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Excelsior ISD perfect attendance and honor roll



Excelsior 2nd six weeks Perfect Attendance


Deuce Anderson, Korbin Bortz, Santiago Chable-Jimenez, Jake Lovell, Lex Warr-Burcham, Cannon Welch, Cody Berg, Lillian Brown, Catalina Escobedo, Wyatt Foster, Kynlee Griggs, Brandon Escobedo, Justin Miles, Brilyn Williams, Hennessy Anderson, Lance Brown, Jaxen Mahan, Marissa Miles, Melanie Miles, Zachery Stotts, Mikayla Anderson, Kaleb Bentley, Devin Warren, Jackson Welch, Jakeb Williams, Moses Crawford, Gracie Gillis, Emily Leach, Jaquelyn Miles, Blake Warren, Katelyn Bentley, Stephen Bentley, Anthone Davis-Katan, Zane Griffith, Victoria King, Brian McDonald, Larkin Sears, Dallas Whiteside, Jaxon Williams, Leah Fountain, Evea Glasson, Joanie McDonald, Ethan Miles, Rylan Chandler, Jada Jacobs, Breia Lout, Jamie Stotts, Dean Walker, Dane Walker



Excelsior’s A Honor Roll

1st grade – Lillian Brown, Wyatt Foster, Drake Geuin, Kynlee Griggs, Allen Whitton      
2nd grade – CJ Clark
3rd grade – Lance Brown, Jaxen Mahan, Brooklynn Scates
4th grade – Mikayla Anderson
5th grade – Emily Leach, Kingston Menzies, Jaquelyn Miles, Kaycee Vaughn
6th grade – Kyra Huskey
7th grade – Leah Fountain, Evea Glasson, Joanie McDonald, Ethan Miles
8th grade – Rylan Chandler, Dane Walker



Excelsior’s A/B Honor Roll


1st grade – Ella Aguillard
2nd grade – Brandon Escobedo, Wyatt Lewis, Justin Miles, Brilyn Williams
3rd grade – Hennessy Anderson, Lexi Clark, Caidence Kelley
4th grade – Karson Adkinson, Kaleb Bentley, Ileigha Burcham, Lillian Etheridge, Isabella Gima,
 Jocelyn Stewart, Devin Warren, Jackson Welch, Jakeb Williams
5th grade – Cody Adkinson, Emily Alvy, Moses Crawford, Ayden Eaves, Gracie Gillis, Toni Lovell,
 Celeste Rivera-Diaz, Bryson Stewart
6th grade – Katelyn Bentley, Stephen Bentley, Victoria King, Brian McDonald, Abbie Smith
7th grade – Kolton Adkinson, Lisseth Arias, Gabriel Bentley, Kailee  Cameron
8th grade – Abraham Diaz-Gonzalez, Jada Jacobs, Breia Lout, Jamie Stotts



Ponies Ground the Seahawks



After a back and forth affair, Panola was able to pull away with a 79-71 victory over Lamar State Port Arthur. The Ponies led 33-31 at halftime. Lamar State came out hot in the 2nd half and were able to build a 69-61 lead with 5:16 left in the game. It was all Ponies from there on out. An 18-2 run to finish the game, pushed the Ponies to 10-3 overall and 1-1 in Region XIV play.


Tylan Dean led the Ponies with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Lenell Henry had another double double effort with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Tariq Simmons added 12 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. Kamari Brown came off the bench to add 10 points, 7 rebounds, and a game-winning steal and assist with just over a minute to play.


The Ponies now have the rest of December idle, and will return to the court on January 1st at 7 p.m. in a nonconference matchup.





Shelbyville ISD Board Agenda





A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Shelbyville Independent School District will be held on Monday, December 10, 2018, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the Board Room of the Shelbyville Independent School District at 5322 St. Hwy 87 S, Shelbyville, Texas.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time. 


