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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Aug. 14
Summer II final examinations

Saturday, Aug. 15
William R. Johnson Coliseum
9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 19
Grade entry completed for summer II

Tuesday, Aug. 25
New Faculty General Orientation
8 a.m.

New Faculty Orientation - meet with librarians
1:30 to 3 p.m.




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Marketing Campaign Update

Representatives of the Richards/Carlberg agency gave an update during the July quarterly meeting of the SFA Board of Regents regarding their work to create positive messaging about SFA that, when used consistently, will help to enhance perceptions of SFA, motivate alumni and donors to support the university, recruit and retain high-caliber students and world-class faculty, increase enrollment and reinforce internal pride in the institution.

Regents heard the encouraging news that the percentage of applicants who meet SFA’s criteria has increased by 13 percent (more than 900 students). As a result, while the number of overall applications has not increased significantly, admissions have increased. And while Orientation registrations are up slightly, they have not grown at the same rate as admits. Therefore, we all will be watching closely on the 12th class day when enrollment figures are calculated, and the information we have gathered during this first full year of the campaign will continue to be analyzed and taken into consideration as new strategies for fiscal year 2016 are considered.
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SFA Board of Regents approves construction of STEM Building

Authorized by the Texas Legislature, the SFA Board of Regents approved a $46.4 million investment for the construction of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics building on campus.

Regents approved Kirksey Architecture of Houston as the designer. The Houston-based firm of architects, designers and planners pledged to provide a design reflective of the university's environment and reputation.

Kirksey Architecture has completed science facilities for Texas Tech University in Lubbock and the Texas Tech Health Science Center in El Paso, as well as for the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. The company designed SFA's newest residence hall, Lumberjack Landing, and the adjacent parking garage.
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Board of Regents approves faculty, staff changes

The SFA Board of Regents approved the promotions of three faculty members to administrative positions during the quarterly meeting Tuesday.

Sara Bishop is the new director of the Richard and Lucille DeWitt School of Nursing. Bishop, an associate professor, had been serving in that position on an interim basis. Wesley Brown, associate professor of geology, was promoted to professor and will serve as chair of the Department of Geology in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Leslie Cecil, an associate professor, will serve as chair of the Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts.

Faculty appointments approved included Christopher McKenna and Andrew Thornley, assistant professors of business communication and legal studies in the Nelson Rusche College of Business. Gennard Lombardozzi, assistant professor of music, and Inga Meier, assistant professor of theatre, were approved as new faculty members in the College of Fine Arts.
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Dr. Jared Barnes

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

Barnes, assistant professor of agriculture, attended the 33rd annual Perennial Plant Association's Symposium in Baltimore, Maryland, where he presented "Propagating Horticulturists: A Cultural Guide to Our Craft, Culture and Industry," to an audience of approximately 150 people. 

He discussed how members of the horticulture community can sow passion with young students, help amateur gardeners take root and graft people's interests together to help connect them with horticulture.

Barnes also delivered a keynote lecture at the New York Botanical Garden for the third annual Hortie Hoopla, a day where interns and students from around the New York area come to hear inspiring lectures and advice for advancing their careers. In his talk he discussed 10 ways the audience could cultivate themselves and the future of horticulture. More than 160 people were in attendance.

News & Announcements

SFA professor among 2015 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educators

Project Learning Tree, the environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation, has named Dr. Alan Sowards, professor of elementary education at SFA, a 2015 National Outstanding Educator. Sowards is among five educators selected nationwide to receive recognition for his use of environmental education to improve student learning and foster environmental stewardship.

"I appreciate being recognized by my peers for teaching about something that I am very passionate about," Sowards said. "I believe it is important to engage individuals about environmental issues in order for them to gain an appreciation for the environment and to become good stewards."

Sowards teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at SFA to help prepare new teachers for the classroom. He instructs them on how to incorporate environmental education, and he developed the Bugs, Bees, Butterflies and Blossoms program to give SFA students practice teaching science in an outdoor setting with thousands of elementary students, their teachers and parents.
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Dr. Keith Hubbard to be presented with Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship

11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Austin Building, Room A307

Dr. Keith Hubbard, associate professor of mathematics and statistics at SFA, is the latest recipient of an endowed professorship established to reward faculty members who serve as excellent mentors and teachers.

