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Friday, June 16
SFA Planetarium
"The Little Star That Could"

7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building




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Dr. Chay Runnels

Hospitality administration program coordinator, graduate program co-coordinator and associate professor

Runnels was recently selected as one of 10 faculty members from across the nation to serve on an advisory panel to review the National Restaurant Association’s ManageFirst test questions.

ManageFirst is a management development program that equips students with key competencies they need to begin or advance their management careers in the hospitality industry. More than 350 colleges and universities and a variety of restaurant and foodservice companies have adopted this program.

Runnels reviewed the purchasing and customer service test questions for the national competency tests during two intensive days.

“It was an honor for me to meet colleagues from across the country in the hospitality field and to be a part of the bigger picture with the association,” Runnels said.

The revised questions will go into effect in fall 2017. SFA offers three of the National Restaurant Association’s certifications: customer service, purchasing and cost control.

Dr. Luis Aguerrevere

Associate professor in school psychology

Aguerrevere recently had his paper “Clusters of financially incentivized chronic pain patients using the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory” accepted for publication in the Psychological Assessment Journal, which is one of the most competitive psychology journals affiliated with the American Psychological Association.

The journal editor described the article as an "excellent contribution to the psychological literature.”

Aguerrevere also has been invited to serve as an editorial board member for the SciFed Journal of Addiction Therapy, a newly developed, open-access journal created by the Scientific Federation. The Scientific Federation is an expert-driven venue “initiated to organize and facilitate proficient and international scientific conferences worldwide with associating world class researchers."

Additionally, Aguerrevere was invited to speak as a plenary speaker to the World Congress on Neurology and Neuroscience Ailments on the theme “expert opinion on advancements in neuroscience and neurology” from Nov. 6 through 8 in Vancouver, Canada.

News & Announcements

Limited enrollment available in SFA’s STEM Research and Learning Center’s Investigations in Math and Science Academy

A limited number of students can still enroll in a weeklong science, technology, engineering and mathematics camp hosted by SFA’s STEM Research and Learning Center aimed at engaging East Texas students entering the seventh or eighth grade in hands-on STEM activities.

The 2017 iMAS Academy will be held from 8 a.m. to noon June 19 through 22 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 23 on the SFA campus, Math Building, Room 101. The cost is $100 per attendee and includes the price of materials, snacks, prizes and a T-shirt. Click here to register.

For more information, call the STEM Research and Learning Center at (936) 469-5814, or email stemcenter@sfasu.edu.
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SFA signs exchange agreement with Business and Hotel Management School in Switzerland

SFA students in the hospitality administration program can now study abroad at the Business and Hotel Management School in Switzerland during their junior year thanks to a new exchange agreement between the two institutions.

Dr. Lynda Martin, director of SFA’s School of Human Sciences, explained this exchange agreement presents an opportunity for SFA hospitality administration students to experience Switzerland’s prestigious service industry.

“Switzerland is considered the gold standard with regard to fine service in the hospitality industry,” Martin said. “Students will learn first-class service in the classroom with students from around the world and will have hands-on experience at some of the finest levels offered by our industry.”
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Fashion merchandising program hosts Conserving the Classics: A Lecture with Melanie Sanford

SFA’s fashion merchandising program in the School of Human Sciences recently hosted Conserving the Classics: A Lecture with Melanie Sanford on the university’s campus.
During the lecture, Sanford, a textile conservator with experience in high-profile venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Dallas Historical Society, discussed textile conservation, restoration, storage, and handling and display techniques. She also provided a brief discussion regarding the recovery of wet textiles after a disaster.
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Pre-Law Academy at SFA introduces high school students to multifaceted law careers

Last week, SFA hosted its fourth annual Pre-Law Academy. During this weeklong program hosted by SFA’s Division of Multidisciplinary Programs, high school students with an interest in law engaged in hands-on activities to better understand the field.

“We were fortunate to have many faculty members participate this year. They spoke on the different aspects of how their disciplines intersect and interact with law,” said Dr. Donald Gooch, co-director of the Pre-Law Academy and assistant professor of political science. “Students not only are presented the basics of law, but they also see the multifaceted aspects of law interacting with ethics, health, linguistics and more.”
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Volunteers welcome to assist with Lumberjack Orientation tomorrow

Orientation Programs welcomes volunteers to assist with greeting and providing directions to incoming students and families during Lumberjack Orientation this summer. Tomorrow is the first opportunity for volunteers to assist, including individuals and departments.

To sign up for one or more time slots, click here.

Volunteers are welcome to provide water; however, Orientation Programs requests no handouts be passed out to orientation attendees.

For more information, contact Jamal Smith, orientation director, at smithjd4@sfasu.edu.

Advertise in the Welcome Edition of The Pine Log

SFA departments, programs and organizations are invited to advertise in the upcoming 2017 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.

SFA Gardens to host 16th annual Pineywoods Camp

SFA Gardens will host three Pineywoods Camps this summer for children ages 4 to 15. The camps offer outdoor adventure, exploration and recreation in the scenic forests in and around Nacogdoches.

Jack Creek campers (ages 7 to 11) expand and improve their outdoor skills, including archery, outdoor cooking, hiking and canoeing. With plenty of time to explore the forest, campers will learn about connections in the natural world through hands-on investigations, games, crafts and presentations from local experts. This camp meets from 9 a.m. to noon at the SFA Experimental Forest. Session 1 will be June 19 through 23, and Session 2 will be June 26 through 30. Cost is $120.

Registration forms can be found here. Click on "LEARN" on the left side of the home page. For more information, contact the SFA Gardens' Education Office at (936) 468-1832 or sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Campus Recreation

Summer Music Series kicks off Friday

SFA’s Summer Music Series kicks off from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday, June 16, at the Student Recreation Center pool with a performance by Joe Cuellar.

Jonathan Webster will perform June 30 with Marshall Hance performing July 21.

This series is free for Rec Center and pool members and children under four. The event costs $10 for non-members.

For more information, call (936) 468-3507.


SFA soccer announces its 2017 schedule

SFA’s soccer team’s first event of the 2017 season will take place Aug. 11 on the SFA Soccer Field as a purple versus white intersquad scrimmage. The exhibition game against Rice University will take place at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 in Houston.

Ladyjack soccer will have 20 matches throughout the upcoming season with nine of those contests at home.

"As we welcome the 2017 squad to preseason in August, they will return to campus with a fantastic non-conference schedule waiting for them to get the season started,” said head coach Wally Crittenden. “There is no doubt that our exhibition with Rice University will prepare us for our opening weekend against Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.”
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Artist Christian Stangl’s film is out of this world — literally.

By utilizing thousands of still photographs from NASA’s Apollo archives, Stangl created the film “Lunar,” which recreates the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Watch the film here.

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