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Message from the Dean May 2021

By Dr. Judy A. Abbott

As we approach the end of another semester, I want to celebrate the many accomplishments of our students and faculty. You can read about their honors, from research to teaching excellence, in this issue.

Our Perkins College of Education May graduates will be honored in person at three different ceremonies on May 7. Learn more.

Registration for summer 2021 term is now open. Classes begin May 17. Learn more.

Our college just completed the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation virtual on-site visit, which is the culmination of a seven-year cycle of review by CAEP. We are very proud of the programs that we've offered and the students that we've graduated and recommended to the Texas Education Agency for certification across these seven years. I would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Christina Sinclair, who led this self-study and visit process. Her leadership across the past four years has been intensive and critical to our impending success.

I also want to say thank you and farewell to our faculty and staff members who have retired or are retiring this academic year, many through SFA's new Voluntary Separation Incentive Program: Ms. Patricia Berthot, Dr. Susan Casey, Dr. Frankie Clark, Mr. David Goodman, Dr. Paula Griffin, Dr. Steve Josephsen, Dr. Paige Mask, Dr. Glen McCuller, Dr. Mitzi Perritt, Mr. David Pistole, Ms. Lisa Stone and Dr. Kimberly Welsh.

Their work has helped our students develop fulfilling careers of service to others, and we are grateful to them.

Axe 'em,

Dean Abbott

PCOE News

Take a virtual tour through human services clinics

The on-campus clinics in the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership help students develop skills while engaging in hands-on learning in supervised settings.

Kinesiology students host 5K on May 5

SFA's Organization of Athletic Training Students and Chi Tau Epsilon dance honor society are hosting the Move and Groove 5K at 5 p.m. on May 5 beginning in front of the HPE Complex on campus.

The entry fee is $15 for SFA students and $20 for the general public. Money raised from the 5K will cover race expenses and support the professional development and socialization efforts of SFA's dance and athletic training students.

Preregistration by 5 p.m. April 26 ensures participants will receive a T-shirt commemorating the event. To preregister, click here.

SFA tartan luxury poly scarves on sale

SFA's merchandising program has lowered the price of its popular SFA luxury poly scarf to $12.50, or more than 40% off. Shipping to an SFA P.O. box is free, and shipping off campus is $5 for one scarf and $2 more for each additional scarf. To order, click here.

Student Spotlight

Derby-style dining

Photos by Amanda Breitbach

SFA's hospitality administration program threw the third hospitality shindig celebrating the Kentucky Derby April 9 at The Fredonia Hotel. The event, which was canceled last year because of the pandemic, featured dinner and drinks prepared and served by the hospitality administration students. The event's silent auction helped raise funds for student scholarships, field trips and conferences. The guests, including SFA President Scott Gordon and his wife, Sherri, left ready for the "Run for the Roses."

Research recognitions

The Perkins College of Education was well represented at both the undergraduate and graduate research conferences last month.

Emily Latta, kinesiology junior from Frisco, was named Top Scholar from the Perkins College of Education at this year's Undergraduate Research Conference for "The Effects of Pre-Workout Caffeine Supplementation on Post-Exercise Hypotension."

When Latta told Dr. Dustin Joubert, assistant professor of kinesiology, she was interested in conducting some research, he suggested she finish a project another student left incomplete because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I really liked the topic and thought it could help individuals that want the health benefits of exercise," Latta said. "And now I make sure to limit the caffeine I drink prior to working out so I can receive the blood pressure and health benefits of exercise."

To see the list of Perkins College of Education Graduate Research Conference presentations and view poster presentations, click here.

ICU nutrition simulation

Students in SFA's medical nutrition therapy II course got a taste of working in an intensive care unit last month. Designed to expose the future registered dietitians to all the equipment they will encounter in a chaotic clinical environment for patient care, the course is held in a simulated ICU room at SFA's DeWitt School of Nursing.

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Three seniors in the Perkins College of Education were selected for a new paid clinical teaching/internship program launched this spring by Brazosport Independent School District. Only 10 students from multiple colleges were chosen for the program.

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Reimagining SFA

Did you ever want to redesign parts of your college campus? Students in the interior design senior capstone course did just that for their final projects this year. They conducted research, surveys and site visits to create designs that promote community, flexibility and affordability all on a budget.

View SFA Residence Halls and Dining Facility
(Addison Beekman, Alyssa Harkrider, Amber Kier, Miriam Amador, Regina Loerch)

View the Community Plan
(Osiel Adams Mireles, Haylee Derivas, Jenna Lowry, Carla Monsivais, Beth Skweres)

Faculty Spotlight

Teaching and research excellence award honorees

Dr. Lauren E. Burrow, associate professor in the Department of Education Studies, and Dr. William Davis, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Education Studies, were among seven SFA faculty members who received 2021 Teaching Excellence Awards for their dedication to their students and profession.

Burrow, the Perkins College of Education award recipient. joined the Department of Education Studies in 2015. Her service and research focus on service learning through community engagement and MotherScholarhood, which explores the unique realities resulting from the intersection of mothering and scholar identities throughout all stages of academia.

She said this award confirms that, "I am on the right track with the creative risks and innovative pedagogy I am pursuing in my courses. It will push me to continue to develop my own knowledge and skills so I can continue to contribute directly to the communities that make up our city and campus."

