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July 18, 2016 - The Music Preparatory Division in the School of Music at Stephen F. Austin State University will offer Piano Safari Camp Monday through Friday, Aug. 1 through 5.

Taught by Dr. Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano at SFA, the class will meet for one hour each day in Room 223 of the Boynton Building on the SFA campus. The camp, which is limited to 10 participants, is for beginning students with no piano experience in the first through third grades.

“Piano Safari Camp will help students explore the wonderful world of piano,” said Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory program.

The class will meet from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuition is $80 for the week. A registration form can be downloaded from the website at www.music.sfasu.edu/outreach.php?link=prep.

For information, contact the Music Preparatory Division at (936) 468-1291 or at musicprep@sfasu.edu. Office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ethan Guthrie, greenhouse and nursery manager for the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Smithgall Woodland Garden in Gainesville, Georgia, will be the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series guest speaker in July. The series is hosted monthly by the SFA Gardens.July 3, 2016 NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. Ethan Guthrie, greenhouse and nursery manager for the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Smithgall Woodland Garden in Gainesville, Georgia, will present “Yes, We Really Are the Atlanta Botanical Garden, But We Are the One in Gainesville, Georgia.”

Guthrie has worked for the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Gainesville location for the past seven years. He started as the greenhouse/nursery manager and transitioned to horticulture manager. Guthrie mainly propagates unusual species with a focus on various magnolias. He serves on the board of directors for the Magnolia Society International, and in his spare time, creates new magnolia hybrids. He also is a member of the International Plant Propagators Society.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month at SFA’s Pineywoods Native Plant Center. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.

Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School, 2428 Raguet St., with continual shuttle service to the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.

July 1, 2016 - NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Entering its 50th year, the High School Summer Theatre Workshop at Stephen F. Austin State University is the oldest program of its kind in Texas.

Two weeks of concentrated instruction in acting, voice and movement, or scenery, costumes, make-up, sound, lighting and stage management await sophomore, junior and senior high school students. Many workshop participants return to SFA in subsequent years to major in various aspects of theatre.

Offered in its long-standing busy format, the workshop is headed by secondary educator and longtime SFA School of Theatre faculty member Dr. Shari Ellsworth. This year’s workshop gets underway July 17.

“High School Workshop gives us an opportunity to expose our wonderful school and program to high schools all over Texas,” Ellsworth said. “Not only do the students who attend have a higher chance of returning to SFA for college, but their friends and family who come to see the final shows also share their experience with others. 

We’ve always had five students or more that were campers become students at SFA per year. There are so many SFAers who have stated that camp was the reason they chose SFA, all the way back to the 1960s. This summer, we hope we will see many of those campers and former students attend this year’s 50th celebration.”

Dr. Ken Waters started the workshop in 1967 and was the director for 24 years. He established the program to help college students practice working with high school students before they began student teaching. It was also created to introduce high school students as to what college theatre is like. Allen Oster took the program over in 1991 and was the director for 20 years. In 2011, Ellsworth became the director and revised the program into what it is today.

Students live in residence halls and study at the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the beautiful SFA campus. Recreational activities such as movie night, theme parties and dances are held during the workshop.
Advanced SFA theatre majors serve as counselors, teaching high school students in all areas of theatre. SFA theatre tech students teach design skills, while acting students direct the different shows and conduct various workshops.

SFA graduate Benn May is well versed in all aspects of the workshop. May attended as a high school student then came to SFA to major in theatre. He served as a counselor for several summers. May earned a degree in theatre performance.

“I first learned about the workshop after asking my high school teacher about opportunities for camps, and she happened to have a brochure,” he said.

Attending the workshop for three years in high school greatly influenced May’s decision to enroll at SFA.

“Attending the workshop made me comfortable with SFA, its students, and the work that was done here, so it was a huge factor for me,” he said.

May said his involvement in summer theatre workshop helped him to develop organizational and leadership skills.

