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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, June 11
SFA Track and Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.

Thursday, June 12
SFA Gardens Lecture Series

Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Pineywoods Native Plant Center
7 p.m.

SFA Track and Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.

Friday, June 13
SFA Track and Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.

Saturday, June 14
SFA Track and Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore.




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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant recently attended the Arkansas Master Gardeners meeting in Texarkana, where he presented a lecture on heirloom gardening in the South to more than 500 top-tier gardeners.

He discussed the cultural and horticultural influences of Southern gardens on June 1. 

News & Announcements

Agreement allows ACC hospitality students to earn SFA bachelor's degree

Austin Community College is partnering with SFA to give students in the high-demand hospitality field a seamless pathway to a bachelor's degree.

The two institutions have entered into an agreement that will allow qualified students to complete their coursework in ACC's hospitality programs and move directly into upper-level coursework in the Hospitality Administration Program at SFA.

"This is great news for our students," said Michelle Fitzpatrick, chair of ACC's Hospitality Management Department. "They will know from the outset of their education which courses to take in order to not lose any time when they transfer. There is great demand for hospitality professionals, so it's important to do everything we can to accelerate students' completion."
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Scholarship bass fishing tournament announced

The Campus Recreation Department of SFA will host the 2nd annual Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship Bass Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 28, at Jackson Hill Park and Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn in Broaddus.

All proceeds will benefit the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for SFA Campus Recreation established with the SFA Alumni Association.

Dr. Raymond "Ray" Worsham was the intramural department director at SFA for 43 years prior to the creation of the Campus Recreation Department. The scholarship was created to honor Worsham's dedication and lasting impact at the university and will provide financial assistance to student employees of the Campus Recreation Department.
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Spots still available in basketball camps

Girls looking to improve their basketball skills this summer can still register for one of Brandon Schneider’s Basketball Camps. 

SFA basketball camps kicked off this weekend, but it isn't too late for kids to get in on the action. 

The Day Camp is slated for next week and will run Wednesday through Friday at a cost of $120. This is camp is for campers in grades 3-8 and offers instruction on fundamentals, development of basic knowledge of the game and competitions.

For more information and to register, potential campers can go to schneiderbasketballcamps.com or click the link provided on the women’s basketball homepage at sfajacks.com.

A $15 discount is available to additional family members of any campers, groups of five or more and to children of SFA faculty and staff members. 
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Discount offered to faculty/staff for upcoming youth football camps

Kids of SFA faculty and staff members can attend the upcoming summer football camps led by head coach Clint Conque at a discounted rate. 

The camp, from 8:30 a.m. until noon Monday, June 16, through Wednesday, June 18, is aimed at kids from third to eighth grade. 

Cost for the camp to the general public is $60. Faculty and staff members can take advantage of a 20-percent discount.

To receive the discount, contact Diana at (936) 468-3502. This discount is not available in the online registration.

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Three SFA Videos Receive SVG Honors

Three SFA video productions have been recognized as honorable mention selections by the Sports Video Group and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for 2014.

SFA had a pair of videos recognized in the Special Feature category, as the “Dream Big: Stephen F. Austin Basketball” and “Rosie’s Hope” videos were among the nearly three dozen videos recognized. In addition, the SFA men’s basketball introduction video was recognized among the Promotional, PSA, Tease and Marketing category.

Representing a wide array of college athletic and academic departments, as well as professional networks, production companies, and student productions, the productions encompassed schools from across the country.

The videos can be viewed here and are entitled "Rosie's Hope," "Dream Big" and "A New Era."

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature native plant expert

SFA Gardens at SFA will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Peter Loos, former president of The Native Plant Society of Texas, will present "Native Plants That Work for You."

Loos has a degree in horticulture from SFA and is a resident of Chireno. He is the owner of Ecovirons, which specializes in hard-to-find native plants, plant growing services, biological and botanical services, native plant seeds, landscape design, wetland construction and maintenance services, and land management services.
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SFA theatre students bring fairy tale characters to Blueberry Festival

Students in the SFA School of Theatre will add another element of excitement to all the fun those attending the Texas Blueberry Festival will experience June 14 in downtown Nacogdoches.

Theater 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.

Students will be promoting the new SFA SummerStage Festival, which kicks off Friday, June 27, and runs through July 18. Formerly SFA's Summer Repertory Theatre, this all-new, family friendly festival will feature Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," adapted by Anne Coulter Martens, and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," adapted by Christopher Sergel.
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A letter from Brad Underwood and Robert Hill

What a great time to be a Lumberjack! For years, we have known we are Stephen F. Awesome, and now the world knows it as well. From the cover of the sports section in the L.A. Times, to articles in Sports Illustrated, USA Today and the cover story for ESPN online, people across the country are taking notice, and they like what they see.

Our goal is to see SFA remain the awesome university it’s always been. Along with outstanding athletics, we have phenomenal academic offerings, including a new engineering program beginning this fall. In addition, we have a new marketing and branding campaign underway, while we continue to graduate new Lumberjack alumni in record numbers.

Now is a great time to get more involved with your alma mater! Excellence and prestige is built on alumni support. For us to continue to be a part of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, we need your help:

• Join the SFA Alumni Association
• Buy SFA gear
• Attend university events in your area
• Give to athletics
• Donate to scholarships
• Like us on Facebook/Follow us on Twitter

Let’s continue to propel our university to greatness! We are counting on you to dream bigger!

