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Dr. Flora Farago

Assistant professor of human development and family studies

Farago served as a guest editor for a special issue of the International Critical Childhood Policy Studies Journal, which was recently published online. The special issue, titled “Confronting and Countering Bias and Oppression through Early Childhood Policy and Practice,” includes scholarship from Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Canada and the African diaspora.

As one of the lead guest editors, Farago helped in the article selection and review process. She also wrote an article titled “Anti-bias or Not: A Case Study of Two Early Childhood Educators,” which examined anti-bias teaching practices through a case study of two early childhood educators working in classrooms with children ages 4 to 5. The study explored how early childhood educators used anti-bias practices and how educators discussed race and gender with young children.

Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey

Director of SFA’s School Psychology Assessment Center and associate professor in school psychology

Ellis-Hervey recently served as keynote speaker for the Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics, an annual conference for young women, in Nacogdoches.

Through this conference, professional women share their enthusiasm, education requirements and remuneration for working in scientific, technical and financial careers, according to the West Harris County branch of the American Association of University Women’s website.

Ellis-Hervey also has been invited to serve as the 2017 keynote speaker at the first SFA Women’s Empowerment Conference and at the Texas A&M University Speaker Series on “How to plan and achieve your life goals.”

News & Announcements

SFA Faculty & Staff Coffee Break scheduled for Friday

Join us for an SFA Faculty & Staff Coffee Break from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore inside the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Faculty and staff members will be treated to a free cup of coffee while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts.

The coffee break is sponsored by Barnes & Noble Bookstore in support of the SFA Social Events Team’s efforts to foster a culture of engagement within our campus community in the spirit of our “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan.

Dr. Peter Csanyi to serve as 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at SFA

Dr. Peter Csanyi, vice-chair for international relations and international projects, and Erasmus+ program coordinator in the Department of Political Science at Alexander Dubcek University of Trencin, Slovakia, is serving as the 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at SFA.

The Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence program assists U.S. higher education institutions in expanding the program of academic exchange by supporting non-U.S. scholars through grants for teaching at institutions, according to the Fulbright website. Csanyi will spend a year teaching and researching in the U.S.
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Mass communication students study abroad in England, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands

SFA students traveled to England, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands for a behind-the-scenes look at international media.

Students enrolled in SFA’s Department of Mass Communication’s Meet the Media course toured media organizations while abroad, including TV stations, public relations and advertising agencies, and magazine headquarters.

Dr. John Hendricks, chair of the Department of Mass Communication, expressed the benefits this experience afforded students.

“Students are exposed to vastly different cultures and experiences, which significantly broadens their understanding of and place in a global society,” Hendricks said. “Experiential learning such as an international study abroad trip motivates students to establish larger professional goals.”
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Benefits summer enrollment open for changes

SFA’s benefits summer enrollment phase began July 9 and continues until July 22. SFA employees are encouraged to use ERS online to make benefit election changes. ERS online registration and navigation guides are available on the human resources summer enrollment website.

If you have problems with your username and password, click on “Forgot Username” or “Forgot Password” and ERS will email you the information. If no email is in the system, information will be mailed to you.

If you have questions about your benefits, contact human resources at (936) 468-2304 or benefits@sfasu.edu, or come by the Austin Building, Room 201. You also can contact ERS directly toll-free at (877) 275-4377.

Submissions being accepted for winter Undergraduate Research Highlights

Students and their faculty mentors are invited to submit Undergraduate Research Highlights by Sept. 1 for the Council on Undergraduate Research’s winter 2017 issue of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research.

Highlights briefly describe peer-reviewed research or scholarly work in academic journals, books and book chapters, web-based publications and juried performances that have occurred within the past six months. Submissions must be in print and have one or more undergraduate co-authors.

Click here for more information.

SFA students travel to National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago

SFA students in the School of Human Sciences recently traveled to Chicago to attend the National Restaurant Association Show.

During this four-day exhibit, students learned from industry professionals through education sessions, as well as sampled unique culinary dishes, viewed emerging field techniques and technologies, and more.
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Online Writing Lab now accessible on D2L

Faculty members are encouraged to inform their summer II students that they can access the Online Writing Lab on D2l. Now, OWL is listed online alongside their other D2l courses.

Students can use the OWL to check for basic paper structure and correct punctuation and grammar. The OWL helps students identify and write a clear thesis, related supporting points, smooth paragraph transitions, thorough conclusions and proper citations. Rather than pointing out every error, we'll identify types of errors and tell students how they can be fixed.

