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Friday, Feb. 17

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Friday, Feb. 17
SFA Planetarium "Light Years from Andromeda"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

Presentation by Dr. David Laude about student success
1:30 p.m.
McGee Business Building,
Room 133

Baseball vs. Southeast Missouri State University
6:30 p.m.

Men's golf at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
All Day
Palm Desert, California

Softball at Texas A&M University
3 p.m.
College Station

Softball vs. University of New Mexico
12:15 p.m.
College Station

Tennis at Texas State University
San Marcos

Saturday, Feb. 18
Men's golf at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
All Day
Palm Desert, California

Softball vs. University of New Mexico
10 a.m.
College Station

Baseball vs. University of Texas at Arlington
11 a.m.

Men's basketball at Southeastern Louisiana University
5 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana

Softball vs. Missouri State University
5:15 p.m.
College Station

Tennis at University of Texas-San Antonio
1 p.m.
San Antonio

Women's basketball at Southeastern Louisiana University
3 p.m.
Hammond, Louisiana

Sunday, Feb. 19
Baseball vs. Southeast Missouri State University
11 a.m.

Baseball vs. University of Texas at Arlington
2:30 p.m.

Men's golf at Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate
All Day
Palm Desert, California

Softball at Texas A&M University
12:15 p.m.
College Station




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News & Announcements

Electronic tax Form 1095-C for offer of health insurance now available

The 2016 electronic 1095-Cs are now available. The 1095-C is the Employer Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage form that is required by the IRS. Paper form 1095-Cs will be mailed out by Tuesday, Feb. 28. 

To view your electronic 1095-C, log in to mySFA, select the employee tab, choose “View 1095-C Health Insurance Offer Statement” under pay and tax, select tax year 2016 then click display.

Form 1095-C provides information about the health coverage offered by your employer. 

If you enrolled in a health plan through the Marketplace, the information in Part II of Form 1095-C could help determine if you’re eligible for the premium tax credit. If you did not enroll in a health plan through the Marketplace, this information is not relevant to you.

You do not have to attach the form to your tax return. Although you may use the information on the forms to help complete your tax return, these forms should not be attached to your return or sent to the IRS. Keep the forms for your records with other important tax documents.

Health plans sending tax Form 1095-B for medical coverage

Current and former employees and retirees who had medical coverage through the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program during the 2016 calendar year will receive Form 1095-B by the end of February. Medical coverage providers are required to mail Form 1095-B to members.

Any employee with GBP medical coverage in 2016 doesn’t receive a Form 1095-B by the end of February should call their medical plan directly (i.e. UnitedHealthcare). Receiving Form 1095-B does not mean you owe income taxes on the value of the health care benefits you receive.

Contact UnitedHealthcare for HealthSelectSM of Texas from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday or 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at (866) 336-9371 (TTY 711); or download a copy of the form from your account.

Under the Affordable Care Act, the IRS requires employers to report medical coverage provided to employees and their dependents in the previous tax year. Employees who have opted out or waived GBP medical coverage won’t receive a Form 1095-B. Employees will use information from Form 1095-B for tax filing purposes.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Brave Space discussion next week

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a discussion titled “Stereotypes and Media” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regent’s Suite A as part of the Brave Space Series.

The series promotes open and honest discussion of difficult topics among the SFA and Nacogdoches communities. Previous discussions have touched on racial tensions, police relations and LGBT issues.

For more information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073.

SFA alumna named Mountainview Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year

Ashlee Brewster, a 2013 SFA graduate, was named the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year for Mountainview Elementary School in Waco.

“I am incredibly honored to have achieved this award,” Brewster said. “I feel as a teacher, I must be a role model to my students. I hope through this achievement, I have inspired them to do their best to reach their goals.”
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Support Children’s Miracle Network by competing in SFA Dance Marathon

Faculty and staff members are invited to show support of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances in Tyler by participating in the SFA Dance Marathon from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 31, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Funds raised are used locally and benefit hundreds of families and children in East Texas. 

SFA community members have many opportunities to get involved, including registering a team of friends, family members or coworkers to fundraise for equipment and quality healthcare in the community. Click here to get started.

Fundraising will conclude with a celebration with CMN families, hospital staff and the fundraising dancers.

The event is open to the public. To showcase SFA’s Lumberjack spirit, faculty and staff members and students are challenged to make a donation or fundraise a minimum of $23 with 100 percent going directly to the local CMN hospital.

For more information or to register, contact Molly Moody, assistant director of student engagement, at (936) 468-1088 or moodymk@sfasu.edu.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Women’s Empowerment Summit March 3

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will host the first annual Women’s Empowerment Summit March 3 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

SFA community members are invited to develop relationships with other women who strive to make an impact, learn professional development skills, discuss current women's issues, learn how to improve personal wellness and more.

The event provides a full-day experience with multiple workshops led by SFA faculty and staff members. Keynote speakers include local TV personality Anissa Centers; Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey, assistant professor in SFA's School of Human Services; and Cyndra Krogen-Morton, Title IX compliance specialist.

The event is free and open to the public. Check-in will take place from 8 to 8:50 a.m. at the door. Pre-register here by Friday, Feb. 24, to receive lunch.

For more information, contact the OMA at (936) 468-1073.

