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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

Monday, May 16
May-mester classes begin
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Dr. Heather Olson Beal

Associate professor of secondary education

Olson Beal was the guest editor of the February 2016 issue of the Peabody Journal of Education. She proposed the issue’s theme, solicited the manuscripts, oversaw the blind peer review process and also had an article published in the same issue.

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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 on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Regular daily publication will resume at the beginning of the fall semester.

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

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


SFA softball falls to top-seeded McNeese State University, 8-2

SFA's softball team fought hard against top-seeded McNeese State University but fell 8-2 to the Cowgirls during the second round of the 2016 Southland Conference Tournament Wednesday at Cowgirl Field.

With a 4-3 win over the University of Central Arkansas in their first game on Wednesday, the Ladyjacks ended day one with a 1-1 record in the double-elimination style tournament. The Ladyjacks will play rival Sam Houston State University today at 11 a.m.

Sophomore catcher Taylor Fraccastoro fueled SFA’s offensive attack Wednesday night. She went 2-for-3 overall with one run and two RBIs. Brittany Lewis and Taylor LeFlore each notched singles as all four SFA hits in the game came from SFA’s three All-SLC performers.
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Ladyjack softball team holds off Bears in first round of Southland Conference Tournament

SFA softball sophomore Annie Mehringer launched an early home run and pitcher Callee Guffey withheld a late surge to lift the SFA softball team over the University of Central Arkansas, 4-3, in the first round of the 2016 Southland Conference Tournament Wednesday afternoon at Cowgirl Field.

The Ladyjacks advanced to play top-seeded McNeese State University in the second round Wednesday evening. 

Mehringer led SFA at the plate in game one, going 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a single. Faith Talley, Taylor Fraccastoro and Taylor Vick also recorded hits on the day with Vick and Autumn Holloway driving in one run apiece.
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Fine Arts

SummerStage Festival to offer pair of fun, lighthearted productions

This year’s SummerStage Festival is scheduled from June 24 through July 16 in William M. Turner Auditorium and features the School of Theatre’s presentations of the children’s musical "A Year With Frog and Toad" by Robert and Willie Reale and "Picasso at the Lapin Agile," a witty comedy by actor, screenwriter and stand-up comic Steve Martin.

The festival was launched in 2014 as the School of Theatre sought to reach out to new audiences looking for a fun and easy-going way of spending warm-weather time with family and friends, according to Scott Shattuck, the school’s director.

“The festival brings people together by bringing engaging stories to life,” Shattuck said. “Half the fun is the audience. It’s full of neighbors laughing together and greeting each other before and after the show and at intermission, families making memories, and friends chatting about the amusing experience they’ve shared.”
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