Burrow added that her department promotes collaboration, creativity, innovation and critical thinking.

"My position provides the resources and platform that allow me to put my knowledge and expertise into action to tackle the social injustices that matter with other skilled and talented colleagues," Burrow said. "Being an associate professor makes me feel like I am actually making worthwhile contributions to future generations."

Davis, the Faculty Senate award recipient, joined the Department of Education Studies in 2020. His research and service focus on teaching world languages for social justice and well-being.

"I am honored to receive this recognition," Davis said. "The most meaningful part of the award is the sense of validation I feel for my ideas and the work I do daily within our area of secondary education. It is exciting to know that the university values building community with students, encouraging engagement with diverse perspectives and approaches to teaching, and teaching for diversity and social justice."

As a former high school German teacher, Davis started his doctoral program wanting to become more knowledgeable about world languages education and curricular design.

"Supporting the journeys of preservice teachers is a career I never knew I would be a part of," Davis said. "After teaching a few courses in teacher education, I soon realized how fulfilling it was guiding new teachers in becoming culturally responsive educators for the diverse children of U.S. schools. Now I can't imagine doing anything else."

The Perkins College of Education also recognized eight faculty members for their teaching and research endeavors.

TEACHING

School of Human Sciences

Dr. Jennifer Newquist is an assistant professor who has been with SFA for seven years. She has an extensive background working with children, couples, families and individuals in school and community-based settings. She is a licensed professional counselor and licensed chemical dependency counselor with experience in community mental health agencies, school districts and foster placement agencies. Newquist teaches human development and family studies courses and advises the Jacks Council on Family Relations, the student affiliate for the National Council on Family Relations at SFA.

Department of Education Studies

Dr. Lauren E. Burrow is an associate professor of education studies. She is a MotherScholar with three young children who inspire and directly contribute to her research interests in service learning and creativity in teacher education, including writing and the arts. As an engaged scholar, Burrow frequently collaborates with community partners to promote learning connections outside the traditional classroom settings. In 2018, she cofounded the Community Responsiveness and Engaged Advocacy in Teacher Education, or C.R.E.A.T.E., program track. C.R.E.A.T.E. focuses on experiential learning and critical community-led discussions as a meaningful way to connect learners to their communities in an urgent attempt to improve awareness about and commitments toward tackling social injustices, especially those that impact educational spaces.

Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership

Dr. Lydia Richardson is an assistant professor in and coordinator of the communication sciences and disorders program and the speech-language pathology program. She has over 16 years of clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist and strives to bring clinical application into her courses here at SFA. Richardson is honored to share in educating and shaping students to become SLPs of the future. She is thankful for the lifelong relationships that she has built at SFA.

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

Dr. Derek Cegelka has been with SFA for five years and has enjoyed his time as a Lumberjack. His teaching and guidance for his students have helped many gain employment or attend graduate school. Cegelka said, "The Perkins College of Education is really a place for enrichment of our students. I want to thank my department and the PCOE for nominating me for this great award." In his spare time, Cegelka likes to hang out with his dogs, go to the gym and do doubles acrobatics with his wife.

RESEARCH

School of Human Sciences

Dr. Hyunsook Kang joined SFA's human development and family studies program in 2015 after working at Texas A&M University at Kingsville. Her research and teaching interests are aging, Alzheimer's disease, family well-being and care, health, and demographics. A very active researcher, Kang teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She has authored many journal articles, and she received a Perkins College of Education Faculty Research Excellence Award in 2017.

Department of Education Studies

Dr. Chrissy Cross earned a doctorate from Texas Tech University in 2014 in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in science and math. An associate professor, Cross coordinates three secondary education graduate programs for the Department of Education Studies. She is a Southwest Educational Research Association board member (at large) and co-author and co-principal investigator on the funded National Science Foundation grant for SFA's Talented Teachers in Training for Texas program. She also is part of the newest editing team for Action in Teacher Education, a national journal. Her research agenda includes investigating retention and preparation of STEM teachers, STEM curriculum and instruction, and MotherScholarhood in academia. She has published research in American Biology Teacher, Bioscene, the International Journal of Research in Service Learning in Teacher Education, and The Texas Forum of Teacher Education.

Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership

Dr. Raul Prezas is an associate professor with more than 15 years of clinical experience as a speech-language pathologist in the university, public school and home health settings. His research interests include phonological development, bilingual/multicultural assessment and treatment, and working with underrepresented populations. In addition to publications in several journals, Prezas has written book chapters and articles related to culturally and linguistically diverse children. He recently published a book that provides a guide for first-generation college students to think critically with a Spanish version forthcoming. Moreover, Prezas published a phonological pattern approach for working with bilingual (Spanish-English) children with highly unintelligible speech. He has plans to expand the approach for speakers of other languages.

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

Dr. Malcolm Todd Whitehead holds a doctorate in exercise physiology with an emphasis in biochemistry and statistical analysis. An associate professor, Whitehead has nearly 20 years of teaching experience at the collegiate level, He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction. He also is certified by Functional Movement Systems in Functional Movement Screening I and Functional Movement Corrective Exercise. Whitehead has nearly 15 years of experience with performance testing and program design for performance enhancement in elite-level athletes and over 20 years of experience as a health and fitness consultant/personal trainer. He has been competing for 30 years as an endurance athlete in the following: triathlon, duathlon, running (distance and ultra-marathon), mountain bike racing (distance and ultra-distance, 24-hour racing), road bike racing and CrossFit.

