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This Week's Calendar

Friday, May 2
SFA Baseball
at Sam Houston State
6:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 3
SFA Softball
at Sam Houston State
1 and 3 p.m.

SFA Baseball
at Sam Houston State
2 p.m.

Sunday, May 4
SFA Softball
at Sam Houston State
1 p.m.

SFA Baseball
at Sam Houston State
1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 7
SFA Softball
Southland Conference Tournament
Hammond, La.




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News & Announcements

Nacogdoches woman honored with Teagarden Award

SFA alumna Ela Ruth McCullough of Nacogdoches is the recipient of the 2014 Edna Wilkin Teagarden Award for Exemplary Service in Human Sciences.
The award is given annually by the School of Human Sciences and recognizes extraordinary professional achievements by graduates, including development and implementation of human sciences concepts and principles in the field. McCullough accepted the award at the School of Human Sciences convocation in April.
McCullough received her bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1966 with a major in vocational home economics. She continued her education at SFA, earning a master’s degree in administrative leadership in 1971.
After several years of teaching at the elementary and junior high levels, she agreed to the request of her high school principal to teach Family and Consumer Sciences at the junior and senior levels. It soon became obvious to her that a problem existed in the area of teenage pregnancy. She then devoted her attention and energy to helping young girls continue their education. Her successful grant writing yielded funding for a school day care, busing for participants and social work.
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Student Activities Association announces summer movie series

The Student Activities Association would like to invite you to check out our summer movie Series. We show one movie twice a week at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, and at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Our movie theater is located on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center next to Starbucks. 

Prices are $2 for Students with student ID, $3 for faculty and staff members with SFA ID, and $4 for community. The concession stand also will be open at theses showings, where you can get a drink, popcorn and candy all for only $2 with our combo pack deal. 

Large group reservations for any of these showing this summer can be made by calling our office at: (936) 468-1222.

3 and 4: Frozen (PG)
10 and 11: The Nut Job (PG)
17 and 18: Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy (G)
24 and 25: Turbo (PG)
8 and 9: The Lego Movie (PG)
15 and 16: The Lorax (PG)
22 and 23: Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2 (PG)
29 and 30: The Princess and The Frog (G)
5 and 6: Muppets Most Wanted (PG) 

Serving Learning Advisory Board doles out honors

The Service Learning Advisory Board is pleased to announce the recipients of the annual Service Learning Excellence Award. 

Dr. Jannah Nerren was recognized as the overall outstanding applicant for a project partnering teacher candidates with elementary-age students from low SES backgrounds for an ongoing mentoring program. Nerren was recognized at the Conference on High-Impact Practices on April 30.
The SLAB also named two honorable mentions. Dr. Robin Johnson and Dr. Kathy Sherriff were recognized for a partnership with the Nacogdoches Public Library, where students adapted children’s books using Boardmaker software to serve the needs of a variety of children who have language delays or low incidence disabilities.
Dr. Karol Chandler-Ezell was recognized for projects anthropology students completed that benefitted Lufkin’s Ellen Trout Zoo. Students created a zoo map, educational worksheets, a scavenger hunt activity and other resources after working with zoo staff to determine needs.

Teacher Job Fair today

The Spring Teacher Job fair is quickly approaching. Career Services welcomes all faculty and staff members to attend and hopes you will encourage your students and alumni seeking teacher positions to attend, as well. 

Please advise students to dress professionally, bring copies of their résumés for distribution, bring their student ID and prepare for the event by viewing the online workshop: "How to Work a Teacher Job Fair." 

The fair runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon Friday, May 2, at the Norton H.P.E Complex.
Contact SFA Career Services with any questions at careerservices@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-3305.
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SFA to screen award-winning 'Chasing Ice' documentary

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Chasing Ice" at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed and produced by Jeff Orlowski with photography by James Balog, "Chasing Ice" is the story of one man's mission to change the tide of history by gathering photographic evidence of the Earth's changing planet.

According to information at www.chasingice.com, environmental photographer Balog was given a National Geographic assignment in 2005 to help tell the story of the Earth's changing climate. He eventually began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world's changing glaciers.
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Historic play to be performed at Oak Grove Cemetery

Five of SFA's faculty members will lead Nacogdoches residents on a historical tour of the Oak Grove Cemetery from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 and from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 4. 

Tickets sold at the cemetery are $10, and tours start every 15 minutes. The cemetery, one of the oldest in Texas, is the final resting place of four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.   

Deep East Texas Region celebrates fourth annual GenTX Day

The Deep East Texas P-16 Council is encouraging communities, businesses and schools in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties to join the state of Texas in celebrating GenTX Day by wearing a college T-shirt on Friday, May 2. GenTX Day is part of Generation TX, a statewide initiative supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board focused on building a college-going, career-ready culture across the state.

The 15 independent school districts in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties have been encouraged to promote the wearing of college T-shirts on GenTX Day. Some area schools are hosting GenTX Day events to help students envision their futures such as AVID classroom discussions at Hudson High School, College T-shirt day at Central Heights where the students will get an extended lunch for wearing their favorite college T-shirt, and a Career Center unveiling in the library of Zavalla High School. Other schools such as Lufkin Middle School and Burley Primary are hosting Career Day/ Week around GenTX Day.

