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Soccer at University of Houston Exhibition
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Dr. Mary Nelle Brunson to offer summer commencement address

Dr. Mary Nelle Brunson, associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs, will offer the commencement address during the university’s summer graduation ceremony Saturday, Aug. 11.

Brunson has served SFA for 25 years. During her tenure, Brunson has served the university in both administrative and teaching capacities.

“I have been privileged to work with faculty and staff who are dedicated to student success,” Brunson said. “We work together to help our students reach their goal of earning a college degree by engaging them in transformative learning experiences and providing the support necessary to attain the desired degree.”

SFA’s summer commencement ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Johnson Coliseum.
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SFA ranked among top schools in Texas

Online Colleges has ranked SFA as one of the top 20 best four-year colleges in Texas.

Rankings focus on affordability, student services and the availability of online programs. More than 2,500 accredited universities and colleges were ranked, and SFA claimed No. 14.

To view a list of rankings and more information, click here.

Employee Scholarship program available

Changing lives one Lumberjack at a time doesn’t end with students.

In a continuous effort to provide transformative experiences for our campus community, the Office of Academic Affairs encourages faculty and staff to take advantage of the employee scholarship program. With this financial assistance, you, your spouse or dependent child can sharpen your intellectual axe by working toward a degree or pursing an additional degree.

SFA employees not working toward a degree may enroll in any course that maintains or improves career-related skills.

To learn more about the employee scholarship program, click here.

Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature horticulture associate professor from Alabama tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Dr. Jay Spiers, an associate professor of horticulture from Auburn University, will present, “Alternative Fruit Crops for a Changing Gulf South: What’s on the Horizon?”

For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Professor recognized with Pioneers in World History Award

Dr. Linda Black, professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, received the World History Association’s Pioneers in World History Award, which annually recognizes distinguished scholars or educators.

“This is such a special honor because I began my career as a high school world history teacher and have been involved in this field for more than four decades," Black said. 

The World History Association is a professional association of scholars, teachers and students organized to promote world history by encouraging teaching, research, publications and personal interactions.
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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, 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 Wednesday, Aug. 15.

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

Athletics

Annual Meet the Jacks slated for Aug. 21

Fans and supporters of SFA athletics will get the chance to meet the Lumberjack football team at the 38th annual Meet the Jacks planned for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center.

Admittance into Meet the Jacks is $15, which includes admission to the event, dinner and a chance to meet your favorite SFA football players. Tickets to the event can be purchased at the door the night of the event.

The 2018 Lumberjack football team will be introduced by their positions, followed by a first-hand look at this season's introduction video. The Jacks also will be available for photos and will be signing autographs on SFA's posters.
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Fine Arts

Chloé Trevor Music Academy hosts final week of summer concerts

The final concerts of the Chloé Trevor Music Academy summer series continues through Saturday, Aug. 11.

For two weeks, the music academy has offered intensive study for more than 100 string players and pianists from across the country and has presented public concerts by faculty and guest artists.

This week’s final concert schedule features the Academy Fellowship Ensemble performing at 7 p.m. tonight and international violin soloist Chee-Yun performing works by Stravinsky, Saint-Saens and Piazzolla at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The CTMA Student Chamber Music recital, with performances by all 18 chamber music ensembles at the academy, is at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. This concert is free and open to the public.

The academy ends at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, with an Orchestra Gala featuring all 100 participants and guest soloists, including Trevor and Chee-Yun performing works by Vivaldi, Grieg, Rimsky-Korsakov, Sarasate and Louis Prima and conducted by orchestra directors Kirk Trevor and Gene Moon.

Unless noted, tickets are $10 at the door, and students receive free admission. All concerts are held in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building.
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College of Fine Arts announces 2018-19 University Series

The College of Fine Arts will present five exciting national touring acts in the highly diverse 2018-19 University Series. It offers something for everyone: comedy, a string quintet, bluegrass, African-American dance and contemporary Mexican music.

Additionally, two Encore Events will provide even more varied musical programming with a true jazz legend and a rock legend reincarnated in the world’s most authentic tribute to the late, great Prince.

“Deep East Texas audiences love performances of all kinds, so we really cranked up the variety for 2018-19,” said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the series. “Professional theatre, exhilarating contemporary dance and five very different musical styles make for fun and fascinating nights out for folks with a wide range of tastes in entertainment.”

For more information, stop by the Box Office in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 211, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or visit visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
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