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CHS Open House



Center High School will have an open house on Thursday, March 21, 2019, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.







Shelbyville Academic UIL





High school students in Shelbyville ISD will compete for top honors during the 2019 District 22AA UIL Academic Spring Meet to be held on March 27st at SFA.  The UIL Academic District Meets bring students together to compete in over 23 college level academic contests that cover every aspect of classroom curriculum.  These students meet rigorous scholastic requirements in order to voluntarily compete in UIL academics.  Contestants compete for individual honors while schools compete for the district championship.  Individual winners have an opportunity to advance to the regional competition and the state meet in Austin.  No other program in the nation challenges students with the same rigor as UIL Academics. Competing from Shelbyville:

Accounting:  Brisa Martinez, Trey Smith, Naquila Barnes, Kiana Bennett
Calculator Applications: Tiesha Allen, Jacob Lang, Kathy Luna, Logan Williams, Tyler Merriman
Computer Applications:  Jasmine Osby, Chassity Davis, Ethan Wood
Computer Science: Kurtrick Allen, Clayton Powell, Dawson Jackson, Dawson Windham
Copy Editing:  Azsahlia Cartwright, Emily Nicosia, Molly Windham, Tianna Williams
Current Issues & Events:  Dawson Jackson, Garrett Harkness, Tyler Merriman, Chassity Davis, Jasmine Osby
Editorial Writing:  Emily Nicosia, Molly Windham, Ashley Harkness, Tianna Williams
Feature Writing:  Ashley Harkness, Autumn Hubble, Molly Windham, Tianna Williams
Headline Writing: Azsahlia Cartwright, Emily Nicosia, Molly Windham, Ki’Ouja Gates
Informative Speaking: CaDayasia Garrett, Naomi Caporali, Jeremiah Davis
Lincoln- Douglas Debate: Hagan Crumpton, CaDayasia Garrett
Literary Criticism: Emily Brixey, Emily Nicosia, Mallory Permenter, Jimmy Jimenez
Mathematics:  Kurtrick Allen, Naquila Barnes, Jimmy Jimenez, Trey Smith, Shane Schilder
News Writing:  Ashley Harkness, Tiana Williams, Molly Windham, Azsahlia Cartwritght
Number Sense:  Trey Smith, Kurtrick Allen, Naomi Caporali, Kiana Bennett, Naquila Barnes
Persuasive Speaking:  Emily Brixey, Hagan Crumpton, Dawson Jackson
Poetry Interpretation: Jaelyn Crawford, TyKevia Blount, Kirsti Jernigan
Prose Interpretation: Eli Taylor, Kelsey Jones, Ma’Kayja Horton
Ready Writing:  Emily Nicosia, Molly Windham, Azsahlia Cartwright, Autumn Hubble 
Science: Kurtrick Allen, Samantha Ferrebee, Emily Nicosia, Levi Dramberger, Logan Williams, Eli 
Taylor, Julie Cogswell

Social Studies:  Garrett Harkness, Jacobi Jackson, Jordan Williams, H’Leighen McClelland
Spelling & Vocabulary: Jaelyn Crawford. Tanya Santana, Mallory Permenter, Brittany Payne, Whittany Payne

High School Academic UIL coaches:  Michelle Pena (Spelling & Vocabulary), Cole Harrison (Number Sense), Crystal Harrison (Mathematics, Calculator Applications), Brooke Harrison (Science), Mario Osby (Computer Applications), Sonya Parker (Social Studies), Emily Sowell (Informative Speaking, Persuasive Speaking, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Cross Examination Team Debate, Current Issues & Events ), Megan Holt (Computer Science, Accounting), Dominique Roland (Literary Criticism), 

Jeane Taylor (Poetry Interpretation, Prose Interpretation) and Claire Windham (One Act Play, Editorial Writing, Headline Writing, Feature Writing, News Writing, Ready Writing, Copy Editing)




Timpson Bear Update



Wed. Mar. 20th – Elementary Group Pictures

Thurs.  Mar 21st – Track Meet @ San Augustine

Fri. Mar. 22nd – Bear Baseball vs.   Cushing – 1 game – Here @ 5:00 p.m.

Fri. Mar. 22nd – Bear Baseball V vs. Mt. Enterprise – There @ 5:00 p.m.

Mon. Mar. 25th – Jr. High Track @ Cushing

Mon. Tues. Mar. 25th & 26th @ Crockett

Thurs. Mar. 28th – High School Track @ Cushing

Thurs. Mar. 28th – Bear Band Pre-UIL Contest Practice @ Carthage

Fri. Mar. 29th – Twirler Tryouts @ 10:00 a.m.



