susan Little, front row r-l: Marisa (daughter), Joe Lopez (uncle), Patsy (sister in-law), and Ron. 3. Immediate Family: Michael, Paz, Kacey, Dr. Maestas, Annette, ?, Marisa. 4. Dr. R. Vic Morgan, Mary Jane Morgan, Brian McCall, Annette Maestas and Dr. Ricardo Maestas. 5. Michael (grandson) and Dr. Ricardo Maestas.
The Man and Woman of the Year award is the top honor a Sul Ross senior can receive
Monte Piper III
Bencomo, the daughter of Jimmy and Kathryn Bencomo, will graduate (in three years) cum laude in August with a B.A. degree in English and a 3.52 grade point average. She has received the President’s Endowed Scholarship from 2007 to the present and the Fort Davis Lions Club Scholarship. She has been named to the Dean’s List for five straight semesters. Bencomo graduated from Fort Davis High School in 2007. She plans to attend Bible college to become a youth minister. She will also be married in January. She also intends to attend graduate school at a later date to earn a Master’s degree in English and pursue a dual career in teaching and the ministry. “I am incredibly honored to receive this award,” she said. “I love Sul Ross very much and believe that this school has been one of the best choices I have made. Having the honor to represent this school with this award is unbelievably amazing.” Bencomo received this year’s Outstanding Senior English Major Award and was the recipient of the WOW! (We’re On Our Way) Outstanding English Freshman student award in 2008. She was the 2009 Homecoming Queen runner-up, is active in the Sul Ross Theatre of the Big Bend and named best actress in a supporting role in 2008. She is also active in community theatre in Fort Davis and Missoula, Mont.; the Sul Ross Baptist Student Ministries and Wesley Foundation; and volunteers in a variety of community activities, including the Relay for Life, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Fort Davis Living History Reenactor, Grand Companions Humane Society, and 11 the Girl Scouts. Lobo Legacy
Piper, the son of Mr. And Mrs. Monte Piper, will graduated summa cum laude in May with a B.A. degree in History and a 3.97 grade point average. He plans to attend Officer Candidate School in the U.S. Army. He received the President’s Endowed Scholarship from 2006 to the present, the Alpha Chi Scholarship as the highest ranking junior and the 2009 History Excellence Scholarship. He has been named to the Dean’s List for seven consecutive semesters. Piper graduated from L.V. Hightower High School in Missouri City in 2006, and since coming to Sul Ross, has been active in numerous activities. He is a member and vice president of Alpha Chi, the national honor society; Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society; and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, as well as the Sul Ross Honors Program. He was elected to “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges,” served as a senator and president of the Student Government Association, student representative to the Athletic Committee and the QEP Committee and received the Clifford B. Casey Book Award (2009) and the Outstanding History Major Award this year. Piper also played baseball for four years, has been named to the American Southwest Conference Academic All-Conference team twice, and has been an ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete the past two years. Piper thanked Sul Ross faculty members for their assistance on his educational journey and singled out Dr. Barney Nelson “for being an outstanding professor”.
