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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, May 3
SFA baseball vs. the University of Arkansas-Little Rock
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field

Friday, May 6
SFA softball vs. Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball vs. McNeese State University
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA track and field at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships
9:30 a.m.
Corpus Christi

SFA Ring Big Dip ceremonies
9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom

Saturday, May 7
SFA softball vs. Sam Houston State University
1 and 3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA baseball vs. McNeese State University
2 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA track and field at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships
8:45 a.m.
Corpus Christi

Sunday, May 8
SFA baseball vs. McNeese State University
1 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA track and field at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships
10 a.m.
Corpus Christi




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Final day for faculty, staff members to get Surfin’ Steve bobbleheads in advance

The Surfin’ Steve 7-inch bobblehead will be offered exclusively to SFA faculty and staff members until 5 p.m. today.

Bobbleheads are $30 each (tax included) and can be purchased and picked up at the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center on Vista Drive, or you can purchase bobbleheads online. There is a limit of five bobbleheads per employee.

If purchasing online, take your receipt and a photo ID with you to the alumni center for pick up.

Quantities are very limited, so tell your coworkers and get your bobbleheads TODAY!


Jennifer Edwards

SFA inventory control supervisor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Edwards was one of four recipients chosen for the 2016 President’s Staff Recognition Award. Edwards has worked at SFA for 14 years and was nominated for the outstanding job she does in the department.

Her coworkers noted that Edwards is “extremely conscientious of her job and helping the department in any way possible.” She is proactive in making needed changes and promotes the goals and mission of SFA on a daily basis.

Note: Additional honorees will be recognized in SFA Today throughout this week.

Lydia Richardson

Instructor in speech and language pathology program and director of the Speech and Language Pathology Clinic

Richardson was notified that her paper titled “Virtual Peer Writing Groups: A New Twist on Teaching Professional Writing to Communication Sciences and Disorders Undergraduate Students” was accepted for presentation at the 2016 Bright Ideas Conference.

Dr. Lisa McCleary

Assistant professor in school psychology and training director of the SFA Charter School Pre-doctoral Internship

SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education selected McCleary as its spotlight presenter during the 2016 Bright Ideas Conference. McCleary will be honored along with other spotlight presenters and awardees from the SFA community during the awards luncheon tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

McCleary also was the lead author of another presentation accepted at the 2016 Bright Ideas Conference that included authors Lysa Hagan, principal of the SFA Charter School; Dr. Robbie Steward, professor and department chair of human services; and Dr. Elizabeth Vaughn, professor and department chair of elementary education.

Psychology professors, students present at East Texas Psi Chi Student Research Conference

Drs. Lauren Brewer and Kyle Conlon, assistant professors of psychology, presented their research findings at the East Texas Psi Chi Student Research Conference Saturday, April 30, at LeTourneau University.

Conlon presented four posters in collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students, and Brewer presented 12 posters in collaboration with undergraduate students. For their research on perceptions of effective parenting, undergraduate student Rani Solomon and Brewer won the Student and Faculty Research Collaboration award at the conference.

News & Announcements

State Rep. Chris Paddie to offer SFA commencement address

State Rep. Chris Paddie will offer the commencement address during SFA’s spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 14.

Serving his second legislative term representing the Texas House of Representatives District 9, Paddie, a native of Center, served as the vice chairman of the House Energy Resources Committee as well as a member of the Transportation and House Administration Committees.
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Faculty members honored at SFA

SFA faculty members were recently honored for their years of service to the institution during the annual Faculty Service Awards ceremony. Employees were honored for 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 years of service.
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Staff members recognized for years of service

More than 50 SFA staff members were recently honored for their services to the university during the 32nd annual Staff and Retiree Recognition Award Ceremony.

Those honored included employees with 10, 20 and 30 years of service, as well as recipients of the President's Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement and excellent services.
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Strategic Plan campus update scheduled for May 5

Two of the Strategic Plan working groups will update the campus community on their progress and recommendations in Strategy Update Sessions Thursday, May 5, in the Math Building, Room 101. Each of the working groups will make a short presentation followed by audience questions, comments and discussion.

At 1:30 p.m., members of the Career Development Integration Team will present their recommendations for better integrating career development into all years of a student's experience.

At 2:30 p.m., members of the Teaching and Learning Advancement Team will present their recommendations for refreshing classroom spaces across campus.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

For more information, click here, or contact Megan Weatherly, strategic plan coordinator, at (936) 468-1735 or (936) 468-1043.

SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature U.S. National Arboretum geneticist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Dr. Lisa Alexander, United States National Arboretum geneticist, will present “Improving the World One Plant at a Time.”

