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This Week's Calendar
Wednesday, Aug. 19
Grade entry completed for summer II
Tuesday, Aug. 25
New Faculty General Orientation
New Faculty Orientation - meet with librarians
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 26
New Faculty Technology Orientation
8:30 a.m. to noon
Friday, Aug. 28
Orientation for all new freshman and transfer students
10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center, second floor
Residence Halls open
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News & Announcements
SFA offers new safety-focused app
The SFA Department of Public Safety recently launched the Lumberjack Guardian mobile phone app to enhance campus safety through real-time interactive features creating a virtual safety network of friends, family and the DPS.
Lumberjack Guardian fits into today's mobile lifestyle with its virtual technology.
"We at the Department of Public Safety are pleased to offer this app technology feature to our university community to better enhance campus safety and personal protection by providing immediate connections to trusted resources," Marc Cossich, DPS chief of police, said.
Retirement contribution rate change
The Teacher's Retirement System retirement contribution rate is set to increase with the Thursday, Oct. 1, paycheck.
Contribution rates for Optional Retirement Program participants will not change this year. For more information, see Human Resources Benefits News.
Faculty members invited to welcome dinner
SFA faculty members are invited to welcome the newest members of the university's faculty at a casual social and dinner event.
The event, hosted by the New Faculty Orientation Committee, is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, in the Cole Art Center at 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches.
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.
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.
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.
Registration open for SFA Career Services 2015 Job Fair
SFA Career Services would like to invite you to the 2015 Part-Time Job, Volunteer and Internship Fair. This is a great opportunity to hire student workers, graduate assistants or event volunteers for departments and organizations you advise! Free tables are available for SFA faculty and staff members to meet more than 250 eager students looking to work or for volunteer opportunities on campus. Area businesses also are encouraged to register for the fair.
2015 Part-Time Job, Volunteer and Internship Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 2
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
SFA faculty and staff members, departments and organizations can register for free, and the fee for businesses is only $25. Registration includes an 8-foot recruiting table with two chairs.
Register online through Jobs4Jacks or click here to register directly. For more information, call SFA Career Services at (936) 468-3305 or visit here.
Dr. Keith Hubbard to be presented with Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Austin Building, Room A307
Dr. Keith Hubbard, associate professor of mathematics and statistics at SFA, is the latest recipient of an endowed professorship established to reward faculty members who serve as excellent mentors and teachers.
The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship recognizes professors who instill, foster and promote a mentoring culture at SFA. The award is named for Dr. Jim Towns, a longtime SFA professor of communication studies.
Hubbard, who joined SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics in 2005, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, including algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry and finite math. His research interests are vertex algebras and co-algebras, mathematical finance and mathematics education.
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.
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 email@example.com with the person’s name and include a few details about the space. Your nominee might just be included in an upcoming issue.
Learn to swim this fall!
Let the SFA Rec Center staff members teach your children to be safe in, on and around the water. The center offers an American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program for individuals of all ages and abilities designed to focus on progressive aquatic skill development for participants to become safer and better swimmers.
The cost for group swim is $45 for Rec Center members and $55 for non-members.
Please visit the administrative office, located in the lobby of the SFA Rec Center, to register. Classes may fill quickly, so please sign up early or join the waiting list for the next available slot.
More information can be found on the Rec Center's website.
SFA-UNI rematch part of ESPN Tip-Off Marathon
For the second year in a row, SFA and Northern Iowa State University will battle in an early morning showdown as part of ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The Lumberjacks and Panthers will tip at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The game will air nationally on ESPN2.
SFA and UNI staged one of the best games of the 2014 marathon as the Panthers outlasted the Lumberjacks 79-77 in overtime in front of nearly 7,100 fans at William R. Johnson Coliseum on Nov. 18. Thomas Walkup and Demetrious Floyd each finished with 20 points in the game. The loss to UNI marks the only home blemish for SFA in the past three seasons.
Clark announces 2015 cross country schedule
SFA cross country coach Cody Clark has announced the 2015 cross country schedule. The upcoming slate features seven competitions, including a dual meet in Nacogdoches to start the year.
The 2015 season will officially get underway on Friday, Sept. 4, when SFA hosts Northwestern State University for the SFA Lumberjack Opener in Pecan Acres City Park. The women will start things with a two-mile race beginning at 7 p.m. The men will follow with a 5k race at 7:30 p.m.
SFA Fall Camp Report: Running Backs
There is no bigger question mark heading into the 2015 season than the void left in the SFA backfield. The Lumberjacks are faced with the daunting task of replacing all-time leading rusher Gus Johnson and his 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns from 2014, en route to earning four All-American honors.
But for running back coach Jeremy Moses, it's not something he’s losing sleep over.
Meet the 'Jacks set for Tuesday, Aug. 25
SFA football fans will once again get a chance to "Meet the 'Jacks" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25. The event, sponsored by the Fredonia Rotary Club, will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the SFA Baker Pattillo Student Center.
The cost of the event is $10, which includes admission, dinner and a chance to meet your favorite Lumberjack players. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
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.
Exciting, educational children's shows coming to SFA campus
The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series have announced the fun and exciting shows that will make up the 2015-16 CPAS season.
"The Children's Performing Arts Series is committed to bringing the finest in affordable professional companies to East Texas young people and their teachers," said Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series. "In the spotlight for the 2015-16 season are five exciting national touring productions designed to educate and entertain a variety of age groups."
The new season begins with "Fly Guy & Other Stories" on Friday, Oct. 16. In this Theatreworks USA production, seven delightful stories come to life in this musical revue based on popular children's books, including "Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl," "Diary of a Worm," "Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig," "Horace & Morris but Mostly Dolores" and others. Performed by a multi-racial cast, the stories represent various issues, themes and ideas relevant to a broad and diverse audience of children. Stories are subject to change. The show targets children in prekindergarten through fifth grades.
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."
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."
Watercolor East Texas exhibition to open at Cole Art Center
The 31st Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.
This year's juror is Marie Renfro, a nationally known artist from Plano who works in oil, acrylic and watercolor and uses various media to express her emotional response to a subject. Her work has received numerous awards and is included in major collections in the Dallas area.
Renfro is a member of the Plano Art Association, the Southwestern Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Associated Creative Artist of Texas and Texas Visual Arts Association. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Texas Woman's University and has studied in several European countries.
Some WET exhibition paintings will be priced for sale. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Aug. 29.
The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, contact WET member Peggy Fare at (936) 635-0670 or call the art center at (936) 468-1131.
It's easy to get lost in a bookstore. Mountains of tomes promising the chance to wander worlds far and near from a comfy seat are pretty alluring, even in a world of digital everything.
A slideshow of cool bookstores around the world is a poor substitute for strolling among the shelves yourself, but when you can't make it to the shop, it'll have to do.
Check out this CNN gallery of the world's coolest bookstores, and this one from Travel and Leisure. You won't walk away with something new to read, but at least you can enjoy the beautiful photos.