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This Week's Calendar

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.

Saturday, Sept. 28
'Lone Star'
7:30 p.m.
Downstage Theater

Cross Country
at OSU Cowboy Jamboree
Stillwater, Okla.

SFA Football
vs. Prairie View A&M
6 p.m.

Women's Tennis
Schlief Tennis Invite

Women's Volleyball
at Northwestern State
Natchitoches, La.
2 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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Dr. Steve Cooper

School of Social Work

Cooper, an associate professor in the School of Social Work and associate dean in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, has been elected to serve a three-year term as the Region 5 representative for the Board of Directors for the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Linda Harris

School of Social Work

Harris presented her paper titled "Cultural Competence and You: A Continuous Process" at the National Association of Social Workers Texas Conference in Houston.

Dr. Sam Copeland

School of Social Work

Copeland has co-authored and published a chapter with Dr. Charles Holzer titled “Race, Ethnicity and the Epidemiology of Mental Disorders in Adults” in the "Handbook of Multicultural Mental Health, Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations" edited by Freddy A. Paniagua and Ann-Marie Yamada.

Dr. Kathleen Belanger

School of Social Work

Belanger's chapter, “Capacity for Conservation: Rural Communities Address Sustainability for Global Impact,” in an edited book titled "Rural Social Work: Building and Sustaining Community Capacity" by Scales, Streeter and Cooper.

School of Social Work collaborations

Peter Simbi, Emmerenti Oliphant and Freddie Avant presented their paper titled “Approaches and Opportunities in Delivering Services to People Living with HIV and AIDS in a Rural Community in the USA” at the 18th Biennial International Consortium for Social Development in Uganda, Africa, July 15-19.

Steve Cooper, Wilma Cordova and Avant had a chapter titled “Working Together to Improve Services for People Living With HIV/AIDS: An Example of Service Delivery Network Development From Rural Northeast Texas” published in an edited book titled "Rural Social Work: Building and Sustaining Community Capacity" by Scales, Streeter and Cooper. 

News & Announcements

Glow run on campus

Each year, the Freshman Leadership Academy puts on a collaborative project to allow the students to put their leadership skills into practice. Last year, the group put on the very successful “Survival of the Fittest Zombie Run.”  This year, students are putting on a Glow Run called “GloNac 5K.” Similar to a color run, this race will take place at dusk and feature glow-in-the-dark paints (safe for use on skin) and lots of glow bracelets and black lights. The event will have features like 30-second dance breaks, glowing drinks and fun obstacles. 
The event will take place on Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. Check-in will take place in the Intramural Fields on Wilson Drive.
Register online here. The first 150 people will get a free t-shirt for the event.  Proceeds from the race will benefit the group New Opportunities for Romanian Orphaned Children. 

Email questions to Adam Peck, dean of student affairs, at peckae@sfasu.edu.
Like on Facebook at Glonac 5K or follow on Twitter at @GloNAc5K.

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.

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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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!

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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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

Intramural Registrations Open: Flag Football, Racquetball Singles

Monday, Sept. 23, through Thursday, Sept. 26

Are you ready for some football?  Care to take a swing?  Registration for Flag Football and Racquetball Singles will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. in the Rec Lobby. Cost is $30 per team for Flag Football; Racquetball is FREE to play. Flag Football will feature the following divisions: men’s, women’s, co-rec, Greek or residence hall. Racquetball will feature a men's and women's division. Sign ups are first come, first pay for flag football dates/times. Don't have a team? Register as a Free Agent on IMLeagues.com, so teams can see you are available! Games begin on Sunday, Oct. 6.  Participants in racquetball will be responsible for scheduling one match to play each week and reporting scores to the Intramural Office. For more information, please contact Cody Kuykendall at (936) 468-1775.

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

Pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa to be featured in Cole Performing Arts Series

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present pianist Dr. Kiyoshi Tamagawa in a guest recital at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, in Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Tamagawa, who is professor of piano at Southwestern University in Georgetown, has performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist throughout the United States and in seven foreign countries.

His collaboration with the late violinist Eugene Fodor resulted in more than 30 recitals and a CD of violin and piano music, "Witches' Brew." Their performances took them across the United States and also included concerts at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India, and the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico. He has performed at Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall and Bargemusic in New York, and Wigmore Hall in London. The Texas Music Teachers Association named Tamagawa the 2013 Collegiate Teacher of the Year.

His program at SFA will feature Schubert's D Major Sonata, Op 53, John Adam's "China Gates" and Samuel Barber's Piano Sonata, Op. 26, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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SFA School of Theatre to stage student-directed 'Lone Star'

The SFA School of Theatre will present the student-directed one-act play "Lone Star" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the Downstage Theatre on the SFA campus.

The play, written by James McLure and directed by The Woodlands senior theater major Nick Pinelli, takes place in the cluttered backyard of a small-town Texas bar. Roy, the high school hero, has returned from serving in the Vietnam War and tries to re-establish his life in the community. When he is joined by his younger brother, Ray, and his brother's friend, Cletus, the underpinnings of Roy's world begin to collapse as the night continues, according to Pinelli.

"But, despite everything, it all ends as breezily and happily as it began," he said.

The cast features Lewis Newman, exchange student from Sheffield, England, as Roy; Brandon Hood, Mesquite junior, as Ray; and Keenan Chiasson, Richmond freshman, as Cletus.
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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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