Presentation today to focus on helping students succeed

Student success is imperative to the success of any university, and a presentation this afternoon will feature an expert on programs that help students succeed. 

“No institution can be successful if its students are not successful,” said Dr. Dana Cooper, executive director of SFA’s Student Success Center. “It is incumbent on us — as faculty and staff members at a teaching institution — to not see the students who are in our classrooms as they are currently. We must see the people they can become with our guidance and support at a critical juncture in their lives.”

Faculty and staff members are invited to hear the presentation by Dr. David Laude, senior vice provost for strategic initiatives at the University of Texas at Austin, at 1:30 p.m. today in the McGee Business Building, Room 133. Laude implemented a program that helped UT students achieve the same grades as peers whose SAT scores were as much as 200 points higher.

Dr. Steve Bullard, SFA provost and vice president for academic affairs, said Laude's visit is an example of SFA's dedication to being a learning institution. “Dr. Laude's visit will highlight innovative ways to help students succeed, which helps all of us live the ‘one Lumberjack at a time’ brand each day.”

For more information, contact Cooper at cooperdc@sfasu.edu.

Great Backyard Bird Count to be hosted tomorrow by SFA Gardens

SFA Gardens and the university’s student chapter of the National Association for Interpretation are sponsoring the Great Backyard Bird Count from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a national event to capture real-time bird populations around the nation.

The event is free and open to the public. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Showcase Saturday to take place tomorrow

Future college students will have the opportunity to experience a taste of campus life during a free, action-packed open-house tomorrow on campus.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to visit with university faculty and staff members, tour the campus and residence halls, and preview academic programs during the Showcase Saturday event. Read More


Baseball to open season at home today

Baseball is back in Nacogdoches as SFA’s baseball team prepares to start its 2017 season by hosting Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Texas at Arlington for a three-day round-robin tournament at the Lumberjacks' home venue, Jaycees Field.

Play will begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight when the Lumberjacks compete against Southeast Missouri State University.
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Tennis travels to San Marcos to battle in-state rivals

SFA’s tennis team is traveling south today for matches against Texas State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. The first game will begin at noon today in San Marcos against TSU. The Ladyjacks will finish weekend play with a 1 p.m. competition tomorrow against UTSA in San Antonio.

“We are more than ready to get back out on the courts and see if the improvements we implemented in practice will translate to success in matches,” said SFA head tennis coach Jon McLaughlin. “Making sure we stay focused through the entire match is of the utmost importance as is maintaining a high level of intensity and that’s something I believe we need to continue working toward."
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Softball travels to Texas A&M University Invitational

SFA’s softball team will compete in its second big tournament of the season this weekend in College Station at the Texas A&M University Invitational. The Ladyjacks will first play the University of New Mexico at 12:15 p.m. today at the Softball Complex.

Following today's first game, the Ladyjacks will face host team Texas A&M University at 3 p.m. before taking the diamond at 10 a.m. tomorrow for another match against UNM. The Ladyjacks will wrap up tomorrow's play with a 5:15 p.m. game against Missouri State University, followed by a rematch between SFA and the Aggies at 12:15 p.m. Sunday for the last game of the tournament series.
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Career-high from Parker overshadowed by 80-73 loss to Abilene Christian University

SFA’s women’s basketball team competed against Abilene Christian University Thursday in Johnson Coliseum. The stakes were high as the two schools were tied for second place in conference play.

SFA redshirt junior Stevi Parker scored a career-high 31 points and 18 rebounds. The Bixby, Oklahoma, native also completed her seventh season double-double and career tenth. Despite efforts, the Ladyjacks fell to ACU, 80-73.
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Lumberjacks use second-half run to defeat Lamar University, 70-61

SFA’s men’s basketball team competed against Lamar University Thursday in Johnson Coliseum and defeated the Cardinals 70-61.

SFA sophomore TJ Holyfield scored a game-high 17 points, while freshman Kevon Harris added 15 more off the bench. The Lumberjacks outscored the Cardinals’ 30-15 in the final 12:26.
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Fine Arts

School of Theatre to present student-directed play ‘Picnic on the Battlefield’ tonight

SFA’s School of Theatre will present the student-directed, one-act play “Picnic on the Battlefield” by Fernando Arrabal with English translation by Barbara Wright at 7:30 p.m. tonight and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Downstage Theatre on campus.

Center senior Avery Tindol is the director, and he describes “Picnic on the Battlefield” as “a surrealist, absurdist, dark comedy that tells the story of a soldier in the middle of a war zone who is surprised by an unexpected visit from his parents and an enemy soldier.”

Tickets are $4. For tickets or more information, call SFA's Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407, or click here.
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Broadway artist Raines to perform concert tomorrow to benefit SFA scholarship

Ron Raines, one of America’s leading Broadway artists and Nacogdoches native, will be the featured vocalist in “Ron Sings Broadway,” a benefit concert at 6 p.m. tomorrow in Mast Hall downtown. Proceeds will go toward the Strings Scholarship Fund in SFA’s School of Music.

Raines, a Nacogdoches High School graduate who is returning to his hometown to support the benefit, will perform with SFA student musicians. Dr. Gene Moon, director of orchestral activities at SFA, encourages all to come enjoy an evening of Broadway music and support the Strings Scholarship Fund.

Tickets are $75 per person with $100 special seating also available. For tickets or more information, click here or call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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