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Friday, May 12
SFA Planetarium
"The Planets"

7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Baseball at Lamar University
6 p.m.
Beaumont

Saturday, May 13
Baseball at Lamar University
2 p.m.
Beaumont

Sunday, May 14
Baseball at Lamar University
1 p.m.
Beaumont


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Dr. John C. Pruit

Assistant professor of sociology

Pruitt has been selected as the recipient of SFA’s Academic Assistance and Resource Center’s Bravo Award.

Each semester, the AARC selects one faculty or staff member for this award to recognize outstanding support of AARC services.

While Pruit has only recently joined the sociology faculty at SFA, he has already distinguished himself as a student advocate. He reached out to the AARC upon joining the faculty and expressed an interest in offering a supplemental instruction group. He has actively contributed to the success of the group since.

Wayne Weatherford

Interim director of the Soils Analysis Lab in SFA's Department of Agriculture

Weatherford was one of four recipients chosen for the 2017 President’s Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement and excellent service. Weatherford has worked at SFA for 32 years and has been described as “the critical cog in the success story of his department.”

As a manager, he is responsible for day-to-day activities, managing students workers and performing critical tasks. His coworkers say Weatherford “represents what SFA and agriculture are all about: teaching, research and service.”

Note: Additional honorees will be recognized in SFA Today throughout this week.

Dr. Mary Catherine Breen

Associate professor of secondary education and educational leadership

Breen has been named the new SFA 101 coordinator. SFA 101 is a course that helps students transition from high school and introduces the expectations and opportunities of university life. Successful participation in SFA 101 improves critical thinking skills and results in higher college GPAs. Participation also provides a greater likelihood of continued enrollment and graduation.

In addition to her role as associate professor, Breen's experience includes teaching high school English and social studies in Fort Bend, Beaumont, Rusk and Nacogdoches. She received the Teaching Excellence Award on behalf of SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education in 2015.

Breen holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her master's degree in English and her doctoral degree in educational leadership from SFA. She joined SFA in 2007 as associate director of the English Language Acquisition Center for Excellence grant and became a faculty member in 2011.

She will continue to serve as associate professor and will be available for her duties as coordinator in the SFA 101 office, located in the Steen Library, Room 203L.

News & Announcements

Scholastic Book Fair to take place next week

The SFA Charter School will host a Scholastic Book Fair Monday through Friday, May 15-19, in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center. The fair will be open daily from 7:30 to 8: 30 a.m. and from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m each day.

For more information or to request an alternate time to view the fair, contact Amy Mooneyham, charter school accounting clerk III, at (936) 468-5899.

Selden presents at Morph2017 conference in Denmark

Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr., research associate with SFA’s Center for Heritage Research, recently presented “Meta-Analysis of Geometric Morphometrics in Anthropology” at the Morph2017 conference held at Aarhus University in Denmark.

Through the use of publications and their cited references harvested from Scopus, an interactive, directed bipartite citation network for geometric morphometric applications in anthropology was generated. The network was subsequently filtered to include only those nodes with a degree of two or higher. InDegree and OutDegree were used to identify and illustrate publications and references central to each of the communities identified in the study. Using the citation network as an epistemological tool, practitioners can identify schools of thought or practice, references with the highest overall authority, references central to each school of thought or practice and the within-field publications that are cited most. Practitioners may then view and actively explore the progression of those publications and the references that were cited in graphical form.

Business students receive scholarships through Student Success Passport Program

SFA’s Rusche College of Business awarded 44 scholarships totaling $50,000 to students in the Student Success Passport Program. The college awarded four $2,500 scholarships to top scholars and 40 $1,000 runner-up scholarships.

“This program is life changing for students. It helps provide them the skills needed to succeed when they graduate and also helps alleviate some of the financial worry higher education can cause,” said Megan Sellers, coordinator for career success and corporate engagement and an academic advisor in the college.
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Nominations for alumni awards due by May 18

SFA’s Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the annual alumni awards, which are four awards presented by the association, which includes the Distinguished Professor Award, the Lumberjack Pride Award, the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Nominees should include individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and communities, committed themselves to advancing the values and goals of SFA, and ensured a better quality of life for future generations.

Nominations are due by Thursday, May 18.

Click here for qualification information or to submit a nomination. Applications or questions also may be sent to Heather Hawkins, assistant director of the Alumni Association, at hawkinshd@sfasu.edu.

SFA Gardens’ lecture series to feature horticulture specialist tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tomorrow 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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Texas Rangers to feature SFA at University Night

Rangers, Astros and Lumberjack fans alike can double up on team pride in June when SFA is featured during the Texas Rangers' University Night when the team plays the Houston Astros at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
 
“The Texas Rangers’ University Night is great exposure for the SFA brand on a regional, state and national level,” said Samantha Mora, director of alumni events and engagement with SFA’s Alumni Association. “It’s a great way for potential students, current students, friends and alumni to all be together and celebrate the Lumberjack spirit while cheering on their MLB team.”

Specialty purple Rangers hats with an SFA logo on the side were made for the event. The first 1,000 fans to purchase tickets through this link will be eligible for the hat giveaway

For more information or to purchase 20 or more tickets, contact Jeremy Christopher at (817) 273-5173 or jchristopher@texasrangers.com.
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The gadget pictured below can scan text and convert it to braille in real time. It was developed by six female Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering undergraduate students who competed in MakeMIT’s hackathon, a 15-hour competition in which students work to complete ambitious projects.

The team, under the name "100% Enthusiasm," was tasked with creating something to further accessibility for the blind. Click here to read more.

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