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Wednesday, April 26
Men's golf at Southland Conference Championship
All Day
McKinney, Texas

Thursday, April 27
Regents Professor Dr. Kenneth Farrish to present lecture "Intestines of the Earth"
5:30 p.m.
Math Building, Room 101

Friday, April 28
SFA Planetarium
"The Planets"

7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Baseball vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
6:30 p.m.

Softball at McNeese State University
6 p.m.
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Tennis vs. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
2 p.m.

Saturday, April 29
Baseball vs. Southeastern Louisiana University
2 p.m.

Softball at McNeese State University
1 and 3 p.m.
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Track and field at Bobcat Classic Invitational
All Day
San Marcos




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News & Announcements

Jenlink named Regents Professor, Clipson and Moore named professor emeritus

Dr. Patrick Jenlink, professor of secondary education and educational leadership at SFA, has been named the university's 2017-18 Regents Professor.

Reserved for exemplary community and university role models, the title of Regents Professor is the highest honor SFA bestows upon faculty members.

"Dr. Jenlink is a point of pride for the Perkins College of Education," said Dr. Judy Abbott, dean of SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education. "It is fitting that his influence on doctoral students and the educational leadership and policy of the region, state and nation is now being recognized as a point of pride by the SFA Board of Regents."
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Dedication ceremony celebrates naming of Robert and Kathy Lehmann Chemistry Building

A dedication ceremony celebrating the naming of the Robert and Kathy Lehmann Chemistry Building was held Tuesday in conjunction with a meeting of the SFA Board of Regents.

Dr. Robert Lehmann established Lehmann Eye Center in Nacogdoches and is recognized for his contributions to the advancement of surgical techniques in the management of eye diseases. His wife, Kathy, attended SFA and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She serves as the administrator of Lehmann Eye Center and also as an SFASU Foundation trustee.

The Lehmanns have contributed to SFA student scholarships and to the advancement of university programs, including fine arts, modern languages, hospitality, athletics, nursing, the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and the Women in STEM initiative. Pictured are, from left, David Alders, chair of the SFA Board of Regents; the Lehmanns; and Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president.

SFA Board of Regents approves partnership with Fenway Group

Through a new partnership, SFA students will have the opportunity to gain tangible corporate experience and become the next generation of information technology talent while simultaneously completing their degrees.

During the SFA Board of Regents quarterly meeting Tuesday, regents approved a partnership between SFA and Fenway Group, a company dedicated to training college students to become the next generation of IT talent. Employees of Fenway Group teach college students how to work in corporate America, which often leads to employment upon program completion and graduation.

Martin Santora, founder and president of Fenway Group, said the company has a 100-percent job-placement rate. He explained to regents that program completers are recruited to work with the company, a corporate client, or a public or private entity within the graduate's area of study.
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Department of Biology to host J.H. Burr Distinguished Lecture Series

SFA’s Department of Biology will host the 28th J.H. Burr Jr. Distinguished Lecture in Biology at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center’s Twilight Ballroom. Dr. Michael Hitchcock will present “Behind the Scenes of Personalized Medicine: Cancer Treatment in the Era of Human Genomics.”

Hitchcock received his Master of Science in biology from SFA and graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Biology at (936) 468-3601.
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Shutterstock images available through University Marketing Communications

Shutterstock images for use by SFA campus departments for work-related projects may now be acquired through SFA's Office of University Marketing Communications. 

UMC was recently required by Shutterstock to purchase a corporate subscription and the revised cost is more than double what has been paid in years past. As part of this subscription, UMC’s registered users can download images for official university use by any campus department.

To request Shutterstock images, contact Kim Gaynor, marketing communications specialist of project services, at (936) 468-2605. She will download and email the requested files.   

Requests must come from full-time SFA employees. UMC will download up to three image files per department on an annual basis free of charge. If more than three image files are needed, a fee of $10 per image will be charged to help offset UMC’s costs.   

For more information, contact Gaynor at kgaynor@sfasu.edu or Dr. Shirley Luna, executive director of UMC, at sluna@sfasu.edu.

Lori McGough Harkness Early Childhood Lab Scholarship established at SFA

A mother-daughter team recently established the Lori McGough Harkness Early Childhood Lab Scholarship at SFA to help offset the cost of quality child care and education.

The scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Lori Harkness, director of SFA’s Early Childhood Lab and campus coordinator of the SFA Charter School. Her mother, Kathleen McGough, is a faculty member in SFA’s Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication.

“This scholarship is the first of its kind at SFA,” Jill Still, SFA vice president for university advancement, said. “Many parents within our community desire for their children to attend this exemplary program. This scholarship will assist families with the costs associated with dual enrollment while honoring a dedicated leader whose focus and lifelong work has been devoted to children.”
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Spring Teacher Job Fair to take place May 5

SFA's Center for Career and Professional Development will host the 2017 Spring Teacher Job Fair from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 5, in the Norton H.P.E. Complex gymnasium.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students about the event, especially those who may be looking to work in the field of education. Click here for a list of participating employers. If a faculty member would like record of attendance for their students, a class roster or a sign-in sheet must be provided via email by the faculty member to the CCPD by Tuesday, May 2.