“The biggest test of your leadership skills is to put you in a room full of 50 high school students and say GO!” he said. “I had more prep than that going into it, but, ultimately, we are pushed to really lead our students as directors and counselors. Many of the tools I gained during that time, I still use in my professional work.”
May just recently completed a directing and dramaturgy internship at Portland Stage Company in Portland, Maine. He is currently working for The Theater at Monmouth in Monmouth, Maine, as a box office and special events assistant, and he is directing the "green shows," which are the opening acts for each of the main performances.

“My time at SFA helped to give me a well-rounded education that truly prepared me for any role in the theatre,” he said.

The 50th year of high school workshop will be celebrated during the annual awards ceremony on July 30, and the ceremony will honor the memory of the late Professor Oster “and his amazing contribution to the program,” Ellsworth said.

“All former campers and counselors have been invited to attend this event, especially those students and campers who attended workshop under Oster’s direction,” she said.

Visit theatre.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-4003 for additional information.

June 20, 2016 - Stephen F. Austin State University recently welcomed hundreds of prospective university students and their parents to the campus for orientation. Summer orientation serves as an opportunity to introduce future students to SFA and their respective colleges and also gives parents insight into their son or daughter’s home for the next few years. 
During the event, Dr. Janet Tareilo, associate dean of SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education and Office of Student Services and Advising, met with attendees and discussed how to be a successful college student and where to go if help is needed. She also highlighted the registration process and university policies.
“Orientation is our first opportunity to introduce SFA and the Perkins College of Education to future students,” Tareilo said. “It is a wonderful time to meet the next generation of Lumberjacks and help prepare them for their college journey by answering questions.”
SFA offers several freshman and transfer orientation sessions throughout the summer.

Wilson Savoy, accordion, and Jon Bertrand, guitar, of the young, hot Cajun Band “The Pine Leaf Boys” perform in a scene from the film “This Ain’t No Mouse Music!” by Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling. Photo by Chris Simon.

June 14, 2016 - NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “This Ain’t No Mouse Music!” at 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

“This Ain’t No Mouse Music!” tells the story of Chris Strachwitz and Arhoolie Records. In the documentary, filmmakers Chris Simon and Maureen Gosling take a hip-shaking stroll from New Orleans to Appalachia, chronicling Strachwitz’s journey to plantations and prisons, roadhouses and whorehouses, churches and bayou juke joints, to return with recordings that would revolutionize the sound of popular music, according to thisaintnomousemusic.com.

The film runs one hour, 32 minutes.

This screening is part of the School of Art’s monthly Friday Film Series and is sponsored in part by the Nacogdoches Film Festival, William Arscott, Nacogdoches Junior Forum, Karon Gillespie, Mike Mollot, Main Street Nacogdoches, David Kulhavy, John and Kristen Heath, Brad Maule, Galleria Z, Jill Carrington, Jean Stephens and Jim and Mary Neal.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

June 9, 2016 NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The second phase of a significant Texas Department of Transportation grant was awarded recently to Stephen F. Austin State University faculty members in the Department of Geology to support their work identifying existing geologic hazards along a roadway in Culberson County, Texas, just south of Carlsbad, New Mexico.

“It is an honor to have been asked by TxDOT to conduct research that will assist them in developing better practices for road stability within an area that is prone to significant failure,” said Dr. Kevin Stafford, project director and SFA associate professor of geology. “As oilfield activity expands throughout Culberson County, the heavy truck traffic is having a significant impact on infrastructure that was originally only intended for light/ranch traffic. As the only person who has significantly worked on the gypsum karst in this area, I have been fortunate to have been contracted by TxDOT to assess the karst phenomena associated with road failure and help them develop engineering solutions.”

The first phase of the contract was awarded to Stafford from the University of Texas – El Paso for just more than $60,000. Dr. Wesley Brown, chair of SFA’s Department of Geology, is serving as the project’s co-investigator.

“The first round of funding was an initial assessment of causes of road failure within Culberson County, which proved to be more complicated than originally suspected,” Stafford said. “The causes of failure are numerous and range from initial road construction a half century ago to variable karst manifestations. The first round of funding was very successful in that it identified the types of geohazards in the area. The second round of funding will focus on classifying and delineating the physical extent of each geohazard associated with RM652 in Culberson County.”

