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This Week's Calendar

Friday, June 6
Planetarium show
"Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
Fridays from June 6 - 27
7 p.m. 

Wednesday, June 11
SFA Track and Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.

Thursday, June 12
SFA Gardens Lecture Series

Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Pineywoods Native Plant Center
7 p.m.

SFA Track and Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.

Friday, June 13
SFA Track and Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.




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Three SFA Videos Receive SVG Honors

Three SFA video productions have been recognized as honorable mention selections by the Sports Video Group and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for 2014.

SFA had a pair of videos recognized in the Special Feature category, as the “Dream Big: Stephen F. Austin Basketball” and “Rosie’s Hope” videos were among the nearly three dozen videos recognized. In addition, the SFA men’s basketball introduction video was recognized among the Promotional, PSA, Tease and Marketing category.

Representing a wide array of college athletic and academic departments, as well as professional networks, production companies, and student productions, the productions encompassed schools from across the country.

The videos can be viewed here and are entitled "Rosie's Hope," "Dream Big" and "A New Era."


Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

Selden was recently published in the "Advances in Archeological Practice" journal.

The paper, written with Dr. Timothy K. Perttula, of Archaeological and Environmental Consultants, LLC., and Michael J. O'Brien, of the University of Missouri is entitled "Advances in Documentation, Digital Curation, Virtual Exhibition, and a Test of 3-D Geometic Morphometrics: A case study of the Vanderpool Vessels from the Ancestral Caddo Territory."

The research deals with 3-D digital scanning of archaeological materials. With the permission of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, 3-D documentation of Caddo funerary was conducted with the initial goal of ensuring that these data would be publicly available for future research long after the vessels were repatriated. 

A digital infrastructure was created to archive and disseminate the resultant 3-D data sets, ensuring that they would be accessible by both researchers and the general public (CRHR 2014a).

However, 3-D imagery can be used for much more than documentation. To illustrate this, these data were utilized in a 3-D morphometric analysis of the intact and reconstructed vessels to explore the range of variation that occurs in ceramic vessel shape and its potential contribution to the local ceramic taxonomy.

Dr. Michael D. Stroup

Nelson Rusche College of Business

Stroup, a professor of economics, recently had an opinion piece published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 

The article discusses the concerns residents in the City of Denton have over hydraulic fracturing in light of a recent city-wide moratorium imposed on gas drilling in the North Texas community.
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News & Announcements

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature native plant expert

SFA Gardens at SFA will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Peter Loos, former president of The Native Plant Society of Texas, will present "Native Plants That Work for You."

Loos has a degree in horticulture from SFA and is a resident of Chireno. He is the owner of Ecovirons, which specializes in hard-to-find native plants, plant growing services, biological and botanical services, native plant seeds, landscape design, wetland construction and maintenance services, and land management services.
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EMS training set for Saturday

The Nacogdoches County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will be conducting a day long training event on Saturday, June 7. Part of this training will be conducted on the SFA campus.

During the training day, you may see EMS personnel in the Mize Azalea Garden and bike trails area, near the ropes course off of University Drive, and at the ROTC repelling tower. 

To end the training day, they will be landing a medical transport helicopter on the south end of the intramural field for an air transport medical briefing. 

Please be mindful that this is a training session for their staff and stay clear of the activity.

Anyone with questions or concerns about the excerise should contact the SFA Department of Public Safety, at (936) 468-2252.

Brown named SFA student regent

Kelsey Brown of Flower Mound has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve as student regent for SFA during the 2014-15 academic year.

Brown received a bachelor's degree in history from SFA in May 2014 and is currently a graduate student in the Department of History.

"I wanted the opportunity to continue developing my leadership skills while serving the university I love," Brown said. "As student regent, I will be able to use what I've learned in my various roles to assist the board in making important decisions."

As an undergraduate, she served on the SFA Traditions Council from 2012 to 2014 and served as a history tutor in the Academic Assistance and Resource Center. Brown also was an officer of Phi Alpha Theta history honor society, a member of the School of Honors and president of Gamma Kappa Omega service sorority.
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SFA to screen award-winning '20 Feet From Stardom' documentary

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of Academy Award winning "20 Feet From Stardom" at 7 p.m. Friday, June 6, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

In his compelling new film "20 Feet From Stardom," award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century, according to the website twentyfeetfromstardom.com.

