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This Week's Calendar

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.

Sunday, Jan. 19
SFA Bowling
at Mid-Winter Invite
Jonesboro, Ark.




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Math Blitz program instills interest in numbers

Daily Sentinel article

Twenty-three faculty members and students from the department of mathematics at SFA met at McMichael Middle School for one sole purpose — to instill a love of math in students. The event is called Math Blitz, and it is something the university has been doing since 2007. During the blitz, assistant professor Keith Hubbard said they are able to give the children a “picture of a part of math.”

“The goal is to reach every student who comes through the Nacogdoches ISD school system in middle school, because middle school is a time when you’re sort of thinking about what you want to do with your life but you haven’t locked yourself in,” Hubbard said.

Each year, they alternate between McMichael Middle School and Mike Moses Middle School. On Thursday, they spoke to about 520 students, he said.

Hubbard said they try to keep things interesting, instead of simply going over basic mathematic formulas. Each class learned something different, he said.

In Hubbard’s class he talked about bar codes, and what he called a “really sneaky mathematic addition problem” that is helpful to retailers.

Another professor, Dr. Jane Lang, said she discussed a couple “physical problems” that don’t look like math on the surface, but involve the same type of thinking that solving a math problem requires.
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Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey

Human Services

Ellis-Hervey, 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

AAUW meeting

The American Association of University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Regions Bank in downtown Nacogdoches. Come help plan two great events: Expanding Your Horizons and Woman of the Year

Controlled burn to be conducted at SFA’s Pineywoods Native Plant Center

The Texas A&M Forest Service and the Nacogdoches Fire Department will be conducting a controlled burn of the marsh-meadow at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15.  Prescribed fire maintains the prairie habitat by controlling woody plants and encouraging native grasses and perennials.

International Friendship Program

If you like to meet new people and learn about other parts of the world, the Office of International Programs offers the International Friendship Program. A student, faculty, staff or community member is matched with one or two international students. You are free to arrange a meeting once or twice a month for coffee, games, to celebrate American holidays or other activities. Some activities may be organized for all participants.

The program opens interaction between the local community and international students and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. If you are interested in “hosting” an international student, please fill out an application form.

The deadline is Monday, Jan. 20. For more information, call (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu.

Stacey Bess to speak

Join us from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212, to hear educator and author Stacey Bess from Salt Lake City, Utah. Bess penned the memoir "Nobody Don't Love Nobody," which was adapted into the April 2011 Hallmark Hall of Fame movie "Beyond the Blackboard" starring Emily VanCamp.

For more information, contact Jannah Nerren at (936) 468-2374 or nerrenjanna@sfasu.edu.

PDK Chalk Walk Fun Run

The SFA chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, the professional association in education, invites you to participate in the third Annual Chalk Walk Fun Run honoring educators. This year, the event will feature official timing.

This fun event will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Feb. 22, beginning in the Early Childhood Research Center parking lot. 

Contact Jannah Nerren at nerrenjanna@sfasu.edu for more information.

Sign up online here.

Valentine's Day Parent's Night Out

The Freshman Leadership Academy is sponsoring a Parent's Night Out on Valentine’s Day to raise money for their upcoming trip to Romania. Kids can be dropped off and picked up anytime between 6 and 10 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. The location is Westminster Presbyterian Church at 903 North St. in Nacogdoches. There will be activities for kids of all ages, including crafts, snacks, movies and games. Dinner will be served.
The cost is $25 for one child and $15 for any additional children. Spots are limited. To reserve yours, email Adam Peck at peckae@sfasu.edu or RSVP here.

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.

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.

Campus Recreation

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.


Walkup named SLC POW

SFA sophomore guard Thomas Walkup has been named the Southland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Walkup played a pivotal role in helping SFA to a 2-0 mark on the week, as the ’Jacks improved to 15-2 overall and 4-0 in conference play. Walkup recorded a career-high 27 points, the margin of SFA's 77-50 victory at Houston Baptist, finishing 11-of-13 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line Thursday night.

The native of Pasadena, Texas, then followed with the first double-double of his career, with 21 points and 10 rebounds, in a 80-70 victory at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi on Saturday. Walkup finished 7-of-13 from the floor with two made three-pointers and 5-of-6 free throws along with his 10 boards.

The ’Jacks, currently riding a 12-game winning streak, are in the midst of a five-game road swing. SFA will next play at Northwestern State on Thursday, Jan. 16.  The ’Jacks will tip with NWST at 7:30 p.m. inside Prather Coliseum.

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.

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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