SUL ROSS STUDENTS PRESENT AND RECOGNIZED AT TAS MEETING
Nine Sul Ross State University students made presentations at the113th Annual Texas Academy of Science (TAS) meeting, held recently at Tarleton State University, Stephenville. Victoria Mancha, Alpine, won honorable mention in the undergraduate poster competition, while Amy Brown, Alpine, placed third in the graduate oral presentation. In addition, Sul Ross was chosen to host the 2012 TAS annual meeting. Presentations ranged over various categories, including botany, geology, ecology, and zoology. SUL ROSS STUDENTS WIN AWARDS AT WILDLIFE SOCIETY Twenty Sul Ross State University wildlife students attended the 2010 Texas Chapter of the Wildlife Society conference in Galveston in February. Students won several major awards and chapter adviser Dr. Louis Harveson was inaugurated as the new Texas Chapter president. The annual conference hosted workshops, research paper and poster presentations, a quiz bowl competition, photography contests, and mentoring opportunities. Sul Ross students presented nine papers. Travis Bryan, Denton, won first place in “Work Photo” category of
the meeting’s photography contest. Sarah Jewett, Pipe Creek, was acknowledged at the meeting as “Outstanding Student member of the Sul Ross Range and Wildlife Club” at the awards banquet. Madeleine Cantu, Deer Park, a senior Natural Resource management student, won the top undergraduate scholarship at the awards banquet. She was awarded the Colin Caruthers Memorial scholarship (sponsored by the Caruthers family and the Dallas Ecological Foundation). This is the second consecutive year that a student from Sul Ross has received this award. In addition, the Sul Ross Range and Wildlife Club won second place in the Professional Development Award sponsored by the Texas Wildlife Association. This award is given to student chapters that exhibit professional leadership by participating in or leading community-involved activities and volunteer work throughout the year. The award came with a plaque and cash gift of $1,000. Thursday evening was the quiz bowl competition, which involves teams of different universities in the state to face-off against one another by answering trivia questions that can cover any topic in wildlife or rangeland management. Sul Ross’s team went up against Texas A&M in the first round, and lost 15-4. The next chance for Sul Ross to compete will be at the southwestern regional quiz bowl conclave held in Kingsville March 9-12. Jose de la Luz Martinez Garcia, Reynosa, competed in the Cottam Competition (outstanding student paper) with his paper “Site fidelity and post release move-
ments of translocated mule deer in north Coahuila, Mexico.” Martinez co-authored the paper with Alfonso Ortega-Sanchez, Louis A. Harveson, and Roel R. Lopez. Renee C. Keleher, Houston, presented her thesis research entitled “Genetic variation of pronghorn populations In Texas,” which was co-authored by Louis A. Harveson, Randy W. Deyoung, Billy Tarrant, and Calvin Richardson. Poncho Ortega-Sanchez, Kingsville, also presented a paper on his dissertation work he is completing at SRSU entitled “Post release movements of desert mule deer In Northern Coahuila, Mexico: a comparison of soft vs. hard release,” which was also co-authored by Jose De La Luz Martinez Garcia, Louis A. Harveson, and Roel R. Lopez. Graduate student Cherie New, Alpine, presented her paper, titled “Potential black bear recolonization sites and corridors for Northern Mexico and the Trans-Pecos Region of Texas,” which was coauthored by Dr. Patricia M. Harveson and Bonnie McKinney. Harveson, professor of Natural Resource Management and director of the Borderlands Research Institute, has been a member of the TCTWS for almost 20 years and has served on numerous committees, most recently on the Executive Board as vice president and president-elect. He will serve a one-year term.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT Texas Parks and Wildlife Officer of the Year Always proud of our alumni and their contributions to the betterment of our wildlife, we’re highlighting Sul Ross State University alumni Cody Hatfield, B.S. 2002, (Natural Resource Management) a Sul Ross graduate of the school of Agricultural and Natural Resource Management. In April, Hatfield was named the Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year by the National Wild Turkey Federation. Hatfield a graduate from Texas Game Warden Training Academy in 2003, has been employed as a Texas Parks and Wildlife stationed in Mason County since 2008. We learned of Hatfield’s award thanks through an email from his Sul Ross wildlife management professor, Louis Harveson, Ph.D. and Director of the Borderlands Research Institute for Natural Resource Management. “Even when Cody was student we knew he was going to succeed. Cody took his studies, and personal and professional life very seriously. He knew exactly what he wanted to do and made all the right moves to get there. He set himself up for success. It doesn't surprise me at all that he has received this prestigious award.” When Hatfield was asked how Sul Ross has helped him through his career, he said “My family and Sul Ross staff made me the person I am today. Sul Ross is a good place for a person to find out what they’re made of. The staff at the University treated me like a person, not a number. If I had a problem someone was always there to listen for help. The classroom size and knowledge of the staff give you good learning experience (very hands on).