Counselor’s Corner - The Stanley Burgay Memorial Scholarship application is now available in Mrs. Metcalf's office or on the school website.  The deadline for submission is May 1st.  


Upcoming scholarship deadlines include:


Texas Telephone Foundation Association is due March 29th.


Panola College general scholarship application is due March 31st (online).



FFA News - Timpson FFA has had a very busy few weeks after a very impressive week at the Shelby County Livestock Show and Sale. We had several exhibitors make the trip to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo! Macey Jo Hanson (Senior) kicked off the week by showing her lamb in a very competitive division. Macey showed like a champ and exhibited her lamb to the absolute best of her ability- we are very proud of the way she finished off her senior year show season. The heifer show team, consisting of April Ramsey (Junior), Ally Kimbro (8th), Baylor Kimbro (7th), Cale Cornelius (7th), Mayson Harbison (5th), and Brecken Kimbro (3rd) continued their successful run by competing in six different classes of Santa Gertrudis and ARB Heifers and were all ranked in the top six heifers in their classes. Baylor Kimbro made a quick turn around after the Houston heifer show and returned to Houston for the Steer Show during Spring Break to exhibit his county bred and county champion steer in the ABC (American Cross) division. As always, Baylor had excellent showmanship and his steer will be showing again and for the final time at Rodeo Austin next week. April Ramsey traveled to the Van Zandt County fairgrounds this past weekend and was named Reserve Grand Champion Simmental Heifer. We are extremely blessed to have such a great group of kids and families to travel with. There aren't many places you can go that you will see High School age students willingly and enthusiastically working together with 3rd and 5th graders. The future of our FFA Chapter is incredibly bright. 


FFA Upcoming Events: 




Timpson FFA will be traveling to the SFASU CDE Contest to compete for a spot at the Area contest Wednesday, March 27th. On the list of competing teams as of now are Poultry Judging, Livestock Judging, Horse Judging, Forages, and Forestry. Livestock Judging will also be traveling to Waco Texas to the Heart of Texas Fair in early April to secure their spot. 


Rodeo Austin is also right around the corner, where Timpson FFA currently has eighteen projects entered into the show. This will close out the Texas Major Show Season until State and Nationals this summer. 


Our Public speaking contestants will also compete at two qualifying rounds before District contest on April 30th. 


We are very grateful for all the support and encouragement our show teams and judging teams have received this year! 




Shelbyville One Act Play Team to Compete




The SHS One Act Play, Much Ado about Nothing, will compete in Bi-District competition at Panola College on Monday, March 25, at 11:00 a.m. The play advanced from District competition March 8th, with awards going to Cadience Thompson, Honor Crew, Molly Windham, Honorable Mention All-Star Cast, Dawson Windham, All-Star Cast, and Seth Sanders, All-Star Cast. 





We are Dragon Proud!


Submitted by: Claire Windham




Joaquin ISD Cheerleaders



2019-2020 Joaquin Varsity Cheerleaders:



Bottom Row (left to right): Ebbie McCann Co-Captain, Caren Adams, Brooklinn Penning Co-Captain
Middle Row (left to right): Lauren Neal, Jacy Covington, Molleigh Fults, Emma Martin, Addi Harvey, Ashleigh McKim
and Kaylee Jo Oliver
Top Row (left to right): Stormy Runnels and Addi Boyter


2019-2020 Joaquin Jr. High Cheerleaders:



Bottom Row (left to right): Brylea Scott Co-Captain, Madison Fenley, Ke'Maria Wilson Co-Captain
Middle Row (left to right): Emma Barton, Maeleigh Cummings, Dixie Baker, Mariya Wilson
Top Row: Kaitleigh Avery 




Ponies Spend Spring Break Playing Ball




Panola College baseball had a busy Spring Break playing 6 games in 7 days. The Ponies went 4-2 over the week dropping two close games in which Panola had the lead late. The Ponies are now 21-4 on the year and sit in second in conference play at 7-2. Big week ahead as Panola takes on LSUA Monday night at 6pm (at home) and a 3 game series with conference leading Navarro (Thursday-home, Saturday-away).


Northeast took game two of the three game set due to some defensive miscues late by Panola. The Ponies rallied back to take game 3 by a score of 6-4. This moved their overall record to 18-3 and 5-1 in conference play.


