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"SFA Today" is published by University Marketing Communications Monday through Friday (except for holidays) during the fall and spring semesters, and on Mondays only during the summer. Items must be received by noon prior to the day of desired inclusion.

To submit items to "SFA Today," use the online form or email sfatoday@sfasu.edu. The announcement should apply to a significant number of faculty and/or staff members.

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SFA director of orchestras to lead East Texas Youth Orchestra

Courtesy of the Tyler Morning Telegraph

Tyler Youth Orchestra has a new name and a new musical director who’s on a mission to grow the ensemble.

The orchestra’s board changed the name to East Texas Youth Orchestra and hired Gene Moon, director of orchestras at SFA, as music director and conductor.

Moon wants to increase the size of the ensemble to about 80 students and increase opportunities to children who want to perform.

“We are an organization that caters to developing talents in kids who have interest in orchestral music,” Moon said. “Our mission is to also help enhance the orchestra programs that already exist in the area.”

The name change reflects the orchestra’s desire to be more regional in scope. Moon hopes ETYO will attract young musicians from as far away as Longview and Nacogdoches.
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Dr. Nagalapura Viswanath

Department of Human Services

Securing a professional positive reputation that extends beyond the boundaries of the USA is a very special accomplishment. Having international visibility and recognition brings SFA special attention for which we can be very proud. 

Because of his expertise in the field and specialty area, SFA's Viswanath has been invited by Dr. Y. V. Geetha, professor of speech sciences at the All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, to serve as an external examiner of Pravesh Arya’s dissertation entitled, “Speech and non-speech characteristics of recovered and relapsed persons with stuttering following successful treatment." Ms. Arya is currently a student enrolled in the All India Institute in Manasagangothri, Mysore, India.

Viswanath is the program director and professor in communication sciences and disorders, speech and language pathology.

News & Announcements

SFA to screen 'Jiro Dreams of Sushi'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by David Gelb, "Jiro Dreams of Sushi" is the story of 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world's greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious three-star Michelin Guide rating. Sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimages, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro's sushi bar, according to information at http://www.magpictures.com/jirodreamsofsushi/.
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SFA agriculture professor on seventh volunteer trip to Africa

An SFA professor on his seventh trip to Africa, is helping to change how Angolans think about agriculture. 

Dr. Leon Young, whose work is featured on the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs website, undertook a four-day volunteer excursion to Soyo, Angola, to educate farmers on sustainable practices. 

Young focused on showing agriculturalists how to make the soil they work with more fertile for vegetables using resources they can find at home. 

You can read about Young's philanthropic work here

Annual enrollment ends this week

This is the last week for Annual Enrollment! If you need to make any changes, now is the time. This Friday, August 1 at 5 p.m., is the last time you can make any changes to your benefits until next year.
Visit the human resources website to see the last annual enrollment edition.

Nacogdoches Medical Center remains in-network provider

Human Resources received word late Friday evening that Nacogdoches Medical Center and UnitedHealthcare have reached a contract agreement. 

This means Nacogdoches Medical Center will remain an in-network medical provider under SFA’s health insurance and employees will not experience any disruptions in coverage. 

Watercolor East Texas show runs through Aug. 30

The 30th Annual Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition is underway at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, downtown Nacogdoches. 

This year's juror is Michael Holter, a nationally known artist from Plano who works in watercolor figurative and oil landscapes. 

Pictured is last year's WET juried exhibition first place winner, "Monkey On Her Back" by Mary Hooper. The exhibition runs through Aug. 30. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

Internal funding deadline extended

The deadline for submission of applications for Research Pilot Study and Research Grant Development grants for the 2015 fall semester has been extended to Aug. 15. 

 - Research pilot study grants provide support of up to $3,000 to assist faculty members in initiating pilot projects to generate data for a specific project for extramural funding.

- Research grant development grants support a one-course release in order for faculty members to develop the proposal phase of an externally funded grant. This application must be tied to an announced or projected Request for Proposals from an external source. 

Applications and guidelines can be found on the Office or Research and Sponsored Programs' website under Internal Funding, Faculty Research Grants. 

Any questions should be directed to Shawn Fischer in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at (936) 468-6606. 

Combo package for SFA athletics on sale now

There is a lot of excitement surrounding SFA Athletics, with men’s and women’s basketball winning Southland Conference titles and the hiring of head football coach Clint Conque and his staff. 

Fans can join in the excitement of all three sports with the Purple Lights Combo ticket package available now until July 31. 

