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Fourth Friday Luncheon - Dr. Kimberly Childs presents
Posted 04 - 20 - 2012

Focus on SFA at luncheon - Click here to see photos from the event.

Click here to read Invocation given by Robin Moore.

The Nacogdoches County Chamber Fourth Friday Luncheon presented by SFASU Office of the President, focused on Stephen F. Austin. The event was noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Apr. 20 at Hotel Fredonia. Gold sponsor is SFA Athletic Department.

Speaker Dr. Kimberly Childs is a professor in the SFA Department of Mathematics and Statistics. She serves as the Interim Dean of the College of Sciences and Mathematics and the executive director of SFA’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Center.

The STEM Center is a support structure for the College. The primary goal of the STEM Research and Learning Center is to increase the number of students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and who are academically prepared to enter STEM careers. In keeping with research findings regarding inhibitors to STEM engagement, the center will focus on:

  • Increasing STEM awareness and public perception,

  • facilitating innovation in STEM university education,

  • providing support for student mentoring during transitional periods in their education,

  • guiding STEM teacher induction during the first three years in the classroom,

  • empowering STEM teacher-leaders to transform their districts from within.

These endeavors will directly address the pressing demand for a technologically advanced workforce by increasing STEM knowledge, capacity and expertise. More information is available at

Dr. Childs’ degrees are:

Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Mathematics Education (1995)

M.S., Stephen F. Austin State University, Mathematics Teaching (1988)

B.S., Dallas Baptist University, Mathematics (1977)

The information presented is vital for all local businesses, and the luncheon serves as the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting. We urge you to attend and stay on top of what is going on at the Chamber and around town. Attendee RSVPs are required by Apr. 19.  Lunch is $16 at the door. Click the Add to Cart button above for a secure “pay online” option or call 560-5533.

All attending may enter the $50 drawing, and all Chamber members are entered in a $250 drawing, but you must be present to win. Drawings sponsored by First Bank & Trust East Texas.

Heavenly Father:

The good earth beneath our feet feeds us all with your bounty;

    let us be good stewards of that earth.

            Because of our many responsibilities, life may be a challenge;

    let us look beyond our day-to-day duties to answer that much grander call-to-action to help others.

            Let us never be unprincipled in our daily lives,

    but have the discipline to do what is right for all who surround us.

            Help us lead lives worthy of the vocations to which we have been called,

    and of the ideals to which we are committed.

            Remind us to use whatever talents we have,          

    for the woods would be silent if no birds sang except those who sang best.

Thank you for giving SFA leaders the discernment to select Kim Childs as

    the Dean of Science and Mathematics.

            And now bless this food to our use and us to your service. AMEN.

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