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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, May 21
SFA Baseball
SLC Tournament
Conway, Ark.

Thursday, May 29
SFA Track and Field
NCAA West Preliminary Rounds
Fayetteville, Ark.

Friday, May 30
SFA Track and Field
NCAA West Preliminary Rounds
Fayetteville, Ark.

Saturday, May 31
SFA Track and Field
NCAA West Preliminary Rounds
Fayetteville, Ark.




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SFA professor chronicles architect Rulfs’ work

Courtesy of The Daily Sentinel

For nearly five decades in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, German-born architect Diedrich Anton Wilhelm Rulfs peppered the streets of Nacogdoches with his architectural creations. Rulfs’ extensive works have been chronicled in “Diedrich Rulfs: Designing Modern Nacogdoches” by SFA history professor Dr. Jere Jackson.

“In his four decades of work in Nacogdoches, Rulfs reordered the downtown commercial district twice; he drew the plans for six churches, two public schools, the city hall, and several hotels; and, if these were insufficient, he redefined the city’s domestic living spaces by creating most of the important residences constructed during his lifetime,” said Jackson, the book’s compiler and a member of the Nacogdoches County Historical Commission. “This truly remarkable career — perhaps singularly unique in the state of Texas — deserves comprehensive treatment.” 

Vivid photos of bright homes and stylized buildings taken by SFA assistant art professor Christopher Talbot fill the more than 400 pages of Jackson’s book.

Daily Sentinel subscribers can read more online


Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Selden and the Center for Regional Heritage Research at SFA, along with other researchers, recently published a paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science titled "INAA and the Provenance of Shell-Tempered Sherds in the Ancestral Caddo Region."

The paper focuses on the reanalysis of shell-tempered sherds from existing INAA dataset to determine the contributions of calcium, strontium, sodium and manganese used to posit potential provenance of shell-tempered sherds.

The paper states the research successfully discriminates between and within) drainage basins using the method. It also details how revised interpretations sync with recent stylistic and technological analyses. The article will appear in the July edition. 

Dr. Geralyn McClure Franklin

Nelson Rusche College of Business

Franklin, interim dean of the Nelson Rusche College of Business, has learned that two manuscripts co-authored with individuals from the United States and Australia will not only be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of International Education in Business but also will be specially packaged by Emerald Publishing and sent to more than 1,200 Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business member deans around the world.  

The manuscripts address AACSB’s new accreditation standards and are titled as follows:
  • "An exploratory study of the perceptions of AACSB International’s 2013 Accreditation Standards"
  • AACSB International’s 2013 Accreditation Standards:  Implications for Faculty and Deans"

News & Announcements

Marketing Campaign Update, May 2014

We have completed the first phase of our advertising campaign, and all 24 billboard vinyls have been relocated from their original locations to replace an SFA vinyl on a board at another location. 

Our reports from Richards/Carlberg show that as of May 8, SFA ads have appeared more than 21.5 million times. We've had nearly 112,000 clicks on these ads, exceeding industry benchmarks. The reporting also shows that we've had over 130,000 visits to the campaign landing page and more than 30,000 visits to other areas of our website, such as our Admissions page, specifically attributed to the marketing campaign.

Campaign graphics that were created specifically for use on the SFA Facebook page have been very well received – so far, the most popular has been "Lumberjacks make great teachers," which was shared by 113 people, "liked" by 794 people and commented on by 34 people. "Lumberjacks make great musicians" also was popular, with 31 shares, 299 "likes" and 12 comments. And a "Lumberjacks make great graduates" banner was a very popular feature at our commencement ceremonies this past Saturday.
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Selden elected to SNAG board

Lauren B. Selden, associate professor of art at Stephen F. Austin State University, was recently elected as a board member for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Founded in 1969, SNAG is an international nonprofit organization that serves as the primary organization of jewelers and metal artists in North America. Members include independent studio artists, teachers, students, gallerists, collectors, curators and writers. Selden is the area advisor for metals and jewelry for the SFA School of Art.

