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"SFA Today" is published by University Marketing Communications Monday through Friday (except for holidays) during the fall and spring semesters, and on Mondays only during the summer. Items must be received by noon prior to the day of desired inclusion.

To submit items to "SFA Today," use the online form or email sfatoday@sfasu.edu. The announcement should apply to a significant number of faculty and/or staff members.

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SFA develops rain gardens at Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Through a partnership between the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and SFA Gardens, three rain gardens now enhance the quality of water entering Lanana Creek during rainfall events.

Rain gardens are being implemented across the country to help reduce pollutants and prevent erosion as rainwater washes off impervious surfaces such as parking lots and into the vegetated depressions, according to Dr. David Creech, director of SFA Gardens. SFA's new rain gardens are located within the Pineywoods Native Plant Center and are situated to catch water coming from the parking lots of Raguet Elementary, the Tucker House and the Music Preparatory Building.

"Water comes off of these parking lots and is full of all the noxious pollutants that we don't want to see end up in the streams, creeks and rivers of East Texas," Creech said.
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Dr. Kefa Karimu Onchoke

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Onchoke, an associate professor, recently submitted research on fluoranthene, the most abundant pollutant found in the environment, to the Journal of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry. 

Derivative chemicals of fluoranthene are known to be carcinogenic and prone to mutation, and are found in the air, soils and water.  

In his research, Onchoke interpreted the experimental UV-Vis absorption spectra of five fluoranthene nitrated isomers using calculations. 

Understanding their absorption behavior is important to gaining insight into reasons for the differential mutagenic, carcinogenic potencies in cells, and in their degradation behaviors and/or rates in the environment.

News & Announcements

SFA class travels to L.A. to "Meet the Media"

A group of SFA students studying mass media spent a week meeting with media professionals in Los Angeles, Calif., during Maymester.

Ten undergraduate students and three graduate students from the Department of Mass Communication participated in the "Meet the Media" class trip. All of the students are studying mass media with specialties in journalism, radio/TV, advertising or public relations. The students met with representatives from Insomniac Games, Clear Channel Radio, Los Angeles Magazine, Warner Bros., the Getty Museum and the Los Angeles Angels, according to Dr. Linda Thorsen Bond, an SFA associate professor who accompanied the students on the trip.

"In L.A., students learned about media, but they also learned about what it takes to rise to the top of the field," Bond said. "The students are active in all aspects of media. They write, take photos and create videos, publish blogs, and manage other social media. Some of the students work at the SFA radio and television stations or for the student newspaper and yearbook. All are making news in their own way."
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Computer science department relocating

The Department of Computer Science is moving to the McKibben Building.  

The main office is now in Room 304.The phone and fax numbers for the department will remain unchanged. 

For more information, please contact the dean’s office for the College of Sciences and Mathematics at (936) 468-2805 or email dbruton@sfasu.edu.

The man and the town that built U.S. star Clint Dempsey

Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle

The soccer field tucked away between the brown brick buildings of Nacogdoches High School and the towering pine trees is empty on a rainy June afternoon, with puddles forming on the freshly mowed grass.

Inside the school, down a small hallway of canary yellow brick walls, sits Farshid Niroumand, the keeper of that field. He is the man who built that soccer field. He built a soccer program.

Niroumand also helped build Clint Dempsey. And Niroumand is a legend in the town that helped build Clint Dempsey.

Dempsey, 31, got his start in Nacogdoches, "the oldest town in Texas," and his stardom reaches far beyond the city limits.

From the Friday, June 13 edition of the Houston Chronicle. 
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Scholarship bass fishing tournament announced

The Campus Recreation Department of SFA will host the 2nd annual Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship Bass Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 28, 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 with the SFA Alumni Association.

Dr. Raymond "Ray" Worsham was the intramural department director at SFA for 43 years prior to the creation of the Campus Recreation Department. The scholarship was created to honor Worsham's dedication and lasting impact at the university and will provide financial assistance to student employees of the Campus Recreation Department.
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A letter from Brad Underwood and Robert Hill

What a great time to be a Lumberjack! For years, we have known we are Stephen F. Awesome, and now the world knows it as well. From the cover of the sports section in the L.A. Times, to articles in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and the cover story for ESPN online, people across the country are taking notice, and they like what they see.

