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This Week's Calendar

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

Monday, Sept. 30
Men's Golf
at HBU Woodforest Invitational

Women's Golf
ORU Shootout
Tulsa, OK

Oct. 18-19

Showcase Saturday
Nov. 16




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Millard's Crossing in Nacogdoches seeks origin of 'TJR' trunk

Courtesy of Red River Radio

Researchers at SFA are tracing the roots of a cowhide trunk that could have belonged to Thomas J. Rusk, an early political and military figure in Texas. The trunk’s lid bears the initials TJR. It’s one item in a massive collection at Millard’s Crossing Historic Village. Executive director David Young said the trunk was purchased by Nacogdoches native Lera Millard Thomas who was a compulsive collector and an early preservationist. She created a living history village on her family’s land called Millard’s Crossing in the 1970s. Legend has it, Young said, that his trunk belonged to Rusk, and now it’s time to verify.

“It was bought under the pretense that it was his, and now we want to find out was it his? Did this belong to him? Could this have been along with him on very important and historic events, and he was a very important figure in Texas history," Young said.

SFA associate professor of history Perky Beisel is figuring out the age of the trunk to see if it was even around in Rusk’s lifespan. She should have that accomplished in a week. If it dates back to the time of Rusk, she said, the next step will be to pore over his letters to find any reference to the trunk. But that could be labor intensive.
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East Texas Research Center seeks help with 90th-anniversary initiatives

The East Texas Research Center at SFA invites alumni and others to donate SFA documents and memorabilia to help grow the University Archives in honor of the 90th anniversary.

Greg Bailey, records manager and university archives librarian, says the ETRC welcomes donated SFA artifacts of all kinds, including photographs, journals, scrapbooks, school records, certificates and awards, correspondence - even old uniforms, letter jackets and the like.

"These and other unique items enrich our archives and play an important role in the documentation of the history of Stephen F. Austin State University," he said. "They also serve as primary resources for student and faculty researchers, as well as the East Texas community as a whole."

Recently an "SFA Lumberjacks" scrapbook from the 1948-49 school year was donated to the archives after an alumna happened upon the book while antique shopping. Concerned for its welfare, the woman purchased the scrapbook and donated it to the ETRC where it will become part of the permanent university collection.

"If you or your parents or grandparents are former students, you may have saved photographs, scrapbooks or other mementos from SFA that would benefit researchers of the university's history many, many years from now," Bailey said.
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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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Dr. George L. Hunt

School of Accountancy

Hunt, interim director of the Gerald W. Shielf School of Accountancy in the Nelson Rusche College of Business, presented a paper titled “How Useful is Fair Value Reporting of Investments to Governmental Fund Financial Managers?” Sept. 20 at the Academy of Business Research Fall 2013 Conference in San Antonio.

News & Announcements

Ahoy, mates! SFA Gardens to host Pirates of the Pineywoods Party

Shiver me timbers and a yo ho ho! Hoist your sails with SFA Gardens for a morning of outdoor adventure and excitement at the Pirates of the Pineywoods Party from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Gayla Mize Garden located on the corner of University Drive and East Starr Avenue on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

It will be all hands on deck as young pirates dress in their favorite pirate costumes and embark on a voyage through the forest to dig for buried treasure, battle sea creatures, walk the plank and partake in numerous other jolly adventures. Refreshments and treasures galore will be served up to the whole crew.

All swashbucklers must be accompanied by an adult, and advanced reservations are required. Tickets are $10 per person and can be picked up at 2900 Raguet St. prior to the event. Sponsored in conjunction with Nacogdoches Naturally Family Outdoor Adventures, all proceeds will benefit SFA Gardens' educational programs.
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Annual faculty and staff meeting and presidential address

If you were unable to attend the Aug. 22 faculty and staff meeting marking the start of SFA’s new academic year, a video and written transcript of the remarks by President Baker Pattillo and Provost Richard Berry is available online at http://www.sfasu.edu/7045.asp.

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 at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. in Kennedy Auditorium. 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.

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

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.

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.


Tennis to host Schlief Tennis Invite

The SFA women's tennis team will be hosting the 2013 Schlief Tennis Invite Saturday and Sunday at the Schlief Tennis Complex in Nacogdoches. Play is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. both days.

Five teams will compete in the two-day tournament that will consist of an individual format with single and double draws. In addition to tournament host SFA, Louisiana-Monroe, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State and UT-Arlington will also be competing.

First-year head coach Roberto Aspillaga will have five returnees from last year's team. For live scoring this weekend, be sure to follow the new @SFA_Tennis Twitter account.

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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Ladyjacks 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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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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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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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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Big Tex is back at Fair Park in Arlington. After being gone for nearly a year due to a catastrophic fire, the animatronic giant cowboy has returned. He was unveiled Thursday, Sept. 26, in preparation for the opening of the State Fair of Texas on Friday, Sept. 27.



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