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Dr. Justin Blount

Assistant professor in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies

SFA's Rusche College of Business named Blount Outstanding Researcher for his research productivity during the academic year.

This past year, Blount published three legal articles, two of which were co-authored by Dr. Andrew Thornley, assistant professor in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies.

Two of Blount’s articles addressed current issues in U.S. securities laws while the third article focused on issues surrounding the application of "stakeholder theory,” which is a corporate governance theory, within the framework of existing corporate law.

Pictured, from left, Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of the Rusche College of Business, presents Blount with the Outstanding Researcher Award.

Dr. Lauren Brewer

Assistant professor of psychology

Brewer recently published an article titled "Do Gender Differences in Perceived Prototypical Computer Scientists and Engineers Contribute to Gender Gaps in Computer Science and Engineering?" in the journal Sex Roles.

Brewer and her colleagues found that women offered more stereotype-consistent ratings of the intellectual characteristics of prototypical computer scientists and engineers than did men. Women also perceived themselves as less similar to the computer science and engineering prototypes than men. Additionally, the observed gender differences in prototype perceptions mediated the tendency for women to report lower interest in computer science and engineering fields relative to men.

The results from this study help explain why women are disproportionately underrepresented in computer science and engineering.

Click here to view the full article.

Dr. Rajat Mishra

Assistant professor in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business

SFA’s Rusche College of Business presented Mishra with the Outstanding Intellectual Contribution Award, which recognizes faculty members for their best peer-reviewed research accepted or published during the past year.

"This recognition makes me feel that the effort I put into the research, which is recognized by the field’s research community at the national level and is greatly acknowledged and appreciated by my SFA colleagues,” Mishra said. “This gives me more energy to continue growing and attaining greater research heights.”

Mishra’s article titled “Examining the impact of design environment and the mediating effect of quality management innovation on firm performance” was published in the International Journal of Production Economics. Dr. Randy Napier from the University of Texas at Arlington served as the article’s co-author.

Dr. Pauline Sampson, Dr. Gloria Gresham

Professor of secondary education and educational leadership, professor of elementary education

Sampson and Gresham recently presented research on dissertations about women superintendents titled “Women Superintendent Research: Content Analysis of 2014-16 U.S. Dissertations” at the Ireland International Conference on Education in Dublin, Ireland.

The paper was one of 67 presented at the conference. A total of 67 out of 1,000 paper submissions were accepted.

News & Announcements

Benefits Summer Enrollment available July 9-22

Benefits Summer Enrollment is fast approaching. This year, SFA employees can make benefit election changes between the dates of July 9-22.

In order to ensure you receive Summer Enrollment communications from Employees Retirement System, confirm your address in mySFA and update any additional information if needed. Once logged in to mySFA, select the My Contact Info tab and then click on Update Address and Phone.

Human Resources will continue providing updates when additional Summer Enrollment information becomes available.

Click here for more information.

Nominations open for 2017 Cum Concilio Heritage Preservation Award

Nominations are being accepted for the SFA Stone Fort Museum's Cum Concilio Club Heritage Preservation Award, which honors those dedicated to preserving Nacogdoches and its history.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, June 30. Click here to download a nomination form with instructions, or contact Carolyn Spears, museum director, at (936) 468-2408 or stonefort@sfasu.edu.

"The museum's award is different because it recognizes achievements across the spectrum of heritage preservation, including art, archives, architecture, natural history, historic objects and the built environment," Spears said. "In 2015, the first award was presented posthumously to Dr. F. E. Abernethy for his vision and perseverance in the development of the Lanana Creek Trail, now part of Nacogoches' cultural landscape."
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Enroll your child in the Summer Fun program

SFA’s Early Childhood Laboratory is now accepting applications for its Summer Fun program, which will be held June 5 through August 4.

The program is open to children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grades, and includes learning opportunities, fun and field trips.

Families may enroll on a monthly or weekly basis. Applications are available in the ECHL office.

For more information, call the ECHL, at (936) 468-4006.

History students, Stone Fort Museum collaborate to create exhibit

During the spring semester SFA students enrolled in History 308: Introduction to Public History, taught by Dr. Perky Beisel, associate professor of history, worked with SFA’s Stone Fort Museum and the East Texas Research Center to develop a museum exhibit on historical crime and punishment in Nacogdoches and East Texas.

