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This Week's Calendar

Friday, June 5
"New Horizons: Bridge to the Beginning"
SFA Planetarium
Each Friday in June
7 p.m.

Orientation for all new freshmen and transfer students enrolling in summer classes
1 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center, second floor

Sunday, June 7
Residence Halls open
10 a.m.

Monday, June 8
Summer I classes begin

Thursday, July 9
Summer I final examinations




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SFA faculty and staff service awards

More than 50 SFA faculty and staff members were recently honored for their services to the university at an awards ceremony. Those honored included employees with 10, 20 and 30 years of service, as well as recipients of the President's Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding achievement and excellent services.
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News & Announcements

2015 Undergraduate Research Conference posters now on ScholarWorks

Posters from the 2015 Undergraduate Research Conference are now included in ScholarWorks. The posters celebrate the academic achievements and scholarly excellence of SFA undergraduate students.

Winners from the 2015 SFA annual conference also are prominently featured in the Undergraduate Research Commons, a searchable website that displays more than 700 undergraduate research publications from the United States. To submit projects or research to ScholarWorks, contact the Center for Digital Scholarship at cds@sfasu.edu.

SFA Planetarium to screen "New Horizons" beginning Friday, June 5

The SFA Planetarium will screen "New Horizons: Bridge to the Beginning" at 7 p.m. each Friday in June.

Launched on Jan. 19, 2006, NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt will help people understand worlds at the edge of the solar system by documenting the first reconnaissance of Pluto and Charon - a "double planet" and the last planet in our solar system to be visited by spacecraft.

Learn about planets and how spacecraft view the universe across the entire electromagnetic spectrum. The program runs 29 minutes. It is suitable for grades 3 and up.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Earth-Kind horticulturist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Tim Hartmann, Earth-Kind program specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will present "Gardening for Food or Beauty - Why Not Both?"

Hartmann earned his Bachelor of Science in horticulture with an emphasis in fruit and vegetable production and his Master of Science in plant breeding and horticulture from Texas A&M University in 2009 and 2013, respectively. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in horticulture.
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SFA-Barrio Writers reading scheduled for Saturday

The SFA community is invited to attend the SFA-Barrio Writers Inaugural Reading at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 13, in the SFA Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212.

Students ages 13 through 21 will read original works and light refreshments will be provided. Admission is free.

Questions should be emailed to SFABarrioWriters@gmail.com or call (936) 468-2908.

Promote your program or activity in The Pine Log

Planning is under way for the 2015 Welcome Edition of The Pine Log, which will be mailed to all incoming freshmen and transfer students in early August.

This is a great opportunity to get news about your programs and activities in the hands of brand-new Lumberjacks and their parents. If you have suggestions for stories, please email Amy Roquemore, director of student publications and divisional media, at aroquemore@sfasu.edu. Advertising opportunities also are available.

Student Activities Association summer movie series to begin Tuesday, June 9

The SFA Student Activities Association will open its summer movie series Tuesday, June 9, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center movie theater with a screening of Disney's "Cinderella."

Cost to attend the movies is $2 for students, $3 for faculty and staff members and $4 for others. Movies will be screened all summer at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Campus Recreation

Wellness Wednesday: Try something new for 30 days

Is there something you have always wanted to do, but have never gotten around to doing it? Visit here and watch a short video that offers a helpful perspective on setting and achieving goals!

Little Jack Rec Camp registration discounts

Little Jack Rec Camp is gearing up for another great summer! We have eight weeklong sessions lined up, with the first session kicking off this Monday, June 8. If you haven’t registered your child yet, there’s still time to take advantage of our $25 early-bird registration discount. The discount will be reduced to $15 after this Friday, June 5. 

The Little Jack Rec Camp program is a fun recreational, motivational and educational adventure for children ages 5 to 12. Camp sessions are one week in length and structured like a normal day of regular school. Campers explore SFA's facilities and participate in different programs throughout each day.

For more information, visit here. To register your child, come by the SFA Rec administration office during summer business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays).

Employee wellness summer programming schedule announced

SFA's Employee Wellness program will continue to offer six fitness classes throughout the summer.

Click here for a copy of the summer schedule.      

For any questions, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056.


Payne, Taylor advance to NCAA championships

SFA's Demi Payne and Joshua Taylor are heading to Eugene, Oregon, Wednesday, June 10, for the 2015 NCAA Track and Field Championships. The athletes secured their place at nationals by finishing in the top 12 of their event last week at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds held at Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin.

Payne had an easy day in the women's pole vault competition, jumping only one time on Friday. She waited until the bar was moved to 13 feet, 11 inches (4.24m), cleared the height on the first try and called it a day when the mark proved good enough to advance to the NCAA Championships as one of the west's 12 qualifiers. Once the final 12 were determined, the event was stopped by officials.
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Conque adds George Stone III to SFA roster

SFA head football coach Clint Conque recently announced the addition of linebacker George Stone III to the Lumberjack roster. Stone comes to SFA with two years of collegiate eligibility remaining.

