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This Week's Calendar

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

Fall Semester Classes Begin

Wednesday, Aug. 28
Academic Convocation
School of Music
1 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Friday, Aug. 30
Cross Country
Lumberjack Opener
Time TBA

Women's Volleyball
vs. Troy
Shelton Gym
3 p.m.

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

Saturday, Aug. 31
Women's Volleyball
@ Southern Mississippi
3:30 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
vs. Jackson State
Shelton Gym
9 a.m.

SFA Football
@ Weber State

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19




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Alazan Trio concert will showcase works by women composers

The SFA School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present The Alazan Trio performing “Women of the World” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The trio, featuring SFA music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin, her husband, Evgeni Raychev, cello, and Ron Petti, piano, will perform works by Jennifer Higdon, Amy Beach, Maria Grenfell and Rebecca Clarke.

According to Petti, the selected trio by Beach, the late American composer and virtuoso pianist, is “very reminiscent of French composer and pianist Claude Debussy,” while the trio by the English composer Clarke is “consistently fascinating in its interrelated themes across the movements, including a spectral fanfare which appears in the first movement and ecstatically in the piano cadenza in the finale.” Read More

Thursday proclaimed “William E. Arscott Day” at SFA

The president of Stephen F. Austin State University has proclaimed Thursday, Aug. 22, “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 101 freshman seminar promotes academic success

Students completing SFA’s freshman seminar course, SFA 101, have higher retention and graduation rates than students not completing the course, according to a recent report. The SFA Office of Institutional Research compared 2,559 full-time, first-time undergraduate students’ one-year retention rates and found that students completing SFA 101 had a 10 percent higher retention rate than those who did not. In addition, about 48 percent of full-time, first-time undergraduate students completing SFA 101 in fall 2006 graduated within six years. By comparison, a six-year graduation rate of about 37 percent was reported for those who did not complete the course. Read More

News & Announcements

Career Services hosts Part-time, Internship & Volunteer Job Fair

Career Services welcomes all faculty and staff members to attend the 2013 Part-time, Internship and Volunteer Job Fair and hopes you will encourage your students to attend, as well. This is a great opportunity for students to secure that part-time job or internship to gain valuable work experience or to fulfill volunteer hours. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Please advise students to:

  • Dress professionally
  • Bring copies of their resume for distribution
  • Bring their student ID
  • Tweet their career-related and job fair questions and comments @SFACareers

Click here to view a current list of participating school districts. Contact SFA Career Services with any questions at careerservices@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-3305.

Richard Kennedy Retirement Reception

Richard Kennedy, manager of network services, will have his retirement celebration held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the second floor Multimedia Room (2.106) of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

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.

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

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.

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."

Campus Recreation

This week at Campus Rec

Employee Wellness Update

Employee Wellness is a comprehensive wellness program designed to create and support a community of health and wellness at SFA for it's faculty and staff.  Programs and services currently being offered for fall 2013 include: noon drop-in basketball, noon open swim, noon open gym supervised by a certified personal trainer, noon yoga, evening water aerobics and evening drop-in recreation.

Programs are offered in the Health and Physical Education Building (HPE) and are free for all current and retired SFA faculty and staff members. Special events coming up this fall include a blood drive, health fair and wellness challenge. Please contact (936) 468-5835 or employeewellness@sfasu.edu with any questions or concerns regarding the employee wellness program.

Running 101 Registration

Monday, Aug. 26 through Tuesday, Sept 3
Cost: $15

Whether you're just getting started or are an experienced runner who needs a push, Running 101 makes working out simple, social and fun. This training program leads up to the SFA Lumberjack Homecoming 5K on Oct. 19.  Bring in a copy of your Homecoming 5K registration form and receive $10 off the program. 

In addition to a comprehensive seven-week individual training plan, every Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. meet at the SFA football stadium for group drills and skill work to improve your running and hear from the professionals at Nacogdoches Endurance Training. Weekly presentation topics include nutrition, hydration, proper running technique, injury prevention and cross training. Register for Running 101 in the Student Rec Center administration office.

Preview Week for SFA Faculty and Staff

Campus Rec will be offering a free preview week for SFA faculty and staff members Monday, Aug. 26, through Sunday Sept. 1. Bring your SFA ID and work out at the Rec free all week! Membership information is available at the Rec Administration Office or online here under the Memberships Page

Group Axe Schedule now available

Group Exercise offers a variety of classes that range in intensity and complexity from Yoga to Zumba to Hip Hop Hype. Each of the classes offered is free for SFA students, members and paid guests. To enter into a class, pick up a Jax Pass at the welcome desk. Passes are distributed one half hour before the class begins.  Schedules can be found at the Rec or online here.

General officiating and Soccer officiating

General officiating interest meetings
5 and 6 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

Learn how you can get paid to officiate Intramural Sports at the Rec. No experience is required. These interest meetings will present officiating employment opportunities, answer questions about officiating and cover basis of employment.

Soccer Officiating Clinic Begins
6-8pm in the Rec Meeting Room

Be paid to officiate Intramural Soccer. Experience is preferred, but not required. Clinic will be Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 23.

LadyJack BarBellas Registration

Tuesday, Aug. 27, through Monday, Sept. 16
Cost: $25 for Rec Members, $35 for Non-Members

Ladyjack BarBellas is an eight-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt you and make you feel great. Ladyjack BarBellas is structured to provide a concept and practice-based understanding of implementing resistance training into your exercise program. Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. Program begins Monday, Sept. 16.


6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the Rec Main Gym

Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international music that features high-energy dance training to tone and sculpt the body. Join our Zumba-certified instructors for this extended Zumba class that will leave you energized and ready for more. You'll be moving to the fun beats and having so much fun, you'll forget you're even working out! Join us for this easy to follow, calorie burning dance fitness party!

Rec Center closed on Labor Day

Monday, Sept. 2

All Rec facilities are closed for Labor Day. The Rec will reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 3.


Raymond's PK helps SFA edge Texas State

Chelsea Raymond delivered a game-winning penalty kick in the 43rd minute of Sunday's game against Texas State for a final score of 1-0 in the home opener at the SFA Soccer Field.

SFA (2-0) stays undefeated in the early season with a second straight shutout, limiting the Bobcats (1-1) to just six shots and two on goal.

The victory was the Ladyjacks 23rd straight win at home dating back to the 2009 season.

The lone goal came right before halftime when Amanda Doyle received a pass in prime scoring position in the box and was shoved in the process, creating a penalty kick. SFA head coach Wally Crittenden elected to let Raymond take the shot, and the junior delivered, beating the Texas State goal keeper for her 32nd career goal.

Raymond is now just six goals shy of tying the school's all-time mark of 38 career goals held by Amanda Alders.

The Ladyjacks will now have four days off before they get back on to the pitch in Houston at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30. They will then return home on Sunday to welcome in Arizona State for an 11:30 a.m. start time.

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

Rhinopithecus strykeri is the first snub-nosed monkey to be reported from Myanmar and is believed to be critically endangered. It is distinctive for its mostly black fur and white beard and for sneezing when it rains – although it tries to avoid dripping rainwater in its turned up nose by sitting with its head between its legs. While conducting interviews for the Hoolock Gibbon Status Review, hunters and villagers told the survey team of scientists that they could find this snub-nosed monkey by waiting until it rained and listening for sneezes in the trees.

Source: ASU International Institute for Species Exploration

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