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This Week's Calendar

Friday, July 17
Parent's Night Out
6 p.m.
SFA Rec Center

myTraining sneak peek
Lumberjack Village Community Building

Friday, July 24
myTraining sneak peek
Lumberjack Village Community Building

Friday, July 31
Parent's Night Out
6 p.m.
SFA Rec Center

Friday, Aug. 14
Summer II final examinations




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SFA mathematics and statistics professor awarded mentoring professorship

Dr. Keith Hubbard, associate professor of mathematics and statistics at SFA, is the latest recipient of an endowed professorship established to reward faculty members who serve as excellent mentors and teachers.

The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship recognizes professors who instill, foster and promote a mentoring culture at SFA. The award is named for Dr. Jim Towns, a longtime SFA professor of communication studies.

Hubbard, who joined SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics in 2005, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, including algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry and finite math. His research interests are vertex algebras and co-algebras, mathematical finance and mathematics education.
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News & Announcements

Big changes coming for TexFlex accounts

There are several new changes ahead for TexFlex accounts starting in September. Among them are a new third-party administrator, a rise in health care contributions and a free debit card!
To read all about the TexFlex changes, click here.

ImageMakers photography exhibition to open at Cole Art Center

Participants in the Nacogdoches Boys and Girls Club's ImageMakers photography program will display their award-winning works in an exhibition that opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at SFA's Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibit was organized by the Nacogdoches Photographic Association and funded through a Community Outdoor Program grant provided by Texas Parks and Wildlife and administered by the gardens education staff at SFA, according to Elton Scifres, NPA member.

ImageMakers is a national program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to encourage members to learn and practice various photography methods, Scifres explained.
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Governor appoints new SFA student regent

Ryan Brown-Moreno of Plano has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to serve as SFA's student regent during the 2015-16 academic year.

Brown-Moreno is pursuing a bachelor's degree in general business at SFA. She currently serves as secretary of Chi Omega, a member of Driving Jacks, a Jack Camp counselor and a lead Jack Walker providing campus tours to prospective students. She also is working this summer as a student intern for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. This fall, she will serve as senior class senator for the Student Government Association, as well as an SFA 101 student instructor.
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Artist Gary Parker believes in giving back

SFA staff member Gary Parker was always interested in art. But it wasn't until he was in his 20s that he began to think he could make art his life's work.

And that's what he did, eventually.

"I have an undergraduate degree in biology, so, obviously, I wasn't headed in that direction at first," he said. "After I got my undergraduate degree, I studied some other things, then finally decided that maybe I'd like to try to be an artist."
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Sneak a peek at myTraining

Two brown-bag lunches previewing the rebranded myTraining tool are scheduled for this month.

The first session is scheduled for Friday, July 17, and the second session will be Friday, July 24. Both lunches will be held at noon in the Lumberjack Village Community Building. No reservation or advanced notice is required to attend either of the sessions.

Calling all Lumberjack social media administrators

In an effort to make the most of the wide world of social media and enhance SFA's visibility and reputation, University Marketing Communications is building a catalog of all public official social media pages and accounts associated with the university.

In doing so, the official social media pages covering SFA will be able to more actively promote events, achievements and the work of each department and organization. If your department or official university organization has a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest or other social media account, please email the name or handle to Tim Monzingo, communications specialist, monzingoth@sfasu.edu.

You also can like and follow the university's official pages to notify University Marketing Communications about the account. Find SFA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

A letter from Dr. Baker Pattillo

The Envision SFA process has shifted from “planning” to “doing.” The goals that support the shared picture of SFA’s future, developed collaboratively with the input of thousands, are in place. That is why the plan’s name has now changed to SFA Envisioned.

While the responsibility for striving to reach the vision we have collectively determined belongs to all of us, to facilitate the implementation of the plan I have named a vice-president as the “owner” for each of the four key strategic goals:

Attracting and Supporting a High-Quality Faculty and Staff: Mr. Danny Gallant
Academic and Co-curricular Innovation: Dr. Steve Westbrook
University Culture: Dr. Steve Bullard
Increasing Connections: Ms. Jill Still

These owners will be accountable for the development and implementation of strategies and action plans addressing their assigned goal. To be successful, each of these goal owners will need the help and support of key administrators, faculty, staff and students to move us forward.

