September 8, 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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September 8, 2016: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT TO BE CELEBRATED IN THE CITY

CONTACT: SGT. GREG SOWELL
POLICE PIO- 936.559.2618

Neighborhood Watch Programs and the Nacogdoches Police Department will be celebrating National Night Out in Texas on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.

“The National Association of Town Watch, who sponsors National Night Out, allows the celebration to be held the first Tuesday in October for Texas residents, NPD Sgt. Greg Sowell said. “Texas law enforcement suggested this several years ago because of heat and mosquito concerns. NNO has been celebrated by most Texans in October for the past seven years.

Neighborhood Watch groups within the city will hold “block parties” on the evening of October 4th .

National Night Out is a night when residents are encouraged to lock their doors and spend the evening getting to know their neighbors in the name of crime prevention. Law Enforcement officers and other officials visit these parties to form relationships with the residents. Anyone interested in forming a Neighborhood Watch Program in the city or hosting a block party should contact the police department at 559-2607. Block parties should register with the police department by Friday, September 30th.

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SFA interior design students participate in dementia simulation

Stephen F. Austin State University senior interior design major Veronica Gilliams from Pensacola, Florida, strains to hear the five household chores Carolyn Johnson, a certified Dementia Live trainer for Heart to Heart Hospice, asks her to complete during the Dementia Live simulation. SFA students enrolled in the design graphics course participated in a Dementia Live simulation to learn how interior design impacts dementia patients and what the students can do to create more accommodating designs in commercial spaces.

Stephen F. Austin State University senior interior design major Veronica Gilliams from Pensacola, Florida, strains to hear the five household chores Carolyn Johnson, a certified Dementia Live trainer for Heart to Heart Hospice, asks her to complete during the Dementia Live simulation. SFA students enrolled in the design graphics course participated in a Dementia Live simulation to learn how interior design impacts dementia patients and what the students can do to create more accommodating designs in commercial spaces.

Sirens blare in her ears and disorient Stephen F. Austin State University junior interior design major Remy Follmar as she participates in a Dementia Live simulation. Two sets of gloves make it difficult for her to pick up common items such as cards, medicine and silverware as she moves around a dimly lit room. Her task: complete five household chores.

“I did one task of feeding the dog, and then I didn’t know what to do. I just sat down in a chair,” said Follmar, from Colmesneil, Texas.

Recently, SFA students enrolled in Dr. Mitzi Perritt’s design graphics course experienced a Dementia Live simulation to help them better understand what it’s like living with dementia. This course introduces students to commercial interior design and interior design for special populations.

“It’s an interesting experience,” said Perritt, professor of interior design in SFA’s School of Human Sciences. “The simulation will help design students incorporate more sensitive features into their commercial spaces and health care designs.”

Carolyn Johnson, a certified Dementia Live trainer for Heart to Heart Hospice, presented the simulation and spoke to the class about dementia.

“The students walked in the footsteps of a dementia patient. They actually felt what the patients feel,” Johnson said.

To help students simulate the experiences of a dementia patient, Johnson altered their sense of touch and dexterity by placing two sets of gloves on their hands. Students wore special glasses that affected their peripheral vision, and they also were exposed to an enormous amount of auditory stimuli through headphones, Johnson explained.

Veronica Gilliams, a senior interior design major from Pensacola, Florida, said the hands-on activity was helpful in bringing the concept to life.

“Learning what a person with dementia experiences will help our design process because it puts us in their shoes,” Gilliams said. “We can take that information and put it toward our current and future projects. For example, it helps us understand noise levels and furniture placement.”

In addition to the simulation, students also researched aspects of health care design such as acute, long-term and ambulatory design.

“I now have more empathy,” Follmar said. “The simulation made me want to plan better spaces for people with dementia because I know how it feels now.”

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September 7, 2016: NPD Crime Report

This is a complete list of reports responded to by the Nacogdoches Police Department

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September 7, 2016: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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September 7, 2016: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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Free Technology Recycling Event, 9/10/16

Media Contact:
Katie Blevins
Executive Coordinator
Phone: 936-560-5624
Email address: info@keepnacbeautiful.org

Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful to host free technology recycling event on Saturday, September 10, 2016.

Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful (KNB), in conjunction with the City of Nacogdoches, will host a free technology recycling event on September 10, 2016, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The event will be held at the lot on the corner of Hospital St. and Pearl St., next to the Appraisal District office.

Acceptable items include computer towers and servers, laptops, monitors, routers, printers, copiers and fax machines, power backup supplies, wires, cables, ink cartridges, cameras, cell phones and phone systems, radios and stereos.

“This e-cycle event will be the first of many,” said Jamie Bouldin, KNB chair person. “We hope to make this a regular event, hosted on second Saturdays of each month.”

“Monthly e-cycle events provide an opportunity for other community organizations to offer special donation and recycling events to the Nacogdoches community,” Katie Blevins, KNB executive coordinator, said. Members of Sigma Lambda Gamma, and SFA student organization with an emphasis on community service, will volunteer at the technology recycling event, along with KNB board members.

“Even if you don’t have anything to recycle on Saturday, stop by the KNB booth to get information about the program and organization and a chance to win a wireless stereo headset, donated by ALLCOM, a local AT&T authorized dealer,” Blevins said. “There will be donuts, coffee, and games for kids and adults as well.”

Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes waste reduction, litter management and beautification throughout Nacogdoches County. If you or your organization would like to partner with KNB, email info@keepnacbeautiful.org or visit www.keepnacbeautiful.org.

“Our new location is adjacent to the Nacogdoches Farmer’s Market; it will bring greater visibility and easier access to technology recycling in Nacogdoches and an opportunity to provide information to the community about recycling and other environmental issues,” Blevins said.

The monthly events will replace the electronics recycling shed behind the Nacogdoches Rec Center. While citywide recycling of clean and separated cardboard, plastics #1 and #2, paper, and glass will still be available behind the Nacogdoches Recreation Center, electronics recycling will no longer be available at this location.

Contacts:

Cheryl Bartlett, KNB Board of Directors
936-554-7839, cbartlett@barwin.net

Jessica Hernandez, Sigma Lambda Gamma member
972-310-0997, jessicahernandez_20@yahoo.com

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Maule, Simmons taking the stage together again for fundraiser

Maule, Simmons taking the stage together again for fundraiser

Maule, Simmons taking the stage together again for fundraiser

Spontaneity will be at the heart of an upcoming performance by local acting favorites Brad Maule and Rhonda Plymate Simmons when they take the stage together again for the Stephen F. Austin State University Friends of Theatre upcoming fundraiser.

Working together for the first time since the School of Theatre’s production of “August: Osage County,” Maule and Simmons will perform a staged reading of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarship opportunities for theatre students.

“I don’t get an opportunity to act that often on stage, so this is a wonderful thing for me,” Maule said, “and it’s great to work with Rhonda again.”

“Love Letters” is a play that depicts a life-long romance conducted almost entirely through the mail. The play is written to be performed as “reader’s theatre” where two actors (a man and a woman) sit side by side with scripts open and perform the play with minimal movement. The relationship between the two characters begins with a simple thank-you note from one child to another and extends through several decades of successful, complicated lives lived mostly separately but always with an undercurrent of powerful connection between the two. Last fall, a national tour of “Love Letters” featured “Love Story” stars Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal.

“I think we’ve all had unrequited love in our lives, and ‘Love Letters’ is a continuing lifetime of romance for two people,” Maule said.

rhonda-simmons-2015“It’s a little slice of the Hallmark channel,” Simmons said. “It’s a humorously bittersweet journey involving two people and their lifelong letters of communication.”

Doing the reading with only a couple of technical rehearsals, Maule likened this type of performance to “walking along the edge of a cliff.”

“I like that sort of ‘acting danger,'” he said with a laugh. “It’s fun.”

Maule said he hopes the audience gets a sense of the spontaneity involved in the production.

“It’s not over-rehearsed; in fact, it’s not very rehearsed at all. It tends to take on the personalities of the people who are reading it, so we don’t know what the outcome will be, and neither does the audience,” he said. “Even though the words are already written, you never know where the sparks and the connections will happen.”

