The Nacogdoches County Chamber Fourth Friday Luncheon presented by SFASU Office of the President, will focus on Stephen F. Austin State University. The event is noon to 1 p.m., Friday, Apr. 20 at Hotel Fredonia. Gold sponsor is SFA Athletic Department.
The speaker is Dr. Kimberly Childs. Dr. 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.

The information presented is vital for all local businesses, and the luncheon serves as the Chamber’s monthly membership meeting. Attend and stay on top of what is going on at the Chamber and around town. Attendee RSVPs are required by Apr. 18. Lunch is $16 at the door. Find a secure “register and pay online” option in the Hot News section at
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.