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This Week's Calendar

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

Sunday, Aug. 24
2014 Accounting Fair
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
1 to 3 p.m.

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

Friday, Aug. 29
SFA women's soccer vs. University of Nevada
Austin, Texas
4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30
SFA football at Kansas State
Manhattan, Kansas
6:10 p.m. 




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SFA's Dr. Dale Perritt named Agrilife Extension's Man of the Year

Photo courtesy of the Daily Sentinel

Shirtless and in tennis shoes and cut-off shorts to fight the blistering July heat, the then-18-year-old Winnsboro High School graduate shoveled methodically.

Sun up to sundown, Dale Perritt helped his father keep up the family’s East Texas dairy farm. Now, four decades later, the SFA Department of Agriculture chair and AgriLife Extension’s Man of the Year remembers that hot July day in detail as a turning point in his life.

After my senior year in high school, I was out helping clean up the lot behind the dairy barn, because you know what the cows do when they’re standing in a pen,” Dr. Perritt recalled. “So, I was shoveling manure and putting it in a manure spreader, (near where) my dad had an electric fence.

“I walked back into the electric fence, and it hit across the back of my legs. I still remember like it was yesterday. I threw the shovel at the barn and said, ‘Daddy, I am going to college.’ And he said ‘I don’t blame you, son. I would have, too, if I could have.’”

Education would be a focal point of Perritt’s future as he pursued a bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in agriculture with a goal of pushing agriculture education.
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Michael Munro, Heather Munro, Tracy Hallak, and Debbie Louder

School of Human Sciences

Michael Munro, Heather Munro, Halla, and Louder of SFA's Visual Impairment and Orientation Mobility programs represented SFA at the 2014 Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired International Conference.

Not only were faculty members involved as presenters, but also in conference leadership by serving on the host committee. Louder, who is a long-standing member of the program’s adjunct faculty, was the host committee chairperson. 

News & Announcements

SFA Alumni Association presents 2014 Alumni Awards

The SFA Alumni Association will honor five outstanding alumni at its annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center's Twilight Ballroom.

The SFA Alumni Association bestows its highest honors on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and community, committed themselves to advancing the values and goals of SFA, and ensured a better quality of life for future generations. This year's recipients include: E. Russell "Rusty" Braziel of Lindale, Lou Ann Richardson of Dallas and Kathryn Robertson of Nacogdoches, who will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award; Amanda Williams Robbins of Houston, who is being named Outstanding Young Alumna; and Dr. Treba Marsh of Lufkin, who will receive the Distinguished Professor Award.
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D2L training camp set kicks off today

SFA's Center for Teaching and Learning will host Camp D2L Aug. 18-20. All faculty and staff members are invited to join us at this free, fun event to learn how to improve your fully online, hybrid, or face-to-face D2L course components. 

Included at the event will be: Workshops on D2L, workshops on Collaborate and Panopto, workshops on accessibility standards and accessible course design, one-on-one assistance with course design, games and door prizes, free T-shirts (while they last!), and free lunch and snacks. 

Attend as many days as your schedule permits! 

Visit ctl.sfasu.edu to view the schedule and decide which presentations are right for you. All D2L workshops, along with the Introduction to Collaborate and Introduction to Panopto workshops, require pre-registration through myTraining. 

If you plan to join us for lunch during Camp, please sign up for the dates when you plan to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Council on Undergraduate Research calls for research highlights for winter publication

Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Winter 2014 issue of the CUR Quarterly on the Web are being accepted until Sept. 5.  

Highlights consist of brief descriptions of peer-reviewed research or scholarly publications in scholarly journals, book and book chapters, Web-based publications, and juried performances from the past six months. 

These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors. 

Submissions must be sent via the electronic submission form.
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New ScholarWorks digitial archive for National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops

The Center for Digital Scholarship has been working closely with the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops, located in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, to create a digital archive for the Center found at http://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/ncpc/.

This site archives publications, posters, databases and a plant specimen image gallery produced by members of the NCPC.  The CDS actively promotes the archiving of the works of research centers at SFA. 

If you would like to include your center or research projects, please email cds@sfasu.edu


SFA picked to win Southland Conference

The three-time defending Southland Conference champion SFA women's soccer team was picked to win the 2014 regular-season crown in polls conducted by the league's coaches and sports information directors, the conference office announced Thursday.

The Ladyjacks are coming off a impressive 2013 season in which they posted a 10-1-1 conference mark and finished 16-3-3 overall, claiming the first-ever three-peat in Southland history. SFA returns eight starters to a team that won its eighth overall league crown, the most by any program in SLC history.

