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This Week's Calendar

Wednesday, Sept. 18
Coin Toss
8 a.m. to 3:23 p.m.
SFA Statue

Nabb and Meyer Duo Recital
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

SFA's 90th Anniversary
Cake and Ice Cream Celebration
11:30 a.m.
BPSC Plaza

Thursday, Sept. 19
Pi Kappa Lambda Faculty Showcase
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Pineywoods Counseling Association Ethics Workshop
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Twilight Ballroom

SFA Gardens Lecture Series
7 p.m.
Ag Building Room 110

Women's Volleyball
vs. New Orleans
6:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 20
Lysinger and McDonald Piano Duo
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

OSRP Internal Funding Workshop
1-2 p.m.
BPSC, President's Suite B

SFA Planetarium Show
Sky Quest
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Women's Soccer
vs. Oral Roberts
7 p.m.

Women's Tennis
at TJC Invite

Saturday, Sept. 21
SFA Football
vs. Montana State
6 p.m.

Women's Tennis
at TJC Invite

Women's Volleyball
vs. Southeastern Louisiana
1 p.m.

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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Happy 90th birthday SFA!

Join us this morning at 11:30 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza for SFA's 90th anniversary celebration.

Come get cake and purple ice cream!

First official SFA Coin Toss

The first official SFA Coin Toss is taking place right now at the SFA Statue.

Stop by, toss coins and add your name to the list of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who are honoring SFA’s 90th Anniversary.

We need your participation! Share this with everyone and encourage them to come out and support SFA.

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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Students review SFA smart phone application

Story courtesy of KTRE

It's purple, user friendly and capable of handling technology from the modern generation. While the newest Stephen F. Austin University smart phone application is still in its first months, developers say they hope it broadens the universities reputation with city kids.

Yet, it's not making as big of a kick start with some students on campus.

"I haven't downloaded it because I honestly haven't even heard of it," Brady Dickens, a junior, said.

Despite the lack of advertising, developers say the app has a future.

"Ours was completely built on campus that someone developed from the ground up and it's tailored specifically to our students and what we think they need from an app," Jason Johnstone, the SFA webmaster, said.

Geared with the same technology you might see on other university smart phone app's, the SFA app offers campus maps, faculty directories, news and music.

And some students say they are really starting to like it.
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News & Announcements

SFA Way posters available

Show your support for The SFA Way by displaying an SFA Way poster in your office. They are available FREE in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs located in the Baker Pattillo Student Center, Room 3.105. Simply stop by between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. to receive your free copy. The posters are designed to fit into a standard 34 x 36 frame, so there is no need to pay for custom framing. If you have any questions, please call the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs at (936) 468.7249 or email dosa@sfasu.edu.

Global gateway to Ukraine presentation

Please join us for a 30-minute presentation on Ukrainian culture given by one of the international students at SFA.

The event will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the Wyatt Room of the Ralph W. Steen Library. Authentic Ukrainian food samples will be served. The presentation will be followed by an informal discussion and a question and answer period. For more information, please contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome!

Flags at half-staff to honor victims at Washington Naval Yard

The President of the United States has issued an order lowering the flags to half-staff immediately. All state agencies should display the U.S. and Texas flags at half-staff through sunset on Friday, Sept, 20. Other agencies, businesses and individuals are encouraged to do the same. Flags should return to full-staff the next day.

Free screening of ESPN's 'Broke'

There will be a free screening of the ESPN 30 for 30 piece, "Broke" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center theater.

The documentary illustrates that maintaining wealth requires financial understanding.  This message is delivered via personal testimony from professional athletes who, despite their career success, quickly found themselves bankrupt.  The goal is to make this out-of-class learning experience available to a broad array of students from across campus.

Watch the film director's statement here.

