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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 21
Women's basketball vs. Lamar University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Friday, Jan. 22
"Hubble Vision" SFA Planetarium screening
7 p.m.

SFA tennis vs. Prairie View A&M University

Saturday, Jan. 23
Men's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
6 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Women's basketball vs. Sam Houston State University
4 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Sunday, Jan. 24
SFA tennis vs. the University of Texas - San Antonio




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Nelson Rusche College of Business ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Jan. 25

SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business will celebrate its renovated facility with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, on the first floor of the R.E. McGee Building on the SFA campus.

The ceremony will recognize the new Mattress Firm Commons, the Marleta Chadwick Student Financial Advisors and the Mark T. Layton Lobby.

The event is open to the public. Dr. Tim Bisping, dean of the Nelson Rusche College of Business, said the ceremony will allow the college to formally thank and recognize several key people who played a vital role in helping advance the college's mission.
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Drs. Kyle E. Conlon and Lauren E. Brewer

Department of Psychology

Conlon and Brewer, both assistant professors of psychology, along with graduate student Kylee Kudera, presented research titled, "Making the Most of Self-Assessment: The Importance of Pre- and Post-Exam Reflections" at the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Their scholarship of teaching and learning work was funded by a research grant from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

News & Announcements

Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Diversity Conference

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs invites faculty and staff members, students and the community to attend its second annual Diversity Conference, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.

Admission to the conference is free and includes a free three-course lunch, T-shirt for the first 75 students and free Continuing Education Units for social workers in attendance.

Those interested in attending may register here.

School of Social Work to present lecture on transgender policies in Texas schools

SFA's School of Social Work will host a guest lecture with Josephine Tittsworth and Nikki Vogel from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in the School of Social Work, Room 201.

The lecture is titled "Texas Educational Institution Police: Examination of Transgender Inclusion Policies at Texas Schools."

Anyone wishing to attend the lecture should RSVP by Monday, Jan. 25, by calling (936) 468-5105. Seating is limited to 30 people. Continuing education credits are available to social workers who attend. 

SFA Strategic Planning Committee to hold town hall meeting tomorrow

The SFA Envisioned Strategic Planning Working Teams will host a town hall meeting for the campus community at 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Math Building, Room 101. The event is an opportunity for faculty and staff members to ask questions and provide input on the strategic plan.

Following the approval of the Vision Statement by the Board of Regents in July 2015, the vice presidents assembled working teams to begin discussing how best to advance the four operational goals of the Strategic Plan (attracting and supporting high-quality faculty and staff members, fostering academic and co-curricular innovation, redefining university culture and increasing connections).

During the town hall meeting, the working teams will report on progress based on their first semester of activity and invite input from the campus community. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

Learn more about the Strategic Plan at www.sfasu.edu/strategicplan.

SFA Planetarium show begins tomorrow

The first screening of the SFA Planetarium's "Hubble Vision" program will begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The show will run each Friday through March 4.

The program is about the allure of black holes and incorporates several of the latest theories regarding black holes. This 35-minute program is designed for general audiences and is a full-length, animated production featuring 3-D simulations of black holes and the strange physical effects they can create.

Tickets cost $2 each.

For more information, click here.

Lumberjack license plates available

Check out MyPlates.com for details on how to swap your plain license plate to one that shows everyone on the road you're a Lumberjack. A portion of the proceeds benefits the university. Get the details, including new discounted rates and message options, here.

Already have one? We want to see it! Either tag SFA in a picture on Facebook or send a picture to us in a Facebook message.

The Pine Log offers advertising opportunities

With the start of the spring semester, The Pine Log would like to remind you of a unique opportunity to advertise your programs and activities to the SFA community. The Pine Log offers competitive rates, as well as discounts for our on-campus clients.

Advertising in The Pine Log is a smart business decision for any department or program wanting to reach out to SFA students, faculty and staff members. Your investment in our publication also pays big dividends for our students who are gaining important real-world skills while working in SFA student media. To inquire about advertising opportunities, call Amy Roquemore, director of student publications and divisional media, at (936) 468-4703 or click here to view the 2015-16 rate card.

International Friendship Program provides opportunities for cultural exchange, friendships

SFA's Office of International Programs offers an International Friendship Program where a student, community member or faculty or staff member is paired up with one or two international students.

The host and the international student meet once or twice a month during the semester to have a conversation over coffee, play games, celebrate American holidays or any activity both enjoy doing. This program opens interaction between local community members and international students and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships.

Those interested in participating can fill out an application here. Submit your answers no later than Sept. 22. For questions, call Coordinator of International Programs Oresta Felts at (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu.

ORSP invites faculty, staff members to afternoon coffee, tea

Faculty and staff members are invited to join the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects for coffee and tea between 2 and 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, in the ORSP Office, Liberal Arts North, Room 421.

Attendees can enjoy snacks, meet the ORSP team and learn about new federal guidelines impacting grants.

For more information, call (936) 468-6606.

Interest meetings planned for Office of Multicultural Affairs' 'Vagina Monologues' production

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs is looking for enthusiastic and confident women to perform in this year’s production of Eve Ensler’s "Vagina Monologues."  The monologues are intended to bring awareness to abuse against women and celebrate women and their triumphs.

Interest meetings will be Wednesday, Jan. 27, and Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.100.
For more information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073.

