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Thursday, July 9
Summer I final examinations

Monday, July 13
Orientation for new freshmen and transfer students enrolling in summer II classes
1 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center, second floor

Tuesday, July 14
Grade entry completed for summer I

Summer II classes begin
8 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 14
Summer II final examinations




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Jamie Bouldin and Molly Moody

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and the Office of Student Engagement

Bouldin, academic adviser in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, spoke at a Keep Texas Beautiful organization meeting in Fort Worth.

Bouldin, chair of the Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful board of directors, presented with Moody, assistant director for student engagement, leadership and service, about the partnership between SFA's The BIG Event, the university's volunteer service program and Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful. They offered background on the partnership, which is four years old, and advice to Keep Texas Beautiful affiliates on how to seek out partnerships with universities or two-year colleges in their area.

News & Announcements

Alumni Association offering discounted Astros, Rangers tickets

The SFA Alumni Association is offering discounted tickets to see the Houston Astros square off against the Texas Rangers in July.

Tickets for the game in Houston, set for 7:10 p.m. Friday, July 17, are $50, which includes food, beverage and/or merchandise credit. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, July 10. A fireworks show will follow the game.

When the Texas teams face off in Arlington, it will be at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Lumberjacks can purchase the "All You Can Eat" ticket promotion for $40. The promotion includes sandwiches, popcorn, peanuts, nachos, soft drinks and water. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, July 28.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

SFA provides access to NBC Learn

SFA has partnered with NBC Learn to provide an exciting new digital resource. NBC Learn, a unique collection of video resources, includes primary sources, historic footage, images, mini-documentaries and text designed to support the academic mission of the university. The in-depth stories found on NBC Learn have all been subject to the highest journalistic standards of NBC News and are designed for faculty members to provide students access to digital content that is engaging, inspiring and relevant to their daily lives. SFA is providing the higher education version to the entire campus and a K-12 version to the SFA Charter School. These resources also are available to students for use in their research and projects.

Access NBC Learn through the ‘Research’ tab in mySFA, through sfasu.edu/nbclearn, or from the Steen Library’s Database A-Z list. Users also can find videos on specific topics by limiting the search to "Articles and More" in SteenFind, the library’s online catalog.

Webinar trainings are now available for those interested in utilizing NBC Learn this summer. If interested in a webinar training, please contact the Project Management Office at pmo@sfasu.edu. SFA will host an NBC Learn onsite training to provide hands-on training sessions to interested faculty or staff members on Monday, Sept. 14, and Tuesday, Sept. 15.
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Summer benefits enrollment begins Monday, June 29

The summer enrollment period will begin Monday, June 29, and will run through Friday, July 31.

The Employee Retirement System began sending out individual Annual Benefit Statements Monday, June 22. The statements detail the benefits each employee currently has and also includes changes that are available and at what cost.

Please take a few minutes to review the statement and consider any changes you would like to make during the enrollment period. Remember, if a dependent is added to health insurance or dependent life, you will be notified by AON-Hewitt to verify the addition. 

Employees who wish to make changes to their benefit elections should come by Human Resources before Friday, July 31, to complete the necessary paperwork.

SFA to host scholarship bass fishing tournament

SFA's Campus Recreation will host the third annual Worsham Bass Fishing Tournament Saturday, June 27, at Jackson Hill Park and Marina on Lake Sam Rayburn in Broaddus.

All proceeds will benefit the Dr. Raymond Lee Worsham Scholarship for SFA Campus Recreation, established by the SFA Alumni Association.

Dr. Raymond "Ray" Worsham was director of the SFA Intramural Department for more than four decades. The scholarship honors Worsham's dedication and his positive impact on the university. It will provide financial assistance to student employees of Campus Recreation.
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Jobs4Jacks registration changes

In order to streamline our services, registration for ASAP Training has been integrated into Jobs4Jacks, our online career platform.

Please inform all student participants that they will need to log into or create a Jobs4Jacks account and click on the ASAP Training button, found in the center of the page. Once we receive the registration request, our office will send a confirmation email to the student confirming the date and time of their scheduled training.
Users should experience little to no difficulty utilizing this new process; however, should there be a registration problem, we encourage you to contact our office at ext. 3305 or via email at careerservices@sfasu.edu.

 Please view the Jobs4Jacks portion of our website.


Year of the 'Jacks

The 2014-15 academic year proved to be arguably the most memorable year in the history of SFA Athletics. Nine regular season conference titles, three NCAA postseason appearances, seven Coach of the Year honors, seven All-Americans, 23 Southland Conference major award winners, a national runner-up showing and the program's first Division I national champion. Over the next few weeks, SFAJacks.com will look back at the highlights of SFA's historic season, which came to be known as the "Year of the 'Jacks."

