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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, August 6
SAA Cinema
Heavyweights (PG)
6 p.m.

Wednesday, August 7
SAA Cinema
Ratatouille (G)
2 p.m.

Friday, August 9
Summer II Final Exams

Saturday, August 10
Summer Commencement

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19




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Former SFA professor of history to offer commencement address

 Dr. John W. Dahmus, former professor of history at SFA, will offer the commencement address during the university's summer graduation ceremonies Saturday, Aug. 10.

Dahmus, who resides in Nacogdoches, was employed with SFA for more than 40 years until his retirement in May. He earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio State University and master's degree from Penn State University, and he completed his doctoral degree at Cornell University.

Dahmus is a member of the International Medieval Sermon Studies Society, American Catholic Historical Association, American Society of Church History, Medieval Academy of America and the Sixteenth Century Studies Council. He also served as a past president of the SFA Branch of the Texas Association of College Teachers, an organization that worked closely with the legislature to help faculty members at Texas universities. Read More

Nacogdoches named 'Garden Capital of Texas'

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at SFA Wednesday celebrated Nacogdoches' recent designation as the Garden Capital of Texas. Nacogdoches was officially named the "Garden Capital of Texas" last spring as the result of a cooperative effort between state legislators, the City of Nacogdoches, SFA Gardens staff and Friends Advisory Board, the Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau and others. The SFA Gardens comprise the 10-acre Mast Arboretum, the 8-acre Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, the 42-acre Pineywoods Native Plant Center and the 8-acre Gayla Mize Garden.
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Dr. Robbie Steward

Human Services

Steward has been named a Fellow of the American Psychological Association through Division 35, Psychology of Women. Nominees for fellowship through Division 35 must receive letters of endorsement from the body of current Division 35 Fellows, and their dossiers must reflect evidence of outstanding and unusual contributions that have had national or international impact in the psychology of women.

Dr. Wendy Killam

Human Services

Killam, associate professor in counseling and student affairs, will present her "Creative Career Counseling Interventions for Clients across the Lifespan" proposal at the 2014 American Counseling Association Conference & Expo in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. John Hendricks

Mass Communication

A book by Hendricks, chair of the SFA Department of Mass Communication, has been published by Palgrave Macmillan in England. “Social Media and Strategic Communications” examines the role social media technologies play in the advertising and public relations industries.

News & Announcements

OIT OASIS: Faculty development event

The Office of Instructional Technology will host a professional development event for SFA faculty membersAug. 13-15.  The OIT OASIS will include workshops, presentations, course-building time and a working lunch. Workshops will address D2L, mobile learning, content creation tools, collaborative video conferencing and more. For more information and to pre-register click here.

SFA reports summer enrollment

SFA has recorded a summer enrollment of more than 5,000 students.
This figure represents a slight decrease from summer 2012 enrollment, due in large part to a restructuring of summer course offerings to make the schedule more efficient and cost effective, according to Dr. Richard Berry, provost and vice president for academic affairs. The absence of the largest graduating class in SFA history – 1,285 diplomas were awarded in May –  also is being felt on campus this summer, along with a smaller freshman class that resulted from increased admission standards that went into effect last fall.
“All of these factors have contributed to some degree to the slight reduction in summer enrollment this year,” Berry said. “We are now well positioned to continue responding to the academic needs of our students and moving them toward successful completion of their degrees.”
Included in the summer enrollment total are 763 students who attended the 12-day Maymester, along with 4,016 students attending Summer I classes and 3,758 students registered for Summer II.

SFA to host NETnet conference

A Distance Education conference is being held on the SFA campus Aug. 6-7. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the Dr. Janice Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center. The conference is free to SFA faculty members.

Distance educators from K-12 and higher education throughout the greater East Texas region will be on campus to focus on theory and skills that promote excellence in a variety of distance education settings. The conference is put on by the Northeast Texas Consortium (NETnet) and hosted locally by the SFA Office of Instructional Technology. For more information, visit here.

Conscious Speaker Series: John Scalici

The Office of Multicultural Affairs will present world renowned drum circle facilitator John Scalici: Drumming Up Diversity, the first speaker in the Conscious Speaker Series.

