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Dr. Pauline Sampson

Professor of secondary education and educational leadership

Sampson has been appointed to the Texas Association of School Administrators Higher Education Committee for the 2016-17 academic year.

Through its committees, TASA interacts with state and national education-related organizations. As a TASA committee member, Sampson will help develop recommendations regarding areas of study, projects and programs to meet the current and diverse needs of higher education.

Dr. Larry King

Professor of communication and Office of Student Learning and Institutional Assessment director

King recently was elected to a second term as vice chair of Liberal Education and America's Promise Texas. The mission of LEAP Texas is to provide Texas students with consistent, high-quality higher education through the implementation of outcomes-focused general education, authentic assessment, high impact educational practices, inclusive excellence, improved access to higher education and similar initiatives.

LEAP Texas is an official partner in the Association of American Colleges and Universities LEAP State Initiative. King also was named one of two LEAP Texas Assessment Fellows as part of AAC&U’s Faculty Collaboratives Project, which was funded through a $1.2 million grant from the Lumina Foundation.

Jeff Smith

Head athletic trainer

Smith has been honored by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association as the NCAA Division I Athletic Trainer of the Year at the NATA 2016 convention.

This award is presented each year to an individual who is actively involved in their community or campus, athletic training associations and promotion of the profession.

Dr. Jared Barnes

Assistant professor of agriculture

Barnes recently presented to an audience of 250 attendees at the Native Plants in the Landscape Conference at Martinsville University in Martinsville, Pennsylvania. He discussed the importance of connecting people with horticulture, as well as creating connections between plants and people’s passions, among other horticulture specifics.

Rachel Jumper, Dr. Larry King, Jennifer Stringfield

Office of Student Learning and Institutional Assessment

Jumper, King and Stringfield’s presentation “Assessing the New State Core at Stephen F. Austin” was recently named best presentation at the 2016 annual Texas Association of Institutional Research conference in San Antonio.

They will be presented with a plaque at the TAIR conference next year in Houston and also will receive a reserved slot for their presentation at next year’s Association for Institutional Research Forum in Washington, D.C.

News & Announcements

Sponsorships sought for SFA art scholarship fundraiser

Volunteers with the Friends of the Visual Arts at SFA are busy organizing this year’s 12X12 scholarship fundraiser and are seeking sponsors to help make it successful.

The silent auction features 12-by-12-inch works of art created by approximately 70 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas. The art will be on display beginning today in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Anyone may silently bid on the pieces. Bidding will continue until Saturday evening, July 16. At that time, there will be a party beginning at 6 p.m. at the art center. The public may attend.
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Campus Recreation

Wellness Release Time offers faculty and staff members opportunity to participate in exercise and wellness activities

Wellness Release Time, an initiative approved by the Board of Regents in 2014, allows full-time, benefits-eligible employees 30 minutes of release time during normal work hours up to three times a week for participation in physical exercise and wellness activities.

Eligible activities include those offered through the program at the campus recreation center or walking on campus. View the Wellness Time policy and participation form here. For questions regarding Wellness Release Time policy or procedures, contact Human Resources at (936) 468-2304. For questions regarding the Employee Wellness program, contact Jessica Waguespack, employee wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056 or email waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

Athletics


National pole vault champion Demi Payne looks to turn Olympic dreams into reality this July

Since coming to SFA prior to the 2014-15 academic year, pole vault sensation Demi Payne has broken multiple collegiate records, claimed USA Track and Field indoor and NCAA outdoor national titles, collected an array of prestigious awards and competed for Team USA internationally. This July, Payne could add to her impressive resume when she attempts to realize her ultimate goal of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games to compete for the red, white and blue on the sport's biggest stage.

The former Ladyjack has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials for track and field and will jump in the women's pole vault final Sunday, July 10, beginning at 4:30 p.m. CT at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. She can secure her ticket to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with a top-three finish at the same venue in which she captured SFA's first Division I NCAA title in June 2015.
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Golden State Warriors add Walkup to 2016 NBA Summer League roster

Although he wasn’t one of the 60 individuals whose name was called during the 2016 NBA Draft last week, former SFA men’s basketball star Thomas Walkup was able to take the next step in his journey to becoming a professional player when the Pasadena native learned of his selection to the NBA Summer League roster of the NBA’s reigning Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors last Friday.

Walkup is set to join no fewer than eight other individuals who comprise the Warriors’ NBA Summer League roster in Las Vegas for the 11-day extravaganza, which boasts the best up-and-coming NBA talent. Running from Friday, July 8, through Monday, July 18, the NBA Summer League will play all its games at the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
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The Southland Conference names 86 SFA student-athletes to Commissioner's Honor Roll

The Southland Conference has named 86 SFA student-athletes to the Commissioner's Honor Roll for the spring 2016 semester. Adding in the 73 honorees from the fall semester, SFA has seen a total of 159 honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.

All nine athletic programs that compete during the course of the semester were represented on the team, led by 20 selections from the men’s track and field team and 19 selections from the women’s track and field team. Baseball also had a strong showing with 14 honorees. Seven honorees were selected from both women’s basketball and softball, and six honorees were chosen from both the men’s and women’s golf teams. Five honorees were selected from women’s tennis.
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Fine Arts

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 the documentary's website.
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Art comes in all shapes and sizes. From massive sculptures to intricate pencils carvings, artists like Salavat Fidai continue to push the envelope of modern art.

Fidai works with a number of artistic mediums but is gaining attention for his miniature works, including creations like the ones shown below, which consist of carvings on the tips of pencils. Click here to view more of Fidai’s impressive work.

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