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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Sept. 19
Parents Day

SFA football vs. McNeese State University
6 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

Saturday, Sept. 26
SFA football vs. Abilene Christian University
2:30 p.m.
Abilene, Texas

Saturday, Oct. 3
Battle of the Piney Woods
3 p.m.
Houston, NRG Stadium

Monday, Nov. 16
Last day to apply for degrees to be completed May 2016




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SFA Envisioned update

The goal of providing transformative experiences for our students is an over-arching goal of the SFA Envisioned strategic plan. One of the ways we will accomplish this goal is by deploying innovative academic and co-curricular strategies.

The establishment of a more cohesive first-year program organized under the framework of a University College type structure emerged as such a strategy during the strategic planning process.  Designed to increase our focus on the most critical period of our students’ college experience, not only does this strategy address transformative experiences, it also addresses the over-arching goal of meaningful and sustained enrollment growth through increased retention of first-year students.

The composition of the planning team for this strategy is being finalized now and will begin work soon.  Dr. Dana Cooper and Dr. Adam Peck will be co-chairing this team and will provide updates to the campus community on its progress throughout the year.

News & Announcements

Office of International Programs to host Global Gateway to Kosovo this month

Join the SFA Office of International Programs for a presentation on Kosovar culture given by the first and the only SFA student from Kosovo. The event will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the McGee Buisness Building, Room 133.

Authentic Kosovar food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a Q&A session will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome!

SFA Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to host open house

All SFA faculty and staff members are invited to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.

Enjoy snacks, meet the ORSP team, see our new faculty-member workroom and discuss what ORSP can do for you!

If you have any questions please call (936) 468-6606.

Barnes & Noble sale ongoing

The SFA Barnes & Noble Bookstore is hosting a sale on all women's merchandise though Thursday, Sept. 17.

All women's merchandise will be buy one, get one 50 percent off during the bookstore's regular business hours.

SFA professor to host poetry reading this week

Dr. John A. McDermott, professor of creative writing in the SFA Department of English, will be reading from his new collection of poetry "The Idea of God in Tennessee" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in Liberal Arts North, Room 102.

The event is free. There will be a question and answer session and book signing after the reading.

New outdoor kitchen expanding SFA's hospitality administration program

SFA's hospitality administration program is heating things up with a new outdoor kitchen equipped with two grills, two refrigerators, burners, an outdoor sink and a pizza oven.

All of the outdoor kitchen equipment is transportable and has self-contained preparation and cooking stations. The outdoor kitchen is located behind the Culinary Café on SFA's campus.

Dr. Chay Runnels, hospitality administration program coordinator and graduate program coordinator, boasts the many opportunities this new equipment will offer students.
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SFA participating in On Campus Challenge

Help SFA become the most outdoorsy school in the country during the On Campus Challenge, hosted by Outdoor Nation, a non-profit organization focused on getting people to spend more time outside.

To participate in the challenge, take a picture of yourself participating in a wide range of activities, and upload it to oncampuschallenge.org. The entire list of activities is available on the organization's website.

There is a prize pack available for the person who logs the most points from SFA as well as other weekly giveaways.The competition is open to students, faculty and staff members, and anyone who chooses SFA when they upload.

SFA Gardens to host fall plant sale

SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.

The sale will feature a variety of hard-to-find, "Texas-tough" plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA introductions. Most of the featured plants are extensively trialed before being offered to the public and are produced by staff members and volunteers of the SFA Gardens. Read More

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.

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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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 men's basketball announces 2015-16 conference schedule

SFA announced the Southland Conference portion of its 2015-16 men's basketball schedule. The conference slate is mirrored from last year's schedule, as the Lumberjacks begin their quest for a fourth-straight regular season SLC title.

The 2015-16 conference schedule begins in Nacogdoches as SFA hosts McNeese State University at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, at William R. Johnson Coliseum.
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SFA takes on the University of North Texas tonight

The SFA women’s volleyball team will take a break from tournament play tonight when the squad travels to play the University of North Texas in Denton at 7 p.m. The match will be played inside the NT Volleyball Center.

The Ladyjacks enter the match with a 17-8 record against North Texas in the all-time series history. The two teams met last season on Sept. 1 inside Shelton Gym, where the Mean Green came away with a 3-0 victory.
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Southland Conference Mascot Challenge is back

The SFA Lumberjacks are the two-time defending champions of the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge! This year's competition will run until Thursday, Nov. 12.

Be sure to show your love for our Lumberjack by voting daily here.

Fine Arts

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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These days, space exploration isn't just for governments and super wealthy business men. Just ask Bryan Chan, who in 2013 strapped a small GoPro to a weather balloon to get a look at what's above the blue sky.

Unfortunately, as this article from Popular Science explains, Chan didn't get the look he was hoping for because the camera became lost in the sprawling desert around the Grand Canyon. It took two years for the errant video camera to make its way back to Chan. He's  now made the video, which has some really spectacular views, available to the public.

Looking for more views from the space-earth border? Check out the video created by SFA's own physics and engineering students.

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