Research and Creative Activity grant

Dr. Flora Farago, associate professor in the School of Human Sciences, was one of four SFA faculty members who received a 2021 Research and Creative Activity grant from SFA's Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Farago's study, "Attitudes about Gender in 7-10 year-old Children in Kenya," will examine Kenyan children's gender stereotypes, including perceptions about gender, discrimination, gender atypical peers, occupational aspirations and empowerment.

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Action in Teacher Education

The Association of Teacher Educators Board of Directors has selected three faculty members from the Department of Education Studies as editors of its journal, Action in Teacher Education. Drs. Heather Olson Beal and Amanda Rudolph, professors, and Dr. Chrissy Cross, associate professor, are serving as part of a team for a three-year editing term beginning in July.

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$1.4 million NSF grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded SFA a $1.4 million collaborative grant to attract, train, support and study STEM teachers. The program extends the existing Talented Teachers in Training for Texas program to a partnership with Lone Star College-Houston North. To date, over 100 SFA students have benefitted from the project, and research from the project has led to 32 conference presentations and 12 academic articles. This award will assist in solidifying existing partnerships with the Lone Star College system. Drs. Keith Hubbard (mathematics and statistics), Chrissy Cross (education studies), Dennis Gravatt (biology), Amber Wagnon (education studies) and Tarcia Hubert (LSC Math faculty and SFA alumna) will be leading the project.

The National Science Foundation has awarded SFA a $1.4 million collaborative grant to attract, train, support and study STEM teachers. The program extends the existing Talented Teachers in Training for Texas program to a partnership with Lone Star College-Houston North. To date, over 100 SFA students have benefitted from the project, and research from the project has led to 32 conference presentations and 12 academic articles. This award will assist in solidifying existing partnerships with the Lone Star College system. Drs. Keith Hubbard (mathematics and statistics), Chrissy Cross (education studies), Dennis Gravatt (biology), Amber Wagnon (education studies) and Tarcia Hubert (LSC Math faculty and SFA alumna) will be leading the project.

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AERA participation

Nearly a dozen faculty members from the Perkins College of Education participated in the virtual American Educational Research Association annual meeting last month.

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Important Dates and Deadlines May-August

May 7-8 Spring Commencement
May 17 Classes Begin (12-Week, 10-Week, First 8-Week, First 6-Week, First 4-Week)
June 28 Classes Begin (Second 6-Week, Second 4-Week)
Aug. 7 Summer Commencement
Aug. 11 Educator Preparation Program Application Deadline for Fall 2021
Aug. 23 Fall Semester Begins

Campus calendars

February 2021 Newsletter Contents

Message from the Dean

PCOE News

Service Learning

Student Spotlight

Faculty and Staff Spotlight

Important Dates and Deadlines: February-April

Message from the Dean: February 2021

Dr. Judy A. Abbott

By Dr. Judy A. Abbott

Happy New Year! We're already nearly a month into the spring semester. Remember, you can keep up with SFA's COVID-19 news this semester at sfasu.edu/spring2021.

Also, don't forget that many scholarship application deadlines are approaching. Visit sfasu.edu/scholarships for more information.

We have some exciting announcements. Our college is the first at SFA to establish an online doctoral program. We've also partnered with Texas A&M University System's RELLIS Academic Alliance to offer a face-to-face completer program for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies' early childhood through grade 6 concentration in Bryan-College Station. And we've announced four courses to kick off our new aviation sciences program in fall 2021. You can read about them all in this issue of the Perkins College of Education e-newsletter.

Feb. 2 marks a special anniversary for PCOE. On this day 100 years ago, Dr. Robert T. McKibben, the first education dean at SFA, was born. Dean from 1965 to 1980, McKibben was one of three chief advisors to the architects of a new SFA education building that opened in 1973. The building was named for the beloved dean shortly after he died in 1987.

In 2020, the building underwent a $150,000 first-floor renovation capital project that included the floors being stripped and refinished. An additional $15,700 was raised for auditorium renovations. We hope you can stop by and see our improvements soon!

Axe 'em,

Dean Abbott

Dr. Robert T. McKibben McKibben Education Building

PCOE News

SFA's first online doctoral degree focuses on educational leadership; application deadline for summer is March 15

Educators wanting to further their careers can now earn a doctorate in educational leadership without leaving their hometowns through a new online program in the Perkins College of Education.

The first completely online doctoral degree offered by SFA, the Doctor of Education in educational leadership prepares K-12 and higher education leaders to address population growth issues, cultural diversity, policy analysis and design, problem-solving and the change process through content-specific coursework and summer field-based leadership internships.

The deadline to apply for the program is March 15, and the new cohort begins May 17. For more information, email edd@sfasu.edu or visit sfasu.edu/sfaonline.

SFA partners with Texas A&M University System to offer teaching degree in Bryan-College Station

RELLIS Partnership

SFA has partnered with Texas A&M University System's RELLIS Academic Alliance to offer a face-to-face completer program for the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies' early childhood through grade 6 concentration in Bryan-College Station. This partnership, beginning in fall 2021, will help students from Blinn College District and other institutions seamlessly transition into the SFA program.

