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This Week's Calendar

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

Monday, Sept. 22
SFA women's golf
ULM Fred Marx Invitational
Monroe, Louisiana

Tuesday, Sept. 23
SFA women's golf
ULM Fred Marx Invitational
Monroe, Louisiana

Friday, Sept. 26
SFA women's soccer vs. Lamar
Nacogdoches, Texas
7 p.m.




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SFA launches strategic planning process

Simply put, strategic planning is the process an organization uses to define its direction, set goals, determine the actions and resources needed to achieve these goals, and establish performance measures so progress can be gauged.  A strategic plan defines the goals (ends) and outlines how these ends are achieved by the means (resources).

At SFA, we are entering into a collaborative strategic planning process that will inform the development of our next strategic plan.

We are calling this project - Envision SFA. 

Over the next eight months, a planning team of 40 members will be engaging with the campus and the community using a five-phase process developed by Dr. Patrick Sanaghan.  The end goal of this effort will be the creation of a shared future vision for the institution. You can learn more about Envision SFA, and track its progress, at www.sfasu.edu/envision

Red River Waterway Commission hosts event revealing a promising solution to giant salvinia problem

More than 80 natural resource and invasive species specialists met at the Red River Waterway Commission's aquatic research center in Lena, Louisiana, in August to observe the results of field research regarding a promising solution to giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta), one of the South's most damaging invasive species.

Researchers at the National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops located at Stephen F. Austin State University's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture have developed a novel concept for addressing invasive species by utilizing compounds present in the organism. Endogenus biocide, or endocide, refers to an agent derived from a source that does not cause apparent poison in normal growth of the producing plant, but, when exposed, has biocidal effects in that species.
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News & Announcements

Assessment workshops scheduled for faculty, staff members

Would you like to write an excellent assessment report this year? If so, attend one of the following "How to Write an Excellent Assessment Report" workshops.

Sept. 15: 11 a.m.- noon, InfoLab 1, Steen Library.
Sept. 16: 3-4 p.m., InfoLab 1,  Steen Library
Sept. 17: 2-3 p.m., InfoLab 1, 
Steen Library
Sept. 18: 9-10 a.m., InfoLab 1, Steen Library
Sept. 19: 11 a.m.-noon, InfoLab 1, Steen Library

Reserve a place by registering for one of the workshops here. Bring your TracDat username and password and materials needed to complete the 2013-14 report.

Core Curriculum assessment reports for spring 2014 are due in TracDat Oct. 1. This is the last time that assessment reports will be submitted for the old core curriculum. Academic Program, Educational Support Unit and Administrative Support Unit assessment reports are due in TracDat Oct. 15.

Contact Larry King at Ext. 1260 or lking@sfasu.edu with questions.

American Democracy Project panel discussion

The American Democracy Project, a nonpartisan effort to promote civic engagement on university campuses sponsored by the Association of American State Colleges and Universities, will offer a panel discussion titled The U.S. Constitution in Crisis. The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Liberal Arts North, Room 142.

Several SFA faculty members will address key contemporary issues of debate and discussion regarding the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Brook Poston will discuss the U.S. Constitution as an embodiment of civic religion; Dr. Charles Gregory will examine controversies surrounding presidential appointments and accusations of abuse of power by President Obama; Dr. Cindy Pressley will discuss the tensions between civil rights and law enforcement in light of events in Ferguson, Missouri; and Dr. Don Gooch will examine current understandings of religious liberty in light of the Hobby Lobby case this summer. A question-and-answer session will follow.

For more information, contact the Department of Government at (936) 468-4408.

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!

Marketing Communications needs your help!

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.

Barnes & Noble to host open house

Need to get some new materials for your campus organization? Stop by the campus Barnes & Noble bookstore from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, to see if the staff can help.

The store is set to host a special open house catering to Lumberjacks that day.

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

Office of Multicultural Affairs calls for proposals for first Diversity Conference

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is committed to advancing SFA's commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. To continue our commitment, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will present the first Diversity Conference. 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the OMA Caucus invite SFA faculty and staff members to submit proposals for a 50-minute diversity-related research and/or personal experience presentation. 

