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Dr. John T. Moore to offer SFA summer commencement address

Dr. John T. Moore, SFA professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry, will offer the commencement address during the university’s summer graduation ceremony Saturday, Aug. 12.

Moore served SFA for 46 years in various roles, including lab coordinator, assistant professor, associate professor, professor, and interim chair for both the chemistry and biology departments. During his tenure, he also helped establish the Teaching Excellence Center and served as its director for eight years.
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Geology students complete six-week field course

Several SFA students majoring in geology recently completed a six-week field course where they worked on mapping projects and visited the Grand Canyon.

The field course was designed to help students bridge the gap between classroom lectures and real-world geology. SFA's field camp is the capstone course for its geology majors. Students enrolled in the course complete a series of mapping projects in areas where rocks have been folded and faulted by ancient plate movements. SFA's Geology Field Camp has been conducted almost every summer for more than 40 years.
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Online master’s degree program in early childhood education ranked among nation’s top 10

SFA’s online master’s degree program in early childhood education has been ranked among the top 10 best online programs in the nation for 2017-18 by Top Education Degrees, a website dedicated to helping students pursuing a degree in education.

The ranking is based on several factors, including tuition, curriculum relevancy and student-to-faculty ratio.

“We are honored to receive this recognition. The program strives to consistently meet the changing trends in early childhood by allowing students access to the latest research-based educational standards available,” said Dr. Susan Casey, program coordinator at SFA. “Access to the program is easy and effective in meeting the needs of today’s student population.”
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SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature State Botanical Garden of Georgia director

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Dr. Jennifer Cruse-Sanders, director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, will present “The Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership: A Model of Urban Pollinator Conservation.”
Cruse-Sanders was made director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia at the beginning of the year. Prior to February, she served as vice president for science and conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where she launched the Center for Southeastern Conservation and helped host the inaugural Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation meeting.
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University to offer new merchandising program fall 2017

SFA’s fashion merchandising and interior merchandising programs in the School of Human Sciences are merging to form a new merchandising program, effective fall 2017.

Leisha Bridwell, associate professor in SFA’s School of Human Sciences, who will oversee the new program, explained the need behind this inclusive program.

“Students interested in merchandising, whether fashion or interior, need a common curriculum consisting of trends, buying, visual merchandising, merchandising mathematics, promotion and more,” Bridwell said. “Digital courses such as CAD, Photoshop and two portfolio courses have been added to increase students’ use of technology, as well as visual marketing skills.”
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Submit class assignments and presentations to Center for Career and Professional Development

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to submit their requests for fall 2017 class assignments and presentations to the Center for Career and Professional Development. Submission links are located on the right side of this page.

SFA 101 instructors should click here for any CCPD presentation or assignment requests.

CCPD presents to classes and student organizations on career-related topics each year, including a Jobs4Jacks/CCPD orientation, internships, interview skills, job-search strategies, social media and career development, and résumé construction. CCPD staff members also assist with class assignments such as professional document critiques and mock interviews, both in-person and virtually via InterviewStream.

A minimum of two weeks notice is requested to accommodate any requests, and requests are scheduled based on the order they are submitted to CCPD.

For more information, contact Jamie Bouldin, CCPD director, at jfbouldin@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 Desire2Learn, 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.

Northbound lane of Clark Boulevard closed for STEM building construction

The northbound lane of Clark Boulevard will be closed to accommodate construction activities at the STEM building site. The southbound lane of Clark Boulevard will remain open. 

During this road closure, please use the main campus entrance on North Street at Griffith Boulevard. See the map above for details.

For questions or concerns, contact the Physical Plant Department at (936) 468-3206.


2017 fall camp begins tomorrow for SFA football

Football officially returns to campus tomorrow as the Lumberjacks begin their final preparations for the 2017 season with fall camp. The preseason camp will feature 18 practices, including three full-pad scrimmages, over the course of three weeks. 

"We're certainly very excited and anxious to get started,” said head coach Clint Conque. “When the players get here we can hit the ground running. We want to make sure all the preparation that needs to be done from a detail standpoint is covered. I feel like we've done that and now we're just waiting on the arrival of the young men to come back to campus."
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Fine Arts

Documentary follows creation of Steinway piano

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037” at 7 p.m. this Friday in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

A feature-length independent documentary directed by Ben Niles, “Note By Note” follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand #L1037 – from forest floor to concert hall.
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For Anna Tokarska, Polish artist and photographer, fruits and vegetables are more than just a culinary dish — they are artwork.

For a month, Tokarska worked to create eight realistic portraits made from fruits and vegetables. Click here to see her collection.

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