1.Call to order
2.Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance
3.Open forum
4.Consent agenda 
a.Minutes of the November 12, 2018 meeting of the board
b.Monthly financial reports
5.Consider for approval
a.Independent Financial Audit Report for 2017-18
b.Resolution—Investment Policy Annual Review
c.Lease of Mineral Rights
6.Principal’s Reports
a.Campus events
b.Recognition of Staff and/or Students
7.Superintendent’s Reports
a.Academic UIL District Meet
b.Christmas Open House
c.Board Appreciation Month (January)
d.Articles of Interest
e.General Updates
8.Executive Session
c.Real Property
9. Adjournment





Senior SFA human development and family studies student recognized with national award



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Jaycie Case, a senior human development and family studies major at Stephen F. Austin State University, was recently recognized by the National Council on Family Relations for her “exceptional accomplishments and involvement in scholarship, leadership and community service in family science,” according to the NCFR.


Dr. Jennifer Newquist, assistant professor in SFA’s School of Human Sciences, nominated Case for the NCFR Honors Student Recognition, which is a national award.


“I nominated Jaycie because of her dedication to the field of family science through her academic work, and leadership as president and public relations/membership officer for the Jacks Council on Family Relations,” Newquist said. “She has completed several community service hours related to family science with the JCFR, as well as her sorority. She has been a major asset to this organization.”


An Aledo native, Case has been a member of SFA’s JCFR since 2016, which is the local chapter of the NCFR.


“When Dr. Newquist nominated me for this award, I was truly honored,” Case said. “She is one of the inspirations for my career choice to become a college professor, and knowing that she believes in me enough to nominate me means the world.”


JCFR is a student organization focused on building networks and helping families within the community. It is part of the School of Human Sciences. Each semester, organization members host various outreach programs. During her tenure, Case has helped with Thanksgiving Homebound, a food drive for families during the holiday; Family Fun Day events; diaper drives; and nursing home outreach.


“Ever since joining JCFR, I have always loved being a part of the community outreach we do,” Case said.


Case is scheduled to graduate this fall with honors and begin her graduate studies at SFA in the spring.






Timpson Bear Update






SFA School of Art to host Graphic Design Portfolio Night




NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will host a Graphic Design Portfolio Night from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Graphic Design Room B121 and front gallery in the art building on Wilson Drive.

The event will feature two SFA art alumni who will discuss their successful careers following graduation.

Guest speakers are Amanda Buckley, principal and CMO for Omniplan in Dallas, and Andrei Bucur, project manager and designer for Dodd Creative Group, also in Dallas.

Buckley’s job is to build brands that communicate the values of holistic design in retail, mixed-use and urban planning. Bucur, a former manager of SFA’s Graphic Shop, coordinates and manages brands into successful signage programs at Dodd Creative Group.

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided.

For additional information, call the School of Art office at (936) 468-4804.




Excelsior ISD Fine Arts Program








SFA education students bring history to life with 3D printing



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — History can seem like a difficult subject to learn, but Stephen F. Austin State University secondary education students and staff members in the Center for Regional Heritage Research and Steen Library are using 3D printing to help bring history to life.


During the fall semester, students in a sociocultural and historic perspectives in American education course taught by Dr. Amber Wagnon, SFA assistant professor of secondary education and educational leadership, collaborated with staff members from the CRHR and Steen Library to print in 3D bowls from the Caddo Native American tribe and handles from a cannon recovered from wreckage of the La Belle ship of French explorer René-Robert Cavelier, the Sieur de La Salle.


Drs. Robert Selden, research associate, and Mark Barringer, director of college research and associate professor in history, helped with the project. Selden discussed the 3D-printing process with the students who then printed other items.


“At SFA, 3D printing is a relatively new tool and is an asset we have on our campus,” Wagnon said. “It’s important for our teacher candidates to think about meaningful ways to utilize technology in the classroom. Teaching is a field in which collaboration is important, and I was excited the students were able to work collaboratively with other groups.”


After learning the 3D-printing process, education students created lesson plans, which they taught at Woden High School. SFA interdisciplinary studies sophomore Julisa Valdez of Houston said this project taught her patience and how to be flexible in the classroom.


“We had a lot of technology problems at first, which was frustrating, but it happens to teachers every day, so the best you can do is be flexible and patient,” Valdez said. “Prior to this collaboration, I had only worked with kids in elementary or early middle school, but working with high school students had a different atmosphere. Students were ready to learn and asked a lot of great questions. This experience has made me realize what I could do to become a better teacher.”


