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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Jan. 11
Men's Basketball
at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
6 p.m.
Corpus Christi

Women's Basketball
at Texas A&M–Corpus Christi
4 p.m.
Corpus Christi

Monday, Jan. 13
First day of spring classes

Thursday, Jan. 16
Men's Basketball
at Northwestern State
7:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, La.

Women's Basketball
at Northwestern State
5:30 p.m.
Natchitoches, La.

Friday, Jan. 17
SFA Bowling
at Mid-Winter Invite
Jonesboro, Ark.




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Energy company donates solar array for new SFA facility

Green Mountain Energy Sun Club has donated $30,000 to Stephen F. Austin State University to fund a solar array on the roof of the newly constructed Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

The grand opening of the new facility will be held in January, and the solar array, which is expected to offset 60 to 80 percent of the building's traditional energy use, will be installed later in 2014. In addition to providing a new source of energy for the campus, the array and its energy-use monitoring system will help educate the facility's thousands of annual visitors about solar energy.

The Sun Club is a unique program that enables Green Mountain Energy Company's residential customers and employees to donate solar technology to nonprofit organizations, including colleges and universities, said Tony Napolillo, Green Mountain Energy Sun Club program manager. SFA is one of only 20 organizations selected for solar technology funding from approximately 200 applicants.
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Dr. Luis Aguerrevere

Human Services

A paper by Aguerrevere, assistant professor and director of the Neuroscience Laboratory, titled “Effects of EEG Biofeedback on Experimental Cold Perception and Tolerance” has been accepted by the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback for presentation at the 45th Annual Scientific Meeting from March 19-22 in Savannah, Ga.

Michael Munro

Human Services

Munro, tenure-track visual impairment instructor and co-program director, was notified by Student Engagement Programs – Leadership and Service that his Service Learning Grant proposal was accepted to receive funding for spring 2014. The grant is hosted by the Braille and Cane Club faculty advisers and is supported by students from rehab and O&M. It represents a partnership with Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services Division for Blind Services. The project involves the planning and hosting of a spring celebration for area students who are visually impaired, their siblings and families.

Dr. Andrew Brininstool


Brininstool, assistant professor of English at SFA, has been awarded a $25,000 creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is one of only 38 writers across the country to win the fellowship. Brininstool will have two years to use the money to fund research on his next novel, which will be based on the 1980 prison riot at The Penitentiary of New Mexico.

Dr. Geralyn McClure Franklin

College of Business

Franklin has published a textbook "Employment Regulation in the Workplace:  Basic Compliance for Managers" with Dr. Robert K. Robinson (University of Mississippi). The second edition is available from M.E. Sharpe. Robinson and Franklin have collaborated on one other textbook and more than 50 refereed journal articles and other publications since their doctoral program at the University of North Texas.

Greg Grant

SFA Gardens

Grant has published the article "Pass the Plants, Please" about old fashioned pass-a-long plants in Texas gardens in the January/February 2014 issue of Neil Sperry's Gardens.

News & Announcements

Charter School accepting applications

Applications for the SFA Charter School 2014-15 academic year will be available beginning Jan. 13 in the SFA Charter School Office.
Applications must be returned by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Lottery notices will be mailed Feb. 7. Openings are expected in kindergarten and are possible in grades 1 through 5.
An optional information meeting for all applicants will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the Janice Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St. For more information, call (936) 468-5899.

News about your ERS Benefits

HealthSelect of Texas adds Quest as contracted provider
If you are a HealthSelectSM of Texas participant, you have access to a large network of health care providers through the plan's third-party administrator, UnitedHealthcare (UHC). Read more.

Out-of-pocket coinsurance maximums started over Jan. 1
Don't forget that out-of-pocket coinsurance maximums for you and your covered family members started over on Jan. 1. This does not include prescription deductibles. Read more.

An Explanation of Benefits (EOB) is not a bill
An Explanation of Benefits (EOB) is provided to you by insurance plans to explain how much a provider charged for an office visit and/or procedure, how much the insurance plan paid and what (if anything) you may owe the provider. Read more.