The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship recognizes professors who instill, foster and promote a mentoring culture at SFA. The award is named for Dr. Jim Towns, a longtime SFA professor of communication studies.

Hubbard, who joined SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics in 2005, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, including algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry and finite math. His research interests are vertex algebras and co-algebras, mathematical finance and mathematics education.
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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Georgia plant explorer

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Scott McMahan, owner of McMahan Nursery in Atlanta, will present "Climbing Asian Mountains, Fording Rivers and Fighting the Elements: Moments from a Plant Hunter's Diary."

A resident of Decatur, Georgia, McMahan is an extreme plant enthusiast. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wofford College and an associate degree in horticulture from Spartanburg Technical College in South Carolina. He was a propagator for a large wholesale grower for five years, as well as the nursery manager at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for several years.
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Registration open for SFA Career Services 2015 Job Fair

SFA Career Services would like to invite you to the 2015 Part-Time Job, Volunteer and Internship Fair. This is a great opportunity to hire student workers, graduate assistants or event volunteers for departments and organizations you advise! Free tables are available for SFA faculty and staff members to meet more than 250 eager students looking to work or for volunteer opportunities on campus. Area businesses also are encouraged to register for the fair.

2015 Part-Time Job, Volunteer and Internship Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 2
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
SFA faculty and staff members, departments and organizations can register for free, and the fee for businesses is only $25. Registration includes an 8-foot recruiting table with two chairs.
Register online through Jobs4Jacks or click here to register directly. For more information, call SFA Career Services at (936) 468-3305 or visit here.


Year of the Jacks - March

The 2014-15 academic year proved to be arguably the most memorable year in the history of SFA Athletics. Nine regular season conference titles, three NCAA postseason appearances, seven Coach of the Year honors, seven All-Americans, 23 Southland Conference major award winners, a national runner-up showing and the program's first Division I national champion. Over the next few weeks, SFAJacks.com will look back at the highlights of SFA's historic season, which came to be known as the "Year of the 'Jacks."

The most recent installment of the series, covering March, is currently live on SFAJacks.com. The next installment will be released on Friday, Aug. 7.

The full "Year of the 'Jacks" series schedule is:
Friday, Aug. 7: April
Friday, Aug. 14: May/June
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Ladyjacks in the pros: Iceland adventure part two

After helping the Ladyjacks win four consecutive Southland Conference Championships during their time at SFA, Megan Dunnigan, Morgan Glick and Chelsea Raymond became the first three women’s soccer players to sign professional contracts in program history. Three of the best players to ever wear the SFA purple and white, they took their talents overseas to Iceland to kick off their professional careers. Over the course of the summer, SFAJacks.com will post journal entries and photos from Dunnigan, Glick and Raymond, highlighting their experiences and post-collegiate achievements.
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Kerley earns gold, silver at Pan Am Juniors

The future is bright for SFA sprinter My'Lik Kerley. The freshman won the silver medal for the USA in the 400-meter run at the 2015 Pan American Junior Games in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, establishing himself as one of the fastest runners in North and South America.

And he's only 19 years old.
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SFA honored with national marketing award

The SFA athletics marketing team was the Bronze Winner for Student Promotion at the 24th annual National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators Convention in July.

The prestigious award was presented to SFA for the promotion of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The Lumberjack basketball team played host to Northern Iowa inside William R. Johnson Coliseum on Nov. 18.
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SFA-TCU game to air nationally on FOX Sports 1

Kickoff for the 2015 football season has been set as SFA will face nationally-ranked Texas Christian University at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. The game will be nationally televised on FOX Sports 1, the Big 12 Conference and FOX sports announced

SFA will now have at least seven broadcasted games in 2015, including the ESPN3 broadcasts of all five Lumberjack home games and the American Sports Network coverage of SFA's game at Abilene Christian University on Saturday, Sept. 26. That number could grow when the Southland Conference releases its televised games for the second half of the 2015 season.
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Purple Lights Combo on sale now

Don't miss your chance to be a part of another exciting year with Lumberjack Athletics. The Purple Lights Combo is back this season, offering ticket packages for the 2015-16 SFA football and men's and women's basketball seasons.