On Monday the Panola Baseball team traveled to Centenary to play them in a midweek matchup. Panola dominated from the start of the game. Sophomore Blaine Parker (Hallsville, TX) got the start and went a solid 3 innings. He passed it off to Nick Sewell (Dallas, TX) for 2 innings, John Dominguez (Leander, TX) for 1, Bryce Toney (Cypress, TX) for 2, and Michael Soisson (Jasper, TX) closed out the final inning. The pitching staff held Centenary to 1 earned run on the day. The offense was led by freshman Mateo Beltran (Lafayette, LA) and Ryan Snell (Hardin, TX). Beltran had 3 hits-2runs-2rbi-1walk while Snell added 2hits-2rbi-1walk-1run. Panola won the matchup 10-3 and moved to 19-3 on the year.


Thursday’s matchup at Angelina was dominated by the Ponies. Every hitter in the lineup posted a hit and 7 of 9 had multiple hits. Joe Stevens (Gonzales, LA) had 3 hits and RBI and Kade Clemens (Gilmer, TX) had 2 hits and 2 RBI with one of the hits being a line drive homerun to right (his 5th). Sophomores Jarret Whorff (Winnsboro, TX) and Garret Hermes (Rowlett, TX) combined for 8 innings giving up only 3 earned runs. Panola won the shortened game due to mercy rule 11-3 in 8 innings. 20-3 on the season for the Ponies and 6-1 in conference play.


Saturday Game 1-

Panola Jumped out to an early lead over Angelina, but it proved to not be enough. The ponies gave up 5 unearned runs and gave up a 3 run homerun in the top of the 7th to go down by 1 run. In the bottom of the 7th Austin Bost (Groves, TX)  gave one a ride deep to right but his walk-off attempt was robbed and the Ponies fell 8-7 in game 1.


Saturday Game 2-

Chad Dallas (Orange, TX) was the story of game 2. He went a complete game (mercy rule shortened) 7innings-1hit-0run-0walks-10strikeouts. He faced the minimum amount of hitters by picking off the only roadrunner to reach base.  Dallas took a perfect game into the 6th but gave up a jam shot single that was just out of reach for the diving Cam Sibley at shortstop. Austin Bost and Kade Clemens each went big fly for the home team and the runs were more than enough. Panola wins the series and takes game 3 by a score of 8-0.





SFA Events




Zodiacal Light recital
Originally planned for March 5, the SFA School of Music and Friends of Music Concert Series presentation of “Zodiacal Light, has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.


The recital will feature Christina Guenther, flute; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Lee Goodhew, bassoon; and Ron Petti, piano. They will perform works by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Roger Zare, Kyle Hovatter and Daniel Dorff.


Recital tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit


The Pirates of Penzance
The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music and SFA Opera Theater will present Gilbert and Sullivan’s witty and whimsical comic operetta “The Pirates of Penzance” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, April 4 through 6, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Memorable melodies, sharp dialogue, a twisting plot, and clever lyrics make “The Pirates of Penzance” one of the most beloved shows in the English speaking world. 


Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and $7.50 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.



Postponing the Heat Death of the Universe

The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre will present the one-act play “Postponing the Heat Death of the Universe” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus. 


Written by Stephen Gregg, “Postponing the Heat Death of the Universe” is directed by Longview junior Bethany Trauger. The play is about the conversation that ensues between two people after one loses a scholarship contest to the other.


Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit



Contemporary Ensemble concert

The SRT Contemporary Ensemble at Stephen F. Austin State University will present a rhythm and blues concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.


Among the selections to be performed are “Celebrate” by Anderson.Paak, “Funky Drummer” by James Brown, “Killing Me Softly” by The Fugees, and “Hallelujah! I Love Her So” by Ray Charles.



Cole Art Center to be open during spring break



NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, Stephen F. Austin State University’s historic downtown art gallery, will be open regular hours during spring break.

An encore screening of the film “Koo-Hoot Kiwat: The Caddo Grass House” will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in Cole Art Center. In the PBS film, which is directed by Curtis Craven, a Caddo tribal elder and his apprentice return to their ancestral homeland in East Texas to direct the construction of a traditional grass house.

Showing in Cole Art Center are the exhibitions “Caddo Contemporary: Present and Relevant” and “Frank Dituri: Il Sacro.” (The Sacred).