Students will need to bring their student ID for check-in, and it is recommended that they bring copies of their résumé to distribute to employers. Professional dress is required. Résumé assistance and the center's free Career Closet are available to help students prepare for the event. Information about these resources may be found on the center's website.

For more information, contact Brandi Derouen, assistant director of the CCPD, at (936) 468-3305 or derouenb@sfasu.edu.

SFA Gardens’ lecture series to feature horticulture specialist Brie Arthur

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Brie Arthur, a horticulture media personality, will present “The Foodscape Revolution.”

Originally from Southeastern Michigan, Arthur studied landscape design and horticulture at Purdue University. With more than a decade of experience as a grower and propagator at leading nurseries such as Plant Delights and Camellia Forest, she combines her passion for plants, design and communicating the value of horticulture.

The lecture series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare-plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.
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SFA to offer family nurse practitioner program with a Master of Science in Nursing this fall

It’s official. Nurses across the state now have access to an online family nurse practitioner program that will be offered this fall by SFA. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing recently approved the Master of Science in Nursing program.

"The new program will help the whole community as well as the School of Nursing," said Dr. Sara Bishop, director of SFA's DeWitt School of Nursing. "We are already one of the best-known schools of nursing in Texas - our graduation rates are excellent, and our students perform remarkably on their state board exams. This program will offer nurses access to graduate nursing education and provide much-needed primary care to citizens in Deep East Texas."
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Department of Government hosting guest speaker tonight

SFA’s Department of Government will host a lecture featuring Bill Whittle at 7 p.m. tonight in the Dugas Liberal Arts Building, Room 102. Whittle's lecture is titled "The Implications for Liberty in the Wake of the 2016 Election and President Donald J. Trump."

Whittle began his career as a freelance television editor and has worked with The Discovery Channel, The History Channel and NBC. He has written for National Review Online and the Daily Wire and is a frequent contributor to Breitbart news.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Government at (936) 468-4408.
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Second STEM speaker series installment taking place tomorrow

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host the second installment of the STEM Business and Industry Speaker Series from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow 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.

Department of Psychology to host speaker series tomorrow

SFA’s Department of Psychology will host a speaker series titled, “Topics in Child and Adolescent Psychology,” beginning at 4 p.m. tomorrow in the McKibben Education Building, Room 131, on campus.

Dr. Iqnoor Bains, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Tri-County Behavioral Health in Conroe, and Dr. Rachel Wolfe, a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and a licensed clinical psychologist practicing at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, will each present during the event.

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Lumberjacks make statement with win over Texas Christian University

Each time SFA’s baseball team has competed against a big-name Texas team this season, the end result could be summarized as, "Close, but no cigar."

Tuesday at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth, however, the Lumberjacks defeated No. 4-ranked Texas Christian University, 6-2.
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73s by Stock, Monzingo place Lumberjacks fourth after round two in McKinney

SFA’s men’s golf team bounced back on day two of the 2017 Southland Conference Championship, shaving six strokes off its round one total and posting a 19-over 307 in round two. With 18 holes remaining, SFA sits fourth among the team standings with a 44-over 620 and looks to excel in today's final round at the Stonebridge Ranch Country Club in McKinney, Texas.

Dealing with warm but windy conditions Tuesday, SFA embraced the challenge and posting the second-lowest round of the day, trailing just behind the 18-over 306 McNeese State University carded.
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Fine Arts

Latin Lumberjacks to present outdoor Cinco de Mayo concert

The Latin Lumberjacks ensemble at SFA will present a Cinco de Mayo concert from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza on campus.

Latin Lumberjacks comprises members of the Sound Recording Technology program within SFA's School of Music. Directed by Luigi Lazareno, adjunct faculty member in SFA's School of Music, the group will perform a variety of classical and popular songs in salsa style.

The concert is free. For more information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or click here.
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Masterwork performance to feature Mendelssohn’s ‘Elijah’

The combined choirs at SFA, along with the Orchestra of the Pines and faculty soloists, will present Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, in Turner Auditorium on campus.

The oratorio depicts events in the life of the biblical prophet Elijah, taken from the books 1 Kings and 2 Kings of the Old Testament.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Film series to screen ‘If You Build It’

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “If You Build It” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House downtown.

“If You Build It” follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest county in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Steel Band to present ‘Blasts From the Past’ tonight

The Steel Band at SFA will present “Blasts From the Past” when the ensemble performs at 6 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Featuring arrangements of songs from the 1960s through 2016, “Blasts From the Past” will showcase the music of popular recording artists throughout the decades, including The Spice Girls, Tom Petty, Twenty One Pilots, Adele, One Direction, Santana, The Beatles, Cyndi Lauper, Aqua and more. The program also will include more traditional steel band tunes, according to Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA and the Steel Band.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and children. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Today is Administrative Professionals Day, and to commemorate this day of recognition, take a look at this list of 11 administrative professionals who became famous later in life.

The list includes big names such as the late comedian Joan Rivers and author J.K. Rowling, pictured below.

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