• March 30, 2020

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GOOD NEWS: Midland attorney appointed to MC Board of Trustees

MIDLAND At their March 17 monthly meeting, the Midland College (MC) Board of Trustees elected Midland attorney and energy executive Scott Kidwell to fill the unexpired term of Ken Peeler who retired from the Board this past January after 47 years of service.

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GOOD NEWS: Citizenship Fair

Hunter Smith, Permian Basin Adult Literacy Center program coordinator, shares information with an attendee at the Citizenship Fair. On Feb. 29, PBALC co-hosted a citizenship fair at Cogdell Learning Center in partnership with Casa De Amigos, First Baptist Church of Midland, Midland College Adult Education and Literacy and the Midland College Cogdell Learning Center. A significant increase in attendees participated this year. Despite the citizenship process being long and difficult, these individuals are extremely motivated and passionate about becoming U.S. citizens.

GOOD NEWS: Former Odessan’s photos featured in Texas Monthly

Mackenzie Smith Kelley photographed the cover of Texas Monthly’s March issue, and a 10-page spread written by Pat Sharpe covering the state’s best new restaurants in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Houston.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation

The Odessa Christian Faith Center treated the Odessa Police Department to snacks recently.

Small brewery, big appeal

MARATHON Brick Vault Brewery and Barbecue, located in the tiny West Texas town of Marathon, puts the “micro” in microbrewing. “We’re a one-barrel brewhouse,” lead brewer Alton Huebner exclaimed.

Sul Ross professor named Distinguished Professor Emeritus

ALPINE Bill Tindol, longtime Professor of Education and Mathematics at Sul Ross State University, has been named Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

GOOD NEWS: Retirement
GOOD NEWS: Names in the News


GOOD NEWS:Sul Ross signs memorandum of understanding with COBACH

OJINAGA, Mexico Sul Ross State University administration joined leaders from the Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de Chihuahua (COBACH) for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) during a ceremony on Feb. 27 in Ojinaga.The purpose of the MOU is to create a College Admission Partnership through an accelerated admission pathway for international COBACH college preparatory students.The accelerated admission pathway streamlines the admission process to Sul Ross for international COBACH students, reducing overall student associated costs and waiving specific admission requirements, depending on student qualifications.Representing Sul Ross State University at last week’s signing were Leo Dominguez, vice president of student and university services, and Lisa Harris, vice president of enrollment management.“ COBACH is an excellent educational organization,” Dominguez said. “We are extremely excited to have them partner with Sul Ross so we can help their students accomplish their higher education aspirations.”Sul Ross is scheduled to host a COBACH Sully Showcase on March 20.COBACH students will have the opportunity to visit Sul Ross faculty and staff and learn more about the admission and enrollment process.

GOOD NEWS: OPD Awards/Promotional Ceremony

The Odessa Police Department Awards/Promotional Ceremony took place March 5 at Odessa College.


Brothers Max Marquez, 13, and Abel Marquez, 11, both formerly of Odessa, competed in their first ever martial arts tournament at the 2020 Louisiana Governor’s Games Martial Arts Championships on Feb. 29 at the Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, LA. Max, eighth grade, won a bronze medal (third place) in “grappling,” a bronze medal (third) in “weapons” and fourth place in “forms” for the 13 year-old division. Abel Marquez, sixth grade, won a silver medal (second place) in “sparring,” a bronze medal (third) in “grappling” for the 11 year-old division. Both boys are members of the East Texas Kung Fu Exchange in Marshall, currently under Sifu Jesus Gonzalez and previously under Sifu Anthony McDaniels.

GOOD NEWS: Ballroom Marfa names new executive director

MARFA Ballroom Marfa recently announced the appointment of its new Executive Director Laura Creed.

GOOD NEWS: Science Fair Results

The Permian Basin Science & Engineering Fair was held March 7 at University of Texas Permian Basin.

GOOD NEWS: SRSU science, math programs represent at Texas Academy of Science

NACOGDOCHES The Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics programs represented Sul Ross State University this year at the Texas Academy of Science meeting held Feb. 28-29 at Stephen F. Austin State University.