Not only did this project introduce students to new technology, but it also brought them into the field where they gained experience with classroom management, learning theories, diversity, planning and teaching.


“I believe we learn through doing. My students want to be educators, and I want to give them the opportunity to start that journey as early as possible,” Wagnon said. “I wanted them to have the opportunity to utilize and practice the theoretical tools we spent the semester examining.”


For more information about SFA’s James I. Perkins College of Education, visit


Cutline: Stephen F. Austin State University education students collaborated with staff members from the Center for Regional Heritage Research and Steen Library to print historical artifacts in 3D. Students utilized these artifacts to build lesson plans and teach at Woden High School.





Six singers selected to All-State Choir











Six Panola College students auditioned and were selected to perform with the 2019 Texas Two-Year College All State Choir.


“I am so proud of these fine singers,” said Sandra Bauer, director of vocal music at Panola College. “They worked hard to prepare for the audition, and I’m thrilled that they were selected for this honor.”


The students include Aaron Tello, Center, Bass 2; Kacia Johnson, Tatum, Alto 2; Loren Caserta, Beckville, Soprano 2; Nichole Painter, Marshall, Soprano 1; Sydnee Taylor, Carthage, Alto 1, and Hunter Moon, Beckville, Tenor 1.


The students will join other college singers from across Texas at the 2019 TMEA Clinic and Convention, February 13-16, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio.

Bauer is serving as president of the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association for 2018-2019. “It’s quite an accomplishment to be selected as All-State Choir members. At this event in February, my students will have the opportunity to meet other college musicians and learn from some of the best in the State.”



From left, Aaron Tello, Center, Bass 2, Kacia Johnson, Tatum, Alto 2; Loren Caserta, Beckville, Soprano 2; Nichole Painter, Marshall, Soprano 1; Sydnee Taylor, Carthage, Alto 1, and Hunter Moon, Beckville, Tenor 1, were selected to the All-State Choir.



SFA alumnus selects Christmas tree for City of Houston





NACOGDOCHES, Texas — As a final countdown commenced, attendees at Houston’s 99th annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree-Lighting Ceremony at City Hall turned their attention to the event’s centerpiece — a 65-foot-tall white fir tree located in Hermann Square. Although not cloaked in purple lights and Lumberjack regalia, the Christmas tree standing in the heart of Texas’ largest city holds a distinct connection to Stephen F. Austin State University.


Earlier this year, Nacogdoches native and SFA forestry alumnus David Robinson traveled to Southwest Oregon to hand select the towering tree destined to become the cornerstone of Houston’s holiday celebrations. 


“It was an honor, and I hope I get to do it again,” said Robinson, field supervisor of urban forestry for the City of Houston. “I got to see a part of the country I’ve never seen before, and it’s just amazing.”


The tree, harvested from private timberland near Medford, Oregon, is one of many large conifers from the region that will be transported across the country and displayed in large city centers.


Robinson said the City of Houston has a relationship with an individual based in the Pacific Northwest who collaborates with industrial timber companies and private landowners to locate potential large-scale Christmas trees. 


“The trees are marked with GPS coordinates, and he returns during the next five to six years to fertilize and shape the tree,” Robinson said. “Once ready, the trees are marketed to cities like Houston, shopping malls or anyone in the market for a big Christmas tree.”



While much of the initial correspondence regarding desired tree specifications, such as height, is conducted through phone or email, Robinson said it is necessary to see the tree in person to make the final decision.  


“We check things that don’t translate well through email and pictures, such as tree quality and different kinds of potential hazards,” Robinson said.


Following final selection, the tree is felled and transported via helicopter from the forest to a landing site, where it is placed on a flatbed truck for transport.


Robinson explained that after it arrived in Houston, the tree was trimmed and placed in a 5-foot-deep culvert buried in the ground. Due to the sheer size of the tree, guide wires are used, and the culvert is filled with gravel to stabilize it.


“Despite the size, aftercare is not too dissimilar from the way in which families care for their own live Christmas trees at home,” Robinson said.


