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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, July 14
Grade entry completed for Summer I

Saturday, Aug. 15
William R. Johnson Coliseum
9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 19
Grade entry completed for Summer II

Tuesday, Aug. 25
New Faculty General Orientation
8 a.m.

New Faculty Orientation - meet with librarians
1:30 to 3 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Employee wellness summer programming schedule announced

SFA's Employee Wellness program will continue to offer six fitness classes throughout the summer.

Click here for a copy of the summer schedule.      

For any questions, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056.

Promote your program or activity in The Pine Log

Planning is underway for the 2015 Welcome Edition of The Pine Log, which will be mailed to all incoming freshmen and transfer students in early August.

This is a great opportunity to get news about your programs and activities in the hands of brand-new Lumberjacks and their parents. If you have suggestions for stories, please email Amy Roquemore, director of student publications and divisional media, at aroquemore@sfasu.edu. Advertising opportunities also are available.

Student Activities Association summer movie series to begin Tuesday, June 9

The SFA Student Activities Association will open its summer movie series Tuesday, June 9, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center movie theater with a screening of Disney's "Cinderella."

Cost to attend the movies is $2 for students, $3 for faculty and staff members and $4 for others. Movies will be screened all summer at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Wednesday, Aug. 12.

SFA hosts continuing education event for area health professionals

SFA's Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing faculty members presented a four-hour continuing education event titled "Special Topics in Geriatrics: Healthcare and the Older Patient from Head to Toe Part I" May 8 in Nacogdoches.

The event offered free continuing education to nurses, social workers and physicians across the state. SFA's nursing faculty members presented on various topics, including utilizing art as Alzheimer's therapy, concepts of the aging brain, health wellness and safety in the older adult, and cardiovascular health in the elderly.

Facilitated by SFA's Texas AHEC East-Piney Woods Region, the presentation was delivered to an in-house audience of more than 45 health professionals from the area; broadcast to four other AHEC partnering sites in Waco, Lamar, Weatherford and Victoria; and made available online via webinar.
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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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Call for undergraduate research highlights for fall CUR Quarterly

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the fall 2015 issue of the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly on the Web are being accepted until Wednesday, June 10.

Highlights are brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals, books and book chapters, web-based publications and juried performances. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors.
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Roberts signs with San Antonio Stars

SFA's Porsha Roberts has signed with the Women's National Basketball Association's San Antonio Stars as an undrafted free agent. She is just one of 15 women to crack the Stars' final 2015 training-camp roster with more than two weeks left until the season opener on Friday, June 5.

Roberts' contract comes on the heels of a standout season for the Ladyjacks in 2014-15. She averaged 17.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game while shooting 63.2 percent from the field -- the second-best shooting percentage in the nation. Roberts was named the Southland Conference Player of the Year after leading the Ladyjacks to a second consecutive SLC regular season title and a third postseason appearance in four years. She also was named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in 2015, leading the league in blocked shots and rebounds.
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High named Capital One Academic All-District

SFA's Courtney High has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District Seven First Team, the College Sports Information Directors of America recently announced.

A sophomore distance runner from Inez, Texas, High helped SFA win both the indoor and outdoor Southland Conference track and field team titles in 2015, while also leading the Ladyjacks to a runner-up finish at the SLC Cross Country Championships in November. Additionally, she was named Second Team All-SLC in cross country after finishing sixth at the conference meet. Her 21:01 mark in the women's 6,000m race was the best on the squad.
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White named SFA track and field MVP

SFA track and field head coach Phil Olson has added senior Stephanie White to the list of the team's MVP award winners for the 2015 season. White joins pole vaulter Demi Payne as one of the Ladyjacks' top athletes. Distance runner Charles Mathenge and sprinter/hurdler Joshua Taylor were honored as co-MVPs on the men's side.

White was added to the list after a huge weekend at the 2015 Southland Conference Outdoor Championships, held May 8 through 10 in Hammond, Louisiana. The sprinter/hurdler placed in the top three in three different events, collecting 24 crucial points to lead the Ladyjacks to a team title.
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NCAA track and field qualifiers announced

Nine members of the SFA track and field teams qualified in eight different events for the 2015 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, which will take place at the University of Texas in Austin from May 28 through 30.

Demi Payne (pole vault) and Stephanie White (400m hurdles) will represent the Ladyjacks, while Joshua Taylor (400m hurdles), My'Lik Kerley (400m), Charles Mathenge (10,000m), Jared Love (100m), Daven Murphree (pole vault) and the men's 4x400 meter relay team qualified for the Lumberjacks. A combination of Taylor, Kerley, Will Gibson, Tedrick Hawkins, Johnathan Joe and Shawn Goff will make up the mile relay team next week.
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Fine Arts

SFA to screen 'Dirt! The Movie'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Dirt! The Movie" at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Dirt! The Movie" is narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis and brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has, according to information at dirtthemovie.org. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

The film, which runs 86 minutes, was directed and produced by Bill Beneson and Gene Rosow with Laurie Beneson as executive producer. The Hollywood Reporter described it as "an uplifting story about people from all walks of life who are striving to renew our relationship with the ground beneath our feet."

This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by The Liberty Bell, Main Street Nacogdoches, Bill Arscott, Dr. Jill Carrington, Karon Gillespie, John Heath, Dr. David Kulhavy and Brad Maule.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

Portraits of Freedom exhibit opens June 13

Portraits of Freedom is a juried student art exhibit of runaway slaves drawn from the newspaper advertisements aggregated by the Texas Runaway Slave Project.

The exhibition opens Saturday, June 13, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot for the 26th annual Texas Blueberry Festival. It consists of drawings, lithographs, paintings and screen-prints from students at SFA, Texas Christian University and Lamar University, along with interpretative panels contextualizing what's on display. Admission is free.

There is an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m., Thursday, June 11, at the Nacogdoches Court House Annex, featuring commentary by Kyle Ainsworth, Texas Runaway Slave Project manager, as well as two lectures placing slavery and freedom in Texas in larger social and geographical contexts. Dr. Douglas Chambers, from the University of Southern Mississippi, will speak about runaway slaves in the Atlantic World and Dr. Daina Berry, from the University of Texas at Austin, will lecture on Juneteenth. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

For information on the reception, click here. More information about the Texas Runaway Slave Project is located on Facebook and Twitter.

Yapp exhibition features plein air landscapes in oil

The SFA School of Art presents an exhibition of the work of artist David Yapp showing April 16 through June 13 in the Reception Gallery at The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"David Yapp: California Landscapes" features plein air (painted outdoors) landscape and seascape paintings.

"This exhibition includes landscape paintings using oils, featuring sweeping views of the California coast in heavy impasto paint with fine brushwork," said John Handley, director of galleries for SFA. "I personally met this artist five years ago and have been closely watching how his paintings have developed over time."
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