This Week's Calendar
Friday, May 12
Baseball at Lamar University
Saturday, May 13
Baseball at Lamar University
Sunday, May 14
Baseball at Lamar University
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Dr. Mary Catherine BreenAssociate professor of secondary education and educational leadership
Breen has been named the new SFA 101 coordinator. SFA 101 is a course that helps students transition from high school and introduces the expectations and opportunities of university life. Successful participation in SFA 101 improves critical thinking skills and results in higher college GPAs. Participation also provides a greater likelihood of continued enrollment and graduation.
In addition to her role as associate professor, Breen's experience includes teaching high school English and social studies in Fort Bend, Beaumont, Rusk and Nacogdoches. She received the Teaching Excellence Award on behalf of SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education in 2015.
Breen holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She received her master's degree in English and her doctoral degree in educational leadership from SFA. She joined SFA in 2007 as associate director of the English Language Acquisition Center for Excellence grant and became a faculty member in 2011.
She will continue to serve as associate professor and will be available for her duties as coordinator in the SFA 101 office, located in the Steen Library, Room 203L.
Ann FosterProperty manager in the Office of Procurement and Property Services
Foster was one of four recipients chosen for the 2017 President’s Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement and excellent service. Foster has worked at SFA for 18 years.
Her coworkers describe her as one of the many “unsung heroes at SFA.” Foster “has been the cornerstone of the department” for years and her “efforts reflect the highest standards of excellence of all SFA employees.”
Note: Additional honorees will be recognized in SFA Today throughout this week.
News & Announcements
Dr. Tim Clipson to offer spring commencement address
Dr. Tim Clipson, SFA professor in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies and SFA 101 Freshman Success coordinator, will offer the commencement address during the university’s spring graduation ceremonies Saturday, May 13.
Clipson has served SFA for 36 years in various roles and was recently named professor emeritus in the Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies. He will retire from SFA May 31.
“Dr. Clipson is one of the best-known and beloved professors on campus. His leadership has helped move the university forward, and his legacy will leave a lasting impact on generations of Lumberjacks,” said Dr. Baker Pattillo, university president.
Students host 'Passport to DiverCity' event with GETCAP Head Start
Students enrolled in human development and family studies courses in SFA's School of Human Sciences recently hosted "Passport to DiverCity," a collaborative multicultural event between the university and Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start.
Event participants celebrated cultural and racial diversity through myriad activities, including face painting, games, reading and more.
Dr. Flora Farago, assistant professor of human development and family studies at SFA, teamed with Head Start members to be the driving force behind this endeavor.
Field trip gives insight to what life as an immigrant, refugee student is like
Puzzling looks situate on their faces as an unfamiliar teacher begins speaking Arabic. As words flow from her mouth, the students fall deeper into confusion. Scanning the worksheet, they see symbols that bear no meaning to them.
For a day, SFA students discovered what it was like being an English language learner, immigrant and refugee student during an immersive trip to Las Americas Middle School in Houston.
Submit proposals for fall 2017 service-learning mini grants
Proposals are now being accepted for fall 2017 service-learning mini grants.
Click here for proposal guidelines and information about integrating a service-learning project into a course.
Proposals must be submitted via this online form and are due no later than 5 p.m. Sunday, May 14.
For questions or more information, contact Molly Moody, assistant director of student engagement, leadership and service, at email@example.com.
Speech-language pathology graduate students presenting research today
Students in SFA’s speech-language pathology program will present their end-of-semester research from 2 to 4 p.m. today in the Human Services Building lobby.
The public is invited to attend.
Department of Athletics hosts first commencement ceremony
Nearly 1,500 students will graduate from SFA Saturday, May 13, inside Johnson Coliseum on campus. Included in that total were 28 graduating student-athletes on SFA’s baseball and men’s and women’s track and field teams who would not have been able to attend due to out-of-town competitions.
To provide the athletes with an alternate graduation experience, a small commencement ceremony was held Monday in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Theater on campus. University President Dr. Baker Pattillo, members of SFA’s Board of Regents, and numerous faculty and staff members were present.
What do you do when you’re too short to see or do something? Find something to climb on, of course.
Bella, a hyper-active, small 2-year-old dog, often uses the other family pet, Hank, as her personal ladder. Surprisingly, Hank doesn't seem to mind. Click here to view more photos of the duo.