SFA’s Archie McDonald Speaker Series to feature Gene Stallings

Gene Stallings, whose name is synonymous with college football, will headline the 2016 installment of the Archie McDonald Speaker Series at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Stallings, who served as head football coach for the University of Alabama from 1990-97, had an impressive record, including the team’s 1992 perfect 13-0 season that culminated with a win in the Sugar Bowl and first Bowl Coalition national championship. Stallings was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2010.

The speaker series event is free and scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus. A private reception for 100 guests will be held prior to the main event. Private reception tickets can be purchased by contacting April Smith at (936) 468-5406.

“We are pleased to have one of football’s most respected coaches join us for our 2016 Archie McDonald Speaker Series,” said Dr. Steve Bullard, SFA interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Gene’s determination to be the best instilled a championship attitude in the players he coached. His legacy of leadership continues in the generations of athletes he mentored.”

Like previous guests of the series, Stallings will be recognized at the event with the university’s Lifetime Cultural Achievement Award.

Stallings grew up in Paris, Texas, where he played high school football. In 1954, he was recruited by Texas A&M University, where he played for Paul “Bear” Bryant and was one of the legendary “Junction Boys,” a name given to Aggie football players who endured Bryant’s 10-day summer camp in Junction, Texas, that began Sept. 1, 1954. He graduated from the university in 1957.

In 1958, Stallings served as a defensive assistant at the University of Alabama. He was on staff for two of Alabama’s national championship seasons, in 1961 and 1964.

Shortly after helping Alabama win the 1964 national title, Stallings was named head coach of his alma mater, Texas A&M University, at the age of 29. He coached the Aggies for seven seasons.

In 1972, Stallings joined the staff of the Dallas Cowboys as Tom Landry’s secondary coach. He remained with the Cowboys for 14 seasons and helped them win Super Bowl XII.

The St. Louis Cardinals named Stallings as its head coach in 1986, and he remained there through the franchise’s move to Arizona. He left the organization in 1989 and returned to the University of Alabama, where he was named head coach in 1990 and coached until 1997.

During his tenure at the University of Alabama, Stallings coached his team to unprecedented success, including four appearances in the Southeast Conference Championship Game, and leading the Crimson Tide to the national championship in 1992.

Stallings is cowriter of the book “Another Season: A Coach’s Story of Raising an Exceptional Son,” which describes his family’s relationship with son John Mark Stallings, who was born with Down syndrome and died in 2008 at the age of 46 due to a congenital heart condition.

Additionally, Stallings serves on many boards, including Tandy Corporation, People’s National Bank of Paris, Paris Regional Medical Center, Disability Resources, the Texas Rangers Law Enforcement Association, the Great Southern Wood Corporation and the Boys and Girls Club of Paris, Texas.

The speaker series was created in 2010 by SFA’s College of Liberal and Applied Arts. Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of the college, designed the event to honor and preserve the legacy of Dr. Archie McDonald as a distinguished scholar, educator and community commentator. In the tradition of McDonald’s writings and oral presentations, a prominent national figure is hosted annually at SFA to discuss contemporary cultural issues.

McDonald taught history at SFA for 48 years and served as director of the East Texas Historical Association and editor of the association’s journal for 37 years. He was a past president of the Texas State Historical Association, past vice chair of the Texas Historical Commission and author/editor of more than 20 books on historical topics. Along with teaching, he was a commentator on Red River Radio in Shreveport, and wrote a weekly column for area newspapers. He passed away on Aug. 16, 2012.

McDonald participated in the first three events in the speaker series, interviewing former heavyweight champion boxer and iconic businessman George Foreman, Apollo 12 astronaut and professional artist Alan Bean, and 61st U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III. Additional guests have included former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Grammy award-winning singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett, and Olympic All-Around Gold Medal winner in gymnastics Mary Lou Retton.

SFA’s Student Government Association sponsors the speaker series. Passes may be obtained at the Involvement Center on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center or at the downtown Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, 200 East Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-5406.