Faculty and staff members can purchase the Purple Lights Combo package by calling (936) 468-JACK (5225) or by visiting the ticket office located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Take your presentation to the next level

The next time you're working on a big presentation for your colleagues, students or clients, ditch those bland templates built in to PowerPoint. 

The Office of University of Marketing Communications has created several SFA PowerPoint slides for use by faculty and staff members. The templates are available for download here, along with official SFA logos and wordmarks.

Meet Venessa, the Louisiana Mermaid

Public relations is often seen as either a profession or a tool that various organizations, political candidates, and other entities use to influence the opinions of their stakeholders. While this is very true and SFA continues to produce some of the best professional strategic communicators in the state and nation, we sometimes fall short of communicating the fact that public relations is a process that we as individuals may use to completely transform our everyday lives.

Venessa, the Louisiana Mermaid is a graphic designer from Denham Springs, La. who has used her knowledge of public relations to turn a fascination with mermaids and other mythical creatures into an international sensation using some of the very same principles we teach in our public relations courses. News organizations such as USA Today, the Weather Channel, and many others have helped her to share the magic on an international scale. In becoming a mermaid, she also has helped children with life-threatening illnesses and advocated for coastal wetland protection.

Please join Dr. Phillip Madison's public relations Case Studies class at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 31, in Boynton 209 for a Skype conversation with this remarkable mermaid. Seating is limited; please RSVP to Madison via email at madisontp@sfasu.


Phelps garners All-America Scholar honors

SFA senior golfer Bradley Phelps has been named a 2014 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar, the Golf Coaches Association of America announced last week.

Coming off his best season as a Lumberjack, Phelps competed in 11 events for SFA, recording a career-best scoring average of 75.06 over 33 rounds. He posted three top-10 finishes, including tying for third at the Moe O'Brien Intercollegiate and tying for eighth overall at the Southland Conference Championships, earning honorable mention All-SLC honors.

In two seasons in Nacogdoches, Phelps has a career scoring average of 76.25 over 51 rounds, including a low round of 69 set in 2014. Phelps has four top-10 finishes under his belt. He has been strong in summer tournaments, capturing the individual title at the CPT Gleannloch Open last month as he prepares for his senior season.
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SFA Track & Field Signs 17

SFA head track and field coach Phil Olson announced the signing of 17 prospects to join his program. The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks added these recruits during the spring signing period. The newcomers will join their teammates this fall.

The men’s squad welcomes nine new Lumberjacks. Seven have signed out of high school, and two are transferring to SFA from other powerhouse programs.

On the women’s side, the Ladyjacks add eight signers with only one being a transfer.

“What a tremendous class of young men and women our coaches have signed to become Lumberjacks,” Olson said. “Although our numbers are smaller than last year’s signing class of 31, these 17 young men and women create a great deal of excitement for our program. Their commitment to SFA allows us to move forward with the goal of competing year after year for a Southland Conference championship and pursuing a top 25 finish at the NCAA Championships.”
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Limited reserved volleyball tickets available

SFA volleyball fans looking to enhance their experience at Shelton Gym this season can reserve a chair-back seat for all Ladyjacks matches at home today.

A limited number of chair-backs remain available for the upcoming season. Fans can purchase a reserved chair-back seat for only $50. For an additional $10 fans also will receive an SFA volleyball T-shirt.
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Fine Arts

Expressive oil paintings featured in Huckaby exhibition

An exhibition will run July 25 through Sept. 5 at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House features the work of Texas artist Sedrick Huckaby.

"Sedrick Huckaby: Quiet Dialogues" features expressive oil paintings with heavy applications of impasto depicting members of his African-American family, according to John Handley, director of art galleries for SFA's School of Art. The exhibition also will present a selection of prints and drawings from his recently completed "99 percent" suite.

Handley first saw Huckaby's work last year when he visited Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden in Dallas, which is the lender of this exhibition.
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SFA introducing English language program for area residents

SFA is pleased to announce the debut of a new, intensive English language program for the Nacogdoches community.

The English Language Institute within the Office of International Programs will begin offering a non-credit series of courses for non-native English speakers who would like to improve their skills for personal or professional reasons.

The program is part of an existing set of courses aimed at international SFA students who need intensive English education. Community members interested in the program can take as many as four courses, about 20 hours of instruction per week for a 14-week period, which include conversation hours, computer lab time and formal instruction in writing, speaking, reading, grammar and vocabulary. Most classes will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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