SFA’s Nelson Rusche College of Business extends international accreditation

The Nelson Rusche College of Business at Stephen F. Austin State University has extended its accreditation from AACSB International – The Association to Advance College Schools of Business.

AACSB is the premier global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees in business and accounting. The hallmark of excellence in business education, AACSB accreditation has been earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools. SFA first earned its accreditation in 1976.

“AACSB commends (SFA) for its exemplary work in holding the highest honor in business school accreditation,” said Robert D. Reid, executive vice president and chief accreditation officer of ASCB International. “Business schools must not only meet specific standards of excellence, but their deans, faculty and professional staff must make a commitment to ongoing continuous improvement to ensure that the institution will continue to deliver the highest quality of education to students.”
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Spring Drum Circle Signup: Presented by the OMA

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs in a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world. This interactive, rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose or "pulse." Drum circles are a powerful tool for teaching us about ourselves, our communities and our world. No experience is necessary to participate, and all are welcome as we drum up diversity and bring a taste of rhythm to East Texas with the amazing, Houston-based drum circle facilitator Gregg Powell.

The drum circle will take place  at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

To sign up for the drum circle, email Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu. Also, please indicate whether you will be bringing your own instrument to the drum circle.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. There will be poetry, music and art presented. A keynote address by the Rev. Dr. Joshua Joseph will conclude the celebration. All proceeds from the event will go to charity and will benefit NOROC, a non-profit organization that supports orphaned children in Romania and Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), a non-profit organization that helps Christian churches come together to help people in need.

Admission: $8 for faculty/staff/community member; $5 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress code is business casual. Tickets may be purchased beginning Dec. 3 at the BPSC Information Desk or here.

For more information, please contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen at aireno@sfasu.edu.

SFA Gardens to host conservationist at Native Plant Center

SFA Gardens will host Dr. Peter Raven, president emeritus of the St. Louis Botanical Garden and renowned conservationist, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Raven will be speaking on “Conservation in a Rapidly Changing World.” The event will be the inaugural lecture in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building.

Raven is one of the world's leading botanists and advocates of conservation and biodiversity. For four decades, he headed the Missouri Botanical Garden, an institution he nurtured into a world-class center for botanical research, education and horticultural display. He retired as president in 2010 and assumed the role of president emeritus and consultant through 2014.

Described by Time magazine as a "Hero for the Planet," Raven champions research around the world to preserve endangered plants and is a leading advocate for conservation and a sustainable environment.

The Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building is located at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. The event will be free and open to the public. To ensure seating and for more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email erodewald@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

General Officiating Meetings

Monday, Jan. 13

5 and 6:15 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

Learn how you can get paid to officiate intramural sports at the Rec! No experience is required. These interest meetings will present officiating employment opportunities, answer questions about officiating and cover basics of employment. Spring officiating opportunities include basketball and softball.

Group Axe Session I Classes Begin

Monday, Jan. 13

Group Exercise offers a variety of fun and exciting classes that range in intensity and complexity from Yoga to Zumba to Boot Camp. Each of the classes offered is free for SFA students, members and guests and are for all fitness levels/experience. To join a class, pick up a Jax Pass at the welcome desk. Passes are distributed one half hour before the class begins until 5 minutes after the class begins. Schedules can be found at the Rec or online here.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball Registration

Monday, Jan. 13, through Thursday, Jan. 16

1-6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby

Teams will play at the same times one night a week, except one week of the season, each team will play a Thursday game also. Sign-ups are first come, first served for days/times. Cost is $30 per team. (Fee must be paid at time of registration.) Games begin on Monday, Jan. 27. For more information, visit the Intramural Sports Page on the Campus Rec website here.

Racquetball Doubles League Registration

Monday, Jan. 13, through Thursday, Jan. 16

1-6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby

Players will complete paperwork with their contact information and will be assigned to a league and given a schedule. Leagues will be run through IMLeagues.com. Schedule and play one matchup each week, then report the score to the IMS office or submit through IMLeagues.com. At the end of the regular season, there will be a single-elimination tournament to determine the champions. Please contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775 for more information.

