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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Ladyjack soccer draws in exhibition with Rice University, 1-1

SFA’s soccer team's match against Rice University Sunday ended in a 1-1 draw. SFA got off to a hot start in the beginning of the first half, netting the game's first goal in the 22nd minute after a combination through the middle of the field led to a sensational low finish past the Owls’ keeper.

SFA athletes came out hungry on the attack in the exhibition, creating several dangerous scoring chances through their athleticism and defensive pressure, which caused several Rice turnovers.

Sunday's game also was a chance to shift lineups and test different personnel packages; however, the Owls added an equalizing strike in the second half of the game to secure the tie.

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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

New partnership allows SFA to offer interior design degree in Houston

Houston-area students pursuing a bachelor's degree in interior design have a more convenient option as a result of a new partnership between Houston Community College and SFA. The institutions have launched a program that will allow students to earn their SFA degree on the HCC Central Campus.

Students who have graduated from HCC in interior design and have completed the core course requirements may enroll in the last 42 hours of SFA interior design courses either online or face-to-face on the HCC campus to earn their bachelor's degree.

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College of Fine Arts

Registration deadline for Junior Jacks theatre day camp Friday

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 Friday, July 28.

Junior Jacks was designed as a day-camp version of the 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

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture provides agroforestry outreach in Haiti

Torn blue tarps serving as the makeshift roof of a cinderblock church gently flapped in the wind as representatives from SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture asked questions of a predominantly male group of subsistence farmers through an interpreter. Those in attendance are residents of Merger, Haiti, a small village located outside of the country's capital of Port-au-Prince, who struggle to produce food in the dry, rocky and erosion-prone soil surrounding the community.

That initial meeting, arranged by One Foot Raised, a nonprofit organization founded by SFA alumni, marked the beginning of a week defined by early mornings, late nights, research, brainstorming sessions, and the initiation of long-term agroforestry and sustainable development projects that defy the study-abroad experience typically offered by universities.

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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

SFA Alumni Association presents 2017 Alumni Awards

The SFA Alumni Association will honor six alumni during its annual awards banquet beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches.

The Alumni Association awards its highest honors to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and the community and who advance the goals and values of SFA.

The association named the following as its recipients of the 2017 Alumni Awards: James Dickerson, Steve McCarty and Dr. Walter “Mike” Robertson, Distinguished Alumni; Julie Woods, Outstanding Young Alumni; Sydni Mitchell, Lumberjack Pride Award; and Dr. Michael Tkacik, Distinguished Professor.

Tickets to the Alumni Awards ceremony and dinner are available through Sept. 1 for $50 per person and $500 for a table of 10. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jennifer Sowell, assistant to the executive director, at (936) 468-3407 or

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