To learn more about the conference and to submit a proposal, please visit sfasu.edu/multicultural/190.asp

Contact Dr. Osaro E. Airen, director of multicultural affairs, at (936) 468-1073 or aireno@sfasu.edu with any questions or comments that you have related to the conference.

SAA movies series kicks off tonight

The Student Activities Association will screen Godzilla and Tammy 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.

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.


Lumberjacks power past Lions, 38-17

SFA racked up 648 yards of total offense and kept the prolific Texas A&M-Commerce offense under wraps as the Lumberjacks notched a 38-17 victory over the Lions at Homer Bryce Stadium Saturday night.

"Our young men took on the challenge of wanting to be `the real east Texas school' mentality," said head coach Clint Conque. "It's a big deal to them. Certainly there was a lot of camaraderie between the teams as far as guys going to high school together and that sort of thing. I thought coach Carthel had his team prepared they came in and played hard. That was an extremely talented team out there tonight."
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Ladyjacks win Louisiana Tech Invitational

The SFA women’s volleyball team took down Texas-Pan American 3-1 (25-21, 26-28, 25-21, 25-21) and followed with another 3-1 (25-17, 25-20, 22-25, 25-20) victory over Louisiana Tech on Saturday inside Thomas Assembly Center to win the Louisiana Tech Fairfield Inn Volleyball Invitational.

The Ladyjacks (6-5) landed three on the all-tournament team, featuring MVP OJ Olson. Junior Madison Martin and sophomore Justice Walker also were honored after helping SFA go 3-0 over the weekend to claim the first team tournament victory of the year.

Olson, a junior from Cedar Park, Texas, racked up 64 digs over the three-game span.
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SFA solid over final rounds at Kiawah Island

SFA responded in a major way after a sluggish start in Kiawah Island, posting two of the top rounds of the weekend in rounds two and three at the Invitational at the Ocean Course. The Lumberjacks posted a 32-over 896, placing 10th among the challenging 14-team field.

After opening up the tournament with a 22-over 310 Friday, SFA rebounded with a 7-over 295 on Saturday, the sixth-best round among the field as all five Lumberjack golfers shot a 4-over 76 or better. Sunday, SFA showed an even better improvement, carding a 3-over 291, the second-best round of the final round, with all five golfers shooting a 3-over 75 or better.
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Raymond, Barker fuel SFA past ULM 3-2

Senior forward Chelsea Raymond tied the SFA all-time career points mark of 96, as the women’s soccer team prevailed 3-2 over Louisiana-Monroe on Friday afternoon at the ULM Soccer Complex.

"It is always good to get a result on the road, but I did think we came out flat today,” head coach Wally Crittenden said. “To compound the challenges, was a motivated Monroe squad celebrating their home opener and keeping numbers behind the ball while hoping for a counter. It was a frustrating tactic that challenged our patience and discipline, and ultimately they scored two goals because of it. I am proud of our team for responding to get the result though, and I trust we will manage these challenges better as we move into conference play."
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Fine Arts

Company makes donation to percussion program at SFA

A drumstick and mallet company has made a generous donation to the SFA School of Music and its percussion program, providing a valuable resource for students.

Vic Firth Inc. has donated several thousand dollars of sticks, mallets, brushes and timpani sticks to the SFA Percussion Studio, making it possible for students in the percussion program to try different types of mallets and sticks at any time, according to Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies at SFA.

The donation allows students to experiment using a variety of mallets in class and during lessons and practice sessions instead of having to wait until February when their traditional opportunity for such experimentation occurs in the vendor area at the Texas Music Educators Association's annual conference in San Antonio, Meyer explained.
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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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SFA music faculty to be featured in fundraising concert

Faculty members of the SFA School of Music will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"This concert showcases the talents of our diverse faculty," said Deborah Dalton, SFA associate professor of voice and president of the local chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

"In addition, all proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship we give each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade point average," Dalton said. "For the past few years, awards were given to several sophomores with 4.0 grade-point averages."
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