This Week's Calendar
Friday, Sept. 15
Soccer vs. Northwestern State University
Volleyball vs. Georgetown University
Saturday, Sept. 16
Cross-country at Southland Pre-Conference
Football vs. University of the Incarnate Word
Volleyball at Rice University
Volleyball vs. Arkansas State University
Sunday, Sept. 17
Soccer vs. Texas Christian University
Monday, Sept. 18
Men's golf at Jim Rivers Intercollegiate two-day tournament
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News & Announcements
Power restored to campus after six-hour outage
The SFA campus was without power for approximately six hours after a main circuit breaker failed Tuesday. The failure occurred around 6 p.m., and Oncor Electric crews and university personnel restored power to campus just before midnight.
The failure initially caused an outage in areas surrounding campus, including North Street, University Drive and Appleby Sand Road. Power was restored to the off-campus areas within the hour.
“Crews were able to restore power to campus by temporarily bypassing the failed part,” said Lee Brittain, director of SFA’s physical plant. “The new equipment needed to make permanent repairs will be delivered to campus and installed soon. When that repair occurs, it will be necessary to once again shut down power for a short period of time while the permanent repair is being made.”
Brittain said the work would be planned at a time to be least disruptive to the campus community. “We will provide advance notifications to ensure that no one should be caught off guard,” Brittain said.
To help accommodate SFA students, the university opened the new Residence Life Operations facility on University Drive, which was powered by a generator, providing a place for students to gather. SFA’s Jack Track shuttle service added the facility as a stop on its route to provide safe transportation to students.
Outdoor portable lights also were set up in areas across campus.
SFA’s College of Sciences and Mathematics to offer Master of Science in cybersecurity
People wanting to earn a master’s degree in cybersecurity will soon have the opportunity to do so at SFA.
The College of Sciences and Mathematics recently received approval to offer the new degree program, and professors in the Department of Computer Science are busy planning to launch the program’s core courses in spring 2018.
Courses will be offered face-to-face, and plans are underway to include a cybersecurity lab in SFA’s new Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building.
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SFA Gardens to host inaugural Kiwifruit Field Day
SFA Gardens will host the inaugural Kiwifruit Field Day with Dr. David Creech, SFA Gardens director, and Tim Hartmann, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service employee, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building.
Hartmann will discuss the "nuts and bolts" of growing kiwifruit, including site selection, pruning, pest control, trellising, and pre- and post-harvest techniques. He also will discuss species and varieties that will grow best in the South. The registration deadline is Sept. 25. The field day costs $25 and includes lunch.
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SFA School of Music donates items to C.E. King High School
The SFA School of Music recently sponsored a hurricane relief project to benefit students at C.E. King High School.
Two alums, Michael Murdock and Ronnie Ross, said flooding at the school damaged equipment and requested color guard equipment, percussion equipment and reeds used with woodwind instruments. The School of Music posted the list, and many students and faculty members donated.
For more information about the SFA School of Music, visit sfasu.edu/music.
SFA band alumni honored at state convention
Two School of Music alumni were recognized this past summer at the Texas Bandmasters Association convention in San Antonio.
It was announced at the convention that Corey Graves, a 2007 summa cum laude graduate, was named “Young Bandmaster of the Year” by Phi Beta Mu Honorary Band Fraternity, and George Little, a 2002 graduate, was elected to serve on the TBA board of directors.
Both Graves and Little credited SFA with preparing them to be successful as band directors and music educators.
Early Childhood Laboratory to hold blood drive
The Early Childhood Laboratory is having a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center. "Blood Types" socks will be given to donors.
Call (936) 468-4006 to sign up.
Faculty Senate holds its first meeting
The SFA Faculty Senate is holding its first meeting of the academic year at 2:30 p.m. today in the Math Building, Room 101.
Guest speakers include David Alders, chair of the Board of Regents, and representatives from the University Research Council. Visitors are welcome to observe the meeting.
For more information about the Faculty Senate, visit sfasu.edu/facsenate.
Ladyjacks fall to hard-hitting Texas State University
SFA volleyball team's 11-match win streak came to an end Tuesday night in the gymnasium at Central Heights High School.
An untimely power outage on the SFA campus forced a late relocation of the game to the local school, where they fell to Texas State in four sets, 3-1.
SFA's win streak was the longest in the nation heading into the match and was the team's first loss since Aug. 25.
SFA music faculty to present Pi Kappa Lambda Faculty Showcase
Faculty members of the School of Music will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.
The concert showcases the talents of the diverse School of Music performing faculty, according to Nita Hudson, instructor of voice and opera. All concert proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship the School of Music gives each year to the sophomore music major with the highest GPA.
Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS, or visit finearts.sfasu.edu.
Inspired by techniques from molecular gastronomy, three London-based designers created Ooho, an edible water bottle without the plastic.
In an effort to create less waste, they designed this blob-like water container that is easy and cheap to make, is strong, biodegradable and edible. The container uses a technique of shaping liquids into spheres. It works like an egg yolk, which holds its shape using a thin membrane.
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