While aftercare may be similar, decorating a tree that size reaches a whole new level of Christmas spirit.


According to Stella Pereira, office manager for the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, more than 3,000 individual LED lights adorn the tree.  


Although the final honor of lighting the tree went to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Robinson said his own family has a tradition of selecting and decorating a tree to look forward to. He added his family’s Christmas tree will, of course, be a live tree.


Cutline: Stephen F. Austin State University forestry alumnus David Robinson had the honor of selecting the official Christmas tree for the City of Houston. The tree, a 65-foot white fir harvested from private timberland near Medford, Oregon, was lit during Houston’s 99th annual Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree-Lighting Ceremony at City Hall on Dec. 3. Pictured, Robinson, field supervisor of urban forestry for the City of Houston, stands with the tree prior to felling.





LETU to Host A Christmas Carol Sing on Dec 23 in Speer Chapel



(Longview, Texas)— LeTourneau University will host a free, hour-long ‘Christmas Carol Sing’ for the public to participate in at 3:30 p.m. on the Sunday before Christmas on Dec. 23 in the historic Speer Chapel on the LETU campus, 2100 S. Mobberly Avenue in Longview. Singing will be led by Fine Arts Director and Associate Professor of Music Dr. Jim Taylor.   


“When we held our Hymn Sing at the end of September, we discovered a strong desire for folks to join again at Christmas time to sing carols together,” Taylor said.  “In our churches during a given Advent season, we often only get to sing a few Christmas carols.  This event is a time when we can relax and enjoy these songs of the season.”


Song sheets will be provided, and requests can be made. Taylor, who is widely known in our area for singing and playing guitar, will also perform a few Christmas solos made popular by artists such as by James Taylor, Chris Rice, and others.


“By December 23, all the school concerts and church cantatas are done, distant family members may be in town, and it is a time you want to get together for family fun and closeness,” Taylor said.  “Why not spend an hour on a Sunday afternoon singing carols and then go home to your home fire and hot chocolate?”


LeTourneau University is the Christian polytechnic university in the nation where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. LETU offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a range of disciplines and delivery models at LETU’s residential campus in Longview, Texas, hybrid options at centers in the Dallas and Houston areas and fully online programs. For additional information, visit







Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Zumba ® Gold.  This class takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the older participant.  The class will meet Monday and Wednesday:  January 7 – February 13, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm,  at the Shelby College Center. The cost of the class is $50.00 and pre-registration is required.  For more information and to register, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:






Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Beginning Yoga classes.  The class will meet Monday and Wednesday: January 7 – February 13, from 5:05 pm – 6:05 pm, at the Shelby College Center. The cost of the class is $50.00 and pre-registration is required.  For more information, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email


Panola College is an Equal Opportunity Institution that provides educational and employment opportunities on the basis of merit and without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. 





Dragon Varsity Boys Basketball Game



The Dragons will play tonight, Dec. 4 @ 6:00 pm in Martin Mills-Varsity boys only.






Center ISD JV Girls Basketball: Time Change













The Tenaha Tiger's Quarterfinal matchup originally set for this Friday HAS BEEN CHANGED!  The Tigers will take on the San Augustine Wolves this Thursday, December 6th at 7 p.m. at Nacogdoches High School. The Tigers will be the Visitors.  Tickets will be sold at the gate; Adults $7.00 and Students $5.00.  There will be a Pep Rally Thursday in the SEC at 2:30 p.m.  Come out and support the Tigers!!!!!!





Joaquin Girls Basketball Schedule Change for 12/04 - No JV Game



There will only be a JHS varsity girls basketball game tonight vs Martinsville. Game time is scheduled for 5:00 pm at Martinsville.


