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This Week's Calendar

Thursday, Jan. 20
SFA Gardens Lecture
Series to feature bluebird society co-founder
7 p.m.
Agriculture Building, Room 110


Friday, Jan. 21
Edge of Life:
Forest Pathology Art
opening reception
6 p.m.
The Cole Art Center
@ The Old Opera House


Saturday, Jan. 22
Kid Fish Trout Fishing Event

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lakeside Park located at
4800 Pearl St.
(936) 559-2960

Ladyjack Basketball at
Texas-Arlington

2 p.m.
Arlington, Texas

Lumberjack Basketball vs.
Texas-Arlington

6 p.m. at HOME

Annual Schmidbauer Competition
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall


Sunday, Jan. 23
Annual Schmidbauer Competition

2:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall


Upcoming Events
Pineywoods Native Plant Center volunteer training session
Wednesday, Jan. 26
Wednesday, Feb. 9
Thursday, Feb. 10
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Tucker House
Conference Room

Cram the Coliseum
7 p.m. | Wednesday, Jan. 26
2 p.m. | Saturday, Jan. 29
William R. Johnson Coliseum
learn more

"The Complete World
of Sports (abridged)"
7:30 p.m. | Friday, Jan. 28
Turner Auditorium

SFA Showcase Saturday Dates

Saturday, Feb. 26
Saturday, March 26


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Headlines for Thursday, Jan. 20

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New tobacco cessation program
AARC: 'We're #2!'
Students volunteer time to MLK Day of Service - correction
Student accomplishments
January's CyberSecurity Newsletter now posted
Looking for Trip Leader Candidate program candidates
2011 Texas Job Fair
College of Fine Arts events and exhibits
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New tobacco cessation program offered to employees

The Texas Department of State Health Services Tobacco Prevention and Control Program is pleased to announce that state employees, retirees and their dependents are now eligible for a new tobacco cessation program that offers free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) and free telephonic counseling. These services are being made available through a partnership of the DSHS Tobacco Prevention Program, the Statewide Wellness Coordinator and the Employee Retirement System of Texas (ERS) utilizing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars.

Employees, retirees and dependents simply call the Quitline at 1-877-YES-QUIT (1-877-937-7848) for access to over-the-phone counseling as well as up to eight weeks of NRT (such as the patch, gum or lozenges). The free NRT will be available through December 2011. The Quitline counseling services will continue to be available past this date.

Currently an estimated 45,000 state employees use tobacco products, and nearly seven of every 10 of these employees want to quit. Quitline users will double their chance of quitting by utilizing the free counseling and NRT.

According to the American Cancer Society, within 12 hours of quitting the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal. Within nine months of quitting, shortness of breath and coughing decrease, and the lungs have repaired their ability to function. After just one year of not smoking, the risk of coronary heart disease decreases by half, compared to a smoker's risk, according to a study in 2006 by the Center for Health Research at Keiser Permanente. Additionally, a smoker who quits will personally save at least $2,100 per year! Make the call today at 1-877-YES-QUIT.

 

AARC: 'We're #2!'

At the Academic Assistance and Resource Center (AARC), we like to tout “We’re #2!” because we realize that the professor is the #1 resource for students. We champion the interaction between professor and student and offer support to the professor in three ways:

  1. Training for how to impress the professor! In our study skills workshop, we include training in appropriate behavior in the class and in the professor’s office. Information for this training is based on a survey with SFA professors. You can schedule this workshop for your class using the workshop link on the AARC Homepage.
  2. Space for talking to students! Some math faculty conduct office hours at the Math Walk-in Table. If you would like to conference with students in the AARC, please e-mail M.E. McWilliams with your request.
  3. Workshops for your classes! Our customized workshops can reinforce information you want your students to know. We offer workshops in study skills, time management, money management, test anxiety and documentation (APA, Chicago, MLA). All AARC workshops are accessed via a link on the AARC Homepage.

We appreciate all feedback from professors.

 

Students volunteer time to MLK Day of Service

SFA students helped make a difference for local nursing homes and senior centers during the second annual MLK Day of Service. This year, 130 student volunteers took part in 11 projects, including hosting two dances and putting on bingo tournaments and game days.

The event was sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs Programs and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, with additional support from North Carolina Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Accomplishments

The SFA Spirit Program continued its tradition of performing well at the annual UCA National Championships in Orlando, Fla. Four teams competed in the competition with all four placing in the top 15 nationally. SFA's top couple was Alec Heffron and Alli Pagnotta. The senior couple placed sixth in the competition. Tony Castro and Candace Hoernemann placed seventh place, Dustin Moore and Missy Bolman placed eleventh and Ian Zerbe and Abbe Bernstrom placed fifteenth place.