A card reader will be available for faculty members who wish to give credit for attendance. 
Supporters of this screening include:
· Student Affairs
· The Student Activities Association
· The Nelson Rusche College of Business
· The Department of Athletics
· The Department of Economics and Finance
· The Economics Reading Group

Classroom behavior and student success seminar

Dr. Adam Peck, dean of Student Affairs, will be presenting the seminar, "Managing Classroom Behaviour and Promoting Student Success: A Guide for Faculty and Staff," from 2-3 p.m. Friday, Sept 20, in the Tiered Meeting Room of the Baker Pattillo Student Center (2.201).

It seems like each year the expectations of students and faculty with regard to what is appropriate in the classroom grow further and further apart. National trends also demonstrate that students seem to be exhibiting more troubling and sometimes extreme behavior. Often faculty members express frustration that these behaviors can distract them from their most important priorities, to meet the course objectives and educate students about their subject matter.

Dealing with this issue requires a comprehensive and institutional approach. This seminar will connect faculty members to institutional resources and strategies for preventing behavior that disrupts the educational environment, dealing with disruption when it occurs and reporting it afterward. It will also discuss the iCare program, which uses faculty referrals of students at risk of leaving to connect these students to the resources they need to be successful.

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.

Campus Recreation

This week at Campus Rec

Intramural Tailgate Games

Wednesday, Sept. 18
4-7 p.m. at the Rec Courtyard

Put your skills to the test at the Campus Rec Tailgate Games! Winners will walk away with THE Intramural Champ t-shirt. Compete in washers, ladder golf, horseshoes and cornhole. Register by 3:45 p.m. in the Rec Courtyard. For questions or more information, please call (936) 468-1775.

Lifeguard Certification Course

Friday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Sept. 22

Get trained to be an American Red Cross certified lifeguard! This course is for ages 15 and older. Register in the Administration Office at the Rec. Costs $135 for Rec members and $200 for non-members and is open to both the SFA and Nacogdoches communities.

Free Faculty Friday at the Rec

Friday, Sept 20

Each Friday during the fall semester, SFA faculty and staff members will have free admission to the Student Recreation Center. Faculty and staff members will need to bring their current SFA ID to the Welcome Desk and sign our guest log to enter. This is only for faculty and staff members, not family or dependents.

Men’s Club Soccer Matches

Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22
1 p.m. on the Intramural Fields

This weekend, watch the Men’s Club Soccer Team in action against the University of Texas-Arlington on Saturday and Texas Christian University on Sunday. Wear purple and cheer loudly for your Lumberjacks!


Cross country shows well in Houston

The SFA men’s and women’s cross country teams finished third and fourth Friday night in the 38th annual Justin F. Cooper Memorial Rice invitational at Rice Intramural Fields.

The Lumberjacks finished third, and the Ladyjacks finished fourth out of 14-team field.

Senior Jonus Rodriguez (fifth) and freshman Anthony Gallardo (sixth) each recorded top-10 finishes. Rodriguez posted a time of 16:52, with Gallardo (16:57) crossing the finish line five seconds later.

Sophomore Nick Guerra (17:13) finished 15th overall, while Colby Mehmen (17:41) and Cody Brown (17:46) finished 32nd and 36th respectively.

On the women’s side, Laurie Byrd and Shelby Pesek led the Ladyjacks. The SFA duo finished within three seconds of each other, crossing at 15:43 and 15:46 to take 15th and 16th. Freshamn Katrina Fite (15:57) finished in the same minute, to take 23rd overall.

Senior Rebecca Blubaugh crossed the line at 16:04 to finish 32nd, while freshman Samantha Ottman (16:19) took 41st to round out the Ladyjack field.

SFA will enjoy a full week off from competition before participating the the OSU Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla., Sept. 28.

’Jacks beat War Hawks 50-13 in home opener

The Lumberjacks gained more than 600 yards of total offense in a 50-13 triumph over the McMurry War Hawks Saturday evening at Homer Bryce Stadium in the home opener.

