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"The Little Star That Could"

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Graduate students present at American College of Sports Medicine conference

SFA graduate students studying in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science recently presented research at the annual American College of Sports Medicine conference in Denver, Colorado.

During the conference, students attended presentations on various topics such as exercise physiology, medicine, research studies, professional application and therapeutic settings.

SFA students have attended the ACSM conference each year for the past six years. ACSM is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. With more than 50,000 members and certified professionals worldwide, ACSM is dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide education and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.
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Rusche College of Business offers study-abroad experiences in France, Austria

SFA’s Rusche College of Business offers students the opportunity to study abroad in France and Austria through partnerships with two business schools.

Since 2013, SFA business students have had the opportunity to study at either Groupe Sup De Co La Rochelle in France or MCI Management Center Innsbruck in Austria, which are both business schools accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Business student Lawrence Moore is one of many SFA students who has taken advantage of the college's partnership with the two business schools by studying abroad in Austria during the fall 2016 semester.
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SFA students gain industry insights through New York City tour

SFA students in the fashion and interior merchandising and interior design programs went behind the scenes of industry sites in New York City during the Maymester.

Students in HMS 426: Field Experience in Human Sciences toured many iconic locations such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and Battery Park, as well as stores in the Big Apple. Leisha Bridwell, associate professor in SFA’s School of Human Sciences, organized the trip.
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Nominations open for 2017 Cum Concilio Heritage Preservation Award

Nominations are being accepted for the SFA Stone Fort Museum's Cum Concilio Club Heritage Preservation Award, which honors those dedicated to preserving Nacogdoches and its history.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, June 30. Click here to download a nomination form with instructions, or contact Carolyn Spears, museum director, at (936) 468-2408 or stonefort@sfasu.edu.

"The museum's award is different because it recognizes achievements across the spectrum of heritage preservation, including art, archives, architecture, natural history, historic objects and the built environment," Spears said. "In 2015, the first award was presented posthumously to Dr. F. E. Abernethy for his vision and perseverance in the development of the Lanana Creek Trail, now part of Nacogoches' cultural landscape."
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Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation hosting Parents Night Out Friday

Campus Recreation is hosting a Parents Night Out this Friday, June 23. Parents can drop kids off as early as 6 p.m.

Kids will enjoy a fun-filled night of camp activities, pizza and a movie. Parents may pick up their children any time before midnight. The cost is $20 per camper. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, June 23.

For more information and to register, call (936) 468-3507, or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu.


Vest selected in 12th round on final day of 2017 MLB Draft

On the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft, the Detroit Tigers selected SFA junior Will Vest with the 365th overall pick in the 12th round of the three-day event. Vest is the first SFA player to be drafted into professional ranks since SFA’s Cameron Gann in 2015.

With his selection, Vest becomes the third-highest Lumberjack draft pick in program history and the highest SFA pitching prospect to be chosen in the MLB Draft.
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Evans earns spot on ABCA/Rawlings NCAA DI South Central All-Region First Team

For the second time, SFA was represented on the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings NCAA Division I All-Region list as junior designated hitter Josh Evans earned a spot on the South Central All-Region First Team.

Evans' selection is the latest in a string of postseason accolades for Evans. He joins former SFA greats Hunter Dozier and Bryson Myles as the only Lumberjacks to earn All-Region First Team accolades by ABCA/Rawlings.
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Track and field places seven athletes on SLC All-Academic Team

Seven individual track and field student-athletes were selected for the 2017 Southland Conference All-Academic Teams.

Leading the men’s All-Academic Team is three-time nominee senior Daven Murphee. Senior Lucas Akins was selected for his indoor season performance for the second year in a row, as well as the two-time selectee junior Kerry Gleason. Seniors Hunter Key and Derek Orlando made the academic lists for their final year of competition.
Two-time honoree senior Shelby Pesek and senior Rana Ryan also were selected for the Southland All-Academic Team. Both women ran tremendous seasons, winning crucial points in both cross-country and the outdoor season to clench the Southland Conference Team Championship in both sports.
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Fine Arts

SFA's Educators' Summer Art Studio to produce traveling exhibition

SFA's School of Art once again has a full house for its annual Educators' Summer Art Studio, slated for Friday, June 23, through Sunday, June 25, on the SFA campus.

The traveling exhibition will open in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches with a public reception from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 25. The exhibition will close with a showing of the work at the 2017 Texas Art Education Association conference Nov. 2 through 4 at Galveston's Moody Gardens.

For more information about the workshop or exhibition, contact Dr. Bill Nieberding, assistant professor of art and the workshop's director, at nieberdiwj@sfasu.edu.
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‘The Miracle Worker’ calls attention to relationship that ‘changed the world’

Most people are familiar with the story of blind and deaf Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan.

William Gibson’s play “The Miracle Worker” provides an intimate look at the student and instructor before they became historical figures and advocates for people with disabilities. It also reminds audiences of the miraculous achievements Keller and Sullivan made in changing the world of the disabled at a time when little had been discovered in the field of deaf-blind education.

“The Miracle Worker” is featured in this year’s SummerStage Festival at SFA. The festival, presented by the School of Theatre, is slated for June 27 through July 15 with performances in Turner Auditorium and the Downstage Theatre.
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Theatre students take on dual roles, duties for SummerStage Festival

Learning one’s lines for a play can be hard enough for any actor, but when you’re a student actor at SFA and involved in the SummerStage Festival, you will often find yourself learning lines for two different characters in two different plays … all at the same time.

Such is the case for several SFA School of Theatre actors who are appearing in both of this year’s SummerStage productions, including William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” and the children’s show, “Ivy + Bean the Musical,” with book, music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen and based on books by Annie Barrows.

For tickets or more information, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
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Funded by the Department of Defense, research lead by James K. McNulty suggests viewing photos of cute animals next to those of one’s partner may improve relationships by helping with positive associations. Click here to read more.

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