"The SFA campus and the RELLIS Academic Alliance share a very important goal: We want to reshape education to meet the needs of our Texas students," said Dr. Scott Gordon, SFA president. "The RELLIS Campus is a tremendous model where multiple institutions are offering programs in one location. That's innovation, and innovation is the key to success."

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SFA offers new applied behavior analysis certification program

Beginning in fall 2021, the program's classes will be taught face to face, either in person or via videoconferencing, during the evenings so individuals working full time can participate in the program.

The program's 315-hour course sequence meets the Behavior Analyst Certification Board's eligibility requirements for students taking the Board Certified Behavior Analyst or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst examination.

The certification is designed for individuals pursuing their master's degree in social work, marriage and family therapy, speech and language pathology, psychology, teaching and counseling, among others.

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Culinary Café and Lumberjack Express spring service begins Feb. 16

Culinary Cafe Lumberjack Express

Spring semester service on Tuesdays and Thursdays for SFA's student-run Culinary Café and Lumberjack Express begins Feb. 16. Patrons must follow the COVID-19 drive-thru and walk-up procedures. To view menus and guidelines as well as purchase tickets, visit sfasu.edu/culinarycafe and sfasu.edu/lumberjackexpress.

Despite COVID-19's effects on the restaurant business, hospitality administration students working in the Culinary Café and Lumberjack Express were able to prepare delicious meals while gaining hands-on experience during the fall semester because of the support from the Nacogdoches and SFA communities.

Also, construction on the future location of Culinary Café at 1401 Mound St., previously the home of former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, continues this semester. The first phase of construction for the kitchen and prep area is scheduled to be complete by early spring.

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Service Learning

SFA faculty members, students to help Nacogdoches food pantry expand

Nac HOPE Collaboration

Nacogdoches Helping Other People Eat food pantry is expanding thanks to a grant that involves a collaboration with three SFA schools: DeWitt School of Nursing in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, School of Human Sciences in the James I. Perkins College of Education and School of Social Work in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts

Nacogdoches HOPE is using the funding from a large fiscal year 2021 Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge grant awarded by the East Texas Food Bank to purchase a building and property next to the food pantry and Jo's Diner soup kitchen at 2100 E. Main St. This will help increase the number of individuals who can be served and food distribution, expand services and improve efficiency.

The new building will have offices for social work interns to provide information and referral services to those in need; for human sciences interns in SFA's food and nutrition program to provide clients with dietary consultations; and for nursing students and faculty members to conduct wellness checks for individuals who request them.

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SFA teacher candidates create activities for natural sciences museum

Natural Sciences Museum

When the COVID-19 pandemic moved many college students to online learning, teacher candidates at SFA were among them.

Those in SFA's Community Responsiveness and Engaged Advocacy in Teacher Education program, or C.R.E.A.T.E., saw their usual face-to-face community engagement projects canceled, but they soon found service-learning opportunities through a new partnership formed between C.R.E.A.T.E. and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville.

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Student Spotlight

SFA health science students help university with COVID-19 contact tracing

Two graduating seniors in the health science program at SFA spent their fall internships helping university officials conduct contact tracing for COVID-19 cases reported on campus.

Wendy Chavez of Houston and Frankcheskia Pyrtle of Conroe gained real-world experience through their internships, which were established by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs to help SFA Health Services manage COVID-19 cases on campus.

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Dance program to livestream Repertory Dance Company performances Feb. 25-27

Repertory Dance Company

SFA's dance program will livestream this semester's Repertory Dance Company performances, featuring guest artists, three faculty pieces and the theme "Vitality," at 7 p.m. Feb. 25-26 and 3 p.m. Feb. 27.

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, only the performers' immediate family members may attend the concerts in person in the HPE Complex, Room 201. Students, faculty, staff and the public can watch online by making a donation in any amount at sfasu.edu/rdc. Donors will receive an email the week of the performances containing the livestream link. Donations also will be accepted at the door.

Faculty and Staff Spotlight

SFA recognizes 2020 Teaching Excellence Award honorees

Jim Ewing Erica Dillard

Dr. Jim Ewing, associate professor in the Department of Education Studies, and Erica Dillard, lecturer in the Department of Education Studies, were among seven SFA faculty members who received 2020 Teaching Excellence Awards for their dedication to their students and profession.

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SFA's school psychology program receives grant for ADHD research

The school psychology program at SFA has received a nearly $15,000 grant from the Texas Woman's University Woodcock Institute to research why children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder lose focus specifically during searching activities like a game requiring them to spot missing objects.

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Important Dates and Deadlines: February-April

Educator Preparation Program Spring/Summer Schedule

University Calendars

Feb. 3-4 Virtual Transfer Showcase Lunch and Learns
Feb. 15 Clinical Teaching Application Deadline
Feb. 23-25 SFA Showcase Open House
March 6-14 Spring Break
March 15 Education Employer Connection Week Begins
March 19 Virtual Spring Teacher Job Fair
April 7 Thesis/Dissertation Final Drafts Due
April 21 Thesis/Dissertation/Comp Exam Deadline
April 30 Virtual Transfer Orientation
May 8 Commencement

November 2020 Newsletter Contents

Message from the Dean

PCOE in the Community

Student Spotlight

Faculty and Staff Spotlight

Important Dates and Deadlines: November-January

Message from the Dean: November 2020

Dr. Judy A. Abbott

By Dr. Judy A. Abbott

I hope you are well as we head into November. Remember, after Thanksgiving, classes will be remote only in most cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we are looking forward to seeing our graduating seniors and May and August graduates in person at three different commencement ceremonies scheduled for Dec. 11-12. Learn more.

