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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, May 7
SFA Softball
Southland Conference Tournament
Hammond, La.

Friday, May 9
SFA Baseball
vs. Nicholls State
6:30 p.m.

SFA Track and Field
SLC Outdoor Championships
Conway, Ark.

Saturday, May 10
SFA Baseball
vs. Nicholls State
2 p.m.

SFA Track and Field
SLC Outdoor Championships
Conway, Ark.

Sunday, May 11
SFA Baseball
vs. Nicholls State
1 p.m.

SFA Track and Field
SLC Outdoor Championships
Conway, Ark.




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U.S. senator, SFA faculty senate chair to offer commencement addresses

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and SFA's Faculty Senate chair, Dr. Dana Cooper, are scheduled to offer the commencement addresses during spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 10, in William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Cruz was elected in 2012 as the 34th U.S. senator from Texas. The son of a Cuban immigrant, Cruz's first-hand observation of the pursuit of freedom and opportunity in America inspired him to become a passionate fighter for limited government, economic growth and the Constitution. He graduated with honors from both Princeton University and Harvard Law School.

Cruz was the first Hispanic law clerk to serve a chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, aiding William Rehnquist. He also was the nation's youngest, longest-serving and first Hispanic solicitor general of Texas. He has authored more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and made more than 40 oral arguments, including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cooper, an associate professor of history, earned her bachelor's degree from Angelo State University, master's degree from Texas Tech University, and doctorate and graduate certificate in women's studies from Texas Christian University. She is a past recipient of an SFA Teaching Excellence Award and recently was elected president of the Texas Council of Faculty Senates.
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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

On May 3, SFA Gardens Research Associate Greg Grant attended The Mercer Society's 40th anniversary Garden Party and Auction at the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens in Humble, where he was presented a crystal vase as the guest of honor for his service to the gardens and the field of horticulture.

On April 29 and 30, he presented "Gardening for the Birds and the Bees: Saving the World One Garden at a Time" and "Gardening for Love:  An Arcadian Dogtrot" to the Alabama state Master Gardener conference in Daphne, Ala.

News & Announcements

Registration underway for SFA Summer Art Academy

Registration has begun for the annual Summer Art Academy offered by the SFA School of Art for the two-week camp that will meet June 9 through 20.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade may enroll in classes that include drawing, painting and sculpture.

"The academy offers an exciting introduction to the visual arts and an immersion into specific media," said Gary Parker, SFA art instructor and director of the academy.

Classes will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Art Building on Wilson Drive. The students' work will be exhibited at 5 p.m. Friday, June 20, in the Art Building. Afterward, the students may take their work home.
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Rusche College of Business hosts inaugural Junior College Transfer Day

The Nelson Rusche College of Business hosted 12 individuals from three junior and community colleges Friday at an inaugural event in an effort to increase the number of students transferring to SFA as business majors. 

The event was planned by the college's Recruitment and Marketing Committee under the leadership of chair Dr. Marlene Kahla. 

Dr. Geralyn McClure Franklin, interim dean, commended the faculty and staff on the committee along with others providing support for the event as follows:  Carrie Baker, Todd Brown, Mitch Crocker, Henry Dunn, Chelsea Heidbrink, George Hunt, Marie Kelly, Mikhail Kouliavtsev, Clive Muir, Larry O'Neal, Laura Turner, Ann Wilson and Jamie Wood. 

She also thanked Brittany Green from admissions and student Federickia Washington for their participation.  Because of the overwhelmingly positive feedback and recommendations from the attendees, the Rusche College plans to host an annual event in the future and expand it to include other community colleges.

Summer camp website in development

University Marketing Communications is creating a new webpage to promote SFA summer camps. 

Does your department host a camp? If so, please send all the pertinent information (dates, cost, available discounts, etc.) to Shirley Luna, executive director of marketing communications, at sluna@sfasu.edu

If you need further information, please call (936) 468-2605.