Submitted by: Steven McCann, Women's Athletic Director






Timpson Bear Update



Dec. 3 –Jr. High Girls/Boys Basketball vs. Tenaha @ Tenaha – 4:30pm


Dec. 4 – Lady Bear Basketball vs. Woden – Here – JVG/VG  - 5:00 pm in Event Center

---------Varsity Bear Basketball vs. Slocum immediately after Lady Bears Game in Event Center

---------JV Bear Basketball vs. Slocum @ 5:00 p.m. in Bear Drive Gym


FFA News –  According to Miss Margo Hooper, on Saturday, December 1st Timpson FFA Members April Ramsey (11th grade) and Avery Metcalf (3rd Grade) competed at the Martins Mill Livestock Show and the Morris County Livestock Show. April had a 1st in class with her Simmental Heifer, 2nd in class with her ARB Heifer, and was then named Grand Champion Simmental Heifer. Avery won PeeWee Showmanship, had 1st in her class, and was then named Reserve Champion Goat. We are beyond proud of these two young ladies and all their hard work so far this show season!


Volleyball News – See the following Volleyball awards:


TGCA (Texas Girls’ Coaches Association) All State

Kamryn Courtney – Jr.

Brylee Behrens – Jr.


TGCA All Star game played in Fort Worth this summer

Kamryn Courtney – Jr.


All District Awards –


Co-Offensive MVP – Kamryn Courtney – Jr.


Newcomer of the Year – Da’Mya Collins – Soph.


1st Team – Brylee Behrens – Jr., Sara Duke – Sr., Harlie Ware – Soph.


2nd Team – Emily Garcia – Sr.


Honorable Mention – Sadie Ramsey – Jr.


Academic All District – Nataley Smith – Soph., Brylee Behrens – Jr., Kamryn Courtney – Jr., Sadie Ramsey – Jr., Kaleigh Timmons – Jr., Sara Duke – Sr., Emily Garcia – Sr. Madelyn Ramsey – Sr.


Counselor’s Corner - The East Texas Antique Tractor Club scholarship is now available.  Applicants may major in any field of study at a university, college or technical school.  Students may pick up applications in Mrs. Metcalf's office, or download them from counselor link on the Timpson ISD website.  The deadline for submission is March 11th.


High School 2nd Six Weeks Honor Roll – See attached.   



Dr. Treba Marsh to offer SFA commencement address








NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Dr. Treba Marsh, Stephen F. Austin State University professor emeritus of accounting, will offer the commencement address during the university’s two fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15.


Marsh served SFA from 1991 through 2018 in various roles, including as the interim director and director of the Schlief School of Accountancy and as the Temple Inland Endowed Professor. Her close relationship with SFA accounting alumni and accounting firm partners has resulted in the contribution of thousands of scholarship dollars for accounting students, as well as a growing number of internship placements and job offers.


Dr. Kelly Noe, associate professor and director of SFA’s Schlief School of Accountancy, said Marsh has been a major influence within the Rusche College of Business and the Schlief School of Accountancy.


“Dr. Marsh not only changed my life, but also changed the lives of many students. She was like my work mom,” Noe said. “She was and still is an amazing mentor, and her work in the Schlief School of Accountancy has helped make our program what it is today.”


Marsh is a two-time SFA alumna, receiving a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and a Master of Business Administration in management. She received her doctoral degree from Louisiana Tech University.


She has served as president of the Southwest Region of the American Accounting Association, Chapter Advocate for the Southwest Region of Beta Alpha Psi, chair of the Texas Society of Public Accountants Educators’ Conference, Historian of the Federation of Business Disciplines, and in other positions with national and regional organizations. 


“Dr. Marsh has had a profound impact on students. There are many certified public accountants out there today because Dr. Marsh identified their potential and gave them guidance to change their career path for the better,” Noe said. “She was the most student-friendly professor I know. She always did what was the best for students. Nobody will be able to fill her shoes.”


Marsh was named an outstanding accounting educator by the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Southwestern American Accounting Association, and she was awarded outstanding faculty advisor for Beta Alpha Psi numerous times. She received the 2013 National Author Award from the Association of Government Accountants.


Marsh has published more than 70 research papers and presented at professional meetings, including the American Accounting Association, Decision Science Institute, Clute Institute, and other regional and national conferences. 


SFA’s fall commencement ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Johnson Coliseum with candidates from the James I. Perkins College of Education and the College of Fine Arts. Candidates from the colleges of business, liberal and applied arts, forestry and agriculture, and sciences and mathematics will participate in a 2 p.m. ceremony.


