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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
Austin
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
Austin
11 a.m.

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


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Headlines


SFA announces its 2014-2015 University Series, 'Connect'

Season tickets are now on sale for the eight specially selected musical and theatrical performances included in SFA's College of Fine Arts' 2014-2015 University Series, "Connect."

From Russian chamber musicians to Mariachi performers and flamenco dancers, this season's selections will connect audiences with different places and cultures.

"Designed to bring quality fine arts experiences to East Texas, the series consists of five highly acclaimed professional touring groups and three university-produced performances," said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts. "Also included on the series, but at no cost to the patrons, are outstanding art exhibitions at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House."
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Accomplishments

Dr. Kyle Jones

Nelson Rusche College of Business

Jones, associate professor of finance, successfully completed the three levels of exams required to obtain the title of Chartered Financial Analyst.  The CFA qualification requires a minimum of two years of comprehensive study and rigorous examination in areas such as investment decision making and strategy, portfolio and wealth management, institutional investing, and investment analysis.  

The charter is one of the most respected designations in finance, and is considered the gold standard in the field of investment analysis. His remarkable accomplishment makes a valuable contribution to both the undergraduate finance program and the graduate MBA program within the Nelson Rusche College of Business at SFA.

Jared Barnes

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Barnes, a new assistant professor of horticulture, presented a talk titled "Forging Alloys: Captivating, Iron-clad Plant Combinations" in Portland, Oregon at the 2014 Farwest Trade Show.

Jared discussed how our eyes perceive color and then gave examples of how garden designers, landscapers and garden centers can capitalize on creating plant "chemistry" by using color effectively in the garden.

At the end of the lecture, audience members collaborated in a short break-out session where they "forged" some great plant combinations themselves. More than 110 people were in the audience.

Dr. Adam Peck

Student Affairs

Peck, assistant vice president and dean of student affairs, has been elected president of the Texas Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

The organization is the largest professional association for student affairs in Texas, with more than 500 members. He currently serves as vice president for education and professional development. He will begin his term as president-elect at the conclusion of the group’s conference in October.   

News & Announcements

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.


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. 

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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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

Athletics

Michael Courtney named assistant track coach

SFA head track and field coach Phil Olson announced Wednesday the hiring of Michael Courtney as an assistant coach for the Lumberjacks. Courtney will help oversee the SFA sprinters, hurdlers and relay teams.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have him here,” Olson said. “Michael had an outstanding collegiate career, then had an outstanding and even better professional career, and now is settling into the coaching world. This is a guy that is passionate about what he does, and what I like about him is that he is very humble. He doesn’t talk about his accomplishments, which are many, but he works incredibly hard and it doesn’t get much better than having a guy of Michael’s caliber on staff.”

An All-American sprinter at Sam Houston State, Courtney was a 10-time Southland Conference champion, including a three-time champion in the 400 meters. He was also a member of five SLC championship relay teams and holds multiple school records at SHSU, making numerous NCAA championship appearances.
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Fine Arts

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.

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We've all seen plenty of videos in the last few weeks highlighting the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which feature people pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and donating money to finding a cure for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease" or ALS.

Well, it seems one of SFA's alumna has leveled a challenge at the Lumberjack Marching Band. Michelle Stuckey, an SFA graduate and the assistant band director for Brownsboro High School, watched her marching band get doused and has called out the Lumberjacks and the high school from which she graduated, Cleveland High School Royal Braves Band, according to the Chandler-Brownsboro Statesman

SFA head football coach Clint Conque recently participated in the challenge, so we'll be waiting eagerly to see how the LJMB responds to their call out. 

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