Sul Ross Students enter Doctoral Programs
When being asked how it felt being named as Texas Wildlife Office of the Year?, Hatfield comments “It makes me feel great! However, I would not have had the success if it was not for my wife, son, parents, co-workers, and a good boss to nominate me for the award”. “My accomplishments are graduating from Sul Ross, becoming at Game Warden and having a great wife and son. I have many accomplishments in my career; there are too many to list if I had to I would say overall I am proud of my fellow co-workers who work with me on t daily basis. I am proud of the service and reputation that I have continued to carry on for all Texas Game Wardens. I am also proud of the vast array of cases that I have participated in the short time I have been Game Warden. This has given me a great deal of knowledge and experience that I can use for future cases and life experience as well as pass on to others”. “I became involved with Sul Ross when my parents took at trip to Alpine when I was in high school and when they returned they told me how wonderful Alpine was and how much I would like it. They were right!” “From my time at Sul Ross, the people I met there, I am still friends and colleagues with today”. Hatfield and his wife, Jamie a 2004 graduate of the Sul Ross nursing program have one son.
Sul Ross State University students Amy Brown, Perry, Ohio, and Jonathan Dyess, San Angelo, will received their Master of Science Degrees in Geology May 15. Brown will participate in a National Association of Geoscience Teachers/US Geological Survey Cooperative Summer Field Training Program Internship before heading to the University of Florida to pursue her doctorate. Dyess will begin his doctoral program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the fall. (Photo courtesy David Rohr)
Al Ogletree savors over 70 years of Texas baseball memories, and enjoys plenty of company in the process. The former Sul Ross State University, (and University of Dallas and University of Texas-Pan American) baseball coach turned 80 Feb. 5, and more than 40 of his former players were on hand for a surprise party at a South Texas country club. “If life begins at 40, I figure 80 is twice as good,” said Ogletree, whose teams won over 1,200 games in the collegiate ranks. Ogletree spent just three years at Alpine, compiling a 50-46 won-lost record from 1966-68, but he has not been forgotten. He will honored, along with his former Lobo players, at a Sul Ross Baby Boomers reunion July 23-25 in San Antonio. Through 41 seasons, he mentored hundreds of players and collected a dugout full of memories.. And to safeguard those precious memories, he wrote a book. He published his autobiography, “Take Two, Hit to Right, Slide Against the Wind: A Lifetime of Memories of the Pinstripe Teams of Coach Al,” in 2008. Ogletree compiled a year-by-year summary of his own college and professional career, as well as his coaching stops, sprinkled with statistics, recollections of memorable games and other assorted anecdotes. At Sul Ross, those memories included a win over the University of Arizona– a team that featured future Major Leaguer Eddie Leon. The Lobos also played Arizona State University, led by future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, along with fellow Major Leaguers Duffy Dyer and Gary Gentry, and coach Bobby Winkles, who later managed in the Majors.
The 1968 season included season-opening series against Texas Tech and Southern Methodist, another set with NAIA champion New Mexico Highlands and contests against Indiana and the University of Houston. The Lobos finished the year 19-14, defeating Sam Houston State in a best-of-three series to win the Lone Star Conference. Sul Ross defeated St. Mary’s two games to one to win the District 4 title; then tripped Tarleton State and New Mexico Highlands (twice) in the Area playoffs to advance to the NAIA World Series at St. Joseph, Mo. Sul Ross lost 7-3 to Central Washington and 5-1 to Glassboro State in the World Series to end a banner season. Over 29 seasons, Ogletree won nearly 1,100 games and guided the Broncs to the post-season 10 times. His achievements have earned him recognition in 10 Halls of Fame, including the Sul Ross Hall of Honor. About 100 of his players signed professional contracts, with several reaching the Major Leagues – Danny Firova (Seattle), James and Wayne Tyrone (Chicago Cubs) and George Williams (Oakland). Although he retired in 1997 after 29 years at UT-Pan American (first Pan American College and later Pan American University), Ogletree has never strayed far from the field that became his second home. He has survived a series of strokes and seizures and remains an avid fan, both of his former team and his family. Al Ogletree and former players plan to attend the Sul Ross Baby Boomer Reunion scheduled for July 23-25 in San Antonio.
