October 16, 2017: NPD Crime Report

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October 15, 2017: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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October 16, 2017: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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The Fredonia Hotel to receive KNB Landscape Leadership Award on Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Media Contact:
Katie Blevins
Executive Director
Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful
936-560-5624
info@keepnacbeautiful.org
P.O. Box 633030
Nacogdoches, TX 75963

c6849d0e-a30f-4175-832f-af29668abcf9Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful will announce The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center as a winner of the 2017 Landscape Leadership Award during an award presentation in the Hotel Fredonia lobby at 11 a.m., Oct.17, 2017, located at 200 N. Fredonia St. After the presentation, members and guests of the Garden Capital of Texas Committee will enjoy lunch at the 1st City Café.

The Landscape Leadership Award is a quarterly award that recognizes the efforts and leadership of businesses in Nacogdoches that beautify their community. A full list of award winners and a nomination form can be found at www.keepnacbeautiful.org/awards.

The Fredonia Hotel is located in downtown Nacogdoches and will be recognized for creating a colorful landscape that is in keeping with the period of the hotel’s restoration and carrying the design concepts outside to the variety of plant selections set in interesting patterns that add architectural features to the entrance, the courtyard, and the parking areas.

“We are so thrilled that we have been selected to receive the landscape leadership award,” said Ryan Russell, director of special events at the Fredonia Hotel. “We are very proud of the beautiful landscaping on our property.”

Nacogdoches city and county residents may nominate any business located within the Nacogdoches city limits to receive the Landscape Leadership award. Deadlines for submission are March 15 for spring submissions, May 15 for summer submissions, October 1 for fall submissions and November 15 for winter submissions. Special consideration may be given for use of fantastic color and native plants, as well as emphasis on water conservation and pollinator garden features. The landscape leadership recognition program is an initiative of Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful and The Garden Capital of Texas Committee.

About Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful
Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer organization that promotes beautification, waste reduction and litter prevention through individual responsibility across Nacogdoches County. Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful is a local affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful. More information about Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful and current programs can be found at www.keepnacbeautiful.org.

Additional Contacts:

Angela Weiderhold, Garden Capital of Texas Committee
Phone: 936-552-6060
Email: angela@pointamedia.com

Ryan Russell, director of special events at the Hotel Fredonia
Phone: (936) 564-1234
Email: ryan@thefredonia.com

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SFA to host fourth-annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale

Stephen F. Austin State University will host its fourth-annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center. All aspects of the sale are planned and executed by students enrolled in the advanced beef science course (pictured) taught by Dr. Erin Brown, professor of animal science at SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on 30 purebred lots, as well as more than 200 head of commercial females.

Stephen F. Austin State University will host its fourth-annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center. All aspects of the sale are planned and executed by students enrolled in the advanced beef science course (pictured) taught by Dr. Erin Brown, professor of animal science at SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on 30 purebred lots, as well as more than 200 head of commercial females.

Stephen F. Austin State University will host its fourth-annual Purple Premium Cattle Sale beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center.

The sale is planned and executed by SFA students enrolled in Dr. Erin Brown’s advanced beef science class.

Brown, professor of animal science in SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, said students are instrumental in all aspects of the sale, from obtaining cattle consignments to sale marketing and setup.

This year, the sale will offer 30 purebred lots of Beefmaster, Angus, Charolais, Horned and Polled Hereford, Red Angus, and Simbrah cattle, as well as more than 200 head of commercial females. While a number of the lots are consigned by cattle owners from Texas and the Southern U.S., cattle from SFA’s herd also is included.

In addition to cattle being auctioned, attendees may bid on semen from high-quality bulls donated by several cattle breeders. A Nacogdoches get-away package that includes a one-night stay at The Fredonia Hotel with food and recreation accommodations also will be offered for bid.

Interested buyers may view the cattle from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, or beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. The SFA Beef Farm is located at the Walter C. Todd Agricultural Research Center on County Road 123 off of Highway 259 in Nacogdoches.

To learn more about the sale, visit the SFA Purple Premium Sale Facebook page, Instagram, or email Dr. Erin Brown at browneg@sfasu.edu.

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SFA Sylvans win third-consecutive Arkansas State Lumberjack Competition

The Stephen F. Austin State University timbersports team, the Sylvans, won its third-consecutive collegiate title at the Arkansas State Lumberjack Competition held Oct. 6 and 7. Pictured, SFA forestry students Katie Adams, left, and Brody Capps, compete in the Jack and Jill Crosscut event. Their time of 6.61 seconds won the collegiate portion of the event.