Carolyn Spears, curator of the Stone Fort Museum, said that she and Beisel began discussing the collaboration during the fall semester. “Perky is a member of the Education Programming Committee, which was formed to develop processes for long-term exhibit planning and collaboration with academic departments,” Spears said. “When I mentioned that we were beginning to develop a new exhibit about crime and punishment in East Texas, we both saw an opportunity to collaborate.”

The students' displays will be located on the second floor of Steen Library in front of the ETRC for the next four to six weeks. Visitors are encouraged to leave Post-It notes on the display board to help provide feedback about the theme's exhibit. Spears urges visitors who have materials or artifacts related to the exhibit to contact her.

The Stone Fort Museum plans to showcase the final exhibit in late 2018 or early 2019.

For more information, contact Spears at cspears@sfasu.edu.
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DeWitt School of Nursing participates in disaster drill

Seniors pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in SFA’s Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing recently held a disaster drill in conjunction with local emergency personnel to help better prepare in the event of a crisis.

Participants acted out two scenarios — an active shooter and a bomb scenario. During each scenario, nursing students played the role of patients while fellow nursing students served as nurses. Several Nacogdoches Fire Department trainees also assisted with additional employees from community organizations and agencies also working alongside.
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Purchase a Stone Fort yearbook

The 2017 Stone Fort yearbooks have arrived and are available for purchase for $67 each.

To purchase one or more for your department, email a departmental FOAP for IDT purposes to Rachel Clark, student publications coordinator, at clarkr1@sfasu.edu.

Many past years’ Stone Fort yearbooks also are available to purchase for $30 each while supplies last. To purchase past yearbooks, include the desired years in the email. Yearbooks will be delivered to campus departments.
For questions, call student publications at (936) 468-4703.

College of Education hosts second appreciation banquet

SFA’s educator preparation program in the James I. Perkins College of Education hosted its second Partners in Educator Preparation Appreciation Banquet May 4 on campus.

During their final semester before graduation, SFA students majoring in education begin their student teaching in school districts across Texas. SFA sends approximately 350 students each academic year into approximately 500 classrooms across Texas to complete their student teaching.

The banquet recognized school administrators, mentoring classroom teachers, field supervisors, administrators, and faculty and staff members in the educator preparation program for their support throughout the year.
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Undergraduate research highlights submissions due today

Undergraduate research highlights are due today for the fall 2017 SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, a quarterly publication by the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Undergraduate research highlights briefly describe peer-reviewed research or scholarly work in academic journals, book and book chapters, web-based publications and juried performances that have occurred within the past six months.

Submissions must be in print and must have one or more undergraduate coauthors. Click here for more information.

Nominations for alumni awards due tomorrow

SFA’s Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the annual alumni awards, which are four awards presented by the association, which includes the Distinguished Professor Award, the Lumberjack Pride Award, the Outstanding Young Alumnus Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Nominees should include individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and communities, committed themselves to advancing the values and goals of SFA, and ensured a better quality of life for future generations.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. tomorrow.

Click here for qualification information or to submit a nomination. Applications or questions also may be sent to Heather Hawkins, assistant director of the Alumni Association, at hawkinshd@sfasu.edu.


Ladyjack track and field team clinches conference title, men secure runner-up

After a tough three days of competition, SFA’s track and field team emerged Sunday with one team championship title and one runner-up honor at the Southland Conference Championship held at the Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.
The women's team won its eighth SLC team title and first since 2015. A total of 25 medals were earned between the men's and women's teams.
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Baseball team falls 9-4 to Lamar University

Although it was able to strike first with a three-run second inning, SFA’s baseball team’s early lead did not hold up against Lamar University Sunday at Vincent-Beck Stadium in Beaumont.

The Cardinals plated the game’s next seven runs and held the Lumberjacks lineup in check leading to a 9-4 loss for SFA.
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Student-athletes walk the stage during commencement ceremonies

A total of 49 SFA student-athletes received their degrees Saturday during SFA's spring commencement ceremonies in Johnson Coliseum.

Graduates from 11 intercollegiate athletic teams crossed the stage during SFA's largest graduation ceremony to date.
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If your outlook on life could use a little brightening, just pick up a paintbrush and add an array of color.

The Indonesian government recently funded a project that did just that. Through the use of a rainbow of colors, Indonesian village Kampung Penagi was transformed into what appears to be a whimsical storybook village — a place seemingly very different than the previous slum state. Click here to read more.

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