Monday, Jan. 18

Today's Weather

69° Today
54° Tonight
Mostly Sunny

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Today's Calendar

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
for students and faculty

Martin Luther King Jr.
Day of Service

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Tomorrow's Calendar

Faculty meetings by department
at 10:30 a.m.

Faculty meetings by college
at 9:30 a.m.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, Feb. 20
SFA Showcase Saturday

March 13 to 21
Spring Break Holiday

Saturday, March 27
SFA Showcase Saturday

Today's Headlines


Daily employee e-newsletter debuts
Showcase Saturday volunteers needed
Government faculty member delivers graduation address
SFA's Bright Ideas Conference
This & That



Daily employee e-newsletter debuts


sfa logoTo reduce the number of mass emails to faculty and staff, we request that beginning today you send your campus-wide messages and announcements to public affairs at the following address: Your messages and announcements will appear in the next edition of the daily e-newsletter. Besides reducing the number of mass e-mails from various departments, there are many other advantages offered by this daily service. All announcements will run for at least two days.

1. All events will run daily until day of event.
2. Increased visual reminders of departments’ announcements.
3. Announcements and messages will be proofread by public affairs staff.
4. Most importantly - news will be disseminated daily, as it happens!

"SFA Today" will be published Monday through Friday (except for holidays) and will be disseminated through e-mail. 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 The announcement should apply to a significant number of faculty and/or staff members.

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News and Announcements

Volunteers needed!  Help recruit students to SFA by volunteering for “Showcase Saturday."  Saturday, Feb. 20, is the big day.  Volunteers are needed from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Please e-mail Monique Cossich at if you are interested.  This is not work – it is fun!

George R. Franks, Jr.
, Government, delivered the graduation address for the December 2009 East Texas Police Academy ceremony. The academy provides basic and advanced training courses for the entire East Texas region.

Save the date! SFA’s Bright Ideas Conference, spotlighting faculty research, scholarship and artistry, has been scheduled for Thursday, April 8. Check with your dean’s office about specific submission guidelines for your college. If you have questions, contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at (936) 468-6606 or e-mail



Judith Lauter
, Human Services, will present “The Zebra Brain: A New Brain-Based Approach to Understanding Individual Diversity in Academic Performance, Health and zebra brainBehavior” Thursday, Feb. 18, at the 18th International Parent Education Conference in Denton. The presentation will focus on the science and draw direct connections to daily problems, ranging from autism to hyperactivity to learning difficulties.

Lauter will also present "The Zebra Brain: A Teacher's Guide to Brain Types" Saturday, Feb. 20, at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting and Exhibits in Atlanta. The lecture will discuss the relevant scientific background, outline the three brain types that hormones create and detail the everyday implications for the classroom in relations to the prenatal brain.

Instant Boss

Based on Merlin Mann's concept, this freeware application will help procrastinators, the easily distracted, people with a long list of very short tasks and people having trouble chipping away at very large tasks.

Instant Boss will time your work/break cycles, reminding you when to work and when to take a break. The defaults are 10 minutes of work, 2 minutes of break time and then repeat 5 times for a total of 1 hour. These values can be changed to suit your needs.
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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 The announcement should apply to a significant number of faculty and/or staff members.

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