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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, July 23
SAA Cinema
Mulan (G)
6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 24
SAA Cinema
Peter Pan (PG)
2 p.m.

Summer II Mid-term

Thursday, July 25
SFA First-Year Student Orientation

Tuesday, July 30
SAA Cinema
Ratatouille (G)
6 p.m.

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19




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SFA Board of Regents approves budget, selects creative design firm

The SFA Board of Regents has approved an institutional budget for Fiscal Year 2014 totaling approximately $237.09 million, which includes a 3-percent merit pool for faculty and staff pay increases for the second consecutive year.
The planned allocations represent a 4-percent increase over last year’s institutional budget. A $4.98 million capital plan also was approved by the board at its quarterly meeting Tuesday. The plan includes capital renewal, planned maintenance and renovation projects throughout campus.
The board also selected the Texas-based marketing and creative design firm Richards/Carlberg to provide requested marketing services for the university. Representatives from the firm presented to the Finance and Audit Committee on Monday, along with two other firms being considered.
Richards/Carlberg has done award-winning creative work in the area of higher education, including extensive re-branding campaigns for University of Houston-Downtown, University of St. Thomas, University of Houston-Clear Lake and Lone Star College. Read More

Cycles of life, connections to nature inspire local artist Corinne Jones

It wasn't until she was 22 that Corinne Jones decided she wanted to start taking art classes at the University of Southern Mississippi.

"I was living there at the time," Jones said in an email interview. "I learned there was so much I didn't know about art and kept taking classes until I completed my undergraduate Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I still didn't know very much and went on to complete a Master of Arts and Master of Fine Arts from the School of Art at SFA."

And one of the most appealing aspects that keeps fueling her passion for art: "I am still learning about art every time I work in the studio."

This local artist, who is a former art educator, will have her work displayed as part of 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. Read More


Mario Ajero


Ajero was the opening and closing keynote speaker at the 11th Annual Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference held at the University of Southern Queensland in Toowoomba, Australia. His keynote addresses included performing duets and concerti with virtual musicians and digital technology changing the way piano is taught. His 9-year-old son, Antonio "Nio" Ajero, also assisted in the demonstrations by performing at the piano utilizing technology to enhance performance. At the end of the conference, the younger Ajero was awarded a certificate for being the youngest participant and delegate.

Brian Oswald


Oswald presented “Fuel Loads and Predicted Fire Behavior in the Veluwe Region of the Netherlands” in St. Petersburg, Russia, at the International Association of Wildland Fire 4th Annual Fire Behavior and Fuels Conference during the first week of July. The presentation was based on the results concluded through a faculty research grant performed in the Netherlands in 2012.

Greg Grant

SFA Gardens

Grant has had two articles published, "Bachelor's Buttons" published in the July-August 2013 issue of Neil Sperry's Gardens and "Maples in Texas, Oh My!" in the July-August 2013 issue of TNLA Green.

News & Announcements

New assistant dean of student affairs

Dr. Michael Walker is the new assistant dean of student affairs for support services. This position was formerly held by Dr. Chuck Lopez. Walker has previously served as associate professor of psychology at SFA. He brings with him a strong research agenda related to student success, as well as his background as a clinical psychologist. He began his new responsibilities on July 8.

Garden Capital of Texas ribbon cutting

A ribbon cutting to celebrate Nacogdoches' designation as the Garden Capital of Texas will be held at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31. Guest speakers will include State Rep. Travis Clardy, Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn and Dr. F. E. Abernathy, SFA professor emeritus. Refreshments will be provided by the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.

SFA Board of Regents approves faculty, staff changes

The SFA Board of Regents approved faculty and staff changes during its quarterly meeting Tuesday.

Regents appointed Dr. Manny Brand, former chairman and professor in the Department of Music and Fine Arts at Hong Kong Baptist University, as director of the School of Music in the College of Fine Arts. In his new position, Brand will oversee nearly 200 concerts and performances, music camps, the preparatory division, and various special events. Other faculty appointments within the College of Fine Arts include: William Nieberding and Johanna Warwick, assistant professors of art.
The following faculty appointments were approved for the College of Liberal and Applied Arts: Glenn Bracey, visiting instructor of social and cultural analysis; Carlos Cuadra, assistant professor of languages, cultures and communications; Richard Davis, assistant professor of mass communication; Scott Hutchens, chair and professor of psychology; Sylvia Middlebrook, visiting assistant professor of psychology; Candice Kowalski, lecturer of psychology; Bob Polewan and Latoya Wesley, assistant professors of psychology; and Eralda Tarpley, visiting assistant professor of English. Read More

Little Kickers Soccer Camp

Registration is now open for SFA's Little Kickers Soccer Camp. Players ages 3 to 5 will learn soccer skills from 5:15 to 6 p.m. each Monday Sept. 9 through Oct. 14 at the SFA Soccer Field. To register, visit here or call (936) 468-1106.

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-Aug. 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.

Campus Recreation

This week at Campus Rec

Little Jack Rec Camp Registration
This week is the last week to register your child/children for Little Jack Rec Camp at the Student Recreation Center. Sign up in the Rec Administration Office. For more information on Little Jack Rec Camp, a recreational day camp for kids ages 5-12, please visit the Camps Page here.

New Group Swim class begins
There will be a Group Swim class for Parent/Tot and Levels 1-2 beginning today at 7pm.  Register for Group Swim Lessons in the Rec Administration Office.  Another class for all swim levels will begin on August 5. For more information on swim lessons, or to see level prerequisites, please visit the Aquatics Page here.

Summer Sizzle Personal Training Special
Rec members and non-members can take advantage of this incredible summer training deal.  For non-members, guest fees are included in the price package. Register for 12 sessions for $210 or 18 sessions for $310, which amounts to a little over $17 per session. Save up to $140! This offer expires August 2. For more information or to sign up, please contact John McElrath at 936.468.1436.

Fine Arts

Two shows with combined reception at Cole Art Center

The 29th Watercolor East Texas Juried Exhibition and this year's Nacogdoches Photographic Association Show will open with a combined reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches. Both shows will run through Aug. 24.

Entries for this year's Watercolor East Texas show will be accepted from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 21, and from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, at the Cole Art Center. Paintings must be hand-delivered. The Photographic Association show is not currently accepting submissions.

Paintings may be priced for sale. Awards ranging from $50 to $250 will be presented for first, second and third place and honorable mention. Gallery, memorial and merchandise awards also will be presented. Entry information can be found here.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131. Read More

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The Tour de France consists of 22 teams with nine riders per team. Rules state all team members must be dressed in matching team jerseys, shorts, socks, shoes, gloves and helmet.

The main exceptions are the leader jerseys. The general classification leader, the rider with the current lowest overall time, wears the iconic yellow jersey. The green jersey is worn by the overall leader in points (a complicated system is used to calculate a rider’s “points”). The leader in points gained by mountain climbs wears a white and red polka dot jersey. The rider under age 26 who has the lowest overall time wears a white jersey.

Other exceptions are for any reigning National and World Champion cyclists of road races and time trials. These riders are required to wear their champion jersey when racing in their discipline unless they have earned one of the Tour's leader jerseys.

Source: Union Cycliste Internationale

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