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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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

Early Childhood Lab teachers reflect on beginnings as student workers

The student has become the teacher. This statement is true for several of the current teachers who work in SFA’s Early Childhood Lab.

Dr. Lori Harkness, director; Karen Farris, pre-kindergarten I master teacher; Tammy Wall, infant teacher; Emily Tacquard, pre-kindergarten II master teacher; Rebecca Gatwood, infant teacher; and Falynn Monk, pre-kindergarten II teacher; all began their careers with the lab as student teachers while in the elementary education program at SFA.

Each fall and spring semester, more than 2,000 college students use the lab for observation, participation and other educational purposes.

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College of Fine Arts

Art faculty exhibition featuring Nieberding's unique photographs opens tonight

SFA’s annual School of Art Faculty Exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition will feature a variety of artworks in ceramics, sculpture, photography, painting, prints, metals and mixed media.

This year's featured faculty artist is Bill Nieberding, assistant professor in SFA’s School of Art, who will present a photography exhibition in Reavley Gallery. The faculty exhibition will be in Ledbetter Gallery. Both shows will be exhibited through Oct. 21.

Admission is free to the exhibition and reception, which is sponsored in part by SFA’s Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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College of Forestry

Fruit and vegetable production class hosting annual Edible Evening tonight

Students enrolled in SFA's fruit and vegetable production class are hosting the second annual Edible Evening from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. tonight in the Sprout Garden.

Students will share how to cultivate many favorite fall crops like carrots, lettuce and peas. Visitors will learn about small-scale techniques for cultivating crops and see how produce is grown for the Sprout Garden market.

Entry to this event is free. For general information, contact Jared Barnes, assistant professor of horticulture and Sprout Garden steward, at

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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

School psychology mini conference scheduled for today

The Department of Human Services is hosting a school psychology mini conference from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the human services and technology lobby.

School psychology master’s and doctoral students will use their research to discuss current trends in school psychology. Faculty members also will be in attendance to discuss their research and clinical interests.

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