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This Week's Calendar

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

Tuesday, Sept. 15
James I. Perkins College of Education New Student Academic Convocation
3 - 4:30 p.m.




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Flags to be lowered to half-staff today

From the office of Gov. Greg Abbott

Pursuant to a joint resolution approved by the U.S. Congress on Dec. 18, 2001, President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring Friday, Sept. 11, as Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance.

As a part of this commemoration, Obama has called for the lowering of the U.S. flag to half-staff.
In accordance with this proclamation, all flags in Texas, including the State of Texas flag and any other flags, should fly at half-staff today, since no flag may fly higher than the U.S. flag at any time. Flags should return to full-staff Saturday, Sept. 12.

News & Announcements

SFA graduate student investigates Chinese tallow in East Texas' microbial communities

SFA environmental science graduate student Ray Montez thinks small, microscopically small, in fact.

"For every gram of soil, you can see up to a billion micro-organisms if that soil is healthy," Montez said.

He added that despite their diminutive stature, the multitude of single-cell organisms that live in the soil, water and air play an integral role in ecosystem function through symbiotic relationships with plants and animals. Each of these micro-organisms has different nutritional requirements; therefore, variations in the chemical composition of their primary medium, such as water, can result in drastic changes to their species composition. This can ultimately affect the broader ecosystem, he said.
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Pine Log advertisement space now available

With the start of the fall semester, The Pine Log would like to remind you of a unique opportunity to advertise your programs and activities to the SFA community. The Pine Log offers competitive rates, as well as discounts for our on-campus clients.

Online and print advertising in The Pine Log is a smart business decision for any department or program wanting to reach out to SFA students, faculty and staff members. Your investment in our publication also pays big dividends for our students who are gaining important real-world skills while working in SFA student media.

To inquire about advertising opportunities, call (936) 468-4703 or click here to view the 2015-16 rate card online.

SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host community-wide competition

SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture in partnership with Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation will host NacogdoTREES, a free, community-wide competition celebrating the natural beauty of the city and campus, through Sunday, Nov. 1.

"The goal of the NacogdoTREES competition is to highlight the importance of urban and community trees, raise awareness of their ecological benefits, introduce the community to the field of forestry and encourage citizens to spend time outdoors," said Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator for SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

Individual competition categories include: largest tree circumference, largest crown, tallest tree, best shade tree and best tree overall. Competition rules and regulations require participants to obtain accurate measurements such as tree height and crown spread. Faculty members within the college developed videos, which are available on the competition's Web page, that guide participants through the process of gathering basic forestry measurements.
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Green is the New Black recyclable fashion show set for October

SFA fashion and interior design student organizations are sponsoring the “Green is the New Black” recyclable fashion show this fall as the community event for the Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling Program. Students of all majors are encouraged to enter designs. Designs this year will be Halloween costumes rather than traditional apparel. All entries have to be created from recyclable materials with one component of the costume being recycled denim. Faculty members are encouraged to spread the word to students to not only enter designs, but to encourage attendance.
The show will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. The non-refundable entry fee for designers is $20. The top 15 designs will be featured for the runway and others will be featured on mannequins as an exhibit. Entries are due by Friday, Oct. 9.

The cost of admission to the show for individuals is one piece of denim clothing, and families are asked to donate a minimum of two pieces.

The prize for first place is $500, second place is $300 and third place is $200. There will be prizes, giveaways, refreshments and more during intermission. For more information, contact Jamie Cupit in the Educational Annex, Room 130.

University Women's Club announces meeting series

Take a break from your work to meet the deans and members of the SFA University Women's Club. There's no time like the present to meet women from across the college's academic unit and campus. With coffee and morning snacks, spend a bit of time talking with colleagues and meeting some new people. Information about the UWC also will be available.

This is an eight-week series.

9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15
Perkins College of Education, Judy Abbott, dean
McKibben Building, Room 281

3-4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22
Dr. Steven Bullard, interim provost
Austin Building, 3rd floor Board Room

10-11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29
College of Fine Arts, Buddy Himes, dean
Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 208

8:30-9:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 9
College of Liberal and Applied Arts, Brian Murphy, dean
Ferguson Building, Room 291

9-10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 15
Rusche College of Business, Timothy Bisping, dean
Business Building, Room 443

10-11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19
Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Hans Williams, interim dean
Forestry Building, Room 105

9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27
College of Science and Mathematics, Kimberly Childs, dean
Math Building, Room 103

9-10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 5
Steen Library, Shirley Dickerson, director
Wyatt Room

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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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.

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 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 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.

