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Dr. Paulo Dutra

Assistant professor in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication

Dutra recently published an article titled “A Palavra Literaria como Arma en Luisa Valenzuela/Literary Word as a Weapon in Luisa Valenzuela” in the journal Contexto.

The article examines Argentinian writer Luisa Valenzuela’s narratives of resistance that discuss various forms of domination. It demonstrates how Valenzuela approaches, in a critical and strictly fictional way, both the political domination held by military dictatorship in her country and the sexual domination that historically can be observed in Argentinian society.

Drs. Kyle Conlon and Lauren Brewer

Assistant professors in the Department of Psychology

Conlon and Brewer recently published their work titled, "Improving Metacognition with Pre- and Post-Exam Reflection Exercises," in the Teaching with Metacognition Repository.

They created short exam reflection exercises to help students and advisees apply metacognition practices beyond the classroom.

To read the article, click here.

News & Announcements

Faculty member re-elected chair of LEAP Texas

Dr. Larry King, professor in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication, has been re-elected by the Liberal Education and America’s Promise Texas Board of Directors to serve a second term as chair of the organization.

LEAP Texas provides opportunities for faculty, staff and administrators who want to improve their classes and institutions through various essential learning outcomes, high-impact practices, students’ signature work and more.

“We work to help students obtain high-quality educational experiences that prepare them for success in their personal and professional lives,” King said.

To learn more about LEAP Texas, call King at (936) 468-1260, or email lking@sfasu.edu.
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Online graduate interior design program ranked among top in nation

Online Schools Center has ranked SFA’s graduate interior design program among the top 16 in the nation.

Online Schools Center, a website dedicated to helping students who are seeking an online education, recently reviewed university websites to find the best online programs in interior design. SFA’s program stood out.

The program offers SFA students a Master of Science in human sciences with an emphasis in interior design and healthcare interior design, completely online. Students can enroll in a 30-hour program with a thesis or 36-hour program without a thesis.
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Free program offered in collaboration with SFA to benefit area mathematics teachers

A free grant-funded program for area teachers of fifth through 10th grade mathematics can help them strengthen their current skills and learn new ones.

The two-year Advancing Inquiry in Middle Mathematics for Rural East Texas program will be taught by Drs. Jim Ewing and Mark Montgomery, assistant professors from the James I. Perkins College of Education’s Department of Elementary Education.

Approximately 100 teachers from rural and small-town schools will be selected to participate. Training is a mix of online broadcasts, weekly in-person meetings, weekend sessions and school-day training.

To register, or for more information, click here.
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Faculty members visit forestry science institute in China

Faculty members within SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture spent a week in June touring China’s Jilin province as guests of the Jilin Provincial Academy of Forestry Science.

The purpose of the trip, attended by SFA faculty members Dr. Hans Williams, dean of the college; Dr. Kenneth Farrish, director of the Division of Environmental Science; Dr. Shiyou Li, director of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops; Dr. Brian Oswald, Joe C. Denman Distinguished Professor of fire ecology; Dr. Jeremy Stovall, associate professor of silviculture; and Dr. Yuhui Weng, assistant professor of forest biometrics, was manifold and included discussions regarding research partnership and scientists exchanges.

Williams said the two institutions plan to focus on research collaborations that address forest ecology, silviculture, tree physiology and tree genetics.

To learn more, visit atcofa.sfasu.edu.
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Alumnus serves as director of special events at The Fredonia Hotel

Ryan Russell, a 2012 graduate, is living proof of the phrase “never say never.”

“I remember being in school and saying I absolutely don’t want to work in a hotel and look at me now. I love what I do,” laughed Russell, who has served as director of special events for The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches for more than a year.

Since re-opening in 2017, The Fredonia Hotel has hosted more than 100 events, including the Nacogdoches Film Festival, weddings and a medical conference, and Russell has helped organize and run many of these endeavors.

“It’s always something different and exciting. That’s still what I love about hospitality,” he said.
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SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature Arkansas horticulture specialist 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.

Janet Carson, horticulture specialist for the University of Arkansas’s Division of Agriculture System Cooperative Extension Service will present “Blinding Color in the Garden.”

For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Fine Arts

Registration underway for Junior Jacks theatre day camp

Registration is still open for Junior Jacks Theatre Camp. The popular two-week School of Theatre camp is designed for children entering third through ninth grades.

This year’s camp is scheduled for Aug. 6 through 18. Registration deadline is July 27.

Junior Jacks was designed as a day-camp version of the highly successful High School Summer Theatre Workshop at SFA, according to Carolyn Conn, associate professor of theatre and the camp’s director. The fun and exciting summer camp, offered in two age groups, fills quickly.

Registration cost is $75 per student and $50 for each additional sibling within a single family. Needs-based scholarships may be available.

More information and a registration form can be found at theatre.sfasu.edu, or contact Conn at (936) 468-1031 or conncs@sfasu.edu.
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SFA’s SummerStage Festival continues with ‘Crimes of the Heart’

SFA’s School of Theatre continues its SummerStage Festival with performances of Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart.”

“Crimes of the Heart” and “Pinkalicious the Musical” by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann with music by John Gregor will be presented through July 19 on the SFA campus.

For performance times, dates, venues and ticketing information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Art scholarship fundraiser: 12x12 silent bidding underway

Silent bidding for artwork in the annual 12x12 scholarship fundraiser for SFA’s Friends of the Visual Arts is underway at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

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. Silent bidding will continue up to the day of the art party, which is slated for 6 to 8 p.m. July 14 at the art center.

For more information or to become a sponsor, call (936) 468-6557.
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