April 26, 2017: NPD Crime Report

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April 26, 2017: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

This is the report from the Nacogdoches County Jail that lists the arrests made from 6 a.m. of the previous day to 6 a.m. of the listed day.

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April 26, 2017: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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SFA Phi Beta Lambda members take home a dozen awards from state conference

 Members of Stephen F. Austin State University’s professional business student organization Phi Beta Lambda won 12 awards during the 2017 State Leadership Conference in Houston.

Members of Stephen F. Austin State University’s professional business student organization Phi Beta Lambda won 12 awards during the 2017 State Leadership Conference in Houston.

Members of Stephen F. Austin State University’s professional business student organization Phi Beta Lambda won 12 awards during the 2017 State Leadership Conference in Houston.

During the conference, students compete in events that test their business knowledge and skills. These competitive events include objective tests and/or performance-based activities. SFA students brought home wins in various categories from cost accounting to impromptu speaking.

“Overall, it was a very meaningful experience for all of SFA’s Phi Beta Lambda students who attended the state conference,” said Dr. Ann Wilson, associate dean in the Rusche College of Business. “Many members competed for the first time, and some members faced and overcame their fears of competing. Most of all, the members had the opportunity to be surrounded by other students who share a drive to succeed.”

Eight of the students who placed first, second or third at the conference qualified for the annual National Leadership Conference, which will be held June 22-27 in Anaheim, California.

“Expectations are high for another positive experience for SFA’s PBL students. This event will assess and promote business leadership principles and practices on the global scale,” Wilson said.

John Cohen, SFA’s chapter treasurer, was appointed state vice president for the second time and was recognized for outstanding leadership during the conference. Additionally, Kristi Clifford, the current chapter vice president at SFA, also was recognized for outstanding leadership. Fil Escobedo, the current SFA chapter president, was elected state president.

“These students exemplify leadership and professionalism, as proven by these impressive leadership appointments at the state level,” Wilson said.

Students were required to present during the state conference. Cohen presented “Wanna be Social,” and Clifford gave a public-speaking presentation titled “7 Principles of Public Speaking.”

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SFA School of Theatre presents ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’

Skin of Our Teeth 2Stephen F. Austin State University theatre students, from left, Daniel Hicks, Richmond sophomore; Kara Bruntz, Southlake senior; Avery Tindol, Tenaha senior; and Sarah Lovelady, Leander sophomore, perform in a scene from Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth” being presented at 7:30 nightly through Saturday, April 29, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. The play is about the Antrobus family, which narrowly escapes one disaster after another, from ancient times to the present, Single tickets are $15 for adult, $10 for senior and $7.50 for student/youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.theatre.sfasu.edu. Photo credit: Lane Davidson

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Dedication ceremony celebrates naming of Robert and Kathy Lehmann Chemistry Building at SFA

sfaA dedication ceremony celebrating the naming of the Robert and Kathy Lehmann Chemistry Building was held Tuesday in conjunction with a meeting of the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents.

Dr. Robert Lehmann established Lehmann Eye Center in Nacogdoches and is recognized for his contributions to the advancement of surgical techniques in the management of eye diseases. His wife, Kathy, attended SFA and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She serves as the administrator of Lehmann Eye Center and also as an SFASU Foundation trustee.

The Lehmanns have contributed to SFA student scholarships and to the advancement of university programs, including fine arts, modern languages, hospitality, athletics, nursing, the College of Sciences and Mathematics, and the Women in STEM initiative. Pictured are, from left: David Alders, chair of the SFA Board of Regents; the Lehmanns; and Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president.

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SFA Board of Regents approves partnership with Fenway Group

Through a new partnership, Stephen F. Austin State University students will have the opportunity to gain tangible corporate experience and become the next generation of information technology talent while simultaneously completing their degrees.

During the SFA Board of Regents quarterly meeting Tuesday, regents approved a partnership between SFA and Fenway Group, a company dedicated to training college students to become the next generation of IT talent. Employees of Fenway Group teach college students how to work in corporate America, which often leads to employment upon program completion and graduation.

Martin Santora, founder and president of Fenway Group, said the company has a 100-percent job-placement rate. He explained to regents that program completers are recruited to work with the company, a corporate client, or a public or private entity within the graduate’s area of study.

