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Friday, May 5
SFA Planetarium
"The Planets"

7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Baseball at Nicholls State University
6 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Softball at Abilene Christian University
5 and 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 6
Baseball at Nicholls State University
6 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Softball at Abilene Christian University

Sunday, May 7
Baseball at Nicholls State University
1 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana




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News & Announcements

Governor appoints Wright as new SFA student regent

Maggie Wright of Flower Mound has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to serve as student regent on SFA’s Board of Regents during the 2017-18 academic year.

Wright, who will graduate from SFA this month with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, will immediately begin pursuing a master’s degree in public administration beginning this summer.

“Being chosen as student regent is a great honor,” Wright said. “I look forward to being able to share the student body’s perspective with the Board of Regents. I hope to make the most of my time as student regent by attending as many events as possible and attempt to make my mark on SFA.”
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Hooked on teaching: Clipson retires after 36 years of service

At the end of May, Dr. Tim Clipson, professor of business communication at SFA, will retire after 36 years of service to the university.

"I often say being a university professor is by far one of the best jobs anyone could have. It has allowed me to fulfill what I believe I was called to do," Clipson said. "My personal mission is to do as much good for as many people as I possibly can in my life. Teaching became the vehicle to live my mission. Whether in public school, at the university or in corporate training, I have been blessed to help others during my life as a teacher."

Prior to joining SFA in 1981, Clipson taught public school at the junior high and high school levels. He also is president of a corporate leadership company, Leadership Is For Everyone (LIFE!).
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Bugs, Bees, Butterflies and Blossoms program celebrates 20 years

SFA’s Mast Arboretum was buzzing with activity recently as thousands of elementary school students participated in the 20th annual Bugs, Bees, Butterflies and Blossoms program on the university’s campus.

From learning about the life cycle of trees to holding decomposers, more than 3,000 elementary school students from across East Texas participated in this collaborative program in which SFA elementary education students teach environmental science through hands-on activities.
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Spring Floral Design Exhibit on display Thursday

A variety of floral designs created by floriculture students in SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 4, in the Agriculture Building, Room 118.

The theme for the exhibit is "Movies."

Attend Faculty and Staff Breakfast tomorrow

The last SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast of the spring semester will be from 7 to 9 a.m. tomorrow in the East College Dining Hall. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to help spread the word about this event and invite colleagues to join.

The event will include a $3 all-you-care-to-eat breakfast and will provide opportunities to catch up with colleagues and make new campus contacts. Door prizes will be awarded.

This event is brought to you by the newly formed SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of the “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within the campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social networking events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook page.

Department of Government to host roundtable discussion tonight

SFA’s Department of Government will hold a panel and roundtable discussion at 7 p.m. tonight in Dugas Liberal Arts North, Room 102. The panel is titled “Civic Education in the 21st Century: Implications for Democracy, Representation and Liberty.”

The panel will feature Dr. Chapman Rackaway, professor of political science and interim dean of the Graduate School at Fort Hays University, and Dr. Matthew Newton, assistant professor of government at Lone Star College-Kingwood. Dr. Donald Gooch, SFA assistant professor of political science, and Dr. Steve Galatas, SFA associate professor of political science, also will join the roundtable discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, email Gooch at goochdm@sfasu.edu.
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Fine Arts

Outdoor concert canceled

An outdoor concert by SFA's Rockin’ Axes and Contemporary Ensemble has been canceled.

The concert was originally scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 5, in the plaza outside the Baker Pattillo Student Center on campus.

There are no plans to reschedule.

Summer Art Academy registration underway

Registration is underway for the annual Summer Art Academy offered by SFA’s School of Art for the two-week camp that will meet June 5 through 16 on campus.

Students going into kindergarten through sixth grade may enroll in classes that include drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics.

The registration fee on or before June 1 is $185 and includes all art supplies, exhibition expenses and daily refreshments. Late registration after June 1 is $200. For SFA faculty and staff members, registration costs $175. Registration information is available here or in person at SFA's School of Art in the Art Building on campus.

For more information, contact Coats at (936) 468-4264 or coatsc@sfasu.edu.
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Today’s National Geographic Photo of the Day was submitted by photographer Aleš K. and shows the Slovenian village of Moste as it peeks through early morning fog.

K. hiked to the top of a nearby mountain to observe the day’s sunrise and captured the image as the fog began to dissipate.

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