The first installment of the series, covering August and September, is currently live on SFAJacks.com. The next installment will be released on Friday, June 26.

The full "Year of the 'Jacks" series schedule is:
Friday, June 26: October
Friday, July 3:
Friday, July 10: December
Friday, July 17: January
Friday, July 24: February
Friday, July 31: March
Friday, Aug. 7: April
Friday, Aug. 14: May/June
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Payne named Bowerman Trophy semifinalist

SFA’s Demi Payne has been selected as one of 10 semifinalists for the 2015 Bowerman Trophy, the Bowerman Watch List Committee announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Bowerman Trophy, which was first awarded in 2009, is presented annually by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation.
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Registration now open for Mark Kellogg Hoops Camps

Registration is open for a pair of Ladyjack Hoops Camps, hosted by head women's basketball coach Mark Kellogg and his staff in August.

The Individual Camp for girls entering third, fourth and fifth grades is set for Monday, Aug. 3, through Wednesday, Aug. 5. Camp will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with check-in beginning at 9 a.m. each morning. The Individual Camp is for both newcomers and advanced players that are trying to take the next step in their game. Sessions will include position development, basic skill work, competitions and team concepts.
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SFA places eight on SLC All-Academic teams

Eight SFA student-athletes have been named to the 2014-15 All-Academic Cross Country and Track and Field teams, the league office announced last week. Two Lumberjacks and six Ladyjacks were recognized for their contributions in the classroom, as well as their athletic achievements during the 2014-15 academic year.

SFA ranked third in the conference with eight selections across the two teams. Only Abilene Christian University (10) and Sam Houston State University (9) claimed more.
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Conque adds Devonte Jones to SFA roster

SFA head football coach Clint Conque has announced the addition of offensive lineman Devonte Jones to the 2015 Lumberjack roster. Jones is a freshman transfer from Baylor University and will have four seasons of eligibility remaining.

"It's another good day to be able to add a player like (Jones)," Conque said. "He will create depth and competition to an experienced offensive line. Devonte will have an opportunity to contribute in 2015, but with four years of eligibility remaining, he has a bright future in our program."
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Basketball season tickets now on sale

Season tickets for SFA men's and women's basketball are on sale now at the SFA Ticket Office. Tickets will be good for men's and women's home games during the 2015-16 campaigns in sections 107, 108, 118, 119 and 120 of the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

Tickets are available for $96 a seat to the general public; SFA faculty and staff members receive a 50-percent discount of $48 a seat; and members of the SFA Varsity Club also can purchase season tickets for just $48 a seat.
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Fine Arts

Registration deadline nears for Kindermusik Adventure Camps

The SFA School of Music and the Music Preparatory Division will once again offer the popular Kindermusik Adventure Camps this July for children age newborn through 7 years.

The camp classes, which run Monday, July 13, through Friday, July 17, will be held in the Prep Performance Hall of the Music Prep House, located at 3028 Raguet St. Each class has a different theme and is age appropriate, according to Pat Barnett, director of the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music.

"In just five lessons, children can experience a summer's worth of music, stories and activities created to inspire a lifetime of learning," Barnett said. "In a Kindermusik summer camp, parents and children will play, learn, sing, dance, create and share in the fun of making music together."
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SFA theatre professor Jones selected to attend NEH summer institute

Dr. Richard Jones, professor of theater at SFA, is among approximately 30 scholars from around the nation selected to participate in a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute that will explore issues of translation in the classroom.

"What is Gained in Translation: Learning How to Read Translated Texts" will be held June 7 through 27 at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Designed for scholars in the humanities and social sciences who work with translated texts, the institute will provide the theoretical models and applications developed through translation studies that will enable them to exploit translation as a teachable moment. These strategies are designed to sensitize students and teachers to the worldviews embedded in other languages and to make them aware of the cultural specificity of their own modes of thinking and perception.

Because the study of theater and drama crosses over so many boundaries, Jones said that he is extremely reliant on translated material.
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SFA School of Theatre gearing up for SummerStage Festival

The academic year at SFA may have ended, but the activity in SFA’s School of Theatre is gearing up for the 2015 SummerStage Festival, which will feature two classics that are sure to please audiences of all ages.

This year’s SummerStage Festival is slated for Friday, June 26 through Friday, July 17 and features Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece “The Glass Menagerie” along with children’s favorite “The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Musical” by Karen Boettcher-Tate and Bill Francoeur.

The SummerStage Festival was launched last year as the School of Theatre began to reach out to new audiences looking for a casual and entertaining way of spending warm-weather time with family and friends, according to Scott Shattuck, the school’s director.
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