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This Week's Calendar

Friday, April 29
SFA softball at Northwestern State University
3 and 5 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball at Abilene Christian University
6 p.m.

Saturday, April 30
SFA softball at Northwestern State University
1 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

SFA baseball at Abilene Christian University
2 p.m.

Sunday, May 1
SFA baseball at Abilene Christian University
1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 3
SFA baseball vs. the University of Arkansas-Little Rock
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field




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News & Announcements

Strategic Plan campus update scheduled for May 5

Two of the Strategic Plan working groups will update the campus community on their progress and recommendations in Strategy Update Sessions Thursday, May 5, in the Math Building, Room 101. Each of the working groups will make a short presentation followed by audience questions, comments and discussion.

At 1:30 p.m., members of the Career Development Integration Team will present their recommendations for better integrating career development into all years of a student's experience.

At 2:30 p.m., members of the Teaching and Learning Advancement Team will present their recommendations for refreshing classroom spaces across campus.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

For more information, click here, or contact Megan Weatherly, strategic plan coordinator, at (936) 468-1735 or (936) 468-1043.

Dr. R. Scott Beasley receives Distinguished Alumnus award

Dr. R. Scott Beasley, professor emeritus of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, received the college’s first Distinguished Alumnus Award for Leadership in Forestry during the 2016 Environmental Science, Forestry and Spatial Science Convocation held last week.

Beasley received his Bachelor of Science in forestry at SFA in 1964. He earned a Master of Science and doctoral degree in forest hydrology at the University of Arizona at Tucson. After seven years with the U.S. Forest Service Forest Hydrology Laboratory in Oxford, Mississippi, he accepted a position at the University of Arkansas at Monticello in 1976 and was appointed as the head of the university’s School of Forestry and Natural Resources in 1988.
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SFA’s online public administration master’s degree program ranked third best in the nation by GradSchoolHub.com

SFA’s online Master of Public Administration was ranked third out of the top 30 programs offered nationally based on its affordability and recognition, according to a recent release by GradSchoolHub.com.

“SFA as a regional university has programs that tend to provide the academic needs of the people, institutions and organizations in the region,” said Dr. Kwame Antwi-Boasiako, SFA professor and chair of the Department of Government. “This recognition affirms the quality of the public administration program and its affordability.”
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Department of Agriculture invites faculty, staff members to Breakfast on the Farm Saturday

SFA’s Department of Agriculture invites faculty and staff members to Breakfast on the Farm from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center, SFA Beef Farm, 442 CR 123 off Highway 259 North.

Pick up a breakfast ticket between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the SFA Agriculture Building office, located on Wilson Drive. Tickets are limited.

This event includes a free pancake breakfast (with ticket). Attendees can explore the farm, see farm animals, take a hayride and enjoy farm activities, all free of charge.

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Brown, associate professor of animal science at SFA, at (936) 468-3705 or browneg@sfasu.edu.

SFA Faculty Senate announces new senators

SFA Faculty Senate has announced its new senators.

Nelson Rusche College of Business - Dr. Stephen Kosovich, associate professor in the Department of Economics and Finance; and Dr. Jason Reese, assistant professor in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business

James I. Perkins College of Education - Dr. Mary Catherine Breen, assistant professor, and Dr. Kerry Roberts, associate professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership; Dr. Paula Griffin, assistant professor, and Dr. Mark Montgomery, assistant professor in the Department of Elementary Education

College of Fine Arts - Dr. Carolyn Conn, assistant professor of lighting and sound design in SFA’s School of Theatre

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture - Dr. John Michael Mehaffey, assistant professor in the Department of Agriculture

College of Liberal and Applied Arts - Dr. James Morris, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work; and Dr. Louise Stoehr, assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication

College of Sciences and Mathematics - Dr. Chris Ryan, clinical instructor in the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing

Free seminars to be offered during Money Smart Week

SFA’s Ralph W. Steen Library, Career Services, Student Financial Aid and the Nelson Rusche College of Business will host seminars through tomorrow for Money Smart Week in the Wyatt Room located on the first floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library. Events are free and refreshments will be provided. Also, there will be free giveaways and financial resources.