With best regards,
Brad Underwood, head men's basketball coach
Robert Hill, director of athletics


Cardenas announces assistant coaching staff

SFA head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas announced the additions of Matt Collins and Mike Haynes to his coaching staff for the 2015 season on Thursday morning.

The Lumberjacks bring Collins over from McNeese State, where he served as an assistant coach each of the last three seasons, while Haynes moves up from the volunteer assistant position he has held the past two years.
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Phelps captures CPT Gleannloch Open title

SFA senior Bradley Phelps started his summer tournament schedule on a strong note, notching a first-place finish at the CPT Gleannloch Collegiate Openpresented by State Farm Insurance. Phelps carded a 5-under 208 to win by four strokes and lead the 35-player field.

Phelps opened up the 54-hole tournament with a 1-under 70 before firing a 4-under 67 in round two, recording 12 pars and five birdies with just one bogey on the day. Phelps closed out the event with an even-par 71, defeating Jared Cornish of Incarnate Word by four shots to preserve the victory.

An All-Southland Conference honorable mention selection in 2013-14, Phelps competed in 11 events for SFA, ranking third on the team with a 75.06 scoring average through 33 rounds. The Colleyville native had three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a tie for third at the 2014 Moe O’Brien Intercollegiate.
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Henson added as volunteer assistant

SFA head soccer coach Wally Crittenden announced the addition of Keaton Henson as a volunteer assistant coach for the upcoming 2014 season.

“It is great to round out our coaching staff as we head into the 2014 season,” Crittenden said. “Keaton is a high-energy and dynamic coach.  He has been fortunate to be around some great coaches over the past couple of years, and he has had a role in the achievements of those programs. I have worked with Keaton both at the collegiate and at the club level, and am really excited about the experience and energy he will bring to our team and to the Nacogdoches community.”

Henson is already familiar with the Southland Conference, coming directly from Sam Houston State where he served as a graduate assistant. Henson helped direct the Bearkat defense in 2013, tying the most shutouts in program history with eight. He also served as the recruiting coordinator.
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Lumberjacks crack top 25 heading into NCAAs

With five entries in next week’s NCAA Championships, the SFA men’s track and field team cracked the Top 25 in the latest rankings by the USTFCCCA at No. 24. This marks the first time the Lumberjacks have been ranked since 1996.

“We are humbly excited about this latest ranking, which moves us to a place SFA Track and Field hasn’t seen since the 1996 Lumberjacks finished the season ranked 22nd nationally under coach Glen Sefcik. That 1996 group included some outstanding athletes, including our own assistant coach Ron McCown in the decathlon,” Olson said.

“Our goal every season is to finish in the Top 25 of the NCAA, and that hasn’t changed in 15 seasons. We hope to finish the season strong so we can continue to raise the level of expectations for our entire program.”
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Fine Arts

SFA School of Theatre to present 'The Phoenix on the Sword' radio play

Students in the SFA School of Theatre are trained to be stage actors in addition to stage managers, technical directors, and costume, lighting and sound designers. But a recent radio play project gave select students a different kind of experience before an audience who will "see" the play through the imagery they created behind a microphone instead of on a stage.

"The Phoenix on the Sword" is the first short story in author Robert E. Howard's "Conan the Barbarian" tales, the stories that would later lead to the famous feature film franchise, comic books, toys and video games, and made actor Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name, according to Zach Hanks, assistant professor of theatre at SFA and director of the radio play.

Howard also created the characters "Kull the Conqueror" and "Solomon Kane," which also spawned feature film adaptations.
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SFA students travel abroad to study Irish theatre

An old red and black speckled brick sits among the papers and notebooks on the desk of Stephen F. Austin State University Professor of Theatre Rick Jones.

It's a great conversation piece, but more importantly, it serves as a reminder for Jones that teaching students the historical importance of Irish Theatre has greater impact in Ireland than in a classroom in Nacogdoches. It also reminds him of the significance of being in the right place at the right time.

The 352-year-old brick is from the original Smock Alley Theatre, constructed in 1662 in Dublin, Ireland, and it was given to Jones four years ago while he was taking a group of SFA theatre students on a tour of Ireland as part of a theatre course he teaches.
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SFA SummerStage Festival to bring popular classics to life

The SFA School of Theatre has renamed its summer theatre program, giving it a fresh new image and approach that's sure to please audiences of all ages.

The 2014 SFA SummerStage Festival, formerly called Summer Repertory Theatre, will feature Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland," adapted by Anne Coulter Martens, and Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," adapted by Christopher Sergel. The festival runs June 27 through July 18.

The new festive name is a reflection of the SFA School of Theatre's effort to inform audiences that seeing a play is a casual and fun way to spend time in the summer with family and friends, according to Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre.

"Audiences for our summer shows have grown enormously over the past few years," Shattuck said. "But we want to welcome even more people who may not realize yet how fun our shows really are. What we do is storytelling - it's entertainment, it's songs and humor and suspense, and it's a blast."
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The folks behind the Hubble Ultra Deep Field Image - a composite of about 800 pictures taken by the Hubble telescope - have released an even more mind-boggling version of the iconic picture. 

A range of colors was excluded from the original image showing about 10,000 galaxies have been added in. According to a NASA article, the most recent view added in the complete range of light waves "from ultraviolet through visible to near-infrared."

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