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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Sept. 12
Alumni Awards Dinner
Baker Pattillo Student Center
6 p.m.

SFA volleyball vs. University of New Orleans
Ruston, Louisiana
5 p.m. 

SFA women's soccer vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Monroe, Louisiana
4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13
SFA football vs. Texas A&M - Commerce
Homer Bryce Stadium
6 p.m.

SFA men's golf
Invitational at the Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

SFA volleyball vs. University of Texas - Pan American 
Ruston, Louisiana
6:30 p.m. 

Sunday, Sept. 14
SFA soccer vs. Northwestern State
Natchitoches, Louisiana
1 p.m.

SFA soccer vs. Southern University
Nacogdoches, Texas
1 p.m.

SFA men's golf
Invitational at the Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Saturday, Sept. 20
SFA football vs. Weber State
Homer Bryce Stadium
6 p.m.




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SFA scientist: Salvinia extract could kill salvinia

Courtesy of the Marshall News Messenger

A giant salvinia extract being investigated as a possible cancer-fighting agent can be used to kill the plant that is draining the life out of Lake Bistineau about 30 miles east of Shreveport, says the head of the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops.

The finding also could be good news for Caddo Lake, where the giant salvinia also has wreaked havoc on native species.

Lab and field tests show the chemical controlled the plants in various stages of growth, said Dr. Shiyou Li, director of the center at SFA.
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If you are a regular reader of SFA Today, University Marketing Communications would like to talk to you! Please consider taking part in an upcoming focus group about SFA’s daily faculty/staff e-newsletter.

The information gathered will be used to help improve the readability and effectiveness of SFA Today. Interested faculty and staff members should contact Amy Roquemore at (936) 468-2041 or aroquemore@sfasu.edu.

SFA participating in denim donation drive

SFA fashion merchandising students are partnering with Cotton Incorporated to collect denim from now until Oct. 31.  SFA is one of four universities in the country selected to participate, including the University of Kentucky, University of Rhode Island and Illinois State University. The following on-campus tabling events have been schedule for denim collection:

From 12:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, in front of the Baker Pattillo Student Center

From 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the quad by Surfin’ Steve

All donators of denim will receive a pair of customizable SFA sunglasses!

SAA movies series kicks off tonight

The Student Activities Association will screen Think Like a Man and 22 Jumpstreet this week as part of their regular movie showings.

Showings are on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

SFA Gardens to host plant propagation workshop

SFA Gardens will host a plant propagation workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Dawn Stover, SFA Mast Arboretum research associate, will lead an exploration of useful methods for gardeners to cost-effectively increase the number of plants in the landscape. Stover will teach various propagation techniques, including taking cuttings, sowing seeds and dividing perennials, and class members will participate in hands-on activities to reinforce instruction.
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Journal calling for undergraduate research on underrepresented groups

Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (the PURM Journal) is putting together a special issue for the fall 2015 semester addressing "the inclusion of students from historically underrepresented groups in undergraduate research."

Students, faculty and staff members, and administrators are encouraged to submit pieces discussing the challenges and the innovations on your campus and in your experience. Collaboration with students on manuscripts is strongly encouraged.

PURM accepts manuscripts on a rolling basis. To be considered for the Special Issue on the Inclusion of Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups in Undergraduate Research, fall 2015, manuscripts must be received by March 1, 2015. Any questions regarding PURM, the submission and review process, or article inquiries for the Special Issue may be directed to Dr. Buffie Longmire-Avital. All other inquires may be directed to Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark and Dr. Mathew H. Gendle. Read More

Tickets for Chris Young concert on sale now

Tickets for Chris Young's performance at the William R. Johnson Coliseum are on sale now at the Baker Pattillo Student Center and online.

Young, a country singer, was the 2006 winner of the reality music show "Nashville Star."

Also performing will be SFA alumnus Big Joe Walker, who is known for his Texas Country style of singing and playing.

A word about the SFA Logo

The Board of Regents has approved a purple-only version of the traditional SFA “spirit” logo for use by the university faculty, staff and student body. The two-color (red and purple) logo that previously was in use by SFA is no longer approved and should not appear on future university publications, websites, emails or other communications.
The approved logo is available for download from the University Marketing Communications website.  A black version also is available, but its use should be restricted to black-and-white publications.  Click “Downloads” on the left side of the page to access the SFA logo and other approved university marks. SFA-themed PowerPoint templates also are available on the site. The low-resolution image above can be saved to your computer for use in email signatures.
If you have questions about the logo or need more information, please contact University Marketing Communications at (936) 468-2605.

Campus Recreation

Employees encouraged to learn about wellness release time, get involved on campus

Employee Wellness is offering several ways to be active this semester.

We have drop-in fitness, yoga classes, water aerobics, swimming, Walking Jacks and Noon basketball. You can find a schedule of all activities here. You will need to turn in a Participant Profile to get started, and all classes and programs are free for SFA faculty and staff members.
In addition, make sure you learn about the Wellness Release Time approved by the Board of Regents this summer and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to get paid to stay fit or work on being more healthy.

Info on Wellness Release Time can be found here.


Ladyjacks complete comeback, down ULM 3-2

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team picked up their first win of the 2014 season inside Shelton Gym in dramatic fashion, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to edge Louisiana - Monroe 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-15, 15-6) on Wednesday night.

“After going down 2-0, we made the switch from the 6-2 to the 5-1 and that is what was able to turn the match in our favor and I think will ultimately be the turning point in our season,” head coach Debbie Humphreys said. “We needed ball control, passing and defense, and switching into the 5-1 allows us to do that. It allows us to use Madison Martin and Lexus Cain, who are two of the top passing defenders in the conference. The 5-1 also allows us to use OJ Olson, our libero, and that proved to be more important than having a bigger block tonight.”
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SFA to play two more this weekend

The SFA Ladyjack soccer team, after a 0-0 double overtime draw against LSU on Monday, will head back to the state of Louisiana for a match at Louisiana - Monroe set for 4 p.m. on today. Following the afternoon affair, SFA will return to Nacogdoches for its second game of the season at the SFA Soccer Field, hosting Southern University at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14

"I am looking forward to two great games this weekend," head coach Wally Crittenden said. "Both of these teams this weekend have the potential to cause problems depending on how we come out. Louisiana-Monroe has had a good start to the season so far and has had some close games with fellow Southland Conference schools. It is their home opener on Friday and I am sure they will be ready to play."
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Fine Arts

Esteemed flutist Gariazzo to perform at SFA

SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will open this season's Cole Performing Arts Series with a guest flute performance by Dr. Mariana Gariazzo at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Gariazzo is an instructional assistant professor at Texas A&M University where she teaches flute, music in world culture, musicianship and small ensemble classes. Her performance at SFA is a solo recital featuring compositions for alto and bass flute. The selection of works illustrates composers' increased interest at the turn of the century in exploring the expressive potential of the lower flutes, she said.

"These works draw on the sensual and robust timbral characteristics of low flutes, pairing color with revealing technical virtuosity," Gariazzo said. "It is a journey of timbres and musical conceptions that makes us wonder about the real boundaries of sound, expression and music itself."
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