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This Week's Calendar

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

Thursday, Oct. 9

Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration
Tracie D. Pearman Alumni Center, SFA Campus
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Homecoming Online Auction
Oct. 9 - Oct. 26.




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Nacogdoches man surprises wife with flash mob at SFA

Courtesy of The Daily Sentinel

If you happened by the Baker Pattillo Student Center Saturday morning, you may have been witness to something you didn't expect.

Joe McCracken caught his wife off guard with a flash mob for her 50th birthday, which is on Oct. 1.

Check out the Daily Sentinel's story here.

News & Announcements

SFA to screen 'Muscle Shoals' documentary at Cole Art Center

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Muscle Shoals" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Directed by Greg "Freddy" Camalier and released by Magnolia Pictures, "Muscle Shoals" is the true story of a small town with a big sound and an even bigger influence on the music industry.

Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Ala., has helped create some of the most important and resonant songs of all time, according to information on Magnolia Pictures' website. Read More

SFA Women's Club meets this afternoon

The SFA University Women's Club will hold its annual fall gathering from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24. The event includes tours of the Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Office  on the second floor of the Ralph W. Steen Library, President Baker Pattillo's office in the Austin building, the Steen Glass Collection housed in the small board room of the Austin Building, and a reception in the First Ladies Room in the Baker Pattillo Student Center following the tours.

Tours are self guided, and the reception begins at 4 p.m.

If you are interested visiting these special places on campus, and learning more about the organization, please join us.

This event is free of charge and refreshments will be served. Membership applications also will be available. For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Nancy Shepherd, at shepherdn@sfasu.edu.

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.

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 40 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.

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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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! 

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.

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 scheduled for denim collection:

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!

Campus Recreation

Women's resistance training class starts this month

The LadyJack BarBellas course will begin Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Recreation Center.

This six-week program is designed for women to learn the basics of resistance training. Our certified personal trainers will teach you through hands-on experience, including: programming, proper form, and exercise technique.

All participants will receive a 12-week workout plan.

The class costs $25, and participants can register at the Recreation Center's administration office.

Cost for the class is $25.


Ladyjacks finish eighth at ULM Fred Marx Invitational

SFA held its ground over the final round of the 2014 ULM Fred Marx Invitational, finishing in eighth-place among the 13-team field. The Lumberjacks fired a 27-over 315 over the final 18 holes, finishing with an 85-over 949.

Freshman Erica Lautensack notched the first top-20 finish of her career, posting a career-best 4-over 76 over the final round. Lautensack closed out the event with a 16-over 232, tying for 16th in the individual standings.

Sophomore Ann Holcomb was second on the SFA scorecard with a 20-over 236 after carding an 8-over 80 in round three. She tied for 27th overall and finished seven shots better than fellow sophomore Jessica White (27-over 243), who shot a 7-over 79 Tuesday.
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Fine Arts

SFA voice recital to feature Hong Kong guest soprano Chen

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present voice faculty member Scott LaGraff in a joint recital with guest soprano TiWei Chen at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

LaGraff, baritone and associate professor of voice at SFA, and Chen, an assistant professor at Hong Kong Institute of Education, will collaborate with mezzo soprano Kimberly LaGraff and SFA pianist Geneva Fung in a concert that will feature the music of noted composers ranging from Gabriel Fauré to Felix Mendelssohn to SFA Professor of Composition Stephen Lias.

According to LaGraff, one of the goals of SFA School of Music Director Dr. Manny Brand is for the school to be more active on the international music scene. Read More

SFA's Orchestra of the Pines to present 'Festive Beginnings'

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Orchestra of the Pines in concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

The program, titled "Festive Beginnings," celebrates a growing music program at SFA with ever-increasing enrollment, according to Gene H. Moon, director of orchestras at SFA.

"The orchestra has reached a new plateau in regards to numbers and performance," Moon said. "It is an exciting time to be a part of the SFA School of Music. We have record numbers in enrollment with a strong undergraduate and graduate student body. The School of Music has exciting ventures under way, and the Orchestra of the Pines is pleased to be a part of the festivities."
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Clarinetist Qian to perform mix of traditional, contemporary music

The SFA College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Jun Qian in a guest clarinet recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus as part of the Cole Performing Arts Series.

Qian, assistant professor of clarinet at Baylor University, will perform with Baylor piano professor Kae Hosoda-Ayer in a program that features a mix of traditional and contemporary music.

In addition to performing music of contemporary Chinese composers, Qian will also perform staples of the clarinet repertoire, such as "Introduction and Rondo" by Charles-Marie Widor and "Grand Duo Concertant" by Carl Maria von Weber. Read More

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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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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