Barnes and Noble calling for Fall textbook information

Now is the time of year when students are finding out what textbooks they will need for the fall semester. If you have submitted your textbook request or still need to submit textbook information, visit www.sfasu.bncollege.com.

To view a list of already submitted textbook information, click on the "textbook" tab. To submit fall textbook information, click on the "faculty" tab. 

Currently, the Barnes and Noble bookstore has only received 35percent of the textbook requests for the fall. It is important to provide this information as soon as possible. 

Please email bookstore manager Kristen Christopher at sm044@bncollege.com with questions.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Alabama horticulturist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Alabama Extension Horticulturist Hayes Jackson will present "I've Come All the Way from Alabama to Tell You That Everything's Not Bigger in Texas So Get Over It."

Jackson graduated from Auburn University with a degree in landscape design and ornamental horticulture. After working in southern California with Armstrong Nurseries, he returned to Alabama to work on his master's degree in environmental biology with an emphasis in botany at Jacksonville State University. Hayes is the urban regional extension agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System in Anniston where he works with urban horticulture and community-based programs concerning urban horticulture.

An avid horticulturist and true plant collector, Hayes has ventured to places like China, the Himalayas of northern India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Guatemala to look for new plants for Southern landscapes. His gardens have been featured in many publications, including Southern Living and Alabama Gardens Great and Small.
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Nacogdoches woman honored with Teagarden Award

SFA alumna Ela Ruth McCullough of Nacogdoches is the recipient of the 2014 Edna Wilkin Teagarden Award for Exemplary Service in Human Sciences.
The award is given annually by the School of Human Sciences and recognizes extraordinary professional achievements by graduates, including development and implementation of human sciences concepts and principles in the field. McCullough accepted the award at the School of Human Sciences convocation in April.
McCullough received her bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1966 with a major in vocational home economics. She continued her education at SFA, earning a master’s degree in administrative leadership in 1971.
After several years of teaching at the elementary and junior high levels, she agreed to the request of her high school principal to teach Family and Consumer Sciences at the junior and senior levels. It soon became obvious to her that a problem existed in the area of teenage pregnancy. She then devoted her attention and energy to helping young girls continue their education. Her successful grant writing yielded funding for a school day care, busing for participants and social work.
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Student Activities Association announces summer movie series

The Student Activities Association would like to invite you to check out our summer movie Series. We show one movie twice a week at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, and at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. Our movie theater is located on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center next to Starbucks. 

Prices are $2 for Students with student ID, $3 for faculty and staff members with SFA ID, and $4 for community. The concession stand also will be open at theses showings, where you can get a drink, popcorn and candy all for only $2 with our combo pack deal. 

Large group reservations for any of these showing this summer can be made by calling our office at: (936) 468-1222.

3 and 4: Frozen (PG)
10 and 11: The Nut Job (PG)
17 and 18: Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy (G)
24 and 25: Turbo (PG)
8 and 9: The Lego Movie (PG)
15 and 16: The Lorax (PG)
22 and 23: Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs 2 (PG)
29 and 30: The Princess and The Frog (G)
5 and 6: Muppets Most Wanted (PG) 

SFA Today to begin publishing weekly

Tuesday, May 6, will be last daily edition of “SFA Today” until the fall semester. During the summer months, “SFA Today” will publish weekly on Monday mornings. 

Items must be received by noon Friday prior to the Monday of desired inclusion. To submit items to "SFA Today," use the online form or email sfatoday@sfasu.edu

The announcement should apply to a significant number of faculty and/or staff members.


SHSU completes sweep Of SFA, 16-7

Sophomore Kyle Thornell knocked his fifth homerun of the season, with a two-run shot in the fourth inning, but Sam Houston State University completed the series sweep with a 16-7 win over the SFA Lumberjack baseball team Sunday.