Basketball Officiating Clinics Begin

Tuesday, Jan. 14

6-9 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

No experience needed. If you are interested, come, and we will teach you everything you need to know. Clinics will run Jan. 14-16. You must attend all clinics.

Group Axe-A-Thon

Tuesday, Jan. 14

7-8:30 p.m. in the Rec Main Gym

Ever wanted to try out a group fitness class before attending an entire class? Get a great workout and experience five different group exercise formats in this eclectic exercise-a-thon. No experience necessary; this event is for all fitness levels!

Buck-A-Roo Night at the Rec

Wednesday, Jan. 15

8-10 p.m. in the Rec Main Gym

Welcome back, Lumberjacks! Join Campus Recreation for a night of western fun! Eat rattlesnake on a stick, line dance and wear your best moustache and 10-gallon hat at this Rec rodeo! Wait, you don't have a moustache? Stop by our face-painting booth and get one! Play buckaroo-themed games and remember the night with a trip to our Western Photo Booth. There will be plenty of free food and prizes at this hoedown throw down. Pull up your bootstraps, and meet us at the Rec!

Registration Continues for LadyJack Barbellas

Interested in learning how to lift weights, but afraid of getting big and bulky? Ladyjack BarBellas is an eight-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt and make you feel great. Learn from certified professionals and gain actual hands-on experience and the knowledge you need to discover your body's true potential. Walk into any gym with confidence. Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. Must register by 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. Program begins at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29. The program will run two days a week, Wednesdays at 7 a.m. and Fridays at 8 a.m.  Contact Kate Bridges at (936) 468-5835 for more information.

Employee Wellness Updates

Now is the time to join the Employee Wellness Program! All classes and programs will begin on Monday Jan. 13 and are FREE to University faculty and Staff and retired faculty and staff. Program offerings include open gym use, resistance training, yoga, water aerobics, open swimming, noon basketball, nutrition counseling, Lighten Up East Texas Weight Loss Challenge and more! For registration information and program schedules, please visit the Campus Rec website or contact Jessica Waguespack, employee wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.


SFA surges past Huskies 77-50, win 11th-straight

The SFA men's basketball team opened on a 30-6 run and never looked back, getting a career-high 27 points from sophomore Thomas Walkup, to pick up its 11th-straight victory in a 77-50 win over Houston Baptist Thursday night inside Sharp Gym.

SFA (14-2, 3-0 SLC) limited the Huskies (3-12, 0-3 SLC) to just two made field goals and two made free throws across the first 12 minutes to jump out to a 24-point advantage. They then built their lead to as high as 42 (75-33) before eventually claiming their sixth-straight road win and first in Southland Conference play.

Walkup was one of four ’Jacks to score in double figures, joined by seniors Nikola Gajic, Desmond Haymon and Deshaunt Walker. Walkup finished 11-of-13 from the field and made all five of his free throws. Gajic finished with 16 points, while and Haymon and Walker recorded 11 and 10 points, respectively.
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Ladyjacks dominate glass to defeat Huskies

The SFA Ladyjacks continued their winning streak on Thursday night as they defeated Houston Baptist 71-60 on the road. SFA dominated the glass, and HBU its third straight loss in Southland Conference play.

SFA (9-6, 3-0 SLC) was led by Tierany Henderson on the night as she posted her fifth double-double on the year and third straight for the Ladyjacks. Henderson put up 15 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. She was 3-of-8 from 3-point range on the night.

The Ladyjacks were a force on the glass, out-rebounding the Huskies 50-26. SFA nearly had more offensive rebounds on the night than HBU had total rebounds with 24. Those 24 offensive boards resulted in 26 second-chance points for the Ladyjacks. SFA only allowed the Huskies to pull down nine offensive boards, leading to just eight second chance points.
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Track and field headed to Houston indoor opener

The 2014 indoor track and field season is set to start this weekend for the defending Southland Conference champion SFA Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks. SFA will compete at the Houston Indoor Opener on Saturday with a full slate on the schedule for both teams.

Head Coach Phil Olson and his team will take on a number of familiar foes this weekend with fellow Southland teams Sam Houston State, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Lamar also opening their year at Houston along with other regional teams.

