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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Sept. 10
American Association of University Women Meeting
5:30 p.m.
Millard's Crossing

Nathan Nabb Faculty Recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Women's Volleyball
vs. Louisiana Tech
6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 11
Conscious Speaker Series: An Interfaith Dialogue
BPSC Multimedia Room

Thursday, Sept. 12
'Shuffle. Play. Listen'
7:30 p.m.
Turner Auditorium

Friday, Sept. 13
Cross Country
at Rice Invite

SFA Planetarium Show
Sky Quest
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Women's Soccer
vs. LSU
7 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
TCU Tournament
at TCU
Fort Worth

vs. Ole Miss
Fort Worth
5 p.m.

SFA's 90th Anniversary
Cake and Ice Cream Celebration
11:30 a.m.
BPSC Plaza

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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SFA Timeline now online

To coincide with SFA's 90th anniversary, the East Texas Research Center staff has developed the SFA Timeline, a pictorial view of the expansion of the university over the nine decades of the university’s existence.  The SFA Timeline features photographs and brief biographies of the university presidents, histories of college buildings, and narratives of significant campus events. This is an ongoing project that will frequently receive updates. Take a step back in time to see how the university has evolved since 1923.

Updated smartphone app helps SFA students, faculty and staff stay connected

Android and iPhone users can now utilize Stephen F. Austin State University's updated app. The free app can be accessed from SFA's website here or directly through the phone's app store.

"Technology changes so rapidly," said Jason Johnstone, university webmaster. "The previous app launched a few years ago and offered basic features. The updated version provides more functions that the students, faculty and staff will find useful."

One of the features SFA newcomers will find beneficial is a campus map. Users can select a campus location and view detailed information, including street names, that will help expedite campus travel. The new map feature is aligned with an updated version of the faculty and staff directory, allowing users to search for employees by first or last name and then contact them by phone or email just by touching the screen. The directory feature also displays on the campus map where the employee's office is located.
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News & Announcements

SFA 90th birthday celebration

President Baker Pattillo requests the pleasure of your company at SFA's 90th Anniversary Celebration.

The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza.

Cake and purple ice cream will be served.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to Feature New Products Specialist

SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building. Wayne Pianta, New Products Specialist with Ball Horticultural Company, will present “Plant Breeding, Garden Performance and New Product Development: What Makes the Cut and Why? A Survey of Recent Introductions.”

As a product technical specialist for PanAmerican Seed Company, Pianta works with many universities, trial gardens and botanical gardens to test and evaluate new products for their suitability and adaptation to regional environments around the United States. He is a member of the Colorado State University Trial Gardens Committee and the Gardens and Grounds Committee for the Dallas Arboretum. In his current position, he works with a network of the largest wholesale producers and retailers of ornamental plants to introduce these products to consumers.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is usually held the third Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture’s SFA Mast Arboretum. A plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves lecture series endowed fund are always appreciated.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email ggrantgardens@yahoo.com.

SFA authors to participate in East Texas Book Fest 2013

Authors of books published by the SFA Press will be among the more than 60 Texas writers celebrated at the fifth annual East Texas Book Fest this month in Tyler.

The SFA Press will sponsor a booth at the event and will offer copies of university press books for sale, including “Let the River Run Wild,” a book SFA Professor Emeritus Dr. Francis E. Abernethy co-authored with Adrian Van Dellen. Local authors Charles D. Jones, Mark Sanders, and Bobby and Myrna Johnson will be among those on hand at the book fest to discuss their work.

The East Texas Book Fest is planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Tyler Rose Center, 420 Rose Park Drive in Tyler. Award-winning and best-selling authors for readers of all ages will be available to talk to attendees and autograph books at this popular regional event celebrating writers, books, reading and libraries.

The East Texas Book Fest is presented by Smith County Area Libraries Together (SALT). For the complete list of authors at Book Fest 2013, the event schedule and other information about the East Texas Book Fest, visit here.
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American Association of University Women meeting

The American Association of University Women will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Millard’s Crossing, 6020 North St. President Pauline Sampson will preside over the meeting. Vice President Katherine Whitbeck will unveil the coming year’s programs with the theme “Women Coming to Nacogdoches from around the World.” Fascinating speakers are scheduled for the monthly meetings.

