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This Week's Calendar

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.

Friday, Aug. 23
SFA Women's Soccer
@ Rice
7 p.m.

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19




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Department of Human Services graduates first doctoral students

The first three students from the new Department of Human Services doctoral program graduated Saturday, Aug. 10, at the SFA summer commencement ceremony. The students were Dr. Carol Lynn Bradley, advised by Dr. Ginger Kelso and Dr. Robbie Steward; Dr. Stevie Gail Hight, advised by Dr. David Lawson and Dr. Ginger Kelso; and Dr. Melanie Denise Kellam, advised by Dr. David Lawson.

The new program was started by Dr. Chris Ninness, Dr. Robin Rump and Dr. David Lawson and was approved by the Texas Coordinating Board of Higher Education to begin in fall 2009.

Meet the 'Jacks Set for Aug. 20

The Stephen F. Austin coaching staff got their first look at the 2013 version of the Lumberjack football team as they reported back to camp earlier this week, and Nacogdoches will get its first look at the Lumberjacks Tuesday, Aug. 20th, at the annual Meet the 'Jacks.

The event is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. from the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through the SFA Ticket Office, or at Austin Bank, The Daily Sentinel, First Bank and Trust, Bancorp South, Jack Backers, Citizens 1st Bank, the SFA Alumni Association, Huntington State Bank, Commercial Bank of Texas as well as at the door the night of the event. Dinner is included with the cost of admission. Read More

'Jacks Release 2013-14 basketball schedule

SFA head men's basketball coach Brad Underwood announced Friday the Lumberjacks' slate for the upcoming 2013-14 season, a schedule that includes 15 home contests.

“We have a very exciting and challenging schedule that will help prepare us for the Southland Conference,” Underwood said. “We will be facing quality opponents both at home and on the road.”

The 31-game schedule is highlighted by a trip to Austin to face the Longhorns for the first time since 2002. SFA will open up the 2013-14 campaign at William R. Johnson Coliseum on Nov. 8 against UT-Tyler before parting for a four-game road trip beginning Nov. 12 when the 'Jacks pay visit to former Southland Conference foe Texas State and former head coach Danny Kaspar. Read More


Dr. Deborah Buswell

Kinesiology & Health Science

Buswell has been named the 2013-2014 Interim Chair for the Department of Kinesiology & Health Science. Before joining SFA in 2005, she served as an assistant professor at Texas State University in San Marcos. Dr. Buswell works in educator preparation within the department and has specialized in adaptive physical activity.

News & Announcements

Academic year opening for all faculty and staff members

All SFA faculty and staff members are invited to a meeting celebrating the beginning of the new academic year on Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Grand Ballroom.
Refreshments will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Twilight Ballroom, 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.

AKWAABA–Welcome to SFA

The Office of Multicultural Affairs would like to invite all faculty and staff members to their annual "AKWAABA–Welcome to SFA" reception. At this reception, you will have the opportunity to connect with first-year and transfer students. Join us in welcoming the class of 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the BPSC Spirit Lounge.

Weeks of Welcome Event: Good Morning 'Jacks

The SFA students, faculty and staff members are invited to eat breakfast together in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge as part of 'Jacks Back Weeks of Welcome. The event runs from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Supplier and Vendor Showcase

SFA Procurement is hosting a supplier and vendor showcase in the Student Center Multimedia Room (second floor near theater) from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Vendors attending include PDME, Unlimited Designs, Texas Correctional Industries and Party 'N Things.

Come meet these exceptional vendors, see what they have to offer and win door prizes for your department. To be eligible for the door prizes, you must earn two tickets. Tickets are earned by having a qualifying representative of your department talk to any supplier or vendor. The representative must have a p-card, identify equipment and service needs for their department, enter or approve purchase requisitions, or have budget authority. Representatives do not have to be present during the actual drawing to win:

If you have any questions email guerreromg@sfasu.edu.

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

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 Rec Center Closing and Reduced Hours
The Rec is currently closed 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.

Fall 2013 Group Axe Schedules are now available
Get your copy of this semester's group exercise schedule and make time for Zumba, Abs for Lunch, Cycling, Yoga, and more! The schedule is available at the Rec or on the Campus Rec website here.

Power Hour at the Rec
7-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23.

Participate as your favorite superhero in the Marvel versus D.C. Power Hour! Joust, sumo wrestle, create the farthest flying paper airplane, compete in knockout and more! The more you play, the more tickets you win for your team! With free food, fun games for all, and cash and other cool prizes given away throughout the night, this is sure to be an event for everyone! Enjoy your first night on campus and start your semester at SFA off right!      

Fine Arts

SFA exhibition showcases the evolution of portrait photography

The International Photography Portrait Exhibition will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Griffith Gallery on the campus of SFA.

The exhibition, which has toured in galleries and museums in Paris and Russia, embraces artworks for more than 50 artists from 20 countries. The original size of the show will be somewhat limited to the space allowed in Griffith Gallery.

Curated by Andrey Martynov, "The Face: The Evolution of Portrait Photography" explores new and current trends in portrait photography from artists working in several countries, according to John Handley, director of SFA galleries.
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Researchers have found that more than half the dogs they tested yawned contagiously. The dogs were more likely to yawn after watching their owner yawn than seeing it done by an unfamiliar human.

Homes of 25 dogs from different breeds were visited, and their owners were asked to sit in front of them, call their name, and then yawn. For a control, they also had their owners simply open and close their mouths, without a yawn’s characteristic jaw-stretching, deep inhalation or long sigh. As a comparison, they also had people that the dogs had never met before perform both actions.

Source: "Familiarity Bias and Physiological Responses in Contagious Yawning by Dogs Support Link to Empathy," published in PLOS ONE

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