Approximately 1,070 degrees are expected to be awarded, including 864 bachelor’s, 200 master’s and six doctoral degrees. Almost 270 students are expected to graduate with honors, including 87 cum laude, 74 magna cum laude, 103 summa cum laude and 60 university scholars.


Cutline: Dr. Treba Marsh, Stephen F. Austin State University professor emeritus of accounting, will offer the commencement address during the university’s two fall graduation ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 15.




SFA Gala to honor outstanding faculty members



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Two outstanding Stephen F. Austin State University faculty members will be honored during the 30th annual SFA Gala Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.


Faculty achievement awards presented during the Gala recognize innovation and excellence in teaching and research. Dr. Sheryll Jerez, associate professor of environmental science in the

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, is the recipient of the 2018 Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching. Dr. Kevin W. Stafford, associate professor in SFA’s Department of Geology in the College of Sciences and Mathematics, is the recipient of the 2018 Faculty Achievement Award for Research.


Dr. Sheryll Jerez


Jerez received her doctoral degree in agricultural engineering in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and began teaching at SFA as an assistant professor of environmental science. She was awarded Faculty Mentor of the Year in 2014, the Kenneth Watterston Teaching Excellence Award in 2016 and was a finalist for the SFASU Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Teaching in 2016 and 2017.


“SFA’s environmental science program is rated among the top 50 in the nation,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “Our philosophy is to produce graduates who are problem-solvers. Dr. Jerez’s quality teaching and breadth of course offerings are solid contributors to the success of our program.”

In her courses, Jerez designs and implements student projects based on real-world environmental issues that are presented during the Undergraduate Research Conference at SFA and at professional meetings throughout the United States.


One student shared the following about Jerez in a course evaluation, “Dr. Jerez was by far the most prepared, organized, knowledgeable and enthusiastic professor. She is excellent in sharing her knowledge and helping her students understand the principles.”


According to colleague Dr. David Kulhavy, Laurence C. Walker Distinguished Professor, Jerez’s ability to translate the academic material into everyday life prepares the students she mentors for the rigorous environmental science profession.


“Dr. Jerez is known as ‘the professor with the cool toys’ because she uses them not only for demonstrations but also, and more importantly, to help her students understand science,” Kulhavy said. “Students leave her courses with the skills they will use in their careers.”


Jerez is an effective researcher, as well, conducting externally funded research on improving air quality in the poultry industry. Much of her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, she has supervised dozens of Master of Science thesis projects, including several completed by university scholars, and she has served on numerous graduate committees. In 2016, one of her graduate students received the Best Graduate Student Presentation Award at the SFA Bright Ideas Conference.


“Dr. Jerez is extremely active in professional societies, especially the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, where she served in many capacities, including associate editor and reviewer for publications,” said Dr. Kenneth W. Farrish, director of SFA’s Division of Environmental Science.


“I firmly believe her contributions to SFA’s environmental science program have been major factors in achieving the great reputation our programs have with employers, which has led to a nearly 100-percent employment rate for our graduates,” Farrish said.


Colleagues recognize her as one of the most innovative faculty members in the college.


“Dr. Jerez is constantly staying ahead of industry changes and improving the environmental science program curriculum to stay current and relevant in this rapidly evolving field,” said Dr. Matthew McBroom, associate dean and professor of forestry. “She effectively trains her students both academically and professionally. Her remarkable enthusiasm, diligence and pursuit of academic excellence have helped to grow SFA’s environmental science program to national recognition.”


Dr. Kevin W. Stafford


Stafford began teaching geology at SFA in 2008, after receiving his doctoral degree from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. According to Dr. Wesley Brown, chair of SFA’s Department of Geology, Stafford is recognized as the foremost authority on evaporite karst hydrogeology within West Texas and Eastern New Mexico, and he is one of the lead authorities on hypogene karst development within the Western hemisphere.


“Dr. Stafford is routinely invited to prepare scholarly papers and book chapters related to these topics at both the national and international levels. He also is often requested to give presentations at regional, national and international meetings,” Brown said.