The Stephen F. Austin State University timbersports team, the Sylvans, won its third-consecutive collegiate title at the Arkansas State Lumberjack Competition held Oct. 6 and 7. Pictured, SFA forestry students Katie Adams, left, and Brody Capps, compete in the Jack and Jill Crosscut event. Their time of 6.61 seconds won the collegiate portion of the event.

The Stephen F. Austin State University timbersports team, the Sylvans, won its third-consecutive collegiate title at the annual Arkansas State Lumberjack Competition held Oct. 6 and 7 at the Arkansas Timberfest in Sheridan, Arkansas.

Students competed against the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Louisiana Tech University and Southern Illinois University in five physical timbersport events.

Arkansas State Rep. Ken Bragg, SFA alumnus and former president of the SFA Sylvans, officiated the competition. Fellow SFA alumnus Carl Hansen, among others, organized the 34th annual event.

“A number of SFA alumni were on hand and enjoyed talking with the students and watching them compete,” said Dr. Jeremy Stovall, associate professor of forestry and Sylvans faculty advisor. “The students represented our university well and were very professional.”

Other SFA alumni in attendance partnered with current students to compete in the professional division of the lumberjack competition. SFA alumnae Chelsea Lopez and Kirbee Bowman placed third in the Open Double-Buck Crosscut event against two professional men’s teams. Forestry student Zack Ovelgonne and Bowman won the Jack and Jill Crosscut competition in the professional division with a time of 5.88 seconds, while current forestry student Kyle Vyers and Lopez took fifth place.

The University of Arkansas at Monticello placed second in the competition with Southern Illinois University and Louisiana Tech University placing third and fourth respectively.

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SFA’s Early Childhood Lab teachers reflect on beginnings as student workers

Several current teachers in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Early Childhood Lab began their careers with the lab as student teachers while in the elementary education program at SFA. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Lori Harkness, director; Karen Farris, pre-kindergarten I master teacher; Emily Tacquard, pre-kindergarten II master teacher; and Tammy Wall, infant teacher.

Several current teachers in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Early Childhood Lab began their careers with the lab as student teachers while in the elementary education program at SFA. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Lori Harkness, director; Karen Farris, pre-kindergarten I master teacher; Emily Tacquard, pre-kindergarten II master teacher; and Tammy Wall, infant teacher.

The student has become the teacher. This statement is true for several of the current teachers who work in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Early Childhood Lab.

Dr. Lori Harkness, director; Karen Farris, pre-kindergarten I master teacher; Tammy Wall, infant teacher; Emily Tacquard, pre-kindergarten II master teacher; Rebecca Gatwood, infant teacher; and Falynn Monk, pre-kindergarten II teacher; all began their careers with the lab as student teachers while in the elementary education program at SFA.

Through this program, SFA students participate in clinical/student teaching at various schools, including the ECHL in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, to gain experience in the classroom. Harkness began as a student worker and has been with the lab for 22 years.

“This history and devotion to the ECHL program is one that I have grown to love. It is a part of who I am,” Harkness said. “The opportunity to have teachers who share that history and dedication to the ECHL is invaluable. We are not only professionals, we are family.”

For 32 years, Farris has been a part of the ECHL family. She began as a student teacher in the infant room while enrolled in a practicum course.

“I remember walking into the ECHL for the first time; I fell in love with everything about it,” Farris said. “I grabbed a brochure and said, ‘This is where I want to work!’”

Since graduating SFA in 1987, Farris has held many roles in the lab and has been in her current teaching position since 1999. She also teaches university students in an early childhood practicum course.

“I have now taught adults whom I once taught as infants, toddlers and preschoolers. I also have taught their children and feel so honored. I have had several teacher assistants in my classroom whom I once had as students,” Farris said. “I can pick ‘my babies’ out of a crowd — it is in their eyes and smile. I remember what each child was like and picturing things they did and said still makes me laugh.”

Likewise, Wall observed the lab classes as an SFA student and was a student teacher for two years, where she worked in all the lab’s rooms.

“I was so amazed by how the children learned through play. I was learning this in my education classes, but seeing it was awesome,” Wall said. “The amazing teachers whom I worked under were great mentors. It was fascinating watching the children as they worked in the learning centers.”

