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This Week's Calendar

Saturday, Oct. 3
Battle of the Piney Woods
SFA football vs. Sam Houston State University
3 p.m.
NRG Stadium

Monday, Nov. 16
Last day to apply for degrees to be completed May 2016

Monday, Nov. 30
Classes resume

Friday, Dec. 4
SFA Big Dip Ceremony
9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Baker Pattillo Student Center Grand Ballroom




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Greg Grant

SFA Gardens' Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Grant, research associate for the SFA Gardens' Pineywoods Native Plant Center, recently delivered a presentation titled "Restoration Celebration" to students taking the landscape design course at Texas A&M University. He spoke about the use of period plants and designs for the restored home and gardens at the George Bush Library.

In a separate presentation, Grant gave four lectures at the first ever Texas Superstar Advanced Master Gardener training classes in San Antonio.

He discussed the selection process for Texas Superstars, how to use these plants in the landscape, and Texas Superstar perennials and tropical annuals. Master gardeners from across the state attended the presentation.

News & Announcements

Offcie 365 applications now available to faculty, staff members

Office 365 apps are now available to SFA faculty and staff members.

A button in the mySFA employee tab, located below the Outlook Web Access button, provides access to the Office 365 apps. Watch your email for more information or visit sfasu.edu/o365.

SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs to host Latino Heritage Month event

The SFA Office of Multicultural Affairs invites the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to celebrate Latino Heritage Month at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Twilight Ballroom of the Baker Pattillo Student Center. There will be music and dance performances and a keynote address by Curtis Acosta.

Acosta has many years under his belt as an experienced educator and education consultant. He is described as an "incredible educator" who kept his outlawed Ethnic Studies classes alive after the successful Mexican American Studies Program was banned in Tuscon, Arizona. Acosta will speak about his experiences as an educator and advocate for ethnic studies while empowering and educating the SFA community about the importance of this course and higher education, especially for the Latina/o community.

Admission is $7 for faculty, staff and community members and $5 for students. Dinner will be provided. Dress is business casual. Tickets may be purchased at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Information Desk.

Sen. Nichols to speak at SFA's STEM patent education lecture series

State Sen. Robert Nichols will be the inaugural speaker at the STEM Innovation - Tying Creativity to Success patent education lecture series at SFA at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, in SFA's Kennedy Auditorium.

Nichols, an industrial engineer who holds 32 U.S. and 128 foreign patents, will share his insights as an entrepreneur and his patent expertise. He will discuss career opportunities in fields that involve patent work in the 50-minute repeat sessions.

In addition to his success in obtaining patents, Nichols has built four successful manufacturing facilities in East Texas, creating more than 900 jobs.
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The Conservation Fund programs director to present at SFA's Forestry Graduate Seminar

Julie Shackelford, programs director for The Conservation Fund, will deliver a presentation titled "Neches River and the Loss of Giants" at the Forestry Graduate Seminar at noon Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the SFA Forestry Building, Room 117. The presentation is open to the public. If you plan to attend, please bring a lunch.

For more information, contact Sarah Fuller, outreach coordinator in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, at (936) 468-1185 or email fullersa@sfasu.edu.

Epidemics exhibit opens at SFA with two historical presentations

A historian and a medical doctor will give presentations during the opening reception of an exhibit on epidemic diseases of the 19th and early 20th centuries from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Stone Fort Museum on the SFA campus.

"Misery and Remedy: The Rise and Eradication of Epidemic Diseases in East Texas" features more than 150 artifacts from 23 institutional and private lenders from throughout East Texas, which will remain on display through Dec. 20.

Dr. Robert Carroll, a retired Nacogdoches physician, who loaned many artifacts to the exhibit, will present a collector's walkthrough of the items, which include furniture, tools and early pharmaceuticals.
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2016 Texas Tech University Undergraduate Research Conference scheduled for March

The Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement at Texas Tech University invites you to the 8th annual Texas Tech University Undergraduate Research Conference occurring Tuesday, March 29, through Wednesday, March 30, in Lubbock, Texas.

SFA faculty and staff members are encouraged to share information regarding this event championing undergraduate student research, scholarship and creative activities. Additional details will be available soon at the conference website.

Undergraduate research workshop being organized

SFA's Department of Human Services is offering an undergraduate research workshop for students. It is an exciting opportunity to explore and learn about the hands-on learning experience of research.

Faculty members are asked to encourage their students to participate in the workshop where research teams and the research process will be explored. The workshop is free for any undergraduate student who wants to learn more about research.

The meeting time for the session will be determined based on availability. Please notify Dr. Yulcinys Castillo about your interest by Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Contact Castillo at castilloya@sfasu.edu to express interest in the session or if you have questions.


