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Social Events Team hosting faculty and staff happy hour

SFA faculty and staff are invited to a social event from 5 to 7 p.m. June 15 at The Fredonia Hotel in downtown Nacogdoches.

Meet up with colleagues for socializing, networking and fun at Nine Flags Bar and Grill. You also may bring a plus one.

This event is brought to you by the SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of our “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within our campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social events, please “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook.

Human Resources to host summer enrollment presentations

Are you ready for summer enrollment? Human Resources is offering two on-campus information seminars — one from 2 to 3:30 p.m. June 19 and the other from 10 to 11:30 a.m. June 20. Both seminars will take place in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Everyone is encouraged to attend to learn about changes coming in plan year 2019 and how to make benefit election changes online.

For more information, click here.

Women's Teach-In Summer Lunch Series scheduled

The Women’s Summer Teach-In Series, an extension of the teach-in held at SFA which celebrated International Women's Day, is scheduled throughout the summer.

The series is scheduled every Friday beginning June 8 through Aug. 10 with the exception of July 6. The lunch will take place at The Bosslight in downtown Nacogdoches.

Bring your lunch and prepare to learn about important topics from SFA female faculty and staff.

The first meeting will feature Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson, professor in the Department of Human Services, who will speak about microaggressions — what they are and how to eliminate or reduce them.

For more information and to view the schedule of speakers, visit the event’s Facebook.

SFA’s interior design program receives reaccreditation

SFA’s Bachelor of Science in interior design program has been awarded the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

With this accreditation, which attests to program quality, interior design students can be confident the program meets the rigor of peer review and will help them develop skills and knowledge required to practice interior design, according to the CIDA accreditation letter. The program has maintained accreditation since 1985, and the reaccreditation is effective for six years.

“By having an accredited program, we are ensuring our students and the design community that SFA students come from an interior design program of the highest quality,” said Dr. Lynda Martin, director of the SFA School of Human Sciences.
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29th annual Texas Blueberry Festival scheduled for this weekend

The 29th annual Texas Blueberry Festival kicks off with the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Festival Plaza in downtown Nacogdoches.

The toe-tapping fun continues Saturday, June 9, with Pickin’ on the Square, a new Blueberry Festival event that encourages bluegrass musicians and fans to stay for the whole weekend. Pickin’ on the Square will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in three locations: the basement of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, City Council chambers, and Regions Bank’s community room.

The Texas Blueberry Festival is packed with activities in downtown Nacogdoches, including a blueberry pancake breakfast, competitions and more live entertainment.

For more information, call (936) 560-5533, or visit tbf.nacogdoches.org, the Texas Blueberry Festival's Facebook or the Blueberry Bluegrass Concert in the Park's Facebook.

Campus Recreation

Summer Music Series scheduled this summer

SFA’s Summer Music Series kicks off with a performance by Joe Cuellar from 5 to 7 p.m. June 22 at the Student Recreation Center pool.

Bryan Harkness is scheduled to perform July 13, and Anna Stockdale is scheduled to perform July 27.

This series is free for Recreation Center and pool members, and children under four. The event is $10 for non-members.

For more information, call (936) 468-3507.

Campus Recreation to host scholarship bass fishing tournament

SFA's Campus Recreation will host the sixth annual Worsham Bass Tournament June 30 at Jackson Hill Park and Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn in Broaddus.

Registration opens at 5 a.m. and the tournament begins at safe light with a shotgun start.

The tournament benefits the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship established by Campus Recreation with the SFA Alumni Association.

To register for the event, click here. For more information, email Jessica Waguespack, Employee Wellness coordinator, at waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

Employee Wellness offering summer programming

SFA’s Employee Wellness program will continue offering fitness classes throughout the summer.

To view the summer schedule, click here.

For more information, contact Jessica Waguespack, Employee Wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.

Athletics

Ryan Ivey named Director of Athletics

SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo has appointed Ryan Ivey as the director of the Department of Athletics. Ivey will join SFA Athletics on July 1.

