April 14, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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

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April 14, 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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April 14, 2016: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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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Get the best students for your business: tips for hiring SFA student leaders

Contact: Kelly Daniel 936-560-5533
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Tips for hiring SFA student leaders explained at chamber meeting

The Nacogdoches County Chamber Fourth Friday Luncheon is noon to 1 p.m., Friday, April 22 at Austin Hall, 4603 North St. with guest speaker Dr. Adam Peck, Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, SFASU.

Peck will share a simple trick for hiring the best: hire student leaders. Attendees will learn how SFA can assist employers in connecting with the very best students.

“Today’s employers demand students with not only the technical expertise to excel in their first jobs, but with the interpersonal qualities that can be so hard to teach. These are often referred to as ‘soft skills’” Peck said. “They include such qualities as the ability to communicate, function as a member of a team and solve problems independently. Research conducted at SFA shows that student leaders tend to develop these skills more fully than their peers who are not involved.”

Peck has served as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Stephen F. Austin State University since 2008 and has been a student affairs practitioner for more than 20 years. He currently serves as President for the Texas Association of College Personnel Administrators (TACUSPA) and as State Director for Texas of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He has previously served as Chair of the Texas Deans of Students Association. His book, “Project CEO: Demonstrating the Impact of Co-curricular Experiences on the Skills Employers Demand” is being published by NASPA Press and will come out in early 2017. He is the author of more than twenty scholarly articles, five book chapters and has presented more than seventy-five national and international webinars.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from Lewis University, a Master of Arts in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin.

Attendee RSVPs are required by noon, Wednesday, April 20, and lunch is $16. Find the secure “pay online” option in Hot News at nacogdoches.org or all (936) 560-5533. All attending may enter the $50 drawing, sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas. All Chamber members are entered in a $50 drawing, sponsored by Axley & Rode, but you must be present to win.

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The Junior League of Lufkin Hosting Open House

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CONTACT: Sharon Kruk juniorleagueoflufkin@hotmail.com

Junior League of Lufkin Host Open House for Potential New Members

The Junior League of Lufkin is hosting an Open House for women in the community who are interested in learning more about the Junior League of Lufkin. The Open House will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26th at the Museum of East Texas Chapel.

“When you join us for Open House you will learn how you can make a difference in our community as a Junior League of Lufkin member,” said Sharon Kruk, current Junior League of Lufkin President. “You will have the opportunity to hear about the projects of the Junior League of Lufkin, the requirements of members, and have a chance to ask questions of current League members.”

The Junior League of Lufkin is open to all women who have an interest in voluntarism, a commitment to community service, and an interest in developing their potential to better serve our community. New provisional candidates must be 21 years of age and it is recommended that they live or work in Angelina County. The next provisional year runs from September 2016 to September 2017. All applications for membership are due by the end of May 2016.
The Junior League of Lufkin is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism and to improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. The League’s vision is to enhance the lives of children and women in the community through our diverse projects and fundraising efforts.

For more information about Open House contact the Junior League of Lufkin at juniorleagueoflufkin@hotmail.com. For more information on becoming a member, visit juniorleagueoflufkin.org.

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SFA’s Swingin’ Axes, Aces jazz bands to perform

Saxophonist and vocalist David Caceres will join the Swingin’ Axes jazz band at Stephen F. Austin State University when the Axes and Swingin’ Aces perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

As a vocalist, Houston-based Caceres will perform Frank Sinatra’s “Luck Be a Lady” and Michael Buble’s “Can’t Buy Me Love.” He will sing and play on All Jarreau’s “Roof Garden.”

The Swingin’ Axes, directed by Dr. Deb Scott, professor of trombone and jazz studies in the SFA School of Music, will also perform “Berglike” by Chris Culver, “Blues and the Abscessed Tooth” by Matt Catingub, and “Point of Return” by Paul Ferguson.

The Swingin’ Aces, directed by Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA, will perform “Basically Yours” by Thad Jones, “Time After Time” by Sammy Cahn and introduced by Frank Sinatra, and a version of The Beatles’ classic “Norwegian Wood” made famous by The Buddy Rich Big Band.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.

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SFA’s hospitality administration, visual impairment programs to host ‘Dining in the Dark’

Stephen F. Austin State University’s hospitality administration and visual impairment programs are hosting “Dining in the Dark” from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Nacogdoches County Civic Center to raise awareness about visual impairment.

The event is a sensory encounter designed to prompt blindfolded guests to use their senses beyond vision throughout a four-course meal. It also will feature a cocktail hour and silent auction. Every table will have an ambassador from the visual impairment program to assist guests.

“We are pleased to bring this event back for a second year where guests capture an unforgettable journey that will challenge their senses,” said Dr. Chay Runnels, hospitality administration program coordinator.

Tickets are $50 per person and tables of eight also are available. The dinner’s theme will be “Texas Fusion.” Seating is limited, and tickets are available online at https://forms.sfasu.edu/giving/onlinegift.asp. Event proceeds will benefit both programs as well as Camp Independence, a weeklong camp for children with visual impairments hosted at the university.

