Area high school students participate in SFA Pre-Law Academy

Fifty Texas high school students attended the third annual Pre-Law Academy hosted by the Stephen F. Austin State University Division of Multidisciplinary Programs on the SFA campus this month.

“The purpose of the academy is for students to familiarize themselves with law and how to prepare for a law career, what courses they might consider and how a liberal arts-focused education can help prepare them for law school,” said Dr. Joyce Johnston, SFA professor of modern languages and director of the academy and multidisciplinary degrees. “The program started with 31 students three years ago and this year we hit our maximum at 50 participants.”

The “jewel” of the academy is the mock trial competition, Johnston said, run by Dr. Don Gooch, SFA assistant professor of political science.

“During the week, the students prepare a mock case—this year, the case was a question of self-defense or murder—and serve as attorneys and witnesses as they compete with each other acting out the trial according to given facts,” she added. “In addition, students have sessions with SFA professors, including a simulated crime scene investigation, sessions on mental health, literature and languages, history, etc.”

More than 30 area attorneys and judges attended the academy to help teach students important aspects of the law. Deans and admissions officers from five different law schools also visited with students, answering myriad questions on how to best prepare for law school and a career in the field.

“One thing that really impresses me with the mock trial is that these students do not know whether they are going to be the prosecution or defense attorney until they are in the courtroom,” said Assistant Nacogdoches County Attorney Keith Bradford, who has been participating in the SFA Pre-Law Academy since its inception. “It’s a flip of the coin. Every day of my legal career, I have known which side of the fence I’m on and prepare my case based on that. They have about 30 seconds to rearrange their thoughts and move the other direction if need be. That, to me, is really impressive.”

Bradford said he believes the academy not only brings recognition to both SFA and Nacogdoches but is developing necessary skills in some of our nation’s future leaders.

“Most of these students have aspirations to go to law school and as you well know many lawyers don’t practice law,” he added. “Some are top 200 CEOs. So not everyone who has a law degree practices law, but going through law school gives you a certain insight. The academy brings name recognition to Nacogdoches and SFA and I hope that continues to grow.”

To be eligible for next year’s academy, students must have finished their sophomore year of high school prior to the start of the program. Applicants must supply a short essay explaining why he/she wants to attend along with two letters of recommendation.

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June 21, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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June 21, 2016: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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June 21, 2016: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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Hundreds attend vigil for Orlando victims organized by SFA students

Music therapist Grant Howarth plays to hundreds of Stephen F. Austin State University students and Nacogdoches community members gathered on the south side of the Nacogdoches downtown square Monday night as part of a candlelight vigil organized by two SFA organizations in remembrance of the 49 people who died in a recent shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub.

Crowds filled the south side of the Nacogdoches downtown square Monday night for an event organized by members of the Stephen F. Austin State University chapter of Psi Chi, an international psychology honor society, and Pride Nac, the LGBT organization at SFA, in remembrance of the 49 people killed in the recent shooting at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub.

“The mood was somber and reflective with a focus on coming together as a community in solidarity with Orlando,” said Dr. Lauren Brewer, SFA assistant professor of psychology. “The event was a huge success in that the community of Nacogdoches rallied around the Orlando community from almost 1,000 miles away.”

Kris Nichols, Psi Chi president, served as the event’s emcee and was co-organizer of the vigil along with Libby Peavy, co-president of Pride Nac.

“I think the vigil definitely accomplished the goal we had in mind to” stand in support of Orlando victims and their families, said Logan Watson, Pride Nac member and SFA mass communication senior. “I was a little worried I would be very somber and sad standing there, but it felt more positive, feeling a sense of community and letting people know people care about the LGBTQ+ community, the victims and their families. There are people here that care about the tragedy and want to come together in support.”

Several Nacogdoches community members and SFA students and employees contributed to the event. The School of Theatre provided sound equipment and Dr. Adam Peck, dean of Student Affairs, provided tables and chairs.

