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This Week's Calendar

Friday, Sept. 12
Alumni Awards Dinner
Baker Pattillo Student Center
6 p.m.

SFA volleyball vs. University of New Orleans
Ruston, Louisiana
5 p.m. 

SFA women's soccer vs. Louisiana-Monroe
Monroe, Louisiana
4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 13
SFA football vs. Texas A&M Commerce
Homer Bryce Stadium
6 p.m.

SFA men's golf
Invitational at the Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, S.C.

SFA volleyball vs. University of Texas -Pan American 
Ruston, La.
6:30 p.m. 

Sunday, Sept. 14
SFA women's soccer vs. Northwestern State
Natchitoches, LA. 
1 p.m.

SFA women's soccer vs. Southern University
Nacogdoches, Texas
1 p.m.

SFA men's golf
Invitational at the Ocean Course
Kiawah Island, S.C.

Saturday, Sept. 20
SFA football vs. Weber State
Homer Bryce Stadium
6 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Journal calling for undergraduate research on underrepresented groups

Perspectives on Undergraduate Research and Mentoring (the PURM Journal) is putting together a special issue for the fall 2015 semester addressing "the inclusion of students from historically underrepresented groups in undergraduate research."

Students, faculty and staff members, and administrators are encouraged to submit pieces discussing the challenges and the innovations on your campus and in your experience. Collaboration with students on manuscripts is strongly encouraged.

PURM accepts manuscripts on a rolling basis. To be considered for the Special Issue on the Inclusion of Students from Historically Underrepresented Groups in Undergraduate Research, fall 2015, manuscripts must be received by March 1, 2015. Any questions regarding PURM, the submission and review process, or article inquiries for the Special Issue may be directed to Dr. Buffie Longmire-Avital. All other inquires may be directed to Dr. Rebecca Pope-Ruark and Dr. Mathew H. Gendle. Read More

New faculty grant opportunity and workshops

SFA's Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has a new grant available to SFA faculty members.

The Research/Creative Activity Faculty Research Grant is designed to support faculty research and creativity endeavors for the spring and summer sessions of 2015. Applications are due to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. Application guidelines and forms can be found here.

To provide information on this new competition format and to provide assistance in the development of RCA proposals, ORSP will host two informational workshops in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library. The dates for the workshops are from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2.

Call the office at (936) 468-1151 with questions about grant opportunity, or any other internal or external funding interests.

Parents Day registration ongoing until Monday

The Residence Hall Association host its 40th Annual Parents Day celebration Sept. 20 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Registration will be open online until 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15. For more information about Parents Day, visit us at here or call us at (936)468-1358.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature plant sale preview

The SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

SFA Gardens horticulturists Dawn Stover and Greg Grant will present "A Plant Preview of the Upcoming Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale." Their combined program will present information and images of many of the new, popular and more unusual plants available at the upcoming sale.

The annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees, and exclusive Grant and SFA introductions. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.
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Academic Leadership Journal seeking spring volume submissions

The Academic Leadership Journal in Student Research is currently accepting article submissions for Volume 3 for spring 2015. Submissions should range between 2,500 and 3,750 words, and should be sent as Microsoft Word attachments to editor_ALJ@fhsu.edu.

All submissions forwarded on to the editorial board for review are sent as blind submissions and evaluated by a minimum of two readers. Works that are not accepted for publication are given detailed feedback for revision. For complete submission guidelines, see www.academicleadership.org.

The ALJ in Student Research is an annual, online, peer reviewed, international journal dedicated to the publication of student research (undergraduate and graduate) within all disciplines and of pedagogically based professional work that explores the intersection of student research with teaching and faculty research. Our mission is to provide a forum for exceptional student research and to promote collaboration between students and teachers in the classroom, laboratory and field.

SAA movies series kicks off tonight

The Student Activities Association will screen Think Like a Man and 22 Jumpstreet this week as part of their regular movie showings.

Showings are on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. in the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

Employees encouraged to learn about wellness release time, get involved on campus

Employee Wellness is offering several ways to be active this semester.

We have drop-in fitness, yoga classes, water aerobics, swimming, Walking Jacks and Noon basketball. You can find a schedule of all activities at http://www.sfasu.edu/employeewellness. You will need to turn in a Participant Profile to get started, and all classes and programs are free for SFA faculty and staff members.
In addition, make sure you learn about Wellness Release Time that was approved by the Board of Regents this summer and take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to get paid to stay fit or work on being more healthy.

Info on Wellness Release Time can be found here.

A word about the SFA Logo

The Board of Regents has approved a purple-only version of the traditional SFA “spirit” logo for use by the university faculty, staff and student body. The two-color (red and purple) logo that previously was in use by SFA is no longer approved and should not appear on future university publications, websites, emails or other communications.
The approved logo is available for download from the University Marketing Communications website.  A black version also is available, but its use should be restricted to black-and-white publications.  Click “Downloads” on the left side of the page to access the SFA logo and other approved university marks. SFA-themed PowerPoint templates also are available on the site. The low-resolution image above can be saved to your computer for use in email signatures.
If you have questions about the logo or need more information, please contact University Marketing Communications at (936) 468-2605.

