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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Aug. 30
Cross Country
Lumberjack Opener
6:30 p.m.
Pecan Park

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

Women's Volleyball
vs. Troy
@ Southern Mississippi
3 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

Women's Volleyball
@ University of Louisiana at Monroe
2 p.m.

SFA Homecoming 2013
Oct. 18-19




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‘Shuffle.Play.Listen.’ opens 2013-14 University Series at SFA

Celebrated pianist Christopher O’Riley and renowned cellist Matt Haimovitz will bring their talents to Nacogdoches when they present their collaborative “Shuffle.Play.Listen.” program at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium.

The concert launches the SFA College of Fine Arts’ 2013-2014 University Series, “Live Out Loud.”

“This is our first show of the new season,” said John W. Goodall, associate dean of the College of Fine Arts, “and we think it is a great way to begin what promises to be another exciting and diverse series of quality fine arts performances.”

O’Riley and Haimovitz join together to explore the lyrical and virtuosic properties of their instruments in a collaboration that crosses in and out of the classical and pop music genres. The program showcases the artists’ talents as collaborators and soloists, and audiences will hear works of Bach and Gabrielli, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, Piazzolla and Stravinsky. A double CD recording, on Oxingale, was released in the fall of 2011 to rave reviews, according to Baylin Artists Management.

Tickets range from $20 to $40, with discounts available for seniors, SFA faculty/staff, students and youth. For tickets or more information, visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6406 or (888) 240-ARTS. Read More

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

New SFA Planetarium show: Sky Quest

The SFA Planetarium will be presenting a new show called "Sky Quest" at 7 p.m. on Fridays from Sept. 6 through Oct 11. Admission is $2.

Sky Quest synopsis:
Come along with a young woman on her personal quest to find a special place in the night sky. She recalls her imaginative childhood adventures on Mars and the discovery of her "birthday star," which leads her to a lifelong fascination with the heavens. She shares her telescope views of the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn with us; points out stars and constellations; and encourages everyone to make the time to look up, even if stargazing in urban areas with light pollution. Sky Quest is an entertaining and educational exploration of the night sky that appeals to family members of all ages. Read More

'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

Campus Recreation

Reduced Labor Day hours at the Rec Center

Friday, Aug. 30: HPE is closed
Saturday, Aug. 31: Student Rec Center will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1: Student Rec Center will be open Noon to 10 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 2: All facilities will be closed

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.

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.


SFA Soccer game notes: Houston and Arizona State

The SFA Ladyjacks soccer team defeated both Rice and Texas State by 1-0 scores last week. SFA (2-0) now turns its attention to another challenging weekend, beginning with a trip to Houston to face the Cougars, followed by a home match against Arizona State on Sunday.

Game 3: at Houston, 7 p.m. Friday
SFA is 4-4-0 all-time against the Cougars and has won three straight meetings and four of the last five. Last season, SFA defeated Houston 2-0 in Nacogdoches in the season opener. The Cougars (1-1-0) enter Friday after having defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in their season opener before falling to Georgia.

Friday's game will be streamed live for a price of $9.95 here.

Game 4: vs. Arizona State, 11:30 a.m. Sunday
Sunday will mark the first-ever meeting against Pac-12 members Arizona State. The Sun Devils (1-0-0) defeated Cal State Northridge, 2-0 in their season opener. Arizona St. finished 10-9-2 last season and 6-4-1 in league play for fourth place.

All SFA home soccer games will be streamed live for free here. Read More

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

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

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Which picture of the classic SFA Garner Apartments building seems to be leaning more?

The images are actually identical, but the tower on the right seems to lean more because the human visual system treats the two images as one scene. Our brains are conditioned to expect parallel towers to converge toward a common vanishing point, but because the tower on the right does not converge, our visual system interprets that it is leaning at a slightly different angle. See larger image here.

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