The event, a community celebration using drums and instruments from many cultures around the world will start at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 27.

The interactive rhythm-based program will help participants express their uniqueness through rhythm while being united by one common purpose. No experience is necessary to participate, and all are welcome.

Limited spots are available. To sign up, please email multiculturalcenter@sfasu.edu with the subject line "drum circle."

Collaborative Promotes SFA Student Success

SFA is implementing a new tool to help students succeed. The university has joined the Student Success Collaborative of the Education Advisory Board.  As one of 46 U.S. member institutions, SFA administrators, advisers and faculty members will have access to software that helps pinpoint off-path and at-risk students and provide earlier and more proactive support to help them graduate.

The SSC initiative analyzes the past decade of student performance at SFA. The goal is to use data analysis to identify courses where students tend to get stuck or stalled on their way to graduation, and find pathways and support services that will help them succeed. Read More

SFA Soccer scarves available

The SFA Soccer Program is selling SFA Scarves for $15 per scarf. A great addition to any fans home or office to show your SFA Pride.To order one contact Assistant Coach Kelly Tarrant at 936-468-1106 or tarrantkd@sfasu.edu

Registration, auditions scheduled for SFA's Music Preparatory Division

Students interested in private or group music lessons through the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music for the fall semester may register from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St.

Students in third through fifth grades are eligible to try out for the Children's Chorus, and students in sixth through 12th grades may audition for the Piney Woods Chorale.

Auditions for the Children's Chorus and the Piney Woods Chorale will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Music Prep House.

Both choirs will meet Mondays in Room 125 in the Wright Music Building, with the Children's Chorus meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the Piney Woods Chorale meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Auditions for the Piney Woods Orchestra will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, in the Music Prep House. The orchestra rehearses from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Mondays in Room 170 of the Wright Music Building.

In addition to the ensemble offerings, the Music Prep Division offers private lessons for voice, piano, Suzuki violin/viola/cello, traditional violin/viola/cello and bass, classical guitar, harp, flute, oboe, trumpet, horn, saxophone, percussion and other instruments as requested. Read More

Little Kickers Soccer Camp

Registration is now open for SFA's Little Kickers Soccer Camp. Players ages 3 to 5 will learn soccer skills from 5:15 to 6 p.m. each Monday Sept. 9 through Oct. 14 at the SFA Soccer Field. To register, visit here or call (936) 468-1106.

Campus Recreation

This week at Campus Rec

Student Recreation Center Reduced Facility Hours

The Rec will have reduced hours August 10-16 and will be closed August 17-22 for staff training and maintenance.  The Rec will have reduced hours on Friday, August 23, and fall hours begin on Saturday, August 24.  Please see all of our facility hours on the website here.

Fine Arts

SFA Children’s Performing Arts Series features science, music, comedy

Area school officials will find the new season brochure for the 2013-2014 SFA Children’s Performing Arts Series in their mailboxes when they return to school this fall.

Diane J. Flynn, manager of Stephen F. Austin State University’s Fine Arts Box Office and CPAS director, encourages school administrators to begin planning early to bring their students to any or all of the five touring shows to be featured in the coming season.

“We have an outstanding lineup of children’s shows scheduled for the 2013-2014 season,” Flynn said. “They range from the returning ‘Super Scientific Circus,’ which is always a favorite, to musicals with storylines designed to teach young theatre patrons lessons in friendship, bullying and trust as well as the importance of family bonds.”

The CPAS season opens with “Jigsaw Jones: The Case of the Class Clown,” presented by ArtsPower on Friday, Oct. 25. In the play, which is based on the book by author James Preller and targets first through fourth grades, Athena Lorenzo has been slimed, and she does not appreciate the practical joke. It is up to Jigsaw and his friend Mila to investigate the sliming and track down the second-grade class clown. Audiences will laugh as they learn the secret codes that Jigsaw must decipher to solve the mystery.
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Forty-two-year-old runner Tom Johnson ran an 80-kilometer race against Al Barraq, a horse, and won by 10 seconds in 2002. The horse was allowed two breaks for food and water, following rules ensuring fair treatment of animals in endurance competitions. Johnson was allowed to eat and drink as he ran.

Source: BBC News

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