The uncertainty of the pandemic caused a 2.7% drop in SFA's overall undergraduate enrollment from fall 2019 to fall 2020, though the Perkins College of Education saw a slight increase from 2,801 students in fall 2019 to 2,827 students in fall 2020.

SFA's overall graduate enrollment increased by more than 10% this fall. Our college's graduate student enrollment increased from 808 students in fall 2019 to 874 in fall 2020. We believe this is due to modernizing application processes, creating the Lumberjack Education Assistance Program for SFA employees and their spouses and dependents, and offering more flexible, virtual learning options. Learn more.

In addition to the transition of hundreds of courses to distance formats because of COVID-19, the Perkins College of Education offers early childhood-grade 6, grades 4-8 and special education online completer programs for transfer students to become teachers.

Also, our online master's and certification programs have helped many advance in their careers. Don't forget, our college was the first at SFA to offer a fully online undergraduate degree with our Bachelor of Science in human sciences. We will soon be the first college at SFA to offer a fully online doctoral degree. Stay tuned!

Have a wonderful and safe holiday season.

Axe 'em,

Dean Abbott

PCOE in the Community

SFA health science student raises awareness in the community

Monica Ortiz, an SFA health science senior from Cypress interning with Nacogdoches Communities and Neighbors, or Nac CAN, recorded a public service announcement in English and Spanish to help promote National Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Month in September.

SFA student group accepting donations for Thanksgiving Homebound project

Members of SFA's Jacks Council on Family Relations are gearing up for their annual food drive, Thanksgiving Homebound. Those interested in participating should contact JCFR at sfasujcfr@gmail.com to adopt a family. The group will provide a shopping list and general description of the family to help participants purchase food items and gifts.

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SFA's speech and language disorders center receives grant to help people with Parkinson's disease

The Stanley Center for Speech and Language Disorders at SFA is one of only 248 hospitals, university speech therapy clinics, private practices and nonprofit organizations worldwide to receive a 2020 Speak Out and Loud Crowd grant from the Parkinson Voice Project.

East Texas has a large population of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, according to Deena Petersen, clinic director.

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SFA teacher candidates partner with library to provide homework help online

Teacher candidates in SFA's Community Responsiveness and Engaged Advocacy in Teacher Education program, or C.R.E.A.T.E., have partnered with the Nacogdoches Public Library to provide free real-time drop-in homework help for local students.

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Student Spotlight

SFA chapter of family and consumer sciences honor society earns national award

"Shining Light and Joy in our Community," a service project by the Beta Upsilon chapter of the Phi Upsilon Omicron national honor society for family and consumer sciences at SFA, received the 2020 National Professional Project Award from Phi Upsilon Omicron's national council.

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SFA to livestream Danceworks performances of senior choreographic works



SFA's dance program will livestream senior choreographic works during its production of "Danceworks: The Effect" at 7 p.m. Nov. 12-13 and 3 p.m. Nov. 14. Unlike past years, only the performers' immediate family members may attend the concerts in person in the HPE Complex, Room 201, because of COVID-19 guidelines. Students, faculty, staff and the public can watch online by making a donation in any amount at sfasu.edu/danceworks. Donors will receive an email the week of the performances containing the livestream link.

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Hospitality students earn best poster honor at international conference

Hospitality administration senior Emily Ellis of Pearland (pictured left above) and human sciences graduate student Marisa Rios of Lytle (pictured right above) earned the Best Poster Award at the International Society of Travel and Tourism Educators virtual conference in October for their poster, "Designing Experiential Culinary Tourism Learning Opportunities with Community Collaborative Partners." They were the only undergraduate and master's students to present at the conference.

Working with Chef Todd Barrios and Dr. Chay Runnels, professor and interim director of the School of Human Sciences, Ellis and Rios presented on their 2019 collaboration with the Nacogdoches Public Library's Big Read program and the Stone Fort Museum. Under the direction of Barrios and Runnels, Rios and Ellis worked with Stone Fort Director Carolyn Spears to design a unique menu based on the book "Into the Beautiful North." Mexican inspired beverages and desserts were served to attendees visiting the Stone Fort Museum as part of a community tour of historic sites in conjunction with Big Read community events.

Faculty and Staff Spotlight

Dr. Sarah Straub awarded Montgomery Professorship for Humane Education

Dr. Sarah Straub, assistant professor of education studies at Stephen F. Austin State University, was awarded the 2020-22 Montgomery Professorship for Humane Education in the James I. Perkins College of Education.

"It is an incredible honor to continue the work of professors like Dr. Brandon Fox and Dr. Leah Kahn," Straub said. "Humane education pushes for compassion, justice and respect, so I am overwhelmed to be recognized as a faculty member who demonstrates these values."

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SFA faculty members receive TAER awards for serving students with visual impairments

Dr. Shannon Darst, assistant professor, and Donna "DJ" Dean, clinical instructor, in SFA's Department of Education Studies received two of the 12 awards presented by the Texas Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired in 2020 for leadership and service in the field.

