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Marie Kelly

Lecturer in the Schlief School of Accountancy

Kelly received the Outstanding Service/Experiential Learning Award for the Rusche College of Business, which recognizes outstanding use of a service/experiential-learning component in a class or classes.

Kelly received this award for an interactive learning exercise she created known as financial statement racing, which she utilizes to help students increase retention of normal account balances and financial statement content.

She also created a manufacturing in the classroom simulation, which helps students gain knowledge of different cost classifications and how to perform job order costing by simulating a production environment. This exercise helps students understand how to complete a job cost sheet, materials requisition form, labor time ticket and apply overhead to their jobs.

Pictured, from left, Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of the Rusche College of Business, presents Kelly with the Outstanding Service/Experiential Learning Award.

Dr. Jason Reese

Assistant professor in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business

Reese was named the Distinguished Faculty Member for the Rusche College of Business. The award recognizes an individual’s cumulative achievements in teaching, research and service during the academic year.

Reese has been a leader in establishing and developing SFA’s sports business program, which began in 2015 and has grown to have approximately 100 majors and dozens of minors. He serves as the program coordinator and academic advisor.

“This award is designed to recognize and thank one faculty member whose dedication and performance during the evaluation period stands apart and warrants special recognition,” said Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of the Rusche College of Business. “Dr. Reese is passionate about sports business, and he uses his passion to create unique learning experiences for students, which include classroom innovations, experiential learning, research and service."

Pictured, from left, Bisping presents Reese with the Distinguished Faculty Member Award.

Dr. Anne Collins Smith

Professor of philosophy and classical studies in the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs

Smith recently presented at the DePaul Pop Culture Conference in Chicago.

The theme of the conference was Harry Potter, and Smith's presentation was titled, "Welcome to Hogwarts: Entering the Story through Wizard Rock." She also submitted a written version to conference proceedings, which was accepted and published in a collection of material from the conference's first five years titled, “Time Lords and Tribbles, Winchesters and Muggles: The DePaul Pop Culture Conference, a Five-Year Retrospective.”

News & Announcements

Benefits Summer Enrollment timeline set

The benefits Summer Enrollment timeline has changed. This year, SFA employees can make benefit election changes during the two-week period of July 9 through 22. This is a shorter time period than allowed in the past, so save the dates if you desire to make changes. Changes made during Summer Enrollment will go into effect Sept. 1.

Employees Retirement System will begin mailing personal benefits enrollment statements June 12. Confirm your permanent address is correct in mySFA to ensure you receive your benefits statement.

Human Resources will continue providing updates when additional Summer Enrollment information becomes available.

Click here for more information.

Flags to be lowered Monday in honor of Memorial Day

Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered that the Texas and U.S. flags be flown at half-staff Monday, May 29, in honor of Memorial Day. Flags will return to full-staff Tuesday, May 30.

More than 125 employers participate in Spring Teacher Job Fair

SFA students had the opportunity to network with more than 125 employers during the Spring Teacher Job Fair, which SFA’s Center for Career and Professional Development hosted.

“Attending a career fair helps students in many ways,” said Brandi Derouen, assistant director of the CCPD. “As a prospective employee, students get the opportunity to interact with hiring managers from school districts and companies from across Texas as well as Louisiana, Mississippi, Alaska and Arizona.”
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Rusche College of Business alumna lands dream job at Amazon

When opportunity came knocking on the door of Ana Romero, Rusche College of Business alumna, she answered with a determined curiosity.

“My friend messaged me one day and said there was a position opening at Amazon and I should apply,” Romero said. “I thought, ‘I’ll go for it. There’s no harm in trying.’ I had heard Amazon’s interview process was brutal, so I didn’t know what my odds were.”

During the first round of interviews, Romero took preliminary exams to test her finance and sales skills. In round two, she underwent a phone interview then was flown to Amazon headquarters in Seattle for an in-person interview, which involved six back-to-back interviews with multiple people. That same evening, Amazon extended her an offer.
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Volunteers welcome to assist with Lumberjack Orientation

Orientation Programs welcomes volunteers to assist with greeting and providing directions to incoming students and families during Lumberjack Orientation this summer. The first opportunity for volunteers to assist, including individuals and departments, is Thursday, June 15.

To sign up for one or more time slots, click here.

Volunteers are welcome to provide water; however, Orientation Programs requests no handouts be passed out to orientation attendees.

For more information, contact Jamal Smith, orientation director, at smithjd4@sfasu.edu.