SFA tennis opens fall campaign at Rice Invitational

In its first action of the fall season, the SFA women’s tennis team took part in the 2015 Rice University Invitational at the George R. Brown Tennis Center this past weekend.

The Ladyjacks put together a record of 12-12 through the course of the three-day invitational, which included a 6-4 mark in doubles action and a 6-8 finish in singles play. Rounding out the field was Rice University, Sam Houston State University, Texas State University, the University of Texas-San Antonio, New Mexico State University, the University of Texas, the University of Texas-Arlington, the University of Houston and Baylor University.
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Ladyjack golf set to compete at ORU Shootout

SFA women's golf returns to action in Tulsa, Oklahoma, competing in the 2015 Bob Hurley Oral Roberts University Shootout. The tournament began this morning.

The 2015 Bob Hurley ORU Shootout will be a 54-hole event played at the Meadowbrook Country Club. The course will be a par-71, 6,120-yard layout with the first two rounds being played today, leading into the final round Tuesday, Sept. 29. Both days will consist of a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. with live scoring available at BirdieFire.com.
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SFA drops 35-32 thriller at Abilene Christian University

SFA used a 26-7 rally to take a 32-27 fourth-quarter lead, but a late Abilene Christian University touchdown did the Lumberjacks in. SFA fell 35-32 to the Wildcats at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene. The 'Jacks fall to 0-4 on the season and 0-2 in Southland Conference play.

Trailing 20-6 late in the first half, SFA rallied to take a 32-27 lead. ACU reclaimed the lead 35-32 with under six minutes left to play. The Wildcats had a chance to seal the game, facing a third and one with more than two minutes left on the clock. But SFA’s defensive line held, giving the 'Jacks the ball on its own 15 yard line.
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Doyle powers SFA soccer past Houston Baptist University, 2-1

To say that Amanda Doyle has been playing well over the last two weeks would be an immense understatement. The junior midfielder scored two more goals Sunday afternoon, including the game winner in the final 10 minutes. This final goal lifted the SFA women’s soccer team over Houston Baptist University 2-1 at the SFA Soccer Field. The Ladyjacks improve to 2-0-1 in Southland Conference play and 3-6-1 overall with the victory.

“This was a massive result,” said head coach Wally Crittenden. “HBU is a very good team. They are having a good season and will be one of the top teams in the conference standings throughout the year. To be able to get three points at home is exciting. There were a lot of positives that we can take away from today. Some things and areas that we’ll tighten up and continue to improve on for sure, but we’re glad to be sitting with seven points out of a possible nine so far in conference.”
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Walker, McIntyre instrumental in SFA comeback win over McNeese, 3-2

SFA volleyball's 17-match Southland Conference win streak, as well as a 14-match stretch of victories were tested Saturday afternoon in Shelton Gym. The Ladyjacks, led by junior Justice Walker beat the McNeese State University Cowgirls 3-2. 
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Fine Arts

Guest piano recital to feature music of Tchaikovsky, Chopin

Dr. Tali Morgulis, associate professor of piano at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, will present a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The performance is part of the SFA School of Music's Cole Performing Arts Series. The program is subtitled "Autumn Song for Piano A Cappella" and features works by noted composers Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sofia Gubaidulina and Frédéric Chopin.

First on the program are three pieces from Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons, Op. 37a," including September: The Hunt, October: Autumn Song, and November: Troika (Russian Dance). The second work is Gubaidulina's contemporary sonata, composed in 1965, which involves some playing inside the piano on the strings, according to Dr. Andrew Parr, professor of piano at SFA.
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SFA's First Friday Film Series to feature 'Samsara'

The SFA School of Art and the Friends of the Visual Arts will present a free, one-night screening of "Samsara" at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Filmed over five years in 25 countries, "Samsara" is the non-verbal 2011 documentary from filmmakers Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson, the creators of "Baraka." It is one of only a handful of films shot on 70mm in the past 40 years, according to information at barakasamsara.com.
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SFA's Aria/Concerto Competition winners to perform with Orchestra of the Pines

The SFA Orchestra of the Pines will present the program "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

The concert will feature winners of the SFA School of Music's 2015 Aria/Concerto Competition, including Ryan Brewer, SFA graduate student from North Richland Hills and guest trumpeter, and the Ethereal Quartet, a group of undergraduate saxophone students.

Brewer will perform Johann Nepomuk Hummel's Concerto for trumpet and orchestra.
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Though weather conspired against East Texans by blocking the rare blood-moon eclipse last night, there are plenty of photographers out there who had a clear view.

If the event couldn't be enjoyed live, at least it can be relived through photos at Earthsky.com and space.com.

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