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Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

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Flags flying at half-staff

SFA to host 2021 Family Weekend

Staff Council elects remaining officers

Steen Library to present second Reemergence Lecture Series

Early Childhood Laboratory to sponsor blood drive

SFA Gardens October lecture series to offer kiwifruit presentation

TABPHE-ETX to host garage sale

Athletics report

Symphony Orchestra to perform works by Copland, Marquez, Wolf-Ferrari

Dr. Jared Barnes, associate professor of agriculture

Barnes gave the virtual keynote "Keep Growing: Share the Love of Plants" for the 2021 Michigan Master Gardener College.

The presentation discussed approaches and teaching techniques Barnes uses in the agriculture department and the Plantery to help connect campus and the community with horticulture.

"For me it was an honor to be asked to keynote for this three-day conference to teach others about how my team of Plantery student apprentices and I engage people with plants from projects like our gravel garden or hydroponic system to our Sprout Garden markets and plant fairs," Barnes said. "Plants can't talk, but we can, and we need to be a voice to share their benefits as we head further into the 21st century."

Dr. Heeok Jeong, assistant professor of education studies

Jeong was recognized as the article of the week by the National Write Center for her article "Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Pedagogy in a Digitally Mediated Classroom: Practices, Challenges, and Needs," which was originally published in the NY TESOL Journal.

To access the article, click here.

Dr. Brian Oswald, professor of forestry

Oswald, Joe C. Denman Distinguished Professor of Forestry at SFA, received the Dwight Patterson Alumnus of the Year Award from Northern Arizona University in recognition of the outstanding success he has achieved throughout his professional career.

Oswald joined SFA in 1995, and since that time has built a career exemplified by domestic and international teaching and research.

During the past nine years, he has led SFA forestry undergraduate and graduate researchers in collecting fire fuel load data on behalf of public safety agencies in the Netherlands. This key information continues to assist the country as it develops wildfire spread models that can predict wildfire behavior.

Closer to home, Oswald leads additional restoration, fuel loading and monitoring research throughout the U.S. national forests and grasslands.

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Dr. Stephanie Ross, assistant professor of accounting

The School of Accountancy in the Rusche College of Business recently awarded the Sammie Smith Professorship to Ross. The new professorship was created through an endowment by Professor Emeritus Dr. Sammie Smith.

The purpose of the endowment is to retain and attract quality faculty. Dr. Kelly Noe, director, says it will also have a positive impact on students.

“Awarding this honor to Stephanie helps our school retain valuable talent by offering a more competitive salary, and this in turn assures the best student experience,” Noe said. “We are so grateful for the continued support of our programs. Sammie’s endowment has made this professorship possible.”

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Flags flying at half-staff
Half Staff

The SFA flag is lowered today in honor of Jose Alberto Alvarado, history student from Palestine, Texas, who passed away Monday.

Visitation is planned from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight, and a memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. tomorrow at Herrington/Land Memory in Palestine.

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SFA to host 2021 Family Weekend

SFA will host guests for this fall’s Family Weekend planned for today through Sunday, Sept. 19.

Events include Nac Snack in downtown Nacogdoches, Lumberjack Alley tailgate and SFA football game, dive-in movie, jazz brunch and more.

To view the 2021 Family Weekend schedule of events, click here.

Staff Council elects remaining officers

SFA’s Staff Council is delighted to announce the following individuals who have been elected officers for the 2021-22 Council: Meredith Baily, secretary/historian; Grace Saldana-Romero, treasurer; and Rebecca Galatas, parliamentarian.

The Staff Council promotes and enhances the status of university staff, advocates for staff and represents the interest of staff.

Steen Library to present second Reemergence Lecture Series

Steen Library’s second Reemergence Lecture Series session of the fall semester is planned from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Wyatt Room, located on the first floor of Steen Library.

Dr. Jared Barnes, associate professor of agriculture, will present "Emergence: A Plant's Perspective."

Speakers lined up as future session leaders include Michara DeLaney-Fields, Joseph Stepniewski, Jim Ewing, Rajat Mishra, Devin Volding, John Stewart, Heather Olson Beal and CC Conn.

Early Childhood Laboratory to sponsor blood drive

The Early Childhood Laboratory is sponsoring the Be a Hero blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's Donor Coach, which will be parked by the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center located at 2428 Raguet St.

To sign up to donate, click here, or visit the ECL's new Facebook page.

SFA Gardens October lecture series to offer kiwifruit presentation

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.

Dr. Timothy P. Hartmann, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist, will present "All You Ever Wanted to Know About Growing Kiwifruit."

The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the series fund are appreciated.

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TABPHE-ETX to host garage sale
Garage Sale

The Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education - East Texas Chapter is hosting a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 9 at the commuter parking lot by Johnson Coliseum. Money raised will be used to help fund members’ expenses to attend the organization’s annual conference.

TABPHE provides a statewide vehicle for a diverse, multicultural workforce to learn, share, direct, lead and influence our educational system. It is an association to promote, maintain, and assure the development and growth of Black people in the educational process.

Items at the sale will include clothes, toys, books, small furniture pieces, kitchenware and more.

To donate items, contact any TABPHE-ETX officer, including Deja Peterson, president, at petersonda1@sfasu.edu; Beverly Morehouse, vice president, at morehousbj1@sfasu.edu; Trina Menefee, membership/parliamentarian, at trina.menafee@sfasu.edu; Denise Douglas, secretary, at bdouglas@sfasu.edu; Daphne Curl, historian, at curldaphn@sfasu.edu; or Dr. Anthony Edwards, treasurer, at dracedwards@gmail.com.

Athletics report


SFA – 22 vs. Texas Tech University – 28


SFA – 0 vs. Baylor University - 3

Symphony Orchestra to perform works by Copland, Marquez, Wolf-Ferrari

SFA’s Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Arturo Marquez, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and Aaron Copland on its first concert of the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Cole Concert Hall.

Conducted by Dr. Gregory Grabowski, director of orchestral activities for the SFA School of Music, the concert will begin with Mexican composer Marquez’s “Danzon No. 2." A performance of Wolf-Ferrari’s Suite Concertino for Bassoon will feature Dr. Margaret Fay, bassoon professor. Copland’s “Billy the Kid” will serve as the centerpiece in the program.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $3 for students and youth. To purchase tickets, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.

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