This Week's Calendar
Friday, Jan. 27
Bowling at Prairie View A&M University Invitational
SFA Planetarium "Light Years from Andromeda"
Math Planetarium Building
Saturday, Jan. 28
Bowling at Prairie View A&M University Invitational
Men's basketball vs. University of New Orleans
Tennis at Tyler Junior College
Tennis vs. Midwestern State University
Women's basketball vs. University of New Orleans
Sunday, Jan. 29
Bowling at Prairie View A&M University Invitational
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Trina Menefee Academic advisor in SFA's College of Science and Mathematics
Menefee has been selected to receive SFA's Academic Assistance and Resource Center’s Bravo Award.
The AARC presents the award to one faculty or staff member each semester for their outstanding support of the center's efforts.
According to AARC Director M.E. McWilliams, Menefee has been a long-standing, aggressive advocate for the AARC and has referred countless students to the center’s services, often walking them over personally to introduce them to an AARC staff member. Menefee also has partnered with the AARC to build programs and events that target at-risk students.
News & Announcements
ERS names new HealthSelect administrator
ERS recently announced that on Sept. 1, 2017, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will become the plan administrator for HealthSelect of Texas and Consumer Directed HealthSelect. This means BCBSTX will take over payment of SFA's health billings. SFA will remain a PPO (primary physician). Changes to coverage or cost have not been announced. If further insurance changes arise, Human Resources will make an announcement to faculty and staff members.
For more information, visit SFA's benefits news page.
SFA Charter School applications due today
SFA Charter School applications are due today in the Charter School office. Lottery notices will be mailed by Feb. 7.
For more information, call the ECRC at (936) 468-5899, visit the ECRC, Room 101, or click here.
Center for Teaching and Learning to host assignment charrette today
SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning will host an assignment charrette from 1 to 3 p.m. today in McKibben Education Building, Room 258.
Borrowed from the field of architecture, the word "charrette" refers to a collaborative event in which several individuals design a solution to an issue. For this workshop, participants will bring a specific assignment they want to improve and collaborate with faculty members to modify the assignment. Their assignment will serve as springboards for others. Faculty members from all colleges are invited to attend.
To register, log in to mySFA, choose the employee tab, select myTraining and browse for “Assignment Charrette.” A full list of the CTL’s spring educator development offerings is available here.
For more information, contact Megan Weatherly, instructional designer, at (936) 468-1735.
Proposals for 2017 Teaching Showcase due today
Proposals for the 2017 Teaching Showcase, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room, are due today.
Now in its third year, the Teaching Showcase provides faculty and staff members and teaching assistants the opportunity to share best practices, recognize colleagues’ innovative teaching methods and hold cross-disciplinary conversations to create better learning opportunities for students.
During the event, presenters will provide five-minute overviews and/or demonstrations of teaching tips, technology uses or strategies that enhance student learning. Ten faculty members will present during this fast-paced, fun event.
To submit a proposal, complete this form. More information and past-presentation videos are available here.
SFA Gardens to host native tree seminar tomorrow
East Texas is blessed with an abundance of beautiful trees that thrive in southern landscapes. Chris Dempsey, senior garden technician for SFA Gardens, will host a public seminar aimed at teaching participants about native trees from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.
Dempsey will help participants choose the ideal tree for their landscapes, make the best selections at the nursery and then demonstrate the appropriate method for planting. He also will discuss reasons for proper pruning, show pruning tools, and demonstrate the specifics of pruning and training shade, ornamental and fruit trees.
To register for the seminar, contact SFA Gardens’ education office at (936) 468-1832 or email@example.com. Cost is $15 for SFA Gardens members and $20 for non-members.
Deadline extended for ‘Kick Axe Wellness Challenge’ registration
Registration for the third annual SFA Employee Wellness “Kick Axe Wellness Challenge” has been extended through 5 p.m. today. The five-week challenge will run from Monday, Jan. 30, to Sunday, March 5, and will focus 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. A party for all participants will take place at the end of the challenge.
The competition is open to all faculty and staff members. For more information or to register, click here.
For questions, contact Jessica Waguespack, Employee Wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on additional Employee Wellness programming, click here.
Baseball offering new premium fan seating for 2017 season
With the start of the 2017 season less than a month away, a new opportunity for fans to enjoy Lumberjack baseball has been made available with the addition of new, premium seating on the covered deck along the left-field line at Jaycees Field.
For $150 for a single membership and $250 for a couple’s membership, fans can become members of the SFA Dugout Club and receive exclusive access to the deck. Memberships also include an official Dugout Club T-shirt, a hat and admission to all 28 of SFA’s home games throughout the 2017 season.
Bowling travels to Metroplex for 2017 Prairie View A&M University Invitational
SFA’s bowling team will travel north to the DFW Metroplex this weekend to compete in the 2017 Prairie View A&M University Invitational at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington.
The invitational will begin at 11:55 a.m. today with five sets of baker-style matches, followed by five traditional team games starting at 9:25 a.m. tomorrow. One final team game starting at 9:50 a.m. Sunday will determine the seeding for the two best-of-seven bracket formats.
Track and field headed south for Houston Invitational
SFA’s men's and women's track and field teams will travel to the Houston Invitational this weekend for the second meet of the 2017 indoor season. The meet will take place inside the Yeoman Field House on the University of Houston campus.
The field consists of 14 universities including four other Southland Conference opponents. The heptathlon and pentathlon competitions will include some international play with the addition of several athletes from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León, Mexico. Read More
‘Seussical’ coming to SFA campus
The Children’s Performing Arts Series at SFA will present two performances of “Seussical” on Friday, Feb. 10, in. Turner Auditorium on campus.
Presented by Theatreworks USA, the play is based on several Dr. Seuss stories, including “Horton Hears a Who,” “Horton Hatches the Egg” and “Gertrude McFuzz.”
Performances are at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.50 for individuals and $6 per person for groups of 20 or more.
To order tickets, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Visit the CPAS website for additional information.
Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band to present ‘Earth Dreams’ program
SFA’s Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony will present their first concert of the semester at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, in Turner Auditorium on campus.
The concert, entitled “Earth Dreams,” will feature the works of American composers, including Timothy Mahr, Timothy Broege, John Mackey and Frank Ticheli.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or click here.
Olga Vocal Ensemble tickets still available
Tickets are still available for the much-anticipated performance of the Olga Vocal Ensemble at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, in Turner Auditorium on campus. The concert is part of SFA’s College of Fine Arts’ University Series.
Hailing from the Netherlands with members also from Iceland and Russia, Olga is known for its unique programs, in which moving classical music comes together with popular songs according to Scott Shattuck, associate dean of SFA's College of Fine Arts and director of the University Series.
Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for non-SFA students and youth. Tickets for SFA students are $3. An advertisement for the concert currently running in The Daily Sentinel offers a buy-one, get-one of equal value coupon.
For tickets or more information, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, visit the Box Office in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 211, or click here.
Violinist Trevor to perform recital tonight
Internationally renowned violinist Chloé Trevor, who will serve as an adjudicator at Saturday’s prestigious George and Peggy Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at SFA, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall on campus.
Trevor, who has appeared as a soloist with orchestras worldwide, including the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Slovak State Philharmonic, Plano Symphony and the Knoxville Symphony, will be joined by pianist Jonathan Tsay. Trevor made her New York concerto debut in 2013 and Avery Fisher Hall debut in 2014.
The recital is free and open to the public. For more information about the Schmidbauer Competition, contact Dr. Gene Moon, orchestral director at SFA, at (936) 468-3885 or email@example.com, or click here.
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