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Office of Mulitcultural Affairs to launch 2018 AXcel Mentoring Program

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is launching the 2018 AXcel Mentoring Program designed to assist students with the transition to life at SFA. To make the program a success, the OMA is requesting participation from faculty and staff.

The AXcel Mentoring Program emphasizes the importance of academic excellence, leadership, diversity and personal growth. The overall goals of this mentoring program are to increase retention rates and help students become successful Lumberjacks.

First-year students are paired with current student leaders who exhibit a balance between academics and involvement. Each student also is paired with a faculty or staff mentor.

Participants are assigned between two to four students, depending on the number preferred, and meet with them twice a semester.

If you are interested in participating, you may fill out this form. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 15.

The AXcel Mentor Kickoff Meeting is slated for Aug 28. More details will be given at a later time.

School of Social Work receives grant from Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

SFA’s School of Social Work is one of five Texas entities receiving a $410,000 grant from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to support collaborative approaches to well-being in rural communities.

The grant funds an initiative focusing on identifying and improving the mental health conditions of Nacogdoches County.

Dr. Steve Cooper, associate director of research for SFA’s School of Social Work, said this grant will help determine the steps that need to be taken to improve the county’s overall mental health.

To learn more about this initiative, contact Dr. Steve Cooper at scooper@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2845.
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Faculty and staff present on transforming student experiences, alternative teaching methods

Three SFA faculty and staff members recently presented at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Academic Affairs Summer Meeting.

Mary Smith, interim director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Megan Weatherly, CTL instructional designer, gave a presentation titled, “Transformative Student Experiences and Refreshed Learning Spaces.” In response to a strategic planning team recommendation, SFA devoted funding to create flexible classrooms that accommodate a variety of instructional methods and learning technologies to support those methods.

Smith and Weatherly’s presentation described the details of those classrooms, chronicled their genesis, discussed essential partnerships and examined the rooms’ impact on student learning experiences.

Stacia Prince, SFA Department of Mathematics and Statistics instructor, also presented at the conference. Prince was selected to participate in an AASCU grant as part of the Re-imagining the First Year project. Prince's presentation, titled "Let's Do Something Different,” investigated the affect of moving students in a mathematics class toward more discussion and engagement.

LiveText to transfer to the Office of Assessment and Accountability

The distribution of LiveText keycodes and all support-related issues will be transferred from the Office of Student Learning and Institutional Assessment to the Office of Assessment and Accountability within the James I. Perkins College of Education beginning Aug. 16.

For support or information regarding LiveText, call (936) 468-2395, or email livetext@sfasu.edu.

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Dakota Faichnie captured the bronze medal in doubles play at the 2018 World Bowling Youth Championships.

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SFA’s Music Preparatory Division offers scholarships

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

The music program features the study of a variety of musical instruments and choral techniques. Upper-level musicians as well as SFA faculty and students teach private lessons and classes. Registration for fall programs also is underway.

Partial scholarships are awarded to music students based on need. Scholarship and lesson application forms and other information about the various programs offered are available on the Music Prep website. The deadline to apply for scholarships is today.

A Music Prep open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 18 at 3028 Raguet St. Participants may register for classes during the open house.

For additional information, contact Pat Barnett, Music Prep director, at (936) 468-1291 or musicprep@sfasu.edu, or visit the SFA Music Prep Facebook.
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Friday Film Series to screen ‘Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery’ documentary

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The film is described as a mesmerizing, thought-provoking yet surprisingly amusing documentary on the life and times of Wolfgang Beltracchi, who tricked the international art world for nearly 40 years by forging and selling paintings of early 20th century masters.

For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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Staff at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo are elevating the animals’ dining experience.

Tantalizing aromas, restaurant-grade produce and a wide range of spices are offered to make mouths happy.

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