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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Kyle Keller basketball camp scheduled for June

Two sessions of the Kyle Keller basketball camp are scheduled for this summer.

A day camp is scheduled for Monday, June 18, through Thursday, June 21. A morning session will take place from 8:15 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session will take place from 1:15 to 5 p.m. Campers also may register for both sessions. Participants will receive a T-shirt. Meals will not be provided.

An overnight camp is scheduled for June 24 through 27 and will include meals and a T-shirt.

Both day and overnight camps are for boys entering grades second through 12th.

Faculty and staff receive a 10-percent discount. For more information or to register, click here.

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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

Online graduate interior design program ranked among top in nation

Online Schools Center has ranked SFA’s graduate interior design program among the top 16 in the nation.

Online Schools Center, a website dedicated to helping students who are seeking an online education, recently reviewed university websites to find the best online programs in interior design. SFA’s program stood out.

The program offers SFA students a Master of Science in human sciences with an emphasis in interior design and healthcare interior design, completely online. Students can enroll in a 30-hour program with a thesis or 36-hour program without a thesis.

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College of Fine Arts

Registration underway for Junior Jacks theatre day camp

Registration is still open for 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 Aug. 6 through 18. Registration deadline is Friday, July 27.

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 and the camp’s director. The fun and exciting summer camp, offered in two age groups, fills quickly.

Registration costs $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

Lecture to feature director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality tonight

SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and the SFA Division of Environmental Science will host a public lecture beginning at 7 p.m. tonight in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Heidi Grether, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, will present “Perspectives on Environmental Protection and Regulation, Day-to-Day and in Crisis.” Grether brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from her time dealing with environmental disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 

This lecture is free and open to the public. Parking is available at the PNPC and nearby Raguet Elementary School. For more information, contact Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator, at (936) 468-1185 or

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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

Inaugural orientation held for new Master of Science in Nursing program

Nineteen family nurse practitioner students from across Texas visited the SFA DeWitt School of Nursing last week for the first Master of Science in Nursing program orientation in the university’s history.

The new online program makes it easier for East Texas nurses to access graduate nursing education while providing much-needed primary care to citizens of Deep East Texas.

A $750,000 grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation strengthened development of the online program, which includes a few on-campus clinical experiences.

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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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SFA student spends summer north of the Arctic Circle

When Kyle Vyers said the location of his summer internship was remote, he did not exaggerate. Vyers, an SFA forestry wildlife management student within the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, spent six weeks at Tjuonajokk, a Swedish fishing camp accessible only by helicopter or hydroplane.

Despite the camp’s remote location 120 miles inside the Arctic Circle, anglers from around the world flock to the camp to indulge in world-class fly-fishing and breathtaking mountain vistas.

While Vyers had the opportunity to fish, his primary focus was the daily operation of the camp, which included tasks that ranged from cleaning to construction.

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University News

Convocation slated for Aug. 23

The SFA faculty and staff meeting to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year is slated for Aug. 23.

Refreshments will be served from 7 to 8 a.m. in the Spirit Lounge of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, and the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Turner Auditorium.

New members of the SFA community will be introduced, accomplishments of the previous year will be highlighted, and plans for the upcoming year will be discussed.

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