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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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Headlines


'Jacks mascot among coolest in nation, according to ESPN

ESPN named the SFA Lumberjack as one of the top-10 mascots in college basketball. The list published Tuesday included Michigan State’s Sparty, Syracuse’s Otto the Orange, Wisconsin’s Bucky the Badger and Stanford’s Tree.
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Accomplishments

Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey

School of Psychology

Ellis-Hervey, an assistant professor, recently was included as an author for a textbook. She penned a chapter titled "Utilizing Social Media in the Positive Representation of Multicultural Women in Fitness" for the text book "Decolonizing Fitness: Women of Color, Feminisim and the Politics of Fit Bodies."

She also recently published a new article titled "Exploring Public Pedagogy and the Non-formal Adult Educator in 21st Century Contexts Using Qualitative Video Data Analysis Techniques." The piece will appear in the journal Learning Media and Technology.

Ellis-Hervey also was recently featured in the Lufkin Daily News' "Bright Star" feature.

News & Announcements

SFA Sustainability Club to host speaker today

Mark Stine of Bike Texas, a bicycle access, safety and education organization, will talk about his nonprofit's work helping Texas cities plan and develop bike routes and sidewalks.

The discussion will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. today in the Ferguson Building, Room G78, which is on the ground floor, near the elevators.

The event is sponsored by the SFA Sustainability Club. For more information, please email clw@sfasu.edu.

Center for Digital Scholarship to host fall forum

The Center for Digital Scholarship has received inquiries campus-wide regarding author rights, copyright and publishing issues. In order to tailor mini-workshops around topics of interest to faculty members and students, the CDS has scheduled an open forum to advance the discussion.

The forum will be facilitated by Phil Reynolds, scholarly communications librarian. The panelists will include Dr. Steve Bullard, dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture and interim dean of the Nelson Rusche College of Business; Dr. Robbie Steward, chair of the Department of Human Services; and Dr. Kwame Antwi-Boasiako, chair of the Department of Government.

Please join us for discussion and light refreshments at the Authors and Publishing Issues Fall Forum at 10 a.m., Oct. 17 in the Wyatt Room in the Ralph W. Steen Library.

For more information please contact cds@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-1445.

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.

SFA launches strategic planning process

Simply put, strategic planning is the process an organization uses to define its direction, set goals, determine the actions and resources needed to achieve these goals, and establish performance measures so progress can be gauged.  A strategic plan defines the goals (ends) and outlines how these ends are achieved by the means (resources).

At SFA, we are entering into a collaborative strategic planning process that will inform the development of our next strategic plan.

We are calling this project - Envision SFA. 

Over the next eight months, a planning team of 40 members will be engaging with the campus and the community using a five-phase process developed by Dr. Patrick Sanaghan.  The end goal of this effort will be the creation of a shared future vision for the institution. You can learn more about Envision SFA, and track its progress, at www.sfasu.edu/envision

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.

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! 

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!

Parents Day registration ongoing until Monday

The Residence Hall Association host its 40th Annual Parents Day celebration Sept. 20 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center. Registration will be open online until 8 a.m. Monday, Sept. 15. For more information about Parents Day, visit us at here or call us at (936)468-1358.

Athletics

SFA Bowling announces 2014-15 slate

SFA has released its 2014-15 bowling schedule as the Ladyjacks will compete in nine regular season events, including hosting an event for the first time in program history.

SFA opens up the 2014-15 campaign in New Orleans, looking to defend its tournament title in the Crescent City competing in the All State Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational Oct. 17-19. The Ladyjacks then head to New Jersey to compete in the Fairleigh Dickinson Jamboree Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, seeking to defend another tournament title from last season.

SFA heads to Delaware for the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawk Classic Nov. 14-16 before closing out the calendar year in Houston, competing in the Sam Houston State Kat Klash Nov. 21-23.
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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

OPENING KICK
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

Renowned saxophone duo to perform at SFA

The SFA College of Fine Arts, School of Music and the Cole Performing Arts Series will present Jeff Loeffert and Jonathan Nichol in a guest saxophone recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Loeffort, assistant professor of saxophone at Oklahoma State University, and Nichol, assistant professor of saxophone at the University of Oklahoma, are active chamber musicians and members of the h2 Quartet, an award-winning, all-saxophone ensemble that performs throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia.
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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. 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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Pi Kappa Lambda music showcase tonight

The Pi Kappa Lambda Music Faculty Showcase members are ready for their performance tonight.

Charlotte Davis, Keith Lloyd, Brad Meyer, Staci Spring, Deborah Dalton and Jennifer Dalmas will showcase their talent in a much-anticipated performance at 7:30 in Cole Concert Hall.

Proceeds benefit the Pi Kappa Lambda scholarship presented each year to the sophomore music major with the highest grade point average. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For tickets or more information, visit finearts.sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6407 or (888) 240-ARTS.

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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What do James Marsden, Xzibit, Jada Pinkett Smith, Frankie Avalon and SFA have in common?

They all are celebrating birthdays today!

SFA held classes for the first time 91 years ago today on Sept. 18, 1923. Approximately 270 students were enrolled that fall, and that number has grown to 12,801 this fall at SFA.  Check out a timeline of SFA history here.

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