Dr. Kimberly Childs

Improving educational opportunities that lead to careers in science, technology and math will be the topic of an Alumni Lunch and Learn at noon Thursday at Crown Colony Country Club, 900 Crown Colony Drive.

Dr. Kimberly Childs, dean of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Sciences and Mathematics, will be the featured speaker at the event, which is sponsored by the SFA Alumni Association. Childs is the executive director of SFA's Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center.

The primary goal of the STEM Research and Learning Center is to increase the number of students who are interested in and academically prepared for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The center strives to facilitate innovation in STEM university education, provide support for student mentoring during educational transition periods, guide teacher induction during the first three years in the classroom, and empower them to assist in transforming their districts.

"These endeavors will directly address the pressing demand for a technologically advanced workforce by increasing STEM knowledge, capacity and expertise," said Childs, who holds degrees from SFA, Dallas Baptist University and Texas A&M University.

A lunch buffet is available for purchase. For more information, call (936) 468-3407. Information about SFA's STEM Center is available at http://stem.sfasu.edu/.