Featuring ceramics, paintings, beadwork, stonework and drawings, “Caddo Contemporary” is a collaborative presentation of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and Art Galleries and the Caddo Mound Historic Site in Alto. The exhibition highlights the work of seven Caddo Nation artisans, including Wayne Earles, Chad Earles, Chase Earles, Raven Halfmoon, Yonavea Hawkins, Jeri Redcorn and Thompson Williams. The show closes March 24.

Only a few days remain to see “Frank Dituri: Il Sacro.” (The Sacred), which includes photographs the artist took in Italy over the past few years. The show closes Sunday, March 17.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. Regular hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Griffith Gallery in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus will be closed during spring break and will reopen Tuesday, March 26.

All events and exhibitions are free to the public.

For more information, contact the gallery director at (936) 468-1131 or the Cole Art Center front desk at (936) 468-5500.







SFA food, nutrition and dietetics students learn through simulation



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Trading a typical classroom for a simulated intensive care unit within Stephen F. Austin State University’s DeWitt School of Nursing, students in a medical nutrition therapy course gather around Justin Pelham, their instructor.


A high-fidelity mannequin rests on a hospital bed, with its chest rising up and down simulating a real-life patient. With tubes connected to the mannequin, Pelham, a clinical instructor in the School of Human Sciences, explains what a registered dietitian would need to know and do in this clinical setting.


For the second year in a row, Pelham has partnered with the DeWitt School of Nursing to offer food, nutrition and dietetics students the opportunity to participate in a nutrition simulation to practice concepts learned in the classroom.


“Taking students to a different setting helps them see and understand concepts in a new light,” Pelham said. “The nutrition simulation is a great way to expose students to equipment utilized in the clinical environment and provide real-world application in an ICU setting.”


During the simulation, the class discussed tube feedings, parenteral nutrition, different respiratory masks, urine output, dialysis catheters and additional intravenous fluids. Then, students were tasked with completing an independent case study regarding one of the disease states covered in class.


“Students had to apply their clinical information in order to figure out their patients' total caloric, protein and fluid needs based on the information provided,” Pelham said. “The nutrition simulation provides practical experience for the students to think critically and quickly — similar to real-world situations during their dietetic internship.”


The medical nutrition therapy course is focused on teaching students how to conduct nutrition assessments centered on nutrition-related diagnoses, interventions and monitoring/evaluation. The students also learn about chronic conditions, such as heart disease, hypertension, strokes, diabetes, pancreatitis and metabolic stress.


To learn more about SFA’s food, nutrition and dietetics program, visit






SFA Gardens to host spring plant sale





NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its annual Garden Gala Day Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St., in historic Nacogdoches.


The sale will feature more than 300 varieties of hard-to-find, “Texas-tough” plants, including Texas natives, edibles, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs and trees, with an emphasis on pollinator-friendly selections, as well as exclusive SFA introductions. The featured plants are extensively trialed before being offered to the public and are produced by SFA Gardens staff members and volunteers.


This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, PNPC, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden and Gayla Mize Garden, along with educational programs that are hosted monthly at the gardens. Educational programs provided at the SFA Gardens reach more than 15,000 participants annually.   


Parking will be available at SFA’s Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St., and visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon to haul their plants.


For more information and a list of available plants, call (936) 468-4404, or visit two weeks before the sale.



Stone Fort Museum to host St. Patrick's Day concert


NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stone Fort Museum on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University will serve as the venue for a St. Patrick’s Day concert by local band El Camino Real de Nacogdoches from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16.


According to band members Paul Driver, Jon Hall, Charlie Jones, Mark McLain, Robbie Roach, Craig and Michelle Smith, and Jesse Tingle, the band is East Texas’ answer to The Old Crow Medicine Show, an Americana string band based in Nashville, playing old-time acoustic music using the fiddle, guitars, mandolin, banjos and percussion.


“Just as hands-on activities at the museum help learners, young and old, connect to their studies in new ways, performances relative to the musical heritage of Texas make history come alive,” said Carolyn Spears, curator of the Stone Fort Museum.


The St. Patrick’s Day musical celebration will showcase Celtic, as well as bluegrass, traditional country, Appalachian, folk and other music genres.


“The Irish brought their traditions to Nacogdoches early on,” Spears said. “The 1850 census listed more than 1,400 Irish living in Texas, and there were more than 3,000 listed by 1860. This concert will allow us to enjoy traditional music from Ireland, as well as music that celebrates the rich history of Texas.”


