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This Week's Calendar

Sunday, Aug. 18
Jack Camp
Session I

Tuesday, Aug. 20
New Faculty Orientation

Wednesday, Aug. 21
Jack Camp
Session II

New Faculty Technology Orientation

Thursday, Aug. 22
Faculty and Staff Meeting
8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
BPSC Grand Ballroom

Faculty Meetings by College
10 a.m.

Faculty Meetings by Department
11 a.m.

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19




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Dr. Mario Ajero


Ajero gave two presentations at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in Lombard, Ill.: "Making Magical MIDI Accompaniments" and "Beyond the Piano Studio: Making Engaging Instructional Videos for Your Students". In addition to the two presentations, Ajero, along with other members of the NCKP Technology Committee, organized and worked in the conference's "Dream Studio/Geek Bar" where he answered technology-related questions for music educators and provided expert advice in incorporating effective ways of implementing technology into their teaching.

Dr. Nagalapura Viswanath

Speech-Language Pathology

Viswanath was instrumental in identifying 10 students in a nationwide search for recipients of the 2013 Students Preparing for Acadmic-Research Career Award while he served as a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Academic Affairs and Research Education team.

News & Announcements

Avoid up to $90 more in monthly Tobacco-User Premiums

If you didn’t certify your and your covered dependents’ tobacco use or non-use status during Annual Enrollment, you still have until Aug. 31 to certify.

Please stop by the Human Resources Department, Room 201 of the Austin Building, to sign the certification. Read More

Drug deductible starts over Sept. 1

Remember that from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31*, you and each of your covered dependents must pay separate $50 deductibles before the plan begins to cover drug costs. Read more

*For retirees over 65 in the HealthSelect Medicare Rx program, your drug deductible starts over Jan. 1.

New tools for retirement savings

Texa$aver has new tools to help you meet your retirement savings goals, including a customized retirement income estimator, an interactive campaign to help you overcome your savings challenges and a quick and easy form to start saving more. Read More

Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights

Submissions for the student-faculty collaborative "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Winter 2013 issue of the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly are being accepted until Sept. 15. Highlights consist of brief descriptions of peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals from the past six months. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors. Read More

SFA Gardens Arcadian fall bulb bus tour

SFA Gardens will tour Greg Grant’s Emanis House dogtrot in Shelby County’s rural community of Arcadia on Sept. 14.

Depending on the weather, we may see red oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala), several different colors of spider lilies (Lycoris), or assorted rain lilies (Cooperia, Zephyranthes and Habranthus).

The bus tour will be from 9 a.m. until noon.  All participants will meet at the SFA Ag building at 9 a.m. Cost is $25 for Friends of SFA Gardens members, $30 for non-members. For more information and reservations contact Elyce Rodwald at (936) 468-1832 or erodewald@sfasu.edu. Read More

SFA Gardens lecture series to feature former director of botanical gardens

The SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15 in the Agriculture Building, Room 110. Paul Cox, former director of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens, will present “Lessons in Nature: Reflections on the Meaning of Life from a Plantsman’s Point of View.”

Cox is a consulting botanist and lecturer, drawing from three decades of southwestern botany. His experience began in the 1970s with research at the Heard Natural History Museum. By invitation, he served as Horticulturist for the City of San Antonio, then supervisor of the Botanical Gardens where he led the construction and development of this renowned garden. During the next 30 years, he served as interim director and assistant director, continuing his leadership and development of the garden's resources and programs.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is usually held the third Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s SFA Mast Arboretum. A plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series endowed fund are always appreciated.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email ggrantgardens@yahoo.com.

Conscious Speaker Series: John Scalici

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will present world-renowned drum circle facilitator John Scalici: Drumming Up Diversity, the first speaker in their Conscious Speaker Series.

The event, a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world will begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 27.

The interactive rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose. No experience is necessary to participate, and all are welcome.

Limited seats are available. To sign up, please email multiculturalcenter@sfasu.edu with the subject line "drum circle."

SFA soccer scarves available

The SFA soccer program is selling SFA Scarves for $15 per scarf. These scarves are a great addition to any fan's home or office and show your SFA Pride. To order, contact Assistant Coach Kelly Tarrant at (936) 468-1106 or tarrantkd@sfasu.edu

Little Kickers Soccer Camp

Registration is now open for SFA's Little Kickers Soccer Camp. Players ages 3 to 5 will learn soccer skills from 5:15 to 6 p.m. each Monday Sept. 9 through Oct. 14 at the SFA Soccer Field. To register, visit here or call (936) 468-1106.

Campus Recreation

This week at Campus Rec

Student Recreation Center Reduced Facility Hours
The Rec will have reduced hours Aug. 12-16 and will be closed Aug. 17-22 for staff training and maintenance. The Rec will have reduced hours on Friday, Aug. 23, and fall hours begin on Saturday, Aug. 24. Please see all of our facility hours on the website here.

The 1983 epsiode of "M*A*S*H" titled "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" remains the most-watched series finale in U.S. television history. It had more than 125 million viewers from 60 percent of households.

Source: Extraordinary Book of Facts

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