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Dr. Chris McKenna

Assistant professor in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies

McKenna received the Teaching Innovation Award for the Rusche College of Business, which recognizes a specific innovative instructional practice.

McKenna worked with SFA's Center for Teaching and Learning and the college’s Office of the Dean to develop a portable video system that allows individuals to record classroom-based student presentations.

He also piloted the use of the One Button Studio that students can utilize to create instant video files of practice runs of their oral presentations. Dr. Todd Brown, associate dean of the Rusche College of Business, and Dr. Stephen Kosovich, SFA associate professor of economics, were instrumental in establishing the studio at SFA.

Pictured, from left, Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of the Rusche College of Business, presents McKenna with the Teaching Innovation Award.

Rusche College of Business honors faculty and staff members during luncheon

SFA’s Rusche College of Business honored faculty and staff members during its Beta Gamma Sigma Faculty and Staff Appreciation and Awards Luncheon.

Faculty and staff members honored for 10 years of university service included Esther Bunn, lecturer in the Schlief School of Accountancy; Dr. Mikhail Kouliavtsev, chair of the Department of Economics and Finance; and Dr. Ryan Phelps, associate professor in economics and finance.

Those honored for 30 years of service included Cathy Henderson, lecturer in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business; and Dr. Mark Simmons, associate professor in economics and finance.

Retirees recognized were Dr. Tim Clipson, professor in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies and SFA 101 Freshman Success coordinator; and Dr. Keaton Grubbs, professor in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies.

News & Announcements

Advertise in the Welcome Edition of The Pine Log

SFA departments, programs and organizations are invited to advertise in the upcoming 2017 Welcome Edition of The Pine Log. This special edition of the student newspaper will be mailed to the home of every incoming first-year and transfer student in early August.

The Welcome Edition is an excellent opportunity to share important information with this specific group of students and their parents. Click here to see information about ad rates and deadlines, or email pinelogads@sfasu.edu for more information.

First summer Faculty and Staff breakfast slated for June 7

The first SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast of the summer is set for 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, in the East College Dining Hall.

For $3, faculty and staff members are invited to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts.

Additional summer breakfasts are planned for July 12 and Aug. 2. Help spread the word about these events and invite your SFA colleagues to join.

The monthly breakfast is brought to you by SFA's Social Events Team in the spirit of the “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within the campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook page.

View list of summer camps offered at SFA

SFA is offering a variety of summer camps for children of all ages. Camps include band, music, basketball, football, volleyball, computer science, art, theater and more.

To view the full list of camps, click here.

SFA Gardens’ lecture series to feature horticulture professor Dr. Dennis Werner

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Dr. Dennis Werner, horticulture professor in Raleigh, North Carolina, will present “Is Redbud the Next Crape Myrtle?”

Born and raised in York County, Pennsylvania, Werner gardened at an early age and grew up exploring the fields and woodlots of South Central Pennsylvania. These interests led him to complete a bachelor’s degree at Pennsylvania State University and then master’s and doctoral degrees at Michigan State University with an emphasis in plant breeding and genetics.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare-plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.

For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Selden publishes work in The Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Record

Dr. Robert Selden Jr., research associate with SFA’s Center for Regional Heritage Research, recently published an article titled, “The Index of Texas Archaeology: Open Access Gray Literature from the Lone Star State” in The Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Record.

According to Selden, cultural resources management reports represent a rapidly growing proportion of knowledge associated with archaeological undertakings in the U.S. Historically, these reports were printed in limited numbers and distributed to few libraries and individuals and few were distributed beyond the political boundaries of any given state. Libraries on the distribution list are reticent to allow patrons to check out these reports due to the fact that they have and will only ever have a single copy.

In late 2009, the Texas Historical Commission permitting guidelines for CRM reports were updated requiring CRM contractors to submit a digital copy of a redacted (no site locations or photographs of human remains) report before permits could be closed. These reports, the majority of which were funded with public monies, were meant to be made publicly accessible and available. Many now are through the Index of Texas Archaeology at SFA.

Registration open for STEM research and learning summer programs

Registration is now open for SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics' STEM research and learning summer programs.

