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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Aug. 29
SFA women's soccer vs. University of Nevada
4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30
SFA football at Kansas State
Manhattan, Kansas
6:10 p.m. 

Sunday, Aug. 31
SFA women's soccer vs University of Arkansas
11 a.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 3

2014 Part-Time Job, Volunteer and Internship Fair
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
11 a.m. until 2 p.m.




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Welcome to SFA's new faculty and staff members!

SFA's newest faculty and staff members posed for a group photo in the Baker Pattillo Student Center recently. Be sure to welcome them and wish them good luck this week!


Dr. Cala Coats

School of Art

Coats, assistant professor of art education, penned an article titled "Tracing Suburban Desire," which will appear in the summer 2014 issue of Visual Arts Research. 

"This article traces an encounter with a dandelion, using nomadic inquiry to consider the biopolitical conditions that constitute the plant's status in a suburban context," she said. 

Dr. Penny Jeffery

Health Services

Dr. Penny Jeffery, family physician and director of SFA’s Health Services, was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a national medical association that represents more than 115,000 family physicians, residents and medical students. 

The AAFP Degree of Fellow recognizes family physicians who have distinguished themselves through service to family medicine and ongoing professional development. Criteria for receiving this honor includes a minimum of six years of membership in the organization, extensive continuing medical education, participation in public service programs outside medical practice, conducting original research and serving as a teacher in family medicine.

The national organization requires its members to complete a minimum of 150 hours of accredited continuing medical education every three years and is the only medical specialty society devoted solely to primary care.

Shirley Dickerson

Director, R.W. Steen Library

Dickerson was named the Texas Library Association's member of the month for August because of her work with SFA's library. 

More about her career and membership with the Texas Library Association is available on the organization's website

Greg Grant

SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, recently published an article titled "Made in the Shade."

The piece discusses his memories of making creamed corn beneath a Chinaberry tree as a child and will appear in the September-October issue of Texas Gardener magazine. 

News & Announcements

SFA professors lead conservation project to benefit Argentina's jaguars and rural landowners

Two professors from SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture are addressing the drastically dwindling populations of jaguar in Argentina and the socio-economic issues faced by landowners in the province of Misiones.

Dr. Daniel Scognamillo, associate professor of wildlife ecology, and Dr. Gary Kronrad, Bone Hill Distinguished Professor and forest economist, are providing landowners with incentives to conserve and improve the habitat of the jaguar, a species that once ranged from southeastern Argentina to the southern United States.

Scognamillo said the project evolved as they became increasingly aware of the challenges facing landowners in the region. The professors realized their work would need to be much broader than initially planned.

If conservation efforts disproportionately focus on preserving the habitat for the jaguar, Scognamillo said, landowners who rely on the forests for agriculture-based jobs will suffer. The same can be said of jaguars if the emphasis is placed solely on ensuring a thriving forest-based economy. The key is finding a location along the spectrum in which ecological and economic issues find equilibrium, he said.
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SFA agriculture professor sows seeds of hope in rural Africa

As Dr. Leon Young spoke about his time in Africa, his eyes lit up. Scrolling through the hundreds of photos taken during his three-week Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs volunteer assignment in Soyo, Angola, he called each person by name, sharing anecdotes about his time with them through CNFA's Farmer-to-Farmer program.

He also meticulously examined the photos taken during his layover in Angola's capital city of Launda, a city booming in oil reserves and new high-rise buildings. The construction cranes peppering the skyline stand in stark contrast to the traditional street markets and subsistence farmers that scrape out a living on the edges of the city.

"You get off the main thoroughfares in Luanda, and it's just like any third-world country," Young explained. "There are people out there living on a shoestring."
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ALS Challenge hits home for Conque family

Conque's uncle passed away from the disease prior to fall camp

SFA head football coach Clint Conque received what hopefully will be the first of many post-game ice bucket baths following SFA's scrimmage Wednesday night, but few will mean as much as the first.

Conque, responding to a challenge from a number of his football players, including his son Zach Conque, accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - a phenomenon that is sweeping across the world in an effort to raise awareness and funds for ALS. For Conque and his family, this effort is one that hits very close to home.

"My uncle, who also happens to be my godfather, passed away right before camp started from ALS," Conque revealed. "It went fast. Henry N. Pitre, Jr. - we call him H.N. H.N. was diagnosed about a year and a half ago and passed away right before we started camp. It's a disease that has affected a lot of us - a lot of our players and families, and this one hit pretty close to home, being not even a month ago for me."
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Dates for new student convocations set

The dates for the new student academic convocations are listed here. Meet and mingle with your college dean, faculty members and other students.

Students undecided about a major should select one college they are most interested in and attend that event. Attendance is mandatory unless a class is scheduled at convocation time.
New Student Academic Convocation is a significant event symbolizing the exciting beginning of the undergraduate experience at SFA.

For more information call, (936) 468-2504.

Office of Multicultural Affairs to host new student welcome

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a special "Welcome to SFA" reception for new Lumberjacks starting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 28, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom. 

