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SFA to hold ribbon cutting for Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building

SFA will hold a public ribbon cutting for the Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
 
Designed to foster collaboration and innovation, the STEM Building boasts a planetarium with a 52-foot dome, makerspaces and multipurpose labs. The facility also features a machine shop, a digital media center, computer labs, research labs, collaborative classrooms and a terrace with telescopes.
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University to offer new certificate in aging studies

Society is aging and, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s population of those who are 65 years old and older will nearly double in the next 20 years. To help prepare for this population shift, SFA will offer a certificate in aging studies and become the only university in Northeast Texas to provide this option.
 
“This increase presents exciting opportunities and urgent challenges to society. This aging population will be the major social and business issue of the 21st century,” said Dr. Hyunsook Kang, associate professor in SFA’s School of Human Sciences. “It is important to prepare health providers and societies to meet the specific needs of older populations.”
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Early Childhood Laboratory earns national accreditation

The SFA Early Childhood Laboratory has been recognized as one of the top programs in the nation by earning accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children — the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

NAEYC Accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to collaborate with early education programs to recognize and drive quality improvement in high-quality early learning environments.

“We are proud, once again, to have earned the mark of quality from NAEYC and to be recognized for our commitment to reaching the highest professional standards,” said Lori Harkness, ECHL director.
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Last week of summer enrollment and to verify changes

This is the last week for summer enrollment and to make changes to your benefits.
 
If you make changes, the Employees Retirement System of Texas emails or mails a confirmation directly to you at the email or home address on file.
 
For more detailed information, visit the Human Resources website.

Pilot program deepens teacher preparation experiences for SFA students

Through a new pilot program, SFA is going back to its roots as a teachers college in an effort to deepen students’ teacher preparation experiences.
 
The community responsiveness and engaged advocacy in teacher education, or C.R.E.A.T.E. program, is designed to provide a meaningful connection among SFA students who are teacher candidates, the community, school districts, and students and their families.
 
SFA students will have the opportunity to participate in community-based mentorships, critical conversations and service-learning work in order to learn how to be more culturally responsive within racially, culturally and linguistically diverse school settings.
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First SFA Zoo Day coming soon

Lions, tigers and Lumberjacks, oh my! The first SFA family and friends day at several zoos in Texas is scheduled for Aug. 4. Join in the fun with exclusive Lumberjack perks just for your family.

Zoo discounted tickets are only available through the SFA Alumni Association’s website by clicking each listed location. Tickets cannot be purchased the day of event. Participating locations include Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Lufkin, San Antonio and Tyler.

Wear purple and share your images with us on social media by using #SFAZooDays to be entered into a contest to win some free alumni swag.

Rusche College of Business launches online mentoring program, expands Lumberjack network

With the click of a button, SFA Rusche College of Business students have access to hundreds of professional mentors and contacts through the Lumberjack Professional Network. Through the recent purchase of the Graduway software platform, the network now has a social media home providing valuable new networking opportunities, said Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of the college.

With this software, current students can connect with alumni who are willing to serve as professional mentors. Alumni and friends of the university who choose to join the network can serve as mentors to current business students.
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Watercolor East Texas show celebrates 34 years

The 34th Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. July 28 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

This year’s juror is Texas artist Bev Boren, who is a signature member of Outdoor Painters Society and Southwestern Watercolor Society. She also is a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and American Watercolor Society.

The exhibition runs through Aug. 26. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Local artist Gary Broome won first place in last year’s Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition with the artwork above.

For more information, contact WET member Carol Athey at atheycj@sfasu.edu, or call the art center at (936) 468-1131.
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Nacogdoches Photographic Association to open annual summer show

The Nacogdoches Photographic Association will open its 2018 gallery show with a reception at 6 p.m.  July 27 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The theme for the photo show is “Doors, Windows and Gates,” and the juror is John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.

The winning entry in the 2017 Nacogdoches Photographic Association’s gallery show was by Bruce Lindsay for the photo “Nac at Dawn,” which is pictured above.
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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 costs $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 here, or contact Conn at (936) 468-1031 or conncs@sfasu.edu.
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‘Pinkalicious the Musical’ concludes tomorrow

East Texas audiences have only two more chances to see ‘Pinkalicious the Musical’ presented by SFA’s School of Theatre in its SummerStage Festival.

The children’s show will be presented at 2 p.m. today and 10 a.m. tomorrow in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

“Pinkalicious the Musical” is by Elizabeth Kann and Victoria Kann with music by John Gregor. Call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or click here for ticketing information.

SummerStage Festival closes with ‘Crimes of the Heart’

SFA’s School of Theatre will close its SummerStage Festival with performances of Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart” at 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or click here for ticketing information.

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