February 17, 2014: Busy, Busy, Busy!

Things are heating up at Sul Ross. Temperatures soared into the upper 80s this weekend, just in time to enjoy college softball and baseball in Alpine, as well as the Love Your Community 5K Walk/Run to benefit the Alpine Food Pantry and university scholarships. As an optimist, I am inclined to think that Spring has sprung and our trademark beautiful weather has returned for the year. Of course, I also have heard from long-time residents not to get too excited too soon since perennials planted before March 1st tempt the return of freezing weather.

Campus is heating up in other ways as well. In addition to recent softball and baseball games and the 5K Walk/Run (which was a huge success thanks to Karen Brown and company), Lobo men’s and women’s basketball teams competed on Saturday making it a college sports enthusiast’s dream day. And if this were not enough to fill a busy calendar we have several other significant events scheduled this week. Tomorrow begins with a visit by U.S. Representative Pete Gallego’s staff to learn more about exciting developments around campus. Immediately following that, our excellent theatre department wraps up its final showings of “Hamlette,” first to an audience of 500 middle schoolers from out of town (undoubtedly future Lobos), and later in the day to students from Alpine ISD (also future Lobos we hope!).  The next day we host another activity on campus, the San Antonio Livestock Event (SALE) address. This year’s presentation will be provided by Texas A & M Professor Dr. Jim Heird. His talk, entitled “Current Issues in the Equine Industry,” will begin at 7:30 PM in the University Center Conference Rooms. Thanks to the success of SALE, more than $1.5 million has been raised over the past  25 years to support student scholarships at Sul Ross.

Thursday evening Trappings comes to Sul Ross with a kick-off dinner in Marathon at the Gage Hotel. The next morning at 10 AM in Marshall Auditorium the Annual Cowboy Poetry extravaganza begins for the 28th consecutive year on our campus. Noted storytellers and poets including Allan Chapman and Rodeo Kate, Chris Isaacs, Cowboy Celtic and Amy Hale Auker will be on hand non-stop through Saturday to regale audiences with tall tales and homespun poetry suitable for hat and boot wearers of all sizes. Later that day the Museum of Big Bend opens at 5 PM for a well-catered reception to honor numerous artists who will be on hand to meet and greet prospective patrons as the MOBB kicks off its most prominent fundraising event of the year. Trappings events continue through the weekend with gatherings planned at the Reata on Friday night and culminating with the official opening exhibit, sale and reception the Museum of the Big Bend on Saturday evening.

The following week is jam packed too, with various Lobo athletes playing road games throughout central Texas, a Texas State University Systems Board of Regents Quarterly meeting taking place in San Marcos, a “Meet the New Head Football Coach”  alumni luncheon in San Antonio at the Oak Hills Country Club (organized by Ken Batchelor—Thanks Ken!) at noon on Friday, and then tentatively, a signing ceremony later that same afternoon in Uvalde to mark an agreement with Mexico to  accept students into Sul Ross on a more seamless basis.

So per usual this time of year, it is a sprint to Spring Break and mid-terms soon thereafter to plunge us into the second half of the term. So let’s keep going Lobos in a positive direction. There’s much to do and much to look forward to!