SFA will have the majority of its sprinters in action with school record holder Brarysheyia Simpson leading the way for the women’s squad in the 60 meters. Five women and three men will run the 60 meters for SFA with a large group competing in the 200 and 400 as well.

Sophomore Chasity Clark also is one of SFA’s top sprinters, winning the Southland Conference title in the 200 meters last year and will open her campaign this weekend as well.
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Bowling wraps up 2014 USBC team USA trials

A handful of SFA bowlers have wrapped up competition at the 2014 USBC Team USA Trials in Las Vegas, Nev. The five-day event began on Saturday as 105 bowlers competed for a chance to qualify for both the USA National and Junior National Teams.

Senior Nicole Parkhurst was the top SFA finisher, placing 19th overall with a 199.83 average. Parkhurst's best showing came in round two where she finished seventh after compiling a 206.17 average for the round and notched a tournament-high score of 258 in round three.

Freshman Kiara Grant came on strong over the final two days of the event, placing 62nd overall with an average score of 187.87. After opening up the trials by placing 30th in round one, Grant notched a 23rd-place finish in round five, including bowling a high of 254 Wednesday afternoon.

Sophomore Melanie Crawford placed 73rd overall with a 186.17 average, including a high score of 229 in round three where she averaged 198.67 for the round. She finished just ahead of teammate Paige Kraushaar, who placed 80th overall with a 180.27 average, including a high of 213. SFA signee Kelsi Anderson placed 93rd, compiling a 179.20 scoring average with a high game score of 240.
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Conque adds eight to football coaching staff

SFA head football coach Clint Conque has begun the process of establishing his staff as the ’Jacks begin preparations for the 2014 season. Eight coaches currently comprise the SFA staff, bringing with them extensive knowledge of both the Southland Conference and the Texas high school scene.

“I am very excited about this new staff and one that will help build this new team,” Conque said. “Stephen F. Austin is a very attractive position and is a well-respected coaching opportunity throughout the country that has received a lot of interest. What you see here is a veteran coaching staff of men that are teachers and have a lot of experience. There is also some strong Texas identity, which is important to me and will continue to be important as we complete this staff.”
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Fine Arts

Exhibition to feature works of contemporary Italian artist Mauro Manetti

An exhibition that runs Jan. 16 through March 7 in Griffith Gallery on the campus of SFA will feature works of contemporary artist Mauro Manetti.

Presented by the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art, "Mauro Manetti, Harmonium, Selected Works" will include prints, opaque watercolors, drawings and digital images of the artist's sculptures and mosaics. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Visual Arts and the Nacogdoches Junior Forum.

Rejecting the mechanically detached aspects of conceptual art, Manetti seeks to reconcile science and belief through art, according to Dr. David Lewis, professor of art history at SFA. Manetti seeks to renew the traditional emphasis on spirituality and poetic expression in his work, Lewis explained.

"The poetic and spiritual dimensions of his work are expressed metaphorically; he uses fragmentary imagery to represent incompleteness, partial knowledge and mystery," Lewis said. "Often, the image suggests something outside the field of view, so that the viewer is encouraged to imagine what the 'missing pieces' of a larger unseen image might look like."
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Cole Art Center exhibition will feature contemporary quilt art

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present the exhibition "Texas Art Quilts 1993-2011," showing Jan. 14 through March 29 in Ledbetter Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

"Texas Art Quilts" presents 26 works by Texas artists, completed between 1993 and 2011. Embracing abstraction and representation, these makers celebrate a variety of themes, including science, fantasy, political causes and natural beauty. Employing color and pattern in painterly fashion, the artists in this exhibition demonstrate that contemporary quilt art in the Lone Star state represents a vital aspect of visual culture, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.

"Quilt makers, both traditional and contemporary, have thrived in the state of Texas, encouraged by the annual Houston International Quilt Festival," Handley said. "The works in 'Texas Art Quilts' in the current touring exhibition were selected by Dr. Sandra Sider, critic and curator, from a much larger group of quilts premiering at Houston in 'Lone Stars III.'"
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