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Dr. Emmerentie Oliphant

Professor of social work

Oliphant recently presented “Changing rural underserved counties in East Texas through county-university partnerships” at the 41st Annual National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas conference in El Paso. The presentation focused on the strengths, challenges, needs and resources in a rural county in East Texas. SFA's School of Social Work partnered with the county to assess needs and to develop strategies to empower and change the community.

News & Announcements


SFA Regents approve faculty, staff changes

Six faculty members were appointed to new leadership positions at SFA by the Board of Regents Tuesday.
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Board of Regents approves Master of Arts in professional counseling

Members of the SFA Board of Regents approved a Master of Arts in professional counseling program during its quarterly meeting Tuesday.

Dr. Judy Abbott, dean of the James I. Perkins College of Education, explained that this approval will meet new accreditation standards and consolidate SFA’s existing counseling programs into a required 60-hour licensure program. Three concentrations will be offered: Clinical mental health counseling, school counseling and clinical rehabilitation counseling. The program will be available this fall pending approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
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Faculty members invited to attend Camp CTL presented by the Center for Teaching and Learning

Faculty members are invited to attend Camp CTL, a free, fun-filled, three-day come-and-go event designed to provide faculty members fresh ideas for enhancing learning in both physical and virtual classrooms. The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15 through 17 in the Center for Teaching and Learning on the second floor of Steen Library.

This year’s camp will include sessions on teaching millennials, incorporating active-learning techniques, providing video feedback, crafting a student-friendly syllabus and more.

An open lab with D2L support staff members also will be available for online course assistance.The event will include free snacks, giveaways and T-shirts. Lunch will be served each day of the camp. Those interested in lunch are instructed to complete the lunch reservation form here.

For a full schedule of events and information about seminars requiring advance registration, click here. For questions about the event, call (936) 468-1919.
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New online scholarship system to be launched soon

The Office of Student Financial Assistance is excited to announce the upcoming launch of a new scholarship management system from AcademicWorks. The system works to streamline the process of awarding scholarships and facilitating a move toward centralizing scholarship management.

The program allows the office's staff members to easily sort and filter through a list of applicants who have been automatically prequalified by the system, while affording the flexibility to assign scoring requirements, deadline dates and application questions for each scholarship. Students will be able to accept scholarship awards online and submit letters of thanks to help improve donor recognition and stewardship efforts.

The system is in the beginning stages of implementation and is tentatively scheduled to be introduced to students in the fall. For questions regarding the new system, email scholarship@sfasu.edu.

SFA Gardens to host seed-saving workshop

A seed-saving seminar and workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building in the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Led by SFA Gardens’ research associate Greg Grant, the workshop will allow participants to explore the basics of saving vegetable and flower seeds, including seed development, harvesting, cleaning and storage. They also will learn the different categories of seed treatment in order to promote germination.

Space is limited. To make a reservation, contact Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens’ research associate, at erodewald@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1832. Cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members. A second family member may attend for an additional $10.
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Free higher education webinar subscription now available to faculty, staff members

Go2Knowledge on-demand higher education training is now available to all faculty and staff members free of charge through a new SFA subscription. To access more than 100 webinars, navigate to the website and enter the username and password shown at the top of the graphic. Link and login information is published in mySFA under the Employee tab training section. Live webinars through Innovative Educators also are included in the subscription.  For questions about access information, contact ODT@sfasu.edu.

Athletics


Conque, Franklin and Martin to represent SFA at 2016 Southland Conference Football Media Day today

The unofficial start of the 2016 SFA football season takes place today as the Lumberjacks participate in the 2016 Southland Conference Football Media Day at the L’Auberge Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Head coach Clint Conque will represent the Lumberjacks along with junior defensive end John Franklin and senior safety Patrick Martin, both of which were recently named preseason All-SLC selections. The trio will meet with media representatives from across the Southland Conference’s footprint while also filming promotional materials to be used in SLC broadcasts this fall.
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Dickson adds Farfan, Stein to softball coaching staff

SFA head softball coach Nicole Dickson has announced the hiring of Audrey Farfan and Keith Stein as assistant coaches to complete her coaching staff for the upcoming season.

Farfan worked under Dickson as an assistant coach at Tyler Junior College during the 2016 season. In just the second season of existence for the TJC softball program, Farfan helped the Apache Ladies compile a 60-6 overall record, win a conference championship and record a fifth-place finish at the national tournament.

From November 2013 to June 2016, Stein was an assistant coach and head recruiting coordinator at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He designed practice plans and individual instruction schedules, worked with the Islander outfielders and hitters/slappers, managed the travel budget and itineraries among other duties during his time in Corpus Christi.
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Three Lumberjacks receive preseason All-Southland Conference honors

Three SFA Lumberjacks have been named preseason All-Southland Conference selections for the 2016 football season. Senior quarterback Zach Conque and junior defensive end John Franklin have been tabbed first-team selections with senior safety Patrick Martin earning a second-team nod.
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Four Ladyjacks named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athletes, SFA recognized as ITA All-Academic Team

Ladyjack tennis players Liza Aginskaya, Vanesa Calvo Pardo, Denise Maxl and Valeria Terentyeva have been recognized as Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar Athletes for the 2016 season. Additionally, the Ladyjacks were deemed one of the 2016 All-Academic Teams.

The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA program that has a cumulative team GPA of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). In order for an individual to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must be a varsity letter winner, have a GPA of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters.
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Fine Arts

Few openings remain in Junior Jacks theatre day camp

Junior Jacks is a community outreach opportunity to introduce children to theatre and allow the School of Theatre’s teacher certification students to work with students who are younger than high school age. This year’s camp is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 1, through Saturday, Aug. 13. Registration deadline is Friday.

The third through sixth grade category is already filled for this summer’s two-week day camp but a few openings are available for seventh through ninth graders, according to Carolyn Conn, SFA associate professor of theatre and the camp’s director.

Registration costs $75 per student and $50 for each additional sibling within a single family. Needs-based scholarships may be available. Registration forms are available here. For more information, click here or contact Conn at (936) 468-1031 or conncs@sfasu.edu.
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SFA’s Music Prep to offer Piano Safari Camp

The Music Preparatory Division in the School of Music at SFA will offer Piano Safari Camp Monday through Friday, Aug. 1 through 5.

Taught by Dr. Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano at SFA, the class will meet for one hour each day in the Boynton Building, Room 223, on the SFA campus. The camp, which is limited to 10 participants, is for beginning students with no piano experience in first through third grades. For more information, contact the Music Preparatory Division at (936) 468-1291 or email musicprep@sfasu.edu.
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Watercolor East Texas show opens July 30

The 32nd Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House downtown.

This year’s juror is Ann Bell, a full-time professional artist for more than 30 years. Bell, who is a member of the Visual Arts Alliance and Women in the Visual and Literary Arts, has a studio in Houston and teaches a business of art class that covers websites, pricing, publicity and marketing art.
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Maybe it's the symmetry and balance created by the purple blooms and the freshly harvested green roots that stay behind, or maybe it's simply the perfect contrast of color and space. Either way, there seems to be something visually satisfying in photographs of lavender fields during harvest. View additional photographs here.

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