For more information, click here, or contact Marlinda Karo, research librarian, at karom@sfasu.edu; or Dr. Anjum Najmi, librarian, at najmia@sfasu.edu.

Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches to hold Masquerade Ball

The Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches is hosting a Masquerade Ball beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the Nacogdoches Civic Center. SFA and Nacogdoches communities are invited to attend.

Tickets are available for purchase at the Habitat ReStore, or from Lacey Claver, assistant director of student engagement at SFA, at claverla@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1367. Proceeds will benefit the Habitat for Humanity of Nacogdoches.

School of Human Sciences to host graduate studies open house tomorrow

SFA’s School of Human Sciences is hosting a graduate studies open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Culinary Café, located on campus in the Education Annex, Room 121.

This event is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about the online Master of Science in human sciences and graduate certificate program in hospitality administration. Light refreshments will be served and Dr. Richard Berry, dean of SFA’s Graduate School, will speak at 4 p.m.
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SFA’s Phi Beta Lambda sweeps state conference, 13 students qualify for nationals

Members of SFA’s professional business student organization, Phi Beta Lambda, won 13 first-place awards in various competitions during the recent 2016 PBL State Leadership Conference in Dallas.

In addition to their record-breaking number of awards, 13 students qualified for the annual National Leadership Conference in multiple events, which Henry Dunn, PBL faculty adviser and lecturer of general business at SFA, said is the university’s largest qualifying group in the organization’s history.
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East Texas Garage Sale scheduled for Saturday

SFA’s Student Activities Association is hosting the East Texas Garage Sale from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 30, in the SFA Commuter Lot.

To reserve a space, call SAA at (936) 468-1222.

Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory offering discount on soil testing

Spring is here! Is your soil ready? SFA’s Soil Plant Water Analysis Laboratory is offering a 10-percent discount to faculty and staff members on all soil testing analysis.

Collect your sample and drop it off at the soils lab located in the Agriculture Building, Room 122, on Wilson Drive. Results include nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and lime requirements that any landowner could use to grow a healthy yard, bumper crop garden or high-yield hay meadow. Each sample costs $9. Information forms are available here.

Family Consumer Sciences Students Organization collecting nonperishable items in food drive

SFA’s Family Consumer Sciences Students Organization is hosting a food drive for the SFA Food Pantry.

Bring donations to the Education Annex Building or the Human Sciences North and South Buildings by Sunday, May 1.

Suggested items include: any canned goods, rice, peanut butter and jelly, and spices.

For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Shepherd, assistant professor in the School of Human Sciences, at shepherd@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1413.

Campus Recreation

Family Fun Night planned for May 6

Curious about the youth programs Campus Recreation has to offer during the summer? For more information, stop by Family Fun Night from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 6, at the Campus Rec Courtyard and pool.

The event will include free food, games, swimming and opportunities to win free sessions. Kids are encouraged to attend. Registration is currently open for swim lessons, Little Jack Rec Camp sessions and Parents’ Night Out.

For more information, contact the Campus Recreation Administration Office at (936) 468-3507, or click here.


SFA honors athletes at 2016 Champions Dinner

SFA honored the successes of its 2015-16 athletic season at the annual Champions Dinner Wednesday night in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

The night serves as a way to recognize the outstanding athletic performances by the Lumberjack athletic teams, which sit in prime position to earn another Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup.
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Leon Gilmore signs on with ’Jacks for 2016-17 basketball season

The 2016-17 SFA men’s basketball roster continues to fill in as head coach Kyle Keller announced the addition of former Trinity Valley Community College star Leon Gilmore, who signed a National Letter of Intent to join the ’Jacks.

