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Wednesday, May 20
Grade entry completed for spring

Monday, May 25
Memorial Day holiday

Tuesday, July 14
Grade entry completed for Summer I

Saturday, Aug. 15
William R. Johnson Colesium
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Submit a profession for our “Lumberjacks Make Great” campaign

The “Lumberjacks Make Great” marketing campaign has helped generate increases in applications, admits and other positive metrics for the university. As a result, the university wants to continue that momentum by, once again, seeking new professions to highlight.

Dozens of professions have been selected to showcase the university’s traditional areas of strength along with other programs chosen to surprise the public or enhance the perception of SFA.

Now, we want to hear from faculty and staff members. Which professions would you like to see featured next?

To have your voice heard, visit sfasu.edu/GreatSurvey before Monday, June 15. It only takes 1 to 2 minutes, and your suggestion may appear in the “Lumberjacks Make Great” campaign.

Thank you for your participation and for continuing to make SFA great!


Jennifer Crenshaw

School of Honors

Crenshaw, administrative assistant in the SFA School of Honors, was named a finalist for the National Collegiate Honors Council's Awards for Administrative Excellence.

"[Crenshaw] speaks individually to every single student who enters our office with a problem. On a good day this is a dozen students. On a difficult day, this can be a hundred students," writes Dr. Michael Tkacik, director of the School of Honors. "[She] always puts her work down and makes the student first; because after all, without students, this university does not exist."
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News & Announcements

Registration under way for SFA Summer Art Academy

Registration is open for the SFA School of Art's annual Summer Art Academy. The two-week camp will meet Monday, June 8, through Friday, June 19, on the SFA campus.

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

"The academy is an exciting opportunity for young artists to work with a variety of media under the supervision of practicing artists and educators," said Cala Coats, SFA art instructor and director of the academy.
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Registration open for football summer camps

Registration is open for SFA's 2015 Clint Conque Football Camps, being held at numerous locations across Texas this summer. Camps will be open to various age groups.

"We're excited to begin our summer camp schedule and be able to get out to a number of different communities throughout the state of Texas," said Conque, SFA head football coach. "Our goal is to establish SFA as East Texas' football team, and these camps are great opportunities for us to extend the brand of Lumberjack football throughout the state."
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Flags to be flown at half-staff today and Monday, May 25

For Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, SFA will lower the U.S. and Texas flags on campus to half-staff.

Flags will return to full-staff on Tuesday, May 26.


White named SLC Student-Athlete of the Year

SFA sophomore Jessie White has been named the 2015 Southland Conference Women's Golf Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday. White becomes the first Ladyjack in program history to earn the conference honor.

In addition to being named the Student-Athlete of the Year, White also was named to the SLC All-Academic Team for women's golf, the first for SFA since instituting the program in 2009.
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Reynolds joins media relations staff

Zach Reynolds has been hired as SFA Athletics' assistant director of media relations, the department announced Tuesday. Reynolds will serve as the primary media contact for men's basketball, volleyball, baseball and tennis.

Prior to joining the Lumberjacks, Reynolds was an athletic communications assistant at Harvard University, where he worked as the primary contact for the men's volleyball, women's tennis, men's and women's fencing, and coed and women's sailing teams. He also played a role as a secondary contact for the women's basketball and men's ice hockey teams, and assisted in Harvard's hosting of ESPN's College GameDay.
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Thornell earns All-SLC second team honors

SFA junior Kyle Thornell has been named a second team All-Southland Conference selection, the conference office announced this week. Thornell earned the distinction for the designated hitter position, picking up the first All-SLC honors of his career.

In addition, sophomore outfielder Conner Fikes was named an All-SLC honorable mention selection for his contributions, as well.
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Off-season update with Humphreys and Olson

The SFA women's volleyball team concluded their spring training schedule a few weeks ago, and head coach Debbie Humphreys and senior captain O.J. Olson are optimistic about the progress made heading into the summer months.

The Ladyjacks competed in several tournaments over the spring, facing Southland Conference and power-five schools alike. After losing a strong trio of seniors in Paige Holland, Jill Ivy and Janet Hill, Humphreys' team set out to build a new identity during the first few months of the off season. Her team worked hard with one goal in mind for the fall: defend their Southland Conference title.
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Fine Arts

SFA's A Cappella Choir prepares for concert tour in Italy

SFA's A Cappella Choir leaves Friday for a concert tour of Italy that will include performances at the Vatican and St. Mark's Basilica, among other historically significant venues.

"This performance tour will highlight to European audiences our students' artistry and SFA's musical excellence," said Dr. Manny Brand, director of the SFA School of Music.

The choir makes a triennial European trip to visit musically historic places that SFA's music students read about in their studies, according to Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.
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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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