Dr. Steve Bullard, SFA provost and vice president for academic affairs, called the program a great opportunity for students and the university.

“Partnering with Fenway Group is a win, win, win,” Bullard said. “At SFA, our goal is to provide students with transformative experiences. Students who work for Fenway Group will not simply work a job — their lives will be transformed.”

Fenway Group serves as an alternative to corporate business-related offshoring, working to keep IT careers in America. Using a unique business model, Fenway Group partners with select universities to provide business services for major corporations that include managed services, talent pipeline and collaborative projects. Some of its clients include Southwest Airlines, American Airlines and CenturyLink.

Students who participate in the program will work 20 hours a week, with SFA alumni serving as coaches and mentors to the team. The team will work daily with a corporate client, and the students will be paid $10 to $20 an hour, depending on the position.

“Fenway Group provides students real-world opportunities while giving constant guidance and mentorship, and we are looking forward to incorporating the group’s expertise into our university culture,” Bullard said. “This partnership will help our students attain the necessary first two years of experience for entry-level positions and begin establishing their careers before leaving SFA.”

Fenway Group will have an on-campus office in the McGee Business Building, and the program will be open to all majors.

In continuation of providing students with transformative experiences and hands-on learning opportunities, regents also approved the purchase for the Department of Biology of state-of-the-art equipment, including a Tecnai 12 transmission electron microscope and a silicon drift detector X-ray microanalysis system.

“This equipment will provide students access to cutting-edge technology, as well as position SFA uniquely among peer institutions to be able to train students on these pieces of scientific equipment,” Bullard said.

Additionally, regents voted to exempt students enrolled in online-only, off-campus-only or a combination of these course-delivery methods from charges for recreational sports and university center fees beginning fall 2017. Also, students taking study-abroad courses lasting longer than four weeks will be exempt from the recreational sports and university center fees.

The board also approved fees for a three-week Summer High School Academy for international high school students focusing on English as a second language, science and math for summer 2017. The $4,495 participant fee will cover program costs, excursions, housing, meal plan, insurance and local transportation.

A $1,900 fee for the Proyecta 100,000 program, a one-month ESL program for Mexican teachers and students, was approved. This fee will cover teaching, lab modules, excursion and local transportation.

Regents approved a summer budget of $3.6 million for fiscal year 2016-17, which covers two regular summer semesters and a mini-semester. Regents ratified $368,162 in additional grant awards allocable to fiscal year 2017. The funds are a portion of approximately $6 million for the fiscal year.

Board members approved an audit charter and acknowledged the receipt of the audit services report. Regents approved an extension of the William & Fudge contract through June 30, 2018, and the Windham Professional debt collection contract through Aug. 31, 2018, as well as a contract with People Admin, a human resources application system that enables the electronic handling of SFA’s employee recruitment and onboarding processes. Regents also approved a contract renewal with Ad Astra scheduling software.

An amendment to the Aramark contract, which will allow for Chick-fil-A renovations in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, also was approved.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the board approved a proposal to increase the tuition bond debt service budget by $3.5 million for the fiscal year 2017.

Additionally, the board approved the establishment of the Alfred and Madeline Danheim quasi-endowments, which will allow for student scholarships and support of the School of Music.

Regents approved policy revisions, curriculum changes and minutes from the January and March meetings. They received updates on Senate Bill 20, NCAA revenue distribution, the fine arts architecture project by Kirksey Architecture, current university construction, planned maintenance, the Carillon Bells Project and the university’s marketing campaign. The board also heard reports from the Faculty Senate, Student Government Association and the university president.

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Jenlink named SFA Regents Professor

Dr. Patrick Jenlink, professor of secondary education and educational leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University, has been named the university’s 2017-18 Regents Professor.

Reserved for exemplary community and university role models, the title of Regents Professor is the highest honor SFA bestows upon faculty members.

