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Flags lowered in honor of Orlando shooting victims

In honor of the lives lost in Sunday's tragedy in Orlando, Florida, Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered both the U.S. and Texas flags be lowered to half-staff through Thursday, June 16. Flags will return to full-staff Friday, June 17.

Open positions now available for OMA Caucus

Spots are now available for faculty and staff members interested in serving on the Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus. The mission of the caucus is to advance the areas of diversity, social justice, awareness and competence on the SFA campus.

Faculty and staff members who are passionate about spreading diversity and cultural awareness across campus are invited to participate. Spots are limited. Contact director of multicultural affairs Veronica Weaver at weavervb@sfasu.edu for more information.

AARC Jumpstart Program offering assistance to students in danger of academic probation

The AARC’s Jumpstart Mentor Program is offering assistance to students on or nearing academic probation. The program aims to assist students in regaining satisfactory standing by providing peer mentors to meet with students on a regular basis to support their academic needs. Faculty members are encouraged to inform students of this program. For more information, contact Dr. Mike Wicker, Jumpstart mentor Program Director at wickermicha@sfasu.edu.

SFA announces scholarship bass fishing tournament

The SFA Campus Recreation Department will host the fourth annual Worsham Bass Tournament beginning at safelight Saturday, June 25, at Jackson Hill Park and Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn in Broaddus.

The tournament benefits the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for SFA Campus Recreation established with the SFA Alumni Association.

Click here to register for the event or email kouliavtsg@sfasu.edu for more information.

Limited enrollment available for SFA STEM Research and Learning Center’s iMAS 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 2016 iMAS Academy will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, June 20-24, on the SFA campus. The cost is $100 per attendee and includes the price of materials, snacks, prizes and a T-shirt. Click here to register.

SFA Department of Geology faculty members receive second round of TxDOT funding

The second phase of a significant Texas Department of Transportation grant was awarded recently to SFA faculty members in the Department of Geology to support their work identifying existing geologic hazards along a roadway in Culberson County, Texas, just south of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

“It is an honor to have been asked by TxDOT to conduct research that will assist them in developing better practices for road stability within an area that is prone to significant failure,” said Dr. Kevin Stafford, project director and SFA associate professor of geology.
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Former SFA pitcher secures spot in 2016 Midwest League All-Star Game

Former SFA pitching great Cameron Gann has secured a spot as a relief pitcher in the 2016 Midwest League All-Star Game. The Midwest League is a 16-team group of the MLB’s Single-A affiliates in seven states from around the Midwest, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

A 27th round draft pick of the MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015, Gann has made a name for himself as a solid closer for the Diamondbacks’ Single-A affiliate, the Kane County Cougars, thus far in 2016. In 24.1 innings on the hill for the Cougars, Gann has gone nine-for-nine in his save opportunities, giving the Crandall, Texas, native the third-most saves in the Midwest League.
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Head women’s basketball coach Kellogg introduces Kayla Scott as director of operations

SFA’s women's basketball coach Mark Kellogg has announced the addition of Kayla Scott to the Ladyjack staff as director of basketball operations.

Scott will be involved with nearly all facets of the Ladyjack program, including the organization of team travel, scheduling, on-campus recruiting visits and equipment management. She also will assist with the office's overall day-to-day functions.
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Starks chosen as SFA baseball’s second-ever Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American

For the second time in program history, an SFA baseball player has been tabbed as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American.

Hailing from Mesquite, Texas, Tyler Starks doubled as a starter and a reliever for the ’Jacks in his inaugural collegiate campaign. In his 24 appearances, Starks compiled a record of 3-3, but was featured predominantly in a late-inning role where he racked up seven saves–the sixth-most among all Southland Conference players and the eighth-most in a single season in program history.
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Kerley places 12th in the 400m to lead SFA at the NCAA Championships

The SFA track and field program concluded another memorable season last week at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships inside the University of Oregon’s Historic Hayward Field. The 'Jacks had three strong performances in three events and saw sophomore My’Lik Kerley earn Second Team All-American honors.

Kerley was the first to hit the track for SFA and he brought his best to the competition. The Taylor, Texas, native completed the 400-meter run in 45.98 seconds to place 12th out of the nation’s fastest 24 men in the event. He was the top performer from a non-Power Five program and the fifth fastest underclassman.
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Fine Arts

Local photographic and art groups plan 2016 gallery shows

The Nacogdoches Photographic Association and Nacogdoches Art League will open their 2016 gallery shows with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, June 24, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The theme for the photographic association show is “Landscapes and Seascapes,” and serving as juror was David Cozadd, owner/manager/designer of Galleria Z in Nacogdoches. Cozadd has had a lifelong involvement with art, including earning an undergraduate degree in art from SFA.
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SFA to screen ‘This Ain’t No Mouse Music!’

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “This Ain’t No Mouse Music!” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

“This Ain’t No Mouse Music!” tells the story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records. In the documentary, filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling take a hip-shaking stroll from New Orleans to Appalachia, chronicling Strachwitz’s journey to plantations and prisons, roadhouses and whorehouses, churches and bayou juke joints, to return with recordings that would revolutionize the sound of popular music, according to thisaintnomousemusic.com.
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You may have heard of Misty Copeland, the ballerina who was denied enrollment into ballet school because she did not meet the size and build standards of a “typical” ballerina. Due to her undying determination, she is now well known and highly respected for her talents.

Copeland recently collaborated with a New York museum to recreate classic impressionist paintings of ballerinas by Edgar Degas. Click here to view how she helped bring the paintings to life.

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