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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 Christopher Covo Student Regent San Marcos Dr. 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 Bob Parvin Photographers: Steve Lang Jason Hennington Bob Parvin On the Cover: Dr. Ricardo Maestas Photograph by Jason Hennington

INSIDE 05 Homecoming 2010 14 Alumni News 12 Man & Woman of the Year 13 Student News 16 The Sul Ross Three 18 Running with the Pack

F E A T U R E S T O R I E S 06

The 11th President President Ricardo Maestas’ future plans for Sul Ross State University

26 Alumni Notes 27 Year in Review


Al Ogletree

30 RGC News


Mildred Moseley

31 The Desk


80 years young

Oldest alumnus dies at 105

Celebrating 90 Years

A look back at Sul Ross history through photos

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 Rinaldi (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 & SRSU Alumni Association. For editorial submissions or more information, contact: Alumni Relations | C-187 | Alpine, TX 79832 telephone: 432-837-8697 or email: Lobo Legacy




Dear Friends of Sul Ross:

This 10th issue of the Lobo Legacy marks a year of transition. While Sul Ross observes its 90th birthday since opening for classes in June 1920, I am in the midst of my first year as this institution’s 11th President. As I noted in my inaugural address, I am truly honored, yet humbled in the confidence placed in me to carry forth the rich heritage and traditions of Sul Ross. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that we, as a university community, will encounter and embrace. My inaugural theme was raising the bar – the Bar-SR-Bar – in terms of increased enrollment; higher retention and graduation rates; using technology to increase online and distance education courses and make learning more accessible; and to expand research, which in turn enhances education and brings positive recognition to the campuses. Sul Ross is, and will remain, a student-centered campus. We are committed to helping students become successful, not only in their collegiate careers, but in the years ahead. This issue of the Lobo Legacy contains a number of student success stories, both on campus and beyond Sul Ross. The poet T. S. Eliot noted, “Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” We encourage our students to raise the bar of their expectations, to take risks and to challenge themselves to achieve the maximum of their individual potential and in turn produce accomplishments to benefit the common good. Thank you for your encouragement, support and participation in Sul Ross’ continuing quest to raise the bar. Sincerely,

Ricardo Maestas, Ph.D. President

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T. S. Eliot

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december DEC. 18th

Fall Commencement Pete P. Gallego Center Alpine, Texas 10:00 a.m.

SRSU-Rio Grande College Uvalde High School Uvalde, Texas 7:00 p.m.

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“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.” –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 his 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 campus-community 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 enrollment 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.”

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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 graduation 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 PK-12 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, SRSU - Rio Grande College. 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.

Dr. David Cockrum, Provost & VP for Academic & Student Affairs

Eduardo Pina, SGA President SRSU-Rio Grande College

Rep. Pete P. Gallego, Texas State Representative, District 74

Donald Sugarek, President Sul Ross Alumni Association

Ron Blatchley, Chairman, TSUS Board of Regents

Trisha Pollard, TSUS Board of Regents

“We are here to prepare them for that time ahead when they, too, will raise the bar for themselves and lead.”

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SRSU Wind Ensemble

Maestas Family Mitchell Waechter, SGA-President

Dr. Erin Lippard, Asst. Professor of Music

Representative Pete P. Gallego

Regent Trisha Pollard

President Ricardo Maestas

Chancellor Brian McCall

The Inauguration Platform

PRESIDENT MAESTAS Pictured Below: 1. President Ricardo Maestas & wife Annette. 2. Family Photo; back row l-r: Paz (son), Kacey (daughter in-law), Michael (grandson), Justine George, Gian Maestas (son), Annette (wife), President Ricardo Maestas, Denise (niece) and her husband-Brett Scott, Susan & David Little (son’s mother and father-in-law), front row l-r: Marisa (daughter), Joe Lopez (uncle), Ron (brother) and his wife, Patsy. 3. Immediate Family: Michael, Paz, Kacey, Dr. Maestas, Annette, Gian, Marisa. 4. Dr. R. Vic Morgan, Mary Jane Morgan, TSUS Chancellor Brian McCall, Annette Maestas and Dr. Ricardo Maestas. 5. Michael (grandson) and President Ricardo Maestas.





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The Man and Woman of the Year award is the top honor a Sul Ross senior can receive.

Addie Bencomo

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 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 runnerup, is active in the Sul Ross Theatre of the Big Bend, and was 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 Re-enactor, Grand Companions Humane Society, and the Girl Scouts.

Piper, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Monte Piper Jr., 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 AllConference 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.”

