This Week's Calendar
Wednesday, June 8
SFA track and field at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Friday, June 10
SFA track and field at NCAA Outdoor Championships
Tuesday, July 12
Summer II classes begin
Friday, Aug. 12
Summer II final exams
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Barnes named to 40 Under 40 Class by horticulture industry magazine
Greenhouse Product News, the leading business publication for horticulture professionals, recently named Dr. Jared Barnes, assistant professor of horticulture in SFA’s Department of Agriculture, as an honoree in its 40 Under 40 Class of 2016.
“The 40 individuals in this year’s class represent all facets of horticulture, but they all have one thing in common,” said GPN Editorial Director Tim Hodson. “They are the pioneers for the future of our industry.”
News & Announcements
Visitation services for deceased student announced
Visitation services for Geena Zarick, one of three SFA students who recently passed away, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Flower Mound Funeral Home, 3550 Firesheel Dr. in Flower Mound.
SFA College of Education to host second Barrio Writers summer program
SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education will host Barrio Writers, a free weeklong summer writing program, June 13-18 on the SFA campus.
This is the second year SFA is offering the program, which is tailored for students ages 13-21 with an interest in reading and writing.
Blueberry Festival featuring ‘Tricentennial Flashbacks’ Saturday
Three hundred years of history will come to life at the Texas Blueberry Festival Saturday. “Tricentennial Flashbacks” will be showcased as one of many festival attractions, featuring stories from 300 years of Nacogdoches history on stage in the lobby of Commercial Bank of Texas.
Beginning at 10 a.m. and noon in the CBTX lobby, the show is part of Nacogdoches 300, the celebration of the 300th birthday of the oldest town in Texas. The event is free and open to the public.
Center for Teaching and Learning hosting Faculty Writing Retreat
Faculty members are invited to attend the Faculty Writing Retreat Friday, June 24, on the second floor of the Ralph Steen Library. The purpose of the retreat aims to assist faculty members with finding time to put toward academic writing.
Open lab access will be available, as well as designated quiet zones for writing. Lunch is also provided in addition to optional break-out sessions. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit myTraining through mySFA.
SFA’s educator preparation program hosts first appreciation banquet
SFA’s educator preparation program within the James I. Perkins College of Education hosted its first Partners in Educator Preparation Appreciation Banquet on May 26.
The banquet recognized school administrators, mentoring classroom teachers, field supervisors, administrators, and faculty and staff members in the educator preparation program for their support throughout the year.
SFA student completes master’s degree online in India
More than 14,000 miles away in Bangalore, India, SFA graduate student Nandita Mehrotra puts the finishing touches on her thesis in preparation for its defense.
As a full-time employee in India, Mehrotra was able to complete her Master of Science in human sciences online in May through SFA’s School of Human Sciences within the James I. Perkins College of Education.
Limited enrollment available for SFA STEM Research and Learning Center’s iMAS Academy
A limited number of students can still enroll in a weeklong science, technology, engineering and mathematics camp hosted by SFA’s STEM Research and Learning Center aimed at engaging East Texas students entering the seventh or eighth grade in hands-on STEM activities.
The 2016 iMAS Academy will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, June 20-24, on the SFA campus. The cost is $100 per attendee and includes the price of materials, snacks, prizes and a T-shirt. Click here to register.
Summer issue of Rec Insider available to view
The summer issue of Rec Insider, a publication produced by Campus Recreation that contains information about summer youth programming, summer trips in Texas, recipes, information about new members of the Campus Recreation staff, as well as an alumni feature, is now available to view. Click here to take a look at this issue.
Football season opener to take place against Texas Tech University, will air on Fox Sports Net
The SFA football team now has kickoff times for all 11 of its 2016 football games. The season opener at Texas Tech University will kick off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at the AT&T Stadium in Lubbock. The game against the Red Raiders will air nationally on Fox Sports Net.
The game at Texas Tech marks the fourth-straight year SFA will go head-to-head against a Big 12 school, including Texas Christian University in 2015, Kansas State University in 2014 and Texas Tech in 2013. This will be the third overall meeting between the two schools with Texas Tech earning victories in both 2001 and 2013.
Head basketball coach Keller announces addition of Derrick Jones as assistant coach
SFA men’s basketball coach Kyle Keller added Derrick Jones, a 2001 graduate of Samford University, to the Lumberjack staff as an assistant coach.
Originally from Erwinville, Louisiana, Jones comes to East Texas following a two-year stint at Vanderbilt University where he helped the Commodores with recruiting, scouting and player development. Jones’ arrival in Nacogdoches marks his fifth collegiate coaching stop after a playing career in which he played for both Mississippi State University (1996-98) and Samford (1998-01).
Men’s track and field team to compete in three events for NCAA Championships beginning today
SFA's men’s track and field teams are set to compete in three events on collegiate track and field’s biggest stage this week at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships, hosted for the fourth straight year by the University of Oregon at Historic Hayward Field.
My’Lik Kerley (400m), Charles Mathenge (10,000m) and the Lumberjack 4x400m relay, consisting of Kerley, Johnathan Joe, Will Gibson, Tedrick Hawkins, D’Lance Sharp and Kerry Gleason, will all be in action today in Eugene, Oregon.
Ladyjack volleyball team releases 2016 schedule
The 29-match 2016 schedule for the SFA volleyball team was announced Wednesday morning by head coach Debbie Humphreys. In addition to their 16-match Southland Conference slate, the Ladyjacks will face off against 13 non-conference opponents from nine different leagues, including the Big 12, American Athletic Conference and Conference USA, among others.
“We are excited about the 2016 season and we will be challenged every step of the way because we want our team to understand that you must show up ready to compete at a high level every single night,” Humphreys said. “We wanted to set that standard with our pre-season schedule, because we know it will be that way once SLC play begins. We will embrace the challenge before us and I have no doubt we will see tremendous growth from start to finish.”
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 Wednesday, June 29, 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.
Restored Nacogdoches 1938 film to be shown again during festival
The SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will offer Texas Blueberry Festival-goers the opportunity to view “Found Footage: Rediscovering Nacogdoches” and the George Hooker short promotional film “Nacogdoches: The Oldest Town.”
The two films will be shown every hour on the hour starting at 10 a.m. with the last screenings starting at 3 p.m. on festival day, June 11, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase during the festival.
SFA theatre students to preview SummerStage show at Blueberry Festival
Students in SFA’s School of Theatre will promote the SummerStage Festival's children's show at the Texas Blueberry Festival Saturday, June 11, in downtown Nacogdoches.
Theatre students will appear in costumes portraying popular characters from fairy tales and children's stories. Children (and adults) will have the opportunity to talk with the students and take photos with them, according to Angela Bacarisse, professor of design and arts management at SFA. The School of Theatre's trademark dragon character, Schlaftnicht, from the children's show "Trudi and the Minstrel," performed the summer of 2005, will make his annual Blueberry Festival appearance.
In addition to fresh blueberry pancakes, live entertainment, and the simple joy that comes with attending an annual festival held in the oldest town in Texas, the produce hailed at this weekend’s Blueberry Festival may offer more than you realize.
Did you know one recommended serving of blueberries can give you 25 percent of your daily value for Vitamin C? Click here to read a few additional facts about the star of Nacogdoches’ upcoming festival.