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This Week's Calendar

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

Saturday, Aug. 15
William R. Johnson Coliseum
9:30 a.m.




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News & Announcements

Dental plans offered in summer benefits enrollment

This week, SFA Human Resources would like to provide you with dental plan updates and a list of participating dentists in Nacogdoches.

For more information about dental options, click here to visit the HR Benefits Summer Enrollment Web page.

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program deadline approaching

The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program deadline for the 2016-17 competition is currently open through the Monday, Aug. 3, deadline.
If you would like to grow your international profile and teach and/or research abroad, please consult the Catalog of Awards to see which award would suit your background, interests and expertise.
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U.S. flag to be lowered to half-staff today

The President has issued a proclamation in honor of the victims of the tragedy in Chattanooga, Tennessee, which directs the flags be lowered to half-staff beginning immediately until Saturday, July 25, at sunset.

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.

Sneak a peek at myTraining

A brown-bag lunch previewing the rebranded myTraining tool is scheduled for this month.

Lunch will be held at noon in the Lumberjack Village Community Building Friday, July 24. No reservation or advanced notice is required to attend the session.

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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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.

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.


Purple Lights Combo on sale now

Don't miss your chance to be a part of another exciting year with Lumberjack Athletics. The Purple Lights Combo is back this season, offering ticket packages for the 2015-16 SFA football and men's and women's basketball seasons.

The Purple Lights Combo is $135 for the general public and $80 for SFA faculty and staff members, and includes reserved bench seating for football and reserved chair-back seating for basketball. It is a savings of $24 for general public tickets since football season tickets run $63 and basketball season are priced at $96.
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SFA-TCU game to air nationally on FOX Sports 1

Kickoff for the 2015 football season has been set as SFA will face nationally-ranked Texas Christian University at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. The game will be nationally televised on FOX Sports 1, the Big 12 Conference and FOX sports announced

SFA will now have at least seven broadcasted games in 2015, including the ESPN3 broadcasts of all five Lumberjack home games and the American Sports Network coverage of SFA's game at Abilene Christian University on Saturday, Sept. 26. That number could grow when the Southland Conference releases its televised games for the second half of the 2015 season.
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SFA track and field lands four on academic teams

Four members of the SFA track and field teams have been honored for their successes in competition and in the classroom by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Daven Murphree, Demi Payne, Joshua Taylor and Shambrail Woods have all been named to the 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, the organization announced last week.

Murphee, Taylor and Woods made the national academic team for the second consecutive year, while Payne picks up the honor after her first full academic year at SFA.
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SFA tennis coach Aspillaga named head coach at UTEP

SFA head women’s tennis coach Roberto Aspillaga has announced his resignation after being named the head women’s coach at the University of Texas - El Paso.

Aspillaga spent two seasons at SFA, guiding the Ladyjacks to back-to-back SLC tournament appearances. Aspillaga helped the 'Jacks to a 16-7 record in 2015, including a 10-1 mark in conference play to give SFA its second league championship in program history. Vivienne Kulicke went undefeated in conference play under his watch, and was named the SLC Freshman of the Year.
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Year of the 'Jacks - January

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 January, is currently live on SFAJacks.com. The next installment will be released on Friday, July 24.

The full "Year of the 'Jacks" series schedule is:
Friday, July 24: February
Friday, July 31: March
Friday, Aug. 7: April
Friday, Aug. 14: May/June
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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

Music Prep scholarships due

Scholarship applications to attend fall classes in the SFA School of Music's Music Preparatory Division are due Saturday, Aug. 1, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep director.

"Serving approximately 200 students, the Music Preparatory Division is dedicated to the highest standard of music education, performance and outreach to the East Texas community," Barnett said.

Music Prep offers musical training on any level of proficiency. Overall musicianship is stressed in addition to the study of an instrument. Private music lessons are offered in piano, violin, viola, fiddle, cello, double bass, harp, classical guitar, voice, percussion, French horn, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone and flute. Also, Music Prep offers an orchestra, the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra, an adult piano class, music theory adventure classes and Kindermusik. Music Prep teaches all ages, from infants to 80 and beyond. Music therapy is also offered.
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Watercolor East Texas exhibition to open at Cole Art Center

The 31st Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

This year's juror is Marie Renfro, a nationally known artist from Plano who works in oil, acrylic and watercolor and uses various media to express her emotional response to a subject. Her work has received numerous awards and is included in major collections in the Dallas area.

Renfro is a member of the Plano Art Association, the Southwestern Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Associated Creative Artist of Texas and Texas Visual Arts Association. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Texas Woman's University and has studied in several European countries.

Some WET exhibition paintings will be priced for sale. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Aug. 29.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, contact WET member Peggy Fare at (936) 635-0670 or call the art center at (936) 468-1131.

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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Ah, the great American road trip, a summer tradition since settlers rolled back the frontier. It's difficult to find anyone in this country who hasn't made such a trip, dreamed about it or at least read about it.

Thanks to Atlas Obscura, there is a literal road map for American road trips. A writer and graphic designer collaborated to plot the routes of a dozen works of literature, both fiction and non-fiction, to map out the stories. The books laid out on the map include such classics as Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," Mark Twain's "Roughing It," and even some newer works, like Cheryl Strayed's "Wild." And yes, at least one of the books on the list passes right though Nacogdoches and East Texas.

Summer's getting shorter, so start planning your literary road trip soon, or at least dust off your library card.

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