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Fourth Friday Luncheon - July 22
Posted 07 - 13 - 2011

At the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Luncheon, Dr. Tara Newman will present “Make an Impact @ SFA!” - a project that is designed to enhance students’ learning and academic success.


The luncheon is noon to 1 p.m., Jul. 22 at Hotel Fredonia and serves as the chamber’s monthly membership meeting.


“The Make an Impact @ SFA! project is a recent initiative at SFA. Today’s students have access to more information than ever before, yet the thinking skills needed to use that information effectively are often lacking,” said Newman. “The university is targeting an increase in these higher order thinking skills across campus by providing enhanced course content with the kinds of ‘high impact practices’ that have been demonstrated to promote higher order thinking skills both inside and outside of the classroom. Doing one or more of these activities in the context of an academically challenging curriculum increases the odds that students will persist to graduation and develop higher order thinking skills.”


According to Newman, while there are a wide variety of strategies that incorporate high impact practices, SFA chose to focus on three specific platforms: collaborative learning, mentored undergraduate scholarship and field-based learning.


She invites all to “come learn about the role of local businesses in these platforms and how your organization can benefit from this initiative.”


Attendee registration is required by Jul. 21, and lunch is $16 at the door. Please call 560-5533, to register or go to Hot News at for a secure online registration and payment option. The event is sponsored by Manpower Temporary Services.



About Dr. Tara Newman

Newman is an SFA alumna and a faculty member in the School of Human Sciences. She is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), holds a current Texas bilingual educator certification and has experience working at all levels of education (K-12, undergraduate and graduate). Dr. Newman has been involved with a variety of educational quality enhancement projects over the past 15 years and is currently serving as the Director of the Office of High Impact Practices at SFA.
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