Our goal is to see SFA remain the awesome university it’s always been. Along with outstanding athletics, we have phenomenal academic offerings, including a new engineering program beginning this fall. In addition, we have a new marketing and branding campaign underway, while we continue to graduate new Lumberjack alumni in record numbers.

Now is a great time to get more involved with your alma mater! Excellence and prestige is built on alumni support. For us to continue to be a part of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, we need your help:

• Join the SFA Alumni Association
• Buy SFA gear
• Attend university events in your area
• Give to athletics
• Donate to scholarships
• Like us on Facebook/Follow us on Twitter

Let’s continue to propel our university to greatness! We are counting on you to dream bigger!

With best regards,
Brad Underwood, head men's basketball coach
Robert Hill, director of athletics

Agreement allows ACC hospitality students to earn SFA bachelor's degree

Austin Community College is partnering with SFA to give students in the high-demand hospitality field a seamless pathway to a bachelor's degree.

The two institutions have entered into an agreement that will allow qualified students to complete their coursework in ACC's hospitality programs and move directly into upper-level coursework in the Hospitality Administration Program at SFA.

"This is great news for our students," said Michelle Fitzpatrick, chair of ACC's Hospitality Management Department. "They will know from the outset of their education which courses to take in order to not lose any time when they transfer. There is great demand for hospitality professionals, so it's important to do everything we can to accelerate students' completion."
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Campus Recreation

New Group Axe summer classes coming up

SFA's Campus Recreation Department is offering two new group fitness classes to students, and faculty and staff members. 

The "Dance Crave" and "Ballet Tone and Sculpt" classes start this week. Both are offered on Tuesday. The dance class is from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. 

"Ballet Tone and Sculpt" is offered on Tuesday and Thursday as well, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. 

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Women's self defense class offered at rec center

SFA's Campus Recreation Department will offer a women's self-defense class at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 1. 

The class is part of the SFA Employee Wellness program. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of self-defense in the gymnastics room of the Norton H.P.E. Complex. 

The teacher will be certified in the Rape Aggression Defense System. 

Class size is limited. To register, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu

Walking program launched this month

Participants in SFA's Employee Wellness program can take advantage of a new program that will run through August. 

"Walking Jacks" happens every Monday and Wednesday and offers a 40-minute walking course led by a campus recreation employee. 

Walkers on Monday meet at 12:15 p.m. by Surfin' Steve - the statue of Stephen F. Austin near the Ralph W. Steen Library. 

On Wednesdays, walkers can meet at the main entrance to Homer Bryce Stadium at 7 a.m. 

For more information, get in touch with Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu

Employee Wellness summer schedule released

Employee wellness programs will keep running through the summer. 

Drop in Fitness, Noon Basketball, Water Aerobics and Open Swim are a few of the activities available to SFA employees during the day. 

More about employee wellness programs and the times each activity is available are on Campus Recreation's website.
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SFA concludes season among nation's best

The 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships came to a close on Saturday afternoon. While SFA was not in action on the final day of the meet, the Lumberjacks did have five entries at the meet this week and finished in a tie for 64th place.

Josh Taylor took seventh place in the 400 meter hurdles on Friday to be SFA’s top finisher. His placing scored SFA’s two points at the championship meet and proved himself as one of the top collegiate hurdlers. He ran 53.03 seconds in the final and got through the semifinals with a time of 50.58.

With Taylor scoring points for the Lumberjacks, it marks the second time in school history the men’s team has scored points in back-to-back years at the NCAA Championship.
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Fine Arts

Local photographic and art groups plan 2014 gallery shows

The Nacogdoches Photographic Association and Nacogdoches Art League will open their 2014 gallery shows with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday, June 20, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House downtown.

Theme for the photographic association show is "Black and White," and serving as juror will be Michael Greer, a graduate of SFA and owner of Michael Greer Photography in Western Springs, Ill.

The "Black and White" theme was chosen because "although many pictures in color are very beautiful, quite often a black and white photograph can better display the skill of the photographer when the composition, the framing and the choice of image are the elements that the photographer must depend on to carry the message that is intended," said R.G. Dean, member of the NPA.

Greer selected 69 images from the 156 that were entered by NPA members. Awards will include Best of Show, first, second and third places in two categories - traditional and digitally enhanced - and honorable mention. The 2014 Best of Show recipient will be announced at the opening reception.
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