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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, July 9
Summer I final examinations

Monday, July 13
Orientation for new freshmen and transfer students enrolling in summer II classes
1 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center, second floor

Tuesday, July 14
Grade entry completed for summer I

Summer II classes begin
8 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 14
Summer II final examinations




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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.


Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center, published an article on creating and maintaining pocket prairies for wildlife habitat and genetic diversity.

The piece, "Home on the Range," was published in the July/August edition of Texas Gardener magazine.

News & Announcements

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.

Summer benefits enrollment now underway

As summer benefit enrollment begins, SFA Human Resources will continue to inform employees about changes and updates that have been approved for the new Plan Year 2016 beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015.

Remember, if you make benefit changes on ERS Online, the Human Resources office must be notified or they may not be reflected in the SFA system, which may lead to double billing.

For updates about HealthSelect and Caremark prescription coverages, click here. More enrollment resources also are available on the new benefits summer enrollment website.

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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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.

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.

Deadline approaching for Core Fulbright Scholar Program applications

The Fulbright Scholar Program recently announced a new grant is available, even as the deadline for the 2016-17 Core Fulbright Scholar Program applications looms on Monday, Aug. 3.

Read the update here.

SFA's Phi Upsilon Omicron Honor Society takes top honor

The SFA James I. Perkins College of Education's Phi Upsilon Omicron Beta Upsilon Chapter received the 2015 Professional Project Region III Award, which includes universities in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.

Members of the Beta Upsilon Chapter, in partnership with the Nacogdoches Treatment Center, worked throughout the year offering assistance to the treatment center's clients, staff members and caregivers.

Last fall, SFA students volunteered their time to craft items to sale at the treatment center's annual Christmas bazaar. The group utilized recycled plastic bottles to make vases and candy containers and decorated the items with ribbon, bells, tinsel and greenery.
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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature viticulturist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Justin Scheiner, assistant professor of horticultural sciences and viticulture specialist at Texas A&M University, will present "Grapes for Table and Wine - Can Both Fit in Texas?"

Scheiner works in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, as well as for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College Station. In his extension role, Scheiner provides educational programming and technical support for grape growers in North Texas and the Gulf Coast regions. His research focuses on the best management practices for vineyards in areas affected by Pierce's disease.
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Parents’ Night Out set for this month

Campus Rec is hosting two Parents' Nights Out on Friday, July 17, and Friday, July 31.

Parents can drop off their children beginning at 6 p.m. and have a night to themselves. The night will include camp activities, swim time, dinner and a movie.

Register for Parent’s Night Out in the SFA Rec Center Administration Office. The cost is $20 per child.

myTraining rebranding preview coming this month

The dynamic new myTraining system is coming soon!

The enhanced system can deliver, track and report on multiple learning opportunities such as video, instructor-led and virtual sessions.

Mark your calendar to attend one of the sneak preview brown bag events at noon Friday, July 17, or Friday, July 24, in the meeting room at Lumberjack Village. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the system first hand!

Alumni Association offering discounted Astros, Rangers tickets

The SFA Alumni Association is offering discounted tickets to see the Houston Astros square off against the Texas Rangers in July.

Tickets for the game in Houston, set for 7:10 p.m. Friday, July 17, are $50, which includes food, beverage and/or merchandise credit. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, July 10. A fireworks show will follow the game.

When the Texas teams face off in Arlington, it will be at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. Lumberjacks can purchase the "All You Can Eat" ticket promotion for $40. The promotion includes sandwiches, popcorn, peanuts, nachos, soft drinks and water. Tickets must be purchased by Tuesday, July 28.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.


Year of the 'Jacks - November

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 first installment of the series, covering November, is currently live on SFAJacks.com. The next installment will be released on Friday, July 10.

The full "Year of the 'Jacks" series schedule is:
Friday, July 10: December
Friday, July 17: January
Friday, July 24: February
Friday, July 31: March
Friday, Aug. 7: April
Friday, Aug. 14: May/June
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Ladyjack golfers pick up All-American Scholar honors

Three SFA Ladyjacks have been named to the 2014-15 Women’s Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholars list, the organization announced Tuesday. Junior Mackenzie Steiner and sophomores Ann Holcomb and Jessie White all made repeat appearances on the list.

Steiner is the first Ladyjack to be named to the list three times, including honors in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Holcomb and White became two-time selections with the announcement.
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Kellogg adds Bishop, Stone to coaching staff

SFA head women’s basketball coach Mark Kellogg announced the addition of Jayci Stone and Leonard Bishop to the Ladyjack coaching staff. Both coaches bring a wealth of experience and knowledge acquired at various levels of collegiate basketball.

“First and foremost, we’re really excited to get the full coaching staff together,” said Kellogg. “Jayci Stone came very highly recommended. She has tremendous experience at the junior college, division two and division one levels and will be our recruiting coordinator. I’m super excited to have her. Jayci has a great demeanor, she’ll be great on the floor and will really help us out from a recruiting standpoint.”
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There aren't many chances to go spelunking in East Texas, but there are plenty of opportunities to experience the subterranean world thanks to the internet.

Check out this article from Wired.com about bio-luminescent New Zealand glowworms, which cast a cool light inside limestone caves, making them look more like the night sky than the depths of the planet.

The piece includes a set of beautiful images.

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