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This Week's Calendar

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
Faculty Available for Advising

Freshman and Transfer Student Orientation
for all who did not attend summer orientation

SFA Women's Soccer
@ Rice
7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 25
SFA Women's Soccer
vs. Texas State
SFA Soccer Complex
1 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 26
Academic Convocation 2013
School of Theatre
6 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Fall Semester Classes Begin

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19




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Thursday proclaimed “William E. Arscott Day” at SFA

The president of Stephen F. Austin State University has proclaimed Thursday “William E. Arscott Day” on campus in honor of the cinematography program director’s 50th year on the faculty.

A proclamation announcing the special day was read during a meeting of the faculty and staff Thursday morning and was a surprise to the professor, who began teaching painting, ceramics and sculpture in 1963 and is the longest tenured faculty member at SFA.

“As director of the School of Art’s renowned filmmaking program, Bill Arscott has taught, mentored, and positively influenced the lives, education, and careers of hundreds of SFA students,” said Dr. Baker Pattillo, SFA president. “The proclamation is an expression of the SFA community’s admiration, gratitude, and high regard for Bill Arscott and his 50 years of dedicated service to his students, his craft, the university, and the community.” Read More

Appeals court judge donates papers to SFA research center

The documents and personal papers of a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judge with more than 70 years of civil service will be housed in the East Texas Research Center at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Thomas M. Reavley, a senior judge of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, has donated his collection to SFA and will be honored during a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the center. Reavley grew up in Nacogdoches and attended SFA before receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas. After serving as a Navy lieutenant during World War II, he entered Harvard Law School and received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1948.

The Reavley documents will be preserved and made accessible to the public at the East Texas Research Center, located on the second floor of SFA’s Ralph W. Steen Library. The center houses manuscripts, photographs, maps, books and other primary resources, including oral histories, county records, political papers and the permanent inactive records of the university. It is the official repository for the East Texas Historical Association and the Texas State Genealogical Society.

To RSVP for this event, call (936) 468-5406, or email rsvp@sfasu.edu. Read More

SFA to offer tailgate permits for select lots

Pregame tailgate activities for Lumberjack fans will get a little easier thanks to the SFA Athletic Department offering tailgate permits for select lots starting this season.

Under the new plan, fans will be able to park and set up their tailgate venues in the area adjacent to Alumni Corner at the intersection of Raguet and Hayter Streets. A limited number of "tailgate" permits for this lot will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be valid for the season, according to John Branch, assistant athletic director.

"When we moved tailgate from the commuter lot to the stadium in 2011, we knew it would take a couple of seasons to see how things went and make adjustments," Branch said. "We found that many fans who wanted to tailgate couldn't due to the old game day parking configuration we had in place." Read More


Greg Grant

SFA Gardens

Grant's article, "Mr. Green Jeans, Really," was published in the September-October 2013 issue of Texas Gardender.

Dr. Randi Cox


The School of Honors announces that Cox is the 2013-2014 academic year Wisely Fellow. The Wisely Fellow is competitively selected and offered to one outstanding faculty member each year. Cox will mentor Honors students during the fall semester and assist with Honors programming. In the spring, she will teach an Honors History 134 section that will be devoted to innovative pedagogy and student research.

Fred J. Allen


Allen, director of bands and professor of music, presented a clinic for two sessions at the July 2013 convention of the Texas Bandmasters Association held in San Antonio. The presentation covered more than 40 pieces of band music, giving suggestions for alternate fingering solutions for difficult woodwind passages.

Greg Patterson

Mass Communication

Patterson's photographs of Sam Adams and Bull Dog were published in the July 2013 edition of Guideposts magazine. The editorial photos highlight the story of forgiveness learned through an unlikely source, his dog. The story that featured Adams and Bull Dog of Tatum, Texas, can be found here.

Steve Cooper

Social Work

Cooper, along with T. Laine Scales of Baylor University and Calvin L. Streeter of the University of Texas at Austin, edited "Rural Social Work: Building and Sustaining Community Capacity." 

The book considers methods for social workers to participate in the work of sustaining rural communities. Each chapter features a reading that integrates the themes of capacity-building and rural social work; discussion questions that facilitate critical thinking around the chapter; and suggested activities and assignments.

Dr. Mario Ajero


Ajero published "Blurring the Lines Between Digital and Acoustic Pianos" in American Music Teacher, the official journal for Music Teachers National Association. Ajero discusses how piano manufacturers are making digital pianos that incorporate the same wooden key, action and soundboards as acoustic instruments with meticulous audio sampling. In addition, he shares important functions and applications for educators to consider when purchasing "technology-equipped pianos" for their students. American Music Teacher is the official journal for Music Teachers National Association.

Dr. Wendy Killam

Human Services

Killam, associate professor in counseling and the director of the student affairs graduate program, will have her paper, "Interviews with Formerly Homeless African American Women about the Benefits of Counseling and the Process of Change," published in the American Counseling Association’s fall 2013 issue of VISTAS.

News & Announcements

Cole Art Center to close briefly for installation of two new exhibitions

The Watercolor East Texas and the Nacogdoches Photographic Association exhibitions currently on display in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House will close Saturday, Aug. 24, according to John Handley, galleries director for the SFA School of Art.

The Cole Art Center will be closed during installations Aug. 27-31 and again Sept. 3-5 until the combined opening and reception of the "SFA Faculty Exhibition" and the featured faculty exhibition of Linda Post, assistant professor of digital media at SFA, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Regular hours are from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the gallery at (936) 468-1131.

Madalene Miller's Retirement Reception

Madalene Miller's retirement reception in honor of her 32 years of service to SFA will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the west foyer of the R.E. McGee Business Building.

New Motorized Utility Vehicle Training Program

Accidents involving motorized utility vehicles have increased, prompting the office of Environmental Health Safety and Risk Management to implement a new MUV Training Program.
This free MUV Training Program is mandatory for all staff, faculty and students who drive motorized utility vehicles at any time on campus (electric, gas and diesel powered carts, mules, gators and golf carts). An MUV driver carrying card, valid for three years, will be issued within five business days after training is complete.

The free MUV training may be taken online or in a classroom setting. To schedule a training class or if you have any questions, please call Mike Griffith at (936) 468-4442.
MUV Safety Training Online Program Instructions:

  1. Click here to begin online training
  2. Read and understand all the important safety components and instructions to operating a moving utility vehicle on campus.
  3. Take special note of section X – COMPLIANCE and the consequences of non-compliance.
  4. Complete the highlighted area at the end of the program and click Submit.
  5. Print a copy of the acknowledgement to carry with you until you receive your card certifying you as authorized to operate an MUV on campus.

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.

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 the Conscious Speaker Series.

The event, a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world will start 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 spots 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

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!      


Ladyjacks picked third and fifth in SLC preseason polls

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team was picked third and fifth in the Southland Conference preseason polls conducted by coaches and sports information directors released Wednesday by league officials.

SFA earned 94 points and one first-place vote in the coaches poll, and 83 in the SID poll.

"For us, we know what this team is capable of," SFA head volleyball coach Debbie Humphreys said. "Our focus is going to be on us and playing what we call SFA volleyball. We want to play good quality volleyball every match when we step out on the court and with the talent level of this group, if we do that, the outcome is going to take care of itself." Read More

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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