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Nine Sul Ross State University students participated in the 113th Annual Texas Academy of Science 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.


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 manageRoel R. Lopez. ment student, won the top Graduate student Cherie undergraduate scholarship New, Alpine, presented at the awards banquet. She her paper, titled “Potential was awarded the Colin black bear recolonizaCaruthers Memorial scholtion sites and corridors arship (sponsored by the for Northern Mexico and Caruthers family and the the Trans-Pecos Region Dallas Ecological Foundaof Texas,” which was cotion). This is the second authored by Dr. Patricia consecutive year that a M. Harveson and Bonnie student from Sul Ross has McKinney. received this award. Harveson, professor of In addition, the Sul Ross Natural Resource ManRange and Wildlife Club agement and director of won second place in the the Borderlands Research Professional Development Institute, has been a Dr. Louis Harveson and Award sponsored by the member of the TCTWS Mark Tyson out in the field. for almost 20 years and Texas Wildlife Association. This award is given to has served on numerstudent chapters that exhibit professional ous committees, most recently on the leadership by participating in or leadExecutive Board as vice president and ing community-involved activities and president-elect. He will serve a one-year volunteer work throughout the year. The term. 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 faceoff against one another by answering trivia questions that can cover any topic in wildlife or rangeland management. Sul Ross’ team went up against Texas A&M in the first round, and lost 15-4. Sul Ross competed at the southwestern regional quiz bowl conclave held in Kingsville March 9-12. Jose De La Luz Amy Brown and Jonathan Dyess Martinez Garcia, Reynosa, competed (Photo courtesy of David Rohr) in the Cottam Competition (outstanding student paper) with his paper “Site SUL ROSS STUDENTS fidelity and post release movements of ENTER DOCTORAL translocated mule deer in north Coahuila, Mexico.” Martinez co-authored PROGRAMS the paper with Alfonso Ortega-Sanchez, Sul Ross State University students Louis A. Harveson, and Roel R. Lopez. Amy Brown, Perry, Ohio, and Jonathan Renee C. Keleher, Houston, presented Dyess, San Angelo, received their Masher thesis research entitled “Genetic ter of Science Degrees in Geology May variation of pronghorn populations In 15. Brown will participate in a National Texas,” which was co-authored by Louis Association of Geoscience Teachers/US A. Harveson, Randy W. Deyoung, Billy Geological Survey Cooperative Summer Tarrant, and Calvin Richardson. Poncho Field Training Program Internship before Ortega-Sanchez, Kingsville, also preheading to the University of Florida to sented a paper on his dissertation work pursue her doctorate. Dyess will begin he is completing at SRSU entitled “Post his doctoral program at the University of release movements of desert mule deer Minnesota-Duluth in the fall. 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 Lobo Legacy



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 are highlighting Sul Ross State University alumnus 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 2003 graduate of the Texas Game Warden Training Academy has been employed as a Texas Parks and Wildlife officer stationed in Mason County since 2008. We learned of Hatfield’s award 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 a 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 help. The classroom size and knowledge of the staff give you good learning experience (very hands-on).” When being asked how it felt being named as Texas Wildlife Officer of the Year, Hatfield commented, “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 a Game Warden, and having a great wife and Lobo Legacy



We are looking for alumni to spotlight throughout our SRSU and SRSURio Grande College publications. We are looking for stories with a strong connection to SRSU and SRSURio Grande College that will pique the interest of our readers and will illustrate SRSU’s impact areas such as the academic programs Sul Ross State University - Alpine and Rio Grande College have to offer. Strong visual assets such as photos, video, articles are a plus. Cody Hatfield

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 a 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 a 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 a 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 till this day.” Hatfield and his wife, Jamie, a 2004 graduate of the Sul Ross nursing program, have one son.

Pictured above are first place championship golf team at the Third Annual SRSU Alumni Association Four-Person Scramble that took place on June 19. (l-r) Dr. John Tarlton, Patrick Tarlton, James Stradley, and Cole Tarlton.

Send information you may have to:

Saul Garza, Director Office of Alumni Relations C-187 Alpine, Texas 79832 Email:


Al Ogletree savors over 70 years of Texas baseball memories, and enjoys plenty of company in the process. The former Sul Ross State University, University of Dallas, and University of Texas-Pan American baseball coach turned 80 Feb. 5. More than forty of his former players were on hand for a surprise party at a South Texas country club this past year. “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 was 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.