AAUW provides two major projects each year: the Expanding Your Horizons Conference and the Woman of the Year Banquet. Special projects raise money for scholarships and provide toys to the Empty Stocking Fund. Interested women are urged to attend and to consider joining this friendly group. The meeting will be preceded by refreshments.

Faculty Research Grant Award winners announced

Eight faculty research grants totaling approximately $160,000 have been awarded through SFA’s Research Enhancement Program. These funds encourage research, offer scholarly and creative opportunities for faculty members, serve as support for innovative research, and provide seed monies to attract financial support. Faculty research grants are awarded through an annual competition. The University Research Council made recommendations for funding.

Research grant awards for Fiscal Year 2014:
Dean Coble, forestry, "Effects of Thinning in Old Field Loblolly Pine Plantations in East Texas;" Jennifer Gumm, biology, "The Evolution of Visual Systems: Linking Physiology, Genetics and Behavior;" Robert Henderson, mathematics and statistics, "Process Control for Defects in the Semiconductor Industry;" Matthew Kwiatkowski, biology, "Symbiotic Skin Bacteria and Disease Resistance in Amphibians;" Nicholas Long, mathematics and statistics, "Framework for Subjective Dimension Representations;" Kefa Onchoke, chemistry, "Spectroscopic Studies of Nitrated Benzanthrones - Environmental Mutagenic Contaminants;" David Rex-Galindo, history, "To Sin No More: Franciscan Missionaries and the Conversion of the Hispanic World;" and Elizabeth Rhodes, kinesiology and health science, "Folkloric Dance Forms in Panama: Examination and Application of Cultural Influences and Practices."

Conscious Speaker Series: An Interfaith Dialogue

As part of its fall 2013 Conscious Speaker Series, the Office of Multicultural Affairs would like to invite all faculty and staff to the second installment in the series, "An Interfaith Dialogue," at noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the Multimedia Room of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Despite opposing beliefs, an unlikely pair of community leaders have joined efforts in breaking down barriers of intolerance and hate. Neal Katz, a rabbi, and Anwar Khalifa, a Muslim, are known for their extraordinary leadership in the nearby city of Tyler. Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs on this journey about friendship, humility and service.

Light refreshments will be served.

Campus Recreation

This week at Campus Rec

Last Day to Register for Mountain Biking 101
Monday, Sept. 9

SFA boasts some of the best mountain biking trails in the region. Join us Saturday, Sept. 14, for a day of outdoor adventure as our experienced staff introduces general bike use, maintenance and care. Develop your skills on three levels of challenging trails right here on campus. Cost of $15 includes bike and safety gear rental, professional instruction, lunch, and trip guides. For more information or to register, visit the Outdoor Center or call (936) 468-6055.

Massage Presentation
Tuesday, Sept. 10
6-8 p.m. in the Rec Meeting Room

Learn massage techniques from certified massage therapist Therese Hostetter. Bring a friend or significant other to this interactive event. Pre-register at the Rec Administration Office to guarantee your spot. Walk-ins are also welcome!

Free Faculty Fridays at the Rec
Friday, Sept. 13

Each Friday during the fall 2013 semester, faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. A current SFA faculty or staff member ID is required. This does not include family or dependents.

Men’s Club Soccer vs Baylor University
Sunday, Sept. 15
1 p.m. on the Intramural Fields

LadyJack BarBellas registration continues

Cost: $25 for Rec Members, $35 for Non-Members

Interested in learning how to lift weights, but afraid of getting big and bulky? Ladyjack BarBellas is an eight-week progressive program specifically designed for women to learn the fundamentals of resistance training to help sculpt and make you feel great. Learn from certified professionals and gain actual hands-on experience and the knowledge you need to discover your body's true potential. Register for LadyJack BarBellas in the Student Rec Center Administration Office. Program begins Monday, Sept. 16.


Ladyjacks strike late in double OT to beat UTEP

Chelsea Raymond scored the game-winning goal in the 107th minute of double overtime to help lead the SFA Ladyjacks to a dramatic 2-1 victory at UTEP Sunday afternoon.

Raymond's goal, her second of the season and 33rd of her career, came on a long pass played into space from junior forward Zuri Prince, which allowed Raymond to use her speed and beat UTEP goalkeeper Sarah Dilling for the win.

