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Wednesday, June 7
Track and Field at NCAA Outdoor Championships
7 p.m.
Eugene, Oregon

Friday, June 9
SFA Planetarium
"The Little Star That Could"

7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building




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Dr. Matt Lindsey

Associate professor in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business

Lindsey received the Distinguished Service Award for the Rusche College of Business, which recognizes individuals for meritorious service to an academic unit, college and university, profession, business or governmental community, or a combination.

“I appreciate being recognized by my peers and leadership in the Rusche College of Business for my service duties,” Lindsey said. “As a faculty member, I try to pitch in when and where needed in the college and university.”

Lindsey has served SFA since 2009. His teaching and research interests include operations management, quantitative methods, forecasting intermittent demand and quality management. Lindsey recently traveled abroad to China with a group of SFA business students.

“Service at SFA has been very rewarding because it has given me a chance to meet other faculty members,” Lindsey said.

Pictured, from right, Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of the Rusche College of Business, presents Lindsey with the Distinguished Service Award.

Dr. Shelby Gull Laird

Assistant professor of human dimensions of natural resources in SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Laird is one of more than 60 scholars from around the world who contributed to the Cornell University Press Urban Environmental Education Review.

The review explores how environmental education can contribute to urban sustainability by integrating research and practice to guide environmental educators, urban planners and other environmental leaders.

Laird’s chapter focused on the ways in which formal adult education theory can be applied to urban environmental education programming with adults. Her co-collaborator, Dr. Philip Silva, is an environmental researcher, advocate and educator based in Brooklyn, New York.

Cornell University Press was formed in 1869 as the first American university press, shortly after the founding of Cornell. According to the publisher’s website, works published under its imprints reflect a commitment to excellence through rigorous evaluation, skillful editing, thoughtful design, strategic marketing and global outreach.

News & Announcements

Texas Blueberry Festival to take place Saturday

The 28th annual Texas Blueberry Festival, a day-long celebration of the annual blueberry harvest, will take place Saturday in downtown Nacogdoches.

The festival will begin at 8 a.m. and will include arts and crafts vendors, tasty treats, shows, activities and more.

Click here for more information.

Offices asked to designate records coordinator

As part of the university’s efforts to properly retain, inventory and dispose of state records, each campus office is asked to designate a records coordinator. This person will serve as the primary contact with the records and publications coordinator to ensure the proper use of disposition logs when records are destroyed or transferred and to facilitate the records inventory process. Training will be provided for these individuals as well as anyone interested in helping with the records management process.

If your office or department has not identified a records coordinator, complete the Records Coordinator Designation Form and return it by email to Will Honea, records and publications coordinator, at recordsmanager@sfasu.edu, or send via campus mail to Box 13055. If you are unsure as to whether your office has designated a records coordinator, call (936) 468-5369, or email recordsmanager@sfasu.edu for confirmation.

Faculty and Staff Breakfasts slated for July, August

The SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfasts kicked off today. Additional summer breakfasts are planned for July 12 and Aug. 2. Help spread the word about these events and invite your SFA colleagues to join.

For $3, faculty and staff members are invited to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts.

The monthly breakfast is brought to you by SFA's Social Events Team in the spirit of the “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within the campus community.

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

Advertise in the Welcome Edition of The Pine Log

SFA departments, programs and organizations are invited to advertise in the upcoming 2017 Welcome Edition of The Pine Log. This special edition of the student newspaper will be mailed to the home of every incoming first-year and transfer student in early August.

The Welcome Edition is an excellent opportunity to share important information with this specific group of students and their parents. Click here to see information about ad rates and deadlines, or email pinelogads@sfasu.edu for more information.

View list of summer camps offered at SFA

SFA is offering a variety of summer camps for children of all ages. Camps include band, music, basketball, football, volleyball, computer science, art, theatre and more.

To view the full list of camps, click here.

Registration open for STEM research and learning summer programs

Registration is now open for SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics' STEM research and learning summer programs.

The Investigations in Math and Science Academy will be offered for children entering the seventh and eighth grades from June 19 through 23. During the iMAS program, students will witness 3-D printing, solve a zombie outbreak in the chemistry lab, discover a magic cone and explore the Lanana Creek with a biologist. Click here to register for this program.

The Lil' STEM Jacks program, which allows students to learn and play with concepts from the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, will be offered for children ages 6 to 10 July 25 and 26. To register for this program, click here.

For more information, contact SFA’s STEM research and learning center at (936) 468-5814 or stem@sfasu.edu.