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SFA to host Showcase Saturday for prospective students

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience a taste of campus life during a free, action-packed open house Saturday, April 2, at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to visit with university faculty and staff members, tour the campus and residence halls, and preview academic programs during the SFA Showcase Saturday event.

“There is no better time than Showcase Saturday to visit the beautiful SFA campus and witness firsthand what it’s like to be a Lumberjack,” said Jessica Maynard, assistant director of SFA’s Office of Admissions.

“Guests are encouraged to visit one-on-one with our faculty members to learn more about our quality, personalized academic programs, and our staff members will be available to answer questions about everything from admission requirements to financial aid to residence life,” Maynard added.

SFA is a comprehensive, residential university located in the heart of Texas Forest Country. Approximately 13,000 students attend SFA, which is within a few hours’ drive of Texas’ major metropolitan areas.

Showcase Saturday event registration will begin at 11:45 a.m. on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center and will remain open for one hour. Each person who registers will receive an information packet. The opening program begins at 12:45 p.m. and will provide an overview of the day’s events.

Guests will then be able to visit with representatives of the academic departments until 4 p.m. at the Academic Fair in the Student Recreation Center. A Student Services Fair will be held from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Campus and residence hall tours will begin at 1:30 p.m. and continue until 5 p.m. Campus tours will take students on a guided walk of the SFA campus, while the self-guided residence hall tours will showcase several halls on both the north and south ends of campus.

Admissions counselors will be available to discuss admission procedures and requirements from 1:30 to 5 p.m. in the Rusk Building, Room 206, and at several freshman and transfer admissions sessions held throughout the day.

Financial aid information sessions will be held at 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center’s Twilight Ballroom. Residence Life information sessions will be held at 2:30, 3:15 and 4 p.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center’s movie theater on the second floor. Guests can receive information about Orientation Programs at 3:15 and 4 p.m. on the second floor of the student center in Regents’ Suite B.

Participating prospective students will receive a free SFA T-shirt after completing an evaluation form in the tent located in the courtyard area of the Rusk Building.

For more information about SFA’s Showcase Saturday, contact the SFA Office of Admissions at (936) 468-2504 or email admissions@sfasu.edu.

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SFA kinesiology students help administer fitness tests to area school children

Stephen F. Austin State University kinesiology major Dana Henson measures trunk extensor strength and flexibility while administering the FitnessGram tests to students at Thomas J. Rusk Elementary School.

More than 30 Stephen F. Austin State University kinesiology students recently helped administer a variety of fitness tests to hundreds of area elementary school students.

David Goodman, coordinator of undergraduate studies in SFA’s Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, said students in his measurement and evaluation course were able to bring their classroom knowledge into the real world when they administered the tests.

“By going to area schools, students get the opportunity to conduct fitness tests on individuals they do not know,” Goodman said. “While peer assessment is a valuable learning tool, being able to conduct testing on individuals they have never met is even better. This experience can help students confirm or possibly change their thoughts about working with or teaching physical education, physical skills and fitness development, especially in regard to young children.”

While preparing for the testing, SFA students learned proper techniques regarding how to perform the physical skills used to test the components of health-related fitness and the testing protocols for administering the FitnessGram tests, the most widely used youth health-related fitness assessment and education/reporting tool.

FitnessGram tests aerobic capacity, body composition, flexibility and muscular strength/endurance. In 2007, the state of Texas passed legislation mandating students in grades 3-12 have their fitness levels measured by FitnessGram.

“The students experience different methods for organizing, setting up and administering the tests while also learning verbal communication skills through explaining kinesiology-based terms and concepts to the public school students,” Goodman said. “All of these skills are important no matter what fitness tests are being administered and regardless of the age of the individuals being tested.”

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March 7, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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March 7, 2016: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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March 7, 2016: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host outreach day

Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host a free student-led forestry outreach and education day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 9, to engage the community and provide insight into the diverse fields of natural resource study.

“So much of our region’s economic and cultural history is founded in the forests and natural resources of the region,” said Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator for the college. “We want to enable the community to explore those elements while also sharing the ways in which the field of forestry is both evolving to meet the modern needs of the public and conserving our natural ecosystems.”