Many East Texas nonprofit organizations and businesses are actively supporting GenTX Day across the region and encouraging broad participation by asking their employees wear college T-shirts for the day.

For more information about participating, call Megan Kelley at (936) 468-1292.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Alabama horticulturist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Alabama Extension Horticulturist Hayes Jackson will present "I've Come All the Way from Alabama to Tell You That Everything's Not Bigger in Texas So Get Over It."

Jackson graduated from Auburn University with a degree in landscape design and ornamental horticulture. After working in southern California with Armstrong Nurseries, he returned to Alabama to work on his master's degree in environmental biology with an emphasis in botany at Jacksonville State University. Hayes is the urban regional extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in Anniston where he works with urban horticulture and community-based programs concerning urban horticulture.

An avid horticulturist and true plant collector, Hayes has ventured to places like China, the Himalayas of northern India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Guatemala to look for new plants for Southern landscapes. His gardens have been featured in many publications, including Southern Living and Alabama Gardens Great and Small.
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Barnes and Noble calling for Fall textbook information

Now is the time of year when students are finding out what textbooks they will need for the fall semester. If you have submitted your textbook request or still need to submit textbook information, visit www.sfasu.bncollege.com.

To view a list of already submitted textbook information, click on the "textbook" tab. To submit fall textbook information, click on the "faculty" tab. 

Currently, the Barnes and Noble bookstore has only received 35percent of the textbook requests for the fall. It is important to provide this information as soon as possible. 

Please email bookstore manager Kristen Christopher at sm044@bncollege.com with questions.

Summer camp website in development

University Marketing Communications is creating a new webpage to promote SFA summer camps. 

Does your department host a camp? If so, please send all the pertinent information (dates, cost, available discounts, etc.) to Shirley Luna, executive director of marketing communications, at sluna@sfasu.edu

If you need further information, please call (936) 468-2605.


Arana named academic All-District

SFA senior shortstop Elizabeth Arana was recognized for her hard work on the diamond and in the classroom again on Thursday being named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team.

Arana was voted to the first team for District 7 by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America for the second straight year. The senior currently holds a perfect 4.0 GPA majoring in health science with an emphasis in community health. This season she leads the Ladyjacks with 36 runs scored and is 12-for-13 on stolen base attempts.

She is recognized as one of the top softball student-athletes in District 7, which consists of universities in the states of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.
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'Jacks head to SHSU for weekend series

The SFA Lumberjack baseball team will play its second to last Southland Conference road series at Sam Houston State this weekend. The three-game series at Don Sanders Stadium will begin with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch on Friday, followed by tilts at 4 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

The 'Jacks enter the weekend at 17-27 overall and 8-13 in Southland Conference play. Last week, SFA dropped three-of-four, falling 7-6 to Dallas Baptist on April 22 in 10 innings after holding a 6-0 lead through three innings. The 'Jacks then got a complete-game effort from junior Dillon Mangham in 10-2 series-opening victory over Lamar, before falling 7-3 and 5-4 over the final two games. SFA fell to No. 13 TCU most recently, falling 14-4 on April 29. SHSU enters the weekend 31-14 overall and 13-8 in SLC action.

The 'Jacks will start Mangham on Friday and senior Kevin Bishop on Saturday, with a pitcher to be determined on Sunday. SFA will see junior Tyler Eppler, senior Jason Simms and freshman Sam Odom on the mound for the Beakats across the series.
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Faculty, staff season football passes now on sale

SFA faculty and staff member football season tickets are now on sale. Employees can enjoy all seven home games at Homer Bryce Stadium with season tickets starting at only $38.50 for reserved seating, and $77 for chair-back seating. 

Be part of the home field advantage by ordering your season tickets today at the Ticket Office in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, or by phone at (936) 468-5225. 

Check out the 'Jacks 2014 game schedule here

Fine Arts

SFA choirs to present annual Choral Masterworks Concert

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the A Cappella Choir, Choral Union and Women's Choir performing their annual end-of-the-year celebration in the Choral Masterworks Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 2, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The performance will showcase the brass section of the SFA Wind Ensemble with Jeremy Bruns on organ. The concert will feature only two works - both for brass choir and organ - including "Apparebit Repentia Dies" by Paul Hindemith and "Missa Octava" by György Orbán.

"The program is quite diverse with a wide variety," said Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA. "On the one hand you have Hindemith, a naturalized (1940) U.S. citizen born in Germany, who used a complex musical system of both extremely consonant and dissonant music. On the other hand, you have Orbán, a Hungarian composer of Romanian birth whose choral compositions mix traditional renaissance and baroque counterpoint with jazz harmonies."
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Music Preparatory adult piano classes start May 19

SFA’s Music Preparatory Division offers a summer adult piano class that will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on seven consecutive Mondays, beginning  May 19 and concluding June 30.  

The class is taught by Dr. Ping-Ting Lan and meets in the Yamaha Electronic Piano Lab in Room 302 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.  
The class is designed for adults interested in a low-key, fun and skill-building piano experience. 

Contact Division Director Pat Barnett at (936) 468-1291 for more information. Registration forms are available online at www.music.sfasu.edu/prep.

Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'Laura Ingalls Wilder'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Laura Ingalls Wilder" in two performances on Thursday, May 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Presented by ArtsPower, this beloved story of Laura and her family as they travel across America in search of a place to call home targets children in second through sixth grades, according to Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.
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