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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, Sept. 14
Cross Country
SFA HS Lumberjack Invite

SFA Football
vs. McMurry
6 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
TCU Tournament
vs. Grambling St.
Fort Worth
10 a.m.

vs. Houston
Fort Worth
5 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 16
Brad Meyer Faculty Percussion Recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Tuesday, Sept. 17
Coin Toss
7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
SFA Statue Fountain

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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Alumni Association kicks off Lumberjack football at Alumni Corner

Alumni Corner is located at the corner of Hayter and Raguet streets and provides a spirited pre-game atmosphere to enjoy great food, fun and fellowship with SFA alumni, friends and fans prior to each Lumberjack football home game. This season, the Alumni Association is excited to announce the return of the Suddenlink viewing lounge courtesy of our sponsor, Suddenlink Communications. Fans will be able to view other college football games while tailgating prior to the Lumberjack game.

At each Alumni Corner tailgate, we’ll have a delicious meal prepared by Chef Dean with Classic Fare Catering. In addition to iced tea and water, we will have beverages from R&K Distributors, and a specialty cake will be served for dessert.

Alumni Association members, alumni and fans can gain access to the Alumni Corner by purchasing a season or single-game tailgate pass.

Please call (936) 468-3407 or visit www.sfaalumni.com for more information.

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SFA Turns 90

In the opening years of the 20th century, local citizens set about convincing the Texas Legislature to open a state college in Nacogdoches.

Toward that end, the group created an illustrated pamphlet titled "Twenty-Three Reasons Why Stephen F. Austin State Normal College Ought to be Located in Nacogdoches." Among these revelations were that the city offered a delightfully mild climate, cheap electricity and a good sewage system, rare natural beauty, a progressive business spirit, ample entertainment facilities, a high moral tone, and three two-story hotels. The 23rd reason given was that Nacogdoches "links old Texas with the new."

The townspeople prided themselves on the high value they placed on education, and their hard work and ingenuity paid off. In 1917, Nacogdoches was selected as the site of the newly chartered school, but progress was delayed by World War I. On Sept. 18, 1923, SFA welcomed its first students to class, and the rest, as they say, is history.

A Year of Celebration
The university's 90th anniversary will be celebrated throughout the coming academic year, and planning is under way for a variety special events and activities, according to Jill Still, vice president for university advancement and chair of the 90th anniversary planning committee.
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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 periodically receive updates. Take a step back in time to see how the university has evolved since 1923.

News & Announcements

ORSP Internal Funding Workshop

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites all faculty members to attend the Internal Funding Workshop presented by Dr. Carrie Brown from 1-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in President's Suite B of the Student Center. This session will provides an overview of the two internal funding programs: Faculty Research and Creative Grants and Minigrants.

Learn about recent revisions to these programs that allow more options for the faculty and decrease the wait time between applications and awards. Eligibility requirements, application instructions and competition deadlines will be covered in this session. Register to attend at myTraining.

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.

Southland Conference Mascot Challenge

Help The Lumberjack win the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge by voting here. Help us prove that SFA has more Lumberjack spirit than Sam Houston and our spirit program could win $5,000.

SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature new products specialist

Wayne Pianta, new products specialist with Ball Horticultural Company, will be the featured guest at the upcoming SFA Gardens Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture.

Pianta will present "Plant Breeding, Garden Performance and New Product Development: What Makes the Cut and Why? A Survey of Recent Introductions" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Pianta works for one of the largest breeders of ornamental plant products in the world, PanAmerican Seed Company. PanAmerican is a part of Ball Horticultural Company, which has plant breeding and development organizations around the world and is a leader in the global ornamental plant industry.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email ggrantgardens@yahoo.com.
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Ethics workshop for Pineywoods Counseling Association

Dr. Le'Ann Solmonson will present an ethics workshop for the Pineywoods Counseling Association from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the Twilight Ballroom. The workshop will provide four LPC Board approved CEUs and will focus on self-care as an ethical imperative.

90 Years of educating SFA students


For the past 90 years, the Stephen F. Austin State University faculty and staff have experienced firsthand the value of investing in SFA and its mission. Whatever our position at the university, we each play an important role in educating and shaping the brightest young minds of tomorrow.


Honor SFA’S 90th anniversary by making a donation during September, and receive a special commemorative gift. Simply select the SFA category you wish to support, and make your 90th-anniversary donation today.

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.

