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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Sept. 15
James I. Perkins College of Education New Student Academic Convocation
3 - 4:30 p.m.


Saturday, Sept. 19
Parents Day

SFA football vs. McNeese State University
6 p.m.
Homer Bryce Stadium

Saturday, Sept. 26
SFA football vs. Abilene Christian University
2:30 p.m.
Abilene, Texas

Saturday, Oct. 3
Battle of the Piney Woods
3 p.m.
Houston, NRG Stadium


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News & Announcements


SFA participating in On Campus Challenge

Help SFA become the most outdoorsy school in the country during the On Campus Challenge, hosted by Outdoor Nation, a non-profit organization focused on getting people to spend more time outside.

To participate in the challenge, take a picture of yourself participating in a wide range of activities, and upload it to oncampuschallenge.org. The entire list of activities is available on the organization's website.

There is a prize pack available for the person who logs the most points from SFA as well as other weekly giveaways.The competition is open to students, faculty and staff members, and anyone who chooses SFA when they upload.

Barnes & Noble sale begins today

The SFA Barnes & Noble Bookstore is hosting a sale on all women's merchandise beginning today and running though Thursday, Sept. 17.

All women's merchandise will be buy one, get one 50 percent off during the bookstore's regular business hours.


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. 3, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.

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 staff members and volunteers of the SFA Gardens. Read More


New outdoor kitchen expanding SFA's hospitality administration program

SFA's hospitality administration program is heating things up with a new outdoor kitchen equipped with two grills, two refrigerators, burners, an outdoor sink and a pizza oven.

All of the outdoor kitchen equipment is transportable and has self-contained preparation and cooking stations. The outdoor kitchen is located behind the Culinary Café on SFA's campus.

Dr. Chay Runnels, hospitality administration program coordinator and graduate program coordinator, boasts the many opportunities this new equipment will offer students.
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SFA professor to host poetry reading this week

Dr. John A. McDermott, professor of creative writing in the SFA Department of English, will be reading from his new collection of poetry "The Idea of God in Tennessee" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in Liberal Arts North, Room 102.

The event is free. There will be a question and answer session and book signing after the reading.


2016 Texas Tech University Undergraduate Research Conference scheduled for March

The Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement at Texas Tech University invites you to the 8th annual Texas Tech University Undergraduate Research Conference occurring Tuesday, March 29, through Wednesday, March 30, in Lubbock, Texas.

SFA faculty and staff members are encouraged to share information regarding this event championing undergraduate student research, scholarship and creative activities. Additional details will be available soon at the conference website.


Faculty and staff member picinic scheduled for next week

The annual SFA faculty and staff member picnic is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Juanita Curry Boynton House, 505 E. Starr Ave.

The event is open to all SFA faculty and staff members.


Pine Log advertisement space now available

With the start of the fall semester, The Pine Log would like to remind you of a unique opportunity to advertise your programs and activities to the SFA community. The Pine Log offers competitive rates, as well as discounts for our on-campus clients.

Online and print advertising in The Pine Log is a smart business decision for any department or program wanting to reach out to SFA students, faculty and staff members. Your investment in our publication also pays big dividends for our students who are gaining important real-world skills while working in SFA student media.

To inquire about advertising opportunities, call (936) 468-4703 or click here to view the 2015-16 rate card online.


SFA graduate student investigates Chinese tallow in East Texas' microbial communities

SFA environmental science graduate student Ray Montez thinks small, microscopically small, in fact.

"For every gram of soil, you can see up to a billion micro-organisms if that soil is healthy," Montez said.

He added that despite their diminutive stature, the multitude of single-cell organisms that live in the soil, water and air play an integral role in ecosystem function through symbiotic relationships with plants and animals. Each of these micro-organisms has different nutritional requirements; therefore, variations in the chemical composition of their primary medium, such as water, can result in drastic changes to their species composition. This can ultimately affect the broader ecosystem, he said.
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University Women's Club announces meeting series

Take a break from your work to meet the deans and members of the SFA University Women's Club. There's no time like the present to meet women from across the college's academic unit and campus. With coffee and morning snacks, spend a bit of time talking with colleagues and meeting some new people. Information about the UWC also will be available.

This is an eight-week series.

9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15
Perkins College of Education, Judy Abbott, dean
McKibben Building, Room 281

3-4 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 22
Dr. Steven Bullard, interim provost
Austin Building, 3rd floor Board Room

10-11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 29
College of Fine Arts, Buddy Himes, dean
Griffith Fine Arts Building, Room 208

8:30-9:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 9
College of Liberal and Applied Arts, Brian Murphy, dean
Ferguson Building, Room 291

9-10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 15
Rusche College of Business, Timothy Bisping, dean
Business Building, Room 443

10-11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 19
Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Hans Williams, interim dean
Forestry Building, Room 105

9-10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27
College of Science and Mathematics, Kimberly Childs, dean
Math Building, Room 103

9-10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 5
Steen Library, Shirley Dickerson, director
Wyatt Room

Athletics


SFA opens SLC play by hosting McNeese State University

SFA begins its 2015 Southland Conference schedule hosting 21st-ranked McNeese State University Saturday, Sept. 19, on Parents Day. It will be a “Black Out” for SFA as the Lumberjacks will be wearing their new all-black jerseys, designed specifically for the team from Under Armour.

SFA fans can keep up to date with every Lumberjack play throughout the 2015 season. Saturday’s Southland Conference opener will be streamed live on ESPN3 as fans across the world can watch the game live via their computer or smart phone by visiting ESPN3.com or the WatchESPN app. Rob Meyers will call the game on Q107.7 FM and the game will stream live at Q1077.com. Live statistics will be available at SFAJacks.com with in-game updates available through Twitter @SFA_Football.
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Ladyjack golf fundraiser today

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10 percent of all pizza purchases at Hungry Howies in Nacogdoches will be contributed to SFA Ladyjacks Golf.

The Ladyjacks are coming off of a fourth place finish at the 2015 Southland Conference tournament. Junior Jessie White led the Ladyjacks with the individual title at the championship meet.

Be sure to stop by Hungry Howies from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. to help benefit the 2015-16 program.

Fine Arts

Allen, Petti to present collaborative program

Dr. Fred J. Allen, director of bands at SFA, and Ron Petti, director of accompanying, will present a recital of music for piano, flute and clarinet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series of the SFA School of Music. Featured pieces will be "Arabesque No. 1" by Claude Debussy, "Fantaisie for Flute and Piano" by Gabriel Fauré and "Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano" by Malcolm Arnold.

"This is not my usual role at SFA," Allen said of the performance. "Usually, I am conducting or teaching, but I miss performing as I did in my younger years." Prior to teaching at SFA, Allen had performed professionally as a woodwind doubler in shows at Opryland USA, for the Ringling Brothers Circus and for more than 40 musicals and operas. In addition, he was formerly principal clarinet in the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra and piccoloist in the Abilene Philharmonic.
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