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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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Headlines


SFA enrollment increases slightly

Courtesy of the Daily Sentinel

Enrollment for the fall semester at SFA increased less than 1 percent from a year ago, figures provided by the university show.

“As expected, we had a dip in enrollment last fall, due in large part to the higher admission standards for the freshman class,” said Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management, in a press release. “We are very pleased that enrollment is rebounding quicker than expected, and we hope to continue to see steady, incremental growth going forward.”

This year, 12,801 students enrolled for the fall semester, compared to 12,772 students in 2013 — a 0.2 percent increase. In fall 2012, enrollment was 12,999.

SFA officials attribute the increase in fall 2014 enrollment to recruitment efforts.

“It is now understood at SFA that this is part of everyone’s role regardless of their position at the university,” Cossich said. There is an incredible amount of technology and media at universities’ disposal now, and we continue to stay the course with a high-tech, high-touch approach to recruitment. But overall, I think that our personal touch is what sets us apart from our competitors.”
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News & Announcements

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

Danny Anguiano to speak at Ad Hoc meeting

SFA's advertising organization, Ad Hoc, will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Boynton Building, Room 209. The guest speaker will be Danny Anguiano, visiting professor in the School of Art. Anguiano has designed for General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin, and Knight Ridder Corporation with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press. Everyone is invited! For more information, contact Dr. Lind Bond at (936) 468-1265.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Parents Night Out dates set

Need someone to watch the kids for a little while so you can finally get some peace and quiet? Don't worry, SFA has your back.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, Friday, Oct. 17, and Friday, Nov. 21 parents can drop off kids for a fun-filled camp and enjoy Parents' Night Out.

The night will include camp activities, swim time, a meal and a movie for campers. The latest pick up is midnight, but parent’s may pick up their children at any time throughout the night.

Cost is $20 per camper, and registration will take place in the Administration Office of the Student Rec Center. Contact the SFA Recreation Center with questions at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu

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.

Athletics

Raymond sets career points mark in 7-0 win

Senior forward Chelsea Raymond became SFA's all-time career points leader outright with 98 points, as the women’s soccer team thumped Southern University 7-0 on Sunday afternoon at the SFA Soccer Field.

Raymond scored her third goal of the season, striking on a one-on-one opportunity in the 53rd minute, to surpass former teammate Kylie Louw (96 points - 2009-12) for the all-time honor.

SFA (4-2-1) outshot the Jaguars (7-0) 18-3, with 11 shots on goal, while the stellar play of the Ladyjack defense limited SU to just three shots in total. SFA also led 9-1 on corner kicks.
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Home stand continues against Weber State

SFA (2-1) vs. Weber State (0-3) • 6 p.m. • Saturday, Sept. 20 • Homer Bryce Stadium

Video: SFA All-Access
Radio: Q107.7 FM (listen online at Q1077.com)
Live Stats: SFAJacks.com
Twitter Updates: @SFA_Football

OPENING KICK
SFA continues its four-game home stand hosting Big Sky foe Weber State Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium. It marks the Wildcats’ first-ever trip to Nacogdoches as the two schools met for the first time in 2013. Opening kickoff against Weber State is set for 6 p.m.
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Olson named SLC Defensive Player of the Week

SFA junior libero OJ Olson was named the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday afternoon.

The honor is the first of the season for Olson and comes on the heels of a 4-0 week for SFA.

Olson, a native of Cedar Park, Texas (Leander HS), captained the Ladyjack backline, racking up 93 digs across 16 sets. She averaged 5.81 digs per set in helping SFA down Louisiana-Monroe (3-2), New Orleans (3-0), Texas-Pan American (3-1) and Louisiana Tech (3-1), across a four-day period.
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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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SFA to present Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship concert

The SFA School of Music will present the Pi Kappa Lambda Annual Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature faculty from all areas of the SFA School of Music in an extravaganza fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, which presents a scholarship each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade-point average.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 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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