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Thursday, Aug. 14

SFA Gardens Lecture Series
"Green Roofs, Green Walls, the South Carolina Way."
Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center
7 p.m.

SFA women's soccer vs. Texas A&M
College Station, Texas
7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 21

SFA men's golf
Jim Rivers Intercollegiate
Ruston, Louisiana

Friday, Aug. 22
SFA women's soccer vs. Oregon State
Nacogdoches
7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24

2014 Accounting Fair
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.


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Accomplishments

Dr. Scott Whitney

Department of Human Services

Whitney will present at the Northeast Texas Consortium Distance Learning Regional/National Conference hosted on campus at the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center.  The title is "Video-Based On-line Learning Systems and Tools." He will address the challenges faced with video assessments, the solutions, preliminary results of his empirical study and recommendations for future research.

Additionally, Whitney received word from Elizabeth Vilky at National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation that the Specialize Professional Associations report that he authored for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program received recognized status. 

Fred J. Allen

School of Music

Allen presented two sessions at Arkansas Bandmasters Convention in Fort Smith, Arkansas on July 31 and Aug. 1. The segments were titled "Teaching Students to Own Rhythm," and "Making Your Band Sound Better: Rescoring and Other Tips."  

In addition, he gave the keynote address to the membership and conducted a reading band made up of Arkansas band directors.

News & Announcements

Solar array installation

Workers install a solar array on the roof of the recently opened Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building located in the Pineywoods Native Plant Center at SFA. 

The solar array was made possible by a $30,000 grant from the Sun Club program of Green Mountain Energy, the longest-serving renewable energy retailer in the U.S. It is expected to offset as much as 80 percent of the building's energy usage. The Sun Club is a unique program that enables Green Mountain Energy Company's residential customers and employees to donate solar technology to nonprofit organizations, including colleges and universities.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature South Carolina horticulturist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Ethan Kauffmann will present "Green Roofs, Green Walls, the South Carolina Way."

Kauffmann grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before attending Clemson University and earning a Bachelor of Science in biology. In 2007, he joined Moore Farms Botanical Garden after eight years at Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden where he managed the zoo horticulture program. In his current position as garden director at Moore Farms Botanical Garden, he has led the transition from a private garden to a nonprofit botanical garden. Kauffmann has collected plants across the country and abroad but is always excited to return to the wild places of South Carolina. He feels that horticulture connects us to the natural world and that exploring this relationship is vital to understanding and defining our place in it. Kauffmann resides in Columbia, South Carolina, with his wife, Jennifer.
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Office of Multicultural Affairs calls for proposals for first Diversity Conference

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to advancing SFA's commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. To continue our commitment, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will present the first Diversity Conference. 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the OMA Caucus invite SFA faculty and staff members to submit proposals for a 50-minute diversity-related research and/or personal experience presentation. 

To learn more about the conference and to submit a proposal, please visit sfasu.edu/multicultural/190.asp

Contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or aireno@sfasu.edu with any questions or comments that you have related to the conference.

College launches monographic series

The Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to announce the first volume of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture Monographic Series 2014, which can be found here

This work by faculty in the college outlines their research-based process to revise the undergraduate forestry curriculum at SFA.  Be sure to follow ScholarWorks for this and other research publications. Please contact us at cds@sfasu.edu for more information.

New faculty orientation begins this week

New Faculty Orientation will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 in the Early Childhood Research Center, Room 212. 

Day two of New Faculty Orientation will take place at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library. All faculty members are invited to attend the evening social, 6 p. m. Wednesday, Aug. 20 at the Cole Art Center, 329 E. Main Street. Please contact Candace Hick at hicksc1@sfasu.edu for the full schedule.

Show your SFA pride for College Colors Spirit Cup

As part of the 10th annual College Colors Day celebration, SFA is participating in the Spirit Cup competition and is asking for fan support to help win this year’s cup. Prizes include a $10,000 donation toward the general scholarship fund, as well as a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

The Spirit Cup is a points-based rivalry competition that utilizes social media platforms to crown its champion. Lumberjack fans can earn points for SFA by showcasing their school spirit on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #CollegeColors and #AxeEm. Bonus points can be earned by sharing those posts via the College Colors Day app. The school with the most points at the end of the competition will be crowned the Spirit Cup champion and receive a $10,000 donation towards its general scholarship fund.
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Athletics

Crittenden positive after scrimmage

The three-time defending Southland Conference champion SFA women's soccer team held its second annual Purple vs. White scrimmage/Meet & Beat on Friday afternoon at the SFA Soccer Field.

The Ladyjacks split into two teams and played two 30-minute halves in front of fans. The purple team walked away the victors of the 2-2 draw by maintaining possession at the end of regulation.

Both teams had strong showings both offensively and defensively, scoring one goal in each half and combining for several key defensive stops throughout to give the fans a show.

Senior Chelsea Raymond gave the purple team an early 1-0 lead on a one-on-one opportunity in the eighth minute, before junior Chantal Curry was able to respond for team white with a deep strike in the 26th minute to even things up.
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Ladyjacks volleyball reports for training camp

Volleyball season is just 21 days away, and the SFA Ladyjacks have begun preparations for the 2014 campaign. The Ladyjacks officially reported for training camp on Friday afternoon, and practices are set to get underway Saturday.

Head Coach Debbie Humphreys returns a significant portion of last year’s squad after losing just two seniors from a year ago. Seven players have significant starting experience for the Ladyjacks, giving Humphreys a veteran team looking to be in the mix for the Southland Conference title.

“We are excited to get the 2014 season underway and can’t wait to get on the court Saturday morning.  Morning sessions will be devoted to individual position training and team practice will be held each afternoon,” Humphreys said. “It is great to have 11 returning players along with our five newcomers.  What is also exciting is having 10 upperclassmen.”
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Fine Arts

SFA announces its 2014-2015 University Series, 'Connect'

Season tickets are now on sale for the eight specially selected musical and theatrical performances included in SFA's College of Fine Arts' 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect."

From Russian chamber musicians to Mariachi performers and flamenco dancers, this season's selections will connect audiences with different places and cultures.

"Designed to bring quality fine arts experiences to East Texas, the series consists of five highly acclaimed professional touring groups and three university-produced performances," said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. "Also included on the series, but at no cost to the patrons, are outstanding art exhibitions at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House."
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SFA Music Prep to host registration, auditions

The Music Preparatory Division at SFA will host new student registration and ensemble auditions Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St.

The program, which is a division of the SFA School of Music, will mark 35 years in 2015 of offering musical instruction and training to East Texas children and youth, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep director.

"Come be a part of Music Prep and help us celebrate 35 years of existence in 2015," she said.

Scholarship applications for fall classes are still being accepted, and applications can be accessed on the website atwww.music.sfasu.edu/prep.
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