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Important Dates and Deadlines: November-January

Educator Preparation Program Fall Schedule

University Calendars

Nov. 13 Virtual Transfer Orientation
Nov. 18 Thesis/Dissertation Exam Deadline
Nov. 21-29 Thanksgiving Break
Dec. 1 2021 Orientation Registration Opens
Dec. 3 Clinical Teacher Seminar
Dec. 9 Last Day of Clinical Teaching
Dec. 7-11 Final Exams
Dec. 11-12 In-Person Commencement Ceremonies
Jan. 8 First Day of Spring Semester
Jan. 18 MLK Day Holiday
Jan. 19 Last Day to Change Schedules

August 2020 Newsletter Contents

Message from the Dean

Special Focus: COVID-19 Coverage

PCOE in the Community

Program Spotlight

Student Spotlight

Faculty and Staff Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight

Important Dates and Deadlines

Message from the Dean

Dr. Judy A. Abbott

By Dr. Judy A. Abbott

Welcome to the new quarterly e-newsletter from the James I. Perkins College of Education. We're trying new ways to communicate with our current and former students as well as faculty and staff, especially as deadlines and requirements change rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep monitoring SFA's Guide to Fall 2020 for university-wide updates.

Similar to the end of the spring 2020 semester and this summer, faculty are offering course content primarily using technology - most if not all courses have a BrightSpace site (formerly D2L), where faculty provide 24/7 access to the syllabus, announcements, materials, grades and updates, among other items. Additionally, many faculty are recording their Zoom lectures/learning opportunities and providing those posts on their BrightSpace sites. That seems to be useful for students as they have the opportunity to "re-watch/re-participate" in the lectures and/or learning opportunities. Students are reporting that this "review" opportunity of recorded lectures/learning opportunities increases their learning/understanding. That is good news! We are expecting even better learning practices to be provided during this fall semester, thus we are hopeful that the learning/understanding of students will be even greater!

I also want to welcome you to a new academic year and a new Perkins College of Education structure. Our five units have been streamlined into four units to better serve our students. The Department of Education Studies includes our early childhood, elementary education, secondary education, special education, and deaf and hard of hearing programs, as well as our graduate orientation and mobility and teacher of students with visual impairments programs. The Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership serves students in our communication sciences and disorders, educational leadership, human services, pre-audiology, professional counseling, rehabilitation studies, school psychology, speech-language pathology, student affairs and higher education, and undergraduate orientation and mobility programs.

Our Department of Kinesiology and Health Science continues to offer programs in athletic training, dance, EC-12 all-level physical education, exercise science and health science, while the School of Human Sciences provides degrees in construction management, dietetics and nutritional sciences, food and nutrition, hospitality administration, human development and family studies, family and consumer sciences, interior design, and fashion or interior merchandising.

In faculty news, two of our unit leaders retired this year: Dr. Lynda Martin, director of the School of Human Sciences, and Dr. Robbie Steward, chair of the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership. We wish them well on their new adventures. Dr. Chay Runnels, professor of human sciences, has stepped in as interim director of the school, and Dr. Luis Aguerrevere, associate professor of human services, is serving as interim chair of the department.

Dr. Lynda Martin
Dr. Lynda Martin
Dr. Robbie Steward
Dr. Robbie Steward
Dr. Chay Runnels
Dr. Chay Runnels
Dr. Luis Aguerrevere
Dr. Luis Aguerrevere

Alumni, as the pandemic continues to greatly impact the economy, I want to remind you that our Center for Career and Professional Development is ready to assist you. If you're thinking about a career change, consider our college's online certification preparation and degree programs. You can view those on the new SFA Online site.

Though this semester will be challenging and uncertain, please know that we're here for you as you gain the real-world knowledge you need for your future career. You can reach us at collegeofeducation@sfasu.edu.

Axe 'em,

Dean Abbott

Special Focus: COVID-19 Coverage

Merchandising program selling SFA face masks

SFA is requiring face coverings to be worn in all public indoor spaces and all outdoor spaces when 6 feet of physical distance cannot be reliably maintained.

To help Lumberjacks meet this requirement, students in SFA's merchandising program have designed a two-sided face mask featuring the SFA tartan on one side and a Lumberjack and multi-SFA print on the other.

Modeling the mask in this photo are Jamie Cupit, instructor of merchandising; Dr. Scott Gordon, SFA president; Leisha Bridwell, associate professor of merchandising; and Dr. Judy A. Abbott, dean of the Perkins College of Education.

Masks are $20 each plus shipping. The $20 covers the cost of making the mask and generates funds for the merchandising program.

Because these are high-quality, handmade masks, their expected ship date is late September. Those who ordered their masks in June should have received them in mid-August.

For more information, contact Leisha Bridwell at lbridwell@sfasu.edu.

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SFA Counseling Clinic offering free teletherapy during pandemic

The Counseling Clinic in the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership is accepting new clients and temporarily waiving all fees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Services include individual, parent and child, couples, family and group therapy, as well as career planning and development.

Clients contact the clinic for help with issues including anger management, anxiety, career counseling, depression, divorce, employment-seeking skills, grief, life adjustments (for example, homesickness), marriage counseling, parenting, problem-solving, social skills, stress management, substance abuse, text anxiety and time management.

