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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Aug. 30
Cross Country
Lumberjack Opener
Time TBA

SFA Women's Soccer
@ Houston
7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 31
SFA Football
@ Weber State

Women's Volleyball
vs. Jackson State
@ Southern Mississippi
9 a.m.

@ Southern Mississippi
3:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sep. 1
Women's Soccer
vs. Arizona State
SFA Soccer Complex
11:30 a.m.

Monday, Sep. 2
Labor Day Holiday

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19




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SFA dean to receive award for communication efforts

Dr. Steven Bullard, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at SFA, will be awarded the W. D. Hagenstein Communicator of the Year Award at the Society of American Foresters national convention in Charleston, S. C., in October.

This award is presented to SAF members who lead communication initiatives that enhance public understanding of forestry. This is the first time the award has been given to a dean. Bullard was selected because of his work in the national campaign to celebrate and recognize the 50th anniversary of the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program.

Bullard authored the article “A ‘Driving Force’ in Developing the Nation’s Forests: The McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program,” which was published in the April/May 2011 Journal of Forestry.

When the article was published, the U.S. Department of Agriculture asked Bullard to make a video celebrating the 50th anniversary of the McIntire-Stennis program. The video was made possible by the USDA and National Association of University Forest Resources Programs, an organization that deals with university-level forestry issues through federal government agencies, elected officials, non-governmental organizations, forest industry groups, educated and scientific organizations, and the general public. Bullard was research chair of NAUFRP when the article was written and is currently serving as president. Read More

Talents of SFA art faculty featured in exhibitions

Recently created art in a variety of media will make up the annual "SFA Faculty Exhibition," which the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Art will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Also opening at the same time is the featured faculty exhibition of Linda Post, assistant professor of digital media at SFA. In the video installation "Echo," Post uses recorded and live video projection "to heighten viewers' awareness of their own physicality within the exhibition space," she said.

The faculty and Post exhibitions "highlight the talents of the SFA School of Art," according to John Handley, director of the SFA galleries.

"The faculty exhibition demonstrates the virtuosity and personal artistic achievement of those instructing students on a regular basis," Handley said. "Simply put, it is our chance to show off and highlight these amazing artists."

The faculty exhibition will feature all media, including painting, photography and sculpture. Read More

News & Announcements

'The Beautiful Gary Q. Frields Memorial'

Retired SFA faculty member Gary Q. Frields lost his courageous battle with colon cancer on Aug. 24. Celebrate his life less ordinary at the premiere of "The Beautiful Gary Q. Frields Memorial" at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 at the Pines Theater, 113 S. First St. in Lufkin. Read More

Organization for Faith, Education and Community call for submissions

The Organization for Faith, Education and Community invites you to participate in the third Faith, Education and Community Conference. This year's theme is "Faith and Loss: Light in Darkness." The conference will be held Nov. 8.

The organization also requests papers, presentations and/or artwork related to the broadly defined topic of the role of faith in coping with loss. For this conference, we are interested in learning from:

  • People of different faiths, religious perspectives and spiritualities
  • People who professionally assist those facing or suffering from loss, including medical, mental health, counseling, psychology, social work and other professionals
  • Researchers from across the academic spectrum
  • Artists from a variety of fields who express loss and healing, including visual arts, poetry, music, creative writing, etc.

Conference presenters will have the opportunity to submit their presentations in the form of an article, as a digital image of artwork, typed lyrics or poetry for consideration in a book based on the conference proceedings, to be published in spring 2014 by SFA University Press. Submissions must be received no later than Dec. 1.

Download the submission forms here.

Cole STEM Scholarship established at SFA

The Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Scholarship has been established through the SFA Alumni Association.
The new scholarship benefits students enrolled in the SFA College of Sciences and Mathematics who are pursuing careers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
Ed Cole was born in Homer, La., grew up in Longview and served in the U.S. Air Force in England during World War II. Gwen Cole was born in Hamburg, Ark., was raised in Shreveport, La., and attended business college. Ed started his own oil field equipment rental and blow out preventer business in south Louisiana in 1958. Gwen worked at Home Federal Savings and Loan in Shreveport, La., for 26 years.
The couple retired in Nacogdoches in 1978. Since that time, they have been dedicated supporters of many areas of the university, including fine arts, biotechnology, nursing, audiology, alumni and student affairs, and athletic programs. The Coles are members of First United Methodist Church, Friends of Music and the College of Fine Arts Dean’s Circle of Excellence. In addition, they are avid fans of SFA athletic teams.
If you would like to contribute to the scholarship, contact the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407 or visit sfaalumni.com for more information.

