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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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Dr. Mario Ajero

School of Music

Ajero, associate professor of piano, was a featured presenter at the 2014 Summer Summit at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in July. 

The theme of the summit for music teachers across North America was "Inspired Teaching with Technology." Ajero gave multiple presentations on new ways to enrich music education with technology. 

Among the topics he covered in both lectures and hands-on workshops were long-distance teaching, use of computers and mobile devices with technology-equipped pianos, and the magic of multimedia in concert performances.

News & Announcements

See what the Student Activities Association has planned this semester

SFA's Student Activities Association released its fall schedule of events for campus today. 

Numerous activities aimed at SFA students and faculty and staff members are planned throughout the semester. 

Good Morning 'Jacks breakfast set for Thursday

All SFA faculty and staff members are invited to attend a special breakfast Thursday morning.

The Weeks of Welcome Event "Good Morning Jacks" will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Spirit Lounge. The event is an opportunity for faculty and staff members to mingle and get to know students over a free breakfast.

Student Activities Association announces fall movie lineup

Grab your popcorn buckets and gigantic soda cups. SFA's Student Activities Association has announced its lineup of movies for the fall 2014 semester. 

Tickets are $2 for students with an SFA ID, $3 SFA faculty and staff members with an ID, and $4 for community members.

All concession items, includng candy, drinks and popcorn, are $1 each.

Council on Undergraduate Research August newsletter

The Council on Undergraduate Research, a national institution aimed at promoting top-tier research from undergraduate student-faculty member partnerships, has a number of conferences and awards happening in the next few months. 

To view the council's most recent newsletter, published on Aug. 21, click hereRead More

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 Dr. 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.

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 be 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 8-foot table with two chairs. We expect more than 250 students to attend.
For more information, call (936) 468-3305 or visit us online.

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, from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom. 

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. 

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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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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Conque Era Begins at Kansas State Saturday

SFA opens up the 2014 season on the road, taking on Big 12 opponent Kansas State on Saturday, Aug. 30, at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas. Kickoff against the Wildcats, who are ranked 20th in the preseason FBS AP Top-25 poll, is set for 6:10 p.m.

SFA’s game in Kansas will be streamed live through KStateHD.TV, Kansas State’s on-campus high-definition web stream. KStateHD.TV is a subscription-based site with a one-month subscription costing $9.95. Rob Meyers will once again carry the game live over the air on Q107.7 FM or online at Q1077.com. Live stats will be available at KStateSports.com with in-game updates through Twitter at @SFA_Football.
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USA Today College Basketball Countdown: No. 53 Stephen F. Austin

USA Today Sports' Scott Gleeson continues to count down to the start of the season, breaking down the projected NCAA tournament field of 68, and the SFA men's basketball team comes in at No. 53. 

The Lumberjacks are coming off a storied 2013-14 campaign in which head coach Brad Underwood led the team to a 32-3 mark and berth in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. After winning both the Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles, SFA became the Cinderella story of the NCAA Tournament, upsetting fifth-seeded VCU in the second round on a four-point play to send the game into overtime where the 'Jacks prevailed 77-75, the progam’s first win in the big dance.

Read the full USA Today story here

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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