SFA (17-30, 8-16 SLC) was held to six hits, as no 'Jack recorded a multi-hit game against SHSU (34-14, 16-8 SLC). Both Kyle and Brett Thornell collected two RBI in the loss, as Ricardo Sanchez, Gevon Jackson, Matthew Dickey and Dan O’Neill, also hit safely. Freshman Will Vest did not record an at bat, walking twice.

Junior Tyler Wiedenfeld (1-2) was saddled with the loss, allowing six runs over the first inning and a third. The trio of Fabian Arcizo, Justin Hunsaker and Chris Hassold, combined for four scoreless innings out of the pen.
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Ross posts No. 1 mark in nation

Colton Ross tallied another victory in the pole vault for SFA, and cleared the No. 1 height in the nation this season in the process.

Ross vaulted 5.70 meters (18-8.25) to tie NCAA defending champion Sam Kendricks for the top mark in the NCAA this season at the Longhorn Invitational. He also broke the SFA school record previously held by Adam Kuel at 5.58 meters (18-4.00).

At the Longhorn Invitational, Ross went head-to-head with Akron's Shawn Barber at the end of the competition. Ross was in the lead after clearing 5.60 meters (18-4.50) on his first attempt with Barber clearing on his second. Barber failed to clear 5.70, and Ross cleared on his third and final attempt to move atop the leader board in the NCAA.
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Ladyjacks take series over Bearkats

A grand slam in the first inning set the tone for the SFA Ladyjacks as they defeated Sam Houston State University 6-2 to win the series. The 'Jacks closed the regular season on a 5-1 stretch in league play, and finished in fourth place.

SFA (24-25, 14-11) jumped on the Bearkats right away. Cadie Weaver, Shalie Day and Katelyn Standley all ripped back-to-back-to-back singles. Then, Brittany Lewis stepped up to the plate and sent the ball over the fence in left center field for a grand slam. It was Lewis’ second home run of the series and seventh on the season.

The Ladyjacks added two more runs in the third thanks to three singles, a pair of walks and an error by Sam Houston State’s pitcher to take a 6-1 lead.

After SHSU made it 6-2 with a solo homer, both pitchers were able to slow the opponent and halt any threats with clutch outs.
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Fine Arts

Parr performs, conducts master class in China

Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano in the SFA School of Music, has performed in countries across the globe.

But he recently had the opportunity to perform and conduct a master class in piano for the first time before audiences in China, and some of those audience members have expressed an interest in coming to the United States, specifically SFA, to study with Parr.

Parr was among a group of SFA music educators who traveled to Hong Kong and Macau earlier this spring for the purpose of building relationships with colleagues there and opening the doors for recruiting music students to come to SFA for their graduate studies.

"This could be very beneficial for SFA in terms of attracting high-level students to study here," Parr said. "We can no longer think regionally when it comes to recruiting students."

Parr performed for piano students and teachers at Hong Kong Baptist University and conducted a master class before an advanced piano class of about 60 students where he listened to four students play and critiqued their performances.
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Music Preparatory adult piano classes start May 19

SFA’s Music Preparatory Division offers a summer adult piano class that will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on seven consecutive Mondays, beginning  May 19 and concluding June 30.  

The class is taught by Dr. Ping-Ting Lan and meets in the Yamaha Electronic Piano Lab in Room 302 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.  
The class is designed for adults interested in a low-key, fun and skill-building piano experience. 

Contact Division Director Pat Barnett at (936) 468-1291 for more information. Registration forms are available online at www.music.sfasu.edu/prep.

Children's Performing Arts Series to present 'Laura Ingalls Wilder'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and its Children's Performing Arts Series will present "Laura Ingalls Wilder" in two performances on Thursday, May 8, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Presented by ArtsPower, this beloved story of Laura and her family as they travel across America in search of a place to call home targets children in second through sixth grades, according to Diane J. Peterson, SFA Fine Arts Box Office manager and director of the Children's Performing Arts Series.
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