GOOD NEWS: Meadows Foundation gives $100K grant for Big Bend effort

ALPINE The Meadows Foundation is providing a $100,000 grant to the Borderlands Research Institute (BRI) to support the work of the Respect Big Bend Coalition in West Texas.

Express Employment wins excellence awards

The Odessa Express Employment Professionals office won the ClearlyRated Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and employees.


Sul Ross State University music major and flutist Acey Elliott recently performed with the Intercollegiate Band of the 2020 College Band Director’s National Association Southwest Division Conference. The conference was held Feb. 19-22 on the campus of Oklahoma University in Norman. The flute section of the Intercollegiate Band featured students from Colorado State University, Kansas Wesleyan University, Navarro College, Sam Houston State University, Sul Ross State University, Texas Women’s University, University of Arkansas and University of Oklahoma. The band was directed by Gary Hill, emeritus director of bands of Arizona State University. Sul Ross Band Director Jeffrey J. Meyer also presented the lecture session, Suite for Band ‘Wood-notes Wild by Walter S. Hartley: A Posthumous Premiere. The lecture is an analysis and discussion of the work and its 2016 world premiere with the SRSU Wind Ensemble

GOOD NEWS: MC Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society inducts 51

MIDLAND Fifty-one Midland College students were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society on Feb. The 2020 PTK class represents the largest induction ceremony held at MC. PTK is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious honor society servicing two-year colleges around the world.

Students in focus for Quality Enhancement Plan

ALPINE Sul Ross State University is celebrating the second year of implementation for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) with a focus on communication skills.

GOOD NEWS: Sustainability Lessons

“Recycle, Reduce, Reuse!” Third graders in Jennifer Mustain’s library classes explored that message with the guidance of Sul Ross students in the Teacher Education Program. The children learned the importance of trees as they read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. They also discovered ways to recycle or reuse plastics, paper, metal, and glass. The multi-media lessons were designed by the SRSU students to remind the third graders that children can make a world of difference. Every child received a Sustainability Band to remember. “The sustainability lessons were activist education lessons to help the children learn that they are capable of effecting change for social and ecological justice,” Jeanne Qvarnstrom, assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness and associate professor of education, said. “These lessons were taught while the children practiced reading, writing, science and critical thinking skills,” she said. Pictured: Sul Ross education students Gabrielle Gordon, Kylee Davis, Hannah Zly and Daniel Carrillo presented sustainability lessons Feb. 27 to third graders at Alpine Elementary School.

GOOD NEWS: Bowling for Fur Babies
GOOD NEWS: Presentation

New Tech High School recently presented an “Aiding Hands 4 Odessa” statue to the Odessa Police Department. The statue pays tribute to all victims and first responders involved in last year’s mass shooting incident that occurred on Aug. 31, 2019.

GOOD NEWS: Father influences young man’s love of wildlife

ALPINE A father’s love can set the course of a young man’s life. That is certainly the case for BRI graduate student Taylor Daily. Growing up in Lubbock, his father spent countless hours taking him on outdoor adventures, from fishing and hunting to hiking and looking for arrowheads. His father’s interest in all manner of wildlife sparked Taylor’s interest at a very young age.

GOOD NEWS: Museum of the Big Bend completes video touchscreen upgrades

ALPINE Brand new video monitors with touch screen capabilities were recently installed as part of technology upgrades at the Museum of the Big Bend.


Chapel Hill Baptist Church recently treated the Odessa Police Department to breakfast and snacks for the K9s.

GOOD NEWS: SWAT Demonstration
GOOD NEWS: Black History Month

In recognition of Black History Month, students in Jeanne Qvarnstrom’s Education 3301 Course Curriculum and Instruction for classroom teachers designed lesson plans to teach about Black history and culture. On Feb. 13, Sul Ross students presented their lessons to third graders at Alpine Elementary School during Librarian Jennifer Mustain’s classes. The lesson topics ranged from biographies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sojourner Truth to Black musicians such as Duke Ellington.


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