SFA (1-2) gained 630 yards of total offense, which included both Gus Johnson (16 carries-104 yards) and Fred Ford (20 carries-102 yards) surpassing the 100-yard plateau. Senior quarterback Brady Attaway completed 34 of 58 pass attempts for 330 yards and two touchdowns while junior wide receiver Tyler Boyd reeled in a career high 11 receptions and 112 yards. DJ Ward also had nine receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.

The ’Jacks actually had to battle back from a 13-10 deficit following two rushing touchdowns from McMurry’s Chris Simpson in the early stages of the second quarter but responded by scoring the next 40 points unanswered. Attaway connected with Ward on a 5-yard touchdown at the 5:15 mark of the second quarter to give SFA a 17-13 lead, and the ’Jacks never looked back.

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SFA volleyball takes two in Fort Worth

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team claimed a pair of matches Saturday, with wins over Grambling State and Houston, at the TCU Nike/Molten Invitational at the University Recreation Center.

Justice Walker was named to the all tournament team for SFA (8-4) following the completion of round-robin play.

The Ladyjacks will open Southland Conference play Thursday, Sept. 19, hosting New Orleans in the Shelton Gym.
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Ladyjacks knock off LSU, 4-0

In front of a packed house of 1,113 fans, the SFA Ladyjack soccer team made a statement Friday evening with a 4-0 non-conference victory over SEC foe LSU, marking the first time in school history SFA defeated the Tigers.

"I can't say enough about this group of young people," SFA head coach Wally Crittenden said. "From a program standpoint we talked about how we're going to have big moments throughout the season, and this was a team identity moment. It was a chance for us to heighten our program. They knew we had never beat LSU, and they were very proud of the opportunity that they had in front of them."

The Ladyjacks (5-1-1) put the pressure on LSU (3-3-1) right away in the eighth minute when junior forward Zuri Prince scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal off a deflection in front of the net past LSU goalkeeper Megan Kinneman, giving SFA the 1-0 lead.

Only 56 seconds later, LSU was whistled for a foul in the box off a corner kick when a Tiger defender wrestled down Brenda Salazar. Senior midfielder Melissa Gaudet took the penalty kick and was successful, giving SFA an early 2-0 cushion just 10 minutes into play. 
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Fine Arts

SFA music faculty to present recital of percussion, saxophone works

The SFA School of Music will present Dr. Nathan Nabb, associate professor of saxophone, and Dr. Brad Meyer, director of percussion studies, in a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The School of Music faculty members will present a duo concert featuring works for percussion and saxophone by composers Dennis DeSantis, Mark Ford, David Maslanka and Matthew Orlovich.

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.

Piano duo to feature works of esteemed composers

The SFA School of Music will present Catharine Lysinger and Alex McDonald in a duo piano recital at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Sept. 20, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Lysinger, who is senior lecturer in piano and pedagogy and piano at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of Art and artistic director of the piano preparatory department, and McDonald, who teaches piano at Texas Women's University, will present "Twice the Impact: Music for Two Pianos."

Among the pieces on the program are works by Johannes Brahams, Witold Lutoslawski, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Achille-Claude Debussy and Franz Liszt, according to Andrew Parr, professor of piano in the School of Music.

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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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. 19, 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."

The musicians have selected a wide range of musical styles and will perform in a variety of solo and ensemble settings.

Among the composers' works to be performed are J.S. Bach, Frederic Chopin, Ron Petti, Frederick Loewe, Albert Hay Malotte, Vincent Youmans, Giuseppe Verdi, Gian-Carlo Menotti, Johannes Brahms, Florent Schmitt and Matthew Orlovich.

The recital is a joint presentation of the SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music and is a part of the 2013-2014 Cole Performing Arts Series.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students. For tickets or more information, please visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.
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Singer Ricky Nelson's plane crashed in De Kalb, Texas, Dec. 31, 1985. The tail section and one wheel of the plane can still be seen on display there at the Williams House Museum.

The Museum also contains a shrine to Dan Blocker, the actor who portrayed "Hoss" Cartwright on the TV show Bonanza. Blocker was born in De Kalb, and his remains are interred in a local cemetery.

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