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Grade entry completed
for Summer II
Wednesday, August 18
Noon

SFA Gardens Les Reeves Lecture Series
Thursday, August 19
7 p.m.
Ag Building, Room 110

New Faculty General Orientation
Tuesday, August 24

New Faculty Technology Orientation
Wednesday, August 25

Housing Facilities Open
Thursday, August 26
10 a.m.

Faculty and staff meeting
Thursday, August 26
8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Grand Ballroom, BPSC

Faculty meetings by college
Thursday, August 26
10 to 11 a.m.

Faculty meetings by department
Thursday, August 26
11 a.m.

Faculty available for advising
Thursday, August 26
1 to 5 p.m.

Ladies Night with SFA Football

Thursday, August 26
Field House at
Homer Bryce Stadium
Registration at 5 p.m.
Clinic from 6 to 8 p.m.

SFA vs. Sam Houston State
Saturday, Oct. 23, at 2 p.m.
Reliant Stadium in Houston


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University hurries to complete construction projects
SFA names new director of SFA campus recreation
SFA Gardens Les Reeves Lecture to feature San Antonio horticulturist
Mandatory student worker ASAP training
SFA to open 'Neal Cox: Grids and Panoramas'
Eta Sigma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta receives honor
Director of bands presents at Texas Bandmasters Association conference
Fall Orientation set for Aug. 27
August Cybersecurity Newsletter posted
Submit ideas for Teaching Excellence Center workshops
Pre-order your copy of the summer commencement DVD
State Farm presents Ladies Night with SFA Football
'Battle of the Piney Woods' football game information
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
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University hurries to complete construction projects

Stephen F. Austin State University students returning to campus at the end of the month will be some of the first to see the completion of four major campus construction projects. Construction workers have been busy completing renovations to the Juanita Curry Boynton House and the Chemistry Building as well as constructing a new parking garage and main university entrance, and the anticipated completion time of these projects is right around the corner.

Renovations to the Chemistry Building will be completed in time for fall classes, Bob Wright, executive director of public affairs, said. More

 

SFA names new director of SFA campus recreation

A Texas native has returned to his home state from California to serve as the new director of campus recreation at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Ken Morton received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene. He comes to SFA after nearly 10 years at California State University, Sacramento, where he served as the coordinator of recreational sports from 2001 to 2009. Most recently, he was associate director of the university’s 150,000-square-foot recreation and wellness center.

“I started working in the recreation field as a freshman in high school,” Morton said. “This is what I do; it’s in my blood, and I love the career path I have taken.” More

 

SFA Gardens Les Reeves Lecture to feature San Antonio horticulturist

The SFA Gardens will host its monthly Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building located on Wilson Drive on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Dr. Jerry Parsons, retired Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Horticulturist, will present one of his classic entertaining and often irreverent programs titled "Seed Collection of Texas Heirloom Varieties and Unique Plants."

Parsons was born in Tennessee, son of a professional trick shooter for Winchester. He received degrees in horticulture from the University of Tennessee, Mississippi State University and Kansas State University. He worked for 33 years as the area vegetable specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service in the winter garden area around San Antonio where he was widely known from his weekly television appearances as "the Weekend Gardener." More

 

Mandatory student worker ASAP training

The Department of Human Resources will now be responsible for managing the student employment process. The Office of Career Services (which formerly housed Student Employment) will be assisting with the training and development of new employees. We recognize the importance of preparing students for their transition from SFA to the world of work. A large part of that preparation is training student employees to realize the importance and relativity of professionalism in their current positions. The skills they develop while working in your department will overwhelmingly impact their future careers. More

 

SFA to open 'Neal Cox: Grids and Panoramas'

The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open "Neal Cox: Grids and Panoramas" at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

The exhibition features recent works by Neal Cox, SFA assistant professor of art, and is the artist's first solo show in Nacogdoches. The opening includes a 6:30 p.m. gallery talk by Cox. More

 
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Accomplishments

SFA's Eta Sigma chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, received the 2010 Best Chapter Award in our enrollment division (Division IV 10,001 to 15,000 students). Only six “Best Chapter” awards are distributed each year across the entire country, so this is a tremendous achievement for SFA. 
   
