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SFA Alumni Association presents 2017 Alumni Awards

The SFA Alumni Association will honor six alumni during its annual awards banquet beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at The Fredonia Hotel in Nacogdoches.

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

The association named the following as its recipients of the 2017 Alumni Awards: James Dickerson, Steve McCarty and Dr. Walter “Mike” Robertson, Distinguished Alumni; Julie Woods, Outstanding Young Alumni; Sydni Mitchell, Lumberjack Pride Award; and Dr. Michael Tkacik, Distinguished Professor.

Tickets to the Alumni Awards ceremony and dinner are available through Sept. 1 for $50 per person and $500 for a table of 10. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Jennifer Sowell, assistant to the executive director, at (936) 468-3407 or sowelljm1@sfasu.edu.
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Faculty and staff members invited to opening of academic year meeting

SFA faculty and staff members are invited to attend the opening of the academic year meeting Thursday, Aug. 24.

Refreshments will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Spirit Lounge on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center, and the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. 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.

Social and dinner planned to welcome new faculty members

SFA's New Faculty Orientation Committee invites faculty members to attend a casual evening social and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the Cole Art Center, located at 329 East Main St.

The event will allow participants to meet and welcome SFA’s new faculty members.


Two areas within Division of University Affairs recognized for outstanding assessment efforts

Two areas within SFA's Division of University Affairs recently were recognized for their outstanding assessment efforts.

Student Affairs Programs received the University Affairs Assessment Committee’s 2016-17 Best Practice in Assessment Award. The Residence Life Department received the committee’s 2016-17 Closing the Loop Award for excellence in assessment.

About 65 SFA employees from the Division of University Affairs attended the half-day professional development event titled “Focusing on what Matters Most” held Aug. 3 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The activities included a workshop with keynote speaker Dr. Bill Smedick, senior lecturer and director of the master’s in engineering management internship program in the Center for Leadership Education within the Whiting School of Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

Payment freeze in effect for employees with TexFlex Flexible Spending Account

TexFlex accounts will now be administered by WageWorks, which recently acquired ADP, LLC. To accommodate the transition from ADP, a brief freeze in claims payments began Aug. 14 and will be in effect through Friday, Aug. 18.

During this time, you may continue to submit claims for eligible expenses online, by mail or by fax, but payments will not be issued until Aug. 21.

Card transactions will not be impacted during this period, and you may continue to use your TexFlex debit card as usual. Visit the Human Resources website for more information about the freeze.

City of Nacogdoches, SFA and Texas A&M Forest Service to host tree seminar

The City of Nacogdoches, SFA’s Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, and the Texas A&M Forest Service will host a public tree care seminar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Forestry Building, Room 117, on the SFA campus.

This free workshop aims to teach community members about the best management practices that apply to the planting and maintenance of trees and vegetation to comply with the Development Standards Section Ordinance for native tree species of Nacogdoches. Additionally, tree physiology, as well as how to protect trees before, during and after construction, will be addressed.

This seminar is focused on providing homeowners, business owners, tree care and landscape companies, commercial developers, city planners and community members with valuable information related to the care and conservation of Nacogdoches’ trees.

New partnership allows SFA to offer interior design degree in Houston

Houston-area students pursuing a bachelor's degree in interior design have a more convenient option as a result of a new partnership between Houston Community College and SFA. The institutions have launched a program that will allow students to earn their SFA degree on the HCC Central Campus.

Students who have graduated from HCC in interior design and have completed the core course requirements may enroll in the last 42 hours of SFA interior design courses either online or face-to-face on the HCC campus to earn their bachelor's degree.
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Summer Orientation sessions welcomed thousands to campus

Orientation Programs concluded another successful summer of New Student Orientation. With the help of many SFA faculty and staff members, more than 2,500 students and more than 2,100 parents and family members were welcomed to campus throughout eight New Student Orientation sessions.

Orientation Programs staff members would like to thank everyone who worked to make Orientation a success this summer.

Save the dates for Orientation 2018! Transfer Orientation sessions are scheduled for Nov. 17,  April 27, July 13 and Aug. 3. Freshman Orientation sessions are scheduled for June 14-15,  21-22 and 28-29, as well as July 19-20 and 26-27.

