If this message is not displaying properly, please view the online version.

Announcements | Fine Arts Calendar
This & That | Desktop Wallpaper
Submit a News Item | Archives

This Week's Calendar

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


Welcome Week Blood Drive
11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
3rd Floor Commons , BPSC

Ladyjack Volleyball vs.

7 p.m. HERE


Community Partners Breakfast
for Faculty and Staff

8 to 10 a.m.
Twilight Ballroom, BPSC


Last day to change schedules other than to drop courses

Last day to register

AARC Tutor Sign-ups Begin
AARC; located in Steen Library
on the First Floor

SFA Freshman Convocation
5 p.m. in the coliseum

Back Lot Bash

to follow SFA Freshman
Twilight Ballroom, BPSC


Cross Country
Lumberjack Opener
TBA; Nacogdoches

Welcome Week
Service Project
To begin at noon
Involvement Center; BPSC

Ladyjack Volleyball vs.

Noon in Wichita, Kan.

Ladyjack Volleyball vs.
Wichita State

7 p.m. in Wichita, Kan.

Ladyjack Soccer vs. UTEP
7 p.m. HERE

Ladyjack Volleyball vs.

Noon in Wichita, Kan.

Lumberjack Football vs.
Texas A&M

6 p.m. AWAY

Ladyjack Soccer vs.

1 p.m. HERE

Labor Day Holiday
Monday, Sept. 6

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

Standard Wallpaper
News Item
for SFA Today

"SFA Today" is published by the Office of Public Affairs Monday through Friday (except for holidays). Items must be received by noon prior to the day of desired inclusion.

To submit items to "SFA Today," use the online form or e-mail sfatoday@sfasu.edu. The announcement should apply to a significant number of faculty and/or staff members.

Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, Texas
Office of Public Affairs | ©2010


Headlines for Monday, August 30





SFA to host annual Back Lot Bash to introduce new students to community
SFA names new general counsel
Last Thursday at campus-wide meeting
Profile: Judy Abbott, SFA College of Education dean
SFA faculty becomes part of history
A healthy appetite for health careers
Learn more about SFA's Early Alert Program
SFA Way Honor Code feedback
Join University Women's Club
Employee Benefit News
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
Download standard desktop wallpaper
Download widescreen desktop wallpaper

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

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


SFA names new general counsel

Damon Derrick has been named the new general counsel for Stephen F. Austin State University. He has served as interim since March.

Derrick first joined the general counsel's office in 2008 after completing his degree at The University of Mississippi School of Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Lamar University and is a member of the Texas State Bar Association and the National Association of College and University Attorneys. More


Last Thursday at campus-wide meeting

[Photo to Right] Stephen F. Austin State University President Baker Pattillo addresses the faculty and staff at a campus-wide meeting held Thursday morning in the Grand Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Pattillo introduced new faculty members and shared highlights of the past academic year, as well as future plans for the university.

[Photo to Left] Stephen F. Austin State University Regent Steve McCarty (standing) visits with (from left) Vice President for Development Sid Walker, former Regent and longtime SFA supporter Peggy Wright, and Student Regent Sydni Mitchell before a campus-wide meeting in which faculty and staff members were welcomed back for the new academic year. Monday will mark the first day of fall classes at SFA.


Profile: Judy Abbott, SFA College of Education dean

Classes resume for the fall semester today at Stephen F. Austin State University, and students, faculty and staff of the James I. Perkins College of Education have a new dean joining the faculty.

Dr. Judy A. Abbott has served as a public school teacher, a professor and, most recently, held the position of assistant dean of the College of Human Resources and Education at West Virginia University in Morgantown, W.Va. More


SFA faculty becomes part of history

SFA faculty members are stepping back 150 years to recreate the life of the early university. Brad Maule, Owen Smith, Jana Redfield, Dyson Nickle, Randy McDonald and Linda Bond are a part of  “1860 at Nacogdoches University” at the Old University Building in downtown Nacogdoches. Retired faculty performers include Patsy and Leon Hallman and Marti Bird.

“1860 at Nacogdoches University” is Friday, Sept.10, and Saturday, Sept.  11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 12, at 2:30 p.m. at the Old University Building, 515 North Mound Street in downtown Nacogdoches. More


A healthy appetite for health careers

The recent Piney Woods AHEC Health Careers Summer Camp brought 20 talented students to the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. The students ranged in age from 15-18 years old and hail from seven counties in rural East Texas. Many of these outstanding students have completed several college classes while in high school and are on track to graduate high school with 30+ college hours. More


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.

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

News & Announcements

Last Thursday, SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo announced the new SFA Way Honor Code to faculty and staff. We want to know what you think. To learn more and give your feedback, please click the following link: http://studentvoice.com/sfa/theSFAway

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.

Read "Employee Benefit News," which is distributed by Employees Retirement Systems of Texas (ERS). In this edition, you'll read information about ID cards, Texa$aver and Type 2 diabetes prevention. More


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!
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

Friday, Sept. 3
The SFA School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a one-night screening of “Addicted to Plastic: The Rise and Demise of a Modern Miracle” at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Ian Connacher’s 85-minute documentary about solutions to plastic pollution takes the viewers on a global journey to investigate what we really know about the highly versatile material, its toxic legacy and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up. Admission is free. The film is sponsored in part by Dr. Ken Farrish, director of the SFA Division of Environmental Science, and Nacogdoches Junior Forum. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
Friday, Sept. 10
Recent works of art in a variety of media will be displayed in the SFA Faculty Exhibition, which the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. The always-popular annual exhibition, which includes works by the SFA studio art faculty, enables East Texans to see the vast pool of talent within the school. The show runs through Saturday, Oct. 30.  Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
The internationally acclaimed Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will open the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts’ 2010-2011 University Series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. Under the direction of Daniel Spalding, the orchestra will present a provocative and poetic program that includes featured piano soloist Gabriela Imreh performing Bach’s Concerto in D minor. The event is sponsored by Lehmann Eye Center of Nacogdoches.
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.
the College of Fine Arts
September Calendar
Learn more by visiting
the College of Fine Arts
Purchase tickets at the
online ticket box office
or call (936) 468-6407
• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Excerpt from "I Never Knew That!"