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Friday, July 22
SFA Planetarium "The Cowboy Astronomer"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building




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Dr. Anne Collins Smith

Professor of philosophy and classical studies

Smith and co-author Owen M. Smith recently published “The Tao at Pooh Corner: Disney’s Portrayal of a Very Philosophical Bear,” a chapter within "It's the Disney Version!" The essay investigates A. Milne's novels “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “The House at Pooh Corner,” which the authors claim exemplify aspects of Taoist philosophy. They discuss how one useful approach to analyzing Disney's adaptations of the Pooh stories is to determine whether, and how faithfully, Disney preserves the Taoist aspects of the original books.

News & Announcements

Flags lowered in honor of fallen officers in Baton Rouge attack

President Barack Obama has ordered the U.S. flag to be lowered to half-staff through sunset Friday, July 22, to honor the victims of the attack on peace officers that occurred Sunday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Summer benefits enrollment currently taking place

Benefits Summer Enrollment is currently taking place and will be available through Aug. 12. Annual “Changes to Your Benefits” reports will be mailed out beginning Sept. 1. For more information, visit the Benefits Summer Enrollment website here.

SFA Gardens to host seed-saving workshop

A seed-saving seminar and workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building in the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Led by SFA Gardens’ research associate Greg Grant, the workshop will allow participants to explore the basics of saving vegetable and flower seeds, including seed development, harvesting, cleaning and storage. They also will learn the different categories of seed treatment in order to promote germination.

Space is limited. To make a reservation, contact Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens’ research associate, at erodewald@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1832. Cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members. A second family member may attend for an additional $10.
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Free higher education webinar subscription now available to faculty and staff members

Go2Knowledge on-demand higher education training is now available to all faculty and staff members free of cost through a new SFA subscription. To access over 100 webinars, navigate to the website and enter the username and password shown in the graphic. Link and login information is published in mySFA under the Employee tab training section. Live webinars through Innovative Educators are also included in the subscription.  For questions about access information, contact ODT@sfasu.edu.

Summer issue of Rusche Review now available

The summer issue of the Rusche Review, the newsletter for the Nelson Rusche College of Business, is now available. Click here to view the issue.


2016 tailgating parking passes now available

Tailgating parking passes for the 2016 SFA football season are now available through SFA's Department of Athletics. Parking passes are free and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Passes are available for parking in the SFA Charter School parking lot located along Raguet Street. The designated tailgating areas are in the grassy area just south of Homer Bryce Stadium around the Ag Pond, along Hayter Street leading into the stadium, and around the Forestry Building.
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SFA track and field, cross country welcomes big 2016-17 signing class

After another memorable year in 2015-16, the SFA track and field/cross country program has reloaded with a strong signing class for the upcoming academic year. In total, 24 student-athletes have signed with SFA for the upcoming season.

“What a terrific signing class we’ve had so far this season,” said track and field head coach Phil Olson. “We definitely hit on some outstanding young men and women who will come in right away and be in the upper echelon of the conference, and who could compete at a national level very soon. We also added depth, which helps us as a team as the conference championships arrive. This could be our best signing class in some time and we are extremely excited.”
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2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic bracket, opening round matchups and travel plans released

The SFA men’s basketball team is one of eight teams from around the nation that will take part in the 2016 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, which will take place Dec. 22, 23 and 25, in Honolulu. The ’Jacks are set to begin the classic by battling the University of Tulsa in the opening round at 3:30 p.m. CT Thursday, Dec. 22. SFA’s battle with the Golden Hurricane will be broadcast nationwide on ESPNU, ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

The multi-day destination event will feature 12 games during three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through a bracketed-tournament format. Six of the 12 matchups, including the championship game, will be showcased on ESPN2. ESPNU will carry four games, and two will be exclusive to ESPN3.
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Kellogg adds Jessica Grayson to Ladyjack basketball coaching staff

Ladyjack basketball head coach Mark Kellogg announced the addition of Jessica Grayson to his coaching staff. Grayson has nine years of basketball coaching experience between the high school and collegiate ranks as an assistant and head coach.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jessica Grayson to the Ladyjack basketball family,” said Kellogg. “I have known coach Grayson for about nine years now and have made sure to follow her coaching career. She has an incredible appetite to learn and teach the game and has an infectious personality that allows her to be a fantastic recruiter. She will be a tremendous addition to every phase of our program and we look forward to working with her.”
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Lumberjack basketball to open 2016-17 campaign at the University of Kentucky

The SFA men’s basketball team will open its 2016-17 campaign at the University of Kentucky on Nov. 11.

This news was made official Monday when UK unveiled the first portion of its non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season. Tip-off time, television details and ticket information for the tilt will be released at a later date. The match between the ’Jacks and Wildcats also will be taking place on opening night of the 2016-17 college basketball season.
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Marlon Walls named 2016 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works team nominee

SFA junior safety Marlon Walls has been nominated for the 2016 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team.

Now in its 25th year, the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team is one of the most prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. Established in 1992, the award was created to recognize a select group of college football players who have not only excelled on the field, but off the field as well by making a commitment to service and enriching the lives of others.
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Fine Arts

Watercolor East Texas show opens July 30

The 32nd Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House downtown.

This year’s juror is Ann Bell, a full-time professional artist for more than 30 years. Bell, who is a member of the Visual Arts Alliance and Women in the Visual and Literary Arts, has a studio in Houston and teaches a business of art class that covers websites, pricing, publicity and marketing art.
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SFA’s Music Prep to offer Piano Safari Camp

The Music Preparatory Division in the School of Music at SFA will offer Piano Safari Camp Monday through Friday, Aug. 1 through 5.

Taught by Dr. Mario Ajero, associate professor of piano at SFA, the class will meet for one hour each day in Room 223 of the Boynton Building on the SFA campus. The camp, which is limited to 10 participants, is for beginning students with no piano experience in the first through third grades. For more information, contact the Music Preparatory Division at (936) 468-1291 or at musicprep@sfasu.edu.
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A construction worker named Jason Haney recently found himself working at a construction site next to a children’s hospital. In an attempt to add a little excitement to the children's days, Haney created and began hiding an eight-foot cutout of the ever-elusive “Where’s Waldo” character in different places around the construction site after noticing the children looking out their hospital room windows. His efforts brought unusual excitement to the children’s daily routines, and quite a few smiles. Click here to read more about Haney's efforts. 

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