“This is a great hands-on opportunity for students, and we love the collaboration between departments,” said Dr. Gina Fe Causin, assistant professor of human sciences.

For more information, contact Lucas Fandry, marketing committee chair, at fandrylk@jacks.sfasu.edu; or Causin at (936) 468-1411 or causingf@sfasu.edu.

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SFA student organizations hosting book drive for area children

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Jacks Council on Family Relations is partnering with SFA’s Residence Hall Association to host a children’s book drive to benefit area children. Pictured, from left, are Kelsey Ticer, SFA graduate student and vice president for JCFR; Dr. Jennifer Newquist, SFA assistant professor of child development and family living; and Shonda Hortness, JCFR member and SFA senior majoring in child development and family living.

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Jacks Council on Family Relations is partnering with SFA’s Residence Hall Association to host a children’s book drive to benefit children at Greater East Texas Community Action Program Head Start and Early Head Start.

“Research shows one way to help preschoolers prepare for school is by having books at home so parents and caregivers are able to read to them on a regular basis,” said Dr. Jennifer Newquist, SFA assistant professor of child development and family living. “These donated books will go to children to take home and keep.”

Shonda Hortness, JCFR member and SFA senior majoring in child development and family living, is helping lead the book drive and has challenged organizations to collect 1,000 books.

“Children love books and get excited to receive one that is theirs. We hope this gesture will encourage someone at home to read to these children,” Hortness said. “Reading to a child is a bonding as well as educational experience, and it is important to nurture our children.”

Both SFA student organizations will be collecting books for children in infancy through 5 years through Friday, April 22. Donation sites include Sonic on North Street, Hastings and The Precious Cycle located next to Pizza Hut on South Street. Also, SFA students can bring donations and deposit them in the boxes located on each floor of the residence halls. Donations also can be arranged for pick up by contacting Hortness at (936) 553-8060.

Hortness said she is determined to make this drive a success due to her personal connection with the project. Having two grandchildren who love to read, Hortness has witnessed firsthand how important reading is to children.

“Reading is not only beneficial to children’s cognitive development, but also to their emotional development,” Hortness said. “I study young children, and it is my responsibility to know the ins and outs of child development. However, I do not need stats to show me how much of an influence reading has on children. I see it in their eyes when we share a book. I hear it in their voices when they ‘read’ the pictures to me, and I feel it in my heart when they ask me for a new book.”

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SFA’s School of Human Sciences recognizes students during annual convocation

Stephen F. Austin State University’s School of Human Sciences faculty and staff members recognized dozens of students during its annual Honors Convocation Tuesday, April 12, on the university’s campus.

“This convocation recognizes student excellence and scholastic achievement and acknowledges an outstanding alumni,” said Dr. Lynda Martin, director of the School of Human Sciences.

The school offers seven areas of study: child development and family living; family and consumer sciences; fashion merchandising; food, nutrition and dietetics; hospitality administration; interior design; and interior merchandising. Students within each area were recognized, and eight students received outstanding academic achievement awards.

Carly Dewitt, a senior family and consumer sciences major, was among the honorees and received the Teagarden Human Sciences Highest GPA and the FCS Leadership Award.

“It means a lot to me to be able to receive these awards because I have worked really hard,” Dewitt said. “I’m also grateful for the recognition because it shows that hard work does pay off.”

Dewitt plans to graduate from SFA in August and return to pursue a master’s degree in accounting. Her goal is to own a boutique.

Additionally, senior Adrian Gutierrez was honored with the Outstanding Club Member award for child development and family living. Gutierrez is the president of the Jacks Council on Family Relations student organization, has served as a student director for the Purple Haze Association, was a member of the Lumberjack Marching Band for four years, and served as a human sciences ambassador for three years.

“I’m very grateful to have won this award and to have been so involved in campus activities,” Gutierrez said. “Going through this program has taught me wonderful leadership skills that I will carry throughout my professional career.”

SFA’s School of Human Sciences also awarded scholarships to more than 30 students and recognized the human sciences ambassadors.

This year, the school honored alumna Mickey Bufalini with the 2016 Edna Wilkin Teagarden Award for exemplary service in human sciences. Bufalini has been an interior designer for 35 years and has received numerous awards at the national, state and city levels for her work.

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SFA faculty members honored during Teaching Excellence Convocation

Stephen F. Austin State University recognized seven faculty members for their teaching abilities during the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation. Pictured, from left, are honorees Herbert Midgley II, lecturer of music in SFA’s School of Music; Dr. Sheryll Jerez, associate professor of environmental science in SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture; Dr. Steven Estrada, undergraduate program coordinator and assistant professor in SFA’s Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts; Dr. Steve Bullard, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Stacy Hendricks, assistant professor in secondary education and educational leadership and program coordinator of SFA’s master’s degree in educational leadership in the James I. Perkins College of Education; and Dr. Marcus Cox, assistant professor of management in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business in the Nelson Rusche College of Business. Honorees not pictured are Mindy Shaw Faulkner, lecturer and lab coordinator in the Department of Geology in SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics; and Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone in the School of Music.

