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Wednesday, Feb. 8
Women's basketball at Nicholls State University
6 p.m.
Thibodaux, Louisiana

Thursday, Feb. 9
Men's basketball vs. University of the Incarnate Word
8 p.m.
Nacogdoches

Friday, Feb. 10
Bowling at SFA Stormin' Ladyjack Invitational
All Day
Conroe

Softball at Mississippi State University
5:30 p.m.
Starkville, Mississippi

Softball vs. Western Kentucky University
10 a.m.
Starkville, Mississippi

Track and field at Dunamis Sports Group College Classic II
All Day
Frisco

Track and field at Howie Ryan Invitational
All Day
Houston

Saturday, Feb. 11
Bowling at SFA Stormin' Ladyjack Invitational
All Day
Conroe

Softball vs. Georgia State University
10 a.m.
Starkville, Mississippi

Women's basketball vs. Lamar University
3:30 p.m.
Nacogdoches


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Discussion 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.

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.

The session is at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133. For more information, contact Dr. Dana Cooper, executive director of SFA's student success center, at cooperdc@sfasu.edu.

Biology department to host Darwin Day lecture Friday

SFA’s Department of Biology will host its second annual Darwin Day program. The program will include a seminar by Dr. Charles Pence, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies at Louisiana State University. Pence’s seminar is titled “Evolution and Chance: From Darwin to the Pioneers of Statistics in Biology.”

Darwin Day is an annual celebration that takes place on or around Feb. 12 — the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday. The day celebrates the contributions Charles Darwin made to the field of biology as well as science, reason, exploration and intellectual bravery in general. The day’s goal is to recognize science as a universal language capable of transcending border and culture.

Pence’s seminar will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, in the Kennedy Auditorium on campus. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Mullin, chair of the Department of Biology, at (936) 468-3601 or mullinsj1@sfasu.edu.
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Faculty Senate to host social

SFA’s Faculty Senate will host a faculty social from 4 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at Maklemore’s Ale House and Bistro.

Faculty members are encouraged to attend in support of the university-wide goal of increasing campus connections.

For more information, contact Dr. Le’Ann Solmonson, professor in SFA’s School of Human Services, at (936) 468-1065.

University Affairs staff members receive awards

SFA’s Division of University Affairs recently recognized several of its team members with a new series of awards based on “The SFA Way.”

Staff members were nominated by their colleagues for exemplifying one of the five Root Principles of “The SFA Way” – respect, caring, responsibility, unity and integrity. The awards were presented during a recent professional development event, which was attended by more than 60 staff members from across the division.

The following awards were presented:

Respect Award – Cyndra Krogen-Morton, Title IX compliance specialist;
Caring Award – Kristina Sage, senior secretary for Orientation Programs;
Responsibility Award – Lacey Folsom, associate director of student engagement; Unity Award – Saville Harris, coordinator of student engagement; and Integrity Award – Shea Roll, area coordinator in the Residence Life Department.

In addition, SFA’s Center for Career and Professional Development received the division’s annual “Closing the Loop” award for excellence in assessment. Staff members within the department include Jamie Bouldin, director; Brandi Derouen, assistant director; Susan Nolan, administrative assistant; and Melissa Turner, career coordinator.

SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature director of Fort Worth Botanic Garden tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Bob Byers, the director of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, will present, “Great Perennial Borders Don’t Just Happen; They’re Always Works in Progress.”

Byers holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University. He worked professionally in Wisconsin, Florida, Alabama and Arkansas before joining the staff at the University of Arkansas. Beginning in 1994, he served as curator and then associate executive director of Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he helped build new gardens and facilities totaling over $18 million.

For more information, call (936) 468-4129 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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University-wide session to take place today

All faculty and staff members are invited to attend the third university-wide session discussing “The Undergraduate Experience,” the selected campus reading, at 3 p.m. today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom. The session will end by 5 p.m.

The session will aim to identify the book's most useful ideas and convert them into concrete, achievable initiatives for SFA. Sessions will not be re-discussions of the book, but instead will culminate in tangible suggestions to help the university improve.

Today's session will discuss chapters five through seven. Attendees are encouraged but not required to come prepared with concrete proposals for increasing coordination between parts of the undergraduate experience (chapter five),  developing assessments that result in real improvement (chapter six), and encouraging leadership at all levels from students, faculty and staff members, to vice presidents, presidents and regents (chapter seven).

Attendance is voluntary, but preregistration is preferred. To register, complete this form.

School of Honors hosting Wisely Fellow Speaker Series tomorrow

Faculty and staff members and students are invited to attend SFA’s School of Honors’ Wisely Fellow Speaker Series at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the McKibben Education Building, Room 363.

Dr. Sharon Smith, associate professor in South Dakota State University’s Department of English and Wisely Fellow speaker, will present “Satire and Social Media: Division and Dialogue in a Digital Age.” A reception will follow.

The event is sponsored by the School of Honors, SFA’s Department of English and Creative Writing and academic affairs.

For more information, contact the School of Honors at (936) 468-2813, or Dr. Elizabeth Tasker Davis, the 2016-17 Wisely Fellow, at (936) 468-2487 or taskerea@sfasu.edu.

Regional financial aid conference occurring on campus this week

The Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators will host a regional financial aid conference tomorrow and Friday, Feb. 10, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The conference marks the first time SFA has been chosen as a host institution. Conference sessions will cover financial aid regulatory updates, best practices, customer service and team building.

The conference is free to attend; however, registration is required. For more information or to register, click here.

2017 Spring Career and Internship Expo to take place March 1

SFA’s Center for Career and Professional Development will host the 2017 Spring Career and Internship Expo from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 1, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students about the event, especially those who may be looking to find a full-time or internship position. Click here for a list of participating employers. If a faculty member would like record of attendance for their students, a class roster or a sign-in sheet must be provided by the faculty member to the CCPD by Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Students will need to bring their student ID for check-in, as well as copies of their résumé to distribute to employers. Professional dress is required. Résumé assistance and the center's free Career Closet are available to help students prepare for the event. Information about these resources may be found on the center's website.

For more information, contact Brandi Derouen, assistant director of the CCPD, at (936) 468-3305 or derouenb@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

Ladyjacks on the road for tilt against Nicholls State University

After two weeks of many highs and lows, SFA's women's basketball team is on the road to compete against Nicholls State University at 6 p.m. tonight in Thibodaux, Louisiana. With the loss in overtime against rival Northwestern State University Saturday, the team has been pushed back into fourth place in Southland Conference rankings.

Despite this fact, the Ladyjacks have moved up in statistical rankings and have achieved recent career performances. The team's win-loss measure of 81 percent has kept the Ladyjacks ranked 20th in national standings. After shooting 80 percent from the free-throw line against NSU, the Ladyjacks are 15th on the NCAA lists for makes and attempts. SFA's defense continues to pound opponents by advancing to sixth in the nation for turnovers forced (22.29) and 16th for steals per game (11.5).
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Fine Arts

SFA’s Guenther, Petti to perform recital for flute, piano tonight

The Cole Performing Arts Series at SFA will present music faculty members Drs. Christina Guenther and Ron Petti performing a flute and piano recital at 6 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall on campus.

Guenther is professor of flute at SFA, and Petti is professor and director of accompanying.

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 click here.
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