Wall has been with the lab 18 years and said it is an honor to see SFA students taking the same path she once did.

For 12 years, Tacquard has been involved with the ECHL. As an undergraduate at SFA, she was a teacher’s assistant in the lab and worked in the toddler II and pre-kindergarten II rooms.

“Being a teacher’s assistant was wonderful. This is where I learned everything I know today about how to be a good teacher,” Tacquard said. “My mentor teachers taught me everything I know. Practicing all the theories we learned in class was amazing.”

Because of her experience, Tacquard said she understands how important teaching assistants are and can better relate to current assistants and students.

“I probably have very high standards for the college students because I know how much they can get out of this job and how much it is worth,” Tacquard said.

Since August 2011, Tacquard has been the pre-kindergarten II master teacher and said her favorite aspect is building relationships with the children in her classes.

“It is so hard to watch them go, but I always fall in love with the new bunch of kids I get. I also try to stay in touch with the families and keep up with how my kids are doing,” Tacquard said. “It also is important to me to build strong bonds with the entire family, not just the child. We are a classroom and school family, and it is important that this includes everyone.”

The ECHL is a facility maintained for the education of SFA students who are preparing to work with children and their families. The lab is part of SFA’s Department of Elementary Education, but it is available to university students in early childhood education and human sciences child development courses.

Each fall and spring semester, more than 2,000 college students use the lab for observation, participation and other educational purposes. The program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

For more information, visit http://www.sfasu.edu/echl/.

By Kasi Dickerson, senior marketing communications specialist at Stephen F. Austin State University.

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SFA offers the only undergraduate orientation and mobility program in the country

Stephen F. Austin State University is home to the only undergraduate orientation and mobility program in the country. A key component of the program is its cane training where students learn to use a cane and navigate an area while under blindfold to simulate complete blindness.

Stephen F. Austin State University is home to the only undergraduate orientation and mobility program in the country. A key component of the program is its cane training where students learn to use a cane and navigate an area while under blindfold to simulate complete blindness.

Stephen F. Austin State University is home to the only undergraduate orientation and mobility program in the country.

Since the program began in 1972, faculty and staff members have trained hundreds of students to assist people with visual impairments or who are blind.

“Even though there is a small percentage of the population who needs these services, it is a growing need, especially since the likelihood of having a visual impairment increases with age,” said Michael Munro, director of SFA’s orientation and mobility program.

As the program’s name suggests, orientation means knowing where one is in relation to the environment, and mobility is knowing how to get from point A to point B in a safe and efficient manner. Students are taught the difference between being visually impaired and blind as well as the different visual impairments and eye conditions and how these impairments affect people.

Assessment is key in this field as no person with a visual impairment is the same as another. Students in the program learn how to travel under blindfold so they can show other people who do not have full vision how to use a cane and allow them to become confident in their walking and travel skills in a variety of environments. Students also learn to become more in tune with their non-visual skills such as learning to interpret what they hear and feel to help them to know where they are.

Jennifer Perry, clinical instructor in the orientation and mobility program, helps debunk some of the program’s misconceptions.

“The students in our program are not training people to become blind, as some people who see us may think. Our students are learning to become highly trained specialists who will assist individuals and families if vision loss occurs in their lives,” Perry said. “This a growing field that many people do not consider as a career choice because many people either do not know someone who is blind, or they are unaware that the name of this training specialty is called orientation and mobility.”

A key component of the program is its cane training where students learn to use a cane and navigate an area while blindfolded to simulate complete blindness. Students in training often are observed around campus using canes while blindfolded.

“Being under a blindfold helps students train others and learn what it’s like not to rely on sight and puts the skills we have taught them into practice. It really is a transformational-learning experience,” Munro said. “It’s incredible to see the students grow from when they first come here to when they leave. They do things they never thought they could such as crossing a street blindfolded and navigating a bus without being able to see.”

At SFA, students can receive a Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation services with a concentration in orientation and mobility or a master’s degree in special education with a specialization in orientation and mobility.

Students who complete training at either the undergraduate or graduate level are eligible to become nationally certified by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals. Students engage in 120 observation hours and 350 internship hours at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

For more information, contact Munro at (936) 468-1036 or munromicha@sfasu.edu.

By Kasi Dickerson, senior marketing communications specialist at Stephen F. Austin State University.

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October 15, 2017: NPD Crime Report

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October 15, 2017: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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