The Ladyjacks received 11 first-place votes from the coaches and nine first-place nods from the SIDs to earn a total of 121 points in the coaches' poll and 119 in the SID poll.
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2014 SFA Tailgating Permits Now Available

Tailgating permits for the 2014 SFA football season are now available through the SFA Athletic Department. Similar to last season, permits will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tailgating permits are available for the SFA Charter School parking lot, located along Raguet Street just west of Homer Bryce Stadium. The designated tailgating areas are in the grassy area just south of Homer Bryce Stadium around the Ag Pond, along Hayter Street leading into the stadim and around the Forestry Building at the corner of Raguet and Hayter.

Tailgating is permitted beginning at 8 a.m. on game days, regardless of kickoff time. Spots are on a first-come, first-served basis as tents and canopies must be firmly secured. Amenities, including furniture, grills, satelitte dishes, etc., must be confined to the tailgating spot and may not interfere with sidewalks, driving lanes or pedestrian walkways.
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Ladyjacks fall 1-0 to Rice in exhibition

The SFA women's soccer team fell 1-0 to Rice in an exhibition on Friday afternoon at the SFA Soccer Field.

The Ladyjacks went through their final tune-up before the regular season, with each team member seeing considerable playing time and shuffling between different schemes and frames of attack.

SFA recorded eight shots and two on goal across the match, but it was the Owls who were able to capitalize on their opportunity. Rice out shot the Ladyjacks 9-8 and 6-2 on goal.

After a stalemate through the first half, in which SFA led 4-3 in shot attempts, junior forward Holly Hargreaves gave the Owls a 1-0 edge with a goal in the 75th minute.

The Ladyjacks threatened several times over the final 15 minutes, but were unable to find the back of the net to tie the match.
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SFA sees balanced effort in first scrimmage

SFA saw a balanced effort for the first scrimmage of the 2014 fall camp, highlighted by a few big plays on both sides of the ball on a warm afternoon at Homer Bryce Stadium.

“You could tell there was some tired legs out there, coming off a long week of practice,” said head coach Clint Conque. “But like I told them, we’re not going to slow down, we’re not going to back up. We need to learn how to play through fatigue. There is a lot we still need to work on, but we did have some guys step up and there were some positive signs. We just need to build on that as we hit the second half of fall camp.”

SFA ran through 88 plays on the first scrimmage as the offense combined for 410 yards of total offense, including 312 through the air. Zach Conque completed 18 of his 25 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown while Joe Minden went 7-of-13 for 120 yards and a touchdown strike. Hunter Taylor was 4-of-8 for 33 yards with walk-on Sam Smith going 2-for-2 for 13 yards.
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Schneider inks five year extension

SFA Athletic Director Robert Hill today announced that SFA head women’s basketball coach Brandon Schneider has agreed to a new five-year extension, keeping him at the helm of the Ladyjacks through the 2018-19 season.

“It was important to us that we keep coach Schneider as our head coach,” Hill said. “Our women’s basketball program is in great hands and will only get better. We have a shared vision for the future that will include many more championships.”

"I'm grateful that our administration and board of regents supports and believes in the direction our program is headed," Schneider said. "We are proud of what has been accomplished and look forward to a promising future."
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Fine Arts

SFA exhibition to feature detailed work of intaglio artist Wood

An exhibition that runs Aug. 28 through Oct. 17 in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus will feature the detailed work of Northwest artist Thomas Wood.

"Myth & Metaphor: The Intaglio Prints of Thomas Wood" will feature an exhibition of 45 prints by Wood, who has created narrative and mythical metaphors about the world through his detailed prints, according to John Handley, director of art galleries for SFA's School of Art.

"Whether dealing with a landscape or the reinvention of some place or still life, Wood's use of line, composition and subject matter is masterful," Handley said.

Wood has been compared to old masters such as Albrecht Dürer (1471 - 1528) and Hieronymus Bosch (c. 1415 - 1516) in his continuation of the art of printmaking, Handley explained.
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Research initiative in Brazil influences SFA art professor's work

A university research initiative this past summer took an art professor at Stephen F. Austin State University to Salvador, Brazil. In addition to fulfilling multiple research goals, the exchange gave Lauren McAdams Selden, the associate professor of art metals for the SFA School of Art, a more universal view of the world.

Selden was part of a group of 13 professors and six graduate students who participated in a program aimed at creating and fostering relationships in Salvado Da Bahia, Brazil. Working with de Araújo Santos, professor of ceramics at Escola de Belas Artes at the Universidade Federal da Bahia, and with the assistance of SFA graduate student/translator Jaime Heredia, Selden gave a demonstration to the ceramic students about how to create mokume gane, a Japanese metalworking technique, using two different clay bodies and natural pigments.
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