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Dr. Donald Gooch

Assistant professor of political science

Gooch recently wrote “Why Justice Kennedy’s retirement will mean an even more polarized Supreme Court" for the London School of Economics US Centre’s daily blog on American politics and policy.

To read the article, click here.

Dr. Kefa Onchoke

Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Onchoke, along with co-authors Christopher Franclemont and Paul Wayne Weatherford, lab associate for the soil, plant and water analysis laboratory in the Department of Agriculture, recently published the article “Structural Characterization and Evaluation of Municipal Wastewater Sludge (Biosolids) from two Rural Wastewater Treatment Plants in East Texas, USA,” in the scientific journal Spectrochimica Acta A.

The three characterized and evaluated wastewater sludges (biosolids) from Nacogdoches and Lufkin wastewater treatment plants for their metal and inorganic content. Various spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques were used in the investigation.

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University, community celebrate Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building at ribbon cutting

Hundreds celebrated the opening of the new Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building yesterday.

University President Dr. Baker Pattillo, longtime SFA supporter Ed Cole, and the Board of Regents cut the ceremonial ribbon to mark this momentous occasion.

“Today is a great day,” Cole said.

Dr. Kim Childs, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics, said this iconic building “is not the finish line but the beginning,” and “SFA will be a powerhouse in STEM education.”

To view the reception and ribbon-cutting ceremony, click here.

Mass communication professor presents research at European conferences

Dr. John Hendricks, chair and professor of the Department of Mass Communication, recently attended and presented research to international media scholars in Europe at three conferences.

Hendricks attended the 16th annual International Conference on Communication and Mass Media held in Athens, Greece, where he presented “Social Media Strategies and Platforms in 2016: The Trump and Clinton Campaigns.”

He then traveled to Madrid, Spain, where he presented “Trump vs. Clinton: Social Media Usage and the 2016 Presidential Campaign,” at the 13th annual Global Communication Association Conference.

On the final stop of the European journey, Hendricks attended the International Communication Association’s 68th annual conference in Prague, Czech Republic. While there, he participated in professional development sessions, interacted with scholars from around the globe and learned about new research.

To learn more about Hendricks’ presentations, contact him at hendricksj@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-4001.
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Faculty and staff breakfast scheduled for Aug. 1

The next SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast is scheduled from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the East College Dining Hall.

For a special price of $3, SFA faculty and staff are invited to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts.

Help spread the word about this event, and invite your SFA colleagues to join you.

The monthly Faculty and Staff Breakfast is brought to you by the SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of our “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within our campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook.

Students from across SFA unite to provide outreach in Haiti

This past June, students from the academic disciplines of agriculture, early childhood education, environmental science, forestry, nursing and social work dedicated almost two weeks of their summer break to accomplish a variety of projects in rural Haiti.

This marks the second summer in which SFA has partnered with One Foot Raised, a local mission-based nonprofit organization founded by SFA alumni, Becky and Zac Weems.

The Weems said they work closely with leadership from a small number of villages to learn the exact needs of residents and then work hand-in-hand with them to achieve these goals.

For more information on One Foot Raised, visit onefootraised.org.
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Chloé Trevor Music Academy to host concerts in Nacogdoches

The Chloé Trevor Music Academy's first Summer Festival of Concerts is scheduled for Sunday, July 29, through Sunday, Aug. 11, on the SFA campus.

The Chloé Trevor Music Academy is an intensive two-week program for 100 string players and pianists, offering one-on-one instruction, orchestral training and career guidance by the world’s premier soloists, teachers and conductors, according to Trevor, the academy’s artistic director and founder.

The two-week series of public concerts by the academy’s faculty members and guest artists offers a wide range of performances. Tickets are $10 per concert and will be available at the door. Students will be given free admission. For patrons wishing to purchase more than one concert ticket, a season pass will be available at the door for $50.

For more information about the academy, visit chloetrevormusicacademy.org.
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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. Friday, 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 Friday, 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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Artist T. James Cook is taking balloon animals to the next level with his ornithological-inspired creations.

To see his colorful, whimsical balloon birds, click here.

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