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This Week's Calendar

Tuesday, Sept. 24
Grant Peters Guest Trumpet
7:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

Women's Golf
ULM Fred Marx Invitational
Monroe, La.

Wednesday, Sept. 25
Global Gateway to Ukraine Presentation
1 p.m.
Wyatt Room, Steen Library

Women's Volleyball
at North Texas
6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 26
SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
Despicable Me 2 (PG)
9:30 p.m.
The Lone Ranger (PG-13)

Friday, Sept. 27
'Lone Star'
7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theater

SAA Cinema
7 p.m.
Despicable Me 2 (PG)
9:30 p.m.
The Lone Ranger (PG-13)

SFA Planetarium Show
Sky Quest
7 p.m.
$2 admission

Women's Soccer
at Lamar
7 p.m.

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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SFA collaborates with Swedish institution on study abroad program

The Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at SFA is working with Älvdalen's Educational Center, a forestry and hospitality post-secondary technical college in Älvdalen, Sweden, to create a study abroad program.

According to Dr. Hans Williams, associate dean of the college of forestry and agriculture, Ing-Marie Bergman emailed him to see if the college of forestry would be interested in collaborating. Bergman is in charge of international programs at Älvdalen's Educational Center. The institution encourages its students to complete internships abroad, but the faculty was having a difficult time setting up a program in the United States. Williams, along with Drs. Theresa Coble and Brian Oswald from forestry and Dr. Chay Runnels, assistant professor of human sciences, have been working with Älvdalen to get a program started.

In May 2012, faculty members from Älvdalen visited the Temple College and School of Human Sciences. In turn, SFA faculty members traveled to Sweden in April of 2013 to learn more about Älvdalen's programs. Williams said everyone was extremely impressed.

"They use highly advanced technology, and their program is very hands-on, very applied," Williams said.
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Dean's Circle event honors accomplishments of SFA fine arts students

Members of the SFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle recently recognized its 2013 award recipients at the annual Winners' Circle reception held in the home of Jack and Naioma Ledbetter.

This year's award recipients, who were announced and honored in April, were re-introduced at the reception. Winners were Katherine Holmes, who received the Cole Dean's Award in Art; Emily Milius, who received the Ledbetter Dean's Award in Music; Taylor Goodwin, who received the Sidnell Memorial Dean's Award in Music Education; and Sarah Wisterman, who received the Schmidbauer Dean's Award in Theatre.

Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn recognized the program sponsors, including Cal-Tex Lumber Company, Nacogdoches Medical Center, First Bank & Trust of East Texas, Regions Bank and Walmart. The Ledbetters were presented with a gift of artwork from Piero Fenci, professor of ceramics in the SFA School of Art, for opening up their home for the event.

The annual fall event serves as a membership drive and fundraiser for the Dean's Circle with current and former students, faculty, businesses and supporters of the College of Fine Arts donating items for a silent auction.
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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.
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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.
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School of Social Work participates in national conference

Drs. Emmerentie Oliphant, professor, and Michael Doughty, assistant professor, presented their paper titled “Helping Clients Grow: Using Permaculture in Rural Social Work" at the 38th annual National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas Conference July 17-20, in Lancaster, Penn.

Oliphant; Dr. Kathleen Belanger, professor; Kathleen Spencer, University of North Dakota; and Nancy Young, Special Health Resources of Texas presented their paper titled “The Rural Assistance Center and Special Health Resources for Texas: A Demonstration of Support in Rural Service Delivery."

Oliphant; Wilma Cordova, associate professor; and Dr. Kim Rich-Rice, assistant professor; Nancy Young, Special Health Resources of Texas; and Sister Josephina Mwoleka, graduate student, presented their paper titled “HIV/AIDS and Women of Color in Rural East Texas: Building a Partnership Network to Enhance Commitment to Change."

Dr. Freddy Avant

School of Social Work

Avant, a professor in and director of the School of Social Work, has been elected to serve a three-year term as treasurer of the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. NASW/Texas is part of the nation’s largest organization of professional social workers. The national organization represents more than 150,000 members throughout the United States and its territories, and the chapter represents nearly 6,000 members.

Avant also has been elected to serve a 3-year term as chair of the Nomination and Leadership Identification Committee for the Deep East area of NASW/Texas.

Avant has recently published two book chapters. One is titled “African Americans Living in Rural Community: Building Assets from an Afrocentric Perspective,” and the second chapter, written with Dr. Michael R. Daley, University of South Alabama, is titled “Down-Home Social Work: A Strengths-Based Model for Rural Practice.” Both appear in an edited book titled "Rural Social Work: Building and Sustaining Community Capacity" by Scales, Streeter and Cooper. 

News & Announcements

Dr. Vincent Tinto is Coming to SFA

All faculty and staff members are invited to a presentation titled “The Centrality of the Classroom: Developing a Framework for Student Success that Places the Classroom at the Center” from Dr. Vincent Tinto on Tuesday, Oct. 15. Tinto will discuss his latest book, "Completing College." An award-winning Distinguished University Professor of sociology at Syracuse University, Tinto is a noted theorist in the field of higher education, particularly concerning student retention and learning communities. He may be best known for his heavily cited book, "Leaving College." 
This presentation is sponsored by The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of the Vice President for University Affairs, the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and the Teaching Excellence Center.

