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Dr. Dale Perritt

Professor and chair, Department of Agriculture

After 19 years of service, Perritt will step down from his administrative role as chair of the Department of Agriculture to undertake a teaching appointment for the 2016-17 academic year. In addition to his teaching duties, Perritt also will continue the management of the department’s programs assessment.

Perritt's contributions to the field of agriculture span many years and have resulted in a number of awards, including the SFA Alumni Foundation's 2009 Distinguished Professor Award and the 2010 Agriculture Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Joey Bray, assistant professor and director of poultry science, will assume the department’s administrative responsibilities as interim chair on Sept. 1.
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Faculty, staff members invited to provide feedback in SFA Today survey

The University Marketing Communications staff is currently seeking feedback regarding SFA Today, the university’s primary electronic newsletter. To participate in the quick, five-question survey, click here.

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture partners with Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology to preserve Texas history

Earlier this month, 10 SFA archaeology students spread across a small gridded area of SFA Real Estate Foundation-owned land in Houston County. The students, some kneeling alongside perfectly square holes, others lying flat on their stomachs to gain access to deepening pits, meticulously scraped away incremental layers of soil that compose one of eight tracts of land managed by SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

The dirt-covered students periodically produced exclamations of excitement from their respective grid spaces as artifacts that have not seen the light of day in more than 3,000 years greeted the sweltering Texas heat.

Upon completion of the excavation, SFA students collected and documented a total of 4,491 artifacts, including 19 points. Each artifact, including the more than 3,000 small flakes produced in the process of manufacturing stone tools, was meticulously documented and archived in the SFA Anthropology and Archaeology Laboratory.
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SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature Fort Worth horticulturist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Horticulturist Laura Miller will present “Ornamental Plants for a Drier and Hotter World.”
 
Miller is the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service commercial horticulture agent for Tarrant County. She provides informal educational programs and problem-solving services to anyone wanting to make money in horticulture. She assists all gardeners, from green industry professionals to fruit, vegetable and ornamental plant growers.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.
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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. Monday, Aug. 15, through Wednesday, Aug. 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.

To complete a lunch reservation form or 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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Head golf coach Schroeder announces Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen as assistant coach

SFA’s head golf coach Trey Schroeder recently announced the hiring of Mikkel Bjerch-Andresen as assistant coach.

Bjerch-Andresen competed at Baylor University from 2011-14 and posted a 73.79 career scoring average, ranking 12th all-time in Bear program history as well as 11th in career rounds played (124). He was named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month in October 2014 after winning medalist honors at the 2014 Royal Oaks Intercollegiate, becoming just the fifth player in program history to earn the award.
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Season ticket renewal for men's and women's basketball currently available

The renewal period for purchasing tickets for SFA men’s and women’s basketball is currently taking place. Pricing for season tickets has been set at $96 for the general public, $48 for SFA faculty and staff members and $48 for all members of SFA’s Varsity Club. All season tickets purchased will feature reserved seating. The deadline to renew season ticket packages is Friday, Oct. 7.

A special 'Jack Pack promotion also is available. Each individual who renews their season ticket package for the 2016-17 SFA basketball season will also have the opportunity to purchase season tickets for the 2016 SFA football campaign at half-price. The 'Jack Pack offer will be available until Saturday, Sept. 3.
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Fine Arts

SFA College of Fine Arts announces 2016-17 University Series

The College of Fine Arts at SFA continues its tradition of bringing professional artists to East Texas in presenting five national touring acts in the 2016-17 University Series. The season opens Thursday, Sept. 15, with extraordinary British actor Julian Sands presenting “A Celebration of Harold Pinter,” directed by John Malkovich.

Season tickets for the complete 2016-17 University Series are $100 for adults, $80 for seniors and $40 for students. Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

For more information on the 2016-2017 University Series, visit finearts.sfasu.edu , stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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SFA to screen ‘Baraka’ documentary

SFA’s School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Baraka” at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Originally shot in 25 countries on six continents, “Baraka” brought together a series of stunningly photographed scenes to capture what director Ron Fricke called "a guided mediation on humanity." It was a shoot of unprecedented technical, logistical and bureaucratic scope that would take 30 months to complete, including 14 months on location, with a custom-built computerized 65mm camera, according to information at barakasamsara.com.
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Work of late artist Frields featured in show, sale

The “artful spirit” of Gary Frields will again be made available to admirers of the late SFA art professor when The Beautiful Gary Q. Frields Art Show and Sale takes place tomorrow through Saturday, Aug. 27, in Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

A reception is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, hosted by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts. Half of the sale proceeds will benefit the Gary Q. Frields Art Scholarship the FVA awards annually to an SFA student.

For more information about the show and sale, call (936) 468-6557.
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If you’re looking to fit in one last summer vacation before the fall semester begins, national parks are always a great option. In fact, if you’re looking to visit more than one, you might want to check out the “Optimal U.S. National Parks Centennial Road Trip” map created by Randy Olson.

The map includes directions and the quickest routes to all 47 mainland national parks in America. Click here to read more.

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