Dr. Ken Collier, professor of government and SFA's faculty athletics representative to the Southland Conference and the NCAA, chaired a search committee that assisted with the selection of the new athletic director.

"Ivey comes to us with a plan to build on our students' success in the classroom, on the field, and as members of the community," Collier said. "He is an excellent fit for SFA."
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Summer soccer camps planned for June and July

SFA’s summer soccer camps are designed to develop technical skills, promote tactical understanding, and challenge athletes mentally and physically.

In addition to improving skills, the aim is to develop a passion for the game, promote individual success and have fun in a competitive environment.

Camps offered this year are Lil Jacks Camp for ages 3 to 5, Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15; Summer Day Camp for ages 5 to 10, Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15; Summer Academy Camp for ages 9 to 13, Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15; and Elite Camp, a resident or commuter camp for ages 11 to 18, July 26 through 29.

For more information, contact Ashley Mosley, assistant women's soccer coach, at (936) 468-1106 or scheversak@sfasu.edu, or visit sfasoccer.com.


Mark Kellogg girls basketball camp scheduled for June

A girls basketball day camp for incoming first- through eighth-grade girls is scheduled for Monday, June 11 through Thursday, June 14.

Participants will receive a camp shirt and ball. Campers must provide their own lunch each day. Faculty and staff receive a $10 discount.

For more information and to register, visit markkellogghoopscamp.com.

Clint Conque youth football camp kicks off in June

The Clint Conque youth football camp for incoming third through eighth graders is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, June 11 through Wednesday, June 13, at Homer Bryce Stadium with registration starting at 7:30 a.m.

Camp cost is $60. A discount is available for SFA faculty and staff for $48.

To preregister, visit clintconquefootballcamps.com.

For more information, contact SFA Athletics at (936) 468-3502.

Kyle Keller basketball camp scheduled for June

Two sessions of the Kyle Keller basketball camp are scheduled for this summer.

A day camp is scheduled for June 18 through 21. A morning session will take place from 8:15 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session will take place from 1:15 to 5 p.m. Campers also may register for both sessions. Participants will receive a T-shirt. Meals will not be provided.

An overnight camp is scheduled for June 24 through 27 and will include meals and a T-shirt.

Both day and overnight camps are for boys entering grades second through 12th.

Faculty and staff receive a 10 percent discount. For more information or to register, click here.

Fine Arts

Theatre students, Friends of the Visual Arts participate in Blueberry Festival

Activities in and around The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House on Saturday, June 9, will add to the traditional food, fun and festivities of the annual Texas Blueberry Festival.

Students from SFA’s School of Theatre dressed as popular characters from fairy tales and children’s stories will again greet those attending this year’s downtown event as they promote the upcoming SFA SummerStage Festival.

Additionally, Red Dirt Memories storytelling with Jerry Permenter will return with two sessions that day at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Cole Art Center. Question-and-answer forums will follow each session.

Another screening of the popular film “Found Footage: Rediscovering Nacogdoches” will be at noon in the Cole Art Center.

For a list of more events and activities, click here.

Annual 12x12 event raises funds for SFA art scholarships, grants

Work is well underway to make this year’s 12x12 scholarship fundraiser for SFA’s Friends of the Visual Arts another success.

The silent auction features 12-by-12-inch pieces of art created by approximately 70 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas.

Anyone may silently bid on the unique one-of-a-kind pieces, according to Crystal Hicks, FVA event committee chairwoman. “This event has become a staple of the summer,” said Hicks. “It’s well-attended, and the bidding is always energetic and competitive.”

Silent bidding begins June 28 at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House and will continue up to the day of the art party, slated for 6 to 8 p.m. July 14.

The purpose of 12x12 is to raise funds for the FVA scholarships and grants that that are awarded to SFA art students. Between $12,000 and $15,000 is awarded annually in scholarships to deserving students in the School of Art.
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