Campus drum session to be hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs will host "Drumming up Diversity," a drum circle and jam session, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27. 

Reservations must be made for the first session, from 5 to 6 p.m., but a second session from 7 to 9 p.m. is open to those without reservations. 

2014 job, volunteer and internship fair kicks off next week

Career Services would like to remind you that registration is still open for the 2014 Part-Time Job, Volunteer and Internship Fair. This is a great opportunity to hire student workers, graduate assistants, or event volunteers. 

To take advantage of being among the first to engage SFA students as they return looking for on-campus employment, call David Gehrels at (936) 468-2284. Or sign up with your Jobs4Jacks account.
The fair is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

Registration is free for SFA departments and includes an eight-foot table with two chairs. We expect over 250 students to attend.
For more information call us at (936) 468-3305 or visit us online.

LiveText for core assessment to begin Fall 2014

LiveText will collect student work samples for assessment of the general education core curriculum beginning with the collection of student work for written communication skills and written and visual communication skills in fall 2014. Students will upload their work into LiveText through D2L and a sample will be assessed by a faculty assessment team in spring 2015. 

Training will be conducted Tuesday, Sept. 9, in one-hour sessions. Five sessions are scheduled and available for registration through myTraining.

Please register here for one of the training sessions. You will receive a separate email with information on how to register your LiveText account. Please register your account before your training session. If you do not receive the email asking you to register your account before the class, please contact Jennifer Stringfield at ext. 1267.

Contact Larry King at ext. 1260 with questions about the core assessment schedule at lking@sfasu.edu. Questions about LiveText should be directed to Jennifer Stringfield at ext. 1267 or jstringfield@sfasu.edu.


SFA beats Oregon State for first Pac-12 win

The SFA women's soccer team picked up their first win over a Pac-12 opponent in program history in a 2-0 statement win over Oregon State on Friday night at the SFA Soccer Field to open the 2014 season.

The Ladyjacks got goals from sophomore Jasmine White and freshman Hanna Barker, while the SFA defensive front limited the Beavers to just four shots across the match. Senior goalkeeper Morgan Glick picked up her first shutout of the season, making two saves across the full 90 minutes in the net.

In the first meeting between the two programs on the pitch, the Ladyjacks and OSU played nearly a silent first half until White's goal in the 40th minute. The native of Houston, scored what later proved the game-winner for SFA on a feed from junior Chantal Curry in the box that set up for a one-on-one opportunity. The Ladyjacks then limited the Beaver attack over the closing minutes of the period, having outshot OSU 5-1, to take the 1-0 lead into the break.
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Cross Country announces 2014 schedule

SFA cross country head coach Cody Clark released the Lumberjacks' 2014 schedule last week, which gets underway this week.

"We're excited for this upcoming season as the schedule should provide us a great challenge," Clark said. "We're running in some of the top meets and will provide a strong test. For the men, hopefully the opportunity to run in the NCAA Pre-National meet will help us get points for a national championship at large berth. On the women's side, we had lots of freshmen that are now sophomores and we've seen that maturity process. We're setting ourselves up for another strong finish and hopefully finish among the top-10 at regionals."

SFA opens up the season on Friday, Aug. 29, in College Station, taking part in the Aggie Opener to kick off the 2014 season. The 'Jacks will then host the Lumberjack High School Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 6.
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SFA falls 1-0 to Texas A&M

The SFA women's soccer team suffered their first shutout of the 2014 season in a 1-0 loss to No. 9-ranked Texas A&M at Ellis Field Sunday night.

The Ladyjacks (1-1) battled through a physical and relentless attack by the Aggies (2-0), but limited A&M to just one goal across 35 total shots and 10 on goal. SFA attempted seven shots, registering five on goal.

Senior Morgan Glick (1-1) took her first lost of the season and first since Arizona State (9/1/13), making eight saves, while surrendering the lone score.
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Q&A with Ladyjack volleball coach Debbie Humphreys

It has been more than two weeks since the SFA Ladyjack volleyball team reported for training camp and head coach Debbie Humphreys answered a few questions about how it has gone thus far. Read More

Fine Arts

Unique art metals exhibition to open in Cole Art Center

A collaborative art metals project between SFA and New Mexico State University has resulted in a unique joint exhibition that will be featured Sept. 4 through Oct. 25 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

In the exhibition "842 Miles," art metals students from each university shipped an object of personal significance accompanied by an artist statement to the collaborating university. These objects were meant to inspire the collaborating artists to create components that were eventually sent back to the university of origin, according to Lauren McAdams Selden, associate professor of art metals for the SFA School of Art.

"Throughout this process, students manipulated, fabricated, subtracted, or elevated these components into a finished work of art by employing the newly acquired skill sets demonstrated during class," Selden said.

During the creative process, SFA students used Facebook to communicate with their counterparts at NMSU to gather any required information and foster collaborative relationships.
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We know everyone is super busy today with the first day of courses, but here's a nifty thing from Pinterest that should take your mind off all the stress of school starting back. Someone created some SFA Tom's shoes, and they're pretty awesome looking: http://bit.ly/1pxTD50

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