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Tuesday, Sept. 12
Volleyball vs. Texas State University
6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 15
Soccer vs. Northwestern State University
7 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Georgetown University
3:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 16
Football vs. University of the Incarnate Word
6 p.m.

Volleyball at Rice University
6:00 p.m.

Volleyball vs. Arkansas State University
12:30 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 17
Soccer vs. Texas Christian University
1 p.m.




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News & Announcements

Flags at half-staff today

Flags across the nation and at SFA are flying at half-staff today in recognition of Patriot Day and National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Faculty and staff appreciation game, tailgate, cook-off set for Saturday

Join us for SFA Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day at Homer Bryce Stadium Saturday, Sept. 16. The day will start with a faculty and staff tailgate from 3 to 5 p.m. south of the Early Childhood Research Center on Hayter Street. Grab your crew, your cooler and your game-day snacks and meet up with SFA colleagues to hang out and have fun before the Lumberjack football game.

Faculty and staff members also may enter the tailgate cook-off. Register online then bring your tastiest tailgate grub to enter the competition. Compete as an individual or as a department, office or other group. Tables, chairs, napkins and tasting cups will be provided. Cook-off check-in is at 3 p.m., and judging is at 4 p.m. Winners will be recognized during halftime. To register for the cook-off online, click here.

Later, join your SFA friends and colleagues to cheer on the Lumberjacks as they face the Cardinals from the University of the Incarnate Word. Faculty and staff members will get free admission to the game with their campus ID. Kickoff is at 6 p.m.

To stay informed about future SFA social events, “like” the SFA Faculty/Staff Lounge Facebook page.

SFA College of Fine Arts Dean’s Circle to honor Roger Van Horn

Members of the SFA College of Fine Arts Dean’s Circle will recognize former Nacogdoches mayor Dr. Roger Van Horn for his contributions to the community at the annual Winners’ Circle reception and fundraiser planned for 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, in The Old Tobacco Warehouse in downtown Nacogdoches.

Van Horn will be honored for his service to the city of Nacogdoches, SFA, the College of Fine Arts and the Dean’s Circle, according to Dr. A.C. “Buddy” Himes, dean of the College of Fine Arts.

Tickets for the event, which includes entertainment and hors d’oeuvres, are $100 per person/couple. Participation includes membership in the Dean’s Circle. Responses are requested by Friday, Sept. 15.

To RSVP, call the Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
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Faculty members to offer student writing teaching circle

In fall 2017, Perry Moon, instructor in the Department of Languages, Cultures and Communication, and Courtney Wooten, assistant professor and first-year writing program administrator in the Department of English and Creative Writing, will lead a teaching circle aimed primarily at instructors outside the Department of English to support development of student writing.

The teaching circle will help participants think about their expectations for student writing, develop assignments and essay exams, and think about how to respond to students. The facilitators hope the participants will be able to enhance their abilities to help students obtain written communication skills in the classes they teach, regardless of subject matter.

The circle will meet on selected Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Steen Library, Room 220A. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, log in to mySFA, choose the Employee tab, then choose myTraining. Select Teaching Circle, and follow the instructions to register.

Faculty Senate holds its first meeting

The SFA Faculty Senate is holding its first meeting of the academic year at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in the Math Building, Room 101.

Guest speakers include David Alders, chair of the Board of Regents, and representatives from the University Research Council. Visitors are welcome to observe the meeting.

For more information about the Faculty Senate, visit sfasu.edu/facsenate.


Thunderbirds spoil Lumberjacks football home opener, 51-14

For the second time in as many weeks, the SFA football team found itself trailing behind by over 30 points after one half of play and could not recover.

The visiting team from Southern Utah University racked up 633 total yards of offense and held the Lumberjacks (0-2) to just 254 in SFA's 2017 home opener at Homer Bryce Stadium Saturday night. Taking advantage of big plays for the entire night, the Thunderbirds (1-1) scored 24 unanswered points in the second quarter sparked by a sack and fumble recovery.
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Ladyjacks see win streak snapped at the University of Texas at El Paso, 2-1

The end of the first half of play in Sunday's SFA soccer match against the University of Texas at El Paso saw the Ladyjacks holding a 1-0 lead and a dominating edge in shots in the contest. A resurgent second half effort by the Miners led to two quick goals out of the break, however, and sent the Ladyjacks to their third loss of the season with a 2-1 final.
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Volleyball claims Holiday Inn Express SFA Invitational Tournament crown

Extending their winning streak to eight matches and continuing the best start to a season since 2005 by shutting down a late push by Texas Southern University, the SFA volleyball team bested Texas Southern University inside Shelton Gym Friday afternoon in the first match of the Holiday Inn Express SFA Invitational.

The team faced a much stiffer test when it crossed paths with the University of Tulsa squad that threatened to put an end to SFA's longest winning streak in almost three years. Fortunately, sophomore Corin Evans was present to make sure the Ladyjacks had the power they needed to knock the wind out of the Golden Hurricane.

The Ladyjacks made all the right moves Saturday, improving to 11-1 on the season and capturing the invitational title with a four-set win over Colgate University, following up with a 3-0 triumph over the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in the last game of the invitational.
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Fondren’s late goal lifts SFA soccer over Aggies for third-straight victory

It was a matter of when, not if, Sophia Fondren would find the back of the net in the 2017 campaign. The freshman midfielder had nearly scored in several matches this season only to be denied by a great save or a deflection off the goal frame. Friday night, Fondren put the matter to rest with one of her patented strikes from deep, breaking up a scoreless game in the 71st minute to give SFA a 1-0 win over New Mexico State University.
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Fine Arts

Guest percussionist Hamilton to perform at SFA tonight

Percussionist and composer Sean Hamilton will perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Cole Concert Hall as part of the School of Music’s Calliope Concert Series.

The program is entitled “LOCI” and is comprised of a single evening-length composition for solo drum set and electronics. “LOCI” is one work from a series of pieces for this instrumentation that are written to explore the symbiotic possibilities of acoustic and electronic sound in an improvised setting, according to Hamilton, who began working on these pieces in 2015 and has performed them throughout the U.S. and in the United Kingdom.

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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When Alaska and Hawaii became states 49 and 50, President Eisenhower received thousands of ideas for an updated flag, almost all of which were for a 50-star flag. Among those was a flag designed by Robert G. Heft, a 17-year-old student at Lancaster (Ohio) High, who created the design for a class project.

Robert got a B- on his project. However, after the flag design was adopted by the United States Congress, it was changed to an A.

For more facts about the U.S. flag, click here.

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