Upon successful completion of the project’s first phase, the second round was awarded totaling more than $705,000. The project, Stafford said, is designed to characterize and map out geologically hazardous areas along a 34-mile stretch of road in Culberson County.

“We will be utilizing various techniques to accomplish this, including geophysical surveys, remote sensing, karst surveys and traditional geologic field assessment,” he added. “Geophysical surveys include: high-resolution imaging to depths of 10 meters for sites that have continuously required road repairs; collection of continuous resistivity profiles along the entire stretch of road; and interpretation of shallow ground-penetrating radar throughout the study area for characterization of road-base conditions.

“Karst surveys and geologic field assessment will be carried out in the field with traverse-based field mapping adjacent to RM652, while caves discovered within 100 meters of the right-of-way will be entered and mapped to delineate their spatial extent and determine if they cross beneath RM652.”

Five SFA geology graduate students will be hired for the project this summer. An additional two to three undergraduates will be hired in the latter part of the summer to assist with field mapping and cave exploration. Stafford expects several undergraduate research projects and master’s theses will evolve from the TxDOT grant project.

“Effectively, this contracted research evolved from previous research I conducted prior to joining SFA and has turned out to be a great opportunity to continue work in the region,” Stafford said, “while providing funding to enable students to work in an area and environment that has been cost-prohibitive in previous years because of the distance away from Nacogdoches.”

Participants in the Investigations in Math and Science Academy learn four basic skills used by nurses during a module that simulates an emergency room. A limited number of spaces are available to East Texas students entering seventh or eighth grade for this year’s weeklong science, technology, engineering and mathematics iMAS camp hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University’s STEM Research and Learning Center. The camp will be held June 20 through 24.

June 8, 2016 - NACOGDOCHES, Texas — A limited number of students can still enroll in a weeklong science, technology, engineering and mathematics camp hosted by Stephen F. Austin State University’s STEM Research and Learning Center aimed at engaging East Texas students entering the seventh or eighth grade in hands-on STEM activities.

“The goal is to expose students to STEM disciplines in a way that excites them about the many possibilities in math and science,” said Dr. Jana Redfield, assistant director of the SFA STEM Research and Learning Center, which is part of the College of Sciences and Mathematics. “Each module is about two hours and 45 minutes of hands-on learning, allowing students to not only be exposed to math and science concepts, but to create a spark of interest in a possible future STEM career.”

What math concepts go into the construction of a rollercoaster? Who is the criminal behind a messy crime scene? Investigations in Math and Science, or iMAS, Academy answers these and similar questions during the course of five days. The camp consists of modules that cover chemistry, biology, nursing, engineering, mathematics and physics basics.

In one module, students engage in a crime scene investigation lab designed to simulate activities that take place in a forensic laboratory setting, including DNA glass fragment and chemical analyses. In another, students are exposed to the high-energy bustle of a hospital emergency room and learn four of many skills—blood loss estimation, aseptic techniques, cardiovascular and respiratory assessments, and virtual intravenous infusion. Students also will investigate effects of acid on eggshells using flat and carbonated root beer during the “Acid Attacks!” activity.

“So much goes in to the development of the curriculum for iMAS. The iMAS modules are designed to be student centered, hands-on and fun. They are initially written by STEM faculty members and area master teachers,” Redfield said. “Once written, modules are reviewed for accuracy and science/math appropriateness for the grade level, then piloted during the school year to insure student engagement. Several of the modules created for this year’s iMAS are brand new, such as the 3-D printing/engineering and rollercoasters. Others have been proven successful in past summer iMAS Academies.”

New to iMAS camp is a rollercoaster module inviting participants to explore mathematical concepts as they design and build paper rollercoasters from cardstock. The science of motion and the financial literacy component of budgeting and cost analysis also will be explored.

A second new module will utilize state-of-the-art 3D printers acquired by the College of Sciences and Mathematics. In the module, students will create and build a pair of interlocking rings using a computer-aided design program.

