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New Faculty Technology

8:30 a.m. to noon

Faculty and staff breakfast
Beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Twilight Ballroom, 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

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.

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

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

Residence Life, Financial Aid
and Business Office open

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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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Headlines for Wednesday, August 25


SFA to host annual Back Lot Bash to introduce new students to community
Graduate film program at SFA boasts success in its infancy
Manning to lead college advisory board
Parking garage, traffic office now open
New siren equipment to be installed today
SFA President invites faculty, staff to annual academic meeting
Learn more about SFA's Early Alert Program
Some offices open until 6 p.m. this week to serve students
Join University Women's Club
Welcome Week activities to begin Thursday
Fall Orientation set for Aug. 27
Community Partners Breakfast set for Sept. 1
Meet the Ladyjack Basketball team, staff
'Battle of the Piney Woods' football game information
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits

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SFA to host annual Back Lot Bash to introduce new students to community

The Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce and Stephen F. Austin State University will welcome the SFA Class of 2014 at the annual Back Lot Bash Thursday, Sept. 2, behind the William R. Johnson Coliseum.

The event follows SFA Freshman Convocation, which begins at 5 p.m. in the coliseum, and provides an opportunity for local businesses and university and community organizations to share information with the students, many of whom are recent arrivals to Nacogdoches. SFA’s six colleges will also be at the Bash to share information about their academic programs. More


Graduate film program at SFA boasts success in its infancy

Stephen F. Austin State University students got their first taste of filmmaking back in 1978, when Professor William E. Arscott began to offer courses in cinematography through the School of Art.

As the years went on, and the popularity for the classes grew, and so did the curriculum.

"We always had a graduate program in art, and so we'd have some students who went on, and more and more we organized the program to independent feature movie makers or working the industry," said Arscott, explaining the beginnings of the Master of Fine Arts Degree in Filmmaking, which received its accreditation and became an official program offered by the film department last year. More


Manning to lead college advisory board

Melissa Manning of Spring, global public relations director for IHS Inc., has been named president of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts Advisory Board.

Manning has more than 20 years of experience as a marketing communications professional and is based in her company's Houston office. IHS is a leading source of information and insight in pivotal areas that shape today's business landscape: energy, economics, geopolitical risk, sustainability and supply chain management.

A 1988 graduate of SFA, Manning has been a member of the advisory board since 2008. She also is a member of the Texas Public Relations Association, Women in Energy, the American Marketing Association, the British American Business Council and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. More


Parking garage, traffic office now open

The University Police Department is pleased to announce the opening of the new Parking and Traffic Office located inside the new Wilson Drive parking garage.

Because of the new office’s more centralized location, university police now will be more accessible to students, faculty and staff. The Parking and Traffic Office issues all student, faculty, staff and visitor permits; provides parking enforcement and assistance; and handles parking appeals.

All parking requests now will be forwarded to the new Parking and Traffic Office instead of the police department. Any department, college or group needing special event parking needs to coordinate through the new office. More


New siren equipment to be installed today

The university will be installing updated equipment to the Outdoor Siren System today. After the equipment is installed, technicians will be testing the system. The test will include the activation of the outdoor siren, both the weather alert and the active emergency alert, on several occasion through out the day. The outdoor siren is a vital part of the Notification System, and the university wants to ensure it's properly functioning. Should you have any questions about the test, please contact the University Police Department at ext. 2252.


SFA President invites faculty, staff to annual academic meeting

I invite you to attend the Stephen F. Austin State University faculty and staff meeting on Thursday, Aug. 26, in the Grand Ballroom located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Refreshments will be served beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the Twilight Ballroom, and the meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. New members of the SFA community will be introduced, accomplishments of the previous year will be highlighted and plans for the upcoming year will be discussed.

I hope that you can join us for this gathering as we celebrate the beginning of a new academic year.


Learn more about SFA's Early Alert Program

The Early Alert Program is a comprehensive approach to academic and behavioral intervention. The Early Alert Program consists of tracks for early intervention including the Behavioral Track to address behavioral/classroom management issues, the Attendance Track to address class attendance issues, and the Academic Performance Track to address concerns regarding a student’s academic performance.

Faculty and staff members, as well as students, can make a referral to the Early Alert Program by completing the Early Alert Form. Go to form now. The Early Intervention Coordinator reviews each referral and appropriate parties are contacted.

For more information about the Early Alert Program and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, please visit the main website and the Early Alert website. Also, please feel free to contact Whitney Koltonski, early intervention coordinator, at (936) 468-2703 or denneywk@sfasu.edu.

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News & Announcements

The following offices will be open until 6 p.m. this week until Friday, Aug. 27, to provide assistance to students enrolling, seeking financial assistance and/or paying bills: Admissions, Business/Bursar, Financial aid and Registrar.

The University Women's Club would like to take the opportunity to invite all women of the SFA community who are members of the faculty or are non-classified administrative or business staff to join us as we start a new year. Our purpose is to fund SFA scholarships, encourage activities among members and provide assistance and service to SFA and the community. UWC membership applications are available at sfauwc.sfasu.edu.

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.

The Service Learning Advisory Board and the Office of Leadership and Service invite all faculty and staff to the fall Community Partners Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, in the BSPC Twilight Ballroom.

This free event offers faculty and staff the chance to meet representatives from local nonprofit agencies who are looking to partner for service learning opportunities. The event will also feature presentations on service learning projects implemented by three past recipients of the Service Learning Grant. RSVP to Jamie Bouldin at jfbouldin@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-1088.

A reception has been scheduled to give SFA faculty and staff members the opportunity to meet and mingle with the new Ladyjack Basketball team and staff. This will be a casual event with refreshments, followed by a meeting to discuss organizing a new women’s basketball booster group. Please join the fun on Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Murray Shaw Room in Johnson Coliseum.
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

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.
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Musician Gordon Summer got the nickname "Sting" because he once performed wearing a black-and-yellow rugby shirt that bandmates said made him look like a bumblebee.

Excerpt from "I Never Knew That!"