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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Sept. 10
Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture New Student Academic Convocation
4 p.m.
Forestry Building, Room 117

College of Sciences and Mathematics
4 p.m.
Kennedy Auditorium

Friday, Sept. 11
SFA soccer vs. University of Louisiana - Monroe
7 p.m.
SFA Soccer Field

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

Sunday, Sept. 13
SFA soccer vs. Texas State University
1 p.m.
SFA Soccer Field




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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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News & Announcements

SFA to host Pitcaithley, Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

SFA will welcome former National Park Service chief historian Dr. Dwight T. Pitcaithley to campus for a weeklong visit and public address in October.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow will present "Centennial of the National Park Service" at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. Admission is free and open to the public.

Pitcaithley said it is a tremendous honor to visit SFA as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow. "There are dozens and dozens of visiting fellows the university could have selected," he said. "To spend a week in Nacogdoches interacting with students, faculty, administrators and the public is something I look forward to with great anticipation."
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SFA partners with NBC Learn to provide new digital resources

SFA will host onsite hands-on training to faculty and staff members for NBC Learn Monday, Sept. 14, and  Tuesday, Sept. 15. Times and locations for the trainings have been emailed to faculty and staff members and are available by request by emailing pmo@sfasu.edu.

NBC Learn can be accessed through the ‘Research’ tab in mySFA, at sfasu.edu/nbclearn or through  the Steen Library’s Database A-Z list. Users also can find videos on specific topics by limiting the search to articles and more in SteenFind, the library’s online catalog.

NBC Learn is a unique collection of video resources that include primary sources, historic footage, images, mini-documentaries and text. The in-depth stories found on NBC Learn are designed for faculty members to give students access to digital content that is engaging, inspiring and relevant to daily life.

SFA provides the higher education version to all of campus and a K-12 version to the SFA Charter School. These resources also are available to students for research and projects.

SFA serving as alpha partner for Student Success Collaborative Campus

SFA will host the Education Advisory Board team to provide hands-on training of Student Success Collaborative Campus for faculty members and professional student success coaches Wednesday, Sept. 16, and Thursday, Sept. 17. SSC Campus is the integration of GradesFirst and the Student Success Advising Platform. Training times and location are available through myTraining. All faculty members and professional student success coaches are asked to sign up for the training.

SSC Campus will be the campus-wide platform used for student advising. The program  provides added functionality such as appointment scheduling, student texting, student tracking of academic resources usage and will serve as a new early-alert mechanism.

SFA is one of three universities serving as an alpha partner with EAB to create and test the functionality of the two combined systems. An integration team of campus stakeholders heavily involved in the student advising process met on a weekly basis throughout the summer, under the leadership of the project management office. This integration team has been instrumental in decision-making specific to our university needs. The go-live date for campus-wide use will be Monday, Oct. 5.

LiveText and D2L training for faculty members teaching in fall 2015

Faculty members teaching core classes in fall 2015 should register for a LiveText training session if they have never attended a session or need a refresher. The training session is titled "LiveText and D2L Come Together."

To register for a session, click here.

Training sessions this month include:
11 a.m. - noon; Thursday, Sept. 10, Steen Library, Room 215
2 - 3 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 15, Steen Library, Room 107
1 - 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Sept. 16, Steen Library, Room 215
11 a.m. - noon; Thursday, Sept. 17, Steen Library, Room 215
2 - 3 p.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 22, Steen Library, Room 107

If you do not receive an email asking you to register your account before your session, or if you have questions about LiveText, contact Jennifer Stringfield at (936) 468-1267 or jstringfield@sfasu.edu.

If you have questions about the core-assessment process, contact Larry King at (936) 468-1260 or lking@sfasu.edu.

Rehabilitation counseling program receives accreditation

The Council on Rehabilitation Education has notified Dr. Alan Larson, associate professor and coordinator of the rehabilitation counseling program, that SFA’s Master of Arts in rehabilitation counseling will be recognized as fully accredited for a two-year term. The Council on Rehabilitation Education is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the accrediting body for master’s degree programs in rehabilitation counselor education. In addition to Larson, Drs. Bill Weber and Yuleinys Castillo have been involved in the accreditation process.

An article co-authored by Michael Munro, program director of the visual impairment/orientation and mobility programs, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. The article is titled “Initial validation study for a scale used to determine service intensity for itinerant teachers of students with visual impairments.” In addition to serving as program director, Munro is the principal investigator on a major grant, supervises summer camps that serve children with visual impairments, and is in the process of completing his doctoral dissertation.

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs announces upcoming internal funding opportunities and deadlines

The SFA OSRP is pleased to offer funding opportunities to faculty members pursuing research and creative interests for the upcoming year.

The largest grant, the Research and Creative Activity Faculty Research Grant, provides a six-week summer salary and funding up to $10,000 to support travel to collect data, minor equipment, supplies and materials, hourly student assistant wages and specific services.