The Purple Lights Combo is $135 for the general public and $80 for SFA faculty and staff members, and includes reserved bench seating for football and reserved chair-back seating for basketball. It is a savings of $24 for general public tickets since football season tickets run $63 and basketball season are priced at $96.
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Fine Arts

Tubbs new preparator for SFA art galleries

Michael Tubbs, faculty member in the SFA School of Art, has assumed the duties of gallery preparator following the recent retirement of Gary Parker, who worked for the university for nearly 30 years.

"We conducted a national search for this position," said John Handley, director for the SFA galleries. "From the applicants we received, Michael was clearly the most qualified, and we are happy to have him join our team."
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Music Prep scholarship deadline extended

The deadline to submit scholarship applications to attend fall classes in the Music Preparatory Division of the SFA School of Music has been extended, according to Pat Barnett, Music Prep director.

Originally set for Saturday, Aug. 1, the deadline has been pushed to Friday, Aug. 14, to allow additional time for students to apply, Barnett said. Scholarship applications can be downloaded from the website.

New student registration and auditioning for the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St. Teachers will be present to advise students and parents on private lesson opportunities and group activities. Private 16-week lessons begin Monday, Aug. 24, and private 12-week lessons with SFA student instructors begin Monday, Sept. 14.

For more information, contact Barnett at pbarnett@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1291. The Music Prep office is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

SFA School of Theatre plans Scotland benefit

A SFA School of Theatre event on Saturday, Aug. 1, will help raise funds for theater students to attend a special class in Edinburgh, Scotland, while they are participating in the two-week Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

While in Edinburgh, the School of Theatre will produce two new plays, including "Hate Mail" by SFA playwright-in-residence Jack Heifner and the student-written "Mom and Dad" by Nick Pinelli, an SFA graduate from The Woodlands, and Allison Day, a San Antonio senior. Pinelli and Day wrote the play as an honors project for their class with Heifner.

Students will perform "Hate Mail" and "Mom and Dad" at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, in the Upstage Theatre in the Griffith Fine Arts Building on the SFA campus. The plays are recommended for mature audiences.
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'Scrap' documentary to show at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Scrap" at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

"Scrap" is a feature documentary following the history of two eccentric builders and their amazing structures which were each built by a single man: "The Forevertron" built by Tom Every and "Bishop Castle" built by Jim Bishop. The film focuses on the architects of these structures, as they are "as fascinating and awe inducing as their creations," according to information at imdb.com.

Paul von Stoetzel directed the film, which runs 101 minutes.

This screening is part of the School of Art's monthly Friday Night Film Series and is sponsored in part by The Liberty Bell, Main Street Nacogdoches, Bill Arscott, Dr. Jill Carrington, Karon Gillespie, John Heath, Dr. David Kulhavy and Brad Maule.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.
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SFA College of Fine Arts announces 2015-16 University Series

The SFA College of Fine Arts continues its tradition of bringing professional artists to East Texas in presenting five national touring acts in the 2015-16 University Series.

This interesting mix of performance art brings Bharatanatyam dances from India, gypsy swing from San Francisco and the story of Dracula from the pages of Bram Stoker's timeless horror story to the W.M. Turner stage. The series also features a famous family of pianists and a dazzling soprano from Texas, according to Dr. John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts.

"Designed to bring quality fine arts experiences to East Texas, the series consists of five highly acclaimed professional touring groups," Goodall said. "This year, we are going back to our roots in being reflective of the early years of the University Series, featuring touring acts only while at the same time significantly lowering our prices and streamlining the process for ordering tickets."
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Watercolor East Texas exhibition to open at Cole Art Center

The 31st Watercolor East Texas juried exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 25, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

This year's juror is Marie Renfro, a nationally known artist from Plano who works in oil, acrylic and watercolor and uses various media to express her emotional response to a subject. Her work has received numerous awards and is included in major collections in the Dallas area.

Renfro is a member of the Plano Art Association, the Southwestern Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Associated Creative Artist of Texas and Texas Visual Arts Association. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Texas Woman's University and has studied in several European countries.

Some WET exhibition paintings will be priced for sale. The exhibition runs through Saturday, Aug. 29.

The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, contact WET member Peggy Fare at (936) 635-0670 or call the art center at (936) 468-1131.

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Some scientists think early Earth might have been sporting SFA's official color, purple, instead of the greens we see today.

Check out this article from LiveScience.com explaining why a recent study theorizes that plants, at one time, may have used the chemical retinal instead of chloropyll to harness sunlight, which would have tinted biological hotspots a purple color.

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