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This Week's Calendar

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.

Monday, Sept. 29
SFA women's golf
ORU Shootout
Tulsa, Oklahoma




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SFA home to first kiwis in East Texas

Courtesy of KTRE news

Dr. David Creech, regents professor of horticulture and professor emeritus at SFA, has harvested the first crop of golden dragon kiwis grown in East Texas.

Pickers harvested 140 pounds of the fruit, minus what was turned into snacks, and it's possible that next year, there will be enough of the fruit to share.

Check out KTRE's story here.


Dr. Robert Z. Selden Jr.

Center for Regional Heritage Research

A post from the Center for Regional Heritage Research's blog was included in the most recent United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) newsletter.

The post discusses Selden's collection of metric data from a recent 3-D scanning effort at the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia at the Universidade Federal da Bahia in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

The scans represent primary data for a much larger collaborative effort aimed at investigating the morphology of prehistoric ceramics in Bahia, and includes collaborators from Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Missouri, Texas A&M University, University of Arizona, and the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia.

News & Announcements

A quick reminder to review your retirement benefits

As the new Fiscal Year 2015 begins, the Human Resources, Benefits Department, is happy to once again be providing you with more “News About Your Benefits” articles.
By now you have already been notified by the Teachers Retirement System of new retirement rate changes and we would just like to remind all employees about these rate changes.

Please click on this link to read about these changes.

Call for submissions to Posters on the Hill 2015

The Council of Undergraduate Research is accepting submissions for the 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill.

As the undergraduate research community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress have a clear understanding of the research and education programs they fund, nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than a student participant's words, work and stories. Undergraduate research must be among the programs that members of Congress understand if it is to continue to be supported and to grow.

Students and their faculty mentors are invited to apply for the Council on Undergraduate Research's undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. In addition to other events, there will be an evening poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs.

Please visit the website for more information about the submission process and Posters on the Hill program. Contact Mary Pat Twomey, manager for student programs, mptwomey@cur.org, with questions.

SFA Recreational Trails has volunteer opportunities

Looking for an opportunity to volunteer?  The SFA Recreational Trails, home to five miles of both paved and unpaved mountain biking trails, are maintained by SFA Outdoor Pursuits with the support of volunteers and organizations throughout the year.

Volunteers often help the Outdoor Pursuits staff with trimming back tree branches, clearing leaves and debris out of the trails, building or adding jump elements, and adding dirt to trails as needed!

For more information, please contact Austin Morrison at OutdoorPursuits@sfasu.edu or call (936) 468-6055.

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!

Save a life - learn QPR

Have you ever been concerned about someone, but unsure about what to say?  Counseling Services is offering a free workshop to teach the skills to identify and help a person in danger.  At completion, each participant will receive certification as a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper.

The workshop is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 in the Rusk Building, Room 333.

Call (936) 468-2401 to register.
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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! 

Center for Digital Scholarship to host fall forum

The Center for Digital Scholarship has received campus-wide inquiries 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. Friday, Oct. 17 in the Ralph W. Steen Library, Wyatt Room.

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

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.


SFA wins third-straight game, downs Weber State 35-20

Gus Johnson and Zach Conque each rushed for a pair of touchdowns while Collin Garrett had a career night as SFA defeated Weber State 35-20 at Homer Bryce Stadium. The Lumberjacks improved to 3-1 on the season, matching their win total from 2013 and notching their first three-game winning streak since 2011.

"Certainly we're happy to be 3-1 and I feel especially happy for the group of guys that had to suffer through that Weber State loss last season," said head coach Clint Conque. "I'm not pleased with the penalties, and know that there were a lot of things we could have done better tonight. We have a bye week ahead of us and we need to clean that up before heading into (Southland) Conference play."

SFA finished with 466 total yards on the night - rushing for 148 and passing for 318 against the Wildcats (0-4). Zach Conque completed 17 of his 27 attempts for 264 yards, while Joe Minden went 3-of-4 for 54 yards and a touchdown.
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SFA edged by Rice in tournament finale

The SFA women’s volleyball team fell just short against the Rice Owls on Saturday afternoon in Tudor Fieldhouse, dropping their third and final match of the Rice Invitational II 3-1. SFA finished 1-2 over the two-day event, beating Texas Southern and falling to Louisville on Friday.

Senior Jill Ivy was named to the All-Rice Invitational II Team after a terrific tournament. The outside hitter compiled 36 kills on a .257 attack percentage, dug up 22 balls and dropped in three service aces across SFA’s three matches. The all-tournament honor is Ivy’s second of the season.

The tight match saw 20 ties, seven lead changes and small scoring margins for the majority of play. Ivy and junior Tori Bates paced the offensive attack with 17 and 14 kills, respectively, for SFA. Senior Paige Holland notched her fifth double-double of the year, collecting 46 assists and 13 digs on the afternoon. The Ladyjacks showcased their talented back line with four players recording double-digit digs. Junior libero OJ Olson racked up 26, freshman Lexus Cain had 16 and junior Madison Martin chipped in 10.
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SFA thumps Lady Demons in SLC opener

The SFA women’s soccer team opened its quest for a fourth consecutive Southland Conference title, dominating Northwestern State 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Lady Demon Soccer Complex.

