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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Aug. 14

SFA Gardens Lecture Series
"Green Roofs, Green Walls, the South Carolina Way."
Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center
7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 24

2014 Accounting Fair
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
1 p.m. to 3p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30
SFA football at Kansas State
Manhattan, Kan.
6:10 p.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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McCarty named athletic director emeritus

SFA President Baker Pattillo surprised Steve McCarty, retired athletic director and current chair of the Board of Regents, at the board's Tuesday meeting by awarding him a new title: athletic director emeritus.

"I think everybody here knows how much this university means to me," McCarty said following the president's announcement.

"It has been a major part of our life, for both me and my wife, Sara. I never expected this, Dr. Pattillo. I appreciate it more than you know. This is the highest honor of my life. Thank you very much."

McCarty retired from SFA in 2005 after 21 years of service to the university, the last 15 as athletic director. He was appointed to the board by Gov. Rick Perry in 2009, becoming the first former staff member to ever serve the university in that capacity. He was elected chair in 2013 and was chosen earlier this year to lead the board for a second term.
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Dr. Scott Whitney

Department of Human Services

Whitney will present at the Northeast Texas Consortium Distance Learning Regional/National Conference hosted on campus at the Janet A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center.  The title is "Video-Based On-line Learning Systems and Tools." He will address the challenges faced with video assessments, the solutions, preliminary results of his empirical study and recommendations for future research.

Additionally, Whitney received word from Elizabeth Vilky at National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation that the Specialize Professional Associations report that he authored for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program received recognized status. 

Dr. Treba Marsh

Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy

Marsh, professor of accounting, received the Association of Government Accountants’ Author Award on July 16. The award was presented at the association’s Professional Development Training in Orlando, Fla.
This award recognizes the 12-member AGA Journal Editorial Board’s choice of the best article appearing in the scholarly Journal of Government Financial Management during the 2013-14 program year. The board chose to recognize Marsh’s co-authored article, “Government’s New Normal: A Changing Role for Auditors,” which was published in the fall 2013 issue of the journal. Marsh co-authored this article alongside Dr. Mary Fischer, , professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Tyler, and Dr. Lucille Montondon, professor of accounting at Texas State University.
This article discussed how state and local governments face extreme fiscal challenges as revenue sources shrink and new, long-standing obligations expand. This combined with revised requirements for pension and benefit recognition and reporting creates unique pressures on governmental financial conditions. Given this environment, auditor diligence must prevail to provide adequate assurance to stakeholders.

Dr. Nancy Shepherd and Dr. Sally Ann Swearingen

School of Human Services

Shepherd and Swearingen, professors of human sciences, presented “Creating a Mindset of Sustainability Through Life Skill Development in Design” June 27 at the 105th American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference: Global Gateway to Healthy and Sustainable Families. 

Shepherd and Swearingen’s interactive session fostered critical thinking skills and a problem solving mindset of promoting sustainability. Examples of recycled projects as well as guidelines for teaching sustainability were shared with those in attendance. More than 750 professionals and students in family and consumer sciences and allied fields from across the U.S. convened at the Hyatt Regency at the Arch for the conference.

News & Announcements

Check out the latest video featuring SFA's football program

In less than a month, Lumberjacks will spill onto the Wildcats' field at Kansas State for their first game of the season. A week after that, they'll take the axe to Cardinals from the University of the Incarnate Word in Homer Bryce Stadium.

If you're not excited, you should be. If you need a little help, check out the latest video from the football program. 

SFA professor of music to offer commencement address

Dr. Ron E. Anderson, professor of music at SFA, will offer the commencement address during the university's summer graduation ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 9.

Anderson, a resident of Nacogdoches, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College and a Master of Arts and doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. He has been a member of the SFA music faculty and administration since 1970.

During his 44-year tenure, Anderson served as director of choral activities for 13 years before serving as director of the School of Music from 1986 to 2009. Enrollment of music majors more than doubled during his directorship, and he helped oversee the expansion and renovation of the Tom and Peggy Wright Music Building and the naming of the Ed and Gwen Cole Concert Hall.
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Regents approve extension of SFA marketing campaign as part of $238.6 million budget

Due to the success of SFA's recent marketing campaign, the Board of Regents approved extending the project through the next fiscal year, allocating $1.6 million for a two-phase plan that will include more of the popular "Lumberjacks Make Great" billboards and other advertising.

