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Friday, May 12
SFA Planetarium
"The Planets"

7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Baseball at Lamar University
6 p.m.

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

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




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Anne Uhyrek

Accountant III in the Controller’s Office

Uhyrek was one of four recipients chosen for the 2017 President’s Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement and excellent service. She has worked at SFA for 11 years, and coworkers describe her as having “a wonderful attitude and a great understanding of the department’s functions.”

Uhyrek is known for having patience and being detail oriented. She was nominated for her problem-solving abilities and the care she takes with every task.

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

SFA Today to publish weekly

SFA Today will begin publishing a single weekly issue next week after the end of the academic semester.

The weekly issue will be published Wednesdays throughout the summer. Regular daily publication will resume at the beginning of the fall semester.

Dr. Tim Clipson to offer spring commencement address

Dr. Tim Clipson, SFA professor in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies and SFA 101 Freshman Success coordinator, will offer the commencement address during the university’s spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 13.

Clipson has served SFA for 36 years in various roles and was recently named professor emeritus in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies. He will retire from SFA May 31.

“Dr. Clipson is one of the best-known and beloved professors on campus. His leadership has helped move the university forward, and his legacy will leave a lasting impact on generations of Lumberjacks,” said Dr. Baker Pattillo, university president.
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Submit proposals for fall 2017 service-learning mini grants

Proposals are now being accepted for fall 2017 service-learning mini grants.

Click here for proposal guidelines and information about integrating a service-learning project into a course.

Proposals must be submitted via this online form and are due no later than 5 p.m. Sunday, May 14.

For questions or more information, contact Molly Moody, assistant director of student engagement, leadership and service, at moodymk@sfasu.edu.

Summer Art Academy registration underway

Registration is underway for the annual Summer Art Academy offered by SFA’s School of Art for the two-week camp that will meet June 5 through 16 on campus.

Students going into kindergarten through sixth grade may enroll in classes that include drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics.

The registration fee on or before June 1 is $185 and includes all art supplies, exhibition expenses and daily refreshments. Late registration after June 1 is $200. For SFA faculty and staff members, registration costs $175. Registration information is available here or in person at SFA's School of Art in the Art Building on campus.

For more information, contact Coats at (936) 468-4264 or coatsc@sfasu.edu.
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SFA Gardens’ lecture series featuring horticulture specialist tonight

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tonight 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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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.

Fine Arts

Popular family favorites highlight SummerStage season

The SummerStage Festival at SFA will present a fun and funny children's musical and an emotionally powerful American classic play in its 2017 summer theatre season.

This year's SummerStage Festival is slated for June 27 through July 15 with performances in Turner Auditorium and the Downstage Theatre. Both venues are in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on campus. This year's plays are "Ivy + Bean the Musical" and "The Miracle Worker." The festival is sponsored in part by Tipton Ford Lincoln.

Ticket sales begin Monday, May 15. For tickets or more information, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Music Prep Division offers summer camps, FlexLessons

Registration is underway for a variety of music camps and private summer FlexLessons offered by the Music Preparatory Division of SFA’s School of Music. Founded in 1980 by Shirley Watterston and Dr. Robert Blocker, SFA’s Music Prep Division “continues to bring music to the community,” according to Pat Barnett, division director.

Camps included are Guitar Camp, Get to Know the Harp Camp and Piano Safari Camp. Private lessons also are available for piano, voice, guitar, harp, Suzuki violin, horn, flute, trumpet, euphonium and other instruments.

Visit the Music Prep website for more information or to download a registration form, or contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291. Music Prep will offer online registration beginning Wednesday, May 17, for those who wish to pay with a debit or credit card.
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