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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Sept. 26
SFA football vs. Abilene Christian University
2:30 p.m.
Abilene

Saturday, Oct. 3
Battle of the Piney Woods
SFA football vs. Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.
Houston
NRG Stadium

Monday, Nov. 16
Last day to apply for degrees to be completed May 2016

Monday, Nov. 30
Classes resume


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News & Announcements

Vote daily in the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge

The SFA Lumberjacks are the two-time defending champions of the Southland Conference Mascot Challenge! This year's competition will run until Thursday, Nov. 12.

Be sure to show your love for our Lumberjack by voting daily here.

Portraits of Freedom exhibit closing soon

This week is the final week to see the Portraits of Freedom Art Exhibition at the Nacogdoches Railroad Depot, 101 Old Tyler Road.

Portraits of Freedom is a juried student art exhibition featuring runaway slaves drawn from newspaper advertisements compiled by the Texas Runaway Slave Project. The exhibition features drawings, lithographs, paintings and screen prints created by art students at SFA, Texas Christian University and Lamar University. Admission is free.

Closing Week Hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information, contact Kyle Ainsworth at ainswortk@sfasu.edu
or (936) 468-1590.


SFA student financial advisors serve campus, community

SFA's Marleta Chadwick Student Financial Advisors' benefits are twofold. Not only do the advisors offer students and the community free financial advice and money management tips, but advisors also are practicing skills that will benefit them once they leave the university and begin their careers.

SFA's Nelson Rusche College of Business created the Student Financial Advisors organization in 2014 to emphasize financial literacy and smart money management to help people dealing with financial crises. The advisors assist individuals with budgeting, credit card and debt management, identity theft, and fraud.

Student director and SFA business administration graduate student Brian Cook has been with the program since its inception and is looking forward to the program's development. "We counsel people financially. We help them make smarter decisions and realize the impact these decisions have on their lives," Cook said.
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Abstracts being accepted for 2016 Posters on the 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 20th annual 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.

Those with questions should email Sabrina Hall at studentprograms@cur.org.
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Analysis technologies improve hands-on learning, specialized research at SFA

SFA's kinesiology and health science department is taking hands-on learning to the next level. Recently, the department acquired new equipment and technology to help better educate students, and began to acquire instrumentation that faculty members and graduate students need to conduct musculoskeletal and neuromechanics research and exercise biochemistry research.

Dr. Carla Murgia, chair of the SFA Department of Kinesiology and Health Science, believes this equipment is necessary to support faculty member and graduate student research and undergraduate experiential learning.

"Our faculty members will be able to illustrate theory and provide hands-on experiences for undergraduate students," Murgia said. "This technology will assist in making theory meaningful to students and help prepare them for careers and post-baccalaureate education. The technology also will provide our faculty members and graduate students with the tools they need to engage in selected research."
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2015 Accounting Fair quickly approaching

SFA Career Services welcomes all faculty and staff members to attend the 2015 Accounting Fair, and to encourage students seeking accounting positions to attend, as well!

Professional dress is required for the event, and attendees should bring their student ID and copies of their resume for distribution. If you know of any students in need of help acquiring professional dress, direct them to the SFA Career Services office, located on the third floor of the Rusk Building, to learn more about free attire loans through the Career Closet.

A LinkedIn head-shot booth will be available at the fair to help build student’s professional presence on social media.
 
2015 Fall Accounting Fair
1 to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 23
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom
 
Click here to view a current list of participating employers. Contact SFA Career Services with any questions at careerservices@sfasu.edu or (936) 468-3305.

SFA reports fall 2015 enrollment

SFA has recorded increased first-time undergraduate enrollment for the third time in three years to 2,117 students.

First-time undergraduates are students attending college for the first time since graduating from high school. Most first-time undergraduates are freshmen, however some have earned a higher initial classification due to dual credit courses taken while in high school and advanced placement credits.

Additionally, fall 2015 first-time, first-year undergraduate retention was an all-time high for SFA at 71 percent, surpassing fall 2014's previous retention record by one percentage point.
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Sen. Nichols to speak at SFA's STEM patent education lecture series

State Sen. Robert Nichols will be the inaugural speaker at the STEM Innovation - Tying Creativity to Success patent education lecture series at SFA at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in SFA's Kennedy Auditorium.

Nichols, an industrial engineer who holds 32 U.S. and 128 foreign patents, will share his insights as an entrepreneur and his patent expertise. He will discuss career opportunities in fields that involve patent work in the 50-minute repeat sessions.

