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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, May 16
Commencement
William R. Johnson Coliseum
9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Wednesday, May 20
Grade entry completed for spring
Noon

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day holiday

Tuesday, July 14
Grade entry completed for Summer I
Noon


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News & Announcements


Faculty Senate honors outgoing senators

The SFA Faculty Senate's outgoing senators were recognized and awarded axe handles to commemorate their terms of service.

Pictured, from left, are: Norjuan Austin, chair elect; Tammy Harris, secretary; Leisha Bridwell, Mary Olle, Charlotte Allen, Leslie Cecil, Matthew Kwiatkowski, David McKemy, Karen Embry-Jenlink, chair; and Joey Bray, treasurer.

TRS benefits presentation set for May 13

The Teachers Retirement System will be hosting a TRS Group Benefits Presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents Suite A.
 
Log in to the MyTRS website to register. If you are not a current user of MyTRS, visit the TRS website to register and receive immediate access to all the tools.
 
If you have questions about your TRS Retirement Benefits, make plans to attend the presentation.

SFA chair of military science to offer commencement address

Lt. Col. David Miller, chair of the Department of Military Science at SFA, will offer the commencement address during the university's spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 16.

Miller, a resident of Nacogdoches, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science in safety engineering with an environmental emphasis from Murray State University.

The lieutenant colonel's previous assignment was at U.S. Army Pacific Command, where he served as the facility and construction branch chief, deputy chief of staff for engineering.
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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature designer of Mize Azalea Garden

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Barbara Stump, research associate for development for SFA Gardens, will present "SFA Gardens - My Azalea Retrospective, the Unabridged Version."

Stump will reveal a few secrets and lessons learned during the 18-year development of the SFA Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden. Stump has been associated with the gardens since she began working toward her master's degree in 1997. Her master's thesis, "The Site Analysis and Design of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden," involved coordinating efforts to build the 8-acre garden and plant more than 8,000 specimens, of which 6,500 are azaleas.
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Campus Recreation


Campus Rec hours changed for the weekend

In light of graduation, SFA's Campus Recreation office will observe reduced hours this weekend. The facility will be open at the following times:

6 a.m. - 10 p.m., Friday, May 15.
Noon - 5 p.m., Saturday, May 16.
Noon - 5 p.m., Sunday, May 17.

Summer hours will start Monday, May 18.

For more information, please visit Campus Rec's website


Family Fun Night scheduled for Friday

Curious about the youth programs Campus Rec has to offer during the Summer?  Stop by Family Fun Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, for more information.

Registration is currently open for swim lessons, Little Jack Rec Camp sessions and Parents’ Night Out. Free food, fun games and opportunities to win free sessions are part of the event.

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

Athletics


Oklahoma cancellation ends 2015 season

Heavy rains and severe thunderstorms have led to the cancellation of SFA's game at the University of Oklahoma scheduled for Tuesday, May 12. The cancellation officially closes the book on the 2015 SFA baseball season.

The 'Jacks end the 2015 season with a 17-34 overall record and were 11-18 in Southland Conference play, sitting 10th in the conference standings. SFA closed out the year by taking two of three games from Lamar University, notching its fourth SLC series victory. Sitting ninth in the race for the SLC tournament, SFA was eliminated from postseason contention when the Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Islanders won a Saturday doubleheader against the University of the Incarnate Word.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Music Preparatory Division presents spring recitals

Students in the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music will continue to present their spring recitals through Friday, May 22.

"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.
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SFA's Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'The Lightning Thief'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series will conclude the 2014-15 CPAS season with two performances of "The Lightning Thief" on Tuesday, May 12.

"'The Lightning Thief' is a funny, action-packed musical," said Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series. "This exciting national touring production is fast-paced and imaginative and targets students in second grade and up."

Presented by Theatreworks USA and adapted from the book by Rick Riordan, "The Lightning Thief" is the story of Percy Jackson, who is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again, but that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus's master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.
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