• April 10, 2020

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GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross QEP receives national recognition

ALPINE For the second straight year, Sul Ross State University’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) will be showcased at the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges’ (SACSCOC) National Convention. This year’s convention is scheduled for December 5-8 in Nashville, Tennessee.

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GOOD NEWS: Mask Donation

Mohammad Wahid with Valero recently donated several hundred N95 face masks to the Odessa Police Department.

GOOD NEWS: Donation

The City of Odessa and Ector County first responders received a donation from the Chinese American community. The donation was medical items, including masks and gloves. The donation took place at the new EOC facility, Southside Senior Center, 900 S. Dixie Blvd.

GOOD NEWS: Donation
GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross Aspiring Educators Receive Awards

The Texas State Teacher Association-Aspiring Educators (TSTA-AE) recently held their annual state conference via Zoom, March 28-30. Sul Ross State University TSTA-AE received two state awards including first place in Largest Student Membership Increase and third place for Mid-Size Scrapbook. In addition, two Sul Ross students were elected to serve in district office positions representing not only Sul Ross State University but also El Paso Community College and UT El Paso. Angelique Gonzales was elected District 6 Vice President of TSTA-AE while Rebecca Ramos was elected District 6 Secretary. Pictured are, back row: Brooke Carman, Abigail Vizcaino, Angelique Gonzales, Paola Gutierrez, Amanda Eastwood and Everlyn Ramirez TSTA-Aspiring Educators State President visiting Sul Ross State from UT El Paso. Front row: Ann Willard, Valerie Ortiz, Rebecca Ramos, Iris Chavez and Vanessa Rodriguez

GOOD NEWS: Autism Awareness

The Odessa Police Department will join several law enforcement agencies nationwide in promoting Autism Awareness. For the month of April, uniformed OPD officers may replace the standard OPD shoulder patch with the OPD Autism Awareness Patch as a reminder of our commitment to raising awareness for autism. Patricia Limon of San Antonio designed and donated all of the patches to the OPD. Limon is married to San Antonio Police Department Sgt. Richard Limon Jr. OPD is committed to raising awareness for autism. This lifelong disability can be complex and appears during early childhood. It can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships and self-regulation. An estimated 1 out of every 54 children in the United States is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross student gets marine biology internship

ALPINE Sul Ross State University student Danielle Arias is planning a summer of adventure and learning after earning one of only 10 spots in the prestigious University of Delaware Marine Sciences Summer Intern Program.

GOOD NEWS: Factor of one

ALPINE His website states “It’s more than possible, it’s a must.”

Atmos gives $30,000 to West Texas Food Bank

The escalating public health crisis is responsible for an unprecedented number of school closures, layoffs and economic disruptions across the country, and millions of students who depend on school food programs for their next meal also have parents whose jobs are at risk or have been eliminated due to the pandemic.

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.

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.

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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.


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