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This Week's Calendar

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

Wednesday, May 20
Grade entry completed for spring

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day holiday

Tuesday, July 14
Grade entry completed for Summer I




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Dr. Treba Marsh and Esther Bunn

Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy

Marsh, interim director and professor of accounting, and Bunn, accounting lecturer, worked with Dr. Mary Fischer of the University of Texas at Tyler to publish research titled "Fiscal Health Analysis of Texas and Its Municipalities" in the second-quarter edition of the Journal of Business and Economics Research.

Recently insolvent municipalities have declared bankruptcy when they are unable to meet their bond debt or pay their outstanding liability obligations. This analysis looks at the fiscal health of Texas municipalities that have issued debt in the past two years to identify those suffering financial stress that would possibly result in the municipality seeking bankruptcy to resolve its fiscal issues.

News & Announcements

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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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

Bright Ideas Conference presentations now available online

Many of the posters from SFA's 2015 Bright Ideas Conference can now be viewed in ScholarWorks. If you wish to include your poster from the 2015 conference, please contact the Center for Digital Scholarship at cds@sfasu.edu.

T-shirt sponsorships available for Stone Fort Yearbook

SFA departments and student organizations looking for a unique way to promote their programs should consider helping sponsor the Stone Fort yearbook T-shirt this  summer. The annual T-shirt sponsorship helps fund the publication of the award-winning yearbook, which chronicles  a year’s worth of SFA events and activities and preserves students’ college memories for years to come.

The T-shirts are distributed for free to all students who sign up to purchase a yearbook during summer orientation and immediately become a part of these new students’ SFA spirit wardrobe. Logo spaces on the back of the T-shirt are available for $250. If you would like your department or organization represented, please call SFA Student Publications at (936) 468-4703 or email pinelogads@sfasu.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, May 15.

Family Fun Night scheduled for tonight

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.

Flags to be flown at half-staff today and Monday, May 25

In honor of Peace Officer Memorial Day on Friday, May 15, SFA will lower the U.S. and Texas flags on campus to half-staff. The flags will return to full-staff on Saturday, May 16. The day is dedicated to federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. It is observed in conjunction with Police Week.

Flags will be lowered to half-staff again on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day.

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.

East College Street to close for repairs Monday

A portion of East College Street will be closed Monday, May 18, to facilitate underground repairs to fix the developing pot holes near Hall 14.
The closed portion will be between the western exit of the Steen Hall parking lot and the entrance of Lot 8 by Hall 14.

All west-bound traffic will be diverted through the Steen Hall parking lot to Hayter St., and then on to Raguet St. East-bound traffic from Raguet St. to the closure will be restricted to only those vehicles needing to park in the parking lots next to the Hall 14, Lumberjack Lodge, behind Human Services, the Health Clinic, the Education Building and the Steen Library. All other east-bound traffic will be detoured north on Raguet St.

All motorists are encouraged to use extra caution in this area and to observe all signage posted.

A picture of the impacted area can be seen here.

The closure is expected to last four days until Friday, May 22, but could be extended due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. If you have any questions, please contact the Parking and Traffic Office at (936) 468-7275 or sfaparking@sfasu.edu.

Portraits of Freedom exhibit opens June 13

Portraits of Freedom is a juried student art exhibit of runaway slaves drawn from the newspaper advertisements aggregated by the Texas Runaway Slave Project.

The exhibition opens Saturday, June 13, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot for the 26th annual Texas Blueberry Festival. It consists of drawings, lithographs, paintings and screen-prints from students at SFA, Texas Christian University and Lamar University, along with interpretative panels contextualizing what's on display. Admission is free.

There is an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 11, at the Nacogdoches Court House Annex, featuring commentary by Kyle Ainsworth, Texas Runaway Slave Project manager, as well as two lectures placing slavery and freedom in Texas in larger social and geographical contexts. Dr. Douglas Chambers, from the University of Southern Mississippi, will speak about runaway slaves in the Atlantic World and Dr. Daina Berry, from the University of Texas at Austin, will lecture on Juneteenth. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For information on the reception, click here. More information about the Texas Runaway Slave Project is located on Facebook and Twitter.


Payne named SLC Female Athlete of the Year

After breaking her own collegiate record and winning the women's pole vault title at the 2015 Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, SFA's Demi Payne has been named the SLC Female Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Thursday. Payne also was named the SLC Outstanding Field Performer and the Newcomer of the Year for her performance Friday in Hammond, Louisiana.

A junior-transfer student from New Braunfels, Payne surpassed her own collegiate outdoor record by two inches, jumping 15 feet, 5.5 inches (4.71m) in the women's pole vault final. She needed just one jump to break the SLC meet record and win her second conference title of the year. She cleared 13 feet, 11.25 inches (4.25m) on her first attempt. Payne then proceeded to make history with her fifth new collegiate record of 2015 and the best jump in the world this season.
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Terentyeva, Kraushaar named all-academic players

SFA tennis player Valeria Terentyeva and bowler Paige Kraushaar have both been named first team Capital One Academic All-District Women's At-Large selections, the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America announced Thursday.

The women's at-large team is one of the most challenging teams to make, as athletes from nearly a dozen different sports go head-to-head to fill the 13-player roster. Division I schools in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming make up District VII. The Ladyjacks tied for second with Texas A&M University with two all-district selections, one shy of Texas' three honorees.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Music Preparatory Division offers variety of summer programs

The Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music offers a number of summer music programs for all ages.

Registration is under way for summer activities with forms available at music.sfasu.edu/prep. Private lessons in a number of different flexible time slots and dates are available in piano, voice, guitar, harp, viola, flute, Suzuki violin, cello, violin, clarinet, euphonium, French horn and certain other instruments. Fees are outlined on the registration form. Private lessons begin June 8 and must be completed by Aug. 15.

Intermediate level adult piano classes will be offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays for seven weeks beginning June 8 and concluding on July 27. There is no class on June 29. Cost is $105. The class is taught by Dr. Ping-Ting Lan.
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