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Nacogdoches Photographic Association to open annual summer show

The Nacogdoches Photographic Association will open its 2017 gallery show with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The theme for the photo show is “Nacogdoches,” and the juror is professional photographer and former Nacogdoches resident Steve Kozak.

Awards will include Best of Show, first, second and third places, and honorable mention. The 2017 Best of Show recipient will be announced at the opening reception.

The show will run through Aug. 23. Gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.
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SFA’s Phi Beta Lambda students receive top honors at national conference

Members of SFA’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter in the Rusche College of Business recently placed among the top 10 in various competitions at the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California.
 
SFA student Mark McLean became the first PBL student from the university to place first in a competition when he won in cost accounting. He also placed fourth in microeconomics. Kristi Clifford placed eighth in information management. Also, Clifford and Daniel Walker received eighth place in human resource management. Michael Kugler won 10th place in the programming concepts competition.
 
SFA’s chapter also was among the 10 chapters that received diamond status for excellent service.
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Residence Life Operations and Printing Services facility grand opening to be held Monday

SFA will celebrate the grand opening of its newest facility with a ribbon-cutting at 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 24, at 1924 N. University Drive.

The building houses SFA’s Residence Life Operations unit, which provides maintenance and upkeep services to SFA residence halls, and University Printing Services, a full-service printing agency serving SFA students, faculty, staff and SFA-affiliated organizations.

Following the ceremony, tours of the facility will be offered. Parking is available in the parking lot north of SFA’s Johnson Coliseum, and shuttle service will be provided. For more information, please call (936) 468-2605.

Fitness and Human Performance Lab conducting study

The SFA Fitness and Human Performance Lab is recruiting healthy, physically untrained men and women between 18 to 65 years old who: (1) may have above-normal blood pressure (2) are not currently taking blood pressure medication and (3) are capable of performing walking exercises for a research study.

The study will measure the blood pressure response to aquatic and land exercise at varying intensities. Participants in the study will receive a resting blood pressure assessment, ambulatory blood pressure assessment, body fat analysis and four supervised exercise sessions.

For more information, contact Dr. Dustin Joubert, SFA assistant professor of kinesiology and health science, at (936) 468-1380 or joubertd@sfasu.edu.

Center for Teaching and Learning to host Camp CTL Aug. 14-16

Faculty members are invited to attend Camp CTL — a fun, free, come-and-go professional development event designed to help faculty members gain ideas for enhanced learning in their face-to-face and online courses.

The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 14-16, in the Center for Teaching and Learning on the second floor of Steen Library. CTL staff and faculty collaborators will offer workshops on a range of teaching and learning topics and technologies, one-on-one assistance with course design and D2L, and a free lunch. Workshop topics include active learning, service learning, instructional video, D2L tools and techniques, first-generation students, introduction to virtual reality and more.

View the full schedule and reserve a seat for lunch here.

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 students' 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, it will 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 view the OWL at this time, but anyone who has questions can call Kathy Bryson, writing program director, at (936) 468-1542.

Campus Recreation

Final Summer Music Series schedulded for Friday

SFA’s final Summer Music Series performance will be from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday, July 21, at the Student Recreation Center pool featuring Marshall Hance.

This series is free for Rec Center and pool members and children under 4. The event costs $10 for non-members.

For more information, call (936) 468-3507.

Athletics

Conque, Alexander and Pace head to Houston for 2017 SLC Football Media Day

On Thursday, media personnel from around the state and region will have the opportunity to meet with a trio of SFA football representatives as part of the 2017 Southland Conference Football Media Day at the Hilton Americas in Houston.

Representing SFA will be head coach Clint Conque, who will begin his fourth season with the Jacks this fall. He will be joined by preseason All-Southland Conference selections Tamrick Pace, a sophomore wide receiver, and Lamont Alexander, a junior defensive lineman, at the annual event.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the Southland Conference is set to air the media day interviews for all 10 of the league's football programs live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app with Houston's KPRC-TV sports director Randy McIlvoy as the host. McIlvoy will be joined by Tatum Everett, the sports director for Shreveport's KTBS-TV.
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May named assistant volleyball coach

SFA volleyball head coach Debbie Humphreys announced Tuesday the addition of Kailee May, who will immediately step in as an assistant coach for the Ladyjacks.

May replaces Lauren Adams Lanford, who served as the Ladyjacks' assistant coach from the start of the team's 2011 season until summer 2017. Along with the rest of her family, Lanford relocated to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to pursue other professional opportunities.

May has familiarized herself with the club volleyball scene in the Dallas area. Her most recent stop was as recruiting coordinator and head coach for the Tejas Volleyball Club's under-16 team. Beginning in 2014, May took charge of a group of 10 players who competed in tournaments around the nation at the highest level of club volleyball. Her 2017 club finished third in the nation at the Girls National Volleyball Championships in the under-16 division.
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Fine Arts

Theatre students perform preview of "Closed For Repairs" before touring Scotland

The SFA School of Theatre will preview a performance on Tuesday, July 25, of the play students plan to tour at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Edinburgh, Scotland, in early August.

“Closed For Repairs,” written by former SFA student Bobby Britton, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall in the Wright Music Building on campus. Admission is $10 at the door, and proceeds will benefit study abroad opportunities for theatre students.

“Bobby Britton’s semi-autobiographical play leads us on a young man’s journey to discover his personal truth in a conservative Texas town,” the Festival Fringe website said of the play. “Blending honest dialogue, contemporary songs and powerful movement, this ensemble-driven piece takes on issues of identity and acceptance in the Bible belt.”

Britton graduated from SFA in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree and plans to begin graduate studies in the fall at Emerson College in Boston.

A group of 19 SFA theatre students and faculty and community members will travel abroad Aug. 1 through 16, and festival performances in Edinburgh are Aug. 4 through 9. The Fringe is considered the largest and most prestigious performing arts festival in the world.

Donations can be made here by noting the gift is for Scotland study abroad.

Registration underway for Junior Jacks theatre day camp

Registration is continuing for SFA’s 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 Monday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 12. Registration deadline is July 28.

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 at SFA and the camp’s director. The fun and exciting summer camp, offered in two age groups, fills quickly, and Conn suggested parents register their children early.

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 here, or contact Conn at (936) 468-1031 or conncs@sfasu.edu.
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SFA’s Music Preparatory Division offers scholarships

SFA School of Music’s Music Preparatory Division is accepting scholarship applications for its fall classes.

Partial scholarships are awarded to music students based on need, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep director. Application forms and information about the various programs offered are available on the Music Prep website. Deadline to apply for scholarships is Aug. 1.

Private lessons begin the week of Aug. 21 for 16-week, upper-level faculty member instruction and the week of Sept. 11 for 12-week SFA music major instruction.

The Music Prep office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291 or at musicprep@sfasu.edu. Also, visit the SFA Music Prep Facebook site.
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Watercolor East Texas show opens Saturday

The 33rd Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

This year’s juror is Texas artist Michael Holter, who is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, Outdoor Painters Society and Southwestern Watercolor Society. He works in both watercolor and oil. His work has received numerous awards and can be found in private and corporate collections in the U.S. and abroad.

The exhibition runs through Aug. 23. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. 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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