A student who needs more than an overview can receive one-on-one coaching in how to build or correct a paper from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday at the AARC, located on the ground floor of Steen Library.

Professors cannot see the OWL at this time, but anyone who has questions can call Kathy Bryson, writing program director, at (936) 468-1452.

Students make debut at Cannes International Film Festival

Lights. Camera. Cannes.
 
SFA students from the hospitality administration and filmmaking programs traveled to France in May to participate in the 70th Cannes International Film Festival, which celebrates cinematographic art with various red-carpet events, workshops, seminars, film screenings and more.
 
SFA students worked at the American Pavilion, the center of activity at the festival for the American film community, and networked and engaged in various experiential-learning opportunities.
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SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature horticulturist Greg Grant 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. Greg Grant will present “A Bright Spot in the Heart of Texas: The Idea Garden.”

Grant is a horticulturist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Smith County. He also is an award-winning writer, conservationist and seventh-generation Texan from Arcadia, Texas.
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Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation hosting Parents Night Out Friday

Campus Recreation is hosting a Parents Night Out Friday. Parents can drop kids off as early as 6 p.m.

Kids will enjoy a fun-filled night of camp activities, pizza and a movie. Parents may pick up their children any time before midnight. The cost is $20 per camper. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, July 14.

For more information and to register, call (936) 468-3507, or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu.

Athletics


Ladyjack volleyball releases 2017 schedule

During the 2017 regular volleyball season, SFA’s team will face off in 32 matches across four states.

Among the opposition for the Ladyjacks are 28 teams from 10 leagues, including the Big East, Southeastern Conference and American Athletic Conference.

"The 2017 schedule will challenge us every step of the way," said SFA head volleyball coach Debbie Humphreys, who will begin her 30th season in charge of the Ladyjacks in 2017. "We are looking forward to the opportunity to compete against high-level competition from a variety of conferences, and we feel like the first four weeks of the schedule will have us prepared for Southland Conference play."
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Dunnigan inks pro contract with BIIK Kazygurt

Former SFA women’s soccer defender Brooke Dunnigan inked a contract to become a professional member of BIIK Kazygurt, a club based in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, last week.

With Dunnigan's inclusion on BIIK Kazygurt's roster, a total of six former Ladyjacks have continued their soccer careers in the professional ranks in the last three seasons.

“This is a special day for Brooke and our Ladyjack family," said SFA head soccer coach Wally Crittenden. “Securing a contract to play with a team that has been at the top of its league and having just come off a round of 16 run in the Union of European Football Associations Champions League is an opportunity like few others.”
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Baseball announces staffing changes

SFA head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas announced a number of coaching changes.

Following three seasons as the Lumberjacks' top assistant and recruiting coordinator, Matt Collins will depart Nacogdoches for Monroe, Louisiana, where he will take over as an assistant on head coach Mike Federico's staff at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.

With Collins heading to Louisiana, Michael Haynes will become recruiting coordinator to go along with his current title of assistant coach. Caleb Clowers is replacing Haynes as the assistant recruiting coordinator. Clowers also will be elevated to an assistant coach.
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Fine Arts

‘Miracle Worker’ continues through Saturday in Downstage Theatre

SFA’s School of Theatre will present the final shows of William Gibson’s “The Miracle Worker” as part of its SummerStage Festival at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow and at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

The play features Frisco sophomore Aubrey Moore (left) as Anne Sullivan and Plano senior Cecily Maucieri as Helen Keller.

General admission tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students/youth. For tickets or more information, click here, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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Bidding continues until Saturday for 12x12 art scholarship fundraiser

Silent bidding in this year’s 12x12 scholarship fundraiser for the Friends of the Visual Arts at SFA continues through Saturday, July 15, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The purpose of 12x12 is to raise funds for FVA scholarships and grants 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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‘Ivy + Bean the Musical’ concludes this week

“Ivy + Bean the Musical,” with book, music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen and based on books by Annie Barrows, will conclude its SummerStage Festival run at SFA with two final shows this week.

The children’s show, featuring Mesquite junior Zaria Harp (left) as Ivy and Chandler senior Jessica Benson as Bean, is at 2 p.m. tomorrow and 6:30 p.m. Friday in Turner Auditorium on campus.

General admission tickets are $7.50. For tickets or more information, click here, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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