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This Week's Calendar

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.

Sunday, Sept. 29
Kiyoshi Tamagawa Guest Piano
2:30 p.m.
Cole Concert Hall

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

Women's Tennis
Schlief Tennis Invite

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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Cole Series features Demondrae Thurman in guest euphonium recital

The SFA School of Music and Cole Performing Arts Series will present international euphonium soloist Demondrae Thurman in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

"Thurman is considered one of the stars of the formidable generation of brass soloists," said J.D. Salas, assistant professor of tuba and euphonium studies at SFA. "His euphonium playing has been described as 'awe inspiring,' and he is touted as an amazing musician."

Over the last 10 years, Thurman has been an invited guest artist/clinician at many of the world's prestigious euphonium festivals, including the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference, U.S. Army Band Tuba and Euphonium Conference and the Leonard Falcone Competition.

Thurman is also an active chamber musician. He plays first euphonium and trombone in the highly regarded Sotto Voce Quartet, which tours extensively. He also plays first baritone horn in the Brass Band of Battle Creek, a British brass band comprised of many of the world's best brass and percussion performers. In addition to his chamber music work, Thurman is in demand as a euphonium specialist for many symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Eastern Music Festival and North Carolina symphony orchestras.

Thurman's performance is the opening concert for SFA's 8th Annual Octubafest.
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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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Michael Munro

Human Services

Munro, co-program director in vision impairment, has been awarded a mini-grant for $750 to fund his travel to the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education conference Nov. 5-8 in Lexington, Ky.
Munro also will be traveling with an eye medical team to work with teachers and students at an orphanage/school for the visually impaired in Tanzania in June 2014.

Dr. Paige Mask

Human Services

Mask will serve as the local sponsor and program organizer of a Nov. 7 Region VII conference titled "The A-Zs of Differentiating Instruction" and a Dec. 9 conference titled "'G' Whiz."

Dr. Kathy Sheriff

Human Services

Sheriff has been invited to serve as a board member of the Texas Chargers Organization and to present "Grandparenting Children with CHARGE Syndrome: Silver Crowns and Silver Linings" at the upcoming annual conference and retreat at Camp Allen in Navasota.

Dr. Nina Ellis-Hervey

Human Services

Ellis-Hervey has been invited by Albany State University in Georgia to speak on college students’ psychological health and wellness as part of one of the seminar courses for new freshmen and will also serve as the keynote speaker for the Texas State University’s Women’s Empowerment Banquet. The keynote address will provide her unique model of holistic health through maintaining psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being.

Dr. Wendy Killam

Human Services

Killam has published two works: "Violence prevention in middle school:  A preliminary study," co-authored with Roland and Weber in "Michigan Journal of Counseling: Research, Theory and Practice;" and "Interviews with formerly homeless African American women about the benefits of counseling and the process of change," co-authored with Reppert in "American Counseling Association VISTAS, 4."

Killam also will present "Creative career counseling interventions for clients across the lifespan" with S.E. Degges-White, R. Michel, B.R. Colon, K. Stoltz and D. Dryja at the 2014 American Counseling Association Conference and Expo, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dr. William Weber

Human Services

Weber has published "Violence prevention in middle school: A preliminary study" co-authored with Killam and Roland in "Michigan Journal of Counseling:  Research, Theory and Practice."

Dr. Deborah Dalton

School of Music

Dalton was an invited faculty member for the Southern Young Artist Opera Program in Zhanghua City, Taiwan last summer. She taught daily voice lessons and taught a vocal master class to international students. Her primary assignment was as director of Puccini's one-act opera, "Suor Angelica," which was double cast and performed in Italian.

Three of Dalton's voice students won competitive auditions to participate in this young artist program. Graduate student Leslie Laney sang the title role in "Suor Angelica," and junior Lindsay Lymer sang the title role in Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas." Senior Julia Powers sang the featured role of the Sorceress in "Dido and Aeneas."

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.

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!

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

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.


Smith Named Director of Athletic Development

SFA Director of Athletics Robert Hill announced on Wednesday the hiring of Ted Smith as the new director of athletic development.

“We are so pleased that Ted has agreed to join us," Hill said. "Annual giving to our athletic program is an important part of our success. Without these funds, we are not able to provide the 'extras' necessary to winning and graduating our student-athletes. Ted has a great background in public relations and business and has a great love for SFA. I expect him to play a key role in our future.”

Smith will be in charge of coordinating annual and one-time giving to the athletic department, as well as expanding overall fundraising efforts. His primary responsibility will be to direct all operations of the SFA Varsity Club - the department's annual fund.
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Ldayjacks fall at North Texas

The SFA Ladyjack volleyball team fell 3-0 (19-25, 22-25, 22-25) to North Texas in the final non-conference matchup for both teams Wednesday night in the Mean Green Volleyball Center.

SFA (10-5), having won four straight, dropped its first match since Sept. 13. The four-game win streak matched a season-high for consecutive victories, after the Ladyjacks opened the season with a 4-0 mark.

The victory for UNT (8-8) extends a win streak, in which the home team has swept the visiting opponent for a third consecutive season. The Mean Green swept SFA in Denton in 2011, before the Ladyjacks returned the favor in Nacogdoches in 2012.
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Football game notes: SFA vs. Prairie View A&M

The Lumberjacks are 5-0-1 (.916) all-time against Prairie View A&M, outscoring the Panthers 194-50 overall. Saturday will mark the first meeting between the two teams since the 1988 season when SFA defeated Prairie View 38-3 in Nacogodches. All previous six games were played at Homer Bryce Stadium.

Saturday's contest will be streamed on sfajacks.com and broadcast on the radio on KTBQ-FM 107.7.

SFA's win against No. 2/3 Montana State was the 'Jacks first over an FCS Top-3 ranked team since the 1996 season when SFA defeated No. 3 Troy State 13-10 in Nacogdoches. It also marked the first time an unranked SFA team defeated an FCS Top-3 squad since the 1993 season when the 'Jacks defeated No. 2 Youngstown State, 35-15. 
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Women's soccer game notes: Lamar

SFA plays just one match this week, albeit an early season critical showdown at the Lamar Lady Cardinals at 7 p.m. Friday. The Ladyjacks are a perfect 6-0-0 all-time against Lamar, which includes a 3-1 victory over the Lady Cardinals in last year's Southland Conference Tournament Championship game. SFA is 3-0 all-time in Beaumont.

Friday's game at Lamar will have live stats available here.

Game 10 at Lamar (Scouting Report): Lamar enters play this Friday on a bit of a downhill, having gone their past four matches without a victory (0-3-1). The Lady Cardinals fell to Oral Roberts (3-0) in their conference opener on Sunday before playing Northwestern State to a scoreless tie on Tuesday. Lamar is led offensively by junior forward Kimmy Albeno (5 goals) and freshman forward Jennifer Yacuta (4 goals). Junior goalkeeper Bailey Fontenot has allowed 19 goals in 814 minutes while making 52 saves.
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Ladyjacks finish tied for eighth at ULM

The SFA women's golf team fired a 314-308-309 - 931 to finish tied for eighth at the 2013 ULM Fred Marx Invitational Tuesday afternoon in Monroe, La. The Ladyjacks had four players record career-low rounds at the season-opening tournament.

The Ladyjacks were led by sophomore Sydney Reed, who fired a 76 (226) in the final round to finish T13. Freshman Jessica White recorded an eight-over 80 in the final day to finish T38 (234) during her SFA debut.
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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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