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Agenda for Commissioners Court Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Agenda for Commissioners Court Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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Rigorous Generation Jacks summer academy prepares incoming first-generation students for college

 Leaders of the 2016 Generation Jacks Summer Leadership Academy speak with first-generation students Wednesday who are participating in the weeklong crash course on all things college. Data shows both overall retention rates and GPAs of participating first-generation students have improved since the GenJacks program was created by Stephen F. Austin State University faculty members in 2014.

Leaders of the 2016 Generation Jacks Summer Leadership Academy speak with first-generation students Wednesday who are participating in the weeklong crash course on all things college. Data shows both overall retention rates and GPAs of participating first-generation students have improved since the GenJacks program was created by Stephen F. Austin State University faculty members in 2014.

A thrum of light chatter and crinkling snack bags filled the Academic Assistance and Resource Center on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus as 45 incoming first-generation freshmen settled into their afternoon break.

Fresh out of a training module on Microsoft’s OneDrive file sharing application — preceded by an hourlong session on dealing with stress — students of the Generation Jacks Summer Leadership Academy continued to buzz with excitement.

“I love it,” said Ashlynn Beard of Arlington, incoming SFA freshman and GenJack academy participant. “The group already feels like a family. I feel like I really can open up to a lot of people in here because we have all gone through the same or similar things with our parents. Probably all of our parents struggled because they didn’t go to college and things were probably a lot harder for them.”

Generation Jacks began in fall 2014 as the brainchild of Dr. Marc Guidry, associate dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, and Dr. Michael Walker, assistant dean of Student Affairs Support Services and associate professor of psychology.

“I got an email from SFA about GenJacks, my mom and I talked about all the perks and decided this is what I wanted to do,” said Denis Castillo of Grand Prairie, an incoming SFA freshman and academy participant. “What stood out to me about the program was the fact that all four years of college, we are going to be with the same group of people until we graduate. If we fall behind, someone here will be able to help.”

The aim of GenJacks is to provide an academic and social support system for first-generation students who often don’t have the benefit of a close family member with college experience.

“There has never been a program like GenJacks at SFA before, so we are charting new territory, creating higher expectations for our first-generation students, and breaking through barriers to help them become both scholars and servant-leaders at SFA,” Guidry said. “The difference between when we started the program three years ago and now is like night and day. We have never done a weeklong summer leadership academy with our students until now. We believe this new, concentrated orientation to SFA is going to boost our students and enable them to go even higher.”

Begun on Sunday, the academy is a crash course on all things college. GenJacks wake up at 7 a.m. each day and attend a consortium of sessions, modules and student-led reflections on the day’s events. The sessions teach them everything from understanding financial aid to time management.

“The rigor is intentional,” said Chelsea Heidbrink, SFA coordinator of student success. “It isn’t to bog them down or overwhelm them, but really just to give them as many tools, resources and information as we can to ensure they don’t have any doubts about their abilities or about choosing to spend their future here at SFA.”

The academy itself is an extension of the overall GenJacks program, which allows first-generation students to take courses together for their first three semesters. They then become mentors to new first-generation students and to high school students seeking to attend college.

“This highly integrated approach to student engagement, both academically, professionally and socially, will continue to demonstrate success for our students,” Walker said. “It will embody the SFA Way and provide those transformative experiences that will allow our GenJacks graduates to succeed well beyond our campus.”

GenJacks participants and leaders raved about the academy and the bonds already forged in a few days’ time.

“I am most excited to see them transform themselves in just a week,” Heidbrink said. “First-generation students are incredible students. I was a first-generation student, as well, and so it is personal for me, too. FG students are resilient and determined and for me to see that come to fruition as it relates to college is just a really amazing experience — for them and for me.”

According to data collected and kept by Guidry and Walker, retention rates have improved for first-generation students participating in GenJacks. GenJacks, as a whole, also have a higher GPA than their first-generation peers who are not in the program.

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SFA graduate student interns with the Houston Texans

 Jeffrey Rodriguez, a Stephen F. Austin State University athletic training graduate student and intern, tapes the wrist of an offensive lineman for the NFL’s Houston Texans. Rodriguez, an Austin native, is one of only five U.S. students selected to participate in the summer internship with the Houston Texans.

Jeffrey Rodriguez, a Stephen F. Austin State University athletic training graduate student and intern, tapes the wrist of an offensive lineman for the NFL’s Houston Texans. Rodriguez, an Austin native, is one of only five U.S. students selected to participate in the summer internship with the Houston Texans.

Discipline is the name of the game for Stephen F. Austin State University graduate student Jeffrey Rodriguez, who, since mid-July, has been interning as an athletic trainer with NFL team the Houston Texans.

Rodriguez, an Austin native who is a second-year graduate student in SFA’s athletic training program, is one of five U.S. students selected for the summer internship.

