SFA announces scholarship bass fishing tournament

SFA Campus Recreation will host the fourth annual Worsham Bass Tournament beginning at safelight Saturday, June 25, at Jackson Hill Park and Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn in Broaddus.

The tournament benefits the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for SFA Campus Recreation established with the SFA Alumni Association.

Click here to register for the event or email Sarah Kouliavtsev, SFA Campus Recreation promotions and sponsorships coordinator, for more information.

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SFA athletics fans invited to share opinion via survey

SFA athletics fans are invited to provide feedback about their SFA sporting event experiences through a short five-to-seven minute long survey. Their responses will help SFA improve and offer the best possible fan experiences at SFA sporting events.

Fans who complete the survey will be entered to win a basketball signed by Lumberjack men's basketball great Thomas Walkup.

The survey can be accessed here. All feedback is greatly appreciated.

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College of Business

Accounting students offering free tax-preparation services tomorrow

It’s tax season, and SFA students enrolled in the Rusche College of Business’ Schlief School of Accountancy are performing free tax-preparation services for community members at Goodwill in downtown Nacogdoches.

The school partnered with Goodwill to offer the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic for qualified individuals — those whose annual income is $54,000 or less, people with disabilities and limited English-speaking taxpayers. Students will be providing the tax services from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow, March 24 and 31 and April 7.

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College of Education

Public invited to interior design program's senior showcase

Senior interior design students at SFA will showcase their talents during the “Essence of Design” exhibit on display through today on the second floor of the Steen Library.

The exhibit is open to the public.

To schedule a guided tour of the exhibit or for additional information, contact Sally Ann Swearingen, SFA associate professor of interior design, at (936) 468-2048 or

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College of Fine Arts

Registration underway for Junior Jacks theatre day camp

Registration is continuing for SFA’s Junior Jacks Theatre Camp. The popular two-week School of Theatre camp is designed for children entering third through ninth grades. This year’s camp is scheduled for Monday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 12. Registration deadline is July 28.

Junior Jacks was designed as a day-camp version of the highly successful High School Summer Theatre Workshop at SFA, according to Carolyn Conn, associate professor of theatre at SFA and the camp’s director. The fun and exciting summer camp, offered in two age groups, fills quickly, and Conn suggested parents register their children early.

Registration cost is $75 per student and $50 for each additional sibling within a single family. Needs-based scholarships may be available. More information and a registration form can be found here, or contact Conn at (936) 468-1031 or

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College of Forestry

SFA Sylvans win Southern Forestry Conclave championship

The Sylvans, SFA’s timbersports team, reclaimed the championship title at the 60th annual Southern Forestry Conclave held during spring break in Mount Enterprise.

The team, primarily comprising forestry students, competed in a series of technical and physical events against 12 other Southern universities, including Clemson University, Auburn University, Virginia Tech and Louisiana State University.

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College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Presentation by David J. Peterson to take place tonight

David J. Peterson, linguist, author and creator of the Dothraki language featured in HBO’s "Game of Thrones," will present a talk, “Conlangs: The art of language invention,” at 6:30 p.m. tonight in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 142. The talk is free and open to the public and will be followed by an audience Q&A session.

Peterson began creating languages in 2000 and has created languages for television shows and movies, including "Game of Thrones," "Emerald City," "Defiance," "Star-Crossed," "The 100" and "Thor 2." He is the world’s first and only professional conlanger and is the go-to person in Hollywood when a new language is needed. He also has authored books “The Art of Language Invention” and “Living Langauge Dothraki.”

For more information, contact Dr. Jessie Sams, associate professor in SFA’s Department of English and Creative Writing, at (936) 468-2101 or

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College of Science and Mathematics

Third STEM speaker series installment taking place today

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the third installment of the STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today in Kennedy Auditorium on campus.

The event aims to connect students to STEM professionals and will feature two guest speakers, including professional Dr. Scott H. Coleman, SFA regent and Houston-area dentist, and current SFA STEM student Marlon Walls.

Faculty members are encouraged to inform students of the event. Admission is free and open to students of all majors.

For more information, contact Kim Carmona, project coordinator for SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics, at (936) 468-5197.

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Office of the President

New Board of Regents members sworn in

Newly appointed members of the Board of Regents were sworn in Monday by the Honorable Judge Ed Klein of Nacogdoches’ 420th District Court.

Pictured from left are, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee Ken Schaefer; new regents Alton Frailey, Nelda Blair and Scott Coleman; and President Baker Pattillo.

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Graduate Research Conference Committee, Graduate School announce Dean’s Research Awards winners

The Graduate Research Conference Committee and the Graduate School have announced the winners of this year’s Dean’s Research Awards.

Marife Anunciado won best student paper for her work titled “Examination of the Effectiveness of Selected Plant Species for Removing Atmospheric Ammonia.” Dr. Sheryll Jerez was her adviser.

Also, Brittany Fish, Rob McDermand and Katherine Parrish Whitbeck won best student poster for their poster titled “An Evaluation of First Generation College Student-Athletes: Implications for Academic Planning and Student Success." Dr. Karen Embry-Jenlink was their adviser.

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University News

Archie McDonald Speaker Series taking place tonight

Douglas Brinkley, whom CNN has declared, “a man who knows more about the presidency than any human being alive,” will headline the 2017 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Brinkley is an American historian, best-selling author, CNN presidential historian and history professor at Rice University in Houston. He is a sought-after commentator on U.S. presidential history and has authored books on Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

A private reception for 100 guests will be held prior to the main event. Private reception tickets can be purchased by contacting April Smith, SFA associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.

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