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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 11
Conscious Speaker Series: An Interfaith Dialogue
BPSC Multimedia Room

Thursday, Sept. 12
'Shuffle. Play. Listen'
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Friday, Sept. 13
Cross Country
at Rice Invite

SFA Planetarium Show
Sky Quest
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Women's Soccer
vs. LSU
7 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
TCU Tournament
at TCU
Fort Worth

vs. Ole Miss
Fort Worth
5 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 14
Cross Country
SFA HS Lumberjack Invite

SFA Football
vs. McMurry
6 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
TCU Tournament
vs. Grambling St.
Fort Worth
10 a.m.

vs. Houston
Fort Worth
5 p.m.

SFA's 90th Anniversary
Cake and Ice Cream Celebration
11:30 a.m.
BPSC Plaza

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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SFA Timeline now online

To coincide with SFA's 90th anniversary, the East Texas Research Center staff has developed the SFA Timeline, a pictorial view of the expansion of the university over the nine decades of the university’s existence.  The SFA Timeline features photographs and brief biographies of the university presidents, histories of college buildings, and narratives of significant campus events. This is an ongoing project that will frequently receive updates. Take a step back in time to see how the university has evolved since 1923.

Updated smartphone app helps SFA students, faculty and staff stay connected

Android and iPhone users can now utilize Stephen F. Austin State University's updated app. The free app can be accessed from SFA's website here or directly through the phone's app store.

"Technology changes so rapidly," said Jason Johnstone, university webmaster. "The previous app launched a few years ago and offered basic features. The updated version provides more functions that the students, faculty and staff will find useful."

One of the features SFA newcomers will find beneficial is a campus map. Users can select a campus location and view detailed information, including street names, that will help expedite campus travel. The new map feature is aligned with an updated version of the faculty and staff directory, allowing users to search for employees by first or last name and then contact them by phone or email just by touching the screen. The directory feature also displays on the campus map where the employee's office is located.
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Dr. Heather Olson-Beal

Secondar Ed and Educational Leadership

Olson-Beal has been recognized with a 2013 Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty Award.

Ten educators across Northeast Texas were awarded with this annual recognition by the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities at its annual conference held at SFA Aug. 7.

Recipients were chosen for the award by contributing in the most highly creative ways to teach and learn using technology.

Greg Grant

SFA Gardens

Grant has published "Flying Tigers," an article about the eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly in the Sept./Oct. 2013 issue of "Neil Sperry's Gardens."

Dr. Kefa K. Onchoke

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Onchoke and graduate student Jorge J. Ojeda published "A DFT Study of the Vibrational Spectra of Mononitrated Fluoranthenes," a paper in Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds, 33(5): 473-500, 2013.

The paper provides detailed vibrational spectral signatures of these carcinogenic PAHs which are ubiquitous in the environment. These detailed studies on mononitrated fluoranthenes strives to provide insights into reasons for the observed mutagenicity of nitrofluoranthenes in both bacterial and human cells.

News & Announcements

Veterans Resource Center Open House

The Office of Student Affairs will host an open house for the SFA Veterans Resource Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the VRC located near the food court in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.
All students, as well as faculty and staff members, are invited to visit the VRC facilities, meet the veterans on campus and honor those who have served our country.
Refreshments will be served.

Earn your MBA from the Nelson Rusche College of Business at SFA

Would you like to:

  • Give your career a boost?
  • Expand your employment opportunities?
  • Raise your earning potential?
  • Develop networking connections?
  • Learn the latest managerial techniques?

Consider getting a Masters in Business Administration from SFA. Applications are accepted any time. Admission is open to holders of all undergraduate degrees, not just business. For more information about the program, benefits of an MBA and admission requirements, visit the MBA page here and contact Dr. Mikhail S Kouliavtsev, MBA director at (936) 468-1752 or mba@sfasu.edu.

Call for proposals for TEDxSFA 2014

TEDxSFA 2014 announces a call for proposals for its upcoming conference Feb. 8, 2014. The new conference theme is "Curiosity." If you are curious about submitting a proposal, email us at tedxsfa@gmail.com. If you're ready to submit your proposal, you can complete the online form here.