“Dr. Jenlink is a point of pride for the Perkins College of Education,” said Dr. Judy Abbott, dean of SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education. “It is fitting that his influence on doctoral students and the educational leadership and policy of the region, state and nation is now being recognized as a point of pride by the SFA Board of Regents.”

patJenlink joined the SFA faculty in 1997 and is doctoral program coordinator for the department. He is a prolific writer, speaker and scholar, having authored or co-authored hundreds of books, book chapters and journal articles. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences, and he has served on myriad committees for students completing their theses or dissertations to complete master or doctoral degrees.

Also during Tuesday’s board meeting, two longtime SFA professors were named professor emeritus.

timDr. Tim Clipson, who will retire in May 2017 following 36 years of teaching at SFA, was named professor emeritus of business communication and legal studies. While at SFA, Clipson has held the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor and professor in the Rusche College of Business, where he teaches specialized executive leadership courses. Since 1998, Clipson also has served as the SFA 101 Freshman Success coordinator.

johnDr. John Moore, who has served SFA for 46 years, was named professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry. During his tenure at SFA, Moore has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry, director of the Teaching Excellence Center, and co-director of SFA’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Center. He was the 2008-09 Regents Professor.

Dr. Joey Bray, an associate professor in the Department of Agriculture, was approved as chair of the department by the Board of Regents. Bray had served as interim chair of the department since September 2016. He replaces Dr. Dale Perritt, who plans to retire in August after more than 35 years of service to the university.

The Board of Regents also approved the following faculty promotions:

To professor – Kenneth Austin and Linda Jones Black, secondary education and educational leadership; Erin Brown, Michael Maurer and Craig Morton, agriculture; Todd Brown, economics and finance; Ken Collier, government; Dana Cooper, history; Jennifer Dalmas, music; Eric Jones, kinesiology and health science; Matthew Kwiatkowski, biology; Michael Martin and Christine Butterworth McDermott, English and creative writing; and Joseph Musser, physics, engineering and astronomy.

To associate professor – Scott Bailey, secondary education; Susan Casey, Tracey Hasbun and Tingting Xu, elementary education; Carlos Cuadra, languages, cultures and communication; Nina Ellis-Hervey, Human Services; Darrell Fry, chemistry and biochemistry; Casey Hart, mass communication; Stacy Hendricks, secondary education and educational leadership; and Gene Moon, music.

Regents also approved the appointment of Jennifer Perry as clinical instructor of human services.

Staff appointments approved during Tuesday’s meeting included Joseph Shannon, program director for Academic Affairs – university partnerships; Tony Gilbert, assistant football coach; Alexander Vanvalkenburgh, athletic trainer; and Kathy Bryson, program director, Academic Assistance Resource Center.

Status changes in the James I. Perkins College of Education included Lydia Richardson, from instructor to assistant professor of human services, and Christina Sinclair, from associate professor of kinesiology and health science to associate professor and interim associate dean.

In the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the board approved status changes for Dawn Stover, from educational program coordinator and research associate to ornamental plant evaluation research associate, and Paul Weatherford, from lab associate to interim director of the Soil, Plant and Water Analysis Laboratory.

Additional status changes approved by regents included adjunct faculty members Carrie Butler, to clinical instructor, and Cynthia Devlin, to visiting lecturer, in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts; Michael Coffee, from assistant director of Information Technology Services to interim chief information officer; Gavin McCarty, from manager of the SFA Post Office to Post Office manager and interim director of printing services; Danny Hamilton, from building operator II to manager of Residence Life systems; Deborah Dunn, from professor of computer science to professor and interim chair of computer science in the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Faculty members granted tenure by the board included Susan Casey, elementary education; Carlos Cuadra, languages, cultures and communication; Nina Ellis-Hervey and Jennifer Kennon, human services; Darrell Frey, chemistry and biochemistry; Casey Hart, mass communication; Stacy Hendricks, secondary education and educational leadership; and Carol Wright, general business.

Kyle Ainsworth, a special collections librarian in the East Texas Research Center, was granted tenure, as well as faculty development leave for summer 2017. Faculty development leave also was granted to Andrew Brininstool of the Department of English and Creative Writing, Aryendra Chakravartty of the Department of History, and Amanda Rudolph of the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership for fall 2017. Chris Comer, Forestry, was granted faculty development leave for spring 2018.