SFA Gardens to host plant propagation workshop

SFA Gardens will host a plant propagation workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 13, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Dawn Stover, SFA Mast Arboretum research associate, will lead an exploration of useful methods for gardeners to cost-effectively increase the number of plants in the landscape. Stover will teach various propagation techniques including taking cuttings, sowing seeds and dividing perennials, and class members will participate in hands-on activities to reinforce instruction.
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Barnes & Noble to host open house

Need to get some new materials for your campus organization? Stop by the campus Barnes & Noble bookstore from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, to see if the staff can help.

The store is set to host a special open house catering to Lumberjacks that day.

Tickets for Chris Young concert on sale now

Tickets for Chris Young's performance at the William R. Johnson Coliseum are on sale now at the Baker Pattillo Student Center and online.

Young, a country singer, was the 2006 winner of the reality music show "Nashville Star."

Also performing will be SFA alumnus Big Joe Walker, who is known for his Texas Country style of singing and playing.

Parents Night Out dates set

Need someone to watch the kids for a little while so you can finally get some peace and quiet? Don't worry, SFA has your back.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, Friday, Oct. 17, and Friday, Nov. 21 parents can drop off kids for a fun-filled camp and enjoy Parents' Night Out.

The night will include camp activities, swim time, a meal and a movie for campers. The latest pick up is midnight, but parent’s may pick up their children at any time throughout the night.

Cost is $20 per camper, and registration will take place in the Administration Office of the Student Rec Center. Contact the SFA Recreation Center with questions at (936) 468-3507 or email CampusREC@sfasu.edu

Campus Recreation

Registration ongoing for Homecoming 5K

Registration is now open for the 2014 Homecoming 5K.

The event is the annual 3.1 mile run/walk that begins on campus and ends downtown. Aside from the thrill of having your friends and family cheer you on as you accomplish your goal, the race also takes you through campus and town, ending in historic downtown Nacogdoches. The race will be followed by a pancake breakfast, which  is free with registration, and the Homecoming parade.

The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Costumes are encouraged, and the first 100 participants are guaranteed a race shirt!  To register, click here.


Ladyjacks complete comeback, down ULM 3-2

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team picked up its first win of the 2014 season inside Shelton Gym in dramatic fashion, rallying from a 2-0 deficit to edge Louisiana — Monroe out with a score of 3-2 on Wednesday night.

“After going down 2-0, we made the switch from the 6-2 to the 5-1, and that is what was able to turn the match in our favor and I think will ultimately be the turning point in our season,” head coach Debbie Humphreys said. “We needed ball control, passing and defense, and switching into the 5-1 allows us to do that. It allows us to use Madison Martin and Lexus Cain, who are two of the top passing defenders in the conference. The 5-1 also allows us to use OJ Olson, our libero, and that proved to be more important than having a bigger block tonight.”

Junior Keeley Kainer and senior Jill Ivy each recorded 11 kills for SFA (3-5), with Kainer commanding a .476 attack percentage. The Ladyjacks posted a .203 clip on the night, while limiting the Warhawks (2-6) to just a .069 attack efficiency across five sets.
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SFA finishes 10th at Texas A&M 'Mo'Morial

SFA closed out the 2014 Texas A&M "Mo"Morial with an 11-over 309 over the final round, placing 10th at its season-opening event. The Ladyjacks held their ground, completing the 54-hole tournament with a 70-over 934, besting 11th-place Louisiana-Monroe (89-over 953) by 19 strokes.

Three Ladyjacks shot a 5-over 77 over the final 18 holes, led by junior Mackenzie Steiner who finished atop the SFA scorecard with a 15-over 231, placing 39th individually. Sophomore Ann Holcomb posted a 6-over 78 to finish 16-over (232), one shot behind Steiner and tying for 40th overall.

Fellow sophomore Jessica White was the second Ladyjack to card a 77, tying for 52nd overall with a 22-over 238. Freshmen Erica Lautensack (24-over 240) and Jamee Jorgensen (25-over 241) rounded out the SFA scorecard, shooting 79 and 77 respectively, as all five golfers posted sub-80 rounds over the final 18 holes.
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Fine Arts

SFA professor art exhibition begins tonight

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 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, at The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The annual faculty exhibition in the Ledbetter Gallery will feature photography, paintings, metal work, ceramics and sculpture, according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA.

"SFA is fortunate to have such a talented group of working artists creating in such a wide array of styles and media," Handley said. "This exhibition is our annual chance to show off and highlight our talented artists."
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Tickets still available for University Series opening performance

Tickets are still available for Eugenia Zukerman and Friends, the opening performance of the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts' 2014-2015 University Series "Connect."

The new collaboration of flutist Zukerman and fellow musicians Milana Strezeva on piano, Sophie Shao on cello and Hye-Jin Kim on violin is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

Prior to the concert, there will be a 7 p.m. informative talk about the artists and their music to be presented by Dr. Christina Guenther, associate professor of flute at SFA, in Griffith Gallery located across the hall from Turner Auditorium. The audience is invited back to the gallery for a post-performance reception to meet the performers and to honor the event's corporate sponsor, Cataract, Glaucoma & Retina Consultants of East Texas/Benchmark Optical.
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SFA to present Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship concert

The SFA School of Music will present the Pi Kappa Lambda Annual Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature faculty from all areas of the SFA School of Music in an extravaganza fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society, which presents a scholarship each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade-point average.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 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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