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This Week's Calendar

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

Tuesday, Sept. 30
SFA women's golf
ORU Shootout
Tulsa, Oklahoma




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News & Announcements

2014 International Film Festival announced

SFA's Spanish Film Club released its fall film lineup.

Dr. Gabriela Miranda-Recinos and Dr. José Neftalí Recinos said students, faculty and staff members are welcome to attend the event.

The festival screens Latin American films in Liberal Arts North, Room 142 at 7 p.m. each Wednesday in October and is free to attend.

2015 Texas Women in Higher Education conference registration begins in October

Next year's Texas Women in Higher Education Conference is slated for March 29-31, and will focus on leadership, higher education policy and gender and work-life balance.

The conference will be held in Galveston and registration for the event begins in October.

For more about the conference, click here. Additional details about the Texas Women in Higher Education organization are available on its website.

Envision SFA underway

Phase One of the Envision SFA strategic planning project is now complete! 

Last week the Strategic Planning Team completed two days of intensive training and data development facilitated by Dr. Pat Sanaghan. 

Team members are now ready to begin the second phase of the project. Over the next eight weeks, team members will conduct almost forty Engagement and Data-gathering sessions with internal and external stakeholders to seek input that will be used to inform the development of the new strategic plan. 

Find out more at sfasu.edu/envision.

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 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.

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.

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! 

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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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!

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.

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.

Campus Recreation

Registration ongoing for Homecoming 5K

Registration is now open for the 2014 Homecoming 5K.

The event is the annual 3.1 mile run/walk that begins on campus and ends downtown. Aside from the thrill of having your friends and family cheer you on as you accomplish your goal, the race also takes you through campus and town, ending in historic downtown Nacogdoches. The race will be followed by a pancake breakfast, which  is free with registration, and the Homecoming parade.

The event is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

Costumes are encouraged, and the first 100 participants are guaranteed a race shirt!  To register, click here.


Day one complete at ULM Fred Marx Invitational

SFA has completed two rounds at the ULM Fred Marx Invitational, and is sitting eighth among the 13-team field with 36 holes in the books. The Ladyjacks posted a 58-over 634 through the first two rounds at Bayou Desiard, just two strokes away from a sixth-place tie.

SFA opened up the event with a 33-over 321 over the opening 18 holes, ending round one tied for eighth overall. The Ladyjacks would respond over the afternoon session, shaving eight strokes off their opening round score to post a 25-over 313, the seventh-best score of the round, maintaining its eighth-place position.

Freshman Erica Lautensack had a strong opening round for the Ladyjacks, shooting a 6-over 78 as she was the only SFA golfer to crack 80 in the opening round. Lautensack matched that score in round two, sitting at 12-over 156 through 36 holes and is tied for 18th in the individual standings.
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Fine Arts

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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Because this is East Texas, it's too early to breathe a sigh of relief that summer may be past, but at least we can take comfort knowing  today is the first full day of fall.

The fall solstice officially fell at 10:29 p.m. yesterday, but did you know that the solstice doesn't actually mean equal day and night. EarthSky News explains, while it's roughly equal, there's actually a little more daylight than night.

In any event, it sure is nice to know the hottest of days should be behind us.

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