"These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom," the website states. Along with rare archival footage and soundtrack, "20 Feet From Stardom" includes interviews with music icons such as Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting.
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SFA's printing services department wins national award

University Printing Services at SFA will be honored with the In-plant Printing and Mailing Association's 2014 Print Center of the Year Award at the annual Educational Conference in Milwaukee this month.

The national award recognizes the efforts of the entire in-house staff of a corporate publishing operation that excels in efficient management practices and furthering the objectives of the parent company. IPMA has more than 500 members nationwide.

"SFA printing services won due to its operational turnaround, efficient management practices and the contributions of the entire staff," said Rob Lingard, international president.

"Printing services re-structured many of its services to provide alternative production methods, providing customers with more successful direct-mail marketing and cross-media communications, while striving to reduce operational costs, increase sales volume and customer satisfaction."
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SFA students present recreation management plan for Lanana Creek Trail Corridor

During the spring 2014 semester, students enrolled in the forestry program's capstone course, Forest Resource Management, produced four versions of a recreation management plan for the trail corridor extending from north Stallings Drive to Main Street, including the SFA Recreational Trails and Gardens east of University Drive. The students divided the study area into recreation management zones and conducted a comprehensive resource inventory, mapping existing resources, activity areas and facilities.

During their inventory, students also identified trail management issues and generated a series of management recommendations for consideration by city managers and the larger trail community. The plan was presented May 7 in the Nacogdoches City Council chambers.

Hollis Gregory, a senior majoring in forest recreation management, said the most challenging aspect of the project was considering the many interworking components and regulations that guide the process.

The primary trail management issues noted by the students include trail erosion and vandalism to park structures. The students also brought the lack of consistent signage along the trail corridor to the attention of city staff.
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SFA students exceed service goal

SFA students have logged 93,715 service hours this academic year, exceeding the goal of 90,0000 service hours set by President Baker Pattillo in honor of SFA's 90th anniversary.

"As we celebrate our 90th year, it seems appropriate that we do so by acknowledging the tremendous impact our students make on this city, state, nation and world," said Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president for university affairs and dean of student affairs. "The impressive commitment that our students have made through their service to others is evidence of that impact."

Service hours were reported to the Office of Student Engagement via an online form and were tracked by leadership and service programs staff. Volunteer hours performed by individual students and student organizations were counted toward the total.
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AED training offered this summer

If your department has some down time this summer, consider signing up for a training on how to use the automatic electronic defibrillators around campus. 

Training on these devices is offered by Sgt. Amanda Kennedy in the university's Department of Public Safety, and a session usually lasts between 15 and 20 minutes. 

To schedule a time for the training, call the department at (936) 468-2252 or email them at updemail@sfasu.edu.

A list of AED locations on campus is available here

Selden elected to SNAG board

Lauren B. Selden, associate professor of art at Stephen F. Austin State University, was recently elected as a board member for the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Founded in 1969, SNAG is an international nonprofit organization that serves as the primary organization of jewelers and metal artists in North America. Members include independent studio artists, teachers, students, gallerists, collectors, curators and writers. Selden is the area advisor for metals and jewelry for the SFA School of Art.

"This is a huge opportunity for myself and my students, for recruitment and for international recognition of SFA," she said. "Volunteer board members are responsible for many of the operations for this large nonprofit. I will gain professional experience with creating a more sustainable nonprofit organization, learn about grant funding, and be an active part in the transition (creating a new business model and strategic plan) that is crucial to the success of the organization."
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SFA to host pre-law experience in June

High school students interested in pursuing a career in law are invited to attend SFA's first-ever Pre-Law Experience set for June 8-14 in Nacogdoches.

The week-long program is open to high school juniors and seniors and is unique in the state of Texas, according to Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

"Many students entering college consider eventual employment in a law-related field but are unsure if it is the correct choice for them," Murphy said. "Moreover, they too frequently make decisions that limit their ability to compete successfully for a position in law school upon graduation. Our Pre-Law Experience is intended to provide an overview of the key elements in planning a future as a lawyer."
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SFA 4x400 breaks record to advance to NCAAs

SFA track and field closed the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds with another stellar performance on Saturday night, as the men’s 4x400 meter relay team broke the school record to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

The tandem of Hampton Hawkins, Torin Crowder, Josh Taylor and Cass Brown-Stewart ran hard to take nearly a full second off the previous record and clocked in at 3:05.65. The Lumberjacks finished third in their heat to earn an automatic bid to the championship meet.

