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This Week's Calendar

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.

Wednesday, Aug. 19
Grade entry completed for summer II




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News & Announcements

Summer benefits enrollment ends Friday at 5 p.m.

This is the last week to make changes to your benefits elections. Please visit Human Resources to make your changes.

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

Registration open for SFA Career Services 2015 Job Fair

SFA Career Services would like to invite you to the 2015 Part-Time Job, Volunteer and Internship Fair. This is a great opportunity to hire student workers, graduate assistants or event volunteers for departments and organizations you advise! Free tables are available for SFA faculty and staff members to meet more than 250 eager students looking to work or for volunteer opportunities on campus. Area businesses also are encouraged to register for the fair.

2015 Part-Time Job, Volunteer and Internship Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 2
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
SFA faculty and staff members, departments and organizations can register for free, and the fee for businesses is only $25. Registration includes an 8-foot recruiting table with two chairs.
Register online through Jobs4Jacks or click here to register directly. For more information, call SFA Career Services at (936) 468-3305 or visit here.

LEAP Texas to hold its annual forum at SFA in August

LEAP Texas will hold its Annual Forum at SFA on Monday, Aug. 3, and Tuesday, Aug. 4.
This year the forum will focus on the development of high-quality signature assignments to elicit the best student work possible. Dr. Pat Hutchings will be the keynote speaker. Hutchings is a senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, and a scholar-in-residence with the Center for Teaching and Advising at Gonzaga University. She was formerly senior scholar and vice president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She is currently working with NILOA and the Lumina Foundation on the Degree Qualifications Profile Assessment Library.
SFA is a member of LEAP Texas, and the forum is open to all interested faculty and staff members of affiliate institutions. Registration is $50. The SFA Vice President of Academic Affairs office has dedicated funds to cover the $50 fee, so if you are able to attend, please contact Sharon Brewer at brewers@sfasu.edu.
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Blood drive set for tomorrow

The SFA Student Engagement team will host a blood drive from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, July 30, in the circle drive closest to the Barnes and Noble Bookstore.

Stop by the donor coach and give the gift of life. All attempting donors will receive a free patriotic T-shirt. Contact Molly Moody at (936) 468-1088 or email moodymk@sfasu.edu to make appointments or for any questions.

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 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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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.

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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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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Governor appoints new SFA student regent

Ryan Brown-Moreno of Plano has been appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to serve as SFA's student regent during the 2015-16 academic year.

Brown-Moreno is pursuing a bachelor's degree in general business at SFA. She currently serves as secretary of Chi Omega, a member of Driving Jacks, a Jack Camp counselor and a lead Jack Walker providing campus tours to prospective students. She also is working this summer as a student intern for The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. This fall, she will serve as senior class senator for the Student Government Association, as well as an SFA 101 student instructor.
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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.


Bowerman fan vote now open for Demi Payne

The time has now come to vote for SFA’s Demi Payne for The Bowerman Trophy – collegiate track and field’s highest individual honor. The voting process provides the opportunity for the SFA community and supporters of track and field to honor Payne’s 2015 success by voting at TheBowerman.org.

Fans can vote once per device each day through Tuesday, Aug. 11. The direct link to vote can be found here.
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SFA football's Johnson signs training camp deal with Dallas Cowboys

Former SFA All-American Gus Johnson has been signed by the Dallas Cowboys as the team heads into its 2015 Training Camp in Oxnard, California.

Johnson, who was brought in by the Cowboys last month for a three-day tryout, was signed by the team on Thursday, July 23, and the contract was made official once Johnson passed his physical Monday, July 27, at Valley Ranch. Johnson was originally signed by the Oakland Raiders as an un-drafted free agent following the 2015 National Football League Draft before being released by the club.
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Parker signs professionally with KK Tajfun

Former SFA All-American Jacob Parker has signed a professional basketball contract to suit up for KK Tajfun in the Premier A Slovenian League. Parker reports to Šentjur, Slovenia, for training camp on Monday, Aug. 10, with the season getting underway later this fall.

KK Tajfun, formerly KK Šentjur, is part of a 12-team league and is coming off the first league championship in program history. After placing fifth in the regular season standings, Tajfun upset five-time reigning champion Krka in the semifinals before besting Rogaska 3-1 in the championship series.
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Year of the 'Jacks - February

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 February, is currently live on SFAJacks.com. The next installment will be released on Friday, July 31.

The full "Year of the 'Jacks" series schedule is:
Friday, July 31: March
Friday, Aug. 7: April
Friday, Aug. 14: May/June
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SFA ready for 2015 SLC Media Day

SFA is ready to participate in the 2015 Southland Conference Football Media Day, being held at the L’auberge Resort in Lake Charles, Louisiana, today.

Head coach Clint Conque will represent the Lumberjacks, along with junior quarterback Zach Conque and senior defensive tackle Lance Skyler, both of whom were recently named preseason All-SLC second team selections. The trio will meet with media representatives from across the Southland Conference area while also filming promotional materials to be used in SLC broadcasts this fall.
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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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Fine Arts

SFA College of Fine Arts announces 2015-16 University Series

The SFA College of Fine Arts continues its tradition of bringing professional artists to East Texas in presenting five national touring acts in the 2015-16 University Series.

This interesting mix of performance art brings Bharatanatyam dances from India, gypsy swing from San Francisco and the story of Dracula from the pages of Bram Stoker's timeless horror story to the W.M. Turner stage. The series also features a famous family of pianists and a dazzling soprano from Texas, according to Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

"Designed to bring quality fine arts experiences to East Texas, the series consists of five highly acclaimed professional touring groups," Goodall said. "This year, we are going back to our roots in being reflective of the early years of the University Series, featuring touring acts only while at the same time significantly lowering our prices and streamlining the process for ordering tickets."
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'Scrap' documentary to show at Cole Art Center

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

"Scrap" is a feature documentary following the history of two eccentric builders and their amazing structures which were each built by a single man: "The Forevertron" built by Tom Every and "Bishop Castle" built by Jim Bishop. The film focuses on the architects of these structures, as they are "as fascinating and awe inducing as their creations," according to information at imdb.com.

Paul von Stoetzel directed the film, which runs 101 minutes.

This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by The Liberty Bell, Main Street Nacogdoches, Bill Arscott, Dr. Jill Carrington, Karon Gillespie, John Heath, Dr. David Kulhavy and Brad Maule.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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SFA School of Theatre plans Scotland benefit

A SFA School of Theatre event on Saturday, Aug. 1, will help raise funds for theater students to attend a special class in Edinburgh, Scotland, while they are participating in the two-week Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

While in Edinburgh, the School of Theatre will produce two new plays, including "Hate Mail" by SFA playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner and the student-written "Mom and Dad" by Nick Pinelli, an SFA graduate from The Woodlands, and Allison Day, a San Antonio senior. Pinelli and Day wrote the play as an honors project for their class with Heifner.

Students will perform "Hate Mail" and "Mom and Dad" at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the Upstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. The plays are recommended for mature audiences.
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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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