This Week's Calendar
Tuesday, Feb. 14
Women's golf at Texas State University Invitational
Thursday, Feb. 16
Men's basketball vs. Lamar University
Women's basketball vs. Abilene Christian University
Friday, Feb. 17
Presentation by Dr. David Laude about student success
McGee Business Building,
Baseball vs. Southeast Missouri State University
Men's golf at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
Palm Desert, California
Softball at Texas A&M University
Softball vs. University of New Mexico
Tennis at Texas State University
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Dr. Kyle ConlonAssistant professor of psychology
Conlon’s article “Transparency for the Public Good: When Feeling Powerful Does and Does Not Affect Willingness to Sacrifice for the Environment” was recently accepted for publication in The Journal of General Psychology.
The following hypothesis was tested in two studies: that the effect of feeling powerful on willingness to sacrifice for the preservation of shared resources depends on whether such willingness is expressed publicly or privately. Participants were randomly assigned to either a power priming condition or a control condition and then completed measures assessing their attitudes, future intentions and willingness to sacrifice for environmental conservation. Consistent with the hypothesis, the psychological experience of power decreased people’s environmental attitudes and willingness to sacrifice for the environment, but only when these responses were made privately. These findings suggest that a sense of power, when experienced in private, influences the way individuals feel about and intend to engage in pro-environmental sacrifice. The findings also suggest that this effect may be eliminated when judgments are made transparently, in public view.
News & Announcements
Sen. Ted Cruz visits SFA
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz was in Nacogdoches recently and visited with SFA administrators and supporters at the Juanita Curry Boynton House. After a welcome from SFA President Baker Pattillo, pictured at right, Cruz discussed a variety of topics, including the effects of the nationalized student loan program and immigration reform on higher education. Cruz also heard reports from deans and representatives of each of the six colleges that comprise SFA.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces spring grant workshops
SFA’s Office of Research and Sponsored programs will host four grant workshops this spring. The first workshop, titled “Grant Process,” will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, and from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Steen Library Wyatt Room.
To register, contact ORSP at (936) 468-6606, or Sherry Tucker, ORSP administrative assistant, at email@example.com. Additional workshops will be announced in SFA Today at a later date.
Discussion Friday by University of Texas administrator to focus on student success
Faculty and staff members are invited to hear a presentation by the senior vice provost for strategic initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin regarding a program instituted that helped UT students achieve the same grades as peers whose SAT scores were as much as 200 points higher. The session is at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.
Dr. David Laude, senior vice president for strategic initiatives at UT, oversees efforts to streamline the university’s undergraduate experience. His focus stems from his own experience as an undergraduate at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and a program he designed – the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan – ensures students have the tools and resources needed to result in behavior consistent with four-year graduation.
According to an article written by Paul Tough for The New York Times, the TIP program includes extra instruction, advising and peer mentoring conveyed in a manner that helps students develop a sense of identity as a “community of high-achieving scholars.” Laude’s talk at a TEDx event is available here.
For more information, contact Dr. Dana Cooper, executive director of SFA's Student Success Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Success Center seeking faculty, staff members to mentor first-generation students
SFA’s Student Success Center is seeking faculty and staff members who were first-generation college students to become advocates for current first-generation students at SFA.
The center is preparing a website that will allow these two groups to connect.
To express interest in being featured on the website, contact Celean Terry at email@example.com or Christal Dover at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basketball doubleheader to be broadcast on ESPN3
The upcoming doubleheader between SFA's men's and women's basketball teams and the University of Central Arkansas scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Farris Center in Conway, Arkansas, will be broadcast through the ESPN3 platform.
All home basketball games have been streamed through ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Select Southland Conference road games have been broadcast as well.
Ladyjacks tied fourth at Texas State University Invitational
SFA’s women’s golf team got off to a strong start in its first event of the season, posting a 17-over 301 in the first round of the Texas State University Invitational in New Braunfels and are currently tied for fourth. The Ladyjacks slipped slightly in round two before play was suspended due to darkness.
The Ladyjacks were six strokes back of tournament leaders as the University of Central Arkansas, Georgia Southern University and University of Texas-San Antonio all posted 11-over 295 in round one.
If you purchased a box of chocolates for your valentine, you aren’t alone. Giving sweets to your sweetie is a tradition many practice. But how did that come to be?
The history of Valentine’s Day dates back to Roman times, but giving candy is a more recent development. Click here to read more.