Hawkins opened the race for SFA and handed the baton to Crowder in the middle of the pack. Crowder moved SFA up and Taylor quickly moved SFA into third on the backstretch of his third leg. He took the lead briefly and handed off to Brown-Stewart in third place. Brown-Stewart ran a strong 300 meters moving into the lead before Nebraska and Illinois over took.
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Taylor shatters school record to advance to NCAAs

The second day of the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds brought more success for the SFA track and field team. SFA saw two more advance through the regional meet and qualify for the NCAA Championships, setting a school record in the process and bringing SFA’s total to four entries at the championship site.

SFA’s final event of the day was the one with the most fireworks.

Josh Taylor shattered his own school record in the 400 meter hurdles to finish second in his heat and advance to the NCAA Championships. He crossed the line in 50.17 seconds coming from behind on the final straightaway thanks to his strong closing speed. His previous school record was 50.77 seconds set at the Southland Conference Championships.
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Peden, Ross advance to NCAA Championship

Two Lumberjacks punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships on Thursday by finishing in the top 12 at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds to open the meet. Colton Ross and Jamal Peden shined for the SFA track and field team at John McDonnell Field to start the postseason well and give the Lumberjacks some momentum heading into the remainder of the meet. Two more advanced through the first round of running events to Friday’s quarterfinals.

SFA’s trio of pole vaulters opened the action for the Lumberjacks with Ross, Cameron Meyer and Daven Murphree representing. Ross took care of business and was able to advance to the NCAA Championships with his ninth-place finish.

Ross cleared 5.26 meters (17-3.00) on his second attempt, and with a first-attempt clearance at the previous bar, it put him in a tie for ninth. After a small weather delay and with only 15 vaulters remaining, Ross elected to pass his attempts at 5.36 meters (17-7.00). With only seven competitors clearing that height safely, Ross was in a position to advance to Oregon without jumping at the bar.
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Fine Arts

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 June 14 in downtown Nacogdoches.

Theater 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.

Students will be promoting the new SFA SummerStage Festival, which kicks off Friday, June 27, and runs through July 18. Formerly SFA's Summer Repertory Theatre, this all-new, family friendly festival will feature Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," adapted by Anne Coulter Martens, and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," adapted by Christopher Sergel.
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SFA SummerStage Festival to bring popular classics to life

The SFA School of Theatre has renamed its summer theatre program, giving it a fresh new image and approach that's sure to please audiences of all ages.

The 2014 SFA SummerStage Festival, formerly called Summer Repertory Theatre, will feature Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," adapted by Anne Coulter Martens, and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," adapted by Christopher Sergel. The festival runs June 27 through July 18.

The new festive name is a reflection of the SFA School of Theatre's effort to inform audiences that seeing a play is a casual and fun way to spend time in the summer with family and friends, according to Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre.

"Audiences for our summer shows have grown enormously over the past few years," Shattuck said. "But we want to welcome even more people who may not realize yet how fun our shows really are. What we do is storytelling - it's entertainment, it's songs and humor and suspense, and it's a blast."
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SFA students travel abroad to study Irish theatre

An old red and black speckled brick sits among the papers and notebooks on the desk of Stephen F. Austin State University Professor of Theatre Rick Jones.

It's a great conversation piece, but more importantly, it serves as a reminder for Jones that teaching students the historical importance of Irish Theatre has greater impact in Ireland than in a classroom in Nacogdoches. It also reminds him of the significance of being in the right place at the right time.

The 352-year-old brick is from the original Smock Alley Theatre, constructed in 1662 in Dublin, Ireland, and it was given to Jones four years ago while he was taking a group of SFA theatre students on a tour of Ireland as part of a theatre course he teaches.
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A little more than 50 years have passed since the U.S. federal government took a scrutinizing look at a rock 'n' roll song believed to be corrupting America's youth with obscene lyrics. 

The version of "Louie, Louie" by The Kingsmen sparked the first investigation into a popular song by the Federal Communications Commission, Justice Department and U.S. Postal Service. You can take a look at just what the feds decided about that controversial song here. Spoiler alert: we still have no idea what the lead singer is saying, and the investigation was inconclusive. 

And here's a fun article about other quirky FBI files.

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