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johnathon cruz san antonio, texas
southwest high school
“Coming from a city such as San Antonio, this was a cultural change. But in the end, Sul Ross is the place for me.” Major: Political Science Minor: Mathematics Co-curricular Activities: Lobo Legacy Student Alumni Association Student Government Association, Public Relations Officer Student Services Fee Advisory Committee Tennis Awards: Alumni Association Outstanding Freshman Award Most Dedicated Male Tennis Player
san antonio, texas
judson senior high school
“This school is full of opportunities and offers an affordable education. Sul Ross has really grown on me. I love it here.” Major: Mass Communication Minor: Journalism Co-curricular Activities: Extreme All-Star Cheerleader Black Student Association, President
andrew ross garland, texas
lakeview centennial high school
“I cannot imagine having gone to school somewhere else. Alpine is the best little city in the world.” Major: English Minor: Theatre Co-curricular Activities: Alpha Psi Omega Sigma Tau Delta Awards: American Southwest All-Conference Football Selection Dan Blocker Acting Award Football, 4-year Letterwinner Sportsmanship Award
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SRSU SPORTS Sul Ross State University Sports Review
Softball team completes season, earns ASC Sportsmanship award A 5-2 win over the University of the Southwest gave the Lady Lobo softball team its first home victory since April 2008. Seniors Dee Dee De Lao (Alpine) and Christa Carrasco (Presidio) completed their Sul Ross careers. De Lao, a catcher, led the team in hitting with a .333 clip, slapping 30 hits, including four doubles, and drove in nine runners. Carrasco, who split time between the infield and outfield, batted .198. The Lady Lobos were the 2010 recipients of the ASC West Division sportsmanship award.
Sul Ross State tennis players Lauren Ivey (Imperial/Buena Vista) and Kendal Smith (Johnson City/JCHS/Angelo State) have been named American Southwest Conference Distinguished Scholar Athletes in an announcement by the conference office June 1. Ivey finished her sophomore season at Sul Ross State with a 5-3 overall record, 4-2 in conference play in singles. Ivey and teammate Kristina Hernandez were 4-4 in doubles for 2010 with a 3-3 ASC mark. She is a member of the 2010 Spring ASC Academic All-Conference team. Lauren is an interdisciplinary major with a 3.92 GPA. Smith, a wildlife management major, completed his collegiate tennis career at SRSU and sports a perfect 4.0 GPA. He is also a member of the 2010 Spring ASC Academic All-Conference team. In addition, the Lobo men’s tennis team shared the ASC West Division sportsmanship award with the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. 16 Lobo Legacy
The honor, in its third academic year, recognizes student-athletes that achieve a higher level of academic achievement while competing as a starter or important reserve on their team.
ASC SCHOLAR ATHLETE AWARD
Sul Ross senior catcher Monte Piper (Houston/Hightower) has been named an American Southwest Conference Scholar Athlete in an announcement by the league office May 26. Piper, a history major, graduated summa cum laude in May of 2010. He was elected 2010 Sul Ross State University Man of the Year, the highest award presented to a Sul Ross student combining academics, leadership, and service. Piper was the 2010 Outstanding History Major and was Student Government President and Senator, Student Athlete Advisory Committee president, vice president of Alpha Chi, and a member of Phi Alpha Theta and Pi Sigma Alpha. A four-year letterman on the Lobo baseball team, Piper was named to the American Southwest Conference Academic All-Conference team twice and an ASC Distinguished ScholarAthlete the past two years. He is Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges and made the Dean’s List seven consecutive semesters. He served the university as student representative to the Athletic Committee and Quality Enhancement Committee (important for reaffirmation of accreditation). Following graduation he intends to enroll in Officer Candidate School of United States Army.