Vote for SFA in Travel+Leisure's 2017 Most Beautiful College Contest

Travel+Leisure magazine is looking for the most stunning college campus in its 2017 Most Beautiful College Contest, and we think SFA has a chance.

Submit your photos of our beautiful campus here. Whether it’s a breathtaking commons design or jaw-dropping library architecture, magazine editors want to see your photos. Help us prove why our campus deserves the title (and bragging rights) of America’s Most Beautiful Campus.

Finalists will be announced June 19, so submit your entries now.

College of Education hosting third Barrio Writers summer program this week

SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education is hosting Barrio Writers, a free weeklong summer writing program, from 1 to 4 p.m. today through Friday, June 9, on campus.

This is the third year SFA is offering the program, which is tailored for students ages 13 through 21 with an interest in reading and writing. This year’s program is the largest with 40 participants from Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Central and Central Heights.

Dr. Heather Olson Beal, SFA associate professor of secondary education, is coordinating the program.

“The program is exciting because it allows participants to write freely and without censure. The only goal is for students to express themselves creatively and to make their voices heard,” Olson Beal said.
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SFA Gardens’ lecture series to feature horticulture professor Werner tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Dr. Dennis Werner, horticulture professor in Raleigh, North Carolina, will present “Is Redbud the Next Crape Myrtle?”

Born and raised in York County, Pennsylvania, Werner gardened at an early age and grew up exploring the fields and woodlots of South Central Pennsylvania. These interests led him to complete a bachelor’s degree at Pennsylvania State University and then master’s and doctoral degrees at Michigan State University with an emphasis in plant breeding and genetics.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare-plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.

For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Rusche College of Business students travel to Hong Kong

Have you ever seen a lumberjack use chopsticks?

Recently, SFA students in the Rusche College of Business traveled more than 8,000 miles to Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China, for an international study abroad experience through the university’s Wall-to-Wall Business travel program.

For 11 days, 25 SFA students enrolled in MGT 470: Hong Kong Business and Culture: Where East Meets West, visited various companies, historical landmarks and dined like the locals.
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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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Register your child for the Conque Youth Football Camp

Registration is now underway for the Clint Conque Youth Football Camp, which is a three-day camp for children in the third through eighth grades. The camp will take place Monday to Wednesday, June 12 through 14, in the Homer Bryce Stadium on campus.

Register online by clicking here. On-site late registration will be available beginning at 7:30 a.m. June 12.

The camp, instructed by SFA head football coach Clint Conque, will provide campers with agility and athletic development, position specific fundamental instruction, team competitions, and offensive and defensive technique development.

A discounted registration price of $48 is available to faculty and staff members.

For more information, click here, or call Pamela Cole, administrative assistant with SFA’s Department of Athletics, at (936) 468-4540.

Ruiz aims for high marks in 2017 NCAA Track and Field Championships

SFA’s track and field program travels today to its final event of the outdoor season, the NCAA Track and Field Championships at the historical Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

SFA sophomore Antonio Ruiz has advanced to the national championships and will make his first career trip to the national meet after completing three competition jumps to clear a height of 5.35m (17-6.5). The Tomball native finished seventh at the Regional Round, two weeks after he placed second at the Southland Conference Championship. Ruiz set a new personal best of 5.52m (18-1.25) this season at the Tom Tellez Invitational in early May, which gave him the fifth best mark in the nation.
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Fine Arts

SFA theatre students, Friends of the Visual Arts to participate in Blueberry Festival

Those attending this year’s Texas Blueberry Festival June 10 in Nacogdoches will once again see familiar costumed characters walking the downtown brick streets and have the opportunity to view a film depicting life in Texas’ oldest town in 1938.

Students in SFA’s School of Theatre will be promoting the school's upcoming SummerStage Festival, while SFA's School of Art will host three screenings of  “Found Footage: Rediscovering Nacogdoches” and the George Hooker short promotional film “Nacogdoches: The Oldest Town” at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. inside The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.
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FVA fundraiser: Notecards, postcards to feature local photos, artwork

Images depicting Nacogdoches’ history, beauty and artistry are now available to share as notecards and postcards through an art scholarship fundraiser organized by the Friends of the Visual Arts at SFA.

Local photographers provided the images for the eight different designs featured on the 5-by-4½-inch notecards with envelopes and the 4-by-6-inch postcards that will be available for purchase during the Texas Blueberry Festival June 10.

“The FVA is grateful to the talented artists and supportive people who generously allowed us to use their artworks to benefit this art scholarship fundraiser,” said Jean Stephens, FVA president.

Notecards are $3 each, four for $10 or eight for $20. Postcards are $1 each, four for $3 or eight for $6.
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