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Wednesday, May 11
SFA softball vs. the University of Central Arkansas at the Southland Conference Tournament
1:30 p.m.
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Friday, May 13
SFA baseball at Southeast Missouri State University
2 p.m.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Saturday, May 14
SFA baseball at Southeast Missouri State University
3 p.m.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Sunday, May 15
SFA baseball at Southeast Missouri State University
11 a.m.
Cape Girardeau, Missouri


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SFA physics, astronomy lecturer receives prestigious inaugural award

Ali Piran, SFA lecturer of physics and astronomy, was recently awarded the inaugural Mary Beth Monroe Award for Distinguished Service to the Texas Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

“I am honored to be a recipient of this prestigious award,” Piran said. “This award is very important to me because Mary Beth Monroe was a true mentor to many students and colleagues and an educator who had a passion for teaching physics. She always reminded us of the importance of physics education in our society, had a great attitude and always looked at the glass as half full. I hope that one day I achieve a small portion of what she has accomplished.”

Piran has been the Society of Physics Students adviser at SFA for more than 20 years. SFA SPS has won 16 national Outstanding Chapter Awards under his guidance. His primary teaching assignments at SFA have been teaching introductory physics.

News & Announcements

SFA receives second round of National Science Foundation funding to support STEM students

SFA professors in several departments were recently awarded a second round of funding from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program totaling just more than $1 million.

The Noyce program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers.

“We are honored the National Science Foundation values the work we are doing with STEM teacher recruitment and support,” said Dr. Lesa Beverly, SFA professor of mathematics and statistics and principal investigator. “This is a collaborative project with a leadership team from mathematics, biology, and secondary education and educational leadership with 11 community college partners as well as with the Region 7 Education Service Center."
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State Rep. Chris Paddie to offer SFA commencement address

State Rep. Chris Paddie will offer the commencement address during SFA’s spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 14.

Serving his second legislative term representing the Texas House of Representatives District 9, Paddie, a native of Center, served as the vice chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee as well as a member of the Transportation and House Administration Committees.
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Center for Teaching and Learning to launch new faculty peer mentoring program

The Center for Teaching and Learning is launching a faculty peer mentoring program to prepare experienced, tenured faculty members who want to enhance their skills in mentoring new faculty members. The program will address aspects of the mentor-mentee relationship, including effective communication, listening skills, confidentiality and trust, academic differences and conflict management. It also will provide hands-on practice in conducting effective meetings, setting goals and documenting progress.

This program will require participation in training on Monday and Tuesday, May 16 and 17, as well as a willingness to be paired with a new faculty member seeking a mentor in the 2016-17 academic year. Mentors and mentees will be matched according to discipline, years taught at other institutions, and a rubric created through screening questionnaires.

Mentors should meet with their mentee at least once a month and attend group meetings. Faculty mentors will promote teaching and learning at SFA and will be recognized through the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Registration is open only to tenured faculty members and is limited to 15 faculty members. To sign up, log into mySFA, select the "employee tab," and click "myTraining."

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.

SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature U.S. National Arboretum geneticist tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Dr. Lisa Alexander, U.S. National Arboretum geneticist, will present “Improving the World One Plant at a Time.”

Alexander is a U.S. Department of Agriculture research geneticist working to improve woody ornamental landscape plants for the USNA. She received a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2005 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she conducted research on American chestnut tree restoration.
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Athletics


Four athletes added to Lumberjack football program

SFA’s head football coach Clint Conque added four athletes to the Lumberjack football program. Transfer punter Michael Crowder, wide receiver Trae Hart, safety Alfred Pullom and freshman linebacker Fre’Zarian Harrison will join the program this summer and begin playing for the Lumberjacks in 2016.

"We're very excited about these four additions and feel they help fill some needs as we head into 2016," Conque said. "In addition to the depth and the competition they add, each of them comes from successful backgrounds and will help add to the winning culture. We're looking forward to getting them on campus and integrated into the program."
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SFA softball opens Southland Conference Tournament today against the University of Central Arkansas

Returning to the postseason as the No. 5 seed after a solid regular season, SFA’s softball team will take on fourth-seeded University of Central Arkansas in the first round of the 2016 Southland Conference Tournament at 1:30 p.m. today at Cowgirl Diamond in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The winner of today’s first-round game will advance to play McNeese State University, the top-seeded conference champion, at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The losing team will drop to the losers’ bracket and play at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12.
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Aaron Thomas named 2016 Southland Conference McCarty Citizenship Award winner

SFA football wide receiver Aaron Thomas has been named the 2016 Southland Conference Steve McCarty Citizenship Award recipient.

The annual award recognizes one male and one female student-athlete exhibiting outstanding qualities in citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership and community service. This year's Steve McCarty Citizenship Award winners will be honored at the Southland Honors Ceremony Tuesday, May 24, at Westin Stonebriar Hotel and Golf Club in Frisco.
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Non-conference baseball game at Texas Christian University postponed until May 17

Due to heavy rain in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, the non-conference game between SFA and No. 8-ranked Texas Christian University has been postponed until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Lupton Stadium in Fort Worth.

For all weather-related schedule updates throughout the 2015-16 SFA athletics season, follow the ’Jacks on Twitter @SFA_Athletics and @SFA_Baseball, and be sure to check out SFAJacks.com.

Fine Arts

SFA’s Music Preparatory Division to present spring recitals

Students in the Music Preparatory Division of SFA’s School of Music will present their spring recitals tomorrow through Tuesday, May 17.

“The students have worked hard this semester in order to bring their gift of music to parents, families and friends,” said Pat Barnett, division director.

The SFA Young Violinists, students of Brenda Josephsen, will perform at 6 p.m. tomorrow in the Music Recital Hall.
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