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This Week's Calendar

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

Tuesday, May 10
SFA baseball at Texas Christian University
6:30 p.m.
Fort Worth




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Jennifer Crenshaw

SFA School of Honors administrative assistant

Crenshaw was one of four recipients chosen for the 2016 President’s Staff Recognition Award. Crenshaw has worked for SFA for more than 16 years and her coworkers said she “exemplifies the SFA way” and culture, which emphasizes service, cooperation and providing options for transformative experiences.
Crenshaw was nominated for her “excellent reputation” across campus, her timeliness completing tasks, her warmth and the stability she brings to the School of Honors office.

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

Dr. Jill Carrington

Professor of art history

Carrington’s essay titled “Venetian Cartography and the Globes of the Tommaso Rangone Monument in San Giuliano, Venice,” was published in Notes on Early Modern Art, Vol. 2, No. 1, in April.

The essay examines the strikingly specific imagery of the stone reliefs of a terrestrial and a celestial globe. The essay compares the imagery to actual maps and globes, and argues that the features of the globes were inspired by contemporary world maps likely owned by physician and university professor Tommaso Rangone. It also relates the globes to the emergence of globe pairs at the time and situates them within the thriving production of maps, atlases and treatises in mid-16th century Venice and in the neighborhood where these cartographic works were produced and sold.

Department of Human Services' faculty members participate in 2016 Texas Rehabilitation Conference

Faculty members within the Department of Human Services recently participated in the 2016 Texas Rehabilitation Conference:  Meeting the Challenges of Social Change held on the SFA campus.

Dr. William Weber, professor and co-coordinator of the rehabilitation services program, was the coordinator of the conference.

At the conference, Weber, Drs. Wendy Killam and Suzanne Maniss presented their paper titled “Ethics in rehabilitation.” Also, Dr. Alan Larson presented a paper titled “Able privilege: Validating the construct and changing attitudes.” Dr. Yuleinys Castillo presented “Transitioning into self-employment,” and Dr. Kathy Sheriff presented “Charge on!:  Post-secondary transition supports for students with CHARGE syndrome and other severe low incidence disabilities.” The conference ended in a well-attended annual Disability Pride Parade, which Larson orchestrated.

Dr. Wendy Killam

Professor in the master’s clinical mental health counseling program

Killam has been notified that her paper titled “Understanding Adult Army Brats and Relationship Issues” has been accepted for presentation at the Association for Adult Development and Aging National Conference in New York City in July.

Also, during the March 2016 American Counseling Association Governing Council meeting in Montreal, Canada, president-elect Dr. Catherine Roland and the board appointed Killam to serve as a professional member of the Research and Knowledge Committee beginning July 1.

News & Announcements

Barnes & Noble Bookstore hosting faculty, staff member appreciation day

Barnes & Noble Bookstore on campus is hosting a faculty and staff member appreciation day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 6.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to stop by the bookstore to enter a raffle and to pick up a goody bag. Raffle items include a Coca-Cola retro cooler, Kindle Fire (16GB), Raising Cane’s gift basket, Auntie Pasta’s/Clear Springs and Cotton Patch dinner-for-two coupons, and CC’s Smokehouse gift cards.

Cookies and drinks will be served.

SFA community invited to Bright Ideas Conference today

The SFA community is invited to the 2016 Bright Ideas Conference today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

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

More than 100 academic posters and exhibits will be on display during the Poster Session from 9 a.m. to noon in the BPSC Grand Ballroom.

The Authors and Artists Reception, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the BPSC Grand Ballroom, will showcase more than 100 scholarly publications by SFA faculty members.

The Bright Ideas Awards Ceremony from noon to 1:30 p.m. will honor spotlight exhibitors and distinguished grant award recipients by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. Gallery seating is available.

The Professional Development Recognition Ceremony, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Regents Suite B, will recognize faculty members who have completed year-long professional development experiences focused on high-impact practices and online instructor certification. The award for Outstanding Excellence in Online Education also will be presented.

Spring floral design exhibit blooms tomorrow

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. tomorrow 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.

Final Faculty Senate meeting of the year scheduled for today

The SFA Faculty Senate will hold its last meeting of the year at 2:30 p.m. today 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.

SFA’s Department of Biology, School of Music to host collaborative project today

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. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

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

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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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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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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“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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Students studying German to present in-depth, interactive websites tomorrow

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. tomorrow in the Griffith Art Gallery on campus.
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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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Mason joins Keller's staff as assistant coach

SFA’s head men’s basketball coach Kyle Keller made the first hire for his 2016-17 coaching staff by bringing Wade Mason on board as one of the ’Jacks’ new assistant coaches.

Mason, who spent the past four seasons at one-time Southland Conference institution Oral Roberts University as an assistant on head coach Scott Sutton’s staff, played for Keller at Tyler Junior College in the mid-1990s before closing out his collegiate career at Tulane University.
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SFA surrenders five runs in final three innings, loses 7-2 against University of Arkansas-Little Rock

For six innings, SFA’s baseball team stood toe-to-toe with the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, but the Trojans used a two-out, three-run double in the seventh to take the lead for good. The ’Jacks ended their four-game winning streak by a 7-2 score at Jaycees Field Tuesday night.

SFA senior Eric Polivka stranded seven Trojans on the base paths. Through five innings, Polivka punched out six and scattered five hits to go along with three walks.
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Fine Arts

SFA music alumni to perform in ‘An American Requiem’

Three SFA School of Music alumni will return to their alma mater to perform in the annual choral masterworks series concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, in William M. Turner Auditorium on campus.

Under the direction of Dr. Tim King, director of choral studies at SFA, the A Cappella Choir, Choral Union, Women’s Chorus and the Orchestra of the Pines will perform “An American Requiem” by Richard Danielpour. Guest soloists will be SFA alumni Erin Roth, mezzo-soprano; Dr. Richard Novak, tenor; and Casey Jones Parrish, baritone.
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Latin Lumberjacks to celebrate Cinco de Mayo tomorrow

The Latin Lumberjacks ensemble at SFA will celebrate Cinco de Mayo with an outdoor concert from noon to 1 p.m. tomorrow 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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SFA to host free screening of ‘Thunder Soul’

The Audio Engineering Society at SFA will present a free screening of “Thunder Soul,” a documentary about bandleader Conrad “Prof” Johnson and the Kashmere High School Stage Band, at 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, in the Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Produced by Jamie Foxx and directed by Mark Landsman, the film tells the story of alumni from Houston's storied Kashmere High School Stage Band who return home after 35 years to play a tribute concert for their beloved bandleader who turned the struggling jazz band into a world-class funk powerhouse in the early 1970s, according to IMDb.
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