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Friday, Aug. 17
Soccer vs. Louisiana State University Shreveport
7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 19
Soccer vs. Mississippi State University
7 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Convocation slated for Aug. 23

The SFA faculty and staff meeting to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year is slated for Aug. 23.

Refreshments will be served from 7 to 8 a.m. in the Spirit Lounge of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, and the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in Turner Auditorium.

New members of the SFA community will be introduced, accomplishments of the previous year will be highlighted, and plans for the upcoming year will be discussed.

Office of the Dean of Student Affairs to offer training for deputy voter registrar

In an effort to encourage SFA students to vote, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs will be offering training to become a deputy voter registrar to any interested SFA employees. The event will take place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Commons Room.

The training will allow SFA employees to register students to vote. The event is expected to take less than an hour.

Those who complete the training will be encouraged to display the “Lumberjacks Vote” logo to help students know where they can register.

If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Livia Pierce, assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs, at (936) 468-7249 or piercelr@sfasu.edu.

SFA Alumni Association to host annual Alumni Awards

The SFA Alumni Association’s annual Alumni Awards Dinner is slated for Sept. 7 at The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center.

A cocktail reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m.

The Alumni Awards bestows its highest honors on those who have made outstanding contributions to their profession and community, committed themselves to advancing the values and goals of SFA, and ensured a better quality of life for future generations.

The deadline to RSVP for the event is Aug. 28. For more information, visit the Alumni Awards information page, call (936) 468-3407, or email alumni@sfasu.edu.

Orientation 2018 deemed a success

Orientation Programs would like to thank all faculty, staff and volunteers for helping make Lumberjack Orientation a success this summer.

With your help, SFA welcomed over 2,400 first-year and transfer students and over 2,200 parents and family members to the Lumberjack family.

Save the dates for Orientation 2019:
• Lumberjack Orientation will take place June 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28, and July 18-19 and 25-26.
• Transfer Lumberjack Orientation is scheduled for Nov. 16 for students entering spring 2019 and April 26, July 1 and Aug. 2.
• Semester Orientations are scheduled for Jan. 18 for students entering in spring 2019, June 6 for students entering in summer I, and July 15 for students entering in summer II.

Pre-Law Academy director receives Texas American Board of Trial Advocates Award

Dr. Joyce Johnston, director of SFA’s Pre-Law Academy, is one of two recipients of the Texas American Board of Trial Advocates 2018 Champion of Civil Justice Award.

Johnston received the award for her work with SFA’s Pre-Law Academy, an innovative week-long summer program that introduces high school students to the exciting opportunities associated with a career in law.

During the academy, students interact with federal and state judges, participate in a mock trial competition, examine a simulated crime scene, meet law school admissions officers and more.
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Female faculty participated in Summer Series

Dr. Heather Olson Beal, associate professor in Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, organized a summer series at The Bosslight bookstore in downtown Nacogdoches. The series was based on the International Women's Day teach-in held on campus in March.

Each Friday, a faculty member presented a one-hour workshop/talk about their chosen topic. The sessions focused on issues related to women, girls and gender. Community members who can't get to campus easily during the regular semester were able to attend the talks about important issues.

Beal wishes to thank the women who participated: Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson, professor in the Department of Human Services; Dr. Chay Runnels, hospitality administration program coordinator; Alicia De La Rosa-Millard, secretary in the Office of Multicultural Affairs; Dr. Ann Wilder, assistant professor in the Department of Social Work; Dr. Flora Farago, assistant professor in the School of Human Sciences; Cyndra Krogen-Morton, compliance specialist in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Science; Dr. Shelby Gull Laird, assistant professor in the School of Forestry and Agriculture; and Dr. Lauren Burrow, assistant professor in the Department of Elementary Education.

Save the date for the third annual International Women's Day Teach-in scheduled for March 8, 2019.

Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau accepting applications for ambassador program

The Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau is accepting applications for its ambassador program.

If you enjoy meeting new people and are willing to share your love of Nacogdoches for a few hours once a month, including Saturday or Sunday, call (936) 564-3751.

Office of Mulitcultural Affairs 2018 AXcel Mentoring Program deadline today

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is launching the 2018 AXcel Mentoring Program designed to assist students with the transition to life at SFA. To make the program a success, OMA is requesting participation from faculty and staff.

The AXcel Mentoring Program emphasizes the importance of academic excellence, leadership, diversity and personal growth. The overall goals of this mentoring program are to increase retention rates and help students become successful Lumberjacks.

First-year students are paired with current student leaders who exhibit a balance between academics and involvement. Each student also is paired with a faculty or staff mentor.

Participants are assigned between two to four students, depending on the number preferred, and meet with them twice a semester.

If you are interested in participating, you may fill out this form. The deadline to sign up is today.

The AXcel kickoff meeting is slated for Aug. 28. More details will be given at a later time.

LiveText to transfer to the Office of Assessment and Accountability

The distribution of LiveText keycodes and all support-related issues will be transferred from the Office of Student Learning and Institutional Assessment to the Office of Assessment and Accountability within the James I. Perkins College of Education beginning tomorrow.

For support or information regarding LiveText, call (936) 468-2395, or email livetext@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Applications being accepted for 2018 Lumberjack Fitness Academy

The Employee Wellness program is currently taking applications for the 2018 Lumberjack Fitness Academy.

The program, which is open to SFA faculty and staff for the fall 2018 semester, focuses on providing health and nutrition assistance while utilizing the great resources SFA has to offer.

To apply or for more information about the program, click here.

For more information, contact Jessica Waguespack, Employee Wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.


Annual Meet the Jacks slated for Aug. 21

Fans and supporters of SFA Athletics will get the chance to meet the Lumberjack football team at the 38th annual Meet the Jacks planned for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, at The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center.

Admittance into Meet the Jacks is $15, which includes admission to the event, dinner and a chance to meet your favorite SFA football players. Tickets to the event can be purchased at the door the night of the event.

The 2018 Lumberjack football team will be introduced by their positions, followed by a first-hand look at this season's introduction video. The Jacks also will be available for photos and will be signing autographs on SFA's posters.
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Fine Arts

SFA’s Music Prep to host open house

The Music Preparatory Division of the SFA’s School of Music will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Music Prep House, located at 3028 Raguet St.

Students interested in participating in fall classes or private lessons offered through Music Prep may register during the open house. Auditions for the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra will be held the same day beginning at 10 a.m.

The music program features the study of a variety of musical instruments and choral techniques. Upper-level musicians as well as SFA faculty and students teach private lessons and classes. 

Private lessons begin the week of Aug. 20 for 16-week, upper-level faculty instruction and the week of Sept. 10 for 12-week SFA music major instruction.

Information about the various programs offered and lesson application forms are available on the Music Prep website at music.sfasu.edu/prep.

For additional information, contact Pat Barnett, Music Prep program director, at (936) 468-1291, email musicprep@sfasu.edu, or visit the SFA Music Prep's Facebook.
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