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Pictured Top Right Sul Ross baseball coach Bobby Mesker (center) with the heart of a power-laden lineup. From left: Javier Arrieta, El Paso (Mountain View H.S.); Bill Tom Millburn, Amarillo (Frank Phillips CC); Brennyn Smith, Montgomery; Brian Mata, El Paso (Andress). The quartet has combined for 27 of Sul Ross' 39 homers thus far. (Photo by Steve Lang)
Baseball is described as a game of inches, but during the 2010 season, the Lobo nine took long, positive strides. Second-year coach Bobby Mesker’s team recorded Sul Ross’ first winning season in 11 years, posting an 18-17 record, 10-11 in the American Southwest Conference’s West Division. The Lobos ended in fifth place, two games shy of reaching the conference tournament, compared to a 5-34 mark a year earlier. For his efforts, Mesker and assistants Chris Schmidt and Zach Denson were honored as the ASC West Division Coaching Staff of the Year. Offensively, seven players were among the nation’s leaders with 58 home runs in 35 contests. Defensively, the Lobos turned 48 double plays and a triple play, fielding .960 for the year. The pitching staff lowered its earned run average more than two full runs. Freshman second baseman Brennyn Smith (Montgomery) compiled a team-best Returning All-American Javier Arrieta (El Paso Mountain View) slugged 12 roundtrippers, drove in 45 runners and scored 39 runs while hitting .404. Smith was honored as ASC West Division Freshman of the Year and both he and Arrieta were selected to the All-ASC first team. Fellow veterans James Johnson (Killeen Shoemaker), Eric Mata (El Paso Andress) and Pedro Saenz (San Antonio Churchill) gained ample support from a number of talented newcomers. Junior college transfers Cameron Sellstrom (Manchaca Bowie/Ranger), Kurt Hurley (Albuquerque St. Pius X/New Mexico Military Institute), Bill Tom Millburn (Amarillo Randall/Frank Phillips JC) and Eric Martinez (Snyder/Howard CC); junior Jared Mosqueda (Flower Mound) and freshman Fernando Dominguez (Seminole) produced a potent lineup, scoring more than 10 runs per game. Transfers Nathan Molina (Del Rio/UT-Pan American) and Leonardo Carranza (Duncanville/Mountain View CC) anchored the mound staff. Lucas Garza (Hebbronville) was the top reliever, with a 2-1 record and four saves in 15 appearances. Nathan Molina was named to the ASC West Division second team, while Tom Milburn, Cameron Sellstrom, Eric Mata and Jared Mosqueda received West Division honorable mention. Lobo Legacy 17
Mildred Hampton Moseley, known to be the oldest Sul Ross living alum died on May 3, 2010. Mildred who attended Sul Ross from 192223 earned her two-year teaching certificate from Sul Ross State Teachers College in 1923. In 2001,she was featured in the Lobo Legacy magazine volume one issue by Robie Golden (former director of alumni affairs.) In the 105 years, nine months, and 12 days she lived, she set an example of dedicated Christian living that shapes her legacy to all who knew and loved her. Mildred was born on July 21, 1904 in Coon Palace, Texas located in Montgomery County. She was the third child of Yack and Bertie Hampton. The Hampton family settled in Coryell County in 1906. “Mit” or “Mitzie” – as she was affectionately known – attended school in Pearl through the ninth grade. She earned her two-year teaching certificate from Sul Ross State Teachers College in 1923, and taught school at Slater and Peabody. After attending Sul Ross she married Randall Lawton Moseley on October 12, 1924 in Pearl. They had five children and lived and farmed in Peabody, Pearl, and Evant. In 1954 they bought a laundry business and settled in Stephenville. They retired in 1974. After her husband Randall passed away in 1991, Mildred sold her home in Stephenville and moved to Huntsville to live near her oldest son Yack Clayton and his wife Genevela. Macular degeneration forced her to surrender her driver’s license at 87, yet she continued to live an independent life cooking, sewing and gardening. In later years, two broken hips and cancer did not deter her from attending church, traveling, or (with a reading machine) reading her Bible, Sunday school lessons, and the Gatesville Messenger (a subscriber for over eighty years). Mildred loved to sing and her renditions of “Where We Never Grow Old,” “Texas,” and “At Calvary” demonstrated her fondness. Her favorite song was “All Because Of God’s Amazing Grace.” In April, 2006, mobility problems obligated her to give up her home and live alternately with her daughter Deletta and her son Kendall. She