Activity stations will be set up on the Forestry Building lawn, located at 319 East College St., that will teach participants about local water quality monitoring, the use of drones in modern forestry, where and how to camp in East Texas, tree identification walks and wildlife identification techniques, among others. Children’s activity tables also will be set up.

Ray Cole, a member of the Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue’s Venom Response Team, also will be on site with native, non-venomous snakes to discuss their important role in the forest ecosystem. Additionally, SFA’s timbersports team, the Sylvans, will provide demonstrations throughout the day.

In 2015, the Sylvans won their third-consecutive Southern Forestry Conclave Championship and won the collegiate title at the Arkansas State Lumberjack Championship.

For more information, contact Fuller at fullersa@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1185.

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SFA dance program offers academic, performance opportunities

Members of the Stephen F. Austin State University Repertory Dance Company practice in William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus for an upcoming dance conference. Membership in the Repertory Dance Company is one of the many opportunities SFA’s dance program offers students.

As soon as the music begins, it’s like a switch going off. The laughter and inside jokes that filled the studio moments ago are gone, and professionalism takes the stage. Waiting for their music cues, dancers find their marks and strike a pose. With each note, the dancers move across the floor telling a story through movement of beauty and acceptance.

Stephen F. Austin State University’s dance program has experienced growth in recent years and for good reasons. SFA’s dance program offers various academic and performance opportunities for students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in dance.

The program is housed in SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education and offers students two concentration areas — teacher certification and performance/choreography. The teacher certification degree plan trains students to become dance teachers for grades 8-12.

“Having the dance education certificate and the connection with the College of Education is a tremendous benefit,” said Haley Jameson, dance program co-director. “We are one of few dance programs in the state that offers the dance teaching certificate.”

Students seeking a performance/choreography-based degree focus on becoming professional dancers or continuing their education in graduate school.

“We get dancers from all different genres, and we want them to be proficient in all three major western dance forms — ballet, modern and jazz. We are looking to train professionals,” Jameson said. “We want to take the level of technique up, and we are increasing the performance and choreography opportunities for students so they have a nice portfolio when they graduate. Also, if students are pursuing a teaching career, we want them to have teaching experience, not just theoretical knowledge.”

The dance program is continually advancing its curriculum to be more competitive. As new faculty members, both Jameson and Heather Samuelson, dance program co-director, bring their knowledge and diverse dance backgrounds to the program. Samuelson has extensive technique training and professional dance experience while Jameson adds her theatre and performance experience to the mix.

“We are a very close-knit group of dancers,” Samuelson said. “The dancers get a lot of one-on-one attention to really hone in on their technique and studies.”

Program graduates have found success in a variety of careers, including as a performer, dancer, choreographer, dance teacher, personal trainer, model, clothing designer, studio owner and more.

“Dance is very flexible. You can use it for a number of careers whether it’s science, theatre or business,” Jameson said.

Technique classes are held in the studio and begin with stretches and warm-ups before working on a specified technique.

“One of the things I really enjoy about SFA is the small class sizes that allow faculty members to get to know our dancers,” Jameson said. “When students are not in class, we ask about them and check on them. There is a personal touch.”

Throughout each semester, dance students participate in various performance opportunities, such as the Danceworks concert, a senior showcase.

For more than 30 years, the dance program has sponsored the SFA Repertory Dance Company, an audition-only dance company comprised of SFA students.

“The Repertory Dance Company has a long tradition of being a brother/sisterhood. They are like family, and they are so close knit,” Samuelson said. “Usually, these dancers are the first ones to give help in technique classes.”

Students can audition for the company regardless of their classification. Samuelson said there are many benefits to being a member. For example, members perform two to three times a year on and off campus. Members also have the opportunity to network with industry professionals.

For more information about SFA’s dance program or the SFA Repertory Dance Company, contact Jameson at jamesonhh@sfasu.edu or Samuelson at samuelsoh@sfasu.edu.

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March 6, 2016: NPD Crime Report

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