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Dr. Le’Ann Solmonson

Counseling program director, interim director of the Counseling Clinic and professor in the Department of Human Services

Solmonson has been appointed to the State Board of Educator Certification Student Services Advisory Committee for school counseling. Solmonson along with other committee members will provide input on issues related to certification areas within Chapter 239 of the Texas Education Code.

The purpose of the committee is to strengthen education preparation programs in the state to ensure students have highly effective professional educators upon entry into the profession. Committee members were nominated by the Associate Commissioner of Education and approved by the State Board for Educator Certification.

Heather and Michael Munro

Instructors in the Department of Human Services

Heather became chair of the Orientation and Mobility Division of Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Also, Heather and Michael presented at the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired International Conference in July in Jacksonville, Florida.

Greg Grant

Research associate with the Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant’s article “Overall, It’s a Good Thing” was recently published in Texas Gardener magazine.

The article highlights his and his ancestors' lives wearing overalls on the farm and in the garden.

News & Announcements

Human resources announces TRS retirement contribution rate increase

In continuing the phased-in increase of TRS contribution rates, TRS active-member rates will increase from the current 7.2 percent to 7.7 percent in fiscal year 2017. The new rates are effective Sept. 1, 2016, and will be reflected on your Oct. 1 paycheck. These increases are a continued implementation of Senate Bill 1458 passed during the 83rd Texas legislative session (2013). Contribution rates for ORP participants will not change this year.

Beware of TRS Imposters! TRS has been contacted by some members to ask whether TRS employees visit members at home. TRS staff members do not go to individual members’ homes.  If someone contacts you and asks to meet in your home, that person does not represent TRS. Members who are contacted are asked to contact TRS and advise them of the contact. Postcards and emails also have been sent to TRS members asking for personal information. TRS does not send such cards or email messages to members. These requests may be from different organizations and are normally sent by private, for-profit groups wishing to sell you something. They are not TRS representatives. Please be careful if you decide to respond to their request to provide your personal information.

Visit the TRS website to sign up for TRS Update notices or to join the MyTRS email subscription to receive updates and additional notices from TRS.

SFA Gardens to host herbal soap seminar

SFA Gardens will host a soap-making workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 10, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Room 101, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Cost for the seminar is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the seminar or for more information, contact the SFA Gardens education office at (936) 468-4129 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Alumni Association presents 2016 Alumni Awards

The SFA Alumni Association will honor eight alumni during its annual awards banquet beginning 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

The Alumni Association awards its highest honors to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and the community, and who advance the goals and values of SFA.

The association named the following as its recipients of the 2016 Alumni Awards: Dr. Peggy Wright, Hall of Fame Alumna; Dorris Fortson and Mike Karns, Distinguished Alumni; Juliamaria Calvo, Outstanding Young Alumni; Matt Adkins and Alex Ranc, Lumberjack Pride Award; and Drs. Dana Cooper and Alan Sowards, Distinguished Professors.
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Faculty members invited to attend new faculty orientation social tonight

The New Faculty Orientation Committee invites all faculty members to a social welcoming and celebrating SFA's newest faculty members. The social includes dinner and will take place 6 to7 p.m. tonight at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, located downtown at 329 E. Main St.

For more information, email Jane Long or call (936) 468-1804.

Athletics


SFA cross country team announces 2016 schedule

SFA cross country will begin the 2016 season with a home opener, which will allow the SFA Lumberjack pre-conference competition a warm-up round in Nacogdoches before the Southland Conference Championships in late October.

After the home opener, the team will hit the road with stops at the Rice Invite in Houston and the Oklahoma State University Jamboree in Stillwater, Oklahoma. They will then continue on to the Aggieland Open in College Station and the Crimson Classic in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The Lumberjacks will wrap up the regular season by hosting the SLC Championships.
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Upperclassmen defeat freshmen, 3-0, in second Ladyjack volleyball intrasquad scrimmage

Now just six days away from the 2016 season opener, the SFA volleyball team hit the court in Shelton Gym recently to go head-to-head with one another in the last of two intrasquad scrimmages. The Ladyjacks broke into upperclassmen and freshmen teams to compete in the best-of-three match.

Powered by a 14-kill outing by senior Justice Walker as well as nine winners apiece from Haley Coleman, Makenzee Hanna and Abby McIntyre, the upperclassmen secured a 3-0 win over the younger squad by set scores of 25-20, 25-20, 27-25.
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Conque named to National Performer of the Year watch list

Senior quarterback Zach Conque has been named to the 2016 College Football Performance Awards Football Championship Subdivision National Player of the Year watch list. Conque is one of 15 quarterbacks named to the list which contains a total of 40 players.

A preseason All-Southland Conference first-team selection, Conque is coming off a solid junior season in which he accumulated just shy of 2,500 total yards. The Little Rock product passed for 1,933 yards and 16 touchdowns while rushing for 554 yards and 11 scores. His 27 touchdowns accounted for the most from any Southland Conference player.
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Fine Arts

Reading of ‘Love Letters’ to benefit SFA theatre scholarships

An informal, intimate evening with two of the most beloved performers in East Texas is a must-see event when the Friends of Theatre at SFA host a reading of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Brad Maule and Rhonda Plymate Simmons will perform close to the audience and conclude the reading with a casual conversation with everyone in attendance. Event proceeds will provide scholarship opportunities for students in the SFA School of Theatre.
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SFA’s Heterodyne Duo presents concert of saxophone, percussion music

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Heterodyne Duo in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, in Cole Concert Hall in the first recital of the 2016-17 Cole Performing Arts Series.

The Heterodyne Duo features music faculty members Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies, and Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone. They will perform a recital featuring contemporary and ethnic, dance-style music.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Large-scale mixed-media drawings featured in Troutman exhibition

SFA's School of Art will present as its first exhibition of the 2016-17 academic year, “Christopher Troutman: Drawing and Narrative,” which runs Aug. 31 through Oct. 14 in Griffith Gallery in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus.

Admission to the exhibition, which is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum, is free. A reception with the artist will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in Griffith Gallery.

Gallery hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call (936) 468-1131. Griffith Fine Arts Building is located at 2222 Alumni Drive.
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Photographing the outdoors can be an adventurous and unpredictable undertaking, especially when creatures of the wild decide to assist.

Take a look at this photo gallery showcasing a variety of wildlife animals “helping” photographers both in front of and behind the camera.

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