Pursuing a master's degree in music is becoming a realistic option for teachers who do not want to quit their jobs in order to further their education. Fred J. Allen, director of bands, presented information on exploring the process for achieving this goal at the Texas Bandmasters Association conference in San Antonio. His presentation was titled "How to Continue Your Education While Still Teaching."
   

Conference presentation? Book published? Attended a conference? Received an award? We want to know about your accomplishments, so fill out SFA Today's online form!

   

News & Announcements

Fall Orientation is taking place Friday, Aug. 27! Students who were unable to attend a summer orientation session can attend this one-day session. Check-in is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the movie theater lobby on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. For more information or to sign up for orientation, students can visit sfasu.edu/ccs/orientation/fall.asp or call the Orientation Programs Office at (936) 468.6641.
   
 

August Cybersecurity Newsletter Now Posted: You are probably familiar with many of the standard best practices for safeguarding your data, such as avoid carrying unencrypted sensitive data on portable devices; use a complex password; and keep your PC current with updated anti-virus software and security patches. However, do you realize that another important aspect of safeguarding your data means taking precautions about the information contained on printers or copiers?

This month's newsletter covers:
- Protecting Data Contained in Copiers and Printers
- Mumba - New Zeus Botnet
- Cyberthreats to Mobile Devices

The newsletter can be viewed at www.sfasu.edu/itsecurity. E-mail your topic suggestions, questions and comments to itsecurity@sfasu.edu.

   
Thinking about the upcoming year? Needing some support? Want to share an idea? You are in luck! The Teaching Excellence Center is asking faculty members to submit ideas for workshops for the 2010-2011 academic year. We want to hear from you! Please send any professional development ideas to tec@sfasu.edu.
   
Order your summer graduation ceremony DVD for $25! Each DVD contains the commencement speech and every graduate receiving his or her degree. Order now!
   
State Farm presents Ladies Night with SFA Football
Thursday, August 26
At the Field House at Homer Bryce Stadium
Registration begins at 5 p.m.
Clinic will be from 6 to 8 p.m.

Learn the game in a relaxed setting and experience Lumberjack football first hand! Presented by SFA coaching staff, players and coaches' wives. Door prizes and hors d' oeuvres. Free admission.
   
Stephen F. Austin State University vs. Sam Houston State
October 23, 2010, at 2 p.m.
Reliant Stadium in Houston

Tickets for the game remain on sale through the SFA Ticket Office. Ticket prices range from $15 to $35 and can be purchased by calling (936) 468-JACK or toll free (800) 775-3358. Read more about this event!
   
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College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

 
Friday, August 20
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open Neal Cox: Grids and Panoramas at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Cox joined the SFA art faculty in 2008, and this is his first solo show in Nacogdoches. The show includes grids composed of watercolors, linocuts or photographs and three types of panoramas. The show will run through Saturday, Oct. 2. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
 

Saturday, August 21
New students interested in enrolling in private or group music lessons through the Music Preparatory Division of SFA’s School of Music can register from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Music Prep House, 3028 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.
During the same time, the SFA Children’s Chorus will be holding auditions for third through eighth graders. At 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, and Sunday, Aug. 22, the Piney Woods Youth Orchestra will be holding auditions, also at the Prep House. For more information on any of the Music Preparatory’s offerings, please visit www.music.sfasu.edu/prep or call (936) 468-1291.

 

Ongoing
Want to help with the relief efforts in the Gulf? Visit "Save the Gulf: Olivia Bouler's Bird Illustrations" at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St., and purchase artwork by the 11-year-old New York artist who has single-handedly raised over $125,000 for relief funds by selling her art. Twenty-five illustrations and five prints are included in the exhibition the School of Art is presenting. A silent auction for the illustrations is still going on, and the prints are available for a set price. SFA's exhibition is Bouler's first one-person show and the first exhibition of her artwork for Gulf disaster relief.  All proceeds benefit not-for-profit organizations including the Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.

   
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Did you know that every Wednesday you can purchase any sized Icee for only $.99 at the Baker Pattillo Student Center C-Store? So grab a co-worker Wednesday and enjoy a cold Icee to beat the summer heat!