El Camino Real de Nacogdoches formed in 2002. The band has played at a variety of art, theatrical and musical events associated with SFA. It also has been featured during Nacogdoches’ annual Blueberry Festival, Old-Time Christmases at Millard’s Crossing and The Pine Knot Music Co-op. In 2017, the band released it first CD, “Camino Real: The Nacogdoches Sessions.”


The concert is free and open to the public. Weather permitting, the band will perform on the downstairs porch. Light refreshments will be served and include traditional Irish treats.


For more information, contact Spears at (936) 468-2408 or





SFA Gardens to host Little Princess Tea Party










NACOGDOCHES, Texas — SFA Gardens will host its annual Little Princess Tea Party at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.


Make plans to join charming butterfly fairies for a delightful party with treats, fairy gardens, magic and merriment among the enchanting pines and azaleas.


“The Little Princess Tea Party has become a popular tradition at SFA Gardens,” said Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens education coordinator. “This event provides an opportunity for children to experience the outdoors in a unique way and spend quality time with family members. It definitely encourages creativity and imagination, and I think the adults have as much fun as the children.”


Princesses are encouraged to wear their favorite princess or fairy apparel and enjoy a magical day in the garden. This event is recommended for princesses ages 3 to 10 who are accompanied by an adult. Tickets cost $35 per person and can be reserved online at Seating is limited.


For more information, contact SFA Gardens at (936) 468-1832 or





Stephen F. Austin State University and the Lone Star College System announce partnership



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — A new partnership between Stephen F. Austin State University and the Lone Star College System will enable eligible students to enroll in SFA’s Bachelor of Science in spatial science program upon receiving an Associate of Applied Science in geographic information systems.


“Lone Star College has a strong Associate of Applied Science program in geographic information systems,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “After completing the degree at Lone Star, students can seamlessly transfer to SFA’s Bachelor of Science in spatial science program, further enhancing their technical and professional skills that lead to rewarding careers in geospatial analysis across many disciplines.”


LSC is the largest higher education institution in the Houston area and offers more than 170 programs of study. 


SFA’s spatial science program offers two areas of specialization for those who plan to participate in the collaborative program — natural resources and land surveying. A third emphasis area, cultural resources, also will be available at a future date.


According to information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic, faster-than-average growth in the occupational group representing key spatial science careers will take place during the next decade.


“We are excited about this SFA partnership, which provides an opportunity for students to further their studies in preparation for specialized careers as foresters and surveying and mapping technicians, to name a few,” said Dr. Kelly Gernhart, dean of arts, humanities and social sciences at the LSC CyFair campus.


For more information regarding this and other partnerships, visit







SFA theatre students participate in prestigious regional festival




NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Students in the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre earned prestigious honors and made impressive presentations at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region VI held recently in Abilene.

Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas comprise KCACTF’s Region VI, and students in junior colleges, colleges and universities competed against one another for awards.

The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships provide recognition, honor and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education. Since 1972, the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, California, has awarded scholarships to the outstanding student performers at each regional festival. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the late American actress Irene Ryan who is best remembered for her portrayal of the lovable and feisty Granny Clampett in “The Beverly Hillbillies.” All student actors in both participating and associate productions are eligible for consideration for these $500 regional scholarships.

This year’s Irene Ryan acting competition consisted of 162 teams (student actors are nominated based on their work in a theatrical production) vying for the first place spot. Earning first place allows the winner to go to Washington, D.C., to compete and represent the region against the rest of the nation, according to Cleo House Jr., director of the SFA School of Theatre.

SFA submitted three teams of two, including sophomore theatre major Kaitlyn McDearmont of Sulpher Springs and her scene partner, junior theatre major Triston Haq of Baytown; sophomore theatre major Crayten Clendion of Cypress and her scene partner, junior theatre major Kiara Hawkins of Tyler; and senior theatre major Ga’Brielle Charlot of Houston and her scene partner, senior theatre major Alex Duty of Needville.

Charlot and Duty advanced to the semifinals where the teams were whittled down from 162 to 32. The SFA representatives then advanced to the final round for further elimination.

“Charlot and Duty won first runner up, just one team away from going to D.C.,” House said. “This is an excellent opportunity for our students, as both Charlot and Duty will now be able to skip the prescreening process at the United Resident Theatre Association auditions in 2020 where they can audition for graduate schools and professional theatre companies.”

Copperas Cove senior theatre major Sarah Wiseman's “The Game” was chosen from more than 60 one-act plays to be one of six given a concert-style staged reading at the festival. Each play received a half-hour response from two professional playwrights and will be considered for nomination to the national festival in Washington, D.C.