SFA got goals from Zuri Prince, Chelsea Raymond, Hanna Barker and Meghan Corder, while shutting out the Lady Demons in its SLC opener.

“Another good test for our team today on a really hot afternoon on the road to open up conference play,” head coach Wally Crittenden said. “Today we played against a high-pressing and physical Northwestern State that demanded we match a high physical commitment while maintaining our quality. Our kids did a great job at that task and the result was some really great goals by multiple players."
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Ladyjacks conclude Solinco Houston Open

SFA women’s tennis concluded play at the Solinco Houston Open at host University of Houston on Sunday.

SFA posted a combined 7-8 record over the three-day tournament at the John E. Hoff Courts, finishing 2-4 in doubles and 5-4 in singles draws. The Ladyjacks were one of eight teams to participate in the weekend tournament, as No. 23 Rice, SMU, St. Edwards, Lamar, McNeese State, and Louisiana Tech also took part.

"Overall, I am happy with the way the girls played this weekend,” head coach Roberto Aspillaga said. “We are way ahead of where we were at this time last year, and we are getting better every day. I look forward to playing our next tournament next weekend."
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SFA men finish third, women fourth at Texas A&M

The SFA men's and women's cross country teams placed third and fourth, respectively, among a quality field at the 2014 Texas A&M Invitational on Saturday morning. Despite wet and muddy course conditions, both teams had runners post good times across the board.

The men finished with 94 points in the 6,000 meter race, edging Texas Tech by one point for third place in the 11-team field. 

Sophomore Colby Mehmen led the way for SFA, finishing in 18:31 - good enough for a fourth place finish overall. Mehmen was followed by a trio of Lumberjacks who crossed the finish line within a 10 second span. Sophomore Anthony Gallardo finished 13th, redshirt freshman Jeffrey Weisheit finished 15th and sophomore Josh Torres came in 18th for SFA.
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Fine Arts

Guest pianist Lysinger to perform at SFA, give presentation for piano teachers

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present a performance of celebrated pianist Catharine Lysinger at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Lysinger, who is an active soloist, chamber musician, adjudicator and lecturer, will present "From Passion to Noble Sentiment," which will feature Ludwig van Beethoven's stormy Sonata in F Minor, Op. 57, "Appassionata," and Maurice Ravel's string of waltzes, "Valses Nobles et Sentimentales."

The program's character of noble sentiment is rounded out by formally structured pieces by Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti and Frédéric Chopin's through-composed Barcarolle, Op. 60, which builds on the image of the peaceful, rocking motion of a boat on the water, explained Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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Diverse international student cast brings 'Trojan Barbie' to Turner stage

The student actors in "Trojan Barbie" bring global, multicultural perspectives that are as varied as the play itself to the SFA School of Theatre's Mainstage Series.

In "Trojan Barbie," Australian playwright Christine Evans' award-winning drama, the past collides with the present as the owner of an English doll hospital somehow finds herself face to face with survivors of the Trojan War, fought 3,000 years ago in Asia Minor, now known as Turkey.

Helping to tell this story on stage is an eclectic cast of student performers with diverse and interesting backgrounds, according to Rick Jones, professor of theatre at SFA and director of "Trojan Barbie."

Two exchange students from London's Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance, Scarlett O'Reilly and Hana Ghassali-Sbai, have major roles. "They are both English and Hana has a Brazilian heritage," Jones said.
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Alazan Trio to perform works of Silverman

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present The Alazan Trio in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

The trio features SFA music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin, Evgeni Raychev, cello, and Ron Petti, piano. Special guest performer is tenor Jamie Dahman, SFA voice faculty member. The concert will feature a performance of award-winning composer Stanley Silverman's Trio No. 2 "Reveille."

Silverman has collaborated with numerous musical figures, including James Taylor, Paul Simon, Sting, Elton John, Aaron Copland, Michael Tilson Thomas and Pierre Boulez, to name a few, Petti said.
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SFA music faculty member Gavin to present 'Journeys and Reflections'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present music faculty member Charles Gavin in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

The program, "Journeys and Reflections," will include selected repertoire inspired by different places, locations or works of art, according to Gavin, professor of horn and chamber music in the SFA School of Music.

"With the exception of two pieces, the compositions are by American composers who interpret the different locations," Gavin said. Accompanying Gavin will be faculty member James Pitts, pianist.
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SFA flutist Guenther to present 'Baroque to Jazz'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Christina Guenther in a faculty flute recital at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Cole Concert Hall as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Guenther will present the program "Baroque to Jazz," which also features music colleagues Geneva Fung, piano, J.D. Salas, bass, and Brad Meyer, drums.

Among the works to be performed is Sonata in B Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach as well as Grand Polonaise in D Major by Theobald Boehm.
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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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Readings, musical performance to feature work of poet Addonizio

The SFA School of Art, LaNana Creek Press, SFA Press and Department of English will present "My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at Morning Glory Yoga Studio in downtown Nacogdoches.

Poets Kim Addonizio and Peter Kline will be in Nacogdoches for readings on the SFA campus Thursday, Sept. 25, and the public presentation Friday evening at Morning Glory will feature poetry readings, musical performances and an exhibition of woodcut prints, according to Charles D. Jones, director and master printer for LaNana Creek Press.

"This will be a celebration of the books we have recently published for Ms. Addonizio," Jones said.
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