SFA Charter School applications due Jan. 29

Applications for admission to the SFA Charter School are now available at the Charter School office and are due no later than 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29. Lottery notices will be mailed by Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Openings are expected in the kindergarten class and there may be openings for students in first through fifth grades.

An optional information meeting for all applicants is planned for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Janice Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St.

For more information, call (936) 468-5899 or stop by the ECRC, Room 101. More information also is available here.

Presentation proposals being accepted for Teaching Showcase

SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning will host the 2016 Teaching Showcase from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room. The showcase provides faculty and staff members and teaching assistants with the opportunity to share best practices and innovative teaching methods, to recognize colleagues and to hold cross-disciplinary conversations to create better learning opportunities for students.

Faculty and staff members and teaching assistants are invited to submit presentation proposals through this form. Each five-minute presentation should address innovations used in physical or online classrooms that enhance the learning experience, such as stimulating critical thinking, learning from failure, teaching with technology, increasing cultural awareness, and innovative applications of teaching and learning theory.

For additional information or to see examples of last year's presentations, visit the Teaching Showcase online.

Travel funding deadline approaching for National Conference on Undergraduate Research presenters

Faculty members who have students presenting at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research are encouraged to inform them of travel funding opportunities provided by SFA. The deadline to apply for funds is Friday, Jan. 29.

Each student should submit a word document with his or her name, college and department, faculty adviser, email address and phone number, along with the abstract submitted to the NCUR, to wootenc1@sfasu.edu.

A committee will determine who will receive funding, and recipients will be notified by Tuesday, Feb. 9.


Ladyjacks take on Lamar University tonight

The SFA women’s basketball team hopes to get back to winning when the team faces Lamar University at 7 p.m. tonight in William R. Johnson Coliseum. The Ladyjacks and Cardinals, both preseason favorites in the Southland Conference, have a lot to play for after getting off to slow starts. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

The Ladyjacks began the week with a 1-4 record in SLC play, but there is plenty of time to get back on track.
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Promotions, giveaways planned for double-header rivalry game Saturday

The SFA men’s and women’s basketball teams are set to host rival Sam Houston State University in a double-header beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. The community is invited to William R. Johnson Coliseum to cheer the 'Jacks on in their biggest home weekend of the season to date.

Last March, SFA set a new coliseum single-game attendance record against the Bearkats as 7,328 fans witnessed both SFA teams post victories to clinch Southland Conference titles.
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Fine Arts

‘Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax’ to feature photographs, drawings, prints

Artist Kent Rush’s work will be showcased in an exhibition through Thursday, March 10, in the Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

Black and white photographs, drawings and prints are featured in “Kent Rush: Photo-Syntax,” curated by Neal Cox, faculty member in the SFA School of Art, who describes Rush as his mentor.

“Though this is largely an opportunity to pay tribute, Kent’s work alone merits exhibition,” Cox said. “A pleasant blend of graphite drawings, prints and photographs, his works show how one idea can have multifaceted executions and maintain a distinct aesthetic transcending the single-media approach.”

The exhibition will include “mainly close-up images of odd urban infrastructure, much of it discarded or vestigial, photographed through the plastic lens of a toy camera,” Cox said.
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SFA music faculty member Gavin to perform horn recital

SFA’s School of Music faculty member Charles Gavin will present a horn recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The selected compositions will feature the lyrical, singing qualities of the horn, according to Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music at SFA.

Performing with Gavin are colleagues Scott LaGraff, voice; John W. Goodall, oboe; and James Pitts, piano. LaGraff will join Gavin in a performance of a group of songs set to the poetry of Walt Whitman.

"These are composed by Dallas composer Simon Sargon," Gavin said. "He has previously composed music for horn, voice and piano, and I enjoyed performing those, so I was excited to learn of this new work."

None of Gavin's selections have been performed on the SFA campus, he said.
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'Refined IX: Humor' highlights diverse field of metalworking, jewelry

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Art will host "Refined IX: Humor" exhibition Friday, Jan. 29, through Saturday, March 12, in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Refined" is a biennial exhibition of jewelry and metalwork hosted by the art metals program in SFA’s School of Art, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA. Cash prizes totaling $1,500 are awarded at the juror's discretion.

This year's theme in humor is "A Bracelet, a Brooch, and a Teapot Walk into a Bar."

"'Refined' challenges artists to display their authentic talent, free from the concern of modifying the work to satisfy one theme," Handley said, adding the exhibition is focused on the diverse field of metalworking and jewelry.

 "Whether you work in metal, stones, plastic, fiber or found materials, if you are a 'smith,' it carries into whatever work you create," Handley said.
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University Series to feature unique radio theater production of 'Dracula'

SFA’s College of Fine Arts will host L.A. Theatre Works in presenting Bram Stokers' "Dracula" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, in William M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Part of the 2015-2016 University Series, this performance features the foremost radio theater company in the United States, said John W. Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts. For more than two decades, LATW, under the leadership of Producing Director Susan Albert Loewenberg, has delighted audiences with its unique live radio theater-style performances in more than 300 small towns and major cities, including New York, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago.

"An L.A. Theatre Works performance is immediate, spontaneous, and features a first-rate cast, live sound effects, and a connection to the audience rarely felt in a traditional theater setting," Goodall said. "This theater… is an event."
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