TEAM announces fall recycling days

The Environmental Awareness Movement will be at the Surfin' Steve statue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on three Wednesdays this semester to collect your items for recycling.

This semester's dates are:

  • Sept. 25 (This week)
  • Oct. 30
  • Nov. 20
The following items will be accepted:
  • Paper
  • Plastic (1 & 2)
  • Cardboard
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Plastic Bags
  • Plastic Caps
  • Batteries
Bring your recyclables!

Sports Day Out festival for the disabled

The Nacogdoches Mayors Committee on People with Disabilities is proud to announce its 11th annual Sports Day Out will be held at the SFA Ag Pond from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oc. 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sports Day Out is a day of free fishing and fun for all county residents with disabilities and their families.

“The point behind Sports Day Out,” explains Alan Larson, chair of the Nacogdoches Mayors Committee on People with Disabilities, “is that people with disabilities often don’t get the same opportunity for recreation as the non-disabled, so we wanted to create a day especially designed for people with disabilities and their families to enjoy. This is our 12th year doing, this and we feel it’s our biggest and best yet. The theme for this year’s festival is “Keep It Reel.” Activities include:

Fishing equipment and bait provided (no license needed)
Games and prizes
Flying model airplane demonstration
Face painting
Live Music
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TEDxSFA accepting proposals for second-annual conference

TEDxSFA is now accepting proposals for its second annual conference to be held Feb. 8, 2014, at Stephen F. Austin State University.

The event's organizers are seeking dynamic and engaging speakers to tell original stories relating to this year's conference theme of "Curiosity". The deadline for proposals is Thursday, Oct. 10. Each participant selected will speak from five to 18 minutes on the topic of their choice related to the theme. The conference is open to anyone.

"Last year, we enjoyed a group of very dynamic speakers from all over the country, and we are hoping to build on that success with our second conference," said Dr. Mark Turner, SFA associate professor of music, who is coordinating the 2014 event. "Presenters may want to talk about how their curiosity led to an important idea or even a discovery that makes a difference in the world around them."
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SFA to host international conference in Houston

SFA will host the 2013 installment of its Global Citizenship Series on Friday, Oct. 18, in Houston.

The foreign policy conference will center on the future of the relationship between North America and Latin America. Keynote speakers will include Ambler Moss, professor of international studies at the University of Miami and former ambassador to Panama; Mark Langdale, former president of the George W. Bush Foundation and former ambassador to Costa Rica; and John Weekes, Canada's principal negotiator for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The event, titled "Latin America and North America: The Future of the Relationship," will be the third international conference SFA has hosted in Houston in as many years. The relationship between the United States and Europe was discussed at the 2011 conference, and U.S.-Middle East relations highlighted the 2012 event.

"The goals of the event are to expose our students and faculty to world leaders, to enhance understanding of a region critical to the nations' prosperity and security, and to create opportunities for international program development," said Dr. Brian Murphy, dean of SFA's College of Liberal and Applied Arts, which sponsors the conference series.

"This year's event is bringing our highest-profile speakers to date," he said. "It should be an informative, stimulating and thought-provoking day."
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ORSP Grant Spotlight:

W.M. Keck Foundation Undergraduate Education Program

This grant promotes distinctive learning and research experiences in science, engineering and the liberal arts at four-year undergraduate colleges. Program priorities include:

  • Foster new levels of student engagement and understanding, especially through active learning and collaborative curriculum development;
  • Expand interdisciplinary activities in balance with needs of each discipline;
  • Incorporate research activities into the curriculum and raise the bar of expectations regarding publications and presentations by undergraduates;
  • Enhance science and technology literacy for students in all disciplines; and
  • Develop new ways to stimulate critical thinking and other core competencies of a liberal arts education.
Award amount: $250,000
Deadline: Nov. 1, 2013

Read full solicitation here. If interested in applying for this grant, please contact Jenny Davis at (936) 468-1151.

Parents Day 2013

Parents Day at SFA will be held Saturday Sept. 28. The theme for 2013 is "90 Before, 90 More. SFA's Past, Our Present, Your Future." Faculty and staff members are invited to participate in Coffee with the Administration, the Welcome Ceremony and the Academic Department Fair. For more information or to RSVP to any of these events, contact RHA online at rha@sfasu.edu or call our office at (936) 48-2700

SFA Gardens to host fall plant sale

SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.

A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including Texas natives, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs, trees and exclusive introductions by horticulturist Greg Grant and SFA Gardens. Most of the plants are extensively trialed in the gardens before being offered to the public, and most are produced by the SFA Gardens staff and volunteers.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, Pineywoods Native Plant Center, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, Gayla Mize Garden and various educational programs hosted at the gardens. These educational programs reach more than 15,000 students ages 1 to 100 on a yearly basis.