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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, President Student Government Association, Public Relations Officer Student Services Fee Advisory Committee Tennis Awards: Alumni Association Outstanding Freshman Award Most Dedicated Male Tennis Player

sharoya hall

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 Letter Winner Sportsmanship Award


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The Lady Lobo softball team completed the season, earning the 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 DeLao (Alpine) and Christa Carrasco (Presidio) completed their Sul Ross careers. DeLao, 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 senior catcher Monte Piper (Missouri City/Hightower High School) has been named an American Southwest Conference Scholar Athlete in an announcement by the league office on 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 was an ASC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete the past two years. He is in 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). A recent graduate, he intends to enroll in Officer Candidate School of United States Army.


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. Ivey 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. 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. Lobo Legacy


Above: Betsy Anderson (#10) meets at the mound with teammates Shelby Clark, Daniella Valenzuela, Candice Johnson and Meagan Gonzalez. Middle: John Taylor watches as Kendall Smith dives for a ball. Bottom: Monte Piper named American Southwest Conference Scholar Athlete.


Jared Mosqueda

James Johnson

Nathan Molina

Brennyn Smith

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 round-trippers, 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. 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; Eric Mata, El Paso (Andress). The quartet has combined for 27 of Sul Ross' 39 homers thus far. (Photo by Steve Lang)

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Mildred Hampton Moseley, known to be the oldest living Sul Ross alum, died on May 3, 2010. Mildred, who attended Sul Ross from 1922-23, 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 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 great-grandchildren.

She recalled traveling with her school teachers from Pearl, Coryell County, Texas, to catch a train in Lampasas that would take her to San Angelo. There, she had a stopover that involved staying in a boarding house with “rowdy” young men roaming the halls. The second leg of her journey included a stop at the hot springs in Fort Stockton. She thought the journey long, but exciting. Pictured above: Mildred Hampton (1919) below (l-r): Mildred Hampton and lifetime friend Mordie Manning, Alpine 1922. 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 “Long way to go to school.” Her father borrowed $150 for her trip, tuition and room and board. Excerpts 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, President SRSU Alumni Association

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1920’s - 1960’s

Sul Ross State University is celebrating 90 years of existence and serving students as a university. Throughout these great years, Sul Ross has remained consistent in being a student serving institution. These photos represent the first half of the 90 years, spanning from the 1920’s through the 1960’s showing students relaxing on campus, historic buildings, student groups such as the Rodeo team, the Lobo Cheerleaders, and the Student Council. Also shown are various classes and students engaging in activities on campus.

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1970’s - Present

During the past 90 years Sul Ross has continued traditions on campus, and has kept a winning attitude with the students. The photos here span from the 1970’s to the present time, and show traditions such as Homecoming and new student convocation. The Sweet 16 basketball team is shown here along with students in various classes, and a historic building that has stood the test of time. The continuing tradition of Sul Ross is shown here at graduation with the 11th and current president Dr. Ricardo Maestas.

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Photo submitted by Mazie Will


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 a 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.




Anselmo Reyes, a custodial supervisor at Sul Ross State University, retired and was honored at a retirement reception on January 21st after 35 years of service.

Dr. Brian McCall 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.


PENDERGRAFT MAKES EQUINE SCIENCE PRESENTATIONS Dr. Jeff Pendergraft, Sul Ross State University associate professor of Animal Science, has presented and will be presenting 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.”

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 said. “I have enjoyed helping people.” Lobo Legacy



Get Involved, Give & Recruit!

At several alumni mixer events hosted by the Sul Ross Alumni Association, President Ricardo Maestas shares with alumni and friends three goals for alumni of Sul Ross State University in Alpine and Rio Grande College. “GET INVOLVED, GIVE, AND RECRUIT!” Pictured are Alpine, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, El Paso, and South Texas alumni mixers taken at hosted locations thoughout the state of Texas.

Permian Basin: Pictured above are Permian Basin alumni at the alumni mixer held at the MCM Elegante Hotel in Odessa, Texas on April 12. The event was cosponsored by the 1949 Sul Ross Tangerine Bowl family members.

On April 21, the Alpine Alumni & Friends Mixer was held on the SRSU campus at the Vic and Mary Jane University Center. Pictured above are President Maestas and Saul Garza delivering alumni goals.

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Maestas networks with alumni at the mixer held at Memo’s Restaurant on June 9th.

On June 10, President Ricardo Maestas, Elsa Dominguez, Romelia Aranda, Maverick County Judge Pepe Aranda, Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey English Cantu, and Leo Dominguez are pictured above at the Eagle Pass Alumni & Friends Mixer held at the Parrilla de San Miguel in Eagle Pass, Texas.

