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Thursday, July 9
Summer I final examinations

Monday, July 13
Orientation for new freshmen and transfer students enrolling in summer II classes
1 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center, second floor

Tuesday, July 14
Grade entry completed for summer I
Noon

Summer II classes begin
8 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 14
Summer II final examinations


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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at SFA's Pineywoods Native Plant Center, published an article on focal points, which is part of a continuing series on basic landscape design principles.

The article was published in the May/June issue of Neil Sperry's Gardens magazine.

News & Announcements


Portraits of Freedom exhibit opens Saturday

The SFA Ralph W. Steen Library will display the Portraits of Freedom art exhibition starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road.

Portraits of Freedom is a juried student art exhibition featuring runaway slaves from newspaper advertisements compiled by the Texas Runaway Slave Project. The exhibition will feature drawings, lithographs, paintings and screen prints created by art students at SFA, Texas Christian University and Lamar University.

Sponsors of the exhibition include SFA, Nacogdoches Jaycees, Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce, the City of Nacogdoches and the Texas Blueberry Festival.

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SFA to host scholarship bass fishing tournament

SFA's Campus Recreation will host the third annual Worsham Bass Fishing Tournament Saturday, June 27, at Jackson Hill Park and Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn in Broaddus.

All proceeds will benefit the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for SFA Campus Recreation, established by the SFA Alumni Association.

Dr. Raymond "Ray" Worsham was director of the SFA Intramural Department for more than four decades. The scholarship honors Worsham's dedication and his positive impact on the university. It will provide financial assistance to student employees of Campus Recreation.
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Registration open for SFA's Educators' Summer Art Studio

Plans are being finalized for the SFA School of Art's Educators' Summer Art Studio taking place Sunday through Thursday, June 21 through 25, on the SFA campus.

The week-long studio experience is designed for teachers interested in the arts who want to work with professional artists using a variety of media and processes, according to Dr. Cala Coats, assistant professor of art education at SFA.

"Attendees will enjoy the immersive creative learning environment that provides time and space to experiment with a community of artists and educators," Coats said. Attendees can also earn Continuing Professional Education credits.
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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Earth-Kind horticulturist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Tim Hartmann, Earth-Kind program specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will present "Gardening for Food or Beauty - Why Not Both?"

Hartmann earned his Bachelor of Science in horticulture with an emphasis in fruit and vegetable production and his Master of Science in plant breeding and horticulture from Texas A&M University in 2009 and 2013, respectively. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in horticulture.
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SFA-Barrio Writers reading scheduled for Saturday

The SFA community is invited to attend the SFA-Barrio Writers Inaugural Reading at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 13, in the SFA Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212.

Students ages 13 through 21 will read original works and light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free.

Questions should be emailed to SFABarrioWriters@gmail.com or call (936) 468-2908.


2015 Undergraduate Research Conference posters now on ScholarWorks

Posters from the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference are now included in ScholarWorks. The posters celebrate the academic achievements and scholarly excellence of SFA undergraduate students.

Winners from the 2015 SFA annual conference also are prominently featured in the Undergraduate Research Commons, a searchable website that displays more than 700 undergraduate research publications from the United States. To submit projects or research to ScholarWorks, contact the Center for Digital Scholarship at cds@sfasu.edu.

SFA faculty and staff service awards

More than 50 SFA faculty and staff members were recently honored for their services to the university at an awards ceremony. Those honored included employees with 10, 20 and 30 years of service, as well as recipients of the President's Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding achievement and excellent services.
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Athletics


Payne remains strong on Bowerman watch list

The final women's watch list for the 2015 Bowerman Trophy has been released, and SFA's Demi Payne remains as a top contender to bring home collegiate track and field's most prestigious honor. The junior pole vaulter has appeared on the watch list for three consecutive releases and six times overall in 2015.

Payne will have a chance to make her final impression when she competes at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, tomorrow. She enters the meet as one of the favorites to win an individual title after experiencing one of the best seasons in women's pole vault history.
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By the numbers: Demi Payne and Josh Taylor

The 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin today and SFA's Demi Payne and Josh Taylor are ready to compete for a pair of individual national titles. The duo arrived in Eugene, Oregon, Sunday and will take collegiate track and field's biggest stage at historic Hayward Field when action begins this afternoon.

The athletes have had two of the best seasons in SFA program history, while also making a name for themselves on a national level.
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SFA football adds Judah Jones to roster

SFA head football coach Clint Conque has announced the addition of sophomore wide receiver Judah Jones to the Lumberjack roster. The transfer from Kansas State University will join the 'Jacks with three years of eligibility remaining.

"We're very pleased to add Judah to our roster as he is an outstanding athlete and a young man of great character," Conque said. "He comes from both a great high school program and a Kansas State program we know well, and have a great deal of respect for. Judah adds experience, maturity and athleticism to the slot receiver position and will be another weapon on both offense and special teams."
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Humphreys announces 2015 schedule

SFA head volleyball coach Debbie Humphreys recently announced the team's schedule for the 2015 season. The Ladyjacks will face off against two teams that qualified for the 2014 NCAA Tournament and will finish the season with four straight conference matches at home.

"Our non-conference schedule will give us a true test," said Humphreys. "The high-quality competition we will see at our tournaments will make sure we have seen everything in preseason that we could potentially see in Southland Conference play."
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Basketball season tickets now on sale

Season tickets for SFA men's and women's basketball are on sale now at the SFA Ticket Office. Tickets will be good for men's and women's home games during the 2015-16 campaigns in sections 107, 108, 118, 119 and 120 of the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Tickets are available for $96 a seat to the general public; SFA faculty and staff members receive a 50-percent discount of $48 a seat; and members of the SFA Varsity Club also can purchase season tickets for just $48 a seat.
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Fine Arts

SFA theatre professor Jones selected to attend NEH summer institute

Dr. Richard Jones, professor of theater at SFA, is among approximately 30 scholars from around the nation selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute that will explore issues of translation in the classroom.

"What is Gained in Translation: Learning How to Read Translated Texts" will be held June 7 through 27 at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Designed for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who work with translated texts, the institute will provide the theoretical models and applications developed through translation studies that will enable them to exploit translation as a teachable moment. These strategies are designed to sensitize students and teachers to the worldviews embedded in other languages and to make them aware of the cultural specificity of their own modes of thinking and perception.

Because the study of theater and drama crosses over so many boundaries, Jones said that he is extremely reliant on translated material.
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SFA theatre students bring fairy tale characters to Blueberry Festival

Students in the SFA School of Theatre will add another element of excitement to all the fun those attending the Texas Blueberry Festival will experience Saturday, June 13, in downtown Nacogdoches.

Theatre students will appear in costumes portraying popular characters from fairy tales and children's stories. Children (and adults) will have the opportunity to talk with the students and take photos with them, according to Angela Bacarisse, professor of design and arts management at SFA. The School of Theatre's trademark dragon character, Schlaftnicht, from the children's show "Trudi and the Minstrel," performed the summer of 2005, will make his annual Blueberry Festival appearance.

"We have a lot of fun just dressing up and seeing how excited the kids are when they see us and get to talk to their favorite characters," Bacarisse said.
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Tintype portraits available for purchase at Blueberry Festival

The SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will offer Texas Blueberry Festival-goers the opportunity to sit for a unique self-portrait as a fundraiser for FVA.

Tintype portrait sessions will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 13, inside The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Cost is $20 per portrait.

A process popular in the 19th century, particularly during the Civil War era, tintypes are one-of-a-kind direct-to-positive photographs shot onto a piece of blackened metal, explained Neal Cox, SFA art professor.
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