This Week's Calendar
Thursday, Feb. 9
Men's basketball vs. University of the Incarnate Word
Friday, Feb. 10
SFA Planetarium "Light Years from Andromeda"
Math Planetarium Building
Bowling at SFA Stormin' Ladyjack Invitational
Softball at Mississippi State University
Softball vs. Western Kentucky University
Track and field at Dunamis Sports Group College Classic II
Track and field at Howie Ryan Invitational
Saturday, Feb. 11
Bowling at SFA Stormin' Ladyjack Invitational
Softball vs. Georgia State University
Women's basketball vs. Lamar University
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News & Announcements
Center for Teaching and Learning names 2017 Teaching Showcase presenters
SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning has named the 10 presenters for the 2017 Teaching Showcase. The showcase will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.
The showcase provides 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.
This year’s speakers include: Lisa Bentley, Department of History; Dr. Mary Catherine Breen, Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership; Dr. Jacqueline Cowan, Department of English and Creative Writing; Drs. Joyce Johnston and Linda Levitt, Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication; Dr. Angela Jones, DeWitt School of Nursing; Dr. Rachel Jumper, School of Human Sciences; Dr. Nick Long, Department of Mathematics and Statistics; Drs. Chris McKenna and Carol Wright, Department of Business Communication and Legal Studies.
Each presenter will deliver a five-minute presentation about an innovative teaching strategy or technique.
For more information, visit the Teaching Showcase website.
Media professionals discuss industry during Super Media Bowl at SFA
Media professionals, including representatives from broadcast, radio, journalism, public relations and advertising, spoke to more than 240 students Tuesday during SFA’s Department of Mass Communication’s first Super Media Bowl.
Throughout the panel discussion, panelists spoke to students about the current state of the media, how it is changing, use of social media, advertising, public relations and more.
Faculty Senate to host social tonight
SFA’s Faculty Senate will host a faculty social from 4 to 7 p.m. tonight 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.
School of Honors hosting Wisely Fellow Speaker Series today
Faculty and staff members and students are invited to attend SFA’s School of Honors’ Wisely Fellow Speaker Series at 2 p.m. today 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 email@example.com.
SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature director of Fort Worth Botanic Garden tonight
SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tonight 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 more than $18 million.
For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Teaching and Learning to host workshops this week
SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning is offering informative sessions for faculty members this week.
“Mentoring Conversation Circle #1” will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Steen Library, Wyatt Room. The circle is designed for faculty members who have been at SFA four years or less, and will be facilitated by Carolyn Conn, associate professor of theatre. The circle will include information about setting goals, managing time and establishing boundaries to help improve effectiveness.
“Getting Started with Office 365 and OneDrive” will follow the mentoring circle from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Seminar Room in Steen Library, Room 220A. Facilitated by Joe Strahl, manager of data and technology, the session will introduce participants to Microsoft Office 365, which is available to all faculty and staff members through mySFA.
Click here for full training descriptions. To register for either workshop, log in to mySFA, choose the employee tab, select myTraining and browse for the training’s title.
For more information, contact Megan Weatherly, instructional designer, at email@example.com.
Biology department to host Darwin Day lecture tomorrow
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. tomorrow 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Recreation hosting Parents Night Out Friday
In an effort to help parents enjoy a child-free Valentine’s Day evening out, Campus Recreation is hosting Parents Night Out tomorrow. Kids will enjoy a fun-filled evening of camp activities, a meal and a movie at the Student Recreation Center.
Parents can drop off their children as early as 6 p.m. and can pick them up any time before midnight. The cost is $20 per child. For more information or to register, call (936) 468-3507, or email email@example.com. Registration closes at 5 p.m. tomorrow.
Kick Axe Wellness Challenge week one rankings released
The third annual Kick Axe Wellness Challenge is off to a great start as 28 teams have been working hard to complete daily and weekly tasks based on the seven dimensions of wellness.
SFA’s employee wellness staff members would like to recognize and congratulate the top three winning teams for exemplifying wellness throughout the challenge's first week.
The Wellness Warriors placed first with a total of 607 points. Team members include: Jamie Derrick, Kimberly Odems, Katie McClain and Linda Parish.
Team Blew By You placed second with a total of 586 points. Team members include: Carrianne Mance, Brooklee Raney, Amie Ford and Stephen Ford.
Lastly, Buns on the Run placed third with a total of 575 points. Team members include: Wendi Channel, Sylvia Barr, Cassidy Owens and Amberr Melo.
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.
Wellness challenge participants donate to student pantry
In addition to competing in the third annual Kick Axe Wellness Challenge, SFA staff members participating in the employee wellness initiative recently donated to SFA’s Food for Thought student food pantry.
Teams donated canned goods, boxed foods and other non-perishable items. Throughout the semester, the Food for Thought student pantry provides supplemental food for SFA students from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays.
Branch eclipses 1,000 points with win over Nicholls State University, 82-77
SFA senior Brentney Branch was the star of the night during SFA’s women’s basketball team’s Wednesday match against Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The Houston native joined the ranks of the 1,000-point club after scoring 26 points against the Colonels. Branch currently holds 1,007 points in her career at SFA.
SFA sophomore Kia Fisker scored 13 points, a career-high, and three rebounds. Senior Taylor Ross achieved her 10th 20-point game, posting 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Redshirt junior Stevi Parker led the Ladyjacks with nine rebounds and eight points. The Ladyjacks out-rebounded the Colonels, 39-26, and forced 17 turnovers. The game was tied six times with six lead changes, but SFA dug in their heels and won, 82-77.
Lumberjacks battle University of the Incarnate Word tonight in Johnson Coliseum
Just one game away from first-place Southland Conference standings, SFA’s men’s basketball team will return at 8 p.m. tonight in Johnson Coliseum to host the University of the Incarnate Word.
The American Sports Network will televise the game locally and nationally. The Southland Digital Network is set to stream the tilt online. Randy McIlvoy and Jim Haller will call the seventh all-time meeting between the Lumberjacks and Cardinals.
School of Theatre to present student-directed play ‘Picnic on the Battlefield’
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. Friday, Feb. 17, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, 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.
‘Seussical’ coming to campus tomorrow
The Children’s Performing Arts Series at SFA will present two performances of “Seussical” tomorrow in Turner Auditorium on campus.
Presented by Theatreworks USA, the play is based on several Dr. Seuss stories, including “Horton Hears a Who,” “Horton Hatches the Egg” and “Gertrude McFuzz.”
Performances 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.
The recent arrival of a new president also signals the arrival of another important White House employee – the official White House photographer.
Pete Souza's time in this position recently came to an end after photographing former President Barack Obama for eight years. While he’s no longer the silent set of eyes documenting all-things-presidential, Souza does have thoughts and advice to leave behind – along with about four million photos. Click here to read more.