South Texas Alumni-Mission, Texas: South Texas Alumni Chapter of the Alumni Association hosted the alumni mixer on June 12th at the residence of Joe and Cynthia Sanchez. Pictured l-r: Rene Cortinez, Joe Sanchez, Leo Dominguez, Cynthia Sanchez, Eddie Sanchez, Mario Garcia, Juan “Teto” Sanchez, President Ricardo Maestas, Jimmy and Janice Nye, Elsa Dominguez, Emilio Garza, and Janelle Fernandez. Dr. Maestas was presented a portrait of the 12th Calvary camped out in Alpine in 1933.

On June 24, the El Paso Alumni and Friends Mixer was held at the Oasis Bistro and Lounge in El Paso, Texas. Pictured above is Associate VP of Advancement and University Relations, Leo Dominguez delivering the alumni goals for SRSU. Lobo Legacy



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. Dr. Coers 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. Dr. Cockrum Coers oversaw the implementation of the university-wide major 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.


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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Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde Form Alumni Groups What’s the best way to influence a youngster’s decision to stay on track for college? Certainly, it would help to pair that student with someone who is a positive example of college success – a mentor with a diploma and an enviable career. And what better way to accomplish this – in fact to help turn around the high school dropout downslide – than to enlist the active support of a college alumni association? The potential to create such a group in Southwest Texas and for its members to image the benefits of college degree attainment is huge.

That is the quest that bolstered the determination of Dr. Ricardo Maestas, the new SRSU-Rio Grande College president, to increase and retain student enrollment, and inspired the creation of fledgling SRSU-Rio Grande College alumni chapters. Dr. Maestas, Associate Vice President for Advancement, Leo Dominguez, and Saul Garza, the Executive Director of the SRSU Alumni Association, invited exstudents from the Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde areas to organize last January and February. “Former students of the Alpine and Rio Grande College campuses who live

and work in this region count high in the ranks of professionals,” said Dr. Maestas. “Probably sixty to seventy percent of our public school teachers and administrators alone are products of our university.” Maestas charged each of the groups to actively represent Sul Ross and Rio Grande College to the communities, and especially to area youth. “Give…not necessarily money, but your time,” urged Maestas. “Take a kid out to lunch. Invite them to visit your place of work or to explore the college campus. Become role models for kids, ambassadors within your communities.”

DEL RIO (l-r) Olga Torres, Saul Garza, Juan UVALDE (inset l-r) Stephanie Rinaldi EAGLE PASS (l-r) Dr. Ricardo Maestas, VirNanez, Dr. Fernando Quiz, Dr. Maestas, Jon Orozco, J. Ramon, Marcos Esquivel, Leo Dominguez, Johnny and Mary Cordova, Cindy Johnson, Carmen Gutierrez, Bertha Aguirre, Beatrice DeLeon, and Thalina Sabido.

and Carolyn Rigney make use of the Distance Learning Center to teleconference with alumni groups being discussed around other campus locations.


Congratulations to Dr. Gina Stock and Dr. James Woods who were selected as Rio Grande College Faculty Favorites.

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ginia Barrientos, Rita B. Carreon, Saul Garza, San Juanita Gonzalez, Rebecca Robinson, Rebel Foster, Mayra Rodriguez, Clint Wheeler, Leo Dominguez, and Claudia Wright.

Without forewarning at Fall graduation ceremonies in Uvalde, Education Professor Dr. William Tindol was summoned to the stage by SRSU-RGC President Dr. Ricardo Maestas. As a jam-packed audience applauded, Maestas rolled out a hand-crafted captain’s chair to commemorate Tindol’s 45 years of service. Off and on over the decades, Tindol served on faculty and administrative staffs at both the Alpine and Rio Grande Colleges. He graduated from the Alpine campus in 1956 and served as the University’s registrar and a mathematics professor until his transfer in 1974 to take over as the first director of the Uvalde Study Center, RGC’s forerunner. He was honored as the University’s longestserving employee.

Maestas All Ears at RGC Dr. Ricardo Maestas spent most of his first week on the job, not at the Alpine campus, but getting acquainted with Rio Grande College and its communities. Over the course of half-dozen visits since then, Dr. Maestas recited his goal of increasing enrollment and retention of students at both RGC and Alpine campuses. He spoke of expanding RGC’s programs with courses now taught only at Alpine. “Things are going to change and I’m going to be here as often as you need me,” said Dr. Maestas.


“The Desk”

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 originates 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. The Desk 2010

Pictured above left to right: Joseph Cupps, Sandy Torres, Colin White, and Johnathon Cruz. Back cover photo: ‘The Desk’ photo by Rob Stolz

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2010 Annual Alumni Magazine