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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 14
Twelfth class day

Thursday, Sept. 15
First day to apply for degrees to be completed in May 2017

SFA volleyball vs. University of Incarnate Word
6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 16
SFA soccer vs. Northwestern State University
7 p.m.
Natchitoches, Louisiana

SFA volleyball vs. University of North Texas in Holiday Inn - Express Invitational
6:30 p.m.




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News & Announcements

New SFA website officially live

The new SFA website is officially live. View the redesigned, interactive, informative and fun online home of the Lumberjacks here.

Faculty Senate meeting scheduled for tomorrow

The SFA Faculty Senate will hold its first meeting of the year at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Tiered Classroom, Room 2.201.

Speakers will include Chris Rivers, associate director of public safety and assistant chief of police; Dr. Steve Bullard, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Dr. Mary Nelle Brunson, associate provost; and Dr. Janet Tareilo, associate provost.

All faculty members are invited to attend. Access to live streaming of the meeting can be found here.

Noche De Gala event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with keynote speaker

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Noche de Gala at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom. Event attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about the diverse Latino culture while listening to Latino speaker Dr. Victor Sáenz, associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Texas at Austin.

Participants also can enjoy Latin music and performances showcasing the beauty and diversity of the Hispanic-Latino culture. 

Admission is $5 for students and $7 for faculty, staff or community members, and includes dinner. Tickets are available for purchase at the information desk on the first floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (936) 468-1073. Dress is business casual.

SFA Gardens to host fall plant sale

SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St.
The sale will feature a variety of hard-to-find, “Texas-tough” plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA introductions. Most of the featured plants are extensively trialed before being offered to the public and are produced by SFA Gardens staff members and volunteers.

Parking will be available at SFA’s Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St., and visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon for their plants.
For more information, call (936) 468-4404.

AARC open and available for student assistance

The Academic Assistance and Resource Center is open and available for students. The center offers walk-in tables, weekly appointments, supplemental instruction groups, and the Online Writing Lab. Faculty members are encouraged to notify students of this resource.

The AARC transforms the way students learn through the personal attention from AARC staff members who engage and empower SFA students via tutoring and mentoring services in an innovative and collaborative environment to intentionally improve retention, graduation and lifelong learning.

SFA offering assistance to ITT Tech students

SFA officials and staff members are offering assistance to students displaced by the abrupt closure of ITT Technical Institute’s resident campuses.

Last week, ITT Educational Services Inc. announced it would discontinue operations of its ITT Technical Institutes, in line with a U.S. Department of Education directive, according to an article by Reuters. The closure will affect more than 8,000 employees and approximately 40,000 students.

Transferring students are welcome to enroll in any degree plan offered through SFA’s six colleges, though SFA’s Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences may be a good choice for ITT Tech students affected by the closure.

For more information, call the Office of Admissions at (936) 468-2504.

Office of Multicultural Affairs opens discussion of difficult topics in Brave Space Series tonight

SFA’s Office of Multicultural Affairs has developed a new series allowing for open and honest discussion of difficult topics among the SFA and Nacogdoches communities.

Touching on racial tensions, police relations and LGBT issues, the first Brave Space Series will be at 4 p.m. tonight in the Multimedia Room on the second floor of the Baker Pattillo Student Center.

The first Brave Space Series is titled “Your Racial Perspective.” The second will deal with LGBT issues and will take place at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Tiered Classroom located on the second floor of the BPSC.
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Lumberjacks begin 30th Southland Conference football season at McNeese State University Saturday

The SFA football team will begin its nine-game Southland Conference schedule Saturday, Sept. 17, as it travels to Lake Charles, Louisiana, for a showdown with McNeese State University. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:06 p.m. from Cowboy Stadium. The game will air on the American Sports Network.

The game will mark SFA’s first appearance on the network this season and its third since ASN came on board with the conference last season.
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Women’s golf finishes season-opening South Alabama Intercollegiate in ninth place

SFA’s women’s golf team posted a season-low 15-over 303 in the final round of the South Alabama Intercollegiate tournament. The Ladyjacks finished the 54-hole event with a 57-over 921, finishing ninth among the 10-team field.

Senior Ann Holcomb continued her solid play over the final 36 holes, registering a career-low 1-under 71 over the final 18 holes. She posted a 12-over 228 for the event, which also is a new 54-hole personal best. Holcomb finished even-par in par-3 scoring to lead the Ladyjacks as she finished two strokes better than her previous 54-hole low of 230.
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Ruiz earns Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors

SFA redshirt freshman kicker Storm Ruiz has been named the Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. It is the first conference accolade for Ruiz and the first for SFA in the 2016 season.

Playing in his home debut Saturday night against the University of West Alabama, Ruiz was perfect in kicks on the night for the Lumberjacks, going three-for-three in both field goal and extra point attempts and finishing with 12 points for SFA. He opened up the game with a career-long, 44-yard field goal, and connected on-field goals of 32 and 30 yards. He helped provide the point differential to lead the Lumberjacks past the Tigers, 30-24.
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Cain collects Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week Award

As a result of one of the best week-long stretches of play on the back line in program history, SFA junior Lexus Cain earned the title of Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career.

In her third season with the Ladyjacks, the Amarillo product amassed an astounding 103 digs through 16 sets last week, leading SFA to a 2-2 record in the process.
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Fine Arts

Tickets still available for Julian Sands’ ‘A Celebration of Harold Pinter’

Choice seating is still available for the SFA College of Fine Arts’ presentation of Julian Sands in “A Celebration of Harold Pinter” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, in Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus.

The show opens the 2016-17 season of the College of Fine Arts’ University Series. Sands is well known to audiences from more than 100 film and television appearances. His performance of the works of Nobel Prize-winning playwright and poet Pinter was nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award. The performance contains mature language.

For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407.

SFA Faculty Chamber Winds to present concert

Several SFA music faculty members will join for a concert of music written for wind instruments at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Cole Concert Hall.

The group, conducted by Fred J. Allen, director of bands, will feature Christina Guenther, flute; Chris Ayer, clarinet; and Charles Gavin, horn. Two new faculty members also will make their SFA debuts playing with the group. Kerry Hughes will perform on oboe and Lee Goodhew on bassoon.

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.

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Sometimes love truly knows no bounds. This is apparent in the unusual, yet very loving relationship between this out-of-the-ordinary pair.

A monkey in Rode, India, appears to have rescued and adopted an abandoned puppy. Photos show the monkey feeding, grooming and even protecting the puppy from stray dogs. View additional photos here.

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