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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
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Headlines


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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Faculty and staff member picnic scheduled for today

The annual SFA faculty and staff member picnic is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Twilight Ballroom.

The event is open to all SFA faculty and staff members.

Accomplishments

Dr. Kyle Conlon

Department of Psychology

Conlon, assistant professor in SFA's Department of Psychology, recently published an article in the September edition of Psychology.

The piece is titled "Brief Consultation to Families of Treatment Refusers with Symptoms of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Does It Impact Family Accommodation and Quality of Life?"

Brief Family Consultation was developed to help families refocus their efforts on the things they can realistically control and change, like participation in compulsions. In this crossover study, 20 families related to an individual who exhibited OCD symptoms but had refused treatment were assigned to five phone sessions of either BFC or a psychoeducation condition. Compared to this credible, attention-placebo control group, BFC resulted in reductions in family accommodation behavior, yet neither the new treatment, nor a more common one, resulted in improved quality of life for family members of treatment refusers. BFC is one of the first interventions to be evaluated for its ability to help families when their loved ones with obsessive compulsive symptoms refuse treatment.


Drs. Evgeni Raychev and Jennifer Dalmas

College of Fine Arts

Raychev, adjunct faculty member, and Dalmas, associate professor of violin and viola, will perform in Carnegie Hall in October as part of the Interharmony International Music Festival Concert Series.

The festival begins Friday, Oct. 16, which coincides with the opening of the New York concert season, according to interharmony.com.

News & Announcements

East Texas Historical Association to present Lale Lecture Oct. 8

The East Texas Historical Association will present the 19th Georgiana and Max S. Lale Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom at SFA.

Dr. Robert (Bob) Krueger of Texas Tech University will be the guest speaker. This event is free and open to the public.

Krueger, a native of New Braunfels, has been a university professor and dean, businessman, and chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, as well as a U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, U.S. ambassador on three occasions, and special representative of the U.S. secretary of state.
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Epidemics exhibit opens at SFA with two historical presentations

A historian and a medical doctor will give presentations during the opening reception of an exhibit on epidemic diseases of the 19th and early 20th centuries from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Stone Fort Museum on the SFA campus.

"Misery and Remedy: The Rise and Eradication of Epidemic Diseases in East Texas" features more than 150 artifacts from 23 institutional and private lenders from throughout East Texas, which will remain on display through Dec. 20.

Dr. Robert Carroll, a retired Nacogdoches physician, who loaned many artifacts to the exhibit, will present a collector's walkthrough of the items, which include furniture, tools and early pharmaceuticals.
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Save a life - learn QPR

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

The course is offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Rusk Building, Room 333.

Call (936) 468-2401 for more information.

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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Office of International Programs to host Global Gateway to Kosovo today

Join the SFA Office of International Programs for a presentation on Kosovar culture given by the first and the only SFA student from Kosovo. The event will take place at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the McGee Buisness Building, Room 133.

Authentic Kosovar food samples will be served. An informal discussion and a Q&A session will follow the presentation.

For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631. Everyone is welcome!

Portraits of Freedom exhibit closing soon

This 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.

Athletics


Hurley named assistant director of media relations

The SFA Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Charles Hurley, who will serve as the assistant director of athletic media relations for the Lumberjacks’ 17-sport program.

Hurley, a native of Duluth, Minnesota, will oversee all media relations efforts for volleyball, men’s basketball, baseball and women’s tennis at SFA.
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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.

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.

Fine Arts


SFA's Aria/Concerto Competition winners to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The SFA Orchestra of the Pines will present the program "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature winners of the SFA School of Music's 2015 Aria/Concerto Competition, including Ryan Brewer, SFA graduate student from North Richland Hills and guest trumpeter, and the Ethereal Quartet, a group of undergraduate saxophone students.

Brewer will perform Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Concerto for trumpet and orchestra.
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Guest piano recital to feature music of Tchaikovsky, Chopin

Dr. Tali Morgulis, associate professor of piano at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance is part of the SFA School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series. The program is subtitled "Autumn Song for Piano A Cappella" and features works by noted composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sofia Gubaidulina and Frédéric Chopin.

First on the program are three pieces from Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons, Op. 37a," including September: The Hunt, October: Autumn Song, and November: Troika (Russian Dance). The second work is Gubaidulina's contemporary sonata, composed in 1965, which involves some playing inside the piano on the strings, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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SFA trombonist Scott to perform eclectic program

Dr. Deb Scott, SFA professor of trombone, will present an eclectic program of virtuosic solo trombone music in a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance is a feature of the SFA School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series.

"Each piece is uniquely different," Scott said of the program, "particularly the 'Sequenza V' by Luciano Berio, which is one of the most difficult solos ever composed for trombone."
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'My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits' CD to be released

A CD companion piece to Kim Addonizio's poetry collection "My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits" will be released at an event from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Maklemore's Ale House & Bistro.

"My Black Angel, Blues Poems and Portraits" features woodcuts by artist Charlie D. Jones and is a publication of a fine press book by the LaNana Creek Press and a trade edition by the SFA University Press.
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SFA's First Friday Film Series to feature 'Samsara'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Samsara" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Filmed over five years in 25 countries, "Samsara" is the non-verbal 2011 documentary from filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of "Baraka." It is one of only a handful of films shot on 70mm in the past 40 years, according to information at barakasamsara.com.
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McLure's 'Laundry and Bourbon' to be performed in SFA's Downstage Theatre

Playwright James McLure's "Laundry and Bourbon" will open the fall semester of the SFA School of Theatre's student-directed plays.

Directed by Longview junior Tanner O'Neal, "Laundry and Bourbon" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

The play follows Elizabeth Caulder one hot West Texas afternoon as she waits for the return of her husband, Roy, who has been missing for two days. Joining her is her best friend, Hattie, and the not-so-pleasant Amy Lee.
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Happy fall equinox! The official time that fall began is marked as 3:21 a.m. today.

As if to celebrate the arrival of fall, a rare event will happen in the night sky this weekend. On Sunday, Sept. 27, a lunar eclipse will align with a so-called "super moon" - when the moon is at perigee, closest to the earth. It also happens to coincide with a full moon, which should make for an impressive view. The last time these things lined up was in 1982, and it won't happen again until 2033, according to this article.

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