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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Jan. 30
Men's basketball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
2 p.m.
Corpus Christi

Women's basketball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
11:30 a.m.
Corpus Christi

Monday, Feb. 1
Men's golf at NIT at Omni Tuscon Invitational
Tucson, Arizona

SFA men's golf at the Sea Best Invitational
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Tuesday, Feb. 2
SFA men's golf at the Sea Best Invitational
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Thursday, Feb. 4
Women's basketball vs. Northwestern State University
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum




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News & Announcements

Regents approve Master of Science in nursing program

Members of SFA's Board of Regents approved a new online Master of Science in nursing program within the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing during their quarterly meeting Tuesday.

The university is seeking approval from agencies including the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Board of Nursing in preparation to offer the specialized program in spring 2017 to enable students to prepare to become family nurse practitioners.

"This program will help the whole community, as well as the School of Nursing," said Dr. Sara Bishop, SFA nursing director. "We are already one of the best-known schools of nursing in Texas-our graduation rates are great and our students perform remarkably on their board exams. This program will put us up one more level, and we are so excited about it."
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Regents approve faculty and staff appointments

Faculty and staff appointments and promotions were among the items approved by members of the SFA Regents during the board's January meeting.

In the Nelson Rusche College of Business, Todd Brown was approved as the new associate dean for faculty and administration, and Shirley Ann Wilson was approved as associate dean for student services. Professor Mikhail Kouliavtsev was approved as interim chair of the Department of Economics and Finance.
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Partnership between industry and natural resource management benefits the environment and SFA students

Like much of East Texas, the air at the SFA Real Estate Foundation's forested land in Cherokee County harbors the rich scent of pine. Walking through the rows of trees, one might regard the tract as just another pine plantation dotting the region's landscape. But to do so would be missing the forest for the trees.

Since 2001, 3,449 acres of Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture-managed forestland in Cherokee, Houston and Shelby counties has sequestered 293,000 metric tons of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

"That is equivalent to 36.5 million gallons of gasoline or 271,743 metric tons of lignite coal," said Jason Grogan, SFA Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture research associate.
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Alumni Association names Mr. and Miss SFA

The SFA Alumni Association announced that Collin Rutherford of Celina, Texas, and Olivia Miller of Arlington, Texas, have been selected as recipients of the 2016 Mr. and Miss SFA Award.

The Mr. SFA Award was established in honor of the late Stan McKewen, a 1934 SFA graduate. The Arnodean Covin Miss SFA Award honors the alumna who was named Miss SFA in 1940, 1941 and 1942.
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Office of Multicultural Affairs to hold diversity conference

Created with the combined goals of spreading an understanding of diversity and connecting university departments and programs, approximately 300 people have signed up to attend the free second annual SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs' Diversity Conference.

The brainchild of OMA director Dr. Osaro Airen, the upcoming conference will fittingly serve as Airen's last program in his position. He recently accepted a job in Dallas.

"It's been an honor to bring this to the East Texas community," Airen said. "We had people attend from Dallas last year. This year, we have people coming from Lamar University in Beaumont. The goal of diversity and word of the conference is being spread and that lets me know the work I've done has really had an impact. And it's a great way for me to end my time here at SFA."
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SFA awards approximately $120,000 in research grants

Six of SFA's largest in-house grants for 2016 were awarded this month through the University's Research Enhancement Program and the SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, totaling approximately $120,000 in support of faculty research and creative projects.

Eighteen grant proposals were submitted to and reviewed by the University Research Council, which then chose the six Research and Creative Activity Grants recipients. Two Research Pilot Studies (smaller in-house funding opportunities) also were awarded. Dr. Steve Bullard, SFA's interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, approved the council's recommendations.

"Research enhancement funds like RCA and RPS grants are meant to encourage and strengthen research, offer scholarly and creative opportunities for faculty members, serve as support for innovative research, and provide seed monies to attract other financial support from external entities," Bullard said.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Campus Recreation

"Kick Axe Wellness Challenge" registration closes today

Registration for the Second Annual SFA Employee Wellness “Kick Axe Wellness Challenge” closes today. 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.


Vote for head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood in charitable competition

Voting is ongoing in the 2016 Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, and SFA's head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood is among the top five contenders for $100,000 in charitable funds.

If Underwood wins the competition, which continues through Sunday, March 13, proceeds will be donated to the Nacogdoches Area United Way.

Fans are allowed to vote once per day per registered email address. Cast your ballot at voteforbrad.com.

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

Special incentive offered for students under 18 to attend Schmidbauer Competition

In an effort to encourage more local young musicians to attend the distinguished 2016 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA, event organizers have agreed to allow students under the age of 18 free admission to both the semi-final and final rounds.

Slated for Saturday, Jan. 30, the competition takes place in Cole Concert Hall in the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building on the SFA campus. The semi-final round of the competition begins at 2 p.m. Finalists will be announced at approximately 4:30 p.m. Those who move on to the final round will perform in a live concert starting at 7:30 p.m.

A valuable recruiting tool for SFA, the Schmidbauer Competition offers a unique performance opportunity for young musicians and prizes including cash awards, scholarship incentives from the SFA School of Music and performance opportunities with orchestras.
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Young Nacogdoches pianist wins distinguished national gold medal

Eleven-year-old Nacogdoches pianist Antonio Ajero has been awarded a National Gold Medal from the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, earning him the status of being the only Texas resident to garner this prestigious prize.

A recent student of Linda Parr in the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music, Antonio scored the top mark in the nation on the Level 9 Piano assessment.

National Gold Medals are awarded each academic year to music development program students who achieve the highest standard of excellence in the United States. Sixty-nine students earned National Gold Medals this year. In addition to recognizing the top scorers in The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, National Gold Medals honor music teachers for the time and effort put into training their students.
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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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