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This Week's Calendar

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

Monday, Sept. 7
Labor Day holiday

Saturday, Sept. 12
SFA football vs. Texas Christian University
2:30 p.m.
Fort Worth

Saturday, Sept. 19
Parent's Day

SFA football vs. McNeese State University
6 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium




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SFA Alumni Association presents 2015 Alumni Awards

The SFA Alumni Association will honor eight alumni at its annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

The Alumni Association awards its highest honors to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions, the community and who advance the goals and values of SFA.

The association named the following as recipients of the 2015 Alumni Awards: Bob Sitton, Hall of Fame Alumnus; Susan Roberds and Ron Collins, Distinguished Alumni; Nick Pesina and Travis Turner, Outstanding Young Alumni; Jaclyn Partin and Jim Drennan, Lumberjack Pride Award; and Dr. Brian Oswald, Distinguished Professor.
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News & Announcements

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.

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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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

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.

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.

Campus Recreation

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.


Battle of Lumberjacks opens 2015 season

SFA opens up its 89th season of football with a battle of Lumberjacks at Homer Bryce Stadium. SFA hosts Northern Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 5, beginning the second year under head coach Clint Conque. It is a unique match-up as SFA and Northern Arizona State University are the only two teams in Division I that boast “Lumberjacks” as their mascot.

SFA has posted a 47-36-5 (.563) record in season openers as 2015 marks the first time the Lumberjacks have opened their season at home since a 49-14 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2012. Since Homer Bryce Stadium opened in 1973, SFA has played its season opener at home 24 times, posting a 17-7 (.708) record in those games and winning five of the last six.
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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.

Fine Arts

SFA art scholarship to honor Parker

The Friends of the Visual Arts at SFA has recently established a scholarship in honor of retired SFA School of Art faculty member Gary Parker.

The Gary Parker Art Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in spring 2016.

The FVA has established scholarships in the name of retiring SFA School of Art professors who were employed in the School of Art for minimum of 10 years before retirement and who contributed in a significant way to the mission of the FVA board and its fundraising activities, such as consistently donating art for fundraisers, providing monetary assistance, or serving on FVA committees or board.
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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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Who doesn't love a good Rube Goldberg machine? Whether the fence-opening mechanism from "The Goonies," or one of the breakfast making contraptions from "Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang" or "Back to the Future III," Hollywood has had plenty of fun whipping up meandering ways to achieve simple tasks.

So if you need a little inspiration for something to wow your colleagues and coworkers with your own contraption, check out this Atlas Obscura compilation of Rube Goldberg machines from the silver screen.

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