SFA Regents appoint forestry dean to endowed chair position

SFA Regents appoint forestry dean to endowed chair position

The Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents has honored the dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture by appointing him as the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Forestry. Dr. Steven Bullard, who has served as dean of the college since 2009, will serve both roles concurrently.

The Rockwell Chair was established by the SFA Board of Regents in 1989 following receipt of an endowment from the estate of Henry M. Rockwell, a lumberyard owner with facilities in Houston and other cities in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

In conjunction with his role as dean of forestry and agriculture at SFA, Bullard has served as president of the National Association of University Forest Resources Programs and recently was honored by the Society of American Foresters with the W.D. Hagenstein Communicator of the Year Award.

“As a result of his work on behalf of the 50th anniversary of the McIntire Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program, Dr. Bullard was asked by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist in the creation of a video to educate the public about the program, which plays a vital role in developing U.S. forests,” said Dr. Richard Berry, SFA provost and vice president for academic affairs. “The video was created with the assistance of faculty, staff and students from departments across the SFA campus and has been shown by entities across the nation.”

Regents revised the guidelines for the Rockwell Chair to include faculty members who also hold administrative roles as eligible recipients of the chair. The Rockwell Chair was most recently held by Dr. James Kroll, who accepted the position in 2008 and retained the title until he retired from the SFA faculty in 2013.

Bullard earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in forestry from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Regents also approved an adjustment in the budget for a renovation project in the McGee Building, which houses the Nelson Rusche College of Business. Bid proposals were received in February, and the low base bid for the project was $685,000. With an approved an increase of $200,000, the total budget for the project is set not to exceed $730,000.

The meeting was a specially called telephone meeting of the board. The next regularly scheduled meeting begins Monday, April 13, on the SFA campus.

For more information, visit www.sfasu.edu/regents/.

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March 9, 2015: NPD Crime Report

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March 9, 2015: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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March 9, 2015: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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Notice of Meeting – Region I Water Planning Group

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SFA students help improve the Port Jefferson History and Nature Center

Last semester, 17 Stephen F. Austin State University forestry students from the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture developed a comprehensive land-management plan for the Port Jefferson History and Nature Center, located in Jefferson, Texas. The plans, which were presented to members of Collins Academy, included recommendations for the removal of invasive species, the enhancement of wildlife habitat and wetlands development.

As spring approaches, the City of Jefferson and Collins Academy, a program developed to create educational and economic opportunities for the community, prepare to institute land management recommendations provided by students in Stephen F. Austin State University’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture for the Port Jefferson History and Nature Center.

Developed by students enrolled in the college’s forest management plans course, the recommendations focused on the creation of a Geographic Information Systems database, which will assist the center in achieving land-management goals. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the basic infrastructure for the center in June 2013. However, until the partnership with SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, the park operated without a written management plan.

The purpose of our recommendations is to remove invasive species, enhance wildlife habitat and add enriching educational experiences to area visitors, said Courtney Threadgill and Tamara Bennett, senior forestry students at SFA.

The students’ plans also sought to improve and expand habitat for threatened species such as the Neches River rose-mallow and Rafinesque’s Big-eared bat. Milkweed gardens and butterfly nectar plants also were recommended in the core section of the Port Jefferson area.

“The work of this capstone class is providing what Collins Academy and the City of Jefferson need for improved park operations now and into the future,” said Municipal Judge Mike Gannon, business manager for Collins Academy. “The real people, real places and real problems slogan for the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture has real meaning.”

On Dec. 5, 2014, students presented their final recommendations to representatives of Collins Academy and the City of Jefferson. Posters depicting management recommendations accompanied their explanations.

The students’ ability to utilize their GIS-generated maps and access relevant data to answer questions raised by the review panel demonstrated the power of modern-mapping technology, said Gary Endsley, project director at Collins Academy.

“These soon-to-be professional foresters are on the cutting edge of their discipline,” he said. “Focusing their knowledge and skills on a management plan for our park is a huge benefit to Jefferson and the entire region.”

Students from the college will continue to assist the center’s staff as they begin planting a butterfly garden and removing invasive species. Updates to the nature center’s GIS database also will reflect progress made as the collaboration evolves.

Port Jefferson History and Nature Center is a 40-acre hands-on, outdoor learning center and environmental park managed by Collins Academy. The center promotes habitat restoration along the historic riverfront in Jefferson, Texas.

Collins Academy is a program of the Today Foundation, formed by Dallas native Richard Collins. In addition to preserving historic sites, the academy establishes national heritage areas in Jefferson and offers a variety of programs that create opportunities for students and families, focusing on nature and the environment, history and preservation, life skills and economic growth.

For more information regarding this project or the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, call (936) 468 – 3705 or visit atcofa.sfasu.edu.

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March 8, 2015: NPD Crime Report

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March 8, 2015: Nacogdoches Sheriff’s Crime Log

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March 8, 2015: Nacogdoches County Booking Report

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MEDIA INFORMATION- Fatal Accident

NACOGDOCHES POLICE DEPARTMENT
MEDIA INFORMATION

Issued 08 March 2015 6:30 PM CDT
Contact: Sergeant Greg Sowell, PIO- 936.559.2618

NPD INVESTIGATES FATAL CAR CRASH ON LOOP 224

The Nacogdoches Police Department is investigating a fatal automobile accident that occurred this afternoon on West Loop 224.

The accident occurred at 1:53 PM on West Loop 224 near the intersection of Sandia Street. A 2011 Chevrolet driven by Shannon Brown, 31 of Nacogdoches was northbound on Loop 224 and had pulled over onto the shoulder. In an attempt to re-enter traffic, she pulled into the path of a 2015 Chrysler 200 driven by Thomas Lee, 35 of Shreveport, Louisiana.

Shannon Brown was pronounced dead at the scene by Judge David Perkins, JP Pct 4.

A passenger in the Brown vehicle and two passengers in the Lee vehicle were taken to the hospital by ambulance for non life threatening injuries.

More information will be available after an official report is filed by the NPD Traffic Division.

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