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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, Jan. 18
SFA Bowling
at Mid-Winter Invite
Jonesboro, Ark.




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Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey

Human Services

Ellis-Hervye, assistant professor of school psychology, will present "Blogging and Vlogging: The New Wave of Mental Health Care" and "Importance of Special Accommodations for Children in Schools" with doctoral students at the Mission Possible Mental Health Conference, May 7, at SFA.

News & Announcements

CUR Conference 2014 accepting poster proposals

Council on Undergraduate Research is hosting its 16th National Conference, "Creating the Citizens of Tomorrow: Undergraduate Research for All," June 28-July 1 in Washington, DC.

Poster proposal submissions are being accepted until Feb. 21.

Posters are intended to afford a relaxed atmosphere in which participants can share their ideas with other faculty members and administrators across a wide variety of disciplines and institutions.  Posters can share work done to develop or strengthen undergraduate research institutionally or share examples of student projects, highlighting the various disciplinary models of undergraduate research. Posters will be on display for an extended time during the conference. 
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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. 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: $5 for faculty/staff/community members; $3 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress is business casual. Tickets may be purchased 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. 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, but reservations are required. To reserve a seat or get 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

A variety of fun and exciting classes that range in intensity and complexity from Yoga to Zumba to Boot Camp are offered. 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 members. 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.


Ladyjacks out-shoot Islanders to win on road

It took all 40 minutes, but the SFA Ladyjacks came away with a victory on Saturday afternoon at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by the score of 58-51, thanks to sharp shooting and a stingy defense.

SFA (10-6, 4-0 SLC) came into the game looking to limit the Islanders’ ability to hit shots from long range. It was the Ladyjacks who hit from deep to get the win, however.

SFA hit 10 3-pointers to the Islanders’ five, after TAMUCC (8-7, 1-3) was averaging eight per game in conference play so far this season.

Thanks to SFA limiting the 3-ball for the Islanders, the Ladyjacks were able to overcome the strong defensive effort of the Islanders, as well. SFA’s leading scorer Porsha Roberts was held scoreless in the first half as she was 0-for-5 in the opening half with the Islanders surrounding her in the lane.

Walkup and Clayton record double-doubles in road win

Sophomore Thomas Walkup and junior Tanner Clayton recorded the first double-doubles of their careers to fuel the SFA men's basketball team to a 80-70 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Saturday night inside American Bank Center.

With the win, SFA (15-2, 4-0 SLC) extends its current winning streak to 12-straight games, while handing the Islanders (6-11, 3-1 SLC) their first conference loss of the season. With Nicholls State's loss earlier in the day to Sam Houston State, the ’Jacks are the only remaining conference team unbeaten in SLC play.

Walkup finished 7-of-13 from the floor with two made three-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws and 10 rebounds, while Clayton was 6-of-6 from the field with 10 boards as well. The two double-doubles in the same game marks the first time for SFA since Desmond Haymon and Taylor Smith did so at Northwestern State (1/26/13) last season.

Simpson opens season with school record

The SFA track and field teams opened the indoor season on Saturday in Houston, and one Ladyjack did not hesitate to start her year with a record-breaking performance.

Brarysheyia Simpson ran in a special invitational competition at the Houston Indoor Opener against a number of post-collegiate professional runners and came away with a school record. Simpson ran 7.48 seconds in the preliminary heat of the 60 meters special invite. She broke her own previous school record of 7.54 seconds set last year.

Simpson went on to finish fourth in the invitational final at 7.50 seconds and was the top finishing collegiate in the race. Also running in the special invite as collegians were Houston’s Kiersten Brewer and Texas State’s Marika Brown.

In all the Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks combined to post 11 top-three finishes at the Houston Indoor Open on Saturday. It marked the first meet for the entire SFA team as the men’s pole vaulters competed last week at the Akron Pole Vault Convention to start their campaign.

SFA Bowling ranked fourth in NTCA media poll

SFA is ranked fourth in the latest NCAA/National Tenpin Coaches Association media poll, marking the highest ranking in program history. The Ladyjacks remain fifth in the coaches poll, released last month.

The ranking comes just one week before the Ladyjacks resume their 2013-14 season as SFA will head to Jonesboro, Ark., to compete in the Mid-Winter Invitational, hosted by top-ranked Arkansas State. SFA is coming off a solid showing at the 2014 USBC Team USA Trials in Las Vegas earlier this week, highlighted by Nicole Parkhurst placing 19th out of 105 competitors during the five-day event.

SFA, who boasts a 28-11 record through the fall portion of its schedule, looks to build on the successes of the fall season as the Ladyjacks notched their first tournament victories since the program began during the 2009-10 season. SFA captured the Tulane Invitational on Oct. 20, followed by a first-place showing at the FDU Jamboree on Nov. 3.

Fine Arts

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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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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