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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 tennis at Tyler Junior College Apache Invitational
All day
Tyler

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 tennis at Tyler Junior College Apache Invitational
All day
Tyler

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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Steen Library Freshman Convocation scheduled for next week

The Steen Library will host the Library Freshman Convocation from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. The event aims to inform students how the library can help them succeed at SFA. Students in attendance will be introduced to library faculty and staff members as well as key library services and resources. Students will engage in fun problem solving and critical thinking activities, which will address two of the learning goals listed in the SFA 101 syllabus: academic integrity and accessing and evaluating information. 

Faculty and staff members are asked to encourage students to “Follow the Steen trail to Jack success!” Certificates of completion and goodie bags will be provided. Students also will have a chance to win raffle prizes and more. For more information, email student engagement librarian Anjum Najme at najmia@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-1852.

SFA Gardens to host herbal soap seminar tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host a soap-making workshop from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Room 101, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

Cost for the seminar is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register for the seminar or for more information, contact the SFA Gardens education office at (936) 468-4129 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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New SFA website to be launched Monday, Sept. 12

The new SFA website will launch Monday, Sept. 12. The launch is a culmination of many months of research, discussion, writing, design, programming and testing.

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 that 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.

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation hosting Parents Night Out tonight

In an effort to help parents enjoy a child-free night out, Campus Recreation is hosting Parents Night Out tonight. Kids will enjoy a fun-filled evening of camp activities, a meal and a movie at the Student Recreation Center.

Parents can drop off children as early as 6 p.m. and can pick them up any time before midnight. The cost is $20 per child. For more information or to register, call (936) 468-3507 or email campusrec@sfasu.edu. Registration closes at 5 p.m. today.

Athletics

Ladyjack soccer team on the road for match against Texas State University

After a thrilling finish to last weekend’s win against the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Ladyjacks are on the road hoping to find win number two in San Marcos. The SFA soccer team will take on the Texas State University Bobcats at 7 p.m. tonight.

Senior Hailey Hunt tacked on another goal to her season record last weekend. Junior Madison Hall and sophomore Crystal Calvit both earned a goal to finish off the 3-2 win over UTSA. Goalkeeper redshirt junior Lillie Ehlert played 55 minutes in the net and had four saves on the night. The SFA defense held on strong, only allowing three shots in the first half.
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Reigning NCAA bowling champion Ladyjacks release 2016-17 schedule

The reigning NCAA champion SFA bowling team announced its 2016-17 schedule. The team will compete in 10 NCAA tournaments as the Ladyjacks look to advance to the NCAA Championships for the third-straight season.

The Ladyjacks will open the new season in Orlando, Florida, competing in the Bethune-Cookman Wildcat Invitational Oct. 21 through 23. The opening tournament will lead into a busy November as the team will compete in three tournaments in three weeks.
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Ladyjack volleyball team travels to head coach’s alma mater for three matches at Texas Tech University invitational

For the second time in her 28-plus years as head coach of the SFA volleyball team, Debbie Humphreys leads the Ladyjacks back to her alma mater, Texas Tech University, to take part in the Texas Tech Invitational today and tomorrow in Lubbock.

Representatives from the Summit League, the Big 12 and the Western Athletic Conference will oppose the Ladyjacks as they seek to build on a 4-3 record as well as their two-match winning streak that featured four-set triumphs over Kennesaw State University and the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
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Cross country teams head to Houston today for Justin Cooper Rice Invitational

SFA’s men’s and women’s cross country teams will head to Houston this afternoon to compete in the Justin Cooper Rice Invitational. The women’s race will begin at 6:15 p.m. and the men's race will follow shortly after at 6:45 p.m.

The last time the Lumberjacks competed in the Rice invite was in 2013 when the women, led by former Ladyjack Shelby Pesek, clenched second place and the men finished sixth in the meet.
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Fine Arts

Maule, Simmons to take the stage together again for fundraiser tonight

Spontaneity will be at the heart of an upcoming performance by local acting favorites Brad Maule and Rhonda Plymate Simmons when they take the stage together again for the SFA’s Friends of Theatre upcoming fundraiser.

Working together for the first time since the School of Theatre’s production of “August: Osage County,” Maule and Simmons will perform a staged reading of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Event proceeds will provide scholarship opportunities for theatre students.

Tickets for the reading are $25 for adults and seniors and $7.50 for students. For tickets or more information, visit theatre.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS. Turner Auditorium is located in the Griffith Fine Arts Building, 2222 Alumni Drive.
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U.S. Air Force Band of the West brass ensemble to perform at SFA tonight

The Freedom Brass ensemble of the U.S. Air Force Band of the West will perform at 6 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert is a presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is featured in this year’s Cole Performing Arts Series.

Admission is free. For more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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SFA to screen ‘Tracks’ documentary tonight

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of “Tracks” at 7 p.m. tonight in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The film, directed by John Curran, tells the true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who in 1977 undertook a solo trek across 1,700 miles of Australian outback. A chance meeting with National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan provides her with the necessary financing for her expedition under the condition that he be allowed to photograph parts of her journey for the magazine. With only her dog and four unpredictable camels for company, she embarks on an inspiring and life-changing journey of self-discovery, according to imbd.com.
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If you’re outside after the sun goes down one evening this weekend, you might want to take a look at the sky. According to National Geographic, these end-of-summer days provide prime-time viewing of our home galaxy, the Milky Way.

Click here for more information on specific starry sights.

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