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This Week's Calendar

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

Monday, Sept. 22
SFA women's golf
ULM Fred Marx Invitational
Monroe, Louisiana

Tuesday, Sept. 23
SFA women's golf
ULM Fred Marx Invitational
Monroe, Louisiana

Friday, Sept. 26
SFA women's soccer vs. Lamar
Nacogdoches, Texas
7 p.m.




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News & Announcements

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.

American Democracy Project panel discussion

The American Democracy Project, a nonpartisan effort to promote civic engagement on university campuses sponsored by the Association of American State Colleges and Universities, will offer a panel discussion titled The U.S. Constitution in Crisis. The event will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Liberal Arts North, Room 142.

Several SFA faculty members will address key contemporary issues of debate and discussion regarding the U.S. Constitution. Dr. Brook Poston will discuss the U.S. Constitution as an embodiment of civic religion; Dr. Charles Gregory will examine controversies surrounding presidential appointments and accusations of abuse of power by President Obama; Dr. Cindy Pressley will discuss the tensions between civil rights and law enforcement in light of events in Ferguson, Missouri; and Dr. Don Gooch will examine current understandings of religious liberty in light of the Hobby Lobby case this summer. A question-and-answer session will follow.

For more information, contact the Department of Government at (936) 468-4408.

Assessment workshops scheduled for faculty, staff members

Would you like to write an excellent assessment report this year? If so, attend one of the following "How to Write an Excellent Assessment Report" workshops.

Sept. 15: 11 a.m.- noon, InfoLab 1, Steen Library.
Sept. 16: 3-4 p.m., InfoLab 1,  Steen Library
Sept. 17: 2-3 p.m., InfoLab 1, 
Steen Library
Sept. 18: 9-10 a.m., InfoLab 1, Steen Library
Sept. 19: 11 a.m.-noon, InfoLab 1, Steen Library

Reserve a place by registering for one of the workshops here. Bring your TracDat username and password and materials needed to complete the 2013-14 report.

Core Curriculum assessment reports for spring 2014 are due in TracDat Oct. 1. This is the last time that assessment reports will be submitted for the old core curriculum. Academic Program, Educational Support Unit and Administrative Support Unit assessment reports are due in TracDat Oct. 15.

Contact Larry King at Ext. 1260 or lking@sfasu.edu with questions.

Danny Anguiano to speak at Ad Hoc meeting

SFA's advertising organization, Ad Hoc, will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Boynton Building, Room 209. The guest speaker will be Danny Anguiano, visiting professor in the School of Art. Anguiano has designed for General Dynamics and Lockheed Martin and Knight Ridder Corporation with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press. Everyone is invited. For more information, contact Dr. Linda Bond at (936) 468-1265.

SAA movies series kicks off tonight

The Student Activities Association will screen Godzilla and Tammy 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.

Parent's Day Presents the Norman Magic Experience

It's all in the magic! The Student Activities Association, in conjunction with Residence Hall Association and 2014 Parents Day, would like to invite you to attend the Norman Magic Experience following the SFA football game on Saturday, Sept. 20. The event will take place in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom. For more information, call (936) 468-1222 or visit online.

SFA participating in denim donation drive

SFA fashion merchandising students are partnering with Cotton Incorporated to collect denim from now until Oct. 31.  SFA is one of four universities in the country selected to participate, including the University of Kentucky, University of Rhode Island and Illinois State University. The following on-campus tabling events have been schedule for denim collection:

From 12:30 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18, in front of the Baker Pattillo Student Center

From 12:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the quad by Surfin’ Steve

All donators of denim will receive a pair of customizable SFA sunglasses!

Global Gateway to Jamaica

Join the Office of International Programs for a presentation on Jamaican culture given by students from Jamaica at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Business Building, Room 133. Authentic Jamaican food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome! 

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

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The information gathered will be used to help improve the readability and effectiveness of SFA Today. Interested faculty and staff members should contact Amy Roquemore at (936) 468-2041 or aroquemore@sfasu.edu.


Ladyjacks hold "Be The Match" drive

The SFA Ladyjack basketball team concluded its “Be The Match” Drive on Tuesday afternoon in the center of the SFA campus.

The bone marrow drive was held over the course of two days, beginning Monday morning, to encourage students and staff members to become registered donors.

“It’s something we’ve been a part of for three years, and it’s really become a tradition for our program,” said head coach Brandon Schneider. “Our staff and our players look forward to it every fall.
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Home stand continues against Weber State

SFA (2-1) vs. Weber State (0-3) • 6 p.m. • Saturday, Sept. 20 • Homer Bryce Stadium

Video: SFA All-Access
Radio: Q107.7 FM (listen online at Q1077.com)
Live Stats: SFAJacks.com
Twitter Updates: @SFA_Football

SFA continues its four-game home stand hosting Big Sky foe Weber State Saturday at Homer Bryce Stadium. It marks the Wildcats’ first-ever trip to Nacogdoches as the two schools met for the first time in 2013. Opening kickoff against Weber State is set for 6 p.m.
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Fine Arts

SFA music faculty to be featured in fundraising concert

Faculty members of the SFA School of Music will be the featured performers during the annual Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"This concert showcases the talents of our diverse faculty," said Deborah Dalton, SFA associate professor of voice and president of the local chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.

"In addition, all proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship we give each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade point average," Dalton said. "For the past few years, awards were given to several sophomores with 4.0 grade-point averages."

From Beethoven to Gershwin

The musicians have selected a wide range of musical styles and will perform in a variety of solo and ensemble settings.
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SFA's A Cappella Choir invited to perform at Vatican, St. Mark's Basilica

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music have announced the SFA A Cappella Choir will travel to Italy next May for an 11-day performance tour that includes special invitations to sing at the Vatican and St. Mark's Basilica.

"SFA has grand tradition in choral singing and vocal pedagogy, and our talented singers deserve a place on the world's stage," said Dr. Manny Brand, director of the SFA School of Music. "This performance tour will highlight to European audiences our students' artistry and SFA's musical excellence."

Family, friends and music patrons are invited to accompany the 52-member A Cappella Choir and support faculty on the trip from May 22 through June 2, according to Tim King, director of choral activities at SFA.
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Student-directed play tells story of concentration camp survival

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed "I Never Saw Another Butterfly" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

Senior Katy Rutherford of Richmond directs the one-act play by Celeste Raspanti. It focuses on the childhood of Raja Englanderova as she fights for survival in a concentration camp. According to Rutherford, the audience and Raja venture through her memories together, digging into the past and meeting extraordinary characters.

"Slowly, Raja gains a sense of identity and begins the fight for self-preservation," she said. "Through Raja's eyes, the audience is given a portrayal of the brutality and beauty mankind is capable of."
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