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Interior design students help SFA prepare to safely reopen during pandemic

Keeping the safety of their fellow students in mind when the campus opens this fall, five interior design seniors at SFA spent the summer working as interns for SFA's Office of Institutional Effectiveness to collect data on classrooms and design safe learning environments for their classmates.

The students' finished floor plans, along with their proposed physical distancing furniture plans and occupant loads for each of the 400 rooms and labs they assessed, are posted on the OIE website for all faculty and staff to access.

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SFA Charter School reopens amid pandemic and changing state guidelines

The SFA Charter School carefully kicked off the new school year on Aug. 12 by following a detailed plan to ensure the safety of its students, teachers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Like all other schools across the nation, the charter school had to close in March and move to online teaching and learning. Staff members also quickly inventoried the perishable food in the school's kitchen, sorted and bagged it, and distributed it to charter school families who qualified as socioeconomically disadvantaged or who were caring for multiple children. The year ended with car parade graduations instead of in-person ceremonies to ensure physical distancing.

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SFA health science students, faculty quickly adjust during pandemic

From course content and format to internship availability, students and faculty in SFA's health science program are experiencing huge changes due to COVID-19.

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PCOE in the Community

Valarie Larkin Fountain

SFA helps ensure teaching talent for East Texas students through grant

SFA teacher candidates and East Texas students are benefiting from a grant program launched by the Texas Education Agency in 2018.

One of the goals of the Grow Your Own grant program is to recruit and retain teacher candidates in hard-to-staff areas like small and rural school districts.

"Home-grown teachers stay," said Will Cauthen, SFA alumnus and pre-K-12 principal at Martinsville Independent School District. "If we are able to hire teachers who enjoy the small rural school setting, then these teachers and coaches will one day be our seasoned teachers who build on years of success and stability."

Valarie Larkin Fountain, pictured above, was one of the recipients of the grant during the 2019-20 school year. She is now employed at Martinsville ISD.

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SFA students, faculty train Lufkin SSLC employees to help residents with visual impairments

About 50 of the residents at the Lufkin State Supported Living Center require some type of visual aid. Because of this, two years ago the center partnered with faculty members and students in SFA's undergraduate orientation and mobility program to conduct "blind mobility" training twice a month for new direct support employees.

SFA students show Lufkin SSLC employees how to safely guide residents up and down stairs and curbs, through doors and in and out of chairs while respecting the residents' independence.

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Update: SFA's Cooking Matters program and work with HOPE Pantry, Jo's Diner

The six-week Cooking Matters program, a partnership between SFA's School of Human Sciences and the East Texas Food Bank in Tyler, has been scaled back for the remainder of 2020 because of the pandemic, said Justin Pelham, clinical instructor in food, nutrition and dietetics.

In its sixth year, the program is a class project for students in Pelham's community nutrition course that helps them showcase their skills in a real-world setting. One of the venues for the program is usually Nacogdoches' Helping Other People Eat Pantry.

"Restrictions and limitations with community members make this option not currently feasible even virtually with some patrons not having access to appropriate internet services and/or electronic devices," Pelham said.

Instead, he is working with HOPE Pantry to determine students' volunteering options, whether assisting with on-site food distribution or helping patrons review nutrition content virtually.

The pandemic also cut short Lumberjack Express mobile food lab service to patrons of Jo's Diner last spring, but Dr. Donna Fickes, clinical instructor in hospitality administration, said students will be able to serve to-go meals to the soup kitchen's patrons on Wednesdays between Oct. 14 and Nov. 18 from Lumberjack Express.

Students first will complete the hybrid, eight-week mobile food management lecture course to learn how to acquire and operate a food truck. Then they will practice what they learned while giving back to the community by serving Jo's Diner patrons from Lumberjack Express for the course's lab.

Program Spotlight

TJC-SFA Partnership
New partnership helps TJC students obtain bachelor's degrees in kinesiology at SFA

Students enrolled in Tyler Junior College's wellness and exercise program now have a way to complete a four-year Bachelor of Science in kinesiology with a concentration in exercise science at SFA.

Pictured here at a meditation session during a fitness conference before the pandemic, juniors Garrett Plumlee of Longview, Valentina Stinchfield of Tyler and Breanna Lemons of Hawkins are enrolled in the pathway's inaugural year.

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Student Spotlight

Christina Meyers

Meyers named ARCA Master's Student of the Year

Christina Meyers, an SFA student pursuing a Master of Arts in professional counseling with a clinical rehabilitation counseling concentration, was named 2020 Master's Student of the Year by the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association.

She is the first SFA student to receive this honor.

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Governor appoints Bramhall as new SFA student regent

Ireland Bramhall of Ennis has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to serve as student regent for SFA during the 2020-21 academic year.

"I love SFA, so to be able to have an impact on the university at a deeper level is something that I've wanted since I stepped foot here my first day of freshman year," said Bramhall, a hospitality administration senior.

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Faculty and Staff Spotlight

Tingting Xu

Xu earns Research and Creative Activity grant

Dr. Tingting Xu, associate professor of education studies, earned a Research and Creative Activity grant from SFA's Office of Research and Graduate Studies for her research on redefining engineering in early childhood education through professional development.

She's examining the impact of intensive professional development during the summer on kindergarten and first grade classroom teachers' content and pedagogical knowledge of engineering, as well as their attitudes and efficacy toward teaching engineering.

