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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Oct. 6
Women's golf at the Sam Houston State University Bearkat Women's Invitational

Thursday, Oct. 8
SFA volleyball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6:30 p.m.
Shelton Gym

Friday, Oct. 9
SFA soccer vs. the University of Central Arkansas
7 p.m.
Conway, Arkansas

SFA tennis at the Lady Demon Invitational
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Saturday, Oct. 10
SFA football vs. Nicholls State University
3 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

SFA tennis at the Lady Demon Invitational
Natchitoches, Louisiana

SFA volleyball vs. Houston Baptist University
1 p.m.
Shelton Gym




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Flags lowered at half-staff today

From the office of the President of the United States of America

As a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence perpetrated on Thursday, Oct. 1, in Roseburg, Oregon, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its territories and possessions until sunset, Tuesday, Oct. 6.

The president also directs that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.     

This lowering of the flag will coincide with the traditional lowering of the flags for the Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 - Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service.

News & Announcements

Barnes & Noble to host faculty and staff member appreciation event

The SFA Barnes & Noble campus bookstore will host a faculty and staff member appreciation day on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the store located on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

All regular-priced SFA logo merchandise will be an additional 25 percent off the ticketed price.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to stop by and enter their names in raffles, pick up giveaway items, check on textbook adoptions for the spring semester and enjoy beverages and refreshments.

Publisher representatives will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to answer questions about textbooks and technology.

SFA School of Art to host graphic design conference

The SFA School of Art will present a graphic design conference Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15 and 16, featuring visiting SFA alumni who work professionally in the design arts.

The conference is intended for interested SFA students studying art, communication, marketing and other related fields. SFA faculty and staff members, regional and junior college instructors, high school art students and teachers, and design professionals in all areas of marketing, advertising and public relations also are invited.

"The conference will provide networking opportunities for design-interested people," said Peter Andrew, graphic design professor in the SFA School of Art, "and it will showcase SFA's graphic design program to interested and incoming students."
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Student Success Collaborative Campus now available

Student Success Collaborative Campus, the integration of GradesFirst and the Student Success Advising Platform, is now available to all faculty members, faculty advisers and student success coaches. SSC Campus is the campus-wide platform SFA will use for student advising.

There is no change in the way you access the Student Success Advising Tool. If you are unable to access the tool, please check with your department chair or administrative assistant to ensure you have the required access in Banner.

System administrators for SSC Campus are Chelsea Heidbrink, student success coach in the Nelson Rusche College of Business, and Trina Menefee, student success coach in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. They can be reached at sscollaborative@sfasu.edu.

Find additional information, user guides and FAQs by visiting the Student Success Advising Tool website. Technical questions should be directed to the TSC at helpdesk@sfasu.edu.

Denim drive scheduled for today

SFA's fashion merchandising students are participating in the Cotton Incorporated Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling Program and will be collecting donations today by the SFA statue.

For more information, contact Jamie Cupit at jrcupit@sfasu.edu.

SFA Faculty Senate to meet tomorrow

The SFA Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center tiered classroom, 2.201. Topics of discussion will include the review of academic policies related to tenure, promotion, post-tenure review and evaluation for merit pay and joint resolution for cessation of a smoking- and tobacco-free campus. Senate election results also will be announced. The meeting will be recorded and is open to the campus community. All faculty and staff members are invited to attend.

In addition, the Faculty Senate also is seeking faculty members' feedback on the proposed changes to the academic promotion, administrative evaluation and merit pay, tenure and post-tenure policies. Click here for more information. Changes to some of these policies are substantive. Please share your feedback with senators from your college or send your concerns to Dr. J.D. Salas, senate chair-elect, at salasjd@sfasu.edu, by Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Undergraduate research workshop being organized

SFA's Department of Human Services is offering an undergraduate research workshop for students. It is an exciting opportunity to explore and learn about the hands-on learning experience of research.

Faculty members are asked to encourage their students to participate in the workshop where research teams and the research process will be explored. The workshop is free for any undergraduate student who wants to learn more about research.

The meeting time for the session will be determined based on availability. Please notify Dr. Yulcinys Castillo about your interest by Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Contact Castillo at castilloya@sfasu.edu to express interest in the session or if you have questions.

SFA School of Honors awards Wisely Fellowship

The SFA School of Honors is delighted to announce the 2015-16 Wisely Fellowship has been awarded to Dr. Steven Estrada, assistant professor of psychology.

Estrada will offer a spring 2016 honors section of General Psychology 133 using innovative teaching practices to challenge honors students’ way of thinking about human behavior and the human mind.
During the fall, he will lead a series of workshops he developed to provide information and direction for honors students interested in pursuing graduate studies in their respective fields. At these workshops, students will engage in exercises designed to help them understand various concepts, how to identify appropriate programs of study and the expectations for admittance. Students also will learn how to identify and effectively market their strengths and weaknesses in written statements and personal interviews.

Students also will have the opportunity to gain exposure to the expectations of life as a graduate student through interaction with current graduate students from across the campus.

The Office of Academic Affairs generously supports the Wisely Fellowship in conjunction with the SFA School of Honors.

"Cook THIS, Not THAT" seminar to be offered tomorrow

Come join SFA Employee Wellness for the "Cook THIS, Not THAT" class at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Campus Recreation Center Meeting Room.

During this seminar, attendees will learn healthier ways to cook while still eating their favorite foods. 

Preregister for this free seminar by contacting Jessica Waguespack at (936) 468-6056 or waguespaja@sfasu.edu.

East Texas Historical Association to host Lale Lecture Oct. 8

The East Texas Historical Association will present the 19th Georgiana and Max S. Lale Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom at SFA.

Dr. Robert (Bob) Krueger of Texas Tech University will be the guest speaker. This event is free and open to the public.

