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Thursday, May 29
SFA Track and Field
NCAA West Preliminary Rounds
Fayetteville, Ark.

Friday, May 30
SFA Track and Field
NCAA West Preliminary Rounds
Fayetteville, Ark.

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SFA Track and Field
NCAA West Preliminary Rounds
Fayetteville, Ark.

Wednesday, June 11
SFA Track and Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.




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Professor discusses hardships families face when loved ones return from prison

Courtesy of The Daily Sentinel

As a former military wife, Dr. Shelia Lumar has lived in many different places. From state to state, there is one story she heard again and again during her career as a counselor.

“I’ve been a practitioner for 25 years in the field, serving families and children,” she said. “The families I was working with — incarceration and ex-offender re-entry always seemed to come up.”

When Lumar started looking for more scholarly information about the families of ex-offenders, she realized there just wasn’t anything out there.

That’s why Lumar decided to study families who had an ex-offender come back to live in the home. The research was a part of her doctoral dissertation at Texas Women’s University, and now, Lumar is hoping her research can help others understand the hardships families endure when a loved one returns from prison.
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Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

The National Park Service has awarded a grant to Dr. Selden through the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in support of his research aimed at synthesizing Caddo ceramics through the use of non-destructive technology, like 3-D scanning.

This grant will allow him to scan and analyze more than 450 intact or reconstructed Caddo vessels from 18 archaeological sites in East Texas.

News & Announcements

Council on Undergraduate Research National Conference deadline approaching

The Council on Undergraduate Research is hosting its 16th annual National Conference, "Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All," in Washington, D.C., a fitting location for its theme of democratizing undergraduate research. 

In situating the conference in our nation's capital, CUR will highlight cross-disciplinary connections and collaborations among higher education, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
The following makes this the cannot miss conference of the year:
Keynote addresses by Richard Kurin, undersecretary of history, art and culture at the Smithsonian Institution; Christopher Austin, director of translational research at the National Institutes of Health; Liz Lerman of the Liz Lerman Dance Company; and Muriel Howard, president of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities; and panel discussions by provosts from various institutions, discussing how we can help administrators see undergraduate research as a priority.
The registration deadline is May 30.
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Alumni Association calling for Alumni Award nominations

The SFA Alumni Association is asking for nominations for its annual Alumni Awards, where its highest honors are bestowed on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and community, committed themselves to advancing the values and goals of SFA, and ensured a better quality of life for future generations. 

The SFA Alumni Association presents three awards (Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Distinguished Professor Award and Distinguished Alumnus Award) and three Charter Chapter awards on an annual basis. The Hall of Fame Award is presented every five years. Nominations are due June 1. 

For more information about nominating and Alumni Awards, contact the Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407 or (800) 765-1534. Visit the association online for the nomination forms. 

Marketing Campaign Update, May 2014

We have completed the first phase of our advertising campaign, and all 24 billboard vinyls have been relocated from their original locations to replace an SFA vinyl on a board at another location. 

Our reports from Richards/Carlberg show that as of May 8, SFA ads have appeared more than 21.5 million times. We've had nearly 112,000 clicks on these ads, exceeding industry benchmarks. The reporting also shows that we've had over 130,000 visits to the campaign landing page and more than 30,000 visits to other areas of our website, such as our Admissions page, specifically attributed to the marketing campaign.

Campaign graphics that were created specifically for use on the SFA Facebook page have been very well received – so far, the most popular has been "Lumberjacks make great teachers," which was shared by 113 people, "liked" by 794 people and commented on by 34 people. "Lumberjacks make great musicians" also was popular, with 31 shares, 299 "likes" and 12 comments. And a "Lumberjacks make great graduates" banner was a very popular feature at our commencement ceremonies this past Saturday.
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SFA students present recreation management plan for Lanana Creek Trail Corridor

During the spring 2014 semester, students enrolled in the forestry program's capstone course, Forest Resource Management, produced four versions of a recreation management plan for the trail corridor extending from north Stallings Drive to Main Street, including the SFA Recreational Trails and Gardens east of University Drive. The students divided the study area into recreation management zones and conducted a comprehensive resource inventory, mapping existing resources, activity areas and facilities.

During their inventory, students also identified trail management issues and generated a series of management recommendations for consideration by city managers and the larger trail community. The plan was presented May 7 in the Nacogdoches City Council chambers.

Hollis Gregory, a senior majoring in forest recreation management, said the most challenging aspect of the project was considering the many interworking components and regulations that guide the process.

The primary trail management issues noted by the students include trail erosion and vandalism to park structures. The students also brought the lack of consistent signage along the trail corridor to the attention of city staff.
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Selden elected to SNAG board

Lauren B. Selden, associate professor of art at Stephen F. Austin State University, was recently elected as a board member for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Founded in 1969, SNAG is an international nonprofit organization that serves as the primary organization of jewelers and metal artists in North America. Members include independent studio artists, teachers, students, gallerists, collectors, curators and writers. Selden is the area advisor for metals and jewelry for the SFA School of Art.

"This is a huge opportunity for myself and my students, for recruitment and for international recognition of SFA," she said. "Volunteer board members are responsible for many of the operations for this large nonprofit. I will gain professional experience with creating a more sustainable nonprofit organization, learn about grant funding, and be an active part in the transition (creating a new business model and strategic plan) that is crucial to the success of the organization."
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AED training offered this summer

If your department has some down time this summer, consider signing up for a training on how to use the automatic electronic defibrillators around campus. 

Training on these devices is offered by Sgt. Amanda Kennedy in the university's Department of Public Safety, and a session usually lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. 

