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Wednesday, Dec. 13

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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Dec. 15
SFA Planetarium
"Season of Light"

7 p.m.
Math Building Planetarium

Saturday, Dec. 16
Men's basketball at Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Women's basketball vs. Texas A&M University-Commerce
8 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 19
Men's basketball vs. University of Missouri
8 p.m.
Columbia, Missouri

Women's basketball vs. Central Christian College
11 a.m.




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News & Announcements

Chief Information Officer finalist Henry May to make public presentation today

Chief Information Officer finalist Henry May will be making a public presentation on “The Role of Information Technology in Higher Education” at 2 p.m. today in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

After the presentation, participants can submit their feedback about the candidate here.

Compound patented by SFA’s National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops shows promise in treating cancer

A plant many consider destructive may have just redeemed itself by offering promise in fighting cancer.

A team of researchers at SFA’s National Center for Pharmaceutical Crops, located within the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agricultural, has spent years researching giant salvinia, a noxious plant species known to overtake waterways and kill aquatic life.

The researchers’ work has recently led to a U.S. patent for an anti-cancer compound, Salvinol. Lab trials conducted at the NCPC verify Salvinol can slow and, in some cases, completely inhibit the growth of a wide range of cancer cells, including pancreatic and lung cancer cells.

Click here to learn more about the NCPC.
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TexFlex claims for 2017 deadline approaching

TexFlex flexible spending accounts allow you to set aside money from your paycheck, pre-tax, to pay for eligible health and dependent care and commuting expenses, which reduces your taxable income. Those who have not signed up for TexFlex will be able to next year during the open summer enrollment.

The deadline to submit TexFlex claims for plan year 2017 is fast approaching for employees with a current TexFlex account.

To avoid losing money, submit your health and dependent care claims for plan year 2017 (Sept. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2017) by Dec. 31. Mailed claims must be postmarked by Dec. 30.

Dependent care claims can include eligible expenses paid until Nov. 15, 2017. If you leave any funds in your dependent care FSA, you will lose that money. None of the remaining balance rolls over into a new 2018 account. However, up to $500 left in your health care FSA will transfer to a 2018 TexFlex account.

If you have TexFlex questions or need account balance information, log in to your account at TexFlexERS.com, or call TexFlex toll-free at (844) 884-2364 (TTYL711).

Representatives are available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday Central Standard Time, excluding holidays.

SFA Gardens’ Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series to feature Director Dr. David Creech tomorrow

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Dr. David Creech, director of SFA Gardens, will present “The Year in Review: Surviving a Career in Academia with No Permanent Injuries.” Creech’s year-end lecture will lead the audience through the highlights of the past year — plants, people and plans — and will aim to educate, entertain and enlighten.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.

For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.
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Graphic designer Randy Lewis uses Photoshop to create interesting images from unlikely pairings.

Some of Lewis' photos use the literal meaning of the subject’s name like the "ground" hog shown above. Some replace portions of the photo to create a look-alike. Whichever technique used, it may cause a double-take.

To see more mash-ups, click here.

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