This Week's Calendar
Tuesday, Feb. 21
Baseball at Texas A&M University
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Softball at University of Southern Mississippi
4 and 6 p.m.
Track and field at Southland Conference Indoor Championships
Thursday, Feb. 23
Men's basketball at University of New Orleans
Women's basketball at University of New Orleans
Friday, Feb. 24
SFA Planetarium "Light Years from Andromeda"
Math Planetarium Building
Baseball at University of Texas-San Antonio
Softball vs. Middle Tennessee State University
Tennis at University of Texas at Arlington
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News & Announcements
Fourth university-wide campus reading session to take place Thursday
All faculty and staff members who registered to receive a copy of the selected campus reading, “The Undergraduate Experience,” are invited to attend the fourth university-wide session at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.
This session will be very important, as attendees will assist in creating concrete proposals for changes at SFA. The proposals will be based on ideas within the campus reading that received the greatest support during the three previous sessions.
Attendees will be able to work in groups on ideas they are most interested in. Proposals will be passed on to SFA vice presidents who will respond to ideas at a fifth and final plenary session Wednesday, March 29.
All readers are welcome to attend the session, regardless of whether or not they attended previous sessions.
Preregister for the session here. For more information, contact Megan Weatherly, instructional designer, at (936) 468-1735.
Faculty Symposium on Arts and Research proposal deadline approaching
The call for proposals is currently open for the 2017 Symposium on Arts and Research, formerly known as the Bright Ideas Conference. Proposals must be submitted by Tuesday, Feb. 28. SFA’s Office of the Provost is hosting this event.
The annual symposium will be held April 19 and will showcase the research, creative and performance accomplishments of SFA faculty members from 2016. One of the main attractions of the SOAR is the faculty member poster session, in which faculty members highlight individual research projects, overall research agendas and/or professional creative interests. Faculty members are welcome to share research presented in 2016 or to present forthcoming research. As part of the poster session, each college will honor one outstanding poster/display as the Spotlight Exhibit.
Click here for the proposal submission form. For assistance, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistant professor organizes event for National African-American Read-In
SFA students and faculty members and a community member recently participated in the National African-American Read-In at Brooks-Quinn-Jones Elementary School in Nacogdoches.
Dr. Lauren Burrow, assistant professor in SFA’s Department of Elementary Education, organized the event in celebration of Black History Month.
Office of Multicultural Affairs to host panel discussion on women’s perspectives
SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will host “Celebrating Women’s Perspectives,” a panel discussion about current issues and their impact on women, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.
Influential women employed at SFA as well as one community member and student will discuss various topics from a woman’s perspective including health, career, education and more.
For more information, contact the OMA, at (936) 468-1073.
Animals bring lessons to life in professor’s classroom
With two tarantulas, a tree frog, Bess beetles, millipedes, a prairie dog and a 175-gallon manmade wetland complete with red-eared turtles, crayfish and Gambusia fish, Dr. Alan Sowards’ classroom at SFA is anything but typical.
As an elementary education science professor at SFA, Sowards incorporates animals to make his lessons come alive — literally.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to host workshop today, tomorrow
SFA’s Office of Research and Sponsored programs will host a workshop titled “Grant Process” from 10 to 11 a.m. today and from 2 to 3 p.m. tomorrow 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.
Brave Space discussion to take place today
SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a discussion titled “Stereotypes and Media” at 5 p.m. today 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.
Office of Student Financial Assistance providing information today
While the month of February is host to many holidays and important events, it’s also Financial Aid Awareness Month. To honor the month, SFA’s Office of Student Financial Assistance will have a table set up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Staff members will be present to answer students' general financial aid questions, offer information about financial literacy and hand out goodies.
Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students about this opportunity to learn more about financial aid. Students also will be able to enter a drawing for two $500 scholarships.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at (936) 468-2403.
Kick Axe Wellness Challenge week two rankings released
The third annual Kick Axe Wellness Challenge is halfway finished, and SFA’s employee wellness staff members would like to recognize and congratulate the top three winning teams for exemplifying wellness throughout the challenge's second week.
Blew By You placed first with a total of 628 points. Team members include: Carrianne Mance, Brooklee Raney, Amie Ford and Stephen Ford.
Team Buns on the Run placed second with a total of 607 points. Team members include: Wendi Channel, Sylvia Barr, Cassidy Owens and Amberr Melo.
Lastly, HD Axetreme placed third with a total of 606 points. Team members include: Reba Carroll, Jayde Nelson, Erica Smith and Matthew Daniels.
For more information on the Kick Axe Wellness Challenge, 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.
Campus Recreation to host Spring Wellness Fair tomorrow
Campus Recreation’s Spring Wellness Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The fair will provide resources and services from a variety of SFA and Nacogdoches organizations and businesses.
Services will include blood glucose and cholesterol screenings, fitness assessments, chair massages, product samples, refreshments, educational materials and giveaways. More than 30 local vendors will be present.
The event is free to all faculty and staff members and students.
For questions, contact Jessica Waguespack, employee wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056 or email@example.com.
Baseball team on the road for mid-week battle against Aggies
In its only battle with a Southeastern Conference opponent in the 2017 regular season, SFA’s baseball team will compete at 6:30 p.m. today against No. 15-ranked Texas A&M University at Blue Bell Park in College Station.
The non-conference game will be televised on the SEC Network+ and also will be carried on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.
Children’s series to present ‘The Little Mermaid’
The Children’s Performing Arts Series at SFA will present two performances of “The Little Mermaid” Tuesday, March 7, in Turner Auditorium on campus.
The classic tale of the Little Mermaid is brought to the stage in a brand new production by the internationally acclaimed Panto Company. Following sell-out tours of China and the U.K., The Panto Company brings its award-winning adaptation of Hans Christian Anderson’s story to the U.S. and Turner stage, according to Diane J. Peterson, Fine Arts Box Office manager and series director.
Performances of this nationally touring show 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.
Unless you maintain your own garden or occasionally harvest your vegetables from the fields in which they grow, you probably purchase the majority of your produce from a grocery store.
Because of this, you might not recognize some produce in its natural growing state, such as the budding cashews pictured below. Click here to see more photos of produce before it’s harvested.