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This Week's Calendar

Monday, July 15
Board of Regents Meeting

Tuesday, July 16
SAA Cinema
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG)
6 p.m.

Board of Regents Meeting

Wednesday, July 17
SAA Cinema
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (PG)
2 p.m.

Thursday, July 18
SFA First Year Student Orientation

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19




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Aikman painting donated to SFA

A painting by SFA benefactor Frank S. Aikman recently was donated to the institution by the daughter of one of Aikman’s friends, the late Kenneth Kennedy, an SFA alumnus and retired U.S. Army brigadier general.

Susan Kennedy, who made the gift to SFA in late June, said the artwork is one of three paintings by Aikman that have been in her family for as long as she can remember. She knew Aikman as “Uncle Frank” and said the paintings traveled the world with her parents, who counted them among their prized possessions.

Both of her parents were graduates of SFA, along with her uncle, Dr. Joseph Kennedy. One of the university’s most famous alumni, Joseph Kennedy co-discovered the element plutonium. SFA’s Kennedy Auditorium is named in his honor.

“I have a lot of family ties to SFA, and this is the place where my parents met, so I am thrilled that the painting will now belong to the university where it will be respected and cared for just as they would if they were still here,” Kennedy, a Houston accountant, said during the presentation.

“I grew up hearing stories about Uncle Frank and his importance to SFA, and so it is very meaningful to me to be able to bring the painting back home, so to speak.” Read More

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Julie Shackelford

The SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, in room 110 of the Agriculture Building, 1924 Wilson Drive. Julie Shackelford, programs director for The Conservation Fund, will present “Urban Wildscaping: Bringing your Backyard to Life.” She will talk about creating backyard habitats to attract birds, butterflies and other pollinators using native vegetation.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is normally held the third Thursday of each month at SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture Mast Arboretum. A rare plant raffle will be held following the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series endowed fund are always appreciated.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email ggrantgardens@yahoo.com.


Michael Munro

Human Services

Munro, co-program director of Vision Impairment, will present his paper “Identity Development and Progressive Vision Loss: Analysis of an Individual’s Story of Becoming Visually Impaired” at the 62nd annual American Association for the Adult and Continuing Education Conference in Lexington, Ky., this November.

News & Announcements

Family Fun Day planned at Lake Nacogdoches

Nacogdoches Naturally will host a Family Outdoor Adventure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Lake Nacogdoches. This fun day will offer participants a chance to enjoy water activities and share food with family and friends.

For the Lake Nacogdoches event, each family is asked to bring a picnic lunch. Light snacks will be provided. There will be outdoor games, swimming, fishing poles, canoes and kayaks available. Equipment will be provided through the program, but families are invited to bring whatever personal gear they may want to use.

Families can meet at 10 a.m. at Lake Nacogdoches West Entrance Park Pavilion No. 2 located off State Hwy. 225 West. The event is open to the public with a $15 fee per family. Some limited transportation will be available, as needed.

Activities are designed to cultivate outdoor skills and an awareness of outdoor education with the goal of families developing a lifetime appreciation of the natural world. All programs are family-friendly and appropriate for all ages.

Email Kerry Lemon at lemonkb@sfasu.edu, to register or for more information. Read More

SFA Board of Regents to Meet

The SFA Board of Regents will convene a two-day Board Meeting and Committee Meetings in room 307 of the Austin Building, beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, July 15. Read More

ERS Annual Enrollment Happening Now

Employee tobacco use status

If you have already certified whether or not you and your dependents use tobacco, you do not have to certify again. If you are unsure if you certified last year, please stop by the Human Resources Department,  room 201 of the Austin Building to sign the certification form.

Review confirmations

Remember to review the Annual Enrollment confirmations you receive, after making any benefit changes, to verify your benefit elections are correct. ERS sends confirmations via mail to make sure employee benefits taking effect Sept. 1 are correct. If the benefit elections shown are incorrect, employees need to visit the Benefits Department to make corrections.

TRS service

If you have previously withdrawn service from TRS, you may purchase withdrawn service before Aug. 30, at a lower rate. You do not have to be vested at TRS to buy back this service time. After Sept. 1, the rate to purchase your withdrawn TRS service time will increase drastically.

Music Discovery Camp participants will ‘Have a Blast With the Past’

Parents have until July 31 to register their children for Music Discovery Camp, a summer camp offered each year by the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music.

This year’s camp is scheduled from Aug. 5 through 9 with a theme of “Have a Blast With the Past,” according to Music Preparatory Division Director Pat Barnett.

“This year, we will be discovering musical theatre and the different elements involved, including choreography, set design, costumes and music,” Barnett said. “Students will also learn about important events in history and how they relate to various musical genres.” Read More

Coach Brad Underwood Basketball Camps

Lumberjack head basketball coach Brad Underwood is offering one last camp session this summer. The dates are July 29-August 1. Underwood also is pleased to be offering a 25 percent discount to all faculty/staff member children. For more information and to register, please visit here.

Fine Arts

Bidding open for SFA Friends of the Visual Arts' 12X12 fundraiser

Bidding opened July 5 on the annual 12X12 fundraiser sponsored by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts to raise scholarship funds for students enrolled in the SFA School of Art.

Two weeks of silent bidding on the donated artwork will conclude with the annual party and sale at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 20, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The 12-inch-by-12-inch panels of artwork created by approximately 70 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas are now on display in The Cole Art Center. Read More

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The Dracula Fish, Danionella dracula, is a species of tiny tropical fish indigenous to Myanmar, discovered in 2009.

It is named after the unusual twin canine-like bone protrusions from the top of its mouth that resemble vampire fangs. The fangs only grow in the males of the species who appear to use them to spar with each other.

Source: Spectacular morphological novelty in a miniature cyprinid fish, Danionella dracula

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