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Monday, Aug. 31
Classes begin
8 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 5
SFA football vs. Northern Arizona State University
6 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

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Labor Day holiday

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SFA football vs. Texas Christian University
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Headlines


Gov. Abbott appoints three to SFA board of regents

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Alton Frailey of Katy, Nelda Blair of The Woodlands and re-appointed Dr. Scott Coleman of Houston to the SFA Board of Regents for terms set to expire on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021.

Frailey is the superintendent for Katy Independent School District. He is responsible for the daily operations of Katy ISD’s 60 campuses, over 70,000 students and more than 8,500 employees. Prior to joining Katy ISD, he served as superintendent for the DeSoto Independent School District, a suburb of Dallas and Cincinnati Public Schools in Cincinnati.

Blair is president and owner of The Blair Law Firm, P.C., and is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in three areas of real estate law. After a 20-year litigation practice, Blair now provides legal consultation services. For two years, Blair litigated cases in front of a real judge and TV camera as part of a FOX television series, and she continues to periodically appear as a legal commentator on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC and Court TV.

Coleman is a dentist in private practice and a clinical adjunct assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. He has lectured internationally and published articles on dental techniques and technology.
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Accomplishments

Dr. Mario Ajero

College of Fine Arts

Ajero, associate professor of piano, recently published an article in the July/August print and digital editions of the Clavier Companion magazine.

In the article, he shared effective setups and techniques to create engaging video piano lessons, which can help flip the content of what is traditionally delivered in the classroom. Students may watch the video at their convenience outside of class so they can devote class time to applying that knowledge, and to solving problems with the assistance of the instructor.


News & Announcements

Join the International Friendship Program

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

A student, faculty or staff member, or a member of the community is paired up with one or two international SFA students. The host and the student or students meet once or twice a month during the semester to have a conversation over coffee, play games, celebrate American holidays or whatever activity both enjoy.

This program opens interaction between the community and international students, and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. 

Individuals interested in participating as a host can complete an application here. Applications should be submitted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 8.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu

SFA Center for Teaching and Learning to host open house

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. The CTL, established in 2014 from the merging of the Office of High-Impact Practices, the Teaching Excellence Center, and the Office of Instructional Technology, recently completed a year of program building and planning and looks forward to showcasing its professional development programs to the campus community.

All are invited. Refreshments will be served.

Blood drive set for Wednesday, Sept. 2.

The SFA Student Engagement Team will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Regents Suite A.

Walk-ins are welcome, or you may call ahead to schedule an appointment to donate.

Contact Molly Moody at (936) 468-1088 or email moodymk@sfasu.edu to schedule a shift to volunteer with donor registration, make an appointment or for any questions.


Starr Avenue closed beginning today

Beginning the week of Monday, Aug. 31, through Friday, Sept. 4, Starr Avenue will be closed to through traffic from North Street to Raguet Street. Traffic will be detoured along Raguet (south) and Bailey streets. This section of Starr Avenue will be closed for approximately 12 months to move city utilities and increase the road width to four lanes. 

Other traffic changes include:

Clark Boulevard, Baker, Fredonia and Mound Streets at Starr Avenue will be closed.

Also, pedestrians and cyclists are cautioned to avoid the construction zone and seek alternate routes to and from campus as sidewalks along Starr Avenue will be demolished and later replaced.

SFA personnel will monitor campus traffic and work with the Texas Department of Transportation and the city to mitigate disruption on campus.  Faculty and staff members and students can help in the following ways:

•    Plan travel routes ahead of time
•    Dine on campus
•    Car pool
•    Walk or bike to work
•    Utilize the SFA Shuttle Bus Service

Retirement contribution rate change

The Teacher's Retirement System retirement contribution rate is set to increase with the Thursday, Oct. 1, paycheck. 

Contribution rates for Optional Retirement Program participants will not change this year. For more information, see Human Resources Benefits News.

Coach like a champion!

Have you ever wanted help coaching your child’s little league or youth soccer teams? Have you ever wanted to know more about our SFA teams and what they are trying to do on the court or on the field during games? SFA Athletics is proud to announce the launch of the Lumberjack Sports Institute at sfasportscience.com.
 
By becoming a member of the SFA-LSI, you are granted access to online coaching education material that is being updated to help educate you on the best practices of our athletic department. A first in the country. You also can register for in-person coaching symposiums as a part of our SFA-LSI 101 Series that will provide you all-access interaction with our coaching staff and facilities. Coming off the most successful year in SFA Athletics, this is a great time for you to get to know the great coaches and administrators in our SFA Athletic Department.
 
Take a second and explore the SFA-LSI website to learn more about the mission and goals of this great initiative. Feel free to email Wally Crittenden, head soccer coach, at coachwally@sfasu.edu for more information. All proceeds will be directed to the Varsity Club to benefit our athletes and our athletic programs.