“Learning the Houston Texans were offering me a summer internship was one of the most gratifying moments in my life,” Rodriguez said. “This is such a memorable and unforgettable start to my final year as an SFA Lumberjack, and I couldn’t be more thankful for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

By 4:30 a.m. on most days, Rodriguez is at NRG Stadium in Houston preparing the athletic training facility by making dozens of ice bags, filling water bottles, prepping therapeutic modality units, stocking tape, organizing rehabilitation equipment, and ensuring treatment tables are cleaned and ready for the athletes. Rodriguez said after the athletes start arriving about 6 a.m., the energy really starts to pick up.

“During this time, we become more hands on with the players by helping them get warm and stretch, providing their treatments, assisting them through rehabilitation exercises and taping before practice,” Rodriguez said. “I have been able to shadow staff members and observe many rehabilitative exercises that I have never been exposed to before.”

At 8:25 a.m., everyone is on the field. Rodriguez helps keep the players hydrated during practice, and around 11:30 a.m., he begins assisting with treatments. Until 7:30 p.m., Rodriguez and the other interns are working in the athletic training facility. Most days don’t end for Rodriquez until about 10 p.m., but he explained the early mornings and late nights have taught him discipline.

“I have gained so much valuable knowledge from this internship that will help me as I return to SFA to work with the Lumberjack football team this fall,” Rodriguez said. “The preparation and attention to detail the Texans’ staff members have demonstrated is something I will take with me and apply in all aspects of athletic training.”

Rodriguez added his stay in Houston has helped him apply what he has learned in the classroom and clinical setting to the real world. He is currently serving as president of the Organization of Athletic Training Students at SFA and is the 2016 recipient of the Sandy Miller Student Leadership award, which is presented annually to an athletic training student at SFA who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities. He also was recently awarded a scholarship from the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. After graduation, he plans to pursue a season-long position with a NFL team.

“This internship taught me the skills I need to be successful in this profession and that continually learning is going to be a big part of being in the NFL,” Rodriguez said. “I also learned the value of teamwork. Working well and efficiently with others to complete tasks is going to be an integral part of being a successful athletic trainer.”

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Director of SFA’s School of Human Sciences appointed to American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Accreditation Board

Dr. Lynda Martin, director of Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Human Sciences, has been appointed to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Accreditation Board.

Dr. Lynda Martin, director of Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Human Sciences, has been appointed to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Accreditation Board.

Dr. Lynda Martin, director of Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Human Sciences, has been appointed to the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences National Accreditation Board.

The board ensures undergraduate family and consumer sciences programs at accredited universities provide the highest quality educational experiences and prepare students for professional roles to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities, according the program’s website.

Martin will serve as a board member for three years.

“This appointment is an honor as it reflects our industry’s confidence in SFA’s School of Human Science’s accreditation skills and quality,” Martin said. “It is an important and prestigious honor that my peers believe I can effectively evaluate their programs.”

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SFA faculty art exhibition includes show by artist Brewer

bunniesjeffieThe Annual School of Art Faculty Exhibition at Stephen F. Austin State University, featuring a separate show by Jeffie Brewer, assistant professor of sculpture and drawing, opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The faculty show is an event the university community looks forward to at the beginning of each fall semester, according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA.

“I am very proud of our faculty in the School of Art and their dedication to, not only educating the next generation of artists, but also their commitment to their own art making,” he said. “Many of these artists are carried by art dealers around the U.S., and some also have their work in major museum collections.”

The exhibition, which runs through Oct. 15, includes mediums of all types, Handley said.

“Typically each year we see a variety of recent work from our SFA School of Art faculty – painting, drawing, photography, film, sculpture, metal work, mixed media – and that ‘hard-to-categorize’ piece that often is included,” Handley said.

Brewer has titled his exhibition “when I get my hands on you,” stating the ideas and subsequent work for the show “have been bouncing around in my head for quite some time.”

“It’s been very cathartic to get it out,” he said. “So thinking about the ideas and imagery, working them into different solutions in my mind, and then putting the visions into action is all part of the process, culminating in the final products straight from my hands.

“The expression ‘when I get my hands on you’ can mean several things – from very nice to very dark, and I enjoy that dichotomy,” he said. “Things aren’t always what they seem.”

On his website, Brewer describes his work: “We are given a brief amount of time together. As an artist, I consider it a gift to be able to share my vision and experience. Sometimes it’s serious, sometimes it’s thoughtful, and a lot of the time it’s just silly. The shared experience of existing, living, loving, thinking… seeing beauty, knowing fear, feeling passion, and just being is further magnified through art – creating, discussing, collaborating, learning and teaching. I have been privileged to have great mentors, teachers and friends; to continue to share this with a new generation of artists, students and viewers is fantastic.”

Brewer described this exhibition as “a very selfish show.”

“I made most of this stuff for me,” he said. “I wanted to see it and get it out of me. I hope each viewer will take away something personal from the exhibition, whether it’s funny, like an inside joke or introspective, or even inspirational.”

Admission to the exhibition, which is sponsored in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts, Friends of the Visual Arts and Nacogdoches Junior Forum, is free. Gallery hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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August 28, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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August 28, 2016: 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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August 28, 2016: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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August 27, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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