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Flags lowered to half-staff until sunset tomorrow

The Texas and U.S. flags will be lowered to half-staff until sunset tomorrow in memory of former Texas Gov. Mark White as directed by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Flags also will be lowered again on the day of White’s interment.


Dance program co-coordinators present research in Paris, France

Heather Samuelson and Haley Jameson, co-coordinators of SFA’s dance program, presented research at the Twelfth International Conference on the Arts in Society in Paris, France.

Samuelson’s poster presentation, “Expression of the Forbidden: Creating dance that explores eating disorders and self-mutilation,” is based on a dance she choreographed titled “M.E.,” which depicts eating disorders and self-mutilation.

Jameson’s poster, “Teaching Social Responsibility Through Dance Appreciation," focused on her teaching practice in dance appreciation classes at SFA. Jameson uses social responsibility as the framework to look at dance through the lens of a non-discrimination statement in her dance appreciation courses.
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SFA Gardens to host Permaculture Design 101 with Theron Beaudreau

SFA Gardens will host Permaculture Design 101 with Theron Beaudreau from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 26 at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building, located at 2900 Raguet St.

Through this introduction to the sustainable gardening techniques of permaculture, participants will learn about holistic design strategies for East Texas that regenerate the land and surrounding ecosystems.
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Lil’ STEM Jacks stargaze at observatory

Recently, participants in SFA’s Lil’ STEM Jacks, a two-day outreach program offered within the College of Sciences and Mathematics’ STEM Research and Learning Center, had an out-of-this-world experience as they traveled to the SFA Observatory for a constellation party.

“We were so excited to have our Lil’ STEM Jacks at the observatory. The students were able to see so much more by using technology. The iPads gave them the ability to explore and see what they wanted to see,” said Julie Sandifer, kindergarten through 12th grade outreach coordinator for SFA’s STEM Research and Learning Center.
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Dr. John T. Moore to offer SFA summer commencement address Saturday

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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SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature State Botanical Garden of Georgia director 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, 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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Center for Teaching and Learning to host Camp CTL

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.

Athletics


Ladyjack soccer preparing for 2017 campaign

After coming up short in both the conference regular season and tournament championships last season, SFA’s women's soccer team has plenty of added motivation to make amends in the 2017 campaign.

Playing in championship-deciding games is nothing new for the Jacks — they've played in nine of the last 10 — but the missed opportunities to close some of those games out has grounded the Ladyjacks and provided a more concentrated focus on their goals for this season.
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SFA volleyball tabbed for second-place finish in 2017 Southland Conference preseason poll

SFA’s volleyball team was picked to finish second in the 13-team Southland Conference, according to the 2017 preseason poll.

The only team predicted to finish higher than SFA was Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the two-time defending SLC champions. Out of the 26 possible first-place votes, the Islanders received 23 of them and racked up 286 points — 40 more than the 246 SFA finished with.
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Music Prep offering harp lessons for fall semester

The Music Preparatory Division of SFA’s School of Music will offer harp lessons for the upcoming fall semester.

Award-winning harpist Emily Mitchell, artist in residence in SFA’s School of Music, will teach the lessons for ages 8 through adult.

“When I perform, audience members will often say to me afterward, ‘Oh, I always wanted to learn to play the harp!’ Well, here's your chance,” Mitchell said. “It's going to be fun, low pressure, with lots of camaraderie.”

Lyon-Healy Troubadour lever harps will be provided. No prior musical training is necessary. Classes will be organized according to age and musical proficiency.
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Italy trip expands SFA’s exchange with Florence art school

Fourteen students from SFA’s School of Art traveled to Italy earlier this summer to study European art first hand and further develop the School of Art’s ongoing exchange program with the art school in Florence, Libera Accademia di Belle Arti.

Led by Christopher Talbot, director of the School of Art, and Dr. David Lewis, professor of art, students visited Florence, Siena, Arezzo and Rome, Italy, where they toured numerous museums, churches and monuments, including the Uffizi Gallery, the Cathedral and Baptistery of Florence, the Roman Forum, Colosseum, Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. During their travels, the students completed the course, “Italian Renaissance Art – Then and Now,” taught by Lewis.
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Learn more about SFA Music Prep at open house

The Music Preparatory Division of SFA’s School of Music will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Music Prep House at 3028 Raguet St.

Music Prep offers private music lessons in piano, harp, violin, Suzuki violin, flute, cello, trumpet, trombone, voice, percussion and more.

The program also offers the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra, an adult piano class, Music Theory Adventures for beginning and intermediate students and the Raguet Strings adult ensemble. Harp ensemble classes are offered for students in third through sixth grades, middle and high school ages, and adults.
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