accepted her lifestyle change with grace and admirable flexibility. Mildred was preceded in death by her parents Yack and Bertie Hampton; son Jeff Rayburn Moseley, daughter Linda Kay Gutierrez, and son Yack Clayton Moseley; sisters Cleo Coston, and Pauline Hampton and brothers Earl Hampton, Raby Hampton, and Mabern “Short” Hampton. Her survivors are daughter Deletta Washburn and husband Phillip; son Kendall Moseley and wife Waynetta; daughter-in-law Genevela Moseley and son-in-law Rudy Gutierrez; grandchildren Jeff Moseley and wife Jackie; John Moseley and wife Ariel; Scott Moseley and wife Amie; Brenda Christopher and husband Justin; Greg Washburn; Tim Washburn and wife Mary; Teresa Witt and husband Lance; Kevin Gutierrez and wife Amy; and Micah Moseley and wife Kim. She has twenty greatgrandchildren. Photos submitted by Deletta Washburn
A spunky young lady, Mildred Hampton thought it was the most natural thing in the world to ask her daddy, a farmer, if she could go away to school – far away. She claims her father’s comment when she asked was “long way to go to school.” Her father borrowed $150 for her trip, tuition and room and board. Excerpt from 2001 Lobo Legacy
“We are men and women who reside in every state of the USA and many countries around the world. We are the University’s institutional memory. We are a permanent constituency who has received an excellent education that has prepared us to be contributing members of our workplaces and our communities. We are the very core of what is good about Texas and America.” “We come back to the Sul Ross campus to re-aquaint ourselves with our classmates and with the core ideals that spoke so strongly to us during our late teens and early twenties. We seek each other out where we live today, to re-connect with the spirit of a univeristy community that we love and value. We will be forever grateful for what “Sully” has done for each of us and we are eager to support our alma mater in a wide variety of ways.” Don Sugarek Sul Ross State University Alumni Association, President
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Dr. Elizabeth Will Bates joined the faculty of
Baylor University, Waco, in the Department of Journalism in January 2010. She teaches courses in public relations, including Introduction to Public Relations, Public Relations Programming, Public Relations Internships, and News Writing. Elizabeth “Liz” Will Bates, Alpine native, earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Texas Tech University on May 14, 2010. Dr. Bates graduated from Alpine High School in 1998 and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication, summa cum laude, with a minor in Meat Science from Sul Ross State University in 2001. While at Sul Ross, Liz was involved in the Freshman Leadership Program, served as president of the Sul Ross Campus Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, participating with other students on several house builds in Midland and Kerrville. She worked as a student assistant in the Center for Big Bend Studies and was a cashier at IGA Food Basket. Liz earned the Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from Texas Tech in 2004, serving as a graduate
teaching assistant in the School of Mass Communication. Liz taught speech and reading in the Pecos-Bartow-Toyah Independent School District for two years before returning to Lubbock to pursue the doctorate. She is a Texas certified public school teacher in Speech and Business Education. During the Ph.D. program, Liz taught Introduction to Public Relations, Public Relations Writing, Graphic Design, and Introduction to Mass Communication as a Graduate Part-time Instructor under major professor, Dr. Coy Callison. Her dissertation is entitled “Public Relations Via New Media: Influence of Blog Postings and Comments on Organizational Perception.” Liz’s husband, Evan Bates, is a 2003 Sul Ross graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Sports Science; Evan has been a swim coach with two highly successful swim programs in Pecos and Lubbock ISDs for the past seven years. Liz is the daughter of Dr. Paul and Mazie Will, both veteran Sul Ross faculty members; her sisters are Cindy Will, Seguin, and Kathryn Will, Alpine. Cindy is also a Sul Ross honor graduate, and Kathryn is currently a sophomore at Sul Ross.
YEAR IN REVIEW
Anselmo Reyes - a custodial supervisor at Sul Ross State University retired and was honored at a retirement reception January 21st after 35 years of service.
Dr. Brian McCall – is named Chancellor for Texas State University System.