Nominate your favorite student to be in an SFA photo shoot

Our marketing partners at Richards/Carlberg will be on campus Tuesday, Sept. 8, to capture additional student photos to be used in the upcoming marketing campaign.

They have asked us to identify photogenic students who might be willing to assist us. It is important to the campaign that we utilize good students who will cast the university in a favorable light. Students should have on SFA logo wear, if possible, and the men need to be clean shaven. 

Please provide the name and contact information (phone number and email address) of students who you believe meet the criteria. If you have any questions, please call (936) 468-2605 or email sluna@sfasu.edu.

Thanks for your assistance in making SFA great.

Athletics


SFA soccer edged 1-0 by WKU in Baton Rouge

The Ladyjacks created plenty of chances in the third quarter Sunday afternoon but couldn't score, falling to Western Kentucky University 1-0 at Louisiana State University's Soccer Stadium. SFA closes the weekend trip to Baton Rouge with two tough 1-0 defeats, also dropping a game to the University of Minnesota Friday evening.

"Today was tough for sure as we continued to build on our good mentality from Friday night," said head coach Wally Crittenden. "Good work ethic by the team today and we had some really dangerous attacks throughout the match to show for it. We missed several point blank chances that in tight games will decide the outcome."
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SFA drops two matches to close Auburn trip

The SFA women’s volleyball team finished the War Eagle Invitational at Auburn Arena with two losses on Saturday, dropping a 3-0 match to Samford University before falling in a five-set thriller to Jacksonville University.

The Ladyjacks (0-3) took a tough Jacksonville team to five sets in Saturday evening’s match. SFA’s middle-blocking duo of senior Jacque Allen and junior Justice Walker paced the attack with 14 kills apiece. Junior setter Shannon Connell dished out 50 assists and senior OJ Olson led the way with 25 digs. Allen added 10 blocks (1 solo, 9 assists) to notch a double-double.
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Clark announces 2015 cross country schedule

SFA cross country coach Cody Clark has announced the 2015 cross country schedule. The upcoming slate features seven competitions, including a dual meet in Nacogdoches to start the year.

The 2015 season will officially get underway on Friday, Sept. 4, when SFA hosts Northwestern State University for the SFA Lumberjack Opener in Pecan Acres City Park. The women will start things with a two-mile race beginning at 7 p.m. The men will follow with a 5k race at 7:30 p.m.
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Lumberjack Fitness Academy accepting applications

SFA Employee Wellness' Lumberjack Fitness Academy is now taking applications through Friday, Sept. 4. This free program, which is open to 20 SFA faculty and staff members for the fall 2015 semester, is focused on getting you healthier through fitness and nutrition while providing you with many of the great resources that SFA has to offer.  
 
For more information on the Lumberjack Fitness Academy, visit the Employee Wellness website to locate an application form and the Getting Started Guide.

For any questions, please contact Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

Fine Arts


Exhibition to feature work of UT Tyler art faculty members

An exhibition of artwork by faculty members of the University of Texas at Tyler School of Art can be viewed Sept. 3 through Oct. 9 in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

Guest artists include Gary Hatcher, James Pace, Alexis Serio, Dewane Hughes and Merrie Wright. The exhibition will feature a variety of mediums, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.

"Similarly to our own annual faculty show, this exhibition features the talents of the artists who teach at UT Tyler and includes painting, sculpture and mixed media pieces," Handley said.
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Meyer to premiere unique percussion compositions

Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA, will present a recital that features unique and newly commissioned compositions for solo and ensemble percussion.

The first event in the 2015-2016 Cole Performing Arts Series of the SFA School of Music, the recital is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building.

The performance includes several premieres, including Ivan Trevino's "Hold Fast" for vibraphone and drumset, Mark Applebaum's "Composition Machine No. 1" and Meyer's world premiere of his own arrangement of Steven Bryant's "Hummingbrrd."
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Exciting, educational children's shows coming 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 2015-16 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 2015-16 season are five exciting national touring productions designed to educate and entertain a variety of age groups."

The new season begins with "Fly Guy & Other Stories" on Friday, Oct. 16. In this Theatreworks USA production, seven delightful stories come to life in this musical revue based on popular children's books, including "Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl," "Diary of a Worm," "Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig," "Horace & Morris but Mostly Dolores" and others. Performed by a multi-racial cast, the stories represent various issues, themes and ideas relevant to a broad and diverse audience of children. Stories are subject to change. The show targets children in prekindergarten through fifth grades.
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It'll undoubtedly be a hectic day, 'Jacks, so instead of some lengthy, detailed article to add to your reading, here's a bunch of pretty photos.

The National Geographic 2015 Traveler Photo Contest wrapped up recently. As expected, there are some incredible photos in the collection.

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