"What a great game for our players and staff to be part of," SFA head coach Wally Crittenden said. "UTEP is an excellent team that competes very hard. They are big and physical and demand your very best the entire match. I am extremely proud of our team today. Going down a goal on the road while being challenged the way we were; all the excuses were there for them to take. They chose to ignore every external negative factor and invest in the only area that could affect the outcome ... themselves. This is a great segue into our match on Friday against LSU. We will keep moving forward and drive to improve this week."

The Ladyjacks will now have four days off before returning home to Nacogdoches for a showdown against SEC for LSU at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13.
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Texas Tech too much for ’Jacks

After almost a 50-minute lightning delay to start the game, a dynamic Texas Tech offense proved too much for the SFA Lumberjacks. The Red Raiders cruised to a 61-13 victory in their home opener at Jones AT&T Stadium Saturday evening.

SFA (0-2) scored on a trick play at the 8:55 mark of the first quarter on a 75-yard touchdown play off a reverse from junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd to senior wide receiver Mike Brooks, cutting the deficit at the time to 14-7.

However, the Red Raiders scored 31 unanswered points to end the first half with most of their success coming through the air to take a 45-7 lead at halftime. At night's end, Texas Tech (2-0) finished the evening with 731 yards of total offense, 523 of which came in the first half. 

The meeting between SFA and Texas Tech was just the second in history. The Red Raiders defeated SFA 58-3 in 2001. The game also marked the home coaching debut of first-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury.

SFA will next host McMurry at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the home opener.
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SFA rally falls short at Central Florida

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force a fifth set before falling 3-2 (22-25, 15-25, 25-20, 25-23, 6-15) to Central Florida Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Select/UCF Classic in the Venue at UCF.

Paige Holland (junior) and Leslie Jackson (senior) were named to the all-tournament team following the match. The all-tournament recognition is the second for Holland in as many weeks.

The loss is the second of the season for the Ladyjacks (5-2) and first to the Knights (6-1) since the 1997 season.

After opening the 2013 season with seven games on the road, the Ladyjacks will return to Shelton Gym for their home opener versus Louisiana Tech at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10.
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Fine Arts

Nabb recital to feature works of Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Prokofiev

The SFA School of Music will present Nathan Nabb in a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Nabb, who is associate professor of saxophone in the School of Music, will perform a recital of transcriptions, or music written for other instruments. The concert will feature the works of noted composers Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Prokofiev.

"I chose these pieces because I have long admired them for their beauty and craftsmanship, so I decided to 'borrow' them for the evening," Nabb said.

Written in 1921, Sonate op. 167 by Saint-Saëns has become one of the "true standards of the clarinet repertoire," according to Nabb.

"The Saint-Saëns Sonate is very lyrical in nature and works nicely in this setting for saxophone," he said. The piece is arranged by renowned saxophonist and pedagogue Larry Teal.

Nabb will also perform Ravel's Sonatine pour piano.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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SFA Director of Percussion Brad Meyer to present solo faculty recital

The SFA School of Music will present faculty member Dr. Brad Meyer in a recital featuring exciting works for contemporary solo percussion at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. The event will also be streamed live via SFA's USTREAM website here for those who are unable to attend.

As a part of the Cole Performing Arts Series, the event will feature Meyer performing a wide selection of works for solo percussion, including compositions for marimba, multi-percussion, timpani and snare drum.

"Works will vary in range from J.S. Bach's Suite in e minor for solo marimba (originally composed for lute around 1715)," explained Meyer, " to a new composition written several months ago for snare drum and mechanical metronome by internationally renown composer and performer Casey Cangelosi titled "sleight of and evil hand," which was commissioned by Tom Sherwood for the recent Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Modern Snare Drum Competition."

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.
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Aye-ayes can be found only on the island of Madagascar. These rare animals may not look like primates at first glance, but they are related to chimpanzees, apes and humans.

They are dark brown or black and are distinguished by a bushy tail that is larger than their body. They also feature big eyes, slender fingers and large, sensitive ears. Aye-ayes have pointed claws on all their fingers and toes except for their opposable big toes, which enable them to dangle from branches.

While perched aloft, the aye-aye taps on trees with its long middle finger and listens for wood-boring insect larvae moving under the bark. It employs the same middle finger to fish them out. The digit is also useful for scooping the flesh out of coconuts and other fruits that supplement the animal's insect diet.

Source: National Geographic

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