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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Sept. 5
SFA football vs. Northern Arizona State University
6 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

Monday, Sept. 7
Labor Day holiday

Saturday, Sept. 12
SFA football vs. Texas Christian University
2:30 p.m.
Fort Worth

Saturday, Sept. 19
Parent's Day

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




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News & Announcements

SFA Career Services closed today

Career Services is hosting the Part-time Job, Volunteer and Internship Fair today in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom.

As a result, the office will be closed. Normal business hours will resume Thursday, Sept. 3. Log on to your Jobs4Jacks account or visit their website to view a list of participating companies.

SFA hosts second annual Texas AHEC awards banquet

SFA’s Texas Area Health Education Center East-Piney Woods Region recently held its second annual awards banquet at the Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus.

The banquet recognizes and expresses appreciation for local physicians, health care professionals and health care professions students who serve the medically underserved populations in Deep East Texas.

This year’s honorees included Drs. Modupe Sokunbi, Mark Cline, Richard Pham and Adrian Jesse, as well as physician assistants Aaron Dudley, Hannah Adkison and Ed Clark.

Other supporters recognized for their efforts and participation in AHEC-sponsored programs were Dr. Cynthia McCarley and Forrest King for their 20 years of service to the TAE-PWR American Heart Association Training Center, and Dr. Jennifer Criss, Glenda Webb and Carol Woodson for their many years of assistance with the health career camps.
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Nominate your favorite student to be in an SFA photo shoot

Our marketing partners at Richards/Carlberg will be on campus Tuesday, Sept. 8, to capture additional student photos to be used in the upcoming marketing campaign.

They have asked us to identify photogenic students who might be willing to assist us. It is important to the campaign that we utilize good students who will cast the university in a favorable light. Students should have on SFA logo wear, if possible, and the men need to be clean shaven. 

Please provide the name and contact information (phone number and email address) of students who you believe meet the criteria. If you have any questions, please call (936) 468-2605 or email sluna@sfasu.edu.

Thanks for your assistance in making SFA great.

Join the International Friendship Program

If you like to learn about other cultures and meet new people, the Office of International Programs offers the International Friendship Program.

A student, faculty or staff member, or a member of the community is paired up with one or two international SFA students. The host and the student or students meet once or twice a month during the semester to have a conversation over coffee, play games, celebrate American holidays or whatever activity both enjoy.

This program opens interaction between the community and international students, and provides opportunities for cultural exchange and lifelong friendships. 

Individuals interested in participating as a host can complete an application here. Applications should be submitted no later than Tuesday, Sept. 8.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-1779 or email feltso@sfasu.edu

Dr. Keith Hubbard to be presented with Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship

11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Austin Building, Room A307

Dr. Keith Hubbard, associate professor of mathematics and statistics at SFA, is the latest recipient of an endowed professorship established to reward faculty members who serve as excellent mentors and teachers.

The Jim Towns Mentoring Professorship recognizes professors who instill, foster and promote a mentoring culture at SFA. The award is named for Dr. Jim Towns, a longtime SFA professor of communication studies.

Hubbard, who joined SFA's College of Sciences and Mathematics in 2005, teaches graduate and undergraduate classes, including algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry and finite math. His research interests are vertex algebras and co-algebras, mathematical finance and mathematics education.
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SFA Center for Teaching and Learning to host open house

The Center for Teaching and Learning will host an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. The CTL, established in 2014 from the merging of the Office of High-Impact Practices, the Teaching Excellence Center, and the Office of Instructional Technology, recently completed a year of program building and planning and looks forward to showcasing its professional development programs to the campus community.

All are invited. Refreshments will be served.

Three opportunities to ride the SFA fan bus this fall

The SFA Alumni Association will provide buses to transport SFA alumni and fans from the Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center in Nacogdoches to three away football games this fall.

The first SFA alumni fan bus will travel to Amon G. Carter Stadium at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12. Tickets will be $50 per person and include round-trip transportation.

The bus will arrive at the SFA Tailgate on Bellaire Drive in time for lunch and tailgate festivities at the SFA Alumni Association tent before the game begins at 2:30 p.m. After the game, the bus will depart from the stadium and stop for dinner en route to Nacogdoches.
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SFA launches Lumberjack Sports Institute

The SFA Athletics Department is proud to launch the Lumberjack Sports Institute at SFASportScience.com, SFA athletic director Robert Hill and LSI director/head women’s soccer coach Wally Crittenden recently announced.

The new website will enable SFA Athletics to put all of its coaches on one site to create a full-service coaching education portal with access to SFA programs and coaches like never before.
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Battle of Lumberjacks opens 2015 season

SFA opens up its 89th season of football with a battle of Lumberjacks at Homer Bryce Stadium. SFA hosts Northern Arizona on Saturday, Sept. 5, beginning the second year under head coach Clint Conque. It is a unique match-up as SFA and Northern Arizona State University are the only two teams in Division I that boast “Lumberjacks” as their mascot.

SFA has posted a 47-36-5 (.563) record in season openers as 2015 marks the first time the Lumberjacks have opened their season at home since a 49-14 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2012. Since Homer Bryce Stadium opened in 1973, SFA has played its season opener at home 24 times, posting a 17-7 (.708) record in those games and winning five of the last six.
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Clark announces 2015 cross country schedule

SFA cross country coach Cody Clark has announced the 2015 cross country schedule. The upcoming slate features seven competitions, including a dual meet in Nacogdoches to start the year.

The 2015 season will officially get underway on Friday, Sept. 4, when SFA hosts Northwestern State University for the SFA Lumberjack Opener in Pecan Acres City Park. The women will start things with a two-mile race beginning at 7 p.m. The men will follow with a 5k race at 7:30 p.m.
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Fine Arts

Still time to audition for SFA Choristers

There are still a few opportunities to audition for the new SFA Choristers, offered by the SFA Music Preparatory Division.

Those interested should contact director Carolyn Andrews at (936) 552-6593 or carolyn.andrews@suddenlink.net for an audition on Saturday, Sept. 5, or another time if unable to be there Saturday.

The SFA Choristers provides choral training for East Texas youth in fifth through eighth grades. Rehearsals will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays beginning Sept. 8. Tuition is $60 for 14 weeks.

Exhibition to feature work of UT Tyler art faculty members

An exhibition of artwork by faculty members of the University of Texas at Tyler School of Art can be viewed Sept. 3 through Oct. 9 in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus.

Guest artists include Gary Hatcher, James Pace, Alexis Serio, Dewane Hughes and Merrie Wright. The exhibition will feature a variety of mediums, according to John Handley, director of art galleries at SFA.

"Similarly to our own annual faculty show, this exhibition features the talents of the artists who teach at UT Tyler and includes painting, sculpture and mixed media pieces," Handley said.
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SFA art scholarship to honor Parker

The Friends of the Visual Arts at SFA has recently established a scholarship in honor of retired SFA School of Art faculty member Gary Parker.

The Gary Parker Art Scholarship will be awarded for the first time in spring 2016.

The FVA has established scholarships in the name of retiring SFA School of Art professors who were employed in the School of Art for minimum of 10 years before retirement and who contributed in a significant way to the mission of the FVA board and its fundraising activities, such as consistently donating art for fundraisers, providing monetary assistance, or serving on FVA committees or board.
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