Stafford is an accomplished researcher with approximately 66 publications and 114 conference abstracts. He has advised 17 thesis students through their respective research experiences to completion. Stafford has been the recipient of 14 research grant awards totaling approximately $950,000.


Currently, Stafford is working with the Texas Department of Transportation on a new grant proposal that is expected to total between $850,000 and $1.4 million in additional funding.


Furthermore, Stafford has authored 20 and co-authored 13 peer-reviewed scholarly journals and book chapters. He has written one book on karst resources of Central Texas and edited three additional books related to karst hydrogeology. He also has authored or co-authored more than 50 conference presentations while affiliated with SFA and four technical reports. In the past academic year alone, Stafford was senior author on five peer-reviewed articles and senior editor for a scholarly book titled “Hypogene Karst of Texas,” which was published by the Texas Speleological Survey.


“Dr. Stafford masterfully combines his broad-based understanding of geology with his research interests, engaging students in the discipline and supporting their research interests while maintaining a stellar research agenda himself,” said Dr. Kimberly Childs, dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics at SFA. “He has been an important catalyst and defining voice within the Department of Geology and the College of Sciences and Mathematics in the area of research. He consistently maintains strong ethical standards.”


Stafford shares his love for research with his students, pushing them to stretch and advance beyond what they thought they could. He has effectively mentored his students by encouraging them to be lead author on his publications and presentations.


“Dr. Stafford is convinced that his reputation as an educator-researcher is enhanced when his students are able to not only get the job done in the field but also are able to analyze and write these results for technical audiences,” said McBroom, who has worked alongside Stafford on numerous research projects and graduate student theses.


“His excellence in research is demonstrated by the fact that he was awarded SFA’s Senior Faculty Research Distinguished Grant Award in 2017 in addition to the Silver Level Distinguished Grant Award that same year. He also has been recognized outside SFA by the National Cave and Karst Research Institute with a Meritorious Service Award in 2011,” McBroom said.


The Gala cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. and will be followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by Hot Sauce of Austin, featuring music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, and ranging from pop and rock to rhythm and blues.


Tickets are $175 for orchestra seating and $125 for ballroom seating. Proceeds from the Gala help build a permanent endowment created by the SFASU Foundation to honor faculty member achievement. For more information or to purchase tickets, call April Smith, associate director of development, at (936) 468-5406.





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SFA Events



Rockin’ Axes concert

The Rockin’ Axes at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a concert of rock subgenres ranging from classic rock to metal when the student ensemble performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. 

An ensemble within the Sound Recording Technology program in the SFA School of Music, the Rockin’ Axes will perform works by The Strokes, White Stripes, Fit for a King, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Beatles and a protest song by Rage Against the Machine, which contains some explicit lyrics. 


The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit


Bissen-Oh faculty recital


The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present a faculty saxophone and piano recital at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, in Cole concert Hall on the SFA campus.


Nicholas Bissen, adjunct professor of saxophone, and Hyun Ji Ho, collaborative pianist, will present the program “La Vie Antérieure,” which is also the title of a work on the program.

The concert is a joint presentation of the College of Fine Arts and School of Music. Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit



SFA presents Dailey & Vincent


The College of Fine Arts at Stephen F. Austin State University will present Dailey & Vincent’s brand new holiday concert, “A Springer Mountain Farms Christmas,” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

With five Grammy awards between them, this bluegrass duo is nationally known from their series on RFD-TV and their PBS special. This University Series performance is sponsored by part by Commercial Bank of Texas. 


Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $12.50 for SFA faculty and staff and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. For more information, visit, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.



Red Dirt Storytelling


Another installment of the popular “Red Dirt Memories: Storytelling with Jerry Permenter” is planned for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.


Permenter’s newly published book, “Red Dirt Memories,” will be available for purchase. Books are $20 each; cash or check only will be accepted.


The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-6557.







Dailey & Vincent to perform holiday concert at SFA





NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The award-winning multi-Grammy nominated duo Dailey & Vincent will ring in the holiday season with “A Springer Mountain Farms Christmas” performed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

The performance, sponsored in part by Commercial Bank of Texas, is a presentation of the College of Fine Arts and the University Series.