“This type of recognition by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival will assist Wiseman tremendously in application to graduate schools where she will be a candidate for an M.F.A. in playwriting,” House said.

The School of Theatre’s devised theatre group, Speak Up, performed at the festival, as well. Additional student presentations were made in the area of lighting design by senior theatre major Mia Lindemann of Prosper and in stage management by junior theatre major Katie Irwin of Tyler.

“This is SFA’s second year participating in KCACTF and the second year we’ve had a student team make it to the finals in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition,” House said.

House and fellow theatre faculty member Dr. Slade Billew coached the Irene Ryan teams. Faculty member Jackie Rosenfeld is the chair of the National Playwriting Program.






Panola College to host Wonderful World of Comics By Cartoonist Donnie Pitchford



The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host an exhibit of cartoons, illustrations, and associated artwork by Donnie Pitchford from March 19, 2019 to April 18, 2019 in the Fay Allison Gallery. An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 2 p.m.


Mr. Pitchford holds a B.F.A in Art Education from Stephen F. Austin State University and a M.A. in Art, Journalism, and Music from the University of Texas at Tyler.  Since earning his degrees Mr. Pitchford has worked in graphic arts, as an instructor for Hawkins High School and Carthage ISD, and as an adjunct professor for Panola College. Most recently he has worked as a freelancer for a variety of publications and art projects including serving as guest writer for the comic strip, Dick Tracy but he is best known for his work as the writer, artist, voice actor, and audio producer for the Lum and Abner comic strip.


According to Mr. Pitchford, he decided to become a cartoonist at age five. Following his broadcast teaching career, he hit the ground running in 2011 with the Lum and Abner comic strip, based on the classic radio/movie series. With this endeavor he’s been able to work with old friends and mentors George Wildman, Nick Cuti, Hy Eisman, John Rose, and others. Lum and Abner appears each week and includes an audio adaptation for blind friends.


Mr. Pitchford has earned multiple awards including "Who's Who: Art" Kilgore College in 1979 and multiple state championships for his work with CHS-TV student teams, including repeated Best of Show, Best of Fair, First Place, Second Place, and Honorable Mention from 1988-2008. He has been honored as the regional Outstanding Educator for the Texas Society of CPAs, Student-chosen Outstanding Teacher in 2003 and 2008 and he was the Pine Burr Dedicatee for Carthage High School in 2010. He was featured in the 2018 SFA Sawdust magazine and honored as the 2018 Distinguished Alumni of Spring Hill ISD Alumni Association.


The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public during the Library’s operating hours Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 9:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm, and Sunday 4:00 – 9:00 pm. For additional information please call 903-693-2052 or email







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SFA holds eighth annual STEM Day




NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s eighth annual STEM Day provided more than 350 area high school students an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and math through faculty-led sessions, student panels and a physics magic show.


Working alongside SFA students and faculty members, students learned how STEM integrates across disciplines through hands-on, interactive activities, said Adrienne Aul, STEM Research and Learning Center programs coordinator.


“This event gave students exposure to different areas that many have not experienced before and made students more aware of career possibilities within STEM disciplines,” Aul said.


Students chose between 22 different sessions covering a variety of subjects, including a presentation on fiber optics by event sponsor, Suddenlink.


“It is our commitment as a technology and communications company to support and inspire the next generation of leaders, and we are honored to partner with SFA and local school districts who share our commitment,” said Travis Nance, Suddenlink regional vice president of market engagement. “Through this partnership, we can provide innovative ways for our high school students to gain additional learning opportunities, so they get the foundational STEM skills and knowledge needed for careers in technology.”


Cutline: Dr. Dennis Gravatt, Stephen F. Austin State University associate professor of biology, assisted students as they separated and characterized color dye molecules in candy during a STEM Day session. For more information about SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, visit







Timpson Bear Update



No school (March 8) due to illness.  May 20 scheduled as teacher in-service day will be a regular student attendance day.


Scholarship Information! - There are two new scholarship applications available in Mrs. Metcalf's office.  You may also go online at, click "District Resources", then "Students" and "High School Counselor".


Texas Women in Public Finance, due April 5 is for young women who are majoring in accounting or finance.  


The Nacogdoches Medical Center scholarship is due April 17th.  