SFA collaborates with Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota to create degree concentrations

For several years, SFA faculty members in the James I. Perkins College of Education, Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, and the Rusche College of Business have collaborated with Oglala Lakota College, a tribal college of Pine Ridge Reservation in Kyle, South Dakota, to develop resource interpretation and hospitality and tourism concentrations within the Lakota Studies degree.

The National Parks Service, SFA and OLC worked to create this new curriculum to provide indigenous students with the necessary resources to tell their own stories and market their heritage to park visitors seeking an authentic experience.
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Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host national conference

The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture will host the 2018 Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources March 8-10. The conference provides a unique opportunity for university-based natural resource educators from across the country to share and explore pedagogical innovations and strategies.

The three-day event combines plenary as well as break out sessions that encompass diverse subject matter and perspectives.

While the conference focuses on college and university content, it welcomes the broad spectrum of programming that includes extension and non-formal natural resources education, which also provides valuable insight into best practices shaping traditional educational programming.

The BCUENR 2018 conference will encompass a variety of topics related to natural resources education including, but not limited to, experiential and service learning, communications and leadership, and recruitment, retention and advising. To learn more about the conference and to submit an abstract for consideration, click here.

Register for the Part-Time Job, Volunteer and Internship Expo

Each year, the Center for Career and Professional Development hosts the Part-Time Job, Volunteer and Internship Expo during Weeks of Welcome. Many of the attending students are interested in gaining on-campus employment, and this event is a great avenue for SFA departments to fill vacant student worker or internship positions.   
 
To interact with potential candidates, a representative from your department should attend this year’s expo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 6 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents' Suite A and B.

Registration for SFA departments is free for this event. For more information or to register, contact Brandi Derouen, CCPD assistant director, at derouenb@sfasu.edu.

Athletics


Justice Liggins signed by Indianapolis Colts

Former SFA wide receiver and current NFL free agent Justice Liggins, a Tyler native, has been signed by the Indianapolis Colts. The news comes as the Colts waived injured running back Dalton Crossan.
 
Liggins, a four-year letter winner for the Lumberjacks, most recently was with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League before being released June 16. He played in two preseason games with the Blue Bombers in 2017 and caught two passes for 30 yards and a touchdown. Liggins also returned a kickoff for 14 yards after originally signing with Winnipeg June 4.
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Ladyjack volleyball intrasquad scrimmage scheduled for Saturday

With less than two weeks remaining before it heads to DeLand, Florida, to begin its 2017 season, SFA’s volleyball team will hold an intrasquad scrimmage at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, in Shelton Gym.

Following the scrimmage, the players will mingle with fans and sign SFA's 2017 schedule posters.

The Ladyjacks return 13 players from a 2016 squad that finished with 20 wins en route to a runner-up finish in the Southland Conference standings. Among those returning are setter and reigning SLC Freshman of the Year Ann Hollas as well as senior libero Lexus Cain — an All-SLC second-team choice one season ago.
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Ladyjack soccer draws in exhibition with Rice University, 1-1

SFA’s soccer team's match against Rice University Sunday ended in a 1-1 draw. SFA got off to a hot start in the beginning of the first half, netting the game's first goal in the 22nd minute after a combination through the middle of the field led to a sensational low finish past the Owls’ keeper.

SFA athletes came out hungry on the attack in the exhibition, creating several dangerous scoring chances through their athleticism and defensive pressure, which caused several Rice turnovers.

Sunday's game also was a chance to shift lineups and test different personnel packages; however, the Owls added an equalizing strike in the second half of the game to secure the tie.
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Fine Arts

Nutcracker ticket sales expected to be brisk

Tickets to attend the Nov. 16 and 17 performances of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at SFA are now available for purchase by the general public.

An Encore Event presented by SFA's College of Fine Arts, The Great Russian Nutcracker will be presented at 7:30 p.m. each night in Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. All ages will want to celebrate the holiday season with the Moscow Ballet’s company of nearly 40 ballerinas and other dancers on its 25th Anniversary Tour of North America.

A separate event apart from the University Series, Nutcracker adult tickets are $45 for Section A seating, $36 for Section B seating and $20 for Section C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children, SFA faculty and staff members.

For more information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in Room 211 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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