FEBRUARY South Texas Alumni & Friends Chapter host 4th annual golf tournament fundraiser in Weslaco, Texas. President Ricardo Maestas and Alumni Association meet with Rio Grande College sites for formation of alumni chapters. Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde vote to have separate chapters. Chapter forming committees are meeting for chapter development.
MARCH Salvador Hernandez - a grounds keeper in the Physical Plant, retired March 31 after 29 years' service at Sul Ross State University. Hernandez, an Alpine native, first started work at Sul Ross in August 1979. He returned to Alpine and was rehired at Sul Ross in September 1983. He has spent 25 of the last 27 years as the grounds keeper for the President's home.
Jennifer Cramer was named the Sul Ross State University head women’s basketball coach. She replaces David Tandy, who resigned at the end of the 2009-2010 season after 13 years as head coach.
MAY Dr. Tyra Manning Sul Ross State University director of Teacher Education and associate professor of Education, has requested that her assignment be changed to a half-time teaching position effective Fall Semester 2010. Dr. Jim Hector, associate professor of Education, has been named interim director while a national search is underway for a permanent replacement.
Susan Chisholm - administrative assistant for the Center for Big Bend Studies, received the Bar-SR-Bar award for Employee Excellence from Dr. Ricardo Maestas, Sul Ross State University President.
AUGUST Rowena “Rena” Gallego will retire as director of Financial Aid Aug. 31, 2010, ending a 32-year career at Sul Ross State University. ”Sul Ross has been a part of my life for many years, both as a place to work and for the many activities,” she
PENDERGRAFT MAKES EQUINE SCIENCE PRESENTATIONS Dr. Jeff Pendergraft, Sul Ross State University associate professor of Animal Science, will make five equine science presentations at national conferences during the spring and summer. Presentations in April and June consisted of, “2010.Equine Education Outside the United States,” at the Kentucky International Equine Summit in Lexington, and “2010. Development of a Managerial Mentoring Program for Underrepresented Animal Science Students” at the 2010 National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Annual Conference and Science and Education Resource Development Conference. at Penn State University, State College, Pa. Dr. Pendergraft is scheduled to present on July 25-28, “Developing Cooperative Teaching and Research Opportunities for Equine Science Programs,” and two poster presentations at the Association of Equine Affiliated Academics Conference, Cazenovia, N.Y. Poster presentations are: “Funding for Real Experiences in the Equine Science Program” and. “International Opportunities for Equine Science Programs.”
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Get Involved, Give & Recruit By Saul Garza
The first wave of alumni events with President Ricardo Maestas were began this past spring, when Dr. Maestas asked the Alumni Association to call on alumni and friends starting with the Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde areas. With the economic challenges, and the state budget reductions, Sul Ross State University and Rio Grande College need alumni support and more alumni involvement. Three goals that he is asking from alumni is support to â€œGET INVOLVED, GIVE, AND RECRUIT!, â€œWe need to build our enrollment back up!, if we can get alumni to recruit at least one prospective student, we can build enrollment back up to 2800-2900, so that we can secure funding, and prevent any cuts such as layoffs or budget impacts that could happen, he expressed.
On April 12, an alumni mixer event was held in Odessa at the Elegante Hotel. Pictured in the on left or right are: Sheriff Gary Painter, Brad Carter, Michael Yuarte, Stacy Lind, Chelsea Frederickson, Dr. Ricardo Maestas, Javier Prieto.
On April 21, the Alumni Association hosted its second mixer at the Vic and Mary Jane University Center. Area alumni and friends such as city manager, Chuy Garcia, Danny and Kim Jackson, Mayor of Alpine, Jerry Johnson, Chris Rodriguez, Cynthia Salas, Terry Norman.
On June 12, the Alumni Association hosted South Texas and Friends Mixer at the residence of Joe and Cynthia Sanchez. Pictured l-r: Joe Cortinez, Joe Sanchez, Leo Dominguez, Cynthia Sanchez, Eddie Sanchez, Mario Garcia, Sanchez Brother, President Ricardo Maestas, Jimmy and Janice Nye, Elsa Dominguez, Emilio Garza,?. Dr. Maestas was presented with a portrait of the ? Calvary passing through Alpine in 1938.