If you are asked by one of the goal owners or a member of their team to collaborate on a strategy or action plan, I hope you will do your part. With the expertise we have on our campus, combined with good advice from others, we will be able to meet the challenges of preparing SFA for the future and achieving the vision to which we all aspire.

Parents’ Night Out set for this month

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

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.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs deadlines extended

The deadlines for the Fall Research Pilot Studies and the Fall Research Grant Development opportunities offered by SFA's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has been extended to Friday, July 31.

These internal grant descriptions and guidelines can be found on the office's website under the Internal Funding tab. If you have any questions regarding the application or other funding opportunities, please contact Shawn Fischer at (936) 468-1151 or email fischers@sfasu.edu.

SFA Planetarium to screen 'The Little Star that Could' in July

The SFA Planetarium will screen "The Little Star that Could" on Fridays in July, beginning July 10.

Admission for the show, which is geared toward children in kindergarten through second grade, is $2. The show is a remake of a classic program that tells the story of "...Little Star, an average yellow star in search of planets of his own to protect and warm. Along the way, he meets other stars, learns what makes each star special, and discovers that stars combine to form star clusters and galaxies."
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Camp CTL dates announced

SFA's Center for Teaching and Learning will host Camp CTL Monday, Aug. 17, through Wednesday, Aug. 19, to assist faculty members with preparation for their fall semester classes.

Workshops on social media for student engagement, classroom assessment techniques, D2L and more are scheduled, and faculty members are welcome to receive one-on-one D2L assistance in the open lab.

Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP, as will numerous giveaways! A full schedule is available here.

For more information, contact Laura Osborne at (936) 468-5832.


Year of the 'Jacks - December

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 most recent installment of the series, covering December, is currently live on SFAJacks.com. The next installment will be released on Friday, July 17.

The full "Year of the 'Jacks" series schedule is:
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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Williams tabbed pre-season All-American

SFA senior offensive lineman Byron Williams has been named a pre-season third team All-American by STATS FCS.

A first team All-Southland Conference selection in 2014, Williams has been a key figure on the Lumberjacks’ offensive line for the past three seasons. He has appeared in 36 games with 33 starts at left guard. Williams has been a major factor for a number of impressive performances, including Gus Johnson’s program-best 3,907 career rushing yards with 52 touchdowns.
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SFA football season tickets now on sale for faculty and staff members

SFA football's 2015 schedule gets underway on Saturday, Sept. 5, when the Lumberjacks host Northern Arizona University at Homer Bryce Stadium.

SFA faculty and staff member season tickets are now on sale, and are $38 for reserved tickets and $55 for chair-back seats. Faculty and staff members can purchase tickets by calling (936) 468-5225, or in-person at the information desk inside the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Fine Arts

Annual 12X12 event important fundraiser for SFA art scholarships

Local art lovers look forward to July each year because it signals one of their favorite events - the annual 12X12 fundraiser of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

And this year's event has an added bonus: Two pieces by artists who had solo shows at the Cole Art Center this past year, one by David Yapp and another by Stuart Riordan, have been donated to the auction.

The silent auction bidding began Wednesday, July 1, for this year's 12X12 event benefiting students in the SFA School of Art. The 12-by-12-inch panels of artwork created by artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and other areas of East Texas are on display at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, and the bidding will continue until and conclude with the party and sale at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the downtown art center. Recently retired SFA art instructor Gary Parker has built most of the panels each year.
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SFA's SummerStage Festival announces final performance schedule

Only a few performance dates remain in this year's SFA SummerStage Festival featuring "The Emperor's New Clothes: The Musical" by Karen Boettcher-Tate and Bill Francoeur and "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams.

Audiences have responded enthusiastically to both productions, posting glowing reviews on social media.

"You can't buy publicity like this," said Scott Shattuck, director of the SFA School of Theatre. "Attendees have been spreading the word for us about how fun and colorful the kids' show is and how Williams' most beloved story provides a lovely escape from the everyday."
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Yesterday, after a decade in transit covering three billion galactic miles, the New Horizons spacecraft finally reached the edge of the solar system, and is already returning stunningly detailed images of Pluto.

If seeing the solar system's runt little brother in detail isn't enough "wow" factor for you, check out these remarkable images from the Cassini probe, which is currently collecting data while orbiting Saturn on the Solstice Mission.

And here's a gallery of every photographed moon and planet in the solar system.

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