The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu.

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!

Campus Recreation

Last week to register for the Back to School Personal Training Special

Monday, Sept. 23, through Friday, Sept. 27

Get two sessions for $30 or five sessions for $85 when you sign up for personal training at the Rec! Offer expires Friday. Limited to one special per person. Register at the Rec Administration Office. Call John McElrath at (936) 468-1436 for more information.

4v4 sand volleyball tournament registration

Monday, Sept. 23, through Thursday, Oct. 3

Register your team to play 4v4 Sand Volleyball from 1-5 p.m. in the Rec Lobby. Format and divisions will be determined by entries. Cost is $20 per team. Tournament will begin Friday, Oct. 4, with a Captain’s Meeting at 2 p.m. in the Rec Lumberjack Lounge. Games begin at 2:30 p.m. on the sand volleyball courts.

CPM Training Class

Thursday, Sept. 26

10 a.m. at the Rec
Campus Rec will be holding a Campus Programming for Minors Training (CPM Training) on Thursday, Sept. 26.  For more information, please contact Travis Lankford at (936) 468-6051.

Men’s and Women’s Club Soccer Matches

Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29

Men’s and Women’s Club Soccer Teams are both in action this weekend! The Men’s Club Team will compete against Texas A&M at 4 p.m. Saturday, and the Women’s Club Team will take on Sam Houston State University at 1 p.m. Sunday. Come out and support your Lumberjacks!

Parents Weekend Events

Saturday, Sept. 28

Sport Club Info Fair

Noon-3 p.m. in the Rec Lobby
Want to learn more about SFA’s Sport Clubs? Talk to representatives from each club and learn how you can get involved! Don’t see a club you like? Learn how to start one!

Parents Weekend Fitness Fiesta

2-3 p.m. in the Rec Courtyard
Students, grab your parents and dancing shoes and join Campus Recreation for a Zumba-Yoga Fitness Party!  Beginning with Zumba, you will move and shake through 30 minutes of Latin-inspired music with easy-to-follow dance combinations.  Then transition into 30 minutes of relaxing yoga poses.  No dance or yoga experience is necessary!  Our trained instructors will break down the movements for all fitness levels to enjoy.  You’ll get a great workout and have a blast!  For more information, please contact Miranda Minor at (936) 468-6052 or fitnesswellnessga2@sfasu.edu.

Fine Arts

'Dead Man's Cell Phone' premieres Oct. 8 on SFA's Turner stage

As part of its 2013-2014 University Series "Live Out Loud," the Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts, along with the SFA School of Theatre, will present "Dead Man's Cell Phone" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Oct. 8 through 12, in W.M. Turner Auditorium on the SFA campus. A special 2 p.m. matinee performance will also be presented on Saturday, Oct. 12.

The play, by Sarah Ruhl, premiered in 2007 and won a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play. It examines the conflicts between present-day technology's ability to connect and isolate people in the digital age.

"Dead Man's Cell Phone" is a wildly imaginative comedy centered on a woman confronting her assumptions about morality, redemption and the need to connect in a technologically obsessed world, according to Laura Rikard, assistant professor of acting in the School of Theatre and the play's director.

"I am so pleased the SFA School of Theatre is mounting a play by one of America's most produced modern playwrights," Rikard said. "Fifty years from now, our students will study the works of Sarah Ruhl just as they study Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams today. Her imaginative plots are driven by charming characters, and expressed through eloquent and poetic text that will entertain and enlighten the audience."
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Silver Keys Trio to perform tour program

The SFA School of Music will present the Silver Keys Trio in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Cole Concert Hall as a feature of the 2013-2014 Cole Performing Arts Series.

The trio includes School of Music faculty Dr. Christina Guenther, flute, and Dr. Geneva Fung, piano, along with bassoonist Dr. Susan Nelson, a former SFA faculty member who is now assistant professor of bassoon at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Working together at SFA from 2010-2012 led to a fast friendship and many musical collaborations among these musicians, and the trio has been performing together ever since, according to trio member Guenther.

"We are very excited to be sharing a program of eclectic works by American composers with audiences on our 2013 Texas/Louisiana tour," she said.

The pieces to be performed are "Kalamus" by award-winning composer Dana Wilson, "Air for Bassoon and Piano" by Alec Wilder, "Trio for Flute, Bassoon and Piano" by Chick Corea, "All the Words to All the Songs" by Dan Welcher and "Retrofugue" by cellist and composer Jeremy Crosmer.

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Acton, Texas, is the final resting place of Elizabeth Crockett, second wife of Davy Crockett. A monument has been erected on the site, which is only 12 feet by 21 feet, making it the smallest historic site in Texas.

Just five miles west of Acton is Granbury, which boasts a folk legend of Jesse James faking his death in Missouri and then moving to Texas to live the rest of his life. A headstone for James has been erected in the Granbury cemetery.

An eerily similar tale exists for John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Booth supposedly took the name John St. Helen and ran a bar for years in Granbury after his death was faked in Virginia.

Read more at www.granbury.org

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