• by Paul Slocumb •

Sul Ross State University requests for a utility easement, RGC degree transfer, and multiple changes within the Education department were approved by the Board of Regents of the Texas State University System. The Board met Thursday-Friday (May 24-25) at Texas State University’s Round Rock Campus.  The Regents also acknowledged more than $300,000 in gifts and donations.

Granting of the easement along the southeastern-most corner of the Turner Range Animal Science Center had been sought by AEP Texas Inc. as part of their ongoing upgrade of electrical service to Sul Ross State University and the city of Alpine.  Despite having a utility pole at the location since the 1940s, no formal easement had been recorded.

The Regents also authorized Sul Ross to transfer the Rio Grande College’s Bachelor of Applied Science with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership from the Department of Humanities to the Department of Business Administration.  The interdisciplinary degree’s curriculum is largely consistent with coursework found in business administration programs such as project development, budget and revenue, human resources, risk assessment, industrial organizational psychology, professional communication for organizations, and organizational leadership. No additional costs are associated with the transfer of the degree.

Changes authorized for the Education department include the Counseling program plan moving from 36 to 48 hours and an overhaul of the Leadership program due to changes in certification requirements and standards.  The department will also have six new course listings: Educational Research I and II; Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment; and Practicum I, II, and III for Certification.  Additionally, two other courses received new names:

ED 7309 Special Populations & Programs was renamed so that diversity and state and federal programs could be combined, and ED 6315 Instructional Leadership: Planning, Implementation & Monitoring of the Instructional Program was renamed because of new standards and content.

Acknowledged gifts included:

To Sul Ross State University

*$5,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Jim Carlson to the Truman & JoAnne Spoon Athletic Training Scholarship Fund

*$6,000 from Cactus Conservation Institute, Inc. to the Klein Trust Botanical Research Fund

*$5,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Maxwell to the BRI Stewardship Program

*$5,000 from San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. to the BRI SALE Fellowship

*$5,000 from Mr. and Mrs. Don Green to the Trappings of Texas

*$5,000 from Mr. and Mrs. John Weisman to the Trappings of Texas

*$30,000 from Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation to the BRI- TPWF Quail Professorship

*$15,000 from San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. to the BRI SALE Fellowship

*$5,000 from Brewster County Hotel/Motel Tax to the CBBS – Trans-Pecos Archaeological Program

*$5,000 from Mr. Stuart Stedman to the Borderlands Research Institute Fund

*$5,000 from TransPecos Banks to the Trappings of Texas

*$5,000 from Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Stringfellow to the Trappings of Texas

*$5,000 from Southern N.M. Chapter of Safari Club International for ANRS International Travel

To Friends of the Center for Big Bend Studies

*$150,000 from Mr. John Fort III, supporting the Trans Pecos Archaeological Program and other programs.

*$50,000 from The Brown Foundation, supporting the Trans Pecos Archaeological Program and other programs.