“Leon is a young man I’ve watched since his junior year in high school and who I’ve followed closely through his first two years of college basketball,” Keller said. “Leon brings athleticism and scoring to us — some traits our team really needs — as well as his ability to play above the rim and make shots. We are thrilled Leon has decided to join us, and he will play multiple roles for our team this season and beyond.”
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Kerley claims Southland Conference Track Athlete of the Week honors for third time in four weeks

SFA track and field sophomore My’Lik Kerley continues to dominate the Southland Conference track scene in 2016 and was recognized for his most recent performances at Baylor University by being named the SLC Track Athlete of the Week.

Kerley has had the weekly honor bestowed upon him three of the last four weeks overall.
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Fine Arts

SFA’s Rockin’ Axes to perform music of the ’70s tomorrow

The Rockin’ Axes at SFA will present “The Sounds of the ’70s, Part II” when the ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Directed by Andy Sperandeo, instructor in SFA's School of Music’s sound recording technology program, the Rockin’ Axes consists of SRT students who study influential, popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries, according to Sperandeo. The course work helps students develop skills necessary to transcribe, rehearse, arrange and perform in an ensemble setting.
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SFA bands to present annual ‘Concert in the Park’

SFA bands will present the annual “Concert in the Park” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 1, on the lawn in front of the Wright Music Building.

Performing will be the University Band and the Symphonic Band, both directed by Dr. James Dreiling, acting assistant director of bands at SFA; the Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Tamey Anglley, acting associate director of bands; and the Wind Ensemble, directed by Dr. David Campo, acting director of bands while Fred J. Allen is on spring sabbatical.
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Internationally renowned cellist Quint to perform at SFA

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present cellist Misha Quint performing with SFA music faculty members and students in a concert at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Quint, an internationally renowned concert musician, will join SFA faculty members Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin, and Dr. Andrew Parr and Linda Parr, piano, for a chamber music concert. The program will feature two masterpieces from the piano trio repertoire, including Antonín Dvorak’s colorful “Dumky” trio and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s one-movement work “Trio élégiaque.”
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College of Fine Arts awards first community-established endowed professorship

SFA’s College of Fine Arts’ Dean’s Circle will bestow the first-ever community-established endowed professorship at SFA when the annual Dean’s Awards are presented at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Dr. Charles R. Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music in the SFA School of Music, is the recipient of the inaugural Dean’s Circle Endowed Professorship award, which was created to recognize and honor those who “embody the qualities of the ideal professor that characterize all College of Fine Arts faculty members,” according to Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.
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SFA festival features new works by playwrights Heifner, Cariani, Miyagawa

East Texans can be among the first to hear the newest works by three acclaimed playwrights during SFA’s School of Theatre’s 2016 Festival of New American Plays, which ends Saturday, April 30, on campus.

This biennial event showcases the work of some of the best playwrights in the nation in a five-day festival during which each selected play is presented twice in staged readings by SFA theatre students, according to Jack Heifner, SFA's School of Theatre’s playwright-in-residence, director of the festival and one of the featured authors.
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Wind Symphony to present ‘Tin Pan Alley’

The Wind Symphony at SFA will present the program “Tin Pan Alley” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 2, in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus.

The program will showcase music by early 20th century American composers, such as Scott Joplin and George Gershwin, according to Dr. Tamey Anglley, acting associate director of bands at SFA. The concert also will feature SFA School of Music faculty member Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone.
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College of Fine Arts to recognize students' potential tomorrow during Dean's Awards

SFA’s College of Fine Arts will recognize four students during the presentation of the annual Dean's Awards at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Award recipients include Kaylee Jo Bruggeman, art education major from Katy; Mikayla Stillwell, music education major from Desoto; Allison A. Adams, music education major from Gladewater; and Taylor Dobbs, theatre major from Baytown. Students were selected by faculty members of their respective schools on the basis of their potential to further develop their artistic goals and serve as role models, according to Dr. A.C. "Buddy" Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.
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