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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Nov. 12
SFA volleyball vs. Abilene Christian University
6:30 p.m.
Shelton Gym

Friday, Nov. 13
Men's basketball vs. Baylor University
7 p.m.

Men's cross country at the NCAA South Central Regional
College Station

Women's basketball vs. the University of Texas - Tyler
7 p.m.
William R. Johnson Coliseum

Women's cross country at the NCAA South Central Regionals
College Station

Saturday, Nov. 14
SFA football vs. Houston Baptist University
3 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

SFA volleyball vs. the University of the Incarnate Word
Shelton Gym

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




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News & Announcements

Center for Teaching and Learning High-Impact Practice panels begin Thursday

SFA’s Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty and staff members to participate in panels on High-Impact Practices. The panels will discuss the three platforms of SFA’s Quality Enhancement Plan: collaborative learning, mentored undergraduate scholarship and field-based learning.

Each panel, featuring faculty members who have participated in a High-Impact Practice Faculty Learning Community, will address best practices for implementing these platforms in classrooms.

The panels will take place in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room from 3:30 to 4 p.m. on the following dates:

Thursday, Nov. 12: Collaborative Learning
Dr. Matt McBroom, assistant professor of forestry
Dr. Kevin Langford, assistant professor of Biology

Thursday, Nov. 19: Field-Based Learning
Dr. Elizabeth Spradley, instructor of languages, cultures and communication
CC Conn, associate professor of theatre.

Thursday, Dec. 3: Mentored Undergraduate Scholarship
Dr. Daniel Scognamillo, assistant professor of spatial science
Dr. Jennifer Gumm, assistant professor of biology.

SFA Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 11

The SFA Faculty Senate will meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 2.201.

Dr. Baker Pattillo, university president, will update the senate on campus-carry implementation. Dr. Steven Bullard, interim provost, will provide an update on the SFA strategic plan, and Dr. Mary Nelle Brunson, vice provost, will give an overview of the Higher Education Coordinating Board's new strategic plan titled 60x30 Texas.

Senate meetings are open to all faculty and staff members.

SFA Career Services hosting seminar today

SFA Career Services is partnering with Enterprise Rent-A-Car to conduct the “Winning Job Search Strategies” presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. today in the Rusk Building, Room 333.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to inform students about the opportunity.

The event is free and students will have the chance to learn how to successfully hunt for a job or internship.

Web of Science training scheduled for tomorrow

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend a hands-on demonstration of the new Thomson Reuters Web Science resource at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Ralph W. Steen Library, Infolab 1.

Web of Science provides coverage of all disciplines within the natural and social sciences, and the arts and humanities. The sessions will be led by a trainer from Web of Science, who will focus on ways to maximize the research impact using this resource.

Topics will include search techniques, discovering related research, citation reporting and more. For more information, contact Erica Chapman, librarian, at ris@sfasu.edu.

Choosing the right setting for your health care

You should go to your primary care doctor (PCP) for care whenever you can.  Your PCP knows you the best and has quick access to your medical records. However, there may be times when your PCP is
not available or you may need to go to a facility other than your PCP’s office.

For more information from United HealthCare about provider types available to you, click here.

Office of International Programs to host Global Gateway to the Phillippines

Join SFA's Office of International Programs for a presentation on the Philippines given by SFA students from the country. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

Authentic Philippine food samples will be served. An informal discussion and question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. 

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature pollinators and pests

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Houston-based horticulturist Heath Lowery will present "Pollinator Update Plus Know What's Bugging You."

The regional sales manager for Olympic Horticultural Products, a leading supplier of pest control solutions in the production ornamentals market, received his Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and Master of Science in horticulture from SFA.
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Southland Conference Mascot Challenge ends Thursday

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 Gardens to host herbal soap seminar

SFA Gardens will host "Gifts from the Garden," a soap-making workshop from 9 a.m. until noon Saturday, Nov. 14, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building, Room 101 at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Participants will create a variety of herbal soaps while learning recipes and techniques used in the art of soap making. Workshop attendees also will leave with samples of their own luxurious soap creations.

"The soap will be made from coconut and palm kernel oil, lye, essential oils and dried herbs," said Elyce Rodewald, SFA Gardens' education coordinator. "Participants will learn the step-by-step process of soap making, so they have the skills to make soap at home on their own."

"Once you use the new soap, you'll never go back to store-bought," Rodewald added. "The workshop is fun and educational. Participants will be surrounded by wonderful fragrances, like a special gift from the garden!"

Cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members. For more information or to register, contact the SFA Gardens' Education Office at (936) 468-1832 or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

Campus Recreation

Fall Wellness Fair scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 12

SFA Campus Recreation’s Fall Wellness Fair, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, will provide resources and services from campus and community organizations and businesses to support the wellness of SFA faculty and staff members and students. Services will include health screenings, fitness assessments, product samples, refreshments, educational materials and giveaways.

More than 30 local vendors will be present at the Wellness Fair. Campus Recreation also will be hosting a blood drive.

To preregister for the blood drive, call the SFA Recreation Center administration office at (936) 468-3507.

The event is free to all faculty and staff members and students.


SFA football falls to University of Central Arkansas, 36-24

The SFA football team built a 24-17 lead late in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against the University of Central Arkansas, but 19 unanswered points in fewer than eight minutes proved too much for the Lumberjacks, who fell 36-24 at Estes Stadium in Conway, Arkansas.

The loss broke SFA’s three-game winning streak and the team fell to 3-6 this season and 3-4 in Southland Conference play.
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Senior basketball players primed for final season

In more than six decades, the Southland Conference has never witnessed a men’s basketball team claim four consecutive regular season championships.

The SFA men’s basketball team senior class has already gained a reputation for penning history. Two of those five senior players have been integral parts of the Lumberjacks' three-straight league titles.
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Offense key to Ladyjack volleyball victory over Northwestern State University

The SFA volleyball team evened the score against Northwestern State University this weekend nearly a year after NSU's 3-1 upset in the 2014 Southland Conference tournament.

A 3-0 victory over the Lady Demons Saturday was spearheaded by an offensive onslaught from freshman Makenzee Hanna’s 12 kills and junior Justice Walker’s 12 kills and .524 attack percentage.
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SFA soccer season ends in Southland Conference semifinals

The SFA women’s soccer team’s memorable 2015 season closed Friday night in the Southland Conference Tournament semifinals with a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Southeastern Louisiana University at Bill Stephens Soccer Complex in Conway, Arkansas.

The Ladyjacks earned the top seed in the tournament with a fifth-consecutive regular season championship. The team ends the year with a 9-8-2 overall record and an 8-1-2 mark in SLC play.
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Fine Arts

In Perspective production to feature SFA dance program, Repertory Dance Company

SFA's dance program and Repertory Dance Company will showcase senior choreographic works and company pieces in the Danceworks production, In Perspective, which premieres 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, on campus in the dance studio in the Lucille Norton Health and Physical Education Complex, Room 201.

A second showing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, with the final show planned for 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. Tickets cost $5 for students, $8 for faculty and staff members and $10 for general admission.
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SFA's Music Prep students selected to all-region orchestras

All students of the SFA Music Preparatory Division who auditioned last month for the Region 4 and Region 21 middle school and high school orchestras were selected as orchestra members.

Auditions were held at the new Three Lakes Middle School in Tyler. Concerts for the middle school and high school orchestras will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, in Tyler.

High school students selected to all-region orchestra included: Catherine Meisenheimer, Isaiah Bertke and Annaleigh Andrews, Violin I; and Jake Hill, Grace DeKerlegand, Kyla Alders, Sheetal Bapu and Andria Sowell, Violin II.
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Stone Fort Wind Quintet to perform audience favorites

An assortment of quartets and duos will be featured in the upcoming Stone Fort Wind Quintet concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The quintet is made up of SFA School of Music faculty members Drs. Christina Guenther, flute; John W. Goodall, oboe; Christopher Ayer, clarinet; Staci Spring, bassoon; and Charles Gavin, horn.

This faculty recital will open with "A Comical Overture" by Austrian composer Ernst Spies. The piece "pokes fun at the melodramaticconcert overture by emphasizing the cliché musical devices that are often employed in 19th century dramatic music," according to Ayer.
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Trombone Choir to perform works by Gabrieli, Mendelssohn

The SFA Trombone Choir will perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Directed by Dr. Deb Scott, SFA professor of trombone, the 22-member choir will perform "Canzona XIII," composed by Giovanni Gabrieli in the 16th century for St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice.

"This piece will feature three choirs of all trombones, including the contra bass trombone, which plays in the range of the tuba," Scott said.
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If you've ever complained about the speed of the mail while obsessively checking that "track package" feature today, take a moment to consider that some thousands of letters are sitting undelivered in a leather trunk in The Hague.

Researchers are just now beginning to delve into a pile of correspondence from the 17th century, hundreds of years after they were supposed to be delivered, according to this Telegraph article.

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