“Grant Howarth, a local music therapist and musician, played several songs, including one he wrote,” Brewer said. “The Rev. Kyle Childress, pastor of Austin Heights Baptist Church, offered a few words followed by an opening prayer. Carolyne Moore from the Nacogdoches Quilters Guild presented a quilt her team made. Each attendee was asked to tie a knot, finishing the quilt. While tying a knot, each attendee was asked to say a prayer or blessing.

“Stephen Wright, a teacher at McMichael Middle School, spoke about the importance of taking action to promote love, and Holli Harrison, Pride Nac co-president, offered a message of love and support to those in the LGBT community.”

Though a windy night, attendees lit candles toward the end of the event as members of the SFA Greek Multicultural Club read each of the 49 victims’ names aloud. Both the quilt and donations collected throughout the evening will be donated to families of the victims.

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SFA’s John Calahan appointed to Ad Astra Client Advisory Board

John Calahan, coordinator for space utilization and scheduling at Stephen F. Austin State University, has been appointed to serve a three-year term on Ad Astra Information Systems Client Advisory Board.

Ad Astra, a Kansas-based company specializing in higher education software services, offers data-informed software solutions and professional services to help campus leaders effectively allocate space and faculty resources, forecast student demand for courses and accelerate student program completions.

As a board member, Calahan represents the needs and concerns of Ad Astra’s clients and plays a valuable role in defining the company’s strategic direction and solutions. The company’s teams work with board members to explore trends and opportunities in academic leadership, scheduling, resource allocation and event management.

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Member of SFA’s first ROTC commissioning class inducted into the U.S. Army Cadet Command ROTC Hall of Fame

Eugene Mitch Weatherly, a 1970 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, was inducted into the U.S. Army Cadet Command Reserve Officer Training Hall of Fame for his exceptional accomplishment as a leader in business. He retired in 2007 as executive vice president of store operations for Pier 1 Imports.

Eugene Mitchell Weatherly, a 1970 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, was inducted into the U.S. Army Cadet Command Reserve Officer Training Hall of Fame, which recognizes overall excellence and accomplishment in leadership, this month in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Weatherly, who retired in 2007 as the executive vice president of store operations for Pier 1 Imports, is one of only a handful of cadets to receive this honor. He is a Nacogdoches County native and current resident of Kerrville.

“I am both immensely honored and humbled to be inducted into the U.S. Army ROTC Hall of Fame,” Weatherly said. “Throughout the past 100 years, 600,000 cadets have been commissioned through ROTC and only 323 chosen for the Hall of Fame—a sitting Supreme Court justice, a Medal of Honor recipient, hundreds of distinguished Army generals and a few business leaders like me. One could not help but feel greatly honored and humbled.”

According to information provided by Lt. Col. Paul Pfeiffer, chair of the SFA Department of Military Science, Weatherly was a member of the SFA Lumberjack Cadet Battalion. He graduated as a distinguished military graduate from SFA’s historic first commissioning class of 1970.

1st Lt. Mitch Weatherly was a member of the SFA Lumberjack Cadet Battalion and was among SFA’s historic first commissioning class of 1970. He served for one year in Vietnam and was assigned to an assault helicopter company. He is pictured at Can Tho Army Airfield in 1971.

Upon being commissioned as an infantry officer, Weatherly received flight commander training and became a helicopter pilot. He served for one year in Vietnam in 1971 where he was assigned to an assault helicopter company in Can Tho, Vietnam, and flew missions in the Mekong River Delta region of Vietnam and Cambodia. He was on active duty in the Army for a total of three years—one in various military schools, one year in Vietnam and one year as a member of the 1st Calvary Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

Weatherly was ultimately inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame for his exceptional accomplishment as a leader in business, Pfeiffer said. As executive vice president for Pier 1 Imports, he oversaw operations of all 1,200 Pier 1 Import stores in the U.S. and Canada, which employed more than 20,000 employees.

“SFA gave me a view of the world and what could be if I applied myself,” Weatherly said. “My SFA education was the foundation of the success I achieved. The basic economic principles I learned in my economic major combined with the leadership training I received from ROTC set the stage for my military and business success.”

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June 20, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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June 20, 2016: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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June 20, 2016: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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