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This Week's Calendar
Friday, Sept. 20
Lysinger and McDonald Piano Duo
Cole Concert Hall
OSRP Internal Funding Workshop
BPSC, President's Suite B
Monsters University (G)
This is the End (R)
SFA Planetarium Show
vs. Oral Roberts
at TJC Invite
Saturday, Sept. 21
vs. Montana State
at TJC Invite
vs. Southeastern Louisiana
Sunday, Sept. 22
Monsters University (G)
This is the End (R)
vs. Northwestern State
Monday, Sept. 23
ULM Fred Marx Invitational
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The Boldest Sound from the Oldest Town
When Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College opened its doors in 1923, the emphasis was in establishing an instructional program that would produce qualified teachers.
In addition to the academic and elective courses offered at the new college, athletics also was immediately incorporated into campus life with students choosing the Lumberjack as the SFA mascot.
But something was missing in those early years. It was music. SFA needed a band.
In the fall of 1925, The Pine Log published an article that told of the college purchasing new brass and percussion instruments for students who qualified for musical organizations, meaning a band and an orchestra. Some rehearsals had begun, and other students were encouraged to try out. The college band made its debut later that fall, and a search began to find a director.
J.T. Cox became the first director of the Lumberjack Band in the summer of 1926. With Cox accompanying the 14 members of the group, the band played at watermelon parties and for chapel exercises. When the fall semester began, the now 19-member band played at football games and area public school events.
Friends of Theatre awards scholarship, shifts focus to audience growth
The Friends of Theatre, the community organization that supports the work of the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre, has achieved its goal of endowing a scholarship for a theatre major with financial need. Now that the first annual Friends of Theatre Scholarship has been awarded, the organization will concentrate on developing larger local audiences for School of Theatre productions, Friends of Theatre President Rhonda Williams said.
"Thanks to the efforts of everyone who has been involved in the Friends of Theatre over the past five years and the generosity of our many donors, we have established an endowment that will provide a very helpful scholarship to a deserving SFA student every year," Williams said. "It's especially gratifying to know that this will continue in perpetuity."
Senior theatre major Vanessa Hendricks of Emory was selected by the School of Theatre faculty to receive the first Friends of Theatre Scholarship. Hendricks, who is also the president of SFA's chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society, is in the theatre teacher certification program and currently interning at Lufkin High School. She will direct the production of the full-length play "Wit" scheduled for Nov. 8 and 9 in the Downstage Theatre. She appeared in last year's Mainstage Series production of "Stage Door," among other shows.
SFA announces fall enrollment figures
SFA has recorded a fall enrollment of 12,772 students.
This figure represents a slight decrease from the all-time high SFA enrollment of 12,999 recorded in fall 2012. University officials attributed the 1.7-percent decrease to various factors, including higher SFA admission standards and graduation of the largest class in school history in May.
“A strategic decision was made several years ago to increase the admission standards beginning in fall 2012, and we knew one result of that decision would be a few years of smaller incoming freshman classes,” explained Monique Cossich, executive director of enrollment management.
SFA administrators also expected the increased standards would pay dividends in the form of a higher retention rate for the university with more students persisting to graduation, she said. According to SFA census data released this week, the first-time, full-time undergraduate retention rate increased from 63.4 percent in fall 2012 to 65.4 percent this year.
“This is particularly good news for SFA because we know that if students are retained after that critical first year, they are very likely to continue with their education and complete a degree,” Cossich said. The absence of the largest graduating class in SFA history – 1,285 diplomas were awarded in May – also contributed to the slight reduction in enrollment.
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 applicationStory 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.
News & Announcements
Pink Out Your Office 2013
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Zeta Tau Alpha chapter at SFA wants your office to think pink during the month of October. Beginning Monday, Sept. 30, decorate your office with breast cancer related items, and your office could win a lunch for 10 people from Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. All participating offices will receive a certificate of recognition, and we'll hand out some special merit awards. One to 10 points will be awarded in each category, which includes creativity, use of breast cancer facts and information, visibility of display to the general public and honoring survivorship. One point will be added to your total score for every pink Yoplait lid used in your display. We will come back during the following week after judging to get your lids and add them to our collection. Judging will take place after 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. If your office would like to participate, please email Caitlin Coulter at email@example.com no later than 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Complete rules and details will be given with your office's confirmation of entry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22
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 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 has 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 its last four matches, including 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).
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.
Guest trumpet recital reunites noted musician and former students
The SFA School of Music will present Dr. Grant Peters, professor of trumpet at Missouri State University, in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.
Part of the 2013-2014 Cole Performing Arts Series, the recital will feature Peters performing Paul Hindemith's Sonate for Trumpet and Piano, "Four Miniatures" by Joseph Turrin, and "Night Sun Journey" by Meg Bowles. Peters will be joined by Dr. Gary Wurtz, professor of trumpet at SFA, on Francesco Manfredini's Concerto for Two Trumpets.
As a special treat, a third performer will be added to form a trio to perform music by Rafael Mendez. Dr. Leonard Candelaria, former Regents Professor of Trumpet at the University of North Texas, and teacher to both Peters and Wurtz, will share the stage with his two former students to end the evening.
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.
Paris, Texas, boasts a 70-foot replica of Paris, France's Eiffel Tower. The most noticeable difference, besides height, is that the Texas version is wearing a giant red cowboy hat. The tower briefly held the distinction of being the largest Eiffel Tower replica until Las Vegas built a 541-foot version.
Other amazing Parisian outdoor attractions include a statue of Pyro the Dragon, mascot of the local junior college, and a 12-foot statue of Jesus wearing cowboy boots.