Krueger, a native of New Braunfels, has been a university professor and dean, businessman, and chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, as well as a U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, U.S. ambassador on three occasions, and special representative of the U.S. secretary of state.
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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature SFA soil scientist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Leon Young, SFA professor of agriculture and director of the soil, plant and water analysis laboratory in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will present "Can We Feed Nine Billion in 2040 and How?"

A native of Devine, Texas, Young received a Bachelor of Science in plant science from Texas A & I University in 1970. Following graduation, he moved to Ames, Iowa, to begin graduate work in soil fertility at Iowa State University. Young earned his master's and doctoral degrees from ISU in 1972 and 1976, respectively. His research focused on a comparison of corn and soybean responses to phosphorus and potassium fertilization.
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SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus to present speaker

The SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus will present the first installment of the Conscious Speaker Series, which focuses on diversity-related topics, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9,  in the Baker Pattillo Student Center third floor commons.

The speaker will be Dr. Patrick S. De Walt, SFA assistant professor of elementary education. His topic for the interactive workshop is "Definition Day: Interrogating the Words We Use to Shape Our Worlds."  The presentation is open to all faculty and staff members and students, and is free to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

SFA's Office of Multicultural Affairs Caucus' mission is to advance the areas of diversity, social justice and multicultural awareness and competence on campus through dialogue and programming. The caucus strives to create an atmosphere where all faculty and staff members and students feel welcomed, respected and heard.

Campus Recreation

Parents’ Night Out with Little Jack Rec Camp

Parents may drop their children off as early as 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. 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 are allowed to 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.


STATS LLC names Easly Football Championship Subdivision Freshman of the Week

Fresh off a scintillating performance in the 90th Battle of the Piney Woods, SFA freshman running back Loren Easly was selected as the STATS LLC Football Championship Subdivision Freshman of the Week, the agency announced Monday.
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Southland Conference names Allen Defensive Player of the Week

As a result of a trio of performances that allowed the SFA volleyball team to keep its 20-match regular-season Southland Conference unbeaten streak alive, senior middle blocker Jacque Allen was awarded the SLC Women’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Hailing from Mansfield, Texas, Allen amassed 19 total rejections – five solo stuffs and 14 block assists for an average of 1.46 per set – during SFA’s 3-0 week, which included a pair of come-from-behind conference triumphs.
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Lumberjacks hold ninth place at Cabo Del Sol Intercollegiate

SFA has completed two rounds in its season-opening tournament, sitting ninth out of 10 teams at the Cabo Del Sol Intercollegiate. The Lumberjacks shot a 15-over 303 in round one, followed by an 11-over 299 in round two to sit at 26-over 602.

The 'Jacks opened the 2015-16 season with a 15-over 303 in round one, led by an even-par 72 from senior Luke Sheehan. Fellow senior Nathan Weant posted a 2-over 74, and junior Baxter Ward carded a 6-over 78. Sophomore Cory Brown shot a 7-over 79, and junior transfer Nick Maynard posted an 8-over 80.
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SFA eighth at SHSU Bearkat Invitational

The SFA women's golf team carded a 48-over 616 during the opening two rounds of the 2015 Sam Houston State University Bearkat Women’s Invitational. The Ladyjacks posted a 23-over 307 in the morning round, then followed it up with a 25-over 309 in the afternoon, sitting eighth among the 15-team field.

SFA opened the day with a 307, led by a 4-over 75 from junior Jessie White. Senior Sydney Reed and junior Ann Holcomb each finished with a 6-over 77, followed by a 7-over 78 from freshman Jamee Jorgensen. Sophomore Erica Lautensack closed out the Ladyjack scorecard with an 8-over 79, with junior Courtney Ford posting a 7-over 78, competing as an individual.
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SFA volleyball to host 'Dig for the Cure' night

SFA volleyball will take on the University of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct.8, in Shelton Gym for the annual "Dig for the Cure" night presented by Barnes & Noble Booksellers and Zeta Tau Alpha.

Fans will receive free pink T-shirts and free Papa John’s pizza at the game.

Both teams are undefeated in Southland Conference play. Let’s pack Shelton Gym and support the Ladyjacks in their quest to stay unbeaten in SLC play. The game will be broadcasted live on ESPN3.

Fine Arts

Clarinetist Lignitz-Hahn to perform at SFA

Dr. Kellie Lignitz-Hahn, assistant professor of clarinet at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, will perform a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Joining Lignitz-Hahn will be colleague Sehee Lee, lecturer of piano and collaborative piano at Texas A & M University-Kingsville. Among the featured works will be Malcom Arnold's Sonatina and Grammy-winning composer Libby Larsen's "Licorice Stick."

Other pieces on the program include Andre Bloch's "Denneriana," Serban Nichifor's "Carnyx" and Béla Kovács' "Hommage à Manuel de Falla."
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SFA theatre students bring study-abroad experience to 'Arabian Nights'

Theatre majors at SFA bring a wealth of talent to every Mainstage production.

From acting and stage management, to lighting, sound, costume and scenic design, SFA theatre students quickly become well versed in the dynamics of producing a successful play.

The School of Theatre takes pride in providing the kind of curriculum and hands-on experience that gives each student a diverse skill set. The school also cultivates internships and international programs to enhance what the students learn at SFA.
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SFA's jazz bands to perform program of classic swing music

SFA's Swingin' Axes and Swingin's Aces jazz bands will perform classic swing music at their next concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance will feature the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Henry Mancini and other great jazz composers.

Directed by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet and jazz studies at SFA, the Swingin' Axes' program will include Ellington's classic "Take the A-Train" and Buddy Rich's "Basically Blues." 
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