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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Feb. 11
Women's basketball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Friday, Feb. 12
SFA tennis vs. Arkansas State University
1 p.m.
Schlief Tennis Complex
Nacogdoches, Texas

Women's golf at the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagle Invitational
Estero, Florida

Saturday, Feb. 13
Men's basketball vs.Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

SFA tennis vs. the University of Louisiana - Monroe
Monroe, Louisiana

Women's basketball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
4 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Women's golf at the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagle Invitational
Estero, Florida

Sunday, Feb. 14
Women's golf at the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagle Invitational
Estero, Florida




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News & Announcements

Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Committee to host meeting

SFA faculty members are invited to join the Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Committee for coffee and donuts from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, in the McGee Business Building, Room 483.

All faculty members are invited to visit and voice any concerns or recommendations regarding faculty life to the committee. Information will also be available on how to get involved in the SFA Faculty Senate.

The SFA Faculty Senate will host a series of faculty forums throughout the spring semester. The series will focus on topics including assessment, faculty development, policy concerns and more.

Committee members include: Dr. J.D. Salas, associate professor of music; Dr. Karen Embry-Jenlink, professor of secondary education; Dr. Kimberly Welsh, associate professor of elementary education; Dr. Joey Bray, assistant professor of agriculture; Dr. Janice Hensarling, assistant professor of nursing; and Dr. Dana Cooper, associate professor of history.

Brief Motivational Interviewer training offered this month

Brief Motivational Interviewing is a valuable skill for anyone working in settings which involve helping others make thoughtful, healthy choices. SFA Counseling Services is offering the opportunity to become a trained Brief Motivational Interviewer and to participate in a study to determine the effect of BMI on risky drinking behaviors.

Training will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19. From March 29-31, participants can apply these skills in interviews with freshmen students following an assessment of these students’ drinking habits. Both events will take place on campus.

The project is sponsored by Texans Standing Tall to research the effect of BMI on risky drinking behavior. Dr. Craig Field, of the University of Texas, El Paso, is an expert trainer in this area and will provide the training.

Participants will receive an attendance certificate and a T-shirt. Lunch will be provided during the training. Approval for Licensed Professional Counselor credit is pending.

Contact Jill Milem, director of counseling services, at jmilem@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-2401 for more information or to register by Friday, Feb. 12.

Reading Circle begins today

This spring, Dr. Randi Cox, associate professor of history, will host a Center for Teaching and Learning Reading Circle open to all faculty and staff members.

Participants will be reading and discussing Ken Bain's "What the Best College Teachers Do." Copies of the book will be provided to all participants.

The reading circle begins today and will meet on selected Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. For specific dates and to register, click here.

2016 Teaching Showcase presenters named

The Center for Teaching and Learning has named the 10 presenters for the 2016 Teaching Showcase.

This year's speakers include: Dr. Mary Catherine Breen, assistant professor of secondary education and educational leadership; Dr. Lauren Burrows, assistant professor of elementary education; Erin Childress, Department of Biology; Dr. Cala Coats, assistant professor of art; Dr. Megan Condis, assistant professor of English; Dr. Chrissy Cross, assistant professor of secondary education and educational leadership; Dr. Jane Long, associate professor of mathematics and statistics; Dr. Daniel McCleary, assistant professor of human services; Dr. Chris McKenna, assistant professor of business communication and legal studies; Jennifer McLaughlin, Department of English.

Each presenter will deliver a five-minute presentation about an innovative teaching strategy or technique. The showcase is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.

The Teaching Showcase is an opportunity for faculty and staff members and teaching assistants to share best practices, recognize colleagues' innovative teaching methods and hold cross-disciplinary conversations to create better learning opportunities for students.

For more information, visit the Teaching Showcase website.

Faculty Senate to meet tomorrow

The Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center tiered classroom, Room 2.201.

Dr. Steven Bullard, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Mary Nelle Brunson, associate provost; and John Calahan, coordinator of academic space scheduling and utilization, will speak on academic affairs and classroom/space scheduling. All faculty members are invited to attend.

Volunteers needed for Showcase Saturday registration

SFA's Office of Admissions is seeking faculty and staff volunteers to help register students attending Showcase Saturday on Feb. 13.

Volunteers are needed between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Contact Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management, at cossichm@sfasu.edu to volunteer.

Martin Luther King Jr. celebration scheduled for February

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs will host an MLK Celebration from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

Tickets cost $7 for faculty, staff and community members and $5 for students and are available for purchase at the student center information desk. 

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (936) 468-1073, multiculturalcenter@sfasu.edu or visit the OMA's website.

Blood drive scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25

SFA's Early Childhood Lab will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 211.

Each person who donates receives a free T-shirt. Click here to sign up.


'Jacks topple Northwestern State University, 83-72

SFA men's basketball senior Thomas Walkup put on an impressive performance last night, racking up 30 points and capturing 10 rebounds, allowing the 'Jacks to outpace Northwestern State University, 83-72.

The 'Jacks used deft ball movement, in-your-face defense and a deluge of bench scoring in order to keep a trio of high-profile winning streaks alive and well.
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Vote for head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood in charitable competition

Voting is ongoing in the 2016 Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, and SFA's head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood is among the top five contenders for $100,000 in charitable funds.

If Underwood wins the competition, which continues through Sunday, March 13, proceeds will be donated to the Nacogdoches Area United Way.

Fans are allowed to vote once per day per registered email address. Cast your ballot at voteforbrad.com.

Fine Arts

Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band perform tonight

SFA's Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

A presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, the concert will both celebrate the great tradition of American music and feature European folk tunes.

The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. James Dreiling, will begin the performance with a four-movement suite by famed band composer Frank Ticheli entitled "Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs."
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Faculty pianist to perform recital with his children

Dr. Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano pedagogy at SFA, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The piano concert, which also features Ajero's children, Antonio, 11, and Olivia, 7, is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music, and is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Ajero has performed before SFA audiences on several occasions with his son, who is an award-winning pianist.
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How fitting that yesterday was National Kite Flying Day, considering the gusts of wind that buffeted pedestrians and drivers alike.

If you didn't know National Kite Flying Day was a thing, don't fret, it isn't a widely celebrated holiday. In fact, it caters to a pretty specific population, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a little of the history behind kite evolution in the U.S. It's due in large part to a pizza shop owner, according to this Smithsonian Magazine article, which includes some pretty interesting videos of stunt kite fliers, which is in fact a thing.

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