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Salary options for employees hired to work less than 12 months in fiscal year 2019

If you are a nine-, 10- or 11-month employee and you currently do not spread your salary and benefit deductions for 12 months, you can sign up to do so. This will lower your monthly health insurance payment and other optional premium costs.

Salary spread forms are located on the Payroll Office’s website under “Forms.”

The completed form should be turned in to the Payroll Office.

The 29th annual Texas Blueberry Festival scheduled for June

The 29th annual Texas Blueberry Festival kicks off with the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park from 6 to 10 p.m. June 8 at Festival Plaza in downtown Nacogdoches.

The toe-tapping fun continues June 9 with Pickin’ on the Square, a new Blueberry Festival event that encourages bluegrass musicians and fans to stay for the whole weekend. Pickin’ on the Square will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 9 in three locations: the basement of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, City Council chambers and Regions Bank’s community room.

The Texas Blueberry Festival is packed with activities in downtown Nacogdoches, including a blueberry pancake breakfast, competitions and more live entertainment.

For more information, call (936) 560-5533, or visit tbf.nacogdoches.org, the Texas Blueberry Festival's Facebook or the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park's Facebook.

Department of Mathematics and Statistics hosts math festival

Sixth through eighth grade students from local schools recently spent the day at SFA exploring math with the help of faculty and students at the university’s first Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Supporting locally organized events across the country, the festival aims to inspire kindergarten through 12th grade students to develop problem-solving skills through math puzzles, problems and games in honor of the late Julia Robinson, the first woman mathematician to be named a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Employee Wellness offering summer programming

SFA’s Employee Wellness program will continue offering fitness classes throughout the summer.

To view the summer schedule, click here.

For more information, contact Jessica Waguespack, Employee Wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.

Athletics

Summer soccer camps planned for June and July

SFA’s summer soccer camps are designed to develop technical skills, promote tactical understanding and challenge athletes mentally and physically.

In addition to improving skills, the aim is to develop a passion for the game, promote individual success and have fun in a competitive environment.

Camps being offered this year are Lil Jacks Camp for ages 3 to 5, June 11 through 15; Summer Day Camp for ages 5 to 10, June 11 through 15; Summer Academy Camp for ages 9 to 13, July 11 through 15; and Elite Camp, a resident or commuter camp for ages 11 to 18, July 26 through 29.

For more information, contact Ashley Mosley, assistant women's soccer coach, at (936) 468-1106 or scheversak@sfasu.edu, or visit sfasoccer.com.


Mark Kellogg girls basketball camp scheduled for June

A girls basketball day camp for incoming first- through eighth-grade girls is scheduled for June 11 through 14.

Participants will receive a camp shirt and ball. Campers must provide their own lunch each day. Faculty and staff receive a $10 discount.

For more information and to register, visit markkellogghoopscamp.com.

Clint Conque youth football camp kicks off in June

The Clint Conque youth football camp for incoming third through eighth graders is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 11 through 13 at Homer Bryce Stadium, with registration starting at 7:30 a.m.

Camp cost is $60. A discount is available for SFA faculty and staff for $48.

To preregister, visit clintconquefootballcamps.com.

For more information, contact SFA Athletics at (936) 468-3502.

Kyle Keller basketball camp scheduled for June

Two sessions of the Kyle Keller basketball camp are scheduled for this summer.

A day camp is scheduled for June 18 through 21. A morning session will take place from 8:15 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session will take place from 1:15 to 5 p.m. Campers also may register for both sessions. Participants will receive a T-shirt. Meals will not be provided.

An overnight camp is scheduled for June 24 through 27 and will include meals and a T-shirt.

Both day and overnight camps are for boys entering grades second through 12th.

Faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount. For more information or to register, click here.

Fine Arts

SFA to screen ‘Valley Uprising’ film

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of the documentary “Valley Uprising” at 7 p.m. June 1 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Narrated by acclaimed actor Peter Sarsgaard and produced by Emmy Award-winning Sender Films with Big UP Productions, “Valley Uprising” recounts the history of Yosemite’s bold rock-climbing tradition: half a century of struggle against the laws of gravity and the laws of the land, according to senderfilms.com.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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School of Art to present Daniel exhibition

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present an exhibition of work by former SFA art professor John Daniel showing through June 16 in Reavley Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

A reception is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. June 2 at The Cole Art Center.

Daniel, who died in 2015, began teaching at SFA in 1967. In 1997, the John and Doris Daniel Scholarship in Art was established and is ongoing. In December 2005, Daniel became professor emeritus and retired after 38 years of teaching sculpture, design and drawing. In 2007-08, a retrospective show of his work had venues at both The Cole Art Center in Nacogdoches and at the Museum of East Texas in Lufkin. Daniel’s artwork is in collections in Nacogdoches and across Texas, as well as in other states.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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SFA’s 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 11 through 22.

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

Classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Art Building. An exhibition of the students’ work will be at 5 p.m. June 22 in the Art Building. Afterward, the students may take their work home.

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 registration information, click here, or visit the School of Art.

For additional information, contact Dr. Cala Coats, SFA art instructor and director of the academy, at (936) 468-4262 or coatsc@sfasu.edu.
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SFA Music Prep offering summer lessons, camps

Registration continues for summer lessons and camps offered by the Music Preparatory Division of SFA’s School of Music. 

Guitar Camp, with Chance Moore as director, will be from 2 to 3 p.m. June 25 through 29 at the Music Prep House, located at 3028 Raguet St. The lessons are designed for students ages 10 and up. Tuition is $40, and guitar rental is $10. Class size is limited to 10 students.

Dr. Mario Ajero, School of Music professor, will direct the Kids Piano Kamp for children in first through third grades. Classes are 10 a.m. to noon July 16 through 20 in the Boynton Building, Room 223. Tuition is $100, and class size is limited to 16 students. Registration deadline is June 4.

Dr. Ping-Ting Lan, School of Music adjunct faculty member, will instruct an adult piano class from 6 to 7:30 p.m. June 25; July 2, 9, 16 and 30; and Aug. 6 in the Boynton Building, Room 223. Tuition is $105, and class size is limited to 16 students.

For more information, visit music.sfasu.edu/prep, or contact Pat Barnett, Music Prep director, at pbarnett@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1291.
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