UCA nationals is considered the primary tune-up for our stunters as they prepare for NCA nationals in Daytona Beach, Fla. in April.

This year SFA will be defending its eleventh national championship. The SFA Spirit Teams will be in action this spring at all SFA basketball games and will showcase their nationals routines at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 1, at the William R. Johnson Coliseum. For more information call Trisha O'Connor, SFA Spirit Coordinator, at (936) 468-1604.

 

News & Announcements

NEW!

This month's CyberSecurity newsletter topic is on the increase of Java Exploits and the potential cybersecurity concerns. It provides information on what you can do to mitigate the risk.

Security Software Upgrades
Remote Access Users: The Cisco VPN has been replaced by the Juniper SSL VPN. Contact your technical support staff for assistance on accessing the new VPN. The Cisco VPN will be decommissioned early spring.

All Users: The Symantec Anti-virus software upgrade version is called Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP). Workstations should have Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.x installed. Please contact your technical support staff if you do not have SEP installed.

   
NEW! Campus Recreation is looking for a few good students to become trip leaders in their outdoor pursuits program. Applications for the NEW Trip Leader Candidate program will be available in the Outdoor Center Thursday, Jan. 20. The program will involve adventure skills training, group facilitation, trip logistics, mentor assessment and more. Don't miss out on this opportunity for adventure and professional development!
   

Save the Date!

2011 Texas Job Fair
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Tuesday, Feb. 8
University of Houston campus
Hosted by Houston Area Consortium of Career Centers

Don't let your students miss out on this opportunity to connect with more than 100 companies with job and internship opportunities. Last year, more than 130 companies recruited at the Texas Job Fair! Students need a ride? It's on us. A van will take students from SFA to the Texas Job Fair. Reserve a seat by contacting Career Services at (936) 468.3305. As a member of HACCC, SFA students and alumni are granted free access to this premiere event. Check the website in February for an employer list and information on parking and directions.


College of Fine Arts Events and Exhibits

Edge of Life: Forest Pathology Art opening reception
6 p.m. | Friday, Jan. 21 | The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House

The SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Art and University Series will open Edge of Life: Forest Pathology Art with a 6 p.m. reception on Friday, Jan. 21, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329. E. Main St. in downtown Nacogdoches. The exhibition, which is a collaborative project between the SFA College of Fine Arts and the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, features artists from the SFA School of Art and ecological artists from across the nation. The show will run through Friday, March 25. 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.
 

Annual Schmidbauer Competition
Saturday, Jan. 22, and Sunday, Jan. 23 | Cole Concert Hall

International strings artists will be competing in the SFA School of Music’s annual Schmidbauer Competition Saturday, Jan. 22, and Sunday, Jan. 23. Over $15,000 in prize money will be awarded to the winners. The finals for the Junior Division will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, and for the Senior Division at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23. Both events will be held in Cole Concert Hall, 2210 Alumni Drive on the SFA campus. Tickets for each event are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

 

Ongoing
Rufus Butler Seder: LIFETILES is currently on display in the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House, 329 E. Main St. The exhibition features “Movies for the Wall,” optical glass-tiled murals that appear to come to life, change and move as the viewer passes by. The show runs through Saturday, March 26. 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.

 
Ongoing
Naco Verde: Art from Recycled Materials
, an exhibition by the Nacogdoches Art League, is currently on display in the upstairs Hallway Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House. The show, which will run through Saturday, Jan. 29, features 20 artists from Nacogdoches, Lufkin and Louisiana who have submitted pieces consisting of at least 75 percent reused materials. 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.
 
Ongoing
A Forest Insect Alphabet,
which features 56 woodcuts and text used in the book of the same title that was printed by SFA 's LaNana Creek Press, will reopen in Griffith Gallery, Room 208 of the Griffith Fine Arts Building, on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Charles Jones, retired SFA professor of art, created the woodcuts of various forest insects, and Dr. David Kulhavy, SFA professor of forestry, wrote the text for each. Local musician Miki Lynn put the text to music and recorded a CD that is included with each book. The exhibition will run through Friday, Feb. 25. Regular gallery hours are 12:30 to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For more information, please call (936) 468-1131.
 
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January Calendar
Learn more by visiting
the College of Fine Arts
website
Purchase tickets at the
online ticket box office
or call (936) 468-6407

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