Alexander is a U.S. Department of Agriculture research geneticist working to improve woody ornamental landscape plants for the USNA. She received a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2005 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she conducted research on American chestnut tree restoration.
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“Little White Dress” exhibit showcases vintage wedding gowns

Stepping into the SFA Fashion Gallery is like stepping into a fashion time capsule with lace, silk, satin and touches of chiffon covering the room.

SFA students enrolled in a 20th century costume course within SFA’s School of Human Sciences recently constructed the “Little White Dress” fashion exhibit, which will be on display through the summer in the Fashion Gallery, located in the Education Annex Building on campus.
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SFA’s Department of Biology, School of Music to host collaborative project tomorrow

Drs. Stephen Lias, associate director of graduate studies in the School of Music and professor of composition, and Dennis Gravatt, associate professor in the Department of Biology, will host a musical collaboration project between SFA’s School of Music, music composition students and faculty members from the Department of Biology.

The presentation will be held from 3 to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

Music was composed and will be performed based on inspirations found in the biological world.

Final Faculty Senate meeting of the year scheduled for tomorrow

The SFA Faculty Senate will hold its last meeting of the year at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center tiered classroom, Room 2.201.

Topics will include recognition of outgoing senators, 2016-17 officer elections and installation of incoming senators.

All faculty members are invited to attend. The meeting will be live streamed online.

Spring floral design exhibit blooms Thursday

A spring floral design exhibit featuring a variety of creations by floriculture students in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Agricultural Building, Room 118.

The theme for the exhibit is "Rustic." All floral designs will be available for purchase via silent auction.

For more information, contact Michael Maurer, associate professor in the Department of Agriculture, at (936) 468-1729.

SFA community invited to 2016 Bright Ideas Conference tomorrow

The SFA community is invited to the 2016 Bright Ideas Conference tomorrow.

The conference celebrates the research, scholarship and artistry of SFA faculty members and provides a platform for SFA faculty and staff members to discuss their professional research and creative interests with the SFA and local communities.

The Main Poster Session will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. From 10 to 11 a.m., there will be an authors and artists reception in the BPSC Grand Ballroom.

The Bright Ideas Conference Award Ceremony and Luncheon is scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. and is invitation only.

The conference will end with a Professional Development Recognition Ceremony from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the BPSC Regents’ Suite B.

Veronica Weaver new face of SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs

Sitting in a purple room with purple axe handles pinned above her desk, Veronica Weaver talks about her decade-long transition from student to orientation supervisor and, just this year, to head of SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs.

“OMA was what I expected as far as the programs it hosts,” said Weaver, the campus organization’s new director. “What I wasn’t expecting is just how passionate the students would be about everything — politics, social justice. I also underestimated the power of the community and its support of OMA events.”
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Students studying German create virtual museum projects

Immersion is said to be one of the best ways to learn any language. SFA undergraduate students studying German are bringing that adage into the 21st century as they create virtual museums for display on iPads and tablets examining German cultural history from 1942 to 1990.

Groups of two to three students in Dr. Louise Stoehr's, SFA associate professor of German and director of the Language Resource Center, fourth-semester German course will present in-depth and interactive websites on selected topics from the time period to the public from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Griffith Art Gallery on campus.
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SFA puts four-game win streak on the line tonight against the University of Arkansas-Little Rock

Returning home following their first Southland Conference series sweep in three years, SFA’s baseball team aims to keep its hot streak alive by starting a four-game homestand at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Jaycees Field against the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

A winner in his previous outing that evened his 2016 record at 2-2, senior southpaw Eric Polivka takes the hill for the ’Jacks in their final non-conference home game of the regular season.
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Thornell secures second-straight Southland Conference Hitter of the Week award

SFA baseball senior Kyle Thornell was named Southland Conference Hitter of the Week for the second time.

Continuing his hot stretch at the dish, Thornell led the ’Jacks to a perfect 4-0 week by going 9-for-15 at the plate while belting three more home runs to move further up both the Southland Conference leaderboard and SFA’s all-time career long ball list.
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Fine Arts

Internationally renowned cellist Quint to perform at SFA tonight

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present cellist Misha Quint performing with SFA music faculty members and students in a concert at 6 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Quint, an internationally renowned concert musician, will join SFA faculty members Dr. Jennifer Dalmas, violin, and Dr. Andrew Parr and Linda Parr, piano, for a chamber music concert. The program will feature two masterpieces from the piano trio repertoire, including Antonín Dvorak’s colorful “Dumky” trio and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s one-movement work “Trio élégiaque.”
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Latin Lumberjacks to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

The Latin Lumberjacks ensemble at SFA will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an outdoor concert from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the plaza outside the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The Latin Lumberjacks is comprised of members of the sound recording technology program within SFA’s School of Music. Directed by Luigi Lazareno, music faculty member, the group will perform a variety of popular songs in salsa style.
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