Dailey & Vincent are celebrating early this year as their first-ever Christmas record, “Dailey & Vincent: The Sounds of Christmas” debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Holiday Albums chart, landing right behind Michael Bublé and Pentatonix as the only country, bluegrass and gospel act in the top 10. The critically acclaimed project, released through BMG, also landed at No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart.

“What a thrill it is to have these national superstars and local favorites back for the first time since Christmas 2012, just as they’re releasing their very first holiday album,” said Scott Shattuck, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series. “Dailey & Vincent have chosen SFA as one of only 15 locations in the country where they’re touring in support of this exciting new recording.”

Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent and their world-class band take their blend of American music across the globe and to iconic venues such as The Ryman Auditorium and Carnegie Hall. They are Grand Ole Opry members, five-time Grammy award winners individually, three-time Grammy award nominees collectively, four-time Dove Award winners, and winners of 35 IBMA awards altogether (including three IBMA Entertainer of the Year Awards and three Vocal Group of the Year Awards).

Their music, mixing bluegrass with traditional country and gospel, can be heard on their nationally broadcast television series, “The Dailey & Vincent Show” on RFD-TV. Their concoction of instinctive vocal blends, with Dailey’s tenor complemented by Vincent’s reedy harmonies, has gained them well-deserved praise for their own distinctive style and worldwide recognition as American Music gold.

“The Sounds of Christmas” experience is more than just an album release as momentum continues throughout the holiday season with a nationally broadcast television Christmas concert special, four all-new Christmas episodes of “The Dailey & Vincent Show” on RFD-TV and the 15-city “Springer Mountain Farms Christmas” tour.

“Jamie and Darrin are so popular in East Texas that we’ve already sold out our orchestra-level seating,” said Shattuck, “but personally I prefer our balcony level anyway, and fortunately we’ve got quite a few excellent seats still available up there.”

Prior to the performance, local bluegrass fan Scott Waller will present an informative talk at 7 p.m. in Griffith Gallery. The gallery is located across the hall from Turner Auditorium, which is inside the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and to honor the corporate sponsor.

Single event ticket prices for the University Series are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students/youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3.

On the night of the concert, the College of Fine Arts will assist the Nacogdoches County Christmas Coalition’s toy drive by collecting new, unwrapped toys to help local children in need have a brighter holiday season. A collection box will be located in the Turner Auditorium lobby.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, stop by the Fine Arts Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

Cutline: Presented by the College of Fine Arts and sponsored by Commercial Bank of Texas, bluegrass sensations Dailey & Vincent will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.








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Angelina College Surgical Tech Pinning Ceremony Set for Dec. 13




LUFKIN, TEXAS, Dec. 3, 2018 – Graduates of Angelina College's surgical technology program will receive their pins Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. in Hudgins Hall. 

Lufkin graduates are Laura Dean, Dalia "Vanessa" Garcia, Jessica Madera, Cindy Peters, Zuri Rojo, Rebecca Sorrells Orta and Jenifer Dougherty.

Other graduates are Janay Castillo of Lumberton, Contonia Coleman of Hemphill, Riley Mitchell of Center, and Connie Robertson of Nacogdoches.

Stefanie Vaughn, program director, said, "This class has worked tirelessly to complete 624 clinical hours in less than a year. They made it though and are ready to join the workforce and a begin a new chapter in their lives."   

Vaughn said that few people realize exactly what surgical technologists do. "They are an integral part of the surgical team and yet they are the faceless team member that not many patients will ever remember or know that they were there, not to mention the important role they play."  
Surgical technologists are members of operating room teams and work under the supervision of the surgeon. Before an operation, they prepare sterile surgical instruments, equipment and supplies. They assemble the sterile equipment and ensure it is all working properly.

During the surgical procedure, the surgical technologist passes instruments and needed supplies to the surgeon and receive tissue specimens. They ensure that there are no breaks in sterile technique so that the patient does not acquire an infection.

The surgical technologist program runs from January to December, prospective students must meet prerequisites or be in process of taking them, to apply. For more information about this program at Angelina College, contact Stefanie Vaughn at






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