Ron Anderson Voice Scholarship established at SFA

The Ron Anderson Voice Scholarship has been established through the SFA Alumni Association in honor of a longtime professor of music.
The scholarship will benefit SFA music majors studying vocal performance or pursuing certification in choral music education.
Anderson has been a member of the SFA music faculty and administration since 1970. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College and Master of Arts and doctoral degrees from the University of Iowa. He was director of choral activities at SFA for 13 years before serving as director of the School of Music from 1986 to 2009.
His teaching areas include voice, music bibliography, conducting, literature and appreciation. He is a past president of the Texas Association of Music Schools, a former chair of the University’s Chairs Forum and former co-chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Field of Study Committee for Music. He received the SFA Foundation Achievement Award for Teaching for the 2004-05 academic year and was founding director of the Texas Institute for Creativity and Innovation in spring 2008. Anderson also served for two years as interim chair of the SFA Department of Psychology.
If you would like to contribute to the scholarship, contact the SFA Alumni Association at (936) 468-3407 or visit sfaalumni.com for more information.

SFA Gardens announces Fall Bulbs Tour

SFA will host a Fall Bulb Tour on Saturday, Sept. 14, featuring the home and gardens of former extension horticulturist turned educator Greg Grant.

The tour will visit Grant's Emanis House dogtrot in Shelby County's rural community of Arcadia near Garrison. Depending on the weather, visitors may see red oxblood lilies (Rhodophiala), several different colors of spider lilies (Lycoris) or assorted rain lilies (Cooperia, Zephyranthes and Habranthus).

The plants' display will depend on the first fall rains, so a grand naturalized bulb display cannot be guaranteed; however, participants can count on touring Grant's old family home with an open breezeway running through it, along with his small cottage garden, chickens and bluebird houses. Guests should dress comfortably for potentially hot weather.

The three-hour tour will begin 9 a.m. when all participants will meet at the SFA Ag building. The cost is $25 for Friends of SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members. For more information and reservations, contact Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or erodewald@sfasu.edu. Other SFA Gardens events and information can be found online here.

Family Fun Day planned at SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Join SFA staff members, students, volunteers and partner organizations from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 7, for outdoor adventures at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.

A variety of stations providing opportunities for families to learn outdoor skills, increase awareness of forest resources and promote connections with nature will be set up around the center. Activities will include archery, outdoor cooking, garden composting, Backyard Bass, bird watching activities, plant identification hikes and more.

The kick-off Family Fun Day is $5 per family with no pre-registration required. Parking will be available at Raguet Elementary School. For more information about the Family Fun Day or future events, call Kerry Lemon at (936) 468-5586 or email lemonkb@sfasu.edu. Read More

Richard Kennedy Retirement Reception

Richard Kennedy, manager of network services, will have his retirement celebration held from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the second floor Multimedia Room (2.106) of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

AKWAABA–Welcome to SFA

The Office of Multicultural Affairs would like to invite all faculty and staff members to their annual "AKWAABA–Welcome to SFA" reception. At this reception, you will have the opportunity to connect with first-year and transfer students. Join us in welcoming the class of 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the BPSC Spirit Lounge.

Campus Recreation

This week at Campus Rec

Employee Wellness Update

Employee Wellness is a comprehensive wellness program designed to create and support a community of health and wellness at SFA for it's faculty and staff.  Programs and services currently being offered for fall 2013 include: noon drop-in basketball, noon open swim, noon open gym supervised by a certified personal trainer, noon yoga, evening water aerobics and evening drop-in recreation.

Programs are offered in the Health and Physical Education Building (HPE) and are free for all current and retired SFA faculty and staff members. Special events coming up this fall include a blood drive, health fair and wellness challenge. Please contact (936) 468-5835 or employeewellness@sfasu.edu with any questions or concerns regarding the employee wellness program.

Running 101 Registration

Monday, Aug. 26 through Tuesday, Sept 3
Cost: $15

Whether you're just getting started or are an experienced runner who needs a push, Running 101 makes working out simple, social and fun. This training program leads up to the SFA Lumberjack Homecoming 5K on Oct. 19.  Bring in a copy of your Homecoming 5K registration form and receive $10 off the program. 

In addition to a comprehensive seven-week individual training plan, every Tuesday from 6 to 7 p.m. meet at the SFA football stadium for group drills and skill work to improve your running and hear from the professionals at Nacogdoches Endurance Training. Weekly presentation topics include nutrition, hydration, proper running technique, injury prevention and cross training. Register for Running 101 in the Student Rec Center administration office.