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Faculty members earn Teaching Excellence, Research and/or Creative Activities honors

This year's Perkins College of Education Teaching Excellence Award winners were Drs. Chrissy Cross and Jim Ewing, associate professors in the Department of Education Studies; Dr. Dustin Joubert, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science; Dr. Rachel Jumper, assistant professor in the School of Human Sciences; and Dr. Daniel McCleary, associate professor in the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership.

Winners of the college's Research and/or Creative Activities Award were Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey, assistant professor in the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership; Dr. Eric Jones, professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science; Dr. Darla O'Dwyer, associate professor in the School of Human Sciences; and Dr. Tingting Xu, associate professor in the Department of Education Studies.

Ewing and Xu were selected to represent the Perkins College of Education at the university's award convocation.

Perkins College of Education announces retirements, promotions, new faculty and staff

The following faculty members retired this year: Neill Armstrong, associate professor in the Department of Education Studies; Deborah Cady, clinical instructor in the Department of Education Studies; Dr. Lynda Martin, director of the School of Human Sciences; and Dr. Robbie Steward, chair of the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership. Dr. Chay Runnels, professor of human sciences, is interim director of the school, and Dr. Luis Aguerrevere, associate professor of human services, is interim chair of the department.

The college celebrated several promotions this year.

Kristina White was promoted to assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science. Drs. Jim Ewing and Mark Montgomery in the Department of Education Studies and Dr. Flora Farago in the School of Human Sciences were promoted to associate professor.

Dr. Lydia Richardson, assistant professor in the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership, received tenure. Dr. Chrissy Cross in the Department of Education Studies and Drs. Daniel McCleary and Barbara Qualls in the Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership received tenure and were promoted to associate professors.

Dr. Jeanie Gresham was name professor emeritus of education studies.

The college also welcomed new faculty and staff members:

Department of Education Studies

Dr. William Davis, Visiting Assistant Professor
Dr. Marisol Diaz, Assistant Professor
Dr. Tonya Jeffery, Assistant Professor
Dr. Kevin Jones, Assistant Professor
Dr. Eric Torres, Associate Chair/Associate Professor

Department of Human Services and Educational Leadership

Dr. Rochelle Cade, Associate Professor
Brooklee Grant, Administrative Assistant
Dr. Sarah Irvin, Assistant Professor
Dr. Summer Pannell, Associate Professor
Dr. Elaine Turner, Assistant Professor

Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

Dr. Robyn Whitehead, Assistant Professor

School of Human Sciences

Jill Pruett, Clinical Instructor
Dr. Nathaniel Walker, Assistant Professor
Dr. Ginny Watkins, Visiting Assistant Professor

Student Services and Advising Center

Carla Redfield, Administrative Assistant

SFA's Center for Teaching and Learning: Keep Teaching website helps faculty members transition to remote teaching

Drs. Lauren Burrow, associate professor, and Heather Olson Beal, professor, in the Department of Education Studies used CTL resources to help student teachers in SFA's Community Responsiveness and Engaged Advocacy in Teacher Education program, or C.R.E.A.T.E., give back to Nacogdoches families by providing live online lessons after the pandemic hit.

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Chef Todd Barrios, clinical instructor in the School of Human Sciences, used CTL resources to teach hands-on food preparation online to students who were limited to ingredients in their home pantries because of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders last spring.

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Alumni Spotlight

Brooks-Quinn-Jones Principals

Continuing a legacy of Lumberjack leadership

Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School in Nacogdoches said farewell to its principal, Tom Miller (on right in above photo), an SFA alumnus (1980 and 1996), this year. But former BQJ assistant principal, Gerald Fonzie, another SFA alumnus (2008 and 2010, on left in above photo), has been promoted to the role to continue the school's legacy of Lumberjack leadership.

Before serving as principal and assistant principal for six years together at BQJ, Miller and Fonzie earned master's degrees in education, as well as their principal and physical education teacher certifications at SFA. They also connected over playing sports growing up and participating in Lumberjack basketball. Miller was a graduate assistant in basketball at SFA from 1978 to 1980, and Fonzie played for the team from 2005 to 2008.

"SFA definitely played a big role in the relationship we have," Fonzie said. "It allowed us to connect from an education and athletics point of view."

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Educator Preparation Program recognizing alumni

If you earned an educator certificate through SFA, the Educator Preparation Program wants to recognize you.

Email the name of where you work, the subject and grade level you teach or your position title, and a photo of yourself and your classroom or office to edprep@sfasu.edu.

Teachers save 10% on alumni memberships

SFA's teaching alumni can now join the Alumni Association or renew their annual memberships at a 10% discount. They also receive swag to decorate their classrooms.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Educator Preparation Program Fall Schedule

University Calendars

August 19 Deadline to Apply for Fall 2020 Educator Preparation Program (mySFA)
August 24 First Day of Fall Classes
September 8 12th Class Day: Virtual Advising Appointments Available
September 15 Deadline to Apply for Spring 2021 Clinical Teaching (mySFA)
October 7 Spring/Summer 2021 Educator Preparation Program Application Opens
October 9 Fall Teacher Expo (Virtual)
October 21 Last Day to Drop Classes
October 21 Fall Career and Internship Expo (Virtual)
November 4 Deadline for Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Final Drafts
November 4 Deadline to Apply for Graduate Thesis/Dissertation Exam