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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, June 1
Final examinations for May-mester

Friday, June 3
SFA Planetarium "Sky Quest" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Sunday, June 5
Residence halls open
10 a.m. until noon

Monday, June 6
Summer I classes begin
8 a.m.




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Heidbrink featured in WalletHub study

Chelsea Heidbrink, an academic adviser in the Nelson Rusche College of Business, was recently featured in a study published by WalletHub about the best cities offering summer jobs in 2016. Read the full story here.

News & Announcements

SFA honors deceased students

The SFA flag on Vista Drive is flying at half-staff today in honor of SFA students Chace Scruggs, Rajeen “Ray” Williams and Geena Zarick, who recently passed away.

The visitation for Williams will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, at the Mayfield Kieser Funeral Home, 12301 South Freeway in Fort Worth. The memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, at the New Creation Missionary Baptist Church, 5015 Trentman St. in Fort Worth.
The funeral service for Scruggs will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, June 3, at Forest Park East Funeral Home, 21620 Gulf Freeway, Webster, Texas.
The Zarick family is not planning a public memorial for Geena at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact the office of the dean of student affairs at (936) 468-7249.  

Jeb Bush to be featured as inaugural speaker for Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series at SFA

SFA’s Nelson Rusche College of Business has announced former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush will serve as guest speaker for the college’s inaugural Nelson Rusche Distinguished Lecture Series on Nov. 3.

Through a question-and-answer format, Bush will discuss various topics focusing on leadership and business issues.
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SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature SFA horticulturist and author

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 9, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Greg Grant, research associate with the SFA Gardens’ Pineywoods Native Plant Center, will present “Show Me Your Garden and I Shall Tell You What You Are: Twenty Years Creating One View.”
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Advertise in the Welcome Edition of The Pine Log

SFA departments, programs and organizations are invited to advertise in the upcoming 2016 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.

Research at SFA’s Broiler Research Center seeks to improve animal welfare, production and economic savings

According to Dr. Joey Bray, associate professor and director of poultry science at SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, poultry appears to be well on its way to overtake pork’s status as the most widely consumed meat in the world.

Research taking place at SFA’s Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center aims to assist this change by determining how poultry can be raised and sent to market quicker, without sacrificing the health or care of the birds.
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Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation announces summer Employee Wellness program schedule

The SFA Employee Wellness program will continue offering six fitness classes throughout the summer, including noon ball, yoga, clogging, drop-in fitness, water aerobics and open swim. Click here for a full schedule. For questions, call Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056.


Men’s track 4x400 relay shatters record to claim first at NCAA West Regionals

Simply qualifying for the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships wasn't enough for the men's 4x400-meter relay team Saturday, May 28, at the NCAA West Preliminaries. The ’Jacks also shattered the school record, moved into the top 15 in the world this season and beat every other school in the region at the University of Kansas' Rock Chalk Park.

D'Lance Sharp, Tedrick Hawkins, Will Gibson and anchor My'Lik Kerley teamed up for a jaw-dropping time of 3:03.56 to claim the regional title by beating the other top 23 relays. The group did so in convincing fashion, pulling away from second place Baylor University by nearly one whole second.
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Kerley, Mathenge secure spots to NCAA Championships

The SFA men's track and field team sent two athletes to the 2016 NCAA Championships Friday, May 27, during the NCAA West Preliminary Round at the University of Kansas’ Rock Chalk Park. Senior Charles Mathenge qualified for nationals in the 10,000-meter run and sophomore My’Lik Kerley punched his ticket in the 400-meter run.
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SFA defeats Sam Houston State University in game one, Bearkats bite back in season-ending loss at Southland Conference Tournament

In a day that ran the emotional gamut, the SFA baseball team handed top-seeded Sam Houston State University their first loss of the Southland Conference Tournament before the ’Jacks saw their season come to an end in a winner-take-all afternoon battle.

Although the rival Bearkats ended SFA’s season, the ’Jacks played their best when it counted the most. After entering the SLC Tournament as the eighth seed, SFA staved off elimination by tying a program record with three wins in the tournament and sent both Lamar University and the University of Central Arkansas packing.
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Fine Arts

School of Art to present free screening of 'The Unforeseen'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "The Unforeseen" at 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Laura Dunn, "The Unforeseen" is the 2007 documentary about the development around Barton Springs in Austin and how many citizens responded, fearing the degradation of Austin's emblematic "swimming hole" and the environment sustaining it.
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SFA theatre students plan biennial Ireland exchange

International experience and cultural exchange are at the heart of the biennial trip SFA theatre students make to Ireland every other June.

Visiting the sites of major events in Irish history, which is inextricably tied up in the country’s dramatic tradition, is another key benefit. Throw in a lot of museum visits and theatre-going, and you have the makings of a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience, according to Dr. Richard Jones, professor of theatre in the SFA School of Theatre.
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Residents and visitors of Boston, Massachusetts, have a new attraction to add to their must-see list. But there’s a catch—the attraction is entirely invisible when dry.

The city of Boston teamed up with non-profit organization Mass Poetry to fill the city’s sidewalks with hidden poems created with a waterproof paint that only appears when wet. Click here to read a story on the exhibit, or here for more photos on Raining Poetry's website.

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