"This is a huge opportunity for myself and my students, for recruitment and for international recognition of SFA," she said. "Volunteer board members are responsible for many of the operations for this large nonprofit. I will gain professional experience with creating a more sustainable nonprofit organization, learn about grant funding, and be an active part in the transition (creating a new business model and strategic plan) that is crucial to the success of the organization."
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SFA's printing services department wins national award

University Printing Services at Stephen F. Austin State University will be honored with the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association's 2014 Print Center of the Year Award at the annual Educational Conference in Milwaukee in June.

The national award recognizes the efforts of the entire in-house staff of a corporate publishing operation that excels in efficient management practices and furthering the objectives of the parent company. IPMA has more than 500 members nationwide.

"SFA printing services won due to its operational turnaround, efficient management practices and the contributions of the entire staff," said Rob Lingard, international president.

"Printing services re-structured many of its services to provide alternative production methods, providing customers with more successful direct-mail marketing and cross-media communications, while striving to reduce operational costs, increase sales volume and customer satisfaction."
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SFA students exceed service goal

SFA students have logged 93,715 service hours this academic year, exceeding the goal of 90,0000 service hours set by President Baker Pattillo in honor of SFA's 90th anniversary.

"As we celebrate our 90th year, it seems appropriate that we do so by acknowledging the tremendous impact our students make on this city, state, nation and world," said Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president for university affairs and dean of student affairs. "The impressive commitment that our students have made through their service to others is evidence of that impact."

Service hours were reported to the Office of Student Engagement via an online form and were tracked by leadership and service programs staff. Volunteer hours performed by individual students and student organizations were counted toward the total.
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AED training offered this summer

If your department has some down time this summer, consider signing up for a training on how to use the automatic electronic defibrillators around campus. 

Training on these devices is offered by Sgt. Amanda Kennedy in the university's Department of Public Safety, and a session usually lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. 

To schedule a time for the training, call the department at (936) 468-2252 or email them at updemail@sfasu.edu.

A list of AED locations on campus is available here

SFA students present recreation management plan for Lanana Creek Trail Corridor

During the spring 2014 semester, students enrolled in the forestry program's capstone course, Forest Resource Management, produced four versions of a recreation management plan for the trail corridor extending from north Stallings Drive to Main Street, including the SFA Recreational Trails and Gardens east of University Drive. The students divided the study area into recreation management zones and conducted a comprehensive resource inventory, mapping existing resources, activity areas and facilities.

During their inventory, students also identified trail management issues and generated a series of management recommendations for consideration by city managers and the larger trail community. The plan was presented May 7 in the Nacogdoches City Council chambers.

Hollis Gregory, a senior majoring in forest recreation management, said the most challenging aspect of the project was considering the many interworking components and regulations that guide the process.

The primary trail management issues noted by the students include trail erosion and vandalism to park structures. The students also brought the lack of consistent signage along the trail corridor to the attention of city staff.
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SFA posts another solid APR showing

SFA continues to show its dedication to academic excellence, as all 17 Lumberjack intercollegiate athletic programs exceeded the NCAA’s requirements in its Academic Progress Rate.

“SFA’s department-wide APR success highlights how important academic success and retention are to our university and our athletic programs,” said Rob McDermand, assistant athletic director for academic services. “The expectation is that every sport, every year, will stay well above the minimum NCAA APR requirements.  Academically, our students-athletes are consistently the best in the conference.  We consistently place numerous students on conference all-academic teams and honor rolls, and that reflects in our APR numbers.”

A pair of SFA programs – bowling and women’s cross country – boasted a perfect score of 1,000 for the 2012-13 academic year. Women’s indoor track and field posted a score of 991 while baseball posted a score of 983 during the 2012-13 academic year.
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Underwood Named TABC Coach Of The Year

SFA head men’s basketball coach Brad Underwood was named Coach of the Year by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches at a banquet Thursday night.