Call for proposals for TEDxSFA 2014

TEDxSFA 2014 announces a call for proposals for its upcoming conference Feb. 8, 2014. The new conference theme is "Curiosity." If you are curious about submitting a proposal, email us at tedxsfa@gmail.com. If you're ready to submit your proposal, you can complete the online form here.

Earn your MBA from the Nelson Rusche College of Business at SFA

Would you like to:

  • Give your career a boost?
  • Expand your employment opportunities?
  • Raise your earning potential?
  • Develop networking connections?
  • Learn the latest managerial techniques?

Consider getting a Masters in Business Administration from SFA. Applications are accepted any time. Admission is open to holders of all undergraduate degrees, not just business. For more information about the program, benefits of an MBA and admission requirements, visit the MBA page here and contact Dr. Mikhail S Kouliavtsev, MBA director at (936) 468-1752 or mba@sfasu.edu.

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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Campus Recreation

This week at Campus Rec

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.


Dr. Baker Pattillo presented with SFA soccer scarf

SFA head soccer coach Wally Crittenden, captains Brenda Salazar and Megan Dunnigan, along with Athletic Director Robert Hill visited SFA President Dr. Baker Pattillo on Tuesday to present him with the new SFA soccer scarf before this Friday's big home showdown with LSU.

SFA (4-1-1) is coming off a big weekend in which they defeated both New Mexico State and UTEP on the road and now return home this Friday to host LSU at 7 p.m. The Ladyjacks are 0-4-0 all-time against the Tigers and last played LSU at home back in 2002.

Ladyjacks take home opener, win 3-2

Junior Jill Ivy recorded 19 kills, and the SFA Ladyjack volleyball team knocked off Louisiana Tech 3-2 (25-20, 25-20, 18-25, 22-25, 15-12) in the home opener Tuesday night in Shelton Gym.

SFA (6-2) improved to 17-7 all-time against the Lady Techsters (4-4), getting the win in the first meeting between the two schools since 2008. The 3-2 win is the fifth out of eight matches to go five sets.

Ivy's 19 kills paced the SFA attack that swung a .168 clip across the five sets. Middle blockers Leslie Jackson (13) and Justice Walker (10) also recorded double-figure kills in the victory. The 13 kills for Jackson tied her career-high previously set in a 2-3 loss to Portland (9/3/10) as a freshman.

Junior Paige Holland finished with 48 assists to record her fourth match with more than 40 assists on the season. Sophomore OJ Olson was one of four Ladyjacks to record double-figure digs, finishing with 27. Olson was joined by Madison Martin (15), Janet Hill (11) and Kaitlyn Granger (10). SFA finished with eight blocks as a team.

SFA will retake the road, traveling to Fort Worth for TCU Nike/Molten Invitational. The Ladyjacks will play tournament-host the TCU in a televised game on Fox Sports Southwest at noon on Friday, Sept. 13.
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SFA Football game notes: SFA vs. McMurry

SFA vs. McMurry
When: 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
Watch live stream here.
Get live stats here.

’Jacks to host McMurry in home opener

The Lumberjacks are 4-6-2 (.416) all-time against McMurry, with their only meeting during the last 40 years coming in 2011. SFA rolled 82-6 over the War Hawks in the 2011 season opener, their first meeting since 1971. The 'Jacks are 4-1 (.800) in games played in Nacogdoches since the 1965 season. Four of the last 12 meetings between the two teams have resulted in shutouts of the opponent, including two 0-0 contests in the 1927 and 1966 seasons.

SFA is 31-18-1 (.630) in home openers, dating back to 1965. The Lumberjacks are 5-1 in home openers under head coach J.C. Harper. After dropping a 24-27 overtime decision to Tarleton State in his head coaching debut, Harper has won each of SFA's last five home openers.
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Fine Arts

SFA School of Theatre radio play to air on KSAU

The School of Theatre at SFA has produced its second radio play, an innovative original work by playwright and SFA faculty member Jackie Rosenfeld, entitled "spam: in all lower-case letters."

The half-hour program, directed by Zach Hanks, assistant professor of acting/directing, will air on campus radio station KSAU (FM 90.1) at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, with subsequent broadcasts at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. It will also be available as a podcast at theatre.sfasu.edu from Sept. 26 through Dec. 14.

The production features characters voiced by a student cast. It was recorded in the School of Theatre's recently renovated, state-of-the-art sound laboratory and features sound design and mixing by CC Conn, an SFA assistant professor who specializes in theatrical sound and lighting design. The original music is by School of Art graduate student Nancy Andrew.
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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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