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TUESDAY
New Faculty General
Orientation

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WEDNESDAY
New Faculty Technology
Orientation

8:30 a.m. to noon

THURSDAY
Faculty and staff breakfast
Beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Twilight Room, BPSC

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

Housing Facilities Open
10 a.m.

Faculty meetings by college
10 to 11 a.m.

Faculty meetings by
department

11 a.m.

Faculty available for advising

1 to 5 p.m.

Ladies Night with SFA Football

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

FRIDAY
Freshmen and transfer
final orientation

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Movie Theater; BPSC

Faculty available for advising
8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Ladyjack Volleyball at Baylor
8:30 p.m. in Waco

SATURDAY
Residence Life, Financial Aid
and Business Office open

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ladyjack Volleyball vs. Butler
10 a.m. in Waco

Ladyjack Volleyball vs. SMU
5 p.m. in Waco

SUNDAY
Residence Life, Financial Aid
and Business Office open

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

UPCOMING
Classes begin
Monday, Aug. 30, at 8 a.m.

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


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SFA ranked in first tier of western region by U.S. News and World Report
New SFA entrance nearing completion
Students contribute to new tradition by painting tops of Steen towers
Mandatory student worker ASAP training
Parents’ examples help grad overcome obstacles
Welcome Week activities to begin Thursday
Fall Orientation set for Aug. 27
August Cybersecurity Newsletter posted
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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SFA ranked in first tier of western regional institutions
by U.S. News and World Report

Stephen F. Austin State University is ranked in the first tier among the best regional public and private universities in the western United States, according to the 2011 edition of "Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings, which include more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges and will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, hitting newsstands Aug. 31. More

 

New SFA entrance nearing completion

In one of the last phases of construction on the new main entrance to Stephen F. Austin State University, new traffic signals will be turned on Tuesday, resulting in partial lane closures and some traffic congestion.

Drivers and pedestrians should use extra caution on Tuesday in the area around the new entrance, located at the intersection of North Street and Griffith Boulevard, SFA officials said.

The entrance project included the construction of a new entrance plaza roadway, a limestone monument sign, decorative pillars on Vista Drive and extensive landscaping. The new entrance is expected to be completed within the next two weeks. More

 

Students contribute to new tradition by painting tops of Steen towers

The color purple is never in short supply at Stephen F. Austin State University, and students, faculty and staff can now set their sights on purple light that will shine from each of the Steen Towers after every athletic victory. Before it was torn down in February to make room for a new freshman residence hall and parking garage, Garner Tower glowed purple from the roof after all of SFA's athletic victories. (Photo by Hardy Meredith) 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

 

Parents’ examples help grad overcome obstacles

Sylvester Saville Harris grew up working along side his mother and father in a family owned barbecue restaurant in Livingston.

"I've done everything, from working delivery, cooking, cashier, waiting tables, washing dishes, paperwork," Harris said, "I've done it all."

What Harris learned growing up was more than how to run a restaurant, he said. The examples set by his parents, who instilled in him the importance of hard work, eventually led him to be among the 440 graduates at Stephen F. Austin State University Saturday morning. More

 
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News & Announcements

The Orientation Programs Department plans and implements Jacks Back, SFA’s Welcome Week. The purpose of Jacks Back is to welcome new students to campus, and introduce them to campus life. For returning students, Jacks Back is a way for students to become involved and interact with new students and campus organizations. Jacks Back 2010 will begin Thursday, Aug. 26, and end Friday, Sept. 3! View tentative schedule.

   
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.

   
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

 
Ongoing
The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art presents Neal Cox: Grids and Panoramas 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.
 

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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"Illinois Avenue" has been mathematically proven to be the square on the Monopoly game board that has the highest probability of being occupied by a player. The "Go" square comes in second.

Excerpt from "I Never Knew That!"