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This Week's Calendar

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

Monday, Jan. 25
Men's basketball vs. Lamar University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum




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SFA Strategic Planning Committee to hold town hall meeting today

The SFA Envisioned Strategic Planning Working Teams will host a town hall meeting for the campus community at 1 p.m. today 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.


Dr. Carrie Kennedy-Lightsey

Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication

Kennedy-Lightsey, assistant professor of communication studies, along with members of her Research Methods in Communication class, received a top paper award in the Instructional Development Division at Southern States Communication Association. 

The paper, “Burnout, Instructor Misbehaviors, and Instructional Dissent in the College Classroom,” will be presented at SSCA’s conference in April in Austin, Texas.

Faculty member, author to hold book signing on campus

Dr. Della Elaine Connor, assistant professor of nursing, will be signing copies of her young adult novel series "Spirit Warriors" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the campus Barnes & Noble Bookstore.

Copies of all three books in the series will be available for purchase during the event. Free bookmarks and giveaway items also will be available, and those who stop by can enter a drawing to win an autographed copy of the first book in the series, "The Concealing."

News & Announcements

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host interactive lecture aimed at creating a nature-rich future for Texas families

SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host a lecture and interactive community discussion led by Jennifer Bristol, state director of the Texas Children in Nature Network, at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

In 2009, the Texas Children in Nature Network formed at the request of a bipartisan group of Texas legislators seeking to address the growing body of research indicating that children were spending less time outdoors and more time engaged in sedentary, indoor activities.
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SFA Planetarium show begins tonight

The first screening of the SFA Planetarium's "Hubble Vision" program will begin at 7 p.m. tonight. 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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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.

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.

Campus Recreation

"Kick Axe Wellness Challenge" registration now open

Registration for the Second Annual SFA Employee Wellness “Kick Axe Wellness Challenge” is open through Wednesday, Jan. 27. This five-week challenge runs Monday, Feb. 1, to Sunday, March 6, and is focused on the seven dimensions of wellness to promote a healthier lifestyle. Teams of four will participate in a friendly competition and earn points by completing weekly activities.

Prizes will be awarded weekly, and an overall winner will be announced at the end of the challenge. Also, a big party for all competitors is planned for the end of the challenge. 

For more information, visit the challenge’s page, where you can find the registration form, the Getting Started Guide and more. 

For questions, contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu. For information on other programming within Employee Wellness, click here.


Key, Kaufmann place in top three at Samford track meet

The SFA multievent athletes started the 2016 indoor season on a positive note this week at the Samford Stand Alone Multi inside the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama. Multiple personal records were set by the six 'Jacks who competed in their first pentathlons/heptathlons of the year.

Sophomore Hunter Key broke his previous record of 4,476 points, which he recorded last year at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships. This week, he scored 4,778 points, 302 more than his old record. The score secured second place among the 16-competitor field.
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Ladyjacks fall 64-60 to Lamar University

The SFA women’s basketball team couldn’t recover from a sluggish start last night against Lamar University, dropping their fifth straight game, 64-60, inside William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Despite outscoring the Cardinals in the second, third and fourth quarters, the Ladyjacks couldn’t overcome a 22-9 hole created in the first 10 minutes.
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Bowling competing in 2016 Kutztown Invitational in Pennsylvania this weekend

The SFA bowling team is back on the lanes today, competing at the 2016 Kutztown Invitational at Heister Lanes in Reading, Pennsylvania.

The tournament gets underway today and continues through Sunday, Jan. 24.
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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. tomorrow. 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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SFA to offer three coaching clinics this spring

In a collaborative effort to increase access to coaching education in East Texas, SFA’s Department of Athletics, Ladyjack Soccer, Lumberjack Football and Lumberjack Strength have teamed up to provide a unique coaching education opportunity throughout the spring semester.

In conjunction with the newly developed Lumberjack Sports Institute, the three programs will offer coaching clinics in Nacogdoches over the next few months.

Head Ladyjack soccer coach Wally Crittenden and his staff members will launch the coaching education series with Soccer 101 Saturday, Jan. 30. Head SFA football coach Clint Conque will follow with Football 101 Saturday, Feb. 20. Both courses will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on their respective dates.
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Fine Arts

SFA selects contestants in prestigious Schmidbauer competition

Eight outstanding young musicians have been accepted as participants in the distinguished 2016 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA.

Celebrating its ninth year, the Schmidbauer Competition holds the highest standards in artistry and performance. It is designed to attract young high school musicians ages 15 to 18 who seek to continue future careers involving music and are looking at schools that may be best suited toward helping them reach their goals. It is SFA's goal to be that institution, according to Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral studies at SFA and of the competition.
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‘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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SFA’s Children’s Performing Arts Series to present ‘The Lightning Thief’

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and the Children’s Performing Arts Series will present two performances of “The Lightning Thief” Friday, Feb. 5.

Also featured during the 2014-2015 children’s series, “The Lightning Thief” was so popular that some audiences missed their chance at seeing the show last year, “so we decided to bring it back,” said Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series.

Presented by Theatreworks USA and adapted from the book by Rick Riordan, “The Lightning Thief” is the story of Percy Jackson, who is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
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