The next phase of the campaign will include extensive media buys during both the fall and spring semesters, focusing on the most critical times of year for the college-decision process, according to representatives from Richards/Carlberg, the university's marketing and creative design partner for the campaign.

"The initial phase of the campaign focused on increasing the positive perception of SFA among prospects, students, alumni and business leaders, and that will continue," Chuck Carlberg, the firm's principal, said during a presentation to the board Monday. "However, the next phase of the campaign will be more targeted at helping to increase inquiries and, ultimately, enrollment."
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Show your SFA pride for College Colors Spirit Cup

As part of the 10th annual College Colors Day celebration, SFA is participating in the Spirit Cup competition and is asking for fan support to help win this year’s cup. Prizes include a $10,000 donation toward the general scholarship fund, as well as a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to the College Football Playoff National Championship game.

The Spirit Cup is a points-based rivalry competition that utilizes social media platforms to crown its champion. Lumberjack fans can earn points for SFA by showcasing their school spirit on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #CollegeColors and #AxeEm. Bonus points can be earned by sharing those posts via the College Colors Day app. The school with the most points at the end of the competition will be crowned the Spirit Cup champion and receive a $10,000 donation towards its general scholarship fund.
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Nacogdoches Medical Center remains in-network provider

Human Resources received word late Friday evening that Nacogdoches Medical Center and UnitedHealthcare have reached a contract agreement. 

This means Nacogdoches Medical Center will remain an in-network medical provider under SFA’s health insurance, and employees will not experience any disruptions in coverage. 


Underwood Basketball Camp

Former SFA Lumberjack basketball player Desmond Haymon, center, explains the importance of basketball fundamentals at the second annual Brad Underwood Basketball Camp. Participants enhanced their basketball skills through a variety of drills, contests and games. Aside from basketball, campers gained valuable life skills and developed lasting friendships. The camp session was held last week in the Lucille Norton HPE main gym on the SFA campus.

Lumberjacks Open Fall Practices Tuesday

The 2014 SFA football season officially gets underway this week as the Lumberjacks open fall camp on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Homer Bryce Stadium.

The 'Jacks will have 22 practices during the camp portion of the schedule, concluding on Sunday, Aug. 24, when SFA begins its regular in-season practice schedule.

“I know myself and my staff are very eager to get fall practices underway,” said head coach Clint Conque. “We’ve taken full advantage of the new NCAA legislation which permits us to work with our players on a limited basis during the summer as we’ve had our entire team on campus for the last six weeks. We have some tremendous challenges ahead, but we also have some great opportunities.”
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Schroeder announces 2014 fall golf schedules

SFA head golf coach Trey Schroeder today announced the fall schedules for both the Lumberjack and Ladyjack golf programs. The men will take to the course four times in the fall with the women competing in five events.

“We’re looking forward to this season and building on the successes we had last year,” Schroeder said. “It’s a good schedule for us as there is a good balance of tournaments. We’ll see some of the top teams in the country, and it will give us some good experience as we move into the spring.”

The Lumberjacks open up their 2014-15 campaign at the challenging Invitational at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, on Sept. 13-14 – an event that historically brings in some of the country’s top programs.
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Combo package for SFA athletics on sale now

Faculty and staff members can purchase the Purple Lights Combo package by calling (936) 468-JACK (5225) or by visiting the ticket office located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Here's something to think about if you're trying to pack in one last beach trip before the students return (the official fall equinox, by the way, is only 50 days away). 

On Aug. 5, 176 years ago, Bolivar peninsula got its first full-time Anglo settler, according to the Texas State Historical Commission.

Of course, he wan't the first to make use of the place. Among earlier visitors was pirate Jean Lafitte. Lafitte is thought to possibly have stashed a fortune somewhere along the Texas Gulf Coast, possibly in Galveston, Corpus Christi or somewhere in southwestern Louisiana.

Anyone have a metal detector and shovel?

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