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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

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

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


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Analysis technologies improve hands-on learning, specialized research at SFA

SFA's kinesiology and health science department is taking hands-on learning to the next level. Recently, the department acquired new equipment and technology to help better educate students, and began to acquire instrumentation that faculty members and graduate students need to conduct musculoskeletal and neuromechanics research and exercise biochemistry research.

Dr. Carla Murgia, chair of the SFA Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, believes this equipment is necessary to support faculty member and graduate student research and undergraduate experiential learning.

"Our faculty members will be able to illustrate theory and provide hands-on experiences for undergraduate students," Murgia said. "This technology will assist in making theory meaningful to students and help prepare them for careers and post-baccalaureate education. The technology also will provide our faculty members and graduate students with the tools they need to engage in selected research."
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SFA student financial advisors serve campus, community

SFA's Marleta Chadwick Student Financial Advisors' benefits are twofold. Not only do the advisors offer students and the community free financial advice and money management tips, but advisors also are practicing skills that will benefit them once they leave the university and begin their careers.

SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business created the Student Financial Advisors organization in 2014 to emphasize financial literacy and smart money management to help people dealing with financial crises. The advisors assist individuals with budgeting, credit card and debt management, identity theft, and fraud.

Student director and SFA business administration graduate student Brian Cook has been with the program since its inception and is looking forward to the program's development. "We counsel people financially. We help them make smarter decisions and realize the impact these decisions have on their lives," Cook said.
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2015 Accounting Fair quickly approaching

SFA Career Services welcomes all faculty and staff members to attend the 2015 Accounting Fair, and to encourage students seeking accounting positions to attend, as well!

Professional dress is required for the event, and attendees should bring their student ID and copies of their resume for distribution. If you know of any students in need of help acquiring professional dress, direct them to the SFA Career Services office, located on the third floor of the Rusk Building, to learn more about free attire loans through the Career Closet.

A LinkedIn head-shot booth will be available at the fair to help build student’s professional presence on social media.
 
2015 Fall Accounting Fair
1 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 23
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
 
Click here to view a current list of participating employers. Contact SFA Career Services with any questions at careerservices@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-3305.

Abstracts being accepted for 2016 Posters on the Hill

As the undergraduate research community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress have a clear understanding of the research and education programs they fund, nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than a student participant's words, work and stories. Undergraduate research must be among the programs that members of Congress understand if it is to continue to be supported and to grow.

Students and their faculty mentors are invited to apply for the Council on Undergraduate Research's 20th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. In addition to other events, there will be an evening poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs.

Those with questions should email Sabrina Hall at studentprograms@cur.org.
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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 Alumni Association presents 2015 Alumni Awards

The SFA Alumni Association will honor eight alumni at its annual awards banquet at 6 p.m. tonight 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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Parents’ Night Out with Little Jack Rec Camp scheduled for tonight

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.

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.

LiveText and D2L training for faculty members teaching in fall 2015

Faculty members teaching core classes in fall 2015 should register for a LiveText training session if they have never attended a session or need a refresher. The training session is titled "LiveText and D2L Come Together."

To register for this session, click here.

The training is set for 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Steen Library, Room 107.

If you do not receive an email asking you to register your account before your session, or if you have questions about LiveText, contact Jennifer Stringfield at (936) 468-1267 or jstringfield@sfasu.edu.

If you have questions about the core-assessment process, contact Larry King at (936) 468-1260 or lking@sfasu.edu.


Faculty and staff member picinic scheduled for next week

The annual SFA faculty and staff member picnic is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Juanita Curry Boynton House, 505 E. Starr Ave.

The event is open to all SFA faculty and staff members.


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.

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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Athletics


SFA soccer opens SLC play at home tonight

The road to a fifth consecutive Southland Conference Championship begins tonight, as the SFA women’s soccer team kicks off the conference portion of its schedule in front of the home fans. The Ladyjacks will take on Northwestern State University at 7 p.m. at SFA Soccer Field.

“We are really excited to start conference,” said head coach Wally Crittenden. “We’re in a great place as a team right now, both mentally and physically. Northwestern State is a good team. They’re well coached and they have a good program. It’ll be a very dynamic game and a rivalry game in every sense – with a lot of emotion, pressing and physical play. I’ll tell you it’s not going to be anything we haven’t seen already this year with the physical teams we’ve played against.”
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Ladyjack basketball announces 2015-16 schedule

SFA head women’s basketball coach Mark Kellogg 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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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.


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 opens SLC play by hosting McNeese State University

SFA begins its 2015 Southland Conference schedule hosting 21st-ranked McNeese State University Saturday, Sept. 19, on Parents Day. It will be a “Black Out” for SFA as the Lumberjacks will be wearing their new all-black jerseys, designed specifically for the team from Under Armour.

SFA fans can keep up to date with every Lumberjack play throughout the 2015 season. Saturday’s Southland Conference opener will be streamed live on ESPN3 as fans across the world can watch the game live via their computer or smart phone by visiting ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN app. Rob Meyers will call the game on Q107.7 FM and the game will stream live at Q1077.com. Live statistics will be available at SFAJacks.com with in-game updates available through Twitter @SFA_Football.
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Fine Arts

SFA School of Theatre to present 'The Arabian Nights'

Audience members who attend the SFA School of Theatre's production of "The Arabian Nights" Tuesday, Oct. 6, through Saturday, Oct. 10, will find themselves "on an enchanted journey to places far away and times long ago."

The play by Mary Zimmerman celebrates the connection between storytelling and life itself, according to Scott Shattuck, director of the School of Theatre and of the play.

"The vast collection that gave us 'Sinbad the Sailor' and 'Aladdin and His Magic Lamp' is also full of stories that are surprisingly sophisticated, sexy and hilarious," Shattuck said.
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SFA music faculty to be featured in 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. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"This concert is a showcase featuring the talents of our diverse performing 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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Guest oboist Forsyth to perform at SFA in double-reed recital

The SFA School of Music will present "Double the Fun!" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The double-reed recital is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series and features guest oboist Leah Forsyth, instructor of oboe at Northwestern State University, along with SFA music faculty member Staci Spring, bassoon, and staff accompanist Geneva Fung, piano.

"We have a saying in the double-reed community, 'Double the reed, double the fun!'" Spring said. "This program highlights old and new repertoire for double-reed instruments and demonstrates the virtuosity and range of characters that the oboe and bassoon are capable of achieving."
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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.

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