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This Week's Calendar

Friday, June 27

Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"
W.M. Turner Auditorium
7:30 p.m. 

Planetarium show
"Secret of the Cardboard Rocket"
7 p.m. 

Saturday, June 28

Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship Bass Fishing Tournament
Jackson Hill Park and Marina, Lake Sam Rayburn
Broaddus, Texas

Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"
W.M. Turner Auditorium
7:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, July 8

Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"
W.M. Turner Auditorium
7:30 p.m. 

Thursday, July 10

Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird"
W.M. Turner Auditorium
7:30 p.m. 




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SFA ad campaign focuses on Houston

Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle

SFA might not be the first name on the minds of Texas high school students applying to colleges. The state university is in a small East Texas city more than two hours from Houston or Dallas, and its Lumberjacks don't enjoy the same prestige as Longhorns or Aggies.

Still, the school's enrollment has ticked upward 13 percent since 2000 to a record-high of about 13,000. While that's the largest enrollment in the university's history, its growth is far behind the comparably sized Sam Houston State University and Lamar University, which each grew by more than 50 percent. Statewide, higher education enrollment grew by more than 40 percent during that span.

SFAn is pumping more than $1 million into a new brand and advertising campaign, focused largely on the Houston region that supplies about a third of its student stream.

From the Monday, June 9 edition of the Houston Chronicle
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Dr. Mario Ajero

College of Fine Arts

Ajero, a professor of piano, recently presented at the 100th Convention of the Texas Music Teacher's Association at the Hyatt Regency in Houston. 

Three of his students also presented during the conference. Ajero lectured on "Getting Your Music Studio's Technology to the Right Tempo."

Three of his students presented at the conference, as well. Daniel Ales presented "Dream Big, Start Small: How to Build a Successful Studio Without Incurring Debt." Clara Boyett presented "Make the Hours Count: How to Get the Most Out of Your Practice Time." Myriam Apollon's presentation was entitled "Recipe for Success: How to Keep Your Music Students Motivated through Their Piano Studies." 

Ajero's students also earned the opportunity to serve as adjudicators for the TMTA All-Star Festival during the convention.

News & Announcements

At what are Lumberjacks great?

In April, SFA launched a new branding and advertising initiative – the “Lumberjacks Make Great” campaign. 

Each ad features a profession preceded by “Lumberjacks Make Great.” To date, we have highlighted more than 20 professions on billboards, web banners, Pandora commercials, mall signs, airport signs, social media and other forms of advertising across Texas. 

The campaign has steadily gained momentum among students and alumni, and we are seeing it enthusiastically endorsed and adopted across social media. The “Lumberjacks Make Great” campaign will continue to expand over the next year with more advertising and on-campus elements.

What in-demand professions can the university leverage to attract students? What are the growth professions in your respective fields? When it comes to preparing students for a successful career, in which professions does the university particularly excel? Which lesser-known professions should SFA be promoting to enhance statewide perception?

In order to collect and analyze the collective input of the SFA family, we have set up a quick oline survey. Please take a few minutes to submit your suggestions: sfasu.edu/greatsurvey
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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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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

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.


SFA lands seven on SLC All-Academic team

Last week, the Southland Conference recognized some of its top student-athletes in track and field, naming its 2014 Cross Country and Track and Field All-Academic Team. Seven members of the SFA squad made the grade and earned the accolades from the conference office.

Josh Taylor was named to the men's team with his 3.30 GPA in finance and his victory in the 400 meter hurdles at the Southland Conference Championship last month. It was Taylor's second appearance on the all-academic team.

The Ladyjacks had six members named to the SLC All-Academic Team to rank second among other schools in the league.
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SFA athletics extends agreement with CLC

The Collegiate Licensing Company announced June 20 that it has signed a 10-year extension of its partnership agreement with SFA to continue managing its trademark licensing program. The partnership, which began in 1999, will run through 2024.

The renewal comes on the heels of a record-setting year for the SFA licensing program. In 2012-13, total royalties generated for the university reached an all-time high, a total that is on pace to be surpassed in 2013-14, marking seven straight years of growth for the program. Key to the program’s recent success has been CLC’s ability to increase SFA’s retail distribution and product selection by securing the university’s presence at key retailers like Walmart, CVS and Walgreens.

“The growth in our licensing program can be directly attributed to the solid partnership that exists between Stephen F. Austin and CLC,” said John Branch, SFA’s Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. “We value the industry expertise and relationships CLC brings to the table, and we look forward to continuing to leverage those assets as we further grow the Stephen F. Austin brand.”
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Four Ladyjacks earn Academic All-Conference

The Southland Conference announced its 2014 Softball All-Academic Teams on last week, and four Ladyjacks made the grade. Three seniors closed their careers with the academic honor.

SFA placed two softball student-athletes on the first team, and two more on the second team with Elizabeth Arana closing her career as a three-time recipient of the honor.

Arana was named to the first team with her perfect 4.0 GPA in community health. On the field, she led the Ladyjacks with 40 runs scored and 12 stolen bases. With the first team honors she adds to her long list of academic awards by also being named to the Capital One Academic All-America Third Team in May.
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Parkhurst named first team NTCA All-Academic

Senior Nicole Parkhurst was named a first team National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) All-Academic selection, the organization announced last week. Parkhurst was joined on the list by seven of her teammates, giving SFA eight selections on the list.

"I'm incredibly proud of our team and for their commitment to being successful both on the lanes as well as in the classroom," said head coach Amber Lemke. "To have eight of our girls recognized is a great compliment to our university and the emphasis the department places on athletics. It continues to show the incredible strides forward this program continues to make."

Parkhurst was one of five selections to the All-Academic first team, marking the first time in SFA program history a bowler has earned a spot on a team other than honorable mention. A second team All-American, Parkhurst closed out her Ladyjack career with a strong showing as a senior, helping lead SFA to a pair of tournament titles and a ninth-place finish in the 2013-14 poll.
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Quick: think of the most famous Lumberjack in history. Chances are, you actually pictured someone who isn't an SFA alumnus and spends his time with a blue ox instead of with text books. 

Paul Bunyan, the world's foremost folk tale involving a Lumberjack, celebrates his own day this week. June 28 is Paul Bunyan Day. Though the mythical 'Jack has his roots in Maine (according to the folks in Bangor, which claims to his birthplace), we like to imagine he got to SFA as quickly as possible. 

Maybe next year, SFA textile students can have a big, purple shirt sewn to keep his likeness up north warm. Or a purple duffel bag so he can move down here with the real Lumberjacks. 

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