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Tuesday, Sept. 19
2018-19 general scholarship application now open
Applications accepted until Feb. 1.

Men's golf at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate Tournament
All day
Ruston, Louisiana

Thursday, Sept. 21
Volleyball vs. University of Central Arkansas
6:30 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Friday, Sept. 22
Soccer vs. Houston Baptist University
7 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Saturday, Sept. 23
Football at Abilene Christian University
6 p.m.
Abilene

Volleyball vs. Northwestern State University
1 p.m.
Nacogdoches


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Faculty and Staff Picnic scheduled for Oct. 4

Join Baker and Janice Pattillo at the annual Faculty and Staff Picnic from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Scholarship program celebrates 10 years at SFA

During the past 10 years, the Gilbert I. “Buddy” Low Scholarship Program has covered the cost of tuition and fees for several San Augustine High School graduates to attend SFA.

Those involved with the scholarship program recently celebrated a decade of promoting student success with a luncheon that brought scholarship donors, current and past scholarship recipients, and SFA administrators together. During the luncheon, Dr. Baker Pattillo, university president, addressed attendees and acknowledged Low for his support in helping students from his hometown reach their academic potential.

For questions about the scholarship program, contact April Smith, associate director of development at SFA, at (936) 468-5406.
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SFA assistant professor volunteers in Kenya

Dr. Flora Farago, assistant professor in SFA’s human development and family studies program, spent three weeks in Kenya working on various nonprofit projects during the summer.

While abroad, Farago worked with colleagues from Arizona State University, Drs. Beth Blue Swadener and Amy Papacek, to establish a U.S. branch of The Girl Child Network, an organization advocating for the education and rights of women and girls in East Africa. The U.S. branch of GCN will be named “Friends of the Girl Child Network,” and it will be primarily a fundraising branch supporting GCN’s efforts of empowering girls in Kenya to lead and learn.

Farago also volunteered with the Jirani Project, a grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and support of vulnerable Kenyan children. The Jirani Project, co-founded by Swadener, provides homeless and orphaned children in Kenya the support needed for shelter, food, school tuition, clothing and basic medical care, according to jiraniproject.org.

To learn more about GCN or FGCN, visit girlchildnetwork.org and friendsofthegirl.org. Read More

Online child development degree ranked among top 20 most affordable in nation

SFA’s Bachelor of Science in human sciences with an emphasis in human development and family studies has been ranked as one of the top 20 most affordable online child development degree programs in the nation.

SFA's program was ranked 18th in the nation. Affordablecolleges.com based its rankings on three measurement categories: financial, student success and program metrics.

This degree allows students who have completed courses at another higher education institution to complete the last two years of the degree at SFA. The program provides an in-depth understanding of growth, change and development of children, adults and families, and integrates a life span, multi-contextual and family systems approach. The HDFS major culminates with a 200-hour, hands-on practicum in the senior year.
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AARC introduces new math, business and computer science program director

Under the new direction of Cheryl Janusa, SFA’s AARC program is re-evaluating how they can best serve students in the fields of math, business and computer science.

Janusa's background is in mathematics and engineering. She earned a master’s degree from SFA and has served as a member of the SFA math faculty. Her husband is Dr. Michael Janusa, chair of Chemistry, and her daughter, Katherine, is a former AARC tutor.

For more information, contact Janusa at cjanusa@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

SFA golf team in fourth place after day one of Jim Rivers Intercollegiate

SFA’s men's golf team is off to a strong start in its first fall tournament of 2017, finishing fourth after day one at the Jim Rivers Intercollegiate Tournament in Ruston, Louisiana.

After two rounds, the Lumberjacks achieved a score of 6-under 570 on the par 72 course at the Squire Creek Country Club, just one stroke behind the second-place teams.
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Fine Arts

Theatre students to present ‘Pitching to the Star’

Playwright Donald Margulies’ “Pitching to the Star” will open the fall semester of SFA’s School of Theatre’s student-directed plays. The one-act play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, in the Downstage Theatre.

The play is about a writer who gets a break for his Hollywood script and pitches it to the star of the pilot show. He finds his integrity and storyline attacked every time the star makes a suggestion to change the script.

Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit theatre.sfasu.edu.
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School of Music's Guenther, Petti to present ‘Song and Dance’ recital program

SFA’s School of Music will present faculty members Christina Guenther and Ron Petti in a recital at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Calliope Concert Series.

Guenther, professor of flute, and Petti, director of accompanying at SFA, will perform the program “Song and Dance” featuring works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Franz Schubert, Grigoras Dinicu, Samuel Barber, Eugène Bozza, Philippe Gaubert and Eldin Burton.

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 finearts.sfasu.edu.
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