SFA 90th birthday celebration

President Baker Pattillo requests the pleasure of your company at SFA's 90th Anniversary Celebration.

The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza.

Cake and purple ice cream will be served.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to Feature New Products Specialist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building. Wayne Pianta, New Products Specialist with Ball Horticultural Company, will present “Plant Breeding, Garden Performance and New Product Development: What Makes the Cut and Why? A Survey of Recent Introductions.”

As a product technical specialist for PanAmerican Seed Company, Pianta works with many universities, trial gardens and botanical gardens to test and evaluate new products for their suitability and adaptation to regional environments around the United States. He is a member of the Colorado State University Trial Gardens Committee and the Gardens and Grounds Committee for the Dallas Arboretum. In his current position, he works with a network of the largest wholesale producers and retailers of ornamental plants to introduce these products to consumers.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is usually held the third Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s SFA Mast Arboretum. A plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series endowed fund are always appreciated.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email ggrantgardens@yahoo.com.

SFA authors to participate in East Texas Book Fest 2013

Authors of books published by the SFA Press will be among the more than 60 Texas writers celebrated at the fifth annual East Texas Book Fest this month in Tyler.

The SFA Press will sponsor a booth at the event and will offer copies of university press books for sale, including “Let the River Run Wild,” a book SFA Professor Emeritus Dr. Francis E. Abernethy co-authored with Adrian Van Dellen. Local authors Charles D. Jones, Mark Sanders, and Bobby and Myrna Johnson will be among those on hand at the book fest to discuss their work.

The East Texas Book Fest is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Tyler Rose Center, 420 Rose Park Drive in Tyler. Award-winning and best-selling authors for readers of all ages will be available to talk to attendees and autograph books at this popular regional event celebrating writers, books, reading and libraries.

The East Texas Book Fest is presented by Smith County Area Libraries Together (SALT). For the complete list of authors at Book Fest 2013, the event schedule and other information about the East Texas Book Fest, visit here.
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Conscious Speaker Series: An Interfaith Dialogue

As part of its fall 2013 Conscious Speaker Series, the Office of Multicultural Affairs would like to invite all faculty and staff to the second installment in the series, "An Interfaith Dialogue," at noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Multimedia Room of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Despite opposing beliefs, an unlikely pair of community leaders have joined efforts in breaking down barriers of intolerance and hate. Neal Katz, a rabbi, and Anwar Khalifa, a Muslim, are known for their extraordinary leadership in the nearby city of Tyler. Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs on this journey about friendship, humility and service.

Light refreshments will be served.

Campus Recreation

This week at Campus Rec

Last Day to Register for Mountain Biking 101
Monday, Sept. 9

SFA boasts some of the best mountain biking trails in the region. Join us Saturday, Sept. 14, for a day of outdoor adventure as our experienced staff introduces general bike use, maintenance and care. Develop your skills on three levels of challenging trails right here on campus. Cost of $15 includes bike and safety gear rental, professional instruction, lunch, and trip guides. For more information or to register, visit the Outdoor Center or call (936) 468-6055.

Massage Presentation
Tuesday, Sept. 10
6-8 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

Learn massage techniques from certified massage therapist Therese Hostetter. Bring a friend or significant other to this interactive event. Pre-register at the Rec Administration Office to guarantee your spot. Walk-ins are also welcome!

Free Faculty Fridays at the Rec
Friday, Sept. 13

Each Friday during the fall 2013 semester, faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. A current SFA faculty or staff member ID is required. This does not include family or dependents.

Men’s Club Soccer vs Baylor University
Sunday, Sept. 15
1 p.m. on the Intramural Fields

LadyJack BarBellas registration continues

Cost: $25 for Rec Members, $35 for Non-Members

Interested in learning how to lift weights, but afraid of getting big and bulky? Ladyjack BarBellas is an eight-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt and make you feel great. Learn from certified professionals and gain actual hands-on experience and the knowledge you need to discover your body's true potential. Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. Program begins Monday, Sept. 16.