SFA Events




Hachidori Duo
The Hachidori Duo will present “Musical Dialogues” when the husband-wife duo performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, in Cole Concert Hall on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

The Hachidori Duo was founded in 1998 by SFA music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin, and Evgeni Raychev, cello. Program selections include “Two Duets” by J.S. Bach; Sonatine pour Violon et Violoncelle by Arthur Honegger; Duo No. 1 by Bohuslav Martinu; and Sonata pour Violon et Violoncelle by Maurice Ravel.


Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit

Snow Pond Saxophone
The Snow Pond Saxophone Quartet will perform a guest chamber recital at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. 

Formed in 2016 by world-renowned saxophonist and pedagogue Dr. Fredrick L. Hemke, Snow Pond Saxophone Quartet will perform works by Antoni?n Dvo?ák, Noriko Mihira and Marc Mellits, among others.


Recital tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit


Meghan Bennett guest recital
The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Music will present a flute and piano recital when guest artists Meghan Bennett and Maria Lyapkova perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Bennett is adjunct instructor of flute at Prairie View A&M University, and Lyapkova is a teaching assistant at The University of Texas in Austin. Their program features “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” by Christoph Willibald Gluck; Sonata for Flute and Piano by Anatoly Samonov; Black Anemones for Flute and Piano by Joseph Schwantner; and Sonata for Flute and Piano by Yuko Uebayashi.


 Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit



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Adashchyk Scores 50 in Overtime Thriller



The Fillies season has come to an end after a heartbreaking loss in District 14 tournament play Wednesday; losing in overtime 88-91 to the #4 Kilgore Lady Rangers in Shreveport. Maryia Adashchyk scored a career high and game high 50 points in the contest. 


The Fillies controlled most of the game, leading by as much as 12 during the contest. With 3:33 left, the Lady Rangers tied the contest at 72 all. Moments later, Adashchyk would score the bucket and get fouled, giving the Fillies a three-point lead. After a split of free throws by the Lady Rangers, the Fillies got another old fashion three-point opportunity; this time by Falkowska. She would miss the free throw, making the Fillie lead four with 2:02 left in regulation. Kilgore would then respond with a three-pointer, cutting the Panola lead to one. 


After a timeout, Adashchyk would score her 46thpoint of the contest with an isolation drive to the bucket, giving Panola a three-point lead with 23.1 ticks of the clock left. Kilgore would respond with a corner three pointer, tying the contest at 79 a piece. Adashchyk would have a chance at the game winner for the Fillies but was unable to get the bucket to go. Kilgore would have a chance of their own to end the game in regulation but failed. 


The Fillies started overtime on a 4-0 run with buckets from Adashckyk and Kellymar Ramirez. But the Lady Rangers would take the lead behind an And-1 conversion and a three pointer late in overtime. Adayshchk would score her 49thand 50thpoint on the FT line with 17.2 ticks of a second left. The Fillies would cut it to two with 5.3 seconds left but time had simply run out. 


In her final game as a Fillie, Adashchyk would lead all scorers with 50 points. She was 20-31 from the floor, 3-4 from three and a perfect 7-7 from the floor. She also snagged 13 rebounds. Behind her in scoring was Alicja Falkowska with 12. 


The Fillies finish the 2018-19 season with a record of 15-14 (11-7 in conference).





SFA School of Honors to host former director



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Honors will host a lecture by its former director, Dr. Allen Richman, professor emeritus of history, at 3 p.m. March 13, in the McKibben Education Building, Room 131.


Richman, the 2006-07 Regents Professor, will present “For Faith and Fortune – The Significance of the First Crusade: 1095-1099.” He will discuss the history of the crusade and its lasting significance on the world.


Dr. Michael Tkacik, School of Honors director, is excited to have Richman back on the SFA campus. “[Richman] is an engaging lecturer, one of the best I’ve ever seen,” Tkacik said. “He is entertaining even as he covers his subject matter in scholarly detail. I think this event is a great opportunity for current students to hear from one of SFA’s most skilled professors emeriti.”


Richman began teaching at Stephen F. Austin State College in 1965. He was among the original organizers of the School of Honors program.


“Allen played a central role in institutionalizing the School of Honors as well as dramatically increasing its size,” Tkacik said, “but his students will remember him most for being a caring advisor who helped them achieve their dreams.”


This event is free and open to the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. Refreshments will be provided.


Contact Jennifer Crenshaw in the SFA School of Honors at (936) 468-2813 or for more information.



SFA graduate student aims to bring state parks to the public through virtual reality



NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Oklahoma State Park system encompasses diverse landscapes ranging from subterranean caverns to rolling mountains. However, of the more than 55,000 acres that comprise the state park system, some of the most spectacular, scenic vistas are not accessible to those with health or mobility limitations.


