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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.

Saturday, Oct. 3
Battle of the Piney Woods
SFA football vs. Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.
NRG Stadium

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




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News & Announcements

Office 365 apps for faculty and staff members coming soon

Access to Office 365 apps for SFA faculty and staff members will be available soon.

Applications available through cloud access for download onto personal devices include One Drive, Yammer, Word, Excel and One Note. Access to the downloads will be made available through mySFA.

Informational emails about the access should start going out Friday, Sept. 25.

Green is the New Black recyclable fashion show hits the runway Oct. 15

SFA's 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.

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 on the runway and others will be displayed on mannequins as an exhibit. Entries are due by Friday, Oct. 9. SFA faculty and staff members, students, and community members are invited to attend.
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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.

SFA professor to host poetry reading today

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.

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

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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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 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 Alumni Association presents 2015 Alumni Awards

The SFA Alumni Association will honor eight alumni at its annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

The Alumni Association awards its highest honors to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to their professions, the community and who advance the goals and values of SFA.

The association named the following as recipients of the 2015 Alumni Awards: Bob Sitton, Hall of Fame Alumnus; Susan Roberds and Ron Collins, Distinguished Alumni; Nick Pesina and Travis Turner, Outstanding Young Alumni; Jaclyn Partin and Jim Drennan, Lumberjack Pride Award; and Dr. Brian Oswald, Distinguished Professor.
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Campus Recreation

Parents’ Night Out with Little Jack Rec Camp scheduled for tomorrow

Parents can drop kids off as early as 6 p.m. at the SFA Recreation Center. Attendees will enjoy a fun-filled night with camp activities, a meal and a movie. Children must be picked up no later than midnight, but parents may pick up at any time throughout the night. Cost is $20 per camper.

For more information and to register, please contact the administration office of the SFA Rec Center at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu.


Ladyjack basketball announces 2015-16 schedule

SFA head women’s basketball coach Mark Kellogg has announced the complete schedule for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The Ladyjacks will play 11 non-conference games before starting the 18-game Southland Conference slate in January.

“The non-conference portion of our schedule features a great balance of home and away games,” Kellogg said. “We will be tested and put in difficult situations both on the road and in front of our home fans. Being put in tough spots against the quality teams that we’ll be facing will give our team the opportunity to develop character right away. We will definitely be able to see what we’re made of early on. We think that our non-conference schedule will prepare us for league play, which is the ultimate goal.”
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University of North Texas sweeps Ladyjacks, 3-0

The SFA women’s volleyball team struggled offensively Wednesday night, falling to the University of North Texas in three straight sets (18-25, 16-25, 18-25).

The Ladyjacks (6-6) were paced offensively by outside hitters Haley Coleman and Tori Bates, as each finished the match with eight kills. Justice Walker, Makenzee Hanna and Jacque Allen chipped in five kills apiece. SFA had a tough time breaking through the Mean Green defense as the team hit just .087 on the evening.
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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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Fine Arts

Annual faculty member art exhibition aims to inspire students, local community

Courtesy of the Pine Log

SFA’s School of Art is set to present its annual Faculty and Staff Exhibition. Located at 329 E. Main St. and open from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, the exhibition will showcase professors’ artwork until Saturday, Oct. 17.

The event, held at the newly renovated Cole Art Center in downtown Nacogdoches, will display the artwork of SFA professors, allowing students and anyone around Nacogdoches to explore their work.

“The faculty exhibition is a means of instruction for students and an opportunity to see firsthand what their teachers do, but it is also a forum to communicate ideas and encourage discussion. It is also a once-a-year opportunity to have some fun celebrating the expert work of the art faculty at SFA,” said Runice Tutnall, SFA assistant professor of art.

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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Kids these days, with their instant messaging shorthand, bizarre slang (there's no way "on fleek" means the same thing as "fly") and terrible tastes in music have completely ignored the way things are supposed to be spoken and played. Just listen to them on campus!

Of course, that's an argument as old as, most likely anyway, humanity. Inevitably, though, things change.

Listen no further than this rendition of the poet John Skelton's "Speke Parott," the way it sounds in its original Middle English. It's almost like listening to kids today - it doesn't make any sense. And for your next office party, dump the Justin Bieber album for this awesome Medieval music playlist. Take that, pop music industry.

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