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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Aug. 14
Summer II final examinations

Saturday, Aug. 15
Commencement
William R. Johnson Coliseum
9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 19
Grade entry completed for summer II
Noon

Tuesday, Aug. 25
New Faculty General Orientation
8 a.m.

New Faculty Orientation - meet with librarians
1:30 to 3 p.m.


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Headlines


Former Nacogdoches mayor to offer SFA commencement address

Judy McDonald, the first female mayor of the City of Nacogdoches and current interim executive director of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, will offer the commencement address during SFA's summer graduation ceremony Saturday, Aug. 15.

A long-time resident of Nacogdoches, McDonald served on the Nacogdoches City Commission for 18 years, including eight years as mayor and 10 years as city commissioner. In 1996, she was hired as the first president and chief executive officer of the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation and worked for 13 years advancing an array of community economic development projects.

McDonald serves on various state government boards, including the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs Board, the Governor's Commission for Women, the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Advisory Committee. As a Deep East Texas Council of Governments' Board of Directors member, she previously served as chairman of the Regional Economic Development Committee and on the Housing Advisory Council.
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Payne wins fan vote in Bowerman competition

Congratulations to Demi Payne on winning the Bowerman trophy's fan vote Tuesday, Aug. 11.

With the support of SFA's students, faculty and staff members and the community, Payne secured yet another award and took a step toward winning collegiate track and field's highest honor. The organization will announce the final winner on Thursday, Dec. 17.

Axe 'em, 'Jacks and good luck!

News & Announcements

SFA Alumni Association presents 2015 Alumni Awards

The SFA Alumni Association will honor eight alumni at its annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

The Alumni Association awards its highest honors to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions, the community and who advance the goals and values of SFA.

The association named the following as recipients of the 2015 Alumni Awards: Bob Sitton, Hall of Fame Alumnus; Susan Roberds and Ron Collins, Distinguished Alumni; Nick Pesina and Travis Turner, Outstanding Young Alumni; Jaclyn Partin and Jim Drennan, Lumberjack Pride Award; and Dr. Brian Oswald, Distinguished Professor.
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Nominate a co-worker for the Work Space section of 'Sawdust'

Do you know of a co-worker who has an interesting work space? If so, nominate him/her to be featured in the “Sawdust” magazine’s Work Space section.
 
Email parishdonna@sfasu.edu with the person’s name and include a few details about the space. Your nominee might just be included in an upcoming issue.

Marketing Campaign update

Representatives of the Richards/Carlberg agency gave an update during the July quarterly meeting of the SFA Board of Regents regarding their work to create positive messaging about SFA that, when used consistently, will help to enhance perceptions of SFA, motivate alumni and donors to support the university, recruit and retain high-caliber students and world-class faculty, increase enrollment and reinforce internal pride in the institution.

Regents heard the encouraging news that the percentage of applicants who meet SFA’s criteria has increased by 13 percent (more than 900 students). As a result, while the number of overall applications has not increased significantly, admissions have increased. And while Orientation registrations are up slightly, they have not grown at the same rate as admits. Therefore, we all will be watching closely on the 12th class day when enrollment figures are calculated, and the information we have gathered during this first full year of the campaign will continue to be analyzed and taken into consideration as new strategies for fiscal year 2016 are considered.
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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Georgia plant explorer

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Scott McMahan, owner of McMahan Nursery in Atlanta, will present "Climbing Asian Mountains, Fording Rivers and Fighting the Elements: Moments from a Plant Hunter's Diary."

A resident of Decatur, Georgia, McMahan is an extreme plant enthusiast. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wofford College and an associate degree in horticulture from Spartanburg Technical College in South Carolina. He was a propagator for a large wholesale grower for five years, as well as the nursery manager at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for several years.
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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.

SFA Board of Regents approves construction of STEM Building

Authorized by the Texas Legislature, the SFA Board of Regents approved a $46.4 million investment for the construction of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics building on campus.

Regents approved Kirksey Architecture of Houston as the designer. The Houston-based firm of architects, designers and planners pledged to provide a design reflective of the university's environment and reputation.

Kirksey Architecture has completed science facilities for Texas Tech University in Lubbock and the Texas Tech Health Science Center in El Paso, as well as for the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. The company designed SFA's newest residence hall, Lumberjack Landing, and the adjacent parking garage.
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Board of Regents approves faculty, staff changes

The SFA Board of Regents approved the promotions of three faculty members to administrative positions during the quarterly meeting Tuesday.