The 2016 iMAS Academy will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, June 20-24, on the SFA campus. The cost is $100 per attendee and includes the price of materials, snacks, prizes and a T-shirt. Visit cosm.sfasu.edu/stem/imas-academy to register.

June 7, 2016 - The following student(s) has/have been named to the President's List at Stephen F. Austin State University for the spring semester.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 4.0. 


Center, TX 

Lesley Cockrell, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education
Erika Figueroa-Franco, Pre-Nursing, School of Nursing
Whitney Haddox, Communication Disorders, Human Services
Aaron Liker, Accounting, Accounting
Jessica Massey, Art, School of Art
Chelsea McDaniel, Music, School of Music
Carsen McFarland, Social Work, School of Social Work
Julie McSwain, Undecided, Special Advising
Lindsey Snell, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education

Joaquin, TX 

Bailee McSwain, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education

Shelbyville, TX 

Tiffanee Vaughn, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education

Timpson, TX 

Ian Angelo, Kinesiology, Kinesiology & Health Science
Kaela Hudman, Pre-Nursing, School of Nursing
Madilyn Sanford, Communication Disorders, Human Services

June 7, 2016 - The following student(s) has/have been named to the Dean's List at Stephen F. Austin State University for the spring semester.

To be eligible for this honor, a student must be enrolled in 12 or more semester hours and maintain a grade-point average of 3.5. 


Center, TX 

 Brianna Evans, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education
 Jannie Garcia, Social Work, School of Social Work
 Yvette Garcia, Mathematics, Mathematics & Statistics
 Celia Gonzalez, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education
 Harlie Hagler, Kinesiology, Kinesiology & Health Science
 Alisha Horton, Communication Disorders, Human Services
 Darby Hudspeth, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education
 Taylor Hudspeth, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education
 Kristin Peace, Professional Accountancy, Accounting
 Emily Rodriguez, Communication Disorders, Human Services
 Kaleth Salazar, Pre-Nursing, School of Nursing
 Haley Shofner, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education
 Taylor Tanner, Creative Writing, English & Creative Writing

Joaquin, TX 

 Nicholas Cheatwood, Biochemistry, Chemistry
 Megan McGee, Pre-Social Work, School of Social Work
 Tionnee Turner, Health Science, Kinesiology & Health Science

Shelbyville, TX 

 Morgan Jernigan, Interdisciplinary Studies, Elementary Education

Tenaha, TX 

 Kelsi Hooker, Chemistry, Chemistry
 Jordan Latrache, Kinesiology, Kinesiology & Health Science

Timpson, TX 

 Katie Bush, Biology, Biology
 Margo Hooper, Agriculture Development Prod, Agriculture

June 6, 2016 - The following students received degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University during May commencement exercises:

Center, TX 
75935, Josue Arcibar, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
75935, Clifton Boniol, Bachelor of Arts, Art, College of Fine Arts
75935, Frances Bridges, Master of Social Work, Social Work, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
75935, Linda Choate, Bachelor of Science, Hospitality Administration, James I. Perkins College of Education
75935, Burval Holt, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering Technology, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
75935, Maddison Myers, Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, College of Fine Arts

Joaquin, TX 
75954, Promise Lonsford, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, James I. Perkins College of Education
75954, Johnathan Watson, Bachelor of Science, Spatial Science, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture
75954, Kain Yates, Bachelor of Business Administration, General Business, Nelson Rusche College of Business

Shelbyville, TX 
75973, Yetzemanit Sanchez, Bachelor of Business Administration, Management, Nelson Rusche College of Business
75973, Feleshia Thompson, Bachelor of Science, Health Science, James I. Perkins College of Education

Tenaha, TX 
75974, Victor Flores, Bachelor of Business Administration, Professional Accountancy, Nelson Rusche College of Business
75974, Victor Flores, Master of Professional Accountancy, Professional Accountancy, Nelson Rusche College of Business

Timpson, TX 
75975, Ian Angelo, Bachelor of Science, Kinesiology, James I. Perkins College of Education
75975, Allison Burns, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Nursing, College of Sciences and Mathematics