Fashion merchandising to host denim drive

SFA's fashion merchandising students are participating in the Cotton Incorporated Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling Program again this fall. Denim collection dates include:

Tuesday, Sept. 22 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - outside the Baker Pattillo Student Center
Tuesday, Oct. 6 - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. - at Surfin' Steve (Green is the new Black Fashion Show, featuring Halloween costumes created from recycled materials)
Thursday, Oct. 15 - 6 to 8 p.m. - Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom

Early Childhood Laboratory to host immunization clinic

The Early Childhood Laboratory will partner with Walgreens Pharmacy to host an immunization clinic at the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.  Walk-ins are welcome and SFA's United Healthcare does cover the flu shot with no co-pay. There also will be vouchers available for free flu shots.

To register to receive additional immunizations offered, please stop by the ECHL office, submit a copy of the front of your health insurance card, complete the Walgreens Administration Record form and sign up for a time. Walgreens will run insurance prior to Sept. 17. Any fees assessed with be due upon administration.

Pre-registered persons may receive any of the following adult immunizations:
Tdap (Tetnus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
MMR (Measels, Mumps, Rubella)
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis B


SFA volleyball headed to Tulsa tournament

The SFA women’s volleyball team will look to build on its five-match winning streak this weekend when the team heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the Hurricane Classic. The Ladyjacks will play the University of Tulsa and Southern Illinois University today before taking on Arkansas State University Saturday, Sept. 12.

The Ladyjacks have been red hot as of late, going 4-0 with four sweeps at the Hampton Inn and Suites SFA Volleyball Invitational last weekend and then cruising past the University of Louisiana-Monroe Monday afternoon. Overall, SFA has won 15 of its last 16 sets played to improve to 5-3 on the season.
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Ladyjacks begin home slate tonight

SFA women's soccer fans will finally get a chance to see their Ladyjacks in action at the SFA Soccer Field as the team opens the home portion of the schedule tonight. The Ladyjacks host the University of Louisiana-Monroe starting at 7 p.m. before taking on Texas State University at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13.

The Ladyjacks get the opportunity to play in front of their home fans for the first time this year after a very difficult road stretch to begin the 2015 season. SFA played four teams from Power Five conferences, most recently dropping games over the weekend to No. 24-ranked Arizona State University and the undefeated University of Arizona at the Sun Devil Desert Classic in Tempe, Arizona.
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SFA announces 2015-16 bowling schedule

Coming off an NCAA national runner-up showing in 2015, the SFA bowling team unveiled its 2015-16 schedule this week as the Ladyjacks look to make another run at a national title.

“We’re very excited about this year’s schedule and know it will be another challenging one for us,” said head coach Amber Lemke. “We have experience at the majority of the tournaments we’re competing in and will get to go head-to-head with some of the top teams in the nation, which will hopefully prepare to compete at nationals again next spring.”
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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

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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University Series to open new season with Sonali Skandan dance group

SFA's College of Fine Arts continues its tradition of bringing professional artists to East Texas, opening the 2015-16 University Series with Sonali Skandan and Company at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Sonali Skandan and Jiva Dance Company presents compelling and dynamic works based on the timeless idiom of Bharatanatyam. Jiva Dance sees the importance of preserving and promoting the traditional arts, yet also understands the need to incorporate innovative techniques to reach diverse audiences, according to John W. Goodall, associate dean for the College of Fine Arts.

"This company is comprised of exceptionally talented dancers all trained in the traditional and classic dance form of South India," Goodall said. "The company has performed at notable venues to tremendous audience acclaim. The repertoire ranges from highly traditional solo works to more versatile group items that highlight the evolving nature of the dance form."
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Allen, Petti to present collaborative program

Dr. Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA, and Ron Petti, director of accompanying, will present a recital of music for piano, flute and clarinet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series of the SFA School of Music. Featured pieces will be "Arabesque No. 1" by Claude Debussy, "Fantaisie for Flute and Piano" by Gabriel Fauré and "Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano" by Malcolm Arnold.

"This is not my usual role at SFA," Allen said of the performance. "Usually, I am conducting or teaching, but I miss performing as I did in my younger years." Prior to teaching at SFA, Allen had performed professionally as a woodwind doubler in shows at Opryland USA, for the Ringling Brothers Circus and for more than 40 musicals and operas. In addition, he was formerly principal clarinet in the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and piccoloist in the Abilene Philharmonic.
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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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Summer is over, but that doesn't mean you can't grab a quick little vacation.

Turn up some music and click over to randomstreetview.com. This nifty website will randomly transport you via Google Map's Street View to places all over the world. If you feel like testing your geographical detective skills in a similar fashion, check out geoguessr.com, which uses Street View to challenge you to identify where you've been transported.

And if you need a little inspiration to put you in the mood for either of these, take three minutes to watch this awesome video about Google Maps, Street View and a traveling toy.

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