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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Aug. 29
SFA volleyball vs. University of Michigan
Fayetteville, Arkansas
4 p.m. 

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. 

SFA volleyball vs. Tennessee State
Fayetteville, Arkansas
11 a.m. 

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

Monday, Sept. 1
SFA volleyball vs. University of North Texas
6:30 p.m. 




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News & Announcements

SFA alumnus and local business owner hosts Swedish exchange student

Matt Turner, a 2009 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University's forestry program and owner of Turner Fabrication, is hosting a Swedish exchange student for one month as a part of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture's partnership with Älvdalens Educational Center in Älvdalens, Sweden.

Jonatan Jakobsson, a welding student, is completing his final year at Älvdalens, a forestry and hospitality post-secondary technical college. As a part of the curriculum, Älvdalens students are required to complete internships in their field of study. Jakobsson said the partnership between his college and the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture was a great opportunity to travel outside of Sweden and learn more about his trade.

"Texas is a beautiful state, and I wanted to see more than Sweden," Jakobsson said.
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SFA Center for Regional Heritage Research receives grant for 3-D preservation of Caddo artifacts

The Center for Regional Heritage Research at SFA has been awarded a $39,600 grant from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training to digitally preserve and study hundreds of Caddo ceramics obtained from archaeological sites throughout East Texas.

The grant from the funding agency, which is part of the National Park Service, will support the 3-D scanning, processing and analysis of the artifacts, offering researchers unprecedented access to these important historical objects. The images will be stored in an online repository for future research, while the sacred vessels themselves will be returned to the Caddo in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr., research associate at the CRHR, said the 3-D images will help researchers and the Caddo themselves learn more about the unique culture, adding that the Caddo are working cooperatively with researchers to preserve this aspect of their history for future generations.
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International Friendship Program unites students, faculty and staff members with international students

If you like to meet new people and learn about other parts of the world, the Office of International Programs offers the International Friendship Program.

A student, faculty/staff member or community member is matched with one or two international students. You are free to arrange a meeting once or twice a month for coffee, games, American celebrations or other activities. Some activities may be organized for all participants.

The program opens interaction between local community and international students and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. If you are interested in “hosting” an international student, please fill out an application form. The deadline is Monday, Sept. 8.

For more information, call (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu.

Explore the 3-D models in SFA ScholarWorks

The Center for Digital Scholarship invites the SFA community to view and interact with a collection of 3-D models recently published inScholarWorks

These models are the work of Dr. Robert Z. Selden of the Center for Regional Heritage Research, who scanned and submitted each item to the digital archive. The CDS has had the opportunity to present our work in 3-D modeling at several conferences, and the team is exploring ways to expand our 3-D imaging capabilities for SFA faculty and students. 

Contact cds@sfasu.edu for more information.

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.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Campus Recreation

Walking Jacks continues this fall

SFA Employee Wellness is continuing the Walking Jacks program this fall semester!

Enjoy the benefits of walking by joining an Employee Wellness leader on this 40-minute walk. Participants meet at Surfin’ Steve at 12:15 p.m. on Mondays, and at the football stadium at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays. 

For Wellness Release Time documents, click here, and to see a full list of Employee Wellness program offerings, visit sfasu.edu/EmployeeWellness.


SFA takes Defensive Player, Goalkeeper of the Week

SFA seniors Megan Dunnigan and Morgan Glick picked up Southland Conference Defensive Player and Goalkeeper of the Week honors, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.

The Ladyjacks opened the 2014 season with a 1-1 mark, defeating Oregon State 2-0 and playing No. 9 Texas A&M to a 1-0 loss.

Dunnigan, a native of Round Rock, Texas, captained the SFA back line, playing all 180 minutes across the two matches. The Ladyjacks limited OSU to just four shots, two on goal, in picking up the program’s first-ever win over a Pac-12 opponent in program history.

Glick, a native of Boerne, Texas, anchored SFA, playing all 180 minutes in the net. The keeper made two saves against the Beavers, before following with eight saves against the Aggies, limiting A&M to just one goal.
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Little Jack Family Fun Zone planned before each football game

The SFA Athletics Department is hosting The Little Jack Family Fun Zone for all Saturday home football games  in the Early Childhood Research Center parking lot starting two hours before kickoff in conjunction with the SFA Alumni Corner. 

Anyone is welcome to attend, and admission is free. Our first home game will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6.

Ladyjack Volleyball home opener set for Sept. 1

The Ladyjacks will take on the University of North Texas at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1, at Shelton Gymnasium. 

The team will sign autographs for fans on the 2014 posters following the game. Free Papa John’s pizza also will be given away to fans after the game.

Track and Field walk-on tryout set for Sept. 4

SFA head track and field coach Phil Olson announced Tuesday morning that SFA's annual walk-on tryout will be held Sept. 4 for sprinters and jumpers.

The try-out session will take place on the Fletcher Garner Track, located at Homer Bryce Stadium, beginning at 6 p.m.

Attendees must be full-time students at SFA to participate.

For more information, contact the track and field office at (936) 468- 3501.

Fine Arts

Children's Performing Arts Series brings exciting shows to SFA campus

The SFA College of Fine Arts and the Children's Performing Arts Series have announced the fun and exciting shows that will make up the 2014-2015 CPAS season.

"The Children's Performing Arts Series is committed to bringing the finest in affordable professional companies to East Texas young people and their teachers," said Diane Peterson, manager of the SFA Fine Arts Box Office and director of the series. "In the spotlight for the 2014-2015 season are five exciting national touring productions designed to educate and entertain a variety of age groups."

The new season begins with "Curious George," presented by Theatreworks USA, which is slated for Thursday, Oct. 30, and targets children in pre-kindergarten through third grades. In this play, "All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day" comes just once a year. George helps his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef's meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest ... in Rome.
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Huckaby art exhibition to close with reception

The exhibition "Sedrick Huckaby: Quiet Dialogues" will close with a reception with the artist in attendance from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition, which features expressive oil paintings with heavy applications of impasto depicting members of Huckaby's African-American family, has been on display since July 25. The exhibition also features a selection of prints and drawings from his recently completed "99 Percent" suite.

For additional information, call (936) 468-1131.

SFA to screen 'In the Realms of the Unreal'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "In the Realms of the Unreal" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Jessica Yu, "In the Realms of the Unreal" is described as "an innovative masterpiece that literally gives wings to one man's singular vision of an imaginary world," according to information at linked textwww.rottentomatoes.com.

An obscure janitor, outsider artist Henry Darger lived a reclusive life and died alone in a Catholic mission in 1973. For more than 60 years, he created a massive literary and graphic body of work, including "The Realms of the Unreal," a 15,000-page novel with hundreds of paintings that recounts the wars between nations on an enormous unnamed planet, according to the website. His work was discovered posthumously.
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The last few days have seen SFA filled with a stream of smiling, eager new students embarking on the latest chapter of their educational careers, and that's pretty amazing when you think about it.

But the next time you consider at all those young minds on campus, realize that for the members of the Class of 2018, cloning has always been possible, wire rim eyeglasses are a Harry Potter thing more than a John Lennon thing and Bill Gates has always been the richest man in the U.S.

All of those facts are courtesy of the The Beloit College Mindset List: Class of 2018, which notes just how much has changed since 1996, when this crop of college freshmen was born. Read the whole list here or see the highlights here

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