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Friday, Sept. 9
SFA Planetarium "Mars Quest"
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA cross country at Justin Cooper Rice Invitational
TBA
Houston

SFA soccer vs. Texas State University
7 p.m.
San Marcos

SFA volleyball vs. Oral Roberts University
2 p.m.
Lubbock

SFA volleyball vs. Texas Tech University
6 p.m.
Lubbock

Saturday, Sept. 10
SFA football vs. University of West Alabama
6 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

SFA volleyball vs. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
4 p.m.
Lubbock

SFA women's golf at South Alabama Intercollegiate
All day
Mobile, Alabama

Sunday, Sept. 11
SFA soccer vs. University of Texas at El Paso
1 p.m.
SFA Soccer Field

SFA women's golf at University of South Alabama Intercollegiate
All day
Mobile, Alabama


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Dr. Jared Barnes

Assistant professor of agriculture

Barnes was recently named the 2016 Young Professional of the Year by the Perennial Plant Association.

The award, announced at the 34th Perennial Plant Association Symposium in Minneapolis, was created to recognize, honor and encourage participation, achievement and growth of young individuals in the industry. Individuals are selected based on their involvement in the PPA, their contributions to the field and their positive portrayal of the perennial plant industry to the public.

News & Announcements

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs opens discussion of difficult topics in Brave Space Series

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs has developed a new series allowing for open and honest discussion of difficult topics among the SFA and Nacogdoches communities.

Touching on racial tensions, police relations and LGBT issues, the first Brave Space Series will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Multimedia Room on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The first Brave Space Series is titled “Your Racial Perspective.” The second will deal with LGBT issues and will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Tiered Classroom located on the second floor of the BPSC.
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Nacogdoches CVB announces 'All Things Nacogdoches' photo contest

The Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting an “All Things Nacogdoches” photo contest. Entries will be accepted beginning today through Monday, Nov. 7.

A maximum of three photos, which must be taken in Nacogdoches County, may be submitted and must fall into one of seven designated categories. Photos may be submitted online, via email or in person to the CVB. All photos submitted should be 300 dpi with the exception of the mobile category.

To submit an entry or for more information, including specific categories and contest rules, click here or contact the CVB at (936) 564-7351.

Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rule change presentation available online

In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor released information detailing changes to federal overtime regulations. These changes were discussed briefly during the Board of Regents meeting in July. Human resources has prepared a short presentation providing an overview of regulation changes.

Specifically, the presentation reviews how the regulation change came about, the basics of the Fair Labor Standards Act and specific changes, which may impact SFA faculty and staff members, how SFA plans to implement these changes and what can be expected in the near future.
 
The presentation is less than 10 minutes and is intended for any SFA faculty or staff member interested in learning more about the rule change. To view the presentation, log in to myTraining and click on the FLSA Overview for Employees featured training on the home page. Employees also can access myTraining through the Employee tab on mySFA. 

For more information, call human resources at (936) 468-2304.

Athletics


New videoboard in Homer Bryce Stadium to make football debut Saturday

With Saturday marking the 2016 Lumberjack football home opener, SFA fans will experience a noticeable difference in the game-day atmosphere. Saturday's game against the University of West Alabama will include the football debut of the new high-definition videoboard in the south end zone of Homer Bryce Stadium.

Replaced during the off-season, the new board measures 80 feet 8 inches in length and is 36 feet 10 inches high, making it the largest in the Southland Conference and the third-largest at the Football Championship Subdivision level. The board will add a significant presence to Lumberjack game days, allowing for HD video streams and instant replays, in-game statistics and enhanced sponsorship and promotional elements.
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Ladyjack volleyball team defeats University of Louisiana at Monroe in home opener

The balanced attack put forth by the SFA volleyball team got the job done Thursday night during the Ladyjacks' 2016 home opener.

Trailing 13-11 in the fourth and final set, the Ladyjacks erased that deficit by going to work at the service line and closing the match on a 14-2 run, leading them to a 3-1 victory over the University of Louisiana at Monroe in Shelton Gym last night.
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Clean water is undoubtedly one of our most valuable, cherished resources. Generating it from unclean sources, on the other hand, is usually the challenge.

A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a way to produce clean water by using a device called a solar vapor generator, which is created by combining three easy-to-find items: plastic bubble wrap, a sponge and sunlight.  Read more about the device here.



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