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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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News & Announcements

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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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.

SFA to host pre-law experience in June

High school students interested in pursuing a career in law are invited to attend SFA's first-ever Pre-Law Experience set for June 8-14 in Nacogdoches.

The week-long program is open to high school juniors and seniors and is unique in the state of Texas, according to Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

"Many students entering college consider eventual employment in a law-related field but are unsure if it is the correct choice for them," Murphy said. "Moreover, they too frequently make decisions that limit their ability to compete successfully for a position in law school upon graduation. Our Pre-Law Experience is intended to provide an overview of the key elements in planning a future as a lawyer."
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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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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.

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.

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) 

Campus Recreation

Schedule for upcoming basketball camps released

Head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood has spots still available for this summer's Brad Underwood Basketball Camps. Underwood and his staff will be hosting three separate camps; Session I - Overnight Camp from June 22-25, a High School/AAU Team Camp from June 27-28 and Session II - Day Camp from July 29-August 1.

The session camps will stress fundamentals with a heavy emphasis on the skills of shooting, dribbling, passing, and team play. The camps will adhere to a 10-1 camper-coach ratio, which provides for a safe and well-supervised learning environment.

The daily schedule includes a balanced mix of drills, contests, and games, which allows for a fun-filled learning experience. During team play, unselfish basketball, team offense and team defense will be emphasized. More importantly, campers will have an opportunity to learn valuable life skills and develop relationships.
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Discount offered to faculty/staff for upcoming youth football camps

Kids of SFA faculty and staff members can attend the upcoming summer football camps led by head coach Clint Conque at a discounted rate. 

The camp, from 8:30 a.m. until noon Monday, June 16 through Wednesday, June 18, is aimed at kids from third grade to eighth grade. 

Cost for the camp to the general public is $60. Faculty and staff members can take advantage of a 20-percent discount.

To receive the discount, contact Diana at (936) 468-3502. This discount is not available in the online registration.

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Conque announces spring award winners

SFA football closed out the spring semester with an Offseason and Spring Awards ceremony Sunday evening. The event will become a yearly occurrence as head coach Clint Conque begins to build his culture among the Lumberjack football program.

"It was a great offseason and spring season and this was our way of recognizing those who bought in to our system and gave it their all," Conque said. "We named each of the awards after key figures in the SFA football program with the intention of tying the tradition of the past to the players of today and it is something I'm excited to begin here at SFA."

Each of the awards were voted on by the members of the Lumberjack coaching staff and were presented at the final team meeting of the spring semester Sunday evening. A number of the award namesakes were on hand to present their respective honor, something Conque hopes to grow in future years.
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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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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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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.

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