The Investigations in Math and Science Academy will be offered for children entering the seventh and eighth grades from June 19 through 23. During the iMAS program, students will witness 3-D printing, solve a zombie outbreak in the chemistry lab, discover a magic cone and explore the Lanana Creek with a biologist. Click here to register for this program.

The Lil' STEM Jacks program, which allows students to learn and play with concepts from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, will be offered for children ages 6 to 10 July 25 and 26. To register for this program, click here.

For more information, contact SFA’s STEM research and learning center at (936) 468-5814 or stem@sfasu.edu.


Texas Blueberry Festival to take place June 10

The 28th annual Texas Blueberry Festival, a day-long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest, will take place Saturday, June 10, in downtown Nacogdoches.

The festival will begin at 8 a.m. and will include arts and crafts vendors, tasty treats, shows, activities and more.

Click here for more information.

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.

Athletics


Pole vaulter Ruiz punches ticket to national championship

The 2017 NCAA West Regionals were held recently at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas at Austin campus. SFA's track and field team competed in the event and had 14 individuals and one relay team qualify for a chance to continue their season.

SFA sophomore Antonio Ruiz easily claimed SFA’s first ticket to the 2017 NCAA Championship in Eugene, Oregon, after completing only three competition jumps to clear a height of 5.35m (17-6.5). The Tomball native entered the regional competition with a 5.27m (17-3.5) height that placed him second at the Southland Conference Championship.
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Baseball season ends with extra-inning loss to University of New Orleans

SFA's baseball team ended its season after experiencing a 4-3 loss during a Southland Conference Tournament elimination game against the University of New Orleans Thursday at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.

"I can't say enough about the way we played all season — especially our seniors. They each laid their hearts out there and at the end of the day we just came up a little short," SFA head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas said.
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Men’s relay team hits season-high mark at NCAA West Region preliminary

SFA's men's 4x400 relay team achieved season-high success during the final day of the NCAA West Preliminary Saturday at the Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

The team made it into the regional meet with a time of 3:13.43, but managed an explosive finish to the season by cutting off six seconds for a new season-high of 3:07.90. The Lumberjacks finished sixth in their heat and 16th overall.
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Fine Arts

Young local pianist’s NPR performance to air June 3

A performance by 12-year-old Nacogdoches pianist Antonio “Nio” Ajero will be showcased on an upcoming episode of “From the Top,” the hit National Public Radio program featuring America’s best young classical musicians.

Hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, the show will air at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, on Red River Radio. The episode, available for streaming and podcast at fromthetop.org, was presented by LeTourneau University and Red River Radio and taped before a live audience at LeTourneau’s Belcher Center in March.
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SFA theatre students, Friends of the Visual Arts participate in Blueberry Festival

Those attending this year’s Texas Blueberry Festival June 10 in Nacogdoches will once again see familiar costumed characters walking the downtown brick streets and have the opportunity to view a film depicting life in Texas’ oldest town in 1938.

Students in SFA’s School of Theatre will be promoting the school's upcoming SummerStage Festival, while SFA's School of Art will host three screenings of  “Found Footage: Rediscovering Nacogdoches” and the George Hooker short promotional film “Nacogdoches: The Oldest Town” at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. inside The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.
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Registration open for summer camps, FlexLessons with Music Prep Division

Registration is underway for a variety of music camps and private summer FlexLessons offered by the Music Preparatory Division of SFA’s School of Music. Founded in 1980 by Shirley Watterston and Dr. Robert Blocker, SFA’s Music Prep Division “continues to bring music to the community,” according to Pat Barnett, division director.

Camps included are Guitar Camp, Get to Know the Harp Camp and Piano Safari Camp. Private lessons also are available for piano, voice, guitar, harp, Suzuki violin, horn, flute, trumpet, euphonium and other instruments.

Visit the Music Prep website for more information or to download a registration form, or contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291. Music Prep offers online registration for those who wish to pay with a debit or credit card.
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If you’re a fan of the famous late theoretical physicist Albert Einstein, you might want to include Chicago on your list of future travel destinations.

A restaurant named Albert, which is located in the Windy City’s Hotel EMC2, opened in March and honors the great mind by “[celebrating] the intersection of art and science at every turn.” Click here to read more.

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