Preview Week for SFA Faculty and Staff

Campus Rec will be offering a free preview week for SFA faculty and staff members Monday, Aug. 26, through Sunday Sept. 1. Bring your SFA ID and work out at the Rec free all week! Membership information is available at the Rec Administration Office or online here under the Memberships Page

Group Axe Schedule now available

Group Exercise offers a variety of classes that range in intensity and complexity from Yoga to Zumba to Hip Hop Hype. Each of the classes offered is free for SFA students, members and paid guests. To enter into a class, pick up a Jax Pass at the welcome desk. Passes are distributed one half hour before the class begins.  Schedules can be found at the Rec or online here.

General officiating and Soccer officiating

General officiating interest meetings
5 and 6 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

Learn how you can get paid to officiate Intramural Sports at the Rec. No experience is required. These interest meetings will present officiating employment opportunities, answer questions about officiating and cover basis of employment.

Soccer Officiating Clinic Begins
6-8pm in the Rec Meeting Room

Be paid to officiate Intramural Soccer. Experience is preferred, but not required. Clinic will be Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 23.

LadyJack BarBellas Registration

Tuesday, Aug. 27, through Monday, Sept. 16
Cost: $25 for Rec Members, $35 for Non-Members

Ladyjack BarBellas is an eight-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt you and make you feel great. Ladyjack BarBellas is structured to provide a concept and practice-based understanding of implementing resistance training into your exercise program. Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. Program begins Monday, Sept. 16.


6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the Rec Main Gym

Zumba is a fusion of Latin and international music that features high-energy dance training to tone and sculpt the body. Join our Zumba-certified instructors for this extended Zumba class that will leave you energized and ready for more. You'll be moving to the fun beats and having so much fun, you'll forget you're even working out! Join us for this easy to follow, calorie burning dance fitness party!

Rec Center closed on Labor Day

Monday, Sept. 2

All Rec facilities are closed for Labor Day. The Rec will reopen at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sep. 3.


SFA Football game notes: SFA vs. Weber State

New season, new opponents

The SFA Lumberjacks will open the 2013 campaign with two opponents never played before this season: Weber State and Texas Tech.

SFA in season openers

The Lumberjacks are 47-34-5 (.576) all-time in season openers and are looking for their third straight win. Last season, the ’Jacks opened up with a 49-14 decision over Southwestern Oklahoma. SFA has split its last four season openers.

Winning record

The ’Jacks are 30-17 (.638) over the course of the past four seasons. Despite not recording a winning record in 2012, the first time in the past four seasons, SFA was able to keep its streak of conference winning seasons alive. The ’Jacks posted a 4-3 mark in Southland Conference play, which marks the fourth consecutive season SFA has recorded above a .500 record in league games. It marks the longest stretch of conference winning seasons in program history. The ’Jacks recorded a stretch of non-losing seasons from 1993-97, but that included a 3-3 SLC record in 1996. Read More

SFA Volleyball earns AVCA academic award

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team has been honored as one of 622 women's teams in the nation to earn the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award.

SFA was one of only three Southland Conference institutions to receive the honor. It is the third consecutive season the Ladyjacks have earned the award, having also won the award five consecutive times from 2000 to 2004.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale. Read More

Fine Arts

SFA to screen 'Searching for Sugar Man'

As part of its monthly independent film series, the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art and Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Searching for Sugar Man" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House.

"Searching for Sugar Man" is a documentary film directed by Malik Bendjelloul. It details the efforts of two Cape Town fans in the late 1990s, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman and Craig Bartholomew Strydom, to find out whether the rumored death of American musician Sixto Rodriguez was true, and, if not, to discover what had become of him, according to information found at Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia. Rodriguez's music, which never took off in the United States, had become wildly popular in South Africa, but little was known about him there.

The film won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the 2013 British Academy of Film and Television Award for Best Documentary. Read More

SFA exhibition showcases the evolution of portrait photography

The International Photography Portrait Exhibition will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Griffith Gallery on the campus of SFA.

The exhibition, which has toured in galleries and museums in Paris and Russia, embraces artworks for more than 50 artists from 20 countries. The original size of the show will be somewhat limited to the space allowed in Griffith Gallery.

Curated by Andrey Martynov, "The Face: The Evolution of Portrait Photography" explores new and current trends in portrait photography from artists working in several countries, according to John Handley, director of SFA galleries.
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Alazan Trio concert will showcase works by women composers

The SFA School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present The Alazan Trio performing “Women of the World” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The trio, featuring SFA music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin, her husband, Evgeni Raychev, cello, and Ron Petti, piano, will perform works by Jennifer Higdon, Amy Beach, Maria Grenfell and Rebecca Clarke.

According to Petti, the selected trio by Beach, the late American composer and virtuoso pianist, is “very reminiscent of French composer and pianist Claude Debussy,” while the trio by the English composer Clarke is “consistently fascinating in its interrelated themes across the movements, including a spectral fanfare which appears in the first movement and ecstatically in the piano cadenza in the finale.” Read More

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