SFA Football game notes: SFA vs. McMurry

SFA vs. McMurry
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
Watch live stream here.
Get live stats here.

’Jacks to host McMurry in home opener

The Lumberjacks are 4-6-2 (.416) all-time against McMurry, with their only meeting during the last 40 years coming in 2011. SFA rolled 82-6 over the War Hawks in the 2011 season opener, their first meeting since 1971. The 'Jacks are 4-1 (.800) in games played in Nacogdoches since the 1965 season. Four of the last 12 meetings between the two teams have resulted in shutouts of the opponent, including two 0-0 contests in the 1927 and 1966 seasons.

SFA is 31-18-1 (.630) in home openers, dating back to 1965. The Lumberjacks are 5-1 in home openers under head coach J.C. Harper. After dropping a 24-27 overtime decision to Tarleton State in his head coaching debut, Harper has won each of SFA's last five home openers.
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Ladyjacks strike late in double OT to beat UTEP

Chelsea Raymond scored the game-winning goal in the 107th minute of double overtime to help lead the SFA Ladyjacks to a dramatic 2-1 victory at UTEP Sunday afternoon.

Raymond's goal, her second of the season and 33rd of her career, came on a long pass played into space from junior forward Zuri Prince, which allowed Raymond to use her speed and beat UTEP goalkeeper Sarah Dilling for the win.

"What a great game for our players and staff to be part of," SFA head coach Wally Crittenden said. "UTEP is an excellent team that competes very hard. They are big and physical and demand your very best the entire match. I am extremely proud of our team today. Going down a goal on the road while being challenged the way we were; all the excuses were there for them to take. They chose to ignore every external negative factor and invest in the only area that could affect the outcome ... themselves. This is a great segue into our match on Friday against LSU. We will keep moving forward and drive to improve this week."

The Ladyjacks will now have four days off before returning home to Nacogdoches for a showdown against SEC for LSU at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.
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Fine Arts

Tickets still available for 'Shuffle.Play.Listen.'

Tickets are still available for the Sept. 12 performance of celebrated pianist Christopher O'Riley and renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz presenting their "Shuffle.Play.Listen." program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

The concert launches the SFA College of Fine Arts' 2013-2014 University Series, "Live Out Loud."

In their performance, O'Riley and Haimovitz join together in a collaboration that crosses in and out of the classical and pop music genres.

Prior to the concert, there will be a 7 p.m. informative talk about the artists and their music to be presented by Dr. Evgeni Raychev, SFA adjunct cello professor, in Griffith Gallery located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet O'Riley and Haimovitz and to honor the event's corporate sponsor, Cataract, Glaucoma & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical.

Griffith Gallery and Turner Auditorium are located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.

Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty and staff members, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu. or call (936) 468-6406 or (888) 240-ARTS.

SFA Director of Percussion Brad Meyer to present solo faculty recital

The SFA School of Music will present faculty member Dr. Brad Meyer in a recital featuring exciting works for contemporary solo percussion at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The event will also be streamed live via SFA's USTREAM website here for those who are unable to attend.

As a part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, the event will feature Meyer performing a wide selection of works for solo percussion, including compositions for marimba, multi-percussion, timpani and snare drum.

"Works will vary in range from J.S. Bach's Suite in e minor for solo marimba (originally composed for lute around 1715)," explained Meyer, " to a new composition written several months ago for snare drum and mechanical metronome by internationally renown composer and performer Casey Cangelosi titled "sleight of and evil hand," which was commissioned by Tom Sherwood for the recent Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Modern Snare Drum Competition."

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Uakaris are small South American primates with striking bald heads and bright red faces. (They may be attractive to mates because malarial or sick animals develop pale faces.) They have a long, shaggy coat that varies from reddish brown to orange. These monkeys live only in the Amazon River basin, preferring permanently or seasonally flooded rain forests and locations near water sources, such as small rivers and lakes.

Unlike most monkeys, uakaris have very short tails, but move nimbly in the trees without them by using their arms and legs.

Source: National Geographic

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