The Research Grant Development grant provides support of up to $5,000 to assist faculty members who have the potential for obtaining significant funding from an external sponsor to develop a fundable research proposal. The Research Pilot Studies Grant provides support up to $3,000 to assist initiating pilot projects to generate data for a specific project for extramural funding.

Mini-grants also are available on a rolling deadline for travel, project and publication support.
Deadlines are as follows:
Research and Creative Activity Faculty Research Grant: Friday, Oct. 30, for spring and summer funding

Research Grant Development and Research Pilot Studies grants: Sunday, Nov. 15, for spring funding
More information is available on the ORSP’s website.

Those interested in applying for the grants, or who have questions should contact Shawn Fischer at (936) 468-1151.

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.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature fall plant sale preview

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

SFA Gardens' horticulturists Dawn Stover and Greg Grant will present "A Plant Preview of the Upcoming Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale." Their combined program will provide important information and images of the various special, popular and unusual plants available at the sale.

The annual fall sale will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. The sale will feature a wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas-tough" plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA introductions. Most of the featured plants are produced by staff members and volunteers of the SFA Gardens.
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SFA Planetarium shows return Friday, Sept. 11

The SFA Planetarium will screen "Oceans in Space" in September and October, beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11.

The show is a journey of exploration that seeks out places where conditions are favorable for life to exist. This original and thought-provoking presentation highlights the search for extra-solar planets and an understanding of the conditions necessary to form and sustain life. Inspired in part by the goals of NASA’s Origins Program — an effort to answer the enduring questions that spur space exploration — this program introduces audiences to the diversity of life on our home planet even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe.
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Gameday feature: Justin Owens

He is one of the most recognizable Lumberjacks on the field, thanks to his long hair flowing out from underneath his helmet, as well as the intensity with which he plays the game. Although it’s hard to imagine, senior linebacker Justin Owens didn’t always have his trademark look.

“The hair started growing when I started college,” Owens recalls. “Before that, I always had short hair – like we’re talking buzz cut short. I know it’s hard for a lot of people to imagine, but it use to be really short. I just figured I’d try something different while I still had hair.”
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Southland Conference Mascot Challenge is back

The SFA Lumberjacks are the two-time defending champions of the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge! This year's competition will run until Thursday, Nov. 12.

Be sure to show your love for our Lumberjack by voting daily here.

SFA faces second-ranked TCU in Fort Worth Saturday

SFA will head to the DFW Metroplex for arguably one of the most challenging games in program history. The Lumberjacks square off with second-ranked Football Bowl Subdivision powerhouse Texas Christian University at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth. This marks the third-straight season SFA will travel to a Big 12 opponent.

Saturday’s game at TCU will be aired nationally on FOXSports1. Joe Davis (play-by-play) and Brady Quinn (color) will handle the call in the booth with Kris Budden serving as the sideline reporter. Rob Meyers will once again handle the radio call for the Lumberjacks airing live on Q107.7 FM and online at Q1077.com. Live stats are available at GoFrogs.com with in-game updates available on Twitter @SFA_Football. To locate this channel on your cable provider, visit FoxSports.com
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Fine Arts

Daniel, Frields exhibition showing at Cole Art Center

Along with the opening of the SFA School of Art Faculty Exhibition on Thursday, Sept. 10, in Cole Art Center, there will be the opening of a show in memory of two former SFA faculty member artists.

"In Memory of Two Former SFA Art Professors: John Daniel & Gary Frields" opens at 6 p.m. in the Reception Gallery in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House. Also opening that night is a show by Shaun Roberts, assistant professor of painting at SFA.

The Daniel show includes digital drawings, prints and mixed media, while the Frields exhibition features digital drawings, traditional drawings and mixed media sculpture. Daniel taught art at SFA for 38 years, and Frields taught for 26 years.
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SFA art faculty exhibition to showcase variety of mediums

SFA School of Art faculty members will exhibit their work in a show that opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

As in the past, this annual exhibition will showcase a variety of mediums, including sculpture, painting, photography, metal work, ceramics and prints, according to John Handley, director of SFA art galleries.

The show will also feature the artwork of Shaun Roberts, assistant professor of painting at SFA, in a separate exhibition in the Reavley Gallery of the art center.
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SFA’s First Friday Film Series to feature ‘Tomato Republic’

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Tomato Republic” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, in The Cole Art Center at The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

In this hour-long film, documentarians Jenna Jackson, Anthony Jackson and Whitney Graham Carter delve into the thoughts and feelings of rural East Texas residents during a heated mayoral race in Jacksonville, Texas, home of the annual Tomato Festival.

Texas Monthly writer Skip Hollandsworth described the film as “a marvel.”
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Bassist Rusev to perform at SFA

Ilko Rusev, principal bassist of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Medellin and professor at the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia, will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in Cole Concert Hall on the campus of SFA.

The program will include virtuosic compositions by the romantic composer Giovanni Bottesini and will feature the beloved "Arpeggione" sonata by Franz Schubert.

The performance is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series of the SFA School of Music.
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