The board approved retirements of faculty and staff members with 79 years of combined service to the university. Retirements include James Kendall, network support specialist II; Wynter Chauvin, professor of elementary education; Pedro Escamilla, assistant professor of languages, cultures and communication; and Scott Slough, professor of secondary education.

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Lori McGough Harkness Early Childhood Lab Scholarship established at SFA

Dr. Lori Harkness, left, director of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Early Childhood Lab and campus coordinator for the SFA Charter School, and her mother, Kathleen McGough, a faculty member in SFA’s Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication, recently established the Lori McGough Harkness Early Childhood Lab Scholarship at SFA to assist families who have more than one child enrolled in the ECHL.

Dr. Lori Harkness, left, director of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Early Childhood Lab and campus coordinator for the SFA Charter School, and her mother, Kathleen McGough, a faculty member in SFA’s Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication, recently established the Lori McGough Harkness Early Childhood Lab Scholarship at SFA to assist families who have more than one child enrolled in the ECHL.

A mother-daughter team recently established the Lori McGough Harkness Early Childhood Lab Scholarship at Stephen F. Austin State University to help offset the cost of quality child care and education.

The scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Lori Harkness, director of SFA’s Early Childhood Lab and campus coordinator of the SFA Charter School. Her mother, Kathleen McGough, is a faculty member in SFA’s Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication.

“This scholarship is the first of its kind at SFA,” Jill Still, SFA vice president for university advancement, said. “Many parents within our community desire for their children to attend this exemplary program. This scholarship will assist families with the costs associated with dual enrollment while honoring a dedicated leader whose focus and lifelong work has been devoted to children.”

The scholarship will provide assistance for families who have more than one child enrolled in SFA’s Early Childhood Lab. Both parents must be working full time or be enrolled as full-time SFA students and must not qualify for additional child care funding through any other program. The scholarship will be awarded each semester.

“Child care is expensive. Quality child care is even more priceless,” Harkness said. “I value the ECHL and know exactly what it offers and provides each child. All four of my children would not be who they are without the ECHL teachers and staff members. It can be a struggle to pay for multiple children to attend. I wanted to help provide support for those families who work hard and truly sacrifice for their children.”

McGough said her daughter’s love and concern for children is what inspired them to create the scholarship.

“Being able to offer monetary help to families who have more than one child in the lab is something Lori feels is necessary,” McGough said. “Lori is concerned about every child who comes through the lab’s doors. Her care and love for ‘her SFA children’ is what drives her to offer the very best education and life skills for each one.”

Harkness has worked at SFA for more than 22 years. Her connection to the university began in 1993 when she was a student pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. As a student, she worked in the ECHL where she served as a teacher’s assistant. She later received her Master of Education from SFA in 1998.

“Children have always been a priority for me,” Harkness said. “As I’ve worked at the ECHL for many years, I have witnessed firsthand how much parents sacrifice to give their children the opportunity to grow and learn here.”

The lab offers early care and education programs for young children in the Nacogdoches community and serves five age groups, including classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. The program offers year-round, full-time care from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. SFA students preparing to work with young children and their families assist in the lab, which is designed to facilitate the total development of young children.

“This has been a dream of Lori’s for many years — to make an impact on the lives of the children who attend the lab. She’s dedicated her entire adult life to the SFA Early Childhood Lab,” McGough said. “I’m so proud of Lori and her generosity and love as well as her dedication and compassion for the children and their families.”

For information on how to apply for this scholarship, contact April Smith, associate director of development at SFA, at (936) 468-2278.

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Film series to screen ‘If You Build It’

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “If You Build It” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

“If You Build It” follows designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller to rural Bertie County, the poorest in North Carolina, where they work with local high school students to help transform both their community and their lives.

Living on credit and grant money and fighting a change-resistant school board, Pilloton and Miller lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design-and-build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows 10 teenagers the power of design-thinking to reinvent not just their town, but their own sense of what’s possible, according to information at ifyoubuilditmovie.com.

Directed by Patrick Creadon and produced by Christine O’Malley and Neal Baer, “If You Build It” offers a “compelling and hopeful vision for a new kind of classroom in which students learn the tools to design their own futures.”

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

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

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