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SFA's newest facility opened Monday with ribbon-cutting ceremony

Members of SFA’s Board of Regents participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday for the university’s newest facility.

The building comprises SFA’s Residence Life Housing Operations, which provides maintenance services to SFA residence halls, and University Printing Services, a full-service printing agency that serves the campus.

Pictured are, from left, Ralph Todd, SFA regent; Maggie Wright, student regent; Brigettee Henderson, SFA regent; David Alders, chair of SFA's Board of Regents; Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president; and SFA regents Bob Garrett, Alton Frailey, Dr. Scott Coleman, Nelda Blair and Ken Schaefer.

Board of Regents recognizes Luminant for nearly 50 years of promoting environmental education

SFA’s Board of Regents recognized Luminant, a subsidiary of Vistra Energy, for the company’s contributions to environmental education and the advancement of research, scholarship, and student and faculty member development at SFA for nearly 50 years.

“We’re honored to recognize Luminant for going above and beyond to support our educational programs, along with students’ academic and professional development,” said Dr. Hans Williams, dean of SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture. “Thanks in part to this partnership, our graduates are true leaders in their field of study and in the workplace.”
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SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast scheduled for Aug. 2

The last SFA Faculty and Staff Breakfast of the summer is scheduled for 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, in the East College Dining Hall.

For $3, SFA faculty and staff members are invited to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat breakfast while catching up with colleagues and making new campus contacts.

Please help spread the word about these events, and invite your SFA colleagues to join you.

The monthly Faculty and Staff Breakfast is brought to you by the SFA Social Events Team in the spirit of our “SFA Envisioned” strategic plan, which includes fostering a culture of engagement within our campus community.

To stay informed about future SFA social events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook page.

Submit class assignments and presentations to Center for Career and Professional Development

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to submit their requests for fall 2017 class assignments and presentations to the Center for Career and Professional Development. Submission links are located on the right side of this page.

SFA 101 instructors should click here for any CCPD presentation or assignment requests.

CCPD presents to classes and student organizations on career-related topics each year, including a Jobs4Jacks/CCPD orientation, internships, interview skills, job-search strategies, social media and career development, and résumé construction. CCPD staff members also assist with class assignments such as professional document critiques and mock interviews, both in-person and virtually via InterviewStream.

A minimum of two weeks notice is requested to accommodate any requests, and requests are scheduled based on the order they are submitted to CCPD.

For more information, contact Jamie Bouldin, CCPD director, at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu.

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture provides agroforestry outreach in Haiti

Torn blue tarps serving as the makeshift roof of a cinderblock church gently flapped in the wind as representatives from SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture asked questions of a predominantly male group of subsistence farmers through an interpreter. Those in attendance are residents of Merger, Haiti, a small village located outside of the country's capital of Port-au-Prince, who struggle to produce food in the dry, rocky and erosion-prone soil surrounding the community.

That initial meeting, arranged by One Foot Raised, a nonprofit organization founded by SFA alumni, marked the beginning of a week defined by early mornings, late nights, research, brainstorming sessions, and the initiation of long-term agroforestry and sustainable development projects that defy the study-abroad experience typically offered by universities.
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Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation hosting last Summer Parents Night Out this Friday

Campus Recreation is hosting its last Summer Parents Night Out this Friday, July 28.

Parents can drop kids off as early as 6 p.m. Kids will enjoy a fun-filled night of camp activities, pizza and a movie. Parents may pick up their children any time before midnight. The cost is $20 per camper. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday.

For more information and to register, call (936) 468-3507, or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu.

Athletics

SFA participates in 2017 Southland Conference Football Media Day

With the beginning of SFA’s 91st football season rapidly approaching, head coach Clint Conque, junior defensive lineman Lamont Alexander and sophomore wide receiver Tamrick Pace completed the first official football event of the year by participating in the 2017 Southland Conference Football Media Day at Hilton Americas in Houston.

The three fielded questions from various media members around the SLC institutions as well as the greater Houston area. Questions ranged from the team's injury struggles from last season to what the team's new defensive philosophy is entering the season.
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Ross signs professional contract with Czech Republic squad SBŠ Ostrava

Following a senior year at SFA that yielded the title of Southland Conference Player of the Year, former Ladyjack basketball great Taylor Ross recently signed a contract allowing her to continue her career overseas at the professional level.

Ross will be heading to Ostrava, Czech Republic, where she is set to join the rest of her teammates on SBŠ Ostrava. Based in the Northeastern part of the country, SBŠ Ostrava is one of 12 teams in the ZBL (Česká ženská basketbalová liga). Within the ZBL, there are numerous former collegiate and WNBA players who have taken their talents to Central Europe.
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SFA announces athletic media relations staffing changes

SFA’s Department of Athletics announced a trio of changes within the athletic media relations office.

Charles Hurley, formerly one of two assistant directors of athletic media relations, was elevated to the position of director of athletic media relations. Luke Bolanos and Kevin Meyer signed on as the assistant directors of athletic media relations. The three are responsible for the media relations efforts for all 17 of SFA's intercollegiate athletic teams.
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Lumberjacks selected sixth in 2017 Southland Conference Preseason Football Poll

SFA football has been picked sixth in the 2017 Southland Conference preseason poll as voted upon by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

The Lumberjacks picked up 114 total points from head coaches and SID's votes, finishing 46 points better than seventh-place Lamar University and 19 points behind fifth-place Nicholls State University. Defending conference champion and rival Sam Houston State University was tabbed to finish atop of the SLC again after earning 20 first-place votes.
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Fine Arts


College of Fine Arts announces 2017-18 University Series

SFA’s College of Fine Arts will present five national touring acts in the 2017-18 University Series, building on its tradition of bringing leading professional artists to East Texas.

This diverse mix of the performing arts features Paul Taylor’s famous dancers, a holiday performance by the exhilarating Annie Moses Band, the Grammy award-winning, all-male, a cappella ensemble Chanticleer, a controversial play that re-imagines the last night in the life of legendary civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for Black History Month, and the fresh Nashville bluegrass sounds of The Barefoot Movement.
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SFA’s Music Preparatory Division offers scholarships

SFA School of Music’s Music Preparatory Division is accepting scholarship applications for its fall classes.

Partial scholarships are awarded to music students based on need, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep director. Application forms and information about the various programs offered are available on the Music Prep website. Deadline to apply for scholarships is Aug. 1.

Private lessons begin the week of Aug. 21 for 16-week, upper-level faculty member instruction and the week of Sept. 11 for 12-week SFA music major instruction.

The Music Prep office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information, contact Barnett at (936) 468-1291 or at musicprep@sfasu.edu. Also, visit the SFA Music Prep on Facebook.
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Registration deadline for Junior Jacks theatre day camp Friday

Registration is continuing for SFA’s Junior Jacks Theatre Camp. The popular two-week School of Theatre camp is designed for children entering third through ninth grades. This year’s camp is scheduled for Monday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 12. Registration deadline is Friday, July 28.

Junior Jacks was designed as a day-camp version of the successful High School Summer Theatre Workshop at SFA, according to Carolyn Conn, associate professor of theatre at SFA and the camp’s director. The fun and exciting summer camp, offered in two age groups, fills quickly, and Conn suggested parents register their children early.

Registration cost is $75 per student and $50 for each additional sibling within a single family. Needs-based scholarships may be available. More information and a registration form can be found here, or contact Conn at (936) 468-1031 or conncs@sfasu.edu.
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