President’s Perspective October 2019

Fall Semester is well underway at Sul Ross, Fall weather is definitely here in Alpine and there are many exciting things happening. 

Our Museum of the Big Bend recently celebrated their Heritage Weekend, which was a huge success.  At the Annual Heritage Dinner we honored Mr. Charles Mallory for his enthusiastic support of the Museum, Sul Ross and the Big Bend region.  The Heritage Weekend also provided Sul Ross and the Museum the opportunity to host the annual conference of the Texas Map Society.  The highlight of that meeting was the new exhibit at the Museum, “Five Centuries of Mexican Maps” featuring an amazing display from the Museum’s Yana & Marty Davis Map Collection.  That very impressive exhibit will remain for the next few months, so you want to be sure to visit the Museum this Fall. 

Fall is rodeo season and our Sul Ross Rodeo Teams are off to their best start in many years!  The Sul Ross Women’s Rodeo Team recently won their first team competition in 18 years at an intercollegiate rodeo in Eastern New Mexico.  We also have many individual rodeo athletes that are putting on impressive performances.  Sul Ross hosted the intercollegiate rodeo at the end of September to record setting crowds.  The Commissioner of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, Mr. Roger Walters, joined us for the three-day event.  Sul Ross has invested in the improvement of our rodeo and equine facilities and we look forward to growth and development in both programs.

Fall is always an exciting time for Lobo Athletics!  We have football, men’s and women’s soccer, and volleyball underway and your Lobos are competing here at home and throughout the Southwest during the Fall Semester.  Men’s and women’s basketball is right around the corner! 

Finally, Homecoming will be here in two weeks – October 25-27.  It will be a weekend packed with plenty of opportunities to reunite with fellow alums and enjoy being back on campus.  It will be an opportunity to also meet and get to know our new Director of Alumni Relations, Heather Harrell.  The weekend will start with a pep rally and a welcome back party on Friday; the annual Homecoming Parade on Saturday morning will feature our own rodeo great Tuff Hedeman as the Grand Marshall; Saturday will also provide the chance to gather at the Alumni Tailgate before the game and then the football game featuring your Lobos taking on Texas Lutheran University; and finally the Farewell Breakfast on Sunday morning.  I look forward to seeing many of you here for all these events. 

Come visit!  Go Lobos!

Bill Kibler


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