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This Week's Calendar

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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SFA mourns loss of student

The SFA community mourns the loss of student Timberlee Kaye Gossett, who passed away in a car accident Wednesday, June 24, in Tyler County.

In her memory, the flag at the Vista Drive entrance was flown at half-mast Monday, June 29, and Sigma Phi Lambda held a candlelight vigil Tuesday, June 30.


Dr. Paul Sandul

Department of History

Sandul, assistant professor of history, published a book titled "California Dreaming: Boosterism, Memory, and Rural Suburbs in the Golden State."

The book "analyzes the growth, promotion and agricultural colonization that fed this dream during the early 1900s," according to an article published in the Charleston Gazette.

News & Announcements

myTraining rebranding preview coming this month

The dynamic new myTraining system is coming soon!

The enhanced system can deliver, track and report on multiple learning opportunities such as video, instructor-led and virtual sessions.

Mark your calendar to attend one of the sneak preview brown bag events at noon Friday, July 17, or Friday, July 24, in the meeting room at Lumberjack Village. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the system first hand!

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature viticulturist

SFA's SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Justin Scheiner, assistant professor of horticultural sciences and viticulture specialist at Texas A&M University, will present "Grapes for Table and Wine - Can Both Fit in Texas?"

Scheiner works in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, as well as for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College Station. In his extension role, Scheiner provides educational programming and technical support for grape growers in North Texas and the Gulf Coast regions. His research focuses on the best management practices for vineyards in areas affected by Pierce's disease.
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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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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.

Summer benefits enrollment open through July 31

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.

Campus Recreation

Wellness Wednesday: How to make stress your friend

Stress makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you think it is.

Visit the SFA Campus Rec website to view a video on how stress can be a positive and how to reduce it.

Parents’ Night Out set for this month

Campus Rec is hosting two Parents' Nights Out on Friday, July 17, and Friday, July 31.

Parents can drop off their children beginning at 6 p.m. and have a night to themselves. The night will include camp activities, swim time, dinner and a movie.

Register for Parent’s Night Out in the SFA Rec Center Administration Office. The cost is $20 per child.


Year of the 'Jacks - October

The 2014-15 season 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."
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Payne takes third at USA Championships, makes U.S. Team

SFA's Demi Payne accomplished her goal at the USA Championships last weekend in Eugene, Oregon. She worked all year to qualify for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing as a member of the national team. Payne vaulted 15 feet, 1 inch on Sunday, June 28, at Historic Hayward Field to finish third out of the top 18 women's pole vaulters in the country.

Payne's second trip to the University of Oregon proved to be another monumental one as she became the first Ladyjack in program history to make a national team.
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Kerley, Innis post fast times at USA Juniors

Freshmen My'Lik Kerley and Brittany Innis represented the SFA track and field program well at the 2015 USA Junior Championships, held Saturday, June 27, at the University of Oregon's Historic Hayward Field.

Kerley took second in the men's 400m, grabbing an automatic qualifying spot in the 2015 Pan Am Junior Championships to be held in late July. He ran a personal best time of 46.47 seconds to top some of the nation's fastest collegiate runners under 20 years of age.
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King, Kraushaar earn Academic All-NTCA honors

SFA's Chelsea King and Paige Kraushaar have been named third team Academic All-National Tenpin Coaches Association selections.

In addition, five other SFA bowlers received honorable mention Academic All-NTCA honors, including Kelsi Anderson, Shana Geerdes, Kiara Grant, Danielle Lynn and Morgan Reising.
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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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Fine Arts

12X12 silent bidding begins for SFA art scholarship fundraiser

Silent bidding begins today for the annual 12X12 scholarship fundraiser for the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts, and this year's event features donated pieces by renowned artists David Yapp and Stuart Riordan.

The silent auction features 12-by-12-inch panels of artwork created by artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other East Texas areas. The panels will be on display in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches, and bidding will continue until and conclude with a party and sale at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the art center.

Both Yapp and Riordan had solo exhibitions this past spring in Cole Art Center. Yapp's donated piece is titled "The Chapel at Millard's Crossing," which the artist painted "plein air" when he was in Nacogdoches in April. Stuart's piece is titled "At half past 3 a single bird into a silent sky."
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'Manufactured Landscapes' documentary to show at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Manufactured Landscapes" at 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Manufactured Landscapes" is the striking documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Internationally acclaimed for his large-scale photographs of what he describes as "manufactured landscapes" - quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines and dams - Burtynsky creates stunningly beautiful art from civilization's materials and debris, according to topdocumentaryfilms.com.

The film, which runs 86 minutes, won best documentary in the 2007 Genie Awards and the 2006 Toronto Film Critics Association Awards. Jennifer Baichwal directed the film.
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SummerStage Festival a bargain for family entertainment

The lineup alone is enough to generate enthusiastic audiences at this year's SummerStage Festival at SFA: "The Emperor's New Clothes: The Musical" by Karen Boettcher-Tate and Bill Francoeur and "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams.

But in addition to featuring a popular high-energy children's show and an American classic play, this year's SummerStage Festival offers coupons for daily discounts, "pay-what-you-can" performances, sweet treats and live music, all on top of the opportunity to see live theater.

It's a combination that's hard to beat for families looking to have summertime fun together and not spend a fortune doing so.
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SFA's SummerStage director Bacarisse has diverse background

While directing the upcoming SummerStage Festival production of "The Emperor's New Clothes: The Musical," Angela Bacarisse, professor of costume design and arts management, will not just draw from her experiences as an actor and director. She also can rely on her expertise as a designer of costumes, makeup, scenery, lighting and props, as a dancer and choreographer, as a stage manager, grip, stage electrician … the list goes on … to make this musical just as successful as "Spamalot," which she directed last fall.

Bacarisse teaches in the design and management areas for the SFA School of Theatre - stage/theatre management and beginning through advanced costume technology, design and makeup courses. But when it comes to theater, she's done it all.
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If Tuesday seemed unnaturally long to you, don't worry, it was. In fact, it was just long for everyone, everywhere. A single second longer, that is.

Earth is slowing down thanks to the moon's gravitational pull and other natural forces interfering with the planet's rotation. So to keep the trains running on time, once every so often, a leap second is added to the clock. Space.com spells out exactly why in this article, and there's even a video.

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