To schedule a time for the training, call the department at (936) 468-2252 or email them at updemail@sfasu.edu.

A list of AED locations on campus is available here

SFA students exceed service goal

SFA students have logged 93,715 service hours this academic year, exceeding the goal of 90,0000 service hours set by President Baker Pattillo in honor of SFA's 90th anniversary.

"As we celebrate our 90th year, it seems appropriate that we do so by acknowledging the tremendous impact our students make on this city, state, nation and world," said Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president for university affairs and dean of student affairs. "The impressive commitment that our students have made through their service to others is evidence of that impact."

Service hours were reported to the Office of Student Engagement via an online form and were tracked by leadership and service programs staff. Volunteer hours performed by individual students and student organizations were counted toward the total.
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SFA's printing services department wins national award

University Printing Services at Stephen F. Austin State University will be honored with the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association's 2014 Print Center of the Year Award at the annual Educational Conference in Milwaukee in June.

The national award recognizes the efforts of the entire in-house staff of a corporate publishing operation that excels in efficient management practices and furthering the objectives of the parent company. IPMA has more than 500 members nationwide.

"SFA printing services won due to its operational turnaround, efficient management practices and the contributions of the entire staff," said Rob Lingard, international president.

"Printing services re-structured many of its services to provide alternative production methods, providing customers with more successful direct-mail marketing and cross-media communications, while striving to reduce operational costs, increase sales volume and customer satisfaction."
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SFA to host pre-law experience in June

High school students interested in pursuing a career in law are invited to attend SFA's first-ever Pre-Law Experience set for June 8-14 in Nacogdoches.

The week-long program is open to high school juniors and seniors and is unique in the state of Texas, according to Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

"Many students entering college consider eventual employment in a law-related field but are unsure if it is the correct choice for them," Murphy said. "Moreover, they too frequently make decisions that limit their ability to compete successfully for a position in law school upon graduation. Our Pre-Law Experience is intended to provide an overview of the key elements in planning a future as a lawyer."
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Discount offered to faculty/staff for upcoming youth football camps

Kids of SFA faculty and staff members can attend the upcoming summer football camps led by head coach Clint Conque at a discounted rate. 

The camp, from 8:30 a.m. until noon Monday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 18, is aimed at kids from third to eighth grade. 

Cost for the camp to the general public is $60. Faculty and staff members can take advantage of a 20 percent discount.

To receive the discount, contact Diana at (936) 468-3502. This discount is not available in the online registration.

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Schedule for upcoming basketball camps released

Head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood has spots still available for this summer's Brad Underwood Basketball Camps. Underwood and his staff will be hosting three separate camps; Session I - Overnight Camp from June 22-25, a High School/AAU Team Camp from June 27-28 and Session II - Day Camp from July 29-August 1.

The session camps will stress fundamentals with a heavy emphasis on the skills of shooting, dribbling, passing, and team play. The camps will adhere to a 10-1 camper-coach ratio, which provides for a safe and well-supervised learning environment.

The daily schedule includes a balanced mix of drills, contests, and games, which allows for a fun-filled learning experience. During team play, unselfish basketball, team offense and team defense will be emphasized. More importantly, campers will have an opportunity to learn valuable life skills and develop relationships.
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SFA wins SLC women's all-sports trophy

The SFA Ladyjacks performed well across the board in the 2013-14 academic year to pick up the 2013-14 Southland Conference Women's All-Sports Champion trophy.

The women recorded 101.5 points, to hold off Central Arkansas (96.0) and pick up their second trophy in the last four years.

Soccer and women's basketball each won its regular season title, with the basketball team tying for the crown. Track and field finished runner-up in both the indoor and outdoor seasons to bolster SFA's standing, and the cross country team finished third in its respective season to give SFA five top three finishes in the league this year.
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Arana named academic All-American

SFA shortstop Elizabeth Arana will close her career as a two-time academic All-American. The senior was named to the Capital One Academic All-American Third Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Arana was named for a second straight year, after graduating with a perfect 4.0 GPA this year. Arana majored in health science with an emphasis in community health.

This season Arana helped lead the Ladyjacks to the Southland Conference Tournament for the first time since 2010 as SFA finished in fourth place in the conference standings.

Arana led the Ladyjacks with 40 runs scored this season. She was the team’s top base stealer with 12 swipes on 14 attempts. She hit three of her five home runs on the year during conference play. Arana also led the team with 29 walks.
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Gordo and Terentyeva named second team academic All-SLC

Junior Malena Gordo and sophomore Valeria Terentyeva were named to the second team Academic All-Southland Conference for the SFA women's tennis team, announced Thursday afternoon by the league office.

Gordo, a theatre major and Spanish minor, maintained a 3.31 GPA to pick up her second second-team academic honor of her career. Terentyeva, a physics major and engineering minor, held a 3.69 GPA. The academic honor is the first of Terentyeva's career.

Gordo was the most consistent Ladyjack this past season, playing both the No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Gordo turned in a 16-7 overall record and an 8-4 mark in conference play. The native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, also finished 10-9 in doubles, playing all but one match in No. 1 doubles. Gordo finished 7-3 in doubles in SLC play.
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The iconic voice you hear when "Hotel California," "Desperado" or "Witchy Woman" comes on the air once resided in Nacogdoches and attended SFA. 

The Eagles' lead-singer and founding member Don Henley was a Lumberjack, though he also attended North Texas State, not the University of North Texas, in the late 1960s. 

Henley didn't happen on SFA by chance, though. He's a native of Gilmer - a small town in Upshur County - a little more than 84 miles from SFA's campus. 

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