College of Liberal and Applied Arts announces grant-writing competition finalists

SFA’s College of Liberal and Applied Arts partnered with the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to encourage faculty members to apply for grants by sponsoring a grant-writing competition. The competition tasked faculty members with finding a source of at least $25,000 in grant funding for the 2018 calendar year and presenting a preliminary research prospectus to the dean’s office.

The dean’s office selected five finalists, who will work closely with the ORSP throughout the summer and fall to craft their final applications. The finalists will be awarded a $2,000 stipend to help with their efforts, contingent on completion of the grant application and review by the ORSP and the College of Liberal and Applied Arts’ dean’s office.
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Sports business program is a leader in Texas higher education

SFA’s sports business program, housed within the AACSB-accredited Rusche College of Business, is making a name for itself in higher education in Texas.

AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education, and less than 5 percent of the world's business schools have earned this recognition, according to the AACSB website. Dr. Jason Reese, sports business program director and advisor at SFA, explained how SFA’s program is a leader in the field.

“Most programs like this around the country and Texas are in non-business or non-accredited business schools,” Reese said. “In fact, SFA is the only public higher education institution in Texas that has a program like this at the undergraduate level in an AACSB-accredited college of business.”
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Enroll your child in the Summer Fun program

SFA’s Early Childhood Laboratory is accepting applications for its Summer Fun program, which will be held June 5 through Aug. 4.

The program is open to children who have completed kindergarten through fifth grades, and it includes learning opportunities, fun and field trips.

Families may enroll on a monthly or weekly basis. Applications are available in the ECHL office.

For more information, call the ECHL at (936) 468-4006.

Nominate an honors student for the Portz Scholar award

The National Collegiate Honors Council awards and grants committee is accepting nominations for the 2017 Portz Scholars competition.

The NCHC Portz Scholars Program enables NCHC to acknowledge John and Edythe Portz’s many contributions to honors education. Their memories are honored by selecting the top four research/creative papers by undergraduate honors students who have been nominated by their institutions for outstanding work.

One undergraduate paper will be accepted per institution. The application deadline is Friday, June 2.

To nominate an SFA honors student who has produced an excellent paper, contact Dr. Michael Tkacik, director of SFA’s School of Honors, at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.

Stone Fort yearbooks available for purchase

The 2017 Stone Fort yearbooks have arrived and are available for purchase for $67 each.

To purchase one or more for your department, email a departmental FOAP for IDT purposes to Rachel Clark, student publications coordinator, at clarkr1@sfasu.edu.

Many past years’ Stone Fort yearbooks also are available to purchase for $30 each while supplies last. To purchase past yearbooks, include the desired years in the email. Yearbooks will be delivered to campus departments.
For questions, call student publications at (936) 468-4703.

Campus Recreation

Employee wellness offering summer programming

SFA’s employee wellness program will continue offering fitness classes throughout the summer. 

Click here to view the summer schedule.

For questions, contact Jessica Waguespack, employee wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.


Register your child for the Conque Youth Football Camp

Registration is now underway for the Clint Conque Youth Football Camp, which is a three-day camp for children in the third through eighth grades. The camp will take place June 12-14 in the Homer Bryce Stadium on campus.

Register online by clicking here. On-site late registration will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. June 12.

The camp, instructed by SFA head football coach Clint Conque, will provide campers with agility and athletic development, position specific fundamental instruction, team competitions, and offensive and defensive technique development.

A discounted registration price of $48 is available to faculty and staff members.

For more information, click here, or call Pamela Cole, administrative assistant with SFA’s Department of Athletics, at (936) 468-4540.

SFA awarded third-straight Southland Conference Commissioner's Cup

For the third-straight season, SFA's Department of Athletics has been awarded the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Cup. SFA has now been awarded the cup five times.

“To be recognized by the Southland Conference as the all-sports champion for the third year in a row is a testament to our incredible coaches, support staff and student-athletes,” SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill said. “We are so fortunate to have an administration who believes in the importance of intercollegiate athletics, which makes our success even more meaningful. We work hard every day to bring pride and recognition to SFA.”
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Fine Arts

Attend a free screening of ‘Bombs to Birds’ documentary about Caddo Lake refuge

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Bombs to Birds” at 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

A documentary by award-winning photojournalist Richard Michael Pruitt, “Bombs to Birds” explores the wildlife and rich history of the Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, 7,000 acres set aside to protect one of the highest quality old-growth bottom land hardwood forests in the Southeastern U.S., according to imbd.com.
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