Sara Bishop is the new director of the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing. Bishop, an associate professor, had been serving in that position on an interim basis. Wesley Brown, associate professor of geology, was promoted to professor and will serve as chair of the Department of Geology in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Leslie Cecil, an associate professor, will serve as chair of the Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

Faculty appointments approved included Christopher McKenna and Andrew Thornley, assistant professors of business communication and legal studies in the Nelson Rusche College of Business. Gennard Lombardozzi, assistant professor of music, and Inga Meier, assistant professor of theatre, were approved as new faculty members in the College of Fine Arts.
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SFA professor among 2015 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educators

Project Learning Tree, the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation, has named Dr. Alan Sowards, professor of elementary education at SFA, a 2015 National Outstanding Educator. Sowards is among five educators selected nationwide to receive recognition for his use of environmental education to improve student learning and foster environmental stewardship.

"I appreciate being recognized by my peers for teaching about something that I am very passionate about," Sowards said. "I believe it is important to engage individuals about environmental issues in order for them to gain an appreciation for the environment and to become good stewards."

Sowards teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at SFA to help prepare new teachers for the classroom. He instructs them on how to incorporate environmental education, and he developed the Bugs, Bees, Butterflies and Blossoms program to give SFA students practice teaching science in an outdoor setting with thousands of elementary students, their teachers and parents.
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Athletics


SFA places five on pre-season All-SLC teams

The SFA women’s soccer team is well represented on the 2015 pre-season All-Southland Conference teams, earning five selections between the first and second squads. The Ladyjacks claimed the second-most picks in the league.

Junior defender Brooke Dunnigan and senior defender Chantal Curry were each named to the first team. Sophomore forward Hanna Barker, senior midfielder Rachel Owens and junior midfielder Amanda Doyle represent SFA on the second team.
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Lumberjacks open 2015 Fall Camp

There is a word the SFA coaching staff became all too familiar with last season. “Geronimo” is used to signify extended delays caused by weather or other uncontrollable circumstances that disrupt the Lumberjacks continuity and routine.

Tuesday, “Geronimo” made its first appearance of 2015, rearing its head five minutes before the start of SFA’s first team practice of fall camp.
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SFA soccer's exhibition at TCU moved to Sunday

The SFA women’s soccer team exhibition game against Texas Christian University has been moved to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, at Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium in Fort Worth.

SFA will officially begin the 2015 season in Fayetteville, Arkansas, at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, against the Razorbacks.


2015 tailgating information now available

Tailgating parking passes for the 2015 SFA football season are now available through the SFA Athletic Department. Similar to last season, parking passes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be free of charge.
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SFA honored with national marketing award

The SFA athletics marketing team was the Bronze Winner for Student Promotion at the 24th annual National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators Convention in July.

The prestigious award was presented to SFA for the promotion of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The Lumberjack basketball team played host to Northern Iowa inside William R. Johnson Coliseum on Nov. 18.
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Fine Arts


Art scholarship fundraiser to feature Kinsell's original work

It's been two years since SFA art professor Robert Kinsell retired. Yet, Kinsell's dedication to the education of SFA art students continues to thrive through the sale of donated artwork he gave to the Friends of the Visual Arts before his departure to West Texas.

In the collection of more than 75 pieces, most are Kinsell's work in paintings, prints and photographs, and a few are from other artists.

"Bob said that we could do with them as we pleased," said Lisa Steed, events coordinator for SFA art galleries and FVA member, "as long as the proceeds went toward SFA art scholarships."
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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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Music Prep scholarship deadline extended

The deadline to submit scholarship applications to attend fall classes in the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music has been extended, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep director.

Originally set for Saturday, Aug. 1, the deadline has been pushed to Friday, Aug. 14, to allow additional time for students to apply, Barnett said. Scholarship applications can be downloaded from the website.

New student registration and auditioning for the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St. Teachers will be present to advise students and parents on private lesson opportunities and group activities. Private 16-week lessons begin Monday, Aug. 24, and private 12-week lessons with SFA student instructors begin Monday, Sept. 14.

For more information, contact Barnett at pbarnett@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1291. The Music Prep office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tubbs new preparator for SFA art galleries

Michael Tubbs, faculty member in the SFA School of Art, has assumed the duties of gallery preparator following the recent retirement of Gary Parker, who worked for the university for nearly 30 years.

"We conducted a national search for this position," said John Handley, director for the SFA galleries. "From the applicants we received, Michael was clearly the most qualified, and we are happy to have him join our team."
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East Texas is lumbering through the worst of the summer heat now, and while we may take solace in air-conditioned offices, backyard swimming pools or the new water park, there was a time when the heat-relief in some places was limited to an everyday object: the fire hydrant.

That iconic summer image of kids cracking open a fire hydrant to play in the gushing water is older than you might think, according to this article by Atlas Obscura, dating back to at least 1904.

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