Stephen F. Austin State University graduate student Kyle Thoreson is hoping to remedy this utilizing the rapidly evolving technology of virtual reality.


Thoreson, pursuing a Master of Science in resource communications at SFA, serves as a park ranger at Osage Hills State Park, located within the Osage Nation Reservation in northeastern Oklahoma.


When contemplating topics for his final nonthesis project, Thoreson said he researched the growing popularity of 360 videos and how this technology can be utilized to share Oklahoma’s state parks with everyone.


“For example, to get to the best vantage point of the falls at Natural Falls State Park, you have to go down to the very bottom so you’re looking up at the falls,” Thoreson said. “We have sort of a skyway that goes out and gives you a view from part of the way down, but it’s just not the same as being below the falls.”


By capturing 360 video and audio from this position, Thoreson said people unable to make the hike down will still have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the experience of the 77-foot waterfall.


Thoreson presented his idea to regional managers within the Oklahoma State Park system, and he is currently collecting 360 video at select parks.


“We have to determine what things different demographics want to see and ensure it is speaking to their emotional health.”


This focus on improving mental health through virtual immersion in nature is of great significance, especially considering the growing body of research indicating that time in or exposure to nature can improve emotional health and well-being.


While 360 video is available on platforms such as YouTube and other social media sites, Thoreson hopes to expand this initiative by using more immersive virtual reality suites that are equipped with multiple viewers, phones and a server to allow large numbers of people to experience the footage together.


Thoreson said tools like this allow parks to expand their reach and impact by taking the footage directly to those physically unable to visit the park due to health, economic or transportation limitations.


“They can put on a viewer in the comfort of home to experience the park,” Thoreson said. “It’s a driving interest of mine — to be sure I can take the parks to the people.”


To learn more about this and other research, visit




Panola College honors six sophomore Fillies



Before tipoff in the Panola College Fillies’ game against Angelina College on Saturday, March 2, six sophomore players were honored in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium.

“The 2018-2019 sophomore class of Panola College Fillies has been superb academically with a cumulative 3.6 grade point average,” said Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Success and Athletic Director.


#23 – Maryia “Masha” Adashchyk – 5’11” Guard/Forward, Minsk, Belarus. Masha has led the Fillies this season, average 12 points per game and 6 rebounds per game. She had a season high 22 points twice this season, against Tyler Junior College and Jacksonville College. She currently has a 3.7 GPA and plans to continue playing at a Power 5 caliber program next season.

#3 – Weronika “Vera” Nowakowska – 5’7” Point Guard/Shooting Guard, Lomianki, Poland. Vera has been a vocal presence for the Fillies this season while suffering through ACL injuries in consecutive seasons. She has averaged 6 points per game and 3 assists per game during this shortened season with a season high 15 points against Kilgore College. She currently has a 3.6 GPA and plans to return home this summer to begin her coaching career for the Polish National program.


#4 – Imani Hampton – 5/11” Forward, Atlanta, Georgia. Imani transferred to Panola College this season and has provided tremendous leadership for the Fillies’ program. She has averaged 2 points per game and 2 rebounds per game while improving her GPA to a 3.4. Imani had a season high 6 points on three different occasions this season against Labette Community College, Blinn College, and Bossier Parish Community College. Imani plans to continue playing and completing her education closer to home next season.


#2 – Hope Parker – 5’9” Point Guard, Denton, Texas. Hope joined the Fillies after sitting out her freshman year and has started 14 games for the Fillies this season. She has averaged 3 points per game and 2 assists per game with a season high 8 points versus Jacksonville College. Hope will take her 3.0 GPA to the University of North Texas where she will complete her education studying in the medical field.


#11 – Kenzie Chadwick – 5’9” Forward, Alba, Texas. Kenzie has been a valuable teammate for the Fillies this season, playing in 19 games. She has averaged 2 points per game and 2 rebounds per game with a season high 10 points against the Longview Elite earlier this season. Kenzie has maintained a 3.0 GPA and plans to continue playing next season.


Shelby Kite, Manager, Carthage, Texas. Shelby has been a diligent worker for the Fillies’ program for the past two seasons, making life easier for coaches and athletes by performing numerous tasks during the week and on game day. Shelby will take her 3.9 GPA to Stephen F. Austin State University to complete her education.


“Thank you to our sophomores for their commitment to the Panola College Fillies, and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors,” Clinton said.



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