Because the reading is mounted without the costs of costuming and sets, those who attend get the satisfaction of knowing they personally contributed to the education of theatre students, Simmons said.

“We wanted to do something low cost, so that every dime spent on tickets would allow audience members to feel like they were giving directly to students,” she said. “We’ve done many different fundraisers, but we thought this might have a different appeal. A $50 contribution to scholarships is not a huge amount to ask of two people, especially if you enjoy the evening.”

Maule said there are no “financial motives” for himself or Simmons in committing to the performance, meaning “our intentions are in the right place.”

“It’s not about ego or monetary gain,” he said. “It’s just a good, fun project, and therefore should be a good, fun evening.”

“We’re two people charming an audience, hopefully, with a brief look into ourselves and our own relationships,” Simmons said. “And, we’re promoting the cultural enjoyment of theatre.”

Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, is the director.

Tickets for the reading are $25 for adults and seniors and $7.50 for students. For tickets or more information, visit theatre.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

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SFA accounting graduate student’s team places first in Project Run With It competition

Bottom left: Jacquelyn King, a Stephen F. Austin State University accounting graduate student from Livingston, Texas, participated in the 2016 Project Run With It competition, where her team placed first for its work with Bike Maryland, a not-for-profit organization that promotes bicycling, increases safety, improves conditions and provides a voice for bicyclists in Maryland, according to bikemaryland.org.

Bottom left: Jacquelyn King, a Stephen F. Austin State University accounting graduate student from Livingston, Texas, participated in the 2016 Project Run With It competition, where her team placed first for its work with Bike Maryland, a not-for-profit organization that promotes bicycling, increases safety, improves conditions and provides a voice for bicyclists in Maryland, according to bikemaryland.org.

With a deadline of 4:29 p.m., a team of university students began to generate ideas for the competition. The team was allowed only 30 hours to develop a plan to help Bike Maryland, a not-for-profit organization, rework its infrastructure.

Jacquelyn King, a Stephen F. Austin State University graduate student in the Schlief School of Accountancy from Livingston, Texas, was a participant in the 2016 Project Run With It competition. Her team, comprised of four university students, placed first for its work with Bike Maryland, an organization that promotes bicycling, increases safety, improves conditions and provides a voice for bicyclists in Maryland, according to bikemaryland.org.

“We stayed up for like 20 hours straight, but it was worth it at the end of the day,” King said.

The competition was part of the annual Beta Alpha Psi meeting, which took place in Baltimore, Maryland, this August. BAP is an international honor organization for financial information professionals, and King is a member of the SFA chapter, Epsilon Mu. Members must maintain a high GPA and commit to community service and professional hours.

This is the second consecutive year an SFA student in the Rusche College of Business has been part of a team that placed first at the competition. SFA Epsilon Mu co-faculty advisers Drs. Nikki Shoemaker and Kelly Noe attended the meeting with 11 students who attended professional workshops.

“We are thrilled our students have this opportunity and that two years in a row they have been rewarded for their hard work. The experience gets students out of their comfort zone, and it allows them to meet people from all walks of life and different schools,” Shoemaker said. “It allows them to see that their education here at SFA is on par with other universities, and they are getting to share in the same types of experiences as larger schools.”

The competition involves BAP student representatives from several universities working in 18 teams to develop solutions to real-life business problems for three not-for-profit organizations.

King said her team first analyzed Bike Maryland’s website and social media accounts to help them better understand the organization. Then, the team established a base for Bike Maryland’s subscribers to increase revenue and created a social media campaign to help gain exposure. Team members produced a short presentation, which they delivered to Bike Maryland representatives who then selected the winning team.

“At the end of the day it is about your client, what they need and want. The competition taught me a lot of things, but mostly to get out of my comfort zone,” King said. “It was a great experience to be able to talk to and work with people from different schools and learn about their experiences.”

According to King, the competition also allowed her to tie everything she’s learned at SFA in her accounting, finance, management and marketing classes together.

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