In addition to his success in obtaining patents, Nichols has built four successful manufacturing facilities in East Texas, creating more than 900 jobs.
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SFA Gardens to host fall plant sale

SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.

The sale will feature a variety of hard-to-find, "Texas-tough" plants, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive SFA introductions. Most of the featured plants are extensively trialed before being offered to the public and are produced by staff members and volunteers of the SFA Gardens. Read More


SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture to host community-wide competition

SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture in partnership with Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation will host NacogdoTREES, a free, community-wide competition celebrating the natural beauty of the city and campus, through Sunday, Nov. 1.

"The goal of the NacogdoTREES competition is to highlight the importance of urban and community trees, raise awareness of their ecological benefits, introduce the community to the field of forestry and encourage citizens to spend time outdoors," said Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator for SFA's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture.

Individual competition categories include: largest tree circumference, largest crown, tallest tree, best shade tree and best tree overall. Competition rules and regulations require participants to obtain accurate measurements such as tree height and crown spread. Faculty members within the college developed videos, which are available on the competition's Web page, that guide participants through the process of gathering basic forestry measurements.
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Athletics


SFA travels to Abilene Christian University Saturday

SFA continues its search for the first victory of 2015, heading to Abilene Christian University Saturday for an 11 a.m. kick against the Wildcats at Shotwell Stadium. SFA makes its first trip to Abilene since 1984 when the Lumberjacks and Wildcats were Lone Star Conference rivals.

SFA's game at Abilene Christian University will be televised live on American Sports Network with David Saltzman, N.D. Kalu and Chris Mycoskie on the call. My KLPN in Tyler will broadcast the game and it will be available on channels 47.1 and 51.2 on Suddenlink, channel 133 in Nacogdoches and Suddenlink channels 9 and 109 in Tyler. A full list of ASN affiliates is available at Southland.org/ASN as the game will also be streamed live at Southland.org/Watch and on the Southland Conference app.
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Softball walk-on tryouts set for Monday, Oct. 5

The SFA softball team will be holding walk-on tryouts on at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at the SFA Softball Field. Those wishing to try out must be full-time SFA students.

The Ladyjacks return a wealth of talent to the 2016 roster after making a strong push for postseason play last spring. Seniors Alisa Hamilton, Heather Hollingsworth and Lindsay Campbell made a strong case to be considered one of the top outfield units in the Southland Conference. SFA’s sophomore pitcher/catcher duo of Callee Guffey and Taylor Fraccastoro was one of the best in the league last year.

For more information on the walk-on tryout, contact head coach Gay McNutt at mcnuttrg@sfasu.edu.

Fine Arts

SFA music faculty to be featured in 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. Tuesday, Sept. 22, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"This concert is a showcase featuring the talents of our diverse performing 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."
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Guest oboist Forsyth to perform at SFA in double-reed recital

The SFA School of Music will present "Double the Fun!" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The double-reed recital is part of the Cole Performing Arts Series and features guest oboist Leah Forsyth, instructor of oboe at Northwestern State University, along with SFA music faculty member Staci Spring, bassoon, and staff accompanist Geneva Fung, piano.

"We have a saying in the double-reed community, 'Double the reed, double the fun!'" Spring said. "This program highlights old and new repertoire for double-reed instruments and demonstrates the virtuosity and range of characters that the oboe and bassoon are capable of achieving."
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Alazan Trio to perform Hagen's 'Angel Band'

The SFA Alazan Trio will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

The Alazan Trio features SFA School of Music faculty members Jennifer Dalmas, violin; Evgeni Raychev, cello; and Ron Petti, piano. The concert theme is "Angel Band" from the title of Daron Hagen's Piano Trio No. 4, which is the culminating work on the concert.

Other works include Stacy Garrop's piano trio "Silver Dagger," Samuel Barber's Sonata for Cello and Piano, and Lowell Liebermann's Sonata for Violin and Piano.
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As beautiful and wonderful as East Texas is, there are some things that just aren't possible in this neck of the woods. If you're lucky, you've been in Canada, Alaska or somewhere north of the piney woods this time of year to catch the show put on as charged particles barrel into Earth's atmosphere, creating the aurora borealis.

For some people, catching these sporadic light shows in the sky is more of an obsession than a hobby. Just ask Todd Salat, the self-proclaimed aurora hunter whose been photographing the phenomena since the 1980s. Check out this article from Atlas Obscura on his passion. You can get more information and view Salat's photos on his website.

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