• October 22, 2019

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GOOD NEWS: Native Plant Society of Texas donation to Sul Ross

The Big Bend Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas donated $10,000 to Sul Ross State University's A. Michael Powell Excellence Fund on Dec. 4. The donation will provide scholarships of $500-$1000 per year to Biology graduate students pursuing the study of botany with a focus on plants of the Trans-Pecos region. Since 2003, the Big Bend Chapter and individual members have donated more than $25,000 to the Powell Excellence Fund which they created. The namesake of the scholarship fund, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Biology A. Michael Powell, retired from his full-time Sul Ross professorship in 2003; however, Powell remains director of the universitys A. Michael Powell Herbarium and continues to publish highly regarded scholarly works. In addition to being a founding member of the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, Powell is a two-time recipient of the Donovan Stewart Correll Award from the Native Plant Society of Texas. Standing in front of the native plant gardens outside the Barton H. Warnock Science Building are, from left to right: Big Bend Chapter Treasurer Tom Kennedy, Dean of Arts and Sciences Jay Downing, Executive Vice President and Provost Jim Case, Department Chair of Biology, Geology & Physical Sciences Chris Ritzi, Big Bend Chapter President Dallas Baxter and Sul Ross President Bill Kibler.

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