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Friday, Aug. 25
Soccer at University of Texas at San Antonio
7 p.m.
San Antonio

Volleyball vs. Florida Atlantic University
3:30 p.m.
DeLand, Florida

Saturday, Aug. 26
Volleyball at Stetson University
5 p.m.
DeLand, Florida

Volleyball vs. Central Connecticut State University
12:30 p.m.
DeLand, Florida

Monday, Aug. 28
Fall 2017 classes begin
8 a.m.




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Dr. Brandon Fox

Associate professor of elementary education

Fox was awarded the 2017-20 Montgomery Professorship for Humane Education in the James I. Perkins College of Education.

The professorship was established by the late Charlotte Baker Montgomery in memory of her husband, Roger. The professorship’s purpose is to encourage and perpetuate the teaching of humane education concepts and methods in public and private elementary and secondary schools through the support of teacher preparation in humane education.
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Dr. Mario Ajero

Professor of piano pedagogy

Ajero was invited this summer to present and perform with his children, Antonio and Olivia, at the first and only Steinway & Sons Piano Gallery in Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.

The title of his presentation was "Achieving Success with Piano in the 21st Century" and covered North American piano pedagogy along with demonstrations of using technology in lessons and performances.

News & Announcements

Faculty and staff members invited to opening of academic year meeting tomorrow

SFA faculty and staff members are invited to attend the opening of the academic year meeting tomorrow.

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 tonight

SFA's New Faculty Orientation Committee invites faculty members to attend a casual evening social and dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight 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.

Noche De Gala to celebrate Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting Noche De Gala to celebrate Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A.

Keynote speaker Michele Siqueiros, president of The Campaign for College Opportunity, will discuss the importance of learning and appreciating one’s culture as it relates to college access. Siqueiros also will highlight issues affecting the larger Latinx community while motivating students to pursue their education and goals.
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City of Nacogdoches, SFA and Texas A&M Forest Service to host tree seminar Saturday

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. Saturday, 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.

Retirement reception for Bobby Wiliams to be held Aug. 30

SFA’s Business Office is hosting a retirement reception in honor of Bobby Williams, SFA bursar, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 30 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A.

Williams has served SFA for 22 years. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend the reception.

Office of Multicultural Affairs offering events this fall

The Office of Multicultural Affairs offers several fall events where faculty and staff members can join students in celebrating diversity and opening discussions about current topics.

Click here to view a calendar.

SFA Gardens to host Permaculture Design 101 with Theron Beaudreau Saturday

SFA Gardens will host Permaculture Design 101 with Theron Beaudreau from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building, located at 2900 Raguet St.

Through this introduction to the sustainable gardening techniques of permaculture, participants will learn about holistic design strategies for East Texas that regenerate the land and surrounding ecosystems.
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Faculty and staff members invited to sign up for OMA's AXcel Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites you to serve as a faculty and/or staff mentor to first-year SFA students through the AXcel Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program.

This is a one-year commitment, and you are expected to meet bimonthly with your mentee(s). The AXcel program strives to connect first-year students to SFA's resources, services and programs.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor, email Alicia De La Rosa-Millard, OMA secretary, by today at aamillard@sfasu.edu.

Click here to learn more about the program.

Submissions being accepted for winter Undergraduate Research Highlights

Students and their faculty mentors are invited to submit Undergraduate Research Highlights by Sept. 1 for the Council on Undergraduate Research’s winter 2017 issue of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research.

Highlights briefly describe peer-reviewed research or scholarly work in academic journals, books and book chapters, web-based publications and juried performances that have occurred within the past six months. Submissions must be in print and have one or more undergraduate co-authors.

Click here for more information.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to host town hall meeting

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting a town hall meeting titled “Own Our American Story …  in Remembrance of Charlottesville” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Tiered Classroom, Room 2.201.

This discussion is open to the public and will cover the recent incidents that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia.

For more information, contact OMA at (936) 468-1073 or oma@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Applications being accepted for 2017 Lumberjack Fitness Academy

The Employee Wellness program is currently taking applications for the 2017 Lumberjack Fitness Academy. The program, which is open to SFA faculty and staff members for the fall 2017 semester, focuses on providing health and nutrition assistance while utilizing the great resources SFA has to offer. 

To apply or for more information about the program, click here.

For questions, contact Jessica Waguespack, Employee Wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.


Third and final football scrimmage of fall camp scheduled for tonight

Fall camp for SFA’s football team culminates with the third and final preseason scrimmage at 7 p.m. tonight in Homer Bryce Stadium.

SFA football fans and supporters are encouraged to attend and watch the Lumberjacks as they prepare for the rapidly approaching season, which starts in less than two weeks.
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SFA signs radio rights extension with Q107.7

SFA Athletics and its Learfield multimedia rights holder, Lumberjack Sports Properties, KTBQ-FM 107.7, have agreed on a three-year extension to remain the flagship radio broadcasting partner for select Lumberjack and Ladyjack games.

"We are excited about extending our partnership with Townsquare Media and KTBQ-FM 107.7," said Zach Daniel, director of Lumberjack Sports Properties. "Partnering with a trusted, reliable media outlet in Townsquare Media helps us carry out our mission of growing the brand and footprint of SFA athletics."
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Fine Arts

'The Dixie Swim Club' playing at Lamp-Lite Theatre

Two SFA employees, Tina Oswald, reference librarian, and Tiffany Gauntt, administrative assistant for the Center for Regional Heritage Research, are cast members in the production of “The Dixie Swim Club,” which is playing at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, in the Lamp-Lite Theatre.

Oswald and Gauntt play alongside Nacogdoches community members Linda Licht, Lisa Lalumandier and Lisa Norman.

“The Dixie Swim Club” is a hilarious and touching comedy about friendships that last forever. The five Southern women, whose friendships began on their college swim team, set aside a weekend every August to recharge their relationships.

Tickets are available at Glass Castles, Kline’s Wrap-It-Up, and the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau or by calling the box office at (936) 564-8300. For more information, click here.

SFA’s Heterodyne Duo to open Calliope Concert Series

The Heterodyne Duo at SFA will open the all-new Calliope Concert Series for SFA’s School of Music at the start of the fall semester.

The faculty duo, featuring Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA, and Dr. Nathan Nabb, professor of saxophone, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, in the Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.
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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 the Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 211, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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National Geographic photographer and founder of The World at Night photography program Babak A. Tafreshi has captured the beauty of stargazing and archaeologic sites with a series of photos from around the world.

From the isolated monasteries atop natural rock pillars in Meteora, Greece, to Native American petroglyphs in Owens Valley, California, Tafreshi’s images blend archeology and astronomy. Click here to view more.

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