Seven Stephen F. Austin State University faculty members were recognized for their teaching abilities during the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation Wednesday, April 13, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A on the SFA campus.

The Teaching Excellence Awards were established in 1994 to honor outstanding classroom teachers at SFA. Each of the university’s six colleges selects a faculty member to receive the annual award based on knowledge of subject matter, quality of lectures and assignments, enthusiasm for teaching, interest in and availability to students, commitment to continuous improvement, and contribution to the quality of teaching at SFA by assisting and encouraging other faculty members. The 2016 recipients are as follows:

Nelson Rusche College of Business

Dr. Marcus Cox serves as an assistant professor of management in the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business in the Nelson Rusche College of Business. Cox taught as a lecturer at SFA from 1997-99 and from 2002-09 prior to returning as a tenure-track faculty member in fall 2013. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SFA, his Certificate of Advanced Management from Babson College and his doctoral degree from the University of North Texas.

Cox teaches human resource management, compensation and benefits, and strategic management. His research interests include corporate environmental performance and industry regulation, organizational misconduct, executive compensation in the non-profit sector and training effectiveness. He has most recently been published in the Journal of Business Strategies and the Journal of Small Business Strategy, and he was awarded the Best Paper award by the Academy of Management.

James I. Perkins College of Education

After serving 18 years in public education as a teacher and administrator, Dr. Stacy Hendricks joined SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education in 2010 as project director of the Consortium for Excellence in Rural Teacher Preparation for English Language Learners. In 2011, she joined the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership as an assistant professor, where she teaches aspiring administrators in the principal preparation program. She also is the program coordinator of SFA’s master’s degree in educational leadership.

Hendricks received her master’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and holds a doctoral degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her research interests include online curriculum and pedagogical approaches, educational leadership, and evaluating and improving principal preparation programs. Her most recent research includes the book, “Preparing educators for online learning: A careful look at the components and how to assess their value.”

College of Fine Arts

Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone in the School of Music, joined the SFA faculty in 2010. He received his Bachelor of Music Performance at the University of Illinois, and he received his Master of Music and doctoral degree from Northwestern University.

Nabb is an international soloist and chamber musician, and he regularly performs with the St. Louis and Houston Symphonies. His students have won numerous local and national competitions, have been admitted into prestigious graduate programs nationwide, and are accomplished teachers in primary and secondary schools.

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Dr. Sheryll Jerez, associate professor of environmental science, joined SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture faculty in November 2007. She received her bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of the Philippines, a Master of Science in agricultural engineering from Kansas State University and doctoral degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Jerez teaches introduction to environmental science, environmental measurements, environmental assessment and management, and air-quality assessment.

Jerez mentors students involved in undergraduate research and was the recipient of the 2014 Faculty Mentor of the Year award. She serves as a research adviser to graduate students in environmental science who are specializing in either land and water resources or occupational and environmental health. Her research interests include air-quality assessment, modeling and control. Jerez investigates the effectiveness of new technologies and best-management practices to help improve air quality. She is currently working on the assessment of the impact on air quality of hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas production in Texas.

College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Dr. Steven Estrada serves as the undergraduate program coordinator in SFA’s Department of Psychology and has been an assistant professor since fall 2010. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Cornell University. Estrada has published in the fields of memory development, adolescent decision-making and medical decision-making. His work applies cutting-edge physiological techniques in understanding the neuronal mechanisms behind the dynamics of attention and emotion.

His research laboratory offers many undergraduates the opportunity to gain hands-on learning in research on psychology. At the undergraduate level, Estrada teaches introductory statistics, general psychology and developmental psychology, often applying innovative teaching techniques in his courses. At the graduate level, Estrada enjoys teaching advanced statistics, a course on decision-making and has served as chair on several masters’ theses committees.


College of Sciences and Mathematics

Mindy Shaw Faulkner joined SFA’s Department of Geology in 2005 as an adjunct faculty member after receiving her bachelor’s degree in environmental geology in 2002. She completed her Master of Science in geology in 2006 from SFA. In 2010, she assumed the laboratory coordinator position and now supervises the teaching and content of the department’s undergraduate laboratories. In May 2016, Faulkner will graduate with a doctoral degree in forestry from SFA.

She currently teaches courses in geochemistry, structural geology and various field courses, including the Department of Geology’s summer field camp. Her research interests are natural resource management, karst systems, geochemistry, field geology, and the influence of subsurface structures on fluid migration and vegetation patterns.

Adjunct Teaching

Herbert Midgley II has been a lecturer of music in SFA’s School of Music since 1999. He studied music composition, education and filmmaking and received his bachelor’s degree, Master of Music, Master of Education and Master of Fine Arts from SFA. Midgley is an active film composer and is involved with electronic avant-garde music. Before joining the SFA faculty, Midgley taught all levels of music in public schools.

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