"We're very excited to have a player of Stones's caliber joining our program," Conque said. "He is a very mature player, having played at a high-level junior college, as well as a well-respected program like Indiana State. He has good size and brings tremendous physicality and will make an immediate impact at the inside linebacker position."
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SFA post season best to close regionals

The SFA men's 4x400 meter relay team improved their season best time by more than one second, and Daven Murphree raised his season-best mark by 4.5 inches in the men's pole vault to close the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds strong on Saturday, May 30, at the University of Texas at Austin.

The mile relay squad of Johnathan Joe, My'Lik Kerley, Tedrick Hawkins and Joshua Taylor proved they're one of the fastest groups in the nation late Saturday night, posting a blazing fast time of 3:06.75 to top their season best by 1.07 seconds. The group finished 15th in the entire West region, only .53 seconds off the qualifying pace.
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H-E-B now presenting sponsor of BOTPW

H-E-B is teaming up with Lone Star Sports and Entertainment as a presenting sponsor of The Battle of the Piney Woods, game officials announced Tuesday. H-E-B will become the presenting sponsor for the game for the next three years starting in 2015. The Battle of the Piney Woods is the annual football game between Southland Conference rivals SFA and Sam Houston State University played at Houston's NRG Stadium.

This year's Battle of the Piney Woods, presented by H-E-B, will be played Saturday, Oct. 3, and will be the sixth battle played in Houston. It was recently announced that NRG Stadium will be the new permanent home for the game with tickets going on sale to the general public for this year's game on Monday, June 1. For more information on premium seating or hospitality options visit here or call (832) 667-2390.
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Fine Arts

Portraits of Freedom art exhibition to open June 13

The SFA Ralph W. Steen Library will display the Portraits of Freedom art exhibition starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road.

Portraits of Freedom is a juried student art exhibition featuring runaway slaves from newspaper advertisements compiled by the Texas Runaway Slave Project. The exhibition will feature drawings, lithographs, paintings and screen prints created by art students at SFA, Texas Christian University and Lamar University.

Sponsors of the exhibition include SFA, Nacogdoches Jaycees, Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce, the City of Nacogdoches and the Texas Blueberry Festival.
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SFA School of Theatre gearing up for SummerStage Festival

The academic year at SFA may have ended, but the activity in SFA’s School of Theatre is gearing up for the 2015 SummerStage Festival, which will feature two classics that are sure to please audiences of all ages.

This year’s SummerStage Festival is slated for Friday, June 26 through Friday, July 17 and features Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece “The Glass Menagerie” along with children’s favorite “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical” by Karen Boettcher-Tate and Bill Francoeur.

The SummerStage Festival was launched last year as the School of Theatre began to reach out to new audiences looking for a casual and entertaining way of spending warm-weather time with family and friends, according to Scott Shattuck, the school’s director.
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SFA to screen 'Dirt! The Movie'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Dirt! The Movie" at 7 p.m. Friday, June 5, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Dirt! The Movie" is narrated by Jaime Lee Curtis and brings to life the environmental, economic, social and political impact that the soil has, according to information at dirtthemovie.org. It shares the stories of experts from all over the world who study and are able to harness the beauty and power of a respectful and mutually beneficial relationship with soil.

The film, which runs 86 minutes, was directed and produced by Bill Beneson and Gene Rosow with Laurie Beneson as executive producer. The Hollywood Reporter described it as "an uplifting story about people from all walks of life who are striving to renew our relationship with the ground beneath our feet."

This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by The Liberty Bell, Main Street Nacogdoches, Bill Arscott, Dr. Jill Carrington, Karon Gillespie, John Heath, Dr. David Kulhavy and Brad Maule.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

SFA theatre professor Jones selected to attend NEH summer institute

Dr. Richard Jones, SFA professor of theatre, is among approximately 30 scholars from around the nation selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute that will explore issues of translation in the classroom.

"What is Gained in Translation: Learning How to Read Translated Texts" will be held June 7 through 27 at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Designed for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who work with translated texts, the institute will provide the theoretical models and applications developed through translation studies that will enable them to exploit translation as a teachable moment. These strategies are designed to sensitize students and teachers to the worldviews embedded in other languages and to make them aware of the cultural specificity of their own modes of thinking and perception.

Because the study of theatre and drama crosses over so many boundaries, Jones said that he is extremely reliant on translated material.
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Registration under way for SFA's Educators' Summer Art Studio

Plans are being finalized for the SFA School of Art's Educators' Summer Art Studio taking place Sunday through Thursday, June 21 through 25, on the SFA campus.

The weeklong studio experience is designed for teachers interested in the arts who want to work with professional artists using a variety of media and processes, according to Dr. Cala Coats, assistant professor of art education at SFA.

"Attendees will enjoy the immersive creative learning environment that provides time and space to experiment with a community of artists and educators," Coats said. Attendees also can earn continuing professional education credits.

Formerly called the Summer Retreat for Art Educators, the name was changed to The Educators' Summer Art Studio in the hope of attracting teachers from a range of disciplines in the coming years, Coats said.
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