Underwood picked up his fourth honor after guiding the Lumberjacks through a historic 2013-14 campaign. Underwood earned the 2014 Joe B. Hall award recipient, given to the nation’s top first-year head coach April 4 at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet in Dallas. He was also tabbed the 2013-14 Southland Conference and NABC UPS Division I District 23 Coach of the Year.

A finalist for both the Hugh Durham (top mid-major coach) and Jim Phelan (top Division I coach) awards, Underwood led SFA to a 32-3 overall record and berth in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. After clinching both SLC regular season and tournament titles to make the program’s second-ever appearance in the big dance.
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SFA holds on for 4-3 win in season finale

The Lumberjack baseball team held off a seventh-inning comeback by Houston Baptist to take a 4-3 win and clinch the series on Saturday afternoon at Husky Field to close the season.

SFA (20-35, 11-19 SLC) got a solid effort from seniors Kyle Cross and Fabian Arcizo on the mound. Cross picked up his first win of the season, scattering three runs and seven hits across seven and a third innings pitched against the Huskies (23-28, 12-18 SLC). The native of Pearland, Texas, struck out four and did not issue a walk in 29 batters faced.

Arcizo logged the final inning and two-thirds to record the first save of his career, retiring all five batters he faced.
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Schneider adds Schippers to roster

A week after announcing a transfer addition to his women’s basketball team, SFA head coach Brandon Schneider has added another transfer with Taylor Schippers joining the Ladyjacks this fall.

Schippers is a transfer from Butler University where she averaged 10.7 points per game while shooting 34.5 percent last season for the Bulldogs. She added 3.7 rebounds and dished out 2.6 assists per game.

“Taylor is the complete package offensively. She can score the ball at the rim; she has a terrific mid-range game, and she’s an outstanding 3-point shooter,” Schneider said. “Her basketball IQ and court vision also allow her to make everyone around her better. Taylor has been a double-figure scorer the past two season in the Big East, and her experience and skill set will make her an impact player in our program in 2015-16.  We are elated she’s decided to become a Ladyjack.”
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Griffin, Ross named SLC outstanding field performers

Two SFA track and field student-athletes wowed the crowd at the Southland Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships recently, and have been recognized by the league's coaches for their performances.

Colton Ross and La'Tricia Griffin were named the male and female Southland Conference Outstanding Field Events Performer.

Ross set a new conference championship meet record in the pole vault with his clearance of 5.56 meters (18-2.75), besting the previous mark of former Oral Roberts vaulter and NCAA champion Jack Whitt by one centimeter. Ross is currently ranked No. 2 in the world this season with a vault of 5.70 meters (18-8.25) at the Texas Relays. He and three other vaulters were the world leaders until recently.
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Fine Arts

SFA theatre peer mentoring program debuts to rave reviews

In a world where visionaries in most professions are trying to figure out how to do more with less, the School of Theatre is tapping into one of its most valuable resources - the students - to help underclassmen understand the level of commitment necessary for a successful collegiate career.

The SFA School of Theatre has initiated a peer mentoring program in which junior and senior theatre majors are guiding freshmen and new students - appropriately called "understudies"- through what can be an overwhelming immersion in university-level dramatic arts.

"SFA School of Theatre is a lot of theatre really fast, which is great, but it is also very intimidating for freshmen coming in," explained CC Conn, assistant professor of lighting and sound design at SFA. "Freshmen are intimidated by faculty, so we're trying to give them a junior or senior student who will help them - someone they can talk to."

Conn attended a mentoring conference at the University of New Mexico in fall 2012 where speakers described a variety of mentoring approaches, including formal, informal and group programs.
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You may want to drag out the lawn chairs this weekend for the chance to see something never before witnessed in Earth's history. When Comet 209P/LINEAR zipped past earth in 2012, its orbit through the solar system was disturbed, and astronomers believe that could mean a brand new meteor shower for stargazers. 

The Camelopardalids will streak through the planet's atmosphere, peaking  around 2 a.m. Saturday, May 24. 

It's no easy feat to forecast a meteor shower, but some astronomers think the show could rival some of the best annual showers, if we're lucky.

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