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This Week's Calendar

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

SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
Monsters University (G)
9:30 p.m.
This is the End (R)

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

SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
Monsters University (G)
9:30 p.m.
This is the End (R)

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.

Sunday, Sept. 22
SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
Monsters University (G)
9:30 p.m.
This is the End (R)

Women's Soccer
vs. Northwestern State
1 p.m.

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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90th Anniversary Celebration

SFA students, faculty and staff members, alumni, and friends celebrated the university’s 90th anniversary Wednesday with cake and purple ice cream on the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza. Among the special guests in attendance were the youngest and oldest members of the SFA Alumni Association. Pictured, from left, are President Baker Pattillo; his daughter Paige Pattillo Brown; youngest association member Jackson Baker Brown, three months old; oldest association member Era Billingsley, 105 years old and a member of the 1930 graduating class; and association Executive Director Jeff Davis.

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.

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!


Women's volleyball game notes: New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana

SFA vs. New Orleans
6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19.
Shelton Gym
Live Stats: www.sfajacks.com

SFA vs. Southeastern Louisiana
1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
Shelton Gym
Live Stats: www.sfajacks.com

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team continues their journey toward their 18th 20-win season under head coach Debbie Humphreys. SFA returns to Shelton Gym with a pair of home matches to begin Southland Conference play. The Ladyjacks will take on New Orleans Sept. 19, for the first time since 2008, before welcoming Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 21.

SFA is 2-3 all-time against the Privateers, as it takes on UNO for the first time as a conference opponent. The Ladyjacks are 29-4 against the Lions and are looking to avenge a pair of losses to SELU in 2013.

Following the match versus the Lions, SFA will step out of conference, traveling to Denton, for a match against University of North Texas Sept. 25. The Ladyjacks are 17-6 all-time against the Mean Green.

SFA football game notes: Montana State

The Lumberjacks are 1-4 (.200) all-time against the Montana State Bobcats, with their lone win coming at home in 2002. SFA welcomes the Bobcats to Homer Bryce Stadium after traveling to Bozeman, Mont. each of the last two meetings in 2005 and 2012.

Saturday's contest will be televised on KCEB-TV for the Nacogdoches (Me-TV Channel 8), Tyler and Longview markets, MAX Media TV in Montana and ESPN 3 outside those markets (blacked out in aforementioned areas).

The 'Jacks 50 points in last weeks win over McMurry were the most points scored in a single-game since SFA registered 69 points at Lamar in 2011. SFA also racked up 630 yards of total offense, the second time the 'Jacks have eclipsed the 500 mark this season. SFA accumulated 564 yards of total offense in the season opener at Weber State.

Women's soccer game notes: Oral Roberts and Northwestern State

This Week, the Ladyjacks begin their quest for a third consecutive Southland Conference title this Friday when they open up conference play against Oral Roberts (5-2-0) at 7 p.m., followed by a Sunday match against rival Northwestern State (1-5-0) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

ORU (Scouting Report): SFA holds a 4-4-0 all-time record against ORU but have won the last four meetings dating back to 2006. Last season the Ladyjacks defeated the Golden Eagles 5-0 in Nacogdoches in ORU's inaugural season in the league. ORU has won three of their last four matches, which includes a 3-2 overtime victory against Arkansas State.

NSU (Scouting Report): The Ladyjacks are 16-6-4 all-time against the Lady Demons and have won four straight games in the series. SFA has not lost to NSU in the last 12 meetings, posting a 10-0-2 record dating back to 2002. NSU has struggled out of the gate, having been outscored 21-6 in six matches. 

Best Start In School History: With the win against LSU, the Ladyjacks clinched their best seven-game start in school history (5-1-1). SFA surpassed the previous best mark of 4-2-0 set by the 2003, 2006 and 2012 squads. The best 10-game start in school history is currently held by the 2003 and 2011 teams (7-2-1).

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. 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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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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Eastland, Texas, is the home of Ol' Rip, the miracle horned toad. in 1897 Rip was placed into the courthouse cornerstone time capsule, 30 years later when the building was demolished and the cornerstone opened, Rip was still alive! He became a national celebrity, touring the U.S. and meeting president Calvin Coolidge. Eleven months later he died. His remains can now be seen in a glass covered casket in Eastland.

Eastland is also the site of the last public lynching in Texas. The rope used to execute the Santa Clause Killer is still on display, as is a marker noting the spot of the actual hanging.

image from The Austin Chronicle

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