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Tuesday, April 3
Men's golf at Bearkat Invitational
Montgomery, Texas

Wednesday, April 4
Baseball vs. the University of Texas at Arlington
7 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Softball vs. Northwestern State University
5 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Friday, April 6
Baseball vs. Northwestern State University
6:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

SFA Planetarium
"Ocean of Space"

7 p.m.
Math Building planetarium

Softball vs. University of Central Arkansas
4 and 6 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Tennis at Prairie View A&M University
1 p.m.
Prairie View

Track and field at two-day SFA Carl Kight Invitational
Nacogdoches

Saturday, April 7
Baseball vs. Northwestern State University
2 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Softball vs. University of Central Arkansas
Noon
Nacogdoches


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Rusche College of Business faculty members featured on Wallet Hub

Two SFA Rusche College of Business faculty members have recently been featured as experts on WalletHub.com, the first-ever website to offer free credit scores and full credit reports that are updated on a daily basis.

Dr. Mark Scanlan, associate professor of economics, provided his knowledge about unsecured credit cards for bad credit. To read more, click here.

Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev, professor and chair of the Department of Economics and Finance, was featured in an article about the federal reserve's rate hike report. To read more, click here.

Jessica DeWitt

Project coordinator in the Physical Plant

DeWitt recently passed the Educational Facilities Professional credentialing exam, which validates the unique knowledge and competency required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field.

“The EFP credential is an exciting standard for educational stewardship. It represents core knowledge, talent and skill underscoring accountability and commitment to growth and mastery,” said Lander Medlin, executive vice president for APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities, in a recent EFP article.

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SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education recognizes Teaching Excellence Award recipients

SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education recently recognized several faculty members as the college’s Teaching Excellence Award honorees.

Honorees include Dr. Adam Akerson, assistant professor in the Department of Elementary Education; Dr. Darla O’Dwyer, associate professor in the School of Human Sciences; Dr. Kathy Sheriff, assistant professor in the Department of Human Services; Dr. Todd Whitehead, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science; and Dr. Scott Bailey, associate professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership. Among the honorees, Bailey was selected to represent the Perkins College of Education at the university’s Teaching Excellence Convocation, which will be held in April.

The college also recognized Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence honorees for non-tenure track faculty members. Honorees include Erica Dillard, instructor in the Department of Elementary Education; Todd Barrios, clinical instructor in the School of Human Sciences; Deena Petersen, clinical instructor in the Department of Human Services; Sandy Miller, lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science; and Alison Cope, visiting instructor in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership.
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Office of Research and Graduate Studies to present spring workshop

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies will present its spring workshop, Grant Writing 101, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in the Steen Library Wyatt Room.

This workshop provides an overview of the principles of writing a successful proposal, the life cycle of the proposal process and the elements of an effective proposal. The workshop also will help participants determine the right funding source for their project.

Email Sherry Tucker, administrative assistant, at tuckers1@sfasu.edu, or call (936) 468-6606 to RSVP.

Bestselling author, speaker on meaningfulness to present at SFA

Zach Mercurio, author of “The Invisible Leader” and a leading voice in the role of purpose and meaningfulness in life, work and organizations, will discuss “The Power of Purpose” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

Mercurio is an expert in purposeful organization design, diagnosing and changing organizational culture, employee engagement and motivation, workplace happiness and well-being, organizational behavior, and storytelling.

This free event is sponsored by SFA’s Center for Career and Professional Development and is part of Senior Week, which lasts until Friday, April 13. Faculty members are encouraged to inform senior students of this event.

For more information, contact (936) 468-3305 or ccpd@sfasu.edu.

To view other Senior Week events, click here.

College of Sciences and Mathematics to host fourth annual Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show

SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics will host its fourth annual Women in STEM Luncheon and Style Show at noon Tuesday, April 17, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Doors open at 11 a.m. for a gallery walk poster presentation highlighting STEM research accomplishments by SFA students and faculty.

The luncheon and style show is a scholarship fundraising event benefiting students committed to the advancement of women pursuing STEM degrees at SFA.

The deadline for reservations is Friday, April 13. Tickets are $40 each or $300 for a table of eight. For more information about the event or to make a reservation, call (936) 468-2805, or email kdcarmona@sfasu.edu.
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Faculty and Staff Breakfast scheduled for tomorrow

The next SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast is scheduled for 7 to 9 a.m. tomorrow in the East College Dining Hall.

For a special price of $3, SFA faculty and staff are invited to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts.

Help spread the word about this event, and invite your SFA colleagues to join you.

The monthly Faculty and Staff Breakfast is brought to you by the SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of our “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within our campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook.

College of Education to host economic education training

SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education is hosting "Show Me The Moohlah!," a curriculum training on economic education, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room 2.106 and Saturday, April 21, in the McKibben Education Building, Room 258.

Nancy Shepherd, director for the SFA Center of Economic Education, will present curriculum training, which will include free resources for the classroom, explanations of student programs, a resource chart for courses and a review of lesson structure. This training is intended for teacher candidates in economics, government, career and technical education, math, U.S. history, and anyone teaching current events or public issues.

There will be a drawing to receive a Virtual Economics 4.5 pin drive, which contains 1,400 lessons for kindergarten through 12th grade economics, financial literacy and entrepreneurship courses.

Registration is due Monday, April 9.

For more information or to register, email Shepherd at shepherdn@sfasu.edu.

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College of Fine Arts to participate in King commemorative bell ringing

SFA’s College of Fine Arts will join the National Civil Rights Museum’s MLK50 initiative tomorrow by tolling the bells in the Griffith Fine Arts Building in observance of the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

While many will be in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4 to attend events commemorating the contributions King made during his 39 years before his assassination on April 4, 1968, at the Lorriane Motel in Memphis, other observances will take place across the nation. One of those is a unified tolling of bells at universities that have chapels or bell towers.

King was assassinated at 6:01 p.m. Central Standard Time. Since the news rippled across the country, the bells will first ring at the National Civil Rights Museum at 6:01 p.m. CST.  Bells will chime in the City of Memphis at 6:03 p.m. CST, at 6:05 p.m. CST nationally and 6:07 p.m. CST internationally.

At 6:05 p.m. tomorrow, the bells in Griffith Fine Arts Building will toll 39 times to mark the years King was alive.

“This is a simple yet sincere way for us to acknowledge the loss of Dr. King, but more importantly, to recognize the significant contributions he made around the world,” said Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of SFA's College of Fine Arts.

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For artist Stephan Brusche, bananas are not only a source of potassium but also a blank canvas.

For almost seven years, Brusche has been carving and drawing on bananas, and the results are deliciously creative.

See more here.

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