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Wednesday, Aug. 30
Volleyball at University of Louisiana at Monroe
6 p.m.
Monroe, Louisiana

Friday, Sept. 1
Soccer vs. Texas Southern University
7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Grambling State University
5 p.m.
Starkville, Mississippi

Volleyball vs. University of South Florida
10 a.m.
Starkville, Mississippi

Saturday, Sept. 2
Football at Southern Methodist University
6 p.m.

Volleyball at Mississippi State University
9 a.m.
Starkville, Mississippi

Volleyball vs. Tulane University
1 p.m.
Starkville, Mississippi

Sunday, Sept. 3
Soccer vs. Texas State University
1 p.m.




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Drs. Lauren Brewer and Kyle Conlon

Assistant professors in the Department of Psychology

Brewer gave the invited Presidential Keynote Address at the 2017 American Psychological Association Convention (Division 2) in Washington, D.C. Through her talk, "The Margin of Error: Scientific Literacy in the Electorate,” Brewer presented errors in thinking that people make when discussing politically charged issues and what professors can do to improve information literacy skills among the voting public.

Brewer and Conlon also presented a poster, "Reframing Research Methods Courses as Skills Development Courses," at the 2017 APA Convention. They compared two identical sections of a psychology research methods course. One course was framed as a skills development course, and the other was framed as an important course in the major (i.e., the traditional course). Students who passed the skills development course reported greater development in key skills compared to those who passed the traditional research methods course.

News & Announcements

Mathematics and statistics faculty members release virtual reality app

Drs. Jeremy Becnel, professor, and Nick Long, associate professor, both of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, developed and released a virtual reality app.

The “Calculus in Virtual Reality” app allows students to view lessons on mathematics in three dimensions as well as use interactive demonstrations to further explore related ideas. The app is free to download and available on the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

From noon to 1 p.m. every Thursday, Becnel and Long will hold informal discussions regarding this app and other virtual reality projects in the Emerging Technology Lab, located on the first floor of Steen Library. Students and faculty and staff members are invited to participate.

SFA professor also serves as teaching consultant

It’s 15 minutes before his elementary math education course begins at SFA, and that means only one thing — it’s time to dance.

Before every class, Dr. Jim Ewing, assistant professor at SFA, invites his students to arrive early for a dance warm up.

“I’ve always believed I can’t dance, and a lot of elementary teachers believe they can’t do math,” Ewing said. “So, I practice dancing and invite students to join. I’m vulnerable because I’m doing something I’m not very good at, and I’m taking a risk. Likewise, I encourage students to take a risk in teaching math.”
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Online forum available for those interested in virtual reality applications in higher education

SFA’s Department of Information Technologies and Steen Library’s Emerging Technologies Lab encourage SFA faculty and staff members to join a Yammer Group focused on the rapidly advancing field of virtual and augmented reality in education.

“Virtual and augmented reality can provide a curated, narrated, content-rich experience with the ability to entertain, educate and inform,” said Kreg Mosier, head of library web services at SFA’s Steen Library.

Travis Killen, system programmer II for SFA’s information technology services, created the online group to establish dialogue among SFA community members regarding the applications of such technologies.

To join the SFA VR Yammer Group, log in to mySFA, click the “Office 365 Apps” button, and select the Yammer app. Within the Yammer app, search SFA VR.

For more information, contact Killen at (936) 468-6644 or tkillen@sfasu.edu.

Retirement reception for Bobby Wiliams to be held tomorrow

SFA’s Business Office is hosting a retirement reception in honor of Bobby Williams, SFA bursar, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Regents’ Suite A.

Williams has served SFA for 22 years. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend the reception.

University Women’s Club to host social tonight

SFA University Women’s Club is hosting a social from 5 to 7 p.m. today at The Liberty Bell in downtown Nacogdoches.
This is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues, share summer stories and meet women from all over campus.

For more information, contact Angela Bacarisse, University Women’s Club president, at abacarisse@sfasu.edu.

Uber event rescheduled due to weather conditions

An event celebrating the arrival of Uber services in Nacogdoches will be rescheduled for a later date due to weather conditions in the area.

The ride-hailing service, common in larger cities, will begin operating soon in Nacogdoches. The event was originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. tomorrow on the SFA campus.

For more information, call (936) 468-2605.

Submissions being accepted for winter Undergraduate Research Highlights

Students and their faculty mentors are invited to submit Undergraduate Research Highlights by Friday, Sept. 1, for the Council on Undergraduate Research’s winter 2017 issue of Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research.

Highlights briefly describe peer-reviewed research or scholarly work in academic journals, books and book chapters, web-based publications and juried performances that have occurred within the past six months. Submissions must be in print and have one or more undergraduate co-authors.

Click here for more information.

Campus Recreation

Applications being accepted for 2017 Lumberjack Fitness Academy

The Employee Wellness program is currently taking applications for the 2017 Lumberjack Fitness Academy. The program, which is open to SFA faculty and staff members for the fall 2017 semester, focuses on providing health and nutrition assistance while utilizing the great resources SFA has to offer. 

To apply or for more information about the program, click here.

For questions, contact Jessica Waguespack, Employee Wellness coordinator, at (936) 468-6056.

Fine Arts

Nutcracker tickets on sale for general public

Tickets to attend the Nov. 16 and 17 performances of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at SFA are now available for purchase by the general public.

An Encore Event presented by SFA's College of Fine Arts, The Great Russian Nutcracker will be presented at 7:30 p.m. each night in Turner Auditorium in the Griffith Fine Arts Building. All ages will want to celebrate the holiday season with the Moscow Ballet’s company of nearly 40 ballerinas and other dancers on its 25th Anniversary Tour of North America.

A separate event apart from the University Series, Nutcracker adult tickets are $45 for Section A seating, $36 for Section B seating and $20 for Section C seating. Discounts are available for seniors, students, children, and SFA faculty and staff members.

For more information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu, stop by the Box Office in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 211, or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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While we are in the “back-to-school spirit,” it makes sense to dive into the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office archives to view some off-the-wall inventions.

From a concussion alarm clock and wrist backpack to an in-the-car coffee maker and motivational candy dispenser, these 11 patents give a new meaning to school supplies. Click here to view more.

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