On February 3, 2010, Dr. Maestas met back to back with alumni in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and in Uvalde. In addition he asked for each area to consider developing chapters of the Alumni Association. Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde alumni were given the option to decide Golf Tournament photo if they wanted one chapter to represent Rio Grande College area, or if each city wanted their own chapter. During a teleconference meeting on February 16, all three groups, comprised of Sul Ross and Rio Grande College alumni, expressed On April 21, the Alumni Association hosted its second mixer at the Vic and Mary their interest and voted for separate Jane University Center. Area alumni and friends such as city manager, Chuy Garcia, chapters for each town. Danny and Kim Jackson, Mayor of Alpine, Jerry Johnson, Chris Rodriguez, Cynthia Salas, Terry Norman.
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Donald Coers named Sul Ross interim provost Dr. Donald V. Coers, English professor and former provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Angelo State University, San Angelo, has been named interim provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Sul Ross State University. He replaces Dr. David Cockrum, who will return to the classroom as a professor of Psychology. Coers, who returned to the classroom in May 2009, came to Angelo State University in the summer of 2000 as vice president for Academic Affairs. He previously served 30 years as an English professor and administrator at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville. He graduated cum laude from the University of Texas with a bachelor’s
degree in English in 1963. He received his master’s degree (1969) and Ph.D (1974) in English from Texas A&M University. His academic research has focused on the works of John Steinbeck and Ebenezer Cook, author of “Sot-weed Factor.” In 1990 his book, “John Steinbeck as Propagandist” won the University of Alabama Press’ Elizabeth Agee Award for outstanding book on American literature. He received the Burkhardt Award from Ball State University as the outstanding Steinbeck scholar of 1995. While serving as an ASU administrator, he directed development of academic master plans in 2000 and 2005; led creation of a new College of Nursing and Allied Health, new athletic training program, new Honors program, new division of Academic and Student Affairs and a new Enrollment Management model combining the functions of the offices of the Registrar, Student Financial Aid, and Undergraduate Admissions. Coers oversaw the implementation of the university-wide major ERP (Enterprise Resource Plan) to integrate totally the academic and administrative IT functions with Banner software. This $6 million initiative
(Portico) came in on schedule and under budget. He also effected major changes in the Carr Scholarship Program, designed to attract top students while serving other strategic goals of overall enrollment and retention. Coers served on ASU’s leadership team in 2002 when a SACS reaccreditation team praised then-President James Hindman and the entire university in its special report, stating that they had been “uniformly impressed with the remarkable sense of community and display of collegiality among the faculty, staff, students, and administration of Angelo State University.” Cockrum, who joined the Sul Ross faculty in 1974, was named vice president for Academic Affairs in August 1990. He was named provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs in July 2007. He received his B.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1978) in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Prior to his administrative appointment, he was chair of the Sul Ross Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Cockrum received the Outstanding Teaching Award in 1986. “Sul Ross is indebted to Dr. Cockrum for his many years of administrative service,” said Maestas.
CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Larry Francell will retire August 31 after 10 years as director of the Museum of the Big Bend. Liz Jackson, Francell's assistant for the past eight years, will succeed him as director Sept. 1. (Photo by Steve Lang)
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LOBO LEGACY The Desk 2010 pictured left to right: Joseph Cupps, Sandy Torres, Colin White, and Johnathon Cruz
a Lobo Legacy on Hancock Hill
A unique tradition that still remains at Sul Ross State University is the desk, which lies somewhere on Hancock Hill. The desk tradition origins back in the early ‘70s when Jim Kitchen, a Sul Ross student, built the trail then snitched the desk out of one of the buildings and hauled it up the hill. Today Sul Ross students such as freshman, Joseph Cupps, junior, Sandy Torres, senior Colin White, and freshman, Johnathon Cruz visit the desk and sign the log kept in the drawer of the desk and write comment about their inspirational view. From time to time the desk is moved around on Hancock Hill. Over the years, several desks have been replaced from rust and vandalism.
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